The Nevada City Vegan Food + Wine Festival – June 3rd

Veganism is moving from the fringe to the mainstream, and we’re celebrating this shift with a first-of-its-kind event the first weekend in June in downtown Nevada City, CA.

For one festive weekend, local bars, restaurants, wineries, and retail shops will celebrate plant- based living by showcasing vegan offerings, to show just how friendly and accommodating our town is to vegans and others interested in living a healthy, compassionate, plant-based lifestyle. Together with the Chamber of Commerce, we will distribute “V Marks the Spot” maps to help people easily navigate the downtown area and pinpoint vegan-friendly business and services.

The event kicks off June 2 with a private vegan wine + cheese soirée fundraiser hosted by the best vegan cheesemaker in the country, Miyoko’s Kitchen, and local vegan winery Clavey Vineyards & Winery. This cocktail-hour event will feature Clavey’s award-winning unfiltered wines, created without the use of eggs or fish (typical in wine-making processes at industrial wineries) and the award-winning artisanal nut-based cheeses created by Fairfax-based Miyoko’s.

Saturday’s festival at the Odd Fellows Hall (225 Broad Street/212 Spring Street) is free, family- friendly, and open to the public, and features an exciting roster of exhibitors, a variety of speakers (including Kristie Middleton, the author of the new book MeatLess, and Jasmin Singer, author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough and one of The Advocate’s “40 Under 40”). Shauna Schultz, an instructor at the Briarpatch Co-op Community Cooking School, will also host a fun cooking demonstration, and 10-year-old vegan YouTuber Olivia Rivers Samson will take the stage to share what it’s like to be a vegan kid. Visitors can expect a lively atmosphere, and plenty of food samples to give everyone a taste of how delicious veganism is.

For more information, contact festival organizer Aurelia d’Andrea at 530-955-1308, send a message to, or visit the event’s Facebook page at

Bear Yuba Land Trust Treks & Events

What: Ales for Trails

Where: Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company, Nevada City

When: 5 – 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 31

Join your friends and help BYLT kick off a Celebration of Trails with award-winning craft beer and local food! It’s another fun “Ales for Trails” event to be held 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company, in downtown Nevada City. Brewer Dave Cowie has created a special beer just for trails called Hirschman Hefeweizen. From every pint sold, $1 will be donated to local trails! In addition, a portion of proceeds from all Ales for Trails food and beverage sales will be donated back to the Land Trust to support the building of new trails and maintenance of the tried and true trails you love. This event coincides with Nevada County Celebration of Trails on Saturday, June 3.


What: Celebration of Trails

When: Saturday, June 3; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Tahoe National Forest Headquarters; Area Trails

Cost: Free!

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and friends for this community Celebration of Trails! We’ll start the day off with hikes on local trails – including an outing at Black Swan Preserve with Hank Meals and a family walk at Hirschman Trail with FREED and Sierra Club – then come together in the afternoon for a festival with information booths, trail maps, gear and more! Like every good celebration, we’ll have food, a special seasonal beer “Hirschman Hefeweizen” from Three Forks Brewing Company, family activities, live music and speakers. Don’t miss the fun!

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Reach More Visitors Than Ever This Year

Advertise in the 2017/2018 Visitor’s Guide

How do you capture more customers in our quaint little towns?  You talk to visitors!  The Union and all of the local Chambers of Commerce have just begun to work on the 2017/2018 Visitor’s Guide, the most popular publication at our local Chamber offices that gets mailed ALL YEAR LONG to anyone expressing an interest in visiting or moving to this area.  It’s at hotels, real estate offices, restaurants…pretty much anywhere that people go, including Truckee locations.  

This year, The Union is also adding an exciting new feature to the Visitor’s Guide.  In addition to the handy pocket- and purse-sized publication, we are developing a special website just for visitors, which will be updated multiple times a week with relevant content and upcoming events.  Since this is the first year of the site, we are including all ads that are printed in the publication on the new visitor’s website; a value of at least $350!

If you are interested in being seen by tens of thousands of potential new customers, contact Scott Conley at (530) 477-4201 or email to reserve your spot today.  Advertising deadline is June 2, so don’t delay!


A BIG THANK YOU SAVINGS OFFER for all Nevada City Chamber Members

Save 25% on any Display Ad* in the Next 50+ Senior Directory Issue

It’s our way of saying Thank You to all Nevada City Chamber businesses for embracing the first edition of the 50+ Senior Directory in the community. The 50+ Senior Directory is the first and only local senior resource directory for Nevada County.

This biannual 50+ Senior Directory includes inspiring stories about local “Super Seniors”, informative articles from well-established local businesses, and important senior resource/agency information provided in a reader-friendly directory format.

The 50+ Senior Directory is available in racks throughout Nevada County, and distributed through local Chambers of Commerce, Senior Centers, Senior Residential Homes, advertisers’ places of business, and online in a PDF format Fall 2016 Issue.

