Nevada City’s First Friday Artwalks Start This Friday, May 5th!

We are entering our fifth season of First Friday Artwalks!

Dates for the 2017 Season are; May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The First Friday Art Walk is a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, as well as our wonderfully artistic and creative community. Participating Downtown businesses will be open from 5pm to 9pm and many will host “receptions” with local artists, trunk shows, and/or performances. Many shops are also offering snacks and beverages as well as sales and specials only valid for the event.  More…

If you are interested in participating in this event go to:   First Friday Art Walk Participation


Japanese Antique Market At Kodo Arts

Every month in Kyoto, Japan, on the 21st and 25th World Heritage temples are turned into a bustling antique markets with everything from kimono dealers, furniture dealers to food vendors hawking their delicious creations. It is a wonderful atmosphere for foreign visitors to experience a glimpse into Japanese culture.

Likewise, twice a year Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques opens its doors to the public in spring and fall turning the Kodo Arts Warehouse at 571 Searls Ave in Nevada City into a replica of these fun Japanese temple antique markets. With the traditional and unusual, there is a cornucopia of old refinished Japanese furniture, stone and metal garden lanterns, architectural pieces, knick knacks, kimonos, masks, lanterns, bronzes, tables, home décor and art. This show this Spring will also feature a wonderful selection of contemporary Japanese ceramics from up and coming potters.

Many of these pieces have a function and purpose in Japan but find a freedom of use that is only limited by the imagination in the West. Turning a Japanese wood transom room divider into a hanging over a bed can transform a room instantly. An old sewing box becomes a lovely jewelry box. This is the fun of such a market besides experiencing a bit of Japan.

The Kodo Arts Warehouse will be open from 10 am – 6 pm daily, MAY 6-14, Mother’s Day.  530-478-0812



Artist of the Month Opening Reception Friday, May 5 from 5-7 at Nevada City Winery

Artist of the Month at Nevada City Winery is Margie Miller.  New ways of looking at trees is the theme for a collection of recent paintings that will be exhibited for the month of May.  Living in the forest above Nevada City and spending summers in the High sierra has been a source of inspiration for this Nevada County painter. The exhibit is available for viewing daily during business hours.  Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5-7.

The Magic Carpet Invites You to a Weekend of Free Cultural Offerings

Join us on Saturday, May 6th at 7:00pm for a presentation on the fundamentals of Tibetan Healing. This will be presented by Paul and Eileen Jorgensen who have just returned from an inspiring trip to India, where they studied with Tibetan healer Sanjay Boude. They will be demonstrating the use of singing bowls, healing sticks, and Himalayan crystals for creating balance in body, mind and soul. They will also share some of the Buddhist principles that are inherent in Tibetan healing.

Then on Sunday, May 7th come to the Magic Carpet’s Oriental Rug Appraisal Day, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Take advantage of a special opportunity to get a free verbal appraisal of your Oriental rug. Certified appraiser Paul Jorgensen will assess your rug’s value and share his expertise with you regarding origin, age and condition. Call early to reserve your spot at (530) 265-9229.
In addition, come see the extraordinary Ersari Rug Exhibit showcasing hand-knotted rugs woven by master weavers of Afghanistan.

We hope you can join us at The Magic Carpet 408 Broad St., Nevada City, and online at

Sierra Harvest Annual Plant Sale: April 29, May 6th & 13th

Sierra Harvest’s educational farm, The Food Love Project will be having their annual Plant Sale Saturdays, 9am – 12:30pm on April 29th, May 6th and 13th selling 35 varieties of certified organic beautiful fruit, vegetable and flower transplants for your garden. All proceeds support farm to school education in our local community.  For more information:

Day of the Young Child and Keeping Kids Safe Carnival

The Annual Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Students and their families are invited to attend our consolidated Day of the Young Child and Keeping Kids Safe Carnival. Children will be introduced to our First Responders plus many local children’s health and safety organizations. Meet our police, fireman, sheriffs and rescue teams, plus health agencies and non-profit children’s services. You can “visit” fire engines, police cars and equipment up close. Meet McGruff, play games and participate in the bicycle rodeo for prizes. Families may have their child’s car seat inspected by the CHP at the event. Child Identification Folders will be prepared for parents by the New York Life. Enjoy free hot dogs, chips, juices, popcorn, and snow cones. Just for fun, there will be clowns making balloon animals, and bounce houses, crafts and other activities for children.

