The 57th Annual Nevada City Classic Weekend June 17-18

We are inside the final week of the 57th annual Nevada City Classic weekend, June 17-18 in Historic Downtown Nevada City. In our first transition year of this 57 year old Nevada City event, we have some exciting new and locally “produced” updates.

The weekend’s title sponsor, ol’ Republic Brewery has finished canning and “kegging” the first ever Nevada City Classic beer. Keep an eye out for this brew in local dining and drinking establishments as well as local retail for the limited edition 6-packs in the greater Nevada City/Grass Valley area. Of course the Pale Ale can also be found at the ol’ Republic taproom at 124 Argall Way. 100% of the proceeds of the sale of this beer goes to support the events.

In keeping with what we hope will be an ongoing event tradition of local support, The Golden Era Lounge (309 Broad Street) will be serving up a limited Nevada City Classic cocktail beginning on Tuesday June 13 and running through Father’s Day June 18. Again, proceeds from the sale of this drink will go to support the Nevada City Classic.

The inaugural Gourmet Gravel Nevada City takes place Saturday June 17 at 8 am from ol’ Republic with the support of three additional local businesses. FoxHound Coffee Broaster will be providing the coffee and Three Forks Bakery the morning baked goods before the riders take of on the two different routes. Upon the riders return, a catered lunch will be provided by Matteo’s Public and Three Forks Bakery.

The first ever Nevada City Mile running race that takes place at 3:30pm on Sunday June 18th just before the Pro/Am Women bike racers take to the course. We are very proud to have the support of yet another local business, environmentally conscious Volz Bros. Automotive We are looking forward to filling the streets of the Nevada City Classic with runners, joggers and walkers alike as they tackle one of the most demanding bike courses in the country on foot for this one-of-a-kind event.

We encourage everyone to support these and all local businesses that support local events. We realize that without community support, Nevada City events cannot be a true success.

Links for the entire weekend can be found here:
Gourmet Gravel website
Gourmet Gravel website event page
Gourmet Gravel Registration
Gourmet Gravel facebook
Gourmet Gravel instagram
Gourmet Gravel Nevada City facebook event

Nevada City Classic website
Nevada City Classic registration
Nevada City Classic facebook
Nevada City Classic Instagram
Nevada City Cycling Classic facebook event

Nevada City Mile registration
Nevada City Mile facebook event
Nevada City Mile Instagram

Broad STREET Sprints registration
Broad STREET Sprints facebook event

Labeling the Nevada City Classic Beer Video

Memorial Bench at Empire Mine State Historic Park to Honor the Late Virginia Brunini

The 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City will place a memorial bench at Empire Mine State Historic Park to honor the late Virginia Brunini, whose vision and dedication led to the creation of the state park.

Brunini, a longtime member of 49er Rotary, died last Oct. 11 at age 90.  In the 1960s and 1970s while working as an administrative assistant to former California Assemblyman Bill Bagley, Brunini informed her boss that Newmont Mining Corp. planned to sell its Empire Mine property.

With great assistance from Brunini, Bagley went on to lead the 1975 state purchase of the property and eventual creation of the state park.  Brunini went on to pursue a successful real estate career in Marin County before returning to Nevada County.  In 2014 she led the local petition drive and campaign to save the state historic park when its sale was being considered by state legislators.

The memorial bench, developed under state park guidelines and through the leadership of past 49er Rotary president Andy Wright, is eight feet long and made of California redwood.  It is inscribed with the words, “In Memory of Virginia Brunini Whose Passion Helped Create This Park.”  The bench will be located adjacent to the Bourn Cottage.

49er Rotary and state officials will dedicate the bench in an after-hours ceremony planned for 5:30pm on Thursday, June 15.

49er Rotarians Dan Bibelheimer, Andy Wright and Mimi Simmons stained and sealed the bench prior to its dedication.

The late Virginia Brunini is pictured at a 49er Rotary work party in April 2015.