If you would like to take advantage of this special discounted offer or would like more information, call 530-446-3116 NOW or send an email to TODAY!

Since we’re approaching deadline, this offer ends June 1, 2017.      *excluding directory listings and Service directory ads.

Fit Culture Studio Summer Sweat Workouts

Dates: May 22nd through September 1st

Join us outside in the fresh air for our Summer Sweat Training held at Nevada Union High School. 

We are starting up our outside summer sweat classes on Monday, May 22nd.  Everyone is welcome. We have a options for drop ins and packages.

For more information:

Dan Walsh at ol’ Republic on May 24th

ol’ Republic Brewery is proud to host Dan Walsh on May 24th at the taproom.  Nominated for best musician at last year’s BBC Folk Awards and touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as ‘the real deal’ (UNCUT). 2017 sees the release of a highly anticipated new solo album after the success of critically acclaimed album Incidents and Accidents which was lauded as ‘absolutely terrific’ by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2. As well as many tours of the UK, he also has recent successful trips to the USA, Canada, Germany, India, Norway and New Zealand to his credit. Both solo and as a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances on stage with Imelda May, Joss Stone and the Levellers, this unique and eclectic musician has stunned audiences across the world.

Railbus Rides at the Railroad Museum

Ride the completely restored historic Railbus 97 from the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (NCNGRR) Museum, through the Inn Town Campground, to the Northern Queen Inn and returning to the museum, paralleling a portion of the railroad’s original route.  The scheduled 35 minute Railbus rides are offered on Saturdays through October and are available for special tours. 

The Railbus departure timetable for boarding from either the NCNGRR Museum or The Northern Queen Inn is available at the museum’s website:  Docent-led tours that highlight the historical significance of the Narrow Gauge Railroad to Nevada County are offered Fridays through Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through October 31.

Come to the museum or the Northern Queen Inn to reserve your seat on the Railbus!  There is no charge to ride or visit the museum.  However, the museum and Railbus can only operate with the financial support of the passengers.  Please consider a donation when you reserve your trip. 

Join PFLAG Nevada County in Welcoming Cleve Jones

You may remember Emile Hirsch’s portrayal of Cleve in Gus Van Sant’s Academy-Award-winning film “Milk,” which depicts Cleve’s friendship and close work with pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk in San Francisco in the 1970s. What you may not know, however, are the extraordinary accomplishments of Cleve’s later work: co-founding the San Francisco AIDS Foundation during the terrifying early years of the epidemic; conceiving the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest community art project in history; and his recent, integral activism on behalf of hospitalities workers with UNITE HERE!, as well as his work to overturn California’s Proposition 8 and legalize same-sex marriage.

Most recently, you might have seen both Austin P. McKenzie’s performance as a young Cleve as well as Guy Pearce’s performance as an older activist Cleve in ABC’s “When We Rise”. The historic 4-part mini-series used Cleve’s new book, “When We Rise: My Life in the Movement” a a reference in writing its script. Cleve’s book will be for sale at the event.

Cleve will speak, and allow some time for audience Q&A, starting at 7:30pm. Cleve will also be joining us at a 5:30pm reception which will include plentiful hors d’oeuvres, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets to the reception include reserved seating for the talk.

When We Rise
An Evening with Cleve Jones

Saturday, May 27, 7:30pm
Benefactor Reception 5:30pm

A Benefit for PFLAG Nevada County

Unity in the Gold Country
180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley
(off of Whispering Pines Lane)

Talk – $35 donation
Reception (food/drinks) + Talk: $95 donation

Tickets at:

Spring Choral Concerts Orchestrated to ‘Lift, Renew’ Spirits

The Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra present their annual spring concerts May 21 and 23. The program will feature uplifting works of great composers who set the words of legendary poets to music, plus four spirituals that will “raise the roof,” as conductor Ken Hardin notes.

“The music is programmed around the theme of Americana and democracy – music set to words of great American poets Robert Frost and Walt Whitman, and spirituals that honor our African-American heritage,” said Hardin, who is also the artistic director for InConcert Sierra.

The program includes, “Toward the Unknown Region,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams (poetry of Walt Whitman); “Frostiana,” by Randall Thompson (poetry of Robert Frost); “Song of Democracy,” by Howard Hanson (poetry of Walt Whitman);  “Poor Man Lazarus,” by Jester Hairston; “Soon Ah Will Be Done” and “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel,” by William Dawson; and “Standin’ in the Need of Prayer,” by Moses Hogan.

“We’re singing my favorite choral music ever,” said chorister Keith Porter. “There is nothing like performing beautiful music before a full house of friends and neighbors. I sure hope you can join us!”

The Sierra Master Chorale is comprised of 75 Nevada County residents. All were auditioned for the high-caliber community choir. There will also be 32 local and regional professional musicians in the orchestra.

The Spring Concerts will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21 and again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley, 12889 Osborne Hill Road. Tickets are $34 for general admission, $17 for youth. They are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at (ticketing fees will apply) and in person at BriarPatch Co—op or at the door the day of the concert.

