Magic Carpet Gallery Closing Discounts

Dear Oriental Rug Lovers,

After 32 years of providing some of the finest hand-knotted rugs in the world, we are closing our Magic Carpet Gallery and reinventing ourselves by moving to a web-based operation. We will however, continue our expert wash and repair service.

The closing of our store means a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase rugs from our hand-picked collection, at an incredible 30% discount. Our unique inventory includes new and antique classical and village rugs as well as some of the finest Cultural Survival rugs that are woven with hand-carded, hand-spun and vegetable dyed wool – the antiques of the future. As the global economy changes, we are seeing a dramatic impact on the rug weaving industry. This has led to a substantial increase in prices as well as a dramatic decrease in production of this magnificent art form. This is a golden opportunity to furnish your home or office from our unique collection of Oriental rugs at far below current retail.

This discount also applies to our new and antique statue collection, old Indian Gujarati embroideries, Navajo rugs, jewelry and old rug pillows. All our inventory may be viewed on our state-of-the-art website We encourage you to come visit us in historic Nevada City. As always, we offer home-trials and free shipping.

We wish to thank all of you for your support and appreciation of this great art form.

Paul and Eileen Jorgensen – The Magic Carpet – A thing of beauty is a joy forever


GCBC Workshop Summary Feedback

To all of you who support the expansion of broadband infrastructure and the adoption of broadband service as quickly as possible, we need your critical feedback as we move towards beginning to hold community and neighborhood meetings. A draft summary of the Gold Country Broadband Consortium (GCBC) Kickoff Workshop is attached. It needs a lot of gap-filling, and I know you can do it. If we are to inform the public in, say, the Washington area of Nevada County, we need to have all of the information at hand about the services available from the nearby public jurisdictions, the school district, the health care providers, the libraries and others to offer in exchange for the community’s commitment to adopt broadband service as soon as it can be extended to them. We need the same comprehensive information across all the five counties in the GCBC.

So, if you were at the workshop and can correct or add to the notes that were captured, we need your input. If you were not at the workshop but you can correct or add to the notes that were captured, we need your input. If you were or were not at the workshop and are willing to help facilitate a meeting in your community, we need your contact information. If you are part of an organization that provides public, health care, school or library services via the Internet and are willing to participate in the community meetings – a great opportunity to market your organization – we need to hear from you. If you did not map your location and its associated broadband service (or lack of service) at the workshop or have not visited the GCBC web site to provide that input, please do so as soon as possible –

Finally, if you haven’t done a speed test on your own Internet service, please visit the FCC site and don’t forget to send your results to to update our project maps.

Thank you for your continued support! Together, we maximize our chances of reaching the goal of having broadband service available to every home and business in our region within three years. It’s a tough challenge – it makes me glad that we’ve got you on our team.

Brent, Sierra Economic Development Corporation (530) 823-4703 •

Renewing Members


309 Commercial
Business and Career Center
Darkhorse Golf Club, LLC
Gold Country Celtic Society
Nevada City Winery
Nevada County Makes
Old Barn Self Storage
Outside Inn
The Magic Theatre
Utopian Stone

Join our Volunteer Team!

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking volunteers for the many events the chamber sponsors as well as committees and office help. It’s a great way for individuals to get involved in the community, make friends and have fun!

Anyone interested can contact the chamber by calling 265-2692 or visiting our website at and click on the “Volunteer” link on the home page for volunteers to leave their contact info and their interests. Our next big event is in June for the Foreign Car & Wine Stroll.

We look forward to working with you!

Benefit Concert for Utah’s Place May 12th

Hospitality House to host benefit concert at Utah’s Place
Saturday, May 12th, 7pm, 1262 Sutton Way in Grass Valley

On May 12th at 7pm, Hospitality House will open the doors of Utah’s Place for a benefit concert to help raise money for costs associated with permitting and renovation of the new space. The concert will feature Brendan Phillips (Utah Phillips’s son) and Bodhi Busick, The Moore Brothers, and two of Utah’s long-time friends and fellow folk singers, Larry Hanks and Deborah Robbins. Admittance to the show will be by donation.

Hospitality House is looking to begin renovations of Utah’s Place so it can open its doors to shelter up to 54 people experiencing homelessness in Nevada County. The crucial phase of permitting is underway, and work will begin in the early summer. This concert will help raise funds to continue the process. If you have not had a chance to see the new space, this is the perfect opportunity to come hear great music and learn more about Hospitality House and Utah’s Place and contribute to its continued success.

About the Performers:
Brendan Phillips, Utah’s son, has been touring extensively with his band, Fast Rattler as well as playing a number of well-received solo sets at shows along side performers like Tracy Grammer, Peter Yarrow, and Meklit Hadero. After 3 years in Portland Oregon working as a community organizer with Sisters Of The Road (a 30-year-old nonprofit that provided hot meals and community organizing trainings to people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty) Brendan has moved back to Nevada County to reconnect with this community and volunteer with Hospitality House. Recently, Brendan and Fast Rattler teamed up with virtuosic guitar player and songwriter, Bodhi Busick to record an EP titled “Hand On The Plow”. Bodhi and Brendan will share the stage and debut songs from the new EP at the show.

