A Beloved Father’s Day Tradition Since 1961 …and a New Tradition Beginning in 2017

The 57th annual Nevada City Classic returns to the foothills on Father’s Day weekend, June 17th & 18th, 2017, celebrating a tradition that is older than national Father’s Day itself. New for 2017, the traditional 1-day bicycle race (which has a reputation as perhaps the most challenging 1-day bicycle race in America) is expanding to a 2-day affair which will also include Saturday cycling events and an urban running event on Sunday aptly named The Nevada City Mile.

Beginning on Saturday morning, Gourmet Gravel Nevada City will open the festivities with a Gravel Grinder event starting and finishing at ol’ Republic Brewery in the Seven Hills District of Nevada City. With so many pristine gravel and dirt roads a stones throw from Nevada City, we want to showcase what a great location Nevada City is for the newest and fastest growing segment of cycling in the US, gravel/mixed terrain riding. Not to be outdone by the riding, ol’ Republic will be host to the post ride party & raffle not to be missed.

Saturday evening will be a first for Historic Downtown Nevada City with straight line bicycle street sprints up Broad St. Starting in front of the Historical National Hotel and finishing approximately 225 leg burning yards directly up Broad St, cyclist will race flat out, four to a heat with two riders advancing and two being eliminated each round until a final dash for cash of four riders for both men & women battling head to head for top honors. Incredibly spectator friendly, the entire scene can be viewed from anywhere along the course.

Sunday sees an expanded day for the traditional Father’s Day Classic. Bicycling events will begin in the 10 o-clock hour with the kids ride followed by amateur and then professional women & men. Positioned before the Pro/Am women’s event will be the inaugural Nevada City Mile running race. The course will be the Nevada City Cycling Classic criterium course which is a 1.1 mile, 7-turn, counter-clockwise loop with 110’+/- of climbing per lap through Nevada City’s narrow Victorian streets. An urban course truly unique to running with a straight downhill finish, the same finish on which cyclists have in recent years have been clocked at over 60 miles-per-hour.

TDS Throwdown Party at Ol’ Republic – Friday April 28th

The TDS Enduro is an invite-only mountain bike race on a private ranch that will rock the Sierra Foothills on April 29th & 30th, this is the Parking Lot kick-off party!

Food provided by:

The Dive serving burgers

The Food Bank of Nevada County serving Pasta & BBQ

Check it out!!  Cannondale Bikes Display; Polaris Display; Meet Pro Riders; Red Bull Music Truck; TDS Hey Buddy IPA Can Release

This is a free event and kid friendly!

Emily’s Catering & Cakes Celebrates 10 years in Business

Join Emily’s Catering & Cakes as we celebrate 10 years in business.  We will be holding our next “pop-up” bakery April 27th-29th 10am-6pm with a reception to follow on April 29th 5pm-8pm.  All the fun happens at 421 Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley. Live music by Chris Crockett, and with entertainment by DJ Jamal Walker. Sample lots of goodies both savory and sweet, join in our cake walk and win prizes including a year membership to our Chocolate of the Month Club or a custom coursed dinner for 10. And don’t forget CUPCAKES, CUPCAKES, CUPCAKES!!!  We hope to see you here!


The Sierra Harvest Food Love Project Camp

The Sierra Harvest Food Love Project Camp is the tastiest camp in town! Daily sessions run from 9AM-1PM July 10-4 and 17-21, with each day having its own unique theme around food and farming.  The size of the program is kept small to insure that each child gets to explore his or her own interests and take on farm responsibilities. FLP camp is open to kids ages 6 to 11!  Register today and more info: www.sierraharvest.org

Empire Mine’s Mother’s Day Springtime Event

a magical, memorable way to say, “Thanks, Mom!”

Special days to honor mothers can be traced to the early Greeks and Romans; and then, in 1914, Mother’s Day became an official holiday in the U.S. For over a century, the second Sunday in May has been designated as the day we honor our mothers, and remind them just how special they are.  

