“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” Opens Sept 18


Sierra Stages presents

September 18 – October 12
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM
(Note: There is no performance on Sunday September 21)

Information: www.SierraStages.org • 530-346-3210

Sierra Stages is proud to present the classic Off-Broadway musical YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN with book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, for four weekends only from September 18 through October 12 at the intimate Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is a delightfully infectious musical that has charmed audiences for close to 50 years. From the trials of first loves and little league championships to battles with book reports and kite-eating trees, audiences are invited to spend a day in the life of the inept but ever-hopeful Charlie Brown as he searches for what it means to be a good person, finding unexpected answers from his friends Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Patty and Snoopy.

The Sierra Stages production of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is directed and musical directed by Ken Getz, with dance direction by George Jayne. The cast includes Isaias Acosta (Charlie Brown), Lindsay Dunckel (Patty), Tracie Nickle (Snoopy), Robert Rossman (Linus), Kim Wellman (Lucy) and Toon Vandevorst (Schroeder).

“This is one of my very favorite small musicals,” said director Ken Getz. “It is funny, touching, and incredibly sincere, with deceptively simple songs. The show speaks to those of us who grew up with the “Peanuts” characters in comic strips and television specials during the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, as well as those who were born more recently and may have only a passing acquaintance with the “Peanuts” gang from the perennial A Charlie Brown Christmas or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Getz concluded, “The show is totally family-friendly, and with a wonderfully talented cast, band, and production staff, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN is a great way to finish our sixth season (which included Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY, David Auburn’s PROOF and J.M.Barrie’s PETER PAN).”

Performances of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM. (Note there is no performance on Sunday September 21.) The first two performances (September 18 & 19) are low priced “previews” with $15 General Admission tickets. For all other performances, General Admission is $25 ($18 for Youth age 17 and under). For those audience members who prefer a specific seat location and wish to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages, Reserved Seating is available in advance for $35. For students under 25 with a valid student ID, student rush tickets are offered ½ hour before each performance, based upon availability, for $15 (one ticket per student ID).

General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets are available online at www.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210. Tickets are also on sale at BriarPatch Co-op on Sierra College Boulevard in Grass Valley.

This fall, Sierra Stages continues its informal Wednesday night play reading series – Theater by the Book – co-presented with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center with Pursuit of Truth written and directed by Jeffrey Mason on September 24, Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz and directed by Ken Getz, on October 22 and Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay Abaire and directed by Danny McCammon, on November 19. All three readings take place at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City. Doors open at 7 PM and the readings begin at 7:30 PM. There is a suggested donation of $10, with advance tickets available from the Miners Foundry at www.minersfoundry.org and at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley.

On Sunday November 2, Sierra Stages will join with Sierra Master Chorale (InConcert Sierra) for a joint fundraiser to benefit the educational programs of both organizations. As part of this benefit, Sierra Stages will present the musical version of the classic folk tale STONE SOUP, with music and lyrics by Ken Hardin, Artistic Director of InConcert Sierra. This production of STONE SOUP will also tour to local Nevada County elementary schools in October and November as part of Sierra Stages’ effort to introduce younger audiences to live theatre.

Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt not-for-profit community theatre with a goal to enrich the culture of western Nevada County. In its first six seasons, Sierra Stages has presented 23 plays and musicals and has received 51 Elly Award nominations for its productions.

For more information about YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, Theater by the Book, and Sierra Stages, visit www.SierraStages.org



Nevada City Sidewalk Sale Sept 20

The Nevada City Sidewalk Sale is Saturday September 20th from 10am to 5pm.

All of the downtown stores will be bringing their wares out onto the sidewalks at great discounted prices. Browse the streets and find the bargains.  A fun day for finding a treasure!


Rotary Adventures & Wine Auction Sept 19

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Adventures & Wine Auction
September 19, 2014

The 2014 Adventures & Wine Auction to benefit the Nevada City Rotary Club Youth Programs and Scholarship Fund will be held on Friday, September 19, from 5:30pm – 9:00 p.m. The silent and live auctions will feature services, goods, and unforgettable experiences donated by members of the Nevada City Rotary Club and the local business community.

