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Summer Camps

Nevada City, Grass Valley Summer Camps

After all these years, it’s easy to conjure up the sights, sounds and smells of summer camp –– the warmth of the summer sun on your back, the cool splash of river water, the piney smell of the forest.

Here in the Sierra Foothills, summer camps (traditional overnight and day camps) offer kids a chance to explore interests that fall outside the boundaries of the classroom and to be mentored by adults who are passionate about things unique to our area: Native American teachings, Chinese culture, nature, farming, horses, fine art, theater and dance.

The Parents’ Resource Guide and Nevada City Park and Rec’s Third Annual Summer Camp and Activity Fair is a festival and community benefit rolled into one. At this event, parents will find camps that kindle their children’s individual interests. On Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Veteran’s Hall in Nevada City parents can meet more than 30 instructors and learn firsthand about activities happening throughout Grass Valley and Nevada City. At the camp fair, kids can jump in the bounce house provided by Dan Wiles Entertainment. Mema’s Kitchen will be cooking up hot dogs and every family gets a chance to win raffle prizes.

While the kids are at camp this summer –– having an adventure, meeting new friends and gaining self-confidence –– parents traveling to Nevada County have a chance re-energize their own relationship: hiking, mountain biking, relaxing at the Yuba River, wine tasting or sight-seeing Gold Rush history.

Camps instructors attending Camp Fair include: Bear Yuba Land Trust, Bear River Rec & Park District, Camp Beckworth, Camp Rockin ‘U, C-Horse Ranch, Cloud Walker Camp, Community Canvas, Flying Heart RanchFood Love Project, Gold Country Gymnastics, Gold Country Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts Adventure Day Camp, Nevada City Parks & Recreation, Nevada County Public Library, Sierra Stages, South Yuba Club and Community Asian Theater’s Xiao Mao.

All proceeds from camp fair go back into the community. Additional raffle ticket sales, go to improving Seaman’s Lodge. Vendor fees and sponsor contributions –– including the Outside Inn –– fund “camperships” for needy kids. If you have a summer camp, it’s not too late to join the camp fair.

And the winner of the Polly’s Paladar giveaway is Michelle Noe, congrats!

Contributed by Kathy Spoto, a freelance writer who works for the Northen Gold Parents’ Resource Guide.  Become a fan of the Northern Gold Country Parents’ Resource Guide Facebook page for more local information for families.

Nevada County Summer Camps Nevada City Summer Camps

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos contributed by Kathy Spoto

Polly’s Paladar

Polly's Paladar, Nevada City Supper Club, photos by Simon WellerPolly’s Paladar, Nevada City’s Supper Club, brings amazing guests chefs  and a different theme every month to downtown Nevada City.  Run by Megan McCollam, she opened the doors in January, 2012 and has since orchestrated events with cuisine ranging from Greek, Sushi, French, Latin American and more.  The events tend to sell out almost immediately, so if you aren’t a member yet, join here so you can get the updates about upcoming dinners and classes.  I’ve done 2 blog posts on the supper club in the past, click here and here to see more photos.  The next Polly’s Paladar event is The Desert Rose, a night of Middle Eastern food by local chefs Michelle Cowie and Rebecca Seary.  The Outside Inn’s blog has a special giveaway for one lucky winner, we’ve got an offer of “Buy one, get one free” for an upcoming 5pm seating at Polly’s Paladar*.  Post a comment on what Supper Club theme you’d like to see at Polly’s Paladar and I’ll draw the winner on Thursday, April 17th.  And the winner of The Real giveaway for the necklace from Kathy Frey and t-shirt from Victoria LaFont is Megan McCollam.Polly's Paladar, Nevada City Supper Club, photos by Simon Weller

Polly's Paladar, Nevada City Supper Club, photos by Simon Weller © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Simon Weller

*Giveaway does not guarantee a seat, ticket must be purchased.  If the winner is unable to attend the next Polly’s Paladar, the offer will be valid through June 2014.

