NC Chamber Announces New Directors

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce president, Paul Sieving, announced the following members were elected by acclamation to the Board of Directors for a two year term: Linda Hansen – Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe; Teresa Mann – JJ Jackson’s; Matt Margulies – Matteo’s Public; Melinda Solis Day – Nevada City Self Storage; Tom Coleman – National Hotel; Gary Tintle – Tintle Inc.; Barbara Tanner – Friend of the Chamber; Jim Harte – Ol’ Republic; Hilary Hodge – Sierra Commons; Carissa Cook – Friar Tuck’s Restaurant and Homer Nottingham – Vital Energy Arts.

Directors continuing into the second year of their two-year terms are: Robin Danos – Tri Counties Bank; Kim Coughlan – Novak’s Menswear & Lady Pendleton;   Peggy Peterson – Asylum Down & Yabobo; Dave Iorns – Nevada City Crystal & Glass; Mike Byrne – The Willo Steakhouse; Paul Sieving – Macleod Sierra Realty,

Officers and Directors will be installed and the Chamber’s special recognition awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 114th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Miners Foundry.

NCTV Presents Foothill Films Oct 5

Foothill Films. Bringing the art of film making to Nevada County.
Monday, October 5, 6-9 pm, Nevada Theatre.

Master of Ceremonies: Barry Friedman
Four-time World Juggling Champion and Six-time TED Speaker.

Foothill Films is a film making event to benefit NCTV, a non-profit, non-commercial public access television station. From script to the silver screen, Foothill Films engages a community of local volunteers wanting to be a part of making a movie. From students, to professional talent and those who have always dreamed about writing a story or making a film, Foothill Films offers the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing vision, creativity and teamwork come to life on the silver screen. Click to the poster for more information.


Nevada City’s Windows on History in October

Windows on History is an exhibit of 42 mural-size historical photographs with captions displayed in the storefronts of downtown Nevada City businesses right where the photo was taken.

These photos celebrate the everyday life of Nevada City from 1850 to approximately 1920:  the passage of time is presented by powerful photographic images of historical scenes in the context of today’s streetscape.

Windows on History will be displayed during the month of October.


KARE’s Oktoberfest in Nevada City Oct 10

Fall is around the corner, so get ready to celebrate by raising a mug at the upcoming OKTOBERFEST in Nevada City at Pioneer Park on October 10th from 3-7 pm. The event will feature pours by local breweries and live entertainment. German food plates will be available.

Entry fee is $10 (advance tickets), or $15 at the door. Beer is $2.00 a glass. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the evening’s entertainment.

The proceeds benefit the KARE Crisis Nursery, a local non-profit which provides emergency and respite care as well as supervised visits for families with young children who fall on hard times.   Tickets are available at (in the menu type ‘Oktoberfest in Nevada City’ and place your order), or by calling KARE at 530-265-0693.

For more information:, or 530-265-0693.


Solid Gold Express Runs thru Oct 24


A Musical Comedy Revue by John Driscoll & Jan Kopp

September 18th thru October 24th
Friday & Saturday at 8:15 – Admission $26
Sunday, October 4th at 2:00 PM – Admission $24

For Reservations, call 530-265-8686

Embarking on a new adventure, George Dahl’s motley crew of itinerant performers has abandoned their motor home and parking lot gig for an indoor venue at the Union Landing strip mall in Union City, CA. Their new focus is on re-creating the sights and sounds of the 1980’s. With limited resources, they ineptly and hilariously attempt to present a live watered-down touring version of the 1980’s hit musical series Solid Gold, featuring hit songs from the era and some rather “creative” dance routines.

Andrew Kerr returns as the mid-life crisis entrepreneur George, joined by Danny McCammon as the no-holds-barred improver Jeremy and Kate Haight as Jeremy’s girlfriend Debbie, the Catholic choir teacher “on indefinite leave.” Rounding out the cast of this year’s sequel are Kim Wellman as George’s country-karaoke-singing main squeeze Cindy, Isaias Acosta as retro punk-rocker David and Lyra Dominguez as recent ACT graduate choreographer Melinda Santos.

