Call for community showcase acts for the Nevada County Fair

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The Nevada County Fair is now accepting applications for local entertainers and community acts to perform at the 2014 Nevada County Fair, August 6 – 10.

Do you have a dance group you’d like to see perform at the Fair? Does your group have a skill they’d like to demonstrate to Fair-goers? Want to do a martial arts demonstration or a cheerleading demonstration or show off your baton twirling skills? If so, the Fairgrounds wants your application. This is a great way to share your talents with the community!

Applications are now available on the website at . To be considered, the application must be returned to the Fairgrounds by June 2. There is no paid compensation for community showcases and demonstrations.

The application is for those interested in performing on the Dance Pad (available afternoon and evening hours); The Green (available during afternoon hours); or the Tumbleweed Stage (available evening hours only).

This year’s Fair is August 6 – 10, and the theme is “Simply Fun.” For more information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

Watch a video of the Nevada County Fair:

(Photo, video: Nevada County Fair)

57th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo

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The 57th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo is fast approaching so mark your calendars for three days of fun May 16, 17 & 18.

Festivities kick-off Friday night with a BBQ dinner at the Cook House followed by dancing with music by the James Slack Band. Saturday’s parade begins at 3 pm when the gates open followed by the Grand Entry and the start of the Rodeo at 5:30 p.m. Sunday kicks off with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at the Old Fire House followed by a full day of activities.

Watch a video of the Penn Valley Rodeo:

Popular singer Jewel will perform in Grass Valley on July 17

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The Center for the Arts announced today that country musician Jewel will perform July 17 at the Grass Valley Veterans Building.

From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, four-time Grammy nominee Jewel, hailed by the New York Times as a “songwriter bursting with talents,” has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists.

Currently, Jewel is recording her 13th studio album, a follow up to her first album “Pieces of You” due in 2015. Jewel lives on a working ranch in Stephenville, Texas with her husband, World Champion bull-riding superstar, Ty Murray and their son Kase Townes Murray.

Tickets are $58 for members of the Center, $68 for the general public and $78 for premium – reserved seating and parking. Tickets are on sale today for Encore Club members – the top annual donors for the Center and to other members May 1. Tickets will be available to the general public May 15.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Center at 530-274-8384 ext 14 or online at www.

—The Center for the Arts’s “See Mining History in the Cliffs at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park”

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See how entire mountains were washed away during the Gold Rush.

Back in the day when gold ruled California, it was okay to wash away mountains in search of the precious metal. That kind of hydraulic mining wouldn’t be allowed in California today, yet we can still see just how powerful this method was at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, near Nevada City. Here you can get a sense of Gold Rush life in the reconstructed town of North Bloomfield, where restored buildings and exhibits paint a picture of a bygone era. See and learn how hydraulic mining worked. (The method was eventually halted here when farms were being destroyed downstream.) Also step into the mouth of a massive drainage tunnel that burrows through bedrock for over 7,000 feet.

Time your stay for the full moon, then pitch a tent in the campground and wait for a surreal landscapes and vistas to unfold under the pale moonlight.


Photo: Malakoff Diggins Park Association

Tulips at Ananda Village

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View the spectacular display of tulips this year at Ananda Village near Nevada City. Open to the public for three weekends each spring, see Mother Nature’s spectacle in all her glory.

Click here to view the photo gallery.

(Photos: Roseanne Burke)

“American Buffalo” presented by Synthetic Unlimited

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Synthetic Unlimited presents American Buffalo, a smart, gritty, adult comedy by playwright and screenwriter David Mamet. Three would-be thieves plan an elaborate heist of rare coins. As junk shop owner Donny draws others into the plot, they turn against him and each other.
Shows from April 10th-April 26th, at the new Synthetic Unlimited Opera House at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley. Showtimes are 7 pm on Thursdays, 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and one Sunday matinee at 2 pm on April 20th. Tickets are $20, or $15 for SU members, and are available at their website, (888) 95-SHOWS, or at The Briar Patch in Grass Valley.

