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Artists in Storefronts

Nevada County Arts Council Launches Artists in Storefronts






In response to the economic downtown resulting from the COVID-19 public health crisis, Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District, led by Nevada County Arts Council and its partners, is once again stepping up, showing our community how vital and exciting the role of artists are when working in partnership with businesses.


“Project goals are threefold – we want to highlight innovation and the intersection of business and art within the Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District; provide visibility and a unique exhibition opportunity for artists; and provide visibility for our hard-hit downtown spaces and property owners.”



Our new pilot project is called Art in Storefronts. Our partners include the Cities of Nevada City and Grass Valley, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Grass Valley Downtown Association and our project is supported by a grant from Nevada County Economic Resource Council.

From September 2020 onwards, artists and artist teams are partnering with local property and business owners to place site-responsive, temporary, art installations that stir the imagination and remind us what great downtown areas we have.

Installations will be shown in storefront windows that are vacant and, depending upon the property, they will be on display for varying lengths of time in downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City, from September – December 2020.

Our Art in Storefronts initiative follows a hybrid model of revitalization known globally as the ‘slack space movement’ in which – during recessions and depressions – the creative community forms partnerships with property owners to transform their storefronts, stimulating the imagination of those passing by, creating a sense of local industry, and maintaining the image of the property in its commercial setting.


The Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District, Nevada County Arts Council and its partners are incredibly grateful to the Nevada County Economic Resource Council for its support of our pilot project as our founding sponsor. We also thank The County of Nevada for its generous contribution.

Inn Town Campground Named 10Best RV Parks/Campgrounds in the US

Vote for Inn Town Campground in USA Today’s 10Best RV Parks/Campgrounds in the United States

The Inn Town Campground has been included in the USA Today Best 10 for Campgrounds and RV Parks in the US.

These RV parks and campgrounds, nominated as the best in the U.S., offer basic facilities, beautiful scenery and access to some of the country’s most interesting places. Vote for your favorite RV park or campground once per day until voting ends on Monday, October 12 at noon ET. USA Today will announce the 10 winners on Friday, October 23.

About the Inn Town Campground – This RV park just minutes outside Nevada City, California, has 15 RV sites, some with full hookups and others with water and electric only. Each site has its own picnic table. Other campground amenities include barbecues and a swimming pool.

They also recently received a shout out on Bon Traveler’s Best Glamping Spots in California.

Nevada City Monthly Merchant Forum – Victorian Christmas

Nevada City Monthly Merchant Forum – Wednesday, September 30, 8:30am

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly online meetup for merchant and business owners to meet, discuss, connect and share. Agendas are set in advance by attendees.
This month we will also be discussing Victorian Christmas and Halloween activities. Email your suggestions to in advance.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Meeting ID: 869 7281 0444
Passcode: 718450
Dial by your location
+1 669 900 6833 US

Free Drive-Thru Flu Shots!

Nevada County Public Health offers Free Drive-Thru Flu Shots!


Tuesday, October 6, 2020, noon -4pm
Twin Cities Church parking lot at 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy, Grass Valley
• Flu shots available for adults and children 3 and older
• Wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arms
• Drive-thru event only – no walk-ups, please
• All occupants in your car must wear a face covering (3 and older)
Twin Cities Church parking lot, 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy, Grass Valley
• Entry via westbound entrance of parking lot only
• Formas disponibles en español / paperwork available in Spanish
For more info, call 530-265-7265
Brought to you by Nevada County Public Health

