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South Auburn Street between Empire Street and Race Street will be subject to traffic control for pavement repair work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. today. The Traffic Control System should allow traffic to pass without delay the majority of the time that the work is in progress. Any delays should be minimal to the traveling public, as every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel.
Additionally, Nevada City Highway between Brunswick Road and Gates Place will be subject to traffic control for paving work between 7 and 11 p.m. tonight. The Traffic Control System should allow public traffic to pass without delay the majority of the time that the work is in progress.Learn more »
Volunteers of the Second Friday Lunch program invite the community to enjoy a free lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, located at 236 South Church Street. Relax in Wesley Hall while servers bring guests a lunch consisting of roasted chicken, creamy potato salad and watermelon. Guests will also have a choice of assorted desserts.Learn more »
Throughout the month of October, Friar Tuck’s Restaurant in Nevada City will be raising funds for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Foundation in association with Breast Cancer Awareness month and The Union’s Paint the Town Pink event. October’s specialty cocktail will be the Tatatini, a pink martini with Absolut Citron vodka, fresh lemon juice and cranberry juice.
For every Tatatini ordered, Friar Tuck’s will donate $1 to the SNMH Foundation.Learn more »
Miguel Tinker Salas, Latin American historian, author and professor at Pomona College, will give a talk about Venezuela at 7 p.m. Friday at the Nevada City United Methodist Church, at 433 Broad St. Salas’ 2014 book, “Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know,” will be incorporated into his talk. On March 8, President Obama issued an executive order declaring a national emergency, calling Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.” The presentation is sponsored by The Church and Society Committee of the Nevada City United Methodist Church in coordination with the Sacramento Action for Latin America, also known as SALA. For more information, call 530-362-7007. For more information on Venezuela, visit http://venezuelanalysis.com.Learn more »
The Rev. Charlane Line, center, blesses Riley, held by Ginni DeThomas, during a “Blessing of the Animals” on Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church, near downtown Grass Valley. Also pictured are Don DeThomas, Margot Schulze and Gigi. The event commemorated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who believed “all of creation mirrors the Divine.”Learn more »
Five students from Nevada Union High School participated in the 2015 Shasta Forestry Challenge, along with 85 other high school students from nine Northern California schools. Over the course of three September days at Mountain Meadows Camp, east of Shingletown, the relatively young NU team came in sixth place out of 18 teams overall and won the “Pacing Contest,” taking home the coveted “Board Foot” trophy.
A highlight for the students was spending a day in the Shingletown area assessing current fuel breaks. Teams worked together to collect data such as the number of trees per acre, tree density and canopy cover. Using the information, teams presented their findings on the last day of the event, making recommendations regarding improving existing fuel breaks and strategic locations to construct new ones. The field trip also included a tour of Sierra Pacific Industries’ mill and cogeneration plant in Anderson. Students also completed field training — followed by a field test — to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.Learn more »
Don’t be alarmed if you see armed officers swarming the currently vacant Meeks Lumber site on Nevada City Highway Tuesday and Thursday.
They’re all members of local law enforcement agencies participating in a training exercise designed to prepare for an “active shooter” scenario.Learn more »
This years Oktoberfest is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Nevada City at Pioneer Park. The event will feature pours by local breweries, German food plates and live entertainment. Entry fee is $10 (advance tickets), or $15 at the door. Beer is $2 a glass. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the evening’s entertainment.
The proceeds benefit the KARE Crisis Nursery, a local nonprofit organization that provides emergency and respite care as well as supervised visits for families with young children who fall on hard times. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com or by calling KARE at 530-265-0693.Learn more »
Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) will celebrate 23 local area Republican women from various fields at their “Women for Women” dinner on Oct. 16. These women have been invited to be honored for their accomplishments and service to the community. The event will be held at Alta Sierra Country Club with a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and program starting at 6:30 p.m. The California Federation of Republican Women Northern Division Convention will be held at the Gold Miner’s Inn in Grass Valley Nov. 6-8. Republican women from throughout Northern California will be in attendance. The Saturday night banquet speaker will be Kris Paronto, hero of Benghazi attack, and co-author of the book “13 Hours.”
Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month September through June. For more questions about meetings or to make a reservation, call Donna at 530-274-0803.Learn more »
The Nevada County Community Development Agency was recently awarded a $45,000 grant from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District which was made possible by AB 2766 that is aimed at reducing motor vehicle emissions. The grant was awarded to help fund the purchase and implementation of new land-use management and permitting software for the agency. The new software will help improve customer service through automated permitting, project tracking, expanded online services, improved transparency, mobile worker possibilities, reducing project plan review turn-around timeframes and services available outside normal business hours.
The Nevada County Building Department, Planning Department, Public Works Department, Environmental Health Department and Code Compliance Division will be benefiting from and utilizing the new software. A contract has been signed with a software vendor and the implementation process has been initiated. The projected “go-live” date of the software is early summer of 2016.Learn more »
In 1990, the U.S Congress set aside the first week of October for Mental Illness Awareness Week to promote education and awareness about mental illness. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. David Moyer will speak on the topic, “Removing the Stigma of Mental Illness” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley. Moyer is the author of three books addressing the need for reform in the assessment and treatment of the mentally ill. His books are entitled, “Too Good to be True? Nutrients Quiet the Unquiet Brain,” 10 Ways to Keep your Brain from Screaming, ‘Ouch!’” and “Beyond Mental Illness.” The public is invited and admission is free.Learn more »
Throughout the month of October, Friar Tuck’s Restaurant in Nevada City will be raising funds for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Foundation in association with Breast Cancer Awareness month and The Union’s Paint the Town Pink event. October’s specialty cocktail will be the Tatatini, a delicious and pink martini with Absolut Citron vodka, fresh lemon juice and cranberry juice.
For every Tatatini ordered, Friar Tuck’s will donate $1 to the SNMH Foundation. A fun way to support a great cause and enjoy a night out.Learn more »
Rescue for Pet Sake will be hosting a pet adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Petco, 672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. Levi, pictured above, will be among the pets in need of a loving home. For more information, call 530-263-3331 or visit http://www.rescueforpetsake.org.Learn more »
The award winning Nevada Union Debate Team brought home another trophy, this time from the Jack Howe Memorial Tournament. Novices Kelly Muir and Devin Anderson won the combined novice/junior varsity division in policy debate at the tournament on September 25 and 26. Held on the CSU Long Beach campus, the Jack Howe Memorial is a large, national circuit invitational tournament hosting many forms of debate and speech competition.
Muir and Anderson demonstrated stamina and strategic skill competing in six preliminary rounds and three elimination rounds of challenging debate on the topic of domestic surveillance.Learn more »
The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Station 43, 10513 Spenceville Road.
The main item on the agenda is the review and possible adoption of new policies for the fire district, specifically the first two chapters of a 400-page manual. The chapters under review deal with the fire service’s role and authority, and its organization and administration.Learn more »
When Lake County sent a request to all 58 counties in California requesting emergency management assistance in response to the Valley Fire, Nevada County responded by deploying two employees — Alex Friant, a GIS analyst in the Information and General Services Department, and Patti Carter, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.
Friant spent six days of 12-hour shifts in the Lake County Local Assistance Center generating various GIS products to include burn comparison maps, damage assessment maps and statistics based on information received from Cal Fire crews in the field.Learn more »
Nevada City Rotary was selected by the Open World Leadership Center to host a delegation of entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan, who will be in Nevada County through Saturday. The Open World program, run by the U.S. Congress, encourages cultural exchange between the U.S. and the countries of Eurasia. Rotary and hundreds of other organizations act as host agencies for the delegations. Since 1999, more than 23,000 leaders from Central Asia have participated in the program. Nevada City Rotary is hosting the first ever Open World delegation from Kazakhstan.
