Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race

2018 marks the 58th anniversary of the Nevada City Cycling Classic, the second oldest continuously running bicycle race in the country. 2018 also marks year two of the revitalization of this iconic Nevada City event.

For only the second time in history, the Nevada City Classic will be moved off the traditional Father’s Day date to the weekend of June 23-24, 2018. The date change allows the Chamber of Commerce to address a number of issues that were identified as factors to dwindling community support and engagement as well as falling race participation numbers.

Not only has the date been changed, but the course for 2018 will go back to the original that was designed by event founder Charlie Allert in 1961. Instead of riders going all the way to the bottom of Broad St., they will turn left onto N. Pine St., cross Commercial St. and proceed past the Courthouse and the relocated start/finish at N. Pine & Church streets before merging back to the course most people are familiar with at York & N. Pine streets.

To sign up to race in the Nevada City Classic go to: Nevada City Bicycle Classic Registraton

To volunteer go to:

2018 will continue to build on changes from 2017. The 2nd Annual Nevada City Mile running race that takes place on the same route as the bike race will be on Sunday at 11:15am. Sign up now!

Nevada City Bicycle Classic Brewfest Saturday, June 23rd!

Saturday, June 23 2018

Mark your calendar for the first annual Nevada City Classic Brewfest on Saturday June 23rd from 6 to 9 p.m.  The Brewfest will take place in the Three Forks Bakery & Brewery Parking lot in Nevada City.

Come taste the finest craft beers from our regional breweries including Three Forks Bakery & Brewery, Ol’ Republic Brewery, Grass Valley Brewing Company, Auburn Alehouse, Crooked Lane Brewing, Fifty-Fifty Brewing and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Bring your friends to enjoy great beer (unlimited tastings), music, food and FUN! Tickets are $30 per person in advance or $35 at the door. Adults aged 21+ only.   Advance tickets can be purchased at the Chamber office – 132 Main Street, Nevada City. Phone: (530) 265-2692

The Brewfest is an additional happening added this year to the 58th annual Bike Race weekend of events that are sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Other activities included in the weekend include the Nevada City Mile – a running race on Sunday that takes place on the same route as the bike race.

Additional changes to the Bike Race this year are: the race date has changed from the traditional Father’s Day weekend to the following weekend – June 23 & 24 and the course will revert to the original bike race course that was designed by the bike race Founder, Charlie Allert in 1961.

Ribbon Cutting Thursday at Noon: Aanestad Law

A Trust & Estate Planning Firm

430 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley

Please join us at a Joint Ribbon Cutting with Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers at noon on Thursday, June 21st. See you there!

Why is Vanity Fair Interested in the Yuba Watershed?

Melinda Booth, Executive Director of South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), along with nine other California Coastkeeper groups, are featured in the most recent edition of Vanity Fair. In the Summer 2018 edition, released June 6, reporter Bruno Navasky explores local Californians’ fight for protecting our most important resource—water.

Navasky spent a month following 10 leaders from grassroots environmental organizations in California. This group of environmental leaders represents the California Coastkeeper Alliance, a subset of the Waterkeeper Alliance made up of more than 300 organizations that patrol and protect more than 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways on six continents. The California Coastkeeper Alliance focuses on the belief that healthy oceans and rivers are vital to California’s economy, public health, and way of life.

Navasky toured the Yuba and Bear watersheds with SYRCL and learned about the range of issues the organization is taking on. In the article he called attention to SYRCL’s efforts to restore floodplains and fish habitat in the lower Yuba River, in partnership with mining companies. He also gave a shout out to SYRCL’s River Ambassadors.

SYRCL joined the Coastkeepers and the International Waterkeeper Alliance in January 2016 as the Yuba River Waterkeeper. Local concerns for the Yuba inspired the creation of SYRCL 35 years ago, and now, their current programs to protect and restore the Yuba watershed are being linked to state and national priorities.

The California Coastkeeper Alliance is dedicated to fostering regional and statewide coalitions to address complex issues related to water quality and watershed health, including the restoration of wild salmon. Yuba River Waterkeeper’s aim is to combine SYRCL’s 35-year record of strong grassroots advocacy with the power of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international coalition of river advocates. It allows SYRCL to collaborate with a network of like-minded organizations as they navigate issues in our watershed.

