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Theater
Synthetic Unlimited has plenty to cheer about 10

Cover story
Local artists taking it to the streets with Art Walks 6

Music
Record Store Day puts stylus back in style Pyronauts off to Italy and world’s largest surf music festival 16 18

o how are we doing? We’ve been on the rack since October — this is issue number seven — and I haven’t heard from you. Feedback is not only welcomed but vital to our business. Are we doing a good job covering your area? Is there something we’ve been missing? Some angle we are lacking? Something you’d like to see a story done on? And it’s OK to tell us what you like about us, as well. Remember, this is an “entertainment” themed publication. Feel free to email me information on any upcoming concert, play, special screening, dinner dance, art show, car show, dog show, pony show (no dog and pony shows please) or any other event you think people might be

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interested in attending or just knowing about. This month, we’ve got a feature on the local surf band, The Pyronauts, who are heading to Italy to play in the world’s largest surf festival (Who knew the Italians hung dieci?). They’ll be playing a tour kickoff show at the Auburn Event Center before they go. And we’ve got a story on Synthetic Unlimited, the Nevada County theater group, whose upcoming season kicks off this month with David Mamet’s “American Buffalo.” There’s also Record Store Day on

the 19th, and we caught up two vinyl vendors in the area. And don’t forget Earth Day on April 22, with events in the works from South Placer to South Lake Tahoe. And on the cover, it’s Art Walk time again. That’s where the worlds of business and culture collide, right here on the streets of Auburn and Colfax and Nevada City. It’s an event that’s meant to get people out and about, with live music and artist demonstrations and refreshments and more. So let me know what you think about the Foothills Entertainer. Send your comments, criticisms and/ or calendar listings to paulc@goldcountrymedia. com or call me at (530) 852-0230.

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In March, Placer High students look over student art work at the Placer Arts Building in Auburn during a high school student art show that featured work including Placer High School student Katherine Roche (third from left). With Roche, from left, are Brittani Arnold , Morgan Baldridge and Bryan Remington.
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Commerce as their canvas
Businesses open walls to artists, art lovers
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hen compared to Auburn, both Nevada City and Colfax are relative newcomers to the Art Walk scene. While the former is gearing up to start its 21st season this month, Colfax will launch its third season the following night and Nevada City, fresh off a successful inaugural run in 2013, will kick it back up again in May. The concept is simple. Artists create, businesses show and people walk – or, in the case of Auburn, occasionally ride a shuttle bus to get from Old Town to Downtown. But the idea is the same: Lure people out of their homes and into the shops and restaurants using art as bait.

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The organizers
Nancy Lange has been an Art Walk volunteer for 15 years, the last eight serving as committee co-chair. On the nights of the events, she rides the shuttle bus, espousing the glories of Auburn to outof-towners. “This is a wonderful local event where you can get out and mingle with people,” Lange said. “There are refreshments at many of the venues; some are known for their noshes.” There are also musicians set up throughout town and some of the events have hands-on activities for kids. In Colfax this year, they are reaching out to service organizations to help meet each other’s needs. “For the first Art Walk we are pairing with Sierra Vista Community Center,” said organizer Kristina Curl Johnston. “Their Spring Green Festival is right afterward so they’ll set up an exhibit focused on recycled and reclaimed materials. In May we focus on student work with all of the schools and the library participating. In June we run concurrently with the Fire and Steel Festival.”

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With the first Art Walk approaching in April, new art installments will be hung on walls of businesses and restaurants around Auburn like the Monkey Cat in Downtown, where diners (from left) Cher Campbell, Amy Newton and Katie Lawson take in art pieces while enjoying a meal.

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Rebecca Martinez drills a hole in a bead she created from polymer clay. She will demonstrate this craft at Auburn’s Old Town Gallery as part of “Artists in Action,” during the first Auburn Art Walk on April 10.
The Colfax Art Walk, like Auburn’s, is put on by PlacerArts, and Johnston serves as the liaison to the Auburnbased organization. “They want to make sure we are representing them well, in a way they would want us to,” she said. “They do give us a huge amount of flexibility to do it how we need to for our town.” Fifteen miles north via Highway 174, organizers of the Nevada City First Friday Art Walk are taking what they learned from the inaugural run to make this year’s walks even better. “The first art walk we planned in less than 30 days,” said Cynthia Levesque, owner of Neva Co Artisan Boutique. “We anticipated 100 to 200 people and I’d say we had 500 to 1,000 in downtown. We had so many we had to close Commercial Street, which was not in the plans.” This year, the Nevada County Arts Council and the California Arts Council have gotten involved. “We’ve applied for a grant, we’ve got a board, we are a little more organized,” Levesque said. “The focus is to get people to support downtown businesses. We encourage them to check out the stores and the restaurants.”

