“American Pickers” in California

American Pickers” are headed to California soon and they’re looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them! They’re also looking for any oddball or interesting historical items, in addition to CA-specific memorabilia.

The high profile show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business ‘Mike Wolfe’ and ‘Frank Fritz’ as they embark on an epic road trip across the US. The show offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be the men on the ground who are on the frontlines of the antique industry.  The show follows the pickers in their truck as they go on a mission in search of America’s most fascinating and valuable antiques – treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards and barns across the country. The team tracks down unique and interesting items from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.

Also, please note that Mike and Frank only pick private collections so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.

Click here for List of items Mike and Frank are looking for

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email your name, number, city, state and a description of the collection to the email address below.  Include photos if possible.

or call and leave a message at 646.493.2184

Empire Mine Underground Tour Delayed

The Underground Tour at the Empire Mine State Historic Park which was targeted to open in the spring of 2013 is delayed at least a year. The delay is due to environmental remediation activities and structural issues. California State Parks is now anticipating that the tour will open in the spring of 2014.

Download the complete press release


Loans for Nevada City Businesses

Nevada City is looking for a few budding businesses who need capital. In this “tight money” market, the City has a small business loan program that could be just what you need. There are some restrictions, of course, but the terms can be pretty attractive and flexible.

To learn more, contact Jeff Lucas at (707) 998-9203 x 104.


Are You Ready? NC Sidewalk Sale Sept 8

To All Downtown Merchants:

This year’s Fabulous Annual Nevada City Sidewalk Sale will be Saturday, September 8th between 10 – 4. This is Constitution weekend so there will be lots of people and fun in the air…..town should be hoppin!

I hope you’re excited to once again clear out the back room and put some cash in your pocket.

Your Sidewalk Sale team, in conjunction with the Chamber, will do the advertising and bring you signs for your windows and “reminder” handouts to give your customers.

If you need tables to put out on the sidewalk, call our local SRC Party Center (ph. 272-2266). They have rental tables.

Remember this is a SIDEWALK SALE…..You are strongly encouraged to put tables in front of your business.

This notice also serves to give you some time to do any social media that you might want to do to bring your customers in.

If you have further questions or comments or would like to volunteer your time for this event, e-mail me at earthstorenc@gmail.com.

Leea Davis • The Earth Store, 310 Broad Street, 265-0448
Rudy Udarbe • The Truffle Shop, 408 Broad Street, 265-3539
Eileen Jorgensen • The Magic Carpet, 408 Broad Street, 265-9229

Joint Chamber Chili Cook-Off Mixer Sept 6

Please join us for a Joint Chamber Mixer this Thursday, September 6th. It’s the annual Chili Cook-Off mixer hosted by Mimi Simmons and the team at ERA Cornerstone Realty!

Thursday, Sept 6

ERA Cornerstone Realty Parking Lot
101 Boulder Street, Nevada City


ChickenBonz at NCSCC Sept 8

Ludi Hinrichs’ ChickenBonz returns to the North Columbia Schoolhouse on September 8th

Expect to experience some new musical adventures when local composer, Ludi Hinrichs, returns with his eclectic ensemble, ChickenBonz, on Saturday, September 8th, at the North Columbia Schoolhouse amphitheater under starlight in one of the most unique venues in Nevada County,.

ChickenBonz offers such a wide musical swath, it’s hard to pinpoint or pigeonhole their sound. “I grew up in St. Louis, playing in rhythm and blues, polka, BlasKapelle (brass band), orchestras and jazz groups back in the ‘60s,” said Hinrichs. “Those sounds and the ethnic, and classical studies of Asian culture all filter down through the mouthpiece of ChickenBonz today.”

Saturday, September 8th
Grounds open at 7:00 pm. Show begins at 8:00 pm.
Bring a picnic for the lawn and a pillow for the bench seating in the amphitheater.

North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City

$15 advance and current members/$18 at the door/$6 kids 12 and under
Tickets available at Briar Patch and Mother Truckers

For more information visit www.northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org, call (530) 265-2826, or email info@northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org.

