Mixer at the National Hotel Dec 8

Thursday, December 8
5:30 – 7:30 pm

National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City

Don’t forgot about one of the Chamber’s most festive mixers of the year, hosted by Tom Coleman at the National Hotel!  Please join us!


RSVP Gala Benefit Dec 8

RSVP’s Gala Benefit production of LeGacy’s

“A Christmas Story”

Thursday, December 8, 2011
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nevada Theater, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Please join the Retired and Senior Volunteer for a gala evening of champagne, punch, appetizers and goodies along with a benefit performance of Legacy Production’s “A Christmas Story”.  100% of the proceeds will support the RSVP program in Nevada County which provides 75,000 hours of volunteer service annually to 75 area non-profits and public agencies.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Harmony Books in Nevada City and The Book Seller and Briar Patch in Grass Valley or call the LeGacy Box Office at (530) 268-5419

RSVP Office, 471 Sutton Way, #202, Grass Valley, (530) 271-0255

Download Benefit informational flyer


Renewing Members


James Anderson
Bubba’s BBQ/Aidan’s Icies
Valley Yellow Pages
Plaza Tire & Auto Service
Bruce Ivy Construction
Nevada County Sportsmen, Inc.
Bill’s Chuckwagon
Tanglewood Forest Gallery
The Earth Store
The Top Dog


David Painter Receives NC’s Prestigious Elza Kilroy Award

NEVADA CITY – Co-Owner of SPD Markets, David Painter has been named recipient of the 2011 Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service.  The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Kilroy award, established in 1969, annually to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors selected Painter for the award to honor his dedication to Nevada City and support of the local organizations in the area. Painter is a past president of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and is currently the chair of the programs and events committee.

“The Board felt that he really has Nevada City in his heart and the Chamber appreciates everything he does to keep Nevada City a vibrant community” said Chamber Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey. The Kilroy Award is one of the several annual awards presented by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Other 2011 recipients are:  The Searls Library Photograph collection is being Honored with the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award.  Dave Iorns is the recipient of the 2011 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award.

The Powell House at 203 South Pine Street was recognized with the Annual Stan Halls Architectural Award. Mark Vance Is the recipient of the Chamber’s 2011 Live Music Award. The Deer Creek Tribute Trail was chosen as the recipient of the W. Lon Cooper New Construction Award.

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 110th annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28th at the Miners foundry.


Darbeads Anniversary Celebration Dec 1

Darbeads Glass Boutique of Nevada City, CA is celebrating our ONE year Anniversary and we couldn’t be happier here!!!

To celebrate we would like to invite YOU and your friends on Dec 1st starting at 11am, to celebrate with us! We will be offering 10% off all loose darbeads, 20% off most jewelry, raffle giveaways for beads, classes and gift certificates. Starting at 4pm we will have live glass demos by Darby and one of our past students, Austin.

We will also have many wonderful yummy treats and beverages for kids and adults! We look forward to seeing you here on Dec 1, 2011!!!

Darbeads, 317 Spring Street, Nevada City, (773) 220-2800

New and Renewing Members


Double Oak Vineyards & Winery

Bill’s Chuckwagon
Bruce Ivy Construction
Bubba’s BBQ/Aida’s Icies
James Anderson
Nevada County Sportsmen
Plaza Tire & Auto Service
Tanglewood Forest Gallery
Valley Yellow Pages


Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

Sneak Preview of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Sunday, December 4th, 7:00 pm. Nevada Theater, Nevada City, CA.

Nevada City, CA-One of the first, and the foremost conservationists of our time, Aldo Leopold worked with Midwestern farmers and Southwestern ranchers, traveled the States and wrote about his rapidly changing world. Long an inspiration to those who love the outdoors, Leopold was one of the first writers who created poetry about the natural world. Green Fire, a film named after the “fierce green fire” he saw in a female wolf’s eyes as it was dying, will be screened in a special preview of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The film includes portraits of land shaped by his land ethic – from the Gila Wilderness, America’s first wilderness area, to green space in Chicago. Through his work Leopold urges us to no longer think of land as a commodity, but rather as a community.

