First Friday Artwalk – May 1, 2015

The theme this month is “Cycle”

5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in downtown Nevada City


The First Friday Art Walk is a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, as well as our wonderfully artistic and creative community. Participating Downtown businesses will be open from 5pm to 9pm and many will host “receptions” with local artists, trunk shows, and/or performances. Many shops are also offering snacks and beverages as well as sales and specials only valid for the event.

It really is a perfect evening event for the family or a great “date night” destination bringing a celebratory energy to Downtown Nevada City while encouraging folks to visit our wonderful businesses while enjoying the art and culture that makes Nevada City so unique.

There will be live music and theatrical performances at various locations throughout the downtown area. In addition there will be a Youth Arts Showcase featuring Artists between the ages of 4-18 with some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses, as well as a “Kids Zone” on York Street with some fun activities and art projects for kids of all ages.

Join us in supporting our downtown businesses and our wonderfully creative arts community.

For additional info please contact Cynthia Levesque at 530-575-8846 or email Check it out on facebook!

Bike Nevada County kicks off on May 1, 2015

bike nevada county

Elevating the sport of cycling

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is proud to support the inaugural Bike Nevada County, a grand 52-day celebration of pro, amateur and recreational road cycling and mountain biking in Northern California. Hundreds of local, national and international competitors will participate in a range of events appropriate for various ages and skill levels – from fitness-oriented families to world champion racers.

Since 1960, Nevada County has drawn top cyclists to its mountain roads and 19th century towns, including European-style races that have been won by three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, two-time U.S. national champion Levi Leipheimer, and Alexi Grewal, the first man to win Olympic cycling gold for the USA.  As a19 year-old, Lance Armstrong raced here in 1991, taking 2nd place in the Nevada City Classic.

Currently, the County is experiencing a mountain biking heyday, with the highest youth participation rate in the state of California.  Moderate to extremely rigorous MTB trails and events abound. Some are featured as part of Bike Nevada County. Others are in undisclosed locations, including what one Team USA MTB racer describes as “one of the best enduros in the U.S.

Don’t miss this historic, inaugural celebration – undoubtedly the first of many in years to come!  Be here as Bike Nevada County elevates the sport of cycling by offering the utmost variety, inclusiveness, sportsmanship, safety, and natural beauty.

Read more, including the complete Calendar of Events, here.

“Trip To Bountiful” Play Reading Apr 29


WHO: Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center present
“Theater By The Book”, a series of informal play readings for the community

WHAT: The Trip to Bountiful directed by Leslie Ann Rivers

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

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

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at, in person or by phone (530) 265-5040 at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

Wednesday, April 29, Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Sierra Stages present, “The Trip to Bountiful”, the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.  “The Trip to Bountiful” is about the journey of a lifetime taken by a woman who sets out to escape the big city and her overprotective family, fueled by the dream of returning to her small hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one last time.  It is a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope and faith.  “The Trip to Bountiful” was written by Horton Foote, and is directed by Leslie Ann Rivers, and features critically acclaimed actress and Berkeley Rep founding member, Karen Lewis, along with local talents Jeffrey Mason, Kenneth Miele, Kelly Taylor, Wendy Willoughby, and T.E. Wolfe.

“I’ve had a fondness for Horton Foote’s work since first seeing his screen adaptation of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, and later, his moving screenplay, “Tender Mercies”,” says Rivers.  “He can write for any dramatic medium: film, television and the stage.  His work and the actors who perform it have garnered Oscars, Tonys, and Emmys.”

Foote’s scripts, often set in the rural Texas landscape of his youth, are beautifully specific to that world, yet universally human.  He writes of home, and of the longing we all have to return there, be it a physical or an emotional place. Often home is where we have spent our childhoods, surrounded by family that loved and protected us. Foote suggests that these loving memories remain alive and deep in our hearts, and when we reach down for them, we remind ourselves of who we truly are, and find the strength to carry on.

