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Things to do in Nevada County this month

There is always so much going on in Nevada County. Whether you are a nature lover, hardcore recreationalist, lover of theater and art, dancer to live music, or a family looking for some fun everyone can enjoy, you can find something great to do any time of the year.

Here’s a sampling of what is going on this month in Nevada County.

Center for the Arts has great live music and other events year round.  Click here to see what they’ve got going on this month.

The White Snake –FINAL PERFORMANCES
Thurs.-Sun., May 4-6
Performances on Thursday (7 p.m.), Friday (8 p.m.), and Saturday (8 p.m.)
Nevada Theater
401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Community Asian Theater of the Sierra presents The White Snake, a mythical tale of eternal love with original music and life-size puppetry. Based on the classic story, Mary Zimmerman re-imagines this ancient Chinese legend in which a snake spirit transforms herself into a beautiful woman in order to experience the human world. Venturing down the mountainside with her companion, Green Snake, White Snake meets and falls in love with a humble and virtuous man. She decides to stay human until a wicked monk discovers her true identify and vows to destroy her. Tickets at The Book Seller and Briar Patch in Grass Valley and online.

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NC Craft FairNevada City Craft Fair
Friday, May 5
Noon-8 p.m.
The Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring St., Nevada City

The first Nevada City Craft Festival was produced in the summer of 2010 by a group of local young crafters, artists and social do-gooders who were inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents in their community as well as the success of the Renegade Craft Fairs across the US and Europe. The bi-annual event continues to grow and to date has introduced over 10,000 attendees to more than 600 local and regional artists, designers and crafters.

The day holds many surprises, including Lindsay Smith playing North Indian Tabla, Wolf Creek Boys of Grass Valley bringing folk music, Sunday Iris with indie folk, and Amalia Scott of The Hare in the Moon giving tarot readings. Terra Muse will be doing craft demos! We Cook for You nonprofit caterers will be on site serving up milkshakes, cheeseburgers, and tacos. Not to mention there’s a bar for 21+ if you’re feeling the festive Cinco De Mayo spirit.

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First Friday Art Walk
Friday, May 5
5-9 p.m.
Downtown Nevada City

The First Friday Art Walk is a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, as well as their wonderfully artistic and creative community. Participating Downtown businesses will be open from 5-9 p.m. and many will host “receptions” with local artists, trunk shows, and/or performances. Many shops are also offering snacks and beverages as well as sales and specials only valid for the event.

There will be live music and theatrical performances at various locations throughout the downtown area. In addition there will be a Youth Arts Showcase featuring Artists between the ages of 4-18 with some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses, as well as a “Kids Zone” on York Street with some fun activities and art projects for kids of all ages.

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Photo by The Union

Photo by The Union

Grass Valley Car Show
Saturday, May 6
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Downtown Grass Valley
Travel back in time and experience American nostalgia at its best at the Grass Valley Car Show. See the classic American automobiles that defined their generations and shop, dine and stay in a city that honors its historic past and embraces its wonderful future; Historic Downtown Grass Valley.

See approximately 300 of the finest custom, vintage and antique cars and trucks in all of Northern California. Get an opportunity to talk to the men and women whose passion is responsible for the restoration of these beautiful icons of American culture.

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Blue Marble JubileeBlue Marble Jubilee Logo
Saturday, May 6
2-7 p.m.
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11410 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley

A new all ages event rolls into Nevada County with a mission to “Connect – Explore – Celebrate.”
A colorful, village-style one-day festival, the Blue Marble Jubilee is an Earth-centered event to inspire, educate and empower people to make a difference in the community and our world. Plus, the day will be filled with fun!
Including:
Achilles Wheel
Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour
Izzy Tooinsky
Haute Trash Fashion Show
Beer, wine, and a signature sangria
Root Beer & 50/50 Floats- both kid friendly and spiked
Food Trucks
Lawn Games, Crafts, and Adventure Activities for All Ages
And More…

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A Conversation with Julia Morgan
Sunday, May 7
1:30-4 p.m.
North Star House
12075 Auburn Rd., Grass Valley

The North Star Historic Conservancy presents A Conversation with Julia Morgan. Betty Marvin, well known for her compelling impersonation of Julia Morgan, will reimagine life in the early 1900’s, and conversations with the inhabitants of this historic house. As an Architectural Historian, Betty is known for her work with the Oakland Heritage Alliance.

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Photo by John Taber

Photo by John Taber

The Essential George Harrison
Thurs-Sat, May 11-13
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Fri-Sat
Nevada Theater
401 Broad Street, Nevada City

A Musical Party and Celebration of George Harrison’s Ten Years with The Beatles and a Thirty-Plus year Solo Career. Featuring Saul & Elena Rayo with Objects in the Mirror: Pat Jacobsen, Perry Mills, Brady Mills, Mark Thayer and Special Guests: Cassidy Joy, Doug Davies, Alyssa Abbott, Jay Tausig

In 2005 Saul Rayo (Rayo Sun Orchestra) and Pat Jacobsen (Objects in the Mirror) teamed up for a concert featuring the music of Joni Mitchell. The three-night run at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley proved to be a grand success and following the show they wondered how to follow it up. One of many ideas (this one floated by Saul’s daughter) was to pay tribute to the music of George Harrison.