Green Fire was produced in partnership between the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the US Forest Service. The film provocatively examines Leopold’s thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges. Leopold’s biographer, conservation biologist Dr. Curt Meine, serves as the film’s on-screen guide.

The historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City hosts Green Fire on December 4 at 7 pm. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gary Snyder, will lead a panel discussion with Louis Warren, UC Davis Professor of History and editor of Boom: A Journal of California; Eli Ilano, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Tahoe National Forest and will be moderated by Steve Frisch, Executive Director of the Sierra Business Council.


Bocce Ball Tournament Nov 26

The Nevada County Italian Cultural Foundation Presents…..

First Annual Thanksgiving Weekend “Turkey Shoot” Bocce Ball Tournament
Saturday, November 26th
Western Gateway Park ’s New Bocce Ball Center, Penn Valley

8:00 A.M. Registration 8:30 Captains meeting 9:00 A.M. Start 1st round

A 1 day, Double Elimination – 4 Person Teams – $25.00 per Player

Lunch (Italian Sausage Sandwich, Chips and a Beverage) for players.  Sandwiches, Beer, soda, water etc. will be available for all @ minimal charge.

Registration Cut-off: November 10th. Teams will have to be paid in full to be added to the roster.

Rules will be emailed to all the Captains after cut-off

We will need to cut registration off at 24 teams. So be sure to sign up and get your fee’s in early. This is a weather permitting event. In the event of a rain out, we will refund all monies to the team Captain

Please mail or drop off your registration and fee’s at:
Farmers Insurance, Bill Knuedeler Agency
747 Maltman Dr.
Grass Valley, Ca. 95945

Be Italian for a day…Even if you don’t want to play come watch……

Maybe you’ll catch the fever!!!!

Download Turkey Shoot flyer and registration form



Grow Your Business Seminar Nov 29

Two Part Seminar: Grow Your Business with Email Marketing and Social Media Marketing

Hosted by Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers of Commerce and Constant Contact

When: Tuesday, November 29th
Time: Part I 2:00 – 3:15 (15 minute complimentary snack break) Part II 3:30 – 5:30
Where: Sierra Commons (Stonehouse building, upstairs in the Stonehouse banquet room), 107 Sacramento Street Suite 300, Nevada City, CA 95959
Cost: Complimentary to Nevada City and Grass Valley Chamber members, all others $15 (check or cash at the door)
Parking: Complimentary parking at the Stonehouse lot or in the public lot across the bridge

Registration Required:  http://eventactions.com/ea.aspx?ea=Rsvp

Part I: Grow Your Business with Email Marketing

Build the relationships that are the key to your business success with easy, inexpensive and highly effective email marketing! In this seminar, we will provide tips to increase your email deliverability and open rates, write good headlines and content, and perhaps most importantly, strategies for getting — and keeping — high quality prospects, customers and members. You will learn how to:
•Become a trusted email sender in the eyes of your prospects, customers, and members.
•Build your list! How to find and keep email list subscribers.
•Get your sent emails opened and read.
•Turn your readers into more frequent buyers/supporters/donators
•Target your communications –- how to get the right message to the right people at the right time.
•Use email communications to improve customer/member loyalty.

Part II: Social Media Marketing

This seminar will review the essential strategies and best practices a business or organization should understand in order to successfully get started with social media marketing. We will talk about:
•What social media marketing really is and why it’s important.
•Various social media networks and tools: how they interact, ways to leverage their strengths, and how to evaluate them for best use for your business or organization.
•How other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships, and drive sales and engagement.
•How to incorporate it into your business life without losing. productivity, while growing your reach.

