Christmas Lights in Nevada City

To:  Downtown Businesses

Subject: Christmas Lights

The Christmas season begins Thanksgiving weekend and we want the Nevada City downtown to be the brightest spot on Santa’s route. That means it’s time to tune up, replace, or install roof line Christmas lights.

Most businesses in the downtown area have adequate strings of lights, and will only need a “tune-up” – that is, check the lines for damage and replace burned out light bulbs. This task will be done the last two weeks of October and only to those businesses that register in advance. The deadline is October 20th, so don’t hesitate, please contact us right away with what you would like done.

As usual, if you have the ability to replace light bulbs on your own, just let the office know so that light bulbs may be reserved for you.

Remember: Turn on lights starting Wednesday, November 23rd (in time for the Thanksgiving weekend) and turn them on every night through Sunday, January 8th.

To save energy, the Chamber recommends using a timer and having your lights come on at 5 p.m. and off at midnight.  Please turn lights off after January 8th.

New Military Discount Program


Nevada City Chamber is introducing a new discount program for our Active Duty Military visitors of all branches of the Armed Forces.

We have three major military bases in close proximity with folks looking for day trips to a great town like Nevada City. This Discount Program is a part of showing our hospitality and our thanks for their service!

Once we have sufficient merchant participation, we will begin our marketing efforts, including direct marketing to the military bases themselves and participating merchant listing on our website (for Chamber members only).

Merchants decide what discount to offer and the Chamber will provide a special “We Honor Our Military” Poster to display in the window of each storefront.

This opportunity is open to all merchants – whether Chamber member or not.

For more information, contact Chuck Shea at 530-416-2083 or Gary Tintle at


Tuttle Book Launch Oct. 15

An extraordinary “Book Launch” will occur in the Council Chambers at the Nevada City Hall starting at 3:30 pm, Saturday, October 15th.  The Hon. Richard E. Tuttle, retired Superior Judge, will discuss his newly published book Nevada City & Beyond containing candid, incautious and probing accounts of such matters as Dick Tuttle’s schoolboy adventures in Nevada City in the 1920s and 1930s; Sgt. Tuttle’s wartime exploits in Benghazi, Libya, and subsequent internment in a Nazi POW camp; his experience as a fledgling attorney and professional lobbyist in California; exciting times as a participant in the 1960s Civil Rights struggle in Mississippi; appointments to the Superior Court and State Energy Commission by Gov. Jerry Brown; Judge Tuttle’s previously undisclosed encounters with the “Rich and Infamous”.

A question period will follow the author’s remarks autographed copies of Nevada City & Beyond will be available for sale before and after the talk. These purchases will benefit the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries.  Refreshments will be served

(Note: Copies of Judge Tuttle’s book will be available at local book outlets—including Harmony Books of Nevada City and The Book Seller of Grass Valley—by October 10, 2011)

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October Mixers Postponed

Unfortunately, the two mixers scheduled for October have been postponed.  No dates have been rescheduled at this time.

Our next mixer will be the Table Top Showcase Mixer at Quail Ridge Senior Living, 150 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, on November 10th.

Paul Emery at Nevada Theatre

Greetings everyone!

Starting next week I’ll be presenting six weeks of music, theater and comedy at the historic Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on.

Next week on Friday Oct 7 Rita Hosking will be returning to Nevada City with her band Cousin Jack for an album debut concert celebrating the release of her fifth album.

One of the rising song writers of contemporary acoustic music she carries on the tradition of California folk and bluegrass music created by Kate Wolf and Mary McCaslin. Honors include winner of Best Country Album (Vox Pop) in the 2010 Independent Music Awards, winner of the ’08 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the ’09 Telluride Troubadour Contest, and others as well.

On Saturday Oct 8 Will Durst, the thinking mans comic, will appear for the first time at the Nevada Theatre.

Reigning as C-SPAN’s favorite comic (8 appearances,) Durst is a 5-time Emmy nominee and recipient of 7 consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year. He is the first comic invited to perform at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the first American to be nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the show “Myth America.” He has racked up more than 400 television appearances in 14 different countries while slinging jokes around the globe in his one man crusade to make people laugh out loud on purpose against their will.

