Nevada City Annual Sidewalk Sale

Nevada City’s Sidewalks – Have You Seen it All?

On Saturday, September 9th from 10 till 5, Nevada City will host its annual Sidewalk Sale. Along with historic shopping opportunities, you might stroll alongside a Marching President, or take in a street performance. And new this year, you can chat with local practitioners from Nevada City’s stellar healing community staged in the Good Health Court at the New York Hotel parking lot.

Come and celebrate this once a year fabulous cultural as well as shopping experience!


Author Chris Enss To Appear at NCNGRR Museum

Chris Enss, celebrated New York Times best-selling historical western author and local Grass Valley resident, is scheduled to make an appearance at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum on Sunday, September 17, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm to launch her two newest books: The Trials of Annie Oakley, which she co-authored with Howard Kazanjian, and The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies With the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.

Chris has a passion for researching and telling the fascinating stories of the Old West, and in particular, stories of women in the Old West who played important but often unsung roles during that time. In The Pinks she has collected and shares the stories of the women who were among the first Pinkerton detectives, operatives and spies serving their country and helping to tame the West. The Trials of Annie Oakley is a fresh examination of Annie Oakley’s life, beyond what has become familiar through the movies. She will share selected stories from each of the two books.

In addition to being a proficient author, Chris is a comedienne and writer for the television and film industries, as well as a very entertaining speaker. She was recently presented with the Branding Iron Award at the 2017 Western Writers of America convention, a special honor for providing exceptional support to the organization. Her book Entertaining Women: Actresses, Singers and Dancers in the Old West was named a 2017 Spur Award finalist. Her books have been honored with a Will Rogers Medallion Award and the Elmer Kelton Book Award. She was also selected by True West Magazine as Best Historical Non-fiction Author for 2017.

Refreshments will be served and docent-led tours of the museum will be available. Many of Chris’ books will be available for purchase during her appearance at the NCNGRR Museum, and she will be happy to sign them.
The museum is located at 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City. For additional information, please call the museum at 530-470-0902 or check the museum’s Facebook link on

LeGacy Presents Broadway Bound

LeGacy presents the final of the “Eugene Trilogies” by Neil Simon, BROADWAY BOUND September 15th through October 8th.

Directed by LeGacy co-founder and producer Alvis LeGate, “Broadway Bound” tells the story of Brighton Beach Memoir’s and Biloxi Blues main character, Eugene Jerome, as he returns to his family home to embark on his dream career. LeGacy veterans Patrick Wheatley (Biloxi Blues) and Kris Meadows (The Crucible, Biloxi Blues & SCROOGE) star as brothers Eugene and Stanley Jerome. The brothers are attempting to write their way into the brand new world of television comedy by getting their first big break in a comedy radio show. Sue LeGate-Halford reprises her Elly nominated portrayal of their mother, Kate, and returning to LeGacy is John Bush (A Few Good Men) as her father Ben. Also returning to LeGacy after the recent success of “The Dixie Swim Club” is Catherine Johnston as Kate’s newly remarried, wealthy sister Blanche.  Joining LeGacy for the first time is Frank Swaringen as Kate’s husband (and Eugene and Stanley’s father), Jack Jerome. Hailed as one of Simon’s finest works, Broadway Bound has plenty of laughs, and as pure Simon, plenty of heartfelt and poignant dramatic moments.

Broadway Bound plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, ONE Thursday, October 5th at 7pm, TWO MATINEES, Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th at 2pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, available at the BookSeller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419. RESERVED seating at $35 available online or through box office only. We will see you at the theatre!!

Wag-N-Walk-A-Thon Saturday, September 9th

Sammie’s Friends of the Nevada County Animal Shelter is holding a Wag N Walk A Thon Saturday, Sept. 9th at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Also there will be live music, food and drinks, games, vendors, agility demo, magician, balloon artist and lot’s more. Awesome prizes for the walkers who collect the most pledges! Register today at

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Upcoming Shows at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center

Nevada City Film Festival – September 8-11 (at the Miners Foundry)

This September, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) embarks on its 17th year with a seven-day voyage to explore the human experience through the best in independent cinema. Beginning with the birth of filmmaking and the rise of black and white silent films, leading into modern day talkies and ending with the future of filmmaking with Virtual Reality, festival-goers will find that the technology of how we see and experience films will change, but a beautifully crafted story will always remain timeless. Tickets available at

Theater by the Book – September 13

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Talley’s Folly on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  Talley’s Folly, written by Lanford Wilson and directed by Sara Noah, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible, but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally’s rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together until, in the final, touching moments of the play, it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other—two “lame ducks” who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

The Wailers – September 14

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present The Wailers in concert on Thursday, September 14, 2017.  Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. The Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers. 

