News briefs in Grass Valley California

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day set for May 7

April 29, 2016 — 

​Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7. Bring the family and come to the Public Safety Training Center located on the Sierra College Campus for a host of activities that will teach you how to make your home and community safer from the impacts of future and past wildfires. Learn how to keep your home, family, pets and business fire-safe and help raise wildfire awareness! Activities include live fire demonstrations and kids can meet Smokey Bear. For a complete list of activities, go to http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/ceo/docs/Friday%20memos/20160429%20Attachments/Wildfire%20Preparedness%20Day%202016.pdf.

2016 Nevada County Waste Tire Amnesty Event

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"Treasure Hunt Book Sale" coming in May

April 29, 2016 — 

AnimalSave’s Book Nook is hosting a “Treasure Hunt Book Sale” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7 at the AnimalSave Center, 520 East Main in Grass Valley. The two-day sale will offer books of all genres, plus audio, video, vinyl, puzzles, children’s books and games. The Book Nook Treasure Hunt volunteers will help in finding that perfect book or bag of books to satisfy every book lover’s pocketbook. Prices range from 25 cents to $1, plus the “Treasure Box,” which will be full of free items.

AnimalSave transforms the lives of cats and dogs by providing humane education, affordable spay and neuter services and by finding forever homes. Since its foster/adoption program began in 2000, 4,369 dogs and cats have been placed in loving homes; 15,000 animals have been spayed/neutered since its low-cost spay/neuter clinic opened eight years ago and it has provided over 178,915 pounds of pet food to low-income families. This work is carried out with the help of volunteers who donate over 30,000 hours each year.

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Adult career exploration classes April 30

April 29, 2016 — 

For the first time, Nevada Union Adult Education is offering a series of free workshops today, ranging from basic car maintenance to improvisation acting. All classes are free, and there’s only one requirement: you must be an adult over 18.

The line-up includes: 9 to 10 a.m., Basic Car Maintenance; 10 to 11 a.m., Microsoft Word Basics; 11 a.m. to noon, “Behind the Scenes with a Hollywood Camera Operator;” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., American Sign Language Awareness; 1 to 2 p.m., Using Google Docs; and 2 to 3 p.m., “Introduction to Improvisational Acting.”

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Nevada City students set up voter registration booth

April 29, 2016 — 

After hearing a presentation on the importance of voting, a group of Yuba River Charter School eighth graders set up a voter registration booth on the front steps of their Nevada City school Thursday. The effort coincided with afternoon pick-up, in the hopes that students’ parents would stop to register.

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Local officials, civil leaders to share thoughts on challenges facing the community at interfaith breakfast

April 28, 2016 — 

Public officials, business, religious and civic leaders will gather next week at a special buffet breakfast and meeting hosted by the local interfaith community to discuss key challenges facing the community.

The second annual “Breakfast with the Mayors,” which falls on the same day as National Day of Prayer, will kick off at 8 a.m. Thursday in the multi-purpose hall adjacent to Nevada County’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall, at 12889 Osborne Hill Road.

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Forum on 'big money,' democracy and Citizens United case

April 28, 2016 — 

The First Tuesday Educational Forum sponsored by the Nevada County Democrats will be featuring nationally recognized author Derek Cressman, whose presentation, “How Big Money Is Destroying Democracy and What We Can Do About it” will address the Citizens United case. The presentation we be at 5:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley.

In the Citizens United case, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that individuals and corporations are entitled to contribute unlimited amounts of money in election campaigns. Since then, billions of dollars have flowed to support congressional and presidential candidates, most of it donated by wealthy individuals and large corporations, often anonymously.

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United Way's 'Day of Action' a success

April 28, 2016 — 

United Way of Nevada County held its 8th Annual “Day of Action” April 22. Despite torrential rain most of the day, walls were painted, rooms were cleaned and organized by volunteers at many Nevada County locations. A diverse group of community members joined in on the day of volunteering. Along with the many adults, Bitney College Prep High School students also pitched in. Company employees from businesses such as Telestream and JC Penney showed up to help nonprofits in the community with their individual projects. For example, at Divine Spark’s Streicher House Day Center, the house was completely transformed by volunteers. The clothes closet and office were organized, phones and computers were set up, pictures were hung, refrigerator and big freezers were cleaned and organized, windows were washed and floors mopped. United Way of Nevada County’s mission statement is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. United Way of Nevada County envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through healthy lives, education and income stability. United Way’s service priority is to strive to ensure that individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their basic needs for food, emergency shelter and access to health care. Those interested in participating in next year’s “Day of Action” are encouraged to email admin@uwnc.org or call 530-274-8111.

