Frank Francis: A Solitary Observation

Opening Reception
Friday evening, December 2, 5:30 – 7 pm
LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

A show of quietly refined photographs of images found deep in nature by retired Nevada County Superior Court Judge Frank Francis will be held at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery and studio in downtown Nevada City for the month of December. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Friday evening, December 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

There also will be an additional event at the gallery on Thursday evening, December 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. entitled, An Artist’s Talk on the Creative Process. The talk will include an interview with photographer Frank Francis and painter LeeAnn Brook, discussing the personal journey of their art. The event moderated by Nina Snegg is $10 per person and includes complementary glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Seating is limited and visitors may either pay at the door or reserve a seat by emailing

Photography for Frank Francis evolved slowly from long contact with the natural world, through backpacking, hiking, skiing and fishing in the mountains and rivers of the western United States. Frank and his family, seeking a rural life, came to Nevada County California from San Francisco in 1963. He practiced law in Nevada City until 1977 when he was appointed to the Superior Court. Frank served as a judge in Nevada County until his retirement in 1997.

During his early years on the judicial bench, Francis’ photography centered on the Sacramento Valley and foothills. As time went by, his interest expanded to foreign themes, which intensified after retirement in 1997.

The camera and an urge for adventure has taken him to very remote corners of the world, including Mongolia, the Middle East and multiple trips to Africa, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar. The mode of travel has been, most often, by small boat, jeep or on foot. Except for a guide and boat crew the trips have been solo in order to concentrate on photography. Seeking out very remote places has given fresh access to people and places. His goals have been to seek the lives within lives, the undertones, the fragments of lives bathed in mystery. Another goal has been to photograph the intensity and beauty of spiritual life often amplified by symbolism. The long trips on waterways have allowed a silent platform to watch the unchanged rhythms of life where daily tasks can take on memorable beauty, enhanced by the water and the sky.

“I am thrilled to showcase the stunning work of Frank Francis at my gallery, as I have been a longtime admirer of his photography and of the important part he has played in our community. Francis’ sensitive work stops me in my tracks as a true emotion is felt in each image. I often wonder how long he waited for fog to set in, how he experienced the silence of a forest, or why he chose a single branch to make a statement. His work evokes a silent conversation between himself and the viewer that is rare,” remarked Brook.

The photography of Frank Francis has been shown in a number of galleries and venues in northern California including several shows at Sacramento’s leading photography gallery, ViewPoint. He will have another show there in April.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City. For more information visit


Christmas at the Railroad Museum

Join us December 3rd, 10:00am – 3:00pm

The Christmas Party on the first Saturday in December draws hundreds of children to the brightly decorated museum for an opportunity to visit Santa Claus and receive a gift. The event is filled with family fun and refreshments. Door prizes are awarded every hour plus a raffle and silent auction. Last year more than 1,000 people dropped by to see Santa.

It’a great day for the whole family, we hope to see you here!


TheraEx Staffing Services Ribbon Cutting

Join us for a ribbon cutting at TheraEx Staffing Services at noon on Friday, December 2nd!  They are located at 202 Providence Mine Road, Suite 106 in Nevada City.

See you there!

Partnership Group has formed..

The Nevada City partnership group together with The Chamber and The City have recently met and would like to connect with everyone interested in more participation in our town. We are developing an email list so we may communicate ideas for business enhancement: please submit your email address, ideas and concerns at the Chamber office or send to to be included in this community building effort.  Any questions call the Chamber at 265-2692.

Helping Hands Caregiver Resource Center/Adult Daycare Program

Helping Hands Caregiver Resource Center is the only state licensed Non-profit Adult Day Care in Nevada County located in Penn Valley. It is a wonderful Caregiver Respite program. Anytime someone becomes a long term caregiver, a plan should be put in place to maintain their own health and allow them respite from the overwhelming burden caregiving can quickly become. To help lighten the load and give caregivers time to take care of themselves, at Helping Hands, we strive to provide quality of life on both sides of the picture.  Activities are enjoyable and the friendships formed are something they look forward to each week.  Caregivers feel relieved to know their loved one is in a safe and nurturing environment. Costly In-Home care is often beyond the resource of many. We work with every enrolled family to ensure the need is met without the anxiety of paying more than they can afford.  Sometimes that is only a small amount. 

