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Bright Futures for Youth: New website, more social media channels to connect with Nevada County

Bright Futures for Youth: New website, more social media channels to connect with Nevada County

Bright Futures for Youth, the nonprofit organization formed with the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO Youth in the summer, has launched a new website and a couple more social media platforms to better connect with youth in Nevada County – and their parents.

The new website ( details the organization’s efforts, calendar of events, success stories and how to get involved through donations, sponsorships and/or volunteering.

Bright Futures provides children and young adults year-round academic, social and emotional support; access to health care, counseling and healthy meals; after-school activities and numerous other events and services through its three programs – The Friendship Club, NEO and SAFE.

New Mother Daughter Art Exhibit at The Center

New Mother Daughter Art Exhibit at The Center

A mixed media art exhibit will open in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Mother-Daughter Project features paintings by Linda Neely with the poems that inspired her art, written by her daughter, Amber Neely.

This project began as a collision of surrealist creativity. The mother is a professional artist with a Master in Fine Arts and an in-depth knowledge and love for surrealism in all its forms. She has given lectures and classes on surrealism and created a lot of surrealistic art. One day she discovered her daughter’s exquisite, ethereal poetry! As she read it, her jaw dropped at the eerie phrases, nearly making sense and then… not.

The mother was intrigued and, being an artist, imagery began popping and flowing into her head. She wondered what these poems would look like! The daughter wondered too, and thus began the Mother-Daughter Project.

Amber Neely says that writing has been a constant in her life for as long as she can remember. She began journaling when she was about nine years old and has continued to do so, taking intermissions when things get particularly difficult, particularly easy, or when she feels as though she is being particularly lazy. “I think I began writing as a way of processing unrealized dissociative episodes as a child. Through the process of writing, I was able to remind, or rather, convince myself that I am here. I could look back and have a clear narrative of my life with no re-elaboration, regardless of what was happening. I have never shared my writing with anyone other than my very close family and a couple of friends. Nowadays, I write when I need to. When everything in me is locked or crumpled up, or disintegrating before my eyes. I write to put words to that which I cannot express in any other way. Often it is inspired by dreams, or some experience that feels too heavy or too magical to leave inside. I believe in writing more than I believe in anything else.”

Linda Neely’s first clear memories of making art happened on brown paper bag book covers in school. Her MFA degree has provided her the good fortune to explore and make art in ways she never would have considered on her own. “If I were to consider my art as a whole, I would say I am interested in creating places, environments of wonder, awe and safety, not necessarily all together. I have several favorite mediums. Often what I’m imagining dictates the medium. I have travelled the world with an openness to awe and wonder, finding it in surprising places. I have also studied surrealism extensively: surrealism in art, writing, film and architecture. When I read Amber’s poetry, I am in awe of the imagery it creates in one’s mind. Her method of writing also intrigues me. I suppose it was inevitable we would work on this project together. I am grateful she agreed.”

The Mother-Daughter Project will be on display in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts from Thursday, February 18, through Friday, March 26, 2021. The gallery, located at 314 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley, is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m. There will be a Zoom Artist Q&A on Wednesday, March 3. Visit to RSVP and for more information.

WHAT: Amber & Linda Neely: The Mother Daughter Project
WHEN: Art Opening, Thursday, February 18, 2021 | Exhibit On Display February 18 – March 26, 2021
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
INFO: | 530-274-8384 |

Eye of the Avocado’s Jes Taber to host brunch class for BriarPatch this weekend

Eye of the Avocado’s Jes Taber to host brunch class for BriarPatch this weekend

This Saturday, Feb. 13 Chef Jes Taber (Eye of the Avocado) will teach an online class, “Egg Me On: Brunch & Bubbles” for BriarPatch Food Co-op from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

The informal class designed for Valentine sweethearts, friends and family loved ones encourages folks to dress pajama-casual as they cook from their home kitchens. Co-op owners will receive $5 store credit to purchase class ingredients.

The menu includes cream baked eggs with toast points, Green Goddess dressed bitter greens mixed with arugula, billionaire’s bacon or vegan quick perfect beans and mimosas.

Chef Jes Taber takes eggs seriously.

“I’ve been making things with eggs my whole career. I personally think egg yolk is the most delicious thing in the world. It’s molten lava gold that we get to eat.”

Taber is the founder of “Eye of the Avocado” and has worn many culinary hats since she first began cooking professionally in her 20s. From personal chef to caterer and online cooking instructor this Egg Queen is known for her mouth-watering, herb-centered & lemon-soaked, simple, nourishing and rustic fare made with love and driven by health.

