Tim Brown Receives NC’s Prestigious Elza Kilroy Award

Tim Brown has been named recipient of the 2016 Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Kilroy award every year to an outstanding volunteer.  Established in 1969, it is presented annually to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors selected Brown for the award to honor his dedication to Nevada City and support of the local organizations in the area. For the past 10 years, Brown has taken charge of the Nevada City parades and he also volunteers every week for the Nevada City Police Department.  He is an active member of Nevada Lodge #13 and the local Oddfellows organizations.

“The Board felt that he really has Nevada City in his heart and the Chamber appreciates everything he does to keep Nevada City a vibrant community” said Chamber Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey.

The Kilroy Award is one of the several annual awards presented by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Other 2016 recipients are: Cynthia Levesque is being honored with the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award. Cynthia is the founder of the First Friday Art Walks which have been a great success for businesses in Nevada City.

Danny McCammon Is the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award.   The Annex at 231 Broad Street was recognized with the Annual Stan Halls Architectural Award.  Chris Crockett Is the recipient of the Chamber’s 2016 Live Music Award. The Inn Town Campground was chosen as the recipient of the W. Lon Cooper New Construction Award.

The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 4th at the Miners foundry.

The Season of Giving at KVMR

Donate to KVMR & a Meal Goes to Someone in Need

KVMR is partnering with California Solar Electric Company, who will donate a free hot meal to a homeless person or person in need from Nevada City’s Divine Spark, for each individual gift made to KVMR through the end of December.

Donate $120 or more to KVMR and receive the Limited Edition “Eating Radio: 2016: A KVMR Cookbook” – a collection of 150 recipes from station broadcasters, volunteers and staff.

Contributions can be made online, via phone at 265-9073 or sent to:

KVMR – 120 Bridge Street, Nevada City CA 95959

SCROOGE Continues at the Nevada Theatre Through December 24th!

LeGacy Presents is proud to present Rodger Hoopman’s SCROOGE as their annual holiday production at the Nevada Theatre. The original production of SCROOGE opened in 1978 in Cal Expo’s Golden Bear Playhouse, directed by Gary McFadyen and featuring Rodger Hoopman as Scrooge. Since then, SCROOGE has played each holiday season to enthusiastic audiences throughout Northern California.

Directed by Sue LeGate Halford, choreographed by Dinah Smith, with musical direction by Beverly Marks, SCROOGE is a must see this Christmas season! With Rodger Hoopman in the title role for his 38th year, SCROOGE makes its debut at the Nevada Theatre this holiday season opening November 25 and playing through December 24th. Joining Hoopman in this delightful musical are LeGacy veterans Darryl Stines as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Sara Noah as the Ghost of Christmas Past (and Mother Cratchit) and Kris Meadows as the Ghost of Christmas Present. More familiar faces from LeGacy productions are Connor McGehee, Makenna Harrison, Amber Busse & Brian Arnold. Newcomers Zed Freedman as young Ebeneezer and Robert Peters as Tiny Tim. Rounding out the cast are Patrick Moore and Dinah Smith as the lively Fezziwig couple.

Sacramento Bee Arts Critic Robert Masullo wrote: “His Scrooge is singular. He’s irascible, inarticulate and mean. Nevertheless and remarkably, he creates something close to sympathy for Scrooge.” Bee Arts critic Alfred Kay scribed…”like Carol Channing as Dolly Levi or Yul Brynner as the King of Siam, the local director and actor has made the role his own. He handles it with a depth of fury and bitterness that makes you wonder how Bob Cratchit ever showed up for work.” Sacramento Union critic Richard Simon wrote: “Hoopman has polished his conception of Scrooge so the character glows with a patina akin to that of rubbed mahogany. He makes his points both as the misanthrope and miser of Christmas eve and the philanthropist of Christmas day with utmost simplicity and directness of speech and gesture.” Patricia Beach Smith, Bee Arts Critic, said: “Rodger Hoopman, as the unlikable yet redeemable title character, was a convincing Scrooge in a tour de force part, honed over many years of practice. His transformation from a persnickety old money-grabber to a generous, almost giddy everybody’s uncle, proved his mettle.”

The production includes an original musical score by Hoopman and Rob Knable (with additional music and lyrics by Warren Harrison) which “weaves about a dozen clever songs through the threads of the original story…making the holiday musical a delight.” (Joanne Burkett, Roseville Press Tribune).

