February 7th, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!

For more info and to purchase your tickets, click here. 
2014 First Quarter Business Development Workshops:

Offered on the 3rd Wednesday of each month 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: NCCA Conference Center 149 Crown Point Court, Grass Valley

$15 for members of the Chamber and/or the Nevada County Contractor Association

$25 for non-members

February 19th, 2014

March 19th, 2014
Generating Quality Traffic to Your Website and Leveraging Social Media
Coryon Redd, owner of batteries4less.com and coryon.com. Coryon has built highly profitable internet businesses and will share how you can do it to.
  • Evaluate and quantify your current website
  • Learn how to avoid making the mistakes your competitors make with their website
  • Understand how easy it can be to get a website that makes you money


Download the event flyer here. 



The Board of Directors Invites You to Attend:


Good Morning Grass Valley!

  • A Morning Meet and Greet for New, Existing and Prospective Members
  • Meet the chamber CEOs, Board of Directors and Staff
  • New Member Orientation
  • Member Networking Opportunity

Friday, February 28th 9:00 AM

Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

128 East Main Street

Grass Valley, CA 95945

(530) 273-4667

This Saturday 
"Love Lessons from the Old West: 
Wisdom from Wild Women"
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum On Saturday, February 8, 2014, the Museum will host award winning author Chris Enss for the national launch of her latest book "Love Lessons from the Old West: Wisdom from Wild Women"
"Love Lessons Learned by Women of the Old West" provides insight into the possible motives for why frontier men and women fell in love. Some chapters in this new title will bring a smile to your heart, and other chapters will break it into pieces. 
As one California prospector noted in his diary in 1855, "I'd endure just about anything to settle down with a good woman. She don't have to love me, least not at first. I only want a chance to show her I could be the finest blanket companion in the country." 
Chris will share her stories about the Wild Women at 12:45 and 1:45 She will autograph copies of her book until 3:00PM
Music by guitarist Ishaan Judd Reyna Refreshments 
Saturday - February 8, 2014 Noon until 3PM Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum 5 Kidder Court (at Bost Ave and New Mowhawk 530-470-0902
Chinese New Year Parade and Festival Update
Due to rain in the forecast for Sunday, February 9, the Nevada City Chinese New Year Parade and Festival has a modification on the parade and festivities. 
Parade is still ON at 12:00 noon, assuming light rain, drizzle or sunshine! Everything else will be at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, immediately following the parade.
This is the modified parade route:  Folks who wish to watch the parade should be on Commercial Street.  The other streets mentioned here are "travel" streets on the way to the Foundry.  The parade will now BEGIN at 12 noon at the Robinson Plaza by the Pelton Wheel in Nevada City, going UP Commercial Street, with Lion Dancers blessing the Chinese Monument and a couple of businesses on the way up.  Making a left turn at the top of Commercial Street onto Broad Street.  Going down Broad Street and making a right turn onto Bridge Street (Bonanza Market).  Crossing Spring Street and into the Miners Foundry for entertainment, food, exhibit booths, and festivities. 

1940's Radio Show This Saturday!



Everyone is invited to Hilltop Commons for a spectacular Open House Event!

Saturday Feb. 8th 2:30pm

131 Eureka Street Grass Valley, CA 95945


Sit back, enjoy the music and laugh at the snippets of the "1940's Radio Show", a new musical comedy by John Driscoll & Jan Kopp, performed by the singers /actors from Off Broadstreet!


Invite your family and friends to come and experience Nevada City's most unique live theatre "Off Broadstreet" inside Hilltop Commons Senior Community in beautiful Grass Valley, on Saturday February 8th at 2:30pm! Come join the fun folks and staff at Hilltop Commons for yummy refreshments and great snippets from the musical comedy "1940's Radio Show"!

Bringing Salmon Back to Deer Creek
A Seminar at the Sierra College Nevada County Campus
Wednesday, February 11, 2014

Grass Valley-Sierra College at the Nevada County Campus begins a new Sierra Science Lecture Series with a detailed look at the spawning grounds in Deer Creek, titled: Evaluating the Effects of Spawning Bed Enhancement on Salmon Habitat, Water Quality, and Benthic Communities in Deer Creek, Nevada County, CA

This presentation and discussion will be held on Tuesday evening, February 11, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, in the Multipurpose Center, building, N-12. Rachel Durben, Sierra Streams Institute Training Program Coordinator will lead the discussion.

Find out how Sierra Streams Institute is working with the community to improve Deer Creek's Salmon spawning habitat through gravel augmentation-the process of replacing missing gravels that are blocked by upstream reservoirs. After three years of gravel augmentation, a five-fold increase in salmon redds (nests) has been observed in Deer Creek at the confluence with the Yuba River. Learn more about this exciting project and its potential application throughout the Sierra!

About the speaker: Rachel Durben is the Training Program Coordinator at Sierra Streams Institute. She holds a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Biology from Northern Arizona University, and has extensive research and education experience.


Greetings Wild & Scenic Film Festival Supporters!

The 12th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival was a well-attended event with positive energy flowing through Nevada City and Grass Valley January 9-12, 2014.

For those of you who were able to attend, we hope that you had a wonderful time and thank you for participating. Each year, we strive to make improvements and we'd like to hear from you about your experience at the 2014 Festival.

