Artist of the Month Opening Reception Friday, May 5 from 5-7 at Nevada City Winery

Artist of the Month at Nevada City Winery is Margie Miller.  New ways of looking at trees is the theme for a collection of recent paintings that will be exhibited for the month of May.  Living in the forest above Nevada City and spending summers in the High sierra has been a source of inspiration for this Nevada County painter. The exhibit is available for viewing daily during business hours.  Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5-7.

The Magic Carpet Invites You to a Weekend of Free Cultural Offerings

Join us on Saturday, May 6th at 7:00pm for a presentation on the fundamentals of Tibetan Healing. This will be presented by Paul and Eileen Jorgensen who have just returned from an inspiring trip to India, where they studied with Tibetan healer Sanjay Boude. They will be demonstrating the use of singing bowls, healing sticks, and Himalayan crystals for creating balance in body, mind and soul. They will also share some of the Buddhist principles that are inherent in Tibetan healing.

Then on Sunday, May 7th come to the Magic Carpet’s Oriental Rug Appraisal Day, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Take advantage of a special opportunity to get a free verbal appraisal of your Oriental rug. Certified appraiser Paul Jorgensen will assess your rug’s value and share his expertise with you regarding origin, age and condition. Call early to reserve your spot at (530) 265-9229.
In addition, come see the extraordinary Ersari Rug Exhibit showcasing hand-knotted rugs woven by master weavers of Afghanistan.

We hope you can join us at The Magic Carpet 408 Broad St., Nevada City, and online at

Day of the Young Child and Keeping Kids Safe Carnival

The Annual Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Students and their families are invited to attend our consolidated Day of the Young Child and Keeping Kids Safe Carnival. Children will be introduced to our First Responders plus many local children’s health and safety organizations. Meet our police, fireman, sheriffs and rescue teams, plus health agencies and non-profit children’s services. You can “visit” fire engines, police cars and equipment up close. Meet McGruff, play games and participate in the bicycle rodeo for prizes. Families may have their child’s car seat inspected by the CHP at the event. Child Identification Folders will be prepared for parents by the New York Life. Enjoy free hot dogs, chips, juices, popcorn, and snow cones. Just for fun, there will be clowns making balloon animals, and bounce houses, crafts and other activities for children.

Day of the Young Child and Gold Country Kiwanis are hosting this Annual Carnival with major financial support from the Nevada County Sportmen’s Club, SPD Markets, Briar Patch Coop, local Masonic Lodges, the Roamin’ Angels Car Club, Welz Family Foundation, Child Abuse Prevention Council, plus additional support from many local businesses. The event will be supervised by about 50 adult and youth group volunteers.

The Annual Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM to 2 PM around the Pond at our Sierra College campus on Sierra College Drive.   Look for directional signs.

Blue Marble Jubilee – A New Community Festival Rolling into Grass Valley

A new all ages event rolls into Nevada County this May. The Blue Marble Jubilee takes place from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, with a mission to “Connect – Explore – Celebrate.” A colorful, village-style one-day festival, the Blue Marble Jubilee is an Earth-centered event to inspire, educate and empower people to make a difference in the community and our world. Plus, the day will be filled with fun!

Spend a spring day at “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds” enjoying live music, great food, and fun activities for the entire family. Dance under the pines to Achilles Wheel, one of Northern California’s favorite bands; be awed and amazed by the storytelling and juggling of local favorite and world-renowned entertainer Izzi Tooinsky; catch some of the best films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour; take in a recycled fashion show by Haute Trash; and so much more!

Relax with some delicious refreshments including craft beer and wine, and a signature sangria. Cool off with a root beer or 50/50 float – a kid-friendly version and a spiked version for adults! A variety of local food trucks offer something for everyone’s tastes.

Peruse the booths of local environmental organizations and vendors peddling environmentally-focused products. Get active with lawn games, crafts and adventure activities for all ages, including a rock wall.

