Information on Measure M


In 2006, Nevada City voters approved a half-cent local transactions and use tax that funds the City’s streets, including sidewalks, pathways and street drainage.

This tax is collected along with other state and local sales and use taxes. Because the rate of the tax is 0.5%,
the tax on a $1.00 taxable purchase is one-half cent. The tax will expire on March 31, 2023.

Measure M would replace the existing tax and remove the 2023 sunset date. Proceeds of the new tax could be used by the City only to improve and maintain Nevada City’s streets, sidewalks, pathways, drainage, water distribution and sewer collection systems and for no other purposes. The rate of the tax would not change.

If Measure M is approved, the existing tax will not be collected after December 31, 2021 and the new tax will start being collected on January 1, 2022.

The combined rate of all state and local sales taxes on a one-dollar purchase in Nevada City is 8.375 cents.

Of this, the City levies only:
(i) the half-cent tax that would be replaced by this measure;
(ii) a 0.375 cent “fire and police” tax; and
(iii) a one cent tax known as the Bradley-Bums Tax that is imposed by each city in California.

These taxes levied by Nevada City total 1.875 cents. The remaining 6.5 cents of sales taxes are levied by the
State of California and by Nevada County. Measure M would not increase the overall tax rate above the
rate currently in place.

Purchases in Nevada that are exempt from the statewide sales tax are also generally exempt from the local
sales tax. For example, most groceries, prescription drugs and payments for services are exempt from the

As is currently the case, the tax would be administered by a state agency. Proceeds of the tax, less
administration costs, would continue be controlled locally by the City Council. The new tax would continue
until repealed. The tax is expected to generate approximately $550,000 annually for the City.

Measure M requires that an annual report be prepared regarding the proceeds of the tax and the use of
those proceeds. The measure also requires that the City Council create a Citizen’s Oversight Committee to
review the annual report and make recommendations to the City Council. The annual report is a public
document. All of the City’s revenues and expenditures are annually audited by an independent certified
public accountant.

This measure was placed on the ballot by the City Council of Nevada City. It must be approved by a two-
thirds vote at the election to go into effect.

Argument in Favor of Measure M

In 2006 Nevada City’s roads and sidewalks were in dire need of replacement. Voters passed a 1⁄2-cent sales tax increase for road repair. It expires 12/31/22. To date the City has repaired and rebuilt 22 miles of roadways and sidewalks. $9 million in improvements have been completed.

Nevada City’s roads and sidewalks are in continual need of maintenance and replacement. Our sewer and water pipes are breaking and leaking. Nevada City has ongoing funding needs of $300k annually for streets/sidewalks and is $33 million behind in critical sewer and water pipe replacement. Continuing the 1⁄2-cent sales tax would provide $550k annually for streets, sidewalks sewer and water repair and replacement.

If Measure M passes, there will be no new taxes, revenue will pay for repair and maintenance of roads, sidewalks, sewer and water only, the City will have a ten-year infrastructure improvement plan to be updated every ten years with an oversight committee will monitor improvements, collection and expenditures of the 1⁄2-cent sales tax.

If Measure M fails, our recently restored roads and sidewalks will fall to disrepair, there will be continued emergency repairs to replace 130 year-old pipes requiring the City to dig up recently restored roadways and failing sewer pipes could trigger costly State and Federal fines.

Measure M will maintain our roads, sidewalks and pipes and will spread the cost of repair fairly for everyone that uses Nevada City’s infrastructure. Non-City residents contribute 60% of the sales tax. If we do not pass this sales tax, you, as a City Resident, will pay 100% of the repair and maintenance costs. We respectfully ask that you vote yes to continue to maintain Nevada City’s streets, sidewalks and replace our 130 year-old pipes.

Measure M Signers
Erin Minett, Nevada City Mayor
Duane Strawser, Nevada City Vice-Mayor and Business Owner
Valerie Moberg, Former Nevada City Council Member and Business Owner
Niel Locke, Nevada City, City Clerk

Final Week to See Windows on History

Windows on History

Windows on History is a month-long exhibit of 35 mural-size historical photographs with accompanying stories. Throughout October, these photos will be placed in shop windows at the approximate location where they were originally taken. These powerful photographic streetscapes contrast the past with the present and invite visitors and locals to take the self-guided walking tour and experience first hand why Nevada City was known as the Queen City of the Motherlode.

Special this Year: The Suffragette window installed at  225 Broad St at the Oustomah Lodge #16 which has been in continuous use since 1873. Enjoy the window: painted garden of hearts with roots entwined that honors the 100th Anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment and displayed alongside photos of lower Broad St from that same period. Take in the marionette window at the same location which features The Theatre of the Happy and the Lovely created for KVMR’s Celtic Festival to provide enchanting entertainment for children of all ages. The WOH photos in the window depict the streetscape of lower Broad at the turn of the century.

View the windows at Gold Mountain, 312 Broad St., that shows the contribution of the Chinese in the mid 1800’s.  Several Chinese families and individuals are pictured and their contribution to the gold rush mining history.

Windows on History Locations

Bonanza Market – 321 Broad Street
The Magic Carpet – 408 Broad Street
The Hat Store – 314 Broad Street
Mama Madrone’s – 307 Broad Street
Earth Store – 310 Broad Street
Golden Mountain – 312 Broad Street
Phoenix Rose – 313 Broad Street
Utopian Stone – 301 Broad Street
An Inner Sanctum – 308 Broad Street
Novak’s – 305 Broad Street
Asylum Down – 300 Broad Street
Nevada City Winery – 321 Spring Street
Oustomah Lodge – 225 Broad Street
Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe – 236 Broad Street
Nevada City Classic Cafe – 216 W. Broad Street
Bistro 221 – 221 Broad Street
Solstice – 104 N Pine Street
Yabobo – 107 N. Pine Street
Soul Crafts – 236 Commercial Street
JJ Jackson’s – 244 Commercial Street

Halloween in Nevada City


Due to the COVID pandemic, Halloween in Nevada City will look different this year, but the Nevada City Chamber is working hard to offer festive spooky traditions that meet health and safety standards. Even though trick-or-treating is not permitted, Nevada City and its outlying neighborhoods will still decorate our streets and create creative window displays for folks to enjoy. Local restaurants will offer Halloween-themed dining and spirited fun, both indoor and outdoor. And everyone can still stroll through spectacular fall color while enjoying Halloween and Day of the Dead decor.

