Nevada County Celebration of Trails 2015

Celebration of Trails Kickoff at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 27

Kick off the celebration! Meet your friends for a drink and bite to eat at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company in downtown Nevada City while showing support for local trails. A portion of proceeds go back to building and maintaining the local trails you love.

In addition, Three Forks will provide all the micro-brews during the Celebration of Trails Day festival, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Tahoe National Forest Headquarters, 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City. Everyone who participates in trail activities in the morning will get a voucher for a free drink in the afternoon!

What: Nevada County Celebration of Trails 2015 Day

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30

Where: Tahoe National Forest

Cost: Free

It’s the biggest showcase of local community trails of the year!

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and area trail enthusiasts for a community Celebration of Trails on Saturday, May 30. It’s the one day of the year all your favorite trail supporters and outdoor recreation groups will come together to bring the community everything they want to know about trail related topics – a one stop resource for gear, maps, flora and fauna, and more.

This event has it all! We’ll start the day with a lineup of morning outings: a beginner, moderate and intermediate trek; a family bike ride and a run then follow up with a trails day fair in the afternoon. Stop by the Tahoe National Forest headquarters on Coyote Street in Nevada City for a fun afternoon of family activities, food, beverages, live music and more. This is a free event and a great opportunity to get familiar with all the local trails and trail groups in our region.

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Day’s Schedule

Morning Trail Outings start at 8 a.m.

Depart at 8 a.m. – Missouri Creek to Poorman Creek led by Hank Meals – Challenging (10 miles)

Join Author/ Archeologist Hank Meals on this hike along one of the best and most remote stretches of the South Yuba River. Participants will descend 1.5 miles of Missouri Creek Canyon and then hike about 8 miles upstream on the South Yuba Trail. Most of the trail is on a north facing slope in a mixed conifer forest above the river with beautiful views a few places with easy access to the water. On the way, hikers will cross Missouri Creek, Eastern Creek, Logan Creek, Union Creek and McKilligan Creek. The canyon is a cultural landscape with stories about historical land use patterns evident in the landforms. Mostly the trail undulates but has one 600 foot climb. Anticipate at least five hours on the trail.

This hike requires pre-registration by contacting

9 a.m. – Cultural and Botanical Walk on the Tribute Trail with Nevada City Rancheria, Nisenan Tribe and Sierra Streams Institute

Join Secretary Shelly Covert of the Nevada City Rancheria, Nisenan Tribe and Sierra Streams Institute’s Restoration Ecologist Ori Chafe for this walk along the newest segment of the Tribute Trail. Shelly will tell the story of the area Nisenan and Ori will identify native plants growing along the trails edge. You won’t want to miss this morning walking exploring the beauty of the woods surrounding Deer Creek, just a short distance from downtown Nevada City.

9:30 a.m. Family Hike on the Hirschman Trail with FREED and Sierra Club – Bring the whole family for this kid-friendly, all ability level exploration of Nevada City’s Hirschman Trail. Join Justin Harford of FREED and naturalist Richard Thomas of Sierra Club as we learn the flora and fauna of this popular trail. Kids – we’ll have a nature hunt just for you! Thomas is a longtime resident of the area and will bring his scope for viewing wildlife, such as the resident Western Pond turtles, at the pond. Bring your camera and sketch book. This is a wheelchair, limited mobility accessible trail to the pond (.8 mile round trip). Those who want to go further, will have that option, too.

Individuals can park at the trailhead or Rood Center. This trail can be accessed by Gold Country Stage by taking Route 1, dropping off at the Rood Center at 9:25 a.m. For more information on Gold Country Stage services and schedules go to or call (530) 477-0103. Qualified individuals can also use Gold country LIFT for door to trail-head services by calling (530) 271-7433. For more information about this hike contact FREED at (530) 477-3333 phone or (530) 477-8194 TTY.

9 a.m. Family Mountain Bike Ride and Clinic - Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC) guide Ellen Lapham will lead this one-hour, six-mile ride designed for families. On this scenic and informational ride families will learn about safety and cycling etiquette, rules of the road and tips for a fun and enjoyable ride. Helmets are required.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rood Center parking lot close to Hirschman’s trail.

