The local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among a group of veterans who share a common heritage. All veterans of the Vietnam era and their families are welcome to attend chapter meetings.The chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room, Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley.
For information, call 530-265-4878 or visit http://www.vva535.org.Learn more »
Nevada City Parks & Recreation and Parents’ Resource Guide are partnering for the Third Annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair. The fair is designed to allow parents the opportunity to meet camp directors and activity providers; ask questions about their programs and find the best match for their child. More than 300 parents attended this fair last year to gather information and register their child for summer programs. There are so many opportunities for school-aged children during the summer; the department is giving parents the opportunity to meet many of those providers on one day in one place, so they can make informed decisions about which activities will best suit their child and their family’s summer schedule.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building. Summer camp and activity providers are encouraged to contact organizers about being a vendor at the fair. This is a chance to meet parents and accept registrations for your program. Sponsors for the event are also welcome. All sponsorship funds are used as “camperships” to send children to their choice of summer camp. For more information, contact Nevada City Parks & Recreation at 530-265-2496, ext. 129.Learn more »
PFLAG will hold its monthly Parent’s Support Group meeting at 6 p.m., March 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, located at 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. This group is open to parents of children of any age or orientation, including lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or any other orientation. The group includes parents who come to offer support, as well as parents who come to receive support. Group members will be with other parents who either have or are currently on their journey for a better understanding of their children. No matter what stage you are at on this path, you are welcome.
For more information, contact Pat at 530-274-1423.Learn more »
Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley, at 10 A 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, your are invited to join..
To learn more, visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.Learn more »
Nevada County’s Health and Human Services Agency division of Housing and Community Services has funding available for down-payment assistance for about four low-income potential homebuyers.
The First-time Homebuyers HOME Loan Program can provide gap assistance for qualifying individuals and families. Gap assistance enables potential homeowners to borrow part of their down payment and/or closing costs from Nevada County through the HOME Loan Program. To qualify, applicants must meet the requirements noted below:Learn more »
The California Highway Patrol is seeking the occupants of a vehicle that fled the scene of a collision Thursday night near Camptonville.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., a man identified as Nickulas Maglaras, 48, of Oregon House, was driving a 1990 Ford F-450 pickup truck northbound on Highway 49 south of Ridge Road near Camptonville in Yuba County, said CHP spokesman Greg Tassone.Learn more »
The Nevada County Camera Club’s March 24 meeting will include guest speakers Eric Joseph and Patrick DelliBovi from Freestyle Photographic Supplies, who will discuss, “The World of Inkjet Papers — Success or Failure... The Print Matters!”
A key topic will include the brands of inkjet paper available to match the right paper to a unique image. The interactive presentation will also include displays of various papers and prints for viewing.Learn more »
The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is offering a free two-day training session for its Defensible Space Advisor Program, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 2 and 3. The first day of the session is classroom-style learning with various instructors. No previous experience is necessary, and the public is invited to learn more about fire safety in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Students will learn about implementing defensible space, vegetation models in our area, wildfire behavior, forest health, Firewise landscaping techniques, homeowner’s insurance issues, emergency notifications, planning for evacuation and establishing Firewise Communities/USA.Learn more »
Day use and boat launch fees at Rollins and Scotts Flat reservoirs will increase under a 2014 fee schedule approved Wednesday by the Nevada Irrigation District board of directors.
The day use vehicle entry fee, which includes up to four people, was increased from $6.50 to $8, while the day use/boat launch fee was increased from $13 to $15. The walk-in rate remains at $1.50. The fees have not been adjusted in five years.Learn more »
The Nevada County Victim Witness Assistance Program, in conjunction with the district attorney’s office and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, is sponsoring a candlelight vigil April 9 in recognition of crime victims.
The vigil is being held from 5:30-7 p.m. in the parking lot at Grass Valley City Hall, at the corner of Main and South Auburn streets. The vigil will be held rain or shine and is in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.Learn more »
In advance of the June 3 primary election, the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County is conducting a series of candidate forums. They will be held on consecutive Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the chambers of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.
— March 27: Candidates for the Board of Supervisors District 3, the Grass Valley area, are incumbent Terry Lamphier and challenger Dan Miller. Candidates for the Board of Supervisors District 4, West County, are incumbent Hank Weston and challengers Fran Cole and Jedediah Biagi.Learn more »
Angela Bradrick, who is running for election for the open Nevada County Superior Court judge seat due to the retirement of Judge Sean P. Dowling, has announced a concert that will serve as a fundraiser for her campaign. Local band 49 Blind, a country and western band, will be performing live at the Love Building at Condon Park on Saturday, April 5, from 7-9 p.m. There will also be dancing, raffle tickets and prizes. Tickets are available for $20 each and are available for purchase at BriarPatch in Grass Valley while supplies last.Learn more »
On March 3, Joan and Bob called from Woodside with a request for a significant sale of their assets.
