News Briefs

Call in the troops

March 3, 2015 — 

Nevada County Girl Scouts will be selling cookies in front of local businesses for the next few weeks. Above, members of Troop 192 sell cookies from their booth in front of Kmart in Grass Valley.

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Inaugural “A Cup with a Cop” meeting this Thursday

March 3, 2015 — 

The first “A Cup with a Cop” event is scheduled for 7 to 9 a.m. on Thursday at Java John’s in Nevada City. As part of the Community Connect Program, Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley will be on hand to visit with interested community members. In this relaxed, informal setting, Chief Foley is open to discussing local interests, community concerns or just get acquainted.

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Interfaith Food Ministry $30,000 Matching Fund Campaign

March 3, 2015 — 

The Interfaith Food Ministry is kicking off a spring “Matching Fund” campaign this month. Five donors have offered to match up to $30,000 of community donations with the goal of reaching $60,000 by the end of April.

IFM is a coalition of 15 local churches serving those in need by providing food for families in Western Nevada County. It is nonprofit and relies heavily on donations of food and money from local businesses and individuals.

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Electric sky

March 2, 2015 — 

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Local business owner pitches in to help NEO youth center

March 2, 2015 — 

Williams Stationary, located at 112 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley, is teaming up with the nonprofit organization NEO, aka, New Events & Opportunities for youth, to offer specially discounted products that are on the wish list for their new youth center. The NEO Youth Center will be located at 139 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley and will open in March to provide teens with a safe, supportive and enriching environment after school and on the weekends.

Since its start, NEO has hosted an average of 70 events per year in approximately 25 different locations, drawing thousands of youth to participate in safe, drug-free activities. We’ve learned that young people appreciate these, and thrive with opportunities to feel safe and accepted. It’s time to build on our success and find a permanent home for events, so that instead of supporting young people just one day a week we can be working with them every day, helping to build self-esteem and empower them to make healthy choices while providing healthy alternatives and a safe space.

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Rotary “cooling down” for another Nevada County Fair season

March 2, 2015 — 

Five local Rotary clubs have partnered with the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Recently, Rotarians received a $2,000 grant from Rotary District 5190 to support replacement of the walk-in refrigeration system at fair booth on Treat Street. Grayson Refrigeration worked with the club to replace the original unit which had been donated by Grass Valley Group almost 30 years ago.

The old walk-in unit was originally an engineering test chamber at the old Grass Valley Group Bitney Springs site. It was designed to test hot and cold temperature extremes for television broadcast equipment. When the company’s engineering department moved to Providence Mine Road, the old unit was no longer needed and was donated to Nevada City Rotary and the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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Fire and water: a warming world, California’s weather and a bipartisan solution

February 28, 2015 — 

California has been hit hard by drought and wildfires in recent years. These events have left many Californians wondering, is this extreme weather linked to global warming, and what can we expect for the future?

In this “Fire and Water” event, scientist Dana Nuccitelli will present and answer questions about the latest scientific research on the links between climate change and California’s wildfires and drought, as well as projections for a warming world.

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Free mom and baby support clinic March 7

February 28, 2015 — 

Local physical therapists specializing in women’s health and child development are joining together to offer their fifth “Mom and Baby Support Clinic,” which includes free consultations and screening. The event is targeted for mothers who experienced traumatic births, are having pain or difficulties, or simply have questions about a baby’s development. Call 530-274-2320 to reserve some time to talk with specialists and visit with other moms, or just drop-by. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7 at Spring Hill Physical Therapy, 300 Sierra College Dr., Suite 165 in Grass Valley.

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Local woodturners contribute to Empty Bowl project

February 28, 2015 — 

With the Empty Bowl Benefit for Hospitality House coming up on March 7, the Gold Country Woodturners have contributed 50 beautiful bowls to the Empty Bowl Benefit. Many of the hand turned bowls are considered to be of gallery quality. Gold Country Woodturners is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. In addition to supporting this community project, the local chapter exists to promote and encourage the art of woodturning through monthly meetings, demonstrations, workshops, mentoring and by sponsoring a forum to share knowledge, wood, and resources. More information about the local chapter may be found on it’s web site, http://www.goldturners.com. For more information about the Empty Bowl Benefit, visit http://www.hhshelter.org.

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Emergency preparedness class this Saturday

February 27, 2015 — 

Sierra College is offering an emergency preparedness class to the community from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. The class will be presented by Denis Korn, owner of PrepareDirect.

Korn is a preparedness expert with more than 40 years of experience. The workshop will include practical action steps and guidance to protect loved ones in an emergency. Participants will learn the 12 critical questions to ask in the planning process. The class is appropriate for both the beginning preparedness planner and those who want to preserve what they have started.

