June 6th, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!
Sponsored by Friends of the Chamber

4th of July Independence Day Celebration

Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.


Live music and entertainment, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.


Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m.


Admission rates: General Admission $10 advance/$15 gate; children 12 and under are FREE. Military Free with ID


Advance Tickets are available now at: The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce at 128 East Main Street, Grass Valley (530) 273-4667


The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street, Nevada City (530) 265-2692.


No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the fairgrounds.

Nevada City and Grass Valley are located at the 2,500-foot elevation, off state routes 49 and 20, a one-hour drive northeast of Sacramento.


Click here for more event details.


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

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... 

Animal Place and Music in the Meadow 
This Saturday

Founded in 1989, Animal Place fills a much-needed niche of farm animal rescue, sanctuary, education and adoption. One of the largest and oldest animal sanctuaries in the nation, we operate a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley, California, and a 60-acre animal shelter in Vacaville, California. Animal Place extends compassion to all life with a special emphasis on farmed animals.

Animal Place's Music in the Meadow benefit is an annual fundraising event for the sanctuary.

This year, we celebrate 25 years of putting compassion into action!

Music in the Meadow benefit is a family friendly event with live music, open animal barns and pastures, vegan vendors, silent auction, cooking demonstrations, and more!

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the sanctuary while raising much-needed funds to help the rescued animals.

Just added, meet and greet with vegan NFL football player, David Carter, Jr. of the Oakland Raiders! Hope to see you there!

Date: June 7, 2014
Time: 11:00-5:00 pm
Price: $35/adult, $15/children (under 12), $75 VIP; children under 2 free

Location: Animal Place 17314 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949
At Door Ticket Prices: $40/adults, $15/children under 12; children under 2 free (No VIP available)
First Baptist Church, GV Present:

Date & Time: June 16 - 20, 2014, 9:00am to 1:30pm
Location: First Baptist Church, Grass Valley
Cost: $50
Ages: 2nd - 8th Grade
Please send a lunch with your child each day, we will provide snacks for their morning break.
The highlight of the week is the...

Fine Arts Camp Finale on Friday, June 20th @ 7:00pm.
The night will include a gallery showing of all the art created, performances of drama and dance and the World Premiere of this year's films...bring your family and friends.

MEGA SPORTS CAMP: July 14-18 8:45am to 12:30pm. Cost $20 (included tee shirt) Sports offered: Flag Football, Baseball, Cheerleading and Basketball.

Questions: Call First Baptist Church at 273-7301 Or visit our website

UPDATE: Thanks to YOUR advocacy, both the State Assembly and Senate Budget Sub-Committees voted to support full funding for the Bridgeport Covered Bridge!


We are approaching the budget "finish line" and it is critical that Governor Jerry Brown hears from YOU now!




Contact GOV. BROWN before Friday, June 13th.


Below you will find more information including sample letter, talking points and contact information.


(Help us track this effort: email Andrew at and let us know that you did. Also, If you don't have access to a fax machine, email your letter to Andrew and we'll be happy to fax it.)

Governor Jerry Brown 
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 
Sacramento, CA 95814

Fax: (916) 558-3160 
Phone: (916) 445-2841 
STEP 2: PLEASE FAX OR MAIL A COPY ("cc") to the Department of Finance (no calls/email)

Michael Cohen, Director 
Department of Finance 
915 L Street 
Sacramento, CA 95814

Fax: (916) 323-0060 
  • First, thank the Governor for his commitment to funding the Bridgeport Covered Bridge Restoration Project in his 2014-15 Budget proposal, which sets aside $1.261 million to restore and reopen the bridge.
  • Respectfully urge the Governor to adopt conforming language to mirror the actions of the Assembly and Senate Budget Sub-Committees on Resources and approve the additional $1 million from Proposition 84 funds to fully fund restoration of the bridge in 2014-2015. This will ensure that funding will be available through the various stages of stabilization, permitting and full restoration.
  • Personalize (briefly) with your own remarks; such as your personal connection to the bridge, importance to the region, etc.
  • Emphasize that 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.