For the ChickenBonz, visit www.ludihinrichs.com

Jazz on the Ranch Sept 9th

Jazz on the Ranch with the Ken Hardin Trio

The Ken Hardin Trio with Guest
Sunday, September 9, 2012
River Highlands Ranch, Smartsville

• 3:45 pm – lawn seating open
• 4:00 pm – music of Then Again
• 5:00 pm – the Ken Hardin Trio & Kurt Andrew Hansen

A fundraiser and benefit concert to kick off the InConcert Sierra season of great concerts! Bill’s Chuckwagon sandwiches, and wine will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by: The “Ranch-hands”

If you enjoy jazz, this is your party of the year!

Bring a picnic and a lawn chair to enjoy “one of the best Sundays in Nevada County,” with The Ken Hardin Trio and guests. This is our annual major fundraiser concert for InConcert Sierra replete with silent auctions, raffles, and loads of fun…

For detailed information click here

SF Mime Troupe Returns Sept 7

Paul Emery Productions & The Miners Foundry Presents:

The San Francisco Mime Troupe
Friday, September 7

The San Francisco Mime Troupe will perform in an outdoor Twilight Show on Friday, September 7, 2012.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m., the music begins at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.

The mission of the San Francisco Mime Troupe is to create and produce socially relevant theater of the highest professional quality and perform it before the broadest possible audience. “For the Greater Good, or The Last Election” is a tale guaranteed to warm the heart of every billionaire. Based on the classic 19th century melodrama “The Poor of New York”, the Troupe turns the story on its head, telling it from the point of view of the misunderstood Godzillionaires who have made this country what it is today: broke.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

$20 General Admission
Tickets available online at minersfoundry.org, by phone or in person at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch.

New Prescription Drug Savings Program

Nevada County to Launch New Prescription Drug Savings Program

August 31, 2012 Nevada County and Financial Marketing Concepts Inc., (FMC) launched a new prescription drug discount program to help county residents.

The new Coast2Coast Rx card will allow all county residents, regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. This program saved cardholders throughout the nation over 55% in 2011 on the cost of prescription drugs. Even pets and other people living outside the County are able to take part in the program. The Rx card will be distributed free of charge and can be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Nevada County and includes over 60,000 drugs in its formulary.

To read more, please download the Press Release

Chamber Welcomes VOICI!

The Chamber welcomed new member VOICI Recycled Designer Apparel with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday.

VOICI carries new and gently used designer clothing, shoes, purses and more. Voici is Locally Owned and operated by an 18 year old 2012 Forest Charter Graduate from Nevada City, CA. Danielle Arthur is an aspiring young entrepreneur. Fashion and Design are her passion.

VOICI is located at 311 Commercial Street in Nevada City, (530) 265-2595, voiciclothing.com. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11am-7pm.

Chamber Connecting with Service Men & Women

The Chamber is continuing in its effort of developing a program to connect with our surrounding military bases in order to attract tourist business.

One part we are working on now is inviting the managers at the bases who are in charge of the troops recreation and activities to come to our beautiful town and see for themselves how worthy it is to recommend.

The idea is to offer these managers a complimentary experience. Those businesses which would like to participate, need to reply to the chamber by email.

Some types of businesses that would be ideal to have participating are lodging, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Other kinds of businesses may also think of ways to contribute and you are welcome to offer something.

We will compose a letter to these managers that will include a list of participating businesses. If you would like to take part, please email the chamber with the name of your business, contact info, including a website if you have one and a short blurb – no more than two or three sentences about your business.

Your responses must be received no later than August 27, 2012 if you want to be included.

Another aspect of the program for retail businesses is the military discount program, which you may already be aware of. It involves offering a discount to active military personnel. The chamber has posters available, which can be displayed in your store window, which announce your participation. You may choose what level of discount you would like to offer. Contact the chamber for the poster.

New & Renewing Members


John & Magdalena Halford, REALTORS ®
Knights Paint Inc.
Lifetime Adoption Foundation

Beverly Bussey
Indian Hill Ranch & Gardens
Robinson Enterprises, Inc.


Ribbon Cutting for VOICI August 23

Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting to welcome new Chamber member VOICI Recycled Designer Apparel!

Thursday, August 23 @ 1pm
VOICI Recycled Designer Apparel
311 Commercial Street, Nevada City

Snacks & refreshments will be provided.