“Last year over 1,500 celebrated Mother’s Day here at Empire Mine State Historic Park,” recalled Event Chair Bob Jennings. “We go all out to make the day as special as the women we honor. With live music, entertainment for the children, and so much more, it’s become a tradition the whole family can share and enjoy – with a variety of activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Several years ago the special Tea Garden was introduced, and it was an instant hit. With tables and chairs, here’s where visitors are served complimentary cups of tea and cookies. This year we’ll feature a live musical performance by guitar duo Backyard Swing (Jon Spivak and Mike Bender) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Well-known in the Sacramento area, this will mark their first appearance at an Empire Mine event. Later, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., popular guitarist George Souza will add his musical artistry to the relaxing Tea Garden atmosphere.”

The famous gardens should be glorious, and everyone’s invited to bring lunch, blankets and chairs, and picnic on the grounds near the old Clubhouse and Empire Cottage. Food and drinks will be available for purchase outside the Clubhouse.   Brewbakers Family Café in Grass Valley has created special “24-karrat cakes” exclusively for Empire Mine events, and here’s where these tasty tributes will be making their debut. Visitors are welcome to take a short tour of the Clubhouse, and learn about its prestigious past.

Fun-filled activities for children include basic juggling lessons from lively entertainer Bernard Bradshaw. Near the Visitor Center, there’s a Potting Bench, where children can make little, living gifts and cards their moms will treasure. Nearby, musical duo Plinky & Plunky will lead a children’s sing-and-play along from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Another highlight will be a performance by the Forever Young Chorus near the Clubhouse, featuring new arrangements of favorite songs from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In the Mineyard, near the Headframe, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., visitors will enjoy the country sounds of popular local group Stepside. There will also be a performance by the Forte Miners, an award-winning barbershop quartet. Many of the Mineyard buildings and workshops will be open on Mother’s Day, including the Hoist House, the Compressor House, the Blacksmith Shop, Mine Shaft, Machine Shop, Wood Shop, Refinery, and the Mine Manager’s Office, providing a rare look at the places vital to Empire’s success.

A walk through picturesque, rose-covered Empire Cottage is highly recommended. Docents in lavish early-1900s costumes will portray famous characters from Empire Mine’s heydays, when it ranked as one of the oldest, largest, and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. Visitors will hear vivid tales of our fascinating past. Outside the Cottage, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., a local group called Fire in the Kitchen will play a variety of old-time music.

The Gift Shop will be open, with an outstanding selection of gifts for all budgets, including jewelry, books on mining and our local history, unusual geological artifacts and mementoes – plus an assortment of heritage roses, ready to fill gardens at home with color and character.

“The Mother’s Day Springtime Event is hosted by Empire Mine Park Association,” Jennings explained. “EMPA, for short, we help support the Park in ways the State does not. The Park is in need of major repairs and improvements, and EMPA’s goal is to make them happen.   Everyone is invited – including well-behaved dogs on leashes – and the more people we welcome, the closer we’ll be to completing these goals. The Mother’s Day Springtime Event is a unique way to celebrate mothers – and all the special women who enrich our lives.”

The Mother’s Day Springtime Event will be held on Sunday, May 14th at Empire Mine State Historic Park, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For further details, phone the Visitor Center, (530) 273-8522 or visit www.empiremine.org


Photo by Richard Bannister

Complimentary tea in the garden with live music adds a touch of “Downton Abbey” style.


Photo by Richard Bannister

“Look, mom, I made this just for you!” Children have creative fun at the Potting Bench, where they can make little, living gifts moms will treasure.”


Photo by Courtney Ferguson


Stepside – and other live performances – make this event magical and memorable.

Nevada City Film Festival Hosts The Craft of Screenwriting

Do you have a story that needs to be told? Have you started writing a screenplay and hit a creative wall? Are you looking for a supportive group of like-minded creatives to share your work with?Nevada City Film Festival will host The Craft of Screenwriting, a 2-day workshop on everything you need to write a 10-minute short film script, Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, from 10am-4pm each day.

Leading the class is Jan Fishler, a former Bay Area Video Coalition instructor, author and producer. Joining Fishler is actress, director, playwright, and veteran acting/directing coach Sandra Rockman.

