News Briefs

Fencing club joins Grass Valley Chamber

July 31, 2015 — 

The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Nevada County Fencing Club as its newest member with a ribbon cutting. The NC Fencing Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building. For more information about the club call Robin at the GGVCC at 530-273-4667.

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'Animal communicator' coming to Grass Valley

July 31, 2015 — 

Kathy George, a Virginia animal communicator of 30 years will be coming to Grass Valley for a special “listening” to Nevada County animals. George will be giving a free talk at 7 p.m. on Aug. 21 at 10654 Walker Drive in Grass Valley. She will be giving two day-long workshops, “Level 1” and “Level 2,” for a fee on Aug. 22 and 23. For more information, call 530-272-9093.

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Friends of Library's book sale Saturday

July 31, 2015 — 

The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries next monthly Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St., Nevada City. Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books are included: fiction, nonfiction, children’s, collectible, etc. This month’s sale features entertainment (theater included), paperback science fiction, and coffee table books. For additional information phone 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. This is a great way to support your local libraries. Proceeds go toward library materials, programs and equipment.

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Free community dinner today

July 31, 2015 — 

Get out of the heat and join us for dinner in a beautifully air conditioned dining hall at the United Methodist Church this Friday night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 236 South Church St. in downtown Grass Valley. A refreshing Chinese Chicken Salad will be served along with fresh hot rolls and butter. For dessert, volunteers will serve “almost homemade” cookies and ice cream. The meal will be topped off with coffee, tea and milk. All are welcome to attend this community event which is sponsored by faith-based organizations, local businesses and individuals. The hall is wheelchair accessible and high chairs are available for the little ones.

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Volunteers needed for school anti-bullying program

July 30, 2015 — 

Adults throughout the community are stepping up and joining the effort to stop bullying in our schools. The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office and Child Advocates of Nevada County have been recruiting adult volunteers to teach the comprehensive and evidence-based anti-bullying curriculum, “Steps to Respect,” to students in fourth and fifth grade classrooms throughout the county.

Retired teachers, concerned parents, and community members from all walks of life have attended a one day training which has prepared them to present the “Steps to Respect” curriculum to students for one hour, once a week for 10 weeks. Working with a partner and with the full support and participation of the classroom teacher, many of those volunteers have begun lessons and are enthusiastic about the response from students.

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Bear River 5k Run and Walk this Saturday

July 30, 2015 — 

The South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2015 Bear River 5k Run and Walk, set for 8 a.m. Saturday at Bear River High School. The annual event is the Chamber’s main fundraiser with proceeds benefiting local high school students with college scholarships. This year, the Chamber is teaming up with the Bear River High School Cross Country Team, Cub Scout Pack 787, and The Rotary Club of Nevada County South. The Bear River 5k Fun Run and Walk is part of the Gold Country Grand Prix Series of races. The cost is $25. Children 10 and younger are $15. Day of event sign ups are held from 7 to 7:40 a.m.

Several event sponsors will also be on hand at the event with food, prizes and other free giveaways.

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Photo: Beyond grateful

July 30, 2015 — 

This sign and others were posted along the bottom of You Bet Road in appreciation of the many firefighters working on the Lowell Fire.

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Banner Grange community Book Swap this Sunday

July 30, 2015 — 

The community book swap will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. this Sunday. Exchange used books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and table games for others. Everything is free. The event is held the first Sunday of the month at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road, one mile past the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For more information, call 530-845-5208 or visit http://www.ncbookswap.webs.com.

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De-stress workshop today

July 30, 2015 — 

A free one-hour workshop offering tools to de-stress on the spot will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at Eskaton Village, 625 Eskaton Circle in Grass Valley. Facilitator Hilary Anderson will present “Three Keys to Instant Calm,” tools people can use without changing their schedules or taking a day off. The workshop will meet in the Crafters’ Courtyard at Eskaton Village.

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Nevada County for Bernie Sanders campaign kick-off includes live feed of senator

July 29, 2015 — 

The Nevada County for Bernie Sanders Organizing Kickoff, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, has been moved to a larger venue. The meeting will be at the Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center at 180 Cambridge Ct. (off Whispering Pines) in Grass Valley. The evening will include a live feed from Senator Sanders and a discussion of strategies on connecting with others in the community to organize a grass roots campaign. For more information, email schwinn@sonic.net.