The Wailers put reggae on the map.  More so than any other set of musicians on the planet, The Wailers brought reggae to the attention of the world outside of Jamaica.  Through the concerted musical support they supplied during the 1970s, The Wailers helped elevate Bob Marley to the status of the first Third World Superstar, and in the process, brought the reggae of their native Jamaica to audiences on every continent.

All Ages welcome.  Doors are at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:00 p.m.  Standing / dancing show with limited seating available.  Tickets are $30 in Advance and $35 at the Door.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.


Conor Oberst with The Felice Brothers – October 3

The Miners Foundry and (((folkYEAH!))) are pleased to present Conor Oberst with special guests, The Felice Brothers, on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.  Over the last two decades, Conor Oberst has released music of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the Show begins at 8:00 p.m.  Standing / dancing show with limited seating.  Tickets are $29 in Advance and $34 at the Door.  Ticketing fees may apply.  Tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Conor Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993.  Over the last two+ decades, he’s released music of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes, under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of The Mystic Valley Band, and with the supergroup Monsters of Folk.  In the fall of 2015, Oberst returned to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska somewhat unexpectedly due to serious health isues.  Making and playing music has always been a healing balm for the sometimes troubled musician.  While Oberst wrote and intially recorded (with just voice, piano, guitar, and harmonica) the songs created during this time, he intended to ultimately record them with a full band.  In the midst of putting together the band (upstate New York’s The Felice Brothers plus legendary drummer Jim Keltner) the passionate responses about the first solo recordings encouraged him to release the songs as is, in their sparse, original form, resulting in 2016’s Ruminations.


Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park’s French Heritage to be Celebrated…

Research Findings & Interpretive Panels to be Unveiled

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 11 am-4 pm, Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins and California State Parks will jointly commemorate the French heritage of the park, and unveil two new interpretive panels that are the result of recent research into its French and French Canadian pioneers.

162 years ago, the French army toppled the impenetrable Malakoff Tower, thereby ending a 10-month siege by French and English forces upon the Russian naval port of Sebastopol. French people all over the world celebrated France’s victory in the Crimean War. A mock Malakoff tower was created in the streets of San Francisco, and French miners drawn to the Sierra during the Gold Rush gave the name to their claims. Hundreds of thousands of French-speaking immigrants were lured to California to participate in what has been called the greatest migration in history. The famous Malakoff Mine is testimony to their presence.

Recent study has found that their influence at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park was widespread. Entrepreneurs designed massive water systems and hydraulic ventures, opened hotels and businesses, and planted gardens. They dominated the local scene at the Park for 15 years, laying the groundwork to the nation’s biggest hydraulic operation of the day, the North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company, which was commonly called the French Company for years. The Malakoff Mine became so large that it was the defendant in the famous federal lawsuit that handed down the Sawyer Decision, the renowned injunction against the laissez-faire practice of polluting waterways.

The Malakoff’s French Connection Festival will commemorate these early French pioneers responsible for much of the early technological and cultural developments at the Park. It will be a festive, lively gathering open to the public with French themed music and dancing, food, wine and beer, games, tours and hikes.

We will unveil newly installed interpretive panels, welcome dignitaries from near and far, and premier an original marionette show explaining the origin of the name Malakoff. World and fusion quartet, Beaucoup Chapeaux, will provide the music. A raffle will be held featuring a grand prize of a week’s lodging in the French Riviera.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is located 26 miles northeast of Nevada City, nestled in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Within the Park’s roughly 3,200 acres of forested hills, lakes, dramatic cliffs, and historic buildings lies the exciting and significant story of the nation’s largest hydraulic gold mining operation and the nation’s first environmental regulation.

Visitors are awed and humbled by the dramatic, multi-colored cliffs of the Park’s main attraction–the remains of a hydraulic mine–a massive, man-made pit carved into the landscape by giant water cannons. The Park was created in 1965 in order to preserve this important part of California’s gold mining history.

Today the Park is often characterized as a place of peace, quiet, and solitude, an ironically drastic shift from the destruction and devastation that created it. Popular activities include historic town tours, hikes through scenic diggings, mountain biking, camping, fishing, and photography.

For more information on Malakoff’s French Connection event go to

Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins Mission Statement: We enhance the interpretive experience for visitors, promote park-based education for learners of all ages, and support and preserve the natural and cultural resources of Malakoff Diggins SHP.