Nevada City’s ol’ Republic Brewery garners statewide attention

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Check out the handcrafted ales and lagers in this historic foothill town.

On a warm summer’s day, there might not be a better place to be than Nevada City’s Ol’ Republic Brewery. Craft brewer Jim Harte specializes in out-of-the-archives beer styles, including the Dead Canary Dortmunder—a bitter lager originally brewed for thirsty German coal miners—and a Noble-hopped English IPA.

Also look for intriguing offerings that perfectly fit the setting, like California Common, based on Jim’s California State Fair Gold Medal winner—an updated take on an 1890s wild frontier beer, with rich amber color, deep malty body, and generous hops. All three go down easy, especially on the big entry patio.

Read more about ol’ Republic Brewery here.

Source: Visit California

SYRCL presents “State of the Yuba”

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The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has scheduled its “State of the Yuba” event on Earth Day to report on the condition of the river, outline SYRCL’s priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlist all river lovers in the protection and restoration of the Yuba.

Join SYRCL on Tuesday, April 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm (program from 6:00-7:30pm) at the Peace Lutheran Church (828 West Main St., Grass Valley) for this informative and free event. Light refreshments, snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Updates on SYRCL’s new River Monitoring Plan and Yuba Salmon Now campaign will be featured in the program. The new River Monitoring Plan will outline priorities related to long term monitoring sites, mine land streams, dam affected reaches, invasive species, the upper South Yuba and more. “We have been hard at work developing new goals for SYRCL’s 14-year-old River Monitoring program based on our analysis of past data and future watershed challenges,” said Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL’s River Programs Manager.

Awards for SYRCL’s “Volunteer of the Year” and “Partner of the Year” will be presented at the event as well.

The public, including SYRCL members, supporters, river lovers of all kinds and anyone interested in finding out more about SYRCL’s programs, is welcome to come celebrate Earth Day with SYRCL.

For more information visit their website or, contact Miriam Limov, River People Manager, at (530) 265-5961 x201.

Watch a new commercial for 2014 Nevada County Fair

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“Simply Fun!” is the theme for the 2014 Nevada County Fair, August 6 – 10, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The Fair already is busy planning for five days of excitement and fun for Fair-goers of all ages.

The Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals and exhibits — in a community-friendly environment and at affordable family prices.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley is home to the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, and the Country Christmas Faire. Located under tall pine trees, the fairgrounds are commonly referred to as “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds.”

The Nevada County Fairgrounds are located near highways 80, 49 and 20, about a one hour drive from Sacramento. Fairs have been held at this location since 1938. The Gentle Giant Monument marks the entrance to the Fairgrounds and symbolizes the spirit of California’s pioneers. The working horse played a large role during the California gold rush.

—Nevada County Fair

First cables strung for new bridge in Deer Creek watershed

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Local Non Profit Strings first cables for new bridge in the Deer Creek watershed.

Forest Trails Alliance, a local non profit trail building organization, has completed the first trail segment on the North Side of Deer Creek. The trail is part of a larger effort of several local non profits to enhance the Deer Creek Watershed within the Nevada City Community. Phase II of the Tribute Trail Project is funded by a grant from the California Resources Agency. The grant will be used to reduce fire fuels and invasive plant species, creek restoration, build connecting trails and construct a 145ft pedestrian suspension bridge.

The first segment of trail on the North side includes many eye popping features including a 18” culvert masked under a plastered log façade, 168,000lbs of local basalt stone and materials shaped into beautiful curving walls with mosaic burgundy strata running through it, a stone arched culvert with artistic niches built into walls adjacent and massive 16,000 moss covered boulders incorporated into walls utilizing special rigging and talent. “Trails are best when they reflect the personal character of both the environment and the locals who care for them.” Shared Zachi Anderson, Projects Manger for Forest Trails Alliance.

The trail organizations goal is to develop a connective system of non motorized routes to support our communities healthy and vital lifestyles. If you would like to get involved or make a contribution, visit their website.