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17. May

BRHS Celebration of Dance- Theatrical dance performance by dance students at Bear River High School including student, teacher and guest choreography. 7-9:30 p.m. BRHS Community Theatre, 11130 Magnolia Rd. 268-3700.



4 Week Fire Dancing Series- Beginning Classes: Thursdays, May 10 – 31, 5 – 6 p.m. Pioneer Park

Intermediate Classes: Tuesdays, May 8 – 29, 7:30 – 8:30, North Columbia School House. $15/ drop-in; $45/series. Contact Janina for more info or to register at 831-295-2928




Ironweed Film Night- Ironweed Films, progressive documentaries and films for the thinking folk will be shown every 3rd Thursday of the Month. 7-9 p.m. at the North Columbia Schoolhouse, 17894 Tyler Foote Road. 265-2826. 7 p.m.

The Male Chorale- California Baptist University School of Music presents. 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge, Rd., G.V. http://www.calbaptist.edu/music.

A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival (Dance Concert)- N.C. singer, songwriter, arranger & guitarist Saul Rayo & part of his Cocina del Mundo band will present a 3-night dance concert tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, May 17-19. 8-11 p.m. Tickets, $20, at Center for the Arts Box Office, 314 W. Main St., 274-8384, ext. 14; the Center’s usual ticket outlets; & at the door, if avail.

Open Mic- for all ages hosted by Ray of Light takes place at The Beat in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

The Nevada Union Choral Program Spring Concerts- May 20 3 p.m., May 24, 7 p.m. Don Baggett Theatre, NUHS. May 20 will showcase beg. choirs including Bel Canto, Women’s & Men’s Chorus. May 24 will showcase adv. choirs including Ensemble, Miners Chorus, Concert & Chamber Choir. Reserved seating tickets on sale: May 12, 10 a.m. – noon; May 14, 5-6:30 p.m.; May 19, 10 a.m. – noon. For more information, 272-5910.

Nevada City Music Events Presents- Lindsay Mac sharing the night with Paul Kamm, Eleanore MacDonald & The Little Band. 8 p.m. Miners Foundry. Tickets at door: $13, adults; $10, under 20 & over 65; children 5 and under are FREE! Part of ticket sales go to support the “The Pet Adoption League.”

“Seascape” by Edward Albee- Seascape is often considered Albee’s most accessible play. May 17 – June 2. 7 p.m., Thursdays; 8 p.m., Fri. & Sat.; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Admission for May 17, preview is “pay what you can.” Tickets: $15, adult; $12, 17 & under or 65 & over. Avail. through Center for the Arts Box Office, 274-8384, ext. 14, & door, if avail. Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson St.

The Story of Opal- The Foothill Theatre Company. April 26 Ð May 27, Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street. Written by Gale Fury Childs. Directed by Lynne Collins Tickets $11- $26, Thursdays 7 p.m., Friday & Saturday 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Preview Night: April 26th, Opening Night April 27th. 265-9320.

Servin’ Sixties, a musical comedy- Will begin a ten week run at Nevada City’s OFF Broadstreet theater, 305 Commercial Street, beginning Friday, March 16th. 8:15 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night through May 19th. One Thursday performance on May 3rd at 7:15 PM and one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on May 13th. Thurs & Sun $19, Fri $21 and Sat $23. Due to limited seating, advance reservations are strongly recommended. 265-8686.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”- Presented by the Nevada City School District Theater Arts Dept. May 17 – May 19, 7 p.m.; May 20th at 2 p.m.; $5 for adults; $3 ages 5 – 14. For tickets or more information, call 265-1840, ext. 438. Seven Hills Multi-Purpose Room, 700 Hoover Lane, N.C. 265-1840, ext. 438.

“Someone’s Somebody” – A one woman play- Accompanied by original music, this moving chronicle of Regina Louise’s life in the foster care system, & her successful emergence into adulthood, is a gripping tale of perseverance. Sac. Theater. Wed., 6:30 p.m.; Thurs., 12:30 p.m.; Thurs.; Fri; & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun, 2 p.m. May 24, free for educators. 916.443.6722 or 888.4.STC.TIX for tickets.

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18. May

Concert & Dance: Podruzki & Village Folk Orkestra- Melodic but unusual music, including several songs that are new-to-us but have been sung for centuries in the Balkan Mountains of Europe. Village Folk Orkestra & Podruzki, local Balkan choir, perform. Doors, 7:30. Music, 8 p.m. Donations requested at door. N.C. United Methodist Church. 433 Broad St. 272-2149.

