Art listings: July 31, 2008 |

Art listings: July 31, 2008


31. July

Intermediate Salsa

Salsa Sierra, 8 – 9 p.m. Call 477-0767.

Classes in Porcelain

Dolls and More, 9:30 a.m. Ð 11:30 a.m. Thursday; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., 11300 Via Vista, Nevada City. All ages welcome. 265-9299.

Art Show

Oil painter Jan Newell displays a collection of flora and fauna as she paints on the patio. View during business hours. Broad Street Bistro and Books, 426 Broad St., Nevada City, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call 273-5876.

Big Bucks Bingo

For the whole community. Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. with regular bingo following. Food and drinks available for purchase beginning at 5 p.m. Big Bucks Bingo is held the last Thursday in months with five Thursdays. Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 109 So. Church Street, Grass Valley 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Call 273-9228.

Mill Street Certified Farmers Market

Farm fresh produce, live music, fresh baked bread, art, craft, health and wellness, festival food, street cafes. Mill Street, downtown Grass Valley, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 265-9495.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

“Summer in Hannibal” was written by Mila Johansen from Mark Twain’s classic book. Special performance at 10 a.m. today for all area summer schools, youth day care, youth/senior organizations and family groups, etc., by reservation only, $4 a person. Other times: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $4-$9; two-for-one discount for children 12 and under. Advance tickets at The Book Seller, Record Connection, BriarPatch and box office. The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 273-4254 or 277-7100.

Front Porch Hootenanny

Promoting peace through music, we’ll be bringing our singing voices and instruments to Main Street during Grass Valley’s Thursday Markets. Song sheets welcome! Peace Center of Nevada County, 316 W. Main St., Grass Valley 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Call 273-4030.

Of Wheel and Water

Alternative/indie/freak folk duo will perform at the Thursday Night Market. Mill and West Main streets, downtown Grass Valley, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Call 478-7789.

Goldancers Squaredance Club of Nevada City

6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., advanced workshop; 7-9:30 p.m., plus tips and advanced tips. Caller: Scott Pearce. Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Lane, Grass Valley. For more information, call 432-3173 or 272-2445.

Beginning Flamenco Dance

Classes taught by Drea Pacot, Echappe Dance Studio, 7:15-8:30 p.m. $15 per class. 763B S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. 470-8817.

“The Complete History of America (Abridged)”

Voters need to take a critical look at our past and analyze the unique history that has shaped the nation we live in today. This zany play does that in something akin to The Daily Show meets the Marx Brothers. Air conditioned theater. Presented by Foothill Theatre Company. Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City 7 p.m. Call 265-8587.


1. Aug

Community Open Ceramic Studio

Open to the community, no membership required. Complete ceramics lab in a serene, communal, creative environment. Clay, tools and bisqueware for sale at the studio. $15 all day. AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Call 274-7000.

Dying for “Breaking Dawn” Release Party

The next book in Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling “Twilight” series will hit stores Aug. 2. We invite teen fans to join us at the Auburn Library Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. for a release party. Play “Twilight” series trivia, take a personality test to see which character you are most like, and come dressed in your best vampire or goth attire to participate in our costume contest. Plus other games and activities, snacks and a chance to be the first person to check the book out from the library. Brought to you by Placer County Library Teen Advisory Board; sponsored by Friends of the Auburn Library. At the Auburn Library, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Call 886-4520.

Open Showing

The Movement Alliance School of Dance presents a casual showing of the classes offered at Nevada City’s newest dance school. View the dances and give feedback as to class times that are good for families for our fall schedule. Free. Come build community! Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Call 263-8467.

Intermediate Salsa

Salsa Sierra, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 477-0767.

Imaginarium Sky Show

Hosted by the Imaginarium’s “Astro Guy” Wayne Watson. Observations will include Venus, Jupiter, Milky Way and the early stages of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Sky Show will be held at Tobiassen Park in Nevada City, near the Madelyn Helling Library. Exit Highway 49 at the Rood Center. Park in the library parking lot and walk up the road about 100 yards to the baseball field. Bring a blanket and chair. 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Call 478-6415.

Art Show: Oil Painter Jan Newell

See Thursday listing.

“Summer in Hannibal”

See Thursday listing.

APPLE/UUCM Monthly Movie Night

“Sustainable Connections: Transforming a Community through Local Business.” Inspiring and informative 30-minute filmed conversation with Michelle Long, produced by Peak Moment Television, followed by a 10-minute video of what’s happening on the ground in Bellingham, Wash. Presented by Alliance for a Post Petroleum Local Economy and The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. Suggested donation of $3-$5. Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Call 432-0991.

Local Wine Tasting

Kicking off the Eat Local Challenge, tasting several wines from Avanguardia of Nevada City and Ramey Schulten of Oregon House; $5 includes hors d’oeuvres. BriarPatch Co-op Community Room, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Call 271-2034.

