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Image nationDarwinLeek6up 36x30.565LowRez   1 17 18An Exhibition of Photographs by Veterans

Nevada City, Ca.

Image Nation is an initiative of Nevada County Arts Council (NCArts) in partnership with Welcome Home Vets. Through photography workshops with master photographer and United States veteran Michael Llewellyn, two seasons of veterans have together created exhibitions of work which are shared with the community in a public space. By February 2018 Nevada County Arts Council will ensure the creation and curation of an online photography gallery and e-commerce site for Image Nation alumni, in order to both exhibit and generate income for veterans themselves. Coupled with this will be an independent mechanism for non-alumni veterans to submit photographs for sale, for their own benefit. Admission is free.

The exhibition will run from January through March. Opening Reception is on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 5-7pm. The program begins with a color guard at 5:30 pm, followed by speaker presentations, poetry read by veterans, and a choreographed dance at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, Ca.

For additional information see contact Eliza Tudor, Nevada County Arts Council at (530) 718-0727 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Doug Becker, Welcome Home Vets, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Learn more about Image Nation here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/web-only/bringing-healing-focus and here: https://imagenationnca.wordpress.com

Nevada City, Ca.

Mmmmm, Chocolate! The Union’s 6th Annual Chocolate Infusion—an afternoon of chocolate, wine and jazz is coming Sunday, January 28th at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, California. Chocolate Infusion is a fun speakeasy-themed afternoon of mouth-watering chocolate and wine (and beer) tasting, with authentic 1920s entertainment featuring the incredibly talented James Pace on jazz piano and Marty Geiger on trumpet reminiscent of the old Speakeasy world of 1920’s Chicago. Bring your friends and enjoy their sound throughout the afternoon while you visit the many vendors who will be presenting their best delicacies for you to sample, both sweet and savory. Local wineries and breweries will also be on hand to pour tastes of their wines and beers. All samples, a souvenir wine glass, plus your entertainment and entry for door prizes are included in your ticket price. A no-host bar, sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, will sell wines by the glass and also their famous Chocolate Martinis and all bar proceeds will benefit the Nevada City Chamber.

New this year is our “Golden Ticket” promotion, sponsored by Stucki Jewelers of Grass Valley. Each week prior to Chocolate Infusion, watch your copy of The Union for a “Golden Ticket” good for a pair of free tickets to the event. Then at the event, each attendee will be handed a sealed envelope upon entry, to be opened all together at about 2:30 pm in the Osborne Woods Hall of the Miners Foundry. One lucky attendee will find the Golden Ticket in their envelope, and they will win a beautiful rose gold chocolate quartz necklace, valued at $600, donated by Stucki Jewelers.

There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in January than at Chocolate Infusion at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City! 1920’s period attire is encouraged, but not required. A $50 gift certificate to the Golden Era Lounge will be awarded to the Best Man’s costume and Best Woman’s costume! Tickets are $25 in advance and available at The Union office at 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, by calling 530-477-4241, or online at www.theunion.com/chocolate. Tickets at the door the day of the event will be $30.

NC Habitat for Humanity invites you to attend an Application Information Meeting

Nevada County, Ca.

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity is holding two application informational meetings in January and all interested applicants are highly encouraged to attend. You’ll learn more about the program, eligibility and whether Habitat homeownership is right for you. Both sessions are the same; choose the one that fits your schedule. To reserve and confirm your attendance, please contact Shauna McKenna at (530)274-1951. Please indicate whether you will require FREE childcare during the meeting.

Details: Wednesday: January 10th at 7 pm OR Saturday: January 13th at 1pm
Where: Grass Valley United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, 236 S. Church Street, Grass Valley

Habitat Homes are affordable because they are built by volunteers working in partnership with the future home owner. Homes are sold to the homeowner family at NO profit with an affordable 0% interest mortgage.

Basic Qualifications

1. Demonstrated need for adequate, affordable, and stable housing.

2. Willingness to partner with Habitat, including putting in “sweat equity” hours.

3. Current income and ability to pay for a Habitat home (see income eligibility chart on our website).

For more detailed information about eligibility criteria, visit our website at www.nchabitat.org and click on the homebuyer program tab near the top of the page.

project warmth 12 27 17Was a Huge Success!

