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Bear Yuba Land Trust farm social this Friday

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This Friday, in support of local agriculture, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) will hold a spring evening Farm Social under the ancient oaks at Linden Lea Ranch, home of Nevada County Free Range Beef.

This evening social supporting the program series, “Land for Farms” will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 8. The Land for Farms series is designed to raise awareness about local agriculture through education and outings as well as develop funding needed to connect heritage farmland with young farmers.

The evening begins with an optional short hike through the Blue oak grove and concludes with a live musical performance by the quartet, “Harmonium.” Participants will sip Szabo Vineyard premium wines and enjoy gourmet appetizers prepared by Emily’s Catering.

It is BYLT’s mission to keep Nevada County’s farming tradition vibrant for years to come.

Learn more and register online at

(Source: Bear Yuba Land Trust)

“Bring your Silver to Gold Country” themed Airstream trailer rally

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“Bring your silver ‘home away from home’ and enjoy springtime at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley,” suggests the Northern California Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International at this week’s rally. Close to 30 vintage and new Airstream trailers and RVs have gathered at the Nevada County Fairgrounds this week for an open to the public swap meet Thursday afternoon, April 30 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Some of the trailers will be open for viewing.

During the rally attendees will also tour local attractions like the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, the Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, a visit to the Bridgeport Covered Bridge in Penn Valley, and visit the Nevada County Certified Growers Market at the historic North Star House in Grass Valley.

(Photo: Long Beach WBCCI)

2015 Amgen Tour of California Stage 2 starts in Nevada City

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The tenth anniversary edition route for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race, will have its Stage 2 start in Nevada City on Monday, May 11, 2015

With just one climb and elevations of 2,500 feet in Nevada City, which is hosting its third race start, and a more gentle climb of 55 feet in Lodi, this will likely be another sprinter-friendly stage. After a short circuit on the historic Nevada City Classic course, the riders will head into Grass Valley where another warm reception will await. From Grass Valley, the peloton will head due south on two race favorites – Rattlesnake Road and Dog Bar Road – to its finish in Lodi.

Read more about the 2015 Amgen Tour California race and all of its stages, here.

Learn about other Nevada County cycling events and races, including the 55th Nevada City Bicycle Classic, here.

Watch a video of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 1 Nevada City to Sacramento, here:

(Photo: Amgen Tour of California, Video: uRidetv)

Popular Las Katrinas restaurant to reopen in Alta Sierra

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Las Katarinas Mexican restaurant, a fixture in Nevada City for the past 10 years, is reopening at the entrance to Alta Sierra in Grass Valley on Hwy. 49, where Schiedel’s Old European restaurant once stood.

Owner Dave Francis and his wife, Delia Gutierrez, who live in Grass Valley, expect the restaurant to open no later than August 1 as Casa Las Katarinas (whose name is Spanish for “ladybug”).

The new restaurant will be four times larger than Las Katarinas’ previous location on Broad Street, Francis said. The restaurant will offer dinner seven nights a week, featuring Delia’s homemade Mexican food. It also will offer a Mexican-American brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Some “tenant improvements” to the space will begin immediately, Dave said. The restaurant previously had been Fia’s Bistro.

Schidel’s had been the most successful restaurant in that space, but we expect Las Katrinas to be highly successful too. Dave and Delia are experienced restaurateurs and chefs, and they have a loyal following, including a frequent dining club.

Las Katirinas closed last September, but Dave and Delia have received regular calls during the past six months from former customers who asked them to reopen.

Dave said he had scouted out other spots in Grass Valley, Auburn, Roseville and Folsom, among other places, but settled on the Alta Sierra space. He noted the dearth of restaurants in South Nevada County.

Las Katarinas’ space on Broad Street was too small with a small kitchen, Dave said. The restaurant had employed nine people, and the new restaurant will create more jobs.

The highly visible 300 block of Broad Street in Nevada City — which once had Cirino’s, Posh Nosh and Citronee Bistro & Wine Bar — is still without a full-service restaurant. Cirino’s building, however, is expected to become an upscale cocktail lounge called “Golden Era.”

Las Katarinas has a built-in following of locals and has been popular with tourists. Cyclists have speed past Las Katarinas at the Amgen Tour of California and Nevada City Bicycle Classic and filled its seats during the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, among other popular events. Dave has been active in the community, including serving a stint on the Nevada City Chamber board.

The menu at Las Katarinas is pure Mexican. Dishes include pork chile verde, carne asada and tinga (shredded beef in a chipolte sauce). The desserts include flan made from a century-old recipe, with homemade caramel. All of Las Katarinas dishes are made from scratch.
 Delia is a Mexico City native.

(Source: SierraFoodWineArt magazine)

Nevada County Concert Band announces 2015 season

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The Nevada County Concert Band is opening its 2015 season in less than two weeks, and it’s a great way to get ready, because summer is almost here. Their concerts are filled with great music, solos, small ensembles, and other entertaining surprises from conductor Cheryl Woldseth.

