Artists in Storefronts

Nevada County Arts Council Launches Artists in Storefronts






In response to the economic downtown resulting from the COVID-19 public health crisis, Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District, led by Nevada County Arts Council and its partners, is once again stepping up, showing our community how vital and exciting the role of artists are when working in partnership with businesses.


“Project goals are threefold – we want to highlight innovation and the intersection of business and art within the Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District; provide visibility and a unique exhibition opportunity for artists; and provide visibility for our hard-hit downtown spaces and property owners.”



Our new pilot project is called Art in Storefronts. Our partners include the Cities of Nevada City and Grass Valley, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Grass Valley Downtown Association and our project is supported by a grant from Nevada County Economic Resource Council.

From September 2020 onwards, artists and artist teams are partnering with local property and business owners to place site-responsive, temporary, art installations that stir the imagination and remind us what great downtown areas we have.

Installations will be shown in storefront windows that are vacant and, depending upon the property, they will be on display for varying lengths of time in downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City, from September – December 2020.

Our Art in Storefronts initiative follows a hybrid model of revitalization known globally as the ‘slack space movement’ in which – during recessions and depressions – the creative community forms partnerships with property owners to transform their storefronts, stimulating the imagination of those passing by, creating a sense of local industry, and maintaining the image of the property in its commercial setting.


The Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District, Nevada County Arts Council and its partners are incredibly grateful to the Nevada County Economic Resource Council for its support of our pilot project as our founding sponsor. We also thank The County of Nevada for its generous contribution.

Inn Town Campground Named 10Best RV Parks/Campgrounds in the US

Vote for Inn Town Campground in USA Today’s 10Best RV Parks/Campgrounds in the United States

The Inn Town Campground has been included in the USA Today Best 10 for Campgrounds and RV Parks in the US.

These RV parks and campgrounds, nominated as the best in the U.S., offer basic facilities, beautiful scenery and access to some of the country’s most interesting places. Vote for your favorite RV park or campground once per day until voting ends on Monday, October 12 at noon ET. USA Today will announce the 10 winners on Friday, October 23.

About the Inn Town Campground – This RV park just minutes outside Nevada City, California, has 15 RV sites, some with full hookups and others with water and electric only. Each site has its own picnic table. Other campground amenities include barbecues and a swimming pool.

They also recently received a shout out on Bon Traveler’s Best Glamping Spots in California.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Now Accepting Art Submissions for 2021 Exhibition

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Now Accepting Art Submissions for 2021 Exhibition

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in collaboration with Nevada County Arts Council, is once again inviting artists from far and wide to submit their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the 19th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, kicking off virtually January 14, 2021.

“This year’s exhibition will look a little bit different” says Festival Director, Jess Swigonski, “as it will take place entirely online! This will allow us to reach newer and wider audiences than ever before while prioritizing the health and safety of our beloved community, and supporting talented artists.” Accepted artists will have a page on the Wild & Scenic platform dedicated to them and their works, with opportunities for extended patron engagement, including sales. There will also be a gallery of all selected works for attendees to virtually stroll through during the event.

Wild & Scenic uses environmental and adventure film to inspire activism and highlight the beauty of the natural world and we are seeking art submissions that do the same. We are thrilled to provide an opportunity for artists passionate about the environment to showcase their work and share a meaningful message through their unique artistic visions.

Submissions will be accepted in two categories this year, 2-Dimensional and Photography. While all artwork will be considered, we are especially interested in pieces that interpret our theme this year, Resilient by Nature. It is a reminder that, as individuals and communities, we are inherently resilient, drawing on our strengths, talents, and lived experiences to innovate and inspire positive change for a better world. Our theme is also a call to look to nature as a model for resiliency and seek to create solutions to environmental challenges through nature-inspired designs and strategies.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director of the Nevada County Arts Council remarked “Never before has the mission of Wild & Scenic Film Festival been more critical. Globally we stand at a crossroads in terms of our relationship to nature and the future of our planet. It engages us as active participants in a giant adventure through film and discourse, and it offers filmmakers, naturalists, scientists, artists and others the opportunity to lend our voice to this critical conversation. Through the festival’s accompanying art exhibition each year we challenge visual artists to share personal perceptions of the wild, whether intimate habitats close to home or wild tracts of nature untouched.”

Selected artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in front of a wide virtual audience of environmental filmmakers, celebrities, social activists and thousands of attendees from around the world. Selected artists will be eligible for top three awards in each category, 2-Dimensional and Photography, as well as a Best in Theme award. The final deadline to apply is November 16, but discounts are available for earlier submissions. Please visit for more details.


