News Briefs

Super hero dance and costume contest tonight

May 29, 2015 — 

Calvary Bible Church is hosting a mother-son superhero dance from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight in the gym at 11481 Colfax Highway in Grass Valley. The event, which is a fundraiser for the church’s college group and Campus Life Gold Country’s Urban Camp, will include food, dancing, a bounce house, silent auction, prizes and a flying super hero costume contest. Tickets are $25 for one mother and one son, and $5 for each additional son. Tickets may be purchased at Loved Again in Auburn or online at http://CampusLifeGoldCountry.com.

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County disaster exercise set for June 3

May 29, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Public Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Program, in conjunction with the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Behavioral Health Department, Sheriff’s Office, local hospitals, healthcare clinics and long-term care facilities will be conducting a large scale disaster exercise in both Eastern and Western Nevada County from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

This exercise, which will have an “active intruder” scenario, will allow the agencies to practice and refine both their own internal response to this type of situation as well as the county’s response and coordination abilities for a large scale incident.

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Local fire safety panel to address League of Women Voters

May 29, 2015 — 

The League of Women Voters will host a panel of experts on local fire safety and preparation at its monthly meeting in June. The panel will include Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County; Jeff Dunning, agent at Allstate Insurance Company; Pascale Fusshoeller, founder and editor of YubaNet; and Jeanne Pincha-Tulley of the U.S. Forest Service. All will discuss the topic in an educational, informative presentation.

As there are vastly different levels of fire danger throughout our community, the public is invited to submit specific questions to the panel prior to the meeting. Please send question(s) in an email with the subject line “Attn: Fire Safety Program Committee” at lwvwnc@gmail.com. Questions will be accepted through Thursday, June 11.

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Youth earns certification from Calif. State Library

May 29, 2015 — 

Garrett Veerkamp, right, displays his Certificate of Completion for the three-day Adult Learner Leadership Institute sponsored by the California State Library. The Institute is designed for selected literacy students from Northern California library literacy programs to enhance their skills in leadership, communications, advocacy, goal setting and public speaking. Above, shown with Veerkamp is Alan Archer, director of Nevada County Library’s Read Up program, a free, confidential service for English-speaking adults who desire to improve their reading, writing and math skills.

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Step It Up Dance Team competes in San Jose

May 28, 2015 — 

The Step It Up Dance Team, from Nevada City, competed at the Spotlight Dance Cup in San Jose. This new team has been competing for just a few months, and this was the largest competition they have attended. The competition took four days and two venues to support all the dancers.

The first dance performed by Step It Up was a jazz trio to “Burnin’ Up,” with Jessie J. Charlotte Stehmeyer (12), Amira Afshartabar (12) and Georgia Glassford (11). The trio earned a Ruby award for their efforts, which is Spotlight’s second highest award based on points. Clover Rashby (5), performed a jazz solo to “Boss,” by Fifth Harmony and earned a Ruby award in addition to a judge’s award for “Body Awareness.”

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Daughters of the American Revolution Honor good citizens

May 28, 2015 — 

The Captain John Oldham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded scholarships to outstanding “Good Citizens,” chosen from each high school in the area. The scholarships were awarded to the students at each of the schools’ “Scholarship Night.”

From left, are Zachary Lantz, Ghidotti; Christin Blair, Forest Lake Christian; Nora Devlin, Nevada Union; Scott Jensen, Bear River and Emily Boling, Regent.

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Scotten School's 'Science Night' a success

May 27, 2015 — 

More than 300 students and family members recently participated in Scotten School’s Annual Science Night. The event is held one evening each spring as a partnership activity between the school and community members who have a passion and expertise in a specific science area. This year, students were able to participate in hands on activities in the areas of agriculture, astronomy, bones, fire and police science, forestry, geology, wildlife and welding. The following community members helped to bring science to life at Scotten School: For Love of Pets, Rob Avery, DVM, Grass Valley Fire Dept., Grass Valley Police Dept., Kentucky Flat 4H-Poultry, Nevada County Astronomers, Nevada County Consolidated Fire Dept., Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society, Nevada County Farm Bureau, Nevada Union FFA -Forestry Students, Nevada Union FFA –Welding Students, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (Raptor Rescue), Scotten School After School Program, Sierra Harvest and U.C. Davis Cooperative Extension.

