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3. July

“The Wizard of Oz”

Students ages 5 to 8 present their creative version of the classic tale, presented by Art From the Heart. Adults, $3; kids free. 10 Ð 10:45 a.m. Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 3245 Spring St., Nevada City. or 470-8576.

Catch the Reading Bug

Puppet Art Theater presents “Tommy’s Space Bug Adventure.” Free. 10:30 Ð 11:30 a.m. at the Grass Valley Library, 207 Mill Street, Grass Valley. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City. 477-5790.

Adult Flower Arranging and Design

$30 for a 2-hour session. All materials are covered in the cost. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Enchanted Florist, 10136 Commercial Ave., Penn Valley. or 432-3995.

Mill Street Certified Farmers Market

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

Wheel Throwing Session

Learn with experienced, professional potters. Beginners to advanced. Fun activities for kids available during class time. $30. 6 – 9 p.m., AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. or 274-7000.

Figure Drawing

Drawing the human form from live models, with instructor Carmen Lang. 7 Ð 9 p.m., AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. or 274-7000.

“The Complete History of America (Abridged)”

A comical look at the unique history that has shaped the America we live in today. 7 p.m., Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City. or 265-8587.

“Happy Birthday, USA”

Nevada County Fairgrounds, outside at the Festival Tent, Grass Valley Presented by Music in the Mountains Summer Fest. Traditional patriotic concert that closes the summer festival with the Festival Chorus and Orchestra. 265-6124. 7:30 Ð 9:30 p.m.

“The World Goes ‘Round”

The Off Center Stage, Center for the Arts, Grass Valley. A vibrant musical revue, celebrating the songs of the incomparable song-writing team, Kander and Ebb. Featuring songs from such great shows as “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” and films like “New York, New York.” 271-7000. 8 Ð 10 p.m.

Intermediate Salsa

477-0767. 8 – 9 p.m.

Oil Painting with Lew Toll

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Studio painting sessions for all levels, with master instructor and comfortable studio surroundings. $30. or 274-7000.


4. July

Dutch Flat Annual Independence Day Celebration

Dutch Flat Community Center. Parade starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by salad luncheon, craft and flea market booths, food stands, and children’s games. 389-2120.10:30 a.m. Ð 3:30 p.m.

History Works – Special Model Rail Road Open House

N.C.N.G. Model Railroad Exhibit, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate One, Grass Valley. Free, 4 – 8 p.m. or

Aloha Fridays

On the patio at Trolley Junction Restaurant, 400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City. 5 – 8 p.m. No cover. Drinks, appetizers and dinner specials, live music. 265-5259. 5 Ð 8 p.m.


Nevada County Fairgrounds and Chief Crazy Horse

New band plays at the Nevada County Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. and at Chief Crazy Horse July 6 at 6 p.m. Original music featuring Ray Of Light on guitar and vocals, Larry Stites on drums.

Portrait Painting in Oil

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Painting the human portrait from a live model. or 274-7000. 6:30 Ð 9:30 p.m.

“The Complete History of America (Abridged)”

See Thursday listing. 8 Ð 10 p.m.

The Lost Marbles

Dos Banditos, 101 Broad Street, Nevada City. 8 – 11 p.m. 265-4840

Intermediate Salsa

477-0767. 8 Ð 9 p.m.

“Summer of Love”

Off Broadstreet Theater, 305 Commercial Street, Nevada City. Shows Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m., June 27 through August 16. Will also show Sunday at 2 p.m., July 20 and Thursday at 7:15 p.m., July 24. $23 Friday, $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday and Thursday. 265-8686. 8:15 Ð 10:15 p.m.


5. July

Open Art Studio Access

940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley

June through August, week-by-week full studio access at $20 per week, no membership or commitment required! Students aged 15 – 19, buy 3 weeks, get 1 free. 274-7000.

Nevada City Farmers Market

Union and Broad Streets in Downtown Nevada City. 8 a.m. – noon. Locally grown fresh produce, locally raised meat. or 470-8381.

Nevada County Certified Growers Market

Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 4. Clod Headgate will perform with his one man band. 265-5551. 8 a.m. Ð 12 p.m.

Art for Kids

Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 4 at Certified Growers Market, sponsored by Pioneer Arts. 265-5551. 9 Ð 11 a.m. Free.

Open Ceramics Studio

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Professional, fully equipped ceramics studio, 8 wheels, tables for hand work, glazes. Assistance provided. $15 all day. Clay and tools for sale, 1 cu. ft. kiln space. or 274-7000. 10 a.m. Ð 8 p.m.

Double Oak Vineyards and Winery

14510 Blind Shady Road, San Juan Ridge. Wine tasting, picnicking and tours. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Free. 292-3235 or

“Alice in Wonderland”

Garbeau’s, 2401 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova. Little Bus Players’ production of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of humor and imagination. 916-985-6361. 1 Ð 2 p.m.

