Category Archives: Recreation

Volunteer at the new Donner Memorial State Park

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The Donner Memorial State Park is seeking volunteers for daily operations of the new Visitors Center set to open late spring. In January 2015, the park secured additional financing through the State Parks Fund to complete the new visitors center (read more here).

To visit the Donner Memorial State Park website, click here. To learn more about volunteering in the State Parks, click here. The application to volunteer is here.

(Source: California Department of Parks and Recreation)

RiversLab: a book club for river geeks

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The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) invites you to join RiversLab: a group of people who are interested pin how rivers work – both from an ecological and management perspective – and come together to ask questions and discuss scientific papers and published reports on river policy, river ecology, and river management.

It’s kind of like a book club for river geeks.

Here is how it works:

1. Meet from 12-1 the last Wednesday of every month in SYRCLs conference room (brown bag lunch).
2. Everyone reads the papers (2 papers per month).
3. Be on time, show up 5 minutes early even!
4. Each paper gets 30 minutes for discussion.
5. Six people will take on roles each month to help stimulate the discussion:

Article Reviewer: This person will provide a 5 min article review at the beginning of the discussion summarizing the main points (1 person per paper).

Discussion Lead: This person will lead the discussion of the paper making sure it stays on track and covers the main points – prepare at least 5 questions (1 person per paper).

The Scribe: This person will take 5 minutes at the end to summarizes the discussion, noting key points, clarifications, and disagreements and sends notes out to group via dropbox (1 person per paper).

Our first meeting will be Feb 25th from 12-1 p.m. in the SYRCL conference room (313 Railroad Ave, Nevada City). The topic will be Water Policy.

If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail Svetlana Vasilchenko, Restoration Coordinator, svetlana@syrcl.org to get access to our shared Dropbox folder or have the papers emailed to you!

(Source: SYRCL)

Nevada City makes “50 Best Small Town Downtowns in America” list

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Best Choice Reviews recently named Nevada City, California to its “50 Best Small Town Downtowns in America” list.

“Small town Americana is alive and well across the entire United States. With thousands of sleep towns and beautiful villages, a new idea of an American downtown has emerged. Gone are the days of a downtown area with a post office, market and police department. What has taken the place of this outdates notion are unique and eclectic downtown areas full of energy, entertainment and accessibility for Americans of all ages. Small towns have become the central gathering places for residents and visitors of the many small towns and cities across the country. Many of these downtowns have rich history and culture attached to them. In addition to their history, many of these small downtowns are now places to shop, unwind, dine, attend festivals, hear music and so much more.

Ranking Methodology

“This ranking list has been created to outline the top fifty small town downtowns in America. We have defined a small town as a city or town with full time residency of 15,000 or fewer citizens. The data used for this measure was the 2013 United States Census. Attention was specifically paid to those towns that have been named on a respected ranking list for Best Small Town, Best Main Street or Best Downtown. These respected ranking bodies include Parade Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Fox News Travel, Travel and Leisure, Livability or Huffington Post Travel. A third consideration was given to the median income of the town, median home price as well as the median age of the residents. While no preference was awarded to towns with higher or lower median age of residents, it is good information for potential visitors or residents. We paid close attention to the general appeal to the downtown area, including such things as general appearance, festivals or special events, dining, shopping, entertainment, arts and culture, parks, proximity to airports and hotels amenities available. The goal of this ranking list is to find the best small town downtown areas for both residents as well as visitors to the area.

#12 – Nevada City, California
2013 Population: 3,046
City Website

“Nevada City is a small town located sixty miles northeast of Sacramento, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There is not a huge tourist industry in the town, but visitors are always welcome. Both locals and visitors to the town can enjoy the towns offerings of music, art, dining as well as the close proximity to California’s amazing rivers, lakes, and the Sierras Nevada Mountain range. There are several restaurants, historic sites and art galleries found throughout the downtown area.

Median Income: $62,386
Median Age of Residents: 43.4
Median House Price: $314,750
National Ranking:
Huffington Post Travel – 15 of America’s Coolest Small Towns”

To see the full list, visit BestChoiceReview.org

To learn more about Nevada City, click here.

(Source: BestChoiceReveiew.org)

Wildflower walks begin along the South Yuba River in March

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When spring arrives in the Nevada County foothills there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park near Penn Valley.

State Park Docents will lead guided wildflower walks every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., beginning March 7, and continuing through May 10.

