Constitution Day Weekend Sept 7 & 8

The 47th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 7-8, 2013 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 culminates other weekend activities including Revolutionary War Living History in Pioneer Park Saturday & Sunday, the Nevada City Sidewalk Sale and free Nevada County Concert Band concert Saturday, and the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek Sunday.

The parade through the downtown historic district includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and perennial crowd favorites such as the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band and the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.

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Thanks for the Mixer & Celebration!

A great big Thank You to John and Sandra Hensley, owners of Nevada County Properties/Recreation Realty, for hosting a fantastic Chamber Mixer and 40th Anniversary Celebration on August 15th!

Lots of people came out to celebrate with great food and fun while listening to the vintage rock and roll band Sgt. Funky.  A great time was had by all!

Whether you want secluded acreage with sweeping views, a horse property, a quaint historic Victorian in town, or a rustic modern dream home in the mountains, we have prime Nevada County real estate properties to show you.

For more information, please go to or call (530) 265-6565.

Nevada City Film Festival Sept 5-8


What: 13th Annual Nevada City Film Festival

When: Thursday – Sunday, September 5-8, 2013

Where: Downtown Historic Nevada City

Tickets: $9/$7 Individual film tickets, $15/$13 Comedy, $99/$89 for Festival Passes, available online at or In Person: August 19 – September 5 at BriarPatch Co-op, 290 Sierra College, Grass Valley, CA or NCFF Offices, 240 Commercial Street, Suite B, Nevada City, CA. September 5-7 at NCFF Headquarters at Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959.


From September 5th through 8th, enjoy cream-of-the-festival-crop shorts, hand-picked feature films, special guests and live comedy at the 13th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF), in historic downtown Nevada City.

Each year, NCFF scours programming from major film festivals, collaborates with film schools around the world, stalks film bloggers and critics, and watches the hundreds of films submitted, to narrow it all down to the very best in independent film. From feature-length documentaries that have been winning awards left and right to stop-motion animations that will have their world premiere at the festival, NCFF will bring in the buzzed-about festival winners, as well as some of independent cinema’s best-kept secrets.

“Many of cinema’s greatest directors, from Charlie Chaplin to Jane Campion to Wes Anderson, have launched their careers by making short films. But making a compelling, fully realized movie with a running time of only a few minutes can be challenging for any filmmaker. That’s why the Nevada City Film Festival is proud of its growing reputation for consistently presenting some of the best short films programs in the festival circuit,” says Jeffrey Clark, NCFF Executive Director.

This year, NCFF’s shorts programs include everything from beautifully surreal stop-motion animation to uncompromising political documentaries. “Oh Willy…” (17 minutes, directed by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels, Animation Shorts), a drama acted out by needle-felted naturists, has won twenty awards to date. It is visually striking, immersing the viewer in a dreamlike universe of fuzzy bodies and soft light. If you’re more interested in the problems of our world than immersing yourself in another, “This Is Normal” (22 minutes, directed by Derek Watson, Documentary Shorts) is about water contamination in developing countries, and addresses the global water crisis (as well as possible solutions). Irish Folk Furniture (9 minutes, directed by Tony Donoghue, Animation Shorts) is somewhere in the middle, an animated documentary that brings a little stop-motion magic to the world of furniture restoration.

In addition to the short film programs, NCFF will open the festival with “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” on Thursday, September 5th. (Fans of the film and its legendary Ennio Morricone score will be thrilled to hear the soundtrack on the Miner’s Foundry’s excellent Red Hot Chili Peppers approved sound system). Other feature films include “William and the Windmill” (dir. Ben Nabors), an inspiring feature-length documentary about a man in Malawi who makes a windmill out of scrap metal to save his family and village, and “Filmage: The Story of the Descendents/ALL” (dir. Deedle Lacour and Matt Riggle), which chronicles the rise of everyone’s favorite nerdy punk rockers.

