Windows on History Displays Oct 1-31

The Nevada City Windows on History displays will be showing in windows of businesses in historic downtown Nevada City and will feature 47 large formatted images and captions of old Nevada City taken between 1850 and 1920. The placement of the photos is based on the location depicted in each photo. This project can be enjoyed through the month of October.

SCORE Sounding Board Oct 21

This is a reminder that our SCORE “Sounding Board” meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 21st at the Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street in Nevada City. We’ll begin the meeting promptly at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase. UPDATE – Unfortunately, lunch will NOT be available.

Our guest speaker is Machen Mac Donald. His topic will be:  Brilliant Visions Lead to Brilliant Outcomes! –“Many companies spend exorbitant amounts of time, energy and money creating a vague specific vision statement for their company that nobody can even find let alone recite when the next vision casting consultant comes by. STOP IT! Vision may be an overused term in the business environment. However, it is an underutilized resource only because most people don’t understand its power and how to effectively apply it throughout the organization. Learn how to create a simple and brilliant vision that creates the necessary alignment and inspiration for phenomenal growth.”

I’m looking forward to your participation in our “Sounding Board”. If you have program suggestions or any questions, please contact me.

Best Regards,

Bob Gius
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“Evil Dead: The Musical” Opens Oct 23

Evil Dead: The Musical
Camen Hodges, Director

Synthetic Unlimited is proud to present the bloody and hilarious Evil Dead: the Musical by George Reinblatt from October 23rd-November 9th, with two shows on Halloween night! This musical parody of the 1980s cult classic film in which five college students spend the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods, accidentally unleash an evil force, and turn into zombies plays at the Synthetic Unlimited Opera House, at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley. Come as early as 7 pm for drinks and desserts.

Don’t miss this killer production of one of the most innovative and monumental musicals ever to spray a bunch of blood in people’s faces! Explicit language and material. Tickets available at 1-888-95-SHOWS, the Briar Patch, and

Thursday, October 23rd, 8 pm, free preview
Friday, October 24th, 8 pm, GALA OPENING
Saturday, October 25th, 8 pm
Thursday, October 30th, 8 pm
Friday, October 31st, 8 pm, HALLOWEEN
Friday, October 31st, 11:59 pm, HALLOWEEN Midnight show
Saturday, November 1st, 8 pm
Friday, November 7th, 8 pm
Saturday, November 8th, 8 pm
Sunday, November 9th, 8 pm, CLOSING NIGHT


Halloween Parade & More on Oct 31st

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Halloween Parade

On Friday, October 31st from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Nevada City will host its Second Annual Halloween Parade!!  A creepy hearse will lead dancers, fire, floats, bands and other souls down Broad St to kick off Halloween night. Parade attendees are also encouraged to dress in costume.  The parade will showcase the eclectic mix of people that make Nevada City the unique town that it is. You won’t want to miss it!  For more info, please contact or the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692.

Ghost Tours

The haunted Nevada City historical walking tour explores the stories behind the many colorful ghosts said to still reside among us. Nevada City tours depart from 210 Broad Street (The Alpha Building) on Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. during the month of October. Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for children age 12 and under. Children age 5 and under are admitted free. Private tours by request. For further details call 530-265-6877 or email

Go to for more information on these events and other Halloween fun in Nevada City.

Iris DeMent at Miners Foundry Oct 23


What: Iris DeMent

When: Thursday, October 23
Doors 6:30pm, Music 7:30pm

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

Tickets: $28.00 Advance General Admission, $32.00 Door General Admission, and $40.00 Limited Reserve. Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry and at BriarPatch Co-Op.

On Thursday, October 23rd, Iris DeMent, one of the great voices in contemporary popular music, returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, performing songs that span her twenty-two year career along with songs from from her most recent album Sing the Delta, a masterpiece sixteen years in the making. DeMent’s legendary voice sounds as if it comes from the previous century, but her songwriting has as much in common with Joni Mitchell as Hank Williams. This is one of only three California performances that also includes shows in Napa and Berkeley. Supporting DeMent on this tour is Pieta Brown, daughter of legendary troubadour Greg Brown.