They had turned on the news regarding the Russia/Ukraine/Europe/U.S. developments, and had an immediate emotional reaction — sell!Learn more »
A global march for lions will take place on Saturday on the south side of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento from 1:30-4 p.m.
This march joins cities and countries around the world to raise awareness of the plight of lions in the so-called sport of “canned hunting.”Learn more »
Sierra Writers will host an Open Read at 6:30 p.m. today in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.
All are welcome to submit works anonymously to be read aloud by members of Sierra Writers and critiqued by the assembled group. Submissions of fiction (including poetry) or nonfiction should be made with no name and contain no more than 750 words (two to three pages). Print on one side of the paper and double-space in readable font and typeface (such as Times Roman, 12 point).Learn more »
Forest Lake Christian School will host a yard sale/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Crossroads Church parking lot, on corner of Highway 49 and Wolf Road. The sale will include large items, kitchen items/appliances, clothing, toys and more.Learn more »
The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County is resuming its Women and Men in Black Vigil from 5:15 to 6 p.m.Thursday on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City.
The event is to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer as she was defending a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip against demolition.Learn more »
The Nevada Joint Union High School District will hold its weekly meeting Wednesday with the Board of Trustees.
The meeting will be held at the Nevada Union High School Science Lecture Hall at 6 p.m. and will include discussions on the district budget and bond oversight, the potential approval of the three-year Commercial Quality Maintenance program with Pacific Gas and Electric, and district implementation of the tobacco-free school policy.Learn more »
Born and raised in the ancient land of Perú, Mariscela Alvarez will share the highlights of her Andean heritage from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
This free presentation will be held in the Community Room at BriarPatch Co-op, 290 Sierra College Dr, Suite ALearn more »
The Intero Foundation-Nevada County has donated $1,503.80 to the Nevada County Diaper Project as part of its mission to impact the growth and well-being of children in our community.
The funds will be used to purchase diapers to be distributed to the needy families of Nevada County.Learn more »
Dorsey Drive will be subject to traffic control for utilities potholing now through Friday. The Traffic Control System will utilize one way traffic control between the hours of 10 a.m. to 10 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. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.Learn more »
Join Madelyn Helling Library in celebrating Teen Tech Week, March 10-15, with an entire week of teen tech classes in the Collaborative Technology Center. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.
This year, the theme “DIY @ your library” is being celebrated, with programming made possible with the help of a grant from Young Adult Library Services Association and the Best Buy Children’s Fund. Programs are open to grades six through 12. The schedule of events is as follows:Learn more »
NDGW Grass Valley Women’s Christian Temperance Union monument rededicatedMarch 7, 2014 —
Manzanita Parlor No. 29, Native Daughters of the Golden West, will hold a rededication of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) plaque at 2 p.m. o, March 23. Mason Rick Trathen constructed the historical monument, which is located on Neal Street, between Mill and South Church streets. The plaque was first dedicated in 1926 to recognize the first W.C.T.U. Episcopal and Methodist ladies union in the state of California established March 25,1874.
In case of rain, arrangements have been made to meet at Wesley Hall, United Methodist Church, 236 S.Church St., Grass Valley. The public is invited.
Rough and Ready Fire board to meetMarch 7, 2014 —
The Board of directors for the Rough and Ready Fire Protection District will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Items on the agenda include an update on seasonal firefighters, compensation for an air filling station, and general business items.
The board meets at 14506 Rough and Ready Highway. For more information, call 432-1140.
Time change brings reminder to check smoke alarmsMarch 7, 2014 —
With Daylight Saving Time beginning on Sunday, Cal Fire officials are reminding all Californians to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Studies have shown that most homes have smoke alarms, however nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half. With multiple types of smoke alarms, consumers must read the manufactures recommendations and properly place the alarms correctly. Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside of every bedroom and on every level of the home. Cal Fire recommends that every residence be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. Many brands also offer dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
Candidate for secretary of state to speak at Nevada County Republican Party’s spring dinnerMarch 7, 2014 —
Pete Peterson, Republican candidate for Secretary of State, will speak on Saturday, April 5 at the annual Nevada County Republican Party “Celebrate and Preserve Freedom” Spring Dinner and Scholarship Award Night. At the event, the Ruth and Drew Bedwell Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a local area graduating high school senior.
Peterson was the first executive director of the bi-partisan organization, Common Sense California, which in 2010 joined with the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy to become the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, where he is Executive Director.
Peterson has worked around the state consulting with governments from Bell to Vallejo to improve how they engage their residents in policy-making on issues ranging from the budget to water policy. He also teaches a masters’ class at Pepperdine University entitled “Leadership through Public Engagement.”
Local area elected officials will also be attending the event which begins at 5 p.m. with a no host cocktail reception followed by the dinner and program starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Tickets for a special VIP reception at 4:30 p.m. are also available. More information can be found on line at http://www.nevadacountygop.org or by calling 530-274-0803.