SARTA PowerUp Event June 26

WHAT: The Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) is holding a PowerUP event in Grass Valley on Wednesday, June 26, for clean and ag tech companies, the community and investors.

Participants will showcase wares and get feedback on their clean and ag tech products, have the opportunity to film a one-minute promotional video about their company or product for posting on the CleanStart Virtual Expo, and meet potential investors, partners and service providers.

Attendees also will have the opportunity to introduce themselves at the microphone, meet and mingle with the clean/ag tech community at large and get tapped into the latest clean and ag tech happenings in the region.

Co-sponsored by the Economic Resource Council, and Sierra Commons, this event is the final of three organized by SARTA’s CleanStart program. It will take place at Esterly Hall, home of the Nevada County Realtors Association.

In the latest CleanStart Progress Report it was revealed Sacramento region clean tech revenues in 2012 grew by 29 percent to over $2.1 billion, while employment grew by 31 percent to more than 3,200. Both marks are all-time highs for the region’s clean tech sector. Reports will be available at the event at no cost.

The total number of area clean tech companies now totals 99 as indicated in an updated SARTA interactive online map that enables users to link to Sacramento’s tech companies’ websites, identify locations and organize them by industry.

CleanStart has a long-term goal to bring 10,000 new clean-tech jobs and $5 billion in additional revenue to the Sacramento region.

In addition T3 will be collecting used toner and ink cartridges for recycling from all attendees.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point, Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945


Fundraiser at Highgate Senior Living Jun 28

Highgate Senior Living is hosting a Pasta Fundraising Dinner June 28th in hopes of raising money for the Alzheimer Association, Walk to the End. We are going to have a buffet, drinks (wine, Italian sodas, and more), dessert, music, and a silent auction. Please invite family, friends and anyone that would like to help us support the Alzheimer Association. There is no entrance fee, however donation are appreciated.

Real Graphic Ribbon Cutting

The Chamber had a ribbon cutting last week for new Chamber member Real Graphic.  Welcome aboard!

Real Graphic is “your source for all things graphic”.  They are located at 749 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley, 273-8835,


Help Make July 4th Celebration Great!

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 Grass Valley this year. The Western Nevada County community “loves a parade” – our goal is to continue to provide a great show. This festive and fun-filled event is always a favorite and we guarantee another great parade and spectacular fireworks.

To assist with the funding of our community celebration, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from businesses, individuals and organizations. The cost of producing this traditional celebration is between $9,000 and $15,000. This year we are in need more than ever due to many cutbacks. Any donation you are able to make to help us continue this great community event is very much appreciated. You may choose from a variety of packages, e.g., sponsoring the local school bands, The Nevada County Concert Band, fairgrounds entertainment or helping us provide the much needed porta-potties.

Please take a moment to download the Donation Form, review the Donation information, and then return the Donation Form along with your donation check to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office by June 1, 2013. All donations will be acknowledged in media releases.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the 4th of July Parade and Firework Celebration!

Sincerely yours,

4th of July Committee

Keith & Robin Davies, President/CEO, Greater GV Chamber of Commerce
Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director, NC Chamber of Commerce
Julia Jordan, Executive Director, Grass Valley Downtown Assn.

Advertise in the Nevada County Visitor’s Guide

Introduce Yourself to New Residents & Visitors

The official resource guide to Nevada County, the 2013 Visitors Guide includes everything from places to eat and sleep to community events and maps. Distributed in the Lake Tahoe area, the 2013 Visitors Guide will target the day/weekend trippers, and people looking to visit or move to Nevada County through the Nevada City, Grass Valley, and Penn Valley Chambers of Commerce.

This year’s guide will have high-gloss covers bound over inside pages of high-quality newsprint. Don’t miss your chance to advertise in the publication that will be in the hands of visitors coming to explore the beauty of our community. Make your business the first place they stop!

