Chinese Lunar New Year Festival Feb 9

CATS (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) is the Gold Sponsor of the Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, February 9, 2014, to welcome the Year of the Horse.

Breaking News

Due to rain in the forecast for Sunday, February 9, the Nevada City Chinese New Year Parade and Festival has a modification on the parade and festivities. Parade is still ON at 12:00 noon, assuming light rain, drizzle or sunshine! Everything else will be at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, immediately following the parade.

This is the modified parade route. Folks who wish to watch the parade should be on Commercial Street. The other streets mentioned here are “travel” streets on the way to the Foundry. The parade will now BEGIN at 12 noon at the Robinson Plaza by the Pelton Wheel in Nevada City, going UP Commercial Street, with Lion Dancers blessing the Chinese Monument and a couple of businesses on the way up. Making a left turn at the top of Commercial Street onto Broad Street. Going down Broad Street and making a right turn onto Bridge Street (Bonanza Market). Crossing Spring Street and into the Miners Foundry for entertainment, food, exhibit booths, and festivities.

The mini parade will be escorted by the Nevada City Police and Parade Patrol. In the event of a downpour, all parade units will meet at the Foundry by 11 am for line-up, and an indoor parade will commence at 12 noon. Lion Dancers from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento will open the entertainment at the Foundry after the parade at approximately 12:30 pm. Also featuring Asian food for sale and exhibit booths. Event to conclude between 3:00-4:00 pm.

Please contact Jeannie Wood at with any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding, but we are grateful for the rain!



Author Chris Enss at Railroad Museum Feb 8

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is hosting award winning author Chris Enss for the national launch of her latest book “LOVE LESSONS FROM THE OLD WEST: Wisdom from wild women” on Saturday, February 8th from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Chris will personally be sharing her stories at 12:45 p.m. and at 1:45 p.m. at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum at #5 Kidder Court in Nevada City.

This event will also include Nevada City’s “Best Local Musician in 2012” guitarist Ishaan Judd Reyna.

Refreshments will be served. Tours of the museum and shop will be given all day at regular hours of 10-4 p.m.

For further information call 530-470-0902 or check the website

The Narrow Gauge Museum is at #5 Kidder Court at the junction of Bost Avenue and New Mohawk.


From Calamity Jane’s relentless pursuit of Wild Bill Hickok to Emma Walters, who gave it all up for the dashing Bat Masterson and lived to regret it, many Love Lessons from the Old West still resonate today — and all are entertaining

Readers will meet Agnes Lake Hickok, the intrepid wife of Wild Bill Hickok and learn about the last love letter he sent before being dealt the dead man’s hand. Learn the story behind the charming performer Lotta Crabtree’s heartaches. And discover the tale of the dashing Kit Carson and his beautiful bride.

This latest collection from popular author Chris Enss (Hearts West, Object Matrimony, and many others) assembles the lessons learned by the women who shaped the West — and from whom we can still learn a thing or two today.

Author Chris Enss is an author, scriptwriter and comedienne who has written for television and film, and performed on cruise ships and on stage. She has worked with award-winning musicians, writers, directors, producers, and as a screenwriter for Tricor Entertainment, but her passion is for telling the stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West. Some of the most famous names in history, not to mention film and popular culture, populate her more than 20 published books.

Valentine Erotique Variety Show Feb 8

Valentine Erotique Variety Show
Saturday, February 8, 2014
7:30 PM Show (6:30 PM Doors)
$18 advance/$20 door (for adults only)

Tickets at BriarPatch, Yabobo, Mother Truckers and online at

An erotic extravaganza of provocative poetry and other forms of edgy entertainment returns to the Schoolhouse. This year features poetry by Bill Gainer, Chris Harbour, Lytton Bell, Alabaster Fox, and Judith Rae. Pam Saporta and Maroo Powers will also be reading poetry.

Belle Star will anchor burlesque acts once again this year with a set of racy skits parodying pop culture. And Leta’s Blues will be on hand to add to the sultry atmosphere of the evening.

Comedian and actor Casey Burke will be the master of ceremonies for the evening in addition to performing another short comedic act (last year’s was outrageously funny).

This is a major benefit event for the Schoolhouse. There will be a chocolate dessert competition, a love raffle, secret valentines, and much more.

If entering the chocolate dessert competition, please bring your entry no later than 7:00 PM for judging. Winners will be announced prior to intermission. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.