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Community Book Swap in Grass Valley

April 27, 2016 — 

The Nevada County Community Book Swap will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley (one mile past the Fairgrounds). Volunteers are always welcome to come at 11:45 a.m. to help set up.

The free book swap is held the first Sunday of every month, even if it falls on a holiday. Trade once-loved, used books, CDs, old records, DVDs, games/puzzles and recent magazines for others.

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Colla Voce Chamber Singers concert April 30 in Grass Valley

April 27, 2016 — 

The Colla Voce Chamber Singers will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley joined by the Colla Voce Children’s Chorus. The spring-themed concert will feature songs of all genres ranging from J.S. Bach, William Byrd, and American composer Morten Lauridsen to fun melodies from Broadway musicals to songs of Depeche Mode and Sting. In addition, soloist Bethanee Hunnicutt will perform the whimsical “Not Getting Married Today” and a guest magician will make an appearance. Colla Voce is also collaborating with local filmmaker, Jason Phipps, to create colorful photo art in motion.

Colla Voce of the Sierra is a nonprofit organization committed to “creating life-changing opportunities for engagement in the arts.” Colla Voce’s programs include the adult, auditioned chamber singers, a five-level children’s chorus program, a family choir for ages 5 to 95, a music docent program in nine schools in the Auburn area serving more than 1,000 children, and a music therapy program for adults with neurological impairment.

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American Legion Auxiliary's vintage fashion show April 30

April 27, 2016 — 

Frank Gallino Unit 130, American Legion Auxiliary and Fashion Memories will present “A Trip Through Women’s History” and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Veteran’s Memorial Building Auditorium. Vintage fashions from 1840 to 1970 will be modeled with a commentary of history and humor. Limited tickets are still available for $25. For more information, call 530-272-1716.

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Earth Day donation at Seven Hills School

April 27, 2016 — 

Hills Flat Lumber the Nevada City Lions Club donated much needed gardening tools on Earth Day to Jennifer Taylor’s class at Seven Hills School in Nevada City. The students work and tend the garden in an effort to support the Food Bank of Nevada County.

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Poll workers needed for primary election June 7

April 27, 2016 — 

The Nevada County Elections Department is recruiting poll workers for the June 7 statewide direct primary election. The county is in need of people who would like to participate in the election process, meet new people and earn a small stipend. No experience necessary, training will be available. For more information or an application, visit http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/elections, or call 530-265-7115.

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Nevada City officials will soon launch new city website

April 26, 2016 — 

Nevada City will soon roll out a new website featuring user-friendly options, officials said.

“It will have a few features that we don’t have today,” said City Manager Mark Prestwich. “It will help the community stay in touch with issues in an easier manner.”

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'Denim Day' in support of sexual violence prevention April 27

April 26, 2016 — 

In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, throughout the month of April the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition has focused on educating and creating awareness surrounding the issue of sexual assault and building community support for survivors. DVSAC’s Sexual Assault Prevention Team has been working with the Peer to Peer Leadership Club (P2PL) at Nevada Union High School in order to prepare for April’s “Wellness Week” at NU. The P2PL club has been promoting healthy relationships and active bystander skills. They will also facilitate the “Clothesline Project,” which will take place today, which has been deemed “Denim Day.”

As a show of solidarity, supporters will wear denim today in protest of victim blaming and the myths surrounding sexual assault. Teal colored wrist bands, representing the color of SA awareness, are available at DVSAC. Those who wear denim today are encouraged to donate $5 to DVSAC. The nonprofit “Peace Over Violence” organization reports that more than 11 million people in all 50 states and 118 countries made a social statement by wearing jeans on Denim Day last year as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

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Tai Chi and Qigong demos in Nevada City

April 26, 2016 — 

Gold Country Kiwanis will be hosting the Annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. The global event is organized annually in over 100 cities and 80 nations worldwide. The purpose is to educate millions around the planet on the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong.

