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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Navigate your holiday celebrations with this complete event guide. Inside you’ll find information on Grass Valley’s Cornish Christmas, Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas, Penn Valley’s Cowboy Christmas, and many more holiday events. Each section elaborates on the area’s events and community activities are listed starting on page 14.

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Travel back in time and experience Gold Rush history with a modern twist. Holiday events range from youth performances, plays, shopping, food, and much, much, more. You’ll have plenty of time for holiday cheer with celebrations beginning November 23 and continuing through December 23. There’s something fun for everyone! From our families to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. Publisher: Dave Schmall Advertising Director: Julia Stidham Special Sections Manager: Dana Rosacker Account Managers: Jodi Jannings, Melissa Rhoden, Barbara Wibberley, Shawn Ryley, Damian Reyna, Emelia Marini, Jacki Calais Printed with pride by The Union Press Crew

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ring the whole family to Downtown Grass Valley for the magical transformation from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to Christmas past with the 45th annual Cornish Christmas. Watch as Mill and Main Streets fill with the spirit of Christmas. Hear sleigh bells ring and minstrels sing classic Christmas carols to you. Toss a coin or two to a shiny faced street urchin as they play a harp or violin or entertain you with their magic tricks. Let the feeling of home enchant you as you wait for your chestnuts to be roasted over an open fire and warm your hands on hot cocoa or cider. Chat with friends and neighbors over their handcrafted treasures. Buy your cider from the girl scouts and meet your local firefighters and police officers as they enjoy a night out with their families. Entertain the kids with Santa’s Workshop where they can meet Santa, have their picture taken with him, color a picture, and decorate some cookies while you have the gifts you purchased downtown wrapped by a helpful little elf. Experience the taste of a traditional Cornish pasty, dine in one of our world-class restaurants, or find something delectable from one of the many food vendors. Open 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. every Friday night from November 23 to December 21. Admission is free and Downtown Grass Valley has several free parking lots within two blocks of all the street festivities. There is no shuttle this year from the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Call the Grass Valley Downtown Association at (530) 272-8315 for a free brochure and parking map.



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Sponsors The Grass Valley Downtown Association would like to thank its sponsors that help make this event happen. Without them, there wouldn’t be an event. Culture Shock Yogurt Shop Ensemble Designs Premier West Bank Waste Management KNCO The Union Yuba Blue Towers Casino and Ben Franklin Craft Stores Bret Harte Bookseller Caroline’s Coffee Cheryl Rellstab Courtyard Suites Economy Pest Control Hills Flat Lumber Company InConcert Sierra Jazzercise Marshall’s Pasties Nevada City Engineering Old Barn Self Storage Pacific Land Enterprises Rutherford Insurance


Access to Grass Valley is off of Hwy 49 at Colfax/Central Grass Valley off ramp(exit 182A). You will be on South Auburn Street. Parking available throughout downtown **ADA parking available (see map)

Visit Santa, kids get a FREE Candy Cane! Photos Visit Santa, available for purchase from LaFerriere kids get a pictures SANTA’S SCHEDULE Photography (family welcomed and free candy Friday, Nov. 23-Friday, encouraged).

cane! Photos Dec. 24 available for Fridays 5-10 p.m. purchase from Saturdays 1-4 p.m. Write a letter to Santa Claus. Use Santa's express LaFerriere Sundays 1-4 p.m. mailbox to send letters and wish lists. Photography Monday Dec. 24 only (family pictures a.m. tointo noonSanta's Holiday shopping? Bring your10receipt welcomed and gift wrapping for all your Workshop and get FREE purchases encouraged). made in downtown! Write a letter to Santa Claus. Use The workshop willexpress have Grass Valley ornaments, Santa’s mailbox to send letters and Cornish Christmas wish lists.buttons and much more! Holiday shopping? Bring your receipt Come see what downtown Grassand Valley hasgift in into Santa’s Workshop get free store for you this year! wrapping for all your purchases made in Santa'sdowntown! Workshop is conveniently located at: 145 Mill (look theGrass signs) The Street workshop willfor have Valley ornaments, Cornish Christmas buttons and much more! Friday, Nov. to downtown Friday, Dec. Come23rd see what Grass24th Valley has in store for you this year! Fridays 5:00-10:00 P.M.

