News briefs in Grass Valley California
The Friendship Club received $768 from Karma Yoga Sunday, a donation based class at Full Life Yoga Studio on Providence Mine Road in Nevada City. Cheryl Gordon, right, presented the check to Jennifer Singer, director of The Friendship Club, at the club’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.Learn more »
Emma Jones of the Bear River FFA Chapter in California was one of 45 participants in the National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jones, led by advisor Steven Paasch, was awarded a Gold emblem.Learn more »
The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Station 43, 19513 Spenceville Road.
Items on the agenda include review and approval of changes to the Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association contract, approval of a report on development monies spent and received, and the possible adoption of Chapter 3 of the fire policy manual.Learn more »
At Saturday’s Second Annual Cornish Christmas pageant, held by M3 Mall at the Holbrooke Hotel in downtown Grass Valley, Nevada County’s 2015 “Female Role Model of the Year” was awarded to Mardie Caldwell.
Presenting the award was 2014’s winner, Jennifer Litton of The Friendship Club. The Grass Valley business M3 Mall accepts nominations from Nevada County residents on who they believe are Nevada County’s “Female Role Model of the Year.” This year 35 women were nominated. The top three with the most votes were reviewed by the executive committee for content in the “posts” associated with that person.Learn more »
The fun and festive Nevada City Winter Craft Fair will return for the holiday season from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City.
The independent, juried craft fair showcases over 60 of the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, designers, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares.Learn more »
Nevada City received a signature verification certificate Tuesday from the Nevada County Elections office, which confirmed that Nevada City Neighbors has collected the requisite number of signatures for its initiative on Airbnbs.
With confirmation, the initiative can be voted on by the Nevada City Council or be placed on the voters’ ballot in June.Learn more »
The Gold Miners Inn Holiday Inn Express is offering everyone a way to add a little extra cheer to the holidays. Anyone who drops off a new, unwrapped toy in the Toys for Tots donation box in the hotel lobby will be entered to win one of five gift certificates for a free one night’s stay. Each of the five gift certificates includes complimentary cocktails at the evening reception and a free hot breakfast the next morning. The drawing will be held in mid-December after the Toys for Tots donation box is collected and the toys are distributed. Just give your name and telephone number to a staff member at the front desk when you drop off your toy donation and you’ll be automatically entered in the drawing. The Gold Miners Inn is located at 121 Bank Street in downtown Grass Valley.Learn more »
With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, CAL FIRE is reminding Californians about the dangers that lurk during the holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day. NFPA’s latest cooking estimates show that there were 1,550 cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2013, reflecting a 230 percent increase over the daily average. Home cooking fires also spike on other major U.S. holidays, including Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Memorial Day weekend.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.Learn more »
The Auburn Ski Club Training Center is ready for the winter season with a full range of downhill, cross country, snowboard and biathlon programs for the whole family. Enrollment for all the club’s programs are open now. This will be the club’s 87th season of offering winter sports activities. The ASC Training Center facility is located next to Boreal Mountain Resort and includes a groomed 20 km cross country trail system.
The Super Sliders’ cross country program accepts children at age 4 and the Cisco Kids downhill and Snowboard programs at age 6. Season-long junior teams for all ages are offered in snowboarding, biathlon, alpine and Nordic skiing. For intermediate skiers ages 10 to 15 there is the All-Mountain Devo downhill team that explores the mountain at Boreal, skis the terrain parks and builds skiing skills. Cross Country skiers ages 9 through 18 can join the Sonics team or the Devo/Comp team for fitness and training for competitions. The Training Center offers a unique opportunity for youth to experience all the winter sports. Parents are a big part of the program, volunteering for races and enjoying cross country or skiing at Boreal while athletes are training with coaches.Learn more »
The winter concert “Sleigh Bell Symphony” will be performed by Nevada Union High School’s Symphonic and Jazz bands at 7 p.m. on December 3 in the Don Baggett Theatre at NUHS. Admission is $5 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting the NU Band. The theatre is located on the NU campus at 11761 Ridge Road in Grass Valley.Learn more »
THANKS TO GIVE, a local volunteer group, is gearing up for its 16th year delivering meals to seniors and disabled adults who are home alone on Thanksgiving Day.
