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Summer Nights in Nevada City Continues Wednesdays, July 24th & 31st

2019 Nevada City Summer Nights
6 pm to 9:30 pm
Downtown Nevada City
Free and Open to the Public

Spend your hot summer nights on the streets of Nevada City celebrating the 28th annual Summer Nights. Wednesday evenings in July are a vacation for the entire family, with bands playing on special stages while children whoop it up on a Bounce House. With free nightly events throughout our downtown historic district, attendees are certain to find something to entertain and delight them.


JULY 17: Running ‘4 Cover, Cousin Cricket, Troupe Al Ama, David Ayala, Gary & Eva, Ludi Hinrichs Jazz, John Girton

JULY 24: In the Moment, Ivan Najera, Bob Woods Trio, World Beatnix, David Ayala, Troupe Al Ama & Aeriel Lab

JULY 31: Star People Band, Stephen Holland, Troupe Al Ama, George Souza, David Ayala, Sgt. Funky

The Summer Nights celebration is sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. For information, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Getting There
Nevada City is located at the 2,500-foot elevation on the forested western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Summer days and evenings are cooler than in the Sacramento Valley.

From Sacramento, take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north to Nevada City. It’s a one-hour drive from the capital. From Marysville and the north valley, take eastbound Highway 20. From Reno and Lake Tahoe, take westbound I-80 and state route 20.

Take the Shuttle to Downtown
Drop your group off in town and then park your car and catch the Shuttle from the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City CA 95959.
Shuttle costs $5 for adults and children 15 and over. Children under 15 ride free. Return journeys are free for all. Dogs are allowed on the shuttle, on a leash or in your lap.
Shuttle hours are 5:30-10:00 pm each Wednesday.

Nevada City’s Uncorked 2019 Tickets On Sale Now!

Saturday, August 24th, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Nevada City Uncorked, a sip-and-stroll event, brings together the best wines, foods, and venues for the wine and food event of the summer. Each venue, whether it’s a historic location, winery, gallery, inn, restaurant, or shop will include wine and food sampling.

Uncorked proudly showcases the wines of our north Sierra Foothill wine region. 15 wineries from four counties will be pouring their signature wines. From Albarino to Zinfandel, Uncorked offers a gateway to the best, least-discovered wine region in California.

Uncorked ticket prices are $35 in advance, $45 day of, and $30 for Wine Club members of participating wineries. Nevada City Uncorked is sponsored by the Nevada City chamber of Commerce.

Click to purchase tickets and find more Uncorked information including lists of participating wineries, food purveyors, and venues.

Photography Exhibit by Misha Raucherger Presented by The Center for the Arts

Misha has been fascinated with photography since the day his Dad gave him an all manual Czech viewfinder camera as a child, and was able to use a dark room at summer camp. This quickly blossomed into a full-on hobby, making his own 4×5 pinhole camera, and setting up his own dark room in a closet. He met his hero, Ansel Adams, in person when only 13, and was strongly influenced by Ansel’s teachings and techniques.

From that time onward, Misha delved into professional photography doing weddings and bar mitzvahs, but mostly focused on nature and travel photography. Other influences include Galen Rowell, Brett Weston, and Earnest Haas. In college, Misha was lucky to work with Life photographer Mark Kauffman.

Today, while still enjoying nature and landscape photography, Misha has been moving into a more abstract direction, going back to his roots when he would go on photographic expeditions on his bicycle with his friend in junior high school. This includes a lot of work with reflections, which are an amazing opportunity to juxtapose two elements, what is in the window, for example, and what is surrounding the storefront. These images from Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic, combine a wonderful scene from a storefront window full of a jumble of old musical instruments, with the cobblestone streets and old buildings outside.

Misha currently shoots with a Nikon, D750, and most of his images are shot at 16mm. “I love how an ultra-wide lens allows me to get very close to foreground elements, while juxtaposing them against backdrops that would ordinarily take center stage. This perspective brings the viewer close to the little things we often fail to see because we are so in awe with the grandeur that we miss the fantastic in the small stuff.”

HistoriCorps Gears Up to Preserve Malakoff-Diggins State Park History

Volunteers to Save Historic Schoolhouse

HistoriCorps, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to engaging volunteers in the rehabilitation of historic structures on publicly accessible lands, in partnership with the Malakoff-Diggins State Historic Park, will restore the North Bloomfield School from September 15 to October 11, 2019.

North Bloomfield experienced its heyday from the late 1860’s to 1884, boasting nearly 1,500 inhabitants and more than 200 buildings which served as a supply base for the township. At that time, North Bloomfield was one of the most productive mining sites in history. Today, North Bloomfield serves as a site of historic interpretation, drawing those interested in the cultural and economic center it once was.

HistoriCorps volunteers adventured to North Bloomfield in 2018 to begin restoration work on the town’s signature schoolhouse. Volunteers are again invited to join the HistoriCorps crew as they return to continue the restoration of this important structure. This fall, volunteers will realign the schoolhouse to plumb, reinforce walls, and rehabilitate doors and windows so that it can continue to serve the public.

Volunteers can register for free at .

About HistoriCorps: HistoriCorps, founded in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides volunteers of all skill levels with a hands-on experience preserving historic structures for public benefit across America. Volunteers work with HistoriCorps’ seasoned professionals to learn preservation skills and put those skills into practice to save historic places. HistoriCorps works to ensure America’s cultural and historical resources will be enjoyed by generations to come.

