Nevada County Airport Fly-In and Open House, June 4th

The Nevada County Airport will host a Fly-in and Open House on Saturday, June 4th, from 9am until 3pm. Local and visiting experimental, modern and vintage aircraft as well as classic and vintage cars will be on display. The Grass Valley Air Attack Base will also have an open house. There will be two sessions of remote-controlled aircraft demonstrations. Unlike the AirFest, there won’t be any scheduled aerial displays of full-scale aircraft, but there will be full-scale aircraft using the airport throughout the day when the R/C aircraft are not flying. We’ll have a pancake breakfast, several food vendors offering lunch and snacks, and a beer vendor on site. There will be non-profit organizations and local businesses on-site displaying their services and products to the community. There will be activities for kids as well. There is no admission fee for this event, and parking is also free. The Nevada County Airport is located at 13083 John Bauer Avenue in Grass Valley. For more information, please contact the airport manager at (530) 273-3374.

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites Luau Extravaganza

The Grass Valley Courtyard Suites is having a 14th birthday Luau extravaganza & we would love for you to be a part of the fun! We’ll have a live band, roasted pig, appetizers, beer & wine, a bounce house for the kids, tours & more!


Ales ‘n Trails May 23rd

ol’ Republic Brewery May 23rd 5-8 pm

Support your local trails & youth bike programs.

Tasty food by Horn of the Bull Taqueria

More info at

AlesNTrails BONC YBONC Fundraiser

2016 Spring Flea Market

Save the date! Saturday, May 28th! 8 AM – 3 PM. Annual flea market benefiting the Nevada County Historical Society. Patti Galle of Nevada County Pets of the Homeless will have a booth – you will receive a free raffle ticket when you bring in 3 cans of wet food or a small bag of dry food (max 3 raffle tickets). Great raffle prizes! An added bonus this year will be a raffle for vendors, too! A wonderful variety of vendors, Nana’s Artisan Bakery and the Fat Belly Taco Truck will be there, too! One stop shopping! Vendor flyers available at


Nevada City Seeks Community Feedback

The City of Nevada City wants to know what you think about our community and municipal government. The 2016 Nevada City Community Survey is available online at and has also been mailed to utility customers who may return the survey via their utility bills. Additional copies of the survey are available at City Hall. The community’s feedback will help the City set benchmarks for tracking the quality of services provided and help the City Council make decisions that affect our community. Please participate!

Ribbon cutting Held At Mama Madrone’s

On Friday, May 6th a ribbon cutting was held At Mama Madrone’s (Formerly Being Green). The Chamber welcomes them to their new location – 307 Broad Street (Maiden Lane Building) and wish them great success in Nevada City. From left to right – Neona, James, Kristin and Nathaniel Welch – A family run business.


Theater By the Book: Much Ado About Nothing – May 18th


WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the  Book: Much Ado About Nothing

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

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

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


Celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s life with this special Theatre By the Book reading of one of his most enjoyable comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, Wednesday, May 18, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. Theater By the Book is a series of informal play readings for the community, presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry.

Written by Shakespeare and directed by Jeffrey Mason, Much Ado About Nothing is a fast, furious, and fun evening, featuring a cast of fifteen local actors including Marcus Arellanes, Casey Burke, Micah Cone, Chase Coney, Audrey Morgan Delgado, Kate Haight, Rodger Hoopman, Brandon Johnson, Susan Mason, Ken Miele, Conor Nolan, Jori Philips, Victoria Sanders, Sharon Winegar, and Scott Young.

“Much Ado About Nothing is a marvelous comedy that works well in a reading, and its circumstances permit me to set the action in our very own Nevada City and so bring the characters and the story close to home,” explains Mason.

In Much Ado About Nothing, the main event is the battle of wits between Beatrice and Benedick, but Shakespeare frames that unique courtship with a conspiracy to sabotage the wedding of a more traditional young couple and hurl the entire community into near-tragic chaos.

