May 16th, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!





We are looking for energetic volunteers and community groups to come out on Saturday morning, May 17th, to downtown Grass Valley and help with some much needed painting and clean up projects. 


A project sponsored by the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and in conjunction with the, Nevada County Contractors Association, and Grass Valley Downtown Business Association, PAINT THE TOWN! has the goal of teaming up with great volunteers and community groups to systematically beautify and renovate our City block by block. There is an age old American tradition of neighbors coming together to collectively build their communities. From barn and church raisings, to quilting and cooking bees, Americans have long demonstrated a distinctive set of values, by working hand-in-hand to better their

communities. Those values still live on in Grass Valley and we need to embrace them throughout our Town, business districts and neighborhoods.


PAINT THE TOWN! will happen on May 17th, where we will all meet at 8:00am in the City Hall Parking Lot. Wear old work clothes and protective shoes as we will be prepping, painting and cleaning several buildings in Downtown. After an initial orientation and safety talk, you will be assigned to a project site under that guidance of a Project Captain who is a professional contractor. Your Captain will show you around the project, you will be assigned your duties/work areas and be given access to all the equipment you need.


Lunch will be provided by Sweeny's Weenies for all our hardworking volunteers and we anticipate wrapping up around 3:00pm.


Download the Volunteer Sign Up Sheet here.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce by phone 530-273-4667 or email


Thank you all in advance!

Recent Ribbon Cuttings:

Jim E's Club 141

Doo-Wop Shoo-Bop Opens Tonight Friday May 16th


Off Broadstreet For Six Weeks Only!


Friday & Saturday 8:15 PM

May 16th Thru June 21at

(Admission $25)

2:00 PM Matinee, Sunday, June 1st

(Admission $23)

RESERVATIONS: 530-265-8686


                 It is June 20th 1966, the end of that year's US Open, and four singing golf caddies known as "The Par Four" are entertaining at the Tiki Lounge And Typhoon Bar in downtown San Francisco.  During the course of their program, they share stories of their origin as a singing group as well as observations on the game of golf and life in general. Fast-paced and unique, the creative doo-wop group's program provides plenty of laughs and includes two dozen hit songs from the early 1960's, including their own versions, which they say they have


Off Broadstreet favorite Jed Dixon returns, joined by Andrew Kerr and OBS newcomers JR Lewis and Isaias Acosta (Both well-known for their appearances with Sierra Stages).  Live musical accompaniment is provided by veteran OBS keyboardist Katie Baker.  With clever

choreography by Lyra Dominguez, Doo-Wop Shoo-Bop is sure to delight music lovers of all ages.

Songs include This Magic Moment, MTA, Runaround Sue, Poison Ivy, The Way You Look Tonight, Man Smart-Woman Smarter, Money Honey, Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out), Soul and Inspiration, Trickle Trickle and more than a dozen more well-known songs by the Drfters, The Coasters, The Four Lads, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and other popular groups

of the 1960's.

The third installment in Off Broadstreet's 25 Year Anniversary Season celebrating "A Half Century of Awesome Music," Doo-Wop Shoo-Bop is a "must see" event!

Gourmet Brunch for Project Amigo & Celebration of 
Co-Owner Coke Newell's Birthday!

Sunday May 18th
Reserved Brunch seatings 10am and 12noon
(Project Amigo Presentation Included)

Club 141, 141 Main St, Grass Valley
$25/person - $10 of which will be donated to Project Amigo

RSVP: Jim Eckardt, Chef and Project Amigo Volunteer Email or call 530 273-3600

If you cannot attend donations can be sent to:
Project Amigo - Jim E's Fundraiser
14 Commerical Blvd. #119
Novato, CA 95949


Join us this Saturday, May 17th at 10:30 am for our 

Ribbon Cutting Celebration


The Growers Market has relocated to the Historic North Star House, Circa 1906, 12075 Old Auburn Road (about 1/2 mile from Nevada Co Fairgrounds follow signs). We will utilize the beautiful property for our Growers market and have a stable and permanent location.