Come Sing with Sierra Master Chorale in 2019-2020

The Sierra Master Chorale, an esteemed auditioned community choir under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Alison Skinner, will audition new voices in late August and early September.

The Grass Valley-based choir performs two concerts in December and two concerts in May, always with the InConcert Sierra Orchestra. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings for 13 weeks prior to the concerts, with a few mandatory rehearsal dates.

Interested singers should have some choral experience or prior vocal training. There are openings in all voice parts.

If you are interested, please visit the website at and fill out the form under “Sing With Us” (found under SMC on the purple navigation bar on the website’s home page). If you have any questions, contact membership director, Kathy Chastain (email to, or call 530-273-3990.

“As the newest member of this choir, I can say it’s a welcoming, warm, hard working group of singers committed to a truly wonderful performance,” said Skinner. “We work hard, have fun and create beautiful music together. What could be better?”

The Sierra Master Chorale is a part of the local classical music presenting organization, InConcert Sierra. For more information, please visit or call 530-273-3990.


The Nevada City Film Festival presents “What About Bob?”

The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) presents Movies Under the Pines, an outdoor cinema experience for the entire family, Saturday, July 27 at the Pioneer Park Bandshell in Nevada City.

NCFF carefully selects films that both kids and parents will enjoy. This month’s film is What About Bob? In this classic 90s comedy directed by Frank Oz about a doctor-patient relationship pushed way beyond the office, Bill Murray plays Bob Wiley, a neurotic New Yorker struggling with a whirlwind of paralyzing phobias. When an exasperated colleague pawns the handful off on Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), the psychologist has no idea his last appointment will follow him north to New Hampshire on a month’s vacation. Bob takes to Dr. Marvin’s latest book like no therapy before it, so the well-meaning pest tracks Marvin down at his lakeside summer home to further discuss his problems. But Marvin, preparing for an interview on Good Morning America and a few weeks of R and R, views Bob’s stalking as highly inappropriate, and demands he return to New York. But Bob can’t take even the strongest hint, and sets up camp with a neighbor to indulge in his own “vacation” — from his problems.

The film festival brings in state of the art projection and sound to create an outdoor movie theatre on the grass at each venue.

Beer, wine, popcorn, soft drinks, and ice cream available for purchase. Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks allowed. Outside alcoholic beverages prohibited.  Blankets and low back chairs are suggested.

Gates open at 7:00pm for picnicking, films begin at Sunset, which depending on the time of year can be between 8 and 8:30pm.  Tickets $7/General Admission, $5/Children 12 & Under, $20/Family of 4. Tickets can be purchased online at and will also be available at the gate.

What About Bob? (1991) Directed by Frank Oz
Shown from left: Bill Murray (as Bob Wiley), Richard Dreyfuss (as Dr. Leo Marvin, M.D.)

19th Annual Nevada City Film Festival

Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) kicks off its 19th year on August 23 with their most ambitious line up of films, filmmakers, workshops, panels, and after parties yet. Spanning the course of seven days, NCFF will screen nearly 100-award winning short and feature length films, and welcome 45 filmmakers to participate in Q&A’s, workshops and panel discussions.

NCFF earned the moniker “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film.  Each year, NCFF attends major film festivals, collaborates with film schools around the world, reads countless film blogs, and watches the hundreds of films submitted, to narrow it all down to the very best in independent film. From feature-length documentaries to world premiere shorts, NCFF brings in the buzzed-about festival winners, as well as some of independent cinema’s best-kept secrets.

“This year’s Official Selections are bold, bright and beautiful films, that are ushering in an exciting new era of filmmaking that includes new stories told by new voices in new ways,” says NCFF Festival Director Jesse Locks. “This year’s festival is truly for the movie lovers out there, if movies – independent films in particular – are your thing, you can’t miss this year’s lineup, because we’ll be hard pressed to repeat it!”

Named for the second time by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, NCFF received a record number of 912 films from 65 countries around the world – for a total running time of 429 hours, 6 minutes, and 43 seconds. That is nearly 18 days of movies. And if that wasn’t enough, NCFF’s program committee watched an additional 100 films from other film festivals and film schools.

“Every year we work to create more opportunities for attendees to meet, speak, and interact with the visiting filmmakers and vice versa,” says Locks. “That’s what makes a festival special, the opportunity to watch a film that is beautiful, compelling and inspiring, and have the opportunity to discuss, explore and share with the person who created it. That’s when art and filmmaking goes from entertaining to life changing.”



Festival attendees are treated to a very special Opening Night, Friday, August 23, at the historic Nevada Theatre, with the 50th Anniversary screening of Easy Rider written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern, and directed by Hopper. A landmark counterculture film, and a “touchstone for a generation”, Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s. The success of Easy Rider helped spark the New Hollywood era of filmmaking during the early 1970s, and ushering in the official rise of independent cinema.

“For any movie lover Easy Rider is a classic music see, and for most folks they have never seen it on the big screen or it has been a very long time since they have seen it on the big screen,” says Locks. “We wanted to honor that renegade spirit by giving the film a place in our lineup.”

Prior to the screening, Timothy White, famed celebrity photographer, author and motorcycle enthusiast, will give a talk on Motorcycles and the Counterculture, where he will share some of his photos, along with their stories, of Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Keith Richards, and many others and their motorcycles. White also penned the acclaimed book on Indian Larry, the noted motorcycle builder and artist, stunt rider, and biker, who first became known as Indian Larry in the 1980s when he was riding the streets of New York City on a chopped Indian motorcycle. Respected as an old school chopper builder, Larry sought greater acceptance of choppers being looked upon as an art form.

