Successful Table Top Mixer

Thank you to all who participated and attended the very successful Table Top mixer held at the Elks Lodge in Nevada City on March 21st.



Submissions Open for Nevada City Film Festival

The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) is pleased to announce that submissions are open for the 13th annual film festival. Happening this September 5-8, NCFF features the best in independent film, music and comedy, and attracts locals, international filmmakers, and industry guests to historic downtown Nevada City, CA.

NCFF has been called the “Sundance of the Sierras” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema that showcases innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film. In previous years NCFF has hosted filmmakers such as Mike Mills, Miranda July, Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and comedians including Nick Kroll (FX’s The League, and Comedy Central’s Nick Kroll Show), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately), and Eric Andre (Adult Swim). Past NCFF judges have included award-winning producers and directors, plus writers from The Huffington Post, New York Times, McSweeneys, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Arthur Magazine.

Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit their short films (40 minutes and less). Last year, NCFF featured over 90 shorts and 10 feature lengths from across the globe. The festival also presents a Local Filmmakers Showcase, along with a children’s specific program. New to this year will be a special repertory program that will screen iconic and classic films.

NCFF takes pride in its renowned hospitality and works hard to ensure that filmmakers have a one-of-a-kind experience when visiting. The Festival creates an easy and intimate forum of exchange and interaction between filmmakers and a supportive and enthusiastic audiences. In-competition filmmakers also receive travel and accommodations to attend NCFF and every exhibiting filmmaker receives an all-access pass to screenings and events.

All short films are eligible for the Festival Jury Award – $1,500 and the Audience Choice Award – $500.

Submission fee is waived for local filmmakers living in Nevada, Placer, Sierra, and Yuba Counties. Please contact festival directors at for more information.

Regular Deadline is May 1, 2013. Extended Late Deadline is June 14, 2013. Save and submit early. All filmmakers will be notified by July 15, 2013.

Submissions must be sent online through Withoutabox, for the link and additional information please go to or call (530) 362-8601.

Nevada City Chamber Board Update

April, 2013 – As a result of a Director’s resignation and a review of the recent voting tallies from the Board election earlier this year, the Chamber Board has been very slightly shuffled for the remainder of 2013. The new list of Directors is:

Dave Iorns, President • Nevada City Crystal & Glass
Valerie Moberg, President-Elect • Broad Street Inn
Gary Tintle, Treasurer • Tintle, Inc.
Corey Bristow • Café Mekka
Mike Byrne • The Willo
John Cammack • Lefty’s Grill
Tom Coleman • National Hotel
Kim Coughlan • Novak’s
Dave Francis • Las Katarinas
Peggy Peterson • Asylum Down
Paul Sieving • Associate Member
Melinda Solis-Day • Nevada City Self Storage
Barbara Tanner • Associate Member

NON-VOTING CITY LIASON – David Brennan, City Manager • City of Nevada City

Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director • Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

County Hosts Visit by Northern California Tour Guides

Nevada City’s own Paul Matson led the tour of Nevada City attractions.

Local businesses and organizations  rolled out the welcome mat this week for a group of 22 Northern California tour guides who were visiting western Nevada County.

The tour is the result of a yearlong effort spearheaded by Susan George, president of the Regional Chambers of Commerce of Nevada County. “We are hopeful that once all of these people are introduced to the attractions of Nevada County they will organize tours of our area,” she said

“We feel it’s important to establish relationships that will encourage more tourism,” she continued. “These tours could be a real economic benefit to our community. They’ll be staying in our hotels, dining in our restaurants and shopping in our shops.

“We have a small amount of funding to sponsor this,” said George. “The local business community has really stepped up to help us put it all together.”

For the past year, George has been working with Melissa Nelson Brown, a director of the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild. The Nevada County visit was planned for this time of year, before the tour guides’ own busy season

The group’s visit will be a 24-hour experience that will focus on the historic downtowns of Grass Valley and Nevada City and the Empire Mine.

