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More than 20 wild horses, including animals gentled and trained to ride, will be offered for adoption March 19 and 20, at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road in Angels Camp.The Bureau of Land Management will offer 18 wild horses, two 3-year-old geldings gentled under a trainer incentive program, and three 5-year-old geldings trained by Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center inmates to saddle and ride. Eight burros also will be offered.Adoption event gates open at 8 a.m. each day. An auction of the saddle-trained horses is set for March 19 at 9 a.m. in Barn One South at the fairgrounds livestock area.Silent bidding for the trained geldings and untrained horses and burros runs from 10 to 11 a.m. with bids starting at $125. Horses and burros not adopted during silent bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee for the remainder of the event.Anyone interested can preview all available animals starting at 4 p.m. March 18.The adoption is being held in conjunction with the Backcountry Horsemen of California's Rendezvous, an event that includes demonstrations, clinics and vendors focused on using horses for back country packing and exploring.Horses and burros up for adoption are from public land ranges in northeast California and Nevada. They were removed from the range in the BLM's work to manage wild populations at sustainable levels.The saddle trained horses are from a partnership between the BLM and Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in which jail inmates train wild horses for adoption and learn skills in equine care and training.For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS or the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575. Information is also available online at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

February 9, 2016 — 

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'The Life & Legacy of John Muir' at State Theatre in Auburn

February 9, 2016 — 

The community is invited to an informative historical evening at the State Theatre in Auburn as John Muir’s great-great-grandson, Robert Hanna, takes the audience on a personal and up-close look at the many sides of Muir. The evening will include a look at Muir’s entire life, with include unique stories and many rare and seldom seen images from the family’s collection, as well as stories only be told by Muir’s family.

Muir, “Father of the National Parks” and founder of The Sierra Club, is considered “one of the patron saints of 20th century American environmental activity. He has profoundly shaped the very categories through which Americans understand and envision their relationships with the natural world,” writes biographer, Steven J. Holmes.

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A sweet thank you

February 9, 2016 — 

Students from Mount Saint Mary Academy recently delivered cookies to various organizations and companies in the community, including the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, the Grass Valley Police Department, The Union and many others. The cookies were a gesture from students and the school to say thank you for their community efforts.

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Master gardener to discuss four season growing

February 9, 2016 — 

Rob Chase, the vegetable propagation coordinator for Nevada County Master Gardeners, will be giving a presentation on the basics of four season gardening at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Rough and Ready Grange. Chase asserts that with careful planning and “season-extension” tricks, there is not a reason to put local gardens to bed for the late fall, winter and early spring. He will also share tips on planning now for spring gardens, as well as how to start seedlings. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Chase owned a small organic farm for 10 years in Killingworth, Connecticut and now enjoys gardening as a hobby.

The Rough and Ready Grange is located at 14550 Rough and Ready Highway in Rough and Ready. For more information call Cathe’ Fish at 530-432-5109 or Ann Driver at 530-432-8977.

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Grass Valley's Hospitality House offers week of shelter for those in need

February 8, 2016 — 

Through donations of the clients at MOVE! Fitness Studio in Nevada City, 54 men, women and children were given food and shelter for a week at The Hospitality House in Grass Valley. Hospitality House is a nonprofit community shelter for homeless individuals in Nevada County, funded primarily by donations. The year-round shelter is a no tolerance safe haven; those seeking shelter at Hospitality House are offered three meals, along with laundry and shower facilities. Hospitality House is committed to ending homelessness by providing intensive case management services to all its guests.

The mission of Hospitality House is to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing. In order to empower homeless people with the tools to overcome the barriers that prevents them from securing homes, Hospitality House advocates for greater community support and optimizes resources dedicated to homelessness. For more information about Hospitality House, visit http://www.hhshelter.org.

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Congressman Tom McClintock to speak at Nevada County Republican Women Federated's meeting

February 8, 2016 — 

Congressman Tom McClintock, of the 4th District of California, will be the featured guest speaker at the Feb. 16 meeting of Nevada County Republican Women Federated. McClintock is chairman of the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee and a member of the House Budget Committee. Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal will also give a presentation on the new emergency marijuana initiative that will be on the June 7 Primary Election ballot.

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club. A social hour starts at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting and program begins at noon.

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Town Talk Photo: Nature's pallette

February 8, 2016 — 

A rainbow arches over Lake of the Pines.

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Snowshoeing in Bear Valley Feb. 13

February 7, 2016 — 

A Bear Yuba Land Trust outing Feb. 13 will feature California naturalist Rick Ramos, who will lead a snowshoe trip through the west side of the Bear Valley. The outing is open to the public. The group will look for evidence of ancient cultures, while taking time to observe the winter landscape. The terrain is fairly level, making it appropriate for those new to the sport of snowshoeing. Equipment not provided. Snowshoes can be rented from Mountain Recreation in Grass Valley, The group will depart at 9:30 a.m. and return by 2:30 p.m. Space is limited to 20 participants. For more information and registration, visit http://www.bylt.org or call 530-272-5994, ext. 200.

