Residents of the Sierra foothills and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to add a horse or burro to their families when the Bureau of Land Management brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp, on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15.
The BLM will offer 40 wild horses — from yearlings to four-year-olds — and 10 burros for public adoption. The horses will include four two-year-old fillies that were halter gentled at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove, as well as three geldings and one filly halter gentled by BLM wranglers.Learn more »
Nevada City’s Golden Era cocktail lounge was approved to take over the liquor license of Cirino’s restaurant, a local business located at 309 Broad St. that recently closed.
Golden Era took over the lease on the Broad Street building. The city council passed a resolution last week to authorize police chief Tim Foley to make a determination of public convenience and necessity for the cocktail lounge to legally transfer the liquor license to the building’s new lessee.Learn more »
Nevada County Girl Scouts will be selling cookies in front of local businesses for the next few weeks. Above, members of Troop 192 sell cookies from their booth in front of Kmart in Grass Valley.Learn more »
The first “A Cup with a Cop” event is scheduled for 7 to 9 a.m. on Thursday at Java John’s in Nevada City. As part of the Community Connect Program, Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley will be on hand to visit with interested community members. In this relaxed, informal setting, Chief Foley is open to discussing local interests, community concerns or just get acquainted.Learn more »
The Interfaith Food Ministry is kicking off a spring “Matching Fund” campaign this month. Five donors have offered to match up to $30,000 of community donations with the goal of reaching $60,000 by the end of April.
IFM is a coalition of 15 local churches serving those in need by providing food for families in Western Nevada County. It is nonprofit and relies heavily on donations of food and money from local businesses and individuals.Learn more »
Williams Stationary, located at 112 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley, is teaming up with the nonprofit organization NEO, aka, New Events & Opportunities for youth, to offer specially discounted products that are on the wish list for their new youth center. The NEO Youth Center will be located at 139 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley and will open in March to provide teens with a safe, supportive and enriching environment after school and on the weekends.
Since its start, NEO has hosted an average of 70 events per year in approximately 25 different locations, drawing thousands of youth to participate in safe, drug-free activities. We’ve learned that young people appreciate these, and thrive with opportunities to feel safe and accepted. It’s time to build on our success and find a permanent home for events, so that instead of supporting young people just one day a week we can be working with them every day, helping to build self-esteem and empower them to make healthy choices while providing healthy alternatives and a safe space.Learn more »
Five local Rotary clubs have partnered with the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Recently, Rotarians received a $2,000 grant from Rotary District 5190 to support replacement of the walk-in refrigeration system at fair booth on Treat Street. Grayson Refrigeration worked with the club to replace the original unit which had been donated by Grass Valley Group almost 30 years ago.
The old walk-in unit was originally an engineering test chamber at the old Grass Valley Group Bitney Springs site. It was designed to test hot and cold temperature extremes for television broadcast equipment. When the company’s engineering department moved to Providence Mine Road, the old unit was no longer needed and was donated to Nevada City Rotary and the Nevada County Fairgrounds.Learn more »
California has been hit hard by drought and wildfires in recent years. These events have left many Californians wondering, is this extreme weather linked to global warming, and what can we expect for the future?
In this “Fire and Water” event, scientist Dana Nuccitelli will present and answer questions about the latest scientific research on the links between climate change and California’s wildfires and drought, as well as projections for a warming world.Learn more »
Local physical therapists specializing in women’s health and child development are joining together to offer their fifth “Mom and Baby Support Clinic,” which includes free consultations and screening. The event is targeted for mothers who experienced traumatic births, are having pain or difficulties, or simply have questions about a baby’s development. Call 530-274-2320 to reserve some time to talk with specialists and visit with other moms, or just drop-by. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7 at Spring Hill Physical Therapy, 300 Sierra College Dr., Suite 165 in Grass Valley.Learn more »
With the Empty Bowl Benefit for Hospitality House coming up on March 7, the Gold Country Woodturners have contributed 50 beautiful bowls to the Empty Bowl Benefit. Many of the hand turned bowls are considered to be of gallery quality. Gold Country Woodturners is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. In addition to supporting this community project, the local chapter exists to promote and encourage the art of woodturning through monthly meetings, demonstrations, workshops, mentoring and by sponsoring a forum to share knowledge, wood, and resources. More information about the local chapter may be found on it’s web site, http://www.goldturners.com. For more information about the Empty Bowl Benefit, visit http://www.hhshelter.org.Learn more »
Sierra College is offering an emergency preparedness class to the community from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. The class will be presented by Denis Korn, owner of PrepareDirect.