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Last Friday Supper open to community

May 27, 2015 — 

Community members are invited to a free pizza dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Friday. The “Last Friday Supper” will be serving various kinds of pizza, and a fresh green salad with assorted vegetables. Dessert will be ice cream and cookies. The monthly dinner will be at the United Methodist Church at 236 S. Church St. in downtown Grass Valley. The dining room is wheel chair accessible and child friendly with high chairs provided for young children.

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Healthy brain habits explained

May 27, 2015 — 

The human brain can adapt and change with astonishing power, even into old age. With the right nutrition and exercise, the brain can form new neural pathways, change existing connections and adapt to new situations. You can maintain the size and function of your brain, improving how well you process and remember information, solve problems and think creatively. “Healthy Habits for the Brain” will be the last topic discussed in the free series, “Aging Well, Staying Vital,” from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. today at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

The presenter will be Kathleen O’Dae, a specialist in nutrition, aging and holistic health with a practice, Balanced Mind, in Nevada City. She is hosted by the church’s Contemporary Issues Study Group

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Dog day afternoon

May 27, 2015 — 

A kayaker and his dog relax at Englebright Reservoir on Memorial Day.

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Prepared: Chicago Park 8th graders CPR certified

May 26, 2015 — 

All eighth grade students at Chicago Park School recently earned Adult, Child, Infant CPR/AED certificates by participating in a four-hour workshop conducted by the Peardale/Chicago Park Fire Department. Above, Malachi Cano practices CPR while fellow classmates Seth Allgood, left, and Eric Voss, right, look on.

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Nevada City recreation committee to meet Wednesday

May 26, 2015 — 

The Nevada City Recreation Committee is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 317 Broad St. in Nevada City.

Open session discussion items will include the Sugarloaf Mountain vision statement, and parks and recreation supervisor updates.

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Sierra Nevada expert to speak to Audubon Society

May 26, 2015 — 

Joe Medeiros will be the guest speaker at the Foothill Audubon Society’s next meeting at 7 p.m. on June 4 in the Community Room of Nevada County Helling Library in Nevada City. Medeiros has hiked and studied in the Sierra Nevada for more than 35 years, led countless trips with students and mountain enthusiasts and served as a national park ranger at Devil’s Postpile National Monument in the southern Sierra Nevada.

His presenetation, “Sierra Superlatives,” will include photographs and stories about his “favorite place in the world.” Medeiros recently retired from teaching biology at Sierra College, and was coordinator of the college’s Interdisciplinary Program and many campus events, such as Earth Day. He has been honored as Sierra College Teacher of the Year in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2008. He also taught for many years at Modesto Community College and was director of the college’s well known Great Valley Museum.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold job fair May 27 to fill more than 200 vacancies

May 26, 2015 — 

With more than 200 job vacancies to fill in the coming months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will host a job fair in downtown Sacramento Wednesday to share the opportunities and help prospective applicants navigate the application process.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Grand Ballroom, located at 1215 J St. in downtown Sacramento. Corps representatives will be on hand to discuss positions, job requirements and answer any questions about working for the Corps.

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Parking violations to be actively enforced at Purdon and Edwards crossings

May 25, 2015 — 

Both the Purdon and Edwards Crossings on the Yuba River are popular summertime destinations to beat the heat as the temperature rises. However, the rugged terrain means that parking opportunities are limited. In addition, with the continuing drought, fire danger remains extremely high in these rural locations.

It is crucial that visitors to these and other popular summer destinations park their vehicles off the road and outside of designated no parking areas. Illegal parking causes traffic congestion, increases roadway danger, impacts the ability of personnel to respond to emergencies, and creates a public safety issue. In recent years, there have been instances of emergency responders unable to access the river due to parked vehicles blocking the road.

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Nevada County Rhodes scholar attends ball in 'Game of Thrones" costume.

May 25, 2015 — 

Daniel Price, 2009 graduate of Bear River High School, 2013 graduate of U.C. Berkeley and current Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, England, attended the annual Rhodes Ball on May 15. This year’s Rhodes Ball theme was “Game of Thrones.” Attendees had the option to attend the ball dressed formally or in Game of Thrones costume. Above, a fully-costumed Price is flanked by two of his classmates.

