First annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic Window Decorating Contest Winner!

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic Window Decorating Contest.

1st place – Industrial – Bicycle donated by Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop

2nd place award – Kitkitdizzi – Wine gift basket

3rd place award – Solstice – Restaurant gift certificate

The Windows were judged on the following: History, visual impact, originality and creativity.

The winner of the Residents Yard Decorating contest is Mike Badgwell who won a Bicycle donated by the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop.   Badgwell’s decorations can be seen at 504 Broad Street.   The $2,700 bicycle in his yard presentation will be raffled off with proceeds going to Addison Haller’s Scoliosis treatment.   Call the Chamber office for further details – 265-2692

Duane Strawser (left), N.C. Bicycle Classic Promoter presents the First Prize for the Bicycle Race Window Decorating contest to Dana Penney of Industrial at 319 Broad Street, Nevada City. Matt Margulies, President of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce (right).


The Fur Traders Warehouse Independence Day Sales

The Fur Traders Warehouse Sale is Back! Take a Break from the Heat and Come find some NEW Treats at our Independence Celebration Sales, with Six Full Days of Sale Shopping!

The Fur Traders has Added even More ALL BRAND NEW Last Pairs, Last Runs, Internet Returns, Men’s and Women’s Sandals, Shoes, Boots, Slippers of all of our Quality Brands, Born, UGG, Spring Step, Mephisto, Merrell,

New Leather and Fur Jackets, Vests, Coats, Dresses, Skirts, Shirts, Shoes, Boots, Slippers, Purses, Wallets, Jewelry, Riding Gear, Curios, and More, and ALL up to 50-60% OFF!

If you’re looking for Luxurious Home Decor, come Choose from our Entire Beautiful Collection of Hand-picked, from the Tannery, Sheepskins, Alpaca products, Caribou Pelts, Buffalo Robes, Calfskins, or Exotic Steerhides, that can be used as Rugs, Blankets, Pillows, Throws, Car Seat Covers, Upholstery Projects, Camping gear, or Festival gear, that we stock for our store!

Riders, we are back with a whole new collection of Motorcycle Gear/Wear including Gloves, Jackets, Vests, Chaps, and much more from sizes 3XS to 6X!! Ride your Motorcycle up, and we will tempt you with something NEW you NEED!

Don’t Miss out on these Huge Savings at The Fur Traders Warehouse Sales. Starting Saturday June 30 through July 1, on Wednesday July 4 AND then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday July 6-8!!

Located at 10181 Commercial Avenue Penn Valley, CA 95946. Behind Players Pizza off of Pleasant Valley Drive.

Open from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. 530-432-8000

Polly’s Paladar Supper Club Presents: TROPICALI

Colombian + Californian Cuisine
July 13th & 14th, 2018

Born and raised in Bogota Colombia, Chef Rene Medina holds a degree in fine arts from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His interest in cooking began at an early age with the influence of his mother’s passion for food. Rene has redirected his artistic talents into the culinary arts over the last ten years, working in various restaurants in Nevada and Yuba counties: Cafe Collage, Apollo D’Oro, Sergio’s Cafe, Five Mile House, Three Forks, and currently at the Stone House. Rene also runs his own small catering business, Chomp, which utilizes local, organic produce and meats to bring traditional Colombian food to Nevada County. Rene has a deep interest in seasonal food and how it can be used to create and draw a community together and encourage consciousness about where our food originates.

Kyle “Nadi” Sanchez personifies what we look for in Global Dance Music. Part DJ, Producer, Promoter, and Tastemaker of Tropical music. He creates Afro-Latin, Caribbean-Electropical music that sounds like sunshine feels. His beats, good vibes, and hedonistic style speak of world travel and celebration. This genre-less journey that incorporates distinct flavors from Dancehall, Soca, Cumbia, Uk Bass, Gqom, Reggaeton, Dub, Trap, Salsa, Bashment, Champeta, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and other delicious fruits are his mixing expertise. These sounds are the rare beats that breath life and the human spirit into dance. Nadi has been well established in the scene or more than 15 years since starting with his love for mystic dance events back in Hawaii. Find Kyle this summer promoting the Electropical scene at West Coast festivals like Lighting in a Bottle, Shambahala, Shift Festival, and Internationally, bringing his rare and sought after style to lit dance floors all over the world. His long-standing & most successful event is called Electropical in Nevada City, California. Electropical is focused on Tropical Bass dance music alongside drummers, dancers, and unique artists on a weekly basis and is the perfect pairing for the Tropicali dinner at Polly’s Paladar Supper Club.