Prospector’s Nursery Vintage, Antique and Craft Fair – June 17th

June 17th, 2017 from 8:30-3:30, Prospector’s Nursery will be hosting our 6th Annual Vintage, Antique and Craft Fair.  This family friendly event features over 30 local vendors selling unique items for your home and garden.  Bring the family to enjoy live music by the Banner Mountain Boys, food is available from The Honest Pie, Lazy Dog, Back Porch Market, Top Dog and The Sugar Shack.  We have also partnered with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) for the second year in a row.  They will have an informational booth set up and part of the proceeds of the day from select booths will be donated to their cause.  Prospector’s Nursery is located at 10003 Granholm Ln Nevada City just off the Golden Center Freeway.


NCCC Announces Junior Golf Clinic – June 19, 20 & 21

The sun’s shining, the weather’s warming, and it’s time to sign up for the 21st Annual Nevada County Country Club Junior Golf Clinic. The popular annual event, for boys and girls, ages 7-14, will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19-20-21. Cost is only $40 for all three days. Hours are 12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Local golf pros will teach the fundamentals of golf, including the basics of the golf swing, putting, chipping, pitching and golf etiquette. 

Over the past two decades, more than 1100 youngsters have learned the basics of golf through the NCCC-sponsored youth program. Registration for this year’s Junior Golf Clinic is now open on a first-come-first-served basis; early registration is recommended. A registration form must be completed by the parent in person at the club, which is open daily at 1040 East Main Street in Grass Valley. For information, call NCCC Club Pro-Manager Mike Rademaker at (530) 273-6436.

Nevada City Winery June Artist of the Month is Mike Shea

The exhibit, “Light of Day”, features studies of both natural and man-made subjects, with emphasis on color, form, and texture. The images were photographed mid-day, rather than during the morning or evening hours, when photographers generally prefer taking natural light images.

Mike’s images have won many first place prizes, including “Best of Division” at the Nevada County Fair and “Best Photograph of the Year” at the Nevada County Camera Club. He has been an official photographer for the KVMR Celtic Festival.

An opening reception will be held at the winery on Saturday, June 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The winery is open daily from noon until 5:00 PM and until 7:00PM Fridays and Saturdays. Stop by, have a glass of wine, and share Mike’s vision.

Taken just off the side of Highway 49 north of North San Juan

Holt Ballet Conservatory Presents Masterpieces–Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Variations

Friday June 16, 7pm & Saturday June 17, 7pm

Holt Ballet Conservatory’s ambitious Spring offering is entitled Masterpieces–an evening of scenes from Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Pyotr Tchaikosky’s Swan Lake, and Variations from famous ballets of the romantic, classical, neoclassical and contemporary periods.

Swan Lake will showcase excerpts from Act I and all of Act II–the famous swan scenes portraying the love affair between Odette and Siegfried, beautifully danced by Amy Schultze and Christopher Selbie.

Act I of Cinderella will be performed, featuring Brenna O’Brien MacDonell in the title role, with stepsisters Miriam Allen and Krista Yazzolino. Logan Hollmer makes a guest appearance as a vision of the prince from the Act II pas de deux. Leah Skoyles performs as the Fairy Godmother. These dynamic dancers create entertaining, compelling and inspiring characterizations.

Variations features dazzling individual dances from a variety of ballets, giving the audience a taste of ballet over the centuries.

More than 40 Holt Ballet students perform corps, leading roles, and fill out the cast in Swan Lake, Cinderella and Variations.

Holt Ballet Conservatory is somewhat of an anomaly in Nevada County. Concentrating exclusively on ballet, the conservatory has earned a well-deserved reputation for finely crafted ballet performances performed by local students and artists.

Seven years along in the running of her conservatory, Yelena Holt is immersed in choreographing and running rehearsals for 48 performers, who range in experience and training from less than one year, to professional status. Personally teaching technique classes three days a week of the five days a week offered, plus editing musical tracks, selecting costumes, and masterminding sets and props keep this energetic force of nature fully engaged in the realm of ballet.

