Fall Colors in Nevada City

Victorian Fall 10-07.180The Nevada City-Grass Valley area, with outstanding Gold Rush history and good choices in lodging and dining, has become known as one of California’s best areas to view autumn foliage. The best fall colors in Nevada City and Grass Valley are located in the old-fashioned Victorian neighborhoods surrounding the downtown historic districts. The most spectacular displays are in century-old Red Maple trees planted by early settlers.

Peak color weeks in Nevada City and Grass Valley are difficult to predict but mid-October to mid-November is usually most colorful. Fall Color Tour Maps and a Tree Tour Map are available and visitors may call ahead to check day-to-day conditions.

Phone: 530-265-2692
Toll Free: 800-655-NJOY(6569)

Old Time Gas Station Service in Nevada City

GasStation2SGasStation1SAt the Nevada City Gas station, they pump your gas and check your oil for free, just like the good old days. Nevada City Gas  is right near downtown, at the “Y” between Zion and Pine Streets, just up from Highway 49.  The sales are cash only, but the prices are competitive. “I just like to buy local whenever I can” said a recent customer. “It’s just a friendlier experience.” The Nevada City Gas Station is open between 7:30 a.m.   and 6:00 p.m. every day, and can be reached at (530) 265-3924.

Reclaiming the Sierra: Nov. 8 & 9

Summit_Logo300The Sierra Fund presents the first-ever public conference on how to address the ongoing human health, environmental and cultural impacts of over a century of mining in the Sierra Nevada.

To be held November 8 & 9, 2010 in Nevada City, CA, the Community Summit will focus on the positive actions that Sierra residents, businesses, leaders, government agencies, and tribes can take to protect their health, and clean up their communities and the environment.

This is a free public conference, but pre-registration is required. Visit http://www.sierrafund.org/campaigns/411 to register.

CNL Workshop on Effective Meetings, Oct. 23, 2010

CNLThe Center for Nonprofit Leadership in Nevada City is offering a workshop on how to plan and conduct effective board and committee meetings Saturday, October 23rd from 8:30-12:15. The Workshop will be held at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, and costs $40 for CNL members, $50 for non-members.

This highly interactive half-day workshop will focus on four keys to planning and conducting effective board and committee meetings within your organization.

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL) is a resource center for organizations and individuals in Nevada County and the Sierra Nevada region of California. CNL strengthens and sustains local nonprofit organizations through “best practice” workshops, executive leadership seminars, on-site coaching and mentoring, and public advocacy. To see more information, or to register online, visit: www.cnlsierra.org.

Upcoming Events at the Historic Nevada Theatre

Showing now: The play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

For ticket information go to www.nevadacitycuckoo.com or call

(530) 430-SHOW

Showtimes for Cuckoo’s Nest:

September 23 8 pm, Sept. 24 8 pm

September 25, 2 pm Matinee, Sept. 25 8 pm Closing night

Upcoming: The Play “To Kill A Mockingbird”

October 7 – November 7

Directed by Tim O’Connor & produced by LeGacy Productions

For tickets and info go to LeGacyPresents.com

Special Upcoming Events

September 22—The Gods of Comedy vs The End

October 11 — Health Care for All Seminar

October 19 — Music in the Mountains presents the film “My Musical Life”

October 20 – Tahoe Comedy North presents “The Marijuana-Logues”

The Sunday Night Film Series

(All showings at 7:30 pm)

September 26 “Countdown to Zero” October 10 “ Life During Wartime”

October 17 “Farewell” October 24 “Soul Kitchen”

October 31 “Hugh Hefner”

For info on movies playing each week call (530) 274-FILM

For more information on The Nevada Theatre

Please call (530) 265-6161 or visit


Think Globally, Act Locally

Screen shot 2010-09-20 at 10.22.32 AMNevada City’s A.P.P.L.E. Center Presents: 2010 Fall Discussion Series

Track 1: Think Globally

What is happening in the world today? How did we get here?

Wednesday Eve: Sept 22, Oct 27, Nov 10

Track 2: Act Locally

Defining a new culture and identifying actions to be the change we want to see.

Thursday Eve: Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 2

To Register:

Class times: 6-7:30pm, at the APPLE Center. Course format will include short lectures, small and large group discussions, and some preparatory “homework.” Pre-registration is required. $30 individual or $50 couple per track. Maximum enrollment: 20 participants per track. Attendance to all three parts of your chosen track is strongly recommended.

