One-Stop Business & Career Network

The One Stop Business & Career Network is Nevada County’s workforce development provider. We are part of a nationwide network of centers that provide employment, education and training services.

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Summer Nights Finale July 30

The Annual Summer Nights celebration, an outdoor street festival of crafts, art, food, and music, draws to an end this Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Nevada City.

During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic cars, food, drink, and music. Leading Sierra foothills musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area. Hours are 6-9:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Three Wednesday nights in July — the best FREE entertainment for the whole family!

Spend your hot summer nights on the streets of Nevada City celebrating the 24th annual Summer Nights. Wednesday evenings in July are a vacation for the entire family, with bands playing on special stages while children whoop it up on a Bounce House. With free nightly events throughout our downtown historic district, attendees are certain to find something to entertain and delight them.

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“Peter Pan” Plays thru Aug 2

Sierra Stages presents J.M. Barrie’s PETER PAN –  The Perfect Theatrical Event for Audiences of All Ages This Summer – July 10-August 2 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

Sierra Stages presents
J.M. Barrie’s PETER PAN

July 10 – August 2
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm

Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City • 530-346-3210

This summer, the perfect theatrical event for audiences of all ages is sure to be the Sierra Stages production of J.M. Barrie’s PETER PAN, playing from July 10 through August 2 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Ignite your imagination, rediscover one of the great adventures of all time, and come along on a spectacular journey into the world of childhood as a strange visitor flies through the Darling children’s nursery window and whisks Wendy, Michael and John away to a magical land in this legendary adventure of pirates, fairies and fantasy.

The Sierra Stages production of PETER PAN, which uses J.M. Barrie’s published version of the play, is directed by Jac Royce, with fight choreography by Joey Fechtel, set design by Mike Edwards, lighting design by Erin Beatie, and costume design by Jill Kelly. Flying effects are under the supervision of Flying by Foy (the company that developed flying technology for the Broadway musical version and has since flown actors in thousands of productions of the show). The ensemble cast, which plays multiple roles, includes Nevada County actors Isaias Acosta, Olivia Alcantara, Marcus Arellanes, Becky Browning, Tadja Enos, Jozi Gullickson, Michael Habeeb, Brandon Johnson, Clara Knappen, Lexis LaRue, Chandler Leonard, Conor Nolan, Sunny Ostrom, Emily Rice, Kelly Taylor, Alexis Walker, Kim Wellman, and Carly Wellman.

While the Sierra Stages production is not an ‘updating’ of the play, it is designed and conceived for performance at the Nevada Theatre for contemporary audiences. “We incorporate the mythology of Peter Pan and the Edwardian sensibilities of J.M. Barrie’s play, with current theatrical technology, hilarious costumes, a wide range of music, and intergenerational appeal,” said  Royce. “Kids will love it, and kids’ laughter is contagious.”

Performances of PETER PAN are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.  General Admission is $25 ($18 for Youth age 17 and under). For those audience members who prefer a specific seat location and wish to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages, Reserved Seating is available in advance for $35. On Thursday evenings (July 17, 24 and 31), families of four (with at least one child) may purchase a family package of four general admission tickets for $75. Sierra Stages again offers up to six (6) free tickets to college students age 25 and below with a valid ID before beginning one hour before each performance as well as $15 student rush tickets ½ hour before each performance based upon availability (for details about student tickets, visit

General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets are available online at or by calling Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210. Tickets are also on sale at BriarPatch Co-op on Sierra College Boulevard in Grass Valley.

This summer, Sierra Stages also offers a 5-day introduction to theatre workshop for high school-aged students entitled “Young Performers Forum”. For information about the workshop, visit This fall, Sierra Stages concludes its sixth season with the charming Off-Broadway musical YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN from September 18 through October 12 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. In addition, “Theater by the Book” — the series of informal play readings co-presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City — will continue this fall with three readings: Pursuit of Truth by Jeffrey Mason (Wednesday, September 24), Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz (Wednesday, October 22) and Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire (Wednesday, November 19).

Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt not-for-profit community theatre with a goal to enrich the culture of western Nevada County. In its first five seasons, Sierra Stages presented 20 plays and musicals and received 38 Elly Award nominations for its productions.

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Amy Obenski at Stonehouse Aug 1

Who: Amy Obenski

What: Ethereal Americana Singer-Songwriter, live at Stonehouse

When: Friday, August 1st, 6-8:30pm

Where: Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Cost: $5

Info: 530-265-5050,,

With a stark and honest intensity, Amy Obenski’s rich, crystalline voice cuts through the noise of every day life. She’s a California native. Raised in San Diego and now based in San Francisco, the sound of the far west is unmistakably infused into her words and sound. She’s toured the West Coast for ten years and even got her song “Carousel” into the Hollywood scene when it was placed on the TV Show, Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2011 Amy went to Europe for the first time with a mind open to surprises. This is where she met The Carbone Band from Nantes, France. They had a practice and two concerts that week. The music was a collision of Amy’s free “California girl” sound and the French’s deep passion and intensity. Their personalities and musicality immediately clicked.