This rest of this year’s films check all the boxes of what an independent film festival should encompass; from promising debuts by emerging directors to seasoned industry favorites taking creative risks to tell new and exciting stories, and everything in between, including these spotlighted features.


NCFF and the Nevada Theatre Film Series will partner to present a special screening of Ai WeiWei: Yours Truly directed by Cheryl Haines. Ai Weiwei, famous for his large-scale installation work and his dogged social justice advocacy, created a career-defining work in 2015 with @Large, mounted at Alcatraz, the emblematic site associated with egregious incarceration conditions and radical Native American protest. At the core of @Large were portraits of prisoners of conscience coupled with the opportunity to write letters of solidarity to the imprisoned. In her impassioned and powerful film, exhibition curator Cheryl Haines visits several current and former prisoners, including American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and learns how these letters were vital to their survival. Filmmakers and special guests will be in attendance to take questions afterwards.

Desolation Center dir. Stuart Swezey

Desolation Center is the previously untold story of a series of early 80s guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have paved the way for Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century. The feature documentary splices interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic and more, documenting a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance felt almost like an unspoken obligation. Desolation Center demonstrates how the risky, and at times even reckless, actions of a few outsiders can unintentionally lead to seismic cultural shifts.

The Seer and the Unseen dir. Sara Dosa

Set against the spectacular landscape of Iceland, THE SEER AND THE UNSEEN is an magically real film about invisible elves, financial collapse, and the surprising power of belief. The documentary follows Ragnhildur “Ragga” Jónsdóttir, a grandmother and “seer” who has the ability to communicate directly with a parallel realm of elves, or huldufólk (hidden people) – invisible spirits of nature that over half of Iceland believes in. As one of the country’s most respected seers, government officials, businesses and individuals enlist Ragga to consult the elves to learn where they can and cannot develop land. But when Ragga is called upon to be the elves’ ‘Lorax’ and speak on behalf of nature under threat, she enters a political battle to save an ecologically important lava field set to be razed by road construction – just one of the many needless, reactionary projects spurred by Iceland’s sensational financial meltdown in 2008. Through Ragga’s heroic fight, THE SEER AND THE UNSEEN explores the invisible forces that shape our world and transform our natural landscapes, revealing not only what is worth seeing, but what is worth saving.

Carmine Street Guitars dir. Christian Petzold

Once the center of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to lux restaurants, and buzzer door clothing stores catering to the nouveau riche. But one shop in the heart of the Village remains resilient to the encroaching gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars. There, custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej, build handcrafted guitars out of reclaimed wood from old hotels, bars, churches and other local buildings. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, which is the reason they are embraced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Jim Jarmusch, just to name a few. Featuring a cast of prominent musicians and artists, and some virtuoso performances, the film captures five days in the life of one shop in the heart of Greenwich Village that remains resilient to the all-too-quickly vanishing way of life.


NCFF features a record 11 short film programs made up of 80 films this year including documentary, narrative, animation, midnight, children, adventure, and more! Short films have always been at the heart of NCFF programming, and one of the favorite and unique things about this festival.


For the first time NCFF will host a midnight movie during the film festival. The chosen film is the highly anticipated comedy horror film Satanic Panic. Based on a story by Grady Hendrix (Mohawk) and Ted Geoghegan (We Are Still Here), the Satanic Panic was written by Hendrix and directed by Chelsea Stardust (Hulu’s Into the Dark). It stars Hayley Griffith (The Drew), Ruby Modine (Happy Death Day), Michael Polish (Before I Wake), Jerry O’Connell (Billions), and Rebecca Romijn (X-Men Franchise). The film follows Sam, already a cancer survivor at twenty-two, she eeks out a meager existence delivering pizza for minimum wage—and minimum tips—while dealing with an exploitative boss and obnoxious coworkers. When the final delivery of the night promises to take her to a wealthy neighborhood with the chance of a healthy tip, she takes the opportunity to make up for an unprofitable shift. What begins as a quest for cash ends up as a quest for survival, though, when it turns out her customers aren’t who she’s used to delivering to. Instead, they’re a Satanic cult of a very different color: high-society elites for whom worshipping the Dark Lord coexists with country clubs and casseroles.


The Nevada City Film Festival Filmmaker Residency returns for a second year welcoming filmmakers from around the world to participate in either a monthly residency or weeklong producers retreat. Karin Chien, a four-time Spirit Award-wining film producer and distributor, leads this program. This year’s resident filmmaker is Zhang Xian Min, an actor, producer, director and professor of filmmaking at the Beijing Film Academy. Considered one of the foremost authorities on Chinese Filmmaking Xian Min has organized Chinese art house movies screenings throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. During NCFF he will host a program on Chinese films. Also attending this year’s film festival are attendees of the first annual NCFF Producers Retreat including television and film producer Diane Houslin (HBO, PBS, NBC, Sundance, SXSW), film producer Kim Parker (The Last Man in San Francisco), immersive/VR/AR/games/interactive narratives and films producer Vassiliki Khonsari, and documentary film producer Christina King (Warrior Women), who will be mentored by Heather Rae and Diana Williams. Producers from the retreat will participate in a panel during NCFF.


