Christmas at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

It’s the annual Christmas at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Nevada City Saturday, December 7th. Santa will be in the museum from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with cookies and punch to share. There will be Railbus rides, weather permitting in the rail yard and a silent auction. The gift shop is brimming with holiday gift ideas for all ages. Special guest, Mrs. Sarah Kidder, will be greeting visitors. We are all dressed up and looking forward to seeing the whole family. Admission is free and don’t forget your cameras.

We are located at #5 Kidder Court, Nevada City, CA next to the Inn Town Campground follow the signage at the intersection of Bost & New Mohawk. For more information call 530-470-0902 or check the website ncngrrmuseum.org.

The Phoenix Rose Warehouse Sale

Please join us for our annual Holiday Warehouse Sale. Shop our warehouse clearance for super deals from some of our top designers. 20%-60% off fair trade inspired, slow fashion, locally designed clothing and accessories from The Phoenix Rose family of local and California based clothing designers. The sale will be on Dec. 15th from 10am-3pm at our heated Grass Valley Warehouse showroom at 12150 Charles drive. Stop by on your way to Victorian Christmas. Visit our facebook event page for more info, https://www.facebook.com/events/2499199403643864

Strony, Greathouse perform in ‘Dueling Organs’ Concert

Keyboard magicians Walt Strony and Thomas Greathouse travel among two organs and a grand piano to create an unforgettable experience of music and showmanship at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in Grass Valley.

“Dueling Organs” will include many French and French-inspired works in this one-of-a-kind performance. Admission is by donation. The concert is at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. This is a production of Arts @ Peace, the church’s pr

ogram of high-quality cultural events. All donations benefit the Peace Organ Fund.

Music will include works by Louis Vierne, the most famous organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Other works by French composers and inspired by Parisian culture will make this an exciting and unusual performance.

For more information: https://peacelutherangv.org/event-items/dueling-organs-french-fare/

Honoring the Divine Mother, Kirtan & Heartsongs with Atom Rose

Thursday November 21st at 7:30pm (Doors close at 8:00) Suggested $11 – $22

Join Adam Ferrick Rosenblatt (Atom Rose) for a night of honoring the Divine Mother or Shakti. We will begin with her sacred heart opening Cacao medicine, followed by a meditation as we gently move into a sound vibrational landscape into kirtan and movement. Bring a pillow to relax and be ready to sing and dance!

About Ganesha Atom Rose:

Atom was raised in a family of healers, artists and alchemists which set the tone for much of his work.

After living in Europe with his family for part of his youth, Atom set his travels through Latin America where his love for music, food, literature, healing plants, sacred modalities and indigenous wisdom blossomed.

The cyclical harmony of life whether from the Maha avatars of India or the curandero’s and wisdom keepers from México, central and South America, Atom continues to draw from this eternal spring from which all energy, truth and light emanate.

From direct experience and as well as his subconscious he continues weaving narratives from ancient anecdotal truths along with new technological insights.

He understands that there is a right therapy for each individual. Whether he utilizes energy healing or clearing, deep tissue, or alignment Atom has a unique ability with touch. His ability as a guide, whether it be through meditation, music or navigation of the material or astral world’s is well trained and sought after. Atom is also a singer/songwriter, lover of prose, sound vibration and communication.

“Before You Know It” at the Nevada Theatre – Sunday, November 24th, 2019

On Sunday, November 24th, Sierra Cinemas/Nevada Theatre Film Series presents “Before You Know It” at 7pm at the Nevada Theatre.

Stage manager Rachel Gurner (Hannah Pearl Utt) still lives in her childhood apartment above the theater her family owns and operates in New York City. Level-headed Rachel is the only thing standing between her family — her off-kilter actress sister Jackie (Jen Tullock), her eccentric playwright father Mel (Mandy Patinkin), and her deadpan preteen niece Dodge (Oona Yaffe) — and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother (Judith Light) is not just alive but thriving as a soap-opera star. The film also stars Mike Colter and Alec Baldwin.

“Wise, witty, and richly specific in its evocation of a family limping along on a wobbly foundation of secrets and lies.” Ella Taylor, NPR

The film is being shown at 7pm (with doors opening at 6:30) and admission is $8. For more information, to view the trailer, or to purchase advance tickets, visit www.sierratheaters.com 

 

KNOW & GO:

What: “Before You Know It” at the Nevada Theatre Film

When: Sunday, November 24th, at 7pm

Where:  The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959

Admission:  $8; doors open at 6:30pm

Information:  (530) 477-1100, or mainoffice@sierratheaters.com

Website: http://www.sierratheaters.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sierratheaters/

 

The Fur Traders is Stocked Up for the Holidays in Luxury

New LUXURY has made its way to The Fur Traders Just in time for Fall/Winter & the Holidays!