This new annual festival is a fundraiser for Grass Valley Charter School, a unique K-8 school offering an expeditionary and adventure curriculum. “We wanted to create a brand new event that the whole community could enjoy and that shows who we are and what we stand for,” said Wendy Willoughby, President of the Grass Valley Charter School Foundation. “Blue Marble Jubilee celebrates what we love about our learning model; being good stewards of the earth and good stewards of the community.”

The students themselves are getting into the spirit of earth stewardship and community service by creating spectacular and unique outdoor art projects that will be for sale at the event.

Tickets go on sale March 25, 2017, and will be available at Grass Valley Charter School, located at 225 S. Auburn St., or by visiting the event website at


Wendy Willoughby, GVCS Foundation President

(310) 650-6330

Kathy Dotson, Blue Marble Jubilee Coordinator

(530) 470-8595

Bear Yuba Land Trust Community BioBlitz

Bear Yuba Land Trust to Host a Community BioBlitz on Local Nature Preserves

Have you ever seen a Humboldt lily? Do you know what a yellow-breasted chat looks like?  Can you spot a bald eagle’s nest?  

These questions and more can be answered when local youth and families participate in Bear Yuba Land Trust’s (BYLT) First Annual Community BioBlitz taking place on three beautiful, protected nature preserves Saturday, May 6.

During BYLT’s spring time event, participants armed with cameras and notebooks will become “citizen scientists” documenting and identifying as many plants, animals, fungi and other organisms they see.

All the data will be compiled then uploaded to the Academy of Sciences’ community-supported web-based database, iNaturalist, using an easy-to-use smartphone APP. The data will become part of a permanent record that will help land managers track the health of plant and wildlife habitat over time. Information gathered will be part of a critical collection of local habitat data that BYLT can use to monitor adaptations to climate change. Some of the data may even be used to create cool flora and fauna guidebooks.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to connect with nature while using fun digital technology in the field. As citizen scientists, kids can explore outside of the traditional classroom setting and come face to face with the wonderful plant and animal world found in their own backyard,” said Community Engagement Manager Laura Petersen.

No level of scientific knowledge is needed and experts in botany, biology, ornithology and other sciences will be on hand at each site to share their knowledge and help people identify the species they observe.

On Saturday, kids accompanied by their “grownups” will venture to three protected landscapes – 37-acre Adam Ryan Preserve near the community of Alta Sierra; 2,700-acre Rice’s Crossing Preserve at French Bar on the Yuba River and 652-acre working cattle ranch known as Garden Bar on the Bear River.

The nature preserves are found within the watersheds of the Bear and Yuba Rivers – a region considered to be among the most biologically diverse places on the planet. 

BYLT’s Saturday BioBlitz follows on the heels of a Friday BioBlitz for schools, a day when hundreds of students will expand their science education by visiting Rice’s Crossing Preserve at Yuba Rim near the town of Dobbins in Yuba County, Black Swan Preserve near the town of Smartsville and Woodpecker Preserve on Banner Mountain in Nevada City.

What is a BioBlitz? The National Park Service started a nationwide BioBlitz in 2016 at over 100 National Parks throughout the country. The idea has become a global movement where people of all ages and abilities capture a biological snapshot of the unique biodiversity of important landscapes on a single day.

Now in its 27th year, Bear Yuba Land Trust is a community-supported organization that has saved 12,000 acres of land from development, built 35 miles of trails and provides treks and educational programs to get hundreds of people outdoors to connect with nature.

Learn more and register for the BioBlitz at:

Learn more about iNaturalist:

2017 Nevada County Business Connections

The Union has partnered with the Regional Chambers of Commerce and the Nevada County Economic Resource Council to develop a brand new publication that will be a complete guide to opening and operating a successful business in Nevada County, including tips and strategies for building your business, recruitment, education, necessary steps to open a business, retail and business associations and a comprehensive resource guide for business owners.

