28th Annual Psychic Fair

Nevada City’s 28th Annual Psychic Fair returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9th. The Psychic Fair is considered Northern California’s largest gathering of metaphysical teachers, seers, crafters and readers.

For people interested in alternative medicine to those curious about the mystical, this year’s Psychic Fair offers attendees an array of vendors including psychics, medical intuitives, acupuncturists,
massage therapists, herbalists, and alchemists. Take in a lecture or workshop and gain information and knowledge, re-kindle a past fascination, or discover a new interest.

“This event attracts many of California’s top healers, readers and metaphysicians,” explains Marza Millar, producer of the Psychic Fair. “We live in a unique community that has a very high yield of talented people who offer their skills on helping others.”

The Psychic Fair marketplace also features one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, clothes, and accessories, natural skincare products, gem essences, crystals, and much more. This year’s marketplace features several new vendors included readers from as far as Reno and San Francisco. Plus there will be a new crystal dealer who specializes in Tibetan crystals.

“As the earth shifts in frequency, we find that many more people have the ability and desire to help others through the modality of clairvoyance,” says Millar.

The Psychic Fair is also a fundraiser for the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. For over 150 years the Miners Foundry has been the hub of culture, innovation, creativity, and community in Nevada County. Proceeds from this event go towards the care and preservation of this historic building.

Photo Captions:

Psychic Fair photo features Falyn Lazarus of Cult of Gemini and customers.(left)

Amalia Scott, The Hare in the Moon Tarot and Astrology, resident reader and associate at Cult of Gemini. (right)

Information: www.minersfoundry.org or call (530) 265-5040



California Solar Electric Company Teams up with Community Radio Station KVMR

KVMR Members & California Solar Electric Company Unite to Donate $2k to Local Non-Profit Divine Spark

California Solar Electric Company recently teamed up with community radio station KVMR to match donations made by KVMR members to the local non-profit Divine Spark. This end of the year giving initiative raised $2000 for Divine Spark to help provide nutritious meals to the hungry in Nevada County.

KVMR Membership Coordinator Adriana Kelly was the mastermind behind the idea of integrating a business partner to give a separate gift to a local organization.

“KVMR members understand that community radio is the infrastructure which so many non-profits rely on to get their message out,” explained Kelly. “This way, every gift, great and small, to support community radio came with a pledge from California Solar to provide a meal for a hungry person through Divine Spark’s good work.”

When California Solar heard about the idea, they were immediately on board. “As a locally owned and operated business, we are committed to supporting the people and organizations in our community,” says Lars Ortegren, President of California Solar. “This was a small, but impactful way for us to help make a difference.”

Divine Spark provides support and guidance for people in-need, regardless of gender, race, creed, age, or calling, to activate the divine spark within each of them.  In addition to feeding the hungry, Divine Spark works with individuals to find emergency housing for those who are sick or terminally ill. They also work with the homeless who have pets.

“We are so appreciative of the community, especially California Solar and KVMR who’s compassion and caring have provided so much for the homeless in need of services,” explains Shirley Kinghorn, Volunteer Executive Director for Divine Spark.

The partnership has shown to be successful. KVMR listeners gave a gift that was able to do twice the good in their community and gave them a tax deduction. It helped Divine Spark serve those in need and California Solar was able to engage with their local community.

For more information about California Solar Electric Company go to www.californiasolarco.com

Cynge at Ol’ Republic Brewery April 7th

Cynge (pronounced “seen”), an accomplished singer songwriter from Santa Cruz, and Winner of the Telluride Blues & Brews Solo Competition will take the stage at Ol’ Republic Brewery on Friday April 7th from 7-10pm to swoon us all with her genuine brand of alternative “grit rock”.

In the 250,000 miles and 1000+ performances, Cygne’s passion has translated to audiences from small clubs in the Czech Republic to large US & Swiss festivals. For more details you can check out Cygne’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/cygnemusic/, or go to Cygne’s website: www.cygnemusic.com

Sierra Harvest – Sierra Gardens Building Volunteers Needed April 7th

Do you have light building skills, a strong back and want to be of service to families enrolled in the Sierra Harvest Sierra Garden Program?

Click here to learn more about the Sierra Garden Program and how YOUR volunteer efforts can help families grow their own food by working alongside the family installing the garden beds, the fencing, irrigation and support the families year-round.

We need volunteers for the following date:

· Fri. April 7th (10am – 4pm, full garden build including fencing, digging beds, irrigation and planting – 3 volunteers).