Juli Elin is a multidisciplinary artist from Florida, currently living and working in the Sierra foothills. Juli creates fibers out of literally anything she scavenges and uses the handmade fodder to build chaotically elaborate accumulation sculptures. She uses color relentlessly and unapologetically. Fascinated continuously by words said and unsaid, her pieces usually involve a personal narrative expressed in her long titles. Juli has developed a conglomerative persona of art and provocative personality over the last few years called Snowbroth. See more of her work and process at or on Instagram at @snowbroth_. Read a great interview with her HERE.

Child Advocates of Nevada County is a private, non-profit agency that operates programs in support of vulnerable children and families, including the CASA program, and Healthy Babies program. The CASA program trains volunteers to serve as mentors and advocates for our community’s most vulnerable children, those removed from their homes due to severe abuse or neglect. CASAs develop trusting, safe, and supportive relationships with their assigned child. They attend court hearings and advocate for the foster child’s best interests by submitting court reports to the judge and working in partnership with adoptive parents, social workers, teachers, and other adults engaged in the child’s life to promote the child’s best interests. The Healthy Babies program is a child abuse prevention strategy that assigns trained and accredited home visitors to support at-risk pregnant women by providing weekly home visits for the first five years of their child’s life. Home visitors provide crucial information about child development, infant health and safety, nutrition, and referrals to community services as needed to provide struggling families with the tools and knowledge they need to be healthy and robust. Child Advocates is thrilled to partner with Polly’s Paladar to promote healthy children, healthy families, and a healthy community for all of Nevada County.

1. Tiradito de corvina, lime, ají amarillo, sweet potato chips, avocado pure, fried quinoa.

2. Montadito de posta cartagenera, cola braised top round, plantain chip, sweet sour cabbage, crepe fraiche, cilantro.

3. Cocadas de cangrejo, coconut patties, crab, aioli, chives, mint, cilantro.

4. Carrot, beet salad, red onion, roasted garlic white anchovies vinaigrette.

5. El parador: arepa, yuca root, chorizo, longaniza, Ají.

6. Arroz caldoso “Mar”, fish broth, shrimp ,calamari, mussels, arbóreo rice.

7. Whipped buffalo ricotta, grilled figs, dulce de leche, mint.

Get Outside this Summer with Nature Programs by Bear Yuba Land Trust

This summer, Bear Yuba Land Trust offers nature-lovers three outdoor series designed for families, hikers and folks who enjoy nights gathered around the campfire.

Junior Conservationists

Held the second Saturday of each month, BYLT continues its popular family program called, Junior Conservationists: Stories in Nature. This summer, Certified California Naturalists Steve Roddy and Linda Conklin will lead families into the high country to learn about the diverse plants and animals found in the Sierra Nevada.

A conservationist is someone who advocates or acts for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife. These outings, part of BYLT’s commitment to inspire people to get outdoors and connect with nature, are designed for children ages 5 to 12, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Saturday, July 14, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Sierra Discovery Trail – Join BYLT’s Junior Conservationists as we re-unite with Wildlife Biologist Jessica Abbott from the Institute for Wildlife Studies, a non-profit group dedicated to conserving wildlife, habitats, and biodiversity. Abbott is studying how climate change will impact butterfly populations throughout California and Oregon. The outing includes a pleasant walk on a one-mile loop trail that follows the headwaters of the Bear River while getting an up-close look at Sierra Nevada butterfly populations. This trek is part of Nevada County Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Saturday, August 11, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Flora Lake – Join BYLT’s Junior Conservationists for a special outing following a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail near Donner Summit and a swim in Flora Lake with great views of Donner Lake!

Space is limited. Learn more and pre-register at

Fireside Chats

Join BYLT and Inn Town Campground around the campfire during this fun summer series, Fireside Chats, the second annual collaboration. Held the last Thursday of each month at the campground in Nevada City, the popular series features a different themed gathering for different audiences all summer long.

June 30, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Family Night and Storytelling

July 26, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Teen Night

Aug. 30, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Women in the Outdoors

Sept. 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Adventure and Learn Panel

Space is limited. Learn more and pre-register at

Get Outside Treks

Free to the Public, this series of guided morning walks takes place on protected nature preserves and local trails and is a great introduction to the lands BYLT works hard to protect.

