The Magic Carpet Customer Appreciation Weekend Nov 7 & 8

Customer Appreciation Weekend and

“Master Weavers – Treasures for a Lifetime” Exhibit

November 7 – 8, 2015
10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Magic Carpet Gallery
408 Broad St., Nevada City, CA
Free to the Public

The Magic Carpet will be celebrating its 35th anniversary with a customer appreciation weekend, Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be free rug and pillow prize drawings, ethnic treats, slide presentations and a spectacular new exhibit, “Master Weavers – Treasures for a Lifetime.” In addition, a special 30% off storewide sale will be offered for these two days only! Following the weekend, there will be a 20% off storewide sale from November 9, 2015 to January 15, 2016.

35 years ago, Paul and Eileen Jorgensen launched The Magic Carpet and have been serving Nevada County ever since with fine decorative arts. They have been bringing back spectacular hand-spun, hand-carded, vegetable-dyed and hand-knotted Cultural Survival rugs from their many world travels, supporting women and the weaving communities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. This has created a win-win situation for both the weavers and the customers.

Since 2013, Peter Cohen and his wife Carolien van Straten have taken over the daily management of the business, continuing to share the magnificent beauty of Oriental rugs, as well as offering expert wash and repair services, and appraisals. They also continue the tradition of offering educational events and presentations, exploring the cultures of the master rug weavers.

The Magic Carpet invites you to this celebration and to enjoy the beauty of art underfoot!



Children’s Showcase of Hope Nov 7

Showcase of Hope
Saturday, November 7 • 7 pm
Center for the Arts, Grass Valley

Adults $24; Students 10 and over $8; Kids 10 and under $4

Children for Children – Showcase of Hope – is an annual benefit event for Child Advocates of Nevada County.

The event showcases local talented youth who work long and hard to put on a professional class musical performance that supports less fortunate children in our community. The youth are impressively talented and their performances are inspiring with a good dose of levity and humor added in by our Master of Ceremony and Music in the Mountains youth coordinator Mark Vance. The event is made possible with the support of many community volunteers, generous corporate sponsors and donors, and with our valued-In-Kind Sponsor Music in the Mountains.

For more information please visit or call (530) 265 -9550 X226.


Holidays at Harmony Ridge Lodge


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SYRCL Salmon Tours Oct 31 & Nov 7


SYRCL Provides Public Tours to View
Wild Chinook Salmon in Our Own Backyard

Know & Go:

What: SYRCL Salmon Tours

When: October 31st and November 7th

Where: Lower Yuba River below Hwy 20 Bridge

Who: South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)

Cost: Rafting Tours: $75 for the general public, $65 for SYRCL members


Right now, Chinook salmon are swimming from the Pacific Ocean under the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Delta and back to the rivers of their birth to spawn the next salmon generation. The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and H20 Adventures are teaming up to offer public raft tours in October and November.  Participants enjoy a guided trip to view salmon spawning activity in the Lower Yuba River below Englebright Dam.

“Registration is now open for 2015 Salmon Tours! This is an unforgettable opportunity for you and your family to explore the Lower Yuba River and to witness spawning salmon,” says SYRCL’s River Education Coordinator, Heather Kallevig. “Get outdoors, enjoy the rafts and the river while learning about the salmon life cycle and the impact humans have on these incredibly resilient fish.”

Join SYRCL River Science staff, trained local naturalists, and river guides from H20 Adventures for this educational and fun day. You will learn about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted the river, and SYRCL’s work to protect salmon, including a visit to SYRCL’s habitat restoration project at Hammon Bar.

You might get the opportunity to witness exuberant salmon jumping two feet out of the water, showing off their beautiful silvery coloration while many more dart around the rafts. You will be amazed by the spectacular journey of wild Chinook salmon that have traveled over 150 miles from the Pacific to their spawning grounds in the Yuba River.

