Nevada County “Madelyn Helling” Library Celebrates 25 Years!

Thank You for Coming!

The 25th anniversary celebration was held on Thursday, in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library from noon until 2:00pm. Special guest speakers were Madelyn Helling and Nevada County District 1 Supervisor Nate Beason. Attendees were treated to harp music from Nevada County Library volunteer, Anne Merdinger, as well as cake and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries.

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Mana Beads Class Schedule for October/November

Enjoy Classes at Mana Beads Heading into the Holidays!

Intro to Soldering & Fusing

Fire can be fun! This class is a pre-requisite for all of our torch classes. We will cover safety considerations, how to use the tools we need, and the fundamentals of soldering. Several quick exercises will acquaint you with the basics of manipulating metal with heat.
Date: Wed, Oct 26th, Nov 6th & Nov 26th
Time: Oct 26th 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm/Nov 6th & 26th 10:30 am – 12:00pm
Price: $20.00
Materials Cost: all materials included
Level: Beginner
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein


Intro to Beading: Necklace & Earrings

Get the basics! Whether you are starting out with beading or need a refresher, this class will cover the basics for you.  We’ll talk about beading materials, tools, and design concepts while we make a necklace and earring set. You supply the beads, we’ll supply the hardware and findings (sterling silver or gold-filled findings cost extra).

Date: Sun, Oct 30th
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Price: $25.00
Materials Cost: $5 and up
Level: Beginning
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein


 Candy Cane Earrings

Celebrate the sweetness of the holidays with these cute Candy Cane Earrings! You’ll learn increasing and decreasing Brick Stitch and Ladder Stitch. These make great gifts!

Date: Sun, Nov 6th
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Price: $35.00
Materials Cost: all materials included
Level: Beginning-Intermediate
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein


Santa Face Earrings

New! Just in time for the holidays! The sweet little Santa face earrings are a delight. Easy to make and easy to please. You can even do them in larger beads for an ornament. Learn basic brick stitch, how to follow a pattern and fringe techniques. All materials are included in this class.

Date: Wed, Nov 16th
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Price: $30.00
Materials Cost: all mat’ls included
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein


Copper Etching for Jewelry

Take the mystery out of copper etching! This class covers etching basics, safety with chemicals, and methods for transferring hand-drawn or digital images onto copper. Etching allows you to add texture, depth and individual designs to your work. No jewelry experience required. Make pendants, earrings or a cuff bracelet.

Date: Sun, Nov 20th
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Price: $45.00
Materials Cost: $2-15
Level: Beginner
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein

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Pearl Knotting

Learn the classic technique of knotting silk cord between each bead. We will cover how this elegant skill applies to many contemporary designs. We will experiment with three different knotting techniques so you can find the method that suits you best!

Date: Sat, Nov 26th
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Price: $25.00
Materials Cost: 8.00-20.00
Level: Beginner
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein


SOLDERING: Bezel Setting Workshop (Pendants)

This six-hour class allows soldering students the chance to learn bezel setting in a personalized way.  Our Bezel Set Pendant class is similar, except in that class we all make the same basic pendant in a three-hour time span. This workshop will provide more time (six hours) so students can pursue their own designs and work at their own pace.  ***This date we will focus on pendants.***
“Intro to Soldering” is a pre-requisite. It is  highly recommended, but not required, that you have at least one other soldering class under your belt.

****Students will need to have a clear idea of what they want to make before the class so we can be sure of the time frame and have necessary materials available.****


Hammered Loop Chain Necklace

Learn basic wire skills or refine and expand what you already know with this contemporary, loopy link necklace! We’ll make & hammer all the links in the chain from scratch to show off pretty beads. You choose the beads, the size of the loops, the length of the necklace. You can simply add a clasp or learn how to make a hook-eye clasp from scratch!

Date: Wed, Nov 30th
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Price: $30.00
Materials Cost: $5-10
Level: Beginning-Intermediate
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein

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Victorian Christmas – Mark Your Calendar!

Victorian Christmas planning is underway!  Merchants are invited to have a booth at no charge (10 x 10). If you are interested, give us a call to claim your spot!  We are still taking vendor applications to fill the streets with holiday cheer.  Posters are available now and rack cards will be available shortly.

