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, at 10 A 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, your are invited to join..
To learn more, visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.Learn more »
Nevada County’s Health and Human Services Agency division of Housing and Community Services has funding available for down-payment assistance for about four low-income potential homebuyers.
The First-time Homebuyers HOME Loan Program can provide gap assistance for qualifying individuals and families. Gap assistance enables potential homeowners to borrow part of their down payment and/or closing costs from Nevada County through the HOME Loan Program. To qualify, applicants must meet the requirements noted below:Learn more »
The California Highway Patrol is seeking the occupants of a vehicle that fled the scene of a collision Thursday night near Camptonville.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., a man identified as Nickulas Maglaras, 48, of Oregon House, was driving a 1990 Ford F-450 pickup truck northbound on Highway 49 south of Ridge Road near Camptonville in Yuba County, said CHP spokesman Greg Tassone.Learn more »
The Nevada County Camera Club’s March 24 meeting will include guest speakers Eric Joseph and Patrick DelliBovi from Freestyle Photographic Supplies, who will discuss, “The World of Inkjet Papers — Success or Failure... The Print Matters!”
A key topic will include the brands of inkjet paper available to match the right paper to a unique image. The interactive presentation will also include displays of various papers and prints for viewing.Learn more »
The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is offering a free two-day training session for its Defensible Space Advisor Program, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 2 and 3. The first day of the session is classroom-style learning with various instructors. No previous experience is necessary, and the public is invited to learn more about fire safety in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Students will learn about implementing defensible space, vegetation models in our area, wildfire behavior, forest health, Firewise landscaping techniques, homeowner’s insurance issues, emergency notifications, planning for evacuation and establishing Firewise Communities/USA.Learn more »
Day use and boat launch fees at Rollins and Scotts Flat reservoirs will increase under a 2014 fee schedule approved Wednesday by the Nevada Irrigation District board of directors.
The day use vehicle entry fee, which includes up to four people, was increased from $6.50 to $8, while the day use/boat launch fee was increased from $13 to $15. The walk-in rate remains at $1.50. The fees have not been adjusted in five years.Learn more »
The Nevada County Victim Witness Assistance Program, in conjunction with the district attorney’s office and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, is sponsoring a candlelight vigil April 9 in recognition of crime victims.
The vigil is being held from 5:30-7 p.m. in the parking lot at Grass Valley City Hall, at the corner of Main and South Auburn streets. The vigil will be held rain or shine and is in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.Learn more »
In advance of the June 3 primary election, the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County is conducting a series of candidate forums. They will be held on consecutive Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the chambers of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.
— March 27: Candidates for the Board of Supervisors District 3, the Grass Valley area, are incumbent Terry Lamphier and challenger Dan Miller. Candidates for the Board of Supervisors District 4, West County, are incumbent Hank Weston and challengers Fran Cole and Jedediah Biagi.Learn more »
Angela Bradrick, who is running for election for the open Nevada County Superior Court judge seat due to the retirement of Judge Sean P. Dowling, has announced a concert that will serve as a fundraiser for her campaign. Local band 49 Blind, a country and western band, will be performing live at the Love Building at Condon Park on Saturday, April 5, from 7-9 p.m. There will also be dancing, raffle tickets and prizes. Tickets are available for $20 each and are available for purchase at BriarPatch in Grass Valley while supplies last.Learn more »
On March 3, Joan and Bob called from Woodside with a request for a significant sale of their assets.
They had turned on the news regarding the Russia/Ukraine/Europe/U.S. developments, and had an immediate emotional reaction — sell!Learn more »
A global march for lions will take place on Saturday on the south side of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento from 1:30-4 p.m.
This march joins cities and countries around the world to raise awareness of the plight of lions in the so-called sport of “canned hunting.”Learn more »
Sierra Writers will host an Open Read at 6:30 p.m. today in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.
All are welcome to submit works anonymously to be read aloud by members of Sierra Writers and critiqued by the assembled group. Submissions of fiction (including poetry) or nonfiction should be made with no name and contain no more than 750 words (two to three pages). Print on one side of the paper and double-space in readable font and typeface (such as Times Roman, 12 point).Learn more »
Forest Lake Christian School will host a yard sale/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Crossroads Church parking lot, on corner of Highway 49 and Wolf Road. The sale will include large items, kitchen items/appliances, clothing, toys and more.Learn more »
The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County is resuming its Women and Men in Black Vigil from 5:15 to 6 p.m.Thursday on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City.
The event is to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer as she was defending a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip against demolition.Learn more »
The Nevada Joint Union High School District will hold its weekly meeting Wednesday with the Board of Trustees.
The meeting will be held at the Nevada Union High School Science Lecture Hall at 6 p.m. and will include discussions on the district budget and bond oversight, the potential approval of the three-year Commercial Quality Maintenance program with Pacific Gas and Electric, and district implementation of the tobacco-free school policy.Learn more »
Born and raised in the ancient land of Perú, Mariscela Alvarez will share the highlights of her Andean heritage from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
This free presentation will be held in the Community Room at BriarPatch Co-op, 290 Sierra College Dr, Suite ALearn more »
The Intero Foundation-Nevada County has donated $1,503.80 to the Nevada County Diaper Project as part of its mission to impact the growth and well-being of children in our community.
