Winter Fair at Yuba River Charter School – Dec. 6th

On your way to Victorian Christmas, come up the hill to 505 Main Street to experience our Waldorf-inspired Winter Fair at Yuba River Charter School. Free to enter, with tickets to purchase for making crafts for the whole family, as well as soup and hot drinks. Also, watch Shingebiss, an old story, and “Arrow to the Sun”, a seasonal puppet show.



Victorian Christmas Starts Sunday December 6

Victorian Christmas 2015

Sundays – Dec 6, 13 & 20 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 16 & 23 from 5 – 9pm

The enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled to overflowing with authentic Christmas treasures — hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls, and over 100 different items in all. It’s the one & only Victorian Christmas-full of new shows, sights, sounds and attractions.

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings.

This annual, family tradition takes place 2 Wednesday evenings and 3 Sunday afternoons in December and features holiday activities for all ages:  carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas!

There is oh so much to see, hear, feast upon and experience at Victorian Christmas. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice…we look forward to welcoming the best of the holiday Season with you and yours!

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“A Christmas Story” Plays Nov 27-Dec 27

LeGacy Presents is proud to bring back the beloved family Christmas classic…A Christmas Story to the historic Nevada Theatre from November 27th through December 27th.

Shawnna Frazer directs the Philip Grecian adaptation of the hit 1983 movie written by Jean Shepherd, whose tale of little Ralphie Parker’s Christmas wish for a Red Ryder BB gun is told with poignancy and humor, interspersed with the nostalgia of a 1939 Indiana town’s holiday season.

LeGacy newcomer Max Maliszewski plays nine year old Ralphie Parker. LeGacy veterans John Bivens and Nadia White take their comedic turn as Ralphie’s parents. Deana Martinez plays Ralphie’s teacher Miss Shields. Other cast members include Gaibrial Morton, Helena O’Dell, and Connor McGehee. Narration throughout the play is cleverly told by “grown up” Ralph, LeGacy veteran, Matt Teff.

Thursday shows at 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2pm, with a special Christmas Eve matinee at 2pm.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Available at The BookSeller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online here or by calling (530)268 5419.


New & Renewing Members

This week’s New and Renewing Members:

New – Alvarado Farms • Grateful Bears

Renewing – Atria Grass ValleyCirino’s at Main StreetErnie’s Van & Storage • Hecox & Associates • Holdrege & KullHoliday Lodge of Grass ValleyInland Business Systems, Inc.Rick Dejesus-Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty • Sculptured Spikes • Sierra StagesTintle, Inc.

Thank you for your membership!

Christmas at the RR Museum Dec 5

On Saturday, December 5, from 10am to 3pm, Santa and his elves will make their annual visit to the Railroad Museum. They love to be photographed for Christmas cards beside the 1880’s Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad’s Engine #5.

It is a free day for everyone as the holiday decorated Museum features local transportation history displays, the railbus will give rides weather permitting, there will be visits available to the equipment restoration shop, the Gift Shop will be open, there will be refreshments, a silent auction and a children’s raffle.

The Museum is located at #5 Kidder Court in Nevada City off Gold Flat Road from Bost Avenue at New Mohawk Drive.

For information call (530) 470-0902 or go to


Pink Martini Featuring Storm Large Dec 4

The Center for the Arts presents

Pink Martini: Joy to the World featuring Storm Large
Friday, December 4, 8:00PM

Purchase tickets online
$47 members, $57 non member Tier 3
$32 members, $37 non-member Tier 4
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)


Unparalleled purveyors of a multilingual blend of cosmopolitan sounds, Pink Martini deliver a festive holiday concert featuring beloved songs from around the globe. Led by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist Storm Large, the “little orchestra” draws inspiration from music all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop.

This performance will feature tracks from their phenomenal holiday album, Joy to the World, which featured chestnuts like “White Christmas” alongside Hebrew prayers, Chinese New Year tunes and a samba-inspired version of “Auld Lang Syne.”

This concert will feature many songs from Pink Martini’s 2010 holiday album Joy to the World.

Joy To The World is a festive, nondenominational holiday album with music from around the globe. “There are 14 songs on Joy to the World,” says Thomas Lauderdale, “including well-known traditional holiday songs like Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” sung by China Forbes in English and by the incredible Saori Yuki, “the Barbra Streisand of Japan,” in Japanese.

