2018 Wildflower Walks Begin at Bridgeport Along the South Yuba River

When spring arrives in the Nevada County foothills there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park. Docents will provide guided wildflower walks beginning on March 10, and will continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 13 at 11:00 a.m. The walks and blooms are at the whim of Mother Nature. Rain may cancel. Call 530 432-2546 for information or go to our website…www.southyubariverstatepark.org


Rotary Community Awards Ceremony

The five Western Nevada County Rotary Clubs will be holding a Rotary Community Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 28th at 5:30pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds to honor Businesses, Volunteers and Citizens of the Year. The event will include a dinner and ceremony to honor the nominees and celebrate their selection. Nominees were selected based on their
philanthropy, community support and volunteerism in our community. The Rotary’s 4-Way Test was also part of the criteria used to identify these nominees.

The public is invited to attend and help Rotarians celebrate these fine businesses and individuals! A final winner in each category will be announced that evening. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by contacting a Rotarian in our community.

Nevada County Cannabis Monthly Social Mixer & Joint Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Tuesday March 27th, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Join the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance for its monthly Social Mixer open to all. To start the evening, there will be a joint chamber ribbon cutting with Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers!

The Alliance is excited to have Michael Funk be the feature speaker. Funk’s career began with a grassroots organic food business focused on helping the planet and promoting farmers’ use of less pesticides. He then formed Mountain People’s Warehouse (MPW) in 1976, a business that soon expanded beyond produce to include perishables, bulk and groceries, and grew to become the largest natural foods distributor in the Western U.S.

Funk will share inspirational words about the history of natural food co-ops and natural health stores, the need for distribution channels with the buying power to compete in the marketplace and how to leverage the history of organic farming in Nevada County to establish a similar organic cannabis industry.

Culture Shock Yogurt & Gourmet Popcorn at Foothills Celebration April 7th

Culture Shock Yogurt and Gourmet Popcorn will be participating in the 2018 Foothills Celebration. Come on by and try your choice of our many wonderful popcorn flavors. We will be offering a coupon with every taste for future purchases of our popcorn in our shop. We will have the most popular of our 26 wonderful flavors available. Come visit, we will be inside the Artist’s Workshop space and paired with ol Republic Brewery! What a wonderful combination.

If you haven’t heard, Culture Shock Yogurt has the only Gourmet Popcorn Bar in Nevada County. Healthy, Gourmet POPCORN is the perfect treat for all . . . choose one, or many, of our 26 flavors of Gourmet, Healthy Popcorn for whatever family night, party, friends’ gathering or just a night you curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book. If you mention that you saw this on the NC Chamber page, you get 10% off on 3-gallon bucket of popcorn of any of our flavors (discounted price $18/bucket). We custom make your popcorn fresh with each order!! See our flavor list for your many options. We also have 1-gallon bags available for $6.75, and 1/2 gallon bag available for $4.25.


Bear Yuba Land Trust Honors Two Local Conservationists

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) invites the community to recognize two community heroes – Joanne Hild of Sierra Streams Institute and Rick Berry of 4 Elements Earth Education – during the annual Oak Tree Bash.

BYLT’s Annual Member Meeting and Leadership Awards will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Gold Miners Inn at 121 Bank Street Grass Valley.

Joanne Hild, Executive Director of Sierra Streams Institute will be awarded the William “Bill” Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership and Rick Berry, Founder and Director of the Four Elements Earth Education (4EEE) will receive the John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

The event begins with a Happy Hour where guests can sample gourmet local food provided by BriarPatch Co-op, and sip wine from Double Oak Vineyards & Winery and craft beer from ol’ Republic Brewery while catching up with new and old friends. Live music will be provided by Michael Padilla.

At this Annual Meeting designed for land trust members and supporters, the community will hear about expanded protection of lands in the upper watershed, updates on ongoing restoration work, and new treks, trails and youth programs.

A life-long calling

“One of the reasons we moved here is because we want to make Citizen Science front and center,” said Joanne Hild, Sierra Stream Institute’s Executive Director for the past 18 years, on a recent visit to the organization’s new country digs at the Woolman School campus at the Sierra Friends Center off Jones Bar Road.

The rural property, a Quaker outdoor school since the 1960s, is ideal for school field trips, establishing sites for climate change data collection, and the popular ongoing educational training series, UC California Naturalist Program. Sierra Streams’ citizen science has involved working with community members on many projects including those involved with scientific research, restoration, community health, adult and child education, laboratory analysis, and training.

Hild has a strong connection to the place she has lived and raised her family for over 25 years. She began working at Friends of Deer Creek (now Sierra Streams Institute) as a River Scientist in February 2000 and became Executive Director in 2004. Sierra Streams Institute is a watershed monitoring, research, and restoration group with a mission to link water, science and people for the benefit of human and environmental health.

“I feel a great sense of responsibility to work in partnership with the community to study and improve our environment and the health of our citizens,” said Hild.