The Grammy-award nominee is best known for her one of a kind voice that is “capable of both heartbreaking fragility and blow-your-ears-back-power”. DeMent was born in Paragould, Arkansas, the last of fourteen children in her family. Her parents were farmers, but after hitting hard times in 1964, they sold the farm and moved west to California. DeMent’s parents passed on to her their love of music: Her mom sang around the house and at church, and as a young man, her dad had played fiddle at dances around Arkansas. For a family that saw its share of hard times, music was a necessity of life, not just a pastime. Her older sisters formed a gospel group called The DeMent Sisters and eventually recorded an album. She grew up listening to traditional country and gospel music, which influenced her roots-folk sound, though she was twenty-five years old when she wrote her first song. While living in Kansas City, she taught herself to play the guitar. Her songs drew directly upon her own life and the people within it. Eventually, DeMent moved to Nashville, where her performances led to a recording contract.

Since her 1992 debut, DeMent has bloomed as a songwriter, finding her niche in folk and country, putting out four albums and performing with greats such as John Prine, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Merle Haggard. Haggard, who said of DeMent, “She’s the best singer I’ve ever heard,” invited her to sit in as his piano player touring with his legendary band The Strangers. He subsequently covered two of her songs “No Time To Cry” and the gospel-tinged “The Shores of Jordan.”

Along the way, several of DeMent’s songs became cultural touchstones. “Let The Mystery Be” found its way to MTV Unplugged as a duet by David Byrne and Natalie Merchant. “Our Town” was played over the farewell scene in the series finale of Northern Exposure. She has also made frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s radio show A Prairie Home Companion. Her album of gospel songs, “Lifeline”, which included her rendition of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” was later used in the closing credits of the Coen brothers’ film True Grit.

This rare performance is a family affair. Opening the show is her step-daughter Pieta Brown. Brown grew up in rural Iowa and Alabama and was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father. With a voice reviewers alternately describe as “rich,” “dark” and “dreamy,” and a musical style that ranges from haunting to rocking, Brown has released six critically acclaimed albums.

“When Pieta sings you’re aware of something effortless and natural, like rain on earth,” Mark Knopfler observed, while Don Was called her “a great singer-songwriter who possesses major star-power magnetism,” and DeMent described her as “the best poet I’ve heard in a long damn time.”

Brown is no stranger to superstar collaborations. She’s toured with Knopfler and shared the stage with John Prine, Brandi Carlisle, JJ Cale, Emmylou Harris and Amos Lee, just to name a few.

Her latest album, Paradise Outlaw (Red House), is Brown’s most emotionally resonant compositions, and some of her most expressive performances, to date. It was recorded at Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin, with a supporting cast that includes Vernon, Amos Lee, David Mansfield and her father.

“Paradise Outlaw came from a radically different place. I was thinking a lot about freedom, experimentation, poetry, folk songs, bending forms and voices. I also wrote and delivered half the songs on the banjo, which was completely new for me,” says Brown.

As Pieta puts it in the album’s dedication, “In the preface to a super cool book of photographs of the Beats called Paradise Outlaws, John Tytell says it well: ‘The notion of paradise may be one of our ultimate fictions, but it still motivates action in the world. While the way the Beats saw the world made them outlaws, they also shared…a view of art that was unelitist, anti-hierarchical, egalitarian.’ That makes a lot of sense to me. I feel like my songs come from the same beat streets and off-kilter countrysides, and the same worlds where peace, love and freedom will always be worth exploring. So to all my fellow paradise outlaws, thank you for the hopeful illusions, the grit, the grace… and above all, the songs and music that carry me through.”

His & Hers Wedded Affair Oct 25 & 26

His & Hers Wedded Affair ~ a weekend of inspiration

Saturday October 25, 6:00-9:00 pm
Sunday October 26, 10:00-3:00 am/pm

The Foothills Event Center
400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, Ca

Registration & Tickets online:  At the Door $7 Two days, $5 one day; Online $10 two people/two days

All vendors offering Show Discount on their services!

Saturday night-Live Music by Ivan Najera
Sunday-Live Music by Cabernet Quartet & Lisa Stine Harpist


Heroes of October – Oct 26

Heroes of October
Sunday, Oct 26 • 2pm
Childers Field at Pioneer Park

Nevada City vs. Grass Valley

Proceeds will benefit Gold Country Community Services


Salmon Viewing Rafting Tours Oct-Nov

Rafting Tours provide salmon viewing on the Yuba River

SYRCL and ETC provide public tours to view wild Chinook salmon in our own backyard

Know & Go:

What: SYRCL Salmon Tours

When: Rafting Tours: October 25th and November 1st

Walking Tour: October 16th

Where: Rafting Tours: Lower Yuba River below Parks Bar

Walking Tour: the University of California’s Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

Who: South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)

Cost: Rafting Tours: $80 for the general public, $75 for SYRCL members, and $50 for kids 8-16

Walking Tour: $10 for adults and $5 for kids 16 and under


Right now, Chinook salmon are swimming from the Pacific Ocean under the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Delta and back to the rivers of their birth to spawn the next salmon generation. The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and Environmental Travel Companions (ETC) are offering public raft tours in October and November that will guide participants in viewing salmon spawning activity in the lower Yuba River below Englebright Dam.