We also assist other cooperative associations and the State Park System mission for the benefit of the public. Read: Historical Information – French Settlers & Village of Malakoff



17th Annual Nevada City Film Festival

This September, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) embarks on its 17th year with a seven-day voyage to explore the human experience through the best in independent cinema. Beginning with the birth of filmmaking and the rise of black and white silent films, leading into modern day talkies and ending with the future of filmmaking with Virtual Reality, festival-goers will find that the technology of how we see and experience films will change, but a beautifully crafted story will always remain timeless.

NCFF has been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film.  Each year, NCFF attends major film festivals, collaborates with film schools around the world, reads countless film blogs, and watches the hundreds of films submitted, to narrow it all down to the very best in independent film. From feature-length documentaries to world premiere animated shorts, NCFF brings in the buzzed-about festival winners, as well as some of independent cinema’s best-kept secrets.

NCFF’s Kick Off Bash on Thursday, September 7, at the Stone House, encompasses this year’s theme of exploration with a special complimentary presentation of the 1902 French silent film A Trip to the Moon directed by Georges Méliès. Widely regarded as the earliest example of the science fiction film genre and, more generally, as one of the most influential films in cinema history, this 12 minute short film not only featured lavish set designs and innovative special effects but at the time an unparalleled emphasis on storytelling. NCFF will present this film with a never before heard score written and performed by an all-star line up of some of Nevada County’s most innovative and talented musicians including Randy McKean, Callum McKean, Murray Campbell and Wes Steed.

“Our submissions nearly tripled this year and to accommodate the many amazing films we received, we doubled our programming,” says Jesse Locks, NCFF Festival Director. “We also have a three very special guests who could only make it on a certain day, so we increased the festival from four to seven days.”

Locks is speaking of Bill Nye, the Emmy Award-winning host of the popular late-nineties PBS series “Bill Nye, the Science Guy” and now host of the Netflix series “Bill Nye Saves the World, who will be in attendance at the screening of the documentary film Bill Nye: Science Guy along with co-directors Nevada City native Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado.

In the film, Nye embarks on a quest to change the world through science advocacy and education. With intimate and exclusive access, this is a behind-the-scenes portrait of “the Science Guy,” as he inspires Millennials to participate in STEM. With wonder and whimsy, the film follows Bill’s journey to change the world… with science. Bill Nye: Science Guy screens, Monday, September 11 at 5:30pm at the Miners Foundry.

“We are so proud of Jason and all that he has achieved as a filmmaker,” says Locks. “We’ve screened nearly every one of his films, from little shorts he made while at Nevada Union High School to his masters thesis from Stanford. So for us to screen this film which premiered at South by Southwest, and bring Bill Nye, the man himself, to the festival, we’ve come full circle. It’s a real treat and honor!”

Other highlights of this year’s festival include the nearly 100 award-winning shorts and feature length films, with over 35 of the film’s filmmakers traveling from around the world to attend and participate in Question & Answer’s following the films.

“As both the festival’s director and as a movie-lover, it is always fascinating to see how filmmakers are inspired by what’s happening in the world, and how these stories are told in various ways and genres – animated narratives, fictional dramas, funny and compelling documentaries or in Virtual Reality,” says Locks.

Last year, to rave reviews, NCFF launched a world-class VR Festival within the Film Festival. People traveled across the state to see the very best in VR. This year they have raised the bar and are bringing VR to all of Nevada County (well, most of it!).

They have partnered with Exit Reality VR to have their VR trucks stopping throughout Nevada County before and during the festival for individuals to experience VR for the first time. The free VR experiences last anywhere between 2-5 minutes and a location list and time will be the festival’s website for those interested to follow along.

Exit Reality VR will also take part in the VR Pavilion located at the Miners Foundry during the festival. The VR Pavilion features VR experiences from the world’s top VR creators on Facebook/Oculus VR and HTC Vive, plus live Tilt Brush demonstrations on the HTC Vive by visual artists, workshops and panel discussions, DJs and a common area for creatives to meet up, hang out, and talk about their next project.

NCFF will present a special free student workshop on Saturday, September 9, at 11am at the Miners Foundry with leading VR artist Wesley Allsbrook, one of the creators behind Dear Angelica.

From Emmy Award-winning Oculus Story Studio comes Dear Angelica, a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones. Entirely painted by hand inside of VR, Dear Angelica plays out in a series of memories that unfold around you. The immersive, illustrative short story stars Geena Davis and Mae Whitman.

“NCFF has always been committed to creative storytelling and as a staff we are naturally curious in finding ways to use technology to aid in the storytelling process,” says Locks. “We saw the premiere of Dear Angelica at Sundance and were completely amazed; it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen and experienced before.”