Saturday, June 30, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Get Outside Trek at Adam Ryan Preserve – Join BYLT docents for a walk along the one-mile Alan Thiesen Trail. Well known and loved by locals, this easy, well-maintained trail near the community of Alta Sierra weaves through the 37 acre Adam Ryan Preserve on a hill with a forest of mixed conifers and deciduous trees, meadows, and nice views. Be sure to pick up an interpretive guide at the kiosk, checkout the native plants blooming in the Pollinator Garden, or visit nearby Mathis Pond. The parking lot for the trailhead is located at the intersection of Dog Bar Road and Alta Sierra Drive.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Get Outside Trek at Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve – Join us for this pleasant walk in the forests of Banner Mountain. Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve is located on land formerly owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and donated by a group called Saving Special Places. Old snags remain intact and provide good wildlife habitat for many species of woodpeckers, including the largest in North America, the Pileated Woodpecker.

Space is limited. Learn more and pre-register at

Photo Credit: Arrow Flora
Photo Caption: Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Junior Conservationists head to the high country this summer with an adventure on the Sierra Discovery Trail and a visit to Flora Lake. Learn more and pre-register at:

Photo Credit: Erin Thiem,
Photo Caption: Master Storyteller and Certified California Naturalist Steve Roddy will tell stories around the campfire during a Fireside Chat at Inn Town Campground with Bear Yuba Land Trust on Thursday, June 28. Learn more and pre-register at

Photo Credit: Erin Tarr, BYLT
Photo Caption: Showy milkweed will be in full display at BYLT’s Pollinator Garden at Adam Ryan Preserve during a free community Get Outside Trek on June 30.

Food Love Farm Summer Camp

Register your child today for the tastiest camp around – The Food Love Farm Summer Camp with 2 sessions from July 9-13 and July 16-20! Daily sessions run from 9AM-1PM, with each day having its own unique theme around food and farming. The size of the program is kept small and is open to kids ages 6-11 years old! Session 1 is almost full!

The campers will be planting seeds, harvesting vegetables and flowers, seed saving, feeding chickens, taste testing and cooking fresh foods, searching for and identifying bugs and reptiles, creating art projects on the farm, photography, running a mock farmer’s market and more! Sign Up Now

The camp is located at 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Rd., Nevada City.

Stone House Entertainment Line-Up for June

Enjoy our Sunday Brunch Music Series on our Patio! So far we have Reggae Sundays on the 3rd Sunday of the month and Grateful Sundays on the 4th Sunday of the month. Brunch starts at 11am, and music starts at 12pm.

June 28th: Live Music Dinner Series featuring Ananda Vaughan – FREE 6-9PM The Stone House Presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Ananda Vaughan.
After extensive immersion in the University of Oregon Jazz Studies program, Ananda Vaughan has gone on to incorporate many other World and American styles into his guitar playing. With over 28 years under his belt on guitar, his music proves both versatile and original. He currently works as a guitar teacher, songwriter, and session player in the Grass Valley area. Inspired by such artists as Paul Simon, Bob Marley, Dave Matthews Band, and Ali Farka Toure, Ananda combines an uplifting message with innovative guitar work. With strong roots in Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Folk traditions, he has created a sound of his own.
To make dinner reservations call 530.265.5050 or visit

June 29th: Dusty Greenbones at The Stone House
Late Night at The Stone House Presents Dusty Green Bones Band!!! $15
By taking musical styles from a wide variety of genres and mixing them with the high energy of hard-driving bluegrass, they have created a purely organic sound. Their music aims to expand the authentic complexity of traditional bluegrass by layering ancient tones with improvisation and rock n’ roll. These ambitious musicians live to ramble across the country playing hand-crafted shows while creating an undeniably magical experience for their fans. Their music is progressive with an indisputable raw aesthetic as the band dares to push the musical envelope, tenaciously defining their own individual style. DGBB continues to build a following by maintaining a consistent tour schedule. Come enjoy a nightcap and boogie down with the Dusty Green Bones Band.

July 14th The Stone House Presents Reggae Legends The Itals & SoulMedic 9PM-2AM
The Stone House Presents Reggae Legends The Itals!!!
The Itals bring their original reggae music to The Stone House. These legends have been performing since the ’70s and have only gotten better over the years. Come see the roots of the music as they perform live in Nevada City.
Opening the evening is the one and only Soulmedic. Bringing the irie vibes, the high vibes, and all the medicine to complete the night.
Tickets available at Briarpatch and

July 8th: Wheyward Girl Creamery and California Wine Pairing 5:30pm-8:30pm
Come join us on the Patio for a California Wine, Wheyward Girl Creamery and Stone House Food Pairing!
Enjoy California wines paired excellently with local Wheyward Girl Creamery cheese selections and certain small Stone House food items.
Guest speakers Heidi Bergman of Wheyward Girl Creamery and Greg Nichols a local wine som.
Tickets are $45 presale and $50 at the door.
Enjoy a night outside mingling and enjoying a truly delectable experience for the taste buds and spirit in our historic downtown location.
Tickets available at Briarpatch or

Music in the Mountains 37th Anniversary SummerFest Concert

For more than thirty-seven years, Music in the Mountains SummerFest has been Northern California’s premier summer concert series, featuring exciting outdoor performances and sophisticated chamber concerts, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus, can transform lives and communities.

