Celebrate the 4th in Nevada County!

A colorful parade through historic downtown Grass Valley and the Sierra foothills’ largest aerial fireworks display top the 2013 Fourth of July celebration in Nevada County.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4th which will include approx. 75 entries. The festive parade begins on Main Street at the corner of Main and S. Auburn and will continue up to Mill Street, right on Neal and left on to S. Church Street (towards the fairgrounds). Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point.

The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade, and continues to provide intermittent music throughout the parade. That means concert at 9am at the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot for all shade-loving earlybirds who stake out their perfect parade seating.

Touchdown Productions will be broadcasting “Live” the parade locally and internationally on NCTV Channel 11 and NCTV So. County Channel 16 as well as nevadacountytv.org.

Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.

Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Admission rates: Adults $8 advance/$10 gate; children 12 and under are FREE.

$8 Advance Tickets may be purchased at the Grass Valley Chamber or Nevada City Chamber.

The Nevada County Fourth of July celebration is co-sponsored by the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City chambers of commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

MIM SummerFest Continues July 1 & 3

Wet Ink
Monday, July 1- 7:30pm
Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

The Nevada County Composers Cooperative teams up with San Francisco percussion trio Rootstock and the NCCC Ensemble to present some fabulous new music. This year Wet Ink explores percussion, choral, and chamber music from the likes of Richard Altenbach, Elliot Carter, Jerry Grant, Steve Reich, Mark Vance, Toon Vandevorst and Gao Wenjing.

Happy Birthday USA!

July 3, 7:30, Gates at 6
On the Lawn at the Nevada County Fairgrounds
Bring your own seating

There’s no better party than our annual patriotic Picnic and Pops concert. It’s a great time for you and yours to kick back under the stars as we strike up the band (and the orchestra, and the chorus). As always, we’ll have a flyover and a Marine Corps color guard. And this year, you can join our bike parade. Bring your family bikes all decorated in red, white and blue and help us launch the evening with a loop around the most beautiful fairgrounds in California.

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Food and Farm Show Episode 19

Breaking News on Episode #19 as we travel to Sunsmile Farms where the battle between NID and George Loftus continues to be waged. George is enlisting the help from all the farmers in our area to attend the NID meeting this Wednesday at 9:00 am to speak on his behalf and to encourage the board to do the right thing for farmers in our area.

Also featured this week is the Brunswick Farmers Market at the Horseman’s arena where we chat with market manager Ray Diggins, meet farmers Dan Silva from Silva Orchards and Colin McGreger from Mount Pleasant Farms and see our own Cheryl Noble creator of Della’s Pet Bakery. We will also be at the NID meeting tomorrow and follow up on this story next week.

Thanks for watching.


Gilbert Dominguez, Executive Producer
TouchDown Productions

June 27 Mixer CANCELLED

The Mixer scheduled for June 27th at Premier West Bank has been CANCELLED.

Please join us at our next mixer on July 11 at Nevada City Furniture & Mattresses.

Reader’s Theatre at Miners Foundry June 30

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Who: The Miners Foundry Presents Reader’s Theatre

When: Sunday, June 30, 2013, doors at 3:30/Show at 4:00 p.m.

Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Tickets: $10.00 at Nevada City Box Office, Briarpatch or at the Door, Nevada City Box Office 530 265 5462

Information: 530 265 5040 www.minersfoundry.org

Reader’s Theatre returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s Osborn & Woods Hall, Sunday, June 30. Legendary character actor Tim O’Connor originally brought the medium to the Foundry and for more than a decade, this unique theatre-style reading of prose and screen plays, has moved and inspired audiences. O’Connor reprises his role as director for the summer production of Reader’s Theatre which features stories by Hemingway, McBain, Chekhov, Hughes, Barthelme, Babel, and Brautigan read by local performers. Volunteer readers for this performance are Paul Miscan, Drue Mathies, Dave Iorns, Renee Sprattling, Gaylie Bell-Stewart, and Carolyn Winters.

O’Connor, is best known for his roles on Peyton’s Place and Buck Rogers in the 21st Century. When asked why he chose these specific stories, O’Connor said, “Well, when I began to choose stories, they began to fall into a category of street action, with police involved…imitation of life events, about how hearty life can be in the oddest way, and how it affects our lives.”