The play premiered March 1, 1953 on NBC-TV, before being produced on the Broadway stage November 3-December 5, 1953. Its Broadway production earned Jo Van Fleet a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play at the 8th Tony Awards. The role of Carrie Watts won Geraldine Page the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film adaptation. The Signature Theatre Company revived the play Off-Broadway in December 2005 starring Lois Smith as Carrie. She won the Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama Desk Award for her performance. Most recently, Cicely Tyson received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play at the 67th Tony Awards for the 2013 Broadway production, which earned a total of 4 Tony Award nominations.

The Theater By The Book series has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for both theater buffs looking to get their mid season fix and new audiences interested in learning more about theater.  The readings do not require a set, costumes, or any of the normal trappings of a full production instead the audience can focus on the richness of the story. It also allows the theater group to try out new material on audiences.

“Directing a play can be like hosting a fabulous dinner party.  If you offer the right fare — the words of the play — and bring together the right guests — the actors — you can create a feast,” explains Rivers.  “Bountiful offers us a delicious script — compassionate, moving, humorous and bittersweet, a joy to work with. It’s also an actors’ piece, a chance to gather a mix of veteran local actors and actors with credits from other cities, too, to create a wonderful cast, and to bring Bountiful’s characters to life.”


Grand Opening Body Essence Day Spa – April 29, 2015


Darby Palmer, Owner of Body Essence Day Spa, Salon & Boutique is happy to announce her Grand Opening at 11 am on Wednesday April 29th w/a ribbon cutting ceremony at Noon!  Refreshments & snacks will be served along w/a raffle for a free spa package!

Body Essence
230 Main Street
Nevada City, CA 95959

Formula Business Town Hall Meeting – April 30, 2015


The City Council has expressed interest in considering approaches to limiting “formula” businesses (also known as franchise or chain businesses including big box stores) in Nevada City. Learn more, ask questions, and provide your public input to City staff at a Town Hall meeting on April 30.

Learn More

  • How do other communities limit formula businesses?
  • What approaches could be considered in Nevada City?

Ask Questions

  • What questions do you have? Provide Your Input
  • What are your thoughts?

April 30, 2015

City Hall, 317 Broad Street, Nevada City

Wildflower Walks at Bridgeport


When spring arrives in the Nevada County foothills there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park.

State Park Docents will lead guided Wildflower Walks every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m., beginning  March 7, and continuing through May 10.

The Buttermilk Bend Trail, which winds above the wild and scenic South Yuba River, is famous for the many species that bloom on its hills and slopes.  Each season, observers are delighted with an ever changing tableau of spring color.  Early season visitors will find Western Buttercups, Larkspur, and Shooting Stars.  By mid-season, the hills turn gold and purple with Tufted Poppies and Narrow Leaf Lupine.  Mid to late season is a special treat as Fairy Lanterns, Chinese Houses, and Bird’s Eye Gilia reveal themselves.  Mid to late season, it is a special treat to find the California Dutchman’s Pipe and learn about its unique symbiotic relationship with the pipevine swallowtail butterfly.   Docents will point out these and many more species and points of interest along the trail.

Guided hikes last about two hours along the Buttermilk Bend trail, an easy 2.5 mile round trip hike.  Meet at the trailhead in the north parking lot, just past the concrete bridge which crosses the South Yuba River on Pleasant Valley Road.  Sturdy walking shoes are recommended along with a hat, sunscreen, and remember to bring water.  A $3.00 donation is requested and appreciated.

(Dogs are not permitted on the guided walks as the trail is narrow and the groups can be large.)

To make your visit complete, allow extra time to visit the park Visitor Center, see the covered bridge (currently under restoration) and barn (both built in 1862) and the restored 1920’s gas station.

The Visitor Center is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. There you will find a collection of wildflower books, nature and history displays and many other educational and gift items. Because of dry winter conditions the wildflower season may be full of mystery and surprises.

