Nevada County Restaurant Week Jan 23 – Feb 1

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During Nevada County Restaurant Week (Friday, January 23, 2015 through Sunday, February 1, 2015) restaurants located throughout the County will be offering deals, specials, and prix-fixe menus! From coffee & muffins to sandwiches & pizza to fine dining, discover a new restaurant or enjoy one of your favorites.

View the complete list of restaurants and special menus at GoNevadaCounty.com, the Official Online Guide to Nevada County.  The event will be held in conjunction with Visit California’s statewide California Restaurant month.

Participating Nevada City Restaurants

Bistro 221
221 Broad St., Nevada City (530) 265-0221
10% discount when Nevada County Restaurant Week is mentioned

Hoover’s Restaurant
211 Broad St., Nevada City (530) 265-4551
Complimentary glass of house wine or soda with purchase of entree

Lefty’s Grill
101 Broad St., Nevada City (530) 265-5838

Matteo’s Public
300 Commercial St., Nevada City (530) 265-0782
Family Friendly Farms Local Rack of Lamb – $29.99
Jumbo Sea Scallops served with organic brown jasmine rice – $24.99

Nevada City Classic Cafe
216 Broad St., Nevada City, CA 95959
20% off Christmas Card Club Sandwich

Old 5 Mile House Restaurant & Bar
18851 Hwy. 20, Nevada City (530) 265-5155

The Willo Steakhouse
16898 Hwy. 49, Nevada City (530) 265-9902

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.
211 Commercial St., Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-8333
A special prix-fixe seasonal pizza and salad with choice of Three Forks Beer

 

Annual Membership Party Jan 31

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Annual Membership Party:
Celebrating 33-1/3 years

Saturday, January 31, 2015

6:00 Doors and bar open
(come early to renew your membership!)

6:30 Pot-luck begins
(bring your own plate and utensils!)

8:00 Best Dance hits from 1982 to 2015

Membership has its privileges! To reward our loyal members for their dedicated support, we’re throwing our annual party. This event is FREE for members and you may join or renew at the door.

Come out early to mingle with friends, and stay late to dance! This event is a pot-luck. Members should bring a savory (Last name A-K) or sweet (L-Z) dish no later than 6:30 p.m.

Since many of our members were not here at the beginning, it would seem to be a good time to review a little bit of history about the founding of the Cultural Center.

In 1972, the Cherokee Cooperative was formed by a group of local residents to serve the cultural and educational needs of the San Juan Ridge. The Cooperative also assisted in the organization of a volunteers program during the construction of the original Oak Tree School campus in the mid-1970s.

When the North Columbia Schoolhouse finally ceased operating as an actual school, Mary Joan Campbell approached two local architects, Bruce Boyd and Jeff Gold, about renting the building, and they led the effort to renovate the schoolhouse for its continuing use as a community center. In October 1979, the Cherokee Cooperative incorporated as Cherokee Labor Brigade Inc. and then successfully acquired 501(c)3 non-profit status in 1981 as it began to work on the renovation of the Schoolhouse as a cultural center. In February 1982, the Cherokee Labor Brigade officially amended its name to North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. This is why we show 1982 on our logo even though the organization technically started earlier than that.

Following the initial rental agreement that allowed renovations on the North Columbia Schoolhouse to begin, in September 1983 Mary Joan Campbell signed the recently completed 30-year lease with the Cultural Center. This lease allowed the Cultural Center to access funding from the Cowell Foundation for the construction of the addition where the bathrooms and back studio now are.

The Cultural Center also received funding from the Skaggs Foundation to help create the Folk Life Festival and the first Sierra Storytelling Festival in 1985. Next year, the Sierra Storytelling Festival will realize its 30th year (after taking just one year off along the way).

To celebrate this history, and the 140th anniversary of the North Columbia Schoolhouse (built in 1875), we have decided to be a bit playful with the vagaries of the founding date (and the fact that we missed our 30th) by calling next year our 33 1/3 Anniversary with the thirty-three referring to our actual time as the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center and the third referring to the bits of time that preceded.

We will kick off this celebration at the Membership Party on Saturday, January 31, 2015, with a dance party featuring — you guessed it — vinyl records.

A Thousand Kisses Deep plays Jan 30 & 31

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WHAT: Paul Emery presents
A Thousand Kisses Deep – The Songs of Leonard Cohen

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, January 30 & 31, 2015

WHERE: Historic Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, 95959

TICKETS: $25/General Admission, $35/Reserved Seating, Available online at www.paulemerymusic.com, or in person at the BriarPatch Co-op

INFO: www.paulemerymusic.com

For two nights only, Paul Emery presents “A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen”, a reprise of his triumphant tribute to one of the most fascinating and enigmatic singer/songwriters of the late 60s, Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31, at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.  The all-star lineup includes Anni McCann, Stephen Holland, Shay Dillon, Peter Wilson, Kimberly Bass, Eleanore MacDonald, Rick Kirkpatrick, Ben Gillespie, Mark McCartney, Pat Jacobsen, Arthur Gould, Tom Schmidt and Molly Fisk.

