Sierra FoodWineArt — Fall issue

Sierra FoodWineArt magazine is circulating its fall issue, promoting Nevada City, Grass Valley and Nevada County — in a free, full-color glossy magazine and comprehensive digital edition that reaches Bay Area, Sacramento and Reno readers.

With a theme “Our Sierra Stages,” the magazine features the $4 million KVMR-Nevada Theatre project, offers an exclusive”sneak peek” at $3.8 million in upgrades planned for The Center for the Arts, as well as the value of the new Cultural District designation for our area. Rural towns, it notes, are the “new frontier” for the arts.

Other articles include the booming craft beer market (including Three Forks and ‘ol Republic breweries, and Matteo’s and Jernigan’s); wine tasting (Szabo’s attractive tasting room on Broad Street); our favorite fall dishes (including cajun food at Ike’s); our “favorite things” (Treat’s ice cream and the Railroad Museum’s Christmas gathering); the release of Nevada City Winery’s new premium wines; and Victorian Christmas and the Winter Craft Fair.

Sierra FoodWineArt is distributed all the way to the Bay Area, Sacramento, Reno, Truckee-Tahoe, Chico and Placerville and points in between. It has the most comprehensive digital edition among our region’s magazines, including a “scrollable” format for smartphone users. Owners Jeff and Shannon Pelline are Chamber members and Nevada City residents. For more information, email

Wheyward Girl Creamery – Upcoming Cheese Making Classes & Tasting Event

Come join us for a fun-filled and informative cheese making class.

Cheesemaking Classes
Sunday, October 29th, 10 am – 1 pm
Cheesemaking 101

Tuesday, November 7th, 1 pm – 4 pm
Cheesemaking 101

Sunday, November 12th, 10 am – 1 pm

Sunday, November 19th, 10 am – 1 pm

Tuesday, December 5th, 1 pm – 4 pm
Cheesemaking 101

Tasting Events
Basics of Building a Beautiful Cheese Plate
Friday, October 27th, 3 pm

Sunday, November 5th, 12 pm

Friday, November 10th, 3 pm

Friday, November 17th, 3 pm

These classes and events also make lovely holiday gifts!

For more information about these classes please visit our website

To sign up please call the shop at (530) 478-1665


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery News & New Work

Enjoy the fall colors and visit Nevada City’s unique combined gallery and studio owned by artist LeeAnn Brook. Opened in 2015, the gallery focuses on contemporary nature-inspired art, featuring paintings by Brook as well as the work of other artists. Sculpted wood vessels, handmade furniture, handblown glass, hand-felted scarves, handcrafted lamps and ceramics are displayed in a curated setting with Japanese antiques. Read about Brook’s newest work in her September/October newsletter

“Rabbitbrush”, 36” x 48” mixed media on canvas by LeeAnn Brook

Bridgeport Fall Festival

The South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA) invites you to the Bridgeport Fall Festival on October 22. Try your hand at gold panning, basket weaving and wool spinning. Take a hay ride in a wagon drawn by a vintage tractor and enjoy an up-close experience with wild birds provided by Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release of Grass Valley. Tours of the 1860s historic barn and 1920s gas station will be available to all. In addition, you can enjoy live music by the Buffalo Gals while picnicking under the large shade trees.

You can partake in watching your children play games along with face painting, painting pumpkins and making bird feeders. This year’s special attraction will be enactments of the Ghosts of Bridgeport. There is always an abundance of food including BBQ and baked potatoes by Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, Frozen Yogurt by Culture Shock Yogurt and Root Beer Floats prepared by our expert volunteers.

Visiting with our rangers, volunteers and several local community organizations, such as Audubon, is always pleasant and informative. The “Save Our Bridge” campaign will be represented by volunteers who will be on hand to answer questions about the covered bridge renovation plan. You will have access to peer into the bridge through a fence since it remains closed to all traffic until renovation is completed.

Save the date and please bring the whole family for this fun event. Admission is free, parking $5.

