News Briefs

Elk’s Lodge fundraiser helps local charities

August 31, 2014 — 

The Grass Valley Elk’s Lodge #538 will be hosting a fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 at their lodge, at 209 S. School St. in Grass Valley. Dinner is $12 and includes main dish, salad and dessert.

Proceeds from the dinner and a raffle will benefit local charities. To make reservations, call 530-273-9228.

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Vietnam Vets to honor couple for community service

August 31, 2014 — 

The local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America will be hosting a special farewell meeting to Fred and Margie Buhler, who have recently moved to Lincoln. We will be paying tribute to both of them for their years of service to the VVA Chapter as well as other veteran organizations. Refreshments will be served. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 4 in the Remembrance Room in the back of Veterans Memorial Building, 225 South Auburn St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-559-7716 or visit http://www.vva535.org.

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Fall classes to begin at Computer Learning Center

August 31, 2014 — 

The Gold Country Computer Learning Center will be starting their fall semester classes on September 8 in the Ponderosa Hall, Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The semester also includes classes offered in October and November. Most classes are designed for beginner and intermediate students. They are taught in a relaxed, friendly environment with patient instructors and coaches. The classes meet once a week for two hours and run for four weeks. Class size is limited to 8 students. The all-volunteer teaching staff consists of an instructor and several coaches who assist students individually. Our policy is “No student is left behind.” The center provides the students with desktop personal computers and a written manual for each class.

Classes include Windows 7, Level 1 and Level 2; Windows 8.1 Start Screen and Windows 8.l Desktop. Students enrolling in Mac Basics will bring their own laptop to the class. A very popular class has been iPad Basics! Students bring their own iPad to class.

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Bridge club and classes

August 30, 2014 — 

Bridge club and classes

The Duplicate Bridge Club meets at the Golden Empire Grange. The weekly schedule is: Monday at 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.; Thursday at 1 p.m. (this game is at Eskaton); and Friday at 12:30 p.m.

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Towntalk: New moon

August 30, 2014 — 

Submitted by Kian Berreman

Sixteen-year-old Nevada Union High School sophomore Kian Berreman captured this image during a recent new moon in Yosemite. He illuminated the trees with his flashlight, giving the image a dramatic effect. “I thought this picture would encourage people to go out and see the world,” he said.

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Publisher Jim Hemig to address Republican women’s club Sept. 16

August 30, 2014 — 

Publisher to address Republican women’s club

Jim Hemig, publisher of The Union newspaper, will be the keynote speaker at the Sept. 16 meeting of Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF). In addition, the luncheon will serve as a campaign kickoff for the November election. Many local candidates for school boards and other elected positions will be attending. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 11, and can be made by calling 530-274-0803.

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Pine Tree Quilt Guild

August 28, 2014 — 

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild will resume their normal meeting schedule after a summer break. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. Guests are always welcome to come meet the wide variety of quilters who live in the area and learn about the activities and opportunities the Guild provides.

The guest speaker on Tuesday, Sept. 2 will be Carrie Ann Fondi, a renowned teacher of the art of Hawaiian applique. Fondi will discuss how this unique approach to quilting was developed in the islands in the early 1800s. She will also share stories of the evolution of the art and the meanings behind the patterns, as well as the superstitions and taboos in making them. On Sept. 3, Fondi will teach a workshop on Hawaiian quilting, either students’ patterns or one of hers available at meliaquilts.com. For more information on the workshop, contact Kathleen Stanley at kathleens@nccn.net or call 530-346-1415.

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Supes give nod to Roamin’ Angels’ community service

August 28, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors declared the weekend of Sept. 5, 6 and 7 to be the “Roamin’ Angels’ Cruisin’ the Pines Car Show Weekend.” This is the weekend of their 15th annual car show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The declaration was a nod to the car club’s 50 years of service to the community. Proceeds from the car show, engine raffle and other activities go to various local nonprofit organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, veterans, the Roamin’ Angels’ scholarship fund, toy drive, hospice, cancer awareness, local high schools and many others. The Roamin’ Angels also contributed to the improvement of the fairgrounds, including the installation of the concrete pad in front of the Pine Tree Stage. Next weekend, the show will feature more than 500 classic cars, vintage travel trailers, late model muscle cars and classic boats. For more information, visit http://www.roaminangels.com.

