Golden Era Partners with Antonio’s Catering


Golden Era also continues to be OPEN for indoor seating! Antonio’s Catering and Chef Services continues to provide a small plate menu that is getting rave reviews! . Antonio’s has been recognized by The Union Readers Survey as the BEST CATERING SERVICE in Nevada County numerous times. Antonio is in our kitchen preparing some of his famous small plates!

Bar hours are currently 4:00 pm -12:00 am Thursday -Saturday. The kitchen will be serving from 5:00 pm – 10: 00 pm. We will be expanding our days and hours over the next few weeks as our full staff returns to work! We will accept reservations. Please call 530.264.7048 to reserve a table.

We will serving all meals on recyclable bamboo plates and bamboo flatware. Good for our health and our environment!

Golden Era continues to fully support “Social Distancing”during these difficult times. We will continue this practice for as long as the current Health Guidelines remain in place. We encourage all guests to wear face coverings when not seated at tables. Our staff will be wearing them at all times for your health and ours. WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER!

We will continue our “Cocktails TO-GO Program”. We will also offer special unopened spirit bottles from our favorite selections on a take out basis. We have also added Barrel Tapped wines from our winery partners, These are your favorites from our Barrel program in 750 ml bottles direct from the “barrel”.

Golden Era
309 Broad Street, Nevada City
(530) 264-7048

Nevada City Film Festival Online Animation Summer Camp

Nevada City Film Festival Online Animation Summer Camp

Animator Romero Alves leads this online summer camp for budding young animators and filmmakers (ages 6+). Students will learn the 12 principles of animation and create stop motion animated shorts using just an iPad. Projects finished in this class will be showcased during this year’s film festival, August 28-September 4. Pre-Registration Required. Click here to sign up.

Private Parties, Tours and Sound Demos. How Will You Experience The New Center?

Private Parties, Tours and Sound Demos. How Will You Experience The New Center?

The Center for the Arts has put together a menu of Summer Exclusives for you to enjoy the newly renovated spaces before they are again able to host shows. Enjoy a champagne tasting in the theater, a private dinner on the new main stage, sign up for a personalized sound demonstration, or reserve the gallery for your private party. The new Center has “Room to Celebrate.” You can gather groups of 10 to 50 while maintaining social distance.

One of the highlights of The Center’s recent multi-million dollar renovation is the new Meyer Sound System. Get a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art theater and prepare to be wowed by the sounds of the LEOPARD linear array speakers. Groups up to 10 people will enjoy a personalized tour, a sound demonstration in the theater, and a stop at the new bar. Upgrade your tour to a champagne listening party where your party will be served a thoughtful selection of champagne and sparkling wines presented by our resident sommelier.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind evening when you treat someone special to a private dinner, or impress up to ten friends with a unique dinner party under the lights of the new Main Stage theater. If you prefer gallery walls to curtain calls you can combine The Granucci Gallery, The Kerby Lobby and Rick’s Bar & Cafe to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or host a brunch for up to 50 guests.

Visit for more information, or to book a private party or tour of the newly renovated Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Registration is Open for 2020 Summer Camps at The Center for the Arts

Registration is Open for 2020 Summer Camps at The Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts is proud to present a variety of in-person and virtual summer camps for community youth ages 8-17. Youth programs include aerial circus, painting, photography, writing, choir, and theater. There are three, week-long sessions to choose from starting July 20 and running through August 7.

Now more than ever, The Center for the Arts is committed to continuing and expanding their arts education programming to fill gaps left in school closures and to provide creative experiences during this challenging time. In addition to summer camps, The Center will offer youth programs throughout the school year that will cater to the county’s adapted school schedules, providing opportunities for students to learn and explore the arts on their days off.

This summer, The Center’s traditional painting camp, Paint Like the Masters, has expanded. Students can now practice painting as well as mixed media and collage in a socially distanced room. AirAligned will teach youth ages 8-14 how to fly, climb, and swing in Aerial Circus which introduces skills on aerial bungees, aerial silks, and aerial hoops. Jordan Thomas-Rose teaches a morning choir camp. And, Laksmi Greenberg takes students on a digital photography journey to explore portraiture and landscapes.