Anew Day presents 7th annual Random Act of Kindness Event

7th annual Random Act of Kindness Event to Benefit Anew Day Counseling Center

If you pay attention to the news or social media right now you might think people have gone a little crazy. There is so much division and hate on display. In times like these it is essential to feed what is good in our community and its members. We need to sow seeds of love and kindness, then we need to water those seeds as often as we can.
On October 3rd, from 9 to noon, Anew Day counseling center is providing an opportunity for our community to do just that. We are organizing our 7th annual Random Act of Kindness Event.
This year we hope to have more participation than ever. We hope to have hundreds of people spread out all over Western Nevada County working to beautify the spaces we enjoy and lifting hands to help.
Let’s all put politics and division aside for a day so we can go outside and work together toward improving our community. Let’s sow some seeds of love and kindness side by side. Thankfully, the nature of this event makes it easy to social distance and stay COVID-safe.
Please visit to register.  All pre-registered participants receive an event t-shirt and a work assignment. You can call our office if you you’d like to gather a group of friends, family and/or co-workers to serve together on the same assignment.  This event is free of charge, but we are looking for Sponsors and Team Leaders to lend their support.  All proceeds benefit Anew Day counseling center. For more information call Anew Day’s office at 530-470-9111 or visit our website

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Now Accepting Art Submissions for 2021 Exhibition

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Now Accepting Art Submissions for 2021 Exhibition

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in collaboration with Nevada County Arts Council, is once again inviting artists from far and wide to submit their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the 19th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, kicking off virtually January 14, 2021.

“This year’s exhibition will look a little bit different” says Festival Director, Jess Swigonski, “as it will take place entirely online! This will allow us to reach newer and wider audiences than ever before while prioritizing the health and safety of our beloved community, and supporting talented artists.” Accepted artists will have a page on the Wild & Scenic platform dedicated to them and their works, with opportunities for extended patron engagement, including sales. There will also be a gallery of all selected works for attendees to virtually stroll through during the event.

Wild & Scenic uses environmental and adventure film to inspire activism and highlight the beauty of the natural world and we are seeking art submissions that do the same. We are thrilled to provide an opportunity for artists passionate about the environment to showcase their work and share a meaningful message through their unique artistic visions.

Submissions will be accepted in two categories this year, 2-Dimensional and Photography. While all artwork will be considered, we are especially interested in pieces that interpret our theme this year, Resilient by Nature. It is a reminder that, as individuals and communities, we are inherently resilient, drawing on our strengths, talents, and lived experiences to innovate and inspire positive change for a better world. Our theme is also a call to look to nature as a model for resiliency and seek to create solutions to environmental challenges through nature-inspired designs and strategies.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director of the Nevada County Arts Council remarked “Never before has the mission of Wild & Scenic Film Festival been more critical. Globally we stand at a crossroads in terms of our relationship to nature and the future of our planet. It engages us as active participants in a giant adventure through film and discourse, and it offers filmmakers, naturalists, scientists, artists and others the opportunity to lend our voice to this critical conversation. Through the festival’s accompanying art exhibition each year we challenge visual artists to share personal perceptions of the wild, whether intimate habitats close to home or wild tracts of nature untouched.”

Selected artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in front of a wide virtual audience of environmental filmmakers, celebrities, social activists and thousands of attendees from around the world. Selected artists will be eligible for top three awards in each category, 2-Dimensional and Photography, as well as a Best in Theme award. The final deadline to apply is November 16, but discounts are available for earlier submissions. Please visit for more details.


Considered one of the nation’s largest environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for generations to come.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) from their headquarters in Nevada City, California. Wild & Scenic events serve as fundraisers for the organization, supporting year-round work to unite the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed. For more information, visit

Protect Your Happy Place by Volunteering Today for the 2020 Yuba River Cleanup

Protect Your Happy Place by Volunteering Today for the 2020 Yuba River Cleanup


What: Yuba River Cleanup 2020
When: September 16-27, 2020
Where: Yuba & Bear River Watersheds
How: Volunteers can register at
Information: Daniel Belshe, or (530) 615-8686 |

This summer the South Yuba River has seen an unprecedented number of visitors. Due to shutdowns, crowds have flooded to the Yuba River watershed to get some relief from the stress and heat of 2020. Beaches and trails are littered with shopping bags, straws, cigarette butts, bottles, glass, picnic trash and more. Help “Protect Your Happy Place” by volunteering for SYRCL’s 23rd Annual Yuba River Cleanup September 16-27, 2020.

Over the past 20 years, the Yuba River Cleanup has removed more than 120 tons of garbage and recycling. Just last year, 900 volunteers helped remove 15 tons of trash and recycling from the Yuba and Watershed in four hours. SYRCL is passionate about protecting the beautiful Yuba River and our river community. That is why this year a different kind of cleanup will occur.

