News Briefs

See’s Valentine’s candy on sale at hospital gift shop

January 30, 2015 — 

The Pine Tree Gift Shop at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is currently offering See’s Candies for Valentine’s Day with holiday wrap and heart-shaped speciality items.

Many other gift items can also be found, including singing stuffed animals, jewelry, scarves and home decor. Come early for the best selection. Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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ACLU chapter forming in Nevada Coutny

January 30, 2015 — 

The public is invited to participate in the formation of a new Nevada County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Horseman’s Association, 10600 Bubbling Wells Road in Grass Valley. Across the country, ACLU chapters act as the eyes and ears of communities, alerting the public to questionable choices made by city councils, county board of supervisors, law enforcement, and other local decision-making bodies. The new group will extend the ACLU’s reach throughout Northern California and keep lawmakers on their toes by representing ACLU priorities and issues in meetings and legislative hearings. For more information, email ACLUNevadaCounty@gmail.com, or call 530-430-7029.

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Free ‘The Last Friday Supper’ open to the community

January 30, 2015 — 

“The Last Friday Supper” invites you, your family and friends to a dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at The Grass Valley United Methodist Church. The menu will include homemade soup with turkey, rice and vegetables, French bread and butter, crisp green salad with tomatoes, olives and celery, ice cream with homemade brownies for dessert and milk and coffee to top it off. All are invited to this community event, where guests can relax in a warm and comfortable setting while enjoying a homemade, nutritious meal served by folks who care.

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Economic Development Summit topic of next Democratic Women’s Club

January 30, 2015 — 

On Saturday, Feb. 7, Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club will feature a talk by Debbie Plass RN MS, current Vice President of Operations at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and chair-elect to the local Economic Resource Council. Plass gave an update on the 2015 Economic Development Summit Thursday at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall, which included jobs creation, training and benefits. Members and guests will enjoy a brunch prepared by Margarita’s at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 7; $13 cost. A brief business meeting, announcements and upcoming events follow. Please RSVP to Carole at 530-205-9666 or email at carolehchapman@gmail.com by Tuesday, Feb. 4.

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Towntalk: Starmakers pancake breakfast and cabaret

January 30, 2015 — 

Submitted by Laura Patrick

The award winning Magnolia Starmaker’s Show Choir are working hard on their song and dance routines and specialty routines for the upcoming pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tickets can be purchased at the Large Gym the day of the event. Tickets cost $6 per person or $20 per family of four.

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Towntalk: Tickets now on sale for Daddy Daughter Dance

January 29, 2015 — 

Tickets are now on sale for the 8th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance, a benefit for the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition. The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall at 255 South Auburn St. This year’s theme is “Under the Sea,” and the night will include dancing, refreshments, raffles and a dessert bar. Tickets are $36 per couple, and $10 for each additional daughter. Tickets are available in advance at the BriarPatch Co-op and online at http://www.DVSAC.org. A corsage is guaranteed for pre-purchased ticket holders. For more information, call 530-272-2046.

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Program tonight seeks to bring sex trafficking ‘In Plain Sight’

January 28, 2015 — 

Twin Cities Church will host a free screening of “In Plain Sight,” a documentary film shedding light on sex trafficking in the United States, at 6:30 tonight.

The film features Jenny Williamson, founder of Courage Worldwide and Courage House in Rocklin, and six other “abolitionists” sharing their fight against the modern-day slave trade of sex trafficking. The film will be followed by a discussion of how to help those being targeted and those needing rescue, asking community members to get involved and find a way to help make a difference. A trailer for the film is available at http://www.InPlainSight.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Twin Cities, 11726 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley. Call 530-273-6425 for more information.

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PFLAG monthly support meeting tonight

January 28, 2015 — 

Tonight’s monthly PFLAG support meeting is open to all orientations and ages and provides a safe and confidential place to take part in discussions and find answers to questions attendees may have.

The free meetings begin at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley. PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is the United States’ largest organization for parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ).

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Annual Cinderella Project begins in February

January 28, 2015 — 

The Fifth Annual Cinderella Project Prom Dress Drive runs from Feb. 1-28. Organizers are looking for new and like-new gowns and accessories (shoes, jewelry, etc.) to replenish their racks for the 2015 Cinderella Boutique.

The Cinderella Project ensures that high school students in need are able to attend their prom, attired in style, for no cost.

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Towntalk: Purple haze

January 28, 2015 — 

Monday morning’s sunrise over Grass Valley.

