North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center Upcoming Events
17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA
Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell Concert
Friday, November 7, 2014
Doors 7:00 p.m.
Show 8:00 p.m.
$15 advance/member, $20 door
To purchase tickets, visit NorthColumbaiSchoolhouse.org.
Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell hail from Loch Lomond, Scotland, and will be performing one of the best Songbooks in contemporary Scots acoustic music incorporating vocals, cello, guitar, Northumbrian pipes, piano, and laud. Linsey Aitken is a highly regarded cellist and vocalist crossing genres from classical to folk, trained on cello and piano at the RSAMD. She has performed professionally all over the UK from the Royal Albert Hall to the sands of Calgary Bay in Mull. Ken Campbell – Scottish singer-songwriter with a well-established pedigree over 30 years and with five albums to date, festivals, concerts, TV and radio throughout Europe, USA and beyond.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival Encore
Friday, November 14, 2014
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.; Films will show from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Schoolhouse and SYRCL Members or Advance;
$8 Kids 5 to 12 (Kids under 5 are free)
To purchase tickets, visit NorthColubmiaSchoolhouse.org.
For the second consecutive year, Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour will be making an appearance on the San Juan Ridge at the historic North Columbia Schoolhouse. SYRCL and the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center have partnered to bring an encore presentation of films from the 2014 Wild & Scenic Festival. A series of shorter films will be arranged around one longer feature.
Holiday Craft Faire
Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The San Juan Ridge is known for its rich collection of artists and craftspeople. Come to the annual Holiday Craft Faire and experience the works of talented craftspeople, shop for some gifts, and savor soups and hot drinks at the annual Holiday Craft Faire hosted by the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. This two-day event brings to life the one-room schoolhouse set atop Columbia Hill. Admission is free. Visitors from afar will have the chance to enjoy a scenic drive leaving behind the relative hustle and bustle of town to do some holiday shopping in this classic, natural setting.
Country Christmas Faire
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA
Friday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, November 29 and 30 from 10 a.m.m to 4 p.m.
$4 Admission fee
Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire, held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state. Exhibit buildings will be filled during the Thanksgiving weekend, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping with quality hand-made holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, hand-woven baskets, stained glass, candles, beadwork, and dozens of other unique gifts. Visitors to the Faire will enjoy strolling live entertainment, festival foods, the magical Gingerbread House exhibit, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, errand elves, and a community bon-fire. Wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered; Free childcare. To learn more about the Faire, visit NevadaCountyFaire.com.
Music in the Mountains “Holiday Pops – Celebrate the Magic”
Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds
Saturday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m. Children are free
Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets – $10 – $50
For tickets, visit MusicInTheMountains.org.
Join Music in the Mountains for Holiday Pops – Celebrate the Magic, a turbo-boost performance of symphonic rock arranged by Mannheim Steamroller and the Trans Siberian Orchestra, and of course, your favorite carols. The concert begins with Choral Director, Mr. Ryan Murphy leading the Music in the Mountain’s Festival Chorale accompanied by 28-piece chamber orchestra. On Saturday morning, children are invited to a special Children’s Holiday Concert. Rumor has it Santa Claus may make an appearance.
Double Oak Vineyard & Winery celebrates its 29th Harvest and 18th Vintage at their Harvest Open House on Saturday, November 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tour the winery with winemaker Bob Hilsman, barrel taste, sample the new and current releases, as well as reserve wines. Savory gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be paired with fine wine.
Popular local musician James Carlson will be performing with his fine acoustic guitar. He is playing a delightful mix of country and folk with his own original style and material. A great line-up of fine artists and craftpersons offering a fine selection of wood creations, collages and mosaics, textiles and weavings, and photographs. Admission is $7; Wine Club members and their guests $5 and includes a logo wine glass.
Nevada County Restaurant Week
January 23, 2015 through February 1, 2015
Participating restaurants throughout Nevada County
Nevada County Tourism in partnership the Grass Valley Downtown Association, the Nevada City Chamber, the South Nevada County Chamber, the Penn Valley Chamber, the Truckee Chamber, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber and Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, are excited to announce Nevada County Restaurant Week 2015. The event will be held in conjunction with Visit California’s statewide California Restaurant Month. During Nevada County Restaurant Week, restaurants located throughout the County will be offering, “deals,” specials and prix-fixe menus enticing local “foodies” as well as regional visitors to come and experience a new restaurant or one of your favorites or both. A full listing of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week along with their menus will be made available on GoNevadaCounty.com.
Two New Event Centers Open in Grass Valley
The Foothills Event Center is Nevada County’s newest upscale venue located in the beautiful foothills of Northern California. Whether your event is an intimate evening, a business luncheon, or a wedding reception with live music, The Foothills Event Center can easily accommodate your needs. With plenty of on-site parking for over 200 cars along with bus parking, blazing fast fiber optic internet, and an open floor plan that accommodates any size group, we are excited to share The Foothills Event Center with you. The Foothills Event Center is located at 400 Idaho-Maryland Drive in Grass Valley. To learn more about this facility, visit FoothillsEvents.com.
