February 28th, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!


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

Join us today Friday, February 28th 9:00 AM

Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

128 East Main Street

Grass Valley, CA 95945

(530) 273-4667 

Sponsored by Jennco Web Works


More info here.




 A Call to Action!


Last year SU undertook our first official season, producing 8 plays in 8 months. We're proud to say our 2013 season was a smash hit, receiving critical acclaim from reviewers and several Elly awards and nominations.

Our plans for the future are even more ambitious but we can't do it without you.

As we launch our exciting 2014 season, your donation will allow us to continue bringing you rare and thought provoking entertainment with our signature style of fresh innovation.

We're asking for some help to fund our first show of 2014. We are pulling all the rabbits out of their hats, by pre-selling tickets, season passes, memberships, and special perks for friends who give to our Indiegogo campaign.

If we accomplish our goal, it will give us the head start we need to improve every show that follows, while keeping ticket prices affordable for our beloved patrons.

Synthetic Unlimited is committed to giving rare, classic and alternative performance art a powerful voice in the modern generation, and we want you to join us.


Help support local theater and arts education!  We just recently created a collaboration with Bitney College Prep High School to offer four of their arts electives in our new theater and offices across the street in Grass Valley, California. We are gearing up for six full productions this coming year, including Mamet's American Buffalo, Evil Dead: The Musical, and As You Like It!  TAX DEDUCTIBLE! Click here to donate.




During dinner this Sunday March 2nd there will be Live Music at Trattoria Milano! 


Talented harpist Larisa Smirnova will delight us with classical music, movie favorites, popular songs, Broadway selections, and more. All-time favorite melodies will sound beautifully on the harp, including "Here Comes The Sun", "Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet", "Love Theme from The Godfather", "Over the Rainbow", "Torna a Surriento", "What a Wonderful World", "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", and many others.


Don't miss this romantic evening at Trattoria Milano!


Please call us at (530) 273-3555 to make your reservation.



Our March calendar of events is up on our website! We have a new venue that we are excited to bring you to, Smiley Guys Smokehouse. This will be a fun one, great food and a classic painting.

Grab a friend, a loved one, or even come to meet new people. Our classes are the perfect opportunity to unwind, relax, have a good time AND you get to take something home to remember that experience.


We are excited to announce that Community Canvas is now offering After School Art on Union Hill School's campus! That's right, all children within our community in grades 1st through 8th may register for these wonderful sessions.

Upcoming Events:






Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis






Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Playing the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Thelonious Monk.


VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM The Center for the Arts presents at 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA Friday, March 7, 8:00PM $58 members, $68 non-member General Admission - floor and bleacher seating on a first-come-first-serve basis - (Does not include applicable fees) Limited to 4 tickets per member at member price. 

March Happenings!

In celebration of St. Patrick we will be offering a special March 14th-17th.  We will also be launching our first Family Fun Night!  Come make some are and we will have free Pete's Pizza, a game with a chance to win a gift certificate, and good music.  Have we plan to offer this the Fourth Saturday of every month.  In addition to these fun offering check out list of upcoming classes.


Join the 2014 River Monitoring Team!


The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is beginning a new River Monitoring season and we need you!  We are gearing up for our 14th season with volunteers monitoring at almost forty sites throughout the Yuba watershed from Donner Summit on down to the lower Yuba River.  The vast amount of water quality data we have collected over the last thirteen years is important to protecting and restoring the Yuba River watershed.


River Monitors Dan Chaplin and Kathy Scott collecting data at the headwaters of the Yuba.

March 8th is the first monthly water quality monitoring day of 2014 and to celebrate the kickoff of SYRCL's 14th year, all 80 of our trained River Monitors are invited to an early morning breakfast social at the SYRCL office.


Orientation: Thursday March 27, 6:30-8:30 pm at the SYRCL office

Field Training: Saturday April 5, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park

Contact Marianne Pott the AmeriCorps River Monitoring Coordinator for more details.  We invite you to visit the River Monitoring Page to learn more about the program.  You can view the extensive data collected by the program at Yubashed, an online platform for water quality data and restoration projects throughout the Yuba watershed.