Taber is somewhat of a legend in foodie circles for her 7-minute egg – “seven minutes to heaven” – a centerpiece of egg sandwiches that a reporter from LA Weekly once drove 455-miles to sink her teeth into.

“If you can cook a perfect egg, you would understand why I love eggs so much,” said Taber who regularly buys the highest quality local eggs she can find at The Co-op.

For years, she lived in San Francisco and the Bay Area working at some of the best eateries the city has to offer – Tartine Bakery, Bi-Rite Market, The Village Market, Blue Bottle Coffee and Terroir Wine Bar. She learned the art of slow food while living and studying in Florence, Italy at the sweet age of 20. With a background in education, Jes enjoys helping folks de-mystify food and cooking basics.

Learn more and buy tickets:

BriarPatch Food Co-op is a community-owned cooperative business. We provide our community with quality food and products, strengthen our local economy, and support local/regional businesses that are committed to regenerative agriculture, sustainability, humane practices, and organic farming.

Anew Day’s 7th Annual Crab Feed fundraiser

Anew Day’s 7th Annual Crab Feed fundraiser

This year’s fundraiser will be a drive-thru event this year. We may not be able to gather in large groups, but we can still enjoy fresh crab. Treat yourself to a great meal and support a great cause. Each serving includes 2lbs of fresh, cleaned, cooked and cracked crab, pasta salad, bread, butter/sauces and dessert.  Get more information and purchase tickets on our event web page: You can also purchase tickets by calling our office during business hours at 530-470-9111. This event supports Anew Day in offering free counseling and affordable professional therapy for the mental health of our community and its members.

March 12th, 2021 from 3-7pm
Pick-up location: Calvary Bible Church, 11481 Hwy 174, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Deadline for purchasing tickets is March 1st, 2021

InConcert Sierra presents Ring in a Thousand Years of Peace – February 21st

Ring in a Thousand Years of Peace

An experience of profound intensity for musicians and audience alike!  InConcert Sierra’s “Third Sunday Virtual Season” presents the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra’s stirring May 2012 performance of “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2pm.

The 75-member choir, and 26-member orchestra including renowned organist Isabelle Demers, is conducted by ICS Artistic Director Ken Hardin. The SMC and Orchestra presented the work in both 2012 and 2016 before sold-out audiences.  Jenkins’ “A Mass for Peace” was composed in 1999 and dedicated to the victims of Kosovo. It was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England, to reflect the most war-torn and destructive century in human history, honor the warrior, and inspire the optimism of “ringing in a thousand years of peace.” The work seeks to bridge the many perspectives of war while acknowledging the hope in every human heart for peace in our lifetime.

The work begins with sequential marching, creating an effective and realistic impression of troops approaching, with choristers swaying from side to side. From there, the audience is mesmerized by extracts from Christian and Islamic traditional texts, as well as texts from authors Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge (a Hiroshima survivor). One concert-goer said, “I could have heard the Benedictus music daily for the rest of my life, so very beautiful.”

After attending the concert in May 2016, Dr. Scott Kellerman wrote in a letter to The Union, “This emotional and spiritual concert kindles the emotions of war and the aftermath of destruction. A variety of religious traditions, poems, and poetry are intricately woven through the melodies. Looking around the audience, appreciating the diversity of political convictions present, I was struck by a community coming together, all equally absorbed by the music, prose and inner intention to promote peace.”

In 2012, concert attendee J. Wood said, “The performance was breathtaking and nothing short of magnificent!  It was truly a visceral experience!  So emotional.  Our hearts were stirred.  Please do this annually.  The community and the world need this message so desperately.”

The poetry and translations are available for viewing and download on the ICS website (click on the homepage banner.)  Virtual concert attendees are encouraged to read the lyrics before the program, although enjoyment of the sheer power of the piece does not require it.

“Obviously, in 2012 we were not expecting to someday provide virtual programming, nor that we would face a global pandemic with live performances halted. The original video was not of high-quality. However, our fantastic videographer and magician, Mark Triolo, has taken the footage, along with a variety of photos from performances, and created a visual presentation that will captivate us all. And the audio is fantastic, with many thanks to our sound engineer, Steve Nicholson,” said Executive Director Julie Hardin.

The concert may be viewed online at, on the InConcert Sierra Facebook page, or the InConcert Sierra YouTube channel.  It will remain available on YouTube for three weeks.

