SYRCL Online Survey

Dear Friends,

Next year, SYRCL will turn 30!  As we approach this major milestone, we want to hear from YOU.

Please take our online survey at:

We need your help in setting priorities for our Three-Year Action Plan as we re-evaluate our existing programs and projects, and contemplate taking on new initiatives.

This survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. In addition to the multiple-choice questions, there are numerous opportunities for you to add your personal comments as well. Please be assured that your answers are anonymous and confidential.

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful response to this survey.


Caleb Dardick
Executive Director

P.S. If you finish the entire survey, you are welcome to enter your name in a drawing for a full Weekend Pass to next year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival! (This is entirely optional since your responses will no longer be anonymous although they will remain confidential.)


TechForum2012 February 24

Come and network with other leaders in our area, understand new trends, while doing something great for our students.

When:  Friday, February 24, 2012 – Lunch from 11:30-12:15; Presentation from 12:30 to 2:00
Where:  Holiday Inn Express–Grand Ballroom
Cost:  $25 per person and includes lunch*
Sign Up:

Seats are limited! Please contact Laura van den Berg at 530-263-8242 or Russ Steele at 530-273-8085 to become a sponsor and improve our children’s futures.

Download Flyer


Empty Bowl Supper Feb 25th

Join Hospitality House Saturday, February 25th for the 6th annual Empty Bowl Supper at Peace Lutheran Church. The Empty Bowl Supper is an opportunity to gather and rally support for the many wonderful programs that Hospitality House has to offer; including funding shelter supplies, transportation to overnight faith community facilities and case management.

The “Empty Bowl” Supper will be served from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 25th at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at BriarPatch Co-op, The Book Seller, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, online at, or at the door. Children under 12 will be served for free.

For more information, please visit, or call 271-7144.

A $20 ticket includes a ceramic bowl, handmade with loving care by the guests of Hospitality House and donations from local potters organized by Karin Givon, soups, bread and coffee from our finest area restaurants including Bear River Pasta Co., Christopher’s Catering, Cirino’s Main St., Jim E’s Catering, National Hotel, Old Town Café, Paulette’s Country Kitchen, Penny’s Diner, Sergio’s, Tuscany Gardens, Dupre’s Bakery, Summer Thyme’s Bakery, Valentina’s, Breadnik, Caroline’s Coffee, Sierra Mtn. Coffee Roasters, Gold Country Dist., Raley’s, Safeway, SavMart, SPD, Thrivent Financial “For Lutherans” entertainment by Vadi, Sandra and Joe Hammel on Piano, Heather MacAdam guitar/vocals, Flute Quartet: Kirsti Powerll, Robin Nichols, Dave Riddles, Nora Nausbaum, Foothill Chamber Winds: Kirsti Powell (flute), Henry Hansen (clarinet), Murray Campbell (oboe), Cameron Kopf (horn), Dave Riddles (bassoon). Bread, desserts, coffee and milk will also be served.

If you cannot attend, but wish to support the Hospitality House programs through the “Empty Bowl” project, donations may be sent to Hospitality House, PO Box 3223, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Hospitality House would like to say “Thank you” to our sponsors: The Union, KVMR, Nevada County Association of Realtors and the BriarPatch Community Market, Foothill Mercantile. Without their support, we couldn’t make the “Empty Bowl” Supper the success it has been for the last 5 years.

Be a Volunteer at Mardi Gras!

The Chamber is seeking volunteers to help with the Mardi Gras Celebration Feb 18 & 19.

We have Indoor and Outdoor opportunities available selling Food and Tickets.

Your help would be GREATLY appreciated!!  Please give the Chamber a call at 265-2692 to sign up.


Help Sponsor 2012 Mardi Gras!

Attention Nevada City Chamber Members!!!!

Do not miss this excellent marketing opportunity to be a part of the Nevada City Mardi Gras Ball, parade and Carnevale this year on February 18 & 19. This year’s parade is sure to be a hit, drawing fun and families from all around Nevada County. Take advantage of becoming a sponsor of this great event to help make this year’s Mardi Gras the best yet!

This year, the ball will take place on Saturday February 18 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Miners Foundry. Dance the night away to the Holcomb Brothers Band and be sure to dress in your best Mardi Gras costumes for the costume contest! Purchase your tickets today at the Miner’s Foundry, or look for the coupon coming out in the next edition of Shelly Smart Shopper (also available online at shelly

On Sunday, February 19, come out for the festivities of the parade and stay for the Carnevale. Parade starts in downtown Nevada City at 2 p.m. following the parade is the Carnevale, especially for the kids and families, celebrate music, entertainment, and fun (plus a bounce house for the kids and libations for the adults!)

We NEED you, all the business members of this gracious community to help make this day a success for everyone. Please help support the event with a donation of any kind and get your business recognized!

