ol’ Republic Brewery wins Best of Show at State Fair 2016

(Sacramento, CA) Winners have been announced for the 2016 California Commercial Beer Competition. With the help of 45 volunteers, 112 judges tasted 1,204 beers submitted by brew masters from across the state. Judging took place June 9 – 12 and named top beers in 35 categories and also Best of Show.

The California Commercial Beer Competition recognizes the best brew masters in California. Only beers brewed and available for sale in California were judged in the competition. Beers are evaluated in numerous different classes and judged based on taste, color and quality.

Many of the top beers will also be featured at the Best of CA Brewfest on Saturday, July 16.

On the last day of judging, the best beers from each category were judged by three nationally-ranked Beer Judge Certification Program judges and two additional brewers. This panel of five selected the Best of Show winner.

BEST OF SHOW
ol’ Republic Brewery
Dead Canary
Dortmunder Export
Nevada City

BREWERY OF THE YEAR
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company
Central Coast

A complete list of award-winning beers can be found here.

The California State Fair will recognize the top award winners at a special press event on the steps of the State Capitol on June 23 at 10 a.m., along with the Best of Show winners from the Fair’s other well-respected commercial cheese, commercial wine, and extra virgin olive oil competitions. The Best of Show winner is invited to pour their award-winning beer at a special invitation only Best of California tasting reception prior to the annual California State Fair Gala the evening of June 23 at 5:30 p.m.

About the California State Fair
For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of the Golden State. Cal Expo was dedicated as a place to celebrate California’s achievements, industries, agriculture, diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the State’s future. The 2016 California State Fair will take place July 8-24. Advanced ticket pricing starts at $6 for children, $8 for seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets are available at CAStateFair.org/tickets.

Sierra Stages presents “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS”

Sierra Stages’ 2016 season continues with
“LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” this summer in Nevada City

What: Sierra Stages presents “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS”
When: July 14 – August 6, 2016
Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM
Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
Information: www.SierraStages.org
530-346-3210
Sierra Stages continues its 2016 season with the devilishly delightful hit musical “Little Shop of
Horrors” at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City this summer from July 14 through
August 6. “Little Shop of Horrors” is one of the most popular musicals of all time—the show
debuted off-Broadway in 1982 and ran for five years, was made into a popular and memorable
film (starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin) in 1986, premiered on Broadway in 2003, and has
received thousands of professional and amateur productions over the past 35 years. The Sierra
Stages production is directed by Robert Rossman, with musical direction by Ken Getz. The set
and lighting design is by Erin Beatie and costume design is by Jill Kelly. The cast includes Nevada
County actors Jay Barker, Audrey Delgado, Nancy Haffey, Jackie Kolenko, JR Lewis, Ken Miele,
Tracy Nickle, Conor Nolan, and Kim Wellman.
Over the past several years, Sierra Stages has presented a broad range of plays and musicals,
including a popular summer show (usually a musical) at the historic Nevada Theatre. Said Sierra
Stages board member Peter Mason, “We thought long and hard about an appropriate follow-up
to last summer’s sold-out production of ‘The Producers’ and decided almost immediately to do
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ when it was suggested by one of our board members.”
“Little Shop of Horrors” is popular because it is so fun to put together and so entertaining to
watch as an audience member. The music by Alan Menken is an amalgam of Broadway and 60s
rock and roll, with clever twists and turns; and the lyrics by Howard Ashman are straight
forward and accessible. The story is engaging as Seymour, a down-and-out floral assistant who
longs to get the girl of his dreams and escape life on skid row, becomes an overnight sensation
when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving that offers him fame and fortune in
exchange for feeding its growing appetite.
“As a bonus, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ fits in with and complements the other plays and musicals
we are presenting this year,” said Mason. “Our eighth season leans a bit to the serious side:
This spring, we presented ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ (a dark comedy) and ‘The Last Five Years’
(a musical which chronicles the relationship between two individuals who are not in sync), and
this fall we are presenting ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ (a comedy which opens with a dead man
sitting in a café). ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is certainly the least serious of all these shows – on the
surface it is a totally enjoyable, entertaining, popular musical comedy that makes fun of 1950’s
America (including its B-movie horror and science fiction films), while underneath there lurks a
strong morality tale about the consequences of giving into temptation.”
Performances of “Little Shop of Horrors” begin on July 14 and continue through August 6 on
Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. The first two
performances on July 14 and 15 are lower-priced “previews” with $15 General Admission. For
all other performances, General Admission is $28. For audience members who prefer to select
specific seat locations in advance, $35 Reserved Seating is available for all performances.
General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets may be purchased online at
www.SierraStages.org with no fees of any kind. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Sierra
Stages at 530.346.3210 and at the door beginning one hour before each performance (subject
to availability). $15 Student Rush tickets are also available at the door beginning ½ hour before
each performance (subject to availability) for students age 25 and under with a valid student ID.
Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County
with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone.
Since it began in 2008, Sierra Stages has presented 28 plays and musicals and has been
recognized by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with six Elly Awards and 53 Elly
Award nominations. The annual Elly Awards honor outstanding achievements of community
theatres and artists in the greater Sacramento area. For more information about Sierra Stages,
visit www.SierraStages.org.