Wednesday’s itinerary included a pasty lunch in Grass Valley, a docent led tour of Empire Mine State Historic Park and a bus tour of Grass Valley. Following check-in at the Gold Miner’s Holiday Inn Express & Suites, the guests toured the historic Holbrooke Hotel & Saloon and heard a presentation by ghost tour leader Mark Lyon. The group dined at The Owl Grill & Saloon and heard a talk by local author Chris Enss, writer of books about women in the Old West.

On Thursday, the tour guides visited Nevada City’s Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, Miners Foundry and Off Broadstreet, enjoyed a walking tour led by Nevada City booster Paul Matson and lunch at Lefty’s Grill. Afternoon browsing and shopping in Nevada City concluded the whirlwind tour.

The sponsoring businesses are joined by several other groups and organizations that are provided support, funding and merchandise for the visit and to fill visitor swag bags. Other participants included the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Sierra Vintners, Nevada County ERC Tourism Committee, and the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The Regional Chambers of Commerce of Nevada County is a group formed in 2010 to better facilitate collaborative projects among county chambers. It includes the Greater Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley Area, Rough & Ready, South Nevada County and Truckee Donner chambers of commerce.

Food & Film Series at Miners Foundry April 7

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, the Food & Film Series presents “Big Night” – The Film and The Feast, a fundraiser for the Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

The event is an exciting and unique cinematic, dining, and cultural experience that pairs the critically acclaimed film “Big Night” starring Stanley Tucci (Devil Wears Prada, The Lovely Bones, The Hunger Games) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk), with a traditional Italian feast just like the one in the film. The evening’s featured film will be screened in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry where state of the art projection and sound will be brought in for viewing pleasure. Following the film, celebrated and award-winning local Chef Antonio Ayestaran has created a mouth-watering five-course meal of traditional Italian dishes for guests to savor, while enjoying Italian wine and the music of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and, of course, Louis Prima.

“Big Night” was released to critical acclaim in 1996. The Washington Post raved, “A scrumptious tale of great food and grand passions”, while the LA Times wrote, “As delicately and deliciously prepared as the dishes it features, Big Night is a lyric to the love of food, family and persuasive acting.” It went on to be nominated for the “Grand Jury Prize” at the Sundance Film Festival and the “Grand Special Prize” at the Deauville Film Festival.

“Big Night” is the tale of two immigrant brothers from Abruzzo who own and operate a restaurant called “Paradise.” One brother, Primo (Tony Shalhoub), is a brilliant, perfectionist chef who chafes under their few customers’ expectations of “Americanized” Italian food. Their uncle’s offer for them to return to Rome to help with his restaurant is becoming more and more appealing to Primo. The other brother, Secondo (Stanley Tucci), is the restaurant’s manager, who is enamored of the possibilities presented by their new endeavor and life in America. Despite Secondo’s efforts and Primo’s magnificent food, their restaurant is failing. They host a final “Big Night” to save the restaurant. The film also stars Minnie Drivers, Isabella Rosellini, and Marc Anthony. “Big Night” literally makes your mouth salivate and your stomach growl! It’s that good! And not just because of the amazing Italian food, but the superb acting and plot.

Following the film, attendees will enjoy a dinner, perfect for both vegetarians and carnivores.  Chef Antonio’s menu includes Antipasti Plate and bread during the film; Summer greens tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette garnished with hearts of palm, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives and feta cheese; Roasted spring asparagus; Chef carved bacon wrapped pork loin stuffed with sun dried tree fruit with Marsala Sauce; Braised chicken scaloppini made of boneless chicken thighs braised in a rich brandy and sherry sauce with portabella mushrooms, tomatoes, roasted garlic and green onions; Herb roasted wild mushroom stuffed tomatoes with pecorino cheese; Sun dried tomato risotto garnished with crispy kale and parmesan cheese; and for desert frozen port zabaglione served with a chocolate biscotti and fresh berries.

What: Food & Film Series presents Big Night – The Film and The Feast, A Fundraiser for the Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry Cultural Center
When: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Where: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
Doors 330pm Film 4pm Dinner 6pm
No Host Bar Available
Tickets $65/GA, $60/Miners Foundry and Magic Lantern Film Society Members, includes a five-course dinner by Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering – Reserve a table for 8 and receive 2 bottles of wine (red and white)

Reservations must be made by April 2, 2013 to reserve your dinner and seat.  Limited Seating.

