April 4th, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!





Submitted by

Keith Davies - Co-CEO & Executive Director

Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce



Earlier this month, we welcomed Apple Alley Restaurant as the 500th member of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. That was an important milestone for us for two reasons: It demonstrates that the GGVCC is moving forward and growing, and it also helps financially because a major part of our annual income is derived from membership dues. But when dues are not paid in a timely manner, it affects the chamber's ability to pay its own bills.


Remitting annual dues is a responsibility of all members, so we thought we would take this opportunity to remind everyone that the GGVCC -- just like other non-profits in our county -- needs to minimize its accounts receivable. As things stand right now, we are fiscally healthy, but we need timely annual dues payments from members so that we can keep current with our vendors and other monthly obligations.


Membership dues are the fiscal lifeblood of the chamber. They help support the many special events we are involved with -- either on our own or in collaboration with the Grass Valley Downtown Association or Nevada City Chamber of Commerce -- as well as paying the rent on our new office and visitor information center, and ensuring that we can maintain a first-rate, professional office staff.


In an effort to reduce our accounts receivable, and to ensure a high level of personal contact with our members, we recently hired Yolanda Cookson to manage membership retention and help us as we move forward from our 500th member to our 550th member -- and beyond. Yolanda and/or members from our Ambassador Committee might drop by for a visit, so please welcome them at your shop or office, and share with them any ideas you might have that will help keep the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce on its current positive path to marketing and promoting the area.


What we do as a chamber of commerce is called "boosterism" -- an old-fashioned term that has relevance even in the 21st century. Our mission is to promote the community, enhance the perception that some people might have of the chamber, and help our members attain their fullest potential. But to accomplish our mission of community boosterism, we need to be boosted ourselves -- and that's where prompt payment of yearly membership dues comes into play.


The classic counterpoint to boosterism is "knocking" -- a term used in the late 19th century at a time when the original Grass Valley Board of Trade was evolving into the current chamber of commerce. Knocking our community, the County and Cities elected officials, or the chamber for that matter is the sort of thing naysayers do. We see and hear the knockers every day, but we are determined not to let misplaced negativity and the uninformed interfere with all the good things accomplished in 2013 and all the positive steps we will be taking this year to support and enhance the local economy and the business community.


If you are a member of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and have not paid your annual dues, we urge you to do so. And if you are not a member of the chamber of commerce, we urge you to consider joining. No other advocacy organization in Western Nevada County can do more for your business than what is being done by the GGVCC, and we hope you will want to be part of that process.


Finally, to all of our members who pay your dues within 30 days of receiving our invoice we applaud you and thank you very much. We could not do it without you.


Call me at 273-4667 or email me, and we can discuss why the best investment you can make for your business is to be a dues-paying member of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. 


Download the PDF here.

Upcoming Events:








Arlo Guthrie - Here Come The Kid(s)


 "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." - Biography.com


BOLO! We are sad to say that Grass Valley Gold and Silver was ROBBED!!!! Right on Mill Street! They have video of the two suspects that made off with more than $5,000 dollars! This makes us sick help catch these criminals! If you saw or heard anything at all it could be a lead! GVPD Detective Zac Laferiere 274-4358 or email at you can remain anonymous

I am hoping that maybe some of your stores with surveillance cameras pointing out toward the street may have caught something on tape.



Learn How to Maximize your NCCA Membership 
to Help Build your Business. 
All NCCA Members are encouraged to attend this event and invite other building and design professionals who are considering joining NCCA.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:30-7:00 pm  
NCCA-149 Crown Point Court, Suite A, Grass Valley 
Network with fellow members! 
We will serve light refreshments and beverages 
5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Short Program
RSVP: Call 274-1919 or email.           NCCABuildingPros.com
"Save Our Bridge" Delegation Secures Support 
from Senate Budget Subcommittee to 
Restore Bridgeport Covered Bridge

Progress towards saving the Bridgeport Covered Bridge from collapse took an important step forward as state officials recommended approval of funds needed to restore and reopen the longest single span wooden covered bridge left in the world.

Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston and David Anderson, President of the South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA), testified to the Senate Budget Subcommittee in Sacramento last Thursday representing the "Save Our Bridge" Committee, a broad-based coalition of bridge advocates including SYRCL. 
  "Our community's advocacy to save this iconic bridge is working," said SYRCL Executive Director Caleb Dardick. 
"Our community's advocacy to save this iconic bridge is working," said SYRCL Executive Director Caleb Dardick. "We applaud the State Senate Budget Subcommittee's vote to allocate one million dollars from Proposition 84 funds for the bridge project. This is a major milestone that would not have been accomplished without the hundreds of calls and letters to the legislature. Now that we have their attention, we need to make sure the Assembly Subcommittee supports the bridge too." 
Senator Jim Nielsen joins the "Save Our Bridge" delegation after his Senate Budget Subcommittee votes to fund the Covered Bridge. From left: Mickey Springer, Doug Moon, Council member Robert Bergman, Dave Anderson, Supervisor Hank Weston, and Nielsen.  
Photo: Shirley Moon


"The danger of losing the Bridgeport Bridge has attracted widespread support from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, the City Councils of Grass Valley and Nevada City, the Truckee Town Council, local chambers of commerce, and civic and non-profit organizations; as well as widespread citizen support," stated Nevada City Councilman Robert Bergman who coordinated efforts to secure resolutions of support from the three cities.  










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Love the Yuba? Become a River Ambassador!

SYRCL is recruiting friendly, outgoing people who love and care for the river to volunteer this summer as River Ambassadors!

Put your passion for the Yuba into action and protect it by joining the River Ambassador team. The river sees more than 500,000 visitors annually. With numbers like that, the Yuba is at risk of being unintentionally "loved to death". Advocate on behalf of it and speak with visitors about how best to maintain the health of our Wild and Scenic River. There is still time to sign up, apply today!


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Congratulations to Chamber member Golden Empire receives 5 star rating by US. News and World Report!

New TV Promotion for
Greater Grass Valley Chamber Members

Innovative Advertising is excited to present a new TV Advertising Program to members of The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce!

Put your business on TV at a fraction of the normal cost on top rated networks targeted to the viewers you want to reach.

This program will fill up fast and is on a first-come,
first-served basis.

Don't miss this affordable, aggressive advertising program.

Sign up now!

Contact: Jackie Breedlove or call (530) 615-4731 
Hello All,

We are excited to announce that we are moving our business to 421 Colfax Hwy. in Grass Valley this summer. Please see the attached press release for immediate release. We are excited to start the next chapter in the growth of our business and commit to continue providing the community with the highest quality food and service.

**For immediate release**

Emily's Catering & Cakes is excited to announce that they are moving to 421 Colfax Hwy, Grass Valley, CA 95945 (formally the location of Summer Thyme's Bakery) in late summer 2014.

Our new location will feature a retail display case with fresh never frozen cakes, cupcakes, pies and other specialty desserts. For the first time ever we will have a storefront featuring our delicious cakes and scrumptious desserts!! Retail items will include: our fillings, frostings, cookie doughs, smores' kits along with celebration candles and other cake making/decorating supplies.

Our retail selection will include some of our other well known gourmet food items to assist you in throwing the perfect party. Here is a taste of what is in store: shallot marmalade, caramelized pears and walnuts, fruit preserves, gluten free teriyaki sauce, sweet and spicy mustard, dressings and much more.

We are happy to add sweet and savory cooking classes. We will hold two classes each month open to the community, one designed for adults and one for younger children. Classes will be taught by Chef Emily as well special guest instructors.

In addition we will continue to offer our clients an intimate private event space. This space is perfect for rehearsal dinners, day after brunches, birthday parties, business meetings and seminars.

We are also introducing our seasonal supper club. Our goal is to feature each seasons bounty in a prix fixe small plates meal. Each season we will design a creative menu that features the freshest ingredients our region has to offer. Let us delight your palate with custom one of kind menus. 2014 dates: April 25th - Spring Dinner, August 22nd - Summer Dinner, October 24th - Fall Dinner

Our Nevada City catering and event space will remain open through the transition period. So enjoy the patio this spring and summer and the new event space this fall!!!

Save the Date for an Open House
This Saturday 
This Saturday, 10am Mat Class is FREE!!! 
Call us to sign up for our other free classes. 
Class size is limited.