Inn Town Campground Opens in Nevada City July 1, 2016

The Inn Town Campground is excited to open on July 1st. After nearly 3 years of work Erin & Dan Thiem, owners of the Outside Inn, are excited to offer downtown Nevada City a fully serviced campground, complete with pitch your own tent sites, RV hook ups and glamping tents. The 15 acre property, next door the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Museum, offers a forested camping experience, with close proximity to downtown Nevada City. So whether you’re looking for a staycation or have friends from out of the area, the Inn Town Campground is excited to offer an alternative accommodation options to visitors to Nevada City. Prices from range from $45-$100/night. Communal building, camp store, living room and community kitchen, bathrooms with showers, laundry room, outdoor communal fire pit and more. Bring the kids, the dogs and come camping.  For more information

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Nevada City Uncorked Announces New Venues for 2016

A Wine, Food, and Historical Experience

Nevada City Uncorked Announces New Venues

Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Nevada City Uncorked, a celebration of wine and food, takes place on August 27 in downtown Nevada City. Nevada City’s small-town Victorian charm is the perfect backdrop to showcase Nevada City Uncorked. Uncorked, a celebration of wine and food, is a walk-about-town style format featuring 20 venues throughout the downtown area.

Nevada City Uncorked opens the doors to unique, historic, and hidden spots around town. Each venue, whether it is B&B or Inn, art gallery, retail shop, restaurant, winery, or brewery will include wine or beer tasting and food sampling.

This year Uncorked is happy to announce three new venues, two art galleries and the iconic Stonehouse to the list of this year’s venues.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery (www.leeannbrookfineart.com) is located at the corner of Spring and Pine Streets. It is an artist-owned gallery and working studio featuring contemporary paintings by LeeAnn Brook, sculpted wood vessels by Mike Snegg, ceramics, hand blown glass, sculpture and jewelry, in a curated setting with Japanese antiques. During Uncorked the gallery will host Nevada City’s newest winery, Woodcut Winery.

The Alexander Gallery (www.thealexandergallery.net), located at 225 Broad Street, exhibits a selection of contemporary art from well-established artists, sourced locally, regionally, and from across the country. Their historic 1870’s building is a perfect backdrop for a modern interior featuring contemporary art in a welcoming artistic environment. During Uncorked The Alexander Gallery will host Bent Metal Winery pouring their award winning wines. Caramelized Catering will be offering their delicious foods.

The addition of The Stonehouse, located at the base of Broad Street, continues to vitalize the old plaza. The Stonehouse, with it’s amazing historical charm, joins Lefty’s Restaurant and the cool and shady back deck of Century 21 Reality as venues making the Plaza the go-to place during Uncorked this year.

Now under new ownership, The Stone House provides an exceptional venue and dining experience that delivers a beautiful setting for weddings, conferences, gatherings, and music. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, small bites, brunch, dinner or just stop in for an espresso!

Nevada City Uncorked is collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the local Sierra Vintners Winery Association. Tickets are $35 in advance, $30 for Wine Club Members of participating wineries, and $45 on the day of the event. Wine Club members get the code for discount tickets from your wine club winery.

Click on www.nevadacitychamber.com for event information, a list of all participants, and to purchase in-person tickets. To purchase tickets online click www.sierravintners.com.

The Children’s Festival

The Children’s Festival is a one-day Renaissance Faire for children of all ages. It will be held in Pioneer Park on Friday, July 15th. This year’s festival will include over twenty arts and crafts tables, strolling minstrels, face-painters, a bridge-guarding troll, sword dancing, juggling, medieval fencing, Queen Elizabeth, Pepper the Witch, Pirate School, and Claude – the life-sized mechanical dragon. Children of all ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged!

