Nevada City/Grass Valley Featured in Where to Retire Magazine

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Nevada City and Grass Valley have been selected as top retirement destinations by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. The cities are profiled in the January/February 2015 issue, available nationwide on Dec. 16, 2014.

Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said Nevada City and Grass Valley possess qualities important to today’s retirees. “Nevada City could be a movie set to show the Victorian era; it’s that authentic,” Fuller said. “Nearby Grass Valley has more modern amenities. The mountain backdrop presents some of California’s most glorious fall foliage. The area has been charming people since the gold rushers came in the mid-1800s.”

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

Where to Retire magazine, launched in 1992 with the goal of helping its readers find the ideal place to retire, is published six times a year. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities, and has a national circulation of 200,000. The magazine is sold on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores. A one-year subscription to Where to Retire is $18 (a 39 percent savings from the newsstand price). For a magazine subscription or to purchase a back issue, visit All material in the magazine is protected by copyright law, and reproduction of content requires the permission of the magazine. Print and electronic reprints of an article may be purchased through Dave Hart,

Sierra Stages Announces 2015 Season

Sierra Stages Announces its 7
th Season of Award Winning Plays And Musicals!

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang Opens Season on March 6

Season Passes Available Now!

Christopher Durang’s irresistible comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”, Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s outrageous musical “The Producers”, and William Finn and James Lapine’s extraordinary musical “Falsettos” make up the three award winning plays and musicals in Sierra Stages’ 7th Season beginning in March 2015. Each of the shows represents the best in contemporary live theatre and each is a Nevada County premiere.

For the 7th consecutive year, Sierra Stages offers an affordable Season Pass. The Season Pass is priced at only $60 and allows theatregoers to select any performance of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”, “The Producers”, and “Falsettos”. Sierra Stages also invites everyone, including Season Pass holders, to become a Sierra Stages Member and support quality local theatre. Memberships begin at $25 per person and are tax deductible. Not only will Members have the satisfaction of helping support quality theatre, but with the purchase of a Season Pass, Members are able to reserve specific seat locations for all three productions. The Sierra Stages 2015 Season Pass (and Sierra Stages Memberships) may be purchased online at or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Offering a Season Pass for $60 is part of its mission to provide affordable theatre. Since it began only six years ago, Sierra Stages has presented twenty-two (22) plays and musicals and has been recognized by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with six Elly Awards and 51 Elly Award nominations. The annual Elly Awards honor outstanding achievements of community theatres and artists in the greater Sacramento area. Sierra Stages performs at various local venues, including the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City and the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

The 2015 Season opens with the winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” playing from March 6 -21 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star.  Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow – and so begins an unforgettable weekend building to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret and racket. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is directed by Jeffrey Mason and features Casey Burke, Susan Mason, Robert Rossman, Karen Leigh Sharp, Rachel Wellman, and Sharon Winegar. Set design is by Pamela Hodges, lighting design is by Erin Beatie, and costume design is by Jill Kelly.

Sierra-ProducersFrom July 16 – August 8 at the Nevada Theatre, Sierra Stages presents the winner of an unprecedented 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “The Producers”. From the brilliantly twisted mind of Mel Brooks comes this insanely funny adventure: A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant concoct a get-rich scheme to bilk their investors out of millions by producing the most notorious musical flop in history. This Broadway hit is an over-the-top, irreverent musical comedy like nothing you have ever seen before. “The Producers” is directed by Susan Mason, with choreography by George Jayne and musical direction by Ken Getz, who will conduct the orchestra.

The third show in 2015 is the winner of Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, “Falsettos” at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley from November 6-22. This delightfully infectious musical has charmed audiences for almost 50 years. William Finn’s quirky, tender 1990’s musical anticipated and celebrated the changing composition of families. It’s a story that opens with a song extolling a “tight-knit family” and culminates with a jubilantly unorthodox bar mitzvah that brings together a 13-year old boy, his gay dad, his dad’s lover, his mother and stepfather, and the lesbian couple from next door as one big, happy clan. At once tender and exuberantly funny, FALSETTOS is an extraordinary musical event.

The Sierra Stages 2015 Season Pass may be purchased now through March 6 online at or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

Know and Go

What:  Sierra Stages presents its 7th Season:  “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”, “The Producers”, and “Falsettos”

When:  “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” plays March 6 – 21, 2015 – Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays (March 8 & 15) at 2 PM; Thursday (March 19) at 7 PM

Where:  Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA

Information: • 530-346-3210


United Way Thanks You!

United Way of Nevada County’s Project Warmth

A big “THANK YOU!” goes out to all of the many businesses that participated in Project Warmth. Some businesses were drop-off locations for the public to donate much-needed items for those in need, and other businesses collected items themselves to donate.