This year’s gala will be held once again at the historic Miners Foundry in Nevada City. Enjoy music and dancing with Dream & the Dreamer in addition to an enticing selection of items and services.

Ticket price includes dessert, wine from many of Nevada County’s best wineries, a no-host bar, fun raffles, and the live and silent auctions. Food will be available for purchase. It will be the best party of the year!

$12 advance/$20 at the door. Tickets available at Harmony Books, The Bookseller, Briar Patch or from Nevada City Rotarians.

This is a great evening of wine, food, fun, and charitable auctioneering. Talented auctioneer Jay Cooper will keep the event moving and make for a fun and profitable time for all.

The event theme is “Focus on Youth”. All proceeds benefit the scholarships and other youth programs of Nevada City Rotary Club.

Want to donate an auction item? Contact 530 428-5126 or auction@NCRotary.org.

For more information please visit http://nevadacityrotary.org/content/adventures-wine-auction-0 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/821714611185852/


“Barefoot in the Park” Plays thru Sept 28

LeGacy presents Barefoot in the Park…..classic comedy by the one and only Neil Simon at the Nevada Theatre September 5th through 28th!

Come join LeGacy veterans Nadia White, John Bivens, Sara Noah, Ward Thompson, and Ron Rund…(also newcomer Adam Morton in a hysterical debut as the telephone repair man) as they bring this delightful story of two unlikely newlyweds to life as only Neil Simon could write!

Sue LeGate Halford directs. Darryl Stines and Verne Freer’s set design takes us back to 1964 New York City as newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter (White and Bivens) struggle through their new emotional and physical surroundings….a cramped fifth floor walk up (with no heat and crazy neighbors) a sweet but slightly overbearing mother (Noah) and an eccentric lothario rooftop neighbor (Thompson).

Tickets are only $18 in advance, $20 at the door, available at The Bookseller, Harmony Books, online at legacypresents.com, or by calling (530) 268-5419. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Thursdays (September 18th and 25th) at 7pm, Sundays (September 21st and 28th) at 2pm.

GALA NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 6th…all tickets only $25…includes live music by DAVE AND THE COOL BEANS (the incredible hit band from LeGacy’s recent “From the Cavern and On”, complimentary drinks and appetizers starting at 7pm, the show at 8pm, and a cake and champagne reception with the cast after the show!



Yuba River Cleanup & Restoration Day Sept 20

SYRCL’s 17th Annual Yuba River Cleanup & Restoration Day

Thank you for supporting SYRCL’s 17th Annual Yuba River Cleanup & Restoration Day—together we’ve removed nearly 160,000 pounds of trash and recycling over the past 16 years! Register to volunteer and cleanup your favorite river site here- http://yubariver.kintera.org/cleanup

Please participate in SYRCL’s “Clean-a-thon” when you register—ask your friends and family to sponsor your efforts to keep the river clean, and win great prizes, too! The Cleanup and River Ambassador Program have real costs and we need your help to keep them going.


• Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

• Cleanup: 9:00am to Noon

• Celebration: Noon – 3:30pm

• Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park

Please join us for free BBQ, cold drinks, live music, Haute Trash fashion show, and the 4th Annual Stone Skipping Contest at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park!

How to Register- visit the site- http://yubariver.kintera.org/cleanup

1. Choose to register as a Team, Join a team or as an individual. Enter user id, password, name, email and address to register for the Cleanup or use an existing social media login.

2. Register for your favorite Cleanup site (Very Important- spaces are limited for certain sites), make an optional donation and set your fundraising goal.

3. Have fun with your fundraising page! Add personal photos and change the text to share your personal experience of the Yuba and Cleanup.

4. Share your registration on Facebook to remind your friends and family to register for the Cleanup.

5. If you would like to register multiple participants that are unable to use the online registration please call our SYRCL Clean-Up Hotline at 530-265-5961 x201 and we will be happy to help.

Please contact Jenn Tamo or Andrew Collins-Anderson for more information about the event: jenn@syrcl.org or andrew@syrcl.org or (530) 265-5961 x 201 or x 203.