Come Check out the Most Luxurious Christmas Gift Selection of ALL NEW UGG Apparel & Footwear, including Mens and Womens: Outer Wear, Reversable Jackets, Sweatshirts, Hoodies, and Poncho AND Sweats!!

Or, Get Your Comfort at Home with His & Hers Softest Robes & Pajama Sets & Sweats AND Pair with the Most Luxurious Sheepskin or Wool Slippers Made!

Come In & See for Yourself the Largest Selection of UGG in Northern California!

You can Also Find the Largest & Best Selection of Footwear, Slippers, Leather & Fur Jackets, Coats, & Vests, Motorcycle Riding Gear, Scarves, Gloves, Hats, and the Largest Selection of Smartwool Socks, FUN Socks (for that funny guy on your list!) and Medical Socks for Bunion, Planter Fasciitis, or Diabetic Needs!

Plus, Come in & Feel for Yourself the Ultimate Softness & Comfort of Grade #1 Sheep Skin Pelts. Enjoy the Thermostatic Properties in your own Home or Give to a Loved One. Perfect for Babies, Bed Rest, Camping, Festivals, Lounging, etc.

Or for Unique Décor, see our Steerhides, Alpaca, Goat or Buffalo Robes and More

You Will Find All of this & More at The Fur Traders. Located at:

303 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959

530-265-2000

Everyday 10 A.M-6 P.M

Plus Don’t forget to check out The Fur Traders Warehouse Open Every Friday-Sunday till Christmas for up to 60% OFF Products!

Emily’s Catering Thanksgiving Pop Up Bakery

Emily’s Catering Thanksgiving Pop Up Bakery will be open from 10am-5pm Monday November 25 through Wednesday November 27 at their 421 Colfax Avenue location. Stop in to pick up your delicious, generous, gorgeous, full, and flaky freshly baked hand made pies, with many flavors to choose from. 20+ tempting varieties of seasonal cupcakes will be available individually and by the dozen, as well as French macrons, tarts, cookies and more. Savory turkey pot pies, hearty soup, and panini sandwiches will also be on the menu. Grab and go gifts like pumpkin bread, sugared cranberries, and caramel corn are perfect for teachers and friends. Don’t forget the buttermilk yeast biscuits, sold frozen so that you can bake fresh for dinner. Call ahead to place an order and guarantee your favorites! 530-271-2253

Emily’s Complete Thanksgiving Menu 2019

CLUB NEWS- Gold Country Celtic Society

Please join our gathering Wednesday, November 20th. Social hour begins at 6:00 pm followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert for 8 to 10, your tableware, and beverage of your choice. Water, coffee and tea will be available.
Our entertainment this month features Colleen Carson, a talented harpist, with the group Celtic Joy.

Mark your calendars for our annual Kirkin’ of the Tartan, 4 pm Sunday, November 24th at Trinity Church, Nevada City. This is a lovely traditional ceremony with bagpipes and flags of all the Celtic nations, presentation of the clans, and blessing of the tartan or any Celtic memento you wish to bring.

Reservations are now being accepted for the 29th annual Robert Burns Dinner & Concert to be held at Miners Foundry on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Call for information: 530-346-2565.

Please join us – you don’t have to be Celtic! Nevada City Veterans Building, 425 No. Pine Street, Nevada City. For information: 530-274-0184 or www.nevadacountycelticclub.org

 

Miners Foundry Upcoming Events for November

Upcoming Miners Foundry Cultural Center Events  325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees waived for purchases made by phone or in person via the Miners Foundry Box Office.  The Miners Foundry Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., (530) 265-5040.  www.minersfoundry.org

The Foundry Sings – Wednesday, November 20, Doors 6:00pm-9:00pm $10/Suggested Donation

The rafters of the 160-year-old Stone Hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center will ring on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.!

Rod Baggett, choral conductor at Nevada Union High School and Seven Hills Middle School, along with multi-instrumentalist and singer Jonathan Meredith, will lead voices unified in song.  This unique countywide experience aims to gather people of all ages and singing levels under one roof to share in the power of song.  The Foundry Sings is inspired by the popular Choir! Choir! Choir!, a weekly drop-in singing event based in Toronto, Canada, which has attracted professional musicians such as Rufus Wainwright to sing with the group.

 

Aaron Ross with Farrow and The Peach Leaves plus Special Guests

Friday, November 22 – Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm, $15/Adv, $20/Door

With a poet’s penchant for wordplay and a wide-eyed attitude toward music production, Aaron Ross has earned his place as one of Nevada County’s most gifted musicians and songwriters. Ross’ music is more than a listening experience but a poetic endeavor that explores the scope of life. Each song tells a magnificently dynamic tale, complete with a lyrical imagery reminiscent of greats like Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, and Patti Smith, and sung with the heartfelt resolve that makes Ross’ voice one-of-a-kind.

