Sierra FoodWineArt — Spring issue

Sierra FoodWineArt magazine is circulating its spring issue, promoting Nevada City, Grass Valley and Nevada County — in a free, full-color glossy magazine and comprehensive digital edition that reaches Bay Area, Sacramento and Reno readers.

With a theme “Local food, local people,” the magazine’s fresh, seasonal editorial promotes more than a dozen Nevada City businesses: Polly’s Paladar, the growing Nevada City supper club; the local owners of Mother Truckers; Nevada City Winery’s winemaker dinners, and the Golden Era Lounge’s new cocktail classes; as well as news about Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co., Ike’s Quarter Cafe, Matteo’s Public, ol’ Republic Brewery, Wheyward Girl Creamery, Jernigan’s Tap House & Grill, Nevada City Classic Café, Treats, California Organics, Lee Ann Brook Fine Art, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada Theatre, KVMR, and Sierra Stages, among others. The magazine also promotes Nevada City events, including “Railbus Rides,” First Friday Art Walk, the Nevada City Bicycle Classic, and Summer Nights.

Sierra FoodWineArt is distributed all the way to the Bay Area, Sacramento, Reno, Truckee-Tahoe, Chico and Placerville and points in between. It has the most comprehensive digital edition among our region’s magazines, including a “scrollable” format for smartphone users.

Owners Jeff and Shannon Pelline are Chamber members and Nevada City residents.  For more information, email

The Sierra Harvest Food Love Project Camp

The Sierra Harvest Food Love Project Camp is the tastiest camp in town! Daily sessions run from 9AM-1PM July 10-4 and 17-21, with each day having its own unique theme around food and farming.  The size of the program is kept small to insure that each child gets to explore his or her own interests and take on farm responsibilities. FLP camp is open to kids ages 6 to 11!  Register today and more info:

Are You Smarter Than a Senior? Game Night Fundraiser

Atria Senior Living Presents Game Night Fundraiser

Atria Grass Valley is hosting a special game night fundraiser benefiting Gold Country Kiwanis, an organization dedicated to developing future leaders one child and community at a time. Participating teams will compete for a grand prize in a quick-recall match, answering questions submitted by local high school seniors. Sit back and enjoy the entertainment along with wine, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes from local merchants, or join the fun as a contestant and see if you can stump the senior!



Wheyward Girl Creamery – Cheesemaking Classes May & June

Cheesemaking classes have started at Wheyward Girl Creamery. The classes are small, hands on classes held at Wheyward Girl Creamery in Nevada City. Along with cheesemaking, there will be cheese tastings and shared recipes. Attached is the schedule for April, May and June. Call the creamery at 530 478-1665 to sign up or stop in and sign up as you sample some great new cheeses for spring. Alp blossom is a must try!!! The Wheyward Girls

Wheyward Girl Creamery Cheesemaking Schedule

Each Class $65.00

May 21st Sunday @ 10 am – Hard or pressed cheese

June 18th Sunday @ 10 am – Cheesemaking 101

Class Information:
Class size 6 – We reserve the right to reschedule if there are not enough participants – Non refundable

Private Classes Available, 4 or more required

Call 530 478-1665 to sign up



Soroptimist of the Sierras 24th Annual Garden Tour

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills cordially invites you to our 24th Annual Spring Garden Tour commencing in Grass Valley & Nevada City May 20th and 21st, 2017, 10:00 AM. – 4:00 PM Rain or Shine. Tickets $25, $30 at any of the 6 fabulous gardens during the weekend of the tour. You can also purchase tickets online. For more information visit our website at and visit our Facebook page for information about SISF. Questions? Email us at

Ticket outlet Locations:

GRASS VALLEY: Mill Street Clothing, Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, Hills Flat Lumber, SPD Market, Weiss Bros. Nursery, A to Z Garden Center, Sierra Timberline “Today’s Hearth & Home Store, The Union

NEVADA CITY: Harmony Books, Prospectors Nursery, SPD Market

PENN VALLEY: Nevada County Farm Supply & Nursery


AUBURN: Eisley’s Nursery


“The Roth Estate is honored to have been asked to open our gardens for the Soroptimist of the Sierra Foothills 24th Annual Garden Tour”.    Garden List & Map


Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry present A reading of “THE LARAMIE PROJECT”

“A terrific piece of theater, history, and life . . .”

