“Color for a Brighter World” Opens March 1st

A new show of vibrant, colorful art to uplift the spirits during rainy winter months will be held at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery and studio in downtown Nevada City, from March 1 – 31. “Color for a Brighter World”, will pair up contemporary garden paintings by LeeAnn Brook with colorful textiles by Spencer McClay. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, March 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 300 Spring St. in Nevada City.

The gallery will also make a major contribution to the Neighborhood Center of the Arts by donating 50% of the proceeds from gallery sales made on March 3, 4 & 5.

In addition, an art talk entitled “The Influences of Color” will be held in the gallery on Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. A reservation only event, $10 will include the talk, beverage and light snacks. To reserve, email leeann@brookdesign.com or call 265-6817.

Many locals have been captivated by McClay’s colorful wall hangings over the past 25 years. He has been participating in the Neighborhood Center of the Arts Studios, serving on the Executive Board since its inception in 1984. He began exhibiting his work in Sacramento art shows in 1988 and has exhibited in San Francisco, Nevada City, Grass Valley, and New York.

Winning awards at the California State Fair for several years, McClay’s weavings range from 5 to 15 feet in height, and are naturally suited for large walls. Made on a four harness loom using reclaimed fibers that include uncarded wool, yarn, fabric, twine, beads and numerous other elements that when combined, create sculptural nuances with rich dimension and form.

“I’ve been a big fan of Spencer’s work for many years, and am thrilled to have his art showcased in the gallery. This show is not only about how color can transform our surroundings, but also about how it can transform lives. The work of Spencer McClay is the perfect example of both,” remarks Brook.

LeeAnn Brook’s mixed media garden paintings are an interpretive expression of botanical forms, enhanced by Brook’s colorful palette. Utilizing textured surfaces, hand-altered collage materials, charcoal and acrylic, the large format contemporary paintings are one-of-a-kind art pieces collected by patrons worldwide. Brook is a three-time award winner at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival as well as at the California State Fair, and is the recipient of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis’ Visual Artist of the Year award.

Brook opened LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery in downtown Nevada City in 2015, which also includes her working studio showing paintings in progress. The gallery’s beautifully curated setting also includes sculpted wooden vessels, handcrafted lamps, ceramics, sculpture, hand blown glass, hand felted scarves, custom made wood furniture and a collection of Japanese antiques for sale.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 300 Spring Street in downtown Nevada City and is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. More information can be found at www.leeannbrookfineart.com.

Nevada City Business Community Parking Expansion Meeting

“ParkEasy Nevada City” Parking Expansion Workshop

Hello Chamber Members:

A meeting is scheduled on March 1st, 9:00am-11:00am at City Hall to discuss parking expansion strategies. The city is looking for a lot of great feedback from our business community. This is an opportunity for you to attend the meeting and share your support and ideas of a plan to increase parking in Nevada City.

Every month for the past couple of years, city officials and chamber representatives conduct a business walk where they visit with the local business owners to discuss concerns and kudos about Nevada City. Every visit has included issues about parking.

Now is the time to make a difference. Please attend the council meeting and voice your support and help move this plan forward.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance

Attention Nevada County Businesses and Residents Affected

by the Severe Winter Storms, Flooding and Mudslides

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Nevada County businesses and residents affected by the severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Jan. 5-14, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Brian Sandoval on Feb. 22, 2017.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Churchill, Humboldt, Lyon, Pershing, Storey and Washoe counties and Carson City in Nevada; Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties in California; and Harney and Lake counties in Oregon.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Nevada with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said McMahon. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s acting Nevada District Director Ben Raju. “Beginning 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Raju continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated below. No appointment is necessary.


Disaster Loan Outreach Center

South Valleys Library

15650-A Wedge Parkway

Reno, NV  89511

Opens 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27

Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Center closes 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 9

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.125 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.5 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is April 24, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Nov. 24, 2017.

