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‘Cracking the Code of Special Education’ topic of next Community Support Network meeting

October 30, 2014 — 

Eli Gallup will present, “Cracking the Code of Special Education” at the Nov. 5 Community Support Network Meeting. Gallup is the assistant superintendent-SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.

Interested community members are invited to learn the alphabet soup code of IEP, FAPE, IDEA, and more. Attendees will get an overview of special education challenges and opportunities. Who are all the players? What are their roles, rights, and responsibilities? What helps things go well?

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Jewish Community Center hosting lecture series

October 29, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Jewish Community Center is hosting the first of its three-part Adult Education lecture series for this year at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, at 506 Walsh St. in Grass Valley. The lecture will be given by Daniel Klein of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Klein will discuss the new strategic realities that Israel currently faces, the United States-Israel relationship, the geopolitical climate of the modern Middle East and grassroots political involvement. Klein has a master’s degree in public policy with a focus in economics and state and local politics from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in modern U.S. history from University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Live your dream education and training awards

October 29, 2014 — 

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley is looking for a woman who is ready to begin a new life. We are looking for someone who is the primary financial support for herself and her dependents. Dependents can include children, a spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.

The applicant must be enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and be motivated to achieve education and career goals. She must live in Nevada County and not have been the recipient of the award previously known as “The Women Opportunity Award,” and now “Live Your Dream Education and Training Award.”

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Autumn potluck and costume party today at Peace. love. swap & PLAY!

October 29, 2014 — 

Peace. love. swap & PLAY, a community center and indoor playground for families with young children, is hosting an “Autumn Potluck and Costume Party” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. The event is free, and families are encouraged to bring a fall dish to share and wear costumes. Peace. love. swap & PLAY is located at 124 Clydesdale Ct. Suite C in Grass Valley. For more information, call Rachel at 530-263-8025.

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New court advocates assist foster youth

October 28, 2014 — 

A group of 10 CASA trainees were sworn in as Officers of the Court on Oct. 16. These new CASAs will join about 50 other Court Appointed Special Advocates who, through Child Advocates of Nevada County, are screened, trained, and supported to work as volunteers with children in the foster care system.

A CASA assists the court by regularly visiting a foster child, gathering information about the child’s situation and needs and supporting the child throughout the court process until the child is settled in a loving and permanent home.

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Grass Valley roadwork: Neville Way at Pine Street closed

October 28, 2014 — 

Neville Way at Pine Street in Grass Valley will be closed for underground utility work on Tuesday. The closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (weather permitting).

Access to businesses/residences will be maintained via Wiley Lane. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.

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11th annual Victorian Tea Affaire

October 27, 2014 — 

The Chicago Park Garden Club presents its 11th annual Victorian Tea Affaire on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Nevada County Elks Lodge at 518 Highway 49.

Tickets are on sale now at $27 each. Checks should be made to CPGC and sent by Oct. 31 to N. Tilman, 1440 Wilder Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

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I got mine

October 27, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Chad Wingo

From left, Tall Pines Nursery School students Isla Arnerich and Hyatt Wingo found their favorite pumpkins at Bierwagen’s Pumpkin Patch Wednesday.

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Nevada County Book Sale now through Nov. 7

October 25, 2014 — 

Nevada County is holding its 19th annual Book Sale at the Rood Government Center Lobby, located at 950 Maidu Ave in Nevada City. This annual Book Sale is happening now and runs through November 7. The prices range from 50 cents to $2 for books and $3 for DVDs.

The sale is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For the best selection of books it’s best to shop early. Donations of books are still being accepted. There are a variety of books on hand, including children’s, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction. All proceeds go to United Way of Nevada County and its partner agencies. October is the Nevada County United Way Campaign kick-off month. This event is just one of many events occurring throughout Nevada County to help benefit the community during the 2014 United Way Campaign season. For more information on the sale, please contact Lelia Loomis at 530-265-1498.

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Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

October 25, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Margarita’s Restaurant for a brunch and business meeting. Members are asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Nevada County. Protein items like canned tuna and peanut butter are appreciated. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 29 to Merilee at 530-432-36-78 or email merileeimamoto@comcast.net.

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Pet adoptathon today

October 25, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Denise Cain

Joy, a one year old terrier, is one of several dogs from Scooter’s Pals who will be available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Petco. For more information, visit ScootersPals.org. Petco is located at 672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley.

