News Briefs

Cal Fire offers easy steps to prevent Thanksgiving fires

November 28, 2014 — 

Cal Fire is reminding Californians about the dangers that home fires pose during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.

With friends and family visiting, it’s important to not get distracted and to be aware of your cooking activities.

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‘Frozen Sing-a-Long’ at Madelyn Helling Library

November 27, 2014 — 

The Madelyn Helling Library invites people of all ages to a “Frozen Sing-A-Long” event from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday. Community members are invited to come for the singing, fun interactive elements during the show, a dress-up parade, and “Frozen”-inspired crafts. Popcorn and treats will be provided. This drop-in movie program is free to the public. “Frozen Sing-A-Long” is rated PG. For more details, call the Madelyn Helling Library at 530-265-7050.

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Towntalk: Friendly beast

November 27, 2014 — 

The “Wildwood Ridge Rhino” in Penn Valley gets into the holiday spirit.

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Pine Tree Quilt Guild

November 27, 2014 — 

Members and guests are invited to celebrate the season at Pine Tree Quilt Guild’s holiday party on Tuesday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Osborne Hill, Grass Valley. Potluck and games will start promptly at 6:15 p.m. and carpooling is encouraged. Bring a food dish to share (10 servings), three fat-quarters for a lively game, and travel-size toiletries for donation to Utah’s Place. For more information, see the monthly newsletter at http://www.pinetreequiltguild.com.

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Magic of Madagascar with Bob Lewis

November 27, 2014 — 

Bob Lewis will be the guest speaker at the Dec. 4 meeting of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Room, Helling Library, Nevada City.

Lewis is a Golden Gate Audubon board member, award-winning photographer and world traveler. He is chair of Audubon’s adult education committee and teaches classes for Audubon at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco and at the Ed Roberts center in Berkeley.

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Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley Elks team up for canned food drive at Country Christmas Faire

November 26, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds and Grass Valley Elks are teaming up for a canned food drive to help feed those in need in Nevada County.

Bring a can of food (or two or three) to the Country Christmas Faire on Sunday, and the Fairgrounds will give you a coupon for $1 off general admission to the Christmas Faire on that day (one coupon per person).

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NCO’s annual holiday party open to community

November 26, 2014 — 

Nevada County Online will host their annual holiday party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 9 at 151 Union Square, at 151 Mill St. in Grass Valley (downstairs in the old Union Building).

Community members with online marketing interests are encouraged to join the group for lunch, holiday fun, conversation and prizes.

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Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club to meet Dec. 3

November 26, 2014 — 

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. for brunch on Dec. 6 at Margarita’s, 988 Plaza Drive Grass Valley. Reservations due by Dec. 3 to Carole at 530-205-9666 or email to carolehchapman@gmail.com. Members are encouraged to invite a guest and share some getting to know you time with members and guests. We will be supporting a book project for Nevada County Library as our “Holiday Giving” action. New members may join with dues at half price.

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Towntalk: Color wheel

November 26, 2014 — 

Submitted by Charlotte Orren

Fall colors accent the historic Pelton water wheel and the mining stamp machine adjacent to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

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North San Juan Fire to meet

November 24, 2014 — 

The board of directors for the North San Juan Fire Protection District will meet tonight to discuss the district manager’s salary, among other action items.

Other agenda items include the final draft approval of the Special Tax Assessment Budget, and a report from the recruiting committee. The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the district office, 13200 Tyler-Foote Crossing Road. For more information, call 292-9159.

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Swing for the Cure Benefits Hospice

November 24, 2014 — 

On Thursday, November 20, the Lake of the Pines Women’s 18-hole golf club presented a check for $1,868 to Hospice of the Foothills. The donation was part of the proceeds from the “Swing 4 the Cure” charity golf event that was held on October 15 to raise money for local hospices. Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty was the major sponsor for the event, and together they raised $3,736 for local hospice organizations. The other check for $1,868 was presented to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice Foundation.

Above, receiving the check from Barbara Kilborn, captain of the golf group, is Mark Waters, director of development for Hospice of the Foothills.

