Ribbon Cutting at Integrated Ayurveda – January 31st at Noon

Integrated Ayurveda

A Holistic Healthcare Cooperative

123 Margaret Lane #C1

Grass Valley

(530) 270-9042

Welcome to our special ribbon cutting event, where we will be serving some delicious and nourishing Ayurvedic treats. We will also host a raffle, offering seven different prizes (including body therapies, consultations, and more), gifted to you by our health practitioners. Allow yourself to be rejuvenated and inspired. We look forward to meeting you.


  1. 30 min. Head, Neck and Shoulder Therapeutic Massage (Total tension release).
  2. 30 min. Hot Stone Massage (10x more relaxing then a regular massage).
  3. One Nasya Treatment (nasal oil treatment to help with allergies, snoring, sinusitis, sleep apnea and headaches).
  4. Heart Basti (opens the heart chakra, cleanses old wounds, releases emotional blockages).
  5. Ayurvedic Tongue diagnoses (Learn immediately what imbalances are bothering you)
  6. 45 min. Wellness Consultation using Herbs, Flower Essences and Diet.
  7. 45 min Clinical Ayurvedic and Herbal Consultation

Our  Practitioners:

Kathi Kimmel: Clinical Ayurvedic Specalist, Clinical Nutritionist/Herbalist & State License Bodywork Therapist and Reiki Master.

Gwen Diaz: Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and a scholar of Yoga and Ayurveda.

Sarah Cuevas: Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Pancha Karma Therapist and Clinical Herbalist.

Amy Branum: Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Herbalist and Flower Essence Practitioner.

Haven Bundy: Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Herbalist, Yoga Teacher and Massage therapist.

Tiffany Luptak: Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Counseler, Yoga Nidra Instructor and Ayurvedic Body Therapist, specializing in Heart Basti Therapy

Michael Van Sciver: Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, and Clinical Herbalist



U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Information

Based on potential damages identified in the proclamation from Nevada County, Cal OES Individual Assistance (IA) is providing the following information to help local jurisdictions assess physical damages to personal property and hopefully help manage expectations. The first document is from the Code of Federal Regulations and identifies the criteria for an SBA disaster declaration, the second is a Cal OES Initial Damage Estimate (IDE) and Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) definition of damages used during the PDA, and the third is a damage survey form that can be customized and used to capture loss information. The attached IDE and PDA Damage Definition document should be referenced when determining the extent of damage to personal property and reporting IDEs.

Also provided below is information on the criteria for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Declaration. Please note that a declaration by the SBA would bring in SBA’s low interest disaster loan program. If the criteria for SBA is not met, assistance to individuals may be limited to services available from local and nonprofit agencies.

The two types of SBA Disaster Declarations are as follows:

Physical Disaster Declaration: At least 25 homes and/or businesses or other eligible institutions, each sustaining uninsured losses of at least 40 percent or more of the estimated fair replacement value or pre-disaster fair market value of the damaged property. Damage must be confirmed through an IA PDA prior to a request moving forward. If warranted, a request for an SBA disaster declaration will be submitted by the Cal OES Director.
Note: homes and businesses can include renters and home based businesses; a rental property can be counted as a business and as a renter; when assessing apartments, each unit with at least 40 percent of uninsured personal property losses will be counted as one.
Economic Injury Disaster Declaration: At least five small businesses in a disaster area have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the disaster. Cal OES IA will work with the local government to survey businesses in the affected area for economic losses by completing an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) worksheet.
PLEASE NOTE: If an SBA Physical Disaster is approved, SBA EIDL is automatically included in that declaration.

I hope you find the information helpful. If you have any questions or if I can be of assistance, please contact me.

Thank you

Cameron Bardwell

Emergency Services Coordinator
Individual Assistance Division
3650 Schriever Avenue
Mather, CA 95655

(916) 845-8145 OFFICE
(916) 761-1094 MOBILE
(916) 845-8395 FAX
IDE and PDA Damage Definitions


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Haalo Presents: Introduction to Home Scale Herbalism Series with Rachel Berry

This series is designed for beginning home herbalists who want to feel more confident using self-prescribed herbal medicine for health and wellness. Topics include general principals of home-scale herbalism, tools of the trade, discussion of various forms of herbal medicine, safe and appropriate application, as well as how to make your own herbal preparations at home. An emphasis will be placed on locally available plants with a long history of safe and effective use.


Tuition: $150.00
Register through our website at www.haalo.org


This series is designed for beginning home herbalists who want to feel more confident using self-prescribed herbal medicine for health and wellness. Topics include general principals of home-scale herbalism, tools of the trade, discussion of various forms of herbal medicine, safe and appropriate application, as well as how to make your own herbal preparations at home. An emphasis will be placed on locally available plants with a long history of safe and effective use.

