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Lorraine Gervais is among the featured performers for this year’s A Weekend of Giving today and Sunday at venues around Nevada County.
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In his eighth year producing a music concert benefiting local homeless and Hospitality House, Mikail Graham teamed up with the Center for the Arts to move and expand the annual “A Night of Giving” today to downtown Grass Valley.

This year, the eighth annual A Night of Giving has morphed into A Weekend of Giving with three nights of concerts Friday, today and Sunday. The cost for each concert is a suggested $20 donation.

“After seven years of having this event in Nevada City, I felt it was time to change things up a bit and see how we could reach out to even more of the entire community,” Graham said.



Graham, a third-generation native of Nevada City, was a founding broadcaster of KVMR. He has coordinated musical events since the early 1970s, currently plays with several local bands and is the house sound manager at The Center for the Arts.

Started in 2006, A Night of Giving attracts musicians, poets and storytellers together to raise awareness and money for Hospitality House, a nonprofit community shelter for the homeless in Nevada County. Utah Phillips, the late folksinger and poet, helped found Hospitality House.




In eight years, more than 100 local and regional performers have participated in what has become a much-anticipated hometown Christmas party.

For the first time, today’s “main giving” event will be at The Center for the Arts with performances on both the Main Stage Theater and Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. From 4 to 10 p.m., this event will showcase a diverse lineup of Nevada County performers such as Lorraine Gervais and her Motown Revue, the Earles of Newtown, Molly Fisk, Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin and more. Food will be available for $5 a plate from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Drinks will be available at a no-host bar.

Sunday’s program will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley with a holiday classics program featuring InConcert Sierra Master Chorale, former Music In The Mountains conductor and founder Paul Perry, Rod Baggett and the NUHS choir and Daniel Zuckerman and Friends, plus excerpts from MiM’s Young Composers.

Suggested donation for advance tickets is $20. Children ages 12 and younger are free. Tickets for both remaining events will be available at BriarPatch Co-op. Tickets for Saturday’s event are available online at: http://thecenterforthearts.org/

Hospitality House is a nonprofit organization made up of a coalition of faith groups, community organizations, volunteers and local businesspeople. Its mission is to provide a compassionate place of rest, sustenance, and dignity for those who are temporarily without homes. The community shelter began operating year-round in September 2011.


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