Easter Egg Hunts Saturday April 19, 2014

Several fun Easter activities will be taking place on April 19th:

Saturday Events
Big Easter Egg Hunt (Hosted by Twin Cities Church)
Scotten Elementary School, 10821 Squirrel Creek Road, Grass Valley
Play on playground, jump in the inflatable or have a family photo taken @ 8:30am
Egg Hunt begins @ 9am.  Special area for toddlers and those with disabilities.
For more information contact (530) 273-6425 or go to www.twincitieschurch.com

Easter Egg Hunt at Western Gateway Park, Penn Valley
Hunt starts @ 9:30am.  Coffee @ 9am
For more information contact Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce (530) 432-1802

Don Wasley Memorial Easter Egg Hunt at the Nevada City Elks Lodge
Easter Bunny arrives by Fire Engine @ 10:45am.  The Egg Hunt begins @ 11am

Sunday April 20th, join the Elks Lodge for Easter Brunch from 9am-1pm.  $12/person.  Call for reservations (530) 265-4920.


4th of July Parade & Celebration

Dear Community Friends,

As has been the tradition for many years, the 4th of July Committee is pleased to be the host of the 4th of July parade which will be held in downtown Nevada City this year. The western Nevada County community loves the hometown parade and fireworks and we want to continue to present a great show.

To assist with funding, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from local businesses and organizations. The cost to produce this long-standing event has increased over the years and there are many things to pay for, such as rental of the fairgrounds ($6,600), the Fire Marshal’s time ($2,300), fireworks ($9,300), golf carts, security, cleanup – the list goes on and on.

As you can see, it’s an expensive undertaking for us to provide a hometown parade and a safe fireworks show for our community. We understand that this year may be difficult and we need your financial help to continue the tradition.

There are a variety of ways you can help. Please take a moment to Download & Review the Donation Form and return the form with your generous donation to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office by May 1, 2014.

Thank you for your enthusiastic community spirit in support of an important event.

The 4th of July Committee is comprised of the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

Springtime at Ananda April 12 thru 27

You’re Invited!

Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village

Over 13,000 Tulips!

Weekends: April 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Open 10 am – 5 pm

Admission: $5.00; children 12 and under are free
*Weekday groups by appointment

• Chat with our master gardener and designer

• Live entertainment including PG Wodehouse

• See the award-winning chapel, gift boutique and shrine

• Enjoy our famous maple scones at the gardens, reserve space for a vegetarian lunch at the Expanding Light Retreat or picnic at Master’s Market

• Only 20 minutes from Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada foothills

For peak tulip display information and directions, call (530) 478-7587, email hermitage@ananda.org , or visit www.crystalhermitage.org

“Souvenir” Play Reading April 16

SOUVENIR by Stephen Temperley

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Doors 7pm/Show 7:30pm

Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Tickets – $10.00 suggested donation and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center are excited to announce that the April installment of their “Theater by the Book” informal play reading series will be SOUVENIR by Stephen Temperley.  SOUVENIR is based upon the true story of Florence Foster-Jenkins, a New York socialite whose tin ear couldn’t keep her off the stage at Carnegie Hall. The play, told through the eyes of her beloved accompanist, is a touching and comic tribute to Ms. Jenkins’ sincerity, ambition, deep love of music and complete lack of talent, all of which brought a unique joy to thousands.

This reading of SOUVENIR is directed by Sandra Rockman and features Sharon Heinz as Jenkins and Ken Getz as her accompanist, Cosme McMoon.

Notoriously lacking in pitch and rhythm and barely capable of sustaining a note, Florence Foster Jenkins was firmly convinced of her greatness as a coloratura soprano. Accompanied by her pianist, Cosme McMoon, the duo embarked on a 12-year career attaining a dubious celebrity as Jenkins’ recitals and concerts became all the rage of New York City audiences. SOUVENIR paints a tender picture of a relationship between the self-deluded diva and her stalwart pianist which culminated in a 1944 sold-out performance in Carnegie Hall.

