Grass Valley, Ca.

Cascades of Grass Valley, a senior living community located at 415 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley, will be hosting a classic car show on Friday, August 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Guests are invited to the community for a 50s-themed evening of classic cars and rock and roll. Enjoy listening to the greatest hits of the decade and enter to win raffle prizes. Retro, drive-in diner fare, including hot dogs, fries and milkshakes, will be available for purchase.

All proceeds from concessions and raffles will be donated to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation’s campaign, Remember Me: The Face Behind Dementia. The campaign raises funds to support the nearly 3,000 people in the community dealing with Alzheimer's through telephone and in person counseling, respite care to those in need and community education and outreach.

For more information, please call Cascades of Grass Valley at 530-272-8002.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, Nevada County, California–On Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 11 am-4 pm, malakoff 8 16 17Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins and California State Parks will jointly commemorate the French heritage of the park, and unveil two new interpretive panels that are the result of recent research into its French and French Canadian pioneers.

162 years ago, the French army toppled the impenetrable Malakoff Tower, thereby ending a 10-month siege by French and English forces upon the Russian naval port of Sebastopol. French people all over the world celebrated France’s victory in the Crimean War. A mock Malakoff tower was created in the streets of San Francisco, and French miners drawn to the Sierra during the Gold Rush gave the name to their claims. Hundreds of thousands of French-speaking immigrants were lured to California to participate in what has been called the greatest migration in history. The famous Malakoff Mine is testimony to their presence.

Recent study has found that their influence at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park was widespread. Entrepreneurs designed massive water systems and hydraulic ventures, opened hotels and businesses, and planted gardens. They dominated the local scene at the Park for 15 years, laying the groundwork to the nation’s biggest hydraulic operation of the day, the North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company, which was commonly called the French Company for years. The Malakoff Mine became so large that it was the defendant in the famous federal lawsuit that handed down the Sawyer Decision, the renowned injunction against the laissez-faire practice of polluting waterways.

The Malakoff’s French Connection Festival will commemorate these early French pioneers responsible for much of the early technological and cultural developments at the Park. It will be a festive, lively gathering open to the public with French themed music and dancing, food, wine and beer, games, tours and hikes.

We will unveil newly installed interpretive panels, welcome dignitaries from near and far, and premier an original marionette show explaining the origin of the name Malakoff. World and fusion quartet, Beaucoup Chapeaux, will provide the music. A raffle will be held featuring a grand prize of a week’s lodging in the French Riviera.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is located 26 miles northeast of Nevada City, nestled in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Within the Park’s roughly 3,200 acres of forested hills, lakes, dramatic cliffs, and historic buildings lies the exciting and significant story of the nation’s largest hydraulic gold mining operation and the nation’s first environmental regulation. Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, 23579 North Bloomfield Road, Nevada City, Ca.

Visitors are awed and humbled by the dramatic, multi-colored cliffs of the Park’s main attraction–the remains of a hydraulic mine–a massive, man-made pit carved into the landscape by giant water cannons. The Park was created in 1965 in order to preserve this important part of California’s gold mining history.

Today the Park is often characterized as a place of peace, quiet, and solitude, an ironically drastic shift from the destruction and devastation that created it. Popular activities include historic town tours, hikes through scenic diggings, mountain biking, camping, fishing, and photography.

For more information on Malakoff’s French Connection event, visit malakoffdigginsstatepark.org

Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins Mission Statement: We enhance the interpretive experience for visitors, promote park-based education for learners of all ages, and support and preserve the natural and cultural resources of Malakoff Diggins SHP.

We also assist other cooperative associations and the State Park System mission for the benefit of the public.

The 51st Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 9 & 10, 2017 in this historic California Gold Rushconstitution day 8 16 17 town. Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America.

The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features more than 100 entries and culminates other activities including Revolutionary War Living History in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek.

The parade through the downtown historic district includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and the perennial crowd favorites the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.