Living Room One-Act Plays

Sit under the stars for an evening of one-act plays at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center Amphitheater. Directors John Deaderick and Michael Baranowski have assembled wacky, surprising and provocative entertainment. Four weekend performances are scheduled, Aug. 1 and 2, 8 and 9, all at 8 p.m. Players include Roo Contada, Peggy Dart, Marion Jeffrey, Jimmy McCammon, Ken Miele, Janis Johnson and Harriet Totten. Audience can bring lawn chairs, bleacher seating also available. $10 ($12 on the Aug. 8 performance, which includes a special presentation by Le Troupe de Trash). Adult content, mature audiences only. This event is a fundraiser for the Cultural Center. North Columbia Schoolhouse, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 265-2826.

“Summer of Love”

Shows Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. through August 16. $23 Friday, $25 Saturday. Starring Sue LeGate, Chris Crockett, Greg Gavin and Dave Halford. Ronnie Sprague and the Steel Sleve Band recreate the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival as a tribute to Ronnie’s idol, Janis Joplin. Visit Off Broadstreet Theater, 305 Commercial St., Nevada City, 8:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. Call 265-8686.

“The Complete History of America (Abridged)”

8 p.m. See Thursday listing for description.

Oil Painting with Lew Toll

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 274-7000.

Portrait Painting in Oil

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Call 274-7000.


2. Aug

Double Oak Vineyards and Winery

Wine tasting, picnicking and tours. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Improvers’ Nation: No Memorization

Two shows, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. An audience-interactive comedy improvisation show with an undertone of political satire. $7 at the door. Cookies, soda, water and T-shirts available. Off Center Stage (behind The Center for the Arts), 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley. Call 274-8384.

Squaw Valley Mountain Run

A benefit for junior ski programs and cancer research. Celebrate life and take the challenge to run or hike the 3.6 miles from The Village at Squaw Valley up to High Camp. Party at the top and take the cable car back down. A 3-mile flower walk is also an option. Registration includes a cable car ride to High Camp and a guided flower hike. Squaw Valley 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit

Nevada City Contra Dance

Sponsored by Foothill Country Dancers. Live music by Hot Cider. No partner necessary; all dances taught; beginners welcome. A fun, easy-to-learn, community-style dance rooted in the New England folk tradition. First Saturday of every month except November and December at 8 p.m. Newcomer orientation, 7:30 p.m. $8, $7 with membership. Visit Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring Street, Nevada City 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 273-3934.

Ballroom Dancing

Every Saturday to the sounds of Rich Page on sax and Wally on keyboard. Cha cha, rumba, jive, foxtrot and waltz. Free lesson 1st and 3rd Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dance lessons on Mondays at 7 p.m. Open to all ages. Singles or couples, nonmembers welcome. Contact Sydney for more information at 272-4190 for Saturdays and Arney at 277-7656 for lessons. Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Intermediate Salsa

Salsa Sierra, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 477-0767.

Harmonius Combustion with Friends and Family

This local a capella trio – Nan Geary, Mary Walker and Linda Girton – with guest artists Steve Noonan, singer-songwriter, one of the original Orange County Three (Jackson Browne, Tim Buckley and Steve Noonan). Composer of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s first hit “Buy for Me the Rain.” Michaelray Cox, traveling musician from Idaho, “All the acoustic news that fits.” Catherina Girton, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter, also a senior at N.U., well worth a listen. Bob Sheffer, singing and playing folk and country since the 1950’s. $10 at the door. Rough and Ready Grange Hall, 14550 Rough and Ready Highway, Rough and Ready, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Call 265-5712.

Loose Change Blues Band

BBQ and blues, music, food. Visit Country Club Saloon, 4007 Taylor Rd., Loomis, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Call (916) 652-6038.

Nevada County Certified Growers Market

Mountain Laurel will perform bluegrass music at the Nevada County Certified Growers Market. Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 4, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Call 265-5551.

Art for Kids

The Nevada County Certified Growers Market and Pioneer Arts will sponsor “Art for Kids,” free to the children of the community. Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 4, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Call 265-5551.

Nevada City Farmers Market

Fresh, locally grown produce, music and food at Union and Broad streets, downtown Nevada City, 8 a.m. – noon.

Solune Winery

Free wine tasting, Saturday and Sunday; award-winning wines; tours and shaded picnic area. 16303 Jewett Lane (off Highway 174, halfway between Grass Valley and Colfax), noon – 5 p.m. Call 271-0990.

