NCCB Spring into Summer Concert May 5

Nevada County Concert Band
“Spring into Summer” concert
Sunday May 5, 2013 at 3:00pm
First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road, Grass Valley

The 60-piece Nevada County Concert Band will perform great music, including Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March,” selections from “West Side Story,” the trumpet section feature “High Flight,” a saxophone ensemble, a Beatles medley, a brass ensemble, tunes by Irving Berlin, the beautiful “Yosemite Autumn,” and more.

The concert is free, and refreshments will be served at intermission. Bring the family!  Go to for more information


Successful Table Top Mixer

Joey Bratton of Fit Culture Studio enjoyed networking at the Chamber Table Top Mixer at the Elks Lodge March 21st.  Here he is pictured with Grass Valley Chamber Ambassador Machen MacDonald.

Fit Culture Studio is located at 75 Bost Avenue Units 5 & 6 in Nevada City.  For more information on services provided by Fit Culture Studio, please go to

New & Renewing Members


This week’s New and Renewing Members:

New:  Northern Air Heating & Air Conditioning

Renewing:  Delta Mortgage Corp. • Gold Country Termite Control • Stevenson Vacation Rentals • South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)

Thank you for your membership!


Oak Tree Ball April 27

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Honor Conservation at BYLT’s Oak Tree Ball

Come celebrate conservation and trails with Bear Yuba Land Trust during the Oak Tree Ball – an evening of fine food and drink, live music and an awards ceremony honoring three local leaders. This “festive formal” Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held April 27, 2013 at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way in Grass Valley. Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, Hank Meals and Greg Archbald will be recognized for conservation leadership, outdoor education and volunteerism. Throughout the evening Leta’s Blues will perform live music until 10 p.m. The cost is $150 per couple, $75 per person and $600 per table. To RSVP contact Jean Gilbert at (530) 272-5994 ext. 205.

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Sign Up for LED Lighting Rebates

Downtown Merchants:

Sierra Business Council, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Consolidated Electrical Distributors have teamed up to provide valuable rebates for swapping out existing incandescent and halogen lamps to high quality LED’s.

Save twice – rebates plus energy savings add up to provide a fast return on investment. Small retail merchants can take advantage of this opportunity by signing up by Monday, April 29 for an audit and light swap event happening on Monday, May 6th in downtown Nevada City.

Requirements and eligibility: Please allow one hour for the audit and processing. All lamps must be installed on the day of purchase. Payment for the lamps is made at the point of sale directly to Consolidated Electrical Distributor’s, Inc. All sales are final – the rebates cannot be returned once processed. Only select lamp types can be rebated. Federal Tax ID is required for all projects; businesses will receive a 1099 for all rebates of $600 or more. Businesses that have received rebates for lighting within the last three years are not eligible for this program.

For more information, please call Sierra Business Council • Alicia Powers • 530-582-4800 •


Download Informational Flyer with Eligibility Requirements

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NCTV Ribbon Cutting April 24

Please mark your calendar:

Ribbon Cutting at NCTV Digital Media Grand Opening

Wednesday, April 24th – 6 p.m.

NCTV – 400 Providence Mine Road, Building N3, Nevada City

(Drive past the Guard House, veering right)

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“Girl Rising” at Nevada Theatre April 23

Nevada City Film Festival and The Friendship Club present

“Girl Rising”
Tuesday, April 23rd

The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Doors 530pm, Film 6-7:45pm, Guest Panel Discussion 7:45-8pm
Tickets General Admission $10/ADV, $15/Door, 21 and Under $5
To Purchase Tickets go online to

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the Nevada City Film Festival and The Friendship Club will bring a global movement to educate girls and change the world home to Nevada County with a screening of the anticipated film Girl Rising at the Nevada Theatre. Following the film there will be a panel discussion with students, educators, and members of the media. This one-night only event is a must-see for families, educators, students, civic leaders, community organizers and more.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins and narrated by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington, the movie is the centerpiece of 10×10 – a global campaign to educate and empower girls.

Girl Rising spotlights the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world that have faced arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change.

A portion of Girl Rising ticket sales go to support girls’ programs around the world through the 10×10 Fund for Girls’ Education. The Fund goes to 10×10’s high-impact network of non-profit partners and leaders in girls’ education: A New Day Cambodia, CARE, Girl Up/United Nations Foundation, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, Room to Read, UNICEF, and World Vision.

10×10 was founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. 10×10 is built on a foundation of partnerships with NGOs, corporations, policy makers, and grassroots organizations — all working to change minds, lives, and policy. 10×10’s coalition of NGO partners include a high-impact network of champions and leaders in girls’ education. These organizations provide life-changing services to girls every day, and are among the best practitioners of their kind. 10×10’s film, Girl Rising, has been acquired by CNN Films and will be broadcast on CNN in the summer of 2013.

New & Renewing Members

This week’s New and Renewing Members:

New Member – The Dog House

Renewing Members – Chapel of the Angels Mortuary • Madelyn Helling • Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe • Olympia Mortgage & Investment Co. • Piety Hill Cottages Motel and B&B • Shelly’s Smart Shopper • The Willo • The Wooden Spoon

Thank you for your membership!



Renewing Members

This week’s  renewing members:

Renewing Members:  Animal Place • Nevada City School District • Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital • Stellar Healing

Thank you for your membership!