For more information throughout our short season, call the park at (530) 432-2546, or go to       (rain will cancel walks)


Nevada City Classic – June 21, 2015

Official Race Website


One of America’s top cycling events celebrates its 55th anniversary this year and many of the nation’s top cyclists are expected to be on hand.

The 55th Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in historic downtown Nevada City.

The Nevada City Classic is one of the premiere sporting events in the Sierra foothills, the largest and oldest bike race on the West Coast, and the second-oldest race in the nation.

Historic Nevada City is draped with flags and bunting and provides a colorful backdrop as cyclists whiz through the downtown area, spokes flashing and crowds cheering. Several thousand spectators attend the traditional Father’s Day event.

Senior and professional riders representing top U.S. cycling teams are expected to race in the men’s 90-minute main event. Women’s, Junior’s and Master’s races also are planned. Action begins at 1 p.m. and is usually complete by about 6:30 p.m.

For information on the Nevada City Bicycle Classic, call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692.

Course Map

nevada city classic bike race map

LinkedIn Workshop – April 22, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This 60-minute workshop with small business trainer, Nate Wright, will help you unearth fruitful (and profitable) connections within your community and business ecosystem. You’ll leave the workshop with the tools needed to establish a unearth good prospects and forge a *human* connection via LinkedIn.

Some topics we’ll cover:

  • LinkedIn Profile & Company Profile Optimization
  • Building authority – Who do you want to help? How will you provide them with value?
  • Tracking down leads on LinkedIn – Who can help you? How do you find them?
  • Techniques for capturing a prospects email address (some geeky, some old-fashioned)
  • Custom LinkedIn Connection Request Templates designed to get you that meeting

About the Speaker: Nate Wright teaches smaller business how to make bigger money. Since bootstrapping Small Biz Triage six years ago in Seattle, WA, he has directly helped hundreds of owners complete thousands of sales, marketing and productivity projects. Nate’s uniquely flavored business model has given him a front-row seat to small business owner successes, and a back-stage pass to their failures. Their client list includes the Obama-appointed Chair of the National Women’s Business Council, a mobile-app developer with over 3.5 million downloads, and an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker.

Meyers Investment Group
360 Sierra College Dr #200
Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Limited to 10 people. Reserve your seat here.

Intero Real Estate Open House – April 24, 2015


Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & INTERO – Present


Hosted by

John and Edie Miller, Owners / Broker

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting

Come see one of our four beautiful new offices!!

Live Music, Food, Drinks and great Raffle Prizes

227 Broad Street, Suite 201

On Broad St. between the National and Pine St

Friday April 24th, 2015

4:00-6:30 PM

Call Intero office for details or questions 530-615-0111

“No Motor Day” Scotts Flat – April 26, 2015

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The quiet, natural beauty of Scotts Flat Reservoir will be showcased on Sunday, Apr. 26, as the Nevada Irrigation District hosts its 8th Annual “No Motor Day.”

NID Recreation Manager Peggy Davidson said the district has organized the event in response to community requests and as part of an overall effort to operate in a green, environmentally friendly manner.

Non-motorized watercraft, including sailboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, will be allowed entry to the Scotts Flat Recreation Area without charge for the day.   Use of motorized boats will be suspended for the entire day.

Regular admission rates of $8.00 per vehicle (with up to four persons) will remain in effect.

A number of special activities will be offered without charge. Free kayak and paddleboard demos will be offered from 10-4 by Mountain Recreation of Grass Valley.   The Gold Country Yacht Club will host an open house and offer free sailboat rides, also from 10-4.

Hungry recreationists may purchase a barbecue lunch prepared as a fundraiser by local Boy Scout Troop No. 4.  The luncheon is planned from 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m. in the marina area.

Scotts Flat is one of 10 reservoirs owned and operated by NID.  The district offers wide-ranging public recreational opportunities at both Scotts Flat and Rollins reservoirs in the Sierra foothills.  Camping and backcountry recreational opportunities are available at some of the district’s mountain reservoirs.

