Haalo Presents: Free Orientation for the Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship, Level 2

Join us, this Wednesday, January 4, for a FREE Orientation for Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship, Level 2, taught by Marza Millar.   A complete overview of the class, along with handouts and registration materials will be available so you can learn if this Apprenticeship is right for you!  Marza will share stories about her own journey with herbs, her Celtic and Native American ancestral history and her teachers from all over the globe.

January 4th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
HAALo, 412 Commercial Street, Nevada City
(530) 265 8804 ~ www.haalo.org ~ email: Learnit@haalo.org


In this class, we will learn and use both ancient and modern healing techniques, and will explore applications for the use of soul retrieval, spiritual tracking, death portals, possession and spirit extraction, and soul work. We will study the use of Stone Medicine, the Zero Point Field and Frequency, the use of vibrational plant medicine, structured water, First Nations philosophy of healing, rites of passage, shamanic ceremony and healing ceremonies.

This class is open to previous students of Marza’s, or other intermediate to advanced students in Shamanic Studies.


All classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted as a Field trip.

January 14 & 15
February 2nd through 6th (Tucson Gem and Mineral Show)
March 4 & 5
April 1 & 2
May 6 & 7 (Shasta Headwaters)
June 3rd through 5th (Bristlecone Pine Forest) 
July 8 & 9
August 5 & 6
September 14th through 19th (Hopi Nation)


Some medicine making supplies (but not all) are included in the price of tuition. Please note that tuition does not cover travel to field sites around Northern California, associated camping fees, or meals.

Tuition: $1899 – Payment Plan Available, email learnit@haalo.org for more information.

2017 Sustainable Food & Farm Conference

Food & Farm Conference Brings National Leaders in the Sustainable Farming Movement to Grass Valley

Over 600 farmers, foodies and homesteaders will gather in Grass Valley on January 6 -8 for the 2017 Sustainable Food & Farm Conference. This year’s conference features internationally recognized soil scientist and Elaine Ingham, widely known in the sustainable and organic agriculture movement as one of the leading innovators in promoting soil health. The conference also features Ben Hartman, market farmer and author who develops lean principles inspired by the Japanese automotive industry to work smarter, prevent burnout and promote success among family farmers. Greg Judy, rancher and author, will share how he transformed his bankrupt ranch into a profitable, debt-free business by adopting holistic management techniques for producing pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken and more. The conference also features a full day of sustainable food and farm workshops by local experts, and a tour of local, sustainable-minded farms and ranches in Nevada County.

The Sustainable Food & Farm Conference is designed to support farmers, ranchers, homesteaders, and gardeners to adopt innovative, sustainable practices that promote nutrient dense food and a healthier environment.

“This conference was founded by farmers, for farmers” says Malaika Bishop, Co-Director of Sierra Harvest, the local food and farm organization that hosts the event. In keeping with the spirit of giving the attendees what they want, the conference continues to respond to the needs of its participants. “This year, we have incorporated a number of new elements based on the feedback we received from past conference goers – including more hands-on activities integrated into the program, and bringing the most requested speakers and topics into the conference line-up”. In addition to the keynote presentations, the conference will include workshops on beekeeping, on-line marketing for farms, making compost tea, growing delicious fruit and more.

More About the 7th Annual Sustainable Food & Farm Conference

The conference is sponsored by: BriarPatch Coop, Vital Landscaping, Forever Flowering, Organic Valley, Sweetland Garden Supply, Peaceful Valley Garden Supply, The Union, and Four Seasons Nursery.

January 6th: Local Farm and Ranch Tour, featuring holistic management techniques for pasture at Elster Ranch and biodynamic composting class Fulcrum Farm; plus a new Mushroom Cultivation workshop at Tumbling Creek Farm.

January 7th: Keynote speakers & in-depth workshops, Food & Farm Expo at Nevada Union High School

January 8th: Food & Farm Workshops with a hands-on track at Nevada Union High School

Full Conference agenda at www.foodandfarmconference.com/event-details/
More on Keynote speakers at www.foodandfarmconference.com/speakers/
Register for tickets at www.foodandfarmconference.com/tickets/
Farmers can apply for registration discounts by contacting rachel@sierraharvest.org

Contact: Rachel Berry 530-265-2343, rachel@sierraharvest.org

For testimonials, sponsorship information or publicity photos, please contact Rachel directly.