Hild’s love for science and nature began as a young child. She holds an MS in Zoology from University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a BS in Biology from Tufts University. She has worked as a research scientist studying mountain lions with the Wildlife Conservancy in Sacramento, the effects of oil on coral growth and limpets with the Bermuda Biological Station, and pigeon navigation with Cornell University. For 15 years, Hild served as a Biology Professor at Sierra College, teaching general biology, anatomy and physiology, and ecology courses. Before that, she was a high school biology teacher for one year.

With Sierra Stream Institute’s recent move and a sharpened focus on involving the community with her life’s passion, Hild is excited about the future.

“I am thrilled to be recognized for the work I am so passionate about. I believe, this is just the beginning of our vision to involve more community members in all of our work. Our hope is that this will increase trust in sound data while preparing citizen scientists with the tools needed to make an impact and promote conservation throughout our community.”

Rick Berry began with the Tracker School in 1986 at the age of 15 and has been teaching wilderness skills for 25 years. After graduating with a B.S. from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, he tested his skills in the remote Klamath Mountain range where he studied indigenous life-ways for 12 years, passed on to him by Gary Morris who had lived with Yurok Elder Calvin Rube for 20 years.

Later, Berry spent two years in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey as a caretaker for the Tracker School, testing and refining his tracking and survival skills. He taught with both Jon Young and Tom Brown, Jr. through the Tracker School’s Coyote Camps, and moved on to serve seven years as Director of The Children of the Earth Foundation.

Today, Berry teaches Earth Skills and philosophies of living one with the Earth through the organization he founded, 4 Elements Earth Education (4EEE) and its Fox Walkers program for school-aged children. The organization based at BYLT’s Burton Homestead in Nevada City, immerses children, families and adults in nature while building useful skills.

“Our programs introduce Earth skills, which are a blend of the ancient arts of tracking, wilderness survival, and nature awareness. Through our programs, a re-thinking of our relationship to nature begins to occur – nature is not simply a ‘resource’ that we control as a product, but a relationship we must cultivate. Students are introduced to the world of the unseen and eternal, tapping into ‘the spirit that moves in all things’ as awareness and skills are woven together to serve as a foundation for creating visionary leaders.”

About the Awards

William “Bill” Nickerl devoted his life to land conservation in the California foothills. The William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership is given to Nevada County residents with a similar conservation ethic who inspire others to build a connection with the land. Bill passed in November and we are truly saddened by the loss of this inspiring man.

“Bill gave himself wholeheartedly to the cause—the forest, the environment, the educational side of the land trust’s mission.  He inspired me and others in his quiet way. I am glad we have a prize in his name that he be long remembered,” said Founding Member Dave Palley.

Retired Forest Supervisor of the Tahoe National Forest, John Skinner led many treks for the Land Trust. Despite a heart condition, Skinner hiked as many local trails as he could. He was the author of the book and online resource featuring over 200 trails, 100 lakes and 125 camping and picnic areas, Sierra Outdoors Recreation. Skinner wrote numerous articles for Sierra Heritage Magazine. John died on July 27, 2009.

Ticket sales available at the door: $20 Members, $30 Not-Yet-Members. Wine tickets sold at check-in. Beer available at no-host beverage bar.

Learn more: BYLT.org


Discover Malakoff! Historic Cemetery Tour – Saturday March 24th

The Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins, in cooperation with the Sierra Gold Sector of California State Parks, have initiated a brand new series of events and activities at Malakoff Diggins State Park.

The intent of this series is to bring new visitors to the remote state park throughout the entire year, and to ignite interest and support for the wide spectrum of resources and activities at the historic park, home to the still-standing “ghost town” of North Bloomfield, and site of the largest hydraulic mine in the country.

The series is still in its developmental stages, even as we are going forward with our first events. We intend to establish Second Saturdays as our standard monthly schedule; however, some variation will occur, as we accommodate and coordinate with other schedules (for example, the very popular First Day Hike we held on January 1, 2018), and adjust for inclement weather.

The March event, led by local author Chris Ward*, will feature a monument-by-monument tour, featuring stories about French pioneers and snippets of history from the era when the hydraulic monitors were blasting, and the town was an active center of commerce and innovation.

The cemetery tour is free, limited to the first 25 participants, and requires pre-registration via Eventbrite, to assure that we don’t exceed the carrying capacity of the site.
Free registration link: www.discovermalakoffcemeterytour.eventbrite.com   Please do RSVP, and update, if plans change. We will maintain a wait list.

Cemetery Tour description:
Join Chris Ward, author of Cemeteries of the Western Sierra, as he guides us through the historic North Bloomfield cemetery, regaling us with stories and snippets of history extracted from the headstones and markers remaining in the still-operating cemetery. Established in the mid-1800’s, this plot of land is dedicated to the enduring stories and memories surrounding the early settlement of this hub of exploration and innovation.

