April 18th, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!

What value do you receive for your GGVCC membership?

By Robin Galvan-Davies Co-CEO Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Recently, we received a response in reference to last week's CEO Report that I'd like to share.

By Keith Davies CEO Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Upon receipt of their membership dues invoice, one of our downtown Grass Valley members emailed to ask what value they were receiving for their membership....wondering why should they renew their membership......

"I understand the mission statement you presented, but I can't translate that to anything tangible that would give me a reason to renew my membership.  Secondly, your note talks a lot about how you (the Chamber) needs the money to continue running.  Well, I am a business person, and I would go out of business if I went to my customers and said you need to buy product so I can pay rent on my building.  I expect my business to offer something my customers want before I can expect them to give me money.  So in a marketing sense, your note has not presented to us members (and potential members), a product/service that I can find a reason to buy.  For example, can you share some quantifiable outreach numbers, such as: how many people call into you from out of town, and the information you supply brings them in town to do business (weddings, conferences, etc.) and leave their hard earned $$ in our community? or anything else quantifiable.  I am an easy sell if I see the benefit.  I fully support our town, and love being a part of it.  Additionally, our GV shops have been successful beyond my wildest dreams.  If I really knew/believed that some of that success was due to the efforts of our Chamber of Commerce, I would pay my dues before you could bat an eye.  (You are welcome to ask Julia Jordan how supportive I have been of the GVDA.)"

Both Keith and I replied, and I'd like to share my response......
"The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is an extraordinary service organization, serving not only the members of our business community but also the residents of western Nevada County and our visitors. As stated in my "What is a Chamber of Commerce" we are often the first voice or the first face representing our community. Our chamber is open 7 days a week, closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years' Day and Easter Sunday. I personally work six days a week and have run the chamber for 15 months giving me a broad scope of experience with our visitors, residents and business members.
Daily, we "track" the number of people who come through our doors, and the number of phone calls that we receive. On average, we greet between 650 and 800 visitors each month.

On any given day, we have folks in from out of town, many are day trippers from our surrounding area, Folsom, El Dorado, Granite Bay, Loomis, Auburn, Roseville.......and many are here to attend a conference or reunion and have a free day. They've come to Grass Valley and wish to explore our town. Often, the first stop is the chamber office for guidance.....where to eat, what to see, where to shop. Your establishment is high on the list of fun places to experience in Grass Valley!
The last Friday of every month, at 9:00 AM at the chamber, existing members and prospective members at welcomed at "Good Morning Grass Valley," The entire Board of Directors, Keith and I, along with our staff are there to meet, greet and to network. It's a fun gathering, and those who have attended have given us very positive feedback. Additionally, we collaborate with the Nevada City Chamber to put on business mixers and table top events throughout the year and with the Nevada County Contractor's Association sponsoring monthly seminar workshops. We enjoy a close working relationship with Julia Jordan, and several of the GVDA committees, because the GGVCC and the GVDA both prosper with the collaborative effort.
You make a point of saying that if you asked your clients to pay for something before they knew what they were getting you'd go out of business. The chamber does not "sell" a product, we are a membership based service organization; advocate liaisons for businesses with the City of Grass Valley, the Economic Resource Council, the Board of Supervisors, and the officials that have been elected to represent our district in the state and nation. We are a service organization; extending a helping hand to folks in our community when they don't know who else to call. We are a service organization; offering avenues to our members to promote their businesses to the community and business to business within our membership. Our social media platform includes our new website, weekly E-Blasts, Facebook, and our monthly Fireside Chat at the Chamber which is aired on NCTV and YouTube. Your chamber membership entitles you to reduced advertising rates with the Union and other local publications.
Do I recall correctly that your business participated in our joint chamber tabletop last March at the Nevada City Elks Lodge? Keith extended, and you accepted the invitation last spring to participate as a vendor at the "Because" concert featuring the Beach Boys and Beatles Tribute Bands held at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.