Keeping volunteers and the community safe from the spread of COVID-19 is the number one concern. Therefore, rather than one day of fun, this year’s Yuba River Cleanup will be spread across 12-days from September 16-27th. This Cleanup model will be adhering to social distancing guidelines, protecting ourselves while we protect the Yuba River.

“Our river community is looking for a way to give back to the Yuba and remove trash from beaches and trails, even with the risk of COVID on the rise.” Says Daniel Belshe, SYRCL’s Community Engagement Manager. “Social-distancing doesn’t allow for large gatherings like our normal cleanup, so this year volunteers will be heading out on their own during specified times and locations to remove trash. We are not organizing volunteer groups but encouraging folks to volunteer with your family, household or ‘quaren-team.’ Volunteers signup for a location and shift, then head out during their specified time over the course of 12 days.”

Register to volunteer at, choose your cleanup site and choose a time to pick up trash between September 16-27th. Volunteers can select from 16 sites over 12-days to minimize contact with visitors and fellow volunteers. Only 5-10 volunteers are allowed per cleanup site each shift to help ensure COVID safety. Pick up what trash and recycling you can, then report back to SYRCL what is left for the next volunteer shift. Cleanup supply pickup and trash drop-off will be available at the SYRCL office throughout the week.

To avoid large gatherings, the Volunteer Appreciation Party at Pioneer Park will be cancelled this year, however we will still be awarding winners for the Best of Trash or Treasure Contest. During the Cleanup keep on the lookout for unique trash that might give you a win! This year’s trash or treasure categories will be: Most Useful Find, Most Historical Find, Most Unusual Find and Most Fashionable Find.

About the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL): Based in Nevada City, CA, SYRCL (pronounced “circle”) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 through grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with more than 3,500 members and volunteers.

Sierra SBDC: September Workshops

Sierra SBDC: September Workshops

Since March, the Sierra Small Business Development Center has been all hands on deck to provide the support necessary in order to survive the closures, mandates, statewide regulations, capital needs, and other challenges facing our neighbors. Please join us for our September events highlighted below:

Sep 24th: Webinar: Reimagining how you sell online

Most successful online stores are more than well-designed product listings. They also attract shoppers through compelling stories, unique offerings, and by demonstrating a deep understanding of their customers.  Business owners who are willing to reimagine how and what they sell online are more likely to adapt to rapidly changing consumer behaviors. From tech startups to mom-and-pop shops, Robert Trent is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build successful strategies and reach their audiences.

Hospice of the Foothills’ MOONLIGHT MAGIC Virtual Gala

Hospice of the Foothills’ MOONLIGHT MAGIC Virtual Gala

Hospice of the Foothills is celebrating over 41 years in our community, but this time with a VIRTUAL Gala. While we can’t meet in person, we can still join together online, raising awareness for the good work of Hospice of the Foothills, while having some fun!

Our VIP Emcee for the event is Tom Fitzsimmons of KNCO Radio! In addition to a patient family story or two, we will have a lovely tribute to Bill Drown by his wife Susan. Bill was a well-known and highly respected community member who was all about giving back to this community. Bill is also a past board member for Hospice of the Foothills.

Professional Auctioneer Gary Lorentzen will be on hand to auction off some great live auction items and conduct a Fund-a-Need session to help raise money to support patients facing their end-of-life journey.

This has been quite a year for all of us. Through the challenge of this pandemic, we have continued to meet and exceed our patients’ needs. Our costs to provide our care have increased significantly. Like so many of our community partners HOF is so grateful to have received some emergency relief, those funds allowed us to weather the immediate challenges presented by COVID-19. As we all know we are in this for the long haul, and we need your help to continue meeting the needs of our community. One of the increased costs HOF is facing is PPE (personal protective equipment). This equipment allows us to say Yes when a family needs and desires in person visits and care. It allows us to keep our community safe.

