Closing Weekend “The Perfect Party”

LeGacy Productions’ “The Perfect Party” closes this weekend at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley, directed by Tim O’Connor.

First performed in Nevada County in the mid 1990’s, this smart comedy by A.R. Gurney (“Love Letters”, “Sylvia”) follows the events surrounding one man’s quest for the “perfect party”. With lots of twists and turns, and plenty of laughs, this is the “perfect party” to add to your calendar!!!

Cast members from the 1994 production include Nevada County favorites Dave Iorns, Rene Sprattling, Bruce Kelly, and Gaylie Bell-Stewart. Newcomer Carolyn Winters rounds out the cast. The 1994 production was also directed by Tim O’Connor, who directed the hit “To Kill a Mockingbird” for LeGacy last year.

Shows are 7pm on Thursday, 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday matinee at the Off Center Stage, 314 Richardson St, Grass Valley, located directly behind the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $18 in advance/$20 at the door and are available at the Bookseller and Briar Patch in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at or by calling (530) 268-5419.

Mature audiences only

Looking for NJUHSD Graduates!

Nevada Joint Union High School Foundation Seeks Alumni Contact Information

The NJUHSD Foundation has contracted with School World Alumnae database in an effort to gather contact information from anyone who graduated from the local high schools.

There has never been a data base that includes contact information from all former NJUHSD students. With new technology the Foundation feels that this would be an ideal way to gather and update information. The data base is an excellent resource to inform former students about programs and educational opportunities at NJUHSD. It will also be useful to all class reunion committees when planning their celebrations.

The information will be used only by the Foundation for pertinent information about the schools. The lists will not be given or sold to any other entity.

If you are a graduate of any of the following Schools, please log onto and provide the requested information: Bear River, Ghidotti Early College High School, Nevada Union, Park Avenue Alternative Education, Sierra Mountain High School/Adult Education, Silver Springs, Grass Valley and Nevada City.

22nd Annual Sierra BrewFest August 27

Have you ever looked at the dozens of beer choices in your local supermarket and wondered what each of them tasted like, but didn’t want to spend the money to try them all?  If so, the Sierra BrewFest may just be the answer for you.

On the other hand, you might be a connoisseur of the myriad of tastes and styles available from the brewing arts. You might enjoy an afternoon of sampling and comparing lots of different brews. You probably would also like to find out what the latest new offerings are from California’s leading microbreweries. Once again, the Sierra BrewFest is just your ticket.

On Saturday, August 27th, from 3 to 6:30 in the afternoon, the 22nd annual Sierra BrewFest will satisfy all of the above needs, plus more. Not only will there be 100+ hand-crafted beers offered by over 30 of the best microbreweries on the planet, but there will also be a chance to satisfy your gastronomic desires and enjoy some great music. Noshing choices run the gamut, including jerky, sushi, BBQ, burgers, dogs, Mexican, ice cream, smoothies and sausages, of course. You can also listen and dance to the killer sounds of Bob Mora and The Third Degree Blues Band. And all of this takes place while you’re hanging out at the most beautiful fairgrounds in California, the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

It’s only $25 in advance or $30 at the gate for unlimited beer tastings and a souvenir glass. Non-tasters, including designated drivers, are admitted free.

Tickets and information are available at or or by calling the Music in the Mountains box office at (530) 265-6124

Heads up beer geeks and aficionados: get ready for an afternoon of sun, suds and fun!


Grass Valley Business Breakfast May 17

Grass Valley Business Breakfast

Tuesday, May 17th

Special Guest Speaker:
Dan Walters, Columnist
The Sacramento Bee

Holiday Inn Express
121 Bank Street
Grass Valley

Reservations to:
Grass Valley/Nevada County Chambers
(530) 273-4667
(Check • Visa • Mastercard)

Hosted by:
City of Grass Valley and
Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce

Download printable flyer:  BreakfastFlyer

Build A Shelter Day May 14th

Hospitality House, our homeless shelter in Grass Valley, is acquiring a building where they can offer year-round shelter, on-site meals and services to their guests.  The building will be known as “Utah ’s Place” in honor of their beloved cofounder, the late Utah Phillips. Utah was an ardent advocate for the rights of homeless people.  Utah, who was once homeless himself, felt a responsibility to help those in need.

Hospitality House is holding a “Build a Shelter Day” benefit in downtown Grass Valley at the Holiday Inn Express on May 14, 2011 to raise funds to complete the necessary renovations.  They need support from all those willing to roll up their sleeves and go to work.

They are asking local businesses, community groups of any kind, faith communities, contractors, clubs and anyone wanting to participate in this worthy community effort to participate in their benefit on May 14th.  Please click the links below to download flyers about the project and how to support this very worthwhile endeavor.

Download pdf explaining Utah’s Place Community Campaign:  Community Campaign GGT Shelter with event info

Download pdf of Build a Shelter Sign-up:  buildasheltersignup2011

Closing Weekend of “Old Explorers”

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A Comedy by James Cada and Mark Keller with Stephen Wellman and Robert Rossman

THURSDAY, March 10 AT 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, March 11 AT 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, March 12 AT 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, March 13 AT 2 p.m.