The Center for the Arts is hosting its first virtual summer camp with Kirsten Casey teaching Teen Writing Matters online via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to meet other teen writers in our community, and to share in and support one another’s writing. From poetry to character studies, short stories to flash fiction, you will practice a different type of writing each day of the week. Dinah Smith is back to teach theater with a special audition camp to help students strengthen their monologues or songs to ace their next audition.

All in-person summer camp sessions are held downtown Grass Valley, CA. The Center for the Arts Main Stage is located at 314 W. Main Street, the dance studio is upstairs, and the Off-Center Stage is behind the main building at 315 Richardson Street. Space is limited. In-person camps are capped at ten students to allow for physical distancing. For more information or to register please visit



Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted Tuesday evening to cancel the 2020 Draft Horse Classic. The Board made the decision to cancel the event after further reviewing the Governors executive orders and guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and mass gatherings.

According to the California Roadmap to Recovery, festivals, big outdoor events, and other large
events are in Stage 4 of the reopening plan and will not be permitted until the roadmap is complete and all shelter in place restrictions are lifted. The Draft Horse Classic, which typically welcomes more than 15,000 to the Fairgrounds for the event, is considered a mass gathering event under the current guidelines.

“Unfortunately, similar to the decision we had to make for the Fair, we really didn’t have a choice in light of the restrictions on mass gatherings at this time,” said Jeanette Royal, Board President of California’s 17th District Agricultural Association. “Still, it doesn’t make the decision any easier, as each event canceled has an impact on its participants, the community and the

Fairgrounds, and it is disheartening to have to cancel another of our premier events. However, we have to follow the guidelines set by the Governor and State public health directives to postpone mass gatherings until we can safely host them again.”

This is the third time that the Draft Horse Classic has been canceled since its introduction in 1987. It was cancelled in 1988 due to the 49er Fire and in 1989 due to weather. “The amazing Gentle Giant monument that stands at the entry to the Fairgrounds speaks to the special significance the Classic has to the Fairgrounds. Each year, we recognize and honor the incredible history of heavy working horses and their role in local agriculture and forestry,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We will miss our draft horse exhibitors and providing our community the opportunity to interact with those big beautiful horses, but we look forward to safely welcoming back the Classic in 2021.”

For information about the Draft Horse Classic and the Nevada County Fairgrounds, visit

California Takeout Tuesday

California Takeout Tuesday

As Californians stay home to flatten the curve on the spread of the coronavirus, small businesses, especially restaurants, have taken a substantial hit.

As a sign of support for local restaurants, Visit California asks that you share in promoting #CATakeoutTuesday.

The campaign is social media-focused and aimed at encouraging Californians to order takeout from their favorite restaurants every Tuesday.

Visit California is driving consumer awareness by sharing culinary content across its owned channels on Tuesdays, including social posts, blogs, engagement questions and content from partner chefs and restaurants.

How to share #CATakeoutTuesday:

  • Share the #CATakeoutTuesday graphic across your social channels and include the hashtag in your posts
  • The graphic can be used alone, or in conjunction with an image in posts
    Takeout Tuesday
  • Include #CATakeoutTuesday and @VisitCalifornia in all of your social posts for optimum exposure and engagement

For chefs and restaurants:

  • Share behind-the-scenes moments, updated menus, daily or weekly specials and other engaging content
  • Encourage takeout customers to share orders using #CATakeoutTuesday
  • Ask loyal “regulars” or local influencers to share images and stories of their favorite menu items available for takeout
  • Join the conversation on Visit California’s social channels and engage with Visit California followers about your restaurant

For destinations and communities:

  • Point to any local resources or restaurants that remain open or are providing special services during this time
  • Reach out to local chefs and restaurants to and ask them to get involved in the activation
  • Join the conversation on Visit California’s social channels and engage with followers about restaurant options in your destination
  • Share interesting culinary stories happening in your destination on days other than Tuesday to build excitement and awareness for #CATakeoutTuesday
  • Reconnect with local influencers and encourage them to share the message

Miners Foundry Cultural Center Opens New Bar

Miners Foundry Cultural Center Opens New Bar

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is proud to share their new spacious foyer—ready for your drink requests, with plenty of space to socially distance. They are now open every week Thursday through Saturday, 4–8pm.

