Around Town


Karen Newell Young  & Stacy Drake  

New Spiritual Leader

The Rev. Rafe Ellis, the new senior minister at the Sierra Center for Spiritual Living, will be installed by the congregation from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The event will be held at Unity of the Gold Country,180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley. It will include spiritual discussions and a reception with refreshments. Ellis is a licensed Mind Practitioner at the Santa Rosa Center for Spiritual Living and at the Center for Spiritual Awareness in West Sacramento. He has recently served as senior minister at Mountainside Center for Spiritual Living in Placerville.

Saunter through the County

Hiking for Good and Outlandish Experiences are teaming up in November to present an autumn series that leaves no one behind. California Naturalist Steve Roddy will join Hiking For Good’s Laura Petersen for some of the best trails and urban walks of the season during these outings designed for folks who enjoy the act of taking it slow and “sauntering” in the outdoors. 

The month of sauntering began Nov. 2 and continues each Friday throughout the month. On Nov. 9, the guides will lead a tree tour in downtown Nevada City, looking for 42 native and nursery varieties of trees in full fall color. On Friday, Nov. 16, adventurers will travel to 6,000 feet elevation in the Sierra Nevada from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to visit a high alpine meadow, an important bird area shaped by geology and ringed with quaking aspen. Following Thanksgiving, on Black Friday, Nov. 23, guides will return to lower elevations with a trip to Round Mountain to take participants on a walk through a forest of Ponderosa pine, black oak, incense cedar, kitkitdizze and wild rose to an excellent view spot. The series concludes on Friday, Nov. 30 with a field trip to 9,100-acre Gray Lodge Wildlife Area to observe the migrating waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway who flock in great numbers to this important wetland area. To learn more and register, visit 

Cornish Christmas

Recapture the spirit of Christmas past amid the charming surroundings of historic downtown Grass Valley California during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration. Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of the town’s most popular events. Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, Tommyknocker Cloggers and of course, Santa Claus. Dates for Cornish Christmas are from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Fridays from Nov. 23 through Dec. 21.

Magic Carpet gives back

Join us at The Magic Carpet for its 38th Anniversary Storewide 20% Off Sale from Nov. 5th, 2018 through Jan.15, 2019. Following the company’s philosophy of giving back to the cultures that produce our extraordinary rugs, The Magic Carpet is currently raising funds for an amazing educational project developing campuses in rural Southern India. Our focus is building computer labs for children who otherwise would not have access to these much-needed resources. Head –Hands – Heart… these are the main pillars upon which the transformative Human Values-Based Education rests. It was created by The Prashanti Balamandira Trust, a charitable non-profit, established in 1981 in India. Its mission is to provide free quality education with room and board to the poorest of the poor in rural villages of Karnataka State, India. For more information, call The Magic Carpet at 530-265-9229. 

End polio now

The Nevada City Rotary Club walked from Nevada City to the Glenbrook Plaza to promote awareness for Polio Ratification. The Rotary Club is part of the international Rotary effort to eliminate the disease throughout the world. The club plans to double the donations it has collected during October’s “Polio Awareness” and Foundation month.

About the Photo: 

Members of the Nevada City Rotary Club walked to End Polio Now.

Photo by Stacy Drake