With the Pacific Youth Choir and the handbell choir Bells of the Cascades, we recorded “Shchedryk,” known in English-speaking countries as “Carol of the Bells,” with the original Ukrainian text which tells of a lark flying into the house at the start of a new year, thus bringing good fortune.

We recorded a Hebrew prayer “Elohai N’tzor” with Ida Rae Cahana and Ari Shapiro and Patricia Costa Kim. (Ida Rae Cahana was for many years the canter at Central Synagogue in New York City and now lives in Portland. Ari Shapiro is the NPR White House correspondent, and accordionist Patricia Costa Kim was just named director of education at Experience Music Project in Seattle, but is also known by millions on YouTube as the keyboardist bandleader of Sonseed and their Christian ska song “Jesus is a friend of mine”).

There’s a Chinese New Year song from 1946, a Felainspired version of “We Three Kings,” a song in Ladino (the intersection of Spanish and Hebrew), “Silent Night” in the original German, as well as a verse in Arabic and another in English.

The album ends with a samba parade of “Auld Lang Syne” with choruses in English, Arabic and French over the incredible percussion of the Lions of Batucada.” Lauderdale notes, “I love the holidays and all the music that goes with it. We strove to make an inclusive and nondenominational album that could be played anywhere in the world.”

Govinda/Drrtywulvz/Spoken Bird at Haven Dec 3


Haven Underground, Nevada City, California
Thursday, December, 3rd, 9:30pm – 2am

You are invited to an electrifying evening of gypsy future bass music and dance with international touring recording artist and violin virtuoso Govinda releasing his newest cd “Decadence” joined by Merkaba Music recording artist Drrtywulvz and Chillage Record’s Spoken Bird at the Haven Underground, 226 Broad Street, Nevada City. Dance performances by Jordan Proper and Kendal Luna. Prepare for full body vibratory experience as the bass waves wash over you, massaging mind, body and soul with Funktion 1 sound. 21+ $20 available at Briarpatch Co-Op and ON LINE

The Govinda live show immerses the audience with a textured atmosphere of exotic, dubby vibrations interwoven with cosmic visual projections, world class dancers and mesmerizing vocals- all to the magic of his live electronics and violin.

Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. He began studying violin and composition at the age of eight and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas where he fell in love with electronic music production. It was in Madden’s pursuit of his gypsy roots that he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.

Govinda has played with Thievery Corporation, Tipper, Bassnectar, Shpongle, Cheb I Sabbah, STS9 and many more and been featured on over 25 compilations such as Buddha Bar II, Asian Travels II, and Nirvana Lounge selling a combined 400,000 copies. Govinda has played at numerous festivals throughout North America including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Lights All Night, Euphoria, Sea of Dreams, Camp Bisco, SXSW and many more. Govinda’s music has been on TV including stations like WB, MTV and Bravo as well as many independent films.

Nevada City Winter Craft Fair At Miners Foundry Dec 13


What: Nevada City Winter Craft Fair

When: Sunday, December 13, 2015, 10am-6pm

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

Tickets: $3, Children 12 and under Free

For more information go to or call (530) 265-5462

The fun and festive Nevada City Winter Craft Fair returns just in time for the holiday season to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Sunday, December 13, 2015, 10am-6pm, in downtown Nevada City.

The independent, juried craft fair showcases over sixty of the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, designers, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares. Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationary items as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and many more unique holiday gifts.

“The Nevada City Craft Fair features the best of the best local talent in indie design and craft. You will find beautiful and functional items, handmade with excellent craftsmanship from up and coming artists and crafters,” explains the festival’s new producer Naomi Cabral. “There is a level of modernity and fine artistry to the designs that the indie craft festival movement is known for through out the country. The Nevada City Craft Fair is no different in its depth. In fact, with its unique small mountain town setting, the originality and sustainability of the crafts you will find is even more prevalent.”

The first Nevada City Craft Festival was produced the summer of 2010 by a group of local young crafters, artists and social do-gooders who were inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents in their community as well as the success of the Renegade Craft Fairs across the US and Europe. The bi-annual event continues to grow and to date has introduced over 9,000 attendees to more than 600 local and regional artists, designers and crafters.

The Nevada City Craft Fair is more than a holiday shopping bazaar, it is a celebration of local hardworking artists and the American craft movement. The artists showing their works are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries all the while improving our local community.