Two days after her return to California, Amy decided she was going back to France. She planned a four-month tour across the United States, the U.K. and France, where she reunited with The Carbone Band. They played several concerts and the music grew and became intensely passionate, grounded rock that sways as if floating on the breeze.

In 2013, Amy returned again and spent three months with The Carbone Band. They recorded an album and were artist in residence at La Maison des Arts in Saint Herblain. Her fifth album, Restless, just released on July 1st. Restless features the distinctive sound of The Carbone Band and also a string ensemble of students and associates of La Maison des Arts. The Carbone Band is comprised of Philippe Crochet on guitar, Josselin Sebille on bass and Mourad Aït Abdelmalek on the drums.

Amy’s musical history stretches back to age five, when she began singing in her school choir. She took up piano at age six and has been studying music ever since. She finally picked up the guitar when she began songwriting at twenty-two.

In Santa Cruz, California, she supported local organizations through a series of benefit concerts called Take Back Your Forest. Collectively they raised six thousand dollars for the Sempervirens Fund, an organization that purchases and protects redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She continues to support these types of organizations as much as possible. In 2012, her Carbon Conscious Tour raised awareness about the burning of rainforest in South America and the affects on climate change.

You can hear her singing her Ethereal Americana songs at Stonehouse in Nevada City at 6pm on Friday August 1st. To find out more visit or call 530-265-5050


Neon Lounge at 5 Mile House Aug 1

Neon Lounge – Aug 1 @ 10pm
21 and over

Neon Cocktails, N/A Neon Vitamin Drinks. DJ DLT (Tony De La Torre) playing beat-heavy world, international, funk, Latin and swing. Neon body painting artist on site. Body art contest. 21 and over.

TKTS $10 at Yabobo, Harmony Books, and Booksellers and at the door.

Dress in black-light reactive outfits. Starlit lounging and smoking space available.

Discounted van fares offered by Gold Country Taxi. Ask for the 5Mile Party Wagon at (530) 274-8294.

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Harmony Ridge Market Open During Summer Nights

Stop by Harmony Ridge Market Downtown during Summer Nights in Nevada City!  We’ll be bbq’ing Jumbo Hot Dogs and serving up tasty Pulled Pork Sandwiches curbside.  We offer a full service deli, beer and wine, as well as homemade baked goods.

And be sure to check out Tanglewood Forest right next door for an array of unique fairy-inspired goods.

We have plenty of outdoor seating!  Sit, eat, and watch Troupe Al Ama perform in front of the market!

Harmony Ridge Market Downtown is located at 115 S. Pine Street between Broad & Spring Streets in Nevada City.

BBQ Teams Needed for Aug 16

2013 BBQ Winners Uptown Barber-Q-ers, headed up by Gary Evans of Uptown Salon.

2013 BBQ Winners Uptown Barber-Q-ers, headed up by Gary Evans of Uptown Salon.

Are you a Backyard Grilling Enthusiast?

We need BBQ Teams!

Join the fun! United Way of Nevada County is combining two great events, the annual BBQ Battle and Foreign Car Show into one big event…the Foreign Car Show & BBQ Battle! We are currently looking for teams to compete and share their grilling expertise with the public. So, if you have a recipe to share and enjoy grilling, this is the place for you to be on Saturday, August 16th!

Come share your talents; call us at 274-8111 for more information or get an entry form from our web site and register your team today! Get creative like past teams “The She Devils”, “Uptown Barber-Q-ers” and “Bam Dazy BBQ”, it’s for a great cause! If you can’t compete, maybe you can help by sponsoring a team, or the event. For more information on sponsorship go to our Web site or call the number below.

The BBQ teams will be competing for the title of “Best Griller in Nevada County” and cash prizes. There will be two judging categories; one decided by the populace and the other will be decided by a small group of “Critic’s Choice” judges. There will also be an award given out to the team with the most spirit. There are gift certificates and sponsorships available to help BBQ teams offset the costs.

This year’s BBQ Battle will be held Saturday, August 16th. Come join us at beautiful Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley for some fun and good food. All proceeds from this event will go into United Way of Nevada County’s Community Impact Fund.

For more information or to register your team, go to or call 274-8111.