Korn is a preparedness expert with more than 40 years of experience. The workshop will include practical action steps and guidance to protect loved ones in an emergency. Participants will learn the 12 critical questions to ask in the planning process. The class is appropriate for both the beginning preparedness planner and those who want to preserve what they have started.Learn more »
The public is invited to Chicago Park Garden Club’s next meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room, 15057 Highway 174, Grass Valley. The topic is “All About Native Plants” with speaker Carolyn Singer, well-known local gardener and author. The club’s membership includes gardeners from Grass Valley, Nevada City and other foothill communities; nonmembers are also welcome. For more information, call 530-272-7708.Learn more »
Photo submitted by David Unterman
Village Folk Orkestra tunes up their gaidulka, dumbek, tupan, and lots more instruments at 6:30 p.m. on Friday for a concert and dance, joined by local women’s choir “Podruzhki.”Learn more »
The Blue Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter 12 are holding a fundraising event from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 9 at the Lake of the Pines Northridge Restaurant, 21515 Higgins Road. The proceeds will help serve the troops, benefit veteran projects, support the families of the injured or fallen and help benefit the local chapter.
BSMA’s Sierra Nevada Chapter 12 is composed of mothers from north Placer and Nevada counties who have, or have had, children serving in the U.S. military. The group’s mission is to support each other by sharing personal experience, strength, and hope for the safety of those who honorably serve the nation, as well as to promote patriotism in the community.Learn more »
The Board of Directors of the Nevada County Fairgrounds announced this week that the search for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Nevada County Fairgrounds has begun. The CEO position is responsible for managing the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, the Country Christmas Faire, year-round events, concerts, the RV Park, and community gatherings at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Qualified candidates should have a background in business administration, agriculture, and event/fair experience. Candidates should also have strong leadership, organizational, financial management, marketing and communication skills; as well as a willingness to be active in local, regional, and state association activities.Learn more »
Sunday, March 1, marks the sixth anniversary for Community Book Swap. The event will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Light refreshments will be provided. The book swap is about sharing books, CDs, movies, magazines, games and puzzles that we used, enjoyed and no longer need with others.
Items are brought in, then sorted by volunteers while swappers browse and pick up what they want for themselves, friends and family. Everything is free.Learn more »
The Nevada County division of the California Retired Teachers Association will meet on Monday, March 2 at Alta Sierra Country Club for a business and luncheon meeting. The program will feature Chris Enss, best selling novelist. Everyone is welcome. If you are a retired teacher and wish to attend, contact Bonnie Bennett at 530-615-4252. CalRTA is a statewide organization whose prime purpose is to enhance and protect the benefits of retired educators and to support public education. The division meets five times a year with a luncheon and a featured speaker or program relative to STRS members. For membership information contact Carol Siver at 530-272-4132.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 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.vva535.org or call 530-559-7716.Learn more »
Empire Mine State Historic Park is hosting an open house for potential volunteers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the park. Reservations are not necessary, but prospective volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Experienced volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate and share experiences. To qualify as a volunteer, attendance at one of several two-day sessions is required. The first will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The second will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The third will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 and the fourth will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Sign-ups must be made in advance, and snacks and beverages will be provided. Additional training for volunteers will be provided once they’ve decided how they will get involved. The park is now into its third decade of annual training and approximately 1,000 people have attended over the years. For more information, visit http://www.empiremine.org/volunteer.Learn more »
A group of Nevada County people is volunteering to help prepare for the free medical, dental and vision two-day clinic being brought to Grass Valley by the nonprofit California CareForce on November 14 and 15 of 2015. If you or your organization, religious affiliates, etc. want to help local people in need of these health services, come check out our next meeting, visit http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org or go to http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCareForce.Learn more »
Speaker to address the neuropsychology of Multiple SclerosisFebruary 23, 2015 —
Neuropsychologist Bonnie Connor will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Self Help/Support Group, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27.
Meetings are held in the Community Room of Glenbrook Apartment Homes, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.
Anyone affected by MS is encouraged to attend, including patients, family members, friends, significant others and caregivers.
Connor, a Nevada County resident, is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist who specializes in neuropsychology and cognition.
She recently attended a conference on the neuropsychology of MS.
For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monthly meeting Of Blue Star Mothers Of AmericaFebruary 21, 2015 —
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 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.
Free tax filing assistance availableFebruary 21, 2015 —
HelpLine Senior Information and Assistance is now taking appointments for the AARP Tax-Aide program. This service offers free help with the preparation of Federal and State income tax returns and is available to people of all ages with middle and low income, with special attention to those 60 and older. The program is staffed by local volunteers who are IRS-trained and certified.
Appointments (be prepared to stay two hours) are available on Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 13. Those interested in free tax filing assistance can call HelpLine at 530-273-2273 to schedule an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.
New program seeks donations of used children’s booksFebruary 21, 2015 —
The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority is seeking new and used children’s books for a new program they’re starting in March. The program, called “Nevada County Works!,” will provide training and hands-on work experience for participants of the CalWORKs program.
As part of the program, participants will collect and refurbish books to distribute to kids in the community, all while learning valuable employment skills such as boundaries, communication, organization, and teamwork.
The idea for the book program came from a news report about the difficulty some families have in accessing books to read to their kids. The Public Authority is partnering with community organizations that serve children to help distribute the books to families in need. The goal is to collect 1,000 books by March 6. Participants will sort, clean, and repair the books and distribute them through partner organizations such as Child Advocates of Nevada County and PARTNERS Family Resource Centers.
Donated books can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Public Authority office, 464 Brunswick Road in Grass Valley. For more information, contact Tammy Veralrud at 530-274-5601.