“A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen” is the successful creative production of KVMR News Director and foothills promoter/musician, Paul Emery. In 2011, fourteen musicians and one poet assembled for three stellar sold out evenings at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and went on to perform at the Nevada Theatre and 24th Street Theatre in Sacramento.  They have since performed the show a total of eight times, selling out six of those shows.  The eight-piece band and six singers, all notables from the Grass Valley/Nevada City area, bring the instrumentation of Cohen’s most recent touring band with woodwinds, strings, guitars and keyboards and back-up singers.

Four decades after he emerged as a public literary figure and then a performer, Cohen remains one of the most compelling and fascinating musical figures of his era, and one of the very few from that time who still commands as much respect and attention, and probably as large an audience, in the 21st century as he did in the 1960s.

“For many people Cohen’s music is just beginning to resonate,” explains Emery.  “His melodies are timeless.  His poetry is deep and profound, and constantly offers new insights and reactions years after their first hearing.”  Singer Kimberly Bass adds, “His music has a richness that stirs the soul.  For me it’s the way he looks at the world and our humanness, our nakedness in this harsh yet beautiful world.”

The idea to organize the show came to Emery after traveling with friend and musician Anni McCann to see Cohen on his 2010 World Tour.

“Paul and I had both just seen his live show, where you could say he quite literally levitated his audience,” says McCann who sings such iconic songs as “Dance Me to the End of Love” and “Joan of Arc” with Emery during the show.  “When Paul asked about doing a show to celebrate Cohen’s music, at first I thought, ‘What the heck are you thinking Paul? Leonard is still touring!’  Then I began combing through his extensive list of recordings, all the while discovering the vast richness of his repertoire.  I was definitely in!”

Emery spent months listening to Cohen’s extensive discography of thirteen studio albums, 135 or so songs, produced over the course of 44 years.  He set out to capture the instrumentation and arrangements of the music and band on that tour, specifically Cohen’s use of a variety of singers to carry the vocals.  Emery reached out to the many local musicians he had worked with over the last forty years on various productions to see if they were game.  Bassist Pat Jacobsen became the show’s music director and took leadership of charting all

of the arrangements and leading the band in rehearsals and on stage through seventeen of Cohen’s songs including “The Gipsy Wife”, “Suzanne”, “I’m Your Man” and “Hallelujah”, among others.

Singer Eleanore MacDonald explains that there is a certain magic about working with the other musicians and Emery on the production.  “We become a family when we put our creative juices together.  There is something quite beautiful about starting out with the initial learning of a song, having it go through its various mashups and car wrecks, everyone singing or playing honkers here and there until is comes out on the other side, this beautifully rendered homage to Leonard that we all are very proud of.”

Watch the Video of “A Thousand Kisses Deep, The Songs of Leonard Cohen” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaZvn7rr2HU

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Clerestory A Cappella Group Feb 15

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What: InConcert Sierra presents
Clerestory – a cappella male vocal ensemble

When: Sunday, February 15 , 2015
2pm concert/ 1:15pm pre-concert forum

Where: Seventh-day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Road (off Hwy 174)
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(InConcert Sierra is not affiliated with the SDA Church)

Tickets:$32 general/Youth ages 5-17 free with adult

Available at: BriarPatch Co-op Community Market, Online at www.inconcertsierra.org, Or call 530-273-3990

​​A clerestory window is set into a space to allow any room to be flooded with brilliant light. On Sunday, February 15, InConcert Sierra presents the brilliance ​of the ​gorgeous​ ​a cappella voices of Clerestory, an all-male vocal ensemble lauded as one of the Bay Area’s premiere professional vocal ensembles. Ranging from countertenor to bass, all ten Clerestory singers are veterans of San Francisco’s finest ensembles including Chanticleer, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, and others.

InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin said, “The combination of their voices is going to be incredible, especially in the acoustic of the SDA church. If you enjoyed New York Polyphony, you’ll really love this program and these performers.”

The program is called Love and the Knight, in honor of Valentines weekend. When asked about the program, singer Justin Montigne said “The clear voices of the a cappella men’s ensemble, Clerestory, offer a chivalrous homage to Valentine’s Day with “Love and the Knight”. The concert includes music from the earliest days of European cathedrals to the High Renaissance masters who followed: Gregorian and Ambrosian chant, the mysticism of Hildegard von Bingen, love songs of the French troubadours, and delicately woven Flemish polyphony. Romantic and contemporary songs complete this Continental journey. Let courtly love and gallant songs transport you through time.”

