Nevada County Arts Council Launches Artist Relief Fun & What a Relief Online Concert

Arts events, concerts, and productions have been cancelled in venues across the county due to the effects of COVID-19 and professional artists whose livelihoods are dependent on these events are facing insurmountable loses.

In response, Nevada County Arts Council has formed a coalition of local arts organizations to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists within Nevada County.

Now is the time to give back to our artists who contribute so much to the quality of our lives and the wellbeing of our community. Funds will be distributed as micro relief grants to eligible artists once our fund has reached a critical level.

Your tax-deductible donation goes directly toward the support of professional artists in all disciplines whose livelihoods have been affected by the public health crisis. Click here to donate.

To help jumpstart donations and raise awareness for the fund, Nevada County Arts Council is presenting an online festival on August 22 featuring over 40 performances by musicians, artists, actors, and more.

This online festival is not only an incredible show of pride and solidarity for our arts community, but also provides entertainment and enjoyment for all of us who have missed seeing our favorite theater group or band perform in the last few months, or who have missed walking into a gallery or going to the movies.

There are many ways to give to our fund. You can join us for our WHAT A RELIEF! online festival, and become a donor via our GoFundMe campaign. You can make a one time donation below. Or you can become a monthly donor to our fund at a level that you feel comfortable with.

Click here for more information on “WHAT A RELIEF!” or to register online.

Nevada City Film Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary online and with drive-in

Nevada City Film Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary online and with drive-in

WHAT: 20th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
WHERE: Online at Drive-in: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 1 11228
McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA
WHEN: August 28 through September 4, 2020. Drive-in: Gates 6:30 p.m., Film at 7:30 p.m.

Online Festival Pass $35, Industry Online Festival Pass $25, Pay As You Watch Online
$8 each.

Drive-in: $30 per vehicle with two people, $8 each additional person. Vehicle ticket
includes Onyx Concessions Pack popcorn with two drinks.
INFO: or (530) 362-8601

Despite COVID-19’s best attempts, the show must go on for the Nevada City Film Festival which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The nonprofit Nevada City Film Festival will adapt to the pandemic, moving film screenings online and to an outdoor drive-in which will allow for safe social distancing. Online festival passes will be sold for $35, an industry pass will go for $25, and there will be the option to pay as you watch for $8 per screening.

Since its meager and storied beginnings the Nevada City Film Festival has championed for the odd, the unheard, and the brave. It was dubbed “The Sundance of the Sierra” by Sacramento News & Review and has been a leader in offering support to independent filmmakers and artists, and was recently voted the third best film festival in North America in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice poll.

This year’s fest will be largely online, with over 100 films total being offered, including children’s programming. In addition to the official selections, an online gala/pre-party will take place August 26.

Following a successful drive-in experience this summer which served as its annual Movies Under The Pines series, the theme will continue with nightly films being screened at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Car hop vendors will be available for dinner and ice cream for attendees to enjoy in their vehicles.

No matter the format, Q & A sessions with the filmmakers will be held after each screening. Given that the film festival is offering their online experience for a much-discounted cost, donations are being graciously accepted. A line of merchandise and special compilation record – “Sounds of the Nevada City Album, Volume One” – will be available for purchase as well and will aid in ensuring the fest can remain thriving now and in the future. In addition, the events will be fundraising for the Nevada County Artist Relief fund.

The final evening of the festival will feature The Best of the Fest as voted on by judges and audience members in the drive-in experience. Stay tuned for additional information and screening times.

Keeping with the organization’s unofficial Wild West spirit, Executive Director Jesse Locks said
that it would take more than a global pandemic to keep the festival from adapting and thriving
as best it can.

“We spent 20 years preparing for this moment,” said Locks. “The festival brings together international, independent filmmakers and we like to keep that rough-around-the-edges dynamic. We feel the festival as a whole brightens up the events of the last few months.”

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The Center for the Arts Continues to Expand Cultural and Educational Offerings as They Continue to Lose Ticket Revenue This Fall

The Center for the Arts Continues to Expand Cultural and Educational Offerings as They Continue to Lose Ticket Revenue This Fall

The Center for the Arts is committed to bringing a wide variety of arts and cultural experiences to Nevada County through performances, art exhibits, and through California WorldFest, their annual world music festival. Even as mass gatherings and events continue to be put on hold, The Center is determined to hold true to their mission while being advocates for public safety, but they won’t be able continue this pace without income from ticketed events.