What: InConcert Sierra presents
Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra, Ken Hardin – conductor
“The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” by Karl Jenkins
When: Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 • 2pm
Where: Virtual presentation streaming on InConcert Sierra’s YouTube channel and
Tickets: Free of charge

Open Studios Call to Artists

Open Studios Call to Artists – deadline April 16

The Center for the Arts is now accepting applications from artists interested in participating in this year’s Open Studios Tour. Sculptors, printmakers, photographers, painters, jewelers, illustrators, woodworkers, designers and other artists are invited to apply. The 26th Annual Open Studios Tour of Nevada County West will be held on the second and third weekends of October 2021 and will again be a combination of virtual and in-person tours.

We realize that these are difficult times and everyone’s health and safety are of the utmost importance. With that in mind, all artists who elect to open their studios for the in-person tour will be instructed to follow all health and safety guidelines mandated at the time of the tour. In addition, Artists may elect to open their studios by appointment only or to produce a virtual tour in lieu of in-person visits.

Throughout this time of COVID-19, The Center’s Granucci Gallery has offered refuge and art amid the chaos by providing online tours for art lovers and a professionally designed gallery for artists to present their work in a retail space. The Open Studios Tour is a wonderful opportunity for the public to meet artists, whether in-person or online, to view new pieces and works in process, watch live demonstrations, learn about artistic processes from conception to completion, and buy original art in a wide range of mediums and methods. Beyond an art sale, Open Studios is a chance to experience first-hand how, where, and why art is created.

Open Studios is presented by The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, California, in partnership with the Nevada County Arts Council, Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and Grass Valley Courtyard Suites. The Center believes that collaboration is the key to greater strength and economic stability for our community. The Center remains committed to building Nevada County as a destination for the arts and improving the local quality of life through a rich arts scene.

Being a part of the Open Studios Tour provides many benefits for artists, including visibility in the community. All participants will be featured in the printed tour guide, on the official Google Map, and on the tour’s website: Additional benefits include social media features and marketing assets for the artists to share with their networks. Artists who submit virtual video tours will also be featured online, including the Open Studios YouTube channel and relevant playlists.

Artists may apply to participate in the 26th Annual Open Studios Tour of Nevada County West by visiting to learn more and to complete the online application.  Applications are due by April 16, 2021. For more information, please contact Tour Manager, Brynn Farwell at

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Award Recipients

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Award Recipients

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2020 Awards for outstanding community service. These annual awards honor both organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the Nevada City community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. Those selected serve as a role model for compassion and service, and are constantly striving to make the world a better place.

The Nevada County Relief Fund is the recipient of the prestigious Elza Kilroy award for the group’s work in leading the community to raise over $1 million dollars to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Kilroy award, established in 1969, is given annually to a citizen or organization whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Nevada County Relief Fund was created through a partnership between the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Sierra Business Council, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and the Economic Resource Council.

The Fund was established in April 2020 with a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by directing vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors and support our small businesses.

Nevada County photographer, author, hiking guide, archaeologist, and historian Hank Meals will receive the Dave Irons Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts in sharing the natural history stories of the Yuba River Watershed and educating the community about our trails. Meals is the author of several books including Yuba Trails 1 & 2, and the River. He has been leading guided hikes and sharing his knowledge of local history with local non-profits for nearly 30 years. Named for long time Chamber board member and community arts leader Dave Irons, this award celebrates the individuals in our community who have dedicated their life to serving the residents of Nevada City.

Other recipients are:

Nevada County Arts Council is being honored with the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award for their work on the What a Relief Artist Relief Fund to support local working artists, along with their leadership with arts in education, establishing Nevada City and Grass Valley a California State Cultural District, and the promotion of the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community.

Sierra Poetry Festival is the recipient of the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award. Now in its fifth year the festival is nationally recognized with past keynote speakers including Pulitzer Prize-winner Forrest Gander.

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is being recognized with the annual Stan Halls Architectural Award for an extensive remodel and expansion of the intersection of Sacramento Street and Railroad Avenue, also known as Clamper’s Square. This remodel has brought life back to this unique, but historical location in Nevada City, while also honoring the accomplishments of John and Sarah Kidder. After John Kidder’s death, Sarah became president of Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (NCNGRR) from 1901 to 1913 and became the first female railroad president in the world. This project was a joint venture between the City of Nevada City and the railroad museum that began in June 2018.

