Sierra Harvest Presents Spring Plant Sale

Grow a bountiful garden this year! Purchase certified organic and beautiful fruit, vegetable and flower transplants for your garden on Saturdays from 9am – 12:30pm on April 28th, May 5th and 12th at the annual Food Love Farm plant sale located at 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Rd., Nevada City. Bring the entire family and take a tour of our educational farm serving more than 2,000 students annually. For more go to

Cultural District Workshop for Local Business

You may have heard that Nevada County is now home to two state designated districts – Truckee and Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural Districts. We now have a unique opportunity to market and support our cultural districts in creative ways that create real return on investment for you. Nevada County Arts Council will host 2 free workshops for local businesses, artists, non-profits, and the general public to learn how they can leverage this exciting new designation to help increase business and awareness.

There is compelling evidence that a focus on cultural tourism in Nevada County will reap greater economic return on investment for us all.

Join us in telling our story and benefiting from being part of the Grass Valley-Nevada City Designated Cultural District.

Tuesday, May 1st, 9-10am at Nevada City Film Festival Office, 110 Union Street, Nevada City, behind Mi Pueblo Taqueria
Tuesday, May 8th, 5:30-6:30pm at Nevada City Film Festival Office, 110 Union Street, Nevada City, behind Mi Pueblo Taqueria

For more information contact: Jesse Locks (916) 548-7716 –

“Leaning into the Wind” – April 29th, 2018

On Sunday, April 29th, the Nevada Theatre Film Series will present “Leaning into the Wind”, a film about the British sculptor, photographer, and environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy.

In 2001, filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer made “Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy,” a captivating, visually rich documentary about the British sculptor known for land-art creations and museum installations. “Leaning Into the Wind” catches up with the sculptor 15 or so years later, still foraging quarries, meadows, bogs and forest floors for his materials, still creating disruptions within built and natural environments that feel both organic and shocking.

The film is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and Thomas Riedelsheimer’s exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world.

“Nature Is the collaborator in Andy Goldsworthy’s marvelous Leaning into the Wind,” Alan Scherstuhl, LA Weekly.

The film is being shown at 7pm (with doors opening at 6:30) and admission is $8.


What:  “Leaning into the Wind” at the Nevada Theatre Film Series

When: Sunday, April 29th, at 7pm

Where:  The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959

Who: Sierra Cinemas

Admission:  $8; doors open at 6:30pm

Information:  (530) 477-1100, or



Hike Like A Girl Weekend – Saturday May 5th

Bear Yuba Land Trust, The Friendship Club and Folk Trails Hiking Club have teamed up to celebrate the national event Hike Like A Girl Weekend, Saturday, May 5, to encourage females of all ages to walk or hike this weekend and every day. Founded by Teresa Baker of African American National Parks Event, Hike Like A Girl also aims to unite participants by sharing their experiences on social media using the hastag #HLAG2018.

The event offers the community a safe, supportive and fun-filled day that begins with complimentary snacks and coffee provided by BriarPatch Co-op along with an inspiring trail talk and photo presentation on Around Lake Tahoe in 15 Days and 165 Miles on the Tahoe Rim Trail and ends with local hikes guided by the Bear Yuba Land Trust, Sierra Club: Sierra Nevada Group, California Native Plant Society, Wendy Riley of MOMs on the Mountains and MOVE Fitness Studio, 49th Gold Country Scout Group and Folk Trails in and around Nevada City and Grass Valley including Empire Mine, Tribute Trail, Independence Trail, Hirschman’s Pond and Woodpecker Reserve, among others.  On the hikes, participants will learn more about local natural history, meet new friends and reconnect with old ones, and gain some basic outdoor skills to use on their next hike.

“The benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature are immense, especially for young women and girls who experience a boost in confidence and leadership skills,” explains Erika Seward, Bear Yuba Land Trust Co-Executive Director.

In addition to being empowering, hiking outdoors has plenty of other perks: nice views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature. It’s also extremely good for the overall health of both adults and children, by helping to improve muscular fitness, better bone health, stress reduction, balance, and weight management, among other things.

Attendees should bring good walking shoes, water, snacks, sun protection and extra layers.

“The event isn’t about how fancy your gear is or how many miles you can hike. It’s about trying something new – something that seems outside your limits – and building a supportive and healthy community around that,” says Jesse Locks, Folk Trails Hiking Club Founder.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Bear Yuba Land Trust and Friendship Club.  Bear Yuba Land Trust is a private, non-profit, membership-supported organization that works to promote voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural legacy. For the last 37 years, the Bear Yuba Land Trust has provided a lasting community heritage by protecting and enhancing meadows, watersheds, forests, farms and ranches, trails and parks. Founded in 1995, The Friendship Club provides a comprehensive, year-round program aimed at developing the whole girl. Not just the academic, social, responsible, or creative part of the girl, but all of those. They serve between 75-100 girls in 6th-12th grades annually. It is a long-term prevention program designed to meet the needs of growing teenage girls, and their comprehensive approach is not only unparalleled in Nevada County, it is unique enough to be considered a model for rural communities across the country.


