Sponsor a “Big Head” in Mardi Gras Parade

The Mardi Gras committee would like the “Big Heads” to be in the Mardi Gras parade on February 19th. Please see the attached photos.
Visually – They are impressive. The “Big Heads” will add a lot to the event. They are impressive, will be good photo opps, and can be changed with different costumes. The creator of the “Big Heads” is asking the Sierra College Art Dept. to assist by wearing the heads and provide a tender to be along side of the “Big Head” at all times.

The cost to rent a “Head” which includes a person to wear the head and a tender is $150 per head. (there is no profit to the chamber at this price). The Chamber will promote them thru Facebook, Website, press releases, etc. We will have a sign, sash, or some way to recognize the sponsor. Please call the Chamber if you are interested.

Get in the Mardi Gras Spirit – Sponsor a “Big Head” – Put an entry in the Parade – Dress in a costume. Let’s show enthusiasm for our fun little town.

Prizes & Donation Request For Installation Awards Dinner

We are excited about our 115th annual Installation and Awards Dinner that will be held on February 4, 2017 at the Miners Foundry. We are seeking help to continue the community awards program which is where we recognize deserving people who have volunteered their time, are outstanding in the visual and performing arts and also those who build or remodel buildings in Nevada City that contribute to the ambiance of our charming town.

One of our creative ideas to fund the awards and dinners for these deserving folks is to conduct a raffle and silent auction, which will offer the chance to win one of many fabulous prizes and generate some money to recognize these outstanding citizens.

We are looking for prizes, donations, gift certificates or other creative items with a value of at least $25.

All donors will be recognized in the program, announced by the MC as the gift is chosen during the raffle/silent auction and promoted prior to the event on local radio stations and newspapers.

To ensure maximum promotional consideration, contributions must be received in the Chamber office by January 20th.  Please drop your contributions off at the Chamber during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or mail to 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA  95959.

Thank you for your continued support of your Chamber of Commerce, which continues our support of you!

The Union’s “Best of Nevada County” Voting is Now Open

The Union is once again holding their annual “Best of Nevada County” contest, and the ballot is now open until January 22 at 11:59 p.m. To cast your vote, simply to to www.theunion.com/bestof2016, register (we do not share this information, it is simply to ensure that each person votes only once), and click on your favorite in each category. If you own a business, the best way to increase your chances of winning are to send out an email blast and a Facebook post with the link encouraging your customers to vote. If your business is not listed in a category with pre-loaded options, all you need is five write-in votes and you will be added. It is updated daily, Monday-Friday.

If you have any questions, contact Valerie Costa at vcosta@theunion.com or 530-477-4237.

Good luck, and happy voting!


Grass Valley Wedding Fair Business Opportunities

Last Minute Chance to Participate in the Grass Valley Wedding Fair!!

The 2017 Wedding Fair is this week! Do you have all the bookings you want for 2017?  If not, than here’s your chance to fill up your calendar. Last year was a great success for our vendors. There are just a few booths left for this years event!

1,500 of the XL postcards and 100 posters were distributed throughout GV, NC and PV prior to Thanksgiving by Dyane & Jeff Albright of Special Arrangements, Savannah Kerksieck of Savvy Kay Photography and myself. We placed them at all the hotels and wedding venues and both Chambers as well as most of the downtown businesses. Facebook advertising will begin soon and run throughout the “engagement season”:)

I have attached the wedding fair contract. If you would like to see who’s participating…you’ll find it listed on my website www.joyoflifeevents.com/grass-valley-wedding-fair/

Registration 2017


Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the Book: Collected Stories

On Wednesday, January 18, Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present the Pulitzer Prize finalist play, Collected Stories, as part of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Written by Donald Margulies and directed by Leslie Ann Rivers, Collected Stories follows respected short story writer and teacher Ruth Steiner (read by Sandra Rockman) over a six year period as she watchers her student, Lisa Morrison (read by Tracie Nickle), go from protégé to confidante to competitor.  Their relationship is further complicated by Lisa’s decision to use Ruth’s life experiences as inspiration for her own first novel, including Ruth’s youthful, shattering affair with poet Delmore Schwartz.  The women navigate their complicated relationship as well as debate the moral dilemma of the appropriateness

“Sandra Rockman, one of Nevada County’s veteran theatre artists, brought the play to my attention,” recalls Rivers.  “We’d been looking for material to collaborate on, and I found Collected Stories to be smart, articulate, often funny, passionate and with many-faceted characters.  It can also keep an audience on its toes — not all is quite what it seems in the beginning.”