Bear Yuba Land Trust Treks and Events March 2017

What’s Coming Up in March: Bear Yuba Land Trust Treks and Events

What: Yuba Rim Trail

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11

Where: Yuba Rim Trail, Rice’s Crossing Preserve, Yuba County

Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Distance: 6.75 miles

Cost: Free, Donations Welcome

Register at: www.bylt.org

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust staff and Trail Adopters for this moderate to challenging hike along the Yuba Rim Trail. Located on Rice’s Crossing Preserve, the trail began in 2015 and will continue to be developed in the year ahead. “This outing will be fairly challenging but the wonderful views will help you forget about some of the demanding elevation gain,” said Land Access Manager Shaun Clarke.

This is an opportunity to learn about trail building in the wild and a little background about how the Land Trust acquired the property. Anticipate some plant identification, local lore and naturalist observation. Hikers will travel to the end of the trail and beyond for a bit of steep scrambling to another vista point. Experienced hikers only please as grades will triple in difficulty once we leave the trail. We’ll stop for lunch at the vista point for some spectacular views.

BYLT has received a grant from the California Department of Natural Resources to improve and extend the trail, parking areas and enhance recreational amenities. Hikers of this special outing will get a glimpse of future trail extensions, including the Black Diamond Yuba Drop. Dress appropriately, bring sturdy, weather-proof footwear, water, lunch and binoculars or camera. This is an all day excursion, carpooling recommended. Pre-registration is required.

Learn more about the Yuba Rim Trail: www.bylt.org/trail/yuba-rim-trail/

What: Oak Tree Bash: Annual Award Ceremony and Membership Meeting

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14

Where: North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road

Cost: $10 at the door

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) in recognizing three lifetime conservationists – Ted Beedy, Ron Mathis, and Warren Wittich during the annual Oak Tree Bash.

During this fun community gathering, the Land Trust will honor esteemed Ornithologist Ted Beedy with the William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership. Long-time community heroes Ron Mathis will be recognized for his work with the North Star House and Warren Wittich will be recognized for his work with Independence Trail when they are awarded the John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

During Happy Hour, guests can sample gourmet local food from area restaurants and sip microbrews and local wine from Lucchesi Vineyard, served from a no-host bar. At this Annual Meeting for BYLT members and supporters, the community will learn about expanded protection of lands in the upper watershed, updates on ongoing restoration work like the Rush Creek Ramp, and new projects like treks, trails, and youth programs.

What: Native Ways and Plant Walk on Yewei’im Bom Trail with Grayson Coney

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25

Where: Burton Homestead Preserve

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 1 mile

Cost: $15 members; $20 Not-Yet-Members

Register: www.bylt.org

Don’t miss this opportunity for a guided Native Ways and Plant Walk on BYLT’s new Yewei’im Bom Trail with Tsi Akim Cultural Director Grayson Coney. Grayson will talk about the progressive changes happening at the Burton Homestead using science and ancient knowledge. “We’re using science and nature to heal this place,” said Grayson of the preserve impacted by historic gold mining and cattle ranching. Hikers will learn about the native plants being re-introduced to this beautiful 38-acre preserve.

This one-mile loop trail was established in the spring of 2016 by hardworking volunteers. It traverses a variety of landscapes such as meadow, chaparral, mixed conifer forest and wetland habitat. Evidence of Native American people living on the property date back to as many as 5,000 years ago. The Tsi-Akim Maidu manage a village area or cultural center with bark houses on the property known as “Pata Panaka.” Pre-registration is required.

Learn more about the Yewei’im Bom Trail: www.bylt.org/trail/yeweiim-bom-trail/


Nevada City Picture Framing Hosts Art Show Friday, March 3rd

  Art show Presented by Calicocandor.com 

Join us on Friday, March 3th, at Nevada City Picture Framing in the 7Hills District from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. We are located at 571 Searls Ave. #B. We have a large parking lot available, handicapped friendly. For more information call 530-478-1990.

The featured artists are: Danielle Richards from Nevada City, Tucker Eason from San Francisco & J.A Williams from San Francisco

Sierra Commons Business Ignitor Starts Thursday March 16th

Don’t wait! Turn your ideas into a thriving business. Sierra Commons has graduated over 100 students from their Ignitor program and are offering another course. The next Ignitor will be offered starting March 16th. This is Nevada County’s premier business start-up course! Call today to reserve your spot and to make payment arrangements: 530-265-8443.