Advertising Reservation Deadline:  Covers: May 30, 2013 | Inside ads: June 7, 2013 | Publishes:  June 21, 2013

Call your Account Manager today! Or call Melissa Rhoden at 530-477-4268 or

Download Visitors Guide 2013 sales flyer

GC Piano Institute Concert & Class Jun 15 & 16

Photo by Ted Covey

Photo by Ted Covey

Who: Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Gold Country Piano Institute: The Alumni Series Concert and Master Class

When: Concert – Saturday, June 15, Doors 7pm, Concert 8pm, Master Class – Sunday, June 16, 11am-3pm

Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Tickets: $30 for Concert, $50 for Master Class includes 1 ticket to the Concert

Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

After nearly a five-year hiatus, the Gold Country Piano Institute (GCPI) returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center with The Alumni Series, a concert and master class by acclaimed pianist Pauline Yang, that hopes to attract a new audience of classical music lovers. On Saturday, June 15, Yang will perform the works of such greats such as Bach, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff, in the beautiful Stone Hall at the Foundry. The following day on Sunday, Yang will offer a Master Class to intermediate and advance pianists where they will receive detailed, insightful comments that will help him or her examine their repertoire with a new perspective.

Yang began her piano studies at the young age of five. She made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut as well as her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of eleven and enrolled at the Julliard School’s Pre-College Division later that year. In 2000, at the age of thirteen Yang traveled to Nevada City to attend GCPI. She has since performed throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Los Angeles’ KUSC, and the New York Times’ WQXR classical music radio stations. In 2008, Yang was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women of the Year.

“To be returning to Nevada City and to perform for one of my all-time favorite audiences is truly such a treat for me,” explains Yang. “So many people from this tremendous arts-loving community have watched me grow up from when I was first in Nevada City as a thirteen-year-old at GCPI. They have continued to be incredibly supportive of me over the years. This audience and this community are very special and dear to my heart, and I cannot wait to be back this month.”

Founded in 1999, GCPI’s mission was to instill serious young American piano students with the realization that they could achieve excellence at a young age by giving them opportunities to study with master piano instructors and to interact with young virtuosi from around the world in an innovative and intensive piano master course. It was a unique opportunity for the local community to experience teachers and students from all over the world, while they perfected their craft.  There were many students who came to the Piano Institute and “grew up” with it, returning year after year. Students were housed in private homes and developed a bond with the people who live here. Now grown, many of these students are professional musicians. The Alumni Series will bring these students back to the community to perform and to teach. For nearly ten years, every June, GCPI and the former Twin Cities Concert Association, would present a world-class performance by visiting pianists in the Foundry’s Stone Hall. In 2008, in the wake of the Great Recession, GCPI decided to go on a hiatus.

“We’ve always considered the Miners Foundry our home, so when Gretchen Bond from the Foundry called Julie Cobden and I to ask if we would be interested in reigniting GCPI we thought it was perfect timing,” explains Andrea Fox, pianist and teacher. “Pauline was our first choice to launch the series. She’s highly accomplished, but doesn’t take herself too seriously. Her playing is so moving that it will break your heart, but it can also be light and playful.”

GCPI and the Foundry believe the series will reach a new audience of music enthusiasts who remember attending the performances as young adults and are now excited to share that experience with their own family.  “GCPI has contributed so invaluably to my life and career,” says Yang. “Through GCPI, I had the opportunity to go perform and study in Warsaw one summer when I was 14. That, too, remains one of my favorite memories, and it was entirely due to this Institute and community.”

Nomadic Membership at Sierra Commons

(Re)introducing nomadic membership at Sierra Commons –
After hiatus, entry-level coworking memberships once again available at Sierra Commons

Sierra Commons’ nomadic membership for only $125/month.
What you get:
• Amenities of a full office including printer/scanner/fax
• Fast, redundant internet
• Two hours per month conference or classroom use
• Access to business mentors at no charge
• Mail hold (plus a Nevada City business address)
• Member discount on all Sierra Commons-produced classes or workshops
• A great sense of community

Work with other small businesses, entrepreneurs, and freelancers in a productive, professional and social community space. Schedule a tour before the end of June, and receive a complimentary day of coworking.

Visit the website for more information:

Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert June 9

The House I Dream of: A Broadway Revue to Benefit Home
Sunday, June 9 • 3pm

Peace Lutheran Church
828 West Main Street, GV

Habitat for Humanity and Sierra Stages Community Theatre present a benefit concert to raise money for House #7 in Habitat’s 16-home Heritage Oaks development.

Come enjoy music from the upcoming performances of Avenue Q and Closer Than Ever, plus other Broadway favorites sung by local talent. Admission is FREE…tax deductible donations accepted.