Movies Under the Pines – Saturday June 4th at Pioneer Park


The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF), City of Nevada City and the Nevada County Fairgrounds presents Movies Under the Pines, an outdoor cinema experience for the entire family.

Building on the success and excitement of previous summer’s screenings of family friendly films at both Pioneer Park in Nevada City and the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, NCFF has selected six films that both kids and parents will enjoy.

“Movies Under the Pines is one of those endearing and sweet community events that warm your heart.” says Jesse Locks, Festival Director. “It is so popular, we have people travel from all over to experience this movie magic in a beautiful outdoor setting,”

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The film festival brings in state of the art projection and sound to create an outdoor movie theatre on the grass at each venue.   Before each screening NCFF curates a special pre-show that includes screening local filmmakers works, movie trivia with fun festival prizes, and other events specific to each screening.

Beer, wine, popcorn, soft drinks, and ice cream available for purchase. Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks allowed. Outside alcoholic beverages prohibited.  Blankets and low back chairs are suggested.

Gates open at 7:30pm for picnicking, films begin at Sunset, which depending on the time of year can be between 8 and 8:30pm.  Tickets $7/General Admission, $5/Children 12 & Under.  Tickets can be purchased online at and will also be available at the gate of each location.

This year’s line up includes

Date: Friday, May 20
Film: The Wizard of Oz
Location: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Date: Saturday, June 4
Film: Moonrise Kingdom
Location: Pioneer Park, Nevada City

Date: Friday, June 10
Film: Edward Scissorhands
Location: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Date: Friday, July 8
Film: Back to the Future
Location: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Date: Saturday, July 9
Film: Finding Nemo
Location: Pioneer Park, Nevada City

Date: Saturday, August 27
Film: The Goonies
Location: Pioneer Park, Nevada City

Nevada City Elks Lodge Hoedown

Saturday, June 4th

Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 will hold its annual Hoedown on Saturday, June 4th. This is their big fundraiser for the year. It is the one that keeps the lights on… the one that enables them to continue their service to our community and to support important causes such as: college scholarships, veterans, and disabled children. Join them for a fun evening of raffle prizes, food and dancing. The music is provided by Ed Lawson. The bar opens at 4:00 PM. Your choice of a Chicken or Tri Tip dinner will be service at 6:30 PM. The price is $18.00 per person, prepaid. Make your checks out to Nevada City Elks Lodge and mail them to P.O. Box 611 Nevada City, CA 95959. The cut off date for reservations is May 30th. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information call 530-265-4920

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Humbug Living History Day – Malakoff Diggins Celebrates 50 years!


WHAT: Humbug Living History day celebrating the 50th year of Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 11am to 4pm

WHERE: Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
23579 North Bloomfield Road
Nevada City, CA 95959

On Saturday, June 11, between the hours of 11am and 4pm, Humbug Living History Day will commemorate Malakoff Diggins’ Golden Olden Days as park staff and volunteers in period costume interpret our historic heritage at North Bloomfield, formerly Humbug, California. Enjoy music, games, crafts, food and fun including a wild west gun-fight and a water canon (monitor) demonstration. You can also tour the furnished General Store, King’s Saloon, Drug Store, Skidmore residence or poke around amid transportation relics of by-gone horse & buggy days in the fascinating Ostrom Stable.

Entertainment Schedule

11:00 Welcome & Nisenan Blessing (Nevada City Rancheria)
11:15 Flag Ceremony/CA State Assembly Proclamation
11:30 Tommyknocker Cloggers
12:15 Gunfighters, Incorporated
12:45 Alkali–Last of the 49ers
1:15 Parade (don’t miss this!)
1:30 Buffalo Gals (music)
2:00 Tommyknocker Cloggers
2:15 Organized Kids Games
3:00 Gunfighters, Incorporated
3:15 Alkali–Last of the 49ers
3:30 Buffalo Gals (music)

All Day Fun

  • Family Games
  • Face Painting
  • Blacksmithing
  • Gold Panning
  • Weaving Demonstration
  • Candle Making
  • Tin Punching
  • Clampers BBQ
  • Lazy Dog Ice Cream
  • Root Beer Floats

For more information, please feel free to contact:
530.265.2740 or check out our website:

Sarah Jarosz with Curtis McMurty opening – Wednesday, June 8th


Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 8:00 PM at the Center for the Arts
$22 member, $27 general public
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

“Jarosz’s voice, warm and elastic, rings out strong and clear.” The Boston Globe

“She…serves up starkly moving, deceptively simple love songs, which often are bound in intricate weavings of acoustic bluegrass guitars and countrified violins.” – LAWeekly

See more at:

