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Annie Keeling: Go ahead … roll your eyes at me
Annie Keeling: Go ahead … roll your eyes at me

May 15, 2019

It seems each generation just gets better at eye rolling, that seemingly practiced, passive-aggressive expression of disdain, exasperation, and/or disapproval. Perhaps it has evolved into a developmental milestone of tweens and teens — and doctors...



Hollie Grimaldi Flores: What did Mom teach you?
Hollie Grimaldi Flores: What did Mom teach you?

May 8, 2019

Another Mother’s Day is fast approaching. I was looking through a magazine piece recently that posed the question, “What is the single most important thing you learned from your mother?” The inquiry gave me pause....



Concert field trip inspires young musicians
Concert field trip inspires young musicians

May 1, 2019

When Kylee White finished reading her fortune aloud after her birthday dinner April 5, her grandma already knew it was meant to be. The 9-year-old Grass Valley girl, from a non-musical family, had expressed an...



Hollie Grimaldi Flores: Company is coming

April 24, 2019

My brother and sister-in-law are coming to visit, and I am thrilled. The retired couple are on what I hope to be a great adventure, driving across the United States ­— beginning in New York...



‘Their worlds just got a little bigger’
‘Their worlds just got a little bigger’

April 10, 2019

Nevada County Arts Council and Twin Ridges School District have been teaming up on a new international project piloting in the United States, called Dream A Difference. This week the Council’s teaching poets met with...




Annie Keeling: Help! My child is a picky eater
Annie Keeling: Help! My child is a picky eater

April 3, 2019

Many young children could be described as picky eaters. If the child is used to breastmilk, formula or sweet-tasting foods, it can be quite a transition to eat foods that awaken the other tastes. Alert!...


Hollie Grimaldi Flores: Putting mind over matter

March 28, 2019

Many years ago, I met a woman in a service club who was a hypnotherapist. She always had a smile on her face and was warm and welcoming. She made a living helping people harness...


Aimee Retzler: Play as a path to fitness
Aimee Retzler: Play as a path to fitness

March 28, 2019

Remember when you were five and you flopped down on the floor pretending to be a lion, dragon or slithery snake hissing at your childhood friend? I remember doing cartwheels until the cows came home,...


Children’s self-defense workshop this Saturday
Children’s self-defense workshop this Saturday

March 28, 2019

Street Sense for Children is a personal safety and character-building program, specifically designed for children ages eight to ten. Street Sense focuses on the ABC’s of self-defense: Awareness, Body Confidence, and Courage. Students are introduced...


Exceptional orators shine at district tourney
Exceptional orators shine at district tourney

March 20, 2019

Sixty-four of the top oration students, grades four to eight, from 14 local public and private schools, recently competed in the countywide Speech Tournament. The tournament was coordinated by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools...




Jill Haley: Applying early to college

March 13, 2019

If it seems that applying to college begins much earlier than it used to, you are right. Not only have the financial aid applications moved to an earlier date (from January of the senior year...


Laurel & Hardy, Keaton screen at Comedy Shorts
Laurel & Hardy, Keaton screen at Comedy Shorts

January 23, 2019

Three great comedy shorts from the 1920s screen for free with live musical accompaniment Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Enjoy an evening of laughs. Silent Movies with Walt Strony presents Laurel and...