News Briefs

Nevada Union football players make a difference

August 27, 2014 — 

On Sunday, Aug. 24, 10 members of the Nevada Union Football team along with two coaches helped Sierra Presbyterian Church (SPC) set up their 34th Annual Community Yard Sale. Dressed in their jerseys, the players enthusiastically assembled more than 30 canopies and 50 tables from storage.

The church has a long history and tradition of having large yard sales on Labor Day weekend to aid various organizations in the community as well as to support ministries of the church, including Sonshine Preschool. The largest share of this year’s sale proceeds will go to 10 local organizations: Anew Day, Christian Encounter Ministries, Emergency Coalition, Hospitality House, Interfaith Food Ministry, KARE Crisis Nursery, LivingWell Medical Clinic, Sierra Ministries International, Wolf Mountain and Woman of Worth. Leftover donations were picked up by Hospice, Habitat for Humanity (Restore), and delivered to Living Well Medical Clinic Thrift Store.

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Free mental health class designed to help parents

August 26, 2014 — 

Nevada County National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free class to parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with a mental health condition.

This can include, but is not limited to, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, ODD, and bipolar disorder. This class is called NAMI BASICS and is taught by parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children. BASICS is an educational program that provides learning and practical insights for families. Course elements include: the trauma of mental illness for the child and the family, getting an accurate diagnosis, treatment options, the impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family, and an overview of the education and juvenile justice systems.

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Peripheral neuropathy support group

August 26, 2014 — 

Do you have painful feet or numbness? The peripheral neuropathy support group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley. We don’t cure, but suggest relief and comfort. We exchange ideas and share information and experiences. You are not alone in your discomfort. For more information, call 530-268-1017.

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Still room to join the 14-day tour to India

August 26, 2014 — 

So far, eight people from Nevada County are going on The Golden Triangle to Kerala and there is room for a few more. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 31.

The 14-day tour, which departs on Nov. 7, 2014, (back in time for Thanksgiving), covers the highlights of northern and southern India including: old and new Deli, Agra and the Taj Mahal at sunset, Ranthambore for a game drive to see tigers and other exotic creatures, the architecture of Jaipur, the fishing village of Cochin, the backwaters of Kerala cruising aboard a traditional houseboat and the city of Mumbai.

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Nevada County chapter of Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

August 26, 2014 — 

The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is a group devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, at place of worship, and in our communities.

The group works to educate families about gun violence prevention and to help create and support public policy, legislation and regulations for sensible gun laws at the state and national levels. The campaign seeks to reduce firearm injury and death by keeping weapons out of dangerous hands.

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Bear River grad to tell her story at PFLAG meeting Tuesday

August 24, 2014 — 

Bear River Graduate Anna Lacey will be the guest speaker at PFLAG Nevada County’s upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Lacey’s personal story, recounting her experiences as a gay teenager, was recently published as a letter in The Union. Community members are invited to hear the rest of the story from Lacey as she shares what her journey has been like since her life-changing day the Nevada County Fair a few years ago.

PFLAG’S meetings are at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, located at 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley. The support portion of the meeting begins at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26 and everyone is welcome to participate. The speaker portion will begin at 7 p.m.

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Testing the water

August 24, 2014 — 

A Grass Valley squirrel tests the cool water with his front paw.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free class to parents

August 24, 2014 — 

Nevada County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a free class to parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with a mental health condition. This can include, but is not limited to, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, ODD, and bipolar disorder. This class is called NAMI BASICS and is taught by parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children. BASICS is an educational program that provides learning and practical insights for families.

Course elements include: the trauma of mental illness for the child and the family, getting an accurate diagnosis, treatment options, the impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family and an overview of the education and juvenile justice systems.

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Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

August 24, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. The group often hosts speakers, or reviews education programs. Some meetings are more of an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, confidential atmosphere come check us out. Light refreshments are served. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.). For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517.

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American Chronic Pain Association

August 24, 2014 — 

We meet monthly to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families. The group hosts knowledgeable speakers on a regular basis who give helpful information on ways to live more fully in spite of pain. Group members also share experiences as well as support and encourage one another.

The American Chronic Pain Association meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

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Nevada County roadwork projects through Aug. 30

August 24, 2014 — 

In Grass Valley, Dorsey Drive, between Spree Avenue and Pampas Drive, will be subject to traffic control for paving Aug. 26-29. The Traffic Control System will utilize one-way traffic control between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 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. At the East Main Street and Dorsey Drive intersection, signals will be set to red light flashing Aug. 28-29. The work will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (weather permitting).

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Puppy adoptathon today at AnimalSave

August 23, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by AnimalSave

Six month old Opal, above, will be among the puppies available at the puppy adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at AnimalSave, 520 East Main St. in Grass Valley.

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Diaper Project and The Union editor highlights Democratic Women’s brunch

August 23, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 at Margarita’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, located at 988 Plaza Dr. off Sutton Way. Brunch is $13. The program features an update on the Diaper Project in Nevada County from Cathy Fagan, coordinator.