Local musician Peter Wilson is the recipient of the Live Music Award. Wilson has performed extensively as a solo act and with groups such as the Deadbeats and Troubadour Camp. He is a founding member of Paul Emery’s A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen and through his production company Strings Concerts, he has worked with the Center for the Arts, Miners Foundry Cultural Center and world-renowned fiddler Alasdair Fraser to bring artists to Nevada County.

The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce would have celebrated the 119th annual Installation and Awards Dinner at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, but due to COVID-19, the organization will instead post later this month an online video tribute to this year’s awardees.



The Moore Brothers live From The Center

The Moore Brothers live From The Center

The Moore Brothers will be performing live From The Center on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. This is a ticketed show and a live streaming event.  While the live experience is best, ticket holders will have 48 hours to enjoy the show. Members of The Center for the Arts get free tickets to the live experience and unlimited access to watch the replay in the new Member Library at, an exciting new member benefit for 2021!

Unlike many bands claiming to be brothers, Greg and Thom Moore actually are siblings, growing up together in Altadena, CA. And although they had both been playing in various projects for years, it wasn’t until 2001 that the two finally established the Moore Brothers. Beginning in the late ’80s, Thom Moore formed several bands, including Colorful Calliope with R&B singer Jon B. Greg released a solo record before joining Thom for the folk-punk band Thumb of the Maid. After its other members departed, Thom and Greg formed Moore Brothers and released their debut, Colossal Small, on Amazing Grease (founded by Pavement’s Scott Kannberg). Their comprehensive discography is available on their website

Watch The Moore Brothers live From the Center on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to get your tickets early. Advance tickets are $10 for the public and free for members of The Center for the Arts.  Tickets and membership information are available online at and by calling 530-274-8384 or visiting the box office located at 314 W. Main Street in downtown Grass Valley. The box office is open on Wednesdays and Fridays between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
WHAT:  The Moore Brothers LIVE From The Center
WHEN: Friday, February 12, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. PT
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
ADMISSION: $10 Public, Free to Members
INFO: | 530-274-8384

Valentine’s Day Recital: A Musical Showcase

Valentine’s Day Recital: A Musical Showcase

InConcert Sierra has a treat in store on Valentine’s Day—open to all. Not a bouquet of roses or a box of chocolates, but a virtual recital featuring seven young musicians, ranging in age from 7 to 15. And while the musicians would relish the chance to perform live, adapting to the pandemic, they have polished and recorded their pieces, hoping their music will warm the hearts of their listeners.

Five of the young musicians will be playing the piano, presenting a couple of elementary pieces for beginners, as well as traditional works by Beethoven and Clementi. And one item of special interest: Baraka Anderson, 14, will play Simone’s Lullaby, a challenging piece with cluster chords and a wistful melody penned by Terry Riley—a local composer of world renown who wrote the lullaby as a tribute to his newborn granddaughter.

Rounding out the program will be two string performances. Noah Wong, talented beyond his tender age of seven, will play his child-sized cello and dive into J.B. Brevel’s Concerto in D, producing a quality of music unexpected from somebody so young. And at the other end of the spectrum, violinist Athena Giuliani, 15, will display her virtuosity in a performance of Tomaso Antonio Vitali’s Chaconne, accompanied by Ken Hardin on piano.

According to Athena’s teacher, Nancy Hill, Athena feels the virtual concerts help with discipline and motivation, but she misses the spontaneity and inspiration generated by a live audience. And yet, Hill notes, the looming of a performance, live or virtual, is a positive force. “There is often that last ten percent of energy and perfection that happens more readily for a concert deadline. Look at it as a carrot on a stick.”

Piano teacher Lynn Schugren, with four of her students in the upcoming concert, also underscores the value of both live and virtual performances, suggesting it takes as long to polish a piece as it does to learn it initially. “When you play it long enough to perform it, you’re letting the music flow through you,” she says. “You’re re-creating.”

By asking her students, “What is this piece saying?” she believes they learn to express themselves; to go into what she calls “the outer zone”.

“It’s a great stimulator of musical growth,” she reflects. “You find more and more layers of music as you play.” So paradoxically, “the music becomes more complex and clearer at the same time. You go through degrees of meticulousness and understanding and freedom. It will set you free to play the music and let it speak.”

InConcert Sierra is pleased to present this virtual student showcase on Valentine’s Day, expressing a love of music, commitment to educate through their “Bach to the Future” Education programs, and the vision of live music on the not-so-far horizon.