Roger Ingram of Grass Valley has been named the 2017 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Roger Ingram Blue Ribbon Recipient   2017 8 16 17Roger Ingram is the recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s Blue Ribbon Award in recognition of his contributions to the agriculture programs at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the Fair industry, to recognize those who support and contribute to the quality of their local Fair. Roger is recognized for his contributions to the agriculture programs at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Roger’s involvement with the Fair began in 1986 when he started with the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE). From 1986 – 1993, he served as the 4-H/Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in Nevada County. His primary responsibility was management of the 4-H program; and, specifically, at the Nevada County Fair, he organized and conducted a livestock judging contest until 1995. He has been instrumental in coordinating carcass quality programs for Fair animals and working with exhibitors and leaders to understand the data and to use it to improve their feeding and management practices.

Additionally, from 2006 – 2011, Roger gave a series of agriculture-related presentations at the Fair as part of the series of workshops coordinated by the Nevada County Resource Conservation District.

Roger became the UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in 1993, and the County Director in 2007. During this time, he helped with the development of Nevada County Grown, worked with local meat producers on marketing and processing issues, and worked extensively on agricultural policies and regulations. He has also been involved with the Nevada County Farm Bureau, Nevada County Agricultural Commission, Nevada County Grown, Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association, and Gold Country Sheep Producers Association. Roger retired earlier this year.

“For decades, Roger has been an advocate of local youth in agriculture, particularly the youth at the Nevada County Fair,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “His contributions to the agriculture programs at the Fairgrounds have educated adults and children. Whether it’s participating in the annual Farm Day, assisting with agricultural youth programs, serving as a guest speaker in the seminar series at the Fair, or assisting the kids at the Fair – his work is invaluable.”

“I am both honored and humbled to receive the Blue Ribbon Award,” said Roger. “The Nevada County Fair holds such a deep connection with local residents, and it has been an honor to serve the residents of Nevada County.”

Roger was recognized at Opening Day Ceremony of the Fair on August 9. The 2017 Nevada County Fair is August 9 – 13. For information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.

 

Start New Class

The Goldancers Square Dance club will be starting a new beginners class in September. If you are looking for a fun way to meet new friends and get a little exercise and and lots of laughter in your life, this is the spot. We meet at the Golden Empire Grange located at 11363 Grange Ct. off La Barr Meadows Rd, about 1/4 mile past the Chevron station. Classes will start on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m and end at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. The first three September lessons, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, are free. No fancy clothes required and no partner needed (but helpful). Come and see what square dancing is all about and see how much fun it really is! For more info, you can call Laura at 530-432-8571 or Barbara at 530-272-9986 or send us an e-mail -- Laura is at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Barbara is at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
1 John 3:1a [ ESV ]

In providing The Hangout, a fun and safe afterschool gathering place, Grace Lutheran Church has been serving the Grass Valley/Nevada City Community for eight years.

The church is God’s sanctuary for not only high school students but for everyone. Please join us every Sunday at 9 AM to hear more about all God provides for you and your family.

The Hangout will begin welcoming students for the 2017-18 School Year on August 21st, and every day school is in session, from 2:30 to 6 PM. Parents, guardians, and families are encouraged to stop by and tour The Hangout as well as meeting Director Deaconess Froh, Pastor Kent Schaaf, and volunteers.

Grace Lutheran Church is located next to Nevada Union High School at 1979 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. For more information please telephone us at 530.273.7043.

Grace Lutheran Church is the sponsor of “The Lutheran Hour” broadcast on KNCO Radio every Sunday morning at 7:30.

“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
Psalm 36:7 [ ESV ]

Your friends at Grace Lutheran Church
Fellowship with us online @: http://gracelutherangv.org/

No pre-registration required. Show up 15 minutes before event and have fun!Special Events Tent jello 8 9 17

At the Nevada County Fair, August 9 – 13, there are exciting contests and activities happening each day of the Fair! Here are a few of the fun contests planned for this year’s Fair.

New this year is the Bubble Gum Blow Off on Friday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. The biggest bubble in each category will earn the biggest prizes, and bubble gum blowers of all ages are invited to join the fun. Also new is the Frozen T-Shirt Challenge on Thursday and Sunday from 3 – 4:30 pm. Shirts are doused with water, scrunched and frozen; and the object is to be the first to thaw the t-shirt and successfully fit your head and arms into the shirt. Entrants receive a free t-shirt.