Trek to Grouse Ridge Prehistoric Sites

Archaeologist Bill Slater of the Tahoe National Forest brings a wealth of diverse experience and archaeological interests to our treks program. Grouse Ridge is a roadless area, yet very accessible. You will view typical high-altitude prehistoric habitation site and a rock art site, following an old trail into a relatively pristine environment. Bill will explain how archeologists perform surveys, document archeological resources and protect sites. $12 members, $17 nonmembers. Level: Strenuous. Nevada County Land Trust, 175 Joerschke Drive, Suite “R,” Grass Valley 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 272-5994.

Haunted Nevada City

Historical walking tour featuring stories of ghosts said to haunt the downtown area of Nevada City, hosted by Mark Lyon. $10, $5 for 12 and under. Children 5 and under free. Admission is paid to the guide at the tour location. No reservations. 101 Boulder Street (the corner of Broad, Nevada and Boulder Streets) in front of the Cornerstone Realty Building 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Call 265-6877.

“Summer in Hannibal.”

See Thursday listing.

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series

The English mystery, “The 39 Steps,” from 1935. Alfred Hitchcock explores a favorite theme: The innocent man who stumbles into trouble. 2 and 7 p.m. in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn. Presented by the Library, admission free. Call 878-7938.

Flamenco Guitarist Gopal Slavonic

No cover. Call for reservations. Daju Bhai Restaurant 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Call 272-6229.

Bob Mora and the Third Degree Blues Band

Music at the Mine offers a concert in the outdoor amphitheater adjacent to the historic Kentucky Mine stamp mill. Presented by the Sierra County Historical Society. $15. Barbecue dinner at 6 p.m., $15. Purchase tickets online or by phone. Kentucky Mine Amphitheater, Sierra City 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Call 862-1300

The Night Sky and Native American Legends

With Alan Stahler and members of the Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe. Observe the moon’s mountains and valleys and craters and basins in the comfort of your own chair at the beautiful Burton Homestead north of Nevada City. Bring a chair and blanket for an amazing trip through the galaxy. Dan Chaplin will take the moon’s image, captured by his telescope, and present it in real-time on a video monitor. From the moon, our voyage will take us to more distant objects: Galaxies, star clusters, even a star that lets us see what our sun might look like in 5 billion years.

People can look through the scope individually. Alternating with Alan’s commentaries and answers to questions, members of the Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe will share traditional legends and beliefs. Cost: $12 for members, $17 for nonmembers, children under 16 free. Call Nevada County Land Trust, 272-5994.

Train Robbery Shoot Out

Nevada County Traction Company presents First Saturdays Train Robbery Shoot Out. No Chinese Cemetery. Train departs at 4 p.m. sharp. On the way up to History Hill, an old fashioned train robbery will take place, with Missouri Jack Rutabob and his notorious gang of bandits. Enjoy a BBQ dinner and “Last of the 49’ers.” Call for pricing and other information. 402 Railroad Ave., Nevada City, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call 265-0896.

Open Art Studio Access

Through August, AS IF (Artists Studios in the Foothills) offers week-by-week, full studio access at $20 per week, no membership or commitment required. Students aged 15 – 19, buy three weeks, get one free. Fully equipped ceramics department, painting, drawing and printmaking studio and art gallery. Classes, memberships, artist services and private studio space for artists. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Call 274-7000.

Living Room One-Act Plays

See Friday listing.

“Summer of Love”

See Friday listing.

“The Complete History of America (Abridged”

8 p.m. See Thursday listing for description.


3. Aug

Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. In front of the Old Opry, downtown Rough and Ready, on Rough and Ready Highway.

African Dance and Drumming Workshop

InnerRhythms Training Center, 12219 Business Park Dr., Suite 3, Truckee, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call 550-8464,

Intermediate Salsa

Salsa Sierra, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 477-0767.

“Mad Dash Oldies Revue”

Dance concert with this six-piece vintage rock’n’roll band from Grass Valley at the Convention Center in Winnemucca, Nev., 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 272-1877.

“Gunpowder Man”

A girl disguises herself as a boy and flees revolution in China to work on the railroad in the high Sierra of America. Two shows, 2 and 7 p.m. Meet the playwright and director, Rick Foster. Advance tickets at Gold Mountain, N.C. Postal Co., Words on Paper, Book Seller, Briar Patch, and at the door. $10 adults; $5 12 and under. Presented by Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS). Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St., Nevada City. Call 265-2990.

Solune Winery

See Saturday listing.

Sunday Growers Market at Lake of the Pines

10566 Combie Road 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Call 265-5551.

“Summer in Hannibal.”

See Thursday listing.

Nevada Theatre Film Series

Roundtrip Productions presents “Roman De Gare,” from the Academy Award-winning director Claude LeLouch. $7, $6 seniors and children under 13. Box office opens half an hour before movie starts. 402 Broad St., Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Call 274-3456.