“I am really looking forward to an exceptional performance,” says Hardin. “Reviewer Chloe Veltman wrote about the group for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and BBC Classical Music Magazine in 2012: ‘Clerestory is every bit as musical as Chanticleer, and has two crucial advantages over the more well-established group: wisdom and age. There are no leaders in Clerestory and the singers figure out a way between them to put an innovative program together and sing the pants off it.’ That’s enough for me to get excited,” noted Hardin.

There is a pre-concert forum at 1:15pm with forum hostess Dr. Aileen James. The performance is sponsored by Dr. Mimi Vishoot and Steve Nicholson of Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic, and Hindi Greenberg. For more information, please visit www.inconcertsierra.org.

 

SongBird Plays at OBS thru Feb 21

SongBird: A Musical Comedy By John Driscoll & Jan Kopp
Directed by Jan Kopp

Jan 16th Through Feb 21st @ 8:15PM
Also Sunday Feb 8th @ 2:00 PM

Jan Kopp makes her OBS directorial debut and Kris Stepanian stars in this story of Angela, the Songbird, a gifted singer who is now out of a job because her father has sold the bar in which she has performed for many years. Located in a small Northern California coastal town, The Songbird Nest Tavern has for forty-five years been a favorite spot for people of all walks of life who have come regularly to hear Angela touch their hearts through song. Angela’s father, Frank (John Driscoll), is ready at age seventy to move on to a new challenge by writing a memoir of sorts containing wisdom he has accumulated over the years. Other cast members include Nancy Keith as the fiery mother of the “Songbird” and Kim Wellman as the quirky cocktail waitress

For ticket information call 530-265-8686.  For more information go to offbroadstreet.com

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Nevada County History in the 21st Century

All those interested in the history of Nevada County will be delighted to learn that much of that history 
can now be accessed through a web based interactive map, which can be found at the following link: 
http://gis.nevcounty.net/HISTORICALSITES/

The map is the result of a joint effort by the Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission and 
Nevada County GIS staff, in collaboration with prominent local historian, David Comstock. Nevada 
County has over 200 sites which have been designated as historical landmarks. Many have been 
designated by the Commission; others by federal and state authorities, the Nevada County Historical 
Society, the Clampers, The Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West, and other local veterans 
and civic groups.

The interactive map locates each historic site on a County map. Clicking on a site will disclose an 
image, description and other related information. The map can be used for a virtual tour, or as a guide 
to exploring Nevada County by car, bicycle or foot. The map works with mobile devices, such as 
smartphones or tablets, as well as desktop computers.

The map is an outgrowth of a book titled “Exploring Nevada County” previously published by Mr. 
Comstock. Sized to fit in the glove compartment of most cars, it is available at this link: 
http://comstockbonanza.com/

The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission was formed in 1969 by the Nevada County 
Board of Supervisors and charged with the mission of identifying and preserving historic sites. Further 
information about the Commission can be found on its webpage at: 
http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/bos/cob/Pages/Historical-Landmarks-Commission-Mission-Statement.aspx

or by contacting its Promotion Director, Bernie Zimmerman, at bz@youbetvin.com.

Nevada City Microenterprise Classes

Nevada City Microenterprise Cluster Classes 2015

For more information contact David Nelson, Nevada City CDBG Program Manager, 530-346-7195 (home office), 530-265-2496 (City office to leave message), 530-559-6138 (cell)

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Bridgeport Bridge Update

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Dear Friends,

We hope the New Year finds you well.  The New Year finds our historic Covered Wooden Bridge at Bridgeport 
undergoing some dramatic changes. Due to anchoring issues earlier in the project and rain delays in December 
the stabilization work (Phase I of construction) is about a month behind schedule. Starting this week the iron 
framework that will “cradle” the bridge will be going up and be finished by the end of January. This 
stabilization will protect the Bridge, prevent further deterioration and ready it for the next phase of work which 
is:

REPAIR AND RESTORATION (Phase II)

The California Department of Parks and Recreation reports that all of the expenditures for the initial work 
necessary to start Repair and Restoration Project (Phase II) have been made.  This work entails developing 
preliminary plans, design and assessments. The scope of work has been developed, contracts have been 
awarded and work orders have been submitted to companies that include structural and geotechnical 
engineers, schematic design, wood, and historical assessment firms. These companies are waiting for the 
stabilization project to be completed so that they may access the bridge to begin their work.

The firms will then study, assess, test, and in some cases, remove parts of the bridge for more detailed 
analysis to determine the extent of damage and the repairs and restoration work necessary. This step of the 
project is expected to be completed by June 2015. This assessment, planning and design work are critical to 
get right before starting the extensive permitting process necessary for such a historical structure.  This 
assessment will also more accurately determine the expected costs to complete the project.

