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Nevada City: Ride Fast, Live Slow

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Nevada City, California: Amgen Tour of California Stage 2 (May 11, 2015). The following 30 second commercial is running on NBC during the Amgen Tour of California broadcast. Original song “I Won’t Give Up” by Ishaan Reyna. Downtown Nevada City video footage by Joel Sauter. Edited by Greg Whatley of Mountain Event Productions.

California’s best preserved Gold Rush town, Nevada City, has a lot to offer far beyond this well-deserved distinction. Nestled in a basin on the Western Slope of the Sierra Nevada, it is framed and protected by ridgetops and promontories. At 2,500 feet above sea level, Nevada City is surrounded by forest. Deer Creek flows through and graces the center of town. Whenever you begin your descent into Nevada City, you can sense that you are approaching something good.

For thousands of years Nevada City and its environs were inhabited by the indigenous Nisenan. It was first settled by outside influences from the Gold Rush in 1849. At times it was referred to as “Nevada” and at others as “Nevada City.” Eventually the word “City” was permanently added to avoid confusion with her neighbor, the state of Nevada.

Steeped in history, this full-service city of 3,000 people has seen its ups and downs. With the diminution of gold mining and timber harvesting, plus the slice that the Golden State Freeway took out of the core of the city in the 1960s, city leaders looked to historic preservation as the path into the future. Creating its own historical district in 1968 has led to a slow but steady increase in visitors and vitality as well as designation on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today Nevada City once again has significant economic, cultural and social substance. It is the county seat, headquarters of the Tahoe National Forest, and site of businesses such as Robinson Enterprises, Inc., Telestream, Grass Valley Group, and 2Wire’s design facility. Fine restaurants, bars, overnight accommodations, two wineries, a Railroad Museum, Firehouse Museum, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada Theatre are noteworthy, alive and well.

The Nevada City Film Festival and the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL’s) Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival call it home, along with a bevy of environmental and nonprofit groups that are headquartered here. KVMR community radio is in its 31st year and has increased its budget, reach and popularity dramatically over time. NCTV, a fledgling television station covering local government and community items of relevance, is spreading its wings as well.

The Nevada City School District serves 1,300 students, grades K-8 at 3 locations. Student test scores are among the highest in the state. The teachers are dedicated, qualified and solidly backed by parents committed to their children’s education. Down the road is Nevada Union High School, an award-winning and noted for its academic and vocational excellence. Adjacent to Nevada Union is the Nevada County branch of Sierra College, part the California community college system.

Nevada County operates the Madelyn Helling County Library, the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research and the Nevada County Historical Society hosts the Searls Historical Library.

Long-time residents and newcomers together represent a wide spectrum of interests and perspectives. Their city’s small-town qualities, character and sense of community are clear. As someone once said, beyond all the wonderful things in and all around Nevada City, the best part is that “there is still a ‘there’ here.”

-Amgen Tour of California

Sierra Vintners’ three wine trails on May 16, July 18 and September 26

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THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME ENJOYABLE wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: “Grape Days of Summer” in Placer County; “Passport” in El Dorado County; and “Big Crush” in Amador County, among others.

Now Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, has come up with an innovative plan: three regional wine trail experiences in 2015—in May, July and September. This allows visitors to linger and enjoy wine, food and music at a smaller cluster of wineries in a single day rather than feel rushed to enjoy all 19 of them at once.

In addition, the price is the most affordable we’ve seen: just $55 (wine club members) or $65 for all three tours—in essence, three days of wine and food tasting spread throughout the year for as little as $18 per experience. Or you can pay $25 (wine club members) or $30 to attend one of them. The price for a designated driver is $10 for each date. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit See Wine Trail dates below.

Each wine trail includes wineries that are relatively near one another, reducing the driving time. The wineries will offer food pairings to go with their wines and music. Some will offer other activities: for example, Bent Metal Winery is building a bocce ball court. The hours will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The wineries on the May 16 wine trail are in picturesque settings, where you can see wildflowers, coveys of quail and other wildlife along the way. Bent Metal offers views of the Sierra, Pilot Peak has flower-filled terraces and commanding views of the surrounding hillsides, including Pilot Peak.

Three Wine Trail Tours
•May 16 Penn Valley, near Grass Valley, north of Nevada City, and Rough and Ready
Avanguardia Wines, Bent Metal Winery, Coufos Cellars, Gray Pine Winery, Pilot Peak Vineyard & Winery and Szabo Vineyards.

•July 18 Near Grass Valley and Nevada City, or in Oregon House
Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery, Nevada City Winery, Smith Vineyard, Solune Winegrowers and Grant Eddie Winery (Oregon House)

•September 26 South Nevada County or North Auburn
Bear River Winery, Fawnridge Winery, Lone Buffalo Vineyards & Winery, Mt. Vernon Winery, Naggiar Vineyards, Sierra Knolls Vineyards & Winery, Viña Castellano Winery.

Sierra FoodWineArt magazine

(Photo: Dan Senkbeil)

2015 Nevada County Grown Farm Guide is out

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There is more than just gold in these foothills that we live in! Welcome to
the 2015 Nevada County Grown Farm Guide.

With the changing trends in agriculture Nevada County is filled with a wealth of potential. This farm guide enables you to find farmers and products of all kinds: from fruits to nuts and from meats to flowers.

As a consumer we strive to know where our food comes from. In this guide you are able to find the farmers that will welcome you to learn all about the food that you eat.

You are able to support our local farm community by finding their products at Farmers Markets, going out to the farm itself, joining a local CSA and in local markets and local restaurants.

In keeping with the effort of supporting Nevada County Agriculture, Nevada County Grown is continually finding ways to help with marketing these farmers to better feed the public.

For additional information about local farms, local events or becoming a member of our organization, please visit our website at:

—Nevada County Grown (text and photo)

“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)

Two Nevada County startups to present at Innovate Northstate gathering in Chico

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Nevada County startups represent two of the five presenting companies at Innovate North State’s new Golden Triangle Capital Network launch event on May 6, according to the Economic Resource Council.

Traitware will make a 10-minute presentation while JobVille will be making a two-minute “elevator pitch.”

The Golden Triangle Capital Network serves as a catalyst for connecting capital and business opportunity in the Golden Triangle region of Northern California, which includes Chico, Redding, Nevada County and the I-80 corridor.

“Considering the growing number and quality of start-up companies in the region overall, it’s especially pleasing that two of the five start-up companies being featured are from Nevada County,” stated ERC Executive Director Jon Gregory.

Individuals, businesses or entities who invest in start-ups, established companies or commercial real estate projects are invited guests and should RSVP to Justin Miller ( as seating is limited to up to 40 individuals.

Brief overview of each company

Traitware is an early-stage authentication company in Nevada County with four patents pending that is revolutionizing the resource enterprise access platform by eliminating username and password logins. The chief executive for Traitware, Dr. Herbert W. Spencer, recently moved to Grass Valley.

JobVille is a seed-stage startup in Nevada City. Last year, Jobville beat out 800 entries to win the Skills Gap Challenge, a national competition sponsored by the Economist-Lumina Foundation. Its award winning mobile platform uses game mechanics to help students overcome the biggest challenge they face: job search.

—Nevada County Economic Rescource Council

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)

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)

‘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)