News Briefs

Heritage Gardens open at North Star House

July 7, 2015 — 

Members of the North Star Historic Conservancy and Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills were joined by donors and construction partners on June 27 to celebrate the ground breaking of The Heritage Garden at the North Star House.

The Heritage Garden represents an important portion of the greater project to restore the North Star House, designed by architect Julia Morgan, to its former prominence as a cultural center in Grass Valley. The home is considered a prime example of the early California Arts and Crafts architectural style. It was the home to inventor, engineer and North Star Mine Superintendant A. D. Foote and his wife, famed illustrator and author Mary Hallock Foote.

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Donner Lake fireworks

July 7, 2015 — 

Submitted photo by Kian Berreman

A Donner Summit view of Fourth of July fireworks at Donner Lake Saturday.

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Sierra Presbyterian Vacation Bible School begins July 13-17

July 6, 2015 — 

“Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power” is the theme for Sierra Presbyterian Church’s Summer Sensation Vacation Bible School from July 13 through 17 on the church campus at 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City.

Using a mountain climbing theme, each day students will learn about “a different power of God” and a Biblical person illustrating that power. For example, “God has the power to provide, comfort, heal, forgive and love.” Daily dramas will demonstrate the lesson.

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Fundraising campaign for Nevada County Pets of the Homeless through July

July 6, 2015 — 

Nevada County Pets of the Homeless started a “GiveForward” Help and Awareness Campaign through the month of July to raise funds for animals in need of supplies and food. Nevada County Pets of the Homeless is the only organization that is 100 percent supported by community donations and provides pets of the homeless what they need and so deserve. The organization ensures these animals get food, collars, leashes, coats, flea medication, heartworm, vaccinations, city licensing, toys, treats, vet care, spaying and neutering, as well as special medication or supplies for pets with medical needs. One hundred percent of donations are given directly to the animals. To donate or learn more about Nevada County Pets of the Homeless, call 530-802-3666 or visit http://www.giveforward.com and type in Nevada County Pets of the Homeless.

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Presentation on state sovereignty and the Constitution sponsored by the Nevada County Tea Party July 10

July 4, 2015 — 

KrisAnne Hall, a Constitutional attorney, former prosecutor and Army veteran, will give a presentation on state sovereignty and the Constitution at 6:30 p.m. July 10 at Saint Canice Center, 236 Reward St., Nevada City. The presentaion is sponsored by the Nevada County Tea Party. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets at $15 in advance, $20 at the door; VIP Reception: $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Purchase tickets at Gold-N-Green, 302 Railroad Ave., Grass Valley, or BriarPatch Co-op, 290 Sierra College Drive or online at http://www.nevadacountyteaparty.org. The VIP reception begins at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.nevadacountyteaparty.org.

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Northridge fundraiser benefits free two-day medical clinic

July 4, 2015 — 

The Northridge restaurant in Nevada City will be hosting a fundraiser for California CareForce the evening of July 6. A percentage of all food sales will be donated toward the organization’s free medical, dental and vision clinic, scheduled for Nov. 14 and 15 at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building. For more information, visit http://CaliforniaCareForce.org or call 530-273-3033. The Northridge is located at 773 Nevada St. in Nevada City.

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Wet behind the ears

July 4, 2015 — 

The Gold Country Yacht Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. July 8 is the club’s next general meeting at Scotts Flat Lake. All “salts,” with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Bring something to barbecue and something to share. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the Commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m. Please visit our website at http://www.gcyc.net to check out the Youth Sailing Program. The next Level 1 (beginning) sailing class is July 20-24.

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Book Swap this Sunday

July 3, 2015 — 

July’s community book swap will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. It will be held at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road, one mile past the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Exchange used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, magazines and table games for others. Everything is free. There will be music by the Kitchen Sisters.

For more information, call 530-845-5208 or visit http://www.ncbookswap.webs.com.

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Celebrate marriage equality at Baskin-Robbins tonight

July 3, 2015 — 

Members of PFLAG are inviting community members to join them at 7 p.m. today at Baskin-Robbins in Grass Valley to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality. The gathering coincides with PFLAG’s “First Friday” fundraiser, when 20 percent of Baskin-Robbins purchases are donated to PFLAG.

Those who can’t make it in the evening can go in anytime during the day and mention the donation to PFLAG at the cash register.

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Interfaith Food Ministry receives grant

July 3, 2015 — 

Interfaith Food Ministry recently received a $3,000 Save Mart CARES grant to help provide nutritious food for seniors, homeless individuals, and families in need of temporary assistance. Save Mart CARES is a charitable organization whose aim is in its name: “Community, Arts, Recreation, Education, and Sports.” It seeks out and selects programs that contribute significantly to community advancement in the areas of health, education, and the arts.