But there’s more to NCFF than just its film selection: this is a festival with heart, firmly rooted in the Nevada County community and fueled by a genuine passion for all things cinematic. Festival Director Jesse Locks emphasizes the importance of our visiting filmmakers, comedians and musicians:

“You can always see a movie, but to meet the people behind the film and hear their stories is what makes a festival truly magical. In the era of blockbusters and sellouts, NCFF creates a unique experience for both filmmakers and festival-goers. Unlike so many festivals I’ve attended, there are no barriers between the audience and the artists at NCFF; interaction with the filmmakers goes beyond formal Q&A’s. Attendees can visit with filmmakers at after parties, run into them at a coffee shop, sit with them at screenings. The filmmakers love our supportive, culturally savvy audiences as much as our audiences love their films.”

In previous years, NCFF has hosted notable filmmakers such as Mike Mills (The Beginners), Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), James M. Johnston (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies) and Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. One of those visiting filmmakers you might bump elbows with at an afterparty or strolling down Broad Street is Galen Pehrson, Nevada City native and brother of Tahiti Pehrson, one of NCFF’s featured artists in 2012. Galen has made animated videos for Death Grips and Talib Kweli, and his work was featured at LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art in a show curated by James Franco. He will be screening some of his work at the Director’s Spotlight on Saturday evening at the Haven.

Greg Finton, co-director of the documentary “The World According to Dick Cheney” will also be one of NCFF’s many visiting filmmakers. The film premiered this winter at Sundance and has gone on to critical acclaim. It’s a revealing profile of Dick Cheney, one of the world’s most controversial and powerful political figures. Award-winning documentary filmmakers R.J. Cutler and Finton gives us a surprisingly personal look into the life of the former Vice President from his early days in Washington to his time in the White House with President George W. Bush. Prior to the film, Finton will also screen the short film “A Mother’s Promise” about President Barack Obama which was shown at the 2008 Democratic Convention. And if that wasn’t enough, Finton will show “Making Dazed” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Dazed and Confused” starring Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey and Adam Goldberg.


Chamber Welcomes Casa del Campo Guest House

New Chamber member Casa del Campo Guest House had their ribbon cutting last week at their beautiful retreat. We’d like to thank owners Peter & Catherine Perkins for providing such delicious goodies following the ribbon cutting!

Located in Peardale, just a short drive from historic Grass Valley and Nevada City downtown districts, they offer several charming options for your local vacation lodging needs.  The Casa del Campo offers you a cozy launching point for your stay in the California Gold Country.

For more information, please visit their website at or call (530) 273.5067


Nevada City Sidewalk Sale Sept 7

The streets of Nevada City will be buzzing with shoppers on Saturday, September 7th from 10-5 for it’s annual town-wide sidewalk sale!

This event is not only a chance for the business community to celebrate and appreciate their loyal clientele, but also gives our residents and visitors a chance to see all that Nevada City has to offer!

What better way to spend your Saturday then shopping for bargains and then having a leisurely lunch at one of our fine restaurants. And then to top it all off enjoy the free concert on Pine St. where the Nevada County concert band will perform from 5-6:30.  See you there!

Masonic Grand Master Named Grand Marshal

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Masonic Grand Master is Named Grand Marshal of Constitution Day Parade

John Frederick Lowe, Grand Master of Masons in California, has been named as Grand Marshal of the 47th Annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade.

The selection was announced by parade chairman Tim Brown, who is a member of the local Nevada Lodge No. 13, F.&A.M, which sponsors the event. “We want to honor our Grand Masters whenever we can,” Brown said.

Lowe, who resides in Aliso Viejo, will ride near the front of the Constitution Day Parade, which moves down a flag and bunting draped Broad Street at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.

A manager with Northrop Grumman Corp., Lowe is a past master of both Oxnard Lodge No. 341 and Irvine Valley Lodge No. 671. He is a third generation Mason and former president of the California Masonic Foundation. In 2011, he was awarded the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor.

The annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade, a local tradition since 1967, is expected to include 80 or more entries this year, including several marching bands.

The Constitution Day celebration is sponsored by Nevada Lodge No. 13, F.&A.M. of Nevada City, the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City, the City of Nevada City, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and Nevada City Constitution Day Committee.