Considered one of the nation’s largest environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for generations to come.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) from their headquarters in Nevada City, California. Wild & Scenic events serve as fundraisers for the organization, supporting year-round work to unite the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed. For more information, visit

Protect Your Happy Place by Volunteering Today for the 2020 Yuba River Cleanup

Protect Your Happy Place by Volunteering Today for the 2020 Yuba River Cleanup


What: Yuba River Cleanup 2020
When: September 16-27, 2020
Where: Yuba & Bear River Watersheds
How: Volunteers can register at
Information: Daniel Belshe, or (530) 615-8686 |

This summer the South Yuba River has seen an unprecedented number of visitors. Due to shutdowns, crowds have flooded to the Yuba River watershed to get some relief from the stress and heat of 2020. Beaches and trails are littered with shopping bags, straws, cigarette butts, bottles, glass, picnic trash and more. Help “Protect Your Happy Place” by volunteering for SYRCL’s 23rd Annual Yuba River Cleanup September 16-27, 2020.

Over the past 20 years, the Yuba River Cleanup has removed more than 120 tons of garbage and recycling. Just last year, 900 volunteers helped remove 15 tons of trash and recycling from the Yuba and Watershed in four hours. SYRCL is passionate about protecting the beautiful Yuba River and our river community. That is why this year a different kind of cleanup will occur.

Keeping volunteers and the community safe from the spread of COVID-19 is the number one concern. Therefore, rather than one day of fun, this year’s Yuba River Cleanup will be spread across 12-days from September 16-27th. This Cleanup model will be adhering to social distancing guidelines, protecting ourselves while we protect the Yuba River.

“Our river community is looking for a way to give back to the Yuba and remove trash from beaches and trails, even with the risk of COVID on the rise.” Says Daniel Belshe, SYRCL’s Community Engagement Manager. “Social-distancing doesn’t allow for large gatherings like our normal cleanup, so this year volunteers will be heading out on their own during specified times and locations to remove trash. We are not organizing volunteer groups but encouraging folks to volunteer with your family, household or ‘quaren-team.’ Volunteers signup for a location and shift, then head out during their specified time over the course of 12 days.”

Register to volunteer at, choose your cleanup site and choose a time to pick up trash between September 16-27th. Volunteers can select from 16 sites over 12-days to minimize contact with visitors and fellow volunteers. Only 5-10 volunteers are allowed per cleanup site each shift to help ensure COVID safety. Pick up what trash and recycling you can, then report back to SYRCL what is left for the next volunteer shift. Cleanup supply pickup and trash drop-off will be available at the SYRCL office throughout the week.

To avoid large gatherings, the Volunteer Appreciation Party at Pioneer Park will be cancelled this year, however we will still be awarding winners for the Best of Trash or Treasure Contest. During the Cleanup keep on the lookout for unique trash that might give you a win! This year’s trash or treasure categories will be: Most Useful Find, Most Historical Find, Most Unusual Find and Most Fashionable Find.

About the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL): Based in Nevada City, CA, SYRCL (pronounced “circle”) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 through grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with more than 3,500 members and volunteers.

Hospice of the Foothills’ MOONLIGHT MAGIC Virtual Gala

Hospice of the Foothills’ MOONLIGHT MAGIC Virtual Gala

Hospice of the Foothills is celebrating over 41 years in our community, but this time with a VIRTUAL Gala. While we can’t meet in person, we can still join together online, raising awareness for the good work of Hospice of the Foothills, while having some fun!

Our VIP Emcee for the event is Tom Fitzsimmons of KNCO Radio! In addition to a patient family story or two, we will have a lovely tribute to Bill Drown by his wife Susan. Bill was a well-known and highly respected community member who was all about giving back to this community. Bill is also a past board member for Hospice of the Foothills.

Professional Auctioneer Gary Lorentzen will be on hand to auction off some great live auction items and conduct a Fund-a-Need session to help raise money to support patients facing their end-of-life journey.

This has been quite a year for all of us. Through the challenge of this pandemic, we have continued to meet and exceed our patients’ needs. Our costs to provide our care have increased significantly. Like so many of our community partners HOF is so grateful to have received some emergency relief, those funds allowed us to weather the immediate challenges presented by COVID-19. As we all know we are in this for the long haul, and we need your help to continue meeting the needs of our community. One of the increased costs HOF is facing is PPE (personal protective equipment). This equipment allows us to say Yes when a family needs and desires in person visits and care. It allows us to keep our community safe.

If you would like to help support Hospice of the Foothills, either by attending and/or with a financial contribution, please attend our Moonlight Magic Virtual Gala on October 2nd, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, online. We are asking for people to preregister, so that we may send you the event link as well as reminders and a
preview of our live auction items. To register, go to, or visit

Hospice of the Foothills (HOF) provides compassionate end-of-life care to approximately 500 patients and their families annually. This is accomplished with a staff that includes a medical director, nurse practitioner, nurses, nursing aides, social workers, intake coordinators, bereavement counselors, case managers, medical records specialists, spiritual care counselors, gift and thrift store staff, plus administration required to facilitate care.

