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Ribbon Cutting Celebrations

 Thursday, July 26th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Training Zone
722 Freeman Lane, Ste. B, Grass Valley
(530) 273-9663
 Thursday, August 16th
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Living Waters
1097 E Main St., Ste. F, Grass Valley
(530) 274-9738

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2018 Joint Chamber Mixer Calendar

Stay Tuned! Moving the FUN to a NEW DATE!

Monday, July 16th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Nevada County Concert Band
 “A Little Night Music with the Nevada County Concert Band.”
Pioneer Park, Nevada City
James Kopf
(530) 272-6228
nccb.org

Thursday, September 13th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Lake Wildwood Association
11255 Cottontail Way, Penn Valley
Bob Mariani
(530) 432-1152

lwwa.org

Thursday, September 20th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

C21 Cornerstone Realty
101 Boulder Street, Nevada City
Mike Bainbridge
(530) 265-5885

c21cornerstone.com

Thursday, October 18th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Byers Enterprises
115 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley
Penny Silva
(916) 717-2905

thatsbyers.com

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Jul
21
Sat
Gold Panning @ South Yuba River State Park
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Gold Panning at Bridgeport 018 Begins May 26Interested in trying your hand at Gold Panning? When you visit Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Park this summer, be sure to stop by the troughs near the Visitors Center.  Learn from docents how the old 49ers used simple pans to find hidden treasure in the shallows of the Yuba River.  After a panning demonstration, practice your technique in the troughs before heading down to the river to do your own prospecting. 

Docents at Bridgeport provide step-by-step panning lessons, share stories about the history of our area, and describe other ways the precious metal was extracted during the California Gold Rush, such as hard rock mining and hydraulic mining.  Gold panning is fun and educational for the entire family and kids get to keep the treasures they find in the troughs.

Docents offer gold panning demonstrations at Bridgeport from noon to 2:00 p.m. every weekend and holiday, beginning Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Gold panning sessions for private groups and school talks can be arranged at other times by prior reservation.  
Due to the anticipated bridge renovation and construction work beginning this summer at Bridgeport, please check our website http://www.southyubariverstatepark.org/ or call 530-432-2546 to be sure gold panning will be available.
 
Call the South Yuba River State Park for more information and private group reservations at (530) 432-2546.
 
Good times awaits you in the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport.
17660 PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD
PENN VALLEY, CA 95946

Photos by John Field

Happy Birthday KVMR Event @ Pioneer Park
Jul 21 @ 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm

KVMR celebrates 40 years this July 21st at Pioneer Park with a Summer Music Festival.  The day will feature 7 bands, 2 stages, and shared memories from broadcasters who have been with us since the beginning.  The music will be provided by bands who have played an integral part throughout KVMR history:

  • Saul & Elena Rayo
  • The Heifer Belles
  • Grease Grit & Grime
  • Paul Kamm & Eleanore McDonald
  • Brandy Robinson
  • Achilles Trio
  • Buck Love & the Humperheads

Food, drink, and crafts will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Gates open at 3 pm – music begins at 3:30 pm.

Tickets are $10 at the gate, with Veterans half price and kids under 15 free.

Jul
22
Sun
Gold Panning @ South Yuba River State Park
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Gold Panning at Bridgeport 018 Begins May 26Interested in trying your hand at Gold Panning? When you visit Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Park this summer, be sure to stop by the troughs near the Visitors Center.  Learn from docents how the old 49ers used simple pans to find hidden treasure in the shallows of the Yuba River.  After a panning demonstration, practice your technique in the troughs before heading down to the river to do your own prospecting. 

Docents at Bridgeport provide step-by-step panning lessons, share stories about the history of our area, and describe other ways the precious metal was extracted during the California Gold Rush, such as hard rock mining and hydraulic mining.  Gold panning is fun and educational for the entire family and kids get to keep the treasures they find in the troughs.

Docents offer gold panning demonstrations at Bridgeport from noon to 2:00 p.m. every weekend and holiday, beginning Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Gold panning sessions for private groups and school talks can be arranged at other times by prior reservation.  
Due to the anticipated bridge renovation and construction work beginning this summer at Bridgeport, please check our website http://www.southyubariverstatepark.org/ or call 530-432-2546 to be sure gold panning will be available.
 