The Buttermilk Bend Trail, which winds above the wild and scenic South Yuba River, is famous for the many species that bloom on its hills and slopes. Each season, observers are delighted with an ever changing tableau of spring color. Early season visitors will find Western Buttercups, Larkspur and Shooting Stars. By mid-season, the hills turn gold and purple with Tufted Poppies and Narrow Leaf Lupine.

Mid-to-late-season is a special treat as Fairy Lanterns, Chinese Houses, and Bird’s Eye Gilia reveal themselves. Mid-to-late season, it is a special treat to find the California Dutchman’s Pipe and learn about its unique symbiotic relationship with the pipevine swallowtail butterfly. Docents will point out these and many more species and points of interest along the trail.

Guided hikes last about two hours along the Buttermilk Bend trail, an easy 2.5 mile round trip hike. Meet at the trailhead in the north parking lot, just past the concrete bridge which crosses the South Yuba River on Pleasant Valley Road. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended along with a hat, sunscreen, and remember to bring water. A $3 donation is requested and appreciated.

(Dogs are not permitted on the guided walks as the trail is narrow and the groups can be large.)

To make your visit complete, allow extra time to visit the park Visitor Center, see the covered bridge (currently under restoration) and barn (both built in 1862) and the restored 1920s gas station.

The Visitor Center is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. There you will find a collection of wildflower books, nature and history displays and many other educational and gift items. Because of dry winter conditions the wildflower season may be full of mystery and surprises.

For more information throughout our short season, call the park at (530) 432-2546, or go to www.southyubariverstatepark.org. (rain will cancel walks)

- South Yuba River State Park

(Photo: SYRCL)

Bear Yuba Land Trust acquires 35 acres in Alta Sierra known as Clover Valley Preserve

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Last week, staff members from Bear Yuba Land Trust’s stewardship and trails team visited Clover Valley, BYLT’s newest Preserve, to conduct a baseline survey and explore the public access possibilities.

Bordering the community of Alta Sierra on 35 acres off of Brewer Road, Clover Valley Preserve is a lovely example of oak and mixed conifer forests. South Wolf Creek bisects the length of the landscape, providing habitat for aquatic and terrestrial life.

In December, the Bach family – owners of the property since the 1970s – generously donated the land to BYLT for the purpose of protecting the land from development forever.

With the Clover Valley donation, Bear Yuba Land Trust has secured ten Preserves, totaling nearly 4,000 acres. The Land Trust acquires land through charitable donations or purchase for the purpose of habitat conservation and to provide public access for hiking and the enjoyment of nature. Last summer, the Land Trust purchased 2,707 acres known as Rice’s Crossing, including six river miles extending on both banks of the Yuba River with connectivity to South Yuba River State Park.

Located within a short walk of Alta Sierra Elementary School, the riparian area of Clover Valley Preserve offers the promise of nature and watershed studies, picnics and time outside the classroom for elementary school kids.

“We’d love to see children hiking a trail along the creek looking for macroinvertebrates and amphibians. So many of us remember such wonderful experiences in nature when we were kids. The Land Trust would like to create places where kids today can have similar experiences,” said BYLT’s Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt.

With 1,500 feet of South Wolf Creek running through the heart of the parcel, Clover Valley Preserve is home to diverse plant and animal life.

Stewardship Program Manager Erin Tarr and Stewardship Associate Cathy Shirley set up photo points on the preserve and documented the plants and wildlife they observed as part of the tasks of conducting the first “baseline” for the property.

Baselines are the foundation report the BYLT stewardship team will use each year as part of their annual monitoring of the site.

They deftly noted a diversity of botanical life – Blue oak, black oak, live oak, red bud, coffee berry, native blackberry, maiden hair fern. They examined young plants emerging from the damp ground and poured through a copy of “Trees and Shrubs of Nevada and Placer Counties” to aid in identification.

Trails Coordinator Shaun Clarke joined the stewardship team as they hiked and explored the property for possible trail routes. Clover Valley could one day provide public recreation trails for neighboring residents in Alta Sierra, with a climb to ridgeline views. For years, Alta Sierra residents have recognized the benefits of having a community trail for exercise and connecting with nature right outside their doorstep as shown by the frequent use of the BYLT-built Alan Thiesen trail.

