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Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Nevada County Poetry Series. The NCPS and Odyssey Books will be holding free “Open-Mics” Sundays in April (17 and 24) from 1 to 4 p.m. at Odyssey Books, 11989 Sutton Way, Grass Valley.

Call NCPS at 432-8196 or Odyssey Books at 477-2856.

Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes discusses extreme sport April 21, 6 p.m., at The Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley. In addition to signing his book “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner,” he’ll run with enthusiasts. Raffle as well. Call 272-2131.

“Beauty and the Beast,” with a cast of 43 young thespians and presented by Penn Valley’s Nevada County Performing Arts Guild, will take place at The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley, April 21 and 29 at 7 p.m., and April, 23, 24, 30 and May 1 at 2 p.m. An additional evening performance will be held April 30 at 7 p.m. Ticket for adults are $10 at the door or $9 in advance; for children 12 and under, $6 at the door and $5 advance; seniors, $7 at the door and $6 advance. Ticket outlets in Grass Valley: Odyssey Books, The Book Seller, and BriarPatch Community Market; in Nevada City, Harmony Books; in Penn Valley, the Holiday Market. For more information and reservations, call 277-7100 or 273-4254. Visit on the Web.

“You Can’t Take It With You” will be presented by the Yuba River Charter School eighth grade for two nights: April 21 and 23 at The Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theater, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., the Nevada County Poetry Series will be celebrating National Poetry Month at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. The poets – Claire Blotter, Dale Pendell, and Linda Noel – will be reading from their works concerning the human and natural of the modern world. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 general, seniors and students; and $1 for those under 18. Refreshments and open-mike included.

Call 432-8196 or 274-8384 for more information.

April 22, 8 p.m., The Center for the Arts presents Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and American guitarist Dennis Cahill in a memorable duo of international fame. Tickets for $17 are available at Music Today, (800) 594-8499; (all following in 530 area code) Yabobo, Nevada City, 478-9114; BriarPatch Community Market, Grass Valley, 272-5333; The Book Seller, Grass Valley, 272-2131; Cherry Records, Auburn, 823-2147.

Call the Center at 271-7000 for ticket information in current week or check online at on the Web.

The 45-piece, 15-year-old Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra – many members of whom reside in Nevada County (Paul Trethewey, for example) – will be perform at 7:30 p.m., April 23, at Sierra College’s Dietrich Theatre, Rocklin. Music of American composers Bernstein, Holsinger, Gillingham, Smith, and Souza will be performed, as well as Philip Sparke’s “Suite from Hymn of the Highlands.”

Tickets, available at the door, are $8 general admission and $5 for seniors and students.

Call Margaret Wegner at 269-0395 for information.

Bear River Jazz Ensemble presents “Swinging to the Night,” April 23, 7-10 a.m. at Bear River High School. This is an all-ages dance that benefits the high school jazz band. $5 for seniors and students and $10 for adults.

Call Chris Boykin at 268-0223.

Music in the Mountains Annual “Swing Along” Golf Tournament and banquet is happening May 1 at Lake Wildwood, Penn Valley. All golfers – experts or hackers, male or female – are invited to join in the fun. Sign up and be placed on a team, or bring your own foursome. The field is limited to the first 120 players to sign up. $135 per player. Call Marilyn Stressman at 432-8592 or e-mail to enter the tournament or for information.

Guitarist T.J.Walker will sing soulful country/rock and country at Cooper’s, Nevada City, May 4, 8 p.m., from his all-original CD, “First Reel Barbeque.” He’s played with The Doobie Brothers and Tower of Power, to name a few.

Empire Mine Spring Open House, 11-4 p.m., May 7 and 8. Beautiful gardens in bloom, crafts and refreshments for sale, live entertainment, and volunteers in period costume re-enact the golden days of the mine. Tours of the Bourn Cottage.

Call 273-8522 for information.

The 44th Annual Mother’s Day Scotch Broom breakfast, raffle and plant sale, 8 a.m. to noon, May 8 at North San Juan Fire Hall #1 on Reservoir St. in North San Juan. All you can eat pancakes, ham and eggs, coffee and juice breakfast. Raffle grand prize is handmade quilt. Cost of breakfast: $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Benefits local firefighters.

For information, contact Marilyn at 292-3550.

Two award-winning performing musical ensembles from Bear River High School will perform May 13 and 14 at the high school in the all-choir “Putting on the Ritz.”

E-mail Cherry Hayes at or call 268-3700, x4833.

May 14 the town of Alleghany is having its third annual “Gathering” of authors/poets/artists.

Call the Buczkowskes at 287-3287 for information.

The 6th Annual Jazz at the Mine, a benefit for the Union Hill School Music Program, takes place May 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Empire Mine State Park, Grass Valley. Performers include Objects in the Mirror, Cool Heat, Nevada Union Jazz Bands, Bear River Jazz Band, Magnolia Rattler Jazz Band and the Union Hill Bearcat Band. Also silent auction, hot dogs, drinks, desserts, Cold Stone Creamery ice cream. Tickets: Adults $8 in advance /$10 at the door, plus $3 mine entry fee for all visitors. Kids $3; 5 and under free.

Tickets can be purchased at Record Connection, Odyssey Books and The Book Seller.

Call 272-1823 for more information.

The Nevada County Land Trust presents the “2nd Annual Native American Cultural Day Family Event” May 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on a site that was once inhabited by the Maidu People. Drummers, dancers, storytellers, flutists and demonstrations of traditional tool and weapon-making techniques and a meal of venison stew, salmon, dried elk, wild rice, cornbread, salads and desserts will be offered. $15 adults, $5 children 12 and under.

Call Robin or Stephanie at 272-5994.

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