4. Aug

Beginning Tango and Rhumba

Mondays through Aug. 25, beginning tango, 7 p.m.; beginning rhumba, 8 p.m. No partner required. $5 per lesson. Grange Hall, 11283 Grange Ct., off La Barr Meadows Rd. Call 432-6277.

Modern Dance Class

A comprehensive Intermediate/advanced level modern technique class. Open to the community, taught by Lovie Bucknell and guest teachers. A challenging and extremely rewarding class among supportive and inspirational dancers. Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St., Nevada City, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Call 277-2046.

Intermediate Salsa

Salsa Sierra, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 477-0767.

Swing Dance Lessons

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Call 274-2411.

Learn how to sing in four part harmony

6 p.m. – 6 p.m. Call 477-5107.


5. aug

Classes in Porcelain

See Thursday listing.

Beginning Drawing with Randy Rigg

Drawing class trains the eye to perceive shapes, spatial relationships and see how light plays a role in defining structure. We will conduct quick exercises to warm up, and execute a one-hour drawing. Learn how to shift to right brain mode where true visual perception occurs. $30 each session. AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Call 274-7000.

Beginning Modern Dance

Katie Reinhardt teaches at The Movement Alliance School. A wonderful class for a beginning dancer or a person returning to dance from a hiatus. Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St., Nevada City, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Call 401-7999.

Intermediate Salsa

8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 477-0767.

Salsa dancing at Rhythm’s Music Cafe

7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. West Main Street, downtown Grass Valley.

“Mad Dash Oldies Revue”

Grass Valley’s six-piece vintage rock’n’roll band plays for a dance concert at the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nev., for “Hot August Nights,” Aug. 5 and 6. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 272-1877.

Tuesday Growers Market in Nevada City

Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City’s Seven Hills District, at the corner of Ridge Road and Nevada City Highway, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Call 265-5551 or visit


6. Aug

“Mad Dash Oldies Revue”

See Tuesday listing.

Ceramics Sculpture For Adults/Teens

Sculptor Amanda Paoletti teaches how to create hand-built vessel forms with a combination of coil and slab building techniques. Learn how to make a barrel/smoke firing kiln. A variety of finishes will be avail. Fun activities for kids available during class time. AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley, noon – 2 p.m. Call 274-7000.

Intermediate Ballet

Junior Company Dancer Ally Morgan will be teaching at The Movement Alliance School. Open to teens and adults, both fun and challenging in a safe environment. Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St., Nevada City, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call 559-9294.

Intermediate Salsa

Salsa Sierra, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 477-0767.



After the Goldrush Records, 232 Commercial St., Nevada City: 265-3090.

Afternoon Deli, 101 W. McKnight Way, Grass Valley: “Wildlife Photography,” featuring the polar bears of Churchill, Canada and other mammals and birds of the NW Territories, Iceland and Western United States by Karen Ostergard is currently on display. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 273-6066.

Aimee Taylor Handcrafted, 163 Mill Street, Grass Valley (next to the Del Oro Theater): Primary focus is on jewelry designers and local artists, featuring fine art photography by Jay Schuff and Eli Rush; oil paintings and prints by Helen Strang and Leslie Ann Webb; over 40 jewelry designers; pottery ceramics; etc. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11a.m.-4 p.m. 273-2578 or 274-3737.

Alta Sierra Village Deli & Market, 11882 Tammy Way, Grass Valley: Paintings by Marilyn Skeahan are on continuous display. View during business hours. 273-2093.

Apple Alley Cafe, 13469 Colfax Highway, Grass Valley: Watercolors and pastels by Jean Eberhart are on continuous display. View during business hours. 273-9266.

As If Studios Gallery, 940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley: Showing art of resident artists and studio instructors. Professional sculptor Deborah Bridges, professional painter Kathryn Wronski, illustrator and printmaker Rebecca Bleau, oil painters Cory Norris, Jane Swan, Bonnie Hampton and Randy Rigg, multimedia artist Nick Chaboya, sculptors Manda Paoletti and Risa Roseman, and instructors Yvon Dockter (ceramics) and Clay Platner (oils). 274-7000.

Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington Street, Auburn. Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 887-9150.

Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames, 598 Sutton Way, Grass Valley: Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Briar Patch Co-op Community Market, 290 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 272-5333.

Broad Street Bistro and Books, 426 Broad St., Nevada City: 265-4204.

Brunswick Veterinary Clinic, 131 Olympia Park Road, Grass Valley: Large format color landscape photographs, by Jay Schuff, are on continuous display. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and by appointment. 477-2287.

Burch Hall Wine Tasting Room, 108 Mill Street, Grass Valley: Local and regional photography on display by artist Mary Anne Davis. View every day between noon and 5 p.m. No charge for wine tasting or to enjoy the art. 477-5500.

Cafe Mekka, 237 Commercial Street, Nevada City: View during business hours. 478-1517.

