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Grass Valley announces roadwork to close offramp

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Gold country stage to provide Nevada County fair shuttles

July 30, 2014 — 

Gold Country Stage will provide shuttle buses to and from the Nevada County Fairgrounds for folks attending the 2014 Nevada County Fair from August 6 through the 10. Regular cash fares apply (exact change only) with discounts for seniors 65 and over, disabled, and youth (6 to 17) with children 5 and under free (identification required for discounts).

The Grass Valley Fair Shuttle will pick up passengers every 30 minutes starting at Church and Neal Streets in downtown Grass Valley (at Tri Counties bank), to the fairgrounds, and then to the Pine Creek Center and Kmart Shopping Centers and the Tinloy Transit Center and back around. The bus will depart from Church and Neal starting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday and at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The last bus will depart from the Fairgrounds at 10:30 p.m.

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Banner Grange Community Book Swap this Sunday

July 30, 2014 — 

The Banner Grange Community Book Swap will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Bring used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, magazines and games/puzzles and trade them for others. Everything is free. The book swap is held at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, just one mile past the fairgrounds on the left. The event takes place the first Sunday of each month, even on holidays.

Volunteers are needed to help set up. Please arrive at 11:45 a.m. For more information, call 530-845-5208 or visit http://www.ncbookswap.webs.com.

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Yacht Club open to new members

July 30, 2014 — 

The Gold Country Yacht Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. Their next meeting is scheduled for August 13. The club meets at Scotts Flat Lake. Bring something to barbecue and something to share. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the Commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. For more information, visit http://www.gcyc.net.

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Vigil to protest violence in Palestine/Israel

July 29, 2014 — 

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County invites the community to join its Women and Men in Black Vigil from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31 on the Broad Street Bridge in Nevada City to protest the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Human rights groups and citizens around the world are calling for an immediate end to the bombing and shelling of Gaza. Participants are encouraged to wear black and bring their own signs.

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Book sale this Saturday

July 29, 2014 — 

The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries’ next monthly Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 2 at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine Street in Nevada City. Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books are for sale, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, collectibles, etc. This month’s sale features travel, biographies and cookbooks. For additional information, call 530-265-1407 or email friends@ncfol.org.

Your 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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Elks donate patio furniture to Hospice of the Foothills

July 29, 2014 — 

Hospice of the Foothills was able to add shaded and comfortable outdoor seating for patients and families, thanks to the help of Elks Lodge #518 in Nevada City. Eligible for an annual grant through the Elks National Foundation, this year the Elks Lodge chose Hospice of the Foothills as a co-recipient. Mike Blanton spearheaded the grant application process and worked jointly with Hospice of the Foothills to determine how to use the grant to best benefit patients and families.

Hospice of the Foothills is a 501(c) (3) non-profit community-supported healthcare organization that has provided end-of-life hospice and palliative care to patients and families in western Nevada County and surrounding communities for 35 years. For more information about programs and services, or to make an online donation, visit their website at http://www.hofo.org or call 530-272-5739.

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Guest speaker to address women in public office

July 28, 2014 — 

Nazneen Rydhan, program coordinator of Emerge California, will be the guest speaker at the Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 2 at Margarita’s Restaurant in Grass Valley. Emerge California provides a leadership training program for Democratic women, with a goal of encouraging and preparing women to overcome barriers that tend to limit women from choosing to enter a race for public office at the local, state or federal levels. Currently, Congress has fewer than 20 percent of seats held by women — well below many other nations. The process to apply for the 2014 training ends on Oct. 3. Our other speaker will be Heidi Hall who has completed this training.

Hall, who has chosen to run for the Congressional seat in our District One race this year, will update members and guests on her campaign in Northern California. Our members strongly support this local resident with experience in government and a special interest in water issues that affect us all. Margarita’s is located at 988 Plaza Dr. in Grass Valley.

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Local roadwork announced

July 28, 2014 — 

Short-term projects

Highway 20 (Nevada County) at Idaho-Maryland Road: Westbound motorists can expect the off-ramp closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. A contractor is scheduled to do roadway excavation work.

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Free e-waste drop off Sept. 6

July 27, 2014 — 

Proceeds from a free electronic waste drive-through drop off fundraiser will go to South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce and help the environment.

The fundraiser will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 6 at 10193 Combie Road, near Lake of the Pines.