“Cemeteries are more than final resting places for the dead; they are gateways to an area’s shared history. Every hand-carved granite or marble monument, every faded wooden marker, holds a clue. Western Sierra populations boomed with the discovery of gold and often dwindled as gold fever waned. Cemeteries of the Western Sierra uses the lens of the cemetery to glimpse a rich and disappearing history. Displaced indigenous populations, miners, dueling newspaper magnates, Chinese pioneers: all are part of the mosaic of history represented in a historical cemetery. From solitary graves in the forest to almost forgotten graveyards near the center of a town, cemeteries tell a story not just of who may have died but also of who lived and what was meaningful in their time.”

*Chris Ward is an archeological specialist and a contributor to numerous investigatory research projects throughout California. He is a member of multiple organizations dedicated to the conservation of California’s heritage, including the Society of California Archaeology and multiple regional and county preservation groups. He has spent hundreds of hours with historians, community members, and in the historical cemeteries, historical libraries, and archives photographing and compiling research for this book. He lives and works from Penn Valley.

(Typically the Second Saturday of the month)

January 1 First Day Hike with Syd Brown

February 24 Volunteer Open House and Town Tour

March 24 North Bloomfield Cemetery tour with Chris Ward, author of Cemeteries of the Western Sierra

April 14 Author afternoon; reading and signing event

May 12 Archeology hike with Mark Selverston

June 9 Humbug Day

July 14 Hike with Hank Meals

Aug. 11 Hike in the Diggins with Mark Michalski

Sept. 9 French Connection Event II

Oct. 13 Cemetery dusk tour with Chris Ward, plus campfire

Nov. 10 North Bloomfield Schoolhouse Tour

Dec. 8 Christmas at Malakoff

Photos: Mark Selverston & Syd Brown

Tour leader and author, Chris Ward. Photo credit: Mark Selverston




TIME: 1:30 PM–3:30 PM

WHERE: Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, 23579 North Bloomfield Road, Nevada City, CA 95959

COST: FREE for tour; $5 day-use parking fee, using self-registration envelopes. Pre-registration requested. https://discovermalakoffcemeterytour.eventbrite.com

Byers Solar Hosts SunPower’s John Arnaud

Byers Solar is hosting an Open House and Solar Information Session from 5-7pm on March 20, 2018 at Byers Design Center, 115 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley.

SunPower’s Regional Manager John Arnaud will be on hand with a report on SunPower’s latest technology, including continuous improvements with Equinox energy systems. Learn about time of use utility rate plans and why it makes sense to go solar now.

Byers Solar professional Coryon Redd will present solar insights in Nevada County for 2018, and review options for effective solar design and answer questions.

PG&E rates have increased dramatically the last several years and are expected to trend upwards, along with record high summer temperatures. Many homeowners are installing solar systems to save money and create energy independence in the face of rising utility costs.

Byers Solar is proud to be a locally owned company, creating jobs and helping clients save money and energy. Come learn why people are choosing Byers Solar and SunPower for quality, reliability and consistent performance.

Discussion on:

  • New SunPower technology + partnerships
  • How solar energy can save you money
  • Current solar energy programs
  • Q&A with solar experts

What: Solar Open House and Information Session

Date: Tuesday March 20, 2018

Time: 5-7pm

Place: Byers Design Center, 115 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA

RSVP: 800-977-5323

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/146290719524748/

Event Agenda:

5-5:30 appetizers, mixer

5:30-6:15 presentation

6:15-7:00 Q & A


We want to know you’ll be there! This event is free and open to the public. Help us plan for a great, information-filled evening. Please RSVP 800-977-5323.

Come by and learn what’s new this year with solar featuring SunPower’s John Arnaud. Byers Solar is proud to be both a SunPower Elite Dealer and an authorized SunPower Commercial installer.

Ray Byers Jr. of Byers Enterprises and John Arnaud of SunPower at January Solar talk.

Sandy Philpott and Ernie Flores of Byers Solar with John Arnuad of SunPower (center).


Empowerment Through Knowledge

Join Erik and Tiffani Aanestad, of Aanestad Law, Nevada County’s husband and wife estate planning attorneys, at a FREE Estate Planning Workshop in Grass Valley on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, 11:00am-12noon OR 6:00-7:00pm. Learn the value of Estate Planning – Living Trusts, Wills, Asset Protection, IRA/Retirement Wealth Presentation and more.

Do you own a home?
Who are you naming as your successor trustee?
Will your assets pass to your intended beneficiaries?
Are Advanced Directives ready in the case of an emergency?
Are legal guardians in place for your minor children?

Be sure you and your family are properly protected. RSVP to (530)798-4321 or visit our website at www.aanestadlaw.com.