“The set captures Dickens’ time, place and ambiance. The narrow houses line a narrow street, and though they are rendered on flat canvas, the scene evokes the comforting feeling of an advent calendar and makes one want to open the small windows for the prizes within.” (Alfred Kay, Sacramento Bee)
Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 ( with exception of December 24th, which is a 2 pm matinee ) Thursday December 8th & 22nd at 7pm , Sunday December 4th and 18th at 2pm.
Tickets for SCROOGE are only $20 in advance, available at The Bookseller, Harmony Books, online at LeGacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268-5419
Reserved seating $35 available only online or through the box office.


Nevada County Concert Band at Nevada City Victorian Christmas Wednesday, December 21st

The Nevada County Concert Band’s Ensembles will be playing traditional Christmas tunes along with non-traditional seasonal music during Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas on December 21 in The Nevada Theatre.  Continuous music will be performed from 5pm to 9pm.  Come in out of the cold and enjoy a bowl of chili prepared by The Nevada Theatre Management while listening to the Brass, Flute and Clarinet Choirs along with TUBAMONIUM, Blended Metal Saxophones and Twisted Licorice.  Pop in and out, or stay for the entire evening.  The entire evenings music is FREE.


2017 Sustainable Food & Farm Conference

Food & Farm Conference Brings National Leaders in the Sustainable Farming Movement to Grass Valley

Over 600 farmers, foodies and homesteaders will gather in Grass Valley on January 6 -8 for the 2017 Sustainable Food & Farm Conference. This year’s conference features internationally recognized soil scientist and Elaine Ingham, widely known in the sustainable and organic agriculture movement as one of the leading innovators in promoting soil health. The conference also features Ben Hartman, market farmer and author who develops lean principles inspired by the Japanese automotive industry to work smarter, prevent burnout and promote success among family farmers. Greg Judy, rancher and author, will share how he transformed his bankrupt ranch into a profitable, debt-free business by adopting holistic management techniques for producing pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken and more. The conference also features a full day of sustainable food and farm workshops by local experts, and a tour of local, sustainable-minded farms and ranches in Nevada County.

The Sustainable Food & Farm Conference is designed to support farmers, ranchers, homesteaders, and gardeners to adopt innovative, sustainable practices that promote nutrient dense food and a healthier environment.

“This conference was founded by farmers, for farmers” says Malaika Bishop, Co-Director of Sierra Harvest, the local food and farm organization that hosts the event. In keeping with the spirit of giving the attendees what they want, the conference continues to respond to the needs of its participants. “This year, we have incorporated a number of new elements based on the feedback we received from past conference goers – including more hands-on activities integrated into the program, and bringing the most requested speakers and topics into the conference line-up”. In addition to the keynote presentations, the conference will include workshops on beekeeping, on-line marketing for farms, making compost tea, growing delicious fruit and more.

More About the 7th Annual Sustainable Food & Farm Conference

The conference is sponsored by: BriarPatch Coop, Vital Landscaping, Forever Flowering, Organic Valley, Sweetland Garden Supply, Peaceful Valley Garden Supply, The Union, and Four Seasons Nursery.

January 6th: Local Farm and Ranch Tour, featuring holistic management techniques for pasture at Elster Ranch and biodynamic composting class Fulcrum Farm; plus a new Mushroom Cultivation workshop at Tumbling Creek Farm.

January 7th: Keynote speakers & in-depth workshops, Food & Farm Expo at Nevada Union High School

January 8th: Food & Farm Workshops with a hands-on track at Nevada Union High School

Full Conference agenda at www.foodandfarmconference.com/event-details/
More on Keynote speakers at www.foodandfarmconference.com/speakers/
Register for tickets at www.foodandfarmconference.com/tickets/
Farmers can apply for registration discounts by contacting rachel@sierraharvest.org

Contact: Rachel Berry 530-265-2343, rachel@sierraharvest.org

For testimonials, sponsorship information or publicity photos, please contact Rachel directly.

Additional information is available at www.foodandfarmconference.org

About Sierra Harvest
Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food.  Learn more at www.sierraharvest.org

Emily’s Catering & Cakes Christmas Pop-Up Bakery!