NCFF will host a series of workshops and panels during the film festival on various topics including editing with Greg Finton (Watson, He Named Me Malala, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind), Creative Distribution with the filmmakers and producers at Meow Wolf, Music for Film, Production Design, and more.


The festival wraps Friday, August 30 with an outdoor “Best of the Fest” screening in Pioneer Park at 6pm. Attendees can enjoy delicious eats from local and regional food trucks, award-winning beer from Ol’ Republic and the winners of this year’s festival including audience favorites.


NCFF and the Inn Town Campground in Nevada City are offering a Stay & Play package where attendees who book a reservation during the festival will receive 2 discounted festival passes to the film festival. For more information go to


WHO: 19th Annual Nevada City Film Festival

WHEN: August 23 -30, 2019

WHERE: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street; Onyx Theatre, 107 Argall Way; Pioneer Park, 427 Nimrod Street; Festival HQ located at NCFF Office, 110 Union Street, Nevada City

TICKETS: Early Bird Festival Passes (ends Aug 1) $99 includes all films at Nevada Theatre and Pioneer Park, VR, After Dark Parties, Workshops/Panels, Reserved Seating and Complimentary Membership, Festival Passes (after Aug 1) $150, Student Pass $40, Individual Screenings Tickets $11/$9,

Advance Tickets available online at, by phone at (530) 362-8601, and in person at NCFF Office, 110 Union Street, Nevada City, M-F 9am-5pm. During the Festival tickets are available at each of the venue locations.

Animal Place’s Vegan Burger Battle

PLANT-BASED and ANIMAL-FRIENDLY – Benefiting Animal Place!

Located in Nevada County at Participating Locations August 1 – 31, 2019
Chefs and Event Organizer Available for Interviews

Animal Place’s Vegan Burger Battle will be held throughout August 2019 at participating restaurants in Nevada County, CA. Chefs will create delicious, mouth-watering burgers that are planet-friendly and plant-based in support of local animal sanctuary, Animal Place.There are 11 contestant burgers at 8 locations, all in Nevada County.

The objective for the Vegan Burger Battle is to foster a sense of community between Nevada County diners, restaurants, and local animal sanctuary Animal Place, all while encouraging as many omnivores as possible to try a delicious meal that happens to be plant-based and provide a taste-sensation and positive memorable experience.

The chefs are excited and very competitive! A wide range of creative flavors will be presented including a Sabzi Burger, a Mexican inspired burger, and many more. Several chefs are designing a creation from scratch and others are using one of the new, extremely popular “meat replacement” patties, including Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. The burger designs (and ingredients) will be posted on by July 31.

Information about dining and voting are at:

Community Involvement Day on July 29th



Participate and receive coupons for admission tickets to the Fair

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with local, nonprofit organizations on July 29 for Community Involvement Day. This is a day to donate items to participating organizations in exchange for coupons to buy one advance adult Fair admission ticket and get another free. Or, donate to Vitalant (formerly BloodSource) that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair. The organizations will be at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 parking lot and Main Street Center on Monday, July 29, from 1 – 6 p.m., to receive donations of any of the items listed below:

Food Bank of Nevada County: Four cans of food or boxed dry goods (non-expired).

Foothill Lions: Used hearing aids and prescription eyeglasses.

Connecting Point: New unopened toiletries—soap, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, toothpaste/toothbrushes, tampons and pads, sunscreen, and Band-Aids.

NEO: Toilet paper, paper towels, packaged snacks, craft supplies (puff balls, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, sharpies, whiteboard markers, markers and drawing pads), computer paper, AA batteries, art supplies, video games, gift cards and musical instruments and equipment.

The White Barn Project: Gently used 4H and FFA clothing used for Fair—white button-up shirts, white jeans, brown or black belts and boots, FFA jackets, 4H ties, hats and scarves.

Community Beyond Violence: Towels, wash cloths, paper towels, cleaning supplies, office supplies, coffee and creamer, coffee/beverage station, and flat screen TV.

Cinderella Project: Clean and gently used prom dresses and evening gowns, prom-type heels, and prom-type jewelry.

Story Club: Two new or slightly used children’s books or chapter books for teens.

Nevada County Diaper Project: Unopened packages of diapers (newborn to size 5) in original packages and wipes

Gold Country YMCA: Paper towels, paper plates, paper cups, sports balls and equipment, backpacks (new or gently used), lab equipment (beakers, goggles, coats), masking tape, paint and paint brushes, art supplies, glue, rope, and water/pool equipment (goggles, towels, hoses, slip and slide, plastic pool).

Nevada County Pets in Need: Four cans of wet cat or dog food, dry dog and cat food, treats, toys, flea and tick medication, collars, leashes and cat litter.

Vitalant (formerly BloodSource): For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the Vitalant bloodmobile located in the parking lot at the Fairgrounds. For information and eligibility about blood donation, visit

Those who donate items to the organizations on this list during Community Involvement Day will receive a coupon to buy one advance special $7 adult admission ticket and receive one free coupon. That’s two for the price of one! Anyone who donates blood at the Vitalant bloodmobile will receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair.

Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them! To receive your coupons or free tickets, all donations must be brought to Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds on July 29 between 1- 6 p.m. Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 6. Coupons cannot be used on $3 Thursday tickets. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.

Also at this year’s Community Involvement Day from 1 – 6 pm, the Foothills Lions Club will provide free vision screening services to adults and children. The Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Association’s Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motorhome that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children, and special tests will be provided to children ages 6 months to 6 years old.

