submitted by Donna Cobb

 Nevada County, Ca.

 

health

 

United Way of Nevada County and California CareForce joined forces over a year and a half ago, to plan and implement the 2020 Grass Valley Free 2-day health care clinic. The free clinic came to fruition and took place at the Nevada County fairgrounds in January 2020.  Through this collaboration over $347,297 worth of basic health care services were made available to those in need. United Way of Nevada County raised funds and recruited volunteers. California Careforce brought their expertise and equipment. 

 

Eight hundred and fifty patients were seen over the two-day period in which the free health clinic was held. Three hundred and ninety eight dental patients were served. Dental fillings, oral surgery, cleanings and x-rays all took place in the dental section of the clinic. Two hundred and sixteen   patients were served in the vision section of the clinic. Comprehensive eye exams were given, while free eyeglasses were made on site or ordered at no charge. In the general medical section of the clinic, two hundred and thirty-six medical patients received exams. Acupuncture and chiropractic services were also offered.

 

The selfless medical professionals who volunteered for the clinic were able to treat over 400 people each day.  Without their help, the clinic would not have been able to offer free medical, dental and vision care to those in need of services. The County of Nevada County Public Health department was also on hand to provide immunizations. Numerous service organizations, including the Donner Region Lions club, the Grass Valley Rotary club, Churches and other organizations donated and served breakfast and lunch to the hardworking volunteers. Chapa De Clinic was on hand to sign up patience for follow up care and offer post-clinic services.

 

 The community of Nevada County benefited immensely from this collaborative event. With so many individuals without health insurance, particularly vision and dental coverage, this clinic was able to provide important services for community members.  United Way of Nevada County and California CareForce are currently in discussions to bring this much-needed health clinic back to the community in 2022.

Nevada County, Ca.

 

The cost of living in Nevada County has been steadily increasing, with prices of rent, utilities, health care, childcare and other necessities becoming harder to manage. Maybe you know someone who is struggling to get by…a friend or neighbor having trouble making ends meet. United Way envisions a community where individuals don’t have to choose between buying food and paying for basic needs. United Way of Nevada County and Interfaith Food Ministry distribute nutritious supplemental groceries on the second Saturday of each month.

 

The program was formed nearly three years ago for working individuals who need help putting food on their table, but are unable to pick up food at local food distributions during the workweek. The program has grown to encompass a larger population; welcoming others to the table, including anyone who needs food but is unable to make it to the food distributions Monday through Friday. Since the program began, over 7200 bags of food, including fresh fruit and produce, have been given out to over 3200 individuals. United Way partner, Interfaith Food Ministry, distributes food Mon/Wed/Fri from 10am-1pm and the Food Bank of Nevada County provides food at five locations throughout the month.

 

United Way of Nevada County strives to assure individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their basic need for food, emergency shelter and access to health care. Interfaith Food Ministry works to reduce food insecurity in Western Nevada County. They feed the hungry, helping to sustain good health and human dignity. The distributions take place at 440 Henderson Street, in Grass Valley, from 10am-noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month. For more information contact United Way at 274-8111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grass Valley, Ca.

 

The annual Foothill Celebration is Saturday March 7th from 1-4pm in Downtown Grass Valley! This unique event places a variety of wine, beer, cider and hard kombucha alongside restaurant fare in various businesses located throughout Downtown. Presented by the Grass Valley Downtown Association in partnership with Sierra Vintners, a fundraiser for both organizations, the ticket price includes wine, beer, kombucha and cider tastings and a variety of food choices from sweet to savory. There is live music and art pop ups in many of the area businesses as well. Now in it’s 19th year, this popular,  event takes place rain or shine. Tickets are $50.00 in advance until March 2nd and $55.00 starting March 3rd. Designated Driver tickets are $10 (includes 5 food tastings).  Regular tickets include unlimited libation samples, and 5 food tastings. Additional food tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the cross of Mill and Main Streets day of the event.  Tickets available at Sierra Vintners member wineries and online at sierravintners.com. Tickets available for purchase in downtown Grass Valley tasting rooms: Lucchesi, Avanguardia and Sierra Starr and at The Book Seller. 

