Best Bets: Aug. 28, 2010 |

Best Bets: Aug. 28, 2010

Legendary R&B, soul and 2009 Grammy winner for “Respect Yourself” songstress, Mavis Staples, will perform at the Nevada County Land Trust’s ninth annual benefit concert. $65. Gates open at 4 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. today, North Star House, 10275 Old Auburn Road, Grass Valley. (530) 272-5994, ext. 8, or

Originally a fundraiser for miners injured or killed in the gold mines, today the Miners’ Picnic is a community-wide event for all ages. Activities include Living History, gold panning, mine yard disaster and rescue re-enactment, a silent auction, children’s games and live music. $5, $3 ages 6 to 16, free under age 6. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 East Empire St., Grass Valley. (530) 273-8522 or

A showcase of local and regional artists, crafters and downtown merchants, with children’s activities and live music. Craft Fair, $3, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. Sidewalk Sale, free, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, downtown Nevada City. or

An event for motorcycles, classic cars and hot rods with a poker run followed by a “show and shine,” barbecue lunch and raffle at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. $20 for single riders, $35 for couples. Proceeds will support the Cancer Center and cancer patients in western Nevada County. Registration, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Building 3, Outpatient Center. Activities at the fairgrounds (Gate 4), 12:30 p.m. (530) 477-9700 or

A book release and art show for R.L. Crabb’s “Once Upon a Village,” a collection of cartoons from The Union. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, California Organics in the Organic Grill, 135 Argall Way, Nevada City. (530) 273-6421.

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