Shop for Holiday Goodies at Emily’s Catering & Cakes

Christmas Pop Up Bakery, December 20 – 23, 10:00am – 6:00pm!

Emily’s Catering & Cakes retail bakery is an “old fashioned” bakery where everything is made fresh and by hand. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with the highest quality food and desserts using the freshest ingredients. Our cakes and desserts are guaranteed fresh, never frozen.


Experience Sounds of the Season with Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra

Bring joy and inspiration to the season with the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra’s holiday concerts, Dec. 17 and 18.

Classic holiday songs such as “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” “O Magnum Mysterium,” and “A Symphony of Carols” will be performed, along with new pieces such as “Masters in This Hall,” “Hurry, Hurry!” and “Hanukah Fantasy.” The ever popular festive sing-a-long also returns to the program as well, giving the audience a chance to participate. The Sierra Master Chorale is an 80-voice auditioned choir under the direction of Conductor Ken Hardin.

“Ken Hardin has picked some great music for our holiday concerts. New and exciting pieces and arrangements that I haven’t heard before. We in the Sierra Master Chorale are enjoying learning them and I know this will be a knockout Holiday concert,” said chorister John Bush.

The orchestra features more than 20 local and regional professional musicians. Among the many instrumental moments of note in this holiday program, O Magnum Mysterium will include music from a crystal water goblet.

Since it was established in 2008, the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra has developed a reputation for varied, high quality programming that creates exciting musical experiences for both the audience and choristers alike.

Tickets for the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra Holiday Concerts are $34 for general admission, $17 for youth (17 and under) and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org (online tickets fees may apply), or in person at BriarPatch Co-op and at the door.

The concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, please call 530-273-3990 or visit www.inconcertsierra.org smc_sings-copy

A Night of Giving: Finding the Best in Each Other – Saturday December 17th

Mikail Graham’s 11th Annual Night of Giving, a Holiday Musical Benefit for
Hospitality House Community Shelter

On Saturday, December 17 Mikail Graham will present the eleventh annual Night of Giving, a benefit for Hospitality House featuring a host of great local musicians.
Performers at the event, which will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in both halls at the historic Miners Foundry in Nevada City, include local favorites Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, Barwick & Siegfried, Kimberly Bass, Saul & Elena Rayo, the Nevada Union High School Choir, The Earles Of Newtown, Buck Star, Yuba Rio Hot Club, The Heifer Belles, Bob Woods, The Rattlin’ Bones, and many more.

“As this past year has been quite challenging for most of us on many levels, including a spectacularly volatile political season, we decided to emphasize community unity at this year’s Night of Giving,” said Graham. “Much of our inspiration comes from a short poem I recorded with Utah Phillips about a year before his passing called ‘What We Need.’ In barely a minute Utah gave a heartfelt rundown of what every human being needs and deserves. Full of human kindness and good common sense, his list concludes that what we need most is to be able to count on each other, with each of us contributing to the common good as best we can.” All who attend the event will receive an elegant letterpress broadside edition of the poem “What We Need,” produced and donated by Full Circle Press. Attendees will also hear directly from Hospitality House guests about their experience with homelessness.

Dinner at the Night of Giving, prepared by students and graduates of the Hospitality House Serves culinary job-skills training program, will be available for a small donation, and there will be a no-host bar. Event-goers can also check out terrific local deals at a silent auction table and shop for curated vintage items at a special Bread & Roses Thrift corner set up at the Foundry for the evening. Suggested donation for advance tickets is $20. Children ages 12 and younger are free.

For more information, go to www.hhshelter.org


Save the Date for SYRCL’s 15th Anniversary Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Save the date for SYRCL’s 15th anniversary Wild & Scenic Film Festival happening January 12-16, 2017 in downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley. Each year, this festival brings our community a selection of films to change your world. You’ll witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. You’ll experience the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities.

The theme this year, At the Edge, addresses some of the more pressing matters at hand, including climate change, species extinction, social and environmental justice – genres all well represented at Wild & Scenic. It is also representative of the adventure films we screen – bringing to mind being at the edge of a great wilderness or a path not taken – always a highlight for our festival attendees!