With the “Sea You at the Fair!” theme, we have fun activities like the Pool Noodle Sea Life, where Fair-goers turn pool noodle pieces into floating sail boats and other seafaring critters on Thursday and Friday from 2 – 3 pm; Egg Carton Sea Creatures on Wednesday and Thursday from 1 – 2 pm; and Fun in the Sun Kids Games featuring pool noodle games, beach ball hockey and turtle relays on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from noon – 1 pm.

A returning favorite this year is the Jell-O Eatin’ Contest on Wednesday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Be the first to finish a bowl of Jell-O and whipped cream without using your hands! Also returning this year is the Live Art Battle on Saturday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Artists of all ages will have 20 minutes to create a painting, and then the audience will vote for their favorite. All supplies provided. Entry forms are available online or at the Fair Office.

If you love creating with Duct Tape, don’t miss the Duct Tape Art Challenge. Kids and adults will have 30 minutes to create an item or thing. Some tape will be available for use; however, if your project requires specific colors/patterns or supplies, please provide. Happening on Sunday; kids contest at 1 pm; adults 1:45 pm.

We’ve also got Seafaring Squash Mobile Races on Friday at noon, “Minute to Win It” fun each day from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, and karaoke happening every night from 8 – 11 pm and Sunday from 8 – 10 pm.

There are no entry forms for these events (except Live Art Battle) – just show up 15 minutes early at the Special Events Tent and get ready to play. Lots of fun and great prizes!

For a complete list of special contests and activities at this year’s Fair, August 9 – 13, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.

By Courtney Ferguson2017 08 25 22.51.21 8 9 17Master craftsmen Bob Hansen (L) and Ed Kittredge (R) painstakingly restore a damaged window to its former glory, while fellow volunteer Steve Wolf admires their attention to detail.

“When I say clanking, groaning and moving, I’m not referring to the fifteen members of the Over-the-Hill Gang,” quipped ‘gang’ leader, Tom Newmark. “I’m referring to Empire Mine’s mechanical equipment – and how one of our goals is to make that equipment move again, so visitors enjoy a riveting, authentic experience. Rather than having our Tour Guides talk about the mine machines, isn’t it more exciting to see them in action?”

The Over the Hill Gang has been busy maintaining and improving the Park since around 1976. “We tackle the tasks that our State Park staff may not have the time, funds or specialized skills to accomplish,” he said. At 86 years young, Newmark admits that, like many of the Gang’s members, his involvement keeps him challenged and active. “We’re all retired,” he explained, “and our work here makes a difference to the Park’s appeal and safety. We’re not only able to use our skills, but we’re always improving them – and often, learning new ones. While our ages range from 70 to 90 plus, our spirit is unstoppable.”

Quiet craftsmen hard at work

Early each Tuesday and Thursday morning, The Over-the-Hill Gang meets at the Park. Examples of their combined expertise include restoring the two-stamp stamp mill and adding dramatic lighting and sound to the mine model in the Visitor Center. They’ve designed and built the popular Blacksmith Shop, Compressor House and other buildings to replicate the ones from Empire’s hard-rock heydays, dating from the late 1800s to the mid-1950s when Empire closed. The photography for the interpretive panels and the traditional iron stands they’re displayed on are further evidence of the Gang’s craftsmanship in action. “We are passionate about the Park,” Newmark added. “Time and weather mean constant deterioration. Add the fact that everything we do must meet the State Parks’ standards for authenticity, using traditional techniques – and there’s always a new challenge; yet that’s what makes it fun.” Predictably, over time, everything from the leaded windows in the Clubhouse, Cottage and old offices to the machinery in the mine yard needs attention, and the Over-the-Hill Gang has the quiet craftsmen to get this vital jobs done. In addition to the restoration-and-repair work they do, the Gang also prepares the Park for its annual special events, including the Mother’s Day Springtime Event, Holidays at Empire Mine – and the 122nd Miners Picnic coming up on August 26th.

It’s a costly, on-going process, and funds for materials come from sales in the Park’s popular Gift Shop. Both the Gang and the Gift Shop are part of Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA, for short). EMPA is dedicated to raising and donating funds to support the Park.