If you would like to help support Hospice of the Foothills, either by attending and/or with a financial contribution, please attend our Moonlight Magic Virtual Gala on October 2nd, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, online. We are asking for people to preregister, so that we may send you the event link as well as reminders and a
preview of our live auction items. To register, go to, or visit

Hospice of the Foothills (HOF) provides compassionate end-of-life care to approximately 500 patients and their families annually. This is accomplished with a staff that includes a medical director, nurse practitioner, nurses, nursing aides, social workers, intake coordinators, bereavement counselors, case managers, medical records specialists, spiritual care counselors, gift and thrift store staff, plus administration required to facilitate care.

Because HOF is a nonprofit hospice provider, there is no cost to patients or their families for the services received. Patients are eligible for hospice care when there is a prognosis of 6 months or less, and curative treatments are no longer being pursued. At that point a hospice team will provide many compassionate services to the patient including symptom/pain management, medical care, social services and more, while giving the family much needed support and respite through the process.

Hospice of the Foothills is a 501(c) (3) non-profit healthcare organization that has provided end-of-life hospice and palliative care to patients and families in Nevada County, Western Placer County, and surrounding communities since 1979. For more information about programs and services, or ways to support the organization, visit, or call 530-272-5739.

WHAT: Hospice of the Foothills’ MOONLIGHT MAGIC Virtual Gala
WHEN: Friday, October 2, 2020 7:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: In the comfort of your own home!
CONTACT: Mary Anne Davis, Hospice of the Foothills, 530-274-5161

Foothills Event Center – Upcoming Classes

Foothills Event Center presents Upcoming Classes


Shabby Chic Chair Planter Class

Sun, September 27, 2020

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join us to up-cycle a wooden chair into an adorable planter that is perfect for your front porch or as a gift! Learn the benefits of transforming furniture with chalk paint as we purpose unique and individual chairs. We will provide you with a chair and everything you will need (including a plant).

In this class, you will:

  • Learn how to use Chalk Paint
  • Learn how to distress and accent your piece
  • Learn how to use wax as a topcoat
  • Get to take home your decorative chair planter!

No experience necessary – wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. This is a fun class, some call it art therapy! Perfect for beginners who want to finish the afternoon with a DIY completed project. Class size is limited. All sign-ups are non-refundable and will not be refunded if you are unable to attend. Sign up early and mark your calendar now.

All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or soda.

We hope to see you for this unique and fun class!

The Center has free parking and is always an easy drive; it’s located in Grass Valley, close to Lake Tahoe, Reno, Nevada City, Yuba City, Auburn, Loomis, Granite Bay, Roseville, Penn Valley, Colfax, Rocklin, Truckee, Downieville, and Sacramento areas. Experience a place for locals interested in pursuing their own creative endeavors, where people in our community can enjoy having a place to enjoy social distancing and be creative at the same time.

Masks are required during class for your safety and the safety of our community. All students will be placed at least 6 feet apart (unless living in the same household). Class sizes are limited to ensure ample room for physical distancing.

Come Paint With Us – Cherry Blossoms

Tue, October 13, 2020

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Come paint with us this cherry blossom forest, reminiscent of spring! In this class, you will walk through this beautiful cherry blossom forest with our artist instructor. Don’t worry, there is no experience required!

You will receive simple step-by-step guidance by our instructor to inspire your own masterpiece and enjoy some good company.

All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or soda.

We have designed our painting space to follow social distancing guidelines, so bring your friends, grab a drink and paint away!

For your safety and well-being, Come Paint With Us has limited our class sizes. Limited class sizes ensure ample space for physical distancing. All students will be placed at least 6 feet apart (unless living in the same household). Due to the limited class sizes, all guests must have a reservation to enter our studio at The Foothills Event Center. Masks are required during class for your safety and the safety of our community. If you forget your mask at home, we’ll have masks available for purchase for a small fee.

Custom Pumpkin Succulent Class

Sun, October 25, 2020

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Join us for a pumpkin succulent arrangement class and learn how to design a gorgeous statement piece that will compliment your Fall decor! Pumpkin arrangements last 3-4 months with basic care and succulents can be transplanted afterwards for long-term growth. Amber will walk you through the basics of succulent care and design. All materials, tools and succulents will be provided along with detailed instructions on how to create your one-of-a-kind arrangement.

