News Briefs

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Golf club recognized for charitable work

July 10, 2014 — 

The Alta Sierra Women’s Golf Club was recently awarded the 2014 Dame Cicely Saunders Award from Hospice of the Foothills for their commitment to the programs and services of Hospice of the Foothills through significant charitable support and services.

Recently, $14,600 raised during the club’s 2014 Annual Charity Tournament was presented to Vanessa Bengston, executive director of Hospice of the Foothills.

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Hospital’s Pine Tree Gift Shop sale coming up

July 9, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Cathy Corliss

The Pine Tree Gift Shop at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is having its annual summer sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 15 and 16, in the main lobby (Building 1) and the Gift Shop. There will be significant reductions on gift items, jewelry, home decor, Christmas and other holiday items.

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Blue Star Mothers to meet July 19

July 9, 2014 — 

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America will be meeting on Saturday, July 19, at Siena’s (formerly Perko’s), 1000 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. and the meeting starts 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 in or has been honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States, we invite you to join. To learn more, visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.

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Rummage for wildlife

July 6, 2014 — 

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release will have a booth at Banner Grange’s 50th Anniversary Swap Meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 12. There will be lots of gently used treasures plus brand new wildlife-themed merchandise, such as our ever popular critter earrings made from 100 percent recycled material.

Get an early start on your Christmas shopping and help pay for food, medical supplies and vet bills for native wildlife to get them back on their paws, claws, and wings and back home.

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Rough and Ready fire district board meets Tuesday

July 5, 2014 — 

The board of directors for the Rough and Ready Fire Protection District will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 14506 Rough and Ready Highway.

Items on the agenda include an update on the air filling station, the station facilities rental agreement, a CPA audit engagement letter, and general business items.

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Free Electronic Waste fundraiser in Chicago Park

July 4, 2014 — 

A free electronic waste fundraiser will allow donors to drive through and drop off items without getting out of their cars. Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 23, proceeds will benefit Chicago Park School and the Chicago Park 4-H Club.

The drop off site will be at Chicago Park School, 15725 Mt. Olive Road in Grass Valley. The event is sponsored by California Electronic Asset Recovery, or CEAR, Inc., a state approved electronic waste collector and recycler.

Items accepted include monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook PCs, VCRs, stereo equipment, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDAs, digital cameras, zip drives, telephones, cell phones, printers, copiers, laser and multifunction scanners and fax machines, small household appliances such as toasters, mixers and blenders, microwaves,vacuum cleaners with the dust bag removed.

Items not accepted are large household appliances (such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.), furniture, hazardous household waste — including batteries, car batteries, paint, pesticides, used oil, cleaning supplies, fluorescent light bulbs, wooden speakers and tires.

For optimal security, CEAR, Inc. shreds all computer hard drives. The secure facility is monitored 24/7 by surveillance cameras. Precollection also available. For more information, call Sue Ramey at 530-273-2004 or visit http://www.cearinc.com/news.htm or http://www.cearinc.com.

Capturing our county: Never give up

July 4, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Karin Rasmussen

Grass Valley resident Karin Rasmussen bought a Epiphyllum (Orchid Cactus) 15 years ago and this week it bloomed for the very first time.

Book Swap this Sunday

July 3, 2014 — 

The Banner Grange Community Book Swap will be from 12:30 to 2:30 pm on Sunday at The Banner Grange. Bring used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, magazines and games/puzzles, and trade them for others. Trading is free and is a great way to recycle what you no longer need.

The Banner Grange is located at 12629 McCourtney Road, one mile past the fairgrounds on the left. For more information, call 530-845-5208 or visit http://www.ncbookswap.webs.com.

Register now for Foreign Car Show & BBQ Battle

July 3, 2014 — 

Registration forms for the The Nevada County Foreign Car Show & BBQ Battle are now available. Sponsored by The Sierra Sports Car Group and United Way of Nevada County, the event will be at 10 a.m. on Aug. 16 at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Foreign car and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to enter their vehicles now, as space is limited. The free event will include a BBQ Battle, beer garden, live music, kid’s activities and more.

Last year’s array of foreign cars ranged from a 1947 Mercedes 500K to a 1960 Alpha Romeo Giulietta Spider. If you have an exotic foreign car, now is the time to register! Proceeds will go to the United Way of Nevada County to help support community efforts in the area.

Registration forms are available at http://www.uwnc.org or on the Sierra Sports Car Group website at http://www.sierrasportscargroup.com. For more information, call United Way of Nevada County at 530-274-8111.

NU Class of ‘04 reunion set for August

July 3, 2014 — 

The 10-year reunion for Nevada Union High School’s class of 2004 will be at 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49. Light buffet-style foods will be served, cash bar available, as well as a professional photographer with a photo booth, music and dancing.

The festivities will continue until 10 p.m. Purchase tickets at https://nuhs2004.splashthat.com/. Tickets are $28 each. There will also be raffles for prizes to raise money for the NU athletics department. For more information, visit the Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/NUHS2004 or email Ashleen Buchter at ab04@msn.com.

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