Solid Gold Express features many top billboard songs of the era like Flashdance, Eye of the Tiger, Take My Breath Away, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Total Eclipse Of The Heart and over two-dozen more by such ‘80’s icons as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston, ABBA, Bon Jovi, Air Supply, Gloria Estefan and others. With the imaginative choreography of Lyra Dominguez, you will sing and laugh your way into the Fall season.

Solid Gold Express is full of humor, nostalgia and great music and is suitable for all ages. Pre-show entertainment by Chris Crockett begins one hour before showtime for all performances.

Off Broadstreet Theatre, 305 Commercial Street, Nevada City, CA 95959,

The Fairies are Retiring!

Dear Friends of the Forest….

After 28 years as Nevada County’s very own fairyland, Tanglewood Forest will be closing its doors (or the woods as it were!) at the end of this year.

We have had a wonderful time presenting this community with our collection of fanciful creations and treasures, and will miss the friendship and overwhelming dedication our Tanglewood family has shown us year after year. We hope to see as many of you as possible during our final holiday season.

This was truly a heart wrenching decision and we will miss you all. Thanks for the great adventure!

TanglewoodBlackhatMarci will be continuing to create her signature hats, masks and jewelry on her website at – take a peek!

May The Forest Be With You!

Marci, Anita, Su, Laura and all of the fairies…

Tanglewood Forest
115 S. Pine Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 478-1813


Awakening Kulu – Indigenous Peoples Days Oct 9-12

He-sa-sa-ka! The Tsi Akim Maidu welcomes everyone to the 18th annual four day Indigenous Peoples Days (IPD) celebration October 9th – 12th. Indigenous Peoples Days is the effort of the tribe and supporters to encourage education and healing by replacing Columbus Day with a native based event, sharing history and culture through ceremony, celebration and feast. All are invited to embrace their respective cultures, as we are all indigenous from somewhere. IPD is a free, all volunteer event and donations are encouraged and appreciated.

Kulu by Chairman Ryberg
The theme for this year’s event is “Awakening Kulu”. Kulu was an historic fishing village site on the lower Yuba River, to which the Tsi Akim Maidu has ties. (It means “dark place or night” in the Maidu language.) When we lose a fishing village site, the great tragedy is the loss of ceremonies, songs, animals and a way of life. We can bring those back with the help of community. The tribe’s vision is to awaken Kulu to a restored fishing village. This will be an educational center for children and students of all ages to learn about the Salmon People’s water environment in our traditional ways. Fred ‘Coyote’ Downey says, “Our language and ceremonies define who we are. Without them, we don’t know ourselves, therefore, how can we call ourselves Native?”

When and Where: Our free four-day family event begins Friday Oct 9th with a day long Youth program at Kulu. Later that evening the Tsi Akim Maidu will hold their Opening Ceremony and Round Dance at 6pm, in downtown Nevada City on the corners of Union & Broad, (followed by a 7:30p.m. fundraiser and book signing with Peter Coyote at the Yuba River Charter School Auditorium, 505 Main St, NC). All day Saturday and Sunday the public is invited to celebrate at Kulu, “Sycamore Ranch Park”, 5390 Hwy 20, Browns Valley, CA. Monday IPD moves to the radio airwaves, broadcasting live from the studio of KVMR – FM, Nevada City.

Schedule of Events

Friday October 9th: A Youth program with Rick Berry will be open to the public,  9a.m. – 4p.m. at Kulu. Children will enjoy traditional storytelling, song and dance as well as wild food demonstrations.   Preregister with Rick Berry (530 265 0236 or rick@ 6pm Opening Ceremony and Round Dance on the corner of Broad and Union St. in Nevada City.

