| TheUnion.com

Democratic women presentation in Nevada City on climate change action

At the Democratic Women’s Club monthly breakfast meeting on April 3, Lani Howard will give a talk entitled, “The Tipping Point, Climate Action Now,” when she will share what’s currently happening in climate change action, legislation in Congress and how to get involved on an individual level. Check-in and socializing begins at 9:30 a.m., with breakfast and presentation at 10 a.m. at Trolley Junction Restaurant at the Northern Queen Inn, 400 Railroad Ave. in Nevada City. Cost is $15 for full buffet breakfast, coffee and juice. Non-members and guests are always welcome. RSVP at nevcodwc@gmail.com.

Union Hill student coin drive for victims of the Camp Fire

Each month, Union Hill School celebrates a character trait. The trait for November was “caring,” and students chose to conduct a school-wide coin drive to support the victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County. Mr. Ross’ seventh and eighth grade leadership students oversaw the drive, including rolling and counting all of the donated coins. This week a check for over $2,000 will be mailed to the Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund. Pictured, from left, Union Hill eighth graders Blue Bouck and Kylan Barger presented a facsimile of the fire relief check at the “Bearcat of Character” assembly on January 10.

Odd Fellows of Nevada City ‘relieve the distressed’

Sierra Roots Founder, Janice O’Brien, left, beams as she accepts a $500 check from members of Oustomah Lodge #16, the Odd Fellows of Nevada City. The donation will support Sierra Roots’ efforts to provide a safe warming shelter for those without homes during severe winter weather. This concluded the Odd Fellows’ 2018 campaign of applying the traditional Odd Fellows principle to “relieve the distressed” to their local community. The Lodge’s focus this winter has been hunger and homelessness. Committee members and the Lodge chose Sierra Roots and the Food Bank of Nevada County as donation beneficiaries.

Norah Foundation receives a boost from Grass Valley Rifle, Rod & Gun Club Ladies Auxiliary

The Grass Valley Rifle, Rod & Gun Club Ladies Auxiliary (GVRRGC Auxiliary) recently presented a $500 donation to The Norah Foundation as their charity choice this year. For the past 10 years the Auxiliary has donated to worthy Nevada County charities.

Tragically, in 2015, Candace and Richard Wilson of Penn Valley lost their infant daughter, Norah, just 15 days after her birth. They were deeply touched by the support they received during the time Norah was in a neo-natal intensive care unit in Roseville. Since then, they have devoted their lives to helping other families with babies in similar circumstances. In 2016, the Wilsons founded The Norah Foundation, with the mission of “spreading love and restoring hope in the lives of children and families facing health related hardships.”

In addition to recently raising funds to install cameras at the beds of infants at Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s neo-natal intensive care unit, The Norah Foundation also offers support to families through hotel vouchers, food vouchers, Ronald McDonald House sponsorship, family outings, hospital care packages, new car seats, celebrations of life and emotional support.

Pictured, from left, are Carol Tremewan, great-grandmother of Norah Marie Wilson (and GVRRGC Auxiliary past president); Candace Wilson, mother of Norah Marie Wilson and member of the Norah Foundation; Sandy Wood, vice president of the GVRRGC Auxiliary; and Ida Cartwright, secretary/treasurer of the GVRRGC Auxiliary.

Go tobacco-free in 2019 with upcoming workshop in Grass Valley

For those who want to go tobacco-free in 2019, Connecting Point is offering a “Freedom from Smoking” workshop to help folks quit for good.

The free eight-class series starts January 9 and meets weekly through February 20. Over the course of eight classes, participants will set a quit date, build a quit plan and work through their new smoke-free life with the support of their classmates.

People already know that smoking is bad for their health, so the Freedom from Smoking class focuses almost exclusively on how to quit, not why to quit. It also acknowledges that people have different reasons for smoking and will have different ways of quitting, too. It’s all about putting a plan in place that will work best for each individual, say organizers.

In fact, classes are taught by former smokers who know the challenges of quitting.