Email miriam@sierraharvest.org to register to help out! For more info about the program or more details regarding volunteering with these projects, contact Edy Cassell (Program Director) at edy@sierraharvest.org or call 530-559-5456.

You can help just a few hours instead of the entire day as we;; – we’ll take any and all assistance!

Thanks for sharing your skills with a local family in need so that they can be nourished by produce they grow themselves! Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food.

YMCA Youth & Government Info Night

Join Us on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm

We’re starting a NEW YMCA Youth & Government (Y&G) delegation! Interested middle and high school students currently in grades 8-11 and their parents are invited to join us in the City Council Chambers at Grass Valley City Hall, 125 E Main, for a chance to learn about Y&G from current delegates and advisors.

Join us on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm, when program leaders and high school students from El Dorado Hills and Sacramento will present information and answer questions.

Cal Y&G programs engage over 3,000 high school youth and close to 900 middle school youth each year in California, emphasizing leadership and civic involvement. Our efforts build, strengthen and encourage life assets and positive character traits. Visit calymca.org for details.
Bitney prep sophomore Bjorn Johnson, as an intern at the Union, had a piece featured on the front page above the fold on 2/23, regarding the 70-year-old California YMCA Youth & Government program. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the story and some pictures: www.theunion.com.

During Info Night, we will showcase the program with an informational slideshow, and current Y&G participants in surrounding communities will travel here to share their experiences in the program from the high-schooler perspective. I will briefly describe my experience as a program advisor for the past year with the El Dorado Hills delegation.

We are also reaching out to local community groups with hopes that you’ll attend Info Night to see what the program is all about and maybe even get inspired to help us with the effort. It’s definitely a community endeavor — we don’t have paid program staff in our community. We’re volunteers who live the program’s motto, “Democracy must be learned by each generation.”

Once we are launched, we would also love to engage the Chamber as guest speakers at delegation meetings, participate in volunteer events as a group, have Chamber representatives critique student bills at Bill Hearing Night, and any other ways you can think of that you might like to get involved.

Students attending Info Night will likely be ones interested in politics and/or leadership development. Getting them involved is what its all about.  I invite you to think of Info Night as the beginning of a long relationship with our program–one in which you’ll have opportunities to engage our program’s youth in a meaningful way. Also, perhaps you have in your group some parents of high school students whose interest might be piqued by the opportunity?

Helping with Veterans Benefits for Respite Care Program

Helping Hands Caregiver Resource & Adult Day Care Program

How many times have you heard that veterans’ and their caregivers have a difficult time getting the help they need? There are benefits available yet veterans won’t know they qualify for certain programs unless they ask, like the respite care program that provides respite for a caregiver of a dependent veteran living at home. How many know the VA will provide respite care, often up to five days a week depending on need and where they live? In Nevada County, we are fortunate to have a veteran approved state licensed Adult Day Care that provides respite three days a week. The program is called Helping Hands and is in Penn Valley which is easily accessible by car or local ADA bus service. Caregivers of veterans who qualify for the program can request this service through the Aid and Attendance program or through a VA Physician at the veteran’s regional clinic. The Auburn VA clinic is where local veterans can see a physician to get approved. To see if you or a loved one qualifies for this service visit: www.va.gov/geriatrics/guide/longtermcare/respite_care.asp, our local VA office at Brighton Greens by the fairgrounds or call us at Helping Hands 530-432-2540 and we will help you through the process.

Beautiful with Katia – Get Ready for Spring!

Back from Europe and Russia, Beautiful with Katia Boutique is available to help you with choosing from the spring/summer collection. Let Katia open your eyes to  new possibilities for a modern and fashionable look that will dress you to impress. Katia has a wide collection of high quality items from European brands at very reasonable prices. Now is the perfect time to renew your wardrobe! 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, including some children’s clothing and Russian Gifts. For more information connect with Beautiful with Katia through Facebook: www.facebook.com/beautifulwithkatia/

For a Fashion Consultation, Call Katia today 530-300-4467 and make an appointment!

Support Full-Circle Learning – April 2nd in Nevada City

Learn About our 25 Years and 25 Reasons to Support Full-Circle Learning

Full-Circle Learning (FCL) helps young people embrace their role as the change agents and humanitarians of their generation. Its educational programs integrate and expand students’ character strengths, academic excellence, artistic capacities and peacemaking skills in service to the global human family.