Karen Rice, presenter
Constant Contact Regional Development Director, Northern California

“Miss Representation” Screening Nov 28

Monday, November 28th

The Nevada Theatre
401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Doors 530pm, Film 6-730pm, Guest Panel Discussion 730-830pm
General Admission $10/ADV, $15/Door, 21 and Under $5
Available at BriarPatch, Yabobo, BookSeller and online
at http://missrepfriendshipclub.eventbrite.com/

For more information call The Friendship Club at (530) 265-4311

The Friendship Club and The Sierra Mentoring Partnership presents the award-winning documentary film ‘Miss Representation” – Monday, November 28th, at the Nevada Theatre, followed by a panel discussion with students, educators, and members of the media. This one night only event is a must-see for families, educators, students, civic leaders, community organizers and more.  View the trailer for “Miss Representation” here http://vimeo.com/28066212.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politi-cians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective.  www.missrepresentation.org

This event is sponsored by The Magic Lantern Film Society, producer of the Nevada City Film Festival and committed to bringing top independent cinema to the Sierra Nevada Foothills.


Shop Locally for the Holidays

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all Nevada County residents to “Shop Locally” during the upcoming holiday season.  Nevada City offers a diverse selection of quality merchandise at very competitive prices. Many local shops offer free gift wrapping, lay-away and personal customer service.  The entire downtown area is decorated with natural green swags on the gas lights and the buildings are highlighted with white Christmas lights, which creates the magic image of Nevada City.

Most stores are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Shopping locally benefits the local community through taxes, employment and economic development.   “Visitors and residents appreciate the old fashioned customer service and friendly atmosphere of doing business in Nevada City” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Cathy Whittlesey.


RR Museum Open Friday after Thanksgiving

The Railroad Museum will be open for visitors on the Friday 
after Thanksgiving, Nov 25, from 10am-4pm.  We invite everyone 
to stop by and see the museum fully decorated for the Holidays. The 
Gift Shop is fully stocked with railroad-related Christmas gifts, books, 
and toys for children and adults.

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, 5 Kidder Court, 
Nevada City, (530) 470-0902


Emily’s New Event Center in Nevada City

Introducing Downtown Nevada City’s newest event venue, brought to you by Emily’s Catering and Cakes at 313 Commercial Street. The charming indoor/outdoor historic venue is perfect for social and business events with seating for up to 50. Convenient location is sure to please your local and out of town guests with hourly, half day, full day, multi day use rates available. Book your holiday party now!

For more information go to www.emilyscateringandcakes.com OR call Emily at (530) 409-3716

Be sure to stop by our 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.


Holiday Cards by Leann Brook

New cards for the holidays featuring all locally shot images of Nevada City/Grass Valley and Sierra Foothills.

Available at:
Nevada City: J. J. Jackson’s, SPD Market
Grass Valley: Flour Garden Bakery, Briar Patch, SPD Market, Yuba Blue, Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
Auburn: Flour Garden Bakery

or view the entire line at www.brookdesign.com/greeting-cards

For more information: (530) 265-6817


Weatherize Historic Windows Class Nov 19

A one day hands-on informative class about preservation, restoration and insulation of historic windows. $20 per person (payment due upon arrival). Limited to 12 people. Stop by the Chamber office to sign up or call 265-2692.

Saturday, November 19
9:30am to 3:30pm

132 Main Street, Nevada City
(Office above the Nevada City Chamber)

Download Flyer Weatherize Historic Windows

Open House for Utah’s Place Nov 19

You are cordially invited to an Open House for Utah’s Place

November 19th 3-7 p.m.
1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Come see why Hospitality House folk are so happy!  Escrow has closed and remodeling will begin for a year round shelter for guests. Take a tour, see how you can help, enjoy a beverage and cookie, be entertained and learn what services are provided!

Hope to see you there!


Chamber Mixer Nov 17th

Hospice of The Foothills
November 17, 2011     5:30 – 7:30pm
11270 Rough & Ready Hwy, GV

Business After Hours Networking Mixers are always a lot of fun and a wonderful opportunity to network and promote your business. Come and join us. Visitors are welcome!