Now in its fifth season, Theater by the Book is an opportunity for local theatre artists and audiences to enjoy material that would otherwise be unavailable.  The beauty of the reading format is that it offers the text–the playwright’s words–but without making the demands that is routinely necessary for a full production.  All that is needed for a reading is a director, a cast of actors whose rehearsal commitment is quite brief, and the audience’s imagination! 

“When any of the local companies considers a play or a musical for a full production, they’re always facing the questions of how well they can pull it off and whether or not enough people will want to see it,” explains Jeffrey Mason of Sierra Stages who is main organizer of the readings.  “For Theater by the Book, the stakes are much lower and the challenges much simpler, circumstances that open the door to wonderful, compelling pieces that might not seem practical for the much greater commitment of the full production.  So we all benefit from these opportunities.”

WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the Book: Collected Stories

WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

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

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

INFO: www.minersfoundry.org

“Happy Birthday Janis!” (Again!) January 20 – 21st!

LeGacy presents a rock and roll celebration of the birthday of one of Rock’s greatest icons…the late, great Janis Joplin in “Happy Birthday Janis!” (Again!) ….ONE WEEKEND ONLY ….at the Nevada Theatre January 20th and 21st at 8pm.

Janis Joplin would have turned 74 on January 19th, and although she has been gone 45 years, her music, and the music of her time, seem to live on.
Sue LeGate Halford, Owner/Producer (and sometimes director and actor) of LeGacy Presents brings Janis back to life with a vocal styling that few can bring to the stage the way Joplin did.

Joining her onstage is husband and co-producer Dave Halford’s band, “Dave and the Cool Beans”…the perfect back up band for the music of Janis and her generation. “They just have it…..” says LeGate-Halford “the vocals, harmonies, and the musical styling of good old fashioned rock and roll, mixed with some great contemporary music. They are just excellent musicians. The Beans have played the Janis show two years in a row, and we have a fantastic time together!” Dave and Cool Beans are comprised of Dave Halford on rhythm guitar and vocals, Steve Sheppard on bass and vocals, Paul Turner on lead guitar and vocals, and John Basa on the drums. The Beans “specialize” in music from the 60’s through now, with a focus on the Beatles, Badfinger, Doobie Brothers, Tears for Fears, Jefferson Airplane and many others that the audience will be treated to during this one weekend concert series. “We are doing a little bit of everything….” Halford continues….”some of our old stuff, of course, Janis, Airplane, Sonny & Cher…but have some new surprises in store….gonna be a very fun time! Might as well do it while we can…!”

Tickets for Happy Birthday Janis! (Again!) are only $20 in advance, available at the BookSeller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, onloine at www.legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419. RESERVED SEATING AVAILABLE….at $35 …through the box office or online only. Halford jokes……”Rock and roll is here to stay…well, until we can’t do it anymore!”

Grass Valley Wedding Fair – January 22nd!

Planning a wedding or special event? Please join us for on Sunday January 22, 2017 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 once again to its original location at The Nevada County Fairgrounds after 30 years! Mark your calendars, this is truly a day not to be missed!Find everything you need in one relaxed atmosphere. Wedding shows are a great way to meet wedding vendors that will work to achieve the goals you have set for your wedding day as well as a great way to compare services, styles, and prices.

40th Anniversary Celebration & Mixer January 19th!

Join Us to Celebrate 40 Years!!

Gold Country Community Services was originally incorporated as the Senior Ci􀆟zens’ Founda􀆟on of Western Nevada County in December 1976.
Today, we are celebra􀆟ng 40 years of providing vital services to Western Nevada County Seniors. Come join us on Thursday, January 19th to help us celebrate 40 years!!

