News Briefs

Bisexuality: the shadow of the LGBTQ world

October 21, 2014 — 

Dr. Marilyn Chambliss will discuss bisexuality at PFLAG’s next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley.

The meeting will open with a presentation of the TED talk, “50 Shades of Gay,” and Chambliss will share information on bi-sexuality based on articles she has gathered, and the recent book, “The Bi-Sexual Option.” She also will share the story of her own experiences and will invite others to share theirs. The meeting will end with the YouTube video, “Yes I Am Bi-Sexual,” by R.J. Aguiar.

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Secrets to selling online at Etsy

October 21, 2014 — 

Mila Johansen, author, playwright, public speaker and business owner, will give tips on Etsy, an online selling site alternative to Ebay, at the next meeting of Nevada County Online, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Have you ever wanted to sell or find a better way of selling your items online? Johansen will take participants through signing up, getting started, how to manage your store and how to direct buyers to personal Etsy sites. There are several techniques that even seasoned Etsy users are not aware of, she claims. She will also discuss how to easily use Facebook to promote your Etsy store and bring in scores of daily new customers.

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Chore becomes work of art

October 21, 2014 — 

Submitted by Regina M. Dutilly

Grass Valley resident Martin Dutilly is famous in his neighborhood for his artistic woodpiles. One year it was the Golden Gate Bridge. This year it’s a house, complete with windows and a door made from old decking.

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Sierra roadwork schedule: Oct. 20-25, 2014

October 21, 2014 — 

Long-term projects

Interstate 80 (Placer County) at the Magra overcrossing: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect alternating lane closures from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. through Friday for bridge work. Interstate 80 (Placer County) at Penryn Road: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect alternating lane closures and ramp closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Friday and 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for bridge work.

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Today is last day to register to vote

October 21, 2014 — 

Californians must register to vote by today so they can weigh in on important issues on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. Postmarks do count for mailed registration applications. Voter registration closes 15 days prior to any California election.

A person must re-register to vote after moving, changing names or changing political party preference. Eligible Californians can register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov or get a paper application at local libraries, post offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and other government offices. Voter registration records are maintained at county elections offices; check voter registration status at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status. For more information about registering to vote, visit www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm.

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Craft Fair benefits local charity groups

October 21, 2014 — 

The Catholic Ladies Relief Society’s Annual Community Craft Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 26 at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 235 Chapel St. in Grass Valley. The event will be in two halls — the large hall will feature more than 20 local crafters and the smaller hall will be filled with gently used Christmas items and decorations. Proceeds will benefit local charity groups, such as Utah’s Place, the Interfaith Food Ministry, Living Well Medical Clinic and Habitat for Humanity. Baked goods, hot dogs and other “goodies” will also be available. For more information, call 530-273-7691.

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Cat food needed for shelter pets

October 21, 2014 — 

Sammie’s Friends is in dire need of canned cat and dog food for their shelter pets. They have a budget for dry food, but not for wet. Donors are encouraged to drop off food between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Shelter viewing hours are noon to 4 p.m. every day but Sunday.

Sammie’s Friends is located at the Nevada County Animal Shelter, 14647 McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-471-5041 or visit http://www.sammiesfriends.org.

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Complimentary massages offered to burn survivors

October 18, 2014 — 

Nevada City massage therapist Patricia Rusert Gillette is offering complimentary massages to burn survivors throughout the month of October. Gillette, a certified massage practitioner with special certification in burn scar massage therapy, will be traveling to Anaheim on. Oct. 22 to take part in the annual World Burn Congress. The event is sponsored by the Phoenix Society for burn survivors, and is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury.

Prior to her departure and after returning from Anaheim, Gillette, who owns Sacred Systems in Nevada City, is offering free massage sessions to burn survivors in Nevada County. For more information, contact Gillette and 530-265-0400 or visit http://www.phoenix-society.org.

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Climate Change Coalition meeting set for Tuesday

October 18, 2014 — 

Submitted by Sharon Delgado

The Nevada County Climate Change Coalition’s next general meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church Street in Grass Valley. Rondal Snodgrass will report on the September 21 Peoples’ Climate March in New York, as well as reports from participants of the Nevada County Peoples’ Climate March (above). Open to the public, there will also information on recent events and upcoming actions related to climate change.

