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Nevada City Resident’s “Alaska Revisited” featured in the San Francisco Chronicle

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Nevada City resident and former mayor Reinette Senum’s “Alaska Revisited,” now playing at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, received a write-up this week in the San Francisco Chronicle.

“San Francisco-born Reinette Senum is the kind of woman you read about in heroes’ journeys and classic Jack London stories about survival and peril in the wilderness. Senum, whose expeditions have ranged from Mount Kilimanjaro to the Alaskan Gulf, retells her tale of life at the final frontier in ‘Alaska Revisited,’ a one-woman show that chronicles her experience of becoming the first woman to cross Alaska solo while filming the entire journey for National Geographic.

“Since 1994, the show has toured North America and Europe, but the new theatricalized version, directed by New Conservatory Theatre Center’s Andrew Nance, reveals a piece about self-discovery, courage and the kind of epic-scale adventure we rarely encounter. Senum’s journey was initially documented in photography and video – weaving a compelling tale about a 27-year-old woman who traveled with a sled and a rescue dog through subzero temperatures across the frozen Yukon, braving the elements and her own internal demons.

“The story of ‘Alaska Revisited’ highlights the feedback loops people create throughout their lives until long after they are gone. For her, the legacy of the journey has been revealing itself over time. Senum, who was adopted as a baby, initially pegged her 1994 solo winter crossing of Alaska as the proverbial heroine’s journey. It wasn’t until two years after completing her trek, when she found her biological family, that she discovered it was more than that – it was also intergenerational and multidimensional.”

The rest of the article is here.

Paralympic gold medalist Evan Strong is Grand Marshal in Fourth of July Parade in Nevada City

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Snowboard cross champion Evan Strong made history after an inspiring performance in Sochi this winter, taking home gold and becoming the first elite para-athlete to appear on the iconic Wheaties box.

Now Strong is going to be the Grand Marshal in the Fourth of July parade in Nevada City.

The parade will be Friday, July 4 at 11 a.m., which will include about 75 entries.

The festive parade comes down Broad Street in Nevada City.  Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point.

Strong, a native of Hawaii, resides in Nevada City. His family owns The Fix for Foodies restaurant in the historic district.

The 27-year-old won the inaugural Winter Paralympics men’s snowboard cross gold medal in Sochi, Russia.

A hometown parade for Strong was rained out, but held indoors at the Miners Foundry.

Photo: TeamUSA.org

Here’s Evan’s story:

Nevada City Bicycle Classic this Father’s Day Weekend

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One of America’s top cycling events celebrates its 54th anniversary this year and many of the nation’s top cyclists are expected to be on hand.

The 54th Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014, in historic downtown Nevada City.

The Nevada City Classic is one of the premiere sporting events in the Sierra foothills, the largest and oldest bike race on the West Coast, and the second-oldest race in the nation.

Historic Nevada City is draped with flags and bunting and provides a colorful backdrop as cyclists whiz through the downtown area, spokes flashing and crowds cheering. Several thousand spectators attend the traditional Father’s Day event.

Senior and professional riders representing top U.S. cycling teams are expected to race in the men’s 90-minute main event. Women’s, Junior’s and Master’s races also are planned. Action begins at 1 p.m. and is usually complete by about 6:30 p.m.

Nevada City is located at the 2500-foot elevation on the forested western slope of the Sierra Nevada. From Sacramento, it’s a one-hour drive via eastbound Interstate 80 and northbound Highway 49. Nevada City is 90 minutes from Reno via westbound I-80 and Highway 20.

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For information on the Nevada City Bicycle Classic, call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692.

(Source: Nevada City Chamber)

Memorial Bridge Tours on May 26

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Participate in one of three tours of memorial bridges dedicated to Vietnam War and Operation Freedom Veterans on May 26, 2014.

The purpose of the tours is to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our American freedoms and liberties.

The tours are sponsored by Friends of Nevada County Military and will begin at Pioneer Park in Nevada City after the 9 a.m. Veterans of Foreign War ceremony with a bike tour to the Grass Valley Veterans’ Hall. The American Legion services begin at 11 a.m. at the Vets Hall after which the walking and bus tours will begin at approximately 1 p.m. and end at about 3 p.m.

For more information contact one of the following organizers: Pat Nelson (477-8480), Catherine Ione-Perkins (906-3668), Louise Bock (913-8969) or Joyce Yaksick (615-1920).

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Sierra Stages presents Peter Pan on July 10-August 2

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Ignite your imagination and rediscover one of the great adventures of all time, a spectacular journey into the world of childhood that will capture the hearts and imaginations of all ages, as Sierra Stages presents J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan from July 10 through August 2 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

Peter Pan was first introduced by J.M. Barrie in 1901 in the short story, “Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.” The stage version was introduced in 1904 and has since been flying in theatres, capturing the imaginations and hearts of audiences worldwide.

The Sierra Stages production of Peter Pan is directed by Jac Royce, with fight choreography by Joey Fechtel, set design by Mike Edwards, lighting design by Erin Beatie, and costume design by Jill Kelly.

