Sustainable Food & Farm Conference Jan 8-10, 2016

Join us for Nevada County’s Sustainable Food and Farm Conference January 8th-10th, 2016 where we’ll bring together a diverse panel of speakers, farming related businesses and organizations, for a weekend full of informative lectures, a food and farming exposition, plus numerous workshops for all levels of farming and ranching. Speaker highlights include Paul Stamets, Gabe Brown and Jean-Martin Fortier.

Register now!


National Hotel Christmas Mixer

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A big Thank You goes out to Tom Coleman, Ernie, and the staff at the National Hotel for putting on a fabulously festive Christmas Mixer on Dec 10th!

The food was delicious and raffle prizes were bountiful!  You couldn’t have asked for a better kick-off to the holiday season!


New Year’s Eve Funk Party Dec 31

What: The Miners Foundry and
Paul Emery Music present
New Year’s Eve Funk Party

When: Thursday, December 31, 2015
Doors 8pm • Show 9pm

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

Tickets: Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $30 for Limited Reserve, plus ticketing fees. General Admission tickets are for the dancing section and are not guaranteed a seat.  Ticket includes one glass of champagne.

Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

The Miners Foundry and Paul Emery Music present New Year’s Eve Funk Party on Thursday, December 31, 2015, featuring funk and soul power group Mojo Green with special guest Whee The People.

Mojo Green, hailing from Reno, NV, is a seven-piece horn driven soul funk machine playing their own version of high energy horn driven dance music.  Sharing the stage with some of the nations top touring bands and gracing the stages of the top West Coast music venues and festivals, Mojo Green is quickly becoming a soul funk household name. Over the last two years, Mojo Green has played over 200 shows taking their high energy, hard hitting, crazy dance party to storied venues such as The Great American Music Hall, The Sierra Nevada Big Room, The Sweetwater Music Hall, Harlow’s , The Crystal Bay Club Crown Room, and the historic Celebrity Showroom at the Reno Nugget.

Their touring schedule has given them the honor of sharing the same stage with powerhouse National acts like Lyrics Born, The Funky Meters, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Motet, Trombone Shorty, Orgone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Turkuaz,The Monophonics, Tea Leaf Green, Nigel Hall w/ members of Lettuce and gained them the reputation of being one of the best live acts around. Over the past couple of years they have also had the opportunity to take their unique sound to major festivals such as Burning Man, The Hangtown Halloween Ball, The Squaw Valley Funk Fest, The Bounce, For the Funk of It, Mateel Summer Fest, and The Ridgestock Music Festival.

Made up of: Frank “Fletch” Fletcher on drums and Trevor Rice on bass laying down the tight and funky grooves that lay the foundation, Tim Bain on guitar adding some tasty rhythms and blistering lead lines, a powerhouse heavy horn section composed of Kevin Thomas on Bari sax and Monty Adams on Trumpet ,John Bennum on Trombone and Jenes Carter adding her soulful and sexy vocal leads, Mojo Green plays a style of dance music that is extremely funky and very sexy.

Opening the show are Whee the People from San Francisco.  Whee mixes classic soul, with contemporary pop, and delivers it with the energy of an indie rock band.  They call it Indie Soul.  Their debut album, “The Beautiful Revolution” is a fun, feel good soundtrack for anyone who wants to keep their head on the sunny side of life. In the current vein of Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson & Andy Grammer, with lyrics reminiscent of Stevie Wonder or Michael Franti.  With the undeniable affect of making you feel happy and good about life, these songs are guaranteed to get stuck in your head.

Independently produced and arranged by frontman Tommy Daly (The Fly’s, Mozart, Sweet Mountain Honey), “The Beautiful Revolution” is meant to add a little “Good to your News Feed”, and proposes the idea that making some change can actually be something fun!  Starting with a foundation of Indie Rock and Indie Pop grooves, by drummer Beau Askew, and adding a ton of Funkiness and Soul, by bassist Dave Minor and Jacob Aginsky on keys, these simple, feel good Pop songs, come to life with the positive, and uplifting lyrics and vocals of Tommy Daly. With a funky soul horn section, sultry back-up girls, hooky Indie Rock gang choruses… “The Beautiful Revolution” is a journey for your ears, and feels like one of your favorite records from the first few spins!