The Nevada City delegation includes five young entrepreneurs plus a cultural facilitator from Kazakhstan and a U.S. based interpreter. The four men and two women from Kazakhstan range in age from mid-20’s to mid-30’s. Four of the group are from the capital city of Astana, one from the largest city of Almaty and one from a smaller city.Learn more »
The Grass Valley High School Class of ‘51 had their 64th reunion on Aug. 29 at Alta Sierra Country Club. Among those attending were, from left, front row, Kathy (Wayne) Hooper, Arleigh Valdon, Bill Johns, Lois Robinson. Second row, from left, Lonnette (Winney) Turner, Freda Crandell Straub, Roberta (Heather) Smith, Barbara (Barghoon) Johnson, Shirley (Hocking) Merrill, Nina (Munsee) McMahan, Jean Dapper and Ernie Sowell. Back row, Berry Halverstadt, Jerry Yocum, Alan Hutchinson, Dorothy (Crandall) Smith, Royce Clemo, Marvin Gene Horn and Jan Stevens, and others.Learn more »
The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries’ big two day Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St., Nevada City. Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books will be for sale, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, collectibles and much more. This month’s sale features books on home improvement, decorating, crafts, and cookbooks. On Sunday new books will be added and everything will be half price. For additional information call 530-265-1407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gently used books can be donated at any Nevada County library branch or outside Raley’s supermarket in Grass Valley. Proceeds go toward library materials, programs and equipment.Learn more »
Renown quilter Ruby Foster is donating her first-place winning quilt from the 2015 Nevada County Fair to the Sierra Presbyterian Church Craft Boutique and Bistro. The quilt will be raffled off at the close of the Boutique which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17. Besides the quilt, other artisan goods will be raffled, including jewelry, antiques, homemade jams, holiday décor and many other for-sale items. Soup, salad and a dessert bistro will be available to fortify shoppers. For more information, call Sierra Presbyterian Church at 530-265-3291.Learn more »
The cottage at Empire Mine State Historic Park will be closed for roof repairs from October 5 to November 19. The rest of the Park will remain open and visitors are welcome.Learn more »
Discrimination in all its forms will be tackled by a new task force that will start meeting today in Grass Valley.
Members of the new Dismantling Racism Task Force will meet at 9:15 a.m. today at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. The establishment of a task force grew out of a series of workshops held earlier this month on the topic, according to organizer David Baker, a retired Lutheran minister.Learn more »
A Nevada City turkey vulture Vulture takes over a birdbath via intimidation.Learn more »
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With slightly more than 48 hours to go, Scooter’s Pals “Help Save a Dog” matching gift is still seeking donations. Susan Wallace, founder of the all-volunteer nonprofit animal rescue group, said donations have amounted to $8,400 since launching their campaign August 3. A long-time San Francisco benefactor has pledged to match donations the group receives by midnight, September 30, up to a total of $10,000. Earlier this year, a high number of dogs arrived from various “high-kill” shelters with unexpected medical needs, depleting the organization’s emergency fund in May. This forced Scooter’s Pals to temporarily stop taking in new rescue dogs.Learn more »
Nevada Union High School is holding their annual College and Career Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, beginning in the NU cafeteria. This is a valuable evening for all high school students and parents. Early Bird Workshops start at 6:30 p.m., with three seminars to choose from: Beyond High School: Keys to Funding Success; Engineer Pathways and Career Opportunities; and The Future of Nursing and Health Careers.
Break-out Sessions will follow from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with workshops on college admissions, preparing for the SAT, NCAA eligibility, financial aid, career choices and more. Additionally, admissions representatives and alumni will be present from over ten colleges, including UC’s, CSU’s and Stanford.Learn more »
Super blood moonSeptember 28, 2015 —
Sunday’s super blood moon total eclipse.