First Fridays at Nevada City Winery Feb 7

First Fridays, After Hours Wine Hour At Nevada City Winery, February 7th, 4:00-7:00 pm

Hard to imagine that February could be deck weather but this year it is, and there is no better deck to meet your friends for an end-of-the-week glass of wine than at Nevada City Winery. Join us for the release of our newest wine, the explosively delicious, and well balanced 2012 Dolcetto, plus gourmet treats & bites.

Denise Wey is Nevada City Winery’s featured Artist of the Month In February. Meet Denise in person during the Artist Reception at the Winery from 4:00-7:00 pm.

The Brian Dougherty Trio will provide live music from 4:00-6:00 pm.

The event is complimentary.

Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street (next to Miners Foundry)
Downtown Nevada City



Sierra FoodWineArt Website Smartphone Friendly

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Sierra FoodWineArt
magazine is circulating its winter issue, promoting Nevada City, Grass Valley and Nevada County. It also has launched a new custom website geared toward “smartphone”-dependent visitors, a fast- growing market.

The website includes all archived magazine content and directories for lodging, dining, beer & wine tasting, arts & culture, museums, recreation and more. There are online maps, dining reviews, articles, traveler webcams and an events calendar. Just visit on an iPhone or smartphone, and the website will automatically appear. It is free.

Sierra FoodWineArt also manages, the County’s official tourism website, and it publishes the Grass Valley Welcome Guide for the Grass Valley Downtown Association. Owners Jeff and Shannon Pelline are Chamber members and Nevada City residents.

If you are interested in being listed, email


Star and Stone Feb 7 & 8

Synthetic Unlimited presents Star and Stone, a redemptive one-woman dance theater piece by poet Grace Totherow that combines story-telling, spoken word, gesture, dance, and song to create a powerful, visceral experience. Local female dancers, writers, and musicians open with a collaborative celebration of feminine expression.

Grace performs two nights only, Friday and Saturday, February 7th and 8th, at the Synthetic Unlimited Opera House at 120 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley, 8 pm. Tickets are $10, and available at The Briar Patch, and at

Meet ART OnSite Sculptor Daniel Brickman Feb 9


WHAT: ART OnSite Presents Sculptor Daniel Brickman In Conversation with Julie Baker

WHEN: Sunday, February 9

WHERE: Elixart Art Tasting Room 408 Broad Street Nevada City, CA


Sunday, February 9th, ART OnSite will host an intimate evening with sculptor Daniel Brickman in conversation with Center for the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker. Brickman is one of eight professional artists selected by the ART OnSite jury to create a work of art along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City. His much discussed piece “Nevada City Alchemy” sought inspiration from Nevada County’s rich mining history and our four-legged friends by drawing a correlation between the two and the notion of dealing responsibly with the environment.

Last Fall shortly after installation, Brickman’s sculptures were the target of vandalism, which resulted in four of five sculptures being destroyed. Brickman and Baker will discuss the inspiration behind his work, the community’s reaction to the work, and what we all learned from this experience.

“I wouldn’t actually say I was surprised by public reception of the work,” says Brickman. Brickman hopes this talk will help establish the context for the installation by discussing some related previous works, along with concepts and inspiration for Nevada City Alchemy.

“I hope to provide a wider understanding of the work and my ideas behind it than might be gleaned upon initial observation,” explains Brickman.

Brickman grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He spent two years in the school of Architecture at Auburn University before deciding on Studio Art as a lifelong dedication. After undergraduate work, he lived in Zagreb, Croatia for a couple of years. Now, having earned his MFA from The University of California, Davis, he lives and works in Oakland, CA.

“Not all art is necessarily meant to be aesthetically pleasing, but rather to provoke and create a reaction and emotion,” says ART OnSite vice chair Nancy Nelson. “Daniel’s installation Nevada City Alchemy has done just what good public art should do – raise awareness, controversy, and dialog.”

The mission of ART OnSite is to strengthen the ties between the community, the environment and the arts through outdoor art installations along Nevada City’s Deer Creek Tribute Trail. The project is a collaborative effort between Nevada City, Nevada County, Nevada County Arts and The Sierra Fund. The project received a two-year matching grant of $25,000 in July 2012 from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Initiative.

“I am continually inspired by the ability of art to communicate information succinctly and intimately,” says Brickman. “As an artist, to have the chance to work with a location such as Nevada City that is so rich in history and visual phenomena was a wonderful opportunity.”