This year’s Fair is August 7 – 11. For information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

U-Picks at the Food Love Farm is a Family Affair

Grab your baskets and bags because U-Picks at the Food Love Farm are happening Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30PM through the end of October. It’s a lovely family outing for people of all ages- there’s no minimum amount to purchase and it’s free to walk around, pet the chickens, make a wish in the magic teepee, nibble on new foods and enjoy being out in the garden together.  There’s even a big beautiful picnic table if you want to bring dinner and eat alfresco! Enjoy picking the amount of produce you want – 2 carrots, 1 head of lettuce, 20 strawberries, etc… Cash, check and CalFresh (EBT) all welcome.  Check our Facebook Page for what’s in season each week. For info and directions:

July Art Show at Nevada City Winery: Jennifer Rugge’s, Reclaiming Our Ancestral Roots

Exhibit Title: Reclaiming Our Ancestral Roots

Show Dates: Wednesday, July 3rd – Tuesday, July 30th

Jennifer Rugge’s show features works created with natural mineral paints on wood. Reclaiming Our Ancestral Roots explores the world of the Ancients, intertwining the mystery surrounding their art, techniques, and early language roots in signs and pictographs.

Jennifer describes her painting and creative process by saying, “The energy of art emerges from a deep yearning within to express awareness of the beauty already inherent in our surroundings.” She goes on to say that, “Nature in life inspires and ignites my passion to share the value of art through the collecting and mixing of natural minerals into oil paints and applying these to paper and wood surfaces.” Come visit Nevada City Winery to see how Jennifer brings together the elements of nature to convey the beauty her surroundings rouse within her.

About the Artist

Jennifer grew up in San Diego, one of five children. Her youth was filled with adventures along the coast of California and Mexico which included drawing and painting the things she discovered, observed, or dreamed. Those adventures inspire her still today.

Currently, Jennifer lives in Nevada City, California where she hopes to “encourage the consciousness of a healthy environment…by educating others to use organic materials to produce artworks with less waste.” Professionally, Jennifer works as an elementary school teacher where she incorporates art to engage he students in different areas of study. She finds making that connection to be both successful and rewarding.

Nevada City Winery 321 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959


Sunday – Thursday 12 noon – 6 PM

Friday & Saturday 12 noon – 8 PM

Happy Hour 3 – 6 PM Daily  $1 OFF glasses of wine

Nevada City Winery offers a diverse selection of wines that can be enjoyed in a tasting, by the glass, and the bottle. Guests are welcome to sit and relax in our tasting room, gallery, or on the patio. Our gift shop has a wonderful selection of wine-gifts and accessories, cheeses, and other treats to enjoy during your visit. Our barrel room and production facilities are on the premises and located directly below the tasting room enabling us to share crush related activities. Our gallery hosts a different local artist each month and is open to the public free of charge.

Traveling the World with Your Camera

Come to the Nevada County Library on July 31st from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM for a free talk on travel photography at home or abroad. Photography instructor, David Wong, will give a presentation on:

• cameras and gear and types of lenses to bring with you.
• ways to capture great images while traveling and strategies for storing your photos.
• being prepared to shoot at the best time of day in your location. For example: Find out when sunrise and sunset occur on any given day; know when there is a potential for a great sunset.
• the do’s and don’ts when approaching people you want to photograph in foreign countries.
• questions and answers about traveling overseas, customs, getting around, connectivity for electricity and the Internet. Alternatives for phones and keeping in touch.

Come with any and all of your travel photography questions. There will be a raffle for free Think Tank Photo items for attendees.

RSVP on my website and click on the contact link if you plan on coming. Let me know of any specific questions you would like answered on July 31st.

David will show some of his photos from his workshops and travel to China, Italy, France, and Ireland. David teaches photography classes locally and overseas. He has traveled to film NATO Headquarters, the US Senate, and Tahiti among other places. Teaching photography is David’s passion. He is a past president of the Nevada County Camera Club, a presenter and photo critic locally and at numerous camera clubs in the central valley area. He exhibits his photography at Art Works Gallery in Grass Valley as well as other galleries in the US. Contact: or 530-852-7800.

Miners Foundry Upcoming Events

Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees waived for purchases made by phone or in person via the Miners Foundry Box Office.  The Miners Foundry Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., (530) 265-5040.   325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

saQi featuring the Jumpsuit Records Family Band, plus opener Isaac Chambers – Friday, July 26 Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm

Drawing his name from the Sufi title for mystic muse, saQi is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and educator. As an early pioneer of live-electronic music in the West Coast scene he has continued to innovate and explore new realms of sonic alchemy by fusing elements of American blues, hip-hop, latin, soul and world music with the refined minimalism of European dance genres. Over the years saQi has masterfully crafted his own sovereign sound that is never limited by tempo, genre or any other creative framework. Live sets journey seamlessly from low tempo bass to high energy dance music and everything in between. The show is presented in a multitude of configurations ranging from solo DJ sets to a full live ensemble including horn sections, guitar, vocalists, percussion, keys and strings.

With 5 studio albums released on the independent label Jumpsuit Records saQi has collaborated and performed with an array of prominent artists including The Polish Ambassador, Beats Antique, Emancipator, edIT (of the Glitch Mob), Random Rab, Rising Appalachia, March Fourth Marching Band, Russ Liquid, Bluetech and The Everyone Orchestra. The project has been featured all over the world, from West Coast festivals such as Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle and Symbiosis Gathering, to international dates in Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Switzerland, India and Bali.