Founded 25 years ago, Bear Yuba Land Trust is a community supported non-profit organization and to date has conserved nearly 9,000 acres of land, hosts an active trekking program and has built over 35 miles of local public trails. Learn more at www.bylt.org

—Laura Peterson

What’s New in Nevada County, CA February through May, 2015

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North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center Upcoming Music Events
17894 Tyler Foote Road
Nevada City, CA 95959

The Bee Eaters
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Doors 7:00 PM; Show 8:00 PM
Tickets: $18 members/advance, $20 door, Kids (5 to 12) $10

Brother-sister duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, long known and lauded by those steeped in the American fiddle tradition, are joined by hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman. Together, they weave a tapestry of sound all their own, drawing on roots in bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and old-time traditions. While today new breed often produces an amalgamation of sounds and styles based on a distant view, The Bee Eaters were raised embedded in these traditions raised to mold, meld, shape them and carry them forward, leaving their own indelible marks in the process. With Tashina delicate fiddle and Tristan grounding cello wrapped around Simon, ethereal dulcimer, they have created a never-before-heard sound in American music. No tricks. No pyrotechnics. Three instrumental voices, united in their musical exploration.

Probosci
Gyan Riley and Timba Harris
Friday, March 13, 2015
Doors 7:00 PM; Show 8:00 PM
$18 members/advance, $20 door

Probosci is a collaboration between violinist Timba Harris (Secret Chiefs 3, Estradasphere) and guitarist Gyan Riley (Eviyan, Terry Riley). Both composers, whose work is featured in John Zorn’s Tzadik Records Composers’ Series, contribute to the interplay between composition and improvisation, steeped with intricacy and shape-shifting energy. On this duo’s debut album, Time to Feed, they adventurously explore sonic landscapes with quicksilver virtuosity. From purely acoustic music to unfamiliar electroacoustic textures, Time to Feed darts seamlessly between focused subtlety and disorienting aggression. Having mesmerized listeners at many of the world’s most renown symphony halls, theaters, rock clubs, and festivals in over 40 countries, Probosci is the next evolution of these two musicians’ years-long musical partnership.

Bill Evans: The Banjo in America
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Doors 7:00 PM; Show 8:00 PM
$18 members/advance, $20 door

Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, UC Berkeley-trained ethnomusicologist Bill Evans performs musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments, ranging from an African ekonting to a mid-19th century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo and even an electric banjo. Bill Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and students from all over the world in a career that spans over forty years. In the last two years, Bill has performed all across North America, Canada, England, Russia and Germany and has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and on A Prairie Home Companion. His book Banjo For Dummies, is one of the world’s most widely read book on the instrument.

To learn more about these events or to purchase tickets, visit the NorthColumbiaSchoolhouseCulturalCenter.org.

2015 Gold Country Cycling Challenge
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
Saturday, May 9 2015
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley invites every one of all ages to participate in the 2nd annual Gold Country Challenge. The event includes a 50k, 100k and 100- mile tour of the beautiful Gold Country region of Northern California. The ride is fully supported by friendly volunteers, fantastic rest stops, support vehicles, and well-marked routes. After your ride, you enjoy a hearty dinner and live entertainment. Bring your family with you and the kids can enjoy the family ride and children’s bike rodeo. BBQ and beverages will be served.

For more information about the event or to register, visit RotaryGoldCountryChallenge.com.

58th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo & PlayDay
Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds, Penn Valley, CA
Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17, 2015

The 58th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo kicks off with exciting performances including saddle bronco riding, bareback riding, bull dogging, team roping, barrel racing and, the highlight of any rodeo, bull riding. Sunday is the Annual Community Rodeo Playday where anyone can be a rodeo cowboy or cowgirl. There is always a rodeo clown, intermission performances and our very own Penn Valley drill team. The Cook House serves BBQ tri tip meals with all the fixin’s. Beer Garden has several brands of beer on tap and always serves wine for those with a more refined taste.

For more information about the event or to register, visit PVRodeo.com.

2015 Strawberry Music Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA
Thursday, May 21 through Sunday, May 25, 2015
Tickets are now on sale

The Strawberry Music Festival presents the gold standard in main stage entertainment, intimate side stage performances, top-notch children’s programming, workshops and activities for all ages, and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Artists performing for the Spring 2015 Festival are to include Bonnie Raitt, Peter Rowan’s Big Twang Theory, Ray Bonneville, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, Sam Baker, and Chicago Farmer! Held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, which has been deemed the most beautiful fairgrounds in California, offers beautifully forested camping, tree lined meadows, permanent bathhouses, level terrain, with lots of indoor and outdoor space for family fun and entertainment, in an easily accessible location.

To learn more about the festival or to purchase tickets, visit StrawberryMusic.com.

