You know you are from Nevada City when…

You have to remind people that your hometown is in California, and not Nevada

It’s so dark at night in downtown you need to carry a flashlight

You call the wrong number and the person on the other line politely gives you the right one

An exciting day is driving 30 miles out of town to the nearest…. anything

A helping hand isn’t at the end of your own arm

“Bro code” doesn’t exist. It’s almost impossible not to date your friends’ exes

When describing where you live to someone out of town or state, you always have to refer to Sacramento as the closest reference point

There is more people hanging at the tea shop than at the bar

A tank of gasoline lasts over a month

Church and the Yuba are one and the same

People say “Aw man, that’s all the way on the other side of town”, and they really mean five miles

You have to park in Grass valley in order to stroll through the Nevada City shops

You can never be a jerk publicly without the entire town knowing the next day

You write down a local phone number with only 5 digits.

Grass Valley seems too far to drive for dinner

You don’t know all the street names, only landmarks

You have no tan lines but a really great tan

You don’t know if bears, coyotes, or raccoons will get your garbage before Waste Management does

You end a relationship and your best friend asks if you’d mind if she dates him

You can’t imagine not knowing your neighbors

You can’t go to SPD without running into at least 3 people you know

You are friends with all the local shop owners, and they greet you by name every time you walk into their store

When you get to a 4-way stop, everyone will always wave for you to go first

It’s impossible to explain where you’re from without referring to larger cities or big landmarks

You go away to college, the college itself is 5 times the population of your hometown

You are shocked when you go to a big city and realize one quarter only gets you about 10 minutes

You look forward to reading the police blotter

Most of the time you buy your clothes online

The closest mall is an hour away

No one’s going to judge what kind of car you have

There’s not such thing as being underdressed

The fair is the biggest event of the year

You can’t leave the house without running into at least 5 people you know.

Your teachers had your older siblings and mix up your names

Everything closes at 9 pm

Featured Business: Abstrakt

Looking for adorable, comfortable, and stylish clothing and accessories? Abstrakt is the store for you. This charming boutique is a jewel for Nevada City. Their many options range from hats, to jeans, to scarves, to socks, to dresses. They also have a stunning collection of jewelry not to mention other accessories such as belts, purses, earrings, and candles.

Location, Interior, and Hours:

Abstrakt is located in downtown Nevada City on 228 Broad Street. Their gorgeous interior is stylishly decorated. Their service is very good and their staff members are very friendly and helpful. Two spacious dressing rooms both equipped with large mirrors, sit in the front and back of the store. Abstrakt is open everyday from 10:00 to 6:00 monday-saturday and 10:00-5:00 on Sundays.


The colorful interior of the store


The back of the lovely store



Customers shopping near the display windows


Checkout counter


Another part of the spacious store


A customer shopping


One of two generously sized changing rooms



From wooly hats and slippers to stylish hats and jeans to elegant dresses, Abstrakt has it all.


Rows of cute cardigans in an assortment of colors and sizes


Jeans, scarves, and cardigans


Multi-colored shirts and wooly hats


More comfy cardigans


Accessories: Ranging from belts to purses to scarves:


Classy leather belts and purses with intricate designs


Eye-catching scarves with fun patterns


Candles and incense sticks with a variety of scents


More high quality candles



Abstrakt has some of the most beautiful jewelry around. Their colors are exceptional and their stones are stunning.

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Their wrap bracelets are extremely popular right now. They come in a huge variety of colors.



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Run by Roi Lynn Arnold and Lize Hottegindre, Abstrakt is a great little store filled with stylish affordable choices to add to your wardrobe. Lize also owns Annex across the street and designs some of the jewelry featured in this post. Check out their website and Facebook page.

Events in June 2013

Summer is here! Take a picnic lunch down to the Yuba to cool off or stay in town, taste some wine and have a lovely meal at one of our great restaurants. There is always so much to see and do here in Nevada City!

June 7, June 7, July 5, August 2, 5-9 pm – First Friday Art Walk – The Artwalk is a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, as well as our wonderfully artistic and creative community. Participating Downtown businesses will stay open until 9pm every First Friday monthly and many will host “receptions” with local artists, trunk shows, and/or performances. Many shops are also offering snacks and beverages as well as sales and specials only valid for the event.

June 8 – Nevada City Foreign Car Show –  The Sierra Sports Car Group, United Way of Nevada County and The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the 3rd Annual Nevada City Foreign Car Show. This car show is a collaborative effort between the three groups. For more information:

June 13-16 –  Bluegrass Festival –  The 38th Annual Father’s Day Festival is right around the corner with another spectacular lineup of national headliners, impressive California talent, workshops, camping, jamming and more, all under the pines at the scenic Nevada County Fairgrounds. For more information:

June 16 –  Nevada City Bicycle Classic – One of America’s top cycling events celebrates its 53rd anniversary this year and many of the nation’s top cyclists are expected to be on hand.  The Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in historic downtown Nevada City. The Nevada City Classic is one of the premiere sporting events in the Sierra foothills, the largest and oldest bike race on the West Coast, and the second-oldest race in the natioJune 22 – Soap Box Derby –  Teams will race nearly 1/2 mile downhill (powered only by gravity) on Nimrod Street in Nevada City, while being judged for creativity, speed and team spirit! Proceeds benefit Pioneer Park. The race starts at Noon.