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ART OnSite/Tribute Trail Celebration Sept 7

On September 7, ART OnSite (AOS) will unveil their first public art works project which aims to bring people and the natural environment together in an innovative and artistic way. The project features works from eight international artists and twenty-three installations along the nine-mile Deer Creek Tribute Trail, in Nevada City, CA.  Each artist was selected based on proposals that best interpret the culture, history and ecology of the Deer Creek watershed. The works range from hidden cameras capturing the flora and fauna on the trail to sculptures made with natural found materials to an interactive naturalist’s treasure hunt.

Opening Celebration and Premiere of Artworks at Robinson Plaza (to take place at the musician’s stage at the Nevada City Farmers Market), Union Street, Nevada City. Speakers will include Nancy Fleming, Chair, ART OnSite; Sally Harris, Mayor of Nevada City; Dave Brennan, City Manager; Jon Blinder, President of the Board of Nevada County Arts; and Izzy Martin, CEO, The Sierra Fund. Attending the ceremony are the eight ART OnSite artists, the ART OnSite Steering Committee, representatives of the projects 20 Stakeholders, the media, the community and other artists who have been involved with the project.

Following the ceremony individuals and families will be invited to walk the Tribute Trail and preview the multiple installations. The eight artists will be available along the trail to talk about their works. A brochure with map and location of the works will be provided.

Children’s Nature-Based Art activity during the Nevada City Farmer’s Market. This activity will take place under the trees in Callahan Park (at the edge of the Farmer’s Market). Instructors will provide natural elements (leaves, twigs, acorns, rocks, etc.) and each child will create a sculpture that they may take home. This event is free.

AOS/Tribute Trail is collaborative effort between Nevada City, Nevada County, Nevada County Arts and The Sierra Fund. AOS was one of eighty projects nationwide to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town Initiative. Projects were selected for their ability to improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.

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Emily’s Open Sept 6-8

Emily’s Catering is excited to announce that we will be opening our beautiful patio and indoor historic brick room for dining during the Nevada City’s “Film Festival” September 6th-8th. We will have live music and local artists. Emily will be serving California style tapas, delicious desserts, and ice cold drinks. Featuring “Bear River Pasta Company’s” handmade, local ravioli. As always, everything is made from scratch with only the best seasonal, local, and organic products.

Take a break from the busy streets at the coolest patio in town!

We will be open:
Friday- 5:30p- 11p
Saturday- 11:30a- 11p
Sunday- 11:30a- 11p

Food to go also available. Now accepting credit cards.

Emily Scott-Arbaugh (owner & chef)
313 Commercial Street, Nevada City CA 95959

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Servant of Two Bosses Plays thru Sept 1

Synthetic Unlimited presents an original world-premiere translation of Carlo Goldoni’s classic commedia dell-arte play, The Servant of Two Bosses, at The Stonehouse in Nevada City for six dates from August 22nd- September 1st.

This fast-paced, hilarious farce for the whole family features clowns, slapstick comedy, cross-dressing, mistaken identity, melodrama, and star- crossed lovers, all set amongst the Italian mobster families of 1930 Chicago.

Delicious classic Italian food and drinks are available from 6 pm onwards. Local gypsy jazz band Beaucoup Chapeaux opens with a free hour of music at 6:30 pm, the play starts at 7:30 pm, and runs for two hours with a short intermission.

Visit or call 1-888-95-SHOWS to buy tickets.



Food Truck Questionnaire Deadline Aug 30

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce has been asked by the City Council to poll the local businesses for their opinion as to whether or not mobile food units (Food Trucks) should be permitted in Nevada City, and if so, which zones are appropriate and what standards.

Therefore, the Chamber is requesting your input regarding Mobile Food Units in Nevada City. We have created the following questions and would appreciate it if you would either 1) complete the online questionnaire, or 2) complete the form and return it to the Chamber office by August 30th.

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“I Can Hear Music” Plays Aug 30 & 31

Labor Day weekend only! LeGacy Productions returns with the hit musical “I Can Hear Music” Fri & Sat Aug 30 & 31 at 8pm at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

The music from the famous Brill Building in New York City that housed the authors of over 160 Billboard hits between 1958 and 1964! Come hear the music of Carole King, Gerry Goffen, Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Hal David Burt Bacharach, Phil Spector and many more!!

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, available at the Book Seller, Harmony Books, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419.