All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or soda.

We hope to see you for this unique and fun class!

The Center has free parking and is always an easy drive; it’s located in Grass Valley, close to Lake Tahoe, Reno, Nevada City, Yuba City, Auburn, Loomis, Granite Bay, Roseville, Penn Valley, Colfax, Rocklin, Truckee, Downieville, and Sacramento areas. Experience a place for locals interested in pursuing their own creative endeavors, where people in our community can enjoy having a place to enjoy social distancing and be creative at the same time.

Masks are required during class for your safety and the safety of our community. All students will be placed at least 6 feet apart (unless living in the same household). Class sizes are limited to ensure ample space for physical distancing.

Come Paint With Us – Sunset on a Bottle

Tue, October 27, 2020

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Looking for a new crafty project to try out with friends, or just to get out of the house for an evening? Join us to paint this sunset on a wine bottle!

Relax and discover your inner artist in a fun, casual, and socially distanced environment and let your creative juices flow! You can make this piece unique to you or follow along while the artist instructor goes over brush strokes and colors. Once you have completed your painting, turn on the twinkle lights inside and watch your bottle come to life!

You will be provided with everything you need to create this masterpiece, and no experience required!

You will receive simple step-by-step guidance by our instructor to inspire your own masterpiece and enjoy some good company.

All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or soda.

We have designed our painting space to follow social distancing guidelines, so bring your friends, grab a drink and paint away!

For your safety and well-being, Come Paint With Us has limited our class sizes. Limited class sizes ensure ample space for physical distancing. All students will be placed at least 6 feet apart (unless living in the same household). Due to the limited class sizes, all guests must have a reservation to enter our studio at The Foothills Event Center. Masks are required during class for your safety and the safety of our community. If you forget your mask at home, we’ll have masks available for purchase for a small fee.

Roy Rogers Performs Rare Solo Acoustic Concert Benefiting MusiCares(R)

Roy Rogers Performs Rare Solo Acoustic Concert Benefiting MusiCares(R)

“That’s not a slide on Roy Rogers’ pinky, it’s a time machine. With it, Rogers transports you to
the Mississippi Deltas past and future.” – Guitar Player

WHO:  Roy Rogers Performs Rare Solo Acoustic Concert
WHAT:  Benefiting the MusiCares® Foundation
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2020, 5:00pm
WHERE: Online via Facebook Live – Livestream from The Center for the Arts
ADMISSION: Free – Donations Welcome
INFO: | 530-274-8384

Music industry analysts predict that independent venues and performing arts centers across America are at the brink of total collapse with 90% of venues at risk of permanently closing without federal or local support. This situation is critical and urgent for the performing arts industry. ( In a desire to call attention to Save Our Stages and support local arts organizations and to bring visibility to them, Roy Rogers, 8 time Grammy nominee, and considered one of the preeminent slide guitarists in the world, will be performing a carefully curated solo acoustic concert set on the new stage at The Center for the Arts Grass Valley on Saturday September 20th at 5 PM on Facebook Live.   Rogers’ will bring with him an array of vintage guitars rarely seen from his private collection as well as songs & stories from a career that spans 50 years performing festivals and arts venues around the globe.

“The guitar master is one of the greatest slide guitar players anywhere.” San Francisco Chronicle

The online event is free.  Donations are welcome and will be directed to MusiCares®. A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares® was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares® offers confidential preventive, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of donors and volunteer professionals, their dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.

Donation Link:

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming offering more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center recently completed a major renovation of its multi-use 21,000-square-foot facility in downtown Grass Valley making it a premier performing arts destination. The venue includes the main stage which accommodates up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats, up to 700 patrons for dance shows, and a 90-seat studio theater.



In an effort to reduce illegal dumping, Waste Management, Nevada County, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a tire amnesty event.