June 29 –   Saturday – 7:30 pm / Gates open at 6:00 pm – Music in the Mountains presents The Music of Queen On the lawn at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Bring your own seating.  Calling this performance a tour de force is a huge understatement. Because when Michael Shotton gets through channeling Freddie Mercury – backed up by his killer seven piece band, the sublime MIM Festival Orchestra and the amazing MIM Chorus – you’ll be exhausted and begging for more. With this kind of musical horsepower, we’re absolutely going to rock you!

As always, check out the wonderful variety of events at the Miners Foundry. For more information go to:


Events in May 2013

Everything is in bloom and the weather is for the most part beautiful and the occasional shower helps to keep things green a bit longer. As usual, there is no shortage of things to do and see here in this Merry Month of May. Come up and enjoy Spring in our beautiful foothills.

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques’ annual art show and sale is from May 5-13 in their warehouse in Nevada City. Twice a year, in Spring and Fall, Kodo Arts opens its warehouse to the public. Inside, you will find Japanese décor, furniture, textiles, art, kimonos, and much more! The warehouse is located at 571 Searls Ave in the 7 Hills Business District in Nevada City, or visit their website at

24 Hour Plays at Miners Foundry May 8. Tickets are $15.00 and are available online, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  On Wednesday, May 8, find out what happens when a group of talented Nevada County actors, writers, directors, and producers are given just 24 hours to create, rehearse, and tech six short original plays, culminating in an off-book performance to a live theatre audience.

The Complete History of America May 3 – May 26. LeGacy Presents is proud and thrilled to bring yet another hilarious comedy by the Reduced Shakespeare Company to the Off Center Stage this May. Following the hugely successful and popular The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, presented by LeGacy last fall, Scott Ewing once again directs this three actor fast, fun, and rollicking comedy – 600 years in 6000 seconds!!

Mother’s Day Buffet and Champagne Sunday, May 12. Serving a very special Mother’s Day Buffet and Champagne $12.00 per person and Children 6 – 10 years old is $5.00  Children under age 5 are FREE  Please send your reservation and payment to:

Nevada City Elks Lodge #518
Post Office Box 611
Nevada City, CA 95959

Songs of Leonard Cohen Tickets are on sale for the return of A Thousand Kisses Deep, the songs of Leonard Cohen, to the Nevada Theatre on May 10 and 11 at 8pm. Nevada Theatre401 Broad Street Nevada City Information and order by phone at: the Miners Foundry – 530-265-5462 Tickets at: The Briar Patch – 530-272-5333; Yabobo – 530-470-9114 Go to for more information.

The 20th Annual Spring Garden Tour, hosted by Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills (SISF), scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. This event is a self-guided tour of six privately-owned gardens in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Penn Valley.  Gardens are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the garden gate. Tickets go on sale in early March.  Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat, and don’t forget your camera on this four-to-five hour excursion.

Dont miss the  26th Annual Miners Foundry Mother’s Day Plant Sale.  The Mother’s Day Plant & Garden Sale features over a dozen growers of Organic Vegetables and Herb Seedlings grown locally to give your garden a head start on the growing season.

In its 28th year, the Teddy Bear Convention in idyllic Nevada City will celebrate the enduring charms and trace the birth of the teddy bear, more than a century ago, to its permanent place in the contemporary scene as the ubiquitous plaything and highly prized collectible. May 10, 11 and 12. Thursday, May 10 at Trolley Junction. Friday, May 11 – 12noon to 5PM and Saturday, May 12 – 10AM to 4PM at Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49, Nevada City.

Docent led wildflower walks along the South Yuba River at Bridgeport start Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 am and continue through May 19. South Yuba River State Park Association.

Ongoing: Tabletop Tango on Tuesdays at The Haven, 228 Broad St (downstairs) Argentine Tango lessons and practice 6:30 beginners; 7:30 intermediate; 8:30 practice Drop-ins welcome, cost is $10. Multi-lesson discounts are offered. For more information:

April Events

Happy Spring! Birds are singing Daffodils are blooming – come up and enjoy our ever changing Spring weather!

Ananda TulipAs always, the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center offers interesting events for all ages – find out more here –

Magic Lantern Film Society presents Food and Film Series: Big Night on Sunday,  April 7, Film 4:00 Dinner 6:00

Off Broadstreet’s “Forever Meadow Green” Fridays and Saturdays 8:15 through April 20. Big-hearted hippie florist Meadow Green and two cranky ninety-year-old retired doo-wop singers perform in her 2013 World Earth Day Celebration at her Morrow Bay nursery, “The Immortal Soil.”