Salmon-Boats Tours_1-Photo-“I have been rafting the rivers of the Sierra Nevada for 30 years and have seen their degradation first hand,” said Cindy Richards a volunteer Salmon Tour Naturalist. “It is so important for us to share with today’s youth the interconnections of life in our rivers.  Only a fraction of the historic salmon population is left in the Yuba, and we need to do something to help them thrive now. It is so important to go and see the beauty and feel the excitement of the salmon spawn. The experience will bring your understanding of the connections of life in the river full circle.”

Chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, historically came up the Yuba and many other rivers in California by the hundreds of thousands. Today, wild Fall-Run Chinook salmon return to the Lower Yuba in the thousands, while the much rarer Spring-Run Chinook salmon are federally listed as a species threatened with extinction. Chinook salmon in the Yuba can measure more than two feet in length and often weigh 30 – 40 lbs. Guides and naturalists will answer all your questions while sharing knowledge about the fish’s life cycle and their history in the Yuba River.

Register today to secure your spot on a raft tour. Salmon Raft Tours (ages 8 and up) are a full day of rafting down the Lower Yuba River. Tour dates are October 31st and November 7th.  The cost of a raft trip is $75 for the general public, $65 for SYRCL members. Your trip fee helps fund our school tours, bringing students throughout the watershed to experience the Yuba and learn about salmon.

The Salmon Raft Tours will take place on the main stem of the Yuba River from Parks Bar, just below the Highway 20 Bridge, to Sycamore Ranch Park. This run is about 5 miles long and the tour takes approximately six hours.

Individuals should bring a lunch, water, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and appropriate clothes for a brisk day on the river with a brief hike.  Please do not wear flip-flops; sandals that attach to the ankle are fine.

To sign up for a tour, please register online at or contact Heather Kallevig, River Education Coordinator, at (530) 265-5961, ext. 218; to learn more.

SYRCL would like to thank the Teichert Foundation for supporting our 2015 Salmon Tours season!

Halloween Fright Night at Miners Foundry Oct 31


WHO: FRIGHT NIGHT with Achilles Wheel,
The Soft Bombs and Scary Little Friends

WHEN: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Doors 8:30pm, Show 9pm

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

TICKETS: $25 in Advance, $30 at the Door and available online at, by phone at (530) 265-5040, or in person at Miners Foundry or Briar Patch Co-Op.,

INFO: (530) 265-5040 or

Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents FRIGHT NIGHT, Nevada County’s largest Halloween bash, Saturday, October 31st.  The legendary Halloween party now in its thirty-seventh year, promises another infamous evening of sensational costumes and ambiance, an epic dance party, and rollicking rock n’ roll.

This year’s FRIGHT NIGHT features live music from one of Northern California’s most popular groups Achilles Wheel, plus local psych rockers The Soft Bombs and Scary Little Friends from San Francisco.

Over the last year Achilles Wheel has dominated the Northern California roots and world music scene performing at Jerry Bash, California Worldfest, The Strawberry Music festival, The Redwood Mountain Faire, The Redwood Ramble, Dead On The Creek, Railroad Earth’s Hangtown Halloween, and a sold out show at Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico, California.

Offering drivingly danceable rhythms, hard pumping bass, and hypnotically addictive blends of psych, kaleidoscopic electrophonic melodies, The Soft Bombs are at once retro and distinctly forward-looking. The band’s live shows are enhanced by colorful projections and extended dance-improvs that whip the audience into frenzy.

Based in San Francisco with underlying southern soul roots, strong songwriting is really the bread and butter of Scary Little Friends. Scary Little Friend’s live shows combine an understated professionalism with raw talent. They connect with their audience the old-fashioned way by offering authentic heartfelt performances that fulfill our desire to connect. No gimmicks, no tricks. Just great songs about what you were thinking but couldn’t say.

A few of the many highlights at this year’s FRIGHT NIGHT includes the infamous costume contest that always leaves the town talking, a spectacular light show by Mark Jacoby, a special treat at intermission created by LIT Projection featuring the art work of Romero Alves and Zach Haller, food by Horn of the Bull Taqueria, and more.  This year’s costume contest features cash prizes, an esteemed group of judges, and emceed by Heather Donahue, star of The Blair Witch Project and author of Grow Girl.