Call the South Yuba River State Park for more information and private group reservations at (530) 432-2546.
 
Good times awaits you in the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport.
17660 PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD
PENN VALLEY, CA 95946

Photos by John Field

“The Cameraman” – Buster Keaton’s Greatest Film, with Live Music by Walt Strony! @ Peace Lutheran Church
Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

“The Cameramen” Screens For FREE With Live Music By Walt Strony

July 22, 2018, 4pm Sunday
In the Sanctuary

WALT STRONY PLAYS FOR “THE CAMERAMAN”

Buster Keaton’s favorite film, “The Cameraman,” will screen for FREE at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at PEACE. Nationally acclaimed organist Walt Strony will perform a score he has assembled especially for the film.

Keaton directed and starred in “The Cameraman,” released in 1928 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, now known as MGM. It marked the pinnacle of Keaton’s creative genius, displaying both the comedy and the pathos of “Great Stone Face.” Organist Strony plans live music that will underscore the emotions and actions on screen.

“It’s one of my favorite Buster Keaton films because it’s funny, yet it shows an emotional side to Keaton that you almost never see” in other films, Strony says. “Keaton is the master of deadpan humor, and yet there are scenes where his facial expressions show genuine sadness — but, then it gets funny again!

“And in true silent-era fashion, the major battle scene during tong war has gun smoke everywhere and windows breaking with people shooting at each other,” Strony adds. “Yet, no one seems to get wounded!”

A free reception will follow the concert-screening. “The Cameraman” is a production of Arts @ PEACE, the church’s program of cultural events both secular and sacred in western Nevada County.

Strony is returning silent film to western Nevada County after an absence of many decades in the Arts @ PEACE series, “Silent Movies with Walt Strony.” He performs at silent film festivals around the nation.

Peace is at 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. The church offers ample parking and easy handicapped access.

WATCH FOR THE MONKEY

The premise of “Cameraman” relies on a news format that many locals will remember: the newsreel. These short films depicting current events typically opened every movie-house feature and were common in the United States until the late 1960s.

“Keaton’s character is trying to break into that career. He falters until, by chance, the girl he had fallen in love with and who works at a newsreel company gives him a tip that there may be a tong war,” Strony says. The film also is famous for a hilarious scene in a beachside changing room that underscores Keaton’s emphasis on sight gags. And, a trained monkey becomes his sidekick, playing a major role in the action.

Strony plans to highlight the comedy in that and other scenes, notably the tong fight, by contrasting it with appropriate and authentic silent movie music. Event-goers can listen for less-familiar selections from Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours” and Albert Ketèlbey’s “In a Chinese Temple Garden.”

“The music is very campy,” Strony promises. “This is pure comedy.”

Jul
24
Tue
Sierra Harvest’s Farm Crew Agriculture Skills Course @ Various Locations
Jul 24 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Farm Crew Agriculture Skills Course

Hone your skills! Join the Sierra Harvest for a season of in-depth classes all about production farming.  All classes are taught on farms in Nevada County by local farmers and agricultural professionals. Location details are emailed one week in advance of class.  This course is designed to for beginning farmers interested in production scale agriculture.

Sign up for the entire course and get a 23% price discount.  Choose 7 or more classes for an 11% discount.   Individual classes are available at $45/class.

Classes meet every other Tuesday, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm 

5/15/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 1:  Introduction to Farm Crew and Critical Analysis of Sustainable Farming Systems with Cindy Fake, UCCE Horticulture & Small Farms Advisor

No-Till? Biodynamic? Permaculture? Regenerative? Organic? How to choose!? Learn to look closely and critically at sustainable farming systems to find the methods that will work best on your land and in your own farm business.  Cindy Fake has supported farmers in Placer and Nevada counties for decades and is an expert on crop production in the region.

5/29/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 2:  Plant Propagation, Transplants and Green House Management with Robbie Martin, Sweet Roots Farm

Producing high quality plants from seeds and cuttings is a critical component of farm success!  Learn about soil mix, greenhouse management from seed to field, and growing plants from cuttings and divisions.  Farmer Robbie Martin of Sweet Roots Farm, will share his vast understanding of plant production.  A great opportunity to see commercial scale, certified Organic plant start production.