United Way of Nevada County, with help from the community, held a collection drive to collect much-needed items for those in need. They collected donations of women’s, men’s and children’s coats, warm hats, gloves and socks. They received a wealth of donated socks, gloves and warm hats to be distributed to individuals throughout Nevada County. United Way was able to mobilize the community to help those in need during the cold winter months. Thanks to this generous community that came out to support this effort. Over $4000 worth of items were collected. A big “Thank you” goes out to Dr. Navneet Arora, D.D.S., of Grass Valley Periodontics for donating over $1000 worth of brand new jackets.

A big thank you goes to the following businesses for participating in the “Project Warmth” collection drive: Telestream, Walker’s Office Supplies, JC Penney, B&C True Value Home Center, Penn Valley Mini Storage, Lake Wildwood Community Center, AAA, Hospice of the Foothills, Grass Valley City Hall, The Training Zone, Wildflower Nursery, The Union newspaper, the County Rood Center and the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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 envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through healthy lives, education and income stability.

GRASS VALLEY, Ca.

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) is calling for nominations from the community for the 2018 Fire Safe Awards to be given at the 11th Annual Culinary Adventure event on Friday, April 6, 2018. The awards program was developed by the board of directors to recognize those dedicated to protecting our community from catastrophic wildfire. The public is invited to submit nominations for consideration.

There are three recognitions to be given to individuals and groups meeting the criteria set for each award including exemplifying the Fire Safe Council’s mission: “To provide Firewise education and programs to enhance emergency preparedness for catastrophic wildfire to all citizens in Nevada County in order to reduce the loss of life, property, and natural resources, and to create Firewise Communities/USA®; to network with other Fire Safe Councils, governmental agencies, and foundations for the benefit of the citizens of Nevada County.”

Volunteer of the Year - Extensive personal commitment and dedication to programs/projects, community fire protection outreach, and/or operational support. Engages in other activities that support the FSCNC in developing partnerships, funding opportunities, and/or communicating the fire prevention message.

Firewise Community of the Year - Effective, independent Firewise Committee, that assist in educating the community on fire safe programs, defensible space, and emergency preparedness. Works annually to expand Firewise misson. Actively supports the FSCNC and Firewise programs by enlisting volunteers, sponsoring a Scotch Broom Challenge, and/or community fuels reduction projects.

Fire Safe Partner of the Year - Provides in-kind or direct program funding support and/or technical expertise to expand the effectiveness and efficiency of the Fire Safe Council’s efforts. Demonstrates leadership by developing community partnerships, and expanding community awareness for wildfire mitigation.

“Many exceptional individuals in our community come together to make our organization successful. Our board of directors feel it is important to formally honor them,” said Fire Safe Council Executive Director, Joanne Drummond. “We hope others in our community will be inspired to also get involved in addressing the wildfire hazard, and preparing their families for emergencies.”

Nominations are due no later than January 15, 2018 to the council office. A nomination form may be obtained by visiting www.areyoufiresafe.com or by calling (530) 272-1122.

Grass Valley, Ca.

The Animal Film Festival (AFF), a program of the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE), based in Grass Valley California, will be awarding a total of $15,000 to winning filmmakers during the 2018 event. Amber and Adam Tarshis, founders of the Tarshis Foundation, are donating the funds to make these awards possible.

$10,000 will be divided among winning films in these categories: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Student and Best Teen. In addition to these prizes, the Tarshis Foundation in partnership with the AFF will also award a total of $5,000 to winning shorts between :30 - :90 seconds long that creatively and convincingly highlight the issues of animal suffering in modern farming, food production, and/or laboratory research, and provide messages that influence people to pursue a more plant-based lifestyle.

Shelley Frost, director of the Animal Film Festival: “Now in our fifth year, the AFF has always chosen Best in Fest films in these categories awarding filmmakers with framed certificates. We are very honored that the Tarshis Foundation is heightening the importance of these winning films with significant cash awards.”