“Without more funding we will have to close at the end of the year,” says Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel, as they move to postpone more shows. “We were hopeful that we might be able to resume shows with live audiences in the fall, but in reality that may not happen until fall of 2021.” The Center relies on revenue from performances, events, and venue rentals that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They were fortunate enough to receive a PPP loan, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and $150,000 from the Economic Disaster Relief Fund. Manuel went on to say, “Every dollar helps us to retain administrative staff, and to continue to offer programs to our community at a time when people really need creative experiences. However, many of our programs such as education programs and open studios are performed as a benefit to the community. Without operations revenue from event income we will not be able to sustain these programs after 2020.”

Their From The Center broadcast series strives to make the arts accessible to everyone and brings live music into the homes of our community. These shows also provide local bands and emerging artists with a stage and platform to connect with online audiences and earn money when gigs are mostly unavailable. They also provide jobs for local sound techs and video crews. “It’s been so rewarding to see local bands and young artists thrive on our beautiful new stage,” says Manuel. Currently the shows are free and donations are welcomed. They are making a difference for the local creative community and music lovers online, but they don’t even break even.

As an anchor organization driving culture and commerce in Nevada County and the surrounding Sierra Foothills region, closing the doors of The Center for the Arts for any amount of time would have lasting effects in the community. In a typical year, The Center presents 150 concerts that attract music fans from all across Northern California. At full capacity, they bring up to 40,000 people annually to the historic downtown. Out of town patrons love to ‘make a weekend’ out of their events. Locals are thankful to have culture at their doorstep, and new neighbors often cite The Center for the Arts as one of the reasons they choose to move to this area instead of other foothill communities.

The Center is also a launch pad and connecting point for visual artists. Each year they coordinate open studio tours for up to 80 local artists in addition to curated exhibits in the newly renovated gallery. While The Center’s gallery space is retail and not currently subject to restrictions, they made the decision early on to limit their capacity and to require masks. Now, with cases in the county on the rise, they are again taking a proactive approach and shifting to a reservation model so that anyone in the community can come in, enjoy the art, and not be concerned about sharing the space with people outside their household.

Summer camps have been modified too. Manuel says “Right now we have summer camp kids learning new skills, including how to social distance in a class setting. They are wearing masks, washing hands often, and getting daily temperature checks. We want to be able to do it again in the fall, providing small classes that are safe for the students and safe for the teachers.” The Center’s youth arts education programs directly support the local school district, stepping in to provide a creative curriculum through the summer, after-school, and this year they will continue camps through the school year to support families struggling with reduced school schedules. They have also expanded their education programs to include workshops for adults to provide a creative outlet during this challenging time.

“Our number one priority is supporting the community that has invested so much in us, in this new facility, and in the future of the arts in this county. They deserve us to stay open.” Manuel led the recent $6 million dollar renovation project and fundraising campaigns that culminated in a state-of-the-art theater destined to lift the economy around it. Now, they are operating at a loss. They may be losing money but the community is gaining the arts, they are experiencing the resilience of a beloved and supported organization. “We are learning how to connect with an even greater reaching audience online, and setting ourselves up for a successful reopening when that time comes.” Manuel went on to say the time can’t come soon enough. They are seeking additional funding to ensure the doors stay open, and their modified programs can continue through the pandemic.

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. The theater closed just days after its grand re-opening due to COVID-19.

Erin Noel: Unfolding. A New Painting Exhibit at The Center for the Arts

Erin Noel: Unfolding. A New Painting Exhibit at The Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts is preparing to unveil the second fine art exhibit in the newly remodeled Granucci Gallery, featuring paintings by Erin Noel. A visual artist and attorney who lives and works in the rural Sierra Nevada mountains of California, Noel’s work concerns our relationship to our environment, how we shape what surrounds us and how it shapes who we are and how we think. These subjects seem to be intensified by the current pandemic, and the artist and The Center are working together to provide a safe space for people to appreciate the large scale paintings on display.The opening reception, which will be held Friday, July 31st from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. is by appointment only. Anyone interested in attending the event and meeting the artist should visit to reserve a time. Time slots are 30 minutes and can accommodate up to 10 guests.

Another opportunity to meet the artist is available on Thursday, August 13 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. as a part of The Center’s Third Thursday series. This event has also been modified with public safety in mind and will feature a one way walk through of the gallery exhibit followed by a Q&A session outside in the parking lot. Third Thursday is first-come, first-served.  One at a time, each party will enter through the front door, view the gallery and then proceed through the new theater to the back parking lot where the artist will be available for questions.

