News Briefs

Mental Health Awareness Fair coming in April

March 28, 2015 — 

The SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. The center will be bringing together multiple local resources and agencies in one place to serve the community. Organizations or individuals who are interested in participating are encouraged to call Lorraine Stowe at 530-274-1431 and visit http://www.spiritpeerempowermentcenter.org for information about our SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center.

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Dance to Spring Swing April 11

March 28, 2015 — 

Dance to live swing music, eat organic tapas and support music in the public schools at “Spring Swing” on Saturday, April 11. The Nevada Union High School Jazz Band will get you “in the mood” with hits from jazz greats Glen Miller, the Dorsey Brothers and more during a unique and elegant evening out. Barry Connick, of “Dancing with Our Stars,” will give free lessons so you know all the basic swing moves.

Local chef Carlos Trujillo of Farm 2 Table will serve dinner using fresh, in-season, locally grown produce. For live and silent auctions, local businesses are donating goods and services, including a year’s subscription to The Union and a month of yoga lessons.

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4-H to host e-waste fundraiser Saturday

March 27, 2015 — 

The Nevada County 4-H Washington D.C. delegates are holding a free e-waste collection to help pay for their trip this summer to Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Gettysburg. Drop off is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 11429 E. Bennett Road in Grass Valley (about half a mile out of town from the Durham bus lot). Items that cannot be accepted are large appliances, including microwaves, wooden speakers, electric irons, or any battery-operated devices.

The delegates have adopted the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum as their community service project this year. They turned out in force last Saturday to clean the tracks of debris, replace rotten ties, level rails and gravel the rail bed. Donations of gravel by Hansen Bros., railroad ties by Hills Flat Lumber and dumpsters by Waste Management helped give the project a great start. There are collection jars at numerous businesses around town so the community can contribute to the restoration of a large section of the narrow gauge tracks. For more information on the e-waste event, call 530-273-2004.

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Wanted: Loving homes

March 27, 2015 — 

Photo submitted by Susan Wallace

Scooter’s Pals will be hosting a pet adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Petco in Grass Valley. Dogs from shelters and from the community will be on hand, all of whom need loving homes. “Willie Nelson,” the dog pictured above will be among the canines in need of adoption. For more information, visit http://www.ScootersPals.org. Petco is located at 672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley.

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Sponsor coordinator needed for PV Rodeo

March 27, 2015 — 

For nearly 60 years, the nonprofit Penn Valley Rodeo has served the community and supported education. The annual rodeo depends on support of the business community to provide funding for the event. For several years, Bob Winters has been the contact for approximately 20 established sponsors whose yearly support makes the rodeo a reality. This year, as he prepares to retire as rodeo board president, Winters is looking for the right person to take over his sponsor duties.

Penn Valley Rodeo is in need of a retired sales rep to call on sponsors February through March 2016. The sponsor accounts have all sponsored in 2015, and are enthusiastic in their support of the Penn Valley Rodeo. There is no hard selling involved. It is mostly coordination of sponsors’ “wishes.” Rodeo positions are all volunteer, and most volunteer activities occur in spring and summer. The rodeo supports local service organizations and provides fundraising opportunities for schools and youth groups. The rodeo also awards two annual $1,000 scholarships to students preparing for careers in agriculture. Those interested in the position of sponsor coordinator can email Bob Winters at bwinters@succeed.net.

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Fundraiser for Veterinary Disaster Response Team

March 26, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team will be hosting an event aimed at raising money for a trailer. The fundraiser will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at The AnimalSave Center, 520 East Main Street in Grass Valley. The event will be in the Humane Education Building, Suite E and will include basic first aid for small animals. The Veterinary Disaster Response Team houses and feeds the animals whose owners are in distress. They house and feed animals until it is safe for them to return home. For more information, call Pat at 530-477-6506.

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Rotary members cook at Hospitality House

March 26, 2015 — 

From left, Nevada City Rotary members Shari Barley, Hospitality House dinner coordinator; Jeff Wenzel, program chair; and Robin Milam, club president, pose in the kitchen at Hospitality House on March 19. Nevada City. Rotary is pleased to be the first area Rotary Club to plan, cook and serve a dinner for Hospitality House guests. The next Nevada City Rotary dinner for Hospitality House will take place on April 23. Not pictured are Dona Knapp, Lynn Wenzel and Judy Soldavini.

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Volunteer for Nevada City's first annual spring cleaning

March 26, 2015 — 

Nevada City will be full of volunteers who will turn out to scrub, repair and repaint storefronts, in addition to removing graffiti and painting curbs.

Nevada City’s first annual spring cleaning will be from 8 a.m. to noon on March 31 through April 2. Volunteers will focus on downtown Nevada City and Pioneer Park. Volunteers are encouraged to join in and earn “TimeBank” hours, where good deeds become exchangeable. The spring cleaning is a joint effort, organized by the City of Nevada City, Hour Nevada County and various community organizations and volunteers. To volunteer for spring cleaning, visit http://vols.pt/u3yncc. All ages are welcome. To learn more about Hour Nevada County and to sign up as a volunteer, visit http://www.hournevadacounty.org

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Blue Star Mothers Of America to meet this Saturday

March 26, 2015 — 

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 9 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. 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, you are invited to join the Blue Star Mothers of America’s Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12. The organization has over 6,000 members from over 200 Chapters throughout the nation.