Sierra Commons Business Ignitor
Starts Thursday, March 16th 2017
Thursdays 6-9pm – 8 weeks


Antique Western Memorabilia Show & Sale

The Nevada City Elks Lodge Proudly Presents its 4th Annual

“Antique Western Memorabilia Show & Sale”

The event has been growing each year with great local venders as well as venders from Nevada, the San Francisco bay area and Southern CA. Presenting great collectable items from mining, railroad, art, Native American, books, antique firearms and other antique western genre. The public attendance to this event has been enthusiastic and is also growing. The show is held at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Hwy 49 Nevada City, CA on Friday March 10th Noon till 5PM and Saturday March 11th 10AM till 4PM. Admission is only $5.00. All net funds go to the Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund. For additional information call 530 272 5371.  


Sierra Harvest Invites You to Soup Night – Thursday March 2nd

Do you love fresh, locally grown food? Join us for dinner and enjoy a hearty soup made by Summerthyme’s using local produce and enjoy this remarkable community with live music by the Rayo’s! 

Join us!  5:30 – 6:30pm – Soup and Bread Served, 6:30-8pm – Dessert and Dancing at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Please bring your own bowls and spoons. Local beer and wine along with non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

The Rayos, featuring Saul and Elena Rayo, will be accompanied by an acoustic band with Lou Meyer, keyboards and vocals and Thomas Schuebel, guitar and vocals. The Rayos lay down great grooves on each original song, with musical styles from folk to blues to Afro-rhythms and South of the Border. Audiences especially love the energy between and harmonies of Saul and Elena. The distinct Rayos sound is back-porch blues meets world beat! So, bring your dancing feet.

Meet local farmers who offer direct sales of vegetables, flowers, meat, dairy products and more.

Suggested Donation: $10 for everyone 13 and above. Free for kids under 13.

Anew Day’s 4th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed – Friday March 31st

Reserve your seats now for Anew Day’s March 31 annual all-you-can-eat Crab Feed & Auction!

On March 31, 2017 more than 300 community members will gather in support of Anew Day, a local non-profit organization that provides low-cost counseling services designed to offer hope and healing to those who are hurting and struggling with various stages of depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, addiction, as well as various other life crises and difficulties.

Come bid on auction items including a Cabo San Lucas, Mexico vacation and so much more – from the simple to the extravagant!

Make your reservations now at www.anew-day.com or call 530-470-9111.

HAALo Presents Faeries: Fanciful and Real

A Two Class Series on Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2, 2017, 10:00am to 5:30pm

On April 1 and 2, we will study faeries with Matthew Wood and Sean Donahue, two of the most alternative herbalists on the continent. Bring your microscopes! Wear your best faery finery! Are they fanciful? Yes, because people like to fantasize about them. Are they real? Yes, because they exist no matter what people think or fantasize. Who are they? Faeries are frequently associated with the nature spirits that watch over and tend plant life in wild forests and fields. They have a special relationship with the Goddess who oversees the Green World, but they also have a relationship with the unmanifested energy of creation in the spirit world, also associated with the Goddess, so they are knowledgeable about magic and destiny. In this aspect, they are more serious and powerful, so it can be beneficial to heed the old myths and legends that warn us about them.  Are they helpful? Sometimes. Some kinds are more helpful than others. Some are trickier than others. Which ones?  Faeries, in general, have been associated with medicine and herbalism. We will discuss the herbs, smudges, and smokes that the faeries like, or have taught us about, or that are traditionally associated with them. 


Who:               HAALo Presents Faeries: Fanciful and Real

When:            A 2 Class Series on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a 30 min lunch      

Where:           408 Broad Street, Suite 15, In the New York Hotel Building in Nevada City

Tickets:          $300.00  

Register online at www.haalo.org, Email learnit@haalo.org or call (530) 265-8804

Contact:          Cherylynn Allen, learnit@haalo.org, (530) 256-8804

About the Instructors Matthew Wood and Sean Donahue:

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982, based deeply in traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descended from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).