IFM is a coalition of 15 churches with 30 years of service providing nutritious food to assure the health and well-being of all residents in Western Nevada County.

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Fire restrictions in force during holiday weekend

July 3, 2015 — 

With the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend here, recreationists are reminded that fire restrictions are in effect throughout the Tahoe National Forest. Campfires are only permitted within fire rings in designated campgrounds or picnic areas.

In the backcountry, persons with a valid California campfire permit may use a portable stove or lantern that uses gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel. Campfire permits are available from Forest Service offices during normal business hours and at www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit.

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CHP urges a safe, sober Fourth of July

July 3, 2015 — 

Californians love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks. All too often these celebrations and festivities turn tragic when someone decides to drink and drive a vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol wants you to have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend, but also wants you to make safe and smart choices before getting behind the wheel.

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Recovery & Wellness Series presents drug testing for safer communities with Dr. Leo Kadehjian

July 2, 2015 — 

Independent biomedical consultant Dr. Leo Kadehjian, Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County and Community Recovery Resources are hosting “Drug Testing for Safer Communities” as part of their Recovery and Wellness series on July 9. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. on the CoRR Campus, 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. Attendees will learn how CoRR partners with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics to bring quality, rapid testing to Nevada County. This evening will also cover the latest trends in substances of abuse, and how testing works to support individual and public health and safety.

Kadehjian, who lives in Palo Alto primarily lectures and writes on the clinical, scientific, regulatory, and legal issues in drugs of abuse testing.

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Photo: Taking the plunge

July 2, 2015 — 

A fox pays a daily visit to a Penn Valley bird bath.

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Vietnam Vets group open to new members

July 2, 2015 — 

The local chapter 535 of the Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or not. All vets, families, and friends are welcome to attend meetings the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 225 South Auburn St. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.vva535.org or call 530-559-7716.

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Nice rack

July 1, 2015 — 

A new visitor appeared in a Lake Wildwood courtyard Tuesday.

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United Way's 'Day of Action' a success

July 1, 2015 — 

On June 18 United Way of Nevada County held its Seventh Annual “Day of Action.” The many volunteers along with agreeable weather helped make the event a huge success. Walls were painted, supplies organized and food sorted and prepared for delivery. Along with the many adults who participated, Nevada Union High School football players also pitched in company employees from businesses such as Texas Instruments, Telestream and groups such as the League of Women Voters, showed up to help nonprofits in the community with their special projects. Thousands of volunteers came out across the nation for United Way’s Day of Action. The nationwide effort helps to stimulate community action that advances our goals in education, income and health on the same day. Volunteerism is an essential ingredient to helping local communities grow. United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of a community. For more information on next year’s “Day of Action” or to participate, email admin@uwnc.org or call 530-274-8111.

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Historical Society to examine mining in Yuba County

July 1, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Historical Society will host guest speaker Kathleen Smith, a genealogist, historiographer and author at 7 p.m. on July 16 at the Madelyn Helling Library.

Smith has been active in many areas of historical research and preservation, namely in the Smartsville area. She will be introducing a new volume in the “Images of America” series from Arcadia Publishing: “Mining in Yuba County.”

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Single mom

June 29, 2015 — 

A mother Robin feeds her three babies on Banner Mountain in Nevada City.

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Nevada County Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence welcomes new members

June 29, 2015 — 

The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, at place of worship, and in our communities. We work to educate families about gun violence prevention and to help create and support public policy, legislation and regulations for sensible gun laws at the state and national levels. We seek to reduce firearm injury and death by keeping weapons out of dangerous hands. Contact bradynevadaplacer@gmail.com for more information.

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Volunteers needed for free two-day health clinic

June 29, 2015 — 

A growing number of Nevada County people are signing up to help prepare for the free medical, dental and vision two-day clinic being brought to Grass Valley by the nonprofit California CareForce on Nov. 14 and 15. Yet the massive undertaking requires many more volunteers. Individuals and members of organizations and churches are encouraged to come to the next informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 8 in the Community Room at the BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley. For more information see http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org or go to http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCareForce.

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Vietnam Veterans of America 535 provides camaraderie for all veterans

June 29, 2015 — 

The local chapter 535 of the Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or not.

All vets, families, and friends are welcome to attend meetings the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 225 South Auburn St. in Grass Valley.

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One good turn deserves another

June 27, 2015 — 

A barrel racer rounds a turn Wednesday at the Nevada County Horsemen’s arena in Grass Valley.

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How to avoid heatstroke with young children

June 27, 2015 — 

Heatstroke (hyperthermia) is a leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in young children. With temperatures on the rise, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is cautioning parents and caregivers of young children that leave children in a hot car, even for a few minutes, can have fatal or irrevocable consequences.