One of the most prolific songwriters of his generation, Ross has written and recorded hundreds of songs that have spanned his eleven solo albums, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration with Sacramento experimental rock group Hella for their 2007 album There’s No 666 in Outer Space (Ipecac), followed by the power psych project Solos with Spencer Seim of Hella, which produced Beast of Both Worlds (recorded and produced by the legendary Guy Massey), and finally the power-chords and fuzzed-out riffs of the classic-rock inspired trio El Dorado.

Equally at home with solo folk romps, melodic pop grooves, soft guitar lullaby summons featuring piano and strings, and heavy rock ballads backed by a full band and a wall of amplifiers, Ross’ remarkable vocal agility always leaves the listener with a resounding message on humanity.

Achilles Wheel – Friday, November 29

Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm  $22/Adv, $27/Door

Achilles Wheel will be performing on the Miners Foundry stage on Friday, November 29 at 8:00pm as part of a Live Recording Series for their next album!

Achilles Wheel blurs the lines between genres with a mix of infectious high energy dance beats and stark lyrical ballads. Roots Rock storytelling combined with dance hall psychedelia.

Much like life itself, their music breathes in and out with joy and pain, hurtling forward like a wheel, intent on hope and love. They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life. Their idealism is not diminished by the harsh light of the modern world as we struggle to live free and have a good time… and in the end – hopefully make a difference. Achilles Wheel fearlessly sings out to these times, the here and now.

Beta Series: Hannah Jane Kile with Karen Woerner and Deidra Hall

Sunday, December 1 – Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm, $10/GA

Miners Foundry is pleased to present our next Beta Series: Hannah Jane Kile with Karen Woerner and Deidra Hall on Sunday, December 1 at 7:00pm. Join these lovely lady singer/songwriters for a cozy evening at the Foundry with the sounds of solo acoustic guitar and melodic vocals. “Beta Series,” an exploratory programming venture which utilizes our historic Cultural Center in bringing new music to Nevada City in an all-ages and accessible setting. Experience or Re-Discover Miners Foundry as a regular weekend attraction by attending the Beta Series while enjoying a beverage or a meal from our new menu!

 

Martinis & Mistletoe Saturday, December 7  – Doors 7:00, Show 8:00pm, Tickets $30/GA, $45/Reserved Seating

The Holidays kick off at the Miners Foundry with the 3rd Annual Martinis & Mistletoe concert. This intimate, vintage-style evening in the beautiful Stone Hall features cabaret jazz and holiday pops performed by the Swingtime Jazz Combo with Tamara Fouyer.  The evening will include a no host full bar offering holiday cocktails and sweet treats available for purchase.

 

Holt Ballet Conservatory and the Miners Foundry present Clara & The Nutcracker

Thursday & Friday, December 12 & 13 at 7pm, Saturday, December 14 at 1pm, Tickets $22/Adults, $16/Youth 18 and Under

Enjoy a delightful performance of holiday cheer and tradition in historical Nevada City with a beautiful cast of dancers, colorful costumes, magical sets, and the wonderful music of the holidays.  The Miners Foundry offers time-honored hospitality and H.B.C. dancers bring vibrant energy and faithful dedication to the art of ballet and this classical favorite.

“Clara and The Nutcracker” is a delightful version of the classic holiday tale  “The Nutcracker Suite”  by E.T.A. Hoffmann, featuring choreography by Royal Ballet’s famous choreographer Sir Peter Wright.  The cast runs the gamut, from youngsters making their stage debut as dancers to advanced accomplished dancers performing en pointe, and all levels in between.  Holt Ballet Conservatory’s production tells the tale of Clara, whose Christmas present of a toy nutcracker solider inspires a magical dream for Clara, and an opportunity for classically trained ballet dancers to showcase and share their carefully crafted talent.  Children will be enchanted and adults will be inspired by this performance to remember!

 

Nevada City Winter Craft Fair – Sunday, December 15, 10am – 5pm $5/General Admission, 12 & Under Free

Nevada County’s premier juried craft fair returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Sunday, December 15, from 10am-5pm. Just in time for those seeking one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays, the 9th Annual Nevada City Winter Craft Fair features the freshest voices of the local hand-made movement and showcases their hip, sustainable, yet innovative items with a modern rustic feel.

The Nevada City Craft Fair falls on the same day as the first Victorian Christmas in Nevada City, which starts at 1:30pm. Attendees can either stop by during the annual holiday street fair or come early to get a good parking spot.

 

Paul Emery and the Miners Foundry present New Year’s Eve Bash – Tuesday, December 31,

Door 8:00pm, Show 9:00pm, $35/GA, $55/Reserved Cabaret Seating and a complimentary split of champagne.

Ring in the New Year Nevada City style with Love Train and special guest Elevation (feat. J Silk). Love Train is a 6-piece dance band that taps into the same gold vein of 60’s soul and R&B as the Blues Bros and the Commitments. If you attended the Miners Foundry New Year’s Eve Bash in 2018, you will remember them as the opening act. Our audience had so much fun with them, we brought them back for 2019!

