Rug Event at The Magic Carpet Nov 2

Rug Appraisal Day, Presentation and Exhibit at The Magic Carpet
Saturday, November 2, 2013

2:30-5:30pm Free Rug Appraisals (call to reserve a spot)
7pm Presentation “Appraising Oriental Rugs”

Fall Sale 20% Off Storewide!

The Magic Carpet, 408 Broad Street, Nevada City • (530) 265-9229 •

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Banner Mountain Artisans Show Nov 2 & 3

10th Annual Banner Mountain Artisans Show & Sale
Sat & Sun, Nov 2 & 3 • 10 am-4 pm

Nevada City Elks Lodge, Hwy 49, Nevada City


The 10th Annual Banner Mountain Artisans Show and Sale ushers in the holiday shopping season on November 2nd and 3rd, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Nevada City Elks Lodge in Nevada City, California. Parking and admission are free and all are welcome. Enter to win a free gift basket full of donations from some of the artisans.

Banner Mountain Artisans (BMA) is a juried group of 31 very talented artists who reside in Nevada County. Many are award winning artists. Working together in a supportive, co-operative manner, they offer quality hand-created products at reasonable prices at the annual Holiday Show and Sale. You will find a variety of handcrafted items in all price ranges, and find something wonderful for everyone on your holiday gift list.

Some of the unique works of art you will find at the Banner Mountain Artisans Holiday Show and Sale include painted furniture & decor, photography, blown glass, wood crafted items, watercolor, stained glass, jewelry, handmade teddy bears, mosaics, paper, oils, tiles, fiber art, handmade soaps, pottery, decorated gourds and more. To see samples of what the artisans create, visit

Written comments from attendees last year include:
• “Awesome every year with nice, talented people.”
• “This is the BEST show in the area.”
• “We just moved here and I’ve never been to such a classy faire!”
• “It was a good mix of art and handcraft.”
• “This show is far superior to any I’ve attended. Even my husband was impressed!”
• “This is the first year we have come and won’t miss it from now on.”

About Banner Mountain Artisans
In 2004 Joan Unter, a fiber artist, asked 16 creative artisans from Grass Valley, Penn Valley and Nevada City to offer their artwork at a holiday show. The first event was held in 6 homes in close proximity on Banner Mountain, in Nevada City. More quality artists were added each year, and by 2007 the attendance exceeded all expectations and outgrew the neighborhood.

In 2008 the Banner Mountain Artisans Show and Sale moved to the Elks Lodge on Hwy. 49 in Nevada City where more artisans could be accommodated. The new venue has proven to be a perfect setting and attracts up to 2,000 people each year, the first weekend in November. Enjoy the experience of talking with our many well-known Nevada County artisans while admiring and purchasing fine art and high quality handcrafted items.

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Bridge of Giving Event Nov 3

8th Annual Bridge of Giving
Sunday, Nov. 3 • 10am-3pm

Discover the beauty in your own backyard and help contribute to our community by building a bridge of donated food across the span of the old South Yuba River Bridge to benefit the The Food Bank of Nevada County.

Hwy. 49 at South Yuba River Old Bridge – 10 minutes North of Nevada City.

Call Pamela Morey, Realtor ® at 913-7308 for more info.


Affordable Care Act Informational Mtgs in Oct


Also know as Obama Care


Everywhere you turn you see or hear stories about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This law will affect how you, your business, your family and your friends access health care and health insurance in 2014.

I am Lacey Bowman a licensed, experienced, certified and local health insurance broker. My office can assist you sort through the available coverage options. This will allow you to make an informed decision.

I am hosting a series of meetings in the month of October to provide information on ACA. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, get a personalized quote (including subsidies or tax credits, if you qualify) and even to enroll in the program. The meetings will be held at:

Nevada City Elks Lodge
518 Highway 49

In order to make it as convenient as possible for you, there will be morning, afternoon and evening meetings. The dates and times of the meetings will be:

• Tuesday, October 8th … 10:00 am, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm
• Tuesday, October 15th .. 10:00 am, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm
• Tuesday, October 22nd .. 10:00 am, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm
• Tuesday, October 29th .. 10:00 am, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

RSVP (530) 272-9000 or email

Heroes of October Game Results


Team Nevada City with the Heroes of October trophy

5th Annual Heroes of October Game Results

On Sunday, October 20th under the blinding sun at Memorial Park in Grass Valley, Team Nevada City once again proved its ability to play softball in the most uncommon fashion. The contest is known as the Heroes of October and so far Nevada City has crafted a victory in 4 of the 5 events that have been held. The game starts out in a normal fashion; ten players on the field and three outs per inning. The only nuance is the requirement to use a wooden bat. However, after the first inning the rules change as the game progresses. In the second inning all players are required to bat from the opposite side of the plate. In the fourth inning batters are required to purchase each pitch. For a higher price, batters can purchase a hit, a do-over, and even a homerun. The sixth inning seems to be everyone’s favorite. During this part of the contest, the game ball is the size of a volleyball which players have a difficult time catching and throwing.


Team Grass Valley displaying the Butterfinger Award

Despite being on the losing side of a 15-10 contest, Team Grass Valley contributed $500 to Gold Country Community Services for the privilege of playing the game.

Each team is comprised of city employees, elected officials, and members of the chamber of commerce. Gold Country Community Services hosts the “Heroes of October” game each year to allow Grass Valley and Nevada City to show their pride. All proceeds from the event benefit the programs and services provided by Gold Country Community Services.




All the gory details on hauntings and Halloween in Nevada City

“Fall” is how a 19th century Chinese laborer explains his cause of  death to Travel Channel investigators in a Nevada City tunnel.

