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Historical Society examines history of Nisenan people

April 27, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Historical Society will host guest speaker Tribal Council Chairman Richard Johnson, who will share historical and personal stories about the Nevada City Rancheria’s history and the history of the Nisenan people, their territory and their culture.

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Johnson speaks passionately about practical Nisenan culture and old lifestyle techniques, and is a great source of historical information that he has gathered about the tribe.

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Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum expands hours

April 25, 2015 — 

Effective May 1, the Railroad Museum in Nevada City will be open five days a week from Fridays through Tuesdays located off Gold Flat Road at #5 Kidder Court. During its 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. open hours, docents will welcome individuals and groups of all ages, and the gift shop is open. For more information, call 530-470-0902 or visit the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum on Facebook.

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Higgins Fire District hosts open house in South County

April 25, 2015 — 

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New scrubs on sale at the hospital

April 25, 2015 — 

New colors and styles of scrubs will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday in Room 110 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the hospital. For more information, call 530-615-6733.

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Book club explores sacredness of life

April 25, 2015 — 

The Spiritual Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Madelyn Helling Library to discuss “Perspectives on the Sacredness of Life” from several Native American viewpoints. Suggested reading is “Earth Medicine” by Jamie Sams. The Spiritual Book Club is a book discussion group sponsored by the Baha’is of Nevada County. Everyone is invited to attend these monthly meetings. For more information about this or other upcoming book discussions, call 530-477-7017.

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Gillette Memorial Scholarship Luncheon at Tofanelli's

April 25, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club will host their annual Gillette Memorial Scholarship Luncheon on May 2 to present $1,000 and $500 awards to the two winning high school essay authors for 2015. Silent auction begins at 11 a.m. with an open bar and buffet lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Tofanelli’s upper patio. The guest speaker will be Heidi Hall, who will share her experiences on the memorial walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

In addition, the two scholarship winners will read their essays for members, families, and guests. Tofanelli’s is located at 302 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. The cost is $30, and seats must be reserved by April 27.

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Nevada County Fair seeks community acts, entertainers

April 25, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Fair is now accepting applications for local entertainers and community acts to perform at the 2015 Nevada County Fair, Aug. 12 through 16.

Do you have a dance group you’d like to see perform at the fair? Does your group have a skill they’d like to demonstrate to fair-goers? Want to do a martial arts demonstration or a cheer leading demonstration or show off your baton twirling skills? If so, the Fairgrounds wants your application. This is a great way to share your talents with the community, according to a press release.

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Improving Grass Valley's Main Street

April 24, 2015 — 

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Scooter's Pals' pet adopt-a-thon this Saturday

April 24, 2015 — 

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Nevada County Bonsai Club's Seventh Annual Bonsai Show

April 24, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Bonsai Club will be presenting its seventh annual Bonsai Show as part of the Union Home & Garden Show, April 25 and 26 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, parking is $5. The NCBC Bonsai exhibition will be in the Sugar Pine Lodge. There will also be bonsai demonstrations by club members, raffles and sales of trees and bonsai related items.

This is a great opportunity to be introduced to the Art of Bonsai and to learn first hand about these little trees and how they are styled to become living art, according to a press release.

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"KIDS MegaSports CAMP" coming in June

April 24, 2015 — 

The KIDS MegaSports CAMP will be from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 22 to 26 at First Baptist Church of Grass Valley, 1866 Ridge Rd. (across from Nevada Union High School). Children may choose from basketball, baseball, flag football or cheerleading. Camp will include learning the fundamentals of each sport, rallies, Bible stories, athlete stories, snacks, music and a “Family Day” on Friday. The camp is open to children who have completed the first through fifth grades. Registration begins May 4 by stopping by the FBC office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mon. through Thursday. Forms are also downloadable at http://www.firstbaptistgv.com. For more information, call 530-273-7301. Fee is $20 per child which includes T-shirt, Family Day lunch and snacks.

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Holocaust Memorial Ceremony this Sunday

April 24, 2015 — 

Congregation B’nai Harim at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center (NCJCC) invites the community to join them in a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, at 506 Walsh Street in Grass Valley. The holiday of Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, began on April 15 at sunset this year and ended at sunset on April 16.

The ceremony honors the 6 million Jews and millions of other victims of the Nazi Holocaust that took place during World War II. This solemn tribute will include prayer, song, music, poetry, teachings and footage of the concentration camps as well as personal stories of survivors.