Update From Yuba Bus

Yuba Bus River Shuttle – Coming Spring 2018

We are very excited to announce that we are in the final phase of receiving the last of our licenses from the California Public Utilities Commission! It has taken much longer than we expected… The good news is, we will be fully up and running for 2018. Our expected start date is mid May- depending on the river flow. Please continue to check our website and social media for updates., @yubabus on FB and Instagram. @yuba_bus on Twitter.

Yuba Bus Charter – Coming January 2018

Currently, we are applying for our Charter License. This will allow us to conduct group transportation for events, festivals, sightseeing and weddings! We will also be scheduling transportation to everyones favorite local breweries and wineries. Our goal is to launch the charter business in time for The South Yuba River Citizens Leagues – Wild and Scenic Film Festival- Jan 12-14, 2018.

We have big plans for 2018, thanks so much for everyones support! Please take time to connect with us on social media and share with other Yuba River lovers! Looking forward to seeing everyone on the Yuba Bus!

Your friends at Yuba Bus

A Cappella Ensemble VOCES8 to Perform in Grass Valley

The dynamic polyphony of a cappella ensemble VOCES8 will be on full display in Grass Valley Oct. 22 with “Light Divine,” a program of featured works to showcase the beauty and solace derived from a live musical experience. The performance, one of only two in California on their 2017-18 world tour, will be presented by InConcert Sierra.

“Warmth, radiance, guidance and comfort: from the pale glow of moon or starlight to the blaze of summer sun, light has always been a symbol for our most basic human needs, both physical and spiritual,” according to a statement from VOCES8. “In compiling the music for Light Divine, we found ourselves returning time and again to this idea of the desire for comfort being expressed through music…”

The program will include traditional songs by Byrd, Britten, Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn and Bach, along with works by Renaissance composers John Mundy, George Marson and Thomas Hunt. The “Light Divine” will also feature a few contemporary composers whose works also evoke visceral impressions.

“There is for us something inherently comforting about the sound of unaccompanied voices in harmony, and if this programme shows one thing it is that composers across the ages have felt the same way,” according to VOCES8 statement.

British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the world’s most versatile singing groups. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Cité de la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, National Concert Hall Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, the Shanghai Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Artistic collaborations have included the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Hugo Ticciati, cellist Matthew Sharp, and pianist/composers Jonathan Dove and Ola Gjeilo, according to their biography.

Audience members will get a chance to learn more about VOCES8 and their program during a 1:15 p.m. pre-concert forum at which Aileen James will host a conversation with the members of the ensemble on stage.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at (ticketing fees will apply) and in person at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley. There are a limited number of youth tickets (ages 5-17) available for at no charge with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Youth tickets must be arranged with the InConcert Sierra office prior to the performance.

The concert will be at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley. For more information, please visit


WHAT: VOCES8 a cappella ensemble

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

WHERE: InConcert Sierra, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley (in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, off Hwy 174)

TICKETS: $35 general admission, available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at or in person at BriarPatch Co-op

INFO: 530-273-3990,





Artist of the Month at Nevada City Winery – Linda Galusha

Linda Galusha is showing her paintings and mixed media pieces throughout the month of October. Nature has held her interest with its intense variety. Her works are about ‘seeing’ a thing and expressing this with the art language tools of color, line, space, timing, rhythm, etc. These tools are used with both intent and intuitive interaction with the subject and the piece.

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

Conflict Resolution Center of Nevada County Presents 3-Day Beginning Mediation Training

Are you a good listener? Want to improve your negotiation skills? Become a certified mediator.

Conflict Resolution Center of Nevada County (CRC) will hold their popular three-day beginning mediation training ‪on October 19, 20, & 21 2017, ‪from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, at the Association of Realtors Building, Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley.

During this 25-hour basic mediation skills training, participants will learn how to convene and open a mediation, facilitate communication, encourage problem solving, balance neutrality and fairness, and much more. Participants will discover effective ways to settle differences and mediate disputes across a variety of contexts. This program will provide participants with core mediation skills and training, along with hands-on experience as a mediator in a variety of simulations.