Saturday, October 10th: 7a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the Yuba River at Kulu. The day begins with a multicultural Sunrise Ceremony, followed by Chairman Ryberg honoring the Spirit Runners. Storytelling will be from 9 to 11a.m., and at noon the traditional Maidu ceremony, “Calling Back the Salmon”. Following the Sunrise Ceremony, Salmon Hunters will harpoon a salmon in the Yuba River and join with the Spirit Runners to carry the salmon from Hallwood to Kulu, where they enter the ceremonial space. During ceremony the public is asked to observe in silence. (Please, no recordings, photos, cell phones, or animals.) Afterwards everyone will share in a salmon feast, honoring the sacrifice made by the Salmon People. The tribe will provide salmon and rice, and ask that you join in with a potluck dish of your own. From 2p.m – 5p.m. a cultural celebration and presentation continues, followed by our honored evening guests, the California Bear Dancers.

Sunday, October 11th: 9a.m. – 5:30p.m. Today is the day for Talking Circles and celebration. Opening Ceremony at 9am with Thoz Womenz at the Mother Drum, and words from spiritual elder Fred ‘Coyote’ Downey, Chairman Don Ryberg and Jason Ryberg. At 11a.m. an indigenous Women’s Circle share their lives, their work, and their perspectives. The Descendant’s Circle, at 2 p.m. tells stories and expresses the impact ancestors have had on their lives. Interspersed throughout the day will be music and storytelling. The weekend at Kulu will come to a close at 5:30pm with the Prout Memorial Potluck Dinner, remembering all those who have recently passed.

Sunday New Addition This Year (9a.m. – 5p.m.) “Revitalizing Indigenous Food and Medicine” will share knowledge through hands-on workshops, harvesting and preparing wild and native plants, educating to heal and nourish one’s self through organic and wild-crafting methods and deepening our awareness of Mother Earth and all life.

Native and other vendors will be selling handmade crafts and food on site Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.

Native dancers, storytellers, singers and supporters are: Fred ‘Coyote’ Downey – spiritual elder, Peter Coyote – actor, activist, and writer, Johnny Moses – Tulalip master storyteller, Thoz Womenz Drum, Marshall Merino – traditional Maidu singer and storyteller, Lawrence Laughing – traditional Haudenosaunee longhouse singer, Grayson Coney – Maidu cultural director and storyteller, Roland Swallow – traditional Oglala lakota songs, Nakai Family Singers – Saami songs, California Bear Dancers, Group Kallpulli Keutzallcoatl Ocelotl – Aztec ceremonial dancers, Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohakalani O Hilo – traditional Hawaiian dancers, GV Taiko Drummers, Anni McCann – Ancestor’s song, Soli Yamandi – Maidu song, Mary Ann Myers – N.A. flute and storyteller, Kimberly Shining Star – storyteller,      Mike Tomson – storyteller, and others…

Location: Kulu, “Sycamore Ranch Park,” 5390 Highway #20, Brown’s Valley, CA is midway between Nevada City and Marysville, 3 miles east of the Yuba River Bridge. Sycamore Ranch Park is owned and operated by Yuba County.

Radio: IPD Sunday event will be broadcast live on KVMR 89.5/ 105.1 FM, Nevada City, and affiliates in Placerville at 88.3 FM, and 104.7 FM in Woodland.
Monday programming is broadcast live 7am to 9pm from KVMR-FM studio, Nevada City. Tune into live stream on

The Tsi Akim Maidu would like to thank all volunteers, KVMR, Smartsville Fire Dept., Nevada City, CA., and especially Yuba County.

NIK YAHATI AN KANO! (Maidu for Thank You!)

Indigenous Peoples Days, IPD, is a drug and alcohol free, all-volunteer event.

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IPD Fundraiser with Peter Coyote Oct 9

Actor, director, activist and writer Peter Coyote returns to his old stomping grounds in Nevada City, CA on Friday October 9th at 7:30 pm, in a public performance and fundraiser to kick off the 18th annual Indigenous Peoples Days, a four day event sponsored by the Tsi Akim Maidu.

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Tickets for the fundraising event are $15 advance/$20 at the door, and can be purchased at The Book Seller in GV, Yabobo in NC, both SPD markets (NC & GV), and at Mother Truckers in N San Juan, CA. For more info call 530.274. 7497, or email


8th Annual Autumn Shindig Oct 11

The North Columbia Schoolhouse celebrates its 8th annual harvest fair for families-The Autumn Shindig- on Sunday, October 11th from 11:30 am to dusk.