When asked to describe the exhibit, Erin Noel provided the following Artist Statement: The landscape, our personal experience, and our society is subject to intense compartmentalization and segmentation over time, at least in the culture in which we find ourselves. This show represents a variety of explorations of that reality. From explorations of segmented landscapes to internal compartmentalization, these visual explorations reveal something about who we are. Making these works outside on the porch in the stillness of a COVID spring, or inside on the dining room table in the dead of winter, entails an unfolding and increased awareness of just how tangled we and our landscape have become.  This show is an expression of that unfolding.

The exhibit will run from Tuesday, July 28, through Friday, August 21. Gallery hours are from noon to 4:00 p.m. Visitors are advised to email to reserve private time in the gallery.  Walk-in visitors will be welcomed if there is no one scheduled at that time. “We want everyone to feel comfortable coming to see art in the gallery. By making an appointment, you won’t have to share the space with people outside your household,” says Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel. Masks are required and social distancing is a must for anyone not in the same household.  The Center has one-time use masks and hand sanitizer on hand for visitors.

WHAT:  Erin Noel: Unfolding.  A New Painting Exhibit at The Center for the Arts
WHEN: July 28 – August 22, 2020
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12-4pm, Masks Required. Reservations Recommended.
Opening Reception: Friday, July 31 5-8pm by Appointment Only.
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
ADMISSION: Free.  Reserve your private gallery time by emailing
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.

Sign Up For CodeRED Emergency Alerts

The County has an ambitious goal this year and they need your help! They want 5000 new sign ups for CodeRED Emergency Alerts. The good news is they are already 25% there. That means they need 3,750 new CodeRED signs ups.

Let’s see if we can get there before our August 12 CodeRED and Nixle test and really show how #ReadyNevadaCounty we are.

Check with your friends and neighbors. Ask them if they are signed up. Make sure your teens and their phones are registered, too.

If you live or visit the Town of Truckee often be sure you are registered for Nixle too.

Residents can now text READYNEVADACOUNTY to 99411 to be linked directly to the sign up page. Please be sure to complete your registration at the link texted to you.

The Summit” – A 9 Episode Anthology of Performances by Nevada County Artists Continues through August 20

The Summit” – A 9 Episode Anthology of Performances by Nevada County Artists continues through August 20

This summer, local Nevada County stages come to the small screen with “The Summit” — a nine episode filmed anthology series of performances by Nevada County actors, singers, musicians, aerialists, and dancers. “The Summit” premiered Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time) at and is developed and presented as a labor of love by executive producers Devin Cameron and Erin Beatie, with support from two local Nevada County arts organizations, Sierra Stages and The Aerial Lab.

From Thursday, July 23 and continuing through Thursday, August 20, a new episode of “The Summit” will stream every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time) at (The series may also be viewed on smart televisions by searching “The Summit Series Nevada County” on YouTube.) Each episode will be approximately 30 to 45 minutes in length and will feature a mix of songs, musical pieces, dances, aerial pieces, and text-based performances, along with an interview of a local performing arts organization or venue. An encore presentation of each episode will stream every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM (Pacific Time) and every Sunday at 1:00 PM (Pacific Time) through August 23. Note that new episodes and encore presentations may be viewed at these times only. No reservations or passwords are needed to view “The Summit”.

“The Summit” is hosted by Robert Rossman, with interviews conducted by Paul Micsan. Performers include: Bren Altenbach, Richard Altenbach, Andrea Amdall, Brian Arsenault, Kit Bailey, Jay Barker, Alina Candelario, Sabrina Childress, Christi Columbo, Micah Cone, Kelsey Cox, Davia, John Deaderick, Stacey Diamond, Annette Dunklin, Michele Fitzugh Nesbit, Eva Floyd, Rebekah Freeman, Ken Getz, Ryan Goodpastor, Heidi Grass, Heather Grove, Nancy Haffey, Kate Haight, Dave Halford, Sands Hall, Ken Hardin, Shannon Harney, Lorri Holt, Elin Honea, Tina Marie Kelley, Laura LeBleu, Sue LeGate, Nancy McRay, Lois Masten, Cassandra Flores, Cosmo Merryweather, Steve Nicholson, Sara Noah, Nani Pascall, Kirsti Powell, Janet Rossman, Windu Sayles, Brett Shady, Steve Sheppard, Dawn Simmons, Alyana Stroud, Izzi Tooinsky, Paul Turner, Jerusha Victoria, Sara Visvader, Kim Wellman, and Ali Zeiter.

In developing and presenting “The Summit”, executive producers Devin Cameron and Erin Beatie have three goals: “First, we want to give local performers a safe and much-needed stage during the Covid-19 pandemic; second, we want to safely bring the stage into the homes of our local theater audiences; and third, we want to support the future of the performing arts in our community by shining a light on local organizations during this time of separation and encouraging philanthropic giving.”