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Free community dinner tonight

August 28, 2014 — 

“The Last Friday Supper” invites you, your family and friends to a free dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church. Due to the warm weather, the menu will include Chinese chicken salad, rolls and strawberry/blueberry shortcake for dessert. The LFS dinners are sponsored by faith-based organizations, businesses and individuals. The Grass Valley United Methodist Church is located at 236 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

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Towntalk: Nothing like a wet noodle

August 27, 2014 — 

Water exercise classes end for the season today at the Nevada City Pool in Pioneer Park. The popular classes offered a variety of exercises designed to promote muscle toning, cardio and flexibility. Above, a group of devote “noodlers” pose during Tuesday’s evening class.

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Gold Country Stamp Club can help with your old collection

August 27, 2014 — 

Gold Country Stamp Club can help with old collections

Is Grandpa’s old stamp collection in the attic gathering dust? Bring it in and Gold Country Stamp Club members will help you sort the trash from the treasure, the gems from the junk. If you are considering selling these family treasures, for say some new transportation, we could help you decide if you’ll be browsing for a Beamer or haggling over pre-owned sneakers.

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Nevada Union football players make a difference

August 27, 2014 — 

On Sunday, Aug. 24, 10 members of the Nevada Union Football team along with two coaches helped Sierra Presbyterian Church (SPC) set up their 34th Annual Community Yard Sale. Dressed in their jerseys, the players enthusiastically assembled more than 30 canopies and 50 tables from storage.

The church has a long history and tradition of having large yard sales on Labor Day weekend to aid various organizations in the community as well as to support ministries of the church, including Sonshine Preschool. The largest share of this year’s sale proceeds will go to 10 local organizations: Anew Day, Christian Encounter Ministries, Emergency Coalition, Hospitality House, Interfaith Food Ministry, KARE Crisis Nursery, LivingWell Medical Clinic, Sierra Ministries International, Wolf Mountain and Woman of Worth. Leftover donations were picked up by Hospice, Habitat for Humanity (Restore), and delivered to Living Well Medical Clinic Thrift Store.

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Free mental health class designed to help parents

August 26, 2014 — 

Nevada County National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free class to parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with a mental health condition.

This can include, but is not limited to, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, ODD, and bipolar disorder. This class is called NAMI BASICS and is taught by parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children. BASICS is an educational program that provides learning and practical insights for families. Course elements include: the trauma of mental illness for the child and the family, getting an accurate diagnosis, treatment options, the impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family, and an overview of the education and juvenile justice systems.

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Peripheral neuropathy support group

August 26, 2014 — 

Do you have painful feet or numbness? The peripheral neuropathy support group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley. We don’t cure, but suggest relief and comfort. We exchange ideas and share information and experiences. You are not alone in your discomfort. For more information, call 530-268-1017.

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Still room to join the 14-day tour to India

August 26, 2014 — 

So far, eight people from Nevada County are going on The Golden Triangle to Kerala and there is room for a few more. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 31.

The 14-day tour, which departs on Nov. 7, 2014, (back in time for Thanksgiving), covers the highlights of northern and southern India including: old and new Deli, Agra and the Taj Mahal at sunset, Ranthambore for a game drive to see tigers and other exotic creatures, the architecture of Jaipur, the fishing village of Cochin, the backwaters of Kerala cruising aboard a traditional houseboat and the city of Mumbai.

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Nevada County chapter of Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

August 26, 2014 — 

The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is a group 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.

The group works 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. The campaign seeks to reduce firearm injury and death by keeping weapons out of dangerous hands.

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Bear River grad to tell her story at PFLAG meeting Tuesday

August 24, 2014 — 

Bear River Graduate Anna Lacey will be the guest speaker at PFLAG Nevada County’s upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Lacey’s personal story, recounting her experiences as a gay teenager, was recently published as a letter in The Union. Community members are invited to hear the rest of the story from Lacey as she shares what her journey has been like since her life-changing day the Nevada County Fair a few years ago.