Students get a hands-on chance to create their own great stories during in-class exercises. They will explore how to capture an audience with passionate characters using charm, compassion,
complexity, curiosity, and mystery. Students will also work on creating a cast of characters and structuring a story using external and internal journeys of characters that are entertaining and
meaningful. And finally students will learn how to creative unique characters using dialogue.

This class is for writers, directors, producers, and storytellers of all-ages and levels.

Students will leave with a working 10-minute short film script that they can use to begin production on their short film. Participants in the class will also have the opportunity to submit their film to the 2017 Nevada City Film Festival.

Who: Nevada City Film Festival hosts The Craft of Screenwriting
When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 10am-4pm
Where: Nevada City Film Festival HQ, 110 Union Street, Floor 1, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: $65 for General Admission, $55 for NCFF Members & Students
Info: www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com or info@nevadacityfilmfestival.com or (530) 362-8601
Online tickets at www.eventbrite.com

A Broadway Star is Coming to Grass Valley

For nearly a decade, Sandra Joseph played one of the best-known roles in Broadway history: Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Sandra is a Broadway performer turned keynote speaker/singer and co-author of “Your Creative Soul: Expressing Your Authentic Voice” with Caroline Myss.  She is very excited to come to Grass Valley and has a very special evening planned that includes acclaimed songs, storytelling and more!

“As a shy kid with paralyzing stage fright, it took me a long time to find the courage to express my authentic voice, but once I did, I was able to achieve success beyond my wildest dreams.” ~Sandra Joseph 

Psychology of Beauty and Holistic Image Consulting – April 24th Event

Katia Nesterova and Jenna Wordell will be presenting an educational seminar on the psychology of beauty and holistic image consulting. We will be offering education on how image and style can be enhanced with an understanding of one’s unique essence. Styling to optimize our highest potential and inherent beauty will be discussed. This will take place at Beautiful with Katia Boutique at 417 Broad Street in Nevada City on April 24th. The event is from 5:30-7:00. Cost is $40.00. Hors d’ oeurvres and beverages will be provided.

RSVP prior to the event is required as space is limited. Call Jenna to reserve your space 530.559.8558

Railbus Rides Open Summer Season at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Saturday, April 29th

Ride the completely restored historic Railbus 97 on 35-minute trip from the NCNGRR Museum, through the beautiful new Inn Town Campground, to the Northern Queen Inn and return.  The route passes the ruins of the New Mohawk Mine along Gold Run Creek and parallels the original roadbed of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (1876-1942).

Admission is free.  However, donations are encouraged and Railbus 97 can operate only through the support of its passengers. The Railbus departure timetable for boarding from either NCNGRR Museum or the Northern Queen Inn is available at www.ncngrrmuseum.org


Are You Smarter Than a Senior? Game Night Fundraiser

Atria Senior Living Presents Game Night Fundraiser

Atria Grass Valley is hosting a special game night fundraiser benefiting Gold Country Kiwanis, an organization dedicated to developing future leaders one child and community at a time. Participating teams will compete for a grand prize in a quick-recall match, answering questions submitted by local high school seniors. Sit back and enjoy the entertainment along with wine, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes from local merchants, or join the fun as a contestant and see if you can stump the senior!



National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – Saturday April 29th

In Nevada County, overdose death rates have more than doubled since 2009. Prescription medications can save lives, but they can also take lives. Monitoring, securing and safely disposing of medications can help prevent misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the family medicine cabinet. A 2014 study by Monitoring the Future reported that more than 40 percent of 12th-graders nationwide say that it is “very easy” to get access to controlled medications. Misuse of prescription drugs has become more prevalent due to a rise in accessibility.

Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs can lead to dependence and illicit drug seeking. According to the National Center for Health Statistics; drug poisoning (overdose) is the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States.

When: On Saturday, April 29th – 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Corner of Neal St. and South Auburn Street in Downtown Grass Valley

Bear Yuba Land Trust Community BioBlitz

Bear Yuba Land Trust to Host a Community BioBlitz on Local Nature Preserves

Have you ever seen a Humboldt lily? Do you know what a yellow-breasted chat looks like?  Can you spot a bald eagle’s nest?  