 

Your ticket includes:

 

  • *Unlimited Beer and Wine Tasting of over 20 local & regional wineries & breweries and new libations
  • *5 Food Tastings
  • *Commemorative Glass & Menu
  • *Rain or Shine event/ no refunds. When it rains we pour anyhow
  • Start at Gold Miners Inn to get your glass and program

Additional food tasting tickets may be purchased throughout the event: $10 for 5 food tastings/ or 2 for $5 at Gold Miners Inn, Tofanelli’s, LaTeDa, M3 Mall

 

For more information, call the Grass Valley Downtown Association at 530.272.8315 and at www.downtowngrassvalley.com

The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission announced the designation of two new landmarks: John Woolman School and Kentucky Flat School.

 

John Woolman School

 

The private Quaker boarding school which opened in 1963 is located on Woolman Lane in Nevada City. The sprawling 230 acre property was purchased in 1961 and housed the first Quaker boarding school in the western United States. The school is named after John Woolman, a staunch proponent of the abolition of slavery who urged other Quakers to free their slaves and boycott slave-made goods.

 

The high school boarding program at John Woolman School ended in 2001, and a semester program operated at the location from 2004-2016. Today, the campus hosts a range of programs such as Camp Woolman, the Sierra Streams Institute, The Outdoor School, Jorgensen School for Nonviolence, and various teen and family camps as well as retreats and private rentals.

 

Woolman students have made many contributions to our local community. Woolman has produced entrepreneurs and songwriters, and continues to support local artists with their original Oborigama Climbing Kiln that is one of the largest wood-fire kilns in the U.S.

 

Kentucky Flat School

 

Located on Newtown Road in Nevada City, the Kentucky Flat School building was originally located at the Kentucky Ridge and Kentucky Flat Mining Camp on Bridgeport Road. As the building became too small to house the area’s children, it was moved to the current site in 1855 and deeded over to the Grass Valley school district in 1877. Used as a school until 1963, it boasts a bell tower and bell that were used to alert the local residents to fires, special events, and the opening of school days.

 

Since 1964 the building has housed and been maintained by the Kentucky Flat Community Center hosting many events and organizations valuable to the community including 4-H and Farm Bureau functions, Head Start, community meetings, and a daycare center.

 

To read more about this and other historical landmarks in Nevada County use the Commission’s interactive map which can be found on its website nevadacountylandmarks.com, or its ebook, Exploring Nevada County, available from ibooks or Amazon or in paperback from Comstock Bonanza Press.

Nevada County, Ca.

 

bridge

 

The Save our Bridge Campaign Committee and the Sierra Gold Parks Foundation are sponsoring this year’s Nevada County Schools’ Student art competition.

 

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools (NCSoS) is pleased to partner with the Bridgeport Restoration Celebration (BRC) Committee to help sponsor two student art competitions in celebration of the restoration and soon-to-be grand re-opening of the newly restored covered Bridgeport Bridge in Penn Valley. All students across the county are encouraged to participate in this exciting opportunity to celebrate this 158-year-old historical structure. Two challenges for students include an art, painting or collage for students in grades K-12 and the second is a short 1-3 minute YouTube video for students in grades 4-12. Students are challenged to creatively depict the history of the South Yuba River State Park and the Bridgeport Covered Bridge. One winner from every grade level will be presented with a cash award in April and all winners will be given the opportunity to be the first to walk across the bridge when it officially opens at the ribbon cutting ceremony in Fall 2020! All schools in the county have been sent the necessary information for teachers to help students submit their products by the deadline of 5:00 pm, February 28, 2020. The link provided below will take you to the site for more details on the competitions along with multiple classroom resources for teachers and students from how to make YouTube videos, the history of covered bridges to how to integrate bridge lessons across curriculum subject areas. For those interested, you may keep tabs on the progress of the restoration of the bridge by checking out the photo archive on the South Yuba River Park Association website (http://www.southyubariverstatepark.org/) and, under News, click on “Save Our Bridge Restoration”. If you have any questions about the bridge restoration project, contact the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For detailed information on the student competition, please visit our Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project Classroom Connection https://sites.google.com/nevco.org/bridgeportrestorationproject-c/student-competition and indicate your intent to participate, or contact Teena Corker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

5 annualLeft to right: Lawrence Sorensen (Derek’s father), Megan Timpany, CEO United Way, Chris Carpenter and Mike Woodman of Gold Country Disc Golf Association, Debbie and Gary Evans (Derek’s mother and step-father).The 5th Annual Derek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf Tournament was held on Oct. 19th during United Way’s Grills & Grilles event at Western Gateway Park. The tournament was hosted by the Gold Country Disc Golf Association in memory of Derek Sorensen who was an avid disc golf player. A hundred percent of the tournament proceeds were donated to United Way of Nevada County in Derek’s memory, culminating in a total donation of $2,765.00. 