“I quit smoking a year and a half ago,” said workshop facilitator Micah Cone. “I wish these classes had been available when I was quitting. The tools and support people get are amazing.”

The class includes strategies for identifying triggers, managing stress and avoiding weight gain. Participants will also learn how tools like quit-smoking medications can increase the chances of quitting.

Designed by the American Lung Association, the workshop has helped hundreds of thousands of Americans end their nicotine addiction over the last 35 years. It is a proven way to quit smoking — and stay quit — even if smokers have tried before.

Classes are provided in partnership with the Nevada County Public Health Department. The workshop is free and open to the public. Those who complete the full series will receive a $30 gift card.

Classes meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. January 9 through February 20 at the Oak Ridge Community Room, 228 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. For more information or to register, call Karen at 530-274-5601 or register online at http://www.connectingpoint.org/events.

Connecting Point is a public agency dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of our community. Learn more about Connecting Point at http://www.connectingpoint.org.

“Kabbalat Shabbat” brings together community with song, dance and Challah in Grass Valley

Chabad of Grass Valley is inviting the Jewish community to experience Shabbat together every Friday evening with their new “Kabbalat Shabbat” weekly event.

Men, women and children are invited to gather in a community space to sing prayers and special songs welcoming the Shabbat. Participants join in Hebrew or English and clap, tap and sing along as renowned singer Liron Artzi, originally from South Africa, leads the prayers with upbeat, lively tunes and dancing. Adults and children then gather around a Shabbat table for Kiddush, Challah and dinner, prepared by Chyena Yusewitz.

“This is the highlight of our week now,” says Chyena Yusewitz, program coordinator at Chabad of Grass Valley. “I am hoping that people will see our home as their second home, and a great place to gather, in a loving setting, at the onset of Shabbat.”

Future plans include themed Kabbalat Shabbat events for singles, seniors and families, as well as themed menus, such as Israeli-style, Italian, gluten-free, paleo and vegan.

All are welcome at 6 p.m. every Friday at Chabad of Grass Valley for traditional prayers, for the dinner or both. Reservations can be made by emailing Rabbi Nochum Yusewitz at rabbi@JewishGV.com or calling 530-404-0020. To sponsor a week or volunteer to cook, email chyena@JewishGV.com or call 530-404-0020.

Source: Chyena Yusewitz

Grass Valley college student named to ‘president’s list’

Matthew Cross of Grass Valley, a senior at LeTourneau University, was named to the fall 2018 President’s List at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. The President’s List recognizes students who have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average to receive this honor.

Cross is an engineering major at LeTourneau, a Christian polytechnic university where educators engage students to nurture Christian values and develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community.

LETU offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit http://www.letu.edu.

After the rain in Nevada City

Rays of sun reflecting off the mist after the rain on Banner Mountain in Nevada City.

Nevada City native appointed to chief legal counsel to CAL FIRE

Former Nevada City native Bruce Crane has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as CAL FIRE’s chief legal counsel and sworn in with his parents and many CAL FIRE employees in attendance. Crane began his career at CAL FIRE (then known as CDF) in 1979 as a seasonal firefighter. He joined the legal office in 2000 at a time when the department had only three attorneys. Crane’s superiors say that his experience as a firefighter has been instrumental in his ability to understand and provide counsel on issues unique to the department. He will lead a group of 13 attorneys who oversee and engage in a broad spectrum of complex program and policy issues. Pictured from left are Bruce Crane, Terry Crane, Mary Crane and Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE.

Nevada County Fairgrounds begins winter hours

Effective immediately, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its winter hours. This change in hours means that the fairgrounds’ gates will remain open during the week to walkers and bicyclists, but will close each weekday at 4:30 p.m. and will be closed on weekends.

The winter hours do not affect the main office, which is open during its normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additionally, the RV Park at the fairgrounds will remain open, and the grounds will be open for any events that take place during the winter months.

The fairgrounds will return to its summer hours beginning May 1. For more information about the Nevada County Fairgrounds, visit http://www.NevadaCountyFair.com or call 530-273-6217.