Information about “The Summit” may be found at

The Sacramento SBA District Office is offering webinars on SBA resources and COVID-19 business management topics

The Sacramento SBA District Office is offering webinars on SBA resources and COVID-19 business management topics to individual chambers of commerce throughout our district. 
The format consists of a 1-hour webinar featuring an overview of SBA resources and a presentation on a selected COVID-19 business management topic from one of our Resource Partners (e.g., Small Business Development Center Network, Women’s Business Center, SCORE, and Veteran’s Business Outreach Center).   Below are examples of the types of management topics that our Resource Partners can cover.
  • HR protocols and management strategies during COVID-19
  • Transitioning to digital marketing
  • Strategies on how to pivot a business
  • Business insurance – how to navigate coverage and claims
  • Cash flow management, including the tracking of loan and grant proceeds
Also, please note that our district delivers webinars every Thursday on SBA resources to help businesses rebound from the COVID-19 crisis.  The presentation provides an overview on COVID-19 assistance, SBA loan programs, Federal contracting programs, and business counseling and training from our Resource Partners.  Businesses can access webinar dates and links to register on our District Office website calendar.  New webinar dates are added continuously.

Golden Mandala Offers Outdoor Yoga

Golden Mandala Offers Outdoor Yoga in Downtown Nevada City

Due to social distancing mandates, Golden Mandala is now officially offering outdoor classes in a new space we are making nice in the parking lot. Outdoor classes will be open to the public, and the few indoor classes will remain MEMBERS ONLY and closed to the public. We hope to join you in a normal world in the not so distant future and offer more public events and classes soon.

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California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners


New relief program funded by the California Arts Council offers unrestricted $1,000 grants for individuals in California impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; nearly $1 million investment will support more than 900 individuals

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), partnering as an Administering Organization for the California Arts Council, announced today the opening of the California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners. The individual relief grant program supports artists and cultural practitioners statewide who have been economically impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

About the California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners

The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners program was created by the California Arts Council in response to the economic crisis and impending financial needs of individual artists resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. A total of $920,000 of the Council’s state grant funds will be awarded through the program, which offers unrestricted $1,000 grants for individual artists and cultural practitioners statewide. Individuals from historically marginalized communities that have experienced financial disadvantages and may become more vulnerable due to current economic events are strongly encouraged to apply.

The California Arts Council designated CCI, a current Arts Council Statewide & Regional Network grantee whose mission is to promote knowledge sharing, networking, and financial independence for individuals in the arts, as the statewide Administering Organization for the new relief program. CCI serves as the administering organization for various relief funding programs for arts communities across California.

“COVID-19 brought California’s arts ecosystem to an abrupt halt. Some artists and arts organizations were able to transition to alternative programming quickly, but many individual artists and culture bearers are still struggling with long-term financial uncertainty due to the pandemic. Artists are vital leaders in their communities, especially during times of crisis, and they must be supported directly,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “We are excited to partner with the Center for Cultural Innovation, as they have demonstrated a successful rapid-relief funding model, and they will ensure the relief funds are distributed to our state’s artists and cultural practitioners swiftly and equitably.”

About the Grant Application Process

The program is designed to streamline the application process and make the program accessible to California-based artists and cultural practitioners experiencing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants of the unrestricted $1,000 grants are asked to provide a brief response detailing their current financial situation and how the funds will be used. Prospective applicants are not required to be affiliated with a nonprofit arts organization to be eligible for funding. Applicants will be notified of their award status two weeks after the grant application deadline.

The application deadline for the California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners is Tuesday, August 18 at 3 p.m. PDT. For more information, including program guidelines, dates, staff support, and language assistance, visit

For questions about the California Relief Fund program, contact For press inquiries only, contact California Arts Council Public Affairs Specialist Kimberly Brown at

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The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Jaime Galli, Larry Baza, Lilia Gonzales Chavez, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Stanlee Gatti, Donn K. Harris, Alex Israel, Consuelo Montoya, and Jonathan Moscone. Learn more at

Video Honoring Ellen Clark Sargent and the Nineteenth Amendment Planned

Video Honoring Ellen Clark Sargent and the Nineteenth Amendment Planned

NEVADA CITY, Calif., July 21, 2020—While Nevada City’s 2020 Constitution Day Parade has been canceled, the Famous Marching Presidents are preparing an educational video project to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment.

August 26, 2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Not only did this grant women the right to vote, but this amendment is still critical in protecting personal freedoms.