Jim E's Catering/Club 141  and

Mardi Gras Dinner on Fat Tuesday ~ March 4, 2014 - 6:30 pm, cost $45.00 / person
Featured Menu:

Crab Cakes
2012 SBS (Sav Blanc, Semillon Blend)
Shrimp Etouffee
2010 Viognier

Chicken Jambalaya Gumbo z'Herbs
2009 Primary Red "Primitivo"

Creole Pork Chops
2010 Petite-Petit
(yet to be released)
Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster
2008 Late Harvest Zinfandel "hunka burnin love"

Winemakers Scott and Judy will be there celebrating with you and enjoying Chef Jim E's fabulous creations.

Reservations Required and held with a credit card.
Call 273-3600 to reserve your spot , ONLY 10 SEATS LEFT
First Fridays, After Hours Wine Hour
At Nevada City Winery

Friday March 7th, 2014

Margie Miller is Nevada City Winery's featured Artist of the Month in March. Meet Margie in person during the Artist Reception at the Winery from 5:00-7:00 pm.
The Brian Dougherty Trio will provide live music.
Join your friends at the Winery for an end-of-the-week glass of wine, featuring the Gold Medal winning 2010 Sangiovese or the new 2012 Dolceto.
Wines available by the glass or bottle, plus gourmet treats & bites.
The event is complimentary.

Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street (next to Miners Foundry)
Downtown Nevada City

Tickets on sale at: The Bookseller, BriarPatch Co-Op, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Office, at the door or online.
St. Piran's Day

Saturday March 8th. 9:30 - 11am



SACRAMENTO -Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today introduced legislation that would save ratepayers money on their insurance premiums by mandating that the Department of Insurance automatically accept any rate-decrease application from an insurer.

"Let's cut the bureaucracy and get some money back into people's pockets," said Senator Gaines. "If an insurer wants to lower rates, I want consumers to benefit immediately, without Department of Insurance delay."
Senate Bill 1173 would streamline the existing rate-reduction process. Currently, an insurer that wants to change a rate has to file a complete rate application with the Insurance Commissioner, which can trigger hearings and other administrative hold-ups that keep rates unduly high for extended periods, even when the insurers want to offer lower rates to their customers. Gaines' bill is a common-sense change that recognizes the reality of rate reductions.

"I can understand some procedural safeguards for rate increases, but who wants to wait to get a rate reduction?" said the Senator. "The Commissioner's office may get even more rate authority this year. It's critical we act now so consumers aren't robbed of potential savings by a slow and cumbersome process that stands in the way of Californians paying less for their insurance."

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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NOTE: The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is a nongovernmental organization with no political affiliation; it is a Business Association with one central purpose - to support, in every manner both legal and practicable, the development of the local economy. 

A Classy "In Concert" at Off Broadstreet

An Evening With Keith Little, Jim Nunally and Pete Grant

"An Intimate Retrospective Of Three Musical Careers (So Far)"


Two Nights Only!

Friday & Saturday 8:15 PM 

March 7th & 8th

Admission $25

Pre-show entertainment by 

Chris Crockett 7:15 PM

Reservations: 530-265-8686


The 90 minute program will consist of songs originally recorded by Earl Scruggs, The Beatles, Bill Monroe, Buck Owns, Clarence White, Hoyt Axton, Guy Clark, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, The Chieftans, Jerry Garcia, Dolly Parton, Frank Wakefield, Ricky Skaggs and others.


Sierra College Kaleidoscope Wine Class: 
Learn To Taste Wine Like An Expert

March 13, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"Learn To Taste Wine Like An Expert" is a work shop-style class that investigates the taste, flavor and sensory qualities of both white and red wines.

The first half of the class is devoted to white wines, starting with a component tasting designed to identify the key elements that make up the taste and flavor of white wines. The white session continues with a look at the relationship between wine aromatics, fruitiness, residual sugar, or dryness, and how to untwist that knot. Finally we'll take a look at the barrel to see how oak drives white wine.

In the red wine segment we will investigate the primary components of red wine including acidity and tannin, the element of oak, and most importantly, how to recognize, and describe the differences between them. Whether you are a novice or an experienced taster, this class will define and sharpen your wine skills. Classes fill at 20. In a full class expect to taste 20 to 25 wines. Must be 21 to attend. Must enroll through Sierra College. $39 Sierra College class fee plus a $30 material fee due at class.

Click here for details about "Wines of the World" and "Wines of Italy" Sign up here.

