Ready Springs Elementary School students were part of the first field trip of the year to the Food Love Farm in Nevada City. The farm, a part of Sierra Harvest’s Food Love Project, is an offshoot of the Living Lands Agrarian Network. The project is devoted to promoting nutrition education, food security, and community involvement in growing, harvesting, eating, and celebrating fresh food. It offers field trips, summer camps, community service days and “u-pick vegetables.”
Ready Springs students were introduced to the farm, located on the Burton Homestead, with a scavenger hunt, which included tasting kale flowers. They also assisted farmers in turning soil and adding compost. For more information, visit http://sierraharvest.org/what-we-do-2/children.Learn more »
See’s Candy is now available at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, at 132 Main St. in Nevada City. New shipments are arriving in time for Mother’s Day. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call 530-265-2692.Learn more »
The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) has received a $1,000 grant from Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills to provide free defensible space clearing for qualified low-income senior women in the community.
Soroptimists International works to improve the lives of women and children in the community. The Sierra Foothills chapter is a volunteer organization of spirited women united to promote the betterment of women and children in the community and throughout the world. The funding provided to the Fire Safe Council will assist up to four properties with their defensible space clearing this fire season.Learn more »
Laura’s Law, also known as Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), offers an opportunity for individuals who meet specific criteria to receive needed mental health treatment through an alternative court process.
In order to receive AOT services, an individual must reside in Nevada County, be a minimum of 18 years old, have a serious mental disorder, and must be unlikely to survive safely in the community. They must also have a lack of adherence with treatment indicated by: 2/36 months in hospital, prison, jail; and/or 1/48 months in serious and violence acts, threats, attempts to self/others.Learn more »
Considerable local interest in Naomi Klein’s book, “This Changes Everything”Learn more »
Organizers of The Cinderella Project have seen a noticeable dip in referrals this year. The annual project collects dresses, refurbishes them, then matches girls in need with “the perfect dress” at one of their temporary “boutiques,” staffed by volunteer seamstresses and fashion consultants. Boys also receive assistance with tuxedos.
The project is designed to foster confidence in local high school juniors and seniors who need assistance in attending their senior prom, which can be costly. All girls and boys must be referred through a school official, such as a guidance counselor or teacher, a church official, family friend or community social service agency.Learn more »
Nevada Irrigation District General Manager Rem Scherzinger, right, led a Wednesday morning tour of Scotts Flat Reservoir and the Scotts Flat Powerhouse for members of the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO). Attendees from across the state are in Nevada County for a three-day workshop April 15 through 17, taking place at the Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. The local event is being hosted by Nevada County LAFCO Executive Director SR Jones.Learn more »
Nevada County’s barbershop harmony chorus, The Sierranaders, recently competed at a contest held by the Far Western District Association of Chapters in the Barbershop Harmony Society.
At a convention in Sacramento, the group was awarded “Most Improved” of the 15 competing choruses. They sang two songs, “You’re the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline” and “Old Cape Cod” in the society’s unique four-part a cappella style.Learn more »
A group of Nevada County people are volunteering 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.
A good number of people are expected to show up to the two-day event in November, which will be at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.Learn more »
The Craft Guild of Nevada County is open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild Blog at CraftGuildNevadaCountyBlogSpot.com or http://www.craftguildnevadacounty.org.
The Guild’s meetings start at 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City.Learn more »
The Gold Country Celtic Society will host a free concert with renowned Celtic harpist Anne Roos at their next meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Nevada City Veterans Building at 415 N. Pine Street. Social hour will be followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Guests and members are asked to bring an appetizer, entrée, or dessert for eight to 10 people, their own tableware and beverage of choice. Water, coffee and tea are available.
Roos will be playing songs from her albums and others, interwoven with storytelling and humor. Guests are encouraged to email requests to Roos at firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn more »
Members of the Gold Country Welcome Club voted for their top three Nevada County charities and donated $1,000 to each.
Recipients included KARE Crisis Nursery, which provides emergency child care for children ages 0 to 6; Hospitality House, a 54-bed homeless shelter providing pathways to housing, dignity, and community; and Scooter’s Pals, an alternative to kill-based shelters, which provides foster home-based dog rescue.Learn more »
The Grass Valley Charter School Foundation presents its annual “Friday Night Out” fundraiser featuring a Vintage Vegas theme at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley.