Led by Artistic Director Pete Nowlen and resident conductor Ryan Murray, SummerFest stretches over the course of eleven days from June 23 through July 3 and welcomes over 65 professional musicians and thousands of attendees to the beautiful park-like setting of the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA.

This year’s program embodies the bold spirit of summer – everything is singing and alive; promising the best of what might be!  Beginning with an enchanting evening of Handel and Bach and finishing with a spirited Patriotic Pops, SummerFest also includes Brahms Serenade No. 1, Rachmaninoff’s luscious 2nd Symphony, a tribute to American greats and the unforgettable songs of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, and the evocative and intoxicating songs of thwarted love from Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, and more!

Fact Sheet: SummerFest

Tuesday, June 26: Summer Brass – Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley – Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm

Featuring the Music in the Mountains Brass in a spirited program of music from the Renaissance to now.

Thursday, June 28: Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm

An epic concert featuring Rachmaninoff’s luscious 2nd Symphony under the towering pines of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The drama opens with Mozart’s Don Giovanni and then into a dreamlike Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss sung by soprano, Carrie Hennessey.

Saturday, June 30: Bernstein & Gershwin – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm

A concert under the stars celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th and George Gershwin’s 120th Anniversaries with music from Westside Story, Candide, Strike up the Band, and more! The night will culminate with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Richard Glazier.

Sunday, July 1 : Music of Love & Drama – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm

An orchestral program sizzling with romance and heartbreak by moonlight, featuring the tragedies of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy featuring 9 year-old violin prodigy, Amaryn Olmeda, The Force of Destiny, and more.

Tuesday, July 3: Patriotic Pops – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8:00pm

Pack the family picnic basket, wave the flag, and honor America. Celebrate under the stars….and the stripes! Patriotic favorites, including Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” It’s a Music in the Mountains SummerFest finale tradition.

Tickets are $30/Advance, $40 at the Gate, $10 for Students.  4 Concert Tickets for $99 (Good until 5/31), Reserve a table for 6 for $99.  For tickets and more information call (530) 265-6124, visit our website at or visit our box office Tuesday-Friday between noon and 4pm at 530 Searls Ave, Suite A, Nevada City.

“Tintabulations” Will Ring Your Chimes – Reno Handbell Choir Comes to Grass Valley July 1st

A spine-tingling experience awaits you with this FREE concert of Tintabulations, a world-class hand-bell ensemble from Reno.
Their surprising and delightful repertoire includes arrangements of Galt MacDermot’s “Aquarius”, ”Let the Sunshine In,” George Handel’s “Passacaglia,” The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” and the 19th-century Shaker tune “A Simple Dance.”

A free reception will follow. Any donations received will benefit Tintabulations. This event is a production of Arts @ PEACE, which brings unique, high-quality cultural events to western Nevada County.

This ensemble is made up of university students, retirees and others passionate about hand-bells. Members travel from as far as Penn Valley to practice each week.

This season marks Tintabulations’ 21st year, and members call this jaunt across two states their “Coming of Age Tour.”
Peace Lutheran Church is near downtown Grass Valley and has plentiful, onsite parking. For easy handicapped access, drive around the building and use the entrance under the car-port.

PHONE: (530) 273-9631

Members of Tintabulations, a high-energy, Reno-based handbell ensemble, perform in a free concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Peace Lutheran Church, in Grass Valley.

A Saturday Night Wine & Food Pairing – Sauvignon Blanc Release

June 30, 6-9PM

Summer doesn’t begin until a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc is chilled in a bucket of ice on the back deck. Who doesn’t love a refreshing cool glass with crisp tangy flavors mixed with a kiss of fruit. Combine that with the warmth of the sun and all stresses seem to melt away. Summer and Sauvignon Blanc simply go together. It is such a popular and versatile wine. Not only can it be enjoyed alone but it also pairs easily with all kinds of foods. It is for this reason that Nevada City Winery will not go a single day without Sauvignon Blanc. The 2016 is SOLD OUT but 2017 is ready to be chilled.