Wednesday May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 10, Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry present a reading of “THE LARAMIE PROJECT” as part of “Theater By The Book,” a series of informal play readings for the community. Written by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project and directed by Sharon Winegar, “THE LARAMIE PROJECT” is the deeply moving reaction to the 1998 murder of university student Matthew Shepard outside of Laramie, Wyoming.

Since its first performance in February 2000, “THE LARAMIE PROJECT” has become a modern classic and one of the most-performed theater pieces in America. The play is based upon more than 200 interviews conducted by Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project during a series of six visits to Laramie in the aftermath of Shepard’s murder. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, some were friends or acquaintances of Shepard, some had no personal connection to Shepard at all. The breadth of the reactions to the murder is fascinating and the resulting play is an extraordinary chronicle of life in a small town in the wake of an event that shocked the nation.

“I had the good fortune of seeing a production of ‘THE LARAMIE PROJECT’ at Napa Valley College several years ago,” says director Sharon Winegar. “It moved me the way great stories do – it compelled me to think about human nature, to consider the way people treat one another. It made me examine my own reactions to people who seem ‘different’ from me.”

Unlike most plays, “THE LARAMIE PROJECT” is not told from a single point-of-view. Instead, it is an amalgam of observations, opinions, court records, and personal anecdotes. As a result, it is as much about the character of a town as it is about the specific event.

In the play, a small group of actors is called upon to portray more than 60 characters in a series of short scenes. For the “Theater by the Book” reading, the cast includes local Nevada County actors Cathy Callas, Robin Callas, Kevin Deppe, Ariel Elliot, Lois Masten Ewing, Scott Ewing, John Gardiner, Alexis Gross, Ben Hedenland, Jeffrey Mason, and David Painter.

It was important to Winegar to have a diverse group of actors, ranging in both age and experience, to reflect the wide array or characters portrayed in the play. Among the cast members for the reading are former Nevada Union High School students taught by Winegar, several actors that she has directed or appeared with onstage in local productions dating back to the days of The Foothill Theater Company, and a few actors that she has admired from afar and has been wanting to work with.

Even though “THE LARAMIE PROJECT” premiered almost twenty years ago, the play remains incredibly timely and an important theater piece. “The 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard still resonates with us because hate crimes still exist,” says Winegar. “Art provides a means to grapple with such issues, to examine the myriad thoughts and emotions attendant upon senseless tragedies. Art can be a wake-up call for our society.”

“THE LARAMIE PROJECT” will be performed at the historic Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City. Admission is FREE, with a $10 suggested donation. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Information may be found at

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. This summer Sierra Stages will present the hit musical “CHICAGO” at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City from July 13 through August 5. And, “Theater by the Book” will return with another play reading at the Miners Foundry in September. Information about Sierra Stages and its productions may be found at
WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry present a play reading of “THE LARAMIE PROJECT”
WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 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.

If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother…of a Band Concert

Last year, our Mother’s Day performance at the historic Nevada Theatre was standing-room only!  On Sunday May 14, 2017 at 2:30pm, we invite all of Nevada County to bring Mom and the whole family to our second annual “A Mother of a Band Concert.”

The afternoon’s music selections will feature uplifting concert band music from marches to big band favorites, and opera to movie themes.  Highlights include Broadway selections from “Mamma Mia,” a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace,” Sousa’s march “Our Flirtation”, selections from “Carmen,” themes from the James Bond films, and much more!

By popular demand, our tuba quartet TUBAMONIUM! returns with Caroline Young portraying her Cockney cousin Erma Cedars in a one-time-only-on-this-continent-this-year performance.  Also vying for Mom’s attention, the woodwind choir goes head to head with the brass choir in two contrasting musical selections.  There’s even a harp!

While the band’s conductor Cheryl Woldseth takes some well-deserved time off, join us in welcoming our guest conductor Tony Clements, tuba player and conductor extraordinaire.

For more information, please visit the Nevada County Concert Band website, or find and Like us on Facebook.
WHAT:  “A Mother of a Band Concert”
WHO:  Nevada County Concert Band
WHEN:  2:30–4:15pm on Sunday May 14, 2017
WHERE:  Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
PRICE:  Free; non-profit donations accepted

Japanese Antique Market At Kodo Arts

Every month in Kyoto, Japan, on the 21st and 25th World Heritage temples are turned into a bustling antique markets with everything from kimono dealers, furniture dealers to food vendors hawking their delicious creations. It is a wonderful atmosphere for foreign visitors to experience a glimpse into Japanese culture.