California Gold, 300 Broad St., Nevada City: A rare collection of 19 historic photographs of the corner of Broad and Pine streets in Nevada City, from 1857 to 1948, are on display. View during business hours. 265-2352.

Camp 20 Coffeehouse, 46 Main St., Colfax:

Center for the Arts Gallery, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley: Gallery hours, Tues. – Sat., Noon to 5 p.m. 272-7061 or 271-7000.

City of Grass Valley, 125 East Main Street, Grass Valley: 274-4300.

CoffeeTown, 134 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley: “Art with a Message.” 477-7519.

Confectionary Mine, 236 Broad St., Nevada City: Watercolors by Loanna Beason are currently on display. View during business hours. 265-3448.

Copy Right, 11809 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley: 477-7774.

Deer Creek Studios, 317 Spring St., Nevada City: 277-8670.

Diego’s Restaurant, 217 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley: Variety of art and installations by John Hoft will be on continuous display. View during business hours. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 477-1460.

Dragonfly Salon and Gallery of Arts, 315 Spring Street (underneath Sushi in the Raw), Nevada City: 277-9207.

Edward Jones, 426 Sutton Way, Suite 104, Grass Valley: “Ends of the Earth Imagery, Antarctica.” Thousands of pictures from three Antarctic expeditions in 2003, 2004 and 2005, by Mindy Oberne and Roger Lewis, are currently on display. View during business hours. 272-9092.

Exploding Head Gallery, 924 12th Street, Sacramento: (916) 442-8424.

Fur Traders, 319 Broad St., Nevada City: A unique collection of Native American Trader goods and Teddy Bears, made from recycled furs, are on display continuously. View during business hours. 265-3154.

Flower Garden Bakery, 999 Sutton Way, Grass Valley:

Grapevine Restaurant, 1041 Sutton Way, Grass Valley: 265-5545.

Gray Goose, 230 Broad St., Nevada City: Oil paintings of dogs and more by Kathryn Wronski are currently on display. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 265-5909.

Happy Apple Kitchen, 18532 Colfax Highway, Chicago Park: Fine art paintings of Chicago Park orchards and other local landscapes, by the Nevada County Plein Air Painters, are currently on display. View during business hours. 273-2822.

Herb Shop, 203 W. Main St., Grass Valley: Kwan Yin in beaded wall hangings from Bali, plus bronze sculptures from Thailand are currently on display. Also, on display are beaded figures and jewelry from the Huichol tribe and ceramic stoneware, by Josh Unterman. View during businesses hours Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Holbrooke Hotel and Restaurant, 212 W. Main St., Grass Valley: 273-1353.

Indian Springs Vineyards, 303 Broad St., Nevada City: Transparent watercolor paintings, by Norm Brown, are currently on display. View during business hours. 478-1068.

Java Johns, 306 Broad St., Nevada City: 265-3653.

J.J. JACKSON’S, 224 Commercial St., Nevada City: Local artist Sandy Berliner’s newest collection of batik wall hangings featuring herons and Liz Collins’ giclee prints are on display continuously, including her latest series, “Stewards of the Land.” Free and open to the public. “Poppies” art show, a show of recent paintings by Nevada City artist LeeAnn Brook, on display through August 25. Free. The paintings are from this year’s 50-50-50 show in Sacramento, an exhibition that featured 50 artists who painted 50 paintings in 50 days. This will be the first local showing of Brook’s work and will feature framed originals, posters and greeting cards. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 265-2644.

John O’Dell Realty, 123 Mill St., Grass Valley: Photography, by Rosanna Radding, is currently on display. View during business hours. 272-2613.

Judi’s of Nevada City, 417 B Broad St., Nevada City: 265-6710.

Julie Baker Fine Art, 246 Commercial St., Nevada City: Gallery hours are Tuesday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 265-9ART.

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques, 571 Searls Ave., Nevada City: 478-0812.

LALOO, 400 Broad St., Nevada City: LALOO is delighted to offer botanical watercolors by acclaimed artist Nancy Kaestner and wonderful paintings and prints featuring dogs, cats and horses by local artist Monique Hanson. On continuous display. View during business hours. 265-6992.

LaMirage, 17325 Penn Valley Dr., Penn Valley: Plein air and studio oil paintings of Nevada County scenes, by Marilyn Rose, are on continuous display. View during business hours. 432-0226.

Larry & Lena’s Pizza and Grill, 15690 Johnson Place, Grass Valley: Work by members of the Gateway Artists is on continuous display. View during business hours. 272-1094.

Lilly Vigil Gallery, 214 Broad St., Nevada City: A collection of Native American art and jewelry is on continuous display. View during business hours. 265-5790.

Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room, 167 Mill St., Grass Valley: Bird paintings, by Matt Mitchell, and watercolors, by Virginia Holt, are on continuous display. View during business hours. 273-1596.

Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City: 265-7050.

Madonna’s, 42 N. Main St., Colfax: Digital photography, by Annelle Boswell, is currently on display. View during business hours. 346-8213.

Magic Carpet, 408 Broad St., Nevada City: “The Best of Cultural Survival and Vegetable-Dyed Rugs” is currently on display. View during business hours. 265-9229.

Meyers Investment Group, 360 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley: 274-0973.

Mountain Song, 104 N. Pine St., Nevada City: Featuring unique clothing and accessories from Free People, Buffalo and Colcci. Gift items including whimsical clocks from Allen’s Designs, “Story People” by artist Brian Andreas, “Sticks” handcrafted-handpainted furniture and more. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Friday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 265-2523.

Mowen Solinsky Gallery, 225 Broad St., Nevada City: 265-4682.

National Hotel, 211 Broad St., Nevada City: Works, by Kitty Meekins, are currently on display. View during business hours. 265-4551.

Neighborhood Center of the Arts, at the rear of 200 Litton Dr. No. 212: “Icons and Legends” exhibition continues through September 12. The exhibition showcases the diverse talents of artists will developmental disabilities in our community, and features original art inspired by religions, cultural, and mythical icons and legends of human history. Works by 15 artists will be featured. All events free and open to the public. 10 a.m. Ð 4 p.m., Mon-Fri. 272-7287.

Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring Street, Nevada City: Gallery hours, Monday – Saturday, noon – 6 p.m., Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. 265-6470 or 265-9463.

Nevada County Board of Supervisors, Rood Center, 950 Maidu Lane, Nevada City: 265-1480.

Nevada-Sierra Regional IHSS Public Authority, 350 Crown Point Circle, Suite 115, Grass Valley: View during business hours. 274-5601.

New York Hotel, 408 Broad St., Nevada City: On permanent display in the main hallway are 19th and 20th century black-and-white photographs of downtown Nevada City. 265-5193.

North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Rd., San Juan Ridge: Living Room Plays at North Columbia Ampitheatre. Evening of One-Act Plays run on consecutive weekend (Friday and Saturday) nights, August 1 through 9, all starting at 8 p.m. Directed by John Deaderick and Michael Baranowski. Players include Roo Contada, Peggy Dart, Marion Jeffrey, Jimmy McCammon, Ken Miele, Janis Johnson and Harriet Totten. Featuring Le Troupe De Trash on August 8. $10, or $12 on August 8. Tickets are available at the door. Due to the adult content, mature audiences only please. This event is a fundraiser for the Cultural Center. For open hours, call 265-2826. Events hotline, 265-8141.

O’Dell Construction & Realty, 123 Mill St., Grass Valley: Pencil drawing prints of Nevada County historic landmark buildings, by Marilyn Rose, are currently on display. View during business hours. 272-2613 or 272-7962.

Old Wells Fargo Building, 231 Main St., Sierra City: 862-1550.

The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn: 885-2787.

Placer Community Credit Union, 2100 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley: 272-9715.

Placer Sierra Bank, Alta Sierra Branch, 10132 Alta Sierra Dr., Grass Valley: Oil paintings, by Gloria Beth Edwards, are currently on display. View during business hours. 272-4235.

Posh Nosh Restaurant, 318 Broad St., Nevada City: Fine art by Jan Newell, who paints alla prima and enjoys plein air painting; photography by Kristin Oliver, who has a particular love of portraiture, both documentary and designed; and expressive and colorist art, oil, pastels and fiber figures by artist Sara Austin, are currently on display. View during business hours. 265-6064.

Realty Executives, 432 Broad St., Nevada City: Resonating With the Yuba, a show and sale of paintings and photography by LeeAnn Brook. On display during business hours. 265-6817.

Renaissance Beauty Skin Care and Galleria, 310 1/2 Broad St., Nevada City:

Rhythm’s Music Cafe, 114 W. Main St., Grass Valley: 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday-Sunday. 274-2411.

Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330 Gibbons Dr., Carmichael: Tuesday-Saturday, 11-3 p.m. Free. (916) 971-3713.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, 155 Glasson Way, Grass Valley: Fine art by Nevada County artists and photographers is on display continuously in the main hospital. The artists featured during July and August are Leslie Elias, fine art photography; Audrey Farina, ceramics; Majorie Feith, original oils; Mindy Oberne and Roger Lewis, fine art photography. Stop by and view these outstanding artists. Additional information is available in the gift shop, located in the main lobby of the hospital.

Sierra Cinemas, 840-C East Main Street Grass Valley:

South Pine Cafe, 102 Richardson St., Grass Valley: Coastal expressions in oil by Bob Lebutti on display through August 31. Open daily, 8 a.m. -3 p.m. 274-0261.

