Ribbon Cutting for Nev Co Digital Media Center

Nevada County Digital Media Center had a Chamber ribbon cutting last week to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Media Center and new NCTV studios at their new location of 400 Providence Mine Road Bldg N3 in Nevada City.

Lew Sitzer (center with scissors), Interim Executive Director, as well as several NCDMC Board members were on hand to celebrate, along with Chamber Board member Barbara Tanner (far left, front row).

For more information about Nevada County Digital Media Center go to www.nevadacountytv.org

Touchdown Productions’ Food and Farm Show

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Did you know that Touchdown Productions produces a great hour-long show called The Food and Farm Show?

At note from Gil about the show:

“Episode #10 is chock full of farm goodness for you. We produced the show from the Food Love Project’s Soup night fundraiser at the Stonehouse and got an opportunity to chat with Living Land’s Agrarian Network Co-Founder Leo Chapman and Amanda Thibodeau Director of the Food Love Project; Janey Powers breaks down several ways to make your chicken coop; and finally we travel to Anything Green Hydroponics for part one of a very interesting Plant Propagation workshop with Daryl Jue from Ag Unlimited Organics.

Be sure to subscribe to our channel so you can get regular updates on new programs. Thanks for watching. Join the conversation on the Food and Farm Show Facebook Page and tell us what segments you would like to see in future shows.

Thanks for watching….Gil”

To check out Episode #10 and to catch up on previous episodes: http://youtu.be/iOpra9dG1ek

Renewing Members

This week’s renewing members:

Renewing – Asylum Down • Williams Stationery

Thank you for your membership!

NCCB Spring into Summer Concert May 5

Nevada County Concert Band
“Spring into Summer” concert
Sunday May 5, 2013 at 3:00pm
First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road, Grass Valley

The 60-piece Nevada County Concert Band will perform great music, including Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March,” selections from “West Side Story,” the trumpet section feature “High Flight,” a saxophone ensemble, a Beatles medley, a brass ensemble, tunes by Irving Berlin, the beautiful “Yosemite Autumn,” and more.

The concert is free, and refreshments will be served at intermission. Bring the family!  Go to nccb.org for more information


Nevada City Craft Fair April 28

Nevada City Craft Fair

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 10am-7pm
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: $5, Children under 13 free
Information: www.minersfoundry.org

Three years ago, inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents in Nevada County, a group of local young crafters and artists got together to organize the first Nevada City Craft Fair, held at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. Six craft fairs later and over 5,000 attendees later, the event has grown to be the premiere event to showcase the region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, and their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and house wares.

“The Nevada City Craft Fair is the best place to check in with your local artists and makers,” said Carabeth Rowley, the Craft Fair’s Event Producer, and owner of Lay Swing Boutique. “With such a rich community to draw from we have a great variety of hand crafted bath and body products, woodwork, clothing, knit items and even chocolates!”

Some of this year’s featured vendors include Cello Chocolates, handcrafted from bean to bar in Nevada City, using Certified Fair Trade and Organic beans. Poppy Hill Papers line of handmade paper made from 100% recycled materials, with handpicked wildflowers and grasses. Full Circle Press offering letterpress printed items that they have designed and printed on vintage presses in their shop outside of Nevada City. Krista Tranquilla’s handcrafted jewelry from sterling, stones, repurposed and found objects. Inspired by her hometown of North Lake Tahoe and from travels afar.

Attendees of past Nevada City Craft Fairs will find an array of new vendors, while new comers will be introduced to not only local artisans but local food vendors such as An Honest Pie serving both sweet and savory pies and Fable Coffee a specialty micro-roaster producing; fresh, small-batch, single-origin, coffee varietals of superior quality.

Springtime at Ananda thru April 28

Crystal Hermitage Tulip Open House
Sat 13, 20 & 27; Sun April 14, 21 & 28, from 10am – 5pm
Weekdays through April 26 by appointment
Admission is FREE

Beauty, color, joy – experience the exuberance of over 10,000 tulips in bloom in our world class gardens at Crystal Hermitage. Join our neighbors and guests from as far as San Francisco for our annual garden open house. During the weekends, we’ll have our famous scones and other refreshments, along with live music. Our master gardeners will be on hand, along with community members, to answer your questions and to share about the history of Ananda and Crystal Hermitage. Weekdays through Friday, April 26 will be more low key, but you are welcome to view the gardens by appointment.

