Papa Murphy’s Pizza by Savemart in Grass Valley will donate 20 percent of their proceeds on Tuesday, Dec. 23 to Scooter’s Pals, which provides foster and forever homes for abused or abandoned dogs scheduled to be killed in local and nearby shelters. Papa Murphy’s is located in the Fowler Shopping Center, 2048 Nevada City Highway in Grass Valley. To place and order, call 530-530-274-8900. To learn more about Scooter’s Pals, visit http://scooterspals.org.Learn more »
Learn about Social Media Marketing at the Nevada County Online (NCO) monthly Meetup held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the at the Madelyn Helling Library. NCO is the largest business Meetup group in Nevada County with 372 members. The website is: http://www.nevadacountyonline.com/. 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/. Please park down the hill and not in the library parking lot.Learn more »
Fire board to appoint assistant chief
The Rough and Ready Fire Protection District board of directors has called a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday. The closed meeting has one item on the agenda — the appointment of a new assistant chief.Learn more »
On Tuesday, members of the board of Directors of Nevada County Republican Women delivered their Christmas offerings to Women of Worth at their ReShop in its new Nevada City location on Church St.
Pictured above, from left are ReShop manager Lolita Westergren (seated), Yvonne Fuller, Terry McLauglen, Annamaria Sauer and Nancy Brost, (foreground).Learn more »
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 guest speakers, or reviews educational 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.Learn more »
The Blue Star Mothers of America meet on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. and meeting begins at 10 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, we invite you to join us. To learn more, please visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.Learn more »
Grass Valley doctor William Durbrow III is retiring Friday after more than 30 years of local practice.
“He is retiring after 32 years of service and we want to thank him,” said Pamela Gorman, a longtime colleague. “(His practice) has been a place where patients came into the office very depressed and went out laughing and smiling.”Learn more »
A thin layer of winter fog hangs over mirror calm Englebright Lake.Learn more »
An ongoing support group, “Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss,” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Eskaton Village. The group is facilitated by Barbara Larsen, the creator and author of Movement with Meaning. Larson has been working in the field of dementia care for 30 years and is the chair and founding member of the Elder-Care Providers’ Coalition of Nevada County.
Meetings include tips on how to communicate effectively with a loved one or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Information on local resources is also available. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 7.Learn more »
Officers of the Nevada County Republican Women Federated for 2015 were recently installed. They include Kimberly Pruett, president, Linda Erdmann, 1st vice president, Jo Ann Rebane, 2nd vice president, Treasurer Fran Freedle, Recording Secretary Rachel Helm and corresponding secretary Karen Wright. In December, NCRWF donated books and dictionaries to the Ready Springs School library and will assist Blue Star Mothers place wreaths on the plaques in Nevada County of local heroes who were killed in the line of duty. A wreath was also placed at the gravesite of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, a native of Grass Valley.
Regular NCRWF meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, September through June at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley.Learn more »
Lunch at the Crossroads invites the community to a free holiday lunch on Friday, Dec. 19, at the United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. Meals will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa will take time out of his busy schedule to stop by with free gifts for all, and there will be live music. Guests will be seated in the festively decorated Wesley Hall and served hot turkey with all the trimmings. Fresh pumpkin pie and whipped cream will complete the meal. Remember to bring a bag or two so you can gather free groceries to take home. As always, free gently-used clothing will also be available. After eight years of providing good food for the good of the community, this will be the final Lunch at the Crossroads program.Learn more »
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During Friday’s rain, a Big Oak Valley cow was separated from its herd by water rushing across a pasture.Learn more »
Marlene and Cliff Bottomfield, certified organic and certified biodynamic farmers, will be giving a presentation tonight on their mushroom production, including a slide show and hands-on demonstrations. The couple has a 38 acre farm outside Nevada City where they grow a variety of crops on 3/4 of an acre. The rest of the property is two acres of sheep and goat pasture and 35 acres of dense forest and canyons. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. today at the Rough and Ready Grange.
The Bottomfields’ main crop is mushrooms. They grow several varieties of mushrooms, including shiitake, oyster and lion’s mane. These are grown inside and outside in raised beds. You may have seen their booth at the Nevada City Farmer’s Market. They use their spent mushroom bags to drought proof their property and improve the soil biology. They will also bring mushrooms bags to give participants an opportunity to grow mushrooms.Learn more »
Two roaming musicians spread holiday cheer at Sunday’s Victorian Christmas in Nevada City.Learn more »
Nevada County Historical Society to host expert on the Transcontinental Railroad from Sacramento to Donner SummitDecember 16, 2014 —
Documentary filmmaker and author Bill George will give a presentation on one of the greatest engineering and construction projects in the history of America — the building of the transcontinental railroad from Sacramento over the Sierra Nevada in the 1860s.