But what and where is that community? Shakespeare set the action in Messina, where the locals are thrilled to host a visit by Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon. Now, it’s true that Aragon had once been a maritime monarchy that included Sicily, but it had been swept into the Kingdom of Spain well before Shakespeare was born, and as far as we know, the playwright never visited the Mediterranean.

So Messina isn’t a real place; it’s whatever we want it to be. Most immediately, it’s a destination for soldiers on leave; the action begins when Don Pedro and his officers take a break from the wars to look for a holiday.

This rendition of the play is set right here in Nevada City, the home of afternoons at the river, weekend retreats to Victorian bed-and-breakfasts, and Summer Nights on Broad Street. Don Pedro’s company slips away from the metaphorical battles of high-tech enterprise in San Francisco, and Leonato’s household makes them welcome.

Much Ado About Nothing becomes an exercise in restoring order: remembering that Don John is treacherous, verifying that Hero is innocent, and realizing that even the bewildered Dogberry sometimes gets it right. Most of all, the play takes Benedick and Beatrice on a journey from verbal fencing through a revenge compact to finally admitting that, yes, they really are in love, which is what everybody else suspected all along!

“Throughout his work, Shakespeare demonstrates marvelous insight into people, and people haven’t changed that much since he wrote his plays,” says Mason. “And let’s not forget that Shakespeare was a theatre guy, an actor, and a member of a company who knew how to connect with an audience.”

Rotary Business of The Year Award Goes to Outside Inn, New Campground

Nevada City’s Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground were recognized Wednesday (May 11) as 2016 Business of the Year by the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City.

Inn and campground owners Dan and Erin Thiem were honored at the club’s Wednesday morning meeting and presented with a framed certificate as recipients of the club’s Lowell Robinson Business of The Year Award.

49er Rotary has honored community businesses for several years and this year broadened the title of the award in recognition of the late Lowell Robinson, a longtime member of 49er Rotary and highly regarded community leader who passed away last year.

Erin Thiem took over The Outside Inn in 2011 from her mother, Evans Phelps, who opened it in 1998. Erin Thiem is also an active promoter of Nevada City through her blog, InnSideNevadaCity. The couple is now completing the new Inn Town Campground, which is slated to open July 1 at a wooded site near the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum.


The Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground have been named as 2016 recipient of the 49er Rotary Lowell Robinson Business of The Year Award. Present Wednesday morning (May 11) for the awards presentation were owners Dan and Erin Thiem, center, with their boys, Ben and Josh. They are pictured with Business of the Year Chair Sean Rockwell, 49er Rotary President Brian Bisnett and Tim Robinson, grandson of the late 49er Rotarian and community leader Lowell Robinson.

Building Fair Friday May 20th

Development Made Easy – Success from Start to Finish

The Building Fair will be held Friday May 20th at the Rood Center from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

A group effort by the Nevada County Board of Realtors, Nevada County Contractors Assoc. and the County of Nevada Community Development Agency will present an Igniter series of a multitude of building and development specialities to inform anyone interested in learning all the aspects of building a home in Nevada County.

Speaker topics will range from Perc and Mantle, water wells, septic systems, design, solar, insurance, lending, selecting a Realtor, utilities and much more. Each speaker has a limited time to speak during the Igniter Presentation followed by an audience break out session to visit the vendor booths to learn more about the specific topic of their interest.

County Health Department approved food trucks will provide an affordable lunch….

The best part is the Building Fair is FREE Admission


Sponsored by Nevada County, Nevada County Contractor’s Association, and the Nevada County Association of Realtors.


The Union Photo Contest

What is your favorite place in Nevada County? Submit a photo that shows off the unique beauty of this special place, and it might just be chosen as the cover of the 2016-2017 official Nevada County Visitor’s Guide. Runners up will be featured in a photo gallery, and might be highlighted in the publication as well!

The winner will receive a $50 Ben Franklin Gift Card, photo credit in the Visitor’s Guide, and bragging rights!

Enter your photo at by June 3rd.

