Reading of “8” the Play Oct 2


What: Miners Foundry Cultural Center & SisterStage Productions present “8” the Play

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

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

Tickets: Suggested Donation of $10, Tickets available at BriarPatch Co-op, in person at the Miners Foundry, by phone at (530) 265-5040 and online at


Wednesday, October 2, for one-night only, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and SisterStage present “8” the play. “8”—a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar)—demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry). It tells the real-life story of Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff, two loving couples who want to get married but can’t. Together with attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson and a host of expert witnesses, they take aim at Proposition 8, a discriminatory law that took away the right for LGBT couples to marry in California in 2008. The play has been performed coast to coast by an array of famousactors including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jane Lynch and John C. Reilly.

Wednesday’s staged reading condenses twelve days of court hearings into a running time of less than 90 minutes, alternating between witness testimony and biographical scenes of the plaintiffs. As “8″ flashes in and out of the Perry court, watch both sides present the best evidence, arguments and witnesses for and against marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. See how the case affects the plaintiffs and their kids, and, following the performance, learn how you too can become involved in the fight for equal rights.

“I am very passionate about theatre that helps to bring about deeper understanding of political and social issues,” explains Andrea Fox of SisterStage. “This kind of play hopefully helps us examine ourselves and the way we interact with the world, not just physically and politically, but emotional and spiritually.”

Fox, who was also responsible for bringing the popular Off Broadway play “Vagina Monologues” written by Eve Ensler to Nevada County between 2001-2007, was familiar with and liked the production model of a one-night only performance where everyone who participated was a volunteer and all proceeds after production costs were met would be distributed to support the mission of American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and the Foundry.

“I like working fast, and deep as well, but this is a different kind of animal since the actors are not supposed to have their lines memorized,” explains Fox about the staged reading. “To see an icon such as Martin Sheen, (Sheen played Theodore B. Olson, AFER’s lead co-counsel in a production of “8” in Los Angeles) walking around a set in costume and carrying a script, there is something quite charming about that. It allows the audience to see the actors at work in a different way.”

Fox held an open call for actors and was thrilled to find that the play’s positive word of mouth attracted such a diverse group of local actors including young thespians JaDee Dennis, Elliott Wernigg and Chandler Leonard from three local high school. The final lineup includes actors from Synthetic Unlimited, Sierra Stages, Quest Theaterworks, Legacy Productions and more. The volunteer staff aiding Fox with the production includes theatre veterans costume designer Cindy Barry, lighting designer Tom Taylor, production manager Carol Glad, and promotions manager Michelle Marshall.

“I hope this play brings us together to see our humanity, the minuses and pluses,” says Fox.

Nevada City Live! Starts Oct 4

This fall, veteran promoter and showman, Paul Emery, presents “Nevada City Live”, eight weeks of Live Music, Theatre, Comedy and Poetry with an array of prominent storytellers, musicians, and thespians at the historic Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City

For more information about scheduled performances and to buy tickets, go to


TEDxYouth Speaker App Deadline Oct 4th

TEDxYouth@GrassValley “Art and Innovation” Speaker Applications Extended – Oct 4th

Innovative thinkers and doers from Nevada County and nearby Sierra Nevada Foothills are encouraged to submit their idea worth spreading for this year’s inaugural TEDxYouth@GrassValley organized by Sierra College Nevada County Campus and TEDxGrassValley.

TEDxYouth@GrassValley, an independently produced event, operated under license from TED, will webcast the programming and talks from TEDYouth along with presenting local speakers on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Sierra College Nevada County Campus. We invite those interested to apply to be a speaker at this year’s TEDxYouth@GrassValley. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 4TH.

This year’s TEDxYouth@GrassValley theme of “Art and Innovation” offers a playful space to discover our creative capacity and build on existing dialogues exploring the critical role The Arts play in cultural and economic innovation. Nevada County’s rich history of cutting edge technologies and its talented arts community provide a unique lens through which students, educators, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs can share success stories, current research, inspiring works of art and innovative models.

Each speaker will have 18 minutes to inform and inspire the TEDxYouth@GrassValley participants. Speakers will have the opportunity to work with a professional coach on their idea and presentation.

Held annually, TEDYouth is a day-long event for high school students that includes live speakers, hands-on activities, demonstrations and an opportunity for the youth attendees and speakers to connect. TEDYouth coincides with more than 100 self-organized TEDxYouthDay events happening worldwide.

