Colorful Mardi Gras Parade Entries

Kim Welllman of the Nevada City Chamber is ready for Mardi Gras.  Are you?
Kim Welllman of the Nevada City Chamber is ready for Mardi Gras. Are you?

The Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade is known for its colorful, entertaining, off-the-wall and often zany parade entries.

Among the participants in this year’s event are the featured Lyman Gilmore School Band, the California Consolidated Drum Band and the ever popular Petting Zoo.

Also look for Samurai Sam, Ancient Warrior of Unknown and Dubious Origin; the Latitude 38 Parrot Heads, Grass Valley Moose Lodge/Moose Riders, Kaptin Kyle’s Dread Pirates of the Sierra Main, the Merry Widows, E Clampus Vitus, Chapter 10; and many more. More than 30 parade entries are signed up.

Grand Marshal is Jeff Ackerman, editor and publisher of The Union; the Mardi Gras King and Queen are Tim and Nancy Brown, and Grand Duke and Duchess are Carl “Big Daddy” and Jackie Spotts.

The fun begins at 2 p.m. Sunday on Broad Street. Be sure to wear your best Mardi Gras attire!

CNL Workshop on Effective Meetings, Oct. 23, 2010

CNLThe Center for Nonprofit Leadership in Nevada City is offering a workshop on how to plan and conduct effective board and committee meetings Saturday, October 23rd from 8:30-12:15. The Workshop will be held at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, and costs $40 for CNL members, $50 for non-members.

This highly interactive half-day workshop will focus on four keys to planning and conducting effective board and committee meetings within your organization.

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL) is a resource center for organizations and individuals in Nevada County and the Sierra Nevada region of California. CNL strengthens and sustains local nonprofit organizations through “best practice” workshops, executive leadership seminars, on-site coaching and mentoring, and public advocacy. To see more information, or to register online, visit:

California Preservation Conference May 12-15th

HistConfNevada City and Grass Valley will be the setting for the 2010 historical preservation conference “Preserving a Sense of Place”, to be held May 12-15th. Non-members of the California Preservation Foundation can also get tickets to enjoy the many educational sessions and workshops presented by more than 100 experts. Some topics include Melding Economic Development and Preservation, Discovering California Through Heritage Tourism, Local Character as Your Mother Lode, and much more.

For more information on the conference, check out the California Preservation Foundation.