WHO: Nevada County residents
WHAT: Dispose up to 9 tires* at no charge during the Tire Amnesty Event. No tractor or commercial tires.
No tires with rims.
WHERE AND WHEN: All Locations Accepting Tires from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

September 21 & 22
McCourtney Road Transfer Station
14741 Wolf Mountain Rd.
Grass Valley, CA 95949

September 23
N. San Juan Transfer Station
10125 Flume Street
North San Juan, CA 95960

September 24
Penn Valley Rodeo
10513 Spenceville Rd.
(Behind the Fire Station)
Penn Valley

September 25
Washington Transfer Station
15886 Gaston Road
Washington, CA 95986

*EXEMPTION: To request an exemption letter to haul more than nine tires, please call the Nevada County
Department of Environmental Health, 530-265-1467. This event is for residents of Nevada County only.
This event is not open to businesses. No tractor or commercial tires will be accepted.

Center for the Arts GALA: Gin & Jazz, 20th Anniversary

The Center For The Arts PresentsGin & Jazz Virtual Gala

A Benefit for The Center for the Arts

Friday, September 18, 2020

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Online:

Join us as we celebrate 20 years at The Center for the Arts with a Virtual Gala. Enjoy performances, exquisite food (VIP ticket required), an electrifying live auction and an after-party with non-stop dancing to party hits performed by Pop ROCKS all from the comfort of your home! Get ready to reminisce about the good old days, revel in what we as a community have built, and realize the opportunities we are reaching for as we launch the The Center into the future.

We are broadcasting the entire evening LIVE from The Center. Watch from our website, or get in on the action by joining us on Zoom to show off your red carpet look, to share your excitement during the live auction, and to be featured in the online dance party!

Get the full online experience with a pay-what-you-can Community Ticket.
VIP Tickets include the online experience and a three course take-out dinner and curated gift bags.
*There are a limited number of VIP tables available outside at The Center’s new Back-Up Bar, please contact for more info.


6:00 pm • Virtual Cocktail Hour & Dinner**
Musical Performance by Le Jazz Hot

6:30 pm • Zoom Red Carpet & Introductions

6:45 pm • Live Auction & Fund the Need

7:15 pm • Acknowledgements

7:30 pm • Zoom Dance Party
Musical Performance by Pop Rocks

**VIP Dinner & Gift Bag Available for curbside pick-up at The Center from Noon – 4:00 pm

Nevada County Artist Relief Fund


Arts events, concerts, and productions have been cancelled in venues across the county due to the effects of COVID-19 and professional artists whose livelihoods are dependent on these events are facing insurmountable loses.

In response, Nevada County Arts Council has formed a coalition of local arts organizations to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists within Nevada County.

Now is the time to give back to our artists who contribute so much to the quality of our lives and the wellbeing of our community. Funds will be distributed as micro relief grants to eligible artists once our fund has reached a critical level.


Your tax-deductible donation goes directly toward the support of professional artists in all disciplines whose livelihoods have been affected by the public health crisis. Click here to make a donation.


To help jumpstart donations and raise awareness for the fund, Nevada County Arts Council presented an online festival on August 22 featuring over 30 performances by musicians, artists, actors, and more.

This online festival was not only an incredible show of pride and solidarity for our arts community, but also provided entertainment and enjoyment for all of us who have missed seeing our favorite theater group or band perform in the last few months, or who have missed walking into a gallery or going to the movies.

There are many ways to give to our fund. You can become a donor via our GoFundMe campaign. You can make a one time donation below. Or you can become a monthly donor to our fund at a level that you feel comfortable with.


Foothills Event Center Available for Small Groups

Yes, you CAN use the Foothills Event Center during COVID !

Over the last several months, things have been uncertain (to say the least!) when it comes to having weddings, events, and gatherings. We all know that large groups are not allowed to gather. But did you know that small groups (as long as physical distancing guidelines and limits on crowd numbers are followed) are allowed to come together in small groups for certain functions?

At The Foothills Event Center, we have numerous spaces and services that are immediately available for your business meeting, seminar, art class, or team-building event. Our large ballroom, with high ceilings and windowed walls, offers plenty of space for physical distancing with up to 50 people, with tables and chairs included as part of your rental.