Secret Ravine Winery
4390 Gold Trail Way
Loomis, California 95650
Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 Presents:
Antique Western Memorabilia Show and Sale

Featuring Western Art, Mining, Antique Firearms, Native American, Trains, Gambling Collectables and Cowboy Genre. Something for all Collectors. 
Dealers and Collectors Wanted Eight Foot Tables - Fifty Dollars Each 
Call 530 272-5371 to reserve tables. 
Hours: Saturday - 10 AM to 5 PM Sunday - 10 AM to 4 PM
General admission $5.00 All net proceeds to benefit Elks Lodge Scholarship Program


Chamber Favorites by Local Favorites



Sunday, March 16, 2014

2pm concert

1:15pm pre-concert forum



$28 general

youth  5-17 free with adult


Available at:

BriarPatch Co-op Community Market, Online or call 530-273-3990


Grass Valley, CA- On Sunday, March 16 at 2pm, InConcert Sierra presents Artistic Director and pianist Ken Hardin, Concertmaster and violinist Richard Altenbach and cellist David Eby joined by local and regional musicians who perform often with the Sierra Master Chorale Orchestra.  The program is an exciting and enchanting program of quintessential and beloved chamber works featuring Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring (chamber version), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and Ernst Dohnanyi's Sextet in C Major.  


Over the Hump Day Happy Hour!!
Wed. March 19th, and
Every 3rd Wednesday Starting at 4:30 until 6pm
Enjoy some great LIVE music, delicious appetizers,
and wonderful professionals....
In March we will be unveiling our Veteran's Wall & honoring Veterans throughout the community - so if you or someone you know is a Veteran, please join us!
Bring us your business card for an opportunity to win
one of our FABULOUS raffle prizes (want to be a part of the raffle? contact Meg Franz)
Bring a business associate, you can enter the raffle TWICE!!

o March 19th
o April 16th
o May 21st
o June 18th
o July 16th
o August 20th
o September 17th
o October 15th
o November 19th
o December 17th Holiday Open House!

150 Sutton Way - Grass Valley
RSVP or Questions? Meg Franz 530-272-1055

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. 

Download the PDF here.
Gold Country Computer Learning Center

More classes can be found on their website.
A Day for Women

Saturday April 5th, 2014

Sierra College
Nevada County Campus
250 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, CA

$45.00 per person for all day event, lunch included. ($3 parking at event)

A Day for Women will be a special day offering opportunities to learn, and explore something new. Coe experience the choices of several one hour classes, in areas such as Personal Growth, Creativity, Food, Gardening, Technology, and Bodywork plus lunch and speakers. This is a day especially for you.

Click here to download the event PDF.
Sign up online here.

Gold Diggers of 1933 is a pre-code Warner Bros. musical film directed by
Mervyn LeRoy with songs by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics),
staged and choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

Plot: The "gold diggers" are four aspiring actresses: Polly the ingenue
(Ruby Keeler), Carol the torch singer (Joan Blondell), Trixie the comedienne
(Aline MacMahon), and Fay the glamour puss (Ginger Rogers).

The film was made in 1933 during the Great Depression and contains numerous
direct references to it. It begins with a rehearsal for a stage show, which
is interrupted by the producer's creditors who close down the show because
of unpaid bills.the producer, Barney Hopkins (Ned Sparks), is in despair
because he has everything he needs to put on a show, except money.

Event proceeds benefit the Imaging for Life Campaign. For more information
on this project, click here.

For more event information and tickets click here.

Join us for the First Annual Gold Country Challenge.  
A ride through the historic gold mining country of western Nevada County.

Saturday May 10th, 2014

The Gold Country Cycling Challenge is a 50k, 100k and 100 mile tour of the beautiful Gold Country region of Northern California. 



Chamber News in the State 



Top Story

Attorney General Issues Guide for Small Businesses to Protect Against Cyber Attacks, Data Breaches

(February 27, 2014) This morning, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released a report outlining recommendations for California businesses to help protect against and respond to the increasing threat of malware, data breaches and other cyber risks.




Public Affairs / Politics

Road Upgrades Get Bipartisan Push

In a largely gridlocked Washington, spending on highways and other transportation infrastructure is emerging as a potential point of agreement. The Wall Street Journal




Applications for US Jobless Benefits Rise to 348K

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, though the broader trend in applications remained stable.

Associated Press




Environmental / Agriculture

Committees Approve $687 Million in Drought Relief

A $687 million drought relief plan is headed for floor votes in the Legislature after winning quick approval Wednesday in legislative committees. Associated Press





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