A few of this year’s artists include The Cosmic Soaper, a boutique body care company based in Fair Oaks specializing in handcrafted vegan soap made with organic, locally purchased ingredients and scented only with natural essential oil blends to stimulate your mood and well-being. Marty May Press & Stitchery, is an independent operation in the heart of downtown Sacramento. Using traditional screen printing methods, environmentally friendly water-based inks and American made shirts, Marty May’s shirts both look and feel amazing. Pickle Pottery, is created with high fire clay and high quality glazes, each hand made, dipped and designed by Stephanie Adams in her studio in Nevada City. J&D and the Workshop is another locally based designer. J&D uses recycled silver and ethically sourced stones as much as possible in her jewelry, which features modern shapes and clean lines. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of this year’s vendors.

Emily’s Catering and Cakes will be serving a wide range of warm and delicious food, along with cookies, cupcakes and other holiday sweets. A no-host full bar serving seasonal favorites will also be available.

Photo Caption: Stephanie Adams, Pickle Pottery, photo by Akim Aginsky
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“Clara & The Nutcracker” Ballet Dec 10 & 11

Know & Go

What: Holt Ballet Conservatory and Miners Foundry Cultural Center Present
“Clara & The Nutcracker” Ballet

When: December 10 and December 11, 2015 at 7 PM, box office opens at 6 PM; doors open at 6:30 PM

Where: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Tickets: (Reserved Seating) $20/Adults, $16/Students

Tickets are available online at, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-op. (Ticketing fees may apply.)

This holiday season, children will be enchanted and adults will be inspired by Holt Ballet Conservatory’s annual production of “Clara & the Nutcracker”, December 10 and 11, at the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center. This delightful evening of holiday cheer and tradition features a beautiful cast of dancers, colorful and elegant costumes, magical sets, and wonderful music of the holidays.

“Clara and The Nutcracker” is Director Yelena Holt’s retelling of the classic story “The Nutcracker Suite” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, featuring choreography by the Royal Ballet’s Sir Peter Wright and the enchanting musical score of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

“I always adapt the basic Nutcracker story line to accommodate the dancers in our community, ” explains Holt whose creative variations of “The Nutcracker Suite” have endeared audiences for over two decades. “This year our Nutcracker Prince is a “guide” to the magical kingdom; he brings Clara to this place of fantasy and joy to help her in her journey into adulthood.”

With the historic atmosphere of the Miners Foundry donning extravagant holiday decor, Holt Ballet brings together the highest calibre of classically trained ballet dancers in the region.  This year Amy Schultze, former professional dancer with Southern Ballet Theater, Charleston Ballet Theater, Roanoke Ballet Theater, and Northwest Florida Ballet, performs as the Sugar Plum Fairy.  Alexander Vargas, of DawsonDanceSF, will partner with Ms. Schultze as Cavalier, returning to the Miners Foundry stage following a stunning performance at the Nevada City Dance Festival.  Vargas has trained with Miami City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and LINES Ballet on full scholarships. Additional casting includes Brenna O’Brien MacDonell as Clara, Logan Hollmer as the Nutcracker Prince, Hilary Brown as Herr Drosselmeyer, and Victoria Dugan as the Snow Queen.

The show promises to be a gala of beautiful dancing, featuring youngsters with their first-ever Nutcracker, community friends sharing their dramatic and dancing skills, and skillful and charming soloists in duet, solo and partnering roles.

The expert dancing, professional costumes, and delightful backdrops by award-winning artist Pamela Hodges create a feast for the eyes. The evening will also feature a no host bar, sweet refreshments available for purchase, and a blazing fire in the Stone Hall.

“I love the creative process of bringing beauty to the community, honing the skills of the dancers, and challenging them to achieve levels of artistry, they didn’t know they possessed, ” says Holt.

Holt has been an educator and dance instructor in Nevada County since 1980, establishing renowned dance programs at both Bear River and Nevada Union High Schools. Since opening in 2011, Holt Ballet Conservatory has offered outstanding classical ballet training for students age three to adult.  Holt has placed more than sixty Nevada County dancers in some of the nation’s competitive and highly acclaimed dance conservatories, universities and colleges, and pre-professional programs.

Bring your children, siblings, grandchildren, friends, parents, everyone: This is a show for the whole family and a great time for the family to be together, enjoying the spirit of the holidays!

For more information on Holt Ballet Conservatory go to or call (530) 278-5131.

Photo Captions
Frau Drosselmeyer presents Clara with a magical candy cane (from HBC’s 2014 performance).
Clara (Brenna O’Brien MacDonell) and her Nutcracker prince (Logan Hollmer).