Speaking of students, NCFF will host nearly 400 students from Nevada City schools on Friday, September 8 for a special film presentation from Pixar Studios. NCFF will also host a free screening for children of international shorts on Saturday, September 9 at 1pm at the Miners Foundry.

NCFF has also teamed up with Music in the Mountains and InConcert Sierra to present Score: The Film Music Documentary, Saturday, September 9, 7pm at the Nevada Theatre, which brings Hollywood’s elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most international music genre: the film score. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on. The documentary contains interviews with dozens of film composers who discuss their craft and the magic of film music while exploring the making of the most iconic and beloved scores in history: “James Bond”, “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Titanic,” “The Social Network,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “Psycho.”

New to the festival is its After Dark series of live music and film experiences, visual artists, live comedy and more. Gimme Danger:  A Film + Music Tribute to Iggy Pop, Friday, September 8, 7pm, at the Stone House, pays homage to one of rock’s ultimate provocateurs, Iggy Pop, with a screening of director Jim Jarmusch’s film Gimme Danger followed by music from local rock bands including Beautiful Dudes, Chat Room, My Dallas Teens, and Blake Severn + Broken Spoke.

All the Feels!  An Evening for the Senses on Saturday, September 9, 6-9pm at the Osborn Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry, is a sensory event featuring visual artists Juli Elin, Rene Medina, Rahlene Weeden + Stardust Station, Jacob Goodrich, plus live VR artists, DJs and more.

Eric Wareheim returns to NCFF, Thursday, September 14, 8pm at the Stone House. The writer, comedian, director and musician is bringing his friends with him for an evening of comedy shorts, a brand new episode of Bedtime Stories, and more.  Best known as one half of the comedy duo Tim & Eric, alongside Tim Heidecker, Wareheim is responsible for producing such comedy cult favorites as the Adult Swim sketch show “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!,” Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule starring John C. Reilly, Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Eric Andre Show, and Nathan For You.  He currently stars with Aziz Ansari in Netflix’s Master of None.

The festival wraps Friday, September 15 with an outdoor “Best of the Fest” screening in Pioneer Park at 6pm. Attendees can enjoy delicious eats from local and regional food trucks, live music from Strictly Business, award-winning beer from Ol’ Republic and the winners of this year’s festival including the highly coveted Audience Choice Award.

“There is so much happening at the festival this year! You’re best bet is to pick up the Early Bird pass and try it ALL,” says Locks. “We’ve really tried to curate an experience that would entertain and excite all movie-lovers.”


WHO: 17th Annual Nevada City Film Festival

WHEN: September 8-15, 2017

WHERE: Historic Locations throughout downtown Nevada City, Festival HQ located at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

TICKETS: Early Bird Festival Passes (ends Aug 15) $59 includes all films, VR Pavilion, Reserved Seating and Complimentary Membership, Festival Passes (after Aug 16 $89/$79 Festival Passes, Individual Screenings Tickets $10/$8).

Advance Tickets available online at, by phone at (530) 362-8601, and in person at NCFF Office, 110 Union Street, Nevada City, M-F 10am-3pm. During the Festival tickets are available at NCFF HQ at the Miners Foundry during festival hours.



Nevada City Uncorked – It’s All About the Food!

A Wine & Food Experience with an Historic Flavor

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Downtown Nevada City

Nevada City’s small-town Victorian charm is the perfect backdrop to showcase this celebration of wine and food.  This year 17 wine and food venues will showcase the agricultural bounty of our northern Sierra Foothills region.

Nevada City Uncorked offers a smorgasbord of flavor. In addition to wine, each venue will offer food sampling. Restaurants, caterers and specialty shops as diverse as a chocolatier and a cheesemaker will offer an array of tasty bites and signature dishes. Enjoy perennial favorites like Friar Tucks Restaurant (ahi poke served on crispy wontons with tobiko & soy sauce pearls), Hoover’s at the National (prime rib sliders), Kane’s Restaurant (slow and low smoked pulled pork with mango salsa) or gourmet caterers like Conscious Catering (wild boar sliders with house-made boysenberry mustard, aubergine and proscuitto wrapped gnocchi or mini tarts with house made ricotta and tomato french melon and fig lemon jam). To view food purveyors and what they will be serving: Restaurants & Caterers.

Uncorked is a collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners Winery Association. Tickets are $35 in advance or $30 for Wine Club Members of participating wineries and $45 on the day of the event. Click (530.265.2692) for all information, listings of the venues, wineries and food purveyors, and to purchase tickets in person. Go to  to purchase tickets online.