Join us for a celebration of its release on Saturday, June 30th. From 7-9 pm, enjoy a glass of our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc with carefully selected pairings of Crudités, Cheese, Charcuterie, and French bread. Savor a glass and open your senses to the layered complexity of this aromatic white wine. Come enjoy wine, food, and live music performed by Tom Macdonald at our beautiful downtown Nevada City venue.

Tickets are limited! Call ahead to make a reservation and guarantee your spot, 530-265-9463

The ice buckets are waiting!
$28 General public
$22 Club members
Reserve before June 30th to get $2 OFF!

About the Grape
Sauvignon Blanc is a green skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region and Loire Valley in central France. It is now widely cultivated in many of the world’s wine regions and produces a crisp, dry, refreshing white wine.

About the Wine
Sauvignon Blanc is known as a refreshing dry wine with great minerality, aroma and tastes of herbs, grasses and, thanks to the warm California sun, some floral notes with a kiss of fruit.

Food Pairings
The firm acids in Sauvignon Blanc make it easy to pair with foods; especially salads, tangy goat cheese, seafood, veggies, brussel sprouts, and asparagus. All of which will be featured in the food pairing we have planned for participants in this release event.

We’ll See You There!


Vegan Epicure Travel June Events

Vegan 101 Class with Vegan Epicure Travel
Date: Thursday, June 28 from 6pm-8pm (2 hours)
Join local vegan food expert Aurelia d’Andrea of Vegan Epicure Travel at this informative class that gives you everything you need to know about the wonderful world of plant-based cuisine. In this class, held at the Briarpatch Community Co-op Cooking School in Nevada City, you’ll learn how to stock your pantry with vegan staples, discover where to shop affordably, and learn how to prepare easy vegan meals that are ready in 30 minutes. Class includes a quick-and-tasty meal that students will prepare themselves.
$49 >> tickets are available at

Nevada City Wine-and-Bike Tour!
Date: Saturday, June 30 from 10am-3pm (5 hours)
Join local tour company Vegan Epicure Travel on a small-group guided bike tour to discover some of the area’s local treasures. The adventure begins in downtown Nevada City, where we’ll pedal off toward our first destination, a local artist’s studio, where we’ll meet the artisans and discover the treasures they create from reclaimed materials. Next, we’ll cycle on to a neighboring vineyard, where we’ll experience a vegan wine-and-cheese tasting and learn more about wine production from the winemaker. All drinks, snack, and tastings are included!
$89 >> tickets are available at

Photo credit: Marilyn Chrisman

Summer Art Camp at Mana Beads

An exciting new arts & crafts program for kids in downtown Nevada City!

Ages 10-15 (exceptions for extra crafty youngsters)
Individual Classes: $25/class
Art Camp – All 6 classes (7/30 – 8/4) $125
All materials included, please sign up 24 hours in advance.
For more information, contact:
Cody Painter

#1 Origami & Color Theory
Topics : Color theory and selecting a color palette
Project : Color origami paper & Origami techniques
June 21 & July 30 – 10am – 12pm

#2 Mandalas & Sacred Geometry
Topics : Geometry in art, negative space & balance
Project : Create & color original mandalas
June 28 & July 31 – 10am – 12pm

#3 Braids, Textures & Textiles
Topics : Textures & lines in textile art
Project : Braiding techniques: Loop, 4-string, simple Macramé
July 5 & August 1 – 10am – 12pm

#4 Essential Knots & Basic Macrame
Topics : Essential knots & history
Project : Macramé with beads
July 12 & August 2 – 10am – 12pm

#5 Rhythm & Pattern with Beading
Topics : Rhythm & Pattern in art
Project : Beaded Jewelry
July 19, August 3 – 10am – 12pm

#6 Dreamcatchers & Local Tribes
Topics : History & traditions of local Native American Tribes
Project : Dreamcatchers
July 26, August 4 – 10am – 12pm

Tom Coleman Honored as 2018 July 4th Grand Marshal

As the Independence Day parade approaches, the Greater Grass Valley & Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s and the Grass Valley Downtown Association are making plans to ensure that the 2018 Grand Marshal Tom Coleman will be appropriately recognized and honored. The committee is proud to honor Tom Coleman for his long term commitment to Nevada County as a whole and his extraordinary community excellence.

Tom, who has been the longest running owner of the National Hotel, is a Rotarian. “Nevada County Chamber of Commerce has a unique ability to find quality event chairs like Tim Blagg. and Grand Marshals,” says honoree Tom Coleman.

