News briefs in Grass Valley California
The “Youth at Peace” group at Lutheran Church in Grass Valley was part of a nation-wide effort that has raised $10.3 million to date for local food banks and other organizations tackling hunger at the local level. Young people at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley raised $1,580 and donated nonperishable food items to Interfaith Food Ministry, thanks to generous support from fellow parishioners. Their efforts were part of the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring, which encourages groups to support local food pantries on Super Bowl Sunday.
Interfaith Food Ministry provides fresh produce and nonperishable groceries to more than 850 hungry households in western Nevada County each week. Peace Lutheran and 19 other area churches support IFM, which also partners with area grocery stores and the Food Bank of Nevada County.Learn more »
The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries’ next monthly Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. held Saturday at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St. in Nevada City. Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books are for sale, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, collectibles, etc. This month’s sale features history, historical biographies, and theater themes, in addition to a large selection of very old books. For additional information, call 530-265-1407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gently used books can be donated at any Nevada County library branch or outside Raley’s grocery in Grass Valley. Proceeds go toward library materials, programs and equipment.Learn more »
The annual Gold Country Lions 11th Annual Motorcycle Poker Run has been rescheduled for May 14 due to weather. The event was originally scheduled for May 7. Registration will take place at Higgins Lions Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on May 14 at 22490 E. Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley (Lake of the Pines area, two miles east of Highway 49). The Higgins Diggins Lion Club will prepare a no-host breakfast for $7.50. Proceeds from the ride will go towards support for Sierra Services for the Blind and the purchase of much needed vision testing equipment for local schools, as well as other local charities. For more information please call Tom at 530-265-6393 or email email@example.com.Learn more »
Nevada County Republican Party will host a presentation on the “Impacts of Marijuana” at 6:30 p.m. on May 10 at the Rood Center in Nevada City. Speakers will include Remleh Scherzinger of Nevada Irrigation District, who will discuss how marijuana cultivation impacts water; Shelley Rodgers of Community Recovery Resources, who will explain marijuana impacts on adolescents and community norms; and Sheriff Keith Royal, who will talk about crime and environmental issues related to marijuana.
Members of the public are welcome. Seating is limited to 134 people. No overflow is allowed in the chambers or lobby.Learn more »
The board of directors for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District has called a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. today.
A conference with real property negotiators for three properties — at 13103 Ridge Road, 10095 East Lime Kiln Road and 13376 Quaker Hill Road — will be conducted in closed session.Learn more »
Matteo’s Public will be hosting a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. today to support teen mental health. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of all dine-in and take-out proceeds to “What’s Up? Wellness Checkups,” a suicide prevention program offering in-school emotional health screenings and follow up resources for students at designated Nevada County high schools. Reservations are recommended by calling 530-265-0782.
Serving teens and families in Nevada County since 2013, What’s Up? Wellness Checkups has provided emotional health screenings to 977 high school students, out of which 235 teens have been referred to follow-up services and support. The program has also begun facilitating both boys and mindfulness groups in four high schools in order to fill an unmet need in services.Learn more »
Rough and Ready is again preparing to host its annual Chili Cook-off on June 26 and is seeking chili cookers interested in participating. This year’s event is combined with the town’s annual Secession Days Celebration, providing more entertainment, including the Firefighter’s Breakfast, the popular “Saga of Rough and Ready Play,” a variety of vendors and crafters, blacksmith demonstrations, games, raffles, music, water games for children and more.
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.Learn more »
Some supporters of Measure Y whose campaign signs were stolen over the weekend decry the act as an attempt to suppress their voices.
“We feel vandalized, intruded upon,” said a Nevada City resident who woke up Saturday morning to find that someone had uprooted the “Yes on Y sign” from her property. “No one has the right to do this. It’s a violation of the First Amendment.”Learn more »
Rotary Clubs in Nevada County and around the world gathered Saturday to complete community betterment projects as part of International Rotarians at Work Day. The 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City met at Nevada City’s Pioneer Park where they built, refinished and painted picnic tables, spread decomposed granite in the picnic area, added storage areas at the Little League diamond, trimmed weeds and planted flowers around the swimming pool. Nearly 50 Rotarians, family members and student Interactors took part.Learn more »
In honor of Mother’s Day, community members are encouraged to make a donation in “Mom’s” name to the Nevada County Diaper Project, which provides disposable diapers to families in need. A donation of $25 will provide a two-week supply of diapers for one baby. According to the Diaper Project, one in three American mothers struggle to provide diapers for their babies. As a result, families must cut back on basics such as food and utilities — including heat and electricity — or even child care, in order to provide enough diapers.
