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The board of directors for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District is slated to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Station 84, 10135 Coyote St., Nevada City.
Items on the agenda include discussion on the establishment of a contingency fund, membership on the Citizens’ Oversight Committee, and retaining a realtor for the sale of surplus district properties.Learn more »
All interested community members are invited to attend a presentation by Shadia Sbait and Ameer Toume, descendants of villagers displaced by the Israeli army in 1948, whose village, Iqrit, was destroyed by the army on Christmas, 1951. The presentation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. The speakers will tell the story of the ongoing struggles to gain the right to return through legal channels, hosting of summer youth camps on the site, visit with Pope Francis, and services and celebrations and a “multi-year” live-in at the surviving church. Such displacements were and continue to be common in Palestine and Israel; to hear first hand about this creative nonviolent resistance is a rare opportunity.
The program is sponsored by the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free; donations will be appreciated.Learn more »
On Thursday, October 8, members of the Roamin’ Angels Car Club rolled into the Hospice of the Foothills parking lot with their classic cars for a very special purpose. Club members gathered in CeCe’s Garden, a memorial garden on Hospice of the Foothills’ campus, to remember and honor club members they have lost over the past year. The afternoon ceremony featured heartfelt stories and three specially selected songs by the Bear River High School Jazz Choir. Roamin’ Angels President, Terry Edwards, presented executive director Carolynn Peterson with a donation check from the car club. Hospice of the Foothills is a nonprofit, community-supported healthcare organization that has provided end-of-life hospice and palliative care to patients and families in western Nevada County and surrounding communities for over 36 years. For more information about programs and services, or to make an online donation, visit http://www.hofo.org or call 530-272-5739.Learn more »
Due to safety and accessibility issues, the Route 3 Gold Country Stage bus stops along Race Street and Colfax Avenue (across from Memorial Park only) will be temporarily closed during the sidewalk construction activities on Race Street/Memorial Park through Oct. 21. Contact Nevada County Transit Services/Gold Country Stage with any questions 530-477-0103, ext. 0.Learn more »
The Nevada Union High School Class of 1966 now has its own website for sharing information and class reunion news at http://classreport.org/usa/ca/grass_valley/nuhs/1966.
There are no registration fees required and each class member has full participation privileges. The class-based reunion website features changing content, including current class news. Users can exchange opinions and stay up to date with the message board, view the featured alumni biography of the day, send a birthday greeting to a class member and more.Learn more »
Child Advocates will present its second Annual Children for Children benefit concert at 7 p.m. on November 7 at the Center for the Arts. The concert features classical music performances by talented local youth musicians, many of whom also perform with Music in the Mountains and other professional-level ensembles. One of the youngest performers, Fiona Gillogy, age 12, pictured above, performs in the Sacramento Theater Company’s Young Professionals Conservatory. The inspiring performances of the young musicians showcase how children inspire us and how adult guidance is essential for children to succeed. Music in the Mountains’ youth coordinator Mark Vance will bring a dose of levity and humor as Master of Ceremonies for the event. The concert is a fundraiser for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. To buy tickets, visit http://www.showcaseofhope.org or call 530-265-9550, ext. 226. For questions email Jennifer@caofnc.org.Learn more »
As the presidential race heats up, the Nevada County Democrats will gather for a debate watch party where the party faithful and all others who are interested will watch the first Democratic presidential debate featuring Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and other candidates.
The party will take place at on Tuesday, October 13 at Margarita’s Restaurant, 988 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley, in the Brunswick basin next to Flyers gas station. The debate starts at 6 p.m., but guests are invited to get there early, have a drink at the no-host bar and/or order a delicious Mexican dinner. Informal group discussions will follow the debate.Learn more »
People for Bernie Sanders and members of the Nevada County Democratic Party will be hosting a Democratic debate “watch party” at 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, 988 Plaza Dr., in Grass Valley. No host bar. Organizers are expecting a large turnout, as more than 100 people signed up to attend at http://www.berniesanders.com, however anyone can just show up. For more information, contact Pinky Zalkin at 530-388-0959.Learn more »
Members of Marysville Buddhist Church have scoured their attics, garages and barns to assemble a unique collection of household goods and fine art to be sold from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at their church, located at 125 B Street in Marysville. Of special interest to art collectors is an extensive offering of walnut sculptures and ceramic pieces by former Yuba College art instructor Gil Azama. Nevada County supporters are also invited to a special “First Pick” preview and sale of merchandise from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday for a $10 donation.