The day will begin with Qigong; then a Tai Chi Demonstration; Taiko Drumming and Children’s Kung Fu. Coffee, bagels, fruit and doughnuts will be provided. Donations are welcome. All proceeds will go to the Gold Country Education and Youth Benefit Foundation that benefits the children in Nevada County. If rained out, event will be postponed until May 7 at the same location and time. For more information, visit Gold Country Kiwanis on Facebook. Above, Homer Nottingham leads a class during last year’s World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in Pioneer Park.

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First 5 Nevada County enrolling for free kindergarten readiness program

April 25, 2016 — 

​Step Up to Kindergarten, a free summer program for incoming kindergarteners, developed by First 5 Nevada County, is now enrolling students at seven campuses around Western Nevada County. The First 5 program is in its fifth year and has grown each year, serving 103 children last summer. Teachers reported that the children showed growth in school readiness over the course of the program. Their social emotional development showed growth in skills such as accepting redirection from the teacher; following directions and classroom rules; solving social problems; participating in group and circle time; and sticking to one activity for at least 10 minutes.

The program runs from July 6 through July 26 with up to 15 children in a class with a teacher and an aide. They meet from nine to noon each day in a kindergarten classroom and get a chance to practice school routines, to make some friends before that first day of school, to get to know their campus, and to practice being on time and separating from their parents. Step Up to Kindergarten classrooms will be on the Deer Creek, Bell Hill, Scotten, Union Hill, Williams Ranch, Alta Sierra, and Cottage Hill campuses this summer.

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Democratic delegate selections May 1, location change for Sanders

April 25, 2016 — 

The California Democratic Party will hold its presidential delegate selections at 2 p.m. on May 1. The locations for the Region 1, including Nevada County, will be in Chico for Hillary Clinton, and both Nevada City and Chico for Bernie Sanders. The Bernie Sanders location has been changed to the Nevada City Veteran’s Memorial Building.

The California presidential primary election is a “binding” primary. Accordingly, delegate and alternate positions shall be allocated so as to fairly reflect the expressed presidential (or uncommitted) preference of the primary voters in each district. The National Convention delegates and alternates selected at the district level shall be allocated in proportion to the percentage of the primary vote won in that district by each preference, except that preferences falling below a 15 percent threshold shall not be awarded any delegates or alternates.

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Bitney College Prep gets 24 new computers

April 25, 2016 — 

Bitney College Prep students now have a lab full of new iMac computers. The school received approximately $20,000 from community donors, including Gold Country Computer Learning Center, The 49er, Nevada City and Grass Valley Rotary Clubs and Telestream (Dan Castles). The 24 new computers will allow for more students to learn programing, digital arts and other technology skills.

For more information, visit http://www.bitneyprep.net.

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Grass Valley road closure April 26

April 25, 2016 — 

Rhode Island Street between Brighton Street and Mill Street will be closed today to through traffic for underground utility line work. The closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (weather permitting). Access to businesses/residences 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.

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New hours for Tuesday Rood Center Farmers Market start May 3

April 24, 2016 — 

The Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market will once again be coming to the Rood Center location at the Nevada County Government Center in Nevada City. The market will open on Tuesday, May 3 and run through Sept. 27. This year, though, there is a twist. Instead of the farmers providing their fares in the afternoon hours, the Rood Center Farmer’s Market will operate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This change was made to help to provide a cooler temperature for the produce, as well as the shoppers and vendors. With the recent warmer summers Nevada County has been experiencing, the farmers noticed that many of their fresh fruits and vegetables were wilting in the heat. The time change of this year’s market should help to keep produce fresh and ready for your purchase.

The Rood Center Farmer’s Market continues to serve CalFresh Electronic Benefits Transfer cardholders along with Nevada County employees and residents. This market is a continued effort to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to county citizens and to provide healthy food options for the lower income portion of the Nevada County community. The market allows CalFresh customers to access fresh fruits and vegetables at the same location where they apply for food benefits. If you receive CalFresh benefits you can convert EBT funds into market tokens at the EBT booth located at the market. The market tokens can then be redeemed with the farmers and vendors for their produce and other food items.

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Lowe's hosts free 'how-to' construction clinics for women in Roseville

April 24, 2016 — 

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity and longtime national partner Lowe’s are hosting “how-to” construction clinics for women volunteering during the ninth annual National Women Build Week. Taking place April 30 through May 8, National Women Build Week encourages women across the country to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through housing in their local communities. The project will support “Home for the Holidays,” a nationwide initiative by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity to build or repair 1,000 homes alongside families in time for the holidays.