The 2018 Independence Day parade will be in Nevada City this year, beginning at 11:00 a.m and post-parade entertainment, craft vendors, treat street and family fun will be featured at the county fairgrounds on McCourtney Road from 3:00 p.m. until the spectacular fireworks finale at 9:30.

Nevada County will be celebrating USA’s birthday this 4th of July, with the theme of the 2018 Parade & Fireworks Celebration, “Sweet Home Nevada County.” Continuing a tradition that began 116 years ago.  It was in 1902 that an agreement was struck between Nevada City and Grass Valley to alternate the parade between the two communities.  Since then, Grass Valley has hosted the celebration on odd-numbered years and Nevada City on even-numbered years.

“What happens here on July Fourth is the epitome of a small town celebration,” says Robin Davies, Executive Director of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Whether the parade is in Grass Valley or Nevada City, the focus is on three important elements of American life: families, communities and patriotism.”

Helping make it a patriotic event to remember, the Nevada County Concert Band will be performing on Broad Street prior to and during the parade. Nevada County Concert Band begins their pre-parade concert at 10am in front of the Alpha Building on Broad Street.  It is recommended that parade goers arrive early with lawn chairs in hand, to find a good vantage point. Following the parade, the always-popular Ophir Prison Band will be giving a lively performance on Lower Broad Street at the conclusion of the parade.

Emily Fitzpatrick, a student at Nevada Union High School will kick off the parade with The National Anthem followed by a traditional flyover. More than 70 entries, including a fantastic mix floats, horsebacks, cars, marchers & dancers all displaying red, white and blue and waving American flags, will begin the march through historic Nevada City at 11am. It is recommended that parade goers arrive early with lawn chairs in hand, to find a good vantage point along the parade route, and stay to enjoy a lively forty-five-minute performance on Broad Street after the parade by the always-popular Ophir Prison Band.

There is still time to participate in the parade!!  2018 4th of July Parade Application

The celebration continues at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley with a family-oriented celebration, the gates open at 3pm. The fireworks won’t blast off until 9:30pm, but there are plenty of fun festivities to keep you entertained all afternoon.

Arrive early to spread out your blankets and chairs on the green of the fairgrounds for fireworks viewing and keep the entire family entertained with musical performances starting at 4pm at the Pine Tree Stage until the fireworks blast off when night falls. Or you can dance on over to the Dance Pad Stage where the Entertainment will be from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dance Pad entertainment includes: The Stamp Mill Stompers, Tommyknocker Cloggers, Vicki Fortini Singing Patriotic Songs and the always popular Peter Wilson. At the Pine Tree Stage, entertainment will include Cousin Cricket Fly first, followed by Revolution, Sue Legate’s Janis Joplin Tribute band.  The grounds will also host a craft fair, bounce house, face painters and balloons to keep the little ones celebrating all day long!

Treat Street will be open with local organizations serving food including baked potatoes, hamburgers, corn dogs, chicken, french fries, ice cream and frozen yogurt. and the Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers of Commerce will be operating a beer & wine booth.

Tickets are $10 in advance & $15 at the gate, so we encourage you to purchase in advance at the Grass Valley or Nevada City Chambers of Commerce or online at  Tickets will be available at the discounted rate until 2pm on Wednesday, July 4 at the Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers and at Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds on July 3rd & 4th. Active & retired military and spouses with Military ID’s and kids under 12 are free. The Nevada County Fairgrounds charges $5 for parking at the Fairgrounds and parking is limited.  No alcohol, glass, pets, barbeques or personal fireworks are permitted at the fairgrounds.

Sierra Stages Presents: “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”

A magical adventure of enormous proportions!
Sierra Stages presents the musical “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”
July 12-August 4 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

This summer, Sierra Stages is proud to present the musical “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” featuring words and music by the Tony and Academy Award-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and book by Timothy Allen McDonald, based on the book “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl. “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” plays for four weekends only from July 12 through August 4 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

“Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” is guaranteed to mesmerize theatregoers of all ages. In this compelling story by beloved author Roald Dahl (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Matilda”), a young orphan named James accidentally drops magic crystals by an old peach tree, and strange things start to happen. James soon discovers a world of magic and adventure full of friendly insects and learns that love and family can be found in unexpected places.

“We are so excited to present ‘Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach’ as part of our 10th anniversary season,” says Sierra Stages music director Ken Getz. “I instantly fell in love with the score upon hearing the 2015 cast recording, and immediately tried to figure out how Sierra Stages could bring the show to Nevada County. Unfortunately, at that time, the only version that was available for licensing was one-hour long and designed to be performed by kids. However, at the end of 2016, the full two-act version became available and we jumped on the chance to present the show in our next available summer slot.”