For more information contact Crystal Hermitage Gardens • (530) 478-7587 • hermitage@ananda.org * anandavillage.org


Successful Table Top Mixer

Joey Bratton of Fit Culture Studio enjoyed networking at the Chamber Table Top Mixer at the Elks Lodge March 21st.  Here he is pictured with Grass Valley Chamber Ambassador Machen MacDonald.

Fit Culture Studio is located at 75 Bost Avenue Units 5 & 6 in Nevada City.  For more information on services provided by Fit Culture Studio, please go to http://fitculturestudio.com

Terry Riley & Gyan Riley Play April 26

Terry Riley and Gyan Riley – Father-son duo to play on April 26th at the North Columbia Schoolhouse

Terry Riley and Gyan Riley depend on the synchronous intuition that develops between a father and a son. Sometimes they begin with a structure where melodic, harmonic, modal and rhythmic elements are predetermined along with a flow chart of sequential events. One of their favorite forms is starting from a place where neither performer has an overview. They instead must find their way together.

Their music also has a connection to the improvising traditions of both Jazz and Indian Classical. On Friday, April 26, these local favorites will bring their spontaneous ways to the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.

“The North Columbia Schoolhouse is my favorite place to perform — or attend events — in the western Nevada County area,” says Terry Riley. “It is an inviting, comfortable, well worn atmospheric place oozing with history that draws in amazing audiences. It is one of the reasons I feel blessed to live in the Yuba watershed.”

Terry Riley (piano, vocals) and Gyan Riley (acoustic guitar) had been talking about making a record together for years, but each time they would plan to record resulted in “mostly cooking and hanging out… and playing of course.” So to take advantage of this spontaneity, they decided on a live release appropriately entitled “Live!” They will perform much of the music from this recording at the North Columbia Schoolhouse.

Terry Riley is considered the father of Minimalism launching the movement with the composition “In C, A Rainbow in Curved Air.” His Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band were very influential on the British Rock scene in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Terry Riley has also been a devotee of Indian classical music and spent 26 years studying with the great master vocalist, Pandit Pran Nath and appeared in numerous concerts as a tabla and vocal accompanist.

Gyan Riley won his first guitar in a raffle when he was 12 years old. After learning all of the songs in his cassette collection by ear, Gyan Riley began his life-long adventure in music, becoming the first full-scholarship graduate guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory.

“I’m really looking forward to performing at the (North Columbia) Schoolhouse,” says Gyan. “The local community there really gathers together to bring an amazingly warm and receptive vibe. It’s always so fun to come home!”

“Being able to perform with my dad has been without question the most enriching, challenging, inspirational musical experience I’ve had,” said Gyan. “His music is bountiful! I think the most unique musical quality about my dad is his ability to get deeper and deeper into the mood of a piece, leaving all other concerns behind, transcending the listener.”

WHAT: Jazz and Indian Classical music weaving the synchronous intuition between a father and a son.

WHEN: Friday, April 26, 2013. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Show begins at 7:30 pm.

WHERE: The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge, 17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA, 95959.

WHO: Terry Riley and Gyan Riley

PRICE: $18 members/advance. $20 at the door. Tickets available at BriarPatch Co-op, Mother Truckers, and the Ridge Café

INFORMATION: Call 265-2826, email info@northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org, or visit www.northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org


New & Renewing Members


This week’s New and Renewing Members:

New:  Northern Air Heating & Air Conditioning

Renewing:  Delta Mortgage Corp. • Gold Country Termite Control • Stevenson Vacation Rentals • South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)

Thank you for your membership!


SYRCL takes Scotch Broom Challenge April 27

We are calling on all river lovers to join us in this effort to rid our local environment of Scotch Broom. Please join us in the fight against these destructive invasive weeds by coming out for the Scotch Broom Challenge!