According to Melinda Booth, Executive Director of SYRCL, our local concerns are paving the way for national issues. “The work that we do here, locally, has significance for the region, the state, and the nation” says Booth. “Our efforts to stop Centennial Dam from being built have impact on water policy issues statewide. Our affiliation with the international Waterkeeper Alliance helps foster regional and statewide coalitions. And our Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s On Tour component furthers the environmental movement as a whole around the globe.”

As a new member of California Coastkeeper, SYRCL is benefitting from the Alliance’s experience in advancing statewide policies and programs. This state-wide platform will help SYRCL’s campaigns and programs like the lower Yuba restoration work and stopping Centennial Dam. Other NGOs across the nation are watching SYRCL and the fight against the dam. They are acutely aware that success or failure here could be precedent setting for other dam proposals.

Melinda spent time with Navasky showing him around our community, explaining the environmental issues we face and how we are meeting these challenges. Looking back Melinda said, “[Bruno Navasky] had spent a month visiting the 10 Coastkeepers and learning about their work. He articulated to me that what he found unique about SYRCL and our community was that he felt the hope. Our community offered him that in just one day—he felt it palpably and I must admit that I do, too. And I value that positive outlook.”

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

A Saturday Night Wine & Food Pairing – Sauvignon Blanc Release

June 30, 6-8PM

Enjoy a glass of Nevada City Winery’s newly released 2017 Sauvignon Blanc with carefully selected pairings of Crudités, Cheese, Charcuterie, & French Bread. This event will open your senses to the layered complexity of this aromatic white wine that is perfect for summer. Guests will enjoy wine, food and live music.

$28 General Public
$22 Club Members
Call the winery at (530) 265-9463

Participants will receive a glass of our newly released wine along with a food platter containing various cheeses, meats, and vegetables that pair beautifully with it – all while enjoying live music!  For more information.

First Annual Healthy You Event in Grass Valley, California

The Union Newspaper, producer of many community events including the annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show, Chocolate Infusion, and 100% Design, is premiering a new health-related event called “Healthy You” on Saturday, June 23rd in Grass Valley.

Earlier this year, in February 2018 The Union produced their first edition of the Healthy You Magazine, from which this event has emerged. The magazine as well as this event focuses on health of all ages, both traditional as well as alternative health care. Many topics will be covered and there will be something for everyone, young or more mature.

The Healthy You event is part vendor exposition of health-related businesses, and part speaker series. The speaker schedule will include the following topics: Dental Health, Diabetes Nutrition, Mental Health, Healthy Body Image, and Ayurvedic Medicine. Our keynote speakers starting at 10:15 am will be Tomaso Wilkins and Dr. Scott Kellermann.

A sampling of vendors booked to date include Adventist Health & Rideout Cancer Center, Anew Day, Archer Chiropractic, Atria Senior Living, BodyTalk California, Cedars Chiropractic, Choose Wellness Now, Dr. Lisa Hosbein, Fore Dental Care, Hilltop Commons, Nevada County Midwives Collective, Sierra Care Physicians, Sierra Homegrown Holistic Health, Sierra Medical Nutrition Therapy, and more. Come and learn about the topics that interest you, a wide variety will be presented.

Healthy You will be held Saturday, June 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building at 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Admission is $5 for age 13 and over, 12 and under are free with an adult.
Atria Senior Living Grass Valley is a sponsor of the event, and will provide tote bags to the first 200 attendees.

Nevada City to Host 2018 Independence Day Parade

Nevada County will be celebrating USA’s birthday this 4th of July, with the theme of the 2018 Parade & Fireworks Celebration, “Sweet Home Nevada County.” Continuing a tradition that began 116 years ago, Nevada City will be hosting this year’s July Fourth parade.  It was in 1902 that an agreement was struck between Nevada City and Grass Valley to alternate the parade between the two communities.  Since then, Grass Valley has hosted the celebration on odd-numbered years and Nevada City on even-numbered years.

“What happens here on July Fourth is the epitome of a small town celebration,” says Robin Davies, Executive Director of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Whether the parade is in Grass Valley or Nevada City, the focus is on three important elements of American life: families, communities and patriotism.”

