A mother Robin feeds her three babies on Banner Mountain in Nevada City.Learn more »
The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, at place of worship, and in our communities. We work to educate families about gun violence prevention and to help create and support public policy, legislation and regulations for sensible gun laws at the state and national levels. We seek to reduce firearm injury and death by keeping weapons out of dangerous hands. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.Learn more »
A growing number of Nevada County people are signing up to help prepare for the free medical, dental and vision two-day clinic being brought to Grass Valley by the nonprofit California CareForce on Nov. 14 and 15. Yet the massive undertaking requires many more volunteers. Individuals and members of organizations and churches are encouraged to come to the next informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 8 in the Community Room at the BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley. For more information see http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org or go to http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCareForce.Learn more »
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 Veterans Memorial Building, 225 South Auburn St. in Grass Valley.Learn more »
A barrel racer rounds a turn Wednesday at the Nevada County Horsemen’s arena in Grass Valley.Learn more »
Heatstroke (hyperthermia) is a leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in young children. With temperatures on the rise, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is cautioning parents and caregivers of young children that leave children in a hot car, even for a few minutes, can have fatal or irrevocable consequences.
The temperature inside a car can rise a full 50 degrees in an hour, so even moderate daytime temperatures can be dangerous. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in as little as 10 minutes, even with the windows cracked a couple of inches. Children’s bodies are more quickly and severely affected by high temperatures. According to data from the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences, between 1998 and 2014, a total of 636 children lost their lives as a result of experiencing heatstroke in hot vehicles, including 30 children who lost their lives in 2014 alone.Learn more »
Operation Unite, in cooperation with KVMR 89.5 FM has scheduled a live radio broadcast discussing the realities of groundwater loss for individuals living in the Western United States, including Nevada County.
The “Round Table Discussion” is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday on KVMR 89.5 FM. Guests include Lorraine Flint, scientist with the U.S.G.S., a nonprofit group that is aiding people experiencing hundreds of dry wells in Porterville, California, impacted citizens in Cle Elum, Washington and Lyons, Colorado and Nevada County citizens on the San Juan Ridge, Banner Mountain and Penn Valley.Learn more »
The Nevada County Fencing Club made a special appearance at the June 20 Nevada City Film Festival’s showing of Princess Bride. The club demonstrated Olympic-style fencing, live swordplay like that used in the movie, before an audience of several hundred. Classes meet Monday nights from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building. For more information, visit http://www.wix.com/ncfencing/ncfc. or call 530-432-1750.Learn more »
Nearly 13 miles of State Highway 49 in Nevada County will be repaved this summer, with work set to start at the end of this week. Work is scheduled to begin today and is expected to be completed in mid-September. Teichert Construction of Sacramento was awarded the contract with a low bid of $3.99 million. The work will consist of putting down an overlay of rubberized asphalt concrete on 9.6 miles of Highway 49 from the Bear River Bridge to Pingree Road and a 3.3-mile segment from just south of the junction with State Highway 20 in Grass Valley to 0.4 of a mile south of Cornette Way.
The contractor will be working night shifts from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Fridays, 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturdays and 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Sundays. The work will be done under one-way traffic control in the two-lane section of the highway, with delays up to 10 minutes in each direction, and alternating lane closures in the four-lane section. Caltrans reminds motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”Learn more »
A Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Heritage Garden and Volunteer Opportunity Day will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Historic North Star House, located at 12075 Old Auburn Road in Grass Valley. The public is invited to this free event. The North Star Conservancy will officially break ground for The Heritage Garden, an ornamental garden complete with meeting areas, reflecting pond, and paths. The Garden will exhibit plants that were part of the original landscaping designed by A. D. Foote, as well as specimen plants provided by renowned horticulturalists Luther Burbank and Felix Gillet.
The design of the Heritage Garden will accommodate school tours, docent led tours for the general public, as well as support for private and community events. It will create a separate more intimate venue for small events and educational lectures. The Conservancy is seeking volunteer support for the garden as well as for the continuing rehabilitation of the Historic North Star House. For more information about the Heritage Garden and the North Star House or how to support and volunteer services, visit http://www.NorthStarConservancey.org or contact Cheryl Belcher at 530-205-8793.Learn more »
Certified dog trainer John Garcia will be available to answer questions about dog behavior at Scooter’s Pals’ pet “Adopt-a-thon” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Many dogs in need of loving homes will be on hand. The event will be at Scooter’s Place Gift & Thrift Shop, 1781 E. Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.scooterspals.org or call 530-350-2099.Learn more »
Are you prepared for the upcoming days of higher temperatures? Extreme heat is dangerous for all persons but especially the very young, senior citizens, and those with chronic medical conditions. These groups of vulnerable people have a harder time regulating their body temperature.