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Friday, Dec. 7 Special thank you and welcoming reception for Beale Airforce personnel and families 6-7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Followed by Cornish Christmas Celebration. (Private Party)

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Saturday, Dec. 8 Tess’ will be conducting a cooking demonstration of Latkes, a popular treat during the eight-day Festival of Lights. The shallow-fried pancakes of grated potato, flour and egg are a Hanukkah tradition. Join in the fun and learn to make your very own latkes this holiday season. Call Tess’ Kitchen Store for details (530) 273-6997.

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Friday, Dec. 21 The parade begins at Hennessy School at 10 a.m. Local school children march though the streets of Grass Valley carrying donations of canned food. Bagpipers and bands add a festive air to this historical Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society event. Come out and support the effort!

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Sunday, Dec. 9 Foothill Flowers at 102 W. Main Street Will host their 24th annual Santa Lucia celebration. The Scandinavian holiday consists of a pageant portraying Santa Lucia with court of Lucia brides and star boys. For more information, call Foothill Flowers at (530) 273-2296.


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orthern California’s most fun Victorian Christmas event kicks off on December 5 and continues on three Wednesdays evenings and two Sunday afternoons through Sunday, December 23, 2012 on the streets of historic Nevada City. Victorian Christmas 2011 garnered splendid reviews. New guests and old flocked to Nevada City in record numbers. “With added entertainment and a record number of booths, the spirit and good feeling in the streets was inspiring,” says Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to an even more spectacular event this year.” Victorian Christmas has been a beloved tradition since 1978 and this December Nevada City’s picturesque downtown will transform once again into a Christmas card come to life. Join family and friends sharing holiday cheer and good tidings. Victorian Christmas features holiday activities for all ages: children’s pony rides, carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas. There is oh so much to see, hear, feast upon and experience at Victorian Christmas. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, we look forward to welcoming the best of the holiday season with you and yours. Ten (of the many!) Reasons to enjoy Victorian Christmas this year!

1. Season’s Greetings Come wander the lanes of Victorian Nevada City as the glow of twilight settles with the scent of pine boughs and freshly roasted chestnuts floating in the air, the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll.  Meet your friends and neighbors.  Join with old and new friends for a drink of hot mulled cider and a few verses of your favorite holiday songs.  You’ll be surprised by who you’ll see and celebrate with on the streets of our town during this festive time. 

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will be different with jugglers, story tellers, traditional music, choirs, and so much more. You’ll want to come to this free event more than once. 3. Find the Perfect Gift Visit the shops of and stalls of Nevada City to find one-of-a-kind treasures, fine art, romantic clothing,

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A hot, spiced wassail from the traditional friend nuchoir on facebook Wassail Bowl and welcoming trumpet generous support by fanfares will greet guests at the Oldegenerous English support from Christmas Dinner Celebration SUN AFTERNOONS THE CELEBRATION DEC. 16 & 23 • 1:30-6PM The Nevada Union Chamber Choir will sing BUS SCHEDULE: NOON - 6:30 festive holiday music while celebrants feaste upon delicious English fare.

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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS handmade soaps and candles, alluring glass treasures and dazzling jewelry. Complete your holiday shopping or discover the perfect dress for that New Year’s Eve party. Shopkeepers will welcome you, share a story or two, and send you on your way laden with packages and a hearty “Happy Holidays.” We have gifts for everyone at Victorian Christmas and you don’t need to break the bank while shopping locally. There’s something for every pocketbook and every taste including hand-picked and handmade items you won’t find at any mall. 4. Festive Feasting Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air as you walk the winding gas lit streets of Nevada City. Make sure you sample the wide variety of food of outdoor vendors or dine inside at one of Nevada City’s gourmet restaurants or specialty shops. From award-winning chefs to warming street food, there’s fare that is certain to satisfy every appetite, from children to gourmands. 5. Join the Party For over three decades it has been the holiday tradition of families all over Northern California to escape the commercialism of crowded, indoor shopping malls and come instead to festive Nevada City to celebrate the best the holiday season has to offer. Come with family and friends, while rekindling fond memories and making new ones.  And this year, why not add to the party by dressing

as a Victorian. We’re encouraging people to dress up and add to the Victorian flavor of the event. It’s easy and fun and you don’t have to spend lots of money or time to do it. You’ll find tips and ideas on our website at

you’ll find a wide variety of singing groups throughout the town. Come ready to give voice to traditional carols and more recent holiday songs.