Monday Tuesday and Friday 9-3.  Call Us!  Book a tour!  530 432 2540



The Sierra Harvest Farm Institute has launched! Apply now for Farm Crew and spend the 2017 season working and learning on sustainable farms in Nevada County! Launching or own a new agricultural business? Sign up for Farm Biz and hone your business management skills. Looking for land or own land suitable for agriculture? Contact Land Match and we’ll help find you land or match your site with a farmer or rancher in need of land.

Did you know that, according to the USDA Census of Agriculture, working farm and ranch land in Nevada County dropped from 70,167 acres to 42,114 acres? And that in 2015, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Crop Report of 2015 reported a decrease of $1.2 million in the gross production value of all agricultural products in the county. While these numbers are just one piece of the picture of our local agricultural businesses, they show the challenges of owning a farm in the foothills. The Sierra Harvest Farm Institute is launching programs to support farmers and ranchers in Nevada County to be prosperous and successful.


Hone your skills with Farm Crew! Apply now to join a cohort of early-career farmers working and learning on sustainable farms throughout Nevada County. You’ll spend 20-30 hours per week working (at minimum wage) for a local farm and an additional 10 hours each week independently learning farming skills of your choice! Whether it is learning to repair a tractor, tending a hive of bees, planting a native plant hedgerow, learning to manage a farm office, or mastering the art of bouquet making, we will support you to follow your passion! Farm Crew members will be a part of a cohort of folks learning and working on farms and ranches throughout the region and gathering weekly for community events and advanced production skills courses. This series of workshops will be taught in the field by local experts. To learn more and apply, visit us at: 


If you have experienced the production side of farming and ranching and are ready to launch or refine your farm business, it’s time to apply for Farm Biz!! This course is designed to help you learn the business management and decision making skills necessary to infuse prosperity into your operation. Attending classes lead by local business professionals, you’ll not only gain the savvy necessary to confidently start a farm or ranch business, you’ll also create the components to manage with success: a production plan, budget, marketing strategy, website and more! To learn more and apply, go to:


Looking for farmland to start or expand your business? Check out Land Match, a listing of available agricultural land in Nevada County. If you have a piece of land that may be suitable for agriculture, get in touch with us and we’ll have someone come out for a site visit. All viable properties will be added to our online, searchable database. If you’re a farmer or rancher looking for land to start or expand your operations, check out the properties that have been offered by community members.
You’ll be surprised how much agricultural land is open in our county!

Whether you’re a producer, an eater, a lover or things local or an open space enthusiast, we would love to have your help in creating a robust local food system with prosperous farmers and ranchers at its core.


Sierra Harvest is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and connecting Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal foods. We accomplish this by offering farm to school programming, supporting farm fresh school meals, mentoring aspiring farmers and gardeners, celebrating our local food community and advocating for just, sustainable food systems.

We educate over 6,400 students with a vibrant, enriching experience and do so with the support of individuals, business sponsors, and public funding.


What: Farm Crew and Farm Biz application due

When: by November 30th, 2016

Where: apply online at


313 Railroad Ave., Suite 201

Nevada City, CA 95959


Wheyward Girl Creamery Cheese Making Classes in November

The final class for 2016.  Our classes make great holiday gifts!

Feta & More, Sunday November 20th 1:00 – 4:00 PM
This class is designed to teach you the steps in making feta and setting up brands for salting and storage.

Call the creamery to sign up 530-478-1665.  Classes are limited to 6 students.  Cost is $65.00 per person.  New classes will be posted in January 2017.

Wheyward Girl Creamery

209 Commercial Street

Nevada City, CA 95959


Holidays at Empire Mine

Yuletide magic for all at Holidays at Empire Mine

“When it comes to sharing Christmas wishes with Santa, I wonder if he works on a first-come, first-served basis,” Troy Hammer, first-time chair for Holidays at Empire Mine, mused.  “If so, this popular event provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to let him know early.”

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be listening carefully to gift wishes in the beautifully decorated old Clubhouse on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.   Light snacks, beverages and baked goods will be for sale outside.  With creative children’s activities such as balloon sculptures, the time will pass quickly – and will be full of fun.  There’s also a potting bench where children can make little, living gifts for special people in their lives.

Empire Cottage will sparklel – with colorful, old-fashioned decorations.  Visitors will get to meet Living History docents in lavish, period costumes, as they portray the characters who helped make Empire Mine one of North America’s oldest, largest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines.  Owners Mr. and Mrs. William Bourn, Jr. will be there to welcome guests, as will Mine Superintendant George Starr and his wife, Libby.  In the kitchen, however, it’s housekeeper Katy Moriarty who rules the roost – and she will have plenty to say about what life was like in those heady heydays.  Visitors will also be offered complimentary Christmas cookies.  On Friday, singer/guitarist Kelly Fleming will perform festive music in the stately dining room, and on Saturday, visitors can enjoy Heather MacAdam’s magnificent music.

