Help Big Brothers Big Sisters Help Our Local Kids!

Support Our Upcoming Paper Shredding Event

Saturday April 22, 10am – 1pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is having another paper shredding event on SATURDAY APRIL 22  from 10am to 1pm at 117 ARGALL WY. NEVADA CITY.  the cost is $10 per bankers box of papers.  If you can’t attend that day call BBBS at 265-2059 or email to arrange early pickup of papers to be securely stored until the day of the shredding event when they will be professionally shredded on site.

Women of Worth Bingo Night – Saturday, April 22nd

Women of Worth Hosting a Bingo Night to Help Keep Shelter Doors Open.

Ticket price includes entry into event, food and bingo cards for all 6 games of bingo! There will be silent auction items to bid on,no-host beer and wine provided by Jernigans, raffle items, and bingo prizes!

Women of Worth is a non-profit 501c3 helping victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Please join us for a fun evening with great prizes and auction items!

To learn more go to our Facebook event page: @WOWBingoNight

Winemaker Dinner April 22nd

Nevada City Winery and Winemaker Mark Foster invite you to an elegant Winemaker Dinner, Saturday April 22 , from 6-9PM  in the Stone Hall of the Miners Foundry. Mark worked closely with Chef Carlos Trujillo of Farm to Table Catering to create a six-course menu that will compliment the older Library Wines as well as showcase current vintages. Paul Ong will provide the music. $100 per person, reservations required by April 14. or 265-9463.

BYLT Upcoming Treks April 2017

What: Earth Day Wildflower Walk at Hell’s Half Acre  

When: Begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22

Where: Hell’s Half Acre, South of Rough and Ready Highway

Cost: FREE!

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and Friends for this morning walk among the flowers. Located on the western edge of Grass Valley, south of Rough and Ready Highway, Hell’s Half Acre is considered one of the richest wildflower blooms in the region. Native plant lovers are especially fond of the “Mehrten meadow” where botanists have recorded more than 100 species of spring flowering plants. Bring your hand lens and favorite wildflower field guide. We suggest: “Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California.” Trails Coordinator Bill Haire will lead this outing and give some background about how the trail was built.

Nevada City First Friday Artwalks – Sign-up Now!

Business & Artist Sign-up Available Now!!

Advertise in First Friday Art Walks Program

“We are entering our fifth season of First Friday Artwalks! Dates for the 2017 Season are; May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The mission of the Nevada City Artwalk is to increase awareness, appreciation and participation in the Arts in our local community while also increasing commerce for local businesses in the downtown Nevada City area.  Participating Downtown businesses feature local artists and host a reception/open house every First Friday evening monthly. To become a participating business, info and sign up form can be found here:  Business Sign-up 2017

We will also be featuring local artisan vendors on Commercial Street, where there will be live music and other family-friendly entertainment. Application and info to become a vendor can be found here: Artist Application 2017

Become a sponsor for First Friday Artwalks:  NC First Fridays Sponsor Form 2017

Advertise in our First Friday Artwalks Program:  NC First Fridays Program Advertising

We look forward to hearing from you and excited about this years event!!

Linda Carter Holman – Artist of the Month at Nevada City Winery

A self-taught artist with 44 years of experience she creates worlds on canvas allowing her to play many parts imagining life in a variety of ethnic worlds…Southern bells, Latin Ladies, Cowgirls, Tropical abundance, and more. The show will be a mix of both oils and mix media prints. Opening reception is April 7, 5-7 PM. Jared Johnson, solo accordionist and singer, will be performing.

The show will be available for viewing all month, 12-5 Sunday – Thursday and 12-7 Friday & Saturday

Sierra Stages & Miners Foundry present A Play Reading of “HAND TO GOD”

“Sesame Street meets The Exorcist”:
Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry present
A Play Reading of “HAND TO GOD” by Robert Askins
Wednesday April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 12, Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry present the controversial and critically acclaimed play, “HAND TO GOD”, written by Robert Askins, as part of “Theater By The Book,” a series of informal play readings for the community.

