Constitution Day Parade & Celebration Sept 12 & 13

Const-Hilary-ObamaNevada City Hosts Festive Parade & Celebration Sept. 12-13

The 49th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a full weekend of family fun Sept. 12-13 in this colorful Gold Rush town.

Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and has been reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America. This year’s theme is “Freedom of The Press.”

The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features about 80 entries and caps a number of other activities including Revolutionary War living history, a free community hike, duck race down the rapids of Deer Creek, and free outdoor big band concert.

Const-NCBandNevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and unique events.   With an official population of just 3,001, Nevada City swells to thousands more on Constitution Day.

Celebrants should plan to arrive early to get a good vantage point along the Broad Street parade route. Out-of-town visitors should book local accommodations early.

Nevada City is located on the western slope of the Sierra midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. From Sacramento, take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north to Nevada City. From Reno, take westbound I-80 and westbound State Route 20.

For more information and a complete weekend schedule of events, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. Call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY or see

Constitution Day Weekend Events

FRIDAY, Sept. 11

The Civil War: Cinematic Perspectives
Presented by Nevada City Film Festival
Miners Foundry, 5:30pm

SATURDAY, Sept. 12

Revolutionary War Days Living History
Free, Pioneer Park, 10am to 5pm

Community Hike, Hirschman Pond Trail
Free, Bear Yuba Land Trust, 10am

Open Air Downtown Concert
Free, Nevada County Concert Band
Pine Street, Downtown Nevada City, 4:30pm

SUNDAY, Sept. 13

Revolutionary War Days Living History
Pioneer Park, 10am to noon

Signing of the U.S. Constitution
Reenactment, Broad and Pine streets, 1:30pm

49th Annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade
“Freedom of The Press”
Presented by Nevada Lodge No. 13, F.&A.M.
Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City, 2pm

49er Rotary Gold Country Duck Race
Deer Creek, Downtown Nevada City
Carnival from 1pm., Racing begins at 2:30

Nevada City Film Festival Sept 10-13

NCFilm64015th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
Thursday–Sunday, September 10-13, 2015

Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City &

Haven Underground
226 Broad Street, Nevada City

Tickets $8/$10 for individual screenings
$89/$99 Festival Passes

Tickets online at, by phone at (530) 362-8601, in person at the NCFF Office, 110 Union Street, Nevada City (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and at Briar Patch Co-Op.

The 15th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) kicks off September 10-13, 2015 in historic downtown Nevada City, CA.  Every summer, NCFF makes art into a party, bringing a regional audience of movie lovers together with emerging and top independent filmmakers to showcase award-winning short and feature length films from around the world. The four-day celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking, includes film screenings, industry panels and workshops, filmmaker Q&A’s, live music and special events.

NCFF has also been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” (Sacramento News & Review) for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing diversity, creativity and innovative storytelling and new voices in film. Each year, NCFF attends major film festivals, collaborates with top film schools, reads countless film blogs, and watches the hundreds of films submitted, to narrow it all down to the very best in independent film. From feature-length documentaries to world premiere animated shorts, NCFF brings in the buzzed-about festival winners, as well as some of independent cinema’s best-kept secrets.

“To celebrate our fifteenth anniversary, we wanted to go back to our roots and celebrate the local filmmakers who are making great films and those filmmakers that are working hard to capture the stories of our community,” explains Festival Director Jesse Locks.

This year’s opening night film is the premier of Music In Mali: Life Is Hard, Music Is Good, a feature-length music documentary about the musicians, dancers and people of Mali who every day create inspiring heartfelt music in some of the most difficult living conditions in West Africa. From the music Capital Bamako to different regions of Mali, local record label System Krush spent the last several years recording and documenting the stories, lives and music of a large group of musicians including Grammy nominated Bassekou Kouyate, Djelimady Tounkara, Grammy award winning Toumani Diabate, his brother Madou Sidiki Diabate, the late Lobi Traore and late legend Zani Diabate to name a few.  Music In Mali is narrated by award-winning actor Danny Glover, directed by local filmmaker Aja Salvatore and was made by a local team of videographers.  Filmmakers and special guests will participate in a Q&A following the film.

