Public Meeting-Proposed Plastic Bag Ordinance May 1

Nevada City Offers Public Meeting to Address Proposed Ordinance
Banning Single Use Carryout Plastic Bags

The City of Nevada City is holding an open meeting on Thursday, May 1st, to discuss a proposed ordinance banning the distribution of single use carryout plastic bags. Both retailers and the public are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about how the ordinance would affect the local businesses and consumers.

Currently, 105 cities and counties in the state of California have adopted ordinances that ban single use plastic carryout bags and require a fee on paper bags, thereby reducing the overall use of both plastic and paper carryout bags. While the bulk of the ordinances are in coastal communities, inland areas are now adopting such ordinances, including Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Chico and Davis.

In April of 2013, a group of concerned citizens and school children approached the city council asking that they also adopt an ordinance to reduce disposable plastic bags. The city council is now conducting online surveys for both store owners and residents to gather feedback. The surveys are available on the city’s website at (surveys will end April 30th).

The public meeting will take place at City Council Chambers, 317 Broad St in Nevada City, on May 1, 2014 at 6:30pm. A draft version of the ordinance will be presented followed by a question and answer period. This is a chance for the public to voice their concerns or support to their local representatives.

For more information contact:  David Brennan, City Manager, (530) 265-2496 ext 119,

Summer Camp & Activities Fair May 3

3rd Annual Summer Camp & Activities Fair
Saturday, May 3 • 10am to 2pm

After all these years, it’s easy to conjure up the sights, sounds and smells of summer camp –– the warmth of the summer sun on your back, the cool splash of river water, the piney smell of the forest.

Here in the Sierra Foothills, summer camps (traditional overnight and day camps) offer kids a chance to explore interests that fall outside the boundaries of the classroom and to be mentored by adults who are passionate about things unique to our area: Native American teachings, Chinese culture, nature, farming, horses, fine art, theater and dance.

The Parents’ Resource Guide and Nevada City Parks and Recreation Third Annual Summer Camp and Activity Fair is a festival and community benefit rolled into one. At this event, parents will find camps that kindle their children’s individual interests. On Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building parents can meet more than 30 instructors and learn firsthand about activities happening throughout Nevada County. At the Camp Fair, kids can jump in the bounce house provided by Dan Wiles Entertainment. Mema’s Kitchen will be cooking up hot dogs and every family gets a chance to win raffle prizes.

Camp instructors attending the Camp Fair include: Nevada City Parks & Recreation, Bear Yuba Land Trust, Martial Arts Adventure Day Camp, Xiao Mao Culture Club, Bear River Recreation & Park District, Camp Beckwourth, Gold Country Gymnastics, Flying Heart Ranch, Community Canvas, South Yuba Club, C-Horse Ranch, Cloudwalker, Tour of Nevada City, Sierra Stages, Camp Rockin ‘U, Camp on Campus, Food Love Project, and Nevada County Public Library.

For more information contact Nevada City Parks & Recreation at 530-265-2496 x129.


Railroad Museum Celebrates Summer Hours May 3



The public is invited to the Railroad Museum on Saturday, May 3rd, from 10am to 4pm to celebrate the start of its 5-day a week Summer Schedule of Friday through Saturday.

Attendees will find old cars, railbus rides, a clown, music by the Strumbums, and docent tours to welcome them.

The Museum is located at 5 Kidder Court in Nevada City off of Gold Flat Road.

For more information call (530) 470-0902 or go to

Have You Completed the NC Bag Survey?

The city of Nevada City is considering the adoption of a plastic bag ordinance much like the one recently adopted by Truckee, as well as 103 other cities and counties in California. These ordinances ban the further use of lightweight, handled carryout bags, and require a charge, typically 10 cents, for a paper bag or other reusable type bag. The 10 cent fee can be retained by the store to help cover the costs of switching from plastic to paper, and also is proven to help reduce consumption of paper bags over time.

The state of California has a pending senate bill, SB270, which could, if passed, create a statewide plastic bag law. The city council feels it would be better to have local control over its own ordinance. If Nevada City has its own ordinance adopted by Sept. 1st, it would remain in effect and not be overridden by the state law.

