NC Gold Raises Money for NC Chamber

IMS, publishers of Nevada County Gold Magazine, recently presented a check for $2989.11 to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This amount represents the commission generated on advertising sales in the 2011-12 Nevada County Gold Magazine.

Nevada County Gold and its online companion,, have been designated by the Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce as the “Official Guides to Nevada County.” Both provide valuable information about Nevada County, including a yearly calendar of events, maps, dining guide, recreation, real estate and lodging.

Celebrating 25+ years of publication, “The Gold” has raised more than $200,000 for the Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce.

With a yearly distribution of 80,000, Nevada County Gold is a free publication that is available at more than 500 Nevada County locations. Additionally, The Gold is featured at the Old Sacramento Visitor Center, San Francisco Visitors & Convention Center, throughout the Bay Area, Truckee Visitor Center, Reno, Sierra County, Auburn, and Lake Tahoe.

For information about advertising in the 2012 edition, contact Nevada County Gold at


Donations Requested for Annual Community Awards

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is excited about the upcoming 110th annual Installation and Awards Dinner which will be held on January 28th, 2012 at the Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City.

The committee is seeking help to continue the community awards program which is where deserving people are recognized for volunteering their time, are outstanding in the visual and performing arts and also those who build or remodel buildings in Nevada City that contribute to the ambiance of our charming town.

One of the creative ideas to fund the awards and dinners for these deserving folks is to produce a Silent Auction and a raffle that will offer the opportunity for Chamber members to help support this effort. The money generated by the silent auction and raffle will help with the costs of recognizing the outstanding citizens of the year.

We are looking for prizes, donations, gift certificates or other creative items.

Of course, for a few weeks prior to the event, we will be announcing the donations via the newspaper, radio, newsletters and through social media.

We hope you will consider contributing to our program. To ensure maximum promotional consideration, contributions must be received by January 20th.

2012-2013 Nevada County Events Calendar

The Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce is publishing the Official 2012-2013 Nevada County Calendar of Events Brochure and Map.

The Official Calendar of Events Brochure and Map is funded solely by advertising. The Chambers are reaching out to Nevada County businesses to offer this opportunity to promote their business by advertising in the 2012-2013 edition.

For more information, please click on the link below:

Tibetan Monks return to St. Joseph’s Jan 15-21

Sierra Friends of Tibet welcomes the 12th Annual Visit of Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Nevada County for a sand painting in historic Saint Joseph’s Hall

January 15 – 21, 2012

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at:
St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
410 S. Church Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Contact Joseph Guida 530-272-4725,

For a Complete Schedule go to

Sierra Friends of Tibet in collaboration with is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Visit of Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery exiled in south India. This year the tour includes a highly accomplished spiritual master from Tibet, Venerable Geshe Phuntsok Gyaltsen. Geshe Gyaltsen was born in Dekhung, Tibet in 1937. At age 11 he was ordained as a monk in Tibet’s oldest Gelugpa monastery, Gaden Shartse. In 1959, Geshela escaped to India following China’s invasion of Tibet. Continuing his studies in the re-established Gaden Shartse Monastery in exile in India, Geshe Gyaltsen received a Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest degree awarded by the monastery with highest honors in 1985.

The tour’s purpose is to raise funds for the Gaden Shartse School which has 400 students aged 5 to 19 years. The students study Tibetan, English and Hindi languages as well as mathematics. The goal is to raise funds to purchase computers for the school.

In addition to offering teachings on compassion and nonviolence, over the week the monks will create a sand painting of the Embodiment of Compassion (Chenrezig in Tibetan). Viewing of the painting in St. Joseph’s Hall will be held daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm through January 21. Chenrezig is the personification of great compassion of all enlightened beings. Tibetans believe Chenrezig took the special oath to listen to the cries of poor and destitute and to fulfill the oath, appears into every necessary and suitable form to save beings from suffering. It is believed by the Tibetan people that when viewing the sand painting with pure motivation to benefit others and strong devotion, one may purify layers of negative karma. The sand painting is highly detailed and painfully constructed in an elaborate design with intricate symbols. At the end of the week the beautiful sand painting will be swept up in a ceremony which reminds viewers of the impermanent nature of physical reality. Sand will then be distributed to those attending the ceremony.

Schedule may be subject to change slightly. Please check the website often for updates. To schedule personal healing appointments, Land and House Blessings by the monks, please call Joseph: 530-272-4725


Film Screening at Magic Theatre Jan 13-20th

Get inspired for this year’s 2nd Annual Sustainable Food & Farm Conference with a special screening of THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: HOW CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL, January 13-20th at The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City.