Also on opening night, NCFF brings back the Best of the Best, a who’s who list of former NCFF winners and favorite films and filmmakers over the last fifteen years to see where are they now.

“This program tells an in depth story about the various paths a filmmaker can take in the industry,” says Locks.  “We have filmmakers who have gone on to have box office success, direct big budget films, make award-winning documentaries, work on television shows, teach film at the college level, or become multi-media artists.  Their paths have been very different but what they have in common is that they started making short films and showing them at small supportive film festivals like NCFF.  We wanted to tell that story and show audiences the importance of film festivals as a platform for filmmakers and media makers.”

Other exciting film screenings with a local connection includes the much buzzed about premier of the locally produced and shot TV pilot High Country co-written and directed by Heather Donahue and Matt Herman.   The Union Newspaper and NCFF will co-present a special encore screening of Golden Stories of Our Past.  The feature-length documentary directed by local filmmaker Zoe Toffaleti features many longtime community members telling the stories about the early days of Western Nevada County.

NCFF worked closely with the Academy of Motion Pictures to present two programs at this year’s festival including one about the magical and innovative world of Pixar (Toy Story, WALL-E, Cars, Incredibles, Inside Out).  Audiences will learn how the films are made, enjoy film clips and hear behind the scenes commentary and stories from the artists themselves.  Pixar is a CGI production company based in Emeryville, California.  The studio has earned numerous awards for their feature films and other work, including 26 Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and three Grammys.

Other exciting additions to NCFF this year include pop-up film screenings in unique intimate outdoor venues including a secret garden, a stone cave, downtown balcony, and more.  NEO and NCFF will present an all-night movie party for those twenty and under.  The Best of the Fest party and films will be screened outdoors at Ol’ Republic Brewery on Sunday, September 13.

All of this plus close to 100 films – animation, documentary, narrative, foreign, children, comedy, sci-fi – will be screened at this year’s Nevada City Film Festival.


Nevada Theatre Celebrates 150 Years Sept 12

The Nevada Theatre Commission invites the public to attend the free Open House celebration of the 150 year old Nevada Theatre on September 12.  From 10 am until 5 pm, there will be History Tours of the building, special guests giving talks about what it takes to create a production, and a Magic  Show.   At 5 pm , the Party begins, with Then Again providing music, no-host beverages and of course, a Birthday Cake.  Sign up for the tour by going to the web site, and click on Special Event.

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NCFF Special Constitution Day Program Sept 11

NCFF presents a special program in honor of Constitution Day weekend at this year’s Nevada City Film Festival.

The Civil War: Cinematic Perspectives
Friday, September 11 @ 5:30pm
Miners Foundry Stone Hall

Tickets $10/GA, $8/Student, Senior, and Magic Lantern Film Society Member

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Screenings NCFF has worked closely with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science to present three programs at this year’s festival including The Civil War: Cinematic Perspectives.  This particular program is perfect for students as well.  The first 50 students will be admitted for free.

The Civil War: Cinematic Perspectives offers a few choice glances at the way in which Hollywood filmmakers have portrayed various viewpoints of the same subject, the American Civil War 1861-65. Whether an historian, filmmaker or movie buff this brief discussion will present a focused look at how audiences perceive point-of-view from the characters and filmmakers viewpoints, and how they impact our understanding of history and “the truth.”  Presented by Randy

Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this program is designed for all audiences interested in how we interpret movies and will include film clips from GLORY, LINCOLN, SHENANDOAH, THE GENERAL and more.

For more information go to:

Live Web Streaming of Constitution Day Parade

This year, the 49th annual Constitution Day Parade will be watched around the world! The Nevada City Chamber in collaboration with The Union and NCTV are working together to showcase this special event by streaming it live on The Union’s website,

This is a fabulous opportunity for parade entries to get their message out to wider audiences. It’s also a great way for family and friends across the county to watch individual performances and our youth march down the parade route. People from all across the country and beyond can see the beauty of our community and our proud celebration of Constitution Day.