Each year about 40 volunteers help package and deliver over 150 traditional holiday meals throughout the county.Learn more »
The traffic signal at the intersection of East Main Street and Hughes Road is currently non-functional due to major equipment damage. A temporary replacement is scheduled to be installed today. In the meantime this intersection is to be approached as four way stop controlled, in accordance with the California Vehicle Code. Motorists are advised to follow all traffic laws and should stop, yield right of way as appropriate and proceed cautiously.Learn more »
Chapa-De Indian Health is proud to announce the launch of its newly updated website that reflects a refreshed and redesigned brand and logo while also providing patients with improved information gathering, enriched functionality and the ability to receive regular updates and notifications about important healthcare news and providers.
The new website will also allow patients to learn about the comprehensive healthcare services offered at Chapa-De and view current job openings, among other features.Learn more »
Job’s Daughters of Grass Valley shopped locally Sunday to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal for a local family. They also will provide instant oatmeal, hot chocolate and apple cider packets for the Nevada County Senior Holiday Cheer program’s gift bags, which delivers food to more than 150 Nevada County seniors. Money raised at the Job’s Daughters Corn Dog Booth on Treat Street during the Nevada County Fair were used to help those in need. For more information about Job’s Daughters, call 530-559-8378.Learn more »
Cal Fire is currently accepting applications for seasonal firefighter and defensible space inspector (forestry aide) positions throughout the state for 2016. Cal Fire’s seasonal positions can work up to nine months out of the year at any of Cal Fire’s over 350 facilities including fire stations, air bases and state forests from the Oregon border down to the Mexican border. Each year Cal Fire hires approximately 2,300 seasonal firefighters and forestry aides.
Defensible space/forestry aide:Learn more »
A California Highway Patrol officer arrested two women for possession and transportation of drugs after conducting a welfare check on their vehicle on Highway 20 Saturday night.
Sgt. Dee Lavrador said CHP Officer Troy King was patrolling Highway 20 around 10:30 p.m. when he spotted a car parked on the shoulder of the highway near the east side of Pine Flat Way.Learn more »
The Grass Valley Police Department is looking for a man who allegedly robbed two of his friends at knifepoint at a residence Saturday afternoon.
Sgt. Joe Matteoni said officers were dispatched to a house on the 100 block of West Olympia Drive around 12:45 p.m. Saturday after an armed robbery occurred at the property.Learn more »
The Grass Valley Development Review Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the construction of two buildings at 500 Idaho Maryland Road, which would be used for the manufacturing of trailers.
The two buildings, which would total 22,500 square feet, would be owned by John Canon, dba Best Trailers.Learn more »
Neal Street, between South Auburn Street and Mill Street will be subject to traffic control for building maintenance work on the Del Oro Theatre on Sunday. The Traffic Control System will close the westbound lane of Neal Street, utilizing detours, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Access to businesses will be maintained, however through traffic will be required to use an alternate route. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel.Learn more »
The Sierra Science Series will host a presentation, “Shady Creek Amphibia,” by Tom Van Wagner, board president of the Yuba Watershed Institute on Dec. 8 at Sierra College.