“‘Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach’ also gives us an opportunity to include young actors in our cast and attract young audiences to the theatre,” says Sierra Stages managing director Peter Mason. “Over the past nine years, we have done several family-friendly shows, including ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘The Music Man,’ and ‘Peter Pan,’ with many kids in the cast and audience. For ‘Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach’, in addition to casting a 10-year old as James, we have four teenagers in the ensemble. Because Roald Dahl’s book is well known, we expect to have lots of kids in the audience. At the same time, the show is entertaining and a lot of fun for older audiences too. It’s a great way for families to share the unique and exhilarating experience of live theatre.”

The book “James and the Giant Peach” was published in 1961 and launched Roald Dahl’s career as a children’s writer. One way that Dahl delighted his readers was to take often vicious revenge on cruel adults who had harmed children, as in “James and the Giant Peach.” Many critics have objected to the rough treatment of adults. However, Dahl explained in the “New York Times Book Review” that the children who wrote to him always “pick out the most gruesome events as the favorite parts of the books… they don’t relate it to life; they enjoy the fantasy.” Over his career, Dahl wrote 19 children’s books, nine short story collections and several television and movie scripts. He couldn’t type and always used a pencil to write his stories—stories that continue to thrill millions of children throughout the world.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are one of the hottest young songwriting teams working today on Broadway and in Hollywood. In 2017, they received a Tony Award for “Dear Evan Hansen” and an Academy Award for the movie “La La Land”. This year, they were nominated for an Academy Award for “The Greatest Showman.”

Pasek and Paul developed “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” over several years. “It’s this sort of quirky, funky story, all driven by the unique, idiosyncratic vision of Dahl, ”says Paul. One of the issues with the musical was how much of the darkness to maintain from the book. “We knew it had to be dark, but not so dark that families couldn’t enjoy it,” says Paul. “There are dark elements that kids are excited by — ‘Oh my God, his parents were eaten by a rhinoceros! What’s going to happen?’” Says Pasek, “Yes, the evil aunts are evil, but they’ve got to be deliciously evil, so that you’re almost rooting for them because they’re so over the top; That’s how you find the lightness in the dark.”

The Sierra Stages production of “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” is directed by Robert Rossman, with music direction by Ken Getz. Scenic and puppet design is by Teresa Shea, lighting design is by Erin Beatie and Devin Cameron Jewett, and costume design is by Leslie Dilloway. The all-local Nevada County cast of includes Bren Altenbach, Micah Cone, Kate Haight, Darrell Hovander, Tina Marie Kelley, Susan Mason, Danny McCammon, Dawn Simmons, Angela Williams, ​Audrey Delgado, Katie Dorland, Triston Druktenis, Vicki Goss, Jozi Gullickson, Hailey Patrick, Reyn Smith, Mimi Vishoot, and Jasper Waters. As with all Sierra Stages productions, “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” will feature a live theatre orchestra.

Performances of “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Beginning this year, Sierra Stages is offering all reserved seating at the Nevada Theatre. For the first two “preview” performances on Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13, all seats in all rows are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. For all other performances, seats in rows A-H are $35 for adults, $20 for children ages 4-12, and seats in rows J-O are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. Please note that children under age 4 will not be admitted. Student Rush is also offered for $15 at the door (subject to availability) before each performance (age 25 & under with a valid student ID). For tickets and information, visit or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

As part of Sierra Stages’ commitment to making sure that theater remains open and accessible to every member of our community, the Thursday July 19th performance at 7:30 PM is a “Pay What You Can Performance” supported by a generous grant from Community Players Trust – helping to keep community theatre alive and thriving in Nevada County! “Pay What You Can” tickets are sold on first-come, first-served basis at the Nevada Theatre box office beginning at 6:00 PM on the evening of the show. We accept cash only – any amount (in US currency) is OK – and we don’t sell more than 2 tickets to each person. Doors open at 7:00 PM and there is open seating. If you need an accessible seat, please contact us ahead of time at and let us know your needs and we’ll be sure to set aside accessible seats for you and your companion.

Following “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”, Sierra Stages will conclude its 10th anniversary season with the classic and enduring American stage comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman (September 20 – October 6 at the Nevada Theatre). Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began nine years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 33 plays and musicals and 30 informal play readings (as part of Theater by the Book co-presented with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

For more information about Sierra Stages, visit

Know and Go:
What: “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”
When: July 12 – August 4, 2018
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM
Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Wine Down Wednesdays at Nevada City Winery

The warm weather and longer days are finally here. So, we have changed our hours – Wine Down Wednesdays will be 5-7pm. What better way to spend a mid-week early evening, than with a glass of wine and live music. Add friends and a cheese plate, and enjoy!

