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11. May

Goldancers Squaredance Club of Nevada City- advance workshop 6:30-7 p.m., two plus tips with one advance tip 7-9:30 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Lane, Grass Valley. Caller is Scott Pearce. 272-2111 or 272-2445.



The Waybacks- perform a NightLIVE Broadcast at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. Tickets $18. 274-8384.

Nevada County Regulators- perform rock ‘n’ roll and originals at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9 p.m No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.




Open Mic- for all ages hosted by Ray of Light takes place at The Beat in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

George Souza and Friends- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

The Blank Tapes- featuring Matt Adams performs indie/folk/rock music at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 8:30 p.m. $4-cover. 265-0116.

John Girton- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Empire Mine State Historic Park Public Tours- take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

“Put Another Nickel In”- a musical comedy by John Driscoll will be performed at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. “Put Another Nickel In” takes place at a seaside retreat, a young female research scientist conducts an experiment with four elderly male musicians on the psychological effects of aging. Isolated from the rest of the world, the men are treated as though they have gone back in time to 1960 in the hope that their altered mental state will somehow reverse the aging process. The study produces some surprises, light-hearted lessons and wonderful discoveries for everyone involved. Performances are 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday matinees, and 7:15 p.m. Thursdays through May 13. Tickets $21-Fridays, and $23-Saturdays, $19-for Thursday and Sunday performances. Advance reservations are recommended. 265-8686.

Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest- written by Jacklyn Maddux will be performed by the Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. “Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest” is a charming, offbeat coming-of-age story abut a quirky household of three women, who join forces against their own loneliness and a belligerent, flag-waving neighbor, and discover the little miracles that can occur if we just – for a moment – let our defenses down. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets Thursday and Sunday $24, Friday and Saturday $26. Discounts available for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

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12. May

Friends of Sierra Rock Art – Dessert potluck 7 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., Madelyn Helling Library, Conference Room, Nevada City. Guest speakers Hank Meals and Bill Drake will show slides and speak about Sierra Nevada Petroglyphs. 272-7458. 7:00p.m.://

Nevada County Folkdancers- host a dance at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Nevada City. Lessons for traditional dances from Eastern Europe 8-9 p.m. followed by dancing Admission by donation. 272-2149.

Patrick Landeza and Friends- perform at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. Tickets $18. 274-8384.

7th Annual Grass Valley Old West Antiques Show- takes place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $7-general, $10-two day pass. 272-3243.

Powers and Barnett in Concert- takes place at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. No host bar 6:30 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m. Featuring Wayne Powers, Noreen Barnett, and Lydia Noland and special guests the Denny Russell Band. Tickets $22. 432-9058.

Ray of Light- performs original acoustic music at the Wall Street Cafe in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

Zuma- performs acoustic guitar at Diego’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, 6-9 p.m. No cover. 217 Colfax Highway. 477-1460.

Toni Cole- performs a blend of acoustic rock, blues and a selection of tributes from Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge and Heart at Athens Kuzina Restaurant & 49er Bar & Grill in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 273-5553.

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

Mark Frisbee- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Ghost Riders- perform dance music at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 265-4551.

Peter Wilson and Martin Holland- performs at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050.

George Souza – performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover.

Cousin Cricket- performs rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and funky jams at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.

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

Empire Mine State Historic Park Public Tours- take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

The Pleasant Valley Pheasant Pluckers- improv troup performs at the Winter Stage in Nevada City, 8 p.m. Tickets $10. 554 Searls Ave. 470-0700.

Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest- written by Jacklyn Maddux will be performed by the Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. “Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest” is a charming, offbeat coming-of-age story abut a quirky household of three women, who join forces against their own loneliness and a belligerent, flag-waving neighbor, and discover the little miracles that can occur if we just – for a moment – let our defenses down. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets Thursday and Sunday $24, Friday and Saturday $26. Discounts available for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

“Put Another Nickel In”- a musical comedy by John Driscoll will be performed at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. “Put Another Nickel In” takes place at a seaside retreat, a young female research scientist conducts an experiment with four elderly male musicians on the psychological effects of aging. Isolated from the rest of the world, the men are treated as though they have gone back in time to 1960 in the hope that their altered mental state will somehow reverse the aging process. The study produces some surprises, light-hearted lessons and wonderful discoveries for everyone involved. Performances are 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday matinees, and 7:15 p.m. Thursdays through May 13. Tickets $21-Fridays, and $23-Saturdays, $19-for Thursday and Sunday performances. Advance reservations are recommended. 265-8686.