NCTV will be doing the production of this real time, live HD viewing experience using the latest broadcasting software and equipment by Telestream and AJA Video, two renowned companies located here in our community. NCTV’s General Manager Cheryl Noble and The Union Publisher Jim Hemig will be parade commentators.

One unique feature of the live web streaming is the online chat that allows viewers to get engaged by sending messages and questions during the parade. Online moderators will be on hand to keep the conversations going. This first-ever, worldwide Internet broadcast is a good fit with the parade’s theme of “Freedom of the Press.”

Sponsors of the production get special recognition that will be seen nationwide. For information on sponsorships call 559-4590.

Rotary Duck Race Returns to NC Sept 13

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW: 49er Rotarian Andrew Wright photographs the start of last year’s Gold Country Duck Race

Several thousand toy ducks will ride the rapids of Deer Creek on Sunday, Sept. 13, as the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City hosts its 24th Annual Gold Country Duck Race.

Rotarians and other community groups are now distributing race entry tickets. A $5 donation allows holders to compete for a $5000 grand prize, $1000 second prize and $500 third prize. Many other prizes also will be awarded.

The Mardi Gras-themed duck race will be held on Deer Creek at the foot of Broad Street, with activities centered in the Century 21 Cornerstone Realty parking lot. Admission is free. Entry tickets will be available at the event.

The carnival, with food and drink, including Hurricanes and Jambalaya; and fun and games for kids, opens at 1 p.m.   Duck racing begins at 2:30 p.m. and follows the conclusion of Nevada City’s 49th Annual Constitution Day Parade. There are five elimination races followed at 5:30 p.m. by the Grand Prize Final.

The duck race is 49er Rotary’s largest annual fundraiser and benefits many youth and community groups. Over the years, 49er Rotary has raised more than $500,000 to benefit local and international service projects.

For details, see a 49er Rotarian or go to

2015 Lambert Award Goes to NC’s Jesse Locks

Nevada City Film Festival director Jesse Locks has been selected as the recipient of the 26th Annual Col. William H. “Bill” Lambert Award.

The prestigious Lambert Award is presented annually by the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City to recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada City and the Nevada City way of life. The award is named in honor of the late Col. William H. Lambert, founder of Nevada City’s annual Constitution Day Parade.

The Marching Presidents announce the award each year on the eve of the annual Constitution Day Parade, in which they participate. This year’s 49th annual parade rolls down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Born and raised in Nevada City, Locks graduated from Nevada Union HS and then went to UC Santa Cruz where she earned a degree in literature and journalism. She worked in publishing, writing for action sports and music magazines, before returning to her native Nevada City.

“I was gone for 10 years,” she said. “I missed my family and the natural setting of our city. There’s something special about the Sierra.” Upon her return, Locks began working with several local non-profit organizations, helping them with marketing and public relations and introducing many to the effective use of social media.

She teamed up with two high school friends who had begun the Nevada City Film Festival (this year’s event is Sept. 10-13) and has served as director of the growing festival for the past six years.

As part of a new generation of young business people investing their lives and work in Nevada City, Locks says she sees herself as a part of a bigger legacy. “We need to carry on what those before us have done,” she said, ‘to make sure we preserve our history, culture and environment.”

Locks said she is honored and thrilled to receive the Lambert Award.

“Jesse Locks is a perfect fit for a 2015 Nevada City,” said Marching Presidents founder David Parker, who will present the award at the Marching Presidents post-parade awards banquet at Miners Foundry. “She’s a true talent cheerleader, one who loves and respects Nevada City’s historic past while making damn sure that our community is firmly in the 21st Century.

“The Famous Marching Presidents are very proud to honor Jesse with our 26th annual Lambert Award,” said Parker.

