Largest Fireworks Display in Nevada Co.4th of July 6 28 17

The parade will be Tuesday, July 4th at 11am which will include approx. 75 entries. The festive parade makes its way down W. Main & Mill Streets in downtown Grass Valley. Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point.

The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade, and continues to provide intermittent music throughout the parade.

Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.

Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m. 2017 Admission rates $10 in advance, $20 at the gate.

No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the fairgrounds.

All Proceeds Will be Given to the Food Bank of Nevada County

June 22 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Integrated Ayurveda a Holistic Healthcare Cooperative is having a cookbook giveaway for the public. Donations only and all proceeds will be given to the Food Bank of Nevada County. We have plenty of FREE parking right out side our clinic and all are welcome. Our doors will open for this event right at 5:00 pm and will stay open till 7:00 pm or unless all books are given away. Please join us in this GREAT event that will benefit one of our local charities.

Refreshments will be served.
Location: Just one street north of the hospital
123 Margaret Ln. #C1
Grass Valley, CA

Grass Valley, Ca.

AirFest 2017 comes to the Nevada County Airport on July 7th and 8th, combining full-spectrum aviation with nostalgia, romance and photogenic family fun!

Festivities begin with a spectacular Twilight Hangar Party at Alpine Aviation and Sierra Mountain Aviation with parachutists, hi-powered fly-bys and a mood lifting social with fine wines and craft beers. The setting sun succumbs to bright stars with dining and dancing to the jazzy rhythm and swank of Lolo Gervais ( . Displays of vintage aircraft, vehicles and the magic of Nick Fedoroff will add color and intrigue to an unforgettable evening.

The fun swings into Saturday with of scores of rare and exotic airplanes arriving within view from the traditional pancake breakfast hosted by EAA Chapter #1175. Displays and a full day of flying highlights a mix of World War II vintage fighters, bombers and trainers with performance experimentals, vintage aircraft, military and thrilling radio-controlled model airplane demonstrations. The Calfire/ U.S. Forest Service, Grass Valley Air Attack Base open house compliments classic cars, kids activities, food, live music and displays to round out an entire day of excitement on the picturesque airport aprons.

Visit our website: for where to go and what to see, and save with convenient no-fee online ticket and merchandise purchasing.

Friday’s Twilight Hangar Party will run from 5 to 10 PM at the Nevada County Airport located at 13083 John Bauer Avenue, just off Loma Rica Drive in Grass Valley, California. Advance Twilight Hangar Party tickets with dinner are $40 when purchased online or at the Nevada County Airport office, and $45 at the gate. Tickets to the Party without dinner are $20.

Admission to Saturday’s AirFest is $10 adults, $25 family of four, and kids 12 and under, free. Hurry and save 20% by ordering online at . There is also plenty of free parking and shuttle service to the main gate.

AirFest 2017 is hosted by the Golden Empire Flying Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 1968 to promote the growth, enjoyment and safety of aviation while raising money for scholarships and facilities improvements at the Nevada County Airport. Sponsorships are still available.

Grass Valley, Ca.

The logging industry has a long history of supporting youth pursuing education and careers in natural resources through annual scholarship awards. The local Gold Country Chapter of Associated California Loggers (ACL) conducts a raffle each year to raise funds for their annual scholarship program.

This year, there were two local students selected to receive scholarships. Blake Yokom from Nevada Union High School was awarded $1.500 is planning to attend Butte College to study Agriculture and Fire Science. Chase Riedel from Bear River High School was given $1,000 and is also planning to attend Butte College to become a heavy equipment mechanic. Their applications were selected from 10 submissions for the awards.

The Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference (SCLC) provided eleven, $1,000 scholarships to Nevada Union, N.U. Tech, Bear River and Ghidotti High School students: Jared Creamer, Elijah Ferguson, Paige Mack, Brittney Price, Tyler Warner, Blake Yokom, Caleb Drais, Grace O’Callaghan, Chase Riedel, Courtney Andes-McCullough and Conner McClure. SCLC hosts an annual Lumberjack Dinner & Education Auction to raise funding for a number of educational programs and scholarships.

The current tree mortality crisis in California has demonstrated the need for more active forest management to improve forest health and foster investments in infrastructure to process forest products. Both ACL and SCLC promote the profession of logging to the highest standards as California leads the world in environmental regulations for timber harvest activities to provide for long-term sustainable forest management. They provide ongoing education in environmental compliance, best management practices and safety in all operations.