The event, which features food, entertainment, and an auction, is open to all parents and community members looking for an entertaining evening out that benefits local students.Learn more »
Penn Valley resident and Nancy Henderson will share her long time experience with electric fencing, how to set up electric fencing and how affordable electric fencing is at the Small Farm and Garden Forum at 7 tonight at the Rough and Ready Grange. There will be hands on demonstrations and fencing displays, as well as questions/answers and problem-solving. In addition, Brad Fowler, owner of The Goat Works and a longtime user of electric fencing, will discuss the benefits of successful mob grazing, and why electric fencing makes it work for healthier pastures as well as predator and blackberry elimination.
Electric fencing is easy to move, allowing mob or rotational grazing, which promotes healthy soil, lush pastures and leads to healthy livestock, as well as predator and blackberry control.Learn more »
In conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Community Support Network of Nevada County is sponsoring a free “Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training” from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 27 in the Board of Supervisors’ chambers at the Rood Center in Nevada City.
The training is open to interested parties who are affiliated with a nonprofit and those for whom the training is a job requirement per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).Learn more »
The documentary film, “In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom,” which features six modern-day “abolitionists” as they fight sex trafficking across America, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Produced and narrated by Natalie Grant, the film has had more than 100 premieres in early 2015 alone. Journeying to six U.S. cities, the documentary’s goal is to open the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street “in plain sight.”Learn more »
A robin nests in a camellia bush on Banner Lava Cap Road in Nevada City.Learn more »
Nevada County Health & Human Services Agency, Department of Social Services and the Adult & Family Services Commission will be convening a public hearing to solicit input on the needs of low-income populations in Nevada County.
The hearing will be held from 1-3 p.m. Monday. April 20, in the Empire Room at the Eric Rood Administration Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.Learn more »
Amy Bouch, Scott Jensen, Stephanie Terrassa, MacKayla Carolan, Nora Devlin and Emma Jones were recently given awards by Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills.
The Live Your Dream Award is given to women who have the courage and determination to overcome adversity and strive to better their lives and their families’ lives. The Lark Zachary Award is given to a person who exemplifies outstanding commitment to serving others. The Community Service Award is given to those who were outstanding in their efforts to serve the community.Learn more »
The nonprofit SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center is inviting the public to “Mental Health Awareness Day” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 on their five-acre property at 276 Gates Place,(up the hill from the Lumberjack Restaurant) in Grass Valley. Citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools are encouraged to attend in an effort to recommit the community to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health challenges. This includes reducing stigma, discrimination and promoting appropriate and accessible services for all people facing challenges with their mental health.
Mental health challenges affect almost every family in America. People with mental health challenges can be on the road to recovery if given the necessary services and supports in their communities. People with mental health challenges make important contributions to our families and our communities; and millions of adults and children are disabled by mental health challenges every year.Learn more »
Dogs in need of loving homes will be available for adoption from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at a pet adopt-a-thon hosted by Scooter’s Pals, 1781 East Main Street in Grass Valley. In addition, dog trainer John Garcia will be at the event from noon to 4 p.m. to answer any questions. Families fostering dogs are encouraged to attend. Garcia volunteers his time to help Scooter’s Pals get dogs with behavioral problems ready for their forever homes. Garcia is a highly recommended trainer. He can be reached at 530-274-1583. Pet related items will be available for sale. The adopt-a-thon will be at Scooter’s Place Thrift and Gift Store, 1781 East Main Street in Grass Valley (just down from Humpty Dumpty). Scooter’s Pals provides foster and forever homes for abused or abandoned dogs scheduled to be killed in local and nearby shelters. For more information, visit http://www.scooterspals.org.Learn more »
The Sierra Nevada Chapter of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will be hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at Valentina’s Organic Bistro and Bakery, 841 Sutton Way (at the corner Sutton and Brunswick) in Grass Valley. The newly-formed local chapter is currently focusing on privacy and surveillance issues, drug policy reform, women’s equality, police militarization and Americans with disabilities issues. Community members are encouraged to attend. The ACLU is a nonpolitical organization that seeks to form a collaborative partnership with citizens and local officials, by opening dialogues over issues of concern and seeking reasonable solutions together. The ACLU of California is supporting a critical new bill — the bipartisan California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA) — to update privacy laws and protect electronic information. Passing CalECPA will make sure police go to a judge to obtain a warrant before accessing sensitive information, including data from devices, emails, digital documents, text messages and location information, with exceptions for legitimate criminal investigations.