Nevada County Airport Fly-In and Open House, June 4th

The Nevada County Airport will host a Fly-in and Open House on Saturday, June 4th, from 9am until 3pm. Local and visiting experimental, modern and vintage aircraft as well as classic and vintage cars will be on display. The Grass Valley Air Attack Base will also have an open house. There will be two sessions of remote-controlled aircraft demonstrations. Unlike the AirFest, there won’t be any scheduled aerial displays of full-scale aircraft, but there will be full-scale aircraft using the airport throughout the day when the R/C aircraft are not flying. We’ll have a pancake breakfast, several food vendors offering lunch and snacks, and a beer vendor on site. There will be non-profit organizations and local businesses on-site displaying their services and products to the community. There will be activities for kids as well. There is no admission fee for this event, and parking is also free. The Nevada County Airport is located at 13083 John Bauer Avenue in Grass Valley. For more information, please contact the airport manager at (530) 273-3374.

Farm Potluck at Mountain Bounty Farm – June 2

Mountain Bounty is a beautiful 50-acre farm, offering the oldest and longest running CSA in Nevada County! Join John Tecklin and Angie Tomey for this Mountain Bounty Farm potluck!

Schedule of Events
Come at 5:30 for a tour of the farm with Farmer John.  We’ll circle up for dinner at 6pm.

What to bring:
Utensils, a plate and cup for yourself/selves
A bountiful dish to share, (its nice to label key ingredients for those with allergies)
A blanket to sit on
A healthy appetite

There is NO CHARGE and NO RSVP needed.

Volunteers Wanted for the Nevada City Classic Bike Race

The great Nevada City Classic bike race is Sunday June 19, Father’s Day in downtown Nevada City. We need 100 volunteers to help with the race. Racing is from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tasks include:  set up 9-12, water zone 12:30-3:30, or 3:30 –6:30, course marshal 12:30-3:30, or 3:30 –6:30, tear down 7:00 –8:45. We also need a few people on Friday June 17 to put flyers on car windshields around the course about no parking.

Once you sign up you will be confirmed , and closer to date of race you will be given your specific task and time, all by email.

You can sign up via email to Give your name & phone number and you will receive a reply by email. Or,  drop in at the Chamber of Commerce office in Nevada City and sign up. Again you will receive an email confirming your sign up.

2016 Spring Flea Market

Save the date! Saturday, May 28th! 8 AM – 3 PM. Annual flea market benefiting the Nevada County Historical Society. Patti Galle of Nevada County Pets of the Homeless will have a booth – you will receive a free raffle ticket when you bring in 3 cans of wet food or a small bag of dry food (max 3 raffle tickets). Great raffle prizes! An added bonus this year will be a raffle for vendors, too! A wonderful variety of vendors, Nana’s Artisan Bakery and the Fat Belly Taco Truck will be there, too! One stop shopping! Vendor flyers available at


NC Historical Society Flea Market – May 28

Our annual Flea Market is quickly approaching and will be held Saturday May 28. New location at the former Bohemia Lumber Mill yard on Brunswick Road (between Bennett/Greenhorn and Cedar Ridge Y at Hwy. 174) As the sign below so states, we are now only 12 days from our BIG Flea Market event.

We are yet in need of a few more select volunteers to help us staff and
operate this major fundraiser for the Society.  Remember the old adage that many hands make for light work! It is indeed true! Shifts will be short and task easy. Call Linda Ketcham at (530) 477-8056 or e-mail her at to inform her to “count me in” or to ask any questions about the event or volunteering. We will not be utilizing “walk-in volunteers” at the event, as all positions will be assigned in advance. Don’t wait….call today! Also, if you are interested in renting a space (great way to clean out the garage!), contact James Ketcham (530) 575-8718 requesting an application. A 20′ x 20′ space goes for a deal at $30.

In appreciation for your Society membership, I’ve authorized free admission for every Society member who arrives at the entrance gate showing their current membership card.

Respectfully submitted,
Daniel R. Ketcham
President – Board of Directors
Nevada County Historical Society
office (530) 477-8056

PS: Visit the very impressive & informative Nevada County Historical
Society website at or our YouTube site to
view our Oral Interviews at

Nevada City Seeks Community Feedback

The City of Nevada City wants to know what you think about our community and municipal government. The 2016 Nevada City Community Survey is available online at and has also been mailed to utility customers who may return the survey via their utility bills. Additional copies of the survey are available at City Hall. The community’s feedback will help the City set benchmarks for tracking the quality of services provided and help the City Council make decisions that affect our community. Please participate!

Ribbon cutting Held At Mama Madrone’s

On Friday, May 6th a ribbon cutting was held At Mama Madrone’s (Formerly Being Green). The Chamber welcomes them to their new location – 307 Broad Street (Maiden Lane Building) and wish them great success in Nevada City. From left to right – Neona, James, Kristin and Nathaniel Welch – A family run business.


