March 7th, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!
Welcome New Members!

Apple Alley is proud to announce their extended new hours and a new expanded menu adding pizza and casual dining 6 nights a week. The cafe offers the addition of 3 new flat screen T.V.'s in the cafe for sports, as well as new booths, tables and chairs. The cafe will be serving pizza specialties such as the Mediterranean Cuisine, Pai Pika (Hawaiian) or the Apple Alley Combination. If those don't suit your desires you can also build your own pizza any way you like.


The Cafe will also be serving Appetizers, Pastas, Burgers, Sandwiches, and other dinner favorites such as the Salisbury Steak and New York Steak. The dinner house will continue to be open Friday and Saturday nights from 4pm-8pm serving their signature dishes such as Prime Rib and Salmon dinners. Live music can also be heard in the dinner house on Friday and Saturday nights. The new hours in the Cafe will be Monday-Friday 7am-8pm, Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 8am-2pm. Check out the menus online or stop by and visit them at 13469 Colfax Hwy at the Cedar Ridge "Y".


**Bring in this coupon to receive your discount.







An important California Gold Rush era icon is threatened and needs your help. In 2011, State Parks closed the Bridgeport Covered Bridge to pedestrian traffic after engineers found severe and unsafe structural problems. The engineers estimated it will cost over $1 million to restore this treasured State and National Landmark, which is the longest single span wooden covered bridge in the world.


THE SOLUTION: The "Save Our Bridge" Campaign Committee has been working diligently to restore and reopen the historic wood covered bridge spanning the South Yuba River at Bridgeport. The Good News is that there has been a breakthrough: Governor Brown has allocated in his proposed budget the funds needed to complete the restoration and reopen the Bridge!


HOW YOU CAN HELP NOWNow we need YOU to contact the State Legislators on the Budget Committees right away and let them know how important saving the Bridgeport Covered Bridge is to you and our Golden State.


Please call, email or fax the BUDGET COMMITTEE TODAY!

Please find Contact Information, "Talking Points" for calls, and Sample Letter below.

(Help us track this effort: please let Andrew at SYRCL know how you helped)


FAX your letters to:

Senate Budget Committee fax is (916) 323-8386

Assembly Budget Committee fax is (916) 319-2199


EMAIL the legislators via their staff by clicking on their names below:

Richard Bloom

Tom Daly

Jim Beall

Richard Roth or 2nd email address here


PHONE calls to:

Richard Bloom - (916) 319-2050

Tom Daly - (916) 319-2069

Jim Beall - (916) 651-4015

Richard Roth - (916) 651-4031


For talking points and a sample letter download the PDF here. 

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. 


Wolf Creek Care Center and The School of Care

The school of care is an educational and resource initiative whose mission is to create and promote excellence as a standard in Nevada County by providing training and care support services. The School of Care is enhancing local resources by collaborating with Spring Hill Manor which is providing classrooms and on the floor training for CNA training and licensing. This most important training has not been available in Nevada County for many years.
Wolf Creek Care Center is very excited and proud to be a sponsor for The School of Care by providing monetary help and scholarships for those Nevada County applicants who show outstanding interest and talents that deserve and are eager to better themselves in an outstanding field as Certified Nursing Assistant. These fully licensed CNAs then are hired at Wolf Creek to kick off their new career.

For information call the School of Care directly and ask about Wolf Creek Care Center and our sponsorship programs for Certified Nursing Assistant. 530 278-5015 


New Volunteer Opportunities with 

Volunteer Nevada County



Each summer more than 500,000 visitors journey to the South Yuba River to soak in the sun and rejuvenate in its sparkling waters, but it is at risk of being over-loved from such heavy impact.



Currently we are looking for Mentors for our Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Based Mentoring program. We have 14 Littles on our waiting list and would LOVE to have someone who cares and shows them how special they are.





Assistance is needed in tutoring a Second Grade student at PARTNERS Family Resource Center which is located on the Ready Springs School campus in Penn Valley. The student will bring her weekly homework packet to problem solve with the volunteer.
If you are looking for a way to utilize your skills, explore an area of interest, fill your free time, and make a difference in the lives of those around you, Volunteer Nevada County is the place to learn how you can help. Click here for more volunteering opportunities. 
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

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.






Space Still Available!

Sierra Stages and Wolf Gait Studio are pleased to offer a unique workshop led by local actor Robert Rossman this Saturday (March 8) from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio in Nevada City. "THE ACTOR MOVES: An Introduction to Movement and Physicality for the Theatre" introduces actors, artists, and theatre lovers to a basic foundation of movement and physicality for the theatre. The goal and focus of the workshop \is to build the confidence that your body knows what to do - thus ending the age-old question, "What do I do with my hands?"


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

This Saturday March 8th. 9:30 - 11am!

Cornish Pub Crawl this Friday!
Do you like to sing, or just enjoy listening to Eleanor and the Cornish Men's Choir...then join us this Friday evening, March 7th, at Gold Rush Burgers & BBQ. It's a great sing-a-long night, so wet your whistle and come on down. We have 16-Beers on tap, so grab a pint and as Mitch Miller would say.. "Follow the Bouncing Ball". We offer the best Ribs and BBQ in Grass Valley. We also have our Mexi-Que Taqueria with some amazing Mexican Dishes. Donna is making her amazing Chocolate Mousse for dessert. So join us for a Cornish Celebration...!


Sierra Stages is pleased to announce open auditions for its summer 2014 production, the legendary classic, PETER PAN. This is the original version written by J.M. Barrie which premiered at London's Duke of York Theatre in 1904. It is NOT the musical Peter Pan. The show plays from July 10- August 2, 2014 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City, and is directed by Jac Royce.

