The Funkytastical Space Mystery October 3-14

A funk-infused science-fiction murder mystery play by Sloane Morton at The Nevada City Veteran’s Memorial Hall. The year is 2277, and the galaxy is split by a fundamental dispute between the Boogie Republic and the New Age Collective Alliance of Planets. It is still reeling from a years-long war. A show about death, love, and substance abuse in deep space. Equally inspired by funk music, Star Trek, and closed-room murder mysteries, packed with references, and bristling with groovy lingo, it’s not a show to miss.

Wednesdays 7pm, Saturdays 2pm & 7pm, Sundays 2pm

Fall Show At Kodo Arts – October 6-14

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques will celebrate the fall colors and its 13th year with a splendid collection of colorful Murashido Bronzes from the 1920’s -1950’s in Japan. Patinated colors defining the unique finish create a mosaic of hues on various bronze flower vases used in the tea ceremony.

Along with a fabulous array of Japanese antique furniture, stone, garden lanterns, home decor , art, kimonos, and the unusual, you are transported to a Kyoto temple antique market atmosphere in the spacious Kodo Arts Warehouse in Nevada City, CA . Something for every taste and budget.

Open to the public only twice a year, this show and sale is Oct.6-14, 2018. Open 10-6pm daily. 571 Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA. 95959. 530-478-0812.

Acclaimed American Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott to Perform in Grass Valley

Intrepid pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will perform Oct. 21 in Grass Valley as part of InConcert Sierra’s Third Sunday Series for 2018-19.

“Anne-Marie will blow peoples minds!” said InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin.

Known for her elegance and vibrancy at the keyboard, McDermott has been dubbed by critics as one of the best American pianists of her generation. Her program will blend her passion for Bach while showcasing her technical skill and musicianship on Prokofiev’s “Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major.” She will perform Bach’s “English Suite No. 2 in A Minor,” and the Bach-Busoni “Chaconne.”

“It’s a brilliant program coupling the Bach original keyboard piece English Suite with the Busoni transcription of the Bach Chaconne (originally for solo violin). It’s a perfect arch leading us to the Prokofiev in the second half of the concert,” said Hardin.

McDermott has a noted “lifelong passion” in the musical pursuit of Bach’s music.

“I feel a soul-touching vitality and spirit in this music. It is pure and tender, passionate and stark, ecstatic and remorseful. Bach’s music inspires,” she wrote on her CD titled, “Bach.”

McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs more than 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. She has performed with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others.

In addition to her many achievements, McDermott has been named the Artistic Director of the famed Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado, which hosts the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony in addition to presenting more than 40 chamber music concerts throughout the summer.  She has also been an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1995.

The Philadelphia Inquirer called her “…one of the great American pianists of her generation.”

The New York Times said of McDermott, “A pianist who balances qualities of excitement and spontaneity with clarity and elegance.”

There will be a pre-concert forum at 1:15 p.m. in advance of her 2 p.m. performance Oct. 21 in Grass Valley. General admission tickets are $38 and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at (ticketing fees will apply), and in person at BriarPatch Co-op or at the door on the day of the concert. There are a limited number of free youth passes available with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Youth passes must be arranged in advance, please call 530-273-3990 to reserve.

The concert will be presented at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborn Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, please visit or call 530-273-3990.




Sierra Foothills Reverse Mortgage’s Luncheon Seminar

Is your retirement plan considering unlocking some of your home equity or retiring an existing mortgage? Curious about how a Reverse Mortgage Loan could help you reach those goals? Click the link for information about Grass Valley located Sierra Foothills Reverse Mortgage’s upcoming luncheon seminar workshop. Shawna McDonald, Loan Officer will be leading the seminar workshop; for 10 years she’s specialized in RM loans and offers lots of TLC.

Stone House Entertainment Upcoming Events

October 10th 6-9PM
The Stone House is excited to invite Jonny Mojo back for our Live Music Dinner Series on the patio!
In addition to being a local performer, Mojo has began playing up and down the West Coast with his regional band, Achilles Wheel.
With a foundation in blues, Jonny Mojo transcends genres blending rock, folk, fusion, bluegrass, jam band styles and more. What really shines through in a performance is his heart felt passion for music. Although Jonny’s main instrument is the guitar, he also plays harmonica, bottleneck slide and lapsteel guitars, and mandolin.
This is a free event, however seating is limited so dinner reservations are recommended. To make reservations call 530.265.5050 or visit

October 11th 6pm-12am Caravan to WonderGrass California
WinterWonderGrass is beyond thrilled to be returning to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA in March 2019 for our fifth installment of 3 days of skiing, family, festival vibes, community and music.
To kick off the celebration, we’re heading to our place for Caravan to Wondergrass presented by Ikon Pass. We welcome you to join our family Thursday, Oct 11 at The Stone House in Nevada City as we celebrate the lineup announcement of the 5th annual WinterWonderGrass California at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
Presented by Ikon Pass the event is free to attend, from 6pm to close, will feature Sierra Nevada specials as well as access to processing fee free 3-day GA festival tickets, merch + ticket giveaways.
Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) & Silas Herman
Please reach out to with any additional questions.