To learn more, please visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org or email bsmaca12@earthlink.net.

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Smiley Guys Smokehouse to host fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning

March 26, 2015 — 

Smiley Guys Smokehouse will host a fundraiser to benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. The owner, Jesse Cohen, has pledged to donate a percentage of all orders (including takeout) to PiELL. Enjoy delicious slow-cooked food while helping a worthy cause.

PiELL, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County. The volunteer-tutors are trained during a two-day session, and matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them.

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Fundraiser to benefit NSJ Fire

March 26, 2015 — 

The North San Juan Firefighters Association is having its annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction Saturday at the North San Juan Community Hall. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and an auction will follow. The cost of the event is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and children younger than 12 years old. The association will serve spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, assorted desserts and refreshments. All proceeds will go to the North San Juan Firefighters Association.

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'Cruising the KAREbbean Kasino Nite' this Friday

March 25, 2015 — 

Get ready to set sail on March 27 when the KARE Crisis Nursery holds its “Cruising the KAREbbean Kasino Nite.” Guests are encouraged to break out of the winter doldrums, don their sunglasses and tropical gear, and come celebrate for a wonderful cause.

The event will feature the Road Test Band, rocking on the Miners Foundry dance floor, as well as great food and fun gaming. The KARE Crisis Nursery provides emergency shelter and respite for young children whose families fall on hard times.

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Last Friday Supper open to the community

March 25, 2015 — 

Community members, families and friends are invited to dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church. All are invited to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal and visit with friends while being served by the local Boy Scouts. Dinner this month will consist of baked potatoes with all the trimmings: beef, tomatoes, green onions, cheese, bacon bits and sour cream; crispy green salad with tomatoes, celery and olives; a fabulous surprise for dessert in celebration of Easter. Milk and coffee will also be available to top off the evening meal. This is a community event sponsored by faith-based organizations, businesses and individuals.

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Volunteers needed for California CareForce

March 25, 2015 — 

Nevada County volunteers are needed to help prepare for the free two-day medical, dental and vision clinic being brought to Grass Valley by the nonprofit California CareForce on Nov. 14 and 15. The group is encouraging all organizations, religious affiliates and individuals to help local people in need of these health services. The next informational meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April. 8, in the Community Room at the Briar Patch Co-op in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org or go to http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCareForce.

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Center Stage Dance Studio celebrates grand openeing of new studio

March 25, 2015 — 

Center Stage Dance Studio will celebrate its moving into its own studio from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday with a barbecue, raffle, free dance classes, dance demonstrations and more. The event will take place at its brand new studio located at 121 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Center Stage Dance Studio is a nonprofit organization that produces the Nevada County Nutcracker every year as well as a June recital. The studio offers classes in ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, children’s dance, adult dance fitness and musical theatre. The nonprofit group’s new studio has four separate dance rooms, all with sprung floors, great lighting and sound. There is plenty of lobby space, storage space and changing rooms.

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Have a cup o' joe with a cop

March 25, 2015 — 

The Nevada City Police Department is inviting community members to “A Cup with a Cop” from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, April 6, at California Organics, 135 Argall Way in Nevada City. Get to know some of the officers who are working around town. Bring questions, share stories or just come to chat.

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Woodturning demonstration with Australian professional Guilio Marcolongo

March 25, 2015 — 

The Gold Country Woodturners will be conducting an all day woodturning demonstration by noted Australian professional woodturner Guilio Marcolongo from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 3 at the Grass Valley Elks Club. There will be a $45 charge for this all-day event. The Grass Valley Elks will be offering sandwiches for purchase by the attendees or they can go out and explore historic downtown Grass Valley.

This will be the first all day demonstration put on by the Gold Country Woodturners. The group is hoping to continue to offer these educational opportunities to members and anyone interested in expanding their hobby or exploring something new. More information about the Gold Country Woodturners can be found at http://www.goldturners.com.

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Spiritual weight program starts Wednesday

March 24, 2015 — 

Reach emotional wholeness and keep your right weight through a nutritional lifestyle support group starting Wednesday.

Prism Weight Loss Program helps people change the way they eat based on sensible nutrition, moderate portions and reliance on God. A free class will take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. The program is organized in four phases of six sessions each, and the phases are optional.

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Higgins Fire District hosts open house in South County

March 23, 2015 — 

The Higgins Fire District will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 25 at the Higgins Fire District Station 21, located at 10106 Combie Road in Auburn. The open house will feature fire equipment displays, air ambulance from CALSTAR and a rescue helicopter from the California Highway Patrol. There will be several fire department demonstrations including structure fire, wildland fire, fire extinguisher and Jaws of Life and many more. For the family, there will be a bounce house, face painting and a special appearance from Smokey Bear and Sparky. The Lake of The Pines Fire Wise Community will be hosting a barbecue. For more information, call 530-269-2488.