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Widowed Persons Association

July 26, 2014 — 

The next monthly meeting of The Widowed Persons Association will be 11:30 a.m. on August 9 at Alta Sierra Country Club. The Sunday night dinner will be held on August 31 at Plaza Jalisco at 5:30 p.m. The monthly breakfast meeting will be held at Paulette’s on August 21 at 10 a.m.

Widowed persons, both male and female, who are interested in our group may find further information by calling Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487 or Kent Parker at 530-432-1779.

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Towntalk: Calling all barbecue teams

July 25, 2014 — 

Join the fun! United Way of Nevada County is combining two events, the annual “BBQ Battle” and the “Foreign Car Show” into one big event — the “Foreign Car Show & BBQ Battle.”

Entry forms are now available for teams to compete and share their grilling expertise with the public. So, if you have a recipe to share and enjoy grilling, this is the event for you.

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Annual “Solar Cook-Off” and potluck

July 23, 2014 — 

Community members interested in learning about alternative cooking methods are invited to attend a “Solar Cook-Off” on Saturday, August 2 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City. If you already have a solar oven, bring it and ingredients for a favorite dish to share. If you don’t already have an oven, come to the cook-off and learn how to make your own solar cooker. Cooking begins at 10 a.m. and the potluck begins 4 p.m. Come join the fun and be prepared to cook efficiently and inexpensively on your next camping trip or power outage. For more information, contact Ken Dorris at 530-292-4213.

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Genealogical Society hosts “Digging for Your Roots”

July 23, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Genealogical Society (NCGS) will hold its 21st annual genealogical seminar, “Digging for Your Roots,” on Saturday, August 23 at the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley. Pre-registration is required. The seminar consists of beginner classes as well as advanced topics. The cost is $23 for non-members and $20 for members, lunch is an additional $7. Seminar flyers (with the list of classes) are available at the NCGS website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cancgs/. For more information, contact Hilary Steinmetz at 530-274-2782 or by email at hilarysteinmetz@gmail.com.

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Healing through grief support group

July 23, 2014 — 

The next Nevada County Healing Through Grief Support group will be open to newcomers from 6-8 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 21 and Thurs., Aug. 28 at the FREED office, 2059 Nevada City Highway, Suite 104 in Grass Valley. Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no charge to participate. For information, visit http://www.lossandgrief.org.

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Presentation teaches business owners to create marketing videos

July 22, 2014 — 

Nevada County Online (NCO) presents Doug Greene, photojournalist, webmaster and content developer at today’s meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Greene will demonstrate how business owners can create marketing videos to educate, explain, and market their services with Google Hangouts and YouTube.

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Towntalk: Empty Threat

July 21, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Annita Kasparian

Sunday’s thunderclouds loom over Nevada County

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Indoor flea market benefits railroad museum

July 21, 2014 — 

An indoor yard sale and flea market fundraiser for the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3. Proceeds will to toward the museum’s continual restoration and building projects. Community members of all ages are welcome and regular tours will be held as usual. The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is located on Kidder Court, off Gold Flat Road in Nevada City. For more information, call 530-470-0902.

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Scooter’s Pals pet adopt-athon this Saturday

July 21, 2014 — 

Scooter’s Pals will host their pet adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at their store, Scooter’s Pal’s Place, at 139 Joerschke Dr. in Grass Valley. Many of the pets featured in The Union’s pet section will be available for loving homes. Dogs arrive at 11 a.m. and depart at 3 p.m. For more information, call 530-350-2099.

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Legal experts to discuss same sex marriage tonight

July 21, 2014 — 

Nevada County attorney Joe Bell and associate Jennifer Wilkerson will discuss “Same Sex Marriage: Evolution and Revolution in Family Law” at PFLAG’s monthly meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. The meeting is open to everyone of all ages. Bell and Wilkerson originally gave this presentation to members of the Nevada County Bar Association at the 16th annual Family Law Update sponsored by the Bar and the Nevada County Superior Court in April. The program addresses the everyday impacts and evolving rights questions now common for same sex couples after decisions by the California Supreme Court (CASCT) and the United States Supreme Court (USSCT) on “gay marriage” issues last year. Same sex marriage has become fully legal in 17 states and there are more than 70 marriage cases pending in state and federal courts.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains is located at 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley.