With over 3,000 film festivals around the world, very few have the means to provide cash awards to filmmakers. The Animal Film Festival is a niche fest in that all the films accepted and screened must explore any aspect of animal welfare, animal rights, the human/animal bond or demonstrate ways to improve the lives of animals. Cash awards to winning filmmakers will increase the relevance of the AFF and could inspire more filmmakers to tackle these issues. It will result in increased awareness about animals, their stories and challenges, and bring to light opportunities for people to help.

Each year during the AFF, filmmakers take the stage after their films screen, further educating audiences about what they can do to help: signing petitions, volunteering at animal shelters, adopting an animal, sponsoring animals, adopting a plant based diet, etc. The AFF also has a streaming channel on ROKU where many award winning features and shorts about animals can be viewed. The AFF goes on tour to cities throughout California and beyond, further enlightening audiences on the joys animals bring, the challenges they face, and the responsibility we all have to protect them from suffering.

The 5th annual Animal Film Festival will take place Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA. Doors open at 9:30 am, and the first film begins at 10:00 am. Films will screen through 10:00pm with three Intermissions throughout the day. Tickets begin at $25 for all day admission; $20 senior/student/military; $10 for Evening Session only. Tickets are available at www.animalfilmfestival.org.

Railroad museum pic  12 6 17The all-volunteer staff at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum has been busy preparing for Santa’s visit to their annual Christmas celebration, to be held this year on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With twinkling lights, festive decorations, and multiple Christmas trees in place, the museum is ready to welcome visitors to the event which includes a silent auction, door prizes for the children, a raffle and refreshments. Weather permitting, free rides on the popular Railbus will also be available. Of course, the highlight of the day is the opportunity for children to chat with Santa while their parents take pictures. Admission is free.

The NCNGRR Museum also features a gift shop that is well stocked with items for holiday shopping that are sure to appeal to train enthusiasts and casual visitors alike. Located at 5 Kidder Court in Nevada City near the intersection of Bost and New Mohawk, the museum and gift shop are open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, please call 530-470-0902 or visit the museum’s website: www.ncngrrmuseum.org.

warmth  11 22 17B&C employees during last year’s collection drive.A collection drive for new warm hats, gloves and socks is being held by United Way of Nevada County for those in our community who need them the most. 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. This collection drive will help those households and individuals stay warm during the upcoming winter months.

Now through Dec. 7th, new warm hats, gloves and socks can be dropped off at the following locations:

AAA, Walker’s Office Supplies, JC Penney, B&C True Value Home Center, Penn Valley Mini Storage, the Rood Center lobby, Grass Valley City Hall, The Union, Hospice of the Foothills, Training Zone, and the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, or the United Way of Nevada County office.

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.

 

Carriage rides  11 22 17Begin your holiday season at the annual Country Christmas Faire, November 24 – 26, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The Faire features four exhibit buildings filled with handcrafted unique gifts and crafts from more than 100 artisans. Visitors can also enjoy strolling musical entertainment, delicious food, a gingerbread house exhibit, a community bonfire, and wagon rides.November 24, 25 and 26

The 33rd annual Country Christmas Faire is returning to the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 24, 25 and 26.

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

Visitors to the Faire can also enjoy strolling musical entertainment, a gingerbread house exhibit, and a community bonfire. Coloring contest entries will be on display alongside the gingerbread houses in Ponderosa Hall, wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered, and the RiverBells and the Sierra Symphony quartet will perform during the event. There will also be delicious food and beverages, including cinnamon rolls, coffee, hot chocolate, pulled pork nachos, fine chocolates, Philly cheesesteak, quesadillas, hand dipped doughnuts, and kettle corn. New this year, the Fairgrounds Foundation will be serving holiday spirits.

Best of Show   Jan Haverty  11 22 17

Santa will be available 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. Free babysitting will be 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 shoppers throughout the event.

On Sunday of the Faire, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will partner with Grass Valley Elks for a canned food drive. Bring a can of food on Sunday, November 26 from 10 am to 4 pm, and receive $1 off Sunday’s admission price (one coupon per person). All food collected by the Elks will be distributed in their Christmas baskets in December.

The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 24, and runs through Sunday,

November 26. 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.