InConcert Sierra Orchestra Concert Sept 21

What: InConcert Sierra Orchestra Greatest Hits of Classical Music

When:  Sunday, September 21, 2014 – 2pm concert

Tickets:  $55 general/$50 season ticket holders and key level donors.  Group discounts available – please call
Available at:  BriarPatch Co-op Community Market; Online at www.inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990

On Sunday, September 21, the InConcert Sierra Orchestra conducted by Ken Hardin will perform an electrifying program featuring some of the greatest hits of orchestral music.

Have you ever noticed that to hear a certain theme or movement that you absolutely love in concert, the entire work must be heard? Not at this concert. Maestro Ken Hardin designed a program of movements from a list of classical works submitted by audience members. The list represents some of the greatest hits of all time.

“This concert will present a delightful composite of musical favorites suggested by a variety of listeners who enjoy classical music. As the program unfolds, you may be saying to yourself – “Oh, I remember hearing this when….”, or, “This sounds familiar – is that what it was?”, or, “It’s great to hear this live!” said musicologist and pianist Aileen James.

Some of the enticing highlights from the program include “Overture: Die Fledermaus” by Strauss Jr., “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky-Korsakov, “Italian Symphony: Movement 1″ by Mendelssohn, “Malagueña” by Lecuona, “Holberg Suite” by Grieg, “William Tell Overture” by Rossini, and “Radetsky March” by Strauss Sr. For a full list of the program, visit the InConcert Sierra website.

“Last September was our first ICS Orchestra concert and it was spectacular. Not only was the orchestra cohesive and responsive, but the superb acoustic of the Seventh-day Adventist Church enhanced the experience. It was electric,” says Hardin. “This season, we’ve increased the orchestra to 48 excellent local and regional players. I love working with this orchestra and concertmaster Richard Altenbach. We will have some popular local players who haven’t performed for us in the orchestra before such as Jerry Grant and Paul Trethway on saxophone, and Julian Dixon on tuba. We’re also bringing back longtime friends Neil Tatman on oboe and Matsuko Tatman on violin. It’s very exciting for both me and the community,” said Hardin.

“The program is full of what some musicians tend to call ‘old warhorses’ but truly, they are favorite works that are seldom played anymore. They are old warhorses because often they are the most beloved movements by audience members . Everyone will walk away with a song in their heart,” says Hardin. “If you listen to these on youtube, you will surely know every song. These works are prevalent in movie scores and every classical music station, but not often heard on the concert stage.

Hardin reviews the audience submissions and matches requests to their corresponding instrumentation. “Although I love them all, some of the Romantic era works requests which are often submitted require a much larger orchestra than is possible to put on stage at the SDA church.”

Join InConcert Sierra on Sunday afternoon September 21. There is only one performance, and it’s going to be one to remember.


Poncho Sanchez Plays BYLT Benefit Sept 28

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What: Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band

A Benefit for Bear Yuba Land Trust

When: Sunday, Sept. 28

Where: North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road

Cost: Starting at $45

“As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul, Poncho Sanchez is to salsa…particularly the congas.” – Los Angeles Times

“If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, on any given record, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling.” – Amazon

“World’s greatest music” Latin Jazz with Poncho Sanchez comes to Grass Valley

For more than three decades as a leader and sideman, Grammy Award-winning conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources.

Now he’s coming to Grass Valley for the biggest local dance party of the year.

On Sunday, Sept. 28, Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band will perform during a benefit for Bear Yuba Land Trust at the historic North Star House in Grass Valley. This end of summer concert and dance party is the finale in a three-part jazz series and the biggest fundraiser of the year for BYLT’s ongoing land conservation projects, trail building, outdoor education and popular trekking program. To date, BYLT has conserved 9,000 acres within the Bear and Yuba watersheds.

Local dance instructors will teach salsa dancing during this high energy event. Latin-themed boxed picnic dinners by Antonio Ayestaran Catering are available for pre-order or concert-goers can purchase food from Horn of the Bull Taqueria and Musa Musa. Local restaurants, caterers and chefs will participate in a community judged salsa contest. Daiquiris, wine from Coufos Cellars, beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, sodas and water will be available to purchase. Land Trust supporters can shop for fabulous items at the Silent Auction or bid on fabulous vacations such as white water rafting trips, hot air ballooning and lodging near Yosemite during the exciting Live Auction.