Martinis & A Movie is Back! Featuring Mel Brooks’s Cult Classic, Spaceballs

On March 21, the SNMH Foundation hosts their ever-popular Martinis & A Movie at the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley. All proceeds support the Emergency Department at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Spaceballs is a 1987 American comic science fiction film co-written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy, and Rick Moranis, the film also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, and the voice of Joan Rivers. In addition to Brooks in a supporting role, the film also features Brooks regulars Dom DeLuise and Rudy De Luca in cameo appearances. The film’s setting and characters parody the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as other sci-fi franchises including Star Trek, Alien, and the Planet of the Apes films. It was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on June 24, 1987. It has since become a cult classic and one of Brooks’s most popular films.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movie begins at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at door (while supplies last) and include martinis and snacks. Guests must be 21 and up. Tickets available at: snmhfmartinis.brownpapertickets.com, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, The Book Seller in downtown Grass Valley and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation office located at 140 Litton Drive Suite 220 in Grass Valley. To order tickets by phone, please call (530) 477-9700

Nevada City Seeks Volunteer Coordinator

The City of Nevada City desires to recruit a volunteer to help us recruit, communicate with and organize our volunteers. There are several volunteer events throughout the year that are hosted by the City and some events that are in cooperation with other organizations, such as Scotch Broom Pulls with Sierra Streams Institute. The person in this position would work with Department Heads on city events, promote volunteer events on the City’s volunteer website, and insure that all volunteer waivers are collected and organized. For more information, contact Dawn Zydonis at 530-265-2496 x 129.

Nevada City Volunteer Coordinator – Job Description

2018-Nevada City Employment Application

Wine tasting in the Sierra Foothills – Yuba Bus Calendar of Events

Finally a wine tour to your favorite local vineyards in the Sierra Foothills. Yuba Bus provides safe and fun transportation to 3 amazing local vineyards. Now you can sit back and have a stress-free day with like-minded wine lovers!
Departing from Nevada City on scheduled Sundays. Please see our website for schedule and destinations. We pickup at Robinson’s Plaza in downtown Nevada City, returning everyone back to Nevada City at 4:30pm. Yubabus.com/events for details.

March Calendar of Events

Tuesday March 20th – Achilles Wheel Transportation- performance in Chico
Saturday March 24th – Bay Area Brew Festival in San Francisco
Sunday March 25th – Sierra Foothills Wine Tour
Saturday March 31st – Auburn Beer Tour- Knee Deep, MoonRaker & Crooked Lane Breweries

“Best of the West” A Celebration of the Western Film Genre and A Fundraiser for the Nevada City Film Festival

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:00am-Midnight

“There is perhaps no other genre in film so geared towards American sensibilities as the western. While the elements within the western–the good vs. bad, the revenge scenario, or even the tortured loneliness of a hero—can all be translated through different categories of film and to different cultures, it is the setting that makes the western so unique.” – Film Slate Magazine

On Saturday, March 24th, “Best of the West” a celebration of the western film genre and a fundraiser for the Nevada City Film Festival, will screen some of the most iconic and influential western films ever made, at the Nevada Theatre, one of the most iconic and historic venues west of the Rockies.

From John Wayne’s breakthrough performance in John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939) and B-Westerns like Nevada City (1941) starring Roy Rogers to the birth of the spaghetti western with Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964) starring the formidable anti-hero Clint Eastwood and Sam Peckinpah’s star-studded revisionist masterpiece Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1974), this collection of Westerns aims to not only entertain the die-hard film lover, but introduce a new audience to the genre. Also included in the line up are two films – John Sturges’ 1960 film The Magnificent Seven and Clint Eastwood’s 1992 film Unforgiven – that have rightfully earned their place in the US National Film Registry as a culturally, historically and aesthetically important film that should be preserved for generations to come.

“There is no denying it, Western’s are super fun to watch,” says Jesse Locks, Festival Director, Nevada City Film Festival. “It’s hard to not get caught up in all of the action, drama, beautiful locations and of course, unforgettable soundtracks. And for so many, it will be the first time they’ve seen these films on the big screen with proper projection and sound.”

Helping to breathe new life into these classic films are digitally remastered prints. Audiences at Best of the West will enjoy enhanced quality of the sound or of the image, or both, from the original versions of these films. Audiences will also be treated to the Director’s Cut of Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid will be screened.

The all-day event is a fundraiser for the Nevada City Film Festival. Dubbed the “Sundance of the Sierra”, the Nevada City Film Festival has brought top independent and international film and filmmakers to Nevada County for the last 18 years. Each year the festival screens nearly 100 award-winning short and feature length films at historic locations throughout Nevada City. The festival also produces the popular Movies Under the Pines outdoor summer film series, student film workshops, filmmaker residencies, local screenings with other non-profits, and comedy shows.

“One of our goals this year is for the local community to become more involved with the festival,” explains Locks. “Best of the West is a fun way to support the film festival and learn more about how each and everyone can be part of, and proud of, this legacy of filmmaking, broadcasting, and media making in Nevada County.”

