March 21st, 2014

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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.


Join us this Wednesday March 26th at 5:30pm for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony

and Chamber Mixer.


Click here for more event details.


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.

Keith and I firmly believe that "Timing is Everything." We can look back at our respective lives and recognize how fortunate (or not!) we were in certain instances.....


Timing. On a day in mid-January staff member Cheryl Grogan somberly approached my desk and said "There's something that I need to tell you." Foreboding words, to be sure...I've never heard a positive statement following that type of preamble. She went on to tell me that her husband had accepted a job with the FAA, and, while that was joyful news, unfortunately, it was in Alaska! Her last day would be February 28th.


Mindful of the short time allotted to replace her, I sent out an SOS email to our chamber member organizations that are hiring specialists. Flurries of emails were exchanged with Lisa Harkey at Adecco and Christine Hoxsie at One Stop, fleshing out a profile for the new hire, and while reviewing potential candidate's resumes with Lisa, an email forwarded from Keith dropped into my mail box. It read in part, "I understand that the chamber might be needing an Administrative Assistant, and I would love to chat with you to see what you're looking for in this position." Signed: Yolanda Cookson.


Timing is Everything.....Timing (Luck?) opportunity, possessing the correct skills or knowledge.....Being in the Right Place at the Right Time......or, perhaps in this instance, did Fate conspire to take Cheryl to Alaska at the precise moment when Yolanda was ready to return to the workforce?

Recent Ribbon Cuttings:

Sierra Stages presents COMPANY A Musical Comedy

Last 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. 

Meet Josh Perez-Faria and Shea Faria, owners of JF's Cleaning Service. Full of energy and ready to tackle any job! Talk about dirty work, this duo gets on their hands and knees scrubbing floors and cleaning in spaces no one thought to even look. Like they say, a clean space makes for a relaxing atmosphere.
Click here to visit their new website and book a consultation today!
Serving Nevada, Placer and Sacramento Counties. 

Join us this Saturday March 22nd from 12pm to 8pm 

for a NEO Fundraiser


Help support the youth in our community.  The Proceeds are going to help fund a Youth Center. All activities are on the Gold Rush Patio, including Live Music, Games, coloring for the kids, outdoor Pool Tournament, and a day of fun and sunshine. Family Pub...Great Grub.


NEO empowers youth to make healthy lifestyle choices by providing New Events and Opportunities in a safe environment that encourages youth success and contributes to a healthier community. For more information visit their website here.







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:
As we do every week, next Monday March 24th we will have a "Wine & Samplers" evening from 5 to 7 PM: We will serve a glass of wine and several "surprise dishes" for $20 plus tax and gratuity. This time Chef Gianfranco and guest chef Stefano will prepare Mahi Mahi alla Griglia con Salsa Verde e Zucchine a Scapece (grilled Mahi Mahi with parsley sauce sautéed with zucchini marinated with lemon and mint), Ravioli Patate e Salsiccia con Salsa di Funghi (potatoes and sausage ravioli with mushroom sherry cream sauce) and Insalata Toscana (salad with cannellini beans, baked red onions and fresh tomatoes). Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a sampling of our gourmet dishes!

On Tuesday March 25th we will have another "Cioppino Night".
We will offer our classic Italian fish and seafood stew and our full a la carte menu will be available also. 

Come and try our already famous cioppino! 
Please call us at (530) 273-3555 to make a reservation.
Upcoming Events:











 "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." -


Don't miss our fun event happening this weekend. It is our first Family Fun Night. We plan to make this a success and offer is every month. Family Fun Night will be held this Saturday, March 22nd at 5pm. We will be offering FREE Pete's Pizza, refreshments, Bingo (winner get a $20 Gift Certificate), a raffle with a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate (one ticket per project purchased) and of course good music!!! All you need to do is make memories with your family creating art.

We will have booth the front and back room set up for creators and extra staff. So don't worry about it being too busy. Reservations not required but recommended so that we have enough pizza and drinks for all that plan to join us. Whoot whoot!

120 Mill Street

Grass Valley, CA 95945




Download their March Newsletter 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.
Qigong Class thru Gold Country Community Services
Every Tuesday, from 1:30 to 2:30pm

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.

Here is what's happening in April. There will be a User Group that is focused on those without access to high speed internet service (broadband); a Windows 8 & 8.1 Workshop, and a File Management Workshop.

Please contact the registrar at (530) 273-0497 if interested in signing up for any Classes, Workshops, or the User Group.

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

Assembly Committee OKs Paid Sick Leave Mandate; CalChamber Seeks Changes to Offset Costs

(March 20, 2014) The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee yesterday approved a "job killer" bill requiring employers to provide their employees with mandatory, protected, paid sick leave.




Public Affairs / Politics

Why More Skilled Immigration Would be Good for American Workers, too

But part of the reason why the U.S. would benefit so much from welcoming more skilled foreigners - U.S.-educated engineers, scientists, the founders of the next 10 Googles - is that U.S. policy has allowed in so few of them thus far. The Washington Post





Delays Would Mean Bigger Costs for Shoring Up Teacher Pension Fund

The longer California's leaders delay shoring up the cash-strapped teacher pension fund, the more money it will cost taxpayers in the long run, according to an analysis presented to lawmakers on Wednesday. Los Angeles Times



Environmental / Agriculture

Few Farmers Immune to Impact of Epic California Drought

The drought has affected just about every place in California where agriculture is king, from the rice and tomato fields of the Sacramento Valley to the citrus groves on the east side of the San Joaquin Valley. The Sacramento Bee




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