Local Consultant Breathing New Life into RCA Grass Valley

RCA Grass Valley is under new ownership and the public is invited to celebrate the changing of the guard for this nearly 90-year-old local company.

As a boutique collection agency, RCA Grass Valley began in 1927 in the beautiful, historic gold rush town of Grass Valley, CA. It has been and remains an important member of the business community in Nevada County and the surrounding counties including Placer, Yuba, Sutter, Sierra, Butte, and Sacramento Counties in Northeastern California. What makes RCA Grass Valley stand out from other collections agencies is its reputation for friendly and effective collections, as well as a collection rate three times the national average.

RCA Grass Valley has an emphasis on making sure that clients use best practices and contracting for maximizing statute of limitations, early contact with debtors, and locating debtors and negotiating payment plans. They are also professionals at both taking debtors with assets to judgment and collecting judgments received by others.

In 2009, current president Sheila Baker hired local Professional Coach and Consultant Ruth Schwartz to support the direction of RCA. When Sheila decided to retire in 2015, together, they made the decision that rather than sell to an out of town collection agency, Ruth would purchase the corporation and bring in the next era of RCA Grass Valley.

Ruth remains a Professionally Certified Business Coach, Consultant and creator of the Fail Proof Hiring Program. Subsequently, she has added these professional services to RCA Grass Valley’s business collection services. Ruth is also joined by a small, professional group of collectors and legal assistants who are excited to see in a new era for RCA Grass Valley.

To officially herald the changing of leadership and ownership, RCA Grass Valley will host a Greater Nevada County and Nevada City Joint Chambers of Commerce Open House with Nevada City Winery and Emily’s Catering on March 3rd, 5pm at 830 Zion Street in Nevada City. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Techtonic Tuesday – Digital Innovators Guild Mixer

Tuesday, March 1st, 5:30pm
Golden Era Saloon, Broad Street Neveda 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.

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Ladies Only Lunch and Learn For Women in Business

Tuesday March 1st, 12 noon
Sierra Commons, Searls Ave, Nevada City
Hosted by Sierra Commons

This is our monthly free workshop for women business owners, entrepreneurs, and solo-prenuers. We usually let the conversation develop organically. Join us and feel free to invite friends. No cost to attend.

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BYLT Member Meeting & Awards Mar 1

WHAT: BYLT’s Annual Member Meeting and Leadership Awards

WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1

WHERE: Historic North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley

COST: Suggested $10 donation

Bear Yuba Land Trust honors conservationists Janet Cohen and David Lawler

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is counting down the days to the Oak Tree Bash, a fun event where the community will come together to recognize two lifetime conservationists – Janet Cohen and David Lawler.

BYLT’s Annual Member Meeting and Leadership Awards will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at the historic North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road in Grass Valley.

During this intimate gathering, the Land Trust will honor Janet Cohen with the William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership and David Lawler with the John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

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Cohen’s passionate love for the Yuba River started as a volunteer when, during a 1978 visit to Northern California from her home in London, she was captivated by the river’s deep blue pools and white granite walls.

Since then, as an experienced strategist for non-profits and government agencies, Janet Cohen has secured tens of millions of dollars in grant funding for environmental causes. She was a key early player in the acquisition and conservation of BYLT’s largest landholding – 2,700 acres on the Yuba River known as Rice’s Crossing Preserve.

“We are honored to give our community’s most prestigious conservation leadership award to Janet. Her early efforts to acquire Rice’s Crossing ultimately led to the Land Trust purchase of this spectacular 6-mile stretch of the Yuba River. It’s one of many examples of Janet’s vision and dogged determination regardless of the enormity of the task to deliver huge results for our community,” said BYLT’s Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt.

Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund also worked alongside Cohen to forever protect the vulnerable Rice’s Crossing river corridor slated for development at the time.

“Janet Cohen is one of the most effective conservation leaders I have ever known.  She is insightful, hardworking and very strategic – characteristics which she has deployed to bring millions of dollars to our region for practical projects that improve water quality and restore resiliency to our watershed,” said Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund.

