Nevada City Mardi Gras Feb 13 & 14

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Mardi Gras Weekend Festivities

Saturday, Feb 13 – Mardi Gras Costume Ball from 8pm to midnight, featuring The Holcomb Brothers band playing in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street. Food will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Chamber office or you can purchase tickets at the door if still available.  21 and over only.

Tickets $12 advance/$15 door. Advance tickets are recommended and may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office at 132 Main Street in Nevada City. Call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY (6569).

Sunday, Feb 14 – Mardi Gras Street Faire will be held on North Pine Street, in Historic Downtown Nevada City, from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be food, drink, crafts, and clothing.

The Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday and moves down Broad Street through the center of town. It is a rain or shine event. Merry spectators of all ages line the parade route while gaily masked societies parade through the historic district handing out beads, toys, trinkets, bangles and more. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.

And join us for a festive after-the-parade Carnevale for the whole family at the Miners Foundry from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.! Hot dogs, ice cream & desserts, soft drinks & specialty coffees. Also featuring a full bar for the adults serving Hurricanes, plus a special Bloody Mary bar. Delight in music, drummers, belly dancers, a bounce house, and more!  Tickets at the door only.  $5 Admission.  Kids 12 & under FREE!

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“Dress Rehearsal 2016” Playing at Off Broadstreet thru Feb 20

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Off Broadstreet Theatre Presents

“Dress Rehearsal 2016”
A Musical Revue by John Driscoll & Jan Kopp

January 15th through February 20th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:15pm

Five performers conduct the final rehearsal before the opening of their 1940’s, 50’s & 60’s musical revue, in spite of numerous obstacles. The band and two lead singers are detained elsewhere, so the director and the one understudy must fill in. And of course there are the typical snafu’s that plague most “unseasoned” productions. But this final “Dress Rehearsal” is conducted before an invited “preview” audience that includes the local theatrical reviewer, so “The show must go on!” In the middle of all the mayhem and wonderful music, there are periodic breaks in which the performers, one-by-one, share a revealing personal moment with the audience.

Off-BroadDress Rehearsal 2016 features the talents of OBS favorites Kim Wellman, Chris Crockett and Kate Haight as well as newcomers Ken Miele and Kelly Taylor. The fun-filled 1940’s 50’s & 60’s musical revue delivers colorful costumes, zany sight gags and some of the best-known and loved music of the mid-20th Century.

Pre-show entertainment by Chris Crockett begins one hour before showtime for all performances.

For reservations call (530) 265-8686. For more information about Off Broadstreet go to www.offbroadstreet.com

 

 

Zepparella Plays the Foundry Feb 12

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Zepparella and special guest Stars Turn Me On will return to the Miners Foundry on Friday, February 12, 2016, presented by the Miners Foundry. Zepparella is an all-girl powerhouse from San Francisco, featuring the music of Led Zeppelin. More than just a tribute band, Zepparella shows replicate the powerful improvisational musical journey for which Led Zeppelin shows were renowned. Stars Turn Me On is an original music project formed by Clementine, drummer of Zepparella, and guitarist Justin Caucutt. The songs are lyrically rich and musically draw on classic influences from rock, country and blues genres, as well as modern electronica and R&B.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the music starts at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 in Advance and $25.00 at the door. Tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op. Ticketing fees may apply.

Songs of Leonard Cohen Feb 12 & 13

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KNOW & GO

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

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, February 12 & 13, 2016

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

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

INFO: www.paulemerymusic.com

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

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

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

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

EmeryThe idea to organize the tribute show came to Emery after traveling with local musician Anni McCann to see a Cohen on his 2010 World Tour.

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

Emery spent months listening to all of Cohen’s music. He set out to capture the instrumentation and arrangements of the music and band on that tour, specifically Cohen’s use of a variety of singers to carry the vocals. Emery reached out to the many local musicians he had worked with over the last forty years on various productions to see if they were game. Bassist Pat Jacobsen became the show’s music director and took leadership of charting all of the arrangements and leading the band in rehearsals and on stage through over seventeen of Cohen’s songs including “The Gipsy Wife”, “Suzanne”, “I’m Your Man” and “Hallelujah”, among others.

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

For fans of Cohen’s music and for those who have yet to discover this deeply profound artist, “A Thousand Kisses Deep, The Songs of Leonard Cohen” is truly a magical and sensual evening celebrating the power of song.