This series includes four classes:

  • Getting Started with Home Scale Herbalism
  • Tincture, Tea, Powder, or Pill: How to Take Herbal Medicine
  • Making Tinctures at Home
  • Making Medicinal Oils and Salves
  1. Getting Started with Home Scale Herbalism

Herbal medicine offers an effective, safe, sustainable and joyful alternative to many over-the-counter drugs. How do you confidently use herbs at home for health and wellness? This class will offer a broad overview of home-scale herbalism and provide techniques and guidelines for incrementally expanding your herbal repertoire in a fun, joyful, and safe manner.

Topics include: introduction to the practice of home-scale herbalism; an introduction to commonly used garden, landscape and kitchen herbs; a discussion of common ailments that are reasonable to treat at home with herbs, and safety issues.

At the end of class, you will have a deeper understanding of home scale herbalism and specific ideas as to how to incorporate more herbal medicine into your daily life. You will also receive a list of trusted references to expand your practice. 2. Tincture, Tea, Powder or Pill: How to Take Herbal Medicine

       2. Tincture, Tea, Powder of Pill: How to Take Herbal Medicine

There are many ways to take medicinal herbs – through tinctures, teas, powders, pills, herb balls, syrups, honey, butters and more. What methods are right for you or your family? What are good options to have at home this winter for cold and flu season?

In this class, we will review (and sample!) these different methods of taking herbal medicine, and discuss issues of: cost effectiveness, convenience, ease of ingestion, and appeal to infants and children.

We will also discuss methods appropriate for specific health conditions, and cost-saving DIY alternatives to store bought products. An emphasis will be placed on how to take herbs for the upcoming cold and flu season, but all questions are welcome. At the end of class we will make immune-boosting herb balls – a delicious and nutritious technique for taking powdered herbs.

  1. Making Medicinal Tinctures

Tinctures are an easy and convenient way to take herbal medicine, especially for people who are on the go. Making your own tinctures at home can be easy – using fresh plants from your own garden or with store bought herbs – and they cost only a small fraction of what you pay at the store. This skill is a great way to economically make herbal medicines at home that last for decades.

During this class, you will you learn how to independently make your own medicinal tinctures using:

  • the popular folk method (which takes about 2-weeks)
  • the herbal percolation method (which takes about a day)
  • fresh, dried, or powdered herbs
  • a variety of bases, or menstruum, including alcohol, glyceride, and vinegar

We will also discuss resources for getting herbs, alcohol, and other supplies you may need for your home apothecary. At the end of class, you can make your own 3 ounce tincture to bring home. Please bring a 4 oz jar. Herbal percolators will be available for purchase.

  1. Medicinal Oils & Salves

It is easy to make your own medicinal oils and salves at home. As long as you know a few key principles, you can make high quality massage oils, lip balms, skin salves, medicated rubs, and more.

During this class, you will learn:

  • how to make a quality medicinal oil from fresh or dried plants
  • how to make a medicinal salve
  • how to choose appropriate oils, beeswax, and other optional ingredients
  • various herbal applications for first aid, muscle repair, pain relief, skin repair, infant care, colds, and more.
  • How to make culinary oils for the kitchen and to promote general wellness

As a class, we will make a multipurpose first aid salve with 100% regional ingredients, and each participant will take home a jar.

For more information, please visit our website at www.HAALo.org or www.SierraBotanica.com

To purchase tickets, visit: www.eventbrite.com


Rachel Berry ~ Herbalist

Rachel blends her background in herbalism, health psychology, public health, sustainable living and permaculture to help empower others to use herbal medicine at home for health and wellness.  She has participated in several formal herbal training programs from various Northern California herbalists, including Donna d’Terra, Kathi Keville and Candis Cantin. She has gained some of her deepest herbal knowledge from using herbs for treating family ailments for over a decade, as well as using plants to heal from her own debilitating case of Lyme disease.

Rachel taught courses in women’s health and healing at Northern Arizona University for many years, and now teaches primarily in Northern California, empowering others to use herbal medicine at home for health and wellness. She teaches frequently at the the HAALo Herb Shoppe, as well as other venues, including Esalen in Big Sur, the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, and more.

Rachel is also an avid wildcrafter, and she and her husband Matt Berry offer a seasonal Wild Food & Medicine CSA in Nevada City. Read more about Rachel via her Sierra Botanica website.