Belting out soul hits from Wilson Picket, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, the O’Jays, Sam and Dave, Stevie Wonder and many more, Love Train delivers a powerfully funky vintage soul groove that WILL get you dancing! Guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Lyerly, and bassist/vocalist Karel Hendee are joined by ace drummer Tim Bulkley, and backed by a stellar 3-piece horn section (Phil Kember, John DeBoer and Jerry Grant) who recently appeared with the Temptations!

Opening the show will be local funk favorite Elevation featuring J Silk, a high-energy funk/rock band from Northern California. Their original music was born in the clubs and bars of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Auburn. They are a jam band and a dance band with an emphasis on heavy bass lines and funky grooves. The smooth vocals of front man J Silk and singer Brynn Farwell give Elevation a fresh sound that’s both old school and modern.

The Center for the Arts Upcoming Shows in November

The Center for the Arts and Chris Perondi, the “Stunt Dog Guy”

™ Present The Stunt Dog Experience ™

The Center for the Arts is brings The Stunt Dog Experience ™ to the Veterans Auditorium in Grass Valley for two performances on Friday, November 22nd 2019.

Chris Perondi is the Stunt Dog GuyTM and his famous stunt dogs are out of this world! Director Chris Perondi has been entertaining audiences of all sizes since 1999. He has produced over 9,000 shows in his career. Over 4,500 have been stage shows for performing arts theaters and for major theme parks including Knotts Berry Farm and Six Flags of America.

The Stunt Dog GuyTM has a cast of performers and dogs will delight audiences of all ages. He guarantees high-energy excitement from beginning to end. During this “Stunt Dog Experience” you will witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs. The experience has amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and is the most entertaining show of its kind.

The show is one-of-a-kind and brings forth pet adoption awareness. All the dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. The mission is to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, encourage spay & neutering, and encourage people to spend more time with their pets.

Don’t forget “Diggy the Dog” the human sized canine mascot! Diggy is always trying to be a part of the show in some silly way. He will try to convince everyone that he is the real star of the show. During the process you will laugh as he tries his paws at jumping rope like the four legged stars. He will also beg to do Perondi’s famous daredevil stunt. Can Diggy jump as high as the four-legged stunt dog? You will soon find out!

Every show also includes interactive crowd participation. It’s not just a show, it’s an experience! Audience members will chant “Higher” and “Dog gone fun!” and be involved in the excitement of the production. The audience will even be split into two teams and everyone will cheer on their team of dogs during the “Golden Bone Showdown”. The trick dog challenge will be judged and won by audience applause; and the athletic challenges will be won based on speed, accuracy, and leaping ability. From world class Frisbee catching dogs, the three sport “Stunt Dog Triathlon”, and weave pole racing, to the famous high-jumping phenomenon. You will be blown away by the most agile dogs in the world!

These stars have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, David Letterman, the Tonight Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Queen Latifah show, Animal Planet’s Pet Stars, worldwide during the annual Rose Parade, the CBS Early Show, and much more. They have also starred in commercials and have been featured on the news and in magazines across the country. The Stunt Dog GuyTM truly delivers a theater masterpiece.

The Center for the Arts presents “Stunt Dog Experience” at the Veterans Auditorium on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley for two performances on Friday, November 22nd 2019. There is a matinee at 1:00 p.m. and an evening show at 7:00 p.m. Doors open one hour before each show. Tickets are available online at thecenterforthearts.org and at The Center for the Arts box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. Discounted tickets available for children 13 and under.

WHAT: Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience ™
WHEN: Two Shows on Friday, November 22nd at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
WHERE: Veteran’s Memorial Building S Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHO: The Stunt Dog team includes Chris Perondi, wife Suhey Perondi, son Anthony Perondi.
ADMISSION: Youth $15 (children 13 and under) / Members $25 / Public $30

Storm Large to perform in Grass Valley on Sunday, December 8th

Storm Large is a musician, actor, playwright, and author. She shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.
Storm spent the 90s singing in clubs throughout San Francisco. Tired of the club scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef, but a last-minute cancellation in 2002 at the Portland club “Dante’s” turned into a standing Wednesday night engagement for Storm and her new band, The Balls. It wasn’t long before she had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed singing career that was soon to be launched onto the international stage.

In the 18-19 season, Storm performed her one-woman autobiographical musical memoir Crazy Enough at La Jolla Music Society and Portland Center Stage, celebrating the show’s ten-year anniversary. Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Philly Pops, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and the Maryland Symphony, as well as return engagements with the Houston Symphony, New York Pops, and the Louisville Orchestra, with whom she recorded the 2017 album All In. Storm continues to tour concert halls across the country with her band Le Bonheur and as a special guest on Michael Feinstein’s Shaken & Stirred tour.

