Nevada County Furlough Days Dec 24-Jan 1

Nevada County Furlough Days to Coincide with Holiday Closings

Nevada County wants to remind residents that County offices will close Monday, December 24 – Tuesday, January 1, in observance of the December holidays and previously announced furlough days.

Closures will not impact access to public-safety and other 24-hour operations. The following Departments will be open during designated furlough days: Departments of District Attorney, Sheriff, Probation, Public Works, Registrar of Voters, Clerk-Recorder, and Public Defender.

The County encourages residents to plan ahead for needed services and to visit for on-line services and for additional information on county departments.

We apologize for any inconvenience these closures might cause to citizens who rely on County services. We look forward to serving you on January 2, 2013.

Event Barricade Fundraiser

Safety is always a first priority when planning chamber events. This is particularly true for the parades, and, of course, the Soap Box Derby. That is why we place barricades along the streets during these events. The problem is, we don’t have enough barricades to completely line the event route.

The Soap Box Derby committee has generously donated money to purchase ten barricades, but we need more to satisfy our safety needs. Our goal is to raise funds to purchase at least 20 additional barricades before Mardi Gras in February.

Are you willing to help? For $140, a barricade will be purchased in your name with a permanent plaque attached. You may have noticed that the barricades donated about 15 years ago proudly display the original donors recognition.

Please consider donating funds to buy one or more barricades. You may use the attached form to submit you purchase. Thank you!

Download Barricade Donation Form

Sierra Commons Grad Party Dec 19

Sierra Commons is celebrating the launch of over a dozen new businesses! Our Ignitor Course graduating students are putting on the ritz at a Showcase Party on Dec. 19th, from 2-6pm. This is a FREE community event, everyone is welcome, bring a friend or associate.

There will be food, drinks, demonstrations and products.

A flyer is attached with more information. Please feel free to share/post/attach in a newsletter. The more, the merrier!

After you’ve met our graduates, discovered what new businesses are being launched, and sampled some treats, stroll downtown to Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas.

Download Ignitor Grad Party Flyer

New & Renewing Members

Brooke Hernandez Jewelry

Bill’s Chuckwagon
California Organics
Holdrege & Kull
LeGacy Productions
Shady Creek Event Center
The Parsonage
The Top Dog

National Hotel Chamber Mixer Dec 6

Please join us for everybody’s favorite mixer of the year!

National Hotel
Annual Holiday Mixer
Thursday, Dec 6
5:30 – ?

National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City

Chamber Award Winners Announced

Nevada City Chamber Announces Recipients of Annual Awards

Seven Hills School teacher, Steve Davis, has been named recipient of the 2012 Elza Kilroy award for outstanding community service.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Kilroy award annually to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors selected Davis for the award in honor of his Bicycle Recycle project that teaches kids the practical skills of repairing bikes that are then donated to the homeless. The project gives the students a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction of making a difference in someone’s life.

The Kilroy Award is one of several annual awards presented by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Other 2012 recipients are:

Miriam Morris was honored with Dr. Leland & Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award. Miriam was recognized for her devotion to the beautification of Nevada City. She has volunteered her gardening talent to the Robinson Plaza and is currently working on Calanan Park.

Paul Emery is the recipient of the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts award. Emery, an accomplished musician and producer of many local theater productions was recognized for his continuing support of Nevada County’s theater arts.

The ‘Ol Republic Brewery was recognized with the Stan Halls Architectural Award for their renovation of the Ol’ Republic Brewery located at 124 Argall Way in Nevada City.

Well known musician, Ivan Najera, is the recipient of the Chamber’s 2012 Live Music Award. Najera is a very popular frequent local performer.

The Hirschman’s Pond Park/Trail is being recognized with the New construction award as it has become a great recreational attraction to Nevada City.

The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 111th Installation and Awards Dinner on February 2nd at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling the Chamber office at 265-2692.

GV Chamber CEO Retiring

Mary Ann VanMeter, Chamber President and CEO of the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, has announced her retirement.  Please see the announcement below.



