Participate in 2020 First Friday Artwalks

Our 2020 First Friday Art Walk season is about to begin and we need YOU!

This year’s events will be held on June 5th , July 3rd and August 7th, 2020. First Friday Art Walks begin at 5:00pm and continue until 9pm (sometimes 10pm, depending on the performances at The Boardwalk Stage). These events are family friendly and all ages are welcome. Now, here’s where you come in.

We are now accepting sponsor, business, advertising, artist, crafter, and musician applications for First Friday Art Walk Nevada City’s 2020 Season. Please review the instructions below for information on how to apply.

Save the date for June 5th , July 3rd and August 7th. For all those friends and family who say they want to come up and visit?…This is the perfect way to show them how great our community is. Tell everyone to come up, have a great time, and spend their dollars with us. Life is short. Buy the art and eat the dessert!

If you’re interested in becoming a Sponsor for First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City, please contact us at Please provide us with the best time and phone number to reach you at, so that we may speak with you directly about the different sponsorship levels and benefits available. Sponsor Application

Participating Businesses:
For those businesses interesting in supporting First Friday Art Walk or hosting an artist for First Friday Art Walk, please contact us at Please provide us with the best time and phone number to reach you at, so that we may speak with you directly about the options and participation fees available to you. Business Application

Advertising: Place an ad in our program for First Friday Art Walk.

Visual, Spoken word and Musical Artists:
Please send an E-mail to with Art Walk Submission in the subject line. You will receive a form to complete so that your work may be considered for partnership with a local business at First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City.

Lower Commercial Street Crafters and Artists:
Please submit an e-mail to with Lower Commercial Street in the subject line. You will receive a form to complete so that you may submit your booth fee for First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City. Vendor Application

Boardwalk Stage Performers:
Send an e-mail to with Boardwalk Stage in the subject line. You will receive a form to complete so that you may be considered for one of our four 2020 Boardwalk Stage Concerts at First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City. Boardwalk Stage Musicians and Performing Artists will be paid based on a pre-determined fee structure.

Performing Artists.
We are now accepting proposals for performing artists of all kinds. If you have a wild talent, a side show act, something spectacular that you can do, email us your idea at with Performing Artists in the subject line. Include a bio, a link to your talent and your proposal for the show. Boardwalk Stage Musicians and Performing Artists will be paid based on a pre-determined fee structure.

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The Heart Wide Open Wednesday October 16th

Mantra music for an awakening world! Jens Jarvie and The Heart Wide Open will take you on a journey of transcendence into the heart and being of ecstatic song. Through the power of sacred mantra we will sing to uplift, sing to deepen, sing to heal, sing to let go and sing to remember the depth of who we are. In resonance with divine sound we will attune to the vibration of LOVE as we dance amongst the celestial waves of the primordial AUM!
7:30-9:30pm – Doors close at 8, $11-$22 donation, Reach out in advance if finances are an issue.
May we all awaken together!


View Wild Chinook Salmon on the Yuba River

Registration is open for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL) 2019 Salmon Expeditions. Join SYRCL’s River Science staff, trained naturalists, and river guides from H2O Adventures for a float trip down the Lower Yuba to see spawning salmon. The day on a raft includes opportunities to learn about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted the river, and how SYRCL is working to protect salmon. View one of SYRCL’s restoration projects at Hammon Bar and explore the Yuba Goldfields.

“This is an unforgettable opportunity to explore the Lower Yuba River,” says SYRCL’s River Education Manager, Rachel Lubitz. “Get outdoors, and on the water to witness the spectacular journey of wild Chinook salmon as they make their way from the ocean back to where they hatched. Participants will learn about the salmon life cycle and the impact humans have on these incredible fish.”

Salmon Raft Expeditions begin on the main stem of the Yuba River at Parks Bar, just below the Highway 20 Bridge, and end at Sycamore Ranch Park. The run is about five miles long and the trip takes approximately six hours with stops.

Interested in connecting youth with the river? SYRCL is seeking volunteer naturalists to educate youth about the watershed, salmon life cycles, ecology and human impact on the Yuba watershed. Staff and volunteer naturalists introduce students to the spectacular journey of wild Chinook salmon as they make their way from the ocean to their ancestral spawning waters. Our program’s field trips run every weekday from October 7-November 15.