WE WILL STAY VIGILANT

The Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee will continue to meet regularly and monitor the progress of the 
project.  We will stay in close contact with the California State Parks staff responsible for saving the longest 
single-span wood covered bridge left in the world. We will also continue to communicate progress of the 
project and let you know of any issues that may arise that may need your support. What we can’t do enough is 
say “Thank You” for your continued support and commitment over the last year and a half that has energized 
the State to take on this worthwhile endeavor. Together we will Save Our Bridge.

The Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee

Annual Visit of Tibetan Monks Jan 16-Feb 1

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WHAT:
14th Annual Visit of Tibetan Monks: Sand Mandala, Tibetan Art, and Cultural Presentation

WHEN:
Friday, January 16th to Sunday, February 1st, 2015

WHERE:
Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center,
410 South Church St. (corner of Chapel, two blocks from historic downtown,) Grass Valley

CONTACT:
Melanie Sullivan:      530-263-9960
Joseph Guida:          530-272-4567
sierrafriendsoftibet.org

Sierra Friends of Tibet is once again honored and delighted to continue its very special tradition of welcoming the New Year by hosting Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the historic Gaden Shartse Monastery (exiled in southern India) to Grass Valley and Nevada County. Now in its 14th year, this much anticipated annual community event provides a full schedule of Tibetan cultural presentations, giving area residents and visitors a chance to experience firsthand the unique culture of the Tibetan people and the rich traditions of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. The Monks will construct a sacred ‘Sand Mandala’ in St. Joseph’s Hall, and offer a full schedule of special programs, lectures, art and cultural events, alive with the rich color and pageantry of ancient rituals and ceremonies of mystical Tibet.

Always the focal point of the Monks visit, the Sand Mandala is meticulously constructed over a two week period into an intricate pattern through a slow and meditative process, one colored grain of sand at a time. The Mandala is created by ‘painting’ an incredible work of art from a palette of the colorful sands, using specially designed copper instruments.  Each figure, flower, animal, and esoteric symbol (such as the ‘Endless Knot’) in the mandala, holds special significance and is a symbolic representation of the inner and outer meanings of both the cosmos and the inner-consciousness. Mandalas are used by the Tibetan people to achieve higher states of consciousness and open doors to awareness.

The Monks will also offer a full schedule of public programs, school programs, lectures, classes, artwork, and rituals during their stay. This year’s program begins on Friday, January 16th with the ‘Sand Mandala Opening Ceremony’: A purification and dedication ritual to cleanse the environment and purify the atmosphere for the construction of the Mandala.

A treasured highlight of the Monks visit is the ‘6th Annual Indigenous Peoples Cultural Exchange,’ which will be held on Saturday, January 17th at 7 pm. The Monks and a group of local Indigenous People, led by Don Ryberg, Chairman of the Tsi Akim Maidu, will offer a cultural exchange of music, song, skits, prayers and Native American humor. Always a crowd pleaser, this event is popular with young and old alike, so be sure to arrive early to assure your seat!

The two week visit concludes with the ‘Dissolution Ceremony.’ This ritual deconstruction of the completed Mandala signifies the impermanence of all life and all things created. Individual, small, packets of the sacred sand from the mandala is then distributed to the audience as a blessing.

As with previous visits, the Monks will also offer personal or group blessings, house or business blessings, as well as Tibetan Astrological readings (a completely different system from traditional western astrology) and school visits throughout their time here. Appointments are necessary! In addition, handmade weavings, paintings, jewelry and other unique items made by Tibetan refugees in the Tibetan resettlement area in India, will be available for purchase.

Gaden Shartse Monastery is the original Buddhist monastery of the Gelug tradition of Tibet, the same lineage or tradition as the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the creation of the monastery was prophesied by the Buddha 1900 years prior to its actual establishment in 1409 CE. The monastery was housed on a large hillside about 30 miles east of Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet with a population of 5,000 Monks.  The original monastery was completely destroyed during the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, and was re-established in the south of India by only 48 surviving Monks. Land for a Tibetan refugee settlement, including Gaden Shartse monastery, was generously donated by the Indian government. It has taken incredible effort in the face of unthinkable challenges to keep this precious unbroken tradition of Tibetan Buddhist teachings and culture with us today.

Due to the kindness and generosity of communities like Nevada County, the Gaden Shartse monastery in exile has continued to preserve the 600 year old tradition of Tibetan culture and Buddhist traditions.  All funds raised during the 2015 tour are donated directly to the Monks and are tax deductible through the sponsoring non-profit, The Foundation of the Sacred Stream, headquartered in Berkeley, California.

The Gaden Shartse tours have been visiting the United States since 1989 with a two-fold mission: to be of service to the world by helping to spread peace, compassion, and tolerance through cultural exchange, interfaith dialog, and Buddhist teachings; and also to raise funds that will provide for the education, medical needs, housing, and building maintenance for the Monks at Gaden Shartse Monastery, located in a Tibetan Refugee Settlement near Mundgod in South India.  Many residents of Nevada County have visited the Tibetan Settlement Camp in Mundgod.