With all proceeds going directly to support Marysville Buddhist Church, the Flea Market is housed in the 4,000 square foot social hall and is packed with a “once in a generation” out-pouring of Asian art, Japanese lacquer-ware, useable household goods, sporting goods and “rusty gold” retrieved from the garages and barns of many valley farms.Learn more »
South Auburn Street between Empire Street and Race Street will be subject to traffic control for pavement repair work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. today. The Traffic Control System should allow 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. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel.
Additionally, Nevada City Highway between Brunswick Road and Gates Place will be subject to traffic control for paving work between 7 and 11 p.m. tonight. The Traffic Control System should allow public traffic to pass without delay the majority of the time that the work is in progress.Learn more »
Volunteers of the Second Friday Lunch program invite the community to enjoy a free lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, located at 236 South Church Street. Relax in Wesley Hall while servers bring guests a lunch consisting of roasted chicken, creamy potato salad and watermelon. Guests will also have a choice of assorted desserts.Learn more »
Throughout the month of October, Friar Tuck’s Restaurant in Nevada City will be raising funds for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Foundation in association with Breast Cancer Awareness month and The Union’s Paint the Town Pink event. October’s specialty cocktail will be the Tatatini, a pink martini with Absolut Citron vodka, fresh lemon juice and cranberry juice.
For every Tatatini ordered, Friar Tuck’s will donate $1 to the SNMH Foundation.Learn more »
Miguel Tinker Salas, Latin American historian, author and professor at Pomona College, will give a talk about Venezuela at 7 p.m. Friday at the Nevada City United Methodist Church, at 433 Broad St. Salas’ 2014 book, “Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know,” will be incorporated into his talk. On March 8, President Obama issued an executive order declaring a national emergency, calling Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.” The presentation is sponsored by The Church and Society Committee of the Nevada City United Methodist Church in coordination with the Sacramento Action for Latin America, also known as SALA. For more information, call 530-362-7007. For more information on Venezuela, visit http://venezuelanalysis.com.Learn more »
The Rev. Charlane Line, center, blesses Riley, held by Ginni DeThomas, during a “Blessing of the Animals” on Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church, near downtown Grass Valley. Also pictured are Don DeThomas, Margot Schulze and Gigi. The event commemorated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who believed “all of creation mirrors the Divine.”Learn more »
Five students from Nevada Union High School participated in the 2015 Shasta Forestry Challenge, along with 85 other high school students from nine Northern California schools. Over the course of three September days at Mountain Meadows Camp, east of Shingletown, the relatively young NU team came in sixth place out of 18 teams overall and won the “Pacing Contest,” taking home the coveted “Board Foot” trophy.
A highlight for the students was spending a day in the Shingletown area assessing current fuel breaks. Teams worked together to collect data such as the number of trees per acre, tree density and canopy cover. Using the information, teams presented their findings on the last day of the event, making recommendations regarding improving existing fuel breaks and strategic locations to construct new ones. The field trip also included a tour of Sierra Pacific Industries’ mill and cogeneration plant in Anderson. Students also completed field training — followed by a field test — to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.Learn more »
Don’t be alarmed if you see armed officers swarming the currently vacant Meeks Lumber site on Nevada City Highway Tuesday and Thursday.
They’re all members of local law enforcement agencies participating in a training exercise designed to prepare for an “active shooter” scenario.Learn more »
This years Oktoberfest is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Nevada City at Pioneer Park. The event will feature pours by local breweries, German food plates and live entertainment. Entry fee is $10 (advance tickets), or $15 at the door. Beer is $2 a glass. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the evening’s entertainment.