There are two sessions: from 9am – noon and from 5pm – 8pm. There is a $3 charge per session. Refreshments will be available for purchase. There will be re-usable tote bags available to the first 500 attendees at each session for a suggested donation of $1 – or you can bring your own bag to take home all of the wonderful things you will make at the festival. The Children’s Festival is sponsored by the Nevada City Rotary Club.  For more information, contact info@thechildrensfestival.com, or visit our website 

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NC Ribbon Cutting – Inn Town Campground Thursday, June 30th

Join us on Thursday, June 28th at Noon for the new In Town Campground located at 9 Kidder Court.

The Inn Town Campground is excited to open on July 1st. After nearly 3 years of work Erin & Dan Thiem, owners of the Outside Inn, are excited to offer downtown Nevada City a fully serviced campground, complete with pitch your own tent sites, RV hook ups and glamping tents. The 15 acre property, next door the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Museum, offers a forested camping experience, with close proximity to downtown Nevada City. So whether you’re looking for a staycation or have friends from out of the area, the Inn Town Campground is excited to offer an alternative accommodation options to visitors to Nevada City. Prices from range from $45-$100/night. Communal building, camp store, living room and community kitchen, bathrooms with showers, laundry room, outdoor communal fire pit and more. Bring the kids, the dogs and come camping.

Help Beautify Robinson Plaza!

Three beautiful local artisan-crafted table and chair units, adorned with colorful umbrellas, were recently commissioned for Nevada City’s Robinson Plaza. To offset the cost of these new community assets, please join the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce in participating in this GoFundMe campaign.

Robinson Plaza

ALEXANDER ROSSI NOMINATED FOR 2016 ESPY AWARD

Andretti-Herta Autosport rookie, Alexander Rossi has been nominated for the 2016 ESPY award “Best Driver” for his fuel-saving victory at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Rossi, a California-native, was also awarded the Fastest Rookie and Rookie of the Year honors for the 2016 Indianapolis 500. The 24-year-old became only the 10th rookie ever to win the 500-mile race in its history; the first since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and the first American rookie since Louis Meyer in 1928.

“It is such a huge honor to be nominated for Best Driver at the ESPYS this year,” Alexander Rossi, driver of the No. 98 Honda powered Verizon IndyCar Series entry said. “It will be a pleasure to spend an evening with such an exceptional group of athletes who have all accomplished something pretty incredible. I very much look forward to being able to represent and share my passion for the Verizon IndyCar Series next month.”

Alexander Rossi is the second driver from the Andretti Autosport stable to be nominated for an ESPY award in the last four years. Rossi’s teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay, took home “Best Driver” honors with both his nominations in 2013 and 2014.

Place your vote for Alexander Rossi by visiting ESPYS.com until July 13, and be sure to tune in to ABC Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m. ET to see if the rookie will being home his first-ever ESPY victory.

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Uncorked in Nevada City – Announcing New Venues for 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Nevada City Uncorked, a celebration of wine and food, takes place on August 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in downtown Nevada City.

Nevada City’s small-town Victorian charm is the perfect backdrop to showcase Nevada City Uncorked. Uncorked, a celebration of wine and food, is a walk-about-town style format featuring 20 venues throughout the downtown area.

Nevada City Uncorked opens the doors to unique, historic, and hidden spots around town. Each venue, whether it is B&B or Inn, art gallery, retail shop, restaurant, winery, or brewery will include wine or beer tasting and food sampling.

This year Uncorked is happy to announce three new venues, two art galleries and the iconic Stonehouse to the list of this year’s venues.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery (www.leeannbrookfineart.com) is located at the corner of Spring and Pine Streets. It is an artist-owned gallery and working studio featuring contemporary paintings by LeeAnn Brook, sculpted wood vessels by Mike Snegg, ceramics, hand blown glass, sculpture and jewelry, in a curated setting with Japanese antiques. During Uncorked the gallery will host Nevada City’s newest winery, Woodcut Winery.

The Alexander Gallery (www.thealexandergallery.net), located at 225 Broad Street, exhibits a selection of contemporary art from well-established artists, sourced locally, regionally, and from across the country. Their historic 1870’s building is a perfect backdrop for a modern interior featuring contemporary art in a welcoming artistic environment. During Uncorked The Alexander Gallery will host Bent Metal Winery pouring their award winning wines. Caramelized Catering will be offering their delicious foods.

The addition of The Stonehouse, located at the base of Broad Street, continues to vitalize the old plaza. The Stonehouse, with it’s amazing historical charm, joins Lefty’s Restaurant and the cool and shady back deck of Century 21 Reality as venues making the Plaza the go-to place during Uncorked this year. Now under new ownership, The Stone House provides an exceptional venue and dining experience that delivers a beautiful setting for weddings, conferences, gatherings, and music. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, small bites, brunch, dinner or just stop in for an espresso!