Because HOF is a nonprofit hospice provider, there is no cost to patients or their families for the services received. Patients are eligible for hospice care when there is a prognosis of 6 months or less, and curative treatments are no longer being pursued. At that point a hospice team will provide many compassionate services to the patient including symptom/pain management, medical care, social services and more, while giving the family much needed support and respite through the process.

Hospice of the Foothills is a 501(c) (3) non-profit healthcare organization that has provided end-of-life hospice and palliative care to patients and families in Nevada County, Western Placer County, and surrounding communities since 1979. For more information about programs and services, or ways to support the organization, visit, or call 530-272-5739.

WHAT: Hospice of the Foothills’ MOONLIGHT MAGIC Virtual Gala
WHEN: Friday, October 2, 2020 7:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: In the comfort of your own home!
CONTACT: Mary Anne Davis, Hospice of the Foothills, 530-274-5161

Foothills Event Center – Upcoming Classes

Foothills Event Center presents Upcoming Classes


Shabby Chic Chair Planter Class

Sun, September 27, 2020

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join us to up-cycle a wooden chair into an adorable planter that is perfect for your front porch or as a gift! Learn the benefits of transforming furniture with chalk paint as we purpose unique and individual chairs. We will provide you with a chair and everything you will need (including a plant).

In this class, you will:

  • Learn how to use Chalk Paint
  • Learn how to distress and accent your piece
  • Learn how to use wax as a topcoat
  • Get to take home your decorative chair planter!

No experience necessary – wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. This is a fun class, some call it art therapy! Perfect for beginners who want to finish the afternoon with a DIY completed project. Class size is limited. All sign-ups are non-refundable and will not be refunded if you are unable to attend. Sign up early and mark your calendar now.

All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or soda.

We hope to see you for this unique and fun class!

The Center has free parking and is always an easy drive; it’s located in Grass Valley, close to Lake Tahoe, Reno, Nevada City, Yuba City, Auburn, Loomis, Granite Bay, Roseville, Penn Valley, Colfax, Rocklin, Truckee, Downieville, and Sacramento areas. Experience a place for locals interested in pursuing their own creative endeavors, where people in our community can enjoy having a place to enjoy social distancing and be creative at the same time.

Masks are required during class for your safety and the safety of our community. All students will be placed at least 6 feet apart (unless living in the same household). Class sizes are limited to ensure ample room for physical distancing.

Come Paint With Us – Cherry Blossoms

Tue, October 13, 2020

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Come paint with us this cherry blossom forest, reminiscent of spring! In this class, you will walk through this beautiful cherry blossom forest with our artist instructor. Don’t worry, there is no experience required!

You will receive simple step-by-step guidance by our instructor to inspire your own masterpiece and enjoy some good company.

All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or soda.

We have designed our painting space to follow social distancing guidelines, so bring your friends, grab a drink and paint away!

For your safety and well-being, Come Paint With Us has limited our class sizes. Limited class sizes ensure ample space for physical distancing. All students will be placed at least 6 feet apart (unless living in the same household). Due to the limited class sizes, all guests must have a reservation to enter our studio at The Foothills Event Center. Masks are required during class for your safety and the safety of our community. If you forget your mask at home, we’ll have masks available for purchase for a small fee.

Custom Pumpkin Succulent Class

Sun, October 25, 2020

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Join us for a pumpkin succulent arrangement class and learn how to design a gorgeous statement piece that will compliment your Fall decor! Pumpkin arrangements last 3-4 months with basic care and succulents can be transplanted afterwards for long-term growth. Amber will walk you through the basics of succulent care and design. All materials, tools and succulents will be provided along with detailed instructions on how to create your one-of-a-kind arrangement.

All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or soda.

We hope to see you for this unique and fun class!

The Center has free parking and is always an easy drive; it’s located in Grass Valley, close to Lake Tahoe, Reno, Nevada City, Yuba City, Auburn, Loomis, Granite Bay, Roseville, Penn Valley, Colfax, Rocklin, Truckee, Downieville, and Sacramento areas. Experience a place for locals interested in pursuing their own creative endeavors, where people in our community can enjoy having a place to enjoy social distancing and be creative at the same time.

Masks are required during class for your safety and the safety of our community. All students will be placed at least 6 feet apart (unless living in the same household). Class sizes are limited to ensure ample space for physical distancing.

Come Paint With Us – Sunset on a Bottle

Tue, October 27, 2020

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Looking for a new crafty project to try out with friends, or just to get out of the house for an evening? Join us to paint this sunset on a wine bottle!

Relax and discover your inner artist in a fun, casual, and socially distanced environment and let your creative juices flow! You can make this piece unique to you or follow along while the artist instructor goes over brush strokes and colors. Once you have completed your painting, turn on the twinkle lights inside and watch your bottle come to life!

You will be provided with everything you need to create this masterpiece, and no experience required!

You will receive simple step-by-step guidance by our instructor to inspire your own masterpiece and enjoy some good company.