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Holidays at Empire Mine

Yuletide magic for all at Holidays at Empire Mine

“When it comes to sharing Christmas wishes with Santa, I wonder if he works on a first-come, first-served basis,” Troy Hammer, first-time chair for Holidays at Empire Mine, mused.  “If so, this popular event provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to let him know early.”

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be listening carefully to gift wishes in the beautifully decorated old Clubhouse on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.   Light snacks, beverages and baked goods will be for sale outside.  With creative children’s activities such as balloon sculptures, the time will pass quickly – and will be full of fun.  There’s also a potting bench where children can make little, living gifts for special people in their lives.

Empire Cottage will sparklel – with colorful, old-fashioned decorations.  Visitors will get to meet Living History docents in lavish, period costumes, as they portray the characters who helped make Empire Mine one of North America’s oldest, largest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines.  Owners Mr. and Mrs. William Bourn, Jr. will be there to welcome guests, as will Mine Superintendant George Starr and his wife, Libby.  In the kitchen, however, it’s housekeeper Katy Moriarty who rules the roost – and she will have plenty to say about what life was like in those heady heydays.  Visitors will also be offered complimentary Christmas cookies.  On Friday, singer/guitarist Kelly Fleming will perform festive music in the stately dining room, and on Saturday, visitors can enjoy Heather MacAdam’s magnificent music.

Just as in Holidays of old, visitors can sing along with strolling carolers.  On Friday, the traditional Cornish Choir will perform, and on Saturday, the Forever Young Chorus will be singing.

There will also be music in the Mineyard.  With covered benches by the Administration Office porch, visitors can enjoy talented one-man-band Gary Hinze on Friday, and duo Gianni Rome and Ken White on Saturday.  Nearby, there will be chestnuts roasting for visitors to enjoy.

The Blacksmith Shop will be a hub of activity – as the smiths handcraft candle holders, dinner bells, and other items to be sold in the Gift Shop.  It’s always fascinating to see their traditional skills in action – as they share their tales of the “good-old days.”  No visit to Holidays at Empire Mine would be complete without a visit to the Gift Shop.  A variety of unusual, reasonably-priced gifts and mementoes will be on display.  This year, heritage roses, propagated by garden volunteers, will also be for sale.  What unusual, treasured gifts these will make.

Each child who enters the Park will be given a prize-draw ticket.  At the end of each day, a name will be drawn, and the winner will receive a special Holiday Gift Bag, full of special items from Mountain Pastimes in Nevada City.

“Many say it’s like walking through a magical, old-fashioned Christmas card.  Last year we welcomed over 2,000 visitors,” Hammer explained, “and this year we look forward to welcoming even more.   Many local residents are proud to show our Park to their visiting family and friends.  It’s an ideal way to fill the long Thanksgiving weekend with colorful history and holiday spirit.  We welcome all ages – and everyone’s invited!”

Empire Mine State Historic Park is visited by approximately 100,000 people from all over America and all over the world each year.  Located at 10791 E. Empire Street in Grass Valley, Holidays at Empire Mine will take place on Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th – with special activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For further information, phone the Visitor Center on 530.273.8522 or visit

Photos by Richard Bannister

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What do you want for Christmas?  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be listening carefully in the Clubhouse.


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Children of all ages enjoy the traditional decorations and lavish costumes in Empire Cottage.


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Polly’s Paladar Presents: Bread + Bones

November 4th & 5th, 2016.

She is our 49th and She’s a Beauty

Chefs: Gracie Schatz & Alana Eckhart of bay Area Pop-Up, Bread + Bones

Tarot & Trappings: Kathy Frey & Ginger Lazarus of Cult of Gemini

Music: Anna Horton & Joel Ludford of Handmade Moments

Floral: Deena Miller of Sweet Roots farm

Gracie managed Avedano’s (an all woman owned butcher shop in Bernal Heights), made wine, cheese, and prosciutto in Italy, had her turn as the beloved butcher/pizza girl at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company, and has since added Molina restaurant (Mill Valley) and Cala (SF) to her impressive resume.  Alana worked at Glass Hostaria (a Michelin starred restaurant in Rome), delighted in being an expeditor and wine team member at The French Laundry, worked in an all women kitchen in SF called Frances, and then spent time at its sister establishment, Octavia.  They get excited about good food, they cherish the homegrown tomato, they understand the sanctity of organic, and they sure as heck make a mean dinner.

