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2018 Sierra Poetry Festival: Second annual festival returns to Nevada County

April 25, 2018 — The muse is a fickle master. It comes with a sigh or a storm, with a pen or a pistol. Often it doesn't come at all. Though a writer never really knows when to expect a creative visitation, few places are more likely to summon

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Experiencing History: North Star Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Wheel Museum reopens for summer

April 24, 2018 — If you're local, you've probably visited the Empire Mine on numerous occasions. You've likely taken friends and family from out of town to see its historical artifacts and pristine gardens. However in the shadows of this popular state park lies the lesser-known North Star Mine

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The Union’s 33rd annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show this weekend at Nevada County Fairgrounds

April 19, 2018 — The Union's 33rd annual Spring Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show returns Saturday and Sunday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Among the highlights are opportunities to talk with the home improvement pros and take advantage of special show pricing. Over 175 vendors will be on hand,

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Nevada City Bicycle Classic a go, despite funding woes

April 16, 2018 — Some sponsorship funding fell through and its audience has been dwindling. But the Nevada City Bicycle Classic will carry on, with a new date, new events and a stripped-down budget. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the event, voted Monday to proceed

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Nevada City set to celebrate 162nd birthday

April 16, 2018 — Nevada City will celebrate its 162nd birthday Thursday and to commemorate the occasion, city council members will host a party at City Hall, according to a release. The area now known as Nevada City was originally named Ustomah, and for thousands of years was the

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Comedian Kathleen Madigan brings laughs to Center for the Arts in Grass Valley Thursday

April 16, 2018 — Comedian Kathleen Madigan brings her show "Boxed Wine and Bigfoot" to The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley Thursday. For nearly three decades, Madigan has been touring 250 nights on the road and squeezing in hour-long filmed specials and performances on every late

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Wildflower walk: BYLT gets families outdoors on Wildflower Ridge Trail this Saturday

April 12, 2018 — Bear Yuba Land Trust invites local families to a morning walk among the flowers as it continues its family series — Junior Conservationist: Stories in Nature this Saturday with a trip to Wildflower Ridge Trail. The trail is located on the western edge of Grass

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Spring swing: Nevada Union Jazz Band & The Rockabilly Love Cats perform for their annual fundraiser in Grass Valley

April 11, 2018 — The Nevada Union High School Instrumental Music Department is having their annual Spring Swing Dance fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Veteran's Memorial Building. The event features the award winning Nevada Union Jazz Band and special guests The Rockabilly Love Cats. There will also

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Ocean of emotion: Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra brings ‘South Pacific’ to Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

April 11, 2018 — For decades, audiences have been entertained and inspired by the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "South Pacific." Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical portrays two separate love stories, each of which is being threatened by the dangers of war and

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Springtime at Ananda, 17,000 tulips on display

April 1, 2018 — The sun is shining and the tulips are blooming at Ananda Village on the San Juan Ridge, which means it's that time of year again for volunteers to open the doors of the Crystal Hermitage to the public to take in the peaceful views and

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Events abound at South Yuba River State Park

March 30, 2018 — Bird walks, guided wildflower walks and a lap around Point Defiance Loop are all on tap in the coming weeks at the South Yuba River State Park, according to a release. Bird Walk Spring at the park is the time of the year when a

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In bloom: Springtime at Ananda: Tulips at Crystal Hermitage Gardens

March 28, 2018 — Just up Highway 49, situated between Tahoe National Forest and the middle fork of the Yuba River, lies the Crystal Hermitage Gardens. Boasting over 108 different varieties of tulips — plus peonies, wisteria, dahlias, azaleas, rhododendrons, and pansies — the gardens have become a tradition

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Around the Bend: What to expect when trekking the Buttermilk Bend

March 22, 2018 — Buttermilk Bend — an in-and-back trail that lies within the South Yuba River State Park — is undoubtedly the path that Goldilocks would have chosen. It's not too steep, not too flat, not too long, not too short and is overall just a pleasant place

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Looking to the West: Nevada City Film Festival screens Best of the West

March 21, 2018 — By appearances, Nevada City itself could serve as the perfect backdrop for a good old fashioned Western movie; with its Gold Rush-era architecture, narrow and rocky streets, and the underlying sense of rogue mentality, it's practically begging to be scenery to a duel at high

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Discover Malakoff historical cemetery tour on tap for Saturday

March 20, 2018 — The Friends of North Bloomfield and Malakoff Diggins and the Sierra Gold Sector of California State Parks will present a special tour of the historical North Bloomfield cemetery at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park on Saturday. Chris Ward, author of "Cemeteries of the Western Sierra," will lead the tour, with stories

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Ninjas descend upon Grass Valley on March 24

March 16, 2018 — And now for something completely different!  Get ready for an evening of adrenaline producing action, gut busting laughter, and general amazement on Saturday, March 24, when the internationally acclaimed ninja theatre troupe, NANDA returns to The Center for the Arts. NANDA was extremely popular when

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Celebrating Irish culture with the Craic Cabaret Players at the Classic Cafe in Nevada City

March 15, 2018 — Along with its beautiful countryside, Ireland is famed for its music and literature. On Friday, some of the best of Ireland's rich cultural heritage will be celebrated and presented by an eclectic band of musicians and actors, the Craic Cabaret Players. Led by local musician

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Nevada County wildlife group to set to hold welcome meeting and seminar

February 27, 2018 — Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release has set its annual Wildlife Seminar and Volunteer Welcome Meeting for new and returning volunteers on March 10. "This is one of the most fascinating meetings of the year as we delve into all things wild," said Bev Myers, president of

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Year of the Dog — Celebrating Chinese New Year in Nevada City

February 23, 2018 — Twenty four years ago, a group of local Asian Americans and their supporters began the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierras, or CATS. A non-profit group, CATS "promotes diversity through the arts through multicultural theatre, events and workshops." Over two decades later, the group has

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Achilles Wheel celebrates their new album at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City

February 21, 2018 — From their win as 101.5 KTKE Tahoe Truckee's 2016 Band of the Year to stellar live shows at festivals such as High Sierra, California WorldFest and Railroad Earth's Hangtown Halloween, Achilles Wheel has firmly secured their place among Northern California's acclaimed rock bands. On Friday,

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