New Restaurant Open in Nevada City

Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill is now open at 104 Union Street in Nevada City, 470-8894.

Hours are Monday through Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday and Saturday 11am-9pm.  Carry-Out or Dine-in.

Experience Jamaican food such as Oxtail, Curry Goat, Lobster & Red Snapper, plus Jerk Chicken and Ital Stew.


New & Renewing Members


Ol’ Republic Brewery
Synthetic Unlimited
The Parlour
Your Ceremony with Spirit Wedding Officiant

Beryl Robinson
Broad Street Inn
Citizens for Choice
Colwell Thundering Herd Ranch
Kat’s World Foods
National Hotel
Nevada City Furniture & Mattresses

Nevada City Craft Fair Aug 5

The Nevada City Craft Fair returns Sunday, August 5, 2012 to the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City.

The Nevada City Craft Fair showcases the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-ityourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares. Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationary items as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and more. Over 60 vendors, reaching as far as Reno, Chico, Sacramento and San Francisco, plus local businesses such as vintage clothing maven Violet Folklore, Mama Spiders Studio’s hand-woven garments and creative woolens, plus crystals and jewelry from Gather Jewelry and Scarlett Fire, will also be offering their works. This year, The Artist Workshop: A Creative Space for Families will provide children’s crafts all day.

A full-bar, along with sweet and savory crepes from Elevensies Crepes, are also available to fuel the professional and amateur shopper.

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Nevada City Craft Fair
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Time 10am – 8pm,
Tickets $3, Children 12 and under Free

Download Flyer for NCCraftFair


Acoustic Guitar at St. Joseph’s Aug 3

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center presents:

Three acclaimed fingerstyle guitar innovators Alex de Grassi, Franco Morone, and Walter Strauss join forces for an evening of solos, duos, and trios


Tickets are $20 in advance + $22.00 at the door
Tickets are available at the BriarPatch Co-op and the Cultural Center office

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church Street
Two blocks from historic downtown Grass Valley
530-272-4725 or

Three acoustic guitar innovators appear together for the first time as a triple bill, these three masters will serve up a smorgasbord of fingerstyle guitar featuring musical influences from around the world. Arrangements of traditional American, European, and African melodies cross rhythms with original compositions as these three dish up an audible feast.

Table Top Mixer July 26

As a Chamber member you have the opportunity to market and promote your business to potential clients and customers especially during the summer months. Mixers give you the chance to meet potential clients and/or customers and to talk about your business and what you have to offer. Make sure to bring your business cards to hand out to new business prospects.

On July 26, PremierWest Bank will host a Table Top Showcase where you will meet local businesses showcasing their products and services.

PremierWest Bank
Table Top Showcase
Thursday, July 26
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
115 West McKnight Way, Grass Valley

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Table Top Showcase mixers offer a high-return-on-a-small-investment opportunity to present your business. To reserve a table for your business at a future Table Top Show Case, call Theresa Scicluna at (530) 272-4286 or email her at

Emily’s Catering Open During Summer Nights

Emily’s Catering and Cakes will be open during Summer Nights. Join us on our private patio at 313 Commercial Street to get out of the heat enjoy great music and share gourmet food. We will be seating restaurant style with a Tapas, small plate, themed menu. Open 5-11 July 25th.

Check out our facebook page for information on our five year anniversary special – Chocolate Giveaway. You could win chocolate for a year or chocolate quartz earrings from Stucki Jewelers. For more information call 530-409-3716.


Help needed for Hamburger Booth at County Fair

The Chamber is looking for volunteers to help with our Hamburger Booth during the Nevada County Fair in August.

Shifts we really need help with are Friday, Aug 10 (1:30pm-5pm shift) and Sunday, Aug 12 (5pm-8pm and 8pm-11pm shifts).

Volunteers for the Chamber’s Hamburger Booth receive FREE entry to the fair, and a FREE Cheeseburger, Soda and Root Beer Float from the Chamber booth!

If you can help, please give us a call at 265-2692.

NCCB Presents Picnic Pops Concert July 29

Nevada County Concert Band presents “Along for the Ride” Concert
5:00pm – 7:00pm on Sunday July 29
Pioneer Park, corner of Nimrod and Park Streets, Nevada City
Free; non-profit donations accepted

The 60-piece Nevada County Concert Band is joined by 90 guest musicians to play big band, folk, pop, and march favorites that are perfect for the whole family.

Come “Along for the Ride,” as the band plays music about the journey – not the destination. Go for a “Roller Coaster” ride, travel “To a Distant Place,” and fly with a barnstormer in “The Great Waldo Pepper” march. Relive your childhood with the carousel tune “Ben Hur Chariot March,” dance along with Irving Berlin tunes, and “Climb Every Mountain” (from “The Sound of Music.”) Sound your car horn with Henry Fillmore’s march “The Klaxon,” cool off with “Sleigh Ride,” and simply roam with “The Happy Wanderer.” Euphonium soloist Ike Geddings will perform “Tramp Tramp Tramp” (a Civil War tune), and the band will reenact “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The clarinet section will be featured with a special rendition of Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk.”