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The trick can be matching the right artists with the correct venue. In Auburn, a committee asks venue owners what they would like, then they do their best. A lot of things are taken into consideration, the first of which is wall

space, or, in the case of sculptures, floor space. “Lots of venues have pretty specific requests,” Lange said. “Some artists want to be in a particular venue and it could already be taken or not appropriate for their art. Club Car can sometimes be a challenge because it’s dark. We try to find artists whose work is bright and colorful and youth oriented.” Tomi and Roy Cunningham recently opened the Nectar Café on Lincoln Way in Auburn’s Central Square. “We’ve lived here for 12 years and have been to a lot of Art Walks,” Tomi said. “We wanted to be a part of it.” Their current exhibit by Bay Area
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continued from page 7 photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter will remain up through the first Art Walk. After that, they wouldn’t mind a little input into what hangs on their walls. “There is a certain atmosphere we are trying to create,” Tomi said. “Nature, natural, organic, real stuff,” said Roy. “That’s who we are, that’s what we’re about.” Jim Brill, owner of the Monkey Cat restaurant on Lincoln Way in Auburn, has been participating in Art Walks since he bought the business 10 years ago. “We make sure the color schemes go with the format of the restaurant,” Brill said. “We have a space for large format paintings so people aren’t crawling over tables to see stuff.” He said that diners comment on the artwork all of the time and that over the years they have probably sold at least 10 pieces off of the walls. It was easy for Brill to sign on with Art Walk since the Arts Council is located directly across the street from Monkey Cat. “I saw all of the activity,” Brill said. “It’s a very good event for downtown. It’s on a Thursday which makes it like an extra Friday or Saturday. The street’s full, it’s good for business, you look at it as it brings people to town that might come back again.” In Colfax, they are trying to lure the I-80 crowd into town, the ones who stop at Starbucks and McDonalds. “They laugh because we’re billed as a ‘historic town’ but they never see it,” Johnston said. “Our downtown is only a third of a mile from the frontage road and it’s very small — most of the businesses that can participate already do so — you can do a quick run through it.”

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Kris Curl Johnston works on one of her handcrafted original fiber art pieces in her Colfax studio.
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Terry Accomando adds clay leaves to a birdbath she has created in her studio in Orangevale.

‘YOUNG ARTISTS ON THE EDGE’
When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 10 Where: City Hall Gallery, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn Who: Graduating seniors from Placer, Colfax, Foresthill and Chana High Schools. Info: (530) 820-3644.

“ARTISTS IN ACTION”
When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday April 10 Where: Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington St., Auburn Info: (530) 887-9150, auburnoldtowngallery.com

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The artists
Artists may participate in both Auburn Art Walk and Colfax Art Walk once during the season. Terry Goodman of the Auburn Arts Commission said

it’s a win-win for the businesses and the artists. “I had a girlfriend who kept saying ‘you’ve got to see this girl’s art,’ so we booked her at Tangos,” Goodman said. “She sold 14 paintings and has been coming back every year. Her art speaks to a lot of people. But it’s very good exposure whether they sell or not.” At the Old Town Gallery, 58 resident artists share space

year round. Come Art Walk season, they mix it up a little bit, picking out a theme or showcasing one or two artists. This month, it’s “Artists in Action” with live demonstrations. “I will be making polymer clay beads and other objects,’ said Rebecca Martinez. “We have some really exciting Art Walk shows planned. In June we have ‘Confluence of Style’ which are collaborative works. August is wearable art with live models. In October we’ll show works by artists outside of their medium.” Not outside their medium, but slightly outside of North Auburn, the 16 artists who put on the North Auburn Art Studios Tour will share space at Courthouse Coffee as a preview show of sorts. “This is kind of like a sampler show,” said oil and acrylic painter Patty Pieropan Dong. “We’ll all have two or three pieces there.” A big fan of the Art Walk,

Dong thinks it’s one of the nicest and most full community-oriented outreach missions that PlacerArts does. “There are established and emerging artists, student shows, the South Side Art Center, it really encompasses a lot of the community,” Dong said. “It’s wonderful for the artists, it’s a nice way for the community to get introduced to businesses; it works for everybody. It really makes for an energy filled evening of throwing around and just enjoying the town.”

The future
With Auburn’s Art Walk at 21 years and going strong, Colfax and Nevada City should feel encouraged that theirs too will succeed. Early indications lean to the positive. “The response has been overwhelming,” said Levesque. “As an organizer, I have to keep up with the momentum.” In Nevada City that means being ready to close down streets when necessary. In Col-

fax, the challenge is getting those passing through to stop and smell the acrylics. And if some of them are carrying Starbuck cups or McDonalds fries, well that’s okay. The first step is to get them there. “The community is actually starting to really catch on,” Johnston said. “The first year we felt good if 25 people showed up. The second year, by August and September, we had 75 to 100 people coming.” The consensus is that it’s good for the artist and merchant alike. But someone else benefits from Art Walks and that’s the community. Whether an art lover or not, it’s hard not to like the energy that surrounds the event. “Celebrating art in such an exciting way confirms to the public the importance of art in our culture,” Goodman said. “And hopefully this respect for art is carried through to the schools, so that art continues to be an important part of our educational curriculum, as well. It’s so important for children to connect with art. Everybody has a creative side, just to get in touch with that, appreciate music, art and community, it’s a great coming together of all that.” The first Auburn Art Walk is on Thursday, April 10, followed by the Colfax Art Walk the following evening. Nevada City’s Art Walk season kicks off Friday, May 2.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, APRIL 4
“Cruising the Karebbean Kasino Nite” at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. Dance to Lorraine Gervais and her Blues and Motown band. Proceeds benefit KARE Crisis Nursery. Info: (530) 265-6520, karecrisisnursery.org, karedirector@sbcglobal.net.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19
Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. More than 4,000 eggs. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Free books, bracelets and hand painting. Coffee, hot chocolate and breakfast items available. Info: (530) 432-1802.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13
Daffodil Run registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Buttermaker’s Cottage in Western Gateway Park. Free kid’s run at 8:30 p.m.; 5K and 10K run starts at 8:45 a.m.; 5K walk starts at 8:50 a.m. The cost for the run is $20 adults, $10 children. Cost for the walk is $10 adults, $5 children (add $5 after April 3). Proceeds benefit local schools and scholarships and the planting of daffodils. Info: Gene Gilligan, race director, (530) 432-9542, info@daffodilrunpv.com.

