Volunteers needed for Hamburger Booth

Please help Staff the Nevada City Chamber’s Hamburger Booth at Nevada County Fair.  The hamburger booth is a fundraiser for the Chamber.  Dates of this year’s Fair are August 10th – 14th.

Shifts that need to be filled are:
Wednesday, August 10th – 8 to 11 p.m.
Thursday, August 11th – 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 14th – 5 to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

All volunteers receive a free pass to the fair, a hamburger and root beer float!  You can enjoy the Fair before or after your shift!

To volunteer call Cathy or Cindy at the Chamber office – 265-2692.


ERC Business Breakfast

Business Breakfast

Hosted by the Nevada County Economic Resource Council

July 28, 2011
7:30 am

Grass Valley Holiday Inn Express
121 Bank Street
Grass Valley

With Special Guest Speaker
3rd Assembly District
Assemblyman Dan Logue

Please RSVP to:
Economic Resource Council
(530) 274-8455

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Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter

Come celebrate our shelter’s 1 Year Anniversary!

Sunday July 31, 2011
4 to 8 p.m.
Dinner, drinks and fun

Tickets for the event are $60/animal lover

A special “ASTRAL” dinner w/Sammie ticket is available for those who are unable to attend in person for $50

Donations go to continue the good works and animal care of the shelter

For ticket info and availability call 471-5041

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Still time to be a State Fair Volunteer!

Volunteer to Help Staff the Nevada County Exhibit at the 2011 California State Fair!

July 14-31
Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento

All volunteer staff will receive COMPLIMENTARY PARKING & ENTRY to the State Fair!

Our goal is to staff the exhibit on the following days:
July 15, 16, 17 – 3 hour shifts, beginning at 10 AM to 8 PM
July 22, 23, 24 – 3 hour shifts, beginning at 10 AM to 8 PM
July 29, 30, 31 – 3 hour shifts, beginning at 10 AM to 8 PM

Fairgoers will enjoy visiting with you and you with them. Regional publications, event flyers and recreational, tourism, & historical brochures will be available at the exhibit for distribution! A binder with additional County information, volunteer staffing procedures and a comment section will be available for your use at the exhibit.

Enjoy the State Fair before or after your shift!


To volunteer and complete the CALIFORNIA EXPOSITION & STATE LAW FAIR MEGAN’S LAW FORM please contact Cathy Whittlesey, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce,  (530)265-2692


Renewing Members


Art in Bloom
Auburn Trader/Foothills Marketplace
Berniece Selaya
Colwell Thundering Herd
Indian Hill Ranch & Gardens
Nevada City Mint
Prospector’s Nursery
Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness

Matteo’s Public Hosts Benefit Night

Matteo’s Public is hosting a Benefit for the California Invasive Plant Council

Tuesday July 26th
5:00 to 9:30
300 Commercial Street, Nevada City

Event Details: Come enjoy great food and atmosphere, and show community support for the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC). The regular dinner menu will be served. Matteo’s Public is donating 15% of the evening’s proceeds from dine in or takeout orders. A raffle for prizes donated from local merchants and non-profit organizations will also occur. Information about what your community is doing to prevent the effects of ecologically-damaging invasive plants, along with how Cal-IPC supports these efforts, will be available. Door prizes will be given and a membership drive will occur.

Cal-IPC’s mission is to protect California’s lands and waters from ecologically-damaging invasive plants. If you like the outdoors, here is a great opportunity to support the critical work of stewarding our lands! Info: beetle_boy@cebridge.net

Matteo’s mission is to provide a family friendly atmosphere to enjoy tasty food. Whenever possible, we serve local, sustainable and organic foods.

Info at matteospublic.com or (530) 265-0782

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In addition, as a Chamber member, you will get a FREE Diagnostic Analysis Report that evaluates your business’ current Internet and social media presence. This report addresses steps you can take on your own to improve your Internet presence by showing you the 5 most immediate action steps you can take to boost your presence on the web and help Google users find your business.