YPN Christmas Mix & Mingle Dec 2

YPN’s next Mix & Mingle Event date is set!  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 2nd from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Kane’s. 

YPN’s will be teaming up with BaliThreads again for a night of networking, Christmas shopping, and supporting a good causeEach mixer attendee is asked to bring a can of food to be donated to families in need.  BaliThread will have their inventory of Bali clothes, jewelry, purses, etc for purchase and as always, there will be LOTS of networking.

Hope to see you all there.  See the attached flyer and please share with your colleagues!


Harmony Ridge Lodge Offers Victorian Christmas Rates

Harmony.christmastreeHarmony Ridge Lodge
Victorian Christmas Special

Book your room today (530)478-0615!

Victorian Christmas 2015 in Historic Nevada City!  Come enjoy THE ROMANCE OF CHRISTMAS PAST. Experience the enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled with overflowing authentic Christmas treasures — hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls, and over 100 different items in all. It’s the one & only Victorian Christmas-full of new shows, sights, sounds and attractions.

Harmony Ridge Lodge is celebrating Victorian Christmas with Special Rates. Book your stay to coincide with Victorian Christmas, Sundays Dec 6, 13, 20 and Wednesdays Dec 16 & 23.

$125/night for a two-night stay (Fridays-Sundays or Tuesday/Wednesday)
$175/night for a one night stay (Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday)

Reserve your room today!

Call: 530-478-0615 or Email:

Discount on Globetrotters Tickets for Chamber Members

The Harlem Globetrotters will be playing a show in Reno, NV on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Reno Events Center.  They are offering an exclusive discount on tickets to Chamber members – Up to $8 per ticket!

DEADLINE TO ORDER: Friday January 8th@ 5PM PST

To order tickets contact Jeff Saltzman:
Toll Free 800-641-4667 x131 • Direct 602-707-7028 • Fax 602-258-5925

Or email your order to



Cannabis Policy Summit Dec 9

What: The Sierra Foothills Cannabis Policy Summit
When: December 9, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Regardless of your feelings on the medical cannabis industry, it is a huge part of Nevada County’s economy. Concerns are often raised about the environmental impacts of cultivation and the public health issues related to manufacturing and dispensing to medical patients.

In October Governor Brown signed landmark bi-partisan legislation (the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act – MMRSA). MMRSA establishes a multi-agency regulatory program to oversee the cultivation, manufacturing, transportation, distribution and sales of medical marijuana. In particular the regulations address issues related to environmental protection and public health and safety.

Under the new laws, the Department of Consumer Affairs will be issuing licenses to cannabis businesses and monitoring compliance. No business will be able to seek a license unless it first obtains a permit from its local governing body.

On December 9, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the Nevada Theatre, Nevada County – California Growers Association will host a policy summit to help raise awareness and increase understanding of the new regulations. A representative from the Department of Consumer Affairs is slated to provide details about MMRSA. A member of the Central Valley Water Board will also be on hand to answer questions about waste discharge requirements and adherence to new regulations pertaining to water management.

CGA will be inviting members of the Board of Supervisors, Counsel Members from Nevada City, Grass Valley, and Truckee, the Sheriff, the District Attorney, County Counsel, members of the Chamber of Commerce and other relevant stakeholders.

This event will be a great opportunity to open the dialogue about the parameters of local permitting. Anyone interested in the future of the cannabis industry in Nevada County should consider attending.

Reno Trip for “Tahoe: A Visual History” Dec 2


WHAT: Miners Foundry, DANK, and
the Nevada Museum of Art present an Exclusive Trip to
“TAHOE: A Visual History”

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 8am-5:30pm

WHERE: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 Liberty Street, Reno, NV

TICKETS: Tickets are $65 for Nevada Museum of Art Members, $73 for Seniors, and $75 for General Admission.  Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

The Miners Foundry, DANK, and the Nevada Museum of Art are delighted to present an exclusive trip to visit the Nevada Museum of Art for “TAHOE: A Visual History”.  This special excursion includes round trip transportation in a luxury coach to the museum located in Reno, NV, admission to the museum, a private overview of the museum by William Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and Amanda Horn, Director of Communications for the Nevada Museum of Art, and light refreshments.