The Center Presents FREE Family Fun Day Feb 13

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The Center for the Arts presents

FREE Family Fun Day!
Arts-n-Crafts, Face-painting and Family Fun
Saturday, February 13 • 11:00am – 5:00pm

FREE -Donations appreciated! No ticket required.

Event Schedule
11:00 Doors Open
11:00-5:00 Arts/crafts
11:30-11:45 Air Aligned
11:45-12:45 The Amazing Bubble Man
12:45-1:15 Intermission
1:15-1:45 Skidoo
2:15-2:30 Air Aligned
2:30-3:30 The Amazing Bubble Man

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The Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe Festival favorite, he has sold out every year for the last eight years. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages!

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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

As the first song blasts out, GRAMMY Nominated hip hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo begins a family dance party that is more Soul Train than Thomas the Train – his infectious love for beats, rhymes and originality invites the whole crowd to hit the dance floor. When the big beat and the bass groove drop, even the shyest kids get in on the action…and so do their parents! From basketball courts in the Bronx to theaters in the Smithsonian, the force of funky tracks and positive raps is an unstoppable national phenomenon! As the originator of Kid Hop, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a one-of-a-kind, stand-out star in the family music scene. Drawing on a decade of experience producing and touring nationally with hip hop acts, Skidoo created the family band with his wife and daughter in 2007.

The heart and soul of Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s mission is the celebration of originality and childhood. His stage show is an energetic tribute to the wonderful novelty of being a kid, both the amazing parts, such as imagination turning the floor to hot lava or the couch to a submarine, and the scary parts, like feeling different or learning to overcome your fears. With crowd interaction, choreography and plenty of funky, danceable beats, Skidoo turns any venue into a half pint dance party!

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AirAligned aerial dance groups advanced students directed by Tresa Honaker Students from ages 5- adult will be performing. Highlights will include a family trio from Gwen, Elizabeth and Lily Harris at 11:30 AM Then at 2:15  solos by Elana Hierman and Cassie McAlister. Ending the day with a special tribute to Grace Callaway by Elana Hierman and Ruby Beauchamp.

See more at: http://thecenterforthearts.org/family-fun-day/#sthash.pSPbFCqa.dpuf

 

 

BYLT Snowshoeing in Bear Valley Feb 13

KNOW AND GO

WHAT:  Treks Through Time: Snowshoeing in Bear Valley

WHEN:  9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

COST: $12 BYLT Members, $19 Not-Yet-Members – Reservations & Prepayment Required – Space is limited to 20 participants

Come play in the snow with California Naturalist Rick Ramos on this outing that will take recreationists through the West side of the beautiful Bear Valley.  We’ll look for evidence of ancient cultures, while taking our time to observe the winter landscape. The terrain is fairly level, so this is a perfect adventure for those new to the sport of snowshoeing. Equipment not provided. Snowshoes can be rented from Mountain Recreation in Grass Valley, http://www.mtnrec.com/; 477-8006.

Information and registration: www.bylt.org  530-272-5994 x 200

LWV Discusses Housing Issues in Nevada County Feb 13

Housing and the Homeless in Nevada County and Beyond

This program is the second in a two-part series on housing issues. Members and friends of the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County gathered at our January meeting to learn about the current, local housing situation. At our upcoming meeting, which will take place Saturday, February 13th at Peace Lutheran Church, a panel will discuss how our local housing situation impacts homelessness.

Our presenters will be Susan Farrington, President, Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, Placer Consortium on Homelessness; Michael Haggerty, Director of Health & Human Services, Nevada County; Robert Bergman and Lisa Swarthout, City Council members in Nevada City and Grass Valley; and Tim Giuliani, Program Manager, Nevada-Sierra Regional In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority/Nevada County 211.

Refreshments and coffee service will begin at 9:30am, with the program starting at 10am. Peace Lutheran Church is located at 828 West Main Street in Grass Valley.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit www.lwvwnc.org.

The Cavatina Duo Performs Feb 21

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Duo brings musical heritage to life with guitar, flute performance Feb. 21

In February, InConcert Sierra will present a couple who is largely considered to be the best guitar and flute pairing in the world, The Cavatina Duo. Spanish flutist Eugenia Moliner and Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic, will make their Grass Valley premiere Feb. 21 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley as part of InConcert’s Third Sunday Series.