The class was very well planned, fun, and taught me a lot. I will take it again. Can’t thank you enough for the things you taught me. ” -Cindy G, Field Medicine Making Class

Romantic Works Set Stage for Performance Presented by InConcert Sierra

Classical music lovers take note! Cellist Peter Wyrick will perform Sunday, Feb. 19 as part of the Third Sunday Series presented by InConcert Sierra. For those who covet stunning works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Brahms, this program is not to be missed, says Artistic Director Ken Hardin.

“One of my favorite things is beautiful Romantic melodies from the cello, and this program showcases some of the best in the Romantic literature,” Hardin said. “A great player on a great cello, what more can we ask for?!”

Wyrick’s concert will feature Beethoven’s Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Opus 69; Dvorak’s Rondo G Minor, Opus 94; Waldesruhe Opus 68, No. 5; and Polonaise Opus Posthumous; and last but not least, Brahms Sonata F Major Opus 99.

Wyrick is the associate principal cellist for the San Francisco Symphony. He was born in New York to a musical family and began studies at the Julliard School at 8-years-old. Wyrick made his solo debut at age 12 with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Since then he has performed as soloist with the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, the Queens Philharmonic, the American Chamber Orchestra, the Oklahoma Chamber Orchestra, the Kozponti Sinfonicus in Budapest, Hungary, and Symphony Silicon Valley. He has also appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony.

In chamber music, he has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Jeremy Denk, Julia Fischer, and Edgar Meyer, among others. He has participated in the Helsinki, Spoleto, Bard, Vancouver Chamber Music West, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Ruby Mountain, and Lake Tahoe music festivals. He plays a David Tecchler cello, on loan from Jacques and Barbara Schlumberger, made in Rome, circa 1724.

Wyrick will be accompanied by pianist Britton Day. The Mill Valley native is a member of the accompanying staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division.

The 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 concert will be at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley, 12889 Osborne Hill Road. There will be a pre-concert forum at 1:15 p.m. General admission tickets are $34 and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org (ticketing fees will apply) and in person at BriarPatch Co-op and at the door on the day of the performance. There are a limited number of free youth passes available with the purchase of general admission tickets. Please call 530-273-3990 in advance to reserve.

For more information, please visit www.inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990.

WHO: InConcert Sierra presents

WHAT: Chamber performance by Cellist Peter Wyrick

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19

WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $34 general admission, available at 530-273-3990, www.inconcertsierra.org or in person at BriarPatch Co-op and at the door

INFO: 530-273-3990, www.inconcertsierra.org

Lucky in Love: A Night in Old Las Vegas to benefit the Miners Foundry Cultural Center

On Friday, February 10, for one night only, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center will transform into old Las Vegas, decorated in the glitz and glamour of 1950’s Las Vegas.

“Lucky in Love”, a benefit concert for the Miner’s foundry Cultural Center, is an intimate Rat Pack style cabaret show featuring sultry songstresses Tamara Fouyer, Krista Thomas, and Monica McKey with special guest Evan Brienza backed by a three-piece cabaret band led by Joe Hammel 0n the piano, Dylan McConnell on bass and Bob Thomas on drums. To round out the night, Ken Getz, best known for his work with Sierra Stages, will accompany the singers on piano as they perform a collection of popular Broadway songs.

Immediately following the cabaret show attendees will be treated to late night dancing to the six-piece big band sounds of the “Swing Time Jazz Combo lead by Joe Hammel and featuring songs by Fouyer.

“The Rat Pack was composed of a group of fabulous entertainers who had as much fun performing as the audience had watching,” says Thomas. “We plan to bring that same sense of audience involvement and fun to the evening.”

Some of the classic songs that will be performed include “Making Whoopee” with original lyrics, “Stormy Weather”, “Being Alive” (from Company), and “Ain’t Misbehavin” among others.

“The Foundry is so important to Nevada County and is always doing things for the community,” explained Thomas. “We’re happy to be able to support the organization by raising funds through an evening of fun entertainment.”

The glamorous event encourages attendees to dress up in their finest.

Tickets and information are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miner’s Foundry.

Nevada County Gold Magazine Contributes Fundraising Proceeds to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Nevada County Gold Magazine recently presented a check for $2429.66 to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This contribution represents a percentage generated from advertising revenue in the 2016-2017 Nevada County Gold Magazine. Celebrating 31 years of publication, “The Gold” has raised more than $255,000 for the Nevada County Chambers of Commerce.

Locally owned, Nevada County Gold Magazine is designated as the “Official Guide to Nevada County.” The Gold provides valuable information to its readers, and is the “go to” resource for events, maps, dining, recreation, real estate, lodging, and much more.