Nevada County has a unique connection to Tibet and her people.  For over 14 years, the visiting Monks from Gaden Shartse have made Nevada County their home away from home due to the tremendous generous and warm reception the community extends.  The Jacobson family continues to act as the host family for the Monks, whom members of the monastery in exile refer to as ‘AMA’ and ‘PALA’ (mother and father) of all the Shartse Monks. Additionally, the Monks have remarked that our Sierra mountains remind them of their homeland in Tibet and northern India, where the Dalai Lama resides in exile.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, January 16th – 7:00 pm
Vajrapani Sand Mandala Opening Ceremony:
‘Mandala’ literally means, ‘that which extracts the essence.’ The sand mandala is an ancient Tibetan art form, and is carefully and masterfully constructed from colored sand particles, one grain of sand at a time!

Saturday, January 17th – TWO EVENTS
1)     10:00 am: Lecture –Introduction to the Lam Rim: (Lam Rim translates as: the ‘stages of the path’) Lam Rim is a Tibetan Buddhist written text for presenting the stages in the complete path to enlightenment as taught by Buddha. (Part 1 in a series of 4 lectures, participate in any or all)

2)     7:00 pm: 6th Annual Indigenous Peoples and Monks Cultural Exchange Night!!:
Sacred Music, Dance, Language Exchange, Native American Humor, and more. Bring the entire family!

Sunday, January 18th – 3:00 pm
Four Armed Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion) Healing Empowerment:
The Buddha of Compassion is known as Chenrezig in Tibetan Buddhism. The purpose of the empowerment is to establish a close relationship with Chenrezig and to benefit from the almighty power of compassion. In this era of violence and mental instability, the blessing of Chenrezig is highly sought after, as it helps one to become more peaceful and compassionate, even with the state of current events.

Tuesday, January 20th – 7:00 pm – AUBURN
Vajravidarana Group Healing at AHmbiance, 884 Lincoln Way (in Gold Country Mall, 2nd floor,) AUBURN: Vajravidharan is a ritual of purification and has three stages: purification, removing of negativity, and offering protection.

Wednesday, January 21st – 7:00 pm
Lecture – the Lam Rim
Part Two: (Lam Rim translates as: the ‘stages of the path’) Lam Rim is a Tibetan Buddhist written text for presenting the stages in the complete path to enlightenment as taught by Buddha. (Part 2 in a series of 4 lectures, participate in any or all)

Friday, January 23rd – 7:00 pm
Blessing of Sacred Objects Followed by Tea Ceremony:
Bring your items to be blessed by the Monks and then stay to participate in the ritual Tibetan Tea Ceremony.

Saturday, January 24th – AUBURN – THREE EVENTS
1)     10:00 am: Vajrasattva Empowerment (Buddha of Purification) at AHmbiance, 884 Lincoln Way (in Gold Country Mall, 2nd floor,) AUBURN: Purifies all negative actions committed by our body, through our speech, and in our minds. This empowerment will include the transmission of the 100 Syllable Mantra.

2)     3:00 pm: Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation at Studio B, 1519 Grass Valley Highway (corner of Live Oak Lane-in Live Oak Plaza- behind Animal Medical Center,) AUBURN – Experience a sound healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls. The Monks will offer a meditation, instruction for using the bowls, and answer questions.

3)     7:00 pm Cultural Performance: at Studio B, 1519 Grass Valley Highway (corner of Live Oak Lane-in Live Oak Plaza- behind Animal Medical Center,) AUBURN – Traditional chanting, sacred music, dialectical debate, and Tibetan Tea Ceremony.

Sunday, January 25th – 3:00 pm
Medicine Buddha Group Healing Empowerment:
Menla (Medicine Buddha) is the embodiment of the power of healing of all the Buddhas. While most of us are used to taking some form of medication on a daily basis, whether that be in the form of prescription drugs, vitamins, or herbal concoctions, rarely do we find that we feel any better. As has been confirmed by both Western and Eastern scientific research, strength of the mind and will has a major role in the process of healing.

Wednesday, January 28th – 7:00 pm
Lecture – the Lam Rim
Part Three: (Lam Rim translates as: the ‘stages of the path’) Lam Rim is a Tibetan Buddhist written text for presenting the stages in the complete path to enlightenment as taught by Buddha. (Part 3 in a series of 4 lectures, participate in any or all)

Friday, January 30th –  7:00 pm
Cultural Performance: Traditional chanting, Sacred music, and Dialectical debate:
Liberation, in the highest sense, is attained through the fusion of the intellect and intuition. The path to freedom requires wisdom, which can only be achieved through the deep questioning of one’s beliefs by both oneself and others. Tibetan Monastic Colleges employ the system of dialectical debate as part of the routine of study for the Monks. It is used to dispel doubt and to acquire deep understanding of the subjects being studied. The student is encouraged to question everything related to the topic being discussed (as was also done by Plato and Aristotle in ancient Greece). This is invaluable for sharpening one’s wit and testing one’s wisdom.