Joining Brickman is Julie Baker who began her career working in several prominent art galleries and the international auction house Christie’s before becoming the President of her family’s art marketing agency. After selling the business in 1998 and moving to Nevada City, she worked as an Executive Producer for Tristream Group, a web development firm. In 2001, she opened her own business Julie Baker Fine Art and for two years co-produced and founded an art fair in Miami. She brings over twenty years of experience in arts marketing and management to her current position as Executive Director of The Center for the Arts.

February 9th is the second event in the ART OnSite Lecture Series. The first event was held in November with poet Jared Stanley. The next talk will be March 20th, with Bill Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, location TBA.

A Night of Two Trios Jan 31

WHAT: A Night of Two Trios with bluegrass musicians Rita Hosking and Evie Ladin

WHEN: Friday, January 31, 2014. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for popcorn, drinks and desserts; films begin at 7:30 p.m.

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

WHO: Rita Hosking Trio (Rita Hosking, Sean Feder, Bill Dakin); Evie Ladin Band (Evie Ladin, Keith Terry, Erik Pearson).

PRICE: $15 advance; $18 door. $9 kids 12 and under.

INFORMATION: For more information about the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, visit, call (530) 265-2826, or email

The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center will present a Night of Two Trios with bluegrass band The Rita Hosking Trio and Evie Ladin Band on Friday, January 31st.

Rita will perform with Sean Feder (dobro, banjo) and Bill Dakin (upright bass). Rita Hosking‘s style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the 2008 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the 2009 Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest, and more.

“This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family’s frontier experience,” says Dan Ruby of Rita’s fans call her “the real deal”. A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice.

The polyrhythmic heat of Evie Ladin‘s clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance – have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco’s Stairwell Sisters, Evie’s solo debut Float Downstream (2010), co-produced by Mike Marshall and Keith Terry, was quickly followed by Evie Ladin Band (2012), nominated for Americana Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards.

Evie started playing banjo at the age of 8, clogging since 5, and is fluid in these traditional Appalachian arts, even as she brings an urban edge and contemporary vision to her own stories, and deep interpretations of old songs. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie will perform with her expansive stringband The Evie Ladin Band — a.k.a. Evil Diane — with Keith Terry (percussion, vocals) and Erik Pearson (guitar, banjo, vocals). In every combination, Evie’s live performance is a demonstrative, gorgeous storm.

“Dog Sees God” Plays thru Feb 1

Local actor and director Marcus Arellanes presents Dog Sees God, a dark and hilarious coming-of-age parody by Bert V. Royal. Royal recreates the familiar Peanuts gang in the mysterious, ever-challenging world of high school.

Dog Sees God runs Friday, January 17th through Saturday, February 1st at the new Synthetic Unlimited Empire Opera House at 120 Joerschke Drive on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights with all shows starting at 8 pm. The play runs two hours with a short intermission.

Tickets are $15, and available at The Briar Patch and at


NC Gold Magazine Raises Funds for Chamber

Nevada County Gold Magazine Raises Funds for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Nevada County Gold Magazine recently presented a check for $2744.12 to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This amount represents the commission generated on advertising sales in the 2013-14 Nevada County Gold Magazine. Celebrating 28 years of publication, “The Gold” has raised more than $220,000 for the Nevada County Chambers of Commerce, and specifically, $49,374 for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce since 1987.

Nevada County Gold is designated the “Official Guide to Nevada County.” The Gold provides valuable information about Nevada County including a yearly calendar of events, maps, dining, recreation, real estate and lodging opportunities that abound in our lovely County.

With a yearly distribution of 85,000, Nevada County Gold is available at more than 600 locations including Old Sacramento Visitor Center, San Francisco Visitors & Convention Center, throughout the Bay Area, Truckee Visitor Center, Reno, Sierra County, Auburn, Parks and much more. The Gold can also be found throughout Nevada County at hundreds of locations.

For information about advertising in the 2014-2015 edition, contact Nevada County Gold at or call 530-272-3239 for more information.

Labor Law Seminar Jan 28

Tuesday, January 28

Esterly Hall
336 Crown Point Circle
Grass Valley

Annual Labor Law Update—Information Nevada County Businesses Need to Know!

Registration fee includes breakfast, seminar materials and parking.