Tom Newmark’s team includes Bill Blount, Tom Bumgarner, Deane Dvoracek, Bob Flannigan,

Jay Hansell, Bob Hansen, Ed Kittredge, Gary Larsen, Jim Schroeder, Dick Spoerer, Alan Trood, Jim Ward, Steve Wolf and Bert Wymer. Several are from the Auburn area. While not official members, retired Supervising Ranger Don Schmidt and former EMPA President Jim Dierberger frequently share their time and talents on special projects. “We have a serious need for help with painting right now,” Newmark added. “Maybe someone will read this, and get in touch.” For further information about the Over-the-Hill Gang, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Wilson at the Visitor Center, (530) 273-8522. For further information about Empire Mine Park Association, visit http://www.empiremine.org

Courtney Ferguson is a freelance writer and EMPA’s Outreach Coordinator and Publicist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos by Courtney Ferguson

 

2017 08 25 22.11.53 8 9 17Over-the-Hill Gang leader, Tom Newmark (l) and fellow volunteer Jay Hansell discuss what’s next on the Park’s never-ending list of “things to do.”

 

by Wendy Oaks, Nevada County FairgroundsKaren Henderson and Jim Drew Hall of Fame   2017 8 9 17Karen Henderson and Jim Drew. Photo by Shaffers Originals

Karen Henderson and Jim Drew, along with Robin Hauck, have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame.

Henderson and Drew have been attending the Nevada County Fair since childhood and were both Nevada Union FFA members who exhibited steers, market hogs, and lambs. They went on to become local agriculture teachers and FFA advisors for a combined total of 56 years. They have been buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction for almost 20 years, and help with the livestock sale each year; and Henderson served on the Nevada County Fair Board of Directors for five years. Additionally, their six children and two of their grandchildren have exhibited livestock as well.

“We have deep roots in the Fair and truly love what the Fair means to our community,” said Henderson. “The Fair and the Fairgrounds is a rich piece of history and cornerstone to our community’s agriculture heritage. When you realize the first high school agriculture classes were held in the Main Exhibit Building, the thousands of young people who learned about agriculture and developed a strong work ethic by exhibiting, the community activities and gatherings, you will understand why Jim and I know the Fair is vital to Nevada County.”

Henderson currently works fulltime for Live Wire Products Inc, her parent’s business in Penn Valley. She also raises project and freezer lambs, gardens, and recently qualified to enter the Boston Marathon for 2018. She is also on the Nevada County Farm Bureau Board. Drew was recently elected President of the Nevada Joint Union School District Board, and also serves on the Nevada County Resource Conservation Board and the Nevada County Livestock Producers Board. He works a large garden and vineyard on their property, and is an avid fisherman. Both are members of The Range, shooting weekly in the handgun league.

“Karen and Jim are an integral part of our Fair’s agriculture community,” said Rea Callender, Fairgrounds CEO. “They have dedicated countless hours to youth and Nevada County agriculture, and we are grateful for their service.”

Robin Hauck served as the Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds from 2009 until she retired in March. Prior to working at the Nevada County Fair, she was CEO of the Merced County Fair for four years, worked for the El Dorado County Fair for 17 years and the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace, and served as a fair industry consultant.

Hauck, who grew up in Loomis, showed at and visited Fairs throughout California during her childhood. “My roots are in agriculture, and so is the Fair,” said Hauck. “The Fair provides a forum for the promotion and education of agriculture, the exchange of information, a celebration of our traditions and to recall our history. The Fair does all of this with charm, excitement and the competitive spirit – and I’m proud to be part of the industry.”

While at the Fairgrounds, Hauck founded several community service projects, including the Fair’s partnership with local libraries for their summer reading program and Ag-Sperience at the Fair (where Fair-goers can learn about agriculture in Nevada County). She also founded Community Involvement Day, which recently received the Western Fairs Association’s Merrill Award, the Fair industry’s highest honor.

“These community-based programs at the Fair are here because of Robin’s vision,” said Callender. “We are fortunate to have had Robin at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the past 8 years, and I thank Robin for her years of service and dedication to the Fair industry, to the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and to the community,” said Callender.

Hauck is the current Treasurer of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Board.