“Fall” is how a 19th century Chinese laborer explains his cause of death to Travel Channel investigators in a Nevada City tunnel.

As one of the most haunted places in California, Nevada City has been investigated by the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Sacramento’s Channel 10 News, and has been visited by authors and travel writers reporting on notoriously haunted buildings such as Firehouse No. 14, the National Hotel, and The Stonehouse Bar & Grill. The Historic District even has its own ghost historian and Haunted Nevada City walking tour leader, Mark Lyon.


Visitors interested in ghosts are welcome to ask locals about their paranormal experiences, which are quite common among the staff and proprietors of Historic District hotels, shops, bars and restaurants. Another good source of information is the Ghost Hunter’s Guide to California’s Gold Country, by Jeff Dwyer. In The Northern Gold Diggings chapter, Dwyer provides an extensive review of the area’s best paranormal hotspots to visit, including a local theatre, church, convent, and Masonic hall.

According to a Harris Poll, 51% of adults believe in ghosts – but for the 49% who are skeptical, Nevada City offers a nightlife everyone can believe in. Billed as Nevada County’s biggest Halloween bash for over 30 years, the legendary Fright Night at The Miners Foundry features “fantastic decorations, titillating costumes, sweet treats and lots and lots of rock n’ roll”. Fright Night performances have spanned the range from the afrobeat of Albino to the zealotical tributes of Zepparella.


Nevada City’s nightlife is also joyfully spooky for parents and children. Just after sundown every October 31st, thousands of trick-or-treaters and onlookers virtually close the streets of Nevada City, where the Victorian architecture, deciduous trees and over-the-top front yard displays provide the perfect backdrop for grand Halloween celebrations.

Don’t miss the Annual Nevada City Halloween Parade down Broad Street, starting at 5:00 pm. A creepy hearse, dancers, fire, floats, bands and other souls will annually showcase the eclectic mix of people that give Nevada City its lively blend of nightlife, and afterlife, activity.

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His & Hers Wedded Affair Oct 25 & 26

his & hers Wedded Affair – a weekend of inspiration
Friday October 25 & Saturday October 26

Highlights for Friday 6-9 pm (21 & over)
Live Music by Ivan Najera • Boudoir Shoot • Tapas & Beer Pairing • Beer sampling with Ol’ Republic Brewery

Highlights for Saturday October 26 10-3 pm (family friendly day)
Champagne Bar • Beauty Lounge • DIY Mini Workshops • Bridal Toss Giveaways

Benefit for “Nevada County Veteran’s Stand Down”

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CATS Presents Tales of Terror Oct 27

Please join CATS as we present world-renowned Eth-Noh-Tec at the Nevada Theatre stage (401 Broad Street) in Nevada City, CA, on Sunday, October 27, 2pm. Eth-Noh-Tec’s unique style of storytelling and physical theater is unparalleled, incorporating gestures, vocal nuances, mime, and choreography to fascinate and enchant. In Asian Tales of Terror, Eth-Noh-Tec will thrill, scare, rub your funny bone and generally celebrate the season with fright! Get ready to shiver, shake and scream with delight!  Wear costumes!  For age 8/9+

Tickets at, and in Grass Valley, at the Briar Patch and Book Seller.

For more information on Eth-Noh-Tec, see


SU Presents “Othello” thru Oct 27

Synthetic Unlimited closes their season at The Stonehouse with an experimental and contemporary version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello for six dates from Thursday, October 17th to Sunday, October 27th. Video projections, guns, hip hop, and a live original score help tell the story of jealous Iago, who tricks his military superior, the general Othello, into believing that his innocent new wife has committed adultery. Blood ensues.

The Devil’s Train, a local punk rock band, or Melissa Ramsey, a local jazz singer, open with a free hour of music at 6:30 pm before every show. The Stonehouse offers a full bar and delicious dinner menu. The play begins at 7:30 pm and runs for two hours with a short intermission.

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


Welcome Twist Salon!

The Chamber welcomed new member Twist Salon and owner Jamee Iorns with a ribbon cutting last week.  Plenty of well-wishers were on hand for the special occasion.

Twist Salon is located at 100 Argall Way in Nevada City, 478-9478, twistsalonnc@gmailcom.

NC Elks Lodge Montevina Wine Dinner Oct 26

Montevina Wine Dinner – Featuring the Terra D’Oro Wine Selection

Saturday, October 26, 2013 • Dinner Begins 6:00 PM
Nevada City Elks Lodge

Wine Dinner Cost: $45.00 per person

For Reservations email (attendance limited to 40 individuals)

Call Frank Herwatt for more information at 470-9243

Wine & Fall Colors Edition of Sierra FoodWineArt

The fall issue of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its companion website,, features fall colors in Nevada City; an article about the Halloween Parade, Artisans Festival and Victorian Christmas; a fall getaway to Nevada City; and features on the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

The full-color, glossy magazine is distributed all the way to Sacramento, Reno, Truckee-Tahoe, Chico and Placerville and points in between, and promoted at A digital version for tablets and PCs is here:


Buddy Guy at Center for the Arts Oct 29


with Grease & Grime duo opening

Tuesday, October 29 • 8:00pm

$48 members, $58 non-member


In a career that spans nearly 50 years with over 50 albums released, six-time Grammy Award winner Buddy Guy recently added the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors and NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to his long list of achievements. Guy is the recipient of 30 awards and accolades, including 6 Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards (formerly W. C. Handy Awards), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the first annual Great Performer of Illinois Award, a Billboard Music Awards’ Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the Presidential National Medal of Arts, in addition to being listed as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone.

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