Saturdays and Sundays, March through Memorial Day, at 11 a.m. docent-led wildflower walks take place, free of charge, along the scenic Buttermilk Bend Trail at South Yuba River State Park. The park, at 17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, is also the site of the historic covered bridge. Call 432-2546 for more information.

Ludi Hinrichs at Afternoon Deli

Ludi Hinrichs brings his blend of jazz and blues to the Afternoon Deli at 101 McKnight Way, Grass Valley, Saturday, Noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 273-6066.

Sacramento’s NightSky at Carlos

NightSky, Sacramento’s original rock ‘n’ roll band, will be playing Friday and Saturday night at Carlos’ restaurant, 120 E. Main St. in Grass Valley.

The band will play original songs written by keyboardist Mark Garrett, lead guitarist Bill Reece, and bass guitarist Joe Terruso. NightSky has been together since 2003 and acquired its newest drummer, Rodney Reposa, just last year. Cover is only $2. Call 273-8111 for more information.

‘Nature Noir’ author

at Odyssey tonight

Tonight at 7 p.m., Jordan Fisher Smith reads from his new, critically acclaimed memoirs as a park ranger, “Nature Noir,” the book everyone is reading. It combines elements of nature writing, true crime, human interest, geological history and political history. The event is free, and refreshments are served.

Odyssey is between Ralphs and Longs at 11989 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Call 477-2856 for more information.

Sale at Neighborhood Center of the Arts

The Neighborhood Center of the Arts, rear of 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley, is featuring Friday surplus weaving equipment and 10 percent off all woven and fiber items. “Self-Portraits” exhibition also continues through April 1. NCA has served artists with developmental disabilities since 1984. Extended hours Friday only, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 272-7287.

Hawaii comes to

Center for the Arts

Master slack key guitarist Led Kaapana comes to The Center for the Arts Sunday, bringing a taste of Hawaii with him.

Named by Chet Atkins and Bob Dylan as the best musician alive in Hawaii, Kaapana dazzlies audiences with his freeboard improvisations, wide-ranging vocals, and kolohe (rascally) sense of humor. His CD releases are produced by Dancing Cat Records and distributed by BMG.

The center is at 314 West Main St., Grass Valley. The concert is Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on the Web at or by calling (800) 594-8499.

Cooperative begins

musical evenings

The Nevada County Composers Cooperative and Studio 131 are presenting a series of performance/teaching musical evenings starting Tuesday, March 8, with W. Jay Sydeman playing “almost neoclassical avante-garde,” as the New York Times said in one of its reviews of him. It is meant to be an evening of eavesdropping on the creative process.

Sydeman will perform his seminal works of the last 50 years and hopes, thereby, to enhance the appreciation and understanding of music of all styles and genres.

The Nevada County Composers Cooperative was founded 11 years ago to expose Sierra Foothills’ audiences to contemporary American music, from locally composed to international works.

The series continues the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. through June 20 and takes place at Studio 131, 131 Richardson Street, Grass Valley. Suggested donation is $10 at the door; students are free. More information is on the Web at

Cooper’s lineup

full of variety

Tonight: Love Shack Records Presents Hightower and The Revenge, San Francisco Street Metal, $3 cover

Friday: Wisdom, groove based reggae and hip-hop funk, $5 cover

Saturday: Phat Catz, rock n’ R&B blues band, $5 cover

Sunday: 2-5 p.m. NASCAR 4 Lane Slot Car Racing fun with computer control; no cover

March 8: Live Open Mike Night with your host Albert Martinez, no cover

March 9: Mega four-band show featuring G9, Gun Mouth Tragedy, Black Weed, and Zero Ground – heavy radio rock, 9 p.m., $3 cover

Showtimes are as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shows at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Friday and Saturday shows at 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Lola’s Loom features local, selected artists

The evolution of the textile arts, raising fiber animals, weaving, teaching and promoting local artists, inspired longtime Nevada County residents BJ Forster, Shannon McCrea and Terri Nelson to open Lola’s Loom in historic downtown Grass Valley.

Lola’s Loom is a fiber arts studio gallery featuring local artists who create handwoven, handspun, hand-knit and hand-crafted items. Carefully selected artists have been invited to display and sell their work at Lola’s Loom. Each month an artist will be featured and a fiber explored. Workshops will be held in the fiber arts and other crafts by our artists. Yarn, fiber, looms and spinning wheels, as well as fiber art supplies, will be available through individual artists’ distributorships in the gallery.

There will be a grand opening Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to “Meet the Artists.” Lola’s Loom is at 301 W. Main St., the ground floor of the Brett Harte Retirement Inn. For more information, call 530-274-7897.

George Souza plays at BellaVista

George Souza, well known to all Nevada County music lovers, performs with his fabulous trio upstairs at the BellaVista Creekside Lounge (formerly Kirby’s Creekside), 101 Broad St., Nevada City, Friday and Saturday night , 7:30-11:30 p.m.

Souza combines his soulful originals with blues, jazz and pop/rock standards. He has developed a large following over the years, not only for his music but for his sense of humor and ability to connect with his audience on a musical and personal level. For more information, call 265-3445.

Enjoy improv comedy with Pheasant Pluckers

Pleasant Valley Pheasant Pluckers, masters of improvisational comedy, makes a return appearance to The Center for the Arts starting Friday and running through March 20.

Completely unscripted and with ample audience participation, this wacky evening was conceived and directed by Richard Winters. The acting ensemble is in full comedic bloom now after a limited run during the summer months on the same stage. “The Pleasant Valley Pheasant Pluckers has been called “irreverent, rude, and witty, a perfect anecdote, they say, for the stress of war, national debates, global warming, and family strife.”

Performances at The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, are March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., with a family matinee on March 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets for $10 are on sale at BriarPatch Market, Odyssey Books, The Book Seller or by phone at 470-0700.

Willy Claflin entertains with stories, puppets

Join Willy Claflin, recipient of the 2005 Storytelling World Award and three-time winner of the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, will appear at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center this weekend for two concerts featuring his menagerie of puppets.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m. is the adult only “Barn Roof, Full Moon,” a telling of cross-culture misadventures. Tickets are $15 general admission.

Sunday at 2 p.m is the children’s (and adults) “The Wolf Under My Bed” concert: $8 general, $5 children 12 and under. The Schoolhouse is located at 17894 Tyler Foote Rd. on the San Juan Ridge.

Tickets are on sale at Briarpatch Market in Grass Valley, Love Shack Records in Nevada City, Mother Trucker’s on the San Juan Ridge and at the door. Call 265-2826 or e-mail for more information.

Second in film series

at Magic Theater

The Social Forum Film Series for the Month of March at the Magic Theater, 107 Argall St., Nevada City, continues with another film that celebrates Women’s History Month. The film starts at 7:35 p.m., with suggested donation of $4.

“Goddess Remembered” (1989) will show March 8.

This stunning and poetic documentary examines pre-Christian, goddess-worshipping religions. Incorporating the work of archaeologist Marija Gombutas, art historian Merlin Stone, and scholars Jean Bolen, Charlene Spretnak and Starhawk – who link the loss of goddess-centered societies with today’s environmental crisis – Goddess Remembered offers insights into these ancient cultures and explores the contemporary women’s spirituality movement inspired by them. 55 min.

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