Besides working with a number of conservation groups Cohen served as the Executive Director of South Yuba River Citizens League for four years and mobilized thousands of volunteers to clean up trash in Sierra watersheds. She was an important player in the community effort to forever stop dam construction on the river and helped secure Wild and Scenic status for the Yuba. She developed the first Great Sierra River Clean Up and started the first Wild & Scenic Film Festival, now the largest environmental film festival in the nation.

“Janet is one of the Yuba River’s most passionate and effective advocates. Her determination helped win Wild & Scenic Rivers Act protection for the South Yuba; her vision inspired the creation of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival; and her leadership inspired thousands to protect the river,” said Caleb Dardick, Executive Director of SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League).

Cohen is the winner of the 2005 River Network River Hero and wrote the first “Climate Change Toolkit” for the Sierra Nevada Alliance.

Geologist and Paleontologist David Lawler, is the Executive Director of Farwest Geoscience Foundation and longtime leader of BYLT’s most popular outings.

Trek“David Lawler is a longtime BYLT Trek Leader, guiding several of the Land Trust’s most popular outings such as Chalk Bluff and Henness Pass. He has a wealth of knowledge that he translates into easy-to-understand layman’s terms.  A trek with David is always fascinating. His long commitment to the Land Trust, outdoor adventure and nature education made him a natural choice for this year’s award,” said Development and Program Manager Melony Vance.

Founded in 1990, Farwest Geoscience Foundation is an interdisciplinary group devoted to geoscience research and education in the Western Americas and internationally. The Foundation provides talks, field trips, walks, workshops and publications on geoscience. Lawler adopted the nickname “Dino Dave” after discovering the missing link dinosaur, Scutellosaurus lawleri.

Happy Hour; Upcoming Trail and Land Projects

At this Annual Meeting, the community will hear about BYLT’s expanded protection of important recreation land in the upper watershed, updates on restoration work such as holistic ranching, reducing wildfire fuels and a new garden meant to attract pollinators. Outdoor lovers will learn about new trails in Alta Sierra and Nevada City neighborhoods and community activities like guided treks and festivals that provide nature opportunities for families to engage in nature.

During the event, young, talented Singer/ Songwriter Claire Fraser will provide live music while participants sample tasty appetizers and sip local wine from Coufos Cellars. Micro-brews from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will be served at a no host bar during Happy Hour.

About the Awards:

William “Bill” Nickerl devoted his life to land conservation in the California foothills. The William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership is given to Nevada County residents with a similar conservation ethic who inspire others to build a connection with the land.

Besides Nickerl, past award recipients include: Geri Bergen former Forest Supervisor at the Tahoe National Forest, long-time community and agricultural supporter John Taylor, Naturalist and Father of the Independence Trail John Olmsted, local conservation leader and land use planner Andy Cassano, Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, C.E.O of The Sierra Fund, Nevada County Farm Advisor Roger Ingram and Living Wild Author Alicia Funk.

The John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award is named in honor of John Skinner, former Forest Supervisor for the Tahoe National Forest. After retirement, Skinner followed his passion for hiking and trails through his writing of the popular book and online publication, “Sierra Outdoors Recreation.” A regular treks leader for the Land Trust, Skinner died in 2009. Past recipients include local archeologist/ author Hank Meals, co-founder of the Trust for Public Land Greg Archbald, wildflower expert author Julie Carville and BYLT Treks leader Clarence Motter.

For more information visit: www.bylt.org

HAAlo Workshops

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Who: HAALo presents The Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship I: an experiential journey into indigenous earth medicine and vibrational healing (formerly the Shamanic Herbalist Apprenticeship) with Marza Millar

When: March-November 2016, March 19-20, April 9 -10, May 21-22, June 3-5*, July 9 – 10, Aug 13-14, Sept 17-18, Oct 15-16, Nov 5 -6, *3 day field trip to Bristlecone in High Sierra

Where: Nevada City, except for field classes

Tickets: Early bird registration: $1650 when paid in full by February 28, Standard Registration: $1850, payment by check preferred. Register online at www.haalo.org or call (530) 265-8804

Come to a free evening event on Monday, February 22 or Wednesday, February 24, 6 – 8pm, at HAALo, to meet Marza in person and learn more about the Apprenticeship.