Additional information is available at www.foodandfarmconference.org

About Sierra Harvest
Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food.  Learn more at www.sierraharvest.org

Paul Emery Music & the Miners Foundry Present New Year’s Eve Bash with Achilles Wheel and Boca do Rio

Ring in the New Year, Nevada City style, to the rocking’ grooves of Achilles Wheel and infectious rhythms of Boca do Rio at Paul Emery and
the Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s annual New Year’s Eve Bash, Saturday, December 31st.

This year’s festive dance party features local favorites Achilles Wheel performing their jamming, psychedelia-tinged blues/bluegrass/rock stew. Achilles Wheel is led by harmonious front men/songwriters Paul Kamm and Jonny “Mojo” Flores, and also features Shelby Snow on a head-spinning six-string bass, Gary Campus and Mark McCartney’s dueling drums, and newest member Ben Jacobs (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield) on accordion.

With three albums under their belts, including their latest Devil in the Yard, Achilles Wheel continues to push the boundaries of songwriting. With three superb songwriters in the band (Kamm, Flores and Snow) and the entire group made up of seasoned players, Achilles Wheel masterfully and seamlessly flows from genre to genre – roots rock with country vibes to Dylan-esque Americana.

Co-headlining the night is Boca do Rio, the Mission’s longest playing and hardest-hitting Brazilian-American funk band. After a decade performing all original material during the heyday of San Francisco’s live music scene, Boca do Rio has evolved into a multi-layered electro-funk party boat with a sound that is fluid and edgy, adaptable and free.

The band started flowing when Kevin Welch and Alex Calatayud formed a musical partnership in the late nineties that would redefine Brazilian
music in the Bay Area. The musical collaboration was founded in deep respect for past traditions, steeped in the sambas and choros
(Brazilian ragtime of a bygone era) that echoed through the Brazilian favelas, while always evolving forward to create an organic sound that
is decidedly modern and funky.

The band now includes Eduardo Amado on bass, drummer Scott Johnson, keyboardist Jacob Aginsky, DJ Trop’a on the turntables, and lead by
guitarist and vocalist Kevin Welch.

Boca do Rio performs all of its own compositions and these songs have been lived by these hard-working musicians as they have forged their voices as Brazilians, as Americans, and as Brazilian-Americans and everything in between. The result is an explosion of rich melodies and harmonies, anchored by the deepest beat on the planet.

WHEN: Saturday, December 31, Doors 8:30pm, Show 9:00pm

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

TICKETS: $30, All-Ages, Standing/Dancing Show with Limited Seating, Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Think Big This Chanukah! Public Menorah Lighting for All

Chabad of Nevada County is inviting the entire community to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public Menorah kindling ceremony on the 8th night of Chanukah. The grand Chanukah celebration will take place on Saturday Evening, Dec 31, 7pm, at the Robinson Plaza, 132 Main Street way in downtown Nevada City.

Public dignitaries and community leaders will attend the ceremony and will assist in kindling the giant “Menorah of Freedom”. Lighting the Chanukah Menorah commemorates a great miracle in Jewish history, and is relevant today as a symbol of freedom and light.

Following the kindling, the program will feature traditional Chanukah treats (sufganiyot, latkes), lively music, crafts for children, dreidels, a photo booth, and a magical comedy show, by the famous Rob Rasner. This celebration will be a most memorable event for adults and children of all ages.

Chanukah for many, brings back fond memories of childhood years and serves to renew our sense of identity. The Chanukah lights provide us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of a community-wide celebration to be held at the Robinson Plaza this Chanukah.

The Chanukah festival is sponsored by Chabad of Nevada County (one of 4,500 global centers) and is open to the entire community free of charge.

For more information on this event, to receive a Chanukah kit, or to find out more about Chabad’s offerings to the community, contact Chabad of Nevada County at (530) 404-0020 or email JewishGV@gmail.com

For more information about Chanukah or Chabad, click here

Victorian Christmas in Historic Nevada City

 Victorian Christmas Continues Sunday Dec 18th and Wednesday Dec 21st on the Streets of Historic Nevada City

Victorian Christmas has been a beloved tradition since 1978 and this December, for five dates, Sundays December 4th, 11th & 18th from 1:30pm – 6:00pm and Wednesdays, December 14th & 21st from 5:00pm – 9pm, Nevada City’s picturesque downtown will transform once again into a Christmas card come to life.

