Nevada City Outdoor Business Expansion

Nevada City Outdoor Business Expansion

Attention Nevada City Businesses – Expand your business! Yes, the Nevada City Council is allowing businesses to expand into the street. This is great opportunity during the COVID-19 crisis.

You’ve probably noticed that a few of our restaurants are taking advantage of this opportunity but we’re not sure all businesses are aware that it’s available to any type of business.

We’ve attached the guidelines that must be followed to expand into the street.

Please participate in this benefit – it will boost your sales during the summer season.

Download Guidelines from The Nevada City Police Department

Please note: Yesterday Governor Newsom mandated that face masks be worn in public spaces.

3rd Annual Village Market Day Scheduled for Sunday, September 13

The 3rd annual Village Market Day, returns to historical downtown Nevada City. This city-wide celebration shines a spotlight on the town’s vibrant and creative shopping district along with its burgeoning food, craft beer and wine scene, plus local entertainment and artists. For one day only, visitors can take advantage of shopping specials.

In addition to Nevada City’s brick and mortar shops featuring everything from antique and vintage items, to handmade and local homewares, clothing and jewelry, along with imported world goods, musical instruments, garden and outdoor treasures, rare books and more, Village Market Day will also include over a dozen vendors lined along the streets selling unique and one-of-a-kind items. Foodies will also find delicious offerings such as Farm to Table, pub faire, Thai, Italian, plus artisan chocolates and ice cream. Art lovers can also spend the afternoon exploring local galleries or history buffs can visit restored Victorians homes in our neighborhoods.

The California Arts Council selected 14 districts to serve as California’s inaugural state-designated Cultural Districts. Nevada County is home to two of them – Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee. These districts highlight some of the thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within local communities across California.

The event is Sunday, September 13 from 11am – 5pm.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Rudy at (530) 265-3539 or 



At the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors meeting Tuesday evening, the decision regarding the status of the 2020 Nevada County Fair was postponed.

The decision comes in light of Governor Newsom’s announcement on Tuesday afternoon that California is moving rapidly into Stage 3 of the reopening plan.

The delay will allow Fairgrounds staff and the Board to conduct fact finding, communicate with State and local public health officials and review any updated guidance regarding mass gatherings.

“We recognize that the Nevada County Fair is a treasured local event and that the cancellation would have an enormous impact on the community,” said Jeanette Royal, Board President of California’s 17th District Agricultural Association.  “Given that, and in light of the Governor’s announcement this afternoon, we need to make a decision based on the most current information available.”

The 2020 Nevada County Fair decision will be considered at the next Fairgrounds Board of Directors meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

The Center for the Arts hosts their first-ever Virtual Annual Meeting – June 4

The Center for the Arts hosts their first-ever Virtual Annual Meeting and You’re Invited

Each spring The Center for the Arts gathers community members together with an update on the ongoing story of The Center. This year is a little different.  The annual meeting will be held online via zoom offering a pay-what-you-can ticket as well as dinner options from The Ham Stand available for curbside pick-up or home delivery.
The anticipation for this year’s meeting was high as The Center for the Arts was looking forward to welcoming the community into their newly remodeled home for a state-of-the art experience and celebration of their reopening. While COVID-19 restrictions are preventing The Center from inviting everyone to gather, they have found a silver-lining in the ability to broadcast the meeting online and invite a larger audience to celebrate what this community has built.
The Center is excited to offer a Pay-What-You-Can option for anyone in the community interested in attending the Virtual Annual Meeting to learn more about The State of the Center, The Capital Campaign and renovation project, and their plans to reopen through the phases of COVID-19 recovery.  All non-dinner ticket sales are tax-deductible donations as the Annual Meeting also supports Youth Arts and other programs. The Center for the Arts Virtual Annual Meeting is Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


WHAT:  The Center for the Arts – Virtual Annual Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 5:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
ADMISSION: Pay What You Can, suggested donation $25.  Dinner options available for $60 per person $110 per couple, curbside pick-up at The Center, limited delivery available.
INFO: | 530-274-8384

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 multiuse 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 700 patrons for dance shows and up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats, a large visual art gallery, and a 90-seat black box theater.
For more information please contact:

Melissa Clark | Marketing Manager
phone: (530) 274-8384 ext. 205 | mob: (415) 868-9951

Calolea Olive Oil Takes Silver and Bronze at Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Calolea Olive Oil has some very exciting and Good news for 2020 to share with you!!  Luckily, the 2019/20 olive harvest was very bountiful for us in our Foothill region.  Calolea Olive Oil submits their select Olive Oils to Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition every year for judging, they are the premier competition. The 2020 EVOO competition received 600 extra virgin olive oils from 300 producers which not only includes national entries but International entries from 16 other countries besides USA!

Upon entry a producer must send their olive oils with current packaging and an olive oil analysis from an accredited Genetic and Diagnostic Biological laboratory. Quality Extra Virgin Olive oil must qualify with low FFA= Free Fatty Acids and several other attributes that we will not bore you with 🙂 Once the olive oil is received into LA Fairplex Olive Oil Department, the oils are judged by blind tastings for accurate flavor profiles, defects and  other nuances, good and bad.  The panel of tasters have their credentials and have undergone specific training for this distinct job. Calolea also submits their oils to The California Olive Oil Council to be tasted, and tested to receive the seal of “Certified Extra Virgin”.
The Award Announcements went out in February 2020, and thank goodness this competition was completed before this pandemic was prolific here in USA, otherwise this may not have happened for the first time in over 20 years of the program.
Please see the following awards that CALOLEA OLIVE OIL HAS RECEIVED:
Northern Hemisphere EVOO- MISSION Blend, Yuba County Foothills- Robust         (SILVER MEDAL)
                                                        TUSCAN Blend, Sierra Foothill blends- Medium        (SILVER MEDAL)
                                                        FLAVORED OILS- Yuba County Foothills-Herb/Basil (BRONZE MEDAL)
You can purchase these award winning olive oils and All of Calolea Olive Oil products at these local Nevada County Farmers Markets: (Currently Open) Grass Valley Farmers Market, Truckee Farmers Market and Nevada City Farmers Market which will open on June 6th.  Several local retail stores such as  SPD and Briar Patch stock our olive oils on their shelf year round. For a list of other Farmers’ Markets and Retailers we sell at please visit
We’ll see you at the Farmers Market!!!

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