“Author’s Night” w/ acclaimed mystery writers- Bill Pronzini & Marcia Muller will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Both writers have received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Private Eye Writers of America. Both writers have used Nev. Co. as one of their settings. Free. Refreshments avail. Sponsored by Friends of the Nev. Co. Libraries. Madelyn Helling County Library, 980 Helling Way.

Nevada County Duplicate Bridge Club- 12:30 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows, Grass Valley. New members welcome. Classes available 477-9586.

Nevada County Bike to Work Day- Alliance for People Powered Transportation with the Nev. Co. Transportation Commission & the City of N.C., are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Bike to Work Day. Ride to work or school. There will be a cafe crawl w/ free goodies for bicycle commuters, lots of prizes & an after party. Learn more at http://www.bicyclenevadacounty.com or call 272-7445. Register at foothillcycling@yahoo.com.

Penn Valley Rodeo: Food, Music & Rodeo- Rodeo Roundup Night, May 18, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Bull ride, barbecue & live dance music. Rodeo Parade, May 19, noon, Western Gateway Park to rodeo grounds. Events all day at rodeo grounds with Rodeo at 7 p.m. On May 20, Rodeo, 1 p.m. May 18th, tickets are $5. Advance tickets for May 19 & 20: adults, $10. At gate: Adults, $12; Children 12 yrs & younger, $5. 432-1802.

BRHS Celebration of Dance- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

“Country Meets Swing” Dance at the Golden Empire Grange- 4th Fridays. $6 cover. Lesson, 7:15 – 8 p.m. Open Dancing, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Dance to country western & swing music! Cha Cha, Waltz, Western Two Step, Night Club Two Step, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Rumba, Line, and more! Requests & singles & couples welcome. 11363 Grange Court, G.V. 432-6949.

Imaginarium Hosts Sky Show- Come watch a sky show with the Imaginarium’s Astro Guy, Wayne Watson. 9-11 p.m. While examining the night sky, observations will include: Jupiter, Mars, Saturn & the crescent moon. Tobiassen Park, 100 yards up from the Madelyn Helling Library Park. 478-6415.

Karaoke- hosted by Nichole continues at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

Karaoke- takes place at the Dew Drop Inn, 8 p.m. No cover. 19729 Cerrito Road. 268-1065.

A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival (Dance Concert)- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

Nevada City Music Events Presents- A Hot Dance Band Party Night! featuring, Buck Love & The Humperheads plus Lorraine & The Burning Sensations. 8 p.m. Miners Foundry, Great Hall. Tickets at door: $16, adults; $10, under 20 & over 65; children 5 and under FREE! Part of ticket sales go to support the “Nevada County Food Bank.”

Karaoke- hosted by Judy Armstrong takes place at the Brass Rail Tavern in North San Juan, 9 p.m. No cover 292-3443.

“That’s Entertainment Ð A Musical Revue”- Sierra Community Chorus Presents a collection of memorable music from Broadway and the movies. Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. General, $18; seniors and students, $15. All seats reserved. Call 916-789-2609 for tickets. Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College campus, 5000 Rocklin Road. $1 parking fee on Campus can be paid at machines in parking lot.

“Izabella”- Special Guest “Chingus” opens! 9 p.m. 1400 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento Tickets at the door, $7. http://www.izabellaband.com.

Karaoke- hosted by Shari takes place at York’s Driftwood Inn in Smartville, 8 p.m. No cover. 432-6430.

“Chapter Two”- Neil Simon’s critically acclaimed, romantic comedy. 8 p.m. Performances continue through June 10. Fridays & Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Tickets: $22 adults, $20 seniors & children 12 and under. The Actor’s Theatre of Folsom, Stage Nine Entertainment Store & Theatre, 717 Sutter Street, Folsom. (916) 353-1001.

“Seascape” by Edward Albee- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

Servin’ Sixties, a musical comedy- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

The Story of Opal- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

“Someone’s Somebody” – A one woman play- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

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19. May

Nevada County Traction Company Tours- Partly narrated train ride, 402 Railroad Ave, Nevada City. March 1 – May 24, Weekends only, 2 p.m. 265-0896

The Hwy. 40 Spring Hot Rod Show- Pre 1970s cars or motorcycles. Presented by the Kiwania Club of Greater Colfax and the Heads of Colfax hot rod Club. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Old Town Colfax, Main St. in Todds Plaza. Pre-entry: $15/car; Day of show: $20/car, Reg. forms at http://www.liveincolfax.com or 798-0215.