South Pine Cafe, 110 S. Pine St., Nevada City: An exciting and beautiful collection of watercolor landscapes and flowers by Barbara Lewis on display through August 31. Meet the artist reception, August 16, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Open daily, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

South Pine Cafe, 660 Folsom Rd., Auburn: Abstracts and expressionistic acrylics by Paul Hanatke on display through August 31. Open daily 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Spencer Studio, 205 W. Main St., Grass Valley: Hand woven wall hangings, by Spencer McClay, are currently on display. Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, 1-4 p.m.; and by appointment. 274-1609.

Summer Thyme’s Bakery Deli, 421 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley: Ruth Chase, Mexican Folk Art inspired paintings and mixed media. Call 409-2330 or visit 273-2904.

Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro, 302 W. Main St., Grass Valley: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. 272-1468.

Tokis Fountain and Grill, 29375 State Highway 49, North San Juan: Ongoing display of Dutch Hunts’ gold, silver and stone jewelry and Charlene Welkers’ oil, watercolor and pastel paintings. View during business hours. 292-3344.

Twilight Shoppe & Centre, 556 Searls Ave., Nevada City: Hand carved wooden “Pan Horns,” by Lebis Morning, signed watercolor prints, by Nancy Bright, sculptured garden plaques depicting Celtic, Elven, Goddess and Greenman, by Jon and Ann Maglinte, statues and plaques depicting Goddess/God imagery, by Paul Borda, and batik banners and pennants, by Karuna, are on continuous display. Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. 478-1837.

The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 885-2787.

The Flying Hare, 102 Mill Street, Upstairs, Grass Valley: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday through Monday, and by appointment. 477-7111.

The Gallery at Wildwood, 11368 Pleasant Valley, Rd., Penn Valley: Oil and pastel portraits, by Sylvia Rogers, on display.

The Ridge Stop Cafe, 29318 Highway 49, North San Juan: 292-3488.

The Willo, 16898 Highway 49, Nevada City: Paintings by John Rizo are on continuous display. View during business hours. 265-9902.

Umpqua Bank Art Gallery, 571 Fifth Street, Lincoln:

US Bank, 10995 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee: 412-0639.

Wachovia Securities, 360 Sierra College Drive, Suite 200, Grass Valley: 274-0973.

Wet Hill Studios, 15394 Wet Hill Road, Nevada City: “Surfaces Adrift,” works on paper and mixed media. Paintings by artist Gwyn Stramler. View by appointment anytime. 470-0525 or 277-8670.


& exhibits

North Star Mining Museum, Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley. Public tours take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Several travel magazines rate the exhibit as one of the finest in the United States. The former North Star Mine Power House contains the world’s largest Pelton wheel, only operational Cornish pump in the world, a working stamp mill, mining dioramas, gold assay office and picnic area at creekside and items dating from the active years of California’s richest gold mines. The museum opened for the season on May 1. 273-4255.

Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley: Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, through Sept. 1. There is a mine history film, historical and mineral displays and also miles of hiking trails. Admission: $3 for 17 years and older; $1 children 6-16 years old; children under 6 are free. Cottage Living History and Mine Yard tours are held Monday through Friday. Cottage tours are at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Mine Yard tours are at noon and 2 p.m. The Cottage tour is a 45 minute walking tour and includes a visit to the estate home of mine owner William Bourn Jr. The Mine Yard tour is also a 45 minute walking tour that explores the Mine Yard and reveals the history of how gold was processed at the Empire Mine. Tour cost is $1.50 (under 17 free). All tours are weather permitting. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Stop by the Gift Shop for unique purchases. Saturdays and Sundays, Living History Tour. Tour the country home of William Bourn Jr. as volunteers in period dress recreate characters from the Empire Mine’s colorful past and greet you as if you were visiting in the year 1905. Saturdays and Sundays, Cottage tours begin every 15 minutes, noon to 1 p.m. and 1:45 to 3 p.m. The clubhouse is also open on Sundays. Saturdays and Sundays, Mine Yard Tours are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $1.50, under 17 free. 273-8522 or

The Firehouse Museum, 214 Main St., Nevada City: 265-5468.

Gatekeeper’s Museum, located just south of the “Y” in Tahoe City: Training is provided. Volunteers also participate in many special events, including collaborative tours with other museums. If you are interested in learning more, please call 583-1762 or email Pine Needle Basketry Class, August 20, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Instructor Audrey Frank (Washo) is an experience weaver whose work is featured in the Gatekeeper’s Museum Store. All materials are provided along with refreshments and a snack. Space is limited. $25 members, $30 nn members. Call to register. The museum opened for the season May 1. Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. Ð 5 p.m. Call 583-1762 for more information, or visit

Grass Valley Museum/St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley: The museum – part of the old Mount St. Mary’s Convent and Academy – contains numerous displays related to early Grass Valley and Nevada County, including a re-created doctor’s office. Also featured is a restored classroom from the 1870s, and antique furniture and paintings are also displayed. Hours are 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays all year. Also at the center is an heirloom rose garden. For tours, call 273-5509.

