Atria Hosts Author David Troxel on Alzheimer’s Disease

Thursday, March 29th, 6:30pm

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia continue to be a major public health challenge. Join Atria Grass Valley for a presentation and workshop led by renowned author and expert in Alzheimer’s care, David Troxel. He will address the current state of dementia research, treatment and care, along with trends to watch for in the coming year.


NCNGRR Museum Hosts Book Discussion & Signing Event – April 21st

Two new books on local railroading history have just been published and the authors will be at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, to introduce their newly released works, “Railroads of Nevada County” by Andrew Brandon and “Railroads of Placer County” by Art Sommers and Roger Staab.

The three authors are scheduled to discuss their work, share some of the fascinating history covered in their books, and answer questions from those in attendance. Books will be available for purchase and the authors will be happy so sign copies. Refreshments will be served and docent-led tours of the museum will be available.

“Railroads of Nevada County” by Andrew Brandon traces local railroading history from the 1860’s when the Central Pacific Railroad was the first railroad to enter Nevada County, extending to the eastern slope of Donner Pass where it established a construction camp now known as Truckee. Through the end of the 19th century additional railroads were constructed, bringing the outside world closer to the remote areas of the county. The book also touches on the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Nevada County Traction Company which served gold-rush era Grass Valley and Nevada City.

Drawing on 200 historic photographs, maps and captions, “Railroads of Placer County” by Art Sommers and Roger Staab provides a visual history of 14 railroads, both narrow gauge and standard gauge, that have operated in or through Placer County since 1861. Some operated for only a short time, while one is still in operation today. The book draws on the combined knowledge of the authors as well as Art’s extensive personal photo collection, the photo archives of the Placer-Sierra Railroad Heritage Society, and selected photos contributed by others.

The NCNGRR Museum is located at 5 Kidder Court, at the intersection of Bost and New Mohawk, in Nevada City. For additional information, please call the museum at 530-470-0902 or check the museum’s website:

KARE Presents Jambalaya & Jazz Night!

Come join the KARE Crisis Nursery for our first ever Jambalaya & Jazz Night! Happening Friday, April 6th, 5:30 to 9:30 at the beautiful Foothills Event Center. Featuring some great local entertainment including Ludi Hinrichs, Cassidy Joy & Karen Woerner and George Cutter & Friends, The Headliners and Heather’s Cabaret Dolls! There will be fabulous food with a New Orleans flair, live and silent auctions and our Wheel Of Fun. Tickets are $30 and are available at, Nevada City S.P.D., The Bookseller in Grass Valley or by calling our office at (530) 265-0693. See you there!!

32nd Annual Nevada City Spring Run/Walk

The 32nd Annual Nevada City Spring Run/Walk presented by the Nevada City United Methodist Church will be held on Saturday, April 28. It is the fourth race in the Gold Country Grand Prix. This race is the oldest footrace in Nevada County.

All runners and walkers will receive a vegetable starter from Weiss Brothers Nursery. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the church: 433 Broad Street. Registration information is also available on our church website:
or download the  attached registration form.  Spring Run 2018 Registration Form

Become a Summer Nights Vendor

The Summer Nights in Nevada City celebration, a street festival of art and music, has been an annual tradition in this quaint, scenic, historic – and sometimes quirky – community, for close to thirty years. The 2018 event takes place on three Wednesday evenings, July 11th, 18th, and 25th.

During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic cars, food, drink and music. Leading Sierra foothills musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area. Hours are 6-9:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

To learn about becoming a vendor, go to:

Learning to Farm? Looking for a Job in Agriculture?

Applications Due March 30th

The 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture reported the average age of farmers in the United States to be 58. Over the next 10 years, our country will need 10,000 new farmers just to replace the ones who will retire! The Sierra Harvest Farm has a program to support farmers and ranchers to be prosperous, successful and vibrant!

What is Farm Crew? Hands-on Training, Supported Learning

Hone your skills with Sierra Harvest’s 2018 Farm Crew! Apply now to join a cohort of early-career farmers working and learning on sustainable farms throughout Nevada County. Whether it is learning to repair a tractor, tending a hive of bees, planting a native plant hedgerow, learning to manage a farm office, or mastering the art of bouquet making, we will support you to follow your passion! Farm Crew members will be learning and working on farms and ranches throughout the region and also gathering bi-monthly for community events and advanced production skills courses. This series of workshops will be taught in the field by local experts.