Film Screenings:

Nevada City (1941)

Showtime 11am, Doors 10:45am

dir. Joseph Kane starring Roy Rogers, George “Gabby” Hayes, Sally Payne

Stagecoach drivers Jeff Connors (Rogers) and Gabby Chapman (Hayes) try to get their fueding stagecoach owner boss Hank Liddell to combine business with competing railroad owner Mark Benton. Lidden refuses and fires Jeff and Gabby for their efforts. However, when a gang of outlaws begin sabotaging the stage coach line and the railroad, Liddell and Benton are forced to grudgingly put aside their differences and work together. Jeff and Gabby investigate the identities of Black Bart’s gang members, and try to stop their next raid. Jeff even finds time to romance pretty lady Jo Morrison. (54 min. Rated PG)

Stagecoach (1938)

Showtime 1pm, doors 12:45pm

dir. John Ford starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine

Although there were Westerns before it, Stagecoach quickly became a template for all movie Westerns to come. Director John Ford combined action, drama, humor, and a set of well-drawn characters in the story of a stagecoach set to leave Tonto, New Mexico for a distant settlement in Lordsburg, with a diverse set of passengers on board. Dallas (Claire Trevor) is a woman with a scandalous past who has been driven out of town by the high-minded ladies of the community. Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt) is the wife of a cavalry officer stationed in Lordsburg, and she’s determined to be with him. Hatfield (John Carradine) is a smooth-talking cardsharp who claims to be along to “protect” Lucy, although he seems to have romantic intentions. Dr. Boone (Thomas Mitchell) is a self-styled philosopher, a drunkard, and a physician who’s been stripped of his license. Mr. Peacock (Donald Meek) is a slightly nervous whiskey salesman (and, not surprisingly, Dr. Boone’s new best friend). Gatewood (Berton Churchill) is a crooked banker who needs to get out of town. Buck (Andy Devine) is the hayseed stage driver, and Sheriff Wilcox (George Bancroft) is along to offer protection and keep an eye peeled for the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), a well-known outlaw who has just broken out of jail. While Wilcox does find Ringo, a principled man who gives himself up without a fight, the real danger lies farther down the trail, where a band of Apaches, led by Geronimo, could attack at any time. Stagecoach offers plenty of cowboys, Indians, shootouts, and chases, aided by Yakima Canutt’s remarkable stunt work and Bert Glennon’s majestic photography of Ford’s beloved Monument Valley. It also offers a strong screenplay by Dudley Nichols with plenty of room for the cast to show its stuff. John Wayne’s performance made him a star after years as a B-Western leading man, and Thomas Mitchell won an Oscar for what could have been just another comic relief role. Thousands of films have followed Stagecoach’s path, but no has ever improved on its formula. (96 min, NR)

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Showtime 3pm, doors 2:45pm

dir. John Sturges starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

A Mexican village is being terrorized by the bandit Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his gun blazing goons. Seven American mercenaries are hired to protect the village. The group trains the townsfolk in gunplay as a trap is set for Calvera. The bandits suffer casualties after a raid, but they regroup to capture the seven gunmen. Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Horst Buchholz, James Coburn and Brad Dexter star as the seven guns who must escape wrath of their captor Calvera. The story is taken from the Japanese film “Seven Samurai” which served as a blueprint for this near classic Western saga. (126 min, Rated R)

Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Showtime 5:30pm, Doors 5:15pm

dir. Sergio Leone starring Clint Eastwood

By the time Sergio Leone made this film, Italians had already produced about 20 films ironically labeled “spaghetti westerns.” Leone approached the genre with great love and humor. Although the plot was admittedly borrowed from Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961), Leone managed to create a work of his own that would serve as a model for many films to come. Clint Eastwood plays a cynical gunfighter who comes to a small border town and offers his services to two rivaling gangs. Neither gang is aware of his double play, and each thinks it is using him, but the stranger will outwit them both. The picture was the first installment in a cycle commonly known as the “Dollars” trilogy. Later, United Artists, who distributed it in the U.S., coined another term for it: the “Man With No Name” trilogy. A Fistful of Dollars contains all of Leone’s eventual trademarks: taciturn characters, precise framing, extreme close-ups, and the haunting music of Ennio Morricone. Not released in the U.S. until 1967 due to copyright problems, the film was decisive in both Clint Eastwood’s career and the recognition of the Italian western.  (101 min, Rated R)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Director’s Cut) (1973)

Showtime 7:30pm, Doors 7:15pm

dir. Sam Peckinpah staring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan

A former friend betrays a legendary outlaw in Sam Peckinpah’s final Western. Holed up in Fort Sumner with his gang between cattle rustlings, Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) ignores the advice of comrade-turned-lawman Pat Garrett (James Coburn) to escape to Mexico, and he winds up in jail in Lincoln, New Mexico. After Billy theatrically escapes, inspiring enigmatic Lincoln resident Alias (Bob Dylan) to join him, the governor (Jason Robards Jr.) and cattle baron Chisum (Barry Sullivan) requisition Garrett to form a posse and hunt him down. Rather than flee to Mexico when he can, Billy heads back to Fort Sumner, meeting his final destiny at the hands of his friend Pat, who, two decades later, is forced to face the consequences of his own Faustian pact with progress. With a script by Rudolph Wurlitzer, Peckinpah uses the historical basis of Billy’s death to eulogize the West dreamily yet violently as it is desecrated by corrupt capitalists. Both Pat and Billy know that their time is passing, as surely as Garrett’s posse knows that they are participating in a legend. Using familiar Western players like Slim Pickens and Katy Jurado, Peckinpah underscores the West’s existence as a media myth, and he even appears himself as a coffin maker. Just as the bloodletting of Peckinpah’s earlier The Wild Bunch (1969) invoked the Vietnam War, the casting of Kristofferson and Dylan alluded to the chaotic late ’60s/early ’70s present; the counterculture has little place in a corporate future. Also like The Wild Bunch, Pat Garrett was truncated by its studio; the cuts did nothing to help its box office. Key scenes, particularly the framing story of Garrett’s fate, have since been restored to this version. In this director’s cut, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid stands as one of Peckinpah’s most beautiful and complex films, killing the Western myth even as he salutes it. (106 min, Rate R)

Unforgiven (1992)

Showtime 9:45pm, Doors 9:30pm

dir. Clint Eastwood staring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood’s 1992 Oscar-winner examines the mythic violence of the Western, taking on the ghosts of his own star past. Disgusted by Sheriff “Little Bill” Daggett’s decree that several ponies make up for a cowhand’s slashing a whore’s face, Big Whiskey prostitutes, led by fierce Strawberry Alice (Frances Fisher), take justice into their own hands and put a $1000 bounty on the lives of the perpetrators. Notorious outlaw-turned-hog farmer William Munny (Eastwood) is sought out by neophyte gunslinger the Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) to go with him to Big Whiskey and collect the bounty. While Munny insists, “I ain’t like that no more,” he needs the bounty money for his children, and the two men convince Munny’s clean-living comrade Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) to join them in righting a wrong done to a woman. Little Bill (Oscar-winner Gene Hackman), however, has no intention of letting any bounty hunters impinge on his iron-clad authority. When pompous gunman English Bob (Richard Harris) arrives in Big Whiskey with pulp biographer W.W. Beauchamp (Saul Rubinek) in tow, Little Bill beats Bob senseless and promises to tell Beauchamp the real story about violent frontier life and justice. But when Munny, the true unwritten legend, comes to town, everyone soon learns a harsh lesson about the price of vindictive bloodshed and the malleability of ideas like “justice.” “I don’t deserve this,” pleads Little Bill. “Deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it,” growls Munny, simultaneously summing up the insanity of western violence and the legacy of Eastwood’s Man With No Name. (131 min, Rated R)


WHO: “Best of the West” A Celebration of the Western Film Genre and A Fundraiser for the Nevada City Film Festival

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:00am-Midnight, Theater opens 15 minutes before each screening.

WHERE: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

TICKETS: $10/per screening, Tickets are available by phone (530) 362-8601 or online at www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com








Sierra Harvest’s Soup Night – Thursday, March 22, 2018

5:30 – Soup and Bread Served and meet your local farmers!

6:00-7:30pm – Dancing to Achilles Wheel Trio!

Location: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Price: $10 for everyone 10 and above.  Free for children 9 and under.  Tickets available online through March 21st and then at the door if not already sold out. Purchase online safely through paypal or come to our office to pay by check (313 Railroad Ave., Suite 201, Nevada City – Monday – Friday 9:30am – 2:30pm)

Please bring your own bowls and spoons. Local beer and wine along with non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for purchase.

Do you love fresh, locally grown food?  Join us for dinner and enjoy a hearty soup and bread.

Dance to the country and bluegrass sound of Achilles Wheel Trio

Paul Kamm, Jonny Mojo and Shelby Snow are singer/ songwriters and front men of the Northern California Roots and World music/Rock and Roll jam band, Achilles Wheel.  As an acoustic trio they bring the same high energy and engaging stage presence to a quieter place, combining a bit of country and bluegrass to the band’s famously hard driving sound. But it’s the infectious quality of their songwriting that really shines in this setting, and the diverse nature of it as well. Paul and Jonny work off of each other like two sides of the same coin, actively looking for and pushing each other to find the most in whatever song they’re playing.  Shelby on the bass is like a river, both calm and turbulent, that runs through it and ties it all together.

Meet your local farmers

Back to Basics Farm – Patty and Rob Bielen

Bitney Springs Farm – Christine Riccio and Mark Sheffer

Bitney Springs Farm is a place where food is grown with the utmost attention paid to providing the most flavorful, nutrient filled fruits, vegetables, and meat.  How do we do this?  It all starts with the soil in which our produce is grown and our animals are pastured on.  We plant cover crops, continually add organic matter to our fields, and don’t use any herbicides, pesticides, or non-organic fertilizers.  We grow a wide variety of annual row crops such as tomatoes, corn, beans, summer squashes, pumpkins, winter squashes, hot peppers, watermelons, cantaloupe, radishes and flowers.  In addition, we have a small stone fruit orchard.  We also raise animals in small numbers for meat.  Our steers, pigs and lambs are pampered and petted daily.  One would be hard pressed to find animals raised for meat that are more loved than the ones on our farm.

