March 14th, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!

Grass Valley Chamber Welcomes 500th Member

Apple Alley 


A year ago, when the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce had 380 members, Executive Director Keith Davies set out to increase membership to 500 -- then grow from there. His first threshold goal was reached last week with the announcement that Apple Alley, located at the Cedar Ridge Y, has joined the GGVCC.


"This is an important milestone for the chamber of commerce," Davies said, "and we are thrilled that Doug and Terri Perry are now members of the largest business advocacy organization in Western Nevada County." The Perrys bring thirty years of restaurant experience to Apple Alley and recently expanded their hours of operation -- now offering breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week and an 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. schedule on Sundays. In addition to live music on Friday and Saturday nights, they have added three flat-screen televisions so guests can enjoy live sports while dining in the cafe'.


 "Doug and Terri have done a fantastic job with the restaurant and stand as an example of what can be accomplished when people work hard, provide first-class service, and offer what their customers are looking for. They are the kind of hardworking people that inspire others to look for ways to grow their own business."


The popular restaurant has been known for its prime rib and salmon in the dinner house, but recently introduced expanded hours and menu in the cafe that includes pizza six nights a week -- with their special Mediterranean, Hawaiian and Apple Alley Combination featured. "We were always impressed with how the Grass Valley Chamber has been able to hold the interest of all of the Grass Valley residents and business owners by providing services beyond what other chambers offer," Doug Perry explained. "We believe this is the heart of what keeps Grass Valley thriving and attracts people to move to this area - there's always so much to do here!"


"When we decided to join the chamber of commerce, we had no idea we would be the 500th member. We just wanted to support the good work of the chamber and be part of an organization that helps business owners like us reach out to the largest number of potential customers possible. But being number five hundred is special," he added, "and we think it calls for a celebration. To view the extensive menu choices and learn more about Apple Alley, visit  Reservations can be made by call 273-9266.


Davies agrees and said he and his wife, Robin, who serves as Co-CEO of the GGVCC, are planning a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and chamber mixer for later this month.  He said a date would be set soon and announced to chamber members and the public alike. As of today, the chamber boasts 502 members and is looking at continuing to serve more businesses. If you are interested in joining the chamber, call the office at 273-4667 or email Davies directly.


Download the PDF here.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and St. Patrick's Day Ceilidh!


Friday March 14th, 5:30-8:30 pm


Synthetic Unlimited Opera House

120 Joerschke Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945 





Synthetic Unlimited is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to open our new Opera House with the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, followed by a traditional Irish Ceilidh with food, libations, dancing and art. Live traditional Irish music by Nevada County Irish Session Players.
Entrance by donation at the door!







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. 

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
Upcoming Events:


(Ending this weekend!)








 "Arlo has managed to shine his own light throughout his five and a bit decades as a performing musician." - ABC North Coast

"His famous father's legacy no doubt helped him, but Arlo quickly proved his own talent as he performed with a slew of famous musicians, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Doc Watson and Bill Monroe." -


John and Carla Burke Join Delta @ Comstock Mortgage

Grass Valley's Delta Home Loans @ Comstock Mortgage announces the addition of John and Carla Burke as their most recent Loan Originators. Both are long-time real estate financial experts. John has been in the industry for 25 years and Carla has over 18 years of experience. They were Broker/Owners of Burke Home Loans before joining Comstock's Grass Valley branch earlier this year. 


According to Suzanne Voter, Delta's branch manager and broker, the couple is a welcome addition to the growing team.


"John and Carla were a good match for us as we expand further into Western Nevada County as a branch of Comstock Mortgage," Voter states. "They bring the expertise, experience, and a high standard of excellence that aligns with our business model. In addition, their contributions to the industry and community are tremendous, and we're very happy they are part of the team."


As a local prominent mortgage broker, John has earned a strong reputation of delivering on his promises. He's very involved with the Nevada City Rotary and is a past president. He was a SCUBA Instructor at UC Davis for 15 years and certified over 100 divers.

Read the entire Press Release here.



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. 

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.


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.

This Saturday March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Auditions 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.


Chamber Favorites by Local Favorites

This Sunday



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 A Musical Comedy

Added Performance on Sunday March 23 at 2 PM

February 27th - March 23rd 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!
Save the Date for an Open House

Saturday April 5th, 2014 11am - 2pm
131 Richardson Street Grass Valley 
(530) 477-5167 

* Free Classes
* Free Equipment Demonstrations (with certified instructors)
* Special One Day Only Offer  
Bring a friend! Try New Things!   
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: California Employers, Employees Benefit from Temporary Workers

(March 13, 2014) California employers have numerous reasons for making use of temporary workers and multiple levels of employee protections are already in place for any violations, California Chamber of Commerce Policy Advocate Jennifer Barrera explained to the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee during an informational hearing yesterday.




Public Affairs / Politics

New Bipartisan Breeze in U.S. Senate, but Will it Last?

The normally divided U.S. Senate moved forward on Wednesday with a new, bipartisan agreement designed to ease partisan gridlock. Reuters





Poll: Most in U.S. Support Higher Minimum Wage, Unless it Costs Jobs

Most Americans support increasing the federal minimum wage, a top priority of President Obama, but not if it would cost the economy jobs, according to a new national poll.

Los Angeles Times




Environmental / Agriculture

Report: Taxes, Fees Needed to Close California Water Funding Gap

California will need to find billions of dollars annually to improve its water system, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California report. 
The Sacramento Bee 




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