Henderson, Drew and Hauck will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremony on August 9, and will receive a portrait donated by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley. The 2017 Nevada County Fair is August 9 – 13. For information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.Robin Hauck Hall of Fame   2017 8 9 17Robin Hauck. Photo by Shaffers Original

 

Submitted by: Annalinde Wainwright

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about cooking with the sun at the 5th Annual Solar Cook-Off, Saturday August 5 at the Church of Christ of the Latter Day Saints, 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City.

Experienced chefs will start cooking at 10:30 a.m., preparing main dishes, vegetables and desserts. FREE food tastings at 4 p.m.

Learn how to make your own solar cooker, using inexpensive common materials.

Want to show off your solar cooking skills? Come on down and join the fun. Bring your solar cooker and favorite recipe. This is a great free event for the whole family,

Car Show registration forms available

Penn Valley, Ca.united way 8 2 171956 Chevy Nomad, owned by Jane Ammerman, won best in show

United Way of Nevada County is proud to announce its eleventh annual BBQ competition, which will include a Car & Motorcycle Show and a Disc Golf tournament. This exciting event will take place at the Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley on August 26th at Western Gateway Park.

Registration forms are now available for individuals that would like to participate in the car show. There is a limited amount of space. If you are interested in displaying your car or motorcycle, get your registration in as soon as possible. During this fun day, there will also be a Backyard BBQ competition, a Kansas City BBQ competition, a disc golf tournament, vendors, music, and a kid’s area.

Last year at this event United Way had a vast array of cars; from cars of the future (Electric vehicles) to a 1928 Ford Model A. There will be an award given out for the people’s choice winner. Last year’s winner was a 1956 Chevy Nomad owned by Jane Ammerman. If you have a foreign or domestic car, electric vehicle or a motorcycle, now is the time to register! Register your vehicle now and join the United Way for a fun day and some delicious BBQ!

United Way of Nevada County’s service priority is to strive to assure all individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their basic need for food, emergency shelter and access to health care. All the proceeds from this event will go to the United Way of Nevada County.

Car show registration forms are available at grillsngrilles.com, or for more information please call United Way at (530) 274-8111

 

 

bridge 7 31 17Thanks to Governor Brown, State Legislators, and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the funding to save the longest, single span wood covered bridge left in the world is assured. This was accomplished by the unwavering efforts and support of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, City and Town Councils of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee, all Nevada County Chambers of Commerce, our partners at South Yuba River Citizen’s League, Bear Yuba Land Trust, Nevada County Historical Society, Nevada County Economic Resources Council, and many other community organizations, businesses and individuals.

DPR reports there is $4.128m in the approved 2017-2018 budget allocated for the renovation of this historical treasure. Of that $4.128m, $356,000 has been spent on final plans and working drawings leaving $3.772m for construction costs. Most of the environmental and permitting processes have been completed or are in their final stages and should be completed by the end of 2017. The Project is anticipated to go out to bid in early 2018, and construction is scheduled to commence in summer 2018, with a projected completion date of May 2019.

There are many factors that can affect the start of the Project such as high spring river waters, the availability of seasoned old growth size lumber for milling, and weather conditions. Also, this is a very special Project. Reconstructing and renovating a uniquely designed, 155 year old wood structure over a rapidly flowing river and at the same time maintaining its historical status and significance will not be an easy task! There are sure to be challenges and possible delays but if we all keep our eyes fixed on the goal of full restoration and work together we can Save Our Bridge! Stay tuned for further updates on the progress or visit www.southyubariverstatepark.org.

Free glaucoma and vision screenings; part of Community Involvement Day, July 31

The Foothill Lions Club, in conjunction with the Northern California Lions Sight Association, will provide free glaucoma and visual screening services for adults and children at the Nevada County Fair’s Community Involvement Day on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm at Gate 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For the event, the Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Associations Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motorhome that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children, and special tests will be provided to children ages 6 months to 6 years old using our PlusOptix equipment. The Lions Club will be staffing the unit, and local optometrists – Dr. Kirschbaum, OD; Dr. Jerry Chan, OD; and Dr. Tiffany Chan, OD – will volunteer their services for the day. The screening event is free, as the Foothill Lions Club covers all costs.

“Eye exams are so important, “said Tom Sigler, Foothill Lions Club president. “It’s especially important to have a child’s eyes checked at an early age. Often, children go undiagnosed for years, which can cause a child to fall behind in school. With early detection, this can be avoided.”