All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or soda.

We have designed our painting space to follow social distancing guidelines, so bring your friends, grab a drink and paint away!

For your safety and well-being, Come Paint With Us has limited our class sizes. Limited class sizes ensure ample space for physical distancing. All students will be placed at least 6 feet apart (unless living in the same household). Due to the limited class sizes, all guests must have a reservation to enter our studio at The Foothills Event Center. Masks are required during class for your safety and the safety of our community. If you forget your mask at home, we’ll have masks available for purchase for a small fee.

Roy Rogers Performs Rare Solo Acoustic Concert Benefiting MusiCares(R)

Roy Rogers Performs Rare Solo Acoustic Concert Benefiting MusiCares(R)

“That’s not a slide on Roy Rogers’ pinky, it’s a time machine. With it, Rogers transports you to
the Mississippi Deltas past and future.” – Guitar Player

WHO:  Roy Rogers Performs Rare Solo Acoustic Concert
WHAT:  Benefiting the MusiCares® Foundation
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2020, 5:00pm
WHERE: Online via Facebook Live – Livestream from The Center for the Arts
ADMISSION: Free – Donations Welcome
INFO: | 530-274-8384

Music industry analysts predict that independent venues and performing arts centers across America are at the brink of total collapse with 90% of venues at risk of permanently closing without federal or local support. This situation is critical and urgent for the performing arts industry. ( In a desire to call attention to Save Our Stages and support local arts organizations and to bring visibility to them, Roy Rogers, 8 time Grammy nominee, and considered one of the preeminent slide guitarists in the world, will be performing a carefully curated solo acoustic concert set on the new stage at The Center for the Arts Grass Valley on Saturday September 20th at 5 PM on Facebook Live.   Rogers’ will bring with him an array of vintage guitars rarely seen from his private collection as well as songs & stories from a career that spans 50 years performing festivals and arts venues around the globe.

“The guitar master is one of the greatest slide guitar players anywhere.” San Francisco Chronicle

The online event is free.  Donations are welcome and will be directed to MusiCares®. A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares® was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares® offers confidential preventive, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of donors and volunteer professionals, their dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.

Donation Link:

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 492 guests in configurable theater seats, up to 700 patrons for dance shows, and a 90-seat studio theater.

Center for the Arts GALA: Gin & Jazz, 20th Anniversary

The Center For The Arts PresentsGin & Jazz Virtual Gala

A Benefit for The Center for the Arts

Friday, September 18, 2020

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Online:

Join us as we celebrate 20 years at The Center for the Arts with a Virtual Gala. Enjoy performances, exquisite food (VIP ticket required), an electrifying live auction and an after-party with non-stop dancing to party hits performed by Pop ROCKS all from the comfort of your home! Get ready to reminisce about the good old days, revel in what we as a community have built, and realize the opportunities we are reaching for as we launch the The Center into the future.

We are broadcasting the entire evening LIVE from The Center. Watch from our website, or get in on the action by joining us on Zoom to show off your red carpet look, to share your excitement during the live auction, and to be featured in the online dance party!

Get the full online experience with a pay-what-you-can Community Ticket.
VIP Tickets include the online experience and a three course take-out dinner and curated gift bags.
*There are a limited number of VIP tables available outside at The Center’s new Back-Up Bar, please contact for more info.


6:00 pm • Virtual Cocktail Hour & Dinner**
Musical Performance by Le Jazz Hot

6:30 pm • Zoom Red Carpet & Introductions

6:45 pm • Live Auction & Fund the Need

7:15 pm • Acknowledgements

7:30 pm • Zoom Dance Party
Musical Performance by Pop Rocks

**VIP Dinner & Gift Bag Available for curbside pick-up at The Center from Noon – 4:00 pm

Nevada County 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. Funds 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. Click here to make a donation.


To help jumpstart donations and raise awareness for the fund, Nevada County Arts Council presented an online festival on August 22 featuring over 30 performances by musicians, artists, actors, and more.

This online festival was not only an incredible show of pride and solidarity for our arts community, but also provided entertainment and enjoyment for all of us who have missed seeing our favorite theater group or band perform in the last few months, or who have missed walking into a gallery or going to the movies.

There are many ways to give to our fund. You can become a donor via our GoFundMe campaign. You can make a one time donation below. Or you can become a monthly donor to our fund at a level that you feel comfortable with.


Music in the Mountains’ FallFest 2020 Kickoff – VIRTUAL GALA FUNDRAISER

Music in the Mountains’ FallFest 2020 Kickoff – VIRTUAL GALA FUNDRAISER

Get ready for an exciting new experience because we’re putting the fun in virtual fundraising with a delightful event tailored just for you:
  • Participate in an exciting Live Auction
  • Enjoy a performance by the current Broadway Phantom of the Opera
  • Add a VIP Dinner Experience
  • Or attend the gala FREE

Register today: Click here to register.

