The Union has had the slogan “Great People Connecting Communities” for many years. Because we don’t share this outside our walls much, many folks haven’t heard it before … it’s really more of an internal goal for our organization. Nonetheless, it’s been a guiding light providing direction to The Union every day.
In prior weeks, I’ve mentioned that an informed community is a strong community. But to inform people, you need to connect them with information.
The goal at The Union is to hire, train and develop great people and, as a staff, work together in an effort to connect the citizens with the news, information and services of Nevada County.
The Union views communities in our county in different ways than some. In simple terms, communities could be viewed based on neighborhoods, towns or other geographic boundaries.
However, we also view communities as areas of interest, whether it’s political, religious or age-related, arts, entertainment, hobby and recreational interests or supporting areas such as nonprofit, service and philanthropy.
The Union typically connects these different communities by publishing a newspaper, website and some special editions. However, we also connect Nevada County people with information through events. We sponsor, participate in and — like this weekend’s Home & Garden Show — organize and host events.
When I started here, I was quite pleased and simply amazed at the amount of events The Union supports. In my first month, I approved sponsorship of the Sustainable Food and Farm Conference; the Chocolate Infusion event; the senior softball league; a local golf tournament supporting services for our county’s blind citizens; and the Red Light Ball, which supports the police and fire department foundation.
The Union’s parent company is about to announce grants to support local literacy efforts, also.
This year we will support more than 60 events in Nevada County. Some of the biggies this year include sponsoring the first day of the Nevada County Fair, a brand new Prime 50+ Healthy Living Expo, the second annual Great Prospector Beer Run and Paint the Town Pink.
The Union has a long and rich history of supporting local events. These events bring us together to learn and share what happens in this county. And this enforces The Union’s core value of connecting people in our communities.
The biggest event so far this year will be this weekend’s Home & Garden show (April 26 and 27). It’s the biggest to date because each year the event hosts about 8,000 people and 200 vendors, the largest home and garden show in the county.
As in previous years, the event will be at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with free admission and $5 fairground parking.
This event is a great opportunity for The Union to connect people with thousands of ideas for your homes and gardens. And true to our goal of connecting communities, it’s not only about home and garden.
This event also connects people with our nonprofit organizations. Seven nonprofit groups will be at the show providing information to Nevada County citizens.
This year’s show includes many special events and activities. Along with the 200 Home & Garden vendors, there will be a special display of four or five classic wooden boats from the Antique and Classic Boat Society (NorCal/Lake Tahoe Chapter) and an exhibit of Bonsai plants from the Nevada County Bonsai Club. The club is bringing enough Bonsai to fill Sugar Pine Lodge.
Build-A-Birdhouse, sponsored by Hills Flat Lumber, returns again this year, as well as Paint-A-Flower Pot, sponsored by B&C True Value. Also returning will be the Banner Mountain Artisans Art Show and Sale in Ponderosa Hall.
Don’t forget to treat yourself to the great food by local restaurants and vendors.
Two great bands, Dream and the Dreamer and Then Again, will be providing music. And don’t forget the popular hourly demonstrations on the Demo Stage in the Northern Mines Building.
Finally, the Nevada Union High School Interact students will be displaying a ShelterBox and its contents. ShelterBox is an international aid organization that provides emergency shelter and life-saving equipment following disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis or conflicts. Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and life-saving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.
Nevada Union High School Interact is a club sponsored by our local Rotary Clubs to share Rotary’s passion for community and world service with middle school and high school students. The Interact students will be raffling a $100 Robinson Fueling gas card at the Home & Garden Show, with all proceeds donated to ShelterBox.
Come out and join us at the Home & Garden Show at the Fairgrounds this weekend, and participate in connecting our communities.
Jim Hemig is publisher at The Union. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 530-477-4299.
When I started here, I was quite pleased and simply amazed at the amount of events The Union supports.