 

 

 

Derek was 26 years old when his loving family lost him. His mother, Debbie Evans said, “He was a best friend to many and a great friend to all. He was not judgmental; never a bully and he loved all living things.  He loved all living things; dogs, cats, butterflies, birds, bees and even slugs. Derek was passionate about the Yuba River, loved the mountains, the ocean and most of all the desert and he enjoyed many sports, bowling, hiking, camping, biking, snowboarding and playing disc golf. He is missed by many.”

 

All proceeds from the tournament went to United Way of Nevada County’s Community Impact Fund. The funds are used to help individuals and families in Nevada County meet their Basic Needs of Food, Emergency Shelter and Access to Health Care. Through strategic and focused direction, United Way of Nevada County continues to focus on its mission to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

 

united wayUnited Way of Nevada County is hard at work planning the 2020 Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Care Clinic. It will take place on January 11th and 12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The small planning committee consists of dedicated volunteers of past California CareForce free clinics as well as United Way Board Members. One of the volunteers recently happened to be purchasing a car at Auburn Honda and brought up the free clinic she was helping to plan. They seemed interested, so she encouraged them to donate. Without hesitation, Dave Jones, the General Manager, made arrangements to donate $500 toward the free 2-day clinic.

 

Organized in conjunction with the Roseville-based nonprofit California CareForce, United Way of Nevada County will be hosting the event, which will take place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the first time. The cost of such a huge event is quite substantial; however, through the kindness of people like Dave Jones at Auburn Honda, it will all come together.

 

United Way is still in need of donors (sponsors) to help with everything needed to make the clinic happen. Also needed are general volunteers and medical professionals to volunteer their time during the 2020 clinic. There is a need for volunteers to help set up and tear down two days before, and on Monday after the clinic. Anyone interested in volunteering during the two-day clinic, or donating to help bring it to fruition, is encouraged to call United Way at 530-274-8111, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.uwnc.org/health-clinic .

Nevada, County, Ca.

 

This is a rain or shine event, all bikes welcome! Bring an unwrapped Toy or Food. Arrive at Eric Rood Center & be ready to leave by NOON, then proceed to the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

 

Established in 1991 by Thom Staser and others, the Nevada County Food & Toy Run has provided tens of thousands of Christmas presents and thousands of Christmas meals to needy children and families throughout Nevada County and the surrounding areas for nearly 3 decades. Each year thousands of motorcyclists joyfully make the trek from all over California, and the states of Nevada and Oregon, to take part in the much needed and well appreciated selfless giving that exemplifies the true meaning of this season. The riders act like little kids themselves as they parade through the streets of Nevada City and Grass Valley on their final stretch to the fairgrounds, but ask any one of them and the most heartwarming reward for them all is the joy to be found on those children's’ faces when they receive what they might have otherwise gone without.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Toy Run at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or, 530-913-7078. Merry Christmas and Happy Yule!

 

www.toyrun.org

Grass Valley, Ca.

 

country faireThe 35th annual Country Christmas Faire is happening at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 29, 30 and December 1. 

 

Four large exhibit buildings will be filled with unique handcrafted gifts, crafts and holiday décor, giving Fairgoers a chance to begin their holiday shopping and purchase quality handmade items, including ceramics, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, ornaments, stained glass, candles, beadwork, fiber arts, and thousands of other unique gifts created by talented artisans.

 

Visitors to the Faire will enjoy musical entertainment, a gingerbread house and holiday ornament display, a community bonfire, and wagon rides around the Fairgrounds. There will also be delicious food and beverages available.  