Spring in the Foothills

G Aronow Photography, Spring Tulips at Ananda

I love spring, while I say that about every season (so many things to do in the summer, fall and winter in our community), one of the things I love about this time of year are the flowers and the smell of spring.  So if you’re a flower happy person here are a few ideas on ways to get out and “smell the roses.”

  • Check out the tulips at the Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda.  Open Saturdays and Sundays through April, the gardens showcase over 13,000 tulips.
  • Soropotimist International Garden Tour is coming May 17th and 18th, $20 in advance, 10am-4pm, rain or shine.  Click herehere or here for photos from previous years.
  • Buttermilk Bend wildflower hikes are every Saturday and Sunday mornings at 11am down at Bridgeport, along the South Yuba River through mid-May.  If you’ve never been down there now is the time of the year to go.  Click here, here and here for previous Outside Inn blog posts with more photos.
  • Take a workshop at Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply
  • Want flowers every week, but don’t want to grow them?  Sign up for a flower CSA, Soil Sisters and Mountain Bounty Farm offer weekly flowers.
  • Check out the dogwoods around downtown Nevada City
  • Daffodil Run in Penn Valley, Sunday, April 13th

Nevada City Wildflower HIkes

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by G Aronow Photography and Erin Thiem

One Fine Day, Miners Foundry

Simon Weller Photography, Nevada City, Miners Foundry

Nevada City Miners Foundry One Fine Day Wedding Event, photos by Simon WellerGetting married?  If you missed yesterday’s One Fine Day at the Miners Foundry, here are some photos from some of the amazing vendors.  The event included signature cocktail drinks, DIY flowers and workshops, a vintage bridal show and a dance party by Shocks & Struts vinyl DJs.  ”The fashion show was so fun, and such a great way to see the vintage clothes that were for sale.  Live jazz outside by Norm & Tubby’s Hot Club and Jazz in Tandem created a festive atmosphere for attendees as they entered the Foundry. Gold Dust Collective did a great job with the inaugural event and we look forward to working with them on the show for next year,” said Miners Foundry Executive Director Gretchen Bond.  Roots Reclaimed Vintage Rentals and Gold Dust Collective both staged beautiful table scapes, and everyone left with fun photo booth samples from the Traveling Photo Booth.  For additional photos check out the gallery by Lydia Photography.  Below is a list and links to all the vendors, so if you’re organizing a wedding or an event, check out some of these local vendors.  The Outside Inn’s website also has a list of wedding locations. And the winner of my giveaway from the earlier love fest on the Outside Inn’s blog, click here to go back and see some beautiful photos of local weddings, enjoyed her beautiful basket of goodies and night at the Outside Inn (see below).

Broad Street BistroVintage Blossom CakesFeast & Gather CateringKat’s World FoodsDylan McConnellLittle Boy FlowersSweet Roots Flower FarmBaby Face Skin & Makeup, Hair and Makeup by AngelaCarrie L’Esperence Hair & MakeupFull Circle PressPigment & ParchmentBeads GaloreReal Weddings MagazineSierra Photo BoothThe Traveling Photo BoothAthena Kalindi PhotographyKatie White PhotographyLydia PhotographyMyrtle + MarjoramSarah Maren PhotographyCelebrations! Party Rentals and TentsPretty Plates Vintage Dish Rental, {storehouse}vintage rentalsRoots Reclaimed Vintage RentalsJoy of Life EventsGold Dust Collective, Storybook Wedding Design & Management

One Fine Day, Miners Foundry, Roots Reclaimed, photos by Nicole WrightNevada City Wedding Event, photos by Simon Weller

Pigment & Parchment, Miners Foundry, One Fine Day Wedding Event

Nevada City Wedding event, photos by Myrtle and Marjoarm

Giveaway Basket, Kitkitdizzi, Miners Foundry

Many thanks to Kitkitdizzi, Nevada City Winery, Fable Coffee, Miners Foundry, Juniper Ridge, Sierra Sweets and the Outside Inn for all the fabulous goodies, I love giveaways!  (Click here to see the original post).

