WoW Reshop Big Sale Feb 3

Dear Friends of Women Of Worth,

Please join us, Wednesday February 3rd, as Pay It Forward will be presenting a check to Women of Worth.  In celebration the WoW ReShop will be having a Big Sale all day!

Look forward to seeing you there,
Sandra Escobar-Schmidt


Visual Storytelling Classes Feb 2 & 9


WHAT: Nevada City Film Festival, Visual Storytelling Classes

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2 & 9

WHERE: Nevada City Film Festival HQ, 110 Union Street, Floor 1, Nevada City, CA

TICKETS:$35, Space Limited to 40. Available online at www.nevadacityfilmfestival, or you can call 530-362-8601 or email


Every one of us has a story to share and visual storytelling is the most powerful medium to inspire, educate, and/or entertain hearts and minds.

This February, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) will offer a series of short informal workshops on Visual Storytelling across a variety of media platforms. Learn how you or your business/organization can utilize the medium to craft compelling and creative content for community engagement. Attendees will leave with a new understanding and appreciation of the technologies changing the storytelling medium.

Since 2001, NCFF has brought world-class independent cinema to Nevada County. Along with its Magic Lantern Film Society, NCFF is committed to serving Nevada County and nearby regions by providing art, entertainment, education, and culture through the medium of film, video and multi-media.  Over the years, the non-profit has become a hub for local and regional media professionals and a resource for local businesses and amateurs looking to learn more about filmmaking and media.

“One of our goals this year is to expand our educational programs,” explained Jesse Locks, Festival Director of the Nevada City Film Festival.  “Our hope is to provide local businesses and residents, along with budding new filmmakers and media makers, the information, tools and inspiration to become savvy producers and creators of all forms of media.”

The first two classes in the four-part series features some of Nevada County’s top photographers including Erin Thiem of the Outside Inn and curator of #VisitNevadaCity on Instagram, Kial James of the popular Facebook Page Nevada City Scenics, photographer, designer and illustrator Cru Dorsey, outdoor photographer Josh Miller (National Geographic) and interiors and architectural photographer Kat Alves (Dwell, Sacramento Magazine).

“These photographers are not only creating beautiful images but are sharing important and compelling stories through their work,” says Locks.  “They are also effectively utilizing social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Blogs to elevate their work to reach a national and global audience.  Plus, what an awesome opportunity to meet these photographers and learn from their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills and apply it to your own interest in multi-media?”

Visual-ErinVisual Storytelling for Small Business
Tuesday, February 2, 5:30-7:30pm, $35 (take both Visual Storytelling Classes and save $5), limited to 40
Panel Discussion with Erin Thiem, Outside Inn, Kial James, Nevada City Scenics and Cru Dorsey,

Some of Nevada County’s top photographers will share their tips and tools to capturing compelling imagery and how they choose the best visual for telling stories on the web and on social media platforms including Instagram. Learn about the importance of hashtags, photo usage rights, repurposing content, and the various photo formats requested by media outlets i.e. hi res vs lo res. This class is for small business owners and solo-entrepreneurs looking to grow their business.

Visual Storytelling for Beginning/Intermediate Photographers
Tuesday, February 9, 5:30-7:30pm $35 (take both Visual Storytelling Classes and save $5), limited to 40
Panel Discussion with Josh Miller,; Kial James, Nevada City Scenics; Kat Alves,

Learn valuable and insightful photography lessons on technical, creative and business topics from some of Nevada County’s top photographers. Gain an understanding of story form and how to develop creative visual stories through photography and styling.

Sierra Commons Upcoming Events/Classes

Techtonic Tuesday
Digital Innovators Guild
Tuesday, February 2nd, 5:30pm

Golden Era Saloon, Broad Street, Nevada City

Hosted by Sierra Commons

TechTonic Tuesday is a local, organically-grown, community-sponsored business tech mixer held on the first Tuesday of each month. Whether you’re a designer, coder, system admin, internet marketer, industrial designer, engineer, or other digital creative professional in the area, come to connect with the growing professional tech community in Nevada County. No cost to attend.