The evening promises to provide compelling entertainment, featuring exquisite custom-made costumes, the sets of award-winning artist Pamela Hodges and the spacious performing space of the Don Baggett Theater.

Show dates are Friday June 16 & Saturday June 17 at 7:00 PM.

All seats are reserved and range in price from $16 to $20.

Under the expert guidance of Yelena Holt, the evening will captivate the hearts and imaginations of its audiences, and no doubt will ignite some future ballerina’s dream one day to join the rarified ranks of ballet performers.

Know & Go

What: Holt Ballet Conservatory presents Masterpieces–Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Variations

When: 7 pm Friday June 16 and 7 pm Saturday June 17, 2017
Box office opens at 5:30 for walk-up sales before each performance.

Where: Don Baggett Theatre, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Tickets: Online from, $16-20. Reserved seating.

Info:; 530.278.5131


Mountain Temple Gallery Closing in August

Mountain Temple Buddha and Asian Artifacts Gallery is closing at 210 Main in August. We have certainly enjoyed your visits and events these last 2 years and hope to see you before we close our doors. Perhaps we will have a party the last week and will notify you via the Newsletter! We are able to offer you significant discounts on our Khatriya Collection during this preparation for closing time and hope if you have had your eye on a certain piece that you will come in on the weekends and talk with us. It is our wish that the Buddhas we have carefully shepherded for the late Christian Armstrong and his family in Thailand find good homes before we transfer the collection to it’s next configuration.

Our event space is open and ready for your Special events and we enjoy supporting you in showcasing your talents and projects. We are open on the weekends and you can call 707-206-5068 for special appointments and viewings. Whether you are an Art Collector, Buddhist or Interior Designer, this is a great time to take home a very special Buddha at a very affordable price.
Our presence here at this venue for two years has been a “gold-mine” of creating and sustaining personal and community relationships and we plan to expand this movement into increased Media support and coverage of Our Jewel-Box of a town…Nevada City.

The rare curved glass display cabinets are for Sale as well, Honduran Mahogony….one of the grand things about this special retail space, or you can take them to your store or home. We will have our spiritual readers here on Sundays from 12-4.
If you are a friend would like to inquire about this building for rent…complete with a basement, retail space, upstairs venue and certified Commercial Kitchen you can call the owners: Susan Shaw: 530-265-2787

Humbug Day Celebrating 51 Years of Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

Saturday June 10, 2017 11:00am – 4:00pm 

Entertainment & Family Fun

[World’s Shortest] Parade, Izzy Tooinski, Buffalo Gals, Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Blessing, Gold Panning, Blacksmithing, Candle Making, Tin Punching, Weaving Demonstration, Organized Kids Games, Fox Walkers Demonstrations, Sierra Muzzle Loaders, Special Walking Tours, ECV Chapter 10 BBQ, Ice Cream, Popcorn, Rootbeer Floats, Snow Cones, & More!


Nevada City Film Festival presents Movies Under the Pines

Nevada City Film Festival presents Movies Under the Pines (MUTP), an outdoor cinema experience, returns to Pioneer Park and the Nevada County Fairgrounds this summer with screenings of such classics as Wall-E, Beetlejuice, Stand By Me, The NeverEnding Story, Vertigo and The Big Lebowski.

Building on the success and excitement of the last four summers of screenings, the Nevada City Film Festival will host two screenings a month from June to August. For each screening the festival will bring in state of the art projection and sound, plus offer an array of pre-show food and drink options, specialty cocktails, entertainment, games, and more. 

“With all the great events this community has to offer, MUTP stands out,” says Harrison Dockter, the event’s new producer.  “It’s a very special way to spend a summer night.” Dockter curated this year’s films with a wider audience of film lovers in mind.