Wine and Cheese Pairing Event at Three Forks Restaurant in Nevada City

Please join Wheyward Girl Creamery and Avanguardia Wines for our Wine and Cheese Pairing Event at Three Forks Restaurant in Nevada City from 4 to 6 PM on Thursday August 24th.

Nevada County Avanguardia Wines features sustainably grown grapes and is a family owned boutique vintner producing wines in the European tradition of small lots with lower alcohol, with balanced acidity and tannins. They produce twenty Italian, Georgian, French and University of California patented crosses from their estate vineyard to create unique prize winning wines. Avanguardia specializes in premium varietals and blends from rare grape varieties, and select grapes for their synergy of flavors and tastes while using creative selections in a cutting edge blending craft.

The dry white wines are crisp, dry, with racy minerality with hints of exotic flavors, and the reds exhibit generous depth, with dry fruit flavors and complex satisfying finishes.

Avanguardia wines have earned recent gold and silver competition judging medals at the CA. State Fair, SF Chronicle, Amador County, and El Dorado County Fairs.

Wheyward Girl Creamery is Nevada County’s only dedicated cheese shop.  It is a full service cheese shop featuring cheese from artisan creameries around the country and world.  Wheyward encourages you to taste before you buy and then we cut and wrap each piece for you.  The owner Barbara Jenness is an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional.  Barbara and the cheesemongers at Wheyward worked with Avanguardia Wines to select some special cheeses to pair with their wines.  We think the combinations are exciting and can’t wait to share them with you.

The cost of the event is $25 per person which includes a generous slice of five cheeses paired with five generous pours of premium Avanguardia Wines. Advance reservations can be emailed to or purchased at Three Forks Restaurant the date of the event, August 24th.

Nevada County Wellness – Open House This Week

Nevada County Wellness will be hosting open houses on Tuesday, August 22nd from 10am to 12pm and  Saturday, August 26th from 12pm to 5pm

Nevada County Wellness is applying for a medical cannabis dispensary permit at 590 Searls Avenue, Suite A, Nevada City, CA.  The organization will provide safe access of lab tested medical cannabis products to residents in Nevada County, commuters, and tourists. With a professional and secure layout in addition to the convenient yet discreet location, Nevada County Wellness will provide for the needs of medical cannabis patients in and around Nevada City.

Nevada County Wellness will be hosting open houses on Tuesday, August 22nd from 10am to 12pm and Saturday, August 26th from 12pm to 5pm.  At this time the public will be able to come and see how Nevada County Wellness will provide quality medical cannabis products to patients with varying administrative techniques, cannabinoid profiles and price points. Nevada County Wellness comes with expert advisors and management that has experience in developing successful dispensaries and deep roots in the Nevada County medical cannabis industry and community at large.

Nevada County Wellness’ Board of Directors consists of ten board members including:  Harry Bennett, Kevin Bennett, Phil Ritti, Ariana Tibbets, Marian Fry, Richard Miller, Kimberly Cargile, Deanna Garcia, Scott Robinson and Todd Temby.

Our team has:

•       Over 75 collective years of medical cannabis experience

•       Over 50 collective years in the health and wellness industry

•       Over 20 collective years advocacy at the state level

•       10 years building relationships with local political leaders

•       Over 60 collective years working with the Nevada County cannabis industry

Nevada County Wellness list of products will include:  topicals, edibles, tinctures, concentrates, dried herbs, suppositories and inhalers, seeds and clones.  All cannabis products will be lab tested to ensure that they are free from molds, mildews, solvents, pesticides and other contaminants.  Each product will also be tested for the cannabinoid profile; which are the active ingredients in the product.  Each cannabinoid provides different pharmacological effects; therefore, it is very important that the cannabis counselor has this information when helping the patient find the right medicine to cover his or her symptoms.  All products will be properly packaged and labeled with the cannabinoid profile and all information required by California’s Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.  

Nevada County Wellness’s team is compassionate and genuinely empathic towards all patients and their circumstances. Nevada County Wellness will council patients using education and experience in order to maximize the potential relief a patient could experience from the medical cannabis products it provides. Nevada County Wellness will consider patients’ needs as the first factor in all decision making. Transparent operations will showcase the high level of morals and ethics the company will build and grow on.

Nevada County Wellness anticipates that the dispensary permit application will be processed and approved by December of 2017.  We anticipate the grand opening in February of 2018 with a ribbon cutting ceremony!