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series

Beecher Room, Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn. Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues with the English comedy, “Lavender Hill Mob,” from 1951, with Alec Guinness. 878-7938. 2 Ð 4 p.m.

Train Robbery Shoot Out

402 Railroad Ave., Nevada City. Presented by Nevada County Traction Company. No Chinese Cemetery. Train departs at 4 p.m. sharp to History Hill. 265-0896. 4 Ð 7:30 p.m.

Born to Be Wild – A Fun’ Raiser for KVMR’s Conversations

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 Church St., Grass Valley. A benefit to support the national syndication of Conversations, an information and interview show, on KVMR 89.5 FM at noon on alternating Tuesdays. Includes potluck picnic. or 477-7757. 5 p.m. Ð midnight.

Sierra Knolls Winery Summer Concert and BBQ

19635 Kingswood Ct., Grass Valley. Reds, whites, blues and you! Cool jazz of Grass Valley’s Cool Heat. $25, $20 for Wine Clubbers. Ticket includes music, dancing, a glass of wine and BBQ. BYO Picnic is $15. or 268-9225. 6 Ð 10 p.m.

Ballroom Dancing

Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley. Rich Page on sax and Wally or Chet on the keyboard. Cha cha, rumba, jive, foxtrot and waltz. 7 – 10 p.m. Also, dance lessons. 272-4190 or 277-7656.

Improvers’ Nation: No Memorization

Off Center Stage (behind The Center for the Arts), 315 Richarson Street, Grass Valley. 2 shows, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Audience-interactive comedy improvisation with a satirical depiction of war and conquest. $7 at the door. Cookies, soda, water and T-shirts available. or 274-8384. 7 Ð 10:30 p.m.

The Dyin’ Breed

Holbrooke Hotel, 212 W. Main Street, Grass Valley. Roadhouse fun. Free.

273-1353. 7 Ð 11 p.m.

Haunted Nevada City

101 Boulder Street (the corner of Broad, Nevada and Boulder Streets) in front of the Cornerstone Realty Building. An historical walking tour featuring stories of ghosts said to haunt the downtown area, hosted by Mark Lyon. $10, $5 for 12 and under. Children 5 and under free. or 265-6877. 7:30 Ð 9:30 p.m.

Nevada City Contra Dance

Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St., Nevada City. Sponsored by Foothill Country Dancers. Live music by Hot Cider. No partner necessary; all dances taught; beginners welcome. 273-3934 7:30 Ð 10 p.m.

Jazz Friends Ludi Hinrichs and Tim Winter Reunite

The Copper Top Lounge, 133 Neal St., Grass Valley. $5 cover. 292-3112. 8 Ð 11 p.m.

Michael Martin Murphey

The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. America’s No. 1 cowboy music singer in concert. Two shows, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. or 274-8384. 8 Ð 10 p.m.

“The Complete History of America (Abridged)”

See Thursday listing for description. 8 Ð 10 p.m.

The Lost Marbles

See Friday listing.

“The World Goes ‘Round”

See Friday listing.

Intermediate Salsa

8 – 9 p.m. 477-0767

“Summer of Love”

See Friday listing.

Sunday Market

Stonehouse Restaurant parking lot, 107 Sacramento St. at Broad, Nevada City. Antiques, art, collectibles, vintage everything and a variety of deluxe garage sale stuff. Stop for breakfast or lunch at the Sunday Market Cafe.

265-5050. 9 a.m. Ð 2 p.m.


6. July

“The Complete History of America (Abridged)”

See Friday listing. 2 Ð 4 p.m.

The Hank Biggs Band

Country music and dancing at the Chief Crazy Horse Saloon, Commercial Street, Nevada City. 2 – 5 p.m. No cover. 470-8443.

“Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”

Garbeau’s, 12401 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova. A jukebox musical featuring chart-topping songs from the 1960s and four girlfriends learn about true friendship. 916-985-6361. 2:30 Ð 5 p.m.

Acoustic Music

Rhythm’s Music Cafe, 114 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Dylan Rodrigue and Marina Sanford and The Star People (Doug Rice and Star Waschevski and Zack Waschevski) perform in an evening of original compositions. or 478-7789. 7:30 Ð 10:30 p.m.

Nevada Theatre Film Series

401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Roundtrip Productions presents “Shine a Light,” Martin Scorcese’s concert documentary on the Rolling Stones. 7:30 p.m. $7, $6 seniors and under 13. 274-3456.

Intermediate Salsa

8 – 9 p.m. 477-0767.