A full and comprehensive Business to Business publication, this full gloss, mini magazine will be inserted into the Union as well as being distributed to all five local Chambers of Commerce, the Nevada County offices that business owners visit to get licensing and other business requirements, at the Union office to hand out to anyone announcing a Fictitious Business Statement, and will be taken to trade shows and other events by the ERC to use as a recruitment tool for business owners looking to start or relocate a business in this area.

Attached you will find a flyer with a summary of the content and ad rates. The deadline to secure your advertising space in Nevada County Business Connections is May 3, 2017.

Contact Scott Conley at 530-477-4201 or today to reserve your spot in this exciting new publication.    B2B sales flyer


A Tribute to Michael Jackson – May 4th and 5th

Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance Academy presents A Tribute to Michael Jackson on May 4th and 5th at 7:00 p.m. and two performances on Saturday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Don Baggett Theatre, located at 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley.

Inspired by the King of Pop, this production features a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop to favorites like “Bad,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Black or White,” and more.

The show opens with a Jackson 5 medley “old school” hip hop number, followed by a ballet piece en pointe to “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Audience members of all ages will delight in seeing the original choreography recreated and adapted from music videos like “Beat It,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Thriller,” alongside unique choreography from eleven local and national choreographers.

Under the direction of dance teacher, Courtney Wadman, the show includes twenty-one songs, including some tributes and instrumental versions of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits. Mrs. Wadman invited several guest choreographers to contribute work for this show, including local dance teachers Gaia Weiss, Sommer Wadman-Huntley, Stephanie Stevens, Cassandra McAlister, and Nicole Chan, as well as Los Angeles-based choreographer Chelsea Asman, who teaches at U.C. Irvine, and Salt Lake City choreographer Efren Corado, who dances professionally for Repertory Dance Theatre.

Former professional dancer Karen Attix, who danced for the legendary Merce Cunningham and founded the Nevada City Dance Festival, collaborated with local musicians Andy Witek and Diane McIntire for a slowed-down, country version of “Billie Jean.” This piece opens Act II, and it will be the first N.U. dance production to include live musicians.

N.U. dance alumnus Jesse Beck, class of 2004, traveled from New York City to set two pieces for the show, “Scream” and “Earth Song,” over President’s Day Weekend. Twelve advanced dancers participated in forty hours of rehearsal over four days, including New York-style ballet master classes each morning, taught by Mr. Beck.

Alumnus Jordan Isadore, class of 2005, returned from New York after several years of dancing professionally for the Shen Wei Dance Company, where he performed all over the world. Mr. Isadore set a piece to the acapella version of “Rock with You.”

Lastly, Alumnus Jackson Knappen, class of 2014, returned from Santa Monica, where he is on scholarship at the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet, studying the famous training method of the Vaganova Russian Ballet technique. Combining his ballet training with contemporary jazz, Mr. Knappen created a dynamic piece to “Bad,” which he taught in two days to a group of fifteen advanced dancers.

The Nevada Union dance students have been rehearsing after-school and on weekends since August, dedicating hundreds of hours to prepare for A Tribute to Michael Jackson. Ticket prices are $10, $12, or $15, depending on seating location. All seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets can also be purchased at the Don Baggett Theatre lobby on April 28, May 1, and May 2 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Online sales close at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the show to prepare for box office sales. Remaining tickets will be sold at the box office 2 hours before the show. For additional information, contact the dance department at (530) 273-4431 ext. 2228 or email


Fur Traders Super Sale-ONE WEEK LEFT!

Chamber Members: There is only one week left! We want to offer the Nevada County Chamber members some FREE STUFF…SHOWCASES….DESKS….CHAIRS  plus many more items all at incredible discounts!!!  We value your continued support through all our years here in Nevada City, and want to pass that thankfulness back to you with these great deals!
We have brought more inventory in from our warehouse, so come on in for your last chance at 50% off (or more!) on our high quality Jackets, Hats, Footwear (Up to size men’s 16, and women’s 12), Sheepskin Slippers, Boots, Summer Sandals and much more!