Lowell G. Robinson Chosen as Grand Marshal


Lowell is a community partner, a champion for various local non-profits and youth groups and a Nevada County entrepreneur. The 4th of July Committee is excited to honor Lowell for all of his achievements and contributions to our county.  Join us at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4th as we “Strike up the Band” in downtown Grass Valley.

Lowell’s Bio:

Lowell was born in Nevada City on April 24, 1929 at Miss Elizabeth Watson’s historic Nevada County Sanitarium. His parents-like his grandparents and great-grandparents-were respected and successful ranchers at Indian Springs, near Penn Valley. Like his father and grandfather Lowell attended the one-room schoolhouse at Indian Springs for grades one through eight. Lowell graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1948. As a schoolboy he spent summer vacations assisting with annual cattle drives to his family’s high-country cow camp near the Sierra Buttes.

In 1949 he began skidding logs for a local sawmill using improvised equipment of his own design. One by one he acquired several tractors, and by 1952 he had persuaded his father and younger brother Neil to join him in a partnership known as Robinson & Sons, which began small-scale logging operations in Nevada and Sierra counties. His first maintenance and repair shop was built at the family homestead in Indian Springs in 1956. By 1963 Robinson & Sons was recognized as Robinson Timber Inc. with headquarters and shops alongside the new Golden Center freeway west of Nevada City.

Lowell and Neil Robinson and Joe Griggs Sr. founded Robinson Enterprises in 1971 to conduct a variety of operations that included logging, road construction, gold mining and petroleum distribution and sales. Three years later, in 1974, Cal-Sierra Timber was launched by the same trio to own and manage equipment and timberland used by other businesses.

In 1980 Lowell was elected President of the Association of California Loggers, an organization he had already served as Secretary and Vice-President in 1976 and 1979. The Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference honored Lowell as “Logger of the Year” in 1994. Lowell and the Robinson companies have given generous support to such local causes and groups as the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Nevada Union High School, Sierra College, Nevada County Historical Society, Future Farmers of America, Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Junior Achievement, 4-H and local fire departments.

Sixty four years after he began his logging career, Lowell is still active in all his enterprises, and looks forward to giving even more time to the community to which his family has belonged for 148 Years.

Kill-a-Watt Meter Class April 8th

The Sierra Business Council, in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), will be presenting a class titled Kill-a-Watt Meter at the Nevada City library on Monday, April 8th at 3pm. The presentation will educate residents on how to accurately measure the power consumption of household electronics and appliances by using a watt meter. The meter can be checked out of the libraries within the Nevada County Library system just like a book and measures the power consumption of any 120-volt device, such as refrigerators, computers, TV’s, and video game systems. The meter can also estimate how much an appliance costs to operate per hour, day, month, or year. Knowing which household items draw the most power provides consumers with the information they need to reduce energy use and lower their electricity bills.

Successful Table Top Mixer

Thank you to all who participated and attended the very successful Table Top mixer held at the Elks Lodge in Nevada City on March 21st.



Nevada City Chamber Board Update

April, 2013 – As a result of a Director’s resignation and a review of the recent voting tallies from the Board election earlier this year, the Chamber Board has been very slightly shuffled for the remainder of 2013. The new list of Directors is:

Dave Iorns, President • Nevada City Crystal & Glass
Valerie Moberg, President-Elect • Broad Street Inn
Gary Tintle, Treasurer • Tintle, Inc.
Corey Bristow • Café Mekka
Mike Byrne • The Willo
John Cammack • Lefty’s Grill
Tom Coleman • National Hotel
Kim Coughlan • Novak’s
Dave Francis • Las Katarinas
Peggy Peterson • Asylum Down
Paul Sieving • Associate Member
Melinda Solis-Day • Nevada City Self Storage
Barbara Tanner • Associate Member

NON-VOTING CITY LIASON – David Brennan, City Manager • City of Nevada City

Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director • Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Community Meetings to Improve Broadband Service

Does your business or home have inadequate Internet service? Maybe you don’t have Internet service at all. The Gold Country Broadband Consortium (GCBC) is one of 14 regional consortia in the State funded by the California Advanced Services Fund Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia grant program to leverage regional, state and national resources as an investment in improving and expanding broadband access.

The goal of the Consortium is to provide choices for affordable Internet service. In order to do that, the GCBC is in the process of mapping out demand by rural homeowners, neighborhoods and business owners and conducting community meetings bringing various Internet Service Providers (ISP) to these meetings. The GCBC needs the assistance of rural residents and businesses by taking a speed test and sending the results to, with a physical street address, to be included in the mapping process.

To conduct the speed test, visit the FCC site . This website is used to record the results of all speed tests and reported to the CPUC. The goal is to get service to those who don’t have it and to upgrade service that doesn’t meet the State standard of 6 mbps down and 1.5 mbps up.

The GCBC is also looking for neighborhood advocates to notify their neighbors of upcoming community meetings. Please send an e-mail to if you would like to serve your community as a neighborhood advocate.

The next Broadband Community Meeting is scheduled for April 5, 2013 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City in the Community Room. This meeting will focus on the broadband needs of the Harmony Ridge and the nearby North Bloomfield Road Area. Admission is free. The meeting will allow local ISP’s to describe their services and what they can provide by means of Internet service.

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is the facilitator of a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) grant to launch a public-private partnership aimed at increasing digital access and use in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties. Additional information and announcements will be posted on the Gold Country Broadband Consortium Blog: Please book mark this blog as the go-to-place for the latest GCBC updates and maps. For more information on SEDCorp or the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, contact Brent Smith, CEO, 530.823.4703, or visit

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