More than 20 scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists, performers (and more!) will share short lessons on what they do best. They will dazzle us with mind-shifting stories, inspire us with creativity and make us want to dive even deeper into this broad array of topics.

For more information or to apply go to or call Jesse Locks at (916) 548-7716.

Classic Movies Benefit Classic Bridge thru Oct 1

After a two year hiatus, Classic Movies on the Big Screen return to The Del Oro Theatre, this time in a four week series benefiting the South Yuba River Park Association’s “Save our Bridge” Campaign. Beginning Monday September 9 and continuing for four weeks, audiences will have the chance to see four terrific classic films up on the big screen with a live theater audience, while contributing to the restoration of the covered bridge at Bridgeport. Classic movies at the Del Oro have always been a crowd-pleasing event, where moviegoers can go back in time, enjoying the 1940’s era, art nouveau movie house and watching movie stars like Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, and James Dean come to life once more. Each film will show twice, Monday evening at 7:00 pm and Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm.

The series begins with African Queen (1951), starring Humphrey Bogart in his only Oscar-winning role as Charlie, a gin-swilling riverboat captain persuaded by a prim missionary (Katharine Hepburn) to use his boat to attack an enemy warship in German East Africa during WW1. Filmed partly in Africa, the movie features some epic whitewater scenes as well as unforgettable acting. The New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael called African Queen “one of the most charming and entertaining movies ever made.” African Queen plays Monday, Sept. 9 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 1:00 pm.

The second movie in the series is High Noon (1952), a classic western starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. “The story of a man who was too proud to run” features Cooper as a town marshal, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy alone when the town refuses to help him. Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winner of 4 (Actor, Film Editing, Original Song, and Score), High Noon is a movie that speaks in images you won’t want to miss on the big screen. High Noon plays Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 1:00 pm.

Next, we go back a couple of decades to the Best Picture of 1935, It Happened One Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Colbert plays a spoiled heiress who runs away from the family yacht and meets a reporter (Gable) on the bus to New York. Together in this film for the first time on screen, Gable and Colbert created Hollywood’s’ first great screwball comedy, and the film won 5 major Oscars (Picture, Actor, Actress, Director – Frank Capra, and Writer). It Happened One Night plays Monday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 1:00 pm.

The last film in the series is the incomparable Rebel Without a Cause (1955), a film that is arguably one of the most iconic pictures of the 20thcentury. Starring James Dean as Jim Stark, a rebellious young man with a troubled past, the film explores the difficulty of the teenage years with an intensity that strikes a chord even today. Also starring Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. Rebel Without a Cause plays Monday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 1:00 pm.

Classic Movies on the Big Screen at the Del Oro Theatre have raised funds in past years for the mural project on Del Oro Building and the Nevada County Library. This year the series will benefit the South Yuba River Park Association’s restoration effort on the covered bridge at Bridgeport. The 150-year-old covered bridge at the South Yuba River State Park is the longest single-span wooden covered bridge in the world, and it is in desperate need of repair. Closed even to pedestrians now because of safety concerns, engineers have determined that the bridge is in danger of total collapse. More information about SYRPA’s efforts in collaboration with the California State Parks Foundation can be found at

Classic Movies on the Big Screen will show every Monday evening at 7:00 pm and Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm from September 9 through October 1. Regular admission will apply: $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for seniors and children and all matinee seats. Discount Series Passes will be available for purchase at the Del Oro box office and Briarpatch Co-op. For more information, please call 273-6932 or visit the Sierra Theaters website at Remember, nothing beats seeing a great movie on the big screen!

Classic Movies Series Titles:
Sept. 9-10: African Queen (1951), 105 min. PG
Sept. 16-17: High Noon (1952), 85 min. PG
Sept. 23-24: It Happened One Night (1934), 105 min. PG
Sept. 30-Oct.1: Rebel Without a Cause (1955), 111 min. PG-13


Rains Fail to Deter Yuba Cleanup Volunteers

foote's crossing on raft

Photo by Tom Weistar

Despite heavy rain and even hail, 550 volunteers cheerfully removed over 11,450 pounds of trash and recyclables from 80 miles of river, creek and lake shoreline at 35 sites within the greater Yuba River and Bear River watersheds.

“This year’s Yuba River Cleanup and Restoration Day was a resounding success from Donner Summit to the Lower Yuba River,” enthused Miriam Limov, SYRCL’s River People Manager who has organized the Cleanup since 2007. “Despite the bad weather, volunteers came out in droves on all three forks of the Yuba River, scouring the muddy trails for litter, ferrying rafts across the river to haul out trash, scrambling on slippery rocks and cruising the beaches around Englebright Lake via motorboats to remove tons and tons of garbage and recycling that would otherwise wash downstream to the Bay.”

Last Saturday, September 21st, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) coordinated its 16th annual Yuba River Cleanup and Restoration Day. Ranging in ages from a hearty 78 to only 3 years old, and coming from as far away as Truckee and the San Francisco Bay Area, SYRCL volunteers braved bad weather to help with the Cleanup and restore six acres of land by removing invasive vegetation like Scotch Broom and star thistle. Some of the more interesting items found on Saturday included wedding veil with a wine glass and flowers, an iPhone, a shopping cart, a chainsaw, and for the second year in a row: a message in a bottle.

Some of the heroic efforts included:
Ferrying 3,000 pounds of debris from an abandoned mining camp across the Middle Yuba River at Footes Xing in rafts by 25 volunteers during a 3-day effort.

At Donner Summit, 10 volunteers collected 300 pounds of trash in a driving rain storm.

Twenty Yuba Watershed Institute volunteers removed two full truckloads of metal and other heavy items using a convoy of wheelbarrows at Lonesome Lake.

Two intrepid snorkelers dived deep into the pools at Bridgeport to recover lost jewelry and micro trash like bottle caps and small pieces of plastic.

Damp, smiling faces ruled the afternoon at SYRCL’s post-Cleanup celebration on the soaked beach of the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport Crossing. Volunteers huddled under tents and trees to feast on an organic BBQ lunch. Local singer Ishaan Judd shared his original melodic harmonies about the Yuba River. Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston praised attendees for their volunteerism and dedication to the watershed. Additionally, SYRCL’s “Volunteer of the Year,” Peter Burnes, was honored for his outstanding work on SYRCL’s behalf in the dam re-licensing arena.

The Cleanup Day was also the culmination of SYRCL’s summertime River Ambassador program that began its second season in late June. The volunteer River Ambassadors spoke one-on-one with 4,623 local and out-of-town visitors at Highway 49, Bridgeport, Edwards and Purdon crossings on the South Yuba River. Over 13 weekends, the River Ambassadors picked up 6,532 pieces of trash and dog waste.

SYRCL’s restoration projects took place at five locations where volunteers removed highly invasive non-native species such as Himalayan Blackberry, Yellow Star Thistle, and English Ivy from more than six acres at Bennett Street Meadow, Edwards Crossing, Jones Bar, Kentucky Creek and Oregon Creek. Forty-four 5th grade students from Grass Valley Charter School removed blackberry vines from Bennett Street meadow in Grass Valley on State Parks land.

Locally, more than a quarter of the volunteers were 18 and under with groups including Grass Valley Charter School, Ghidotti Early College High School, Bear River Key Club, Nevada City School of the Arts. Other participating groups included Nevada County Walkers, Bear Yuba Land Trust, Sierra Streams Institute, Sierra College ECO’s and Volunteer Clubs, Wolf Creek Community Alliance, Finding the Good, Gold Country Fly Fishers, Donner Summit Area Association, Nevada City Co-Housing, Yubadocs Urgent Care, South Yuba Club, Yuba Watershed Institute and Englebright House Boaters Association.

Rain-soaked spectators lined the banks of the South Yuba River to watch the 3rd Annual Stone Skipping Contest. Contestants hooted and hollered and cheered one another on as the rain fell harder. In the Youth Division, Aidan Reedy-Schneider won for the third straight year with a toss of 12 skips and best combined score of 47. Estrella Acosta won for highest women’s throw of 15 skips and Jalana Smith won for best combined score for women at 54 skips. Skyler Lon Smith won the overall men’s division for most skips with 27 and best overall combined score of 103.

SYRCL would like to extend our immense gratitude to all the sponsors, food donors, and the agencies that helped with trash and recycling collection for caring about the health of the Yuba and Bear River watersheds.

This event is made possible thanks these generous sponsors:
The Union, KVMR, YubaNet News, A-One Bookkeeping, Nevada City Self Storage, Bob Travers, PG&E, BriarPatch Co-Op Market, Cbec, Sperry Van Ness – Highland Commercial, Nevada Irrigation District, Sugar Bowl Resort, Grass Valley Sign Company, Telestream, Cirino’s, Automotive City, B&C Hardware, Clientworks, Mr. Rooter Plumbing, The Parent Resource Guide, REI, All Phase Heating and Air Conditioning, Fire Safe Council, Gold-N-Green, Reeds Locksmithing, SRC, Trkac, Volz Bros, A to Z Supply, Darwin Stanley Leek (DC), The Woolman Semester School, California Solar Electric Company, Charlie Brock, Cost U Less Heating and Air, Mowen Solinsky Gallery, Nina Allen Acupuncture, Gray Goose, & Stage Tech West.