Grass Valley and the unincorporated county are also considering ordinances.

To see the other ordinances in effect across California, and learn more, log on to

The city council requests that the survey for NEVADA CITY BUSINESS OWNERS ONLY be completed by April 30th. Paper copies are available in the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office. The online surveys are now on the home page of Nevada City’s website, and the links are here:

Open House at Sierra Commons April 30

Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s only co-working facility, will be hosting an Open House Mixer on Wednesday, April 30th from 5pm-7pm at their office location at 792 Searls Ave, Suite A in Nevada City. The public is invited to experience the fun and collaborative atmosphere that co-working and Sierra Commons has to offer. Members and administration will be on hand to answer questions about Sierra Commons’ services and co-working facility. Memberships are now available and Sierra Commons is seeking professional and community-minded people to share their office with.

“At Sierra Commons, we share a fax machine, high-speed internet and an address, but we share so much more than that,” says board member Hilary Hodge. “It is a place to share ideas and to receive support for those ideas.” Sierra Commons is an inspired professional community, a place where coworkers share their knowledge, skills and energy, working together in an atmosphere that flourishes with collaboration. It is a business ignitor, a campus where entrepreneurs come together to thrive. In addition to offering desk space to small business owners and independent contractors, Sierra Commons offers business mentoring, classes, conference room rentals, day-use access and more. By hosting a mixer, Sierra Commons is opening their doors to the public so that they can experience Sierra Commons first-hand.

“I look forward to working at Sierra Commons every day because of the intelligent and energetic people that I get to be around,” says Abe Meissler, Sierra Commons member. Abe works remotely as a software engineer and uses Sierra Commons as his home office Monday-Friday. He has been a member at Sierra Commons for almost two years.

Sierra Commons is not just a co-working facility but also a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency which serves as an education center for small businesses in the community. Through their collaborative atmosphere, their classes and their mentoring sessions, Sierra Commons creates business people who expand Nevada County’s professional climate and talent pool, eventually attracting still more entrepreneurs and small businesses. All of this means economic growth for our community – more jobs, increased tax revenue, stronger consumer confidence, and expanding market opportunities.

At the mixer on April 30th, Sierra Commons will introduce their newest board members, reveal recent conference room renovations and offer a special discount on their nomadic membership, which allows people to have access to their wonderful co-working facility. Sierra Commons serves the community in a variety of ways. To rent the conference room, inquire about membership or to get more information, please call the Sierra Commons at (530) 265-8443 or email

Martinis & A Movie April 30


Gold Diggers of 1933
April 30, 2014
Del Oro Theater
Doors open at 7:00pm/Movie starts at 7:45pm

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $25 for SNMH Employees (includes martinis, goodie bag, and movie)

Ticket Outlets: SNMH Foundation Office, SNMH Gift Shop, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and online at

Gold Diggers of 1933 is a pre-code Warner Bros. musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with songs by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics), staged and choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

Plot: The “gold diggers” are four aspiring actresses: Polly the ingenue (Ruby Keeler), Carol the torch singer (Joan Blondell), Trixie the comedienne (Aline MacMahon), and Fay the glamour puss (Ginger Rogers). The film was made in 1933 during the Great Depression and contains numerous direct references to it. It begins with a rehearsal for a stage show, which is interrupted by the producer’s creditors who close down the show because of unpaid bills. The producer, Barney Hopkins (Ned Sparks), is in despair because he has everything he needs to put on a show, except money.

Event proceeds benefit the Imaging for Life Campaign. For more information on this project click here.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at Martinis & A Movie.

CA Mille Stops by Nevada City April 29

24th Annual California Mille Celebrates 24 Years of Legendary Mille Miglia Race

75 Historic Cars in Free Preview Atop Nob Hill April 27

The 24th running of the California Mille, a motoring tribute to Italy’s most-famous open road race, the Mille Miglia (thousand miles), will begin with a car show atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill on April 27 followed by a four-day, thousand-mile backroad adventure.

