News Briefs

Local women advance to pageant regionals

July 10, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Melisa Mistler-Yates.

The new queens for the West Coast Pageant were announced July 4. Winners include Miss West Coast Ambassador Candis Meetra Dastmalchi of Sacramento; Ms. West Coast Ambassador Lisa D. Taylor of Citrus Heights; Mrs. West Coast Ambassador Camille Calhoon of Grass Valley; and Humanitarian West Coast Ambassador Melisa Mistler-Yates of Grass Valley.

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Free airplane rides for youngsters

July 10, 2014 — 

Young people between the ages of 8 and 17 are eligible for a free ride in a small airplane through the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter 1175). Rides will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 19 at the Nevada County Airport. The flights are part of the EAA Young Eagles program designed to spark interest in aviation among young people.

Interested parties can meet at the John Bauer Avenue terminal to register and be assigned a pilot and airplane. Young people must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to register. No pre-registration is required, just show up. For more information about the Young Eagles Program, visit http://youngeagles.org and click on EAA Young Eagles. For more information, contact Paul Bevelhymer at 530-273-2456.

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Atria to host ‘The History and Significance of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad’

July 10, 2014 — 

Ron Paul, docent at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, will present a look at the history and significance of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 21. An expert on the subject, Ron will showcase the railroad’s rich history and interesting facts. Free and open to the public, this informative program will be located at Atria, 150 Sutton Way, in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-272-1055.

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Hike the Litton Trail with Bear Yuba Land Trust

July 10, 2014 — 

Members of the Bear Yuba Land Trust will lead a hike along Litton Trail at 10 a.m. on July 15.

Every month Bear Yuba Land Trust has been leading a trek on one of the trails mapped on their website (http://www.BYLT.org). This is a free outing and will introduce hikers to some of the local trails. The July 15 hike will include walking the Litton Trail from Hughes road towards Sierra College, then continue on the loop around Sierra College, make a brief stop at BriarPatch for refreshments, and then head back.

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FFA instructor to address livestock problems

July 10, 2014 — 

Grumpy goats? Stuck-up chickens? Rude rabbits? What kind of problems do you have living in your backyard? Join us at the Bear River Library on Sat. July 12 to brain storm your livestock solutions with Future Farmers of America instructor, Tim Reid. Students who are interested in the FFA program are also welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Bear River Library is located at Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley. Please call for more details: 530-271-4147.

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Consolidated Fire finance committee to meet

July 10, 2014 — 

The finance committee for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. today, at Station 91, 11329 McCourtney Road.

The committee will discuss proposals by potential auditing service firms.

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East Main detour announced

July 10, 2014 — 

East Main Street, between Bennett Street and Idaho-Maryland Road, will be closed to eastbound traffic for underground utility work through July 11. The lane closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. A detour will be in place for eastbound traffic. Access to businesses/residences will be maintained to westbound traffic. Pedestrian access will remain open. Eastbound bicyclists will be required to walk their bikes on the sidewalk through the vehicle closure or may use surface streets to bypass the lane closure.

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Golf club recognized for charitable work

July 10, 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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Hospital’s Pine Tree Gift Shop sale coming up

July 9, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Cathy Corliss

The Pine Tree Gift Shop at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is having its annual summer sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 15 and 16, in the main lobby (Building 1) and the Gift Shop. There will be significant reductions on gift items, jewelry, home decor, Christmas and other holiday items.

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Blue Star Mothers to meet July 19

July 9, 2014 — 

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America will be meeting on Saturday, July 19, 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 in or has been honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States, we invite you to join. To learn more, visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.

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Rummage for wildlife

July 6, 2014 — 

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release will have a booth at Banner Grange’s 50th Anniversary Swap Meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 12. There will be lots of gently used treasures plus brand new wildlife-themed merchandise, such as our ever popular critter earrings made from 100 percent recycled material.