©2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Simon Weller, Nicole WrightRosaura Unangst, Ingrid Nelson

Ike’s Quarter Cafe

Nevada City, Ikes Quarter Cafe, Breakfast and Lunch Restaurant

Ike’s Quarter Cafe in the spring time is one of those magical places where you just have to sit outside under the Cherry tree and experience.  The Louisiana cuisine restaurant has been “Keepin it Creole” since 2001 and serving up breakfast and lunch to lots of locals and visitors.  You can check out their menu online, but I’d recommend the Banana Brown Sugar and Pecan French Toast or the BBQ Ham and Cheddar Melt.  Ike’s uses locally sourced organic ingredients and has options for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.  Open Wednesday through Monday 8am-3pm, please note that they only accept cash.  If you’ve got a photo of their Cherry Tree you want to share the deadline for the photo contest is April 4th, check out their Facebook page for more details.  What’s your favorite dish?  When you stop by Ike’s this weekend please tell them the Outside Inn sent you. There is still time for my giveaway to tonight’s “The Real” art event at Off Center Stage, click here for all the details.

Eating out in Nevada City

Nevada City Restaurant, Ike's Quarter Cafe© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem

Evan Strong Day

Neada City's Hero's welcome to Evan Strong

Last night’s event at the Miners Foundry for Evan Strong was just another reminder on why I love our community.  If you missed all the news report and haven’t heard about Evan’s gold medal at the Sochi Winter Paralmpics, click here for my blog post last week with some great links and details.  The Sac Bee has a nice write up on the event, click here to read that article.  Evan said at the event last night,”I’m so stoked to be able to come home and share this story and experience and have you people live this experience through me.”  So while the parade was rained out, the town certainly gave a hero’s welcome.  Thanks to Nevada City Mayor Sally Harris for declaring April 1st officially “Evan Strong Day.”  Congrats to Evan for your accomplishments, we’ll all have to go to The Fix and have a piece of key lime pie to celebrate while you head off to the White House.  If you missed the event click here to watch the NCTV video.

Nevad City, Evan Strong Party

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem

The Real at Off Center Stage

Art Show, The Real, Off Center Stage This Friday, April 4th, four local artists are coming together for a party about Art, Nutrition and Life and inviting you to be a part of the event.  The event is called “The Real” is part of the Off Center Stage Discovery Series showcasing the work of Sheila Cameron, Kathy Frey, Victoria LaFont and Heather Donahue.  Tagged as ‘the reality and hilarity of living a healthy, creative life in modern times.’  ”I think we are all feeling the paradox of living well in this whacko age.  How do we do that?  How can we life healthfully, fully and still be balanced human beings?  How can we create art, deep, loving relationships, take care of ourselves, etc. and have such differing views and need?  This event will set us up for that conversation while having fun….that’s the important part that any philosophically based event is missing.  We’re going to keep the heady part in check, and have fun and listen, ” said Victoria.  ”I wanted to explore a new approach to how the traditional art show worked, so invited friends that inspire me to join the party,” said Sheila.  ”Moving here was an experiment to see if I could have the lifestyle I wanted while being a successful artist,” said jewelry maker Kathy Frey.  For this art show she has created a series of sculptures and said the motivation for The Real was catalyst to branch out in her creative outlets while being supported by her community.  A $6 suggested donation or a real food item to share will get you a raffle ticket at the door for original artwork, healthy and beauty products. There is also an ebay art auction with starting bids of only .49 with new work going up until the end of the show April 15.  The event in intended to be a conversation with artists and the people who attend the show, so stop by the Off Center Stage on Friday evening between 5-9pm and join the fun.  And check below for my latest giveaway!

The Real, Off Center Stage

Giveaway for The Real, Off Center Stage Art ShowAnd to help get your creative juices inspired I’ve got an amazing giveaway for one lucky InnSide Nevada City blog reader.  Kathy Frey has offered a pair of Caged Aquamarine” earrings: $185 value, sterling silver and aquamarine. The earrings are overall height is .875″ and the cubes are .375″ wide.  ”One of my main goals with jewelry is to help women feel beautiful and creative while expressing themselves in an individual way,” said Kathy.   And Victoria LaFont has offered up one of her fabulous t-shirts butter t-shirts.  Post a comment here on advice to balance art, nutrition and life advice and I’ll draw the winner on April 15th, the closing of “The Real” exhibit.  All entries welcome, happy to mail prize, but only one comment per person will count towards the prize.