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Towntalk: Lady golfers ‘Fight Like a Girl’ for breast cancer prevention

October 24, 2014 — 

Submitted by Denise Stein

The Tenth Annual Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament at Lake Wildwood Golf Course was a huge success, raising $8,500 for breast cancer prevention in Nevada County.

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Presentation on “Future Satellite Wars”

October 24, 2014 — 

C. Robert Welti, Ph.D. will give his vision of how the U.S. may defend valuable satellite resources and deprive enemies of theirs at the next Sons in Retirement meeting on Nov. 6.

Welti’s presentation is based his 50 years of aerospace experience, current political-economic conditions, and developing technology. He is the author of “Satellite Basics for Everyone.”

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Lutherans celebrate Reformation Sunday

October 24, 2014 — 

Choral music and trumpets will herald at this Sunday’s festival worship of Reformation Day, when Lutherans celebrate nearly 500 years of tradition.

Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley will mark the day with choral works that include a version of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” The standard was composed by Dr. Martin Luther, a German monk and university professor who sparked what became the Protestant Reformation when he posted his 95 Theses for reforming the Catholic Church in 1517.

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Alexander Technique workshop this Sunday

October 23, 2014 — 

Grass Valley therapist Nora Nausbaum will be teaching a workshop on the Alexander Technique from 3-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Mt. View Rehab, 380 Sierra College Dr. in Grass Valley. The workshop will focus on learning to change habits that cause stiffness and pain. There are no exercises. Helpful for back pain, neck and shoulder stiffness, hip and leg discomfort, hand overuse, shallow breathing and balance. Participants will examine how they bend, sit, stand, use a computer, play music, pick up a package with the goal of moving in a lighter, less habitual, less contracted way through verbal cues and gentle hands-on guidance. The cost is $40 and includes individual session to be arranged. Nausbaum has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1988. For more information, call 530-798-9585 or email Nora@ATsierra.com.

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Computers for genealogy study group

October 23, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Genealogical Society’s Study Group will host the last session of “Computers for Genealogy” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28 in the community room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. The class and handout be on “scanning,” and will cover the history of scanning, review of equipment, scanning procedures and how to organize the end results. This method of electronic conversion has given the genealogist the books and documents that now appear on the internet.

The meetings are open to the public, free of charge. For more information contact Donna Dugle Young at ddugle@pacbell.net or 530-477-0192.

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Towntalk: Old Glory, new glory

October 23, 2014 — 

Submitted by Chris Graff

In honor of World Series, a San Francisco Giants flag waves in the wind alongside Old Glory in downtown Grass Valley.

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Halloween pet photo contest benefits Scooter’s Pals

October 22, 2014 — 

Scooter’s Pals Dog Rescue is holding its first Halloween photo contest to raise funds to help rescue, care for and “rehome” dogs in need.

Scooter’s is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) charity and receives no financial support from any national or local humane organization. Programs are supported solely by donations, adoptions and fundraising events.

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Solar eclipse viewing on Oct. 23

October 22, 2014 — 

Solar eclipse viewing on Thursday The Nevada County Library will team up with the Nevada County Astronomers to host a partial solar eclipse viewing in front of the Madelyn Helling Library on Thursday, weather permitting. The sun will be 40 percent obscured at maximum in our area. The free outdoor event will begin at 1:52 p.m. (first contact) and will be maximum at 3:16 p.m. Filtered solar telescopes will be available for safe viewing of the sun, including a hydrogen-alpha telescope. Special solar filter viewing glasses will be available to borrow. All are welcome.

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Towntalk: Spooky sightings

October 22, 2014 — 

Ghouls and ghosts have been spotted around Nevada City.

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Bisexuality: the shadow of the LGBTQ world

October 21, 2014 — 

Dr. Marilyn Chambliss will discuss bisexuality at PFLAG’s next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley.

The meeting will open with a presentation of the TED talk, “50 Shades of Gay,” and Chambliss will share information on bi-sexuality based on articles she has gathered, and the recent book, “The Bi-Sexual Option.” She also will share the story of her own experiences and will invite others to share theirs. The meeting will end with the YouTube video, “Yes I Am Bi-Sexual,” by R.J. Aguiar.