“Registration is now open for 2014 Salmon Tours! This is an amazing opportunity for you and your family to adventure down the lower Yuba River to see spawning salmon,” says SYRCL’S River Science Manager, Chris Friedel. “Get your hands (and feet) wet while learning about the salmon lifecycle, their ecology, and the impact humans have on these incredible and resilient fish.”

Join SYRCL River Science staff and river guides from ETC for this educational and fun day. You will learn about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted the river, SYRCL’s work to protect salmon, and visit SYRCL’s habitat restoration project at Hammon Bar.

You might get the opportunity to witness exuberant salmon jumping two feet out of the water, showing off their beautiful silvery coloration while many more dart around the rafts. You will be amazed by the spectacular journey of wild Chinook salmon having travelled over a hundred miles from the Pacific to their spawning grounds in the Yuba River.

“I have been rafting the rivers of the Sierra Nevada for 30 years and have seen their degradation first hand,” said Cindy Richards a volunteer Salmon Tour Naturalist. “It is so important for us to share with today’s youth the interconnections of life in our rivers. There is only a fraction of historic salmon populations left in the Yuba, and we need to do something to help them thrive now. It is so important to go and see the beauty and feel the excitement of the salmon spawn. The experience will bring your understanding of the connections of life in the river full circle.”

Chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, historically came up the Yuba and many other rivers in California by the hundreds of thousands. Today, wild Fall-Run Chinook salmon return to the lower Yuba in the thousands, while the much rarer Spring-Run Chinook salmon are federally listed as a species threatened with extinction. Chinook salmon can measure four feet in length and often weigh 30 – 40 lbs. Guides will answer all your questions and will pass along knowledge about the fish’s lifecycle and its history in the Yuba River.

New this year, join SYRCL River Science staff for a walking tour of lower Yuba salmon habitat from the University of California’s Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center. This tour is an excellent way to view superior salmon spawning habitat without a boat, and at a reduced cost.

Register today to secure your spot for either a walking tour or a raft tour. Salmon Raft Tours (ages 8 and up) are a full day of rafting down the lower Yuba River. Tour dates are October 25th and November 1st. The cost of a raft trip is $80 for the general public, $75 for SYRCL members, and $50 for kids 16 and under. The Salmon Raft Tours will take place on the main stem of the Yuba River from Parks Bar, just below the Highway 20 Bridge, to Sycamore Ranch Park. This run is approximately 5 miles long and the tour takes approximately six hours.

Salmon Riverbank Walking Tours are a half day walking tour along the lower Yuba upstream from Parks Bar. The only public riverbank tour is October 16th, and will be a fun family trip during Fall Break. The cost of a river bank tour is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 16 and under.

Individuals should bring a lunch, water, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and appropriate clothes for a brisk day on the river with a brief hike (no flip-flops).

To sign up for a tour, please register at or contact Chris Friedel, River Science Manager (530) 265-5961, ext. 211; to learn more.

SYRCL would like to thank the Teichert Foundation for supporting our 2014 Salmon Tours season!

Basic Mediation Training Oct 23-25


WHAT: Conflict Resolution Center Hosts 3-Day Basic Mediation Training

WHEN: October 23-25, 8:30am-5:30pm

WHERE: Association of Realtors Building, Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle, in Grass Valley, CA

PRICE:  Total registration fee is $295 per registrant (includes lunch); group discounts and limited scholarships are also available.  Register online at or call 530-477-6517 for further information.

Are you a good listener? Want to improve your negotiation skills?  Become a Certified Mediator!  Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) in Nevada City is holding their annual three-day Basic Mediation Training, October 23-25, 8:30am-5:30pm at the Association of Realtors Building, Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle, in Grass Valley.

This training is beneficial for anyone who has an interest in learning basic mediation, negotiation, and communication skills including educators, board directors, community leaders, parents, business professionals, and more.  Trainees will learn: stages of a mediation, how to facilitate communication, how to convene and open a mediation, balancing neutrality and fairness, managing emotions, ethical concerns of mediators and advocates, how to use intangible interests to overcome impulse and much more.