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Free MMR and flu shots Thursday in downtown Grass Valley

January 28, 2015 — 

Free flu and MMR vaccinations are being offered cost free at the Nevada County Health Department’s Mobile Services Van, which will be parked from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Safeway, at 105 Neal St. in Grass Valley. Flu vaccinations are available to anyone age 3 and older. The MMR vaccination prevents measles, mumps and rubella in those 12 months and older. Bring immunization cards. For more information, call 530-265-7265/

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Penn Valley Lions Club sponsors literacy project

January 27, 2015 — 

The Penn Valley Lions Club is working in collaboration with the three Penn Valley Elementary Schools to sponsor a literacy project. This is the second year the Lions Club has sponsored this activity.

Organizers say the project has increased the reading level of students significantly and helped to develop a life-long love for books and learning.

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Towntalk: Bird battle

January 26, 2015 — 

On a recent trip to Seattle, Smartsville resident Annita Kasparian captured a tussle between two birds fighting over a clam.

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Audubon Society presents birds of Montana

January 26, 2015 — 

Join us at this month’s meeting of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society when Ed Harper takes the group through Montana’s varied seasons. During his presentation, “Birding the Four Seasons of Montana,” Harper will share the great diversity of birds he has photographed over many years of intensive coverage.

Born and raised in Montana, his vibrant passion for the Big Sky Country is clearly evident through his superb photography and informative narration. Bring a friend to share in this fine program.

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Nevada County memo highlights measles outbreak

January 26, 2015 — 

There is now a large outbreak of measles mainly in Southern California and it is anticipated to grow. As of Jan. 21, the California Department of Public Health confirmed 59 cases of measles in California residents (many linked to visits to Disneyland) since the end of December 2014 and a number of additional suspect cases are under investigation.

Measles is highly infectious. It can linger in the air for an hour or two after a contagious person has coughed or sneezed.

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Towntalk: Nothing like an old folk song

January 24, 2015 — 

Myra Lynne Traugo of Grass Valley belts out a Woody Guthrie tune at the BriarPatch Co-op Thursday.

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Short story author reading today at Coffee Roasters

January 24, 2015 — 

Grass Valley author Dimitri Keriotis will read from his collection of short stories, “The Quiet Time,” at 12:30 p.m. today at Sierra Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley,

The author’s collection was released this fall from SFA Press and consists of 11 stories. While many of Keriotis’s pieces focus on human relationships and inner struggles, others take place in foreign countries — such as Zaire (Congo) and Greece — and center on interactions between a host nation and an American visitor.

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Local author to share reflections on race relations

January 23, 2015 — 

Missed Bill Drake’s presentation on prejudice and racism last week or want to hear his thoughts on steps we can take to overcome them? At 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Madelyn Helling public library, Drake will offer personal insight on the topic, along with guidelines for personal and societal self-reflection, in his book, “Almost Hereditary: A White Southerner’s Journey Out of Racism.”

“Almost Hereditary” recounts the insidious presence of racial attitudes passed down through generations. It is a “story of transformation that offers hope” as the author addresses the causes of prejudice and offers specific steps to overcoming prejudice in oneself and society.

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Rotary Club’s ‘Casino Night’ coming in February

January 23, 2015 — 

The Grass Valley Rotary Club will host their 24th Annual Casino Night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 at The Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley. Guests are encouraged to beat the Rotarian dealers at Blackjack, craps, and poker. There will be a silent auction for over $20,000 in prizes and door prizes from an admission ticket drawing. At the end of the night guests can trade their script for raffle tickets to win additional prizes. Live entertainment by Nevada County band “SoLS,” as well as a no-host bar manned by Rotarians and dinner offered for a nominal fee.

All proceeds go toward Nevada County funding projects supported by the Grass Valley Rotary. Examples include college and technical school scholarships for high school graduates, Rotary youth leadership programs for middle school and high school students, international youth exchange programs and the annual music and speech contest. Additional funding goes to many other nonprofits in the area. Tickets (a $20 donation) can be purchased at Nevada City Winery, Tess’ Kitchen Store, Tri-Counties Bank or at the door. For more information, call 530-273-9161.

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Towntalk: Reaching for the moon

January 23, 2015 — 

A crescent moon and nearby star approach the horizon Tuesday evening in Grass Valley.

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Presentation on those new to Medicare

January 23, 2015 — 

With about three people a day turning 65 in Nevada County, the Baby Boomer Roundup resumes in February and March. Everybody becoming eligible for Medicare — people who are 64 years old and some others — is invited to learn about Medicare and all the related insurance programs.

In about an hour and a quarter, local independent insurance agent David Unterman will explain all the important timing issues; what Medicare does and doesn’t cover — its deductibles and co-pays — and all the “parts” of Medicare, including inpatient, outpatient, and prescription drug plans.

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Empty Bowl Soup Supper decorating party postponed

January 22, 2015 — 

The Empty Bowl Soup Supper decorating party has been postponed until Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6 and 7 due to illness. Participants will meet both days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Do you have an empty bowl? The Empty Bowl Soup Supper is a fundraising event put on by Hospitality House every winter to help feed the hungry and homeless.