“Flying undeservedly under the radar, Storm Large and her band, Le Bonheur, delivered a bold and memorable set of songs that you would be highly unlikely to hear anywhere else from the same singer in the same show . . . All the musical passion and emotion that remains dammed up just behind the round eyeglasses of Abrams, who plays brilliantly but with reserve and stillness, finds its channel in Large, who dramatically interprets classic jazz, rock, and punk songs with her body, her eyes, her devilish smile, and a truly remarkable voice.” Louisville.com

Storm made her debut as a guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and featured on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton.

Storm’s music memoir, Crazy Enough, played to packed houses in 2009 during its unprecedented 21-week sold out run. Her memoir, Crazy Enough, was released by Simon and Schuster in 2012, named Oprah’s Book of the Week, and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.

In the fall of 2014, Storm & Le Bonheur released a record designed to capture their sublime and subversive interpretations of the American Songbook. Entitled simply Le Bonheur and released on Pink Martini’s Heinz Records, the recording is a collection of tortured and titillating love songs: beautiful, familiar, yet twisted … much like the lady herself. “She is an intoxicating and unmissable cocktail of power and vulnerability.” − The Times (UK)

Storm Large will be performing at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium downtown Grass Valley as a part of The Center OnTheGo. Tickets and additional information can be found online at www.thecenterforthearts.org or by visiting the box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.

WHAT: Storm Large Live at The Center for the Arts
WHEN: Sunday, December 8th, 2019 – Doors open 6:30pm – Show at 7:30pm
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, S Auburn St. Grass Valley, Ca 95945
WHO: Storm Large
ADMISSION:$30-$60 Members, $35-$65 Regular http://bit.ly/191208-StormLarge
PUBLIC CONTACT INFO: https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/storm-large/

The Mark O’Connor Band Brings Appalachia to Nevada County for A Special Holiday Show

Grammy winner Mark O’Connor blends American fiddling with French jazz into a new American classical music. An Appalachian Christmas is a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols, fiddling, bluegrass and other traditional American music. See the music from An Appalachian Christmas performed live at Foothills Event Center on Saturday, December 14th at 8pm as a part of The Center for the Arts, Center OnTheGo series.
O’Connor says, “Appalachia is the original melting pot of our country featuring more diverse styles of American music than just about anywhere.”

A cultural diplomat and author of the O’Connor Method, his score “Fiddle Concerto” has become the most-performed modern violin concerto composed in the last 50 years. His new band is the product of Mark O’Connor’s imagination – one that has served him well over the course of his four-decade professional career. Their very first performance took place at the legendary Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas in 2015, the same event where Mark won national competitions on three instruments as a young teenager. In 2017 – less than a year and a half later – the new band took home the GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their debut recording, Coming Home. Their recently released Mark O’Connor Band A Musical Legacy, is a stunning showcase of their most exciting concert and festival material to date. Recorded live in concert, the album captures the band on the heels of a packed first couple of years on the road, during which they had honed their sound and risen to an even higher level of cohesion and expressiveness.

The Grammy-winning Mark O’Connor Band performs Country, Progressive Bluegrass, Acoustic Pop, Indie Folk, and Americana. Iconic fiddler Mark O’Connor, puts on an engaging, dynamic show featuring compelling arrangements, virtuosic solos, and tight vocal harmonies. The band includes Mark’s family members; Maggie O’Connor – fiddle, Forrest O’Connor – mandolin and vocals and Kate Lee – fiddle and vocals. Rounding out the band is National Flatpick Guitar Champion Joe Smart and Michael Rinne playing upright bass.

The Center for the Arts presents An Appalachian Christmas on Saturday, December 14th at Foothills Event Center. Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00. This show is sponsored by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames of Grass Valley. Tickets are available online at thecenterforthearts.org, by calling 530-274-8384, and at the box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.

WHAT: Mark O’Connor Band – An Appalachian Christmas
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2020 – Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm
WHERE: Foothills Event Center 400 Idaho Maryland Rd. Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHO: Mark O’Connor Band
ADMISSION: $55 Members, $60 Regular http://bit.ly/191214-MarkOConnor
PUBLIC CONTACT INFO: thecenterforthearts.org 530-274-8384.

Irish Christmas in America Show in Grass Valley

The Center for the Arts OnTheGo presents Irish Christmas in America on Friday, December 20th at the Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for a special 1:00 pm matinee show.

The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 15th season, features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2019 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell.

This family-friendly performance features Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes, and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Catch a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland take you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2019.

The holiday show was first conceived in 2005 with past tours featuring such stellar guest vocalists as Séamus Begley, Teresa Horgan, Méabh Begley, Lumiere, Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cathie Ryan, and Michael Londra. Mac Diarmada enthuses about the program as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”

The group’s latest album is called “Last Night in Chicago.” It’s a live album from a couple of recent Christmas tours and is available on Bandcamp.com.

A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season. Tickets are available at thecenterforthearts.org and at The Center for the Arts box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.