9 a.m. Scotts Flat Lake Run – Join Cross Country coaches Sara Freitas and Angie Marino for this moderate, 5-mile trail run on the Scotts Flat Lakeside Trail. Runners can enjoy views of Scotts Flat Lake and explore lower Scotts Flat Trail while getting pointers on trail running techniques.   Runners should be comfortable with a 45-60 minute run. Meet at 9 a.m. on Pasquale Road, 3.9 miles from Red Dog and about a mile from the Cascade Shores Store.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Trails Day Fair

Speakers at 1 p.m.

Trails Coordinator Shaun Clarke, Tahoe National Forest representative, Nevada County District 5 Supervisor Richard Anderson, Ellen Lampham of BONC

Booths: Bear Yuba Land Trust, Outside Inn, Tahoe National Forest, SYRCL, Gold Country Trails Council, Sierra Club, The Sierra Fund, Friends of Spenceville, BONC & YBONC, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Forest Trails Alliance, Pacific Crest Trails Association, Trkač Running Store, Mountain Recreation, South Yuba River Parks Association

Food Vendors: Musa Musa

Land Trust Watering Hole: BYLT will sell micro-brew beer from Three Forks Brewing Company and electric lemonade – Free drink voucher for every hiker! Kids can peddle the fender blender and blend their own icy lemonade.

Band: Old Time American Music with Ragged but Right

Activities: Maps and book sales, bicycle repairs with Seven Hills Bicycle Recycle Project, equipment demos, Trail Building Volunteer sign ups, Map Reading, Back country basics, Fender Blender, Learn about summer hiking and outdoor opportunities, Meet the Birds of Wildlife Rehab and Release, Meet Smokey Bear and more!

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Local Heroes’ Memorial Bridge Tour May 25

On Monday, May 25th, the Friends of Nevada County Military will host the Fourth Annual Local Heroes’ Memorial Bridge Tours. Commemorating most—but not all– of our local fallen heroes are memorial plaques located on bridges throughout the greater Grass Valley and Nevada City area. A Memorial Bridge map showing the plaque locations and brief soldier biographies will be available at the Friends of Nevada County Military website,

To participate in the tours or volunteer to be a plaque docent, please contact one of the following organizers: Pat Nelson (477-8480), Catherine Ione-Perkins (906-3668), Louise Bock (913-8969) or Joyce Yaksick (615-1920).

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Help Sponsor the 4th of July Celebration

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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 Grass Valley this year. The western Nevada County community loves the hometown parade and fireworks and we want to continue to present a great show. The Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band will be at this year’s parade which will add a lot of fun and frivolity to the 4th of July celebration.

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, the Fire Marshal’s time, Fireworks, 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 review the attached information and return the form to the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce office by May 1, 2015.

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

Sincerely yours,

4th of July Committee

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce
Grass Valley Downtown Association

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“Fortune” Theater by the Book Jun 3

Theater by the Book Continues…

by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by Robert Thomas
With Monica McKey and Stephen Wellman

Wednesday June 3

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Doors open at 7:00 PM; Reading Begins at 7:30 PM
$10 Suggested Donation at the door to cover costs

Tickets are also available in advance online at and in person at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley. Cash bar; refreshments available for purchase.

Our Theater by the Book informal play reading series is now its third year!

In collaboration with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Sierra Stages presents monthly play readings during the spring and fall of each year. The plays range from classics to little-known (and original) works, and include dramas, comedies and musicals. Please join us and discover these theatrical treasures and experience the wide range of theatrical talents we have in our community. There is a $10 suggested donation to help cover costs, with net proceeds going to the Miners Foundry and Sierra Stages to assist in carrying out their charitable missions.

Fortune-MonicaHope, it seems, has abandoned the melancholy Maude, a lonely storefront psychic who hides her emotional fragility, literally and figuratively, behind a veil. Her clients never see her face. The last in a long line of female fortunetellers, all with a reputation for never being wrong, Maude has reluctantly accepted that love is not in the cards for her.

Having given up on love, Maude has grown surly, fed up with looking into other people’s futures, impatient that those with more promising fates have wasted their time worrying about petty details instead of living the fullness of their lives. Fate is something that the cynical Maude very much believes in.Fortune-Stephen

Her life changes when she takes a new client, Jeremy, a despondent accountant who is hungry for evidence that somewhere in the world there is a woman who could love him. An awkward, geeky sort of guy, Jeremy is not the type to attract a lot of attention from the opposite sex, and his visit to Maude is clearly the poor fellow’s last grab at hope, a desperate attempt to find a reason not to kill himself.


