News Briefs

PFLAG monthly support meeting tonight

January 28, 2015 — 

Tonight’s monthly PFLAG support meeting is open to all orientations and ages and provides a safe and confidential place to take part in discussions and find answers to questions attendees may have.

The free meetings begin at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley. PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is the United States’ largest organization for parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ).

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Annual Cinderella Project begins in February

January 28, 2015 — 

The Fifth Annual Cinderella Project Prom Dress Drive runs from Feb. 1-28. Organizers are looking for new and like-new gowns and accessories (shoes, jewelry, etc.) to replenish their racks for the 2015 Cinderella Boutique.

The Cinderella Project ensures that high school students in need are able to attend their prom, attired in style, for no cost.

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Towntalk: Purple haze

January 28, 2015 — 

Monday morning’s sunrise over Grass Valley.

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Free MMR and flu shots Thursday in downtown Grass Valley

January 28, 2015 — 

Free flu and MMR vaccinations are being offered cost free at the Nevada County Health Department’s Mobile Services Van, which will be parked from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Safeway, at 105 Neal St. in Grass Valley. Flu vaccinations are available to anyone age 3 and older. The MMR vaccination prevents measles, mumps and rubella in those 12 months and older. Bring immunization cards. For more information, call 530-265-7265/

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Penn Valley Lions Club sponsors literacy project

January 27, 2015 — 

The Penn Valley Lions Club is working in collaboration with the three Penn Valley Elementary Schools to sponsor a literacy project. This is the second year the Lions Club has sponsored this activity.

Organizers say the project has increased the reading level of students significantly and helped to develop a life-long love for books and learning.

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Towntalk: Bird battle

January 26, 2015 — 

On a recent trip to Seattle, Smartsville resident Annita Kasparian captured a tussle between two birds fighting over a clam.

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Audubon Society presents birds of Montana

January 26, 2015 — 

Join us at this month’s meeting of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society when Ed Harper takes the group through Montana’s varied seasons. During his presentation, “Birding the Four Seasons of Montana,” Harper will share the great diversity of birds he has photographed over many years of intensive coverage.

Born and raised in Montana, his vibrant passion for the Big Sky Country is clearly evident through his superb photography and informative narration. Bring a friend to share in this fine program.

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Nevada County memo highlights measles outbreak

January 26, 2015 — 

There is now a large outbreak of measles mainly in Southern California and it is anticipated to grow. As of Jan. 21, the California Department of Public Health confirmed 59 cases of measles in California residents (many linked to visits to Disneyland) since the end of December 2014 and a number of additional suspect cases are under investigation.

Measles is highly infectious. It can linger in the air for an hour or two after a contagious person has coughed or sneezed.

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Towntalk: Nothing like an old folk song

January 24, 2015 — 

Myra Lynne Traugo of Grass Valley belts out a Woody Guthrie tune at the BriarPatch Co-op Thursday.

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Short story author reading today at Coffee Roasters

January 24, 2015 — 

Grass Valley author Dimitri Keriotis will read from his collection of short stories, “The Quiet Time,” at 12:30 p.m. today at Sierra Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley,

The author’s collection was released this fall from SFA Press and consists of 11 stories. While many of Keriotis’s pieces focus on human relationships and inner struggles, others take place in foreign countries — such as Zaire (Congo) and Greece — and center on interactions between a host nation and an American visitor.

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Local author to share reflections on race relations

January 23, 2015 — 

Missed Bill Drake’s presentation on prejudice and racism last week or want to hear his thoughts on steps we can take to overcome them? At 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Madelyn Helling public library, Drake will offer personal insight on the topic, along with guidelines for personal and societal self-reflection, in his book, “Almost Hereditary: A White Southerner’s Journey Out of Racism.”

“Almost Hereditary” recounts the insidious presence of racial attitudes passed down through generations. It is a “story of transformation that offers hope” as the author addresses the causes of prejudice and offers specific steps to overcoming prejudice in oneself and society.

