All News

Golden Shoulders & Paige Lucile Broadcasting LIVE From The Center

Golden Shoulders & Paige Lucile Broadcasting LIVE From The Center

WHO: Golden Shoulders & Paige Lucile
WHAT:  Broadcasting LIVE From The Center
WHEN: Friday, November 27, 2020 | 7:00pm
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
ADMISSION: Free Livestream, Donations Welcome
INFO: | 530-274-8384
This year, Golden Shoulders is broadcasting their day-after-Thanksgiving show live From The Center on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 7:00pm pacific time. Paige Lucile is opening the night and you can watch online at or at The Center’s new Backstage Bar located in their back parking lot at 315 Richardson Street in downtown Grass Valley.
A long-tenured band from Nevada City, California, Golden Shoulders are known for their freewheeling mix of scrappy indie rock, power pop, and folk as well as a constantly fluctuating lineup which centers around the melodic songwriting of leader Adam Kline. For this special Thanksgiving weekend show the band features David Nicholson on drums, Brett Shady; vocals and percussion, Jonathan Hansard; vocals, banjo and trumpet, and Adam Kline singing and playing guitar.
It’s kind of a tradition. Golden Shoulders played their first day-after-Thanksgiving show in 2004 at Cooper’s. The following year, they played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving instead. In 2009, they played the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill. In 2014, they played two consecutive shows (an early show and a late show) the day after Thanksgiving at Kitkitdizzi, of all places. The next year, they were back at Cooper’s the day after Thanksgiving. In 2016 they took to the stage at The Center for the Arts the day after Thanksgiving with Aaron Ross and Davia opening, and then again in 2017.
Golden Shoulders returns to The Center for the Arts for their day-after-Thanksgiving show. This year things will be a little different.  They haven’t been inside The Center since the renovation.  Not only are they excited only to see the new theater, but also to see each other. Like many of the bands performing in the From The Center live broadcast series, they haven’t had many opportunities to perform together since COVID-19 shut down venues in March. The other difference is that they will be playing to a mostly empty room. With the exception of the small crew and production team, there’s no audience in the theater.  The band will be playing to the cameras, and to their friends and fans tuning in online.
Opening the show this year will be local songwriter, Paige Lucile Anderson. She started playing music at the age of 9 with her father. Shortly after learning guitar the rest of the family picked up instruments and Anderson Family Bluegrass was formed. Paige started writing songs at the age of 15. By the age of 17 she had written an entire collection of songs and the siblings formed a new band called The Fearless Kin. They released two albums and played together for four years. When Fearless Kin dissolved, Paige continued to pursue her passion for music. She has been writing and recording in Los Angeles, formed a new band, played bass for Family of The Year, and toured across North America and Germany. Paige finished recording a new album earlier this year and is planning on releasing it very soon.
The Golden Shoulders and Paige Lucile live broadcast is happening on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 7:00pm pacific time. This is a free event. A digital “Tip Jar” is available for donations to support both the artists and The Center. The livestream will be available online at and on the big screen at The Center’s outdoor bar, weather permitting. Visit to RSVP and for more information.

Victorian Christmas 2020


Due to COVID-19, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Victorian Christmas will be reimagined as a hometown Victorian holiday.

nevada city at night

In keeping with public health and safety guidelines, there will be no street closures, large crowds, or street vendors. Instead there will be an emphasis on showcasing Nevada City’s charming retail shops and restaurants, along with the town’s beautiful and festively decorated streets, homes, and buildings.

Beginning Friday of Thanksgiving weekend and running through the end of December, shops and restaurants in downtown Nevada City will extend their hours to 8pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

On Wednesdays and Sundays, which would have typically been Victorian Christmas, participating downtown businesses will offer shoppers dressed in Victorian or other festive attire a 10% discount. Father Christmas will make his annual appearance on Sunday afternoons. Craft vendors from the popular Nevada City Craft Fair and other favorite long time Victorian Christmas vendors will create an unique artisan’s market selling “Nevada City Made” goods at the former City Council Coffee building located at 233 Broad Street. For those wishing to do curbside pickup from their favorite local small business, ten-minute parking spots will be designated for quick pick-ups and drop offs. For those who’d prefer to do their shopping online, participating merchants will offer an online tour of their shop via their website and social media, where you can then either purchase goods from their online store or call the shop directly. Starting December 11, visitors can take a self-guided audio tour -either in person or virtually – of the various local Nevada City locations that served as the backdrop to the internationally popular Hallmark movie The Christmas Card, narrated by the film’s writer Joany Kane. These and many more COVID compliant activities will be offered throughout the month of December.

