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Bringing the party: LA band Ozomatli headlines California WorldFest Day at fairgrounds (PHOTO GALLERY)

The band Ozomatli, along with members of the band Pamyua, play together on stage during one of the final performances of the night on Saturday at WorldFest Day in Grass Valley.
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Saritah opens up for California WorldFest Day Saturday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
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Ozomatli bass guitarist Wil-Dog Abers picks up a percussion instrument to play during Saturday night’s WorldFest Day performance.
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WorldFest Day attendees danced to the music of Ozomatli and others during the one-day event Saturday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
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Multi-instrumentalist Asdru Sierra on trumpet, and Ulises Bella on saxophone, help entertain the WoldFest crowd as part of the Los Angeles-based band Ozomatli.
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People applaud performances from their designated viewing area at WorldFest Day.
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Hundreds of people danced to the sounds of Saritah, Pamyua, and Ozomatli, which closed out the one-day WorldFest Day concert.
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Alaskan-based band Pamyua gets the crowd ready for Ozomatli.
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Ozomatli band members lead the audience to the middle of the lawn during the final song of the evening.
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People enjoyed an evening out on the greens of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, where Ozomatli headlined WorldFest Day.
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Members of the band Pamyua jam together with the band Ozomatli during the final few songs of Saturday’s WorldFest Day at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
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Bass guitarist Will-Dog Abers points to a member of the band Ozomatli during Saturday night’s WorldFest Day performance.
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Asdru Sierra plays the trumpet as part of Ozomatli.
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Hundreds of people danced to the sounds of Saritah, Pamyua, and Ozomatli, which closed out the one-day WorldFest Day concert at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Saturday evening.
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The return of Summer Nights: Nevada City street fair returns post-pandemic

Hundreds of people took to the streets of historic downtown Nevada City for the first Summer Nights event in Nevada City in two years. It featured a classic car show, food and craft booths, as well as live music from various entertainers. Two more Summer Nights in Nevada City events are scheduled: this coming Wednesday, as well as July 28.
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A stage set up in front of Elixart allowed for a musical sendoff to the business’ New York Hotel location.
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Face painters took to their craft during Summer Nights in Nevada City for the first time since 2019. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic.
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Broad Street through downtown Nevada City is shut down to vehicle traffic as the Summer Nights in Nevada City event takes over, bringing hundreds of people downtown.
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Pedestrians crowd Pine Street and some of the vendor booths set up during Wednesday’s Summer Nights event in Nevada City.
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Summer Nights in Nevada City takes place for two more weeks this year: this coming Wednesday and July 28.
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The sun begins to set over Broad Street in downtown Nevada City, where a majority of the Summer Nights event takes place.
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Musicians perform in front of the ‘Uba Seo Gallery during Wednesday’s Summer Nights in Nevada City.
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The sun sets over Broad Street in downtown Nevada City, where a majority of the Summer Nights event takes place.
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Movies Under the Pines back at Pioneer Park (PHOTO GALLERY)

With lawn chairs and blankets, people came out Saturday evening to Pioneer Park for the second installment of the Nevada City Film Festival’s Movies Under the Pines. The film “Jurassic Park” was shown. The outdoor summer movie screenings conclude with next month’s showing of “Rogue One” on Aug. 13. Tickets are $8 or $30 for a family of four. For more details visit nevadacityfilmfestival.com.
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People wait in line for their popcorn and other snacks before the start of the movie.
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People begin to fill up the space in front of the Pioneer Park band shell in Nevada City, where the Nevada City Film Festival is hosting Movies Under the Pines this year.
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People secure their spots and get ready for the start of Movies Under the Pines, projected on the 30-foot inflatable movie screen set up in Nevada City’s Pioneer Park.
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Now showing: Sierra Theaters celebrates soft opening in Grass Valley (PHOTO GALLERY)