Day of the Young Child and Gold Country Kiwanis are hosting this Annual Carnival with major financial support from the Nevada County Sportmen’s Club, SPD Markets, Briar Patch Coop, local Masonic Lodges, the Roamin’ Angels Car Club, Welz Family Foundation, Child Abuse Prevention Council, plus additional support from many local businesses. The event will be supervised by about 50 adult and youth group volunteers.

The Annual Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM to 2 PM around the Pond at our Sierra College campus on Sierra College Drive.   Look for directional signs.

Chris Crockett CD Release Party – Live Concert

Since 2003, Chris Crockett has been providing pre-show entertainment at Off Broadstreet Theater productions in Nevada City, CA with his vast catalog of over 750 popular cover songs from the 1940s to current-day hits.

On Saturday, May 13th at 8:15 pm, you will have an opportunity to see and hear Chris Crockett, the Songwriter.

Chris has just released a CD titled “Cigarette Soup”, featuring 14 original songs written by Chris and recorded with members of Buck Star, one of Nevada County’s premier country bands. Buck Star members Tom Menig, Eric Menig, Lucas Weber and Rob Kopp will join Chris on stage for a live presentation of the entire CD, including Chris’ YouTube hit, “You’re the One Who Made Me Sell My Bike” and Chris’ latest single, “Gambler’s Dream”.

Chris recently received the “2016 Live Music Award” honor from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are $20 and include a FREE “Cigarette Soup” CD or free digital download card for every ticket holder. For reservations, contact Off Broadstreet Theater box office at 265-8686.

Blue Marble Jubilee – A New Community Festival Rolling into Grass Valley

A new all ages event rolls into Nevada County this May. The Blue Marble Jubilee takes place from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, with a mission to “Connect – Explore – Celebrate.” A colorful, village-style one-day festival, the Blue Marble Jubilee is an Earth-centered event to inspire, educate and empower people to make a difference in the community and our world. Plus, the day will be filled with fun!

Spend a spring day at “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds” enjoying live music, great food, and fun activities for the entire family. Dance under the pines to Achilles Wheel, one of Northern California’s favorite bands; be awed and amazed by the storytelling and juggling of local favorite and world-renowned entertainer Izzi Tooinsky; catch some of the best films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour; take in a recycled fashion show by Haute Trash; and so much more!

Relax with some delicious refreshments including craft beer and wine, and a signature sangria. Cool off with a root beer or 50/50 float – a kid-friendly version and a spiked version for adults! A variety of local food trucks offer something for everyone’s tastes.

Peruse the booths of local environmental organizations and vendors peddling environmentally-focused products. Get active with lawn games, crafts and adventure activities for all ages, including a rock wall.

This new annual festival is a fundraiser for Grass Valley Charter School, a unique K-8 school offering an expeditionary and adventure curriculum. “We wanted to create a brand new event that the whole community could enjoy and that shows who we are and what we stand for,” said Wendy Willoughby, President of the Grass Valley Charter School Foundation. “Blue Marble Jubilee celebrates what we love about our learning model; being good stewards of the earth and good stewards of the community.”

The students themselves are getting into the spirit of earth stewardship and community service by creating spectacular and unique outdoor art projects that will be for sale at the event.