 

Santa will be available in the Cowbell Barn from 11 am – 4 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11 am – 3 pm on Sunday.  Bring your camera to capture that special photo. Babysitting is offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit, so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping.  Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be at Main Street Center and available to assist with packages throughout the event.

 

On Sunday of the Fair, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will partner with Interfaith Food Ministry for a canned food drive.  Bring a can of food on Sunday, December 1 from 10 am to 3 pm, and receive $1 off Sunday’s admission price (one coupon per person).  All food collected will be distributed to feed those in need in Nevada County.

 

The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 29 and runs through Sunday, December 1. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. Parking is free. The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.

 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

Grass Valley, CA

 

project warmUnited Way is holding a collection drive for new warm hats, gloves and socks for those in our community who are in need. Donate these much-needed items and help everyone in our community stay warm this winter. Who are those in need? The sad truth is that a great majority of those in need are families with children who are just struggling to get by. According to the Real Cost Measure study done by the United Way of California recently, 35% of Nevada County households with children face a large barrier to economic security. This collection drive will help those households and individuals stay warm during the upcoming winter months.

 

Now through Dec. 12th, new warm hats, gloves and socks can be dropped off at the following locations:

The AAA office, B&C Ace Home Center, The Union, Hospice of the Foothills, Baird Financial, the Rood Center lobby and also the new United Way of Nevada County office located at 202 Providence Mine Rd., Suite 107 in Nevada City (call first).

 

Currently United Way of Nevada County is focusing on helping the community of Nevada County in the area of Basic Needs, including Food, Emergency Shelter and Access to Health Care. United Way of Nevada County envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through healthy lives, education and income stability. 

 

If you are interested in finding out more about our collection drive, please call 274-8111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Live United this holiday season and help us keep the community warm.

For more information, call 274-8111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grass Valley, CA

 

“Dental cavities and gum problems are the most prevalent disease condition of humankind, imposing significant burden at all life stages, from childhood to adulthood. After years of working with patients and listening to their needs, you realize that the work we do as dentists not only helps to solve the immediate oral problem but keep our patients away from pain or discomfort, promotes self- confidence, enables social interactions and facilitates chewing and speaking. Oral health has a great impact in the quality of life for all of us.

 

Many members of our community struggle with maintaining oral health due to inaccessibility to care. As health care providers, with just a few hours of work, we have the opportunity to improve the lives and well-being of these community members. It can be difficult to find time in our already busy schedules to volunteer, but providing care to those in need can also be incredibly rewarding and improve the overall health of our community. If you would like to be involved in a wonderful and perhaps life changing opportunity, please consider volunteering in the Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Clinic ~ Jan. 11/12 2020.

 

By: Dr Ljubica Petrasic DDS

 

United Way of Nevada County is hosting a California CareForce free 2-day health clinic on January 11th and 12th next year. Anyone who needs medical, dental or vision care can be seen during this great event. It takes a great deal of volunteers to make this care available to those who need it the most. The below was written by one of the wonderful medical professional volunteers who will be helping out during the Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Clinic to be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. www.uwnc.org/health-clinic

 

Grass Valley, CA

 

Donate a can of food on Sunday, December 1, and receive $1 off admission

 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds and Interfaith Food Ministry are teaming up at the Country Christmas Faire for a canned food drive to help feed those in need in Nevada County.  

 

Bring a can of food (or two or three) to the Country Christmas Faire on Sunday, December 1, and you’ll receive a coupon for $1 off general admission to the Christmas Faire on that day. Volunteers from Interfaith Food Ministry will collect the cans at the food collection bins on that Sunday at the Fairgrounds from 10 am – 4 pm at Gates 1, 3 and 5, which is also where you’ll receive your coupon. One coupon per person. All food collected will be used to help feed those in need in Nevada County.

 

The Country Christmas Faire is happening Thanksgiving weekend, November 29, 30 and December 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Cost is $5, and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free.

 

For more information about the Country Christmas Faire, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

Nevada County, Ca.

 

The two day event takes place at the Shady Creek Outdoor School and Event Center on December 14th and 15th of 2019.

 

Saturday December 14th, 9 am to 4:30 pm the traditional Saturday morning wild mushroom hunt and identification will wrap up with an afternoon of displayed discoveries and identification workshops. Please note:  Online pre-registration is required to attend this event. Register online at www.YubaWatershedInstitute.org/register.