October 12th 10pm-2am Dimond Saints
Get ready for another Late Night at The Stone House

Dimond Saints is an Oakland based duo, that has quickly emerged to push the boundaries of electronic music. Their signature sound drips of passion and deeply resonates with mind body and soul. Their live show is both explosive and soulful, creating a place where heavy bass and angelic melodies collide. The Dimond Saints are on the rise, as they continue on their mission of giving love to the world!
$20 presale/ $25 at the door
Tickets available via Eventbrite and at the BriarPatch Food Co-op

October 17th 6-9PM
The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Dominic Stepanian
Dominic Stepanian is a native of Nevada County, CA and he recently earned a degree in performance guitar from Musicians Institute. His diverse musical upbringing included blues, rock and roll, folk and jazz, which contributed to his unique musical styling. Dominic is developing a following, and is an up and coming musician to the Nevada County music scene.
This is a free event, however seating is limited and dinner reservations are recommended. To make reservations call 530.265.5050 or visit

October 20th 9pm-12am Deadbeats
The Deadbeats play inspired versions of Grateful Dead songs at the historic Stone House in downtown Nevada City, California.

October 24th 8pm-12am An Evening with Nicola Cruz
The Stone House invites you to join us for an evening of revolutionary musical folklore and dance that is expanding throughout Latin America and the world like wildfire. Guided by producers and musicians open-minded, Ecuador is beginning to experience their own digital folk revolution. A new crop of producers and musicians are using their native traditions and rhythms to build a vibrant history of visual and sound art, firing it into the 21st century and Nicola Cruz is leading the way. We are honored to share this musical magic with Nevada County and beyond. Opening the night is Nevada County’s own Brian Hartman and Migaloo aka Milton Armistead. These two amazing artists have teamed up to create musical soundscapes back to back that represent the peak of electronic world music today. Weaving a tapestry of sound, they will open the dance floor to co-create a night with all of us where tradition and expansion combine for a next level experience.

October 25th 6-9PM The Stone House Presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Ananda Vaughan
After extensive immersion in the University of Oregon Jazz Studies program, Ananda Vaughan has gone on to incorporate many other World and American styles into his guitar playing. With over 28 years under his belt on guitar, his music proves both versatile and original. He currently works as a guitar teacher, songwriter, and session player in the Grass Valley area. Inspired by such artists as Paul Simon, Bob Marley, Dave Matthews Band, and Ali Farka Toure, Ananda combines an uplifting message with innovative guitar work. With strong roots in Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Folk traditions, he has created a sound of his own.
This is a free event, however seating is limited and dinner reservations are recommended. To make reservations call 530.265.5050 or visit

October 26th 10pm-2am The Librarian
The Stone House and Heavy Traffic Radio & Recordings present a PINK night for this Late Night at The Stone House event in honor of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Wear Pink (lots of it!) for a discounted ticket and com watch
The Librarian and other special acts TBA…
Save the date! You don’t wanna miss this goodness! And it’s always awesome to party with a purpose! We will be donating a percentage of profits to local breast cancer patients and survivors as well as be curating a special menu for dinner that night in our restaurant and batched drinks that will also support the cause!

October 27th 10pm-2am Desert Dwellers & Pega5u5 – Halloween Weekend
The Desert Dwellers return to Nevada City at the Stone House with special guests, PEGA5U5 and Bazooka Zac.
Hard copy tickets are now available in downtown Nevada City at Yabobo.
Photo booth by Iya Madrone Berry
Deco by Ambient Architects – This event will sell out. Dress to impress. $20 presale/ $25 at the door