Helping make it a patriotic event to remember, the Nevada County Concert Band will be performing on Broad Street prior to and during the parade. Nevada County Concert Band begins their pre-parade concert at 10am in front of the Alpha Building on Broad Street.  It is recommended that parade goers arrive early with lawn chairs in hand, to find a good vantage point. Following the parade, the always-popular Ophir Prison Band will be giving a lively performance on Lower Broad Street at the conclusion of the parade.

Emily Fitzpatrick, a student at Nevada Union High School will kick off the parade with The National Anthem followed by a traditional flyover. More than 70 entries, including a fantastic mix floats, horsebacks, cars, marchers & dancers all displaying red, white and blue and waving American flags, will begin the march through historic Nevada City at 11am. It is recommended that parade goers arrive early with lawn chairs in hand, to find a good vantage point along the parade route, and stay to enjoy a lively forty-five-minute performance on Broad Street after the parade by the always-popular Ophir Prison Band.

There is still time to participate in the parade!!  2018 4th of July Parade Application

The celebration continues at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley with a family-oriented celebration, the gates open at 3pm. The fireworks won’t blast off until 9:30pm, but there are plenty of fun festivities to keep you entertained all afternoon.

Arrive early to spread out your blankets and chairs on the green of the fairgrounds for fireworks viewing and keep the entire family entertained with musical performances starting at 4pm at the Pine Tree Stage until the fireworks blast off when night falls. Or you can dance on over to the Dance Pad Stage where the Entertainment will be from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dance Pad entertainment includes: The Stamp Mill Stompers, Tommyknocker Cloggers, Vicki Fortini Singing Patriotic Songs and the always popular Peter Wilson. Entertainment will also include Cousin Cricket Fly the first band Followed by Revolution, Sue Legate’s Janis Joplin Tribute band.  The grounds will also host a craft fair, bounce house, face painters and balloons to keep the little ones celebrating all day long!

Treat Street will be open with local organizations serving food including baked potatoes, hamburgers, corn dogs, chicken, french fries, ice cream and frozen yogurt. and the Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers of Commerce will be operating a beer & wine booth.

Tickets are $10 in advance & $15 at the gate, so we encourage you to purchase in advance at the Grass Valley or Nevada City Chambers of Commerce or online at  Tickets will be available at the discounted rate until 2pm on Wednesday, July 4 at the Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers and at Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds on July 3rd & 4th. Active & retired military and spouses with Military ID’s and kids under 12 are free. The Nevada County Fairgrounds charges $5 for parking at the Fairgrounds and parking is limited.  No alcohol, glass, pets, barbeques or personal fireworks are permitted at the fairgrounds.

Shuttle Service to the South Yuba River State Park- 49 Crossing

The South Yuba River receives a reported 800,000 visitors annually. One of the most popular locations to visit on the Yuba is South Yuba River State Park- Highway 49 Crossing. Visitor parking in this State Park is extremely limited with only about 34 legal parking spaces.

Inspired by the opportunity to mitigate parking challenges and to provide an eco-friendly transportation alternative, we have created Yuba Bus.

The Yuba River shuttle service is coming to downtown Nevada City. We will provide hourly pickups at Robinson Plaza and the Rood Center, 4 days per week- Thursday thru Sunday. We will also be servicing the Inn Town Campground two times per day. This shuttle service will run through the summer until Sept 23, 2018.

Yuba Bus is established as a community partners with the South Yuba Rivers Citizens League (SYRCL) and Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) to provide a safe, informative and responsible experience at the South Fork of the Yuba River.

Round Trip: Adults $15, Seniors & Children $10, Family of Four $40

One Way: Adults $8, Seniors & Children $5

Yuba Bus is on most social media platforms: @yubabus. The website is

Nevada City Uncorked Announces New Wine Event

In addition to the Saturday, August 25th sip-and-stroll experience featuring local food purveyors and regional wineries, Nevada City Uncorked is hosting “Conversations with a Winemaker” In the Nevada City Winery Barrel Room at 4:00 p.m. Friday August 24th and then a “Meet The Winemaker ” reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Tasting Room.

Just to be clear, this is not a wine tasting event. That is for the next day. Of course, there will be wine available from Nevada City Winery, like usual, by the glass or bottle. This is an opportunity to meet a few winemakers in a casual, informal setting. Open to the public, there is no charge to attend the reception.

“Conversations with a Winemaker” In The Barrel Room at 4:00 p.m.

Join an intimate, unscripted conversation with three of our best local winemakers in the Nevada City Winery barrel room at 4:00 p.m. Friday August 24th. Winemakers Mark Henry from Montoliva, Jackson Starr from Sierra Starr and the dean of Nevada County winemakers, Mark Foster from Nevada City Winery, will sit on the panel that will be moderated by Rod Byers. The topic for discussion will focus on the future of winemaking in our region and the need, or not, for a flagship varietal.

For that you will need a ticket. The event is free but you will need a ticket to get into the barrel room. The only way to get a ticket is to purchase your tickets to Nevada City Uncorked. Tickets are limited. They will be available until they are not. If you think you will attend the reception or want tickets to the Barrel Room be sure to check the boxes on the online ticket form. Click here for more Uncorked information or to purchase tickets.

Sierra Stages Presents: “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”

A magical adventure of enormous proportions!
Sierra Stages presents the musical “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”
July 12-August 4 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

This summer, Sierra Stages is proud to present the musical “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” featuring words and music by the Tony and Academy Award-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and book by Timothy Allen McDonald, based on the book “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl. “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” plays for four weekends only from July 12 through August 4 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

“Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” is guaranteed to mesmerize theatregoers of all ages. In this compelling story by beloved author Roald Dahl (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Matilda”), a young orphan named James accidentally drops magic crystals by an old peach tree, and strange things start to happen. James soon discovers a world of magic and adventure full of friendly insects and learns that love and family can be found in unexpected places.

“We are so excited to present ‘Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach’ as part of our 10th anniversary season,” says Sierra Stages music director Ken Getz. “I instantly fell in love with the score upon hearing the 2015 cast recording, and immediately tried to figure out how Sierra Stages could bring the show to Nevada County. Unfortunately, at that time, the only version that was available for licensing was one-hour long and designed to be performed by kids. However, at the end of 2016, the full two-act version became available and we jumped on the chance to present the show in our next available summer slot.”

“‘Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach’ also gives us an opportunity to include young actors in our cast and attract young audiences to the theatre,” says Sierra Stages managing director Peter Mason. “Over the past nine years, we have done several family-friendly shows, including ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘The Music Man,’ and ‘Peter Pan,’ with many kids in the cast and audience. For ‘Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach’, in addition to casting a 10-year old as James, we have four teenagers in the ensemble. Because Roald Dahl’s book is well known, we expect to have lots of kids in the audience. At the same time, the show is entertaining and a lot of fun for older audiences too. It’s a great way for families to share the unique and exhilarating experience of live theatre.”

The book “James and the Giant Peach” was published in 1961 and launched Roald Dahl’s career as a children’s writer. One way that Dahl delighted his readers was to take often vicious revenge on cruel adults who had harmed children, as in “James and the Giant Peach.” Many critics have objected to the rough treatment of adults. However, Dahl explained in the “New York Times Book Review” that the children who wrote to him always “pick out the most gruesome events as the favorite parts of the books… they don’t relate it to life; they enjoy the fantasy.” Over his career, Dahl wrote 19 children’s books, nine short story collections and several television and movie scripts. He couldn’t type and always used a pencil to write his stories—stories that continue to thrill millions of children throughout the world.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are one of the hottest young songwriting teams working today on Broadway and in Hollywood. In 2017, they received a Tony Award for “Dear Evan Hansen” and an Academy Award for the movie “La La Land”. This year, they were nominated for an Academy Award for “The Greatest Showman.”

Pasek and Paul developed “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” over several years. “It’s this sort of quirky, funky story, all driven by the unique, idiosyncratic vision of Dahl, ”says Paul. One of the issues with the musical was how much of the darkness to maintain from the book. “We knew it had to be dark, but not so dark that families couldn’t enjoy it,” says Paul. “There are dark elements that kids are excited by — ‘Oh my God, his parents were eaten by a rhinoceros! What’s going to happen?’” Says Pasek, “Yes, the evil aunts are evil, but they’ve got to be deliciously evil, so that you’re almost rooting for them because they’re so over the top; That’s how you find the lightness in the dark.”