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Rotary Club’s ‘Casino Night’ coming in February

January 23, 2015 — 

The Grass Valley Rotary Club will host their 24th Annual Casino Night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 at The Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley. Guests are encouraged to beat the Rotarian dealers at Blackjack, craps, and poker. There will be a silent auction for over $20,000 in prizes and door prizes from an admission ticket drawing. At the end of the night guests can trade their script for raffle tickets to win additional prizes. Live entertainment by Nevada County band “SoLS,” as well as a no-host bar manned by Rotarians and dinner offered for a nominal fee.

All proceeds go toward Nevada County funding projects supported by the Grass Valley Rotary. Examples include college and technical school scholarships for high school graduates, Rotary youth leadership programs for middle school and high school students, international youth exchange programs and the annual music and speech contest. Additional funding goes to many other nonprofits in the area. Tickets (a $20 donation) can be purchased at Nevada City Winery, Tess’ Kitchen Store, Tri-Counties Bank or at the door. For more information, call 530-273-9161.

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Towntalk: Reaching for the moon

January 23, 2015 — 

A crescent moon and nearby star approach the horizon Tuesday evening in Grass Valley.

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Presentation on those new to Medicare

January 23, 2015 — 

With about three people a day turning 65 in Nevada County, the Baby Boomer Roundup resumes in February and March. Everybody becoming eligible for Medicare — people who are 64 years old and some others — is invited to learn about Medicare and all the related insurance programs.

In about an hour and a quarter, local independent insurance agent David Unterman will explain all the important timing issues; what Medicare does and doesn’t cover — its deductibles and co-pays — and all the “parts” of Medicare, including inpatient, outpatient, and prescription drug plans.

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Empty Bowl Soup Supper decorating party postponed

January 22, 2015 — 

The Empty Bowl Soup Supper decorating party has been postponed until Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6 and 7 due to illness. Participants will meet both days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Do you have an empty bowl? The Empty Bowl Soup Supper is a fundraising event put on by Hospitality House every winter to help feed the hungry and homeless.

Many potters in the community are working on seeing that everyone who attends has a handmade bowl for soup and to take home afterwards. Among them are Rene Sprattling and two of her former students, Jude Vogel and Scott Ewing. They recently met at Rene’s studio, (Studio 540) in downtown Nevada City to turn lumps of clay into open, inviting bowls that will soon be ready for the March 8 Empty Bowl Supper at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

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Nevada City School of the Arts accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year

January 22, 2015 — 

The Nevada City School of the Arts is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. New families are required to attend a parent meeting prior to submitting an application. Upcoming “parents only” meetings are scheduled for 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 and 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 17 in the school’s theater. To RSVP, call 530-273-2236 or email enrollment@ncsota.org. The application deadline is 3 p.m. on April 10.

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Pet adoptathon this Saturday at Petco

January 22, 2015 — 

Butch, pictured above, is among the dogs available for adoption Saturday at Petco in Grass Valley. Butch’s elderly owner recently passed away. He and his “sibling” Honeybear are in need of a loving home. The Adoptathon will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Petco, 672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.scooterspals.org or call 530-350-2099.

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Free MMR children’s vaccination offered Thursday

January 21, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Public Health Department’s Immunization and Emergency Preparedness Programs are offering free Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccinations Thursday at the children’s vaccination clinic with the Mobile Services Van.

The van will be at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building, 255 S. Auburn St., from 1-4 p.m.

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Small farm, garden forum examines bee care tonight

January 21, 2015 — 

Local farmer Tom Wade will give a presentation at the Small Farm and Garden Forum entitled, “Holistic Bee Care: Flowers, Pollen, and Nectar — Why Organic Matters” at 7 tonight at the Rough and Ready Grange. You have probably heard the news that the USA has become bee “unfriendly.” Whether you keep bees or not, you can help them thrive. Learn about bees and their life cycle. Learn about the local flowering plants that support bee health, and how the specific flowering plants grown give vital support to the bees throughout the year.