How Sweet It Is Picnic Pops Concert Jul 27

How Sweet It Is

Sunday, July 27 • 5-7pm
Pioneer Park, Nevada City

Our Sunday July 27 concert at Pioneer Park will fill you with musical treats about food and love. This is our summer band invitational event, when the NCCBand invites musicians from other bands to join us to create a fabulous 120-piece band.

Selections will include Glenn Miller’s “It Must Be Jelly,” the latin rhythms of “Lemons and Limes,” Holst’s classic “First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band.” Broadway’s “Highlights from Oliver,” and a percussion feature with “Variations on a Kitchen Sink.” Also appearing are The Stamp Mill Stompers, Gold Country Brass, plus tenor saxophone and vocal soloists.

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NC Art Walk Receives Grant

NCArt Awarded $7500 for First Friday Art Walks

NCArts, in partnership with Peggy Wright and Cynthia Levesque, submitted a successful grant ($7,500) in support of the Nevada City First Friday Art Walks. The CAC sponsored grant program, “Creating Places of Vitality,” funds proposals of up to $10,000 to utilize the arts for economic and community development in rural areas. The funds will help with programming, publicity, and infrastructure for the event.

NCArts Executive Director Brian Buckley said, “I’m really pleased that this grant was funded. Peggy Wright did a great job authoring most of the application, and Cynthia Levesque has put in countless hours to get this program up and running, so it is very deserved. These funds will help pay for artists, promotional materials, and some of the ‘behind the scenes work’ that is so important to making a successful event. We helped support the First Friday Art Walks last year, and I’m happy we were able to contribute on a larger scale this year.”

Amy Brown Prints at Tanglewood

Tanglewood Forest Gallery has recently acquired an extraordinary collection of rare, signed and numbered prints by internationally acclaimed fairy artist, Amy Brown.

We are thrilled to have one of Amy’s original paintings in this offering. Some prints have unusual hand-cut triple mats ready for framing. You really need to see these to believe them! We are available to offer private showings to fit your schedule.

Tanglewood Forest is open Thursday through Sunday from 12pm to 5pm or call 530-478-1813 or 1-800-854-2521 to make an appointment.

May the Forest be with you!

Volunteer At The 2014 State Fair

State Fair
Volunteer At The 2014 State Fair

Friday, July 11, 2014 – Sunday, July 27, 2014
Cal Expo – 1600 Exposition Blvd. Sacramento

Thank you to all who have already said, “YES!!  I want to Volunteer for the Nevada County Booth at the State Fair!”

It is a great opportunity to represent Nevada County, enjoy great entertainment, and have lots of fun. If you are interested, please email Janet at with your name/s, best way to contact you, and preferred time slot. (slots are 2 hour shifts-and you can do as many as you want)

Fair Information & Schedule of Events

As a volunteer you will receive a free day pass, a free parking pass, and a full day of BIG FUN.

The Megan’s Law Form is required so please download, complete, and return – email or fax 530-274-3373.

You are welcome to invite a friend, family member, associate, and partner to work the booth with you.

The seventeen-day fair is a robust celebration of the State of California. The county booth theme this year is “From Our Farm To Your Table.”

We hope you can make it!

If you have any questions, please contact:
Janet Augstein, Nevada County Economic Resource Council –
Lani Lott, Tourism Marketing Manager –

California State Fair is excited to announce FREE entertainment every night during the 2014 State Fair, July 11-27. Each concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

The 2014 Golden 1 Stage schedule includes:
Fri, July 11 – John Kay & Steppenwolf
Sat, July 12 – Macy Gray
Sun, July 13 – Phil Vassar
Mon, July 14 – Hinder
Tues, July 15 – Chance to Audition for America’s Game ‘Wheel of Fortune’
Wed, July 16 – Chance to Audition for America’s Game ‘Wheel of Fortune’
Thurs, July 17 – The Spinners
Fri, July 18 – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Sat, July 19 – Queen Nation (Queen Tribute)
Sun, July 20 – America
Mon, July 21 – Bret Michaels
Tues, July 22 – Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Wed, July 23 – Blackjack Billy & Jana Kramer
Thurs, July 24 – MercyMe
Fri, July 25 – The Whispers
Sat, July 26 – Trick Pony
Sun, July 27 – Blaze of Glory (Bon Jovi Tribute)

The Children’s Festival Jul 18

On Friday, July 18th, The Children’s Festival will return to Pioneer Park in Nevada City. The park will be transformed into a lively Renaissance Faire for children with over twenty arts and crafts tables, strolling minstrels, face-painters, a bridge-guarding troll, a bevy of faeries, Pepper the Witch, medieval fencing, spinning demonstrations, Queen Elizabeth and her court, Mother Goose, and Claude, the life-sized mechanical dragon. Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release will be returning with their very popular bird presentation, including a crow, red-tailed hawk, great horned owl and other birds and the Audubon Society will have wooden birds for the children to paint and decorate. New this year is Pirate School, where costumed pirates will teach the children pirate lore and language.