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13. May

Climate Change: How It Will Affect Our Community – a Town Hall Conference- takes place at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The all-day conference will make available information, resources, and experts to assist the public in understanding not just the problems presented by climate change, but especially the potential solutions available for both the community and individuals. Donation of $5-$30 at the door is requested, but not required. 470-8381. 9:00am – 5:00pm

Foothills Swing Dance Society- 2nd Saturday Swing Out, 7 p.m. St. Joseph’s Hall, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley. Beginning lesson 7 to 8 p.m. DJ’d dance 8 to 11 p.m. $10 for dance and lesson; $6 for dance only. Singles welcome, no experience necessary. 906-2048.

Ballroom Dancing- 7-10 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley. Live music. All ages welcome. Singles or couples. $6. 272-4190.

Second Saturday Swing- for all ages at St. Joseph’s Hall in Grass Valley. Beginning dance lessons, 7-8 p.m., DJ dancing 8-11 p.m., Partners are not required. $10-lessons and dance, $6-dance only. 906-2048.

Placer Nature Center Family Day- featuring Spring wildflowers takes place at the Placer Nature Center in Auburn, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors enjoy a self-guided walk along a trail where wildflowers will be labeled. Free. Reservations required 878-6053.

Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Grass Valley- with “The Tour Lady” takes place at 10 a.m., meet at the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tours offer a look at roaring days of Gold Rush Era. Hear tales of famous and infamous people, places and events of years past. $15-adults, $5-children under 12, children under 5 free. Wear comfortable shoes. 432-0973.

Objects in the Mirror and Michael Manring- perform at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. Tickets $18. 274-8384.

7th Annual Grass Valley Old West Antiques Show- takes place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $7-general, $10-two day pass. 272-3243.

Grace Unlimited Southern Gospel Concert- for all ages takes place at the Whispering Pines Church in Grass Valley, 6 p.m. Free. Refreshments will also be served during the concert. 680 Brighton St. 273-1722. 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum 3rd Annual Celebration- takes place at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum in Nevada City, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Event features guided tours, rail bus, live music, horse and wagon and more. Free. 470-0902.

Guided Wildflower Walk- 10 a.m., Independence Trail. Meet at the trail entrance along Highway 49. Fairy lanterns, delphinium, and brodiaeas should be in bloom. 273-6881.

Middle Eastern Music Concert and Dance Performance- takes place at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the North San Juan Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Featuring Helm, Shekina Sahar and Venus Serpentina. Tickets $12-general, $10-NCSCC members. 265-2826.

Billy Bensing- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Zuma- performs acoustic guitar at Diego’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, 6-9 p.m. No cover. 217 Colfax Highway. 477-1460.

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

Ghost Riders- perform dance music at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 265-4551.

George Souza – performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover.

Buck Love & The Humperheads- perform R&B, soul, funk, southern rock, reggae, folk and more at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.

Peter Wilson and Martin Holland- performs at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050.

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

Karaoke- hosted by Shari at the York’s Driftwood Inn in Smartville, 7-10 p.m. No cover. 10091 Mooney Flat Road. 432-6430.

Empire Mine State Historic Park “Spring Open House”- take place at Empire Mine State Historic Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include living history presentations in the Mine Yard, Bourn Cottage and Clubhouse. In the “cottage,” volunteers will be dressed in period costumes and will recreate characters from the Empire Mine’s color past. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Park hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 273-8522.

Double Oak Vineyards & Winery- tasting and tours of the estate grown and produced wines 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, 14510 Blind Shady Road, San Juan Ridge. Free. 292-3235.

The Pleasant Valley Pheasant Pluckers- improv troup performs at the Winter Stage in Nevada City, 8 p.m. Tickets $10. 554 Searls Ave. 470-0700.

Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest- written by Jacklyn Maddux will be performed by the Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. “Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest” is a charming, offbeat coming-of-age story abut a quirky household of three women, who join forces against their own loneliness and a belligerent, flag-waving neighbor, and discover the little miracles that can occur if we just – for a moment – let our defenses down. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets Thursday and Sunday $24, Friday and Saturday $26. Discounts available for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

“Put Another Nickel In”- a musical comedy by John Driscoll will be performed at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. “Put Another Nickel In” takes place at a seaside retreat, a young female research scientist conducts an experiment with four elderly male musicians on the psychological effects of aging. Isolated from the rest of the world, the men are treated as though they have gone back in time to 1960 in the hope that their altered mental state will somehow reverse the aging process. The study produces some surprises, light-hearted lessons and wonderful discoveries for everyone involved. Performances are 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday matinees, and 7:15 p.m. Thursdays through May 13. Tickets $21-Fridays, and $23-Saturdays, $19-for Thursday and Sunday performances. Advance reservations are recommended. 265-8686.

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14. May

45th Annual Mother’s Day Scotch Broom Breakfast- 8 a.m.-noon, North San Juan Firehall. All-you-can-eat pancake, ham and eggs, coffee and juice breakfast. Featuring a spring plant sale and raffle. Breakfast tickets $5-adults, $3-children under 12. 265-9178. 8:00am – 12:00p.m.://

Dances of Universal Peace- takes place at the Nevada County Library in Nevada City, sacred dancing from 6-8 p.m. No partner or experience required. Suggested donation $4-$7. 478-0320

Mother’s Day Brunch- takes place at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge. Breakfast includes champagne, mimosas, eggs benedicts and fresh fruits. Live music by Charles, the “music man.” Tickets $15-adults, $8-children under 12. 109 S. School St. 273-9228. 10:00am – 12:00pm

19th Annual Mothers Day Plant & Garden Show- takes place at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, 9 a.m. Featuring locally grown vegetable starts, herbs, flowers, trees, exhibitions, demonstrations and more. Free. 265-9495. 9:00am – 3:00p.m.://

Barbara and Roger- perform at Margaritas Restaurant & Cantina in Grass Valley, 1 p.m. No cover. 272-6974.

Kelly Fleming- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover.

John Girton- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Kan’Nal- performs primal rhythmic, psychedelic, organic, music at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. $10-cover. 265-0116.

Open Mic- hosted by Thomas Spellman takes place at Café Mekka in Nevada City, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 237 Commercial St. 478-1517.

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.

Empire Mine State Historic Park “Spring Open House”- take place at Empire Mine State Historic Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include living history presentations in the Mine Yard, Bourn Cottage and Clubhouse. In the “cottage,” volunteers will be dressed in period costumes and will recreate characters from the Empire Mine’s color past. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Park hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 273-8522.

Empire Mine State Historic Park Grounds and Garden Tours- takes place at Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, 12:30 p.m. The guided tour describes the historical sites and the native and exotic plants found on the grounds. Park admission $3 for 17 and over, $1 for children 6-16 year olds, children 6 and under free. Park hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 273-8522.

Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest- written by Jacklyn Maddux will be performed by the Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. “Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest” is a charming, offbeat coming-of-age story abut a quirky household of three women, who join forces against their own loneliness and a belligerent, flag-waving neighbor, and discover the little miracles that can occur if we just – for a moment – let our defenses down. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets Thursday and Sunday $24, Friday and Saturday $26. Discounts available for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

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15. May

Peter Wilson- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Empire Mine State Historic Park Public Tours- take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

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16. May

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

George Souza – performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Empire Mine State Historic Park Public Tours- take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

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17. May

Clogging Classes- for all ages takes place at Sierra Dance Institute in Grass Valley. Beginners 6:45 p.m., intermediate 7:45 p.m. Sponsored by the Tommyknocker Cloggers. $7-per person. 477-5129 6:45pm – 8:45p.m.://

Newcomers Club of Nevada County Fashion Show and Luncheon- “Swing into Spring” takes place at the Lake Wildwood Country Club in Penn Valley. 11:45 a.m. $20. 432-2037 or 477-8922.

