￼ACROSS THE STATE, charter schools are booming and educating students with their unique traits. Celebrating its 20th anniversary starting this fall, Nevada City School of the Arts is one of the state’s first charter schools.
The school serves 350 kindergarten through eighth-grade students and is dedicated to keeping the arts in education—a real challenge to public [...]
MUCH LIKE THE AUBURN SYMPHONY, InConcert Sierra was born thanks to the initiative of Chamber of Commerce leaders and local music enthusiasts — in this instance, 68 years ago.
After organizing at the historic Bret Harte Hotel in Grass Valley, the group’s first concert was held at the Veterans Memorial Building in 1946. It featured Charles [...]
SMALL, PICTURESQUE TOWNS SUCH AS Ashland, OR and Telluride, CO have long been popular with arts and culture enthusiasts. Though lesser known, the Sierra foothills is a cultural destination in its own right, with world-class performers, award-winning theater, including Broadway shows, and eclectic art galleries—all within walkable, historic towns.
Dining, shopping and lodging—from B&Bs and inns [...]
THE AUBURN SYMPHONY IS PLACER COUNTY’S orchestra — and one of the nation’s finest community ensembles. It was formed 27 years ago, when Auburn musician Monroe DeJarnette met with Bruce Cosgrove of the Auburn Chamber to discuss a plan to form a community orchestra.
The concert premier, entitled The Birth of an Orchestra, took place in [...]
Grass Valley includes some of the foothills’ most talented artists. Now in its fourth year, the gallery has grown to 37 juried visual artists.
The artists, who live and work in Nevada County, specialize in jewelry, ceramics sculpture, furniture, wood, glass and mosaics, as well as photography, collage, watercolors, oil paintings, acrylics and drawings.
Their work is [...]
We are eagerly awaiting the debut of the 2014 HGTV Dream Home at Schaffer’s Mill in Truckee in January 2014 — right in our own backyard. Viewers can enter to win the home from Dec. 27, 2013 to Feb. 14, 2014.
Now a sneak peek video of the home is available. We’re glad that the home [...]
EACH JANUARY, THE FOOTHILLS HOSTS one of the nation’s premier environmental film festivals. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, presented by the South Yuba River Citizens League, draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists and world adventurers to Nevada City and Grass Valley.
The 12th annual festival takes place Thurs.-Sun., January 9-12, largely at historic venues in [...]
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
NOBODY SAID IT BETTER, AND NOBODY KNOWS BETTER than this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, whose home is the South Yuba River watershed.
But some people don’t treat it like home. Despite its awesome beauty, the South Yuba has been threatened by dams and development, logging, mining, garbage, [...]
Music in the Mountains has created many happy memories for its patrons over the years, and this year’s “Home for the Holidays” presentation is sure to be among them.
On December 7-8 and 20, Music in the Mountains presents three days of music with a talented chorus, orchestra and a “choir of angels.”
Nothing is more enchanting [...]
Debra Winger is an esteemed actress (An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment, Urban Cowboy and many others) writer, producer, and activist. Ms. Winger has additionally been the recipient of multiple distinguishing honors, including Emmy, BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominations.
“She was a co-producer of the Academy Award nominated documentary, Gasland, which has been credited [...]