Some 75 entrants from four foreign countries and 14 U.S. states will assemble on Mason Street in front of the Fairmont Hotel where Italian Consul General Mauro Battocchi will arrive in a vintage Italian car, greet the crowd and invite any or all to join him in singing “Ill Canto degli Italiani”, the Italian National Anthem (At last year’s Mille Preview, Sr. Battocchi offered to buy anyone in the crowd a 1950s Alfa Romeo if they would join him in singing the anthem. There were no takers.)

“This year’s Mille may be the most significant compendium of classic cars we’ve ever had,” revealed co-director David Swig. “Along with some 13 Alfa Romeos, 11 Porsches, 6 Jaguars and half a dozen Ferraris — largely vintage ‘50s — we have a ’52 Tojeiro Roadster, a ’27, ‘28 and ‘29 Bentley, ’57 Kurtis Kraft 500KK, and a ’38 Lancia Aprilia.”

“Perhaps the exceptional turn-out is due to the ‘double 24’ aspect of the two motoring milestones,” said co-director Howard Swig. “The Italian race ran 24 times from 1927 to 1957 and this is the California Mille’s 24th running. Entry numbers suggest that this year is our biggest and best drive to date.”

Up to 10,000 fans are expected to come to Nob Hill from noon to 6:00 PM on April 27 to see the cars, meet the drivers; enjoy live Italian music by the Ron Borelli Band and participate in a presentation that will spotlight important cars, discuss their merits and introduce drivers.

On Monday, April 28th, the California Mille will depart at 9:00 AM, heading north to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and then motoring east to Lodi for lunch at the Wine and Roses Restaurant. That afternoon, the Mille will leave the Central Valley via Highway 88 to the west shore of Lake Tahoe, with an overnight scheduled at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley.

Day 2, April 29th, will see the California Mille motoring north on Highway 89 into the picturesque and little-known Gold Lake region where drivers will avoid the temptation to fish, camp and hike (as normal tourists do), continuing instead to Nevada City for lunch at the historic Stonehouse Brewery. The afternoon drive will follow Highway 49 down the western slope of the Sierra with the Mille spending the night at the celebrated Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

Day 3, April 30th, the Mille classics will cruise along the banks of the Sacramento River, pass through the 19th century Chinese-settled town of Locke; then drive west to the Napa Valley wine country for lunch in St. Helena. Continuing westward, the Mille will amble through less-traveled back roads ending the day at Cavallo Point for the first of two nights at this San Francisco Bay-front resort.

On May 1st, the final day, the California Mille will climb 2500 feet to the top of Mt. Tamalpais, the highest point in Marin County, smile for a commemorative group photo, then motor north for lunch in the village of Nicasio (population 600+/-; major attractions: Druid’s Hall, Volunteer Fire Department, Rancho Nicasio Restaurant), wander along the Pacific Coast to Occidental, then turn south for the run back to Sausalito and the final night’s awards banquet at Cavallo Point.

For the complete Press Release with list of entrants CLICK HERE

For more information go to

NC Elks Awards Student Scholarships


Pictured left to right: Lou Janakos (Scholarship Chairman), Sean Anderson, Skylar Van Horn, Frank Herwatt (Elks Exaulted Ruler), Emily Price

Pictured left to right: Lou Janakos (Scholarship Chairman), Sean Anderson, Skylar Van Horn, Frank Herwatt (Elks Exaulted Ruler), Emily Price

The Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 presented four students with Most Valuable Student Scholarship Awards of $500.00 each. The students have been selected out of a group of thirty applicants. The students are Emily Price of Nevada Union High School received $500.00 plus $800.00 from the Elks State level; Rachel Olson of Bear River High School received $500.00; Sean Anderson of Nevada Union High School received $500.00 plus $400.00 from the Elks District Lodge and $800.00 from the Elks at the State level; Skylar Van Horne of Ghidotti High School received $500.00 plus $200.00 at the District Lodge level and $1,000.00 per year for the next four years at the Elks National Award level.

Our Lodge is very proud to be part of this program. The students and their parents were also honored at a dinner at the Nevada City Elks Lodge.