    Upcoming Events:
    Friday June 6th
    opening guest Brett Shady
    Friday June 13th

    The Photography of Ed Hensley
     June 3rd - June 21st
    Artist Reception June 10th



    Thank You to Everyone Who Helped Out!

    THIS SATURDAY - June 7th - 6-10 PM

    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.


    The Friendship Club Garden: A Sierra Harvest Partnership

    In March we were excited to be one of the first garden installations in the Sierra Garden's Project.  Sierra Gardens is a program of Sierra Harvest. Sierra Harvest's mission is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food.   We have wanted a Friendship garden for many years but we all personally lacked the knowledge to lead the charge.  We also never had the right kind of space to entertain such an endeavor. But when Sierra Harvest came along with this amazing opportunity we knew the time to make it happen was here.  Thanks to Ken and Kay Baker for making land available, and to the Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills and Nevada City for financial support, our dream is now a reality.  


    Leo Chapman, director of the Sierra Gardens project will serve as our garden mentor for two years.  They will also provide seeds and starts as well as cooking classes so we know more about how to use the food we grow. We've already harvested lettuce, onion, turnips, chard, arugula, and cilantro and recently installed our summer garden.  We look forward to incorporating more fresh food into our snack program as well as use the garden as a teaching tool for the girls.  We believe, as does Sierra Harvest that promoting fresh, local seasonal foods, by getting our kids in touch with the land and understanding where our food comes from will plant the seeds of change necessary to reverse so many of the health problems that plague our children.  We will be working to introduce even more nutrition education, cooking classes, and hands-on gardening experience than ever before.  We would also like to thank Nevada County for funding through the Community Initiative Funding grant for this first year of nutritional enhancement and are grateful for an additional grant from General Mills to bolster this effort in the coming year. 

    Click here for more Friendship Club News

    Program Advocate-Volunteer Coordinator
    Full-time position responsible for providing direct crisis intervention services to victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Position is also responsible to develop, coordinate, and implement the volunteer program. Must embrace principles of Trauma Informed Care. Candidate must be a team player, flexible, and able to work in a fast paced and sometimes demanding environment. DV/SA Certification is preferred (training may be provided). $14/hr initial, $15/hr after certified. Position requires a clean background check. EOE

    Please apply through:

    One-Stop Business & Career Center
    715 Maltman Drive
    Grass Valley, CA

    Download the job description PDF here.

    Vendors Needed for United Way Event!

    United Way of Nevada County is looking for Vendors for the upcoming United Way Foreign Car Show & BBQ Battle on August, 16th at Western Gateway Park. Go to www.uwnc.org or call 274-8111 for additional information and applications.

    County Receives $15 Million in Bridge Program Grants

    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) oversee the Local Highway Bridge Program (HBP). This program funds the replacement or rehabilitation of public highway bridges that have been identified as structural deficient or functionally obsolete. About $300 million in Federal funds are made available to local agencies annually for this work.

    The County's Department of Public Works was recently successful in receiving nearly $15 million dollars in local HBP grant funding to replace or rehabilitate eight structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges. The average age of these eight bridges is 80 years old, and many of these bridges have met or exceeded their useful life.

    The County has received funding for both the design and construction of seven bridges:
    Soda Springs Road at the South Yuba River ($1.5 million)
    Donner Pass Road at Soda Springs Creek ($2.0 million)
    Purdon Road at Shady Creek ($2.2 million)
    Dog Bar Road at Bear River ($4.3 million)
    Garden Bar Road (west) at Little Wolf Creek ($1.7 million)
    Garden Bar Road (east) at Little Wolf Creek ($1.2 million)
    McCourtney Road at Rock Creek ($1.7 million)
    In addition to these seven bridges, the County has received an additional $150,000 in funding to prepare a Preliminary Engineering and Feasibility Study for the North Bloomfield Road Bridge (Edwards Crossing) at the South Yuba River. This study will look at various rehabilitation or replacement options for this historically significant bridge that was constructed in 1904. The bridge is classified as both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete and is eligible for federal HBP funding. Public Works staff will present the results of this study and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors at a later date.