To sign up for a Salmon Expedition or Naturalist Training, register online at: education/salmon-tours/, or contact Rachel Lubitz, River Education Manager at: (530) 265-5961 ext. 218, or

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


What: SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions

When: Public Expeditions – Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, November 9

School Expeditions – October 7 through November 15

Where: Lower Yuba River below Parks Bar

Cost: Public Expedition – $75 for the public, $50 for kids under 12
School Walking Expeditions – $10/person
Some scholarships are available for School Salmon Expeditions


Oktoberfest at Pioneer Park October 5th

Celebrate Fall by raising a mug at the sixth annual OKTOBERFEST celebration at Pioneer Park on Saturday, October 5th, benefiting the KARE Crisis Nursery. The event is from 3 to 7 pm. Brews from 9 producers will be featured, including Ol’ Republic, Grass Valley Brewing Company, 1849 Brewing Company, Three Forks, T.W. Pitchers Brewing, Feather Falls, North Coast, Lost Coast and Lagunitas. Also available will be German wines. Guests can purchase German food plates of sauerbraten or bratwurst, as well as scrumptious desserts of strudel and Dr. Sarah’s Pie’s. The festival music will kick off with oompah music from the Hannebrink Duo, followed by the “kick-off-your-shoes-and-dance” music of the Roadtest Band.

Tony Norskog, collector of vintage motorcycles, is hosting an exhibition of interesting German bikes, and anyone arriving on a German motorcycle will be admitted for free.

Proceeds from the event help to support the KARE Crisis Nursery, which provides respite and emergency childcare services for local families who fall on hard times.

So, dust off your lederhosen, put a feather in your cap, and come enjoy a wonderful afternoon in the park for a great cause. Tickets are available Nevada City SPD, the Bookseller, Eventbrite, or by calling KARE at 265 0693

Purveyor’s Pantry – Now Offering Catering

Purveyor’s Pantry specializes in small intimate gatherings (twenty five guests or smaller). Custom menus, all made from scratch for your small event – dinner party, picnic gathering, shower, private wedding or brunch event. We also offer our charming shop for private events. Stop in or call for more information. Purveyor’s Pantry, 220 Broad Street, NVC 530-470-6167


Thank You for Attending the Integrated Ayurveda Ribbon Cutting!

Thanks to those in attendance at Integrated Ayurveda in Grass Valley on Tuesday, January 31st for their Nevada City Chamber Ribbon Cutting! 

Integrated Ayurveda, A Holistic Healthcare Cooperative is located at 123 Margaret Lane #C1, Grass Valley. They offer a variety of services, check them out at

Grand Opening – Integrated Ayurveda, Grass Valley CA, January 31, 2017
Grand Opening – Integrated Ayurveda, Grass Valley CA

Nevada City Chamber Statement Regarding City Councilwoman Reinette Senum

To Whom it may Concern:

The Nevada City Chamber is not a political organization.

We neither endorse or call for the resignation of a City Council Member.

Please understand and respect our mandatory political neutrality, without which we would not be able to treat all of Nevada City’s businesses, employees and visitors fairly and equally.

Speaking for the Chamber Board and I would hope all of our members, we have always supported our local police department and unequivocally support good law enforcement officers nationwide.


Dave Iorns

Nevada City Chamber Statement on City Councilwoman Reinette Senum

To Whom it may Concern:

The Nevada City Chamber is not a political organization.

We neither endorse or call for the resignation of a City Council Member.

Please understand and respect our mandatory political neutrality, without which we would not be able to treat all of Nevada City’s businesses, employees and visitors fairly and equally.

Speaking for the Chamber Board and I would hope all of our members, we have always supported our local police department and unequivocally support good law enforcement officers nationwide.


Dave Iorns

“Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails” Book Release with Julie Carville

June 20, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Stewardship Program Manager Erin Tarr for this visit to Sequoya Challenge Preserve on the Independence Trail originally created by Naturalist John Olmsted.  BYLT works with California State Parks on the upkeep of this popular trail, the nation’s first wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail known for its Gold Rush era wooden flumes with Rush Creek and South Yuba River views. Part of a monthly series, Tarr will share the projects and plans for each unique property during this community outings.
WHAT: Book Release with wildflower author Julie Carville
WHERE: Lucchesi Wine Tasting Room, 128 Mill Street, Grass Valley

COST: Free – Reservations NOT required – Seating is limited (wine not included)

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for this long anticipated event – the release of Julie Carville’s new guidebook, “Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails.”