My point is that we give our members the opportunity to participate IF they choose to participate. The chamber is steadfastly moving forward, and as we strengthen our financial base, we'll have the capacity to further our promotional outreach beyond the borders of Nevada County. Your continued support of the chamber helps us work toward that goal.
While I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you personally, I have enjoyed patronizing your business, and hope that you might take a few minutes out of your busy day to come down to the chamber to meet us and see what we do on behalf of our business members and the community."

Here's that member's response......

"Many thanks to you and Keith.  I was hesitant to send my email, but I am really glad I did.  I have much more of an appreciation for what the GGVCC does for our wonderful community.  I have noticed that downtown traffic has picked up again after a really "down" (as seen in the sales of many of the downtown merchants) year last year.  I have been wondering what was it attributed to?
Now I know that a lot of the credit goes to GGVCC. I will look forward to meeting you in the near future."

To all our readers, I extend the invitation to visit the chamber at 128 East Main Street and to meet me and our staff. If you're a chamber member who has not had the opportunity to see where and how your business is presented in the chamber's new location, come on in, and bring us more of your business cards and brochures! Valerie, Michael or Dayton will acquaint you with the Visitors Center, and Yolanda and I are just inside the chamber office. The coffee's always on and we have time to chat, share ideas and enjoy the pleasure of your company. Monday through Friday we're here from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00AM to 3:00PM.

From Keith and me, and our Board of Directors, Thank You. The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce would not exist without the support of each and every one of you.

Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce (530) 273-4667 or email me directly.

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

 It only costs $4.23 each!

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

UPDATE: Last month, the State Senate Budget Sub-Committee voted to support full funding for the Bridgeport Covered Bridge in large part due to your letters, calls and emails that flooded the Capitol! 

Now we need YOUR help to make sure that the Assembly Budget Sub-Committee takes the same action at the Senate when they meet on April 23rd. 

To ensure support for full funding, Committee Chairman Richard Bloom and the other Assembly Members need to hear from YOU! 
Please call, fax or mail the BUDGET COMMITTEE TODAY!

Call, fax or mail by Friday, April 18th and no later than Tuesday, April 22nd.
Below you will find more information and talking points.
(Help us track this effort: please email Andrew at SYRCL about how you helped)

PHONE, FAX or Mail for Assembly Sub-Committee Members:

Richard Bloom (Chair) - (916) 319-2050 FAX (916) 319-2199
Nora Campos - (916) 319-2027 FAX (916) 319-2127
Richard Gordon - (916) 319-2024 FAX (916) 319-2124
Dan Logue - (916) 319-2003 FAX (916) 319-2103
Jim Patterson - (916) 319-2023 FAX (916) 319-2123

(If you don't have access to a fax machine, email you letter to Andrew and we'll be happy to fax it.)

Support complete funding for the Bridgeport Covered Bridge Restoration Project.
Time is of the essence in this particular case: the Covered Bridge has been closed since 2011 and is at risk of collapse. It's a state and national landmark that must be saved.
Please take similar actions to those of the Senate Budget Sub-committee and approve $1 million from Proposition 84 funds to fund restoration of the bridge in 2014-2015. This action will ensure that as the project moves through the various stages of stabilization, permitting and full restoration, the necessary funding will be available.
The South Yuba River State Park attracts up to 890,000 annual visitors many of whom come to see the Bridgeport Covered Bridge.
We have unanimous support from our local elected officials including the City Councils of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee along with Nevada County Supervisors, who have all written resolutions in favor of the bridge restoration project.

THE PROBLEM: THE BRIDGEPORT COVERED BRIDGE IS CLOSED AND IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE. 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 in his proposed budget funds needed to complete the restoration and reopen the Bridge! Also, the Senate Budget Sub-committee has done the same.

HOW YOU CAN HELP NOW: Now we need YOU to contact the State Legislators on the Assembly Budget Sub-Committee right away and let them know how important saving the Bridgeport Covered Bridge is to you and our Golden State.




Dear Community Friends,


As has been the tradition for many years, the 4th of July Committee is pleased to be the host of the 4th of July parade which will be held in downtown Nevada City this year. The western Nevada County community loves the hometown parade and fireworks and we want to continue to present a great show.