With a great selection of self-guided tours including a cemetery hike, spooky-tales of haunted historic sites, and fall color for photographers and tree lovers, we’ve got you covered with an extra-layer of Halloween spirit all topped off with pumpkin ice cream…get details at or call 530-265-2692

Here are some of the most exciting (and we think exhilarating) things to get you in the spooky spirit this October:

Halloween Drive-In Movies
From October 27 to 29, the parking lot of the iconic Litton Engineering Building, 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley is reimagined as a classic drive-in movie experience fit with state of the art projection, a 32-foot screen, and friendly mask-wearing car-hops to deliver pre-made concessions – including organic popcorn from the Onyx Theatre – to attendees in their car. This year’s films are The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Lost Boys. Tickets and screening times here.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the Patio at Golden Era Lounge
Wednesday, October 28
Movie will be shown at 7pm, Seating is limited. Wear your fun, crazy clothes.
Call 530.264.7048 for reservations.
Golden Era Lounge, 309 Broad Street
Health Department Details – Ordering a food item when inside is required. Masks are required except at the table. Dancing at your table is welcomed. Tables are socially distanced. Space is sanitized often.

Hallowine Weekend at Nevada City Winery (321 Spring Street)
Thursday, October 29th through Halloween
Don’t miss out on good food, wine, music, and company in the spooky, historic downtown of Nevada
City. Dress-up and Save! Wear your Halloween costume and get HALF-OFF a glass of wine! Treat Yourself! Wine & Chocolate Pairing. Taste through 3 wine and chocolate pairings to discover your favorite! $10.00. Free Treats for Kids With any purchase, kids can get complimentary,
– “Witches Brew” – Hot Cider
– Goody bag
– Coloring page and crayons

Shaun of the Dead at the Miners Foundry
Saturday, October 31st
Bar 5pm, Doors 6pm Movie 7pm
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street
Food & Drink for sale, Onyx Theatre Organic Popcorn for sale
$10/per person.
Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry Cultural Center have teamed up to screen the cult classic Shaun of the Dead (R, 1hr 37min). Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.

A Day of the Dead Celebration with Aaron Ross and Mariee Sioux
Sunday, November 1st, bar opens at 5pm, program begins 6pm
Suggested donation of $20, $30, $40, all proceeds go to Coalition for Racial Justice
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Deer Creek Bar, 325 Spring Street

Haunted Nevada City Tours
For the sixteenth year, actor, writer and, storyteller, Mark Lyon, offers his Haunted Nevada City tours, exploring the stories behind the many ghosts said still to reside among us. This year, due to COVID, Mark will be offering self-guided tours for visitors and residents.  Walk Broad Street with highlights on local color, historic references, history of buildings, especially ghost and paranormal sightings. Stay tuned for more information on how you can pick up your brochure and start your own tour.

Small private tours for families may be obtained upon request. Details: or call 530-265-6877 or email:

Inn Town Campground Haunted Path (9 Kidder Ct)
The Inn Town Campground is excited to say they will continue their haunted pathway this year for campers, although with some COVID-19 modifications.  The decorations will be up for the entire month of October, so plenty of time to enjoy the socially distant fun.

Outside Inn Haunted Pathway (575 E. Broad Street)
Unfortunately due to COVID, the Outside Inn will not have their haunted pathway this year, but they do promise to still decorate the Inn for those of you who would like to stay or drive by and admire the lights and decorations. Details:


Day of the Dead Walking Cemetery Tour
Every year on Day of the Dead, Folk Trails Hiking ClubOutside Inn/Inn Town Campground and Nevada County Cemetery District invite residents and visitors on a lovely four-mile urban walk through Nevada City’s historic cemeteries. The extremely popular event attracts close to one hundred attendees each year, but due to COVID it has been canceled. Instead they are offering an abbreviated self-guided version you can do with your family and close friends. Click here for more info.

Halloween Treats, Not Tricks!

TREATS (210 Main Street) ice creamery is featuring a “Pumpkin Fest” with a variety of pumpkin desserts during the month of October: Pumpkin ice cream, Pumpkin vegan frozen dessert, frozen vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Pie Cones …Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin brownies. Treats is located at 210 Main St, Nevada City, CA.

Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe (236 Broad St) presents Pumpkin Galore, Caramel Apples and new fall treats the whole month of October!

Pumpkin Milkshakes made with real pumpkin & our very own spice blend, Pumpkin Caramels, Pumpkin Fudge, Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Pumpkin Truffles, Pumpkin Cream Chocolates and of course Pumpkin Ice Cream. Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream is back & many more fall treats, stop by for some fun! Vegan & Gluten Free options always available.

Choquiero Chocolate Shop & Cafe (419 Broad St) is now offering store made chocolates, pies, truffles and lots of new drinks including Cacaoccino’s, Herbal tea lattes, Cacao Espresso & Cacao Elixir shots. Also featuring over 300 chocolates from all over the world and many retail items made locally. On Halloween,  Choquiero will be following strict COVID protocols to give out candy from 4-7pm. Stop by to check out the Halloween section!
Check-in with your favorite restaurant, as October provides many seasonal farm-to-fork offerings—October is a month of great harvests and plenty of fresh, local food is available.

The Nevada City Farmer’s Market regular season runs June through November, every Saturday from 8:30 am – 1 pm, downtown on Union Street. Details:

Local breweries and pubs line-up a hop-filled array of freshly brewed seasonal ales on tap while wine bars relish a few first crushes from local vintners.



Hallowine Weekend at Nevada City Winery

Hallowine Weekend at Nevada City Winery

October 29th through Halloween
Don’t miss out on good food, wine, music, and company in the spooky, historic downtown of Nevada City. Enjoy the fun of this beloved holiday without the stress of Covid-19 exposure as we continue to uphold all safety mandates and regulations without losing any of the fun! We have worked to create a spooktacular array of games, packages, offers, and experiences for our guests to enjoy. We hope you’ll join us to take part in the Hallowine fun.

Dress-up and Save!
Wear your Halloween costume and get HALF-OFF a glass of wine!

Treat Yourself! Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Taste through 3 wine and chocolate pairings to discover your favorite!

Color Your Own Custom Halloween Bottle Series
Relax, drink wine, and color your own wine label. A Halloween keepsake!

Each label is custom designed as a Halloween-themed adult coloring page. Choose from a selection of 4
labels and unleash your creative side. Your bottle comes with a box of colored pencils.
Available on bottles of – 2014 Sonata, 2016 Merlot, and 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Post your creation on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win a set of our beautiful wine glasses! Tag us @nevadacitywinery

Free Treats for Kids
With any purchase, kids can get complimentary,
– “Witches Brew” – Hot Cider
– Goody bag
– Coloring page and crayons


Play Cornhole and Ring Toss wine style!
All games are honor-based. Users are responsible for sanitizing the games before and after use—Hand
sanitizer and sanitizing spray will be available. Wear your mask while enjoying the game and stay socially distanced from others!