Red Barn Craft Co Main Street Center  11 22 17The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

 

Donate a can of food on Sunday, November 26, and receive $1 off admission

The Nevada County Fairgrounds and the Grass Valley Elks 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, November 26, and you’ll receive a coupon for $1 off general admission to the Christmas Faire on that day. Volunteers from Grass Valley Elks will collect the cans at the food collection bins 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 by the Elks will be distributed in their Christmas baskets in December.

The Country Christmas Faire is happening Thanksgiving weekend, November 24, 25 and 26 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 City, Ca.

Under the Gas Lamps and String Lights of Historic Nevada City. A Uniquely Authentic, Picturesque, Small-Town Christmas Celebration!

The 40th Victorian Christmas celebration, featuring the jubilant return of The Walking Christmas Tree, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, choirs, wandering minstrels, jugglers, Scottish Highland dancers, cloggers, brass bands, magicians, raconteurs, horn and accordion players, costumed characters – including Father Christmas, and Cecil Snow roasting chestnuts on an open fire – and over 100 vendors of jewelry, candles, pottery, dolls, perfume, exotic glass skulls, and more ... all crowding the narrow streets of Historic Downtown Nevada City, aglow with over 1,000 string lights and smelling faintly of sizzling meats, sweet and savory pies, and fresh-cut pine boughs!

Sunday, December 3rd, 10th, 17th 2017 from 1:30-6pm

Wednesday, December 13th, and 20th 2017 from 5-9pm

Supporting Working Families

United Way of Nevada County and Interfaith Food Ministry are thrilled to announce that Food Access Saturday for Working Families will continue for another six months but with a change of hours! After months of collaboration with Interfaith Food Ministry, in May of this year, the United Way Community Impact Committee made it possible for those individuals and families struggling to get by receive food on Saturdays. The new Food Access Saturday program was specifically designed for employed families struggling with food insecurity. The new hours of food distribution on Food Access Saturday will be 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

For the past six months, the Interfaith Food Ministry facility, located at 440 Henderson Street in Grass Valley has been opened on the 2nd Saturday of the month to support individuals and families who could not visit Interfaith Food Ministry or the local food bank during the week days because of their work schedule. United Way of Nevada County provides the majority of the funding and manpower to run Food Access Saturday. Upon evaluation of the past six months, United Way and Interfaith Food Ministry determined that Food Access Saturday has continued to grow and has made a big impact on feeding households that are struggling to get by in Nevada County. One recipient commented, “I need Saturdays. I work Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Food Access Saturday is such a big help.”

Working individuals and families who are having difficulty “making ends meet” and cannot access Interfaith Food Ministry or other local food distributions during the week are invited to participate in Food Access Saturday between 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on the following dates:

November 11th

December 9th

January 13, 2018

February 10, 2018

March 10, 2018

April 14, 2018

Interfaith Food Ministry is located at 440 Henderson Street, Grass Valley. For more information, please visit UWNC.org or interfaithfoodministry.org.

Submit your entry form by Friday, November 17

Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about the creation of a magical gingerbread house to enter in the 15th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire, held November 24, 25, and 26 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Houses, bungalows, cottages, and castles fashioned from gingerbread will be displayed for the viewing pleasure of holiday shoppers during the Thanksgiving weekend festivities.

Competitors may enter any of the many categories, including children, teens, adults, special needs, families, and groups. There’s even a category for children under 8 years of age who want to enter a house made by a kit. All those who enter and deliver a gingerbread house exhibit will receive two free admission passes to the Country Christmas Faire.

Ribbons are given to all winners, and the Best of Show winner will receive $100. A special gift basket from Tess’ Kitchen Store will also be awarded to the Best of Show winner and the People’s Choice Award winner.

Entry forms must be received at the Fairgrounds between now and Friday, November 17 by 4 pm. The actual gingerbread house must be delivered to the Fairgrounds on Tuesday, November 21 between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm at Ponderosa Hall. The cost is $2 to enter. Entry forms and a complete list of rules can be picked up at the Fairgrounds office on McCourtney Road, or downloaded from the Fair’s website at NevadaCountyFair.com.