Cheri’s Hand Dipped Ice Cream Bars is joining the Miners Foundry crew Thursday–Saturdays, 4–8pm, to bring her special hand dipped ice cream bars and bananas to you from the comfort of our front patio. She even has new special ice cream flavors for everyone to try, including a plant-based option!

Stop by for a drink, a snack, and of course a frozen banana is a must.

Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City.

Gov. Newsom Mandates that Face Coverings Be Worn State-Wide

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials have issued a statewide order that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below:

• Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
• Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
• Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
• Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
• Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
• Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;
• Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
• Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
• In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
• Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
• While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:
• Persons age two years or under. These very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
• Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
• Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
• Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
• Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
• Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
• Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of
at least six feet from others.
• Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings or masks for both inmates and staff.

Note: Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who are employed in a job involving regular contact with others should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.

The Music Plays On: MIM Moves Its Family Music & Cultural Arts Fair Online

The Music Plays On: MIM Moves Its Family Music & Cultural Arts Fair Online

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Music in the Mountains (MIM) will be presenting a day of fun activities for children and families on their YouTube channel, which is available to the public at

The day starts at 10 AM with a beginning dance class presented by Sierra Dance Institute. The class is designed for dancers of all ages. So, push that coffee table aside and get moving. The dance class will be followed by MIM’s popular “Meet the Orchestra Concert” at 11 AM.

Fun for all ages, children are amazed when they see this concert. As Nevada City resident, Zane – age nine – exclaimed upon seeing a French Horn for the first time, “That’s crazy! How does the sound come out with his first jammed in there?”

At noon, local author, Alicia Frost will read children’s stories during the lunch break. After lunch, Nevada City School District’s Music Theater Enrichment Instructor, Kari Stehmeyer (stay-my-er), will banish away summer boredom with a prop-tactic puppet play to the Sound of Music’s Lonely Goatherd. Using items found around the house, children will be invited to play along. “My goal, as the wife of a healthcare worker, the mother of three, and a student teacher,” said Stehmeyer, “is for my time ‘on air’ to ignite a love for all things theatrical and artsy in the participants.”

The day will end with craft time starting at 2 PM. Kids will be encouraged to grab items from around their houses to make upcycled musical instruments.

“The original goal of this event was to bring children and families together to enjoy great music and learn about arts organizations in Nevada County,” said MIM Executive Director Jenny Darlington-Person. “When COVID-19 forced us to cancel the in-person music fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, we thought it was important to keep the spirit of the event alive, so we reached out to artists and teachers to create a virtual extravaganza. I think kids will have a blast with these activities and the programming will keep them busy during the heat of the day.”

For parents concerned about too much screen time, the activities are interactive and there will be substantial breaks between them allowing for movement and fun all day long. Parents are also encouraged to join us.

Music in the Mountains has been bringing live classical music to the Sierra Foothills, the Sacramento Metropolitan area, and surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. Navigating current state and local government health regulations for large event gatherings, MIM has moved their annual summer music festival, “Summerfest,” to online platforms for all to enjoy. The programs are presented on a “pay-what-you-can” basis and folks are encouraged to RSVP by going to the MIM website at

What: Virtual Family Music & Cultural Arts Fair
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Time: Activities on the hour starting at 10:00 AM
Price: FREE
More Information:


Why Virtual Screenings Make Sense for Art House Theaters During COVID-19

The Onyx Theatre suspended screenings due to COVID-19 on March 14, 2020. In April, Onyx-At-Home began offering virtual screenings of select films through distributors affiliated with the Art House Convergence, a non-profit organization, which supports over 750 art house film members across the United States and Canada.