Kathy Frey and Ginger Lazarus of The Cult of Gemini will style out the space and they have offered to give quick tarot readings upon your arrival.  The boutique they curate in downtown Grass Valley is a treasure trove of wonder.  Walking through their unique collection of divination and self empowerment tools can very well give you a sense of peace and leave you with that awakened feeling of knowing a really good secret.  On this weekend we will be in the waxing crescente moon.  It’s an opportune time to work with intentions and take steps toward dreams and goals.  This can be a transformative occasion and we intend to make the best of it!  Learn how you can too, by drawing your tarot with the Gemini’s.

Handmade Moments, a Folk/Soul/Hip-Hop duo from Fayetteville, Arkansas, join us with their offering of melodic finesse.   “What makes the honey Ozark stew of Handmade Moments so very nourishing, so perfectly spiced? Partake and be effortlessly guided through the wistful and deep channels of musical flavor, rich with hearty roots and fungi, vegetables home gardened and watered from the sacred well of American music: jazz, old-time, country, blues, soul, hip-hop, rock…  Glistening with insight and whimsy, long simmering with righteous compassion and beauty, Handmade Moments are a fearless all weather duo – complementary sprits of musical tightrope and magic – serving up entree to their secret river of goodness” Side note: To hear their cover of Randy Newman’s, “Short People” is to hear perfection.

Table Arrangements, this month, will feature the work of Deena Miller of Sweet Roots Farm.  Starting in 2010, her and her husband, Robbie, cultivated just over 3 acres, growing a diversity of flowers and produce. They have developed a philosophy of growing techniques and business practices that provide the local community with certified organic, high quality flowers, produce, and plant starts. They arrived at this philosophy through university education in agriculture, horticulture and community studies as well as years of hands on experience on many other farms.  Sweet Roots Farm is certified organic too. Everything they produce is grown, harvested and delivered using the National Organic Standard. Their business practices are based on the same philosophy as their growing techniques. To provide for the community while creating a sustainable income that supports the farm is of the utmost importance. Sweet Roots also works with Sierra Harvest, which is totally radical.

Upstairs babysitting available. $8/kid/hour. Sitter: Amani Mudd (14 years old). Email if you are interested in this additional service.

Bread & Bones Menu:

1.    Seasonal Bites Tower

2.    Cauliflower Vichyssoise

3.    Grilled Chicory Salad, Walnut, Aged Gouda, Hard Cider Vinaigrette

4.    Raviolo, Wild Mushroom, Parmesan Brodo

5.    Spare Ribs, Honey Mustard Glaze, Pickled Apple

        *Vegetarian option: Smoked Squash, Honey Mustard Glaze, and Brassicas

6.    Persimmon Date Upside Down Cake


Allowable Dietary Preference: VEGETARIAN

Please email if you require a vegetarian meal.  We cannot accommodate gluten free or dairy free preferences this month.

No refunds

Gratuity Not Included for tickets


Wheyward Creamery Offers Soapmaking Class in November

Wheyward Girl Creamery is Offering a New Class Just in Time for the Holidays!

Tuesday, November 1st 1:00 – 3:00 PM

What do you do with extra goat’s milk…make soap!  Great holiday gifts. Includes all materials, a snack and you leave with a beautiful wooden mold.  You should end up with 5 bars of handcrafted soap.

Call the creamery to sign up 530-478-1665.  Classes are limited to 6 students.  Cost is $65.00 per person.

Wheyward Girl Creamery

209 Commercial Street

Nevada City, CA 95959



Shook Twins and Rabbit Wilde at Miners Foundry November 2nd

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present two of the fastest rising bands in indie folk today – Shook Twins and Rabbit Wilde.

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band hailing from Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, are the main songwriters, but they also back up their band member Niko Slice (electric guitar, mandolin and vocals) adding his uniquely compelling songs to the mix. Barra Brown is on Drums, vocals and Drum Pad, and Josh Simon is on Bass, vocals, Electric guitar, and synth.