Tickets go on sale March 25, 2017, and will be available at Grass Valley Charter School, located at 225 S. Auburn St., or by visiting the event website at


Wendy Willoughby, GVCS Foundation President

(310) 650-6330

Kathy Dotson, Blue Marble Jubilee Coordinator

(530) 470-8595

Bear Yuba Land Trust Community BioBlitz

Bear Yuba Land Trust to Host a Community BioBlitz on Local Nature Preserves

Have you ever seen a Humboldt lily? Do you know what a yellow-breasted chat looks like?  Can you spot a bald eagle’s nest?  

These questions and more can be answered when local youth and families participate in Bear Yuba Land Trust’s (BYLT) First Annual Community BioBlitz taking place on three beautiful, protected nature preserves Saturday, May 6.

During BYLT’s spring time event, participants armed with cameras and notebooks will become “citizen scientists” documenting and identifying as many plants, animals, fungi and other organisms they see.

All the data will be compiled then uploaded to the Academy of Sciences’ community-supported web-based database, iNaturalist, using an easy-to-use smartphone APP. The data will become part of a permanent record that will help land managers track the health of plant and wildlife habitat over time. Information gathered will be part of a critical collection of local habitat data that BYLT can use to monitor adaptations to climate change. Some of the data may even be used to create cool flora and fauna guidebooks.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to connect with nature while using fun digital technology in the field. As citizen scientists, kids can explore outside of the traditional classroom setting and come face to face with the wonderful plant and animal world found in their own backyard,” said Community Engagement Manager Laura Petersen.

No level of scientific knowledge is needed and experts in botany, biology, ornithology and other sciences will be on hand at each site to share their knowledge and help people identify the species they observe.

On Saturday, kids accompanied by their “grownups” will venture to three protected landscapes – 37-acre Adam Ryan Preserve near the community of Alta Sierra; 2,700-acre Rice’s Crossing Preserve at French Bar on the Yuba River and 652-acre working cattle ranch known as Garden Bar on the Bear River.

The nature preserves are found within the watersheds of the Bear and Yuba Rivers – a region considered to be among the most biologically diverse places on the planet. 

BYLT’s Saturday BioBlitz follows on the heels of a Friday BioBlitz for schools, a day when hundreds of students will expand their science education by visiting Rice’s Crossing Preserve at Yuba Rim near the town of Dobbins in Yuba County, Black Swan Preserve near the town of Smartsville and Woodpecker Preserve on Banner Mountain in Nevada City.

What is a BioBlitz? The National Park Service started a nationwide BioBlitz in 2016 at over 100 National Parks throughout the country. The idea has become a global movement where people of all ages and abilities capture a biological snapshot of the unique biodiversity of important landscapes on a single day.

Now in its 27th year, Bear Yuba Land Trust is a community-supported organization that has saved 12,000 acres of land from development, built 35 miles of trails and provides treks and educational programs to get hundreds of people outdoors to connect with nature.

Learn more and register for the BioBlitz at:

Learn more about iNaturalist:

2017 Nevada County Business Connections

The Union has partnered with the Regional Chambers of Commerce and the Nevada County Economic Resource Council to develop a brand new publication that will be a complete guide to opening and operating a successful business in Nevada County, including tips and strategies for building your business, recruitment, education, necessary steps to open a business, retail and business associations and a comprehensive resource guide for business owners.

A full and comprehensive Business to Business publication, this full gloss, mini magazine will be inserted into the Union as well as being distributed to all five local Chambers of Commerce, the Nevada County offices that business owners visit to get licensing and other business requirements, at the Union office to hand out to anyone announcing a Fictitious Business Statement, and will be taken to trade shows and other events by the ERC to use as a recruitment tool for business owners looking to start or relocate a business in this area.

Attached you will find a flyer with a summary of the content and ad rates. The deadline to secure your advertising space in Nevada County Business Connections is May 3, 2017.