With a yearly distribution of 85,000 published once a year, Nevada County Gold is initially available at more than 600 locations including monthly distribution at Old Sacramento Visitor Center, San Francisco Visitors & Convention Center, Bay Area, Sacramento, Truckee Visitor Center, Reno/Tahoe Visitor Center, Sierra and Placer counties, and of course, Nevada County. Targeted distribution to key locations in Nevada County and throughout Northern California is continued throughout the year.   

In addition to the print magazine, advertising in “The Gold” includes an individual display ad on www.NevadaCountyGold.com, “The Premier Website to Nevada County” featuring a dynamic online presence linked to your website.

For information regarding reserving a display in the 2017-2018 31st Anniversary Edition, contact Cale Hoddy: info@NevadaCountyGold.com or 530-903-7025.


Alexander Rossi to Pilot No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda For Select 2017 Events


INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 18, 2017) – NAPA AUTO PARTS and Alexander Rossi drove into racing history by capturing the twin-checkers at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, and the pair will again join with Andretti Autosport in 2017. The seven-race, co-primary sponsorship will see the reigning Indy 500 champion take the wheel of Andretti’s No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda starting at the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rossi will then carry NAPA Know How for races in Long Beach, Indianapolis, Road America, Watkins Glen and Sonoma.

“We are pleased to announce our continued partnership with one of the more iconic brands in all of motorsports, the Andretti brand” stated NAPA President, Dan Askey. “We are equally excited to partner with one of the rising stars in the sport in Alexander Rossi and proud to have Alexander representing NAPA both on and off the track. We were fortunate to come on board in May of 2016 becoming a part of history as we rode along with Alexander capturing the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Andretti Autosport remains one of the elite teams in the IndyCar Series and we look forward to what 2017 holds.”

The blue and yellow NAPA livery first entered the Andretti stable in May 2016, just in time to claim victory at the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Rossi then carried the NAPA branding on to Detroit’s double header weekend. The Indy 500 winning car and livery of Rossi can be seen on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

“NAPA is a storied, American brand and I couldn’t be more proud to announce our partnership is continuing,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “We were pleased to have previously announced that Alexander will be returning for the full season, and now to be able to confirm that NAPA is back on board – what a great way for us to start 2017. Our relationship with NAPA came together quickly during our Month of May program last year, and it wasn’t long before the partnership was written into history books. We can’t wait to add a few more pages to history together.”

“Confirming NAPA AUTO PARTS is the perfect way for us to start off 2017,” said Rossi, 25. “NAPA is one of the most recognized brands in the U.S., and with over 6,000 stores, they touch every corner of our nation. In 2016, we had historic success together in the Verizon IndyCar Series, however there is still much more to accomplish. I’m proud to have NAPA back on board the No. 98 and am motivated to carry our momentum together through 2017.”

Rossi joins teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda), Marco Andretti (No. 27 hhgregg Honda) and Takuma Sato (No. 26 Honda) as the battle for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The season-opener event will be featured via live broadcast March 12 at noon ET on ABC.

For more information, please visit www.AndrettiAutosport.com


HAALo Presents Flower Essence Immersion

A 7 Class Series beginning Thursday, March 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Every other Thursday with 2 weekend campouts.

Join us at the FREE orientation on February 2, 2017, at either 9:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.

In Flower Essence Immersion we will take our understanding of the essences and how they work to a deep level. Students will learn what essences to use for specific issues and growth. Participants will also get the opportunity to learn the essences personally and observe how they affect different people; and learn to connect with the plant spirits, finding out what they have to offer.

This class is more than taking notes and accepting what is given from the teacher. This class is a journey into self-discovery and self-healing. “Out of class” work is equally important to the “in class” work. For each class, there will be a lecture on the topic, time working with the plants hands on, and then participants will choose a single essence to work with for the next 2 weeks. With this essence, you will be required to journal, meditate, and observe its effects. In class, we will discuss our experiences together to compare and reflect.

Flower Essence Immersion will be taught by Amy Branum, one of the talented Herbalists at HAALo Herb Shoppe.  Amy is an herbalist, Ayurvedic practitioner, flower essence therapist, and mother. She has a deep passion for plants, their medicine, and the amazing transformations they can inspire in people. Helping people to heal and teaching this work is her passion. Since she first began working with herbs 14 years ago, she has been able to do nothing else.  Amy is offering an introductory course, Introduction to Flower Essences on March 2 and 7, in the morning and evening respectively.