To learn more, visit their websites at: Associated California Loggers, and Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference,

Agriculture Tour

Now in its 100th year, the Nevada County Farm Bureau (NCFB) is excited to announce that the 2017 Nevada County Agriculture Tour will be an all-day event on Wednesday, June 14; and will feature farm, ranch, and vineyard visits that represent the diversity and innovation of agriculture in Nevada County.

Tour stops include:

· Super Tuber Organic Potato Farm and AM Ranch Pastured Pigs

· Heart and Soul Alpacas and Spinnery

· West Coast Equine Sports Therapy

· Historic Miller Ranch (including a BBQ lunch by the pond)

· Chacewater Ponderosa Vineyards

“As we celebrate the 100th year of the Nevada County Farm Bureau, it seems fitting to provide the opportunity for members of the public to experience one of our most exciting Ag Tour events to date. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit a historic ranch, see behind the scenes at a leading-edge equine therapy facility, taste some of our finest local wines, learn about holistically grown pork and potatoes, and maybe even pet an alpaca!”

Tickets for the tour are available by advance purchase only until June 9, and can be purchased by visiting or by calling NCFB Manager, Debora Totoonchie, at (530) 346-8146. The cost is $40 (or $30 for NCFB Members.) Tickets include air-conditioned transportation, lunch, educational talks at each stop, and wine tasting. Space is limited and the event is expected to sell out.

About the Nevada County Farm Bureau: Nevada County Farm Bureau is an organization where all county residents interested in ranching, farming, and agriculture have the opportunity to join together, stay informed, and have a voice in managing agricultural resources. For more information about membership and to learn more about NCFB programs like Farm Day, agricultural advocacy, youth scholarships, the annual farm picnic and dinner, and educational workshops, please visit

united way 6 7 17Gail Stroup, a United Way volunteer (left) and Jamie Lefebvre, United Way Vice PresidentThis Saturday, June 10th will be the second Food Access Saturday. This new United Way program has been created to help those that are working, but are struggling to get by. Food will be distributed to those that participate in this new program that is geared towards working individuals, who are having a hard time making ends meet. With the cost of housing, daycare and transportation many people have a hard time purchasing the groceries they need. If you are one of these individuals or families, United Way encourages you to come and pick up some food this Saturday, June 10th between 10:00 and 1:00.

Recently United Way of Nevada County, in partnership with Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM) and the Food Bank of Nevada County, started a 6 month trial of distributing food on the second Saturday of each month to help resolve the glaring gap in providing food to the “working poor.” United Way will be providing a majority of the funding and manpower while IFM will provide the facilities, supervision, volunteers and some additional funding. The program, Food Access Saturday: Uniting to Support Working Families is specifically designed for working individuals and families who need supplemental groceries.

Currently in Nevada County, supplemental food is only distributed Monday through Friday during traditional working hours. If struggling families are working during the traditional work week they may not have time to pick up much-needed food. Through data, surveys, and community meetings, the United Way Community Impact Committee has been analyzing this challenge and working with the local community to fill this gap in services.

Any working individuals & families who need food can participate. Current IFM clients, who are working and find it difficult or sometimes impossible to come during the weekly distribution, are also welcome to participate on Saturday. The distribution will take place at 440 Henderson Street, in Grass Valley, from 10am-1pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month (during the 6 month trial). The next distribution will take place Saturday, June 10th. For more information contact United Way at 274-8111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A New Tradition this Year

The 57th annual Nevada City Classic returns to the foothills on Father’s Day weekend, June 17th & 18th, 2017, celebrating a tradition that is older than national Father’s Day itself. New for 2017, the traditional 1-day bicycle race (which has a reputation as perhaps the most challenging 1-day bicycle race in America) is expanding to a 2-day affair which will also include Saturday cycling events and an urban running event on Sunday aptly named The Nevada City Mile.

Beginning on Saturday morning, Gourmet Gravel Nevada City will open the festivities with a Gravel Grinder event starting and finishing at ol’ Republic Brewery in the Seven Hills District of Nevada City. With so many pristine gravel and dirt roads a stones throw from Nevada City, we want to showcase what a great location Nevada City is for the newest and fastest growing segment of cycling in the US, gravel/mixed terrain riding. Not to be outdone by the riding, ol’ Republic will be host to the post ride party & raffle not to be missed.