Reader’s Theatre has been called many things including Theatre of the Mind and Interpreters Theatre. For the audience, the Reader’s Theatre experience is one of involvement. The audience participates with its imagination to provide the sets, costumes, and props. Skilled voice actors cause the audience to experience literature as they do.

Reader’s Theatre is a presentation produced strictly by volunteers and a benefit to the mission of the Miners Foundry, to bring culture and performing arts to our community. All proceeds of this event will directly benefit the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

“The Maids” Plays Thru June 30

Synthetic Unlimited Theater is back at it again! This month, we are featuring the play “The Maids,” An erotic 1940’s French drama by Jean Genet exploring power dynamics between three women, in which two sister maids engage in elaborate and poetic role-playing, while plotting to kill their Mistress.

Remaining shows are THU, June 27th, FRI, June 28th, SUN, June 30th

For tickets go to BriarPatch or syntheticunlimited.org


SARTA PowerUp Event June 26

WHAT: The Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) is holding a PowerUP event in Grass Valley on Wednesday, June 26, for clean and ag tech companies, the community and investors.

Participants will showcase wares and get feedback on their clean and ag tech products, have the opportunity to film a one-minute promotional video about their company or product for posting on the CleanStart Virtual Expo, and meet potential investors, partners and service providers.

Attendees also will have the opportunity to introduce themselves at the microphone, meet and mingle with the clean/ag tech community at large and get tapped into the latest clean and ag tech happenings in the region.

Co-sponsored by the Economic Resource Council, and Sierra Commons, this event is the final of three organized by SARTA’s CleanStart program. It will take place at Esterly Hall, home of the Nevada County Realtors Association.

In the latest CleanStart Progress Report it was revealed Sacramento region clean tech revenues in 2012 grew by 29 percent to over $2.1 billion, while employment grew by 31 percent to more than 3,200. Both marks are all-time highs for the region’s clean tech sector. Reports will be available at the event at no cost.

The total number of area clean tech companies now totals 99 as indicated in an updated SARTA interactive online map that enables users to link to Sacramento’s tech companies’ websites, identify locations and organize them by industry.

CleanStart has a long-term goal to bring 10,000 new clean-tech jobs and $5 billion in additional revenue to the Sacramento region.

In addition T3 will be collecting used toner and ink cartridges for recycling from all attendees.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point, Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945

REGISTRATION: www.sarta.org

MIM SummerFest 2013

MIM Summerfest
Music in the Mountains (MIM) proudly announces its 32nd annual SummerFest season. For two and a half weeks in June, over a hundred musicians will come together to play some of the greatest music ever written– from classical to classic rock. SummerFest invites artists and audiences of all ages to explore extraordinary music in a variety of venues–from the great outdoors at the Nevada County Fairgrounds to the historic and intimate Nevada Theater.

This year’s events weave together music and community with the colorful threads of tradition, innovation, family, inspiration and surprise. New this year, MIM presents A Moveable Fest, two days of spontaneous performances at unexpected locations all around Nevada County. These classical close encounters take the music to the streets, the cafes, the hospital, and maybe even the grocery store. The festivities culminate in a concert combining verse and song with authors Louis B. Jones and Molly Fisk joining Gregory’s Musical Book Club.

Artistic Director Gregory Vajda will conduct three major classical concerts, featuring the MIM Festival Orchestra, MIM Chorus and world- renowned soloists. The first features guitarist, composer and Nevada County native Gyan Riley playing one of the most beautiful guitar concertos ever written, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Ravel and Bizet bookend this wonderful program.

Next up is Pianist Alexander Korsantia a brilliant virtuoso whose emotional connection with his music has been called “astonishing.” Maestro Vajda has created a refreshing new performance format to highlight Korsantia’s playing, featuring solo piano, the extraordinary Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” A live video projection of artist Leann Brook interpreting the performance will be a new twist on the symphonic experience.

The third of MIM’s SummerFest classical programs is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, considered by many to be his greatest masterpiece. More than any other musical work, it has become an international symbol of unity and brotherhood. Four guest soloists team up with the MIM Festival Orchestra and the MIM Chorus to perform this unforgettable classic.

Young people are always center stage during SummerFest. The Young Composers Project (YCP) features two concerts of new student works composed by 23 young people ranging in age from 12 to 21. Supported in part by a grant from the California Arts Council, YCP is a cornerstone of MIM’s broad education initiatives. The Family Music Faire is a hands-down favorite. An orchestra concert focused on young kids and families is followed by a free picnic lunch and music faire, with activities ranging from an instrument petting zoo to face painting. Young instrumentalists will also be invited to play “side-by-side” with the MIM Festival Orchestra.