The Historic Binkelman Brewery Building at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites was remodeled in April and added 1,300 square feet of state-of-the-art mix-use meeting space, as well as four additional rooms to the boutique hotel’s inventory.
Born in Wurtenburg, Germany on January 2, 1828, David Binkelmann came to Grass Valley in 1853. The brick brewery was constructed in 1861 replacing a smaller 1856 frame building on North Auburn Street. Binkelmann ran the brewery until his death on May 23, 1884. Leaving his wife Sophie to carry-on until her death in 1915, when the brewery was bequeathed to her son, David J. Binkelmann. The Grass Valley Courtyard Suites is located at 210 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. To learn more about the property, visit GVCourtyardSuites.com.
The 47th Annual Cornish Christmas Celebration
Historic Downtown Grass Valley, CA
Held the four Fridays beginning Friday, November 28; December 5,12,19 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Since 1967, as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Historic Downtown Grass Valley streets are closed and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas. The rooftops of beautifully restored historic buildings are lined with white lights. Handmade arts and crafts from artists throughout California are displayed, and delicious food and drinks from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors are available. New this year, a FREE shuttle service from the Nevada County Fairgrounds to downtown Grass Valley. To learn more about this year’s Cornish Christmas, visit HistoricGrassValley.com.
Holidays at the Mine
Empire Mine State Historic Park
10791 E. Empire Street, Grass Valley, CA
Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29, 2014
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Be transported back to the early 1900′s when Empire Mine was ranked one of the oldest, largest, and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. Historic Bourn Cottage will be decked out in holiday splendor and old-fashioned decorations. Docents in lavish, turn-of-the-century costumes will portray Mr. & Mrs. William Bourn, as well as Jr., Mr., and Mrs. George Starr. Enjoy live Celtic music performed by the String Sisters. Children can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the nearby clubhouse, where they can share their heartfelt holiday wishes.
InConcert Sierra – 2014/2015 Third Sunday Concerts
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Drive, Grass Valley, CA
Sunday, October 19, November 16 & December 21
To learn more about the Third Sunday Concerts and see the rest of the 2014/2015 season, visit InConcertSierra.org.
Dances for the Season – Holiday Special
Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 21 at 2 p.m.
There’s no better way to close out 2014 than by enjoying holiday favorites with the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra with conductor Ken Hardin and assistant conductor Toon Vandevorst. Spreading holiday cheer with carols and celebratory songs, the program will include the premiere of a medley of carols arranged and orchestrated by Toon Vandevorst.
Jennifer Stumm, viola
Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.
Hailed by The Washington Post for the “opal-like beauty” and “phosphorescent energy” of her playing, and First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, violist Jennifer Stumm is internationally recognized as a musical innovator and dynamic advocate for her instrument. She was honored to give a TEDx presentation at the 2011 Aldeburgh Festival, which she entitled “An Imperfect Instrument,” and through a unique mixture of talk and performance, Stumm offers a compelling meditation on the viola’s capacity for emotion– and for making beautiful music. The subsequent video of her presentation was selected as an ‘Editor’s Pick’ of all talks on Ted.com.
The Center for the Arts Upcoming Events
314 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA
The 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza
Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.
$22 members, $25 non-member
The 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza lifts off with five-string favorite Bill Evans bringing in Tony Furtado and Mark Johnson, along with a band of bluegrass all-stars. Mark Johnson is the 2012 recipient of the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Northern California native Tony Furtado’s entrance onto the national stage came with him winning two National Banjo Championships while still a teenager and performing with Laurie Lewis’ band. He has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and shared the concert stage with such names as Greg Allman, Derek Trucks and Sonny Landreth. San Francisco Bay Area musician Bill Evans is an internationally recognized banjo life force, acclaimed for his playing, teaching and writing. The author of Banjo For Dummies, the most popular banjo instructional book in the world, Bill’s 2012 CD In Good Company features 26 guest artists. To learn more about this event, visit TheCenterForTheArts.org.
The Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration featuring Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie and Liz Story with Todd Boston
Sunday, December 21 at 7 p.m.
$25 members, $28 non-member
Three captivating artists who rose to fame recording for the Windham Hill label come together to celebrate the holiday season. Windham Hill “new age” image doesn’t do justice to the passionate singer, pianist, fiddler and guitarist Barbara Higbie, whom writer Derk Richardson described as “a jazz pianist who can write and sing like Laura Nyro and Carol King, a prize-winning folk fiddler who will interpret a John Coltrane tune through a French vocal.” Higbie, whose musical associates have included Bonnie Raitt, Bobby McFerrin and Carlos Santana, put together this Winter Solstice ensemble with GRAMMY-nominated pianist Liz Story and the guitar playing Windham Hill label founder, Will Ackerman. To learn more about this concert, visit TheCenterForTheArts.org.