This award-winning documentary follows the story of when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people. They share how they transitioned from highly mechanized agriculture to using organic farming and urban gardens.

Many of these principles of creating a sustainable local food system discussed in the film will be covered in length during the 2nd Annual Nevada County Sustainable Food & Farm Conference, Saturday & Sunday, January 21 & 22, in Grass Valley, CA.

The two-day conference also features a full day of internationally renewed speakers including Joel Salatin, Nicolette Hahn Niman, Michael Ableman and Patrick Holden and, a full day of farmer focused workshops, including; getting started in farming, working with county agriculture resources, predator control, bringing produce to market, livestock fodder solutions, farm solar power, fencing, AG loans, and more.

Join us for this special community screening that will educate, inspire, and ignite the farmer, rancher, backyard gardener, food activist in all of us.

The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Monday – Friday, 5pm
Saturday, 2pm
Sunday 11am
$5 GA,

Purchase your tickets to the Sustainable Food & Farm Conference at The Magic during the film too!  $30/GA, $40/Preferred Seating

More info at or


New and Renewing Members


Circle of the Sun
Heather River
Kye Collection
Lad Pottery
Sculptured Spikes
Stuart Ratcliff Drawings
Tahoe Eco

The Truffle Shop
Vietnam Veterans of America #535


“After the Flood” at Stonehouse Jan 14

After the Flood – A collaboration between Justin Ancheta and Rupa –

Performing at the Stonehouse 6-8:30 PM, January 14th . From San Francisco – After the Flood is Justin Ancheta’s collaboration with Rupa – These acoustic songs represent an action in art of taking back tomorrow. Reggae, funk, blues and world music influences. Lyrics reveling their passion for community awareness, social justice and change.

The bar will be open and we will also be selling lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks.

If you need a break from watching all the great films come on down!

We will also have The Lexicon of Sustainability up – an internationally acclaimed pop-up photo essay on sustainable food systems.

10.00 suggested donation – tickets at Briarpatch and Brown Paper Tickets

Who: After the Flood – Justin Ancheta and Rupa – A collaboration
Where:The Stonehouse – 107 Sacramento@Broad, Nevada City
When: Jaunary 14th, 2012 – 6-8:30 and beyond.
Cost: 10.00


Mardi Gras 2012 Sponsorship Opportunities

It’s that time of the year again! The 2012 Mardi Gras will be taking over the streets of Nevada City this February 18 & 19 and is sure to be a great time! Mardi Gras typically draws more than 2,000 visitors and residents to downtown Nevada City during a slower time of the year to help pick up your business and add a little life to the town in the dead of winter. As a member of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, it is your chance to support this great event and maximize your exposure throughout the entire weekend!

This year, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is offering a suite of donation and sponsorship opportunities that can maximize your exposure on any budget! Please offer your support in any way you can so we can be sure to make this year’s Mardi Gras the best yet!

There are a variety of different ways for you to help support Mardi Gras this year. Every donation will be recognized, so take advantage of this unique way to market your business to thousands of potential customers this year!  We look forward to having you as part of this great event!

Download Mardi Gras Sponsorship Form


NC Elks Lodge New Years Eve Dinner/Dance

December 31 – New Years Eve Dinner/Dance
$15.00/person – Prime RIB DINNER

Don Hamilton Trio – Live music for the dance!  Don Hamilton on the piano – Steve Woolsey on the drums – Barry Rakoon on the bass…..THEY ARE GOOD!

Bar opens at 4 and Dinner at 6 PM. Dancing starts around 7:30 PM

Make checks payable to the NC Elks Lodge #518 – with “New Years Eve dinner/dance” noted in memo line



Mondays at Nevada City Elks

The Nevada City Elks Lodge would like to remind you of their monthly offerings:

1st Monday of the month is Deli Night
2nd Monday of the month is Hamburger Night
3rd Monday of the month is Mama’s Spaghetti Night
4th Monday of the month is Taco/Burrito night

All start at 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Bar opens at 4:30 PM

518 Highway 49, Nevada City


Nevada County Arts Sponsors Film Festival

Nevada County Arts is delighted to be a sponsor of SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival. An extraordinary arts asset in our community, the festival is considered to be the largest film festival of its kind with films that combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling. This will be the first year of this collaboration as well as the largest coordinated art show of its kind in Nevada County.