Buy Tickets at or the Nevada City Box Office 530-265-5462.

Community Meetings to Improve Broadband Service

Does your business or home have inadequate Internet service? Maybe you don’t have Internet service at all. The Gold Country Broadband Consortium (GCBC) is one of 14 regional consortia in the State funded by the California Advanced Services Fund Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia grant program to leverage regional, state and national resources as an investment in improving and expanding broadband access.

The goal of the Consortium is to provide choices for affordable Internet service. In order to do that, the GCBC is in the process of mapping out demand by rural homeowners, neighborhoods and business owners and conducting community meetings bringing various Internet Service Providers (ISP) to these meetings. The GCBC needs the assistance of rural residents and businesses by taking a speed test and sending the results to, with a physical street address, to be included in the mapping process.

To conduct the speed test, visit the FCC site . This website is used to record the results of all speed tests and reported to the CPUC. The goal is to get service to those who don’t have it and to upgrade service that doesn’t meet the State standard of 6 mbps down and 1.5 mbps up.

The GCBC is also looking for neighborhood advocates to notify their neighbors of upcoming community meetings. Please send an e-mail to if you would like to serve your community as a neighborhood advocate.

The next Broadband Community Meeting is scheduled for April 5, 2013 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City in the Community Room. This meeting will focus on the broadband needs of the Harmony Ridge and the nearby North Bloomfield Road Area. Admission is free. The meeting will allow local ISP’s to describe their services and what they can provide by means of Internet service.

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is the facilitator of a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) grant to launch a public-private partnership aimed at increasing digital access and use in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties. Additional information and announcements will be posted on the Gold Country Broadband Consortium Blog: Please book mark this blog as the go-to-place for the latest GCBC updates and maps. For more information on SEDCorp or the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, contact Brent Smith, CEO, 530.823.4703, or visit

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New & Renewing Members

This week’s new & renewing members:

New Members: HotChix

Renewing Members:  Chapel of the Angels Mortuary • • Nate Beason • Nevada City Retreats • Nevada County Properties/Recreation Realty • Olympia Mortgage & Investment Co • Piety Hill Cottages Motel and B&B • Scotts Flat Lake • Shelly’s Smart Shopper • TriCounties Bank • Underground Gold Miners Museum

Thank you for your membership!

2013-2014 Nevada County Gold Advertising


“The Gold” has raised over $210,000 in revenue for the Nevada County Chambers of Commerce. The Nevada City Chamber receives a direct percentage of the revenue from advertising placed in Nevada County Gold.

• Find more Gold! Increased press run from 80,000 to 85,000
• Initial distribution to over 600 outlets in Northern California. Follow-up distribution of 5,000 per month
• Print edition is online and advertisers will also have a live link on pointing to their site
• 27 years as the Official Guide to Nevada County
• “One Issue, One price, One Full Year!” of business and Nevada County promotion at a very cost-effective rate

Click the link above for more information or contact • 530-272-3239


“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” Film March 25

The Nevada City Film Festival and Magic Lantern Film Society presents “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, Monday, March 25 at The Magic Theatre, Nevada City, followed by a special Q&A with master sushi chef Kaoru “RU” Suzuki, owner of Sushi in the Raw. The one-night only event is part of the monthly Food & Film Series, now in its second year, that pairs a “food film” with an informative, interesting, and intimate Q&A with a celebrated chef.

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi isn’t just a film for foodies, or Japanophiles. It’s a meditation on work, on finding one’s path in life, and then walking it with singular purpose,” wrote the Philadelphia Inquirer.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune raved, “By the time this graceful film is over you understand why Japan has declared the bald, bespectacled Jiro a national treasure. Even if you’ve never tasted sushi, the man’s singleness of purpose will inspire you.”

Initially, Director David Gelb had planned to make what he had nicknamed “Planet Sushi”, inspired by the cinematography of the BBC documentary Planet Earth.