“We feel strongly that we want to offer our patrons new and interesting films to view, especially in this stressful time. For us, it is about staying connected and also giving back to the community, including our community of film producers and distributors.” states Onyx General Manager Celine Negrete.

The Onyx is now partnering with Magnolia Films to offer via virtual cinema three documentaries that speak strongly to systemic inequity – I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, WHOSE STREETS?, and TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM. These films are offered as a bundle and your ticket will not expire. The Onyx will match the amount of money that is brought in via ticket sales for these films for Nevada County Color Me Human. Learn more here:

These films are available through June 30 and due to their educational nature, your bundled ticket for $15 is perennial, virtually the same as owning these important films. Magnolia Films will be supporting legal defense and bail funds nationwide throughout the summer.

Past community partnerships include Earth Day’s screening of Nikolaus Geyrhalter film “Earth”, with proceeds going to CHIRP (California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project). The New York International Children’s Film Festival was matched with Child Advocates of Nevada County as the screening proceeds beneficiary.

The Onyx seeks to make a positive impact through the arts and reinvesting in Nevada County. Negrete says “We cherish the small film distributors who are out there championing amazing small films. Anything we can do to help support them during this time while also offering wonderful new releases to our patrons at home is a win-win.”

During this challenging period, art houses around the world are working together to innovate and develop film programming and education for digital platforms. Independent film, art films and documentaries represent unique aspects of culture and provide a critical alternative viewpoint to mainstream cinema—they need attention and support to survive.

“We are emphatic that virtual screening does not replace the theatre screening of films.” Negrete holds to the Onyx Theatre bi-line “the way films were meant to be seen” and looks forward to welcoming patrons back to those cushy new seats with drink holders and throw blankets, when and only when, they can safely do so. Meanwhile, watch for more virtual screenings that will support diverse organizations in Nevada County.

Arts and culture matter, and film is a vital expression of our fragile human world.

Negrete shares this message from the Onyx Staff:
“We are grateful to our dedicated patrons. There will always be a time and a place for movies beyond our living rooms and there will always be the Onyx to come experience them in. We can’t wait to see you at the movies again as soon as we can! We miss you, but we will be back.”


Check out ongoing virtual screenings at

Film Trailers:




A New Chapter for LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

A New Chapter for LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

After nearly 5 years in downtown Nevada City, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art has re-invented the gallery into a new way of doing business. Brook closed her Broad Street location this March and transitioned to a private home studio close to town. This more intimate setting offers a smaller, more personal experience where she meets with collectors on an appointment-only basis. Brook still features a select group of the gallery’s original artists, as well as her own work. Collectors and guests can also purchase and view work at her new online store. Read more about her latest news and see the new work in her May/June newsletter here:

The Center for the Arts Open Gallery Happy Hours

The Center for the Arts Open Gallery Happy Hours

The Center for the Arts has entered its first phase of reopening with limited capacity Open Gallery events that offer the public a chance to enjoy the current art exhibit as well as the new bar for an artful happy hour. The bar and gallery are open on Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 – 7:00pm throughout the summer.

In The Granucci Gallery, visitors will experience the inaugural fine art exhibit Strata, from local artist Nancy Mintz. In her most recent work, Mintz moves beyond the personal to examine the diversity of natural biological communities, and the processes of growth, decay, and succession. She is especially interested in the forms of memory: the husks, pods, and shells left behind by the relentless fecundity of life. For this work she has chosen lighter materials, especially fine brass wire, which she employs gesturally, like pencil lines. The resulting structures are usually covered with soft Japanese Gampi paper, forming a tactile surface which is both translucent and reflective, giving the work an ethereal presence.

During Open Galleries you are invited to visit Rick’s Bar & Cafe for canned brews, bottled wines and full bar service. The new bar is named after the Vice President of the Board of Directors at The Center for the Arts, Rick Bergquist. He was the first to contribute to the capital campaign when the idea for renovating The Center for the Arts was in its infancy.

The Center for the Arts is currently limiting their capacity of the bar and gallery to 35 visitors at a time for proper social distancing. Masks are required to be worn when inside The Center and patrons are asked to please maintain a distance of 6 feet from patrons from other parties when waiting to enter the building and throughout the gallery and bar areas. Visit for current updates regarding COVID-19 protocols.