The Lions Vision Van is provided as part of Community Involvement Day, a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations - the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence (formerly Domestic Violence Coalition), Cinderella Project, and The Karing Closet – in exchange for coupons for buy one, get one admission tickets to the Fair. Or, donate blood through BloodSource on that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair. The organizations will be at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donated items to receive coupons.

This year’s Fair is August 9 – 13. For information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.

Nevada City, Ca.

Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar of Nevada City has received a 2017 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.

The selection is announced in the August issue of Wine Spectator as part of its 36th annual international awards program. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

“Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year’s winners,” said Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken. “As wine becomes more important to diners, the awards program is thriving – with an increasing number of entries, as well as growing print, digital and social audiences. Wine Spectator congratulates each and every award winner.”

Friar Tuck’s was recognized for its well-chosen selections of quality wine producers and thematic match of wines and menu in both price and style. Award of Excellence winners typically offer at least 90 wine selections.

Friar Tuck’s general manager and wine director Carissa Cook said the Wine Spectator award attests to the restaurant’s fare and popularity.

“This is a prestigious and well-known award in the restaurant industry and a great honor for us,” she said.

Other Northern Sierra regional award-winners include PlumpJack Café and Six Peaks Grill in Squaw Valley, Sunnnyside Restaurant & Lodge in Tahoe City, West Shore Café & Inn in Homewood and Carpe Vino in Auburn.

Friar Tuck’s has been a mainstay in Nevada City since 1973 when it was founded by Cook’s late father, Greg Cook. Friar Tuck’s seats 185, offers two wine cellars with more than 300 wine selections and attracts a clientele from across the region.

Friar Tuck’s is located at 111 North Pine Street in historic downtown Nevada City. Call 530-265-9093 or see friartucks.com.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

The outcome of sin is death, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Grace Lutheran Church is celebrating the 500th anniversary of The Reformation during the 9 AM Sunday Worship Service by having a special preaching series of sermons on the Small Catechism. This series will continue through November 26th. Join us to learn more about of God's love for you and meet Grace Lutheran Church's pastor, Kent Schaaf and special guest preachers that will be doing some of these sermons.

Grace Lutheran Church, sponsors of The Lutheran Hour every Sunday morning at 7:30 AM on KNCO Radio, will be offering a FREE Vacation Bible School July 17 - 19.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

Your friends at Grace Lutheran Church, 1979 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Telephone: 530.273.7043
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roundabout 1  7 5 17Submitted by Nancy Silva Nevada County Association of REALTORS

According to a study by Volunteering in America, volunteering is the perfect way to feel connected to your community and may hold the key to happiness. One of the major factors that tends to encourage high volunteer rates is attachment to a community by way of residence and home ownership. This is precisely what the Nevada County Association of Realtors® advocates. In fact, it is the tag line which is the inspiration printed on their community outreach tee‐shirts...

What Matters Most... “Family, Friends, Community and a sense of Home.

Not only an inspiration, but a commitment to their community and why Realtors® show up in mass to many civic events. It’s not just about selling homes for the Realtors®, they also provide enormous social and economic value for our community as evidenced by their dedication with the “Round About

Cleanup” on Saturday June 24th.

Along with volunteers from the Contractor’s Association, City of Grass Valley, Realtor® Association Affiliates and members of the public, Realtor’s® donned their tee‐shirts, gardening gloves, and hats and while battling unseasonably high temperatures pull weeds, dug out the old, planted the new and spread ground cover. The cleanup took about 2 ½ hours and was well worth it. As 2017 Realtor ® Association President, Amber Thompson said, “Volunteering is one of the ways Realtors® give back to maintain a strong, vibrant community. The roundabout cleanup was a perfect project as it is one of the entries off Hwy. 20, into our beautiful community, and a reflection our town. From the artwork that depicts the city’s historic past, to the well thought out landscape design consisting of drought tolerant specimens, giving a nod to the future in promoting water conservation, it is a one of our town’s jewels that requires polishing from time to time.”

So, if you want to feel happy and give back to this wonderful community we live in, contact the Nevada County Association of Realtors at 530‐272‐2627 to join them on one of their build projects, fundraisers or community enhancement days or contact Volunteer Nevada County at http://volunteernevadacounty.org/. See you around and about!