Ellen Clark Sargent was a prominent suffrage leader and resident of Nevada City, where she founded one of the early West Coast Suffrage organizations in 1869. She worked tirelessly to secure women’s voting rights with her entire family for four decades.

The Famous Marching Presidents are producing an original play, “An Evening with Ellen,” highlighting Ellen Clark Sargent and the Nineteenth Amendment. This original work, co-created by actress Mary Baird and writer Pamela Biery, is set in an interview format. Mary Baird portrays Ellen Sargent, while Nevada City businessman, Rick Ewald interviews Ellen, from a present-day perspective. Terry Boyer will provide the master of ceremonies role, setting the tone for this lively interaction.

The performance will be video-taped in the historic Nevada City Odd Fellows Oustomah Lodge, where the Sargent’s were members. The finished product, a 30-minute video will be made available to the general public free of charge through online streaming.

Funds are being raised to produce the video and make it publicly available for at least three years, without any fees for viewers. Please visit the project page and consider a tax-deductible contribution to this community-based living history project.

NOTE: The Famous Marching Presidents is a Nevada City California non-profit with 501c3 status. Work is being done on a volunteer basis with the goal of history education and especially, portraying living history. The Famous Marching Presidents thank Nevada City Odd Fellows for their generous support through the use of its facility.

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County Supervisors Approve $1.5 Million for “Economic & Community Resiliency” Grants

County Supervisors Approve $1.5 Million for “Economic & Community Resiliency” Grants

Nevada City, CA – Today, the County of Nevada Board of Supervisors approved $1.5 Million to support a new “Economic & Community Resiliency” grants program designed to offset COVID-19 related economic hardships and disruptions to local businesses and nonprofits. The grant will be funded with State of California Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF).

The County seeks grant applications from eligible entities that are critical to maintaining the county’s economic and cultural infrastructure. Sometimes referred to as “anchor institutions,” these entities are characterized as playing a vital and enduring role in the local community. County staff consulted with members of the Nevada County Relief Fund and the Sierra Business Council to draft the application criteria, guidelines, and the award process.

“These grants provide a rare opportunity in this crisis to sustain impactful entities and encourage collaborative and innovative business solutions,” said Steve Frisch, president of the Sierra Business Council.

As noted in the “Request for Applications,” proposals must adhere to CARES Act requirements and should demonstrate:

  1. The fiscal impacts of business interruption caused by required closures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  2. A history of, and the potential for, a large and ongoing economic impact and/or measurable multiplier effects such as tax revenue (sales tax, Transient Occupancy Tax), jobs created or retained, etc.;
  3. A track record of leveraging additional partnerships and resources and/or will leverage additional funding that in part will contribute to COVID-19 recovery;
  4. The capacity to manage, oversee, implement and report on the use of the funds;
  5. Significant community benefit in the past or in response to COVID-19; and
  6. Include how applicants will measure and report outcomes.

“The input from the Nevada County Relief Fund has been invaluable to this process. For the past four months, they have worked closely with some of the hardest hit small businesses and nonprofits and have developed a keen understanding of what is most needed as a result,” said County CEO Alison Lehman, noting the Relief Fund has raised $462,000 and disbursed over $410,000 to date.

The “Economic & Community Resiliency” grants will range from $50,000 to $500,000, with at least 2-4 grants allocated in the $300,000 to $500,000 range. Applications are due by 5:00PM on August 20, 2020 from eligible applicants, including businesses, nonprofits, and local jurisdictions. A review panel comprised of County staff and community leaders will review and score the applications. The panel’s recommendations will be brought before the Board of Supervisors on September 22, 2020 for approval.

The “Request for Application” (RFA) may be found at:

A pre-application conference will be held on August 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM via virtual meeting on TEAMS at the link or phone number provided.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 530-414-9282

Conference ID: 602 571 408#

Any inquiries regarding this RFA can be directed to Desiree Belding of the Purchasing Division, at

Nevada City Dining Al Fresco

Nevada City Dining Al Fresco

Sushi in the Raw is among several Nevada City restaurants that are now offering outdoor dining, complying with State mandates while offering a refreshing, outdoor break. Photos: Pamela Biery & Ken Teichmann

A quick break, especially if you can get outdoors to eat, can do wonders for your concentration, stress levels, and creativity. While restaurants turn to new ways to safely seat their patrons during COVID-19, the benefits of dining outdoors are considerable, from stress reduction to fresh air, to a scenic view of Nevada City life at street level. Experience a bit of charm along with delectable meals and remember that table space is limited due to mandatory seating requirements and that policies are changing during COVID-19, so it’s always a good idea to check in for current hours and consider reservations or take-out, too.