The Nevada County Public Health Department would like to offer some tips for hot weather:Learn more »
Mike Kasparian capsizes his kayak to get a break from the heat at Englebright Reservoir.Learn more »
The Thursday Night Market in downtown Grass Valley begins tonight through August 6. Several streets will be closed to vehicular traffic as part of the event between the hours of 4 and 11 p.m. including:
·Mill Street between Neal Street and West Main Street.Learn more »
Kiwanis hosted the Second Annual Great Ball Race on June 13 during the Soap Box Derby. Four-year-old Charles Good’s numbered ball came in first and was presented with a check for $500. His mother said he thought he had won a toy, organizers said. Instead, it will go into his college fund.
Other winners included Norm Lino, second place, winning $250; Mary Ann Townsend, third place, winning $100; Dennis Fournier, fourth place, winning $50 and Lisa Dunham, fifth place, winning $50. All proceeds from the Great Ball Race will be used for the children in our community.Learn more »
Premiere Designs will be hosting a Fashion Show and Blingo Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley. Clothing for the show will be select designer pieces from the WoW Reshop. Models will be Women of Worth volunteers and frequent Reshop customers. The event will also include raffle prizes, silent auction items, desserts, a ‘selfie” photo booth and more. Premier Designs will have accent jewelry for sale, with a portion of the sales goes to Women of Worth. Admission is free.
The Foothills Event Center is located at 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-264-7337 or visit “Bling it On” on Facebook.Learn more »
The community dinner, “Last Friday Supper” will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Grass Valley at the United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. To celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday, hosts will be serving a traditional American dinner of barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings; homemade potato salad; and watermelon for dessert. In addition to this fabulous menu, we’ll be serving sodas, coffee, tea and milk. The church hall will be decorated in red, white and blue for the occasion with traditional music playing in the background. High chairs are available for the little ones and the church hall is wheelchair accessible.Learn more »
The 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 the 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 in the military, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, we invite you to join us. To learn more, visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.Learn more »
“Our Community: An Aging & Disability Resource Conference” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 29 at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Gold Miners Inn, in Grass Valley. The event will be hosted by the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Nevada County.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, two landmark laws providing equality and comprehensive services for people with disabilities and older adults. This is also FREED’s 30th year of providing services for people with disabilities in Nevada County.Learn more »
During the next two to three weeks, the Tahoe National Forest will host air tanker training in preparation for the 2015 fire season. The planned drills will take place periodically in select remote areas on the west side of the Tahoe National Forest, on the American River and Yuba River ranger districts.
The training is part of a certification program for U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, C-130 pilots.Learn more »
Italian lawn bowling is a competitive, yet friendly sport for the whole family. Anyone can learn to play. Today at 4 p.m. at Western Gateway Park, folks will gather to play bocce, then they’ll start the barbecue at 5:30 p.m. for a dinner of chicken breast, corn on the cob and potato salad. Cost is $10.
“It’s nothing serious, just a way to get together. It’s kind of like a family picnic,” said Don Mortara of the host Italian-American Club. Bring your own utensils and beverages.Learn more »
“Petunia” is a female spayed brown and white dog. She is heartworm and Lymes negative, housebroken and great with kids and other dogs. To adopt Petunia, contact Grass Valley Animal Shelter, Freeman Lane, Grass Valley, at 530-477-4630. For more pet adoptions:
— AnimalSave, 530-271-7071 or http://www.animalsave.org.Learn more »
Cultural Homestay International, a nonprofit educational organization, is bringing eight Japanese exchange students to Grass Valley this summer from July 19 to Aug. 15. Students are here to study English and experience what it’s like to be a member of an American family. At the end of the program, students will fly to different states where they will live with a host family and attend an American high school. Class for the four week program will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday at Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Church on S. Church Street in Grass Valley. For busy families, an early drop off or later pick up have been set up. Families have the evenings and weekends to enjoy their student. Hosting a student provides a family with the opportunity of learning first hand about Japan while sharing our American lifestyle. They will also be giving a very special gift to a young person by helping them prepare for an adventure of a lifetime — that of being an exchange student in America.