“Spring into Summer” on Sunday, May 3 is the band’s first 2015 concert and will include what’s in store of the summer: marches, pop songs, movie themes, a trip through Disneyland, the Dixieland ensemble, the saxophone ensemble, and even a typewriter!

The NCCBand celebrates its 44th season as a county-wide band, with historical roots through local city-based community bands that date back to the 1880s. And just like then, they still play FREE concerts for all to enjoy.

2015 Concert Season:

Sunday May 3
“Spring into Summer”
1st Bapt. Ch., Grass Valley
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Sunday June 28
Pioneer Park Picnic Pops
Concert #1 theme “Showstoppers”

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturday July 4
Independence Day
Curbside Concert

downtown Grass Valley
one hour before the parade
plus intermittently during the parade

Sunday July 26
Pioneer Park Picnic Pops
Concert #2 theme “Centennial Jubilee”

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturday August 15
Pine Tree Stage
Pops Concert at the Fair
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley
3:30pm – 5:00pm

Sunday August 23
Pioneer Park Picnic Pops
Concert #3 theme “Mad about Marches”

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Sunday September 6
Labor Day Concert
for Lake Wildwood residents
Commodore Park, Penn Valley
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Saturday September 12
Pops Concert as part of Constitution Day Celevration events
downtown Nevada City
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Sunday December 6
“Winter Concert”
2:30pm – 4:00pm
1st Bapt. Ch., Grass Valley

Watch a the May 5, 2013 “Spring into Summer” concert here:

(Source: Nevada County Concert Band)

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk begins May 1, 2015

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The First Friday Art Walk, a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and creative community, kicks off May 1 at 5 p.m. Participating Downtown businesses will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. and many will host receptions with local artists, trunk shows, special one night only sales and performances. Maps will be available at any one of the participating locations, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, or the Artwalk booth on Commercial St.

This month’s theme of “Cycles” is a nod to Nevada City’s stop on the Amgen Tour as well as our own unique cycle culture. A raffle fundraiser is planned featuring Artist, Christie Stewart. Her found object assemblage sculpture “Le Tour” will be on display at J.J. Jackson’s April 28th to May 10. During that time, raffle tickets ($20 each or 3 for $50) will be available for purchase at JJ Jackson’s and the Parlour at Neva Co. and at the Artwalk booth on Commercial St. during First Friday Art Walk events. “It is a great way for the community to engage with the art and have a chance to own a sculpture worth over a thousand dollars,” says Artwalk board member Cathy Theobald.

The entire town will be alive with art, music, performance and creative engagements. Live music featuring Dangerous Curves on the Boardwalk Stage and String Sisters on York Street Stage, as well as a special season long Passport Stamp activity, will keep visitors of all ages happy and engaged.

“This year we are working hard to roll out new interactive initiatives to keep people moving throughout the town and excited to visit all the shops and artists on the map. I’m really excited for “Art in the Park” at Calanan Park (at the bottom of Broad St). I love that people can stroll through the park and visit 20 local crafters and artists selling their creations,” says Artwalk founder Cynthia Levesque.

Sponsorships from shops, businesses and nonprofits are adding to the excitement this year. Treats, KVMR, Three Forks Baking & Brewing Co., Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Inn Town Campground, AJA Video and The California Arts Council have all signed on as sponsors.

Artists are encouraged to submit work for consideration for future Artwalks via the website. Details about submissions, maps, a complete list of participating businesses and sponsorships opportunities can be found at

(Source: Sheila Cameron)

TDS Throwdown Party at ol’ Republic Brewery

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Friday, April 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. ol’ Republic Brewery hosts a TDS Throwdown Party presented by Cannondale to kick off the 3rd annual TDS Enduro, a world-renowned invitation-only downhill mountain bike race held in Nevada County.

Bring the whole family, as well as your kids bikes (up to 16″ max) for a night of world-famous Enduro riders, kids activities, music and mayhem for free. Beer and food available for purchase.

Meet the 2015 Cannondale Enduro Team, view the 2015 Cannondale models, and enter for a chance to win a 2015 Cannondale 27.5 Jekyll. Kids bounce house, kids bike races in the parking lot, and DJ music.

Want to find the perfect mountain bike ride for you and your family? Click here.

Check out this cool video of the 2nd annual Dirty Sanchez Enduro at an undisclosed location in Nevada County:

(Source: ol’ Republic Brewery, Video: WTB)

3rd Annual Little Italy Pasta Sauce Cook-off

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The Nevada County Italian Cultural Foundation’s 3rd Annual Pasta Sauce Cook-Off is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Grass Valley. Bring the whole family and make it a pre-Mother’s Day celebration: kick back on the beautiful Gold Miners Inn / Holiday Inn Express & Suites patio with a glass of wine, yummy pasta and sauce, festive music, and delicious gelato and tiramisu.

While tasting sauces and casting your votes, shop for local goodies including jewelry, custom T-shirts, plants and more.

To register for the cooking competition, please phone (530) 272-2660.