Please bring a donation for this community service project.

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Got a truck? Deliver firewood to a senior in need

August 22, 2014 — 

Gold Country Community Services, Inc., which provides free firewood for seniors in need, is reaching out to community members who can help deliver firewood from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.

The Senior Firewood Program provides firewood to roughly 150 seniors who need help to staying warm throughout the winter. Help is needed for loading, delivering and unloading wood. Volunteers will need a driver’s license and a reliable truck. Gold Country Community Services will contact clients to notify them of a delivery, as well as providing volunteers with directions and assistance in loading. Refreshments will be provided to all volunteers. For more information, call Gold Country Community Services at 530-273-4961.

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Daughters of American Revolution

August 22, 2014 — 

The Captain John Oldham Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution invites new members to its active, nonpolitical, woman’s service organization. Their mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. The only requirement for membership is a proven linage to a Revolutionary War patriot, be it soldier, gunsmith, public servant, providing provisions or comfort, etc. Genealogists are available for assistance. For further information please email Emily Boling at anty_m@sbcglobal.net.

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Widowed Persons’ Association opens arms

August 22, 2014 — 

Potential new members are welcome to attend the next monthly meeting of the Widowed Persons’ Association, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 at the National Hotel in Nevada City. Call 530-265-3454 for reservations. The group’s August Sunday Night Supper will be at Plaza Jalisco on Aug. 31, and the September Sunday night dinner will be at Sergio’s on Sept. 28.

The Widowed Persons’ Association is a group dedicated to making new friends and enjoying each others’ company since the loss of a loved one.

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Alta Sierra Women’s Golf Club awarded for charity contributions

August 21, 2014 — 

The Alta Sierra Women’s Golf Club was recently awarded the 2014 Dame Cicely Saunders Award from Hospice of the Foothills for their commitment to the programs and services of Hospice of the Foothills through significant charitable support and services.

Recently, $14,600 raised during the club’s 2014 Annual Charity Tournament was presented to Vanessa Bengston, executive director of Hospice of the Foothills.

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Calling all chili cookers

August 21, 2014 — 

The Great Republic of Rough and Ready is again preparing to host its annual Chili Cook-off on Sunday, September 28 and is seeking chili cookers interested in participating.

The annual event brings individuals, businesses and civic organizations to town, where they can cook their favorite chili recipe and submit them to a panel of judges and to the public for tasting. The judges will determine the first and second place winners, who will receive $500 and $250 cash awards, while the visiting public can purchase tasting kits and vote for the winner of the $250 People’s Choice Award. Bragging rights, far in excess of any cash awards, also accrue to the winners. Rough and Ready rules apply, meaning there are few restrictions on ingredients.

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Open house today at Nevada County 211 Call Center

August 21, 2014 — 

The community is invited to the grand opening of the new 211 Nevada County Call Center, and to celebrate 211 going local. The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m., with a short presentation beginning at 3:15 p.m. Guests are encouraged to tour the call center while in action, meet call agents and learn more about programs and services. Supervisor Nate Beason will open the proceedings and refreshments will be served. The 211 Call Center is located at the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority, 466 Brunswick Road in Grass Valley.

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Author to discuss the 1913 Wheatland Hop Riot at Nevada County Historial Society meeting

August 20, 2014 — 

Join us at the Nevada County Historical Society’s Speaker Night presentation on Aug. 21 to hear author Ron Jauch discuss the 1913 Wheatland Hop Riot, which took place on a sweltering hot August day when the International Workers of the World union demands were not met by the Durst Bros.

The riot, triggered by a warning shot fired into the air, resulted in four deaths, including that of the Yuba County district attorney, a Marysville deputy sheriff and two hop workers. The governor declared martial law in Wheatland and dispatched the state militia to occupy the town. The impact of this labor action had wide implications throughout the state and country and led to improved working conditions and changes in labor laws.

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Contractors’ Association to host free luncheon

August 20, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Contractors’ Association will host a free networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at 149 Crown Point Court, Suite A, Grass Valley. The lunch is provided by American Standard and Lynx Professional Grills. All NCCA members are encouraged to attend and invite other building professionals who are interested in joining NCCA.

For more information and to RSVP call 530-274-1919.

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Dog adoptions dSaturday at Petco

August 20, 2014 — 

“Scuttles” will be among the dogs in need of good homes at Saturday’s pet adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Petco in Grass Valley. Scuttles is approximately three years old, house broken, friendly and gets along with cats. He likes other dogs, but would be better off in a quiet household. Petco is located at

672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. 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 scooterspals.org.

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Community support from Gold Country Lions

August 18, 2014 — 

Community support from Gold Country Lions

Two local organizations in need recently received major donations resulting from the Gold Country Lions’ 9th Annual Motorcycle Poker Run event held on Mother’s Day weekend this year.