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Consolidated fire board to meet

July 16, 2014 — 

The board of directors for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Items on the agenda include possible action of having district counsel attend all regular, special and emergency meetings; selection of an auditing service; a discussion of the finance manager position; and discussion of the five-year financial projection and the timeline for hiring a fire chief.

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Meet your merchant: 'Mary, Mary …' of Nevada City

July 14, 2014 — 

Many years ago, Lee Gaede found herself stuck in an office job on Wilshire Boulevard in central Los Angeles. She felt trapped and longed for something different. One weekend, she and a girlfriend took off to spend the weekend on nearby Catalina Island. She stayed for the next 26 years.

“I started out taking any job I could get, from waitressing to packing lobster,” said Gaede. “Then I landed a part-time job in a retail store.”

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Road work projects for week

July 13, 2014 — 

Roadwork for the week of July 14:

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Local women advance to pageant regionals

July 10, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Melisa Mistler-Yates.

The new queens for the West Coast Pageant were announced July 4. Winners include Miss West Coast Ambassador Candis Meetra Dastmalchi of Sacramento; Ms. West Coast Ambassador Lisa D. Taylor of Citrus Heights; Mrs. West Coast Ambassador Camille Calhoon of Grass Valley; and Humanitarian West Coast Ambassador Melisa Mistler-Yates of Grass Valley.

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Free airplane rides for youngsters

July 10, 2014 — 

Young people between the ages of 8 and 17 are eligible for a free ride in a small airplane through the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter 1175). Rides will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 19 at the Nevada County Airport. The flights are part of the EAA Young Eagles program designed to spark interest in aviation among young people.

Interested parties can meet at the John Bauer Avenue terminal to register and be assigned a pilot and airplane. Young people must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to register. No pre-registration is required, just show up. For more information about the Young Eagles Program, visit http://youngeagles.org and click on EAA Young Eagles. For more information, contact Paul Bevelhymer at 530-273-2456.

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Atria to host ‘The History and Significance of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad’

July 10, 2014 — 

Ron Paul, docent at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, will present a look at the history and significance of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 21. An expert on the subject, Ron will showcase the railroad’s rich history and interesting facts. Free and open to the public, this informative program will be located at Atria, 150 Sutton Way, in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-272-1055.

Hike the Litton Trail with Bear Yuba Land Trust

July 10, 2014 — 

Members of the Bear Yuba Land Trust will lead a hike along Litton Trail at 10 a.m. on July 15.

Every month Bear Yuba Land Trust has been leading a trek on one of the trails mapped on their website (http://www.BYLT.org). This is a free outing and will introduce hikers to some of the local trails. The July 15 hike will include walking the Litton Trail from Hughes road towards Sierra College, then continue on the loop around Sierra College, make a brief stop at BriarPatch for refreshments, and then head back.

Level: mostly easy – approximately four miles round trip (for a shorter route you have the option of just walking the segment between Hughes and Dorsey). Bring water, wear good hiking shoes. Meet at the Hughes Road trail head (1/4 mile south of Ridge Road). For more information, visit http://www.BearYubaLandTrust.org, email melony@bylt.org or call 530-272-5994, ext. 200.

FFA instructor to address livestock problems

July 10, 2014 — 

Grumpy goats? Stuck-up chickens? Rude rabbits? What kind of problems do you have living in your backyard? Join us at the Bear River Library on Sat. July 12 to brain storm your livestock solutions with Future Farmers of America instructor, Tim Reid. Students who are interested in the FFA program are also welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Bear River Library is located at Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley. Please call for more details: 530-271-4147.

Consolidated Fire finance committee to meet

July 10, 2014 — 

The finance committee for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. today, at Station 91, 11329 McCourtney Road.

The committee will discuss proposals by potential auditing service firms.

For more information, call 530-273-3158.

East Main detour announced

July 10, 2014 — 

East Main Street, between Bennett Street and Idaho-Maryland Road, will be closed to eastbound traffic for underground utility work through July 11. The lane closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. A detour will be in place for eastbound traffic. Access to businesses/residences will be maintained to westbound traffic. Pedestrian access will remain open. Eastbound bicyclists will be required to walk their bikes on the sidewalk through the vehicle closure or may use surface streets to bypass the lane closure.

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