We keep our farm beautiful and use it for hosting events such as weddings and private parties.  Much of the food for our events comes right off the farm.  In the summer of 2018 we will also be opening our farm to overnight stays through AirBnB.   We look forward to you visiting and shopping at our farm stand.  (Hours to be posted on our web site in the Spring  – www.bitneyspringsfarm.com)

Calmil Teoyotica – Sara Raskie and Tony H. Cervantes

Calmil Teoyotica is the Sacred House Surrounded by Flowers. Our vision is to build a relationship with Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, Flora and Fauna to create loving food medicine sustaining our healthiest relationship with all of Creation. We specialize in care taking a diverse range of cultivars within a permaculture environment. We will also grow specialty foods and medicine for you at our farm. We offer fresh and dried herbs, vegetables, fruit and flowers, wild crafted food medicine, tinctures, salves and other products. Our mission is to offer and promote local food medicine tended with love, within the natural cycles of Creation. We are open to trade. We also do direct sales to caterers, restaurants, herbalists, herbal retailers, and stores. This season we will offer a farm stand on Lewis Road next to the old cemetery off of Willow Valley Rd. We also offer workshops on traditional food medicine within the context of the Medicine Wheel.

Early Bird Farm – Drew Speroni

Early Bird Farm is a worker-owner co-operative farm where nourishing foods of the highest quality are produced. The stewards of Early Bird Farm are focused first on soil health and conservation, knowing that only through proper care and respect for the land, nutritious, flavorful plants and animals can thrive.

With enthusiasm and comradery, love of learning and constant improvement of our skills, we implement innovative soil science techniques that support a healthy agricultural environment.  In turn, the farm provides for our customers nourishing foods, in effect playing our part in enhancing the quality of life in our community and preserving the quality of our environment for generations to come.  Early Bird Farm supplies local restaurants, caterers and grocery stores with fresh organic produce and stone milled flours. Individual special orders can be placed via email or phone too.

Indian Springs Organic Farm – Mike Pasner

Indian Springs Organic Farm, owned by the Mike Pasner family, has been a Local CCOF (California Certified Organic Farm) for 32 years. Here in Penn Valley on 33 acres we have always made our own compost. Our farm products include; winter squash, table grapes, flowers, garlic, apricots, plums, pluots, cherries, fig, pumpkin watermelon, cantaloupe, tomato, corn, compost and more. Feel free to check out our website at Indian Springs Organic Farm to arrange pick up, delivery and to see which stores carry our goods. We are proud to support, and be supported by Sierra Harvest, Nevada County Grown and the Tahoe Food Hub. Like our facebook page for current updates on available food. Contact Mike at 530 432 3755 or mrpasner@gmail.com.

Mountain Bounty Farm – John Tecklin

Nestled along the Yuba River near Nevada City, CA, Mountain Bounty Farm grows a great variety of exceptional organic produce for our local community. We are the oldest and largest CSA farm in the Sierras, and we put tremendous care and skill into growing superb produce for our members. Farming with love and care since 1997, we aim to provide a reliable local source of the highest quality produce for our area, and to work towards the economic sustainability of our rural community. We also want the farm to be a place of inspiration and beauty, a place to reconnect to food and the joys of food culture. Our farming style and philosophy are very simple. By being very attentive to the land, the crops, and the weather, we can succeed at the very challenging art of growing good food. Our techniques involve time-tested organic farming practices that above all prioritize care for the soil. We make heavy use of cover crops, beneficial insectary plantings, compost and organic soil amendments. We are certified organic by CCOF, however we see the organic standards as a starting point and believe that a much better job is possible. Our efforts and investments are rewarded with a bounty of exceptional produce and a farm that continues to improve year by year. Our produce can be found at Three Forks, Heartwood, Stonehouse, Briar Patch, California Organics, Mother Truckers, and New Moon Natural Foods in Truckee.

Riverhill Farm – Antonio Garza and Daylin Wade

Riverhill Farm is nestled in a bowl on Cement Hill above the Yuba River. Founded over 15 years ago by Alan Haight, the farm is transitioning to the stewardship of Antonio Garza and Daylin Wade this year. We grow a diversity of vegetable crops with a special focus and passion for lettuce, peppers, and tomatoes. Every Wednesday afternoon from May to November we have a farm stand on site that includes are delicious veggies and u-pick strawberries and blackberries. We are also at the summer Nevada City Farmers Market. Find out all about the farm at Riverhillfarm.com.