Central to Shook Twins’ sound is their wide range of instrumentation: banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, mandolin, electronic drums, face drum (beat-box), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo-head drumming and their signature Golden Egg. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation, coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s re-purposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.

Their eclectic style fluctuates from song to song; drawing from their life experience they write about being potters’ daughters, the sway of the subconscious, imagined superpowers and a chicken friend named ‘Rose.’ Shook Twins also pull out unexpected covers on classic hits as well as their friends’ songs, and get-down to rhythm driven dance numbers with their 90’s hits female supergroup, Sideboob (w/ Mimi Naja of Fruition, Allie Kral of Yonder Mountain Stringband and Kat Fountain).

After releasing their first album You Can Have the Rest, the twin sisters moved to Portland where they released Window (featuring Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival). Both albums were recorded and produced in Santa Cruz, California, at InDigital Studios with Brody Bergholz and Mason Rothchild. Shook Twins recorded their third album, What We Do, with Grammy nominated producer Ryan Hadlock at Bear Creek Studios. They are currently recording new music at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR with Justin Phelps.

Shook Twins have shared the stage with artists including: Ryan Adams,Gregory Alan Isakov, Greensky Bluegrass, Mason Jennings, Blitzen Trapper, Railroad Earth, Keller Williams, David Grisman, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sarah Jarosz, Laura Veirs, The Fruit Bats, Jonatha Brooke, JJ Grey and MoFro, The Indigo Girls, Crooked Still, Jason Webley, The BoDeans, Elephant Revival and more.

Spanning the spectrum from distinctive and genuine to amusing and whimsical, Shook Twins’ laid-back and fun stage presence draws the listener in, allowing them to take the audience on an adventure. 2016 has been an exciting year for them; besides opening up for Greensky Bluegrass on a thirteen show tour, they supported Keller Williams for several shows in Northern California, and played Red Rocks Amphitheater with Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani Difranco.

Opening the show is Rabbit Wilde from Seattle and Bellingham.  Though all four members of Rabbit Wilde grew up running around wooded areas of the same small town in the farthest Northwest corner of Washington state, brothers Zach and Nathan didn’t meet Miranda, the third founding member, until they had all ended up in New York City. This kind of backyard folk seasoned by the edge, polish and fervor of big-city inclinations is at the root of their high-energy sound and stage presence.

The quartet revamps classic string band instrumentation with heavy percussion and the unique integration of electronic melodies, six-string ukulele and Jillian Walker on cello. With their widely varying influences, four distinct vocal styles and copious amounts of foot-stomping, they demonstrate a sound and presence that’s at once original and familiar, appealing to audiences of all generations and genres.

On their 2016 full length The Heartland, Rabbit Wilde deliver on the promise made by their stellar fall 2015 EP Southern Winters; melding the choicest bits of indie rock, pop, blues, soul, and orchestral arrangement in with their trademark brand of front-porch-shaking Americana. Both albums were recorded at the famed Bear Creek Studio  (Fleet Foxes, Vance Joy, The Lumineers).

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Fright Night October 29th!

Fright Night with Mojo Green and Special Guest Whee The People

Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents FRIGHT NIGHT, Nevada County’s largest Halloween bash, Saturday, October 29th.  The legendary Halloween party now in its thirty-eighth year, promises another infamous evening of sensational costumes and decorations, an epic dance party, and uplifting rock n’ roll and soul music.

This year’s FRIGHT NIGHT features live music from Reno/Lake Tahoe based Mojo Green, a seven-piece horn driven soul funk dance music. Mojo Green is made up of Frank “Fletch” Fletcher on drums and Trevor Rice on bass laying down the tight and funky grooves that create the foundation of the band’s sound, with Tim Bain on guitar adding some deep funk rhythms and blistering lead lines, a powerhouse heavy horn section composed of Kevin Thomas on baritone sax, Monty Adams on trumpet and John Bennum on trombone, and Jenes Carter adding her soulful and sexy vocal leads. The band has shared the stage with some of the nations top touring bands including The Funky Meters, Left Over Salmon, Lettuce, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Rusted Root, The Motet, Trombone Shorty, Orgone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Turkuaz, The Monophonics, Tea Leaf Green, and Nigel Hall. Over the last few years, Mojo Green has played over two hundred shows taking their high energy, hard hitting, crazy dance party to venues such as The Great American Music Hall, The Sweetwater Music Hall, Burning Man, The Hangtown Halloween Ball, The Squaw Valley Funk Fest, and The Ridgestock Music Festival.