Saturday, January 31st – THREE EVENTS
1)     10:00 am: Lecture – the Lam Rim Part Four: (Lam Rim translates as: the ‘stages of the path’) Lam Rim is a Tibetan Buddhist written text for presenting the stages in the complete path to enlightenment as taught by Buddha. (Part 4 in a series of 4 lectures, participate in any or all)

2)     3:00 pm: Vajrapani Empowerment – Holder of the Thunderbolt Scepter (symbolizing the power of compassion,) a means of accomplishing fierce determination and symbolizes unrelenting effectiveness in the conquest of negativity.

3)     7:00 pm: Dissolution Ceremony of Vajrapani Sand Mandala and distribution of sand to attendees.

Sunday, February 1st
Indigenous Peoples and Monks Ceremonial Offering of Mandala Sand to bless the local waters:

11:00 am: Deer Creek – meet at the Bark House monument, in downtown Nevada City. 
11:45 am: Wolf Creek –  meet at Holiday Inn, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley.

For more information and/or to view the complete schedule of events, please visit our website: sierrafriendsoftibet.org ; or join us on our Facebook group page at facebook.com/groups/sierrafriendsoftibet

~All Photos Courtesy: Sierra Friends of Tibet~

Upcoming Events at North Columbia Schoolhouse

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The Bee Eaters
Saturday, February 7, 2015
7:00 Doors; 8:00 Show
$18 member/advance, $20 door
Tickets available at BriarPatch and Mother Truckers

Brother-sister duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, long known and lauded by those steeped in the American fiddle tradition, are joined by hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman. Together, they weave a tapestry of sound all their own, drawing on roots in bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and old-time traditions. While today new breed often produces an amalgamation of sounds and styles based on a distant view, The Bee Eaters were raised embedded in these traditions raised to mold, meld, shape them and carry them forward, leaving their own indelible marks in the process. With Tashina delicate fiddle and Tristan grounding cello wrapped around Simon, ethereal dulcimer, they have created a never-before-heard sound in American music. No tricks. No pyrotechnics. Three instrumental voices, united in their musical exploration.

Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and has performed at Carnegie Hall as a part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer‚ Young Artists program. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, rock and pop music, and leading a revolution among adventurous young cellists throughout the country. He has toured the world with bluegrass/nu-folk sensation Crooked Still and Darol Anger‚ Republic of Strings, as well as Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky and Cape Breton fiddle phenomenon Natalie MacMaster. Hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique. His inventive virtuosic touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining the instrument and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world.

Since their formation in 2008, The Bee Eaters have been on a trajectory of growth, both personal and musical. Recent tours have taken them from Vermont to Hawaii to England and everywhere in between, collaborating with performers such as bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis, Appalachian music master Bruce Molsky, rising-star songstress Aoife Donovan (of Crooked Still renown), soulful singer/guitarist Scott Law and writer/ballad singer Jefferson Hamer. Festival highlights include Wintergrass, and the 40th annual Indiana Fiddlers Gathering.

Listening to the Bee Eaters is like eavesdropping on a spirited, private conversation. As wonderful as their recorded music is, watching The Bee Eaters in live performance is an exercise in safe danger. They parry and thrust, challenging each other at every moment. Their focus on their music and on each other is tight and complete. Their melodic lines and rhythmic phrases dance (and sometimes roil) over, under and around each other. There is sometimes dissonance but always an ultimate harmony.

www.beeeaters.com

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Valentine Erotique 2015
A Post-Apocalyptic Orgy of Entertainment
Friday the 13th of February, 2015
7:30 p.m. show; 6:30 p.m. doors open

The Valentine Erotique variety show returns on Friday the 13th of February. An annual benefit for the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, this erotic extravaganza features an array of poetry, a chocolate dessert contest and other sensuous entertainment that you won’t want to miss.

Bill Gainer and Bo the Whiskey Yogi will headline the poetry. They have invited Sacramento poets, Kelly Freeman and Lytton Bell, to join them along with locals, Chris Harbour and Maxima Kahn.

Magician extraordinaire Nick Federoff will emcee the evening’s variety of entertainment. There will be a comedy performance by Casey Burke, acro yoga, burlesque by Truth of Dare featuring local legend Belle Star and a few other surprises.

The chocolate dessert contest is open to the public. Bring your favorite chocolate delight for a chance to win prizes in several categories (i.e. most decadent, creamiest and dreamiest).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for drinks, desserts, and to view the Body+Form Art Show.