November 1st 6-9pm Live Music Dinner Series featuring Steve Holland
The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Stephen Holland
Stephen Holland has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe, performing and collecting songs. The music of Brazil and the romantic Spanish-American authors of Nueva Cancion have informed his work, as has the ancient traditions of the French Troubadours, traditional Japanese Danmono-Ryu and poetry, the drummers of West Africa and the Middle East, Appalachian hill songs, the beauty of Lightin’ Hopkins, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Mercedes Sosa, Andres Segovia, and Odetta, strong coffee, and late night conversations with friends.
This is a free event, however seating is limited so dinner reservations are recommended. To make a reservation call 530.265.5050 or visit www.stonehouse.ioNovember 14th 6-9pm Live Music Dinner Series featuring Jonny Mojo
The Stone House is excited to invite Jonny Mojo back for our Live Music Dinner Series!
In addition to being a local performer, Mojo has began playing up and down the West Coast with his regional band, Achilles Wheel.
With a foundation in blues, Jonny Mojo transcends genres blending rock, folk, fusion, bluegrass, jam band styles and more. What really shines through in a performance is his heart felt passion for music. Although Jonny’s main instrument is the guitar, he also plays harmonica, bottleneck slide and lapsteel guitars, and mandolin.
This is a free event, however seating is limited so dinner reservations are recommended. To make reservations call 530.265.5050 or visit

November 21st 6-9pm Live Music Dinner Series featuring Dominic Stepanian
The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Dominic Stepanian
Dominic Stepanian is a native of Nevada County, CA and he recently earned a degree in performance guitar from Musicians Institute. His diverse musical upbringing included blues, rock and roll, folk and jazz, which contributed to his unique musical styling. Dominic is developing a following, and is an up and coming musician to the Nevada County music scene. This is a free event, however seating is limited and dinner reservations are recommended. To make reservations call 530.265.5050 or visit

November 30th 10pm-2am Back to Basics Tour: Widdler x Pushloop
On Friday November 30th, The Back to Basics Tour featuring The Widdler and Pushloop comes to the Stone House in Nevada City! The tour spans wide in over 40 cities throughout North America, from mid September to mid December! Come check out the heavy hitters of U.S. dubstep and bass music alike, with all original and exclusive track sets and a back to back session not to be missed!
21+ – Presales avail soon, $20 Door. More info TBA soon!!!

December 1st 9:30pm-2am FreQ Nasty, David Starfire & Dub Kirtan All-Stars
FreQ Nasty, David Starfire Music, and Dub Kirtan All Stars are bringing Global Bass, Left Field, and Kirtan chant infused Bass Music to the masses!
Opening set by Yohm – $20 presale available at

Leadership Simulcast Live2Lead Coming to Grass Valley

Live2Lead will be presented in Grass Valley, CA on October 19, 2018 for Business Leaders of For-Profit Companies and November 2, 2018 for Non-Profit groups. The worldwide leadership simulcast event will be hosted by the Barger Group at the Foothill’s Event Center.  Doors open at 8:15am for registration & coffee.  Live2Lead begins at 9:00am and concludes at 1:00pm.

Tickets for October 19th are $97.00 per person & includes lunch.  Companies can purchase Tables of 8 for $897.00 which includes a free session of the Premier John Maxwell Leadership Game to your team (two-hour professional development, team-building activity to increase collaboration and strengthen communication; ideal for 8-12 people at one time (valued at $997.00) (OR) A 5 week Leadership Mastermind Group for ten people (valued at $1,500).

Non-Profit tickets for November 2nd are $47.00 with lunch, or a Table of 8 for $297.00  All tickets are available and can be purchased online at  Live2Lead is also pleased to announce that CEUs and SHM Professional Development Credits are Available.

Speakers include:  John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, bestselling author and coach.  John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, has sold 30 million books. He has been called the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation—have trained millions of leaders from every nation. Tyler Perry, world-renowned filmmaker, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The multi-hyphenate talent has a resume that reads like the American Dream: playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, producer, best-selling author, and studio head. His work, from page to stage to screen, never fails to leverage the power of story to share Perry’s message of hope. Carly Fiorina, Founder and Chairman of Unlocking Potential. Carly became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company. Prior to announcing her candidacy for the Republican nomination for President in 2015, she served as the Chairman of Good360, the world’s largest product philanthropy organization, and as Chairman of Opportunity International, a Christian-based organization that lifts millions out of poverty around the globe through micro-finance. Daniel Pink, Best-Selling Author, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Drive and A Whole New Mind. One of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade, his books on work, business, and behavior have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. In 2015, London-based Thinkers50 named him, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the Top 10 business thinkers in the world. Debra Searle, professional adventurer and serial entrepreneur.  Her expeditions have included rowing solo and unsupported across the Atlantic and sailing around Antarctica. Debra has also launched four companies, is a published author, and has worked as a host for the BBC and won gold medals for Great Britain at World Championship level. Debra was given an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen and a place on the board of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  She later co-founded the Business Women’s Network Forum which meets at Buckingham Palace.