Sierra Theaters opens its doors to movie-goers for the first time in almost a year Friday with its downtown Del Oro Theater and Sutton Cinemas in the Glenbrook Basin both showing new movie titles. Unvaccinated guests are still required to wear face coverings, but may remove them while eating and drinking in the auditorium. Beyond that, the movie-going experience will feel much the same as it always has, according to owner Azriel LaMarca.
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People line up outside of Sutton Cinemas in Grass Valley’s Glenbrook Basin Friday afternoon after the theater opened for the first time in months. Tickets are available at the box office only during the first week of showings.
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Grass Valley’s Faith Collins and Israel Gabriel were happy to be some of the first movie-goers back in the auditorium at the Del Oro Theater. The couple shared popcorn and drinks from the snack bar and watched “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.“
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People rush to their seats at the Del Oro Theater in downtown Grass Valley which began regular showings of new release films Friday afternoon with “Spirit Untamed,“ “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,“ and “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.“ “In The Heights“ and “A Quiet Place Part 2“ are being shown at Sutton Cinemas.
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Smiling faces could be seen in and out of Sierra Theater’s Del Oro Theater and Sutton Cinemas during the first day back open Friday afternoon.
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Grass Valley’s Conni Barker picks up some popcorn and drinks for her family before heading in to the matinee showing of “In The Heights“ Friday at Sutton Cinemas in Grass Valley.
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People find their seats during the previews for a feature film being shown Friday at Sutton Cinemas in Grass Valley.
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The show must go on: Music teachers take on new skills, tactics amid pandemic

Video of Nevada Union High School choir students’ songs are recorded onto a single track, where the class can be heard singing as one. Choir director Rod Baggett has used this system to be able to keep choir alive during the COVID-19 restrictions.
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Effective teaching is essentially a performance art. Amid a period of mandated remote instruction, performing arts teachers are faced with a particular challenges..

For example, vocal and instrumental music teachers must find ways to get students to adapt correct posture, master finger placement, and learn to breathe from the diaphragm. These details help beginners to optimize their performance — but for the instructors, it can be difficult to assess students’ progress on Zoom.

Nevertheless, performing arts instructors are adapting to the complications presented by remote teaching. They are learning to experiment with technology and to creative new approaches to help their students become performers.

Rod Baggett, a veteran Nevada Union High School choir teacher, is used to putting in more than a 40-hour work week. While the instructional day may officially end at 3 p.m., he continues to work for hours — planning classes; organizing group performance tours abroad and summer choir camps; and hosting supplemental practices for impending concerts.

Now, during the pandemic, Baggett said he has traded in his role as tour manager for video and audio producer.

“Kids sing the alto part, the soprano part, bass part and the tenor part,” he said. “I’m going through all those individual parts live, but then I’ve already created those same things digitally online so they can practice on their own.”

Like most teachers in his district, Baggett livestreamed his lesson via Zoom during class from the onset of the pandemic until March.

Even now that class convenes in person, Baggett concludes the work day by creating digital content his students can use to practice remotely. Accompanied by a pianist, Baggett pre-records himself playing guitar and then singing each part.

Baggett, who has spent the last 24 years of his 32-year teaching career at Nevada Union High School after his father retired from the position after 36 years, said navigating COVID-19 has become all about resourcefulness and creative solutions.

“The girls’ parts are too high for me to sing,“ he explained. ”It’s too complicated to bring someone in, so I sing in a lower octave and then tweak it up so I sound like a little boy.“

Baggett said students do not enroll in choir to sing alone in their room.

Despite his best efforts, Baggett said he is sometimes unsure if he is having an effect because some students opt to leave their cameras off during class.

MUSIC: A SOURCE OF COMMUNITY

Nevada Union choir instructor Rod Baggett demonstrates how he has had to interact with his students during the coronavirus pandemic. Baggett conducts to his students via a recording that they use to record themselves singing and then send back to him.
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Lena Meyer, who teaches band to sixth to eighth graders in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, concurs.

“People sign up for band so they can be in a group,” Meyer said. “Not just musically, but so they can be with their friends.”

Meyer said music is “one of the last analog subjects“ students have in the reality of 2021.

“It’s just you and the object you’re playing,” Meyers said. “I’ll be happy to get the screen out of there soon.”

Although in-person music instruction remains the ideal, Meyers said she was grateful to hire someone to produce virtual band concerts for her classes.

Meyers said that by early spring, her students were fading. Their final video performance piece is meant to give them something tangible they can be proud of during a weird year-long void of public ceremony.

“I don’t know how it will sound in the end, but we needed this,” Meyers said. “It gave us a reason to work on something, to have them ask questions and help each other.”

Meyers said the video project evolved as school pandemic-related restrictions loosened.

“Originally, we were going to play the piece just using percussion, then that changed when we could play band instruments outside, then it changed to inside and having the kids in at five days a week,” Meyers said.