 

Meeting location for the morning mushroom hunt will be provided when you register. Bring a bagged lunch and be prepared to walk in the damp woods. Also useful: collection basket, waxed paper bags, knife, and hand lens. Please carpool if possible. This is a rain or shine event.

 

Following the collection foray, we will come together at the Shady Creek Outdoor School and Event Center for identification discussions, fungi related presentations, educational workshops, and there will be wild mushroom soups and other wild crafted and delicious food for sale.

 

On Sunday December 15th, 11 am to 4 pm we will host the 9th annual Wild Mushroom Exposition. The Exposition will be filled with presentations, interactive displays, and workshops based on our seasonal Sierra mushrooms. Stop by any time between 11 am and 4pm. There will be wild-crafted food concessions, mushroom merchandise available for sale, breakaway mini hikes on campus (weather dependent), and lectures and workshops that celebrate fungi. 

 

Please be aware there are No Dogs and No Smoking allowed at the Shady Creek Center.

 

Saturday – $30 general; $25 for YWI members; $25 for children and full-time students

 

Sunday – $15 general; $10 for YWI members, children, and full-time students

 

Purchase tickets at www.YubaWatershedInstitute.org/register.

 

Volunteer positions are available. To volunteer please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 650-483.3378.

Nevada County, Ca.

 

wine buyingJoin us for a limited seating wine tasting event to benefit United Way of Nevada County on Sunday, November 17th at the Lake Wildwood Clubhouse (in the Cedar Room). Taste and learn about superior quality wines, and find the perfect bottle for your holiday parties, or as a gift for your favorite wine aficionado! Includes wine tasting workshop, light appetizers, the sounds of Lisa Stine on Harp, & the opportunity to purchase exceptional wines at special prices! There will be a silent auction during the reserved, limited seating event.

 

The summit will be hosted by Dave Luce, wine broker extraordinaire and owner of Alta Sierra Wine Shop. He promises an informative afternoon as he unfolds the intricacies of a dozen hand selected top quality wines. The sampled wine will be available to order during the event.

 

All proceeds go to United Way of Nevada County. Tickets must be pre-purchased as seating is limited. Ticket price of $15 includes tasting specialty wines and light appetizers. Please call (530) 274-8111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP & arrange to purchase tickets in advance. Last chance to purchase tickets is Nov. 13th!

 

All proceeds from this event go to the United Way of Nevada County Community Impact Fund which goes toward helping our community in the area of Basic Needs, including Food Insecurity, Shelter and Access to Health Care. The funds are directed toward United Way programs and community partner programs that focus on Basic Needs.  United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

 

If you are interested in volunteering or giving through your local United Way, please contact us at 274-8111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

book sale edited   CopyNevada County is holding its 24th annual Book Sale at the Rood Government Center Lobby, located at 950 Maidu Ave in Nevada City. The Book Sale has been extended and will run through November 27th. All proceeds go to United Way of Nevada County. Prices range from $.50 -$4, and the sale is open to the public, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. There will be a variety of books on hand, including children’s, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction.

 

This event is just one of many Nevada County is holding to benefit United Way of Nevada County. For more information, please call or email Lelia Loomis: (530) 265-1498 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is still time to donate all those slightly used books you have been meaning to give away! The County is accepting donated books, in good condition, through October. You may drop off your donated books inside the east door in the Rood Center Lobby.

 

The United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. United Way of Nevada County envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through Healthy Lives, Education and Income Stability. To that end, our service priority is to assure individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their basic needs of Food, Emergency Shelter, and Access to Healthcare. More information can be found at our website - www.uwnc.org

Nevada County

 

Submit the winning slogan and win a prize package to the 2020 Nevada County Fair

 

The 2020 Fair theme is all about local traditions, and the Fairgrounds is holding a contest to find the winning slogan for the 2020 Fair. Nevada County is rich in history and cherished traditions and we’d like to feature those traditions at the Nevada County Fair.  Do you have a catchy or fun slogan for the Fair that features a local tradition? If so, submit it!