6. Cheers! There are drinks to please everyone’s palate at Victorian Christmas. There’s something to warm your heart and satisfy the heartiest of thirsts. You can sip hot chocolate or mulled wine while watching a choir or passing juggler or stop by Nevada City’s tasting rooms to sip the wines of Nevada County vintners.

9. Deck the Halls Add Christmas cheer to your house with handmade wreaths, baskets and ornaments from our many craft vendors and unique stores. Buy some for friends or keep them all for yourself to make your home festive and fun throughout the holiday season. And don’t forget to buy handmade cards to send to far away friends and relatives. They’ll appreciate that “something special” on their mantelpiece this year.

7. Cold Comfort Why not warm your hands next to chestnuts roasting on an open fire? We are welcoming back Cecil Snow, our favorite Victorian chimney sweep who will keep the fire going every evening of Victorian Christmas. Feast on yummy chestnuts as you listen to groups of carolers on the stage at the Bank of America parking lot. Chestnuts are provided by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Make sure you don’t miss this grand tradition.

10. Make it easy on yourself Why drive through holiday traffic to a distant mall when you can take a special $5 round-trip Holiday Shuttle to Victorian Christmas? Pickups are from the parking lots at the Nevada County Government Center at Highway 49 and Maidu Ave. Drop your group off in town and then catch the Shuttle.  Return journeys are free for all.  Shuttle hours are 4:30-9:00 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-6:30 p.m. Sundays.  

8. Sing for Joy Join in with one of the many choirs and singing groups who will be strolling through town and performing at Victorian Christmas. On each day of Victorian Christmas,

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Victorian Christmas Vendors An Honest Pie CMB Enterprises Corn Roaster J&M Me Ma’s Kitchen Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe Rolling Dough Pizza Company Smiley Guys Smokehouse Soul Kitchen Suitcase Ron’s Kettle Corn The Old 5 Mile House Veterans of Foreign Wars Vietnam Vets of America Abstrakt Bonanza Gift Shop Calolea Olive Oil Cirinos Collectables Unlimited Darbeads Elixart Green Frog Soap Works Hand Crafted Liquid Amber Trading Co. Meynell Fashions Neva Co Nevada City Crystal & Glass Nevada County Makes Nevada County Preppers Northern Lights Poms Away! Orchards Primal Grace Scentsy Sculptured Spikes Sierra Sweets Simply fashion Songollay Spirithouse Sweet Dreams Bedding

Tashi Himalayan Gift Shop The Alaskan Goldmine Bicyclists of Nevada County Forest Trails Alliance South Yuba River Citizens League After the Gold Rush Archimedes Wear Bella Raes Candles & Soaps Bluebird Designs Candles By Faith CTS Ventures, Inc. Dandelion Design Studio Desert Blands IPM Formulations Designs by Johnita Devine Bottles Emily Williams Family Blessings Fine by Design Fine Gourd Art Gold River Costumes Gypsy Wind Hatch Metal Images imagination unlimited Jillian Van Ness Jim Schmidt Design John Antonsen Krista Traquilla Studio Laura Rose Designs Modern Icons Mushymetals Sue Fox Pottery Two Moons Native American Art Wallflowers Wire by Design


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Why not add to the party by dressing as a Victorian? We’re encouraging people to dress up and add to the Victorian flavor. It’s easy and fun and you don’t have to spend lots of money or time to do it. Here are some simple ideas: • Wear a vest over high-collared shirt. • Put knee socks over jeans or pants to look like knickers. • Attach feathers to a broad-brimmed hat and put on a pair of long, elbow length gloves. • Push up your shirt sleeves with elastic at the elbows. • Tie a long scarf over a blouse, sweater, jacket etc.

Nevada City Winter Craft Fair 10 a.m.-7p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, $3 entrée

The Miners Foundry will once again be holding its independent, juried craft fair showcasing the region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans and do-it-yourself crafters. Find unique gifts among the handmade, original and vintage items that will fill the historic Miners Foundry to overflowing.

• Drape a shawl over a blouse or shirt. • Wear colorful suspenders over a plain, plaid or paisley shirt. • Wear a bow tie or string tie. • Try a top hat, a bowler or a fake handlebar mustache. • Add some ruffles. A ruffled apron over an ankle length skirt or a ruffled cap will make you a perfect Victorian.

Use your imagination! You can probably dress in a Victorian look by just being creative with the clothes in your closet.

From jugglers to fine musicians, carolers to storytellers, we have something for everyone. Warm up to a string quartet or watch Victorian characters strut their stuff against a backdrop of genuine Victorian shops and houses. Look for a full schedule of entertainment on our website at Each night and afternoon of Victorian Christmas will be different---with jugglers, story tellers, Scottish dancers, traditional music, choirs, and so much more. You’ll want to come to this free event more than once!

Locomotion Circus with Izzi Tooinsky Ludi Hinrichs Santa Claus The Auburnaires The Sierranaders Joe Souza & Friends Village Festival Recorders TommyKnocker Cloggers Jubilo Minstrels Sometimes Singers St. Ambrose Group Victorian Christmas Singers Walking Christmas Tree David Ayala, Accordionist Highland Dancers Shades of Blue, chorus

The Living Nativity Nevada Union Chamber Choir Thunderfoot Cloggers Peter the Magician Sierra Brass Jan Clarridge, violin Blended Metal Saxophones Grace Lutheran Church Choir Northern Mines Girl Scout Choir Weimar Academy Choir Ruckrich Family Band Nancy Hill Music Students  Odile Music Students Nevada County Bounce House Nevada City Schools Student Musicians


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2012 Cowboy Christmas Kick off your holiday season cowboy style with Cowboy Christmas in Penn Valley; home of the Penn Valley Rodeo. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 in the Penn Valley Shopping Center on the corner of Penn Valley Drive and Spenceville Road. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with music by DJ Lynn Skrukrud, followed by the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a visit with Santa Claus. Free horse-drawn wagon rides will transport families to the live nativity scene at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Penn Valley Drive. Enjoy the festivities, munchies and hot chocolate. Admission is free. Dress warmly in your favorite western attire and browse the wonderful shops in the Penn Valley Shopping Center. Cowboy Christmas is hosted by the Martines family of Penn Valley. For more Information please call the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at (530) 432-1802.

PENN VALLEY HI-GRADERS LIONS CLUB – SEE’S CANDY SALES The Penn Valley Lion’s Club is raising funds this holiday season with their annual See’s Candy Sales. A trailer conveniently located in the Wildwood Shopping Center on Pleasant Valley Road will open Thanksgiving weekend and offer delectable gifts for the Christmas season through December 15. Hours to shop are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Funds raised through candy sales help the many projects the Lion’s club donates to including: Saddle Pals, the local Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Friends of Nevada County Military; which is an organization that puts together care packages for our service men and women.


Take your photos with Santa Claus Compliments of the South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce Saturday, Dec. 8 . Santa will be available for pictures from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Location: South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce office - located in the CVS parking lot near Lake of the Pines Free event There will be free game booths set up also for the kids - courtesy of the SNCC membership businesses. * This year we will not be having our traditional “Christmas in the Pines” at the Holiday Market shopping center. We hope to bring it back next year, but the Chamber still wanted to hold something for the community.


Railroad museum steamrolls into Christmas Come to the annual Christmas celebration at the Railroad Museum 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. The celebration will take place at #5 Kidder Court, Nevada City located off of Gold Flat Road at Bost Avenue or New Mohawk Drive. This is a free event for the whole family as it includes a photo-op with Santa and his elves in front of Narrow Gauge Engine #5. The event will also feature refreshments, door prizes, raffle, a silent auction, and a rail-bus ride (weather permitting). For Information call (530) 470-0902 or contact

Country Christmas Faire November 23, 24 & 25, 2012


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atch the holiday spirit at the 28th annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 23, 24, and 25. Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state. Exhibit buildings will be filled during the Thanksgiving weekend, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping with quality handmade holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, hand-woven baskets, stained glass, candles, beadwork, and dozens of other unique gifts. Visitors to the Faire will enjoy strolling live entertainment, festival foods, the magical Gingerbread House exhibit, Santa Claus, errand elves, and a community bon-fire. Wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered; and Victorian singers, the bell ringing RiverBells, and the Sierra Symphony quartet will perform throughout the event. Free babysitting will be offered, so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping. The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 23, and runs through Sunday, November 25. Admission is $4 for adults and children 12-and-under are free. Parking is $5; however, Faire-goers will receive one free admission for each paid parking pass. The hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, off Highway 49. For more information, visit the Fair’s web site at www. or call (530) 273-6217.


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Help out a family in need. Salvation Army 10725 Alta Street, Grass Valley (530)274-3500 or

Remember the lives of our loved ones from Christmas past with the tree of love. Rood Center Friends of Hospice office hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (530) 274-5121

7th Annual Michael Bratton Turkey Trot

5k and 10k run/walk as a Benefit/fundraiser for the MEB2 Foundation 7:30 a.m. Nov. 22 Hooper Stadium Nevada Union 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley (530) 913-3782 or

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Dec. 8, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce office - located in the CVS parking lot near Lake of the Pines (530) 268-6318 or

28th Annual Country Christmas Faire

Live entertainment, food, Santa Claus, unique gifts from more than 100 top artisans Nov. 23, 24 and 25; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley

Swing into the Night, Winter 2012

Dance along with Bear River High School’s Jazz Band playing all of the Big Band Era favorites Saturday, Dec. 1, 7-10 p.m. Bear River High School’s Multipurpose Room Tickets: Adults $12 or $20/couple, Students/ Seniors $10 or $15/couple

Turkey Trek

Hosted by Bear Yuba. Hike off your Thanksgiving dinner on the new Hirschman Trail Friday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 the Cement Hill Road Trailhead The New Hirschman Trail, Nevada City (530) 272-5994 or melony@

Empire Mine Holiday Open House

Come visit Santa and Mrs. Claus Nov. 23 and 24 at 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Empire Mine State Historic Park 10791 E. Empire Street, Grass valley (530) 273-8522 or

Cornish Christmas

Delicious foods, handmade arts and crafts, carolers, live music and more Nov. 23, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21 6-9 p.m. Historic Downtown Grass Valley (530) 272-8315 or

Foothill Flowers Christmas Tree

27th anniversary of the traditional Christmas tree that reaches through two floors of Foothill Flowers, plus local art, and visit with Santa Friday evenings during Cornish Christmas Nov. 23 through Dec. 21 Foothill Flowers, corner of West Main and North Auburn in Grass Valley Marie Johnson:(530) 273-2296 or

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Artisans Festival

Art expo Nov. 23-25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Miners Foundry and Cultural Center 325 Spring Street, Nevada City (530) 265-5040 or

Craft Faire & Sandwiche Shoppe Nov. 23, 24 and 25 10 a.m.-4 p.m. NC United Methodist Church 433 Broad Street, Nevada City (530) 265-2797 or

Christmas at the Railroad Museum

Miracle on 34th Street

Victorian Christmas

LeGacy Productions’ 2012 holiday presentation Nov. 23 through Dec. 30 Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City (530) 913-2826 or

Festive feasting, holiday gifts, live entertainment and so much more! Weds, Dec. 5, 12, 19 from 5-9 p.m. Sundays, Dec 16 and 23 from 1:30 -6 p.m. Downtown Historic Nevada City (530) 265-2692 or

Cowboy Christmas in Penn Valley – Home of the Penn Valley Rodeo Wear your Western attire and dance along to the Western favorites. Plus a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and visit with Santa Claus.  Wagon rides and free food and drinks. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. Penn Valley Shopping Center, corner of Penn Valley Drive and Spenceville Road. (530) 432-1802

The Tack Room 19th Anniversary Party & Food Drive Bring a can of food to donate. All food drive donations will go to the Nevada County Food Bank. *Donations accepted 11/25 through Dec. 1. Nov. 25, 1-4 p.m. The Tack Room 17356 Penn Valley Drive, Penn Valley (530) 432-1126

Christmas in Bethlehem Recreation of the little town of Bethlehem Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 12-3 p.m. Abundant Life Community Church 10795 Alta Street, Grass Valley (530) 273-1139 or

Victorian Christmas Open House at United Methodist Church Craft fair, cookies, hot chocolate, Santa Claus, choir performances in the Fellowship Hall. Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 5-9 p.m. and Dec. 16 from noon-6 p.m. United Methodist Church, Nevada City (530) 265-2797 or

Holiday Show & Sale Art Exhibit

Opening Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m. Exhibit runs Dec. 8 through Jan. Neighborhood Center of the Arts 200 Litton Drive #212 Grass Valley (530)272-7287 or

Music in the Mountains Pops Concert

Holiday choral concerts by the Festival Chorale, organ and brass Dec. 8, 11 a.m. Children’s Concert, 7:30 p.m. Pops performance Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Pops performance Nevada County Fairgrounds, Amaral Center 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley (530)265-6124 or Tickets: $20-$30

Santa, door prizes, silent auction and more! Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City (530) 470-0902 or Admission is free

Holiday Craft Faire

Local, handmade art and crafts fair Dec. 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge. (530) 265-2826  or www.

7th Annual Holiday Boutique

Local artisans and fiber artists Dec. 1, 2, and 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 15604 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley (530) 346-7157 or

Nevada County’s 21th Annual Food and Toy Run

Motorcyclists from Northern California gather for a ride across Nevada County to bring holiday gifts to children in need. A celebration with live music, food, and raffle prizes. Motorcycles ride from the Rood Center to the Nevada County Fairgrounds Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m. gathering, noon departure (530)470-0697 or

Annual Santa Lucia Celebration Dec. 9, 1 p.m. Foothill Flowers 102 West Main St., Grass Valley (530)273-2296

Male Voice Choir Christmas Concert

Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Sierra Presbyterian Church (530)273-5975 adults $15 advance, $17 at the door, under 18 free

Grass Valley’s 129th Donation Day Parade I

n the 19th century, here in Nevada County as throughout the country, problems of poverty prevailed. To alleviate the needs of some residents, a group of mine owner’s wives formed the Grass Valley Ladies Benevolent Society. The name was changed to the Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society in 1876. It is one of the oldest welfare institutions in the State of California. In 1883, the Society began a lasting partnership with the local schools. Inspired by a letter at Christmas to the editor of The Union from Caroline Meade Hanson, a program was initiated in which each student would bring a stick of wood and a potato to the school. A small donation, but the aggregate from several hundred school children would ease the needs of many. Thus, the tradition of Donation Day was born. Each year brought more gifts, great and small. Till teams were needed to carry them all: And the people, jubilant and gay, Decided to have the town band play. So every year on Donation Day, A long procession winds its way, Thro’ all the busy streets of town,

DONATION DAY PARADE 10 a.m. Dec. 17 in downtown Grass Valley

And happy throngs pass up and down, While the band plays and the children sing As they give so gladly, “Love’s offering.” (M.F.Rowe, 1918)

The tradition continued to grow. Soon merchants joined the school children adding hams, sacks of flour and merchandise. Sticks of wood and potatoes have grown into food boxes filled with canned goods, fresh produce and meat certificates. These boxes are distributed at Christmas time for those who need help. But, it is the parade that adds festivity to the holiday season, winding its way up Mill Street with bands, bag pipers and, of course, school children from throughout the county. There have been additional services and needs recognized by the Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society. Under the guidance of the school nurses, children’s dental care has become a focus. We handle requests for

help from other benevolent organizations. Requests are screened, discussed and voted on by membership always with our mission in mind: to improve the health and well being of the residents of western Nevada County. We provide scholarships for two local students: one for a single parent at Sierra College and a second for a local high school student. Our funding depends entirely on the generosity of individuals through cash donations and bequests. We do not seek or accept government funds. We have no paid employees. All monies or food donations remain in Nevada County. If you would like additional information or wish to donate to our organization our contact address is P.O. BOX 1132, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924. We will accept donations on parade day at Hennessey School or along the parade route; fill your bags with non-perishable, non-glass food items. Monetary donations will help us fill food boxes with fresh foods, fund local scholarships, and provide dental health for local school children. Thank you for helping others and keeping the history of Grass Valley alive. Come view the parade from the sidelines at 10 a.m. December 17 in downtown Grass Valley.