Member $60 (Chamber, NCCA, NCAOR or SHRA member)
Non-member $70
Walk-in day of (limited) $80

No refunds. Substitutions welcome. Space is limited.

To register call 530.265.7093 or 265-7088. Visa, M/C, cash or check accepted.

FREE 2014 Labor Law Poster if you register by Monday, January 20th.

Download Labor Law Flyer


Publish Your Events In The Online Calendar

Chamber Offers Integrated Online Calendar of Events
Local groups encouraged to make the most of their PR efforts

Did you know local groups can get more publicity than they imagined by sharing their 2014 events on the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce website?

The Chamber website is integrated with a variety of other calendars, so when you post to their on-line calendar it will appear in many others too – so you don’t have to do it yourself.  Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce said, “This is a service we’re delighted to host for our members and the community. It makes it easy for everyone to see what’s happening in our great town and the region.”

The linked calendars include the Chambers of Commerce in Nevada City, Penn Valley, South Nevada County and Truckee as well KNCO Radio and the Nevada County Gold Magazine. Events submitted to the Nevada County Arts calendar also appear in all the others. Posting is easy and free and also ensures that the Chamber has updated information about local happenings to include in their other PR efforts.

So if you’ve already scheduled your 2014 events, get the word out with minimum effort by posting them now to

Lifeguard Training thru NC Parks & Rec


Nevada City Parks & Recreation and Northern Sierra Aquatics are partnering to offer lifeguard training to anyone who is at least 15 years old, is a strong swimmer, enjoys working with children and is able to work outdoors. Lifeguarding is a rewarding job as well as great training for future employment. Lifeguards learn about professionalism, decision-making, teamwork, leadership, customer service, and most importantly – how to save lives. The American Red Cross Lifeguard Course will be offered during spring break (April 14-18) at Memorial Park Pool. Registration is due March 21st.

If you have questions about lifeguard training, call the Nevada City Parks & Recreation at 530-265-2496 x129.

Chamber Installation & Awards Dinner Jan 25

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the 112th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner

You Are Cordially Invited To Spend a Memorable Evening of Feast and Fun!

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Miners Foundry, Nevada City
Libations 6pm • Dinner 7pm

$40 per person (includes a chance to win $500) Raffle & Silent Auction – Catered by Bill’s Chuckwagon

Please Complete Reservation Form and Mail with Payment by January 20, 2014



The Union’s Chocolate Infusion Jan 26

If you like chocolate, wine, or Ludi Hinrichs, (or any combination of those) you will enjoy The Union’s 2nd Annual Chocolate Infusion on Sunday, January 26th from 1:00 to 4:30 pm inside the beautiful and historic Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

Everyone who attends gets to sample delicious chocolate creations including chocolate mousse, caramels, truffles, toffee, cakes and cookies (and so much more) from noted chocolatiers and chefs. Some of our vendors include Cello Chocolate (who makes their chocolate from the cocoa beans), Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, Jim E’s Catering, Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, Broad Street Bistro, and The Truffle Shop. In addition to our local confectioners we have Cowboy Toffee, Amella Caramels, and Clarine’s Florentines coming up for this special event to share with you their amazing treats. Amella Caramels won the Best Caramels award at the Los Angeles Chocolate Salon, and Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America Award at the International Chocolate Salon in San Francisco. Clarine’s Florentines is also an award winner with a Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America Award at the International Chocolate Salon in San Francisco.

Attendees 21 or over will receive a souvenir wine glass for wine tasting. Several local wineries including Lucchesi, Solune and Avanguardia will be pouring tastes of their delicious wines throughout the afternoon. Ol’ Republic Brewery has partnered with Cello Chocolate to make a special chocolate stout that you can taste at Chocolate Infusion.

For your entertainment, the very popular Ludi Hinrichs will be returning again this year, playing the beautiful grand piano in the Stone Hall.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is again the sponsor of the no-host Chocolate Martini Bar. All proceeds from the bar will go to the Nevada City Chamber.

Tess’ Kitchen Store will also be represented at Chocolate Infusion, and is our ticket sponsor. Every ticket has a $5 coupon for Tess’ on it.

Last year’s event was a sell-out, so you are encouraged to get your tickets soon. They are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and include a souvenir wine glass, and all your samples. Tickets are available at The Union office, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, at the BriarPatch in Grass Valley, or by calling (530) 273-9561.



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