Because Nevada County now falls into the State’s most restrictive purple “widespread” tier, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is asking everyone to remain vigilant and adhere to the State and County’s public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our small business owners and community:

  • Visitors outside of the County are being asked to please show their love and support of Nevada City by shopping online. Many of your favorite shops have made the pivot to create an online retail store, while others are offering Facebook and Instagram stores, and even taking phone orders. To thank folks for staying home the Chamber will be sending Nevada City postcards (a la The Christmas Card) to the first 250 online orders made to our local Nevada City retailers – yep, they are keeping track!
  • Retail shops are now required to operate at 25% capacity. Signage will be posted outside businesses asking for your help in self-regulating this capacity limit. Masks should be worn anytime inside a business, public space, or public bathroom. Additional PPE will be offered including holiday themed masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Restaurants along with bars, breweries and tasting rooms offering food, will only be operating outside. So dig out those puffy and shearling lined jackets, to enjoy a holiday cocktail and meal al fresco. Or choose to enjoy a delicious holiday meal to-go! Almost all local restaurants are offering to-go options.
  • Continue to practice social distancing and stay at least six feet (two arms lengths) from other people who are not from the same household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Shop or go out to eat on midweek days or off hours when there are less people and more parking spots!

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce understands that this year has asked more of us than we could have ever imagined. Our hope is that this low-key but equally warm, welcoming and joyous hometown holiday celebration will retain the historic charm and holiday spirit that brings so much joy to our community.

YubaNet helps promote local, safe shopping for the holidays

Add your business/non-profit to the “Spread Thanks, not COVID” listing

Nevada County businesses and non-profits are invited to fill out [a] short form and be added to the listing of local businesses keeping their staff and the community safe this holiday season [click on here].

Give the community an opportunity to shop safely and support our local economy! We will promote the listing, doing our part to keep the community safe and dollars local.

Thanksgiving Week at Nevada City Winery

Thanksgiving Week at Nevada City Winery

Warehouse Clearance Sale, New Thanksgiving Hours, Fireside Tasting, and What We’re Thankful For!

Wine Bottle Clearance Sale!
Starting Saturday in the Barrel Room

Stock up for the holidays. Nevada City Winery is clearing out our warehouse. We have library wines, closeouts, overruns, & rare finds that we need to move. Bottle prices start as low as $5.00. Mix and match cases. Don’t miss out!

Enjoy complimentary mulled wine while you shop!

Sale starts this Saturday, November 21st and runs through Saturday, November 28th

12:00–4:00 pm

(Closed Thanksgiving Day)

Please park in the lot behind the winery. Our cellar doors will be open.

Extended Hours Thanksgiving Week

We are OPEN outside with extended hours for flight, glass, and bottle service. Our tasting room is also open for to-go bottle sales, merchandise, and art sales. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Masks and social distancing are required.

Thursdays 4:00–9:00 PM

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Fridays 2:00–9:00 PM

Saturdays 12:00–9:00 PM

Sundays 12:00–7:00 PM

Monday–Wednesday 12:00–4:00 pm

Thanksgiving week only!

Fireside Tasting & Star Gazing
Our Response to the New COVID-19 Restrictions

Being safe doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! Nevada City Winery will adhere to all COVID-19 safety measures while offering a fun and memorable experience. Join us outside where warmth comes with a glow. Enjoy fireside tasting, space heaters, throw blankets, and friendly service under the stars. We can’t think of anything better!

COVID cases in Nevada County are on the rise and we are closely monitoring all safety regulations. As of now, Tuesday, November 18, wineries are restricted to outdoor seating only. Visit our website to learn more about our COVID safety procedures.