The proceeds benefit the KARE Crisis Nursery, a local nonprofit organization that provides emergency and respite care as well as supervised visits for families with young children who fall on hard times. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com or by calling KARE at 530-265-0693.Learn more »
Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) will celebrate 23 local area Republican women from various fields at their “Women for Women” dinner on Oct. 16. These women have been invited to be honored for their accomplishments and service to the community. The event will be held at Alta Sierra Country Club with a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and program starting at 6:30 p.m. The California Federation of Republican Women Northern Division Convention will be held at the Gold Miner’s Inn in Grass Valley Nov. 6-8. Republican women from throughout Northern California will be in attendance. The Saturday night banquet speaker will be Kris Paronto, hero of Benghazi attack, and co-author of the book “13 Hours.”
Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month September through June. For more questions about meetings or to make a reservation, call Donna at 530-274-0803.Learn more »
The Nevada County Community Development Agency was recently awarded a $45,000 grant from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District which was made possible by AB 2766 that is aimed at reducing motor vehicle emissions. The grant was awarded to help fund the purchase and implementation of new land-use management and permitting software for the agency. The new software will help improve customer service through automated permitting, project tracking, expanded online services, improved transparency, mobile worker possibilities, reducing project plan review turn-around timeframes and services available outside normal business hours.
The Nevada County Building Department, Planning Department, Public Works Department, Environmental Health Department and Code Compliance Division will be benefiting from and utilizing the new software. A contract has been signed with a software vendor and the implementation process has been initiated. The projected “go-live” date of the software is early summer of 2016.Learn more »
In 1990, the U.S Congress set aside the first week of October for Mental Illness Awareness Week to promote education and awareness about mental illness. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. David Moyer will speak on the topic, “Removing the Stigma of Mental Illness” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley. Moyer is the author of three books addressing the need for reform in the assessment and treatment of the mentally ill. His books are entitled, “Too Good to be True? Nutrients Quiet the Unquiet Brain,” 10 Ways to Keep your Brain from Screaming, ‘Ouch!’” and “Beyond Mental Illness.” The public is invited and admission is free.Learn more »
Throughout the month of October, Friar Tuck’s Restaurant in Nevada City will be raising funds for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Foundation in association with Breast Cancer Awareness month and The Union’s Paint the Town Pink event. October’s specialty cocktail will be the Tatatini, a delicious and pink martini with Absolut Citron vodka, fresh lemon juice and cranberry juice.
For every Tatatini ordered, Friar Tuck’s will donate $1 to the SNMH Foundation. A fun way to support a great cause and enjoy a night out.Learn more »
Rescue for Pet Sake will be hosting a pet adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Petco, 672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. Levi, pictured above, will be among the pets in need of a loving home. For more information, call 530-263-3331 or visit http://www.rescueforpetsake.org.Learn more »
The award winning Nevada Union Debate Team brought home another trophy, this time from the Jack Howe Memorial Tournament. Novices Kelly Muir and Devin Anderson won the combined novice/junior varsity division in policy debate at the tournament on September 25 and 26. Held on the CSU Long Beach campus, the Jack Howe Memorial is a large, national circuit invitational tournament hosting many forms of debate and speech competition.
Muir and Anderson demonstrated stamina and strategic skill competing in six preliminary rounds and three elimination rounds of challenging debate on the topic of domestic surveillance.Learn more »
The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Station 43, 10513 Spenceville Road.
The main item on the agenda is the review and possible adoption of new policies for the fire district, specifically the first two chapters of a 400-page manual. The chapters under review deal with the fire service’s role and authority, and its organization and administration.Learn more »
When Lake County sent a request to all 58 counties in California requesting emergency management assistance in response to the Valley Fire, Nevada County responded by deploying two employees — Alex Friant, a GIS analyst in the Information and General Services Department, and Patti Carter, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.
