Christmas at the RR Museum Dec 6

Christmas at the Railroad MuseumRRMuseum
Saturday, December 6th

Admission is Free! Bring the Whole Family!

5 Kidder Court, Nevada City
Call 470-0902 for more information


Artisans Festival Nov 28 & 29


WHAT: Miners Foundry Cultural Center Artisans Festival

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, November 28 & 29, 2014, 10am-5pm

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA

TICKETS:$3/per day, $5/Weekend Pass
Children under 15 free


Start your holiday season with a visit to the 2014 Artisans Festival – Friday and Saturday, November 28 & 29 at the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center. This holiday tradition is one of the longest running festivals in Nevada County and is known for showcasing the exceptional work of regional artisans. This year’s festival takes the term “Art Party” to another level with dozens of new artists, installation art displays, performance art, live music, children’s holiday art activities, and a rustic, bohemian Acoustic Café and Wine Bar.

“It is a new year for the Artisans and it’s going to be a fun, exciting time,” explains the show’s producer Laura Gerhart.

Local musicians scheduled to perform at the Acoustic Café and Wine Bar include Lisa Stine on harp, Heather McAdam on guitar with Phyllis Grant on flute; and Lorraine Gervais accompanied by Jacob Aginsky doing 20s and 30s Jazz tunes.

“Our vision for the Artisans Cafe is that it will be an artistic ephemeral space that will exist only for the duration of the event. It will be an interactive mirage,” says artist, designer and teacher Faye Schoolcraft. “Inside the installation, there will be tables for dining, live acoustic music, artwork, a bar, and areas for people to participate by adding their own creative expression.” Schoolcraft is the magic behind the festival’s Acoustic Café and Wine Bar set, as well as an installation artist showing her frisky fiber figurine sculptures. Schoolcraft who currently resides in Nevada City and teaches at Sierra College has exhibited nationally including New York City, Los Angeles, and at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert, NV.

The Festival artists have been juried by a distinguished group of local artisans who looked for the highest quality of wares and craftsmanship.   Gerhart and this year’s jury members have selected several new artisans to participate in the show. In fact, nearly half of the artists are new to the festival this year with a third of them coming from out of the area.

New artists this year include:

Tahiti Pehrson, is based in Nevada County with long ties to the Bay Area. Pehrson has been working in paper for nearly fifteen years. Recent works explores the fragility and interconnectedness expressed by physical structures. Large scale installations of geometrical hand cut paper are layered into three-dimensional structures. His work has shown internationally including London, Cape Town, and San Francisco.

David Wong, the only nature photographer in the show, began showing his work only 8 short years ago after a prior lifetime career in film production. He was inspired by his teacher, Ted Orland, one of Ansel Adams assistants, who felt he had a unique eye for light, subject and composition. David’s soft spoken manner is evident in his photos, each of which offers a calm, peaceful reflection of nature’s beauty.

Kelly Bechtold, owner of Girl on a Motorcycle luxe leather accessories out of Berkeley, CA, founded her company in 2007 and has been busy designing and selling to a loyal and growing audience ever since. Her bags and accessories are timelessly designed, made by hand and built to endure. No machines, no factories-just Kelly, a workbench, some hand tools and a good record playing on the turntable. Her materials are sourced of the finest produces American deer, buffalo and cattle hides and feature high quality fixtures and adornments.

Myah Sarles, BFA, a traveler, snowboarder and fine artist joins the festival from Marin County where she creates highly textured, energetic, adventurous, colorful, joyous, imaginative and intuitive works of 2D art. Fortunate to have traveled the globe extensively, Myah draws inspiration from the textures, patterns and colors naturally present on Earth and uses this to fuel the fire for her art.

Returning artists include Liz Collins, LeeAnn Brook, Jude Bischoff, Kathryn Wronski, Karen and Jack West, Sweetland Pottery, Eileen Blodgett, Ride ’em George, Don Augstein, Lynn Wood, Richard Davis, Martha Jones, Elany Prusa, Kathryn Finn, Seth Simpson, Phyllis Williams and Donald Dalke.

“I have always seen the Artisans Festival as a local fall gem of an event.   It’s a great time to hang out with friends or bring visiting family,” says Gerhart. “Plus, with its small town appeal and classy setting, it is the perfect addition or antidote, depending on your point of view, to ‘Black Friday’.”

Artisans Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Foundry, one of Nevada County’s most beautiful historic landmarks. Artisans Festival is the kickoff of to the holiday season for the Foundry with its beautiful halls decorated with twinkling lights, festive garland and wreaths.