Three Band Jam at Stonehouse Aug 30

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Triple Treat: Three Band Jam

On Friday August 30th, come to Triple Treat at the Stonehouse Bar & Grill – a three band performance with local bands the Thankful Heads, Chalice Star, and The Agitators!

Bless up the 2013 Season with Roots Reggae, Grateful Dead Goodness and original edgy funk – featuring special Guest Benny from Cosmic Wobble – leading on guitars and lead vocals!

The Stonehouse Bar and Grill is located at 107 Sacramento Street, in downtown Nevada City. This is an 18+ event with a $5 cover charge. Come early for happy hour specials at the Stonehouse – offered daily from 5-7 PM. Now serving Brunch, Lunch and dinner daily from 11 am – 10 pm.

Saturday Markets & Sunday Brunch w/Jazz

On Saturdays come down and enjoy our Stonehouse Marketplace! Just down the street from the Saturday Nevada City Market, the Stonehouse Market features local vendors, great exotic food, and a Cuban elixir inspired Mojito Bar! Food offered is everything and anything from African, Greek, Taiwanese, Wild Food, to Authentic Maidu Indian cuisine!

On Sundays, come back for our Sunday Brunch, including a house Bloody Mary that can’t be beat by anyone else in town. Japan’s Jazz Man, Arnie Baruch, will play live jazz on the cool stone patio!

Stonehouse Bar and Grill is located at 107 Sacramento Street, in downtown Nevada City. This is an 18+ event with a $5 cover charge. Come early for happy hour specials at the Stonehouse – offered daily from 5-7 PM. Now serving Brunch, Lunch and dinner daily from 11 am – 10 pm.

Paul Matson Receives 2013 Col. Bill Lambert Award

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Former Nevada City mayor and distinguished civic leader Paul Matson has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Col. William H. “Bill” Lambert Award.

The Lambert Award award is presented annually by the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City to recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada City and the Nevada City way of life. The award is named in honor of the late Col. William H. Lambert, founder of Nevada City’s annual Constitution Day Parade.

The Marching Presidents announce the award each year on the eve of the annual parade, in which they participate. This year’s 47th Annual Constitution Day Parade rolls through the downtown historic district beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Matson will serve as official parade announcer as he has for several years and will be honored after the event at the Marching Presidents annual post-parade awards banquet at Miners Foundry.

“Many of us remember Bob Paine, who was known as ‘Mr. Nevada City,'” said Marching Presidents founder David Parker, who will present the award. “To me, Paul Matson is also a ‘Mr. Nevada City.’ Paul’s accomplishments are immeasurable. Nevada City is a much better place thanks to him.”

Matson, a Nevada City resident since 1974, is a former four-term mayor who served five elected terms (1978-98) on the Nevada City Council, becoming the longest-serving councilman in city history.

In 1998 he served as co-chair of Measure S, a sales tax measure that was supported by 80 percent of city voters and raised $7 million for city streets and sidewalks. In 2012, he served as chair and campaign manager for Measure L, a second sales tax increase which won 72 percent voter approval for law enforcement funding and limited water rate increases.

Matson is currently chairing the Nevada City Courthouse Committee which aims to keep the county courthouse downtown and restore its original architecture. He also serves as president of the Miners Foundry Board of Directors.

He’s a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam as a scout dog handler.

“I love the Constitution Day Parade, what it stands for, and what it says about Nevada City,” said Matson. “I knew and respected Bill Lambert and I’m absolutely thrilled to receive the Bill Lambert Award.”

Past recipients of the prestigious Lambert Award are retired city manager Beryl P. Robinson Jr., former mayor and city clerk Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, former parade organizers George and Pat Harper, city councilman and former mayor Pat Dyer, the late real estate broker Jim Mackey, local writer Dave Carter, Chamber of Commerce executive manager Cathy Whittlesey, former mayor Steve Cottrell, businessman Bob Buhlis, retired Nevada County general services director Dennis Cassella, John Christensen, a leader of community efforts to establish the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum; cartoonist R.L. “Crabman” Crabb, business owners Lee and Susan Thurston, Nevada City public works director Verne Taylor, the late historian Edwin Tyson, the late folksinger/activist U Utah Phillips, city engineer Bill Falconi, Marching Presidents organizer Patti Foster, retired school administrator Karen Chizek, musician Mikail Graham. retired county librarian Madelyn Helling and local builder Gary Tintle. Marching Presidents founder David Parker was presented the award in 2007 to mark the group’s 20th anniversary.