Join family and friends sharing holiday cheer and good tidings. Victorian Christmas features holiday activities for all ages: Santa & Strolling Carolers, Carriage Rides, Children’s Activities, Victorian Characters, Roasted Chestnuts, Holiday Shopping, Handcrafted Christmas Gifts, Delicious Foods and much more!

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


Some (of the many!) reasons to enjoy Victorian Christmas this year!

Family Entertainment
From jugglers to fine musicians, carolers to storytellers, we have something for everyone.


Find the Perfect Gift
Visit the shops and stalls of Nevada City to find one-of-a-kind treasures, fine art, romantic clothing, handmade soaps and candles, alluring glass treasures and dazzling jewelry. We have gifts for everyone at Victorian Christmas—and you don’t need to break the bank while shopping locally.

Festive Feasting
Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air as you walk the winding gas lit streets of Nevada City.  From award-winning chefs to warming street food, there’s fare that is certain to satisfy every appetite, from children to gourmands.

Sing for Joy
Join in with one of the many choirs and singing groups who will be strolling through town and performing at Victorian Christmas.  Come ready to give voice to traditional carols and more recent holiday songs!

Make it easy on yourself
Why drive through holiday traffic to a distant mall when you can take a special $5 round-trip Holiday Shuttle to Victorian Christmas from the parking lot at the Nevada County Government Center at Highway 49 and Maidu Ave.  Drop your group off in town and then catch the Shuttle.  Return journeys are free for all.  Shuttle hours are 4:30-9:30pm Wednesdays and noon-6:30pm Sundays.

For more information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or toll-free (800) 655-NJOY, online at www.nevadacitychamber.com

HOW I MET FATHER CHRISTMAS and his lovely wife MERRY HOLLYBERRY by Katie Wolff

I was invited to be one of many artists to be part of Victorian Christmas 2013.  Wanting to paint a “local” piece, I searched the web and found a wonderful photo of Santa? (photographer unknown).  While painting this great face, the man himself came by to watch me work.  Imagine my surprise to meet the model and to learn that he was not Santa, but rather his dad….Father Christmas.

Warren Nordendahl, (Father Christmas) asked if he could purchase the portrait and also asked if I would do a portrait of his wife Dorothy (Merry Hollyberry).  Dorothy lost her fight with cancer this summer, but my prayers were answered when I saw that their daughter, Sheryl (Noelle Holiday), was at his side this year at Victorian Christmas.

So if you want a pair of socks to a new car for Christmas, ask Santa, but if you want something BIG, like A Safe Place and Peace on Earth, go to the big guy….Father Christmas.   His portrait can be seen along with other works by Katie Wolff through December 31st at the Broad St. Bistro, 426 Broad St. Nevada City.


Nevada County Concert Band at Nevada City Victorian Christmas Wednesday, December 21st

The Nevada County Concert Band’s Ensembles will be playing traditional Christmas tunes along with non-traditional seasonal music during Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas on December 21 in The Nevada Theatre.  Continuous music will be performed from 5pm to 9pm.  Come in out of the cold and enjoy a bowl of chili prepared by The Nevada Theatre Management while listening to the Brass, Flute and Clarinet Choirs along with TUBAMONIUM, Blended Metal Saxophones and Twisted Licorice.  Pop in and out, or stay for the entire evening.  The entire evenings music is FREE.


Victorian Christmas Events at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

Nevada City’s newest gallery and working studio, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is alive with color and music during Victorian Christmas. On the last Wednesday, December 21, Beaucoup Chapeaux, of “gypsy band from Nevada City Classic Cafe” fame, will be joining local singer/songwriter Sands Hall under the gallery’s Wish Tree for a live concert in the gallery’s courtyard at the corner of Spring and South Pine streets in downtown Nevada City.

Award-winning singer/songwriter Sands Hall will be performing her annual Holiday Sing-along under the Wish Tree on December 21st from 6-7 p.m. Hall will be performing holiday standards as well as her own compositions. Beaucoup Chapeaux will then perform from 7-9 p.m., with their lively “feel good” music, bringing a festive sound to Spring Street.