Just as in Holidays of old, visitors can sing along with strolling carolers.  On Friday, the traditional Cornish Choir will perform, and on Saturday, the Forever Young Chorus will be singing.

There will also be music in the Mineyard.  With covered benches by the Administration Office porch, visitors can enjoy talented one-man-band Gary Hinze on Friday, and duo Gianni Rome and Ken White on Saturday.  Nearby, there will be chestnuts roasting for visitors to enjoy.

The Blacksmith Shop will be a hub of activity – as the smiths handcraft candle holders, dinner bells, and other items to be sold in the Gift Shop.  It’s always fascinating to see their traditional skills in action – as they share their tales of the “good-old days.”  No visit to Holidays at Empire Mine would be complete without a visit to the Gift Shop.  A variety of unusual, reasonably-priced gifts and mementoes will be on display.  This year, heritage roses, propagated by garden volunteers, will also be for sale.  What unusual, treasured gifts these will make.

Each child who enters the Park will be given a prize-draw ticket.  At the end of each day, a name will be drawn, and the winner will receive a special Holiday Gift Bag, full of special items from Mountain Pastimes in Nevada City.

“Many say it’s like walking through a magical, old-fashioned Christmas card.  Last year we welcomed over 2,000 visitors,” Hammer explained, “and this year we look forward to welcoming even more.   Many local residents are proud to show our Park to their visiting family and friends.  It’s an ideal way to fill the long Thanksgiving weekend with colorful history and holiday spirit.  We welcome all ages – and everyone’s invited!”

Empire Mine State Historic Park is visited by approximately 100,000 people from all over America and all over the world each year.  Located at 10791 E. Empire Street in Grass Valley, Holidays at Empire Mine will take place on Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th – with special activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For further information, phone the Visitor Center on 530.273.8522 or visit

Photos by Richard Bannister

Santa & Mrs. Claus

What do you want for Christmas?  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be listening carefully in the Clubhouse.


Docents by Christmas tree in Cottage with little girl

Children of all ages enjoy the traditional decorations and lavish costumes in Empire Cottage.


Santa & Mrs. Claus poster

Poster designed by Sherry Sanchez

































Nevada County’s Local (One Stop) Business & Career Network

Nevada County’s local (One Stop) Business & Career Network is here to meet the needs of local businesses and job seekers. We are located in the Brighton Greens Complex at 988 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, 530-265-7105. We want to assist employers that are expanding or hiring with On the Job Training funds therefore we want to know who is hiring and who is looking for a job. We are available to answer any questions you might have and we are sure to be able to help in some way. Here are just a few of the services we can assist with; Customized recruitment services, Find qualified candidates for positions, On the Job (OJT) training programs, Business to business referrals, Workforce Training, Resume and Interview assistance, Career path information, Unemployment assistance,
The Business & Career Network your local One stop for Nevada County is a regional nonprofit providing workforce development, business, and human resource services; dedicated to enhancing the quality of life throughout our communities, by assisting all businesses, organizations and job seekers with their pathways to success. We believe the best way to achieve our mission is to help create a stable and prosperous business community.  For more information go to

Fashion Show November 16th at The Golden Era

Join Fashion Stylist Katia Nesterova

at the Golden Era Lounge Wednesday, November 16th at 8:00pm

Ready for a New Image? Need a Change of Style? You are invited to enjoy a new fashion proposal from Beautiful with Katia – Boutique Consignment where Katia Nesterova is presenting a variety of styles for Every Body. Dress to impress: Now is the perfect time to renew your wardrobe! Come and see beautiful and stylish clothing, this coming Wednesday November 16th, at 8pm and enjoy the always fun and warming environment of the Golden Era Lounge at 309 Broad Street.
Katia can also assist you as a Fashion Stylist for special events.  Come visit Beautiful with Katia -Boutique Consignment- at 417 Broad Street Suite C for women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, also children’s clothing. Call Katia to book a fashion consultation today 530-300-4467.


Downtown Community Social & Business Meet-Up Scheduled

Join Us! Thursday, November 17th 8:30 – 10:00am

You are invited to participate in a Downtown Community Social & Business Meet-up scheduled this month.  Come meet your neighboring business owners and find out what’s happening in Nevada City!  The goal of this meeting is to encourage more participation in downtown efforts through community building!