Julie will share stories about high elevation wildflowers and give an overview of when and where to find the best wildflower displays in the Tahoe region and Grouse Ridge area. The book includes: a Flowers by Color section for easy flower identification, a tree guide, Native American plant knowledge, hikes for all ages and abilities, and is illustrated with 870 color photos. The book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Julie Carville is one of the Land Trust’s most popular trek leaders, and the book reflects her warm and personal style. Julie Carville was the 2014 recipient of BYLT’s John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

For questions, please contact Melony Vance at (530) 272-5994 x200 or


Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum Visit

A big thanks to Madelyn Helling and NCNGRR Museum volunteers!  On June 9th the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers were treated to a wonderful afternoon at the Railroad Museum.  First we rode on the newly restored railbus, quite an adventure, now running on Saturdays through the end of the season, October 29th.  Next was a wonderful tour of the museum by a very knowledgeable docent.   For all the information on the Railroad Museum, go to:

Nevada County Citizen’s Academy – Sign up now!

Citizen’s Academy will provide community members with a complete knowledge base of County departments, their functions, objectives, and day-to-day tasks.  Participants will learn government relations, such as, how Public Health, Social Services, Behavioral Health, Child Support, Probation, and Public Defender work together to provide critical safety net services to those most in need.  Participants will also get the opportunity to tour off-site County departments including the Airport, Brighton Greens, Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, and Probation.  In addition to becoming familiar with all County locations, the selected applicants get to see some of the services our County departments provide firsthand through activities like participating in a County finance game or learning how properties are assessed and taxed.  Citizen’s Academy will foster a person’s knowledge and understanding of the County departments and operations that serve our vibrant community.
Highlights of 10 Week Sessions
Network with key players in different departments of County Government
Become familiar with all County facilities and locations.
Learn about innovative approaches to delivery of County services
Gain knowledge about emergency procedures and communications.
Experience a day in the life of a citizen receiving public assistance
Learn about the Court system and a day in the life of a Public Defender, District Attorney, and Probation Officer
Application Details
Apply no later than June 27th
Applicants will be selected by July 29th
10 weekly sessions (excluding holidays) from August – November
Apply online at:

Pioneer Park Picnic Pops

Musical Safari – June 26th 5:00 – 7:oo pm

Lions, elephants, wolves… Yukon, Amazon, Africa… adventure by tall ship, caravan, or even dreaming! With the theme “Musical Safari,” this family-friendly outdoor concert will enchant with music depicting animals, locations, and adventure.

The 65-member Nevada County Concert Band always puts on a great show. You’ll hear John William’s movie themes from “Hook,” “Harry Potter,” “E.T.,” and “Indiana Jones.” And we’ll visit Camille Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” too. Jerry Foote Scholarship recipient Rebekah Shuholm will perform Leroy Anderson’s “A Trumpeter’s Lullaby.” Three of the band’s ensembles will perform songs about a frog, a crocodile, and a bass (and we’re not talking fish here). Music details are here.

Come to Pioneer Park early to enjoy your picnic dinner on the grass, or treat yourself with goodies from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. Bring your family and friends! Arrive a half-hour early, and we’ll show you how to lead the audience participation moment(s).

Our family-oriented concerts are always free, accessible, and great for all ages. Non-profit donations are accepted.

Center for the Arts Summer Camps for Kids: Circus Camp; Teen Writing Matters; Teen Songwriting & Performance Skills; Acting & Musical Theater

Circus Camp, The Art of Silliness (mornings) & Aerial Circus (afternoons)
Monday-Friday  9:00AM to 3:00PM
$250 member, $275 non-member
Age 8 to 14  Class Limit 15

June 27-July 1  This session SOLD OUT!
July 11-15  Still available
Aug 1-5  Still available

The Art of Silliness 9:00am – 12pm
Discover the Circus and your inner clown with Izzi Tooinsky.  Students explore creative expression through comedy, clowning, juggling, hooping, and stilt walking