Matthew has lectured in all parts of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, New York to California, and Santa Fe to Sperryville, Virginia. He has also taught in Canada, Scotland, England, France, and Australia. He is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of six acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books, in Berkeley, CA.


Sean Donahue is a neurodivergent /Autistic semi-nomadic wild forest creature. He is an herbalist, a writer, a poet, and a teacher. Sean makes his home in Trout Lake, WA on the traditional territory of the Yakima nation and bases his practice in Portland, OR, but frequently travels to offer workshops and teach at conferences across North America.

For Sean, magic, poetry, healing, and liberation are inextricably linked. He is an initiated priest of the BlackHeart line of the Feri practice, a tradition dedicated to walking with compassion, integrity, intention, and power in ways that bless all worlds. In Sean’s tradition, individuals engage in ecstatic relation with every part of themselves – human, wild, and divine– and with the land, the gods, and the living world around us all. From 2012-2016, Sean taught herbal energetics, mental health therapeutics, and phytochemistry at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, and supervised students in clinics at the college and the Victoria Native Friendship Center. He remains a member of the college’s faculty, offering occasional workshops and courses.

Jewish Comedy Night & Purim Party Sunday March 12th

Chabad of Grass Valley invites you to our very first community Purim Party!

Celebrate Purim in Nevada County with a festive community dinner and an evening of Jewish Comedy. Fun for the whole family! All are welcome!
Raffle for all those in costume & lively music, L’chaim and joyous dancing. Complete all 4 Mitzvot of Purim: Mishloach Manot; Charity; Megillah; Festive Dinner.


Jewish Comedy Hour
Join us for an evening of Stand Up Comedy with Italian American Jewish comedian, Mike Capozzola! Mike is a 25-year veteran of the comedy world and performed at shows all over the US as well as Vancouver, London, Edinburgh and Jerusalem. He often appears on camera and does interview and correspondent work for TV stations and technology companies.

Junior Comedy Hour
Penney the Clown will be performing her comedy magic show, creating lasting memories, and making kids of ALL ages laugh their socks off. Voted “Best Party Entertainer” by Parent’s Resource Magazine the past 2 years running, Penney the Clown has been making memories for Nevada County families since 2008. Her comedy magic show not only includes lots of volunteers, but makes each one SHINE.

All are welcome! Free of Charge.
Suggested Donation $10, $18 per family
RSVP by March 9th by contacting Rabbi Nochum Yusewitz
rabbi@JewishGV.com | 530-404-0020

Sierra Stages presents “END DAYS” March 2 – 25, 2017

Sierra Stages opens it 2017 season with “End Days”, an irreverent but deeply felt comedy about science, religion, and family. Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, “End Days” plays for four weekends only from March 2 – 25 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. The Sierra Stages production is directed by Robert Rossman, with set design also by Robert Rossman, lighting design by Erin Beatie and Joshua Vrooman, and costume design by Paulette Sand-Gilbert. The cast includes Nevada County actors Brian Arnold, Cathy Callas, Max Freedman, Michele Nesbit, and T.E. Wolfe.

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.

“Following the success of ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ this past year, we wanted to find a similarly funny, sharp, and intelligently written play that we could present during the often wintry month of March, and think we have done so with ‘End Days’,” says Sierra Stages Board President Peter Mason. “‘End Days’ is both funny and moving as it explores a suburban family attempting to cope with the events of 9/11. It is one of the few plays we know of that substantively addresses the intersection between science and religion, and the only play we know of that features both Jesus and Stephen Hawking as characters. We’re confident that ‘End Days’ will strike a strong chord with many folks in our community, whether they lean toward the spiritual or the scientific, and will be an entertaining and thought-provoking evening of live theatre.”