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Grass Valley Downtown Association to hold spring membership meeting

April 23, 2015 — 

The Grass Valley Downtown Association Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. today at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites for the group’s spring membership meeting.

The board will give a year-in-review presentation for its members, and will address the association’s plans moving forward.

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Branding expert Lethia Owens coming to Grass Valley

April 23, 2015 — 

Branding expert and marketing strategist Lethia Owens will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming fundraiser hosted by The Tapestry Network of Nevada County.

The event, which will raise fund for Nevada County Pets of the Homeless, is scheduled for 5 p.m. on May 12 at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley. The speaker’s presentation is entitled, “Winning in Business and Life, Developing the Mindset of a Game Changer.”

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Spiritual teacher Matt Kahn in Grass Valley this Sunday

April 23, 2015 — 

Tickets are still available for a presentation by spiritual teacher Matt Kahn, scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sunday at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. The time and venue has changed since tickets initially went on sale. Tickets are $25 and available online at http://www.truedivinenature.com. Scroll down to “calendar” and click on the 5 p.m. Grass Valley event under the Unity in the Gold Country logo.

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Mini flotilla

April 23, 2015 — 

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'Springtime in the Pines' Quilt Show coming to the fairgrounds

April 23, 2015 — 

Past president Lorna Tiller will be the featured quilter at the Pine Tree Quilt Guild’s 31st Annual “Springtime in the Pines” quilt show on May 2 and 3 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

More than 200 quilts handcrafted by Guild members will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Other attractions will include vendors, a country store, silent auction, basket raffle, a lunchroom catered by Christopher’s Deli and homemade desserts for sale.

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Free informational orientation for Crescendo Music Therapy

April 22, 2015 — 

The community is invited to a free Crescendo Music Therapy informational orientation ​at 10: 30 a.m. on May 6 at the Pioneer Methodist Church in Auburn. ​The orientation will explain the health benefits of music therapy and information regarding the fall session, offered Sept. 16 through Nov. 4.

The non-performance based music therapy group is designed for people affected by neurological impairment (i.e. Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, etc.) along with their families and caregivers. Studies have shown that music can improve and/or sustain physical functioning and vocal communication. It also provides an opportunity for new social and emotional connections with others. The group will be facilitated by Tara McConnell, MT-BC and/or MMTS board certified Music Therapy staff.

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Community supper at United Methodist Church

April 22, 2015 — 

Community members are invited to the last Friday Supper from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. in downtown Grass Valley. The monthly dinner is a community affair sponsored by faith-based organizations, businesses and individuals. The theme for this month’s dinner is “south of the border.” The menu will include homemade chicken enchiladas with verde sauce, with side dishes of Spanish rice and mixed green salad. In keeping with the theme, ice cream and Mexican churros will be served along with coffee, tea and milk. The event will be an early celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

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Jazz at the Bistro tonight

April 22, 2015 — 

Sierra Jazz Society presents “The Sierra 3” jazz trio with Bill Douglass, Kit Bailey and Nora Nausbaum playing jazz standards with love from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Broad Street Bistro, 426 Broad St. in Nevada City. The trio, all of whom are faculty members of the Sierra Jazz Camp, will be performing every other Wednesday and will invite guest musicians. Those interested in playing or singing with the trio are encouraged to email Nora at nora@sierrajazzsociety.com or call 530-273-5489.

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Contestants sought for annual Pasta Sauce Cook-Off

April 22, 2015 — 

Interested contestants are encouraged to sign up now for the Nevada County Italian Cultural Foundation’s third Annual Pasta Sauce Cook-Off, scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 9, at Gold Miners Holiday Inn, 121 Bank St. in Grass Valley. Entry forms can be picked up at Bear River Pasta Company, 109 Bank St. in Grass Valley.

The family-friendly even will include food, wine, live music, gelato and tiramisu on the hotel’s patio. Tasting kits are $7 per person. Guests can taste sauces and cast their votes and shop for local goodies, such as jewelry, custom T-shirts, plants and more.

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Quick sugar fix

April 22, 2015 — 

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Ocean Amber sale canceled

April 21, 2015 — 

The Ocean Amber sale scheduled for today through Thursday at Dignity Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital has been canceled due to an emergency with the vendor’s family. The sale has been rescheduled for Nov. 17-19.