Nevada City Uncorked is a collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the local Sierra Vintners Winery Association. Tickets are $35 in advance, $30 for Wine Club Members of participating wineries, and $45 on the day of the event. Wine Club members get the code for discount tickets from your wine club winery.

Click on www.nevadacitychamber.com for event information, a list of all participants, and to purchase in-person tickets. To purchase tickets online click www.sierravintners.com.

June at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

Lots of new work in the gallery this summer! Having my studio as part of the gallery allows me to bring my newest paintings out for sale on a regular basis.

In addition, we feature some of the best contemporary nature-inspired art in the area. With many new sculptural wooden vessels by Mike Snegg, we also feature the work of several ceramicists, glass blowers, sculptors, furniture makers and jewelers. And last but not least, an exciting collection of Japanese antiques.

Featured Artist Virginia Ray
Through June 30, 2016

When I first saw the whimsical yet contemplative assemblage pieces by Virginia Ray (see below), it was love at first sight. The unique wall pieces bring an edgy elegance, drawing the viewer in to see what found objects make up some of her pieces…vintage baking tins, buttons, kitchen utensils, stones, knobs and well, whatever catches her fancy. You have to see them in person to appreciate the craftsmanship!

Please stop by Thursday – Sunday, noon to 5 pm
300 Spring St. in downtown historic Nevada City.

To learn more about what’s happening at the gallery read LeeAnn’s Summer Newsletter.

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“Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails” Book Release with Julie Carville

June 20, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Stewardship Program Manager Erin Tarr for this visit to Sequoya Challenge Preserve on the Independence Trail originally created by Naturalist John Olmsted.  BYLT works with California State Parks on the upkeep of this popular trail, the nation’s first wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail known for its Gold Rush era wooden flumes with Rush Creek and South Yuba River views. Part of a monthly series, Tarr will share the projects and plans for each unique property during this community outings.
WHAT: Book Release with wildflower author Julie Carville
WHERE: Lucchesi Wine Tasting Room, 128 Mill Street, Grass Valley

COST: Free – Reservations NOT required – Seating is limited (wine not included)

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for this long anticipated event – the release of Julie Carville’s new guidebook, “Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails.”

Julie will share stories about high elevation wildflowers and give an overview of when and where to find the best wildflower displays in the Tahoe region and Grouse Ridge area. The book includes: a Flowers by Color section for easy flower identification, a tree guide, Native American plant knowledge, hikes for all ages and abilities, and is illustrated with 870 color photos. The book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Julie Carville is one of the Land Trust’s most popular trek leaders, and the book reflects her warm and personal style. Julie Carville was the 2014 recipient of BYLT’s John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

For questions, please contact Melony Vance at (530) 272-5994 x200 or melony@bylt.org.

 

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum Visit

A big thanks to Madelyn Helling and NCNGRR Museum volunteers!  On June 9th the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers were treated to a wonderful afternoon at the Railroad Museum.  First we rode on the newly restored railbus, quite an adventure, now running on Saturdays through the end of the season, October 29th.  Next was a wonderful tour of the museum by a very knowledgeable docent.   For all the information on the Railroad Museum, go to:

http://www.ncngrrmuseum.org/railbus-schedule.html

Nevada County Citizen’s Academy – Sign up now!

Citizen’s Academy will provide community members with a complete knowledge base of County departments, their functions, objectives, and day-to-day tasks.  Participants will learn government relations, such as, how Public Health, Social Services, Behavioral Health, Child Support, Probation, and Public Defender work together to provide critical safety net services to those most in need.  Participants will also get the opportunity to tour off-site County departments including the Airport, Brighton Greens, Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, and Probation.  In addition to becoming familiar with all County locations, the selected applicants get to see some of the services our County departments provide firsthand through activities like participating in a County finance game or learning how properties are assessed and taxed.  Citizen’s Academy will foster a person’s knowledge and understanding of the County departments and operations that serve our vibrant community.
Highlights of 10 Week Sessions
Network with key players in different departments of County Government
Become familiar with all County facilities and locations.
Learn about innovative approaches to delivery of County services
Gain knowledge about emergency procedures and communications.
Experience a day in the life of a citizen receiving public assistance
Learn about the Court system and a day in the life of a Public Defender, District Attorney, and Probation Officer
Application Details
Apply no later than June 27th
Applicants will be selected by July 29th
10 weekly sessions (excluding holidays) from August – November
Apply online at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QQ65QDC

Pioneer Park Picnic Pops

Musical Safari – June 26th 5:00 – 7:oo pm

Lions, elephants, wolves… Yukon, Amazon, Africa… adventure by tall ship, caravan, or even dreaming! With the theme “Musical Safari,” this family-friendly outdoor concert will enchant with music depicting animals, locations, and adventure.