The organic buffet lunch was provided courtesy of the following generous donors:
Broad Street Bistro, Carl’s Junior, Caroline’s Coffee, Cirino’s at Main Street, Emily’s Catering and Cakes, Flour Garden Bakery, Harmony Ridge Market, Indian Springs Organic Farm, Johansen Ranch, Mountain Bounty Farm, Nevada County Free Range Beef, and Starbright Acres Family Farm.

Agency and Business Support with Trash and Recycling:
Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks, California Transportation Department (Yuba County and Nevada City), City of Grass Valley, Nevada Irrigation District, Soda Springs General Store, U.S. Forest Service, Waste Management, & Yuba County Water Agency.

Cover photo by Dave Preston|


“Dracula” at the Nevada Theatre thru Sept 29

LeGacy Productions is proud to present the classic Bram Stoker horror classic “Dracula” adapted by Gary Wright, coming to the Nevada Theatre September 6th through September 29th. Sue LeGate directs Nevada County’s best actors in this vampire tale.

Heading up the cast is native Transylvanian Mihai Algiu as Count Vlad Dracula, who encaptures solicitor Johnathan Harker (John Bivens) while securing an estate in London for him to carry on his centuries long desire for torture, and BLOOD. Nadia White and Ariel Elliot are Lucy and Mina, Dracula’s beautiful British victims. Gary Dini returns to the Nevada County stage as Dracula’s victim gone mad, Marcus Renfield. Joining them are LeGacy veterans Dru Mathies, Stephen Wellman, and Patrick Moore as Arthur, Van Helsing and Dr Seward, respectively. Rounding out the cast are Paula Nelson, Diane Dean-Epps, Jennifer Terman, and Connor Magehee.

Opening night, September 6th is a special benefit performance for the Nevada County Concert Band. All tickets $20 for opening night.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays September 6th through 28th, at 8pm.
Two Thursday performances, September 19th, and 26th at 7pm
Two Sunday matinees September 22nd and 29th at 2pm

General tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, available at the Bookseller, Harmony Books, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419.


Sept 26 Mixer Postponed


The Atria (Formerly Quail Ridge) Table Top Mixer scheduled for next week, Sept 26, has been POSTPONED until 2014.


“Betrayal” Plays through Sept 29

Synthetic Unlimited is proud to present Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, a restrained and elegant British relationship play about a love triangle between a man, his wife, and his best friend. Betrayal shows at The Stonehouse in Nevada City for six dates from September 19th to Sunday, September 29th. This riveting naturalistic drama moves backwards in time, revealing more intricate deceptions with each scene.

Melissa Ramsey, winner of the Lady Day award in Sacramento, opens with a free hour of vintage jazz tunes at 6:30 pm. Delicious dinner menu and a full bar at the Stonehouse. The play begins at 7:30 pm, and runs for an hour and a half with a short intermission.

Visit, the Briar Patch, or call 1-888-95-SHOWS to buy and reserve tickets.

Show dates are:
Thursday, September 19th, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 20th, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 22nd, 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 26th, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 27th, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 29th, 7:30 pm

Betrayal also opens on Broadway this fall, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz.


NC Rotary Fundraiser Sept 27

Nevada City Rotary Club invites Chamber members to participate in our September 27 Adventures & Wine fundraiser. Join the fun over wine and hors d’oeuvres as well as help local youth.

A Baja beach rental, a season pass at Sugar Bowl, a catered party at the Nevada City Bridge House and a Jackson Hole getaway package are among auction items offered. This is Nevada City Rotary’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The event, Friday at 6 p.m. at Miners Foundry in Nevada City, includes wine, silent and live auctions, music by Mesmerhythym and hundreds of auction items. All proceeds benefit Focus on Youth programs, including scholarships, speech and music contests, camps and other services for local young people.

The ticket price ($20 in advance; $25 at the door) includes hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine from Nevada County’s wineries, a no-host bar, three raffles and the live and silent auctions. Advance tickets are available from NC Rotary Club members, at BriarPatch, the Book Seller and Harmony Books.

For more information, visit


Barrett Prop Mgmt Announces New Location

Local commercial and residential property manager, Amelia Barrett, announces her new office location at 101 Providence Mine Way, Suite 103F, Nevada City, CA 95959.