For over twenty years, CRC has worked with the residents, businesses, and organizations of Nevada County to find common ground. CRC is a non-profit provider of conflict resolution and mediation training. CRC mediates for the civil and small claims courts of Nevada County as well as private mediation with a sliding scale fee.

The cost to litigate disputes is enormous. Statistics have proven time and time again that mediation resolves more disputes in less time for less money and with less stress. Trained mediators help the disputants as neutral third parties by facilitating communication and resolving disputes whereby the disputants can craft their own agreement.

BBS Internship hours possible. MCLE credits approval pending. (Additional fees for credits collected at time of event.) Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate as a certified mediator.

Regular Registration $325; group discounts and limited scholarships are also available. Registration includes lunch and snacks.

Register online at ‪ or call ‪530-477-6517 for further information.


WHO: Conflict Resolution Center of Nevada County (CRC)

WHAT: 3-Day Beginning Mediation Training

WHEN: October 19, 20, & 21 2017, ‪from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m

WHERE: Association of Realtors Building, Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley

TICKETS: Regular Registration $325; group discounts and limited scholarships are also available. Registration includes lunch and snacks. Register online at ‪ or call 530-477-6517 for further information.


Mane Event Salon – Ribbon Cutting Thursday, October 19th at Noon

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & the Mane Event Invite You……

Come join us for a ribbon cutting at the Mane Event, a new business in the 7-Hills Business District! Everyone’s invited to welcome the Mane Event to our business community. See you there!

Mane Event Salon, 538 Searls Avenue  Nevada City  530/477-8866

FDJ French Dressing Jeans Fit Clinic at Judi’s – October 21st, 2017

On Saturday, October 21st, Judi’s of Nevada City will be hosting a Denim Fit Clinic event with FDJ French Dressing Jeans.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this event will help to raise awareness and money for this important cause. The five FDJ French Dressing fits – Peggy, Suzanne, Dusty, Olivia and Kylie – are named for celebrity breast cancer survivors and a portion of every jean sold is donated to national, regional and local Breast Cancer organizations throughout North America. 

“We are excited to partner with FDJ French Dressing Jeans for this event. Not only do they have a great product, but they are dedicated to raising awareness and helping women in the fight against breast cancer and we are very pleased to be a part of that”, said Judi Weiner, owner of Judi’s of Nevada City.

FDJ will be bringing all of their jean styles in every size, and their fit specialist will help guests to find the perfect fitting pair of jeans for their body type while providing tips and advice on how to dress and look your best. Along with professional fitting, there will be refreshments and give-aways throughout the day. The event will begin at 10am and continue until 5pm.


What:  FDJ French Dressing Jeans Fit Clinic in support of Breast Cancer Awareness

When: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 from 10am until 5pm

Where: Judi’s, 246 Commercial Street, Nevada City

Who: This event is hosted by Judi’s of Nevada City

Admission:  Free

Information:  Call Judi Weiner at  (530) 265.6710 or email her at

9th Annual Fall Open House at Grande Wood Designs

Come join Grande Wood Designs for their 9th Annual Fall Open House Saturday, October 14th from 10 AM to 4 PM. See the latest trends in Holiday Décor and Great Savings !! This year will be Bigger and Better in our New Location 422 Henderson Street in Grass Valley coupled under one roof with the Beam Easy Living Center. 5,000 SF of Holiday bliss awaits you. So come see what’s in store for you at Grande Wood Designs!! 530-274-3301

Talk Like TED Workshop: Creating a Dynamic Presentation

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership is Presenting a Workshop

“Ideas are the currency of the 21st Century,” says Carmine Gallo in his bestselling book Talk Like TED. The Center for Nonprofit Leadership is presenting a workshop on Friday, October 13, Talk Like TED.