“Originally, I was going to make a film with a lot of different sushi chefs who all had different styles, but when I got to Jiro’s restaurant, I was not only amazed by how good the sushi was and how much greater it was than any other sushi restaurant I had ever been to, but I also found Jiro to be such a compelling character and such an interesting person. I was also fascinated by the story of his son, who is fifty-years-old, but still works for his father at the restaurant. So, I thought, “Here’s a story about a person living in his father’s shadow while his father is in a relentless pursuit of perfection.” It was the makings of a good feature film.”

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” also features music from Phillip Glass, one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century.

Following the film, attendees will be treated to an intimate Q&A with master sushi chef Kaoru “RU” Suzuki, owner of Sushi in the Raw, on Spring Street in Nevada City. Learn about the culture and history behind today’s popular Japanese cooking, the different kinds of fish used, what it takes to become a sushi chef, tips on how to make sushi at home, and maybe even what is in some of Sushi in the Raw’s secret sauces.

What: Food & Film Series presents “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” plus Q&A with Kaoru “RU” Suzuki owner of Sushi in the Raw
When: Monday, March 25, 2013
Where: The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Time: Film 7pm, Theatre/Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to the film
Tickets: $8/Members, $10/Non-members, Tickets are limited to 60.

Advance Tickets at The Magic Theatre, Mon-Sat 3:30-4pm and 6:30-7pm and Sun 12:30-1pm, 3:30-4pm and 6:30-7pm or call (530) 362-8601 to reserve your seat.


Grant-Lee Phillips at the Foundry March 29

Grant-Lee Phillips

Friday March 29, 2013
Doors at 7:00 p.m. / Music at 8:00 p.m.

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Tickets: Advance $18.00, Door $22.00
Tickets are available in person at Nevada City Box Office and BriarPatch Co-op, by phone at (530) 265-5462, or online at

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is proud to announce a special evening with acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Grant-Lee Phillips. Best known for his versatile voice, intense lyrical narratives and dexterity on the acoustic twelve-string guitar, he has been called “one of the most gifted songwriters of his generation” by ABC News and in 1995 named “Male vocalist of the year” by Rolling Stone.

Phillips, a Stockton, CA native, founded the seminal LA band Shiva Burlesque with vocalist and childhood friend Jeffery Clark (Nevada City local and owner of The Magic Theatre). After releasing two albums the band broke up in 1990.

As a solo artist Phillips took more of a hands on approach to studio production, playing nearly every instrument himself. The twenty-first century would find him juxtaposing his trademark guitars with string arrangements and electronic drum programming, creating a whole new sound.

His music has been featured in a diverse range of films: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Velvet Goldmine, Mad Love, Zigzag, Easy, Arctic Tale and television shows, from Friends, The Gilmore Girls (a show where he also held a reoccurring role as the Town Troubadour) to Roswell, Six Feet Under, What About Brian, The Return of Jezebel James, House, Men In Trees and Grey’s Anatomy.

Last Chance to See “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Sierra Stages presents…

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Thru March 23, 2013
Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Information: • 530-346-3210

Spells are cast, lovers are fooled and revelry flourishes as worlds collide in Shakespeare’s imaginative comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” presented by Sierra Stages at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City from February 28 through March 23, 2013.

On a night when anything can happen, young lovers rouse their mischievous curiosity of fairies, which use their charm to lead the couple into a playful midnight frolic through the forest. In the midst of it all, an acting troupe gets caught up in the chaos when a magic spell turns their leading man into a donkey. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” blurs the line between magic and reality, leading to a night so fantastical you have to dream it to believe it.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” begins February 28 and continues for four weekends through March 23. Performances are Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. For the first two performances, Thursday February 28 and Friday March 1, general admission tickets are only $15. For all other performances, general admission tickets are available at the reduced price of $20 if purchased before March 2. After that, general admission tickets will be $25 for all performances. In addition, Sierra Stages is pleased to offer reserved seating for $35 for all performances. With reserved seating, audience members may select specific seat locations in advance and also provide additional financial support for the production.