This local tradition dates back to 1978 when Bobby Angel coined the name and produced the first five FRIGHT NIGHT’s at the American Victorian Museum as a fundraiser for community radio station KVMR. The first FRIGHT NIGHT was $2 with costume; simulcast live on KVMR and featured Mighty Dread, Harry Harpoon and the House Wreckers, plus a special appearance by the Phantom of the Opera.

Thirty-seven years later, FRIGHT NIGHT has gone through many producers including artists and visionaries David Osborn and Charles Woods, KVMR, and Foothill Theatre Company, and it is now considered one of the Miners Foundry’s largest annual fundraisers.

Click here to watch last year’s special intermission show


Talen Andersen Winner of Youth Vocal Competition

Local youth showcase big talent at Vocal Competition

Nine participants, ages 12-21, put aside their fears as they stepped on stage Oct. 11 to sing before a live audience at the fifth annual Youth Vocal Competition in honor of Laura June Breen.

Contestants all managed to embrace their nerves as they showcased their vocal talents at the competition, presented by InConcert Sierra and the Sierra Master Chorale.

“I was truly impressed with the level of talent, range of styles and bravery of these young singers,” said Mary Anne Davis, who organized the event and also sings in the Sierra Master Chorale. “The overall experience was a good one for the students as well as the audience.”

In the end, a panel of three judges awarded 18-year-old Talen Andersen from Bear River High School, first place for his performance singing “This Is The Moment,” (from Jekyll & Hyde), with words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn. And also “I’ve Got The World On A String,” with words and music by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen.

“I’m over the moon about finally winning (this) amazing competition! Ever since my first try in 2013, I’ve considered this competition something to look forward to,” Andersen said. “Thank you to InConcert Sierra for offering youth an outlet to perform. Whether it’s getting used to the mic or another day in the office, musicians thrive on performance. That is where most learning is done.”

Andersen received a $500 cash award for first place. He said the money will go towards college, with a little bit set aside for an upcoming family road trip.

Another Bear River student, Hailey Patrick, 17, took second in the competition and received $250.

The Youth Vocal Competition was designed to offer the emerging talent of Nevada County an opportunity to experience what it’s like to perform live, on stage, in front of an audience and take away materials to assist them in future endeavors. All nine contestants receive a video, posted to YouTube, of their performance, along with photos, that they can use to assist them in entering additional competitions, scholarships and more. They also get a summary of feedback from the panel of three vocal and music experts, Ryan Murray, Janet Rossman and Daniel Zuckerman.

Photo credit: Carolyn Valle

Sierra Harvest Happenings in November

Round up at the BriarPatch for
Sierra Harvest

This October and November we can all make a big difference with our spare change. If you round up to the next dollar as you check out at BriarPatch, 100% of your donation goes to support our Harvest of the Month Program!

The Harvest of the Month program brings fresh, local, organic food into 20 schools in Nevada County each month, enabling over 6,500 elementary school children to taste local farm produce they might have never tried before.

Over the past three years Sierra Harvest has brought 30,000 pounds of local food into our schools. Not only is this good for the health of the children and their families, it’s great for local farmers, many of whom have become household names to these families.

For more info on the CAUSE Program:


November 5 – Learn about Sierra Harvest and Observe Tasting Week at a Local Elementary School

Come join us for a free one-hour exploration of the work of Sierra Harvest with a mission to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food. Come watch a local chef prepare fresh, local food with a 1st Grade class at Nevada City School of the Arts.  We will Meet at the school  13032 Bitney Springs Road Bldg. # 8, Nevada City, CA on Thursday, November 5 from 9-10am.

Please RSVP to or 530-265-2343.


Loana Beeson Art Featured Oct 30 & 31

Local artist Loana Beeson will have her work featured at the upcoming Banner Mountain Holiday Boutique October 30 & 31st at 13267 Woodstock Dr in Nevada City.