Performances of Peter Pan are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. General Admission for the preview performances on July 10 and July 11 is only $15. General Admission for all other performances is $25 ($18 for Youth age 17 and under). For those audience members who prefer a specific seat location and wish to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages, Reserved Seating for all performances is available for $35.

General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets are available online at www.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210. Tickets are also on sale at BriarPatch Co-op on Sierra College Boulevard in Grass Valley.

This summer, Sierra Stages also offers a 5-day introduction to theatre workshop for high school-aged students entitled “Young Performers Forum”. For information about the workshop, visit www.SierraStages.org.

This fall, Sierra Stages concludes its sixth season with the charming Off-Broadway musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown from September 18 through October 12 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

In addition, “Theater by the Book” — the series of informal play readings co-presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City will continue this fall with readings in September, October and November.

Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt not-for-profit community theatre with a goal to enrich the culture of western Nevada County. In its first five seasons, Sierra Stages presented 20 plays and musicals and received 38 Elly Award nominations for its productions.

For more information about Peter Pan and Sierra Stages, visit www.SierraStages.org

What: Sierra Stages presents J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan
When: July 10 – August 2, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
Information: SierraStages.org or 530-346-3210

2014 Nevada City Dirt Classic Bike Races

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2014 Nevada City Dirt Classic Bike Races

This year’s Nevada City Dirt Classic x-c bike race series dates are June 14, June 29 and July 27. Enjoy trails of Nevada County with three special days of x-c bike racing.

Make it a Father’s Day weekend by participating Saturday, June 14 in Race 1 which features the course at Osborne Hill, Grass Valley, a local’s favorite; this is the most technical course. Stay overnight for the Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race on Sunday, June 15 to watch world-class bicycle riders compete.

Race 2 takes place on Sunday, June 29 and features the Dascombe/Pioneer Trails in the Tahoe National Forest along Highway 20.

Race 3 will be held on Saturday, July 12 also along the Dascombe/Pioneer Trails in the Tahoe National Forest along Highway 20.

The 2014 Nevada City Dirt Classic will be having a Fat Bike racing category, 3.8″ tire minimum.

To register online for this year’s event visit here.

Enjoy all of Nevada County bike trails year-round; see a listing of the trails here.

(Photos: Nevada City Dirt Classic)

Nevada County plans a “Celebration of Trails” for June 7

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What: Celebration of Trails
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7
Where: Trail Fair Headquarters – Parking Lot, County of Nevada, Rood Center
Cost: Free

Bear Yuba Land Trust is teaming up with the community to host a number of guided outings on local trails in Nevada County for the annual “Celebration of Trails.”

Coinciding with National Trails Day, the event held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, is open to all and is meant to encourage more people to get outdoors on local trails. More than 20 local organizations, outdoor experts and trail advocates are coming together to organize 14 different outings.

A trails day headquarters will be set up in the parking lot of Nevada County’s Rood Center parking lot, across from the trailhead of the Hirschman Trail. People can stop by for local trail information and maps, grab a cup of coffee and a baked good from Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters and pick up the day’s schedule.

After an introduction by local dignitaries, a number of outings will depart, carpool style from the Rood Center. Afterward, folks will gather at Matteo’s Public for spirits and camaraderie.

Events include a five-mile hike in the South Yuba Canyon led by Hank Meals, three bike rides led by Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC), a hike at Black Swan led by Stephen Hein of Mendocino Tahoe Conservancy, a day hike at Spenceville Wildlife and Recreation Area led by Richard Thomas of Friends of Spenceville, and a walk on the Hard Rock Trail at Empire Mine led by State Park Ranger Greg Sherr.

They also include equestrian ride at Lone Grave led by Gold Country Trails Council, a family friendly wheelchair accessible nature hunt at Hirschman’s Pond led by Ana Acton of FREED and Robyn Martin of OLALA Farms, and a four-mile hike from Lang’s Crossing to Spaulding Lake led by Sierra Club.

Other events are a guided geology tour at Malakoff Diggins State Park led by Geoscientist David Lawler of Far West Geoscience Foundation, a Nevada City tree tour led by Nevada County Walkers, a walk to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain led by Ray Bryars, a six-mile walk on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail led by Amber Taxiera of The Sierra Fund, and a walk on the Environs Loop Trail led by Ori Chafe of Sierra Streams Institute.

For more information visit: www.bylt.org

—Laura Brown, Bear Yuba Land Trust

Nevada County Resident’s 20th Anniversary of “Alaska Revisited”

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Announcing the 20th Anniversary of Alaska Revisited

Alaska Revisited, the true story of a young Nevada County woman’s search for answers about her wandering life, leads her to the ultimate adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. Humorous and animated in its telling, Alaska Revisited is a multi-media storytelling performance suitable for all ages!

Alaska Revisited has toured the West Coast and Europe since 1994. Humorous and animated in its telling, Alaska Revisited is the true story of Nevada County resident, Reinette Senum, whose search for answers about her wandering life leads her to the Alaskan wilderness.