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'Pageant with a Purpose' set for March 28 in Grass Valley

March 23, 2015 — 

More than 30 contestants ranging in age from 3 to 60 will compete in the inaugural Nevada County Spring Pageant on March 27 and 28. This pageant is 100 percent volunteer run and is providing an opportunity to bring additional awareness to nonprofits and a strategic advanced training system to people of all ages. Each contestant must provide details about their nonprofit platform and how they plan to provide service hours to their charity. Contestants are coming from all over Northern California to compete.

There are optional categories for talent and swimsuit, but not required. The candidates will be judged on interview skills, speaking on stage and answering pop questions and the clarity of their plan to help their communities. Five weeks of trainings are provided by 25 year pageant coach, Sheryl Casper of Lake of the Pines. A majority of the contestants are from Nevada County and pageant producers expect to see another surge in serving as a result of the pageant.

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Building a 5-star online reputation for your business

March 21, 2015 — 

Nevada County Online (NCO) will present an engaging presentation by founder, Brenda Horton from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 at the Madelyn Helling Library. Horton will give a presentation on how to improve a company’s reputation and online engagement, as well as get reviews and build customers’ trust.

The presentation will provide such topics as “Reasons Why Your Online Presence Sucks,” “The Most Important People You Need On Your Online Marketing Team,”▪ “Why and How You Should Be Asking Your Happy Customers For Five-Star Reviews” and “Real Life Case Studies On How Local Businesses Are Crushing It Online.”

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A mother's legacy

March 21, 2015 — 

Photo submitted by Karen Austin

Long time Grass Valley resident Ina Hughes recently celebrated her 96th birthday at a local restaurant. She is shown here at home with daughters Karen Austin, Wanda LaBerge and Diane Umberson. Not pictured is daughter Sharen Benevides, who resides in Portland.

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Transgender panel at PFLAG support meeting Tuesday

March 21, 2015 — 

PFLAG will host a panel of parents and transgender on Tuesday, March 24 in celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility, which happens on March 31.

PFLAG’s goal is to help raise awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people around the world. The Nevada County chapter of PFLAG has seen an increase in parents of transgender youth come to meetings for support regarding family changes and to get more information. PFLAG often makes referrals to other agencies, such as the Gender Health Center in Sacramento and counselors when appropriate.

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Food Ministry meets fundraising goal

March 19, 2015 — 

Interfaith Food Ministry’s March and April $30,000 fundraising campaign reached its goal within the first two weeks of March.

The community’s response was “immediate and generous,” according to Interfaith Food Ministry Executive Director Sue Van Son.

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Last Chance to Buy Girl Scout cookies Until 2016Local Girl Scout Cookie Program ends on March 22

March 19, 2015 — 

Customers only have a few more days left this year to pick up their favorite Girl Scout cookies, as the sale will conclude on March 22. Buying Girl Scout Cookies funds the activities designed to build girls of courage, confidence and character.

To find a nearby cookie booth sale, customers can visit the “cookie locator” at http://www.girlscoutcookies.org. The Girl Scout Cookie Finder app is also free to download for Android and iPhone users. This year, cookies are $5 per package.

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Learn about single-payer health care

March 19, 2015 — 

Health Care for All – CA (The Nevada County Chapter) will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 21 at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley. If you want to learn about bringing universal, single-payer health care to all Californians (Improved Medicare for All), come join us. Come hear what other exciting things we’re working on, like a celebration for Medicare’s 50th birthday and a lobbying day in Sacramento. For more information, call Bob at 530-274-3989 or email spbob20@gmail.com.

Gayle Guest-Brown to speak at Democratic Women's Club

March 19, 2015 — 

Gayle Guest-Brown, executive director of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition of Nevada County, will be the guest speaker at the April 4 meeting of the Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club. The brunch meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at Margarita’s, 988 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. The cost is $13 for members and guests. Please RSVP by March 31 to Carole at 530-205-9666 or email carolehchapman@gmail.com.

Cheery scrubs and shoe sale at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

March 19, 2015 — 

Comfortable and colorful scrubs and shoes will be on sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at Dignity Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Room 110, Building 3. The public is welcome and a percentage of the sale will be donated to the hospital.

Quilt Guild to examine appliqué

March 19, 2015 — 

The next meeting of Pine Tree Quilt Guild will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. Featured speaker Kevin Kosbab will share his expertise and wry sense of humor in a lecture titled “Applique Isn’t a Four Letter Word.” His goal is to take the fear factor out of appliquéing. Kosbab is a professional quilter and sewing pattern designer as well as a craft and design writer and editor. His patterns have appeared in many quilting magazines and he authored a book called “The Quilter’s Applique Workshop.” Guild members are busy with final preparations for the 31st Annual “Springtime in the Pines” Quilt Show scheduled for Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend Nevada County’s largest quilt show! For more information, see the website at http://www.pinetreequiltguild.com.

A winning smile

March 19, 2015 — 

Wilbur shows off his joyful personality as one of Animal Place’s newest residents. Visit animalplace.org for more information.

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