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Free tax filing assistance available

March 5, 2015 — 

HelpLine Senior Information and Assistance is now taking appointments for the AARP Tax-Aide program.

This service offers free help with the preparation of Federal and State income tax returns and is available to people of all ages with middle and low income, with special attention to those 60 and older.

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Fire and water: A warming world, California’s weather and a bipartisan solution

March 5, 2015 — 

California has been hit hard by drought and wildfires in recent years. State officials particularly delivered an alarming news early this week, noting that the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is far below normal.

These events have left many Californians wondering, “Is this extreme weather linked to global warming, and what can we expect for the future?”

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‘Honeybee Hotline’ is back

March 5, 2015 — 

Once again this year, the Nevada County Beekeepers Association will man the “Honeybee Hotline,” where the public can report incidents of honeybee swarms.

People sighting a swarm of honeybees may call the hotline at 530-675-2924 for a qualified beekeeper to retrieve and remove the swarm.

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Spaghetti feed supports Lyman Gilmore DC trip

March 5, 2015 — 

Paulette’s Country Kitchen is hosting a spaghetti fundraiser to help Lyman Gilmore students pay for their school’s trip to Washington D.C. and New York City.

Dinner will be served by students from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 13 and under. Meals include spaghetti, salad and bread. Desserts, drinks and raffle tickets are extra. Raffle prizes include Disneyland tickets for a family of four and many other prizes.

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ERC board of directors meeting set for today

March 5, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council board of directors will meet at 7:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Nevada County Association of Realtors located at 336 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley.

According to a media advisory, the board will discuss during today’s scheduled meeting its current funding contract with the county, along with updates on the group’s strategic plan.

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Sweating the day away

March 4, 2015 — 

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Horses, burros available for adoption

March 4, 2015 — 

Residents of the Sierra foothills and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to add a horse or burro to their families when the Bureau of Land Management brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp, on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15.

The BLM will offer 40 wild horses — from yearlings to four-year-olds — and 10 burros for public adoption. The horses will include four two-year-old fillies that were halter gentled at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove, as well as three geldings and one filly halter gentled by BLM wranglers.

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Golden Era cocktail lounge gets liquor license

March 4, 2015 — 

Nevada City’s Golden Era cocktail lounge was approved to take over the liquor license of Cirino’s restaurant, a local business located at 309 Broad St. that recently closed.

Golden Era took over the lease on the Broad Street building. The city council passed a resolution last week to authorize police chief Tim Foley to make a determination of public convenience and necessity for the cocktail lounge to legally transfer the liquor license to the building’s new lessee.

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Call in the troops

March 3, 2015 — 

Nevada County Girl Scouts will be selling cookies in front of local businesses for the next few weeks. Above, members of Troop 192 sell cookies from their booth in front of Kmart in Grass Valley.

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Inaugural “A Cup with a Cop” meeting this Thursday

March 3, 2015 — 

The first “A Cup with a Cop” event is scheduled for 7 to 9 a.m. on Thursday at Java John’s in Nevada City. As part of the Community Connect Program, Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley will be on hand to visit with interested community members. In this relaxed, informal setting, Chief Foley is open to discussing local interests, community concerns or just get acquainted.

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Interfaith Food Ministry $30,000 Matching Fund Campaign

March 3, 2015 — 

The Interfaith Food Ministry is kicking off a spring “Matching Fund” campaign this month. Five donors have offered to match up to $30,000 of community donations with the goal of reaching $60,000 by the end of April.

IFM is a coalition of 15 local churches serving those in need by providing food for families in Western Nevada County. It is nonprofit and relies heavily on donations of food and money from local businesses and individuals.

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Electric sky

March 2, 2015 — 

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Local business owner pitches in to help NEO youth center

March 2, 2015 — 

Williams Stationary, located at 112 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley, is teaming up with the nonprofit organization NEO, aka, New Events & Opportunities for youth, to offer specially discounted products that are on the wish list for their new youth center. The NEO Youth Center will be located at 139 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley and will open in March to provide teens with a safe, supportive and enriching environment after school and on the weekends.

Since its start, NEO has hosted an average of 70 events per year in approximately 25 different locations, drawing thousands of youth to participate in safe, drug-free activities. We’ve learned that young people appreciate these, and thrive with opportunities to feel safe and accepted. It’s time to build on our success and find a permanent home for events, so that instead of supporting young people just one day a week we can be working with them every day, helping to build self-esteem and empower them to make healthy choices while providing healthy alternatives and a safe space.

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Rotary “cooling down” for another Nevada County Fair season

March 2, 2015 — 

Five local Rotary clubs have partnered with the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Recently, Rotarians received a $2,000 grant from Rotary District 5190 to support replacement of the walk-in refrigeration system at fair booth on Treat Street. Grayson Refrigeration worked with the club to replace the original unit which had been donated by Grass Valley Group almost 30 years ago.

The old walk-in unit was originally an engineering test chamber at the old Grass Valley Group Bitney Springs site. It was designed to test hot and cold temperature extremes for television broadcast equipment. When the company’s engineering department moved to Providence Mine Road, the old unit was no longer needed and was donated to Nevada City Rotary and the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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Fire and water: a warming world, California’s weather and a bipartisan solution

February 28, 2015 — 

California has been hit hard by drought and wildfires in recent years. These events have left many Californians wondering, is this extreme weather linked to global warming, and what can we expect for the future?

In this “Fire and Water” event, scientist Dana Nuccitelli will present and answer questions about the latest scientific research on the links between climate change and California’s wildfires and drought, as well as projections for a warming world.