Many sleeping bags, pairs of socks, coats and other items were delivered to those who need them the most in Nevada County. They will stay a little warmer this winter due to the generous donations of those businesses and Nevada County citizens. Thank you!



Last Victorian Christmas is Dec 21

Don’t miss your last opportunity to visit Nevada City for Victorian Christmas!
Sunday, Dec 21 • 1:30-6pm

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets lined with authentic gas lamps and buildings outlined in twinkling white lights, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing good tidings and holiday cheer.

This annual event features holiday activities for all ages including live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, Nevada City’s famous Walking Christmas Tree, and a living nativity scene, along with hot roasted chestnuts, horse drawn carriage rides, and of course, Father Christmas!

For more information about Victorian Christmas, including parking & shuttle information, go to


“Tiny Tim’s Christmas” Plays thru Dec 28

LeGacy Productions presents the return of their most popular Christmas show yet, “Tiny Tim’s Christmas” at the Nevada Theatre November 28th through December 28th. Judy Blake once again directs.

The delightful story reminiscent of Dicken’s classic “A Christmas Carol” brings audiences to New York City, where “Tiny” Tim Cratchit, all grown up, fulfills his childhood dream of owning a toy shop. However, Tim has become jaded and miserable in his life, much like his “Uncle” Ebeneezer Scrooge was before his visit from the three spirits on Christmas Eve. When Tim finds out about the passing of his “Uncle” Ebeneezer, he is visited by Scrooge’s spirit, and confronts his mistakes and wrong doings.

LeGacy cofounder and producer Alvis LeGate takes on the title role of Tim Cratchit, joined by Sacramento’s own Steven Minow as Scrooge. LeGacy veteran Nadia White joins in as Grace, Tim’s shop manager. The rest of the twenty person cast is a mix of LeGacy veterans and newcomers, who sing and dance their way through the shops and streets of London and New York City. Shawnna Frazer choreographs. LeGacy favorite designers Darryl Stines on the set, Sharon Sciabaca on costumes.

Tickets to “Tiny Tim’s Christmas” are $20 in advance, $20 at the door, available at Harmony Books, The Bookseller, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419


Crazy Outside Inn Blog Giveaway!

The Outside Inn’s blog is having a crazy end of the year giveaway with a bucket of love including goodies and gift certificates from 47 different local businesses and organizations and valued at $1800. As a way to say thanks to our community for a great year we’ve put together a huge bucket for one lucky person.

Gift certificates from local Nevada City businesses include:
Outside Inn, The Parlour at Neva Co, Gray Goose, Kitkitdizzi, J.J. Jackson’s, Enid and Edgar, Tour of Nevada City, Maiden Lane, HAALo, Three Forks Bakery & Brewery, Ike’s Quarter Cafe, South Pine Cafe, Treats, tickets to Music in the Mountains, Miners Foundry New Year’s Bash, Sierra Stages performance and much, much more….

No purchase required, please visit the Outside Inn’s blog InnSide Nevada City to learn more and share your favorite Nevada City experience. Winner will be announced on Christmas.

“The Christmas Card” December Showtimes

“The Christmas Card,” filmed in Nevada City, tells the story of a soldier, Cody Cullen, with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply. While on leave back home, he travels to Nevada City, California, the picturesque town from which the card was sent. Once there, Cody meets and falls in love with beautiful Faith Spelman, who sent the card, and quickly becomes a cherished member of the Spelman family. Yet romance for Cody and Faith seems out of the question, because she has a boyfriend and is about to become engaged.

November/December 2014 Showtimes

christmas card showtimes

You can view the calendar of showtimes on
The Hallmark Channel’s website.

“Home for the Holidays” Plays thru Dec 21

Synthetic Unlimited presents Home for the Holidays, a heartwarming, original holiday musical for the whole family, from November 28th to December 21st.

This kid-friendly play, full of traditional Christmas songs and sing-alongs, dancing, and antics by the Marko Puppets, plays at the Synthetic Unlimited Opera House, at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley for four weekends, on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. Come as early as 7 pm for drinks and desserts.

