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100 years and counting

Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center recently honored the six residents who have reached or exceeded the 100-year milestone. Families and friends dined on hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed special music provided by Joe Hammel. Golden Empire specializes in geriatric rehabilitation and care. Their average age is about 87. Safeway donated the decorated cakes for the celebration.

Parents club sponsors free Christmas shopping event

Annual Holiday Free Shop to take place Dec. 8 at Cottage Hill School. The Pleasant Ridge District Parents Club is giving back to the Grass Valley area with its sixth annual Spirit of Giving Holiday Free Shop, an event where community members in need can shop among hundreds of donated new and used items for family and loved ones on their Christmas lists.

The Free Shop takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cottage Hill School, 22600 Kingston Lane in Grass Valley. This event was conceptualized by Sue Botsford, a former Parents Club president who found an unused electronic keyboard in her closet.

“I was thinking how sad it was that it just sat in a closet, when it could bring so much joy to someone else,” said Botsford.

The Spirit of Giving Holiday Free Shop is open to everyone. Shoppers are invited to come prepared with a list of whom they are shopping for and may select up to two items for each person on their list. Included in the shopping experience is complimentary gift wrapping.

“The Spirit of Giving Free Shop has been a heartwarming event for donors and volunteers at a time when the economy is still in flux,” said Jill Daley, current Parents Club president and coordinator of the event. “Families of the Pleasant Ridge School District have a chance to help members of the community by simply cleaning out their own closets.”

Items donated in the past include new or gently used treasures, such as children’s toys, children’s clothing, adult clothing, electronic items, books, games, holiday clothing and household items, including complete sets of dishes, cookware, holiday decorations, sporting goods, a brand new London Fog coat and even a Sony PlayStation. Any cash donations made by shoppers who choose to “pay” for their items will be directed to KARE Crisis Nursery of Nevada County, a nonprofit that provides safe and nurturing care to young children of families in stressful circumstances. KARE Crisis Nursery is located at 15649 Ridge Estates Road, Nevada City, CA 95959, and can be reached at (530) 265-6520.

Free Wednesday concerts with a Christmas theme

Take a moment to slow down and feel the Christmas spirit during free mini-concerts every Wednesday at Peace Lutheran Church through Dec. 19 in Grass Valley. The free, half-hour concerts start at 4:45 p.m. each Wednesday, featuring organist Paul Perry, the founder and former artistic director of Music in the Mountains. They’re followed by another half-hour of prayer and meditation focused on key moments in the story leading up to Christmas. Coming up is the first concert on Dec. 5. Music includes Nevada City violinist Ann Gaines, and the prayer focus is Zechariah’s “Benedictus.”

All are welcome, and no offering is taken. Peace Lutheran Church is at 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley.

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