This show is a part of The Center’s OnTheGo series and will be held at the Amaral Building at Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Concessions will be provided by The Ham Stand. This is a 1:00 pm matinee performance and the doors will open at noon.

WHAT: Irish Christmas in America the Show
WHEN: Friday, December 20th 2019 1:00 pm Show, Doors open at noon.
WHERE: Amaral Center at The Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Rd. Grass Valley, CA
WHO: The Center for the Arts Presents Irish Christmas in America
ADMISSION: $15 Student 12 & Under, $35 Members, $45 Regular http://bit.ly/19220-IrishChristmas
PUBLIC CONTACT INFO: thecenterforthearts.org 530-274-8384.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming. Typically, the Center presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center is currently underway in a major renovation of its multi-use 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 490 seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.

HOLLY JOLLY – “A Family Christmas Saga”

Holiday Musical Comedy
By Jan Kopp & John Driscoll

Starring: Ken Miele, Micah Cone, Kelly Nevius, Kenny DeKowzan, Tasa Proberts, Kris DeKowzan & Tina Marie Kelley

Plays at Off Broadstreet Cabaret Dessert Theatre
305 Commercial Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
Reservations: (530) 265-8686

Friday & Saturday 8:15 PM
November 15th through December 21st
(Also Sunday, Nov 24 & Dec 1 @ 2:00 PM)
Closed Friday, Nov 22nd and 29th

Opening Night Gala
Friday, Nov 15th 8:15 PM
Complimentary Champagne
(Also Snacks) Before The Show

The Jolly Family hosts the 50th annual Christmas party at their vacation lodge. There are some surprises and challenges when an estranged uncle
shows up with his much younger girlfriend. But Family wins out in the end. Traditions include a karaoke contest and a game of Family Feud,
along with a special crazy “Jolly Family Dance.” Hilarious antics along with a heartwarming story of Family, mixed with memorable holiday and
non-holiday music (much of which is performed to live instrumental accompaniment) make this a perfect evening. Though not specifically
geared toward children, Holly Jolly is great fun for most family members.

Pre-show entertainment is provided by Chris Crockett beginning one hour before show time for all performances. For further information or for
show reservations, please call OFF BROADSTREET at (530) 265-8686 or visit the OFF BROADSTREET website at www.offbroadstreet.com

Sierra Harvest 10th Annual Sustainable Food & Farm Conference

Register Early and Save for the Sierra Harvest 10th Annual Sustainable Food & Farm Conference

Feb. 7-9, 2020

 Buy your early bird tickets now before Dec. 1st and save!

You won’t want to miss the 10th annual Sustainable Food & Farm Conference February 7-9, 2020 in Grass Valley for a full weekend of speakers, workshops, Food & Farm Expo, and a Sustainable Farm Tour with speakers like:

  • Vandana Shiva, international expert on how communities can build their own robust local food security
  • Jim Garrish, award winning expert in building healthy and profitable pastures

Join us February 7-9, 2020 in Grass Valley for a full weekend of speakers, workshops, Food & Farm Expo, and a Sustainable Farm Tour.

 

Just Enough Regional History Series, by Hank Meals

The Gold Rush is the next live audio-visual presentation the Just Enough Regional History series, by Hank Meals. The series consists of five sessions designed to provide the fundamentals of historical savvy in the Yuba River region. Before the Gold Rush is the second installment in the five part series.

Where:

North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

17894 Tyler-Foote Road on San Juan Ridge

(530) 265-2628

http://www.northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org

When:

Tuesdays at 7 pm

Before the Gold Rush                       October 22

The Gold Rush                             November 5

After the Gold Rush                         November 19

Legacy in the Local Landscape      December 3

Admission:

$10 at the door.  (No advance tickets available)

The Yuba, Bear and American Rivers have played a major role in California’s history. Personalities and incidents in this dramatic story have influenced science, industry and ethics on a world-wide scale with good and bad consequences. With so much heritage surrounding us how can a person begin to appreciate it?

Local history buff, archaeologist and author, Hank Meals is offering a series of slide shows with live commentary on regional history at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on San Juan Ridge in October, November and December of 2019. It won’t be the dense and dull history that you endured in High School, but “just enough”, Meals says, “to make you somewhat legacy literate.” “So much of the commercially oriented history we’re exposed to consists of jumbled clichés, inaccuracies and cuteness – It’s simply not satisfying enough when the full stories are so engaging and illuminating.” “I’ve found that knowing what happened in your neighborhood makes you see a place differently, gives it extra texture and creates a sense of regional pride and ownership.”

Before the Gold Rush

For most people living in the northern Sierra Nevada foothills history begins during the Gold Rush with maybe a nod to the Missions of coastal California. When the Spanish entered California in 1769 the seeds, animals, microbes and ideas that accompanied them began to spread at a rapid rate beginning the transformation of the environment and social fabric in fundamental ways. It’s a fascinating story that incudes indigenous people as land managers, foreign trappers, extensive trading patterns, devastating malaria and smallpox epidemics, Mexican land grants, strategic adaptations attempted by the native population, American settlers and John Sutter’s role.