The Diaper Projects’s top priority is to see diapers distributed along with needed food products. Send a “tribute to Mom” to the Nevada County Diaper Project, P. O. Box 912, Penn Valley, CA 95946. For more information, visit the website.Learn more »
The film, “Faith Against Fracking” will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nevada City United Methodist Church. The film explores the moral and ethical issues involved in the current methods employed for fossil fuel extraction. The documentary is a call from faith leaders around the world to ban the practice of fracking (‘hydraulic fracturing’) and other extreme methods of extraction, which are proving to have profound environmental consequences, according to a press release.
Reports of the contamination of California’s underground water supply from the pumping of chemicals and fracking waste water into the earth are continuing to grow. This film, clearly from a religious perspective, challenges the viewer to consider whether or not these practices should be allowed to continue, the release states.Learn more »
The Community Support Network will devote both the May 4 and June 1 meetings to mental health topics. The focus of the May 4 meeting will be “Mental Health Crisis Resources.” The June 1 meeting will highlight several specific local programs.
On May 4 there will be two speakers: Joy Nocerino, program director of Insight Respite Center, a program of Turning Point Community Programs; and Darryl Quinn, adult program manager at Nevada County Behavioral Health, which works closely with the Crisis Stabilization Unit at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.Learn more »
Nevada County voters are invited to a “Candidate Town-Hall” forum on May 12 at Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley. Doors open at 6 and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Candidates receiving invitations are: U.S. House Of Representatives Calif. District 1 Doug LaMalfa (incumbent); Joe Montes, Gary Oxley, Gregory Cheadle; California State Senate District 1 Ted Gaines (incumbent), Steve Baird, and Rob Rowen; California State Assembly District 1 Brian Dahle (incumbent), and write in candidate Donn Coenen; Nevada County Board Of Supervisors District 1 Heidi Hall and Duane Strawser; Nevada County Board Of Supervisors District 2 Ed Scofield (incumbent) and Richard W. Harris.Learn more »
Anna Russell (Teen Miss Grass Valley) and Hannah Deane (Teen Miss Nevada County) have served as volunteers at Scooter’s Pals, which helps abandoned dogs find good homes. Those interested in volunteering or fostering dogs can call 530-350-2099. Scooter’s Pals’ new office is located at 518 Brunswick Road in Grass Valley. For more information and see photos of dogs in need of homes, visit http://www.scooterspals.org.Learn more »
Nevada County Astronomers are setting up a three hour event celebrating Astronomy Day Saturday. The public is invited from noon to 3 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library with free planetarium shows, solar viewing, and lots more. Also some club members will set up scopes for viewing a Mercury transit on Monday morning about 9 a.m. at the corner of Downieville Highway and Highway 20 (weather permitting).Learn more »
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7. Bring the family and come to the Public Safety Training Center located on the Sierra College Campus for a host of activities that will teach you how to make your home and community safer from the impacts of future and past wildfires. Learn how to keep your home, family, pets and business fire-safe and help raise wildfire awareness! Activities include live fire demonstrations and kids can meet Smokey Bear. For a complete list of activities, go to http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/ceo/docs/Friday%20memos/20160429%20Attachments/Wildfire%20Preparedness%20Day%202016.pdf.
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AnimalSave’s Book Nook is hosting a “Treasure Hunt Book Sale” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7 at the AnimalSave Center, 520 East Main in Grass Valley. The two-day sale will offer books of all genres, plus audio, video, vinyl, puzzles, children’s books and games. The Book Nook Treasure Hunt volunteers will help in finding that perfect book or bag of books to satisfy every book lover’s pocketbook. Prices range from 25 cents to $1, plus the “Treasure Box,” which will be full of free items.
AnimalSave transforms the lives of cats and dogs by providing humane education, affordable spay and neuter services and by finding forever homes. Since its foster/adoption program began in 2000, 4,369 dogs and cats have been placed in loving homes; 15,000 animals have been spayed/neutered since its low-cost spay/neuter clinic opened eight years ago and it has provided over 178,915 pounds of pet food to low-income families. This work is carried out with the help of volunteers who donate over 30,000 hours each year.Learn more »
For the first time, Nevada Union Adult Education is offering a series of free workshops today, ranging from basic car maintenance to improvisation acting. All classes are free, and there’s only one requirement: you must be an adult over 18.