Opening the evening is Whee the People, a soul band hailing from San Francisco, with strong roots in Nevada County.  Starting with a foundation of indie rock and pop grooves by drummer Beau Askew, and adding a ton of funk and soul by bassist Dave Minor and Jacob Aginsky on keys, Whee the People’s simple, feel good pop songs, come to life with the positive, and uplifting lyrics and vocals of Tommy Daly. Their debut album The Beautiful Revolution is a fun, feel good soundtrack for anyone who wants to keep their head on the sunny side of life.  In the current vein of Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson and Andy Grammer, with lyrics reminiscent of Stevie Wonder or Michael Franti.

Some of the many highlights of FRIGHT NIGHT include a spectacular light show by Mark Jacoby, plus the entire Foundry, with its beautiful stone halls and high wood beam ceilings, festively decorated.

This local tradition dates back to 1978 when Bobby Angel coined the name and produced the first five FRIGHT NIGHT’s at the American Victorian Museum as a fundraiser for community radio station KVMR. The first FRIGHT NIGHT was $2 with costume; simulcast live on KVMR and featured Mighty Dread, Harry Harpoon and the House Wreckers, plus a special appearance by the Phantom of the Opera.

Thirty-eight years later, FRIGHT NIGHT has gone through many producers including artists and visionaries David Osborn and Charles Woods, KVMR, and Foothill Theatre Company, and it is now considered one of the Miners Foundry’s largest annual fundraisers.

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Nevada City’s Windows on History in October

Enjoy a Walking Tour of Downtown Nevada City Shop Windows

Windows on History celebrates the rich heritage of Nevada City through black and white photographs that brings awareness to shop owners and visitors alike of our unique federally designated historic district. These 43 large-formatted streetscapes with captions are placed in the approximate locations where the photo was taken between 1850 and 1920. All are encouraged to stroll the downtown to enjoy this look back into history through the month of October.


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18th Annual ALTAR SHOW: Renewal & Remembrance

The 18th Annual ALTAR SHOW: Renewal & Remembrance will open on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The show features art constructions in the form of altars dedicated to persons, memories, concepts and causes. The annual free and non-juried exhibition will be held October 29 thru November 6, noon – 7:00 pm daily. The exhibit is held at the Northern Mines Building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA. The event is considered “a gift to the community from artists and altaristas of the Sierra Nevada Foothills”.

The first “Altar Show in Nevada County” took place in 1997, inspired by the Sacramento art show, “Altares del Mundo.” Based on Indo-Hispanic “Dia de los Muertos” traditions, artists created beautiful altars to honor beloved people who had passed on. The show was so powerful for both altaristas and viewers that it has become an annual event with up to sixty altars.

In previous shows, exhibitors have ranged in age from eight to eighty-four, offering a broad spectrum of altars. A variety of media is used including: sculpture, collage, assemblage, painting, photography and more. Altar themes are limited only by the altar-makers’ imaginations, the work can be inspiring, mysterious, insightful, humorous, informative, or even outrageous.

Some constructions embrace the tradition of “Dia de los Muertos” celebrations, while other altar-makers choose to convey an array of personal and contemporary themes, views, and concerns including peace, environmental, and social issues. Although the works are not primarily religious in nature, the event provides altar makers and viewers a safe place to renew and remember, and an opportunity to be part of a sacred space.

The Public Reception will be held on Sunday, October 30, from 3 – 5 pm when guests will enjoy refreshments and meet many altaristas while viewing the show.

The Altar Show is held in association with the Miners Foundry, a nonprofit cultural and educational foundation.

The Friends of the Altar Show Committee is sponsoring a special event, “Prelude to the 18th Annual Altar Show” in the Granucci Room, Center for the Arts, in Grass Valley from Tuesday, October 26 – Saturday, October 29, noon – 5pm. The collection is comprised of small art constructions that take the form of mini-altars dedicated to persons, memories, concepts and more. A display of Altar Show scrapbooks from previous years will also be available for guests to peruse and to learn more about the upcoming 2016 exhibition.