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Native plants discussed at Chicago Park Garden Club

February 27, 2015 — 

The public is invited to Chicago Park Garden Club’s next meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room, 15057 Highway 174, Grass Valley. The topic is “All About Native Plants” with speaker Carolyn Singer, well-known local gardener and author. The club’s membership includes gardeners from Grass Valley, Nevada City and other foothill communities; nonmembers are also welcome. For more information, call 530-272-7708.

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Village Folk Orkestra performs Friday at Nevada City Methodist Church

February 27, 2015 — 

Photo submitted by David Unterman

Village Folk Orkestra tunes up their gaidulka, dumbek, tupan, and lots more instruments at 6:30 p.m. on Friday for a concert and dance, joined by local women’s choir “Podruzhki.”

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Blue Star Mothers Of America to host fundraiser

February 27, 2015 — 

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter 12 are holding a fundraising event from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 9 at the Lake of the Pines Northridge Restaurant, 21515 Higgins Road. The proceeds will help serve the troops, benefit veteran projects, support the families of the injured or fallen and help benefit the local chapter.

BSMA’s Sierra Nevada Chapter 12 is composed of mothers from north Placer and Nevada counties who have, or have had, children serving in the U.S. military. The group’s mission is to support each other by sharing personal experience, strength, and hope for the safety of those who honorably serve the nation, as well as to promote patriotism in the community.

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GV hosts int’l convention

February 26, 2015 — 

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Nevada County Fairgrounds begin search for chief executive officer

February 26, 2015 — 

The Board of Directors of the Nevada County Fairgrounds announced this week that the search for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Nevada County Fairgrounds has begun. The CEO position is responsible for managing the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, the Country Christmas Faire, year-round events, concerts, the RV Park, and community gatherings at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Qualified candidates should have a background in business administration, agriculture, and event/fair experience. Candidates should also have strong leadership, organizational, financial management, marketing and communication skills; as well as a willingness to be active in local, regional, and state association activities.

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Book Swap celebrates six years this Sunday

February 25, 2015 — 

Sunday, March 1, marks the sixth anniversary for Community Book Swap. The event will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Light refreshments will be provided. The book swap is about sharing books, CDs, movies, magazines, games and puzzles that we used, enjoyed and no longer need with others.

Items are brought in, then sorted by volunteers while swappers browse and pick up what they want for themselves, friends and family. Everything is free.

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Retired Teachers Association to host local novelist

February 25, 2015 — 

The Nevada County division of the California Retired Teachers Association will meet on Monday, March 2 at Alta Sierra Country Club for a business and luncheon meeting. The program will feature Chris Enss, best selling novelist. Everyone is welcome. If you are a retired teacher and wish to attend, contact Bonnie Bennett at 530-615-4252. CalRTA is a statewide organization whose prime purpose is to enhance and protect the benefits of retired educators and to support public education. The division meets five times a year with a luncheon and a featured speaker or program relative to STRS members. For membership information contact Carol Siver at 530-272-4132.

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Vietnam Veterans of America 535

February 25, 2015 — 

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 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.vva535.org or call 530-559-7716.

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Media bell ringing champ

February 25, 2015 — 

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Service organizations help fund new Pioneer Park slide

February 24, 2015 — 

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Open house for potential volunteers at Empire Mine

February 24, 2015 — 

Empire Mine State Historic Park is hosting an open house for potential volunteers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the park. Reservations are not necessary, but prospective volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Experienced volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate and share experiences. To qualify as a volunteer, attendance at one of several two-day sessions is required. The first will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The second will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The third will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 and the fourth will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Sign-ups must be made in advance, and snacks and beverages will be provided. Additional training for volunteers will be provided once they’ve decided how they will get involved. The park is now into its third decade of annual training and approximately 1,000 people have attended over the years. For more information, visit http://www.empiremine.org/volunteer.

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Volunteers for California CareForce

February 24, 2015 — 

A group of Nevada County people is volunteering to help prepare for the free medical, dental and vision two-day clinic being brought to Grass Valley by the nonprofit California CareForce on November 14 and 15 of 2015. If you or your organization, religious affiliates, etc. want to help local people in need of these health services, come check out our next meeting, visit http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org or go to http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCareForce.

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Speaker to address the neuropsychology of Multiple Sclerosis

February 23, 2015 — 

Neuropsychologist Bonnie Connor will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Self Help/Support Group, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27.

Meetings are held in the Community Room of Glenbrook Apartment Homes, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

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Monthly meeting Of Blue Star Mothers Of America

February 21, 2015 — 

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 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.

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Free tax filing assistance available

February 21, 2015 — 

HelpLine Senior Information and Assistance is now taking appointments for the AARP Tax-Aide program. This service offers free help with the preparation of Federal and State income tax returns and is available to people of all ages with middle and low income, with special attention to those 60 and older. The program is staffed by local volunteers who are IRS-trained and certified.