The funds will be used to purchase diapers to be distributed to the needy families of Nevada County.Learn more »
Dorsey Drive will be subject to traffic control for utilities potholing now through Friday. The Traffic Control System will utilize one way traffic control between the hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (weather permitting). Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however, delays of up to 10 minutes may be possible. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.Learn more »
Join Madelyn Helling Library in celebrating Teen Tech Week, March 10-15, with an entire week of teen tech classes in the Collaborative Technology Center. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.
This year, the theme “DIY @ your library” is being celebrated, with programming made possible with the help of a grant from Young Adult Library Services Association and the Best Buy Children’s Fund. Programs are open to grades six through 12. The schedule of events is as follows:Learn more »
Manzanita Parlor No. 29, Native Daughters of the Golden West, will hold a rededication of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) plaque at 2 p.m. o, March 23. Mason Rick Trathen constructed the historical monument, which is located on Neal Street, between Mill and South Church streets. The plaque was first dedicated in 1926 to recognize the first W.C.T.U. Episcopal and Methodist ladies union in the state of California established March 25,1874.
In case of rain, arrangements have been made to meet at Wesley Hall, United Methodist Church, 236 S.Church St., Grass Valley. The public is invited.Learn more »
The Board of directors for the Rough and Ready Fire Protection District will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Items on the agenda include an update on seasonal firefighters, compensation for an air filling station, and general business items.
The board meets at 14506 Rough and Ready Highway. For more information, call 432-1140.Learn more »
With Daylight Saving Time beginning on Sunday, Cal Fire officials are reminding all Californians to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Studies have shown that most homes have smoke alarms, however nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half. With multiple types of smoke alarms, consumers must read the manufactures recommendations and properly place the alarms correctly. Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside of every bedroom and on every level of the home. Cal Fire recommends that every residence be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. Many brands also offer dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.Learn more »
Candidate for secretary of state to speak at Nevada County Republican Party’s spring dinnerMarch 7, 2014 —
Pete Peterson, Republican candidate for Secretary of State, will speak on Saturday, April 5 at the annual Nevada County Republican Party “Celebrate and Preserve Freedom” Spring Dinner and Scholarship Award Night. At the event, the Ruth and Drew Bedwell Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a local area graduating high school senior.
Peterson was the first executive director of the bi-partisan organization, Common Sense California, which in 2010 joined with the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy to become the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, where he is Executive Director.
Peterson has worked around the state consulting with governments from Bell to Vallejo to improve how they engage their residents in policy-making on issues ranging from the budget to water policy. He also teaches a masters’ class at Pepperdine University entitled “Leadership through Public Engagement.”
Local area elected officials will also be attending the event which begins at 5 p.m. with a no host cocktail reception followed by the dinner and program starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Tickets for a special VIP reception at 4:30 p.m. are also available. More information can be found on line at http://www.nevadacountygop.org or by calling 530-274-0803.
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United Way of Nevada County looking for Citizen Review TeamMarch 6, 2014 —
United Way of Nevada County is looking for people to be part of its Citizen Review Teams (CRT). Citizen Review Teams assist in the assessment of nonprofit agencies that apply for partnership and funding from the United Way of Nevada County. CRT members visit four to five nonprofit agencies during April. During these visits, members learn about the nonprofit agencies’ work, tour their facilities and assess them through a question and answer session. At the end of the visit, members fill out a questionnaire on a variety of topics, such as the value of the service the agencies provide to our community, the effectiveness of the service and the efficiency of the agencies. This is an essential part of the community investment process.
The CRT training meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. March 24 and the visits will be made between March 31 and April 15, with a time commitment of about 10 to 15 hours. If you are interested in participating, call United Way at 530-274-8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCTV to offer screenwriting classesMarch 6, 2014 —
NCTV is offering beginning and advanced screenwriting classes, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Writers of all levels are invited to attend and learn the fundamentals of writing a screenplay or improve one you’ve started. Each class is two, three-hour sessions and costs $50. Screenplays can then be entered into NCTV’s Screenplay Contest, where the top 10 will get developed into a 10-minute film. Deadline for submitting entries is April 11 and is open to everyone. For more information call 530-272-8862 or visit http://www.nevadacountytv.org.
University Women to examine ‘The Sages Among Us’March 5, 2014 —
What experiences and people shaped who you are today? What makes Nevada County a great place to live? These are just some of the questions Dr. Gary Quehl will explore at the AAUW Nevada County Branch’s meeting on March 15. Dr. Quehl, author and longtime leadership expert, will engage attendees in a conversation about the purposes and findings of the Sage Leadership Project, a two-year study sponsored by the Center for Non-Profit Leadership, Nevada County. The results of the study, which examined the role that individuals voluntarily play in sharing their experiences, judgment and wisdom to advance the welfare of their communities, are featured in his book, “The Sages Among Us: Harnessing the Power of Civic Engagement.”
There is no cost, and everyone is welcome from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on March 15 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley The program begins at 10: a.m.
Visit http://www.nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net or call 530-470-9395.