To assist with funding, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from local businesses and organizations. The cost to produce this long-standing event has increased over the years and there are many things to pay for such as rental of the fairgrounds ($6,600) - the Fire Marshal's time ($2,300), Fireworks ($9,300), golf carts, security, cleanup-the list goes on and on.


As you can see - it's an expensive undertaking for us to provide a hometown parade and a safe fireworks show for our community. We understand that this year may be difficult and we need your financial help to continue the tradition.


There are a variety of ways you can help. Please, take a moment to review the attached information and return the form to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office by May 1, 2014.


Thank you for your enthusiastic community spirit in support of an important event.


Sincerely yours,

4th of July Committee

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Grass Valley Downtown Association

Upcoming Events:











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Lifetime Adoption Named Women-Owned
Business of the Year 

GRASS VALLEY, CA - April 7, 2014 -- Mardie Caldwell, CEO of Lifetime Adoption Center and the new Foothills Event Center (formerly Weaver Auto) at 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley, is being honored as the "woman-owned business of the year" by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The annual award is based on a number of criteria including financial performance, business and employee growth, innovativeness of product/services, response to adversity and community contributions.

Lifetime Adoption was founded by Caldwell in 1986 and is one of the larger Nevada County employers. Caldwell expanded her operations last year to include offices in Yuba City and New Port Richey, Florida. She also owns a number of other small companies providing employment and contracts to many other businesses in Nevada County.

"I am honored to be chosen," Caldwell says. "I hope to encourage and help other Nevada County businesses succeed by working together, encouraging tourism and local buying. Together we can make our community stronger with increased jobs and opportunities which will benefit our beautiful foothill communities."

In addition to Lifetime Adoption Center, other businesses in SBA's Sacramento District that earned recognition include Krush Burger as business of the year; Wildcard Brewing Company in Redding as startup of the year; J&J Framing in Yuba City as veteran-owned business of the year; North Star Construction in Yuba City as contractor of the year; Community 1st Bank in Auburn as community lender of the year.

Sacramento SBA district director Joe McClure shared that he hopes the annual awards, which will be presented at a May 21 awards luncheon, will "inspire more individuals in their communities to pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams." The regional SBA office covers 21 northeastern California counties from Modoc to San Joaquin.

To learn more about Lifetime Adoption Center, visit their website or call 530-271-1740.

To learn more about Nevada County's new premiere event venue, The Foothills, visit their website or call 530-271-1000.

Heather Featherston
Lifetime Adoption Center


Come and celebrate Easter at Trattoria Milano. 

Sunday April 20th


In addition to our regular menu, Chef Gianfranco will prepare a special roasted leg of lamb stuffed with herbs, bacon and served with roasted potatoes and spring vegetables.






Wine & Samplers


Come to enjoy the fixed menu and a glass ofMonday April 21st from 5 to 7pm

house wine for only $20 plus tax and gratuity.


This Monday Chefs Gianfranco and Stefano will prepare:

Insalata Primavera
Mixed green salad with goat cheese crostini.
Gnocchi Gratinati
Potato dumpling baked with Asiago cheese and chard.
Chicken Cacciatore
Baked chicken with mixed vegetables, olives and capers.   



Cioppino Night 

This coming Tuesday April 22nd we will have another "Cioppino Night". We will offer our generous Italian fish and seafood stew as a special and our a la carte menu will be available also.

Come and enjoy our popular Cioppino!


Guest Chef Night 

 Wednesday April 23rd - Guest Chef Night


Next Wednesday Olga will be the guest chef at our "Guest Chef Night". This time she is going to delight us with 


Cotolette di pesce spada 
Swordfish cotoletta on a bed of sautéed onions and fresh tomatoes, topped with sautéed peppers and organic local spring mix salad.