    The County is in the process of soliciting civil engineering firms to oversee the preliminary engineering for these bridges and plans to formally begin bridge design later this year. Staff anticipates the first of these bridges to be constructed in 2017 or 2018, and will deliver approximately 2 to 3 bridge projects per year.

    For more information contact: Joshua Pack, Principal Civil Engineer
    Telephone: 530-265-7059 or email Joshua 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 
    At last, June events are up on the website! There's lots to choose from for adults as well as kids... Summer Camps, Paint & Pour events and more. Please note that our kids camps are filling quickly, make your reservation while we have room.

    We have been very busy with some exciting developments....watch for a newsletter on this very soon. We are "bursting" to share!

    We hope to see you at an event soon, bring a friend or loved one and enjoy a special and unique day out. You are sure to create fabulous memories and  bring home your own masterpiece!
    Upcoming Events:
    Summer Day Camp at Community Canvas Studio
    (St. Joseph's Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St. top floor)

    June 17
    Cost: $65

    This camp is for a single day. The projects for this day camp are based on the 150th Anniversary of our State Parks. The Nevada County Fair will have a special exhibit and competitions based on this theme. We enter the art into the Fair for the participating families. 


    Contact: Sandy Woods, Chief Executive Officer
    (530) 273-6217; or email Sandy


    The Nevada County Fairgrounds will host a job fair to fulfill its hiring needs for this year's Fair season. The Nevada County Fair job fair will be held on Tuesday, June 17, from
    3 - 6 pm at Ponderosa Hall, located at Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

    If you are interested in working at the Fairgrounds during the 2014 Fair season, plan to attend this event. Fair staff will be accepting applications from 3 - 6 pm for all departments, as well as conducting interviews on site. Some of the jobs available include gate cashiers, ticket monitors, "red shirt" patrols, exhibit crew, exhibit entry clerk, clean-up crew, and parking crew.

    Employment applications, as well as available jobs and job descriptions are posted on the Fair's website at www.NevadaCountyFair.com. Applications will also be available on the day of the job fair.

    The 2014 Nevada County Fair is August 6 - 10. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit
    Nevada County Fair                  August 6 - 10, 2014
       Draft Horse Classic               September 18 - 21, 2014
      Country Christmas Faire        November 28 - 30, 2014

    # # #




    Summer Camps and Workshops

    * CAMPS *
    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. Sign Up by Calling, Mail Sign-up form  272-1937.

    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 creating 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



    Click here for more camps and events.

    Download the PDF flyer here.

    Download the PDF here

    True West

    Director: Paul MicsanSynthetic Unlimited Opera House
    120 Joerschke Dr, Grass Valley

    Synthetic Unlimited presents True West, a hilarious and riveting drama by Sam Shepard, in which two estranged, combative brothers are forced together and apart in the process of writing an original screenplay for a Hollywood film producer. Don't miss this fast-paced, violent play, in which real life brothers switch the challenging leading roles every other night. 



    True West runs from Thursday, June 12th through Saturday, June 28th, at 8 pm at the new Synthetic Unlimited Opera House at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley. Tickets are $20, or $15 for SU members, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets, 1-888-95-SHOWS, or the Briar Patch in Grass Valley.

    Free Workshops for Small Businesses

    You are invited to attend one of the three remaining Business Owners Survival Strategies (BOSS) workshops:
    Lincoln - June 12
    El Dorado Hills - June 19
    Shingle Springs - June 26
    Come spend time with experts who can help to improve your financial performance, marketing and relationship skills. Discover various means of access to capital and other much needed resources (mostly FREE!).

    Time: 9am - 4pm
    Cost: There is no cost to participants (including lunch). The BOSS workshops are sponsored by the Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board.
    See attached flyer

    For more information call SEDCorp at 530-823-4703 or visit www.sedcorp.biz on the Events page.