Nevada County Airport Display Day

Saturday, May 14, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Nevada County Airport will host an Airport Display Day on Saturday, May 14th, from 9am until 3pm. Local and visiting aircraft will be on display along with some classic cars. The community is invited to visit the airport to see these displays and meet the owners, free of charge. Smiley Guys Smokehouse will be at the airport selling lunch. The Nevada County Airport is located at 13083 John Bauer Avenue in Grass Valley. For more information, please contact the airport manager at (530) 273-3374.

Nevada County Airport
13083 John Bauer Avenue
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra to present “The Armed Man”


The Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra will present its stirring performance of Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” following years of requests by the community and choir to reprise the powerful work. The concerts will once again be under the direction of conductor Ken Hardin May 15 and 17 in Grass Valley.

“’The Armed Man” is ever with me….the words, the music a constant reminder of what is, was, and what might be. You did a spectacular job in presenting it to us with the splendid orchestra and soloists,” said Jackie Wilson, a Nevada County resident and InConcert Sierra supporter. “…but more importantly you will have a chance to share it again with so many more people. I have been listening to YouTube selections from around the world, and it is its universal message through music that I think is so powerful.”

The 75-member choir and 30-piece orchestra previously presented the complete work in 2012 before two sold out audiences. Jenkins’ “A Mass for Peace” was composed in 1999 and dedicated to the victims of the war in Kosovo. It was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England to reflect the most war-torn and destructive century in human history, honor the warrior, and inspire the optimism of “ringing in a thousand years of peace.” The work seeks to bridge the many perspectives of war while acknowledging the hope in every human heart for peace in our lifetime.

“’The Armed Man’ is an emotionally stirring major work that takes us through the horrors of war and brings us to the hope that together we can bring in peace,” said InConcert’s past president and chorister Keith Porter. “It’s exciting and comforting, mournful and joyful, reflecting every nuance of emotion.”

There will be two performances of “The Armed Man,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15 and again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. Tickets are $32 for general admission, $16 for youth and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at (ticketing fees will apply) or in person at BriarPatch Co-op.

The Sierra Master Chorale “is one that has impressed me every time I’ve seen them perform. And you should take the “master” part of their name seriously: their concerts are crafted masterpieces, usually consisting of major classical works and accompanied by a full orchestra,” wrote Dick Frantzreb of the Sacramento Choral Calendar. “My first experience of this chorus was hearing them perform (‘The Armed Man’) four years ago. I was so moved by it that I came back two days later to hear it a second time. They’re performing it again on May 15 and 17, and you can bet I’ll be there.”

For more information, please call 530-273-3990 or visit

Wild for the Yuba Tickets on Sale Now


Sat. June 4th, 2016 | 5 pm – 9 pm

North Star House, 12075 Auburn Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949

It’s time for SYRCL’s annual Wild for the Yuba Beer & Wine Tasting Festival + Silent Auction. Held at the North Star House in Grass Valley, it’s a rockin’ party that raises money for protecting the Yuba River.Enjoy tastings by Three Forks Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Ol’ Republic Brewery, Coufos Cellars, New Helvetia Brewing Co., Yuba Harvest Tasting Room, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Mountain Peoples Wine Distributing…and more.

Dance to live music by Swamp Zen, who combines the funk of James Brown, the song-writing of Van Morrison, and the winding improvisation of the Grateful Dead.

Bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items, like sailing excursions on Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Bay, Earthwalker’s Wilderness Survival Course, and Reel Angler Fly Shop’s guided fly fishing trip for two.

Buy Tickets

Current general pricing:
VIP Ticket:  $70 Advance
Adult Ticket:  $30 Advance
Designated Driver or Youth Entry:  $15

If your SYRCL membership is up-to-date, you will receive a separate email with our special membership discount code. If you have any questions about your membership status or would like to renew, please contact Alena at 530-265-5961 x 220.

Our VIP Reserved Ticket includes perks like reserved seating, a table with shade umbrella, VIP parking, dinner and more. There’s only a limited quantity available so be sure to get your VIP tickets today.