Izzi Tookinsky is an award winning juggler, storyteller, comedian and author. He mixes wisdom and fun, intelligence and humor, laughter and education and presents at schools, festivals, and corporate events worldwide. He has written two books The Turkey Prince and Juggling Without Struggling, and published work in magazines and newspapers in America and Australia.
Aerial Circus 1pm – 3:00pm

AirAligned’s Tresa Honaker, Joe Simms, Marni Marshall, Sophie Wingerd and Cassie McAlister will teach tricks and skills on Aerial Trapeze, Aerial silks and Aerial hoops.
Fly, climb, and swing in AirAligned’s Aerial Circus 2016

Tresa Honaker is one of the founding members of The Movement Alliance and Founder and Artistic Director of AirAligned aerial dance group and AirAligned Academy. Her aerial studies include Hollywood Aerial Arts, Cirque LA, Aloft, San Francisco Circus School and Trapeze Arts. Tresa directs and performs throughout the United States for corporate, private and commercial events.

Joe Simms joined The Movement Alliance in 2002 and is now a principal performer and soloist with AirAligned. Joe has a background in Martial Arts with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Jujitsu. Master classes include: Velocity in Seattle Washington, Conduit Dance Company in Portland Oregon, The Edge in Los Angeles, aerial intensives with Ingrid Hoffman L.A. and Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Joe is currently working as a body worker, aerial and Pilates instructor and is the owner of Pilates Body in Nevada City.

Marni Marshall received her B.A. in Studio Art (Art Education emphasis) with a minor in dance, from Sacramento State (2006).  It was here that she performed and worked in Faculty and student dance shows, choreographed for fellow student art and drama projects, and was an intern for the American College Dance Festival.  Marni also earned her single subject teaching credential in Art after a two year internship with Yuba City High School and Project Pipeline (2009). After high school, where she took ballet in Stockton with Dorothy Percival, Marni’s love for dance was broadened by Lovie Bucknell’s Sierra College Modern Dance class in 1998. The Glass Bead Players, and many local Nevada County teachers have also influenced her interests in dance.  Marni is fortunate to have taken summer workshops from the Joe Goode Performance Group, Anna Halprin, Stacy Printz and Scott Wells. Marni is a co-founder of The Movement Alliance Dance Theatre Company, and has also performed and trained with Air Aligned Aerial Dance Group since 2002.  Marni has taught art at Yuba City High School, Grizzly Hill, Washington Elementary, Grass Valley Charter School, Alta Sierra Elementary. Marshall currently subsitutes at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts; and is happy to wear one more hat as the House Manager for The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.


Teen Writing Matters: A Summer Writing Camp
July 18-22  One Session ONLY!
Monday – Friday, 1 to 4PM
Class limit 20, minimum 8
Students need to bring paper and pens
Minimum age: 13
$200 members, $225 non members

Will we sing campfire songs? No. Will we write similes about the smell of a campfire, or lengthy descriptions of that one camp counselor who wears knee socks and a fanny pack? Perhaps. Join Kirsten Casey for five days of writing delight: creating poetry, characters, flash fiction pieces, and more. We will write everyday from 1-4 using a variety of prompts, strengthening our attention to detail, sharing our work, and eating candy.
Kirsten Casey400Kirsten Casey is a local California Poet in the Schools, who has been teaching creative writing to students in the area for over ten years. She earned her Masters in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, and you can find her work in the anthology Yuba Flows, and her own book of poetry, Ex Vivo: Out of the Living Body. As a teen, Kirsten kept a daily journal, wrote poetry and a play, and enjoyed quoting song lyrics. She loves working with teens because she feels like a teen trapped inside of an adult, and because she never tires of hearing the fresh perspective of teen writers.


Teen Songwrting & Performance Skills
June 27-July 1 One session only!
$200 members, $225 non-member
Monday – Friday, 1-4pm
Age 13 to 19, Class Limit 15

This songwriting class will focus on process rather than product. Not all students will write their masterpiece, but all of them will gain an appreciation for the sense of play and experimentation involved in writing lyrics and melodies.  Each student will be taught new techniques and new ways to express themselves both alone and in collaboration with other members of the class. While the art of giving and receiving friendly criticism will be emphasized, all students will be encouraged to follow their own vision. All skill levels are welcome and the ability to play an instrument is not required. A willingness and openness to sing and create, however, are essential. Our week will culminate in an open-mic style performance of new compositions for family and friends.
Instructor Thom Moore is a credentialed elementary school teacher who began writing and performing his own songs while in the fifth grade. In the thirty years since he has released several albums, mostly with his brother Greg, and the Moore Brothers have toured throughout the U.S and Europe.