Each 90-minute presentation in this series is rich with unique historical and contemporary photos, maps and diagrams. Meals will provide commentary, answer questions and offer references and enthusiasm for the topics addressed.

 

 

 

Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance presents “Fall for Dance”

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 21-23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Don Baggett Theatre

Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance presents three evening performances of Fall for Dance on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 21-23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Don Baggett Theatre, located at 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. There will also be a special community matinee performance on Saturday, November 23rd at 2:00 p.m.

The evening performances are two hours in length and feature NU dance students from beginning through advanced levels performing a variety of dance styles, including modern, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and cultural dance. Since August, the advanced dancers have attended daily after-school rehearsals and monthly weekend rehearsals. The show opens with a contemporary piece taught by guest choreographer Jordan Isadore, who danced professionally with the premier international dance company Shen Wei Dance Arts. The advanced dancers also worked with New York choreographer, Alison Clancy, who dances professionally with the Met Opera. Additional numbers in this show include a student-choreographed dance by  junior Eve White, who taught the “Two Step” to students from the Special Education department at Nevada Union. There is a reprisal of a tap dance to “King of New York” from the hit musical Newsies, choreographed by Sommer Wadman-Huntley; a cultural dance fusion of samba, reggae, and funk styles choreographed by Deanna Figueria; and an exciting hip hop dance choreographed by Daisy Hang, performed by the Advanced Dance Team. The intermediate dancers will perform four dances, including a piece called “Come With Me Now” inspired by the film Mad Max, where the dancers twirl long poles and drum on everyday objects like tin pails and buckets. The beginning dancers will perform a latin jazz piece choreographed by NU dance teacher, Courtney Wadman, as well as a lyrical piece choreographed by NU Assistant Director Gaby Blaney, who is also the new dance teacher at Bear River High School.

The Saturday 2:00 p.m. matinee show is shorter (one hour with no intermission) and features different pieces from the evening concerts. It includes community members and performers of all ages who attend the after-school enrichment classes offered at Nevada Union, such as the kindergarten-aged creative movement class performing “Bippity Boppity Boo” from Cinderella. This dance was choreographed by NU dance senior, Charlotte Stehmeyer, as part of her senior project. This show also includes two classical ballet pieces, choreographed by Hollie McGovern, a contemporary jazz dance featuring kids ages 11-13, choreographed by Toria Talbott, and a collaboration with Bear River High School’s dancers. Tickets for this special community matinee performance are $10, general admission seating. The box office opens at 12:00 p.m., and doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for this show are not available online, but presales are available in the Don Baggett Theatre lobby on November 18-20 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. or at the box office before the show. Cash or check only for this production.

Tickets for the three full-length evening performances of Fall for Dance are available online at http://www.nevadauniondance.com/tickets/, and all seating is reserved. Presale ticket prices are $12 or $15, depending on seating location. Online presale tickets close at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the show to prepare the box office. Remaining tickets will be available at the box office beginning 2 hours before the show. All tickets at the box office are $15, cash or check only.

For more information, contact the N.U. Theatrical Dance program at (530) 273-4431 extension 2228 or visit https://www.nevadauniondance.com/show/fall-for-dance-2019/.

Yuba Bus Provides Transportation for Holiday Parties & Corporate Outings

Planning a holiday party or company outing this year? Consider hiring Yuba Bus to make sure everyone gets home safely! Celebrate a successful year in style! Yuba Bus offers a fun, safe and inexpensive way for you and all your employees to get to and from this year’s big celebration!

The party always starts on the Yuba Bus- we do have the appropriate license for responsible alcohol consumption while in transit. Make this year’s party the one that all your employees talk about for years to come- Hire Yuba Bus. Email info@yubabus.com for pricing and availability.

https://yubabus.com/

Let’s Go Out Tonight! Wednesdays, November & December

Visit a local restaurant, brewery, winery, bar, specialty shop or market and support local businesses that have been impacted by the recent power outages! These local businesses not only feed and provide entertainment for the community, they also employee thousands of our neighbors, friends and family. Here is our chance to show our support! Stop in for a drink, meal, or ice cream cone…every little bit helps!

28th Annual Food & Toy Run

Come Celebrate the TRUE meaning of the season by giving a little of yourself to those less fortunate….

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

This is a rain or shine event, all bikes welcome! Bring an unwrapped Toy or Food. Arrive at Eric Rood Center & be ready to leave by NOON, then proceed to the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Established in 1991 by Thom Staser and others, the Nevada County Food & Toy Run has provided tens of thousands of Christmas presents and thousands of Christmas meals to needy children and families throughout Nevada County and the surrounding areas for nearly 3 decades. Each year thousands of motorcyclists joyfully make the trek from all over California, and the states of Nevada and Oregon, to take part in the much needed and well appreciated selfless giving that exemplifies the true meaning of this season. The riders act like little kids themselves as they parade through the streets of Nevada City and Grass Valley on their final stretch to the fairgrounds, but ask any one of them and the most heartwarming reward for them all is the joy to be found on those childrens’ faces when they receive what they might have otherwise gone without.