The Center for the Arts Open Gallery event is held weekly on Thursday and Friday evenings from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. These are free events and open to the public.  Visit for more information.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming offering more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center recently completed a major renovation of its multi-use 21,000-square-foot facility in downtown Grass Valley making it a premier performing arts destination. The venue includes the main stage which accommodates up to 700 patrons for dance shows and up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats, a large visual art gallery, and a 90-seat black box theater.

WHAT:  Open Gallery & Happy Hour
WHEN: Thursdays & Fridays 4:00 – 7:00pm
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA

Music in the Mountains Presents Cellist Gabriel Martins

Music in the Mountains Presents Cellist Gabriel Martins

On Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at 7pm, Music in the Mountains will be presenting a cello recital with multi-award winning cellist, Gabriel Martins streaming on their Youtube channel and available to the public.

Music in the Mountains (MIM) began their 2020 SummerFest programming with a successful presentation of pianist Nautsuki Fukasawa, who wowed the audience with her amazing repertoire and superb skill.

“I have to admit that my dearly beloved and I were a little skeptical about watching a performance like this online,” explains MIM Board President Terry Brown. “But we were definitely converted to believers!”

Terry goes on to say, “Not only was Natsuki a fantastic artist whose dexterity we got to watch up close and personal, but Ryan was a wonderful host. The technical streaming part went off close to flawlessly and our only disappointment is that we couldn’t figure out how to get the program on our big screen. That’s my assignment for next week for the cello concert that we definitely won’t miss. A big plus was that, after we RSVP’d ahead of time, we got easy to use links to the “printed” program and the broadcast itself. It couldn’t have been easier!”

Gabriel Martins, award-winning cellist, will perform as the second scheduled concert for Music in the Mountains Virtual SummerFest. He is the first-prize winner of the 2020 Sphinx Competition, 2020 Schadt String Competition, 2018 Oxford Music Award, and 2013 David Popper International Cello Competition.

He has performed with orchestras around the world as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. According to esteemed cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, he has “revealed heart, passion, intellect, and a finely-nuanced palette of colors in a compelling manner worthy of a seasoned artist.”

“When I heard Gabriel play last year I immediately went up to him and asked if he would like to come to Music in the Mountains,” noted Artistic Director Ryan Murray. “His playing is full of depth and emotion, and he produces an incredible sound out of his cello.” Ryan added, “Although I really wanted to feature Gabriel in a concerto with our orchestra, I think it will be very exciting for the audience to hear the intimate recital he has prepared for us. There is a great combination of old and new in his program, and it is definitely not an event to miss.”

On June 25th, Gabriel will be playing Heinrich Biber’s XVI. Passacaglia from Mystery Sonatas, (c. 1676) arranged by Martins, a collection of 16 pieces composed for the Christian Rosary devotional procession. He will also play Peter Sculthorpe Requiem for Cello Alone (c. 1979), and finish the night with the much beloved Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Music in the Mountains has been bringing live classical music to the Sierra Foothills, the Sacramento Metropolitan area, and surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. Navigating current state and local government health regulations for large event gatherings, MIM has moved their annual summer music festival, “SummerFest,” to online platforms for all to enjoy. The programs are presented on a “pay-what-you-can” basis and folks are encouraged to RSVP by going to the MIM website at

What: Live Home Cello Concert with Gabriel Martins
Where: Live on presented by Music in the Mountains
When: Thursday, June 25th 2020
Time 7pm
Price: Pay What You Can
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Open – Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum will be open on June 27th and rail bus rides will be available on that day. Reservations are strongly recommended and wearing a mask is required until further notice. There will be social distancing both in the museum and on the rail buses so every other row of seats will be vacant on the buses. Both rail buses will be in operation so to make up for the light occupancy.

Located in Nevada City, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum is dedicated to the preservation of local transportation history and artifacts from the narrow gauge railroad era. Visitors are offered a docent-led historical tour of the museum, rail yard, and restoration shop. There is no admission charge.