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PFLAG'S support group to meet Tuesday

May 23, 2015 — 

PFLAG’S support group to meet Tuesday

PFLAG’S monthly support group will meet on Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, located at 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and usually goes until 8. The group is open to people of all orientations and all ages. The group offers a safe place to share feelings and talk about whatever might be going on in life. The group talks about transgender, gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues as well as pan sexual, asexual and any other orientation.

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Memorial weekend pet adopt-a-thon this Saturday

May 23, 2015 — 

Dexter, a Miniature Pinscher mix, will be among the pets available for adoption at Scooter’s Pals Memorial Weekend Adopt-a-thon, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scooter’s Place Gift and Thrift Shop, 1781 East Main Street in Grass Valley, (next to Eldorado Savings Bank). For more information, call 530-350-2099 or visit http://www.ScootersPals.org.

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Grass Valley Elks Lodge donate to InterFaith Food Ministry

May 22, 2015 — 

Officers and Trustees of Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538 gathered at the InterFaith Food Ministry on May 13 to present a check in the amount of $2,000. The funds were obtained from The Beacon Grant program offered by the Elks National Foundation. The lodge has 114 years of continuous service to the community and is one of the oldest and still operating Elks Lodges in the nation. Charitable grants such as the Beacon Grant are part of the many programs the Elks provide to the community. Pictured above, from the left are Jim Moore, Cindy Homa, Bill Convis, Will Grenz, Jim Darnell, Sue Van Son (director of IFM), Kathy Mollet (treasurer of IFM), Darlene Grenz, Bill Heck, Suzie Haskins, Dan Davis, Kathy Sandiforth and Eddie Haskins.

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Sierra Presbyterian's 'Service is Worship' day invites participants

May 22, 2015 — 

Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City will participate in their third annual “Service is Worship” on Sunday, May 31. In addition to attending a brief church service that Sunday, the congregation will serve on work projects in Nevada County.

Last year, over 200 church members donated their time helping such non-profit organizations as KARE Crisis Nursery, Anew Day, Interfaith Food, Pride Industries, Camp Diamond Arrow, and Women of Worth. In addition, teams worked on projects at Nevada Union High School, Union Hill and other local schools. Other groups helped out at nursing and convalescent homes. Watch for the Teal-colored shirts in the community on Sunday, May 31. Those interested in participating in this community effort, please call the church office at 530-265-3291.

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Five Hospice of the Foothill workers earn Dame Cicely Saunders Awards

May 22, 2015 — 

Hospice of the Foothills celebrated its Circle of Care donors with the second annual Dame Cicely Saunders Awards on Thursday, May 14. Invoking the name of the founder of the modern hospice movement, the 2015 Dame Cicely Saunders Awards recognize the generosity of donors who make possible Hospice of the Foothills’ mission to provide compassionate end-of-life care to nearly 600 patients and families each year. The awards serve to honor the legacy of Dame Cicely Saunders’ vision.

Awards were presented to five recipients who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to the programs and services of Hospice of the Foothills through significant charitable support and service. Thursday’s honorees included the Chevron Humankind Fund, Hansen Bros. Enterprises, Lynn and Camille Kerby, Kerby Family Charitable Fund, Suzanne Koliche, RN, CHPN, at Hospice of the Foothills, and Nevada County Broadcasters, KNCO Radio.

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Tips on preventing animal bites

May 21, 2015 — 

​Nevada County Public Health Department receives over 200 animal bite reports every year. Each incident requires investigation for rabies exposure risk, even bites involving family pets.

Here are some ways to help ensure your pets remain healthy and minimize the risk for rabies:

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Rotarians name 'Teacher of the Year'

May 21, 2015 — 

Photo submitted by Dave Carter

Allison Chan, a teacher at the Nevada Joint Union High School District’s North Point Academy in Grass Valley, has been named as 2015 Teacher of the Year by the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City. Pictured above, center, Chan was recognized on May 6 by Nevada Joint Union High School District NJUHSD Superintendent and 49er Rotarian Louise Johnson while 49er Rotary President Andrew Twidwell, right, leads the applause. North Point Academy Principal Melissa Madigan also praised the performance and commitment of the eight-year teacher.