General Admission Tickets and Reserved Seating are available online at, by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210, and in person at the Nevada City Box Office (at the Miners Foundry) and BriarPatch Co-op. Group rates and special low priced high school and collect student group rates are available. Student rush tickets (under age 18, with presentation of full-time student ID) will be available for $15 on a first-come, unreserved basis, 30 minutes prior to curtain, if the performance is not sold out.

Gene Albaugh Dedication Ceremony March 23

Renaming of the Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library

The Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library is being renamed as the Gene Albaugh Community Room. On Saturday March 23rd, the Nevada County Library and the Friends of the Nevada County Library will be holding a renaming ceremony honoring the late Mr. Albaugh, starting at 11 AM. This event is open to the public and no RSVP is necessary.

If you have any questions, contact library staff at 265-1407.

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New & Renewing Members

New Members:
  Fit Culture Studio • Kathy Sheffield

Renewing Members:  Edward Jones Investments • Hospice of the Foothills • House of Print & Copy, LLC • Mountain Event Productions • SRC Party Center • The Center for the Arts


Evening of Tibetan Culture March 23

Sierra Friends of Tibet, and the Tibetan Association of Northern California present

An Evening of Tibetan Culture – featuring music, dance, food, and informational talks – to benefit the Tibetan Community and Cultural Center Building Improvement Project –

Saturday, March 23rd, 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Dinner $15.00 6:00 – 7:00 PM ($5.00 for kids 12 and under)
Evening Program $20.00 7:30 – 10:30 PM ($5.00 for kids 12 and under)

Advance tickets for dinner and program $30.00 ($10.00 kids 12 and under)

All funds raised will go to TANC’s building improvement project St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church Street, (on the corner of Chapel St.) and two blocks from downtown Grass Valley 530-272-4725 •

The Tibetan Association of Northern California is an organization formed in1990 to bring together the Tibetans in the San Francisco Bay Area to preserve their precious culture and educate the generations of children born in exile about their language, culture and customs. There will a short history of Tibetans in the San Francisco Bay Area, the forming of the Tibetan Association of Northern California and the establishment of a Community and Cultural Center in Richmond by Thepo Tulku. “I was born in Tibet. In 1959 Communist China invaded my country and occupied it … I grew up in India for many years, until 1980. We (Tibetans) have a culture where all of us meet together … We don’t have telephones; we help each other; we share our story and our suffering. When I came here in 1983, we had only three Tibetans in this area. I was homesick and looking for my own Tibetans and I found (about) 15. But we were happy. We made a group called — for some reason we have a lot of non-Tibetans who are very interested in Tibetans at a political and historical level — Bay Area Friends of Tibet. I am one of the founders. It is still very active.”

The Northern California Tibetan community is over 1,500 strong and growing. Community organizers are often not able to find affordable venues for events that can accommodate the growing community. Important events, such as Losar (Tibetan New Year) and July 6 (H.H. the Dalai Lama’s birthday) are sometimes held on different dates because of unavailability of space. The language and performing arts classes have to turn away students because the classrooms are not large enough. Families where both the parents work are scrambling to find childcare or after-school programs. Retired elders feel restricted to their homes. The community lacks a physical space where members can meet others, learn, teach, cook, worship, volunteer, and interact as a community. This was fine when the community consisted of only a handful of families, and everything was done informally at people’s homes. However, now that the community has grown significantly, a community center with programs and services is imperative for the long-term wellness of Northern Californian Tibetans.

A capital campaign project team conducted a needs assessment of the community in 2007. They found that 95% of the Tibetan community who completed a survey, felt having a community center was of utmost importance. This finding was again confirmed when the project convened a large town hall meeting in February 2008, soliciting feedback from the community on the community center project and types of programs needed. In addition to the needs assessment, surveys, and town hall meeting, both TANC and TCCNC project team members have held numerous meetings, given presentations, and engaged in discussions with community members. A building was purchased in January 2011 and since then it has been an uphill battle of improvements.