The Nevada Museum of Art has organized the first ever major art and historical survey exhibition of painting, Native baskets, photography, architecture, and contemporary art dedicated to Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Region.  The full exhibit, which uses all 15,000-square feet of the museum’s gallery space, covers a timeline from the time of Native Americans; through the region’s first contacts with Europeans – including original maps of Lake Tahoe when it was referred to under various names; the building of the transcontinental railroad over the Sierra; into the age of tourism.

“This trip provides an opportunity to see two centuries of work about Lake Tahoe – from native baskets to Maya Lin – including paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Maynard Dixon, the maps and journals of John Muir and John C. Fremont, as well as work by Frank Lloyd Wright,” said Roseanne Burke, one of the trip’s organizers and an artist with DANK. “It really covers a wide gamut of artists and media in the largest exhibit ever about Lake Tahoe.”

The exhibit includes the largest-ever exhibition of Native American basket maker Louisa Keyser, also known as Dat-So-La-Le, who was at the forefront of basket making at the turn of the 20th century as it transitioned from functional to fine art.

Another one of the highlights is a 6-feet by 10-feet painting of Donner Lake done in 1872 by New York artist Albert Bierstadt, a painting well known among art historians. It is on loan from the New York Historical Society. While Bierstadt came from New York to Donner Summit for research, the painting itself has never been so close to the subject matter it depicts.

This is the second “arts and culture” trip planned by the Miners Foundry and DANK.  The first trip was last spring to San Francisco to tour @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz.

“It was such a great experience to travel with a group of artists and be able to talk about the art and our experiences on the ride home,” said Gretchen Bond, Executive Director of the Miners Foundry.  “We thought because of the close proximity of the museum and the subject of the exhibit, it would appeal to many people in our community.”

Photo Caption: This Image provided by Nevada Museum of Art shows “Emerald Bay,” 1999, oil on canvas by Gregory Kondos, that is part of a new exhibit “Tahoe: A Visual History” at the Nevada Museum of Art, in Reno, Nev. For the first time, all 15,000-square feet of the museum’s gallery space is devoted to a single theme with 400 objects by 175 painters, photographers, architects, basket weavers and sculptors. (Nevada Museum of Art via AP)

Be a Vendor at GV Wedding Fair Jan 24


Grass Valley Wedding Fair ~ A Wedding Affair for All Seasons
Sunday, January 24, 2016 • 12pm–4pm

Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, California 95945

Admission: FREE 


Here’s what Joy of Life Events told us about this event:

“Nevada County is blessed with the advantage of celebrating four distinct seasons, offering unlimited possibilities when creating a wedding or special event. Be it winter, spring, summer, or fall, each seasonal transition in the foothills displays unique and endless possibilities for that special day.
Planning a wedding or special event? Please join us for on Sunday January 24, 2016 for Grass Valley’s Premier Wedding Fair produced by Joy of Life Events at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. On this special day, the Main Street Center will be transformed showcasing some of the top wedding and event vendors in Nevada County. The Grass Valley Wedding Fair is returning to its original location at The Nevada County Fairgrounds after 30 years! Mark your calendars, this is truly a day not to be missed!
Highlights: All Vendors Offering Show Discounts!!! Swag bags for Brides, Styled Booths, Light bites & Sparkling beverages, Live Music, Vintage Rentals & Bridal Toss Giveaways every hour!”

Joy of Life Events ~ Donna Hoekstra ~ Show Producer 


Nevada Co. Food & Toy Run GoFundMe Campaign

The 24th Annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2015.  The Toy Run is the oldest Toy Run in Northern California to never have been canceled, postponed or had the date changed.  We are always on the second Saturday in December.  We are at the mercy of the weather.  In the past, we have had snow the Friday before the Toy Run, but the skies cleared by Saturday.  We had threatening skies the day of the Toy Run, and it held off until the rain or snow came on Sunday.  We have been lucky, so far.  If we have a 100 Year rain or snow storm, the Toy Run would be wiped out, financially.

Our expenses run the gamut beyond just buying food.  We have computer and phone service to pay for, permits, fees, rentals and a myriad of other things that just happen to pop up unexpectedly.  This year, in a sign of desperation, we are putting our plight out for all to see.

DONATE with GoFundMe!

Yes, we have started a “GoFundMe” account!  We hope that this will bring us in the money we need, before the day of the Run, to make sure that we have money to pay the bills.  Every year, we see that at least 350 families get a turkey or a five pound canned ham, a ten pound bag of potatoes and a grocery bag of canned food.  Each child gets 3 presents.  These are local Head Start, Big Brothers Big Sisters and low income families.