Polletto alla diavola 
Grilled cornish hen serve with panzanella salad and organic local spring mix salad.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience Olga's delicious dishes! 
Please call us at (530) 273-3555 to make a reservation.
SYRCL's "State of the Yuba" Event is on Earth Day

Caleb Dardick, Executive Director, SYRCL
(530) 265-5961 ext. 207

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2014

SYRCL's "State of the Yuba" Event is on Earth Day
Like the President's annual address, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has scheduled its "State of the Yuba" event on Earth Day to report to the citizens of the Yuba watershed on the condition of the river, outline SYRCL's priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlist all river lovers in the protection and restoration of the Yuba.

Join SYRCL on Tuesday, April 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm (program from 6:00-7:30pm) at the Peace Lutheran Church (828 West Main St., Grass Valley) for this informative and free event. Light refreshments, snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Updates on SYRCL's new River Monitoring Plan and Yuba Salmon Now campaign will be featured in the program. The new River Monitoring Plan will outline priorities related to long term monitoring sites, mine land streams, dam affected reaches, invasive species, the upper South Yuba and more. "We have been hard at work developing new goals for SYRCL's 14-year-old River Monitoring program based on our analysis of past data and future watershed challenges," said Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL's River Programs Manager.

In addition, SYRCL's Executive Director, Caleb Dardick, and River Scientist, Gary Reedy, will give the latest progress report on the Yuba Salmon Now campaign. Wild salmon once returned to Central Valley rivers in the millions each year, with up to 300,000 in the Yuba alone. Today, Yuba salmon runs have dropped to less than 8,000, leading to their listing as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.

SYRCL's Yuba Salmon Now campaign outlines crucial actions for the next three years to save salmon in the Yuba River. "If we do not take bold actions to reverse these declines, it is likely that these species will go extinct. We cannot let this happen on our watch," urged Caleb Dardick.

Awards for SYRCL's "Volunteer of the Year" and "Partner of the Year" will be presented at the event as well.

The public, including SYRCL members, supporters, river lovers of all kinds and anyone interested in finding out more about SYRCL's programs, is welcome to come celebrate Earth Day with SYRCL.

For more information, please email Miriam Limov, River People Manager,
or by phone at (530) 265-5961 x201. 




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!


Read more... 

Friendship Club News

Dear Friends,
It's been buzzing around The Friendship Club and we are excited to let you know what we've been up to! February and March were jam packed with program activities, The "Find Your Passion" mentor program re-launch, and record attendance at one of our annual events, the Power of the Purse. Looking ahead we aren't slowing down with the Spaghetti Dinner and the Graduation and Scholarship Dinner right around the corner. Thank you for your continued support of Friendship Club girls.
In Friendship,

Power of the Purse drew record numbers to the Holiday Inn on March 19th. Nineteen Table Captains filled the room with nearly 200 community members eager to learn more about The Friendship Club, let us know how they can help our girls, and get their tickets in the raffle drawing. We had nearly 30 purses for raffle, most of which were donated by local merchants and personal donors. The raffle alone raised over $4,000 for The Friendship Club.


Come join us on Saturday April 26th from 1-5pm and help celebrate our 4th year of wine and fun.
The festivities will be filled with delicious food, music by Brian and Erin Dougherty, chair massage by Leslie and of course your favorite Bent Metal wines.

Scott will be doing a barrel sample of a soon to be bottles wine of his choosing.
Bring your friends and enjoy an afternoon of food, music, massage and wine!

Cost: $5 / person (Wine Club Members no charge, limit 2)
Organic grass fed hamburger sliders, salad and a dark chocolate brownie.
Massage - $1 per minute
Wines available by the glass, bottle, case or truckload!
Reservations required for food, please RSVP through our website here, that way we are sure to have enough food.
Not hungry? Feel free to stop by for some wine and fun!

Scott & Judy
 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.

Visit with Queen Elsa!
Paint pottery with the Queen!  We will enjoy snacks and drinks, paint a princess figurine or crown and visit with the Queen.
Elsa will spend an hour with the girls reading a story, holding a confirmation ceremony where all the girls will be crowned and taking pictures!!! Call or stop by to reserve your spot.
Pre-payment is required to secure a spot.
Store credit will be given with a 24hr notice of cancellation.
When: Saturday, May 17th from 2:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $30 - $25 ea. add sibling
Includes: drinks, snacks, (1) princess figurine or crown pottery and visit with the Queen. 

