June 13th, 2014

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

A wonderful opportunity to be of assistance to visitors and community at the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. We are looking for volunteers to staff our Visitor's Center Concierge Desk and be a welcoming, smiling face for our city.

Job Duties/Description:

  • Support and staff the Concierge Desk of the Grass Valley Visitor's Center providing information to visitor and community members about our area's events and businesses

  • Provide a friendly and welcoming customer experience

  • Offer a wide variety of assistance via brochures, historical reference, and directions for our community

  • Act as a principle point of contact that is knowledge and courteous

  • Sincere desire to communicate effectively and provide assistance as needed

  • Act as an positive ambassador of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Skills Required:

  • Ability to speak clearly and effectively

  • Ability and enthusiasm for working with the public

  • Dependable, reliable and responsible

  • Works well with minimal supervision and Structure

  • Ability to process information

  • Polite, poised, patient, friendly and even-tempered

  • Light computer skills to browse the internet

  • Sit or stand for several hours

Days needed: 7 days per week (split between several people)

Time of day: 10AM-3PM

Shift Length: 2.5 to 3 hours per day


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.


Kick off summer with NEOFest!


NEO Fest is our largest annual event of the year drawing in over 1,000 people in just one day. It is truly a unique and memorable event open to all ages. Aside from the regular activities at 49er Fun Park available at their regular price, we will be offering numerous free games, activities and learning experiences. This years theme is At the Carnival and activities will include 2 stages with 5 live bands, 6 acoustic performers, carnival games, a bounce house, balloon hats, face painting, photo booth, ball pit, giveaways, scavenger hunt, giant bubbles, inspiration station, crafts and so much more. We only ask for a $1 donation at the door, and all proceeds will go towards NEO's efforts to open a Youth Center in the community. Support the amazing youth in our community by having fun! 


 We will see you on Saturday, June 14th from 12-10pm at 49er Fun Park.


Visit their website for more information. 

June 14th Sunset at the PEAK
6 - 10 pm

Pilot Peak proudly PRESENTS "Bone Drivers"

The Bonedrivers are a San Francisco based powerhouse Rock-N-Blues trio featuring the explosive guitar work and vocalizing of former GONE JCAKALS frontman Kieth Karloff. The rhythm section is comprised of Blues/Rock specialist Peter O'Malley on bass and groove-meister Jim Nelson on drums.

The Bonedrivers have been billed with Johnny Winter, The Yardbirds, Ten Years After, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Blasters, Savoy Brown and many other greats!


This Weekend!
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 

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 & Saturday, June 13 & 14
    opening guest Brett Shady
    Friday June 13th

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



    Reminder for Upcoming Change to CA Minimum Wage

    On July 1 2014, California's minimum wage increases to $9 per hour from the existing minimum wage of $8 per hour. This is the first increase to the state minimum wage since January 1, 2008. The minimum wage will increase a second time to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016.
    All nonprofit employers need to prepare for this minimum wage increase. Also, you should remember that state enforcement agencies, including the CA Department of Industrial Relation, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, have made it a top priority to stop employers from engaging in so-called "wage theft," which includes not paying the minimum wage for all hours worked.
    This is also a good time to reexamine all of your organization's pay practices that might be affected by this minimum wage increase. 
    ~CNL Board

    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.

    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

    # # #



    Father's Day 
    We have a ton of new stuff in to paint!  From desk items such as business card holders and organizers, bobble head football guys, trophy's, mugs, frames and much more!

    Last Day to paint in time for Father's Day is Thursday!  Hurry up and come on down:)  If you don't make the Thursday date there is plenty other options for dad.  We will also be open on Father's Day from 11am-4pm if you would like to come in with dad and make something special!

    Happy Father's Day!  


    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.

    Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation 
    Job Opportunity

    Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation seeks a bright and focused individual to join our fast-paced team and work with our Full Charge Bookkeeper. The part-time position handles routine financial cash and expense functions. Candidates need a minimum of three years experience with Excel, Business Works or similar accounting software.

    Please click to see full Position Announcement

    Send resume with cover letter to:

    Kimberly Parker, Executive Director
    Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation
    PO Box 1810
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
    Resumes may be emailed to kparker@snmhf.com
    Deadline: June 16 or until position is filled

    No calls please 

    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.

    Special for Chamber Members


    Nevada County Concert Band presents Pioneer Park Picnic & Pops concert series 2014
    Come to Nevada City's Pioneer Park to enjoy your picnic dinner on the grass, or treat yourself with goodies from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. The 80-member Nevada Concert Band always puts on a great show, often providing surprises at each performance. All concerts are family-oriented, dog-friendly, and FREE.

    Sunday June 22, 2014
    5:00 - 7:00pm at Pioneer Park
    With the theme "I Get Around, " this family-friendly outdoor concert will take you to great places in the United States, such as "The Charleston," "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Neil Diamond's "America," "Hawaiian War Chant," and "Washington Grays."

    Local Organizations Step Up to Support ERC's New Direction


    In early June the ERC announced its new annual membership and sponsorship model intended to substantially increase the value to the ERC's supporters by providing them with opportunities to "self select" initiatives, programs, or events they can align with and enhance their branding, influence, or visibility. According to ERC Executive Director Jon Gregory, "we carefully thought through this process in a manner to maximize the impact to our supporters." He continued, "early response has been fabulous."


    ERC Chair, Lisa Swarthout, was pleased with the early interest that has followed. "In the first week, we received major commitments of support from Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Tri Counties Bank, Community 1st Bank, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Plumas Bank, ZAP Manufacturing, NID, and word from several others that they are in the final process of determining what their contribution level with be." Swarthout further explained, "with this ongoing private sector support, along with the contributions from our local government partners, the ERC is poised to launch a series of initiatives like the Fab 5 and Royal Welcome that will help to create jobs and prosperity in Nevada County."




     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?)? 



    This fall, take the people you care about most on vacation with you 

    and take your pick of two fantastic deals.

    ONE: If you sail two in a stateroom, second guest enjoys 50% savings.

    TWO: If you sail four in a stateroom, 3rd and 4th sail FREE. 
    Pick your trip, pick your deal and pack your bags.


    Valid on any Royal Caribbean ship sailing September 1 - December 15, 2014.

    OFFER ENDS JUNE 30, 2014.



    Click here for more information.

    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

    Two Job Killer Bills Advance in Senate

    (June 12, 2014) Two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed "job killer" bills that will increase business costs and impose new liabilities on innocent businesses passed the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee yesterday.





    Public Affairs / Politics 
    Several local legislators received high marks from the California Chamber of Commerce for their stance against several "job killing" bills. The Fresno Business Journal


    California's economy grew by 2 percent in 2013 after adjusting for inflation, a comedown from the growth rate of 2.7 percent in 2012, according to advance estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released today. The Sacramento Bee





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