Described as “Sesame Street meets The Exorcist” by The New Yorker, “HAND TO GOD” tells the story of an awkward Texas teen named Jason, who spends his afternoons at his local church, practicing for the Christian Puppet Ministry run by his widowed mother. All hell literally breaks loose, however, when Jason’s puppet Tyrone takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play, “HAND TO GOD” explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind.

“The play was described to me as being about a kid with an insane hand puppet; it sounded like a perfect fit for local actor Danny McCammon,” explains Ken Getz of Sierra Stages and director of “HAND TO GOD.” As soon as the rights became available for non-professional productions after the show completed its successful Broadway run in early 2016, Getz contacted McCammon about doing the show as part of the “Theater By The Book” play reading series. “When Danny said he could do the reading this spring, I took on the role of ‘director’ because it’s a show I’ve really wanted to do in this community,” says Getz. “Danny stretches his acting chops to play two characters at once — the awkward teen Jason and his evil puppet Tyrone. Alone on stage, he delivers several lengthy (and hilarious) conversations between Jason and Tyrone. It’s just amazing to watch Danny keep up with the script and manipulate his puppet.”

McCammon is joined by a wonderful group of local actors. “The talented Robert Rossman reads the part of Pastor Greg, and the hysterical Jori Phillips and Jay Barker are the two other ‘kids’, Jessica and Timothy,” says Getz. “We also have the pleasure of working with a newcomer to town, Judy Merrick, who plays Jason’s troubled mother; Judy is not only a professional actor, but also she was part of the original reading of “HAND TO GOD” in New York and knows the playwright. And finally, we could not have done this reading without the assistance of our good friend, local actor, and ‘puppet master’ Ken Miele who built our puppets and coached our actors with the puppetry skills.”

Now in its fifth season, “Theater By The Book” has allowed Sierra Stages to bring plays to the community that might otherwise be too difficult, too expensive, or too controversial to produce as full productions. However, a couple of the readings have had longer lives: “The Cripple of Inishmaan” started as a reading and was developed into a delightful and beautiful production directed by Sharon Winegar last year, and this fall, Sierra Stages will do a full production of the musical “Ordinary Days” which was presented as reading in 2014 with the same cast and director, Sandra Rockman.

“HAND TO GOD” certainly fits the bill of being “too controversial” to warrant a full production, but you never know what the future may hold. “As I’ve told many people, if you are offended by adult language, or simulated puppet sex, they might want to skip this one,” says Getz about the adult content of this reading. “On the other hand, there’s a certain audience for whom that increases the interest! You never know.”

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 eight years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 31 plays and musicals and almost as many play readings. After “HAND TO GOD”, the next “Theater By The Book” play reading will be “THE LARAMIE PROJECT” directed by Sharon Winegar on Wednesday May 10 at the Miners Foundry, and the next full production will be the hit musical “CHICAGO” at the Nevada Theatre July 13-August 5.  Information about Sierra Stages and its productions may be found at
WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry present a Theater By The Book play reading of “HAND TO GOD”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:30pm (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City  
TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

California Solar Electric Company Customer Appreciation Party

California Solar Electric Company Receives Awards for Customer Excellence

California Solar Electric Company, a locally owned and operated solar company in Nevada County, recently received two prestigious awards – SunPower’s Residential Regional Dealer Customer Excellence Award and The Union Newspaper’s Best Solar Company of Nevada County.

The first award comes from SunPower, Bay Area based manufacturer of solar electric systems, recognizing California Solar for their exceptional customer service performance.

“Their commitment in delivering the best customer experience possible was evident in the homeowner survey responses we received back throughout 2016 and demonstrates their focus in delighting customers on a consistent basis,” explains Don Crevoiserat, Senior Regional Sales Manager at SunPower.  “We look forward to California Solar Electric Company continuing to deliver the value of SunPower solar systems to homeowners in their community with continued high standards of Customer Excellence.”

Founded in 2000, California Solar has designed and installed some of California’s first grid-tied solar electric systems and some of the most unique commercial systems in the country, including BriarPatch Co-Op’s 2016 state of the art steel structure, the largest photovoltaic solar system constructed over a parking lot in Nevada County.

