Mark Your Calendars: Music, Arts and Flowers gala, cowboy poetry coming up |

Mark Your Calendars: Music, Arts and Flowers gala, cowboy poetry coming up

Two award-winning performing musical ensembles from Bear River High School will be highlighted in an upcoming concert, “Festival Showcase,” one night only at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts. All seats are reserved. $10 for adults; $8 students and seniors; $12 at the door. Tickets are on sale in the BRHS student store. E-mail Cherry Hayes at or call 268-3700, ext. 4833.

Grass Valley artist Virginia Holt is showing her work as a part of the “New Spaces, New Faces” show at the Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington St., in Auburn’s historic district April 14 to May 14. Meet the artists April 14, 6-9 pm., during the Auburn Art Walk. Call 887-9150.

Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Colombian music played by La Familia Pena-Govea comes to the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge April 15, 7 p.m. $15 general admission, $6 kids under 12. Tickets at BriarPatch, Love Shack Records and Mother Trucker’s. Call 265-2826.

The 15th annual Arts & Flowers Gala to benefit hospice will open 4-8 p.m., April 15, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and continue April 16 from noon to 7 p.m. $3 donation includes raffle ticket for art. Call Sandra, 432-5966.

“Listening to the Wild,” the annual celebration of nature in poetry, prose, song and dance, will take place April 15 at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, Grass Valley, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general, $7 senior, $5 student at the door or in advance at The Book Seller, Harmony Books or Odyssey Books. The evening is presented by Literature Alive and South Yuba River Citizens League. For more information, call 272-5812 or visit on the Web.

Cowboy Poetry, cowboy supper, and the R &R Fruit Jar Pickers make for a fun evening at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, South School Street, April 16. Doors open at 4 p.m.; supper at 5 p.m., and poetry at 6 p.m. $15. Ticket sales end Friday. Call 432-9106.

April 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m., a two-woman show portrays six “composers in skirts” from the 18th to the 20th centuries, playing their music from the first-person perspective. At The Center for the Arts. $15. Call 271-7000.

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.

“Plaza Suite,” April 28-May 22, a benefit for the Yuba River Charter School at The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley. Tickets for $15 at The Book Seller and BriarPatch in Grass Valley. Call 477-1924.

Opening April 29 at Off Broadstreet, 305 Commercial St., Nevada City, is the musical comedy “Derailed”. The musical is about homeless people in West Los Angeles who devise a plan to save their home by re-opening the doomed center as the “First Politically Correct Church of West L.A.” It plays at 8:15 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening through June 25. One Thursday night performance is scheduled for June 2 at 7:15 p.m. and one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on June 12. $18 on Thursdays and Sundays, $20 on Fridays and $22 on Saturdays. For reservations or information, call 265-8686 or visit on the Web.

The Community Art Show at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, San Juan Ridge, will open April 29, 5:30 p.m., and close May 11. Call 265-2826.

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 or for more information.

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.

Nevada County Land Trust presents “2nd Annual Native American Cultural Day Family Event,” May 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on a site once inhabited by the Maidu people. There will be drummers, dancers, storytellers, flutists, demonstrations of traditional tool and weapon-making techniques and a meal of venison stew, salmon, dried elk, wild rice, cornbread, salads and desserts. $15 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Call Robin or Stephanie at 272-5994.

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