George will give his presentation on Jan. 15 for the Nevada County Historical Society’s Speaker Night, which will include a screening of his award-winning film, “The Hidden Wonder of the World: the Transcontinental Railroad from Sacramento to Donner Summit.”Learn more »
The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District has called a special meeting on Wednesday. The only item on the agenda is a closed session having to do with a public employee discipline, dismissal or release.
The board is slated to meet at 3 p.m. at Station No. 43, 10513 Spenceville Road. For more information, call 530-432-2630.Learn more »
Nevada County Transit Services/Gold Country Stage has been working on a transit technology project for the last year and has recently “gone live” with technology equipment and software that will improve accuracy, efficiency, performance and overall operational capabilities for the public transit bus system. The technology includes:
• Global positioning system (GPS) platform that supports transit operations software.Learn more »
The next meeting of Nevada County Healing Through Grief support group will be open to newcomers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8 and Thursday, Jan. 15 at the FREED office, 2059 Nevada City Highway, Suite 104, in Grass Valley. Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no cost to participate. For information, visit http://www.lossandgrief.org.Learn more »
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 Street in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.vva535.org or call 530-559-7716.Learn more »
Tuesday’s moon shone thru thin cloud cover behind a pine tree over Forest Springs Mobile Home Community in Grass Valley.Learn more »
Community members are invited to partake in Christmas cheer from 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18 in the Lake Center to the right of Holiday Market at 10988 Combie Road. The holiday event will include treats, refreshments, music, drawing and fun for the kids. Revelers are encouraged to participate in the 1st Annual LOP Christmas Caroling Around the World event.Learn more »
Rough and Ready Grange is hosting the Annual Community Christmas Potluck Party at 6 p.m. today. The potluck will include turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy provided by the Grange. Guests need to bring a side dish or dessert to share, along with personal place settings. Coffee and children’s beverages will also be provided. Santa and raffles will also be a part of the festivities. The Rough and Ready Grange is located at 14550 Rough and Ready Highway.Learn more »
Eat less, exercise more, drink less; we all make healthy New Year’s resolutions, but have a difficult time keeping them.
One healthy New Year’s resolution that is both easy to keep and benefits you and others around you is getting your annual flu vaccine.Learn more »
A few intrepid members of the popular Grass Valley Pickleball Club braved the rain on Saturday morning to collect donations for the Gold Country Community Services’ Senior Meals Progam.Learn more »
Children’s shopping spree at the AnimalSave storeDecember 11, 2014 —
Children are invited to holiday shop for mom and pop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, at the AnimalSave Thrift and Treasures benefit store and Book Nook.
Elves will be on hand to wrap gifts. There will be a 20 percent off sale, free gift wrapping for children and no sales tax. The store is located at 520 East Main St. in Grass Valley.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-271-7071, ext. 201 for more information or to donate quality gift items.
Worth honored as the local Brady Campaign’s 2014 chapter volunteer of the yearDecember 11, 2014 —
At its December meeting, the Nevada County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence honored Debra Worth as the 2014 Chapter Volunteer of the Year.
Worth has actively supported state firearm legislation by attending committee hearings, press conferences and vigils in Sacramento.
Locally, she has promoted the ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign, a program that encourages parents to ask if there are guns where their children visit and play.
Brady’s education campaigns promote securely storing firearms locked and unloaded so that children cannot gain access to them.
The Nevada County Brady Campaign Chapter works to promote public awareness and initiatives to prevent firearm injury and death.
For more information, email email@example.com.
4-H fundraising with Holiday See’s CandyDecember 10, 2014 —
Nevada County 4-H will be selling See’s Candy during the holiday season, with proceeds going to support local youth development programs. The 4-H See’s Candy trailer is located at 757 Sutton Way in Grass Valley in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot across from Rite Aid Pharmacy. The trailer will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Dec. 1-24.
The 4-H youth development program is designed to help young people reach their full potential as competent, confident leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities. Since the early 1920’s, Nevada County 4-H has provided youth with hands-on learning opportunities that help them enhance life skills such as public speaking, leadership, and citizenship. 4-H is not only about animal husbandry. 4-H projects include website design, sports shooting, summer camp, and rocketry.
Those interested in ordering larger quantities of candy can contact 4-H coordinator Lora Willis at 530-477-7881. For more information on the 4-H Youth Development Program or to join a club near you visit http://ucanr.org/sites/nevadacounty4h/ or call the 4-H office at 530-273-4563.
Stream runneth overDecember 10, 2014 —
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Gushing rain on Mooney Flat Rd.
Hospice of the Foothills’ Annual “Celebration of Lives”December 10, 2014 —
A “Celebration of Lives” is a night of remembrance and honor held for families and friends of those patients served by Hospice of the Foothills who have passed away in the prior year. This year’s event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City. Although a large weather system is expected to move through our area on Thursday, Hospice of the Foothills intends to proceed with the “Celebrations of Lives” program, only to be canceled in the event of a power outage. If a power outage should occur, the “Celebration of Lives” will be rescheduled for the following Thursday, Dec. 18. For more information, please call Hospice of the Foothills at 530-272-5739.