The Sierra Stages production of “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” is directed by Robert Rossman, with music direction by Ken Getz. Scenic and puppet design is by Teresa Shea, lighting design is by Erin Beatie and Devin Cameron Jewett, and costume design is by Leslie Dilloway. The all-local Nevada County cast of includes Bren Altenbach, Micah Cone, Kate Haight, Darrell Hovander, Tina Marie Kelley, Susan Mason, Danny McCammon, Dawn Simmons, Angela Williams, ​Audrey Delgado, Katie Dorland, Triston Druktenis, Vicki Goss, Jozi Gullickson, Hailey Patrick, Reyn Smith, Mimi Vishoot, and Jasper Waters. As with all Sierra Stages productions, “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” will feature a live theatre orchestra.

Performances of “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Beginning this year, Sierra Stages is offering all reserved seating at the Nevada Theatre. For the first two “preview” performances on Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13, all seats in all rows are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. For all other performances, seats in rows A-H are $35 for adults, $20 for children ages 4-12, and seats in rows J-O are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. Please note that children under age 4 will not be admitted. Student Rush is also offered for $15 at the door (subject to availability) before each performance (age 25 & under with a valid student ID). For tickets and information, visit or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

As part of Sierra Stages’ commitment to making sure that theater remains open and accessible to every member of our community, the Thursday July 19th performance at 7:30 PM is a “Pay What You Can Performance” supported by a generous grant from Community Players Trust – helping to keep community theatre alive and thriving in Nevada County! “Pay What You Can” tickets are sold on first-come, first-served basis at the Nevada Theatre box office beginning at 6:00 PM on the evening of the show. We accept cash only – any amount (in US currency) is OK – and we don’t sell more than 2 tickets to each person. Doors open at 7:00 PM and there is open seating. If you need an accessible seat, please contact us ahead of time at and let us know your needs and we’ll be sure to set aside accessible seats for you and your companion.

Following “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”, Sierra Stages will conclude its 10th anniversary season with the classic and enduring American stage comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman (September 20 – October 6 at the Nevada Theatre). 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: “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”
When: July 12 – August 4, 2018
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM
Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

LeGacy Presents “Dearly Beloved” at the Nevada Theatre

The hilarious comedy “DEARLY BELOVED” continues at the Nevada Theatre, playing through June 23rd. Written by the talented Jones, Hope and Wooten writing trio (who penned last years hit show, “The Dixie Swim Club”) LeGacy once again brings the talents of director John Bivens, most of last years Dixie cast, and a few more local favorites! A Texas wedding goes nutty, a bride is on the run, three sisters reunite in a very different way, and romance and laughter abound! “Dearly Beloved” stars Nancy Haffey, Sue LeGate Halford, Nancy Keith, Kim Wellman, Nadia White, Carolyn Winters, Brandon Johnson, Kris Meadows, & Adam Morton, with director Bivens himself taking a turn on the stage! “Dearly Beloved” plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, ONE SUNDAY matinee, Fathers Day, June 17th at 2pm, and ONE THURSDAY June 21 at 7pm. Tickets for “Dearly Beloved” are only $20 in advance, $22 at the door, available at the BookSeller, Harmony Books, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419. SPECIAL reserved seating available at $35, through box office or online only, please. Come on out and join LeGacy this spring at the Nevada Theatre…..we will see you at the theatre!!!

Review by Hindi Greenberg:

LeGacy Productions’ current play, “Dearly Beloved,” is a wonderfully funny, over-the-top — but true to life — comedy about a wedding. Well, not really about a wedding. But everything surrounding the wedding, including family, aging, relationships, disappointment, letting go of old grudges, getting through ridiculous new situations, self-confidence and, of course, love. The audience adored this portrait of a dysfunctional but lovable Texas family and their often hilarious antics because, as outrageous as the antics are, we’ve all had some of these same thoughts and emotions in our own life’s experiences.

Food Love Farm Summer Camp

Register your child today for the tastiest camp around – The Food Love Farm Summer Camp with 2 sessions from July 9-13 and July 16-20! Daily sessions run from 9AM-1PM, with each day having its own unique theme around food and farming. The size of the program is kept small and is open to kids ages 6-11 years old! Session 1 is almost full!