Many potters in the community are working on seeing that everyone who attends has a handmade bowl for soup and to take home afterwards. Among them are Rene Sprattling and two of her former students, Jude Vogel and Scott Ewing. They recently met at Rene’s studio, (Studio 540) in downtown Nevada City to turn lumps of clay into open, inviting bowls that will soon be ready for the March 8 Empty Bowl Supper at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

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Nevada City School of the Arts accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year

January 22, 2015 — 

The Nevada City School of the Arts is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. New families are required to attend a parent meeting prior to submitting an application. Upcoming “parents only” meetings are scheduled for 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 and 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 17 in the school’s theater. To RSVP, call 530-273-2236 or email enrollment@ncsota.org. The application deadline is 3 p.m. on April 10.

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Pet adoptathon this Saturday at Petco

January 22, 2015 — 

Butch, pictured above, is among the dogs available for adoption Saturday at Petco in Grass Valley. Butch’s elderly owner recently passed away. He and his “sibling” Honeybear are in need of a loving home. The Adoptathon will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Petco, 672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.scooterspals.org or call 530-350-2099.

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Free MMR children’s vaccination offered Thursday

January 21, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Public Health Department’s Immunization and Emergency Preparedness Programs are offering free Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccinations Thursday at the children’s vaccination clinic with the Mobile Services Van.

The van will be at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building, 255 S. Auburn St., from 1-4 p.m.

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Small farm, garden forum examines bee care tonight

January 21, 2015 — 

Local farmer Tom Wade will give a presentation at the Small Farm and Garden Forum entitled, “Holistic Bee Care: Flowers, Pollen, and Nectar — Why Organic Matters” at 7 tonight at the Rough and Ready Grange. You have probably heard the news that the USA has become bee “unfriendly.” Whether you keep bees or not, you can help them thrive. Learn about bees and their life cycle. Learn about the local flowering plants that support bee health, and how the specific flowering plants grown give vital support to the bees throughout the year.

Have any extra seeds you want to share? Have you divided perennials and have extra? Tables will be set up for a seed and plant exchange after Wade’s presentation. Bring envelopes and markers. Stick around afterwards to network and make new friends.

Wade and his wife Renee are permaculture farmers at Bluebird Farm in Nevada City. They are also landscapers, and they raise animals. Admission is free to ranchers, farmers, homesteaders, gardeners and “newbies.” Young people are encouraged to attend.

The Rough and Ready Grange is located at 14550 Rough and Ready Highway (http://www.roughandreadygrange.com).

For more information, call Cathe’ Fish at 530-432-5109 or Ann Driver at 530-432-8977.

Towntalk: Blanket of fog

January 21, 2015 — 

Dense fog shrouded over trees at Lake Wildwood.

So you want to publish an ebook?

January 20, 2015 — 

Suzie Daggett, author, speaker, and co-organizer of Nevada County Online, will give a demonstration on how to publish an e-book at 11 a.m. Jan. 27 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Her presentation, “So … you want to publish an e-book?” will show participants how to share ideas or thoughts about any subject on the World Wide Web.

Daggett will guide attendees through the process in an interactive, sharing format. She will cover writing and editing, the cover, publishing options, the Kindle dashboard and a bit of marketing.

Daggett is the author of “PEARLS ~ 52 Contemplative Insights,” published as an e-book and paperback. She is a speaker, writer and business/life consultant.

Nevada County online (NCO) is the largest business meetup group in Nevada County with 372 members. For more information, visit http://www.nevadacountyonline.com/. The Member Online Services tab lists all members and their services. NCO is for online beginners and experts and everyone in between. All meetups are open to the public. A $5 donation is requested. RSVP online at http://www.meetup.com/NevadaCountyOnline/. Park down the hill and not in the library parking lot.

— Submitted to The Union

Towntalk: Pedal power

January 20, 2015 — 

The sound system for the band, Beaucoup Chapeaux, was powered by bicyclists in Nevada City Sunday, as part of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival’s festivities.

Make a vegan connection

January 20, 2015 — 

Nevada County Vegan Connection will host its first meetup from 2:30-4:30 p.m. March 7.

Whether you’re looking to meet like-minded people in the area or interested in learning more about veganism, this is the event to make that connection.

Bring a prepackaged, manufactured vegan snack (cookies, muffins, etc.) to share with the group and your own reusable dishware.

If you are new to veganism, it is a plant-based diet which excludes all animal products, such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, etc.

The meeting will take place March 7 in the Gene Albaugh Commmunity Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

For more information and to sign up, visit http://www.meetup.com/Nevada-County-Vegan-Connection/events/219704020/.

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