Make it a party! Forward this email to invite your friends!

Not available on September 16th at 7pm PST? You will love the fantastic items in our silent auction!

LIVE AUCTION Live at 7:00 pm PST. Must register to bid or donate.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE by Ben Crawford  “Music of the Night” performed by Broadway’s current Phantom of the Opera

Dinner provided by Antonio’s Catering, includes your choice of Chicken Marbella or Braised Short Rib dinner with dessert, plus an exclusive video performance by Artistic Director & Conductor Ryan Murray; and a special thank you gift! Dinner ticket available to Western Nevada County residents by clicking here to buy dinner tickets. Dinner Pick-up: $75 per ticket or We Deliver: $100 per ticket

FREE to attend!

Silent Auction
Opens Sept. 3, 12:01 am PST
Closes Sept. 17, 11:59 pm PST

Questions? We are happy to help!
Box office: 530-265-6124

Arts Works Gallery Welcomes New Artist


Art Works Gallery has become a go-to location to purchase fine jewelry.  We are excited to welcome Vilina Hutter, a long time Nevada County resident who raised her three children here while teaching full time at Nevada Union High School for more than 20 years.
Vilina’s creative life began after her children were grown and she ventured down the path of discovering the joys of metal which lead her to jewelry making and then her love of enamel – molten glass fused to metal.  She primarily uses silver, copper, colorful vitreous enamel and adds small gemstone cabochons to her pieces.  “I love the fun and approachable jewelry that results from the color of the enamels and gemstones.”
Art Works Gallery 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.
Who:  Vilina Hutter
What:  Art Works Gallery Welcomes new jeweler
Where:  113 Mill Street on the mall in historic downtown Grass Valley, CA
When:  11:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday to Monday, closed Tuesdays

Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Donations for Jones Fire Survivors

Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Donations for Jones Fire Survivors

“Wildfire Relief & Recovery” Campaign will run from August 22nd through Labor Day weekend; 

With only 35% of the Jones Fire contained and evacuated residents just now returning to their homes, the Nevada County Relief Fund is requesting donations to provide emergency relief to wildfire survivors. According to CAL FIRE, at least 14 residences were lost in the fire, while several residential structures on the Woolman at Sierra Friends Center are currently uninhabitable. Damage assessments are ongoing.

“If it weren’t for the heroic efforts of the fire crews protecting Woolman from the firestorm, our losses would have been so much worse. We lost one residence, but at least 20 people living on our campus have been temporarily displaced due to fire impacts. We need immediate assistance to repair our damaged water system and other infrastructure so we can get everyone rehoused,” said Marty Coleman-Hunt, Executive Director of the Woolman at Sierra Friends Center.

Funds raised through this effort will be made available to wildfire survivors requesting short-term assistance to fill immediate needs such as temporary accommodations, groceries, gas, etc. or make repairs necessary to help get people rehoused.  These requests will be vetted by County caseworkers. With Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation serving as the Relief Fund’s fiscal sponsor, donations may be made safely and are tax deductible.

“When we helped set up the Nevada County Relief Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipated that it might someday serve as a clearinghouse for other critical services in the event of a wildfire or other disaster. I applaud the continued generosity of our community to care for those in their moment of need,” said County CEO Alison Lehman.

About the Nevada County Relief Fund

The Nevada County Relief Fund was created through a partnership between the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Sierra Business Council, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and the Economic Resource Council.

The Fund was established in April 2020 with a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by directing vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors and support our small businesses.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today. “Wildfire Relief & Recovery” Campaign will run from August 22nd through Labor Day weekend. For more information and to make a gift, please visit To apply for emergency relief, please visit:

BriarPatch and Nevada County OES team up on Powerless Pantry video

BriarPatch and Nevada County OES team up on Powerless Pantry video 

A new educational video by BriarPatch Food Co-op and Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services is designed to empower community members during wildfire season and help people prepare their kitchens in the event of public safety power shutoffs.

“Many of us have experienced first-hand that when the power goes out, a lot of food can go to waste. Here are a few tips to help you keep your pantry prepared and reduce food waste during a power outage,” said BriarPatch Sustainability Coordinator Lauren Scott.

The project produced by Nevada County Media is part of the Co-op’s year-long journey called “Food Too Good to Waste” and the County of Nevada’s commitment to keeping the community safe during an Emergency. In light of the devastating Jones Fire, the information is timelier than ever.

A red flag warning is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions combine to produce the possibility of extreme fire behavior. Conditions such as strong winds, high temperatures, low humidity levels and dry fuels could trigger utility companies to turn off power during wildfire season like the series of Black Outs that occurred October 2019.

“Losing perishable food due to a power loss can be a real financial hardship and eating spoiled food can make people really sick,” said Paul Cummings, OES Program Manager.