Mana Beads Class Schedule for November

Enjoy Classes at Mana Beads Heading into the Holidays!

Pearl Knotting

Learn the classic technique of knotting silk cord between each bead. We will cover how this elegant skill applies to many contemporary designs. We will experiment with three different knotting techniques so you can find the method that suits you best!

Date: Sat, Nov 16th
Time: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Price: $25.00
Materials Cost: 8.00-20.00
Level: Beginner
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein


Santa Face Earrings

New! Just in time for the holidays! The sweet little Santa face earrings are a delight. Easy to make and easy to please. You can even do them in larger beads for an ornament. Learn basic brick stitch, how to follow a pattern and fringe techniques. All materials are included in this class.

Date: Wed, Nov 20th
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Price: $30.00
Materials Cost: all mat’ls included
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein


Leather Beaded Wrap Bracelet

Learn how to make this great-looking wrap-around bracelet! Use any combination of Miyuki Tila Beads, round gemstone beads, pearls or faceted crystal for an unexpected and unique design. It’s easy and fun!
Level: Beginner Beadweaving

Date: Sat, Nov 26th
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Price: $25.00
Materials Cost: $5.00-30.00
Level: Beginner
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein




Intro to Soldering & Fusing

Fire can be fun! This class is a pre-requisite for all of our torch classes. We will cover safety considerations, how to use the tools we need, and the fundamentals of soldering. Several quick exercises will acquaint you with the basics of manipulating metal with heat.
Date: Wed, Nov 26th
Time: Nov 26th 10:30 am – 12:00pm
Price: $20.00
Materials Cost: all materials included
Level: Beginner
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein


SOLDERING: Bezel Setting Workshop (Pendants)

This six-hour class allows soldering students the chance to learn bezel setting in a personalized way.  Our Bezel Set Pendant class is similar, except in that class we all make the same basic pendant in a three-hour time span. This workshop will provide more time (six hours) so students can pursue their own designs and work at their own pace.  ***This date we will focus on pendants.***
“Intro to Soldering” is a pre-requisite. It is  highly recommended, but not required, that you have at least one other soldering class under your belt.

****Students will need to have a clear idea of what they want to make before the class so we can be sure of the time frame and have necessary materials available.****

Date: Sun, Nov 27th
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Price: $60.00
Materials Cost: $10-50.00
Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisite: Intro to Soldering
Instructor: Pam Klein


Hammered Loop Chain Necklace

Learn basic wire skills or refine and expand what you already know with this contemporary, loopy link necklace! We’ll make & hammer all the links in the chain from scratch to show off pretty beads. You choose the beads, the size of the loops, the length of the necklace. You can simply add a clasp or learn how to make a hook-eye clasp from scratch!

Date: Wed, Nov 30th
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Price: $30.00
Materials Cost: $5-10
Level: Beginning-Intermediate
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein

Wire Loop Necklace   hammeredloop

Candy Cane Earrings

Celebrate the sweetness of the holidays with these cute Candy Cane Earrings! You’ll learn increasing and decreasing Brick Stitch and Ladder Stitch. These make great gifts!

Date: Sun, Dec 3rd
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Price: $35.00
Materials Cost: all materials included
Level: Beginning-Intermediate
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Pamela Klein


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The Magic Carpet- Saturday, November 12th, 7:00 p.m.

“The Oriental Rug: A Cultural Gathering Place”

Come celebrate our 36th anniversary and enjoy a special 30% off sale, four days only, from November 12th through November 16th, 2016, and also join us for an exciting evening, “The Oriental Rug: A Cultural Gathering Place”, at The Magic Carpet, 408 Broad Street, Nevada City, Sunday November 12th at 7:00pm.

Oriental rugs, prized for their extraordinary beauty and durability, have been a gathering place drawing people together for more than 2,500 years. Reflecting this rich history, our evening will include a Middle Eastern dance performance, rug stories, an educational presentation, and ethnic treats.
Our Oriental rug exhibit will be showcasing hand-knotted Cultural Survival masterpieces, woven with the finest hand-carded, hand-spun, vegetable dyed wool. Any purchase helps empower the women weavers, supports their communities, and provides resources for preserving their cultural heritage.


Book Signing Party at Mana Beads

Book Signing Party with Kathi Keville

November 9th at 6:00pm

Kathi Keville is an internationally known herbalist and aromatherapist and avid organic gardener. Kathi has been highly recognized herbalist in the herbal and aromatherapy field since 1070. She has been the Director of the American Herb Association since it’s creation in 1981 and was a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild in 1989.