Live Music – Every Saturday & Sunday

Saturday, October 31st HALLOWEEN!
1:30–4:30 PM
Tom McDonald – Original Jazz and Pop

Sunday, November 1st
2:00–5:00 PM

Ongoing Spooky Wine Specials
Red by the Keg
$5.00 glasses of Rough & Ready Red on tap
Spooky Low on Merlot
2015 Merlot discounts by the glass, bottle, and case.
Chardonnay Comparative Tasting
With one varietal, we produced two very different wines. Sample them side-by-side to experience the
difference between aging in a stainless-steel tank vs. oak barrels.

Window Decorating Contest
Vote for Nevada City Winery in the GVNC’s Merchant Window Decorating Contest! Voting begins
October 23rd

COVID-19 Safety Measures
We are following all CDC, state, and local health ordinances.

Art in Storefronts Opening Stroll

Art in Storefronts Opening Stroll

WHO: Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District
WHAT: Art in Storefronts Opening Stroll
WHERE: Downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City
WHEN: Friday, November 6, 4:00PM–6:00PM

Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District, led by Nevada County Arts Council and its partners, is inviting the community for an outdoor stroll on Friday November 6, in order to enjoy newly installed public art in otherwise empty storefronts in our downtown areas.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at the Council, says, “We’ve provided a list of locations in each downtown area, as well as a dynamic map to indicate which artist’s work is shown at which property – and this information is available at”

Nevada County Arts Council, together with both Chambers of Commerce and Grass Valley Downtown Association (GVDA), has been hard at work over the last couple of months to match vacant storefronts with participating artists.

“It’s been an adventure, to say the least,” says Marni Marshall of GVDA. “Occupancy is an evolving situation, with owners of vacant properties keen to attract new tenants during dire times, yet also enthusiastic about welcoming amazingly creative displays that will attract businesses and make our storefronts beautiful.”

Similarly, in Nevada City, the Chamber of Commerce has needed to be creative about its approach. Gretchen Bond, Chair of the Chamber, says: “COVID has been devastating for our downtown businesses, and still we are able to keep our downtown areas looking beautiful – both for visitors and for residents. As you turn off Highway 49 and left onto Broad Street, you see what used to be an empty Alpha Building now displaying the most stunning installations, with Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, the Nisenan and renowned artist Tahiti Pehrson all sharing one huge space.”

Jesse Locks, a current board member at Nevada City Chamber and Nevada County Arts Council, says: “A little further up on the left is where the Curly Wolf coffee shop used to be. Now, instead of a dark space, it’s illuminated by the work of April Durham and Bryan Gorrie, whose installation, ’Songs to Sing in Times of Sorrow,’ combines media with visual poetry and found objects as a gorgeous and surreal photomontage.”

On November 6 the Nevada County Arts Council invites the community to take a moment to meet the artists in both cities whose work makes Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District shine out as a beacon during challenging times.

Tudor says: “Between ten to fifteen artists and representatives from two vital community organizations, CATS and California Heritage Indigenous Research Project, will be situated outside our partner locations between 4-6pm on Friday, November 6th . Since this is a first initiative of its kind, we’re sure the public will want to enjoy the displays and ask questions. And, of course, we encourage wearing masks and while in conversation together.”

Jon Blinder, board chair for the Council, says: “It’s the collaboration between business owners and our creative community, and the Nevada County Arts Council and our Economic Resource Council and the County, which make our California Cultural District stand out. We thank our partners – including both Chambers and GVDA – for getting creative with us.”

Says Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at the Council, “We are grateful to both the County and the ERC for their support of our Art in Storefronts initiative. This investment will ensure that Grass Valley and Nevada City will each benefit from the maximum number of property and artist collaborations during this pilot phase.”

Artist finalists are Amanda Ganong & Julie Rose, Nancy Mintz, David King, April Durham & Bryan Gorrie, Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, Shelly Covert for California Heritage Indigenous Research Project, Pamela Hodges, Tahiti Perhson, Shelby Via and Al Martinez.

Ruth Chase, project coordinator for Art in Storefronts, “As I’ve said before, I’m proud of our community and our incredible artists. These installations are one indicator of how important cross-sector partnerships can be during dark times.”

To complement Art in Storefront’s Opening Stroll on November 6th , Grass-Valley-Nevada City Cultural District’s partners are putting up specially branded flags as a symbol of resilience.

Marshall says: “We’ve been waiting for just the right moment to share these with the public. With the fall season in full swing, and looking towards the holiday season, we could all use a bit of cheer, and these flags will show the world our downtown areas are open for business – safely, of course!”

Distance Learning Center opens 8:15 a.m. Oct. 26 at Nevada County Fairgrounds, offering students high-speed internet access, supervision


Free breakfasts and lunches available for students; COVID safety guidelines will be followed

Bright Futures for Youth will start providing much-needed internet access and supervision for students Monday, Oct. 26, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ Main Street Service Center as part of an agreement between the fairgrounds and Nevada County.

Bright Futures for Youth is a nonprofit created by the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO Youth Center.

The free Distance Learning Center and Youth Hub will be available to children, 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, to help meet the educational needs as the region continues to deal with the COVID pandemic and the subsequent health and safety requirements.

Children in fourth grade and higher can be dropped-off at the center, while parents or guardians must remain with younger students. The Distance Learning Center and Youth Hub can accommodate up to 40 students at a time.

The Distance Learning Center is committed to first helping students who have limited or no access to the internet or need more help with their schoolwork. School districts are working with Bright Futures for Youth to identify these students.

The Distance Learning Center will offer high-speed internet access – critical for online learning but difficult to get for many residents in rural areas – socially distanced workstations, and a safe and supervised study environment. Students are required to bring their own or school-provided Chromebooks, laptops or tablets, and headphones.

“There are so many ongoing challenges for parents and children, especially when it comes to school and online learning. Many families have no or very slow internet access, and that puts students at such a disadvantage when it comes to online learning,” said Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of Bright Futures for Youth. “The center and hub are truly a collaborative partnership between community organizations with creative and innovative solutions to ensure students can focus on their education in a supervised setting.”

The Distance Learning Center at the fairgrounds will serve all school districts in Nevada County.

Grass Valley GVSD Child Nutrition Services will provide free breakfasts and lunches to students.

