News Briefs

Puppy adoptathon today at AnimalSave

August 23, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by AnimalSave

Six month old Opal, above, will be among the puppies available at the puppy adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at AnimalSave, 520 East Main St. in Grass Valley.

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Diaper Project and The Union editor highlights Democratic Women’s brunch

August 23, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 at Margarita’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, located at 988 Plaza Dr. off Sutton Way. Brunch is $13. The program features an update on the Diaper Project in Nevada County from Cathy Fagan, coordinator.

Please bring a donation for this community service project.

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Got a truck? Deliver firewood to a senior in need

August 22, 2014 — 

Gold Country Community Services, Inc., which provides free firewood for seniors in need, is reaching out to community members who can help deliver firewood from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.

The Senior Firewood Program provides firewood to roughly 150 seniors who need help to staying warm throughout the winter. Help is needed for loading, delivering and unloading wood. Volunteers will need a driver’s license and a reliable truck. Gold Country Community Services will contact clients to notify them of a delivery, as well as providing volunteers with directions and assistance in loading. Refreshments will be provided to all volunteers. For more information, call Gold Country Community Services at 530-273-4961.

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Daughters of American Revolution

August 22, 2014 — 

The Captain John Oldham Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution invites new members to its active, nonpolitical, woman’s service organization. Their mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. The only requirement for membership is a proven linage to a Revolutionary War patriot, be it soldier, gunsmith, public servant, providing provisions or comfort, etc. Genealogists are available for assistance. For further information please email Emily Boling at anty_m@sbcglobal.net.

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Widowed Persons’ Association opens arms

August 22, 2014 — 

Potential new members are welcome to attend the next monthly meeting of the Widowed Persons’ Association, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 at the National Hotel in Nevada City. Call 530-265-3454 for reservations. The group’s August Sunday Night Supper will be at Plaza Jalisco on Aug. 31, and the September Sunday night dinner will be at Sergio’s on Sept. 28.

The Widowed Persons’ Association is a group dedicated to making new friends and enjoying each others’ company since the loss of a loved one.

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Alta Sierra Women’s Golf Club awarded for charity contributions

August 21, 2014 — 

The Alta Sierra Women’s Golf Club was recently awarded the 2014 Dame Cicely Saunders Award from Hospice of the Foothills for their commitment to the programs and services of Hospice of the Foothills through significant charitable support and services.

Recently, $14,600 raised during the club’s 2014 Annual Charity Tournament was presented to Vanessa Bengston, executive director of Hospice of the Foothills.

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Calling all chili cookers

August 21, 2014 — 

The Great Republic of Rough and Ready is again preparing to host its annual Chili Cook-off on Sunday, September 28 and is seeking chili cookers interested in participating.

The annual event brings individuals, businesses and civic organizations to town, where they can cook their favorite chili recipe and submit them to a panel of judges and to the public for tasting. The judges will determine the first and second place winners, who will receive $500 and $250 cash awards, while the visiting public can purchase tasting kits and vote for the winner of the $250 People’s Choice Award. Bragging rights, far in excess of any cash awards, also accrue to the winners. Rough and Ready rules apply, meaning there are few restrictions on ingredients.

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Open house today at Nevada County 211 Call Center

August 21, 2014 — 

The community is invited to the grand opening of the new 211 Nevada County Call Center, and to celebrate 211 going local. The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m., with a short presentation beginning at 3:15 p.m. Guests are encouraged to tour the call center while in action, meet call agents and learn more about programs and services. Supervisor Nate Beason will open the proceedings and refreshments will be served. The 211 Call Center is located at the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority, 466 Brunswick Road in Grass Valley.

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Author to discuss the 1913 Wheatland Hop Riot at Nevada County Historial Society meeting

August 20, 2014 — 

Join us at the Nevada County Historical Society’s Speaker Night presentation on Aug. 21 to hear author Ron Jauch discuss the 1913 Wheatland Hop Riot, which took place on a sweltering hot August day when the International Workers of the World union demands were not met by the Durst Bros.