We’re still accepting auction item donations, so if you’d like to get involved, please contact Vanessa Lambert at or 530-265-5961 x210. All proceeds from this event go right back to SYRCL. We couldn’t do it without the support of our local community and all of you.

Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society

If as a family you’re looking for an activity that can involve all ages look no further. The Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society has something for everyone! Members and friends gather on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange Hall on Grange Court to enjoy a program about their favorite hobby – looking for and creating with the many gemstone and mineral varieties to be found at neighboring sites and further afield. A new class for Junior Rockhounds is starting at 5:30 p.m. running until 6:30 and meeting at the Crystal Empire Gem Shop on Mill Street. The Juniors finish up in time to get to the main program out at the Grange Hall.

There are opportunities to go on field trips with members of other clubs, and visiting club shows in the area is a great way to spend a day or two. The local club show is October 8 and 9 out at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and uses the talents of all members to produce an educational and entertaining display of raw and finely finished gems and minerals. There’s a Kids Korner as well as a Silent Auction and raffles running continuously on both days. Specially selected vendors have all the raw materials one would need to produce beautiful products as well as books and machines to do the job.

Come out to the Grange on the 1st Tuesday at 7 and spend an hour and a half to check us out! Questions? Call Anita at 530-277-6195 for more details.

The Nevada City Film Festival recognized by Moviemaker Magazine

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The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) was recently recognized by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”. Other distinguished film festivals on the list include Palm Springs International Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, DC Shorts International Film Festival and SlamDance Film Festival, among others. Winners were selected out of thousands of entries based upon each festival’s unique location, audience and experience.

NCFF’s “picturesque historic mining town”, “intimate experience”, and “range of fun activities” helped secure the festival’s spot on the list.

“These are the festivals that will, most likely, form the backbone of your journey on the circuit this year. Careers have been forged in their fires. Your film will find an intelligent, engaged audience who really gets it. Your social media accounts will blow up with future collaborators. You’ll party with crowds you never thought you’d meet, in locales you never thought you’d visit, with drinks you never thought you’d be sipping. And you may well find distribution along the way,” wrote Moviemaker Magazine editors.

The 16th annual Nevada City Film Festival runs September 8-11, 2016. The festival continues to bring together an ever-expanding regional audience of movie lovers with emerging and top independent filmmakers to showcase award-winning international short and feature length films. The four-day celebration of art, music, technology, and independent filmmaking, includes film screenings, industry panels and workshops, filmmaker Q&A’s, live music, hackathons, and other special events.

“We are humbled to be included in this list of world-renowned film festivals and honored to be recognized for being a valuable platform in launching the careers of independent filmmakers,” said Festival Director Jesse Locks.

Film submissions are now open. Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit short and feature length films in a variety of genres including but not limited to documentaries, animation, narrative, comedy, multi-media, experimental, music videos, virtual and augmented reality.

All short films are eligible for the Festival Jury Award – $1,500 and all films are eligible for the Audience Choice Award – $500.

The submission fee is waived for local filmmakers (Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sierra and Sacramento Counties). Please contact festival directors at for more information and a waiver code.

Save and submit early. Regular Deadline is May 1, 2016, and Late Deadline is June 1, 2016. All filmmakers will be notified by July 15, 2016.

To submit your film, go to or call (530) 362-8601.

Eye to Eye at the Granucci Gallery at The Center For The Arts

Artist Reception: Friday, May 6th 5-8 PM
Monday, April 25th- Sunday, May 15th, 2016

314 W. Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Eye to Eye presents portrait work by local artists Ruth Chase, Dee Anne Dinelli, Claudia Jeffers, Giulia Sbernini, and Alicia Vandevorst that explores how we look, our vantage points. The pieces in this show develop that theme in several directions, addressing how to see the integrity of a life, retrospectively and in the moment, in the spheres of social justice, psychology, and philosophy. All five of these artists are especially excited by the sort of looking that helps each person to accept and welcome what is or has been, even what might seem unpleasant or disturbing at first glance. They are interested in what brings us ‘eye to eye’.