Claudine Chalmers made Chevalier de France

The Consul General of France for California bestowed on Nevada City’s Ms Claudine Chalmers the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts & Letters at a ceremony held at the official residence of the Consul General of France for California, Monsieur Romain Serman in San Francisco California.

The French government’s Minister of Culture awards this title to honor those who significantly contribute to the enrichment of the French cultural heritage throughout the world. Members are not limited to French nationals, they include such foreign luminaries (among the Chevaliers) as director David Niles, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, actors George Clooney and Jude Law. Actor Clint Eastwood is a Commander of the Order.

Ms Chalmers, a well known author and California historian, has been a resident of Nevada City for the last ten years. She is known locally for her books on Grass Valley and early Mill Valley. Two of her books to California in the 19th century. “French San Francisco” and “Splendide Californie, Impressions of the Golden State by French Artists” available in local stores and at some of our rare book dealers.

Eager to document the presence of French people throughout our County, Ms Chalmers has started gathering the life stories of important early citizens here: water engineers Benoit Faucherie, of Faucherie Lake, and Antoine Chabot who co-invented the hydraulicking approach to mining; the LeDu family of Malakoff diggings (named by the French); millionaire miner Jules Fricot nicknamed the “Emperor” of Grass Valley; Nevada City’s talented orchardist Felix Gillet, and many more remarkable characters. She is presently at work on two art books and a 2013-4 exhibit for the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento which will document the work and careers of a team of talented French artists of the West in the 19th century.

The Consul General commented in his presentation on how influential Ms Chalmers has been in advancing the spirit of connection between French and Americans citizens. He noted how important her work is for the better understanding of our two cultures.

In her acceptance speech, Ms Chalmers, a French citizen, said “When I first came to California in 1974 I felt like I was sitting between two chairs that were a long distance apart” describing the difficulty of belonging to two cultures, in her case French and American. Now, thanks to her passion for her work and understanding of our cultures, she said “the chairs are almost merged and I feel very comfortable living in Nevada City”.

Nevada City residents invited by the Consul General who attended the ceremony included former Nevada City Mayor Sally Harris, Jan Westmore & Delynn Tjoelker from the Sierra Writers group, Leonard Berardi of Mountain House Books, Kirk Valentine & Genevieve Crouzet owners of the Classic Café, and Charlotte & Larry Starns, active members of the Cascade Shores Homeowners’ Association.

Claudine’s longtime friends Susan McClatchy, famed Sacramento painter Jerald Silva, and San Francisco gent Bryan Hemming where also at the ceremony. Susan & Claudine are looking forward to the opening of the exhibit “Jules Tavernier-Artiste Peintre” planned at the Crocker Art Museum in 2013-14.

Counsel Gerneral Serman, following the ceremony expressed his great pleasure in being able to advance the connection between our two countries. He noted personally “what pride he has had in continuing the relationship between France and the US by the awarding of French medals of Honor for United States soldiers serving in the Second World War”. This little-known effort is an example of the awareness France has for the essential role Americans played in the Freedom of France in the 20th Century. France and American connections go clearly back to our revolutionary days when Jefferson, Washington and Franklin visited France in preparation for the writing of our constitution.

TEDxGrass Valley Conference July 13

TEDxGrassValley, a regional version of the popular TED conference, returns Wednesday, July 13, 2011 to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 10:30am- 6:30pm.   The independently produced event, operated under license from TED, is organized around the TEDGlobal 2011 conference, on July 12-15, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

What is life? And how can it be better lived? From the secrets of the biological processes that take place in our body, to the cultural constructs that take place in our society; from the technologies and resources that make life possible and enjoyable, to the themes that define our humanity — or threaten it: TEDGlobal 2011 will be a celebration of life, in all its forms.

TEDxGrassValley will feature live streaming of Day 2 of TEDGlobal 2011. These talks include the world’s leading scientists, economists, activists, researchers, artists, and more including historian Niall Ferguson, political economist Yasheng Huang, comedian Robin Ince, anti-hunger leader Josette Sheeran, geneticist Svante Paabo, cancer researcher Elizabeth Murchison, biochemist Cynthia Kenyon, sand artist Joe Castillo, underworld investigator Misha Glenny, movement expert Daniel Wolpert, and roboticist Peter Fankhauser among others.

TEDxGrassValley will also feature a handful of regional speakers to address “What is Life?” in our community.

About TEDxGrassValley
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxGrassValley where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxGrassValley, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

TEDxGrassValley is produced by See Jane Do, Sierra Commons, Insight Directory and Jesse Locks.

About TED
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. The annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Oxford, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

Wednesday, July 13
Doors 10am Conference 1030am-630pm,

Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

This event is free, but attendees must pre-register at

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

Or Contact:
Jesse Locks
(916) 548-7716

Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference.

Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to:
Laura Galloway
TED Media Liaison
(212) 260-3708


NC Furniture & Mattresses Mixer 7/14

You Are Invited To Come To Our New Store for a
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Mixer

12th Anniversary Party
Nevada City Furniture & Mattresses

New • Quality Used • Antiques • Mattresses
Futons • Appliances • Doors • and Much More Stuff

Munchies & Beverages & Live Music

Thursday July 14, 2011
5:30 to 8:00 PM

118 Argall Way, Nevada City
(Behind SPD Next to SPD Saw Shop)
Jim Minasian – Owner

Come See the New Store!


Donations for Downtown Flags Requested

The placing of our United States and decorative flags downtown for holidays and special occasions has become an expected and beautiful tradition. Through attrition, storm damage and maybe adding to the collections of a few patriotic citizens, we have a shortage of the number of flags needed to decorate our downtown.

Because of the Chamber’s tight budget this year, we are asking for donations to purchase more flags for our inventory. We need five dozen. We have located a United States manufacturer with a very reasonable price – $6.50 each or $78.00 per dozen including shipping.

Any flag donations will be much appreciated and honored in a future newsletter. Please drop off your donation to the Chamber office or mail to 132 Main Street, Nevada City, 95959.

Thank you for your help!


New and Renewing Members


Matteo’s Public
Vision Based Coaching

Bella Vista Medical Spa
Gold Country Hiking & Adventures
Main Street Antiques & Books
Nevada County Laundry & Linen
V.F.W. #2655
Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.



Advertise in Sierra Heritage Magazine

Sign up now and be in the popular Wine issue of Sierra Heritage, which is out August 15 – October 15 and stays on the coffee tables of many readers much longer than that!

For more information or to book your space call or email Diana Cherrie • (530) 559-9231 •

Download flyer

Honu Island Smoothies Ribbon Cutting

The Nevada City Chamber welcomes new member Honu Island Smoothies!  They hosted a ribbon cutting last week at their shop located at 843 Sutton Way in Grass Valley (530) 274-5700.

Pictured are Honu Island Smoothies representatives Stacy Corralejo, Justine Corralejo,
Gabrielle Corralejo, Bonnie Vierra-Greene (owner), Kymberly Curtis and Chamber representatives Barbi Jackson,
Anita Wald-Tuttle, Cindy Moon.


4th of July Booth Help Needed!

Help!!!! We need help at our hamburger booth at the Fairgrounds on the 4th of July. There are two different shifts; One is from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and the other is from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. (The fireworks at the Fairgrounds begin at 9:30 p.m.)

Please, if you can help us – let us know. It’s a fundraiser for the chamber and a “Dry Run” for the Fair booth.

Give us a call at 265-2692.


Nevada County Booth at the California State Fair

Help Represent the Arts in the Nevada County Booth at the
California State Fair

Nevada County will have a booth at the California State Fair this year and we hope you can help us make sure that the arts are well represented. This is pretty last minute and we don’t have much lead time, but if you have any of the following that could be used in the booth, we’d really appreciate it:

• Video of the Arts in Nevada County (of an event or a venue)
• Posters of Arts events in Nevada County
• Brochures/postcards/rackcards about Arts events or organizations that can be handed out at the booth (as many as you want to donate – they’ll be handed out until they run out)

The deadline for collecting these item is July 5th. Please bring your exhibit display items to Sams Investment Strategies, 426 Sutton Way, Suite 102, no later than Tuesday, July 5. Susan George will be coordinating the collection of these materials and you can contact her at (530) 272-5100 to schedule your drop-off.

Thanks so much for helping us to insure that the arts are well represented in the Nevada County booth at the State Fair!  If you have any questions, please contact us at

Jon Blinder, President of the Board
Arts Collaborative of Nevada County


Advertise in the Nevada City Scene

Nevada City Chamber Members, did you know that the Nevada City Scene publishes in The Union the first Monday of each month and by advertising on that page you’ll reach more than 30,000 readers?

Plus Chamber member advertising discounted pricing saves you close to 50% off regular advertising pricing!

Call Jacki Webber at The Union today (530) 477-4201 to find out how you can particpate.

Real Estate and Mortgage Businesses, please call Emelia Marini at The Union today (530) 477-4242.

Download pdf of Sales Flyer with Advertising Rates:  Flyer & Rates
Download pdf of June edition of the Nevada City Scene:  Nevada City Scene June

DIY Natural Building Instruction June 29th

Mud and Pearls, a recent inductee to the Chamber, will be hosting a week long cob workshop starting on Sunday.

The class is full, but on Wednesday, June 29th, from 1:30 to 5:00 pm local residents can come try out making cob and learning about DIY natural building from one of Northern California premier cob builders, Rob Pollacek.

Free admittance but bring your own water bottle! At Willow Springs, in North San Juan. 530 362 8082 for more information.