BriarPatch has put together a resource guide with tips on how to prepare a pantry for a power outage. Tips include inventorying the fridge when the power goes out, starting a ferment or sauerkraut, selecting fruits and vegetables that do well at room temperature, stocking up on foods that don’t require refrigeration, building a root cellar and collecting recipes that don’t require cooking.

Food Too Good to Waste is a community series exploring the global impacts of food waste and what individuals can do to help reduce it. Food Too Good to Waste provides folks with a year-long calendar of helpful tools, links and resources to educate and inspire manageable changes that can make a difference locally and beyond.

Watch the video:

Look for the new “No-Power Pantry Guide” at The Co-op and online

Look for the County’s “Ready, Set, Go! Handbook – Your Guide to Wildfire Safety & Emergency Preparedness” at The Co-op and online

Find this and many more resources to reduce food waste at:

Be prepared for wildfire season by visiting:


BriarPatch Food Co-op is a community-owned cooperative business. We provide our community with quality food and products, strengthen our local economy, and support local/regional businesses that are committed to regenerative agriculture, sustainability, humane practices, and organic farming.

Lyla June and MaMuse: A Night of Music & Art Fundraiser for CHIRP

A fundraiser benefiting California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP)

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Gallery Exhibition 12:00 – 4:30pm
Reservation Required (The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts)

Live Broadcast Event 6:00 – 10:00pm
Broadcast Ticket (ONLINE ONLY)

The virtual event features a live broadcast of musical performances by Lyla June and MaMuse. Nevada City Rancheria Tribe members will share history, stories and song.

The gallery exhibit is on display from August 28 – September 19 at The Center for the Arts Granucci Gallery. Visibility Through Art ~ Invisible No More Collection. This project was inspired by the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe’s desire to collaborate with local artists to create conscientious art pieces that conversate around the history and culture of the Original Peoples of this land.

CHIRP is a 501c3 non-profit organization and funds raised by this event support Federal Recognition and Cultural Revitalization efforts. The Nisenan Tribal members of the Nevada City Rancheria are original, lineal descendants of the Nisenan, who were here before the gold rush and remain here in their ancestral homelands today.


Grow with Redbud: An Online Festival of California’s Native Plants!

Grow with Redbud: An Online Festival of California’s Native Plants!

Want to enjoy the company of others who love native plants as much as you do? Learn more about native plants, no matter what your knowledge level? Dig deeper into actions that really help native plants maintain California’s magnificent biodiversity? Come enjoy the “Grow with Redbud” festival, a month-long array of online events hosted by our Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS).

From August 22 through September 23, we’ll share outstanding speakers, programs, an action-oriented chapter meeting, and even a fun native plant-oriented game. All events will be virtual, simultaneously on Zoom and YouTube Live stream.

Our series kicks off Saturday August 22 at 12 noon with keynote speaker, CNPS Executive Director Dan Gluesenkamp, talking about where Redbud and you fit in the bold new vision of CNPS “Everything’s Changing So Fast: An Update.” Dan’s talk will explore the urgency and opportunities for real action that brings enduring improvements. Topics will include updates on the ambitious new California Biodiversity Initiative, the Habitat Revolution, and the power of beauty and hope.

At this event, we’ll also kick off Redbud Treasure Hunt Bingo, a combination treasure hunt/bingo game that continues throughout the festival; each bingo tile represents an activity related to native plants. Have fun! Do stuff! Maybe even win!

Other programs are on Saturdays at noon and Wednesdays at 7 pm. They include:

  • Aug 26, 7 p.m. “The Wild Forager — Gathering the Abundance of Nature Through Stewardship.” Matt and Rachel Berry will look at ways to enhance plant biodiversity and how to identify, gather and process abundant plants sustainably.
  • Sep 2, 7 p.m. “Learning Even More About Your Favorite Local Native Plants Using Calflora.” Cynthia Powell, Executive Director of Calflora (a non-profit wild plant data clearinghouse for California), shares how to use their site to learn about our regional plants. She’ll also show us how to use other Calflora tools.
  • , Sep 9, 7 p.m. “Putting Passion into Action: Advocating for What We Love.“ Leslie Warren. Decisions made by our local elected officials impact our lives significantly. Leslie will talk about how decisions—particularly land-use decisions—are made and how citizen participation and advocacy can inform those decisions to reduce adverse impacts. She will share how you can effect change related to a specific project.
  • , Sep 12, noon. “Botanizing Nevada and Placer Counties.” This year, Shane Hanofee has traveled far and wide across our counties exploring just about every habitat and ecotype they offer. He’ll take us on a photographic and botanical journey through plant communities from the valley floor to the Eastern Sierra.
  • , Sep 16, 7 p.m. Redbud Chapter Meeting. Getting up to date on Redbud activities, including the October virtual plant sale, conservation and advocacy opportunities in Nevada and Placer Counties, and announcing winners of our festival-long Grow with Redbud Treasure Hunt
  • Sep 19, noon. “What Makes Native Gardening Special?” Chrissy Freeman, Redbud member and Master Gardener, explores how gardening with California native plants differs from gardening with regular nursery plants, from ecological benefits to landscape opportunities to gardening best practices.
  • Sep 23, 7 p.m. “Rainwater Harvesting and Rainscaping Strategies for Healthy Watersheds.” Nancy (our horticulture chair) and Ames Gilbert (also a long-time active volunteer) will present best practices for how to store and harvest rainwater; and strategies to slow, spread and sink rainfall and stormwater runoff. They’ll also share appropriate native plants for related ecosystems.