Special Activities/Events Offered at One of the Four State Parks Located in Nevada County

Cross Country and Snowshoeing Trails
Donner Memorial State Park
Donner Summit Truckee, CA

Welcome to the beauty of winter at Donner Lake! Donner Memorial State Park offers cross-country and snowshoe trails for adventurers of all ages, nestled among towering pines, winding along beautiful Donner Lake, and traveling the historic emigrant trails. Download a Winter Trail Map at DonnerMemSkiTrailMap.pdf.

Birding at Bridgeport with Local Experts
South Yuba River State Park, Penn Valley, CA
Offered on selective Saturdays in Spring and Fall

Bird Walks lead by local experts including Bob Slyker. Over the two hour bird walk you might spot the Canyon Wren, American Dipper, Acorn Woodpecker, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Bald Eagle, Phainopepla and more. Bring snacks, water, binoculars, a field guide and wear good shoes. FREE Admission to Park; $5 Parking Fee.

Wildflower Walks along Buttermilk Bend Trail
South Yuba River State Park, Penn Valley, CA
Mid-March through Mid-May
Saturday and Sundays at 11 a.m.

The Buttermilk Bend trail is well known among locals for its spectacular explosion of wildflowers most springs. The display changes every week, so come more than once! Docents will identify the flowers and explain some of their natural history and traditional uses. Plan on 1.5 hours and 2 miles. No dogs.

For directions and more information, visit SouthYubaRiverStatePark.org.

South Yuba Independence Trail Nature Walks
South Yuba River State Park, Penn Valley, CA
Spring

Celebrate springtime on the Independence Trail! Join knowledgeable docents to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Independence Trail and South Yuba River. Tours are wheelchair-accessible and last about two hours. The main entrance to the Trail is on Highway 49, 5.5 miles from Nevada City, heading towards Downieville, near the South Yuba River bridge. Parking is available beside the road, with several marked disabled spaces.

Highlighting the West Trail is a waterfall one mile from the entrance. People and wheelchairs travel a switchback ramp from Flume 28 (520 feet long) to the swirling waters of Rush Creek. Also featured on the west side is an overlook of the Yuba River, surrounded by canyon flora. The East Trail features cliff-hanging flumes, more views of the river and foothill landscapes, with a total of two and a half miles of maintained trail. There are picnic areas, outhouses, and scenic vistas all around. The Independence Trail is for all people, with its gradual, level walkway – from young mothers with stroller kids, to serious hikers and joggers, to seniors with limited mobility, to those in wheelchairs.

For more information, visit SouthYubaRiverStatePark.org.

2015 Kids Annual Fishing Derby
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Early May; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This annual event is held each year in May at our beautiful Blair Lake, just a short walk from town. Registration for the 2015 Kid’s Fishing Derby will begin the first week in April 2015 so mark your calendars now for this year’s event! Kids ages 15 and under enjoy a fun filled day of fishing with family and friends, free lunch, and raffle prizes. Tour historic North Bloomfield while your here. We will even clean and weigh your fish for you!

For more information, visit MalakoffDigginsStatePark.org.

Mother’s Day Springtime Event
Empire Mine State Historic Park
Grass Valley, CA
Sunday, May 10, 2015
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beautiful fountains rose gardens in bloom, and lavish, turn-of-the-century costumes, will make this a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget! She’ll enjoy chatting with docents portraying the colorful characters who shaped our local history. Don’t miss free surprises in the gift shop and blacksmith shop, and delicious food and beverages. Grandmothers and children under 6 enjoy free admission. Turn our golden history into a golden memory!

To learn more, visit EmpireMine.org.

GRASS VALLEY

The Center for the Arts presents
 Two Great Concerts at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley, CA.

An Intimate Solo/Acoustic Performance by Citizen Cope
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 8:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
225 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
$38 members, $48 non-member

Dug deep into the rich soil of American music, Cope’s roots are complex. You may think of Bill Withers or Neil Young or John Lee Hooker or Van Morrison or Willie Nelson or Al Green. Yet, listening to Cope, you also may think of none of the above. You may not think at all, but rather feel a man exposing stories that haunt his heart. He was born Clarence Greenwood, a child of the seventies, and his life journey is as singular as his art. He is the radically mashed-up product of Greenville, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Vernon, Texas; Austin, Texas; Washington, DC; and Brooklyn, New York. In the past nine years, he has produced four albums of depth and distinction, each a critical chapter in his search for a sound that paints an auditory American landscape in which despair wars with hope and hope, tied to love, is elusive.

