GC Piano Institute Concert & Class Jun 15 & 16

Photo by Ted Covey

Photo by Ted Covey

Who: Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Gold Country Piano Institute: The Alumni Series Concert and Master Class

When: Concert – Saturday, June 15, Doors 7pm, Concert 8pm, Master Class – Sunday, June 16, 11am-3pm

Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Tickets: $30 for Concert, $50 for Master Class includes 1 ticket to the Concert

Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

After nearly a five-year hiatus, the Gold Country Piano Institute (GCPI) returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center with The Alumni Series, a concert and master class by acclaimed pianist Pauline Yang, that hopes to attract a new audience of classical music lovers. On Saturday, June 15, Yang will perform the works of such greats such as Bach, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff, in the beautiful Stone Hall at the Foundry. The following day on Sunday, Yang will offer a Master Class to intermediate and advance pianists where they will receive detailed, insightful comments that will help him or her examine their repertoire with a new perspective.

Yang began her piano studies at the young age of five. She made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut as well as her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of eleven and enrolled at the Julliard School’s Pre-College Division later that year. In 2000, at the age of thirteen Yang traveled to Nevada City to attend GCPI. She has since performed throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Los Angeles’ KUSC, and the New York Times’ WQXR classical music radio stations. In 2008, Yang was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women of the Year.

“To be returning to Nevada City and to perform for one of my all-time favorite audiences is truly such a treat for me,” explains Yang. “So many people from this tremendous arts-loving community have watched me grow up from when I was first in Nevada City as a thirteen-year-old at GCPI. They have continued to be incredibly supportive of me over the years. This audience and this community are very special and dear to my heart, and I cannot wait to be back this month.”

Founded in 1999, GCPI’s mission was to instill serious young American piano students with the realization that they could achieve excellence at a young age by giving them opportunities to study with master piano instructors and to interact with young virtuosi from around the world in an innovative and intensive piano master course. It was a unique opportunity for the local community to experience teachers and students from all over the world, while they perfected their craft.  There were many students who came to the Piano Institute and “grew up” with it, returning year after year. Students were housed in private homes and developed a bond with the people who live here. Now grown, many of these students are professional musicians. The Alumni Series will bring these students back to the community to perform and to teach. For nearly ten years, every June, GCPI and the former Twin Cities Concert Association, would present a world-class performance by visiting pianists in the Foundry’s Stone Hall. In 2008, in the wake of the Great Recession, GCPI decided to go on a hiatus.

“We’ve always considered the Miners Foundry our home, so when Gretchen Bond from the Foundry called Julie Cobden and I to ask if we would be interested in reigniting GCPI we thought it was perfect timing,” explains Andrea Fox, pianist and teacher. “Pauline was our first choice to launch the series. She’s highly accomplished, but doesn’t take herself too seriously. Her playing is so moving that it will break your heart, but it can also be light and playful.”

GCPI and the Foundry believe the series will reach a new audience of music enthusiasts who remember attending the performances as young adults and are now excited to share that experience with their own family.  “GCPI has contributed so invaluably to my life and career,” says Yang. “Through GCPI, I had the opportunity to go perform and study in Warsaw one summer when I was 14. That, too, remains one of my favorite memories, and it was entirely due to this Institute and community.”

Nomadic Membership at Sierra Commons

(Re)introducing nomadic membership at Sierra Commons –
After hiatus, entry-level coworking memberships once again available at Sierra Commons

Sierra Commons’ nomadic membership for only $125/month.
What you get:
• Amenities of a full office including printer/scanner/fax
• Fast, redundant internet
• Two hours per month conference or classroom use
• Access to business mentors at no charge
• Mail hold (plus a Nevada City business address)
• Member discount on all Sierra Commons-produced classes or workshops
• A great sense of community

Work with other small businesses, entrepreneurs, and freelancers in a productive, professional and social community space. Schedule a tour before the end of June, and receive a complimentary day of coworking.

Visit the website for more information:  www.sierracommons.org

Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert June 9

The House I Dream of: A Broadway Revue to Benefit Home
Sunday, June 9 • 3pm

Peace Lutheran Church
828 West Main Street, GV

Habitat for Humanity and Sierra Stages Community Theatre present a benefit concert to raise money for House #7 in Habitat’s 16-home Heritage Oaks development.

Come enjoy music from the upcoming performances of Avenue Q and Closer Than Ever, plus other Broadway favorites sung by local talent. Admission is FREE…tax deductible donations accepted.

Video Ads for Nevada County Businesses

GV Visitor’s Center offers Video Ads for Nevada County Businesses
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

Your video ad will be a part of our professional video productions highlighting the beauty of Nevada County, our cities and events, showing within your chamber’s video: Nevada City, Penn Valley, Greater Grass Valley, South Nevada County chambers of commerce; Grass Valley Downtown Association.  Your participation allows your chamber’s business community to be part of the video.