Everyone who donates at least $50.00 will get one of our long-sleeved Toy Run shirts.  Anyone who donates at least $250.00 becomes a sponsor.  That will get you a couple of our shirts, mention on our FB page (, put on our web site for 2016 ( and mentioned in our Christmas Day “Thank you” ad in the Union.  Plus, you will receive a receipt for your taxes, as the Toy Run is a 501(c)3.

So, would you, please send our account info: to all that you think who would like to support us.  We bring more that 15,000 people to Nevada City and Grass Valley on the day of the Nevada County Food and Toy Run.  I have talked to hundreds of riders over the years, and they say that the Toy Run introduced them to our towns and that they make it one of their destinations in the Summer months.  The beauty of our small towns and the smiles and waves from the thousands of people lining the route have really made a positive influence on them.

Thank you.

Thom Staser, CEO and Founder
Nevada County Food and Toy Run
P.O. Box 549, Nevada City, CA 95959
530-470-0697 •


Sierra Master Chorale Holiday Concerts Dec 19 & 20

Strike the right note this holiday season with Sierra Master Chorale concerts

Get enveloped in the magic of the season as the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra perform two holiday concerts, Dec. 19 and 20th in Grass Valley.

The 70-member auditioned choir and 26-member orchestra are conducted by InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin. This December, Hardin has created a program that will weave “Stories of the Season” to capture the joy of the holidays.

From holiday classics such as “For Unto Us a Child is Born” by George F. Handel, “The Little Drummer Boy” arranged by Mark Hayes, “Joy to the World,” to more contemporary works, such as “Bethlehem Rejoices,” by local composer Mark Vance and “The Very Best Time of the Year” by John Rutter. In keeping with tradition at these concerts, Hardin and the Sierra Master Chorale will encourage the audience to join along for a few favorite songs. The program also includes works by Bach, Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Overture” — which will be performed by the orchestra. For complete program information, go to

Tickets to both performances are $32 for general admission, $16 for youth and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at or in person at BriarPatch Co-op. The Saturday, Dec. 19 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 concert is at 2 p.m. The Sierra Master Chorale will perform at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, in Grass Valley.

Many have made the Sierra Master Chorale concerts part of their holiday tradition each December. Come experience the warmth and emotion of “The Very Best Time of the Year” with the Sierra Master Chorale.

For more information, please go to or call 530-273-3990.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend in Nevada City

Relax, rewind, and skip the mall this Thanksgiving weekend. Spend time wandering the charming streets of Nevada City instead! Shop for artistic gifts at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, enjoy homemade soup & pie at the Nevada City Methodist Craft Fair & Sandwich Shoppe, and catch a live performance of “A Christmas Story” in the Nevada Theatre.

“Artisans Bounty” Show

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art
300 Spring Street
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm
(530) 265-6817

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, Nevada City’s newest gallery and artist studio will be having an opening reception for a special show on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27, 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show entitled “Artisans Bounty” will showcase contemporary nature-inspired art that will include new original paintings by LeeAnn Brook, sculptural wooden vessels by Mike Snegg, hand blown glass by Nicholson Blown Glass and Mark Einert, ceramics by Sam Tubiolo and Lynn Wood, large-scale assemblage sculptures by David Ward and jewelry by Antje Dormeyer.

Visitors can sit and enjoy the live jazz of guitarist Jim Rodney of Induction, as he plays in the courtyard of the gallery on Spring Street in downtown Nevada City. Several of the gallery artists will also be on hand throughout the weekend to talk about their work and share their process. Mike Snegg will have a special display that will demonstrate the process of his exquisite wooden bowls on Saturday, November 29 at 11:00 a.m.

Longtime Nevada City fine artist and gallery owner LeeAnn Brook will roll out her newest gift items for the holidays,  including new custom silk scarves of paintings by the artist. Other items by Brook will include signed, gift-wrapped copies of Brook’s award-winning book “Points of Inspiration: An Artist’s Journey with Painting and Photography”, a line of limited edition fine art holiday cards, limited edition giclee reproductions, and gallery gift certificates.

mike snegg

Craft Faire & Sandwiche Shoppe

NC United Methodist Church
433 Broad Street
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
(530) 265-2797

Beautiful hand crafted gifts for all ages. All proceeds go to support church ministries and community outreach programs. Stop by for delicious homemade soup and sandwiches, pie, coffee and hot spiced cider.