The sale will be over at the end of April, so there is almost no time left to take advantage of these amazing deals!! Get your Christmas and Birthday shopping done at these awesome prices, only at The Fur Traders at 233 Broad Street in Historic Downtown Nevada City. Our other store located at 303 Broad Street will be open during our closure, and the new Spring styles have arrived!

TDS Throwdown Party at Ol’ Republic – Friday April 28th

The TDS Enduro is an invite-only mountain bike race on a private ranch that will rock the Sierra Foothills on April 29th & 30th, this is the Parking Lot kick-off party!

Food provided by:

The Dive serving burgers

The Food Bank of Nevada County serving Pasta & BBQ

Check it out!!  Cannondale Bikes Display; Polaris Display; Meet Pro Riders; Red Bull Music Truck; TDS Hey Buddy IPA Can Release

This is a free event and kid friendly!

Emily’s Catering & Cakes Celebrates 10 years in Business

Join Emily’s Catering & Cakes as we celebrate 10 years in business.  We will be holding our next “pop-up” bakery April 27th-29th 10am-6pm with a reception to follow on April 29th 5pm-8pm.  All the fun happens at 421 Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley. Live music by Chris Crockett, and with entertainment by DJ Jamal Walker. Sample lots of goodies both savory and sweet, join in our cake walk and win prizes including a year membership to our Chocolate of the Month Club or a custom coursed dinner for 10. And don’t forget CUPCAKES, CUPCAKES, CUPCAKES!!!  We hope to see you here!


Nevada City Film Festival Hosts The Craft of Screenwriting

Do you have a story that needs to be told? Have you started writing a screenplay and hit a creative wall? Are you looking for a supportive group of like-minded creatives to share your work with?Nevada City Film Festival will host The Craft of Screenwriting, a 2-day workshop on everything you need to write a 10-minute short film script, Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, from 10am-4pm each day.

Leading the class is Jan Fishler, a former Bay Area Video Coalition instructor, author and producer. Joining Fishler is actress, director, playwright, and veteran acting/directing coach Sandra Rockman.

Students get a hands-on chance to create their own great stories during in-class exercises. They will explore how to capture an audience with passionate characters using charm, compassion,
complexity, curiosity, and mystery. Students will also work on creating a cast of characters and structuring a story using external and internal journeys of characters that are entertaining and
meaningful. And finally students will learn how to creative unique characters using dialogue.

This class is for writers, directors, producers, and storytellers of all-ages and levels.

Students will leave with a working 10-minute short film script that they can use to begin production on their short film. Participants in the class will also have the opportunity to submit their film to the 2017 Nevada City Film Festival.

Who: Nevada City Film Festival hosts The Craft of Screenwriting
When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 10am-4pm
Where: Nevada City Film Festival HQ, 110 Union Street, Floor 1, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: $65 for General Admission, $55 for NCFF Members & Students
Info: or or (530) 362-8601
Online tickets at

A Broadway Star is Coming to Grass Valley

For nearly a decade, Sandra Joseph played one of the best-known roles in Broadway history: Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Sandra is a Broadway performer turned keynote speaker/singer and co-author of “Your Creative Soul: Expressing Your Authentic Voice” with Caroline Myss.  She is very excited to come to Grass Valley and has a very special evening planned that includes acclaimed songs, storytelling and more!

“As a shy kid with paralyzing stage fright, it took me a long time to find the courage to express my authentic voice, but once I did, I was able to achieve success beyond my wildest dreams.” ~Sandra Joseph 

Psychology of Beauty and Holistic Image Consulting – April 24th Event

Katia Nesterova and Jenna Wordell will be presenting an educational seminar on the psychology of beauty and holistic image consulting. We will be offering education on how image and style can be enhanced with an understanding of one’s unique essence. Styling to optimize our highest potential and inherent beauty will be discussed. This will take place at Beautiful with Katia Boutique at 417 Broad Street in Nevada City on April 24th. The event is from 5:30-7:00. Cost is $40.00. Hors d’ oeurvres and beverages will be provided.