To find out more about this 7-class series, held every other Thursday beginning March 23, with 2 weekend campouts, join us at the FREE orientation on February 2, 2017, at either 9:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.  If you sign up at the orientation, you will receive an early bird price for these classes in the amount of $525.00.  Class fees include most materials, complimentary hot tea at each session and a discount coupon for shopping at HAALo.  Camping fees for the weekend campouts at Sierraville and Shasta are not covered in the class registration fee.  You can register online at www.HAALo.org, by phone (530) 265-8804, or in person at HAALo, 412 Commercial Street in Nevada City.  We hope to see you at the FREE Orientation on February 2, 2017!

About the Instructor, Amy Branum:

Amy Branum is an herbalist, ayurvedic practitioner, flower essence therapist, and mother. She has a deep passion for plants, their medicine, and the amazing transformations they can inspire in people. Helping people to heal and teaching this work is her passion. Since she first began working with herbs 14 years ago, she has been able to do nothing else.

Amy graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina–Asheville with a degree in Biology and focus on Botany. Before graduating college, she began her studies with herbs and flower essences. She originally studied herbs at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, and has continued her education throughout the years with professional conferences and workshops. She has most recently graduated from the California College of Ayurveda as a certified Ayurvedic practitioner and is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

Before moving to California, Amy worked in Asheville, North Carolina as a teacher, resident Clinical Herbalist, and in the administration at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. She is also a founding board member of the North Carolina chapter of United Plant Savers. For 3 years, Amy organized and led the Wellness Center at the Southeastern Women’s Herbal Conference, providing first aid and wellness assistance to 600 participants. Her body care company, Boutique Botanika, formerly Savoir, has provided herbal remedies to people all over the country for the past 8 years. She has recently contributed her Honey Face Mask recipe in The Herbal Bath and Body Care Book by Heather Lee Houdek.

Currently, Amy is creating and sharing her Boutique Botanika products with the world. Through her business, Lasya Ayurveda, Amy is teaching an Herbal Apprenticeship from her home in Nevada City and working to help clients of all ages to achieve their fullest potential of happiness and well being with herbs, flower essences, diet and lifestyle.

Coping with Alzheimer’s & Dementia: A Conversation About Memory Care

Atria Grass Valley and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation invite you to a discussion about dementia, broadcast live by KVMR. A panel of experts will take questions and discuss the challenges of caring for someone living with dementia, provide information about resources and explain the benefits memory care. Free. 5:30 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31. The Nevada City Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City.

Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center Presents Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center Thursday, January 26, 2017, giving Nevada County fans the chance to experience what is regarded as one of the best live bands in the world.

The legendary saxophonist for the Rolling Stones recently celebrated turning 60 with an all-star studded bash at the Fillmore in San Francisco.  Special guests such as Luther Dickinson, Mike Dillon, Jackie Greene and Ivan Neville were all on hand to pay homage to Denson’s more than 30-year music career.

Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz’s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars. Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.  Touring relentlessly for the past 20 years, performing over 150 shows annually, and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.

KDTU will be showcasing material from their forthcoming studio album, due in early 2017, as well as previous KDTU recordings like ‘New Ammo’ and ‘Brother’s Keeper.’ Audiences can also expect a handful of KDTU’s super-charged covers by the likes of Prince, The White Stripes, David Bowie and Beastie Boys.

The current KDTU touring lineup is comprised of Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, Greyboy Allstars’ bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects’ keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter Chris Littlefield and ace slide and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman.


WHO: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

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

TICKETS: $27/Advance, $32/Door.  Tickets are available online at

www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the

Miners Foundry, or in person at BriarPatch Co-Op. This is a dancing show, limited seating available.

INFO: www.minersfoundry.org

Nevada City Film Festival’s Media Maker Residency – Register by 1-29-17

The Nevada City Film Festival is pleased to announce their inaugural Media Maker Residency, February 2-5, 2017 in beautiful, historic Nevada City, CA.

The Nevada City Film Festival’s Media Maker Residency unites aspiring and established filmmakers, writers and media creators around the power of story. This unique four-day intensive located in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, in the historic Gold Rush-era village of Nevada City, provides a nurturing environment to spark the process of self-discovery, create connection through community building, and help bring projects to fruition.

With an emphasis on experiential learning, a group of award-winning filmmakers and industry leaders facilitate workshops, writing sessions, and leadership building exercises during each day. In the evening’s attendees will be treated to special screenings and guest artist presentations, along with group dinners featuring local farm to table cuisine, craft beer and foothill vintners.

“I counted the other day that there are 56 former NCFF filmmakers premiering films at Sundance this year. That is absolutely extraordinary for a small film festival like ours and speaks volumes of the quality of films we screen,” explained NCFF Festival Director, Jesse Locks. “We launched the Media Maker Residency to further support creatives along with organizations and businesses in their efforts to share new and exciting stories in a variety of media formats.”