Get an early start on your Christmas shopping and help pay for food, medical supplies and vet bills for native wildlife to get them back on their paws, claws, and wings and back home.

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Rough and Ready fire district board meets Tuesday

July 5, 2014 — 

The board of directors for the Rough and Ready Fire Protection District will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 14506 Rough and Ready Highway.

Items on the agenda include an update on the air filling station, the station facilities rental agreement, a CPA audit engagement letter, and general business items.

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Free Electronic Waste fundraiser in Chicago Park

July 4, 2014 — 

A free electronic waste fundraiser will allow donors to drive through and drop off items without getting out of their cars. Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 23, proceeds will benefit Chicago Park School and the Chicago Park 4-H Club.

The drop off site will be at Chicago Park School, 15725 Mt. Olive Road in Grass Valley. The event is sponsored by California Electronic Asset Recovery, or CEAR, Inc., a state approved electronic waste collector and recycler.

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Capturing our county: Never give up

July 4, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Karin Rasmussen

Grass Valley resident Karin Rasmussen bought a Epiphyllum (Orchid Cactus) 15 years ago and this week it bloomed for the very first time.

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Book Swap this Sunday

July 3, 2014 — 

The Banner Grange Community Book Swap will be from 12:30 to 2:30 pm on Sunday at The Banner Grange. Bring used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, magazines and games/puzzles, and trade them for others. Trading is free and is a great way to recycle what you no longer need.

The Banner Grange is located at 12629 McCourtney Road, one mile past the fairgrounds on the left. For more information, call 530-845-5208 or visit http://www.ncbookswap.webs.com.

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Register now for Foreign Car Show & BBQ Battle

July 3, 2014 — 

Registration forms for the The Nevada County Foreign Car Show & BBQ Battle are now available. Sponsored by The Sierra Sports Car Group and United Way of Nevada County, the event will be at 10 a.m. on Aug. 16 at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Foreign car and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to enter their vehicles now, as space is limited. The free event will include a BBQ Battle, beer garden, live music, kid’s activities and more.

Last year’s array of foreign cars ranged from a 1947 Mercedes 500K to a 1960 Alpha Romeo Giulietta Spider. If you have an exotic foreign car, now is the time to register! Proceeds will go to the United Way of Nevada County to help support community efforts in the area.

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NU Class of ‘04 reunion set for August

July 3, 2014 — 

The 10-year reunion for Nevada Union High School’s class of 2004 will be at 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49. Light buffet-style foods will be served, cash bar available, as well as a professional photographer with a photo booth, music and dancing.

The festivities will continue until 10 p.m. Purchase tickets at https://nuhs2004.splashthat.com/. Tickets are $28 each. There will also be raffles for prizes to raise money for the NU athletics department. For more information, visit the Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/NUHS2004 or email Ashleen Buchter at ab04@msn.com.

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Guest speaker on using Snapfish

July 3, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Genealogical Society (NCGS) will hold its July General Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8 in the community room of the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. The guest speaker will be Joann Sweeney, who will demonstrate how to create a book using the photo sharing/photo printing web site called, “Snapfish.” The meetings are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Hilary Steinmetz at 530-274-2782 or by e-mail at hilarysteinmetz@gmail.com.

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Capturing our county: Flying Chihuahuas

July 3, 2014 — 

Puppies in need of loving homes will be at Rescue for Pet Sake’s adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 at Petco, 672 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-263-3331 or visit http://www.rescueforpetsake.org.

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Friday is PFLAG Baskin-Robbins benefit day

July 3, 2014 — 

PFLAG Nevada County will benefit from ice cream sales on July 4 at Baskin-Robbins. The ice cream store will donate 20 percent of Friday’s proceeds to PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays. The organization is the United States’ largest organization for parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Just say “PFLAG” when you pay and the organization will be given credit for your purchase.

For those interested, PFLAG members and supporters will gather at Baskin Robbins before heading out to watch local fireworks. All are welcome. Baskin-Robbins is located at 151 W. McKnight Way in Grass Valley.