6/12/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 3:  Field, Soil and Bed Preparation & Spring Weed Management with Jeremy Mineau, Super Tuber Farm

Learn the how to identify the right time and methods for preparing the soil for planting.  Best practices in preparing the ground for planting can mitigate weed pressure and promote crop success.  Jeremy Mineau of Super Tuber Farm will share his bed preparation skills.  Super Tuber Farm grows a variety of crops on about 6 acres including 2 acres each of carrots and beets, which are notoriously difficult crops when it comes to controlling weeds.  

6/26/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 4:  Best Practices in Row Crop Irrigation with  Antonio Garza, Riverhill Farm

See efficient and effective irrigation systems in action.  Learn the water needs of crops and the best methods to get water to the plants.  Antonio operates Riverhill Farm, a beautiful and diverse 10-acre vegetable farm in Nevada City that hosts a weekly farmstand and sells at local Farmers’ Markets, restaurants and grocery stores.

7/10/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 5:  Identifying Pests, Beneficial Insects and Management Options with Cindy Fake, UCCE Horticulture & Small Farms Advisor

Learn to identify what’s a pest and what’s beneficial. Learn about Integrated Pest Management to prevent damage from key fruit and vegetable pests and how to manage pest problems in an eco-friendly manner. Cindy Fake has supported farmers in Placer and Nevada counties for decades and is an expert on crop production in the region. 

7/24/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 6:  How to Take a Soil Test and Interpret the Results, Understanding the Role of Fertilizers in Plant and Soil Health with Amigo Bob Cantisano, Organic Ag Advisors

 One of the most influential figures in California organic agriculture, Amigo Bob Cantisano is perhaps best known as the founding organizer of the annual Ecological Farming Conference.  His search for a reliable source of organic inputs led him to found a farm supply company, Peaceful Valley Supply.  Organic Ag Advisors, has assisted hundreds of farms in transitioning from conventional agriculture to organic.  

8/7/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 7:  Let Animals work the Land! Integrating Animals and Vegetables with Leo Chapman, Harmony Valley Farm

See a small, diversified farm in action.  Leo Chapman at Harmony Valley Farm will introduce us to a diversified farm system that integrates animals into a No-Till fruit and vegetable system.  If you can grow it in Nevada County, Leo has!  Leo founded the Living Lands Agrarian network and has trained countless aspiring farmers in the area.

8/21/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 8:  Diversified Farming: Livestock, Field Crops & On-Farm Compost Production with Tim Van Wagner, First Rain Farm

First Rain Farm has been producing high quality fruit, vegetables and fresh goats milk since 2012.  This exciting class will look at the closed farming system that Tim has created, using waste from his goat dairy to create compost for his fruit and vegetable crops.

9/4/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 9:  All about Sales with Aleta Barrett, Starbright Acres Family Farm. 

Sell it before you grow it!  Understand how crops move from the field to the customer at Farmers markets and Farm Stands, and to restaurants, food hubs and grocery stores.  Aleta Barrett owns and operates Starbright Acres Family Farm, an intensive farm that produces $100,000 of vegetables per acre for local markets. 

9/18/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 10:  Small Farm Machine Operation and Maintenance with Paul Glowaski, Dinner Bell Farm. 

You go into farming to get your hands in the dirt, but every farmer spends a good amount of time with wrench in hand.  Knowing how to keep equipment in good working order is an essential skill. Learn tools and tips for keeping your farm machines in great working order.  Regular maintenance can save you time and money!  Paul Glowaski runs Dinner Bell Farm and has rebuilt everything from walk-behind tractors to weed whips, chainsaws to tractors.  He apprenticed with the infamous Lowell Webb of Webbs Farm Supply.

10/2/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 11:  Cover Crops and Soil Health with Patrick and Diane Bollinger, Foothill Roots Farm

Cover cropping is one of the building blocks of ecological agriculture.  Learn how to feed your soil microbes, and plants by growing thick stands of cereals, legumes and other cover crop.  Understand what and when to plant and see methods of seeding and incorporating cover crops into the soil.  Patrick and Diane Bollinger run Foothill Roots Farm in Meadow Vista where they grow a diversified menu for their successful CSA.