WHO: Hike Like A Girl

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8:30am Doors, 9-10am Welcome plus Presentation on Trail Talk: Around Lake Tahoe in 15 Days and 165 Miles on the Tahoe Rim Trail, 11am-3pm Hikes

WHERE: Gold Miner’s Inn, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $15/Adults, Free for 18 & Under. All monies go to Bear Yuba Land Trust and The Friendship Club. Advance tickets are available online at or Limited space available.



First Annual Nevada City Village Market Day

Nevada City’s Downtown MeetUp and The Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the first annual Nevada City Village Market Day which will take place throughout downtown Nevada City, California on Sunday May 20th 2018 from 11 AM to 5 PM. This event has branched off from the     annual Sidewalk Sale of Downtown Nevada City, a collaborative effort of downtown businesses who’ve strived to see their community grow through the years.

In light of our city being endowed with a California Cultural District Designation we’d like to celebrate our vibrant and creative shopping district by including special gallery exhibits, restaurant specials and street musicians that will join antique and vintage vendors to bring Nevada City to life        on a Sunday afternoon in Spring. A map will be provided to lead your way through the fun activities throughout downtown.

Nevada City’s Village Market Day will coincide with the 8th annual Nevada City Craft Fair taking place on the same day at The Miners Foundry Cultural Center from 10 AM to 6 PM. This beloved fair is a local tradition and will feature over 70 local makers with their handmade crafts. Nevada City Craft Fair guests will be able to enjoy specials and discounts with participating businesses of Nevada City Village Market Day.

We look forward to seeing you!

For more information contact: (530) 265-2692 or

NCNGRR Railbus Rides Begin April 28

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s summer season begins April 28 with the annual commencement of the popular railbus rides. In celebration of the museum’s 15th year, plans are in place to operate both of the museum’s fully-restored railbuses, the Donna Jeanne and the recently refurbished Sarah Kidder.

The Donna Jeanne, also known as #97, has been in service for several years, taking passengers along Gold Run Creek past the Inn Town Campground to the Northern Queen, paralleling a portion of the original route of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. During much of the time that Donna Jeanne has been in service, Sarah Kidder was in the restoration shop getting a makeover.

Originally used as a shuttle vehicle at the Westside & Cherry Valley Railway, the Sarah Kidder is an open-air railbus with polished wood bench seating, meticulously lettered signs, and brass accents that give it a style reminiscent of times gone by. The railbus is named for Sarah Kidder, the former president of the NCNGRR from 1901-1913, and the first female president of a railroad in the United States.

Railbus rides are approximately 35 minutes in duration and are offered on Saturdays only during the summer season. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be arranged by calling the museum during normal business hours at 530-470-0902. The timetable of departures is available on the Museum’s website:

Summer season museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. Docent-led tours of the museum, including restored rail cars in the yard and the restoration shop with its works in progress, are available. There is no charge to visit the museum or ride the railbus, but donations are always gratefully accepted. The museum is located at 5 Kidder Court at the intersection of Bost and New Mohawk in Nevada City.

The Sarah Kidder (left) and Donna Jeanne railbuses stand ready to take passengers on rides at the NCNGRR museum.

Nevada County Arts Council Presents the Work of Ruth Chase

…in an artist-led community exhibition

This exhibition is the culmination of a year’s work—traveling, interviewing, painting, organizing, documenting. Alongside Ruth’s large-scale acrylic paintings will be a meaningful collaboration of work from the community: paintings, drawings, sculpture, letters, poetry, photography and video. A short film by Ruth Chase and Radu Sava will emerge as the centerpiece of this year-long inquiry of what it means to belong to the land in Nevada County. The exhibition runs through July 30th.

BELONGING is about our vulnerable mountain home. Ruth worked with the people who tend it, love it and depend on it, mobilizing perspectives to create a deeper sense of connection between the members of our community and the land we all share. Belonging is an initiative of Nevada County Art Council led by Artist Ruth Chase, generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists Activating Communities Program.

Through social media, Ruth posted a weekly Saturday morning question that engaged the community in finding a sense of belonging here in Nevada County. The interactions and responses of this group informed the project’s outcome. In addition, ten featured participants were interviewed by Ruth about their direct relationship with the land in Nevada County. In the short film by Ruth and Radu, each person reflects on their connection to the land and how it relates to their sense of belonging. Lori Lachman followed the project, taking photographs of the people and of the places that Ruth and Radu traveled throughout the year of the Belonging project. These photographs will be on display during the exhibition.