The Tibetan Community and Cultural Center features meeting rooms, a kitchen and a school. The school offers classes in Tibetan Language, Tibetan Folk Dance and Traditional Tibetan Musical Instruments. Classes include language and auditory skill building, songs & dances, art, games, etiquette, rituals and Tibetan history, culture, and food. The language curriculum includes grammar, writing and spoken Tibetan. Classroom learning includes individual and group instructions, and classes are taught by experienced teachers. Music classes include lessons on musical instruments like Dranyen (Tibetan Mandolin), Lingbu (Flute), and Yang-jen (Dulcimer).

Classes are currently open to only children in the ages 5-14 years old. School hours are every Sunday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The children learn cultural dances every Sunday at the community center from 2 – 4.30 pm. The recommended age for enrollment is 5 years and up. A parent-child class for toddlers and infants, and classes for youths and adults will hopefully be offered in the near future.

The Youth Program seeks to empower its young members, ages 11-21, through programs and activities that build self esteem, strengthen leadership skills, positively socialize with peers, enhance capacity to make informed and healthier life choices, and promote the ethic of community service.

Dinner 6:00 – 7:00 PM Momos, Salad and a vegetable
$15.00 a plate $5.00 for kids 12 and under
Vegetarian and Meat Momos available
$20.00 for evening program, $5.00 for kids 12 and under
Advance tickets for dinner and program $30.00

Tibetan Merchandise for Sale – A wide range of Tibetan art, objects d’art, sacred art, jewelry, clothing, books, music and DVD’s will be available

Perfomances- Children from the Tibetan School will offer traditional Tibetan dancing and singing in traditional dress Shenshug Pundha (Brothers in Courage) a group based in the San Francisco Bay Area that preserves and performs traditional Tibet Music and Dance.  all funds raised will go to TANC’s building improvement project

Buttermilk Bend Wildflower Walk

Spring is a great time to get out and explore, whether that’s a walk around town to see some color or a hike along the river to check out some wildflowers.

Every spring, from Mid-March through Mid-May, the South Yuba River State Park docents lead wildflower walks on the weekends.   The docents will identify the flowers and explain some of their natural history and traditional uses.   The 2 mile Buttermilk Bend trail  along the river is beautiful any time of the year, but the blanket of color in the spring is certainly a special treat.   The display changes every week, so come more than once!   Plan on 1.5 hours and 2 miles. No dogs.

For more information visit: South Yuba River State Park Association

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Erin Thiem is the owner of Outside Inn, a small hotel in a quiet neighborhood in downtown Nevada City.  Erin is a passionate supporter of everything Nevada City.  She publishes articles on many local sites in town, including her own blog Innside Nevada City.

Snowshoe Trek to Castle Pass Mar 16

Join the South Yuba River Citizens League and Truckee Donner Land Trust!

Snowshoe Trek to Castle Pass, Donner Summit
Saturday, March 16 from 8:30 am – 5 pm

Join SYRCL staff member Miriam Limov, River People Coordinator and Perry Norris, Executive Director for the Truckee Donner Land Trust on an all-day invigorating snowshoe trek from Donner Summit up to Castle Pass in the South Yuba River’s watershed – March 16! No experience necessary to enjoy this intermediate level trek with basic lessons available on the trail along with general wilderness travel lessons. During lunch while overlooking Donner Summit, you will learn about the water and land issues of Royal Gorge and Van Norden Meadow, areas of enormous geologic and cultural history. The trail to Castle Pass is 5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 800 feet to the pass.

After a five-month long fundraising campaign, and exacting negotiations, the Truckee Donner Land Trust has acquired 3,000 acres on Donner Summit known as Royal Gorge, and 351-acres in Negro Canyon above Donner Lake. This might be one of the most important conservation victories for the Sierra in a generation.

Explore the Yuba watershed, learn about the headwaters of the South Yuba River while making new friends!

Fee (does not include snowshoe rental)

SYRCL Members: $15
Non-members: $20

Please bring a hearty lunch and plenty of water – Miriam’s famous pumpkin chocolate chip cookies will be included in your fee.

Once you are registered, we will email you a gear list. We will carpool from Nevada City and plan on stopping at Rainbow Lodge for snack/drinks after the excursion for those participants desiring to.

For more information    or to register today, contact Miriam Limov at or (530) 265-5961 ext. 201

Happy Trails!