Learn about your Italian heritage with the help of the Nevada County Italian Cultural Foundation. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2015 Italian Festa on September 26 & 27, 2015.

‘No Motor Day’ at Scotts Flat Lake

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The quiet, natural beauty of Scotts Flat Reservoir will be showcased on Sunday, April 26, 2015 as the Nevada Irrigation District hosts its 8th Annual “No Motor Day.”

NID Recreation Manager Peggy Davidson said the district has organized the event in response to community requests and as part of an overall effort to operate in a green, environmentally friendly manner.

Non-motorized watercraft, including sailboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, will be allowed entry to the Scotts Flat Recreation Area without charge for the day. Use of motorized boats will be suspended for the entire day.

Regular admission rates of $8.00 per vehicle (with up to four persons) will remain in effect.

A number of special activities will be offered without charge. Free kayak and paddleboard demos will be offered from 10-4 by Mountain Recreation of Grass Valley. The Gold Country Yacht Club will host an open house and offer free sailboat rides, also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hungry recreationists may purchase a barbecue lunch prepared as a fundraiser by local Boy Scout Troop No. 4. The luncheon is planned from 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m. in the marina area.

Scotts Flat is one of 10 reservoirs owned and operated by NID. The district offers wide-ranging public recreational opportunities at both Scotts Flat and Rollins reservoirs in the Sierra foothills. Camping and backcountry recreational opportunities are available at some of the district’s mountain reservoirs.

Scotts Flat is situated among the tall pines at the 3100-foot elevation nine miles east of Nevada City via Highway 20 and Scotts Flat Road. It offers 169 campsites at two large campgrounds, plus a group camp. Across the lake, accessible via Red Dog and Quaker Hill Roads from Nevada City, is the Cascade Shores Day Use Area.

(Source: Nevada Irrigation District)

Bike Nevada County 2015 – Elevating the Sport of Cycling

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Bike Nevada County is a grand 52-day celebration of pro, amateur and recreational road cycling and mountain biking in Northern California. Over 3,000 local, national and international competitors will participate in a range of events appropriate for various ages and skill levels – from fitness-oriented families to world champion racers.

Since 1960, Nevada County has drawn top cyclists to its mountain roads and 19th century towns, including European-sytle racers that have been won by three-time U.S. national champion Levi Leipheimer, and Alexi Grewal, the first man to win Olympic cycling gold for the USA. As a 19 year-old, Lance Armstrong raced here in 1991, taking 2nd place in the Nevada City Classic.

Currently, the County is experiences a mountain biking heyday, with the highest youth participation rate in the state of California. Moderate to extremely rigorous MTB trails and events abound. Some are featured as part of Bike Nevada County. Others are in undisclosed locations, including what one Team USA MTB racer described as “one of the best enduros in the U.S.” (see video below)

Don’t miss the historic, inaugural celebration – undoubtedly the first of many in years to come. Be there as Bike Nevada County elevates the sport of cycling by offering the utmost variety, inclusiveness, sportsmanship, safety, and natural beauty.

Bike Nevada County Calendar

Local Events

Friday, May 1st
Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 1 of 3 (10-14 year-olds)
Lyman Gilmore School, Grass Valley and 2015 Nevada City Dirt Classic Series

Saturday, May 2nd
Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 1 of 3
Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City

Friday, May 8th
Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 2 of 3 (10-14 year-olds)
Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City

Saturday, May 9th
Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 1 of 3
Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City

Keeping Kids Safe Festival
GVFD Station #2, Grass Valley
more information

Monday, May 11th
Amgen Tour of California – Stage 2
Broad Street, Nevada City
More information here and here

May 11th-15th
National Bike to Work Week

Saturday, May 16th
The Union’s Community Bike Ride

Friday, May 22nd
Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 3 of 3 (10-14 year-olds)
Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley

Saturday, May 23rd
Big Brothers Big Sisters Endurance Ride
Starts in Pioneer Park, Nevada City

Saturday, May 30th
Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 1 of 3
Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City

Sunday, June 7th
Ride the Amgen Tour of California Route
Sierra Express Bicycle Club

Saturday, June 13th
BONC Gala Ride

Saturday, June 20th
Folsom Historic Criterium
Race #1 of the Sierra Historic Omnium

Sunday, June 21st
55th Nevada City Classic
Race #2 of the Sierra Historic Omnium
Broad Street, Nevada City
More information here and here

Local Rides

Tour of Nevada City
Rides most days of the week (check calendar)
Meet in front of Tour of Nevada City

Sierra Express Bicycle Club
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen

There are endless biking trails that make Nevada County one of the most popular bicycling areas in the U.S. with trails criss-crossing the Yuba River and meandering through the Sierra Nevada foothills and peaks. For a list of bike trails in Nevada County, click here.

Nearly 30 racers descended upon an undisclosed location in Northern California to battle for the top spot at the 2nd annual Dirty Sanchez Enduro. The invitational race attracted some of America’s top enduro talent, including Team WTB/Cannondale, to what Mark Weir described as “one of the best enduros in the U.S.”

(Source: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Video: WTB)