The temperature inside a car can rise a full 50 degrees in an hour, so even moderate daytime temperatures can be dangerous. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in as little as 10 minutes, even with the windows cracked a couple of inches. Children’s bodies are more quickly and severely affected by high temperatures. According to data from the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences, between 1998 and 2014, a total of 636 children lost their lives as a result of experiencing heatstroke in hot vehicles, including 30 children who lost their lives in 2014 alone.

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KVMR hosts roundtable discussion about groundwater loss across western U.S.

June 26, 2015 — 

Operation Unite, in cooperation with KVMR 89.5 FM has scheduled a live radio broadcast discussing the realities of groundwater loss for individuals living in the Western United States, including Nevada County.

The “Round Table Discussion” is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday on KVMR 89.5 FM. Guests include Lorraine Flint, scientist with the U.S.G.S., a nonprofit group that is aiding people experiencing hundreds of dry wells in Porterville, California, impacted citizens in Cle Elum, Washington and Lyons, Colorado and Nevada County citizens on the San Juan Ridge, Banner Mountain and Penn Valley.

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Nevada County fencing classes open to new members

June 26, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Fencing Club made a special appearance at the June 20 Nevada City Film Festival’s showing of Princess Bride. The club demonstrated Olympic-style fencing, live swordplay like that used in the movie, before an audience of several hundred. Classes meet Monday nights from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building. For more information, visit http://www.wix.com/ncfencing/ncfc. or call 530-432-1750.

Paving project set to start on Highway 49 in Nevada County

June 26, 2015 — 

Nearly 13 miles of State Highway 49 in Nevada County will be repaved this summer, with work set to start at the end of this week. Work is scheduled to begin today and is expected to be completed in mid-September. Teichert Construction of Sacramento was awarded the contract with a low bid of $3.99 million. The work will consist of putting down an overlay of rubberized asphalt concrete on 9.6 miles of Highway 49 from the Bear River Bridge to Pingree Road and a 3.3-mile segment from just south of the junction with State Highway 20 in Grass Valley to 0.4 of a mile south of Cornette Way.

The contractor will be working night shifts from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Fridays, 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturdays and 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Sundays. The work will be done under one-way traffic control in the two-lane section of the highway, with delays up to 10 minutes in each direction, and alternating lane closures in the four-lane section. Caltrans reminds motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

For real-time traffic updates, follow Caltrans District 3 on Twitter or “like” them on Facebook.

Ground breaking ceremony for the Heritage Garden

June 25, 2015 — 

A Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Heritage Garden and Volunteer Opportunity Day will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Historic North Star House, located at 12075 Old Auburn Road in Grass Valley. The public is invited to this free event. The North Star Conservancy will officially break ground for The Heritage Garden, an ornamental garden complete with meeting areas, reflecting pond, and paths. The Garden will exhibit plants that were part of the original landscaping designed by A. D. Foote, as well as specimen plants provided by renowned horticulturalists Luther Burbank and Felix Gillet.

The design of the Heritage Garden will accommodate school tours, docent led tours for the general public, as well as support for private and community events. It will create a separate more intimate venue for small events and educational lectures. The Conservancy is seeking volunteer support for the garden as well as for the continuing rehabilitation of the Historic North Star House. For more information about the Heritage Garden and the North Star House or how to support and volunteer services, visit http://www.NorthStarConservancey.org or contact Cheryl Belcher at 530-205-8793.

Guest dog trainer at pet adopt-a-thon Saturday

June 25, 2015 — 

Certified dog trainer John Garcia will be available to answer questions about dog behavior at Scooter’s Pals’ pet “Adopt-a-thon” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Many dogs in need of loving homes will be on hand. The event will be at Scooter’s Place Gift & Thrift Shop, 1781 E. Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.scooterspals.org or call 530-350-2099.

Be prepared for summer heat

June 25, 2015 — 

Are you prepared for the upcoming days of higher temperatures? Extreme heat is dangerous for all persons but especially the very young, senior citizens, and those with chronic medical conditions. These groups of vulnerable people have a harder time regulating their body temperature.

The Nevada County Public Health Department would like to offer some tips for hot weather:

— Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages.

— Dress in loose fitting, lightweight, and light colored clothes.

— Protect your face and head by wearing a wide brimmed hat.

— Pace your outdoor activities.

— Use an air conditioner if possible. Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.

— Check on family, friends, neighbors who do not have air conditioning.

— Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

— Never leave any person or animal in a closed vehicle.

If you or someone you know is experiencing heat-related problems, contact your private medical provider with any questions.

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