The Media Maker Residency is for storytellers, visual and digital artists looking to enhance connections with their own creative process, as well as with others working in diverse, but related fields.

Since 2001, NCFF has brought top independent cinema to Nevada County during their four-day international film festival every September. NCFF has been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” (Sacramento News & Review) for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing
innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film. In 2016, the festival was named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top 50 film
festivals in the world worth the submission fee for filmmakers.

Over the years, NCFF has hosted many notable independent filmmakers including Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby
Sparks), Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), and Mike Mills (The Beginners), among others. The festival has also worked with local filmmakers who
have gone on to have successful careers in film and television such as Patrick Brice director of The Overnight starring Adam Scott, Jason
Schwartzman, and Taylor Schilling; and Jason Sussberg co-director of the much anticipated upcoming untitled Bill Nye Documentary which
broke Kickstarter fundraising records when it raised over $800,000.

Highlights of the residency include a unique and inspiring setting, the opportunity to learn from award-winning filmmakers and film industry professionals, meet and connect with like minded media makers, creatives and storytellers. Projects finished by Media Maker Residents will have the opportunity to be submitted for screening at the Nevada City Film Festival in September 2017.

Leading the Media Maker Residency is professional coach Dewey Schott, filmmakers Karin Chien, Jenni Matz and Doug Bertran and a round table
of special guests.

For 14 years Schott was the Senior Manager of Leadership Services at NAMAC (National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture), a national
nonprofit arts service organization, where he provided leadership and capacity building services to hundreds of nonprofit leaders from across the country.

Chien is a four-time Independent Spirit Award nominee and the recipient of the 2010 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award, given
to “producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality
independent films.” Her films have won over 75 film festival awards, premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and secured
distribution in over 40 international territories. Chien has taught independent film producing workshops and classes at School of Visual
Arts, New York University, Temple University, Film Independent’s Producing Lab, University of Hawaii Pacific New Media Center and
through ZuZu Films in Los Angeles. She has has advised/consulted for the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, IFP/New York, Tribeca Film
Institute, Cinereach, ITVS/PBS, Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society, and the Flaherty Seminar.

Matz is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked in documentary television production for over 15 years as a Producer, Editor and Researcher. She currently is the Senior Producer/Archivist for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s oral history interview collection where she is responsible for overseeing digitization and creating an online digital access tool for the 800+ interview collection.

Bertran is an award-wining filmmaker who has produced media for National Geographic Television & Film, National Geographic Channels,
Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS Nature, PBS Nova, BBC, and more. Mr. Bertran’s work focuses on media production in science, travel, and
natural history. He specializes in stories that are character driven with smart content, combined with amazing and beautiful images, for international audiences.

Special guests include producer Anne Moore, who is best known for her work on the Michael Moore documentary films Fahrenheit 9/11(2004),
Sicko (2007) and Capitalism: A Love Story (2009), Curtis Grout, Editor, has worked on such TV Series as 30 for 30 Shorts and Our
America with Lisa Ling, as well as premiered three short films at Sundance, and Louise Lovegrove, an award-winning producer and production manager who has worked on more than two dozen films including I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore (2017), The End of the Tour (2015), and Girl Rising (2013), among others. Hailing from England, Ms. Lovegrove graduated from the University of Manchester, received her Masters in Film Producing from the University of London, and has taught at London’s New York Film Academy.

The cost of the Media Maker Residency is $1595 and includes 3-nights lodging at the Outside Inn, and four days of meals including continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and daily snacks. It does not include transportation to/from or during the residency. There is a local rate of $1190 that does not include lodging. Registration cut off is January 29, 2017. Space limited to 25.

To register go to www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com. For more information contact Jesse Locks, NCFF Festival Director at jesse@nevadacityfilmfestival.com or (916) 548-7716.

Photo Credit: Kial James Photography
Photo Caption: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, co-directors of Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, at the 2016 Nevada City Film Festival.
Dayton attended Lyman Gilmore as a child.

Grass Valley Wedding Fair Business Opportunities

Last Minute Chance to Participate in the Grass Valley Wedding Fair!!

The 2017 Wedding Fair is this week! Do you have all the bookings you want for 2017?  If not, than here’s your chance to fill up your calendar. Last year was a great success for our vendors. There are just a few booths left for this years event!