The campers will be planting seeds, harvesting vegetables and flowers, seed saving, feeding chickens, taste testing and cooking fresh foods, searching for and identifying bugs and reptiles, creating art projects on the farm, photography, running a mock farmer’s market and more! Sign Up Now

The camp is located at 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Rd., Nevada City.

Music in the Mountains 37th Anniversary SummerFest Concert

For more than thirty-seven years, Music in the Mountains SummerFest has been Northern California’s premier summer concert series, featuring exciting outdoor performances and sophisticated chamber concerts, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus, can transform lives and communities.

Led by Artistic Director Pete Nowlen and resident conductor Ryan Murray, SummerFest stretches over the course of eleven days from June 23 through July 3 and welcomes over 65 professional musicians and thousands of attendees to the beautiful park-like setting of the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA.

This year’s program embodies the bold spirit of summer – everything is singing and alive; promising the best of what might be!  Beginning with an enchanting evening of Handel and Bach and finishing with a spirited Patriotic Pops, SummerFest also includes Brahms Serenade No. 1, Rachmaninoff’s luscious 2nd Symphony, a tribute to American greats and the unforgettable songs of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, and the evocative and intoxicating songs of thwarted love from Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, and more!

Fact Sheet: SummerFest

Saturday, June 23: Garden Party – Dunham Estate in Grass Valley, 6pm

A summer garden party at the sprawling Dunham Estate in Grass Valley.  The evening features dinner, dessert, and a concert with Purcell’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Handel’s Water Music Suite in F, and Robin Mayforth performing Vivaldi’s Summer from the Four Seasons.

Sunday, June 24: Brahms Serenade – Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, Doors 2:00pm, Show 3pm

A sublime chamber concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in c minor, op. 66 and Serenade No. 1, the charming yet rigorous score that was the genesis of Brahms’ great symphonies.

Tuesday, June 26: Summer Brass – Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley – Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm

Featuring the Music in the Mountains Brass in a spirited program of music from the Renaissance to now.

Thursday, June 28: Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm

An epic concert featuring Rachmaninoff’s luscious 2nd Symphony under the towering pines of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The drama opens with Mozart’s Don Giovanni and then into a dreamlike Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss sung by soprano, Carrie Hennessey.

Saturday, June 30: Bernstein & Gershwin – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm

A concert under the stars celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th and George Gershwin’s 120th Anniversaries with music from Westside Story, Candide, Strike up the Band, and more! The night will culminate with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Richard Glazier.

Sunday, July 1 : Music of Love & Drama – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm

An orchestral program sizzling with romance and heartbreak by moonlight, featuring the tragedies of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy featuring 9 year-old violin prodigy, Amaryn Olmeda, The Force of Destiny, and more.

Tuesday, July 3: Patriotic Pops – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8:00pm

Pack the family picnic basket, wave the flag, and honor America. Celebrate under the stars….and the stripes! Patriotic favorites, including Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” It’s a Music in the Mountains SummerFest finale tradition.

Tickets are $30/Advance, $40 at the Gate, $10 for Students.  4 Concert Tickets for $99 (Good until 5/31), Reserve a table for 6 for $99.  For tickets and more information call (530) 265-6124, visit our website at or visit our box office Tuesday-Friday between noon and 4pm at 530 Searls Ave, Suite A, Nevada City.

Nevada County Cannabis Alliance June Workshop & Social Mixer

Alliance Social Mixer – Compassion In Action

June 21st, 4:00 – 6:00pm

The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance’s June Social Mixer is Compassion In Action. Join Forrest Hurd, Director of Caladrius Network, and Doug Reil, Director of East Bay Canna Compassion Program for this inspiring educational discussion. Learn about how compassion programs are revolutionizing the industry. Thursday, June 21st, 4-6pm. Gold Miners Inn, 121 Bank St., Grass Valley, CA.

Workshop – Know Your Legal Rights for Growing This Summer

June 28th, 4:00 – 6:00pm

The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance is hosting A Get Legit Workshop: Know Your Legal Rights for Growing This Summer. A panel of attorneys Jennifer Granger, Joanna Hossack and Stephen Munkelt will help you understand enforcement, fines, best protections and more. Thursday, June 28th from 4-6pm at The Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd., Grass Valley, CA.