Host Farms

Qualified Farm Crew member applicants will be passed on to host-farms for hiring for the 2018 season. Host farms offer a wide range of paid job opportunities; from 5 hours per week all the way up to full time employment. In addition to a connection to a job and mentor, Farm Crew will support and maximize your on-farm experience with advanced production skills classes, field trips, one-on-one advising and community building providing Farm Crew members with a positive and successful start in market farming. All farm placements are with ecologically sustainable farms. For a list of host farms, click here!

Farm Crew Production Skills Course

Members will spend 3 hours every other week from May through November attending production skills classes (total of 15 classes- 45 hours of instruction.) Production skill courses will include: soil analysis, cover crops and soil building, soil tillage and cultivation, row crop irrigation, pasture management, pest management, animal health and husbandry, tractor technology, greenhouse management, seeding and transplanting, food safety, composting, and more. Classes will be taught by local farmers, ranchers and agriculture industry experts. Most will be held in the field (ie on farms.) Check out the tentative Farm Crew Production Skills Course for the 2018 season!

Who can apply for Farm Crew?
Hard working people seriously considering a career in agriculture can apply for Farm Crew. One season of previous farming experience is strongly encouraged. People already working on farms and ranches in the Nevada County region can also apply to attend Farm Crew Production Skills classes.

To learn more and apply, visit our website. Applications due March 30, 2018 with placements beginning April/May through November.

Nevada County Digital Media Center Hosts Student Open House

Come explore the Nevada County Digital Media Center. Meet filmmakers & creators of all ages and experience. All students (any age), teachers and school administrators are welcome to attend.

The Nevada County Digital Media Center is Nevada Counties hub for all things film & video. You can come learn how to operate a camera or edit a movie. You can help on productions and or learn how to put together productions. Members have access to a wide variety of equipment, tools, and knowledge. There is something for everyone here, regardless of age and skill set.

Student membership is $20 per year and starts from the day of purchase.

Student Open House – Thursday, April 12th 6pm – 104 New Mohawk, Second Floor

Easter Sees Candy Sales – Nevada City Chamber

We are well stocked at the Nevada City Chamber for your Easter Sees Candies! Choose from pounds of your favorite chocolates, Easter bunnies, special Easter eggs and more!

Nevada City Chamber 132 Main Street, Nevada City – 530/265-2692


Springtime at Ananda

16,000 Tulips in Bloom at Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village

Throughout the month of April 2018, enjoy the glorious color and serenity of 16,000 tulips in bloom for Springtime at Ananda at Crystal Hermitage. 24,000 visitors since opened to the public at Ananda Village.

“We planted over 90 varieties of mid and late season Dutch bulbs this year,” said Master Gardener, Nancy Mair. “We blend tulips with a rainbow of complementary pansies, wisteria, rhododendrons, azaleas, peonies, dogwood trees and the fabulous cherry tree, so that guests enjoy a different garden in each terrace.”

The gardens will be open every day in April, 10am-5pm, and Crystal Hermitage will open the house on two weekends: April 7-8 and 14-15. We will be open Easter Weekend.

Visitors are welcome to explore the upper terraced gardens and follow the meandering paths by pools, waterfalls, statuary, and the award-winning chapel inspired by the Little Church of St. Francis in Assisi.

“I joined a group for the drive to the garden, and although I have visited many gardens around the world, I’ve never seen anything remotely like it,” wrote one garden blogger.

Situated on a precipice of the San Juan Ridge 30 minutes outside of Nevada City, the gardens overlook the Tahoe National Forest and Yuba River Canyon.

On open house weekends, visitors can chat with Crystal Hermitage lead gardeners, nibble on maple scones, tour the main house, visit the museum, or quietly enjoy the peace and beauty. For a lunch, visitors will find delicious vegetarian fare or can picnic on the green of Master’s Market in downtown Ananda Village. The Expanding Light Retreat Center also offers vegetarian meals and overnight accommodations, with advance reservations.

Touring Crystal Hermitage house offers a spectacular collection Kashmiri wood carved furniture by India’s Suffering Moses, ethereal paintings by Italy’s Guido Odierna, and Balinese art carvings depicting the Ramayana, India’s epic written thousands of years ago.

