News briefs in Grass Valley California

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nevada County Brighton Greens Resource Center opening this February

January 31, 2016 — 

On Feb. 8, the extensive five-month Brighton Greens remodeling project will be completed. The Nevada County Brighton Greens Resource Center will open to the public located at 988 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Eight individual partners will move into the building to provide one integrated service site for Nevada County residents.

The 20,000-square-foot building has been transformed from a long-vacant medical insurance call center to a flagship of integrated services for the Nevada County Health & Human Service Agency that will house approximately 90 county and contracted staff once the move is complete March 3.

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Cinderella Project topic of educational forum

January 31, 2016 — 

Imagine a high school student who is approaching one of the milestones of senior year, the prom, but due to economically disadvantaged circumstances, cannot afford the expense of attending this event. The Cinderella Project aims to change that. It provides these high school students with formal attire so they can attend their graduation festivities with pride. 

The local Nevada County Cinderella Project was started in 2010 by Teri Nelson. She sent 25 Nevada Union seniors to the Senior Ball that year. Since then the project has grown to serve more 400 students, reaching out to every high school in Nevada County and building self esteem while making prom dreams come true.

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Penn Valley Fire board meets Feb. 2

January 31, 2016 — 

The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Station 43, 10513 Spenceville Road.

Items on the agenda include review and approval of the annual audit, as well as closed session items including litigation and a conference regarding labor negotiations.

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Nevada County receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

January 29, 2016 — 

Nevada County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

“The award represents a significant achievement ... It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” a press release from the association said.

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Sierra Health Foundation launches Responsive Grants Program for 2016

January 29, 2016 — 

Sierra Health Foundation accepting grant applications

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Nevada Union FFA Natural Resources Team competes at state finals

January 29, 2016 — 

On Jan. 23, the Nevada Union FFA Natural Resources Team travelled to Reedley College to compete at the California FFA Natural Resources State Finals Contest in Reedley, California.

The Natural Resources Contest is a winter team that consists of mule packing, plant and animal identification, common knowledge and a skills test. These contests take place throughout California from November through January. Students begin practicing for this contest in September of each year. The students attend mule packing lessons, weekly practices with Nevada Union FFA’s coach, and put in hours of studying.

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Nevada County's League of Women Voters campaigning to 'get out the vote'

January 28, 2016 — 

In preparation for the upcoming election, The League of Women Voters is joining forces with other community organizations for a “Get Out the Vote,” or GOTV, campaign. As a result, the League is providing an informational training session at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Those interested in joining or partnering with the League, are encouraged to attend the panel presentation, “League of Women Voters; Past, Present and Future.” Panelists from the League of Women Voters of California (the state league) will include Trudy Schafer, California lobbyist and senior director of program, as well as advisers Roseanna Torretto and Barbara Hopkins. After the 10 a.m. presentation, there will be time for informal “break-out” conversations and a bring-your-own bag lunch. The program concludes at 3 p.m.

Peace Lutheran Church is located at 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley. The meeting is open to the public.

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Book Swap in Grass Valley Jan. 31

January 28, 2016 — 

February’s community book swap will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Exchange used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, magazines and table games for others. Everything is free. The book swap is held the first Sunday of the month, even on holidays. Volunteers are welcome.

Afternoon serenade

January 28, 2016 — 

Sage Stranzler plays the accordion in front of the BriarPatch Co-op on Wednesday.

Scotten students go snowshoeing

January 27, 2016 — 

First and third graders at Scotten Elementary School enjoyed a day of snowshoeing with their teachers, Jennifer Johnson and Randy Dixon, between storms on January 15.

Expert to discuss fuel treatments and high intensity fire in Nevada City

January 27, 2016 — 

JoAnn Fites-Kaufman, Ph.D., will give a special presentation on the effectiveness of fuel reduction treatments on high intensity fire at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Fites-Kaufman has extensive experience in monitoring and researching the effectiveness of fuel treatments in changing fire behavior and effects. She created and led the Fire Behavior Assessment Team that measured fire behavior as it crosses through treated and untreated areas, on wildfires of all kinds. In 2014, she worked as a fire behavior technical specialist on the King Fire and conducted a fire behavior case study on events and conditions leading up to the large 50,000 acre fire run in a single day. Her collaboration with researchers at the University of California, Merced and the National Center for Atmospheric Research is ongoing to understand how much area in a landscape needs to be in a reduced fuel condition to reduce the likelihood of large, high intensity fires that create their own weather.

Fites-Kaufman is currently the regional planning ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service, with primary responsibility for forest plan revision. She has a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington, and a M.S. in Forest Science from the University of Georgia. She has worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 23 years as a forest ecologist and fire scientist.

This event is presented by the Firewise Committee of the Greater Champion Neighborhood Association and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County. There is a suggested donation of $5.

To learn more about Firewise Communities in Nevada County, or how to make your home more fire safe, visit the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County online at http://www.areyoufiresafe.com or by phoning 530-272-1122.

Free Friday dinner at Methodist Church

January 27, 2016 — 

Community members are invited to a free home cooked meal from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church. Supper volunteers will be preparing ham and bean soup, corn bread and butter and a surprise dessert. Meals will be served by Boy Scouts, who are eager to make the evening a pleasant experience. Coffee, tea and milk will be available with meals. The Community Hall, where meals will be served, is wheelchair accessible and high chairs are available. This free event is sponsored by faith-based organizations, businesses and individuals in the area.

The United Methodist Church is located at 236 So. Church St. in downtown Grass Valley.

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