Tickets are available at 1-888-95-SHOWS, the Briar Patch, and

Friday, November 28th, 8 pm, GALA OPENING
Saturday, November 29th, 8 pm
Sunday, November 30th, 2 pm
Friday, December 5th, 8 pm
Saturday, December 6th, 8 pm
Sunday, December 7th, 2 pm
Friday, December 12th, 8 pm
Saturday, December 13th, 8 pm
Sunday, December 14th, 2 pm
Friday, December 19th, 8 pm
Saturday, December 20th, 8 pm
Sunday, December 21st, 2 pm


Small Businesses Training Dec 17

Office in the Cloud for Small businesses
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
8 – 11 am

Tri Counties Bank
890 Fortress St.
Chico, CA 95973

Become a productivity powerhouse and support your flexible, mobile work style. Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based productivity service hosted by Microsoft. It provides anywhere access to your familiar Office applications, business-class email, calendar, video conferencing, and shared documents across your devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Registration Link:…

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Contact our main office line (530) 898-4598 if you have any questions.



Sierra Master Chorale Concerts Dec 20 & 21

InConcert Sierra presents…

Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra
Holiday Concerts​

Saturday, Dec 20 at 7:30pm
Sunday, Dec 21 at 2pm

Seventh-day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Tickets:  Saturday $30 general, $15 youth 17 and under; Sunday $32 general, $16 youth 17 and under.  Available at​ Briar Patch Co-op Community Market, online at, or call 530-273-3990​

Capture the holiday spirit with the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra on Saturday evening December 20 and Sunday afternoon December 21 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley.

“What sweeter music can be heard during the holidays than your favorite carols and joyful seasonal songs? My assistant Toon and I have created a program that is intended to leave the audience with the joy of the season coursing through them,” says SMC conductor and InConcert Sierra artistic director Ken Hardin.

One of the highlights of the concert will be the premiere of a work featuring a new twist on traditional carols arranged by assistant conductor and composer Toon Vandevorst, titled “Dances for the Season.” The work includes carols such as “Deck the Hall,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” Lord of the Dance,” “Silent Night,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” in the style of various dances like a bolero, waltz, habanera, and even a foxtrot. “The dances are such clever and masterful arrangements…I think I might just want to dance right off the risers!” says alto chorister Dr. Mimi Vishoot.

The program also highlights a work by local composer Jerry Grant titled “Rejoice: Fantasia on a Hymn of John Reynolds” that adds even more enchantment. “It’s magical and fun, sort of like we should be part of the Disneyland Electrical Parade,” says soprano Connie Dorland. “So far we have only heard it with the piano accompaniment, but when the orchestra joins us, I’m going to have chills going down my spine.” The orchestra will also play Vaughan Williams “Fantasia on Greensleeves,” and Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys,” to enhance the show.

Other seasonal favorites on the program include John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music,” Felix Mendelssohn’s “There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob,” J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and a traditional carol arranged by John Leavitt, “Sing We Now of Christmas.”

The holiday tradition wouldn’t be complete without audience participation sing-alongs, such as Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and John Wade’s “O Come all ye Faithful.” Singing with an orchestra is a joy for the choir, and it’s even more fun when the audience joins in. “I have always relished the thought of conducting a 500-voice choir. When I turn to conduct the audience for sing-alongs, I’m sure I radiate the joy I feel with everyone in the audience following me in song… another dream come true,” smiles Hardin.

The Sierra Master Chorale is a 70-voice auditioned choir conducted by Ken Hardin with assistant conductor Toon Vandevorst. The orchestra includes 26 local and regional players with concertmaster Richard Altenbach. The concerts are dedicated to the memory of SMC choristers Roberta Frank and Bill Derrick.

Sonja Weissman Miracle Play Dec 4-20

Pyrenees Caterpillar presents…

Sonja Weissman and the Miracle Play
December 4 – 20, 2014

Off Center Stage at the Center for the Arts
315 Richardson Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Written by Robin Wallace
Directed by Dinah Smith

The year is 1946. A young Polish refugee, Sonja Weissman, arrives at a Canadian boarding school. As rehearsals for the annual nativity play progress, Sonja’s personal story affects each of the other girls. The Miracle Play ultimately brings them together in a more compassionate understanding of each other.

“Sonja Weissman and the Miracle Play” is a holiday event for the whole family!

Previews on December 4 & 5 at 7 pm – preview tickets are only $10
Thursdays: December 11 & 18 at 7 pm
Fridays: December 12 & 19 at 7 pm
Saturdays: December 6 ( GALA), 13 & 20 at 7 pm
Matinees: December at 7, 14 & 20 at 2 pm

Tickets are $20; $25 for the December 6th Gala Opening; Discounts for CFA members and students

Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts and Briarpatch Cooperative, Online at, or by phone at (530) 274-8384, ext. 14



NEO Dinner & Dance Fundraiser Dec 18


I wanted to let you know about a special fundraiser coming up for NEO. “An Evening with NEO” Dinner & Dance and will be held on December 18th at 6pm at the Miner’s Foundry. Tickets are $50 each or tables of 8 are available for $400.