Opening Oct 13 and running for four weeks will be A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Directed by John Deaderick, the show will run Thursday and Friday evenings with two performances on Saturdays. If you attended our productions of Cyrano de Bergerac and The Tempest you will enjoy the same high standards of acting and production from the cast and crew that is dedicated to presenting classic theater on the big stage of the Nevada Theatre, Thursday Oct 13 will be a preview night with $10 tickets. Opening night will be Friday the 14th and all attendees will be invited to a special after show party at the Miners Foundry right after the show. You can get all the details from my website at

Finally on November 11 and 12 we’re bringing back by popular demand A Thousand Kisses Deep, the Songs of Leonard Cohen.

The lineup of musicians includes Anni McCann, Paul Emery, Lorraine Gervais, Kimberly Bass, Lea Hume, Peter Wilson, Stephen Holland, Saul Rayo, Molly Fisk, Pat Jacobsen, Rick Kirkpatrick, Tom Schmidt, Arthur Gould, Craig Thomas and Mark McCartney. Needless to say it’s an amazing show featuring the great songs and poetry of Cohen who has held onto his original audience and has seen it grow across generations, in keeping with a body of music that is truly timeless and ageless. This show will likely sell out so advanced tickets are recommended.

Tickets are now on sale for all shows We have a new ticket outlet at the Miners Foundry which has started the Nevada City Box Office. Call them at 530 265 5462 to buy tickets over the phone or stop by Wednesday-Saturday.

Tickets will also be available at The Briar Patch Market, The Book Seller and Cherry Records in Auburn. Also you can buy tickets online through Vendini.

Showtimes and Ticket Prices at:

Whew, so there you have it, all happening at the Nevada Theatre

That’s all for now.

Paul Emery



National Customer Service Week Oct 3-7

Expect the Best! – One-Stop Business & Career Center Prepares to Celebrate National Customer Service Week October 3 – 7

Nearly everyone is in the customer care business. Whether you answer phones all day, tend to patients, teach students or help prepare payroll, you have customers. The One-Stop Business & Career Center would like to invite area businesses and agencies to join them in celebrating great service and service providers.

Nationally, Customer Service Week is an event devoted to recognizing the importance of customer service and honoring the people that provide great service. It was started by the International Customer Service Association in 1988 and is always the first full week of October.

“This year’s theme is Refresh, Recharge, Reconnect,” said Christine Hoxsie, Staffing Specialist. “In today’s economy, businesses are doing more with less and expectations are high. Providing excellent service is more important than ever. Celebrating and focusing on service is a great reminder how the small things add up to loyalty and retention.”

Activities Planned for Expect the Best Customer Service Week and the month of October
• Secret Shoppers are out and about prepared to catch great service in the act. Winners will receive a certificate of excellence and a gift donated by a local business. If you would like your business to be shopped, email Christine at

• Businesses and agencies can attend a customer service training. Customer Service Training Camp: Refresh, Recharge, Reconnect is a 1-hour, fast paced session geared to revisit key skills with all staff. Camp times are available Wednesdays in October: 10/5 at 10am, 10/12 at 2pm, 10/19 at 10am and 10/26 at 2pm. The cost is just $20 per person. The camp session is being provided by trainers Amanda Wigno and Kathy Garcia. Seating is limited. Call to reserve your spot.

• Celebrate with your staff! Throw a party! Thank your customers. Give out treats. Put up a banner. Celebrate and reward great service!

For more information, call the One-Stop Business & Career Center at 265-7088.

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First Northern CA Women’s Conference Oct 8

On behalf of Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, I would like to personally invite the women members of the chamber to attend her first Northern California Women’s Conference on Oct. 8, 2011 in Rocklin! I hope you will be able to attend.

This one-day conference will bring together professional women, community advocates, volunteers, wives and mothers from around the region as we work together to foster and promote women in business. This is a non-partisan event, and my goal for the event is to share a positive message of how women can and have succeeded as leaders and partners for positive change in their communities and in their personal lives.

The 2011 Northern California Women’s Conference will offer attendees interactive sessions on topics like small business development, health and wellness, parenting and foster parenting, developing community programs, and striving for success while “juggling” the various roles that women often do. Additionally, the Conference will offer a great atmosphere of networking and provide our sponsors and attendees with a wide-range of resources that will benefit you in your service to your communities.

The Northern California Women’s Conference will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sunset Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd., in Rocklin.

To view a complete schedule or register, please visit

Thank you for your assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact me at (916) 774-4430 should you need any additional information.

Michael Ross
Field Representative
Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, District 4
1700 Eureka Road, Suite 160
Roseville, CA 95661
Phone: (916) 774-4430



Economic Forecast Conference Oct 11th

The Economic Resource Council is proud to announce:

2011 Nevada County Economic Forecast Conference
with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Tuesday, October 11 at 11:30am

New Multipurpose Center, Sierra College Nevada County Campus

Tickets are $30 and include Lunch and a copy of the Mid-year Economic Profile of Nevada County.