YPN Mix & Mingle May 27

YPN “Mix & Mingle” event next week, Wednesday, May 27th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at 151 Union Square.

Union Square will be offering limited wine specials for all YPN Guests, so be sure to get a name tag when you get there!

Also, REMEMBER that everybody is welcome to our “Mix & Mingle” events (you do not have to be a member of the Association of REALTORS).  So, invite your colleagues!

See you all there,

Amelia Barrett (Co-Chair YPN), Sachi Borman (Co-Chair YPN), & Heather Coffee (Mixer Rep)


Yoga Event at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jun 5 & 6

Harmony Ridge Lodge and Life Styles of Light presents:

A Longevity and Yoga Open House
June 5th and 6th 2015

Dear Friends,

We are inviting you to come visit and enjoy our beautiful Lodge and grounds. We are offering several Yoga classes, Longevity Practices and Sciences classes, participatory sound healing experiences, and a special Kirtan concert held by Orenda Blue Friday night. We are offering this event at a very affordable rate, you can buy a weekend pass or pick and choose individual events.

Eight luxury suites at a rate of $150 a night, we invite you to enjoy a retreat style weekend at our lovely estate. These are our only weekend nights available until Halloween weekend!

We will have a special Kirtan concert with Orenda Blu outside on our new dance floor, Friday at 7:30pm. This will be a special evening not to be missed. We will have chairs and benches, but also encourage you to bring any warmth or comfort items you may need. We will move inside if the weather turns.

Our Friday events will start off with Jeffrey Williams at 6:30 PM leading us through a discussion about the Lifestyles of Longevity which will include movement, breath work and sound.

7:30 PM is when the Orenda Blu concert begins, with tickets for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Please arrive early and dress for the weather.

Saturday is full of fun, inspiring, and revitalizing classes. At 9:00 AM we start off with a movement introduction that leads into a class of Kundalini Yoga with Jeffrey Williams. At 11:00 AM there will be an EDGU class (Evolutionary Spinal Maintenance Movement Meditation). For lunchtime at 12:00 PM, Jeffrey Williams teaches a Longevity Eating class with life food, meal included. 1:30 PM is a Forrest Yoga class with Evan & Swirl. At 4:00 we reconvene with Jeffrey for a Breathing Works class. 5:30 PM is the time to open up your voices and your hearts for a beautiful Sound Healing class. After the Sound Healing class we end this relaxing day with an open sharing, song circle, and tea time.

It is $75 for all classes including the Kirtan with Orenda Blue, but if you want to only attend these classes it is $65. For those who want to pick and choose it is $15 per class and $25 for two classes.

The more classes that are booked, the more yoga classes that we will add, so please buy tickets now!

We are located approx. 1 mile PAST Harmony Ridge Camping Resort, just past the Old 5 Mile House, our driveway is in front of the Tahoe National Forest Sign.

We look forward to seeing you at the lodge!

Joanna ‘Anu’ Welfley • 530-478-0812

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Save the Date – Grand Fiddlers Rally Jun 27

Sierra Fiddle Camp and The Center for the Arts present

Alasdair Fraser’s 10th Annual
Grand Fiddlers Rally

Saturday, June 27 • 8:00PM

General Admission:  $23 members, $25 non-member/$10 children 12 and under
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Preferred Seating & Reserved Parking – $33 members, $35 non-member
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp will celebrate the fiddle music of Scotland and the World in Grass Valley at Veterans Memorial Auditorium with their eighth annual Fiddle Camp concert.  Over 200 musicians, singers and dancers ranging in age from 5 to 85 will join Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and the world-class faculty of camp instructors to celebrate with a week of intensive study and revelry.

“Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced; [his] name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance which is transforming the Scottish musical scene.” —Scots Magazine

This year’s Grand Fiddle Rally combines the music of Scotland and the World with special guests, Begoñia Riobó (Galicia), Jeremy Kittel (USA).