The Cavatina Duo brings together two extraordinary international soloists. Moliner has been hailed as a “brilliant young musician” by the British Flute Society magazine, and Azabagic has won no fewer than 11 international guitar competitions.

Brazilian composer/guitarist Sérgio Assad called them “the best guitar and flute duo in the world.” And the New Yorker Magazine printed, “this pair is generally considered to be the best of them.”

The Cavatina Duo’s program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Balkan pieces, Variations on “O Cara armonia” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, selections from “Out of Africa” for solo guitar and Fantasy on themes from “La Traviata,” commissioned by the Cavatina Duo. For a complete program listing, go to http://www.inconcertsierra.org/third-sunday/cavatina-duo-feb-21/program-feb-21/

Since winning a major competition in the Netherlands in 1996, the Cavatina Duo has captivated hundreds of audiences with electrifying performances in more than 15 countries across North America, Europe and Asia, in prestigious venues and festivals from Ravinia (Chicago) to the new National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The duo’s repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. A high point of their concerts is pieces inspired by the folk music of their native lands, according to their biography.

There will be a pre-concert forum with Aileen James and the Cavatina Duo at 1:15 p.m. Tickets to the 2 p.m. concert are $32 and available online at www.inconcertsierra.org (website purchase includes a $3 fee), by phone at 530-273-3990 or in person at BriarPatch Co-op. Youth ages 5-17 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket, please call 530-273-3990 to reserve youth tickets in advance.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at 12889 Osborn Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, go to www.inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990.

Inspire a Future! Become a Junior Achievement Volunteer

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Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that partners with volunteers from the local community to teach elementary students about their roles as individuals, workers and consumers, and to prepare middle/high school students for the economic and workforce issues they will face. JA’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to own their future economic success!

As volunteers, you will use JA’s fun and easy materials to facilitate interactive, hands-on activities for 5-7 sessions (between 30-45 minutes per session). Multi-Session volunteer experiences include meeting with your assigned class for 5-7 weekly visits, depending on the grade level and JA Program that you are facilitating. The JA-In-a-Day format involves volunteers presenting all 5-7 sessions in a workshop style, back-to-back in one school day.

JA currently has many programs scheduled in your local schools! Let us know if you are interested in volunteering for a day of fun, engaging JA program facilitation.

JA In-a-Day program at Clear Creek Elementary is in need of volunteers on February 23 from 8:00am – 2:00pm:
Clear Creek Elementary (Grass Valley) – 1st grade – 7th grade programs

Multi-session JA programs in need of a volunteer match:
Chicago Park Elementary – 1st grade and 3rd grade programs – 5 weekly sessions beginning in January
Nevada Union High School – 12th grade – JA Career Success program – 7 weekly sessions beginning in February
Nevada Union High School – 12th grade – JA Personal Finance – 5 weekly sessions beginning in April

Please visit our website www.jasac.org or contact us at programs@jasac.org to get involved and help to empower our youth to own their economic success!

Bear Yuba Land Trust Events in February

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Volunteer Days on Clover Valley Trail
WHEN:
Every Thursday in February
WHERE: Clover Valley Trail
COST: Free!

This is an opportunity to meet new people with a shared passion and work on a brand new community trail bordering Alta Sierra. The trail is located on BYLT’s newest community landholding, Clover Valley Preserve. South Wolf Creek bisects the length of the landscape, providing habitat for aquatic and terrestrial life. Blue oak, black oak, live oak, red bud, coffee berry, native blackberry and maiden hair fern can be found on the 35 acre Preserve bisected by South Wolf Creek. The trail is expected to be open to the public by spring.

Contact Trails Coordinator Shaun Clarke for more details, shaun@bylt.org or 272-5994 x 201.

 

WHAT: Volunteer Orientation – Find out about 2016 Volunteer Opportunities!
WHEN: 5:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9
WHERE: Historic North Star House – 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley
COST: Free – Reservations NOT Required
Information: www.bylt.org 530-272-5994 x 200

The Land Trust has a lot of projects on the drawing board and needs citizen help to get all of it done! Come find out how personal skills and expertise can assist BYLT in a variety of projects and programs: mailing parties in the office, trail building, land monitoring or trek leading. There’s something for everyone’s skill level and interests.