Past Lambert Award recipients are retired city manager Beryl P. Robinson Jr., former mayor and city clerk Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, longtime parade organizers George and Pat Harper, city councilman and former mayor Pat Dyer, the late real estate broker Jim Mackey, local writer Dave Carter, Chamber of Commerce executive manager Cathy Whittlesey, former mayor Steve Cottrell, businessman Bob Buhlis, retired Nevada County general services director Dennis Cassella, John Christensen, a leader of community efforts to establish the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum; cartoonist R.L. “Crabman” Crabb, business owners Lee and Susan Thurston, Nevada City public works director Verne Taylor, the late historian Edwin Tyson, the late folksinger/activist U Utah Phillips, city engineer Bill Falconi, Marching Presidents organizer Patti Foster, retired school administrator Karen Chizek, musician Mikail Graham. retired county librarian Madelyn Helling, local builder Gary Tintle and former mayors Paul Matson and Reinette Senum. Marching Presidents founder David Parker was honored with the group’s 20th anniversary award.

The Marching Presidents is a fun-loving and educational group that portrays all 44 U.S. Presidents with reverence, good humor and varying degrees of historical accuracy. For reliable information on U.S. Presidents, see

Sierra Harvest Sept Food Events

Join Us for Fresh Local Food Celebrations!

Sierra-Harvest-Hannah-LimovU-Pick Veggies at The Food Love Project

This event is running from 23 June 2015 until 27 October 2015.

Bring the whole family, or just yourself and pick your own veggies for affordable prices at Food Love. Mingle with your neighbors and farmers and enjoy evening on the farm. A menu of our available produce will be listed on our Facebook Page. Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Food Love Farm on the Burton Homestead Land Trust property at 16200 Lake Vera Road in Nevada City.

Sierra Harvest: Farm Potluck at Soil Sisters FarmSoil-Sisters-200x112

Join Sierra Harvest for Potlucks throughout the growing season.  Celebrate our local food community on a number of different farms!  All potlucks take place on the first & third Thursdays of the month from 5:30-8pm.  This potluck will be hosted by Maisie Ganz, Willow Hein and the Riley’s at Soil Sisters Farm

What to bring:
Utensils, a plate and cup for yourself/selves
A bountiful dish to share, (it’s 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. Thank you.

For more information please call 265-2343.

Directions to Soil Sisters Farm, Misty Meadows Lane, Nevada City:

From Nevada City: Take North Bloomfield Road from Hwy 49. Turn left onto Lake Vera Purdon Road. Keep right to stay on Lake Vera Purdon Rd. Continue for 1.2 miles to Misty Meadow Lane. Turn left onto Misty Meadow. Farm is immediately on your right.


SierraHarvestFood Love Project Potluck & Volunteer Appreciation Celebration!

Join Sierra Harvest for another great farm potluck AND our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at the Food Love Project!

The Food Love Project is our primary educational farm, where we host over 1,700 visits every year for school children to learn about the joys of growing and eating fresh food.  Come explore the summer row crops, the living green teepee, mobile chicken coop, worm bins, medicinal herbs and more!  And for our special Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, we’ll be grilling up fresh farm vegetables, enjoying a delicious carrot cake donated by Flour Garden, honoring our amazing team of volunteers, and sharing how YOU can get involved to help Sierra Harvest grow and flourish in our community.

You won’t want to miss this potluck! Join us at 5:30 for a farm tour with Farmers Amanda Thibodeau and Katie Turner, and potluck starts at 6pm.  The Food Love Project is located at 16200 Lake Vera Road in Nevada City.

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. Thank you!

For more information, please call 265-2343.

Directions to The Food Love Project; 16200 Lake Vera Road, Nevada City;

From Nevada City: Take N Bloomfield Road from Hwy 49, and turn left on Lake Vera Rd. Look for the Burton Homestead on the left hand side and tipis, right before Excelsior Ditch Rd.

SYRCL’s Yuba River Cleanup Sept 19

Please join us for the Yuba River Cleanup just around the corner on Saturday, September 19!  Volunteer with your family, friends, school, club or work. The Cleanup runs from 9am-1pm, and the volunteer appreciation BBQ is from 1pm-4pm (free).

We hope you will also participate in the optional Cleanup and River Ambassador fundraiser by asking your friends and family to sponsor your day cleaning up the river.  When you raise $100 or more you will earn a gorgeous limited edition 2015 Yuba River Cleanup t-shirt!