Theater By the Book: Much Ado About Nothing – May 18th


WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the  Book: Much Ado About Nothing

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

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

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.


Celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s life with this special Theatre By the Book reading of one of his most enjoyable comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, Wednesday, May 18, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. Theater By the Book is a series of informal play readings for the community, presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry.

Written by Shakespeare and directed by Jeffrey Mason, Much Ado About Nothing is a fast, furious, and fun evening, featuring a cast of fifteen local actors including Marcus Arellanes, Casey Burke, Micah Cone, Chase Coney, Audrey Morgan Delgado, Kate Haight, Rodger Hoopman, Brandon Johnson, Susan Mason, Ken Miele, Conor Nolan, Jori Philips, Victoria Sanders, Sharon Winegar, and Scott Young.

“Much Ado About Nothing is a marvelous comedy that works well in a reading, and its circumstances permit me to set the action in our very own Nevada City and so bring the characters and the story close to home,” explains Mason.

In Much Ado About Nothing, the main event is the battle of wits between Beatrice and Benedick, but Shakespeare frames that unique courtship with a conspiracy to sabotage the wedding of a more traditional young couple and hurl the entire community into near-tragic chaos.

But what and where is that community? Shakespeare set the action in Messina, where the locals are thrilled to host a visit by Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon. Now, it’s true that Aragon had once been a maritime monarchy that included Sicily, but it had been swept into the Kingdom of Spain well before Shakespeare was born, and as far as we know, the playwright never visited the Mediterranean.

So Messina isn’t a real place; it’s whatever we want it to be. Most immediately, it’s a destination for soldiers on leave; the action begins when Don Pedro and his officers take a break from the wars to look for a holiday.

This rendition of the play is set right here in Nevada City, the home of afternoons at the river, weekend retreats to Victorian bed-and-breakfasts, and Summer Nights on Broad Street. Don Pedro’s company slips away from the metaphorical battles of high-tech enterprise in San Francisco, and Leonato’s household makes them welcome.

Much Ado About Nothing becomes an exercise in restoring order: remembering that Don John is treacherous, verifying that Hero is innocent, and realizing that even the bewildered Dogberry sometimes gets it right. Most of all, the play takes Benedick and Beatrice on a journey from verbal fencing through a revenge compact to finally admitting that, yes, they really are in love, which is what everybody else suspected all along!

“Throughout his work, Shakespeare demonstrates marvelous insight into people, and people haven’t changed that much since he wrote his plays,” says Mason. “And let’s not forget that Shakespeare was a theatre guy, an actor, and a member of a company who knew how to connect with an audience.”

Rotary Business of The Year Award Goes to Outside Inn, New Campground

Nevada City’s Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground were recognized Wednesday (May 11) as 2016 Business of the Year by the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City.

Inn and campground owners Dan and Erin Thiem were honored at the club’s Wednesday morning meeting and presented with a framed certificate as recipients of the club’s Lowell Robinson Business of The Year Award.

49er Rotary has honored community businesses for several years and this year broadened the title of the award in recognition of the late Lowell Robinson, a longtime member of 49er Rotary and highly regarded community leader who passed away last year.

Erin Thiem took over The Outside Inn in 2011 from her mother, Evans Phelps, who opened it in 1998. Erin Thiem is also an active promoter of Nevada City through her blog, InnSideNevadaCity. The couple is now completing the new Inn Town Campground, which is slated to open July 1 at a wooded site near the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum.


The Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground have been named as 2016 recipient of the 49er Rotary Lowell Robinson Business of The Year Award. Present Wednesday morning (May 11) for the awards presentation were owners Dan and Erin Thiem, center, with their boys, Ben and Josh. They are pictured with Business of the Year Chair Sean Rockwell, 49er Rotary President Brian Bisnett and Tim Robinson, grandson of the late 49er Rotarian and community leader Lowell Robinson.

Building Fair Friday May 20th

Development Made Easy – Success from Start to Finish

The Building Fair will be held Friday May 20th at the Rood Center from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

A group effort by the Nevada County Board of Realtors, Nevada County Contractors Assoc. and the County of Nevada Community Development Agency will present an Igniter series of a multitude of building and development specialities to inform anyone interested in learning all the aspects of building a home in Nevada County.

Speaker topics will range from Perc and Mantle, water wells, septic systems, design, solar, insurance, lending, selecting a Realtor, utilities and much more. Each speaker has a limited time to speak during the Igniter Presentation followed by an audience break out session to visit the vendor booths to learn more about the specific topic of their interest.

County Health Department approved food trucks will provide an affordable lunch….

The best part is the Building Fair is FREE Admission


Sponsored by Nevada County, Nevada County Contractor’s Association, and the Nevada County Association of Realtors.