    SEDCorp is a non-profit providing business development tools
    for small businesses like yours.

    Sierra Economic Development Corporation
    560 Wall Street, Suite F
    Auburn, CA 95603

    www.SedCorp.biz *** 530-823-4703


    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. 

    Special for Chamber Members


       The Nevada County One-Stop Business & Career Center works to provide opportunities to job seekers, and training and human resource assistance to local businesses. One of the key services is responding to layoffs and closures through the "Rapid Response" program.

    "Rapid Response is an immediate, organized service to help workers and employers deal with the effects of significant layoffs and closures," said Kathy Sarmiento, CEO of the One-Stop. "Timing is key, as services are the most effective when we're able to connect with employees before the separation occurs."

    Recently, One-Stop staff have assisted employees from companies such as Grass Valley, USA, Sierra Video, Clear Capital and Serra Corporation. The Rapid Response team is currently focused on the Miranda-Grass Valley merger, resulting locally in "Grass Valley, a Belden Brand", which is likely to result in a substantial number of lay-offs during the coming year.

    Staff from One-Stop are actively engaging employees affected by the GV/Miranda merger. So far these individuals include very skilled personnel such as a manufacturing assembler with detailed precision and programming experience; an executive level manager who has overseen international manufacturing, production budgets and sales relations; and a buyer with contract negotiation, product quality review, and budgeting experience.

    "It's not often that we have multiple businesses in this situation," said Sarmiento. "This is a highly skilled pool of professionals looking for the right opportunity."

    In addition to the array of services One-Stop provides dislocated workers, they also aim to identify and serve the businesses of Nevada County that seek skilled professionals. The goal is to help local businesses identify key talent before they seek employment in other counties and states.

    Businesses interested in learning more about those affected and seeking re-employment are encouraged to contact Christine Hoxsie, Staffing Specialist at 530.265.7093.

     Download the PDF flyer here.

    Hey there, Did you realize that Summer is just around the corner? Are you ready to donn your swimsuit and short-shorts? Do you want to be? Then here is the Perfect Plan:

    I've stumbled upon something pretty significant recently while working with several of my clients who wanted to achieve faster fat loss.

    This new discovery I made proved to be pretty amazing at melting fat off the body. It's a combination of working out in a short burst, high intensity kind of way and a manipulation (for a lack of a better word) of your eating program - NOT A DIET.

    But here's the coolest part of this thing... the results come FAST. In fact the entire program lasts 14 days and the results are amazing.

    I'm considering offering this program to a small group of people who are interested in burning a lot of fat in 14 days.

    So I'm calling it my "14 Day Fit for Summer system." 

    If you think you'd be interested in joining my small group of "beta testers" and getting fast fat loss results in 14 days, let me know and I'll let you know if and when I plan to launch this 14 Day Fat Flush system. 

    Limited space is available and this first class will be FREE, Don't Miss Out! What have you got to lose (except some unwanted weight?)? 



    Download the PDF flyer here.

    Download the PDF flyer here.

    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: www.SierraStages.org 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 www.SierraStages.org 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

    Small Business Advocate: Simi Valley Leader Emphasizes Dialogue with Lawmakers

    (June 5, 2014) "I just see you everywhere," is a phrase Jim Vigdor, operations/environment, health and safety manager For Alcoa Fastening Systems, is accustomed to hearing.




    Public Affairs / Politics 
    Republican Art Moore believes he captured enough votes in Tuesday's primary to advance to an intraparty clash with Rep. Tom McClintock in the foothills-based 4th Congressional District.
    The Sacramento Bee
    Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits over the past month than at any time in seven years, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen. Bloomberg



    Environmental / Agriculture

    The United States is warming fastest at two of its corners, in the Northeast and the Southwest, an analysis of federal temperature records shows. Associated Press in The Huffington Post





    More From the Cal Chamber

    Stay Connected
    Facebook    Twitter    LinkedIn    Pinterest
    128 E. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 530.273.4667