Saturday evening will be a first for Historic Downtown Nevada City with straight line bicycle street sprints up Broad St. Starting in front of the Historical National Hotel and finishing approximately 225 leg burning yards directly up Broad St, cyclist will race flat out, four to a heat with two riders advancing and two being eliminated each round until a final dash for cash of four riders for both men & women battling head to head for top honors. Incredibly spectator friendly, the entire scene can be viewed from anywhere along the course.

Sunday sees an expanded day for the traditional Father’s Day Classic. Bicycling events will begin in the 10 o-clock hour with the kids ride followed by amateur and then professional women & men. Positioned before the Pro/Am women’s event will be the inaugural Nevada City Mile running race. The course will be the Nevada City Cycling Classic criterium course which is a 1.1 mile, 7-turn, counter-clockwise loop with 110’+/- of climbing per lap through Nevada City’s narrow Victorian streets. An urban course truly unique to running with a straight downhill finish, the same finish on which cyclists have in recent years have been clocked at over 60 miles-per-hour.

Grass Valley, Ca.

High River flows caused by Sierra snowmelt has made swimming or recreating near the shoreline of the South Yuba River extremely hazardous.

Due to a record setting Sierra snowpack and unseasonal warm temperatures, the South Yuba River is running faster and colder than we have seen in many years. Areas that appear to be safe may have dangerous undertow currents. Wearing life jackets and closely supervising small children are strongly advised.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years and the fifth leading cause for people of all ages. (CDC.“Drowning risks in Natural Water Settings.” 6/13/2012)

For the latest information on river conditions, please check the Department of Water Resources website.


The Nevada County Fairgrounds will host a job fair to fulfill its hiring needs for this year’s Fair season. The Nevada County Fair Job Fair will be held on Thursday, June 8, from
3 – 6 pm at Ponderosa Hall, located at Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

If you are interested in working for the Fairgrounds during the 2017 Fair season, plan to attend this event. Fair staff will be accepting applications from 3 – 6 pm for all departments, as well as conducting interviews on site. Some of the jobs available include gate cashiers, ticket monitors, “red shirt” patrols, exhibit crew, clean-up crew, and parking crew.

A list of jobs, job descriptions, and an application are posted on the Fairgrounds’ website at You can either download the application, complete it and bring it to the Job Fair; or complete it at the Job Fair.

The 2017 Nevada County Fair is August 9 – 13. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit

empire mine  5 24 17Proceeds from the first-ever “Mine, Wine & Dine” will go towards much-needed repairs and improvements in Empire Cottage and the old Clubhouse. Photo courtesy of Empire Mine State Historic ParkAn evening to celebrate Empire Mine’s past and future

by Courtney Ferguson

“It’s impossible to mention Empire Mine without recalling a colorful, personal memory,” said Event Chair Steve Sanchez. “We all seem to have one or more to share. Now, after years of requests, we’re going to host a special event to celebrate Empire’s legacy of gold, grit and glory.”

Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA) will present an evening of selected wine, a delicious dinner, live music, and moonlight surprises on Friday, June 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. At the Empire State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. Guests will enjoy a tempting variety of wines from award-winning Lucchesi Vineyards with hors d’oeuvres, followed by a farm-to-table dinner, specially prepared by Antonio’s Catering, featuring fresh bread, salad, grilled steak, chicken Marbella, and assorted grilled vegetables (with options for vegetarians and other preferences). “It promises to be a magical evening,” Sanchez explained. In addition to the fine wine and memorable dining experience, guests will enjoy a variety of outstanding music performed by The George Souza Band, as well as singer/guitarist Heather MacAdam. “It’s also going to be a night of surprises,” he added. “Famous characters in Downton Abbey-style costumes may be making guest appearances, while they share entertaining secrets about Empire’s heydays, when it ranked as one of Northern California’s oldest, largest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines. Our Living History docents always do a superb job of bringing our history to life, and they will be happy to answer questions about what life was like during that golden era. ” Dinner will be served, family-style, outside the old 1905 Clubhouse – the very same spot where the Bourn Family graciously entertained their influential guests, and history was made. While the event will combine sophistication and fun, casual, comfortable summer-evening attire is recommended. After dinner, guests are invited to walk through Empire Cottage and the Clubhouse – or dance under the full moon. There will also be two luxury get-away breaks worth over $2000, and raffle tickets may only be purchased at the event.