These restaurants (mostly) combine the great European tradition of street cafes with Gold-Rush scenics:

Bistro 221
221 Broad St
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-0221

Open for outdoor dining and take-out. Reservations recommended. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday from 12pm-7pm. Friday and Saturday 12pm-7:30pm. Closed on Sundays.

California Organics
135 Argall Way
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-9392
Open for outdoor dining and take-out. Dining area open 11am-8pm Monday-Friday,
11am-3pm, Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Calla Lily Crepes
214 Broad St
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 470-6045

Open for outdoor dining and take-out. Open 11am-7pm Monday-Thursday, 11am-8pm
Friday, 9am-9pm Saturday and Sunday 9am-7pm.

Golden Era
309 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 264-7048

Serving drinks with small plates provided by Antonio’s Catering in side Breezeway and back patio from
5pm -midnight Thursday-Sunday. Music 7-10pm. Call for reservations at 530-264-7048.

Jernigan’s Tap House & Grill
123 Argall Way
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-6999

Outdoor dining and take-out. Fresh craft beer on tap with food orders. Watch for Sunday
evening food truck specials in addition to menu. Open 12-9pm Tuesday-Thursday. Open
until 10pm Friday and Saturday. Closes at 8pm Sunday, closed Mondays.

Lefty’s Grill
101 Broad St
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-5838
Open for outdoor dining and take out 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday – Sunday.

Nevada City Classic Cafe
216 Broad St
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-9440
Open for outdoor dining and take-out. 8:30am-2:30pm Thursday-Tuesday (closed

Northridge Restaurant of Nevada City
773 Nevada St
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 478-0470

Check for availability, open for take-out, Monday-Friday 11:00am-9pm. Open 11:30am-
9pm Saturday and 11:30am-8:30pm on Sunday.

One 11 Kitchen & Bar
300 Commercial St
Nevada City, CA 9595
(530) 470-6099
Open for outdoor seating and take-out, 5-9 pm daily, closed Wednesdays.

Sushi In The Raw
315 Spring St
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 478-9503
Open for outdoor dining by reservation from 5:30-9pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

The Willo
16898 State Hwy 49
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-9902
Open for outdoor dining from 5-9pm daily.

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing
211 Commercial St
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 470-8333

Open for outdoor dining and take-out from 8:30am-10pm Thursday-Monday. Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday. Offering curbside order pick-up (take-out orders encouraged!).

Social Distancing Mandate Spells LOCAL
Living locally means reinvesting in the place that we call home. Keeping it local has new
meaning during COVID-19—including safer practices for all. Let’s keep loving the good
where we are and support services locally.

Watch for changes and be aware that there are many local businesses offering services
who would love to see you, providing safe practices are in place.

This is an unprecedented time, one that asks us to be mindful of ourselves, our family
and our communities. Please wear masks and wash your hands to help keep Nevada
County open.

Nevada City Film Festival Online Animation Summer Camp

Nevada City Film Festival Online Animation Summer Camp

Animator Romero Alves leads this online summer camp for budding young animators and filmmakers (ages 6+). Students will learn the 12 principles of animation and create stop motion animated shorts using just an iPad. Projects finished in this class will be showcased during this year’s film festival, August 28-September 4. Next Class is on August 4th-28th. Pre-Registration Required. Click here to sign up.

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The Friendship Club and NEO Merge to Expand Nevada County Youth Services