Ruth Chase lives and works in Nevada County. In 2017, Ruth completed the West of Lincoln Project that was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for Art in Action. She was also awarded a grant to an individual artist from the Carl Jacobs Foundation. She was granted a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts in NY, was published in Professional Artist Magazine, Catapult Art Magazine and Huffington Post, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum, and she was a featured sketch artist on the Dead Files television program. Most recently she was awarded an Artist-in-Residence at Nevada County Arts for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for the BELONGING project. Ruth is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute.

May 2 – July 30
Summer Thyme
231 Colfax Ave, Grass Valley, CA

Sunday, May 20 3-5p

Sunday, May 20 2-3p
With filmmaker Radu Sava, Ruth Chase and featured participants of the film: Rick Berry, Jeff Brown, Jonathan Collier, Shelly Covert, Philip Oyung, Nancy Tiken Lopez, Elisa Parker, Aimee Retzler, Mike Stewart and Rob Thompson.

32nd Annual Nevada City Spring Run/Walk

The 32nd Annual Nevada City Spring Run/Walk presented by the Nevada City United Methodist Church will be held on Saturday, April 28. It is the fourth race in the Gold Country Grand Prix. This race is the oldest footrace in Nevada County.

All runners and walkers will receive a vegetable starter from Weiss Brothers Nursery. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the church: 433 Broad Street. Registration information is also available on our church website:
or download the  attached registration form.  Spring Run 2018 Registration Form

New Adventure in Nevada County

The Union is creating a brand new publication that will highlight the wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities in our area. Adventure Nevada County is a mini-magazine that will publish in The Union and be distributed to relevant locations on May 25, 2018, just in time for the outdoor recreation season! We have some fantastic local contributors touching on a wide variety of topics; from what to do if you’re lost in the woods from Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education/Fox Walkers, to a guide to wildflowers in Nevada County from Julie Carville, to Bear river-the hidden gem of Nevada County from Melinda Booth of SYRCL, and much, much more. This will reach local outdoor enthusiasts as well as visitors who are here to enjoy the many recreational opportunities that can be found in Nevada County. For more information on how to advertise in this exciting new publication, contact Valerie Costa at or 530-477-4237. Deadline to advertise is April 27, so don’t delay!

THE FUR TRADER’S Sandals Have Arrived

…. with a New Twist YOU Haven’t Seen Before!

The Fur Traders Have in Stock their NEW 2018 Summer Sandal Collection for Men and Women! From styles with Heels, Flats, Slip-ons, Slide-ins, Tie-ups, and Strap-downs, The Fur Traders can assure that YOU will find a style for your Footsies. Our incredible huge collection consists of sizes 5-12 for women, and sizes 8-16 for Men in our Classic brands like Merrell, Mephisto, UGG, Born, Taos, Minnetonka, Spring Step, L’artiste, Telic, and Rockport and Many More made in Italy with Beautiful Hand-crafted Leather. Plus, Check out the Whole NEW Line of Summer Hiking Shoes and Sandals with Vibram Soles.

Along with The Fur Traders New Shoe Brands, we are introducing the First Reversible Sandals with A Twist! These high-quality Sandals are Made for Women by A Woman. They are Transformable Footwear in a Luxury Convertible sandal with a Reconfigurable Upper which allow for many Different looks for any Out-fit or Occasion. And Without Having to Sacrifice Looks for Comfort, This Collection Proves to be an All DAY (or Night) Wearer. Come see, and try, for yourself at The Fur Traders, in Historical Downtown Nevada City, Open 7 Days a Week from 10am-6pm at 303 Broad Street. (530)265-2000.


SYRCL Expands Outdoor Programs for Youth

Applications Due April 30 for Free Summer Science Field Experience

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is offering a free week-long summer science program for high school students to learn about meadow ecosystems and assess meadow health.

Thanks to a grant from the National Forest Foundation, SYRCL is launching a new summer youth program this July. SYRCL’s Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO) engages students in understanding how meadows function, collecting scientific data, and determining how people can most effectively manage and restore a headwater meadow ecosystem.

“Loney Meadow in the Tahoe National Forest is SYRCL’s first major meadow restoration project and we are very excited to train the next generation of Yuba watershed stewards while discovering the impact of our restoration work there,” said Betsy Harbert, River Science Project Manager.

Participants will work alongside SYRCL River Science staff to study the impacts of human activity on meadow health and discover how meadows can be restored. Participants will conduct biological surveys to assess meadow species richness and diversity, hydrologic regime, and meadow restoration success.

“This is a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in authentic scientific research conducted in the headwaters of the Yuba River watershed. Experiences such as this aid students in standing out on college and university applications while providing valuable training in the field of restoration ecology,” said Rachel Hutchinson, River Science Director.