Gold Rush Book Fair- Over 50 distinguished booksellers displaying their rare, used, out-of-print books, maps, photographs & paper material for public sale. Food and drink on site. “It’s like browsing in a great old bookshop.” 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nev. Co. Fair Grounds. 470-0189. http://www.goldrushbookfair.com

AnimalSave’s 3rd Annual Fun Run/Walk for the Animals – 5K & 10K. Registration begins 8 a.m. Race starts 9 a.m. Adults, kids, and well-mannered dogs welcome. $20, Adult; $15, Child advance registration. $25 after May 12. Entry forms at AnimalSave (520 E. Main Street, G.V.) or online at http://www.animalsave.org. Realty Executives Parking Lot, 425 Commercial Street, N.C. 271-7071.

Nevada City Winery Open House- The event & wine tasting is complimentary. Including barrel tasting & bottle your own bottle party, Gewurztraminer Vertical Tasting, hors d’oeuvres & live music. Sat., 12-6 p.m. & Sun., 12-5 p.m. N.C. Winery, 321 Spring St. downtown N.C., next to Miners Foundry. 265-9463.

Penn Valley Rodeo: Food, Music & Rodeo- See Friday, May 18, listing.

BRHS Celebration of Dance- See Thursday, May 17, listing. .

Ballroom Dancing- Every Sat. to the live fantastic sounds of Wally on keyboard & Rich Page on Sax at the Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Rd. G.V. Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Foxtrot & Waltz the night away from 7-10 p.m. Open to all ages. Singles or couples. Non-members welcome. $6. Contact Sydney, for more info., at 272-4190

Nevada City Contra Dance- First Saturday of month. Sponsored by Foothill Country Dancers, live music by Hot Cider. No partner necessary, beginners welcome. Newcomers at 7:30 p.m. at the Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall. Cost $8 ($7 with membership). For more information call 477-8103.

Sabroso: Nev. Co.’s Own Nine-Piece Afro-Cuban- Sabroso will be raising the roof at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. Jazz and Salsa Dance Band.

Dance lessons from Salsa Sierra, 7:30 Ð 8 p.m. Music starts, 8 p.m. N. Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, San Juan Ridge. $13 for NCSCC members, $15 for non-members.

5th Annual Gourd Art Festival & Gourd Sale- Over 40 gourd artists from all over CA selling their exquisite gourd art. Vendors selling gourd supplies and tools. Free demonstrations from expert gourd artists. 9-5 p.m. 21886 Knights Rd., Knights Landing. FREE. Gourd classes by 5 outstanding artists, May 18 -20. Pre-register by May 14. http://www.GourdFarmer.com. 735-6677.

Jammin’ for Jesus- A day of gospel music at Ponderosa Park Amphitheater, Brownsville. Free. 11-7 p.m. Eight worship bands. Bring your blankets, sit on the hillside and join us. No alcohol, drugs, animals or ice chests will be allowed in the park. 675-2151.

A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival (Dance Concert)- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

Jazz at Summer Thyme’s- Listen to Jazz while having a good breakfast, lunch, coffee or deserts. Bill Douglas on bass, John Girton on guitar and Nora Nausbaum on flute. Summer Thyme’s, 421 Colfax Ave. 10 – 1 p.m.

Ocean’s 3 Jazz Trio- Performing Jazz Standards for your listening enjoyment. 8-11 p.m. The Holbrooke Hotel, 212 W. Main St. 273-1353

Guitarist and one man band, Clod Headgate- The Nevada County Certified Growers Market presents Guitarist and one man band, Clod Headgate on May 19. Nev. Co. Fairgrounds, Gate 4 from 8-noon. For more information, call 265-5551.

The Nevada Union Choral Program Spring Concerts- May 20 3 p.m., May 24, 7 p.m. Don Baggett Theatre, NUHS. May 20 will showcase beg. choirs including Bel Canto, Women’s & Men’s Chorus. May 24 will showcase adv. choirs including Ensemble, Miners Chorus, Concert & Chamber Choir. Reserved seating tickets on sale: May 12, 10 a.m. – noon; May 14, 5-6:30 p.m.; May 19, 10 a.m. – noon. For more information, 272-5910.

Karaoke- hosted by Doug continues at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

Karaoke- hosted by Judy Armstrong takes place at the Brass Rail Tavern in North San Juan, 9 p.m. No cover 292-3443.

“That’s Entertainment Ð A Musical Revue”- Sierra Community Chorus Presents a collection of memorable music from Broadway and the movies. Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. General, $18; seniors and students, $15. All seats reserved. Call 916-789-2609 for tickets. Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College campus, 5000 Rocklin Road. $1 parking fee on Campus can be paid at machines in parking lot.

Garden Tour- Tour various gardens around Nevada County. $20 presale, $22 at Gardens. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets available at Weiss Brothers and G.V. Florist. 12153 Nevada City Hwy. 477-8013

Double Oak Vineyards & Winery- tasting of the estate grown and produced wines. Tours and picnicking, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, 14510 Blind Shady Road, San Juan Ridge. Free. 292-3235.