The 65-member Nevada County Concert Band always puts on a great show. You’ll hear John William’s movie themes from “Hook,” “Harry Potter,” “E.T.,” and “Indiana Jones.” And we’ll visit Camille Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” too. Jerry Foote Scholarship recipient Rebekah Shuholm will perform Leroy Anderson’s “A Trumpeter’s Lullaby.” Three of the band’s ensembles will perform songs about a frog, a crocodile, and a bass (and we’re not talking fish here). Music details are here.

Come to Pioneer Park early to enjoy your picnic dinner on the grass, or treat yourself with goodies from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. Bring your family and friends! Arrive a half-hour early, and we’ll show you how to lead the audience participation moment(s).

Our family-oriented concerts are always free, accessible, and great for all ages. Non-profit donations are accepted.

Center for the Arts Summer Camps for Kids: Circus Camp; Teen Writing Matters; Teen Songwriting & Performance Skills; Acting & Musical Theater

Circus Camp, The Art of Silliness (mornings) & Aerial Circus (afternoons)
Monday-Friday  9:00AM to 3:00PM
$250 member, $275 non-member
Age 8 to 14  Class Limit 15

June 27-July 1  This session SOLD OUT!
July 11-15  Still available
Aug 1-5  Still available

The Art of Silliness 9:00am – 12pm
Discover the Circus and your inner clown with Izzi Tooinsky.  Students explore creative expression through comedy, clowning, juggling, hooping, and stilt walking

Izzi Tookinsky is an award winning juggler, storyteller, comedian and author. He mixes wisdom and fun, intelligence and humor, laughter and education and presents at schools, festivals, and corporate events worldwide. He has written two books The Turkey Prince and Juggling Without Struggling, and published work in magazines and newspapers in America and Australia.
Aerial Circus 1pm – 3:00pm

AirAligned’s Tresa Honaker, Joe Simms, Marni Marshall, Sophie Wingerd and Cassie McAlister will teach tricks and skills on Aerial Trapeze, Aerial silks and Aerial hoops.
Fly, climb, and swing in AirAligned’s Aerial Circus 2016

Tresa Honaker is one of the founding members of The Movement Alliance and Founder and Artistic Director of AirAligned aerial dance group and AirAligned Academy. Her aerial studies include Hollywood Aerial Arts, Cirque LA, Aloft, San Francisco Circus School and Trapeze Arts. Tresa directs and performs throughout the United States for corporate, private and commercial events.

Joe Simms joined The Movement Alliance in 2002 and is now a principal performer and soloist with AirAligned. Joe has a background in Martial Arts with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Jujitsu. Master classes include: Velocity in Seattle Washington, Conduit Dance Company in Portland Oregon, The Edge in Los Angeles, aerial intensives with Ingrid Hoffman L.A. and Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Joe is currently working as a body worker, aerial and Pilates instructor and is the owner of Pilates Body in Nevada City.

Marni Marshall received her B.A. in Studio Art (Art Education emphasis) with a minor in dance, from Sacramento State (2006).  It was here that she performed and worked in Faculty and student dance shows, choreographed for fellow student art and drama projects, and was an intern for the American College Dance Festival.  Marni also earned her single subject teaching credential in Art after a two year internship with Yuba City High School and Project Pipeline (2009). After high school, where she took ballet in Stockton with Dorothy Percival, Marni’s love for dance was broadened by Lovie Bucknell’s Sierra College Modern Dance class in 1998. The Glass Bead Players, and many local Nevada County teachers have also influenced her interests in dance.  Marni is fortunate to have taken summer workshops from the Joe Goode Performance Group, Anna Halprin, Stacy Printz and Scott Wells. Marni is a co-founder of The Movement Alliance Dance Theatre Company, and has also performed and trained with Air Aligned Aerial Dance Group since 2002.  Marni has taught art at Yuba City High School, Grizzly Hill, Washington Elementary, Grass Valley Charter School, Alta Sierra Elementary. Marshall currently subsitutes at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts; and is happy to wear one more hat as the House Manager for The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

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Teen Writing Matters: A Summer Writing Camp
July 18-22  One Session ONLY!
Monday – Friday, 1 to 4PM
Class limit 20, minimum 8
Students need to bring paper and pens
Minimum age: 13
$200 members, $225 non members