The Shindig is full of home made wooden games, organic cotton candy, harvest stew from our local farms, down home music, arts and crafts for purchase, a dunk tank, tug of war and sack races- the best of Nevada County and all it’s rural and artistic charm.

Admission is free, as is parking. 530-265-2826 or

Auditions for “Chinglish” Oct 18

Sunday, Oct 18, 2015
David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) is gearing up for auditions for our 2016 spring play, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, on Sunday, October 18.  Chinglish is a hilarious comedy about miscommunication in English and Chinese, directed by Annie Lareau (who directed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet). This is the fourth show of the Tony- award winning playwright that we are presenting. You might recall Tibet Through the Red Box (2005), Golden Child (2008), and Flower Drum Song (2009). The show would run from April 7 to April 30, 2016, at the Nevada Theatre. Tickets would be available December 1, 2015.

The show is seeking Mandarin-speaking men and women.  For an audition appointment and details, see

Synopis of Chinglish:  An American businessman desperately seeks to score a lucrative contract for his family’s firm.  He travels to China only to learn how much he doesn’t understand.  His translators are unreliable, his consultant may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xi, the beautiful and seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk — but what is she saying, anyway??

The CAT newsletter would be out in November with more details on the show and on our cultural events for 2016. Please join us! Fall is in the air and soon the holidays would be here! Enjoy the rest of 2015!

Bounty of the County Oct 11

Nevada County Grown and Sierra Vintners Association invite you to Bounty of the County – a Celebration of Local Food, Wine and Beer.

WHEN: Sunday, October 11     5pm – 8pm
WHERE: Gold Miner’s Inn/Holiday Inn, on the patio. (In the event of bad weather the event will be in the ballroom.)

FOOD: Top chefs in the area will prepare delicious entrees using fresh, wholesome food from Nevada County farmers and ranchers. Sample everything! Restaurants will include: Three Forks, Matteo’s, Diego’s, Toffanelli’s and Trattoria Milano. Top off the evening with desserts from Emily’s Catering and Nana’s Bakery.

BEVERAGES: Taste a variety of wines throughout the evening. Participating wineries: Lucchesi, Smith, Bent Metal, Gray Pine, Bear River and Fawnridge. When you find the ones you just love you will be able to purchase bottles at the event. For you beer-lovers, be sure to try the offerings of Ol’ Republic Brewery. And another tasting experience will be provided by Soleil Juice, with their fresh juices.

MUSIC: Listen or dance to the jazz and smooth rhythms of CoolHeat.

TICKETS: Tickets are available online at, or in-person at BriarPatch and at many of the tasting rooms of Sierra Vintner members.   $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Food-only tickets $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Space is limited, so get your tickets quickly.


All proceeds from the event will be used to support and promote Nevada County agriculture.

5th Annual Youth Vocal Competition Oct 11

Join the Sierra Master Chorale for its fifth annual Youth Vocal Competition Oct. 11, where 10 contestants ages 12 to 21 will perform before a panel of judges and the community.

The winning contestant will earn a $500 grand prize and second place will receive $250. The contestants are all from Nevada County and will sing two contrasting songs each. This year’s repertoire is lively and varied — featuring works from Queen and Billy Joel to Broadway favorites to a classical piece by George Frideric Handel.

This year’s contestants are:

  • Beau Glenn, 12
  • Grace McDaniel, 13
  • Lily Olson, 14
  • Elizabeth Allen, 14
  • Maddie Ash, 14
  • Morgan Fries, 17
  • Hailey Patrick, 17
  • Sara Messervey, 17
  • Talen Andersen, 18
  • Kevin Anderson, 21

“The contestants are selected on a first-come first-served basis. It is always amazing to experience the quality of the performances we get,” said InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin, who is also music director the Sierra Master Chorale. “It’s a really great show for the audience.”

