May 2nd, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!


Submitted by
Keith Davies, Co-CEO & Executive Director
Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

We were very pleased last month when our active membership roll finally topped 500 businesses and individuals. It was an important threshold to reach, but we're far short of our potential. We are aiming now for 550 members, and then we will set our sights on 600. And once we reach 600, we will work toward the next plateau.

Unrealistic? No. In fact, thirty years ago, when the amazing Anita Daniels was head of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, we enjoyed membership in excess of 800 businesses, professionals and individuals. Anita spent nearly forty years with Bank of America, ten years with Citizens Bank and since the fall of 2011, has been vice president and branch manager of our local Tri Counties Bank office. She knows all about the local business world, and she continues to inspire people to join the chamber and contribute to the community's growth.
Since January 2013, when Robin and I were named to manage and direct the GGVCC, membership has climbed from below 400 to over 500. We are proud of that growth -- in excess of 25% in just over a year -- but what Anita accomplished in the mid-'80s remains the benchmark we strive to reach.

So why should you join the GGVCC? What's in it for you?
To begin with, we are the largest business advocacy organization in Western Nevada County. Our mission is to work with all segments of the business community to help each owner reach their fullest potential. And it is through increased membership that the chamber gains the financial strength to implement additional measures aimed at enhancing the local economy and attracting visitors interested in our rich history.

As clichéd as it might sound, we are all in this together -- no matter where you live or work. So if you don't think the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is a good fit for you, please consider joining one of the other four chambers of commerce here in Western Nevada County. We all work together, so as each chamber grows individually, we become stronger collectively.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is the oldest chamber in the county and one of the oldest in the state. It was established in 1901 -- nine years before the Grass Valley Board of Trade evolved into a chamber of commerce. It has provided uninterrupted service to its members for 113 years and collaborates with us monthly to present business showcases: Table Tops and Business After Hours Mixers, several special events, including the annual Independence Day celebration and the recent Valentine's Day Dinner/Show event that packed the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

There is also the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, serving and supporting its community of interest, and working with the Rough & Ready Chamber of Commerce to mutually support economic growth and development along Highway 20 in the most-westerly portion of our county.

Near the Nevada /Placer County line, the South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce maintains a dedicated membership base that supports a wonderful visitors center -- often the first stop people make in the county when traveling here on Highway 49. It was ten years ago this month that the visitors center opened in the Longs Shopping Center, corner of Highway 49 and Combie Road, and it continues to introduce thousands of people to Nevada County yearly.

All five chambers have a role to play in the economic growth of Western Nevada County and all of us work hard to attract new visitors -- many of whom eventually become new residents.
Although we want to encourage you to join the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce -- and we will continue to strive toward the kind of membership enjoyed thirty years ago -- we want to make sure you know that the other four chamber offices are also ready and able to work on your behalf. Each chamber office has its own staff and resources, and each board of directors has its own goals, but all of us have two common objectives: support the businesses we represent and work collaboratively to keep Western Nevada County a desirable place to live, work and raise a family.

If you have any questions about the GGVCC, call me at 273-4667 or email me directly.
I will be happy to explain the specific benefits of being a member of our chamber, or I will direct you to one of the other four chamber offices if that is what you decide works best for your business needs.
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Pilot Peak Winery:

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

Tonight! - 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!

Kentucky Derby Weekend!

Gold Rush Burgers & BBQ has live music on the Patio with Dave Rascon this Saturday, from 1-4pm, and inside, the horses are running.  The Kentucky Derby is on Saturday from 1-4pm.  Whether it's Baseball, Basketball, Hockey or the ponies... This weekend it's live music, sports, and "Great BBQ".  We are featuring our Slow Smoked Rib Dinner for only $13.99.  We have 16 Beers on tap, and some Crazy Good Desserts like "Deep Fried Oreos" and "Deep Fried Brownies" ... Yummy..! Bring the kids and they eat for less than $5. So kick back on the Patio, have a cold one and enjoy your self!

Special this Weekend: Grass Valley Chamber Members Receive 10% off!