Similar clinics are taking place across the country and are open to women interested in volunteering at a local Women Build site during National Women Build Week. Local clinics will be held at Lowe’s of North Roseville, at 10201 Fairway Drive in Roseville.

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What the hail?

April 24, 2016 — 

Friday’s hail in Smartsville.

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'No Motor Day' at Scotts Flat Lake April 24

April 22, 2016 — 

The Nevada Irrigation District is sponsoring “No Motor Day” Sunday at Scotts Flat Lake. Admission will be free for non-motorized watercraft, and vehicles for up to four people will be $8. The Gold Country Yacht Club will host free sailboat rides and an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mountain Recreation of Grass Valley will provide free kayaking and paddleboard demos, also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop # 4 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the event, call NID Recreation at 530-265-8861 or visit http://www.NIDWater.com.

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Volunteer recognized by Hospice of the Foothills

April 22, 2016 — 

Hospice of the Foothill volunteers gathered at the St. Canice Center April 14 for the second annual Volunteer Recognition Tea and Marianne Murphy Volunteer Recognition Awards. The award recognition is named after Marianne Murphy, who was a volunteer coordinator and one of the key volunteers responsible for founding Hospice of the Foothills 37 years ago. Grass Valley Mayor Jason Fouyer was on hand to present Carolynn Peterson, Hospice of the Foothills’ executive director, with a special “Volunteer Week Proclamation.”

Awards were presented to volunteers Linda High for patient support, Donna Mack for Friends of Hospice, Judy Law for professional services and Marilyn Miller for Gift & Thrift. The “Volunteer of the Year” award was presented to Barbara Belmer for her many years of service to Hospice of the Foothills including two terms on the board of directors. During that time Belmer fulfilled roles such as Fund Development Committee Chair, Finance Committee member, FOH Board President and a key member of the Capital Campaign Committee. She’s also been an active member for Friends of Hospice for 20 years.

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Botanist to discuss native plants in Nevada City

April 22, 2016 — 

The California Native Plant Society’s Redbud Chapter will host guest speaker Jeff Bisbee, esteemed photographer and botanist, at the free “Passionate About (Native) Plants” program at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Madeline Helling Library in Nevada City.

Bisbee will speak on Manzanita of the Sierra foothills and beyond. His work with Manzanita (Arctostaphylos) and his photography may be viewed in the recently published “Field Guide to Manzanita.” Bisbee will share his photographs though a slide presentation, which will highlight the main distinguishing characters for identifying Arctostaphylos. He will also examine the local species and highlight a few key spots in the area, including a place in Placer County where four species are growing together along with numerous hybrids. From there, he will feature some of the manzanita “hot spots” throughout California, which include San Bruno Mountain, Santa Cruz Mountains and San Luis Obispo. Bisbee’s book will be available for sale after the presentation. His photos have been featured in numerous publications and he has traveled throughout Mexico and South America photographing conifers in their native habitats. He has cultivated most of the Mexican conifers and has donated many of them to the U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum. Bisbee is a native Grass Valley and graduated from Nevada Union in 1978. For additional information, directions to the lecture and membership information for CNPS, please email leslie@wizwire.com.

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Earth Day celebration on San Juan Ridge

April 22, 2016 — 

An Earth Day celebration will take place from 2 to 10 p.m. April 23 at the Oak Tree School Campus, 18847 Oak Tree Road on the San Juan Ridge. The event will feature the Neena McNair Family Singers, Samrat Kakken, the Ruckrich Family Band, George Schroder & Friends, Marc Ryan, Shakina & Friends, Hard Hattie and the Bad Men and more. The event is a fundraiser for the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s children’s summer camps and activities. The day will include children’s crafts and games, a raffle, silent art auction, a bake sale, food, local vendors, a ping pong tournament and more. Many local artists, musicians, merchants and volunteers have contributed to this event. All ages are welcome. Admission for adults is $10 and children are free. For more information, call the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center at 530-292-3174.

Ellu Gallery celebrates Earth Day in Grass Valley

April 21, 2016 — 

Ellu Gallery is celebrating Earth Day by hosting an “Elements of the Earth” reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today at 342 Idaho-Maryland Road in Grass Valley. The evening features the premiere exhibit of artist Dave Barter, who works with reclaimed wood to produce sculptures and carved art pieces.