The Country Christmas Faire features the work of talented artisans who fill the Fairgrounds exhibit buildings with quality handmade crafts and unique gifts so you can get all your holiday shopping done at the Faire. Visitors can also enjoy holiday music, gourmet festival foods, wagon rides, and a community bonfire. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet children, so bring your camera to get that special photo. Santa will be available each day until an hour before closing time.

Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy shopping. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be available in the lobby of Main Street Center to assist shoppers throughout the event.

The 33rd Annual Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 24, and runs through Sunday, November 26. The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free. On Sunday, if you bring a can of food, you’ll receive $1 off admission. All food donated is collected by the Grass Valley Elks and used in their Christmas baskets to hand out to those in need.

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

Sue Ebeler, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs at UC Davis, to serve as first speaker

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation is launching its third season of the Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series. Set to begin November 8, the series brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students. At each session students have an opportunity to hear about the speaker’s career path, how goals were achieved and obstacles overcome, insight regarding areas of expertise, and ask questions.

The series will feature six speakers, one each month, and will run through May. Speaker dates are November 8, January 17, February 21, March 14, April 11 and May 9. Each session is about an hour.

The series is open to all high school Fair exhibitors, so all high school students who exhibited at this year’s Fair are invited to attend the speaker series. Those who attend five of the six speaker dates can apply for one of the two Fairgrounds Foundation scholarships offered at the end of the school year.

Sue Ebeler, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs at UC Davis and Professor of Viticulture and Enology, will serve as the first speaker in the series. Additional speakers include Jerry Cirino of Cirino’s at Main Street, and Becky Bailey-Findley, Executive Director of California Fair Services Authority.

For information about the Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to RSVP for the November 8 speaker email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grass Valley’s Dr. W.C. Jones Memorial Hospital, formerly the Swan Levine House.

The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission is pleased to announce that on October 10, 2017, the Board of Supervisors accepted the Commission’s recommendation and designated as a historical landmark, the Dr. W.C. Jones Memorial Hospital, now the Swan Levine House.

Originally built in 1867 by the Faheys, owners of the Allison Ranch Mine, the property was later sold in the 1870’s to a prominent financial tycoon and investor, William Campbell. The building was later sold in 1905-1906 to Dr. John Taylor Jones of Grass Valley for use as Nevada County’s first private hospital. The hospital was named after Dr. Jones' father, a prominent local doctor and surgeon, and its grand opening was attended on January 30, 1907, by over 2,500 people. Dr. Jones installed the County’s first x-ray equipment, and the hospital served more than twenty patients with a staff of five. Following Dr. Jones' death, his brother, Dr. Carl Jones, took over the hospital in 1917 and went on to promote the advancement of medical technologies and public nursing, including development of the Jones-Painter splint for broken pelvises.

Dr. Carl Jones and Idaho Maryland Mine owner Errol MacBoyle founded the nonprofit organization that eventually became Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. The Dr. W.C. Jones Memorial Hospital remained open as a private hospital until 1968, when it was purchased by the Geist family, who used the facility to raise funds to restore the Nevada Theater in Nevada City. Howard Levine, Grass Valley’s current mayor, and his wife Peggy Swan Levine, purchased the house in 1975, and the Swan Levine House now serves as a teaching studio, a classroom for Sierra College students and a bed and breakfast inn.

The Jones Hospital will be added to the Commission’s interactive map and e-guide.

The e-guide is an electronic book available for any smartphone or tablet from Apple, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Go to You Bet Press (www.youbetpress.com) to find clickable links.