New & Renewing Members

This week’s New and Renewing Members:

New – USA Bath California Remodeling • Gold Country Fudge

Renewing – Atria Grass ValleyCirino’s at Main StreetExtasia Inc. • Gypsy Wind • KVMR Radio • Larry & Glady Birdsong • Marie Mirante • McSweeney & Associates CPAPlacer Title CompanyProspector’s Nursery, LLCSierra Gold Insurance Services, Inc.Sierra StagesSmiley Guys Smokehouse • Stephen C. Haas • The Union

Thank you for your membership!

“Meet the Beans” Playing Nov 22


LeGacy Presents is proud to announce “Dave and the Cool Beans” full band concert November 22 at 8pm at the historic Nevada Theatre, downtown Nevada City.

The Beans were hatched from in LeGacy’s 2014 spring production, “From the Cavern and On”, produced also at the Nevada Theatre, featuring over forty songs celebrating fifty years of the British Musical Invasion. The Beans powerful harmonies, mixed with incredible musicianship and natural ease with the audience made for an easy transition to start their performance career officially as a group. Thus, the birth of “Dave and the Cool Beans”.

The Beans are comprised of LeGacy Producer Dave Halford on rhythm guitar and vocals, Gary Epps on vocals, keyboard, and lead guitar, Steve Sheppard on bass and vocals, and longtime Nevada County drummer virtuoso John Basa providing the beat.

The Beans mix of American and British 60’s and 70’s rock seems to strike a chord with fans of all ages. Returning to the Nevada Theatre for Gala night of LeGacy’s “Barefoot in the Park”, director/producer and LeGacy cofounder Sue LeGate, absorbing the reaction from the packed house, knew there HAD to be room for a “Beans” concert in the busy LeGacy schedule before year’s end.

“We will be building the set for Tiny Tim’s Christmas, our big family holiday show. Tiny Tim grows up, and moves to New York from London. Fulfilling his childhood dream, he opens a toy shop, only to become quite a bit of a Scrooge himself. He is visited from the great beyond by his Uncle Ebeneezer, and learns the valuable lessons Scrooge had to learn from his partner, Marley, in the original Christmas Carol. So the “Beans”, mixing British and American music (hmmm….kind of like A Christmas Carol meets Tiny Tim’s Christmas!), opens our holiday season the week before Thanksgiving. November 22, coincidentally, is the date TWO major Beatle albums were released on the history books, “MEET THE BEATLES” and the “WHITE ALBUM”, in their respective years.





J.J. Jackson’s Celebrates 25 Years!

Please join us for a Celebration!

J.J. Jackson’s 25th Birthday Party!
Wednesday, November 19th
4 to 7pm

Wine & Nibbles provided! Door prizes and drawings for gift certificates throughout the evening!

J.J. Jackson’s is located at 244 Commercial Street in Nevada City
(530) 265-2644 •


Hospice Hosts Chamber Mixer Nov 20

Hospice of the Foothills Mixer
Thursday, Nov 20 • 5:30-7:30pm

This mixer will be held at the new Hospice of the Foothills Gift & Thrift store located at 692 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley (near JCPenneys) and will also include a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of this new store!

For questions, please contact Hospice of the Foothills reception at 272-5739.


“Bottle Your Own” Holiday Party Nov 22

Photo by Akim Aginsky

Photo by Akim Aginsky

Know & Go

What: Bottle Your Own Holiday Party

When: Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22

Where: Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring Street
Nevada City

Cost: $10 per person; $5 for Club members

Info: (530) 265-9463;

Nevada City Winery’s ‘Bottle Your Own’ Holiday Party

Uncorking a good bottle of wine is pleasurable. Uncorking one that you bottled yourself may be a splash more delectable.

At Nevada City Winery’s “Bottle Your Own” event, you can fill, cork and label your own bottle using supplies and guidance from winery staff, including Winemaker Mark Foster.

Taste and select from the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon or the 2013 Syrah right from the barrel.

“I’m really happy to have a new Cabernet in the house,” said Foster. “It has all the classic characteristics of a California Cab, but soft and approachable.”

“The Syrah is delicious, too,” he continued, “full of berries and smoke with a nice round body.”

Both wines were masterfully created with grapes from the Sierra Foothills. Adding to this fun, hands-on event will be music by No Hands Bridge, and Heather McAdam & Phyllis Grant, and art by Mountain Art Quilters.