Likewise, twice a year Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques opens its doors to the public in spring and fall turning the Kodo Arts Warehouse at 571 Searls Ave in Nevada City into a replica of these fun Japanese temple antique markets. With the traditional and unusual, there is a cornucopia of old refinished Japanese furniture, stone and metal garden lanterns, architectural pieces, knick knacks, kimonos, masks, lanterns, bronzes, tables, home décor and art. This show this Spring will also feature a wonderful selection of contemporary Japanese ceramics from up and coming potters.

Many of these pieces have a function and purpose in Japan but find a freedom of use that is only limited by the imagination in the West. Turning a Japanese wood transom room divider into a hanging over a bed can transform a room instantly. An old sewing box becomes a lovely jewelry box. This is the fun of such a market besides experiencing a bit of Japan.

The Kodo Arts Warehouse will be open from 10 am – 6 pm daily, MAY 6-14, Mother’s Day.  530-478-0812



Empire Mine’s Mother’s Day Springtime Event

a magical, memorable way to say, “Thanks, Mom!”

Special days to honor mothers can be traced to the early Greeks and Romans; and then, in 1914, Mother’s Day became an official holiday in the U.S. For over a century, the second Sunday in May has been designated as the day we honor our mothers, and remind them just how special they are.  

“Last year over 1,500 celebrated Mother’s Day here at Empire Mine State Historic Park,” recalled Event Chair Bob Jennings. “We go all out to make the day as special as the women we honor. With live music, entertainment for the children, and so much more, it’s become a tradition the whole family can share and enjoy – with a variety of activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Several years ago the special Tea Garden was introduced, and it was an instant hit. With tables and chairs, here’s where visitors are served complimentary cups of tea and cookies. This year we’ll feature a live musical performance by guitar duo Backyard Swing (Jon Spivak and Mike Bender) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Well-known in the Sacramento area, this will mark their first appearance at an Empire Mine event. Later, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., popular guitarist George Souza will add his musical artistry to the relaxing Tea Garden atmosphere.”

The famous gardens should be glorious, and everyone’s invited to bring lunch, blankets and chairs, and picnic on the grounds near the old Clubhouse and Empire Cottage. Food and drinks will be available for purchase outside the Clubhouse.   Brewbakers Family Café in Grass Valley has created special “24-karrat cakes” exclusively for Empire Mine events, and here’s where these tasty tributes will be making their debut. Visitors are welcome to take a short tour of the Clubhouse, and learn about its prestigious past.

Fun-filled activities for children include basic juggling lessons from lively entertainer Bernard Bradshaw. Near the Visitor Center, there’s a Potting Bench, where children can make little, living gifts and cards their moms will treasure. Nearby, musical duo Plinky & Plunky will lead a children’s sing-and-play along from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Another highlight will be a performance by the Forever Young Chorus near the Clubhouse, featuring new arrangements of favorite songs from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In the Mineyard, near the Headframe, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., visitors will enjoy the country sounds of popular local group Stepside. There will also be a performance by the Forte Miners, an award-winning barbershop quartet. Many of the Mineyard buildings and workshops will be open on Mother’s Day, including the Hoist House, the Compressor House, the Blacksmith Shop, Mine Shaft, Machine Shop, Wood Shop, Refinery, and the Mine Manager’s Office, providing a rare look at the places vital to Empire’s success.

A walk through picturesque, rose-covered Empire Cottage is highly recommended. Docents in lavish early-1900s costumes will portray famous characters from Empire Mine’s heydays, when it ranked as one of the oldest, largest, and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. Visitors will hear vivid tales of our fascinating past. Outside the Cottage, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., a local group called Fire in the Kitchen will play a variety of old-time music.

The Gift Shop will be open, with an outstanding selection of gifts for all budgets, including jewelry, books on mining and our local history, unusual geological artifacts and mementoes – plus an assortment of heritage roses, ready to fill gardens at home with color and character.

“The Mother’s Day Springtime Event is hosted by Empire Mine Park Association,” Jennings explained. “EMPA, for short, we help support the Park in ways the State does not. The Park is in need of major repairs and improvements, and EMPA’s goal is to make them happen.   Everyone is invited – including well-behaved dogs on leashes – and the more people we welcome, the closer we’ll be to completing these goals. The Mother’s Day Springtime Event is a unique way to celebrate mothers – and all the special women who enrich our lives.”