RSVP prior to the event is required as space is limited. Call Jenna to reserve your space 530.559.8558

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – Saturday April 29th

In Nevada County, overdose death rates have more than doubled since 2009. Prescription medications can save lives, but they can also take lives. Monitoring, securing and safely disposing of medications can help prevent misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the family medicine cabinet. A 2014 study by Monitoring the Future reported that more than 40 percent of 12th-graders nationwide say that it is “very easy” to get access to controlled medications. Misuse of prescription drugs has become more prevalent due to a rise in accessibility.

Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs can lead to dependence and illicit drug seeking. According to the National Center for Health Statistics; drug poisoning (overdose) is the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States.

When: On Saturday, April 29th – 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Corner of Neal St. and South Auburn Street in Downtown Grass Valley

InConcert Sierra Presents Pianist Sam Haywood

Pianist Sam Haywood will give a special performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30th in Grass Valley, in an appearance presented by InConcert Sierra.

Haywood first performed in Grass Valley alongside celebrated violinist Joshua Bell in October 2015. The concert sold out months in advance, thanks in large part to Bell’s world-class reputation. However, it didn’t take long for the audience to take note of the London-based pianist. They weren’t the only ones enamored by Haywood’s performance that year. The Washington Post wrote that, “Violinist Joshua Bell meets his match in pianist Sam Haywood.”

InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin, also a pianist, formed an immediate bond with Haywood and quickly invited him back to Grass Valley for a solo performance.

“Some concerts remain with you for a long time after they have passed. It’s to do with the music, the venue, the instrument – but mostly the people you meet. This was certainly the case with my InConcert Sierra recital with Joshua Bell two years ago. I talked with such a variety of interesting people – about music, of course, but so much more besides. I left feeling inspired, full of new ideas and touched by their warmth and generosity,” Haywood said.

“So I am naturally delighted to be returning to pick up threads and engage with the audience in a different way this time – with a programme of some of the solo piano works I have enjoyed performing most over the years,” he added.  

His April 30th performance will feature beautiful works of the classical piano literature as well as an original composition by Haywood. The program includes Beethoven’s Opus 27, No. 2 “Moonlight” sonata, Schubert’s Impromptus D. 899, Nos. 3 and 4, Mendelssohn’s “Rondo Capriccioso,” three pieces by Chopin and more.

Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls. The Washington Post hailed his ‘dazzling, evocative playing’ and ‘lyrical sensitivity’ and the New York Times his ‘’passionate flair and sparkling clarity’. He embraces a wide spectrum of the piano repertoire and is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician or with accompanying Lieder. He has had a regular duo partnership with Joshua Bell since 2010 and also often performs with cellist Steven Isserlis. Following his early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him the Julius Isserlis Scholarship. He studied both at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, of which he is an associate (ARAM).

There will be a 1:15 p.m. pre-concert forum April 30th. The concert will begin at 2. Tickets are $45 for the general public, $40 for members of InConcert Sierra and $22 for youth. They are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at or in person at BriarPatch Co-op and also at the door on the day of the concert.

It will be presented at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, please go to






WHO: InConcert Sierra presents

WHAT: Special performance with Pianist Sam Haywood

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30th

TICKETS: $45 for the general public, $40 for members of InConcert Sierra, $22 for youth 17 and under. Available at 530-273-3990,, at BriarPatch Co-op or at the door the day of concert.

INFO: 530-273-3990 or visit



AAA Insurance Mixer – Thanks for Coming!

Thank you Mike McBride and AAA Insurance for hosting Thursdays Joint Chamber Mixer. A nice crowd gathered to enjoy food, music, raffle prizes and network with those attending.

Pictured:  Mike McBride with son & daughter, Jacob & Alexis