We would be grateful if you took a few minutes to share with us what you loved, where we need improvements, and feedback about your overall experience at this event.

And, if you finish the survey, you can be entered to win a Weekend Pass to the 2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival! Click here to take the survey now.

We are proud to inform you that at this event: more than 3,000 action postcards were signed that will be delivered to elected officials, revenue was raised to support the South Yuba River Citizens League's year-round programs, and the event provided an economic boost to our community in a traditionally slow time of year.

Thank you for taking time to provide feedback. We truly value your opinions.

With immense gratitude,

The Wild & Scenic Team
Upcoming Events:



InConcert Sierra Presents: 

San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellows


Catch a rising star as the San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellows perform for InConcert Sierra on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2pm.  These young artists represent singers that the classical music world can expect to see on celebrated opera house stages throughout the world in the very near future.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

2pm concert

1:15pm pre-concert forum

$28 general

Youth 5-17 free with adult


Tickets available at:
BriarPatch Co-op Community Market
Online or call 530-273-3990  

Sierra College Presents Legendary Civil Rights Activist,

Diane Nash

"The Movements of the '60s: A Legacy for Today"

February 20, 2014


Rocklin, CA-In celebration of African American History Month, Sierra College Rocklin Campus concludes African American History and Cultural Week, with Keynote speaker, Diane Nash, giving an address titled: "The Movements of the '60s: A Legacy for Today." This lecture is free open to the campus community and to the public. Seating is limited.

The Dietrich Theater is located on the Sierra College Rocklin Campus, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA. 95677.


There is a $3 parking fee. Parking permits are available at machines located in the campus parking lot.

For more information about this event, contact the Campus Life Office at: 916-660-7380 or chartzell@sierracollege.edu.



The Old 5 Mile House Presents

The Old 5Mile House is celebrating. We're celebrating the great cuisine of New Orleans in February with classic Cajun dishes like Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, (Of course, we are making our own awesome, spicy Andouille - all natural, no additives), Crawfish Ettouffe, Crispy Cajun Shrimp, Wild Mushroom Stuffed Oysters, Oysters on the Half Shell, Veggie Gumbo, Blackened Ahi, Blackened Skirt Steak and for dessert Louisiana Chocolate Yummy made with Belgian Chocolate. 

And we're celebrating love! Valentines Weekend we'll have some elegant specials worthy of your sweety pie, like Pheasant with morel mushroom brandy sauce, Filet Mignon Steak Diane, and Maine Lobster. 

Make reservations early! Call (530) 265-5155 or visit their site here.


A Note to Current Chamber Members


This article is intended for Chamber members. If you are not a chamber member, please consider joining, the benefits are many. If you are member, read on. 


As many of you may know, the Chamber has a new website. Check it out.


The site may seem to some as still unfinished and well it should be. Any good website is considered a work in progress, expanding, growing and evolving. A website that is finished, is finished, stagnant, stale and inert.


The development of the new site was (and is) driven by Chamber Co-Executive Director Robin Davies. Her vision of a robust, dynamic community information and service portal is nearly complete. Falling short only because the developer (me) lacked the skills to deliver the site exactly as she envisioned it. But, be assured, we're working on it.


The objective of the new Chamber website is threefold. Firstly to deliver interesting, relevant and fresh content to the community, secondly to attract out of the area visitors to visit and eventually relocate and invest in Western Nevada County and thirdly to provide a modern tool to you-the local business owner.


With our new site, you can now manage your membership online, register and securely pay for events and follow what is happening in our community with our robust, yet simple calendar.


Existing Chamber members in good standing have the ability to manage their membership and business profile via the website. Your business profile is the only information about your company that is displayed to the public on the site.


You must be logged in to perform any management functions. Your account, based on your information at the Chamber has already been established.


A temporary password has also been applied to your account. You may retrieve your password via the Retrieve Password page. Once you retrieve your password and successfully login, you are encouraged to change your password. Please safeguard your information with a strong password (a password with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and characters is considered a strong password).


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or opinions about the new site.


Thank you,

Doug Faraco
Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Sierra Stages Presents COMPANY 
February 27th - March 22nd Thursdays at 7 PM; 
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays (March 2 & 9) at 2 PM 
Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
Set in a swinging New York City of the early 1970's, COMPANY is a two hour ride with five married couples, three single women--and Bobby, the only eligible bachelor in the group--as the show examines and celebrates married life and its alternatives through a series of comic vignettes and powerhouse musical numbers. 


530-346-3210 for more info. 

Chamber News in the State 



Top Story

Senate Passes Bill Limiting Fraud Protection Efforts

(February 6, 2014) A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that reduces and stifles innovation, making it more difficult to purchase digital goods and services online, leading to endless litigation, and hampering efforts to reduce fraud and identity theft, passed the Senate last week. 



Public Affairs / Politics

There are Hard Feelings Over Past Capitol Deals

California's longest-ever state budget impasse ended in early October 2010, when then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders announced a deal that included the creation of a rainy-day reserve. The Sacramento Bee




Jobless Claims Fall, Point to Firming Labor Market

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, in a boost to the labor market outlook and the broader economy. Reuters



Environmental / Agriculture

Emergency Fishing Closure Approved on American, Russian Rivers

The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to prohibit fishing on stretches of the American and Russian rivers due to the state's worsening drought. The Sacramento Bee




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