The Union Photo Contest

What is your favorite place in Nevada County? Submit a photo that shows off the unique beauty of this special place, and it might just be chosen as the cover of the 2016-2017 official Nevada County Visitor’s Guide. Runners up will be featured in a photo gallery, and might be highlighted in the publication as well!

The winner will receive a $50 Ben Franklin Gift Card, photo credit in the Visitor’s Guide, and bragging rights!

Enter your photo at by June 3rd.

Nevada County Airport Display Day

Saturday, May 14, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Nevada County Airport will host an Airport Display Day on Saturday, May 14th, from 9am until 3pm. Local and visiting aircraft will be on display along with some classic cars. The community is invited to visit the airport to see these displays and meet the owners, free of charge. Smiley Guys Smokehouse will be at the airport selling lunch. The Nevada County Airport is located at 13083 John Bauer Avenue in Grass Valley. For more information, please contact the airport manager at (530) 273-3374.

Nevada County Airport
13083 John Bauer Avenue
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra to present “The Armed Man”


The Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra will present its stirring performance of Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” following years of requests by the community and choir to reprise the powerful work. The concerts will once again be under the direction of conductor Ken Hardin May 15 and 17 in Grass Valley.

“’The Armed Man” is ever with me….the words, the music a constant reminder of what is, was, and what might be. You did a spectacular job in presenting it to us with the splendid orchestra and soloists,” said Jackie Wilson, a Nevada County resident and InConcert Sierra supporter. “…but more importantly you will have a chance to share it again with so many more people. I have been listening to YouTube selections from around the world, and it is its universal message through music that I think is so powerful.”

The 75-member choir and 30-piece orchestra previously presented the complete work in 2012 before two sold out audiences. Jenkins’ “A Mass for Peace” was composed in 1999 and dedicated to the victims of the war in Kosovo. It was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England to reflect the most war-torn and destructive century in human history, honor the warrior, and inspire the optimism of “ringing in a thousand years of peace.” The work seeks to bridge the many perspectives of war while acknowledging the hope in every human heart for peace in our lifetime.

“’The Armed Man’ is an emotionally stirring major work that takes us through the horrors of war and brings us to the hope that together we can bring in peace,” said InConcert’s past president and chorister Keith Porter. “It’s exciting and comforting, mournful and joyful, reflecting every nuance of emotion.”

There will be two performances of “The Armed Man,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15 and again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. Tickets are $32 for general admission, $16 for youth and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at (ticketing fees will apply) or in person at BriarPatch Co-op.

The Sierra Master Chorale “is one that has impressed me every time I’ve seen them perform. And you should take the “master” part of their name seriously: their concerts are crafted masterpieces, usually consisting of major classical works and accompanied by a full orchestra,” wrote Dick Frantzreb of the Sacramento Choral Calendar. “My first experience of this chorus was hearing them perform (‘The Armed Man’) four years ago. I was so moved by it that I came back two days later to hear it a second time. They’re performing it again on May 15 and 17, and you can bet I’ll be there.”

For more information, please call 530-273-3990 or visit

Wild for the Yuba Tickets on Sale Now


Sat. June 4th, 2016 | 5 pm – 9 pm

North Star House, 12075 Auburn Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949

It’s time for SYRCL’s annual Wild for the Yuba Beer & Wine Tasting Festival + Silent Auction. Held at the North Star House in Grass Valley, it’s a rockin’ party that raises money for protecting the Yuba River.Enjoy tastings by Three Forks Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Ol’ Republic Brewery, Coufos Cellars, New Helvetia Brewing Co., Yuba Harvest Tasting Room, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Mountain Peoples Wine Distributing…and more.

Dance to live music by Swamp Zen, who combines the funk of James Brown, the song-writing of Van Morrison, and the winding improvisation of the Grateful Dead.

Bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items, like sailing excursions on Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Bay, Earthwalker’s Wilderness Survival Course, and Reel Angler Fly Shop’s guided fly fishing trip for two.

Buy Tickets

Current general pricing:
VIP Ticket:  $70 Advance
Adult Ticket:  $30 Advance
Designated Driver or Youth Entry:  $15

If your SYRCL membership is up-to-date, you will receive a separate email with our special membership discount code. If you have any questions about your membership status or would like to renew, please contact Alena at 530-265-5961 x 220.

Our VIP Reserved Ticket includes perks like reserved seating, a table with shade umbrella, VIP parking, dinner and more. There’s only a limited quantity available so be sure to get your VIP tickets today.

We’re still accepting auction item donations, so if you’d like to get involved, please contact Vanessa Lambert at or 530-265-5961 x210. All proceeds from this event go right back to SYRCL. We couldn’t do it without the support of our local community and all of you.