Admission is $6.00, children 12 and under are free; season passes are $12.00. For more information, tulip bloom updates, and directions, please call 530-478-7574 or visit Groups are welcome to visit weekdays, 10am – 5pm. For groups of 20 or more, please call 530-478-7587 to arrange a visit. Please no dogs, picnicking or alcohol at the gardens. Also please note: On Friday, April 20st the gardens will open at 1pm.

No waiting in line tickets are available online
Receive a Free 50th Anniversary Ananda Village postcard with online purchase
Bloom Updates will be on instagram and Facebook Live

For groups of 10 or more please call 530-478-7587

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Mai Lee at 310-621-3721, or at



“Sweet Nothin’s” Opens March 23rd

In recognition of 2018 being hailed as The Year of the Woman, Off Broadstreet owners John Driscoll and Jan Kopp offer a brand new musical comedy revue that chronicles sixty years in the crazy ride American women have taken in our society: in the home, in the workplace and in politics. In Sweet Nothin’s, the owner of a Hollywood rooming house has convinced four unemployed actresses to form a vocal quartet to provide entertainment for a fund-raiser she is holding for a local grandmother who is running as an independent for US Congress. Sweet Nothin’s features the talents of returning award-winning actress/playwright Karen Leigh Sharp and amazing vocalist Rebekah  Martino as well as OBS newcomers Heidi Grass, Tasa Proberts and Krissi DeKowzan. With inventive choreography by Tina Marie Kelly, the vocal ensemble performs number one hits from the past sixty years by musical icons from The Ronettes and Shirelles, through Madonna, Annie Lennox and ABBA to contemporary artists like the Dixie Chicks and Katie Perry.

Songs include Be My Baby, Lady Marmalade, Mama Mia, Real Man, Like a Prayer, Roar and Ladies Night, plus two dozen more memorable hits. The perfect show for women and for “The men who love them,” Sweet Nothin’s has plenty of laughs and great music and is suitable for all ages. Pre-show entertainment is provided by Chris Crockett beginning one hour before show time for all performances.

For further information or for show reservations, please call OFF BROADSTREET at (530) 265-8686 or (530) 478-1213 or visit

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County Presents: Election Forum Series

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County has scheduled our Election Forum Series at the Rood Center, every Thursday evening in the month of April. Each forum will start at 6:45 with an Introduction about County Voting Changes (CA Voters Choice Act).

Our series will present candidates as follows:

April 5: Clerk Recorder and District Attorney – 7:00 pm to 9:15 pm

April 12: US House of Representatives District 1 – 7:00 pm to 9:15 pm

April 19: Board of Supervisors District 3 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

April 26: Nevada County Sheriff – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The League of Women Voters has been conducting fair and balanced Candidate Forums in election year cycles since its inception. We are well known and highly commended for our method of including audience participation in questioning candidates that is direct and in real time, while maintaining civility between the parties. We have come to be known as the safe harbor for candidates of all parties and perspectives to speak with the electorate in a moderated but open forum. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these forums.


The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. You may learn more about the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County at or by visiting our Facebook page,

Upcoming Events at the Miners Foundry

Don Carlos
Thursday, April 12 8pm, $25/Adv, $30/Door
One of the most sought after reggae artists, his music is universal with a powerful message about peace, love, generosity, and righteousness. Legendary reggae artist Don Carlos was born and raised in one of the most deprived regions of Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which is also a musical spawning ground for many of reggae’s greatest ever talents. Don is a classic, well loved reggae artist with his Dub Vision band, featuring a horn section and female vocals and also regularly performs with Slightly Stupid. His strong catalogue of songs are healthy and clean for the young and old, appealing to people from all walks of life.

29th Annual Psychic Fair
Saturday, April 14, 11am-6pm and Sunday, April 15, 11am-5pm, $5
The Psychic Fair is considered Northern California’s largest gathering of metaphysical teachers, seers, crafters and readers.

For people interested in alternative medicine to those curious about the mystical, this year’s Psychic Fair offers attendees an array of vendors including psychics, medical intuitives, acupuncturists, massage therapists, herbalists, and alchemists. Take in a lecture or workshop and gain information and knowledge, re-kindle a past fascination, or discover a new interest.

