Mardi Gras Weekend Festivities, March 5-6

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

  • Featuring the Holcomb Bros. Band
  • (Traditional Cajun food available)
  • Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
  • Saturday, March 5, 2011, Hours:  8-midnight
  • Tickets $10 advance/$15 at the door  (advance tickets recommended)
  • 265-2692 or

Mardi Gras Parade

  • (Premier Mardi Gras celebration in the Sierra foothills)
  • Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
  • Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 2 p.m.
  • Free Event for the Whole Family.  Dress in your finest Mardi Gras attire!

Mardi Gras Street Faire

  • North Pine Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
  • Sunday, March 6, 2011, Hours: 11-4
  • Food, drink, craft, clothing vendors.

Call for Entries for Mardi Gras Parade, March 6

The Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade is known for its colorful, off-the-wall and often zany parade entries.  You can be part of this year’s fun.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce has announced that entries are open for this year’s parade, which is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Mar. 6, in historic downtown Nevada City.

The $25 entry fee applies to individuals, groups, marching bands, floats, classic cars, equestrians and all other entries.  Applications are available from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street.  Call 265-2692.

Chamber officials are reminding participants that safety will be a priority at the family parade.  There is no throwing of beads and trinkets to the crowd (items must be handed), no water will be sprayed and all motorized vehicles will be monitored for safety.

Chamber Installation & Awards Dinner, Jan. 29

Barbi Jackson of Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness was elected December 20, 2010, as the 2011 President of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Gary Tintle, owner Tintle, Inc. was elected as the chamber’s president-elect and Bob Buhlis of Nevada City Postal Co. was elected as treasurer.

Other members of the Board of Directors include

  • Michelle Litton, THE FRIENDSHIP CLUB
  • David Painter, SPD MARKETS
  • Peggy Peterson, ASYLUM DOWN
  • Mike Byrne, THE WILLO
  • Kimberly Barnes THE FUR TRADERS
  • Tom Coleman, NATIONAL HOTEL

The new officers and directors will be installed and the Chamber’s special recognition awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 109th Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Miners Foundry.

Robert Burns Dinner & Concert, Jan. 22

The Gold Country Celtic Society will be hosting its 20th annual Robert Burns Celebration—Dinner and Ceilidh(Party). Once again, our celebration will take place at the historic Miners Foundry in the richly decorated, castle-like setting of the Stone Hall.

As always, we will be serving a traditional Robert Burns dinner, complete with all the pageantry: Piping in of the Haggis, the Address to the Haggis, A Toast to the Lassies, and an ode to the immortal memory of Robert Burns. A wee dram of whiskey will accompany the many toasts of the evening, toasts to the wonderful traditions of Scotland. This is a special event, so we do request appropriate attire, Scottish formal evening wear for example.

Please come to the before-dinner social hour and enjoy the many offerings of our Brigadoon Arms Pub, sample an excellent single-malt Scots whiskey, or perhaps a glass of wine from local Nevada County vintners. The evening begins with a 4 o’clock social hour, followed by 5:30 dinner seating. At 6 o’clock, Hanford’s Catering will treat diners to a savory multi-course feast. After dinner, the Golden Bough Trio will entertain guests with their extensive repetoire of Celtic music.

Celebrate the memory of Scotland’s famed, eighteenth century poet and songwriter, Robert Burns. Make your reservations now for Burns Night, Saturday, January 22, 2011.  Held at Miners Foundry Cultural Center located at 325 Spring St. Nevada City, California. Dress: dressy/semi-formal. Admission: $55. per person. Tickets: Nevada City Postal Company 228 Commercial Street (530)320-9257 or “Nancy” (530)272-1316

A very Wild & Scenic Wine Stroll, Sat, Jan 15, 4-6pm

539308_lJoin other festival-goers and filmmakers in discovering Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s hometown of Nevada City, CA during the 2nd  Annual Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Wine Stroll, Saturday 4-6pm.  Visit local businesses, chat with merchants, and learn the history of our charming town while enjoying a sampling of local Foothill wines  and beers.  Participating merchants, wineries, and breweries include:

  • APPLE Center, 412 Commercial Street, pouring Clif Family Wine and Sierra Nevada Beer
  • Java Johns, 306 Broad St – pouring Clavey Wines
  • Bel Capelli Salon, 227 Broad St – pouring Avanguardia Wines
  • Mowen Solinsky, 225 Broad St – pouring Nevada City Winery
  • The Earth Store, 310 Broad St – pouring Pilot Peak Winery
  • Indian Springs, pouring Indian Springs
  • Mana Beads,  417 Broad St – pouring BYOB
  • Download Wine Stroll Map

Separate ticket required, available at Festival Headquarters, 210 Broad Street (Alpha Building) for $15.

Thank you to the participating businesses and wineries.

Please visit the Nevada City Chamber site for information on Nevada City and our local wineries. For more information on SYRCL’s 9th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival go to


SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan. 14-16, 2011

WSFF_2011posterJanuary 14-16, 2011, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 9th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world.  Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.

Considered the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities.  Festival-goers can expect to see award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.  In total, Wild & Scenic will show 110 films, 62 of which are premieres, in 7 locations in downtown Nevada City and host over 100 filmmakers and activists.

This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but introduce them to the magnificent animals that inhabit these places and the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve both for future generations.

This year’s special guests include Yvon Chouinard – the famed rock climber, environmentalist, and founder of the outdoor apparel and equipment company Patagonia .  Patagonia, has been a long time supporter of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and it’s touring festival and we are extremely excited to share the Wild & Scenic home festival with Chouinard as this is his first time attending.  Chouinard will be at the festival supporting the film 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless.  Directed by Chris Malloy, 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless follows writer and photographer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life – and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff’s life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature – and have come to Patagonia to protect it.  The film strikes so deeply into the heart of Patagonia’s wilderness we come to feel at home there.

Other special guests includes Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gary Snyder.  Frequently described as the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology”, Snyder is a founding intellect, essayist and leader of the new environmental awareness that supports legislation and preservation without losing sight of direct wild experience – local people, animals, plants, watersheds and food sources.  Practice of the Wild, a film about Snyder that features vintage footage and a current and in depth conversation between he and fellow poet and novelist Jim Harrison, will be one of this year’s festival features.  Following the film, Snyder along with Randy Hayes, founder of the Rainforest Action Network, will lead a conversation on environmental activism and take questions from the audience.

Also attending this year is filmmakers, professional kayakers, and National Geographic Young Explorer grantees Andy Maser and Trip Jennings who will premiere their film Spoil and Maser will also share The Greatest Migration.  Returning to the film festival is award-winning journalist, author, filmmaker and National Geographic adventurer Jon Bowermaster and Global Exchange and the Green Festival’s co-founder Kevin Danaher.

Festival-goers can also enjoy children’s Saturday morning cartoons, art shows, wine strolls, VIP parties, live music and more at this year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

For tickets and more information go to