For more information contact Megan Learned, or (530) 265-5961 x218

Program Details:
Choose from one of three, 1-week sessions:
July 9-13, 2018
July 16-20, 2018
July 23-27, 2018
Most of the time will be spent outdoors at Loney Meadow in the Tahoe National Forest. Physical work and hiking are expected.
Participants will meet at the SYRCL office at 8 AM and return at 5 PM. Transportation to and from the program site will be provided by SYRCL. Lunch and snacks will be provided. A mandatory orientation will be held from 9 AM – 3 PM on June 2nd and 3rd. Preference given to students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors for the 2018-19 school year.
Applications can be found at The application deadline is April 30, 2018

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:

About the National Forest Foundation: The National Forest Foundation’s mission is to engage Americans in promoting the health and public enjoyment of our National Forests.

Nevada City’s 4th Annual Spring Cleaning

Join us Wednesday, May 2nd for our 4th Annual Spring Cleaning. Volunteers will be scrubbing, repairing & repainting storefronts, removing graffiti, repainting worn infrastructure, gas lamps & curbs, and giving a general cleaning throughout historic downtown Nevada City and Pioneer Park! For more information contact:

Nevada City Winery Dinner at The Miners Foundry April 28th

Join Nevada City Winery in the Stone Hall at the Miners Foundry on April 28 for a feast of Italian fare. Catered by Antonio Ayestaran, featuring passed appetizers, salads served family style, and a buffet featuring Chicken Scallopini, Porchetta roast, and vegetarian sides, followed by dessert. All courses served with our award winning Italian style wines.
Cost is $70 per person for Wine Club members and $75 per person for others. Reservations: 530.265.9463

2018 Sierra Poetry Festival – April 28th

Nevada County Arts Council will present the 2018 Sierra Poetry Festival on April 28, all day, at Sierra College in Grass Valley. Activities will include a keynote address by Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. Three other California poets laureate, and an array of local, national and international poets and performers will join Coste Lewis for a day of readings, workshops, discussions, an open mic session, youth voices and activism to celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change…for more information

Kasuri Textiles on Display; “Japanese Inspired” Debuts

Kodo Arts Warehouse Show


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Hosts Exhibition & Sale “Japanese Inspired”

Kasuri is the Japanese word for textiles that have been woven with fibers that have been dyed explicitly in order to create geometric patterns and images in the fabric. It is the Japanese method for the ikat technique. Very earthy and organic, the indigo dyed blue and white patterns are amazingly art deco and were used for work coats and pants by farmers in the countryside, cotton kimonos, futon covers and daily fabrics in the home. Even diapers in the old days.

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques has been collecting Japanese Kasuri textiles for the past 30 years and will have a display from their collection for exhibition and sale at their upcoming show MAY 5-MAY 13, 2018 at the Kodo Arts Warehouse in Nevada City, CA.

In modern Japan, home weaving is a forgotten talent and now days kasuri textiles are dyed and woven only in a few arts and crafts workshops, encouraged with the aid of government subsidies. Some of the kasuri textile artists have been designated “living national treasures”. Antique kasuri textiles, hand woven from hand spun thread and dyed with natural indigo are becoming more difficult to find as time presses. In the not too distant future, we may only rarely see exceptional kasuri textiles in museums and private collections.

The few remaining antique kasuri textiles that still trickle out of the Japanese grandmother’s cedar chest are truly rare and represent rapidly vanishing treasures from a glorious past. Kodo Arts will be open from 10am-6pm daily during their spring Japanese Antiques Show MAY 5-MAY 13, Mother’s Day. The Kodo Arts Warehouse is open to the public only twice a year. Located at 571 Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959. 530-478-0812.

Concurrently with the Kodo Arts Warehouse Show, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art in downtown Nevada City will be hosting an exhibition and sale called “Japanese Inspired” featuring contemporary and classic pottery pieces from the Kodo Arts Japanese Antique ceramic collection May 4-27. The show will include the ceramics curated with Ikebana designs (Japanese floral arrangements), mixed media paintings by LeeAnn Brook, and large format Japanese calligraphy art by Miyu Tamamura. Opening reception is Friday, May 4, from 5-7 p.m., with Japanese ceramics expert Larry Ortiz giving a brief talk at 6 p.m. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City, open Wed.-Sun., 12-5 p.m. or by appointment.

Opened in 2015, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is one of the first artist-owned gallery and on-site studio in Nevada County, California. The gallery features Brook’s mixed media paintings, sculpted wood vessels, ceramics, textiles, handblown glass, handcrafted furniture and Japanese antiques. The gallery incorporates the working studio of LeeAnn Brook, where visitors can see paintings in progress and discuss the art with the artist firsthand.