The Marching Presidents is a fun-loving and educational group that portrays all 44 U.S. Presidents with reverence, good humor and varying degrees of historical accuracy. For reliable information on U.S. Presidents, see

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NCCB Concert “The Heat is On” Aug 25

WHO: Nevada County Concert Band
WHAT: Pioneer Picnic & Pops Concert #3 of 3 themed “The Heat Is On'”
WHEN: Sunday August 25 at 5:00pm-7:00pm
WHERE: Pioneer Park in Nevada City
COST: Free (non-profit donations accepted)
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Nevada County Concert Band presents The Heat Is On concert

The 80-piece Nevada County Concert Band presents its third of three Picnic & Pops Concerts with a concert themed “The Heat Is On” that features music that is red, spicy, and oh-so-hot, such as Fillmore’s “Hot Trombone,” the medley “Benny Goodman in Concert,” and “The Sunset March.” Trumpet soloist Rebekah Shuholm performs “Summer Time” (from “Porgy & Bess”), vocalist Kaye Wedel leads the jazz ensemble in “Fever,” and the Dixieland ensemble plays “That Red-Head Gal.” The band’s own radio theater players return with Stan Freberg’s “St. George and the Dragonet,” and there is much more. Come with your picnic or enjoy treats from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. The concert is free, accessible, and great for all ages.

“Fight Club” at Magic Theatre Aug 24

Saturday, August 24th, Nevada County Arts and the Magic Lantern Film Society present the “Pages to Reel” series with a special screening of David Fincher’s “Fight Club” at The Magic Theatre in Nevada City.

Pages to Reel is a unique experience that combines the appeal of a book club with the opportunity to be a film critic. Since the series kicked off in April, the two organizations have screened “On the Road” directed by Walter Salles and based on Jack Kerouac’s seminal 1957 novel of the same name, and the Academy Award-winning film “A River Runs Through It,” based on the autobiographical short story collection by Norman Maclean.

“Nevada County Arts is pleased to present our third film in the series, Pages to Reel. A gritty book/film that is sure to encourage a lot of discussion afterwards,” says JoAnn Marie, Board Member of Nevada County Arts.

“Fight Club”, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, was one of the most talked about films of the 1990s for its controversial takes on violence, manhood and consumer culture. Directed by David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Netflix original series “House of Cards”) and starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt as two frustrated 30-somethings who form an underground group where young men channel primal aggression into brutal, bare-knuckled brawls that leave them feeling exhilarated and alive. The concept catches on, with secret fight clubs forming in other cities until things spiral out of control.

“Fight Club” was Chuck Palahniuk’s first-published book. The novel won the 1997 Oregon Book Award, and was well-received by critics.  Critics of the film were divided as to whether the violence was metaphorical or exploitative. In the years since its DVD release, it has become a cult favorite, and critical reception has become more universally positive. In 2008, Empire Magazine named it the 10th best movie of all time.

Following the film, author Nik Colyer will lead an open discussion on the film and book.

“Using “Fight Club” as our platform, I will talk about the misled initiation process expressed in the movie and about men’s hunger for initiation,” explains Coyler. “Since violence is a prevalent part of the movie, I’ll talk about male hierarchy and how violence (perceived or real) plays a key roll in a young man’s development. I would also like to speak about the process of mentoring younger men.”

Fight Club is rated R and not suitable for children. Please note this event has moved from its original event date of Saturday, August 17th to Saturday, August 24th.

Copies of Palahniuk’s “Fight Club” can be purchased at Harmony Books and The Book Seller.

What: Nevada County Arts and The Magic Lantern Film Society present Pages to Reel: Fight Club
When: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Where: Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, 95959
Doors 11:30am, Film Noon, Discussion 2pm
Tickets: $8/GA, $7/NCArts and Magic Lantern Film Society Members. Seating limited to 60

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