Founded in 1971 by Pat Cobler and Ilse Barnhart, the Children’s Festival continued as an annual summer event for 19 years. It was revived in 2003, as a memorial tribute to Ilse Barnhart and this year we celebrate the 12th anniversary of its revival. The Children’s Festival has become one of the premiere summer events for children, with over 2000 children and adults attending. All who attend leave with fond memories and many of the children who attended in the 1970’s and 80’s are now returning with their own children. Festival Director Karen Nelson said, “The Children’s Festival is a very special event that brings the community together to celebrate the magic of imagination.”

The festival is a grassroots labor of love and for several months volunteers meet at weekly workshops to prepare the various arts and crafts and make decorations for the one-day celebration. At the festival, children will be able to make their own costumes, swords, shields, crowns, macaroni necklaces and magic wands. They will be able to engage in wood block construction, soapstone carving, magic art, Renaissance rubbings, solar art and clay modeling. There will be catapults and a medieval cardboard castle will be available for all to paint.

There is an entertainment stage with performances throughout the day, including Penney the Clown and the Desmond School of Irish Dance. Each session will start with a Queen’s Procession and will end with the Festival Parade, and all attendees are invited to participate. Costumes are encouraged!

This year’s Children’s Festival will once again have two sessions, from 9am – 12 pm and from 5pm – 8pm. Admission to each session is $3. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The festival is sponsored by the Nevada City Rotary Club and many local businesses – and is made possible by the more than 200 local volunteers who work tirelessly to bring this unique event to the children of Nevada County.


What: The Children’s Festival

When: Friday, July 18, 2014; 9am until noon and 5pm until 8pm.

Where: Pioneer Park, Nevada City – Take the Broad St. off-ramp and follow the signs to the park.

Who: This event is put on by local volunteers, is made possible through the generous donations of many local businesses and is sponsored by Nevada City Rotary Club.

Admission: $3 per person for each session

Information: email Festival Director, Karen Nelson, at


NC Sounding Board Meeting July 16

Nevada City Sounding Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 16

This is a reminder that our second meeting is scheduled for Wednesday July 16 at the Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street in Nevada City. We’ll begin the Sounding Board promptly at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase at the Stonehouse.

Come prepared to share a specific business challenge and after hearing from everyone, the group will select the topic for the meeting.

See you there!

Bob Gius, Sacramento SCORE,

What is the Nevada City Sounding Board?

It’s an opportunity for merchants to get together and share with others how to improve their businesses. It’s business owners helping other business owners to make Nevada County stronger. For instance, there have been complaints of poor customer service; this to me is a management/owner problem. Are the employees running the asylum?

However, the first get together is to outline a format for this Sounding Board; will it have a topic or will it be open discussion? What we have experienced in the past that works best is merchants show up when they can, and it’s free exchange for the sole purpose of bettering one’s business.

Score’s role in this is to help get business owners together and allow the merchants to have free exchange, it works. SCORE mentors do participate by sharing successes that they have experienced from their clients and what has worked that is similar to a concern from a business person in attendance. I’m making far too much of this, for what it really is is an opportunity to get away from the business and speak to others that are in the same boat as you; a shoulder to lean on.

I’ve also invited key players from the Chambers and other groups that are deeply involved with helping businesses; please take the initiative and do the same, for instance invite Civic leaders. Here’s one catch; we like the group to be five or six business owners/managers, therefor if more show up, we will break out into additional five or six member groups.

Post a Comment to Win “Peter Pan” Tickets

Erin Thiem of the Outside Inn is offering a pair of tickets to see Sierra Stages’ production of Peter Pan playing at the Nevada Theatre through August 2nd.  The land of Neverland is full of pirates, fairies, mermaids, and magic, and while we may remember the Disney version of J. M. Barnie’s book Peter Pan, the play certainly appeals to both children and adults. Keep an eye out for Nana the dog, the Lost Boys, Tigerlily, flying children, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook.

The shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Tickets available online at or in person at Briar Patch Co-op.

To win a pair of tickets to either the Thursday July 17th or Thursday July 24th performance of Peter Pan, please post a comment on the Innside Nevada City-Outside Inn Blog  and the winner will be drawn on Monday, July 14th.

About the Outside Inn
Providing lodging in Nevada City, California, the Outside Inn is a small hotel that sits in a quiet residential neighborhood just two blocks from downtown. The family owned motel features unique themed rooms under tall pines and is just a short walk to bookstores, coffee, shopping, entertainment and restaurants.  For more information go to or call (530) 265-2233.