Nevada Union choir instructor Rod Baggett has been doing what he can to give his students and their parents some sort of choir and performance experience by compiling recordings of the students into one video.
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SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT

Nevada Union choir teacher Baggett had a quarter of the current academic year left when he met his freshman class face to face.

Public gatherings are still technically prohibited, so most California public school choirs will not conclude the year with an expected concert.

Instead, Baggett is compiling the singers’ faces and voices to offer parents and community members a chance to hear and watch their child perform in accordance with COVID-19 school safety protocols.

Baggett said his proficiency in audio and video production has helped create something his students can be proud of, but the wavering voices of students recording themselves alone — as opposed to a group setting during choir class — have tested his technical editing skills.

“I have to go through this whole process to make it sound right to the ears,” Baggett said. “So I get all this created with a video of me conducting. I conduct to my recorded tracks that I already made — I put in my headphones, listen to the track that I’ve made, then I conduct to the camera and film myself.”

Then Baggett pairs the video with the pre-recorded audio and posts it to a student-accessible website.

In spite of all of Baggett’s efforts in and out of the digitized classrooms, the choir director said his students don’t want to sing — let alone record themselves — solo.

“I think people have a misconception that everyone is sitting on camera totally engaged,” Baggett said of the majority of students in his Zoom classes. “They’re not engaged and they’re not on camera — most of them — that’s why I’ve made these rehearsal tracks.”

Baggett said he sees students far before the average day’s required communication warms up their vocal chords under the hybrid learning model.

“I’m not deluded in thinking they’ll sing their best at 8:30 in the morning,” Baggett said. “Who will sing loudly at 8:30 in the morning when their brother is taking a class next door?”

Baggett shows how he syncs up the different recording tracks that his choir students send him and puts together as one.
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Natalia Tomasello, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s Alder Creek Middle School band teacher, said she had some students who dropped the class altogether so as not to disturb sleeping parents who work third shift.

The return to communal singing, fluting and tooting was a relief for many whose home environment was too chaotic to record, let alone practice at ease.

Meyers, the other Tahoe Truckee Unified School District teacher, said her program saw a definite hit since the pandemic’s onset. Meyers said her 165-member band in 2019-20 dropped to 105 students after many quit over the summer.

Meyers said her youngest — and bravest — students are in sixth grade.

“It takes extra dedication to be a beginner on your band instrument over the computer,” Meyers said.

Meyers said she believes in the uplifting effect of the melodies themselves, but said activating and validating a budding musician’s sense of worth and accomplishment is where the value of band class truly shines.

“When I was a seventh grader and I joined band, I was very insecure,” Meyers explained. “I didn’t talk to anyone in school unless they talked to me first.”

Over the course of time, Meyers inadvertently cultivated friendships through her participation.

“It felt good to be wanted and to be needed,” Meyers said, adding, “to say ’We’re making this awesome piece, keep at it — you’ll get it if you keep trying, use more air, try it again’ and ’there it is.’”

Alder Creek Middle School band director Tomasello said her growth mindset-oriented teaching attitude has opted to highlight the year’s positives.

“With band it’s very unique,” Tomasello said of the educator’s pandemic-affected teaching process. “It’s definitely a challenge picking up an instrument and teaching them how to put it together, make sure their hands are in the right spots.”

Tomasello said arts instruction might be undervalued in the world of standard testing, but playing an instrument adds dimension to student’s lives while teaching them hand-eye coordination and the value of of hard work.

“It gives students an opportunity to be well rounded,” Tomasello said. “They may not study it in college, but they have to walk in and know how to set up their instrument, breathe and play at the same time.”

Tomasello said the way music challenges and plays with its creator is an opportunity for connection and education.

“Music makes us feel joy, it drives our creative capacity,” Tomasello said, adding, “so, yeah, even if it’s challenging, the performing arts should be supported in the pandemic because it gives a certain group of kids the drive to go to school as part of a team, a group, a culture.”

Tomasello said she kept her lessons short and tracked their pace.

“Simple expectations, simple instruction,” Tomasello said.

Whether Tomasello’s students played her a measure, a song or just talked, she checked in with them individually every class day.

Unlike Baggett, who estimates his west county high school students learned a dozen songs this year as opposed to their usual 30 due to “learning loss,” Tomasello said her band members just became well enough acquainted with their instruments to learn a couple before the year’s end.