ABBA Revisited – Saturday, July 27 Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $30/Adv, $35/Door

ABBA is one of the most popular groups in the world today. Their record-breaking hits continue to thrill music lovers of all ages. ABBA Revisited is North America’s #1 tribute to ABBA, and its members have been dazzling audiences across the globe since the year 2001. ABBA REVISITED recreates the magic of ABBA with authentic costumes, spectacular harmonies and note-perfect musicianship, taking their audience on a musical journey back in time. From Vegas to Bermuda, Mexico to Dubai, and Guatemala, ABBA Revisited recreated the show-stopping look and sound that ABBA fans around the world can’t deny!

Tim O’Connor’s Readers Theater – Sunday, July 28 Doors 3:30pm, Show 4:00pm $10/GA

Readers Theater has been called Story Time for Grown Ups, or Theatre of the Mind, and gained popularity during World War II when large stage plays were too expensive to produce.  Using minimal props, the actor and your imagination illustrate the story.  Directed by Gaylie Bell-Stewart, the show will offer the Best American Short Stories from the 1930s, featuring works by James Thurber, Leane Zugsmith, Joel Sayre, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and James Reid Parker.

25th Anniversary of Jerry Bash @ Pioneer Park – Saturday, August 3 Gates 1:00pm, Event 2:00-10:00pm $22/GA, $10/16 & Under, $90/VIP

The Miners Foundry presents the 25th Annual Jerry Bash on Saturday, August 3th, 2019 at Pioneer Park in Nevada City, celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia’s birthday.  Jerry Bash 2019 is a community celebration featuring music, food, drinks, art, and vendors.  The festival gates will open at 1:00. Music is from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., and features music by The Ascenders, Second Time Around Band, Deadbeats, and more!

Add the VIP Experience (under the trees!) to your ticket purchase for $90 receive access for 6 to:

Reserved picnic table

VIP Lounge with private No Host Bar

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Pioneer Park Pool from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Desert Dwellers – Friday, September 27 Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $25/Adv, $30/Door

Desert Dwellers is the convergence of music producers Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe, who honed their individual skills in the mystical deserts of New Mexico and California, long before electronic music reached the mainstream. Amani and Treavor combine the raw sounds of the natural world, wrapped in dance-floor and chill-out productions; blending deep bass, earthy percussion, etheric voices, and cross-cultural instrumentation into a sonic incense for the mind and body. Desert Dwellers’ unique global sounds are a bridge between worlds, and their label Desert Trax has become a platform to spotlight similar alchemical artists.

Rising Appalachia – Friday, October 11 Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $30/Adv, $35/Door, $70/VIP

As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently — a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country.

Founded by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, the band established an international fan base due to relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence. However, for the first time, they opted to bring in a producer for the new album, teaming up with the legendary Joe Henry on the sessions. These were also their first recording sessions outside of the South. For 10 days, all six band members lived and recorded in a castle-like studio in Marin County, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As a result, a sense of unity and immediacy can be heard throughout their seventh album, Leylines.


Nevada County Concert Band Picnic Pops Concert #3 of 4

Theme: “By the 9s”
Sunday July 28, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Pioneer Park, 421 Nimrod St, Nevada City, CA

The 70-piece Nevada County Concert Band presents our annual Invitational Event with more than 50 guest musicians from all over California…and beyond! This 3rd of 4 Picnic Pops concerts will feature big band, classic, jazz, folk, film, and popular music, all centering on the theme “By the 9s.”

Highlights include:
Songs commemorating the Gold Rush (1849) and the Golden Spike (1869)
Features for the trombone section and for a clarinet trio
Medleys from “Big Band Classics” (1939) and “South Pacific” (1949)
“Beyond the Horizon,” an inspiring tribute to the 1969 space race
Toe-tapping ragtime “Broadway One-Step” (1919)
“Evil Ways” honoring Carlos Santana at Woodstock (1969)
Movie music from 1939, 1959, 1989, and 2009
. . . and more! The band always has a good time, engaging the audience with special treats like props, costumes, and other surprises.

The concert is free, open to the public, accessible and family-friendly. Bring a lawn chair, shade, and a picnic dinner, or treat yourself to goodies from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. Non-profit donations to support the band will be gratefully accepted.

Go Nevada County App

We are excited to launch a new guide to the area’s best! It is a powerful mobile marketing platform that delivers a dynamic connection to the excellent shop, dine, and play activities found in Western Nevada County!

Currently, the platform has about 100,000 members in the greater Sacramento and Sierra Foothills. As members/consumers travel from the Sacramento region toward Grass Valley and Nevada City the mobile app will prompt them to join the Go Nevada County Group. Ongoing notifications from the Go Nevada County Group with updates about new businesses, special offers, shop local awards, games, and not-to-miss experiences will be sent to the app members.

A key feature of the platform is the ability for businesses to creatively drive consumer interest using games, special announcements and shop local awards. The resulting analytics; views, actions and redemptions, are available to help businesses craft successful marketing campaigns.

