Fun Family Bike Event before Amgen

bikeblast_cardfront_xThe Bike Blast, a fun family event, will take place Saturday, May 15th at Seven Hills School. This fundraiser for Nevada City Schools Foundation will feature road rides, a mountain bike trials course, a bike rodeo, carnival, a silent auction, and more.

Advanced registration is advised, (to assure lower fee, a T-shirt, etc.) however, folks may register the day of. Registration fees run from $10 for kids – $45 adults and include lunch and bike activities and carnival entertainment. All proceeds go to Nevada City Schools student programs. More information.

Growers Market Opens May 1 at the North Star House

north-star-houseNevada County Certified Growers’ Market has moved its Saturday morning Market to the North Star House at 12075 Old Auburn Road. Old Auburn Road runs south from McCourtney road, near Fairgrounds Gate 3. Go about 0.6 miles south on Old Auburn from McCourtney road, and watch for the sign on the left. The house is not visible from the road.

The market takes place every Saturday, May through October 8-noon. The first Saturday of every month, local water color artist Mim Meakin will entertain and gently instruct the kids with Children’s Art.

“Christmas Card” Screenwriter To Visit Nevada City

By: Steve Cottrell, Nevada City

Before a movie can be filmed, there must first be a story –– a screenplay –– and no screenplay has had a more positive impact on Nevada City than the Hallmark Channel’s 2006 holiday offering, “The Christmas Card.”

The storyline of a soldier stationed in Afghanistan receiving a Christmas card from a woman in the United States, (and his quest to find the woman and thank her for the card), was written by Joany Kane, who lives in rural Massachusetts.

Now, thanks to the underwriting support of the Nevada City Advocate, National Hotel, Utopian Stone and other local businesses and individuals, Joany will soon have an opportunity to finally visit the town she saw for the first time in late 2006 when Hallmark provided her with a DVD of the film’s final cut.

She will arrive in Nevada City on May 18. An itinerary has been set that will provide the award-winning screenwriter with an opportunity to visit locations used in the movie, meet several merchants and city and chamber officials, and others, and be guest of honor at a community appreciation dinner scheduled for Wednesday evening, May 19, at the National Hotel. (Details of the dinner will be announced soon).

Joany’s original script was set in a fictional logging town in New England, but by the time cameras rolled in early 2006, the setting had been changed to Nevada City. And that was just fine with the screenwriter.

“After seeing it for the first time, I fell in love with Nevada City,” she said. “It was the ideal town for ‘The Christmas Card,’ and I truly believe the story found the home it was meant to have.”

When it first aired in December 2006, “The Christmas Card” became the highestrated program in the history of the Hallmark cable network, and it continues to draw millions of viewers each time it is rebroadcast.

This past December, for instance, it had six airings –– including Christmas Day –– and the resulting spike in visitors to the chamber’s website was undeniable evidence of the movie’s ongoing promotional and marketing value for Nevada City.

“Whenever the movie airs, our office staff is kept very busy the next few days responding to e-mail inquiries and telephone calls,” explained chamber executive director Cathy Whittlesey. “But truth is, there isn’t a week in the year –– regardless of the season –– when people don’t walk in the chamber office and ask directions to one or more of the locations used in the movie. It’s the greatest marketing tool Nevada City has ever had,” Cathy added, “and it didn’t cost the chamber a dime.”

During the May 19 dinner, Joany promises to reveal how “The Christmas Card” script came to be written, and will answer any questions the audience might have of her. “The real-life story of how I came to write ‘The Christmas Card’ is actually very romantic,” she hinted.

The Nevada City Advocate has underwritten Joany’s transportation costs and the National Hotel is providing a suite for three nights. Other local businesses, including Utopian Stone, have also stepped in to help ensure that Ms. Kane receives an appropriate Nevada City welcome.