Nevada Union High School choir director Rod Baggett uses a cell phone and a ring light to record himself lip syncing songs while piano accompaniment is played in the background. Baggett then sends the recordings to his students and they send theirs back, allowing the class to take place in some form during the pandemic.
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WATCH THE VIDEO

Search www.youtube.com for “Alder Creek Megaforce!” to see a video of a joint virtual ensemble.

 

‘Celebrated and showcased’: Local student art to be showcased in Young at Art exhibition through May 21

Artwork from an Alta Sierra Elementary School second-grade class is displayed at the “Young at Art” exhibition at the Eric Rood Administrative Center.
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Art and writing by a second-grade class at Deer Creek School are displayed in this year’s “Young at Art” exhibition, which will be open through May 21.

The annual “Young at Art” exhibition at the Eric Rood Administrative Center is off to a successful start, according to Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Arts Coordinator Kimberly Ewing.

The exhibition features art from local TK-12 students along the building’s upstairs landing and second-floor hallway walls, and will remain up for display through May 21. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This annual event is held in celebration of Youth Arts Month, a national event designated by the Council for Art Education.

Teachers at both public and private schools were able to submit their students’ artwork for exhibition, and according to Ewing, “generally, most schools and most districts participate.”

While the county, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, and Nevada County Arts Council have been collaborating on this event for over a decade, according to Ewing, this year’s preparations brought some unique challenges.

“It’s been happening … for so many years now, it’s kind of clockwork, except for this year has been very challenging and people were still not sure that we were going to get to do it,” said Ewing.

She explained that, due to the pandemic, there were initially concerns regarding the crowding the event could encourage, but that the Board of Supervisors ultimately approved it.

“Everybody has been really cooperative on a very challenging year where everybody is overworked, so I’m just really appreciative that everybody said yes to this, so that the kids feel celebrated and showcased,” she said.

Some of the modifications made to accommodate COVID-19 precautions were the cancellation of the usual grand opening gathering, which Ewing said normally draws “a couple hundred” people, and a designated schedule for those bringing the art in for each school, made to ensure only one or two people were there putting up art at one time.

In addition, according to a press release, masks and physical distancing are required when visiting the exhibition.

This year is also the first in which the submitted art has been added to an online slideshow, making the exhibition available for viewing without visiting in person.

“We wanted people to enjoy the art and just see that kids were still creating even though it’s been a very challenging year,” said Ewing.

Victoria Penate is a staff writer for The Union. She can be reached at vpenate@theunion.com.

Slush Puppies: Couple offers Sierra tours led by sled dogs

For many kids who grew up in the 1990s, the animated film “Balto” made an impact.

The film follows a half-wolf, half-husky on his journey of leading a sled team pulling a treatment for diphtheria across Alaska.

While most kids who watched the film had dreams about owning a brave mutt that would pull them across a snowy landscape, Alyssa Martin made that dream a reality.

Martin, who grew up in Truckee, used to watch shows on PBS about Alaskan sled dogs.

“I think I was about three years old when I told my mom I was going to miss her when I moved to Alaska with my dog,” Martin said. “I didn’t realize you could just do that in California.”

Shortly after watching “Balto,” Martin started her first “team,” which consisted of her little brother and their Labrador being attached with jump ropes and leading her.

She bought an actual harness from a local dog store and started doing research on training. When she was 10, her grandparents bought her a sled, and by 12 she was running dogs.

Martin’s partner, Rohn Buser, grew up with sled dogs in Alaska. Now, they own 13 dogs and run the company Sierra Husky Tours.

They describe Sierra Husky Tours as “a group of happy huskies who love sharing their adventure.”

Each winter, Martin, Buser and the 13 dogs lead two-hour tours around Lake Davis near Portola.

“It’s just so quiet and beautiful,” Martin said about why she likes leading the tours. “You can go out on a snowmobile, but it’s loud and you’re moving too fast to really see anything and that’s why I love dog mushing.”

“I don’t think there is anything better than going out in the snow behind a team of dogs,” Martin added. “It’s so peaceful and it’s so much fun to watch them do what they love to do.”

HISTORY

According to Outdoor Dog World, people have been dog sledding since about 2000 B.C. Mainly, Inuit and native peoples from northern regions such as current day Canada, Greenland and Siberia have been using sled dogs to transport food and supplies.