10/16/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 12:  Seed Production and Seed Saving with Sarah Silverheels, For the People Seeds

With the current loss of our seed heritage from large corporations purchasing so many seed companies, seed saving has become paramount to life saving.  We will learn what and how to plant for seed harvest and be shown some seed saving, cleaning and storage techniques.  Sarah Silverheels blends her vegetable crops with many varieties of traditional native plants for basketry and forage.  Sarah will share her knowledge of production seed farming and teach us to be seed keepers.

10/30/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 13:  Crop Planning, Successions and Rotations, Instructor and host farm TBA

Every farm needs a great crop plan!  Learn to plan your season and extend your harvest window with well-timed crop successions.  Instructor and host farm TBA.

11/6/18, 3:30-6:30 pm- Class 14:  Fall/Winter Season Extension with Kristen Draz and Will Holland, Fog Dog Farm

“Shoulder” season crops can be a great way to increase sales and find a niche market.  Explore various methods of extending crops into cold and wet weather and learn more about how to plan for these different growing seasons.  Kristen and Will started Fog Dog Farm in 2016 and have been successfully growing their mixed vegetable, mostly no-till operation since.

Jul
26
Thu
Live Music Event @ Wild Eye Pub
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Live Music Event at Wild Eye Pub JULY 26th in Grass Valley at 6 pm. (Located across the street from Pacos Tacos) Excited for this one 🙂

Chase Baxter, Guitarist: “Musical influences from Ben Howard to Trevor Hall. Chase creates a cinematic atmosphere of instrumental loops and melodies. Join Chase at Wild Eye Pub on July 26th for some delicious food and a pleasantly unique acoustic experience!”

Jul
28
Sat
Gold Panning @ South Yuba River State Park
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Gold Panning at Bridgeport 018 Begins May 26Interested in trying your hand at Gold Panning? When you visit Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Park this summer, be sure to stop by the troughs near the Visitors Center.  Learn from docents how the old 49ers used simple pans to find hidden treasure in the shallows of the Yuba River.  After a panning demonstration, practice your technique in the troughs before heading down to the river to do your own prospecting. 

Docents at Bridgeport provide step-by-step panning lessons, share stories about the history of our area, and describe other ways the precious metal was extracted during the California Gold Rush, such as hard rock mining and hydraulic mining.  Gold panning is fun and educational for the entire family and kids get to keep the treasures they find in the troughs.

Docents offer gold panning demonstrations at Bridgeport from noon to 2:00 p.m. every weekend and holiday, beginning Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Gold panning sessions for private groups and school talks can be arranged at other times by prior reservation.  
Due to the anticipated bridge renovation and construction work beginning this summer at Bridgeport, please check our website http://www.southyubariverstatepark.org/ or call 530-432-2546 to be sure gold panning will be available.
 
Call the South Yuba River State Park for more information and private group reservations at (530) 432-2546.
 
Good times awaits you in the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport.
17660 PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD
PENN VALLEY, CA 95946

Photos by John Field

Movies Under the Pines @ Pioneer Park
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Movies Under the Pines @ Pioneer Park

MOVIES UNDER THE PINES

The Nevada City Film Festival and the City of Nevada City presents an outdoor cinema experience for the entire family.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Nevada City Film Festival presents Movies Under the Pines
WHEN: June 16, July 28, August 18, 2018, Gates 7:30pm, Film 8:30pm (or Dusk)
WHERE: Pioneer Park, Band Shell, Nevada City, CA
TICKETS:

Individual Films
$20 Family (of 4), $7 Adult, $5 Child 17 and under

Summer Pass (all 3 films)
$50 Family (of 4), $15 Adult, $10 Child 17 and under

Members of the Film Society receive $1 off per ticket. Interested in becoming a member click here.

Tickets are available online here or at the gate

For summer 2018, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) presents Movies Under the Pines, an outdoor cinema experience for the entire family, Saturdays, June 16, July 28 and Aug 18 at the Pioneer Park Bandshell in Nevada City.