Open Mic- hosted by Lisa takes place at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9 p.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

SolS- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Jonathan Meredith- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

The Electones- from Southern California perform funky hot jazz-funk at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 8:30 p.m. $3-cover. 265-0116.

Empire Mine State Historic Park Public Tours- take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

Ten Little Indians- by Agatha Christie performed by the Nevada Union High School Theatre Department at Nevada Union’s Black Box Theatre. Performances are 7 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. May 27. Tickets $10-general, $8-students and seniors. 273-4431 ext. 301.

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18. May

Goldancers Squaredance Club of Nevada City- advance workshop 6:30-7 p.m., two plus tips with one advance tip 7-9:30 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Lane, Grass Valley. Caller is Scott Pearce. 272-2111 or 272-2445.

Open Mic- for all ages hosted by Ray of Light takes place at The Beat in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

George Souza and Friends- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Kush & Bloodfiyah Angels- from San Diego perform positive roots based dub reggae at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 8:30 p.m. $4-cover. 265-0116.

John Girton- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Nevada County Poetry Series- presents featured readers at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. Readers will be Laura Pendell, Brigit Truex, and James Lee Jobe. Tickets $5-general, $1-under 18. 432-8196 or 274-8384.

Empire Mine State Historic Park Public Tours- take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream- by the Yuba River Charter School will performed at the Off Center Stage at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Performances are 2 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $10-adults, $5-students.

Ten Little Indians- by Agatha Christie performed by the Nevada Union High School Theatre Department at Nevada Union’s Black Box Theatre. Performances are 7 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. May 27. Tickets $10-general, $8-students and seniors. 273-4431 ext. 301.

Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest- written by Jacklyn Maddux will be performed by the Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. “Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest” is a charming, offbeat coming-of-age story abut a quirky household of three women, who join forces against their own loneliness and a belligerent, flag-waving neighbor, and discover the little miracles that can occur if we just – for a moment – let our defenses down. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets Thursday and Sunday $24, Friday and Saturday $26. Discounts available for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

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19. May

Spiritual Cinema- takes place at the Center for Living Compassion in Nevada City, 7-9 p.m. Featuring “Smudge,” and “Heavens Bookstore.” 194 Gold Flat Road. Free, donations accepted. Reservations requested, space limited. 432-8302.

Ancient Future Arabic Dance Ensemble- with Matthew Montfort, Georges Lammam, Salah Takesh and Doug McKeehan perform at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. Tickets $15. 613-1865.

Puttin’ on the Ritz- takes place at Bear River High School, 7 p.m. Event features four Bear River High School choirs performing jazz and show tune standards. Tickets $9-general, $8-students and seniors. 268-3700 ext. 4833.

Podruzhki- performs songs from Istria and Bulgaria with the Village Folk Orkestra during a dance concert at the Nevada City United Methodist Church. Doors open 7:30 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m. $5-donation. 272-2149.

Sky Show- 8:45-10:30 p.m., Tobiassen Park, Nevada City. Wayne Watson will focus on Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. Observations will also include astronomical objects such as galaxies, globular clusters and double stars. Sponsored by the Imaginarium. 478-6415.

49th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo Bulls, Bucks, Broncs and Barrels- takes place at the Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds behind the Penn Valley Fire Station. Friday the gates open at 5:30 p.m. with a barbecue dinner, music by the Stardust Cowboys 6-8 p.m., and the Bull Riding Extravaganza begins at 8 p.m.; Saturday pre-rodeo action begins with the Keith Wilson Memorial Bull Riding Event at 10 a.m., “Mutton Bustin” at 4 p.m. followed by the Calf Short Race, and the rodeo at 7 p.m., followed by music by the Grateful Living; Sunday “Mutton Bustin” and the Calf Short Race at noon, followed by the rodeo at 1 p.m. Tickets $10-adults in advance, $12-adults at the gate, $5-children under 12 in advance, $6-children under 12 at the gate, children 5 and under are free. 432-1802.

Greg Hayes- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Zuma- performs acoustic guitar at Diego’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, 6-9 p.m. No cover. 217 Colfax Highway. 477-1460.

Toni Cole- performs a blend of acoustic rock, blues and a selection of tributes from Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge and Heart at Athens Kuzina Restaurant & 49er Bar & Grill in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 273-5553.