Vegan Epicure Travel June Events

Animal Sanctuary Tour + Gourmet Vegan Picnic
Date: Saturday, June 23 from 10am-2pm
We’re off to the farm for a special guided tour and deluxe vegan picnic with Vegan Epicure Travel! The adventure begins when you board the shuttle in downtown Grass Valley for the 15-minute ride to Animal Place, a sanctuary for rescued farm animals. Here, we’ll get to meet chickens, sheep, pigs, and cows on an exclusive tour, and after, we’ll sit down for a gourmet vegan picnic lunch before our shuttle whizzes us back downtown. Transportation, lunch, animals visits, and a donation to the sanctuary are included in the tour. This is a family-friendly event!
$89 >> tickets are available at

Vegan 101 Class with Vegan Epicure Travel
Date: Thursday, June 28 from 6pm-8pm (2 hours)
Join local vegan food expert Aurelia d’Andrea of Vegan Epicure Travel at this informative class that gives you everything you need to know about the wonderful world of plant-based cuisine. In this class, held at the Briarpatch Community Co-op Cooking School in Nevada City, you’ll learn how to stock your pantry with vegan staples, discover where to shop affordably, and learn how to prepare easy vegan meals that are ready in 30 minutes. Class includes a quick-and-tasty meal that students will prepare themselves.
$49 >> tickets are available at

Nevada City Wine-and-Bike Tour!
Date: Saturday, June 30 from 10am-3pm (5 hours)
Join local tour company Vegan Epicure Travel on a small-group guided bike tour to discover some of the area’s local treasures. The adventure begins in downtown Nevada City, where we’ll pedal off toward our first destination, a local artist’s studio, where we’ll meet the artisans and discover the treasures they create from reclaimed materials. Next, we’ll cycle on to a neighboring vineyard, where we’ll experience a vegan wine-and-cheese tasting and learn more about wine production from the winemaker. All drinks, snack, and tastings are included!
$89 >> tickets are available at

Photo credit: Marilyn Chrisman

Summer Art Camp at Mana Beads

An exciting new arts & crafts program for kids in downtown Nevada City!

Ages 10-15 (exceptions for extra crafty youngsters)
Individual Classes: $25/class
Art Camp – All 6 classes (7/30 – 8/4) $125
All materials included, please sign up 24 hours in advance.
For more information, contact:
Cody Painter

#1 Origami & Color Theory
Topics : Color theory and selecting a color palette
Project : Color origami paper & Origami techniques
June 21 & July 30 – 10am – 12pm

#2 Mandalas & Sacred Geometry
Topics : Geometry in art, negative space & balance
Project : Create & color original mandalas
June 28 & July 31 – 10am – 12pm

#3 Braids, Textures & Textiles
Topics : Textures & lines in textile art
Project : Braiding techniques: Loop, 4-string, simple Macramé
July 5 & August 1 – 10am – 12pm

#4 Essential Knots & Basic Macrame
Topics : Essential knots & history
Project : Macramé with beads
July 12 & August 2 – 10am – 12pm

#5 Rhythm & Pattern with Beading
Topics : Rhythm & Pattern in art
Project : Beaded Jewelry
July 19, August 3 – 10am – 12pm

#6 Dreamcatchers & Local Tribes
Topics : History & traditions of local Native American Tribes
Project : Dreamcatchers
July 26, August 4 – 10am – 12pm

Picnic Pops concert #2 of 4 – free!

Sunday June 24, 2018
5:00 – 7:00pm
Pioneer Park, Nevada City, CA

The 70-piece Nevada County Concert Band presents “Episode 6: The Band Awakens,” the second of the four Picnic Pops Concert Series featuring big band, classic, jazz, folk, and popular music. This themed concert is filled with favorite songs that you’ll want to hear again and again. Don’t miss another episode! Bring your family and friends to enjoy your picnic dinner on the grass, or treat yourself with goodies from the on-site vendors. The concert is free, accessible, and great for all ages. More information is available at, and non-profit donations accepted.

Wine Down Wednesdays at Nevada City Winery

The warm weather and longer days are finally here. So, we have changed our hours – Wine Down Wednesdays will be 5-7pm. What better way to spend a mid-week early evening, than with a glass of wine and live music. Add friends and a cheese plate, and enjoy!

Scheduled for June are:

June 20th:  Heather MacAdam

June 27th:  Yuba Rio