Info: http://haalo.org/class-event-archive/the-earth-wisdom-apprenticeship-an-experiential-journey-into-indigenous-earth-medicine-and-vibrational-healing/

Nevada City, CA – HAALo, (Health Alternatives for All Locals) Herb Shoppe presents The Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship I: an experiential journey into indigenous earth medicine and vibrational healing (formerly the Shamanic Herbalist Apprenticeship) with Marza Millar.

Learn the foundations of indigenous earth wisdom with this unique, experiential 9-month apprenticeship with internationally known teacher and Medicine Woman Marza Millar. Marza will guide a small group of apprentices into a deep immersion of plant spirit medicine and vibrational healing, working directly with the forces of nature, the plants, moon, sun and earth tides to learn how to heal human and ancestral conditions.

This apprenticeship is designed for those with a solid maturity and genuine interest in deepening the exploration of the self and the unseen. In this study of plant spirit medicine, you will learn about your own energetic patterns, how they interface with others, and how to alter them to support healing the body and disease.

The full human experience of healing will be explored from multiple dimensions. While there is a comprehensive curriculum that will be covered, be prepared for a non-linear journey of exploration into numerous indigenous traditions, with a wide variety of learning modalities, including hands-on, experiential learning, lecture, field classes, storytelling, and more.

Participants will create a personalized vibrational essence kit made from flowers, trees, and minerals and make herbal and energetic essence tinctures, salves and balms. There will be study in the herbal laboratory as well as opportunities to develop clinical skills forvstarting or expanding an herbal practice.

Here is a sampling of course topics:

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  • Plant spirit medicine
  • Medicine making
  • Biodynamic calendar & basic biodynamics
  • Cycles of time & harvesting cycles
  • Prophecy of the 5th Sun Cycle and the 5th Sun Cycle Medicines
  • Healing through the energy field
  • Ancestral and energetic imprints of disease
  • Healing family miasms
  • Soul retrieval
  •    Ho’oponopono
  • Time tracking
  • Wildcrafting
  • Making tinctures, salves, balms,Vibrational Essences, essential oils, detoxification waters and live waters
  • Shamanic healing
  • Rites of passage

Marza has been offering this apprenticeship course for five years, and this is the second year she will be partnering with HAALo as administrator for logistics and support for the entire apprenticeship. We are very excited about this continuing partnership!

In addition to the above activities, apprentices will have the opportunity to deepen their learing within Marza’s healing lineage: a trip to the southwest to sit with the Hopi Elders; Depacho and Karpa  Ceremonies with the Inca from Peru; and harvesting and energy workshop in Hawaii. She will also offer the Etheric Light Ceremony with the Dolphins, and a visit to the Temples of Humankind in Damanhur, Italy.

About Marza:
Marza Millar’s upbringing in earth-based medicine comes from her father’s people, the Wind Creek Yavapai. After receiving a formal education and working in allopathic medicine for two decades, Marza returned to her roots based in earth medicine.

Marza is one of the last Grandmother’s of the Wind Creek Yavapai, Sedona Arizona. Her father’s people hold the position of keeper of the Emergence Eternity Door for the Wind Creek Yavapai people. Grandmother Marza is the last at present to hold this position. She is currently owner and formulator of a new Biodynamic Vibrational Medicine line called Etheric Light Essentials. She also teaches Vibrational Medicine internationally and nationally. She currently also has a private practice in Nevada City.

Come to a free evening event on Monday, February 22 or Wednesday, February 24, 6 – 8pm, at HAALo, to meet Marza in person and learn more about the Apprenticeship.

About HAALo
Located in Nevada City, California, HAALo serves as a community resource for healing alternatives. Whether you are looking for chemical-free bug spray, essential oils, flower essences, soothing skin care, and other consciously-crafted items, or want to explore different paths on your healing journey, look to HAALo.

Our practitioners can offer support for any health challenges: sinus infections, menstrual cramps, migraines, EMF sensitivity, Lyme disease, digestive issues, skin issues, allergies as well as emotional issues to name a few. Our practitioners come from a variety of educational backgrounds, including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Functional Nutrition, Ayurveda, Acupuncture, and Western Herbalism. They can offer massage and acupuncture as well as act as an ally during complicated healing journeys, adapting treatments for every step along the way.