For more information about Loana’s artwork, go to her website at


The Fairies are Retiring!

Dear Friends of the Forest….

After 28 years as Nevada County’s very own fairyland, Tanglewood Forest will be closing its doors (or the woods as it were!) at the end of this year.

We have had a wonderful time presenting this community with our collection of fanciful creations and treasures, and will miss the friendship and overwhelming dedication our Tanglewood family has shown us year after year. We hope to see as many of you as possible during our final holiday season.

This was truly a heart wrenching decision and we will miss you all. Thanks for the great adventure!

TanglewoodBlackhatMarci will be continuing to create her signature hats, masks and jewelry on her website at – take a peek!

May The Forest Be With You!

Marci, Anita, Su, Laura and all of the fairies…

Tanglewood Forest
115 S. Pine Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 478-1813


Nevada City’s Windows on History in October

Windows on History is an exhibit of 42 mural-size historical photographs with captions displayed in the storefronts of downtown Nevada City businesses right where the photo was taken.

These photos celebrate the everyday life of Nevada City from 1850 to approximately 1920:  the passage of time is presented by powerful photographic images of historical scenes in the context of today’s streetscape.

Windows on History will be displayed during the month of October.


BYOB’s October Wine Special!

BYOB Wine Seller customers receive a credit of $1.00/bottle when they refill their wine bottles. Our wines are premium California varietals and vintages priced at $6.99 or less. To help you get started, through Halloween, when you buy five bottles of any of our wines, you’ll get the sixth bottle for 10 cents!

We’re now tasting two Nevada County Reds, a luscious Lodi Zinfandel, a Nevada County white and a local Port. We’re at 821 Zion Street in Nevada City, right between Fudenjuice and Earthsong Flowers. Open Noon to 5:30, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Just mention you read about us in the Chamber Newsletter to receive your discount.

Save a Bottle, Save a Buck!

Second Annual “Souper Sunday” Oct 25


WHO: Sierra Stages and InConcert Sierra present

WHAT: second annual Souper Sunday

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City, CA 95959

TICKETS: $35 for adults, $20 for youth under age 12. Available online at

INFO: 530-273-3990, 530-346-3210

Generosity, Spirit of Community On Stage and Off at Annual Souper Sunday

Warm up to fall at the second annual Souper Sunday benefit, Oct. 25. Funds raised by this family-friendly event will support youth programming for Sierra Stages and InConcert Sierra.

In the fall of 2014, the two nonprofit arts organizations partnered to present the inaugural Souper Sunday, which raised enough funds for Sierra Stages to present “Stone Soup” at four Nevada County schools and also benefit InConcert Sierra’s music programs for youth. They will return for a second year to Miners Foundry Cultural Center at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 to present “The Quiltmaker’s Gift.”

The musical tells the tale of a greedy king, who commands presents from everyone in the land. Most people comply, but a quiltmaker, known for her beautiful works of art, will not give the king one of her blankets – they are reserved only for the poor and homeless. Convinced the quilt is his key to happiness, the king will stop at nothing to secure one from the quiltmaker.

Souper Sunday will be the sole public performance of “The Quiltmaker’s Gift” before it goes on tour to elementary schools this fall. Sierra Stages and InConcert Sierra will once again present this educational tale to the schools at no charge.

“It was so rewarding to perform the musical ‘Stone Soup’ (written by Ken Hardin) for more than 1,200 students at four local elementary schools last year that we decided we should put together another school touring production this fall,” said Peter Mason of Sierra Stages.

“Souper Sunday is a fun opportunity for the community to support what InConcert Sierra and Sierra Stages does for youth, but also gives them a chance to see what it is they are directly supporting, all in an enjoyable and social atmosphere,” said InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin.

Following the Oct. 25 performance, there will be a luncheon of various soups, breads and desserts, and a silent auction, including a handmade quilt donated by the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, and a raffle of goods and services donated by local businesses and individuals.