The riot, triggered by a warning shot fired into the air, resulted in four deaths, including that of the Yuba County district attorney, a Marysville deputy sheriff and two hop workers. The governor declared martial law in Wheatland and dispatched the state militia to occupy the town. The impact of this labor action had wide implications throughout the state and country and led to improved working conditions and changes in labor laws.

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Contractors’ Association to host free luncheon

August 20, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Contractors’ Association will host a free networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at 149 Crown Point Court, Suite A, Grass Valley. The lunch is provided by American Standard and Lynx Professional Grills. All NCCA members are encouraged to attend and invite other building professionals who are interested in joining NCCA.

For more information and to RSVP call 530-274-1919.

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Dog adoptions dSaturday at Petco

August 20, 2014 — 

“Scuttles” will be among the dogs in need of good homes at Saturday’s pet adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Petco in Grass Valley. Scuttles is approximately three years old, house broken, friendly and gets along with cats. He likes other dogs, but would be better off in a quiet household. Petco is located at

672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. Scooter’s Pals provides foster and forever homes for abused or abandoned dogs scheduled to be killed in local and nearby shel­ters. For more information, visit scooterspals.org.

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Community support from Gold Country Lions

August 18, 2014 — 

Community support from Gold Country Lions

Two local organizations in need recently received major donations resulting from the Gold Country Lions’ 9th Annual Motorcycle Poker Run event held on Mother’s Day weekend this year.

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Flag retiring ceremony and drop off locations

August 18, 2014 — 

Boy Scout Troop 855 will be respectfully and properly retiring flags on Sept. 6 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This honorable event takes place annually during the Roamin’ Angels Classic Car Show. The flag retirement ceremony is open to the public. It takes place in the camping area behind the fairgrounds around 8:30 p.m.

Five drop off locations are available for American flags that have seen their “glory days.” Other flags, such as state flags, may also be dropped off for retirement,.

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Support group for families and friends of people with memory loss

August 18, 2014 — 

A support group for families and friends of people with memory loss is open to anyone interested in discussing issues concerning a loved one or friend with memory loss. The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at 625 Eskaton Circle in Grass Valley. For more information, call Barbara at 530-478-1735.

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School of Care trains for a career with meaning and a future

August 17, 2014 — 

Are you seeking a meaningful career that is people centered and always in demand? Consider becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant, an integral part of a medical team. Becoming a CNA may be a great career choice not only because it can be extremely rewarding, but also because it’s an area with many job opportunities. CNA’s may be needed in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other health care facilities. They often have direct contact with patients, helping them bathe, eat or dress. In some facilities, the CNA might be responsible for taking patients’ pulse, temperature and blood pressure.

This field is projected to grow significantly nationwide but most particularly in Nevada County, which is predicted to have a 71 percent 60 and over population by the year 2020. Becoming a CNA also provides valuable experience as a stepping stone toward advanced health careers such as a Licensed Vocational Nurse or a Registered Nurse.

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‘Dancin’ and Dippin’’ night

August 17, 2014 — 

The Goldancers Square Dance Club will be hosting a free “Dancin’ and Dippin’” night Sunday, Aug. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange located at 11363 Grange Ct. (off La Barr Meadows Rd.) in Grass Valley. No experience needed.

Caller Paul Moore, will be teaching a few basic square dance calls and have beginners dancing in no time. In addition, the group will be “dippin’” ice cream for free sundaes. A new beginners class will begin on Sept. 11. For more info, call Debbie at 530-477-7370 or email Barbara at basindorf@yahoo.com.

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Learn more about the American Association of University Women

August 16, 2014 — 

Learn more about the American Association of University Women

The AAUW Nevada County Branch will kick off their 2014-2015 year with a brunch at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 20 at Commodore Park in Lake Wildwood. This annual kick-off meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about AAUW. On display will be information about the branch’s interest group and scholarship programs, giving attendees a snapshot view of the organization’s more than 75 years of service to our community.

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Consolidated oversight committee to meet Monday

August 16, 2014 — 

Consolidated oversight committee to meet Monday

The citizens’ oversight committee for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District is having a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday.