Will we sing campfire songs? No. Will we write similes about the smell of a campfire, or lengthy descriptions of that one camp counselor who wears knee socks and a fanny pack? Perhaps. Join Kirsten Casey for five days of writing delight: creating poetry, characters, flash fiction pieces, and more. We will write everyday from 1-4 using a variety of prompts, strengthening our attention to detail, sharing our work, and eating candy.
Kirsten Casey400Kirsten Casey is a local California Poet in the Schools, who has been teaching creative writing to students in the area for over ten years. She earned her Masters in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, and you can find her work in the anthology Yuba Flows, and her own book of poetry, Ex Vivo: Out of the Living Body. As a teen, Kirsten kept a daily journal, wrote poetry and a play, and enjoyed quoting song lyrics. She loves working with teens because she feels like a teen trapped inside of an adult, and because she never tires of hearing the fresh perspective of teen writers.

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Teen Songwrting & Performance Skills
June 27-July 1 One session only!
$200 members, $225 non-member
Monday – Friday, 1-4pm
Age 13 to 19, Class Limit 15

This songwriting class will focus on process rather than product. Not all students will write their masterpiece, but all of them will gain an appreciation for the sense of play and experimentation involved in writing lyrics and melodies.  Each student will be taught new techniques and new ways to express themselves both alone and in collaboration with other members of the class. While the art of giving and receiving friendly criticism will be emphasized, all students will be encouraged to follow their own vision. All skill levels are welcome and the ability to play an instrument is not required. A willingness and openness to sing and create, however, are essential. Our week will culminate in an open-mic style performance of new compositions for family and friends.
Instructor Thom Moore is a credentialed elementary school teacher who began writing and performing his own songs while in the fifth grade. In the thirty years since he has released several albums, mostly with his brother Greg, and the Moore Brothers have toured throughout the U.S and Europe.

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Theatre Camps: Acting & Musical Theater
$195.00 (includes all scripts and handouts)  Each session will include different scene and acting material; songs may be the same as they are the foundation of the acting program and occasionally repeat in a camp.  (bring a nutritious snack and water)

Session 2:
July 18 – 22 Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 1:00 PM
Ages 10 – 14 (Younger children,* with previous class or performance experience, or attendance to first session will be accepted with approval of instructor)
Session 3:
July 25 -29, Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 1:00 PM
Ages 8*-14  Theme camp:  “Annie saves the day” This Camp will focus on performing scenes and songs from Annie and boys are definitely a big part of this story.  (Children ages 8-9 need previous class or performance experience, or attendance to one of the previous sessions, or approval of instructor.)

Class Limit 14, Minimum 8 (for individual and quality attention)
Bring your curiosity or passion for theatre and performing and come create an original show to perform for friends and family on the last day of class. We start each day exploring the “principals of good acting and character development” thru theatre games and skill development exercises with mini-plays, skits, poetry, and Broadway songs. We throw in a bit of Improv to keep us all on our toes. We spend time each day learning music, lyrics, and choreography from Broadway musicals and movies. (No formal dance or singing training is necessary, and is always welcome) By mid week, in sessions 1 and 2, a story starts to emerge around the songs, skits, scenes, and characters we have been developing and practicing. Sometimes we adapt an original scene from a Broadway play to be part of our final show as in session 3 from the broadway musical Annie. In all sessions everyone is onstage for the entire show and has the opportunity to create, develop and sustain a believable character that is part of the story. Come PLAY with us! (The final production is at 12:30 (3:30:00 in session #1) on the last class of each camp and lasts approximately 25-30 minutes)
* Younger children with two or more years of dance or theatre training will be considered for acceptance by the instructor into all sessions if there is space.

About the Instructor: Dinah Smith (Teacher/Coach, Choreographer/Director, Actor)
With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, and a California Certificated Teacher, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer and performer on stage, in film, and on TV. She has worked professionally with community and children’s theaters throughout California and Colorado.
In April, Dinah was invited to New York University as part of the Forum on Educational Theatre to present a workshop on the creating, directing, and producing of Sonja Weissman and the Miracle Play, a highly acclaimed holiday family drama, directed by Dinah two years in a row at the Off Center Stage. The production featured 9 youth ages 8-16 in the leading and supporting roles with Four supporting adult roles. Other local directing credits include: Crossroads – 2 black Comedies, for the Fringe Festival 2016, Beyond Our Mountains, Tom Sawyer and Twelfth Night.
Locally, she has choreographed Godspell for Placer Community Theatre (PCT), Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum with Sierra Stages, 70 girls 70 for Lake Wildwood Theatre, Two separate Xmas Shows for LeGacy Productions, Home For The Holidays for Synthetic Unlimited, Wizard of Oz for YRCS (also directed by), and sequences of the Nutcracker for Center Stage Dance. She has also performed with CATS, Legacy, Quest Theatre Works, Sandra Rockman Presents and PCT. Currently she is choreographing Oklahoma for PCT in Auburn which shows in July.
Beside teaching Youth Theatre Classes and camps for The Center For The Arts, she has taught at Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, The Miners Foundry, and Grass Valley Charter School. This past January she directed Crossroads (2 Black Comedies) for The Nugget Fringe Festival.