Ticket includes one glass of champagne.  Food available for purchase from Bull of the Horn Taqueria.


Outside Inn Blog 2015 Giveaway

The Outside Inn’s blog, InnSide Nevada City, annual end of the year giveaway is a great way to celebrate Nevada City’s small town love.  Check out the blog, for more ideas on things to do in our community.  Written by Outside Inn’s owner Erin Thiem, the blog is a showcase of the area, including events, restaurants, outdoor adventures and more.

The end of the year prize is worth $2300 and includes 67 different local businesses and organizations.  One lucky winner will win the entire crate on Christmas Day.  There is no cost to enter, post a comment on the giveaway post.


Photo credit: Kial James Photography

New Years Eve – Laughs, Lolo & Legs Dec 31

The Center for the Arts presents


NEW YEARS EVE – Laughs, Lolo and Legs!
Thursday, December 31 • 9:00PM

$22 members, $27 non-member: Lounge Only – Limited to 30!
$32 members, $37 non-member: Standing for Music / Seated for Katie Rubin
$42 members, $47 non-member: Reserved Seating for Comedy & Music
$122: Winemaker’s dinner prepared by Emily’s Catering featuring Chacewater wines includes reserved seating in 1st 2 rows. Limited to 50
(Ticket prices includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Buy tickets online here


9:00 Katie Rubin
10-10:20 break
10:20-11:30 Lolo Gervais
11:30-12:00 Bow Tie Beauties with Lolo Gervais
12:00-2:00 Jamal Walker

Winemaker’s Dinner Menu
Starter:  Alaskan Crab Bisque served with Grilled Sourdough
Entrée (Guests select one entrée in advance):  Slow roasted salmon with tarragon pesto or Spiced duck breast with cherry and red wine reduction or Vegetable wellington
Entrees served with delicious seasonal veggies and roasted fingerling potatoes
Profiteroles with whip cream and chocolate sauce

See more at


Dustin Thomas at Miners Foundry Dec 29


Who: Dustin Thomas

When: Tuesday, December 29, Doors 8pm, Show 8:30pm

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

Tickets: $15/GA, Tickets are available online at, by phone at (530) 265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.


Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love- these are just a few trademarks of traveling singer-songwriter Dustin Thomas. Appearances aside, the music of Dustin Thomas has captivated audiences from Australia to Moscow with his infectious blend of beat-box/soul folk. Armed with a voice, a guitar and universal anthems of faith, love, and war; this young artist continues to inspire hearts around the world on his mission of music, joy, and peace.

In his songs you’ll hear the thoughts of an old soul in a young body: A conversation on current affairs, speckled with historical and political references ranging as far back as Alexander the Great’s horse (Come on Bucephalus) or as current as Trayvon Martin and Troy Davis. In his songs you’ll find the musings of new eyes observing the challenges of proletariat living. You’ll hear a new spirit contemplating human relationships both spiritual and intimate. There is little hidden or veiled in his nursery rhyme prose, just honest questions and earnest stories of love, loss, worship and war.

“His uniqueness defies labels. If you need comparisons, he’s a conduit for something spiritual and real, the way that the great Bob Marley was (and still is) or the way real issues were sung by, say, Tracy Chapman, whose stirring voice, by the way, seems to be echoing in Dustin,“ Jason Smith wrote in the Big Island Weekly.

Thomas is currently touring globally and nationwide, both as a solo-artist and in collaboration with Nahko and Medicine For The People. Thomas has performed alongside Soja, Xavier Rudd, Keller Williams, and Trevor Hall. Thomas will take the stage at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in an intimate special one-night only performance on Tuesday, December 29.

Last Victorian Christmas is Dec 23

Victorian Christmas 2015

Sundays – Dec 6, 13 & 20 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 16 & 23 from 5 – 9pm

The enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled to overflowing with authentic Christmas treasures — hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls, and over 100 different items in all. It’s the one & only Victorian Christmas-full of new shows, sights, sounds and attractions.

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra 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 outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings.