More event details here.

Download the PDF here.

Gold Rush Burgers & BBQ, along with their Great BBQ Menu, this Sunday for Easter will feature an Apple Smoked Ham, with Asparagus, Scalloped Potatoes, and Donna's Homemade Popovers. This Special Meal is only $13.95 for Adults, and only $4.95 for the kids.  Donna is also making her homemade Carrot Cake and Chocolate Mousse.  Please join us for Easter, 11:30-3:30pm, and also enjoy dining on the Patio.  Family Pub...Great Grub..!

Join us for Denim Day on Wednesday, April 23rd!
Make a powerful statement without saying a word. Why denim? Denim Day has been internationally celebrated since 1999 in protest of an Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. 

DVSAC carries on this tradition. We wear denim to dispel harmful myths about sexual violence and survivors. There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape.
We invite your workplace or school to join us! Raise awareness of sexual violence and funds to help survivors by inviting employees to donate $5 for the chance to wear jeans.
Contact us for Denim Day stickers that you can wear to help the campaign.
All donations raised will fund DVSAC to offer resources to victims & survivors of sexual assault in Nevada County.
Donations can be sent to:
DVSAC, PO Box 484,
Grass Valley, CA 95945.
If you have any questions, contact us at 530.272.2046
Thank you for your commitment to services for survivors of sexual violence!

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!

*The Union Offers Discounted Rates for Nonprofit Booths:
A discount rate of $95 for nonprofit organizations for a 10'x10' vendor space. These outdoor spaces can be a terrific way to promote your organization to a large number of people (about 7500 over the 2 days). 

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




California Returning Millions to Business Owners


By George Runner


This spring thousands of business owners throughout California are receiving a welcome surprise in their mailbox. Rather than a notice of a new tax, fee or audit, they're getting a check from the State Board of Equalization.


No, we're not talking about annual income tax refunds from the Franchise Tax Board. These checks are marked "SECURITY REFUND" and represent a dramatic shift in how California's elected tax board welcomes new businesses to our state.


Previously new corporations and LLCs were forced by the BOE to turn over anywhere from $2000 to $50,000 of their own money as security before they could make a single legal taxable sale. This "security" was held just in case a business might default on its taxes during its first three years of operation.


It was a uniquely California-style shake down. Rather than encourage new business start-ups, the government robbed them of the capital they needed to be successful, only to sit on it for three years before returning it.


I took a close look at the program and found it didn't make sense for taxpayers or the state. Security was rarely applied, and staff time and energy were needlessly being diverted from assignments that could yield real revenue for the state.


At my urging, the Board of Equalization voted in December to end its long-standing security policy. Going forward, the Board will require security only when a business has a history of non-payment or poses a high compliance risk.


So far, we've identified nearly 10,000 accounts with security totaling $95.4 million eligible for release. We are releasing this security back to its rightful owners. Nearly all non-cash refunds, like bonds, TCDs and guaranties, are already out the door. Cash refunds begin mailing this month.


A breakdown of cash deposits being released is available by city.


Small business owners, entrepreneurs and others who do business in our state are some of the bravest people I know. We owe them our gratitude for the jobs they create and the billions in tax revenue they generate. These dollars pay for shared priorities like schools, public safety and roads.


Although California continues to have some of the highest tax rates and most burdensome regulations in the nation, the Board's vote sends a signal that California is not beyond hope. Elected officials can work together in a bipartisan manner to make commonsense changes that help small business owners and entrepreneurs be successful.


Gary Toebben, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, writes: "On behalf of business owners throughout California, we thank the Board of Equalization for doing the right thing for California and our economy. We hope that this is just the start of smart legislation and regulatory reform by government at all levels during 2014 to seek out and eliminate unnecessary regulations that stand in the way of job creation."