The center “helps meet some of the critical needs” of students, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Scott Lay said to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. “It provides students and their families reliable internet in a very safe environment at a location they are familiar with.”

Bright Futures for Youth staff and volunteers will supervise students at the center and hub, along with staff from Nevada County Probation. Bright Futures for Youth has decades of experience with children and young adults in the region through The Friendship Club and NEO. Bright Futures for Youth offers after-school and enrichment programs; counseling and mentoring; help with access to social services; and hosts summer camps and programs. Several hundred children and young adults access the organization every year.

“We know many of these students and the obstacles they face when it comes to online learning,” Singer said. “We’re uniquely qualified to provide the services and supervision needed to help these students succeed and build resilience.”

The Friendship Club and NEO programs established virtual efforts and in-person activities to remain connected with youth during the pandemic. NEO will also hold after-school programs at the Distance Learning Center and Youth Hub.

The Distance Learning Center will be closed Oct. 30 and the week of Nov. 2 because the fairgrounds is an election polling location. Center activities resume on Nov. 5.

Nevada County and the Nevada County Fairgrounds announced the partnership for the Distance Learning Center and Youth Hub in late-September. Supervisors approved spending as much as $450,000 to lease the fairgrounds’ 12,000-square-foot exhibition hall through June. The funding consists of $200,000 from the county’s $10 million coronavirus relief federal fund and $250,000 from the general fund. The lease will generate much-needed revenue for the hard-hit fairgrounds, which has been struggling during the pandemic.

The Youth Hub will follow COVID guidelines, including social distancing and wearing masks. The area will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.

You can learn more about The Friendship Club and NEO at

About Bright Futures for Youth

Bright Futures for Youth is a nonprofit committed to making a life-changing difference for children and young adults in Nevada County. Bright Futures for Youth – created by the merger of The Friendship and NEO Youth Center in summer 2020 – has three programs: The Friendship Club, NEO Youth Center and SAFE, which helps youth experiencing homelessness. Bright Futures for Youth focuses on health and wellness, healthy relationships, goal setting, self-awareness, self-sufficiency and community connectedness. For more information, visit or Facebook at

Now Open – The Miners Foundry Cafe

The Miners Foundry Cafe – Now Open

Stop by the Foundry Cafe every Thursday through Sunday.  Our mission is to joyfully serve delicious food that we would feed our families, mostly with local organic ingredients, eggs and dairy without antibiotics or hormones, in-season produce, and high quality meats. We believe the love of what we do transfers to what we make, which in turn opens the space for our guests to have a delightful experience every time they come for a visit.

In-person Thursday & Friday 7:30am – 12:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 8:30am – 1:00pm.  Online ordering is also available.  Please visit


Miners Foundry Cultural Center Cafe
325 Spring Street, Nevada City
(530) 265-5040

Know your Candidates – Read Nevada County Arts Council’s 2020 County & School District Board Survey Results

Know your Candidates – Read Nevada County Arts Council’s 2020 County & School District Board Survey Results

Nevada County Arts Council is pleased to present summary responses from candidates who, during the 2020 election season, are running for either the Nevada County Board of Education, or for a local School District Board.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at Nevada County Arts Council, says: “As our community members prepare to vote, we encourage everyone to take a moment to read the responses of candidates who have responded to our survey. We hope that their answers provide clarity on their individual philosophies, priorities, and perspectives as they relate to arts education.”

In recent years arts education programs have disappeared at an alarming rate, both statewide and
locally. School board members make the ultimate decision about the fate of all academic programs within their district, while our county board of education provides leadership to support the success of these school districts. This makes it essential for voters who care about arts education to know each candidate’s perspective on the value of arts education.

Donn Harris, of Nevada County Arts Council’s Education Committee, says: “As the ambassador in Nevada County for California Alliance for Arts Education, we thank all candidates who have gone on record with their views about the role of arts education in public schools. Candidates who have yet to respond will appear with “no response” next to their name.”

Harris has recently moved to Nevada County, having retired from his role as Executive Director of Creativity at San Francisco Unified School District, and – before that – Principal of Oakland School of Art, hand-picked for the role by former Governor Jerry Brown, the school’s founder. He is three times Chairman of California Arts Council and a current member.

As Nevada County’s State-Local Partner with California Arts Council, Nevada County Arts Council commits to a policy of access, equity and community engagement, through promotion of arts education projects. Tudor adds: “Then, as a partner with California Alliance for Arts Education we aim to improve teacher preparation, advocate for public funding for the arts, and ensure equity and access to arts education by closing opportunity gaps and eliminating inequities in access to arts education.” As a partner with Create CA, Nevada County Arts Council forms part of a coalition of dedicated and innovative leaders who are paving the way for lasting change for every California student, helping them to reach their full potential by advancing an education model that promotes creativity and the arts for the workforce of tomorrow.

Brian Buckley, Nevada County Arts Council’s Vice-President, says “Our Education Committee is active in all these ways and more – and is directly involved in programming that supports close to 1,000 low income school children each year. This year is highly unusual, due to the pandemic, yet we are pivoting our efforts in taking classroom education online and expanding the scope of our offering. Plus, we have some great new partners this year, including the Friendship Club and its Bright Futures team, which incorporates what we used to know as NEO.”

Early this year, Nevada County Arts Council, together with a cohort of teachers, school district administrators and local arts leaders got together, consulted by California Alliance for Arts Education, to support the development of a Strategic Plan for Arts Education by Nevada County Superintendent of Schools (NCSOS).

This is now complete, and the Council’s Education Committee is hard at work to help NCSOS fulfill the first steps towards implementation of this plan. Regarding the Council’s 2020 Candidate Survey Initiative, community members can read a summary of every response received by candidates at Additionally, a full list of the questions asked of each candidate can be found on this page.

Tudor says: “One of my favorite questions relates to the State Education code, which reminds us that schools must provide every K-12 student with a standards-based, comprehensive arts education. So we ask each candidate: “If elected, how will you promote the role of arts education in a complete education for students?”

Harris adds: “All students in California deserve the opportunity to enroll in high quality arts education that provides them with the important skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive workforce. More and more data now points to that simple fact that quality arts education sparks creative thinking and sets up students for success in college, career and life.”

Visit for more information.