Poncho’s influences are numerous, but two stand out – conga drummer and composer, Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

“These two musicians were the pioneers of what is now known as Latin jazz. Chano Pozo was a genius. He’s considered the godfather of conga drummers, and he’s someone whom I respect a great deal. And of course, Dizzy Gillespie was an iconic artist in American jazz. I had the honor and pleasure of working with him on several occasions. These guys were the first musicians to bring elements of Latin music to American jazz – which has resulted in some of the greatest music of the last 50 or 60 years,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez’s touring band takes a traditional approach to Latin music, paying attention to rhythm and historical significance to keep the heritage alive. The band includes: pianist David Torres, saxophonist Rob Hardt, trumpeter Ron Blake, trombonist/ vocalist Francisco Torres, bassist Tony Banda, timbalist George Ortiz and percussionist Joey De Leon, Jr.

Born in 1951 in Laredo, Texas to a large Mexican-American family, Sanchez, the youngest of 11 children grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles. He was raised on an unusual cross section of sounds: “straight-ahead jazz,” Latin jazz and American soul. By adolescence, he was shaped by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Sanchez taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales. Eventually he settled on the congas.

In 1975, after working the club scene for several years, Sanchez, 24 landed a permanent spot in Cal Tjader’s band.

“He was very elegant, very dignified, and when he played, he played beautifully. The touch that he had on the vibes – nobody has that sound. To me, he was – and is, and always will be – the world’s greatest vibe player,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez remained with Tjader until the bandleader’s death in 1982. That same year, he signed with Concord for the release of Sonando, an album that marked the beginning of a musical partnership that has spanned more than 25 years and has yielded more than two dozen recordings including the 1999 Grammy winner, “Latin Soul.”

“To me, Latin jazz is the world’s greatest music. It has the melodic and harmonic sophistication of jazz and American standards, and the flavor and energy of Latin American music. What I’m most proud of is that this music – while it may sound exotic at times – is from America. It was born in New York City, when Chano Pozo met Dizzy Gillespie for the first time in the mid-1940s. They created something that didn’t exist before in this country. I’m very proud to take this music all over the world all the time.”

General Admission Tickets for Net-Yet-Members are available at BriarPatch Co-op, Clock Tower Records and at the gate on concert day. For BYLT members, purchase tickets online at www.bylt.org, call 272-5994 x 211 or email: info@bearyubalandtrust.org.

Save Land. Build Trails. Encounter Nature.

Day at You Bet & Old Red Dog Sept 27

Nevada County Historical Society Presents

Day at You Bet & Old Red Dog
Saturday, Sept 27, 2014

Meeting at Nevada City Veterans Memorial Building Parking lot at corner of Pine and Cottage.

For more information contact Jerry Brady (310) 831-3201 or Priscilla Vanderpas (530) 271-5154

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Chili Cook Off Mixer Sept 18

Please join us at ERA Cornerstone Realty as they host the annual Chili Cook Off Chamber Mixer!

Sept 18 • 5:30-7:30pm
ERA Parking Lot
101 Boulder Street, NC

ENTER YOUR CHILI!!!  Contact Jodanna at 470-1166 or jbishop@eracornerstonerealty.com


Table Top Mixer Application for Oct 23

Join us at the next Table Top Mixer hosted by Gold Miner’s Inn/Holiday Inn Express on Thursday, October 23. Only $110 to showcase your business!

Please download the TableTop-Mixer Application for Guidelines and Application to participate.

Questions?  Contact:
Tobi Kornder, 1-707-712-3308, tobi.kornder@comcast.net
Cindy Moon, NC Chamber, 265-2692, admin@nevadacitychamber.com


Market Your Business this Fall and Save!

Advertising in our upcoming “Fall / Holiday” issue will be a great way to target market your business to parents for gifts and activities this season. In addition to our great articles on Education, Healthy Living, Money Matters, and so much more, the PRG will be publishing the winners of our first ever “Parents’ Choice Awards.” Remind your customers to vote for your business by September 13th at:  Parents Resource Guide.info

Our Fall issue is packed with special savings. All advertisers in our Fall edition will receive a FREE 3-month Business Directory listing on our website. This will be a new website feature coming this Fall and a cost effective way to market your business. Fall advertisers also receive special discounted pricing in our “ Holiday Gift Guide” section. Let your potential customers know what your Top 3 gift items will be this holiday season and save.