These questions and more can be answered when local youth and families participate in Bear Yuba Land Trust’s (BYLT) First Annual Community BioBlitz taking place on three beautiful, protected nature preserves Saturday, May 6.

During BYLT’s spring time event, participants armed with cameras and notebooks will become “citizen scientists” documenting and identifying as many plants, animals, fungi and other organisms they see.

All the data will be compiled then uploaded to the Academy of Sciences’ community-supported web-based database, iNaturalist, using an easy-to-use smartphone APP. The data will become part of a permanent record that will help land managers track the health of plant and wildlife habitat over time. Information gathered will be part of a critical collection of local habitat data that BYLT can use to monitor adaptations to climate change. Some of the data may even be used to create cool flora and fauna guidebooks.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to connect with nature while using fun digital technology in the field. As citizen scientists, kids can explore outside of the traditional classroom setting and come face to face with the wonderful plant and animal world found in their own backyard,” said Community Engagement Manager Laura Petersen.

No level of scientific knowledge is needed and experts in botany, biology, ornithology and other sciences will be on hand at each site to share their knowledge and help people identify the species they observe.

On Saturday, kids accompanied by their “grownups” will venture to three protected landscapes – 37-acre Adam Ryan Preserve near the community of Alta Sierra; 2,700-acre Rice’s Crossing Preserve at French Bar on the Yuba River and 652-acre working cattle ranch known as Garden Bar on the Bear River.

The nature preserves are found within the watersheds of the Bear and Yuba Rivers – a region considered to be among the most biologically diverse places on the planet. 

BYLT’s Saturday BioBlitz follows on the heels of a Friday BioBlitz for schools, a day when hundreds of students will expand their science education by visiting Rice’s Crossing Preserve at Yuba Rim near the town of Dobbins in Yuba County, Black Swan Preserve near the town of Smartsville and Woodpecker Preserve on Banner Mountain in Nevada City.

What is a BioBlitz? The National Park Service started a nationwide BioBlitz in 2016 at over 100 National Parks throughout the country. The idea has become a global movement where people of all ages and abilities capture a biological snapshot of the unique biodiversity of important landscapes on a single day.

Now in its 27th year, Bear Yuba Land Trust is a community-supported organization that has saved 12,000 acres of land from development, built 35 miles of trails and provides treks and educational programs to get hundreds of people outdoors to connect with nature.

Learn more and register for the BioBlitz at: www.bylt.org/bioblitz

Learn more about iNaturalist: www.inaturalist.org

Wheyward Girl Creamery – Cheesemaking Classes April, May & June

Cheesemaking classes have started at Wheyward Girl Creamery. The classes are small, hands on classes held at Wheyward Girl Creamery in Nevada City. Along with cheesemaking, there will be cheese tastings and shared recipes. Attached is the schedule for April, May and June. Call the creamery at 530 478-1665 to sign up or stop in and sign up as you sample some great new cheeses for spring. Alp blossom is a must try!!! The Wheyward Girls

Wheyward Girl Creamery Cheesemaking Schedule

Each Class $65.00

April 18th Tuesday @ 1 pm – Cheesemaking 101

April 23rd Sunday @ 10am – Camembert style

May 2nd Tuesday @ 1 pm – Feta

May 7th Sunday @ 10 am – Mozzarella

May 21st Sunday @ 10 am – Hard or pressed cheese

June 18th Sunday @ 10 am – Cheesemaking 101

Class Information:
Class size 6 – We reserve the right to reschedule if there are not enough participants – Non refundable

Private Classes Available, 4 or more required

Call 530 478-1665 to sign up



A Tribute to Michael Jackson – May 4th and 5th

Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance Academy presents A Tribute to Michael Jackson on May 4th and 5th at 7:00 p.m. and two performances on Saturday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Don Baggett Theatre, located at 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley.

Inspired by the King of Pop, this production features a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop to favorites like “Bad,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Black or White,” and more.

The show opens with a Jackson 5 medley “old school” hip hop number, followed by a ballet piece en pointe to “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Audience members of all ages will delight in seeing the original choreography recreated and adapted from music videos like “Beat It,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Thriller,” alongside unique choreography from eleven local and national choreographers.