NEO strives to empower youth to make positive lifestyle choices by providing “New Events and Opportunities”. NEO is currently working towards opening a Youth & Community Center in Nevada County.

Please see the invitation below for information and tickets. Sponsorship and silent auction opportunities are still available. Contact us for more information.

If you are unable to attend we hope you will still consider making a donation to support NEO’s efforts by visiting

Thank you for your support!

Lynn Skrukrud, Co-Director
NEO, 743 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945
530 263-7742 •

Download NEO Dinner RSVP


Victorian Christmas Continues Dec 10 & 14

You’re invited to join us in Nevada City for Victorian Christmas! We’ve changed the schedule slightly from previous years, and are now able to offer visitors THREE Sunday afternoon events & TWO Wednesday night events!

Sundays – Dec 7, 14 & 21 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 10 & 17 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets lined with authentic gas lamps and buildings outlined in twinkling white lights, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing good tidings and holiday cheer.

This annual event features holiday activities for all ages including live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, Nevada City’s famous Walking Christmas Tree, and a living nativity scene, along with hot roasted chestnuts, horse drawn carriage rides, and of course, Father Christmas!

For more information about Victorian Christmas, including parking & shuttle information, go to


Holiday Mixer at the National Dec 11

Please join us for the most wonderful Chamber mixer of all!

National Hotel Holiday Mixer
Thursday, December 11
5:30 – 7pm

National Hotel
211 Broad Street, Nevada City

Festive Food • Fun • Raffle • Entertainment



New & Renewing Members

This week’s New and Renewing members:

New – Dev Prayag Yoga Therapy

Renewing – Bonanza Gift Shop • BYOB Wine SellerCalolea Olive OilColdwell Banker Grass Roots Realty-Nevada CityFenrich EnterprisesFlarecopter Group • Hecox & Assoc. • Jesse & Kathleen Connor • KNCONevada City Picture Framing • Nevada County Laundry & Linen SupplyNevada County Superintendent of SchoolsNevada Lodge #13 • Novak’s • Paul Sieving – MacLeod Sierra Realty • Sierra SweetsSolsticeSurewest Directories

Thank you for your membership!

Thanks for the Mixer, Hospice!

We’d like to thank Hospice of the Foothills for hosting a great Chamber Mixer on November 20th.  This was also a chance to celebrate the opening of their 3rd Gift & Thrift Store with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting!  Thanks to all who came out to share in this fun evening.

Visit the new thrift store at 692 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley (in the JCPenney shopping center).


The Nutcracker Ballet Dec 10 & 11

Know & Go

What: Holt Ballet Conservatory and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Clara and The Nutcracker Ballet

When: December 10 and December 11, 2014 at 7 PM, box office opens at 6 PM; doors open at 6:30 PM.

Where: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Tickets: Reserved seating tickets are available online at, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-op. (Ticketing fees may apply.)

More Information:,, 530-278-5131

Holt Ballet Conservatory and Miners Foundry present Holiday Favorite Clara and The Nutcracker Ballet in Historic Nevada City

November 13, 2014-Nevada City, CA–Holt Ballet Conservatory’s production of Clara and The Nutcracker will performed twice only, December 10 and 11, 7:00 PM, at Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. Admission is $14 for students and $17 for adults.

“Clara and The Nutcracker” is Yelena Holt’s retelling of the classic holiday story “The Nutcracker Suite” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, featuring choreography by the Royal Ballet’s Sir Peter Wright and the enchanting musical score of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Talented youngsters will make their stage debut, while pre-professionals and guest artists perform traditional roles that have been tests of merit for decades of dancers. This year, in a twist of casting, the Drosselmeyer character will be performed as the godmother matriarch, rather than the traditional uncle magician. Frau Drosselmeyer will be performed by guest artist Nora Heiber, founding company member of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and National Dance Executive for the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Holt Ballet Conservatory’s Clara and The Nutcracker brings to life the complete classical repertoire from original productions of The Nutcracker, with re-imagined spectacle that has endeared Director Holt to dance audiences for over two decades.

Holt’s tale of The Nutcracker follows the title character of Clara, whose Christmas present of a toy nutcracker solider inspires a magical journey to a strange world she’s never known. Join us as Clara winds deep into the mysteries she uncovers, finding home a memory she must hold fast if she’s ever to return.

With the historic atmosphere of the Foundry donning extravagant holiday decor, and Holt Ballet bringing together the highest calibre of classically trained ballet dancers in California’s Sierra Nevada, children will be enchanted and adults will be inspired by this evening to remember.

The evening will feature a no host bar, sweet refreshments available for purchase, and a blazing fire in the Stone Hall. Reserved seating tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-op. Ticketing fees may apply.