The Union’s 5th Annual Chocolate Infusion – Sunday January 22nd

The Union’s 5th Annual Chocolate Infusion—an afternoon of chocolate, wine and jazz will be Sunday, January 22nd at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, California. Chocolate Infusion is a fun speakeasy-themed afternoon of mouth-watering chocolate and wine tasting, with authentic 1920s entertainment featuring the incredibly talented James Pace on jazz piano and Marty Geiger on trumpet reminiscent of the old Speakeasy world of 1920’s Chicago. Bring your friends and enjoy their sound throughout the afternoon while you visit the many local and regional chocolatiers, caterers and chefs who will be presenting their best delicacies for you to sample, both sweet and savory. Local wineries and breweries will also be on hand to pour tastes of their wines and beers. All samples, a souvenir wine glass, plus your entertainment and entry for door prizes are included in your ticket price. A no-host bar, sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, will sell wines by the glass and also their famous Chocolate Martinis and all bar proceeds will benefit the Nevada City Chamber.

There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in January than at Chocolate Infusion at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City! 1920’s period attire is encouraged, but not required. A $50 gift certificate to the Golden Era Lounge will be awarded to the Best Man’s costume and Best Woman’s costume! Tickets are $25 in advance and available at The Union office at 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, by calling 530-477-4241, or online at www.theunion.com/chocolate. Tickets at the door the day of the event will be $30.

HAALo Presents Shamanic & Animal Medicine with Matthew Wood

Join one of the Nation’s most experienced herbalists, Matthew Wood, leading us in a two day exploration of the relationship between shamanistic beliefs and practices alongside ancient and traditional uses of herbs.  Closeness to Nature, animals, plants, and dreamtime are characteristics most frequently associated with the shamanic path. In this class we will learn about the three selves of the shamans: conscious, animal, and dream, and why they are so important. Then we will study medicine animals – the animals serve as the spokespersons, so to speak, of our natural self and our unconscious. As we do this we will study the corresponding medicine plants, because the most powerful plants are associated with medicine animals and we learn back and forth, from kingdom to kingdom. A few examples: bear (burdock, angelica, spikenard), elk and deer (wild bergamot and many mints, sumach, cleavers, dogwood—despite the name), rabbit (rabbit tobacco, nettle, wild yam), turtle (gravel root, boneset, oak, black walnut), wolf (agrimony, cinquefoil, true solomon’s seal), panther (valerian, catnip, chamomile, cramp bark), underwater panther/catfish (white water lily, blue flag, true and false solomon’s seal, marshmallow root, slippery elm, mucilages). Introduction to a local shamanic plant: California bay laurel. Time permitting, we will do a plant spirit journey or two.

HAALo is proud to present this class with Matthew Wood.  Classes will be held in the HAALo Loft at 408 Broad Street in Nevada City, Suite 15.  Early Bird Tickets are available until January 29, 2017, for $295, and Regular Registration is $350.00.  Tickets include a 2 day class from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on March 18 and 19, 2017. 

A Brief Excerpt of Matthew’s Philosophy:  Holistic medicine consists in the treatment of the spirit, soul, and body. Herbalism, in order to be holistic, must entertain the possibility that there is a spiritual side to the plant as well as a material side. This leads us to the even greater possibility that Nature as a whole is a living, spiritual being.

Matthew Wood, age 19, learning plant ID
Dr. Don Lawrence, Professor Emeritus, Botany Department, University of Minnesota, on the right, points to a spring wildflower, April 1973, “Field Botany.” Matthew Wood in center on bike, Duncan McCutcheon to the left. Photo by Tom Weaver.​

Sunnyfield Herb Farm

In 1992 Matthew moved to a little farm in Minnetrista, thirty-five minutes west of downtown Minneapolis. The seventeen acres consisted of fields, woods, swamps, prairies, and herb gardens. He called it “Sunnyfield Herb Farm” after the road out front. In 2003 a careless ‘guest’ burned down the guest house and Matthew thought it prudent to move. In 2006 he removed to a beautiful oak woods about ten miles away, in Maple Plain. In 2010 he moved to land in Wisconsin. He still calls his business “Sunnyfield Herb Farm.” A friend continues to live on the old farm.