Contact Scott Conley at 530-477-4201 or today to reserve your spot in this exciting new publication.    B2B sales flyer


Are You Smarter Than a Senior? Game Night Fundraiser

Atria Senior Living Presents Game Night Fundraiser

Atria Grass Valley is hosting a special game night fundraiser benefiting Gold Country Kiwanis, an organization dedicated to developing future leaders one child and community at a time. Participating teams will compete for a grand prize in a quick-recall match, answering questions submitted by local high school seniors. Sit back and enjoy the entertainment along with wine, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes from local merchants, or join the fun as a contestant and see if you can stump the senior!



A Tribute to Michael Jackson – May 4th and 5th

Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance Academy presents A Tribute to Michael Jackson on May 4th and 5th at 7:00 p.m. and two performances on Saturday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Don Baggett Theatre, located at 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley.

Inspired by the King of Pop, this production features a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop to favorites like “Bad,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Black or White,” and more.

The show opens with a Jackson 5 medley “old school” hip hop number, followed by a ballet piece en pointe to “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Audience members of all ages will delight in seeing the original choreography recreated and adapted from music videos like “Beat It,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Thriller,” alongside unique choreography from eleven local and national choreographers.

Under the direction of dance teacher, Courtney Wadman, the show includes twenty-one songs, including some tributes and instrumental versions of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits. Mrs. Wadman invited several guest choreographers to contribute work for this show, including local dance teachers Gaia Weiss, Sommer Wadman-Huntley, Stephanie Stevens, Cassandra McAlister, and Nicole Chan, as well as Los Angeles-based choreographer Chelsea Asman, who teaches at U.C. Irvine, and Salt Lake City choreographer Efren Corado, who dances professionally for Repertory Dance Theatre.

Former professional dancer Karen Attix, who danced for the legendary Merce Cunningham and founded the Nevada City Dance Festival, collaborated with local musicians Andy Witek and Diane McIntire for a slowed-down, country version of “Billie Jean.” This piece opens Act II, and it will be the first N.U. dance production to include live musicians.

N.U. dance alumnus Jesse Beck, class of 2004, traveled from New York City to set two pieces for the show, “Scream” and “Earth Song,” over President’s Day Weekend. Twelve advanced dancers participated in forty hours of rehearsal over four days, including New York-style ballet master classes each morning, taught by Mr. Beck.

Alumnus Jordan Isadore, class of 2005, returned from New York after several years of dancing professionally for the Shen Wei Dance Company, where he performed all over the world. Mr. Isadore set a piece to the acapella version of “Rock with You.”

Lastly, Alumnus Jackson Knappen, class of 2014, returned from Santa Monica, where he is on scholarship at the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet, studying the famous training method of the Vaganova Russian Ballet technique. Combining his ballet training with contemporary jazz, Mr. Knappen created a dynamic piece to “Bad,” which he taught in two days to a group of fifteen advanced dancers.

The Nevada Union dance students have been rehearsing after-school and on weekends since August, dedicating hundreds of hours to prepare for A Tribute to Michael Jackson. Ticket prices are $10, $12, or $15, depending on seating location. All seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets can also be purchased at the Don Baggett Theatre lobby on April 28, May 1, and May 2 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Online sales close at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the show to prepare for box office sales. Remaining tickets will be sold at the box office 2 hours before the show. For additional information, contact the dance department at (530) 273-4431 ext. 2228 or email


2017 Economic Development Summit – May 18th

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC) 2017 Economic Development Summit called:  Reaching Common Goals is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, and is followed by a separate VIP Dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Foothills Event Center.  For tickets or more information visit: The Center for the Arts. To secure a sponsorship or to find out more information about sponsoring the Summit or VIP Dinner, call the ERC office at 530.274.8455.

According to ERC Executive Director Jon Gregory, “This is the once-a-year “can’t miss” event for business, civic, technology, education and other community stakeholders in the region that will provide vital information regarding the state of our economy and the future of our community,” He continued, “our ERC Special Events Task Force for the Summit has put together a compelling program of impressive speakers and practical information relevant to anyone who lives, works or owns a business in Nevada County.


Empire Mine’s Mother’s Day Springtime Event

a magical, memorable way to say, “Thanks, Mom!”

