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New Donner Memorial State Park Interpretive Visitor Center to open

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Yesterday the Nevada County CEO’s office announced that the New Donner Memorial State Park Interpretive Visitor Center will be opened due to an increase of $424,000 in operating funds in the State Parks Fund. This was included in Governor Brown’s 2015/2016 State Budget announcement today. The construction of the facility was funded through Proposition 84
 and was completed in April 2014. It is expected that visitation will double at the new center as a result of the new exhibits, expanded interpretive programs, and modern auditorium.

To learn more about the Donner Memorial State Park area, click here.

Music in the Mountains’ “River Music” film to debut at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

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Music in the Mountains is thrilled to have our film “River Music” accepted into the 2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. 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.

“River Music” will debut Friday evening, January 16 at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Young musical favorites the String Sisters will open the 7 p.m. session. Several shorts will be presented, with “River Music” anchoring the evening. Following the session, MIM musicians will be performing excerpts from the film, all of which were composed by the subjects in the film. The film will then be shown again, during the 1:15 session at the Oddfellows Hall in Nevada City.

For more information on the project, click here. For more information on the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, click here.

The Prelude for Yuba Salmon is a collaborative adventure in musicianship, composing, and environmental stewardship. We hope you can come out and support both MIM and SYRCL at the film festival!

Watch the “River Music” trailer here:

Another article about Nevada City by Bay Area travel writer

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Bay Area travel writer Carole Terwilliger Meyers wrote another article about Nevada City titled “Highway 49 – Gold Rush Country: Nevada City: background, visitor information” this week. Ms. Meyers visited Nevada County in October 2014 as part of a Familiarization Tour hosted by Nevada County Tourism.

“Highway 49 – Gold Rush Country: Nevada County: background, visitor information
A Little Background
“Reputed to be the best privately preserved and restored small city in the state, this picturesque mining town is also said to contain residential and commercial buildings representative of all the major 19th-century architectural styles.

“Scenically situated on seven hills, the town boasts a particularly fine assortment of lovely gingerbread-style Victorian homes, and the entire downtown district is on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, it is home to more artists per capita than any other California county, and these talented people attract and present themselves in high quality theater and music. Events at the fairgrounds are doubly worth attending, because it is considered the most beautiful fairgrounds in California. It is interesting to note that in Spanish “nevada” means “snow-covered.”

Visitor Information
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 132 Main St., (800) 655-NJOY, (530) 265-2692.

More things to do in Nevada City.
More things to do in Gold Rush Country.
Travel Articles to inspire and help you plan some spectacular getaways.”

To read another article by Ms. Terwilliger about her visit to Nevada County, click here.

(Source: Weekend Adventures Update, photo: Carole Terwilliger Meyers)

Cynthia Levesque of Neva Co and Nevada City First Friday Artwalk featured in new Visit California “2015 California Vacation Guide”

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Visit California’s “2015 California Vacation Guide” is out and it has several mentions of Nevada County attractions and businesses. Nevada City’s Cynthia Levesque, owner of Neva Co, and founder of the wildly popular Nevada City First Friday Artwalk, is pictured on the Gold Country page noting our area’s inviting shops.

“The Sierra foothills that roll arose this region are California classics, where the state’s past, present, and future merge into one exciting destination. Feel the rush of panning for gold like a forty-niner and rafting iconic whitewater rivers. Escape to perfectly preserved historic towns with Old West architecture, now housing a new generation of outstanding wine tasting rooms, farm-to-table restaurants, inviting shops, and charming B&Bs.”

To read the full Guide, click here. To order your own copy, contact Visit California.

Nevada County attractions and businesses promoted in the “2015 California Vacation Guide”

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Visit California’s “2015 California Vacation Guide” is out and it has several mentions of Nevada County attractions and businesses. Read about Nevada City’s Neva Co on page 91; Nevada County on page 95; Grass Valley and Nevada City on page 96; Empire Mine State Historic Park on page 97; Firehouse Museum, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad & Transportation Museum, Nevada County Traction Co., South Yuba River State Park, and the Tahoe National Forest on page 98. Under Events, the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival is promoted. On page 99 the Gold Miners Inn – Holiday Inn Express is listed for lodging.

To read the full Guide, click here. To order your own copy, contact Visit California.

Achilles Wheel performs New Year’s Eve at the Miners Foundry

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Paul Emery Music and the Miners Foundry present Achilles Wheel and the Soft Bombs on New Year’s Eve! Achilles Wheel is about playing music that makes you want to dance, while the Soft Bombs offer sounds of psychedelic rock, electronic dance music, and baroque pop. Celebrate New Year’s Eve the Nevada City way!

Achilles Wheel is a high energy Roots & World Music / Rock & Roll band, featuring award winning songwriting, numerous stringed instruments, and more drums than you can shake a stick at.

The fiery epicenter of the Achilles Wheel sound is Jonny Mojo on lead guitar and vocals, surrounded by Paul Kamm and Shelby Snow on rhythm, bass, and vocals, and Gary Campus and Mark McCartney on drums and vocals.

Based out of Nevada City, the Soft Bombs were founded in 2010, forming their current line up in 2012.

Drivingly danceable rhythm, hard pumping bass, hypnotically addictive blends of psych, kaleidoscopic electrophonic melodies that are at once retro and distinctly forward looking.

The band’s live shows are enhanced by colorful projections and extended dance-improvs that whip the audience into a frenzy.