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


WHO: InConcert Sierra “Bach to the Future” Education Programs
WHAT: Virtual Student Recital Showcase
WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday, February 14
WHERE:  InConcert Sierra YouTube Channel or
MORE INFO:   Call 530-273-3990 or email

Music in the Mountains to Hold Virtual Highlights Concert

Music in the Mountains to Hold Virtual Highlights Concert

With the upcoming 2021 season, Music in the Mountains (MIM) will celebrate its Ruby Anniversary, commemorating 40 years of bringing classical music to Nevada County. The 2021 season will begin with a specially-curated highlights concert and new performances from the Music in the Mountains orchestra players on Friday, February 12th airing online at 7pm.

Music in the Mountains confronted the challenges of 2020 by moving high-quality music performances to online platforms. Meeting the challenge of social distancing with live virtual concerts and interactive educational programming, MIM produced over 250 hours of virtual programming in 2020. By producing music and education using cutting-edge technology, MIM was able to create a wonderful repertoire while keeping the community connected and safe.

The SummerFest Highlights Concert will include brand new performances from Music in the Mountains orchestra musicians, as well as some never before shared archival video from past summer festivals. The concert is free, giving patrons access on a pay-what-they-can basis. Patrons are encouraged to RSVP at in order to be sent a direct link to the concert as well as an electronic copy of the concert program order.

“We invite the public to join us as we relive some of the great moments of our 2020 Virtual Summerfest. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear your favorite pieces again,” said Ryan Murray, MIM’s enthusiastic and innovative Artistic Director & Conductor.  “It’s going to be a fantastic concert, and I look forward to seeing you there.” Music in the Mountains hosted several concerts last year on their Youtube channel, which included pre-concert talks and a friendly live chat during the concerts.

Music in the Mountains has been performing and producing high-quality classical music for Nevada County and surrounding communities for 40 years.  They continue to bring wonderful classical music performances and educational programs through cutting-edge technology and virtual performances.  In 2021, MIM is excited to bring all new musical performances and educational experiences for our local community and for anyone with access to the World Wide Web, and ultimately plans to resume live concerts again in the summer. For more information call 530-265-6124 or email  Always open at



On February 13,  get a glimpse into the art of jewelry-making, the tools and supplies that go into it, and the opportunities available to learn the art. Jewelry Artist Pamela Klein will be at Art Works Gallery to answer questions about current work, custom design, and will also be doing some jewelry making demonstrations, weather permitting.  You may know Pam from Mana Beads, the shop that she owned in Nevada City from 2005 to 2015, through her classes at Mana Beads or ASIF Studio or from her work at Art Works Gallery Co-op where she has been an Artist/Owner since 2018.

The 33 artists at Art Works Gallery have filled the shelves and walls with hundreds of gift choices for your VALENTINE.  Located at 113 Mill Street on the mall in Grass Valley.  Open Wednesday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We are taking every precaution to keep us all safe including making SHOPPING ON LINE is available to you, our customers.  The online address is  We will mail your order to you or your Valentine, or you can even call for outside pickup.
WHO:  Pam Klein, Jeweler
WHAT:  Art Works Gallery 2nd Saturday Spotlight
WHERE:  113 Mill Street on the mall in historic downtown Grass Valley, CA
WHEN:  Saturday, February 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.  If weather permits.

Foothill Wine Festival Launched by Greater Folsom Partnership Launches– Competition and Public Event in 2021

Foothill Wine Festival Launched by Greater Folsom Partnership Launches– Competition and Public Event in 2021

The Greater Folsom Partnership, a collaborative effort of local business, tourism and economic development organizations, has announced the creation of an innovative wine competition and festival celebrating the wines of the Sierra Foothill Region of California, one of the state’s outstanding and truly unique wine regions.

This long-awaited effort is designed to share those locally-created wines with wine lovers in the greater Sacramento area. The competition, to be held in Folsom on May 15, will bring celebrated wine experts together to judge entries from Sierra Foothill Wineries. The Foothill Wine Festival will take place on Saturday,

November 20, providing a hyper-local wine experience and introducing consumers to the variety and quality of wines being created from grapes grown in their local foothill region.

All wines produced in the Sierra Foothills are eligible for entry to the competition. Award winners of Gold or Silver medals will be invited to be sampled by the public at the November festival. “We think that the time is right to showcase the amazing Sierra Foothill wines produced right in our backyard,” said Joe Gagliardi, CEO of the Great Folsom Partnership. “We know our regional wineries offer a signature experience marked by passionate winemakers, intimate tasting rooms and spectacular Sierra views. In 2021, we are discovering liquid gold!”

