August 1st, 2014

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

            Since Robin and I returned to Nevada County nearly three years ago, much has happened in our lives. We were retired when we came back to take care of my mother, and now we are busier than ever. Today, I want to address our economy, jobs and tourism -- and improving all three.

            Last December, Robin and I attended the ERC Business Forecast Luncheon featuring guest speaker Dr. Esmael Adibi, economist and professor at Chapman University, and he made a very interesting observation. He said, "California is no longer divided by north and south; it is now east and west."

            We agree with his analysis and believe it is time for the eastern half of California to get back in the game. We are badly falling behind coastal communities with regard to housing values, jobs, wages and economic vitality. It's time for a paradigm shift.

             We are encouraged with the new direction of the ERC -- and its new leader, Jon Gregory -- and the plan he has laid out to encourage new businesses to locate in our community. What disturbs us, however, is community divisiveness when it comes to growth and new ideas that could move us forward.   If we do not advance, we will be stagnant -- as we are now -- and golden opportunities will go to other communities that can work together.               To that end, we would like to offer some thoughts on how to enhance tourism -- especially since we seem to be losing the retail war to Placer County. The new Walmart Supercenter and Costco stores slated to be built along the Auburn/Highway 49 corridor, and growth in that direction for Western Nevada County is meeting a lot of head wind.       
             In Western Nevada County's case, visitors are drawn here by our amazing past. The Empire Mine and Northstar Mining Museum in Grass Valley, along with the Firehouse #1 Museum and Transportation Museum in Nevada City, are valuable resources and attractions, but visitors are asking for more; they are asking for a major facility showcasing our rich history.


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The evening's event begins with wine from Pilot Peak Winery and a sumptuous dinner prepared by LJ's Catering. As the evening progresses, Haute Trash will present a full-length fashion show featuring the trendy, creative and astounding trash fashion our fans have come to know and love. Our skilled models will walk the runway, exhibiting eye-opening and provocative designs, accompanied by a witty tongue-in-cheek narrative sure to engage the audience, and live music performed by Blue Shadows.?



Back to School Event

On Monday, August 4th, Kiwanis Gold Country will be welcoming about 60 children to help them with back to school shopping. We provide a $125 Gift Card and a chaperone (no parents) for each child's shopping list. 2 volunteers per child will make the event easier and even more fun. Additional volunteers welcome! Please feel free to join Kiwanis 6:30 AM on Monday, August 4 at K-Mart in Grass Valley.


Paint & Pour Art Class @ Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce ~ "Poppy

Join us for an evening of painting, Georgia O'Keefe's "Poppy", while sipping your favorite beverage at Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Leave your inhibitions at the door and take home your own masterpiece and memories. Absolutely no painting experience required.

Cost: $35.00 per person.

When: Thursday, August 14th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm (+/-)
Location: Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce 128 East Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Absolutely no painting experience required. Our professional instructors will walk you step by step through the creative process. Community Canvas provides professional art supplies including paint, brushes, aprons, an 8x10 or 1114 canvas and inspiration. There is nothing for you to bring except yourself!


southbound Idaho-Maryland Off-Ramp
intermittent Day Closures

EFFECTIVE DATE(S): Wednesday, July 30 to Friday, August 8


Beginning Wednesday, July 30 to Friday, August 8, the southbound Idaho-Maryland off-ramp will be closed intermittently to through traffic during the day from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (weather permitting). State Route 20/49 will remain open.


Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience.


The final three performances of the Sierra Stages production of J.M. Barrie's PETER PAN are this upcoming weekend - Thursday July 31, Friday August 1 and Saturday August 2 at 7:30 PM -- at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. This literary and theatrical classic has charmed audiences of all ages - especially children - during its first three weekends of performances.

The Sierra Stages production of PETER PAN uses J.M. Barrie's published version of the play, and features flying, sword fights, a ticking crocodile, and a laser Tinker Bell. PETER PAN is perfect entertainment for families, and a great opportunity for children to discover the magic of live theatre.

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. General Admission is $25 ($18 for Youth age 17 and under), and Reserved Seating is $35. A "Family of Four Package" - 4 General Admission Tickets for Families with children - is available in advance for $75 for the Thursday evening performance.

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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 



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