Under the direction of dance teacher, Courtney Wadman, the show includes twenty-one songs, including some tributes and instrumental versions of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits. Mrs. Wadman invited several guest choreographers to contribute work for this show, including local dance teachers Gaia Weiss, Sommer Wadman-Huntley, Stephanie Stevens, Cassandra McAlister, and Nicole Chan, as well as Los Angeles-based choreographer Chelsea Asman, who teaches at U.C. Irvine, and Salt Lake City choreographer Efren Corado, who dances professionally for Repertory Dance Theatre.

Former professional dancer Karen Attix, who danced for the legendary Merce Cunningham and founded the Nevada City Dance Festival, collaborated with local musicians Andy Witek and Diane McIntire for a slowed-down, country version of “Billie Jean.” This piece opens Act II, and it will be the first N.U. dance production to include live musicians.

N.U. dance alumnus Jesse Beck, class of 2004, traveled from New York City to set two pieces for the show, “Scream” and “Earth Song,” over President’s Day Weekend. Twelve advanced dancers participated in forty hours of rehearsal over four days, including New York-style ballet master classes each morning, taught by Mr. Beck.

Alumnus Jordan Isadore, class of 2005, returned from New York after several years of dancing professionally for the Shen Wei Dance Company, where he performed all over the world. Mr. Isadore set a piece to the acapella version of “Rock with You.”

Lastly, Alumnus Jackson Knappen, class of 2014, returned from Santa Monica, where he is on scholarship at the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet, studying the famous training method of the Vaganova Russian Ballet technique. Combining his ballet training with contemporary jazz, Mr. Knappen created a dynamic piece to “Bad,” which he taught in two days to a group of fifteen advanced dancers.

The Nevada Union dance students have been rehearsing after-school and on weekends since August, dedicating hundreds of hours to prepare for A Tribute to Michael Jackson. Ticket prices are $10, $12, or $15, depending on seating location. All seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nevadauniondance.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Don Baggett Theatre lobby on April 28, May 1, and May 2 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Online sales close at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the show to prepare for box office sales. Remaining tickets will be sold at the box office 2 hours before the show. For additional information, contact the dance department at (530) 273-4431 ext. 2228 or email nuhsdance@gmail.com.


InConcert Sierra Presents Pianist Sam Haywood

Pianist Sam Haywood will give a special performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30th in Grass Valley, in an appearance presented by InConcert Sierra.

Haywood first performed in Grass Valley alongside celebrated violinist Joshua Bell in October 2015. The concert sold out months in advance, thanks in large part to Bell’s world-class reputation. However, it didn’t take long for the audience to take note of the London-based pianist. They weren’t the only ones enamored by Haywood’s performance that year. The Washington Post wrote that, “Violinist Joshua Bell meets his match in pianist Sam Haywood.”

InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin, also a pianist, formed an immediate bond with Haywood and quickly invited him back to Grass Valley for a solo performance.

“Some concerts remain with you for a long time after they have passed. It’s to do with the music, the venue, the instrument – but mostly the people you meet. This was certainly the case with my InConcert Sierra recital with Joshua Bell two years ago. I talked with such a variety of interesting people – about music, of course, but so much more besides. I left feeling inspired, full of new ideas and touched by their warmth and generosity,” Haywood said.

“So I am naturally delighted to be returning to pick up threads and engage with the audience in a different way this time – with a programme of some of the solo piano works I have enjoyed performing most over the years,” he added.  

His April 30th performance will feature beautiful works of the classical piano literature as well as an original composition by Haywood. The program includes Beethoven’s Opus 27, No. 2 “Moonlight” sonata, Schubert’s Impromptus D. 899, Nos. 3 and 4, Mendelssohn’s “Rondo Capriccioso,” three pieces by Chopin and more.

Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls. The Washington Post hailed his ‘dazzling, evocative playing’ and ‘lyrical sensitivity’ and the New York Times his ‘’passionate flair and sparkling clarity’. He embraces a wide spectrum of the piano repertoire and is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician or with accompanying Lieder. He has had a regular duo partnership with Joshua Bell since 2010 and also often performs with cellist Steven Isserlis. Following his early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him the Julius Isserlis Scholarship. He studied both at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, of which he is an associate (ARAM).