To register, contact the APPLE Center at 412 Commercial St. Nevada City.

530-478-1700 or Info@APPLECenter.org.

Windows on History During October

You’re Invited to Step Back in Time at the Windows on History Exhibit in Historic Nevada City, California

Windows on History is an exhibit of 47 mural-size historical photographs of Nevada City from 1850 to 1920 with accompanying stories. These photos will be placed in windows throughout the historic downtown at locations where they were originally taken. This unique concept invites the viewer to celebrate life in Nevada City through these powerful photographic streetscapes that contrasts the historic past with the dynamic present.

The entire month of October, 2010

In 47 shop Windows throughout Nevada City’s historic downtown.

Sponsored by:
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

MOMS Raising Money for Nevada City Schools

MomsPosterThe Moms on the Mountains fundraiser for Nevada City Schools will take place Saturday, September 25th, 2010 at the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. This is the primary fundraiser of the Nevada City Schools Foundation, which provides immediate funding for technology and the arts, as well as student program support.

Any female 18 years or older can participate. There will be three well-marked hiking options. The easiest will be a 2-mile loop within the Sugar Bowl resort area. The intermediate and the long hikes are both loops that have beautiful views including Donner peak. Attendees also have the option of not hiking at all – just enjoy the lodge: good food, massages, raffle prizes, a silent auction, the bar, and more. The Moms store will also be stocked with lots of fun gear to wear hiking, or just around town.

Online registration is now available, see www.MomsOnTheMountains.com for more information.

NC Farmer’s Market Saturdays thru Oct.

farmers mkt 1The Nevada City Farmer’s Market will run Saturday mornings starting at 8:30 from June 19 to October 30, 2010. The market features many interesting vendors and artists in addition to locally grown fruits and vegetables. Live musical entertainment is also provided.

FREE Concert by the Nevada County Concert Band


The Constitution Day festivities continue Saturday, September 11th in Nevada City with a FREE concert by the Nevada County Concert Band. The concert, entitled the “Constitution Celebration Concert” will be at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Nevada City (on North Pine Street at Commercial Street). More information.

Classic Cars & Hot Rod Cruise-In Saturday

CarShowSaturday, September 11th, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., there will be a Classic Cars & Hot Rod Cruise-In on Broad Street, downtown Nevada City. Come stroll around beautiful historic Nevada City and enjoy these classic cars and hot rods!

Shuttle for Constitution Day Parade

With parking expected to be tight for Sunday’s (Sept. 12) big parade in Nevada City, visitors may wish to take advantage of a special parade shuttle service.

Parade-goers may park for free at the Eric Rood Nevada County Government Center on Highway 49 and ride the shuttle to the Sunday parade.

All-day shuttle service is $3 per individual or family. Shuttle service is free to those in historical costumes and youths 12 and under. Hours for the shuttle are 10-6 on Sunday.

The 44th Annual Constitution Day Parade rolls through historic downtown Nevada City at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The classic hometown family parade features about 80 entries, including seven marching bands.

The event is presented by the Nevada City Constitution Day Commission, Nevada Lodge No. 13, F.&A.M., and the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City, with financial support from many community businesses, individuals and organizations.

For more information and a complete weekend schedule of events, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. Call the chamber at (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY or see www.nevadacitychamber.com.

2010 Col. Bill Lambert Award – Mikhail Graham


Well-known Nevada City musical artist Mikail Graham has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Col. Bill Lambert Award.

The Lambert Award award is presented annually by the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City to recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada City and the Nevada City way of life. The award is named in honor of the late Col. William H. Lambert, founder of Nevada City’s annual Constitution Day Parade.

The Marching Presidents announce the award each year on the eve of the annual parade, in which they participate. This year’s 44th Annual Constitution Day Parade rolls through the downtown historic district beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12.

The Lambert Award will be presented by Marching Presidents founder David Parker at the group’s annual post-parade awards banquet at Miners Foundry.

“If it has to do with music in Nevada City, Mikail is probably involved,” said Parker.

“Mikail has been a strong voice in the Nevada City music world and has been one of the leaders in making our community radio station, KVMR-89.5 FM, one of the best in the business. I know he travels a lot and is always a great ambassador for Nevada City.

“Importantly,” Parker continued, “Mikail is a very active member of the community and continues to be involved in numerous fund-raising events for local organizations and needed causes.”