Nevada County Concert Band Presents “Big Hair” Sunday August 27th

Free Concert Sunday August 27th at Pioneer Park

Fashions fade – but style is forever. The band has combed its library to bring everyone the brightest of highlights.

On Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 5:00pm, the Nevada County Concert Band once again opens shop at Pioneer Park in Nevada City to provide everyone a free musical makeover with BIG HAIR!, the third of four summer concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of 1967’s Summer of Love.

There will be a brush though the 60’s with the medleys “Summer of 69” and music from the Broadway production of “Grease.” The original mop tops will be remembered with “Beatles Medley.”

Our resident mop top and winner of the 2017 Jerry Foote Scholarship Miles Mason, will tease us with the big jazz band classic “Cute.” He will also reprise his role in “The Story Line of Carmen in Under 3 Minutes.”

For a more classic look, the lilting “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” will show off our woodwind choir’s natural beauty, especially when joined by bells and harp. And the band will gleam while performing John Philip Sousa’s march “Our Flirtation.”

The impeccably groomed 007 will drop in for “Bond….James Bond.” And the sun will surely be let in to shine with music from the Broadway Musical “Hair,” and the kids will enjoy a musical clip from the movie “Tangled.” For bit of Latin finesse, we will go south of the border with “Mexican Hat Dance” with guest dancers from Patria Insurgente.

And it is rumored there will be a roaming hairdresser to gussy up anyone who forgot to properly do up their tresses before leaving home for Pioneer Park. Remember, the higher the hair, the closer to heaven!

Visit our website for more information about “BIG HAIR!” and Nevada County Concert Band’s other upcoming concerts. While there, please consider supporting this non-profit organization by clicking on the “Donate” button with our sincere appreciation.

The concert is free, very family friendly and accessible. Bring a picnic or visit our vendors for a nosh or two. Best of all, walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary.


122nd Miners Picnic a Treasured Tribute to Our Gold-Mine Past – August 26th

“Since 1895, the Miners Picnic is a local event that has become a popular tradition. Last year around 1,500 visitors came to celebrate the day at Empire Mine State Historic Park,” said Event Chair Steve Sanchez. “In fact, many came from neighboring counties, states – and even other countries.”

The special activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the Stamp Mill Stompers playing that “new-fangled” Dixieland jazz under the Assay Office porch near the Mineyard entrance, while award-winning barber shop quartet, the Forte Miners, will perform by the mine shaft – just before the mine-rescue reenactment at high noon. With more music by one-man-band, Gary Hinze, old-time tunes by Fire in the Kitchen, and donkeys all set to go prospecting; the Mineyard will have lots of activities.

Visitors may bring their own lunches, chairs and blankets – and picnic on the shady grounds near the 1905 Clubhouse. Food, beverages and lots of Lazy Dog ice cream will be for sale, as well as traditional Cornish pasties and exclusive “24-Karrat Cakes,” only available at Park events. Here’s where a balloon sculptor, a face painter, a magician, a mountain man, and music by Celtic Joy will add to the fun. With vintage cars and an old-fashioned cakewalk, it’s going to feel like a return trip to the early 1900s. “One of the day’s highlights,” Sanchez explained, “will be A Toymaker’s Journey through the Gold Rush, performed by multi-talented Izzy Tooinsky. In fact he will make his debut performance at Miners Picnic on the Clubhouse Stage at 1:15 p.m. This creative, interactive show should enchant both children and adults alike. Another new attraction is popular local band, Past Due and Playable, and they’ll perform next.”

In Empire Cottage, visitors will enjoy tales from the past by entertaining docents in period costumes, with popular singer/guitarist Kelly Fleming performing in the garden from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

“Don’t forget the gold panning, the special children’s crafts, the raffle prizes and the silent auction,” Sanchez added. “Miners Picnic is an action-packed event, and everyone’s invited. I encourage visitors to spend the whole day, and enjoy each and every aspect.” Miners Picnic takes place on Saturday, August 26th. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center on the day, and admission is $7 for those 17 and over, $3 for ages 6-16, with free admission for children under 6. Parking is free– and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome too. Each Miners Picnic is a unique experience, with something new and different to discover.

Early Miners Picnics, dating back to 1895, helped raise funds for miners’ widows and orphans, injured miners and out-of-work miners. More recently this event is hosted by Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA, for short). EMPA is the association dedicated to maintaining and improving the Park, and ensuring its future. For further information, phone the Visitor Center on (530) 273-8522 or visit

Photo credit: Docents with picnic basket, photo by Richard Bannister

Photo credit: Women in red, vintage car, photo by Courtney Ferguson

Photo credit: Gold-panning donkeys & pony, photo by Richard Bannister

Photo credit: Stamp Mill Stompers band, photo by Courtney Ferguson

Lively 1920s’ style jazz will be performed by the Stamp Mill Stompers, in the Mineyard in the morning, and later, on the Clubhouse Stage.