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One Fine Day: The Nevada City Wedding Event
One Fine Day takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. For today’s non-traditional brides looking for unique and cool wedding ideas. A fun cocktail party environment, where a bride and entourage can learn hair and makeup tips and tricks, meet and engage with vendors, sample food and drink and gather inspiration to throw a party of a lifetime. Tickets: $7 includes complimentary glass of champagne. Info: minersfoundry.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 & SUNDAY, APRIL 13
25th Annual Psychic Fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. A blend of alternative health professionals and metaphysicians. For people interested in alternative medicine to those curious about the mystical. Includes readings, lectures, workshops, and services. Tickets: $5. Info: (530) 265-5040, minersfoundry.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26.
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From left, The Gods of Comedy and Tragedy, Pam Hodges (set designer), Grace Fae, Trish Adair, and Moriah Fitzpatrick, gather for the recent Indiegogo campaign.
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And now for something completely different
Synthetic Unlimited offers up alternative entertainment
BY PAUL CAMBRA

Moriah Fitzpatrick, left, and Scott Young in last year’s production of Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Bosses.”

ention Tennessee Williams and you immediately think of “Streetcar Named Desire,” “Glass Menagerie” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” But it was the little-known 1968 play “Kingdom of Earth” that was brought to the creative team at Synthetic Unlimited. “One of our volunteers brought in,” said Jimmy McCammon, founding member

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and general manager of the performance art organization. “He said, ‘Nobody ever does this play, and you guys do stuff nobody ever does.’ At the initial reading we said, ‘Yeah, we have to do this play.’” So when McCammon and company tell you that volunteers have input with the theater troupe, you can believe it. “It’s definitely within the scope of reason that if you

submit a play it might get done,” McCammon said. Grace Fae, who played Myrtle, won the 2013 Elly Award for “Best Actress in a Drama” for her performance. “It was one of those things, we get pitches all of the time, but as soon as I read it I knew I wanted to play the part,” she said. “It’s wonderful to do lesser known works of these classic playwrights. I’d never seen or heard of “Kingdom

of Earth” but it’s just as good as his other works.”

Comedia and ‘The Bard’
Synthetic Unlimited, which was founded in 2006, might aim for the edgy in their production choices, but by no means have they forsaken the classics. “We all love Shakespeare and want to find a way to do our own adaptations,”
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The Sleep Shop Celebrates 20 Years Serving The Community With Grass Valley Grand Opening

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amily owned and operated businesses are an important part of our community here in the foothills. Employing generations who share not only DNA but also an invested interest in their trade, family businesses value customer service and contribute to the local economy, building a familiar and trusted name around the community. Such is The Sleep Shop, a family business, serving the foothills for 20 years. Owned by

Coy and Leslie Miller, The Sleep Shop offers an expansive selection of mattresses at the very best prices. Coy had grown up in the furniture business, working for his own family – his parents Coy and Lorraine Miller, and his sister and brother-in-law Chellie and Bill Peterson – at Hedman Furniture in Grass Valley. Coy and Leslie opened an Auburn location of Hedman Furniture in 1987, but closed the doors in 1994 after the sudden passing of Coy’s and Chellie’s mother Lorraine. It was then that Coy and Leslie branched off from the furniture business and chose to focus specifically on mattress and futon retail sales. And just as their own family has grown, so has the business. Their original 410 Brunswick Road (Next to Safeway) location remains in Auburn,

at the corner of Highway 49 and Palm Avenue, where you will find Coy and his son-in-law Devon Rantz. The Grass Valley location, operated by the Millers’ sons Adam and Seth, has recently expanded into the former Blockbuster location in the Brunswick basin, a 7000 square foot storefront that the Millers had been eyeing for years. A Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on March 4th celebrated the official grand opening of the new location. The Sleep Shop has also moved their warehouse into the former Furniture Bargains location in north Auburn on Highway 49. In addition to housing their large inventory of mattresses, the new warehouse also houses the Miller’s newest venture, Nest. Nest is a furniture and home décor store operated by Leslie, and sometimes you can even find her daughter Annie or daughter-in-law Carlee working there, and maybe even a few grandkids too.