Additionally, the phrase embraces the activists and innovators featured in many of our documentary films who are at the edge of progress with new advances in alternative energy, sustainable farming, and the chance to make decisions that will have a positive effect future generations. And, of course, there is a link to our attendees who are often at the edge of their seats throughout the festival!

Many special events are in store for our 15th anniversary festival; some highlights include:

  • Art & the Environment: An Evening with Gary Snyder & Tom Killion. This evening of film, conversation and poetry will focus on the role arts have played, do play, and can play in the environmental movement. VIP Reception will precede this event.
  • Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning writer and director David Vassar will share a live multi-media presentation exploring the source of inspiration for environmental films and how the idea becomes a cinematic experience that can move an audience to action.
  • Virtual Reality Lounge featuring 4 environmental themed experiences

This event doesn’t happen without more than 700 volunteers; if you’re interested in getting involved we’d love to have you. Volunteer Registration and Ticket Sales start December 1. We hope to see you there! 

For more information:  www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org


TheraEx Staffing Services Ribbon Cutting

TheraEx Staffing Services hosted a Ribbon Cutting as new members of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.  Everyone enjoyed networking and a beautiful lunch catered by Emily’s Catering and Cakes.  Thank you to our hosts and those who attended!


The Chinese Delegation Visit

We would like to thank the following Businesses and individuals who went out of their way to make the Chinese delegation feel comfortable while recently visiting our fabulous town. We all feel Nevada City will eventually reap the benefits from this visit in the form of additional tourism. A big shout out to Lex Matteini for putting this visit together.

Ron Bledsoe, Gold Rush Artifacts Collector

LeeAnn Brook, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery & Studio

Tom Coleman, The National Hotel

Carissa Cook, Friar Tuck’s

George Dyer, South Pine Cafe

Sean Gilleran, Gold Miners Inn

Empire Mine Staff & Volunteers

Hone Mei Guo, Interpreter

Matt Marguilies, Matteo’s Public

Shea Smith, HAALo

Rene Sprattling, Papa Bear’s Lodge

Dan & Erin Thiem, Inn Town Campground

Ms. Jeannie Wood, CATS

Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Tour Guide Firehouse Museum

Dave Iorns, Nevada City Crystal & Glass/Chamber President

Cathy Whittelsey, Executive Director Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

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Victorian Christmas in Historic Nevada City – Wednesday December 14th & Sunday, December 18th

 Victorian Christmas Continues Wednesday Dec 14th & Sunday Dec 18th on the Streets of Historic Nevada City

Victorian Christmas has been a beloved tradition since 1978 and this December, for five dates, Sundays December 4th, 11th & 18th from 1:30pm – 6:00pm and Wednesdays, December 14th & 21st from 5:00pm – 9pm, Nevada City’s picturesque downtown will transform once again into a Christmas card come to life.

Join family and friends sharing holiday cheer and good tidings. Victorian Christmas features holiday activities for all ages: Santa & Strolling Carolers, Carriage Rides, Children’s Activities, Victorian Characters, Roasted Chestnuts, Holiday Shopping, Handcrafted Christmas Gifts, Delicious Foods and much more!

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!


Some (of the many!) reasons to enjoy Victorian Christmas this year!

Family Entertainment
From jugglers to fine musicians, carolers to storytellers, we have something for everyone.


Find the Perfect Gift
Visit the shops and stalls of Nevada City to find one-of-a-kind treasures, fine art, romantic clothing, handmade soaps and candles, alluring glass treasures and dazzling jewelry. We have gifts for everyone at Victorian Christmas—and you don’t need to break the bank while shopping locally.

Festive Feasting
Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air as you walk the winding gas lit streets of Nevada City.  From award-winning chefs to warming street food, there’s fare that is certain to satisfy every appetite, from children to gourmands.

Sing for Joy
Join in with one of the many choirs and singing groups who will be strolling through town and performing at Victorian Christmas.  Come ready to give voice to traditional carols and more recent holiday songs!

Make it easy on yourself
Why drive through holiday traffic to a distant mall when you can take a special $5 round-trip Holiday Shuttle to Victorian Christmas from the parking lot at the Nevada County Government Center at Highway 49 and Maidu Ave.  Drop your group off in town and then catch the Shuttle.  Return journeys are free for all.  Shuttle hours are 4:30-9:30pm Wednesdays and noon-6:30pm Sundays.