22 years of painting the Yuba River

22 years of painting the Yuba River

WHAT: Denise Wey – A Retrospective: 22 years of painting the Yuba River, Gallery Exhibit
WHEN: November 6, 2020 through December 23, 2020 | Tuesdays – Fridays Noon – 4:00pm
WHERE: The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
INFO: | 530-274-8384

The Center for the Arts presents Denise Wey – A Retrospective: 22 years of painting the Yuba River. Denise has been painting rivers in acrylic for over 20 years. This exhibit is a chronicle of these waters and her work. Her paintings will be on display in the Granucci Gallery from November 6 through December 23, Denise Wey is a painter and teaching-artist residing in Nevada County. Her vibrant, large-format contemporary paintings of the Yuba River grace many homes in the county and beyond.

Denise has a passion not only for painting, but also for teaching. Generations of children have blossomed as artists under her loving and enthusiastic guidance, and some have gone on to become professional artists, themselves. Many adults have been introduced to the joy of painting and drawing in Denise’s classes. She continues to teach classes in person and live online in Zoom.

“Painting for me is like breathing…I have no choice but to paint wild, beautiful Nature! My Native American soul finds refuge in the flowing water, rock sculpture and lush foliage. The Yuba River is a continuous source of inspiration for me. The lush trees and the rock sculpture, the reflections of cobalt, turquoise, emerald and ember of the waters, are all imbued with the joyful spirit of the river. I’ve decided that my path is to immerse myself in the dazzling beauty and transcribe it’s living presence onto canvas for generations to come,” Denise Wey.

Denise Wey – A Retrospective: 22 years of painting the Yuba River, will be on display in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts from Friday, November 6 through Wednesday, December 23, 2020. The gallery located at 314 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The art opening will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Visit to RSVP and for more information.

Ellen Clark Sargent Commemorative Portrait Sculpture

Ellen Clark Sargent Commemorative Portrait Sculpture

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment that enshrined the right of women to vote in our country, David Wong worked with Jan-Michelle Sawyer of Nevada City to complete a video about The Ellen Clark Sargent Commemorative Portrait Sculpture that Jan-Michelle, the sculptor, is completing. “I was very excited to work on the video commemorating Ellen Clark Sargent with Jan-Michelle Sawyer.”
Ellen Clark Sargent was a citizen of Nevada City and an early suffragist in the fight for the passage of the 19th Amendment for the women’s right to vote. She founded the Nevada County Women’s Suffrage age Association in 1869.
The editing and completion of Jan-Michelle Sawyer’s video tells the compelling story of the importance of Ellen Clark Sargent in the suffrage movement in Nevada City, a lessor known story that is being helped to bring to light with the completion of the sculpture of Ellen Clark Sargent.
If you have further interest, please contact Jan-Michelle Sawyer or David at:

Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra LIVE From the Center

Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra LIVE From the Center

WHO: Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra LIVE From The Center
WHAT: Live Broadcast Concert
WHEN: Friday, November 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m. pacific time
WHERE: online at
ADMISSION: Free, donations welcome.
INFO: | 530-274-8384

Marty O’Reilly and The Old Soul Orchestra deliver their unique take on roots music straight to your home with a live broadcast From The Center for the Arts on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The show is free and will be broadcast live at The Center’s new outdoor Backstage Bar will be open from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. serving drinks and food at socially distant tables where visitors can watch the livestream.

Just when you think American roots music should be relegated to the dusty confines of a purist’s museum it will surprise you with a paradigm shift. Take Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra— passing through tradition, the quartet stumbled upon innovation, proving that old souls can be creatively fresh.

Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra features Marty on electrified resonator guitar and vocals, Chris Lynch on violin and keys, Ben Berry on upright bass, and Matt Goff on drums and percussion. The group specializes in roots music with evocative lyrics that are conceptually cryptic, relying on imagery and symbols to convey emotion. Their signature cosmic roots aesthetic, brimming with cinematic songcraft, impressionistic lyrics, clever arrangements, telepathic ensemble interplay, and soulfully world-weary vocals. Imagine the delta blues reprised by psychedelic indie rockers.

Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra perform live From The Center on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. pacific. The online broadcast is free to everyone. A digital “Tip Jar” will be available for donations to support the artists and production team. You can also watch the live broadcast from the new Backstage Bar behind The Center for the Arts at 315 Richardson Street, downtown Grass Valley. Visit for more information.

The Great Halloween Window Contest – Vote This Week!

It’s The Great Halloween Window Contest of 2020!

Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & Grass Valley Downtown Association have teamed up to promote our downtown shops and merchants with a fun and festive window contest to celebrate Halloween.

Local shops are encouraged to get into the holiday spirit by decorating their windows. Between October 23rd-30th folks can vote for their favorite local merchant’s window display. On October 31st a winner for Nevada City and Grass Valley will be announced and awarded $250/each.

From October 23-30 people can vote for their favorite shop windows by going to

How it Works

  1. Let your imagination go wild and decorate your shop’s window. Brownie points for shopping local for your decorations!
  2. Take a photo of your window and post it to your social media, newsletter, etc., encouraging your friends and customers to vote for you between October 23-30 here
  3. Tag #DowntownGrassValley and #NevadaCityChamber in your posts and we’ll be sure to share as well
  4. On October 31st we’ll count up the votes and announce a winner


This year’s contest is generously sponsored by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames. The family-owned and operated shop reminds us that creativity knows no boundaries.

Nevada City Film Festival presents Halloween Drive-In

Nevada City Film Festival presents Halloween Drive-In

WHAT: Halloween Drive-In
WHEN: Tuesday-Thursday, October 27-29, The Nightmare Before Christmas (Gates 5:15pm, Film 6pm), The Lost Boys (Gates 7:45pm, Film 8:30pm)
WHERE: Litton Engineering, 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley
TICKETS: $25/per car, per film screening. We recommend two to three people per car as it can be difficult to see the screen from the back seat. Limited parking (45 spots). Popcorn available for purchase.

From October 27 to 29, the parking lot of the iconic Litton Engineering Building is reimagined as a classic drive-in movie experience fit with state of the art projection, a 32-foot screen, and friendly mask-wearing car-hops to deliver pre-made concessions – including organic popcorn from the Onyx Theatre – to attendees in their car.

The selected films for this series were chosen for families with small children and for teens. They include the stop-motion animation classic The Nightmare Before Christmas (6pm Showing, Rated PG) and the 80s cult classic The Lost Boys (8:30pm Showing, Rated R). Tickets are $25/per car, per film screening. Concessions pack $10 with large organic popcorn plus 2 drinks available for purchase.

Halloween Drive-In Movies for the Community presented by the Nevada City Film Festival is a benefit for Bright Futures for Youth created by the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO, providing fun activities, academic and wellness programs to youth and support for their families.