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Almost Hereditary: The Roots of Racism
with Bill Drake
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Reading 7:30 PM; Doors 7:00 PM
$12 member/advance, $15 door
All proceeds to benefit the North Columbia Schoolhouse
Tickets available at BriarPatch and Mother Truckers

In honor of Black History Month, Bill Drake will present “Almost Hereditary: The Roots of Racism in My Southern Family”, a rich presentation with stories, readings, poems, and slides. The readings will be from the diary of Bill’s great-great-grandmother whose sons fought in the Civil War and whose family owned slave plantations in Mississippi. Bill will share how racism was passed down his family lineage. Like his mother before him, he grew up in what was called the “Jim Crow era” a time of extreme segregation in the South. As a child he was taught to believe in white supremacy, a concept he rejected after two pivotal experiences during his late teenage years. He is the co-founder of Creating Communities Beyond Bias, which offers workshops for students related to unlearning prejudice. Revised copies of his book Almost Hereditary: A White Southerner‚ Journey Out of Racism, A Guide for Unlearning and Healing Prejudice will be available for sale and signing. The event is a benefit for NCSCC.

A review of Bill Drake’s book:

“A compelling and provocative account of one man’s courageous journey from a deep-seated and inherited prejudice to a giving, open heart. It should serve as an inspiration to all of us, not just to think the right thing, but to put our thoughts into action and make this world a better place. A true pleasure to read.”

–Steve Sanfield, author, Civil Rights activist and one of the first Freedom Riders

Destination Wedding Show Feb 8

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To all wedding related chamber members:

The only bridal show in our area is right around the corner. As you know, January and February are the months all the brides come out to do their shopping and the only bridal show is happening on February 8th right here in Nevada County.

The Nevada County Destination Bridal Expo is taking place February 8th from 10am to 4pm at Kane’s, The Holbrooke Hotel, Holiday Inn-Miners Inn and the Grass Valley Elks Lodge. Booths are oversized so you have plenty of room to share your service or product, 8×16 is the standard sized booth. There will be limo’s, carriages, and party buses shuttling brides between all 4 locations in downtown Grass Valley and all brides will be given a passport to be stamped by all participating vendors to qualify them to win the big dream wedding package so no booth will go unvisited!

Some of the major sponsors for this year’s show are the Grass Valley Union and KNCO, and a major ad campaign started the first of the year. Also sponsoring are both the Greater Grass Valley Chamber and the Nevada City Chamber. A $2500 booth has been purchased in the largest bridal show in Sacramento, California to send brides to the Nevada County Destination Bridal Expo to visit with you at your booth. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to a lot of brides during booking season!

Contact B&B Events at (916) 771-8585 or (530) 514-6000 and mention that you are a member of the chamber to get your $450 booth for $375. Don’t wait till the last minute because funds collected will be going towards more advertising for the show.

Low-Cost Workshop on Sick Pay Jan 29

LOW-COST WORKSHOP TO DETAIL NEW SICK PAY LAW THAT AFFECTS MOST CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS

California employers are facing a fast-approaching deadline to meet the state’s new sick pay law, creating an administrative and legal headache for many small-business owners and even nonprofit organizations.

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership is holding a low-cost workshop for employers to learn more about the sick pay law 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City.

The Understanding and Implementing the California Sick Pay Law workshop is $10 for CNL members and $15 for non-members. Online reservations are required, with payment accepted at the door. Space is limited.

Most employers – regardless of the number of employees or how many hours they work – must  follow the law, which goes into effect July 1. Only public-sector employers and those with labor contracts are exempt from the new law.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a law that’s been this prescriptive,” says Bill Neff, a retired lawyer who has practiced labor law since 1970. Neff is the presenter of the 90-minute information session. News of the law is “just starting to percolate out. It’s a payroll and accounting nightmare.”

Indeed, employers need to be aware of the many issues connected to the new law, from the accounting of hours for paid sick leave to following the human resource requirements.

“A lot of employers are beside themselves,” Neff says of those just learning about the upcoming law. “I’m going to take them through the highlights.”

For example, employers must determine how they will account for sick pay, such as the option of one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Full-time employees receive three days per year, under the law. Employers must also know the details of the law, such as employees can take as little as two hours of sick leave. Employers face a maximum $4,000 penalty per violation.

“Employers are going to get a lot of details” during the workshop, Neff says.

About The Center for Nonprofit Leadership

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership is a resource center for nonprofit organizations and individuals in Nevada County and the Sierra Nevada region of California. Founded in 2003 as a catalyst to strengthen and sustain local nonprofit organizations, CNL focuses on best practice workshops, executive leadership seminars, on-site coaching and mentoring, and public advocacy. You can learn more about The Center for Nonprofit Leadership online at www.CNLSierra.org. The Center is on Facebook www.facebook.com/NevadaCountyNonProfitLeadership and Twitter @NevCoNonprofits.