We Are Thankful
Your support means so much, and that’s never been more true!

While this year has been filled with heartache, change, and uncertainty, we can look forward to the simple pleasure of a glass of wine. Whether online or in person, wine shared amongst those we cherish is a simple pleasure that brings sanity to these crazy times. For this and for you we are grateful.


Nevada City Winery’s Art Gallery – November 19–January 3

Crossings & Thresholds

New works by Jennifer Rain Crosby

Nevada City Winery’s Art Gallery – November 19–January 3

This show entices us to explore places of solitude and wonder, while traveling deeper into our imaginations. Jennifer’s work is a visual journey, taking us to familiar soothing terrines or miraculous secret enclaves of reflection. “Crossings and Thresholds” asks us to enter or return to places that make us curious and perhaps, we long for.

Jennifer talks about “Crossings & Thresholds”.


There is a saying in the I Ching, “it furthers one to cross the great water”. It means, to not only complete the old, but to take final leave of it and address the new.

These oil paintings with gold or silver leaf were my meditation practice. I saw myself in a small one-person boat crossing a sea of possibility…

After Covid-19 swept the world I saw that we were all in our own little one-person boats on the Sea of Possibility. Perhaps these paintings can bring others hope as they have for me.


A few weeks into the Covid-19 lockdown I began experimenting with mixed media in my oil paintings and developed these mirror paintings. They were labor intensive, with many steps in the process, but with a delightful end result. It was fun to make art where the viewer could be an active part of it! The mirror paintings have a magical child-like quality to them. Whether the mirror was an eye, a moon, or a doorway between trees, they all felt like thresholds to me. I hope that they bring unexpected joy and wonder to viewers.

Paintings are primarily on wood panels using handcrafted oil paints. Some of Jennifer’s works are mixed media, combining mirror, mortar, paper, gold and silver leaf with oil paints for a surprising twist.

Jennifer explains… “One year ago, I decided to stop using commercial oil paints and committed to making my own with natural ingredients. My paints are made with natural pigment, walnut oil, cold wax and mineral spirits, works feature beautiful local landscapes, both real and imagined. “

To find out more about Jennifer and “Crossings & Thresholds” visit: or @jenniferraincrosby on Instagram

About Nevada City Winery

Nevada City Winery offers a diverse selection of wines that can be enjoyed in a tasting, by the glass, and by the bottle. Guests are welcome to join us in our Tasting Room in Downtown Nevada City. 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. Learn more on our website


FREED Statement on COVID-19 & Masks

FREED Statement on COVID-19 & Masks

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law thirty years ago to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities and to extend opportunity and promote inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Here in Nevada County, people with disabilities play an important role in all facets of life and social discourse. We as a community must do what we can to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect those of us who are at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19.

We know that older adults and people with some types of disabilities are disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. Californians over age 65 represent 10.5% of CA COVID-19 cases but 73.8% of all CA COVID-19 deaths (source CDPH). While it is important for people who are at-risk for COVID-19 to reduce their exposure, it is equally important for everyone to take it seriously to stop the spread. It is also important to note that the answer is not for people who are at-risk to stay home because we rely on people and services on a daily basis. Some of us need in-home personal care, all of us need to access food and other essential services, and we still need to access healthcare that cannot always be done virtually. It will take the whole community to stop this pandemic.

On June 18 and then again on November 19, Gov. Newsom issued a statewide mandate requiring all persons in public spaces to wear a mask. This mandate came in response to rising rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state and was an effort to reduce community spread of the virus. As stated in Title III of the ADA, “A public accommodation may impose legitimate safety requirements that are necessary for safe operation.” The mandate to wear a mask in public is a legitimate measure to protect the health and safety of all Californians. We support this mandate because of its proven effectiveness.

Some people with disabilities cannot wear masks. They may not be able to wear a mask due to a chronic health or respiratory condition. They may not be able to wear a mask due to a mental health condition around anxiety or claustrophobia. They may not be physically able to put a mask on due to limited mobility or dexterity or there may be other disability related reasons.