The first dog sled race was in 1850 from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to St. Paul, Minnesota. One of the most famous dog sled races, the Iditarod, travels 975 miles from Anchorage to Nome. The Iditarod trail was frequently used for transport during World War I and II, but is most famous for being the route lead dog Balto and lead dog Togo took to bring the diphtheria serum to Nome.

A team consists of a lead dog or dogs (there can be two lead dogs at a time) which are in front, team dogs in the middle and wheel dogs that are directly in front of the sled which help pull the sled out from and around corners or trees.

Martin and Buser’s dogs consist of lead dogs Porsche, Fiddler, Inca, and Ruger; team dogs Strider, Punzel, Zelda, Kybur, Lobo, Bolt and Aleu; and wheel dogs Finnick and Diesel.

Malamute and huskies are the traditional sled dogs. Malamutes are bigger and stronger, so they are usually used to pull heavier loads over long distances.

Siberian huskies are long distance runners, but Martin describes them as “free-thinkers,” while Alaskan huskies are a little smaller and more willing to please their owners. Both breeds have a thick, double coat which keeps them warm in the snow.

Martin and Buser have a combination of Siberian and Alaskan huskies.

Martin said they don’t always run all of the dogs at once. It depends on the weather and snow conditions.

“You know how we get the Sierra cement, so if the snow is really sticky, we will take out 12,” Martin said. “If it’s more icy, if the snow is firmer, the sled glides over it easier.”

She also said it depends on the weight of the load on the sled. She’s smaller than Buser, so if it’s just her and one other person, they don’t need as many dogs. The sleds can accommodate a total family weight limit of 400 pounds.

Martin and Buser have a doubler driver sled, which allows one of the guests to stand at the handlebars to give them a more authentic experience. In front of the drivers is the basket, which holds the other adult and two kids.

The tours run for two hours. It starts with the guests getting to meet and pet the dogs while Martin and Buser explain the sled. They have several different trails around the lake they can take and if they are really lucky, they can go over the lake.

They also only run one tour a day so as to not tire out the dogs.

Even when there isn’t snow on the ground, the dogs are getting plenty of exercise. Martin and Buser regularly take the dogs out paddle boarding and running. They will practice making turns and listening to commands while attached to the harness even when there isn’t snow.

While Sierra Husky Tours is fun for Martin to run, she said these dogs are first and foremost their pets.

“They are all family dogs.”

To sign up for a tour, visit www.sierrahuskytours.com.

This article appears in the winter 2020 edition of Tahoe Magazine.

A team consists of a lead dog or dogs (there can be two lead dogs at a time) which are in front, team dogs in the middle and wheel dogs that are directly in front of the sled which help pull the sled out from and around corners or trees.
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Martin’s partner, Rohn Buser, grew up with sled dogs in Alaska. Now, they own 13 dogs and run the company Sierra Husky Tours.
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Martin and Buser have a doubler driver sled, which allows one of the guests to stand at the handlebars to give them a more authentic experience. In front of the drivers is the basket, which holds the other adult and two kids.
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Nevada County Camera Club photos on display at Nevada City Picture Framing

Nevada County Camera Club is proud to host the “Glories of Fall Color” exhibit from today through the end of January at Nevada City Picture Framing and Restoration on Searls Ave in Nevada City announced Ellen Davis, Gallery Coordinator.

“This show was initiated to brighten our outlook after months of COVID issues and quarantine. There are 27 framed photos to peruse and/or purchase. Photos range from realistic to abstract, all brilliant with the oranges, yellows and golds of fall color from many beautiful locations. And again we would like to thank Melissa Goldman, owner of Nevada City Picture Framing and Restoration for her enthusiasm as host for these exhibits,” said Davis.

Goldman would also like to remind photographers and those seeking a special holiday gift that a unique frame for a memorable photograph or artwork might be the perfect solution.

“But to get the framing done in time, you need to bring your art in soon. Or you can purchase a gift certificate to complete the framing after the first of the year,” said Goldman. “And please remember to wear your mask in the store.”

For more information on Nevada County Camera Club visit http://www.nccameraclub.com.

For more information on Nevada City Picture Framing and Restoration visit http://nevadacitypictureframing.com or call 530-478-1990.