Register today to volunteer for the 18th annual Yuba River Cleanup, and help us keep our waterways waste-free!  Did you know that nearly 180,000 pounds of garbage have been pulled from the banks of our local streams and rivers over the past seventeen years?  That’s a lot of trash!  SYRCL thanks the thousands of volunteers who have collectively given more than 24,000 hours to protect the river.

To learn more and to register visit –

LWV Hosts Climate Change Discussion Sept 12

Climate Change: Science, Economics, Policy

Droughts, el niño, record breaking heat, polar vortex, oh my! The League of Voters of Western Nevada County will go beyond a discussion of the weather at our upcoming meeting. The EPA’s August 3rd announcement of the Clean Power Plan came in the wake of the Supreme Court’s July decision to block proposed limits on emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act. How can the actions of our leaders impact our climate?

Join us on Saturday, September 12 as we welcome USGS Scientist Emeritus Tom Suchanek and former global energy industry leader, Geologist Diz Smith, who will discuss several aspects of climate change. We meet at Peace Luthern Church, 828 W Main St in Grass Valley. Program time is 10am – noon, with complimentary refreshments and coffee service beginning at 9:30am.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit

St. Joseph’s Celebrates 150 Years Sept 12

Saint Joseph’s Cultural Center Celebrates 150 Years – Sept 12

Saint Joseph’s Cultural Center invites the public to attend its free Open House to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the building. The Open House will be held at Saint Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church Street, Grass Valley on Saturday, Sept 12th from 10:00 am to 4:00pm.

Saint Joseph’s Cultural Center is one of Nevada County’s historical gems. The building was originally dedicated in 1865, and built in 1866 by the Sisters of Mercy to house its Convent and an orphanage for children left homeless by mining accidents. By the 1890s there were over 400 orphans and 60 sisters. The Sisters housed, clothed, fed and educated the orphans until the 1950s. Subsequently, it was converted into a unique event venue, currently owned and operated by The Mount St. Mary’s Historic Preservation Committee.

Tour the Grass Valley Museum, which occupies the second floor of the Convent building. The Museum houses artifacts from the gold rush days and the Victorian era. Docents will be on hand to give you personal tours and answer questions.

Visit the historic Chapel. Music by local musicians will be performed in the hall throughout the day. The acoustics in the hall are wonderful. In addition, several local artists will have their artwork on display and available for purchase. Some of the artwork is of the original building and grounds.

Stroll through the heritage rose garden, home to over 200 rose bushes, some of which are over 100 years old. The garden also showcases crepe myrtle trees, old holly trees, a rare white pomegranate tree and yew. A number of heritage rose plants will be available for purchase in the garden.

Throughout the event, visitors can purchase raffle tickets for items donated by businesses in and around our community. Among the donors are A to Z Supply, B & C TruValue, Moule Paint & Glass, Plaza Tire & Auto, Sierra Cinemas, the Book Seller and Atlantis Casino, Resort & Spa.

A Silent Auction is also being held – among the items to bid on are a Beginners Package from The Pilates Place, 1 month of piano lessons from Lynn Schugren, 4 tickets to a 2016 Sacramento River Cats game, 2 All-Day ski lift tickets from Sugar Bowl, 2 VIP Concert Tickets from Boomtown Casino.

All proceeds and donations will be used by the non-profit Mount St Mary’s Historic Preservation Committee for much needed repairs and renovations to Saint Joseph’s Cultural Center

For more information, visit our web site at



BYLT Pollinator Day Sept 15

WHAT:  “B” is for Bees, Bats, Birds and Bugs
Pollinator Day Part I

WHEN:  2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15

WHERE:  Burton Homestead, Nevada City

COST: $12 BYLT & BriarPatch members, $19 not-yet-members – Registration & Prepayment Required

INFO: or 272-5994 x 200


WHAT:  “B” is for Bees, Bats, Birds and Bugs – Pollinator Day Part II

WHEN:  7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15

WHERE:  BriarPatch Coop Community Room, Grass Valley

COST: $5 Suggested donation – Registration NOT required

INFO: or 272-5994 x 200

Bear Yuba Land Trust hosts Pollinator Day for Bees, Bats, Birds and Bugs

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust, BriarPatch Co-op and E. Emmet Brady, creator and host of the Insect News Network (INN), for a full engaging day with tours and lectures learning about local pollinators on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The event is part of BYLT’s ongoing education and action campaign coined the “Pollinator Project.” Emmet Brady is a world-leading cultural entomologist and guest host on KVMR Radio. INN explores the connection, parallels and influences between humans and insects.