Theatre Camps: Acting & Musical Theater
$195.00 (includes all scripts and handouts)  Each session will include different scene and acting material; songs may be the same as they are the foundation of the acting program and occasionally repeat in a camp.  (bring a nutritious snack and water)

Session 2:
July 18 – 22 Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 1:00 PM
Ages 10 – 14 (Younger children,* with previous class or performance experience, or attendance to first session will be accepted with approval of instructor)
Session 3:
July 25 -29, Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 1:00 PM
Ages 8*-14  Theme camp:  “Annie saves the day” This Camp will focus on performing scenes and songs from Annie and boys are definitely a big part of this story.  (Children ages 8-9 need previous class or performance experience, or attendance to one of the previous sessions, or approval of instructor.)

Class Limit 14, Minimum 8 (for individual and quality attention)
Bring your curiosity or passion for theatre and performing and come create an original show to perform for friends and family on the last day of class. We start each day exploring the “principals of good acting and character development” thru theatre games and skill development exercises with mini-plays, skits, poetry, and Broadway songs. We throw in a bit of Improv to keep us all on our toes. We spend time each day learning music, lyrics, and choreography from Broadway musicals and movies. (No formal dance or singing training is necessary, and is always welcome) By mid week, in sessions 1 and 2, a story starts to emerge around the songs, skits, scenes, and characters we have been developing and practicing. Sometimes we adapt an original scene from a Broadway play to be part of our final show as in session 3 from the broadway musical Annie. In all sessions everyone is onstage for the entire show and has the opportunity to create, develop and sustain a believable character that is part of the story. Come PLAY with us! (The final production is at 12:30 (3:30:00 in session #1) on the last class of each camp and lasts approximately 25-30 minutes)
* Younger children with two or more years of dance or theatre training will be considered for acceptance by the instructor into all sessions if there is space.

About the Instructor: Dinah Smith (Teacher/Coach, Choreographer/Director, Actor)
With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, and a California Certificated Teacher, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer and performer on stage, in film, and on TV. She has worked professionally with community and children’s theaters throughout California and Colorado.
In April, Dinah was invited to New York University as part of the Forum on Educational Theatre to present a workshop on the creating, directing, and producing of Sonja Weissman and the Miracle Play, a highly acclaimed holiday family drama, directed by Dinah two years in a row at the Off Center Stage. The production featured 9 youth ages 8-16 in the leading and supporting roles with Four supporting adult roles. Other local directing credits include: Crossroads – 2 black Comedies, for the Fringe Festival 2016, Beyond Our Mountains, Tom Sawyer and Twelfth Night.
Locally, she has choreographed Godspell for Placer Community Theatre (PCT), Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum with Sierra Stages, 70 girls 70 for Lake Wildwood Theatre, Two separate Xmas Shows for LeGacy Productions, Home For The Holidays for Synthetic Unlimited, Wizard of Oz for YRCS (also directed by), and sequences of the Nutcracker for Center Stage Dance. She has also performed with CATS, Legacy, Quest Theatre Works, Sandra Rockman Presents and PCT. Currently she is choreographing Oklahoma for PCT in Auburn which shows in July.
Beside teaching Youth Theatre Classes and camps for The Center For The Arts, she has taught at Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, The Miners Foundry, and Grass Valley Charter School. This past January she directed Crossroads (2 Black Comedies) for The Nugget Fringe Festival.

Music In The Mountains – SummerFest Concert Series

Music in the Mountains Announces Headliners for 35th Anniversary SummerFest Concert Series including

Music Legends Judy Collins & Don McLean plus a new outdoor venue!

June 22 through July 3, Music in the Mountains will launch the biggest initiative in their thirty-five year history of presenting SummerFest with an unprecedented twelve concerts, bringing the classics to life in new ways, new places and new formats.

Most notable, music legends including Grammy Award-winning singer Judy Collins and folk rock singer-songwriter Don McLean, will headline the SummerFest outdoor concerts at the new and improved Gateway Park Pavilion in Penn Valley.  The sprawling 87-acre park includes a 3,500-square-foot stage pavilion, picnic and lawn areas.