Special days to honor mothers can be traced to the early Greeks and Romans; and then, in 1914, Mother’s Day became an official holiday in the U.S. For over a century, the second Sunday in May has been designated as the day we honor our mothers, and remind them just how special they are.  

“Last year over 1,500 celebrated Mother’s Day here at Empire Mine State Historic Park,” recalled Event Chair Bob Jennings. “We go all out to make the day as special as the women we honor. With live music, entertainment for the children, and so much more, it’s become a tradition the whole family can share and enjoy – with a variety of activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Several years ago the special Tea Garden was introduced, and it was an instant hit. With tables and chairs, here’s where visitors are served complimentary cups of tea and cookies. This year we’ll feature a live musical performance by guitar duo Backyard Swing (Jon Spivak and Mike Bender) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Well-known in the Sacramento area, this will mark their first appearance at an Empire Mine event. Later, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., popular guitarist George Souza will add his musical artistry to the relaxing Tea Garden atmosphere.”

The famous gardens should be glorious, and everyone’s invited to bring lunch, blankets and chairs, and picnic on the grounds near the old Clubhouse and Empire Cottage. Food and drinks will be available for purchase outside the Clubhouse.   Brewbakers Family Café in Grass Valley has created special “24-karrat cakes” exclusively for Empire Mine events, and here’s where these tasty tributes will be making their debut. Visitors are welcome to take a short tour of the Clubhouse, and learn about its prestigious past.

Fun-filled activities for children include basic juggling lessons from lively entertainer Bernard Bradshaw. Near the Visitor Center, there’s a Potting Bench, where children can make little, living gifts and cards their moms will treasure. Nearby, musical duo Plinky & Plunky will lead a children’s sing-and-play along from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Another highlight will be a performance by the Forever Young Chorus near the Clubhouse, featuring new arrangements of favorite songs from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In the Mineyard, near the Headframe, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., visitors will enjoy the country sounds of popular local group Stepside. There will also be a performance by the Forte Miners, an award-winning barbershop quartet. Many of the Mineyard buildings and workshops will be open on Mother’s Day, including the Hoist House, the Compressor House, the Blacksmith Shop, Mine Shaft, Machine Shop, Wood Shop, Refinery, and the Mine Manager’s Office, providing a rare look at the places vital to Empire’s success.

A walk through picturesque, rose-covered Empire Cottage is highly recommended. Docents in lavish early-1900s costumes will portray famous characters from Empire Mine’s heydays, when it ranked as one of the oldest, largest, and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. Visitors will hear vivid tales of our fascinating past. Outside the Cottage, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., a local group called Fire in the Kitchen will play a variety of old-time music.

The Gift Shop will be open, with an outstanding selection of gifts for all budgets, including jewelry, books on mining and our local history, unusual geological artifacts and mementoes – plus an assortment of heritage roses, ready to fill gardens at home with color and character.

“The Mother’s Day Springtime Event is hosted by Empire Mine Park Association,” Jennings explained. “EMPA, for short, we help support the Park in ways the State does not. The Park is in need of major repairs and improvements, and EMPA’s goal is to make them happen.   Everyone is invited – including well-behaved dogs on leashes – and the more people we welcome, the closer we’ll be to completing these goals. The Mother’s Day Springtime Event is a unique way to celebrate mothers – and all the special women who enrich our lives.”

The Mother’s Day Springtime Event will be held on Sunday, May 14th at Empire Mine State Historic Park, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For further details, phone the Visitor Center, (530) 273-8522 or visit


Photo by Richard Bannister

Complimentary tea in the garden with live music adds a touch of “Downton Abbey” style.


Photo by Richard Bannister

“Look, mom, I made this just for you!” Children have creative fun at the Potting Bench, where they can make little, living gifts moms will treasure.”


Photo by Courtney Ferguson


Stepside – and other live performances – make this event magical and memorable.