Free Atria Grass Valley Event Jan 31

Regardless of your age or health, you do not want to miss this upcoming event… 

Are you afraid of outliving your money? 
Do you want to downsize but don’t know where to start? 
Are you ready to simplify your life? 

This FREE event is for you!!! 

Atria Grass Valley presents, “Relax, Relocate, and Right-Size your life” at Atria 150 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 on Saturday January 31st from 2-5pm.

Looking forward to seeing you at Atria for wine, great food, prizes, massage, and lots of opportunity for resources and referrals on January 31st 2-5pm!!!

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Tribute to Janis Joplin Jan 23 & 24

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LeGacy Presents a musical birthday tribute to Janis Joplin and the music of her time in a ONE WEEKEND concert at the historic Nevada Theatre, January 23 & 24.

Legendary rock icon Janis would have turned 72 years old on January 19th. Although Janis left this world over 44 years ago, her musical footprint remains. Like many other musicians of her time, the impact made on the music industry and the rock and roll culture of this country were forever changed with their gifts to us.

Come celebrate Janis and all the music of the 60’s and 70’s as LeGacy co-founder, producer, and sometimes Janis Joplin impersonator Sue LeGate Halford heads up a musical evening with her special guests Dave and the Cool Beans.

Sue LeGate Halford has performed in over fifty musical productions in and out of LeGacy, and is known for her unique comedic approach to rock and roll with a spot on interpretation of Janis Joplin and her songs. Other favorites that she will perform with Dave and the Cool Beans include Carole King, the Carpenters and Laura Nyro. Dave and the Cool Beans will bring the Grateful Dead, Delaney & Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater, Van Morrison, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Squeeze and the Beatles to round out an evening that celebrates the music of the “Janis” generation.

Dave and the Cool Beans sprung onto the Nevada County musical scene, having been hatched from LeGacy’s 2014 spring production of “From the Cavern and On”, also produced at the Nevada Theatre, featuring over forty songs celebrating fifty years of the British Musical Invasion.

The Beans are comprised of LeGacy producer Dave Halford on rhythm guitar and vocals, Gary Epps on vocals, keyboard, and lead guitar, Steve Sheppard on bass and vocals, and John Basa on drums.

Come celebrate Janis’ birthday with LeGacy!! Tickets for “Happy Birthday Janis” are available at Harmony Books, the Bookseller, online at legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419

Chocolate Infusion Returns Jan 25

Enjoy an afternoon of chocolate, wine and jazz in the speakeasy style at Chocolate Infusion! Chefs and chocolatiers will provide samples of their delicious chocolate inspired treats, both sweet and savory. Local wineries and a brewery will supply tastes to those over 21 in a complimentary wine glass sponsored by Tess’ Kitchen Store, and those under 21 will have non-alcoholic options. Entertainment by the amazing Lorraine Gervais and Jacob Aginsky on the stage performing jazz and torch songs from the 1920’s and 30’s. The Nevada City Chamber will have their famous chocolate martini bar as a fundraiser. Quality artisan wares available for purchase. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Admission price includes all your samples, a wine glass (if over 21) and entertainment.  Don’t miss The Union’s 3rd Annual Chocolate Infusion with a Speakeasy twist!

Sunday, January 25, 2015
1-4:30pm

Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Tickets: $20 in advance; At the door $25 – Available at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945, (530) 273-9561.

For more information go to theunion.com/chocolate

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Prize & Donation Request for Installation Dinner

Dear Nevada City Chamber Members:

We are excited about our 113th annual Installation and Awards Dinner that will be held on January 31, 2015 at the Miners Foundry. We are seeking help to continue the community awards program which is where we recognize deserving people who have volunteered their time, are outstanding in the visual and performing arts and also those who build or remodel buildings in Nevada City that contribute to the ambiance of our charming town.

One of our creative ideas to fund the awards and dinners for these deserving folks is to conduct a raffle and silent auction, which will offer the chance to win one of many fabulous prizes and generate some money to recognize these outstanding citizens.

We are looking for prizes, donations, gift certificates or other creative items with a value of at least $20.

All donors will be recognized in the program, announced by the MC as the gift is chosen during the raffle/silent auction and promoted prior to the event on local radio stations and newspapers.

To ensure maximum promotional consideration, contributions must be received in the Chamber office by January 15th.  Please drop your contributions off at the Chamber during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or mail to 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA  95959.

Thank you for your continued support of your Chamber of Commerce, which continues our support of you!

Sincerely,

NEVADA CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Nevada City Bag Ordinance

Attention Chamber Retail Business Members:

Please read the attached Nevada City Single Use Bag Ordinance for information on the implementation of this ordinance.  The ordinance took effect January 1, 2015 for retail establishments.

If you have questions, please contact City Hall at 265-2496.

Nevada City Single Use Bag Ordinance