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Flag retiring ceremony and drop off locations

August 18, 2014 — 

Boy Scout Troop 855 will be respectfully and properly retiring flags on Sept. 6 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This honorable event takes place annually during the Roamin’ Angels Classic Car Show. The flag retirement ceremony is open to the public. It takes place in the camping area behind the fairgrounds around 8:30 p.m.

Five drop off locations are available for American flags that have seen their “glory days.” Other flags, such as state flags, may also be dropped off for retirement,.

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Support group for families and friends of people with memory loss

August 18, 2014 — 

A support group for families and friends of people with memory loss is open to anyone interested in discussing issues concerning a loved one or friend with memory loss. The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at 625 Eskaton Circle in Grass Valley. For more information, call Barbara at 530-478-1735.

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School of Care trains for a career with meaning and a future

August 17, 2014 — 

Are you seeking a meaningful career that is people centered and always in demand? Consider becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant, an integral part of a medical team. Becoming a CNA may be a great career choice not only because it can be extremely rewarding, but also because it’s an area with many job opportunities. CNA’s may be needed in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other health care facilities. They often have direct contact with patients, helping them bathe, eat or dress. In some facilities, the CNA might be responsible for taking patients’ pulse, temperature and blood pressure.

This field is projected to grow significantly nationwide but most particularly in Nevada County, which is predicted to have a 71 percent 60 and over population by the year 2020. Becoming a CNA also provides valuable experience as a stepping stone toward advanced health careers such as a Licensed Vocational Nurse or a Registered Nurse.

To become a CNA you must first attend a training program and receive instruction in this field. The School of Care is offering its second Nurse Assistant Training (CNA preparation course) right here in Grass Valley! After a wonderful inaugural class which graduated last April, we are now enrolling for our next class. This fall’s training offers an 11 week program, which has been expanded to include more time for skills practice and exam preparation. School of Care combines educational and skills excellence while modeling a caring relational approach. School of Care has won praises from nursing facilities as well as its students.

A free preparatory Information Night, necessary for enrollment, will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at One Stop Career Center, 715 Maltman, Grass Valley.

For more information and to download an application, visit http://www.schoolofcare.org or call 530-278-5015, or write to: School of Care, P.O. Box 633, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

‘Dancin’ and Dippin’’ night

August 17, 2014 — 

The Goldancers Square Dance Club will be hosting a free “Dancin’ and Dippin’” night Sunday, Aug. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange located at 11363 Grange Ct. (off La Barr Meadows Rd.) in Grass Valley. No experience needed.

Caller Paul Moore, will be teaching a few basic square dance calls and have beginners dancing in no time. In addition, the group will be “dippin’” ice cream for free sundaes. A new beginners class will begin on Sept. 11. For more info, call Debbie at 530-477-7370 or email Barbara at basindorf@yahoo.com.

Learn more about the American Association of University Women

August 16, 2014 — 

Learn more about the American Association of University Women

The AAUW Nevada County Branch will kick off their 2014-2015 year with a brunch at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 20 at Commodore Park in Lake Wildwood. This annual kick-off meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about AAUW. On display will be information about the branch’s interest group and scholarship programs, giving attendees a snapshot view of the organization’s more than 75 years of service to our community.

Attendees will have opportunities to join avid book readers, hikers, foodies, gardeners, global world discussions, arts and craft and movie groups. 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.

Those attending the brunch must RSVP by Sept. 13 by calling 530-470-9395 or emailing scnorton57@attn.net. For more information visit http://www.nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net.

— Submitted to The Union

Consolidated oversight committee to meet Monday

August 16, 2014 — 

Consolidated oversight committee to meet Monday

The citizens’ oversight committee for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District is having a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday.

Items on the agenda include reviewing and approving the committee’s report on the grand jury report, and reviewing and approving the committee’s report on the district’s preliminary 2014-15 budget.

The committee will meet at Station 84, 10135 Coyote St., Nevada City.

For more information, call 273-3158.

Higgins board to meet

The board of directors for the Higgins Area Fire Protection District meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the district offices, 10106 Combie Road.

Items on the agenda include responding to the grand jury report.

For more information, call 268-0844.

— Submitted to The Union

Dorsey Drive work continues

August 15, 2014 — 

Dorsey Drive, between Spree Ave. and Pampas Drive, will be subject to traffic control for bridge work Monday. The Traffic Control System will utilize one-way traffic control between the hours of 7 a.m.-4 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.

Catherine Lane, from Dorsey Drive to the end, and Presley Way, from East Main Street to Catherine Lane, will be subject to traffic control for pavement maintenance and resurfacing Aug. 19-Sept. 12. The Traffic Control System will utilize one way traffic control intermittently between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (weather permitting). The Traffic Control System should allow public traffic to pass without delay the majority of the time that the work is in progress. Any delays should be minimal to the traveling public, as every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner. Hospital access will be continuously maintained.

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