An Evening with Amy Grant
Thursday February 26, 2015; 8:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
225 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
$45 members, $55 non-member

Amy Grant’s career spans more than 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million. Grant’s chart success has been consistent throughout her career with six No. 1 hits, ten Top 40 pop singles, seventeen Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks and multiple Contemporary Christian chart-toppers. In addition to her six GRAMMY® Awards, Grant has earned 26 Dove Awards (including four Artist of the Year Awards) and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Conventional wisdom has it that Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map becoming the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts, and the first to perform at the GRAMMY® Awards. With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past couple of decades is assured.

For more information about these concerts or to purchase tickets, visit TheCenterForTheArts.org.

InConcert Sierra Third Sunday Concerts
All concerts held at Seventh-Day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Rd., Grass Valley, CA 95945

Clerestory
Sunday, February 15, 2015
2 to 4 p.m.
$32 General Admission; Youth 5-17 Free with Adult

Clerestory is one of the bay area’s premiere male a cappella ensembles. All nine singers, from countertenor to bass, are veterans of San Francisco’s finest professional vocal groups including Chanticleer, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists and others. A 2012 review by New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and BBC Classical Music Magazine writer Chloe Veltman says it all: “Clerestory is a men’s vocal ensemble whose singers have sung with some of the most prestigious groups in the country. Many of them used to be in Chanticleer (dubbed “the world’s reigning male chorus” a few years ago by The New Yorker). Having experienced the ensemble’s latest concert series I have to say that Clerestory is every bit as musical as Chanticleer, and has two crucial advantages over the more well-established group: wisdom and age. There are no leaders in Clerestory and the singers figure out a way between them to put an innovative program together and sing the pants off it.”

Amit Peled, Cello
Sunday, March 15, 2015
2 to 4 p.m.
$32 General Admission; Youth 5-17 Free with Adult

The remarkable cellist, Amit Peled returns with a program that celebrates the great cellist Pablo Casals – playing on Pablo Casals’ cello! After playing for Mrs. Marta Casals Istomin last summer, Amit received the magnificent 1733 Goffriller cello, which was acquired in 1913 by Pablo Casals. 2013 marked its 100th year in Casals’s service.

Farallon Quintet
Sunday, April 19, 2015
2 to 4 p.m.
$32 General Admission; Youth 5-17 Free with Adult

The Farallon Quintet, founded in the summer of 2012, is a dynamic Bay Area ensemble and the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the surprisingly abundant clarinet quintet—string quartet plus clarinet—repertoire. In addition to playing the classics, the group seeks to perform rarely heard works as well as new music by living composers.

2015 Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra
Sunday, May 17 (2 p.m.) and Tuesday, May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
$32 General Admission; Youth 5-17 Free with Adult

Spring sparkles with The Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra and a program your mother would love! Ken Hardin, conductor & Toon Vandevorst, assistant conductor.

For more about these concerts or to purchase tickets, visit InConcertSierra.org

Foothills Celebration
Historic Downtown Grass Valley
Saturday, March 7, 2015
1 to 4 p.m.

Spend the afternoon strolling the shops and sites of Historic Downtown Grass Valley. Enjoy fine Northern California wines, gourmet cuisine and confectioners delights. Tickets are only $35.00 per person/ $45 after February 23 and includes unlimited wine tasting and 5 food selections from over 20 local restaurants.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit HistoricGrassValley.com.

St. Pirans Day
Historic Downtown Grass Valley
Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:15 a.m. – when the fun is over

Join us for our annual celebration of Cornish Heritage in downtown Grass Valley on Saturday, March 8th in the City Hall Parking Lot! The fun starts at 9:15 a.m. as we raise the Cornish Flag and our very own town crier, Robert Russell welcomes everyone to the celebration! The Cornish Choir will sing some time-honored Cornish tunes from the mining days of yesteryear. We will also have our Pasty Olympics! For our 3rd year we will also have Cornish Pasty Tasting. Our 5 esteemed judges will judge pasties. The event is FREE!!! So come to downtown Grass Valley for the day.

To learn more, visit HistoricGrassValley.com.

Music in the Mountains Presents Vivaldi Gloria
Sunday, April 12, 2015; 2 PM

Known as the Red Priest by his contemporaries, Vivaldi’s music has triumphed throughout the centuries, captivating audiences for over 300 years. The Music in the Mountains Chorus presents his sublime choral masterpiece, in a program celebrating the breathtaking beauty of the voice.

To learn more about the concert or to purchase tickets, visit MusicintheMountains.org.