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Free workshop on dealing with Fibromyalgia in Grass Valley

February 7, 2016 — 

The Foundation for Wellness Professionals, a local nonprofit, is offering a free workshop on “New and Natural Solutions to Fibromyalgia” at noon Feb. 27 at The Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. Many with the condition suffer from fatigue, pain, numbness, depression or digestive problems. Class size is limited. Register by calling 530-273-6192. A light lunch and refreshments will be served.

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Serving the community

February 7, 2016 — 

Above, Taylor Riley and Jessica Dent of the Nevada Union Key Club take part in a club tie-dye event. The Key Club is a community service club that helps with community events and school-wide donations.

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Lucinda Porter honored for hep C education

February 7, 2016 — 

Lucinda Porter of Grass Valley was one of 19 honorees at the Stars of Advocacy Fundraising Gala hosted by the California Chronic Care Coalition. The Gala highlighted the work of legislators and volunteers who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of those living with chronic conditions through outreach and education. Porter is a registered nurse and patient devoted to education and advocacy for those affected by hepatitis C. Author of “Free from Hepatitis C” and “Hepatitis C One Step at a Time,” she has written and spoken extensively about hepatitis C. Formerly a hepatology research nurse at Stanford Medical Center, Porter is a contributing editor at HEP and HEPMag.com, and long-time contributor to the HCV Advocate.

She began her advocating for those afflicted with hepatitis C in 1997 while volunteering at a needle exchange site.

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State fair farm open to students

February 7, 2016 — 

The California State Fair Farm School tours are now open for 2016 registration. The tours are intended to increase interest in food production and academic/career opportunities available in California’s agriculture industry.

This program is available for grades K-6 with an emphasis on third and fourth grade curriculum. Each tour is an hour and a half to two hours long and focuses on the history of California agriculture, modern and traditional farming techniques, growing fresh produce from seeds to plants, and innovations in California agriculture as a response to the drought. Participants will also learn about soil and worm composting and will have the chance to taste farm fresh produce.

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Smiley Guys Smokehouse hosts fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning in Nevada County

February 5, 2016 — 

Smiley Guys Smokehouse will host a fundraiser to benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) from 3 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25. The owner, Jesse Cohen, has pledged to donate 10 percent of all orders (including take-out and bar) to PiELL. PiELL, a nonprofit, offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County. The volunteer tutors are trained during a two-day session (next training is March 12 and 19), and then matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them. For information call PiELL at 530-265-2116. Smiley Guys Smokehouse is located at 131 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley. To make an order to go, call 530-274-2933.

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Firefighters rescue Baskin Robbins in Grass Valley

February 5, 2016 — 

Nevada City firefighters recently came to the rescue of Baskin Robbins in Grass Valley, when a new, 900-pound ice cream freezer was delivered to the shop. Stumped as to how to get the enormous freezer off a pallet, one employee suggested enlisting the help of firefighters. It took seven firefighters to lift the freezer, said Baskin Robbins owner Goska Mir, who expressed his appreciation with free ice cream.

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Champion Mine Road and Old Downieville Highway closures

February 5, 2016 — 

Portions of Champion Mine Road and Old Downieville Highway will be closed Monday and Tuesday to all through traffic including vehicle, bicycle and foot traffic due to tree falling on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) properties in that area.

Nevada County Department of Public Works has signs posted on Old Downieville Highway before American Hill Road and again on Old Downieville Highway just past the meeting of Monroe Street and Wyoming Road. Champion Mine Road has signs posted at the intersection of Newtown Road.

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Nevada County League of Women voters to discuss 'Housing and Homeless'

February 4, 2016 — 

“Housing and the Homeless in Nevada County and Beyond” is the topic of a second of a two part series hosted on Feb. 13 by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County. Presenters will include Susan Farrington, president, Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, Placer Consortium on Homelessness; Michael Haggerty, Director of Health and Human Services, Nevada County; Robert Bergman and Lisa Swarthout, city council members in Nevada City and Grass Valley; and Tim Giuliani, program manager, Nevada-Sierra Regional In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority/Nevada County 211.

Refreshments and coffee service will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the program starting at 10 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley.

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Fourth Annual Cynthia And Sophia Community Fitness Day in Grass Valley

February 4, 2016 — 

Kiwanis Club of the Gold Country is presenting its Fourth Annual Cynthia and Sophie Peterlin Community Fitness Day from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the South Yuba Gym in Grass Valley. The event is open to the community. In addition to a “Spin-a-thon,” there will be instructors to help guide participants in Tai Chi, Qigong and Silver Sneakers. Food and drink will be provided throughout the three hour event with a suggested donation of $15 per person.