For more information, visit the new Facebook page at ACLU Northern Sierra, visit the website at http://ACLUnosierra.org or email ACLUnorthernsierra@gmail.com.Learn more »
Are you interested in helping preserve a unique piece of Nevada County history? Become a volunteer for the North Star Historic Conservancy and help in the restoration of the North Star House and the historic grounds. Learn about the various opportunities to volunteer by attending the “Volunteer Fair” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 in the courtyard at the North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road in Grass Valley.
Sponsored by the North Star Historic Conservancy, there is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities from which to choose, including construction, grounds, landscaping, docent, events and more.Learn more »
The Nevada County branch of the American Association of University Women will host a free panel discussion on April 18 exploring issues related to women working in today’s world and specifically in Nevada County. The discussion will be led by panel members Alison Lehman, assistant county executive officer, Nevada County; Debbie Plass, vice president of operations, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Dignity Health; Hilary Hodge, executive director, Sierra Commons; and Kathleen A. Taylor, Ph.D. professor, Psychology Department chair, Women & Gender Studies Department, Sierra College. As part of the discussion, they will share their personal and professional observations and experiences.
The meeting will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley. The program begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to everyone. AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For more information, visit http://www.nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net or call 530-470-9395.Learn more »
The all-weather track at Nevada Union High School will be resurfaced this summer after nearly 20 years of wear and tear.
The Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees at its April 8 meeting unanimously approved a contract with Beynon Sports Surfaces for the project, which is estimated to cost the district $200,000.Learn more »
Drought falloutApril 10, 2015 —
Cooperation on agenda for Higgins fire board meetingApril 10, 2015 —
The board of directors for the Higgins Area Fire Protection District is slated to meet Wednesday, and will listen to a presentation by Cal Fire on the mutual benefits of cooperative fire protection.
The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the district offices, 10106 Combie Road. For more information, call 530-268-0844.
Nevada County high school robotics team to hold info sessionApril 10, 2015 —
The members of ACME Robotics, a robotics team open to all Nevada County high school students, will be hosting an information session about the team from 3-4 p.m. Saturday at the Madelyn Helling Library.
The team members will be talking about the team, the competition season and opportunities to get involved in robotics. In addition, they’ll be discussing opportunities for youth ages 9 and up to get involved with robotics. The team will be demonstrating their robot, and you can even try driving the robot yourself!
Fundraising event for youth suicide prevention programApril 9, 2015 —
“What’s Up? Wellness Checkups,” a local program provides mental health screening for Nevada County high school youth, will be hosting a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 15, at Matteo’s Public.
Organizers said 15 percent of all dinner proceeds will go to the program.
Reservations are recommended by calling 530-265-0782.
In 2013, responding to the need for suicide prevention efforts in Nevada County high schools, “What’s Up? Wellness Checkups” began providing free, voluntary and confidential mental health screenings at all Nevada Joint Union High School District and Tahoe Truckee Unifited School District high schools.
Funded through Nevada County Behavioral Health and their MHSA funds (the Millionaire’s Tax), the program uses the TeenScreen model, an evidence-based screening tool developed by Columbia University to identify risk factors for suicide.
Most people are uncomfortable with the topic of suicide. Too often, victims are blamed, and families and friends are left stigmatized.
Research tells us, however, that there are prevention and treatment options available — and they work.
Research indicates that 10th grade has the highest rate of suicide completion of all the teen years, which is why “What’s Up? Wellness Checkups” targets ninth and 10th graders, while also providing screening to any student in need.
Students are screened for various indicators of mental health symptoms as well as risk for suicide. These risk factors include previous attempts and ideation, depression, substance abuse and other emotional health challenges.
For Americans between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death, resulting in approximately 4,600 lives lost each year.
A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9-12 in public and private schools found that 16 percent of students reported seriously considering suicide, 13 percent reported creating a plan, and 8 percent reporting trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey.
As of March 2015, the program has provided mental health screenings to 742 students. Of those screened, 192 students have received support with parental involvement in making treatment connections.
“What’s Up? Wellness Checkups” has also been able to provide important mental health education to all students screened, and has thus facilitated increased awareness and stigma reduction.
Tackling an important program objective to increase the availability of the screens for high school youth, outreach efforts have resulted in more than twice the number of students to screen during this school year.
Program officials said that with the increase in teens to screen, fundraising efforts aim to continue providing this valuable service to Nevada County’s High School youth as well as to help support families who apply for monetary support in connecting their teen to needed services.
Calm before the stormApril 9, 2015 —
Photo submitted by Annita Kasparian
A dark sky looms over Penn Valley before Tuesday’s storm.