Nevada City Film Festival’s Media Maker Residency

The Nevada City Film Festival is pleased to announce their inaugural Media Maker Residency, February 2-5, 2017 in beautiful, historic Nevada City, CA.

The Nevada City Film Festival’s Media Maker Residency unites aspiring and established filmmakers, writers and media creators around the power of story. This unique four-day intensive located in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, in the historic Gold Rush-era village of Nevada City, provides a nurturing environment to spark the process of self-discovery, create connection through community building, and help bring projects to fruition.

With an emphasis on experiential learning, a group of award-winning filmmakers and industry leaders facilitate workshops, writing sessions, and leadership building exercises during each day. In the evening’s attendees will be treated to special screenings and guest artist presentations, along with group dinners featuring local farm to table cuisine, craft beer and foothill vintners.

“I counted the other day that there are 56 former NCFF filmmakers premiering films at Sundance this year. That is absolutely extraordinary for a small film festival like ours and speaks volumes of the quality of films we screen,” explained NCFF Festival Director, Jesse Locks. “We launched the Media Maker Residency to further support creatives along with organizations and businesses in their efforts to share new and exciting stories in a variety of media formats.”

The Media Maker Residency is for storytellers, visual and digital artists looking to enhance connections with their own creative process, as well as with others working in diverse, but related fields.

Since 2001, NCFF has brought top independent cinema to Nevada County during their four-day international film festival every September. NCFF has been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” (Sacramento News & Review) for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing
innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film. In 2016, the festival was named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top 50 film
festivals in the world worth the submission fee for filmmakers.

Over the years, NCFF has hosted many notable independent filmmakers including Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby
Sparks), Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), and Mike Mills (The Beginners), among others. The festival has also worked with local filmmakers who
have gone on to have successful careers in film and television such as Patrick Brice director of The Overnight starring Adam Scott, Jason
Schwartzman, and Taylor Schilling; and Jason Sussberg co-director of the much anticipated upcoming untitled Bill Nye Documentary which
broke Kickstarter fundraising records when it raised over $800,000.

Highlights of the residency include a unique and inspiring setting, the opportunity to learn from award-winning filmmakers and film industry professionals, meet and connect with like minded media makers, creatives and storytellers. Projects finished by Media Maker Residents will have the opportunity to be submitted for screening at the Nevada City Film Festival in September 2017.

Leading the Media Maker Residency is professional coach Dewey Schott, filmmakers Karin Chien, Jenni Matz and Doug Bertran and a round table
of special guests.

For 14 years Schott was the Senior Manager of Leadership Services at NAMAC (National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture), a national
nonprofit arts service organization, where he provided leadership and capacity building services to hundreds of nonprofit leaders from across the country.

Chien is a four-time Independent Spirit Award nominee and the recipient of the 2010 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award, given
to “producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality
independent films.” Her films have won over 75 film festival awards, premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and secured
distribution in over 40 international territories. Chien has taught independent film producing workshops and classes at School of Visual
Arts, New York University, Temple University, Film Independent’s Producing Lab, University of Hawaii Pacific New Media Center and
through ZuZu Films in Los Angeles. She has has advised/consulted for the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, IFP/New York, Tribeca Film
Institute, Cinereach, ITVS/PBS, Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society, and the Flaherty Seminar.

Matz is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked in documentary television production for over 15 years as a Producer, Editor and Researcher. She currently is the Senior Producer/Archivist for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s oral history interview collection where she is responsible for overseeing digitization and creating an online digital access tool for the 800+ interview collection.

Bertran is an award-wining filmmaker who has produced media for National Geographic Television & Film, National Geographic Channels,
Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS Nature, PBS Nova, BBC, and more. Mr. Bertran’s work focuses on media production in science, travel, and
natural history. He specializes in stories that are character driven with smart content, combined with amazing and beautiful images, for international audiences.

