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Arts center expands funding

If you’ve never driven up Litton Hill to see the gallery at Neighborhood Center for the Arts, consider doing that. It’s up behind the BriarPatch Co-op Market, in the front-left corner of the Litton Building.

The artists are adults with developmental disabilities who, despite other limitations, have endless creativity and passion. Artist-teachers at the center guide and mentor their clients in different media and help them mount shows of their unusual and often stunning works.



With Christmas coming, Neighborhood Center for the Arts offers a great option for beautiful artwork at reasonable prices.

But the center, which has helped so many of our neighbors, is facing trouble. Here’s what artist-volunteer Jan Newell wants readers to know:




“Primarily funded by the state of California, NCA may falter financially because of cutbacks from the state. We are taking a proactive approach and seeking to become financially independent … so we are able to ensure our doors remain open for our community of developmentally disabled adults.

“A membership drive is first on our list of endeavors to start the ball rolling.”

Restaurateur Matt Margulies of Matteo’s Public is helping NCA kick off its membership drive with a fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Matt will donate 15 percent of all restaurant sales to the center. The Moore Brothers will play music, and NCA artists will have their works on display.

Matteo’s Public is at 300 Commercial St., downtown Nevada City. Call Matt at (530) 265-0782.

NCA members get discounts at partner merchants including Grey Goose (the shop in Nevada City) Mill Street Bodyworkers, the Bamboo Home Store, West Wind, Serendipity, Just Jeanna’s, Swenson’s Outdoors, Mountain Recreation, Valentina’s Cafe, Cafe Sierra, Curves and Las Katarinas.

Jan also wants to thank these members of NCA’s membership committee who are working to stabilize the center’s funding: Jude Bischoff, Elizabeth Dieter, Sonya McElroy, Susan Porter, Amee Medeiros, Kelly Tomlinson and Bo Littig.

Visit http://www.NeighborhoodCenterofthe Arts.com or call or write to Amee Medeiros at ncadirector@nccn.net or (530) 272-7287. The center and gallery is at 200 Litton Drive, Suite 212, Grass Valley.

River clean-up Saturday

Remember to sign up for the 13th annual river clean-up and restoration day, set for this weekend at 35 sites on the Yuba and Bear Rivers and on Wolf and Deer creeks.

The clean-up is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, followed by a celebration (think food and music) from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Bridgeport.

Hosts are the South Yuba River Citizens League, Friends of Deer Creek, Nevada County RCD, Wolf Creek Community Alliance and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

You must register. Sign up at http://www.YubaRiver.org or contact event coordinator Miriam Limov at miriam@syrcl.org or (530) 265-5961 ext. 201.


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