The Museum exhibits a collection of railroad and aviation artifacts, photographs, and documents for visitors and historians alike.  Exhibits include the NCNCRR Engine 5, rolling stock, an early steam automobile, and other examples of Nevada County’s transportation history.

5 Kidder Ct
Nevada City, California 95959
Get Directions
(530) 470-0902

The Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race Postponed, Date TBD

The Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race Postponed, Date TBD

Pro/Am Criterium

Due to COVID-19, the Nevada City Classic ProAm date is TBD. Photo by Kris Wakefield.

NEVADA CITY, California, June 17, 2020—The Nevada City Cycling Classic, the second oldest continuously running bicycle race in the country, has no date set at this time due to COVID-19.

In spite of recent sequestrations and events, the Nevada City Classic team is starting the process of planning this year’s event to take place, pending the safe ability to host the race.

We recognize that events that lay ahead remain unknown. We are committed to complying with all mandates for health and safety.

The course is back to the original design by event founder Charlie Allert in 1961, this was done for the race in 2018 and continues to be a popular route.

Watch for information and updates here

This event, as all others that conflict with public policy and safety, is subject to modification or cancellation.

Nevada County Arts Council Launches Artist Relief Fund

Arts events, concerts, and productions have been cancelled in venues across the county due to the effects of COVID-19 and professional artists whose livelihoods are dependent on these events are facing insurmountable loses.

In response, Nevada County Arts Council has formed a coalition of local arts organizations to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists within Nevada County.

Now is the time to give back to our artists who contribute so much to the quality of our lives and the wellbeing of our community. Finds will be distributed as micro relief grants to eligible artists once our fund has reached a critical level.

Your tax-deductible donation goes directly toward the support of professional artists in all disciplines whose livelihoods have been affected by the public health crisis.

Donate Here!

Now Open – This Week’s Member List of Local Businesses

Art Works Gallery 
As you can well imagine, working artists are never at a loss for something to do.  The 30 artists in the Art Works Gallery Co-op have spent these last three months creating their art with a bit more freedom than time usually allows and we are excited to share our new work with you, our patrons.

Art Works Gallery reopens June 17 after being closed since mid-March. The 2,000 square foot gallery will reopen with limited hours as well as new sanitation and safety procedures in place to protect the health of our artists and customers. The gallery will reopen with limited days and hours of operation–Wednesday-Sunday 11-3. The weekend hours will increase to 11-5 beginning the first weekend in July.

Art Works is an award winning juried artists’ co-operative with a ten year history on Mill Street, a favorite destination of both locals and tourists. The gallery features work in wood, glass, clay, metal, fiber, photography and painting.

Art Works, 113 Mill Street, Grass Valley, open at 11am.

Fur Traders
We have many new styles to select from at The Fur Traders. Get out and about and free your feet in a pair of sandals from UGG, Taos, L’Artiste, Merrell, Born, Minnetonka, Mephisto, or one of the many other high-end comfort brands we offer in our store. Not to mention our many other beautiful shoes, sheepskin slippers, boots and apparel.

Keep an Eye Out For Our Warehouse Sales in Penn Valley – 50-60% off all shoes and apparel in our huge warehouse.  Stop On By and Shop Local.

The Fur Traders, 303 Broad St, Nevada City, 7-days a week, 10am-6pm.



Kiya’s Naturals
Kiya’s Naturals opened in 2009 in the Historic Gold Country Foothills of California. As a Mother of 3 young children at our local Waldorf school I saw the need for natural toys and quality heirloom items for families. I believe that when children hold a wooden toy the warmth and connection provide an experience and texture and that natural materials really do matter for our children and the future of the planet. I stock brands that use sustainable practices to make wooden, silk, and natural toys for future generations. Every family needs to take responsibility for our material consumption if we are to survive. Babies and young children don’t need plastic toys and throw away items to grow and thrive.

