A Smartsville hawk scans the landscape from a high wire.Learn more »
The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the activity room on the second floor of the main building at Atria Senior Living Center (previously Quail Ridge), 150 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Come share experiences and information with others who have Parkinson’s. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy at 530-272-7950 or Pete at 530-273-4804.Learn more »
AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more information about AAUW in Nevada County and/or becoming a member or “Friend of AAUW,” visit http://www.nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net.Learn more »
Christmas lights spread cheer in a Lake Wildwood neighborhood.Learn more »
The Democratic Womens’ Club will be hosting guest speaker Carol Kuczora at their brunch, set for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 3 at Margarita’s. Interested women are encouraged to attend and hear Kuczora speak and share photos and experiences in Israel and Palestine in November 2014.
She was a delegate of Interfaith Peace Builders to Israel and Palestine, which seeks understanding of the conflicts in the region. Contact Carole Chapman at 530-205-9666 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a $13 brunch by Dec. 29.Learn more »
Meetings for the Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley.
The group often features speakers, or reviews education programs. Some meetings are an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, confidential atmosphere, attend a meeting. Light refreshments are served. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.). For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517.Learn more »
See’s Candies are now available for the Christmas season at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main St. Nevada City. One and two pound boxes are now on sale, plus peanut brittle and other novelties perfect for gift giving. The office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Call 530-265-2692 for information.Learn more »
The next League of Women Voters meeting will focus on the topic, “Common Core — What it is and isn’t.” The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 10 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley. Refreshments begin at 9:30 a.m., the meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.
The program will be designed to educate the community regarding Common Core. What is it? What’s its point? What are common misconceptions? How does the testing work?Learn more »
Jeff and Kathy Ellis showed off an issue of The Union while visiting Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia in October.Learn more »
NCTV, Nevada County’s community television station, will air two days of continuous Christmas programs beginning today through midnight December 25. NCTV can be seen on Comcast channel 11, Suddenlink channel 16, and on the web at http://www.nevadacountytv.org. For more information, call 530-272-8862.Learn more »
Grandmothers for Peace meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join the group and help plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations. You don’t have to be a biological grandmother. For information, call Shirley at 530-265-5545 or e-mail Grannies4peace@hotmail.com.Learn more »
The Nevada County Public Health Department will be conducting a flu vaccination clinic from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building at 255 South Auburn St., in Grass Valley. This clinic is for people age 2 years and older. The fee for the vaccine is $15.
The CDC warns that this flu season is likely to be a severe one and urges anyone still unvaccinated to receive their flu vaccine. Media attention has spotlighted that this year’s vaccine may not be as effective as in previous years due to one of the circulating flu strains having “drifted” from those included in the vaccine.Learn more »
Christmas Eve will be the last day to donate to Salvation Army bell ringers, as the day before Christmas marks the end of the annual holiday fundraiser.
The organization’s red kettles are now used all over the world, including Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries. Public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the Christian organization to continue its year-round efforts to helping those in need. To learn more, visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.Learn more »
The PFLAG Nevada County’s support meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 South Church St., Grass Valley. The group is open to all ages and orientations, parents, and members of the LGBT community.
The holidays can be a time of concern for many people for a variety of reasons. The PFLAG support meeting invites community members to come and share stories, issues, concerns, happy and sad moments. Guests can also just listen. Organizers hope to spread holiday cheer and share a few holiday treats.Learn more »
Due to the hard work of students, instructor Linda O’Hare RN, and some help from sponsors, School of Care has graduated its second class of nurse assistants. On Dec. 4, students were acknowledged by friends, family, faculty and staff during their graduation ceremony held at the Hospice of the Foothills.
The intensive 11 week Nurse Assistant Training program is an immersion in theory, skills and clinical training. The School of Care program, held at Spring Hill Convalescent Hospital, offers a venue that provides students with the clinical setting needed to equip them with the necessary range of skills and experiences required of the certified nurse assistant, or CNA. This training is a preparation for certification. Several of the students have already passed their certification.Learn more »
Papa Murphy’s Pizza by Savemart in Grass Valley will donate 20 percent of their proceeds on Tuesday, Dec. 23 to Scooter’s Pals, which provides foster and forever homes for abused or abandoned dogs scheduled to be killed in local and nearby shelters. Papa Murphy’s is located in the Fowler Shopping Center, 2048 Nevada City Highway in Grass Valley. To place and order, call 530-530-274-8900. To learn more about Scooter’s Pals, visit http://scooterspals.org.Learn more »
Learn about Social Media Marketing at the Nevada County Online (NCO) monthly Meetup held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the at the Madelyn Helling Library. NCO is the largest business Meetup group in Nevada County with 372 members. The website is: http://www.nevadacountyonline.com/. NCO is for online beginners and experts and everyone in between. All Meetups are open to the public. A $5 donation is requested. RSVP online at http://www.meetup.com/NevadaCountyOnline/. Please park down the hill and not in the library parking lot.Learn more »
Fire board to appoint assistant chief
The Rough and Ready Fire Protection District board of directors has called a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday. The closed meeting has one item on the agenda — the appointment of a new assistant chief.Learn more »
On Tuesday, members of the board of Directors of Nevada County Republican Women delivered their Christmas offerings to Women of Worth at their ReShop in its new Nevada City location on Church St.