Constitution Day Parade – Join in the Fun!!

The 51st Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 9 & 10, 2017 in this historic California Gold Rush town. Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America.

The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features more than 100 entries and culminates other activities including Revolutionary War Living History in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek.

The parade through the downtown historic district includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and the perennial crowd favorites the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.

Sign up today!!  2017 Constitution Day Parade Application

Nevada City Film Festival’s Movies Under The Pines Presents The Big Lebowski

The cult favorite The Big Lebowski will be screened on August 26th as the final installment of this year’s Movies Under The Pines series, presented by Nevada City Film Festival. The screening will take place at Nevada City’s Pioneer Park.

The Big Lebowski tells the tale of Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), a laid-back burnout who coincidentally shares a name with a wealthy tycoon. The latter Lebowski’s young airhead wife is in debt to some shady characters which leads to a series of events that finds The Dude seeking restitution for a ruined rug, which really tied the room together.

The film, directed by the Coen Brothers (Fargo, Raising Arizona), has achieved cult status and has gone on to become one of the most beloved and oft-quoted films in recent history. The late Roger Ebert gave the film a rare 4/4 rating, calling it “perfect.” John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Julianne Moore round out the all-star cast.

A costume contest will take place directly before the movie begins, with cash prizes being awarded in both individual and group categories. White Russians – the drink of choice for The Dude – will be offered in addition to a selection of beer from Ol’ Republic Brewery and wine from Chacewater Winery. Non-alcoholic beverages, popcorn, and other snacks will also be for sale.

In addition to delighting audiences, NCFF Festival Director Jesse Locks says that the Movies Under The Pines series is an effort to educate moviegoers on the upcoming film festival, which takes place September 8-15 this year. “MUTP is an important series to the Nevada City Film Festival because it helps is reach new audiences and share with them the magic we bring to the community every September.”

Gates open at 7pm and the film will begin around 8:30 or dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and low-backed chairs, and to dress in layers. No outside alcohol is permitted and no smoking is allowed within the venue.

The Big Lebowski is rated R, and is not recommended for young viewers.

Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” hangs out at the bowling alley with his buddies Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi). Courtesy Universal Studios.


WHAT: Nevada City Film Festival’s Movies Under The Pines presents The Big Lebowski

WHEN: Saturday, August 26, 2017 – Gates 7pm; film at 8:30 (or dusk)

WHERE: Pioneer Park in Nevada City

TICKETS: $7 adults, $5 children 17 and under


Nevada City Uncorked – It’s All About Wine!

A Wine & Food Experience with an Historic Flavor

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Downtown Nevada City

It’s All About Wine!

This year 17 wineries from the northern Sierra Foothills including Nevada, Placer and Butte Counties come together for Uncorked 2017.

Sample over 60 different wines, produced from over 20 different varietals. Red Blends and Rosés are especially trendy this year but that doesn’t mean you won’t find all your favorites as well. Chardonnay and Cabernet lead the pack but you will also find other favorites including Barbera, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Marsanne, and more including sparkling wine and port-style wine.

Two new wineries join us this year. Hickman Family Vineyards from Bangor in Butte County stretches the edges of the Foothills appellation while Tintype Winery is Nevada City’s newest winery, specializing in natural winemaking.

Visit for a listing of participating wineries.

Uncorked is a collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners Winery Association. Click (530.265.2692) for all information, listings of the venues, wineries and food purveyors, or to purchase tickets in person. Go to to purchase tickets online.

To purchase event tickets:



Food Love Farm Potluck & Volunteer Appreciation Celebration – August 17th

Join Sierra Harvest for another family-friendly farm potluck AND our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at the Food Love Farm on August 17th from 5:30-8pm with live music by Eclectic Mayhem!

The Food Love Farm is our primary educational farm, where we host over 1,700 visits every year for school children to learn about the joys of growing and eating fresh food. Come explore the summer row crops, the living green teepee, mobile chicken coop, worm bins, medicinal herbs and more! And for our special Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, we’ll be grilling up fresh farm vegetables and honoring our amazing team of volunteers, and sharing how YOU can get involved to help Sierra Harvest grow and flourish in our community.

