Bowl for Kids Sake March 24th

2012 Bowl for Kids’ Sake Challenge: GALAXY BOWL
Saturday, March 24th, 2012…3pm to 8 pm
At Prosperity Lanes, in Grass Valley

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is looking for bowlers and sponsors for the 2012 Bowl For Kids Sake Challenge (BFKS), held at Prosperity Lanes in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 24th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Bowl for Kids Sake committee chair, Lindy Schasiepen, announced this year’s family-friendly event features a Galactic theme, and encourages everyone to dress up as their favorite extra terrestrial or space traveler.  Everyone can help raise money for this valuable community mentoring program, said Schasiepen, herself a former mentor. Each team is made up of a maximum of 5 bowlers with each bowler raising a minimum of $100. Every bowler who raises the minimum amount receives a free t-shirt. There will be prizes—for the top fundraiser, both individual and team, best costume and top team score.

For more information on putting together a team or being an event sponsor, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (530) 273-2227 or visit our website at under the Events section.

Help put a friend in a child’s life and hope into a child’s future by joining us for the Galaxy Bowl, with real people and ―real out of this world‖ mentors. Call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 273–2227 and sign up today!

Contact: Dena Valin, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County, ~ 530-273-2227

Monthly Film Series at Magic Theatre

Beginning March 2012, the Nevada City Film Festival and Magic Lantern Film Society will present a monthly film series of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and animated films that represent then very best of independent filmmaking. These “NCFF Picks” delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, thought-provoking storytelling, that captures the hearts of audiences.

This month’s feature is:
“How to Start a Revolution” (dir. Ruaridh Arrow) 87 minutes

March 10, 17, 24 and 31
Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
1pm, $6.50 GA, $5.50 Magic Lantern Film Society Members
Tickets Available at the door

Half a world away from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, an aging American intellectual shuffles around his cluttered terrace house in a working-class Boston neighborhood. His name is Gene Sharp.  White-haired and now in his mid-eighties, he grows orchids, he has yet to master the internet and he hardly seems like a dangerous man. But for the world’s dictators his ideas can be the catalyst for the end of their regime.

For more information go to


Summer Camp & Activities Fair Sponsors Needed

The Nevada City Parks and Recreation Department and The Parents’ Resource Guide are partnering to present the 1st Annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair.  Let families know about the special activities you have planned this summer.

The Fair is looking for sponsors to help make this Fair possible. All proceeds will go to providing scholarships for children to attend summer camps and activities. Non-profit agencies and organizations will also receive scholarships so they can provide the opportunity of summer activities for children who would not otherwise be able to participate.

For more information, contact:
Dawn at Nevada City Parks and Recreation 265-2496 x129 or

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Water Efficiency Workshop March 17

Nevada City has recently initiated its WaterWise program to help residents save money on their water bills by using water more efficiently. As part of the public launch of the program, WaterWise will be holding a free public workshop on water efficiency titled, “Save Water, Save Money: How to be Water Wise in your Home and Garden.” Many local home and gardening experts will be speaking at the event, and there will be a raffle of a Dual-flush toilet donated by Sierra Plumbing Supply, an irrigation “smart-controller’ donated by Weiss Landscaping, and a gift basket donated by Rare Earth Landscape Materials. In addition to these raffle items, Nevada City will be giving away one of the latest designs in low-flow showerheads. Although the raffle items and give-aways are only available to Nevada City water utility customers, the program itself is open to the general public, and everyone is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be available.

The program happens Saturday, March 17th, from 10am to 1pm, at Seaman’s Lodge, in Pioneer Park.

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.

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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!