Major Sponsors include Waste Management, Asylum Down and Yabobo, Budweiser and Bud Light , Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, SPD Supermarkets, Auburn Printers, KNCO, K94 FM.

Download ’12 Mardi Gras Sponsorship Form

Free Listing/Advertising for Your 2012/2013 Event!

Dear Events Coordinator,

As a service to the community, the Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce are once again collecting information about upcoming events in 2011/2012. We strive to provide the community with comprehensive calendar of events that occur throughout the year and are of interest to both Nevada County residents and visitors to the area.

The web-based calendar,, is a dynamic tool that has the ability to processes updates and additions year round. For your convenience it also offers “One Stop Shopping”.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your event. We’ve invested a tremendous amount of time and resources into creating a unified calendaring system within Nevada County.

The following calendars in Nevada County are integrated:
Grass Valley Chamber
Nevada City Chamber
Penn Valley Chamber
South Nevada County Chamber
Truckee Donner Chamber (Coming Online in 2012) (Tourism Calendar)

You may submit your event to any of the above websites. If appropriate, your submission will populate the other calendars as well, so please do NOT visit each site and repeatedly submit your event.

In addition a Calendar of Events Brochure will be published and distributed in April 2012.

You must follow these guidelines:
• To be included in the Calendar of Events Brochure and be listed on the on-line calendars, you must go online and submit to -OR- go to one of the above websites NO LATER than February 15, 2012 *(editing your information may be required)

Be prepared with the following information when you submit:
Event Information
Event Title
Start date
Specify End
Event Location
Online Ticket
Web link

The Community Web-based Calendar is user friendly and very efficient. We know you will enjoy using it. Feel free to contact Susan George at 272-5100 with any questions or help posting your events.

Best Regards,

The Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce

C/O Sams Investment Strategies
426 Sutton Way, Suite 102
Grass Valley, CA 95945


New & Renewing Members


Nevada City Advocate
Suburban Propane

Bubbles and Bows Pet Salon
Hospice of the Foothills
Lost Mine Retreat
Nevada City Self Storage
Sperry Van Ness-Highland Commercial
Tributary Whitewater Tours LLC


An Evening of Wine & Food at Club 141 Feb 18th

Club 141 & Double Oak Winery present:

Saturday, February 18th ~ 5:30 pm
At Club 141 in Grass Valley

February is a great time of year to enjoy wine and food pairings while hanging out with friends and making new ones. Jim E of Club 141, a local catering business, and Bob Hilsman of Double Oak Vineyards & Winery bring you this fine food & wine tasting experience full of gustatory delight. Jim and Bob are food and wine experts and artists, who both tremendously enjoy their fine gustatory art. Hear what they have to say about the synergy of food and wine pairing. You will learn about the food and wines being served, about the food preparation and winemaking, and about how to pair wine with foods. Jim E will teach you about the different foods and Bob will talk about the qualities in the wine that create a synergy with these foods.

There will be five courses. Each course will be small portions accompanied by wine tastes (2 oz. pours).  Five different wines will be poured. Additional wine available by the glass.

Here is the complete menu & wine pairings:
Sauté Scallop in Miso Sauce ~ 2010 Chardonnay
Middle Eastern Lamb Stuffed Tomatoes ~ 2007 Zinfandel
Ham & Potato Gratin ~ 2007 Merlot
Beef Stroganoff ~ 2007 Cab Sauvignon
Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding ~ 2004 Zinfandel

The featured wines will be available to purchase by the bottle to take home at a 10% discount.

$55 (includes tax & gratuity)
Reservations Required – Call Club 141 at 273-3600 or Double Oak at 292-3235

Space at Club 141 is limited. Reserve your place at the table soon!  To learn more about Club 141 go to

Looking forward to seeing you at Club 141 on February 18th!


SEDCorp February Classes

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is ramping up a diverse selection of classes with expert instructors in February for small businesses and entrepreneurs. SEDCorp, who is in the business of supporting the growth of small businesses through training workshops and small business loans, is providing the following classes in Auburn, Grass Valley and Placerville.

How to Create an Effective Business Plan
How to Start A Business
Internet Marketing (Beginner and Intermediate)
QuickBooks (Setup and Data Entry)
Show Me the $ Money $
Social Media Marketing 101
Stress Relief You Can Tap Into (NEW)
Survival Tools to Manage Your Business Finances
Thinking of Selling Your Business?
Website Options

Classes rotate between Auburn, Grass Valley and Placerville.

SEDCorp is also pleased to partner with the El Dorado County Economic Development as they are offering scholarships for two classes in Placerville:
Website Options (FREE in Placerville only)
Social Media Marketing 101 (FREE in Placerville only)
These classes (a $45 value each) are pre-paid for the public’s benefit.

Classes fill up fast and there is limited seating. Call 530-823-4703 or visit for class details.