Business Ignitor
8-week class starting Thursday, February 4th
Thursdays 6pm-9pm

Over 10 faculty and staff members, all experts in their fields

$450 per student- scholarships available for qualified individuals

Many of your favorite local businesses started in the Sierra Commons Business Ignitor! This is Nevada County’s premier start-up incubator class. The Business Ignitor course covers everything from accounting and law to social media marketing and non-traditional funding such as crowd-sourcing. It is designed to make sure that when the course is completed, the students have the confidence and knowledge to succeed in starting and running a business.

The per-student fee is $450. The fee includes the 8-week coursework, materials and free business mentoring as well as three months free membership to our co-working facility. If you would like to schedule a time to come by or if you have any questions, feel free to call or email. 530-265-8443 or

Save the Date! Antique Western Show & Sale Mar 11 & 12

Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 presents an

Antique Western Memorabilia Show and Sale
March 11 & 12, 2016

Friday 1pm-5pm; Saturday 9am-4pm
General admission $5.00


Featuring Collectible Western Art, Mining, Antique Firearms, Native American, Railroad, Gambling and Cowboy Genre. Something for all Collectors.

Dealers and Collectors Wanted

Tables Limited – Order Early – Eight Foot Tables $50 Each – Call 530 272-5371 to reserve tables.

All net proceeds to benefit Elks Lodge Scholarship Program



New & Renewing Members

This week’s New and Renewing Members:

New – Goldtown HideawayIn Balance Physical Therapy and Acupuncture

Renewing – AbstraktCafé MekkaCleat Walters, III, Attorney at LawIndian Hill Ranch & GardensNCTV – Nevada County Digital Media CenterNeva Co.Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society • Stephen C. Haas • Szabo VineyardsThe Alexander GalleryTouchdown ProductionsTwo Room Inn

Thank you for you membership!

4th Annual Chocolate Infusion Jan 31

The Union’s 4th Annual Chocolate Infusion is a fun speakeasy-themed afternoon of mouth-watering chocolate and wine tasting, with neo-vintage hot jazz entertainment featuring the music of Lolo Gervais! The Bow Tie Beauties Burlesque Dancers will also entertain throughout the afternoon while you visit the many local and regional chocolatiers and chefs who are presenting their best delicacies for you to sample, both sweet and savory. Local wineries and breweries will be on hand to pour tastes of their wines and beers. All samples and your logo wine glass are included in your ticket price.

A no-host bar, sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, will sell wines by the glass and also their famous Chocolate Martinis (proceeds will benefit the Nevada City Chamber).

There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in January than at Chocolate Infusion at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City! 1920’s period attire is encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $20 in advance and available at The Union office at 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, by calling 530-477-4241, or online at Tickets at the door will be $25.

For more information on Lolo Gervais, please visit


Paul Emery Music Mini Series Starts Jan 30

Greetings Everyone,

I’ve got four shows coming your way in the next few weeks. All are at the Nevada Theatre and start at 8PM. Tickets are on sale at Briarpatch Market or online at

Starting off the mini series will be Peter Wilson and Four Duos on Saturday Jan 30.   On Friday Feb 5 Dakota Sid and Travers Clifford will perform and on Saturday Feb 6 a CD release party with Beaucoup Chapeaux. Closing out the series will be the annual performance of A Thousand Kisses Deep, the songs of Leonard Cohen Feb 12 and 13. This show is a perfect fit for Valentines weekend .

Check out the posters below for details. You can get tickets for all shows at or Briarpatch Market. Also you can click on any poster to get a direct link for online tickets.

Come in from the rain and join us for this celebration of some of the greatest music in the world and it’s all musicians from our own hometown.

Paul Emery


Riders in the Sky at Center for the Arts Jan 30

Riders in the Sky
Saturday, January 30, 8:00PM

Buy tickets
$30 members, $34 non-member
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

“…one of the most significant acts in the history of American music.”– Billboard Magazine

“You can almost feel the heat from the campfire and hear the coyote in the distance.” – East Bay Express

Riders In The Sky are truly exceptional. By definition, empirical data, and critical acclaim, they stand “hats & shoulders” above the rest of the purveyors of C & W – “Comedy & Western!”