A new 150-foot suspension bridge hanging above Deer Creek on the Tribute Trail in Nevada City is open. Hanging four stories over Deer Creek in Nevada City, a new bridge is complete, adding another connection to the overall Tribute Trail network. The bridge creates a loop connection from Champion Mine Road along the existing Tribute Trail to the Environs trail, which stretches on the other side of the bridge to Zion Street via Providence Mine Road. The bridge itself is built to be “dynamic” in order to be flexible, meaning it sways, wobbles and bounces a little.
Forest Trails Alliance, designed and built the striking masonry abutments on either side of the bridge, as well as designed and built an elaborate stone-encrusted half-mile access trail leading to the bridge. The new segment of the trail and bridge pays tribute to the Nisenan people of the Nevada City Rancheria, who also contributed indigenous native plants to replace the invasive species cleared by another partner group, American Rivers, which also cleared excess fuel to make the area more fire-safe. Near the petroglyph and on either side of the bridge are curved, blue-dyed concrete “waves,” designed to add an enchantment worthy of the striking downtowns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is tentatively set for October 28 with many state and local officials including California’s Secretary for Resources John Laird and state Assemblyman Brian Dahle, are expected to attend.
Bear Yuba Land Trust has the most current information and maps of the trail at BYLT.org.
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29
Celebrate the start of holiday season at the 17th Annual Artisans Festival at the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s Artisans Festival will be like no other with a celebratory atmosphere of installation art, performance art, children’s art activities, and an Acoustic Café and Wine Bar all backing incredible artisans, many of whom are new to the festival.
36th Annual Victorian Christmas
Downtown Historic Nevada City, CA
Sundays, December 7, 14 and 21 from 1:30 to 6 p.m.
Wednesdays, December 10 and 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings. Victorian Christmas has become an annual family tradition that features holiday activities for all ages! Enjoy carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas! For more information, visit NevadaCityChamber.com.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
South Yuba River Citizens League
Screenings in Downtown Nevada City and Downtown Grass Valley
Thursday, January 15 through Sunday, January 18, 2015
This January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 13th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world. Each year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown areas of Nevada City and Grass Valley, California. The theme this year is, “A Wild Life”. Many of the adventurers and activists featured in our films live “wild lives” and we intend to honor their not-so-mainstream choices, often thought to be a little on the wild side.
Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures. This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but also instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us. Learn more about the film festival by visiting WildAndScenicFilmFestival.org.
Art at Wild & Scenic
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to partner with Nevada County Arts for the fourth year in an effort to increase awareness of the intersection between arts and the environment. More than 40 businesses, wineries, cafes and galleries will exhibit selected art during the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. “Exhibiting Wild & Scenic art adds another layer to the festival experience and immerses attendees in an environmental experience throughout town,” says Melinda Booth, Film Festival Director. Learn more here.
Boreal Mountain Ski Resort celebrates their 50-Year Anniversary in 2015 Season
During the winter of 1964-65, a small ski area named Boreal opened atop of Donner Summit. Almost half a century later, it’s a thriving ski & snowboard resort with a state-of-the-art action sports facility. Fifty years is a long time and Boreal plans on throwing a season-long party and rolling out killer dealers to commemorate this exciting milestone. Learn more about the ski resort by visiting RideBoreal.com.
Fifty Fifty Brewing Company Annual Eclipse Release Party
11197 Brockway Rd, Truckee, CA
Thursday, December 4
Fifty Fifty Brewing Company will celebrate their annual ECLIPSE™ Release Party on December 4th. Eclipse is only released once a year due to the extensive brewing and aging process. This award winning Imperial Stout is put it in oak bourbon barrels then aged for six months. Party includes tasting of previous years Eclipse, plus other 5050 barrel-aging project, commemorative bottle of Eclipse and Eclipse logo snifter glasses, gourmet cheeses, artisan bread, charcuterie, and beer-inspired appetizers and early access to purchase 2014 Eclipse, as well as other vintage Eclipse styles. Learn more by visiting FiftyFiftyBrewing.com.
38th Annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot and the Mashed Potato Mile
Donner Lake, Truckee, CA
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$25-$40 registration fee
The idea of a fun race around Donner Lake was hatched back in 1976 by a small group of enthusiastic runners who wanted to make room for all the turkey and pies they were going to be eating in the weeks ahead. Thirty-eight years later the Donner Lake Turkey Trot is a popular event attracting runners from Reno, Sacramento & The Bay Area as well as many locals who enjoy the excuse to support a good cause & get out for a morning run/walk. Auburn Ski Club Junior Nordic Team organizes the race as a fundraiser and a way to get ready for the ski season. The race happens regardless of the weather — snowstorms, below freezing temperatures, ice, rain or beautiful sunny days – guaranteed to be fun! To learn more and register, please visit AuburnSkiClub.com.