The cost for a business to have a listing in the mobile directory is $1 per month. This static listing includes one offer that can be changed quarterly and the ability to post events to the shop local group. In addition, businesses may opt to upgrade their static listing with a more dynamic autopilot program and access to on-demand management and analytics. The cost of these upgrades varies depending on the program. For more information about upgraded marketing programs, please contact Randy Custeau at 916.637.6278 or

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Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: (530) 265-2692
Toll Free: (800) 655-6569
Fax: (530) 265-3892

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The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents Squirrel Nut Zippers & the Earls of Newtown

Thursday, August 1, 7:30 PM

North Star House, 12075 Auburn Rd. Grass Valley, CA 95949

Dancing on the lawn will be in order when the Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Earls of Newtown bring their retro-modern take on folk and jazz to the historic North Star House on Thursday, August 1 as part of The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Series.

The Squirrel Nut Zippers began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of Jazz chords, Folk music, and Punk Rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience.

Between 1995-2000 the Squirrel Nut Zippers sold over three million albums. Their watershed album, Hot (1996) was recorded in the heat of New Orleans, fueled by a smoldering mix of booze and a youthful hunger to unlock the secrets of old world jazz. This passion mixed with Klezmer, Blues, Americana and random bits of contemporary music became the band’s signature style. At the time, there were few other bands inhabiting this space. The album would eventually break free of any “jazz” stereotypes and land on commercial radio, taking the band to remarkable heights for what was essentially an anti-establishment sound.

The band has emerged from a lengthy recording hiatus, reinvigorated, reinvested, and rejuvenated. “It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival” has been the battle cry for Mathus since reforming the group in 2016. With an all-star cast of New Orleans musicians, the band breathed new life in to the old material, and inspired Mathus to return to the studio to reignite the band’s unique, enigmatic sound. The result, is the first Squirrel Nut Zippers studio album in eighteen years titled Beasts of Burgundy.

The album heralds the band’s mission whilst having a fresh objective of its own; A hand tailored thrift store suit of songs, stitched into one complete body of material. This album weaves together true stories from New Orleans past, along with rollicking barnstormers full of all the usual twists and turns that are the hallmark of the Squirrel Nut Zippers sound.

Opening the show is Northern California powerhouse Americana band Earles of Newtown. The nine-piece band has been shaking dance floors all over California, including recent gigs in San Francisco Bay Area, Reno and Tahoe building a solid west coast following crafting their tight arrangements of infectious original music around early era Harlem, New Orleans, Hot Jazz and Western Swing creating a sound all its own.

Earles of Newtown received the “Best Live Band of 2014 Award” from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce in Northern California. Notable performances include opening for Dr. John and Allen Toussaint as well as March Fourth Marching Band. The Sacramento Bee says “…one of the gems of the gold country music scene, jazz collective Earles of Newtown peddles perfectly junky juke joint jazz – the kind you’d find in hidden back alley clubs in New Orleans that still require a password and sling a mean mint julep.”

Tickets are on sale now. The historic North Star House with its spacious grounds and formal gardens offer an ideal setting for a concert under the stars. Treats and BBQ will be available for sale. For ticket information visit
Tickets are on sale now. The historic North Star House with its spacious grounds and formal gardens offer an ideal setting for a concert under the stars. Treats and BBQ will be available for sale. For ticket information visit

WHO: The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents
Presented in Partnership with North Star Historic Conservancy

WHAT: Squirrel Nut Zippers
Opening: Earles of Newtown

WHEN: Thursday, August 1, 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6:00PM

WHERE: North Star House, 12075 Auburn Rd. Grass Valley, CA 95949

TICKETS: Premium Seats: $40 members / $45 general public
Lawn: $30 members / $35 general public
Tickets at:
The Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling 530-274-8384
The Center is undergoing renovation. Box Office is at The Plaza:
998 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945
BriarPatch Food Coop – 530-272-5333,
Tickets online at

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming. Typically, the Center presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center is currently underway in a major renovation of its multi-use 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 490 seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.
For more information please contact: Amber Jo Manuel, Executive Director, 530-274-8384 ext. 206

You’re invited to the 3rd annual “Mine, Wine & Dine”

Friday, August 2nd, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

at Empire Mine State Historic Park

A unique summer-evening experience, featuring:

  • Sumptuous farm-to-table dining outside the 1905 Clubhouse
  • A tempting selection of fine wine and craft beer
  • Pre-dinner music by Jane Sinclair
  • Living History docents in early 1900s attire
  • After-dinner dancing to Dream and the Dreamer band
  • Lavish raffle prizes waiting to be won

Tickets $95 each – now available at

Immersion Marketing, (530) 913-2334,

& the Empire Mine Gift Shop (phone 530-273-8522 to confirm hours open)

Early booking is highly recommended.

Hosted by Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA) to help raise funds to support our treasured Park

Sierra Stages presents “Cabaret”

A daring and dazzling musical you won’t want to miss
July 11 – August 3 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

This summer, Sierra Stages brings the legendary musical “Cabaret” to Nevada City with an all-local Nevada County production playing from July 11 through August 3 at the historic Nevada Theatre. With a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, this musical masterpiece marks the 11th annual summer musical presented by Sierra Stages. “Cabaret” is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.

Inside Berlin’s seedy Kit Kat Klub, a flamboyant Master of Ceremonies invites patrons to partake in a decadent underworld of musical numbers, kick lines and torrid affairs — a welcome escape from the ever-growing Nazi influence just outside its doors. As the political unrest nears a tipping point, the beautiful life the cabaret promises slowly begins to fade, putting love, friendship and loyalties to the test. This Tony Award-winning sensation, featuring such well-known songs as “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” and “Cabaret,” is a daring and dazzling musical you won’t want to miss.