For details, see our new website, We’ll also post them on our Facebook page as each event approaches.

Volunteer to Help with a Festival Online Event

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About the Redbud Chapter of California Native Plant Society

The Redbud Chapter of CNPS serves western Placer and Nevada Counties. Though our two counties cover only 2 percent of California’s land, over 35 percent of California’s native plant species grow here. Our plant communities include valley grasslands, oak woodlands, conifer forests, and Sierra peaks.

The mission of Redbud and the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants, and to preserve these plants and their habitats for future generations.

We raise awareness and advocate for native plants through our books, programs, field trips, and committees such as conservation, rare plants, advocacy, horticulture, and education.

Nineteenth Amendment’s 100th Anniversary: California Suffrage Leader, Ellen Clark Sargent

Nineteenth Amendment’s 100th Anniversary: California Suffrage Leader, Ellen Clark Sargent

1896 meeting, Women Claim the Vote in California, Suffrage leaders. The middle row seated shows Dr. Anna H. Shaw, Susan B. Anthony and Ellen Sargent. Photo from CA Historical Society San Francisco.

The Nineteenth Amendment’s adoption was certified on August 26, 1920. As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, let’s recall a great California suffragette, Ellen Clark Sargent.

Nevada City California resident Ellen Clark Sargent was a close friend and ally to Susan B. Anthony. Sargent served as both treasurer and secretary of National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA); an organization founded by Susan B. Anthony. Ellen Sargent also was president of the California Woman Suffrage Association and founded the Nevada County Women Suffrage Association in 1869. She was a key figure in eventually combining East and West Coast efforts into a unified organization, which later became the League of Women Voters.

Nevada City non-profit Famous Marching Presidents has undertaken the production of a video that chronicles Ellen’s work for women’s right to vote. Set in the format of a return from the past, Ms. Sargent is interviewed by a present-day host.

“An Evening with Ellen” is an original screenplay written and directed by Pamela Biery and featuring actors Mary Baird as Ellen Clark Sargent and Rick Ewald as her modern-day interviewer. Videotaping was just completed on August 24, 2020 at the Historic Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, where Aaron Sargent was a founding member in 1853.

Learn more and contribute at:

Actress Mary Baird and interview Rick Ewald prepare for videotaping “An Evening with Ellen” at the historic Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, where Aaron Sargent was a founding member in 1853.

Achilles Wheel Celebrates Live Album Release with a Live Broadcast From The Center

Achilles Wheel Celebrates Live Album Release with a Live Broadcast From The Center

WHAT: Achilles Wheel Live Album Release Show Streaming From The Center
WHEN: Friday, August 28 at 7:00pm
WHERE: Online at
ADMISSION: Free online event | Donations welcome
INFO: | 530-274-8384

Achilles Wheel is celebrating the release of a new album with a special show that will be broadcast live from The Center for the Arts on Friday, August 28, 2020, at 7:00 pm pacific time. To enjoy the free public livestream visit to RSVP.

Achilles Wheel is a California band that blurs the lines between genres with a mix of infectious high energy dance beats and stark lyrical ballads. Roots Rock storytelling combined with dance hall psychedelia. Last year, they captured multitrack recordings while performing at venues across Nevada County including Chief Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, The Nevada Theatre, and The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, as well as a show in Fairfax at 19 Broadway. The new live record is a culmination of these recordings. While no-one could have predicted the summer of 2020 and its effect on live music we feel this record will bring back a small feeling of what the live music experience holds.

Much like life itself, their music breathes in and out with joy and pain, hurtling forward like a wheel, intent on hope and love. They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life. The harsh light of the modern world does not diminish their idealism as we struggle to live free and have a good time… and in the end – hopefully make a difference. Achilles Wheel fearlessly sings out to these times, the here and now.