 

WHAT: Armchair Trek: Marine Debris
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11
WHERE: Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library – 950 Helling Way, Nevada City
COST: Suggested Donation $10 – Reservations NOT Required
Information: www.bylt.org 530-272-5994 x 200

The Earth’s oceans are filled with items that do not belong there despite – marine debris is a very visible and preventable form of ocean pollution. Sherry Lippiatt from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program will share information about the sources, impacts, and approaches to preventing litter and other anthropogenic debris from traveling through watersheds to the sea. She will discuss current research findings and policy initiatives, and ways that those living far from the coast can help reduce the amount of marine debris in the environment.

 

WHAT: Land Tours on Thursday: Black Swan Preserve
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 18
WHERE: Meet at the Bear Yuba Land Trust office on the North Star House property – 12183 Auburn Rd, Grass Valley
COST: Free – Reservations NOT Required
Information: www.bylt.org 530-272-5994 x 200

Each month Bear Yuba Land Trust will lead a free community hike on one of their preserves.  Biologist, and BYLT’s Stewardship Program Manager, Erin Tarr will share the projects and plans being implemented and the Land Trust’s vision for each unique property.  The second in this year-long series will be at Black Swan Preserve near Smartsville. Participants will walk a two-mile loop trail to the pond and learn about the history of the area and the restoration projects planned to enhance the Western Pond Turtle habitat.

 

WHAT: Classic Treks: Spenceville Bunkers
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28
COST: $12 BYLT Members, $19 Not-Yet-Members – Reservations & Prepayment Required
Information: www.bylt.org 530-272-5994 x 200

Come spend a day in the Spenceville Wildlife Area for one of BYLT’s most popular treks. On this outing participants will visit an early townsite, then move forward into time to the WWII tank training grounds where while exploring the “dragons teeth” and 10 cement bunkers.

2016 Bird Walk Dates

Leader: Bob Slyker and Carol & Bruce Malnor, email bgsly@aol.com

Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just past the Yuba River highway bridge). Wear warm clothing.   Expect to see Wrentit, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Spotted Towhees, Black Phoebe, Bald Eagles, White Crowned Sparrows

Saturday, March 12
Saturday, April 9
Saturday, May 14
Friday, June 10
Saturday, July 9
Saturday, September 10
Saturday, October 8
Saturday, December 10

All of the walks will start at 8:00 AM and meet at South Yuba River State Park’s north parking lot. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring binoculars!

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Ani DiFranco Concert Feb 28

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VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM

The Center for the Arts presents

ANI DIFRANCO
Rupa & the April Fishes opening

Sunday, February 28 • 8:00PM

BUY TICKETS
General Admission $38.50 members, $48.50 non-member
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee and $1.50 for Hospitality House. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

As a singer, songwriter, activist and independent entrepreneur, Ani DiFranco has been setting her own pace—and encouraging countless admirers to do the same—for more than 20 years. But while she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has grown far beyond her acoustic solo roots in cozy venues to embrace jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. All of which are featured in DiFranco’s new Righteous Babe release, Allergic To Water, where she also blends abstract imagery and deceptively understated melodies with personal reflections on her life in New Orleans where she is now raising her two children with her partner, producer Mike Napolitano.

“It’s such a humbling, and grueling, thing to raise children,” DiFranco said. “And that makes playing music more precious and makes me more grateful. It’s a real balancing act, but it also has a balancing effect.”

DiFranco adds that becoming a mother has brought her closer to listeners who have followed her music since she began performing in New York City during the early 1990s. But widespread attention never prevented her from holding on to her integrity, and independence. A strong belief in human rights has run throughout her work, including when she played at numerous benefit concerts around the world. At a time when record labels still held an oversized influence, DiFranco stood ahead of the curve in launching her own Righteous Babe Records. The company has released more than 20 of her albums to date, ranging from the popular two-disc live album, Living In Clip (1997), to the expansive To The Teeth (1999), which included such guests as legendary R&B saxophonist Maceo Parker and Prince. Journalist Sylvie Simmons wrote in the British music magazine MOJO in 1998, “Even if her overt politicism and her 200-shows-per-year tours with an acoustic guitar place her in the Woody Guthrie tradition, her music—which has boldly plundered funk or punk, hip hop, rock—doesn’t.”