Crazy Cow Yogurt is Open!

The much anticipated Crazy Cow Yogurt is now open for business at 230 Commercial Street in Nevada City.  Stop by, say “hi” and see what owner Vince Dallugge has in store for you!

Check out their website with all their offerings at or call (530) 265-4000.

Nevada County Makes Ribbon Cutting

We welcomed Nevada County Makes as members of the Chamber with a ribbon cutting last Thursday, June 16th.  This is an on-line market place for crafters to show and sell their items.

Many people were on hand for the festivities!

Check out their website at

Still Accepting 4th Parade Entries

The Grass Valley Downtown Association is seeking float entries for this year’s “Active Liberty” 4th of July Parade! We are particularly interested in local school bands willing to participate in the parade. The parade will be in downtown Grass Valley this year and festivities will continue at the Nevada County Fairgrounds with live entertainment starting at 4:30 PM with a break for a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30

This year’s entertainment feature is the Chillbillies, plus Special Guests, Bob Villwock , Lorraine Gervais, Kate Haight, Peter Wilson and the Tommyknocker Cloggers. There will be Swing Dancing on the Green with disc jockey Ed Larson. A ton of kids’ activities with bounce houses, go karts, face painting, Nevada County Makes with kids making all sorts of different crafts.

Tess’s Kitchen Store has donated a Big Green Egg BBQ that you can enter to win at Thursday Night Markets this month. Tickets are $5 and will help to offset the cost of this year’s 4th of July Celebration!

Thanks to our sponsors for this year’s 4th of July celebration: Waste Management, Sierra Nevada Medical Associates, SPD, KNCO, The Union, Premier West Bank, The Army, Sierra Nevada, Budweiser, B&C True Value, Economy Pest Control, Mike Bratton-State Farm, Gold-n-Green Equipment Rentals, McSweeney & Associates APC, AAA of California, Auburn Ford, Auburn Honda, Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames, First US Community Credit Union, Gold Country Hearing Center, Network Real Estate, Coldwell Banker- Grass Roots Realty, BriarPatch Co-op Natural Foods Market, Les Schwab Tires of Grass Valley, Magnussen’s Auburn Toyota, Safeway, The Pilates Place, Twin Cities Church, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Wolf Mountain Day Spa, YUBAdocs Urgent Care, Jazzercise of Grass Valley, Kaido Sushi, and Ashley Furniture. We couldn’t do it without you!

For more information or to enter your float in the 4th of July Parade, please contact the Grass Valley Downtown Association at 272-8315.


Meet Assemblyman Dan Logue June 24th

You are invited to come meet Assemblyman Dan Logue!

Friday, June 24th – 2:00pm

Nevada County Association of Realtors
336 Crown Point Circle
Easterly Hall (lower parking lot access)

Grass Valley

This is your opportunity to hear first hand information as to what is happening in Sacramento with all the issues facing California and for the Assemblyman to receive information from you about how the budget, jobs, taxes, regulations, and other issues facing business in CA, effect that business.

Hope to see you there.


Gemstone Bead Trunk Show & Sale

Saturday & Sunday – June 26 & 27
Sat 10am to 6pm; Sun 11am to 5pm

Mana Beads
417 Broad Street (the Ghidotti Building)
Nevada City

For two days only, Mana Beads will present a gemstone bead show and sale where thousands of stones and beads will be available to admire or purchase. This is an unusually large selection of beads, in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and qualities which will offer something of interest to anyone – whether you are a beader, a gemstone collector, have geology interests or just like stones and jewelry!

Wheelchair accessible; Indoor/Outdoor event

For more information go to


Calling All Patriots

This year our 4th of July Celebration begins with an Official flyover by Beale Air Force Base, followed by our Local Army Recruiters in their Humvee. It will be a very patriotic Parade again this year.

Yes, There is still time to make a difference by helping out with this year’s costs of the 4th of July Celebration. You can make a donation or become a sponsor of this year’s 4th of July Parade, festivities at the Fairgrounds and Fireworks display.

Costs continue to rise every year, and many communities have been forced to cancel their celebrations. Let’s keep our Nevada County 4th of July One of our Best Events of The Year. You can help by sending a donation in any amount (Suggestion $25 and Up), you can be an Associate Sponsor for $199, Sponsor a Marching Band for $250, or Sponsor a Special Event during the Day for $500.

Many Thanks to our businesses who have already contributed! Please think about having your business be a part of this Great Nevada County Event. Join in by helping out today.

The Event is a collaborative effort of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce and Grass Valley Downtown Association.

Contact Dian Glasco, 4th of July Sponsorship Coordinator
(530) 265-9606 or email

Please make cheeks payable to the 4th of July Committee and mail to:

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
132 Main Street
Nevada City, CA 95959