Combined organizations will support several hundred youth every year

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – The Friendship Club and NEO (New Events and Opportunities) have announced their merger expected to be completed by the end of August, a step that will enhance their capacity to meet the ever-increasing needs of youth in Nevada County.
“The merged organizations have similar efforts and goals, and we can help ensure stronger and more expansive support for youth during this important time in their lives,” said Jennifer Litton Singer, Executive Director of The Friendship Club. The organization started as a pilot program with 15 girls in 1995 and now serves more than 125 youth a year.
Helping youth transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency is a far-reaching goal of both The Friendship Club and NEO. Young men and women are provided academic, emotional and social support, life-skills training, career education and access to counseling and health care. In 2019, The Friendship Club expanded to help 16- to 24-years-olds experiencing homelessness through its SAFE program (Stability, Access, Foundation, Empowerment).
“The Friendship Club and NEO have extensive experience working with youth, their families and the community,” Litton Singer said. “Joining together is part of a focused effort to ensure young people have hope, opportunity and the capacity to succeed.”
Youth are facing more challenges in this modern world. By coming together, the organizations will be stronger and able to serve more youth in better ways. The Friendship Club and NEO will meet the needs of several hundred youth every year. Youth in the community can use one or a combination of the programs, receiving services in numerous ways.
NEO was co-founded by Halli Ellis-Edwards and Lynn Skrukrud in 2008. NEO has evolved to embrace a holistic approach to wellness, addressing the root causes of substance abuse and mental health issues through events and its Youth Center.
NEO is moving the Youth Center to a new location with plans to reopen when services can safely be offered again. In the meantime, NEO is providing virtual programming and pop-up summer camp events. The Friendship Club is also providing fun summer activities to youth. Both organizations are implementing all required practices to maintain social distancing and safety protocols.
“We’re extremely grateful for what we’ve accomplished and how we helped fill a great need in the community,” said Ellis-Edwards, who along with Skrukrud, was 19 when they founded NEO. “Combining the organizations will allow more youth and young adults opportunities to access a safe, fun and supportive environment while getting services they need to thrive,” said Skrukrud.
The merged organization will be known as Bright Futures for Youth to better describe its expanded mission and vision for youth in Nevada County.
The organization will be comprised of three aligned programs: The Friendship Club, NEO and SAFE. The new, multilayered organization will provide comprehensive services to meet the many, and sometimes very specific, needs of youth in the area. The name change is pending approval from the California Secretary of State.
The Friendship Club and NEO boards of directors unanimously approved the merger. All Friendship Club and NEO board members will join the new Bright Futures for Youth Board of Directors. Singer will serve as Executive Director and Ellis-Edwards and Skrukrud will continue with the organization.
“The merger is about bringing together our committed, mission-focused organizations and making them stronger,” said Machen MacDonald, Board President of The Friendship Club. “We will leverage our resources to provide a continuum of services so young people get the help and resources they deserve.”
NEO Board President Marty Lombardi, who also serves on The Friendship Club Board, commented that the addition of NEO coupled with The Friendship Club and SAFE will provide a “one-stop shop” for youth services.
“It takes kind and caring hearts moving in the same direction to make a community thrive,” Lombardi said. “The Friendship Club and NEO have a never-ending commitment to ensure that our children and young adults get the assistance they need.” 
The Friendship Club, celebrating its 25th Anniversary this month (July), has helped empower and educate more than 1,000 girls and young women in sixth through 12th grades who face many life challenges. Although much has changed since Mary Collier founded the organization in 1995, the goal of connecting girls with each other, mentors and role models, and putting them on a path to success, remains constant.
NEO strives to empower youth to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices. Founded in 2008, NEO serves youth ages 11- to 25-years-old through its Youth Center, community events, school outreach programs and summer camps. Since opening the center in 2015, NEO has provided free after-school drop-in hours for more than 1,000 youth.
For more information, contact Cheryl Rubin at The Friendship Club, 530-265-4311 ext. 206 or

The Deadbeats VIRTUAL JERRY BASH 8/1

The Deadbeats VIRTUAL JERRY BASH 8/1

On Jerry Garcia’s birthday, Saturday, August 1, the Miners Foundry will presents a live-stream of the 2019 Jerry Bash featuring the music of the Grateful Dead as performed by Nevada County’s 26-year favorites – the Deadbeats.

Across the country the first weekend in August has become a time when fans of the Grateful Dead gather to celebrate band co-founder Jerry Garcia’s birthday.  In Nevada County that tradition has been celebrated with the annual Jerry Bash at Pioneer Park.  With group gatherings called off for the summer the Deadbeats and Miners Foundry decided to mark the occasion with a video premier of the complete 2019 concert.  The 2019 Jerry Bash was captured with multi-track recording and a 4-camera video shoot.  It will be live-streamed on the Foundry’s Facebook and Youtube channels with an opportunity to donate to help keep the Foundry’s operations going during the current shutdown.

The Miners Foundry has been presenting Jerry Bash in Pioneer Park since 2015.  The Foundry is the beloved community cultural center in the heart of downtown Nevada City.  A nonprofit cultural center, the Foundry’s response to COVID19 is to remain open as a bar with entertainment and food available outside on the patio.

The Grateful Dead played over 2300 live shows in their thirty year history with spin-offs – The Other Ones, Dead and Company – still drawing big crowds.  The Guinness Book of World Records recognized them with a listing under the heading, “most rock concerts performed.”  They played to an estimated 25 million people, more than any other band, with audiences of up to 600,000 attending a single show and most of these concerts are preserved in the band’s tape vault.  August 1 would have been Jerry Garcia’s 78th birthday. Rolling Stone said Jerry Garcia was “..the unlikeliest of pop stars and the most reticent of cultural icons.”