Scheduled for June are:

June 27th:  Yuba Rio

TouchDown Productions Closes Out a Chapter in Nevada County History

“Every new beginning, is another new beginnings end” and so TouchDown Productions closes out a chapter in Nevada History as we move to Texas this week after 21 years of broadcasting Nevada County. Our final offering for you to enjoy is this video of the 115th Annual Installation Dinner with MC’s Dave Iorns and Mimi Simmons. These two are a joy together and had been a staple of this event for years and it is fun watching Dave work his magic behind the mic once again. This was his last dinner. You can see the entire event on our You Tube Channel.

As for us, I want to thank everyone at the Chamber and City Hall for all the support over the years. Beginning with the Independence Day Parades in 1998 we have covered many different events in Nevada City. A few of them are: The Even Strong parade (which was rained out), the Mardi Gras Parades (which refuses to be rained out), the Halloween Parade, the Nevada City Classic, the Soap Box Derby, Little League Baseball at Pioneer Park (still the most beautiful field in the area) Victorian Christmas as well as many events and concerts at the Foundry and Nevada City Theater. There is no way we could not have accomplished so much without the support of everyone at the Chamber and City Hall and City Police. We were blessed to work with very talented people and we hope we were able to bring you a few hours of entertainment along the way. God Bless you all. Take care of Nevada County for us… Gil & Lyn Dominguez

Shuttle Service to the South Yuba River State Park- 49 Crossing

The South Yuba River receives a reported 800,000 visitors annually. One of the most popular locations to visit on the Yuba is South Yuba River State Park- Highway 49 Crossing. Visitor parking in this State Park is extremely limited with only about 34 legal parking spaces.

Inspired by the opportunity to mitigate parking challenges and to provide an eco-friendly transportation alternative, we have created Yuba Bus.

The Yuba River shuttle service is coming to downtown Nevada City. We will provide hourly pickups at Robinson Plaza and the Rood Center, 4 days per week- Thursday thru Sunday. We will also be servicing the Inn Town Campground two times per day. This shuttle service will run through the summer until Sept 23, 2018.

Yuba Bus is established as a community partners with the South Yuba Rivers Citizens League (SYRCL) and Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) to provide a safe, informative and responsible experience at the South Fork of the Yuba River.

Round Trip: Adults $15, Seniors & Children $10, Family of Four $40

One Way: Adults $8, Seniors & Children $5

Yuba Bus is on most social media platforms: @yubabus. The website is

Nevada County Cannabis Alliance June Workshop

Workshop – Know Your Legal Rights for Growing This Summer

June 28th, 4:00 – 6:00pm

The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance is hosting A Get Legit Workshop: Know Your Legal Rights for Growing This Summer. A panel of attorneys Jennifer Granger, Joanna Hossack and Stephen Munkelt will help you understand enforcement, fines, best protections and more. Thursday, June 28th from 4-6pm at The Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd., Grass Valley, CA.

June Classes at Wheyward Girl Creamery

June 26th at 1:00 PM – Camembert-style cheese

These unique classes are taught by Wheyward Girl Creamery owner, Barbara Jenness. Barbara has been a master cheesemaker for over 35 years including starting the first artisan goat creamery in Michigan. She will pass on her vast knowledge of cheese and skill guiding participants through the cheese making process. Classes are hands-on, lively and full of fun. Each person will leave with their cheese, tasting notes, and recipe suggestions.  Classes run approximately 3 hours.

PROVIDED SUPPLIES: All supplies are provided for class

SNACKS: Each class includes a beautiful cheese plate for snacking!

REGISTRATION: Please call the shop with your credit card information to guarantee your spot (530) 478-1665. Cost is $65.00 per person.

This class has a minimum sign-up of five (5) participants. In the event the class is cancelled, all participants will be notified 24 hours in advance.

Gold Country Celtic Society Coming Activities

July 4, 2018

July 4th Parade, Nevada City. We will be marching in the parade, carrying the Celtic flags and featuring our bagpipers. If you can march, contact our parade master, Ron Cherry at 478-5616.

August 26, 2018 

Monthly gathering at Veterans’ Hall, Nevada City. Program TBA.

September 22, 2018

Monthly gathering and potluck at Veterans’ Hall, Nevada City. Our program will feature Mr. Gage McKinney presenting information about his book, “MacBoyle’s Gold,” the story of a mining engineer and philanthropist who was keenly proud of his Celtic heritage.

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