“Chapter Two”- See Friday, May 18, listing.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes”- May 12 -Jun 17. Sat & Sun., 1:30 p.m. Tickets, $10 for children 12 & under; $12. seniors; & $15, adults. Tickets at the theatre or by calling (916) 353-1001. The Young People’s Theatre of Folsom, Stage Nine Entertainment Store & Theatre, 717 Sutter St., in Historic Folsom.

“Seascape” by Edward Albee- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

The Story of Opal- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

Servin’ Sixties, a musical comedy- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

“Someone’s Somebody” – A one woman play- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

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20. May

Nevada County Traction Company Tours- Partly narrated train ride, 402 Railroad Ave, Nevada City. March 1 – May 24, Weekends only, 2 p.m. 265-0896

“The Gathering”- There will be a gathering of 20 authors, artists and poets in Alleghany today. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more info. and the exact location, call 287-3287.

Nevada City Winery Open House- See Saturday, May 19, listing.

Penn Valley Rodeo: Food, Music & Rodeo- See Friday, May 18, listing.

North Columbia Schoolhouse Plant Sale & Flea Market- Plants, Vegetable Starts, Herbs, Flowers, Handmade Crafts and Gifts, Fine Art, Jewelry, Flea Market Items, Food & Drink. Over 30 vendors 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. FREE. 265-2826.

5th Annual Gourd Art Festival & Gourd Sale- Over 40 gourd artists from all over CA selling their exquisite gourd art. Vendors selling gourd supplies and tools. Free demonstrations from expert gourd artists. 9-5 p.m. 21886 Knights Rd., Knights Landing. FREE. Gourd classes by 5 outstanding artists, May 18 -20. Pre-register by May 14. http://www.GourdFarmer.com. 735-6677.

Sunday Blues Jams- The enormously popular blues jams at The Holiday Cabaret, 1255 E. Main St., Grass Valley, are ending this Sunday, May 20. The final Holiday jam will start at 2pm and run ’til 6. There will be guest performers from Auburn, Roseville and Citrus Heights, plus the usual local talented entertainers. For information call 272-6466 or 477-9933.

The Nevada Union Choral Program Spring Concerts- May 20 3 p.m., May 24, 7 p.m. Don Baggett Theatre, NUHS. May 20 will showcase beg. choirs including Bel Canto, Women’s & Men’s Chorus. May 24 will showcase adv. choirs including Ensemble, Miners Chorus, Concert & Chamber Choir. Reserved seating tickets on sale: May 12, 10 a.m. – noon; May 14, 5-6:30 p.m.; May 19, 10 a.m. – noon. For more information, 272-5910.

Twin Cities Concert Association- “Orchestre Panache,” featuring trombonist, Eric Starr and Sierra College Nevada County Campus chorale. 1:15 p.m., pre-concert forum with Dr. Aileen James; concert at 2 p.m. $16 general; $14 seniors (60+); free, children 5-17 with adult. Tickets at Mountain Mail, Raley’s center & door. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12289 Osborne Hill Drive, off hwy. 174. 470-9454 or http://www.tcca.net.

Drummers’ Showcase- The Center for the Arts, John Basa & The Drum Studio present the Annual Drummers’ Showcase featuring The Students of The Drum Studio and Special Guests. 1 p.m. $8 – Adults; $6 – Students (18 & under); Seniors (65 & up); Kids 5 and under – FREE! Tickets at The Drum Studio, 984 Plaza Dr., G.V. or at door. 271-0992.

Open Mic- hosted by Thomas Spellman takes place at Cafe Mekka in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 478-1517.

Sunday Blues Jam & Goodtimes – Andy Keane & Kinda Blue to host. PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Motherlode Drive, Placerville. 1 – 6 p.m. Admission is FREE. 626-0336, 268-9166 or http://www.sierrabluessociety.org, for info.

“That’s Entertainment Ð A Musical Revue”- See Friday, May 18, listing.

Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers- perform front-porch bluegrass from 10 a.m.-noon at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace, across from the Rough and Ready Market between the wedding chapel and the blacksmith’s shop in Rough and Ready. Bring your own chair. Free. 432-1501.

Garden Tour- Tour various gardens around Nevada County. $20 presale, $22 at Gardens. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets available at Weiss Brothers and G.V. Florist. 12153 Nevada City Hwy. 477-8013

“The Emperor’s New Clothes”- See Saturday, May 19, listing.