Business Meetings and Seminars

You can utilize our three VIP suites off the main ballroom floor as additional meeting or study space. We offer super-fast Internet speed at 250 Mbps with Wi-Fi access, so if you’re live streaming a class, meeting, seminar, or training, you’ll have the bandwidth you need to have a smooth and seamless stream.

Our professional and comfortably decorated conference room offers a private space with a conference table and seating for up to eight people. The space includes a TV, high-speed internet access, and the use of a small fridge. We also offer our covered patio, with seating and tables for up to 20 people.


If you are looking to have your wedding at The Foothills, the good news is that you can! We can host ceremonies of up to 50 people at our venue, though the reception will have to be scheduled for another day. We have special weekend and weekday rates for this intimate ceremony offering.

Team Building

Our space is also ideal for that team building that you’ve been meaning to plan. Our attention was pulled away with the outbreak of COVID-19. But now, we’re learning to adjust to the new “normal” and part of that is getting back to business.

Now, more than ever is a good time to bring the team back together and do something fun!

Our popular paint and sip program, Come Paint With Us, is a great way to spend time with your team outside of the work environment. Plus, everyone will have a memento to take home afterward – their very own masterpiece!

If you haven’t seen our location for yourself, call or text us at (530) 271-1000, or drop us an email. We’ll be happy to schedule a tour and talk with you about your event and see how we can help you be successful while still following CDC and County COVID-19 guidelines.

Music in the Mountains’ FallFest 2020 Kickoff – VIRTUAL GALA FUNDRAISER

Music in the Mountains’ FallFest 2020 Kickoff – VIRTUAL GALA FUNDRAISER

Get ready for an exciting new experience because we’re putting the fun in virtual fundraising with a delightful event tailored just for you:
  • Participate in an exciting Live Auction
  • Enjoy a performance by the current Broadway Phantom of the Opera
  • Add a VIP Dinner Experience
  • Or attend the gala FREE

Register today: Click here to register.

Make it a party! Forward this email to invite your friends!

Not available on September 16th at 7pm PST? You will love the fantastic items in our silent auction!

LIVE AUCTION Live at 7:00 pm PST. Must register to bid or donate.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE by Ben Crawford  “Music of the Night” performed by Broadway’s current Phantom of the Opera

Dinner provided by Antonio’s Catering, includes your choice of Chicken Marbella or Braised Short Rib dinner with dessert, plus an exclusive video performance by Artistic Director & Conductor Ryan Murray; and a special thank you gift! Dinner ticket available to Western Nevada County residents by clicking here to buy dinner tickets. Dinner Pick-up: $75 per ticket or We Deliver: $100 per ticket

FREE to attend!

Silent Auction
Opens Sept. 3, 12:01 am PST
Closes Sept. 17, 11:59 pm PST

Questions? We are happy to help!
Box office: 530-265-6124

Good to Grow Discussion: County and City Cannabis License Types

Good to Grow Discussion: County and City Cannabis License Types

Please join representatives from Nevada County Cannabis Compliance, Grass Valley, and Nevada City for a virtual discussion and listening session with YubaNet.

Sign up here…/register/WN_5AsJPPCLQsyo4y4JY5zpgg

Even with the challenges of coronavirus, county staff continues to work with the community to help build a safe, legal, and thriving cannabis business in Nevada County and welcomes the opportunity to share our expert advice on getting businesses into compliance while discussing license types.
All are encouraged to bring insight, ideas and feedback regarding local cannabis licensing types and possibilities for Nevada County.

“The cannabis economy and culture is embedded in Nevada County and we want to embrace this and ensure it is normalized into a successful legal market. Whether or not you are involved directly with cannabis, everyone in our community is impacted by it. It is important that the community voices their needs, concerns, and wants to help us ensure that legalization is successful and meets needs across the entire community” says Craig Griesbach, Director of County of Nevada Cannabis Compliance.