With students arriving in four weeks, and four students still needing host families, CHI is reaching out to the community. For more information about the program, contact teacher coordinator Tracy Cameron 530-274-0240 or 530-401-1036. Host families must complete an online application, criminal background check and the coordinator will visit your home prior to your selecting a student. Although students do come with spending money and carry insurance, The Dept. of State requires that host families voluntarily provide room and board.Learn more »
“This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein will be discussed at the Spiritual Book Club meeting at 7 p.m. on today at the Madelyn Helling Library. Sharon Delgado will lead the discussion. All are invited to attend and need not have attended the recent five-week study session on the book, hosted by the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition, to enjoy the discussion.
The Spiritual Book Club is a monthly book discussion sponsored by the Baha’is of Nevada County. For more information about this or other upcoming book discussions, please call 530-802-0901.Learn more »
Road construction alertJune 22, 2015 —
Sutton Way, north of 972 Sutton Way, will be subject to traffic control for underground utility work today through Tuesday. The Traffic Control System will utilize one way traffic control intermittently between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience.
Love rekindled: 'Letters to Juliet' screens June 27 at Nevada County Italian Cultural FoundationJune 20, 2015 —
Love in Verona is the theme of Dinner and a Movie, set for 5 p.m. June 27, in Penn Valley and hosted by the Nevada County Italian Cultural Foundation.
Dinner of homemade pasta sauce, fresh pasta created by Bear River Pasta Co., salad, garlic bread and dessert will be served at 5:30 p.m. Wine and soft drinks may be purchased.
“Letters to Juliet,” the 2010 film starring Vanessa Redgrave and Amanda Seyfried, will be shown at 7 p.m. on a big screen in the RoseWoods Barn, 16041 Indian Springs Road. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Bear River Pasta, Grandewood Design, Mercury Cleaners and The Book Seller.
The movie was inspired by real letters left by broken-hearted lovers at a 13th century house and church tomb in Verona, Italy. The settings are believed to have inspired the story that led to Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, “Romeo and Juliet,” in which the children of two feuding families fall hopelessly in love — then take their lives rather than live apart.
Event organizer Karen DiPillo was surprised and moved to learn that these letters are faithfully answered by volunteers — “Juliet’s Secretaries” — of the Juliet Club.
“This is a real place in Verona.” DiPillo said. “You can go to Juliet’s balcony and see the wall where people leave their letters.” (Learn more about the phenomenon at http://www.JulietClub.com)
In “Letters to Juliet,” Vanessa Redgrave plays an older woman who seeks the love of her youth, played by Redgrave’s real-life husband, Franco Nero.
Also at the event, Nancy Swayze will sing Italian standards; and Stefano Woods and Coulter Adams will discuss “God’s Bankers,” a book chronicling the Vatican Bank over the past 600 years.
Shelter is full: Sammie's asking for helpJune 20, 2015 —
Shelter is full: Sammie’s asking for help
Every kennel at Sammie’s Friends (Nevada County Animal Shelter) is full and shelters workers are asking for help. Anyone who has considered adopting a pet should act now, the shelter says.
The shelter is overwhelmed with both dogs and cats, with many more coming in than being adopted.
Sammie’s Friends is located at 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-471-5041.
— Submitted to The Union
Playing bridge for the brainJune 19, 2015 —
Photo submitted by Bruce Lester
The Golden Empire Grange has donated their hall to facilitate a charity event, “Playing for the Brain: the longest day” on June 22. The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) in tandem with the Alzheimer’s Foundation is holding a two session bridge event (9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. The cost is $5 per session and players can choose to play in one or both sessions. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to donate whether they play bridge or just drop by to contribute. The public is welcome. The Empire Grange is located at 11363 Grange Ct. off of La Barr Meadows in Grass Valley. For more information on the fundraising event, contact Golden Empire Grange event coordinator Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586 or email@example.com. For more information on bridge instruction, visit http://www.bridgeinthesierrafoothills.com.
PFLAG to meet TuesdayJune 19, 2015 —
PFLAG’S monthly support group is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, located at 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley. The support group is open to all ages and orientations. It offers a safe place to share feelings and talk about whatever might be going on in life. The group talks about transgender, gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues as well as pan sexual, asexual and any other orientation. The focus is to provide a safe place to share concerns, gain information, and learn more about the LGBT community. For more information about PFLAG and the support meetings contact Pat Rose at 530-274-1423.