“A Christmas Story”

Nevada Theatre
401 Broad Street
Friday & Saturday 7:30–9:30pm
Tickets $22 ($20 in advance)
(530) 268-5419

LeGacy Presents is proud to bring back the beloved family Christmas classic…A Christmas Story to the historic Nevada Theatre from November 27th through December 27th.

Shawnna Frazer directs the Philip Grecian adaptation of the hit 1983 movie written by Jean Shepherd, whose tale of little Ralphie Parker’s Christmas wish for a Red Ryder BB gun is told with poignancy and humor, interspersed with the nostalgia of a 1939 Indiana town’s holiday season.

Thursday shows at 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2pm, with a special Christmas Eve matinee at 2pm.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Available at The BookSeller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (530) 268 5419.

Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis Nov 25

The Center for the Arts presents

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis:
Best of Friends

Wednesday, November 25, 7:30PM

$34 members, $40 non-member
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

“Then something magical occurred. With nothing more than Masekela’s trumpet and voice and Willis’ piano playing I, along with the couple hundred in the audience, were treated to the performance of a lifetime…I just don’t feel my vocabulary is vast enough to express the greatness that the two old friends displayed on that stage. But a once-in-a-lifetime feeling fell over me listening to these two treasures, and listening to Masekela tell tales of hanging out in Harlem and playing with Miles Davis and the stories he told of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughn. It was like getting a first-hand lesson in music history, delivered by one of the deans of the college.” –

Hugh Masekela, world-renowned trumpeter, band leader, composer, singer and activist combines his talents with long time musical cohort and exceptional pianist Larry Willis for a show of historical proportions. These two giants of music, after decades of cultivating careers apart and together, take us on a grand journey through the Great American Songbook.

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When they first met in 1961 at the Manhattan School of Music, over fifty years ago, Masekela was fresh off the plane from South Africa imbued with not only the sounds of kwela, marabi and mbaqanga, but the richness of American jazz players and singers, and Willis was an opera major with heavy jazz leanings.

Masekela, with the help and tutelage of the likes of Miriam MakebaHarry BelafonteDizzy GillespieLouis Armstrong and Miles Davis went on to carve out a seemingly endless (5 decades and counting) career that has produced a diverse range of music from the 1968 number 1 hit “Grazing In The Grass” to the 1986 anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)”, a rallying call around the world for Mandela’s release from prison.

Willis has performed as a sideman or band member to Hugh Masekela, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan GetzLee MorganWoody ShawCannonball and Nat Adderley, as well as a solo artist.

Experience this rare opportunity to listen to two master musicians, and best of friends, perform the Great American Songbook together.

Hugh Masekela – Masekela started on trumpet at an early age and, with some friends, he started the Huddleston Jazz Band, South Africa’s first youth orchestra. He worked regularly in South African bands until 1960, when the increased brutality of the apartheid state forced him to move. With the help of friends such as violinist Yehudi Menuhin and conductor John Dankworth, Masekela earned a scholarship to London’s Guildhall School of Music, and South African singer Miriam Makeba helped him get to the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Once in the United States, his recording schedule became very full. His contributions to Makeba’s records make them the best in her catalog, and his solo records from this period are an amazing conflation of 1960s pop and African influences. His 1968 hit “Grazing in the Grass” is a staple of this period.

The 1970s and 1980s saw a number of high-profile events: a meeting with Fela Kuti spurred Masekela to explore his Afrobeat roots, and his 1980 reunion concert with Miriam Makeba in Lesotho was attended by seventy-five thousand people. His two records with Herb Alpert are revered, and his contributions to Paul Simon’s Graceland make the record the landmark that it is. Today, very little has changed for Masekela, as he continues to spread his musical message of peace, harmony, and unity throughout the world.
“A musician of phenomenal grace and power: intricate and fiery on flugelhorn and still blessed with a voice that can strip the leaves from the trees.”—The Independent (U.K.)

Larry Willis
 – Upon graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in the mid-1960s, pianist Larry Willis immediately became a force on the New York avant-garde jazz scene. His playing—bold, frenetic, and ambitious—found a home in the free jazz scene and also landed Willis recording dates with Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean, and Stan Getz. A longtime devotee of Herbie Hancock, Willis moved into jazz-rock and fusion, eventually joining the band Blood Sweat and Tears for a time. Willis has also worked with Sonny Fortune, David “Fathead” Newman, Carla Bley, Nat Adderley, and Woody Shaw.

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