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Sound the trumpets! — Nevada City pulls out all the stops for its annual Mardi Gras celebration

February 15, 2018 — It's well known — and has been well documented — that Nevada City is a lively place. No matter the month, occasion, or weather, its residents and visitors will find a way to celebrate. Naturally, Mardi Gras is no exception. Rain or shine, the Nevada

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Nevada City’s iconic National Hotel sold

February 12, 2018 — Nevada City's most visible landmark, the National Hotel, has been sold. Escrow is set to close today. New owner Jordan Fife is already well into the plans for a proposed multi-million dollar restoration of what is believed to be the longest continually operating hotel —

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Mardi Gras at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City to feature Mumbo Gumbo

February 7, 2018 — Pop a king cake in the oven and break out those colorful masks, costumes and beads — it's Mardi Gras! Nevada City kicks off Mardi Gras with the annual Masquerade Ball, a lively dance party featuring live music from seven-piece spicy Americana group Mumbo Gumbo

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Sierra Harvest’s Sustainable Food & Farm Conference focuses on local fare

February 6, 2018 — If you care about what you put in your body, you know that a locavore diet — eating locally grown or produced food — is something to strive for. But translating the concept into reality can be daunting. After all, not everyone can take the

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1849 Brewing Co. wants to be open for business this June

January 28, 2018 — The operators of 1849 Brewing Co. say they want to be serving beer by June in the old printing area of The Union newspaper. David and Kevin Krikorian on Friday helped move two 930-gallon fermenters into the 464 Sutton Way facility. The fermenters, each one

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Jewish Community unites for a Memorable Shabbat Celebration

January 26, 2018 — Whether small and intimate or large and boisterous, a traditional Shabbat meal is a gathering of friends and family experienced weekly, at the same time and in the same manner, by Jews in Los Angeles and New York, Anchorage and Rio, Paris and Shanghai. On

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A golden ticket: The Union’s annual Chocolate Infusion offers afternoon of treats and prizes

January 25, 2018 — Those attending The Union's sixth annual Chocolate Infusion Sunday will travel back to the roaring '20s for an afternoon of smooth jazz, smooth wine, and smooth chocolate. The speak-easy themed event will feature a variety of chocolate samples from chocolatiers and chefs, along with wine

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Music in the Mountains, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera bring Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto to the Amaral Center in Grass Valley

January 24, 2018 — Experience the masterworks of some of Russia's greatest composers including Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, and Glinka when Music in the Mountains presents the Sacramento Philharmonic in Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto, Friday at the Amaral Center in Grass Valley. This concert is the second in an exciting new partnership

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Dancing teens: High school dance students ‘Uplift and Inspire’ in the annual Student Choreography Showcase

January 24, 2018 — Nevada Union High School's Theatrical Dance program presents the 17th annual Student Choreography Showcase at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Don Baggett Theatre, located at 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. This

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Nugget Fringe “Best of Fringe” winners announced

January 24, 2018 — The 4th annual Nugget Fringe Theater Festival in Grass Valley is off to a great start, with 60 performances down and 60 to go. The Nugget Fringe brings live, cutting edge, original works to Grass Valley from around here and around the globe. This year's

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“A play within a play” with a timely revolutionary message returns to local stage

January 19, 2018 — In its third production in 30 years, a "play within a play" taking place at an insane asylum a decade after the French Revolution has returned to Nevada County audiences with a timely message for a modern turbulent era. In coming weeks, Paul Emery and

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Helping heal Mother Earth — Wild & Scenic Film Festival back in Nevada City, Grass Valley Jan. 11-15 (VIDEO)

January 10, 2018 — It's become more apparent in recent months that people aren't content with sitting around and waiting for things to happen. Our current political and sociological climate finds audiences demanding a more meaningful cinematic experience — and that's where the Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes

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Polly’s Paladar brings food from the north to Nevada City with ‘Oh Canada’

January 9, 2018 — Nearly four years after his first cooking gig at a Nevada City private supper club, Canadian Chef Rob Brown of Num-Ti-Jah Lodge returns with the first dinner of the New Year, "Oh Canada." Featuring cuisine true to the great north, Brown brings his passion for

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Historic Grass Valley restaurant slated to reopen as Wild Eye Pub in March

January 5, 2018 — Beth Moore and David Kuczora are in the home stretch of a more-than-yearlong quest to reopen the long-shuttered, two-story former boarding house/saloon/restaurant at the end of Mill Street. The former Swiss House has been reimagined as Wild Eye Pub, a "multi-use venue anchored by a

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Three Forks closed for facelift

January 4, 2018 — Those trying to catch a bite of brioche, or sip on a Deer Creek Dunkel at Nevada City's Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company, will have to wait a week for the dust to settle and construction crews to finish with a facelift on the

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Into the great wild open — Ned Tibbits to hold seminar called, ‘Holding The Hand Unseen: The Pacific Crest Trail Wilderness Relationship’ in Auburn

January 3, 2018 — Ned Tibbits not only talks the talk but walks the walk — literally. As a teenager in 1974 he set off on what would be a life-changing trek on the infamous Pacific Crest Trail, and since then has been training and educating others on how

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Redefining Prosperity: Film about Nevada City’s gold rushes to premiere at Wild & Scenic (VIDEO)

January 2, 2018 — A documentary called "Redefining Prosperity: The Gold Rushes of Nevada City" premieres at next week's 16th Wild & Scenic Film Festival. A dictionary defines prosperity as "a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects." A redefinition of prosperity puts synonyms such as affluence,

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Where’s the party?: An Informal Guide to New Year’s Eve in Nevada County

December 29, 2017 — After what many consider to have been a particularly tumultuous year, it seems like a good time to celebrate and look forward to what 2018 has to offer. For those still deciding how to celebrate New Years Eve, there are plenty of options; from rowdy

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Malakoff Diggins State Park joins national movement with First Day Hikes

December 28, 2017 — On the first day of the New Year, retired State Park Geologist Syd Brown will lead a hike on the Rim Trail at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, where a landscape with an "awful beauty" is restoring itself from the environmental disaster of 1800s hydraulic

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Sierra Stages announces its 10th Anniversary Season: A celebration of heart, music, laughter, and family

December 20, 2017 — 2018 marks the 10th Anniversary Season of Sierra Stages, a nonprofit community theatre in western Nevada County (Grass Valley and Nevada City). The 10th Anniversary Season is a celebration of heart, music, laughter and family, and includes two musicals and one classic American comedy: The

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