Live2Lead is designed to deliver the very best leadership content to inspire and motivate you and your team. Plus connect with other influencers in your community and expand your business network with relationships that produce tangible results.

Live2Lead is being presented to the Grass Valley area by the Barger Group; John Maxwell Team Certified Members. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Sam Barger at 530-559-1092, by visiting or email at

Animal Place’s Run for the Chickens

October 13 at 10am

Grass Valley Sanctuary 17314 McCourtney Rd Grass Valley, CA 95949

Chickens are the most abused animal in the industry and account for 80% of farm animals that are killed each year. Annually, 9 billion chickens are killed for meat and 305 million hens are used for egg production. These hens are slaughtered in mass amounts when their production falters, something the industry refers to as “depopulating.” This is where we come in.

Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch is an innovative large scale rescue and adoption program, a one-of-a-kind campaign that works with egg farmers to offer an alternative to killing the hens on their farm. While we are limited in providing sanctuary for all animals due to staff and land limits, we can continue to save thousands of hens through this program. We take in 500-2,000 hens, who would normally be gassed and their bodies dumped in landfills, rehabilitate them, and then find them permanent, pre-screened adoptive homes. Since 2010, we have saved more than 26,000 hens and 300 other farmed animals.

Due to zoning issues, we are forced to relocate our rescue & adoption program (housed separately from our 600-acre Grass Valley sanctuary, which is safe). Your support goes toward liberating hens from cages and rescuing goats, roosters, sheep, ducks, and geese from slaughter. I am writing to asking help to publicize our organization and help us continue our liberating work.

The Run will be on October 13 at 10am at our Grass Valley sanctuary location 17314 McCourtney Rd Grass Valley, CA 95949. Tickets are $35 for the Adult 5k, $25 for children and $12 if they would like to purchase a lunch. All tickets are available to purchase now.

Center for Nonprofit Leadership Presents a Design Thinking Workshop

with presenter Kay Sprinkel Grace

Thursday October 11th at Gold Miners Inn

Sponsored by Dan & Joanne Castles and Telestream

Are we committing our best thinking to solving our issues? Or is there a better way?

 According to Wikipedia, Design thinking is the cognitive process from which design concepts (e.g. ideas for products) emerge. Design thinking is related to, but different from problem-solving, decision-making, creativity, sketching and prototyping. New solution ideas lead to a deeper understanding of the problematic context, which in turn triggers more solution ideas.

Design Thinking, born in the corporate innovation world, has come to the nonprofit sector. Design Thinking is a user-centered approach, drawing upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to solve complex problems and find desirable solutions.

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of Design Thinking, and understand how to apply it in different ways — from solving specific problems in your organization to creating innovation on your team (including the board) to collaborating with your volunteers and to designing the future of our industry. This is a very useful, flexible methodology for today’s nonprofit workplace.

We will address the questions: Are we solving the right problems?  Do we find ourselves focusing more on organizational issues within our organizations than on designing solutions to the chronic issues we address?  We respond well to crises — always addressing the needs that arise — but how can we apply that same focus to our ongoing work?

Nonprofits, bring your team! The more participants from the same nonprofit who attend the workshop together, the more effective this training will be for that organization in implementing the ideas learned and explored. CNL understands this and is providing this opportunity to learn with an internationally acclaimed independent consultant, speaker, facilitator, and writer at a notably discounted rate enabling organizations to bring a team (staff and/or board) to the event.

Suggested participants are Teams, including Executive Directors, Board Members and Staff, from Nonprofit Organizations, City and County Government Agencies, local business leaders and philanthropists. Individuals may attend as well.

Know and Go:

Date and Time: Thursday, October 11th, 9:00am –4:00pm
Location: Gold Miners Inn, 121 Bank St, Grass Valley
Cost: $100 – CNL Member organizations ($75 for each additional attendee from same member organization); $150 – Not-Yet-CNL Members Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

More information: Center for Nonprofit Leadership 530.265.5600

Upcoming Classes at Wheyward Girl Creamery

Mozzarella  Fresh mozzarella & burrata in 30 minutes.   You will also receive plenty of practice in stretching curd.  Cheese tasting will include several types of Mozzarella Sunday, October 21 at 11:00 am

Soap making with Goat’s Milk. You’ll leave this class with your hand made soaps. Tuesday, October 30 at 12:00 pm

Classes last approximately 3 hours. Call Wheyward Girl Creamery to reserve your spot (530) 478-1665. Classes sell out quickly.