This annual, family tradition takes place 2 Wednesday evenings and 3 Sunday afternoons in December and features holiday activities for all ages:  carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas!

There is oh so much to see, hear, feast upon and experience at Victorian Christmas. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice…we look forward to welcoming the best of the holiday Season with you and yours!

For more information go to


“A Christmas Story” Plays thru Dec 27

LeGacy Presents is proud to bring back the beloved family Christmas classic…A Christmas Story to the historic Nevada Theatre from November 27th through December 27th.

Shawnna Frazer directs the Philip Grecian adaptation of the hit 1983 movie written by Jean Shepherd, whose tale of little Ralphie Parker’s Christmas wish for a Red Ryder BB gun is told with poignancy and humor, interspersed with the nostalgia of a 1939 Indiana town’s holiday season.

LeGacy newcomer Max Maliszewski plays nine year old Ralphie Parker. LeGacy veterans John Bivens and Nadia White take their comedic turn as Ralphie’s parents. Deana Martinez plays Ralphie’s teacher Miss Shields. Other cast members include Gaibrial Morton, Helena O’Dell, and Connor McGehee. Narration throughout the play is cleverly told by “grown up” Ralph, LeGacy veteran, Matt Teff.

Thursday shows at 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2pm, with a special Christmas Eve matinee at 2pm.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Available at The BookSeller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online here or by calling (530)268 5419.


Nevada City #6 Christmas Destination Nationwide

Newsmax’s Top 50 Christmas Destinations in America

Nevada City #6 Destination for Christmas!

Newsmax has rounded up 50 of the very best places in America for you and your loved ones to visit this Christmas season — places that will etch themselves forever in both your memories and your hearts. Our list isn’t defined specifically by size or by number of visitors, but you’ll notice that each location’s unique, wholesome, and family-oriented events and activities help shape these rankings.

Read full article here:

For more information about visiting Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas celebration, go to


Dave Iorns Receives NC’s Prestigious Elza Kilroy Award

Owner of Nevada City Crystal & Glass, David Iorns has been named recipient of the 2015 Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Kilroy award, established in 1969, annually to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors selected Iorns for the award to honor his dedication to Nevada City and support of the local organizations in the area.

Iorns is a past president of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and is the President-elect for 2016.   “The Board felt that he has Nevada City in his heart and the Chamber appreciates everything he does to help keep Nevada City a vibrant community” said Chamber Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey.

The Kilroy Award is one of the several annual awards presented by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Other 2015 recipients are:

Leann Brook is being honored with the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award.

LeGacy Productions is the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award.

The Golden Era Lounge, 309 Broad Street, was recognized with the Annual Stan Halls Architectural Award.

Achilles Wheel is the recipient of the Chamber’s 2015 Live Music Award.

The KVMR building was chosen as the recipient of the W. Lon Cooper New Construction Award.

The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 114th annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 30th at the Miners foundry.

Mikail Graham’s Night of Giving Dec 19


WHAT: Mikail Graham’s 10th Annual
Night of Giving, an evening of live
entertainment to benefit
Hospitality House Community Shelter

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19

WHERE: Miners Foundry Stone Hall and Osborn and Woods Hall, 325 Spring Street,
Nevada City

WHO: Presented by Mikail Graham.

ADMISSION: Suggested donation: $20. No one will be turned away.

Tickets available at the door and at


A Night of Giving Celebrates Ten Years of Hospitality House

On Saturday, December 19, Mikail Graham will present the tenth annual Night of Giving, an evening of top local talent gathered to benefit Hospitality House and celebrate its ten-year anniversary. The celebration is especially appropriate this year, when the shelter is having to increase hours and staff in the cold weather to accommodate record numbers of people who are seeking help every day. A Night of Giving will take place from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., in Nevada City.

The fundraiser will include more than 50 local performers, including Terry Riley, Beaucoup Chapeaux, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Mountain Laurel Duo, dance troupe the Movement Alliance, SierraCapella, Lasher Keen, Fast Rattler, Rod Baggett and the Nevada Union High School Choir, Yuba Rio Hot Club, The Heifer Belles, Lo Lo Gervais, The Rayos, and a special unplugged performance by local favorites The Deadbeats, along with many other great local performing artists. All of these artists are donating their time to support the shelter’s work. The evening will also feature personal stories from Hospitality House guests.