Leslie’s focus at Nest is to present fun and current products at great prices. If you haven’t visited Nest yet, you will be pleasantly surprised by the selection of décor and gift items, and you will most likely not leave empty handed. The Sleep Shop contributes its success to the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Customer services is a top priority, and their customer loyalty ensures that the business will continue to succeed. The sales staff are not on commission, so customers will never feel pressured to make a purchase. The Sleep Shop boasts the best assortment of mattresses in varying feels, sizes and prices, from all of the best manufactures: Simmons Beautyrest, Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns and Foster, Spring Air, OMI Organic Mattresses, Natures Spa, Easyrest, and Aireloom. Visit The Sleep Shop and let them help you sleep better tonight!

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a hectic production schedule, but we basically had a different crew and cast for each play so overlap was manageable.”

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continued from page 10 McCammon said. “And we want to do comedia as well. We really want to keep those two classic traditions alive.” For those unfamiliar, comedia are three-act “dramedys” circa 16th century Spain. Stock characters include noblemen, ladies and servants and the plots typically revolve around love, jealousy and honor. And just as Shakespeare is adapted to different eras, Synthetic Unlimited took a playful turn with comedia. “The one we did was ‘The Servant of Two Bosses,’” McCammon said. “We set it in gangland Chicago, under prohibition. The humor was all slap stick, lots of falling down, slide whistles and pies in the face.” With Fae directing — and translating from an 18th century Italian script — the show included choreographed dance numbers, lovers and clowns. She will be producing “As You Like It” this July and directing a contemporary version of “Lysistrata” next year. “We learn something new each time we pull one of these old plays out of the library,” McCammon said.

Behind the scenes
When they are not occupying the Opera House stage, it is available for rent. Already it’s been used for original film screenings, vaudeville and variety shows, dance revues and musical acts, from Irish to punk. “We have an education collaboration with Bitney College Prep across the street,” Fae said. “Students walk over four times a week for electives like theater production, intro to acting and comedy improv. We are excited to be training the next generation of performers.” They also provide support in the way of graphics, publicity, light and sound and costumes to full on production. “We try to create a vibrant, creative environment for young artists to express themselves and train them to be more professional,” Fae said. “Many young artists are frustrated that they are not making money or actively producing work so we provide the opportunity for people to really do it. A 20-year old member produced, directed and starred in the play ‘Dog Sees God.’ He had to figure out how to do most of it himself. But he was given that opportunity and now he will be a theater professional.”

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From left, Kate Tobie, Grace Fae and Aubrey Lee Puetz in a 2012 production of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.”

Cheap and dirty
This month, McCammon will direct David Mamet’s “American Buffalo,” an action packed play about a rare and valuable coin heist gone bad. A 10-show run is planned at the Synthetic Unlimited Opera House in Grass Valley. “It’s an intimate space, a big old black box,” McCammon said of the converted auto garage. “It seats about 50 people. We did a Mamet play to open our season last year. So a few of us felt we should keep that alive and do one every year. But then, we don’t stick hard and fast to any rules.” But when they set their mind to something, they usually pull it off. “We read that the audience wants theater done cheap and dirty and the only way to do that is to be on a breakneck production schedule,” McCammon said. “So last season we did eight plays in eight months. It was fantastic. We knew going in that it would be

Be a part

AMERICAN BUFFALO
Where: Synthetic Unlimited Opera House, 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley When: 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays April 10-26, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on April 20 Tickets: $15 for members, $20 general Info: (888) 95-SHOWS, syntheticunlimited.org
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Aubrey Lee Puetz and Micah Cone in Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.”

Membership with Synthetic Unlimited is $275 annually. Besides the mark down on tickets, T-shirt and swag, members are included in the inner workings, used as an advisory board of sorts and given input on plays and outreach programs. Their mission is a commitment to giving rare, classic and alternative performance art a powerful voice in the modern generation. Productions begin as ideas presented by members, and their artistic agenda is driven by what inspires them. “It feels like we are just beginning, we are very grass roots right now and it’s very exciting to be a part of it,” Fae said.

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THEATER LISTINGS
MIDNIGHT AT MEL’S
Midnight at Mel’s, a musical comedy, at 8:15 Fridays and Saturdays through April 26, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 30, at the Off Broadstreet Theater, 305 Commercial St. Nevada City. Tickets: $25. Info: (530) 265-8686.

THE SPENCERS
The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. A big, high-tech stage show that combines drama, comedy, romance, and suspense with elaborate stage illusions that include dazzling special effects and magnificent set design. $28 members, $32 non-members. Info: (530) 274-8384 ext. 14, thecenterforthearts.org.

MISS SAIGON
Miss Saigon, presented by Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS), plays at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10 through May 10 in the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City. Tickets: $15-$30. Info: (530) 265-2990, info@catsweb.org.

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THE LITTLE MERMAID
“The Little Mermaid” mini-musical workshop takes place from 4-6 p.m. Fridays April 25 through May 23 at McLaughlin Studios, 3470 Swetzer Road, in Loomis. For ages 4-14, no experience required. Cost: $125. Performance is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11. Info: (916) 652-6377.