NCFF carefully selects films that both kids and parents will enjoy. This year’s films include:

June 16 – Celebrate Father’s Day with The Great Outdoors (1988) directed by Howard Deutch, written by John Hughes. When an unannounced, uninvited and unwelcome family of fun-loving misfits converge upon a lakeside resort to join their relatives for a summer of relaxation, the result is anything but restful in this raucous comedy starring Dan Aykroyd, John Candy and Annette Bening.

July 28 – Karate Kid (1984) directed by John Avildsen and produced by Jerry Weintraub, and starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue, is an underdog story about a martial arts master who agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

August 18 – Best in Show (2000) is a “behind the scenes” look into the highly competitive and cut-throat world of dog-shows through the eyes of a group of ruthless dog owners. It is a fine example of writer-director-star Christopher Guest’s gift for improv comedy, Best in Show boasts an appealingly quirky premise and a brilliantly talented cast including Parker Posey, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, and more.

“Movies Under the Pines is one of those endearing and sweet community events that warms your heart. We wanted this year’s films to reflect that feeling,” says Jesse Locks, Festival Director. “It is so popular, we have people travel from all over to experience this movie magic in a beautiful outdoor setting,”

The film festival brings in state of the art projection and sound to create an outdoor movie theatre on the lawn at Pioneer Park.  Before each screening NCFF curates a special pre-show that includes screening local filmmakers works, movie trivia with fun festival prizes, and other events specific to each screening.

Beer, wine, popcorn, soft drinks, and ice cream available for purchase. Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks allowed. Outside alcoholic beverages prohibited.  Blankets and low back chairs are suggested.

Jul
29
Sun
Gold Panning @ South Yuba River State Park
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Gold Panning at Bridgeport 018 Begins May 26Interested in trying your hand at Gold Panning? When you visit Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Park this summer, be sure to stop by the troughs near the Visitors Center.  Learn from docents how the old 49ers used simple pans to find hidden treasure in the shallows of the Yuba River.  After a panning demonstration, practice your technique in the troughs before heading down to the river to do your own prospecting. 

Docents at Bridgeport provide step-by-step panning lessons, share stories about the history of our area, and describe other ways the precious metal was extracted during the California Gold Rush, such as hard rock mining and hydraulic mining.  Gold panning is fun and educational for the entire family and kids get to keep the treasures they find in the troughs.

Docents offer gold panning demonstrations at Bridgeport from noon to 2:00 p.m. every weekend and holiday, beginning Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Gold panning sessions for private groups and school talks can be arranged at other times by prior reservation.  
Due to the anticipated bridge renovation and construction work beginning this summer at Bridgeport, please check our website http://www.southyubariverstatepark.org/ or call 530-432-2546 to be sure gold panning will be available.
 
Call the South Yuba River State Park for more information and private group reservations at (530) 432-2546.
 
Good times awaits you in the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport.
17660 PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD
PENN VALLEY, CA 95946

Photos by John Field

Aug
4
Sat
Gold Panning @ South Yuba River State Park
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Gold Panning at Bridgeport 018 Begins May 26Interested in trying your hand at Gold Panning? When you visit Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Park this summer, be sure to stop by the troughs near the Visitors Center.  Learn from docents how the old 49ers used simple pans to find hidden treasure in the shallows of the Yuba River.  After a panning demonstration, practice your technique in the troughs before heading down to the river to do your own prospecting. 

Docents at Bridgeport provide step-by-step panning lessons, share stories about the history of our area, and describe other ways the precious metal was extracted during the California Gold Rush, such as hard rock mining and hydraulic mining.  Gold panning is fun and educational for the entire family and kids get to keep the treasures they find in the troughs.

Docents offer gold panning demonstrations at Bridgeport from noon to 2:00 p.m. every weekend and holiday, beginning Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Gold panning sessions for private groups and school talks can be arranged at other times by prior reservation.  
Due to the anticipated bridge renovation and construction work beginning this summer at Bridgeport, please check our website http://www.southyubariverstatepark.org/ or call 530-432-2546 to be sure gold panning will be available.
 
Call the South Yuba River State Park for more information and private group reservations at (530) 432-2546.
 
Good times awaits you in the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport.
17660 PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD
PENN VALLEY, CA 95946

Photos by John Field