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Nevada County Grape Stomp coming this fall

September 1, 2015 — 

Round up your teammates and challenge others to the Nevada County Grape Stomp, part of the annual Italian Festa Sept. 26 and 27 at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.

Prizes will be given for Most Juice, Funniest Name, Best Costume and Lucille Ball Look-a-Like.

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Camille Bigham graduates from University of California in Los Angeles

September 1, 2015 — 

On May 15, Camille Lynne Bigham participated in commencement ceremonies at the University of California in Los Angeles, where she earned a Master of Social Work degree.

Bigham did her undergraduate work in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a Nevada Union alumni, class of 2007. She is currently employed by Sutter Health as a clinical social worker. Camille is the daughter of Kenneth R. and Laura J. Bigham of Nevada City.

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What's the buzz?

September 1, 2015 — 

Bees busy at work Saturday off Greenhorn Road in Grass Valley.

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Two Nevada County graduates win scholarships from Grocers Association

August 31, 2015 — 

Auburn resident Tyler Rodgers, a 2015 graduate of Bear River High School, has been awarded a Safeway Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 through the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation. Rodgers will attend Sierra College this fall and major in kinesiology. His high school accomplishments include earning the title of San Joaquin Sections Finalist in swimming all four years, Pioneer Valley League Champion in multiple events and Scholar-Athlete twice.

Smartsville resident Donovan Farwell, a 2015 graduate of Nevada Union High School, was awarded a North State Grocery Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, also through the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation. Farwell will attend the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts this fall, majoring in theater, film and television. His high school accomplishments included being a member of the International Thespian Society, being a California Arts Scholar and receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Nevada County Arts Council.

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Nevada Union to host Back-to-School night Tuesday

August 31, 2015 — 

Nevada Union High School will host its annual Back-to-School Night from 4:30 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet students’ teachers and become familiar with the curriculum and academic expectations for the new school year. Yearbook sales, entertainment, Site Council parent member elections and a barbecue will be part of the evening, starting at 4:30 p.m. in front of the library. There will be a presentation and opportunity to meet the Nevada Union administration from 5:30 to 6 p.m., after which parents will follow their student’s daily schedule to hear an overview from each teacher.

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Eclipse chaser to speak at astronomers club

August 31, 2015 — 

Long time eclipse chaser David Buchla will be the September speaker for Nevada County Astronomers, where he will present information on eclipses in general with particular focus on the upcoming eclipse in the United States in August, 2017. Weather prospects, maps, and what to look for will be discussed, as well as photography hints. The talk will include information on the sun and how also show slides from his latest trip to the Arctic for the March 2015 eclipse. The group will also take an internal look at the sun to understand the reasons for the sun’s very hot corona and the brilliant red prominences seen at second and third contact of a solar eclipse. All are welcome. For more details, visit http://www.ncastronomers.org.

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County Memo: Single-family dwelling master plans suspended

August 31, 2015 — 

In 2014 the Nevada County Building Department partnered with local design professionals and developers to create a single-family dwelling master plan that was made available for public use. The available master plan consisted of a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, 500-square-foot residence with a 225-square-foot storage loft.

Due to recent events and requests made by project design professionals, the building department will no longer be able to allow these plans to be made available for public use. The building department will be evaluating other options to move forward with providing master plans for public use in the near future. If you have any questions please contact the Nevada County Building Department at 530-265-1222 or by email at Building.Dept@co.nevada.ca.us.

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Grass Valley council announces special closed session

August 31, 2015 — 

The Grass Valley City Council will have a special closed session meeting Tuesday to conference with the labor negotiators for the Association Police Officers Unit 6 and Grass Valley Career Firefighters, IAFF Local 3800, Unit 8.

That meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room at City Hall, 125 East Main St. Following the closed session, the council will meet to discuss the Capital Improvements Authority and Redevelopment successor agency and tour the Northstar Mine Powerhouse and Pelton Wheel Museum ay 10833 Allison Ranch Road.

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Penn Valley Fire board to meet Tuesday

August 31, 2015 — 

The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Station 43, 10513 Spenceville Road.

Items on the agenda include education from NID on the water system for the Penn valley area, awarding of the contract for audit services for 2015-17, the final budget for FY 2015-16, a capital outlay plan review and approval, and nominations for the board.

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"Dismantling Racism" workshops start Sept. 2

August 29, 2015 — 

Fifty years after civil rights activists marched in Selma, Alabama, people of color still face racism and violence

“Dismantling Racism” will present four weekly sessions of 90 minutes each, with facilitators and an invitation to talk, to examine ourselves and communities, and to consider action. The sessions are free and open to all.