“We’re really excited about this partnership with BriarPatch Co-op and our new relationship with Emmet Brady who will share his expertise about this important and timely subject,” said BYLT Development and Program Director Melony Vance.

Pollinator Day Part I will be an outdoors event held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Land Trust’s Burton Homestead on Lake Vera Road just outside downtown Nevada City. Here participants will take a walking tour of the Property to learn about the pollinators working the flowers and fields. Brady will discuss the relationships between pollinators, plants and people and the important things that can be done to help these important creatures. Tsi-Akim Maidu Cultural Director Grayson Coney will join Brady to share a Native American perspective of human-plant-pollinator relationships.

Pollinator Day Part II is a presentation held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the BriarPatch Co-op Community Room where Emmet Brady will continue his discussion delving into the magical world behind the science and art of Pollination.

Bear Yuba Land Trust is committed to ensuring the survival of honeybees and other local populations of pollinators threatened by habitat loss, disease and pesticide exposure. BYLT’s Pollinator Project includes: Community education and outreach for backyard gardeners, native pollinator plantings on Land Trust Preserves this fall, needed open space for local beekeepers and participation in “Co-op Cause,” a register donation program, at BriarPatch Co-op.

Throughout the month of September, patrons of BriarPatch Co-op can ask cashiers to “round up their change” for pollinators and the money will go directly back to BYLT’s Pollinator Project.

Learn more and register for Pollinator Day at:


Youth Vocal Competition Accepting Applications

Contestants Invited to Apply for 5th Annual Vocal Competition

The Sierra Master Chorale invites teens passionate about song to apply for its fifth annual Youth Vocal Competition Oct. 11 in Grass Valley.

Those 12 to 21 (as of Oct. 11) are welcome to apply to the singing competition, which awards a $500 grand prize and $250 for second place. Participants must be either a Nevada County resident or someone who is currently studying with a Nevada County music teacher.

Contestants may use one musical instrumentalist to accompany them, but no pre-recorded tracks are permitted. If the contestant desires a pianist, Artistic Director and pianist Ken Hardin will be available to accompany and will work with singers on the morning of the performance.

All contestants must perform two contrasting songs. Examples could be different genre or tempo such as: classical versus pop, fast versus slow, etc., with a maximum total performance time of seven minutes.

Each contestant who performs will receive one complimentary ticket to the event. For the general public, tickets are $10, $5 for those 12-21 and free to youth under. They are available online at, at BriarPatch Co-op and at the door.

An application deposit of $20 can be paid online or check payable to InConcert Sierra and mailed to PO Box 205, Nevada City, CA 95959. The application and deposit deadline is Sept. 25. The vocal competition will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 11, at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. The first 10 applicants with a paid deposit will be chosen to perform. If application is not received in time, your deposit will be returned. To apply, go to

This year’s emcee will be local singer and actress, Dawn Simmons. For more information, go to

Miners Foundry Awarded CAC Grant

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to announce they have been awarded a $9,240 grant by the California Arts Council (CAC), which will be used to support the production of the first-ever festival of professional dance in Western Nevada County. With the CAC Local Impact grant funds, and the support of the community, the Miners Foundry will bring two professional dance companies; the exciting contemporary San Francisco ballet company, Dawson Dance SF, and the internationally renowned Afro-Cuban dancer, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, for a week-long residency in Nevada City, November 14 – 19, 2015.

“The mission of the Miners Foundry is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities in our community,” stated Gretchen Bond, Miners Foundry Executive Director.  “With the support of the community, we have been working for a number of years to enhance the Osborn/Woods Hall to better support a diverse selection of performing arts programs,” she continued. “With the completion of the installation of the professional dance floor in the winter of 2013, we are now able to welcome professional dance companies to perform, and to develop ongoing professional dance residency programs to our community.  We are very grateful for the award of the CAC grant funds which will enable us launch this new long-term program.”