CRC is a non-profit provider of mediation services, training and consulting.  CRC mediates for the courts of Nevada County as well as in office mediations with a sliding scale fee.  For over twenty years, CRC has worked with the residents, businesses, and organizations of Nevada County to find common ground over an array of diverse conflicts between neighbors, landlords and tenants, buyers and sellers, non-profit boards, distribution of assets, homeowners and contractors, family members, employers and employees, and more.

The cost to litigate disputes is enormous, costing the county and tax payers tens of thousands of dollars every year. Statistics have proven that mediation resolves more disputes in less time for less money and with less stress. Trained mediators help the disputants as neutral third parties by facilitating communication and resolving disputes whereby the disputants can craft their own agreement.

Internship hours available for trained mediators. Participants who complete the course will receive a mediation certificate.

Total registration fee is $295 per registrant (lunches included); group discounts and limited scholarships are also available. Register online at or call 530-477-6517 for further information.

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Nevada City Live Fall 2014

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Nevada City Live – Fall 2014

Tickets are on sale for the second Nevada City Live concert series at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City, October 3-November 8.

All shows start at 8. Tickets are $20. Tickets are on sale on at BriarPatch Co-Op in Grass Valley and Yabobo in Nevada City. Tickets are for sale for all shows through Vendini.

You can find more information on these shows plus the entire lineup on my new website at

Peter Case with special guest opener Rick Kirkpatrick – Fri, Oct 24

Perla Batalla – Sat, Oct 25

Performance Art – Thur, Oct 30

Laurie Lewis & The Rights – Sat, Nov 1


Meet the Ignitor Graduates Nov 4

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Tuesday, November 4th from 6pm-8pm: The public is invited to meet the next group of Ignitor Graduates at Sierra Commons at a mixer on the Sierra Commons Campus located at 792 A Searls Ave in Nevada City.

The Sierra Commons “Business Ignitor” course is Nevada County’s premier set of classes for teaching entrepreneurs how to start a business or how to take their business to the next level. This exciting group of entrepreneurs includes copy editors, foodies, photographers, grant writers and more! The commencement speaker with be Shana Maziarz, Ignitor Graduate and co-owner of the very successful Three Forks Bakery and Brewery in downtown Nevada City.

Please come prepared to network and to have a great time. Food and drinks will be served.

Nisenan Tribute Site Opening Ceremony Oct 28

Please join us at the Opening Ceremony for the newest addition of Nevada City’s Deer Creek Tribute Trail system: The Nisenan Tribute Site and Angkula Seo Suspension Bridge.

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:00am – 12:30pm, Ceremony begins at 11:30am

Where: Nisenan Tribute Site, Appx. 20 min. walking distance from downtown Nevada City

See flyer for walking directions from downtown Nevada City – No parking will be available.

More information can be found on our website at


October Events at The Stonehouse

Upcoming Events at The Stonehouse –

Saturday, October 25th 9:00 PM
GAUDI at The Stonehouse Old Brewery; special guests SIXIS and bioLumigen

You are invited to attend a very special night of electronic world music and dance with legendary international 6 Degree recording artist “GAUDI” joined by vocalist Danny Ladwa (UK) with opening sets by SIXIS and bioLumigen. 2 Bars, Premium Sound, Bazaar, Visionary Art Exhibit, 21+ $20 Adv. available at Briar Patch Co-Op



Fright Night at Miners Foundry Oct 31


WHO: Fright Night with Mumbo Gumbo,
Mount Whateverest, and Scary Little Things

WHEN: Friday, October 31, 2014
Doors 8:30pm, Show 9pm

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

TICKETS: $20 in Advance/$25 at the Door.
Available online at, by phone at (530) 265-5040, or in person at Miners Foundry or Briar Patch Co-Op.,

INFO: (530) 265-5040 or

Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents FRIGHT NIGHT, Nevada County’s largest Halloween bash, Friday, October 31st. The legendary Halloween party now in its thirty-sixth year, promises another infamous evening of sensational costumes and decorations, an epic dance party, and rollicking rock n’ roll.

This year’s much anticipated FRIGHT NIGHT features live music from one of Northern California’s most popular groups Mumbo Gumbo, plus local sensation Mount Whateverest and Scary Little Friends from San Francisco/Santa Cruz.

