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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the USS Hornet Association, visit http://www.USSHornetAssn.com.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
Submitted photo by Annita Kasparian
A robin began building a nest roughly a week ago near Englebright Reservoir.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
Coming Together: Wolf Creek Community Alliance, Nevada Irrigation District working together for Wolf CreekJuly 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.Learn more »
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.”Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
Kim Honeywell, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Nevada County, will be giving a presentation at PFLAG’s next support group meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains located at 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley. All are welcome to the support group, which will meet from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by Honeywell’s presentation, “KTS (Know the Signs),” from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening is open to anyone wishing to come and learn more about suicide prevention.
Subjects will include how to start the conversation about suicide; how to listen, express concern and reassure. Also, what not to say and what to say instead. Honeywell will also share information regarding local resources.Learn more »
Dry, golden grass accented by puffy clouds in South Nevada County.Learn more »
The Reverend Master Daishin Yalon, a Zen Master from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery, will be in Auburn to give a talk titled, “No One Can Give You What You Already Have: How Buddhist Practice Points You To Your True Nature.”
The Reverend will speak at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn. The talk is free and open to the public. Reverend Master Daishin will also lead a retreat at the Applegate Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the following day, Saturday. All are welcome. For more information go to http://www.bearrivermeditationgroup.org, email email@example.com, or call 530-878-2629.Learn more »
Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. and meeting begins 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, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, we invite you to join us. To learn more, please visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.Learn more »
The Goldancers will be holding Mainstream and Plus brush-up lessons during the month of August and invite the community to join in on Aug. 6, 20 and 27. The Goldancesr will be dancing at the Nevada County Fair on Aug. 13.
On Aug. 6, the group will dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and on Aug. 20 and 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $6 per person.Learn more »
Benefit for Interfaith Food Ministry during month of JulyJuly 21, 2015 —
Grass Valley Grocery Outlet has pledged to match up to $10,000 in donations in a July food drive to benefit Interfaith Food Ministry. So far, the fundraiser,“Independence From Hunger,” has raised approximately $2,500 in $1 and $5 donations.
Presently at the halfway point, donations are well below the $10,000 goal which could eventually net $20,000 for IFM with the addition of Grocery Outlet’s matching funds.
Donations can be made at Grocery Outlet checkout stands where cashiers provide $1 and $5 donation coupons. For several years, Tim and Lori of Grass Valley Grocery Outlet have chosen to support IFM with their annual “feed the need” food drives. IFM, an all-volunteer organization comprised of 15 local member churches, utilizes 100 percent of the cash donation to acquire nutritious food for seniors, children, and adults in western Nevada County.
IFM distributes approximately 90,000 bags of groceries annually to families and individuals experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity is the inability to consistently afford to buy enough food to feed oneself or provide sufficient food for one’s family.
The number of food insecure individuals in Nevada County is estimated to be 13,560. IFM serves approximately 5,000 of these individuals, one third of which are children. Food insecurity equals hunger and has been linked to mental and physical illness in adults, as well as poor academic performance in children.
Ask to donate at Grocery Outlet checkout stands where cashiers are accepting $1 and $5 donations. Larger donations are appreciated. Visit IFM at http://www.interfaithfoodministry.org.
Guest speaker Geshe Thupten Phelgye coming in AugustJuly 21, 2015 —
Former Tibetan Parliament member and spiritual leader Geshe Thupten Phelgye will host a talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. The topic will be “Love and Compassion.”
After 18 years of study, Phelgye received his Geshe degree (the highest degree available to a Buddhist monastic) from Sera Jey Monastic University in 1991. He is the founding president of the International Gelug Society.
He has spoken at more than 100 colleges and universities across the U.S. and taught at Buddhist centers of all lineages and churches of various denominations. Phelgye is currently a Global Scholar in Residence at Eastern Washington University in Spokane.
The event is being hosted by Jewel Heart Norcal, a Mahayana Buddhist study group in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The group is under the auspices of Jewel Heart International based on teachings of Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche and meets every Sunday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley They are a nonprofit group and gladly accept donations for programs. All are welcome regardless of background or religious affiliation. For further information, visit http://www.jewelheart.org/chapters/northern-california, on Facebook at Jewelheart Norcal or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pet adopt-a-thon at Petco SaturdayJuly 21, 2015 —
Jessie, a 2-year-old female Australian shepherd, will be among the pets available for adoption between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Scooter’s Pals adoptathon event at Petco on Freeman Lane in Grass Valley.
Jessie is extremely shy with a sweet disposition. She’s learning to be around other dogs and is learning to trust the people she lives with.
The staff at the shelter said, “She does not have a mean bone in her body. She just likes to disappear into the woodwork if she can.” She has been fully vetted, spayed and microchipped.
For more information, visit http://www.Scooterspals.org or call 530-350-2099.
Guest speaker shares harrowing tales of the stagecoach days during Gold RushJuly 21, 2015 —
Award-winning author Cheryl Stapp will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Nevada County Historical Society, set for 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.
Stapp will discuss how the Gold Rush brought the stagecoach to California, which up until then was a pastoral, underpopulated province with no roads.
Speed suddenly was the new imperative — to transport shiploads of frenzied fortune seekers to outback mining districts and for communication between sprouting civic centers.
Experienced New England stage men followed the great gold stampede in 1849 to create the first public overland transportation system on the Pacific Coast, bringing the magnificent, now-iconic Concord Coach to the West.
Stapp will share how daring drivers like Hank Monk navigated treacherous terrain.
Stage horses trotting through alpine forests sometimes attracted the interest of bears and mountain lions, and road accidents sometimes ended in disaster.
Coaches that hauled millions of dollars in gold from isolated mines to big-city safes were easy targets for highwaymen like the Tom Bell Gang, the Ruggles brothers and flour-sack-masked Black Bart — who single-handedly robbed stages for eight straight years while his true identity remained a mystery.
The stagecoach sped everywhere during the 1850s and 1860s, but by 1874 the railroad had usurped the trans-sierra routes into Nevada.
The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every month at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyHistory.org or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.
E-waste benefits Chicago Park School and 4-HJuly 20, 2015 —
Chicago Park School and 4-H Club will be hosting an e-waste fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Chicago Park School parking lot. Pre-collection drop off, by appointment, will be at 11429 E. Bennett St. in Grass Valley.
The school and 4-H Club have partnered with CEAR and SRCC, state-approved collectors and recyclers of electronic waste. All hard drives are shredded at their securely monitored facility.
Items that will be 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,vacuum cleaners with the dust bag removed. Items not accepted include large household appliances (i.e. refrigerators, washers, dryers microwaves) furniture, electric irons and speakers in wooden cabinets. Also not accepted are hazardous household waste times such as car batteries, paint, pesticides, wooden speakers, used oil, cleaning supplies, lamps, fluorescent light bulbs and tires. Chicago Park School is located at 15725 Mt. Olive Rd. in Grass Valley. For more information, contact Sue Ramey at 530-273-2004.