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

Ghost Riders- perform dance music at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 265-4551.

Frame of Mind- performs an original blend of new jam-rock with a multitude of flavors and styles at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.

Dave and Alice- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover.

Sabroso- performs salsa dancing at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050.

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

Empire Mine State Historic Park Public Tours- take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

Ten Little Indians- by Agatha Christie performed by the Nevada Union High School Theatre Department at Nevada Union’s Black Box Theatre. Performances are 7 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. May 27. Tickets $10-general, $8-students and seniors. 273-4431 ext. 301.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream- by the Yuba River Charter School will performed at the Off Center Stage at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Performances are 2 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $10-adults, $5-students.

The Pleasant Valley Pheasant Pluckers- improv troup performs at the Winter Stage in Nevada City, 8 p.m. Tickets $10. 554 Searls Ave. 470-0700.

Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest- written by Jacklyn Maddux will be performed by the Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. “Strange Sightings in the Great Southwest” is a charming, offbeat coming-of-age story abut a quirky household of three women, who join forces against their own loneliness and a belligerent, flag-waving neighbor, and discover the little miracles that can occur if we just – for a moment – let our defenses down. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets Thursday and Sunday $24, Friday and Saturday $26. Discounts available for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

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Afternoon Deli, 101 W. McKnight Way, Grass Valley: “Prehistoric Rock Art,” photography of Petroglyphs and Pictographs of California, Utah and New Mexico, by Karen Ostergard will be on display through May. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. 273-6066.

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

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

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

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

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

Exposure Gallery, 312 Broad St., Nevada City: Photography by Shannon Perry, Eli Rush and David McKayare currently on display. View during business hours. 265-4342.

Flour Garden Bakery, 11999 Sutton Way, Grass Valley: Original coffee art and floral acrylic paintings by Marjie Morris will be on display through May. View during business hours. 477-7394.

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.

Gallery II, 217 W. Main St., Grass Valley: “State of Being” paintings by Kara Asilanis Gridley and Nancy Cowan will be on display through June 10. Also 30 member artists will also exhibit their work, which include watercolors, prints, oils and pastels, ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, photography and various crafts and gift items. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 274-0112.

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.

Harmony Books, 231 Broad St., Nevada City: Watercolors by Loanna Beason are currently on display. View during business hours. 265-9564.

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 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.

Jason’s StudioCafe-The Coffee and Wine Bar Gallery, 134 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley: Functional and decorative ceramics by Linda Webb Elfert, kinetic and found object sculpture of Nemo Gould, and prints by Howard Levine and Margaret Warner Swan is currently on display. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 273-7057.

Jerianne Van Dijk Gallery, 316 W. Main St., Grass Valley: Works in watercolor and more by Jerianne Van Dijk and works in oil by Betsy Lombard are on display viewed in artists studio/gallery. Open Fridays 1-5 p.m., Saturdays noon-4 p.m., or by appointment. 271-0676.

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: In the Ghidotti Building, plein air landscapes done in pastel of Nevada County and the Sierra by Jane Welles is on display continuously. View during business hours. 265-6710.

Laloo, 400 Broad St., Nevada City: Botanical watercolors by Nancy Kaestner and whimsical pet portraits by Kathryn Wronski are on display continuously. 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 display continuously. 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 display continuously. View during business hours. 272-1094.

Las Katarinas Mexican Restaurant, 311 Broad St., Nevada City: A revolving art exhibition by Esther Escott. The exhibit highlights pastels with vivid colors of subjects from the old Spanish Colonial part of Mexico. View during business hours. 478-0275.

Lilly Vigil Gallery, 214 Broad St., Nevada City: A collection of Native American art and jewelry is on display continuously. 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 display continuously. View during business hours. 273-1596.

Luna Soleil Cafe, 760 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley: Oil paintings by Bob Libutti and photography by Louise Ivy will be on continuous display. Also on display permanently etch art by Light Point Design. View during business hours. 477-0455.

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.