Each practitioner has their own gifts. We suggest reviewing their profiles and coming in to the shoppe to meet them to see whose approach resonates with you. HAALo offers one private treatment room, and you can work directly with a practitioner to set appointments.

2016 Bird Walk Dates

Leader: Bob Slyker and Carol & Bruce Malnor, email bgsly@aol.com

Meet at Bridgeport’s north parking lot (just past the Yuba River highway bridge). Wear warm clothing.   Expect to see Wrentit, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Spotted Towhees, Black Phoebe, Bald Eagles, White Crowned Sparrows

Saturday, March 12
Saturday, April 9
Saturday, May 14
Friday, June 10
Saturday, July 9
Saturday, September 10
Saturday, October 8
Saturday, December 10

All of the walks will start at 8:00 AM and meet at South Yuba River State Park’s north parking lot. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring binoculars!

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AMERICAN PICKERS To Film In California

CALIFORNIA is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout California. Filming is scheduled for March 2016.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.

AMERICAN PICKERS is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9pm ET on History.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com 855-old-rust.

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Volunteer Open House at Bridgeport Mar 5

VOLUNTEER AT OUR BEAUTIFUL SOUTH YUBA RIVER STATE HISTORIC PARK. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN NEW SKILLS, MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND SHARE IN THE JOY OF HELPING OUR STATE PARKS REMAIN ALIVE.

Bridgeport “Open House” Saturday March 5th, 11am-1pm at Bridgeport

We will have docents on site to show prospective docents and volunteers what types of volunteer opportunities we currently have at the South Yuba River.

The barn, gas station and visitor center will be open.

Volunteer Training

Friday March 11th- 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturday March 12th- 9am-1pm

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Friday March 18th- 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday March 19th- 9am-1pm

Location: Empire Mine State Historic Park Docent Room

This training will cover what a “volunteer means to California State Parks”. Discussing park policies, procedures and philosophy. We will, as a group, be guided through the hiring paperwork and discuss the benefits of being a State Park volunteer. We will have onsite finger printing “live scan” being conducted during the Saturday sessions since a criminal background check is required prior to working as a State Park volunteer. Individuals will need to bring to the training a photo ID and $10 check for the background processing. Prospective volunteers only need to attend one Friday/Saturday block.

For any additional questions or concerns please contact:
Ranger Marc Wetherbee, State Park Peace Officer – Ranger, Badge# 1195
CA State Parks: Sierra District, South Yuba River State Park
Office: (530)432-2546, Fax: (530)432-4182
17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946
Email: marc.wetherbee@parks.ca.gov

Anew Day Crab Feed Mar 4

Anew Day’s All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed
March 4 • Doors Open 5:30pm/Dinner at 6:30pm

For registration, please all 530.470.9111 or visit anew-day.com

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Welcome Grande Wood Design

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The Chamber had a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, February 19th to welcome new member Grande Wood Design.

 

Grande Wood Designs – Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Grande Wood Designs (GWD) is entering its third decade in Grass Valley, California. The experience of three generations of wood craftsmen goes into each product. Our Italian heritage and tradition of high standards to detail, brings to each piece of furniture an elegant European flair.

Grande Wood Design
998 Plaza Drive
(On the corner of Sutton & Brunswick, next to Margarita’s)
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Phone:
530-274-3301
Fax:
530-274-7439
Email:
joe@grandewood.com

Hours:
Mon – Fri 10-6 • Sat 10-4

Bear Yuba Land Trust Events in February

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Volunteer Days on Clover Valley Trail
WHEN:
Every Thursday in February
WHERE: Clover Valley Trail
COST: Free!

This is an opportunity to meet new people with a shared passion and work on a brand new community trail bordering Alta Sierra. The trail is located on BYLT’s newest community landholding, Clover Valley Preserve. South Wolf Creek bisects the length of the landscape, providing habitat for aquatic and terrestrial life. Blue oak, black oak, live oak, red bud, coffee berry, native blackberry and maiden hair fern can be found on the 35 acre Preserve bisected by South Wolf Creek. The trail is expected to be open to the public by spring.