After twelve years on the back burner “The Essential George Harrison” will take the stage at the historic Nevada Theatre in downtown Grass Valley on May 11, 12 and 13 featuring Saul and Elena Rayo, Objects in the Mirror (Pat Jacobsen – bass, Perry Mills – guitar, Brady Mills – keyboards, Mark Thayer – drums) and guest appearances including a horn section, featured vocalists and sitar.

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ERC Economic Development SummitERC Logo vertical web
Thursday, May 18
1:30-4:30 p.m.
The Center for the Arts
314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council will host Nevada County’s largest networking event this month. The Summit will include a keynote “State of the Economy” presentation by Dr. Christopher Thornberg Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists. Dr. Thornberg is also the Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development at the UC Riverside School of Business Administration.

The Summit will also include a presentation of “Reaching Common Goals”, which is the ERC’s 2017-19 Strategic Plan. In addition, the Summit will feature a series of 5-minute Business Vignette presentations that highlight innovation and success occurring at local businesses, along with brief overviews of key ERC initiatives like the Nevada County Tech Connection. Businesses already confirmed to make presentations include Traitware, BrewBilt and Autometrix.

During the VIP Dinner, to be held at the Foothills Event Center, a panel called “A Community Conversation”, will be moderated by Amy Westervelt. The panel will focus on the key issues that emerged out of the ERC Strategic Plan. Amy lives in Truckee and is a contributing writer to Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and Forbes.

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Fire Safe Council Culinary Adventure
Friday, May 19
5:30-8 p.m.
The Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring St., Nevada City

Experience the world through flavors from around the globe paired with local fine wines and craft beers. Enjoy an evening of new flavors, friends, music and a silent auction to raise funds for the fire prevention programs and services of Fire Safe Council of Nevada County!

Food and Wine/Beer pairings from four countries: Japan, Italy, France and Spain.

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Photo by The Union

Photo by The Union

Penn Valley Rodeo
Fri-Sun. May 19-21
Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds
10513 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley

Penn Valley Rodeo celebrates it’s 60th Diamond Celebration this year with a barbecue dinner, live music, a parade, a rodeo dance, and of course, a classic full rodeo. Sunday will be a family rodeo, so bring the kids for some great events!

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Sierra Vintners Wine Trail
Saturday, May 20
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Various Locations

Sierra Vintners will be holding their first of three wine trails for 2017 at six locations along the Hwy 49 and Hwy 174 corridors. Spend the day touring each location and enjoy wonderful wine tastings, delicious food, and enchanting entertainment.

This is the third year that the group is holding three separate trails, as opposed to having one big event as they had for several years, to give wine lovers the opportunity to slow down and experience all of the wineries instead of racing around the county to see as many as possible.

This spring trail will feature Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, Katoa, Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery, Nevada City Winery, Smith Vineyard, and Solune Winegrowers. Each winery on the trail has its own personality in both taste and décor, and they all enjoy having the public come to enjoy their wine and hospitality.

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Soroptomist of the Sierras Garden Tour
Sat.-Sun., May 20-21

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills cordially invites you to their 24th Annual Spring Garden Tour taking place in Grass Valley and Nevada City rain or shine. Tour six fabulous and diverse gardens over the weekend, and get inspired by the beauty of each one.

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Strawberry Spring Music Festival

Photo submitted by Strawberry Music Festival

Photo submitted by Strawberry Music Festival

Thursday-Sunday, May 25-29
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley

The 65th Strawberry Music Festival is in its 35th year, and presents the gold standard in main stage entertainment, intimate side stage performances, top-notch children’s programming, workshops and activities for the whole family, and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Programs like the Breakfast Club and the Band Scramble, live broadcasts by Hog Ranch Radio, and Strawberry’s legendary camp jam culture are what makes this YOUR festival. Headliners this year include Sarah Jarosz, Rising Appalachia, Richard Thompson, Elephant Revival, Lucinda Williams, and many more.

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The Little Big: A Bike Festival for All
Saturday-Sunday, May 27-28
Truckee Bike Park
12200 Joerger Dr., Truckee

The Truckee Bike Park is proud to present the fifth annual “Little Big” skills and thrills bike event, a fundraiser for the nonprofit, volunteer-built park. The day starts with a women’s skills clinic where ladies ages 11 and up will join together to get to know the lay of the land and learn proper riding techniques to handle bike park fun. Following the ladies’ skills morning there is a pumptrack jam just for little kids ages 10 and under.

After an awesome morning progressing skills, the park will open up for the afternoon activities. There is a jump competition for women and one for men where amateurs and pros can show off their style and skills. The competition is a casual jump jam format and prizes will be given for style and effort. When the jump jam is complete, fans can turn their attention to some fast-paced fun on the dual slalom track, continuing to Sunday.

FREE fun for the whole family!

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