Spring greens, strawberries, beets, fresh flowers, and so many more offerings abound. Beautiful 6-packs of vegetable starts tempt the novice as well as the veteran gardeners.
Fresh Garlic! New Potatoes! Big, juicy blackberries baked in artisan pastry dough!


What else? Come take a look! At this Saturday market come enjoy with us! Our market now features fresh fruits & vegetables, flowers, eggs, lavender, lamb & beef, olive oil, plants & trees, vegetable starts, cheese, wine, honey, jams, bakery goods, metal yard art, specialty items such as hats, soap, pet treats, wine barrel furniture, breakfast burritos and more.


May 7, 2014: Reported by Patrick Meagher


Farmer Profile: Robertson Family Farms has been with the market for 4 of their 7 years in business. We tried their Italian Sausage last! They sell bacon, sausage, chard, onions, garlic, grapefruit and flowers now. As the season warms up, they'll have amazing tomatoes, squash, and much more. They come to us from Marysville; their farm is beautiful, set among the oaks. They're happy to answer questions; come see them Saturday at the Northstar House, or call them at 740-1001.


Come join us on Saturday mornings from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm for a fun-filled day!


Come out to the market and see the progress that has been made on improving the grounds and North Star House.


Spring Landscape Tours led by Carole Miller will be available soon.

North Star Historic Conservancy
12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949

Nevada County Growers Market


More event details here.

Upcoming Events:
Granucci Gallery May 16 & 17



Saturday May 17th


Wednesday May 21st



Gold Rush Burgers & BBQ is asking you to join in a 
Great Community Project this Saturday
May 17th, from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
Meet at the City Hall Parking Lot, wear old clothes, protective shoes, and a smile...:)  You will be coached on prepping, painting, and cleaning several buildings in Downtown.  You will be assigned to a project, and be guided by a Project Captain.... A Professional Contractor.  Your Captain will show you around the project, and assign duties etc.  Equipment is provided.  Gold Rush Burgers & BBQ will offer their entire food menu with a Dollar off for all volunteers.  Everything from Burgers, Pulled Pork, Tri-Tip, Salads, and crazy good treats like deep fried oreo cookies, brownies, and twinkies. We have live music on the Patio from 1-5 with Ken Draper.  So join in a Great Project and join us later in the Beer Garden for Cold Beer, Live Music, and Great Grub.
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. 



Time to Get Wild for the Yuba! Attend, Donate, Volunteer


SYRCL is hard at work on the upcoming Wild for the Yuba Wine & Beer Tasting Experience and Auction, taking place June 7th at the historic North Star House in Grass Valley.  We hope you'll join us!  Attend the event, donate an auction item, or volunteer to help














SYRCL bids Farewell to Miriam Limov; Seeks New River People Manager

After 17 years as a star SYRCL volunteer followed by the past 7 ½ years of service as a full-time member of the SYRCL staff, Miriam Limov, River People Manager, will be leaving to pursue a new career in the catering business with Emily's Catering & Cakes as well as expand her new cookie company, Rainbow's End. She will be leaving at the end of June before starting a month-long backpacking trip.  






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 17th 2014

This particular Juice is an intoxicating blend of rock, blues, funk (and even a little pinch of modern country that's winning fans and getting audiences up on their feet where ever they play!

WE WILL SELL OUT - MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY so you can enjoy the evening dancing under the stars at the PEAK!

Reservations are $6 and include your first beverage of choice.