This is the second season for “Theater by the Book” and the eighth play presented as part of the series. “The Theater by the Book series has developed a core following over the past year,” said Gretchen Bond, Executive Director of the Miners Foundry. “It is fun for the actors and audience alike, it is a great chance to experience a wide variety of plays in a very informal setting (with wine and beer and light desserts available for purchase), and it gives the Miners Foundry another opportunity to promote and support local theatre and the arts.”

Sierra Stages is local nonprofit nonprofessional theatre group, currently presenting its sixth season of plays and musicals in western Nevada County. Sierra Stages recently completed a successful four-week run of the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy COMPANY at the Nevada Theatre. Its next production will be the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play PROOF by David Auburn from May 1 – 18 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley, to be followed by the legendary classic adventure PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie this summer at the Nevada Theatre.

For more information about SOUVENIR visit www.minersfoundry.org or www.SierraStages.org.


CATS Presents “Miss Saigon” Apr 10-May 10

Photo by David Wong

Photo by David Wong

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) celebrates its 20th Year with the Tony-award winning musical, Miss Saigon, from April 10 to May 10, at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. It is a passionate story on love and war. Imbued music from beginning to end, Miss Saigon is truer to an opera than a traditional musical.

From the creators of Les Misérables, Cameron MacKintosh produced Miss Saigon on the stage, with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, and lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War in the 1970′s, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. Miss Saigon is based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

Susan Mason is the director with musical direction by Susan Mason and Jeffrey Mason. Jeffrey also serves as the conductor of the orchestra. Miss Saigon has a cast of over 20 local, regional, and Bay Area actors.

For ticket information, please visit www.catsweb.org. Tickets are selling fast! For groups of ten or more, there is a 10% discount off the advance rate. Please contact Jeannie Wood at info@catsweb.org for details. The Friday, April 18, 8:00 pm, performance is a Benefit for the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries. Tickets to the Benefit may be purchased by calling 530-265-1407 or by going to any western Nevada County branch. See you at the show!


The Union’s Home & Garden Show Apr 26-27

Know and Go:

What: The Union’s 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show

Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday April 26 (10-5) Sunday April 27 (10-4)

Why: Get thousands of ideas for the Home & Garden, plus have some family fun!

The Union’s 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show will be held at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on April 26 & 27. The Spring Home Show showcases over 200 vendors with thousands of ideas for your home & garden, plus hundreds of crafts, gifts and activities for the whole family.

Come check out the new products on the market, with demonstrations on some of today’s hottest home improvement products and services. Looking for a plumber? An interior designer? Drought-tolerant landscaping? Thinking of going solar? Or want to relax in a new hot tub? Find all of your home and landscape professionals in one place! Plenty of activities for the kids, delicious food and beverages, live music, prize give-a-ways and a full day of fun for the whole family!

Attend one or all of the scheduled Demonstrations on our Demo Stage in the Northern Mines Building. Learn basic household plumbing, how to decorate with chalk paint, how to grow vegetables in containers, and so much more!

Free activities for the kids include Hills Flat Lumber’s “Build-a-Birdhouse”, and “Paint a Flower Pot” sponsored by B & C True Value.

This year’s special features include the Nevada County Bonsai Club exhibit, Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society exhibit, and the Banner Mountain Artisans show and sale. Enjoy live music from “Then Again” on Saturday from 11 to 2, and “Dream and the Dreamer” from 12 to 3 on Sunday on the Pine Tree Stage.

Admission is FREE. Fairgrounds parking is $5 per car.  www.theunion.com/homeshow

“American Buffalo” Plays thru Apr 26

Synthetic Unlimited presents American Buffalo, a smart, gritty, adult comedy by playwright and screenwriter David Mamet. Three would-be thieves plan an elaborate heist of rare coins. As junk shop owner Donny draws others into the plot, they turn against him and each other.