“The Customer Excellence award is a huge achievement for us.  It encompasses all aspects of our business from our outreach and designs to installation and service. It tells us that what we are doing, is right,” says Lars Ortegren, President of California Solar.

The second award is for the 2016 Best Solar Company of Nevada County awarded by the readers of The Union newspaper. 

“For me it’s not about the awards, but knowing we have a staff of professionals that love their job and customers who are happy,” says Ortegren. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”

To celebrate California Solar will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Party, on Thursday, April 13 at their showroom and headquarters on 149 East Main Street in Grass Valley, from 6 to 9pm. The party will feature live music by Beaucoup Chapeaux, food and refreshments. Members of the community are welcome to attend, reconnect with the Cal Solar family, meet other local solar system owners, and learn about new ways to save money with solar. 

More information can be found at or calling (530) 274-3671.


National Library Week Celebrated with Fun Outside & Inside the Library

National Library Week, April 9-15, is all about getting into the library and out in your community this year!

The celebration begins early with the launch of a Storywalk® in downtown Nevada City. Read the award-winning picture book The Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson as you stroll through Nevada City’s Downtown! Pages of the book will be posted in participating businesses’ windows. Start the 0.7 mile long Storywalk® at Harmony Books at 130 Main St, Nevada City, CA, and end it at the Doris Foley Historical Library. Each page will have information on where to find the next page and will be up between April 1 and April 14.

Join the Youth Librarian, Lisa Nowlain, for a pop-up library at the Winter Market at the Plaza on Union Street on April 1st from 9 am – noon for a fun launch with crafts. Bring socks to donate to people experiencing homelessness, and they will get a chance to win a copy of the book of their own.

Celebration of the Storywalk® continues with a special Bus Storytime in collaboration with Gold Country Stage on April 11 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. It’s currently a full program, but families can register for the waitlist online at to hop on a bus and sing songs, read books, and party “library style” as the bus drives around town.

People of all ages can celebrate National Library Week starting April 9 by picking up a copy of the Library Bingo page at any of our branches. Bingo squares will include “Visit a local gallery or museum,” “Watch a film in another language,” and “Read a graphic novel.” Anyone who completes the Bingo card by April 15th can pick up a packet of local wildflower seeds, and will be entered into a grand prize raffle, with prizes ranging from movie tickets from Sierra Cinemas to an iPod Shuffle. Winners will be announced the following week.

The Bookface Contest, where participants creatively photograph themselves with a book cover over their faces, will also be held during National Library Week, starting April 9. Photographers who tag their bookface with #nevadacountylibrary on Instagram or post their photo on the Facebook page @nevadacountylibrary between April 9 and 15 will be entered into a prize drawing, and winners will be announced on April 25.

For more information about Library Week programming, contact Lisa Nowlain at, 530-265-1541, or Crystal Miles at or 530-470-2692


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

It’s always nice to hear from customers about how much they enjoy my email newsletters. I had some of my collectors come in last month as a result of reading in my January/February issue about the importance of seeing art in person in order to see scale, subtle nuances in texture, etc. It made a difference, as once they saw the painting in the gallery, it sold on the spot.

The painting below never hit my email newsletter, as it sold the day after it was completed, with the paint barely dry!  Art can touch the soul in amazing ways. If something moves you, don’t hesitate to act on your impulse.



New Work

Spring has sprung and I am delving into new territory with color and textures. Working with a vibrant color palette, to more subdued, my newest work explores kind of a “crazy love”.

For more:  March/April Newsletter

Community Passover Seder – April 10th

This year, Chabad of Grass Valley is opening its doors for its first ever community-wide public Passover* Seder.  The expected attendance is over 100. All are encouraged to participate in an evening replete with Jewish tradition including the Mah Nishtana, round handmade Matzah, four cups of wine, lively dialogue and song, children’s program, and an exquisite Kosher for Passover dinner.   This Seder is sure to provide an inviting atmosphere of warmth and acceptance.  

The theme of the Seder will be “The Unbroken Chain of Jewish Existence”. The Seder will take participants through the wondrous liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, as well as help participants understand the Seder’s relevance to today’s Jew.  The Seder will be interactive, warm and vibrant, interspersed with lively discussion through group participation as well as individual involvement.