Kiya’s Naturals, 241 Commercial St, Nevada City, Wed-Sun 11am-3pm,

Lobos Del Mar
The Lobos Del Mar team has spent decades surfing, kayaking, trekking, and living in Mexico and Central America.  Over the years, we have fallen in love with the land, the sea, the people, their culture, and the beautifully hand crafted goods found there.

Each region is unique in their tribal designs, most dating back centuries. We have taken these classic designs and made subtle changes, producing fine products made from Eco friendly materials, such as organically grown cottons and recycled materials, whenever possible. We work directly with the families that are descendants of the original designers, and are honored and proud to present their quality crafted handiwork to you.

We feel our line reflects the culture and tradition of the land and the people.  When worn, one cannot help but reflect back in time to this tribal heritage. Let your mind and body go….. relax, unwind, and let in the warmth and attitude from the lands of tranquilo….you will feel it!

Lobos del Mar, 318 Broad Street, Nevada City, Open 7 Days a Week, 10:30am-6pm,

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management: Rick Kalb
At Northwestern Mutual, we’ve been helping clients take control of their financial future for more than 160 years. Through the Civil War, the Great Depression, two world wars and a number of recessions, we’ve stood alongside our clients, helping them manage financial risk and achieve financial security.

307 Spring St Ste A, Nevada City.


The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted Tuesday evening to cancel the 2020 Nevada County Fair due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Board also voted to authorize an online junior livestock and ag mechanics auction.

The vote comes after delaying the decision two weeks ago following Governor Newsom’s same-day announcement that California was moving rapidly into the next reopening stage. Since that meeting, the Fairgrounds Board and staff discussed the feasibility of different options with various Fair partners, communicated with State and public health officials, and further reviewed the Governor’s executive orders and updated guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and mass gatherings.

Nevertheless, according to the California Roadmap to Recovery, fairs and festivals remain in Stage 4 of the reopening plan and will not be permitted until the roadmap is complete and all shelter in place restrictions are lifted. At the Governor’s May 29 daily update, he stated that “We’re not ready for Stage 4 – concerts, big outdoor stadium events, festivals, and large conventions. We’re simply not there. There is no sectoral guidance that’s been given, no authority for local health officials to move into that phase.”

“While it was an extremely difficult decision for the Board, and one that we were hoping could go in a different direction, it is the only decision we could make in light of the restrictions on mass gatherings,” said Jeanette Royal, Board President of California’s 17th District Agricultural Association. “The Board and staff realize that this action has a huge impact on so many – our community, local businesses, sponsors, youth in agriculture, vendors, entertainers, local nonprofit organizations, and the Nevada County Fairgrounds itself – and we actively explored numerous possibilities before making this devastating decision. However, the Fairgrounds are state-owned property and the Board of Directors is responsible for the health and safety of our community, guests, and staff. We are following the guidelines set by the Governor and State public health directives to postpone mass gatherings until we can safely host them again.”

Since the 17th District Agricultural Association was formed in 1884, the Nevada County Fair has been one of the county’s most popular and longest standing events. This will be the first time since World War II that the annual Fair will not take place.

“We are deeply saddened to not be celebrating together at Nevada County’s favorite event,” said Fairgrounds CEO Patrick Eidman. “But until we are able to safely gather again at the Fairgrounds, our team will be exploring opportunities to hold virtual exhibit contests and other activities in the spirit of the Fair. Additionally, we are steadfastly committed to working with the Nevada County Livestock Producers to support our livestock and ag mechanics exhibitors with an online auction.”

Last year, the Nevada County Fair welcomed more than 95,000 guests to the grounds, generated millions of dollars for the local economy, provided more than $700,000 to youth in agriculture, broke record sales on Treat Street that infused almost $1,000,000 into local nonprofit organizations, showcased local entertainers and vendors, and provided nearly 250 jobs.

For information about the Nevada County Fairgrounds, visit

3rd Annual Village Market Day Scheduled for Sunday, September 13

The 3rd annual Village Market Day, returns to historical downtown Nevada City. This city-wide celebration shines a spotlight on the town’s vibrant and creative shopping district along with its burgeoning food, craft beer and wine scene, plus local entertainment and artists. For one day only, visitors can take advantage of shopping specials.