About the Films:
The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG, 1hr, 15min)
The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world”. When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

The Lost Boys (R, 1hr, 37min)
Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) — who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland), leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead.

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas starts at 6pm. Gates 5:15pm. The Lost Boys starts at 8:30pm. Gates 7:45pm.
2. Please familiarize yourself with the parking diagram below. After entering the lot, you will be directed by film festival staff to a designated parking place. It is our goal to space vehicles apart from one another enough to provide an unobstructed view of the screen. If your view of the screen is blocked by the vehicle in front of you, please let our staff know immediately when parking so that we can shift you over or back, if necessary. We will aim to please, however, there may be places where viewing will be less than ideal because the lot is not tiered like a traditional Drive-In. We do offer handicap parking for those who need it.
3. Ticket price ($25). All members should be of the same household.
4. We recommend two to three people per car as it can be difficult to see the screen from the back seat. Again, all should be members of the same household.
5. You will need a car stereo or an FM radio. When you arrive, we will tell you the channel to tune in to hear the movie in your vehicle. We will not be streaming the audio online so no phone app will work.
6. Please be aware if you are able to turn off your headlights and brake lights. If not, we recommend a blanket or duct tape to cover the lights. Leaving interior lights, heater or an air-conditioner on can drain a battery quickly when the engine is not running. If you know that your battery’s condition is not great, we recommend starting your vehicle once or twice during the show. If you do, please do not leave it running longer than (2) minutes. If you have bike racks or a rooftop cargo box on top of your car, we recommend taking those off before arriving.
7. Please maintain good social distancing and stay six feet apart from all other moviegoers. Do not congregate outside your car.
8. Unfortunately, NO ALCOHOL is allowed in cars and we cannot sell open containers of alcohol to-go. Please respect these rules so we can continue operating the drive- in.
9. Concessions are available for pre-sale when purchasing your tickets. Upon your arrival one of our friendly mask-wearing car-hops will deliver your order to you. Please wear your mask or face covering when interacting with them.
10. Please take all concession trash with you to avoid out of vehicle foot traffic to maintain social distancing.
11. There are (3) porta potties located at the lot. One is wheelchair accessible. Hand sanitizer will be available for you to use before and after. Please wear your mask or face covering.
12. We suggest bringing a headlamp or flashlight to use when walking from your car to the bathroom.
13. Tickets are non-refundable and exchangeable unless the event is cancelled due to weather.
14. Park at your own risk. Nevada City Film Festival and Litton Engineering Labs are not responsible for theft, loss or damages to your vehicle during the event.

Music in the Mountains To Begin Music Workshops

Music in the Mountains To Begin Music Workshops

What: Youth Music Programs
When: Starting October 28th
Time: 3:30pm or 4pm, depending on the class
Price: FREE – a value of $40 per class
More Information:

Beginning October 28th, Music in the Mountains will be bringing music workshops to the Youth of Nevada County and surrounding areas. This exciting opportunity is completely free of charge and will expose students to highly trained professional musicians in many different genres.  It also gives kids a creative outlet to express themselves in these challenging times.

The program will start on Oct. 28th at 3:30-5:00pm with a Rhythm workshop taught by the Flutist and Assistant Director of the Music in The Mountains Youth Orchestra, Shannon Devir.  In this class, students will learn the basics of how to break down printed rhythm and make it jump off the page.  No experience necessary however students should come prepared with an open mind and lots of energy ready to get and move and groove!

The same evening local harpist, Sage Po will lead a harp workshop from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.  Sage is accepting harpists of all levels and musical styles.  Anyone who has ever met Sage will want to come to this class.  Please bring your own harp.

On November 11th, we begin our Intermediate/ Advanced String Chamber Music Series lead by (elaborate on Richard) Richard Altenbach.  This class will be held from 3:30-5:00 PM for four weeks on Wednesday afternoons, Nov.11th, Nov.18th, Dec. 2nd, Dec. 9th.

As the year unfolds, please stay tuned for many more exciting classes such as World Drumming, and Beginning Strings.  Have an idea for a class you’d like to see?  Please email with your ideas and Music in the Mountains will be more than happy to see if they can make it happen!

Music in the Mountains has been performing and producing high-quality classical music for Nevada County for nearly 40 years.  They continue to bring wonderful classical music performances and educational programs to Nevada County.  The public is invited to join MIM this fall and holiday season for world class musical performances streaming to your home.  For more information call 530-265-6124 or email  Always open at

InConcert Sierra Announces Composers Project Series for Ages 12-25

Interested in Composing Music?

Consider joining the Composers Project, a comprehensive music program through InConcert Sierra designed by education director and composer, Mark Vance.This unique program is a nine-month series for ages 12-25 that provides in-depth instruction in composition, notation software, conducting, melodic and rhythmic dictation, theory, harmony, music history, ear training, solfege and rehearsal/performance techniques. The students will also have access to input and master classes by renowned musicians and composers who perform for InConcert’s Third Sunday Series (this season may be either live and/or via ZOOM).During the nine-month program, students will write two original compositions: one piece for voice accompanied by the student’s instrument of choice and a second composition for solo instrument or ensemble. Both works will be premiered by professional musicians.Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the classes are currently held via ZOOM and will continue online until it is safe to meet in person.  The students There are currently eleven students enrolled in the program, with room for up to five additional students. The final concert for the previous, 2019-20 season, performed by professional musicians, will be presented virtually on October 20, 2020 on InConcert Sierra’s YouTube channel.  Each student will, additionally, receive a link to the recording of their work.

One student noted, “The feeling of listening to music can only be rivaled by the creation of music itself. I truly have so much that I could say about how incredible this course is, it really is one of the purest places of learning, fun, and discussion I have ever been in. I have met so many absolutely incredible people through this program and I honestly hope I stay friends with all of them for many years to come.”

Mark Vance received his education at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and studied composition with notables such as Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland, and Gunther Schuller, and voice with Robert McFerrin, Sr. His instrumental studies included clarinet, flute, alto saxophone, piano, guitar, and voice. He is published with Santa Barbara Music Publishing and C. Alan Publications, and has had many local commissions by InConcert Sierra, Music in the Mountains, Nevada Union High School Choral Program, as well as by many private sources. He is also the executive director of the Nevada County Composers Cooperative. Vance and his wife, Estelle Barber, and have five grown sons and two grandsons.

Applications are currently being accepted online at  The 9-month course is $1075 for new students and $975 for returning students.  Payment plans are available.  This is an experience of a lifetime.