7. July

Open Art Studio Access

See Saturday listing. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Paint Your Own Pottery

AS IF (Artists Studios in the Foothills), 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Pre-made bisque and a colorful underglazes are provided for use at the studio on an ongoing basis. Bisque prices include use of studio glazes and firing. No membership necessary. 274-7000. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Children’s Flower Arranging and Design

For ages 6-11. The Enchanted Florist, 10136 Commercial, Penn Valley. 11 a.m. for 1 hour. $20 a week. Create leis, pressed flowers, dried flowers and simple arrangements. or 432-3995.


940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Instructor Linda Byrne. Collograph and cardboard relief using a simple, collaged cardboard plate from nontoxic materials. or 274-7000. 1 Ð 3:30 p.m.

Surf’s Up: Vacation Bible School Offers Fun in the SON!

Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley. This year it’s all about surfing – the Scriptures, that is! Three area churches are putting on a huge beach party, and everyone is invited. Classes are being offered from preschool to adult Bible study. $10. 272-1946 or 273-9631. Dinner at 5:30 p.m., classes 6 Ð 9 p.m.

Full Spectrum Ceramics Class

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Clay construction for functional and sculptural works, combining wheel thrown-and-altered components with free form hand building. Beginner to advanced, with Yvon Dockter. or 274-7000. 6 Ð 9 p.m.

The Art of Healing

“Four Modalities for Body, Mine and Spirit,” sponsored by Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Cancer Center. Open to all. Dr. Nanci Shandera, facilitator. No cost other than art supplies. or 265-9097. 6 Ð 9 p.m.

Learn how to sing in four-part harmony

477-5107. 6 p.m.

Portrait Painting

940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley.

Painting the human portrait from live models. Emphasis on quick and direct oil painting techniques, with instructor Randy Rigg. or 274-7000. 6:30 Ð 9:30 p.m.

Dance Lessons

Golden Empire Grange. Beginning cha cha, intermediate night club two-step. $5 per class. No partner required. 432-6277 or 277-7656 or 7 Ð 9 p.m.

Ridge Glee Club

North Columbia Schoolhouse, 17894 Tyler Foote Road, San Juan Ridge. Ludi Hinrichs directing, all interested singers are welcome. Less than $10 per class. 92-3112. 7 Ð 9 p.m.

Sierra Gold Chorus rehearsal

477-5107. 7 Ð 8 p.m.

Swing Dance Lessons

274-2411. 7:30 Ð 8:30 p.m.

Intermediate Salsa

477-0767. 8 Ð 9 p.m.


8. July

Sierra Performing Arts Festival

Community Players of Nevada County Inc. is seeking performers of all types, from tap dancing to yo-yo masters. or 8 a.m. Ð 5 p.m.

Location Landscape Painting

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Rendering studies for studio sessions and capturing the beauty around Nevada County. Sessions guided and instructed by master landscape and pleinair painter Clay Platner. or 274-7000.

Oil Painting

940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Painting techniques in historical/cultural contexts, as well as student’s individual style and interest. Composition, color. 274-7000. 10 a.m. Ð 3 p.m.

Parent/Child Clay and Tile Workshop

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Ages 5 and up. You will be provided with clay tiles and guided through creating impressions on them with seashells, rubber stamps, hands, feet and various animal imagery tools. or 274-7000. 10 Ð 11:30 a.m.

Pre-School Storytime

Children’s Room, Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City. 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs and other activities. All children are welcome. Babies and toddlers must be accompanied by adult. 265-1538.

Toddler Time

The Children’s Room of the Grass Valley Library, Royce Branch, 207 Mill Street, Grass Valley. 1 – 4 year olds. 10:30 a.m., Stories, songs and other activities. All children are welcome – babies and toddlers are to be accompanied by adult. 477-5790.

Parent/Child Clay Piggy Bank Workshop

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Ages 8 and up. Create a piggy or other animal bank, or sculptural vessel form. Expert instruction and guidance provided. Clay for sale. or 274-7000. 12 Ð 2 p.m.

Parent/Child Wheel Throwing Session

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Make bowls, cups with handles, vases and lidded pieces, and paint them with slips, under glazes and lead-free glazes. Beginner to intermediate.

274-7000. 12 Ð 2 p.m.

Catch the Reading Bug – Bug Blast

Grass Valley Library, Royce Branch, 207 Mill St., Grass Valley. Bug facts and fun with Master Gardener Dorothy Bolker. Free. 477-5790. 1 Ð 2 p.m.

Surf’s Up: Vacation Bible School Offers Fun in the SON!

See Monday listing.

Figure Drawing

See Thursday listing.

Intermediate Salsa

477-0767. 8 Ð 9 p.m.


9. July

Ceramics Sculpture For Adults/Teens

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. 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 available. Kids’ activities during the session. or 274-7000. 10 a.m. Ð 1 p.m.

Parent/Child Vintage Folk Art/Jug Head

AS IF Studios, 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Ages 8 and up. Sculptor Amanda Paoletti will provide a brief history on the Jug Head art of the early 1900s in North Carolina’s Catawba Valley Potteries. Students can throw or hand build their own jug/vessel form. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 274-7000.