You won’t want to miss this potluck! Join us at 5:30 for a farm tour with Farmer Maggie McProud, and potluck starts at 6pm. Volunteer appreciation program begins at 6:30pm. Chair massages will also be available by David King with all proceeds donated to Sierra Harvest. David’s work combines the relaxing affects of Swedish massage techniques with the therapeutic affects of deep tissue work.

What to bring:
Utensils, a plate and cup for yourself/selves
A bountiful dish to share,( its nice to label key ingredients for those with allergies)
A blanket or chair to sit on
A healthy appetite

There is NO CHARGE and NO RSVP needed.

For more information, please call 530-265-2343 or

Directions to The Food Love Farm:

The Food Love Farm is located at 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Road in Nevada City. From Nevada City, take N Bloomfield Road from Hwy 49, and turn left on Lake Vera Purdon Rd. Look for the Burton Homestead on the left hand side and teepees, right before Excelsior Ditch Road.


A Folksy, Blugrassy Sunday at the Open Book – August 20th

Local celebrated folk and bluegrass musicians The Banner Mountain Boys, Brendan Phillips and Cedar Hennings will join forces in a benefit show on Sunday, August 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Open Book, at 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley. Show tickets, available at the show doors, are priced on a sliding scale, $10-$20. The musicians are donating their time and talents to this fundraising event.

Proceeds will benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL), a nonprofit that provides free, one-on-one tutoring in English as a second language to Nevada County adults.

The Banner Mountain Boys feature traditional and contemporary bluegrass music with “smooth vocals and scorching instrumentals from the Gold Country,” according to the California Bluegrass Association’s billing in the 2010 Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival. The band members include Taylor Carey on guitar and vocals, Rob Shotwell on banjo and vocals, Ron Gaynor on resonator guitar and vocals, and Cecelia Shotwell on upright bass.

Brendan Phillips is the front man for Fast Rattler, which made its record debut in the 2009 Grammy nominated album “Singing through the Hard Times, A tribute to Utah Phillips.” Brandon is the son of folk singer Utah Phillips, and wears his influences on his sleeve. He plays from his pop catalogue and from the American folk music that he grew up listening to around campfires and at festivals all over the U.S. and Canada.  He is joined by Cedar Hennings, also of Fast Rattler.

For more information about the Banner Mountain Boys, see (and hear)

Brendan Phillips and Cedar Hennings can be seen and heard on Fast Rattler’s Facebook page.

For more information about the show, contact PiELL at 530-265-2116; the Open Book at 530-264-6844, or visit

Refreshments will be available from Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.

PiELL uses volunteer tutors, who are trained during a two-day session (the next training begins Sept. 30). After training, the tutors are matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them. For information on tutoring, call 530-265-2116 or email

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce – Come See Us at the Nevada County Fair!!

When you’re at the Fair, stop by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Booth located on Treat Street and enjoy a juicy Hamburger and Root Beer Float! 

Check out the Chamber’s booth that has just undergone a major renovation thanks to many of our local businesses including:   Knight’s Paint, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Byers, Sign Crafters, B & C True Value, Hills Flat Lumber Co., Ernie’s Van & Storage & Grass Valley Glass & Northern Air HVAC.

Nevada County Fair Tickets On Sale Now, Discount Sales End Tuesday, August 8th at 5pm!

Fair Office to extend its hours and be open the weekend before the Fair for discounted tickets!

Tickets for the Nevada County Fair are on sale now. Purchase your admission, carnival tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save money! The Fair Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Guest Services will be open specifically for ticket sales on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online at

Buy your admission tickets by August 8 at 5 pm and get an admission ticket for $6. Or, purchase a “Be a Kid Again” adult admission ticket for Thursday of the Fair for only $4. You can also take advantage of other pre-sale offers, including a five-day Fair pass with unlimited entry for $30; an event parking pass for $25; or a carnival ride bracelet, good for unlimited rides for any one day, for $25.

Now is the time to also purchase your arena event tickets – including tickets to this year’s Destruction Derby. Tickets are now on sale for the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday and Thursday night; Monster Trucks and Tuff Trucks on Friday and Saturday night; and the Destruction Derby on Sunday night.

There are several ways to get your Fair tickets early. Purchase them online at or stop by the Fair Office on McCourtney Road by Tuesday, August 8, at 5 pm. Or you can call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 by August 7 at 5 pm. The Fair Office at Gate 1 is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Guest Services will also be open on Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.

After August 8, ticket prices for the Fair are $9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children
6-12, and free to children under the age of 5.

This year’s Nevada County Fair – with a theme of “Sea You at the Fair!” – is August 9 – 13. The Fair’s Office is located on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. The phone number is (530) 273-6217 and the website is