Nevada City Winery’s October Art Show

Nevada City Winery’s October Art Show – Flora and Fauna by Wendy Spratt

Wendy Spratt’s paintings give us a much-needed reprieve, a chance to take a deep breath and allow
ourselves a ‘looking glass’ perspective of nature. Both the grace and dazzle of nature come through
these works. Whether a plant, a bird, or a bug, her remarkable colors will sing for you.

Exhibit Title: Flora and Fauna
Artist: Wendy Spratt
Show Dates: Opening, Thursday October 1st – Sunday November 15th, 2020
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Private Art Tours with the Artist are available by appointment. Contact Andrea Baruch de la Pardo

Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street
Nevada City, CA 95959

A Statement by Wendy Spratt:
Wendy talks about her inspiration for “Flora and Fauna”, at the Nevada City Winery Gallery.
“ …I was curious to try and capture the simplicity and beauty of these plants I enjoyed along the
Mendocino coast last summer……the white yarrow against the rich cobalt sea, the many plump, juicy
colors of the blackberries and the dry, thorny thistle against a field of heat…….it’s harder than I thought!  Might take a lifetime of painting to get those qualities and feelings I’m looking for down on canvas.

The bugs just intrigue me, all their amazing colors and shapes, perfect and fun for a small canvas, with a high gloss finish…which makes them pop!”

Nevada City Winery Hours

4:00–9:00 PM
2:00–9:00 PM

12:00–9:00 PM
12:00–7:00 PM

Nevada City Winery offers a diverse selection of wines that can be enjoyed in a tasting, by the glass, and
by the bottle. Guests are welcome to join us in our Tasting Room in Downtown Nevada City. Our gift
shop has a wonderful selection of wine-gifts and accessories, cheeses, and other treats to enjoy during
your visit. Our barrel room and production facilities are on the premises and located directly below the
tasting room, enabling us to share crush related activities. Our gallery hosts a different local artist each
month and is open to the public free of charge. Learn more on our website

Backstage Bar at The Center for the Arts

Backstage Bar at The Center for the Arts

WHAT: The Backstage Bar at The Center for the Arts
WHEN: Select Dates, October 17 – November 7
WHERE: The Backstage Bar at The Center- 315 Richardson St. Grass Valley, CA
RESERVATIONS: $30 Members | $35 Regular
INFO: | 530-274-8384 x0

The Center for the Arts welcomes you to the Backstage Bar. Enjoy food, drinks, live acoustic music, or watch one of their From The Center broadcasts on the new 90-inch monitor. Located behind The Center at 315 Richardson Street in downtown Grass Valley, The Backstage Bar has socially distant tables, takes reservations, and offers pre-orders for your food and beverages.

Acoustic music starts Saturday, October 17, 2020, with Sunny War, who embraces Blues, Folk, and Punk with her signature fingerstyle guitar work. Americana duo Jenni and Jesse from the Dead Winter Carpenters perform on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Erika T. from the T Sisters and her husband, Ben Morrison, from The Brothers Comatose perform as TERRIER on Friday, October 30. Erika returns with the T Sisters bringing their refreshing brew of indie-folk and Americana music to the stage on Saturday, November 7th. Reservations are recommended.

Music begins at 5:30pm and 8:30pm and interested parties may choose their preferred time. Seating is first come, first served at socially distanced tables. You may also contact the box office to request a smaller table for two. If you prefer to watch from home, you can become a member of The Center for the Arts to watch a free broadcast that will air at 5:30pm.

The Backstage Bar located behind The Center in the lower lot at 315 Richardson Street. Doors open at 5:00pm for 5:30pm seatings, and at 8:00pm for 8:30pm seatings. The 5:30pm broadcast is free and available exclusively to members. Reservations and memberships are available online at, and at the box office located at 314 West Main Street, Downtown Grass Valley, CA.

Day of the Dead Cemetery Walk

Folk Trails Hiking Club & Outside Inn Share Their Popular Day of the Dead Walk

Last year’s Day of the Dead walk. Photo by Erin Thiem, Outside Inn


Every year on Day of the Dead, Folk Trails Hiking Club, Outside Inn/Inn Town Campground and Nevada County Cemetery District invite residents and visitors on a lovely four-mile urban walk through Nevada City’s historic cemeteries. The extremely popular event attracts close to one hundred attendees each year, but due to COVID it has been canceled. Instead they are offering an abbreviated self-guided version you can do with your family and close friends.

The stunning fall colors make for a most beautiful backdrop on this walk through Nevada City’s historic cemeteries. You will visit Pioneer Cemetery off of West Broad Street, St. Canice Historical Cemetery and Pine Grove Cemetery on Red Dog Road. Each of these cemeteries offer a glimpse into our past; you’ll learn more about some of the individuals who are buried here and pay respect to those who have come before us.

Add to the experience by picking up a copy of “Cemeteries of the Western Sierra” by local historian Christopher Ward. Chris shares his immense passion and knowledge in the book. And if you ever get the chance, be sure to take his Cemetery Walk up at Malakoff Diggins Historic State Park. You can find the book at Harmony Books, 130 Main Street, Nevada City.

About Cemeteries of Nevada County
The Nevada County Cemetery District operates twenty-seven public cemeteries in western Nevada County– twenty-five historic natural and two modern lawn cemeteries. Eighteen of the cemeteries are open and active, while the remaining nine historic cemeteries are closed and inactive. The transfer of an additional historic cemetery is pending.

Pioneer Cemetery 
Located at the top of West Broad Street, Nevada City
Park on West Broad street and enter just right of the entrance for St Canice Cemetery, or park on East Broad Street or Orchard Street, and enter via the Orchard Street entrance to the St Canice Cemetery.
**Please note that PG&E is scheduled to cut trees in this area.

Points of Interest

  • The cemetery was first established in 1851 on a knoll behind the First Methodist Church, the first denominational church in Nevada County
  • 400 graves are here on close to two acres that date back to the 1850s

Notable people buried here:

  • Alphonse Sutter, son of John Sutter – in 1964, 100 years after his death his remains were excavated from their resting place and moved to his father in Pioneer Grove near Old Town Sacramento.
  • Henry Meredith, a young native of Virginia who dies when his militia group fount against Paiute Indians near Pyramid Lake.
  • Aaron A. Sargent, renowned California pioneer and senator. In 1878, Sargent historically introduced what would later become the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. The sarcophagus-style memorial once marked his grave in the Laurel Hill Cemetery of San Francisco. His remains were disinterred, and the memorial was moved to Nevada City in 1940. His ashes were sprinkled over the land where his Quaker Hill mining claims were.
  • Felix Gillet, recognized by many as the father of most of the perennial crop agriculture in California and the Western U.S. Gillet immigrated to Nevada City in 1859 from Boston by way of France. Initially the owner of a barber shop, he took a year sabbatical about 1862 and learned more of the nursery trade in his homeland. He came back to Nevada City, became a nurseryman and established his “Barren Hill Nursery” in 1866, one of the first fruit and nut nurseries on the west coast of the United States.