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Secrets to selling online at Etsy

October 21, 2014 — 

Mila Johansen, author, playwright, public speaker and business owner, will give tips on Etsy, an online selling site alternative to Ebay, at the next meeting of Nevada County Online, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Have you ever wanted to sell or find a better way of selling your items online? Johansen will take participants through signing up, getting started, how to manage your store and how to direct buyers to personal Etsy sites. There are several techniques that even seasoned Etsy users are not aware of, she claims. She will also discuss how to easily use Facebook to promote your Etsy store and bring in scores of daily new customers.

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Chore becomes work of art

October 21, 2014 — 

Submitted by Regina M. Dutilly

Grass Valley resident Martin Dutilly is famous in his neighborhood for his artistic woodpiles. One year it was the Golden Gate Bridge. This year it’s a house, complete with windows and a door made from old decking.

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Sierra roadwork schedule: Oct. 20-25, 2014

October 21, 2014 — 

Long-term projects

Interstate 80 (Placer County) at the Magra overcrossing: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect alternating lane closures from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. through Friday for bridge work. Interstate 80 (Placer County) at Penryn Road: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect alternating lane closures and ramp closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Friday and 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for bridge work.

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Today is last day to register to vote

October 21, 2014 — 

Californians must register to vote by today so they can weigh in on important issues on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. Postmarks do count for mailed registration applications. Voter registration closes 15 days prior to any California election.

A person must re-register to vote after moving, changing names or changing political party preference. Eligible Californians can register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov or get a paper application at local libraries, post offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and other government offices. Voter registration records are maintained at county elections offices; check voter registration status at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status. For more information about registering to vote, visit www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm.

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Craft Fair benefits local charity groups

October 21, 2014 — 

The Catholic Ladies Relief Society’s Annual Community Craft Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 26 at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 235 Chapel St. in Grass Valley. The event will be in two halls — the large hall will feature more than 20 local crafters and the smaller hall will be filled with gently used Christmas items and decorations. Proceeds will benefit local charity groups, such as Utah’s Place, the Interfaith Food Ministry, Living Well Medical Clinic and Habitat for Humanity. Baked goods, hot dogs and other “goodies” will also be available. For more information, call 530-273-7691.

Cat food needed for shelter pets

October 21, 2014 — 

Sammie’s Friends is in dire need of canned cat and dog food for their shelter pets. They have a budget for dry food, but not for wet. Donors are encouraged to drop off food between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Shelter viewing hours are noon to 4 p.m. every day but Sunday.

Sammie’s Friends is located at the Nevada County Animal Shelter, 14647 McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-471-5041 or visit http://www.sammiesfriends.org.

Complimentary massages offered to burn survivors

October 18, 2014 — 

Nevada City massage therapist Patricia Rusert Gillette is offering complimentary massages to burn survivors throughout the month of October. Gillette, a certified massage practitioner with special certification in burn scar massage therapy, will be traveling to Anaheim on. Oct. 22 to take part in the annual World Burn Congress. The event is sponsored by the Phoenix Society for burn survivors, and is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury.

Prior to her departure and after returning from Anaheim, Gillette, who owns Sacred Systems in Nevada City, is offering free massage sessions to burn survivors in Nevada County. For more information, contact Gillette and 530-265-0400 or visit http://www.phoenix-society.org.

Climate Change Coalition meeting set for Tuesday

October 18, 2014 — 

Submitted by Sharon Delgado

The Nevada County Climate Change Coalition’s next general meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church Street in Grass Valley. Rondal Snodgrass will report on the September 21 Peoples’ Climate March in New York, as well as reports from participants of the Nevada County Peoples’ Climate March (above). Open to the public, there will also information on recent events and upcoming actions related to climate change.

Family law fast track “trauma informed” training for attorneys

October 18, 2014 — 

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition is offering a free workshop Saturday, with limited civic commitment, for attorneys interested in trauma informed advocacy. Lunch is included. Attorneys who complete this training and volunteer at the legal clinic a minimum of three times a year will be included on the DVSAC direct attorney referral list. For those attending for the MCLE units, the cost is $75. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Nevada County Contractors’ Association, 149 Crown Point Court, Suite A in Grass Valley. Please RSVP by calling 530-272-2046.

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