Renowned performer and master teacher of the rich fiddling tradition of Scotland, Alasdair Fraser inspires to higher and deeper levels of self-expression within an embracing community of listeners, learners and like-minded folk. The variety and expressivity of Alasdair’s playing is evident in his numerous recordings—from intimate fiddle/guitar duets, to a more contemporary interpretation of tradition, to high energy original tunes with his Skyedance band. Recent, highly acclaimed albums include “Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vols. 1 and 2,” and “Fire and Grace, ” which was named Scots Trad Album of the Year for 2004, “In the Moment” and most recently, “Highlanders Farewell.”.

Begoñia Riobó is currently one of the most renowned violinists in Galician music. She has an outstanding musical career, has played with Carlos Núñez, Anxo Lorenzo, Susana Seivane, and Sondeseu, amongst others, and is now the first Galician Folk violinist to lead her own band. “Riobó” is the name of Begoña’s group and also the title of the first album, characterised by the virtuosity of the musicians when arranging and interpreting traditional Galician melodies, being faithful to their origins. Thus, each concert is a journey of sensations during which both the deep cultural roots and present day performance formulas live side by side.

Jeremy Kittel has earned a reputation as one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation. With tremendous musicality; a rare and deep mastery of styles as diverse as jazz, Scottish and Irish fiddle, bluegrass, classical music, and more; a unique compositional voice, and an “exhilarating stage presence” (Strings Magazine), Kittel inspires listeners and fans worldwide through his solo work and collaborations. Committed to nurturing future generations of musicians, he is a passionate clinician and educator and regularly teaches at programs such as Belmont Strings Crossings, International Music Academy of Pilsen, Mark O’Connor Strings Conference, Swannanoa Gathering, and schools and universities worldwide.


Alasdair Fraser ▪ Begoñia Riobó ▪ Jeremy Kittel • Hanneke Cassel ▪ Deby Grosjean ▪ Laura Risk • Janette Duncan ▪ Ethan Lewis

GUITAR/BOUZOUKI – Quinn Bachand ▪ Xosiño Liz

MANDOLIN – Joshua Pinkham

CELLO – Natalie Haas ▪ Joel Cohen ▪ Erin Esses • Alex McVicar Wilson Jr.

DANC – Jas Dziewanowski

RHYTHM/SONG/DANCE – Chisco (Xavier Feijoó)

PIANO – Neil Pearlman



CEILIDH DANCE GURUS – Galen Fraser • Elias Alexander

Presented with support from Strings Concerts 


DC Solar Electric Presentation May 28


Come spend an evening with Nevada County’s Best Kept Secret!!

DC Solar Electric, a Len Stevens Family Company,  cordially invites you to learn about Solar at Pilot Peak Winery!  We are a Solar World (American made)Authorized Dealer with several years construction and electrical expertise.

Enjoy light appetizers and refreshments on us and learn how to take advantage of the Federal Tax Credit before it expires in 2016,  as well as how to save money on your PG&E bill! Please bring a friend!

DC Solar Electric- Quality, Integrity, Real Value
When: Thursday, May 28st, 6:00 pm to7:30 pm
Where: 12888 Spenceville Rd. Penn Valley, CA 95946
RSVP by May 23rd : 530-432-8114


United Way’s Day of Action Jun 18

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United Way’s 7th Annual “DAY OF ACTION”
June 18th, 2015

United Way of Nevada County (UWNC) is in the planning phase for their upcoming “Day of Action.” This is a national day of service for United Ways throughout the world; a day to positively change communities. This year, United Way of Nevada County’s “Day of Action” will be held on June 18th, in order to take advantage of the longer days. This day of giving back to the community will be a fun and rewarding event for all of the individuals involved. Many projects will be accomplished on this day of collaboration. Projects such as painting, gardening, weeding, organizing, and filing are just an example of the different projects that nonprofits need help with.

People from all parts of the community will come together to help the non-profit organizations that work so hard all year round to help the people who need it most. Individual volunteers are always welcome to join the fun and help the community during this “Day of Action.” Megan Timpany, Executive Director of UWNC, said “We look forward to working with the volunteers that will be participating in the 7th Annual ‘Day of Action.” UWNC envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through healthy lives, education and income stability. United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

If you work for a nonprofit or businesses and would like to get involved, please call 274-8111 or email .