1,500 of the XL postcards and 100 posters were distributed throughout GV, NC and PV prior to Thanksgiving by Dyane & Jeff Albright of Special Arrangements, Savannah Kerksieck of Savvy Kay Photography and myself. We placed them at all the hotels and wedding venues and both Chambers as well as most of the downtown businesses. Facebook advertising will begin soon and run throughout the “engagement season”:)

I have attached the wedding fair contract. If you would like to see who’s participating…you’ll find it listed on my website www.joyoflifeevents.com/grass-valley-wedding-fair/

Registration 2017


Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the Book: Collected Stories

On Wednesday, January 18, Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present the Pulitzer Prize finalist play, Collected Stories, as part of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Written by Donald Margulies and directed by Leslie Ann Rivers, Collected Stories follows respected short story writer and teacher Ruth Steiner (read by Sandra Rockman) over a six year period as she watchers her student, Lisa Morrison (read by Tracie Nickle), go from protégé to confidante to competitor.  Their relationship is further complicated by Lisa’s decision to use Ruth’s life experiences as inspiration for her own first novel, including Ruth’s youthful, shattering affair with poet Delmore Schwartz.  The women navigate their complicated relationship as well as debate the moral dilemma of the appropriateness

“Sandra Rockman, one of Nevada County’s veteran theatre artists, brought the play to my attention,” recalls Rivers.  “We’d been looking for material to collaborate on, and I found Collected Stories to be smart, articulate, often funny, passionate and with many-faceted characters.  It can also keep an audience on its toes — not all is quite what it seems in the beginning.”

Now in its fifth season, Theater by the Book is an opportunity for local theatre artists and audiences to enjoy material that would otherwise be unavailable.  The beauty of the reading format is that it offers the text–the playwright’s words–but without making the demands that is routinely necessary for a full production.  All that is needed for a reading is a director, a cast of actors whose rehearsal commitment is quite brief, and the audience’s imagination! 

“When any of the local companies considers a play or a musical for a full production, they’re always facing the questions of how well they can pull it off and whether or not enough people will want to see it,” explains Jeffrey Mason of Sierra Stages who is main organizer of the readings.  “For Theater by the Book, the stakes are much lower and the challenges much simpler, circumstances that open the door to wonderful, compelling pieces that might not seem practical for the much greater commitment of the full production.  So we all benefit from these opportunities.”

WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the Book: Collected Stories

WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

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

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

INFO: www.minersfoundry.org

“Happy Birthday Janis!” (Again!) January 20 – 21st!

LeGacy presents a rock and roll celebration of the birthday of one of Rock’s greatest icons…the late, great Janis Joplin in “Happy Birthday Janis!” (Again!) ….ONE WEEKEND ONLY ….at the Nevada Theatre January 20th and 21st at 8pm.

Janis Joplin would have turned 74 on January 19th, and although she has been gone 45 years, her music, and the music of her time, seem to live on.
Sue LeGate Halford, Owner/Producer (and sometimes director and actor) of LeGacy Presents brings Janis back to life with a vocal styling that few can bring to the stage the way Joplin did.

Joining her onstage is husband and co-producer Dave Halford’s band, “Dave and the Cool Beans”…the perfect back up band for the music of Janis and her generation. “They just have it…..” says LeGate-Halford “the vocals, harmonies, and the musical styling of good old fashioned rock and roll, mixed with some great contemporary music. They are just excellent musicians. The Beans have played the Janis show two years in a row, and we have a fantastic time together!” Dave and Cool Beans are comprised of Dave Halford on rhythm guitar and vocals, Steve Sheppard on bass and vocals, Paul Turner on lead guitar and vocals, and John Basa on the drums. The Beans “specialize” in music from the 60’s through now, with a focus on the Beatles, Badfinger, Doobie Brothers, Tears for Fears, Jefferson Airplane and many others that the audience will be treated to during this one weekend concert series. “We are doing a little bit of everything….” Halford continues….”some of our old stuff, of course, Janis, Airplane, Sonny & Cher…but have some new surprises in store….gonna be a very fun time! Might as well do it while we can…!”

Tickets for Happy Birthday Janis! (Again!) are only $20 in advance, available at the BookSeller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, onloine at www.legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419. RESERVED SEATING AVAILABLE….at $35 …through the box office or online only. Halford jokes……”Rock and roll is here to stay…well, until we can’t do it anymore!”

Grass Valley Wedding Fair – January 22nd!

Planning a wedding or special event? Please join us for on Sunday January 22, 2017 for Grass Valley’s Premier Wedding Fair produced by Joy of Life Events at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. On this special day, the Main Street Center will be transformed showcasing some of the top wedding and event vendors in Nevada County. The Grass Valley Wedding Fair is returning once again to its original location at The Nevada County Fairgrounds after 30 years! Mark your calendars, this is truly a day not to be missed!Find everything you need in one relaxed atmosphere. Wedding shows are a great way to meet wedding vendors that will work to achieve the goals you have set for your wedding day as well as a great way to compare services, styles, and prices.