Special guests include producer Anne Moore, who is best known for her work on the Michael Moore documentary films Fahrenheit 9/11(2004),
Sicko (2007) and Capitalism: A Love Story (2009), Curtis Grout, Editor, has worked on such TV Series as 30 for 30 Shorts and Our
America with Lisa Ling, as well as premiered three short films at Sundance, and Louise Lovegrove, an award-winning producer and production manager who has worked on more than two dozen films including I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore (2017), The End of the Tour (2015), and Girl Rising (2013), among others. Hailing from England, Ms. Lovegrove graduated from the University of Manchester, received her Masters in Film Producing from the University of London, and has taught at London’s New York Film Academy.

The cost of the Media Maker Residency is $1595 and includes 3-nights lodging at the Outside Inn, and four days of meals including continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and daily snacks. It does not include transportation to/from or during the residency. There is a local rate of $1190 that does not include lodging. Registration cut off is January 29, 2017. Space limited to 25.

To register go to www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com. For more information contact Jesse Locks, NCFF Festival Director at jesse@nevadacityfilmfestival.com or (916) 548-7716.

Photo Credit: Kial James Photography
Photo Caption: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, co-directors of Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, at the 2016 Nevada City Film Festival.
Dayton attended Lyman Gilmore as a child.

Maxwell Publishing Announces New 50+ Senior Directory

Maxwell Publishing proudly announces the publication of its premiere issue of the 50+ Senior Directory. 50+ is Nevada County’s first resource directory focusing on the 50+ audience. Known as the “baby boomer” generation, this generation is dedicated to taking care of themselves physically, financially, and spiritually. Boomers are also likely to be aware of and/or taking care of their parents and aging loved ones.

The 50+ Senior Directory is a great “tool” to have on hand as it’s filled with all the important local resource material you expect in a directory focused on seniors, PLUS interesting and informative articles written by local professionals and specialists.

You can pick up your copy at either the Nevada City or Grass Valley Chambers of Commerce, Eskaton Village, Helping Hands in Penn Valley, SPD Markets, What’s Up? Coffee and many, many other businesses. For more information contact us via our website: www.maxwellpublishingcompany.com. Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MaxwellPublishing/.

HAALo presents The Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship I

HAALo Herb Shoppe represents The Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship I: an experiential journey into indigenous earth medicine and vibrational healing with Marza Millar.

Learn the foundations of indigenous earth wisdom with this unique, experiential 9-month apprenticeship with internationally known teacher and Medicine Woman Marza Millar. Marza will guide a small group of apprentices into a deep immersion of plant spirit medicine and vibrational healing, working directly with the forces of nature, the plants, moon, sun, and earth tides to learn how to heal human ancestral conditions.

This apprenticeship is designed for those with a solid maturity and genuine interest in deepening the exploration of the self and the unseen. In this study of plant spirit medicine, you will learn about your own energetic patterns, how they interface with others, and how to alter them to support healing the body.

The full human experience of healing will be explored from multiple dimensions. While there is a comprehensive curriculum that will be covered, be prepared for a non-linear journey of exploration into numerous indigenous traditions, with a wide variety of learning modalities, including hands-on, experiential learning, lecture, field classes, storytelling, and more.

Participants will create a personalized vibrational essence kit made from flowers, trees, and minerals and make herbal energetic essence tinctures, salves, and balms. There will be study in the herbal laboratory as well as opportunities to develop clinical skills for starting or expanding an herbal practice.

Here is a sampling of course topics:    

     The Medicine Wheel
     Plant spirit medicine
     Medicine making
     Biodynamic calendar & basic biodynamics
     Cycles of time & harvesting cycles
     Prophecy of the 5th Sun circle and the 5th Cycle Medicines
     Healing through the energy field
     Ancestral and energetic imprints of disease
     Healing family miasms
     Soul retrieval
     Time tracking
     Making Tinctures, salves, balms, Vibrational Essences, essential oils, detoxification waters, and live waters
     Shamanic healing
     Rites of passage

Marza has offered this apprenticeship through HAALo for 3 successful years and we are very excited to continue with the administration, logistics and support for this nine-month journey.