Students at a school in Tanzania discovered the benefits of solar energy for the first time through Nevada County wisdom exchange partners, who made and shipped portable solar cookers. The Tanzanian youth had taught their communities to make dung patties to prevent deforestation, as girls had to drop out of school and collect firewood for cooking fuel. Now they can use methane-free solar power to cook and to heat water. In solidarity, local youth allowed our own local residents to compare the unsavory alternative at a local exhibit.  Pictured here, making the patties: Teacher Katie Smith and Climate Change Agents Zach Damewood and Lucy Carson.
(Pictured in Tanzanian photo: Boys from the academy near Arusha, teaching the community to make patties.)

Below:  Our local kids during last years Climate Change summer camp

Anew Day’s 4th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed – Friday March 31st

Reserve your seats now for Anew Day’s March 31 annual all-you-can-eat Crab Feed & Auction!

On March 31, 2017 more than 300 community members will gather in support of Anew Day, a local non-profit organization that provides low-cost counseling services designed to offer hope and healing to those who are hurting and struggling with various stages of depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, addiction, as well as various other life crises and difficulties.

Come bid on auction items including a Cabo San Lucas, Mexico vacation and so much more – from the simple to the extravagant!

Make your reservations now at www.anew-day.com or call 530-470-9111.

Tall Pines Nursery School Family Festival

Saturday, April 1st, 11am – 2pm
at Tall Pines Nursery School at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun and games to benefit Tall Pines Nursery School! Admission to the Family Festival is FREE and all ages will enjoy carnival-style games, raffle and prizes, and delicious food from local vendors including sweet treats from Lazy Dog and beer from Ol’ Republic Brewery. The event benefits Tall Pines Nursery School, a nonprofit co-op pre-school serving the families of our community for over 50 years with extremely high standards for our teaching staff, the curriculum and the relationship we form with parents and children.

Matteo’s Public Lunch Special Continues Through March!

A Family Friendly Beer & Wine Pub

Visit Matteo’s Public Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am – 4:00pm for a fabulous lunch! Buy one meal at the regular price, the second is 50% off! 

To take advantage of this great offer, just mention the Nevada City Chamber Newsletter! 

Matteo’s Public is located at 300 Commercial St, Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-0782

Check out the full menu





Audiences Praise the Sierra Stages production of “END DAYS”

Don’t Be Left Behind! Now through March 25 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

Audiences are praising the Sierra Stages production of “End Days”, an irreverent but deeply felt comedy about science, religion, and family. Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, “End Days” plays for six more performances through March 25 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

The reviewer from the Prospector called “End Days” an “auspicious start” to the Sierra Stages 2017 season, noting that “On opening night, the audience laughed loudly and often, as did I. So enjoy yourself, with humor and thoughtfulness.” Among the other comments received from audience members so far are the following:

• “Do not miss this delightful, funny, and deeply thoughtful play. If you’re interested in the meaning of life, in the collisions of Judaism and Christianity, in astrophysics (including the theories of Stephen Hawking), in Elvis, in 9/11, in kissing, in the Rapture, in wave vs particle theory, in hilariously dysfunctional families (this is a partial list), you will be utterly entertained and very moved. Directed with wit and energy by Robert Rossman, with spot-on costume design by Paulette Gilbert. Don’t miss this!”

• “Sierra Stages does it again. It is a brilliant script, with four main characters, each on its own character arc. In this age of polarization, the script manages deftly to take us from polarized positions on religion, to compassionate understanding and acceptance. And it does so with a laugh a minute. This production is well-cast, well-acted, and well directed. I encourage my Nevada County friends to give it a go. Auburn, Roseville, and Sacramento friends, it would be worth your drive, too. You may see me there, as I am thinking of going again, to catch more of the humor that I missed the first time. Oh, yeah, it would be fun to see the Jesus and Stephen Hawking.”

• “End Days” is an excellent production just launched by Sierra Stages with terrific cast and direction by Bob Rossman, solid designs and impressive tech, about a dysfunctional family in a dystopian world with competing agonies of despair, anger, denial, unrequited love and unreasonable faith in a surreal comedy stew with live hallucinations of improbable teachers and surprising redemption…all quite delightful. DO NOT MISS IT!”

• “You really can’t miss with a Goth teenager, an Elvis impersonator, a depressed Dad, a religiously fanatical Mom, a beatific Jesus, and Stephen Hawking all hanging out together. Kudos to Robert Rossman and his team for a truly unique theatrical evening!”