If you love to dance and celebrate life, come see Achilles Wheel and make a joyful noise.

Food will be available for purchase as well as a full bar. Be sure to stick around for the midnight surprise!

Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the music starts at 9:00 p.m. Achilles Wheel will take the stage at 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $25.00. Ticketing fees may apply. Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

(Source: Miners Foundry, videos: Achilles Wheel, Soft Bombs)

Sunset magazine names 3 Truckee restaurants to their “Favorite New Restaurants in 2014″

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Sunset magazine’s “Westphoria” named three Truckee restaurants to their “Favorite New Restaurants in 2014″

“3. Truckee, California’s impressive new trio

“Okay, so this one’s a three-way tie. Locals have griped for years that this Lake Tahoe ski town needed something—anything—besides Mexican food and pub grub. This past winter, three new restaurants granted that wish. Spice (11421 Deerfield Dr.) serves quick, cheap Indian street food, like curried sausage on naan and shrimp pakoras on roti. At Morgan’s Lobster Shack (10089 W. River St.), folks line up for hot chowder and a West Coast twist on the lobster roll, with chunks of avocado and a hit of Sriracha. And despite the name, Marg’s Taco Bistro (10164 Donner Pass Rd.) goes way beyond Mexican with Vietnamese bánh mì tacos and Korean pork tacos.”

To read the full article, click here.

(Source: Sunset magazine)

Fodor’s Travel names Nevada City one of the “Top 10 U.S. Towns With Huge Christmas Celebrations”

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Fodor’s Travel named Nevada City as of of the “Top 10 U.S. Towns with Huge Christmas Celebrations”

Where: Nevada City, CA

About an hour northeast of Sacramento, the historic and quaint Nevada City (population: 3,068) takes great pride in their annual Victorian Christmas festival. A former Gold Rush town, Nevada City now is noted for its many historic buildings, mountainous surroundings, and bygone picturesque downtown. The Christmas season in Nevada City has been described by its Chamber of Commerce as “a genuine Christmas card come to life” as the city transforms into a winter wonderland complete with twinkling white lights, authentic gas lamps, and carolers dressed in Victorian apparel. Festival attendees are encouraged to dress in period attire, complete with feathers, scarves, and top hats.

Insider Tip: Make sure you stop by My Favorite Things in downtown Nevada City, where gorgeous Christmas décor and artisan local crafts fill a cozy boutique space.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Sacramento Travel Guide

To read the full Fodor’s Travel “Top U.S. Towns With Huge Christmas Celebrations” article, click here.

(Photo courtesy: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce)

2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival (video)

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Join us for another fabulous weekend at the largest film festival of its kind. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.

As a festival by activists and for activists, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). For over a quarter century, we’ve been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our local work – and yours too – into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.

At our festival, you’ll witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. You’ll experience the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities. And you’ll celebrate the natural and human world in all its diversity, in 9+ venues for films and workshops, a children’s Saturday morning “cartoons” program, art shows, wine tastings, a Gala Event and awards ceremony.

All this and more at the largest (and most unique!) film festival of its kind in the US and in one of the most charming towns in the Sierra Nevada, Nevada City, California.

InConcert Sierra brings Jennifer Stumm to Grass Valley

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The ​sound a viola​ ​make​s​ is absolutely unique among string instruments. ​”​​The viola​ presents deep, mellow, rich sounds creating lush textures​, haunting melodies, and overwhelming emotion​​​. The sound can be described with words such as ​thick and rich, like chocolate!,” notes artistic director Ken Hardin. Come taste for yourself on Sunday, January 18​ at 2 p.m. when InConcert Sierra presents​ ​Jennifer Stumm, ​one of the foremost violists​ on the concert stage today.​

Stumm is internationally recognized as a superb musician and dynamic advocate for her instrument. Her solo career was launched after winning three major international competitions, including becoming the first solo violist​ to win first prize by unanimous vote​ ​in the sixty-year history of the ​​Concert Artist Guild International ​Competition. In 2011 Jennifer gave an in-depth view of the viola in a TedTalk called, “The Imperfect Instrument,” at the TEDx Aldeburgh conference. ​ ​T​​hrough a mixture of talk and performance, her presentation offers​ a compelling meditation on the viola’s capacity for emotion​, ​and for making beautiful music.​ ​She also adoringly refers to the lesser known viola​ as​ the “middle child of the string instruments.”​ ​The talk was named an editor’s pick on​

The program includes popular repertoire for the viola from the Romantic period including Hector Berlioz’ “Harold in Italy” arranged by Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann’s “Märchenbilder,” and Franz Lizst’s “Romance Oubliée” and “Oh! Quand je dors.” Stumm has arranged her program in a format common to the nineteenth century when pieces with multiple movements were interspersed amongst those of other composers throughout the program.

“I’ve always wanted to hear Harold in Italy which is highly regarded, and particularly as part of the viola repertoire. Jennifer will be interspersing the movements of Harold in Italy and Märchenbilder with other pieces throughout her program which relieves the intensity, but leaves the listeners very satisfied. It’s a very clever programming format. I’m excited about offering a unique opportunity to hear a truly virtuosic violist, playing amazing repertoire, and in such an amazing acoustic setting as the Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church,” says Hardin.

Noted pianist Eric Zivian will perform with Stumm. Zivian has graduate degrees from the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music, and has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For tickets or to learn more about this and other concerts, visit