LeGacy Presents “Biloxi Blues”

LeGacy Presents opens its 10th season this year with the Neil Simon World War 2 dramatic comedy, “Biloxi Blues” at the Nevada Theatre. Directed by LeGacy co-founder Alvis LeGate, “Biloxi Blues” continues through June 25th.

Last year, LeGacy performed “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, the first play in what Neil Simon calls his “Eugene Trilogy”, three semi-autobiographical works based on Simon’s early years. The show was such a success, that LeGacy had no choice but to continue the second chapter in the trilogy with “Biloxi Blues”.

LeGacy received four Elly nominations for “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, awarded by the Sacramento Area Theater Alliance, including best set design (Darryl Stines), best light design (Les Soloman), best actress (Sue LeGate-Halford) and best director (Alvis LeGate). LeGate-Halford laughs, “We didn’t win, but loved Eugene’s character and his family and the whole storyline so much, it wasn’t a hard decision to produce ‘Biloxi’. No chance for a part for me this time, though. A young prostitute and a young girl next door type are years behind me!”

The show chronicles the story of six young men going through basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi preparing to be Army soldiers in 1943 World War II. It captures the experience of what it would have been like to be a young man preparing for war. The show is filled with laughs and tears.

“Biloxi Blues” opened on Broadway in 1985, winning several Tony Awards, including Best Play, and was later made into a film starring Mathew Broderick and Christopher Walken, directed by Mike Nichols.

“We love Neil Simon’s work”, says LeGate-Halford, “and I guess we are on a roll!! I loved directing Simon’s ‘Barefoot in the Park’ a couple of years ago and really enjoyed performing in ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’.”

The shows stars some of Nevada County’s best local young talent. “Its been a real honor to direct this amazing group of young men and women”, says Alvis LeGate. “Their hard work and dedication are second to none. Not to mention a great crew. And let’s face it, Neil Simon makes a director’s job easy.”

Chase Coney stars as Eugene. LeGacy veteran Kris Meadows as the tough Sgt. Toomey, and Arnold Epstein, the play’s central character and protagonist is portrayed by Ben Hedenland. Supporting actors include Patrick Wheatley, Robin Callas, Caleb Sheridan, Michele Nesbit and returning LeGacy performers from last years Brighton Beach Memoirs, Danny Haddon and Kendahl Landreth.

“Extra fun to see Danny and Kendahl back. Danny played Eugene’s older brother Stanley last year, and Kendahl was Nora, the cousin Eugene lusted after. This year she’s Daisy, the girl Eugene meets and falls in love with at the USO dance. Delightful to see them together.” says LeGate.

“Biloxi Blues” runs at the Nevada Theatre June 3rd through June 25th. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sunday June 12th at 2pm, Thursday June 23rd at 7pm, and a Saturday matinée, June 25th at 2pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 the day of the show. They are available at Harmony Books in Nevada City, The Bookseller in Grass Valley, on-line at legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268-5419. The Nevada Theatre is located at 401 Broad Street in Nevada City. Doors open a half hour before showtime.

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New Work by Local Furniture Makers, Robert & Tor Erickson

A selection of recent work slated for juried national exhibition and sale will culminate with a talk and slide show on their process, Wednesday, June 22nd, from 6-7:30pm.

Erickson Furniture is found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, Los Angeles County Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery.

Robert and Tor will be present at the opening on First Friday and available to answer questions and discuss their work. Atlantic Monthly described the Erickson Rocking Chair as, “Perhaps the highest nexus of art and ergonomics”.

June 3-25th , The Alexander Gallery, 225 Broad St. Nevada City

Info@thealexandergallery.net

530-265- 4682

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Music In The Mountains – SummerFest Concert Series

Music in the Mountains Announces Headliners for 35th Anniversary SummerFest Concert Series including

Music Legends Judy Collins & Don McLean plus a new outdoor venue!

June 22 through July 3, Music in the Mountains will launch the biggest initiative in their thirty-five year history of presenting SummerFest with an unprecedented twelve concerts, bringing the classics to life in new ways, new places and new formats.

