June 27th, 2014

Keep in Touch with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber!
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Submitted by

Keith Davies, Co-CEO/Executive Director

Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce


As I walk around Grass Valley and Nevada City -- and drive around the unincorporated areas of Western Nevada County -- I am reminded of what it was like growing up here in the 1950's and '60's.

Visually, our main business streets -- Broad and Commercial in Nevada City and Mill and Main in Grass Valley -- are pretty much as they were when I was a kid living in Nevada City.  Most buildings are the same, but the signs over the doors have changed and what's sold inside the doors has changed as well.

In those days, it seemed that most families were middle-class, with a few living in poverty.  But  extreme wealth was rare.  And once you left either town and drove toward the other, there was very little in between.  No shopping centers, no fast-food joints, and no traffic congestion. 

When we graduated from NUHS in the '60s, most of our class left the county for college, the military, or work elsewhere.  Those few who stayed, found employment with NID, PG&E, SPD or Robinson Timber, or maybe took a job with the county.  But there was no solid job base here -- and few thought it would ever change.

In the 1970s, however, there was a renaissance of sorts as both the culture and commerce of this area slowly changed.  Many Bay Area people arrived here with big dreams and a desire to invest in a community.  Some were labeled Hippies, and they leased boarded-up storefronts. 

As the local renaissance blossomed, Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce began innovative marketing campaigns aimed at attracting more tourists.  Cornish Christmas began to get regional attention, and Nevada City's Victorian Christmas drew its share of publicity.  Also, what began as a casual Father's Day event in Nevada City for locals, grew into a world-class bicycle race that attracted the greatest cyclists in the nation and crowds of over 20,000.



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

Job Duties/Description: 

  • Support and staff the Concierge Desk of the Grass Valley Visitor's Center; providing information to visitors and community members about our area's events and businesses
  • Provide a welcoming and friendly customer experience
  • Offer a wide variety of assistance via brochures, historical reference, and directions to locations within our community
  • Act as a knowledgeable and courteous principal point of contact
  • Sincere desire to provide assistance as needed
  • Act as an ambassador of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce


Skills Required:


  • Ability to speak clearly and communicate 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
Contact: Yolanda 530-273-4667 



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.

Upcoming Events:
June 13 through August 9

Saturday, June 28th



Keeping Current with the Yuba - June 26, 2014

Penn Valley, CA- Fans of the historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge rejoiced at the news on Friday, June 20th that Governor Jerry Brown approved California's final budget, which allocates $1.3 million to immediately start work to fully restore and reopen the bridge. "Because we joined together as a community and made our voice heard in Sacramento... Read More...

Do you love the Sierra?

Want to help restore and protect the Range of Light while gaining valuable environmental professional experience?

Apply today to become a Member of the 2014 - 2015 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) and serve with South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL).

SYRCL and SNAP are seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to... Read More...

More info on SYRCL


June 28th 2014

6 - 10 PM


the SOLS










Sunday Brunch at Club 141 
10am-2pm June 28, 2014

New concept....order from the kitchen one item from all three categories...all for just $12.95

Breakfast Items
1.Eggs Benedict, Traditional, Spinach
2.Omelet of the Day
Served with Hash browns
3.Blueberry Pecan French Toast

Lunch Items (changes weekly)
1.Individual Chicken Pot Pie
2.Chili Relleno Casserole
Pick a salad:
3.Confetti Salad Chop Salad
4.Mediterranean Bean Salad
5. Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Basil

Sweets this week, pick one
2.Strawberry Mousse Parfaits
3. Brownies a la Mode


Wine Bloody Mary's $5.00
Mimosas $4.00
Sodas $2.00

273-3600 ~ 141 E. Main St, Grass Valley ~ www.JimEsCatering.com

Join us at the Northstar House Saturday, June 28th from
8-12:30 for our Growers Market.

We are seeing the first tomatoes of the year, and it is Free Kids Metal Project day with Jerry next to Nana's Artisan Bakery on the lower path.
This week we are featuring James Ranch, selling grass fed lamb since 1981. This is a 200 acre historic homestead on the edge of Penn Valley. Their lamb has been featured at Chez Panisse for 27 years!!

The James Ranch has been selling at the Northstar House for 5 years. Their customers (us included!) rave about the flavor of their lamb.
New this year is an expanded artists area on the top level, anchored by Fried Green Pottery and our Master Gardeners. Also available are hats, birdhouses, jewelry, paper arts, decorated utensils and salt shakers, and much more. 


Information: 265-5551 or info@thegrowersmarket.com 


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.

Our Studio Schedule
We made the below changes to our schedule on June 1st. Take note, take a snapshot, pick up a schedule at the front desk. We hope to see you at the studio soon!

4th of July Holiday Week Schedule
We have a condensed schedule for the week of July 4th. Please take note of the changes! Have a safe and wonderful holiday!
It's coming...July 7th...Summer of YogaLUV Challenge 
Choose the challenge that works the best for you 
Sign up at the front desk 
Must be present for full class (first breathing to last breathing) 
All classes count 
Get read for fun -- The best 3-set class to date, By The Light of the Moon Class, The Golden Yogi Class, Music Class Country Style and Yogabration! 

It's THE Time to Begin Lowering Your Scores!!
Fun Group Golf Lessons are Available Now!

Golf is a great game, perhaps THE greatest game. Friendship, fun, exercise, nature, and competition are all brought together in one.

But, let's be honest, playing the game well (which, of course, makes the game more fun) does not come easy.

Yet, improving your game does not have to be complicated. There are proven techniques and motions that will enable you to advance your swing, lower your scores, and enjoy the game more!
Whether you prefer individual instruction (one on one with your instructor) or would rather bring a friend, our qualified staff is prepared to help any player no matter what age or ability.