Have any extra seeds you want to share? Have you divided perennials and have extra? Tables will be set up for a seed and plant exchange after Wade’s presentation. Bring envelopes and markers. Stick around afterwards to network and make new friends.

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Towntalk: Blanket of fog

January 21, 2015 — 

Dense fog shrouded over trees at Lake Wildwood.

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So you want to publish an ebook?

January 20, 2015 — 

Suzie Daggett, author, speaker, and co-organizer of Nevada County Online, will give a demonstration on how to publish an e-book at 11 a.m. Jan. 27 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Her presentation, “So … you want to publish an e-book?” will show participants how to share ideas or thoughts about any subject on the World Wide Web.

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Towntalk: Pedal power

January 20, 2015 — 

The sound system for the band, Beaucoup Chapeaux, was powered by bicyclists in Nevada City Sunday, as part of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival’s festivities.

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Make a vegan connection

January 20, 2015 — 

Nevada County Vegan Connection will host its first meetup from 2:30-4:30 p.m. March 7.

Whether you’re looking to meet like-minded people in the area or interested in learning more about veganism, this is the event to make that connection.

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Grant funds available to improve lives of women and children

January 19, 2015 — 

In keeping with their mission, Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills is announcing the availability of funds offered to nonprofit 501(c)(3) agencies or organizations which improve the lives of women and children in the local community and throughout the world. The organization has designated $7,000 to fund grants for service programs consistent with their mission statement.

Grant proposal applications are due by Feb. 27. If you are interested, specific questions for the grant application can be emailed to you. If you would like more information on applying for our grant, please contact Janie Ackerman at 530-265-8400, janiea@comcast.net or Candace Heidelberger at 530-913-9514, cheidelberger@att.net.

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Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

January 19, 2015 — 

Meetings are 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 educational 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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A mooving experience

January 19, 2015 — 

Submitted by Annita Kasparian

Penn Valley fog rolls in Saturday morning.

Monthly meeting of Blue Star Mothers of America

January 19, 2015 — 

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. 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, we invite you to join us.

To learn more, please visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.

Free Hydrotherapy Class offered in Grass Valley

January 17, 2015 — 

A free hydrotherapy class is being offered from 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church. Instructors Rich and Ronda Smith will instruct attendee’s on simple water treatments, how to treat common illnesses at home and what equipment you will need. Treatments will be demonstrated during the class. Rich Smith is a licensed massage therapist and Ronda is a registered nurse. This class is free and open to everyone. Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call 916-223-1806 or email gvsdahealth@gmail.com.

Girl Scouts learn the history of the Del Oro

January 17, 2015 — 

All Girls Scouts of Nevada County were treated to a history lesson at the Del Oro Theatre recently, where Jonathan, one of the managers, prepared a slide show on the history of the Art Deco theatre, which was built in 1941. The presentation included information on the murals, architecture, and the transition from film to digital. Afterwards, all scouts and their families — roughly 200 people — were invited to watch “Night at the Museum.” Above, Troop #19 poses in front of the Del Oro. The troop was able to pay for all the girls to attend the movie and history lesson with money earned from selling Girl Scout cookies.

And the Spring Bling winner is …

January 17, 2015 — 

Judy Armstrong and husband Michail Armstrong are the lucky recipients of a new diamond and two roundtrips to Belgium after her raffle ticket was selected New Year’s Eve at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. The nonprofit arts organization partnered with Stucki Jewelers to offer what they referred to as the “trip of a lifetime.” For a $50 tickets, participants were entered to win a roundtrip journey for two from Northern California to Belgium, complete with a visit to the “diamond capital” of Antwerp, Belgium, to select their own gem up to $2,500 in value, according to the Center. Only 500 tickets were sold in the creative giveaway that raised more than $6,000 for the Center’s programs. In April, Armstrong will travel to Belgium with Stucki’s owners, James and Nicole Arbaugh.

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