Most notable, music legends including Grammy Award-winning singer Judy Collins and folk rock singer-songwriter Don McLean, will headline the SummerFest outdoor concerts at the new and improved Gateway Park Pavilion in Penn Valley.  The sprawling 87-acre park includes a 3,500-square-foot stage pavilion, picnic and lawn areas.

“The new venue has allowed MIM to expand its programming and patron amenities,” explained Executive Director Dr. Mieko Hatano.  “We are able to offer more premium table seating to our patrons to make SummerFest more comfortable, more festive with new food and drink options, and a truly magical musical experience.

For more than half a century, Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work.  MIM’s string quartet joins Collins as she sings the songs that have inspired three generations – “Both Sides Now”, “Send in the Clowns”, and more.

Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie“, ”Vincent”, “Castles in the Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.  Share the magic of this magnificent artist under a “Starry, Starry Night.”

The pops and classics are showcased in a major way this SummerFest with five conductors – MIM Resident Conductor Ryan Murray, MIM Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, Jeffrey Reed, Lucinda Carver, and David Lockington – taking on the sublime music of Felix Mendelssohn, a Mozart marathon featuring the Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor with special guest pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski and his epic final symphony, two of the all time great works for string orchestra including Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings and Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, and a stirring program of Russian favorites including the 1812 Overture.

Other special SummerFest programs include “From Broadway to Hollywood,” with music from the stage and screen.  “Beethoven’s Pastoral – Plus, The Planets” by Holst celebrates music under the stars. And “Pet Sounds” is a symphonic recreation of the music of The Beach Boys.  Every endless summer smash hit, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.  The season concludes with the popular Patriotic Pops program on July 3rd, conducted by Pete Nowlen.

Leading MIM in this exciting new festival experience is new Executive Director Dr. Mieko Hatano.  Dr. Hatano comes to MIM with an extensive background arts administration.  Before her move back to the West Coast, she served as Executive Director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Georgia for three seasons.  Featured as one of Musical America’s “Rising Stars in Orchestra Leadership” in 2012, Dr. Hatano led the organization to an increase in both its subscription and single ticket numbers, create the Knox Music Institute, and raise over $16 Million in a capital campaign to restore and renovate an abandoned art deco theater in downtown Augusta.

Also joining Dr. Hatano is MIM’s newly appointed Artistic Director Pete Nowlen. For the last two year’s Nowlen has been MIM’s Artistic Advisor and before that an accomplished musician in the festival orchestra.  He is also a professor at UC Davis and Sacramento State.

Finally rounding out the team is Chorus Director Ryan Murray who is highly regarded throughout California. Murray’s dynamic conducting, engaging persona and deeply held passion for the arts have allowed him to steadily build a robust career conducting professional orchestras since the age of 22.  In addition to his recent appointment as Music Director of Fresno Grand Opera, Murray is the Music Director of Townsend Opera, the Associate Conductor for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra; with whom he made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014.Tickets

Tickets for SummerFest go on sale Friday, April 1 to the public.  For more information, or to order tickets, please log onto www.MusicInTheMountains.org or call the MIM Box Office at (530) 265-6124.

Fact Sheet: SummerFest

Wednesday, June 22          Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Show 3pm

Friday, June 24                  Beethoven’s Pastoral – Plus, The Planets!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Saturday, June 25              From Broadway to Hollywood

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Sunday, June 26                 A Mozart Recital

Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Show 3pm

Sunday, June 26                  All-Mozart!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Tuesday, June 28                Seductive Serenades

Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Show 3pm

Tuesday, June 28                Don McLean

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Wednesday, June 29          American Classics – Gershwin’s An American in Paris

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Thursday, June 30              An Evening with Judy Collins

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Friday, July 1                       Russian Fireworks – 1812 Overture & More!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Saturday, July 2                  Pet Sounds Live!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Sunday, July 3                     Patriotic Pops

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

 

 

 

 

 

Independence Day the Nevada County Way

Each year, the Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers, along with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, come together to plan and produce the 4th of July event. This year is no exception! We invite you to celebrate Independence Day the Nevada County Way! The 4th of July Parade is in Nevada City at 11:00 am in Nevada City. Independence Day Celebration at the Nevada County Fairgrounds begins at 3:00 pm and ends after the Fireworks Spectacular!

Advance Purchase Tickets are available:

online:  www.grassvalleychamber.com

Grass Valley Chamber Visitors Center (530) 273-4667 * 128 E. Main Street, Grass Valley

Nevada City Chamber (530) 265-2692 * 132 Main Street, Nevada City