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From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sierra Solar Systems will be hosting an all-day workshop on designing and installing a solar electric power system for the home.

The material will be comprehensive, yet basic enough for the novice. Register early, as space is limited. Call 800-735-6790 (530-273-6754).


Carolyn Singer, garden writer for The Union, has won an award for her recently published book, “Deer in My Garden, Vol. 1: Perennials & Subshrubs.” USA Book News has named it the “Best Gardening Book of 2006.”, an online magazine and review Web site based in Los Angeles for mainstream and independent publishing houses, recently announced 408 winners and finalists in more than 120 categories covering print, audio, e-books and interactive CD-ROMs. Awards were presented for titles published in 2006 and late 2005.

Singer, who lives in the Chicago Park area, has been writing garden features and taking her own photographs for The Union for about a year.

Her book can be found at local booksellers and nurseries, and can be found online at


Optometrist Tanya Markis-Meyer, OD, has joined Grass Valley Eyecare on Sutton Way in Glenbrook Basin.

Markis-Meyer graduated from California State University Sacramento, where I met G.V. Eyecare proprietor Dr. Diana Holcomb, OD. She also trained with Holcomb at the Southern California College of Optometry. She was a key member of a Sacramento private practice for the past ten years.

She also is the associate optometry director at one of the largest vision insurance companies in the nation.

Markis-Meyer is licensed in the treatment and management of ocular disease, including glaucoma. Appointments are available for emergencies and examinations, contact lens fitting, treatments for dry eyes and refractive laser surgery consultation. For information, call 273-6000.


Sierra Motor Sports in Grass Valley is celebrating the arrival of new owners Wayne and Sue Johnson. “We are truly excited to join the great team of individuals at this dealership,” Wayne Johnson said.

The business at 2121 Nevada City Highway specializes in motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, scooters and power equipment. It also sponsors racers heather Pickering, Derik Denzin and Tad Koklich, who signed autographs and chatted with customers at the Grand Opening celebration on Saturday. For information, go online at or call 273-1384.


Do you have business news you’d like the community to know about? Contact City Editor Trina Kleist at or 477-4230.

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