Community gathering event to take over Commercial Street in Nevada City |

Community gathering event to take over Commercial Street in Nevada City

The six-day Yuba Village Building Convergence kicks off Tuesday with a free community potluck and Summer Solstice ceremony at Pioneer Park in Nevada City.

The convergence will feature a mix of free and paid workshops and events throughout the week with the intention of building connections among Nevada County residents. The event will take over Commercial Street from Friday through Sunday and will transform the roadway into a community gathering space.

"There aren't a lot of opportunities in our modern society to run into people and sit down with them spontaneously," said Alli Gallixsee, a spokesperson for Yuba Village. "We want to create spaces where people can authentically connect and gather with their families and meet new friends."

The event will feature a variety "placemaking" workshops, where attendees can learn how to build gathering spaces in their neighborhoods and plan community projects.

"We're bringing these fantastic speakers to teach place-making skills to our community so that projects can start to happen all over town," said Gallixsee.

The Village Building Convergence will also host permaculture workshops lead by Penny Livingston, Starhawk, Rowen White and Don Tipping, along with Qi Gong and yoga classes, ecstatic dance events, and musical performances by a variety of local and international musicians.

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On Friday night, Emily's Catering & Cakes will cook a farm-to-table feast with locally sourced ingredients that will be served at outdoor tables set up on Commercial Street, followed by a presentation from keynote speaker Mark Lakeman, who founded the Portland Village Building Convergence.

Local band Samba Drop will play a full samba performance in the street and lead a parade that will end at The Haven, where more music will wrap up the night.

Presale tickets and a full schedule of events are available through the Yuba Village website at

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email or call 530-477-4231.

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