Saturday, June 17 – Pioneer Park

Just in time for Father’s Day weekend, is the Tim Burton classic Beetlejuice starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Catherine O’Hara.  This 1988 comedy-fantasy revolves around a recently deceased young couple who become ghosts haunting their former home, and an obnoxious, devious ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced “Beetlejuice”) from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants permanently.

Friday, July 7 – Nevada County Fairgrounds

Stand by Me, the coming-of-age drama, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Will Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell.  Based on Stephen King’s novella The Body tells the story of four boys in a small town in Oregon who go on a hike to find the dead body of a missing child. 

Saturday, July 22 – Nevada County Fairgrounds

Everyone loves Pixar films because they are funny, clever, creative and exhibit great storytelling.  This summer MUTP will screen the animated favorite Wall-E. Set in the far future where humans have left Earth because of all the garbage pile-up, a robot named Wall-E and his cockroach friend Hal are the only known inhabits.  However, all that changes when Wall-E meets a beautiful robot named EVE and falls in love with her. 

Saturday, August 12 – Pioneer Park

Considered the ninth-greatest American movie of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo stars James Stewart as former police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson. Scottie is forced into early retirement because an incident in the line of duty has caused him to develop acrophobia (an extreme fear of heights) and vertigo (a false sense of rotational movement). Scottie is hired by an acquaintance, Gavin Elster, as a private investigator to follow Gavin’s wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), who is behaving strangely. The film was shot on location in San Francisco. 

Saturday, August 26 – Pioneer Park

MUTP wraps with the Cohen Brother’s sleeper hit The Big Lebowski starring Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler.  The film also stars John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Sam Elliot, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and John Turturro.

“I’m so excited to share my love of cinema with happy movie lovers this summer,” says Dockter.

Beer, wine, popcorn, and soft drinks available for purchase. Outside food and drink allowed. No outside alcohol.  Blankets and low back chairs are suggested. 


WHAT: Nevada City Film Festival presents Movies Under the Pines

WHEN: Summer 2017, Gates 7pm, Film 8:30pm (or Dusk)

WHERE: Pioneer Park, Band Shell, Nevada City, CA & Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 1, Grass Valley, CA


Individual Films

$20 Family (of 4), $7 Adult, $5 Child 17 and under

Summer Pass (all 6 films)

$100 Family (of 4), $37 Adult, $25 Child 17 and under

Tickets are available online at or at the gate

INFO: or (530) 362-8601


Extremely Hazardous River Conditions at the South Yuba River


High River flows caused by Sierra snowmelt has made swimming or recreating near the shoreline of the South Yuba River extremely hazardous.

Due to a record setting Sierra snowpack and unseasonal warm temperatures, the South Yuba River is running faster and colder than we have seen in many years. Areas that appear to be safe may have dangerous undertow currents. Wearing life jackets and closely supervising small children are strongly advised.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years and the fifth leading cause for people of all ages. (CDC.“Drowning risks in Natural Water Settings.” 6/13/2012)

For the latest information on river conditions, please check the Department of Water Resources website.

“Mine, Wine & Dine” at Empire Mine State Historic Park – June 9th

Announcing the first-ever “Mine, Wine & Dine” –

an evening to celebrate Empire Mine’s past and future

“It’s impossible to mention Empire Mine without recalling a colorful, personal memory,” said Event Chair Steve Sanchez.   “We all seem to have one or more to share.  Now, after years of requests, we’re going to host a special event to celebrate Empire’s legacy of gold, grit and glory.”

Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA) will present an evening of selected wine, a delicious dinner, live music, and moonlight surprises on Friday, June 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.   Guests will enjoy a tempting variety of wines from award-winning Lucchesi Vineyards with hors d’oeuvres, followed by  a farm-to-table dinner, specially prepared by Antonio’s Catering, featuring fresh bread, salad,  grilled steak, chicken Marbella, and assorted grilled vegetables (with options for vegetarians and other preferences).  “It promises to be a magical evening,” Sanchez explained.  In addition to the fine wine and memorable dining experience, guests will enjoy a variety of outstanding music performed by The George Souza Band, as well as singer/guitarist Heather MacAdam.  “It’s also going to be a night of surprises,” he added.  “Famous characters in Downton Abbey-style costumes may be making guest appearances, while they share entertaining secrets about Empire’s heydays, when it ranked as one of Northern California’s oldest, largest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines.  Our Living History docents always do a superb job of bringing our history to life, and they will be happy to answer questions about what life was like during that golden era. ” Dinner will be served, family-style, outside the old 1905 Clubhouse – the very same spot where the Bourn Family graciously entertained their influential guests, and history was made.   While the event will combine sophistication and fun, casual, comfortable summer-evening attire is recommended.   After dinner, guests are invited to walk through Empire Cottage and the Clubhouse – or dance under the full moon.  There will also be two luxury get-away breaks worth over $2000, and raffle tickets may only be purchased at the event.  

 “EMPA supports Empire Mine State Historic Park in ways the State does not,” Sanchez added.  “Each year Empire Mine welcomes around 100,000 visitors to the Park and to our community.  If we want to keep attracting visitors, major repairs and improvements are needed.  Proceeds from this first-ever event will help ensure our treasured Park’s future.  Tickets will be limited to 200, so everyone is encouraged to purchase theirs early.  Each ticket represents a deep pride in our past and confidence in the future of both Empire Mine and our community.”  Park Ranger, Michele Green added her own personal enthusiasm, when she said, “I love seeing the Park, EMPA, and the community, including local businesses, working together.  May this be the first of many such events.  Our deepest gratitude goes to those local people and businesses who contributed their generosity and support.” 

 “Mine, Wine & Dine” tickets are $95 each, and may be purchased at or at the Empire Mine Visitor Center Gift Shop, open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Phone (530) 273-8522 for further details.

Photo courtesy of Empire Mine State Historic Park

Proceeds from the first-ever “Mine, Wine & Dine” will go towards much-needed repairs and improvements in Empire Cottage and the old Clubhouse.

Know & Go:

Event:  “Mine, Wine & Dine”

Date:  Friday, June 9th

Time:  6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Venue:  Empire Mine State Historic Park

Address:  10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley, CA 95945

Cost:  $95 per ticket

Information:  Visitor Center, (530) 273-8522,

Purchase: or at the Empire Mine Visitor Center Gift Shop, open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.       


The Nevada City Vegan Food + Wine Festival – June 3rd

Veganism is moving from the fringe to the mainstream, and we’re celebrating this shift with a first-of-its-kind event the first weekend in June in downtown Nevada City, CA.

For one festive weekend, local bars, restaurants, wineries, and retail shops will celebrate plant- based living by showcasing vegan offerings, to show just how friendly and accommodating our town is to vegans and others interested in living a healthy, compassionate, plant-based lifestyle. Together with the Chamber of Commerce, we will distribute “V Marks the Spot” maps to help people easily navigate the downtown area and pinpoint vegan-friendly business and services.

The event kicks off June 2 with a private vegan wine + cheese soirée fundraiser hosted by the best vegan cheesemaker in the country, Miyoko’s Kitchen, and local vegan winery Clavey Vineyards & Winery. This cocktail-hour event will feature Clavey’s award-winning unfiltered wines, created without the use of eggs or fish (typical in wine-making processes at industrial wineries) and the award-winning artisanal nut-based cheeses created by Fairfax-based Miyoko’s.

Saturday’s festival at the Odd Fellows Hall (225 Broad Street/212 Spring Street) is free, family- friendly, and open to the public, and features an exciting roster of exhibitors, a variety of speakers (including Kristie Middleton, the author of the new book MeatLess, and Jasmin Singer, author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough and one of The Advocate’s “40 Under 40”). Shauna Schultz, an instructor at the Briarpatch Co-op Community Cooking School, will also host a fun cooking demonstration, and 10-year-old vegan YouTuber Olivia Rivers Samson will take the stage to share what it’s like to be a vegan kid. Visitors can expect a lively atmosphere, and plenty of food samples to give everyone a taste of how delicious veganism is.