“The new venue has allowed MIM to expand its programming and patron amenities,” explained Executive Director Dr. Mieko Hatano.  “We are able to offer more premium table seating to our patrons to make SummerFest more comfortable, more festive with new food and drink options, and a truly magical musical experience.

For more than half a century, Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work.  MIM’s string quartet joins Collins as she sings the songs that have inspired three generations – “Both Sides Now”, “Send in the Clowns”, and more.

Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie“, ”Vincent”, “Castles in the Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.  Share the magic of this magnificent artist under a “Starry, Starry Night.”

The pops and classics are showcased in a major way this SummerFest with five conductors – MIM Resident Conductor Ryan Murray, MIM Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, Jeffrey Reed, Lucinda Carver, and David Lockington – taking on the sublime music of Felix Mendelssohn, a Mozart marathon featuring the Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor with special guest pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski and his epic final symphony, two of the all time great works for string orchestra including Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings and Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, and a stirring program of Russian favorites including the 1812 Overture.

Other special SummerFest programs include “From Broadway to Hollywood,” with music from the stage and screen.  “Beethoven’s Pastoral – Plus, The Planets” by Holst celebrates music under the stars. And “Pet Sounds” is a symphonic recreation of the music of The Beach Boys.  Every endless summer smash hit, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.  The season concludes with the popular Patriotic Pops program on July 3rd, conducted by Pete Nowlen.

Leading MIM in this exciting new festival experience is new Executive Director Dr. Mieko Hatano.  Dr. Hatano comes to MIM with an extensive background arts administration.  Before her move back to the West Coast, she served as Executive Director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Georgia for three seasons.  Featured as one of Musical America’s “Rising Stars in Orchestra Leadership” in 2012, Dr. Hatano led the organization to an increase in both its subscription and single ticket numbers, create the Knox Music Institute, and raise over $16 Million in a capital campaign to restore and renovate an abandoned art deco theater in downtown Augusta.

Also joining Dr. Hatano is MIM’s newly appointed Artistic Director Pete Nowlen. For the last two year’s Nowlen has been MIM’s Artistic Advisor and before that an accomplished musician in the festival orchestra.  He is also a professor at UC Davis and Sacramento State.

Finally rounding out the team is Chorus Director Ryan Murray who is highly regarded throughout California. Murray’s dynamic conducting, engaging persona and deeply held passion for the arts have allowed him to steadily build a robust career conducting professional orchestras since the age of 22.  In addition to his recent appointment as Music Director of Fresno Grand Opera, Murray is the Music Director of Townsend Opera, the Associate Conductor for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra; with whom he made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014.Tickets

Tickets for SummerFest go on sale Friday, April 1 to the public.  For more information, or to order tickets, please log onto or call the MIM Box Office at (530) 265-6124.

Fact Sheet: SummerFest

Wednesday, June 22          Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Show 3pm

Friday, June 24                  Beethoven’s Pastoral – Plus, The Planets!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Saturday, June 25              From Broadway to Hollywood

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Sunday, June 26                 A Mozart Recital

Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Show 3pm

Sunday, June 26                  All-Mozart!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Tuesday, June 28                Seductive Serenades

Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Show 3pm

Tuesday, June 28                Don McLean

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Wednesday, June 29          American Classics – Gershwin’s An American in Paris

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Thursday, June 30              An Evening with Judy Collins

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Friday, July 1                       Russian Fireworks – 1812 Overture & More!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Saturday, July 2                  Pet Sounds Live!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Sunday, July 3                     Patriotic Pops

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm






Independence Day the Nevada County Way

Each year, the Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers, along with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, come together to plan and produce the 4th of July event. This year is no exception! We invite you to celebrate Independence Day the Nevada County Way! The 4th of July Parade is in Nevada City at 11:00 am in Nevada City. Independence Day Celebration at the Nevada County Fairgrounds begins at 3:00 pm and ends after the Fireworks Spectacular!

Advance Purchase Tickets are available:


Grass Valley Chamber Visitors Center (530) 273-4667 * 128 E. Main Street, Grass Valley

Nevada City Chamber (530) 265-2692 * 132 Main Street, Nevada City

Young Composers Project

Tuesday, June 14 & Thursday, June 16, 7pm
Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main Street, Grass Valley
Tickets $10/Adults, Youth Free, One Ticket Good for Both Evenings
Tickets available at the door

A whole passel of world premieres written by some of the most talented young people in the region and performed by world class ensembles in two fabulous performances.