Special holiday pricing will be offered on items such as Nevada City Winery’s Gifts to Go, which include two and three bottle selections in a festive gift bag.

Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for Club members, and include a lunch of hearty soups and crusty bread, wine tasting and entry to the “Bottle Your Own” party in the barrel room.

For more information visit Nevada City Winery at 321 Spring Street, Nevada City; call (530) 265-9463; or go to

New & Renewing Members

This week’s New and Renewing members:

New – Esoterica • Gold SeamLei Lotus • Patricia Weiss • Red Apron Toffee

Renewing – Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering • Barbara Tanner • Camp Augusta, Inc.ElixartFriar Tuck’sHoliday Lodge of Grass Valley • John & Barbara Juneau • Liquid Amber Trading Company • New Moon CaféScott Jackson’s Real Life FitnessSpirithouse Import GallerySpring Hill Manor Rehabilitation & Convalescent HospitalTintle, Inc.VFW #2655

Thank you for your membership!

Turkey Drive Nov 17

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the 7th annual turkey drive will take place in the Fowler Center parking lot in front of Savemart in Grass Valley.

The Food Bank of Nevada County will be partnering with KNCO and Savemart on Monday November 17, from 6 am to 7 pm where you can buy a turkey and donate it to the Nevada County Food Bank. KNCO will be broadcasting live during this event. Come see us dressed in our turkey best. Your donation to the Foodbank of Nevada County is a donation of hope to our local families in need.

For more information or to make a donation, contact the Food Bank of Nevada County at 272-3796.

Smiley Guys Hosts Benefit Nov 20

Smiley Guys Smokehouse Hosts an
Evening Out to Benefit United Way of Nevada County

On Thursday, November 20th, from 5pm-closing, United Way of Nevada County will hold an “Evening Out” at Smiley Guys Smokehouse. This is a great opportunity for community members to enjoy a delicious slow-cooked meal while giving back to the community. Take-out orders are included!

Smiley Guys Smokehouse is located at 131 Joerschke Dr. in Grass Valley. The Owner, Jesse Cohen, has pledged 10% of the proceeds for the evening to help United Way of Nevada County’s 21 local non-profit partner agencies.

This year United Way is focusing on the community impact area of basic needs; including food, emergency shelter and access to healthcare.

United Way encourages the community to come have fun and savor some wonderful slow-cooked food at Smiley Guys Smokehouse. They will be featuring smoked turkey dinners and sandwiches. Call 274-2933 for more information or to order your take-out meal. They have a great website, too…

For more information call United Way at 274-8111 or visit



Banner Mountain Artisans Show & Sale Nov 15 & 16

11th Annual Banner Mountain Artisans Show & Sale
Sat. Nov. 15 • 10 am to 5 pm
Sun. Nov. 16 • 10 am to 4 pm
Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 CA Hwy. 49, Nevada City, CA

Free Admission!

For photos of what everyone is selling, click anywhere on the photo or on this link to visit our website:


The 11th Annual Banner Mountain Artisans Show and Sale ushers in the holiday shopping season on November 15 and 16 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 oil paintings, photography, woodturnings, artistic décor, art glass, tile art, stained glass, illustrations, gourd art, hand-painted glass, functional ceramics, wood carving, watercolors, mosaic, jewelry, weaving, recycled art, textile art, handmade soap, clothing, teddy bears, gifts 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.. Enjoy the experience of talking with our many well-known Nevada County artisans while admiring and purchasing fine art and high quality handcrafted items.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Encore Nov 14

A selection of environmental films from the 2014 festival to be shown at the North Columbia Schoolhouse

Following last year’s inaugural event, Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour will be making another appearance on the San Juan Ridge at the historic North Columbia Schoolhouse near Nevada City. SYRCL and the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center have partnered to bring the local community an encore presentation of films on Friday, November 14.

SYRCL executive director Caleb Dardick will emcee the evening once again. “The mission of the festival has always been to inspire activism,” said Dardick. “The potential re-opening of a nearby gold mine, which is a stone’s throw from the Schoolhouse, demands local action to ensure the interests of the cultural center and the local watershed are protected. My hope is that this event will inspire residents to educate themselves and get involved.”

A series of shorter films will be arranged around two longer feature. The short films will include: “Team Network: Badru’s Story” about using motion-detection cameras to document wildlife deep in the rugged forests of Uganda; “Field Spotlight: President Anote Tong” about being the president of an island nation on frontlines of climate change; and “Greg Treinish: A MoveShake Story” about the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year’s creation of the organization, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.