‘Gunsmoke: Discipline Comes to Dodge’
From left, Latima Good as Audra Von Paine, Dave Atkinson as Marshall Matt Dillon, Rick Osborn as Festus Haggen and Andrea Fox as Kitty Russell in “Gunsmoke: Discipline Comes To Dodge,” an interactive comedy murder mystery at 7:30 p.m. Fridays through May 30 (except April 18) at Lou La Bonte’s Dinner Theatre, 13460 Lincoln Way, Auburn. $49.95 per person, dinner and show. Reservations: (530) 885-9193.

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Take these shops for a spin
Record Store Day the third Saturday in April
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hat’s up with Antarctica? Every other continent on the planet will be celebrating Record Store Day on April 19, with special vinyl and CD releases, promotional products, live performances, meetand-greets and more, but the land that’s literally down under will not be participating. We’ll chalk it up to the fact that they have no record stores and their closest association to music was the 1954 hit “Earth Angel” by a band

called the Penguins. But there are more than 1,000 independently owned record stores in the U.S. alone and the majority of those will be gearing up for a busier than normal day. “Business is fantastic on that day,” said Curt Smith, owner of Clock Tower Records in Grass Valley. “It’s my secondbusiest day of the year, after Christmas week.” The day was conceived in 2007 as a way to celebrate the record store culture, something vastly

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Customers browse through the inventory at Clock Tower Records in Grass Valley recently.
disappearing in the MP3 age. But pre-Pandora — before everything was so focused on the “you” — record albums could be an opportunity for social interaction. People would pull the record out of its sleeve, slide it on the turntable, cue up the needle (I know, it sounds so labor-intensive) and experience the music together. The album art alone was sometimes entertaining. These days, a resurgence of sorts is brewing, and vinyl vendors are

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noticing a new generation of music fans turning to the turntable. “I would say probably 15-35 years old is my largest albumbuying demographic,” Smith said. “A lady just left here buying two records for a 9-yearold.” He said what’s frustrating is the labels do a relatively small run, say 10,000, and once they’re gone they wait to see how many pre-orders they get before they press more. But that’s just with new releases. “Lots of the younger kids are buying music that was popular in ’60s, ’70s and ’80s,” Smith said. “But there’s also a good portion buying Pearl Jam and Radiohead and Nirvana.” Clock Tower records, like Cherry Records in Auburn, sells both new and used vinyl and CDs. One of the draws to Record Store Day is the limitededition special releases offered to participating stores. To qualify, a store has to be a brickand-mortar business with predominately local ownership. The idea is to get people into the shops and off Amazon.com. “I try to get a hold of some of the special limited-edition and hard-to-get products they offer, but online sellers usually buy it up,” said Alan Lauer, owner of Cherry Records. “They find a way to get around it.” Smith has slightly better luck, getting about 80 percent of what he pre-orders. In addition to the special releases, he said,

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WHAT IS A RECORD STORE?
A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a stand-alone brick-and-mortar retailer whose main primary business focuses on a physical store location, whose product line consists of at least 50 percent music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70 percent located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths).
~ recordstoreday.com

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When: Saturday, April 19 CHERRY RECORDS Where: 925 Lincoln Way, Auburn Phone: (530) 823-2147 Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday CLOCK TOWER RECORDS Where: 130 W. Main St., Grass Valley Phone: (530) 477-1400 Website: clocktowerlps@gmail.com Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

he’ll have some raffles and live music this year. “I’ll put out a bunch of sale price items,” Lauer said. “People come in just because it’s Record Store Day. It’s kind of like Small Business Saturday.” When it comes to most sought-after items —any time of year — Lauer said it’s always

Beatles records. For Smith, it’s Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. “Those are two of the hottest items,” Smith said. “They’re almost impossible to get a hold of and they sell right away.” So head to your garage and dig out that copy of “Wish You Were Here” or “Physical Graffiti.” There’s still a record buying public out there and you could have just what they’re looking for. Your local record store owner would be happy to help them out. Or would he? “That’s a hard thing for people like me,” Smith said. “There’s a lot of vinyl that comes in that I’d like to keep but I sell anyway — ’60s-era rock or old blues like Muddy Waters — those are really hard for me to part with.” If you long for the days of liner notes and listening parties, take a trip to the record store nearest you. They’re a blast from the past that the future generation of music lovers has already discovered.

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Alan Lauer stands outside his shop on Lincoln Way in Auburn. Though Cherry Records used to be located directly across the street, it actually began on Cherry Street. But that’s not why it was named so. Lauer said he sells only records that are in “cherry” condition.

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Local band The Pyronauts heading to Surfer Joe Festival in Italy
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THE PYRONAUTS

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Clockwise from top left, guitarists Paul Beatie and Bob Butler, bassist Brett Cole and drummer Tim Stephenson are The Pyronauts.

hen the Pyronauts leave their comfort zone, they don’t mess around. The Auburn-based band has performed more than 600 gigs in their 15-year history. While most of them have been around Northern California, they have ventured into Nevada before and they also played the Surf Guitar 101 Convention (a Comicon for Dick Dale devotees) in Anaheim last summer. It was there that they were invited to play at the Surfer Joe Festival in Livorno, the reverb capital of Italy.