The Young Composers Project (YCP) teaches talented young Nevada County musicians grades junior high through college to study music software notation, melodic and rhythmic dictation, music theory and harmony, music history, conducting, public speaking and composition. It kicks off early in the school year with interested youth from 6th grade through college. The program consists of both Saturday classes and private lessons throughout the school year with composer/teacher Mark Vance. The program consists of two divisions, Beginner/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced.

This year, YCP is explored the intersection of art and music. 20 students of various ages and skill levels traveled to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. While there they were asked to choose one work of art (painting, sculpture, ceramics, etc) from more than 2000 on display. This work of art served as the inspiration for the student’s piece of composed music. Students researched their chosen artist and art. Many were very surprised by what they learned. Some even discovered that they had personal ties to the artist.

Next week on Tuesday and Thursday, a who’s who list of local Nevada County musicians plus members of Music in the Mountains Orchestra will perform each student’s composition. Their chosen art will be projected during the performance for a unique multi-media experience. See below for a few photos of the students with their inspired art.

Box Office:
530 Searls Avenue, Suite A, Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-6124
Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Theater By the Book: Much Ado About Nothing – May 18th


WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the  Book: Much Ado About Nothing

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.


Celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s life with this special Theatre By the Book reading of one of his most enjoyable comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, Wednesday, May 18, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. Theater By the Book is a series of informal play readings for the community, presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry.

Written by Shakespeare and directed by Jeffrey Mason, Much Ado About Nothing is a fast, furious, and fun evening, featuring a cast of fifteen local actors including Marcus Arellanes, Casey Burke, Micah Cone, Chase Coney, Audrey Morgan Delgado, Kate Haight, Rodger Hoopman, Brandon Johnson, Susan Mason, Ken Miele, Conor Nolan, Jori Philips, Victoria Sanders, Sharon Winegar, and Scott Young.

“Much Ado About Nothing is a marvelous comedy that works well in a reading, and its circumstances permit me to set the action in our very own Nevada City and so bring the characters and the story close to home,” explains Mason.

In Much Ado About Nothing, the main event is the battle of wits between Beatrice and Benedick, but Shakespeare frames that unique courtship with a conspiracy to sabotage the wedding of a more traditional young couple and hurl the entire community into near-tragic chaos.

But what and where is that community? Shakespeare set the action in Messina, where the locals are thrilled to host a visit by Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon. Now, it’s true that Aragon had once been a maritime monarchy that included Sicily, but it had been swept into the Kingdom of Spain well before Shakespeare was born, and as far as we know, the playwright never visited the Mediterranean.

So Messina isn’t a real place; it’s whatever we want it to be. Most immediately, it’s a destination for soldiers on leave; the action begins when Don Pedro and his officers take a break from the wars to look for a holiday.

This rendition of the play is set right here in Nevada City, the home of afternoons at the river, weekend retreats to Victorian bed-and-breakfasts, and Summer Nights on Broad Street. Don Pedro’s company slips away from the metaphorical battles of high-tech enterprise in San Francisco, and Leonato’s household makes them welcome.

Much Ado About Nothing becomes an exercise in restoring order: remembering that Don John is treacherous, verifying that Hero is innocent, and realizing that even the bewildered Dogberry sometimes gets it right. Most of all, the play takes Benedick and Beatrice on a journey from verbal fencing through a revenge compact to finally admitting that, yes, they really are in love, which is what everybody else suspected all along!

“Throughout his work, Shakespeare demonstrates marvelous insight into people, and people haven’t changed that much since he wrote his plays,” says Mason. “And let’s not forget that Shakespeare was a theatre guy, an actor, and a member of a company who knew how to connect with an audience.”

The Nevada City Film Festival recognized by Moviemaker Magazine

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The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) was recently recognized by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”. Other distinguished film festivals on the list include Palm Springs International Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, DC Shorts International Film Festival and SlamDance Film Festival, among others. Winners were selected out of thousands of entries based upon each festival’s unique location, audience and experience.

NCFF’s “picturesque historic mining town”, “intimate experience”, and “range of fun activities” helped secure the festival’s spot on the list.