Some stellar traditional New Orleans musicians and jazz players contributed to her 2012 disc, Which Side Are You On?, and the Crescent City also informs Allergic To Water, which is one of her most intimate and musically expansive recordings. This autumn, DiFranco continues to tour internationally behind Allergic To Water with her stellar trio of bassist Todd Sickafoose and drummer Terence Higgins.

DiFranco has also marked other career milestones this past year. This summer she returned to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, where she received their prestigious Artistic Achievement award, coupled with her first ever honorary doctorate, which was given to her by the University of Winnipeg. She also marked the passing of one of her own mentors, Pete Seeger, through writing a moving essay about the man and his legacy in the Wall Street Journal.

“I think that my one grain of wisdom in my life, which serves me well, is that when I meet a great teacher, I follow them,” DiFranco said. “I invent excuses to be near them. Whether it’s Pete, Utah Phillips, or Sekou Sundiata, it’s made my life pretty great along the way.”

with Todd Sickafoose (bass), Terence Higgins (drums)

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A sound that is as difficult to define as life is to confine, the music of Rupa & the April Fishes pulls from eight years of street parties, festivals and symphonic concerts on three continents, three studio albums, one live album and one string quartet recording in the making, several languages from English to Tzotzil to French, many musical traditions, countless moments of joy, sorrow, loss, and transformation and a fierce independent spirit.

The band’s first album eXtraOrdinary rendition examines love from many angles, with lyrics mostly in French; the second Este Mundo traces the plight of migrants crossing borders, largely in Spanish;BUILD is their latest studio album primarily in English, produced with collaborator Todd Sickafoose. Its twelve songs examine the road from solitude to solidarity in both directions and arise from this particularly tender moment of global awakening—from the collapse of capitalism and false democracies to the rise of populist movements around the world. Their LIVE at the Independent album was produced at the request of fans who wanted to capture the wild balance of composition and improvisation that is the hallmark of the band’s rock performance. They are currently recording again with Todd Sickafoose, an exquisite collection of string quartet love songs arranged by composer Mark Orton for Quartet San Francisco.

Smiley Guys Smokehouse Hosts Fundraiser Feb 25

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Smiley Guys Smokehouse to host Fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning

On Thursday, February 25th from 3pm to 8pm, Smiley Guys Smokehouse will host a fundraiser to benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL). Smiley Guys Smokehouse slow-cooks their food, putting LOVE into each of their hand-made dishes, so that everyone leaves a SMILEY GUY or GAL! They even have vegetarian options. The owner, Jesse Cohen, has pledged to donate 10% of all orders (including take-out) to PiELL. Enjoy a delicious meal in a kid-friendly restaurant while helping a worthy cause.

PiELL, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit, offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County. The volunteer tutors are trained during a 2-day session (next training March 12/19), and then matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them. For information call PiELL at 265-2116.

SMILEY GUYS SMOKEHOUSE
131 Joerschke Dr., Grass Valley
(530) 274-2933

Volunteer Open House at Bridgeport Mar 5

VOLUNTEER AT OUR BEAUTIFUL SOUTH YUBA RIVER STATE HISTORIC PARK. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN NEW SKILLS, MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND SHARE IN THE JOY OF HELPING OUR STATE PARKS REMAIN ALIVE.

Bridgeport “Open House” Saturday March 5th, 11am-1pm at Bridgeport

We will have docents on site to show prospective docents and volunteers what types of volunteer opportunities we currently have at the South Yuba River.

The barn, gas station and visitor center will be open.

Volunteer Training

Friday March 11th- 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturday March 12th- 9am-1pm

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Friday March 18th- 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday March 19th- 9am-1pm

Location: Empire Mine State Historic Park Docent Room

This training will cover what a “volunteer means to California State Parks”. Discussing park policies, procedures and philosophy. We will, as a group, be guided through the hiring paperwork and discuss the benefits of being a State Park volunteer. We will have onsite finger printing “live scan” being conducted during the Saturday sessions since a criminal background check is required prior to working as a State Park volunteer. Individuals will need to bring to the training a photo ID and $10 check for the background processing. Prospective volunteers only need to attend one Friday/Saturday block.

For any additional questions or concerns please contact:
Ranger Marc Wetherbee, State Park Peace Officer – Ranger, Badge# 1195
CA State Parks: Sierra District, South Yuba River State Park
Office: (530)432-2546, Fax: (530)432-4182
17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946
Email: marc.wetherbee@parks.ca.gov