Shows from April 10th- April 26th, at the new Synthetic Unlimited Opera House at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley. Showtimes are 7 pm on Thursdays, 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and one Sunday matinee at 2 pm on April 20th. Tickets are $20, or $15 for SU members, and are available at www.syntheticunlimited.org, 1-888-95-SHOWS, or at The Briar Patch in Grass Valley.



Sponsor and/or Participate in NC Art Walk!

The NC First Friday Artwalks are returning May 2nd!

We saw much success with last year’s run and we are looking forward to another fun and prosperous season. If you are in the Downtown area and interested in participating as a destination on our map, here is the link to the online sign-up form…


The deadline to sign-up for May event is April 18th.

Also, we are looking for sponsors for our Summer Season (May 2nd-July 11th). If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring this great event (with great exposure) call or email organizer Cynthia Levesque at 530-575-8846 or nevacoboutique@gmail.com

Friendship Club Spaghetti Dinner Apr 18

Join Us for the 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner

On Friday, April 18th, our Leadership Council girls will put on their Spaghetti Dinner & Raffle event at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall. This will be the third year that the girls have planned, organized and implemented all aspects of the event to support The Friendship Club. Details are below or you can click here for details and to purchase tickets online.

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Spring Issue of FoodWineArt Now Available

Downtown Nevada City is on the cover of the spring issue of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, now circulating. The magazine’s new mobile-friendly website also was featured in an article at Visit California, the official consumer website of the state of California. FoodWineArt was a sponsor at the celebration event of Winter Paralympic gold medalist Evan Strong at the Miners Foundry last week. Nevada City residents and Chamber members Jeff and Shannon Pelline publish the magazine. For more information, contact info@SierraFoodWineArt.com.


Vendor Sign-ups for Summer Camp/Activities Fair



Nevada City Parks & Recreation and Parents’ Resource Guide are partnering for the 3rd Annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair. The Fair is designed to allow parents the opportunity to meet camp directors and activity providers, ask questions about their programs and find the best match for their child.

Over 300 parents attended this fair last year to gather information and register their child for summer programs. There are so many opportunities for school-aged children during the summer; we are giving parents the opportunity to meet many of those providers on one day in one place so they can make informed decisions about which activities will best suit their child and their family’s summer schedule.

The event will be held at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building on May 3rd from 10am to 2pm.

Currently we are asking for summer camp and activity providers to contact us about being a vendor at the fair. This is a chance to meet parents and accept registrations for your program. We also welcome sponsors for the event. All sponsorship funds are used as camperships to send children to their choice of summer camp.

For more information contact Nevada City Parks & Recreation at 530-265-2496 x129.

“State of the Yuba” Event April 22

SYRCL’s “State of the Yuba” Event is on Earth Day

Like the President’s annual address, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has scheduled its “State of the Yuba” event on Earth Day to report to the citizens of the Yuba watershed on the condition of the river, outline SYRCL’s priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlist all river lovers in the protection and restoration of the Yuba.

Join SYRCL on Tuesday, April 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm (program from 6:00-7:30pm) at the Peace Lutheran Church (828 West Main St., Grass Valley) for this informative and free event. Light refreshments, snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Updates on SYRCL’s new River Monitoring Plan and Yuba Salmon Now campaign will be featured in the program. The new River Monitoring Plan will outline priorities related to long term monitoring sites, mine land streams, dam affected reaches, invasive species, the upper South Yuba and more. “We have been hard at work developing new goals for SYRCL’s 14-year-old River Monitoring program based on our analysis of past data and future watershed challenges,” said Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL’s River Programs Manager.

In addition, SYRCL’s Executive Director, Caleb Dardick, and River Scientist, Gary Reedy, will give the latest progress report on the Yuba Salmon Now campaign. Wild salmon once returned to Central Valley rivers in the millions each year, with up to 300,000 in the Yuba alone. Today, Yuba salmon runs have dropped to less than 8,000, leading to their listing as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.