PETER PAN is an invitation to imagination; about mothers and magic, longing and belonging, dangerous pirates and the power of play. Auditioners may familiarize themselves with the play online at PETER PAN will be cast principally with adults, although teens age 13 and above may audition and will be considered for the ensemble.

There are two opportunities to audition: Tuesday March 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Auditions on both dates are at the Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio, 343 Railroad Avenue in Nevada City. (Directions are on the Sierra Stages website.) All roles are open. For important information about auditions and scheduling an appointment, click here. If there are questions about auditions, please send e-mail to or call Sierra Stages at (530) 346-3210.

The Sierra Stages production of the landmark musical comedy COMPANY is now playing through March 23 at the Nevada Theatre. In addition, on Saturday March 8, Sierra Stages offers a workshop for actors - THE ACTOR MOVES -let by Robert Rossman, and on Wednesday March 12 at 7:30 p.m., Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center present an informal play reading of Gary Wright's EVERMORE as part of the "Theater by the Book" series. For more information visit or call 530.346.3210.
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
Business to Business Mixer!

Reach out for new business.

Thursday March 13, 2014
12-1 pm Lunch will be served

Bring your cards, flyers and special offers.
Door Prizes!

Presented by ReMax Performance

776 B Freeman Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95949
You're one click away from growing your business!

With an ad in our glossy, annual edition of the Parents' Resource Guide, your business will be reaching out to families throughout Placer and Nevada Counties all year long and Chamber members receive free color.

Contact Ken today by email or phone 530.268.8342  to update your ad, reserve your space or to purchase a new ad.
Or click on our quick quote request.
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.  


Download the March flyer here.                         Download the April flyer here.

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.

Sierra College Presents

Award Winning Film Director and Writer, Peter Bratt


Rocklin, CA-As part of the Sierra College Latino Film Festival, The Puente Club at Sierra College Rocklin Campus, will present award winning director and writer, Peter Bratt, who will discuss his film La Mission. The discussion will take place on Monday, March 24, from 2-3:00 pm, in Rm. D-12, in Professor Sandra McDonald's Social Science 50, Ethnic Images in Film class. Following the class discussion, Bratt will present the film, which will run until 6:00 pm.


Released in 2009, La Mission, which stars Benjamin Bratt, is the story of a Chicano father and son dealing with life issues in their neighborhood in the Mission District of San Francisco. The film focuses on traditional Chicano culture.

The Latino Film Festival introduces audiences to the power of film as both an art form and an opportunity to learn. Whether it is focused in Realism, Classicism, or Formalism - from documentary to fiction to the avant-garde, these films offer valuable points-of-view and, in the tech-driven 21st century, greater accessibility to those points-of-view. The Latino Film Festival offers viewers an opportunity to understand, evaluate, and see their own story in the films of others.

Sierra College Presents Author Alfredo Corchado:

A Conversation and Book Signing 


Rocklin, CA--As part of La Semana Latina week at the Rocklin Campus, Sierra College welcomes Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News and Author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness. A Conversation and Book Signing Session will be held on Thursday, March 27, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm, in Walker Hall, Rm. D-12.

About the Author: Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, Nieman Fellow at Harvard University '09, and author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness. Corchado received the Wilson Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow and also received Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot Award for his reporting and the Elijah Parish Award for Courage from Colby College. Alfredo Corchado was born in Durango, Mexico and, grew up in California and Texas. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso


Presented by Neuropsychologist, Bonnie Connor, PhD Dr. Bonnie Connor is a licensed psychologist who specializes in neuropsychology. She has a PhD in Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine with specialized training in neuropsychological rehabilitation and research. Dr. Connor specializes in serving older adults; active duty military, law enforcement and public safety officers and individuals with concussion and brain injury.

Call today to RSVP for one or all of these exciting events!
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.

Women's Self-Defense You Can Do This!

For all women 12 yrs old and older 
Reduce your Risk
Increase Your Options
Only $25 for a 12 Hour Class
Scholarships Available

Wednesday April 30th 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Friday May 2nd 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Wednesday May 7th 6:00- 9:00 pm
Friday May 9th 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Register online or call 530-277-4338

Class held at Fire Station #2
213 Sierra College Dr, Grass Valley

Offered by RAD Nevada County In Partnership with Grass Valley PD and Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition.

Bring your girlfriends, daughters, moms, sisters & aunts!

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

CalChamber Calls for Withdrawal of Proposed Federal OSHA Rule

(March 6, 2014) The California Chamber of Commerce is urging California businesses to join a growing coalition of associations and employers to oppose a rule proposed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to obtain and release to the public, without any meaningful context, detailed information regarding specific workplace injuries and illnesses, including the company, location and specific data.



Public Affairs / Politics

Obama on a Higher Minimum Wage: 'It's Just Common Sense'

Raising the minimum wage makes sense to anybody who has ever worked an hourly job, President Obama said in a freewheeling and highly personal argument he debuted on Wednesday. Los Angeles Times




US Productivity Slows in Fourth Quarter

U.S. productivity grew at an even slower annual rate than previously thought in the final three months of last year. Associated Press



Environmental / Agriculture

$120 Million for Flood Projects in Sacramento Region

The projects include $66.4 million to continue construction of a new flood-control spillway at Folsom Reservoir; $3.1 million to pay for designs to raise Folsom Dam for flood control; $25.5 million for the final stages of American River levee improvements; $8.6 million to build a setback levee in Hamilton City along the Sacramento River; and $1.8 million for Marysville levee improvements. The Sacramento Bee 



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