The line-up includes: 9 to 10 a.m., Basic Car Maintenance; 10 to 11 a.m., Microsoft Word Basics; 11 a.m. to noon, “Behind the Scenes with a Hollywood Camera Operator;” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., American Sign Language Awareness; 1 to 2 p.m., Using Google Docs; and 2 to 3 p.m., “Introduction to Improvisational Acting.”Learn more »
After hearing a presentation on the importance of voting, a group of Yuba River Charter School eighth graders set up a voter registration booth on the front steps of their Nevada City school Thursday. The effort coincided with afternoon pick-up, in the hopes that students’ parents would stop to register.Learn more »
Local officials, civil leaders to share thoughts on challenges facing the community at interfaith breakfastApril 28, 2016 —
Public officials, business, religious and civic leaders will gather next week at a special buffet breakfast and meeting hosted by the local interfaith community to discuss key challenges facing the community.
The second annual “Breakfast with the Mayors,” which falls on the same day as National Day of Prayer, will kick off at 8 a.m. Thursday in the multi-purpose hall adjacent to Nevada County’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall, at 12889 Osborne Hill Road.Learn more »
The First Tuesday Educational Forum sponsored by the Nevada County Democrats will be featuring nationally recognized author Derek Cressman, whose presentation, “How Big Money Is Destroying Democracy and What We Can Do About it” will address the Citizens United case. The presentation we be at 5:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley.
In the Citizens United case, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that individuals and corporations are entitled to contribute unlimited amounts of money in election campaigns. Since then, billions of dollars have flowed to support congressional and presidential candidates, most of it donated by wealthy individuals and large corporations, often anonymously.Learn more »
United Way of Nevada County held its 8th Annual “Day of Action” April 22. Despite torrential rain most of the day, walls were painted, rooms were cleaned and organized by volunteers at many Nevada County locations. A diverse group of community members joined in on the day of volunteering. Along with the many adults, Bitney College Prep High School students also pitched in. Company employees from businesses such as Telestream and JC Penney showed up to help nonprofits in the community with their individual projects. For example, at Divine Spark’s Streicher House Day Center, the house was completely transformed by volunteers. The clothes closet and office were organized, phones and computers were set up, pictures were hung, refrigerator and big freezers were cleaned and organized, windows were washed and floors mopped. United Way of Nevada County’s mission statement is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. United Way of Nevada County envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through healthy lives, education and income stability. United Way’s service priority is to strive to ensure that individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their basic needs for food, emergency shelter and access to health care. Those interested in participating in next year’s “Day of Action” are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-274-8111.Learn more »
The Nevada County Community Book Swap will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley (one mile past the Fairgrounds). Volunteers are always welcome to come at 11:45 a.m. to help set up.
The free book swap is held the first Sunday of every month, even if it falls on a holiday. Trade once-loved, used books, CDs, old records, DVDs, games/puzzles and recent magazines for others.Learn more »
The Colla Voce Chamber Singers will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley joined by the Colla Voce Children’s Chorus. The spring-themed concert will feature songs of all genres ranging from J.S. Bach, William Byrd, and American composer Morten Lauridsen to fun melodies from Broadway musicals to songs of Depeche Mode and Sting. In addition, soloist Bethanee Hunnicutt will perform the whimsical “Not Getting Married Today” and a guest magician will make an appearance. Colla Voce is also collaborating with local filmmaker, Jason Phipps, to create colorful photo art in motion.
Colla Voce of the Sierra is a nonprofit organization committed to “creating life-changing opportunities for engagement in the arts.” Colla Voce’s programs include the adult, auditioned chamber singers, a five-level children’s chorus program, a family choir for ages 5 to 95, a music docent program in nine schools in the Auburn area serving more than 1,000 children, and a music therapy program for adults with neurological impairment.Learn more »
Frank Gallino Unit 130, American Legion Auxiliary and Fashion Memories will present “A Trip Through Women’s History” and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Veteran’s Memorial Building Auditorium. Vintage fashions from 1840 to 1970 will be modeled with a commentary of history and humor. Limited tickets are still available for $25. For more information, call 530-272-1716.Learn more »
Earth Day donation at Seven Hills SchoolApril 27, 2016 —
Hills Flat Lumber the Nevada City Lions Club donated much needed gardening tools on Earth Day to Jennifer Taylor’s class at Seven Hills School in Nevada City. The students work and tend the garden in an effort to support the Food Bank of Nevada County.