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Nevada County Fairgrounds closed to pedestrians through May 25

May 21, 2015 — 

In preparation for the Strawberry Music Festival, May 21 through 24, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to pedestrians, walkers and bicyclists through May 25. The Fairgrounds will re-open its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Tuesday, May 26. This closure does not affect the main office, which is open during its normal business hours. The RV Park at the Fairgrounds will also be closed to the public from May 19 through 25.

At various times throughout the year the grounds are rented by organizations for large, community events like the Strawberry Music Festival, the California WorldFest, the Bluegrass Festival, and the KVMR Celtic Festival. During these times, it becomes necessary to close the grounds to pedestrians in preparation for these various events.

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Free flower arranging class for children at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

May 21, 2015 — 

Are you looking for a free activity for your children this summer? The Nevada County Fairgrounds is partnering with the Chicago Park Garden Club to provide a flower arranging class for children ages 6 though 17 from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 24. The free class will be in the courtyard behind the fair offices at Gate 1.

Flowers, containers and instruction are provided for each child to create their own flower arrangement. Children will be encouraged to enter the Junior Floral Competition during the Nevada County Fair (August 12 through 16). Registration forms can be obtained at the Fairgrounds or by calling Ann Wallace at 530-265-8210. The class is limited to 25 students.

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"Bridge, Lunch and Tunes" to benefit Music in the Mountains

May 21, 2015 — 

Join us for a fun day of games, lunch, music and the opportunity to support Music in the Mountains music in the schools’ program.

This year’s “Bridge, Lunch and Tunes” will be on Monday, June 2 at the Amaral Center at the Fairgrounds. The day will start with coffee and pastries at 9:30 a.m., followed by games at 10 a.m. Select your favorite game — bridge, hand and foot, mahjong, Mexican Train, Monopoly, etc. Ladies and gentlemen are all welcome to attend. We do furnish bridge cards, but other than that bring your favorite game.

Lunch will be served by “Guys in Ties” with musical entertainment provided by Ken Getz, pianist, and Ryan will present a quartet composed of MIM chorus members. Tickets for the event are $160 for a table of four. Please call Ginny at 530-432-3055 or Dar at 530-432-9307 for tickets or information. Information is also available at http://www.musicinthemountains.org.

Expert to discuss value of garden butterflies

May 20, 2015 — 

Cindy Chamberlain, former butterfly docent at the Natural Bridges State Park near Santa Cruz, will be the guest speaker at tonight’s Small Farm and Garden Forum at 7 p.m. at the Rough and Ready Grange.

During her presentation, Chamberlain will discuss the varieties of local butterflies and how to attract these valuable pollinators to your gardens. In addition, nine-year master gardener Lyn Muth will be speaking about the other pollinators that can be attracted gardens.

A self-proclaimed “rabid” gardener, Muth presents workshops at A to Z Supply in the Garden Center. The forum is free to all ranchers, farmers and gardeners, although donations are welcome. The Rough and Ready Grange is located at 14550 Rough and Ready Highway in Rough and Ready.

For more information, contact Ann Driver at 530-432-8977 or Cathe’ Fish at 530-432-5109.

Nevada County wins award for OES mobile app

May 19, 2015 — 

​This week, the California Counties Information Systems Directors Association awarded the Nevada County Information and General Services departments’ GIS Division with the best application for business process innovation. They developed a post-disaster assessment mobile GIS application.

The mobile Web application is used to assist the Office of Emergency Services in collecting data for their initial damage assessment in the event of a local emergency.

Field workers can collect data in the field and attach photos to each site. A companion Web application allows emergency managers to track where field workers have covered, view the data collected, and view summary damage statistics.

Nevada County Collections Division presents program at statewide conference

​The Nevada County Collections Division, a function of Child Support Services, collects on unpaid debts owed to the county.

Debts for code enforcement, victim restitution, juvenile hall fees, public defender fees, and probation costs are collected, among others.

For calendar year 2014, the Collections Division collected almost $600,000. For the first four months of the year, they have already received over $261,000 and is on track to pass last year’s collections.

The Nevada County Collections Division, in collaboration with the Nevada County Superior Courts, has begun an innovative project to bring individuals to court who owe the county money.