Downtown Grass Valley Car Show
Historic Downtown Grass Valley
April 25, 2015
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A spectacular and vast variety of pre-1972 classics, hot rods, customs, rat rods, domestics, imports and one-of-a-kind vehicles will be on display. Speak with the owners of these classic automobiles and learn first hand the history behind the car. Come on in and visit our downtown merchants who will be open for your shopping convenience. Many restaurants will be providing varied menus for you to indulge, or stop by the PIT STOP (located in the City Hall Parking Lot at South Auburn and Main Streets) for some delectable treats and sweets to eat.

To learn more, visit HistoricGrassValley.com.

Sierra Festival of the Arts
Sunday, May 24, 2015
10:00AM – 5:00 PM

Over 40 artists throughout Northern California converge in Downtown Grass Valley, Memorial Day weekend, to bring you a “symphony for your senses.” There will be incredible, gallery quality art in a variety of media, and music by young local artists. Children 12 and under can enjoy and art projects with the help of The Artist Workshop. All downtown shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms will be open throughout the event. The Festival is collaboration between Grass Valley Downtown Association and Nevada County Arts.

To learn more, visit HistoricGrassValley.com.

NEVADA CITY

2015 Nevada City Mardi Gras
Historic Downtown Nevada City
Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Downtown Parade, Masquerade Ball and Carnevale are featured February 14 & 15, 2015 as this colorful Sierra foothills town again celebrates Mardi Gras in Nevada City. Weekend activities open Saturday night with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball from 8pm to midnight, featuring a live band, in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street. Cajun food will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Chamber Office for $12. Or, you can purchase tickets at the door for $15. 21 and over only.

On Sunday, the Mardi Gras Street Faire will be held on North Pine Street, in Historic Downtown Nevada City, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be food, drink, crafts, and clothing. The Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday and moves down Broad Street through the center of town. Merry spectators of all ages line the parade route while gaily masked societies parade through the historic district handing out beads, toys, trinkets, bangles and more. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.

And join us for a festive after-the-parade Carnevale for the whole family at the Miners Foundry from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.! Enjoy New Orleans style food, hot dogs, ice cream & desserts, soft drinks & specialty coffees. Also featuring a full bar for the adults serving Hurricanes, plus a special Bloody Mary bar. Delight in Cajun music, drummers, belly dancers, a bounce house, and more! Tickets at the door only $5 for adults – Kids are FREE!

To learn more about this event or to purchase tickets to the Masquerade Ball, visit NevadaCityChamber.com.

Off Broad Street Announces 2015 Season
“Spend Another Fun Year With Us!”
305 Commercial Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City

Songbird – A Musical Comedy by Jan Kopp & John Driscoll
January 16 through February 21, 2015
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m.; Sunday February 8 at 2 p.m.

Jan Kopp makes her OBS directorial debut and Kris Stepanian stars in this story of Angela, the Songbird, a gifted singer who is now out of a job because her father has sold the bar in which she has performed for many years. Located in a small Northern California coastal town, The Songbird Nest Tavern has for forty-five years been a favorite spot for people of all walks of life who have come regularly to hear Angela touch their hearts through song. Angela’s father, Frank (John Driscoll), is ready at age seventy to move on to a new challenge by writing a memoir of sorts containing wisdom he has accumulated over the years. Other cast members include Nancy Keith as the fiery mother of the “Songbird” and Kim Wellman as the quirky cocktail waitress.

Par Four at The Masters
March 13 through April 25, 2015
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:15 p.m.; Sunday March 29 at 2 p.m.

Jed Dixon, Andrew Kerr, JR Lewis and Isaias Acosta return in this sequel to 2014′s hit show, Doo-Wop Shoo-Bop. It is two years later, and the singing caddies are performing at the 1968 Masters in Augusta, Georgia. Now a singing sensation, they are still four lonely guys looking for love. All new doo-wop songs and routines. Piano accompaniment by David Blanchard.

A Sixties Happening
May 15 through June 27, 2015
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:15 p.m.
The two years from 1967 through 1969 (Summer of Love to Woodstock) rocked a generation. Folk artists, flower children and hard rockers all had an impact.

To learn more about these events or to purchase tickets, visit OffBroadStreet.com.