For more information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or toll-free (800) 655-NJOY, online at www.nevadacitychamber.com

An Artist’s Talk on the Creative Process

Thursday evening, December 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery & studio will present An Artist’s Talk on the Creative Process. The talk will include an interview with photographer and retired Nevada County Superior Court Judge Frank Francis and painter LeeAnn Brook, discussing the personal journey of their art. The event moderated by Nina Snegg, is $10 per person payable at the door and includes a complementary glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Seating is limited.

Photography for Frank Francis evolved slowly from long contact with the natural world, through backpacking, hiking, skiing and fishing in the mountains and rivers of the western United States. Frank and his family, seeking a rural life, came to Nevada County California from San Francisco in 1963. He practiced law in Nevada City until 1977 when he was appointed to the Superior Court. Frank served as a judge in Nevada County until his retirement in 1997.

During his early years on the judicial bench, Francis’ photography centered on the Sacramento Valley and foothills. As time went by, his interest expanded to foreign themes, which intensified after retirement in 1997.

The camera and an urge for adventure has taken him to very remote corners of the world, including Mongolia, the Middle East and multiple trips to Africa, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar. The mode of travel has been, most often, by small boat, jeep or on foot. Except for a guide and boat crew the trips have been solo in order to concentrate on photography. Seeking out very remote places has given fresh access to people and places. His goals have been to seek the lives within lives, the undertones, the fragments of lives bathed in mystery. Another goal has been to photograph the intensity and beauty of spiritual life often amplified by symbolism. The long trips on waterways have allowed a silent platform to watch the unchanged rhythms of life where daily tasks can take on memorable beauty, enhanced by the water and the sky.

“I am thrilled to showcase the stunning work of Frank Francis at my gallery, as I have been a longtime admirer of his photography and of the important part he has played in our community. Francis’ sensitive work stops me in my tracks as a true emotion is felt in each image. I often wonder how long he waited for fog to set in, how he experienced the silence of a forest, or why he chose a single branch to make a statement. His work evokes a silent conversation between himself and the viewer that is rare,” remarked Brook.

Francis’ photography will be exhibited at the gallery during the month of December along with paintings by LeeAnn Brook, sculpted wood vessels by Mike Snegg, and the art of over twelve other artists. The gallery is curated by Brook in a setting complemented by Japanese antiques which are also for sale.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City. Open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., the gallery is also open during Victorian Christmas. For more information call 265-6817 or visit www.leeannbrookfineart.com.


Nevada City Winter Craft Fair December 11th

Nevada County’s premier juried craft fair returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Sunday, December 11, from 10am-6pm.  Just in time for those searching for one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays, the 6th Annual Nevada City Winter Craft Fair showcases over seventy of the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, designers, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their handcrafted, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares, along with an assortment of vintage goods.

New to this year is an array of craft demos such as live painting, leather working, beading, woodcarving and metal painting.  Live music also returns to the festival with music from indie folk artist Sunday Iris early in the day and Morgan Cochneuer of Skiffle Symphony on fiddle and banjo later in the day. 

“This year’s fair has branched out into other craft and makers communities in Northern California,” says the festival’s producer Naomi Cabral.  “We have crafters joining us from as far as Oakland and Sacramento, but we still have a strong presence from Nevada County.”

Some of this year’s local crafters include Outlaw Soaps, Eleri Design, Cabrina Channing Silverworks, Thomboy Bags, Green Mosaics, Ursula Young Art, Neva Co, Cult of Gemini, and Nevada City Scenics.  Nevada City Craft Fair favorites such as Kiya’s Naturals, Eko Kreations, Pickle Pottery, and Cosmic Soaper will also return.

Emily’s Catering and Cakes will offer a holiday inspired menu of delicious lunch options, plus cupcakes, tarts, macaroons, and other treats, and edible gifts.  A no-host full bar serving seasonal favorites will also be available.

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 10,000 attendees to more than 600 local and regional artists, designers and crafters.


WHO: Nevada City Winter Craft Fair

WHEN: Sunday, December 11, 2016, 10am-6pm

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

TICKETS: $3 General Admission, Children 12 and under Free. Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.


Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Launches Tree Tour Map GoFundMe Project

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is updating its popular Tree Tour Map. The original map completed in 2008 provides a walking guide to the Trees of Nevada City. This map provides tree species, exact locations and numbered positioning on the sidewalks throughout town of just over 40 key specimens. After years of use, the printed supply is gone.