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“We’ve never done more than a weeklong tour,” said Bob Butler, guitar player and one of the band’s two founding members. “This will be two weeks. We have dates scheduled in Italy and Amsterdam and a prospective route through Germany and possibly France.” They said they weren’t off stage 10 minutes when they were approached by a representative from Surfer Joe’s. The only other U.S. bands making the trek are Slacktone, from Southern California, and Paul Johnson, one of the

original pioneers of surf guitar. “We’ve barely played out of California; it’s kind of a big league for us,” said Paul Beatie, the other guitarist and founding member. “I don’t think it was ever realistic for us: ‘Oh, wouldn’t it be cool to go play in Europe.’ We feel pretty fortunate.” They will fly into Italy on June 12, rent a van and borrow some gear from the festival organizer. From there, they head

north, winding their way across the continent until the festival on June 21. “We’ve got a tentative plan,” said bass player Brett Cole. “We’ll take the first gigs we can book. I am just happy we are going to be in a country where they drive on the same side of the road as us.” They know there won’t be a lot of sightseeing going on as the bands focus will be on schedul• SEE PYRONAUTS PAGE 20

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Choosing Yoga
by Susan Whitaker When I began yoga in the early 1970’s it was a novelty. Not many people knew what it was, but it was certainly fun and exciting. There weren’t many seasoned teachers in the U.S., so we mostly learned from books, from Lilias on TV, and from each other. Today there are many types of yoga available and it’s everywhere you look: in commercials, in the movies, in schools, and in almost every family. It brings generations together, inspires or intimidates us, piques our curiosity, and awakens us to the possibility that maybe we can be a little healthier if we give it a chance. Yoga is found in gyms, health clubs, and yoga centers in nearly every city. Is yoga an exercise? A therapeutic practice? An inner exploration? Breathing techniques? Meditation? A mind-body connection? The answer to all of these questions is Yes. Yoga is multi-faceted and can be any of these things, because each person who practices it begins with where they are and what they need. According to Donna Farhi, “Yoga does not pretend to be simple, quick, or easy. It is a practice that takes into account the very messy and often complex phenomenon of what we call a human being and the equally challenging task of everyday living.” When practiced daily, yoga can lead to peacefulness, happiness, and freedom. Yoga is an art in that it consists of specific postures, techniques, and attitudes. It’s also a science based on ancient observations, principles, and theories of the mind-body connection. For the body, yoga improves breathing, calms the nervous system through relieving stress, improves the circulation, tones and stretches muscles, improves sleep, quiets the mind, and supports the joints. There are many styles and approaches to yoga, so it’s important to find the yoga teacher and place that can serve you the best. Yoga is based on relationship, both with the learning environment and your teacher. Each teacher has a background in a certain lineage and will interpret yoga in their own way, Lose weight. Gain a resolution. based on their own personality. When you’re looking for a place to learn yoga, it’s a good idea to ask a teacher about her Acceptin g approach or research his Most Insuranc background online. You can es take a class to see if what is offered is what you need. Ask about the experience of 470 S. Auburn St.,Ste E the teacher, make sure Medically Supervised by you’re treated with respect, Grass Valley • Jonathan Pierce M.D. and observe how Call Today! • Mary Berg F.N.P. comfortable the other students are. If you have a • Kelley Kull, RD, CDE 530-924-3787 negative experience in one place, try someplace else. Find a time that’s works for you. You can also take a
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this subgenre of music.” The band will honor their fans with a special concert at the Auburn Event Center on April 26. They are also releasing a new CD, “Live in San Francisco,” which will be available for purchase at the show. A Kickstarter campaign to fund the tour still had a ways to go to make goal at the time of this writing. “We know we are going to have fun because we have fun playing together,” Cole said. “That’s why we’ve been doing it for so many years.” Two weeks in a van in a foreign land might seem like so many years by the time they’re done. But if they survive – and gelato could have a lot to do with that – they will return as conquering heroes, carving out a little surfing lore at 1,227 feet above sea level.

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continued from 18 ing gigs. Stephenson, the only one who has been to Italy before, is simply looking forward to the gelato. “I really think that just playing for different groups of people is going to be fun,” said Beatie. “When we play in Auburn, they’ve all seen us before, so it’s not as big of a rush for us as playing for people who haven’t seen us.” It’s a pretty safe bet that there are not a lot of Pyronaut groupies on the western coast of Italy, at least for now. Beatie said surf music in general is much more embraced in Europe than the states. But that could be slowly changing. “It’s a form of music that’s been almost rediscovered by the last generation,” Cole said. “There’s been a resurgence; a lot like rockabilly. A lot of bands think they may have overlooked

“Surf music evolved from instrumental rock and roll from the mid to late ’50s, around the Southern California surf culture. It was not necessarily related to surfing but because of the culture, they associated that type of music with surfing.”
~ Bob Butler

“It has a reverb twang, heavy guitar and heavy drum sound. In many ways the drum beat imitates the heart beat, and I think that’s why a lot of people are comfortable and receptive to it.”
~ Brett Cole

Paul Beatie, left, and Bob Butler at the Pyronauts’ 10-year anniversary in 2009.