SYRCL’s Yuba Salmon Now campaign outlines crucial actions for the next three years to save salmon in the Yuba River. “If we do not take bold actions to reverse these declines, it is likely that these species will go extinct. We cannot let this happen on our watch,” urged Caleb Dardick.

Awards for SYRCL’s “Volunteer of the Year” and “Partner of the Year” will be presented at the event as well.

The public, including SYRCL members, supporters, river lovers of all kinds and anyone interested in finding out more about SYRCL’s programs, is welcome to come celebrate Earth Day with SYRCL.

For more information, please contact Miriam Limov, River People Manager, at (530) 265-5961 x201 or Miriam@syrcl.org.


Nevada City Bag Survey

The city of Nevada City is considering the adoption of a plastic bag ordinance much like the one recently adopted by Truckee, as well as 103 other cities and counties in California. These ordinances ban the further use of lightweight, handled carryout bags, and require a charge, typically 10 cents, for a paper bag or other reusable type bag. The 10 cent fee can be retained by the store to help cover the costs of switching from plastic to paper, and also is proven to help reduce consumption of paper bags over time.

The state of California has a pending senate bill, SB270, which could, if passed, create a statewide plastic bag law. The city council feels it would be better to have local control over its own ordinance. If Nevada City has its own ordinance adopted by Sept. 1st, it would remain in effect and not be overridden by the state law.

Grass Valley and the unincorporated county are also considering ordinances.

To see the other ordinances in effect across California, and learn more, log on to

The city council requests that the survey for NEVADA CITY BUSINESS OWNERS ONLY be completed by April 30th. Paper copies are available in the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office. The online surveys are now on the home page of Nevada City’s website, and the links are here:



InConcert Sierra presents Boston Brass Apr 20

What:  InConcert Sierra presents Boston Brass

When:  Sunday, April 20, 2014 • 2pm concert; 1:15pm pre-concert forum

Tickets:  $30 general/youth 5-17 free with adult.  Available at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market, online at www.inconcertsierra.org, or call 530-273-3990

There is nothing like brass to celebrate springtime. On Sunday, April 20 at 2pm, InConcert Sierra presents the celebratory sounds of spring with the renowned Boston Brass quintet.

Boston Brass has been performing together for over 26 years and establishing a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From their exciting classical arrangements to beloved works and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass notably treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment, which captivates all ages. The ensemble’s lively repartee is touched with fun humor and personality.

“The program will be popular because brass is a favorite of so many. The music is joyous and tuneful with works that everybody knows and loves. Presenting programs that appeal and have familiarity for everyone has been a well-received theme this season. This will be another memorable Third Sunday in our chamber series,” said Executive Director Julie Hardin. “These players are all at the top of their game. We’ve been looking forward to this performance for over a year, and it will be worth the wait.”

The program includes: Turina’s “Danza Fantastica,” de Falla’s “Fire Dance,” J.S. Bach’s “Wachet Auf,” Piazzolla’s “Primavera Porteña,” “Verano Porteña,” and “Libertango,” Kabalevesky’s “Romeo & Juliet,” Bernstein’s “One Hand One Heart,” Ewald’s “Quintet No. 1,” Gershwin’s “Summertime,” and Campra’s “Rigaudon,” with Ken Hardin accompanying on the organ. “Having our artistic director join the Boston Brass for Rigaudon is an added bonus that I’m particularly excited about it,” added Julie Hardin.

“InConcert Sierra’s annual Third Sunday chamber series includes six concerts featuring the hottest young up-and-coming classical musicians as well as well-known and popular performers and ensembles.” The April concert just happens to fall on the holiday of Easter. “In the past, when Easter has occurred on the third Sunday, our programs have attracted sell out crowds to hear brass ensembles and, in 2003, to hear an exceptional handbell choir,” said Hardin.

