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The 49er Regional Occupational Program is still accepting enrollments for adult career preparation courses, which begin Jan. 26.

There are openings in courses for computer/business internships, health careers, fashion merchandising, marketing and sales, construction, and Web page design. Many of these include on-the-job training in addition to classroom work. To reach the 49er ROP, call 265-8848.

Downtown Grass Valley continues to change, as the Polka Dot Rose announced it is in the process of moving from its 122 Mill St. location to a smaller shop at 164 S. Auburn St.

Owners Kristi Johns and Karla Caldwell said they are downsizing and plan to target more of the romantic vintage items they love at the new location. The change will allow them to go on more buying trips and offer more personalized service, they added.

The new location in the Pioneer Village will open Feb. 1.

George Dyer, owner of South Pine Cafe and Downtown George’s in Nevada City, said he will open a new restaurant in the building that housed the long shut-down Office restaurant on the corner of Richardson and North Auburn streets in Grass Valley. His third location, which opens in May, will also be named South Pine Cafe and have the same menu as its Nevada City namesake.

In staffing news, Eskaton Properties Inc. named a new president and CEO last week. Todd Murch will oversee Eskaton’s 34 residential, health and affordable-housing communities, including the Grass Valley location.

Murch has been with Eskaton since 1981 and has held positions as accounting manager, divisional and corporate controller, executive director of support services, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, when Soroptimist International of Grass Valley hosts its 13th Annual Day for Women. The day-long event, for women for all ages, will be begin at 9 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Grass Valley.

The day will include workshops, food, a fashion show, shopping, and keynote speaker Carol Scofield. Proceeds from the $40 event fee will go to support Soroptimist service projects, such as Women’s Opportunity Award, Kare Crisis Nursery, DSVAC, American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Grad Nights at local high schools.

For more information or to register, call Judy Barker at 477-1201.

Randy Reuter has joined RE/MAX Advantage in Grass Valley as a Realtor. His experience in commercial sales, tenant leasing, and multifamily properties enables him to assist in both commercial and residential needs, the agency says. He can be reached at 277-5799.

Got business news? E-mail Brett Nelson at brettn@the or call 477-4236.

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