“EMPA supports Empire Mine State Historic Park in ways the State does not,” Sanchez added. “Each year Empire Mine welcomes around 100,000 visitors to the Park and to our community. If we want to keep attracting visitors, major repairs and improvements are needed. Proceeds from this first-ever event will help ensure our treasured Park’s future. Tickets will be limited to 200, so everyone is encouraged to purchase theirs early. Each ticket represents a deep pride in our past and confidence in the future of both Empire Mine and our community.” Park Ranger, Michele Green added her own personal enthusiasm, when she said, “I love seeing the Park, EMPA, and the community, including local businesses, working together. May this be the first of many such events. Our deepest gratitude goes to those local people and businesses who contributed their generosity and support.”

“Mine, Wine & Dine” tickets are $95 each, and may be purchased at or at the Empire Mine Visitor Center Gift Shop, open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phone (530) 273-8522 for further details.




Nevada Co. Ca.

Starting Saturday May 27, 2017 thru September 4, 2017 (peak season), vehicle parking fees will increase to $10 per vehicle at the South Yuba River State Park Bridgeport river crossing and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. This fee is consistent with the other park units in the Sierra District.

Vehicle parking fees will be $5 per vehicle from September 5, 2017 – May 25, 2018 at both park locations.

Parking fees were introduced to the South Yuba River State Park in 2012. Since then there has been a significant increase in visitor attendance at both South Yuba River State Park and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. The increase in fees will assist California State Parks in providing better service to our visitors and help State Parks protect our State’s natural and cultural resources.

parade  5 3 17By Roy Stewart

The Stonyford Rodeo Parade is May 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. This is a small-town parade of the type that the late Charles Kuralt used to feature in his “On the Road” segments on CBS News. Rodeo action begins at 1 p.m.. This parade has a rich history.

The antecedent to this parade dates back 78 years, to April 1939. In March of that year, a group of Stonyford men met at Charlie Butler’s store and decided it would be fun to have a parade in which people dressed in 1890s clothing and paraded down Market Street in old wagons and buckboards. Thus began the “Gay Nineties” parade that became an annual event for the next twenty years, until 1959. In 1943 a rodeo was added and a group that became the Stony Creek Horsemen’s Association was formed and incorporated to manage the parade and rodeo. The rodeo continued beyond 1959, until the present day.

In 1940, the parade’s second year, 2,000 people crowded into this little mountain settlement to attend this parade and the picnic that followed. According to newspaper reports clipped and gathered in a scrapbook located in the Stonyford Museum, between 1500 and 2000 people attended these weekend events every year until the parade’s demise in 1959.

While the parade died in ‘59, the rodeo continued and grew from its one-day amateur event to the two-day PRCA event that it is today. Now, more than 5,000 people turnout every year for this fun weekend.

In 1985, the parade was reborn and has continued until the present day. People no longer dress in old costumes, however, but old wagons sometime appear and old cars are a staple. Colorful floats, lovely ladies on beautiful horses, and lively children ensconced in a train of brightly painted barrels make their way along the mile or so parade route. All wave and throw candy to the crowd. Come early and get a good parking place somewhere near the Stonyford Store, from which to view the parade; bring a folding chair. Also, come early and get a good breakfast for $7 at the fire hall, which is at the end of the parade route, next door to the rodeo and camping grounds.

Parade 1940s high def  5 3 17The 74th Annual Stonyford Rodeo will be held on May 6 and 7, 2017. Tickets are available now at our website: Or, you can get them at any of these area locations: Stonyford General Store, Stonyford; Carl's Feed, Willows; Boot Barn, Chico, Anderson & Yuba City; Bucke's Feed & Grain, Orland; Marie's Lakeshore Feed, Clearlake; Rainbow Ag, Lakeport; Ace Hardware, Arbuckle; AgriSource (Parts Dept.), Maxwell; and Hust Bros., Colusa (formerly, Colusa Motor Sales).

Pre-rodeo tickets purchased online or from any of the businesses listed above are $10 for adults and $6 for children 7-12 years and older— children 6 years and under are free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 and $7. So get’em early and save money!

We have a few VIP (Top) seats available for Sunday-s Rodeo at $16.00 each. For information, call Mary at 530-963-3140.

Caroline Beteta May 2017  5 3 17Featuring Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California and California’s Director of Tourism

Caroline Beteta – President and CEO of Visit California, and the State of California’s Director of Tourism – spent Wednesday evening with local students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as the final guest speaker in the second season of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series. The series provides students an opportunity to hear about a speaker’s career path, how goals were achieved, insight regarding areas of expertise, and an opportunity for questions.