VOICI carries new and gently used designer clothing, shoes, purses and more. VOICI is locally owned and operated by 18-year-old Danielle Arthur, an aspiring young entrepreneur.

Store hours are Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 7pm • 265-2595 • voiciclothing.com

NCCB Concert August 26

Nevada County Concert Band presents:

“Once in a Blue Moon” Concert
5:00pm – 7:00pm, Sunday August 26
Pioneer Park (Corner of Nimrod and Park Streets, Nevada City)
Free; non-profit donations accepted

The 60-piece Nevada County Concert Band will play big band, folk, pop, and march favorites that are perfect for the whole family.

With this fun theme, the band will play music about things that happen once, relate to the moon, or are blue. Have some “Blues Bari Pie” with your picnic dinner, and possibly bring some “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” too. You’ll hear songs recorded by Mr. Blue Eyes (Frank Sinatra), enjoyed under a “Blue Moon.” The skies may or may not open with Sousa’s march “The Thunderer,” but if they do, there’ll be plenty of “Blues in the Night” to play about. The dixieland ensemble is back with animals in “Barnyard Blues,” and there be other ensembles too. As the evening arrives, you can enjoy Irving Berlin’s “Shaking the Blues Away,” as well as the folk song “All through the Night.” Perhaps there will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to rub a lamp and produce a genie (and what color was Aladdin’s Genie, anyway?). When we’re blue together, it’s always more fun: “Limehouse Blues,” “Birth of the Blues,” and of course “St. Louis Blues.”

Bring your family and friends to the Pioneer Park Picnic & Pops Concert #3 of 3 to enjoy your picnic dinner on the grass, or treat yourself with goodies from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. This concert is free, and non-profit donations are accepted.

Nevada County Concert Band, P.O. Box 1444, Nevada City, CA 95959, nccb.org

New & Renewing Members

VOICI Recycled Designer Apparel

Harmony Ridge Lodge
Nevada County Association of Realtors
Salon De Soleil
Transformative Social Media


Art Exhibit at Szabo’s thru Sept 15

Szabo Tasting Room
exhibits art work by contemporary Grass Valley artists, Gwyn Stramler and Richard Downs.

New Monotypes and Paintings Exhibit runs August 5 – September 15

Szabo Tasting Room
316 Broad Street
Nevada City

Free to the public

The exhibit is open for viewing Thursday – Sunday, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Breast Cancer Awareness Fundrasier Aug 24

Join Sierra Nevada Community Healthplan and Dr. Melisa Agness for a Non-profit Health Education Community Outreach on Breast Cancer.

Friday, August 24th
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Hilltop Commons
131 Eureka Street
Grass Valley

A raffle, music, wine and refreshments will be provided with donation.

Download Flyer



NCFF Comedy Show Aug 18

Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show

Saturday, August 18, 2012
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street

Tickets $15 Comedy Show

Tickets can be purchased online at www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com or in person at the Nevada City Box Office, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City or BriarPatch Co-op, 290 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley

For more information go to www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com

The Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show is back again, Saturday, August 18, at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, with bigger comedians and bigger laughs. The NCFF Comedy Show is a golden opportunity for locals and festival attendees to see premier comedians right here in Nevada City. Normally a trip to Sacramento, Reno or even San Francisco would be required to see comedy acts of this caliber, but the Nevada City Film Festival brings it right to our doorstep which is why it is wildly popular and a notable part of the festival.

This year’s incredible lineup includes: Ester Provitsky (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, New Girl), Mark Proksch aka Kenny Strass, or K-Stras, Duncan Trussell (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Madtv) and Nick Kroll (The League, Reno 911).

DJ Douggpound (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) returns to host and will wow the audience with a hilariously absurdist DJ set.

The NCFF Comedy Show is just one of many events and after parties happening during the 12th Annual Nevada City Film Festival, August 16-19, 2012. Presented by the Magic Lantern Film Society, NCFF is a four-day celebration of fun and films that has grown from a local filmmaker’s event into a burgeoning international film festival that now showcases both short and feature length films in a variety of historic locations in downtown Nevada City. The NCFF separates itself from other film festivals by creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere that only a close-knit community like Nevada City can provide.

For more information on The Nevada City Film Festival or the NCFF Comedy Show go to www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com

Download NCFF Comedy Flyer