Wheyward Girl Creamery – 209 Commercial Street, Nevada City


Earth’s Treasures 5th Annual Gem & Mineral Show October 6 & 7

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society will hold its 51st annual show, Earth’s Treasures October 6 and 7 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Newly expanded this year, show hours are Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm. Parking is free. Admission is $2 for adults, but free for children 12 and under, students with an ID card, as well as teachers, and military with ID!

There will be 3 major displays this year. First, the Original 16 -1 Mine in Alleghany will showcase a fabulous crystalline gold-in-quartz display. Next will be the D. Marshall collection of gold, an exact replica of the CL Lewis collection from the Ruby Mine near Alleghany. Recently shown at the California State Fair, it is considered one of the better collections in the world because it includes subterranean-tumbled gold nuggets –about 150 of them! Last, there will be a spectacular collection of Benitoite crystals: rare and precious blue stones, our California State Mineral. The owner, Mr. Kennedy, a world-renowned expert on Benitoite, will also give a talk about it during the show.

Also displayed will be mineral and fossil collections to educate people about the natural world. In addition, vendors will be selling gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary supplies, books, beads and supplies, exceptional jewelry, and gold prospecting equipment. Club members will demonstrate gemstone carving, silver crochet, fossil preparation, gold panning and more. A new and greatly expanded Kids’ Corner handled by our Junior members will feature games, grab bags, scavenger hunt, crystal dig and contests with prizes created by these young collectors. A revolving silent auction happens all weekend, as well as half-hourly raffle drawings for prizes donated by vendor and club members from their private collections. A prize ticket holder has to be present for the raffle drawing to choose his/her prize. Late Sunday afternoon there is a separate drawing for the Grand Prize, a stunning $450, ¼ oz. crystalline gold-in-quartz specimen from the Original 16 to 1 Mine.   The prize ticket holder does not have to be present to claim this prize.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from outside vendors.

Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society holds its general meetings the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Golden Empire Grange off La Barre Meadows Road. There is also an active Juniors Program. For more information, visit:

Fifth Annual Oktoberfest Celebration at Pioneer Park

Celebrate Fall by raising a mug at the fifth annual OKTOBERFEST celebration at Pioneer Park on Saturday, October 6th, benefitting the KARE Crisis Nursery.
The event is from 3 to 7 pm. Brews from 12 producers will be featured, as well as cider, and German wines. Guests can purchase German food and desserts. Music will feature the Hannebrink Duo, Alpine Dancers, and the Road Test Band. Also included is an exhibition of interesting German motorbikes and anyone arriving on a German motorcycle will be admitted for free. Tickets are available Nevada City SPD, the Bookseller, Event Brite, or by calling KARE (530) 265 0693

“Juliet, Naked” at the Nevada Theatre– October 7th

On Sunday, October 7th, Sierra Cinemas/Nevada Theatre Film Series presents “Juliet, Naked” at 7pm at the Nevada Theatre.

Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) – an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). Duncan is far more devoted to his music idol than to Annie. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, it leads to a life-changing encounter between Annie and the elusive rocker himself.

“Juliet, Naked” is basically what would happen if you put “Almost Famous” and “You’ve Got Mail” in a blender and then poured the contents out in a picturesque English seaside town; none of which is a terrible idea.” – Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times.

“What beguiles, aside from the winning performances, are the movie’s generous spirit, shifting tone, and wealth of quickly sketched yet sufficiently realized supporting characters.” – Mark Jenkins, NPR

The film is being shown at 7pm (with doors opening at 6:30) and admission is $8. For more information, to view the trailer, or to purchase advance tickets, visit

Byer’s Leafgaurd & Roofing – Prepare Your Home for Winter

Byers LeafGuard and Roofing is hosting an information session on how to prepare your home for the changing seasons. Jeff Fierstein and Ray Byers Jr will review the basic steps needed to prepare and protect your home throughout the coming fall and winter months. Special attention will be given to simple home improvements that can save time and money, as well as LeafGuard Gutters, Owens Corning and GAF premium roofing. Now is the time to get ready for the next season! This event will be held on Thursday, October 4 from 5-7pm at Byers Design Center, 115 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, California.

Jeff Fierstein, Byers General Manager has spent over thirty years in the roofing and home improvement industry. Gain key roofing insights that can save both time and money in managing home upgrades, and also help to minimize risk and maximize home project investments.