Mostly Clay & Fine Crafts, 227 Broad St., Nevada City: Functional pottery, sculpture and clay jewelry are featured by over 40 local artists. Handmade furniture, jewelry, weavings, turned and hand-hewn wooden bowls, blown and slumped glass, as well as art books are also on display. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Hours are often extended on Friday and Saturday evenings. 265-3535.

Mountain Song, 104 N. Pine St., Nevada City: Watercolors and spiritwood by J.T. Sterling; beaded window ornaments by Jan’s Jewels; horseshoe nail art by Sculptured Spikes & Nubbins; and handmade dolls by Laura White are currently on display. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 265-2523.

Mowen Solinsky Gallery, 225 Broad St., Nevada City: Colorful botanical images of photographer Huntington Witherill in the 2nd First Friday Artwalk Series, May 5, 6-9 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through May. 265-4682.

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

Neighborhood Center of the Arts, 200 Litton Dr., Suite 212, Grass Valley: 2006 “House and Garden” exhibition will be on display through June 2. View during business hours. 272-7287.

Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring St., Nevada City: Works by LeeAnn Brook will be on display through May. View during business hours. 265-6470.

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.

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: Spontaneous paintings on canvas emerging as a result of the chigong practice by Sarah Diaz-Bastin, and photography from the SYRCL Scenic Film Festival by John Daly Photography are on display continuously. View during business hours 265-6064.

Renaissance Beauty Skin Care and Galleria, 310 1/2 Broad St., Nevada City: “Landscape Meditations” photography by Ron Sroyer is on display continuously. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, or by appointment. 265-5084.

Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City: “Young At Art,” an exhibition open to all local schools and youths, featured hundreds of paintings, drawings, collage, Art Docent Program projects and other art on the walls of the county government center will be on display through May 26. View during business hours. 478-6400 ext. 212.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Outpatient Center, 155 Glasson Way, Grass Valley: Fine art by 20 Nevada County artists and photographers is on display continuously in the lobby and halls. View during business hours.

South Pine Cafe, 102 Richardson St., Grass Valley. Color oils of California pots by Howard Levine will be on display through May. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.

South Pine Cafe, 110 S. Pine St., Grass Valley. Flower etchings by Peggy Levine are on display through May. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.

Tokis Fountain and Grill, 29375 State Highway 49, North San Juan: Ongoing display of Dutch Hunts gold, silver and stone jewelry, 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 display continuously. Hours are Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m., and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. 478-1837.

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

museums

& exhibits

Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley: The park offers tours of the Mine Yard, Bourn Cottage and gardens. There is a mine history film, historical and mineral displays, and also miles of hiking trails. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $3 for 17 years and older, $1 children 6-16 years old, children under 6 are free. Tour cost is $1.50 per person (under 17 free). For specific tour times call 273-8522.

The Firehouse Museum, 214 Main St., Nevada City: The museum contains one of Nevada County’s best collections of 19th century memorabilia, a Chinese Joss House, Maidu Indian artifacts. The museum has been named as a Haunted House of California. Tours available. Sponsored by the Nevada County Historical Society, whose docents staff it. Closed until Spring. 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 Return of the Dinosaurs” a special exhibit of fossils, dinosaur models and other ancient artifacts is on display through June. “Butterflies” an exhibit of live butterflies opens in April. The Imaginarium is an interactive hands-on science museum. The museum is open on weekdays by appointment only for schools and other groups. 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: Offers a collection of railroad artifacts, photographs, and documents related to the railroad that operated in Nevada County from 1876 to 1942. Exhibits include Engine 5 which appeared in many movies and television shows. The county’s first steam automobile and other examples of local transportation history are present. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday only. Free admission, donations appreciated. 470-0902.

North Star Mining Museum, Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley. The museum contains a display of mining equipment including a 30 foot Pelton wheel, shaker table, dynamite packing machine and Cornish pump. Docent available for tours, picnic area available. Donations requested. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily May through mid October. 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.

Shepard Garden & Arts Center, (Sacramento) The Sacramento Garden and Arts Center 15th annual Spring Sale, March 25-26. (916) 264-8800.

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 (530) 287-3330.