In addition to the above activities, apprentices will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Marza’s healing lineage. Opportunities will be offered outside of the classroom experience including Despacho and Karpay ceremonies with the Inca from Peru; harvesting and energy workshops in the Hawaii; and the opportunity to Quest with Bear Clan.

About Marza: This class is taught by Grandmother Marza Millar, Elder by birth rite of the Wind Creek, Yavapai, Clinical Herbalist, CMT, and MA. Marza’s upbringing in earth-based medicine comes from her Birth Rite with the Wind Creek Yavapai on her father’s side. After receiving a formal education and working in allopathic medicine, Marza returned to her roots and has spent decades of her life training in various earth-based medicine traditions. Marza is responsible to the Wind Creek Yavapai to hold the Emergence door of the 4th world, located in Sedona, Arizona. Her mother’s people are from Isle of Skye, Scotland and Kilkenny, Ireland. Marza is also a Druid Elder of Clach Na h’Annait Standing Stone. She has been adopted and trained in both rites from birth. Marza also received training in the traditional teachings of Lemuria given by the Elders of Naapoopoo Village, Big Island, Hawaii.

Want to learn more about Marza? Come to a free evening orientation on Wednesday January 18, or Tuesday February 21, 6-8pm to meet her in person.

Dates:  March-November 2017, March 18-19, April 8-9, May 20-21, June 1-3 (three day trip to Bristlecone Pine Forest), July 15-16, Aug 19-20, Sept 23-24, Oct 7-8, Nov 4-5, 2017.  Classes will be held at 408 Broad Street, Suite 15, In the New York Hotel Building in Nevada City

Tickets: Early Bird registration: $1699 when paid in full by February 14, 2017,
Standard Registration: $1899, Payment Plan Available, Email learnit@haalo.org
Register online at www.haalo.org, call (530) 265-8804 or email Cherylynn Allen, learnit@haalo.org

About HAALo:
HAALo Herb Shoppe is nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, in the charming Victorian town of Nevada City, California. Alternative health practitioners and herbalists work behind the counter to help explore healing alternatives.

HAALo’s mission includes education for our local community for home herbalism, as well as continuing education courses for herbalists and practitioners. HAALo sponsors and supports annual events that celebrate all that is herbal and botanical.

HAALo has a full herbal apothecary including Western, Chinese, and Ayurvedic herbs. In addition to bulk herbs, we have many off-the-shelf remedies and products that are hand-crafted by local herbalists and artisans.

HAALo serves as a support network for practitioners, farmers who grow our medicine, and for those in the community who need healing. Located in Nevada City, California, HAALo serves as a community resource for healing alternatives. Whether you are looking for chemical-free bug spray, essential oils, flower essences, soothing skin care, other consciously-crafted items, or just want to explore different paths on your healing journey, look to HAALo.

Each practitioner has their own gifts. We suggest reviewing their profiles and coming in to the shop to meet them to see whose approach resonates with you. HAALo offers one private treatment room, and you can work directly with a practitioner to set appointments.

Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade & Street Faire Sunday February 19th

Sunday, Feb 19th – 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.

Come out and enjoy the fun!!


Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center Presents Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center Thursday, January 26, 2017, giving Nevada County fans the chance to experience what is regarded as one of the best live bands in the world.

The legendary saxophonist for the Rolling Stones recently celebrated turning 60 with an all-star studded bash at the Fillmore in San Francisco.  Special guests such as Luther Dickinson, Mike Dillon, Jackie Greene and Ivan Neville were all on hand to pay homage to Denson’s more than 30-year music career.

Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz’s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars. Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.  Touring relentlessly for the past 20 years, performing over 150 shows annually, and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.

KDTU will be showcasing material from their forthcoming studio album, due in early 2017, as well as previous KDTU recordings like ‘New Ammo’ and ‘Brother’s Keeper.’ Audiences can also expect a handful of KDTU’s super-charged covers by the likes of Prince, The White Stripes, David Bowie and Beastie Boys.

The current KDTU touring lineup is comprised of Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, Greyboy Allstars’ bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects’ keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter Chris Littlefield and ace slide and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman.