Grass Valley, Ca.

The 21st Annual California WorldFest is July 13-16th, 2017 and features seven stages of music and dance from around the world, camping with family and friends, workshops, yoga, indigenous peoples village, international food, fine crafts, and the renowned children’s program... celebrate mid-summer with us under the cool, tall pines of the Sierra foothills.

Thursday, July 13 thru Sunday July 16 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Ca.

AnimalSave's fourth annual “A Furry, Furry Night” fund raising event will be held at the AnimalSave Center on Saturday, July 8. “A Furry, Furry Night” is dedicated to the dogs and cats we rescue and place in loving, forever homes.

Last year’s event was a howling success, netting $30,000. Based on last year’s attendance and how much folks enjoyed it, we expect the event to be sold out, so get your tickets early!

Organized by the Friends of AnimalSave Committee, ”A Furry, Furry Night” will include a live and silent auction, a no-host bar and dinner catered by Christopher's. Dream and The Dreamer will provide the evening’s entertainment with music for your listening and dancing enjoyment. We are pleased to have John Renwick, with Re/Max Realty, join us again this year as our Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer.

Gather a group of friends and plan for an evening of food and fun, go home with some great auction items and help AnimalSave help the animals.

Auction items include art by local artists, jewelry, tree trimming by Tim the Tree Man, gift certificates to local restaurants, theaters and stores; garden art, wine and food baskets from local wineries and grocers, a ride to the doughnut shop with Chief Gammelgard, seven-night resort condominium accommodations for four people in Cancun and Maui, an after-hours private tasting party at The Olive Groove, golf packages from Alta Sierra Country Club and the Nevada County Country Club, a Lake Tahoe adventure, professional cleaning by Encore Carpet Cleaning and many more items.

We are thankful to our generous sponsors Robert and Carol Hamilton, The Union, Diana Bailey, Brunswick Veterinary Clinic, Carolyn Niehaus, Gayle and Leo Granucci, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards, Peters’ Drilling and Pump Service, SPD Markets, Dennis and Linda Burbridge, Caliber Collison, Larry and Judi Hirtzel, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Clare McDowell, Sims, Lawrence & Arruti; The Canine Coach, Sperry Van Ness Highland Commercial, and Pioneer Motors.

Proceeds from “A Furry, Furry Night” will help fund AnimalSave's animal rescue and welfare programs. AnimalSave's primary programs include the Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic that has altered over 16,000 dogs and cats in the past nine years and its Foster/Adoption Program that rescues and finds homes for more than 250 dogs and cats each year.

We are very excited about unveiling Penny’s Place - the soon to open old and special needs cat sanctuary that will provide longer-term housing for harder to adopt cats.

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Where: The AnimalSave Center

520 East Main Street, Grass Valley

Ticket Price: $55.00 includes dinner by Christopher's, no- host wine/beer bar (first drink included) and dessert. Tickets are available at the Book Nook, at the AnimalSave Center, 520 East Main Street, Suite G, Grass Valley or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 530.271.7071 x 201 for more information. Visit our website at www.animalsave.org.

Largest Fireworks Display in Nevada Co.4th of July 6 28 17

The parade will be Tuesday, July 4th at 11am which will include approx. 75 entries. The festive parade makes its way down W. Main & Mill Streets in downtown Grass Valley. Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point.

The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade, and continues to provide intermittent music throughout the parade.

Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.

Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m. 2017 Admission rates $10 in advance, $20 at the gate.

No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the fairgrounds.

All Proceeds Will be Given to the Food Bank of Nevada County

June 22 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Integrated Ayurveda a Holistic Healthcare Cooperative is having a cookbook giveaway for the public. Donations only and all proceeds will be given to the Food Bank of Nevada County. We have plenty of FREE parking right out side our clinic and all are welcome. Our doors will open for this event right at 5:00 pm and will stay open till 7:00 pm or unless all books are given away. Please join us in this GREAT event that will benefit one of our local charities.

Refreshments will be served.
Location: Just one street north of the hospital
123 Margaret Ln. #C1
Grass Valley, CA
530-270-9042