The Deadbeats get that the music is best live. The band made their debut at Nevada City’s renowned Mad Dogs and Englishmen Pub on August 4, 1994 – twenty-five years ago. Filled to capacity with crowds lining up outside they knew they were on to something – a certain indefinable sound and feel that captures the essence of a Grateful Dead concert. They started Jerry Bash in 1996 as a free concert in Pioneer Park.  Over the years band members have rotated but the core group continues with great shows and big crowds. The 2019 lineup includes Tom Menig, Eric Menig, Rob Kopp, Glenn Tucker, Peter Wilson, Jenn Knapp and Darby McConnell.  Special guest appearances for 2019 included former Deadbeat and bassist Rich Stanam

The Deadbeats play the Dead’s songbook with a balance of improvisation and honoring the song.  Guitarist Peter Wilson says, “The songs have taken on a life of their own – they still go deep.  When you start in to ‘Sugar Magnolia’ or ‘Truckin’ there’s a joy that comes off the crowd that just lifts up the room.  We’re right there with them.”  Guitarist Tom Menig adds, “We just love to jam…”

WHO: Virtual Jerry Bash with the Deadbeats – 2019 25th Anniversary re-broadcast
WHEN: Saturday, August 1, 2020, Gates 6pm PDT
WHERE: Facebook & Instagram

TICKETS: FREE – online donations to the Miners Foundry encouraged

Presenting Deborah Bridges Angel Garden Sculpture

Presenting Deborah Bridges Angel Garden Sculpture

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is pleased to announce a new garden sculpture series, perfect for a home entry, by award-winning sculptor Deborah Bridges. Known for her extraordinary figurative sculpture, this beautiful architectural angel fragment sculpture brings a special feeling that will enhance any garden setting.
The angel is inspired by the old cathedrals of Europe, specifically the figures that adorn the exterior facades. This piece, like all of her garden sculpture, are sacred images of various cultures, and are created as fragments of the whole pointing to temporality and impermanence.
The angel, roughly 51″ tall, is an open edition and is cast in a fiber cement with patina applied after casting. The material has been tested and rated strong enough to go through “20 Swedish winters”. The sculpture comes in two pieces for easy shipping and weighs about 45 lbs. Care and maintenance of the piece is suggested by applying a fresh cement sealer (matte or satin) about every two years. 
Price is $2,000. Please contact LeeAnn Brook Fine Art for further information, 530.557.5160, or email

Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District Art in Storefronts 2020

Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District Art in Storefronts 2020

Grass Valley, CA, July 22, 2020: Announced this week is a new project of the Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District led by Nevada County Arts Council and its partners, the Cities of Nevada City and Grass Valley, Nevada City and the Greater Grass Valley Chambers of Commerce, and Grass Valley Downtown Association. It is supported by a grant from Nevada County Economic Resource Council.

Nevada County Arts Council seeks proposals from artists and artist teams to develop site-responsive, temporary art installations that stir the imagination. Rather than simple window decoration, the Council is encouraging submissions of innovative ideas to engage the viewer.

Installations will be shown in storefront windows that are vacant as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Depending upon the property, they will be on display for varying lengths of time in downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City, from late August – December 2020.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director of Nevada County Arts Council says: “Our Art in Storefronts initiative follows a hybrid model of revitalization known globally as the ‘slack space movement’ in which – during recessions and depressions – the creative community forms partnerships with property owners to transform their storefronts, stimulating the imagination of those passing by, creating a sense of local industry, and maintaining the image of the property in its commercial setting.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the ERC for its support of our pilot project and welcome other contributions in the hope of expanding our project partnership over time.”

Longstanding Artist in Residence at Nevada County Arts Council, Ruth Chase, has been appointed project coordinator for Art in Storefronts and is the contact for submissions. Chase says, “Project goals are threefold – we want to highlight innovation and the intersection of business and art within the Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District; provide visibility and a unique exhibition opportunity for artists; and provide visibility for our hard-hit downtown spaces and property owners.”

“The application process is simple, but the timeframe for applying is short. We are aiming for installations by artists to be in place by the end of August, and from there to really promote the artist or artist team, and the property itself.”


What: Call to Artists!
Eligibility: Western Nevada County creatives
Deadline to submit proposals: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Notification: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Completed installations in place and media event: Friday, August 28, 2020 for a minimum of two months. (Future installations may be planned for the coming months, and proposals not selected for this installation will be kept on file for future consideration.)
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