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Balancing act

April 21, 2015 — 

Balancing rocks have been appearing at various locations around Nevada County. Claire Stafford, a library technician at the Madelyn Helling Library, captured the mysterious “balancer” at work near her workplace.

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Grass Valley Downtown Association board to meet Wednesday

April 21, 2015 — 

The Grass Valley Downtown Association Board of Directors will meet Wednesday morning at city hall chambers to shore up the hiring process and job description for its open executive director position.

In February, association Executive Director Julia Jordan resigned after nearly three years on the job and 12 years within the organization. Jordan’s last day as executive director was Feb. 2, said Steve Graham, the chair of the Grass Valley Downtown Association’s Board of Directors.

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'Weird Science and Cosmology' topic of Astronomers meeting

April 21, 2015 — 

“Weird Science and Cosmology” will be the topic of discussion at the Nevada County Astronomers’ next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 6 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Guest speaker Dr. Kurt Simon will explain why there are several “weird” concepts that science has come up with to explain astronomical observations, including cosmic inflation, dark energy, dark matter and black holes.

In his presentation, Simon will introduce theories that can support the idea that the entire universe is a black hole. He will describe current theories and then present an alternative theory based on fundamental principles that avoid their counterintuitive implications.

Forest Service expands access to youth conservation corps program

April 21, 2015 — 

The U.S. Forest Service is announcing new Youth Conservation Corps job opportunities on national forests throughout the country.

Young people from across the United States are encouraged to apply for these jobs at a local forest or with a partner organization. Some residential YCC opportunities are also available for selected applicants.

As part of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps initiative to put America’s youth to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s outdoors, the Forest Service is expanding access for urban and other underrepresented groups through YCC opportunities.

In 2014, the Forest Service employed more than 1,400 YCC members, a 34 percent increase from 2013.

The Youth Conservation Corps program was established in 1974 to help young people ages 15 to 18 gain an understanding of, and appreciation for the nation’s environment and heritage, and thereby further the development and maintenance of the natural resources by America’s youth.

YCC provides teenagers gainful employment, while they learn land management and work ethic skills.

This year, select programs will offer participants accommodations including lodging and food, while developing life skills by preparing their own meals, maintaining a clean and safe living environment, and communicating and working with others on a daily basis. Residential YCC programs participants are provided 24-hour supervision.

Young people ages 15 to 18 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to participate in this program. Interested participants can find out more about current YCC opportunities by visiting the Forest Service at http://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/opportunities-for-young-people/youth-conservation-corps-opportunities.

Those interested in applying can complete an application online or mail it to the host Forest Service unit. Most of the programs will accept applications through April 2015. For more information about the Youth Conservation Corps, Kristina Bell at kristinanbell@fs.fed.us.

Grass Valley Elks Lodge installs new officers

April 20, 2015 — 

Fundraiser helps animals in need

April 20, 2015 — 

The community is invited to the “Happy Tails Dance Party,” a Sammie’s Friends fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge.

Event organizers said the evening will include food and dancing to the Sammie’s Friends Band, which will play rock and blues with a special guest singer.

The event will also feature silent auction items such as tree service, a weed whacker, paintings and much more.

Organizers said proceeds from the “Happy Tails Dance Party” will help the many animals at Sammie’s Friends that are in dire and immediate need of medical attention.

For many animals in need of homes, veterinary care is needed to bring them back to health to get them ready for adoption, according to event organizers.

Organizers added that many animals have not been well cared for in the past and are now needing medical help, as they urged members of the community to support Saturday’s fundraising event.

Tickets to the “Happy Tails Dance Party” can be purchased for $18 at http://www.sammies friends.org or at Sammie’s Friends, 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley or at Sammie’s Nifty Thrift at 627 E. Main St. Grass Valley.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.

Field trip to Food Love Farm

April 18, 2015 — 

Ready Springs Elementary School students were part of the first field trip of the year to the Food Love Farm in Nevada City. The farm, a part of Sierra Harvest’s Food Love Project, is an offshoot of the Living Lands Agrarian Network. The project is devoted to promoting nutrition education, food security, and community involvement in growing, harvesting, eating, and celebrating fresh food. It offers field trips, summer camps, community service days and “u-pick vegetables.”

Ready Springs students were introduced to the farm, located on the Burton Homestead, with a scavenger hunt, which included tasting kale flowers. They also assisted farmers in turning soil and adding compost. For more information, visit http://sierraharvest.org/what-we-do-2/children.

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