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Dorsey Drive work continues

August 15, 2014 — 

Dorsey Drive, between Spree Ave. and Pampas Drive, will be subject to traffic control for bridge work Monday. The Traffic Control System will utilize one-way traffic control between the hours of 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (weather permitting). Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however delays of up to 10 minutes may be possible.

Catherine Lane, from Dorsey Drive to the end, and Presley Way, from East Main Street to Catherine Lane, will be subject to traffic control for pavement maintenance and resurfacing Aug. 19-Sept. 12. The Traffic Control System will utilize one way traffic control intermittently between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (weather permitting). The Traffic Control System should allow public traffic to pass without delay the majority of the time that the work is in progress. Any delays should be minimal to the traveling public, as every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner. Hospital access will be continuously maintained.

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Free lunch today at United Methodist Church in Grass Valley

August 14, 2014 — 

Heat have you down? Too hot to cook? Too expensive to run the air? Chill with Lunch at the Crossroads tonight. Community members are invited to cool down in the air conditioned comfort of the Grass Valley United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall located at 236 S. Church St., where friendly servers will bring a free lunch to your table.

Doors open at 11:45 a.m. and the program concludes at 1 p.m. This month’s menu features first class sub sandwiches with all the fixings, icy watermelon wedges, crisp green salad and assorted desserts. Groceries are free, as well as gently-used, seasonal clothing. In anticipation of the city’s planned ordinance regarding single-use plastic bags, please get into the habit of bringing your own bags.

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NU’s class of 1969 reunion this month

August 14, 2014 — 

The Nevada Union High School class of 1969 will hold their 45th class reunion on Saturday, August 30 at Club 151 in downtown Grass Valley. The event will begin with no-host cocktails at 6 and dinner at 7 p.m. The dress is casual. The deadline for reservations and payment of $45 per person is Aug. 23. Checks made payable to Class of 1969 Reunion can be mailed by Aug. 23 to Patti Ingram Spencer at 417 Chapel St., Grass Valley, CA 95945. For more information, contact Terry (Mitchell) Ferguson via email at terryaf@jps.net or telephone at 530-559-2019 or 530-273-5800.

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Online marketing guru to speak at next Nevada County Online meeting Aug. 26

August 14, 2014 — 

Marketing coach, trainer and brand master Steven Napolitan will present the “Three-Step System: Design It, Build It, Share It” at the next meeting of Nevada County Online at 11 a.m. on Aug. 26 the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Napolitan’s online business marketing strategies are designed to “produce consistent results in capturing and retaining your perfect client.”

During his presentation, Napolitan will explain how to lay a solid foundation for business owners by defining brands and bringing core values to the forefront of marketing and communications activities. Napolitan’s executive coaching and training has publicly served over 35,000 professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs. He has produced hundreds of advertising, marketing campaigns and internal promotions for many companies including Apple, Intel, Charles Schwab and Nestle.

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Blue Star Mothers breakfast meeting Aug. 23

August 14, 2014 — 

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America will be meeting on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Siena’s (formerly Perko’s), 1000 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, foster mother, grandmother or legal guardian who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, we invite you to join us.

To learn more, please visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.

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Diego’s donates to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ‘Big Night Out’

August 14, 2014 — 

On Monday, Aug. 18, Diego’s will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their evening’s meals to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County. There will be live music in the evening and proceeds from “to go” orders will also be donated.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is a nonprofit organization that matches at-risk children ages 6 through 18 with mature, responsible and caring individuals who serve as positive role models and mentors.

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BriarPatch invites grant apps from nonprofit groups

August 14, 2014 — 

BriarPatch invites grant applications from nonprofit groups

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Women’s group to host Sept. 11 commemoration

August 12, 2014 — 

Tapestry Network of Nevada County is hosting a special event commemorating September 11. This event will be September 11, 2014 at North Star House. Our guest speaker will be Stephanie Sherwood, Founder of the Tapestry Network, a women’s faith based networking community. There will be a guest music leader and a yet-to-be announced local nonprofit featured. We will learn more about this local nonprofit and raise funds with raffle tickets sold from items donated. Light appetizers will be served. Networking starts at 5 p.m. Program starts at 5:20 p.m. Members $15.50, guests $25.50. This is an adult women’s event.