Again this year three generous donors have stepped up to match all contributions received at the event, enabling all who donate that night either in person at the Foundry or online to triple their donations.

A Night of Giving will be streamed live online live from both halls at the Foundry. The stream will include interviews with Hospitality House guests, performing artists, and KVMR DJs. A direct link to the video streams will be available closer to the event. Check for more info.

Prepared by the Hospitality House-trained culinary team, dinner will be available for a small donation, and drinks will be served at a no-host bar. This annual event has been described as a hometown holiday party for the entire community, both young and old.

“In our own county and across the country, offering help to those without homes is becoming a top priority,” said development director Joanna Robinson. “We depend on the willingness of our community to contribute to our work in this season of gratitude and giving. We’ve never been disappointed!

For an entire decade Mikail Graham has presented an evening of top local talent to help spread the good news about all the many services Hospitality House offers to homeless residents of Nevada County. Musician/producer Graham is a third-generation native of Nevada City and a founding broadcaster of KVMR. He has been coordinating musical events since the early 1970s, a musician himself, and currently the house sound manager for The Center For The Arts.

Suggested donation for advance tickets is $20. Children ages 12 and younger are free.

Tickets are available at the door and through the Hospitality House website Sponsors include KVMR, KNCO, The Union, Grass Valley Signs, Caseywood, Summer Thyme’s Bakery, Emily’s Catering, Cake for Giants, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Company, and Nevada City Music Events.

Hospitality House Mission Statement
The mission of Hospitality House is to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing. The community shelter moved into its year-round facility Utah’s Place in December 2013. For more information about Hospitality House, go to:


Sierra Master Chorale Holiday Concerts Dec 19 & 20

Strike the right note this holiday season with Sierra Master Chorale concerts

Get enveloped in the magic of the season as the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra perform two holiday concerts, Dec. 19 and 20th in Grass Valley.

The 70-member auditioned choir and 26-member orchestra are conducted by InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin. This December, Hardin has created a program that will weave “Stories of the Season” to capture the joy of the holidays.

From holiday classics such as “For Unto Us a Child is Born” by George F. Handel, “The Little Drummer Boy” arranged by Mark Hayes, “Joy to the World,” to more contemporary works, such as “Bethlehem Rejoices,” by local composer Mark Vance and “The Very Best Time of the Year” by John Rutter. In keeping with tradition at these concerts, Hardin and the Sierra Master Chorale will encourage the audience to join along for a few favorite songs. The program also includes works by Bach, Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Overture” — which will be performed by the orchestra. For complete program information, go to

Tickets to both performances are $32 for general admission, $16 for youth and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at or in person at BriarPatch Co-op. The Saturday, Dec. 19 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 concert is at 2 p.m. The Sierra Master Chorale will perform at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, in Grass Valley.

Many have made the Sierra Master Chorale concerts part of their holiday tradition each December. Come experience the warmth and emotion of “The Very Best Time of the Year” with the Sierra Master Chorale.

For more information, please go to or call 530-273-3990.

Harmony Ridge Lodge Offers Victorian Christmas Rates

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Victorian Christmas Special

Book your room today (530)478-0615!

Victorian Christmas 2015 in Historic Nevada City!  Come enjoy THE ROMANCE OF CHRISTMAS PAST. Experience the enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled with overflowing authentic Christmas treasures — hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls, and over 100 different items in all. It’s the one & only Victorian Christmas-full of new shows, sights, sounds and attractions.

Harmony Ridge Lodge is celebrating Victorian Christmas with Special Rates. Book your stay to coincide with Victorian Christmas, Sundays Dec 6, 13, 20 and Wednesdays Dec 16 & 23.

$125/night for a two-night stay (Fridays-Sundays or Tuesday/Wednesday)
$175/night for a one night stay (Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday)

Reserve your room today!

Call: 530-478-0615 or Email:

Discount on Globetrotters Tickets for Chamber Members

The Harlem Globetrotters will be playing a show in Reno, NV on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Reno Events Center.  They are offering an exclusive discount on tickets to Chamber members – Up to $8 per ticket!