At the beginning of the pandemic there were reports of people in our community obtaining fake “ADA Mask Exempt Cards.” These are not government issued documents/cards and are not supported by the ADA. There is no need to use a card or other document to assert our rights under the ADA. In June 2020, the Department of Justice issued a notice about these inaccurate flyers or cards saying, “The ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations.”

Under the ADA businesses may not provide a reasonable accommodation if it poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others. A reasonable accommodation should not be to allow people to enter our businesses mask-free, thereby jeopardizing the health and safety of all our patrons and employees. Rather, the solution is to offer people who cannot wear masks reasonable accommodations to access our goods and services. Such reasonable accommodations might include:

  • Having an employee shop for the person while they wait outside
  • Offering online and/or phone ordering and curbside pickup
  • Assisting a person who cannot independently put a mask on in doing so before they enter our businesses
  • Offering home delivery if it is reasonable to do so
  • Offering appointments by phone or video, and more!

We should offer these reasonable accommodations to patrons of our businesses who have disabilities without charging extra fees or surcharges, and we should advertise that these accommodations are available to our patrons with disabilities. Be creative! Protect our community. Save lives. Wear masks.

Ana Acton

Executive Director

SBDA Announces California Rebuilding Fund

SBDA Announces California Rebuilding Fund

The fund is aimed at helping small businesses across every county and region of California and nearly all industries, particularly those located in economically disadvantaged and historically underserved areas.
To qualify, small businesses must have employed 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees prior to March 2020 and have realized gross revenues of less than $2.5 million in 2019, and must have suffered a direct economic hardship as a result of COVID-19.
Click here for the pre-application page.
After you have completed and submitted the online pre-application and are deemed eligible, you will be matched with a participating community lender. You will receive an email or call from the shortly so that you can begin the full loan application process.

Holiday Pies from Emily’s Catering

Holiday Pies from Emily’s Catering

Take a break from cooking for Thanksgiving and let Emily’s Catering do all the work! Its pie time at Emily’s Catering!  With over 12 varieties of freshly baked beautiful and delicious pies, now is the time to reserve your favorites for the holidays.  Pastries, cookies, and seasonal savory dishes are also available to order for yourself or as a gift.  Visit our website today or give us a call at 530-271-225

A Celebratory Event with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

A Celebratory Event with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas celebrate the release of their new album, Syzygy, with a live broadcast from The Center for the Arts on Friday, December 4, 2020.

WHO: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
WHAT:  Album Release Show LIVE From The Center
WHEN: Friday, December 4, 2020 | 7:00pm
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
ADMISSION: Free Livestream, Donations Welcome
INFO: | 530-274-8384

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas celebrate the release of their new album, Syzygy, with a live broadcast from The Center for the Arts on Friday, December 4, 2020. The album was inspired by philosophical ideas, people they’ve met, and life events including weddings and births. Their creative process was changed by the pandemic, so the album release show will be a unique and celebratory experience, performed live, From The Center, and broadcasting online at
The musical partnership between consummate performer, Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and brilliant Californian cellist, Natalie Haas, spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 20 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding, and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.
The duo started recording new songs back in January at Rotary Records in Western Massachusetts and planned to mix the album, together, while on tour this year. Normally their schedule is packed full, performing in the US and Europe and teaching at summer fiddle camps across three continents. When the pandemic postponed their performance and teaching plans, they settled into a new workflow to finish the album. “We did everything online, it was a lot of back and forth,” said Haas. Fraser handled all of the mixing and editing. He enjoyed this new process; “Every day I’d get a new list of what to change and what to keep. We are excited with what we’ve created.”
Syzygy is a collection of all original material. The duo has been working towards this moment for twenty years, an equal collaboration where half of the songs were composed by Fraser and half were composed by Haas. They met at the Valley of the Moon fiddle camp in 1995 when Natalie was just eleven. By the time she was fifteen, they were collaborating on 18th century pieces that featured bass lines for cello. The duo’s debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. They went on to record four more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations, including the 2017 release, Ports of Call. While previous albums often featured musical guests, Syzygy brings them back to the tried and true duo format and will be available for purchase at
This will be their first livestream from an actual venue. They are excited to perform on a real stage and eager to see the remodeled Center for the Arts. Haas also noted her appreciation for stage crews and sound techs. Since venues closed in March, artists have had to adapt to setting up their own cameras and microphones and running their own sound to broadcast live from their homes. The show will be performed on the main stage at The Center for a small crew of sound and video professionals working to broadcast the performance to viewers online.
The Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Syzygy album release show is happening on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 7:00pm Pacific time. RSVP for the free live broadcast at