Bring your family and friends to the Pioneer Park Picnic & Pops Concert #2 of 3 to enjoy your picnic dinner on the grass, or treat yourself with goodies from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. This concert is free, and non-profit donations are accepted.

Nevada County Concert Band
P.O. Box 1444, Nevada City, CA 95959



Download Flyer for details

Happenings at the Stonehouse this week

7/26 “Living Room” with Matt Wich
Thursday July 26th marks the beginning of another “Living Room:” A monthly party – taking place the last Thursday of every month – hosted by DJ Matt Wich in which he performs and usually brings in a sick guest to play, too. Matt calls his party the “Living Room” because it “reflect(s) on the laid back, ‘come as you are’ mentality of my all time favorite parties.”

“Living Room” is a 21+ event, costs only $5 at the door, and runs from 5PM-2AM. Music starts at 9, but come early to enjoy drink specials (5-8pm = $2 wells, 8-10pm $3 wells). Don’t miss other Thursday night DJ events at the Stonehouse

7/28 “Rise of the Y Generation”
Producer Melissa Roberts, aka DJ Malisha, will showcase new, up and coming producers, and will take place on Saturday, July 28, from 9pm – 2am at The Stonehouse in Nevada City. Hosted by production companies Bodacious Beats and SubThugz This is a 21+ event, and tickets will be for sale for $5 at the door.

7/29 Jazz Sessions – A new spin on old standards
The Jazzmatics serve up their Jazz Sessions with musical tact and a taste for a variety of music, including standards from the 50’s and 60’s. They play from 4-7pm every Sunday night, free admission to the public.

This week, Sunday July 29th, the talented ladies of Delirious Moonlight will follow the Jazzmatics, taking the stage from 7pm till late night. Featuring Jazz standards and Broadway show tunes.

The Stonehouse is located at 107 Sacramento Street, in downtown Nevada City. or 265-5050.  Find us on Facebook!

Fun Mixer at NC Furniture & Mattresses

Jim Minasian (left in photo), owner of Nevada City Furniture & Mattresses, hosted a fun & festive mixer last week!  Here he is pictured with the man who barbequed all the great hot dogs for the mixer, Chuck.

Thanks for a great time!

Also attending the mixer were new Chamber members Jim Harte & Simon Olney, owners of  Ol’ Republic Brewery located at 124 Argall Way in Nevada City.

“Amelie” showing at Miners Foundry July 20

A sweet taste of Parisian life comes to Nevada City, on Friday, July 20, 2012. The Nevada City Film Festival and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center will present “Amélie”, the 2001 award-winning, charming, romantic film starring Audrey Tatou,and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, about what happens when one woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows.

Part of the “Food & Film Series”, the evening’s festivities includes a special performance by Beaucoup Chapeaux, the popular acoustic world music group featuring Maggie McKaig, Luke Wilson, Murray Campbell, and Randy McKean. Film and music tickets are $16.00 for Magic Lantern Film Society and/or Miners Foundry Members, $20.00 for Non Members.

“Amélie”, is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. The film met with critical acclaim and was a box-office success. Amélie won Best Film at the European Film Awards; it won four César Awards (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards.

“Amélie” will screen in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and sound will be brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure.

Following the film, dinner and music will be hosted in the beautiful Stone Hall where Isabelle’s Soul Kitchen Crêperie will serve classic savory and sweet French crepes to order are available for purchase along with a no-host full bar featuring an array of French wines.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Doors 5pm, Film & Music 6pm, Dinner 8pm

TICKETS: or The Nevada City Box Office 530-265-5462
Film & Music:  $16/Magic Lantern Film Society and/or Miners Foundry members, $20/non-members



Rebetika at St. Joseph’s July 21

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center presents

REBETIKA – Music of the Greek Underworld
with Christos Govetas and Pasatempo

Saturday, July 21st, at 8:00 PM

Tickets are $15.00 in advance + $20.00 at the door
Tickets available at the BriarPatch Co-op and the Cultural Center office

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church St.
two blocks from historic downtown Grass Valley
530-272-4725 and

Rebetika started out as music of the Greek underworld around the turn of the last century. It has endured and become the music of the Greek soul. The songs deal with the timeless issues of love, heartbreak, drugs, jail, illness, exile and death. In spite of the heavy nature of those topics, Rebetika music also maintains an innocence and joy, a love of life and passion which transcend time and language.

Pasatempo is a band based in Seattle, Washington that performs rebetika and other folk music of the Balkans both locally and nationally.

Chamber Mixer July 12th

Please join us at the next Nevada City Chamber Mixer hosted by Nevada City Furniture & Mattresses in their new location!

118 Argall Way, Nevada City

Last Chance to VOTE Nevada City “Best Town Ever”!