Poll workers needed for primary election June 7April 27, 2016 —
The Nevada County Elections Department is recruiting poll workers for the June 7 statewide direct primary election. The county is in need of people who would like to participate in the election process, meet new people and earn a small stipend. No experience necessary, training will be available. For more information or an application, visit http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/elections, or call 530-265-7115.
Nevada City officials will soon launch new city websiteApril 26, 2016 —
Nevada City will soon roll out a new website featuring user-friendly options, officials said.
“It will have a few features that we don’t have today,” said City Manager Mark Prestwich. “It will help the community stay in touch with issues in an easier manner.”
Prestwich said a presentation on the new website will take place during the city council meeting Wednesday, which is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. in Nevada City Hall, at 317 Broad St.
According to Prestwich, the website will feature an e-notification function, which enables subscribed users to receive meeting agenda packets through emails. It will also have a “cleaner and crisp” interface that integrates photos and images that tell the story of Nevada City, Prestwich said.
The website, which was built by Municipal CMS, a company that specializes in designing governmental websites, cost the city $12,470. The city will also spend $2,495 annually for the next four years to pay for website hosting and the content management license.
In other business on Wednesday, elected officials are set to review street closure requests for First Friday Artwalk, an annual citywide celebration of business and arts.
Organizer Cynthia Levesque requested the closure of a section of Commercial Street that falls between Pine Street and the entrance to the Three Forks parking lot, as well as a section of York Street between Broad and Commercial streets, in anticipation of the art festival that is estimated to bring from 400 to 1,000 visitors to the historical downtown from May to October.
This year, the Artwalk will fall on May 6, June 3, July 1 and Aug. 5. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. on those Fridays.
Levesque, who is the owner of Nevada City’s Neva Co. Artisan Boutique, previously told The Union that she created the event in 2012 to attract residents and visitors to downtown storefronts.
In a closed session before the regular city council meeting, officials will discuss a liability claim against the city. The plaintiff’s name has been identified as Sheila Baker.
For more information, please visit: http://nevadacityca.gov/.
To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email email@example.com or call 530-477-4236.
'Denim Day' in support of sexual violence prevention April 27April 26, 2016 —
In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, throughout the month of April the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition has focused on educating and creating awareness surrounding the issue of sexual assault and building community support for survivors. DVSAC’s Sexual Assault Prevention Team has been working with the Peer to Peer Leadership Club (P2PL) at Nevada Union High School in order to prepare for April’s “Wellness Week” at NU. The P2PL club has been promoting healthy relationships and active bystander skills. They will also facilitate the “Clothesline Project,” which will take place today, which has been deemed “Denim Day.”
As a show of solidarity, supporters will wear denim today in protest of victim blaming and the myths surrounding sexual assault. Teal colored wrist bands, representing the color of SA awareness, are available at DVSAC. Those who wear denim today are encouraged to donate $5 to DVSAC. The nonprofit “Peace Over Violence” organization reports that more than 11 million people in all 50 states and 118 countries made a social statement by wearing jeans on Denim Day last year as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
If you, or someone you know, is in need of help please call the 24 hour crisis line for support at 530-273-3780.
As part of the California Association Against Sexual Association’s “No More” campaign, proceeds from “No More” license plates will help domestic violence and rape crisis centers across the state See http://www.nomoreplate.org for details. Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can obtain crisis counseling by calling the 24 hour crisis line at 530-272-3467 or coming into the DVSAC office located at 690 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Other DVSAC services include: emergency and safe shelter, support groups, individual counseling, legal services, children’s services and accompaniment and advocacy. For more information please visit the DVSAC website at http://www.dvsac.org.
Tai Chi and Qigong demos in Nevada CityApril 26, 2016 —
Gold Country Kiwanis will be hosting the Annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. The global event is organized annually in over 100 cities and 80 nations worldwide. The purpose is to educate millions around the planet on the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong.
The day will begin with Qigong; then a Tai Chi Demonstration; Taiko Drumming and Children’s Kung Fu. Coffee, bagels, fruit and doughnuts will be provided. Donations are welcome. All proceeds will go to the Gold Country Education and Youth Benefit Foundation that benefits the children in Nevada County. If rained out, event will be postponed until May 7 at the same location and time. For more information, visit Gold Country Kiwanis on Facebook. Above, Homer Nottingham leads a class during last year’s World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in Pioneer Park.