CATS/Community Asian Theater of the Sierra, presents “Journey to the West” at the Nevada Theatre April 11-May 4. The 16th century novel on which the play is based is a classic in China, and the characters have become favorites of the Chinese. They appear in comic books, TV cartoons, and ads for Chinese beer.

Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Weekends April 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 10am-5pm. Beauty, color, joy – experience the exuberance of over 10,000 tulips in bloom in the world class gardens at Crystal Hermitage.

Docent led wildflower walks along the South Yuba River at Bridgeport start Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 am and continue through May 19. South Yuba River State Park Association.

Ongoing: Tabletop Tango on Tuesdays at The Haven, 228 Broad St (downstairs) Argentine Tango lessons and practice 6:30 beginners; 7:30 intermediate; 8:30 practice Drop-ins welcome, cost is $10. Multi-lesson discounts are offered. For more information:

Nevada City Events in January 2013

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Poster 2013

Happy New Year! We wish you a healthy and prosperous 2013!

Nevada City’s premier January event is the 11th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival! This world class event is hosted by  SYRCL, the South Yuba Citizen’s League. This year, the three-day environmental film festival is on January  11, 12, and 13 in and around Nevada City. Each year, the Festival draws in top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the largest film festival of it’s kind. The films show all over Nevada City, including the Miners Foundry, the Nevada Theatre, the Veterans Hall, and many more locations (almost all are walking distance, too!). This is one of Nevada City’s biggest events and is worth going to! If you plan on coming next year, make your reservations as soon as possible. Accommodations fill up as far as one year in advance. We hope you can join us for this fabulous, one-of-a-kind festival!

In addition to over 120 incredible films, there will be live music, workshops, performance,  art, parties and so much more! Don’t miss this festival weekend! For more information, click here!

Off Broadstreet Theater will be presenting Knockoffs at the Pina Colada, a new musical comedy By John Driscoll & Jan Kopp. This performance runs from Jan 11th Through Feb 16th, and Sunday January 27th. All Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. and some Sundays at 2:00pm.

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents local treasure and master Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser with the 5th annual Community Workshop & Gathering on Saturday, January 5, 2013. For more information click here.

Attention chocolate lovers! Taste delectable chocolate creations from chocolatiers and chefs, savor delicious local wines, and enjoy Ludi Hinrichs on piano from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Chocolate Infusion, an afternoon of chocolate, wine, & jazz on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the Miners Foundry.

The Gold Country Celtic Society will be hosting the 22nd Annual Robert Burns Celebration Dinner and Concert on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Miners Foundry. Doors open at 4:00, dinner at 5:30.

If you’re planning to wed in 2013, be sure to check out An Affair For All SeasonsJanuary 27 from 11am to 4pm at the Miners Foundry. On this special day, the Miners Foundry will be transformed into seasonal rooms showcasing some of the top wedding and event vendors in Nevada County.

Events in December 2012

The Broad Street Inn would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season!

December is filled with events to delight children of all ages!

Get in the Christmas spirit at Grass Valley’s Cornish Christmas every Friday from 6:00-9:00. It continues through the month of December.

LeGacy Presents is showing two plays this month. The first, Every Christmas Story Ever Told is playing at The Nevada Theatre through December 30. Their other play is  Miracle on 34th Street also playing at The Nevada Theater through December 30. For show times and more information, visit

Victorian Christmas is here again! Wander through downtown and find craft vendors, yummy food, hot mulled wine, and roasted chestnuts. This year there will be more entertainment, more music and more venues. Entertainment this year includes carolers, street performers, photos with Santa, Salvation Army brass band, the marching Presidents, a living Nativity, and so much more! The lively street fair will be on Wednesdays from 5:00-9:00 on December 5, 12, and 19, and on Sundays from 12:00-5:00 on December 16 and 23. For information on free parking and shuttle services, visit the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce or click HERE.

Music in the Mountains presents the 30th annual Holiday Pops Concert concert at the Amaral Family Festival Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. You won’t want to miss this beautiful performance that will get you in the holiday spirit! The concert plays on December 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. on December 9. Purchase tickets online HERE.

Over 1,500 motorcyclists will ride through Nevada County for the 21st annual Food and Toy Run which takes place Saturday, December 8. Riders meet at 9:30 a.m. and the ride starts at 12:00 p.m. For more information, click HERE.

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present a Holiday Celebration of Dance featuring Holt Ballet Conservatory and The Movement Alliance, plus TMA School, Junior Company, and The Sierra College Dance Club, Tuesday, December 11, 5:30pm. The Celebration will present scenes from The Nutcracker and original modern dance choreography.

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival present “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Saturday, December 15. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing movies with a fabulous dining experience.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

The Miners Foundry’s bi-annual, independent, juried craft fair showcases the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, featuring their unique, handmade, original & vintage items. The Winter Craft Fair will be held on Sunday, December 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $3.00, children are admitted free of charge.