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Free mom and baby support clinic March 7

February 28, 2015 — 

Local physical therapists specializing in women’s health and child development are joining together to offer their fifth “Mom and Baby Support Clinic,” which includes free consultations and screening. The event is targeted for mothers who experienced traumatic births, are having pain or difficulties, or simply have questions about a baby’s development. Call 530-274-2320 to reserve some time to talk with specialists and visit with other moms, or just drop-by. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7 at Spring Hill Physical Therapy, 300 Sierra College Dr., Suite 165 in Grass Valley.

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Local woodturners contribute to Empty Bowl project

February 28, 2015 — 

With the Empty Bowl Benefit for Hospitality House coming up on March 7, the Gold Country Woodturners have contributed 50 beautiful bowls to the Empty Bowl Benefit. Many of the hand turned bowls are considered to be of gallery quality. Gold Country Woodturners is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. In addition to supporting this community project, the local chapter exists to promote and encourage the art of woodturning through monthly meetings, demonstrations, workshops, mentoring and by sponsoring a forum to share knowledge, wood, and resources. More information about the local chapter may be found on it’s web site, http://www.goldturners.com. For more information about the Empty Bowl Benefit, visit http://www.hhshelter.org.

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Emergency preparedness class this Saturday

February 27, 2015 — 

Sierra College is offering an emergency preparedness class to the community from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. The class will be presented by Denis Korn, owner of PrepareDirect.

Korn is a preparedness expert with more than 40 years of experience. The workshop will include practical action steps and guidance to protect loved ones in an emergency. Participants will learn the 12 critical questions to ask in the planning process. The class is appropriate for both the beginning preparedness planner and those who want to preserve what they have started.

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Native plants discussed at Chicago Park Garden Club

February 27, 2015 — 

The public is invited to Chicago Park Garden Club’s next meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room, 15057 Highway 174, Grass Valley. The topic is “All About Native Plants” with speaker Carolyn Singer, well-known local gardener and author. The club’s membership includes gardeners from Grass Valley, Nevada City and other foothill communities; nonmembers are also welcome. For more information, call 530-272-7708.

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Village Folk Orkestra performs Friday at Nevada City Methodist Church

February 27, 2015 — 

Photo submitted by David Unterman

Village Folk Orkestra tunes up their gaidulka, dumbek, tupan, and lots more instruments at 6:30 p.m. on Friday for a concert and dance, joined by local women’s choir “Podruzhki.”

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Blue Star Mothers Of America to host fundraiser

February 27, 2015 — 

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter 12 are holding a fundraising event from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 9 at the Lake of the Pines Northridge Restaurant, 21515 Higgins Road. The proceeds will help serve the troops, benefit veteran projects, support the families of the injured or fallen and help benefit the local chapter.

BSMA’s Sierra Nevada Chapter 12 is composed of mothers from north Placer and Nevada counties who have, or have had, children serving in the U.S. military. The group’s mission is to support each other by sharing personal experience, strength, and hope for the safety of those who honorably serve the nation, as well as to promote patriotism in the community.

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GV hosts int’l convention

February 26, 2015 — 

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Nevada County Fairgrounds begin search for chief executive officer

February 26, 2015 — 

The Board of Directors of the Nevada County Fairgrounds announced this week that the search for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Nevada County Fairgrounds has begun. The CEO position is responsible for managing the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, the Country Christmas Faire, year-round events, concerts, the RV Park, and community gatherings at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Qualified candidates should have a background in business administration, agriculture, and event/fair experience. Candidates should also have strong leadership, organizational, financial management, marketing and communication skills; as well as a willingness to be active in local, regional, and state association activities.

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Book Swap celebrates six years this Sunday

February 25, 2015 — 

Sunday, March 1, marks the sixth anniversary for Community Book Swap. The event will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Light refreshments will be provided. The book swap is about sharing books, CDs, movies, magazines, games and puzzles that we used, enjoyed and no longer need with others.

Items are brought in, then sorted by volunteers while swappers browse and pick up what they want for themselves, friends and family. Everything is free.

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Retired Teachers Association to host local novelist

February 25, 2015 — 

The Nevada County division of the California Retired Teachers Association will meet on Monday, March 2 at Alta Sierra Country Club for a business and luncheon meeting. The program will feature Chris Enss, best selling novelist. Everyone is welcome. If you are a retired teacher and wish to attend, contact Bonnie Bennett at 530-615-4252. CalRTA is a statewide organization whose prime purpose is to enhance and protect the benefits of retired educators and to support public education. The division meets five times a year with a luncheon and a featured speaker or program relative to STRS members. For membership information contact Carol Siver at 530-272-4132.

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Vietnam Veterans of America 535

February 25, 2015 — 

The local chapter 535 of the Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or not.

All vets, families, and friends are welcome to attend meetings the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 225 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.vva535.org or call 530-559-7716.

Media bell ringing champ

February 25, 2015 — 

Service organizations help fund new Pioneer Park slide

February 24, 2015 — 

Open house for potential volunteers at Empire Mine

February 24, 2015 — 

Empire Mine State Historic Park is hosting an open house for potential volunteers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the park. Reservations are not necessary, but prospective volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Experienced volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate and share experiences. To qualify as a volunteer, attendance at one of several two-day sessions is required. The first will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The second will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The third will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 and the fourth will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Sign-ups must be made in advance, and snacks and beverages will be provided. Additional training for volunteers will be provided once they’ve decided how they will get involved. The park is now into its third decade of annual training and approximately 1,000 people have attended over the years. For more information, visit http://www.empiremine.org/volunteer.

Volunteers for California CareForce

February 24, 2015 — 

A group of Nevada County people is volunteering to help prepare for the free medical, dental and vision two-day clinic being brought to Grass Valley by the nonprofit California CareForce on November 14 and 15 of 2015. If you or your organization, religious affiliates, etc. want to help local people in need of these health services, come check out our next meeting, visit http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org or go to http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCareForce.

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