“What a great honor; I’m thrilled and I’ll be there,” said Graham, a Nevada City native whose family roots here go back to 1849. A performer, producer and promoter of music, Graham has composed more than 40 original scores and is a member of the Nevada County Composers Cooperative.

He is host and executive producer of “The Other Side,” the eclectic radio program heard from 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays on KVMR. He has played and produced music with many of the area’s leading musicians, including The Humperheads, who have entertained at past Marching Presidents banquets.

Past recipients of the prestigious Lambert Award are retired city manager Beryl P. Robinson Jr., former mayor and city clerk Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, parade organizers George and Pat Harper, city councilman and former mayor Pat Dyer, the late real estate broker Jim Mackey, writer Dave Carter, Chamber of Commerce executive manager Cathy Whittlesey, former city councilman and mayor Steve Cottrell, businessman Bob Buhlis, retired Nevada County general services director Dennis Cassella, John Christensen, leader of community efforts to establish the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum; cartoonist R.L. “Crabman” Crabb, business owners Lee and Susan Thurston, Nevada City public works director Verne Taylor, historian Edwin Tyson, the late folksinger/activist U. Utah Phillips, city engineer Bill Falconi, Marching Presidents organizer Patti Foster and retired school administrator Karen Chizek. Marching Presidents founder David Parker was presented the award in 2007 to mark the group’s 20th anniversary.

The Marching Presidents is a fun-loving and educational group that portrays all 44 U.S. Presidents with reverence, good humor and varying degrees of historical accuracy. For reliable information on U.S. Presidents, see www.americanpresident.org.

Kings Dance Team in Constitution Day Parade

NEVADA CITY – The Sacramento Kings Dance Team will be part of Nevada City’s 44th Annual Constitution Day Parade on Sunday, Sept. 12.

The Kings Dance Team is among the most talented, athletic and beautiful dance teams anywhere. The team is readying for the 2010/11 basketball season, which kicks off Oct. 5 with pre-season games. The Sacramento Kings regular season begins Oct. 27.

Dance Team Manager Jennifer Santich said at least six members of her squad, maybe more, will be in town for the parade. The Kings dancers have been given the No. 3 slot in the parade lineup and will dance down Broad Street to the tunes of the Ophir Prison Marching Band which will be close behind.

Santich said that following their parade appearance, the dancers would set up a table where they will meet and greet the crowd and autograph photos. The table will be set up in front of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office at 132 Main Street.

To learn more about the Sacramento Kings Dance Team, see www.nba.com/Kings/Dance.

The dance team was invited by the Nevada City Constitution Day Commission which is seeking to broaden the appeal of the annual parade, especially to a younger audience.

The parade through the heart of downtown Nevada City is expected to feature about 80 entries, including floats, antique autos, equestrians, clowns, politicians and perennial crowd favorites such as the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City.

A local tradition since 1967, the parade begins at 2 p.m. at the top of Broad Street and moves down through the historic district. It caps a weekend of special events in Nevada City.

For more information and a complete weekend schedule of events, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. Call the chamber at (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY or see www.nevadacitychamber.com.

American Presidents Convene in Nevada City

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The five living U.S. Presidents, pictured in Nevada City last year, will return along with the 39 late U.S. Presidents to march in the 44th Annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade.

All 44 presidents in the history of the United States, from George Washington to Barack Obama, will gather in the picturesque Sierra foothills village of Nevada City, California on Sunday, Sept. 12, to march together in the town’s 44th Annual Constitution Day Parade.

This is believed to be the singular time and place on the planet where all American Presidents gather together, partisan politics aside, to celebrate the U.S. Constitution and American way of life.

Accompanied by their First Ladies and cadres of trench-coated secret service agents, the Marching Presidents are made up of citizens from all walks of life. They have been entertaining crowds at the Nevada City parade for 23 years. It is their only annual appearance, although they have received several requests to march in other parades.

The 44th Annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade moves a down a flag and bunting-draped Broad Street through historic downtown Nevada City at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12. The Marching Presidents are among more than 80 entries.

The Marching Presidents is a fun-loving and educational group that portrays all 44 U.S. Presidents with reverence, good humor and varying degrees of historical accuracy. To learn more about the group, see www.marchingpresidents.org. For reliable information on U.S. Presidents, see www.americanpresident.org.