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East Main Street detour announced

July 2, 2014 — 

East Main Street, between Bennett Street and Idaho-Maryland Road, will be closed to eastbound traffic for underground utility work July 7-11. The lane closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. A detour will be in place for eastbound traffic. Access to businesses/residences will be maintained to westbound traffic. Pedestrian access will remain open. Eastbound bicyclists will be required to walk their bikes on the sidewalk through the vehicle closure or may use surface streets to bypass the lane closure.

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NU football players pitch in

July 1, 2014 — 

The Nevada Union Football Community Service Program is off to a fast start this season. In recent weeks the team has supported the NEO Festival and Soapbox Derby. This past weekend, the team worked at the Healthy Harvest Garden in Grass Valley, directed by garden coordinator Ellen Persa. Pictured, from left, are: Joe Peterson, Jerron Steele, Ellen Persa, Brody McCoy and Kase Scott.

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Lions give a boost to Sierra Services for the Blind

July 1, 2014 — 

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Roadwork announced in Grass Valley

July 1, 2014 — 

East Main Street, between Bennett and Church streets, will be subject to traffic control for underground utility work on Tuesday and Wednesday between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. 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. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on-site personnel.

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Free classes on microenterprise businesses

June 29, 2014 — 

Nevada City is sponsoring free business classes for eligible microenterprise businesses and persons who may be interested in starting a microenterprise business. Classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday nights for five weeks, starting Tuesday July 8 at the One Stop Business and Career Center, 715 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley. The class topics are, in order, Business Basics, Business Plan Guidelines, Bookkeeping for Small Businesses, Branding and Marketing, and Social Media. All classes will be taught by instructors from the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center in Sacramento.

Call David Nelson at 530-346-7195 to register. Non-microenterprise persons may attend for a fee of $40/class.

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Christian “Spy Academy” camp for kids

June 29, 2014 — 

Combie Bible Church near Lake of the Pines is offering “International Spy Academy,” a Christian summer camp for kids, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon, July 14 through 18. Activities will include religious songs, crafts, games, dramas and Bible lessons. The “International Spy Academy” is open to kindergarten through sixth grade children. Combie Bible Church is located at 22924 W. Hacienda Dr. For more information or to register, call 530-268-0309 or visit http:// www.combiebiblechurch.com.

Food fundraiser beneifts NU Aquatics

June 29, 2014 — 

Bistro 221 in Nevada City will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Nevada Union Aquatics program from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1. Bistro 221 is located at 221 Broad St. in Nevada City.

Reunion this summer for NU Class of ‘79

June 29, 2014 — 

Nevada Union High School Class of 1979 is holding its 35th Class Reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 at Pilot Peak Winery in Penn Valley. Visit http://www.nuhsclassof1979.myevent.com to purchase tickets or contact Teri Enright at 831-277-5507. The event will include a catered dinner with a no host bar and a DJ for those great 70’s tunes.

Book sale first Saturday in July

June 27, 2014 — 

The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries’ next monthly book sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 5 at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine Street, Nevada City. Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books will be for sale, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, collectibles and more.

This month’s sale features American history, home improvement, and technology.

For additional information phone 530-265-1407 or email friends@ncfol.org.

Your gently used books can be donated at any Nevada County library branch or outside Raley’s grocery in Grass Valley.

This is a great way to support your local libraries.

Proceeds go toward library materials, programs and equipment.

You can also get deals on like-new books.

Grass Valley police selling parking permits

June 26, 2014 — 

The Grass Valley Police Department is currently selling downtown parking permits.

Permits are valid at any of the city permit lots, located at South Auburn and Neal streets, North Auburn and Richardson streets, the west side of Police Department lot on South Auburn Street and the Center for the Arts.

Permits cost $45 each and are valid July 1 through Sept. 30.

For additional information, call the Grass Valley Police Department at 477-4600.

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