Each year, Outside Magazine scours the nation to find those dream cities that offer a balance of great culture, perfect scenery, stress-free and reasonable cost of living, and, of course, easy access to the outdoors. This year, for it’s 35th Anniversary issue October, Outside is calling on the public to help select the best one ever from a pool of ten finalists in their Best Town Ever Facebook app.

To select the finalists, Outside partnered with the non-profit American Rivers to find great places to live that have the usual dreamy quality-of-living criteria and also an active recreational engagement with nearby waterways-kayaking, fishing, boating, walking and bike paths, and riverfront parks – and a positive environment story.

The winning town will receive the official honor of Outside’s “Best Town in America” and will be featured in the October 2012 magazine cover, and on Outside online.

The towns nominated include – Hood River, OR; Missoula, MT; Boise, ID; Nevada City, CA; Durango, CO; Ithaca, NY; Milwaukee, WI; Richmond, VA; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC.

Voting officially begins at 12:00am EDT June 12, 2012 and ends at 11:59PM EDT July 9, 2012.

Visit to vote or join “Vote Nevada City the Best Town Ever” page on Facebook!

Let’s win this!

Living Lands’ Farm Tour & Festival July 15

Join us on Sunday, July 15th, for Living Lands’ Third Annual Farm Tour and Family Fun Festival. Visit three of six local farm sites from 10:00am to 1:00pm and meet the farmers and interns who are the backbone of Living Lands. Then, bring the whole family to the afternoon festival from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at First Rain Farm in Nevada City to enjoy lunch, ice cream, live music, storytelling, art projects, games, butter churning, goat milking, water play, and more!

Living Lands Agrarian Network provides training and mentorship to a new generation of farmers and connects the youth in the community to the sources of their food. Our unique model of cooperative, sustainable agriculture integrates education, resource sharing, community partnerships and celebration around the food we grow. The money raised at this event will help support our education programs for youth and adults. This event is made possible by our generous sponsors: Briar Patch Co-op, Peaceful Valley, United Natural Foods, and Vital Landscaping

Living Lands members are invited to participate in the tour and festival for FREE (Memberships start at $45/person or $65/family). Tickets for non-members are:

$10 per adult/$5 per child for the afternoon festival only
$30 per adult/$10 per child for the tour and festival (includes lunch)
Ride your bike or carpool and tour for only $20/adult!

The tour begins and ends at First Rain Farm, 19832 Rector Road in Nevada City. See the Events page at for directions and to reserve your spot. You can also register at First Rain Farm between 9:00am and 10:00am on the day of the tour, Sunday, July 15th.

If you have questions, or are interested in volunteering at or sponsoring this event, please contact Erika at

It’s Not Too Late to Sponsor 4th Celebration!

Dear Community Friends:

As has been the tradition for many years, the 4th of July Committee is pleased to be the host of the 4th of July parade which will be held in downtown Nevada City this year. The western Nevada County community loves the hometown parade and fireworks, and we want to continue to present a great show.

To assist with funding, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from local businesses and organizations. The cost to produce this long-standing event has increased over the years, and rental of the fairgrounds and cost of fireworks alone is $16,000, with the final cost exceeding over $60,000.

As you can see, it’s an expensive undertaking for us to provide a hometown parade and a safe fireworks show for our community. We understand that this year may be difficult, but we need your help to continue the tradition. Let’s not let the financial impact of the current economy force the cancellation of our celebrations, as has occurred in other California communities.

There are a variety of packages to choose from, ranging from being the Exclusive, Major Sponsor of the entire day’s celebrations, to sponsoring a High School Band, The Ophir Prison Band, underwriting rental of the fairgrounds, or helping to fund the fireworks. The sooner we get your donation, the more publicity you will receive. Please, take a moment to review our Sponsorships. Then contact Dian Glasco, at 530-265-9606 for more information, and to arrange your Sponsorship Package.


If you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 530-265-2692. Thank you for your enthusiastic community spirit in support of our Patriotic event.

Sincerely yours,

4th of July Committee

Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
Mary Ann Van Meter, President/CEO Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce
Julia Jordan, Executive Director, Grass Valley Downtown Association
Dian Glasco, 4th of July Sponsorship Sales (530) 265-9606
Tara Walters, 4th of July Sponsorship Representative 530-264-7070

Friends of Libraries Book Sale July 7

Friends of the Nevada County Libraries Feature American History Books at July 7th Sale

The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries will feature American History books at their sale on Saturday July 7th at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine Street in Nevada City. Hours are 9 am to 3 pm. Also, thousands of other paperback and hardback books– fiction, non-fiction, children’s, and collectible books- will be available for 25¢ to $3.00. For additional information, phone (530) 265-1407 or

Your gently used books can be donated at any Nevada County library branch or outside Raley’s grocery in Grass Valley. This is a great way to support your local libraries. Proceeds go toward library materials, programs, and equipment. You can also get really great deals on like-new books.

Renewing Members


Gold Country Kennel Club
Nevada City Marketplace
Paul Sieving
The Old 5 Mile Hosue
Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop
Waste Management of Nevada County