Category Archives: Nevada City

Watch a video of this year’s 4th of July parade in Nevada City

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Every year the Sierra foothill towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley take turns hosting the annual 4th of July parade. In 2014 it was Nevada City’s turn. Watch a video of this year’s 4th of July parade here:

(Vidoe: TouchDown Productions)

Visit California promotes Nevada City Film Festival

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Visit California promoted the Nevada City 14th annual Film Festival in their latest tourism newsletter:

“Every summer, the Nevada City Film Festival makes art into a party, bringing award-winning films, both short and feature length, from around the world to the historic venues of Nevada City. This four-day celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking includes screenings, workshops, special performances, and a live comedy show. You’ll have the opportunity to meet filmmakers from across the globe in a fun and exciting environment that is sure to leave you feeling inspired! Innovation, networking opportunities, and friendly vibes makes this event truly one-of-a-kind!”

To see the full article, click here.

To learn more about the Nevada City Film Festival, click here.

The Children’s Festival is July 18

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Every year Pioneer Park in Nevada City is transformed into a lively Renaissance Faire for children. This year’s festival will include over twenty arts and crafts tables, strolling minstrels, a magician, face-painters, a bridge-guarding troll, medieval fencing, and Claude, the life-sized mechanical dragon. The Children’s Festival this year is on Friday, July 18, 2014 and offers two sessions at 9 a.m. to noon and from 5 to 8 p.m. Learn more about the festival here.

Pioneer Trail & White Cloud Campground

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White Cloud Campground is located near Nevada City and three historic mining towns along Highway 20. The campground is situated in a forest of cedar and Douglas fir trees, at an elevation of 4,200 feet and provides a great escape from urban life.

The Pioneer Trail stretches 25 miles through the Tahoe National Forest and can be accessed from the campground. The popular path was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2003. Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing are favorite activities on this popular trail.

Getting There:
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.32056, -120.84528
39°19’14″N, 120°50’43″W

From Nevada City, travel east on Highway 20, toward Truckee. Turn right at White Cloud and take the right fork to the campground.

From Interstate 80, take the Highway 20 exit and travel west for 14 miles. Turn left into White Cloud and take the right fork to the campground.

Find other Nevada County parks and campsites here.

(Soure: Tahoe Recreation)

Christmas in July for Nevada City!

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The Christmas Card movie, filmed in and around Nevada City, will be shown by the Hallmark Movie Channel as part of their Gold Crown Christmas event beginning July 4, 2014.

“Beginning July 4, enjoy ten days of classic Christmas movies,” suggests the Hallmark Movie Channel. Broadcast times according to Hallmark:

July 4 at 10 p.m. / 9 p.m. central
July 5 at 4 p.m. / 3 p.m. central
July 8 at 10 p.m. / 9 p.m. central
July 9 at 6 p.m. / 5 p.m. central
July 13 at midnight / 11 p.m. central

Watch a trailer of the film here:

(Source: Hallmark Movie Channel)

Nevada County draws prestigious statewide conference

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The California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO) has announced it will hold its annual staff conference in Nevada County next year, April 15-17, 2015.

The annual CALAFCO Staff Conference is attended by up to 100 LAFCo staff members from every county in California. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Express and at the Courtyard Suites in Grass Valley, with one evening banquet at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. This is excellent news for Nevada County tourism venues, which will see business midweek during the pre-summer season.

Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCos) are local agencies established in every California County by the State legislature to encourage the orderly formation of local governmental agencies, ensure efficient public services, preserve agricultural and open space land resources, and to discourage urban sprawl.

Founded in 1971, CALAFCO is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting its membership with educational and technical resources, providing statewide coordination of LAFCo activities, serving as a resource to the Legislature and other bodies, and offering a structure for sharing information among the various LAFCos and other governmental agencies it serves.

Supervisor Hank Weston has served as Chair of the Nevada County LAFCo since June 2007. Grass Valley City Councilmember Lisa Swarthout, also a LAFCo Commissioner and current Chair of the Economic Resource Council (ERC), said the ERC Tourism Advisory Committee will be standing by to welcome and offer assistance to this group.

— Nevada County CEO Friday memo

(Photo: SYRCL)

Nevada County Concert Band performs this Sunday

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This Sunday is the first of three free summer concerts being performed by the Nevada County Concert Band at Nevada City’s Pioneer Park.

“I Get Around” is the theme for Sunday’s family-friendly outdoor concert that traverses the United States with musical selections that include “The Charleston,” “Arlington,” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Neil Diamond’s “America,” “Hawaiian War Chant,” and “Washington Grays.”

Check out our Photo Gallery of this talented, community member 70-piece band.

Prepare your picnic basket or treat yourself with goodies from the hot dog or ice cream vendors.  The Pioneer Park Picnic & Pops (PPPP) concert series is always filled with great music, solos, small ensembles and other entertaining surprises from conductor Cheryl Woldseth.

The Nevada County Community Band celebrates its 43rd 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.

To learn more about this concert and other concerts planned this year, visit their website.

(Photos: Nevada County Concert Band)

Father’s Day Festivities

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Father’s Day began in 1909 in Spokane, WA, when a daughter requested a special day to honor her father, a Civil War veteran who raised his six children after his wife died. Today Father’s Day is celebrated in 50 countries, from Antigua to Zimbabwe.

Far removed from video games, smartphones and other modern-day activities, our region offers some memorable Father’s Day experiences: fishing, bike riding, festivals, picnicking and more. Here are some examples:


The Nevada City Bicycle Classic, on Sunday, June 15, is one of the premiere sporting events in the foothills, the largest and oldest bike race on the West Coast and the second-oldest race in the nation.

The event celebrates its 54th anniversary this year and many of the nation’s top cyclists are expected to be on hand. Action begins at 1 p.m. and is usually complete by about 6:30 p.m.

Several thousand spectators attend the tradi- tional Father’s Day event.

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The Truckee Father’s Day Ribfest & BBQ is on June 15 at the Tri Counties Bank Plaza (12047 Donner Pass Road) from noon-4 p.m.

Ribs, Rods & Rock-n-Roll is this year’s theme. The event includes classic cars, local rock’n’roll bands for singing and dancing, a beer garden, children’s activities and arts and crafts.

Festival-goers can enjoy delicious ribs and food from local restaurants, including Auburn Barbeque Company, Taco Station and the Resort at Squaw Creek Six Peaks Grille.

For more information, visit


The California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival is held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The four-day festival begins Thursday, June 12 and runs through Sunday (Father’s Day).

For more information, visit

(Source: Sierra FoodWineArt, Photos: Nevada City Bicycle Classic,

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.


Here’s Evan’s story: