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Upcoming Events in April


Earth Day event to be held at San Juan Ridge

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center will hold its fourth annual Earth Day at Oak Tree Celebration and Fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at 18847 Oak Tree Road on the San Juan Ridge.

The event will feature children’s activities, vendors, Native American drumming, food, drinks and more. At 3 p.m., Master Gardener and Permaculture Educator Cathe Fish will present a talk titled “Defensible Space Can Be Beautiful and How Permaculture Protects Forests.”

All proceeds support the resource center’s children’s summer camp programs. To volunteer or for more information, call 530-292-3174.


Fairgrounds to host quilt show May 4-5

The 35th annual “Springtime in the Pines” quilt show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 4 - 5 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. 

Sponsored by the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, the two-day event will include displays of more than 200 quilts as well as a Crafters Boutique, Quilters Café, Country Store, Opportunity Quilt raffle, silent auction and special exhibits in the Northern Mines Building and Main Street Center.

Sandra Bruce, an art quilter with a background in illustration and lettering, is this year’s featured quilter. She began her quilting business in 2010 to combine her love of illustration, lettering and quilting. 

“I love incorporating writing into my quilting, and ‘drawing’ images that echo the motifs in the fabrics,” she said. Bruce is known for her “Material Matrix” technique to create portraits in fabric. 

Quilt Show attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the Opportunity Quilt raffle and silent auction and door prizes will be given away.

Admission is $8, which includes free parking and a free shuttle between buildings. Children under 12 are free. Proceeds enable the Pine Tree Quilt Guild to support a community service group that makes and gives away hundreds of quilts, Christmas stockings, walker bags, and pillow cases each year. Last year nearly 200 quilts and many other items were donated to the disaster victims, veterans, homeless, foster youth, babies, and children at risk. 

For more information, visit pinetreequiltguild.com.


Kiwanis to host Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Gold Country Kiwanis will host the annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, at the Training Zone, 722 Freeman Lane, Suite B, in Grass Valley. 

This year’s theme is “One World, One Breath.” This global event is held in more than 100 cities and 80 nations. The purpose is to educate millions around the planet about Tai Chi and Qigong health benefits.

The day will start with two Qigong classes, and then around 10:30 a.m. there will be Taiko drumming followed by Tai Chi and the Body Balance Kung Fu Kids. Free massages will be offered by Jaya Body & Soul.

Coffee, juice, bagels, fruit, hard-boiled eggs and donuts will be provided. Donations are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the children in our community. 

For more information, visit goldcountrykiwanis.org.


Jambalaya, jazz fundraising event in Grass Valley on April 12

A jambalaya and jazz fundraising event for the KARE Crisis Nursery will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at the Foothill Event Center in Grass Valley.

The Nevada Union High School Jazz quartet and Doug Pauly Jazz Trio with vocalist Meleva Steiert will perform. 

The menu includes jambalaya, red beans and rice, Cajun salad, and jalapeno cheddar corn bread with key lime pie and bread pudding with bourbon-cream sauce for dessert. Silent and live auction items are listed on the KARE website – karecrisisnursery.org.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com, The Book Seller, Nevada City SPD, or by calling KARE at 530-265-0693. 

The KARE Crisis Nursery is about to enter its 14th year of operation and continue its mission to “help prevent child abuse one child at a time.” It does this by providing day and respite care services to families with young children who need a helping hand when they don’t have other resources.

Legal seminar to look at dementia issues

“Planning for Life with Dementia” will be the topic of the monthly Noontime Legal Seminar held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the Nevada County Law Library at Superior Court in Nevada City. 

Dylan Hendricks, an attorney at Hendricks McFarlane in Grass Valley, will discuss the following topics: 

Drafting health care directives, legal and practical issues surrounding obtaining a dementia diagnosis, an overview of legal obligations of hospitals and care facilities, and an overview of the use of the court system to obtain conservatorship of individuals with dementia.

This Noontime Legal Seminar is open to attorneys, who are charged $30, and the members of the public, who are charged $15. To enroll, call 530-265-7161 or email Law.Library@nccourt.net. Arrive by 11:45 a.m. to complete registration.


Craft fair to be held at Miners Foundry April 28

The Nevada City Spring Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City.

The juried craft fair will feature more than 60 crafters who were selected from hundreds of applicants for their innovative approach to the modern rustic lifestyle the fair embodies.

“There is a big movement for color this year,” said the fair’s event producer, Naomi Cabral. “The artists and crafters showing are not holding back with their bright, bold and vibrant designs.” 

The Nevada City Craft Festival was started in 2001. The bi-annual event has grown and introduced over14,000 attendees to more than 700 local and regional artists, designers and crafters. 

Tickets are $5 and available at BriarPatch Co-op, Miners Foundry, minersfoundry.org or by calling 530-265-5040. Children 12 and under get in for free.