Other featured artists include Ryan McVay, Dean Gelber, Myqi Harrison, James Mullady, Charles Loire and Steve Sydow.

Harpist Eah will provide live evening music. The reception will be followed by an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Ellu Gallery offers a new approach to viewing, buying and living with art. The 5,000 square foot modern and contemporary art gallery opened quietly in late 2015. The gallery is available for events, impromptu small-scale musical performance and gatherings. It is currently featuring eight artists, and plans to include visually related, contrasting artists as it expands. Visitors will find mixed media, oil, acrylic, hot glass artworks, fine woodworking and sculpture in both wood and glass. The event is free and will include a chance to win a $5,000 painting.

Ellu Gallery is located at 342 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.ElluGallery.com or call 530-802-5353.

Candidates Hall, Reed to host meet and greet in Nevada City

April 21, 2016 — 

A “meet and greet” event for U.S. Congressional candidate Jim Reed and Supervisorial candidate Heidi Hall will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the office of Nevada County Democrats, 138 New Mohawk Road in Nevada City. Community members are encouraged to listen, learn and ask questions regarding the candidates’ positions on issues important to the district such as clean water, high speed internet, forest health, local veterans’ issues, seniors, small businesses, farm preservation and more. For more information, visit http://www.jimreed2016.com or http://www.heidi4nevadacounty.com or call 530-604-8041; 530-613-5164 or 530-263-1984.

Fire Safe Council announces award recipients

April 21, 2016 — 

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County will honor those who have dedicated their time and energy to help make our community more fire safe during the 9th Annual Wine & Culinary Adventure event on May 13 at the Miner’s Foundry in Nevada City. The Fire Safe Council is a nonprofit, local volunteer-based organization dedicated to making Nevada County safer from catastrophic wildfire through fire prevention education, fire break clearing projects and creating the nationally recognized “Firewise Communities USA.”

Pacific Gas & Electric has been selected as “Fire Safe Partner of the Year,” recognized for actively managing vegetation around power line easements in the community for safety and reliability. PG&E has granted nearly a quarter million dollars for fire prevention in the last three years alone.

The Greater Champion neighborhood has been chosen as the “Firewise Community of the Year.” Their Firewise Community volunteers have educated their community on how to prepare for wildfire including special presentations by an entomologist on the bark beetle crisis to a fire ecologist on the impacts of climate change on wildfire behavior. They have also implemented a variety of volunteer fuel reduction projects on the ground over the past two years to reduce hazardous fuel loading. The Fire Safe Council will honor Alan Doerr as “Volunteer of the Year.” Doerr recently retired from the Tahoe National Forest as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist. Utilizing GIS technology provides a computer based system to scope, strategically plan and map our efforts including past, current and future projects.

The public is invited to join the Fire Safe Council in honoring these individuals. For more information about the Fire Safe Council or the Wine & Culinary Adventure, visit the FSCNC web site at http://www.areyoufiresafe.com or call 530-272-1122.

Democratic delegate selections May 1

April 20, 2016 — 

The California Democratic Party will hold its presidential delegate selections at 2 p.m. on May 1. The locations for the Region 1, including Nevada County, will be in Chico.

The California presidential primary election is a “binding” primary. Accordingly, delegate and alternate positions shall be allocated so as to fairly reflect the expressed presidential (or uncommitted) preference of the primary voters in each district. The National Convention delegates and alternates selected at the district level shall be allocated in proportion to the percentage of the primary vote won in that district by each preference, except that preferences falling below a 15 percent threshold shall not be awarded any delegates or alternates.

Those who choose to support a delegate to the convention in Philadelphia this July must attend and vote for that person at the Chico or Grass Valley locations described below.

Delegates for Hillary Clinton:

Caucus location is the Arc Pavillion, 2030 Park Avenue in Chico at the corner of W. 21st St. and Park Ave.

Delegates for Bernie Sanders:

Caucus locations are in Grass Valley and Chico: Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley. Doors open at 2 p.m., meeting at 3 p.m.

Chico Grange Hall, 2775 Nord Ave. (at Rodeo Ave.) in Chico. Doors open at 2 p.m., meeting at 3 p.m.

For more info call (530) 265-3367 or click on http://www.nevadacountydemocrats.com or http://www.CADEM.org.

The full 49-page description of the delegate selection process can be found on the California Democratic Party website at http://www.CADEM.org.

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