The first feature film, “Backyard”, will explore the impacts of the fracking industry on local residents throughout the United States. The second feature film, “Glacier Caves: Mt. Hood’s Secret World”, will follow adventurers witnessing the ethereal beauty of the largest glacier cave system outside of Alaska, which is also retreating rapidly due to climate change.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception where attendees may purchase tickets to a raffle featuring local crafts and services as well as an all-weekend pass to the upcoming 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. There will be light fare and organic popcorn, drinks, and desserts on sale. The film program will show from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a 15-minute intermission. Advance tickets are available at BriarPatch, Yabobo and Mother Truckers and online at the North Columbia Schoolhouse website.

“I grew up on the San Juan Ridge and am an avid supporter of the North Columbia Schoolhouse,” said Dardick. “I am thrilled to be a part of this collaboration between two local organizations that I care so deeply about.”

For more information, visit or

About the North Columbia Schoolhouse

The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center gives the rural San Juan Ridge community a local place to meet, to share its creativity, and to participate in a wide variety of enriching activities. Located 20 miles north of Nevada City, the Schoolhouse was built by the mining community in 1875, and has a long tradition of serving the community as a school and public meeting hall.

In 1979 it was forced to shut down as a school by legislation requiring earthquake-proof construction. It reopened as a community Cultural Center in 1980 after extensive restoration undertaken by two local architects, with the help of dedicated volunteers.

The Cultural Center strives to provide programming that enhances our community life.  Over the years the Cultural Center has hosted hundreds of unique cultural events with artists, musicians, and writers from all over the world.  The Cultural Center also hosts film screenings, community forums, classes, festivals, and the nationally renowned Sierra Storytelling Festival.

About SYRCL and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The South Yuba River Citizens League began late in 1983 as a group of concerned local citizens seeking to prevent the destruction of the South Yuba River by commercial interests. The group’s goal was the ultimate preservation of 39 miles of the South Yuba River recognized by the US Department of Interior, in an inventory of the nation’s waterways, as one of California’s best remaining free-flowing streams.

In 2003, riding on years of success protecting the Yuba, SYRCL decided to plan an environmental film festival. The organization was filling a niche in our community and knew how to throw a good party as well.

Today the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in the US. Its goal is to become the premiere environmental film festival in the world. Each January, the festival screens the most important and inspirational environmental films available today, as well as host a variety of environmental activists, filmmakers, and celebrities. Wild & Scenic® works to inspire audiences to make positive changes for a healthier world.

The On Tour program began in 2004 because of the many requests to share the festival beyond Nevada County. With a growing public awareness for the environment, the festival aims to increase this groundswell through inspiring and educational films which hopefully will motivate people to go out and make a difference in their community and around the world.

WHAT: An encore presentation of films selected from the 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

WHEN: Friday, November 14, 2014. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception and a raffle featuring local crafts and services. Light fare, popcorn, drinks and desserts. Films from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. with a 15-minute intermission.

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

WHO: SYRCL Executive Director Caleb Dardick will emcee the evening. Representatives of local non-profits will be in attendance.

PRICE: $15 advance and SYRCL and NCSCC members. $18 door. $8 kids (5 to 12). Available at BriarPatch, Yabobo and Mother Truckers, and online at

INFORMATION: For more information, visit or Or call the NCSCC office at (530) 265-2826.

Pianist Christopher Taylor Nov 16

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What:  InConcert Sierra presents
pianist Christopher Taylor​ on the only
dual-keyboard Steinway

When:  Sunday, November 16, 2014
2pm concert; 1:15pm pre-concert forum

Where:  Seventh-day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Road (off Hwy 174), Grass Valley, CA 95945
(InConcert Sierra is not affiliated with the SDA Church)

Tickets:  $32 general; Youth ages 5-17 free with adult – Available at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market, Online at, Or call 530-273-3990

​Every piano is equipped with 88-keys, but imagine what you could do with 164 keys.​ In 1929, Steinway & Sons made a double-keyboard grand piano. They made only one. In 2005, it was refurbished and award-winning pianist Christopher Taylor played it. On November 16, 2014, as part of InConcert Sierra’s American Pianists West Fest Week, Taylor will perform on this piano for us at InConcert Sierra.