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Heidi Hall to speak at First Tuesday Forum

August 29, 2015 — 

Heidi Hall, KVMR commentator, columnist for The Union and former congressional candidate, will be the featured speaker Tuesday at the First Tuesday Educational Forum sponsored by the Nevada County Democrats. Hall will share her recent experience in recreating the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hall is the past board president of the South Yuba Citizens League and is currently on the board of directors of the Nevada County youth organization known as NEO.

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Qi gong classes start in September at Peace Lutheran

August 29, 2015 — 

Qi gong literally means “life energy cultivation,” an exercise for body, mind and spirit. A beginning class in this art, related to Ta’i Chi, will begin Sept. 1 in Grass Valley.

Teacher Dena Yates will lead beginning one-hour classes starting at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Cost is $4 per class. Classes will continue twice weekly through the year and newcomers are welcome at any time. Yates currently leads the Silver Sneakers at South Yuba Club in Grass Valley and Nevada City, and exercise classes at Atria Senior Living and at the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition in Grass Valley.

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Grass Valley DMV field office closes temporarily

August 29, 2015 — 

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is alerting customers that the Grass Valley DMV field office at 890 Sutton Way closed on Friday. A brand-new field office will be built on the same site. During construction, customers may use the temporary field office that will be located at 435 Sutton Way. The temporary office will open on Monday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m.

During the two-week closure, customers are urged to use DMV online services, call 1-800-777-0133, use the mail, or visit nearby field offices located at:

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Free "End of Summer" dinner hosted by Last Friday Supper

August 28, 2015 — 

Community members are invited to celebrate the “End of Summer” dinner Friday at the United Methodist Church, downtown Grass Valley, 236 So. Church St. Dinner will be prepared by a team of volunteers and served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will consist of the ever-popular spaghetti topped with a homemade tomato meat sauce, green salad with assorted vegetables and warm garlic bread and butter. Cake from the bakery with coffee, tea and milk will be served for dessert. Last Friday Supper (LFS) is a community event sponsored by faith-based organizations, businesses and individuals. Visit with old friends or maybe make new ones.

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Bishop coming to Emmanuel Episcopal Church

August 28, 2015 — 

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley will welcome The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California on Sunday. Bishop Beisner will be presiding at all three Sunday services, 7:30, 9, and 10:30 a.m. During his visit, Bishop Beisner will be administering the Sacramental Rite of Confirmation to members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The Bishop comes every two years to encourage and build up church membership.

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Glory singers to perform Sunday

August 28, 2015 — 

The Glory Singers concert and hymn sing, “A Picture of Grace,” will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Calvary Bible Church, 11481 Highway 174 in Grass Valley,

The concert will feature the seven-voice ensemble under the direction of Cherry Hayes. The multi-generational gospel group will perform a variety of songs, ranging from gospel to jazz to contemporary, in four to seven parts.

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Flag retirement set for Sept. 12

August 27, 2015 — 

Boy Scout Troop 855 will be hosting their annual flag retirement ceremony during the Roamin’ Angels Car Show on Sept. 12.

Flags in need of retirement can be dropped off at the following locations by Sept. 10:

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'A Taste of Country' barbecue to benefit Women of Worth

August 26, 2015 — 

Tickets are now on sale for “A Taste of Country,” a benefit for Women of Worth, scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Nevada County Contractors’ Association building, 149 Crown Point Court in Grass Valley.

The evening will include a barbecue, no-host bar, and live and silent auctions. The western-themed event will also include line-dancing to live music by High Sierra, starting at 4 p.m.

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Local Grocery Outlet's fundraiser helps feed the hungry

August 26, 2015 — 

Every July Grocery Outlet holds its “Independence From Hunger” fundraising drive. This year they raised $5,087, which were matched by Lori and Tim Bascom, the owners of the Grass Valley Grocery Outlet. A check for $10,174 was given to the Interfaith Food Ministry to be used to help local families who are struggling with hunger. Pictured above are the Bascoms, store manager Vince Ryan and the “top earning” checkers, Nicole Peterson, Lisa Daniels, Rochelle Taylor, Cera Hoff and Laura Knox.

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Nevada City rec committee to talk Sugarloaf Mountain

August 25, 2015 — 

The Nevada City Recreation Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the city’s Sugarloaf Mountain master plan.

According to city documents, staff and committee members on Wednesday will aim to define what the plan suggested wording will entail in regards to the terms “history” and “preservation.”

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Workshop on native plant landscaping

August 25, 2015 — 

Local plant ecologist and community college instructor Virginia Moran of Ecological Outreach Services (EOS) is offering a workshop on native plant landscaping.

The workshop will focus on proper plant selection/places to purchase native plants and the transition to native plants without a massive tear-out of existing water-demanding landscaping/lawn.

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E-waste fundraiser Saturday at Chicago Park School; 4-H enrollment Wednesday

August 25, 2015 — 

The Chicago Park 4-H Club and Chicago Park School PTA are continuing their partnership to host another e-waste fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Chicago Park School.