Nisenan Heritage Month

Nisenan Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month and we’ve made a creative decision to combine our annual Nisenan Heritage Day Cultural community event and our annual Harvest Dinner fundraiser into a month-long Cultural educational opportunity. Beginning November 1st, this deeply engaging event will feature weekly offerings of digital content in reflection of the work California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) has done over the last decade. We will also share the history of Nisenan people and the story of the Nevada City Rancheria through interviews, photos, video, song and a premiere of CHIRP’s new podcast/vlog!

We will miss seeing everyone at our in-person events this year! The silver lining is this virtual format brings opportunities of wider accessibility, larger geographic inclusion, and a new platform for creative fundraising. Nisenan Heritage Day and the Harvest Dinner fundraiser events raise thousands of dollars toward CHIRP’s annual program budget. Join us the entire month of November for this beautiful weaving of community, Culture, and education and let’s blast through our fundraising goal of $30,000!

You can donate as an individual or get collaborative and create a fundraising team! Gather your friends, family members, colleagues to form a team and perhaps come up with a fun team name. Encourage others to do the same and spark some friendly community competition! There will be a grand prize for the individual or team who raises the most funds. In addition, a randomly selected winner will be chosen each week from all who made a donation that week. Click here to donate.

CHIRP remains steadfast in its mission to Preserve, Protect and Perpetuate Nisenan Culture. In the spirit of reciprocity, join us in making this a community endeavor!

29th Annual Nevada County Toy Run

29th Annual Nevada County Toy Run

Every second Saturday in December – rain, snow or shine – hundreds of spectators line the route to watch motorcyclists (a record was set in 2009 with over 1,800!) rumble through the towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley on their way to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Every family in need receives a turkey or ham and donated foods to take home for the Holidays. Each child receives at least 3 toys and everyone celebrates with food vendors, raffle prizes and maybe a visit with Santa.

Rocking Stockings

Rocking Stockings – Help Fill Holiday Stockings

Donate today to make the holidays special for low-income boys and girls in our community

The holidays are right around the corner, and we know this will be a difficult season for many families. The pandemic has affected many families in Nevada County, where one of every five children lives in poverty.

Making this holiday season special for low-income children in our community is the commitment of Bright Futures for Youth, created through the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO Youth Center.

Bright Futures for Youth will provide children – from newborns to high school seniors – a handmade stocking full of age appropriate gifts for boys and girls.

Please consider a donation to help Bright Futures for Youth buy the gifts for the handmade stockings. Every dollar will help make a difference in this holiday season.

Donate online at or by check to Bright Futures for Youth, 200 Litton Drive, Suite 308, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

SBA Q&A Forum Every Thursday

SBA Q&A Forum Every Thursday

SBA’s Sacramento District Office is excited to announce the launch of SBA Q&A Forum, a weekly webinar for small businesses on SBA resources.  The SBA Q&A Forum will provide an interactive format for small businesses to ask questions and learn about SBA’s broad array of resources, including loan programs, federal contracting programs, training opportunities, and business counseling services.  SBA Q&A Forums occur every Thursday from 10 to 11 AM.  
The agenda will consist of a brief overview of SBA programs followed by an open Q&A forum.  We invite small businesses to bring their questions and learn about resources!  Businesses can register to this SBA event and others by visiting the calendar on our District Office website:  We continuously add webinars to our calendar on SBA programs and small business management topics such as digital marketing, business planning, and HR management.



A project brought to you by The Nevada City Fire Safety Advisory Council

There is little need to stress how important it is to the safety and wellbeing of Nevada City citizens and neighboring residents that we reduce the fire load in our surrounding forests and neighborhoods. The unprecedented fires in California, particularly this year, have hit all too close to home and have become the ultimate Cautionary Tale.