For decades, Larry Hanks has been delighting audiences with his rough-hewn bass vocals, tastefully spare 6 and 12-string guitar accompaniments, and virtuosic Jew’s Harp playing. Listeners respond warmly to his easy, unpretentious mannerisms, and a loving approach to the repertoire he painstakingly selects to reflect the many facets of the human condition. Larry Hanks brings charm, depth, and a heart full of tenderness to every song he sings. Influenced by the music of Sam Hinton, Leadbelly, and Woody Guthrie, Hanks is also known for his many old songs of the American West– both sad and rollicking cowboy and work songs, topical and political songs, and Traditional American ballads. Larry has performed with hundreds of musicians throughout his long career. Some of them include Gordon Bok, Jody Stecher, Mike Seeger, Utah Phillips, Michael Cooney, Geoff Muldaur, Malvina Reynolds, Roger Perkins, Janis Joplin, Fred Holstein, Mike Marker, and Kenny Hall, to name a few. Over the past few years, Larry has teamed up with his wife and musical partner Deborah Robbins to perform all over the country. They recently released their first duo record titled “No Hiding Places”. Larry and Deborah are both long-time friends of Utah’s and are honored to be included in this wonderful evening of music.

Ribbon Cutting at Nevada City Box Office

The Nevada City Box Office at the Miners Foundry had their official Chamber Ribbon Cutting ceremony Thursday, April 26th.  Many familiar faces were in attendance to celebrate!

The Nevada City Box Office was established in 2011 to serve the ticketing needs for a variety of venues in the Nevada City and Grass Valley areas.  Tickets are available online, as well as over the phone and in person.

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
530-265-5463 • 325 Spring Street – inside the Miners Foundry Annex
(First door to the right, coming from Spring Street)


New and Renewing Members


Evolution Studios
Hamilton Bryan
Sister Sunflower

Edward Jones (Peter McDonald)
House of Print & Copy LLC
Nevada City United Methodist Church
Nevada County Properties/Recreation Realty
Scotts Flat Lake


Summer Camp & Activities Fair May 5th

Join us May 5th at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, located at 415 N. Pine St.  Parents will have the opportunity to talk with camp directors, workshop instructors, and child care providers to find the perfect programs for their children to enjoy this summer. Register on the spot for many of the camps and activities that will be represented, including The Artists Workshop, Dance with Laura Bishop, Earth Encounters, J&J Performing Arts, Sierra Jazz Camp, and many more! Children can romp in Dan Wiles’ Awesome Jump House while parents gather information about having one at their next birthday party. MeMa’s Kitchen will be selling tamales – enjoy at the event or take home for a Cinco de Mayo dinner!

We are so thankful to our community sponsors, Gold Country Kuk Sol Won, B&C, SPD, and Sheila Baker, who recognize the benefit of summer camps. They have donated generously to support the Fair and to provide scholarships. There will be a raffle for the chance to win a FREE camp scholarship, Bonus Dollars toward the camp or activity of your choice, or other great prizes! Raffle proceeds will help fund repairs at Seaman’s Lodge, located in Pioneer Park.

Contact Nevada City Parks & Recreation at 530.265.2496 x129 for information.

Let’s keep our children learning, moving, and having fun this summer!

Last Chance to Participate in NC Gold 2012-2013

Nevada County Gold 2012-2013 Edition – The essential guide to the attractions, services and products that make beautiful Nevada County the premier destination in the Northern Sierra.

Last chance to participate in the 26th Anniversary Edition!  One Issue, One Price, One Year Shelf Life!  80,000 Distributed!

Contact IMS-Nevada County Gold Magazine at

Download Flyer

NC Rotary’s Adventures & Wine Auction April 27th

The Adventures & Wine Auction to benefit the Nevada City Rotary Club will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The silent and live auctions will feature services, goods, and unforgettable experiences donated by members of the Nevada City Rotary Club and the local business community.

The auction will be even better than last year, with dozens of new, interesting items. The highlight will be the live auction with packages including lodging, good food, and great wine.

Ticket price includes hors d’hoeuvres, wine from many of Nevada County’s best wineries, a no-host bar, three fun raffles, and the live and silent auctions.  It will be the best party of the year!

$20 advance/$25 at the door.  Tickets available at Harmony Books, The Bookseller, Briar Patch or Purchase tickets online

This is a great evening of wine, food, fun, and charitable auctioneering.  Talented auctioneer Jay Cooper will keep the event moving and make for a fun and profitable time for all.

All proceeds benefit the scholarships and other youth programs of Nevada City Rotary Club.