Imaginarium of Nevada County, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City: The Imaginarium is a hands-on science museum. Our objective is to promote science through interactive learning that is fun and inspiring. Open one Friday or Saturday a month and for special events. Call for schedule. $3 Students & seniors, $5 for adults. 478-6415.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, located 26 miles NE of Nevada City. Take Highway 49 to Tyler-Foote Crossing Road and drive 16 miles. The park features scenic hydraulic gold mining diggings, historic displays at the old mining town of North Bloomfield, and some of Nevada County’s best hiking trails. Camping, cabins, picnic tables and tours available. $6 car admission. 265-2740.

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City: Inside the historic foundry building, birthplace of the Pelton wheel, is an interpretive display about the state historic landmark’s history manufacturing metal products for the mines and other businesses. Outside are various mining tools and machinery, an ore car and a Pelton wheel. Docent-led tours by appointment. Museum hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 265-5040.

Nevada County Courthouse, 201 Church St., Nevada City: The historic, award-winning art deco government building contains several intriguing collections, including a display of rare firearms, the Heritage of Gold Rush era exhibit, state fair trophies and the Wallace M. Gordon heirlooms. View 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Transportation Museum, No. 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City: The museum displays a vintage locomotive and antique railroad cars among its artifacts and exhibits. Summer hours, May 1 through Oct. 31, are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday through Tuesday. Winter hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday only. 470-0902.

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Project, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley: Visit

Nevada County Traction Company, 402 Railroad Ave., Nevada City: Train rides and gift shop. Let us take you back in history! History Hill Express: A three mile round trip Historic Train Ride. The train travels through the Northern Queen Inn Gardens and through the woods up to History Hill. At History Hill our tour guide will walk you through an authentic 1860’s Chinese Cemetery. Allow up to 90 minutes for this beautiful train ride. You can only get to the History Hill Chinese Cemetery by this train ride. $12, $7 for ages 12 and under. History Hill Train Departures, July 31, 2 p.m. Tickets on sale now for all special events. Call for prices, specials and dates. Advanced payment required for some events. Train Robbery Shoot Out, an old fashioned robbery during the train ride, through August. Sunday Snow Cone Social, through August. October: Daily Pumpkin Hunt, Haunted Forest of Terror, Poltergeist Express, Poltergeist Express Jr. December: Santa Train. Train rides are always weather permitting. Be at depot 20 minutes before departure time. Always a good idea to call before coming to make sure the trains are running. Closed January and February. Through September: Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 2 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 265-0896 or 265-5824 ext. 262.

Searls Historical Library, 214 Church St., Nevada City: The library contains a few historic artifacts, but is an important repository of county genealogical records, maps, photos and information on the people, mines, businesses and residences of the 1850s-present. Staffed by volunteers under the auspices of the Nevada County Historical Society. Open 1-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 265-5910.

South Yuba River State Park, Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley: The park features the longest single span wood truss bridge in the U.S. which dates to 1862. Gold Panning Demonstrations will be held Saturday and Sundays throughout the summer, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Visitor’s Center Area. Local History Talks, Barn and Wagon Tours will also take place on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center Area. Call 432-2546 to speak with a volunteer before stopping by.

Underground Gold Miners Museum, Sixteen to One Mine, 356 Main St., Alleghany. 287-3330.

Watson Cabin Museum, 560 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City. 583-8717 or 583-1762.

Western SkiSport Museum, Donner Summit at the Boreal Ski Area: The museum features the development of western skiing from the California gold miners in 1853 on their 14-foot “downmountain” racing skis to present day Olympians. Vintage ski movies are shown continuously in the Ski Theatre. Other exhibits features Snowshoe Thompson, the legendary skiing mail carrier; and the 10th Mountain Division, famed “ski troopers” of World War II. Open during the winter Wednesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 426-3313.

Yuba Feather Historical Association, 19096 New York Flat Road, Forbestown: 675-1025. Forbestown Daze, the annual Parade, Craft Fair and Living History Day will be held on Saturday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Barbecue, live music, vendors, Mountain Man encampment and demonstrations, kid’s games, face painting, and more. The Yuba Feather Museum’s Living History Day will feature costume clad characters to entertain and inform you about the history of the area. Wild West gunfighter performances and a full size replica of a gold rush town. Forbestown Daze is a major fundraising for the non-profit groups that volunteer in the community.

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