The Psychic Fair marketplace also features one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, clothes, and accessories, natural skincare products, gem essences, crystals, and much more.

Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry and BriarPatch, or at the door. Ticketing fees may apply.

Nevada City Winery Dinner at The Miners Foundry

Join Nevada City Winery in the Stone Hall at the Miners Foundry on April 28 for a feast of Italian fare. Catered by Antonio Ayestaran, featuring passed appetizers, salads served family style, and a buffet featuring Chicken Scallopini, Porchetta roast, and vegetarian sides, followed by dessert. All courses served with our award winning Italian style wines.
Cost is $70 per person for Wine Club members and $75 per person for others. Reservations: 530.265.9463

Partners in English Language Learning Seeks Volunteer Tutors

The mission of Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) is to help English language learners become thriving members of our community by offering one-on-one English language tutoring, and building bridges that foster cross-cultural respect, understanding, and friendship. Tutors are a vital component in this endeavor.

Our students give many reasons for wanting to improve their English skills, the primary goal being a better life for themselves and their families. Students want to be better equipped to deal with day-to-day issues, such as parental school responsibilities, family medical matters, communications with employers and customers, and understanding the checkout transactions when they shop. The process of learning English is often a difficult and scary journey, and PiELL volunteer tutors are there to help our students reach their goals. Tutors work with their adult students one-on-one, committing to a minimum of one hour a week, at a time and place that is convenient for both tutor and student. To be a tutor, no formal teaching experience is necessary, and English is the only language required. PiELL provides tutor mentors, semi-annual tutor get-togethers to exchange ideas, and a resource library.

A two-day, volunteer tutor training is being offered on April 14th and April 21st. Volunteers must attend both days. For more information, please visit our website , or contact us at 530-265-2116, or at

2018 Wildflower Walks Begin at Bridgeport Along the South Yuba River

When spring arrives in the Nevada County foothills there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park. Docents will provide guided wildflower walks beginning on March 10, and will continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 13 at 11:00 a.m. The walks and blooms are at the whim of Mother Nature. Rain may cancel. Call 530 432-2546 for information or go to our website…


Rotary Community Awards Ceremony

The five Western Nevada County Rotary Clubs will be holding a Rotary Community Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 28th at 5:30pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds to honor Businesses, Volunteers and Citizens of the Year. The event will include a dinner and ceremony to honor the nominees and celebrate their selection. Nominees were selected based on their
philanthropy, community support and volunteerism in our community. The Rotary’s 4-Way Test was also part of the criteria used to identify these nominees.

The public is invited to attend and help Rotarians celebrate these fine businesses and individuals! A final winner in each category will be announced that evening. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at or by contacting a Rotarian in our community.

Culture Shock Yogurt & Gourmet Popcorn at Foothills Celebration April 7th

Culture Shock Yogurt and Gourmet Popcorn will be participating in the 2018 Foothills Celebration. Come on by and try your choice of our many wonderful popcorn flavors. We will be offering a coupon with every taste for future purchases of our popcorn in our shop. We will have the most popular of our 26 wonderful flavors available. Come visit, we will be inside the Artist’s Workshop space and paired with ol Republic Brewery! What a wonderful combination.

If you haven’t heard, Culture Shock Yogurt has the only Gourmet Popcorn Bar in Nevada County. Healthy, Gourmet POPCORN is the perfect treat for all . . . choose one, or many, of our 26 flavors of Gourmet, Healthy Popcorn for whatever family night, party, friends’ gathering or just a night you curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book. If you mention that you saw this on the NC Chamber page, you get 10% off on 3-gallon bucket of popcorn of any of our flavors (discounted price $18/bucket). We custom make your popcorn fresh with each order!! See our flavor list for your many options. We also have 1-gallon bags available for $6.75, and 1/2 gallon bag available for $4.25.


Bear Yuba Land Trust Honors Two Local Conservationists

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) invites the community to recognize two community heroes – Joanne Hild of Sierra Streams Institute and Rick Berry of 4 Elements Earth Education – during the annual Oak Tree Bash.

BYLT’s Annual Member Meeting and Leadership Awards will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Gold Miners Inn at 121 Bank Street Grass Valley.