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“Winter Wonderland” opens at hospital gift shop

November 24, 2014 — 

The Pine Tree Gift Shop at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the opening of “Winter Wonderland,” with an array of Christmas decorations, gift items and other holiday merchandise. See’s candies, in holiday gift wrap, will be available in the gift shop (Building 1) beginning December 1 and in the Diagnostic Center (Building 4) beginning December 8. White-wrap See’s is available year round. Come in and browse and do your holiday shopping where your money goes back to the community. All proceeds from the Pine Tree Gift Shop benefit Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for needed patient care equipment.

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Higgins Fire District hosts community CPR class

November 24, 2014 — 

Higgins Fire District will conduct a community CPR class at the Higgins Fire District Station 21, located at 10106 Combie Road, from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 6.

The cost is free for district residents and $5 for non-residents. Class size is limited to 20 students. Call 530-346-7872 to reserve your place in the class.

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Grass Valley announces road closures

November 21, 2014 — 

East Main Street between Eureka and Richardson streets will be subject to traffic control for utility line work today. The Traffic Control System will utilize one-way traffic control intermittently between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting).

Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however delays of up to 5 minutes may be possible.

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GV street closure announced

November 19, 2014 — 

Kate Hayes Street between Mainhart Drive and East Empire Street in Grass Valley will be closed to through traffic for underground utility work on Wednesday. The closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Access to businesses/residences will be maintained, however through traffic will be required to use an alternate route. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.

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Roadwork scheduled for Nov. 18-22, 2014

November 18, 2014 — 

Nov. 18-22

Interstate 80 (Placer County) from King Road to Rock Springs Road in Penryn: Motorists can expect alternating lane closures and ramp closures from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for bridge work.

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Ball to raise money for Center for the Arts youth programs

November 14, 2014 — 

Experience Nevada County Performing Arts Guild’s production of “Cinderella” in style at the Cinderella Gala Ball.

The Center for the Arts, in partnership with PAG and The Cinderella Project, invites you for an evening of elegance and children’s theater. Bring your child or grandchild and dance with the stars of PAG’s Cinderella. Arrive early for drinks and appetizers in the Granucci Gallery. You are encouraged to dress up, and Fairy Godmothers will be in attendance to spread the word about the Cinderella Project and may even grant a wish or two.

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Thanks to Give program gears up for 15th year

November 14, 2014 — 

Thanks to Give, a local volunteer group, is gearing up for its 15th year of delivering meals to seniors and disabled adults who are home alone on Thanksgiving Day.

Each year, about 40 volunteers help package and deliver more than 100 traditional holiday meals throughout the county.

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AnimalSave hosts open house Saturday

November 13, 2014 — 

AnimalSave will host an open house 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the AnimalSave Center, offering light refreshments and a tour of the AnimalSave Center at 520 East Main St. in Grass Valley.

“AnimalSave is thankful for the generosity of so many supporters who recognize and appreciate the good work AnimalSave/Golden Empire Humane Society has been doing for over 30 years, transforming the lives of cats and dogs in our community,” reads a news release from Director Carolyn Niehaus.

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Nevada County Online: How to use podcasting to market your business

November 13, 2014 — 

On Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada County Online (NCO) presents Shawn Tuttle, formerly a professional organizer, workshop leader and podcaster of her own podcast show called “Authentic Success.”

Have you heard about podcasting? A podcast is like a radio show — except that it is self-published. During her presentation, Tuttle will demonstrate what a podcast is, what type of business it is good for, and how you can use your own show as part of your marketing strategy.

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Towntalk: Sunset over Lake Wildwood

November 13, 2014 — 

Another sunset blazes the sky above Lake Wildwood into portrait-like setting.

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Genealogical Society, “What Every Genealogist Should Know”

November 10, 2014 — 

The November monthly general meeting of the Nevada County Genealogical Society will be at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the community meeting room of the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.

Each month a guest speaker will present a topic related to research, methodology and sources used in genealogical research. The topic for the November meeting will be, “What Every Genealogist Should Know,” presented by long-time genealogist and NCGS founder, Maria Brower. The presentation covers a number of related research myths and research tips including, “What Really Happened to the Missing 1890 Census? It’s Not All Missing!” and how to find the “oldest” ancestors in your family tree and those confusing calendars and dates.