Heading up the wine side of the Foothill Wine Festival is Mike Owen, Founder of Crystal Basin Cellars in El Dorado County’s Apple Hill. Mike has 20+ years of winemaking experience and a keen interest in marketing the region to wine consumers. “Sierra Foothill wines have perhaps the best price-to-value ratio in California, said Mike Owen “There is an incredibly wide range of grape varieties being grown beautifully in the Foothills, and that diversity and innovation is leading to stellar wines across the region. We want to introduce everyone in the Sacramento area to our wines as a viable and tasty alternative to tasting in other regions.”

“It’s been a privilege to witness the steady progress that vineyard owners and winemakers in the Sierra Foothills have made in identifying their core strengths over the past decade,” said Laura Ness, wine columnist and judge. “Events that showcase the varietal abundance of this region can only help to further the appreciation of all this beautiful area has to offer.”

The Sierra Foothill region includes Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer and Tuolumne Counties. All wines produced from grapes grown in those counties are eligible for entry. Wineries who are not located within the region but source grapes from vineyards located in the Sierra Foothills are also eligible to enter the competition. “Most people don’t draw county lines when they think of the Sierra Foothills,” said wine writer and judge Rick Kushman. “They just know they’re going to find great wines in spectacularly beautiful places. It makes so much sense to judge Foothill wines together and show off the terrific quality and range of the region.” Wineries are invited to enter at

“As experienced event producers, we understand the pent-up demand for fairs and festivals in this market,” said Joe Gagliardi. “We are committed to honoring the public health considerations and creating an event that will benefit the region’s winemakers and wine consumers for years to come.”

About the Greater Folsom PartnershipThe Greater Folsom Partnership is a collaboration of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, the Folsom Tourism Bureau and the Folsom Economic Development Corporation. Representing approximately 1,000 members, these organizations are the principal advocates for business and a vibrant economy to support the quality of life in Folsom. A website has been established for the Festival at

About Crystal Basin Cellars
Crystal Basin Cellars is celebrating its 20th year as a commercial winery. Their Camino location has been producing wine and happy customers for over 15 years. Crystal Basin recently opened Crystal Basin Station, a cozy tasting room featuring its wines on Historic Sutter Street in Folsom. More details are available at and

Canned Food Drive and Restaurant Raffle February 13 in Nevada City

Canned Food Drive and Restaurant Raffle February 13 in Nevada City

Nevada City Rotary Club is hosting a drive thru canned food drive on behalf of the Nevada County Food Bank on Saturday, February 13 from 1pm – 3pm.  The public is invited to drive by and donate canned food – as many cans or packages of non-perishable food as you can – to support the urgent needs of our community.  Community members will be asked to stay in their cars and drive through the parking lot of Dave’s Auto Repair at 747 Zion St in Nevada City.  Cloth face masks for COVID protection will also be handed out until the supply runs out as people contribute cans of food.   The Rotary team will wear masks and gloves and maintain safe social distancing.
The food drive is part of Nevada City Rotary’s three phase project to support the Food Bank.  In January, the Club funded a pallet of 1,800 cans of vegetables and will be packaging food bags for the Food Bank in March.

Winner Takes all Raffle for $1,200 Restaurant Certificates
In conjunction with the Food Drive, Nevada City Rotary will draw its “Winner Takes All Raffle” for 12 $100 Dinners at top local restaurants – a $1,200 value. After multiple delays since March 2020, we are moving forward to host the drawing for our lucky winner!  Jason Jillson, winning Hungry Games chef from The Ham Stand, will draw the winning raffle at 2:45pm.  The lucky winner will be personally contacted and is not expected to be present to win.

A big thank you to our participating restaurants:
The Ham Stand  ~ Lefty’s Grill  ~  Sopa Thai  ~ Bistro 221 ~ New Moon Café
Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. ~ Sergio’s Café ~ Friar Tuck’s
Twelve 28 Kitchen ~ Casa Las Katerinas ~ One11 ~ Tofanelli’s

Raffle tickets sold over the course of the last 12 months are still valid!  Only 100 tickets will be sold.  Raffle tickets are still available and can be obtained at Inner Sanctum, from Nevada City Rotarians or by contacting A small number of tickets will also be available for purchase during the Canned Food Drive.

All proceeds from the raffle will help fund the many Nevada City Rotary youth and community service initiatives. The club sponsors local youth programs such as Girls Who Code, an afterschool program that encourages and trains middle school girls for careers in technology, Rotary youth leadership camps, academic scholarships, and high school music and speech competitions.