An experienced panel of three judges that includes vocal music professionals Ryan Murray, Janet Rossman and Daniel Zuckerman, will oversee the contestants.

“The competition aspect adds another layer to the experience. It comes down to the judges perception of who presents the most compelling performance,” Hardin said. “It also gives the young contestants valuable experience in a live music performance.”

Each contestant will receive a YouTube clip and professional photos, of their performance, free of copyright.

The emcee for the Vocal Competition will be Dawn Simmons. She has appeared locally in numerous musicals, including the feature roles of Marian in “The Music Man,” and Cinderella in “Into the Woods.” Simmons earned her Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder and has traveled around the world and appeared in hundreds of productions on land, and at sea on cruise ships.

Last year’s winner, Hannah Muzio, will return home for a weekend from college to perform for the audience while the judges tabulate the results from this year’s competition.

Tickets to the 2 p.m. Oct. 11 Youth Vocal Competition are $10 for general admission and $5 for youth, ages 17 and under (there is an additional $3 fee if purchased online) and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at, or in person at BriarPatch Co-op. Each admission includes a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the event.

The performance will be at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 314 W. Main Street. For more information, go to



WHO: InConcert Sierra presents

WHAT: 5th Annual Sierra Master Chorale Youth Vocal Competition

WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11

WHERE: 314 W. Main Street, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $10 general admission, $5 for youth 17 and younger, every purchase includes one raffle ticket. Available at by phone at 530-273-3990, online at, or in person at BriarPatch Co-op

INFO: 530-273-3990 or online at

Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” Plays Oct 8-18

The Center for the Arts DISCOVER SERIES presents

 by Samuel Beckett
October 8-18
Thursdays & Sundays 7:00PM
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00PM
$12 members, $14 non-member, $8 students
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Buy Tickets Online

Directed by Ryan Schwalm
; Featuring
 Micah Cone as Hamm
, Marcus Arellanes as Clov
, Scott Ewing as Nagg
, Andrea Fox as Nell
; Props by Lexis LaRue
, Set Design by Pam Hodges

Samuel Beckett’s most acclaimed One-Act play.

Seemingly trapped in the last human structure on a degenerated earth, a blind man and his progeny
and progenitors struggle to speak, move, survive, and justify any of it. From the author of Waiting for
 Godot, this pinnacle of Beckettian drama questions life, art, and the forms and divisions relating to

The entire human condition in less than 90 minutes.

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WoW Country BBQ Benefit Oct 17

Our biggest event of the year!!

A Taste of Country BBQ!
October 17th

Limited Tickets Available!

A great evening out, bring your friends, spouses, social group or come and make new friends!!

Women of Worth relies on this event to continue servicing the community and keep our shelter open.  Please support Women of Worth and Hetty’s Haven and join us for an amazing evening!

Tickets now on sale at the WoW Office, 224 Church St., in Nevada City as well as the Union Newspaper. You may also call 530-264-7337.


Fall Colors Open Studios Tour Oct 10, 11, 17 & 18

Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour of Nevada County
October 10-11, and 17-18 • 10:AM to 5:00PM

Open House Preview Event: Thursday, October 8
6:00 to 9:00PM

Meet the artists, view their work, plan your tour, buy art, preview upcoming shows, youth workshops, and support The Center for the Arts and our community. The Center is located at 314 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley.

Visit 70+ local artists in 46 studios this October and see where art is made, displayed, and appreciated in Nevada County. The tour features painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, designers, woodworkers and more. You will have the opportunity to meet the artists, view new work, and buy original art in a wide range of media & styles. See their workspace, watch live demonstrations, observe works in progress and learn about an art process from concept to completion.  Beyond an art sale, Open Studios is a chance to experience first-hand how, where and why art is created.

Start your tour at The Center for the Arts preview exhibit October 8-18 artist reception Thursday, October 8, 6 – 9PM. The Open House is free and open to all ages. Meet the artists, view their work, plan your tour, buy art, preview upcoming shows, youth workshops, and support The Center for the Arts and our community.

For more information go to