Starbright Acres Family Farm – Aleta and Ken Barrett

Starbright Acres Family Farm produces and supports production of nutritious, delicious, planet friendly food for our local community and family. Support of our local food network includes hosting field trips, involvement with local schools & agricultural programs, selling vegetable starts and sharing farming knowledge with community members.  We value the health of our family, community, and planet. Nutritious, delicious, planet friendly food – Eat right at Starbright!

Starbright Acres produce and vegetable starts are Certified Organic through CCOF. We sell at our on-farm produce stand, at the Nevada City Farmers Market, the Nevada County Certified Growers Market at the North Star House, at Briar Patch, Three Forks, New Moon and other local stores & Restaurants.  We sell farm credit and this year will be accepting payments via Credit Cards.  You can buy gift cards now as well starting at $25 value – what a great gift for local friends and family!

Thanks to our incredible donors


BriarPatch Food Co-op

Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Co.

Summer Thyme’s Bakery and Deli


Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Co.

Flour Garden Bakery

Summer Thyme’s Bakery and Deli

The Stone House Presents The Unified Field Theory of Nassim Haramein

March 25th

The Unified Field Theory of Nassim Haramein Presented by Jamie Janover, Ambassador for Nassim Haramein & the Resonance Science Foundation
Join us for a comprehensive 4-hour presentation as Jamie Janover guides you through physicist Nassim Haramein’s lifelong exploration into the structure of space-time, which has resulted in an exciting unification theory based on a new solution to Einstein’s field equations
2:00pm – 6:00pm
$20 in Advance – Send funds via PayPal to jjanover@jamiejanover.com to reserve your spot – Please list names of who is attending and the date/location of this talk in the comments. By doing so, your name will be on the list at the door.
$25 at the door (if any space remains)

Gourmet Gravel Nevada City 2018 – Enter Now!

A Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe

For 2018, Gourmet Gravel has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe for the 2nd annual Gourmet Gravel Nevada City on May 12, 2018. The mixed terrain bicycle ride offers two distances over some of the finest gravel roads accessible from downtown Nevada City, gourmet cuisine and craft beer from ol’ Republic Brewing Company…Brewed in Nevada City.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miles for Mentoring ride that was started by local resident Rick Kalb and continues to raise funds for the Mission to “Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever”. The partnership between Gourmet Gravel and BBBS merges two events and allows the organizations to combine resources for a unique Nevada City event.

With a start/finish at the ol’ Republic Brewery taproom in the 7 Hills Business District, participants can choose from two scenic and challenging routes that cross the majestic South Fork of the Yuba river at both Edwards and Purdon crossings while exploring the Tahoe National Forest on Nevada County roads. The rides are fully supported with multiple aid stations, staffed by friendly volunteers and there wil be a post ride party and raffle hosted at the ol’ Republic Taproom.

For more information including links to enter and donate please see the Gourmet Gravel and Big Brothers Big Sisters event pages.

All entry fees and donations are 100% tax deductible.

Want To Get Better at Business – Expand, Grow?

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council, Business & Career Network, and Sierra Small Business Development Center at Sierra Business Council present business classes for small and medium business owners and entrepreneurs who want to grow.

Three free workshops will take place in the morning and a wrap up event will take place in the evening. The Free Classes include building a business plan, marketing overview, alternative funding and the wrap up will focus on what we heard during the three workshops, concerns, ideas and answers. In other words, if you can’t make the morning workshops, you can attend the evening “Greatest Hits” and get the answers to the most popular questions.

March 22nd 8am-10am: Alternative Financing: Beyond Conventional Loans w/Kristin York
April 12th 8am-10am: Startup & Expansion: Business Plan for your Goals w/Leslie Williams
May 3rd 8am-10am: Marketing Strategies: The Big Picture w/Catharine Bramkamp
June 5th 5:30-7:30pm: Greatest Hits: Answers to your Business Questions”

Nevada City Tax Rates April 1, 2018

Know Your Tax Rate

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) reminds Californians that new sales and use tax rates will take effect on April 1, 2018, as a result of voter-approved initiatives in several cities and counties. Sales tax rates and boundaries can be confusing. April 2018 City Rates

Nevada City Tax Rate

4/1/2018  8.375 (Measure L 0.375 sunsets)



Sierra Narrow Gauge Conference – June 7-10, 2018

Come join us for 4 days of Narrow Gauge presentations and activities as we explore the Narrow Gauge Railroads that once roamed the high mountains and lower foothills of the Sierra Nevada Range.

For more information regarding the conference go to www.ncngrrmuseum.org or contact Dennis Burke spngoffice@sbcglobal.net.  Sierra Narrow Gauge Conference Application

Wine Down Wednesday at Nevada City Winery

Every Wednesday from 4 to 6pm Nevada City Winery is holding Wine Down Wednesday, a wine happy hour. There are weekly wine specials ($1 off wine by the glass and 25% off on a bottle) and live music. Music runs the gambit from jazz to folk.

Music line up:

March 21 – Steve Holland

March 28  – Steve Holland

Nevada City Winery 321 Spring Street Nevada City (530) 265-9463