There is always so much to do in Nevada County, from musical performances (click here to see what’s happening this month at Center for the Arts) to theater to fairs and festivals. This is a sampling of some of the activities that await you this month.
Friday, Nov. 3
250 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley
A FREE show for the whole family. OLLI Orchestra performs five works from three centuries. Included in the program are Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D (Haffner Symphony), some movements from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Don Pasquale Overture by Donizetti and American composer Leroy Anderson’s Belle of the Ball. Local musicians comprise the orchestra sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Steve Miller conducts. Both the concert and parking are free. This is a great opportunity to learn more about classical music and hear works that will sound familiar because of their frequent use in movie scores and video games.
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos
Friday, Nov. 3
TTUSD District Office
11603 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee
The Family Resource Center of Truckee hosts its 10th annual Día de los Muertos event, featuring a dance contest, face painting, traditional Mexican hair styling, music and snacks. Local students will share altar displays.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Latin American holiday that celebrates and honors departed friends and family members. On this day in Mexico, the streets near cemeteries are filled with decorations of cut paper, flowers, candy skeletons and skulls, and parades. Families remember those who have passed on by preparing their favorite foods and creating altars.
The Family Resource Center of Truckee (FRCoT) invites community members to celebrate cultural diversity at this free, family-friendly event and to join in honoring citizens and agencies that support the FRCoT’s mission.
Kitchen Tour 2017
Saturday, November 4
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tour 5 unique kitchens and get decorating and remodeling ideas. Each home will host a small bites, kitchen craft or cooking demonstration. Mason Partak of Food Network’s Chopped Junior, will demonstrate cookie icing ideas and Steve Rosenthal of Tess’ Kitchen Store will be making small bites for sampling.
41st Annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot
Saturday, November 4
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
West End Beach
Donner Lake, Truckee
The idea of a fun race around Donner Lake was hatched back in 1976 by a small group of enthusiastic runners who wanted to make room for all the turkey and pies they’d be consuming in the weeks ahead. Today it’s still going strong, attracting hundreds of locals and runners from Reno, Sacramento and the Bay Area. Beginning and ending at West End Beach, runners and walkers complete a 7 mile loop.
It’s a fun and sort of wacky race that’s held regardless of the weather. The walking component along with the “Mashed Potato Mile” make it a great family event too!
2nd Annual ArtFusion
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saint Canice Center
236 Reward St., Nevada City
The 2nd Annual ArtFusion event showcases 18 local artists with a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, fabrics, clay, glass, jewelry and wood. Fine art and Holiday gifting options available with tasty baked goods, coffee and soups by Nana’s Artisan Bakery. FREE
African Bazaar and Fair Trade Gift Faire
The Community Room at Truckee Tahoe Airport
10356 Truckee Airport Rd., Truckee
Give the Gift That Keeps On Giving! Featuring Asante Handcrafts and Jewelry. Looking for a creative way to celebrate the holidays this year? With a fair–trade African gift, you honor your loved ones and make a difference in the lives of people from Africa, all without a trip to the mall. Also featuring Fair-Trade coffee, tea and chocolate.
Downtown Holiday Market
Saturday, November 11
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Downtown Grass Valley
Come kick off your Holiday shopping season by visiting our Downtown merchants for holiday deals, snacks, music and more! Lots of raffles, great sales, and much more.
Dinner show from the Old Streets of Truckee
Sunday, Nov. 12
10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee
Richard Blair presents the history of Truckee in the late 1800’s through a musical and theatrical performance. Step back in time and join us for an unforgetable evening at the Cottonwood Dining Room.
This show sells out fast! Call Cottonwood today to reserve your table at 530-587-5711
Downtown Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting
Friday, Nov. 17
Historic Downtown Truckee
A Downtown Truckee tradition for over thirty-five years, local children decorate trees to adorn the streets through the holidays. Cookies, hot cocoa, and a visit from Santa as well as the lighting of the traditional Bud Fish Tree along with the rest of Historic Downtown Truckee. It’s a sight to see for the holidays!
Banner Mountain Artisans Show
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nevada City Elks Lodge
518 CA-49, Nevada City
The 14th Annual Banner Mountain Artisans Show and Sale ushers in the holiday shopping season with more than 30 very talented artisans who bring their quality goods together for this annual show. Something for everyone, in all price ranges. Start your holiday shopping here! Some of the unique works of art you will find include mosaics, jewelry, gourd art, weaving, functional ceramics, glass, furniture and decor, photography, woodturning, oil paintings, metal sculpture, watercolor, copper art, handmade teddy bears, silk painted scarves, tiles, fiber art, handmade soaps, repurposed art and more.
Thank the Turkeys
Saturday, Nov. 18
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
17314 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley
You are invited to Animal Place’s 8th annual Thank the Turkeys event, taking place at their Grass Valley sanctuary, to meet and treat the rescued animals, then head on over to the Foothills Event Center for a catered vegan dinner and a speech by model and activist Jessica Miller. Registration required.
Red Altar Play and Workshop
Two locations, Nevada City
Many people are not aware that Chinese immigrants founded the fishing industry in Monterey, California, in the 1850s. This little known history will be the focus of Red Altar at the Nevada Theater on Saturday November 18, at 8:00 p.m., offering a critical look at immigration and migration in America. Red Altar is written, produced, and performed by Nancy Wang and Robert Kichuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec, an acclaimed international storytelling troupe from San Francisco. The show is appropriate for all ages. It is historical, culturally inviting, and thought-provoking. This show takes place at the Nevada Theater in Nevada City.
The following day’s companion workshop, “Immigratitude®: Crossing Borders, Collages of Connection,” taught by the actors themselves, earmarked for 25 teachers and educators as continuing education through a grant from Community Players Trust, is on Sunday, November 19, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Houser Room of the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools in Nevada City at 112 Nevada City Highway.
Tahoe Film Festival
Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Truckee, Northstar, and Incline Village
SWEP’s third annual environmental film festival, Tahoe Film Fest will present an important section of new and exciting environmental feature films that have been screened in various festivals throughout the world.
Tahoe Film Fest brings a section of American Independent films and films from Latin America. Screenings take place in Truckee, Northstar and Incline Village.
This is just a sampling of all of the many great events going on in Nevada County this month. For a full listing of events, visit our event calendar.