Friant spent six days of 12-hour shifts in the Lake County Local Assistance Center generating various GIS products to include burn comparison maps, damage assessment maps and statistics based on information received from Cal Fire crews in the field.Learn more »
Nevada City Rotary hosting delegation of entrepreneurs from KazakhstanOctober 1, 2015 —
Nevada City Rotary was selected by the Open World Leadership Center to host a delegation of entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan, who will be in Nevada County through Saturday. The Open World program, run by the U.S. Congress, encourages cultural exchange between the U.S. and the countries of Eurasia. Rotary and hundreds of other organizations act as host agencies for the delegations. Since 1999, more than 23,000 leaders from Central Asia have participated in the program. Nevada City Rotary is hosting the first ever Open World delegation from Kazakhstan.
The Nevada City delegation includes five young entrepreneurs plus a cultural facilitator from Kazakhstan and a U.S. based interpreter. The four men and two women from Kazakhstan range in age from mid-20’s to mid-30’s. Four of the group are from the capital city of Astana, one from the largest city of Almaty and one from a smaller city.
The delegates will stay in the homes of Rotarians from Nevada City, Grass Valley and Penn Valley Rotary including Nancy Kemp and Steve Allen, Pearce and Mary Ann Boyer, Ed and Bernadette Sylvester, Ron and Nancy Knaus, Dave and Janet Bunje, Carolyn Feuille and Bob Murley, and Doug and Karen McDonald.
During their tour, the delegates will meet with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, the Economic Resource Council, and government leaders. One day of their visit will include a trip to Sacramento for a tour of our State Capitol, meetings with elected officials and a visit to Old Sacramento. A day in San Francisco is also scheduled.
Kazakhstan is the largest land-locked country in the world, with a rich and diverse culture representing 130 nationalities. Its ancient history was shaped by the Silk Road trade route and the military campaigns of legendary leaders such as Alexander the Great and Genghis Kahn. Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the country has embarked on an ambitious program to diversify its economy and modernize. For more information, visit http://nevadacityrotary.org/rotario/open-world-kazakhstan-special-edition.
A class to rememberOctober 1, 2015 —
The Grass Valley High School Class of ‘51 had their 64th reunion on Aug. 29 at Alta Sierra Country Club. Among those attending were, from left, front row, Kathy (Wayne) Hooper, Arleigh Valdon, Bill Johns, Lois Robinson. Second row, from left, Lonnette (Winney) Turner, Freda Crandell Straub, Roberta (Heather) Smith, Barbara (Barghoon) Johnson, Shirley (Hocking) Merrill, Nina (Munsee) McMahan, Jean Dapper and Ernie Sowell. Back row, Berry Halverstadt, Jerry Yocum, Alan Hutchinson, Dorothy (Crandall) Smith, Royce Clemo, Marvin Gene Horn and Jan Stevens, and others.
Friends of Libraries' two day book sale this weekendSeptember 30, 2015 —
The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries’ big two day Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St., Nevada City. Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books will be for sale, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, collectibles and much more. This month’s sale features books on home improvement, decorating, crafts, and cookbooks. On Sunday new books will be added and everything will be half price. For additional information call 530-265-1407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gently used books can be donated at any Nevada County library branch or outside Raley’s supermarket in Grass Valley. Proceeds go toward library materials, programs and equipment.
Nevada County artist donates work to Sierra Presbyterian craft fairSeptember 30, 2015 —
Renown quilter Ruby Foster is donating her first-place winning quilt from the 2015 Nevada County Fair to the Sierra Presbyterian Church Craft Boutique and Bistro. The quilt will be raffled off at the close of the Boutique which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17. Besides the quilt, other artisan goods will be raffled, including jewelry, antiques, homemade jams, holiday décor and many other for-sale items. Soup, salad and a dessert bistro will be available to fortify shoppers. For more information, call Sierra Presbyterian Church at 530-265-3291.
Cottage at Empire Mine temporarily closedSeptember 29, 2015 —
The cottage at Empire Mine State Historic Park will be closed for roof repairs from October 5 to November 19. The rest of the Park will remain open and visitors are welcome.