Amelia Barrett is the owner/broker of Barrett Property Management. She is a licensed California Real Estate Broker, California Real Estate Appraiser, and a Certified Real Property Tax Appraiser. With her vast experience in the real estate industry, Amelia has become a successful business owner. Her passion for property management exuberates through the superior services she delivers to tenants/lessees, property owners, investors, and industry associates alike. At Barrett Property Management, Amelia focuses ONLY on property management services so that she can deliver the most superior services to her clients. She specializes in commercial property management and residential property management.

Please contact Amelia Barrett at 530-470-3272 or email,

Help Sponsor the NC Artwalk!

The First Friday Artwalk in Nevada City has seen great success with our first three monthly events! We are currently seeking business sponsorship to help the event continue and grow. Our mission statement is ‘To cultivate partnership between businesses and the Art Community, which promotes established and emerging artists, local commerce, and public access to the Arts’.

We are so fortunate to be amongst such a diverse mix of galleries, boutiques, restaurants and wine tasting rooms and in celebration of this wonderful mix many downtown businesses are featuring local artists and hosting receptions and/or live music every first Friday monthly. There is also live music and public art at various outdoor locations throughout downtown as well as a Youth Arts Showcase featuring the art and music of local youth. This is a family-friendly event which encourages the community to shop INSIDE the stores. Feedback from the participating businesses and the community has been very positive!

There are several levels of sponsorship available (good for the entire season = 3 First Fridays). Please see the sponsor form for more info and your support is much appreciated!

Download Artwalk Sponsor Form


Annual Yuba River Cleanup Sept 21

For the 16th consecutive year, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) seeks to once again unite the community for the Annual Yuba River Cleanup & Restoration Day on Saturday, September 21st. Volunteers are encouraged to register early for their favorite Cleanup sites at for a family-friendly, fun morning spent cleaning up and restoring the river, followed by an afternoon barbeque, live music, and the 3rd Annual Stone Skipping Contest at Bridgeport in the South Yuba River State Park.

“Ever wonder why SYRCL organizes the Yuba River Cleanup every year?” queries Miriam Limov, SYRCL’s River People Manager who has coordinated the event since 2007. “It’s because we know how much everyone loves the Yuba River! In fact, nearly 500,000 people visit the Yuba’s swimming pools, beaches and trails annually. Sadly, many ignore the saying ‘if you pack it in, please pack it out’ – leaving behind tons of trash every year.”

The good news is that SYRCL’s Annual Yuba River Cleanup Day and the new River Ambassador Program are designed to keep the river clean, healthy and safe. Over the past 15 years, SYRCL volunteers have removed over 140,000 pounds of garbage. Last year alone, over 650 volunteers removed 7,700 pounds of trash and recycling from 35 sites along 90 miles of river and streams in just one day.

Families love the Cleanup – and last year nearly one third of the participants were under 18. For example, students from the Bear River Key Club removed a hot tub that had been thrown into the Bear River. It is also an excellent team building opportunity for youth groups and clubs, faith-based organizations, and businesses to build camaraderie while cleaning up trash and trails in our cherished watershed.

But keeping the river from being trashed is more than a one-day-a-year activity. That’s why SYRCL’s River Ambassadors are out every weekend this summer – at all four major river crossings – educating visitors about how to keep the river clean and safe. The volunteer River Ambassadors are on track to speak face-to-face with over 5,000 river visitors and pick up more than 4,000 pieces of dog waste and litter.

“SYRCL’s programs have real costs – and need the community’s help to keep them going,” said Caleb Dardick, SYRCL’s Executive Director. “This year we have created a new ‘Clean-a-thon’ so that Yuba River lovers can ask your friends and family to sponsor their day cleaning up the river. All funds raised will support the Annual Cleanup, the River Ambassadors and SYRCL’s work to protect and restore the Yuba River year-round.”

Volunteers who sign up for the Clean-a-thon will have the opportunity to earn great prizes depending on the amount they raise including a Yuba Salmon Rafting Trip, a Patagonia day pack, a Klean Kanteen water bottle, a SYRCL t-shirt or SYRCL hat.

The top Clean-a-thon fundraisers will win one of our Grand Prizes including a Rogue River Rafting Trip (for two with Bob Travers), Sugar Bowl Ski Pass (slightly restricted), REI Half Dome Tent and many other amazing prizes.

The first step is to register online at for the Cleanup where you can pick your favorite river cleanup site. Don’t wait too long, as the most popular sites fill up fast.