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City

Evan Strong Parade

Evan Strong Gold Medal winner, Sochi ParalympicsNevada City is hosting a parade for local Evan Strong, who recently won a gold medal at the Sochi Winter Paralympics.  Evan completed in the snowboarding event, for some highlights click here, or check out his recent interview on Sports Illustrated.  To learn a bit of background about Evan check out the Sports Illustrated Rising Star profile that was done earlier this year.  The parade will be on Tuesday, April 1st at 6pm down Broad Street, Nevada City, with continued celebrations afterwards at the Miners Foundry.   ”It’s going to be a rock-awesome parade and celebration that was amazingly put together by a community tour de force in less that two weeks! We will have a smashing parade down Broad St where gold-medalist Evan Strong will lead us to the Miners Foundry for live music, a review of Evan’s award-winning race, autographed snowboards, yummy food and drink, an incredible auction, and even some autographed Wheatie boxes of Evan, and a huge cake for the community” says former Nevada City mayor Reinette Senum.  ”The real story is that this is how a community celebrates success of one of its members and in the process raises money for great causes like FREED Center for Independent Living and Adaptive Action Sports” said Evan’s father Roger Strong.  Kim Blix, a FREED Program Coordinator, said that they are appreciative of being a beneficiary of the event,  but, “we are really trying to focus on Evan and his accomplishments, we were just excited to celebrate a person with disabilities winning the gold!”  So, Nevada County, clear your social calendars for Tuesday evening, we’ll see you out on the streets to help give a big small town welcome home to Evan and his family.  And the winner of the HAALo giveaway is Liza.

Nevada City welcomes Evan Strong parade

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem and Roger Strong


Nevada City Yabobo World MarketYabobo at 107 N Pine Street in downtown Nevada City is one of those stores where you never know what you’ll find.  The world imports store carries drums, jewelry, beads, world music, bumper stickers and more.  Yabobo is mainly known for their unique and exotic musical instruments, including bongo drums and wind chimes.  Nevada City is full of interesting shops, click here for more information and blog posts about other retail shops in the downtown area.  Open Monday, 10:30-6:00pm and Sunday 11-5:30pm, stop in and check out the world market.  What’s your favorite downtown shop?  Don’t forget there’s still time to post a comment on the giveaway for HAALo.

Yabobo, Nevada City Shop photos Yabobo, Nevada City Retail Shop Nevada City's Yabobo, instruments, beads, international market© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem

Nevada County Weather

Nevada County Weather
How many times do you wonder, “What’s the weather going to be like?”  Let me introduce you to Giovanni Paredes who has been running a weather station and webcam almost nonstop since 2002. is the only weather site dedicated to Nevada County to feature a nonstop live streaming webcam and weather station for up to the minute weather conditions.  Giovanni consults various weather forecast models to develop a very accurate forecast for our very unique micro-climate.  He posts at least 3 times a day including a podcast weather report to help you plan your day or vacation.  You can also find his weather updates on his Facebook page.  Guests at the Outside Inn are often asking about summer temperatures, Giovanni said,  ”Summer weather in Nevada City can be hot with temps often in the low 90s, with cooler nights into 60s. With so many rivers and lakes nearby it’s easy to cool off.  Summer rain is rare in the Sierra foothills, but afternoon thunderstorms over the Sierra Crest are always a possibility May-Sep so planning appropriately for wet weather when hiking or camping along the Sierra crest is always a good idea.”  So, if you’re planning a picnic, a dip in the river, praying for rain or wondering if there’s anything in the forecast, check out what Nevada County Weathers has to say to help keep you better informed.
Giovanni's weather forecast, Nevada County Weather
© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem, Dan Thiem and Giovanni Paredes

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