Latin Music Dance Band at Stonehouse May 3

Cinco de Mayo weekend with
Los Caballitos de la Cancion

Saturday, May 3
9:30pm – 12:30am
$7 cover
21+ only

The Stonehouse Old Brewery at 107 Sacramento St, Nevada City, Ca, is pleased to present Los Caballitos de la Cancion, a 9-piece acoustically driven Latin music dance band from Chico, Cal. Named “Best New Band” in 2013 and rapidly gaining a varied musical audience, their music is a lively and passionate fusion of Latin musical influences from Mexico, South America, and Spain that will no doubt have you on your feet dancing the night away!   

Viva la Musica!

Los Caballitos de la Canción—a new Chico ensemble that delivers a sophisticated mélange of Spanish and Latin American sounds—is a super group of local music-scene giants. Led by vocalist/keyboardist Jo Chavez, the nine-piece features Gordy “The Banjo-ologist” Ohliger (on rhythm guitar here), the Pub Scout’s timeless leader Michael Cannon on another guitar, and North State Symphony’s Amalie Sorensen and Joel Quivey on violins. There’s also Jerry Morano, formerly of Spark ’n’ Cinder (and presently of Black Fong), on tasty bongos, congas, and the box drum, Beltain’s David Cowan on accordion, renowned local guitarist Jim Williford (formerly of Big Mo’s band, among others), and busy local jazz player (and CN&R staffer) Christine LaPado-Breglia on stand-up bass. The material itself, in addition to a few Chavez-penned tunes, includes many traditional works, ranging from the classic Mexican love song “La Malagueña” to the accordion-rich “El Canoero,” which Los Lobos recorded in 2000, and the romantic “Siente Mi Amor,” which Salma Hayek sang in the movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Los Caballitos’ sophisticated and polished fusion of Spanish flamenco and Mexican conjunto provides a delicious alternative to the local sound. Though the group’s players’ have their own diverse and accomplished backgrounds, Los Caballitos nicely gels as one. website:

Nestled in the Sierra Foothills in the heart of the Victorian gold rush town of Nevada City CA, the Stonehouse is where memories are set in stone…a destination hotspot for music concerts, banquets, weddings, and special celebrations of all kinds! Serviced with an antique bar, a grill with an international flair, two outdoor patios, a subterranean cave, three separate areas for dining or gathering, a floating wooden dance floor, and a hospitable staff makes the Stonehouse an ideal choice for entertainment.

Sponsor and/or Participate in NC Art Walk!

The NC First Friday Artwalks are returning May 2nd!

We saw much success with last year’s run and we are looking forward to another fun and prosperous season. If you are in the Downtown area and interested in participating as a destination on our map, here is the link to the online sign-up form…

The deadline to sign-up for May event is April 18th.

Also, we are looking for sponsors for our Summer Season (May 2nd-July 11th). If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring this great event (with great exposure) call or email organizer Cynthia Levesque at 530-575-8846 or

“State of the Yuba” Event April 22

SYRCL’s “State of the Yuba” Event is on Earth Day

Like the President’s annual address, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has scheduled its “State of the Yuba” event on Earth Day to report to the citizens of the Yuba watershed on the condition of the river, outline SYRCL’s priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlist all river lovers in the protection and restoration of the Yuba.

Join SYRCL on Tuesday, April 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm (program from 6:00-7:30pm) at the Peace Lutheran Church (828 West Main St., Grass Valley) for this informative and free event. Light refreshments, snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Updates on SYRCL’s new River Monitoring Plan and Yuba Salmon Now campaign will be featured in the program. The new River Monitoring Plan will outline priorities related to long term monitoring sites, mine land streams, dam affected reaches, invasive species, the upper South Yuba and more. “We have been hard at work developing new goals for SYRCL’s 14-year-old River Monitoring program based on our analysis of past data and future watershed challenges,” said Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL’s River Programs Manager.