There will be a 1:15 p.m. pre-concert forum April 30th. The concert will begin at 2. Tickets are $45 for the general public, $40 for members of InConcert Sierra and $22 for youth. They are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org or in person at BriarPatch Co-op and also at the door on the day of the concert.

It will be presented at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, please go to www.inconcertsierra.org






WHO: InConcert Sierra presents

WHAT: Special performance with Pianist Sam Haywood

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30th

TICKETS: $45 for the general public, $40 for members of InConcert Sierra, $22 for youth 17 and under. Available at 530-273-3990, www.inconcertiserra.org, at BriarPatch Co-op or at the door the day of concert.

INFO: 530-273-3990 or visit www.inconcertsierra.org



Soroptimist of the Sierras 24th Annual Garden Tour

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills cordially invites you to our 24th Annual Spring Garden Tour commencing in Grass Valley & Nevada City May 20th and 21st, 2017, 10:00 AM. – 4:00 PM Rain or Shine. Tickets $25, $30 at any of the 6 fabulous gardens during the weekend of the tour. You can also purchase tickets online. For more information visit our website at www.sierrasoroptimist.org and visit our Facebook page for information about SISF. Questions? Email us at gardentourisisf@gmail.com

Ticket outlet Locations:

GRASS VALLEY: Mill Street Clothing, Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, Hills Flat Lumber, SPD Market, Weiss Bros. Nursery, A to Z Garden Center, Sierra Timberline “Today’s Hearth & Home Store, The Union

NEVADA CITY: Harmony Books, Prospectors Nursery, SPD Market

PENN VALLEY: Nevada County Farm Supply & Nursery


AUBURN: Eisley’s Nursery


“The Roth Estate is honored to have been asked to open our gardens for the Soroptimist of the Sierra Foothills 24th Annual Garden Tour”.    Garden List & Map


Blue Marble Jubilee – A New Community Festival Rolling into Grass Valley

A new all ages event rolls into Nevada County this May. The Blue Marble Jubilee takes place from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, with a mission to “Connect – Explore – Celebrate.” A colorful, village-style one-day festival, the Blue Marble Jubilee is an Earth-centered event to inspire, educate and empower people to make a difference in the community and our world. Plus, the day will be filled with fun!

Spend a spring day at “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds” enjoying live music, great food, and fun activities for the entire family. Dance under the pines to Achilles Wheel, one of Northern California’s favorite bands; be awed and amazed by the storytelling and juggling of local favorite and world-renowned entertainer Izzi Tooinsky; catch some of the best films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour; take in a recycled fashion show by Haute Trash; and so much more!

Relax with some delicious refreshments including craft beer and wine, and a signature sangria. Cool off with a root beer or 50/50 float – a kid-friendly version and a spiked version for adults! A variety of local food trucks offer something for everyone’s tastes.

Peruse the booths of local environmental organizations and vendors peddling environmentally-focused products. Get active with lawn games, crafts and adventure activities for all ages, including a rock wall.

This new annual festival is a fundraiser for Grass Valley Charter School, a unique K-8 school offering an expeditionary and adventure curriculum. “We wanted to create a brand new event that the whole community could enjoy and that shows who we are and what we stand for,” said Wendy Willoughby, President of the Grass Valley Charter School Foundation. “Blue Marble Jubilee celebrates what we love about our learning model; being good stewards of the earth and good stewards of the community.”

The students themselves are getting into the spirit of earth stewardship and community service by creating spectacular and unique outdoor art projects that will be for sale at the event.

Tickets go on sale March 25, 2017, and will be available at Grass Valley Charter School, located at 225 S. Auburn St., or by visiting the event website at www.bluemarblejubilee.org.