Ray Byers Jr., Byers Operations Manager, spends each day examining home improvement projects, evaluating materials and making certain each and every project Byers encounters is done in the best and most professional manner. Get new ideas for your home from the many projects he reviews daily.

Come get tips on preparing your home for the next seasons and ask questions on these and other topics:

● Roofing materials 2.0, learn what’s new in roofing, new cool roof shingles, and synthetic products or Insulation vs radiant barriers
● Signs that a new roof may be needed
● Beat the winter blues with natural daylight in your home
● Put an end to clogged gutters and stay safely on the ground this winter
● Rain downspout and flow management

Who: Byers LeafGuard & Roofing
What: Home Improvement Information Event
Where: Byers Design Center, 115 Idaho Maryland, Road, Grass Valley
When: Thursday, October 4 from 5-7pm
Cost: Free

5-5:45 appetizers, mixer
5:45-6:15 presentation
6:15-7:00 Q & A We want to know you’ll be there! Help us plan for a great, information-filled evening. Please RSVP 800-977-5323.


Fifth Annual Random Acts of Kindness Event (RAKE) – October 6th

Do you ever wonder how you can make a measurable difference in your own community – Not just by the services you provide, but by the reputation you’ve built based on integrity, hard work and an authentic desire to help build a stronger, healthier community? Well, wonder no more!

Please join Anew Day and Waste Management as we partner for our fifth annual Random Acts of Kindness Event (RAKE). On October 6, 2018 hundreds of Nevada County individuals and organizations will serve its citizens through the community-based RAKE From highway clean-up and park landscaping to school revitalization and trail restoration, we will work to clean and refresh our community’s streets and neighborhoods.

Join us as a sponsor of the event, a participant, or both!

To become a participant, simply visit, select a project and sign-up!

As a RAKE 2018 participant OR sponsor you are in a unique position in 2018 to actively demonstrate pride for the small corner of America in which you live and show to your family, friends, and neighbors what community is all about.

· $2,500 sponsorship is reserved for a community organization desiring to underwrite the costs of event t-shirt design and printing. This sponsorship includes your business name and logo placed strategically on all event-related promotions and marketing in The Union, Primary name and logo promotion on the RAKE website, your name recognition on local radio advertising, and your name and logo included on event t-shirts.
· $1,000 sponsorship includes your business name and logo on all event-related promotions and marketing in The Union, name and logo promotion on the RAKE website, your name recognition on local radio advertising, and your name and logo included on event t-shirts.
· $500 sponsorship includes your business name and logo on all event-related promotions and marketing in The Union, your name and logo on event t-shirts, and RAKE website promotion.
· $250 sponsorship includes your name and logo on event t-shirts and RAKE website promotion.
· $100 sponsorship includes your name on event t-shirts.

All proceeds from the RAKE event support Anew Day and the free and low-cost services we offer to the Nevada County Community. Anew Day provides counseling and related services in a safe environment, which enables our clients to face life’s ups and downs. Partnering with our clients, we meet them where they are and with whatever struggle they are going through. We provide answers, hope, direction, and skills to deal with today’s pain as well as tomorrow’s struggles.

Sierra Stages Presents “You Can’t Take It With You” by Kaufman and Hart – Through October 6th!

A Classic and Enduring American Comedy!

Sierra Stages presents “You Can’t Take It With You” by Kaufman and Hart

September 20-October 6 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

Sierra Stages completes its 10th Anniversary Season with the classic American comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, playing for three weekends only from September 20 through October 6 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

Since its Broadway debut in 1936, Kaufman & Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “You Can’t Take It with You” has become one of the most popular plays in American history. A true classic, this hilarious screwball comedy unfurls under the bohemian roof of Grandpa Vanderhof’s creatively eccentric family – hopping with writers, painters, ballet dancers, xylophone players, caged snakes, a Russian duchess who lives to bake blintzes, and a basement full of firecrackers. When love blooms between Grandpa Vanderhof’s granddaughter and the son of an uptight, conservative Wall Street banker, the collision of their two worlds explodes into laughter!

“You Can’t Take It With You” is directed by Scott Gilbert, who also designed the set. Lighting design and special effects are by Erin Beatie, and costume design is by Paulette Sand-Gilbert. The cast consists of both longtime Nevada County actors and several newcomers, and includes Trish Adair, Rebecca Allington, Louis Flint Ceci, Chase Coney, Audrey Delgado, Darrell Hovander, Tina Marie Kelley, Steve Lambert, Patrick Moore, Tony Muller, Tracie Nickle, Michele Fitzhugh Nesbit, Patrick Shannon, Melinda Thomas, and John Watson.