For nonprofit organizations and small businesses to reach their maximum potential, they must be able to communicate their ideas and tell their stories in ways that capture the attention of partners, donors, volunteers, and the public.

Join CNL and presenter, Janice Dunn, to find out what a TED talk is and how you can create and deliver one of your own!

Attendees will:

  • Dissect a real Ted-style talk and gain the understanding of how & why it works.
  • Learn how to identify and define your focused ideas.
  • Create an outline/framework from which to develop your own messaging in TED-style to impact the organization, business or causes you care about.

Suggested Participants: Anyone who communicates on behalf of an organization or business

Date and Time: October 13, 2017   8:30am –12:30pm (check-in begins at 8:00am)                                                                                                

Location: Seventh Day Adventist Church,  2889 Osborne Hill Rd, Grass Valley (off Hwy 174)

Cost: $60 – CNL Member organizations ($40 for each additional attendee from one member organization); $75 – Not-Yet-CNL member.  Fee includes continental breakfast. (Registration Deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 11)

For more information:

League of Women Voters General Meeting Announcement

October 14, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church

You vote, and you take a great interest in politics, but as the political climate evolves, you’d really like to know…”What do the major political parties stand for?”

Your local League of Women Voters invites you to hear for yourself from a representative of the Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and Republican parties explain their missions.

Linda Erdmann will represent the Republican Party; Donn Coenen will represent the Libertarian Party; Ben Emery will represent the Green Party; Peter Minett will represent the Democratic Party.

Join the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County for a timely and refreshing discussion. Cookies and coffee served at 9:30 with program from 10 am to noon. Peace Lutheran Church 848 West Main St Grass Valley.

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

LeGacy Presents Broadway Bound – Continues Through October 8th!

LeGacy presents the final of the “Eugene Trilogies” by Neil Simon, BROADWAY BOUND September 15th through October 8th.

Directed by LeGacy co-founder and producer Alvis LeGate, “Broadway Bound” tells the story of Brighton Beach Memoir’s and Biloxi Blues main character, Eugene Jerome, as he returns to his family home to embark on his dream career. LeGacy veterans Patrick Wheatley (Biloxi Blues) and Kris Meadows (The Crucible, Biloxi Blues & SCROOGE) star as brothers Eugene and Stanley Jerome. The brothers are attempting to write their way into the brand new world of television comedy by getting their first big break in a comedy radio show. Sue LeGate-Halford reprises her Elly nominated portrayal of their mother, Kate, and returning to LeGacy is John Bush (A Few Good Men) as her father Ben. Joining LeGacy for the first time is Frank Swaringen as Kate’s husband (and Eugene and Stanley’s father), Jack Jerome. Well known Nevada County Actress Nancy Keith is joining the cast as Kate’s sister Blanche. Hailed as one of Simon’s finest works, Broadway Bound has plenty of laughs, and as pure Simon, plenty of heartfelt and poignant dramatic moments.

Broadway Bound plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, ONE Thursday, October 5th at 7pm, TWO MATINEES, Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th at 2pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, available at the BookSeller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419. RESERVED seating at $35 available online or through box office only. We will see you at the theatre!!

Gold Country Italian American Club Invites You to Attend

Bella Notte “Beautiful Night” Dinner Dance

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

The Gold country Italian American club invites everyone to Bella Notte which includes a delicious sit down dinner, live music and a silent auction full of fabulous gifts given to us from so many of our generous merchants in Nevada county. All profits will go to Women of Worth, WOW. Please join us and make this a mutually beneficial evening for all to remember.

Upcoming Native Plant Sale Will Feature Native Plants That Beat the Heat

Redbud Native Plant Sale on Saturday, October 14, at North Star House in Grass Valley

When summer temperatures soar and persist, many folks think all California native plants dry out like early spring wildflowers. Not so. Many California species have adapted to beat the heat. Come meet dozens upon dozens of beautiful, successful native plants for gardening, at the Redbud Native Plant Sale on Saturday, October 14, at North Star House in Grass Valley.