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Fly me to the moon

November 10, 2014 — 

Submitted by Annita Kasparian

Soaring over the blue skies of Nevada County.

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Penn Valley Rodeo contest

November 10, 2014 — 

The Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association is hosting a poster design contest to promote the 2015 Penn Valley Rodeo. Do you like to draw, paint, sketch, take photos or do digital artwork? PVCRA would like to see your idea for their next rodeo poster.

Visit http://www.pvrodeo.com and submit your idea for a poster to commemorate 58 exciting years of rodeo in Penn Valley. The selected design will win tickets to the rodeo and bragging rights for the award-winning poster design. The rodeo theme is western. Artwork and photos may depict the “Old West” or modern times. Submissions and questions may be emailed to pvrodeo_pr@comcast.net or mailed to PVCRA Poster Contest, P. O. Box 1103, Penn Valley, CA 95946.

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Juvenile Hall awarded Western Growers Foundation garden grant

November 10, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Juvenile Hall, in conjunction with its onsite school, Sugarloaf Mountain, was recently awarded the Western Growers Foundation Garden Grant. The foundation partners with the California Department of Education to award 100 K-12 schools $1,500 each, plus seeds and other materials to grow and sustain a fruit and vegetable garden. The grant funds will go towards the Juvenile Hall’s “Full Circle Garden” project in which they compost vegetation in worm bins, and grow their own fruits and vegetables. The goal of the project is to educate and teach the youth about gardening and the importance of recycling, as well as provide them a productive way to spend their incarceration time. This grant program is made possible through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, administered through California Department of Food and Agriculture.

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Towntalk: Pretty in pink

November 8, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Denise Stein

Organizers of the Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament recently presented a check for $8,500 to Kimberly Parker, executive director of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.

From left, are Linda Campbell, Orene Sanders, Kimberly Parker, Denise Stein,( presenting the check to Kimberly Parker) Pat Lang and Jane Butler.

Proceeds from the event will go toward breast cancer care and prevention in Nevada County

Brunch for newly retired teachers

November 8, 2014 — 

Nevada County Division of the California Retired Teachers Association will host a brunch on Wednesday, November 12 for newly retired teachers. The event is in recognition of Retired Teachers Week and invitations have been sent to newly retired teachers from Nevada County schools. Teachers who taught in other counties are welcome if they have retired to Nevada County since retiring. The brunch will be at 10 a.m. at Toffanelli’s Restaurant on West Main St. in Grass Valley. If you are a retired teacher and are interested in attending, you are welcome to come as a guest of CalRTA . Contact Carole at 530-272-4132.

Free seminar on VA non-service Connected Disability Pensions

November 8, 2014 — 

The Veterans Aid and Attendance Program can help eligible wartime veterans and/or their surviving spouses defray the cost of senior care and assisted living accommodations. Attorney Gabriel Lenhart will be giving a free seminar from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Cascades of Grass Valley, where he will address eligibility, pension benefits, financial assistance, as well as how and when to apply for benefits. A question and answer session will follow. The event is open to the public. Cascades of Grass Valley is located at 415 Sierra College Drive. For more information, call Linda Hobbs at 530-272-8002.

Towntalk: Water and stone

November 7, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Georg Kickinjah

Cool, rippled water along the Yuba River.

Public welcome at Veteran’s Day celebration at Forest Lake Christian School

November 7, 2014 — 

Forest Lake Christian School will be hosting an all school, kindergarten through twelfth grade “Veteran’s Day Celebration” on Tuesday, November 11. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary at the Forest Lake Christian Elementary Campus in the sanctuary. The students and guests in attendance will be blessed with the presentation of colors and P.O.W. ceremony by the Air Force ROTC Honor Guard of California State University, Sacramento. Choirs from both high school and elementary school will perform at the event, along with flag salutes from junior high students, and a message by Pastor Jeff Alaways of Simple Truth Church.

The public is welcome to attend the celebration beginning at 1 p.m. at 22924 W. Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley. For more information call 530-269-1540, ext. 120.

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