Beteta shared with students a typical “day in the life” – working with businesses, government, media and consumers – as the CEO of Visit California. She also shared words of advice, including to get involved (volunteer and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience), be persistent (it only takes one yes), never take no for an answer (you can always find another way), be authentic and true to yourself, find your strongest talents by trying a myriad of things, find a mentor, and dream big. She also reminded the students, regardless where they are in their school or career path, to “be the CEO of your own desk every day.”

In her dual capacity as CEO of Visit California and California’s Director of Tourism, Beteta is responsible for implementing Visit California’s $115 million global marketing program and serves as the lead spokesperson for California’s $126 billion travel industry. Caroline has shepherded the growth of Visit California into a global marketing franchise, delivering millions of visitors and billions of dollars of economic growth to the state every year. She has received numerous awards for her creative work and leadership in the travel industry, including 2009 State Tourism Director of the Year, the Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Award in 2013, and the U.S Travel Hall of Leaders Award in 2016.

Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in Public Administration/Intergovernmental Affairs from the University of Southern California. She has also completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Marketing Management Program.

Beteta and her husband, Art Whitney, are avid supporters of the Nevada County Fairgrounds and have children who were livestock exhibitors. Their generosity to the Nevada County Fairgrounds is evidenced by the naming of the livestock barn – Whitney Pavilion.

The Fairgrounds Foundation’s speaker series, which began in October, featured six speakers. The series, will start up again in October and high school students are invited to attend.


Caption: Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California and the State of California’s Director of Tourism, spent Wednesday evening sharing her experience and words of advice with students from Nevada Union and Bear River. Caroline served as the final guest speaker in the second series of the Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series, which brings business education to local high school students.

The formation and 1st meeting of Alienated Grandparents Anonymous (AGA) Nevada County California will take place on May 1st.

Sadly, alienation and estrangement of parents/grandparents by their adult children has become pandemic. Experts say the best way to comfort those hurting in this type of grief is through peer support groups. Please help us in this purpose, mission, and goal.

Please contact us if you would like more information or have any questions.The telephone number is: 530.470.8614

empire mine   4 26 17offer gold, grit and gardens

“Empire Mine’s Seasonal Tours are a popular highlight,” said Garden Tours Coordinator, Marsha Lewis. “We offer the public a variety of ways to discover different, in-depth aspects of Empire’s legacy.”

Garden Tours, Living History Tours of Empire Cottage and the Clubhouse, plus extended access to the Mineyard are ready to enthrall and educate visitors from all over America – and all over the world. Here’s a schedule worth keeping, especially for family and friends vacationing in this area.

Garden Tours take place every Saturday and Sunday from

April 22nd until October 1st at no extra charge.

Guided tours start at 11:00 a.m., and run approximately 50 minutes. Visitors will learn the history and heritage of these magnificent gardens – as well as the care that goes into maintaining them. Please note: No Garden Tours on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14th) or on Miners Picnic (Saturday, August 26th).

Empire Cottage Living History Tours are offered each Saturday and Sunday

from May 6th through September 3rd – with an additional $2 charge

for those 17 and over (no extra charge for children).

Docents in lavish, Edwardian costumes bring history to life, as they portray the characters who colored our past with gold and prosperity. Mr. and Mrs. William Bourn, Jr., George and Libby Starr, and outspoken housekeeper, Katie Moriarty will answer questions and share their insights, as they recreate Empire’s heydays in the early 1900s. Tours are offered from 12 noon to 2:20 p.m. They start every 20 minutes, and last for an hour. Please note: No Living History Tours on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14th),

or Miners Picnic (Saturday, August 26th)

Clubhouse History Tours run each Saturday and Sunday from

May 6th through September 3rd at no extra charge.

Short, approximately 10-minute tours are available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Docents in Edwardian-style costumes guide you through this stately building. Originally a gentlemen’s club, here’s where Mr. Bourn and Mr. Starr entertained mining owners and managers from around the world. Please note: No Clubhouse Tours on July 15th and 16th.

Mineyard Living History – special days when the

workshops are open to the public at no extra charge.