Contact: Cathy Whittlesey, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce (530) 265-2692; 


Help us Continue the Traditional 4th of July Celebration


By - Keith Davies & Robin Galvan-Davies - Cathy Whittlesey - Julia Jordan
In Nevada County, we are proud to host one of Northern California's finest Fourth of July celebrations. Our parades are second to none, our fairgrounds event provides great family fun and our aerial fireworks are the best in the Sierra foothills.
The Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce along with the Grass Valley Downtown Association sponsor this community tradition. We spend many months each year planning the event.
Our combined annual budget for the Fourth of July increases every year and this year is no exception. Most of the obligated costs and charges we are looking at are associated with the daylong Fourth of July celebration at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Cost for the July 4th fairgrounds celebration include fairgrounds rental that is $6,500 and an additional $9,300 for fireworks. We also face higher costs for police and security patrols, entertainment, insurance, trash removal, janitorial services and other necessities. This year the budget adds up to approximately $45,000.
Admission prices barely cover our costs for the celebration and we cannot take on a deficit for the event. This year we are forced to increase ticket prices. Admission will be at $10 in advance for adults and $15 if you wait to purchase your ticket at the gate. It is FREE for children 12 and under. (The fairgrounds charges $5 per car for Parking.)

As has been the case through the years, many of the costs of the Fourth of July celebration are underwritten through the generous donations of local businesses and individual contributors. We are asking that you consider becoming a sponsor and sending a contribution for the 4th of July. You can send it to Nevada City Chamber of Commerce - 132 Main Street - Nevada City, CA 95959. We need your financial contribution to allow us to continue this traditional community celebration.
There are no changes planned for the Fourth of July parades, which rotate annually between Grass Valley and Nevada City and have done so for more than 100 years. This year's parade will be held at 11 a.m. on July 4th in historic downtown Nevada City.
We invite the entire community to come out on the Fourth of July, take in the parade, fairgrounds festivities and fireworks and enjoy a good, old-fashioned, patriotic celebration here in our hometowns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Keith Davies & Robin Galvan-Davies are CO-CEO's of the

Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce,
Cathy Whittlesey is Executive Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and
Julia Jordon is Executive Director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association.


Upcoming Events:
Tonight, Friday May 2nd



  An Evening with Michael Nesmith

 Saturday May 3rd


Sunday May 4th



Lower Your Score by 3 - 5 Shots 
Starting this Saturday!

This Saturday morning May 3rd at 9AM, 
John Renslow going to show you how!


Almost every player I see will save at least a few shots in every round if they really knew how to properly hit a chip shot. You need to know the why, where, what, and how to save big with this small shot. We'll use a #6, #8, PW, and SW to turn 3 shots into 2.

Also, with the $20 lesson amount, I will give you a free copy of my book "In the Loop: A Crash Course in the Golf Culture". 
A great book for anyone who wants to have more fun!


Space is limited so call 530-273-2041 or  e-mail John here.


p.s. if you don't have the exact golf clubs to bring, I will provide the correct clubs.
Mother's Day! -- Champagne Brunch

Pamper mom at the club with our fabulous Champagne Brunch! 
Enjoy a carving station with ham, leg of lamb, prime rib, salmon, an omelette station, eggs benedict, a selection of salads, fresh fruit & vegetables, a variety of tasty desserts, and, of course, champagne!

Call now 530-273-2041 to make reservations which are available between 10AM and 2PM. See you then!

Nine & Dine, Tuesday, May 20th

Nine & Dine (formerly known as 'Twilight Golf) is a welcome upgrade with a step up in menu items and fun prizes. For this month's event, Tuesday, May 20th, we will have a wonderful Tri-Tip with sautéed mushrooms!

Invite your friend and tell your neighbors, these evening rounds are a lot of fun!
Sign up in the Pro Shop today.
Keeping Current with the Yuba
CNL Member Organization Seeks Development Director 
SYRCL is looking for a passionate and proven Development Director to join their 
team. The Development Director is a senior position at SYRCL and is responsible  
for leading fundraising efforts (except the Wild & Scenic Film Festival) for the $1.3  
million organization.

This position is open until filled and will ideally begin work on July 1, 2014.

Submit your cover letter and resume electronically to Caleb Dardick, Executive Director.
No phone calls, please. Resume review will begin May 1, 2014. 



The Save Our Bridge delegation celebrating success in Sacramento.


Re-opening of the Bridgeport covered bridge is one step closer to reality after this morning's Assembly Budget Subcommittee vote of 4-0 in favor of fully funding restoration of the bridge in the coming fiscal year. Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston, Nevada City City Council member Robert Bergman, South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA) Board President Dave Anderson and Secretary Ginny Brown and Executive Director Caleb Dardick of South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) testified, urging the Assembly Budget Sub-Committee on Resources and Transportation to approve $1 million to fully fund restoration of the bridge in 2014-2015. 