Because of the COVID pandemic, the Club again needed to postpone the Hungry Games event until March 2022.  A new additional raffle will be organized in conjunction with the 2022 event at Miners Foundry.  In the meantime, Nevada City Rotary is moving ahead to complete this year’s raffle and partnering to meet the urgent needs of our community!

Nevada City Rotary meets every Thursday via Zoom.  We welcome guests to join us 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 5:30pm and 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12:15pm.  Visit to learn more about Nevada City Rotary or contact for meeting details and to request Zoom access.

CA Relief Grants: Second Round Opens Feb 2

CA Relief Grants: Second Round Opens Feb 2

Round 2 of the California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program opens February 2, 2021 at 8:00AM and closes on February 8, 2021 at 6:00PM.

If you did not receive a grant in the first round, there is no need to reapply. Your application will roll over to Round 2.

For questions about the grant application process, your Small Business Development Center – Sierra SBDC is here to help. Fastest way to reach us is at or you can contact Lendistry directly for assistance or review their FAQ page.

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Hot Topics in California Cannabis Agriculture

Hot Topics in California Cannabis Agriculture

Presented by Heather Burke, Attorney

Tuesday, February 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m. — $15 Registration Fee

Noon Time Legal Seminar (via Zoom)

Nevada County Superior Court, Law Library, 201 Church Street, Nevada City

Open to attorneys and the public. To enroll, please call 530-362-5329 or email Please send check for $15, payable to Nevada County Law Library, and send to 201 Church Street, #9, Nevada City, California 95959. Once we receive your check, we will confirm your registration and provide you with the Zoom link. As the Law Library is now alternating monthly seminars with the Nevada County Bar Association, we will no longer offer MCLE credit to attorneys. Only seminars presented by the Bar Association would offer MCLE (

As cannabis quickly becomes normalized in our community, local, state, federal and international approaches to cannabis farming are shifting, often in exciting and dramatic ways. Heather will be presenting on the current laws affecting cannabis farming, such as regional branding and cannabis appellations, the Williamson Act and Right to Farm ordinances, and the importance of the United Nations recent vote to remove cannabis from the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The presentation will also discuss alternative cultivation methods such as “organic” or “regenerative.” Although many of the legal principles apply to cannabis activity generally, Heather’s presentation will focus on the intersection between cannabis cultivation and traditional agriculture.

About Heather Burke

Heather is a Partner of Origin Group Law LLP in Nevada City, where her practice focuses on legal issues affecting northern California cultivators. She co-founded The OG Law and Collaboration Center in Nevada City, California, a community collaboration center designed to support cannabis farmers throughout northern California.

Graduating from Humboldt State University in 2005, Heather has consistently set new legal precedent in California cannabis law. She was instrumental in the seminal California cannabis case, People v. Jovan Jackson, which established the rule that large-scale collectives and cooperatives may operate lawfully in California. She also co-drafted a proposed initiative for California cannabis legalization in 2016, entitled The California Craft Cannabis Initiative, and drafted the legal pleadings that resulted in a five-day evidentiary hearing regarding cannabis’ Schedule I status in U.S. v. Pickard in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.

In November of 2018, Heather was featured in MG Retailer’s article, “30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know.” In 2015, she was awarded NORML’s John Mark Flowers Scholar and was named one of Skunk Magazine’s Women of Weed. In 2017, the Nevada County Cannabis Cup named Heather “Attorney of the Year.” In addition to her vibrant law practice in the Sierra Nevada, Heather is a regular speaker and panelist at cannabis conferences throughout California. She pens a popular blog about legal issues affecting cannabis growers.



Choose your Valentine’s special gift from the artwork of 33 local artists.  With 4 Jewelers, Ceramic, Glass and Stone Art, Paintings and Photography, Mosaics and Wood art there are many choices for your Valentine Partner. Open Wednesday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We are taking every precaution to keep us all safe including making SHOPPING ON LINE available to you, our customers.  The online address is  We will mail your order to you or you can even call for outside pickup.  Located at 113 Mill Street on the mall in Grass Valley.  (530) 477-1600

League of Women Voters event “Redistricting: What it is and Why it Matters”

League of Women Voters event “Redistricting: What it is and Why it Matters” – February 13

Redistricting, the process of redrawing electoral district boundaries based on new census data, is an invisible but influential force in elections. The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will host an online discussion about what redistricting is, how the process is conducted, and how it impacts voters.