AnimalSave's 4th Annual Barn Dance Sunday: Help AnimalSave help the animalsSeptember 28, 2015 —
Tickets are still available for AnimalSave’s 4th Annual Barn Dance hosted by Michael Straight and Nora Thurmond. Enjoy a meal, a Clydesdale buggy ride, participate in an “organic” Frisbee toss contest, enjoy the music and country/western dance by Jamie Hogan and help AnimalSave help the animals. The event will be 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 at 13656 Thoroughbred Loop, Grass Valley. Tickets are $20 per person at the door. Includes dinner, no host wine and beer, dance lessons and Country/Western line and couples dancing. To RSVP, email email@example.com or call 530-271-7071, ext. 201.
Town Talk Photo: Pickleball PopeSeptember 28, 2015 —
And amazing likeness of His Holiness Pope Francis made a surprise visit to Penn Valley recently to “bless” the four newly stripped Pickleball Courts at Marina courts in Lake Wildwood. Fifteen new players attended the beginning clinic. The pickleball club has now grown to 157 members.
Steve Egge (standing next to “the Pope”) created the uncanny likeness of the Pontiff. His work can be seen at http://www.spittinimagefigures.com. He has been making “manneclones” for more than 37 years and has two of his works featured in the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian.
Lions Club promotes awareness of sight problems with 'White Cane' Day Oct. 3September 28, 2015 —
In keeping with the Lions’ established tradition of assisting the blind, Lions of District 4-C5 will be out and about this weekend to promote community awareness of the various sight programs the clubs support.
The History of the “white cane” goes back to 1921, when James Biggs, a photographer from Bristol, England, became blind following an accident. Because he was feeling uncomfortable with the amount of traffic around his home, he painted his walking stick white to be more easily visible.
In 1930, the late George A. Bonham, President of the Peoria Lions Club (Illinois) introduced the idea of using the white cane with a red band as a means of assisting the blind in independent mobility. The Peoria Lions approved the idea, white canes were made and distributed, and the Peoria City Council adopted an ordinance giving the bearers the right-of-way to cross the street. News of the club’s activity spread quickly to other Lions clubs throughout the United States, and their visually handicapped friends experimented with the white canes. Overwhelming acceptance of the white cane idea by the blind and sighted alike quickly gave cane users a unique method of identifying their special need for travel consideration among their sighted counterparts.
One hundred percent of the funds collected on White Cane Day will go back to members of the community. The club funds eye exams and glasses for those who could otherwise not afford them and supports other sight related programs and organizations.
Legal expert to speak to local 'Women Grow' chapterSeptember 25, 2015 —
Attorney Stephen Munkelt will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 1 Women Grow Nevada County Chapter meeting at 6:30 p.m. at The Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City. With recent changes to California cannabis legislation, Munkelt will offer expertise and clarity with regards to the latest regulations. Munkelt is a graduate of University of San Diego School of Law and has been admitted to practice in California courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, as well as California Federal District Courts. He is certified as a specialist in criminal law by the State Bar, and his practice is located in Nevada City. He is a member of Americans for Safe Access, and an opponent of the policy of drug prohibition. He has represented numerous clients accused of marijuana crimes, and those facing violations of county ordinance measures. He has been a member of CACJ (California Attorneys for Criminal Justice), NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) and an associate member of CPDA (California Public Defenders Association) for more than three decades.
Women Grow is a national organization with 33 chapters around the country, created to “connect, educate, inspire and empower” the next generation of cannabis industry leaders by creating programs, community and events for aspiring and current business executives. Nevada County Women Grow welcomes all industry people — men and women — as well as supporters.
Through local Educational Symposiums and national Women Grow Speakers Bureau Events, the organization’s goal is to provide members with relevant content from experienced leaders on current topics in the cannabis industry. Tickets can be purchased online by visitng http://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-grow-nevada-county-chapter-meeting-tickets-18726814406?aff=es2. For more information, call 415-298-1114 or visit http://womengrow.com.