 

Visit the Fairgrounds website at NevadaCountyFair.com to submit a slogan. Be creative and have fun! If the slogan you submit is selected, you win. The winner will receive a 2020 Nevada County Fair package that includes two free admission tickets for each day of the Fair, a 5-day parking pass for the Fair, and ride coupons.  

 

Submissions must be five words or less and trademarked slogans will not be considered.  The contest is open to Nevada County residents only and runs through November 13, 2019. Entry forms are also available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds office. No phone entries will be accepted.  

 

Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and on social media; and is used to determine special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the annual Fair.

 

The 2020 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 12 – 16. For a complete list of contest rules or information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

 

 

 

 

Grass Valley

 

The Center for the Arts invites the public to the Fall Edition of Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 26th, 2019, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 998 Plaza Dr., Grass Valley, Ca. There will be Halloween-themed arts and crafts, face painting, and balloons, as well as music by essence, magic with Nick Fedoroff, and the storytelling of Susan J. Gilman.

 

Susan J. Gilman never set out to write books that made people laugh. Her main love has always been literary fiction. However, even with her most serious work, people would always tell her that parts of it were funny. Gilman taught writing and literature at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Susan loves telling stories and has wanted to be an author since she was a child.  Susan will be telling stories at 11:00.

 

More than just tricks and illusions, Nick Fedoroff creates an atmosphere of wonder and astonishment in which entertainment, spectacle, and excitement conjoin. When Fedoroff is in the house, reality is suspended and expectations are exceeded. His unique approach to magic blends extraordinary illusions with an unforgettable presentation that continues to inspire long after the festivities end. Magic with Nick starts at 11:45.

 

In addition to writing folk/americana, pop, and rock songs, Essence expanded her repertoire by creating a collection of charming, catchy tunes inspired by her son that turned out to have a life of their own becoming favorites of families nationwide, loved equally by parents and children alike. Her children’s album, A Dog Named Moo is a multi-media project featuring a collection of 13 songs, a “T REXXXX” book, a smartphone app, and several music videos. essence is developing an educational curriculum based on the project. A Dog Named Moo was voted Top Kids Album of the Year by Daily Candy. Essence takes the stage at 12:30.

 

The whole family will enjoy the performances, as well as balloons, face painting, crafts, and more from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th! No tickets are required; you may RSVP on the Facebook event page. It’s happening at The Plaza Gallery, 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.

Benefiting United Way of Nevada County

 

Nevada County is holding its 24th annual Book Sale at the Rood Government Center Lobby, located at 950 Maidu Ave in Nevada City. The Book Sale runs through November 8th. All proceeds go to United Way of Nevada County. Prices range from $.50 -$4, and the sale is open to the public, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. There will be a variety of books on hand, including children’s, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction.

 

There is still time to donate all those slightly used books you have been meaning to pass on! The County is accepting donated books, in good condition, through October 25th. You may drop off your donated books inside the east door in the Rood Center Lobby.

 

This event is just one of many Nevada County is holding to benefit United Way of Nevada County. For more information, please call or email Lelia Loomis: (530) 265-1498 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IMG 2587 002Grass Valley, CA

 

According to a United Way of California report, 35% of households in Nevada County are struggling to get by. Do you have a friend or neighbor who is having a hard time making ends meet? Food Access Saturday may be able to help. United Way of Nevada County and Interfaith Food Ministry distribute nutritious supplemental groceries on the second Saturday of each month. The program was formed two years ago for working individuals who need help putting food on their table, but are unable to pick up food at local food distributions during the workweek.

 

The program has grown to encompass a larger population; welcoming others to the table, including anyone who needs food but is unable to make it to the food distributions Monday through Friday. So far, over 5500 bags of food, including fresh fruit and produce, have been given to more than 2400 people in need. United Way partner agency, Interfaith Food Ministry, distributes food Mon/Wed/Fri from 10am-1pm and the Food Bank of Nevada County provides food at five locations throughout the month.

 

United Way of Nevada County strives to assure individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their basic need for food, emergency shelter and access to health care. Interfaith Food Ministry works to reduce food insecurity in Western Nevada County. They feed the hungry, helping to sustain good health and human dignity. The distributions take place at 440 Henderson Street, in Grass Valley, from 10am-noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month. For more information contact United Way at 274-8111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..