11:15amSpine Corrector with Lisa
12pmButt Buster Reformer with Victoria
12:45pmRelax Shoulders, Fabulous Arms with Angelika
1:30pmIntro to Chair with Michele
(Closed Easter Sunday)


Out with the old, in with the new.
All merchandise will be discounted 30 % for 2 weekends, April 5th-6th, and April 12th - 13th.
Were clearing out the current inventory to make room for some great new merchandise and gifts. (excludes Bent Metal T-shirts)


2009 Cabernet Franc & 2010 Rockhouse
$15.00/ bottle $153.00/ case
$12.00/ bottle $135.00/ case (Wine club)


A Day for Women
This Saturday!

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.

Monday April 7th from 5 to 7 PM - Special Wine & Samplers evening with Joanne Neft

Cookbook author Joanne Neft will be the hostess of the Wine and Samplers evening on April 7th from 5 to 7 PM. 
Joanne buys locally grown fresh produce each week of the year and prepares simple healthy real food every day. By eating in-season our bodies are nourished with all the vitamins and minerals they need. She is the author of the books "The Art of Real Food" and "Placer County Real Food From Farmers' Markets".

On this special occasion, chefs Gianfranco and Stefano will prepare dishes from Joanne's books for your healthy delight.

The cost of this event is $25 plus tax and gratuity, including a glass of house wine.

Don't miss this opportunity to try Joanne's dishes and learn from this talented person!
On Tuesday April 8th we will have another "Cioppino Night". As we do every Tuesday, we will offer our generous Italian fish and seafood stew and our full a la carte menu will be available.

Come and enjoy our famous cioppino! 
On Wednesday April 9th Olga will be the guest chef at our "Guest Chef Night". 
This time she is going to delight us with salmon roll with herbs and creamy lemon sauce and roasted pork tenderloin with figs and chestnuts.

If you are not familiar with Olga's dishes, this is your opportunity to try them! 

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

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.
Next Friday April 11th
 Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) celebrates its 20th Year with the Tony-award winning musical, Miss Saigon, from April 10 to May 10, at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. It is a passionate story on love and war. Imbued music from beginning to end, Miss Saigon is truer to an opera than a traditional musical.

The Friday, April 18, 8:00 pm, performance is a Benefit for the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries. Tickets to the Benefit may be purchased by calling 530-265-1407 or by going to any western Nevada County branch. See you at the show!

For ticket information, please visit our website.  
Tickets are selling fast!  
For groups of ten or more, there is a 10% discount off the advance rate.  
Please contact Jeannie Wood for details.
Lomi is a holistic massage approach addressing the physical body, mind and spirit which work together to achieve balance. Lomi is deeply effective yet non-invasive with the use of the HA breath and GTO focus, which helps to access and release old injuries/issues that may be 'trapped' in the tissue. Emphasis is put on balanced bio-mechanics to protect the therapist using weight vs strength. Learn hands on, an effective full body LomiLomi results-oriented treatment.

Traditional LomiLomi is a holistic ancient massage passed down through family generations by either Kupuna (elders) or Kahuna (keepers of the secret). Lomi massage may include, hydrotherapy , nutritional guidance and internal cleansing, topical herbs, and hot stones (pohaku wela).

In addition to the movements of LomiLomi we will explore the history of LomiLomi as an integral part of the Hawaiian Culture, Hawaiian Chants, Ho'ponopono (being in alignment, forgiveness and how it affects the body).

REGISTRATION cell (650) 793-2492,  (530) 273-7231 pay in full $450 by APRIL 8

Email Patricia, download the PDF here, visit their website here. 

More event details here.

Download the PDF here.

Welcome Gabriel Lenhart

The Board of Directors and the Staff of Gold Country Community Services Board would like to welcome Gabriel Lenhart as a member of the Board of Directors. Gabriel grew up in Grass Valley and has many ties to this area. He is an Attorney and Founder of the Lenhart Legal Services in Placer and Nevada County. He is also involved as a Sports Agent Attorney for Ryan Winther and a Veteran's Advocate for U.S. Senior Veterans. Gabriel on his time off enjoys volleyball, running with bulls, travel, camping, hiking, scuba and snowboarding. Our board of Directors is growing but we still need more hands on board. If you have any thoughts about a candidate who is interested in making a difference, please let us know.