This is the second year that the gallery has put up a festive tree called the Wish Tree at the corner of Spring and South Pine streets, where visitors can write a wish and pin it to the tree. Last year, over 130 wishes adorned the tree with inspirational messages. Look for the 20 foot tree from the corner of Broad Street and South Pine Streets, as it lights up the corner for the many businesses on Spring Street.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 300 Spring Street in Nevada City, with holiday hours from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays for the month of December. For more information about the gallery, call visit www.leeannbrookfineart.com.

SCROOGE Continues at the Nevada Theatre Through December 24th!

LeGacy Presents is proud to present Rodger Hoopman’s SCROOGE as their annual holiday production at the Nevada Theatre. The original production of SCROOGE opened in 1978 in Cal Expo’s Golden Bear Playhouse, directed by Gary McFadyen and featuring Rodger Hoopman as Scrooge. Since then, SCROOGE has played each holiday season to enthusiastic audiences throughout Northern California.

Directed by Sue LeGate Halford, choreographed by Dinah Smith, with musical direction by Beverly Marks, SCROOGE is a must see this Christmas season! With Rodger Hoopman in the title role for his 38th year, SCROOGE makes its debut at the Nevada Theatre this holiday season opening November 25 and playing through December 24th. Joining Hoopman in this delightful musical are LeGacy veterans Darryl Stines as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Sara Noah as the Ghost of Christmas Past (and Mother Cratchit) and Kris Meadows as the Ghost of Christmas Present. More familiar faces from LeGacy productions are Connor McGehee, Makenna Harrison, Amber Busse & Brian Arnold. Newcomers Zed Freedman as young Ebeneezer and Robert Peters as Tiny Tim. Rounding out the cast are Patrick Moore and Dinah Smith as the lively Fezziwig couple.

Sacramento Bee Arts Critic Robert Masullo wrote: “His Scrooge is singular. He’s irascible, inarticulate and mean. Nevertheless and remarkably, he creates something close to sympathy for Scrooge.” Bee Arts critic Alfred Kay scribed…”like Carol Channing as Dolly Levi or Yul Brynner as the King of Siam, the local director and actor has made the role his own. He handles it with a depth of fury and bitterness that makes you wonder how Bob Cratchit ever showed up for work.” Sacramento Union critic Richard Simon wrote: “Hoopman has polished his conception of Scrooge so the character glows with a patina akin to that of rubbed mahogany. He makes his points both as the misanthrope and miser of Christmas eve and the philanthropist of Christmas day with utmost simplicity and directness of speech and gesture.” Patricia Beach Smith, Bee Arts Critic, said: “Rodger Hoopman, as the unlikable yet redeemable title character, was a convincing Scrooge in a tour de force part, honed over many years of practice. His transformation from a persnickety old money-grabber to a generous, almost giddy everybody’s uncle, proved his mettle.”

The production includes an original musical score by Hoopman and Rob Knable (with additional music and lyrics by Warren Harrison) which “weaves about a dozen clever songs through the threads of the original story…making the holiday musical a delight.” (Joanne Burkett, Roseville Press Tribune).

“The set captures Dickens’ time, place and ambiance. The narrow houses line a narrow street, and though they are rendered on flat canvas, the scene evokes the comforting feeling of an advent calendar and makes one want to open the small windows for the prizes within.” (Alfred Kay, Sacramento Bee)
Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 ( with exception of December 24th, which is a 2 pm matinee ) Thursday December 8th & 22nd at 7pm , Sunday December 4th and 18th at 2pm.
Tickets for SCROOGE are only $20 in advance, available at The Bookseller, Harmony Books, online at LeGacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268-5419
Reserved seating $35 available only online or through the box office.


TheraEx Staffing Services – So What Exactly Does Our Company Do?