A Beloved Father’s Day Tradition Since 1961 …and a New Tradition Beginning in 2017

The 57th annual Nevada City Classic returns to the foothills on Father’s Day weekend, June 17th & 18th, 2017, celebrating a tradition that is older than national Father’s Day itself. New for 2017, the traditional 1-day bicycle race (which has a reputation as perhaps the most challenging 1-day bicycle race in America) is expanding to a 2-day affair which will also include Saturday cycling events and an urban running event on Sunday aptly named The Nevada City Mile.

Beginning on Saturday morning, Gourmet Gravel Nevada City will open the festivities with a Gravel Grinder event starting and finishing at ol’ Republic Brewery in the Seven Hills District of Nevada City. With so many pristine gravel and dirt roads a stones throw from Nevada City, we want to showcase what a great location Nevada City is for the newest and fastest growing segment of cycling in the US, gravel/mixed terrain riding. Not to be outdone by the riding, ol’ Republic will be host to the post ride party & raffle not to be missed.

Saturday evening will be a first for Historic Downtown Nevada City with straight line bicycle street sprints up Broad St. Starting in front of the Historical National Hotel and finishing approximately 225 leg burning yards directly up Broad St, cyclist will race flat out, four to a heat with two riders advancing and two being eliminated each round until a final dash for cash of four riders for both men & women battling head to head for top honors. Incredibly spectator friendly, the entire scene can be viewed from anywhere along the course.

Sunday sees an expanded day for the traditional Father’s Day Classic. Bicycling events will begin in the 10 o-clock hour with the kids ride followed by amateur and then professional women & men. Positioned before the Pro/Am women’s event will be the inaugural Nevada City Mile running race. The course will be the Nevada City Cycling Classic criterium course which is a 1.1 mile, 7-turn, counter-clockwise loop with 110’+/- of climbing per lap through Nevada City’s narrow Victorian streets. An urban course truly unique to running with a straight downhill finish, the same finish on which cyclists have in recent years have been clocked at over 60 miles-per-hour.

The Sierra Harvest Food Love Project Camp

The Sierra Harvest Food Love Project Camp is the tastiest camp in town! Daily sessions run from 9AM-1PM July 10-4 and 17-21, with each day having its own unique theme around food and farming.  The size of the program is kept small to insure that each child gets to explore his or her own interests and take on farm responsibilities. FLP camp is open to kids ages 6 to 11!  Register today and more info:

Enhance Your Chamber Website Listing by Adding a Picture or Logo

Promote Your Business with a Visual!

We’ve updated our membership directory to include photos. Send us a photo of your business and we’ll include it alongside your business listing. A large .jpg is ideal, and horizontal, or landscape, aspect ratio works best. If you don’t have a photo, send your logo (although images always look prettier on the page)!  

Please email your images to If you have questions, please call 530.265.2692.

Thank you for those who submitted a photo for their listing!!  Check out these listings: 

Broad Street Inn

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Company

Ol’ Republic Brewery

The Fur Traders

The Nevada City Winery



Wheyward Girl Creamery – Cheesemaking Classes May & June

Cheesemaking classes have started at Wheyward Girl Creamery. The classes are small, hands on classes held at Wheyward Girl Creamery in Nevada City. Along with cheesemaking, there will be cheese tastings and shared recipes. Attached is the schedule for April, May and June. Call the creamery at 530 478-1665 to sign up or stop in and sign up as you sample some great new cheeses for spring. Alp blossom is a must try!!! The Wheyward Girls

Wheyward Girl Creamery Cheesemaking Schedule

Each Class $65.00

May 2nd Tuesday @ 1 pm – Feta

May 7th Sunday @ 10 am – Mozzarella

May 21st Sunday @ 10 am – Hard or pressed cheese

June 18th Sunday @ 10 am – Cheesemaking 101

Class Information:
Class size 6 – We reserve the right to reschedule if there are not enough participants – Non refundable

Private Classes Available, 4 or more required

Call 530 478-1665 to sign up