All proceeds will go to the children’s Back-to-School Clothes Program, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, along with Kmart and the Grass Valley School District. Approximately 65 children are taken on a shopping trip through Kmart to purchase school clothes. Kiwanis also provides a backpack with school supplies. The cost to sponsor a child for the Back-to-School event is $125. Interested donors may bring a check, made out to Gold Country Education and Youth Benefits Foundation, to the Spin-a-Thon or mail to Gold Country Kiwanis at P.O. Box 721, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

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Sierra Writers welcomes Susan Rushton

February 4, 2016 — 

Sierra Writers monthly meeting Wednesday will feature writer, editor and teacher Susan Rushton, who calls herself a lifetime English major. Her opinion column has appeared in the Auburn Journal for 28 years, and in 2013 she published “Reflections from My Small Town,” a collection of 105 of her favorites. She has also presented and promoted Silver Screen Classic Movies for 20 years. This free monthly film series screens every first Saturday at the Auburn Library. In addition, for 15 years Rushton has hosted two monthly interview shows on Auburn Community Television.

Sierra Writers provides a venue for writers of all types to meet, share and learn, with a range of experience and expertise. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, offering at least six speakers or events per year. There are two “Open Reads” (usually in October and March) where anyone can submit a few pages anonymously to be read aloud and critiqued constructively. Membership is $25 per year ($10 for high school and college students). More information can be found at http://www.sierrawriters.org.

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Local author gives slide presentation in Grass Valley

February 3, 2016 — 

Local author Hilary Emberton, will be giving a talk and slide show with excerpts from her book, “An Invitation to Travel,” which takes the audience on a pictorial journey around the world. The talk will be a narrative of Emberton’s background, how she came to travel through 82 countries and how her traveling developed and changed as time progressed.

Photos and stories from her book and a Q&A session will be included. Admission by donation; this event is a fundraiser for Nevada County Habitat for Humanity and The International Rescue Committee.

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Soroptimists award 10 mini grants

February 3, 2016 — 

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills recently awarded 10 of Nevada County’s nonprofit organizations and businesses monetary awards for their service to the community. The sum of $7,000 was gifted in “mini-grants” to be shared among the following: Junior Achievement, Amanda Connell of River Valley Bank (financial literacy classes); NU Adult Education, Julie Coffin (courses at Wayne Brown Facility); Insight Imaging, Inc., Dr. Melissa Agnes (free mammograms); Sierra Harvest, Aimee Retzler (Food Love Project); Project Linus, Susan Piper (quilts and blankets for children in hospitals); One Source, Donna Raibley (volunteer caregiver rraining program); Child Advocates of Nevada County, Nikki Robertson and Laura Harter (Comfort Cases); Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County, Lindy Beatie (background checks); KARE Crisis Nursery, Lynn Woerner (more open hours); and Interfaith Food Ministries, Kathy Mollet (crock pots and classes).

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills is a volunteer organization of women united to promote the betterment of lives of women and children in the community and throughout the world.

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Free workshop on Fibromyalgia in Grass Valley

February 3, 2016 — 

The nonprofit Foundation for Wellness Professionals will be offering a free workshop on “New and Natural Solutions to Fibromyalgia” at noon Feb. 27 at The Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. The program is geared toward people who are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, pain, numbness, depression, or digestive problems.

Class size is limited. To register, call 530-273-6192. Light lunch and refreshments will be served.

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Shelter in dire need of canned cat food

February 3, 2016 — 

Sammie’s Friends is in dire need of canned cat food for their shelter cats. The shelter has a budget for dry food, but not for wet. Donated food can be dropped off food between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Tuesday through Saturday. Shelter viewing hours are from noon to 4 p.m. every day but Sunday.

Sammie’s Friends is located at 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-471-5041.

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Officials: New Sierra Central Credit Union office to open in summer

February 2, 2016 — 

The construction on a new Grass Valley home for Sierra Central Credit Union will be completed by the end of June, bank officials said. Customers should be able to access the facility in July.

The credit union purchased the former Perko’s site in August with plans to remodel the building exterior, but when problems surfaced during construction, bank officials decided instead to bulldoze the structure and rebuild it from the ground up.

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Town Talk photo: The heart of the matter

February 2, 2016 — 

Fifth graders in Julie Bair’s class at Seven Hills Middle School recently had the opportunity to watch a pig heart dissection, done by Dr. Tom Luisetti, an anesthesiologist at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. The dissection was a culminating lesson for the students’ science unit on the cardiovascular system.