Pictured above, from left are ReShop manager Lolita Westergren (seated), Yvonne Fuller, Terry McLauglen, Annamaria Sauer and Nancy Brost, (foreground).Learn more »
The Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. The group often hosts guest speakers, or reviews educational programs. Some meetings are more of an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, confidential atmosphere come check us out. Light refreshments are served. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.). For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517.Learn more »
The Blue Star Mothers of America meet on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. 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.Learn more »
Grass Valley doctor William Durbrow III is retiring Friday after more than 30 years of local practice.
“He is retiring after 32 years of service and we want to thank him,” said Pamela Gorman, a longtime colleague. “(His practice) has been a place where patients came into the office very depressed and went out laughing and smiling.”Learn more »
A thin layer of winter fog hangs over mirror calm Englebright Lake.Learn more »
An ongoing support group, “Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss,” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Eskaton Village. The group is facilitated by Barbara Larsen, the creator and author of Movement with Meaning. Larson has been working in the field of dementia care for 30 years and is the chair and founding member of the Elder-Care Providers’ Coalition of Nevada County.
Meetings include tips on how to communicate effectively with a loved one or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Information on local resources is also available. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 7.Learn more »
Nevada County Republican Women FederatedDecember 18, 2014 —
Officers of the Nevada County Republican Women Federated for 2015 were recently installed. They include Kimberly Pruett, president, Linda Erdmann, 1st vice president, Jo Ann Rebane, 2nd vice president, Treasurer Fran Freedle, Recording Secretary Rachel Helm and corresponding secretary Karen Wright. In December, NCRWF donated books and dictionaries to the Ready Springs School library and will assist Blue Star Mothers place wreaths on the plaques in Nevada County of local heroes who were killed in the line of duty. A wreath was also placed at the gravesite of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, a native of Grass Valley.
Regular NCRWF meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, September through June at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley.
For information about membership call 530-478-0636 and for more information about NCRWF email NCRWF@hotmail.com or visit the website at http://www.nevadacountyrwf.org.
Final Lunch at the Crossroads FridayDecember 17, 2014 —
Lunch at the Crossroads invites the community to a free holiday lunch on Friday, Dec. 19, at the United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. Meals will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa will take time out of his busy schedule to stop by with free gifts for all, and there will be live music. Guests will be seated in the festively decorated Wesley Hall and served hot turkey with all the trimmings. Fresh pumpkin pie and whipped cream will complete the meal. Remember to bring a bag or two so you can gather free groceries to take home. As always, free gently-used clothing will also be available. After eight years of providing good food for the good of the community, this will be the final Lunch at the Crossroads program.
Towntalk: Made itDecember 17, 2014 —
Submitted by Annita Kasparian
During Friday’s rain, a Big Oak Valley cow was separated from its herd by water rushing across a pasture.
Growing mushrooms for food, profit and soil healthDecember 17, 2014 —
Marlene and Cliff Bottomfield, certified organic and certified biodynamic farmers, will be giving a presentation tonight on their mushroom production, including a slide show and hands-on demonstrations. The couple has a 38 acre farm outside Nevada City where they grow a variety of crops on 3/4 of an acre. The rest of the property is two acres of sheep and goat pasture and 35 acres of dense forest and canyons. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. today at the Rough and Ready Grange.
The Bottomfields’ main crop is mushrooms. They grow several varieties of mushrooms, including shiitake, oyster and lion’s mane. These are grown inside and outside in raised beds. You may have seen their booth at the Nevada City Farmer’s Market. They use their spent mushroom bags to drought proof their property and improve the soil biology. They will also bring mushrooms bags to give participants an opportunity to grow mushrooms.
Admission is free to ranchers, farmers, gardeners and wannabees. Donations to our “Hole in the Road” fund gratefully accepted.
For more information, call 530-432-5109 or 530-432-8977.
Towntalk: Spreading cheerDecember 16, 2014 —
Two roaming musicians spread holiday cheer at Sunday’s Victorian Christmas in Nevada City.