SYRCL is proud to be part of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County’s Scotch Broom Challenge. Scotch Broom is the dominant invasive weed in this region, and SYRCL will be directing removal efforts at Hoyt’s Crossing, a popular swimming hole on the South Yuba River, located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land near the Highway 49 Bridge.

What: Scotch Broom Challenge
When: April 27th, 2013. 9:00 am
Where: Hoyt’s Crossing on South Yuba River. Meet in parking lot at Hwy 49 Bridge.
What to bring: Water, sunscreen, long pants and long sleeves, gloves, and lunch. Some water and snacks will be provided.

Contact Adele Rife, SYRCL’s Restoration Coordinator, at adele@syrcl.org if you are interested in participating. A full list of removal sites and dates can be found from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at www.areyoufiresafe.com.


Oak Tree Ball April 27

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Honor Conservation at BYLT’s Oak Tree Ball

Come celebrate conservation and trails with Bear Yuba Land Trust during the Oak Tree Ball – an evening of fine food and drink, live music and an awards ceremony honoring three local leaders. This “festive formal” Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held April 27, 2013 at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way in Grass Valley. Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, Hank Meals and Greg Archbald will be recognized for conservation leadership, outdoor education and volunteerism. Throughout the evening Leta’s Blues will perform live music until 10 p.m. The cost is $150 per couple, $75 per person and $600 per table. To RSVP contact Jean Gilbert at (530) 272-5994 ext. 205.

For more information visit: www.bylt.org


Sign Up for LED Lighting Rebates

Downtown Merchants:

Sierra Business Council, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Consolidated Electrical Distributors have teamed up to provide valuable rebates for swapping out existing incandescent and halogen lamps to high quality LED’s.

Save twice – rebates plus energy savings add up to provide a fast return on investment. Small retail merchants can take advantage of this opportunity by signing up by Monday, April 29 for an audit and light swap event happening on Monday, May 6th in downtown Nevada City.

Requirements and eligibility: Please allow one hour for the audit and processing. All lamps must be installed on the day of purchase. Payment for the lamps is made at the point of sale directly to Consolidated Electrical Distributor’s, Inc. All sales are final – the rebates cannot be returned once processed. Only select lamp types can be rebated. Federal Tax ID is required for all projects; businesses will receive a 1099 for all rebates of $600 or more. Businesses that have received rebates for lighting within the last three years are not eligible for this program.

For more information, please call Sierra Business Council • Alicia Powers • 530-582-4800 • apowers@sbcouncil.org


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NCTV Ribbon Cutting April 24

Please mark your calendar:

Ribbon Cutting at NCTV Digital Media Grand Opening

Wednesday, April 24th – 6 p.m.

NCTV – 400 Providence Mine Road, Building N3, Nevada City

(Drive past the Guard House, veering right)

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“Girl Rising” at Nevada Theatre April 23

Nevada City Film Festival and The Friendship Club present

“Girl Rising”
Tuesday, April 23rd

The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Doors 530pm, Film 6-7:45pm, Guest Panel Discussion 7:45-8pm
Tickets General Admission $10/ADV, $15/Door, 21 and Under $5
To Purchase Tickets go online to http://gathr.us/screening/2525

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the Nevada City Film Festival and The Friendship Club will bring a global movement to educate girls and change the world home to Nevada County with a screening of the anticipated film Girl Rising at the Nevada Theatre. Following the film there will be a panel discussion with students, educators, and members of the media. This one-night only event is a must-see for families, educators, students, civic leaders, community organizers and more.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins and narrated by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington, the movie is the centerpiece of 10×10 – a global campaign to educate and empower girls.

Girl Rising spotlights the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world that have faced arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change.

A portion of Girl Rising ticket sales go to support girls’ programs around the world through the 10×10 Fund for Girls’ Education. The Fund goes to 10×10’s high-impact network of non-profit partners and leaders in girls’ education: A New Day Cambodia, CARE, Girl Up/United Nations Foundation, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, Room to Read, UNICEF, and World Vision.