Prefer paper? There are still copies of the last edition available from Comstock Bonanza Press (http://comstockbonanza.com/products/exploring-nevada-county-an-illustrated-guide-to-local-landmarks-and-historic-sites-by-the-nevada-county-historical-landmarks-commission)

Disneyland Getaway Raffle

Give towards a good cause! Enter to win a fabulous getaway package for you and your family. United Way of Nevada County is holding a raffle for a fun Disneyland Getaway Package. Included in the raffle package are four 1-day Disneyland Park Hopper Passes, three nights’ accommodations, airfare & shuttle (for 2). Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Tickets may be purchased at United Way's office located at 745 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley and at B&C True Value Home & Garden Center as well.
The drawing will be held on November 1st. The winner need not be present. All proceeds stay local and go to United Way of Nevada County’s Community Impact Fund (CIF) which goes toward helping our community in the area of Basic Needs, including Food, 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 envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through healthy lives, education and income stability. United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For more information about United Way of Nevada County call 530-274-8111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

yuba river 10 25 17The Fifth Grade class at Yuba River Charter School spontaneously started a Disaster Relief Fund and chose to give through United Way of Nevada County (UWNC). “The fund was their idea, not the schools, and they are very excited to make a difference for victims of the recent hurricanes”, said Laurie Barnett, School Secretary. United Way of Nevada County decided to match the funds, making it a total of $400 which was then sent to the United Way Worldwide Hurricane Recovery Fund.

United Way Worldwide has created the United Way Irma/Maria Recovery Fund to support local communities in the Southeast United States and Caribbean affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. As part of their goal to build stronger communities, and to fight for every person in every community, United Ways in the affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate.

United Way’s Hurricane Recovery fund will complement those efforts, help smaller United Ways who may not have the capacity to create their own fund and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact affected areas. So far, the fund has raised more than ten million for mid- and long-term recovery efforts related to Hurricanes Harvey, and Irma/Maria.

United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. UWNC current focus is on the Basic Needs of those in our community, which include Food, Emergency Shelter and access to Health Care. UWNC strives to assure individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their Basic Needs. UWNC envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through healthy lives, education and income stability. If you are interested in 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.

Grass Valley, Ca.

Annual Community Craft Fair Saturday October 21 & Sunday October 22 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. St. Patrick’s Hall 235 Chapel St. Grass Valley, CA Featuring numerous talented artists and crafters. Beautiful and unique items and gifts include: Jewelry, Pottery/Ceramics, Fiber Art/Textiles, Sewn goods, Ornaments, Cards, Photography, Soaps, Candles, Wood Works, Wire Art, and other fabulous creations! Refreshments available. Enjoy finding the perfect gift! See You there Rain or Shine. This Event sponsored by Catholic Ladies Relief Society.

Contact Person Dolores Jones 530 271-0783

The South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA) invites you to the Bridgeport Fall Festival on Sunday, October 22. Try your hand at gold panning, basket weaving and wool spinning. Take a hay ride in a wagon drawn by a vintage tractor and enjoy an up-close experience with wild birds provided by Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release of Grass Valley. Tours of the 1860s historic barn and 1920s gas station will be available to all. In addition, you can enjoy live music by the Buffalo Gals while picnicking under the shade of the massive mulberry tree.

You can partake in watching your children play games along with face painting, painting pumpkins and making bird feeders. This year’s special attraction will be enactments of the Ghosts of Bridgeport. There is always an abundance of food including BBQ and baked potatoes by Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, Frozen Yogurt by Culture Shock Yogurt and Root Beer Floats prepared by our expert volunteers.

Visiting with our rangers, volunteers and several local community organizations, such as Audubon, is always pleasant and informative. The “Save Our Bridge” campaign will be represented by volunteers who will be on hand to answer questions about the covered bridge renovation plan. You will have access to peer into the bridge through a fence since it remains closed to all traffic until renovation is completed.

Admission is Free ~ Parking $5

South Yuba State Park-Bridgeport

17660 Pleasant Valley Road

Penn Valley, Ca 95946

For more information call the Visitor Center at:

530-432-2546

sierraSNW Fall 2017  10 11  17The Sierra Nevada Winds, conducted by Dr. Robert Halseth, opens its 28th season with their annual fall concert on Saturday, November 18th, 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 3101 Colusa Highway, Yuba City, CA 95993. The program includes music by Leonard Bernstein, Percy Grainger, Holst, and Sousa. Wine-Dark Sea by John Mackey and J. S. Bach’s Chorale Prelude BWV720, newly commissioned and arranged for wind band by Anthony O’Toole, will be featured. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for general admission and $7 for seniors and students. For additional information check www.sierranevadawinds.org or call (530) 923-0151.