Closing Weekend “The Perfect Party”

LeGacy Productions’ “The Perfect Party” closes this weekend at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley, directed by Tim O’Connor.

First performed in Nevada County in the mid 1990’s, this smart comedy by A.R. Gurney (“Love Letters”, “Sylvia”) follows the events surrounding one man’s quest for the “perfect party”. With lots of twists and turns, and plenty of laughs, this is the “perfect party” to add to your calendar!!!

Cast members from the 1994 production include Nevada County favorites Dave Iorns, Rene Sprattling, Bruce Kelly, and Gaylie Bell-Stewart. Newcomer Carolyn Winters rounds out the cast. The 1994 production was also directed by Tim O’Connor, who directed the hit “To Kill a Mockingbird” for LeGacy last year.

Shows are 7pm on Thursday, 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday matinee at the Off Center Stage, 314 Richardson St, Grass Valley, located directly behind the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $18 in advance/$20 at the door and are available at the Bookseller and Briar Patch in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at or by calling (530) 268-5419.

Mature audiences only

Hirschman Trail Grand Opening Oct 2nd

Grand Opening of the Hirschman Trail – Cement Hill ADA Accessible Trailhead

Date:     Sunday, October 2nd
Time:    9am-3pm
Level:   Easy to Moderate
Suggested Donation: $12 Members/$17 Not-Yet-Members

Join master trail builder, Bill Haire, and his crew as they lead us along the newest Land Trust community trail – the Cement Hill ADA accessible trailhead that leads to Hirschman Pond. Find out what it takes to tame and build a trail through the wilderness!

The first leg of the trek will be to the pond – about a quarter-mile down the trail, where we will see evidence of hydraulic mining. For those that wish to continue on we will then hike about a five mile loop along the portion of the trail that was completed last Fall.

This trail was created in partnership with Nevada City – and we’re pretty proud of it!

Click Here to make your reservation now!


“The Truth Within The Confusion” Seminar Oct 4

Attention Business Owners, Human Resource Managers/Staff, Industrial Relations Managers, Managers and Supervisors:

You are cordially invited to attend the 22nd Annual Employer Seminar:
“The Truth Within the Confusion”

This seminar is packed with engaging speakers, practical information and tips to help employers stay on the forefront of legal and workplace developments, such as equal employment opportunity laws, workers compensation, ethical challenges, wage and hour issues. See attached flier for information.

One of the benefits of attending this seminar is the chance to meet and network with other business people in the area. Feel free to bring marketing materials about your company as there will be a table in the back so that you and other businesses can share information.

Six hours of HRCI Credit Certification has been approved for this seminar!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Ridge
2020 Golf Course Road
Auburn, CA 95602

$99 Members or $149 Non-members

Don’t miss out! Sign up today!  916-865-2439 or email

Seminar sponsored by the Foothill and South Placer Employer Advisory Councils


Nevada City Business Loan Programs

Nevada City has two new loan programs…could one of them benefit your business? Loans can be used for working capital, tenant improvements, or to purchase property or equipment. Interest rates are generally below market and terms are flexible. Start-ups and current businesses are eligible. Free business classes are available beginning September 29.

For more information & class schedules, check out or call the program operator, David Nelson Consulting, at (530) 346-7195.

Download Flyer

Lunch & Learn Series at Sierra Commons Sept & Oct

Lunch & Learn Series

To help Nevada County’s businesses thrive and survive during this challenging economy, Sierra Commons is hosting a Lunch & Learn Series this September and October.

The Lunch & Learn series includes a 45 minute presentation by some of our area’s leading business professionals. There will be plenty of time for questions, networking and socialization. The series includes topics relevant to small business owners, entrepreneurs and working professionals and are available to all Nevada County residents.

A sliding scale donation of $5 – $10 is requested.

Lunch & Learns are scheduled EACH THURSDAY from 12:00 – 1:30 at Sierra Commons. Bring a brown bag filled with your favorite midday meal and learn something to move your business forward.

WHERE: Sierra Commons, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City, CA, (530) 265-8443

See schedule

For more information contact Sierra Commons:



Annual Chili Cook Off Mixer Sept 22

Don’t miss this week’s Business After Hours Mixer

Annual Chili Cook Off!

Thursday, September 22
5:30pm – 7:30pm

ERA Cornerstone Realty
101 Boulder Street, NC


A Taste of the Gold

With the return of autumn and the Draft Horse Classic comes an afternoon of elegance & indulgence with A Taste of the Gold. On Saturday, September 24th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, the Grass Valley Downtown Association in conjunction with Sierra Vintners’ Association bring you A Taste of the Gold at the Nevada County Fairgrounds with the Draft Horse Classic and the Harvest Festival.

Savor local cuisine from over 25 restaurants, caterers and confectioners including Diego’s, Tofanelli’s, Kane’s, Maria’s, Jim E’s Club 141, Bear River Pasta and a whole lot more! Pair each tasting with exquisite wines, distinctive to those of Sierra Vintners- with Bob Mora and the 3rd Degree Blues Band to set the mood.

Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased at the Bookseller, downtown tasting rooms, or the Downtown Association office (530) 272-8315. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event, but will cost $10 more, so get your tickets early! Tickets include unlimited wine, five food tickets, and a commemorative wine glass. Additional food tickets may be purchased during the event at two for $5. Parking at the Nevada County Fairgrounds is $5. Please enter at Gate 5.

Please join us for A Taste of the Gold Saturday, September 24th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds!


Italian Festival – September 17-18

A little taste of Italy, right here in Nevada County!

Bring a blanket, take a seat on the lawn, visit with friends, listen to outstanding musical entertainment, enjoy the food, beverages and all around good time!

The Nevada County Italian Festival will feature over 30 of the finest Italian food, wine and artisan vendors from the area who will sell ceramics, gelato, sausage, baked goods, pastas, flowers, herbs, sculpture, antique maps, produce, pizza and much more. Festivities include local and regional Italian wine tastings for adults, chef demonstrations, live Italian music and dancing, a bocce ball tournament and much more.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce will have a booth with meatball sandwiches.  Stop by!

See old friends, meet new ones and celebrate the Italian-American heritage in a family friendly atmosphere at beautiful and the convenient Western Gateway Park located in Penn Valley, CA (10 minutes west of Grass Valley).

Closing Weekend “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”

Synthetic Unlimited presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” playing through September 17 at the Nevada Theatre.  Don’t miss this beautiful, riveting comedy filled with astounding performances from an outstanding cast.  Directed by Jimmy McCammon and Iona Swift.

With a few exceptions, shows run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.
Go to http://syntheticunlimited.​org/page5.php for detailed performance schedule.

Call 530-430-SHOW for tickets!


Magic Carpet Exhibit Sept 17th

The Magic Carpet will host a lecture and guided tour of a new exhibit titled, “In Praise of the Weavers” which will explore the creative genius of the Oriental rug weaver.

Saturday, Sept 17th

The Magic Carpet
408 Broad St.
Nevada City

For more information contact The Magic Carpet at 530-265-9229 or


Boardwalk Celebration Sept 15!

You are invited to a free celebration of the newly installed Commerical Street Boardwalk!

Thursday, September 15

Come to the corner of South Pine & Commercial Streets in downtown Nevada City for music by Beaucoup Chapeaux and kid-friendly beverages.

This is a fundraiser to help provide bike racks and permanent signage. The Boardwalk is a “No Smoking” zone.



Support the RSVP Program

RSVP Raffle!  Tickets $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00

Raffle tickets available at the RSVP Office, 471 Sutton Way, Suite 202, Grass Valley

RSVP recruits and places volunteers in community and public agencies.  Over 500 volunteers contribute 75,000 hours annually in Nevada County!

Download RSVP Raffle flyer

Innovation Summit Sept 16

Join Sierra Business Council as we draw leaders, business members, and community members from across the region and beyond. The Sierra Innovation Summit will feature keynote addresses about the current economic landscape of the Sierra, and innovation-based tools for sustainable economic growth, as well as exciting sessions about opportunities and tools for keeping business at the forefront of innovation in rural and developed parts of the region. Opportunities to network and visit with friends and colleagues will be available. For more information and to register, visit Innovation_Summit_Flyer

Friday, September 16, from 9am – 5pm
Sierra Nevada College, Rocklin Campus, Rocklin, CA

Hope to see you there!

Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp)
560 Wall Street, Suite F
Auburn, CA 95603


North Columbia Schoolhouse Happenings

Kelli Thompson photographs on display through the end of September


Moira Smiley & VOCO in the outdoor amphitheater

Friday, September 16th at 8pm

Tickets $18 advance/members & $20 at the door. Available at Briar Patch & Mother Truckers

Moira Smiley & VOCO is a visionary blend of voices – redefining harmony singing with the power & physicality of folksong, the avant-garde fearlessness of Béla Bartók and the delicious, vaudevillian accompaniment of cello, banjo, accordion and body percussion. Moira Smiley leads an ensemble of extraordinary musicians who share a passion for spreading powerful, emotional music with lush four-part vocal harmony, cello, accordion and banjo. Original improvisation-built songs steeped in Appalachia and Eastern Europe. Named #1 a cappella group in the U.S. in 2007, VOCO is the energy of street singing and the elegance of a string quartet. Recently featured in Dirty Linen and on more than 100 radio stations nationwide on NPR’s “Harmonia”, VOCO has released two critically acclaimed CDs, “Small Worlds” and “Circle, Square, Diamond & Flag”. VOCO is sweet, hard-driving Americana mixed with crooked eastern European dance and dissonance. It’s all rounded out with body-stompin’ percussive movement and joyous, magnificent, hair-raising harmonies – music that mourns and dances at the same time.