For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with tamusing a theatre full of children as they are enthralling a symphony audience accompanied by 50 or 60 classically trained instrumentalists, or even an NCO club full of servicemen during a USO Tour. Riders have performed at the White House for both Democratic and Republican administrations, and at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings for both American and National Leagues (although with an admitted bias for the Detroit Tigers). With their ability to persuade cowpokes on both sides of the fence to set aside their differences for a brief escape from day-to-day tribulations, is it any wonder that Riders have a virtual home called “Harmony Ranch?”

Ultimately, exceptional careers do not go unnoticed, and throughout theirs, Riders In The Sky have been honored regularly. In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars (in Newhall, CA near Melody Ranch Studios) along with Gene, Roy, John Wayne and other cowboy legends. No less important than their two Grammies, Riders have been the Western Music Associaton’s “Entertainers Of the Year” seven times, and won “Traditional Group of the Year” and “Traditional Album of the Year” multiple times. The Academy of Western Artists has named them “Western Music Group of the Year” twice in 5 years, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has bestowed Riders with their Wrangler Award statuette three times. It comes as no surprise then that Billboard magazine’s Jim Bessman counts them as one of “the most historically significant acts in the history of American music.”

Yes, it would be “The Easy Way” to call it a career after 30-plus years, but it wouldn’t be…”The Cowboy Way!” And so, the never-ending trail drive continues. The ponies are rested and watered, and America’s Favorite Cowboys are ready to saddle up and ride, bringing good beef to hungry people wherever they may be. Yes, Riders In The Sky are truly an exception to the rule.

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NR Vogt Featured Artist at Broad Street Bistro in Jan

N.R. (Nick) Vogt has been selected as the Featured Artist for the month of January at the Broad Street Bistro & Gallery. Folks are invited to come by to enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere, while viewing Vogt’s Exhibit, titled “Paintings of Historical Significance”. Open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, the Broad Street Bistro offers the perfect atmosphere to begin the New Year catching up with a friend over coffee, while checking out the local Art Display that includes many Nevada Country landmark scenes, typical of the Gold Country.

An ARTIST’s RECEPTION will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 19, where Vogt will be doing a “painting-in-action” of the historic Methodist Church located directly across from the Broad Street Bistro. In addition, during the reception, he is offering a $15 Discount for any Limited-edition Print or Original Painting that is displayed on the Gallery walls.

For more information, contact Nick Vogt at (530) 878-0607 or visit his Facebook Gallery page at:


Artist’s Bio & Information

Meadow Vista Artist, N.R. (Nick) Vogt, who has been painting, drawing, and teaching art for over 45 years, was born in 1950 at Grass Valley, a town which rooted during the California Gold Rush era.  Vogt was one of the founding members of the Pioneer Arts, founded 1965 in Nevada County, and he is currently a member of the Sierra Vista Artists Association, centered in Colfax, California.  At age 10, he began drawing and painting historical buildings and landmarks in California’s Gold Country.  During his high school years, he began selling his paintings and teaching adult art classes in the evenings to help pay for his college education, earning university degrees in both Art and English.

Vogt’s Art has been distributed cross-culturally, including Russia, New Zealand, and the Philippines.  His most known works include vibrant, bold watercolor paintings of Northern California historic landmarks such as the Auburn Court House, the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, the Empire Mine Mansion, and other Nevada County and Placer County scenes.  Recipients of his paintings and art prints also receive a Certificate of Authenticity that includes a “short story” historical background of the scene, authored by the artist.

During the Artist’s Reception, Vogt will have both original paintings and limited edition prints of his paintings on display for purchase.   Northern California residents may commission Vogt to do an original painting of one of their favorite historical landmarks.   Both his Original Paintings and signed, Limited-Edition Prints of the originals may also be purchased at most exhibitions and from his website –   He may be contacted at (530) 878-0697 or

Comments from Viewers of Vogt’s Paintings

“Your paintings uniquely capture the historic essence of the California Gold Country, which was exactly what we have been searching for to feature on our gallery walls.  Thank you for agreeing to display your beautiful paintings at our venue for the Auburn Art Walk!” – Tom Thompson (Auburn, CA).