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Lake Wildwood nominees, 2015 Citizen Of The Year

July 29, 2015 — 

Nominees for the 2015 Lake Wildwood Citizen of the Year are, from left, Paula Ferrell, Bob Pleski (winner), Nora Kinney (seated), Jeannie Church and John Ballard. Not pictured: Dave Anderson.

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Vietnam Vets group seeking new members

July 28, 2015 — 

The local chapter 535 of the Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or not. All vets, families, and friends are welcome to attend meetings the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 225 South Auburn St. For more information, visit http://www.vva535.org or call 530-559-7716.

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Fairgrounds and community organizations team up for community involvement day On August 3

July 28, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Nevada County 2-1-1, Sierra Harvest, NEO, and BloodSource are teaming up on Aug. 3 for Community Involvement Day — a day to donate items to non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the fair.

These organizations will be set up at the fairgrounds’ Gate 1 main parking lot from 1 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 to receive donations of any of the items listed below.

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Pet adopt-a-thon Saturday

July 28, 2015 — 

Rescue for Pet Sake will be hosting their monthly dog “adopt-a-thon” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-263-3331 or visit http://rescueforpetsake.org.

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Photo: 'I can see Nevada County from my horse'

July 27, 2015 — 

Gold Country Trails Council riders look out over the American River watershed from Royal Gorge at approximately 8,000 feet. The Trails Council, based in Grass Valley, builds and maintains trails in Nevada County.

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Western Sierra Medical Clinic adds obstetrics, gynecology services

July 27, 2015 — 

Western Sierra Medical Clinic has established an obstetrics and gynecology practice, hiring a longtime physician to start the much-needed service in the region.

Dr. Scott Mack, a 27-year obstetrician and gynecologist (OB/GYN), most recently with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Roseville, is the first physician to join the Maternal Health Unit at Western Sierra. The community has a critical shortage of OB/GYNs, forcing many women to seek the specialty service in other communities.

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67th USS Hornet Association reunion set for September

July 25, 2015 — 

USS Hornet Association is hosting the 67th reunion of those who served aboard the U.S. Navy’s Yorktown-class aircraft carrier during World War II. The reunion is planned for Sept. 9-13 in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, contact Sandy Burket at 814-224-5063 or email hornetcva@aol.com. For information on the USS Hornet Association, visit http://www.USSHornetAssn.com.

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Chili chefs invited to compete for cash prizes in Rough and Ready chili cook-off

July 25, 2015 — 

The Great Republic of Rough and Ready is again preparing to host its annual Chili Cook-off on Sept. 27 and is inviting chili cookers interested in participating.

The annual event brings individuals, businesses and civic organizations to town, where they can cook their favorite chili recipe and submit them to a panel of judges and to the public for tasting. The judges will determine the first and second place winners, who will receive $500 and $250 cash awards, while the visiting public can purchase tasting kits and vote for the winner of the $250 People’s Choice Award. Bragging rights, far in excess of any cash awards, also accrue to the winners. Rough and Ready rules apply, meaning there are few restrictions on ingredients.

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Operation Homefront partners with Dollar Tree stores to help military children

July 25, 2015 — 

Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, Inc. have joined forces to gather school supplies for military children across the country. The supplies can be purchased by customers at any Dollar Tree store and placed in collection boxes in each store.

The Back-to-School Brigade program is a nationwide campaign by Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree. This is the seventh year that Dollar Tree has partnered with Operation Homefront for the program. Last year, Dollar Tree patrons donated more than $5 million of supplies.

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Late bloomer

July 25, 2015 — 

Submitted photo by Annita Kasparian

A robin began building a nest roughly a week ago near Englebright Reservoir.

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Incline Village to hold Thyroid Cancer awareness 5K Sept. 5

July 24, 2015 — 

The inaugural running of the nation’s only 5K run/walk supporting Thyroid Cancer awareness and research will take place on Sept. 5 at Lake Tahoe’s Village Green in Incline Village. Lake Tahoe’s Movement of Wings, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has organized The Butterfly Effect 5K Run for runners, walkers and strollers. In addition, there will be a special Caterpillar Dash for children up to the age of 9. An awards ceremony will follow the event. For more information, to register, or donate visit http://www.butterflyeffect5k.org. After August 5 registration fees will increase from $35 for those 17 and older to $40, and from $25 for those 16 and younger to $30. There will be no registration available on race day. While the incidence of many cancers seems to be decreasing, thyroid cancer is steadily soaring, affecting young people between the ages of 13 and 43.