First produced and directed by Harold Prince over 50 years ago, “Cabaret” became a critical and box office success, won the 1967 Tony Award for Best Musical, and ran on Broadway for over three years in its original production. The 1972 film adaptation directed by Bob Fosse won eight Academy Awards. Since then, there have been two re-workings of the musical resulting in three versions of “Cabaret”: In 1987, Prince helmed the first Broadway revival in which the show’s creators added back some of the darkness they believed audiences would not have accepted 20 years earlier and incorporated some of the songs written for the film. In 1993, British director Sam Mendes went further and radically re-envisioned the show, setting all the scenes on the stage of the Kit Kat Klub, trimming some of the “extraneous” musical numbers, and focusing even more on the underlying darkness of the show. In 1998, this version (with further changes and Rob Marshall as co-director) opened in New York and ran for almost six years on Broadway.

The 1998 version of “Cabaret” has become the version that is most frequently performed today, and is the version that will be presented by Sierra Stages. “We have had ‘Cabaret’ on our short list of musicals for a long time,” says managing director Peter Mason, “and when we were putting together our 2019 season, we decided it was the right time to do the show. ‘Cabaret’, with its terrific score and enduring story, continues to have great resonance 53 years after its original production. In telling a story of how a society dealt (or did not deal) with the economic and social problems of post-World War I Germany and the rise of the Nazis, Prince, Masteroff, Kander and Ebb created a timeless cautionary morality tale about what can happen when we allow political extremists to demonize minorities and paint a picture of imminent destruction, then promise a return to the normalcy of a time (that never really existed) when things were simpler and less scary.”

The Sierra Stages production of “Cabaret” is directed by Scott Gilbert, with choreography by Brian Arsenault and music direction by Ken Getz. Scenic design is by Gabriel Hannaford, lighting design is by Devin Cameron Jewett and Erin Beatie, costume design is by Paulette Sand-Gilbert, and sound design is by Greg Cameron. The local Nevada County cast includes Casey Burke, Micah Cone, Heidi Grass, Jonathan Hansard, Sue LeGate Halford, Louis Flint Ceci, Shannon Harney, Michaela King, Lauren Langley, Laura LeBleu, Emily Rose Perry, Angela Williams, Daniel King, and Cosmo Merryweather.

Performances of “Cabaret” are Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. All seating is reserved. Tickets for the first two “preview” performances on Thursday July 11 and Friday July 12 are $25. Thereafter, tickets are $35 (rows A-H) and $25 (rows J-O). On Thursday, July 18, Sierra Stages offers a “Pay What You Can Performance” with tickets available at the box office beginning at 5:30 PM. Sierra Stages also offers group rates for groups of 10 or more, as well as Student Rush for $15 at the door 30 minutes before each performance (age 25 & under with a valid student ID). For tickets and information, visit or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210. Note that “Cabaret” is recommended for ages 16 and up, for mature themes: There is no official rating system for live theatre, so please use your judgment based on your child’s age and maturity level.

Following “Cabaret”, Sierra Stages will conclude its 2019 season with a relatively new work: “The Thanksgiving Play” by Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse. Four mismatched artists attempt to devise an ethnically sensitive play for the local schools to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month – with no Native American actors. In this wickedly funny satire, political correctness, ego and just plain ignorance collide as these well-meaning self-proclaimed artists try to perform a Thanksgiving miracle (without killing any turkeys). “The Thanksgiving Play” is directed by Sandra Rockman, and runs from September 19 through October 5 at the historic Nevada Theatre.

Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theater based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began 11 years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 37 plays and musicals at various local venues, including the Nevada Theatre, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, The Center for the Arts, and Off Center Stage. Photos by David Wong.

Know and Go
What: Sierra Stages presents “Cabaret”
When: July 11 – August 3, 2019
Thursdays at 7 PM; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM;
Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA
Information: | 530-346-3210

Double-Blind Wine Tasting & Sensory Analysis


Various Saturdays throughout summer

July 27, August 3, August 17


4:00 – 5:30 P.M.


Wine Library – Nevada City Winery Tasting Room

321 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959


1 ½ hours


$30 ($20 for Club Members)

Buy Tickets

Online (extra fee)


Call Nevada City Winery 530-265-9463

What’s Included

Wine Reception

Discussion of Common Wine Flavors and Aromas

Blindfolded Sensory Analysis – Six Aromas (fruit, spice, etc.)

Blind Wine Tasting – Six Wines

What we’ll do

This is an immersion experience designed for the wine novice and enthusiast. Join us for a lighthearted exploration into the flavors and aromas of wine. In a small group setting, participants will learn about common wine aromas and practice techniques for wine sensory evaluation. Attendees will then swirl, sniff, and swallow their way through a guided blind tasting to try out their newfound knowledge.

No wine experience required. This is a fun introduction into the world of wine.

Seating limited to 8.

For more information, call:

Nevada City Winery


About Nevada City Winery

Nevada City Winery offers a diverse selection of wines that can be enjoyed in a tasting, by the glass, and the bottle. Guests are welcome to sit and relax in our tasting room, gallery, or on the patio. Our gift shop has a wonderful selection of wine-gifts and accessories, cheeses, and other treats to enjoy during your visit. Our barrel room and production facilities are on the premises and located directly below the tasting room enabling us to share crush related activities. Our gallery hosts a different local artist each month and is open to the public free of charge. You are invited to join us for the opening art receptions typically held 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on the first Friday of every month. Please verify dates and times on our website