Miners Foundry Cultural Center Presents
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA

The Dana Leong Trio
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Doors Open at 7 p.m.; Music Begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets – $22/Advance; $26/Door

Composer / cellist / trombonist Dana Leong blends jazz, classical, and pop to create a signature sound. His pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. The Dana Leong Trio features Dana on cello, synthesizers, vocals, Lex Sadler on bass and electronics, and Val-Inc on turntables and brings together an exciting blend of instrumental melodies and driving musical grooves.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Friday, February 13, 2015
Doors Open at 7 p.m.; Music Begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets – $25/Advance; $30/Door

For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor. Approaching iconic status, Karl Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz’s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slightly Stoopid. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back on the road for a multi-city tour in support of their latest studio album, New Ammo, an infectious 13-track collection.

To learn more about these events or to purchase tickets, visit MinersFoundry.org.

Nevada City to Host Leg of 2015 AMGEN Tour of California
May 11, 2015

Regarded as the largest and most prestigious cycling event in America, 52 California cities have hosted the race throughout the past nine editions. For the 10th anniversary, the start of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will take place in Sacramento, the state’s capital, and travel through 12 additional host cities during the eight day event including Nevada City, Lodi (first-time host city), San Jose (ten-time host city), Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) and Pasadena. Stage 2 of the race will find the peloton traveling through historic Nevada City to first-time host city Lodi, known as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” The Amgen Tour of California draws global recognition as one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year attracting Olympic medalists, World Champions and top Tour de France competitors.

To learn more about this event, visit AmgenTourofCalifornia.com.

TRUCKEE

Full Moon Snowshoe Tours
Tahoe-Donner Ski Area, Truckee, CA
February 6, 2015 and March 7, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Take in the beauty of a full moon by participating in a scenic snowshoe hike above Donner Lake. Meet at Trout Creek Recreation Center and caravan to the trailhead. Participants are encouraged to dress in warm layers, including hats and gloves, and bring water, a headlamp or flashlight. Please reserve at least 48 hours in advance.

Valentine’s Day Sunset Snowshoe Tour
Tahoe-Donner Ski Area, Truckee, CA
February 14, 2015
4 to 6 p.m.

Bundle up with your honey for a special Valentine’s Day evening. Meet at Trout Creek Recreation Center to shuttle caravan to the trailhead. Participants are encouraged to dress in warm layers, including a hat and gloves, and bring water, a headlamp or flashlight. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

To learn more about the snowshoe tours or to purchase tickets, visit TahoeDonner.com.

Donner Lake Paddleboard Race/O’Neill Tahoe Paddleboard Race Series
Donner Lake, Truckee
Race #1 – Saturday, May 23, 2015 starting at 9:00 AM

http://tahoecup.org/

The 2015 O’Neill Tahoe SUP & Prone Paddleboard Race Series will host 500+ participants and more than 4,000 spectators from all over the world to the Truckee-Tahoe-Reno area. Race #1 starts at West-end Beach of Donner Lake and is a five mile race that circumnavigates the Lake. Awards will be presented to both the men’s and women’s first, second, and third place finishers in the Open (including youth 18 and under and masters 55+), Elite, and Outrigger divisions.

To learn more about the race series or to register, visit TahoeCup.org.

Truckee’s new “Live Like a Local” crowd sourced contest

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What does the perfect Truckee day look like? That depends on who you ask. And while there’s nothing quite like living and working in Truckee, the definition of “working” and “living” vary from person to person.

That’s why the Truckee Donner Chamber’s digital media team has come up with a fresh and saucy “Live Like a Local” campaign. Tying in with many #TruckeeMoments sentiments, Truckee’s popular lifestyle hashtag, it aims to find out and share.

The grassroots, community campaign encourages locals to share their insider tips on the best things to do, be and see in Truckee. The #LiveLikeaLocal campaign poses a series of questions to participants such as: Describe your perfect Truckee day; Where are your favorite spots to hang out on a Friday-Saturday night in Truckee? Tell us about your favorite Truckee activity – where, when and why.

These tips will be pulled together online, serving both visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re visiting Truckee for the first time or it’s your 30th trip to town, this collaboration offers great insights, itineraries and how-tos. If you’re a long-time resident, you might want to offer your own knowledge and take advantage of some tips you may not have been privy to. Staycation anyone?

Truckee residents have already begun to show their love for Truckee by contributing some amazing suggestions. Bill Hudson, Director of Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy offers his favorite, “Nothing like catching a Truckee River trout on a dry fly.” And local photographer Scott Thompson shares his favorite hangout spot “the Art Obsessions’ wine bar”.

This is the first phase of the movement, and Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Lynn Saunders is looking forward to receiving feedback from locals, and hearing what they have to say and what they want to share.

