Parks Volunteer Sign-Ups and Orientation 3/1/17

There will be Volunteer Sign-Ups and Orientation for three Sierra Gold Sector State Parks. The three parks include South Yuba River State Park, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park and Empire Mine State Historic Park. The location for sign-ups will be at Empire Mine State Historic Park Docent Room on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00am – 3:30pm OR Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 – 3:30pm. For your convenience, only one Saturday session is required.

The session will cover what a “Volunteer Means to California State Parks” and discussing park policies, procedures and philosophy. We will, as a group, be guided through the hiring paperwork and discuss the benefits of being a State Park volunteer. Since a criminal background check is required prior to working as a State Park volunteer, there will be onsite finger printing “live scan” being conducted during the Saturday sessions. Individuals will need to bring to the sign-up a photo ID and $10 check or cash for the background processing.

Even if you were not able to visit one of our open houses, please join us on one of the two dates, March 4 or March 11, to begin a fulfilling experience as a volunteer for our beautiful state parks. As a volunteer, you will become a vital entity in helping keep our state parks alive and well. This session is very informative, interesting, enlightening and fun!! For any additional questions or concerns please contact: John or Kathy Field

Gold Country Free Fare 12/7/16


County of Nevada Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

Gold Country Stage will provide “FREE FARES” on ALL ROUTES and will be operating their normal schedules and times on Friday 12/16/16 and Wednesday 12/21/16 from 5:50 am – 8:00 pm with free fares for all.

Gold Country Stage is available for folks traveling to the 2016 Cornish Christmas on Friday 12/16 and Victorian Christmas on Wednesday 12/21. It is suggested that folks check Route time schedules up to 8:00 pm on these days.

Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide, at Gold Country Stage or call the office 530-477-0103 x 0 for travel planning information.

Banner Mountain Artisans 11/9/16

The 13th Annual Banner Mountain Artisans Show and Sale ushers in the holiday shopping season on November 12th and 13th at the Nevada City Elks Lodge in Nevada City, California. Show hours are 10 to 5 Saturday, and 10 to 4 Sunday. Parking and admission are free and all are welcome. Everyone gets a free entry to win a free gift basket full of donations from some of the artisans.

Banner Mountain Artisans (BMA) is a juried group of 31 very talented artists who reside in Nevada County. Many are award winning artists. Working together in a supportive, co-operative manner, they offer quality hand-created products at reasonable prices at the annual Holiday Show and Sale. You will find a variety of handcrafted items in all price ranges, and find something wonderful for everyone on your holiday gift list.

Some of the unique works of art you will find at the Banner Mountain Artisans Holiday Show and Sale include mosaics, jewelry, gourd art, weaving, functional ceramics, painted furniture & decor, photography, wood turned items, oil paintings, metal sculpture, watercolor, copper art, handmade teddy bears, silk painting, tiles, fiber art, handmade soaps, repurposed art and more. To see samples of what the artisans create, visit



Nevada County Fairgrounds 11/2/16

Begins Winter Hours, Effective November 1
Inner-grounds and gates to be locked at 4:30 pm and closed on weekends

Effective immediately, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its winter hours. This change in hours means that the Fairgrounds’ inner-grounds and gates will be locked at 
4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends. The inner-grounds and gates will remain open during the week to walkers and bicyclists, but all must be off the grounds before the gates lock at 4:30 pm.
The winter hours only affect the inner-grounds and gate closures; it does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 
8 am to 5 pm. Additionally, the RV Park at the Fairgrounds will remain open, and the gates and inner-grounds will remain open for any events that are taking place on the grounds during the winter months.
The Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours beginning May 1. For more information about the Nevada County Fairgrounds, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

Home Design Event 10/5/16


image003GRASS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, October 5, 2016 — The Union Newspaper presents “100% Design – Home Design & Inspiration Show” October 21st and 22nd at the Foothills Event Center at 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley. “This brand new event was born from a focus group study of what was wanted and needed in this area,” says Mary Anne Davis, Event Manager for The Union. “We listened to our prospective vendors and guests when they asked for an expo focusing on the design elements of the home, both inside and out, showing the latest trends.”
At 100% Design you can browse the new products and services of interior designers, home furnishings, lighting fixtures, window coverings, flooring, bathroom and kitchen products, backyard designers and so much more – all in one place! Come and meet Lisa Quinn, Emmy Award-winning television host, set-stylist, and best-selling author as she gives special presentations titled “Simple & Sophisticated for the Season – Unique Holiday Décor and Gift Ideas from Lisa Quinn and IKEA” Friday at 5:30 p.m., and twice on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Lisa Quinn is the owner and designer at Lisa Quinn Home, in Nevada City.
Admission to 100% Design is $10, and includes a free beverage from the bar operated by the Nevada County Habitat for Humanity, as well as an entry into a drawing for door prizes including a $500 shopping sprees at Sierra Timberline and at Young’s Carpet One, a $500 gift card at IKEA, a $250 gift certificate to Budget Blinds, over $1,200 in lighting and bath fixtures from Ferguson Enterprises, and more.
100% Design – Home Design & Inspiration Show runs from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 21, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at the Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, California. For more information visit or call 530-477-4241.

Nevada City Celebrates 8/17/16

Founding Fathers, 6x9, 300Highlights of the Nevada City Sept 10 & 11 weekend include a parade, Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek, and a free outdoor big band concert in the downtown historic district.

The 50th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 10 & 11, 2016 in this historic California Gold Rush town.

Delaware-Revolutionary-War-Days-nevada-city-2016-flyer-letter-size-e1471449939431Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America.

The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features more than 100 entries and culminates other activities including Revolutionary War Living History in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek.

The parade through the downtown historic district includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and the perennial crowd favorites the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.

BLM Advance Warning 6/22/16

No Parking Advanced Warning Signage – Purdon Bridge and Edwards Crossing

WHAT: State Parks is working with BLM to have signage changed
WHEN: Before Fourth of July Weekend
WHERE: Purdon Bridge and Edwards Crossing
“In an effort to address issues such as; illegal overnight camping on State Park property, reduce the threat of illegal fires and after hour illegal activities, while still providing access to BLM camping at China Bar on the South Yuba River, State Parks will posting a new order, Title 14 CCR 4326a. The new Posted Order will limit parking hours at the Purdon Crossing Parking Lot on State Park property to 7am to Sunset. State Parks is working with BLM to have signage changed before fourth of July Weekend. The new regulation will allow two parking sites identified for 72 hour parking for vehicles associated with persons accessing BLM China Bar camping. My thanks to the County and our Partners for supporting State Parks in our efforts . We’ll be issuing warnings for two weeks for vehicles parking in violation of park hours. My thanks to the County and our partners for supporting our efforts to make State Parks and the community safer for all of our visitors and residents.”

Matthew Green Chief Ranger  Sierra District
Office 530-273-3212




“National Dump the Pump Day” encourages folks to use local public transportation (instead of driving) to commute to and from work, school, shopping errands, social activities and all regular travel pursuits. Riding public transit helps to save money on gas, lessens wear and tear on cars, helps in reducing traffic congestion and provides the opportunity to hop on the bus and travel hands free!

► All Routes will be operating their normal schedules, days, and times from 5:50am-8:00pm with free fares for all.

► Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide, at or call the office 530-477-0103 x 0 for travel planning information.

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