SYRCL Reports on the "State of the Yuba" to Packed House

On the 15th anniversary of winning state Wild & Scenic protection for the South Yuba River

The South Yuba River Citizens League presented it's "State of the Yuba" report to the public on the condition of the river, outlined SYRCL's priorities for the coming year, and invited Yuba-lovers to get involved.  Read more...




Farmers Market Coupon Books are Available Soon! Check-In with us after May 15th

Gold Country Community Services - High Noon Senior Nutrition Program expects to receive Farmer's Market Coupon Books by May 15th. Through this program, eligible Nevada County seniors can receive a coupon book worth $20 that can be used at most local Farmer's Markets.
To be eligible to receive a Farmer's Market Coupon Book, you must be at least 60 years of age and have a monthly income no greater than $1799 for an individual or $2425 for a couple. The coupon books will be distributed at the High Noon Senior Café, Monday-Friday between the hours of 10:00am to 1:00pm. The High Noon Senior Café is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments on 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley. The books will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis while they last.
The Senior Farmers Market Program is sponsored by the California Department of Agriculture and was made available to Nevada County residents by the Area 4 Agency on Aging. For more information call the Gold Country Community Center at (530) 273-4961.

Thank You and Gàobié (farewell) to Janis Bumgarner
Gold Country Community Services would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you to Janis on serving as our Secretary on the Board of Directors. Good luck Janis to your new adventures in Hong Kong!





California Returning Millions to Business Owners

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. 



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. 
Complementary Weekend Rate Sheet from Suzanne & John Voter - Delta Home Loans at Comstock Mortgage

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

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.  


May 10th 2014 Pilot Peak Proudly Presents
for the first time at the PEAK:
With a great dance mix of classic rock, R&B and funk, blues rock and oldies, Mere Mortals is one of the Sacramento area's best party bands. If you like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King, allman Brothers, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones and many others - then you will love this band. WE WILL SELL OUT - SO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW.

Besides a Great New Band, tonight we are proud to introduce a Great New Caterer -

"Rolling Stone Pizza Company" to the PEAK and do we have a treat in store for all of you -

$15 - Your choice of one of the Personal-size Wood-fired 8" Pizzas below (pictures depict "oven ready" pizza) and included with the pizza is a "Sunset Salad" - Chopped Romaine Hearts - Raspberry Vinaigrette, Yellow Squash, Toasted Walnuts, Chopped Fresh Fruit , Feta Crumbles, Cranberry Raisins, and Red Onion. 
Two Nights Only!

Friday & Saturday 8:15 PM May 9th & 10th 
Admission $25 
Pre-show entertainment by Chris Crockett 7:15 PM 
Reservations: 530-265-8686

Well-known to OBS audiences for her portrayal of the country music legend in our 2009 production of Always...Patsy Cline, Kris returns for two performances of her own special musical tribute to the iconic singer.

With live musical accompaniment provided by slide steel guitarist Larry Tracy and keyboardist Cary Sanders, Kris will perform two dozen of Patsy Cline's most memorable and best-loved hits. The 90 minute program will include Anytime, Back in Baby's Arms, Bill Bailey, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Closer Walk with Thee, Crazy, Faded Love, Heartaches, Honky Tonk Merry Go Round, I Fall to Pieces, Imagine That, In Care of the Blues, Leaving on Your Mind, Lovesick Blues, Never No More, Poor Man's Roses, San Antonio Rose, Seven Lonely Days, She's Got You, Sweet Dreams, Tennessee Waltz, Walkin' After Midnight, Why Can't He Be you, You Belong to Me and Your Cheating Heart 


Keeping Kids Safe Festival

Saturday, May 10th


We're asking you to become a supporter of our 2014 "Keeping Kids Safe" Festival.  The  previous children's festival, hosted by the Beam "Easy Living" Center in April, 2013 was huge success, and continues to grow.  More than one thousand kids participated and were able to interact with law

enforcement, fire and other public service agencies.  


We are excited to announce that this year the Gold Country Kiwanis Club will be the primary organizer of the event.  Our new venue, the Safety Training Center near the Sierra College campus, will allow expanded programs, participation and live demonstrations.