Originally premiering in 2007, “End Days” has been widely produced at regional theatres throughout the country and has received glowing reviews virtually everywhere. Among the praises for “End Days” are the following: “The smartest, most hysterical, laugh-out-loud show you’ll ever see in the theater – ever!… a witty, funny AND relevant play.” “End Days may be about a weirdly dysfunctional family that finds it soul by waiting for the Apocalypse together, but this play has heart: It’s engaging, funny as hell and even touching …. An exceptional show.” “End Days directly pits science, religion and suburbia, but it’s not an attack on any of them. Laufer is clearly a major new voice.”

Performances of “End Days” are Thursdays (March 2 & 23) at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays (March 12 & 19) at 2 PM. General Admission tickets are $25 ($15 for the first two performances on March 2 & 3). Reserved Seating is available for $35 (in advance), and is a great way to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages. For tickets and information, visit www.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

For the 9th consecutive year, Sierra Stages offers an affordable Season Pass. Two Season Pass options are available: General Admission Pass ($65) or Reserved Seating Pass ($95). Season Pass holders may select any performance of each show in 2017: “End Days” (March 2-25 at the Nevada Theatre), the hit Broadway musical “Chicago” (July 14- August 5 at the Nevada Theatre) and the more contemporary intimate musical “Ordinary Days” (October 5-28 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Sierra Stages 2017 Season Passes may be purchased online at www.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began eight years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 30 plays and musicals and has been recognized by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with six Elly Awards and 58 Elly Award nominations. The annual Elly Awards honor outstanding achievements of community theatres and artists in the greater Sacramento area. Sierra Stages performs at various local venues, including the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City and the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

Matteo’s Public Lunch Special Continues!

A Family Friendly Beer & Wine Pub

Visit Matteo’s Public Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am – 4:00pm for a fabulous lunch! Buy one meal at the regular price, the second is 50% off! 

To take advantage of this great offer, just mention the Nevada City Chamber Newsletter! 

Matteo’s Public is located at 300 Commercial St, Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-0782

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Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence is Under Siege

Nevada City is Good for Business

There will be a LAFCo workshop on Thursday, February 23, 9:30 am at the Eric Rood Government Center. The future of Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence will be decided there and then. Please attend. Your support is needed and appreciated.

This month LAFCo’s Executive Officer is recommending to LAFCo that Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence be slashed from 3,000 to 1,400 acres.  This would be a disaster. Nevada City would receive the traffic from new developments while providing their recreation, jobs and a home base for our schools, but have no say in those future development projects. Nevada City would be left out in the cold.

Here is the history

In 1963 Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCos) were created in California to the prevent the urban sprawl that was occurring following WWII.  Every California county has one. They are charged with regulating city boundaries, city annexations and Spheres of Influence, the latter being areas that lie outside the city limits.  A Sphere of Influence is the area into which a city might reasonably grow through annexation to provide city services. 

It was my privilege to serve as a City Council Member for twenty years as well as a LAFCo Commissioner for fifteen years. Nevada City has grown gradually and with great care. I believe it has earned right to continue to do so. 

From its original 640 acres, it now encompasses 1,350 acres through annexations. The current 3,000-acre Sphere (outside the city limits) is based on the Deer Creek drainage, as an effective means of delivering sewage to the Waste Water Treatment Plant by gravity flow. Our immediate neighbor, Grass Valley, has a Sphere based on the same principal of gravity flow to their plant, within the Wolf Creek drainage. Both Spheres were established in 1983.

Nevada City has been good for business. The city-owned Open Space lands and miles of public trails that enhance them are a definite, positive draw enjoyed by thousands, including locals and folks from far away. Our Gold Rush history and architecture have been meticulously preserved for decades, and provide the perfect setting for local and visitor shopping.  The City Crew, Police and Fire Departments are top flight for every day activities and our many special events. Our two Industrial Parks, two Office and Professional Complexes, all part of our annexation programs, provide employment for people from far and wide.  We are home to the Nevada County Government Center, the Court System, the Forest Service Headquarters and our local schools. Businesses like Robinson Enterprises, Superior Propane, the Northridge Restaurant, Tintle Inc. and Telestream have all benefited from the city’s annexation program.  The city has benefited as well.

Today we need some help from our business community to preserve our Sphere of Influence.