Reservations are required. Call the ERC at 274-8455 or e-mail
.  Deadline for reservations and cancellations is Wednesday, October 5.

A special thanks goes to our co-sponsor 
Citizens Bank of Northern California and Sierra College for making this possible!


League of Women Voters General Meeting Oct 8

A Special Invitation to the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County’s

General Meeting
Saturday, October 8
9:30 Refreshments
10am-12pm Program

Peace Luthern Church
828 West Main Street
Grass Valley

Please share this information with your organization and with your friends.

For more information go to:


Lunch & Learn Series in October

Sierra Commons …..Coming Thursdays in October

Lunch & Learn Series

The Lunch & Learn series includes a 45 minute presentation by some of our area’s leading business professionals. There will be plenty of time for questions, networking and socialization. The series includes topics relevant to small business owners, entrepreneurs and working professionals and are available to all Nevada County residents.

Every Thursday in October from 12:00 – 1:30 pm at Sierra Commons, 107 Sacramento St., NC 95945, call (530) 265-8443.

Please visit our website for details and a complete schedule:


“The Truth Within The Confusion” Seminar Oct 4

Attention Business Owners, Human Resource Managers/Staff, Industrial Relations Managers, Managers and Supervisors:

You are cordially invited to attend the 22nd Annual Employer Seminar:
“The Truth Within the Confusion”

This seminar is packed with engaging speakers, practical information and tips to help employers stay on the forefront of legal and workplace developments, such as equal employment opportunity laws, workers compensation, ethical challenges, wage and hour issues. See attached flier for information.

One of the benefits of attending this seminar is the chance to meet and network with other business people in the area. Feel free to bring marketing materials about your company as there will be a table in the back so that you and other businesses can share information.

Six hours of HRCI Credit Certification has been approved for this seminar!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Ridge
2020 Golf Course Road
Auburn, CA 95602

$99 Members or $149 Non-members

Don’t miss out! Sign up today!  916-865-2439 or email

Seminar sponsored by the Foothill and South Placer Employer Advisory Councils


Nevada City Business Loan Programs

Nevada City has two new loan programs…could one of them benefit your business? Loans can be used for working capital, tenant improvements, or to purchase property or equipment. Interest rates are generally below market and terms are flexible. Start-ups and current businesses are eligible. Free business classes are available beginning September 29.

For more information & class schedules, check out or call the program operator, David Nelson Consulting, at (530) 346-7195.

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Lunch & Learn Series at Sierra Commons Sept & Oct

Lunch & Learn Series

To help Nevada County’s businesses thrive and survive during this challenging economy, Sierra Commons is hosting a Lunch & Learn Series this September and October.

The Lunch & Learn series includes a 45 minute presentation by some of our area’s leading business professionals. There will be plenty of time for questions, networking and socialization. The series includes topics relevant to small business owners, entrepreneurs and working professionals and are available to all Nevada County residents.

A sliding scale donation of $5 – $10 is requested.

Lunch & Learns are scheduled EACH THURSDAY from 12:00 – 1:30 at Sierra Commons. Bring a brown bag filled with your favorite midday meal and learn something to move your business forward.

WHERE: Sierra Commons, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City, CA, (530) 265-8443

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For more information contact Sierra Commons:



Magic Carpet Exhibit Sept 17th

The Magic Carpet will host a lecture and guided tour of a new exhibit titled, “In Praise of the Weavers” which will explore the creative genius of the Oriental rug weaver.

Saturday, Sept 17th

The Magic Carpet
408 Broad St.
Nevada City

For more information contact The Magic Carpet at 530-265-9229 or


Boardwalk Celebration Sept 15!

You are invited to a free celebration of the newly installed Commerical Street Boardwalk!

Thursday, September 15

Come to the corner of South Pine & Commercial Streets in downtown Nevada City for music by Beaucoup Chapeaux and kid-friendly beverages.

This is a fundraiser to help provide bike racks and permanent signage. The Boardwalk is a “No Smoking” zone.



Support the RSVP Program

RSVP Raffle!  Tickets $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00

Raffle tickets available at the RSVP Office, 471 Sutton Way, Suite 202, Grass Valley

RSVP recruits and places volunteers in community and public agencies.  Over 500 volunteers contribute 75,000 hours annually in Nevada County!

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