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Family law fast track “trauma informed” training for attorneys

October 18, 2014 — 

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition is offering a free workshop Saturday, with limited civic commitment, for attorneys interested in trauma informed advocacy. Lunch is included. Attorneys who complete this training and volunteer at the legal clinic a minimum of three times a year will be included on the DVSAC direct attorney referral list. For those attending for the MCLE units, the cost is $75. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Nevada County Contractors’ Association, 149 Crown Point Court, Suite A in Grass Valley. Please RSVP by calling 530-272-2046.

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California voter registration deadline is Monday

October 18, 2014 — 

Secretary of State Debra Bowen is reminding Californians to register to vote by Monday so they can weigh in on important issues on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. Postmarks do count for mailed registration applications. Voter registration closes 15 days prior to any California election.

A person must re-register to vote after moving, changing names or changing political party preference. Eligible Californians can register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov or get a paper application at local libraries, post offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and other government offices. Voter registration applications are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

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Grass Valley roadwork announced

October 18, 2014 — 

Dorsey Drive (between East Main Street and Pampas Drive) will have one-way traffic control for striping work on Sunday between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (weather permitting). Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however, delays of up to 10 minutes may be possible.

Dorsey Drive (between East Main Street and Pampas Drive) will have one-way traffic control for road work on an intermittent basis from Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however, delays of up to 10 minutes may be possible.

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Free lunch today with a Nordic flare

October 17, 2014 — 

A touch of Scandinavia is coming to Grass Valley today. Lunch at the Crossroads’ free monthly meal will feature Swedish meatballs with noodles, green salad and delicious desserts. Indulge your inner Viking at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church located at 236 S. Church St., for a hearty sit-down lunch. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. today, but come early to check out the free, gently-used clothing. Remember to bring bags so you can take home free groceries. The program ends at 1 p.m.

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Towntalk: A ‘wild’ calendar

October 17, 2014 — 

“Wildlife ambassadors” from Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release will be at BriarPatch Co-op from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on two upcoming Fridays this fall, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. Stationed outside the store will be Chester, a great horned owl and BraveHeart, an American kestrel. These birds of prey were injured and though they have recovered, their injuries prevent them from surviving in the wild. The birds will be on hand to highlight Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release’s new 2015 calendars which will be for sale. The calendar features beautiful photographs of baby birds and animals that WRR assisted this year. Calendars are being sold for $14.99.

For more information on WRR wildlife ambassadors and the 2015 calendars, visit http://www.cawildlife911.org.

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Free meetings provide guidance on Medicare

October 16, 2014 — 

Free meetings provide guidance on Medicare

Free meetings are scheduled on three separate dates to help seniors better understand Medicare and the choices for insurance coverage. Local health insurance agent David Unterman will host the meetings at Margarita’s Restaurant on Plaza Drive in Grass Valley on three Mondays at 2 and 7 p.m. each day on Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and 17. Meetings last about an hour and a quarter, followed by time for questions. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

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Craft Guild’s 32nd annual craft show this weekend

October 16, 2014 — 

The Craft Guild of Nevada County will have their 32nd craft show and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19 each day at the Main Street Building, Nevada County Fairgrounds. There will be handmade gifts, good food, baked goods, a fun clown and free gift drawing for kids. Admission is $2. Parking is free. The Guild is again supporting the Interfaith Food Ministry so admission is only $1 with a canned food donation. There will be a free drawing for a basket of hand crafted items with each admission into the show. For more information, visit http://craftguildnevadacounty.blogspot.com.

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Towntalk: The spirit of fall

October 15, 2014 — 

Ginger Waltz, and her mother Jacqueline Waltz, put together this front-porch pumpkin display using hand-me-down items from former window displays to help others get into the spirit of fall.

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Towntalk: Misty Moon

October 15, 2014 — 

Grass Valley resident Jerry Chapman was able to capture this striking view the moon early Saturday morning.

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Soroptimists offering scholarships to women looking to better themselves

October 15, 2014 — 

The Soroptimist of the Sierra Foothills club is now taking applications for scholarships, which are awarded by the club to women who are trying to better themselves. Applicants must be the primary financial support for their families and have a financial need. They must be enrolled or accepted to a vocational or educational program and must reside in Nevada County. Applicants may only apply to one club, and must not have won the award previously with any Soroptimist Club. At the club level, winners will receive $1,000 but are then sent on to compete at the district and regional level for additional money. The Soroptimist of the Sierra Foothills has had several winners go on to bigger awards.

Interested parties may apply online at http://sierrasoroptimist.org and click on the “Live Your Dream” award. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. For more information, contact Susan Forga at 530-273-1833.