Download PDF of February 2012 class listing



“Beatles” Event at the Miners Foundry Feb 10th

The Magic Lantern Film Society & Miners Foundry Cultural Center present “Deconstructing The Beatles – A Multimedia Journey Into the Studio with The Beatles”, Friday, February 10th. Hosted by composer, producer and Beatles expert Scott Freiman, this popular presentation which has sold out Carnegie Hall and been hailed as “pure MAGIC” features rare audio, unreleased video, numerous first-hand sources, anecdotes and more to uncover the reasons why their music continues to be loved by millions.

The White Album is the bestselling album of the Beatles’ career. Its thirty songs span almost every style of music – from hard rock to country to chamber music to avant garde. Its recording took place during a remarkable year in Beatles history that included a lengthy trip to India and the arrival of Yoko Ono. In “Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles’” White Album, Mr. Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio as the band creates this masterpiece. Mr. Freiman will discuss the creation of “Revolution”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Blackbird” and many other classic songs from the White Album.

Friday, February 10
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring St Nevada City, CA
Doors open at 6PM for 7PM event
$15/GA, $12/Student & Senior
For Tickets go to


$10,000 Raised for Pioneer Park

AJA Video Systems sponsors the Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby, a Benefit for Pioneer Park

In a time when many parks are losing funding, Nevada City’s Pioneer Park will benefit from money raised by the 2nd Annual Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby. Funds raised have already doubled, thanks to a $10,000 sponsorship from AJA Video Systems.

David McKay, Mayor of Nevada City said, “Having a local company like AJA Video sponsor the Soapbox Derby that benefits Pioneer Park is a wonderful gift for the people of Nevada City as well as the greater community in the county that use our wonderful little park. In these tough financial times it is creative projects like the Soap Box Derby that help bridge the financial needs to keep our public spaces viable.”

“AJA Video Systems and the derby were both founded on ideas that made it off the drawing board… ideas that were given legs, energy and support,” said Rich Bodine, founder of the Derby. Last year’s inaugural Soapbox Derby was wildly popular, with 42 cars raced, approximately 4,500 spectators, and $5,000 raised for Pioneer Park. The money was used to install a bocce ball court. “This year’s event promises to be even better! Our goal remains to produce an event that will create fun and excitement for the community, while giving back by supporting improvements within our local park.”

Nick Rashby, President of AJA Video Systems said, “AJA is proud to sponsor the Nevada City Soap Box Derby, that offers not only a fun day of family activities, but also raises money to benefit Pioneer Park. Our team had a blast last year building their box car entry–and they’re already scheming up new designs for this year.”

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion, acquisition and Desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see

About Nevada City Soapbox Derby
The Nevada City Soapbox Derby was founded in 2011 with a mission to provide a fun event for the entire community that is family friendly and enjoyable for all ages, as well as raise money to benefit improvements at Pioneer Park. The objective will be for these improvements to be immediately attainable (within 12 months), so that the community and participants can see and enjoy the benefits of their participation in this year’s event…prior to next year’s event. More information can be found at


Art Reception at The Haven Underground Feb 9th

Who:  Nevada County Artists Richard Downs and Jude Bischoff will have a closing art reception and artist talk at The Haven Underground. A portion of all art sales benefit SYRCL. (South Yuba River Citizens League)
What:  Richard Downs & Jude Bischoff:  Artists Closing Reception and Artist Talk
When:  February 9, 2012 Artist Closing Reception 6:00 to 9:00PM; Artist Talk 6:00 to 7:00PM
Where:  The Haven Underground, 226 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Admission:  Free to the public

Richard Downs’ art making combines contemporary aesthetics with the rich history of printmaking to create images that feel both current and timeless. He has worked for most United States periodicals and newspapers ranging from The Progressive to National Geographic and international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations publication divisions . Downs is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and was a faculty member for 6 years. Richard is presently a faculty member of the Applied Art and Design department of Sierra College teaching Illustration practices. Richard lives in Northern California in the historic Victorian mining town Nevada City with his wife and artist Gwyn Stramler and their daughter.

Jude Bischoff is an athlete, naturalist, father, dreamer, and artist who revels in the natural energy of the world around him. Trained as a fine artist, Jude received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University, but a new family and responsibilities sidetracked that chapter of his life for over two decades. Now, after raising two lovely and talented daughters and achieving a successful career in real estate, Jude has thrown himself back, completely and with abandon, into the world of art.

Contact: Sara Zahn, Art Gallery Manager
Phone: (530)264-6900

Contact: Richard Downs, Artist
Phone: (530)205-8939

Contact: Jude Bischoff, Artist
Phone: (760)668-9408


Renewing Members


Auburn Printers
Creative Cakes by Valentines
Dennis Cassella
Mountain Event Productions
Nevada City Classic Cafe