The Wedding Dress

Sunday, September 18th, 2pm

Tickets $8 kids/$10 members/$12 general

A Weaving of traditional story and song with Marina Bokelman and Lucinda deLorimier. An illumination of the folk process and the great ancient lineage of folk tradition which enlightens and enlivens our lives today. The Story: Catskins. The Songs: Mammy Buy Me a Chinee Doll, Little Bobby Shaftoe, Oh Sally My Dear, A Courting Case, Same Old Man, Leatherwing Bat, Angeline the Baker, The Riddle Song, Jackaro, The Wedding Dress Song

Click for complete Events Calendar

Constitution Day Weekend Sept 10 & 11

The 45th Annual Constitution Day Parade
tops a weekend of festivities Sept.10-11, 2011 in this historic California Gold Rush town.

Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America.

The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features more than 100 entries and culminates other activities including Civil War battle reenactments in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek and a free outdoor big band concert in the downtown historic district.

See flyer for detailed information



MannaFest Concert Sept. 11

Second Annual FREE MannaFest Concert Scheduled; Top Local and Bay-area Bands Coming for Your Family Enjoyment and “COMMUNITY UNITY NOW”

The MannaFest free concert will be help on September 11, 2001 at GateWay Regional Park, 6 minutes from Grass Valley, Ca on Highway 20 in Penn Valley. Parking is also FREE! Beginning with a morning Circle of Prayer at 10:00, music and family entertainment will begin at 11:30 and continue till 10:00pm. Come and enjoy the local bands you have loved for years:

Mumbo Gumbo, Shay Dillon, Santana Tribute Band, Freedom Tribe Band, Diane Patterson, Bob Woods, Jacobi 1 and Clan Dyken

MannaFest and Unity1 Productions today announced their second annual free concert to benefit A.P.P.L.E. Inc., the Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preparing our community for the post-petroleum era that appears to be approaching us soon. Founded in 2009, A.P.P.L.E has become the focus of community action programs throughout our region. A.P.P.L.E envisions an economy that functions in harmony with our regional ecosystem, meets the basic needs of our residents, supports a just and democratic society and fosters a joyful, diverse community life.

The MannaFest fundraiser helps complete that vision for our community. Festival co-coordinators Victoria Bliss and Mary Padua Fischer had the vision in 2010 and MannaFest was born. We are also creating a non-profit production Company called Unity 1 Productions supporting and hosting local events to fund other community non-profit organizations. Most of our funding will come through sponsorships, donations and vendor spaces. Your support in this will be greatly appreciated!

Unity 1 is a production company committed to providing entertainment and information to the public though various forums and venues. There will be the organization of events and benefits for certain causes or non-profits. We have a strong involvement on a grass roots level with participation in public service and community activism to raise awareness and provide energy.

MannaFest offers various levels of Sponsorships, so go to the website ( to view them and choose the one right for you.. If you would like to sponsor MannaFest and APPLE, please contact Mary Padua 530-263-3416

We still have some openings for Vendor Booths (rates can be seen at and all proceeds go to APPLE.

MannaFest will also have a silent auction, again too much fun! Feel free to contribute gift certificates, products or services or anything else of value. Tax-deductible receipts will be provided to you.

Please make checks out to APPLE.

You can mail your contribution to:
Mary Padua
P.O. Box 2013
Nevada City, Ca 95959

Call us to pick up your donation, we will issue you a tax donation receipt at that time. 530-263-3416


San Francisco Mime Troupe Sept 8 & 9

Tony Award-winning


Celebrates their 52nd Season with Recession-proof satire

Thursday & Friday
September 8 & 9

The San Francisco Mime Troupe will be making their 21st (at least) annual performance in Nevada County with their show, 2012-The Musical. Once again the show will be at the historic Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City. The San Francisco Chronicle reviews the show.

“Energized by the resurgent right…the Mime Troupe, inexhaustible purveyors of agit-prop musical comedy, have responded with their sharpest, funniest and most exhilarating show in years.”

Don’t miss out on the music. The band starts at 7:00 and is always amazing.

Music starts at 7:00; Show starts at 7:30
The Nevada Theatre, 411 Broad Street, Nevada City

Tickets $20 at:
The Briar Patch – 530-272-5333,
The Book Seller – 530-272-2131
Yabobo – 530-478-9114,
Cherry Records – 530-823-2147
Brown Paper Tickets – 800-838-3006 or


Looking for NJUHSD Graduates!

Nevada Joint Union High School Foundation Seeks Alumni Contact Information

The NJUHSD Foundation has contracted with School World Alumnae database in an effort to gather contact information from anyone who graduated from the local high schools.

There has never been a data base that includes contact information from all former NJUHSD students. With new technology the Foundation feels that this would be an ideal way to gather and update information. The data base is an excellent resource to inform former students about programs and educational opportunities at NJUHSD. It will also be useful to all class reunion committees when planning their celebrations.

The information will be used only by the Foundation for pertinent information about the schools. The lists will not be given or sold to any other entity.

If you are a graduate of any of the following Schools, please log onto and provide the requested information: Bear River, Ghidotti Early College High School, Nevada Union, Park Avenue Alternative Education, Sierra Mountain High School/Adult Education, Silver Springs, Grass Valley and Nevada City.

Renewing Members


Bob & Barbara Weaver
Brook Design Group
Cliff Newell
In the Kitchen
Nevada City Postal Company
Nevada City Rotary
Woman of Faith Photography