TheraEx Staffing Services began in 2009 by a husband and wife team who are both in the healthcare field.  The wife, Joan Divinagracia is an RN and the husband, Rey Rivera is an Occupational Therapist.  Both have extensive management experience in the healthcare fields, and have worked with staffing companies in their respective roles.  Both Joan and Rey share a passion for patient care, and after working with numerous staffing agencies and feeling they could do things a little better, they opened TheraEx Staffing Services.
In 2015, Joan and Rey expanded the business to include rehab staffing for travel and per diem therapists. The corporate office was established in Nevada City due to the business relationship between Dave and Kim Carroll, Recruiting Manager.  Kim has been a Nevada City resident for the last 8 years.  In addition to Kim, we have three other employees in our Nevada City office, and expect to add more in 2017. In response to the high demand for their services, TheraEx Staffing opened a nursing division in 2016.
So what exactly does our company do?  Here at TheraEx Staffing Services, we are dedicated to matching stellar medical professionals with the best medical facilities!  We place speech, physical, and occupational therapists and nurses all throughout the state of California.  We staff in all settings, including small skilled nursing facilities to larger clients such as Kaiser and St. Joseph’s.  Working with a staffing agency will simplify the job search and hiring processes so you can invest your time in what matters most. Even if you have unique staffing needs or a particular skillset as an employee, we can still supply you with the staff members or the position that you need.  We are continuing to hire more members for Team TheraEx as our company rapidly grows, and we appreciate all who came to our official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, December 2nd!  Give us a call at 855-222-4238 or come say hi here at our office in beautiful Nevada City: 202 Providence Mine Road, Suite 106.  We look forward to continuing to grow our business in historic Nevada City.

Pictured from left to right:  Rey Rivera, Crystal White, Vanessa Cueva, Megan Wright, Jessica Moncallo, Kimberly Carroll, Christen Aldrich, and Joan Divinagracia.

Emily’s Catering & Cakes Christmas Pop-Up Bakery This Week!

Shop for Holiday Goodies at Emily’s Catering & Cakes

Christmas Pop Up Bakery, December 20 – 23, 10:00am – 6:00pm!

Emily’s Catering & Cakes retail bakery is an “old fashioned” bakery where everything is made fresh and by hand. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with the highest quality food and desserts using the freshest ingredients. Our cakes and desserts are guaranteed fresh, never frozen.


Victorian Christmas Events at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

Victorian Christmas Event Schedule

On December 14, Beaucoup Chapeaux, of “gypsy band from Nevada City Classic Cafe” fame, will be performing live under the gallery’s Wish Tree from 7-9 p.m., at the corner of Spring and South Pine streets in downtown Nevada City.

Award-winning singer/songwriter Sands Hall will be performing her annual Holiday Sing-along under the Wish Tree on December 21st from 7-8 p.m. Hall will be performing holiday standards as well as her own compositions.

This is the second year that the gallery has put up a festive tree called the Wish Tree at the corner of Spring and South Pine streets, where visitors can write a wish and pin it to the tree. Last year, over 130 wishes adorned the tree with inspirational messages. Look for the 20 foot tree from the corner of Broad Street and South Pine Streets, as it lights up the corner for the many businesses on Spring Street.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 300 Spring Street in Nevada City, with holiday hours from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays for the month of December. For more information about the gallery, call visit www.leeannbrookfineart.com.


Seasonal Art Exhibition: Nevada City Artists’ Cooperative Fine Arts Gallery

Join us for an open reception on Sunday December 11th, during Victorian Christmas. Gallery Hours: 12:00~6:00pm/Reception Hours: 4:00pm-6:00pm There will be a free ongoing Christmas ornament art workshop for ages K-8(materials will be provided) Parents are invited to bring their children for a short creative interlude during Victorian Christmas celebrations. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all time.” The Nevada City Artists’ Cooperative Fine Arts Gallery is located inside Reiki Kitchen Event Center, 315 Commercial Street, Nevada City.

Tim Brown Receives NC’s Prestigious Elza Kilroy Award

Tim Brown has been named recipient of the 2016 Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Kilroy award every year to an outstanding volunteer.  Established in 1969, it is presented annually to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors selected Brown for the award to honor his dedication to Nevada City and support of the local organizations in the area. For the past 10 years, Brown has taken charge of the Nevada City parades and he also volunteers every week for the Nevada City Police Department.  He is an active member of Nevada Lodge #13 and the local Oddfellows organizations.

“The Board felt that he really has Nevada City in his heart and the Chamber appreciates everything he does to keep Nevada City a vibrant community” said Chamber Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey.

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

Other 2016 recipients are: Cynthia Levesque is being honored with the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award. Cynthia is the founder of the First Friday Art Walks which have been a great success for businesses in Nevada City.

Danny McCammon Is the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award.   The Annex at 231 Broad Street was recognized with the Annual Stan Halls Architectural Award.  Chris Crockett Is the recipient of the Chamber’s 2016 Live Music Award. The Inn Town Campground was chosen as the recipient of the W. Lon Cooper New Construction Award.

The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 4th at the Miners foundry.