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Claudine Chalmers made Chevalier de France

The Consul General of France for California bestowed on Nevada City’s Ms Claudine Chalmers the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts & Letters at a ceremony held at the official residence of the Consul General of France for California, Monsieur Romain Serman in San Francisco California.

The French government’s Minister of Culture awards this title to honor those who significantly contribute to the enrichment of the French cultural heritage throughout the world. Members are not limited to French nationals, they include such foreign luminaries (among the Chevaliers) as director David Niles, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, actors George Clooney and Jude Law. Actor Clint Eastwood is a Commander of the Order.

Ms Chalmers, a well known author and California historian, has been a resident of Nevada City for the last ten years. She is known locally for her books on Grass Valley and early Mill Valley. Two of her books to California in the 19th century. “French San Francisco” and “Splendide Californie, Impressions of the Golden State by French Artists” available in local stores and at some of our rare book dealers.

Eager to document the presence of French people throughout our County, Ms Chalmers has started gathering the life stories of important early citizens here: water engineers Benoit Faucherie, of Faucherie Lake, and Antoine Chabot who co-invented the hydraulicking approach to mining; the LeDu family of Malakoff diggings (named by the French); millionaire miner Jules Fricot nicknamed the “Emperor” of Grass Valley; Nevada City’s talented orchardist Felix Gillet, and many more remarkable characters. She is presently at work on two art books and a 2013-4 exhibit for the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento which will document the work and careers of a team of talented French artists of the West in the 19th century.

The Consul General commented in his presentation on how influential Ms Chalmers has been in advancing the spirit of connection between French and Americans citizens. He noted how important her work is for the better understanding of our two cultures.

In her acceptance speech, Ms Chalmers, a French citizen, said “When I first came to California in 1974 I felt like I was sitting between two chairs that were a long distance apart” describing the difficulty of belonging to two cultures, in her case French and American. Now, thanks to her passion for her work and understanding of our cultures, she said “the chairs are almost merged and I feel very comfortable living in Nevada City”.

Nevada City residents invited by the Consul General who attended the ceremony included former Nevada City Mayor Sally Harris, Jan Westmore & Delynn Tjoelker from the Sierra Writers group, Leonard Berardi of Mountain House Books, Kirk Valentine & Genevieve Crouzet owners of the Classic Café, and Charlotte & Larry Starns, active members of the Cascade Shores Homeowners’ Association.

Claudine’s longtime friends Susan McClatchy, famed Sacramento painter Jerald Silva, and San Francisco gent Bryan Hemming where also at the ceremony. Susan & Claudine are looking forward to the opening of the exhibit “Jules Tavernier-Artiste Peintre” planned at the Crocker Art Museum in 2013-14.

Counsel Gerneral Serman, following the ceremony expressed his great pleasure in being able to advance the connection between our two countries. He noted personally “what pride he has had in continuing the relationship between France and the US by the awarding of French medals of Honor for United States soldiers serving in the Second World War”. This little-known effort is an example of the awareness France has for the essential role Americans played in the Freedom of France in the 20th Century. France and American connections go clearly back to our revolutionary days when Jefferson, Washington and Franklin visited France in preparation for the writing of our constitution.

TEDxGrass Valley Conference July 13

TEDxGrassValley, a regional version of the popular TED conference, returns Wednesday, July 13, 2011 to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 10:30am- 6:30pm.   The independently produced event, operated under license from TED, is organized around the TEDGlobal 2011 conference, on July 12-15, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

What is life? And how can it be better lived? From the secrets of the biological processes that take place in our body, to the cultural constructs that take place in our society; from the technologies and resources that make life possible and enjoyable, to the themes that define our humanity — or threaten it: TEDGlobal 2011 will be a celebration of life, in all its forms.