Wendy Willoughby, GVCS Foundation President


(310) 650-6330

Kathy Dotson, Blue Marble Jubilee Coordinator


(530) 470-8595

Annual Earth Day Show at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

An annual show of contemporary nature-inspired art will be featured at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art in Nevada City in honor of Earth Day. The show entitled “Where On Earth” will have an artist’s reception on Earth Day, April 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the gallery & studio, 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City. The show runs Thursdays – Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

The show will highlight a new series of large-scale sculptural wooden vessels by Mike Snegg that were accepted into the Baltimore Fine Craft show. Brook, who won the Best Visual Artist award from the Union’s 2016 Best of Nevada County contest, will have her newest mixed media landscape paintings paired with Snegg’s bowls in an installation in the gallery.

The featured pieces by Nevada City wood sculptor Mike Snegg include an oversized series that are a feat that most wood-turners would shy away from. The bowls originate from many sources including local wood such as Madrone, Black Oak, Manzanita and Black Walnut, as well as many woods from Hawaii including Norfolk Pine, Milo, Lychee Fruit and a rare wood called Kou. The 18 inch+ bowls start with wet wood weighing over 150 pounds each, which is then hoisted up to a lathe by several men, while Snegg sculpts the outside, then inside of the form. Creating the vessel itself can take up to 10 hours while Snegg maintains the sculptural nuances of each piece of wood. It is then gradually cured in a temperature-controlled environment for roughly one month, at which point the final finish of mineral oil is applied, creating a natural protective luster that brings out the rich color of the wood. The result is a one-of-a kind sculptural vessel that marries form and function, with many also acting as serving bowls.

After inheriting his father’s woodshop eight years ago, Snegg set on a course to create wooden bowls using a lathe. Studying with some of the most accomplished wood turners in America, Snegg’s pieces are now collected worldwide, including his Olive Bowl for Peace, which is part of Jimmy Carter’s collection at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

As serendipity has it, Brook, whose contemporary paintings have featured the landscape for over forty years, also shares her birthday with Earth Day. She received the 2015 Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Artist of the Year award from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Best Visual Artist in the Union’s 2016 Best Of Contest, and is a four-time winner at both the California State Fair as well as the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival juried art competitions. She opened her gallery-combined-studio, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art in downtown Nevada City in July 2015.

For further information please visit www.leeannbrookfineart.com/news, call 530-265-6817, or email leeann@brookdesign.com.

PHOTO CAPTION: Mike Snegg’s Madrone sculpted vessel with painting by LeeAnn Brook

WHO: LeeAnn Brook and Mike Snegg

WHAT: “Where on Earth” art show

WHEN: Artist Reception: Earth Day, April 22, 4-6 p.m.

Show runs Thursdays – Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

300 Spring St.

Nevada City

CONTACT: LeeAnn Brook




Second Annual “Brave the Shave”

Nevada County Firefighters Local 3800 and ol’ Republic Brewery presents the second Annual “Brave the Shave” event! Our March 12th 2016 event raised over $14,000.00, this year we have set a goal of $20,000.00, please help us reach that goal!

Join this St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement!

Food from the Federalist – Pizza by the slice
– Vegetarian – tomato sauce, mozzarella, red onion, mushrooms, oregano, salt, evoo
– Combination – tomato sauce, mozzarella, red onion, mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni, oregano, salt, evoo
– Cheese – tomato sauce, mozzarella, oregano, salt, evoo
– Pepperoni – tomato sauce. mozzarella, pepperoni, oregano, salt, evoo
For more information on the Federalist – https://federalistpublichouse.com/

Dessert from Cake for Giants – Small treats on a stick!  www.cakeforgiants.com

Live Music!

To donate go to www.stbaldricks.org/events/local3800

(Please note that the hair does not get donated to St Baldricks, the money raised is strictly by donation. You can arrange to have your hair donated to one of the hair collection organizations if your locks pass the stringent guidelines as per the specific organization.)

Travel America Online with Touchdown Productions

TouchDown Production is happy to announce our newest show with the debut of Travel America Online. At Travel America Online you will travel across America with Lyn and Gil Dominguez as we see the beauty of America using our drone “Songbird” and meet the interesting people who make up our country. The Adventure begins April 10th with our first voyage to Half Moon Bay for their annual Spring Wildflower Show. See the segments on our Facebook page, web site, You Tube channel and Instagram all titled “Travel America Online” and email us at travelamericaonline@gmail.com with your hints and suggestions.