Helen Hutchinson, Board member and past President of the League of Women Voters of California, and Nevada County Counsel Kit Elliott will address “Redistricting: What it is and Why it Matters” via Zoom on February 13 from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The link for the event is, and a replay will be posted on LWVWNC’s YouTube channel the following day.

With the data from the 2020 census expected to be released later this year, California redistricting committees at the state and local level are already beginning to prepare. This online presentation will explain how the redistricting process works and how people can get involved.

For more information, contact Fran Cole at or call (530) 210-3740.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. Learn more about the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County at

28 Days of Share The Love 

Share the Love Nevada County

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


This February, Grass Valley and Nevada City are encouraging folks to Share the Love over the next 28 days! Here are a few simple ways to show your community and the people in it some love.

A strong and healthy community is created by passionate people with a strong sense of a neighborhood pride who are dedicated to making their little corner of the world the very best it can be.

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28 Ways to Share the Love

1. Read a book to a young person in your life.

2. Shop local. Eat local.

3. Give “local love” by supporting local businesses on social media. Leave a positive note or review or share with your friends.

4. Show yourself compassion.

5. Send a physical card to a local nursing home to let folks know that someone is thinking of them.

6. Host a digital community meet up with your neighbors, friends, family or like-minded folks.

7. Support community organizations by either making a donation or volunteering if it’s possible.

8. Pay it forward – buy some groceries for a friend in need.

9. Cook a meal for a neighbor.

10. Send some digital love like a thoughtful text.

11. Have you called someone today to tell them you love them?

12. Pay it forward – buy the person behind you at the coffee shop a coffee.

13. Pick up trash in your neighborhood.

14. Help a neighbor or friend spruce up their yard or home.

15. Send a card to local front line workers thanking them for their work.

16. Ask someone how their day is going and really listen to them when they answer.

17. Donate bedding or food to a local animal shelter or better yet adopt a pet!

18. Plant a tree or flowers.

19. Give blood.

20. Welcome newcomers to the neighborhood with a pie, card or both!

21. Be polite – hold a door open, and use please and thank you.

22. Spread messages of hope and love to neighbors by using chalk art on your sidewalk.

23. Show your co-workers some love by writing an encouraging card or leaving something sweet on their desk.

24. Take flowers to someone as a surprise.

25. Write a thank you note to someone who has helped you recently.

26. Compliments are free, share the love to someone you admire and respect.

27. Donate food to a local shelter.

28. Wear a mask.

Need some more ideas on how to celebrate love in Nevada County? Check out the Outside Inn’s blog here.

BriarPatch launches canned food campaign to help Food Bank

BriarPatch launches canned food campaign to help Food Bank

When BriarPatch Food Co-op’s Marketing Department read that The Food Bank of Nevada County was being forced to scale back food distribution, the team quickly rushed to action.

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27, BriarPatch will launch a canned food drive in the store to help feed the 1,000 families in need that The Food Bank serves each month.

“When we learned that The Food Bank was struggling to feed people in our community, we knew that we needed to help. No one should ever have to go hungry, and the grocery and merchandising teams pitched in and it came together fast,” said Rebecca Torpie, Marketing Manager for BriarPatch Food Co-op.

The BriarPatch campaign, “Yes, WE CAN” encourages BriarPatch shoppers to purchase cans of Natural Sea albacore tuna and Amy’s brand soup located in a visible display within the store.  For every can of tuna and soup sold, the Co-op will donate one, as well. Folks can then take it a step further and “double the love” by donating their purchased canned goods into the plastic blue donation barrels located in the front of the store. The campaign ends Feb. 2.

“BriarPatch is in a unique spot of being a community hub where we can help shine a light on the needs of our neighbors. When we can offer an opportunity for all of us to work together to fight food insecurity, we want to show up,” said Torpie.

The Food Bank was forced to scale back their food distribution from weekly to twice a month when a state contract changed affecting the food bank’s allocation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Executive Director Nicole McNeely.

Some of McNeely’s requests for food have come back empty at a time when more people than ever are in need of assistance due to job losses triggered by the pandemic. Without USDA commodities, The Food Bank is desperately short of protein and canned vegetables.

“It’s really concerning for me because the families we feed, many don’t go to the grocery stores because of COVID. It’s worrisome,” said McNeely.

Since Jan. 2020, The Food Bank has seen a dramatic increase in need – 328 percent increase in the number of households and 282 percent increase in the number of individuals served.  The coronavirus pandemic, California wildfires and PG&E power outages created a perfect storm of joblessness, houselessness and food insecurity in 2020. But McNeely remains hopeful that with community support, families will get through the winter.

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