Christmas in Bethlehem Program

Sierra Presbyterian’s A Special Season of Worship

This December, Abundant Life Community Church will be hosting our 11th annual Christmas in Bethlehem displaying the glorious truth of Jesus Christ’s birth. More than 5,000 people in and around Nevada County have attended this free event over the years and we invite you to join us once again this year for our all new program. For three days in December, SHOWTIMES our church building will be transFriday, Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m., formed into the ancient town of Bethlehem. You will be taken Saturday, Dec. 8 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. back over 2,000 years to a night Sunday, Dec. 9 noon-3:30 p.m. that changed the world forever. You will find yourself in the middle of a busy Bethlehem marketplace; you will watch as shepherds have their peaceful night in the field interrupted by indescribable glory; and most importantly, you will feel what it was like to gaze in wonder at the baby Jesus lying in a manger. Our program this year will enable you to encounter the excitement of living through the events of the days of Jesus’ advent; when angels were appearing; shepherds were rejoicing; innkeepers were scurrying; and people were praying for the coming Messiah. As you will discover, much research has gone into both the set and the costumes, with our goal being to make them as authentic as possible. When you step into our sanctuary, you will truly feel as if you have stepped back in time. Our 25-minute program will give you a unique and memorable feel for what life was like the night Jesus was born, just over 2,000 years ago. As always, Christmas in Bethlehem is free event and is open to our entire community. Please plan to make Christmas in Bethlehem a part of your Christmas celebration this December. The shows will run every 30 minutes. Abundant Life Community Church is located at 10795 Alta Street in Grass Valley.

Have you ever felt like you’ve spent so much time and energy preparing for Christmas and when Christmas is over you feel like you missed it? There is so much to prepare for; including: outdoor decorations, indoor decorations, the tree, the shopping, the cooking, the baking, SPECIAL SEASON OF WORSHIP the cleaning and preparing for the house guests. Even those of us who work for the church have 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 our long lists of tasks of decorating, rehearsing, special programs, and special services. CHRISTMAS EVE On the Church Year Calendar, the four weeks 5:30 p.m. and traditional, Candlelight before Christmas are called Advent. Most of the Service at 7 p.m. world calls it the Christmas Season. Whatever you call it, it is a season of preparation. The Wise Men have become central figures in the Christmas story, and they are the subject of a lot of questions. Were there three of them? Where did they come from? Did they ride camels? Were they kings? Do we know their names? One thing we do know, their story tells us a lot about preparation for Christmas. They did a lot of preparing to reach one goal – worshiping the Christ Child. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, Sierra Presbyterian Church will present A Special Season of Worship, open and free to the public. It will feature the choirs, the Bells of the Sierra, a children’s chorus, various soloists and ensembles, instrumentalists, carol singing, and sketches on the Wise Men. It is our hope that this worship experience will help calm and quiet us in order to focus on the real significance of Christmas and the season of preparation. We will be celebrating the birth of our Savior on Christmas Eve at two Services, a Family oriented worship service at 5:30 p.m. and traditional, Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. We would love for you to join us for this special evening of Worship. Our regular Sunday Services are: 9 a.m. for Traditional and 10:30 a.m. for Contemporary. We will also begin having a monthly Second Sunday night Service at 5 p.m., beginning on Sunday, January 13. This gathering will offer an opportunity to participate in a worshiping community through contemporary music, an interactive discussion of that morning’s message, and creative ways to respond to God in prayer. We invite you to join us.

Submitted by Abundant Life Community Church

Submitted by Sierra Presbyterian Church

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