WHO: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

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

TICKETS: $27/Advance, $32/Door.  Tickets are available online at

www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the

Miners Foundry, or in person at BriarPatch Co-Op. This is a dancing show, limited seating available.

INFO: www.minersfoundry.org

Bear Yuba Land Trust & Folk Trails Hiking Club Launch 52 Hike Challenge

Inspired by the 52 Hike Challenge, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and Folk Trails Hiking Club (FTHC) are teaming up in 2017 to encourage Nevada County residents to venture outdoors, hit the trail and explore miles of hiking opportunities  found in their own backyard.

Started by Karla Amador and Phillip Stinis in 2014, the 52 Hike Challenge has become a global movement inspiring individuals to step outside their comfort zone in order to hike 52 times in one year, or an average of once a week.

“The 52 Hike Challenge is a great opportunity for the community to come together around something we love and enjoy – the outdoors – while also working towards this incredible goal. I’m excited to team up with BYLT to learn more about conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural legacy,” said Jesse Locks, organizer of the Folk Trails Hiking Club.

Starting January 2017, hikers can sign up for hikes offered by both organizations and/or select hikes on their own.  Hikes can range from beginner to advance, one mile to 15+ miles, flat to several thousands of feet in elevation gain.  Hikes can also be repeated more than once.

“For many years, BYLT has been an advocate for local trails and the many health, economic and community-building benefits that nature experiences like hiking can provide. We look forward to partnering with Folk Trails Hiking Club in 2017 and sharing our love of the outdoors with a broader audience. We want to see all walks of life using community trails,” said BYLT’s Outreach Coordinator Laura Petersen.  

Upcoming BYLT Hikes

Hirschman Trail Hike – 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 15 – BYLT will lead a free three-mile morning stroll exploring Hirschman Trail during the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Located a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, this lovely trail tells the story of environmentally damaging Gold Rush hydraulic mining and how nature heals itself over time. The trail’s centerpiece, Hirschman’s Pond is a great place to look for wildlife such as waterfowl, turtles and otter. Meet at the trailhead located off of Cement Hill Road.

Explore Black Swan – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 – Celebrated local hiking author and archeologist Hank Meals will lead a moderately challenging 4.5 mile hike for BYLT exploring stories of history and culture at Black Swan Preserve. Visit www.bylt.org for details.

Trek Series – Throughout 2017, BYLT will host a series of free treks on local trails and guided hikes on conserved lands by local experts (for a fee), each with a seasonal theme. In winter months, look for snowshoe and cross country treks in the Sierra Nevada, newt and wildflower hikes in spring, bird outings in summer and fall colors in Autumn. BYLT’s annual community Celebration of Trails will take place on Saturday, June 3.

Upcoming FTHC Hikes

Steep Hollow Snowshoe Hike – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 – FTHC will lead a 5-mile snowshoe hike at Steep Hollow, a nearby cross-country ski trail system marked by the Nordic Skiers of Nevada County, located on Highway 20 at the Alpha-Omega rest stop, 17 miles east of Nevada City.  From the lookout, look down on the Alpha and Omega Diggins where water from the Yuba River was diverted to the mines through the Omega Ditch and through wooden flumes suspended from the granite cliffs above the river.

Bear Valley Snowshoe Hike – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan 21 – FTHC will lead a free 1.5 mile snowshoe hike on the Pioneer Trail in Bear Valley, just off of Highway 20, before the Bowman Road.  The Pioneer Trail follows one of several emigrant trails that were used to travel to California following the discovery of gold. Hikers should bring their own gear and park at the Valley’s east end at dirt parking area on Zeibright Road.  This is a great opportunity to try out snowshoeing.  Snowshoes can be rented from Mountain Recreation.  

Schedule your next adventure!

Lists of hikes offered can be found at: www.bylt.org or www.FolkTrails.org

Participants are encouraged to check back monthly for updates or join the mailing list for upcoming reminders on hikes.  

Other local hike resources include: Sierra Club – Sierra Nevada Chapter, Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, the app and website www.alltrails.com, and the definitive trail guides: The River: Hiking Trails and History of the South Fork of the Yuba River (2008), and Yuba Trails 1 & 2 (1993, 2001), by local Author, Archeologist and Historian Hank Meals.  