Shown on state-of-the-art large flat screens
• Frequency: 3 times per hour/7 hours daily
• No. of spots: 7,665 spots per year
• Length: Approx. 15 seconds
• Rate: $ 24 per week
• Visitors: Approx. 50 visitors per day

Production: We produce video which highlights your business and flows with the “beautiful” video. Visitors SEE your business and contact information beginning July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Contact Heather Macdonald of Sierra Gold Productions for more information and advertising rates:
(530) 269-0966 • hezy@suddenlink.net



Summer Health & Beauty Party May 30

As more and more people become familiar with the benefits of eating organic foods, the more attention is being given to the importance of using organic cosmetics, skin care, and hair care products.

Thursday, May 30th, from 4-7pm, California Organics will host a free Summer Health & Beauty Party, featuring organic skin care lines Weleda and Zuzu representative Stephanie Taylor and make up beauty artist Sandy Garcia. Taylor and Garcia will be giving skin care and makeup consultations, while attendees sample an array of organic products in a fun, laid back environment.

“The benefits of using organic products are both personal and environmental,” explains California Organics’ Karen Carchidi. “By choosing organic, chemicals used in non-organic body care products are not going into our landfills, or in our drains and water ways, but most importantly, they are not going into our bodies.”

The skin, absorbs up to 80 percent of what you put on it, which is startling when you learn that the average woman applies more than 70 known carcinogens each day through the use of perfume, toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, makeup, skin cream, etc. Many ingredients of personal care products are from waste materials formed by processing crude oil into gasoline, and these chemical contaminants are known to cause cancer, liver disorders and neurological disorders. A good rule of thumb: don’t put anything on your skin that you couldn’t safely eat!

Weleda and Zuzu are two personal care lines from over one hundred and thirty that are offered at California Organics, many of them local.  Since 1921 Weleda has used 100% certified-natural products made with Biodynamic and organic ingredients. Inspired by the European spa tradition, the ZuZu Luxe luxury color cosmetics line blends soothing, clean all natural ingredients, such as spring water, herbs and vitamins as well as rare and exotic essential oils. Garcia will be on hand to give mini-makeup consultations where attendees can learn about the right colors for their skin tone plus proper application technique, along with tips and trade secrets.

In addition to skincare and makeup consultations, Certified Massage Therapist, Tara Fiona Stice will be giving relaxing mini massages.  Plus champagne sipping, lots of gifts and goodies for all and live music by Juliet Gobert and Tristan Berlund.

What: Summer Health & Beauty Party
When: Thursday, May 30th, 4-7pm
Where: California Organics, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City
Tickets: Free
Information: Call or email to book a makeover or massage, or just drop by. (530) 265-9392 or Karen.calorg@gmail.com


New and Renewing Members

This week’s new and renewing members:

New:  JPMorgan Chase N.A. • Nevada City T-Shirts• Northern California Mortgage

Renewing:  Bob & Barbara Weaver • Nevada County Library

Thank you for your membership!

Episode 14 – Food and Farm Show

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Week 14 takes The Food and Farm Show to the Spring Plant Sale at the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden. We’ll meet several Master Gardeners and talk with local gardeners like you who have come out to support this event and get quality starts.

Also on today’s program is another segment on Backyard Chickens with Janey Powers as she discusses nesting boxes and finally our feature segment will focus on “Composting” recorded at a Master Gardeners Workshop. Compost specialist Mary Sanichas leads a team of Master Gardeners in this information presentation.

Be sure to help spread the message of local food by forwarding this email and our facebook links.

Next week we’ll dig deeper on the recent egg confiscation raids by the state and visit the Nevada City Winery for their open house and wine bottling event.

Thanks for watching.


Elk’s Lodge Spring Fling May 31

Nevada City Elk’s Lodge #518 “Spring Fling”
Friday, May 31, 2013
Happy Hour 6 – 7 PM; Dinner served at 7 PM

Your choice of chicken or steak. $15.00/per person.


Please mail your reservation and check made payable to:
Nevada City Elks Lodge #518
P.O. Box 611
Nevada City CA 95959

Please make your reservations no later than May 29th, 2013 and specify how many dinners you are ordering, and choice of steak of chicken dinner.

If you have any questions, please call Kim West at 273-0232 or Janis Woolsey at 265-4877

NU Grad Night Donations Sought

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Nevada Union’s Graduating Class of 2013 is getting ready to celebrate. We need your support for the Safe and Sober Grad Night Party on June 8th at Club Sierra. This all-night event is offered to all graduating seniors. 75% of all seniors attend this event and Nevada Union is one of the few high schools in the state that has never had a grad-night death.

The success of this event depends on the support from volunteers and local businesses.  We are looking for monetary donations to help fund the event and cover any ticket costs for seniors with financial hardships.  We are also looking for donations of items to give away as prizes or part of the goodie bags for attendees.

Please help keep our Grads safe. Their future is just beginning.