PFLAG’S meetings are at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, located at 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley. The support portion of the meeting begins at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26 and everyone is welcome to participate. The speaker portion will begin at 7 p.m.

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Testing the water

August 24, 2014 — 

A Grass Valley squirrel tests the cool water with his front paw.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free class to parents

August 24, 2014 — 

Nevada County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a free class to parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with a mental health condition. This can include, but is not limited to, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, ODD, and bipolar disorder. This class is called NAMI BASICS and is taught by parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children. BASICS is an educational program that provides learning and practical insights for families.

Course elements include: the trauma of mental illness for the child and the family, getting an accurate diagnosis, treatment options, the impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family and an overview of the education and juvenile justice systems.

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Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

August 24, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. The group often hosts speakers, or reviews education programs. Some meetings are more of an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, confidential atmosphere come check us out. Light refreshments are served. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.). For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517.

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American Chronic Pain Association

August 24, 2014 — 

We meet monthly to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families. The group hosts knowledgeable speakers on a regular basis who give helpful information on ways to live more fully in spite of pain. Group members also share experiences as well as support and encourage one another.

The American Chronic Pain Association meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

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Nevada County roadwork projects through Aug. 30

August 24, 2014 — 

In Grass Valley, Dorsey Drive, between Spree Avenue and Pampas Drive, will be subject to traffic control for paving Aug. 26-29. The Traffic Control System will utilize one-way traffic control between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 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. At the East Main Street and Dorsey Drive intersection, signals will be set to red light flashing Aug. 28-29. The work will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (weather permitting).

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Puppy adoptathon today at AnimalSave

August 23, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by AnimalSave

Six month old Opal, above, will be among the puppies available at the puppy adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at AnimalSave, 520 East Main St. in Grass Valley.

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Diaper Project and The Union editor highlights Democratic Women’s brunch

August 23, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 at Margarita’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, located at 988 Plaza Dr. off Sutton Way. Brunch is $13. The program features an update on the Diaper Project in Nevada County from Cathy Fagan, coordinator.

Please bring a donation for this community service project.

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Got a truck? Deliver firewood to a senior in need

August 22, 2014 — 

Gold Country Community Services, Inc., which provides free firewood for seniors in need, is reaching out to community members who can help deliver firewood from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.

The Senior Firewood Program provides firewood to roughly 150 seniors who need help to staying warm throughout the winter. Help is needed for loading, delivering and unloading wood. Volunteers will need a driver’s license and a reliable truck. Gold Country Community Services will contact clients to notify them of a delivery, as well as providing volunteers with directions and assistance in loading. Refreshments will be provided to all volunteers. For more information, call Gold Country Community Services at 530-273-4961.

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Daughters of American Revolution

August 22, 2014 — 

The Captain John Oldham Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution invites new members to its active, nonpolitical, woman’s service organization. Their mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. The only requirement for membership is a proven linage to a Revolutionary War patriot, be it soldier, gunsmith, public servant, providing provisions or comfort, etc. Genealogists are available for assistance. For further information please email Emily Boling at anty_m@sbcglobal.net.

Widowed Persons’ Association opens arms

August 22, 2014 — 

Potential new members are welcome to attend the next monthly meeting of the Widowed Persons’ Association, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 at the National Hotel in Nevada City. Call 530-265-3454 for reservations. The group’s August Sunday Night Supper will be at Plaza Jalisco on Aug. 31, and the September Sunday night dinner will be at Sergio’s on Sept. 28.

The Widowed Persons’ Association is a group dedicated to making new friends and enjoying each others’ company since the loss of a loved one.

For further information, please call Eileen at 530-272-2487 or Kent at 530-432-1779.

Got a truck? Deliver firewood to seniors

Gold Country Community Services, Inc., which provides free firewood for seniors in need, is reaching out to community members who can help deliver firewood from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.