Hikers are encouraged to share their stories and read the inspiring stories of others participating in the hike challenge.  This can be done via social media on the 52 Hike Challenge – Nevada County Facebook group and Instagram account or by emailing stories and photos to: 52HikeChallengeNevadaCounty@gmail.com.  

By posting on Facebook and hashtagging #52HikeChallenge2017 on Instagram or Twitter hikers can become part of the larger, national movement, 52HikerChallenge community.  

Hikers can download a form on each organization’s website to keep track of each hike completed and submit once they have finished all 52 hikes.  An end of the year party will be held to celebrate all those who participate.

Bear Yuba Land Trust is a community-supported nonprofit organizations that has conserved 12,000 acres of forests, meadows and farmland; built 35 miles of trails and provides outdoor programs for people of all ages.  Learn more: www.bylt.org

Folk Trails Hiking Club a bi-monthly hiking group of outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning about the folk tales and natural history of our local trails.  For more information go to: www.folktrails.org

As part of 52 Hike Challenge, BYLT will lead a free morning stroll from 11 a.m. to noon on the Hirschman Trail on Sunday, Jan. 15 during Wild & Scenic Film Festival activities. Inspired by the 52 Hike Challenge, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and Folk Trails Hiking Club (FTHC) are teaming up in 2017 to encourage Nevada County residents to venture outdoors, hit the trail and explore miles of hiking opportunities found in their own backyard.

Folk Trails Hiking Club and Bear Yuba Land Trust are teaming up for the 52 Hike Challenge, encouraging people to get outdoors and hike local trails, an average of one hike a week throughout 2017.

ZOFO Ensemble Strikes a Chord for the New Year – Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

InConcert Sierra will present an exhilarating start to the New Year with a performance by the Bay Area-based ZOFO piano four-hands ensemble that will bring “fireworks” to the Grass Valley stage Jan. 15, according to Artistic Director Ken Hardin.

ZOFO – which stands for 20 Finger Orchestra – features pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi. The duo’s performances have earned them a Grammy nomination, recognition as a Steinway Artist Ensemble, and accolades from the international music scene.

Their Jan. 15 concert in Grass Valley will feature a program that includes works by Leonard Bernstein, Harold Shapero, Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky.

“This program will bring fireworks at the keyboard, from Bernstein’s Candide Overture to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring,” said Hardin. “It will truly be an experience for our audience.”

Zimmermann has appeared as a soloist in Europe and the United States. Her engagements have included recitals as well as concerto performances with major symphonies, such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Winner of the prestigious Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Zimmermann has appeared at international festivals worldwide, including the “Festival Piano en Saintonge” in France, the “Sommerfestspiele Murten” in Switzerland and San Francisco’s “Other Minds Festival of New Music.” As an educator, she has been a faculty member of the University of San Francisco and currently teaches in the music program at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, California, founded by Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

Nakagoshi began his piano studies at the age of 10, arriving in the United States from Japan at the age of 18. He earned his Bachelors degree in Composition and Masters degree in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Graduating as the recipient of multiple top awards, Nakagoshi was selected to represent the SFCM for the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, a program featuring the most promising young musicians from major conservatories across the United States. He has performed to acclaim on prestigious concert stages across the United States, including at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Nakagoshi is Pianist-in-Residence at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the award winning Opera Parallele.

Experience live what the Washington Post described as “…feisty performances surge with athletic precision, joy.” In addition, the pianists’ hands will be projected above the stage for everyone to see the action on the keyboard. 

Tickets to the 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 concert are $34. There are a limited number of youth passes for those 5-17, available for free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. To arrange for youth tickets, please call InConcert Sierra directly at 530-273-3990. All general admission tickets are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org (ticketing fees may apply) and in person at BriarPatch Co-op or at the door on the day of the concert.

There will be a 1:15 p.m. pre-concert forum featuring InConcert Sierra board member Aileen James who will interview Zimmermann and Nakagoshi, and include questions from the audience. The concert will be at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley. For more information, please visit www.inconcertsierra.org