New technology allows tree tour materials to be converted for smartphones. The walking path needs to be re-confirmed and updated, along with securing the exact GPS placement. The goal here is to produce a digital map that can be accessed through the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce website, along with simple postcards that can be offered at the Chamber office. Instead of large map to unfold, visitors will be able to scan a QR code and go directly to the map on their smartphone. Visitors can walk the tour with their smartphone, navigating easily while reading about trees. This map will be helpful to students and residents who wish to learn more about Nevada City’s trees.

Large canopy trees are a significant contributor to greenhouse gas reduction. Nevada City’s beautiful heritage trees are a precious environmental resource as well as a tourism asset. By cultivating appreciation, it is more certain they will be preserved.

The cost for this digital project is about half of the original printed map fees. The Nevada City Chamber is seeking sponsors for this $4k project and have a GoFundMe project for easy access and donations. Sponsors contributing $500 or more can have their logo included on the Chamber website designated Walking Tree Tour page as well as the postcards.

This project will be completed by the original Nevada City Tree Tour Map designer and project manager, Pamela Biery of Thumbler.net. Cathy Whittlesey, Nevada County Chamber of Executive Director is the acting project administrator. “We are excited to revitalize this popular map. Getting people out, walking our historic town is the best way to get to know Nevada City. Trees are an important part of Nevada City’s scenic quality and this map helps educate both visitors and residents of trees vital contribution to Nevada City.”

Click here to learn more and contribute today. 


Holt Ballet Conservatory and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Clara and The Nutcracker Ballet

This holiday season, children will be enchanted and adults will be inspired by Holt Ballet Conservatory’s annual production of “Clara & the Nutcracker”, December 8, 9, and 10, 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 Yelena Holt’s retelling of the classic holiday 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.

Talented youngsters will make their stage debut, while pre-professionals and guest artists perform traditional roles that have been tests of merit for decades of dancers.

This year’s Cavalier will be performed by Christopher Selbie formerly of David Taylor Dance Theatre, Zikr, and the Dawson/Wallace Dance Project, of Denver, Colorado. Sugar Plum Fairy will be performed by Amy Frost Schultze formerly of Southern Ballet Theater of Florida. Herr Drosselmeyer will be performed by local professional Hilary Brown, formerly of LINES pre-professional ballet training program.

This unique production brings to life the complete classical repertoire from original productions of The Nutcracker, with re-imagined spectacle that has endeared Director Holt to dance audiences for over two decades.

Holt’s tale of The Nutcracker follows the title character of Clara, whose Christmas present of a toy nutcracker solider inspires a magical journey to a fantastical world of magical delights. Join us as Clara winds deep into the mysteries she uncovers, finding home a memory she must hold fast if she’s ever to return.

The historic atmosphere of the Foundry donning extravagant holiday decor, and Holt Ballet bring together the highest caliber of classically trained ballet dancers in California’s Sierra Nevada.  

The evening will feature a no host bar and sweet refreshments available for purchase, as well as a blazing fire in the Stone Hall.  

What people are saying about HBC:

“The images from last year’s production of Clara and the Nutcracker still live in my head. I can’t wait to see this fabulous show!”–Katherine Scourtes, Community Asian Theater of the Sierra Properties Designer

Holt Ballet Conservatory

410 South Church Street

Grass Valley, CA 95945



Holt Ballet Conservatory offers outstanding classical ballet training for youths through adults.



25th Annual Nevada County Toy Run – Dec 10th

The 25th Annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run with be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016. We invite you to line the sidewalks, starting at noon, to watch and wave to the nearly 2,000 motorcycles as the slowly pass by decorated for Christmas and carrying toys and food for the families of Nevada County. As the Toy Run is expensive to put on, we ask you if you would like to become a sponsor, or just make a donation to our cause. You may mail your checks to: Nevada County Food and Toy Run, P.O. Box 549, Nevada City, CA. 95959. You can donate by PayPal, as well. We are a 501 (c) 3 #94-3314261 so we can send you a receipt for your taxes. If you or your business benefits from the riders, please think about supporting us and in turn the families we serve.


Grass Valley Wedding Fair

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.