Enjoy access to the behind-the-scenes places that were essential to Empire Mine’s success. The Hoist House, the Compressor House, the Blacksmith Shop, Mine Shaft, Machine Shop, Wood Shop, Refinery, and the Mine Manager’s Office will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14th), Saturday, June 10th, as well as Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th. These buildings may be open on other special days. Please note that the Mine Shaft remains open during regular Park hours (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), and the Blacksmith Shop is open for a limited time on most weekends. Sometimes, in extremely hot weather, Mineyard Living History is cancelled. Phoning the Visitor Center, (530) 273-8522, is highly recommended to double check.

“These tours and experiences provide fascinating insights into the beauty, the architecture, the mechanics – and the magic that make visits to Empire Mine State Historic Park unforgettable,” Lewis added, “and we invite everyone to join us, and learn about our fascinating history.”

Empire Mine State Historic Park is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission is $7 for ages 17 and over, $3 for ages 6-16, and admission is free for children under 6. Parking is free, and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. For further information, phone the Visitor Center on (530) 273-8522 or visit

Photo by Richard Bannister


From the picturesque Cottage to the efficient Mineyard, there’s always something new and surprising to learn at Empire Mine State Historic Park.

Grass Valley, Ca.

It wouldn’t be spring without The Union’s 32nd Annual Spring Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show, April 22nd and 23rd at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley! Check out the special Nevada County Bonsai Club exhibit in the Sugar Pine Lodge. Over 175 amazing vendors will be on hand presenting everything from the latest in window coverings, landscaping materials, flooring, decking, and solar panels to home furnishings, art, spas, gutters and cleaning products and services– and so much more!

This event is dog friendly! Bring your behaved dog on a leash, and if you’re one of the first 50 each day, you’ll receive a “doggie wag bag” courtesy of Incredible Pets.

Enjoy great live music from noon to 3pm on the Pine Tree Stage. Hourly demonstrations inside the Northern Mines Building on topics such as The Aromatic Garden with world renowned author Kathi Keville, The Modern Farmhouse Design and Decorating tips with Emmy-award winning Lisa Quinn, and 10 Ways to Get Kids Stoked About Gardening, by Susan Gouveia, founder of The Society of Garden Goddesses.

Other topics include Landscaping Tips and Tricks, Bokashi Composting, Homegrown Tomatoes and Easy DIY Home Improvement tips.

New this year are extra prizes to win and a “Better Gnomes and Gardens” contest. Attendees will want to be sure to visit each building this year, because we have special prizes in each building that you must enter to win in their respective buildings. Enter to win an Electric Fat Tire Bike, retail value $1,700, in the Simply Country booth in the Northern Mines Building. In Ponderosa Hall you can enter to win a 4-pack of Sierra Vintner’s Wine Trail Season Tickets (2 sets available at $320 value per set) as well as a day’s worth of tractor service from Ben’s ZapHaul & Tractor, a $600 value. Enter to win a long list of prizes at The Union booth just inside the Main Street Center building.

While you are enjoying the show, if you come across a special Gnome we have placed around the show grounds, you can win a $50 gift card from A to Z Supply in Grass Valley if you snap a photo of the Gnome and upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag “#unionhomeshow.” There will be a drawing from all eligible entries.

Show hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday, April 22nd and 10 to 4 on Sunday, April 23rd. For more information visit

Linda Carter Holman

A self-taught artist with 44 years of experience she creates worlds on canvas allowing her to play many parts imagining life in a variety of ethnic worlds...Southern bells, Latin Ladies, Cowgirls, Tropical abundance, and more. The show will be a mix of both oils and mix media prints. Opening reception is April 7, 5-7 PM. Jared Johnson, solo accordionist and singer, will be performing.

The show will be available for viewing all month, 12-5 Sunday – Thursday and 12-7 Friday & Saturday

tall pines  3 29 17Grass Valley, Ca.

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun and games to benefit Tall Pines Nursery School! Admission to the Family Festival is FREE and all ages will enjoy carnival-style games, raffle and prizes, and delicious food from local vendors including sweet treats from Lazy Dog and beer from Ol’ Republic Brewery. The event benefits Tall Pines Nursery School, a nonprofit co-op pre-school serving the families of our community for over 50 years with extremely high standards for our teaching staff, the curriculum and the relationship we form with parents and children.

Saturday, April 1st, 11am – 2pm at Tall Pines Nursery School at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

IMG 0093  3 15 17By Courtney Ferguson

“Our Cornish pasty luncheons may be one of Nevada County’s best-kept secrets,” said Coordinator Jane Bland. “While many know about Empire Mine’s history and its gardens, the mine yard, cottage and clubhouse, the pasty luncheons we serve may come as a surprise.”