This Just In…

“Old Explorers is a Winner!”

Reprinted from The Union, March 10, 2011

“Wonderful acting and wildly funny imaginary adventures are what I found upon attending the comedy “Old Explorers,” making its West Coast premiere with Sierra Stages. Watching the actors ride “camels” in and of itself is reason enough to go!

The journey begins in the apartment of retired JC Penney accountant Leinen Kugel. A knock on the door brings fellow widower Warner Watney and … whoosh, you’re off on the first of many exciting adventures. With the help of their worldly explorer alter egos, Heinrich Schliemann and Henry Stanley, these two old friends would rather conjure up grand expeditions in search of the Fountain of Youth or the Lost City of Atlantis than just sit in the park and play “old man.”

Written by Minnesotans James Cada and Mark Keller in 1978, “Old Explorers” is their way to protest the notion that there’s no place for the elderly in America. They felt that the combination of the two old explorers and how they dealt with aging and death would challenge today’s generation.

Stephen Wellman as Leinen/Schliemann and Bob Rossman as Warner/Stanley turn in stellar performances. Their superb acting and comedic timing combine to bring out every little nuance in their characters. I was particularly struck by the ease in which they both switched back and forth between their characters and their characters’ alter egos, accents and all.

Co-directed by Rossman and Wellman, they’ve come up with a fast paced and fun production. Rossman’s set design is simple yet incredibly effective in suggesting the “explorer” theme. Exotic fabrics draped here and there, a world globe, a few bar stools, and an old wooden chest adorn the stage. Add in lighting by Rod Lewis and sound effects run by stage manager Carly Wellman and you have a stage set for exploration.

The Off Center Stage lends itself perfectly to this production. The intimate little theatre draws the audience right into the action. You can see and hear the smallest inflections in voice and mannerisms the actors have chosen to bring these characters to life. As one theatre patron put it, “You felt just like you were living it with them.”

“Old Explorers” is a wonderful way to get your daily dose of laughter, with a few touching and poignant moments thrown in. Don’t miss this terrific little show!”


Off Center Stage
315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley
(behind The Center for the Arts)

Also available at BriarPatch and The Book Seller and at the door


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!

Jeff Ackerman Named Grand Marshal of Parade

Jeff Ackerman, Grand Marshal, 2011 Nevada City Mardi Gras
Jeff Ackerman, Grand Marshal, 2011 Nevada City Mardi Gras

Local newspaper editor and publisher Jeff Ackerman has been named grand marshal of the 2011 Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade.

Ackerman, longtime publisher of The Union, will appear and be honored in the annual Mardi Gras Parade, which rolls down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.

“The Union does a lot for our community and has done a tremendous job in helping us promote our event,” said Larry Birdsong, chairman of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Committee. “We’re proud to have Jeff be part of our parade.”

Ackerman’s career with The Union has come full circle. He served as a reporter with the paper in the 1980s and went on to earn several promotions with parent company Swift Newspapers, Inc. before being named to The Union’s top management position and returning to Grass Valley in 2002.

“Mardi Gras is always a fun event and I’m looking forward to having a great time,” said Ackerman. “I’m honored to be the grand marshal.”

Carl "Big Daddy" Spotts and his wife, Jackie, Duke and Duchess, 2011 Nevada City Mardi Gras
Carl "Big Daddy" Spotts and his wife, Jackie, Duke and Duchess, 2011 Nevada City Mardi Gras

Also being honored at this year’s celebration are 2011 Mardi Gras King and Queen Tim and Nancy Brown, who are longtime volunteer organizers and coordinators of the Mardi Gras Parade. “They’ve been at it for several years and they’re very enthusiastic,” said Birdsong.

Duke and Duchess of the 2011 Mardi Gras celebration are Carl “Big Daddy” Spotts and his wife, Jackie, who each year recruit large numbers of their fellow members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Chapter 6 of Grass Valley, to prepare for and clean up after the Saturday night Masquerade Ball and Sunday parade.

Download the parade entry forms (entries are now open).  For other information on Nevada City’s Mar. 5-6 Mardi Gras Celebration contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692.

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:

The 10th Annual Nevada City Film Festival is Coming!

FilmFestAugust 19-22nd the Nevada City Film Festival presented by AJA Video will celebrate their 10-year anniversary with four days of film screenings, filmmaking panel discussions and parties. Each year thousands of film buffs and filmmakers travel from around the world to gather for one long fun-filled weekend in Nevada City and Grass Valley to enjoy the best in independent filmmaking. This year over 40 short films and a handful of feature lengths showcasing filmmaking’s rising talent as well as established directors will be screened in three locations including the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

This year’s festival special guests are comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of the cult television show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. Together they will be presenting a special screening of shorts and music videos from the show. The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is a sketch comedy television series on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim that has featured a variety of actors and comedians such as John C. Reilly, Neil Hamburger, “Weird Al” Yankovich, David Cross, Zach Galifianakis, Will Forte, and Jeff Goldblumm among others. The popular Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show also returns with Heidecker headlining. The festival favorite sold out last year and features six comedians.

Go to for more information on tickets, venues and a full program guide of this year’s selected films.