Nevada County Concert Band has several openings |

Nevada County Concert Band has several openings

Beginning Feb. 24, the volunteer Nevada County Concert Band will accept new members. Anyone who has played music for at least a few years is welcome to join the band, led by conductor Cheryl Baker.

Especially needed are percussionists, followed by clarinet, flute and low brass players. New- comers should bring an instrument, music stand and a chair to rehearsals every Monday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Ridge Road in Grass Valley, across from Nevada Union High School.

The Nevada County Concert Band performs at community events throughout the year, including a summer pop series at Pioneer Park and the Fourth of July parade. The Nevada County Concert Band began in 1861 when Cornish miners formed impromptu community bands.

For more information, call 477-4787 or check the Web at

Retreat for artists and writers in Oaxaca, Mexico

Some spaces are still available for an artist-writer retreat facilitated by local arts personalities Donna Hanelin and Lew Toll in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The “Visible and Invisible Stories for Artists and Writers” retreat running from July 16 to July 26 is for all levels. Daily instruction in both disciplines, private consultations and tours of ancient cities, craft villages and museums are included.

Hanelin has taught creative writing, fiction, poetry and autobiography classes since 1989 in Nevada County. For five years, she has also conducted intensive writing retreats in Oaxaca.

Toll has taught to children and adults in public and charter schools, home study programs and private lessons for the past 14 years.

Call 265-8799 for questions about the retreat.

KVMR reports its most

successful fund-raising drive

Nevada City’s noncommercial community radio KVMR-FM (89.5 FM) just broke all fund-raising marks by a large margin.

A record 925 listeners pledged almost $81,000 to the eclectic station from Feb. 3 to Feb. 9. This tops old marks of 850 pledges at $74,000. Many listeners chose KVMR-produced thank-you gifts, including “The Awakening” peace vigil CD set and folksinger John McCutcheon’s recent NightLIVE concert recording.

“Ever since the events of 9/11, our listeners have recognized our vital importance in their lives,” said KVMR Program Director Steve Baker, “and they’ve astounded us with their response. We’re pretty darned proud.”

The station’s development director, Richard Gorman, smiled as he reported the average pledge to KVMR during the past two drives: $89.50, which matches the station frequency.

“It doesn’t get more synchronistic than that now, does it?” he noted.

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