SummerFest continues its passionate commitment to new music with Wet Ink. The Nevada County Composers Cooperative teams up with San Francisco percussion trio Rootstock in exploring percussion, choral and chamber music from the likes of Richard Altenbach, Elliot Carter, Jerry Grant, Steve Reich, Mark Vance, Toon Vandervorst and Gao Wenjing.

Classical music stretches its legs a little with 3 Leg Torso, a band that fuses Eastern European folk, tango, cinematic and world music. Local legend Ludi Hinrich’s Chickenbonz will get the evening started with a mix of jazz crossover and original tunes.

MIM showcases two outdoor pops concerts this year. On June 29th, the Music of Queen, a rock and symphonic spectacular teams the MIM Festival Orchestra with a seven piece band and local choristers. This kind of musical horsepower will be certain to rock the fairgrounds. As always, this year’s SummerFest concludes with MIM’s July 3rd Happy Birthday USA concert. This rousing crowd pleaser features an all-American lineup sure to hit it out of the park. And this year, we’re asking folks to launch the evening with a red, white and blue bike parade. Take a loop around the most beautiful fairgrounds in California and then settle in for a great picnic under the stars.

Tickets for SummerFest can be purchased online at www.musicinthemountains.org, in person at the MIM office at 530 Searls Ave. in Nevada City, at Briarpatch Community Market, or by calling the MIM box office at 530-265-6124. For FREE Moveable Fest events, see the MIM website, Twitter or Facebook for details.

• On the web at www.musicinthemountains.org
• On Twitter @MIMnews
• On Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Music-in-the-Mountains

For press inquiries or to request images please contact:  Kay Drake / (530)265-6173 / kay@musicinthemountains.org

Music in the Mountains inspires and connects people of all ages through extraordinary classical music performances, community engagement, and music education.

CATS Summer Camp Jun 24-28

Asian-themed Summer Camp
Xiao Mao (Little CATS) Culture Club

Summer Camp Savings from CATS

Join Xiao Mao (Little CATS) Culture Club for their annual Summer Drama and Culture Camp. Xiao Mao is an enrichment program with CATS – for children and families interested in Asian arts, cultures, and languages. The camp will be held at the Pine Tree Stage of the Nevada County Fair Grounds, June 24 – 28, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Open to ALL children ages 6 and above.

Campers will learn about Asian arts, crafts, dances, and food as they create their own dramatic interpretation of the story, “The Man Who Caught Fish”, directed by Allison Chan.

Register by Sunday, June 9th and save $25. Use the coupon code CATS when prompted on the registration page on where you’ve heard about the camp. Visit the Xiao Mao website, http://xiaomaoclub.org, for more information and registration.

Fundraiser at Highgate Senior Living Jun 28

Highgate Senior Living is hosting a Pasta Fundraising Dinner June 28th in hopes of raising money for the Alzheimer Association, Walk to the End. We are going to have a buffet, drinks (wine, Italian sodas, and more), dessert, music, and a silent auction. Please invite family, friends and anyone that would like to help us support the Alzheimer Association. There is no entrance fee, however donation are appreciated.

Food and Farm Show Episode 18

Episode #18 of the Food and Farm Show is now on the air. This week we travel to the new Farmers market at the Rood center and meet the farmers who are there. Featured in this weeks show are the UCCE Extension and Cindy Fake, First Rain Farms and Tim Van Wagner, we get an update from Market Manager Kris Stillman, Nana’s Artisan Bakery and Susan Meagher, Pearson Farms and Mary Pearson, Robertson Family Farms, and Family Friendly Farms with Phil Zeiter. Janey Powers gives us more information on backyard chickens and Ian Murray (The Soil Whisperer) from Hansen Bros makes a visit to Hope and Prayer Farm to talk soil. This week we’ll be going on the the Ag Tour so I hope to see many of you on that day and bring you all the information from this day in Agriculture in Nevada County.

Join us each week and subscribe to our channel.


Gilbert Dominguez, Executive Producer – TouchDown Productions

Real Graphic Ribbon Cutting

The Chamber had a ribbon cutting last week for new Chamber member Real Graphic.  Welcome aboard!

Real Graphic is “your source for all things graphic”.  They are located at 749 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley, 273-8835, www.therealgraphicsource.com.