Appointments (be prepared to stay two hours) are available on Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 13. Those interested in free tax filing assistance can call HelpLine at 530-273-2273 to schedule an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.

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New program seeks donations of used children’s books

February 21, 2015 — 

The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority is seeking new and used children’s books for a new program they’re starting in March. The program, called “Nevada County Works!,” will provide training and hands-on work experience for participants of the CalWORKs program.

As part of the program, participants will collect and refurbish books to distribute to kids in the community, all while learning valuable employment skills such as boundaries, communication, organization, and teamwork.

The idea for the book program came from a news report about the difficulty some families have in accessing books to read to their kids. The Public Authority is partnering with community organizations that serve children to help distribute the books to families in need. The goal is to collect 1,000 books by March 6. Participants will sort, clean, and repair the books and distribute them through partner organizations such as Child Advocates of Nevada County and PARTNERS Family Resource Centers.

Donated books can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Public Authority office, 464 Brunswick Road in Grass Valley. For more information, contact Tammy Veralrud at 530-274-5601.

Super hero spotted locally

February 21, 2015 — 

RCRC delivers wildfire risk resolutions to gov.

February 21, 2015 — 

Last week, officers of the Rural County Representatives of California delivered resolutions passed by 24 member counties, including Nevada County, to the governor’s office outlining the risk of catastrophic wildfires on California’s public lands.

The message carried by the resolutions and RCRC’s officers, including immediate past Chair Supervisor Nate Beason, was that the governor needs to lend more of his clout to the push to increase forest health and vegetation management projects on federal lands.

RCRC’s officers also praised the governor for his support of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act last year, and strongly encouraged him to support the new effort this year. The governor’s staff and RCRC officers agreed that devastating wildfires have deep impacts on California’s water quality and quantity, air quality, habitats, communities, carbon sequestration potential, and on the environment.

Working to garner further engagement at the federal level by the governor and the resources-focused agencies in the administration, including Cal Fire, Department of Natural Resources, and the California Air Resources Board, is a primary component of RCRC’s 2014-15 Wildfire Strategy.

The RCRC officers will next carry this message to key members of Congress, and Obama Administration officials in Washington, D.C., starting early next week.

Mental Health First Aid

​Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy — helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

Participants will learn the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury. Also, participants will understand the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities.

Nevada County Behavioral Health is sponsoring Mental Health First Aid Training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11. The training will take place at the Empire Room of the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City. There is no charge for the training and the public is invited to attend.

To register, contact Suzy Cheney at suzy.cheney@co.nevada.ca.us or 530-265-1743. Seating is limited and confirmation is required.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/.

Public Works creates bridge repair and replacement website

​The Nevada County Department of Public Works — in cooperation with Dokken Engineering — has created a website dedicated to new bridge repair and replacement projects located throughout the county. The newly approved projects are funded through the federal Highway Bridge Program and will eventually rehabilitate, widen or replace eight Nevada County bridges that are currently listed as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

The first of these bridges is scheduled to begin construction in 2017. The website will provide an overview and history of each bridge, along with individual project scopes and status updates. The website will be updated regularly as preliminary engineering and environmental work is completed on each bridge.

The website can be found at http://dokkenbridges.com/nevada-county/.

For additional information, call the Department of Public Works at 530-265-1411.

Attention all 2nd Infantry Division veterans

February 20, 2015 — 

The California Branch of the 2nd Indianhead Division Association will hold its annual reunion in Fresno, California from April 10 through 12, 2015. For more information, please email George Sousa at geonlou@aol.com or call 858-350-5953 or call Duane Anderson at 916-481-1751.

Residents urged to complete community health survey

February 20, 2015 — 

Nevada County Public Health Department is conducting a community health assessment in order to gain a deeper understanding of what issues residents feel are important, how quality of life is perceived in our various communities, and which existing community assets be improved upon.

Health officials are encouraging all community members to complete this survey. Questions are about quality of life, health care, children, elderly, economic opportunity, safety, social support, community health, stress, and risk behaviors in the community. In addition, the survey gathers some basic demographic information to better understand what matters to the different individuals and communities completing the survey.

At the end of the survey, there is an option to be entered into a drawing for a choice of one of three prizes:

• $25 gift certificate to Safeway

• $25 Amazon.com gift card

• $25 gift certificate to The Book Seller

Award winners will be selected and notified by mid-February.

Any questions please contact: Holly Whittaker, MS, Epidemiologist, at 530-470-2658 or email holly.whittaker@co.nevada.ca.us or by mail, Nevada County Public Health Department, 500 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945. To take the survey online, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCPHDCommunityHealthSurvey.

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