Pine Grove Cemetery 
Located on Red Dog Road
You can enter directly from Red Dog Rd or you can park off of Park Extension Avenue

Pine Grove Cemetery was established in 1851 and is named in honor of Mary Ann Groves, wife of the village undertaker and local businessman William C. Groves. Set on five acres, it is one of the oldest cemeteries in Nevada County and the final resting place of generations of long-established Nevada County families, members of various fraternal organizations, and veterans of the Spanish American War and World War I.

Many of the citizens buried at Pine Grove were born long before gold was discovered and California became a state. Partially restored by a local gardening group, the cemetery features elaborately carved tombstones and intricate ironwork.

The cemetery features 120 varieties of heirloom roses and also has the last known wooden headstone in the area.

Points of Interest

  • The section on the right is Masonic and the section on the left is Odd Fellows.  Further back are general areas and an area for the indigent.
  • Brooklyn Lodge (1852) – When hydraulic mining ceased in California in the late 1800s, the town of Red Dog was abandoned. The Odd Fellows lodge in Red Dog, known as the Brooklyn Lodge, moved to Nevada City and a section of the Pine Grove Cemetery was reserved for the members of the lodge.
  • Nevada City Old Odd Fellows Cemetery (1850) – Dedicated to members of the Odd Fellows and their families.
  • Nevada City New Odd Fellows Cemetery (1938) – Active for members of the Odd Fellows Oustomah Lodge Number 16 and their families only.
  • Take time and look for the various markings on headstones signifying the fraternal groups including the Free Masons, Old Odd Fellows, Woodmen of the World, Knights of Pythias, and Order of the Eastern Star.

Notable People Buried Here

  • Lyman Gilmore – In May 1902 Gilmore built a 32-foot aircraft that was reported to have successfully flown through the air at a rate of 43 mph. As the story goes, only a handful of witnesses were present to see it fly at Gilmore Fields (where Lyman Gilmore Middle School now sits) before it was destroyed in a hangar fire.
  • Marsh Family – Daniel and Martin Luther started the Pioneer Saw Mill and later donated the land that Pioneer Park sits on, note the site is adorned with lavender, rosemary and lily, also note the emblem of the Ancient Order of the Forester (AOF) which the brothers were members of. One of the oldest friendly societies originating in England in 1790.
  • Searls Family – Niles Searls was the first district attorney of Nevada County, a Senator, and served as chief justice of California, Supreme Court Commissioner. Fun fact – Searls and fellow Senator Aaron Sargent were both Freemasons.
  • Shallenberger Plot – includes cousin Moses who was part of the first pioneer party to crest the Sierra Nevada by wagon.
  • Williams Fellows & son Harry Englebright – both US Representatives. Englebright Lake and Dam is named for Harry.
  • Max Solaro – Max Solaro served as a police deputy and began driving a fire truck around 1935. In 1940 he was appointed as police chief by the City Council, at which time he still maintained the operation of the fire truck. Among his other contributions to Nevada City, were his assistance to string the Christmas lights across Nevada City’s streets, and on the community tree at Sacramento and Adams Streets (This immense Redwood Tree was not only lit on Christmas, but on the Fourth of July as well). Over 400 people attended his funeral and the bells of the city announced his funeral cortege. He was interred in the firemen’s section of Pine Grove.

Folks Trails Hiking Club and Outside Inn/Inn Town Campground invites history and nature lovers of all-ages to join them on a series of urban hikes or “micro adventures” through historic Nevada City and its outlying neighborhoods. Led by Jesse Locks, a California Naturalist, founder of Folk Trails Hiking Club and certified in Wilderness First Aid, these hikes are perfect for both residents and visitors looking for a deeper understanding and connection to this beautiful and unique corner of the world.  For more information go to

Foothills Event Center – Upcoming Classes

Foothills Event Center presents Upcoming Classes

Come Paint With Us – Sunset on a Bottle

Tue, October 27, 2020

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Looking for a new crafty project to try out with friends, or just to get out of the house for an evening? Join us to paint this sunset on a wine bottle!

Relax and discover your inner artist in a fun, casual, and socially distanced environment and let your creative juices flow! You can make this piece unique to you or follow along while the artist instructor goes over brush strokes and colors. Once you have completed your painting, turn on the twinkle lights inside and watch your bottle come to life!

You will be provided with everything you need to create this masterpiece, and no experience required!

You will receive simple step-by-step guidance by our instructor to inspire your own masterpiece and enjoy some good company.

All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or soda.

We have designed our painting space to follow social distancing guidelines, so bring your friends, grab a drink and paint away!

For your safety and well-being, Come Paint With Us has limited our class sizes. Limited class sizes ensure ample space for physical distancing. All students will be placed at least 6 feet apart (unless living in the same household). Due to the limited class sizes, all guests must have a reservation to enter our studio at The Foothills Event Center. Masks are required during class for your safety and the safety of our community. If you forget your mask at home, we’ll have masks available for purchase for a small fee.

Family & Pets Portrait Day – Saturday, November 21, 2020

Family & Pets Portrait Day – Saturday, November 21, 2020

Photographer and photo instructor, David Wong, will be offering portraits of your family and your pets on Family & Pets Portrait Day, Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 9 AM till 4 PM at his studio and meadows in Grass Valley.

Portraits sessions will be 30 minutes and can be shot inside the studio or outdoors in the meadows. Multiple sessions may be scheduled for large animals. You may choose to shoot the portrait of your animal friends together with you or by themselves.

David has been a dog and horse photographer for more than 30 years. He was the CPE National Dog Agility Trials official photographer in 2017, photographing several hundred dogs from all over the country. He has photographed hundreds of horses for dressage, cross-country, and stadium jumping and was the Draft Horse Classic official photographer in 2017. A special love of animals calls to him to photograph our companions in addition to his fine art print photography and world photography workshops he leads twice a year.

Contact David at or 530-852-7800 and indicate your desire to schedule a session on November 21st. The cost for this special photo day is $75 per session and will include one 8×10 matted print, ready to drop in a frame plus all your digital downloads for your own personal use for cards and calendars for the upcoming holiday season or just to share with family and friends.