May 23rd, 2014

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Gospel Music Returns to Northern California!
2nd Annual Northern California Gospel Music Festival

This Saturday May 24th

THIS EVENT IS BENEFITING THE WOMEN OF WORTH, a Community Nonprofit that assists families in crisis and domestic violence survivors.

Combie Bible Church: 22924 W. Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley, CA, 95949

Nestled in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills!

6 BANDS......ALL DAY LONG.....10:00 am to 6:00 pm


Nevada County brings the 2nd Annual Northern California Gospel Music Festival Memorial Day weekend, benefiting the Women of Worth. The enthusiastic response from last year's festival has motivated the organizers to bring an all-day event for the entire family. This year there will be an exciting collection of talent represented by six bands from all over Northern California.

Returning by popular demand, Paige Anderson and The Fearless Kin offer a youthful bluegrass sound, which will fill your heart, and you'll find yourself dancing!! The Sons of Salvation's music is reminiscent of a soulful southern quartet sound layered with a 70's R&B groove! The Gospel Motivators will blow your hair back and tears will come to your eyes from their gospel rhythm and blues. Offering funkatized harmonics and worship that will touch your soul is The Aaron Gayden Band. Priesthood Nation is a unique quartet from the Bay Area offering the sounds of gospel, reggae and soul. You'll be captivated by the bluesy choir instrumentation of The Glory Seekers!

The festival organizer, Andy Gonzales, is hoping to bring the community and surrounding counties to a more extensive experience. Nestled in the foothills of Grass Valley, you'll find the festival grounds offering the Roamin Angels Car Club, a playground for the youth and plenty of space to bring your own picnic for the day's events.

This year's Gospel Music Festival will benefit the Women of Worth. This amazing non-profit assists families in crisis and domestic violence victims enabling them to increase self-reliance and improve their quality of life by helping them to rebuild their lives with dignity, hope and safety.

ALL donations benefit the Women of Worth!

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. 


Pilot Peak Proudly Presents:



 May 24th 2014

This is not your typical "Blues". Some New Orleans R&B is traditional blues embellished by Dixieland Jazz, "LUSTY" Caribbean rhythms and some rug-cutting "Boogie-Woogie"! SWAMP DADDY brings an infectious groove and funky feel to the dance floor - through music by Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Erma Thomas, Marc Broussaird, the Neveille Brothers, Marcia Ball, Delbert McClinton...and a whole lot more!

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY so you can enjoy the evening dancing under the stars at the PEAK! This is Memorial Day weekend and we will sell out.

Reservations are $6 and include your first beverage of choice






Upcoming Events at the PEAK
Every Saturday night from 6pm until 10 pm - We serve up some Great Wines, Music and Food! 

Reservations are only $6 and include your first beverage of choice.
Our winery terraces offer the best ambiance in Nevada County. 

Make your reservations early while table selections are still open

Food is optional and at only $15-16 (includes tax and tip) - Can't Be Beat! 

May 31st - Brad Wilson & Band - This will be one of those amazing nights! He's definitely not a blues traditionalist, nor does he pretend to be. He labels his music "Blues Rock" with equal emphasis on both words. With his new release "Hands on the Wheel" - This California man can smoke a blues/roots rock guitar all to hell. Brad Wilson sings with a passion and his new CD is simply a splendid example that more blues up and comers will choose to follow. If this release doesn't get you jumpin' then your jumper is broke. Brad Wilson's Tracks "The Ballad of John Lee" and "Hands on the Wheel" are both TOP TEN Hits. 

June 7th - Check In the Dark - formed in Hollywood CA , and have been creating original music and playing the LA scene and the southwest area of the country. Members of the band have shared the stage with names such as John Scofield, Oteil Burbridge, Ziggy Marley, Mike Clark, Everlast, OPM, The Dave Wood Trio, Charles Evans and the Language Of, Dakota, Ray's Music Exchange, and many others. As a compliment to their outstanding musicianship and folk inspired vocals, the band has a well rounded selection of original material. Check offers a nice combination of "radio friendly" songs, and at the same time the ability to jam out for extended periods.

More info here...
Upcoming Events:
 Saturday, May 28th



Sunday May 25th

Wednesday May 28th



 Visit their website here




Contact us today at 530-272-4642. 
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. *

Download the PDF Newsletter here.

Read more on Sciatica Nerve Pain here.
More events are up on the website! We have a lot planned for the next few months. With something for, seniors, adults...
take your pick!  

This Sunday!
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 
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 

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2014            
CONTACT: Kevin Eastman
Phone: (202) 308-8529
 LaMalfa Demands Accountability at Veterans Affairs,  Passes Measures on House Floor

Washington, DC - Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today spoke on the floor of the House to demand accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and read whistleblower statements detailing waste, fraud and abuse at the Oakland VA office. Yesterday the House passed a bill LaMalfa cosponsored authorizing the termination of Veterans Affairs officials who were complicit in abuses at the agency. The House also passed an amendment LaMalfa authored requiring Veterans Affairs offices to provide  updates on veterans' claims, regardless of whether claims had been reassigned from different VA offices.