“‘You Can’t Take It With You’ is one of the most famous and most performed plays of the American theatre with good reason,” says director Scott Gilbert. “It is a hilarious romp, a madcap farce, and a touching examination of how best to live life, full of delightful characters and outrageous scenes. It’s the kind of play where you think ‘oh yeah, that old thing, seen it a hundred times,’ but then when you actually read it or see it, you say ‘That is so great!’”

“The play endures – and audiences continue to love it – because it is really, really funny,” says Gilbert. “The characters are vivid, the situation is fascinating, the jokes are sharp. The play has more jokes, more ideas, more memorable characters, and more fun than almost any other script from the Twentieth Century. You can see very clearly how this play influenced the best television sitcoms and romantic comedy movies. When I mention that I am working on ‘You Can’t It With You’ to friends, both in the theatrical profession and out, they invariably are surprised and delighted, and have some story about why the play is special to them.”

“You Can’t Take It With You” has a rich history of popular production in Nevada County, the most recent one being by The Foothill Theatre Company in the early 2000’s. The Sierra Stages production aims to both delight audience members who have loved the play before, and surprise folks who have never heard of the play with how wonderfully funny it can be. Says Gilbert, “It is hard for me to imagine audiences not falling in love with this cast and their charming antics.”

Performances of “You Can’t Take It With You” are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. (Note: There is no performance on Thursday, September 27.) All seating is reserved. For the first two “preview” performances on Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21, all tickets are $20 (seats in all rows). For all other performances, tickets are $35 (seats in rows A-H) and $25 (seats in rows J-O). Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more, and Student Rush (age 25 & under with a valid student ID) is $15 at the door (subject to availability) beginning 30 minutes before each performance. For tickets and information, visit or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

Also this fall, don’t miss the final two Theater by the Book play readings co-presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. On Wednesday, October 17, Sandra Rockman directs “Marjorie Prime” by Jordan Harrison, and on Wednesday November 14, John Deaderick directs “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza. Theater by the Book play readings are free, with a $10 suggested donation at the door. Doors open at 7:00 PM, and readings begin at 7:30 PM. All readings take place at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City. For more information, visit or the

Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began nine years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 33 plays and musicals and 30 informal play readings (as part of Theater by the Book co-presented with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

For more information about Sierra Stages, visit

Know and Go

What: “You Can’t Take It With You”

When: September 20 – October 6, 2018

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Information: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM (Note: There is no performance on Thursday, September 27) Sundays at 2:00 PM or call 530.346.3210

Tina Marie Kelley (as Essie) and Tony Muller (as Ed) in the Sierra Stages production of “You Can’t Take It With You” playing September 20-October 6 at the Nevada Theatre. (Photo by David Wong)

Tina Marie Kelley (as Essie), Tony Muller (as Ed), and Trish Adair (as Penelope Sycamore) in the Sierra Stages production of “You Can’t Take It With You” playing September 20-October 6 at the Nevada Theatre. (Photo by David Wong)

Trish Adair (as Penelope Sycamore) in the Sierra Stages production of “You Can’t Take It With You” playing September 20-October 6 at the Nevada Theatre. (Photo by David Wong)

League of Women Voters Presents: Candidate Forum – One to go!

Your League of Women Voters will conduct our election year, Candidate Forum Series last forum on October 4.

We invited both candidates for U.S. Representative, District 1, Doug LaMalfa and Audrey Denny, to participate in a Candidate Forum. Representative LaMalfa declined our invitation; Ms. Denny accepted. By League bylaws we cannot hold a forum with only one candidate; it is with regret that we will not have the opportunity to provide the community with a forum for this critical elected position.

We also attempted to organize a forum for our State Assembly Representative, but although he was willing, we were not able to secure a date with incumbent Brian Dahle, and his opponent, Caleen Sisk, did not return our inquiry. We apologize that we were unsuccessful in bringing you these important forums.

The last forum will be held at the Rood Center*, and live broadcast via KVMR 89.5 FM.  It will start promptly at 7 PM and conclude at 8:30*.