New & Renewing Members

Red Barn Roasting

Beverly Bussey
Coldwell Banker/Grass Roots Realty – Rick Dejesus
Double Oak Vineyards & Winery
Friar Tuck’s
Nevada City Picture Framing
Nevada County Laundry & Linen Supply
Placer Title Company
Terra Alta Real Estate

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade Feb 23

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
San Francisco Chinatown
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
(Registration deadline: Dec. 8, 2012)

San Francisco Chinatown offers one of the most popular Chinese New Year parades in the country. Culminating in two-weeks of festivities welcoming the Year of the Snake, the parade brings the New Year celebration to a close on Saturday, February 23, at 5pm. The parade features the best dragons, lion dancers, and other performers from around the country. Join CATS (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) for an all-day excursion that includes round-trip bus transportation, a multi-course banquet at one of Chinatown’s finest restaurants, snacks, and grandstand bleacher seating on the parade route. This trip is limited, and a 50% deposit of $87.50 per person is due by December 8, 2012. Not recommended for children under 12 due to the length of the trip. Significant walking to and from the bus in San Francisco. This trip is on rain or shine. Total cost is $175 with balance of $87.50 due on February 1, 2013. See for registration form. Bus departs from Grass Valley.

Contact Jeannie Wood with any questions at or 530-265-2990. Let her know your registration is forthcoming, so seat(s) on the bus may be held or you pending payment, since the deadline to register is less than 2 weeks away.

Nevada County Toy Run Dec 8

The 21st Annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8th. Bikes and riders will assemble at the Eric Rood Center, the Nevada County Government Center on Maidu Ave and Hwy 49, beginning at 9:30, for those wanting free coffee and donuts. Those early riders will have the best chance at buying long-sleeved Toy Run shirt, @ $25.00, Toy Run Pins @ $5.00, and this year’s special, commemorative pint glasses @ $15.00. We will leave at straight up Noon, escorted front and rear by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy’s. The CHP will block off all county roads, Nevada City and Grass Valley P.D. will block off all streets that the riders will be on, in their respective towns, aided by the Sheriff’s Volunteers and Search and Rescue.

It will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete the ride to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The streets are lined with spectators estimated by the Sheriff’s Dept, to number as many as 11-13,000.

As this is a Toy Run and we are supported by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, Nevada City and Grass Valley City Councils, as well as all four branches of law enforcement, we ask that all riders and passengers wear helmets, refrain from throwing candy and obey the posted speed laws through the towns.

If all these rules are followed, we can continue to offer the best Toy Run in Nevada County, free of charge to all riders! This insures that the vast bulk of all money raised goes to buying food and ensuring that the Toy Run has enough resources to make it though the year.

Please bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food. Please do not wrap the present, as no one will know what it inside, or who it is for. Remember, we need toys for 12-16 year olds, too.

We were the first Toy Run to bring the families and children, so that the riders could see exactly were their money and toys went. You can actually watch your gift be chosen!

The families come from local Head Start and Big Brothers Big Sisters and low income families from Nevada County.

Since it never rains on the Toy Run, it is always on!

You can check us out at:

More info @:

We hope to see all of you there, and having a great time!

Merry Christmas and Happy Yule!

YBONC E-Waste Drop-off thru Dec 8

Here’s a solution if you keep missing those E-Waste drop-off dates. It’s happening now through Dec. 8th, 9:30am-5pm, 7 days a week, Youth Bicyclists of Nevada Co. (YBONC) Foundation is participating in Old Barn Storage’s E-Waste Program. Old Barn Storage on 175 Spring Hill Drive, Grass Valley, has come up with a smart way to help non-profits in our community. Twelve months out of the year, they sponsor a non-profit for 30 days, including early morning radio air time on KNCO. It’s a win-win solution for any non-profit, Old Barn Storage, and is a great way to keeping items from going to landfills such as electronic devices, household appliances, etc.

Holiday shopping has arrived, and for folks planning to purchase any new or upgrade of home electronics, computers, printers, power tools, etc. consider recycling your old items with our E-Waste fundraiser. If there’s a storage room, closet, garage, shop, or shed filled with items that’s been waiting for an E-Waste date, here’s the chance to finally do it !

YBONC was started in 2008, when Dr. and Mrs. Lowe had two teens attending Nevada Union HS. There were so many school sports/clubs for our teens to decide on. The mountain bike club at Nevada Union stood out. All teens participate in this athletic sport, i.e. no teen is second string, or waiting on the bench to be called by his or her coach in to play in a game. This sport teaches teens a skill set of nutrition, endurance/physical fitness, confidence, camaraderie, sharing roads/trails, and organization between club rides and academics.

With your e-waste donations, you can help support YBONC programs for 7 school bike clubs in Nevada County (Clear Creek, Grass Valley Charter, Lyman-Gilmore, Mt. St. Mary’s, Nevada Union, Seven Hills, and Union Hill school bike clubs).

For list of E-Waste items and details, visit:

New & Renewing Members

American Diner AKA “Horn of the Bull”
InkLab Printing

Kenny Concessions
Larry & Glady Birdsong
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
Nevada Lodge #13 F&M

Drink Booth Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed for Victorian Christmas Hot Toddy Booth

Wow, November is already upon us! Last year the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce sold hot drinks at Victorian Christmas with great success! And once again we are reaching out to our wonderful volunteers to cover the shifts needed. Below is a schedule of the times and days for this years’ event. If you’re so inclined, you may take over an entire shift by getting a group of friends or co-workers to join you!