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Welcome New Chamber Members

Welcome New Chamber Members  September 2016

Kalikos Hawaiian Kitchen and Corning Olive Oil

Renewing Chamber Members September 2016

The National Hotel, RD Schmitz, FREED, Lion Publications/Maxwell Publishing, Mimi Simmons/Century 21 Cornerstone Realty, Nevada City Rotary Club, Nevada County Concert Band, The Madison House, TAI Ltd. and Harmony Ridge Resort

Thank you for your continuing support!


Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Nominations

It’s that time of year again! We are looking for nominations for the following awards for 2016, to be presented at our annual Installation Dinner held February 4, 2017.

Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award

Stan Halls Architectural Award

W. Lon Cooper New Construction Award

Live Music Award

Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award

Elza Kilroy Award

Please contact Cathy Whittlesey for criteria and any nominations! or call 530/265-2692.  Deadline October 20th.

The Center for the Arts presents Dom Flemons October 20th

Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years.

As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Dom’s involvement with music began by playing percussion in his high school band. After picking up the guitar and harmonica as a teenager, he began to play in local coffee houses and became a regular performer on the Arizona folk music scene.

Dom wrote his own songs and produced 25 albums of singer-songwriters and slam poets in the Phoenix area, including six albums of his own, during this time. He took a brief break from playing music in order to pursue slam poetry (he majored in English at Northern Arizona University) and performed in two national poetry slams in 2002 and 2003. Aside from exploring slam poetry, he spent his early adulthood listening to records and discovering a love of folk music, blues, jazz, jug band music, country music and ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll.

Dom became interested in folk musicians such as Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, and Mike Seeger, as well as musicians such asMississippi John Hurt, Howlin’ Wolf, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins. After stepping away from the slam poetry scene, he rekindled his interest in music, this time focusing on the old-time blues music of the pre-WWII era.

A multi-instrumentalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills, in addition to singing. He says that he incorporates his background in percussion to his banjo playing. Dom’s banjo repertoire includes not only clawhammer but also tenor and three-finger styles of playing. He first picked up the instrument when he borrowed a five-string banjo from a friend who had removed the instrument’s fifth string.

imagesAs a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, Dom was able to explore his interest in bringing traditional music to new audiences. The band won a GRAMMY for its 2011 album Genuine Negro Jig and was nominated for its most recent album, Leaving Eden, in 2012.

Dom says he would like to use the traditional forms of music he has heard and immersed himself in over the years to create new soundscapes that generate interest in old-time folk music. Focusing very much on creating music that is rooted in history but taking a contemporary approach, Dom hopes to reexamine what traditional music can become.

In July 2014, Dom released his third solo record with Music Maker Relief Foundation and his first since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Prospect Hill finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug-band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reinterpreting the music to suit 21st-century audiences.

He was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and his new album has received praise from The Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, Living Blues Magazine, and more.  See more at www.theamericansongster.comimages

Opening the show are The Rattlin’ Bones, a musical collaboration of Eva Riihiluoma, Sage Ariasand Philip Wright. With influences from Medieval Europe to the back cabins of Appalachia, the show is an auditory tour that weaves bardic storytelling with the folk traditions. Eva’s vocals, described as sultry and powerful, combined with a multi-instrumental array create the trio’s compelling sound. Listeners often mention the feeling of being transported to another time and place. Alongside original music and compositions, the trio collects and performs the heirlooms of vintage music from Ireland, old Europe, and old time Americana. The songs range from the haunted ghosts of the old world and ballad style tales to songs of redemption and soulful revelation.  See more at

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Dress to Impress! Find Your New Style for this Season with Fashion Stylist Katia Nesterova

Ready for a New Image? Need a Change of Style? You are invited to Beautiful with Katia – Boutique Consignment where Katia Nesterova is available to help with all your fashion needs. At no extra charge, Katia will open your eyes to new possibilities for a modern and fashionable look that will dress you to impress. Katia has a wide collection of high quality items from European brands at very reasonable prices. Now is the perfect time to renew your wardrobe! Katia can also assist you as a Fashion Stylist for special events. Come visit Beautiful with Katia -Boutique Consignment- at 417 Broad Street Suite C for women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, also children’s clothing. Katia is going to be hosting another Fashion Show soon at the Golden Era Lounge. We’ll keep you informed! Call Katia to book a fashion consultation today 530-300-4467.