The Mother’s Day Springtime Event will be held on Sunday, May 14th at Empire Mine State Historic Park, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For further details, phone the Visitor Center, (530) 273-8522 or visit


Photo by Richard Bannister

Complimentary tea in the garden with live music adds a touch of “Downton Abbey” style.


Photo by Richard Bannister

“Look, mom, I made this just for you!” Children have creative fun at the Potting Bench, where they can make little, living gifts moms will treasure.”


Photo by Courtney Ferguson


Stepside – and other live performances – make this event magical and memorable.

Chris Crockett CD Release Party – Live Concert

Since 2003, Chris Crockett has been providing pre-show entertainment at Off Broadstreet Theater productions in Nevada City, CA with his vast catalog of over 750 popular cover songs from the 1940s to current-day hits.

On Saturday, May 13th at 8:15 pm, you will have an opportunity to see and hear Chris Crockett, the Songwriter.

Chris has just released a CD titled “Cigarette Soup”, featuring 14 original songs written by Chris and recorded with members of Buck Star, one of Nevada County’s premier country bands. Buck Star members Tom Menig, Eric Menig, Lucas Weber and Rob Kopp will join Chris on stage for a live presentation of the entire CD, including Chris’ YouTube hit, “You’re the One Who Made Me Sell My Bike” and Chris’ latest single, “Gambler’s Dream”.

Chris recently received the “2016 Live Music Award” honor from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are $20 and include a FREE “Cigarette Soup” CD or free digital download card for every ticket holder. For reservations, contact Off Broadstreet Theater box office at 265-8686.

Sierra Harvest Annual Plant Sale: Don’t Miss Last Day, May 13th

Sierra Harvest’s educational farm, The Food Love Project will be having their annual Plant Sale Saturdays, 9am – 12:30pm on April 29th, May 6th and 13th selling 35 varieties of certified organic beautiful fruit, vegetable and flower transplants for your garden. All proceeds support farm to school education in our local community.  For more information:

Artist of the Month Opening Reception Friday, May 5 from 5-7 at Nevada City Winery

Artist of the Month at Nevada City Winery is Margie Miller.  New ways of looking at trees is the theme for a collection of recent paintings that will be exhibited for the month of May.  Living in the forest above Nevada City and spending summers in the High sierra has been a source of inspiration for this Nevada County painter. The exhibit is available for viewing daily during business hours.  Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5-7.

The Magic Carpet Invites You to a Weekend of Free Cultural Offerings

Join us on Saturday, May 6th at 7:00pm for a presentation on the fundamentals of Tibetan Healing. This will be presented by Paul and Eileen Jorgensen who have just returned from an inspiring trip to India, where they studied with Tibetan healer Sanjay Boude. They will be demonstrating the use of singing bowls, healing sticks, and Himalayan crystals for creating balance in body, mind and soul. They will also share some of the Buddhist principles that are inherent in Tibetan healing.

Then on Sunday, May 7th come to the Magic Carpet’s Oriental Rug Appraisal Day, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Take advantage of a special opportunity to get a free verbal appraisal of your Oriental rug. Certified appraiser Paul Jorgensen will assess your rug’s value and share his expertise with you regarding origin, age and condition. Call early to reserve your spot at (530) 265-9229.
In addition, come see the extraordinary Ersari Rug Exhibit showcasing hand-knotted rugs woven by master weavers of Afghanistan.

We hope you can join us at The Magic Carpet 408 Broad St., Nevada City, and online at

Day of the Young Child and Keeping Kids Safe Carnival

The Annual Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Students and their families are invited to attend our consolidated Day of the Young Child and Keeping Kids Safe Carnival. Children will be introduced to our First Responders plus many local children’s health and safety organizations. Meet our police, fireman, sheriffs and rescue teams, plus health agencies and non-profit children’s services. You can “visit” fire engines, police cars and equipment up close. Meet McGruff, play games and participate in the bicycle rodeo for prizes. Families may have their child’s car seat inspected by the CHP at the event. Child Identification Folders will be prepared for parents by the New York Life. Enjoy free hot dogs, chips, juices, popcorn, and snow cones. Just for fun, there will be clowns making balloon animals, and bounce houses, crafts and other activities for children.

Day of the Young Child and Gold Country Kiwanis are hosting this Annual Carnival with major financial support from the Nevada County Sportmen’s Club, SPD Markets, Briar Patch Coop, local Masonic Lodges, the Roamin’ Angels Car Club, Welz Family Foundation, Child Abuse Prevention Council, plus additional support from many local businesses. The event will be supervised by about 50 adult and youth group volunteers.