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Come celebrate Nevada County's newest historical landmark

July 24, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission is delighted to invite the public to the unveiling ceremony for Nevada County’s newest landmark — the Hartung House. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8 at 17301 Piper Lane, near the intersection of Pleasant Valley and Bitney Springs roads in Penn Valley. Refreshments will be served.

The Hartung House was for many years the home of Nevada and Emma Hartung, Nevada County pioneers. They acquired the property in 1888 and shortly thereafter built the Victorian house presently on the property. It is believed that Rose’s Corral, one of the earliest commercial establishments in the county, was located on or near the Hartung Property. The 220 acre ranch is presently owned by Peter Brennan, who operates it as an equestrian center.

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Coming Together: Wolf Creek Community Alliance, Nevada Irrigation District working together for Wolf Creek

July 24, 2015 — 

The Wolf Creek Community Alliance (WCCA), a citizen group dedicated to protecting and restoring Wolf Creek, now has a water quality laboratory at the Nevada Irrigation District campus in Grass Valley. The little building, being leased to the group for $1 per month, was dedicated Wednesday morning.

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Community outreach about Ballot Measure "V" in South County

July 24, 2015 — 

The Higgins Fire District Community Outreach Team will be staffing informational tables to answer questions regarding the upcoming ballot measure from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 1. Tables will be set up at CVS and Holiday Market in the Lake of the Pines/Higgins Corner area. The Community Outreach team consists of volunteer firefighters, Fire Auxiliary members, off-duty staff and other members of the community. Support the local community Fire District and get educated on Measure “V.”

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Parade entries open for Constitution Day Parade

July 23, 2015 — 

Entries are now open for individuals and groups wishing to enter this year’s Nevada City Constitution Day Parade. Floats, bands, marching units, equestrians, vehicles and other entries are welcome. The 49th annual parade moves down a flag and bunting-draped Broad Street at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13. Theme for this year’s parade is “Freedom of the Press.” Parade entry forms may be downloaded on the Constitution Day page at http://www.nevadacitychamber.com or call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office at 530-265-2692.

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Fundraiser at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Aug. 18

July 23, 2015 — 

Fundraiser at SNMH Aug. 18

The public is invited to a sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Sale items include colorful, stylish designs from Bag City Leather. Sale items will be on display in Room 110, Building 3 at SNMH. A percentage of the sale will be donated to the hospital.

— Submitted to The Union

Railroad Museum to host yard sale Aug. 7-8

July 23, 2015 — 

The Railroad Museum will hold its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 8 on their grounds in Nevada City. The sale will feature items of special interest in the tool and mechanical categories, as well as motorcycles and traditional yard sale items. The museum’s gift shop will be open during the sale and tours of the museum will also be available. The museum is located at 5 Kidder Court in Nevada City, off Gold Flat Road via Boast Avenue or New Mohawk Drive. For more information, visit 530-470-0902 or http://www.NCNGRRMuseum.org.

Nevada County restaurants support local breastfeeding coalition

July 23, 2015 — 

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually during the first week of August. This year community members can support the Breastfeeding Coalition of Nevada County by visiting one of three local restaurants: Aug. 1 at Smiley Guy’s Smokehouse in Grass Valley, Aug. 3 at Summer Thymes and Aug. 4 at Diego’s in Grass Valley. Each business will give 10 percent of all proceeds to the coalition. The Breastfeeding Coalition of Nevada County is comprised of breastfeeding professionals and enthusiasts with a common goal to normalize breastfeeding, support parents, offer community education and enjoy the benefits that come along with these accomplishments. For more information, visit http://www.thenestnevadacity.com and http;//www.milksupport.com.

Nest Family Resource Center hosts open house in new location

July 23, 2015 — 

After enjoying two years in Nevada City, the Nest Family Resource Center has moved to downtown Grass Valley to enjoy a larger space and greater visibility. Their classes include childbirth preparation, breastfeeding education, pre/postnatal fitness and much more. They will be open during the remainder of the Grass Valley farmer’s markets from 6 to 8 p.m. for parents to come and feed or change their babies. Come take a peek during their Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 30 at 107 W. Main St., Suite B, just down the hallway from Rag Time Consignment.

Distant thunderstorm

July 23, 2015 — 

Grass Valley 17-year-old Kian Berreman took this self portrait using a timer. The photo was taken from Eagle Rock on Lake Tahoe’s west shore.

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