To reserve a seat before April 5, visit or call Rabbi Nochum at (530) 404-0020.  More information about the Seder is available at

28th Annual Psychic Fair

Nevada City’s 28th Annual Psychic Fair returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9th. 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.

“This event attracts many of California’s top healers, readers and metaphysicians,” explains Marza Millar, producer of the Psychic Fair. “We live in a unique community that has a very high yield of talented people who offer their skills on helping others.”

The Psychic Fair marketplace also features one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, clothes, and accessories, natural skincare products, gem essences, crystals, and much more. This year’s marketplace features several new vendors included readers from as far as Reno and San Francisco. Plus there will be a new crystal dealer who specializes in Tibetan crystals.

“As the earth shifts in frequency, we find that many more people have the ability and desire to help others through the modality of clairvoyance,” says Millar.

The Psychic Fair is also a fundraiser for the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. For over 150 years the Miners Foundry has been the hub of culture, innovation, creativity, and community in Nevada County. Proceeds from this event go towards the care and preservation of this historic building.

Photo Captions:

Psychic Fair photo features Falyn Lazarus of Cult of Gemini and customers.(left)

Amalia Scott, The Hare in the Moon Tarot and Astrology, resident reader and associate at Cult of Gemini. (right)

Information: or call (530) 265-5040



California Solar Electric Company Teams up with Community Radio Station KVMR

KVMR Members & California Solar Electric Company Unite to Donate $2k to Local Non-Profit Divine Spark

California Solar Electric Company recently teamed up with community radio station KVMR to match donations made by KVMR members to the local non-profit Divine Spark. This end of the year giving initiative raised $2000 for Divine Spark to help provide nutritious meals to the hungry in Nevada County.

KVMR Membership Coordinator Adriana Kelly was the mastermind behind the idea of integrating a business partner to give a separate gift to a local organization.

“KVMR members understand that community radio is the infrastructure which so many non-profits rely on to get their message out,” explained Kelly. “This way, every gift, great and small, to support community radio came with a pledge from California Solar to provide a meal for a hungry person through Divine Spark’s good work.”

When California Solar heard about the idea, they were immediately on board. “As a locally owned and operated business, we are committed to supporting the people and organizations in our community,” says Lars Ortegren, President of California Solar. “This was a small, but impactful way for us to help make a difference.”

Divine Spark provides support and guidance for people in-need, regardless of gender, race, creed, age, or calling, to activate the divine spark within each of them.  In addition to feeding the hungry, Divine Spark works with individuals to find emergency housing for those who are sick or terminally ill. They also work with the homeless who have pets.

“We are so appreciative of the community, especially California Solar and KVMR who’s compassion and caring have provided so much for the homeless in need of services,” explains Shirley Kinghorn, Volunteer Executive Director for Divine Spark.

The partnership has shown to be successful. KVMR listeners gave a gift that was able to do twice the good in their community and gave them a tax deduction. It helped Divine Spark serve those in need and California Solar was able to engage with their local community.

For more information about California Solar Electric Company go to

Cynge at Ol’ Republic Brewery April 7th

Cynge (pronounced “seen”), an accomplished singer songwriter from Santa Cruz, and Winner of the Telluride Blues & Brews Solo Competition will take the stage at Ol’ Republic Brewery on Friday April 7th from 7-10pm to swoon us all with her genuine brand of alternative “grit rock”.

In the 250,000 miles and 1000+ performances, Cygne’s passion has translated to audiences from small clubs in the Czech Republic to large US & Swiss festivals. For more details you can check out Cygne’s facebook page:, or go to Cygne’s website:

Sierra Harvest – Sierra Gardens Building Volunteers Needed April 7th

Do you have light building skills, a strong back and want to be of service to families enrolled in the Sierra Harvest Sierra Garden Program?

Click here to learn more about the Sierra Garden Program and how YOUR volunteer efforts can help families grow their own food by working alongside the family installing the garden beds, the fencing, irrigation and support the families year-round.