“For those of you who enjoy choral music, the Sierra Master Chorale will lift you up and send you out renewed,” said Joan Goddard, chorale member.

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

2nd Annual Building Fair

This is your reminder that the 2017 Building Fair is only 3 weeks away!!

This fair will have vendors from multiple jurisdictions and agencies including contractors, design professionals, utility companies, lenders, insurance companies, septic/well companies, solar companies, landscaping, land-clearing, and much, much more!!!  There will also be opportunity drawings, food trucks, special presentations throughout the day and other fun activities.  This is our 2nd annual fair; last year we had customers from as close as a mile away and also all the way from out of state and southern California. If your involved in the development/building industry or are a customer this is a must attend event.  The fair is FREE for the vendors as well as to all attendees. A schedule of events for the day is on the back of the flyer. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly. Please spread the word to anyone else that you think would be interested.

Nevada City Winery – Bottle Your Own

Bottle, cork, foil, and label your own wine! Saturday, May 20 is Nevada City Winery’s Spring Bottle Your Own, from 11-5. Winemaker Mark Foster created two special wines, a 2015 Nevada County Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2015 Petite Sirah. The label art is part of our Vintage Artist Series. Nancy Kaestner’s Iris first appeared in 1993 This is a free event held the same day as the Sierra Vintners Wine Trail, Nevada City is one of the six participating wineries. There will be tasting, music, and food throughout the day.  Your choice:


BaliGirl Charity Fashion Show

Beautiful Clothes & Jewelry All Handmade in Bali

Wednesday, May 17th 5:30 – 8:00pm

Enjoy the fashion show, cocktails, appetizers and shopping! A portion of the proceeds benefit The Friendship Club!

Kane’s Restaurant, 120 E. Main Street in Grass Valley


Nevada City Parks & Recreation offers swim lessons, day camps, and a Junior Lifeguard Program during the summer months. We are offering a new camp this year – Chess Wizards. The camp instructors provide a fun experience while teaching the game of chess. Registration for all of our programs begins online May 1, 2017. The Summer Program Guide has class descriptions, fees and dates of our programs. You can find the Guide and registration information on the City’s website: Staff will be at the Nevada City Swimming Pool, located in Pioneer Park on May 8, 15 & 22 from 6-8pm to answer questions and help you get registered for our programs. These Monday evenings are a great time to reserve the pool for a Private Rental or to schedule a birthday party. Opening day at the swimming pool is June 3rd. The public can swim from noon to 4pm. Season Passes are available for families and individuals. The Nevada City Swimming Pool also offers adult water exercise classes and adult lap swim times. These programs do not require pre-registration and take place Monday – Thursday beginning June 12th. We hope to see you at the swimming pool this summer! Call us if you have questions: 530-265-8223.

Sierra FoodWineArt — Spring issue

Sierra FoodWineArt magazine is circulating its spring issue, promoting Nevada City, Grass Valley and Nevada County — in a free, full-color glossy magazine and comprehensive digital edition that reaches Bay Area, Sacramento and Reno readers.

With a theme “Local food, local people,” the magazine’s fresh, seasonal editorial promotes more than a dozen Nevada City businesses: Polly’s Paladar, the growing Nevada City supper club; the local owners of Mother Truckers; Nevada City Winery’s winemaker dinners, and the Golden Era Lounge’s new cocktail classes; as well as news about Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co., Ike’s Quarter Cafe, Matteo’s Public, ol’ Republic Brewery, Wheyward Girl Creamery, Jernigan’s Tap House & Grill, Nevada City Classic Café, Treats, California Organics, Lee Ann Brook Fine Art, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada Theatre, KVMR, and Sierra Stages, among others. The magazine also promotes Nevada City events, including “Railbus Rides,” First Friday Art Walk, the Nevada City Bicycle Classic, and Summer Nights.

Sierra FoodWineArt is distributed all the way to the Bay Area, Sacramento, Reno, Truckee-Tahoe, Chico and Placerville and points in between. It has the most comprehensive digital edition among our region’s magazines, including a “scrollable” format for smartphone users.

Owners Jeff and Shannon Pelline are Chamber members and Nevada City residents.  For more information, email

2017 Economic Development Summit – May 18th

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC) 2017 Economic Development Summit called:  Reaching Common Goals is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, and is followed by a separate VIP Dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Foothills Event Center.  For tickets or more information visit: The Center for the Arts. To secure a sponsorship or to find out more information about sponsoring the Summit or VIP Dinner, call the ERC office at 530.274.8455.

According to ERC Executive Director Jon Gregory, “This is the once-a-year “can’t miss” event for business, civic, technology, education and other community stakeholders in the region that will provide vital information regarding the state of our economy and the future of our community,” He continued, “our ERC Special Events Task Force for the Summit has put together a compelling program of impressive speakers and practical information relevant to anyone who lives, works or owns a business in Nevada County.