Then set your own “Clean-a-thon” goal (this is optional). Finally, please spread the word so that everyone can show their love for the Yuba and help out during the annual river cleanup.

“I was surprised at how easy it was to get my friends and family to donate towards my efforts cleaning up the Yuba River,” said Barbara Getz, SYRCL Board Member. “People have been more than happy to donate to such a worthwhile cause – I love the Yuba and my friends do too. This is a great way to get more people involved in SYRCL’s work.”

This year’s Cleanup is sponsored in part by generous donations from A-One Bookkeeping, BriarPatch Co-op, cbec eco engineering, Grass Valley Sign Company, KVMR, Nevada City Self Storage, Nevada Irrigation District, PG&E, Sperry Van Ness – Highland Commercial, Sugar Bowl, Telestream, The Union, and YubaNet. Please be sure to thank these local businesses for their investment in keeping the Yuba clean.

If you have any questions or want to sponsor the Cleanup, please contact Miriam Limov, River People Manager, at (530) 265-5961 x201 or


What: 16th Annual Yuba River Cleanup & Restoration Day

Where: Over 35 sites in the Yuba River watershed

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 9:00am-noon is the Cleanup; Noon-3:30pm is the Celebrations at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park

A free family-friendly barbeque, Haute Trash Fashion show, live music and the 3rd Annual Stone Skipping Competition and more!

How: Register for your favorite site in advance at


Once Upon an Orchestra Sept 22

Who: InConcert Sierra presents “Once Upon an Orchestra”

Where: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley

When: Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2pm

Tickets: $55 general; $50 season ticket holders/key level donors

Available at: Briar Patch Coop Community Market; online at; or by calling 530.273.3990

“Once Upon an Orchestra” – A Fairy Tale of a Program

InConcert Sierra celebrates the opening of its 67th season with the largest ensemble yet! Maestro Ken Hardin presents the Sierra Master Chorale Orchestra unplugged “without the chorale” and in “Once Upon an Orchestra,” with a “fairy tale of a program,” at 2pm on Sunday, September 22 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley.

“The Sierra Master Chorale performs with an orchestra at all their concerts. When you have an instrumental ensemble that plays this well, this is a great decision,” noted Dr. Robert M. Johnson in the May 2013 online edition of the Sacramento Choral Calendar Review of the SMC and Orchestra May concerts.

“At our 2012 holiday concerts, I had the orchestra perform ‘Carol of the Bells’ on its own, and they brought down the house. Not only was the orchestra wonderful, but the superb acoustic of the Seventh-day Adventist Church enhanced the experience. It was electric,” says Hardin. “For the September concert, we’ve increased the orchestra to 44 excellent local and regional players. I love working with this orchestra, and I’ll get to work with some of my colleagues from the past including oboist Neil Tatman and timpanist Tom Rance, and a few new ones also, such as cellist David Speltz from Los Angeles. This concert is going to be special for everyone – including me!”

“The music in this program is guaranteed to thrill and move the audience… all of the pieces are well-known orchestral gems that are bigger than life. They are vibrant, lushly beautiful, and all touch upon some dramatic, fantastic tale or magical, mystical place,” said concertmaster Richard Altenbach.

The program is complete with works such as Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture”, Sibelius’ “Finlandia”, Verdi’s “Grand March” from Aida, Grieg’s “Anitra’s Dance” & “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite #1, Smetana’s “The Moldau”, Mascagni’s ”Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana”, Mendelssohn’s “Die Hebriden” (Fingal’s Cave), and Brahms “Hungarian Dances #5 & #6″. “The greatest hits of orchestra” remarked first violinist Nancy Hill.

For a complete listing of orchestral players and the program, please visit

New “Insider Tips” Submissions Sought

Do you have sales you’d like to announce in our newsletter? Maybe an annual event? We will be starting monthly “Insider Tips” in our tourism newsletter which goes out to a few thousand visitors.

Our first “Insider Tips” will go out for October. Please send anything special you might have going on in October and we’ll include them.

We need something short and sweet, because we’re hoping to have a good list each month to send out.

The announcement should look something like this:

Nevada City ABC Store
Annual Customer Appreciation Month
30-50% Discounts Storewide

Send your short announcement to attention “Insider Tips”

Chili Cook Off Mixer Sept 19

Join us for the next Chamber mixer on September 19th.  It’s the annual ERA Cornerstone Realty Chili Cook-off Mixer!  We invite you to join the fun and enter YOUR chili!  Contact Debbie at (530) 913-7295 or email