Joanne Hild, Executive Director of Sierra Streams Institute will be awarded the William “Bill” Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership and Rick Berry, Founder and Director of the Four Elements Earth Education (4EEE) will receive the John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

The event begins with a Happy Hour where guests can sample gourmet local food provided by BriarPatch Co-op, and sip wine from Double Oak Vineyards & Winery and craft beer from ol’ Republic Brewery while catching up with new and old friends. Live music will be provided by Michael Padilla.

At this Annual Meeting designed for land trust members and supporters, the community will hear about expanded protection of lands in the upper watershed, updates on ongoing restoration work, and new treks, trails and youth programs.

A life-long calling

“One of the reasons we moved here is because we want to make Citizen Science front and center,” said Joanne Hild, Sierra Stream Institute’s Executive Director for the past 18 years, on a recent visit to the organization’s new country digs at the Woolman School campus at the Sierra Friends Center off Jones Bar Road.

The rural property, a Quaker outdoor school since the 1960s, is ideal for school field trips, establishing sites for climate change data collection, and the popular ongoing educational training series, UC California Naturalist Program. Sierra Streams’ citizen science has involved working with community members on many projects including those involved with scientific research, restoration, community health, adult and child education, laboratory analysis, and training.

Hild has a strong connection to the place she has lived and raised her family for over 25 years. She began working at Friends of Deer Creek (now Sierra Streams Institute) as a River Scientist in February 2000 and became Executive Director in 2004. Sierra Streams Institute is a watershed monitoring, research, and restoration group with a mission to link water, science and people for the benefit of human and environmental health.

“I feel a great sense of responsibility to work in partnership with the community to study and improve our environment and the health of our citizens,” said Hild.

Hild’s love for science and nature began as a young child. She holds an MS in Zoology from University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a BS in Biology from Tufts University. She has worked as a research scientist studying mountain lions with the Wildlife Conservancy in Sacramento, the effects of oil on coral growth and limpets with the Bermuda Biological Station, and pigeon navigation with Cornell University. For 15 years, Hild served as a Biology Professor at Sierra College, teaching general biology, anatomy and physiology, and ecology courses. Before that, she was a high school biology teacher for one year.

With Sierra Stream Institute’s recent move and a sharpened focus on involving the community with her life’s passion, Hild is excited about the future.

“I am thrilled to be recognized for the work I am so passionate about. I believe, this is just the beginning of our vision to involve more community members in all of our work. Our hope is that this will increase trust in sound data while preparing citizen scientists with the tools needed to make an impact and promote conservation throughout our community.”

Rick Berry began with the Tracker School in 1986 at the age of 15 and has been teaching wilderness skills for 25 years. After graduating with a B.S. from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, he tested his skills in the remote Klamath Mountain range where he studied indigenous life-ways for 12 years, passed on to him by Gary Morris who had lived with Yurok Elder Calvin Rube for 20 years.

Later, Berry spent two years in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey as a caretaker for the Tracker School, testing and refining his tracking and survival skills. He taught with both Jon Young and Tom Brown, Jr. through the Tracker School’s Coyote Camps, and moved on to serve seven years as Director of The Children of the Earth Foundation.

Today, Berry teaches Earth Skills and philosophies of living one with the Earth through the organization he founded, 4 Elements Earth Education (4EEE) and its Fox Walkers program for school-aged children. The organization based at BYLT’s Burton Homestead in Nevada City, immerses children, families and adults in nature while building useful skills.

“Our programs introduce Earth skills, which are a blend of the ancient arts of tracking, wilderness survival, and nature awareness. Through our programs, a re-thinking of our relationship to nature begins to occur – nature is not simply a ‘resource’ that we control as a product, but a relationship we must cultivate. Students are introduced to the world of the unseen and eternal, tapping into ‘the spirit that moves in all things’ as awareness and skills are woven together to serve as a foundation for creating visionary leaders.”

About the Awards

William “Bill” Nickerl devoted his life to land conservation in the California foothills. The William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership is given to Nevada County residents with a similar conservation ethic who inspire others to build a connection with the land. Bill passed in November and we are truly saddened by the loss of this inspiring man.

“Bill gave himself wholeheartedly to the cause—the forest, the environment, the educational side of the land trust’s mission.  He inspired me and others in his quiet way. I am glad we have a prize in his name that he be long remembered,” said Founding Member Dave Palley.