10×10 was founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. 10×10 is built on a foundation of partnerships with NGOs, corporations, policy makers, and grassroots organizations — all working to change minds, lives, and policy. 10×10’s coalition of NGO partners include a high-impact network of champions and leaders in girls’ education. These organizations provide life-changing services to girls every day, and are among the best practitioners of their kind. 10×10’s film, Girl Rising, has been acquired by CNN Films and will be broadcast on CNN in the summer of 2013.

“Stone Soup” Reading April 24

“Stone Soup”, a musical by Ken Hardin and Michaela Conger

Wednesday, April 24

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the reading beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

TICKETS: Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation at the door
INFO: Refreshments will be available for purchase along with a no host bar. www.minersfoundry.org

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Sierra Stages present “Stone Soup” on Wednesday, April 24. “Stone Soup” is the first installment of Theater By The Book, a series of six informal play readings for the community.

“Stone Soup”, written by Ken Hardin and Michaela Conger, is a delightful children’s musical based on an old folk story in which a hungry stranger comes to town and teaches the townspeople the benefit of working together to achieve a common goal.

“The idea for the series came from previous staged readings of plays Sierra Stages had done in the past,” explain Ken Getz, Musical Director of the local community theatre group Sierra Stages. “Both the actors and the audience really enjoyed the experience. It also gave us the opportunity to do shows that wouldn’t otherwise be performed here in Nevada County.”

Hardin, the Artistic Director of InConcert Sierra, wrote the children’s musical in the early 1980s, and to much fanfare, toured with it throughout Southern California. Hardin will direct and play piano, and Steve Nicholson will accompany him on bass. The cast of twelve is made up of seasoned actors of local community theatre veterans and some new faces as well.

Clocking in just over an hour, Getz says “Stone Soup is a great introduction to theatre for young people; it is perfect for families and children of all ages.”

The Foundry, along with the Sierra Stages actors, is donating their resources and time. To offset hard costs homemade treats will be sold and there is a suggested donation of $10, though no one will be turned away.

The next reading in the series will be the murder mystery play “Sleuth” by Anthony Shaffer on Wednesday, May 22. “Sleuth” has all the ingredients of a top-class thriller – a plot whose twists and turns are breathtakingly audacious & fiendishly cunning; suspense & excitement galore; and a brilliant parody of the Agatha Christie country-house thriller.

“Speed the Plow” Plays thru April 21

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Synthetic Unlimited is happy to present a full season of classic plays in 2013 at the Stonehouse in downtown Nevada City, beginning with Speed the Plow.

Speed the Plow is a fast-paced contemporary play by American playwright David Mamet, which tells the story of two Hollywood producers deciding between movie scripts of smut or ideals, and the passionate temp secretary that attempts to influence them; a smart, contemporary exploration of sexual politics in Hollywood. The play will run Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings, closing April 21st.

In May, we perform Kingdom of Earth, a gritty Tennessee Williams play set in the Mississippi Delta. Our season continues in June with Jean Genet’s French erotic domination fantasy, The Maids; in July with Edward Albee’s drink and drama-sodden Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; in August with the wild and zany Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters (suitable for youngsters!). In September we present Harold Pinter’s British relationship drama, Betrayal, and we close our season in October with a contemporary and innovative production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Othello.

We kick off each play at 6:30 pm with Unlimited Happy Hour: low drink prices – $3 draft and well drinks, and $5 glasses of wine – AND a free hour of entertainment by Synthetic Unlimited performers. Entertainment in the Opening Act includes original music, stand-up comedy, burlesque, magic, dance, theater skits or scenes. The delicious dinner menu is available starting at 6 pm, and the Opening Act begins at 6:30 pm. The play starts at 7:30 pm and runs until 9:30, with a short intermission.

After the play on Thursdays, The Stonehouse hosts their dynamic Open Mic (bring your instruments!). On Fridays, we transition to a DJ dance party at 9:30 pm, and after the play on Sundays, we feature a live jazz or blues band.

Tickets for the plays are $15, or $10 for students, seniors, and SU members. Season tickets are also available – seven full plays for $90! For more information and tickets, please visit us at www.syntheticunlimited.org, stop by the Nevada City Box Office, or call 1-888-95-SHOWS.

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