Contact Trails Coordinator Shaun Clarke for more details, shaun@bylt.org or 272-5994 x 201

 

WHAT: Classic Treks: Spenceville Bunkers
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28
COST: $12 BYLT Members, $19 Not-Yet-Members – Reservations & Prepayment Required
Information: www.bylt.org 530-272-5994 x 200

Come spend a day in the Spenceville Wildlife Area for one of BYLT’s most popular treks. On this outing participants will visit an early townsite, then move forward into time to the WWII tank training grounds where while exploring the “dragons teeth” and 10 cement bunkers.

Ani DiFranco Concert Feb 28

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VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM

The Center for the Arts presents

ANI DIFRANCO
Rupa & the April Fishes opening

Sunday, February 28 • 8:00PM

BUY TICKETS
General Admission $38.50 members, $48.50 non-member
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee and $1.50 for Hospitality House. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

As a singer, songwriter, activist and independent entrepreneur, Ani DiFranco has been setting her own pace—and encouraging countless admirers to do the same—for more than 20 years. But while she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has grown far beyond her acoustic solo roots in cozy venues to embrace jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. All of which are featured in DiFranco’s new Righteous Babe release, Allergic To Water, where she also blends abstract imagery and deceptively understated melodies with personal reflections on her life in New Orleans where she is now raising her two children with her partner, producer Mike Napolitano.

“It’s such a humbling, and grueling, thing to raise children,” DiFranco said. “And that makes playing music more precious and makes me more grateful. It’s a real balancing act, but it also has a balancing effect.”

DiFranco adds that becoming a mother has brought her closer to listeners who have followed her music since she began performing in New York City during the early 1990s. But widespread attention never prevented her from holding on to her integrity, and independence. A strong belief in human rights has run throughout her work, including when she played at numerous benefit concerts around the world. At a time when record labels still held an oversized influence, DiFranco stood ahead of the curve in launching her own Righteous Babe Records. The company has released more than 20 of her albums to date, ranging from the popular two-disc live album, Living In Clip (1997), to the expansive To The Teeth (1999), which included such guests as legendary R&B saxophonist Maceo Parker and Prince. Journalist Sylvie Simmons wrote in the British music magazine MOJO in 1998, “Even if her overt politicism and her 200-shows-per-year tours with an acoustic guitar place her in the Woody Guthrie tradition, her music—which has boldly plundered funk or punk, hip hop, rock—doesn’t.”

Some stellar traditional New Orleans musicians and jazz players contributed to her 2012 disc, Which Side Are You On?, and the Crescent City also informs Allergic To Water, which is one of her most intimate and musically expansive recordings. This autumn, DiFranco continues to tour internationally behind Allergic To Water with her stellar trio of bassist Todd Sickafoose and drummer Terence Higgins.

DiFranco has also marked other career milestones this past year. This summer she returned to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, where she received their prestigious Artistic Achievement award, coupled with her first ever honorary doctorate, which was given to her by the University of Winnipeg. She also marked the passing of one of her own mentors, Pete Seeger, through writing a moving essay about the man and his legacy in the Wall Street Journal.

“I think that my one grain of wisdom in my life, which serves me well, is that when I meet a great teacher, I follow them,” DiFranco said. “I invent excuses to be near them. Whether it’s Pete, Utah Phillips, or Sekou Sundiata, it’s made my life pretty great along the way.”

with Todd Sickafoose (bass), Terence Higgins (drums)

www.righteousbabe.com

A sound that is as difficult to define as life is to confine, the music of Rupa & the April Fishes pulls from eight years of street parties, festivals and symphonic concerts on three continents, three studio albums, one live album and one string quartet recording in the making, several languages from English to Tzotzil to French, many musical traditions, countless moments of joy, sorrow, loss, and transformation and a fierce independent spirit.

The band’s first album eXtraOrdinary rendition examines love from many angles, with lyrics mostly in French; the second Este Mundo traces the plight of migrants crossing borders, largely in Spanish;BUILD is their latest studio album primarily in English, produced with collaborator Todd Sickafoose. Its twelve songs examine the road from solitude to solidarity in both directions and arise from this particularly tender moment of global awakening—from the collapse of capitalism and false democracies to the rise of populist movements around the world. Their LIVE at the Independent album was produced at the request of fans who wanted to capture the wild balance of composition and improvisation that is the hallmark of the band’s rock performance. They are currently recording again with Todd Sickafoose, an exquisite collection of string quartet love songs arranged by composer Mark Orton for Quartet San Francisco.