The goal is to create a relationship and encourage payment, including payment plans, so they can get their bill payments together.

This project allows individuals the opportunity to explain to the court why they have not been able to pay, release some from the obligation of paying if they meet certain criteria, and allows individuals with debts due on criminal cases to avoid jail time if they enter into a payment plan.

Based upon these new and innovative projects designed to collect amounts owed on county debt and debts to the courts, Director Tex Ritter was invited to present at a panel of experts at the Judicial Council Trial Court Revenue Distribution Training in Sacramento Judicial Council office on May 11-12.

May is National Foster Care Appreciation Month

Nevada County Child Protective Services (CPS) is honored to announce that May is National Foster Care Appreciation Month. Nevada County CPS is indebted to the numerous local foster families who have opened their homes and hearts to children in need of safety and care, according to a press release.

Currently, Nevada County CPS supervises over 100 children in out-of-home care, with many of them placed with local foster families.

In addition to foster families, there are many relatives and non-related extended family members who have opened their home to local foster children.

Foster families provide temporary homes, safety, and nurturing to the children.

When reunification with birth families is not possible, many foster families choose to adopt the children who have been placed in their homes, offering permanency and stability for the children.

Nevada County Child Protective Services hosted a Foster Parent Appreciation Luncheon to thank and honor the families providing care to our community’s children on Friday.

Many local merchants, community members, and foster care agencies provided raffle prize donations for our foster parents: Abstrakt, Asian Garden, Beads Galore, B&C True Value Hardware, Ben Franklin, BriarPatch Co-op, Cascade Garden’s Slope Maintenance Division, Carla Olmstead-Newman, Children’s Hope Foster Family Agency, Department of Social Services Director Mike Dent, Culture Shock Yogurt, Dawn Cornell, Interior Decorator, Dickey’s Bar-B-Que Yuba City, Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Agency, The Earth Store, Foothill Mercantile, Good Year Automotive, Hand Forged and Found Jewelry, Helping Hands Nurturing Parent Program, Hills Flat Lumber, Incredible Pets, Jamba Juice, Java John’s, KVMR, La Unica Restaurant Yuba City, Lilliput Children Services, The Look Hair/Nair Salon, Lumberjack’s Restaurant, Mana Beads, Mary, Mary, Mountain Pastimes, Move! Fitness, Nevada City Winery, Novak’s Menswear, Paulette’s Country Kitchen, Paw Spa, Peaceful Valley Nursery, Penn Valley Rodeo Association, Rhythms Fitness, Safeway, Salon de Soleil, Save Mart Grocers, Scraps Pet Bakery, Starbucks(Yuba City), Summer Thyme, Tanglewood Forest Gallery, Toni Morris, Terry Thole, Tracy Larson, What’s Up Coffee, and Sierra movie theaters.

For more information about becoming a foster parent, contact Program Manager Nick Ready at the Nevada County Child Protective Services Office at 530-265-1654.

Eat for energy and vitality

May 19, 2015 — 

As we age, our appetites tend to get smaller — yet good nutrition is important for healthy aging. Making your calories count will be discussed in “Eating for Energy and Vitality,” a free presentation from 9:15-10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. The presenter is Kathleen O’Dae, a specialist in nutrition, aging and holistic health with a practice, Balanced Mind, in Nevada City.

Coffee and baked goods are served at 9 a.m. Peace Lutheran Church is located at 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. All are welcome.

The program is part of a free, four-week seminar on “Aging Well, Staying Vital” offered by the church’s Contemporary Issues Study Group. For more information, call 530-273-9631 or visit http://www.PeaceLutheranGV.org.

Olympic-style fencing instruction begins June 1

May 19, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Fencing Club will begin its summer 2015 session of Olympic-style fencing instruction on June 1 at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building, 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley.

The eight-week session meets Monday evenings from 6:45-8:15 p.m. for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. “Open Fence” time will be from 8:15-8:45 p.m. New students can begin up to the third week of the summer session. All equipment is provided.

Cost is $60 per session, with a once-a-year $5 insurance fee. Visitors welcome. For questions, call instructor Rob Woodhall at 530-432-1750, or visit: http://www.wix.com/ncfencing/ncfc.

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