The 11th Annual Keeping Kids Safe Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014.  Marc Klaas and the KlaasKids Foundation ® will again be providing families with digital fingerprints and photographs of their children.  KNCO/Star 94 will also be offering great prizes for their "Passport to Safety".  Fun activities and important safety information for the whole family, plus exhibits and demonstrations by our local agencies and non-profits dedicated to keeping our kids safe will be presented.  In addition to activities and demonstrations, we'll provide free hot dogs, chips, popcorn, soft drinks, and sno-cones. 



For more info download the PDF 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. 



New York Times Best Selling Author Kelly Corrigan comes to The Center for the Arts for a special Mother's Day show, May 11th at 2pm!
Bring your lunch receipt to the show and receive member pricing--a $5 savings!

"Kelly Corrigan's heartfelt homage to motherhood is every bit as tough and funny as it is nostalgic and searching. It's a tale about growing up, gaining wisdom, and reconciling with Mom (something we all must do eventually) but it's also an honest meditation on our deepest fears of death and abandonment. I loved this book, I was moved by this book, and now I will share this book with my own mother- along with my renewed appreciation for certain debts of love that can never be repaid." - Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

Kelly Corrigan is the author of The Middle Place and Lift, both New York Times bestsellers. She is also a contributor to O: The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Medium. Kelly co-founded Notes & Words, an annual benefit concert for Children's Hospital Oakland featuring writers and musicians onstage together. Her YouTube channel, which includes video essays like "Transcending" and interviews with writers like Michael Lewis and Anna Quindlen, has been viewed by millions.

When Kelly was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as "Your father's the glitter but I'm the glue." This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly it's about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.

Mother's Day & Summer Camps!

Do something different for Mom this Mother's Day. We will have complimentary yummy eats and drinks (quiche, bagels and lox, fresh fruit, coffee, juice, and more) and a private table for each family to create a unique art piece together. Mom will be refreshed by this unique concept and have a family piece of art that will last a lifetime. 
A variety of serving platters and bowl will be available along with some fun ideas on how your family can paint them.

Sunday, May 11th 
9:30 am-11:30 am 
Cost: Table Sitting fee $30 per table (up to 6 people). If you have a larger family you will have to reserve 2 tables.  Plus the cost of the pottery piece $35 + 
Reservations are a must. A $30 deposit will secure your table and cover the sitting fee. Store credit will be given to cancellations 48 hrs in advance.
Summer Camp Schedule is out and sign-ups are rolling in. Call 530-272-1973 and sign up soon!
Whimsical Fairy Week

This camp will be a magical week of all things fairy. We will begin with sculpting a whimsical fairy house out of clay. We will build an entire scene for the fairy house full of mushrooms, moss and wood chips! We will also make our own silk fairy wings. This camp is a little girl's whimsical dream.
When: June 24th - 27th (Tuesday-Friday) 10:00am - 2:00pm

Age: 6+
Cost: $170 
Under the Sea

This camp is perfect for both boys and girls. We will spend the week creatin
g with inspiration from under the sea from Sharks to dolphins to turtles. We will paint pottery, create mosaics, paint acrylic masterpieces and more!
When: July 8th - 11th (Tuesday-Friday) 10:00am - 2:00pm

Age: 8+
Cost: $170 


* Note all camps start on a Tuesday. You must pre-register for camps with a
$50 non-refundable deposit. Store credit will be given with a one week notice. 
Please pack a lunch and water bottle for your child.
Call or stop by to sign up. 272-1937. *



Mark your calendar!
We are preparing a very special event to celebrate 
Mother's Day Italian Style!

On May 11th we will be open for Brunch
10:00 am to 2:00 pm & Dinner from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Brunch Specials:

Mimosa and Rossini cocktails $5

Salmone alla Griglia con Asparagi 
Grilled salmon with ginger cream sauce served with asparagus and Duchess potatoes

Cotolette di Pesce Spada
Breaded swordfish cotoletta, homemade aioli and organic spring salad

Pollo al Marsala
Baked chicken thigh with marsala and Béchamel sauce, served with
potato puree and green beans

Fagottini di Spinaci e Ricotta
Eggs wrapped and baked in puff pastry with spinach and ricotta,
served with organic spring salad

Uova all'Alpina
Polenta, eggs, Fontina cheese, mushrooms, and truffle oil au gratin

Cofanetto con Fragole e Panna
Puff pastry filled with homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries 

For kids:
Pasta with a choice of butter & cheese, pesto, marinara or bolognese

* In additions to our regular menu

Please call us at (530) 273-3555 to make a reservation.
May events are up on the website! We have a lot planned for the next few months. With something for, seniors, adults...
take your pick!