Source: Nevada County Camera Club

The Center for the Arts wants to help you shop local

The Center’s Annual Holiday Art Market features goods from local artists, and is just in time for the holidays. Ceramics, paintings, stone carvings, and more will be featured as part of this beloved annual sale. This year, The Center is limiting capacity, requiring masks and checking temperatures for all retail shoppers entering the building. The Backstage Bar will be open in the lower parking lot, weather permitting. Socially distancing will be strictly enforced inside and outside of The Center.

“We want to support local artisans affected by COVID,” says Executive Director Amber Jo Manuel. “And we hope that the community will consider buying holiday gifts made from a local artist. They need us more than ever.” Shoppers can reserve an hour time block on Saturday, Dec. 19, or Sunday, Dec. 20, between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also just show up, but due to capacity limitations priority will be provided to those with a reservation.

The Center is in the middle of a special End of Year Membership Drive. Become a member while visiting the Holiday Art Market and get entered into a raffle to win a goody basket filled with gifts from the featured artists. Center memberships help to support important community programs like Family Fun Day, youth arts education, From The Center broadcasts, art exhibits and more.

Visitors to the Holiday Art Market will be able to explore works made from many local artists. Thomas Haddy turns stones such as Alabaster, Talc, Soapstone and Brucite into unique vessels. Suzanne Christ Burr creates one of a kind felt scarves and shawls. Katie Wolff paints portraits, pets and sentimental items. Jay Gordin creates knives and cutting tools that are as artful as they are functional.

Clay artist Pam Montalbano specializes in throwing and altering, she is currently working with porcelain and gas reduction firing. Stephanie Adam’s Pickle Pottery and Paul Steege’s Sweetland Pottery will also be featured at The Center’s Holiday Art Market. You can also support a couple of local young artists, Everett Noel creates custom knives and his brother, Bay Noel, is a woodworker.

The Center for the Arts wants to help you shop local and support local artists. Special Extended Weekend Sale hours at The Center are Saturday, Dec. 19, and Sunday, Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Reservations help The Center to ensure limited capacity and a safe shopping experience. Make a reservation to shop at the Holiday Art Market online at thecenterforthearts.org.

Family Fun Day goes virtual Saturday

The Center for the Arts is presenting its first-ever Virtual Family Fun Day on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. There will be entertainment from the Traveling Lantern Theater Group, Air Aligned, crafts with Nancy Schaefer, and a special performance by Fancifool: KIDS! It’s all happening online. Parents can RSVP for free at thecenterforthearts.org to get more information about tuning in.

Fancifool: KIDS! is a fun show about love and caring. It’s fun and exciting to learn new things about other people, and appreciate what makes each of us different and special. From Ananda Bena-Weber, the creator of the award-winning show, Fancifool!, Fancifool: KIDS! is educational fun for the whole family.

It wouldn’t be a Family Fun Day without crafts. Create a winter wonderland in a waterless snow globe with Nancy Schaefer. Nancy teaches third and fourth graders in the Grass Valley and Penn Valley School Districts. She also teaches a variety of painting classes with ArtsCool at ASiF, and at the Northern California Center for the Arts. Visit thecenterforthearts.org for a list of recommended supplies which will be helpful to have on hand during the live stream event.

AirAligned teaches and performs as a theatrical aerial dance group. Productions are beautifully choreographed and athletically executed. For Family Fun Day, viewers will enjoy a winter-themed performance by students who recently completed our Fall Aerial Class here at The Center.

Virtual Family Fun Day also includes a special performance of Ebenezer Scrooge. The classic tale of a miser’s redemption. Ebenezer Scrooge is a nasty, mean and snarling old geezer, with no care for anything other than his money. His one and only friend visits him as a ghost, and starts him on a journey that melts his icy heart, and teaches him the joys of caring for, and giving to others. Performed by Traveling Lantern Theatre Group.

This Family Fun Day is dedicated to the memory of Carolyn Twing. The Twing family has been integral in creating and sustaining the Family Fun Day series. Their dedication to the youth of this community, and to their access to the arts is inspiring. They attended so many Family Fun Days and watched many children experience the arts for the first time. We appreciate their support and offer Gary our deepest sympathy. Carolyn will be missed.

Offered four times a year, these are free events geared toward families and introduce many young children in our community to their first arts experience. We offer families the opportunity to participate in healthy art-based activities together, such as face painting, theater, and other fun entertainment. This year the event will be streaming live online. Families can RSVP for free at thecenterforthearts.org.

Source: The Center for the Arts