Retired Forest Supervisor of the Tahoe National Forest, John Skinner led many treks for the Land Trust. Despite a heart condition, Skinner hiked as many local trails as he could. He was the author of the book and online resource featuring over 200 trails, 100 lakes and 125 camping and picnic areas, Sierra Outdoors Recreation. Skinner wrote numerous articles for Sierra Heritage Magazine. John died on July 27, 2009.

Ticket sales available at the door: $20 Members, $30 Not-Yet-Members. Wine tickets sold at check-in. Beer available at no-host beverage bar.

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Discover Malakoff! Historic Cemetery Tour – Saturday March 24th

The Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins, in cooperation with the Sierra Gold Sector of California State Parks, have initiated a brand new series of events and activities at Malakoff Diggins State Park.

The intent of this series is to bring new visitors to the remote state park throughout the entire year, and to ignite interest and support for the wide spectrum of resources and activities at the historic park, home to the still-standing “ghost town” of North Bloomfield, and site of the largest hydraulic mine in the country.

The series is still in its developmental stages, even as we are going forward with our first events. We intend to establish Second Saturdays as our standard monthly schedule; however, some variation will occur, as we accommodate and coordinate with other schedules (for example, the very popular First Day Hike we held on January 1, 2018), and adjust for inclement weather.

The March event, led by local author Chris Ward*, will feature a monument-by-monument tour, featuring stories about French pioneers and snippets of history from the era when the hydraulic monitors were blasting, and the town was an active center of commerce and innovation.

The cemetery tour is free, limited to the first 25 participants, and requires pre-registration via Eventbrite, to assure that we don’t exceed the carrying capacity of the site.
Free registration link:   Please do RSVP, and update, if plans change. We will maintain a wait list.

Cemetery Tour description:
Join Chris Ward, author of Cemeteries of the Western Sierra, as he guides us through the historic North Bloomfield cemetery, regaling us with stories and snippets of history extracted from the headstones and markers remaining in the still-operating cemetery. Established in the mid-1800’s, this plot of land is dedicated to the enduring stories and memories surrounding the early settlement of this hub of exploration and innovation.

“Cemeteries are more than final resting places for the dead; they are gateways to an area’s shared history. Every hand-carved granite or marble monument, every faded wooden marker, holds a clue. Western Sierra populations boomed with the discovery of gold and often dwindled as gold fever waned. Cemeteries of the Western Sierra uses the lens of the cemetery to glimpse a rich and disappearing history. Displaced indigenous populations, miners, dueling newspaper magnates, Chinese pioneers: all are part of the mosaic of history represented in a historical cemetery. From solitary graves in the forest to almost forgotten graveyards near the center of a town, cemeteries tell a story not just of who may have died but also of who lived and what was meaningful in their time.”

*Chris Ward is an archeological specialist and a contributor to numerous investigatory research projects throughout California. He is a member of multiple organizations dedicated to the conservation of California’s heritage, including the Society of California Archaeology and multiple regional and county preservation groups. He has spent hundreds of hours with historians, community members, and in the historical cemeteries, historical libraries, and archives photographing and compiling research for this book. He lives and works from Penn Valley.

(Typically the Second Saturday of the month)

January 1 First Day Hike with Syd Brown

February 24 Volunteer Open House and Town Tour

March 24 North Bloomfield Cemetery tour with Chris Ward, author of Cemeteries of the Western Sierra

April 14 Author afternoon; reading and signing event

May 12 Archeology hike with Mark Selverston

June 9 Humbug Day

July 14 Hike with Hank Meals

Aug. 11 Hike in the Diggins with Mark Michalski

Sept. 9 French Connection Event II

Oct. 13 Cemetery dusk tour with Chris Ward, plus campfire

Nov. 10 North Bloomfield Schoolhouse Tour

Dec. 8 Christmas at Malakoff

Photos: Mark Selverston & Syd Brown

Tour leader and author, Chris Ward. Photo credit: Mark Selverston




TIME: 1:30 PM–3:30 PM

WHERE: Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, 23579 North Bloomfield Road, Nevada City, CA 95959

COST: FREE for tour; $5 day-use parking fee, using self-registration envelopes. Pre-registration requested.