Groups from 12 to 100 can book luncheons from May through September. “We’ve hosted lunches for service organizations, historic societies, financial companies and private parties who want a venue that’s unique,” explained joint Coordinator Troy Hammer. “Groups seem to enjoy the historic setting, the gardens, as well as dining near the 1905 Clubhouse. It’s also a perfect way to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a retirement party – or a surprise party for an unsuspecting friend or relative. We’ll certainly help keep the secret,” he said.

Traditional Cornish pasties, a favorite with the Cornish miners during Empire’s glory days in the late 1800s and early 1900s, come with fresh salad, a cookie and an ice-cream dessert. Served by friendly volunteers in turn-of-the century attire, both the venue and the lunch are full of character and charm. Tables are arranged in an attractive way for a touch of style, often with flowers, centerpieces and favors. “Many groups want to include a tour of the mine as well,” Bland added, “and that’s easily arranged. The tours turn a tasty lunch into a memorable experience, rich in our colorful gold-mine history.”

In its heydays, Empire Mine ranked as one of the oldest, largest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. “Today we welcome around 100,000 visitors a year from all over America and all over the world,” Hammer explained. “Clearly the lure of gold remains enticing – and these luncheons give people the chance to enjoy a pleasant mid-day meal, surrounded by a lasting legacy of gold, grit and glory.”

The Park is now taking reservations for up to three luncheons per week. The charge of $15 per person represents excellent value. If a group tour is included, the charge is $26 per person. “Many warm to the idea that each luncheon helps maintain and improve Empire Mine State Historic Park,” Bland said. “Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA) is the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Empire Mine’s future. They provide help in ways the State does not – and each luncheon celebrates the past, while it ensures the future of our much-loved local treasure.” EMPA’s goals include restoring and preserving the old Clubhouse, installing a new irrigation system to keep the famous gardens thriving, and other projects to enhance the Park’s safety, beauty and authenticity.

For reservations and further information, phone the Empire Mine Visitor Center at

(530) 273-8522, and a Park Aide will tell you more. Further details are available at

Photos by John Field

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Luncheon Coordinators Jane Bland and Troy Hammer put a finishing touch on a pasty luncheon plate.

Empire Mine is taking spring-and-summer bookings for groups of 12 to 100.

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A popular tradition with the Cornish miners, pasties (pronounced “pass-tees”) are a popular part of Empire Mine’s current history.

When spring arrives in the Nevada County foothills there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park. Docents will provide guided wildflower walks beginning on March 11, and will continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 14 at 11:00 a.m. The walks and blooms are at the whim of Mother Nature. Rain may cancel. Call 530 432-2546 for information.

The Buttermilk Bend Trail, which winds above the wild and scenic South Yuba River, is highly regarded for the many species that bloom on its hills and slopes. Each season observers are delighted with an everchanging tableau of spring color. Early season walkers will find Western Buttercups, Zigzag Larkspur, and Shooting Stars. By mid-season, the hills turn gold and purple with Tufted Poppies and a variety of lupine. Mid to late season floral treats include Fairy Lanterns, Chinese Houses, and Birds-eye Gilia. Docents will share facts, legends and the many uses of the flowers and plants along the trail.

Docent led hikes last about two hours. The Buttermilk Bend trail is an easy 2 mile hike out and back. Meet at the trailhead in the South Yuba River State Park north parking lot. Follow Pleasant Valley Road north past the Visitor Center over the South Yuba River. Parking is $5.00. Sturdy walking shoes, hat and water are recommended. A $3.00 donation is requested and appreciated. (Dogs are not permitted on the guided walks as the trail is narrow and the groups can be large.)

Other guided hikes are also available such as four docent-led wildflower hikes on Pt. Defiance trail in April. They will be on Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 at 9:30am. Midweek private group hikes can be arranged by contacting the Visitor Center. (530) 432-2546

To make your visit complete, bring picnic lunch and allow time to take in the park Visitor Center, check out the covered bridge (while is it under renovation) and barn (both built in 1862), and the restored 1920’s gas station.

The Visitor Center is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday through Sunday until Memorial Day and every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Memorial Day weekend. Here you can find a collection of wildflower books educational and souvenir items. (And perhaps that bottle of water you forgot to bring for the hike)