Wednesdays: 12/5 12/12 12/19
Set up: 3:30-5:00 pm (3 people needed)
Booth: 4:45-7:00 pm (4 people needed, 1 as captain)
Booth: 7:00-9:15 pm (4 people needed, 1 as captain)
Clean up: 9:00-10:00 pm (3 people needed)

Sundays: 12/16 12/23
Set up: 12:00-1:30 pm (3 people needed)
Booth: 12:45-4:00 pm (4 people needed, 1 as captain)
Booth: 4:00-6:15 pm (4 people needed, 1 as captain)
Clean up: 6:00-7:00 pm (3 people needed)

Please call Cindy, Kim or Cathy at the Chamber office, 265-2692, to sign up to help!

This event would not be possible without the time and energy of our valuable volunteers! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

TEDxGrass Valley Returns Dec 2


Sunday, December 2, 2012, Doors 3:30pm, Event 4-9pm,

Center for the Arts, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $35, limited to 100, available online at or in person at BriarPatch Coop, The Center for the Arts and Nevada City Box Office

TEDxGrassValley returns to Nevada County, Sunday, December 2, at The Center for the Arts, from 4-9pm. This is the fourth TEDxGrassValley with nearly 400 women and men having attended in the last three years. The independently produced event, operated under license from TED, is organized around the upcoming TEDxWomen conference, taking place on November 30 and December 1 in Washington DC. TEDxGrassValley is one of the 10,000+ global communities, in 50+ languages on 6 continents joining the conversation about how women and girls are shaping the future. TEDxGrassValley is organized by representatives from the Nevada City Film Festival, Center for the Arts, Miners Foundry, NCTV, Insight Lectures, The Friendship Club, Nevada County Big Brothers and Sisters, and See Jane Do.

In an unprecedented partnership, TED and The Paley Center for Media will produce the third annual TEDxWomen: a gathering of global thought leaders and innovators in Washington, DC, connecting to thousands of online participants and self-organized events around the world. The cross-disciplinary, cross-generational program will focus on and explore the theme of “The Space Between”.

TEDxGrassvalley will webcast thought-provoking speakers.

More information on TEDxGrassValley can be found at or you can follow us on Twitter at @tedxgrassvalley or on Facebook at

New & Renewing Members

Nevada County Preppers

Cirino’s Bar & Grill, Inc.
Holiday Lodge
Jesse & Kathleen Connor
Las Katarinas
Sierra Sweets
The Alaskan Goldmine
Tintle, Inc.


Victorian Christmas Meeting Nov 15

Greetings Downtown Shopkeepers, Restaurateurs and BarKeeps:

Please join us at City Hall on Thursday, November 15th at 5:30p.m.

With the holidays fast approaching, the topic will be Victorian Christmas, Nevada City’s December celebration.

• We’ll offer tips on how to dress in 1800’s style.
• We’ll describe the set-up for vendor booth placement.
• We’ll talk about the marketing and publicity for Victorian Christmas with Janet Cohen, our paid publicist, at the helm.

And, importantly, we’ll listen to your comments and concerns.

We’ll look forward to seeing you on the 15th!

Victorian Christmas Committee 2012
Barbara Tanner Event Coordinator

Download Flyer


New & Renewing Members

Corn Roaster J&M
Scentsy Consultant-Jessica Demere
Smiley Guys Smokehouse

John & Barbara Juneau
Leftys Grill
McSweeney & Associates CPA
Plaza Tire & Auto Service
SPD Markets

Dam California Movie Premier Nov 17

Dam California, the highly anticipated film about water wars, corporate greed, and the struggle to survive, will premier in Reno, NV,  November 17th 2012 at the Pioneer Center Underground Theater.

Portions of the movie were shot in Nevada County, including Scotts Flat Lake, and a few local people were used as extras in the movie!

This family friendly movie depicts water issues and the people involved. It will be shown at the Pioneer Center Underground Theater, in downtown Reno, NV. November 17th, 2012 (92 mins. run time).

Two shows: 5pm and 8:30pm with Red Carpet activities in-between. Lights, cameras, limo’s, and your own Red Carpet photos of you and your friends!

There will be an auction for We Care Reno Volunteers who feed the hungry daily!

The AFTER PARTY will be hosted by the EDGE in Peppermill.  Meet the cast and crew!

Go to for more information.