Mumbo Gumbo is both an institution on the NorCal concert scene and an ever-evolving collective that fills listeners with joy and longing, and always has audiences dancing their hearts out. Mumbo Gumbo blends many genres from rock to soul, afropop to lush balladry, zydeco to country, into a celebratory, danceable noise, creating something less a specific style than a particular feeling: The Sound of Sheer Joy.  Fronted by two first-rate singer/songwriters, Chris Webster and Tracy Walton, the band is anchored and driven by one of the longest-lived rhythm sections in Northern California: drummer Rick Lotter and bassist Lynn Michael Palmer. With Reggy Marks’ sax, Jon Wood’s guitar, and Steve Stizzo’s keyboards fleshing out the band’s expansive sound, Gumbo has built a reputation not just for danceability, but for creative depth.

Headlining the Stone Hall is Nevada City rock band Mount Whateverest.  Their music is a noisy collision of sugar-coated pop, space-jazz interludes and giant, classic rock riffs. Changed school yard choruses combine with thumping glam rhythms to create the kind of day glow rock and roll not heard since T. Rex roamed the Earth.

Opening the evening is folk-psych rock band Scary Little Friends. The band blew audiences away during this year’s Jerry Bash with their lilting vocals and surfs-up psychedelic guitar with underlying southern soul roots and uplifting melodies. Fans of Jeff Buckley, The Tennessee Three and Fleet Foxes will love SLF.

Some of the many highlights of FRIGHT NIGHT include the infamous costume contest that always leaves the town talking, a spectacular light show by Mark Jacoby, face painting, a photo booth to capture the good times, food, plus the entire Foundry, with its beautiful stone halls and high wood beam ceilings, festively decorated. New to this year is a special intermission show that features projection mapping created by the Nevada City Film Festival and digital artists Romero Alves, Zach Haller and Todd Wahoske.

This local tradition dates back to 1978 when Bobby Angel coined the name and produced the first five FRIGHT NIGHT’s at the American Victorian Museum as a fundraiser for community radio station KVMR. The first FRIGHT NIGHT was $2 with costume; simulcast live on KVMR and featured Mighty Dread, Harry Harpoon and the House Wreckers, plus a special appearance by the Phantom of the Opera.

Thirty-six years later, FRIGHT NIGHT has gone through many producers including artists and visionaries David Osborn and Charles Woods, KVMR, and Foothill Theatre Company, and it is now considered one of the Miners Foundry’s largest annual fundraisers.

Emily’s Catering Has New Location!

Greetings from Emily’s Catering and Cake!

We are excited to announce that we have moved our business to 421 Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley with a new retail bakery Thursday – Sunday, and continuing and expanding our catering services. We invite you to several delectable and exciting events the next few weeks.

October 20th – Grand Tasting 5-7pm – Free to the Public
Join us and taste some sweet treats and get information on our new expanded services.  We want YOUR feedback and input.

October 30th – Bakery Opens – 11 am – 6 pm
Stop by and enjoy a cup of Fable coffee and sweet treats.

November 8th – Grand Opening Celebration – 10am – 7pm
Celebrate our new chapter of our business with raffle prizes, FREE food and drink with live music!

Our new location will feature a retail display case with fresh never frozen cakes, cupcakes, pies and other specialty desserts. For the first time ever we will have a storefront featuring our delicious cakes and scrumptious desserts!! Retail items will include: our fillings, frostings, cookie doughs, smores’ kits along with celebration candles and other cake making/decorating supplies.   Our retail selection will include some of our other well known gourmet food items to assist you in throwing the perfect party. Here is a taste of what is in store: shallot marmalade, caramelized pears and walnuts, fruit preserves, gluten free teriyaki sauce, sweet and spicy mustard, dressings and much more.

We are happy to add sweet and savory cooking classes in the near future. We will hold two classes each month open to the community, one designed for adults and one for younger children. Classes will be taught by Chef Emily as well special guest instructors.

In addition we will continue to offer our clients an intimate private event space. This space is perfect for rehearsal dinners, day after brunches, birthday parties, business meetings and seminars.

We look forward to sharing our delectable desserts with you!

Emily Scott-Arbaugh, Chef and Co-Owner & John Arbaugh, Co-Owner

Office Hours Tuesday and Wednesday – 9am-5pm
Thursday-Sunday in the Kitchen or catering an event!

Event Venue- 421 Colfax Ave, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Mailing Address- PO Box 3534, Grass Valley, CA 95945

530-271-CAKE (2253) •