Gary's right. If we want jobs and revenue, the best way to bring it about is by helping business owners be successful in our state. The Board's new security deposit policy does just that. Let's look for other opportunities to do the same.

George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a taxpayer advocate and elected member of the State Board of Equalization.
For more information visit his website here.




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. 

Don't miss out on this COOL, FREE Workshop... We are hoping to see as many of our members there as possible. Call us at the office to RSVP by phone 272-8315 or email.

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. 



Sierra Stages presents PROOF by David Auburn
The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Drama
May 1-18 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley

What: Sierra Stages presents PROOF by David Auburn
When: May 1 - 18
Thursdays at 7 PM; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays (May 11 & 18) at 2 PM
Where: Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley
Information: SierraStages.org

Sierra Stages is proud to present the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama PROOF by David Auburn from May 1 through May 18 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

Genius mathematician and University of Chicago professor Robert is struggling with mental illness. His fiercely brilliant yet emotionally fragile daughter Catherine is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Caught between a new-found connection with one of Robert's former students, Hal, and the reappearance of her sister, Claire, Catherine's world becomes increasingly unstable. As she struggles to find herself amid her father's world of hidden complexities and tantalizing secrets, she is forced to face the possibility of inheriting both her father's creative genius and his terrifying mental illness.  


On May 26, 2014 You are Invited to Participate in One of Three Tours of 
Memorial Bridges Dedicated to Vietnam
War and Operation Freedom Veterans

The purpose of the Tours is: To honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice
to preserve our American freedoms and liberties.

The Tours will occur between 0900 and 1500 hours and include the following activities (see schedule below):

  1. Bicycle tour of Memorial Bridges led by Connie Strawser, Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, leaving Pioneer Park
  2. Walking tour of the Grass Valley Memorial Bridges leaving the Grass Valley Veterans' Hall
  3. Bus tour of Nevada City, Nevada County and Grass Valley Memorial Bridges leaving the Grass Valley Veterans' Hall.

Docents posted by each plaque honoring our local soldiers will provide information regarding each soldier.

The Schedule of Events and Tours is:

9:00 am - Memorial Day Ceremony at Pioneer Park, Nevada City - Veterans of Foreign Wars, host.

9:15 am - Bicycle Tour of Memorial Bridges leaving from Pioneer Park after the 9:00 am ceremony.

11:00 am - Memorial Day Ceremony at Grass Valley Veterans' Hall - American Legion, host.

1:00 pm - Local Heroes' Memorial Bridge Walk and Bus Tour will meet at the Vets' Hall as noted below:
Walking tour to meet under the Memorial Bridge Tour Banner in front of the building.
Bus Tour will be provided by Telecare and will depart from the parking lot behind the building.

Welcome Home Vets will host a Reception for Tour Participants at 248 Mill Street beginning at 2 p.m. 

For more information contact: one of the following:

Pat Nelson (477-8480), Catherine Ione-Perkins (273-5067), Louise Bock (273-3650) or Joyce Yaksick (265-4764)


Download the Memorial Walk Flyer PDF.

Download the Tour Map PDF here.

Download the Memorial Walk Tour Map Key PDF. 

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 
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Governor Calls Special Session on Rainy Day Reserve

(April 17, 2014) Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday called a special session of the Legislature to replace the Rainy Day Reserve on the November ballot with a dedicated reserve that would allow the state to pay down its debts and unfunded liabilities, and protect against future economic downturns.




Public Affairs / Politics

Jerry Brown Calls Legislative Special Session to Debate Reserve Plan

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a legislative special session to prod lawmakers to approve his proposal for creating a new reserve fund, which the governor says will insulate the state from the economic turbulence it's suffered in the past. Los Angeles Times

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week and remained near its pre-recession levels, offering further evidence of the economy's underlying strength. Reuters



Environmental / Agriculture

California Considers Protecting Rare Gray Wolf

A state board will consider granting the gray wolf endangered species status on Wednesday, giving it a chance at returning to California in significant numbers after a decades-long hiatus. Associated Press




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