If you have any questions, please contact the Toy Run at: thom@toyrun.org or, 530-913-7078. Merry Christmas and Happy Yule!

www.toyrun.org

Nevada City Classic Cafe Celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau November 21st

Come celebrate the release of 2019’s Beaujolais Nouveau at Nevada City Classic Cafe on Thursday, November 21 from 5.30 to 8.30 pm. Enjoy a great wine tasting and food pairing with live music in a friendly environment.

Proprietor Genevieve Crouzet brings French cuisine and atmosphere to Nevada City. She started with authentic French crepes over a decade ago and first of the month Friday night tapas—fine food, music and wine equal great joie de vivre!

Nevada City Classic Cafe celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau with food pairing and live music. Beaujolais Nouveau is one of the most iconic wine celebrations in France. Every year this very special event happens on the third Thursday in November and it is good simple fun. The wine is similar to a light-bodied Pinot Noir and has fresh, fruity flavors that pair well with autumn dishes.

Come share the magic of a gathering of folks who have an affinity for great people, great food, tasty wine and vivacious music—a celebration honoring a regional wine holiday gone global. Experience a festive, light-hearted French tradition including Genevieve’s famously authentic French crepes and live French cafe music performed by Beaucoup Chapeaux.

WHAT: Beaujolais Nouveau Food & Wine Pairing w/Beaucoup Chapeaux
WHERE: Nevada City Classic Cafe, 216 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA
WHEN: Thursday, November 21, from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm (live music from 6-8 pm)
COST: $30 in advance holds your place at the table, $35 at the door
(Pre-paid reservations required)
CONTACT/RESERVE: Come by to purchase your reservation
WEBSITE: www.ncclassiccafe.com

Food & Wine Pairing Details
Your reservation includes a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau, and a main entree of your choice with a side. Entertainment and tax included, gratuity not included. Pre-payment and reservations required for this very special event with limited seating. Save your place at this exceptional event by coming by and reserving today!

Entree pairing menu options accent the fresh, fruity flavor of Beaujolais Nouveau

• Charcuterie, cheese and fruit plate
• Coq Au Vin
• Filet Mignon
• Roasted Stuffed Acorn Squash
• Holiday Turkey Crepe (gluten-free on request)
• Boeuf Bourguignon

Side dishes include one of these selections: zucchini soup, salad or roasted sweet potatoes.

Other savory crepes and desserts, such as Crepe Suzette or Tarte de Fruits along with coffee and other wines available for additional purchase.

About Nevada City Classic Cafe
Nevada City Classic Cafe proprietors Genevieve Crouzet and Kirk Valentine express their vision of bringing Nevada City a typical Classic European village community/family bistro. See us for American and French breakfast or lunch every day except Wednesday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Also, note our first Friday of each month now is open from 6-9:30 pm for tapas, wine and music. (Seven days a week during December).

Please note: Everything is made from scratch at Nevada City Classic Cafe. Nevada City Classic Cafe uses many locally-sourced ingredients.

Enter the Gingerbread House & Holiday Ornament Contests

at the Country Christmas Faire

Submit your entry form by Friday, November 22

There are two fun contests for holiday bakers, decorators and crafters to enter at this year’s Country Christmas Faire – a gingerbread house competition and the new holiday ornament contest.

The gingerbread house competition includes divisions for youth, adults, individuals with disabilities, and groups. New this year is a Fairgrounds Building/Scene division for exhibitors who want to create a gingerbread house that represents a building or scene at the Fairgrounds.

Enter your best decorated ornament in this year’s new holiday ornament contest. With divisions for youth, adults and individuals with disabilities, exhibitors can either decorate a premade ornament or make an ornament from scratch. Class descriptions and rules are available at NevadaCountyFair.com.

The deadline to turn in entry forms is Friday, November 22 by 4 pm. To enter, complete the process online at NevadaCountyFair.com or submit an entry form at the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road. It’s free to enter! Ribbons will be awarded to winners in both contests, as well as Best of Show and People’s Choice prizes. All gingerbread houses and ornaments will be on display in Ponderosa Hall during the Country Christmas Faire.

The Country Christmas Faire features of the work of talented artisans who fill the Fairgrounds exhibit buildings with thousands of quality handmade crafts and unique gifts. Visitors can also enjoy holiday music, gourmet festival foods, wagon rides, and a community bonfire. Santa Claus will be on hand with candy canes to greet children, so bring your camera to get that special photo. Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit in the Tall Pines Building. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be available in the lobby of Main Street Center to assist shoppers with packages throughout the event.

The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 29, and runs through Sunday, December 1. The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.