The California Arts Council Local impact grants are awarded to smaller arts organizations for the purpose of providing project support and fostering equity, access and opportunity to arts programs in smaller communities.  “Although our area hosts a range of professional- level arts experiences, never in the history of Western Nevada County has there been a dance festival” stated Karen Attix, Miners Foundry dance consultant and choreographer.  “This is not for lack of interest,” she continued.  “We have a large community of dancers, dance educators, choreographers and dance students here, including six dance studios, two high school dance programs, all pursuing a wide range of dance forms”.

MinersFoundryDawson Dance SF has steadily delivered risk-taking, muscularly elegant performances since its establishment.  It breaks down the barriers placed on classical ballet, and brings to light the strength and beauty that artists possess within themselves, allowing them to explore their voices through choreography and vision.  Kimberly Miguel Mullen is an acclaimed choreographer and dance ethnologist.  The Los Angeles Times has described her movement as “spectacularly supple,” a well-crafted mixture of Silvestre contemporary dance and traditional techniques from the African diaspora.  She has performed in the USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Hong Kong.

All dance activities will take place at the Miners Foundry and at the dance studio at Nevada Union High School.   The Foundry will also be partnering with local dance studios; Holt Conservatory Ballet, KSK Dance Collective and the Nevada Union Theatrical Dance Department, in the promotion of the festival, and support of the week-long events including the Opening Night Gala Reception.

Event Activities include the following:

A Gala Reception at the Miners Foundry on November 17th

Two dance master-classes (November 14 & November 18)

Three technical and dress rehearsals (November 15, 16 & 19)

Two professional dance performances by the visiting companies (November 17 & 19)

For further information about thus event, please visit our website:

InConcert Sierra Opens Season Sept 20

InConcert Sierra Launches 2015-16 Season with Patron Picks

InConcert Sierra will open its stellar 2015-16 season Sept. 20 with the third annual “Greatest Hits of Orchestral Music,” a benefit that features an engaging program of audience favorites.

The concert is a favorite for InConcert Sierra and patrons alike, because the program is created from audience suggestions, said InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin.

“These concerts are fun and engaging, with really well known works or those that are extremely accessible,” Hardin said.

For instance, most of the works featured in this year’s program have been used in at least one major motion picture.

“Even if you haven’t heard the compositions in a formal orchestral concert, you have probably heard the pieces before,” Hardin added — pieces such as Johann Stauss, Jr.’s Blue Danube – suggested by Rod Fivelstad.

“Whenever I hear Blue Danube, it takes me right back to the opening scene of “2001: A Space Odyssey,’” Fivelstad said. “It’s a magical piece of music and one that just warms my heart.”

In addition to Strauss’ waltz, the program for this year’s orchestral concert will feature:

Prince Igor Overture — Borodin/Glazunov

Arrival of the Guests; Festmarsch (from Tannhauser) — Wagner

Habanera (from Carmen) — Bizet

Symphony No. 3; Mvt. 3 — Brahms

Swan Lake: Overture to Act II — Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 9 ; Mvt. 2/Largo — Dvorak

Ancient Airs and Dances; Suite No. 2; Mvt. 1 and 4 — Respighi

Symphony No. 5 “Reformation;”  Mvt. 4 — Mendelssohn

The 46-member orchestra is comprised of the most notable local and regional professional musicians, under the direction Hardin.

The performance will begin at 2 p.m. Unlike most concerts in the third Sunday Series, there will not be a pre-concert forum. Tickets to the benefit event are $35 for season ticket holders with InConcert Sierra, $40 for general admission and $20 for youth 5-17. They are available online at, by phone at 530-273-3990, or at BriarPatch Co-op.

This is the largest annual benefit for InConcert Sierra, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to offering memorable experiences through world-class music performances, and youth and adult education in an accessible and friendly environment. Community members have an opportunity to sponsor individual chairs — or musicians — within the orchestra. To learn more about sponsorship, contact Executive Director Julie Hardin at 530-273-3990, or by email at


Blue Danube, by Johann Strauss, Jr.