More information is available at

Tim O’Connor’s Readers Theatre Apr 26


WHAT:  Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Readers Theatre directed by Tim O’Connor

WHEN: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Doors 3:30 p.m., Show 4 p.m

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

TICKETS: $10, and are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040 or in person at Miners Foundry, and in person at BriarPatch Co-op

Sunday, April 26, great works of literature come alive when read by acclaimed local actors at Readers Theatre, a bi-annual benefit for the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  The intimate afternoon features a special selection of California specific short stories by Mari Sunalda, Gerald Haslam, Gina Berriault, Michelle Cliff, Roy Parvin, and Dagoberto Gilb, read by David Iorns (Foothill Theatre Company, Legacy Productions), Bruce Kelly (Bruce Kelly Jazz Quartet), Gaylie Bell-Stewart (Legacy Productions), Sandra Rockman (Foothill Theatre Company), and Carolyn Winters (Sierra Stages).

Legendary character actor Tim O’Connor (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) reprises his role as director for the spring production. O’Connor originally brought the concept to the Foundry and for more than a decade, this unique theatre-style reading of prose and screenplays, has moved and inspired audiences.  Readers Theatre has been called many things including “Theatre of the Mind” and “Interpreters Theatre”.  It gained popularity during World War 2 when large stage plays were too expensive to produce.  With minimal props used, the actor and the audience’s imagination illustrate the story.

O’Connor hand selects each short story and its reader.  For the stories he looks for pieces that have the ability to take the reader and the audience on a journey of emotions and ideas, while still marveling at the complexity and beauty of language and the written word.  O’Connor draws from a stable of ten to twelve well-known local actors he has worked with over the years to be his readers.

This production’s stories are from a collection of California writers using the Golden State as their muse.

Much of Gerald W. Haslam’s writing, starting with a series of pieces for The Nation four decades ago, has sought to bring his native state’s image more into line with its reality to explore the human condition. He has particularly celebrated California’s rural and small town areas, its poor and working class people of all colors.  Bruce Kelly will be reading “Condor Dreams”, a reflective and delicately instructive tale of a father and son and their connection with the California condor that serves as a metaphor for the region’s traditional way of life.

Gina Berriault’s stories resonate with ambiguity. She provides intimate views of characters facing personal crises, rising or falling in the face of them, and often confronting sometimes unpleasant truths about their identities, values, and personal relationships. Yet her characters remain, in the most realistic sense, unfinished and in process. One of Berriault’s gifts as a short story writer is her ability to craft an opening paragraph that lays out the essential plot questions of the story and captures the essence of a character’s conflicts, thus tantalizing readers to forge ahead and figure out how the characters came to find themselves so trapped, lost, confused, angry, or vulnerable. The main character in “Wilderness Fire” deals with her mediocrity as an actress and the break- up of her marriage to a promising novelist by returning home to the consoling arms of her mother.  Carolyn Winters will read “Wilderness Fire”.

Michelle Cliff is a Jamaican-American author whose notable works include No Telephone to Heaven, Abeng and Free Enterprise.  Cliff also has written short stories, prose poems and works of literary criticism. Her works explore the various, complex identity problems that stem from post-colonialism, as well as the difficulty of establishing an authentic, individual identity despite race and gender constructs.  She has called Santa Cruz, CA home since 1999.  “Apache Tears” deals subtly with issues of sexuality. Additionally, the issues of death and friendship, beginnings and endings that color these stories reach back to the first selection with a standing question. Yet no answer is returned.  The story, in a very poetic and in a real way, comments on the dilemma between appearance and reality as it relates to modern society.

Enjoy a stimulating and entertaining afternoon with a perfectly curated program of talented local actors reading compelling short stories by critically acclaimed new and established authors.

Picture:  (l to r) Sandra Rockman, Bruce Kelly, Gaylie Bell-Stewart, Dave Irons, Carolyn Winters