“For fairly obvious reasons, I hear from a lot of so-called jam bands. Non have
impressed me the way Achilles Wheel did. They certainly can jam- Paul’s rhythm
guitar is first rate and Jonny’s lead can make a stone dance. But what so many jam
bands lack AW has in spades, namely, truly excellent song – writing, primarily from
Paul but from other members, too. Lyrics and melodies both – these are songs you
remember – and will.” Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead Publicist and Author

The Center is committed to creating accessible and inclusive music experiences as they work through the phases of reopening after COVID-19 restrictions closed the doors on their newly renovated theater. The series is called From The Center, and features California artists and local favorites.
The Achilles Wheel live broadcast and album release show is happening on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. This is a free event. The livestream will be available online at A digital “Tip Jar” is available for donations to support both the artists and The Center. For more information and to RSVP, please visit


Nevada City Film Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary online and with drive-in

Nevada City Film Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary online and with drive-in

WHAT: 20th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
WHERE: Online at Drive-in: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 1 11228
McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA
WHEN: August 28 through September 4, 2020. Drive-in: Gates 6:30 p.m., Film at 7:30 p.m.

Online Festival Pass $35, Industry Online Festival Pass $25, Pay As You Watch Online
$8 each.

Drive-in: $30 per vehicle with two people, $8 each additional person. Vehicle ticket
includes Onyx Concessions Pack popcorn with two drinks.
INFO: or (530) 362-8601

Despite COVID-19’s best attempts, the show must go on for the Nevada City Film Festival which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The nonprofit Nevada City Film Festival will adapt to the pandemic, moving film screenings online and to an outdoor drive-in which will allow for safe social distancing. Online festival passes will be sold for $35, an industry pass will go for $25, and there will be the option to pay as you watch for $8 per screening.

Since its meager and storied beginnings the Nevada City Film Festival has championed for the odd, the unheard, and the brave. It was dubbed “The Sundance of the Sierra” by Sacramento News & Review and has been a leader in offering support to independent filmmakers and artists, and was recently voted the third best film festival in North America in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice poll.

This year’s fest will be largely online, with over 100 films total being offered, including children’s programming. In addition to the official selections, an online gala/pre-party will take place August 26.

Following a successful drive-in experience this summer which served as its annual Movies Under The Pines series, the theme will continue with nightly films being screened at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Car hop vendors will be available for dinner and ice cream for attendees to enjoy in their vehicles.

No matter the format, Q & A sessions with the filmmakers will be held after each screening. Given that the film festival is offering their online experience for a much-discounted cost, donations are being graciously accepted. A line of merchandise and special compilation record – “Sounds of the Nevada City Album, Volume One” – will be available for purchase as well and will aid in ensuring the fest can remain thriving now and in the future. In addition, the events will be fundraising for the Nevada County Artist Relief fund.

The final evening of the festival will feature The Best of the Fest as voted on by judges and audience members in the drive-in experience. Stay tuned for additional information and screening times.

Keeping with the organization’s unofficial Wild West spirit, Executive Director Jesse Locks said
that it would take more than a global pandemic to keep the festival from adapting and thriving
as best it can.

“We spent 20 years preparing for this moment,” said Locks. “The festival brings together international, independent filmmakers and we like to keep that rough-around-the-edges dynamic. We feel the festival as a whole brightens up the events of the last few months.”



Everything’s “Coming Up Roses” at Empire Mine State Historic Park
What: Heritage Rose Sale from Estate Gardens, Empire Mine State Historic Park
Where: Empire Mine State Historic Park
When: Saturday August 29, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Who: Sierra Gold Parks Foundation and park docent volunteers
Cost: $20 per 1-gallon container

Visitors to Empire Mine State Historic Park will have a special opportunity to take home a living piece of history on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Fledgling heritage rose bushes have been propagated and nurtured for two years by dedicated park volunteer docent Marsha Lewis. They are now ready to find their “forever home” and adorn the gardens of the first thirty fortunate park visitors to secure these enduring symbols of beauty and hope.

Fourteen different varieties are in the lineup for the upcoming sale, with names both familiar and exotic, from American Beauty to Bloomfield Daisy and Reine de Violette.
 A mature specimen of the exuberant Fortuniana bush (introduced in 1850) can be observed atop the New Rich Hill Shaft stone and iron structure as you enter the park grounds, and one can purchase its relative for just $20.

The roses for sale were selected from the formal gardens at Empire Mine. The plantings represent a virtual timeline of rose history from the oldest cultivars that predate 1300 to the nineteenth century. Ten groupings are represented on the estate garden grounds: Gallica, Damask, Alba, Centifolia, Moss, Bourbon, Hybrid Perpetual, Hybrid Musk, Hybrid Tea, and Hybrid Rufosa.

The roses will be on display at the park entrance area Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 10 am-4 pm, and the transactions will be performed in the gift shop, where many items of historic and educational interest are also available for purchase. The roses are ready to plant, and will need frequent watering to become established in their new location according to Marsha Lewis, Program Lead for the Garden Tours and Rose Propagation Program. Each rose bush purchased comes with an information sheet describing the formal Latin name, parentage, introduction date, environmental preferences, and recommendations for planting locations, and comments specific to the individual variety.

All proceeds from the sale will go to Sierra Gold Parks Foundation, the non-profit park cooperative association supporting Empire Mine State Historic Park, South Yuba River State Park, and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.