​Taylor will play J.S. Bach’s “​Goldberg Variations,​”​​ composed​ for a double-manual harpsichord​. Playing the variations on one keyboard ​​can be an exercise in traffic control, with a pianist’s hands constantly colliding with each other.​ ​Two keyboards allows fluidity, and the texture and melodic lines will be heard as they would be on a harpsichord, but with a completely different and beautiful sound.

“I heard ‘Kit’ perform ​the ​Goldberg Variations on this piano at the Mondavi Center ​in May 2013 and I’ve never heard anything quite like it​. Being a pianist, I know the Variations quite well and they are very challenging to perform on a conventional piano. Having two keyboards makes all the difference because that is what they were written for. ​ I knew immediately we had to bring Kit and his piano to Grass Valley for you all to hear​, and especially in the amazing acoustic of the Seventh-day Adventist Church venue, ​” says artistic director Ken Hardin.

Taylor is a​ Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association​, a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant​, ​​and earned a bronze medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1993.​ ​He has an extensive career list of performances ​including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and others.​ ​Taylor is currently a professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

​InConcert Sierra is celebrating its partnership with the American Pianists Association with the APA West Fest the week of November 12-16, with​ four intimate house-concert style programs culminating in the Third Sunday main stage performance. The American Pianists Association (APA) discovers, promotes and advances the careers of young American classical and jazz pianists of world-class talent. The organization’s Classical Fellowship offers one of the piano world’s most substantial prizes, valued at more than $100,000 – a $50,000 cash award plus two years of career assistance and performances – while the Jazz Fellowship is the largest of its kind in the world. InConcert Sierra presents APA award winners on its annual Third Sunday chamber series.

The APA West Fest house concert series will include APA Jazz Fellow and renowned pianist Dan Tepfer on Wednesday, November 12; “Everything you ever wanted to know about a piano … and more,” with Steinway piano technician Peter Sumner on Thursday, November 13; an evening house concert with APA classical fellows J.Y. Song and Spencer Myer, performing two Ravel piano concertos on two matching Steinway B grand pianos on Friday, November 14; and “Everything you ever wanted to know about music competitions!” with Spencer Myer, JY Song, and Dr. Aileen James in a discussion about the trials and triumphs of a musician’s preparation and exertion in professional piano competitions on Saturday, November 15. Dr. Aileen James is the ICS Pre-concert Forum Hostess and former American Pianist Association artistic director (1986 – 1997).

The APA West Fest performances are being sponsored by: Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Steinway & Sons, Dr. Dennis McShane & the Honorable Rich Gordon, Don & Elisabeth Noel, Aileen James, Dr. Sharon Estill Taylor & Paul Rocca, and Patricia Vixie.​ The November 16 concert is additionally sponsored by Corinne Pryor,​ ​Audrey Ohlson Smith and Jerry Sharp​.

For more information, visit


Guest Speaker on Opportunity Village Nov 10

Please come listen to Andrew Heben, creator of Opportunity Village, Eugene, Oregon.

Opportunity Village is a micro-house village where people, otherwise homeless, can find shelter and get their bearings. We will discuss the possibility of creating such a micro-house village here in Nevada City.

When: Monday, November 10th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Nevada City Elks Lodge at 518 Highway 49, Nevada City, CA
Fee: Donations Accepted

Sponsored by Sierra Roots and McCamant & Durrett Architects

We have invited Andrew to come present the benefits and challenges of the project in Eugene and answer questions.  For more information call Janice O’Brien with Sierra Roots at (530) 265-5403.



Historical Society 70th Anniversary Nov 15

The Nevada County Historical Society invites you to join us Saturday, November 15th to celebrate our 70th anniversary, and also 
to honor those devoted members of our community who have been 
chosen to receive special awards this year in recognition of their 
many years of contributing to the preservation of our local history!

RSVP is required.  Please call 530-210-6842 or email for more information.

Download Flyer with Reservation Form


Northern Queen Inn Weddings/Receptions


The Northern Queen Inn, located in Nevada City, is the perfect setting for your most memorable day. Our premier wedding location is outside on a beautiful lawn adjacent to our natural running waterfall, where the ceremony takes place.

We offer a beautiful inside dining room or an outside patio, which overlooks the waterfall area. This venue can accommodate a maximum of 100 people.

We also offer special group discount accommodations for the wedding party to be able to stay in one location. Conveniently located within an easy walking distance to historic Nevada City.

For more information go to or call Northern Queen Inn at (530) 265-5824.

Looking for a Wedding Venue in Nevada City, CA  –  Experience Northern Queen Inn.