For more information please visit



New and Renewing Members



Dick Corn
Gray Goose
Nevada City Elks Lodge #518
Shaw’s Antiques
Szabo Vineyards
Terra Alta Development Co.
WestAmerica Bank
Underground Gold Miners Museum

Customer Service Workshop April 30th

Sierra Commons will be holding a Customer Service Workshop

When: April 30th, from 9am-12pm
Where: The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley
Cost: $35 Members*, $45 General Admission
Lunch: $12.50

Complete information can be found here

*$10 discount to all Nevada City Chamber of Commerce members

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Trent, Executive Director, Sierra Commons
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Nevada City Town Hall Meeting April 18th

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Presents


Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, April 18th
City Hall

You’ll hear what’s happening around the village from:

Chamber of Commerce
Gary Tintle

City of Nevada City/Courthouse Update
Dave Brennan

Michael Young

Miners Foundry
Gretchen Bond & Dave Iorns

Nevada City residents & business owners are encouraged to attend.  There will be Q & A time – so bring your thoughts to share.


Labor Law Seminar April 18th

The Lawyer Referral Service of Nevada County, the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce and the One-Stop Business & Career Center are sponsoring the

Nevada County – 2012 LABOR LAW SEMINAR
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Download Registration Form

Comcast Business Class Offered To Chamber Members

As a member of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, you are eligible to take advantage of an exclusive “members only” price from Comcast Business Class for your communication needs.

The full suite of Comcast Business Class products gives you fast Internet service that comes with web hosting for your web site, Cloud Services from Microsoft®, and security to protect your network; low monthly rate phone service with unlimited local and domestic long distance as well as premium features like voicemail, hunt group, extension dialing – included at no extra cost; and, TV to entertain and inform your customers, and to keep you and your employees connected during major news events.

This exclusive “members only” price is $160 for the Deluxe Internet package with speeds up to 50Mbps/10Mpbs ($29.95 savings) or $85 for the Premium Internet package with speeds up to 22Mbps/5Mpbs ($14.95 savings) each month.

Full-featured phone lines will be available for just $29.95 each per month, with a two-line minimum. The Internet and phone promotions can be combined, and both require a minimum two-year contract.

Simply go to and submit your information (including our six-digit code of 259830) to receive the special Chamber offer and start the ordering process. You will need to complete the Submit Member Information form identifying this Chamber so you can be contacted by a local Comcast Business Account Executive to discuss your particular needs, and find the solution that’s right for your business.

Download Chamber of Commerce Referral Program pdf

Download Referral Program Brochure


Rotarians Host Community Program Apr 17

‘Rotary Returns To The School That Fell From The Sky’

Tuesday, Apr. 17 • 7-9 p.m.
Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
Suggested Donation: $5

Rotarians Host Community Program on Visit to Papua New Guinea

Last year’s visit by local Rotarians to the jungles of Papua New Guinea will be the subject of a video presentation and panel discussion on Tuesday, Apr. 17, at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, in Nevada City.  All interested members of the public are welcome to attend the program, which is sponsored by the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City. Proceeds from the $5 suggested donation will support schools in Papua New Guinea.  The event opens at 7 p.m. and will include the first public screening of a video of the trip filmed by participant and Auburn dentist Ed Weiss. Members of the Nevada Union High School Rotary Interact Club will be offering refreshments.

Members of 49er Rotary and others traveled to the southwest Pacific nation – one of the least explored countries on earth – last October to conduct dental, building and educational exchanges at two schools founded by the late longtime Grass Valley resident Fred Hargesheimer.  The legendary Hargesheimer was a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot shot down by Japanese forces during WW II. He parachuted to safety and survived 31 days in the jungle before he was rescued and protected by local villagers.  Over the years, he returned to Papua New Guinea many times, where he built schools and economic opportunity for the people who saved his life. His work is chronicled in his book, The School That Fell From The Sky: a WW II Pilot’s South Pacific Tale of Grit and Gratitude, which has been described as one of the best stories of the Pacific War.

The community program, titled “Rotary Returns To The School That Fell From The Sky,” will provide insights into Papua New Guinea, its people and Hargesheimer’s work.  “It will give people a greater appreciation for the work that Fred, as one person, was able to accomplish and tell how Fred’s family and Rotary are carrying on the tradition,” said 49er Rotarian Hal DeGraw, who participated in the trip.  The Rotary Club is also arranging to have copies of Hargesheimer’s book available for sale at the event.  DeGraw said that Rotary proceeds from the community program will benefit the Airmen’s Memorial Fund, which pays for operation and maintenance of the two schools founded by Hargesheimer.

Tickets are available from local Rotarians and will be available at the door.  For information, contact Hal DeGraw at (530) 265-8649 or Mike Ferguson at (530) 265-2715.


Small Business Classes in April

As you probably know, SEDCorp conducts classes every other month geared towards small business owners. For April we are offering one FREE class and several new classes. Here are the hightlights.

NEW: Small Business Marketing – Learn where to put your marketing dollars before throwing ad dollars in no particular direction. Learn the simple, hands-on approach to effective marketing. $55.00
April 18, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Auburn
April 18, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Grass Valley

NEW: Understanding Your Financial Statements – Learn how to make sense of complex financial reports and discover what they really mean. No prior knowledge of finance or accounting is required. $30.00
April 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Auburn

Take a look at the April class listing for other small business classes.  Educate yourself to make better business decisions.

For more information, visit or call 530-823-4703.