For more information, contact festival organizer Aurelia d’Andrea at 530-955-1308, send a message to, or visit the event’s Facebook page at

Bear Yuba Land Trust Treks & Events

What: Ales for Trails

Where: Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company, Nevada City

When: 5 – 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 31

Join your friends and help BYLT kick off a Celebration of Trails with award-winning craft beer and local food! It’s another fun “Ales for Trails” event to be held 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company, in downtown Nevada City. Brewer Dave Cowie has created a special beer just for trails called Hirschman Hefeweizen. From every pint sold, $1 will be donated to local trails! In addition, a portion of proceeds from all Ales for Trails food and beverage sales will be donated back to the Land Trust to support the building of new trails and maintenance of the tried and true trails you love. This event coincides with Nevada County Celebration of Trails on Saturday, June 3.


What: Celebration of Trails

When: Saturday, June 3; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Tahoe National Forest Headquarters; Area Trails

Cost: Free!

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and friends for this community Celebration of Trails! We’ll start the day off with hikes on local trails – including an outing at Black Swan Preserve with Hank Meals and a family walk at Hirschman Trail with FREED and Sierra Club – then come together in the afternoon for a festival with information booths, trail maps, gear and more! Like every good celebration, we’ll have food, a special seasonal beer “Hirschman Hefeweizen” from Three Forks Brewing Company, family activities, live music and speakers. Don’t miss the fun!

Learn more:

Nevada City’s First Friday Artwalks Continue June, July & August

We are entering our fifth season of First Friday Artwalks!

Dates for the 2017 Season are; May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Nevada City’s Artwalk is a city-wide celebration of our vibrant arts community, happening throughout Downtown every First Friday until August. Participating businesses are hosting artist receptions, featuring local artists, hosting live music and more. By supporting these local businesses you are supporting our local arts community, thank you!

If you are interested in participating in this fun event please email or go to First Friday Art Walk Participation


Fit Culture Studio Summer Sweat Workouts

Dates: May 22nd through September 1st

Join us outside in the fresh air for our Summer Sweat Training held at Nevada Union High School. 

We are starting up our outside summer sweat classes on Monday, May 22nd.  Everyone is welcome. We have a options for drop ins and packages.

For more information:

Dan Walsh at ol’ Republic on May 24th

ol’ Republic Brewery is proud to host Dan Walsh on May 24th at the taproom.  Nominated for best musician at last year’s BBC Folk Awards and touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as ‘the real deal’ (UNCUT). 2017 sees the release of a highly anticipated new solo album after the success of critically acclaimed album Incidents and Accidents which was lauded as ‘absolutely terrific’ by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2. As well as many tours of the UK, he also has recent successful trips to the USA, Canada, Germany, India, Norway and New Zealand to his credit. Both solo and as a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances on stage with Imelda May, Joss Stone and the Levellers, this unique and eclectic musician has stunned audiences across the world.

Railbus Rides at the Railroad Museum

Ride the completely restored historic Railbus 97 from the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (NCNGRR) Museum, through the Inn Town Campground, to the Northern Queen Inn and returning to the museum, paralleling a portion of the railroad’s original route.  The scheduled 35 minute Railbus rides are offered on Saturdays through October and are available for special tours. 

The Railbus departure timetable for boarding from either the NCNGRR Museum or The Northern Queen Inn is available at the museum’s website:  Docent-led tours that highlight the historical significance of the Narrow Gauge Railroad to Nevada County are offered Fridays through Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through October 31.

Come to the museum or the Northern Queen Inn to reserve your seat on the Railbus!  There is no charge to ride or visit the museum.  However, the museum and Railbus can only operate with the financial support of the passengers.  Please consider a donation when you reserve your trip.