We need volunteers for the following date:

· Fri. April 7th (10am – 4pm, full garden build including fencing, digging beds, irrigation and planting – 3 volunteers).

Email to register to help out! For more info about the program or more details regarding volunteering with these projects, contact Edy Cassell (Program Director) at or call 530-559-5456.

You can help just a few hours instead of the entire day as we;; – we’ll take any and all assistance!

Thanks for sharing your skills with a local family in need so that they can be nourished by produce they grow themselves! Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food.

YMCA Youth & Government Info Night

Join Us on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm

We’re starting a NEW YMCA Youth & Government (Y&G) delegation! Interested middle and high school students currently in grades 8-11 and their parents are invited to join us in the City Council Chambers at Grass Valley City Hall, 125 E Main, for a chance to learn about Y&G from current delegates and advisors.

Join us on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm, when program leaders and high school students from El Dorado Hills and Sacramento will present information and answer questions.

Cal Y&G programs engage over 3,000 high school youth and close to 900 middle school youth each year in California, emphasizing leadership and civic involvement. Our efforts build, strengthen and encourage life assets and positive character traits. Visit for details.
Bitney prep sophomore Bjorn Johnson, as an intern at the Union, had a piece featured on the front page above the fold on 2/23, regarding the 70-year-old California YMCA Youth & Government program. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the story and some pictures:

During Info Night, we will showcase the program with an informational slideshow, and current Y&G participants in surrounding communities will travel here to share their experiences in the program from the high-schooler perspective. I will briefly describe my experience as a program advisor for the past year with the El Dorado Hills delegation.

We are also reaching out to local community groups with hopes that you’ll attend Info Night to see what the program is all about and maybe even get inspired to help us with the effort. It’s definitely a community endeavor — we don’t have paid program staff in our community. We’re volunteers who live the program’s motto, “Democracy must be learned by each generation.”

Once we are launched, we would also love to engage the Chamber as guest speakers at delegation meetings, participate in volunteer events as a group, have Chamber representatives critique student bills at Bill Hearing Night, and any other ways you can think of that you might like to get involved.

Students attending Info Night will likely be ones interested in politics and/or leadership development. Getting them involved is what its all about.  I invite you to think of Info Night as the beginning of a long relationship with our program–one in which you’ll have opportunities to engage our program’s youth in a meaningful way. Also, perhaps you have in your group some parents of high school students whose interest might be piqued by the opportunity?

Helping with Veterans Benefits for Respite Care Program

Helping Hands Caregiver Resource & Adult Day Care Program

How many times have you heard that veterans’ and their caregivers have a difficult time getting the help they need? There are benefits available yet veterans won’t know they qualify for certain programs unless they ask, like the respite care program that provides respite for a caregiver of a dependent veteran living at home. How many know the VA will provide respite care, often up to five days a week depending on need and where they live? In Nevada County, we are fortunate to have a veteran approved state licensed Adult Day Care that provides respite three days a week. The program is called Helping Hands and is in Penn Valley which is easily accessible by car or local ADA bus service. Caregivers of veterans who qualify for the program can request this service through the Aid and Attendance program or through a VA Physician at the veteran’s regional clinic. The Auburn VA clinic is where local veterans can see a physician to get approved. To see if you or a loved one qualifies for this service visit:, our local VA office at Brighton Greens by the fairgrounds or call us at Helping Hands 530-432-2540 and we will help you through the process.

Beautiful with Katia – Get Ready for Spring!

Back from Europe and Russia, Beautiful with Katia Boutique is available to help you with choosing from the spring/summer collection. Let Katia open your eyes to  new possibilities for a modern and fashionable look that will dress you to impress. Katia has a wide collection of high quality items from European brands at very reasonable prices. Now is the perfect time to renew your wardrobe! Katia can also assist you as a Fashion Stylist for special events.  Come visit Beautiful with Katia -Boutique Consignment- at 417 Broad Street Suite C for women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, including some children’s clothing and Russian Gifts. For more information connect with Beautiful with Katia through Facebook:

For a Fashion Consultation, Call Katia today 530-300-4467 and make an appointment!