Smiley Guys Smokehouse Hosts Fundraiser Feb 25

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Smiley Guys Smokehouse to host Fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning

On Thursday, February 25th from 3pm to 8pm, Smiley Guys Smokehouse will host a fundraiser to benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL). Smiley Guys Smokehouse slow-cooks their food, putting LOVE into each of their hand-made dishes, so that everyone leaves a SMILEY GUY or GAL! They even have vegetarian options. The owner, Jesse Cohen, has pledged to donate 10% of all orders (including take-out) to PiELL. Enjoy a delicious meal in a kid-friendly restaurant while helping a worthy cause.

PiELL, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit, offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County. The volunteer tutors are trained during a 2-day session (next training March 12/19), and then matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them. For information call PiELL at 265-2116.

SMILEY GUYS SMOKEHOUSE
131 Joerschke Dr., Grass Valley
(530) 274-2933

“Dress Rehearsal 2016” Playing at Off Broadstreet thru Feb 20

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Off Broadstreet Theatre Presents

“Dress Rehearsal 2016”
A Musical Revue by John Driscoll & Jan Kopp

January 15th through February 20th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:15pm

Five performers conduct the final rehearsal before the opening of their 1940’s, 50’s & 60’s musical revue, in spite of numerous obstacles. The band and two lead singers are detained elsewhere, so the director and the one understudy must fill in. And of course there are the typical snafu’s that plague most “unseasoned” productions. But this final “Dress Rehearsal” is conducted before an invited “preview” audience that includes the local theatrical reviewer, so “The show must go on!” In the middle of all the mayhem and wonderful music, there are periodic breaks in which the performers, one-by-one, share a revealing personal moment with the audience.

Off-BroadDress Rehearsal 2016 features the talents of OBS favorites Kim Wellman, Chris Crockett and Kate Haight as well as newcomers Ken Miele and Kelly Taylor. The fun-filled 1940’s 50’s & 60’s musical revue delivers colorful costumes, zany sight gags and some of the best-known and loved music of the mid-20th Century.

Pre-show entertainment by Chris Crockett begins one hour before showtime for all performances.

For reservations call (530) 265-8686. For more information about Off Broadstreet go to www.offbroadstreet.com

 

 

The Cavatina Duo Performs Feb 21

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Duo brings musical heritage to life with guitar, flute performance Feb. 21

In February, InConcert Sierra will present a couple who is largely considered to be the best guitar and flute pairing in the world, The Cavatina Duo. Spanish flutist Eugenia Moliner and Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic, will make their Grass Valley premiere Feb. 21 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley as part of InConcert’s Third Sunday Series.

The Cavatina Duo brings together two extraordinary international soloists. Moliner has been hailed as a “brilliant young musician” by the British Flute Society magazine, and Azabagic has won no fewer than 11 international guitar competitions.

Brazilian composer/guitarist Sérgio Assad called them “the best guitar and flute duo in the world.” And the New Yorker Magazine printed, “this pair is generally considered to be the best of them.”

The Cavatina Duo’s program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Balkan pieces, Variations on “O Cara armonia” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, selections from “Out of Africa” for solo guitar and Fantasy on themes from “La Traviata,” commissioned by the Cavatina Duo. For a complete program listing, go to http://www.inconcertsierra.org/third-sunday/cavatina-duo-feb-21/program-feb-21/

Since winning a major competition in the Netherlands in 1996, the Cavatina Duo has captivated hundreds of audiences with electrifying performances in more than 15 countries across North America, Europe and Asia, in prestigious venues and festivals from Ravinia (Chicago) to the new National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The duo’s repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. A high point of their concerts is pieces inspired by the folk music of their native lands, according to their biography.

There will be a pre-concert forum with Aileen James and the Cavatina Duo at 1:15 p.m. Tickets to the 2 p.m. concert are $32 and available online at www.inconcertsierra.org (website purchase includes a $3 fee), by phone at 530-273-3990 or in person at BriarPatch Co-op. Youth ages 5-17 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket, please call 530-273-3990 to reserve youth tickets in advance.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at 12889 Osborn Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, go to www.inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990.