 "Thanks to whistleblowers, we now know the extent of mismanagement and unethical conduct by the management of the Oakland VA office. How many veterans are homeless or without medical care because their claims have sat in a basement? How many veterans have died because they've been unable to receive the care they need, while their claims sat untouched in a closet?" said LaMalfa. "Some this behavior is very deliberate worthy of criminal prosecution. I thank those VA employees who want to do what is right for our veterans, who have been bold enough to step forward and let us know what is going behind the scenes. The system is broken, but it doesn't have to be."
Video of LaMalfa's comments detailing problems at the Oakland Regional VA Office may be found here.
The bill LaMalfa's cosponsored, H.R. 4031, passed on a 390-33 vote and will now be considered in the Senate.
"The President said yesterday that those responsible for the misdeeds at Veterans Affairs will be held responsible, but we heard the same tune from him when he ran for office back in 2008," said LaMalfa. "Much like other members of his administration who have failed in their duties, the VA officials responsible for the wrongdoing in Arizona are simply on paid administrative leave. This measure will ensure that when abuses occur at the VA, those responsible are fired - not on a paid vacation."  
Video of LaMalfa's comments on H.R.4031 may be found here.
LaMalfa's amendment, which he cosponsored with Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), passed unanimously and was added to the National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 4435.
"After waiting months for their claims to be processed, the absolute last thing veterans should hear is that red tape doesn't allow VA offices to communicate their claim's status.  Bureaucratic confusion over jurisdiction should never prevent a VA office from providing veterans with information that veterans need to ensure that they receive the benefits they have earned," added LaMalfa.  
"I'm grateful to have successfully collaborated with Rep. LaMalfa on this important reform to help veterans. Simply put, the size of the VA backlog is unacceptable. Our veterans put their lives on the line to protect the United States, but they're kept waiting for months and months to receive the benefits they have earned and deserve," said Congressman Huffman.
Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California's First Congressional District including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties. 

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. 

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.


4th Annual Wild for the Yuba Beer and Wine Tasting
Event to Benefit SYRCL

Are you ready to get Wild for the Yuba?  The South Yuba River Citizens League, local nonprofit dedicated to uniting the community to protect and restore the Yuba River,
invites you to the: 

Wild for the Yuba

Annual Wine and
Beer Tasting Experience
and Auction

Saturday June 7, 2014
Historic North Star House
12075 Auburn Rd. Grass Valley




SYRCL's Beer & Wine Tasting event has merged with our auction to create one giant party for the river. The evening will feature live music with The Earles of Newtown, great food and hundreds of fabulous auction items donated by local businesses, artists, and others in support of the Yuba. Attendees will enjoy a lively evening featuring 5 free tastings per person from 9 wineries and 12 breweries showcasing of their finest libations, coupled with great food available from participating vendors, and complimentary desserts from De Groot's Desserts, Emily's Catering & Cakes, Flour Garden Bakery, Rainbow's End, Summer Thyme's Bakery & Deli, and Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Company. 


Read more... 

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.


Sierra Stages presents J.M. Barrie's PETER PAN Rediscover the legendary adventure of pirates, fairies and fantasy this summer July 10-August 2 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

 What: Sierra Stages presents J.M. Barrie's PETER PAN
When: July 10 - August 2 Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2 PM Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City 
Information: 530-346-3210

Ignite your imagination and rediscover one of the great adventures of all time, a spectacular journey into the world of childhood that will capture the hearts and imaginations of all ages, as Sierra Stages presents J.M. Barrie's PETER PAN from July 10 through August 2 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.
PETER PAN was first introduced by J.M. Barrie in 1901 in the short story, "Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up." The stage version was introduced in 1904 and has since been flying in theaters, capturing the imaginations and hearts of audiences worldwide. The Sierra Stages production of PETER PAN is directed by Jac Royce, with fight choreography by Joey Fechtel, set design by Mike Edwards, lighting design by Erin Beatie, and costume design by Jill Kelly.
Performances of PETER PAN are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. General Admission for the preview performances on July 10 and July 11 is only $15. General Admission for all other performances is $25 ($18 for Youth age 17 and under). For those audience members who prefer a specific seat location and wish to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages, Reserved Seating for all performances is available for $35.
General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets are available online at or by calling Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.
Tickets are also on sale at BriarPatch Co-op on Sierra College Boulevard in Grass Valley.
Chamber News in the State




Top Story 

Host Breakfast Speakers Spotlight Ways to Secure California's Future

(May 22, 2014) Ways to secure or improve California's future were highlighted yesterday by featured speakers at the 89th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast.




Public Affairs / Politics
Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that California is a "job creation engine," defending his administration's handling of the economy and state budget in a forceful election year speech. "California is definitely back," Brown told about 1,300 people at the California Chamber of Commerce's annual Host Breakfast in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee

California Governor Jerry Brown's insistence on paying down debt and stockpiling savings instead of increasing funding for social services for the poor resonates with voters, who support the idea overwhelmingly, a new poll shows. Reuters



Environmental / Agriculture

State Parks Chief Retires

Anthony Jackson, the retired Marine general from Fallbrook who took over a scandal-plagued state parks department less than two years ago, has announced he will retire effective June 30.  U-T San Diego



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