“These are the festivals that will, most likely, form the backbone of your journey on the circuit this year. Careers have been forged in their fires. Your film will find an intelligent, engaged audience who really gets it. Your social media accounts will blow up with future collaborators. You’ll party with crowds you never thought you’d meet, in locales you never thought you’d visit, with drinks you never thought you’d be sipping. And you may well find distribution along the way,” wrote Moviemaker Magazine editors.

The 16th annual Nevada City Film Festival runs September 8-11, 2016. The festival continues to bring together an ever-expanding regional audience of movie lovers with emerging and top independent filmmakers to showcase award-winning international short and feature length films. The four-day celebration of art, music, technology, and independent filmmaking, includes film screenings, industry panels and workshops, filmmaker Q&A’s, live music, hackathons, and other special events.

“We are humbled to be included in this list of world-renowned film festivals and honored to be recognized for being a valuable platform in launching the careers of independent filmmakers,” said Festival Director Jesse Locks.

Film submissions are now open. Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit short and feature length films in a variety of genres including but not limited to documentaries, animation, narrative, comedy, multi-media, experimental, music videos, virtual and augmented reality.

All short films are eligible for the Festival Jury Award – $1,500 and all films are eligible for the Audience Choice Award – $500.

The submission fee is waived for local filmmakers (Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sierra and Sacramento Counties). Please contact festival directors at for more information and a waiver code.

Save and submit early. Regular Deadline is May 1, 2016, and Late Deadline is June 1, 2016. All filmmakers will be notified by July 15, 2016.

To submit your film, go to or call (530) 362-8601.

Support the 2016 Nevada County 4th of July Celebration

Every year, the Greater Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers of Commerce’s and the Grass Valley Downtown Association join forces to bring Western Nevada County a 4th of July Celebration that we have all grown to love. This years festivities will start with a hometown parade in downtown Nevada City, followed by a day of family fun & a fireworks blast off at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

To assist with funding, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from local businesses and organizations. The cost to produce this long-standing event has increased over the years and there are many things to pay for such as rental of the fairgrounds, the Fire Marshal’s time, Fireworks, golf carts, security, cleanup – the list goes on and on. As you can see – it’s an expensive undertaking for us to provide a hometown parade and a safe fireworks show for our community. We understand that this year may be difficult and we need your financial help to continue the tradition.

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Audiences praise “The Cripple of Inishmaan”

What: Sierra Stages presents “THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN”

When: Now through March 19, 2016

Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Information: or 530-346-3210

Audiences are praising the Sierra Stages production of the enchanting, dark comedy “THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN” by Martin McDonagh playing through March 19 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. “This is a first-rate production (another, of course) from Sierra Stages. Great acting, great set. Very well done!”, says one enthusiastic theatre-goer. Others echo this praise with comments such as “Wonderful script, staging, and acting by all,” “Totally enjoyable…even the “edgy parts,” and “Fantastic show, beautifully directed.”

“THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN” is directed by Sharon Winegar, with set design by Pamela Hodges, lighting design by Erin Beatie, and costume design by Paulette Sand-Gilbert. The cast includes local actors Alice Beloved, Chase Coney, Kim Ewing, Lois Ewing, John Gardiner, Ben Hedenland, Damiian Mario Lang, Ari Rampy, and Robert Rossman.

In this dark comedy, set in 1934 and spun in the great tradition of Irish storytelling, the impoverished island community of Inishmaan is dazzled by the “glitz and glamour” of Hollywood when a movie director visits the neighboring island to cast his upcoming film. “Cripple Billy,” who would like nothing more than to leave the cliffs of Ireland and his tedious life behind for the hills of Hollywood, hitches a ride and auditions – not knowing how this journey would affect his life and the lives of everyone around him.


There are only a few more performances of THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN over the next week before the show closes on March 19:  Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM. General Admission is $25, and Reserved Seating (advance only) is $35.  In addition, $15 Student Rush (age 25 & under with valid student ID) is available at the door.

Following THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, the Sierra Stages 2016 Season continues with THE LAST FIVE YEARS (April 28 – May 8 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (July 14 – August 6 at the Nevada Theatre), and DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE (September 28 – October 16 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley). The Sierra Stages 2016 Season Pass may be purchased online or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.