Staff Spotlight
We are also delighted to introduce two new additions to our Staff. Lynn Vender and Cynthia Martin came on board to lend their assistance to the administrative team. Lynn will be busy with assisting Community Center classes and activities and the Senior Firewood Program, while Cynthia joined the team to assist with marketing. Both ladies have tremendous talent and enthusiasm. Take a minute to say hello and welcome them to GCCS.

Volunteer Appreciation - Ice Cream Social - Thursday, April 10, 2014
Just a reminder that the Board of Directors and Staff of Gold Country Community Services Board would like to invite all GCCS Volunteers to attend an Ice Cream Social at the LOVE Building in Condon Park, on Thursday, April 10th from 1:00 - 3:00pm. The week of April 6-12th is Volunteer Appreciation Week and we want to take this opportunity to show all our volunteers that we truly appreciate their efforts. So mark your calendar and plan to join in on the fun.

Download the entire April 2014 newsletter.

Download the April Menu.

Download the April Activity Schedule.

Can you believe it's already April? Summer is less than 80 days away!
Are you where you want to be with your fitness goals?
Have you accomplished what you set out to in January?

The first five people who email Pu'ali Fitness today will get to train for the remainder of April for only $129*.

Yep, it's true.

Nearly 26 days of small group personal training, nutrition, and coaching to get you fit and toned.

First time clients only.

Pu'ali Fitness - You are worth the fight.

*Limited session times and days available. 

The Union's 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show

Know and Go:

What: The Union's 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show
When: Saturday April 26 (10-5) Sunday April 27 (10-4)Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds

Why: Get thousands of ideas for the Home & Garden, plus have some family fun!

Press Release:

The Union's 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show will be held at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on April 26 & 27. The Spring Home Show showcases over 200 vendors with thousands of ideas for your home & garden, plus hundreds of crafts, gifts and activities for the whole family.

Come check out the new products on the market, with demonstrations on some of today's hottest home improvement products and services. Looking for a plumber? An interior designer? Drought-tolerant landscaping? Thinking of going solar? Or want to relax in a new hot tub? Find all of your home and landscape professionals in one place! Plenty of activities for the kids, delicious food and beverages, live music, prize give-a-ways and a full day of fun for the whole family!

Attend one or all of the scheduled Demonstrations on our Demo Stage in the Northern Mines Building. Learn basic household plumbing, how to decorate with chalk paint, how to grow vegetables in containers, and so much more!

Free activities for the kids include Hills Flat Lumber's "Build-a-Birdhouse", and "Paint a Flower Pot" sponsored by B & C True Value.

This year's special features include the Nevada County Bonsai Club exhibit, Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society exhibit, and the Banner Mountain Artisans show and sale. Enjoy live music from "Then Again" on Saturday from 11 to 2, and "Dream and the Dreamer" from 12 to 3 on Sunday on the Pine Tree Stage.

Admission is FREE. Fairgrounds parking is $5 per car.

Contact Information:
Mary Anne Davis, Event Manager

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. 



Historical walking tours of Alleghany will be offered Saturday and underground tours of the 16 to 1 mine will be offered Sunday ONLY.
Space is limited and reservations are required for the Underground Tour.
There will be carbide lamp demonstrations and a gold/quartz specimen from the 16 to 1 mine will be raffled off on Sunday (need not be present to win).
There will be Cornish Pasties for sale.

More details at their website here or phone 530-287-3330 

Chamber News in the State 



Top Story

Labor/Workforce Secretary: Give Workers' Comp Reforms Time to Work

(April 3, 2014) The 2012 workers' compensation reform legislation still needs time to be fully implemented before any changes should be considered, California Labor and Workforce Development Secretary David Lanier said yesterday at the California Chamber of Commerce.




Public Affairs / Politics

Obama Minimum Wage Plan Made as Pitch to Young Voters
President Barack Obama is pitching his economic proposals as a boon to younger voters, who Democrats are counting on to help avert electoral losses in November. Bloomberg





U.S. Factory Activity Picks Up a Bit

The nation's manufacturing sector picked up modestly in March after a stretch of winter weakness, a sign the economy is on steadier footing as the second quarter gets under way.

The Wall Street Journal




Environmental / Agriculture 

Dianne Feinstein Recasts California Water Bill

In a move designed to lure Republican support, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has introduced a revised California water bill that could move lawmakers closer to meaningful negotiation. The Sacramento Bee




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