The Annual Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM to 2 PM around the Pond at our Sierra College campus on Sierra College Drive.   Look for directional signs.

Blue Marble Jubilee – A New Community Festival Rolling into Grass Valley

A new all ages event rolls into Nevada County this May. The Blue Marble Jubilee takes place from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, with a mission to “Connect – Explore – Celebrate.” A colorful, village-style one-day festival, the Blue Marble Jubilee is an Earth-centered event to inspire, educate and empower people to make a difference in the community and our world. Plus, the day will be filled with fun!

Spend a spring day at “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds” enjoying live music, great food, and fun activities for the entire family. Dance under the pines to Achilles Wheel, one of Northern California’s favorite bands; be awed and amazed by the storytelling and juggling of local favorite and world-renowned entertainer Izzi Tooinsky; catch some of the best films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour; take in a recycled fashion show by Haute Trash; and so much more!

Relax with some delicious refreshments including craft beer and wine, and a signature sangria. Cool off with a root beer or 50/50 float – a kid-friendly version and a spiked version for adults! A variety of local food trucks offer something for everyone’s tastes.

Peruse the booths of local environmental organizations and vendors peddling environmentally-focused products. Get active with lawn games, crafts and adventure activities for all ages, including a rock wall.

This new annual festival is a fundraiser for Grass Valley Charter School, a unique K-8 school offering an expeditionary and adventure curriculum. “We wanted to create a brand new event that the whole community could enjoy and that shows who we are and what we stand for,” said Wendy Willoughby, President of the Grass Valley Charter School Foundation. “Blue Marble Jubilee celebrates what we love about our learning model; being good stewards of the earth and good stewards of the community.”

The students themselves are getting into the spirit of earth stewardship and community service by creating spectacular and unique outdoor art projects that will be for sale at the event.

Tickets go on sale March 25, 2017, and will be available at Grass Valley Charter School, located at 225 S. Auburn St., or by visiting the event website at


Wendy Willoughby, GVCS Foundation President

(310) 650-6330

Kathy Dotson, Blue Marble Jubilee Coordinator

(530) 470-8595

Bear Yuba Land Trust Community BioBlitz

Bear Yuba Land Trust to Host a Community BioBlitz on Local Nature Preserves

Have you ever seen a Humboldt lily? Do you know what a yellow-breasted chat looks like?  Can you spot a bald eagle’s nest?  

These questions and more can be answered when local youth and families participate in Bear Yuba Land Trust’s (BYLT) First Annual Community BioBlitz taking place on three beautiful, protected nature preserves Saturday, May 6.

During BYLT’s spring time event, participants armed with cameras and notebooks will become “citizen scientists” documenting and identifying as many plants, animals, fungi and other organisms they see.

All the data will be compiled then uploaded to the Academy of Sciences’ community-supported web-based database, iNaturalist, using an easy-to-use smartphone APP. The data will become part of a permanent record that will help land managers track the health of plant and wildlife habitat over time. Information gathered will be part of a critical collection of local habitat data that BYLT can use to monitor adaptations to climate change. Some of the data may even be used to create cool flora and fauna guidebooks.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to connect with nature while using fun digital technology in the field. As citizen scientists, kids can explore outside of the traditional classroom setting and come face to face with the wonderful plant and animal world found in their own backyard,” said Community Engagement Manager Laura Petersen.

No level of scientific knowledge is needed and experts in botany, biology, ornithology and other sciences will be on hand at each site to share their knowledge and help people identify the species they observe.

On Saturday, kids accompanied by their “grownups” will venture to three protected landscapes – 37-acre Adam Ryan Preserve near the community of Alta Sierra; 2,700-acre Rice’s Crossing Preserve at French Bar on the Yuba River and 652-acre working cattle ranch known as Garden Bar on the Bear River.

The nature preserves are found within the watersheds of the Bear and Yuba Rivers – a region considered to be among the most biologically diverse places on the planet. 

BYLT’s Saturday BioBlitz follows on the heels of a Friday BioBlitz for schools, a day when hundreds of students will expand their science education by visiting Rice’s Crossing Preserve at Yuba Rim near the town of Dobbins in Yuba County, Black Swan Preserve near the town of Smartsville and Woodpecker Preserve on Banner Mountain in Nevada City.