Shady Creek flows southwest, approximately 10 miles, eventually joining the South Yuba River downstream of the Highway 49/South Yuba Bridge. The creek hosts a surprising amphibian fauna. Van Wagner will explore the natural history and ecology of these inhabitants. Van Wagner taught all science classes at Downieville Junior/Senior High School from 1981 to 2006. He is currently board president of the Yuba Watershed Institute.Learn more »
The Family Christmas Festival in downtown Auburn will be from noon to 5 p.m. on December 13 along Lincoln Way. The event will include Christmas stories, carriage rides, crafts and games for children and a scavenger hunt with chances to win special prizes. Artisans and vendors will be selling their wares and food can be purchased from local restaurants and food vendors. Live holiday music will fill the street and set the tone for a special visit from the characters from Frozen. Children will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with Elsa, Anna and Olaf. The Grinch once again will be lurking about trying to dash the Christmas spirit. But the real star of course is Santa Claus, who will make his grand entrance and spend the afternoon on the porch of the Auburn Promenade where all can have photos taken and share their Christmas wishes. For more information, visit http://www.familychristmasfestival.com.Learn more »
Now that our community is coming out of the recession, there are more construction projects that are popping up all around Nevada County.
It has been very popular in the county for homeowners to act as their own “owner-builder” to manage their construction projects. An owner-builder acts as the general contractor on the job, and either does the work or has licensed subcontractors work on the project.Learn more »
Mark your calendar for the 31st Annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 27, 28 and 29. Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state, as well as from Nevada, Oregon, Washington and New York.
Exhibit buildings will be filled during the Thanksgiving weekend, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping with quality hand-made holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, hand-woven baskets, stained glass, candles, bead work, and dozens of other unique gifts.Learn more »
Streets closed for Cornish ChristmasNovember 19, 2015 —
Mill and West Main streets in Grass Valley will be closed from 4:30 to 10 p.m. for Cornish Christmas on November 27, December 4, December 11 and December 18.
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley Elks team up for a canned food drive at the Country Christmas FaireNovember 19, 2015 —
The Nevada County Fairgrounds and Grass Valley Elks are teaming up for a canned food drive to help feed those in need in Nevada County.
Bring a can of food (or two or three) to the Country Christmas Faire on Sunday, November 29, and the Fairgrounds will give you a coupon for $1 off general admission to the Christmas Faire on that day (one coupon per person). Volunteers from Grass Valley Elks will collect the cans at the food collection bins at the Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gates 1, 3 and 5, which is also where you’ll receive your coupon. All food donated is collected by the Grass Valley Elks and used in their Christmas baskets that they hand out in December.
The Country Christmas Faire is happening Thanksgiving weekend, November 27, 28 and 29 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $4, and free to children under 12. Parking is free.
Visit http://www.NevadaCountyFair.com for information or call 530-273-6217.
Republican women announce essay winnersNovember 19, 2015 —
Photo submitted by Nancy Brost
Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) gave $100 each to Natalie May Hays and Ryan Hardin for their 500 word essays. Hay’s essay was, “If I Had 5 Minutes to Spend With Abraham Lincoln What Would I Ask Him?” Natalie is an eighth grade student at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. The title of her essay was “Afternoons With Abe.” Hays’ parents are Roy and Emily Hays.
Hardin is an 11th grade student at Ghidotti Early College High School. His essay on Americanism was titled, “Service With a Smile,” where in his essay he honored his father’s work as a police officer. Hardin’s parents are Brant and Kathleen Hardin.
Both students attended the November luncheon meeting of NCRWF, along with their parents, to receive their award and read their essays.
Nevada Union's 'Financial Aid Night' Dec. 1November 18, 2015 —
Nevada Union High School’s “Financial Aid Night” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Baggett Theater. Juniors, seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Attendees will learn more about need and merit-based financial aid, what institutions consider when determining awards, and how to find colleges that are a good financial fit for each family. In addition, Barbara Ross will present information about scholarship opportunities including the local district scholarship and the application process.
Free Thanksgiving dinner open to communityNovember 18, 2015 —
Shepherd’s Heart Church is inviting the community to a free Thanksgiving meal from noon to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. All are welcome. The meal will be served at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Food donations and volunteers are still needed. For more information, contact Pastor John at 530-470-3325 or email JohnGlives4j@hotmail.com.