“Everyone wants to live like a local when they visit a new place, find those off the beaten path restaurants or diners, places to play with their dog, or how to experience the perfect Truckee day,” said Saunders. “We know locals might feel protective of their secret spots, but there’s a lot to share without giving those away!”

As submissions are collected, prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded weekly to a randomly chosen winner.

The campaign will allow local businesses, athletes, artists, students and other community members to collectively create a list of different “Live Like a Local” activities. This list, along with other “Live Like a Local” insights, advice, itineraries and suggestions will be featured on Truckee’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Users can also submit photos to further illustrate their favorite activities.

Hashtag your tips and photos with #LiveLikeaLocal for a chance to win a bevy of prizes and see for yourself what others are saying at http://bit.ly/LiveLikeaLocal.

(Source: Truckee Chamber of Commerce)

JetBlue to offer only nonstop New York-Reno flight, offering easy access to Truckee

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JetBlue Airways will be the only airline to offer nonstop service between Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and the U.S. East Coast as it launches service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on May 28, 2015. Reno-Tahoe will be the airline’s 89th destination and is among a number of new JetBlue routes in the West.

To celebrate the new route, JetBlue is offering an introductory fare of only $89 one way between May 28 and June 17, 2015. All introductory fare tickets must be purchased by January 14, 2015.

“A nonstop link between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and New York City is long overdue. JetBlue is pleased to provide the only direct service linking the East Coast to an airport that is the gateway to so many great year-round destinations in the Reno-Tahoe region.

“Customers will finally have easy access to Reno, beautiful Lake Tahoe, the great historic town of Truckee, Donner Lake, Tuolumne River and the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain range — home to Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park and two National Monuments. We are eager to bring the JetBlue experience to Reno-Tahoe so customers can enjoy our superior customer offering that includes the most legroom in coach, with live TV at every seat and great service offered by JetBlue’s award-winning crewmembers,” said James Hnat, JetBlue’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Government Affairs.

“Landing nonstop daily service on an incredible airline like JetBlue is an example of what this region can do when it works together for a common goal,” Marily Mora, President/CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said. “We are bringing the Biggest Little City and the Big Apple together. We are bringing JetBlue to the blue waters of Lake Tahoe. It’s a great day for the Reno-Tahoe region.”

Customers from Reno-Tahoe will be able to easily connect to JetBlue’s large network at its very own Terminal 5 at JFK, including access to the largest network to the Caribbean. With Reno-Tahoe, JetBlue will offer nonstop routes to 66 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.

JetBlue’s Schedule between New York’s JFK and Reno-Tahoe as of May 28, 2015:

JFK – RNO
7:40 p.m. – 11:07 p.m.

RNO – JFK
11:59 p.m. – 8:09 a.m.

JetBlue has continuously expanded its presence in the West, with new services recently launched between Salt Lake City (SLC) and Orlando, Fla. (MCO) on November 12, 2014; San Francisco (SFO) to Las Vegas (LAS) on January 5, 2015; and the upcoming Portland, Ore. (PDX) to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) on June 18, 2015.

(Source: Jet Blue)

Nevada City featured on Amgen Tour of California website

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Nevada City is featured on the Amgen Tour of California website. It will be the “Stage 2″ start of the race on May 10-17, as reported in October. The eight-day stage race will travel a north-to-south route and span nearly 700 miles through many of California’s most breathtaking roads and sceneries. The article on Nevada City reads:

“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, 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.”

The area around Nevada City also is popular for its mountain bike trails:

(Source: Amgen Tour of California)

Local AMGEN Race Prep Well Underway

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Local radio KNCO News Talk 830 is reporting preparations are underway for the 2015 AMGEN Tour of California locally.

Local AMGEN Race Prep Well Underway

“Though the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race is still months away, race organizers are already hard at work. Local tour organizer and Nevada City City Councilman Duane Strawser says that preparations for the event are picking up…

“Listen to Duane Strawser discuss this weekend’s preparations.

“Inspections are being held to check the course, local hotels, and caterers. Organizers across the state are attending classes and workshops hosted by race officials to make sure their leg of the tour goes off without a hitch. Even local volunteers are traveling far and wide to help Nevada County shine under the spotlight…

“Listen to more from Duane Strawser.

“This year, the seven-day race begins on May 10th. Nevada City hosts the start of the second stage on the eleventh.”

To learn more about Nevada City’s 2015 role in AMGEN’s Tour of California, click here and here.

(Source: Ashlyn Rhodes, KNCO)