Nevada City is in the process of creating a list of its “City Slivers,” small bits of land in town that often do not have parcel numbers and that require maintenance in order to meet fire safe standards.

The Nevada City Sliver Project goals include; prioritizing the City Slivers for fuels treatment, getting the properties professionally treated, and then having follow up maintenance be a part of an “adopt-a-sliver program.” Thus far, the City has identified four properties that are ready for maintenance and that have community members that have indicated that they would like to maintain the property following a professional treatment. The City plans to develop an agreement for “adoption” and hopes to extend this program to encompass more City Sliver properties.

The City is in need of 1:1 match for a State Fire Assistance grant to pay for professional treatments of these properties and is in the process of developing a strategy for managing vegetation on “City Sliver” properties, through a cooperative program between the City and its residents.

The information about what parcels are treated, adopted and which are open for adoption will be posted on the City website in an interactive GIS map feature. The map will indicate the parcel location, when treatments were last performed and who has adopted the parcel. The City hopes that this will add to transparency with the community about what parcels are in line for treatment, what parcels are open for adoption and which ones need attention.

Click here to make a donation.  Thank you!

Keeping the Arts Alive

Keeping the Arts Alive

WHO:  The Center for the Arts
WHAT:  End of Year Membership Drive
WHEN: Now through December 31, 2020
WHERE: online @
INFO: | 530-274-8384
This year is all about coming together as a community, and The Center for the Arts has continued to create experiences, opportunities and new ways for us to unite through the arts. Due to the uncertainties of 2020, The Center for the Arts held off on their Spring and Fall Membership Drives. Now, they have put together a host of bonus gifts, weekly drawings, a silent auction, and new programming announcements to celebrate a special End of Year Membership Drive. They are asking for your support to help keep the arts alive and preserve the future of The Center by becoming a member now.
After undergoing a two-year, $6.1 million renovation, The Center is the only premier performing arts center of its kind in Nevada County. It’s fully ADA accessible, features a visual arts gallery with 602 square feet of wall space, and an expanded auditorium with 492 luxury retractable seats and a state-of-the-art Meyer sound system.  The Center reopened just two days before closing due to COVID-19.
Arts organizations are experiencing catastrophic financial losses and are fighting harder than ever to keep the arts alive in these challenging times. The Center has postponed or cancelled 140 events and lost nearly $3 million in projected ticket sales. For the City of Grass Valley, that’s caused a loss of over 60,000 visitors to the historic downtown and over $1.7 million in event-related spending. According to the National Independent Venue Association, for every $1 spent on a ticket at small performance venues, a total of $12 in economic activity is generated within communities on restaurants, hotels, taxis, and retail establishments.  In normal times, more than 30 percent of Center audience members travel to Grass Valley from outlying areas, and their summer music festival, WorldFest, draws crowds of 5,000 daily.
Despite these challenges, since the start of COVID-19, The Center for the Arts has continued to inspire audiences and artists, brought joy to thousands of online viewers at home, and been devoted to providing opportunities for local staff, stage workers, and teaching artists.
In 2020, The Center delivered a dozen free concerts through their online broadcast series, From The Center, and opened The Backstage Bar in their back parking lot offering live music from behind a six-foot drum shield.  The Center partnered with CHIRP and The Recording Academy’s MusiCares foundation to livestream fundraisers, and hosted five gallery exhibits and an Open Studios Tour with social distancing, private viewings, and virtual tours. Even when The Center is able to host concerts indoors again, they plan to continue their online offerings. Moving forward, The Center’s online programming will be ticketed but members will have free access to most virtual events, including a new interactive series highlighting Nevada County’s finest, In Conversation With.
In Conversation With will introduce local celebrities in conversations about Food, Nature, Art and Lifestyle.  From tattoo artists to mushroom hunters, naturalists to nutritionists, farmers to brew masters, this weekly series will feature the very best of Nevada County. This weekly series is free to members and will begin January 3, 2021.
The Center has always believed that the arts must be accessible for all. They remain dedicated to removing financial barriers and making programs available to 7,500 youth annually. Knowing that many Nevada County students have reduced schedules and limited after school options, The Center provided additional arts education opportunities this fall and increased scholarship awards to $10,000 in anticipation of more families in need, despite the fact that they’ve been running camps and classes at a loss in order to maintain safe, reduced class sizes.
Donations and memberships both big and small will make it possible for The Center to continue. Today 2020 memberships are down by 49%. This year your contribution is more crucial than ever. The Center’s 2021 plans are to keep creating, and they hope that you will join them in supporting the arts and The Center. Memberships are paramount to keeping the doors open and making sure The Center is here for artists and audiences when it is safe to reopen, and to ensure the future of the arts in Nevada County.
Become a member of The Center for the Arts and your contributions will provide opportunities for artists and tech crews. Did you have tickets for a show in 2020?  You can donate your tickets back to The Center in exchange for a membership!  It’s a great way to give back. Members are rewarded with a virtual front-row seat to all creative experiences and events The Center has coming in 2021. Plus, you’ll receive bonus gifts and entries into weekly drawings when you join before December 31, 2020, during their End of Year Membership Drive. Visit or call 530-274-8384 for more information.