TEDxGrassValley will feature live streaming of Day 2 of TEDGlobal 2011. These talks include the world’s leading scientists, economists, activists, researchers, artists, and more including historian Niall Ferguson, political economist Yasheng Huang, comedian Robin Ince, anti-hunger leader Josette Sheeran, geneticist Svante Paabo, cancer researcher Elizabeth Murchison, biochemist Cynthia Kenyon, sand artist Joe Castillo, underworld investigator Misha Glenny, movement expert Daniel Wolpert, and roboticist Peter Fankhauser among others.

TEDxGrassValley will also feature a handful of regional speakers to address “What is Life?” in our community.

About TEDxGrassValley
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxGrassValley where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxGrassValley, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

TEDxGrassValley is produced by See Jane Do, Sierra Commons, Insight Directory and Jesse Locks.

About TED
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. The annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Oxford, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

Wednesday, July 13
Doors 10am Conference 1030am-630pm,

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

This event is free, but attendees must pre-register at jesse@seejanedo.com

More information on TEDxGrassValley can be found at www.tedxgrassvalley.com or you can follow us on Twitter at @tedxgrassvalley or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tedxgrassvalley.

Or Contact:
Jesse Locks
(916) 548-7716

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED

Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference.

Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to:
Laura Galloway
TED Media Liaison
(212) 260-3708


NC Furniture & Mattresses Mixer 7/14

You Are Invited To Come To Our New Store for a
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Mixer

12th Anniversary Party
Nevada City Furniture & Mattresses

New • Quality Used • Antiques • Mattresses
Futons • Appliances • Doors • and Much More Stuff

Munchies & Beverages & Live Music

Thursday July 14, 2011
5:30 to 8:00 PM

118 Argall Way, Nevada City
(Behind SPD Next to SPD Saw Shop)
Jim Minasian – Owner

Come See the New Store!


Donations for Downtown Flags Requested

The placing of our United States and decorative flags downtown for holidays and special occasions has become an expected and beautiful tradition. Through attrition, storm damage and maybe adding to the collections of a few patriotic citizens, we have a shortage of the number of flags needed to decorate our downtown.

Because of the Chamber’s tight budget this year, we are asking for donations to purchase more flags for our inventory. We need five dozen. We have located a United States manufacturer with a very reasonable price – $6.50 each or $78.00 per dozen including shipping.

Any flag donations will be much appreciated and honored in a future newsletter. Please drop off your donation to the Chamber office or mail to 132 Main Street, Nevada City, 95959.

Thank you for your help!


New and Renewing Members


Matteo’s Public
Vision Based Coaching

Bella Vista Medical Spa
Gold Country Hiking & Adventures
Main Street Antiques & Books
Nevada County Laundry & Linen
V.F.W. #2655
Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.



Advertise in Sierra Heritage Magazine

Sign up now and be in the popular Wine issue of Sierra Heritage, which is out August 15 – October 15 and stays on the coffee tables of many readers much longer than that!

For more information or to book your space call or email Diana Cherrie • (530) 559-9231 • diana@sierraheritage.com

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Honu Island Smoothies Ribbon Cutting

The Nevada City Chamber welcomes new member Honu Island Smoothies!  They hosted a ribbon cutting last week at their shop located at 843 Sutton Way in Grass Valley (530) 274-5700.

Pictured are Honu Island Smoothies representatives Stacy Corralejo, Justine Corralejo,
Gabrielle Corralejo, Bonnie Vierra-Greene (owner), Kymberly Curtis and Chamber representatives Barbi Jackson,
Anita Wald-Tuttle, Cindy Moon.


4th of July Booth Help Needed!

Help!!!! We need help at our hamburger booth at the Fairgrounds on the 4th of July. There are two different shifts; One is from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and the other is from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. (The fireworks at the Fairgrounds begin at 9:30 p.m.)

Please, if you can help us – let us know. It’s a fundraiser for the chamber and a “Dry Run” for the Fair booth.

Give us a call at 265-2692.