Phil and Lorrie from Cafe Olivetti in Marysville will be catering the following offerings:

Appetizer : $7 ~ Pilot Peak Cheese Plate ~ Three Gourmet Cheeses & Spiced Moroccan and Harvest Blended Olives served with our famous Lavash Bread
Appetizer : $5 ~ Pilot Peak Sourdough Plate ~ Garlic Infused ~ Herbed Olive Oil - Balsamic Laced Dipping Sauce served with a half loaf of Truckee Sour Dough Baguette
Dinner: $16 ~ Phil's Famous Meat Loaf With Mushroom Sauce, served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Tossed Salad, Dinner Roll & Butter
Dessert: $4 ~ Your choice from Assorted Desserts as only Lorrie can make them! She holds the record for making everyone smile with the ample servings of her delicious treats - chocolate mousse cake, fresh fruit pies (ala mode), brownies, etc.
Of course ordering FOOD is optional. If you are planning to eat, please order your food as you make your reservations. SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE "ORDER" SCREEN FOR FOOD SELECTIONS - be sure and order food for the date of the event.

Food numbers go to the caterers on Thursday morning - so all orders must be made before May 15th to guarantee service.

After that - Limited quantities will remain available online while they last - when they are gone that is it.

Must be 21 years of age to attend Sunset Events. 

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.

Nevada City Winery Celebrates 34 Years Of Award Winning Winemaking During May Open House this weekend!

WHAT: Nevada City Winery Open House
WHEN: Saturday May 17, 12-5 p.m. and Sunday May 18, 12-5 p.m.
WHERE: Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring St. downtown Nevada City, next to Miners Foundry.
ADMISSION: There is a $10 per person entry fee that includes all activities featuring wine tasting, live music, BBQ-grilled lunch, and entry to Bottle Your Own event in the barrel room.
INFORMATION: 530-265-9463

Nevada City Winery is celebrating 34 years of award-winning winemaking in Nevada County with their annual Open House Party taking place on May 17 and 18. The featured event over the weekend is the "Bottle Your Own Bottle" Party that takes place in the Winery's cellar and barrel room located directly beneath the tasting room, on Spring Street in Nevada City.

Each year winemaker Mark Foster creates two barrels of two different wines just for this event. This year's "Bottle Your Own Bottle" event features a deliciously fruity 2012 Zinfandel as well as a 2012 Bordeaux Blend featuring Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.

"Cabernet Franc" Foster explained, "is a grape that does really well in our region. It generates great fruit along with floral and berry aromas and packs a mouthful of flavor. I think people are going to really like this wine."


At the Open House, become the winemaker for the day. Start by barrel tasting each wine. Then bottle the wine, cork it, foil the bottle top, and label each bottle with your own hand-signed, personalized wine label.


Meanwhile upstairs in the Tasting Room, the Winery will host a Gold Medal wine tasting featuring the 2012 Dolcetto that was a Double Gold Winner at the recent New World International Wine Competition as well as the Platinum Award Winner at the Consumer Wine Awards event.


Other Gold Medal wines include Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel and Gewurztraminer.

Open House activities include live music featuring folk duo Two Hands Bridge, and then the Brian Dougherty Trio on Saturday and Bob Mora and the Third Degree Blues Band on Sunday afternoon. The event also features a cheese tasting featuring Shaft's Cheese Company, a Sciabica Olive Oil tasting and Kelli's Cookies as well as a BBQ-grilled lunch.

There is a $10 entry fee ($5 for Wine Club Members) that includes all wine tasting, lunch, and entry to the "Bottle Your Own" party in the barrel room. The event goes from noon until 5:00 pm both days.


More event details here.

Contact us today at 530-272-4642. 

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!  

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 
Summer Camps! 

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. *
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.

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. 

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 

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!

NCTV is putting together 10 production teams to create 10-minute films based on screenplays by local writers. The Cast & Crew Call is Wednesday, May 14, 6-8 pm at Gold Rush Burgers, 106 E. Main Street, GV.

We need directors, camera operators, props engineer, editors, and actors of all ages (several kids roles are open). Come meet the screenwriters, learn about their screenplays and sign up to be a part of a film. The ten films will be shown on a local big screen in early October.

Bring your family and friends too. Come to the Cast & Crew Call or sign up by calling 272-8862. View the promo video here.

Download the PDF here.

Download the PDF here.

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 



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.


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