It’s organized by the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. You’ll find hand-picked, locally adapted, low-water California native trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, grasses, and seeds from specialty and wholesale growers. Many are grown by Redbud members.

The Redbud Chapter will have expert native-plant gardeners available throughout the sale. They can share information on choosing plants for specific needs and locations, as well as on pollinator-friendly, drought-tolerant, fire-resistant, and lawn-alternative plants.

The chapter has published two books helpful to local gardeners. They’ve recently released the second edition of their very popular Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California. Its sister publication is Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties, California. The chapter will be selling these books and others at the plant sale, as well as Redbud T-shirts. They’ll also have more of the garden signs that were so well-received last year, proclaiming “Native Plants Live Here!”

The sale will run 9:30 to 2. The first hour is plant-society member appreciation; you can join at the door. Organizers advise bringing boxes, or a wagon if you have one. North Star House is at 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley, 95949.

To volunteer, email Join these gardeners in restoring nature, one garden at a time. For more information, please visit


About Redbud Chapter of California Native Plant Society

The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, serves western Nevada and Placer Counties. They offer:

  • native plant sales
  • evening programs on topics concerning native plants, alternating between Auburn and Nevada City
  • field trips to view local wildflowers in blossom, usually planned for spring and early summer
  • ongoing conservation and restoration projects
  • a quarterly newsletter for members

Activities are free and open to the public. Your participation is welcome and encouraged. To become involved or join, contact


Chrissy Freeman, Publicity Chair, Redbud Chapter, California Native Plant Society

650-393-9246 (cell)   530-271-0103 (home)

Finding the Heart of Inspiration

A recent road trip to Santa Fe and the Southwest created fuel for new paintings that will be featured on the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour at the gallery and working studio of LeeAnn Brook. In her 12th year on the Studio Tour, Brook’s gallery LeeAnn Brook Fine Art will also be a distribution center where visitors can pick up free maps for the tour of studios of over 60 artists in Western Nevada County on Oct. 7 & 8, 14 & 15.

As a special feature for the Studio Tour, Brook will share her process and sources of inspiration from her recent trip to the Southwest. Posting a daily travelogue of inspiring images on her Instagram page (leeannbrook_fineart) called “Inspiration Road Trip”, she covered the 10 day camping trip to Sedona, Arizona, Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, as well as long stretches of highways through the Utah and Nevada deserts. Reflecting a color palette of saturated light and textures rich with collage and mixed media, Brook’s new paintings are inspired by photographs that she shot on the trip. Her Nikon camera as well as the immediacy of a cell phone camera captured bits of inspiration from the red and purple rocks of Sedona, to huge purple skies in Santa Fe, to the wide open desert in Nevada. The photos will be on display in the gallery, demonstrating how their inspiration connects to Brook’s paintings. Her award winning book “Points of Inspiration: An Artist’s Journey with Painting and Photography” will also be on sale at a special price during the Studio Tour. The book has received four national awards including a special review in Publishers Weekly.

The studio and gallery located at 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City, is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 12-5 p.m. For more information, visit


Helping Hands Caregiver Resource/Adult Day Care is Celebrating!

It is HELPING HANDS 10th year Anniversary as a non-profit serving our communities and celebrating with its

Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser and Open House

Thursday Oct 12th 4pm-7pm.

Joining in the event, A RIBBON CUTTING with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce AT 5:30. It’s a Tri-county Chamber event!

There will be hourly raffles and wonderful prizes and gift baskets. AND FOOD! As always, The Spaghetti Dinner includes French bread, salad, desert and drink! Dinners can be eat in or take out. A donation of $10 is suggested and tickets can be purchased at the door. All proceeds from this fundraiser will provide respite care for dependent adults in our community who live at home with a primary caregiver. Live music provided by the wonderful Local Band PURDON CROSSING.

HELPING HANDS, 17645 Penn Valley Drive – (530) 432 2540