Advertising deadline: 9.15

Reserve your ad space today at:  530.268.8342


MIM Home Tour Oct 4 & 5

Music in the Mountains Home Tour
October 4 & 5 • 10am-4pm

Ever wonder about that gorgeous home you’ve passed by dozens of times? What is it like inside? Here’s your chance!

For over 30 years, wonderful members of our community have opened up their homes to invite Music in the Mountains supporters to come… look… get ideas…enjoy the day.

This year’s Home Tour offers seven Nevada City and Grass Valley homes for an inside view – a late 19th-century Victorian, a Queen Anne Style, an Italianate Victorian, and four 20th-century Contemporaries.

Tickets on-line at musicinthemountains.org or call (530) 265-6124


Open Studios Art Tour Oct 4, 5, 11 & 12

2014 Fall Colors
Open Studios Art Tour of Nevada County

October 4 & 5 and 11 & 12, 2014

Open House Preview Event at
The Center for the Arts
Thursday, October 2, 6-9pm

Preview Exhibition at The Center Galleries: October 2 – 12

Open Studios is a self-guided tour through artist studios & fine art galleries in western Nevada County. The event takes place the first two weekends in October and showcases fine art and fine craft in a broad range of media and styles. Open Studios contributes to public awareness about the quality and diversity of art created in our community and provides visitors with opportunities to view and purchase a wide range of original work by individual artists.

For more information go to thecenterforthearts.org

Download Open Studios Tour Booklet

Have You Planned Your Christmas Party Yet?

Harmony Ridge Lodge is already filling up for the holiday season and we want to make sure our fellow Nevada City Chamber members have a chance to reserve a spot before they are all gone. Your guests will be talking about this Christmas party for years to come!

In conjunction with the historic Old 5 Mile House, we are taking the local holiday scene to a new level. One of things that people find alluring is that they can stay right here at the lodge and don’t have to drive home. We can build a customized package for you, but other parties have been set it up something like this: Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres in our beautifully decorated, holiday-themed main luxury lodge; a delicious four-course dinner in a private room at the Old 5 Mile House, with music and dancing till the wee hours; and then back to the lodge to retire in your lavish suite, waking up in the morning with a yummy full breakfast. Can you beat that? And only five miles from downtown Nevada City!

We have packages in many price ranges. Call Cindy today at 530-478-0182. www.harmonyridgelodge.com

Upcoming Events at The Center

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The Center For The Arts



Robert H. Sorenson – Retrospective – September 9-27
Reception on Saturday, Sept 13, 3-5pm

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” presented by Sierra Stages – Sept 18 thru Oct 12

Melissa Etheridge: This is ME Solo with Ed Masuga opening – Sept 19

Earles of Newtown – CD Release Party – Lonesome Leash opening – Sept 20

Employer Seminar Oct 21

Foothill and South Placer Employer Advisory Councils
In Partnership with Employment Development Department present

25th Annual Employer Seminar Silver Celebration
Tuesday, October 21 • 8am-4pm

The Ridge Golf Club
2020 Golf Course Road
Auburn, CA 95602

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City Offers Business Loan & Training Programs


Nevada City’s business loan and training programs are back and provide below market rates and flexible terms for eligible applicants. Start-up businesses are eligible, and credit issues are not an automatic reason for disqualification. In some cases, grants are allowed.

The Microenterprise program also offers business classes and counseling at no charge to eligible businesses and persons. Non microenterprise entities can attend classes for $40 a session.

Fall classes are on Wednesday nights from 6-9pm at Sierra Commons Business Ignitor, at 792 Searls Ave, Nevada City and begin August 20th. Instructors are from the Sacramento Small Business Development Center, and Sierra Commons will be providing business counseling.

Contact City Hall at 265-2496 or David Nelson, Program Manager, at 530-346-7195 for more information. See www.nevadacityca.gov and click on “Economic Development Programs.”