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AmeriCorps members to help create defensible space in Nevada County

February 2, 2016 — 

An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team, known as Silver Six, will be serving with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County through March 14. Silver Six is comprised of 11 members from all over the country ranging in age from 18 to 24.

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) motivates citizens as well as the community to get involved with local, state and federal partners to address the wildfire hazard. The mission of FSCNC is to “provide Firewise education and programs to enhance emergency preparedness for catastrophic wildfire to all citizens in Nevada County in order to reduce the loss of life, property and natural resources and to promote Firewise Communities.”

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Congressman McClintock, Sheriff Royal to speak at Nevada County Republican women's meeting

February 2, 2016 — 

Congressman Tom McClintock, who represents the 4th District of California, will be the featured guest speaker at the Feb. 16 meeting of Nevada County Republican Women Federated. McClintock is chairman of the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee and a member of the House Budget Committee. Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal will also give a presentation on the new emergency marijuana initiative that will be on the June 7 primary election ballot.

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club. A social hour starts at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting and program begins at noon.

For more questions about meetings or to make a reservation for the February luncheon call Patricia by Feb. 8 at 530-470-8507.

For more information about NCRWF please email NCRWF@hotmail.com or visit http://www.nevadacountyrwf.org.

Open house for prospective state park volunteers

February 1, 2016 — 

A special open house for those interested in becoming a state park volunteer will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb.27 at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Light lunch snacks will be provided.

Attendees will be given basic insights about what it takes to be a volunteer, as well as what’s expected.

The open house will highlight some of the many volunteer opportunities that exist, and volunteers should be prepared to commit to a minimum of four hours per month. Empire Mine State Historic Park has roughly 200 volunteers. Visitors can spot their distinctive gold vests all around the park — in the gardens, on the trails, and in the gift shop. Some tend the historic gardens, or help with park improvements, while others give tours or play a part in security.

One volunteer, Angie Slicker, who is in her 90s, has been a state park volunteer for more than 35 years and recently completed her training in the blacksmith shop.

Those interested in volunteering will be given applications to complete at the open house. The next step will be a friendly phone call, followed by an invitation to attend one of the two required two-day training sessions to be held at Empire Mine. The first session will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 11 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 12. The second session will be held the following week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 18 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 19.

While the training leads to becoming a state park volunteer, three local parks — Empire Mine, Bridgeport and Malakoff will be emphasized. Trainings are only offered once a year. The Open House will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 27. For more information, call Empire Mine’s Visitor Center at 530-273-8522 or visit http://www.empiremine.org.

Friends of libraries' book sale Saturday

February 1, 2016 — 

The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries next monthly Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine Street in Nevada City. Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books are on sale, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, collectibles and more. This month’s sale features Civil War history, animals, and romance. In addition, there is a large selection of very old books. For additional information, call 530-265-1407 or email friends@ncfol.org .

Gently used books can be donated at any Nevada County library branch or outside Raley’s grocery in Grass Valley. Proceeds go toward library materials, programs and equipment.

Scooter's thrift shop temporarily closes to reorganize

February 1, 2016 — 

Scooter’s Place Gift and Thrift Shop will be temporarily closing at the end of February to reorganize and will reopen soon thereafter. “Blow out” sales are scheduled every Saturday through February. A new “grand opening” is scheduled in the coming weeks. The store is located at located at 1781 East Main Street in Grass Valley. For more information on Scooter’s Place Thrift & Gift Shop or Scooter’s Pals, visit http://www.scooterspals. Scooter’s Pals helps to provide foster and forever homes for abused or abandoned dogs scheduled to be killed in local and nearby shel­ters.

Tickets on sale for Lions' Crab & Shrimp Feed

January 31, 2016 — 

The Higgins Diggins Lions Club will host their annual Crab & Shrimp Feed on Feb. 12 and 13 at Higgins Lions Community Center, 22490 E. Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley (1 mile past Bear River High School). Served family style, the meal includes all-you-can-eat cracked crab, shrimp, pasta with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad and dessert for $45 per person. Beverages will be offered at the no host bar. Doors open at 5:30, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. For tickets call 530-268-3782 or email liondprince@gmail.com.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with over 1.4 million members in 110 countries and geographic areas.

Their motto is “We serve” and they do so by providing needed services and financial support to individuals, groups and organizations.

All proceeds from Lions’ sponsored fundraisers are donated back to their communities, no funds from the public are used for administrative expenses. Higgins Diggins Lions Club has served the South Nevada County area since 1978.

The club built, and continues to manage and maintain the 4,000 square foot Higgins Lions Community Center and offer the hall for groups and individuals for public and private gatherings and events.

For more info on the hall visit http://www.higginsdigginslions.org.

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