Enrollment for the Chicago Park 4-H Club is 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at Baskin Robbins in Grass Valley. Youth enrollment is $40 for a whole year of hands-on fun while learning life skills essential for success.

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Phone home

August 25, 2015 — 

A praying mantis at Englebright Reservoir.

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Training on utilizing faith-based volunteers offered in Sept.

August 24, 2015 — 

The Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) will present a brown bag lunch training on Sept. 10, entitled “How to Get and Utilize Faith-based Volunteers.” Organizations often face particular issues in the recruitment of faith-based volunteers. Learn how to connect with faith-based organizations. Discover how to align the work of volunteers to the mission of the faith-based organization. The training will be at the Ronald McDonald House, 2555 49th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817. Cost is $10 members and $15 non-members of DOVIA. To register, please visit http://www.doviasacramento.org. Payment can be made online or at the door. Registration will be from 11 to 11:30 a.m. with training from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Anyone who coordinates volunteers (whether paid or unpaid) is welcome to attend.

The guest speaker will be Susan Ramsden, who organizes the volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. These volunteers have contributed thousands of hours and are a continuing partner to many agencies. Ramsden was honored as the Volunteer Coordinator of the Year by DOVIA in 2015 and has mobilized thousands of volunteers.

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Celebrating not going back to school

August 24, 2015 — 

Retirees from Magnolia Intermediate School met on Aug. 18 at Tofanelli’s for their third annual “Not Back to School” breakfast.

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Deer raspberry

August 22, 2015 — 

A deer sticks out his tongue at Englebright Reservoir.

Pet adopt-a-thon hosts certified dog trainer

August 22, 2015 — 

Certified dog trainer John Garcia will be on hand to answer dog behavior questions at Scooter’s Pals’ “Adopt-a-thon” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Scooter’s Place Thrift and Gift Shop, 1781 E. Main St. in Grass Valley. Many dogs in need of loving homes will be at the event. Fore more information, visit http://www.scooterspals.org or call 530-350-2099.

Graduation announcement: Brett Boger

August 22, 2015 — 

Brett Boger of Nevada City graduated from LeTourneau University in Texas with a bachelor of science degree in engineering, with a mechanical concentration. LeTourneau University is a comprehensive institution of Christ-centered higher education where educators engage students to develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. Roughly 1,300 students study at LETU’s main campus in Longview, Texas. LETU also offers a robust suite of online programs, as well as hybrid programs in Dallas and Houston.

Tibetan teacher coming to Grass Valley

August 22, 2015 — 

Join Tibetan teacher Anam Thubten for an evening meditation retreat, Sept. 18, at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley.

The focus of the retreat is to unburden participants from mental habits that cause unnecessary suffering and to realize their natural state, considered to be “the inner dimension of peace, joy, and love.” Anam Thubten invites community members to experience what he calls a spiritual transformation through meditation practice and the teachings of the Buddha.

Born in 1968 and raised in the remote Golok region of Amdo, in northeastern Tibet, Anam Thubten was recognized at an early age as the incarnation of yogi Anam Lama Choying Phuntsok (also known as Anam Tsetsampa). He began formal Buddhist studies at the age of 10. In the course of his studies, in the Nyingma tradition, he developed a special affinity towards a teacher named Lama Tsurlo, who gave him the firm base to advance in his Dharma practice. In 1991, Anam Thubten Rinpoche escaped Tibet and fled to India.

After a year in exile, Anam Thubten visited a number of Buddhist pilgrimage sites and then moved to California and at the invitation of Lama Tarchin Rinpoche, became one of the main teachers at Pema Osel Ling near Santa Cruz. Since them, he has been teaching and conducting retreats all over the U.S. and is the founder of the Dharmata Foundation and the author of various articles and books in both the Tibetan and English language. He is also the author of “The Magic of Awareness” and “No Self, No Problem.” He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, email daveychristie@gmail.com.

Sierra Theaters donates to Sierra Forever Families

August 21, 2015 — 

Sierra Theaters, which owns Sierra Cinemas, recently donated $1,000 to Sierra Forever Families. The donation is a portion of the proceeds from the Summer Movies for Kids series held annually at the Del Oro Theatre in Grass Valley. Since 2011, Sierra Theaters has been showing movies for kids in the mornings at bargain prices during the summer. The series serves families, day care centers, day camps and the general public. This year, more than 3,000 tickets were sold in eight weeks. Sierra Forever Families is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to transform the lives of children in foster care by building and nurturing permanent families. Thanks to four generous community sponsors — Grass Valley School District, Pete’s Pizza, BriarPatch Co-op, and Foothill Mercantile, Sierra Theaters was able to grant $1,000 to Sierra Forever Families in recognition of their important work in the community.

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