“This year we start again with comforting soup and add the warmth of quilts by presenting a story that will bring a glow to your heart.  “The Quiltmaker’s Gift,” shows us all the value of generosity, the spirit of community, and the true secret to happiness – giving,” said Susan Mason, who is the director and vocal director.

Tickets to Souper Sunday are $35 adults and $20 youth under age 12 and available online at Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Miners Foundry Cultural Center is located at 325 Spring St. in Nevada City.

For more information, visit either organization’s websites at or, or call InConcert Sierra at 530-273-3900.


Solid Gold Express Runs thru Oct 24


A Musical Comedy Revue by John Driscoll & Jan Kopp

September 18th thru October 24th
Friday & Saturday at 8:15 – Admission $26

For Reservations, call 530-265-8686

Embarking on a new adventure, George Dahl’s motley crew of itinerant performers has abandoned their motor home and parking lot gig for an indoor venue at the Union Landing strip mall in Union City, CA. Their new focus is on re-creating the sights and sounds of the 1980’s. With limited resources, they ineptly and hilariously attempt to present a live watered-down touring version of the 1980’s hit musical series Solid Gold, featuring hit songs from the era and some rather “creative” dance routines.

Andrew Kerr returns as the mid-life crisis entrepreneur George, joined by Danny McCammon as the no-holds-barred improver Jeremy and Kate Haight as Jeremy’s girlfriend Debbie, the Catholic choir teacher “on indefinite leave.” Rounding out the cast of this year’s sequel are Kim Wellman as George’s country-karaoke-singing main squeeze Cindy, Isaias Acosta as retro punk-rocker David and Lyra Dominguez as recent ACT graduate choreographer Melinda Santos.

Solid Gold Express features many top billboard songs of the era like Flashdance, Eye of the Tiger, Take My Breath Away, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Total Eclipse Of The Heart and over two-dozen more by such ‘80’s icons as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston, ABBA, Bon Jovi, Air Supply, Gloria Estefan and others. With the imaginative choreography of Lyra Dominguez, you will sing and laugh your way into the Fall season.

Solid Gold Express is full of humor, nostalgia and great music and is suitable for all ages. Pre-show entertainment by Chris Crockett begins one hour before showtime for all performances.

Off Broadstreet Theatre, 305 Commercial Street, Nevada City, CA 95959,

Gaudi/Henry Pope at Haven Oct 21

Haven Underground – Wed, Oct 21
224 Broad Street Nevada City, California

Come join us for a very rare performance of legendary international Six Degree recording artist “GAUDI” (UK) featuring Danny Ladwa on vocals and Street Ritual recording artist HENRY POPE (LA) featuring Littlefoot on percussion at the Haven Underground. Funktion 1, Doors open at 9pm Tickets available at Briarpatch Co-op and online. 21+ $20

UK based producer GAUDI keeps his ever-growing fan base returning to the dance floor with his infectious bass-driven tunes and innovative live performances. Honoring the traditions of old school dub by performing on stage without a computer, GAUDI’s incredible sonic manipulations are interwoven with live Theremin, Moog, Vocoder, Tape Echoes, Percussion and live vocals from his partner in rhyme and beatboxer extraordinaire, Danny Ladwa – all of which makes for a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed.

Henry Pope has smashed the edge off the cubist and injected color into the monochromatic. It is no surprise that for the past several years his music has been popping up on radio stations around the globe, Top 100 lists, huge festival lineups (Coachella), and tastemaker music blogs. Pope’s live electronic sets enthrall massive crowds with world class musicians melding seamlessly with phenomenal mixes. Riding a wave of critical acclaim and triumphs at some of the world’s largest festivals.

Spend Your Holidays With Harmony Ridge Lodge


Are you planning a Holiday Mixer, Gathering or Party?
Do you want an expertly decorated and luxurious location to host it?

Harmony Ridge Lodge LOVES to get Dressed up for the Holidays and we offer wonderful deals for your Holiday Gatherings! 
 Please call today to learn more, 530-478-0615,