Also be sure to visit the Parent's Resource Summer Camp Fair this Saturday, May 3rd from 10am - 2pm at the Nevada City Vets Hall. You will be able to see the fun projects we have planned for our Summer Art Camps.

Mother's Day Paint & Pour at Pilot Peak Winery
Join us for an afternoon of painting "Mother and Child" inspired by Klimt, while sipping award winning wine at Pilot Peak Winery. Leave your inhibitions at the door and take home your own masterpiece and memories. There is no food at this venue, feel free to bring a sack lunch. 
Cost: $40.00 per person. 
When: Sunday, May 11th from 1:00pm- 4:30 pm 
Location: Pilot Peak Winery 
12888 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946

Brews & Brushes Art Class @ Ol' Republic Brewery "Pet Portraits"

Join us for an afternoon of painting YOUR PET while sipping your favorite brew at Ol' Republic Brewery. Leave your inhibitions at the door and take home your own masterpiece and memories. We will take a break at 2:30pm for a bite to eat (bring a snack).

*Please e-mail a high resolution picture of your pet upon check out and we will have it ready to paint when you arrive.

Cost: $45.00 per person.
When: Sunday, May 25th
from 12:45am- 4:30 pm
Location: Ol' Republic Brewery
124 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA 95959 

Immigration Reform Still Top Priority

Immigration reform may not dominate the headlines right now, but work goes on quietly behind the scenes on meaningful reform, with the goal of passing a series of bills this year. It remains a top priority for the U.S. Chamber and the business community because it is important to spurring economic growth. Following up on the Republican "Standards for Immigration Reform" the broad business coalition sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging Congress to act that featured 636 signatories (including 246 businesses of all sizes and industries and 390 business groups, notably chambers of commerce). The letter received widespread coverage because it clearly demonstrated how united business is on this issue.

There are still several windows in the congressional schedule this year when a bill could move. Please call or write to your Member of Congress and ask them to move immigration reform to the floor this year.

For more resources to help move the ball forward, check out our Immigration Toolkit featuring sample op-eds, letters to the Hill, and policy statements. 

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. 


Mark your calendars now for the 21st Annual Spring Garden Tour, hosted by Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills (SISF), taking place on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, 2014.

This self-guided tour of six lovely privately owned gardens is located in the picturesque Sierra Nevada Foothills in Grass Valley, CA.
Gardens are open from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and the cost is $20 in advance, or $25 at the garden gate. Buy Tickets here.

Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat, and don't forget your camera on this four-to-five hour excursion through beautiful gardens!

The Garden Tour is the primary fundraiser of Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills, a global women's service organization supporting women and children in our community and abroad. The monies raised from the garden tour contribute to the health and well-being of those in need of opportunity and hope such as the following groups we've supported in the past: Hospice, Grad nights, Hospitality House, Kare Crisis Nursery, Read Me a Story, Pal Program, Friendship Club, The Cinderella Project and many more.


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 

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. 

There's never been a better time to plan next year's vacation. And who better for you to vacation with than Royal Caribbean International®. Right now you have the best choice of itineraries, ships, schedules and accommodations for 2015 and 2016 sailings.

To sweeten the deal, book now for travel in 2015 and 2016 and your traveling companion will enjoy 50% savings. So don't delay. Give yourself more of a very good thing. Destination WOW.

Excludes Quantum of the SeasSM & Anthem of the SeasSM Sailings.

Contact us today at 530-272-4642. 
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 

CalChamber Joins Labor Commissioner, Labor to Launch Wage Theft Education Campaign

(May 1, 2014) The California Chamber of Commerce joined California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su and the California Labor Federation yesterday in announcing the start of a statewide, multilingual campaign to educate workers and employers about wage theft.




Public Affairs / Politics
Senate Republicans blocked an election-year Democratic bill on Wednesday that would boost the federal minimum wage, handing a defeat to President Barack Obama on a vote that is sure to reverberate in this year's congressional elections. Associated Press

There is a vexing gap between the cost of some state programs and the quality of the services they provide, Dan says. The Sacramento Bee 


Environmental / Agriculture

Farmers Forecasting Less Rice, Higher Prices Because of Drought

California supplies virtually all of the nation's sushi rice and half of it is exported. But of all the food crops in the state, rice is likely to be affected by the drought the most. The mere speculation of losses is already driving up prices. Capital Public Radio




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