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See’s Candy now on sale at Nevada City Chamber

October 15, 2014 — 

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce has announced that See’s Candy is available again as a fundraiser for the Chamber. Proceeds go toward the many events that keep the city vibrant. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

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A time for reflection

October 14, 2014 — 

Submitted by Joan Horton

Fall colors reflect in the calm waters of Lions Lake at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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Pie sale supports women in crisis

October 14, 2014 — 

A sale of home-baked pies on Sunday will support the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition in Grass Valley. Women of Peace Lutheran Church will sell pies after the 8:45 and 11 a.m. worship services on Sunday, Oct. 19, at the church at 828 W. Main St., also in Grass Valley (sale starts at about 9:45 a.m. and again at about 12:15 p.m.). In the past, the women have donated their proceeds to DVSAC, KARE Crisis Nursery and other local nonprofits. They plan a project soon to support the Booth Family Center.

Thrivent Financial will contribute matching funds to the pie sale. Thrivent is a national, Lutheran-based, Fortune 500 financial services company open to all Christians, with an office in Auburn.

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Singers sought for Handel’s Messiah

October 14, 2014 — 

Chorus singers and soloists are being sought for this year’s production of Handel’s Messiah at Sierra Presbyterian Church. This is always an inspiring event, last done in 2011. There are two performances on Sunday, Dec. 7. Chorus rehearsals are on Monday nights at 7 p.m. at Sierra Presbyterian.

No “Messiah” experience is necessary, and no auditions are held to sing in the chorus.

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Dorsey roadwork

October 14, 2014 — 

Dorsey Drive (between East Main Street and Pampas Drive) will have one-way traffic control for road work on an intermittent basis from today through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however, delays of up to 10 minutes may be possible.

Please observe all construction signs and instructions of onsite workers.

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Higgins Fire board to meet

October 14, 2014 — 

The Board of Directors for the Higgins Area Fire Protection District is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the District Offices, 10106 Combie Road.

Items on the agenda include a Station 21 reconstruction project update, and adopting the final budgets for Funds 6348 (general), 6759 (mitigation fees) and 6784 (capital replacement).

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Computer Learning Center offers ‘short’ workshops

October 13, 2014 — 

Due to popular demand, the Gold Country Computer Learning Center will be offering a series of short workshops, which are open to the public. Upcoming classes include:

Pinterest, October 15: A social network based on mutual interests, hobbies, events, products and recipes.

Android Smartphone and Tablet Basics, October 16: Navigating, text messaging, voice commands, music, Apps and photos.

Linkedin, October 17: Power your job search, maximize your profile, branching and using other social media.

Skype, October 17: A service to communicate with others using a microphone, video webcam over the internet, including phone calls.

Mandals, October 29: Turn your photos into circular works of art using the Collage tool in Picasa. Then upload and imprint them to gift items.

Prior workshops covered DSLR Cameras, Word 2013 Basics, Data Backups, Image Backups for full computer recovery, and Windows 7 for XP Users. Your suggestions are encouraged.

To see the fall class/workshop schedule or to register for a class online, visit http://www.gcclc.org. For more information, call 530-273-0497.

Celeb sighting

October 13, 2014 — 

Submitted by Cheryl Noble

Catherine Busch, Sharon Rose and Elizabeth Kent stop for the paparazzi upon arrival at NCTV’s Foothill Films on Monday night. The red carpet event premiered seven 10-minute films that were created entirely, from script to credits, by local residents.

Towntalk in Nevada County: Up in the air

October 11, 2014 — 

Local pilot Lee Brant and passenger/photographer Christine Belding enjoyed an aerial view of Tuesday’s sunset over Grass Valley.

Republican women promote literacy month

October 11, 2014 — 

The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) celebrated Literacy Month in September. In support of the national program, Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) donated books and dictionaries to Bell Hill Academy in Grass Valley. Bell Hill Academy librarian Terry Chapman selected 10 books from the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project recommended book list for children. Clubs and members are encouraged to purchase and donate MELP recommended books to local schools and institutions. NCRWF plans to work with more schools in the area to provide books and promote literacy programs.

Blue Star Mothers of America to host fundraiser

October 11, 2014 — 

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada CA Chapter 12, are holding a fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Northridge Restaurant, at 17464 Penn Valley Drive in Penn Valley. The proceeds will help serve the troops, benefit veterans’ projects, support the families of the injured or fallen, and help benefit the local chapter. For information, visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.

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