What is a BioBlitz? The National Park Service started a nationwide BioBlitz in 2016 at over 100 National Parks throughout the country. The idea has become a global movement where people of all ages and abilities capture a biological snapshot of the unique biodiversity of important landscapes on a single day.

Now in its 27th year, Bear Yuba Land Trust is a community-supported organization that has saved 12,000 acres of land from development, built 35 miles of trails and provides treks and educational programs to get hundreds of people outdoors to connect with nature.

Learn more and register for the BioBlitz at:

Learn more about iNaturalist:

A Tribute to Michael Jackson – May 4th and 5th

Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance Academy presents A Tribute to Michael Jackson on May 4th and 5th at 7:00 p.m. and two performances on Saturday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Don Baggett Theatre, located at 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley.

Inspired by the King of Pop, this production features a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop to favorites like “Bad,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Black or White,” and more.

The show opens with a Jackson 5 medley “old school” hip hop number, followed by a ballet piece en pointe to “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Audience members of all ages will delight in seeing the original choreography recreated and adapted from music videos like “Beat It,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Thriller,” alongside unique choreography from eleven local and national choreographers.

Under the direction of dance teacher, Courtney Wadman, the show includes twenty-one songs, including some tributes and instrumental versions of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits. Mrs. Wadman invited several guest choreographers to contribute work for this show, including local dance teachers Gaia Weiss, Sommer Wadman-Huntley, Stephanie Stevens, Cassandra McAlister, and Nicole Chan, as well as Los Angeles-based choreographer Chelsea Asman, who teaches at U.C. Irvine, and Salt Lake City choreographer Efren Corado, who dances professionally for Repertory Dance Theatre.

Former professional dancer Karen Attix, who danced for the legendary Merce Cunningham and founded the Nevada City Dance Festival, collaborated with local musicians Andy Witek and Diane McIntire for a slowed-down, country version of “Billie Jean.” This piece opens Act II, and it will be the first N.U. dance production to include live musicians.

N.U. dance alumnus Jesse Beck, class of 2004, traveled from New York City to set two pieces for the show, “Scream” and “Earth Song,” over President’s Day Weekend. Twelve advanced dancers participated in forty hours of rehearsal over four days, including New York-style ballet master classes each morning, taught by Mr. Beck.

Alumnus Jordan Isadore, class of 2005, returned from New York after several years of dancing professionally for the Shen Wei Dance Company, where he performed all over the world. Mr. Isadore set a piece to the acapella version of “Rock with You.”

Lastly, Alumnus Jackson Knappen, class of 2014, returned from Santa Monica, where he is on scholarship at the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet, studying the famous training method of the Vaganova Russian Ballet technique. Combining his ballet training with contemporary jazz, Mr. Knappen created a dynamic piece to “Bad,” which he taught in two days to a group of fifteen advanced dancers.

The Nevada Union dance students have been rehearsing after-school and on weekends since August, dedicating hundreds of hours to prepare for A Tribute to Michael Jackson. Ticket prices are $10, $12, or $15, depending on seating location. All seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets can also be purchased at the Don Baggett Theatre lobby on April 28, May 1, and May 2 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Online sales close at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the show to prepare for box office sales. Remaining tickets will be sold at the box office 2 hours before the show. For additional information, contact the dance department at (530) 273-4431 ext. 2228 or email


TDS Throwdown Party at Ol’ Republic – Friday April 28th

The TDS Enduro is an invite-only mountain bike race on a private ranch that will rock the Sierra Foothills on April 29th & 30th, this is the Parking Lot kick-off party!

Food provided by:

The Dive serving burgers

The Food Bank of Nevada County serving Pasta & BBQ

Check it out!!  Cannondale Bikes Display; Polaris Display; Meet Pro Riders; Red Bull Music Truck; TDS Hey Buddy IPA Can Release

This is a free event and kid friendly!

Emily’s Catering & Cakes Celebrates 10 years in Business

Join Emily’s Catering & Cakes as we celebrate 10 years in business.  We will be holding our next “pop-up” bakery April 27th-29th 10am-6pm with a reception to follow on April 29th 5pm-8pm.  All the fun happens at 421 Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley. Live music by Chris Crockett, and with entertainment by DJ Jamal Walker. Sample lots of goodies both savory and sweet, join in our cake walk and win prizes including a year membership to our Chocolate of the Month Club or a custom coursed dinner for 10. And don’t forget CUPCAKES, CUPCAKES, CUPCAKES!!!  We hope to see you here!