Thursday, October 4: Pros and Cons on Measures and Initiatives – there are 10 of these on the ballot.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. You may learn more about the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County at or by visiting our Facebook page:

100% Design – Home Design & Inspiration Show” October 6th and 7th


The Union Newspaper presents the third annual “100% Design – Home Design & Inspiration Show” October 6th and 7th at the Foothills Event Center at 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley. “The people who attend this show are in the market for home improvement,” says Mary Anne Davis, Event Manager for The Union. “While our Home & Garden Show in the Spring covers all aspects of a home and garden, this expo focuses on the beautiful yet functional design elements of the home, both inside and out.”

At 100% Design you can browse the new products and services of interior designers, home furnishings, home and hearth, kitchen and bath design, window coverings, flooring, bathroom and kitchen products, backyard landscape designers and so much more – all in one place! Three presentations throughout the weekend are scheduled: Saturday at 1pm is Eric Breuer, of Eric Breuer Designs, to discuss “Construction & Design Technology”, Saturday at 2:30 will be Michelle Denning, owner of Gold Rust and Dust, speaking on “Environmental Benefits of Re-Use in Home Décor.” Sunday at 1:30 pm we’ll have LeeAnn Brook, of LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, speaking about “Collecting Art You Love”.

Admission to 100% Design is $10, and includes a free beverage from the no-host bar as well as an entry into a drawing for some fantastic door prizes. Children are free with an adult. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Food Bank of Nevada County.

100% Design – Home Design & Inspiration Show runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6, and 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday, October 7 at the Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, California. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit or call 530-477-4241.

The Center for the Arts Presents: Chinese Warriors of Peking October 2nd

An extravaganza of juggling, acrobatics, weapons handling, and live stage combat comes to the Don Baggett Theater when The Center for the Arts OnTheGo series brings the Chinese Warriors of Peking to Grass Valley for two shows on Tuesday, October 2.

Filled with high-intensity martial arts and breath-taking acrobatics, Chinese Warriors of Peking is a new production set during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) that tells the tale of two rival martial arts disciplines competing in the ancient Chinese capital of Peking. Under the direction of Qui Jian, it provides a culturally enriching experience.

The company of the Chinese Warriors of Peking was founded in 1958 as a group of Chinese acrobats and martial artists. The Chinese Warriors of Peking have been on international tours for the past two decades. In 2016, the company’s performance of Pagoda of Bowls was selected by the American UniverSoul Circus to tour the United States with the circus for more than ten months. The company’s Slack Wire performers was picked by Cirque du Soleil and has toured with the company around the world.

In July 2005, its Bicycle and Slack-wire performance won first place, Ring Diving and Spinning Plates routine won 2nd place and Diabolo and Feet Juggling won 3rd place at the 3rd Shandong Provincial Acrobatics and Magic Competition. In 2010, at the 4th Shandong Provincial Acrobatics and Magic Competition, the company’s Bicycle routine won first place and the Diabolo and Swinging Poles routine won 2nd place. In 2012, at the 5th Shandong Provincial Acrobatics and Magic Competition, the troupe’s Stacking Chairs and Swinging Poles routine won first place. Most recently, the troupe’s Spinning Plates routine won 2nd place at the 6th Shandong Provincial acrobatics and Magic Competition in July 2016.

WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: Chinese Warriors of Peking

WHEN: Tuesday, October 2, TWO SHOWS: 11:00am & 7:30pm

WHERE: Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union High School

TICKETS: Member: $32 evening; $22 matinee
General: $37 evening, $27 matinee
Student: $17 evening, $10 matinee
Tickets at:
The Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling 530-274-8384
The Center is undergoing renovation. Box Office is at The Plaza:
998 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945
BriarPatch Food Coop – 530-272-5333,
Tickets online at

Helping Hands 11th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Helping Hands Adult Day Program announces our Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser and Open House event on October 7th, 2018 to celebrate our 11th year of business and licensure in Nevada County. From 4pm- 7pm you can “walk in or carry out” a full spaghetti dinner, including garlic bread, salad and dessert. This year we will also have gluten free pasta and bread for those interested. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $10 adult plate along with tickets for a variety of baskets, gift items and gift certificates to be raffled off during the evening. Local live musicians will be entertaining guests as you experience this fun filled worthy event. Your generosity allows this program to continue providing this much-needed service.

Helping Hands is the only state licensed community Adult Day Care Program in Nevada County and in several surrounding counties as well. The program was established in 2007 by the Penn Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church immediately following the closure of the Lutz Center. It is a life line for those caring for a loved one at home and provides purposeful activities for dependent adults in a safe, nurturing environment. All proceeds directly provide care to both the caregiver and the cared for in our community. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, October 7th from 4-7pm at 17645 Penn Valley Drive, Penn Valley, CA right across from the post office!