“This painting of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge should be hanging in the foyer of our State Capital Building.  The colors are mesmerizing and the composition is outstanding.  Absolutely gorgeous!” – Sharon (Nevada City, CA).

“I love the painting of the old schoolhouse! Amazing color composition and balance! Can’t wait to see your paintings again…hopefully one day soon!”  – Heidi (Grass Valley, CA).

Nugget Fringe Festival Jan 21-31

Wild, weird, refreshing, experimental, off-the-wall, innovative and fearless are all words that have been used to describe The Nugget Fringe Festival.  This year’s lineup continues where last year’s festival left off, with an unparalleled cross section of Nevada County’s finest actors and experimenters, along with opportunities for new, up and coming performers to independently produce theatrical works in the true spirit of the international “Fringe” movement.

Go to for more information and to download schedule.

LeGacy Celebrates Janis Joplin’s Birthday Jan 22 & 23

LeGacy celebrates Janis Joplin’s Birthday….AGAIN!

LeGacy productions celebrates Janis Joplin and the music of her time in “Happy Birthday Janis…AGAIN!” weekend only, January 22 and 23 at the Nevada Theatre.

Janis Joplin would have been 73 on January 19th, and although she has been gone since October of 1970, her music certainly lives on. Sue LeGate Halford  takes the stage with Dave and the Cool Beans to perform live the music from the 60’s and 70’s and beyond. “We had such a great time last year….putting together the sound of the artists who may have been at Janis’ birthday party…..we decided we just had to do it again….before I am too old to crawl on the stage!” LeGate Halford says.

“I’m only 30 years older than Janis was when she left us, a grandma, too! So who knows how long we can keep this up…its a little past my bedtime! We surprisingly sold out last year, and I think that’s a sign that there’s enough of us still out there that appreciate the explosion of the music of that time. Everyone was trying new directions in their music, Jefferson Airplane, Beatles, Sonny & Cher…lots more…all unique and different from each other. Janis mixed old blues with rock…she seemed to have come out of nowhere when she floored them with Big Mama Thornton’s “Ball and Chain” at Monterey Pop in 67. From there she just flew to the top. So sad she left us so soon.”

Janis-Dave-BeansLeGate-Halford shares the stage for this party with her husband’s band, Dave and the Cool Beans. “They are fantastic!!” she says. “Beatles, Doobies, Credence, Airplane, Big Brother….they not only play it all…but their harmonies are incredible!.” Dave Halford heads up the Beans on rhythm guitar and unique searing vocals. Steve Sheppard on bass and vocals, Paul Turner on lead guitar and vocals, and John Basa on the drums comprise the rest of the “Beans”. “In particular, their Beatles stuff is right on…” says LeGate-Halford….”I like to say its because we’re half authentic…Steve and Paul are both British born…Paul is even from Liverpool….he must have Beatle blood, right?

At any rate…its gonna be one fun weekend…and although we make jokes about it being geezer music…its really for the young set too. We had 12 year olds dancing to the Beans at the theatre in November….I guess all these kinds of music thrown together really has no age limit for pure enjoyment…and we love doing it!”

Tickets for “Happy Birthday Janis….AGAIN!” are $20 in advance, available at the BookSeller, Harmony Books, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419

Still Time to Submit Donations for Chamber Annual Community Awards

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is excited about the upcoming 114th annual Installation and Awards Dinner which will be held on January 30, 2016 at the Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City.

The committee is seeking help to continue the community awards program which is where deserving people are recognized for volunteering their time, are outstanding in the visual and performing arts and also those who build or remodel buildings in Nevada City that contribute to the ambiance of our charming town.

One of the creative ideas to fund the awards and dinners for these deserving folks is to produce a Silent Auction and a raffle that will offer the opportunity for Chamber members to help support this effort.   The money generated by the silent auction and raffle will help with the costs of recognizing the outstanding citizens of the year.

We are looking for prizes, donations, gift certificates or other creative items.

Of course, for a few weeks prior to the event, we will be announcing the donations via the newspaper, radio and through social media.   We will also announce at the dinner.

We hope you will consider contributing to our program. To ensure maximum promotional consideration, contributions must be received by January 10th –

Grass Valley 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