Bike Nevada County – May 1 to June 21

Bike Nevada County Kicks Off May 1st, 2015
14 pro, amateur and family events in May & June

- Over 3,000 road cyclists and mountain bikers expected -

NEVADA CITY, CA – The dust begins to fly in Nevada County on Friday, May 1st, as local 10-14 year-olds compete in the Miners Dirt Series cross-country bike race at Lyman Gilmore School, creating a high energy start to the first Bike Nevada County celebration — 51 days of pro, amateur and family bicycling events for over 3,000 participants from around California and the western United States.

In addition to the Miners Dirt Series, other Bike Nevada County events sanctioned by USA Cycling include Stage 2 of The Amgen Tour of California, The Folsom Historic Criterium, and The Nevada City Bicycle Classic. Events for recreational riders include local observation of National Bike to Work week, The Union’s Community Bike Ride, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Endurance Ride. For a complete calendar of Bike Nevada County events, visit

A study by Colorado-based PeopleForBikes shows that 103.7 million Americans rode a bike at least once in 2014, comprising 34% of the population. California data acquired by Bike Nevada County organizers shows that Nevada County ranks first in the state for youth participation in bicycling.

“This is a bicycling dreamland,” says Bike Nevada County spokesman, Lex Matteini. “Nevada County has two of America’s most prestigious European-style races, state-of-the-art mountain bike freestyle and BMX facilities, country roads along farms and orchards, and a vast, old-growth national forest rising up into the Sierra.”

Matteini, himself a former New York City bike messenger and the father of a mountain bike downhill racer attending Nevada Union High School, is proud of Bike Nevada County’s promotion of safety.   Organizers have included several bicycling safety tips in event materials, with a Keeping Kids Safe Festival scheduled for May 9th at the Kiwanis Beam Easy Living Center. “The bicycling culture in Nevada County is very supportive of safely advancing through every level of participation.”

According to California Office of Traffic Safety data for 58 counties, Nevada County has the 53rd highest rate of collisions involving bicyclists under 15, and the 45th highest for bicyclists of all ages.

The Sierra Express Bicycle Club (SEBC), which on May 7th is leading a recreational “Ride the Amgen Tour of California Route,” recently organized a series of “Sierra Lite” rides as part of its membership activities. The rides were created as an alternative for SEBC members and non-members who expressed a desire for a slower pace, where they could meet other cyclists with similar cycling interests and skills.

For 7-17 year olds interested in developing BMX and MTB (mountain bike) freestyle skills at various ability levels, Woodward Tahoe in eastern Nevada County operates 8 weeks of co-ed residential summer camps, taught by visiting pros who emphasize gaining confidence and skills in a safely structured and supervised environment.

Nevada County is also home to the High Fives Foundation, a pioneering non-profit whose mission is to serve “all athletes living an active mountain action sports lifestyle.” The Foundation supports the aspirations of mountain action sports participants by raising injury prevention awareness, and has recently expanded its mission to include mountain biking and other summer sports activities.

“Nevada County really plays an exemplary role in getting people healthy and keeping them safe through participation in active outdoor sports,” says Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey, “and that’s what Bike Nevada County is all about.” Whittlesey points to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study that ranks Nevada County in California’s top quintile for overall health and well-being, with especially low rates of obesity and “poor mental health days.”

Bike Nevada County ends on Father’s Day, June 21st, with one of the most prestigious and physically demanding bicycling events in the nation – the notoriously grueling Nevada City Classic. The Classic, now in its 55th year, has been won by three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, two-time U.S. national champion Levi Leipheimer, and Alexi Grewal, the first man to win Olympic gold for the USA.

The Union, Dignity Health, Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, Full Spectrum Marketing

Bike Nevada County, the first in a series of annual road cycling and MTB celebrations

May 1st, 2015 – June 21st, 2015 (check local events calendars)

Nevada City, Grass Valley, and surrounding areas

“Elevating the sport of cycling” — emphasis on variety, inclusiveness, sportsmanship, safety, and natural beauty.

Nevada City’s New 30-Second TV Commercial

One of the benefits of being on the Amgen Tour of California is a 30-second National NBC spot aired during the race.

Here is the commercial the Chamber pulled together for the big event:

A huge thanks to Ishaan Reyna for generously letting the Chamber use the music and video footage from his new song “I Won’t Give Up“. Be sure to watch it on YouTube, and follow him on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

Another big thanks to Greg Whatley of Mountain Event Productions for the countless hours of editing to get the commercial just right.