“Seascape” by Edward Albee- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

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21. May

The Nevada Union Choral Program Spring Concerts- See Sunday, May 20, listing.

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22. May

The Prospering Power of Love- Study and open discussion of the book “The Prospering Power Of Love” by Catherine Ponder meets at 7 p.m. This is a Unity book but no religious affiliation required. For more information or location call 274-1835. 7:00pm – 8:30 p.m.

Social Forum Film Series- “With God On Our Side.” This doc. gives the historical context necessary to understand President Bush’s evangelical agenda, exploring the five-decade political education of born-again Christians with a religious bio. of Bush. 7:30 p.m. Join our lively discussion after the film. The Magic Theater, 107 Argall Way, N.C. 432-0991.

Karaoke- takes place at Dos Banditos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in Nevada City, 8-11 p.m. No cover. 101 Broad St. 265-4840.

Open Mic- hosted by Albert Martinez and Steve Sheppard takes place at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 265-0116.

Jazz Concert at the Towe Auto Museum- Love autos & jazz? Experience both during the Towe Auto Museum’s “Jazz Week,” featuring Paco Gatsby Jazz Band from Guatemala. Jazz w/ salsa flavor Ð high energy and lots fun! 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets, $12. Order & pay for advance by calling (916) 442-6802. 2200 Front St., Sac. 95818.

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23. May

Open Mic – Hosted by Lisa, takes place at Chief Crazy Horse Inn, 8 p.m. 230 Commercial St., Nevada City. 470-8443

Wildflower Treks for People with Limited Mobility- Bill Nickerl, Nev. Co. Land Trust trek leader & Ana Acton, Program Manager at FREED Center for Independent Living, offer wildflower treks for people of limited mobility, including people in wheelchairs. Independence Trail, April 25; Litton Trail, May 9; Omega Rest Stop & Sierra Discovery Trail, May 23. Meet at the Beam Center on Colfax Avenue (Hwy. 174), 10 a.m. each Wed. We’ll be back by 2 p.m. $3.00 donation. 272.5994

PAWS to Read at the Library – George, the certified reading therapy dog, will be at the Madelyn Helling Library on Wednesdays, May 2, 23 & 30, 4 – 5 p.m. to welcome and encourage elementary school-age children to read at their own pace without being judged. Sign-ups may be made by phone, email or at the library. Free admission. Call 265-1538 to sign-up.

Gospel Singing Group Practice- Drop-ins welcome. Wednesdays. 6-7 p.m., UU Community of the Mountains, 246 South Church St. 477-1655.

The Disney Musical- Aladdin Jr. – Chico Performances and the Blue Room Young Company. 7:30 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium at California State University, Chico. Adult, $12; Senior, $10; Student/Child, $8. Tickets at the University Box Office, 898-6333, 2nd & Normal Streets.

“Someone’s Somebody” – A one woman play- See Thursday, May 17, listing.

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Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley: There is a mine history film, historical and mineral displays, and also miles of hiking trails. Open, May 1 through September 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission: $3 for 17 years and older; $1 children 6-16 years old; children under 6 are free. Cottage tours are at 1 p.m, Monday through Friday, from June 1st to September 3rd. Mine yard tours are at 2 p.m. Tour cost is $1.50 (under 17 free). Saturday, June 16, Mine Yard Living History Day. Dogs on leashes are welcome. 273-8522.

The Firehouse Museum, 214 Main St., Nevada City: Currently closed for winter. The museum’s displays include relics of the Donner Party and clothing, furnishings, and photographs of Nevada County’s early pioneers. Summer hours are noon-3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1 through September. 265-5468.

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 an interactive hands-on science museum. “Body Parts: How We Work” will be on display through June. This exhibit is an overview of the human body and includes “Mr. Bones” a bicycle riding skeleton that shows joint movement. Open one Friday or Saturday a month call for schedule. On the 30th, Bill Thomas & Glen Youman will display amateur built astronomical telescopes. $3 Students & Seniors, $5 Adults. noon – 5 p.m. 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. $2 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. Winter hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 470-0902.

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 will be open between May 1 and Oct. 15. 273-4255.

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. The Visitor Center is opens daily at 11 a.m. and offers exhibits and historic displays. Park hours are sunrise to sunset with the park gate opening at 10 a.m. 432-2546.

Underground Gold Miners Museum, Sixteen to One Mine, 356 Main St., Alleghany. Visit the Underground Gold Miners Museum and discover the history of hard rock mining and the Alleghany Mining District. Relive recent discoveries of gold through a video. Examine crystalline gold specimens and world-renowned gold-laced quartz jewelry. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Weekends 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Open Tuesdays through Fridays by request. Reservations 287-3330.


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