40th Anniversary Celebration & Mixer January 19th!

Join Us to Celebrate 40 Years!!

Gold Country Community Services was originally incorporated as the Senior Ci????zens’ Founda????on of Western Nevada County in December 1976.
Today, we are celebra????ng 40 years of providing vital services to Western Nevada County Seniors. Come join us on Thursday, January 19th to help us celebrate 40 years!!

The Union’s 5th Annual Chocolate Infusion – Sunday January 22nd

The Union’s 5th Annual Chocolate Infusion—an afternoon of chocolate, wine and jazz will be Sunday, January 22nd at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, California. Chocolate Infusion is a fun speakeasy-themed afternoon of mouth-watering chocolate and wine tasting, with authentic 1920s entertainment featuring the incredibly talented James Pace on jazz piano and Marty Geiger on trumpet reminiscent of the old Speakeasy world of 1920’s Chicago. Bring your friends and enjoy their sound throughout the afternoon while you visit the many local and regional chocolatiers, caterers and chefs who will be presenting their best delicacies for you to sample, both sweet and savory. Local wineries and breweries will also be on hand to pour tastes of their wines and beers. All samples, a souvenir wine glass, plus your entertainment and entry for door prizes are included in your ticket price. A no-host bar, sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, will sell wines by the glass and also their famous Chocolate Martinis and all bar proceeds will benefit the Nevada City Chamber.

There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in January than at Chocolate Infusion at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City! 1920’s period attire is encouraged, but not required. A $50 gift certificate to the Golden Era Lounge will be awarded to the Best Man’s costume and Best Woman’s costume! Tickets are $25 in advance and available at The Union office at 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, by calling 530-477-4241, or online at www.theunion.com/chocolate. Tickets at the door the day of the event will be $30.

HAALo Presents Shamanic & Animal Medicine with Matthew Wood

Join one of the Nation’s most experienced herbalists, Matthew Wood, leading us in a two day exploration of the relationship between shamanistic beliefs and practices alongside ancient and traditional uses of herbs.  Closeness to Nature, animals, plants, and dreamtime are characteristics most frequently associated with the shamanic path. In this class we will learn about the three selves of the shamans: conscious, animal, and dream, and why they are so important. Then we will study medicine animals – the animals serve as the spokespersons, so to speak, of our natural self and our unconscious. As we do this we will study the corresponding medicine plants, because the most powerful plants are associated with medicine animals and we learn back and forth, from kingdom to kingdom. A few examples: bear (burdock, angelica, spikenard), elk and deer (wild bergamot and many mints, sumach, cleavers, dogwood—despite the name), rabbit (rabbit tobacco, nettle, wild yam), turtle (gravel root, boneset, oak, black walnut), wolf (agrimony, cinquefoil, true solomon’s seal), panther (valerian, catnip, chamomile, cramp bark), underwater panther/catfish (white water lily, blue flag, true and false solomon’s seal, marshmallow root, slippery elm, mucilages). Introduction to a local shamanic plant: California bay laurel. Time permitting, we will do a plant spirit journey or two.

HAALo is proud to present this class with Matthew Wood.  Classes will be held in the HAALo Loft at 408 Broad Street in Nevada City, Suite 15.  Early Bird Tickets are available until January 29, 2017, for $295, and Regular Registration is $350.00.  Tickets include a 2 day class from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on March 18 and 19, 2017. 

A Brief Excerpt of Matthew’s Philosophy:  Holistic medicine consists in the treatment of the spirit, soul, and body. Herbalism, in order to be holistic, must entertain the possibility that there is a spiritual side to the plant as well as a material side. This leads us to the even greater possibility that Nature as a whole is a living, spiritual being.

Matthew Wood, age 19, learning plant ID
Dr. Don Lawrence, Professor Emeritus, Botany Department, University of Minnesota, on the right, points to a spring wildflower, April 1973, “Field Botany.” Matthew Wood in center on bike, Duncan McCutcheon to the left. Photo by Tom Weaver.​

Sunnyfield Herb Farm

In 1992 Matthew moved to a little farm in Minnetrista, thirty-five minutes west of downtown Minneapolis. The seventeen acres consisted of fields, woods, swamps, prairies, and herb gardens. He called it “Sunnyfield Herb Farm” after the road out front. In 2003 a careless ‘guest’ burned down the guest house and Matthew thought it prudent to move. In 2006 he removed to a beautiful oak woods about ten miles away, in Maple Plain. In 2010 he moved to land in Wisconsin. He still calls his business “Sunnyfield Herb Farm.” A friend continues to live on the old farm.