And now, beginning Saturday, June 28th, we are arranging introductory Group Golf Lessons. With a minimum of 6 students and a maximum of 8, this six-session plan will provide full swing and short game instruction.

For just $15 per session (one time payment of $90) we'll spend an hour @ 10AM on Saturday mornings (skipping the July 4th holiday weekend) and build a foundation for your game that will will enjoy for years.

Just E-mail John or call 530-273-2041 and ask for John

ps...the first 8 students that register will also receive a copy of John's book -- In the Loop: A Crash Course in the Golf Culture -- a must for every person who wants to make a good impression on the course!! 
Nevada County Releases Interactive Recreation Web Map

 We have enhanced the previous Trail Web Map as a new Recreation Viewer Application. In addition to trails, the map can now be used to search for campgrounds, parks, and golf courses. We hope to add even more recreation opportunities in the future such as disc golf courses and off highway vehicle (OHV) trails. This web map can be accessed by any PC, tablet, or smartphone and is available here. 
The map allows a user to pan and zoom around a county map showing all known public trails, campgrounds, parks, and golf courses. You can search for a recreation resource by name by clicking on the magnifying glass, or simply click on one of the resources on the map to discover its name and other information. For many resources an additional link will take you to a website such as the Bear Yuba Land Trust Trail Map, a State Park Brochure, or a campground or golf course website. You can also click on the locate button on the left to zoom to your current location. If you would like to give feedback regarding missing or incorrect recreation resource locations, or additional recreation features you would like to see featured, please send an email here.
Special for Chamber Members


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."




Visit their website for more information. 

Dear Chamber Friends,

The July recess is just around the corner, but lawmakers haven't left Washington yet. We are continuing to work hard on the priority issues laid out at the beginning of the year as part of the Jobs, Growth & Opportunity Agenda.

Whether it's lobbying for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank; fighting in the courts to beat back gross overreaches by the EPA; or keeping the drumbeat going on Immigration Reform - the U.S. Chamber is fighting the good fight on behalf of businesses everywhere.

As always, we appreciate your efforts in support of these critical issues.

Dick Castner
Jennings Imel
Western Regional Office


Coalition Letter on Ex-Im Delivered to Congress 
This week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) demonstrated strong support of the more than 200,000 employees at 3,400 companies who depend on the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank by announcing a coalition focused on protecting jobs and competitiveness and urging Congress to act swiftly to reauthorize the bank before its charter lapses on September 30.

Among the first steps taken by the coalition was the release of our joint letter in support of Ex-Im reauthorization, which included more than 800 companies, chambers, and associations of all sizes from all 50 states. The sheer number and diverse composition of the signatories truly demonstrates the importance of this issue. Thanks to many of you who signed onto the letter, which can be found here.

Securing reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank is one of the U.S. Chamber's top legislative priorities for the rest of this year. Renewal of the bank's charter is especially critical for small and medium-sized businesses, which account for nearly 90 percent of the bank's transactions. NAM and the U.S. Chamber have organized more than 350 Hill meetings on this issue and created a website that features small business success stories, myths and facts about the Ex-Im Bank, and a call to action for businesses to show their support.

More information on the Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization can be found here.

More USA Chamber news here.

 Click here for more information.

Download the PDF here.

The "3" BIG reason's why you should hold your next workshop at Harmony Ridge Lodge!

There is nothing like us, our location in the "Tahoe National Forest" - 5 minutes from Nevada City - is reclusive for your group, yet close to everything.

2) A place to grow your team, create new visions for your business and build leadership skills.

3) Everyone who comes here loves us - see what others are saying...

"Harmony Ridge Lodge is gorgeous and the perfect place for my team to renew their goals"
R Casenrely- Blue Shield

"We had a wonderful time holding our HR class at Harmony Ridge Lodge, quite peaceful and best part was teaching in the garden" A.Lawrence - Dignity Health

"Sharing our time at Harmony Ridge Lodge has been such a boost for our staff. We want to come back year after year" E. Coyer -CMP

Now it's time for you to see how Harmony Ridge Lodge can help your team!

All members of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber members get a special discount price on
"1 Day workshops" from now until the end of the year!

Visit their website or call Cindy for more information 530-478-0182 or 478-0615

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.

Hospitality House - Job Opportunity

Hospitality House is looking for a Program Supervisor. The major areas of responsibility include: Shelter Operations and Facilities Management; Personnel Management; Guest Life Management Classes, Fiscal Management; and Community Relations. The PS has overall responsibility for Hospitality House's emergency shelter daily workflow and for the supervision, development and motivation of staff. The PS is also responsible for enhancing opportunities for volunteers and fostering a collaborative relationship with other service providers.

Please click to see full Position Announcement

To apply click here Hospitality House Employment

For more information on Hospitality House visit HHShelter.org

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 

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Split Roll Bill Dies in Assembly Committee

(June 26, 2014) An opposition effort headed by the California Chamber of Commerce has killed a legislative proposal that would have allowed school districts to create a split roll at the local level with regard to parcel taxes.





Public Affairs / Politics
California lawmakers could soon take action to stem the flight of television and movie productions to other states and foreign countries. Los Angeles Times

Of all the demand for new office space in San Francisco, 80 to 85 percent is coming from technology companies, according to researchers. San Francisco Business Journal



Environmental / Agriculture

Fresh fruits and vegetable prices will go up an estimated 6% in the coming months, the federal government said Wednesday, as California's ongoing drought continues to hit price tags in grocery stores across the country. Los Angeles Times






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