Catch the Reading Bug

Bear River Library Station, Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Road, southern Nevada County. Bug Blast with Master Gardener Dorothy Bolker. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Free.

Surf’s Up: Vacation Bible School Offers Fun in the SON!

See Monday listing.

Intermediate Salsa

477-0767. 8 Ð 9 p.m.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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: Watercolors and giclee prints by John Michael Keating and Mim Meakin are on display. This ongoing exhibit features many local scenes. View during business hours. 477-7774.

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.

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.

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

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. 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.

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.

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: Spring Fling Event gallery exhibition continues through July 3. Free. 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-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: 23rd Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival. The Queen of Storytelling Festivals, new with two workshops on Friday afternoon with Judith Black and Antonio Sacre. Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. With Judith Black, Willie Claflin, Diane Ferlatte, Angela Lloyd, Antonio Sacre and Gene Tagaban. Pre-registration is highly recommended, as this festival sells out. Call to request a brochure or register online at Tickets start at $7 for the Children’s Concert and go up in price for the whole festival. The workshops are $25 each or $45 for both. 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.

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.

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. Stop by and view these outstanding artists. Additional information is available in the gift shop, located in the main lobby of the hospital.

South Pine Cafe, 102 Richardson St., Grass Valley: Erin Moeschler showing a collection of collage, photographs and oil paintings. On display through July 15. Open daily, 8 a.m. -3 p.m. 274-0261.

South Pine Cafe, 110 S. Pine St., Nevada City: Mellissa Saker showing abstracts and portraits using a variety of mediums. On display through July 15. Open daily, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

South Pine Cafe, 660 Folson Rd., Auburn: Kara Gridley, new acrylics from Greece. On display through July 15. 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: 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..

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 September 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, through July 31: 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. Through July 31: 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. Sundays, through July 31: Grounds and Garden Tours take place at 12:30 p.m. The guided tour describes the historical sites plus the native and exotic plants found on the grounds. $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: The Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City features exhibits that focus on area history, from the Washoe Indians through development of the Tahoe basin. Whether your interest is Native American history, basketry, the westward movement, or the development of the Tahoe basin, our Museum has something to appeal to everyone. A highlight is the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Collection, which features basketry from 85 tribes, representing traditional to contemporary styles. “Postcards from Tahoe: A Postcard History of Tahoe,” through December. Take a trip to Tahoe through the images of early 20th century postcards of the region, featuring travel around the Lake, inns and restorts, steamers and more. “Beaded Masterpieces: A Collection of Ceaded Baskets by Rebecca Eagle,” through December. Rebecca Eagle, Paiute-Shoshone artist, will have over 30 of her best works on display. Special exhibit, “Woven Legacy: A Collection of Dat-so-la-lee Works, 1900-1921. An outstanding exhibition of 62 miniatures and models, woven for Amy Cohn, from 1900-1921, through December. Summer Speaker Series, $3 per lecture for members, $4 for non members. Advance reservations are not necessary, but seating is limited. All presentations at 10 a.m., seating begins at 9:45 a.m. July 10: “The Donner Party and Manifest Destiny,” Mark McLaughlin, author. July 17: “The History of Tahoe…In a Nutshell,” Don Lane, author. July 24: “Taming Tahoe and the Truckee River,” Mark McLaughlin, author. July 31: “Postcards of Tahoe: Presentation and Book Signing,” Sara Larson, author. August 14: “Archaeology of the Donner Party,” Don Hardesty, Ph.D., author/archaeologist. August 21: “How and Why the Truckee River Flows,” Bob MacDougal, USBR. August 28: “Nevada Rock Art: Presentation and Video,” Angus Quinlan, Ph.D., Nevada Rock Art Foundation. Join the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society (NLTHS) for a Copper Canyon Adventure and support the museums of the NLTHS at the same time. The NTLHS operates the Gatekeepers Museum and Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum in Tahoe City. If you are interested in learning more, attend our Trip Preview, July 10, at 11 a.m. at the Gatekeeper’s Museum, or call for a brochure. 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. Donations requested. 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. Train departures, Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at noon. 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. Only offered on weekends, March through September and November through December. $12, $7 for ages 12 and under. 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. Alkali: Songs and stories of Gold Rush History, through August. Tony Castle: Old fashioned Vaudeville Humor, through August. Hobo Express, through July. 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. June 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. Closed Monday, July 14 and Thursday, July 17. 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. The Ghosts of Bridgeport Pageant will be held Sunday, October 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the pageant at 12:30 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center. During the summer months through August, the Visitor Center opens daily at 11 a.m. and offers exhibits and historic displays. During the winter, the Visitor Center is open Thursday through Sunday at 11 a.m. Park hours are sunrise to sunset with the park gate opening at 10 a.m. 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. 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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