Nevada County Arts has selected more than 56 artists whose work will be displayed in several venues throughout downtown Nevada City, at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and at BriarPatch during the 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival®, January 13-15, 2012. Twenty artists’ work will be on display in the ‘Jury Selection Exhibit’ at the Alpha Building (the festival headquarters).

The featured art to be displayed during the festival includes many mediums (sculpture, woodcuts, charcoal etchings, silkscreen prints, cartoons, painting, basket weaving, cartoons and photography) and acts as another means to draw attention to environmental issues and inspire activism.

The selected art includes:  An installation focused on watershed restoration by ecological artists Helen and Newton Harrison; Beach Plastic, a demonstration of the ubiquity of plastic waste in our oceans created by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang who configured their collection of plastic detritus from various beaches into artworks; The Last Apothecary, a large-scale installation by Jillian Van Ness, that consists of an antique canvas wardrobe, antique glass bottles, wire, sand, and paper, which embody the Van Ness’s deep love and appreciation for the various forms and uses of water; Solomon Bassoff’s painted cement and mosaic embellished sea turtles and flowers; Jason Houston’s series of 14 portraits of individuals living in the areas around a critical wildlife reserve in Indonesian Borneo, titled People of the Forest; Geolyn Carvin’s delightful cartoon series, with the main character, Boots McFarland, who is an adventurous hiker finding humor in nature; Peggy Wrights’ sculptures constructed with natural and found objects; Joseph Daniel Fiedler’s whimsical images of birds, fish and animals; Richard Downs’ monoprints, “BP Pelican,” named for the BP deepwater horizon oil spill; as well as the Nevada County Plein Air Painters, several photographers and artists whose work focuses on the Yuba River and environs, baskets created by the Nisenan Indian people from the Nevada City Rancheria, and much more.

For more information or tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival go to:

Join the Fun and Dress for Victorian Christmas!

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Victorian attire for merchants, vendors and visitors. Dressing for the occasion adds a special touch to the atmosphere the Chamber is trying to create. Suggestions are as follows for low cost creative Victorian costuming.

• Vest over a high necked shirt
• Knee socks over jeans or pants to look like knickers
• Feathers attached to a broad-brimmed hat and long, elbow-length gloves
• Shirt sleeves pushed up with elastic at elbows
• Long scarf over blouse, sweater, jacket, etc.
• Shawl over blouse or shirt
• Broad colorful suspenders over plain, plaid or paisley shirt
• Bow tie, string tie
• Top hat, bowler, fake handlebar mustache!!!
• Ruffled apron over ankle length dress, skirt
• Ruffled cap
• Long coat with scarf and hat

Use your imagination!! You can probably dress in a Victorian look by just being creative with the clothes in your closet or visit some of Nevada City’s clothing & hat stores!

Try it – It’s lots of fun and adds to the ambience of the celebration!


A photo of merchandise at J.J. Jackson’s of Nevada City is featured on the front page of, the county’s official tourism website. The photo is by Erin Thiem of the Outside Inn. is being updated daily with a new blog called “All Aboard!” that promotes events such as Victorian Christmas and the show times for The Christmas Card, featuring Nevada City. Check out and “like” its Facebook page at The site is being managed by Nevada City residents and Chamber members Jeff and Shannon Pelline, who also publish Sierra FoodWineArt magazine.

Gift Suggestions from Nev Co Historical Society

Just a last minute reminder about unique gift options available through the Nevada County Historical Society.

Give a “Gift Certificate” for an Historic Photo 8 x 10 for only $10.00. Thousands to 
choose from!

At Searls Historical Library
, 214 Church St., 
Nevada City – 
Open Mon-Sat 1-4. (Closed 12-24 thru 1-1-12) 
(530) 265-5910.

Or, shop at the Railroad Museum Gift Shop where members receive 10% off! They 
have many unique gift items to choose from for both railroad buffs and those interested in 
local history.

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
, 5 Kidder Ct., (off Gold Flat Rd/Hollow Way/Bost Ave), 
Nevada City
 – Open Sat-Sun 10-4 (Closed 12-24 thru 1-1-12) 
(530) 470-0902.

Emily’s Cafe open during Victorian Christmas

Be sure to stop by Emily’s Catering’s cozy café at 313 Commercial Street during Victorian Christmas! Featuring handmade hot soup, pasties, hot chocolate and apple cider, delicious goodies and live entertainment! Have a seat and enjoy our holiday entertainment or take a pasty and hot chocolate in hand as you stroll the streets of Nevada City.

Download emilys cafe flyer