Next up: Free birthday party and open house |

Next up: Free birthday party and open house

KVMR volunteer Sandy Brown designed this year's Grand 1st Prize raffle collection. Tickets are available at the station and at Saturday's 37th birthday celebration in Pioneer Park, Nevada City.
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With its California Worldfest broadcast in the rear view mirror, KVMR 89.5 FM is driving toward its 37th birthday celebration this Saturday in Pioneer Park and a Community Open House at its new building Wednesday.

To KVMR volunteer broadcaster Kim Rogers, the birthday bash was a no brainer.

“We had so much fun last year that we had to have another one,” she said with a smile.

So Rogers and a bevy of volunteers are putting on a free “Birthday Potluck BBQ & Acoustic Jam & Singalong” from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Park’s picnic grounds alongside Deer Creek.

According to Rogers, KVMR will provide some hamburgers and hot dogs and will have a barbecue available for other meat and food, with the eclectic, nonprofit Nevada City community radio station selling beer, wine, water and soft drinks.

There will be musical jam circles, with local musicians guiding things along.

“You can bring a potluck dish to share, but don’t let it hang you up,” Rogers added. “We encourage you bring your own cups, plates and utensils.”

“Oh, and bring something to sit on if you want to sit, your musical instruments if you’re a player, your voice if you like to sing, your good spirits and lovely faces, and the whole family.”

Whew, that about covers it.

Except for the raffle.

A tower of more than 30 items is the grand prize, with Celtic Festival tickets, gift certificates, books, recordings, KVMR “swag” among the winnings. A second and third prize will also be awarded.

Raffle tickets are available at the KVMR office, station outreach events and at the picnic.


KVMR is holding its third Community Open House since the radio station staff and broadcasters moved into their new facility back in February.

It’ll be part of the final downtown Nevada City Summer Nights event as the station — 120 Bridge St. at Spring Street just in back of the Nevada Theatre — invites the public to visit its new headquarters next Wednesday, between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

“Over a thousand folks have already been through our wonderful new home,” noted KVMR General Manage Julie Chiarelli. “But we want to open our doors to even more of our friends, neighbors and people who may not even be aware of us.”

Volunteer broadcasters will conduct guided tours of the station’s three floors.

Meanwhile, just across the street, KVMR and the Miner’s Foundry will be celebrating the arts organizations’ “Bridge Street Connection” at a special musical stage in the Foundry parking lot.

Sgt. Funky — a local band that plays music of the ‘60s and ‘70s — will be performing “the hits you forgot you loved” between 6 and 9 p.m.

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