There will be a LAFCo workshop on Thursday, February 23, 9:30 am at the Eric Rood Government Center. The future of Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence will be decided there and then.  Please attend. Your support is needed and appreciated.

Thank you, Paul Matson

Zoltar Fortune Telling Machine Coming to Nevada City

The creator of the Zoltar Fortune Telling Machine for the Movie “Big” with Tom Hanks is sending the real thing up to the Mountain Temple Gallery in Nevada City this week….. 

A delight for young and old alike, ​Zoltar​ talks, moves his head, and shares a great little paper fortune for a buck a pop.  ​Tourists and locals will enjoy the show and great fortunes. The popularity of Zoltar is no accident for his creator is a master who handcrafts each and every machine. Olaf Stanton, owner of Characters Unlimited of Boulder Colorado celebrates 30 years of creating animated heads and recently created a “Trump Head!”  

Jan Jorgensen, manager of Mountain Temple, fell in love with the machine and arranged for the store at 210 Main st.  to receive a special wooden model with all the bells and whistles to greet guests at the door of the store that features Ancient buddhas, Spritual Sunday readers, events and more. Zoltar will fit right in and his motion sensor vocals will surprise and engage each visitor. A ​simple old-fashioned pleasure is pure Nevada City where people come to enjoy family, the great historical city and fun and food…and now a Zoltar fortune!!!  Mountain Temple is also home to the Women Helping Women SOAR TV Show…filming is the first Friday of the month at 6pm if you want to be in the “Just Jan” audience. A monthly Concert upstairs at the Gallery is coming soon, organized by Vince Cosmic, and is appropriately named “Nevada City Stars.” More reasons our Community is a great place to live and visit!!

Learn more about the Zoltar creator at this link: www.reviewjournal.com

A Zoltar talking: www.drive.google.com

Support Lefty’s – Fundraising Dinner Friday, February 24

Lefty’s Bar and Grill in Nevada City is presenting a Spaghetti Feed Fundraising event on February 24th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Miners Foundry. Proceeds will help open the doors and keep them open during their time of need. Lefty’s has braved the storm more than once and now are asking the community to come together as the great hive that it is to brave the storm together.

The dinner will be $10 per plate. There will be a Raffle and Silent Auction during the dinner. Prizes include over $500 in Lefty’s merchandise as well as many items donated by local businesses.

If you would like to donate a prize or make a donation please contact Cathy at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce – 265-2692.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park Volunteer Open House and Sign-Up Opportunity


Saturday, February 25th at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park 1:00pm – 3:00pm

The ghost town of North Bloomfield (formerly Humbug) and visitor center will be open for you to meet docents on site to show prospective docents and volunteers what types of volunteer opportunities we currently have at Malakoff Diggins.

Once you are familiar with the great opportunities available to you, there will be Volunteer Sign-Ups on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00am – 3:30pm OR Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 – 3:30pm. Prospective volunteers only need to attend one Saturday block.  The location for sign-ups will be at Empire Mine State Historic Park Docent Room. The Sign-Up session will cover what a “volunteer means to California State Parks” and discussing park policies, procedures and philosophy. We will, as a group, be guided through the hiring paperwork and discuss the benefits of being a State Park volunteer. Since a criminal background check is required prior to working as a State Park volunteer, there will be onsite finger printing “live scan” being conducted during the Saturday sessions. Individuals will need to bring to the sign-up a photo ID and $10 check or cash for the background processing.

Here is a “GOLDEN” Opportunity for you to become a volunteer and/or docent at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. There are many new skills to learn while making new friends and sharing in the joy of helping our state parks remain alive.

For any additional questions or concerns please contact:

Brooke Betz

Senior Park Aide, Volunteer Coordinator

Office: (530) 265-2740, Fax: (530)273-0602

23579 N. Bloomfield Road

Nevada City, Ca 95959-9221

Email: Brooke.betz@parks.ca.gov

For information about becoming a Member of FNB&MD or a Volunteer at MDSHP…

Go to our website at:​ www.malakoffdigginsstatepark.org/