There will be a pre-concert forum at 1:15pm hosted by Dr. Aileen James. This concert is being sponsored by Lamb’s Victorian Inn, Stucki Jewelers, Bea and Jerry Pressler, and Kathy Chastain and Gary Shannon. The annual Spring Teen Scholarship will also be awarded after intermission.


World Book Night April 23

On April 23, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specifically printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers will help promote reading by going into their communities and handing out free copies of a book they love, often to those without means or access to a printed book.

On April 23rd, Giver Kim E. Allen-Jones will be handing out 20 copies of “Kitchen Confidential” at Robinson Plaza in Nevada City starting at 4pm and continuing until all books are distributed.

Download Complete Press Release for information and give-away requirements

For more information about World Book Night contact:
Kim E. Allen-Jones • worldfoodie18@hotmail.com • (415) 254-2203


Appreciation Dinner April 17

Nevada City Elks Lodge #518

Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner
Thursday, April 17th
Bar opens @ 4/Dinner @ 6:30

Free to Law Enforcement Officers/$5 for law enforcement guests.
$15 Non-law enforcement attendees

RSVP Required – Call Kim West at 273-0232 or 263-0647 or Janis Woolsey at 265-4877

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Folk Legend Greg Brown April 24


WHO: Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Folk Legend Greg Brown

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, Doors 6:30, Show 7:30pm

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

TICKETS: $29/ Advance General Admission, $32/ Door General Admission, $40 Limited Reserved. Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

The Miners Foundry presents renowned folk icon and one of the greatest living American songwriters, Greg Brown, Thursday, April 24. Last year, Brown performed a sold-out concert at the Miners Foundry that included songs from his latest truly potent tour de force, “Hymns To What Is Left”. This April, Brown returns to pick up where he left off with local audiences.

Brown is best known for his signature rumbling baritone voice, master storytelling, and a musical career that has spanned over thirty years with multiple Grammy nominations and an astonishingly deep songbook of 25 albums. His music has been covered by many of the top folk/roots singer songwriters including Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Iris Dement, Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Brown was born in the Hacklebarney section of southeastern Iowa and raised by a family that made words and music a way of life. His seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and music are deeply rooted in that place. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision.

His mother played the electric guitar, his grandfather played the banjo, his grandmother was a poet, and his father was a Pentecostal preacher. Brown’s youth was spread across a map of the Midwest as they moved between churches (and even denominations), but music was always a staple. Gospel and hymns, classical, hillbilly, early rock and roll, country, and blues coalesced into a simmering stew of sound. Brown studied classical voice and piano as a child and also sang with choirs and in state competitions. At six he took up the pump organ and at twelve he learned the basics of guitar from his mother.

At the core of Hymns To What Is Left is the near-magical, copacetic interplay of Brown’s driven and graceful acoustic picking with longtime collaborator/producer Bo Ramsey’s distinctive artful soundscapes via bell-toned electric guitars and haunting slide.

Paste Magazine wrote, “Brown, like (Bob) Dylan, deeply understands that all North American music is related to the great ebb and flow of its roots traditions and the songs that grew out of it. From Hank Williams to Blind Willie McTell, American roots culture is a dark and vital source for artists to tap into that gives weight and context to songs that wouldn’t exist otherwise.”

In co-producing the album, Ramsey and Brown dug all the way into “less-is-more” and came out with a recording spotlighting Brown’s artistry on all levels. No drums or bass, the rustic mix was rounded out with contributions by Bob Black (banjo), Al Murphy (fiddle and mandolin), Dave Moore (button accordion), and daughter Pieta Brown (banjo, piano, harmony vocals), and cameo otherworldly harmonies by wife Iris Dement and daughter Constie Brown.

The result is an album of 14 uniquely unforgettable songs that find Brown at the peak of his estimable vocal powers supported by an all-world string band that’s absolutely locked-in–in short, a masterpiece that may well be the finest front-to-back endeavor of his career.