A Special Announcement for Nevada County Food Facility and Bar Facility Operators

Nevada County Food Facility and Bar Facility Operators:
As some of you may have heard, the State announced that Nevada County has been moved to the “widespread tier”.  This is the most restrictive tier in the state’s tiered framework.  Widespread (purple) Tier modifications for Nevada County businesses begin Tuesday, November 17th. Nevada County businesses should modify their business operations according to the guidance published on the State’s website.
What does this mean for restaurants?
·      Restaurants can only be open for take-out and/or outdoor dining with modifications.
What does this mean for bars?
·      Bars that don’t serve meals are closed.
·      Bars that do serve meals can only be open for outdoor dining with modifications.
Examples of modifications include: Wearing masks, providing physical distancing of tables, implementing frequent and thorough handwashing amongst staff, putting in place disinfection procedures of common touch surfaces, ensuring staff are not working if they are sick and any other covid mitigation measures specific to your facilities.
Please see the following guidance for your industry:
Go through your current written site specific covid mitigation plans and make adjustments as necessary based on the following checklists:
For Nevada County Public Health information, please go to the following links:
There will be a community webinar today from 4pm to 5pm.  Please go here to register.
Other requirements that may impact your businesses:
·      Outdoor structures/tents must have at least 3 sides open, only one side can be enclosed.  See page 15 of the attached Public Health FAQ
·      Live performances and musical performances are not allowed at outdoor dining restaurants/bars at this time.  See page 14 of the attached Public Health FAQ

Fur Traders Warehouse Sale

Fur Traders Warehouse Sale

In Our Huge Warehouse!
We’re back and have 6 months worth of internet returns, discontinued styles, and much more to check out! Come quick & be the first to get the best selection for your size!
Buy 3 or more items and get 60% off!
Regular price stock that is for our store in Nevada City- is also available for purchase. Prepare for the cold with soft & luxurious robes, slippers, blankets, pelts, & loungewear. UGG, Smartwool socks, Sockwell, and more! Hiking, Biking, Running, Hunting, & Every Day Styles. Crew, Knee-High, Dress, and Hide & Seek, Socks for every need! Friday-Sunday 10am-6pm @ 10181 Commercial Ave in Penn Valley (behind Player’s Pizza!)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Fundraiser – Drive Thru BBQ


The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, in partnership with the Foothill Lions Club, is hosting a Drive Thru BBQ and Pie event as a fundraiser for the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Tickets are on sale now at for pulled pork family meals and pumpkin pies. Each pulled pork family meal feeds four people and includes pulled pork, four baked potatoes, coleslaw and four rolls for only $40. Whole pumpkin pies are available for $15 each. Order a meal or a pie or both – and order as many as you’d like!

All orders must be placed by November 17. Pick up is on Tuesday, November 24 between 4 – 7 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 2, Ponderosa Hall. This event is pre-sales only and there are no onsite sales, so order today.

Tickets are available online at All proceeds benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds, which has been severely financially impacted by the restrictions on mass gatherings caused by COVID-19.

For more information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.