DEADLINE TO ORDER: Friday January 8th@ 5PM PST

To order tickets contact Jeff Saltzman:
Toll Free 800-641-4667 x131 • Direct 602-707-7028 • Fax 602-258-5925

Or email your order to



Be a Vendor at GV Wedding Fair Jan 24


Grass Valley Wedding Fair ~ A Wedding Affair for All Seasons
Sunday, January 24, 2016 • 12pm–4pm

Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, California 95945

Admission: FREE 


Here’s what Joy of Life Events told us about this event:

“Nevada County is blessed with the advantage of celebrating four distinct seasons, offering unlimited possibilities when creating a wedding or special event. Be it winter, spring, summer, or fall, each seasonal transition in the foothills displays unique and endless possibilities for that special day.
Planning a wedding or special event? Please join us for on Sunday January 24, 2016 for Grass Valley’s Premier Wedding Fair produced by Joy of Life Events at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. On this special day, the Main Street Center will be transformed showcasing some of the top wedding and event vendors in Nevada County. The Grass Valley Wedding Fair is returning to its original location at The Nevada County Fairgrounds after 30 years! Mark your calendars, this is truly a day not to be missed!
Highlights: All Vendors Offering Show Discounts!!! Swag bags for Brides, Styled Booths, Light bites & Sparkling beverages, Live Music, Vintage Rentals & Bridal Toss Giveaways every hour!”

Joy of Life Events ~ Donna Hoekstra ~ Show Producer 


Nevada City Winter Craft Fair At Miners Foundry Dec 13


What: Nevada City Winter Craft Fair

When: Sunday, December 13, 2015, 10am-6pm

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

Tickets: $3, Children 12 and under Free

For more information go to or call (530) 265-5462

The fun and festive Nevada City Winter Craft Fair returns just in time for the holiday season to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Sunday, December 13, 2015, 10am-6pm, in downtown Nevada City.

The independent, juried craft fair showcases over sixty of the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, designers, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares. Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationary items as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and many more unique holiday gifts.

“The Nevada City Craft Fair features the best of the best local talent in indie design and craft. You will find beautiful and functional items, handmade with excellent craftsmanship from up and coming artists and crafters,” explains the festival’s new producer Naomi Cabral. “There is a level of modernity and fine artistry to the designs that the indie craft festival movement is known for through out the country. The Nevada City Craft Fair is no different in its depth. In fact, with its unique small mountain town setting, the originality and sustainability of the crafts you will find is even more prevalent.”

The first Nevada City Craft Festival was produced the summer of 2010 by a group of local young crafters, artists and social do-gooders who were inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents in their community as well as the success of the Renegade Craft Fairs across the US and Europe. The bi-annual event continues to grow and to date has introduced over 9,000 attendees to more than 600 local and regional artists, designers and crafters.

The Nevada City Craft Fair is more than a holiday shopping bazaar, it is a celebration of local hardworking artists and the American craft movement. The artists showing their works are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries all the while improving our local community.

A few of this year’s artists include The Cosmic Soaper, a boutique body care company based in Fair Oaks specializing in handcrafted vegan soap made with organic, locally purchased ingredients and scented only with natural essential oil blends to stimulate your mood and well-being. Marty May Press & Stitchery, is an independent operation in the heart of downtown Sacramento. Using traditional screen printing methods, environmentally friendly water-based inks and American made shirts, Marty May’s shirts both look and feel amazing. Pickle Pottery, is created with high fire clay and high quality glazes, each hand made, dipped and designed by Stephanie Adams in her studio in Nevada City. J&D and the Workshop is another locally based designer. J&D uses recycled silver and ethically sourced stones as much as possible in her jewelry, which features modern shapes and clean lines. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of this year’s vendors.

Emily’s Catering and Cakes will be serving a wide range of warm and delicious food, along with cookies, cupcakes and other holiday sweets. A no-host full bar serving seasonal favorites will also be available.

Photo Caption: Stephanie Adams, Pickle Pottery, photo by Akim Aginsky
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