“One Hand Can Do” presentation addresses post-stroke issues

August 12, 2014 — 

A “One Hand Can Do Demo” is being presented by speaker, inventor and designer Rosanna Radding at 1 p.m. today at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Classroom A. The event is open to the public.

Radding, who writes a regular column for the American Stroke Association, will speak about post-stroke issues and offer solutions to one-handed people trying to “re-able” their lives in a two-handed world. For more information, visit http://www.onehandcan.com.

Dorsey Drive delays announced in Grass Valley

August 12, 2014 — 

From today through Friday, Dorsey Drive between Spree Avenue and Pampas Drive will be subject to traffic control for bridge work. The Traffic Control System will utilize one-way traffic control between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however, delays of up to 10 minutes may be possible.

‘Joyeux anniversaire’ to Grass Valley centenarian

August 11, 2014 — 

Simone Becker celebrated her 100th birthday with her son and about 80 friends on Aug. 1 at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley. Born Aug. 1, 1914, on a big farm in a small town near Paris, Becker made her first trip to America in 1932 thanks to a scholarship to Western College in Ohio.

Becker then returned to France where she met her future American husband Benjamin, a medical student, at a local dance. The couple married in New York.

Simone has lived at Eskaton Village for three years and is still devoted to fitness and regularly plays bridge.

During her “quiet time,” she knits helmet liners for soldiers.

Upcoming roadwork projects

August 11, 2014 — 

Highway 49 (Yuba and Sierra Counties) from Willow Creek Campground to Yuba Summit: Motorists can expect one-way traffic control at various locations from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A Caltrans crew is scheduled to do miscellaneous maintenance work.

Highway 49 (Nevada County) from Fawn Path Drive to Alta Sierra Drive: Motorists can expect the No. 1 lanes closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. A contractor is scheduled to do guardrail work.

Highway 49 (Placer County) from Elm Avenue/Fulwiler Avenue to Lincoln Way in Auburn: Motorists can expect the No. 2 lanes closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday. A contractor is scheduled to do utility work.

Highway 49 (Placer County) from the American River Bridge to the Ranger Station in the Auburn Ravine: Motorists can expect one-way traffic controls 24/7 from August 1 through Aug. 12. A contractor is scheduled to do cement barrier work.

Interstate 80 (Sierra and Nevada Counties) from the Nevada State line to Farad: Westbound motorists can expect the No. 2 lane closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. A Caltrans crew is scheduled to do drainage work.

Interstate 80 (Nevada County) from Fiberboard undercrossing to the Truckee Scales: Motorists can expect the eastbound No. 2 lanes closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A contractor is scheduled to do bridge work.

Interstate 80 (Nevada County) from end of Chain on area to the Hinton Road undercrossing: Motorists can expect the eastbound No. 1 lane closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. A Caltrans crew is scheduled to do drainage work.

Interstate 80 (Nevada County) from Floriston to Hinton: Motorists can expect the westbound No. 2 lanes closed from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. A contractor is scheduled to do grinding operations.

Interstate 80 (Nevada County) at Soda Springs: Motorists can expect the east and westbound No. 1 lanes closed from midnight Monday through 3 p.m. Friday. A contractor is scheduled to do bridge work.

Interstate 80 (Placer County) from Weimar Cross Road to Placer Hills Road: Motorists can expect the east and westbound No. 1 lanes closed from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. A contractor is scheduled to do bridge work.

Interstate 80 (Placer County) from Elm Avenue to Russell Road: Motorists can expect various east and westbound lanes closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday. A contractor is scheduled to do bridge work.

Highway 89 (Placer County) from State Route 28 to Alpine Meadows: Motorists can expect one-way traffic controls from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday. A contractor is scheduled to do drainage work.

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