The Senior Firewood Program provides firewood to roughly 150 seniors who need help to staying warm throughout the winter. Help is needed for loading, delivering and unloading wood. Volunteers will need a driver’s license and a reliable truck. Gold Country Community Services will contact clients to notify them of a delivery, as well as providing volunteers with directions and assistance in loading. Refreshments will be provided to all volunteers. For more information, call Gold Country Community Services at 530-273-4961.

Daughters of American Revolution

The Captain John Oldham Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution invites new members to its active, nonpolitical, woman’s service organization. Their mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. The only requirement for membership is a proven lineage to a Revolutionary War patriot, be it soldier, gunsmith, public servant, providing provisions or comfort, etc. Genealogists are available for assistance.

For further information please email Emily Boling at anty_m@sbcglobal.net.

Alta Sierra Women’s Golf Club awarded for charity contributions

August 21, 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.

The Charity Tournament is held annually by the ASWGC to raise money for a selected charity. Since 1988 the club has raised $117,374 for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Friendship Club, Hospice, Sierra Services for the Blind, American Cancer Society, DVSAC and Women of Worth.

Calling all chili cookers

The Great Republic of Rough and Ready is again preparing to host its annual Chili Cook-off on Sunday, September 28 and is seeking chili cookers interested in participating.

The annual event brings individuals, businesses and civic organizations to town, where they can cook their favorite chili recipe and submit them to a panel of judges and to the public for tasting. The judges will determine the first and second place winners, who will receive $500 and $250 cash awards, while the visiting public can purchase tasting kits and vote for the winner of the $250 People’s Choice Award. Bragging rights, far in excess of any cash awards, also accrue to the winners. Rough and Ready rules apply, meaning there are few restrictions on ingredients.

If your friends, family or co-workers have raved about your chili, go for the gold and sign up to cook your secret recipe. It may be your chili that unseats the incumbent champion, Team Chili Billy.

Spaces are limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, chili cookers are asked to contact Craig Ashcraft, Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce, at 530-432-1227. Cook-off rules and application may be downloaded from the Chili Cook-off page of the Chamber website, http://www.roughandreadychamber.com.

Open house today at 211 Call Center

The community is invited to the grand opening of the new 211 Nevada County Call Center, and to celebrate 211 going local. The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m., with a short presentation beginning at 3:15 p.m. Guests are encouraged to tour the call center while in action, meet call agents and learn more about programs and services. Supervisor Nate Beason will open the proceedings and refreshments will be served. The 211 Call Center is located at the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority, 466 Brunswick Road in Grass Valley.

Calling all chili cookers

August 21, 2014 — 

The Great Republic of Rough and Ready is again preparing to host its annual Chili Cook-off on Sunday, September 28 and is seeking chili cookers interested in participating.

The annual event brings individuals, businesses and civic organizations to town, where they can cook their favorite chili recipe and submit them to a panel of judges and to the public for tasting. The judges will determine the first and second place winners, who will receive $500 and $250 cash awards, while the visiting public can purchase tasting kits and vote for the winner of the $250 People’s Choice Award. Bragging rights, far in excess of any cash awards, also accrue to the winners. Rough and Ready rules apply, meaning there are few restrictions on ingredients.

If your friends, family or co-workers have raved about your chili, go for the gold and sign up to cook your secret recipe! It may be your chili that unseats the incumbent champion, Team Chili Billy.

Spaces are limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, chili cookers are asked to contact Craig Ashcraft, Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce, at 530-432-1227. Cook-off rules and application may be downloaded from the Chili Cook-off page of the Chamber website, http://www.roughandreadychamber.com.

Open house today at Nevada County 211 Call Center

August 21, 2014 — 

The community is invited to the grand opening of the new 211 Nevada County Call Center, and to celebrate 211 going local. The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m., with a short presentation beginning at 3:15 p.m. Guests are encouraged to tour the call center while in action, meet call agents and learn more about programs and services. Supervisor Nate Beason will open the proceedings and refreshments will be served. The 211 Call Center is located at the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority, 466 Brunswick Road in Grass Valley.

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