Marie Johnson of Foothill Flowers Marks A Half Century

October 21st “Marie Johnson, the Flower Lady Day”

To help celebrate and congratulate Marie Johnson, please drop a card off at Foothill Flowers or The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, wishing her the best on this momentous occasion!! Here is the history behind this wonderful local business woman.


After 50 years the flower lady will have her day. The Grass Valley City Council will proclaim Friday, October 21“Marie Johnson, the flower lady day,” and the public is invited to a celebration from 4 – 7 pm at Foothill Flowers, the shop she founded at Main and Auburn streets five decades ago. In 1966 Johnson, alone with three young children, started the shop by renting a brick Gold Rush-era building for $200 a month. “It was a lot in those days,” she said. But as Johnson was already an experienced floral designer, she thought she could succeed in a good location. She drove her Volkswagen bus to the shop each day from a modest house in Cedar Ridge, worked on a picnic table and had only a small refrigerator for her flowers. Undaunted by a makeshift start, Johnson built Foothill Flowers into a leading downtown business.

Her children, who grew up in the business, walked to the shop after school. Then the brick building, which Johnson had purchased, was gutted by a fire in 1984. Johnson was determined to rebuild, and during the 11 months of rebuilding and remodeling, she continued her business in the basement of the Old Post Office on Auburn Street, crafting her floral designs again in makeshift conditions. “The fire led to a transformation,” Johnson said. She eventually restored the building’s brick interior, saved the fir floors and added the shop’s oak stairway and balcony. In 2013 the California Heritage Council recognized the Foothill Flowers building as an outstanding example of historic preservation. “In Foothill Flowers, we found a beautiful family business in a beautifully preserved building,” said the council’s chairman John Hodges. “The interior was replaced with great sensitivity,” Hodges continued, “and the shop’s black-and-cream striped canvas awning is period perfect.” The Foothill Flowers building has been designated a local landmark and depicted in paintings, post cards and a Christmas ornament. The shop is distinguished by its sage green exterior and lively seasonal window displays. At Christmas the 30-foot tree, which rises from the center of the showroom floor to a second story skylight high above, reminds those who remember of the great trees in the old City of Paris in San Francisco.

In the 1990s Marie’s sons Mark and Todd Johnson joined the business. Mark oversees the operations while Todd, a gifted designer, served as president of the California association of Teleflora affiliates. Todd is also a longtime staff member of Fiesta Floats, which designs and decorates floats for the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena.

At the October 21 event attention will focus on Marie Johnson, whose entrepreneurial gumption assured Foothill Flowers’ survival and success. Her shop has ranked among the top FTD and Teleflora affiliates in the nation and Johnson herself has been grand marshal of the local 4th of July parade. She has been active in Soroptomist Club and served on several community boards. Mark Johnson estimates his mother has contributed over the years more than $250,000 in flowers to charities and community organizations, especially to decorate tables at fund-raising banquets and events. For half a century Foothill Flowers has delivered floral beauty to community and family events, to large gatherings and intimate occasions, and the evidence is in countless wedding and photograph albums on the shelves of Nevada County homes.

Now at 85 Marie is in the shop as often as she can manage, working beside her designers or greeting customers. And said the woman long-known as the flower lady: “I still get excited about beautiful flowers.”

Sierra FoodWineArt – Fall Issue

Sierra FoodWineArt magazine is circulating its fall issue, promoting Nevada City, Grass Valley and Nevada County. A full-page article also promotes fall colors in Nevada City.

The full-color glossy magazine is distributed all the way to the Bay Area, Sacramento, Reno, Truckee-Tahoe, Chico and Placerville and points in between, and its companion website is promoted at A new digital version of each issue for iPhones and tablets is at

Owners Jeff and Shannon Pelline are Chamber members and Nevada City residents. For more information email