In addition to Nevada City’s brick and mortar shops featuring everything from antique and vintage items, to handmade and local homewares, clothing and jewelry, along with imported world goods, musical instruments, garden and outdoor treasures, rare books and more, Village Market Day will also include over a dozen vendors lined along the streets selling unique and one-of-a-kind items. Foodies will also find delicious offerings such as Farm to Table, pub faire, Thai, Italian, plus artisan chocolates and ice cream. Art lovers can also spend the afternoon exploring local galleries or history buffs can visit restored Victorians homes in our neighborhoods.

The California Arts Council selected 14 districts to serve as California’s inaugural state-designated Cultural Districts. Nevada County is home to two of them – Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee. These districts highlight some of the thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within local communities across California.

The event is Sunday, September 13 from 11am – 5pm.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Rudy at (530) 265-3539 or 


New Book Provides Insights on Nineteenth Century Gold Rush Towns

Hellacious California: Tales of Rascality, Revelry, Dissipation, and Depravity, and the Birth of the Golden State

Book Review by Pamela Biery

Photo Caption: Historian and scholar Gary Noy’s new book “Hellacious California: Tales of Rascality, Revelry, Dissipation, and Depravity, and the Birth of the Golden State” is now out and available for sale at local bookstores and online. Learn more at and

Historian and scholar Gary Noy’s new book “Hellacious California: Tales of Rascality, Revelry, Dissipation, and Depravity, and the Birth of the Golden State” is now out and available for sale locally and online. Published by Heyday Books in collaboration with Sierra College Press, this 256-page book provides a rare collection of cultural references, customs and the roiling times in California’s Gold Rush era.

Painstakingly researched and full of quips and tales as told in the late 1800’s, Noy provides a real taste of California life during the Gold Rush. For those enamored with history of the West, it is a must-read.

Nevada City and Nevada County have many mentions, alongside many Sierra towns. So, whether you are perhaps wanting a few more tales about Lola Montez, Lotta Crabtree or snappy quotes from Mark Twain, look no further. Want to know the real story of Grizzly Adams or badger fighting? Here’s your book.

Sexual mores and charlatans as well as the protocol for duels, knife fights, and real mining claims are discussed in the terms of the day. Descriptions like “tableaux vivants” or a “piece of recklessness” hint at colorful language like hornswogglers, honey-foglers and humbugs in Noys’ well-organized, entertaining read.

The Source section of the book is a treasure trove for those inclined to dig still deeper in the mines of California’s colorful history, with many sources cited for each chapter.

Noy concludes after describing a great diamond hoax “This humbug was but one shard in the distinctive mosaic that was California in the nineteenth century. It was a heaven where fantasies could come true in an instant but also a hell where dreams could be unraveled in a long con.”

Get The Book

Hellacious California: Tales of Rascality, Revelry, Dissipation, and Depravity, and the Birth of the Golden State” is available at The Bookseller in Grass Valley, both in the store and curbside pick-up as well as at Harmony Books in Nevada City. Watch for author readings and events at Nevada County Historical Society and The Bookseller as well as other regional readings, including Auburn Rotary, El Dorado County Library South Shore Branch, and Sacramento—COVID-19 allowing. Purchase online at  Paperback, 5.5” x 8.5”, 256 pages, ISBN: 978-1-59714-499-5, retails for $18. Event listings at

About Hellacious California

“Premier historian Gary Noy has created the finest and most entertaining compilation ever of stories documenting ‘the best bad things’ of nineteenth-century California.… Never before has this been so well told and supported by such a vast array of primary sources.”―Gary Kurutz, Director Emeritus, California History Room and Special Collections, California State Library

About Gary Noy

For those not familiar with Gary Noy, his long career includes teaching history at Sierra College from 1987 until 2012. He founded the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies and served as its director until his retirement.

Previous titles by Gary Noy include Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues (Heyday, 2014), which won the Gold Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (Heyday, 2010), which he coedited, and Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West (University of Nebraska Press, 1999).