The Sierra Stages production of “End Days” is directed by Robert Rossman, with set design also by Robert Rossman, lighting design by Erin Beatie and Joshua Vrooman, and costume design by Paulette Sand-Gilbert. The cast includes Nevada County actors Brian Arnold, Cathy Callas, Max Freedman, Michele Nesbit, and T.E. Wolfe.

Performances of “End Days” are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sunday March 19 at 2 PM, and Thursday March 23 at 7 PM. General Admission tickets are $25. Reserved Seating is available for $35 (in advance), and is a great way to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages. For tickets and information, visit www.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

For the 9th consecutive year, Sierra Stages offers an affordable Season Pass. Two Season Pass options are available: General Admission Pass ($65) or Reserved Seating Pass ($95). Season Pass holders may select any performance of each show in 2017: “End Days” (through March 25 at the Nevada Theatre), the hit musical “Chicago” (July 14- August 5 at the Nevada Theatre) and the contemporary intimate musical “Ordinary Days” (October 5-28 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Sierra Stages 2017 Season Passes may be purchased online at www.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began eight years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 30 plays and musicals and has been recognized by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with six Elly Awards and 58 Elly Award nominations. The annual Elly Awards honor outstanding achievements of community theatres and artists in the greater Sacramento area. Sierra Stages performs at various local venues, including the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City and the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

Nevada City Tree Tour Receives Grant, Hosts Arbor Day Walk

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce hosted an Arbor Day Walk with Arborist Zeno Acton of Acton Arboriculture on Saturday, March 11 from 11am to noon. The event attracted walkers from local MeetUp and walking groups, as well Nevada City Mayor, Evans Phelps and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board member and President Mike Byrne.

The Arbor Day walk was part of the effort to update Nevada City’s Walking Tree Tour map originally completed in 2008. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce was awarded a pass-through grant by California ReLeaf in partnership with PG&E this month. PG&E Quality Assurance Auditor and Arborist John Glaz spoke briefly about tree planting considerations and took questions, reminding people to call 811 before digging for trees and also to consider utility lines above. California is facing a crisis in tree loss due to bark beetle infestation and drought conditions. Glaz suggested to participants that this is a good time to plant trees and add to California’s diverse forest. Arborist Zeno Acton spoke to identifying the right tree for the right location, and returned to this with specific recommendations throughout the informative Nevada City tour.

The Tree Tour map is being updated using new technology. Once completed, the new map will let visitors walk the tour with their smartphone, navigating easily while reading about trees or view on their tablet and desktop computer.

Tree Tour Project Manager Pamela Biery would like to thank the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for its non-profit partnership, Zeno Acton of Acton Arboriculture, California ReLeaf and PG&E as well as each contributor and participant. “Trees are an important part of our daily life, offering beauty, shade, soil conservation, and water preservation, all while providing us with improved air to breathe—remarkable really. Nevada City’s trees are a vital part of its landscape.”

Go to www.gofundme.com/NCC-tree-tour to learn more and contribute to the Nevada City Walking Tree Tour map today.

Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Offered

The people who contact Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) give many reasons for wanting our help. One of the most important reasons to improve their English skills is to succeed in their present job or to get a better job. They come to us with the hope that we can help them improve their communication skills. We think you’d be impressed by the hard work our learners do, fitting studying with their tutors into already busy lives.

Our adult learners want to be able to communicate better with their children’s teachers. This may be the most important goal, as our learners know that if they are able to understand what their children are being taught and the obstacles they may be facing in middle and high school, then their children and the entire family will have a better chance of achieving success in life. It is an important goal to want a better life for their children.

One of our recent PiELL graduates came here from China 6 years ago with the dream of becoming a U.S. Citizen. As soon as she began meeting with her tutor, Margaret, she asked for help studying for the citizenship exam. We have a large resource library in our office, which includes a great series on citizenship. Mandy took the exam a few years ago, and passed. She was so excited and grateful to her tutor. She hand-wrote a wonderful letter to us about her success and thanking Margaret.

Hope is what brings our learners to us. Hope for a better life for themselves and their families. Our volunteer tutors come to our program to help people realize their goals and often times, while doing so, make a new friend in the process. That’s why the most fulfilling part of my job at PiELL is matching tutors with their learners. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, we will be offering our two-day New Tutor Training on May 6th and 13th. For more information call Donna Cobb at 265-2116 or visit www.piell.org where you can find our latest Tutor Training information and application.