In addition, SYRCL’s Executive Director, Caleb Dardick, and River Scientist, Gary Reedy, will give the latest progress report on the Yuba Salmon Now campaign. Wild salmon once returned to Central Valley rivers in the millions each year, with up to 300,000 in the Yuba alone. Today, Yuba salmon runs have dropped to less than 8,000, leading to their listing as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.

SYRCL’s Yuba Salmon Now campaign outlines crucial actions for the next three years to save salmon in the Yuba River. “If we do not take bold actions to reverse these declines, it is likely that these species will go extinct. We cannot let this happen on our watch,” urged Caleb Dardick.

Awards for SYRCL’s “Volunteer of the Year” and “Partner of the Year” will be presented at the event as well.

The public, including SYRCL members, supporters, river lovers of all kinds and anyone interested in finding out more about SYRCL’s programs, is welcome to come celebrate Earth Day with SYRCL.

For more information, please contact Miriam Limov, River People Manager, at (530) 265-5961 x201 or


“American Buffalo” Plays thru Apr 26

Synthetic Unlimited presents American Buffalo, a smart, gritty, adult comedy by playwright and screenwriter David Mamet. Three would-be thieves plan an elaborate heist of rare coins. As junk shop owner Donny draws others into the plot, they turn against him and each other.

Shows from April 10th- April 26th, at the new Synthetic Unlimited Opera House at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley. Showtimes are 7 pm on Thursdays, 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and one Sunday matinee at 2 pm on April 20th. Tickets are $20, or $15 for SU members, and are available at, 1-888-95-SHOWS, or at The Briar Patch in Grass Valley.



The Union’s Home & Garden Show Apr 26-27

Know and Go:

What: The Union’s 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show

Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday April 26 (10-5) Sunday April 27 (10-4)

Why: Get thousands of ideas for the Home & Garden, plus have some family fun!

The Union’s 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show will be held at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on April 26 & 27. The Spring Home Show showcases over 200 vendors with thousands of ideas for your home & garden, plus hundreds of crafts, gifts and activities for the whole family.

Come check out the new products on the market, with demonstrations on some of today’s hottest home improvement products and services. Looking for a plumber? An interior designer? Drought-tolerant landscaping? Thinking of going solar? Or want to relax in a new hot tub? Find all of your home and landscape professionals in one place! Plenty of activities for the kids, delicious food and beverages, live music, prize give-a-ways and a full day of fun for the whole family!

Attend one or all of the scheduled Demonstrations on our Demo Stage in the Northern Mines Building. Learn basic household plumbing, how to decorate with chalk paint, how to grow vegetables in containers, and so much more!

Free activities for the kids include Hills Flat Lumber’s “Build-a-Birdhouse”, and “Paint a Flower Pot” sponsored by B & C True Value.

This year’s special features include the Nevada County Bonsai Club exhibit, Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society exhibit, and the Banner Mountain Artisans show and sale. Enjoy live music from “Then Again” on Saturday from 11 to 2, and “Dream and the Dreamer” from 12 to 3 on Sunday on the Pine Tree Stage.

Admission is FREE. Fairgrounds parking is $5 per car.

World Book Night April 23

On April 23, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specifically printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers will help promote reading by going into their communities and handing out free copies of a book they love, often to those without means or access to a printed book.

On April 23rd, Giver Kim E. Allen-Jones will be handing out 20 copies of “Kitchen Confidential” at Robinson Plaza in Nevada City starting at 4pm and continuing until all books are distributed.

Download Complete Press Release for information and give-away requirements

For more information about World Book Night contact:
Kim E. Allen-Jones • • (415) 254-2203

Springtime at Ananda thru April 27

You’re Invited!

Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village

Over 13,000 Tulips!

Weekends: April 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Open 10 am – 5 pm

Admission: $5.00; children 12 and under are free
*Weekday groups by appointment

• Chat with our master gardener and designer

• Live entertainment including PG Wodehouse

• See the award-winning chapel, gift boutique and shrine

• Enjoy our famous maple scones at the gardens, reserve space for a vegetarian lunch at the Expanding Light Retreat or picnic at Master’s Market

• Only 20 minutes from Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada foothills

For peak tulip display information and directions, call (530) 478-7587, email , or visit