Traveling over 1,500 miles and hauling a sled weighing 160 pounds with rescued sled dog, Diamond, this 27 year old self-made adventurer finds joy and indescribable strength as she struggles with the elements. Battling sub freezing temperatures, exhaustion and the vast loneliness of the Alaskan wild, Senum navigates her way down the frozen Yukon River in a one-woman odyssey. This performance features photos and National Geographic footage from the expedition.

Reinette Senum is teaming up with Nevada County’s local last chance dog rescue Scooter’s Pals with proceeds being shared from the May 16th and 17th showings. Senum states, “There couldn’t be a more appropriate partnership with Alaska Revisited. Alaskan dog Diamond was the hero of my journey. I would never have completed it without him. His companionship was everything to me.”

Scooter’s Pals has rescued over 1,800 dogs from death row out of high kill shelters and rehomed hundreds more that didn’t reach the shelters due to their efforts Scooter’s fully vets all their dogs and provides them the veterinarian and behavior rehab training they may need before placing them in good fit, forever- loving homes.

Join Scooter’s Pals and Reinette Senum for a courageous, heartfelt tale about self-discovery, the power of the human spirit, and the deep connection to man’s best friend.

Performances are Friday, May 16th, 7pm, and Saturday, May 17th, 2pm and 7:30pm at the Nevada Theater, 401 Broad St., Nevada City, CA

Ticket available through the BriarPatch and online. Partial Proceeds Benefitting: Scooter’s Pals

(Photo: Reinette Senum)

Mountain Bike Endurance Ride

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Mountain Bike Endurance Ride
Saturday, May 17, 2014

This year’s Mountain Bike Endurance Ride challenging fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe offers two routes:

50 Miles of demanding, technical trails, mostly single track
45 Miles of moderately technical trails, mostly single track

The 50 mile route follows a beautiful loop out of Nevada City on local trails, including the incomparable South Yuba Trail. The route is comprised of approximately 80% single track, 7,000+ feet of climbing and stunning views of the South Yuba River. It is one of the most memorable and challenging rides you’ll do this year, on road or dirt. This route is a tough ride, roughly equivalent to a difficult road century. It is best suited for advanced, fit mountain bikers. Last year, most participants completed the ride in 7-8 hours.

The 45 mile route is less demanding, but also follows some of the best trails in the area.

For a more detailed description of the trails, click here.

Please note that although there are well stocked food stations on the routes, this is largely a self-supported ride that covers some remote terrain in isolated areas of Nevada County.

New this year will be shorter routes available for those riders who want to support this great cause but are not prepared for the endurance routes. Please contact our office to make arrangements for your route after you register following the instructions below: director@bigsofnc.org or (530) 265-2059.

This is a charity ride, so each rider is encouraged to collect at least $250 in sponsorship donations. We also have event sponsors that help offset the costs of the ride. All proceeds raised at this event support our valuable mentoring programs for at-risk children in the Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe region.

To register:

Call Rick Kalb at 530-470-1800
A registration packet will be mailed or emailed to you.
Complete the registration form mailed to you and submit per instructions.
Start collecting pledges! Please note that we have set up a way for our riders to collect pledges online to facilitate their fundraising efforts. To do so, all you need to do is follow the steps outlined in your registration packet. For more information on collecting online pledges, Big Brothers Big Sisters: 530-265-2059 or director@bigsofnc.org.

Nevada County has lots of bike paths to ride year-round. Here is a list of some of them.

(Photo: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe)

Sierra Storytelling Festival 2014 Line-Up Announced

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Sierra Storytelling Festival 2014 Line-Up Announced
Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now!

Set among the towering pines and sloping lawns of the North Columbia Schoolhouse, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is now in its 29th year – a much-loved annual tradition for both locals and visitors from across the country. And the storyteller line-up for this year is better than ever.

“Our festival is known as the ‘Queen of Storytelling Festivals’ for good reason,” says Jeff Adams, Executive Director of the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. “It was founded by a local storyteller, but attracts people from all over California, because of the beauty of our setting and the nationally-renowned storytellers who we invite. This year’s line-up is stellar.”

Much celebrated and multiple award-winner Bill Harley will be gracing the stage and leading a storytelling workshop (that will sell out quickly!). Also on the program is Bay Area native and world-traveller, Joel ben Izzy; the transcendent Abenaki Indian storyteller Joe Bruchac; classic wit Millbre Burch; the delightful and captivating Muriel Johnson; the National Storytelling Network’s Emerging Artist Kirk Waller and the riveting teller of Appalachian and Texas tales, Elizabeth Ellis.

“You’ll hear timeless stories that are the narratives of our lives… others that relate our histories and traditions… and still more that voice our reasons for living and our hopes and dreams,” says Adams, “It’s a very special event – a Nevada County gem – and an opportunity to slow down, turn off the phone and soak in the power and simplicity of well-told stories by world-class tellers.”

Early bird tickets are on sale now. Whoever you are – kids, adults, students, astronauts, bus drivers, thoracic surgeons, short-order cooks, barbers, xylophone prodigies, farmers, librarians — there is a treat in store for you at the Festival.

For tickets and information go to www.sierrastorytellingfestival.org.