“The sound we are trying to get emulates the ocean and surfing, that what all the reverb in the guitar is for. As far as drumming goes, it’s mostly just an up tempo rock beat but here is a ‘surfing beat,’ two hits on the snare on beat two.”
~ Tim Stephenson

“It’s instrumental, it’s loud, fast and clean. It’s happy music, that’s what I like about it. It feels so good to play, I hope that’s what the audience feels like listening to it.”
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
Simon Phillips – Protocol II featuring Andy Timmons, Steve Weigart and Ernest Tibbs, at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $20 members, $22 non-member. Info: (530) 274-8384 ext. 14, thecenterforthearts.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5
Nirvana tribute show at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $12 members, $15 non-members. Featuring performances by Achilles Wheel, The Soft Bombs, the Bleach Boys, Serve the Serpent, Nevada Union Choir, Rat Stomp, Ear Wrecked, Roger Ramsaur, The Devil’s train, Weird Silence and Jay Tausig. Info: (530) 2748384 ext. 14, thecenterforthearts.org. Dominator and Friends perform from 2-5 p.m. April 5, at Dono dal Cielo Vineyard & Winery, 6100 Wise Road, Newcastle. Free. Info: becky@donodalcielo.com, donodacielo.com.

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Tracorum with special guest the Jugtown Pirates at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Auburn Event Center, 145 Elm Ave., Auburn. $10 advance, $15 at the door. All ages, ID required for bar. Tickets available at Cherry Records, Tribal Weavers, Liquor Outlet, Yabobo and Clock Tower Records. Info: keepsmilinpromotions.com.

Arlo Guthrie – Here Come The Kid(s) at 8 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley. $48 member, $58 nonmembers. Info: (530) 274-8384 ext. 14, thecenterforthearts.org.

Jack Smith “The Silver Fox” will perform from 6-9 p.m. at the Woodside Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 12155 Luther Road in Auburn. Free, BYOB. Finger food appreciated. Info: (530) 388-8558, silverfoxjsmith@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 10
Mikel Paul and Friends perform from 7-10 p.m. with the Magnolia Middle School “Rattler” Jazz band at the annual “Tasty Jazz”" concert in the gym at 22431 Kingston Lane, Grass

Valley. Tickets: $10 individual, $40 for table of eight. Info: (530) 268-2815.

Tamara Phelan Trio play at Dave’s Cave, 540 Wall St., Auburn. Info: (530) 8782488, davescave@newfaith ucc.org, newfaithucc.org/ davescave.

guest the Jugtown Pirates (see inset for details). Jon Pauling performs from 2-5 p.m. April 12, at Dono dal Cielo Vineyard & Winery, 6100 Wise Road, Newcastle. Free. Info: becky@donodalcielo.com, donodacielo.com.
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SUNDAY, APRIL 13
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $22 members, $25 non-members. Info: (530) 274-8384 ext. 14, thecenterforthearts.org.

Greg Brown
Folk Legend Greg Brown will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. Tickets: $29 advance, $32 at the door, $40 limited reserved. Info: (530) 2655040, minersfoundry.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17
Jay Farrar, Duo performance with Gary Hunt at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $22 members, $25 non-members. Info: (530) 274-8384 ext. 14, thecenterforthearts.org.
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Tinariwen with The Melodic opening at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Info: (530) 274-

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum in concert with Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center at the State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn. $25. Info: (530) 8850156, appac@att.net, livefromauburn.com.

Rozum with Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman (see inset for details). Jack Smith “The Silver Fox” (see April 5 listing for details). The Double Shots perform from 2-5 p.m. April 19, at Dono dal Cielo Vineyard & Winery, 6100 Wise Road, Newcastle. Free. Info: becky@donodalcielo.com, donodacielo.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20
InConcert Sierra presents Boston Brass at 2 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. Tickets: $30. Pre-concert forum with Dr. Aileen James at 1:15. Info: (530) 273-3990, inconcertsierra.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26
The Pyronauts will play at 7:30 p.m. at the Auburn Event Center, 145 Elm Ave., Auburn. Info: keepsmilinpromotions.com. Two Barrels Shy perform from 2-5 p.m. April 26, at Dono dal Cielo Vineyard & Winery, 6100 Wise Road, Newcastle. Free. Info: becky@donodalcielo.com, donodacielo.com.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 24
Folk Legend Greg Brown (see inset for details).

SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Sarah Jarosz will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $20 members, $22 non-members. Info: (530) 274-8384 ext. 14, thecenterforthearts.org. Mikel Paul and the Glorious Mess perform from 6-9 p.m. at Old Five Mile House, 18851 Hwy. 20, Nevada City. No cover. Info: (530) 265-5155.

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MOVIE LISTINGS

SILVER SCREEN CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES
A SHOT IN THE DARK Who shot the chauffeur? All clues lead to Elke Sommer. But Inspector Clouseau knows she can’t be responsible – she’s so beautiful! As bodies pile up around her, Clouseau insists she’s innocent, driving his boss crazy. When: 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Where: Beecher Room of the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St. in Auburn. Cost: Free. Info: (530) 878-7938, auburnsilverscreen.com.

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MARY POPPINS SINGALONG Let's Go Fly a Kite! Chim Chim Cheree. Supercalifragilisticicexpialidocious! Come sing along with your favorite Disney movie accompanied by members of the Placer Pops Chorale. When: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5 Where: State Theatre, 985

Lincoln Way, Auburn Tickets: $10 Info: (916) 543-8797 20 FEET FROM STARDOM Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. The 2014 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. When: 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 Where: State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn Tickets: $8 Info: (530) 885-0156, appac@att.net, livefromauburn.com/tickets.

Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4-6 REBELS WITH A CAUSE A stunningly beautiful film narrated by Frances McDormand, Rebels with a Cause provides the David and Goliath origin for one of America’s most visited, and arguably it’s most beautiful, urban national parks - Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. When: Sunday, April 13 FOLLOWING THE NINTH: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BEETHOVEN’S FINAL SYMPHONY. This documentary film takes us on a cinematic journey across five continents and into the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest works of art. When: Sunday, April 20

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How many plastic bags does it take to carry your groceries home? Five hundred a year according to “Bag Man” Brad Fischer at a recent Sierra College Earth Day Festival. The college plans four days worth of activities this year.

Do it for Mother Earth
April 22 a day to celebrate the planet
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arth Day was first conceived in 1969 by John McConnell, a peace activist, at a UNESCO conference in San Francisco as a day to celebrate the Earth and support environmental protection as well as peace. The following year, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson introduced earth day on April 22 as an environmental teaching tool.

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Today, 141 countries celebrate Earth Day, making it the largest secular holiday in the world with more than a billion participants. In Northern California, Earth Day is being celebrated around Placer and Nevada Counties in a number of events ranging from film festivals to art exhibits to entertainment throughout the month of April.

Earth, Rain and Fire!
The Placer Nature Center will host an Earth Day celebration featuring friendly kids’ activities (earth), water conservation information (rain) and defensible space and fuel reduction information (fire) as well as family-friendly activities. The Placer Nature Center will celebrate the grand
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continued from page 25 opening of their new Nature Play Area, designed to stimulate kid’s brains and help with physical development while they explore and play. Where: 3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn. When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 Cost: $3 admission Info: placernaturecenter.org
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Earth from Space
A temporary exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian Institute, in partnership with the US Geological Survey, features beautifully detailed satellite images of earth that “provide clues about the nature of our planet and the opportunity to engage in a broad range of scientific topics.” When: Through April 26 Where: Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville Info: (916) 746.1550, roseville.ca.us/explore

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival
The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival includes live music with Drop Theory, a kids activity zone, a “trashion” show (fashion made from various used materials repurposed into clothing), a raffle and food vendors. Free transportation to and from the event from North Lake

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The “Earth from Space” exhibit detailed satellite images of earth that provide clues about the nature of our planet.
Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee. Where: The Village at Squaw Valley When: Saturday, April 19 Cost: Free Info: tahoetruckeeearth day.org

Zach Deputy, one of the hottest up-and-coming performers on the camping festival circuit and “jam band” scene, will celebrate Earth Day with a concert at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Nevada City.
on wildlife, environmental justice, conservation, energy, climate change and adventure. When: Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at The Village at Squaw Thursday, April 24 at Sierra College Rocklin Campus in the Dietrich Theatre Info: wildandscenicfilm festival.org Student projects, art, nature trail walks, plant sale, poetry, and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the amphitheatre/campus center. Thursday, April 24: Wild and Scenic Film Festival at 7 p.m. in the Dietrich Theatre Friday, April 25: Lee Stetson starring as John Muir in “A Conversation with a Tramp” at 7p.m. in the Dietrich Theatre. Where: Sierra College 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin Info: Sierracollege.edu/ events/unique-events/ earth-day.php

Zach Deputy
One-man-band phenomenon Zach Deputy returns to Nevada City to celebrate Earth Day with a live show. 21 and older. Where: Crazy Horse Saloon and Grill, 230 Commercial St. in Nevada City When: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Info: (530) 265-4000

Wild and Scenic Film Festival
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is on tour, with screenings at both the Rocklin and Truckee Earth Day Festivals. Using film to inspire activism, the fest focuses

Earth Day at Sierra College
Earth Day at Sierra College Rocklin Campus is sponsored by the Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students (ECOS). This Year the emphasis is on human reliance on natural resources, promoting sustainability at home, work and in the community; and the promotion of the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle, return, refuse and rethink), conservation, preservation, local foods, native plants, watersheds and local sustainable businesses. Tuesday, April 22: Local water forum, in partnership with PCWA in the afternoon in Dietrich Theater
Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24:

Celebrate National Parks Week
In celebration of America’s national park system, entrance is free to all the parks on the weekend of April 19-20. California has more than 30 National Parks, including Muir Woods, Alcatraz Island and Yosemite. Info: NPS.gov

South Tahoe Earth Day
Resources to improve the planet, learning to compost and recycling are among the vendors that will be on hand to teach folks way to counteract global climate change, conserve water, and reduce our ecological footprint. Live music, dancing, and a kid-zone, local crafts and food vendors. Where: Bijou Community Park When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, , April 26 Info: SouthTahoeEarth day.org

Arbor Day
And, finally, Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. One of the easiest ways to not only improve the air quality, beautify your yard and neighborhood but add value to your home and may even help lower your summer cooling costs is with a well placed shade tree. Visit any number of local nurseries in Placer and Nevada County or grab one at the Sierra College Earth Day plant sale. Info: Arborday.org

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