Planned topics include:
– Recent updates to local cannabis license types from County and City staff
– Opportunities to provide input on future local cannabis licenses types.
– Discussion on improvements to the local cannabis permitting program
– Input on focus areas for the coming year
– Discussion needs and wants associated with cannabis permitting and enforcement.
Please send questions in advance to

Nevada County Relief Fund Announces Third Round of Grants to Small Businesses and “Safety-net” Nonprofits

Nevada County Relief Fund Announces Third Round of Grants to Small Businesses and “Safety-net” Nonprofits

Nevada City, CA September 9, 2020 – The Nevada County Relief Fund (NCRF) approved its third round of funding, allocating $220,000 in grants towards small businesses and nonprofits that continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, 26 small businesses and 10 safety-net nonprofits will benefit from State Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), part of the $3 Million total set aside by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation will steward $25,000 for safety net nonprofits on the eastern side of the County.

“We are honored to yet again do what we can to help our small businesses that continue to feel the effects of the pandemic, and which are now impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The resilience shown by our community, and the creative ways people are adjusting to this pandemic is humbling”, states Alison Jones-Pomatto, a member of the Community Advisory Council, which provides fundraising and oversight for NCRF efforts.

The need far outweighed availability of funds. Six months into the pandemic, third round requests totalled approximately $1.4 Million- far and above what was available to disperse. To Julie Baker, another CAC member, this suggests a continued and sustained need for the Fund. “We are looking next at how to sustain resilience in a community that may well be feeling ongoing effects of rolling crises,” stated Baker. “Clearly, the need is there and the community will need to continue to step up and raise money to support each other.”

Since its launch with a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the County of Nevada, the community-based, public-private partnership has raised over $500,000 and provided grants to 79 small businesses and 31 nonprofits. NCRF was also able to quickly launch and raise close to $30,000 for survivors of the Jones Fire. In collaboration with the Department of Social Services, the Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund will provide short-term assistance to fill immediate needs such as temporary accommodations, groceries, gas, or make repairs necessary to help get people rehoused.

About the Nevada County Relief Fund

The Nevada County Relief Fund was created through a partnership between the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation (the Fund’s fiscal sponsor), Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Sierra Business Council, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and the Economic Resource Council. In conjunction with Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, the purpose of this effort is to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by directing vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors, and support our small, rural businesses.

The Fund was established in April 2020 with a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. Since then, it has gained traction as a reliable way to give back to our unique small businesses and nonprofits that have been stretched to meet extreme community needs.

Round Three Small Business and Nonprofit Microgrants

  • Truckee Downtown Merchants Association $8,000
  • Grass Valley Downtown Association $8,000
  • Nevada County Arts Council $7,175
  • Music in the Mountains $7,000
  • Mountain Pastimes $5,000
  • Heathered Yarn Co $5,000
  • Culture Shock Yogurt, Inc $5,000
  • The Aerial Lab $5,000
  • Revival Float & Wellness $5,000
  • Headwaters Science Institute $5,000
  • Common Goals, Inc. $5,000
  • Golden Empire Grange #806 $5,000
  • Western Gateway Rec & Park Dist $5,000
  • Samba Sports Arena $5,000
  • Arts For The Schools $5,000
  • Grass Valley Farmers’ Market $5,000
  • EATS Cooking Company $5,000
  • Sierra Streams Institute $4,000
  • Nevada County Habitat for Humanity $3,325
  • Sweetland Pottery $2,500
  • North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center $2,500
  • Brad Henry Pottery $2,500
  • Nevada City Classic Cafe $2,500
  • Mountain Pilates & Wellness $2,500
  • Twin Soles Ashiatsu and Massage $2,500
  • Damselfly Organic Clothing $2,500

Round 3 Nonprofit Safety-Net Grants

  • The Friendship Club $15,000
  • United Way of Nevada County $13,000
  • Gold Country Senior Services $13,000
  • The Salvation Army $10,000
  • Penn Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church $10,000
  • North San Juan Community Center $8,300
  • Sierra Harvest $8,200
  • SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center $6,500
  • tkMomentum $5,500
  • Anew Day $5,500
  • Northern Mines Alano Club $5,000