To donate or volunteer, please email NUHSPAC@gmail.com

Local Hero’s Memorial Walk May 27


Commemorating most—but not all– of our local fallen heroes is a series of memorial plaques distributed on bridges and overpasses throughout the greater Grass Valley and Nevada City areas. These markers recognize soldiers who perished in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and have been funded and installed over a period of over thirty years by various community organizations, in concert with legislative direction at the state and local levels. Their locations do not lend themselves to be recognized, although many of us pass them by on a regular basis, being situated adjacent to roadways with little or no opportunity to stop. This fact is one of the driving motivations of the second annual Local Heroes’ Memorial Bridge Tour, a walking, driving and cycling circuit that visits a number of the locations in person. Spearheaded by two dedicated and energetic women—mothers with sons who have served in the most recent conflicts in the Middle East—this year’s event has several goals: first, to bring awareness of these icons of remembrance and the men who they acknowledge to the general public, second, to honor and respect our local men and women currently serving in harm’s way, and third, and perhaps most important, to draw together in unity and fellowship all of those local veterans and veteran organizations operating at large in our community. For far too long all veterans, both past and present, living and dead—our fellow citizens—have gone unrecognized; their supreme sacrifices, circumstances notwithstanding, deserve acknowledgement and respect in person, not just cast in bronze.

This year’s tour will begin at Memorial Park in Grass Valley on Monday, May 27th after the Memorial Day services there, at approximately 1:00 pm (1300 hours). A banner will designate the starting area for the walking and bicycle tours and a loading point for the tour bus. The Grass Valley route will visit seven bridge memorials, including the recently named Gold Star Memorial Bridge (formerly the Brighton Street Overcrossing) over an approximately 4-mile round trip. Along this route, and at memorial plaques throughout Grass Valley and Nevada City, veteran and volunteer docents will offer information regarding the specific soldier honored, and also distribute maps of all plaque locations for future visitation and remembrance.

For more information on volunteering to be a plaque docent, or to sign up to participate in the walk/cycle tour or to ride the tour bus, please call or text Catherine Ione-Perkins at 530-906-3668 or Pat Nelson at 530-477-8480, or email plnelsondiver@aol.com or catherine.ione@gmail.com.

Here are some other events taking place on Memorial Day around town:

• 9:00 am Memorial Day Ceremony at Pioneer Park – Veterans of Foreign Wars, host.

• 9:30 am Bicycle Tour of Plaques leaving from Pioneer Park at Seaman’s Lodge after the 9:00am cerremony. This ride will be led by Duane and Connie Strawser, owners of Tour of Nevada City.

• 11:00 am Memorial Day Ceremony at Memorial Park American Legion, host.

• 12:00 pm Boy Scouts serving hot dogs after ceremony

• 1:00 pm Friends of Nevada County Military Local Heroes Memorial Walk begins at Memorial Park (in attendance will be Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Blue Star Mothers of America) Welcome Home Vets will provide a water stop along the Walk route

Telecare Bus Plaque Tour will pick up first group at 1:00 pm under Memorial Bridge Tour sign.Walking tour to meet under the Memorial Bridge Tour Sign

• 3pm Welcome Home Vets Open House (228 Mill Street, Grass Valley)

Download LocalHerosWalkMap

Elks Lodge Yard Sale May 25

Nevada City Elks Lodge Yard Sale
Saturday – May 25, 2013
8 AM – 4 PM

$15.00 Space Rent for Elk Members
$20.00 Space Rent for Non Elk Members


For more information contact Kim West at 273-0232

Table Top Mixer May 15

Please join us for our next Table Top Mixer!

May 15 • 5:30-7:30pm
Nevada County Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City

Come Showcase your business. Space is limited so RESERVE your table today!
Contact Cindy Moon at Nevada City Chamber (530) 265-2692


New and Renewing Members

This week’s New & Renewing Members!  

New:  Diamond Oaks Venue

Renewing:  Abstrakt • Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering • Broad Street Bistro & Gallery • Chris’ Collision Repair • Clavey Vineyards • Paul Sieving • RCA of Grass Valley, Inc. • Shaw’s Antiques • The Hat Store

Thank you for your membership!

The Magic Carpet Hosts Open House May 18

Open House with Exhibition and Film Presentation at The Magic Carpet

The Magic Carpet will be celebrating their re-opening and transition to new management under Peter Cohen and Carolien van Straten with an Open House on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm, including a new exhibit, “Art Under Foot ~ Knot by Knot.”

The exhibit will showcase 34 remarkable rugs representing several weaving traditions, each one created with incredible skill and artistry, knot by knot, using hand-carded and hand-spun, vegetable-dyed wool. There will also be a film presentation throughout the day, featuring a fascinating behind-the-scenes view into India’s colorful tradition of rug production.

You will have a chance to look at The Magic Carpet’s newest collection of over 300 rugs, most of them in small sizes up to 6’ x 9’, including a beautiful selection of vegetable dyed Indian Zamin rugs.

The Open House will be held at The Magic Carpet at 408 Broad Street, Nevada City. For more information, please call 530-265-9229.

Download Magic Carpet Open House Flyer