Watson Cabin Museum, 560 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City. Experience early 20th century life along the shores of Lake Tahoe. The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s Watson Cabin Museum is opening for the season Memorial Day weekend. The Watson Cabin is located in the heart of Tahoe City, next to commons beach. It is decorated with period furnishings and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Guided tours are available. Free admission, donations accepted. Hours are Memorial Day weekend through June 30, weekends noon to 4 p.m.; July 1 through Labor Day, noon to 4 p.m. closed Tuesdays only. 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 July 12 through Labor Day Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and during the winter Wednesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 426-3313.

area

nightlife

Allyn Scott Civic Center, (Marysville) Classic Ballroom Dance, May 20. 751-7635.

American Musical Theatre of San Jose, (San Jose) “Hairspray,” June 6-18. (888) 455-7469.

Auburn Library Amphitheater Summer Concert, (Auburn) CoolHeat, July 16. 885-5670.

Bear Valley, (Bear Valley) 38th Annual Bear Valley Music Festival, July 29-Aug. 13. 800-458-1618.

Beermann Plaza, (Lincoln) CLAYFEST, May 20. 878-8034.

Cal Expo, (Sacramento) California State Fair Aug. 11-Sept.4, featured artists Loverboy Aug. 16; Boyz II Men, Aug. 17; Lifehouse, Aug. 22; Sinbad, Aug. 24; Rick Springfield, Aug. 29; Ted Nugent, Aug. 30; and Tesla, Sept. 1.

Calico Ghost Town, (San Bernardino County) Spring Festival, May 12-14; Calico Days, Oct. 6-8; Ghost Haunt, Oct. 27-29; Heritage Fest, Nov. 24-26; Christmas in Calico, Dec. 9; Civil War, Feb. 17-19. 800-TO-CALICO.

Chautauqua Playhouse, (Carmichael) Oy Vey! Broadway!, May 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and 28, and June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17. (916) 489-7529.

City Theatre, (Sacramento) “Carnival,” May 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 21. (916) 558-2228.

Crest Theatre, (Sacramento) Leo Kottke, May 13. (916) 225-2277.

Constable Jack’s, (Sacramento) Sticky Vikki & the Pinecones with Albert Lee, June 22. (916) 663-9385.

Detert Park, (Jackson) 2nd Annual Twin Rivers Music Festival, May 27.

Downieville, (Sierra County) Gold Rush Days, June 23-24. 289-2782 or 289-1000.

Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, (Rancho Cordova) “Sleeping Beauty,” through May 27; “The Princess and the Pea,” June 10- July 8; “Robin Hood,” Sept. 16-Nov. 11. (916) 985-6361.

Greg Lesier Farms, (Knights Landing) 4th Annual Gourd Art Festival, May 13-14. 735-6677.

Kentucky Mine Amphitheater Summer Concert, (Sierra City) CoolHeat, July 16. 862-1300.

Mark and Monica’s, (Granite Bay) Mad Dash, July 8, and Sept. 9. (916) 771-7110.

Mojave Narrows Regional Park, (Victorville) Huck Finn Jubilee Country & Bluegrass, June 16-18. (951) 341-8080.

Mondavi Center, (Davis) “The Faith Project,” May 11-21. 866-754-2787.

The Onyx, (Roseville) Mad Dash May 12. (916) 786-7709.

The Owl Club, (Davis) Kush and Bloodyfiyah Angels, May 17. 758-3154.

Portuguese Hall, (Newcastle) The Foothills Swing Dance Society’s 4th Saturday Swing, May 27. 478-0887.

Powerhouse Pub, (Folsom) Mad Dash, July 9. (916) 355-8586.

Reno Events Center, (Reno) Carrie Underwood, June 18. (775) 789-0490.

Sierra College, Library/Learning Resource Center (Rocklin) Naturalist John Muir Laws discusses the natural history of the Sierra Nevada, May 11. (916) 781-0411.

The Studio Theatre, (Sacramento) The Sugar Bean Sisters, through July 2. (916) 446-2668.

UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, (Davis) The Faith Project, May 11-13, and 19-21; The Island, May 17-21; Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass May 25-27, and June 1-4; 6th Annual UC Davis Film Festival, June 6-7. 752-5863.

The Village, (Squaw Valley) Art Bark Fest – Animal Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 16-17. 583-9247.


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