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Master diamond cutter Brian McHardy will demonstrate the art of cutting and polishing the rare gems Friday and Saturday at Stucki Jewelers in Grass Valley.

A native of South Africa, McHardy is the third generation of his family to work in the industry and has been a master cutter for Hearts On Fire diamonds since 1999. More than 200 pieces of jewelry from Hearts on Fire will be showcased during his visit.

McHardy will conduct continuous demonstrations during store hours, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The store is located at 148 Mill St.



The Economic Resource Council will honor Nevada County firms that export business at its quarterly community appreciation breakfast Sept. 21 at the Holbrooke Hotel.




Beam Easy Living Center of Grass Valley will be honored for its efforts to develop business outside of western Nevada County.

The featured speaker will be Grant Johnson of Prism Engineering, the city of Grass Valley’s traffic consultant. Johnson will discuss development of the city’s traffic master plan.

Reservations for the 7:30 a.m. meeting can be made by phoning 274-8455. Tickets, priced at $15 for nonmembers and $12 for ERC investor/partners, must be reserved and paid for by Friday to guarantee a seat.

Local businesses that want to see the latest in Canon office technology and generate a donation to one of three local organizations will get the chance to do both Wednesday.

Ray Morgan Co. of Nevada City, the local dealer for Canon, will be demonstrating the company’s current scanning, color printing, fax and copying products from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Imaginarium in Nevada City.

For every company that attends, Morgan will donate $25 to either the county Superintendent of Schools office, local Rotary Clubs, or the Economic Resource Council. Information is available by phoning 478-9298.

Placer Sierra Bancshares of Sacramento, which operates two Placer Sierra Bank branches in Grass Valley and one in Penn Valley, has announced plans to purchase First Financial Bancorp of Lodi for $50 million in cash.

If the deal closes as expected by the end of the year, Placer Sierra will gain nine branches in southern Sacramento County and San Joaquin County. Placer Sierra currently has 23 branches in El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento and Sierra counties.

Sierra Gold Wine Tours of Nevada City is offering regularly scheduled weekend tours and charter trips for groups that want to visit the wine country during the grape harvest and crush.

A six-hour tour of Nevada County wineries includes a picnic lunch served at one of the wineries, barrel tastings, and discounts on wine purchases. Charter tours are also available to wineries in Amador, El Dorado and Placer counties.

Additional information and reservations are available by phoning 265-9589 or 1-866-601-WINE, or by visiting http://www.sierragoldwinetours.com.

Got local business news? Contact George Boardman at georgeb@theunion.com or 477-4236.


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