Become a Chamber Ambassador!

Nevada City Chamber Ambassadors

Ambassadors are Chamber Members and Business Leaders who volunteer their time and talents to promoting the Chamber and Member Businesses. Ambassadors wear many hats in soliciting and welcoming new members, being a resource for the Chamber and having the opportunity to interact with the public while promoting their own business.

• Act as the Public Relations arm and liaison for the Chamber
• Represent both the Chamber and their own business
• Serve as greeters at Business After Hours Mixers
• Coordinate Ribbon Cuttings for new members
• Provide outreach to current members
• And so much more!!!

Membership is open to all current Chamber Members. If you would like to become an Ambassador, contact Paul Sieving, Ambassador Committee Development, at

Summer Nights Finale July 30

The Annual Summer Nights celebration, an outdoor street festival of crafts, art, food, and music, draws to an end this Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Nevada City.

During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic cars, food, drink, and music. Leading Sierra foothills musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area. Hours are 6-9:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Three Wednesday nights in July — the best FREE entertainment for the whole family!

Spend your hot summer nights on the streets of Nevada City celebrating the 24th annual Summer Nights. Wednesday evenings in July are a vacation for the entire family, with bands playing on special stages while children whoop it up on a Bounce House. With free nightly events throughout our downtown historic district, attendees are certain to find something to entertain and delight them.

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“Peter Pan” Plays thru Aug 2

Sierra Stages presents J.M. Barrie’s PETER PAN –  The Perfect Theatrical Event for Audiences of All Ages This Summer - July 10-August 2 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

Sierra Stages presents
J.M. Barrie’s PETER PAN

July 10 – August 2
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm

Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City • 530-346-3210

This summer, the perfect theatrical event for audiences of all ages is sure to be the Sierra Stages production of J.M. Barrie’s PETER PAN, playing from July 10 through August 2 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Ignite your imagination, rediscover one of the great adventures of all time, and come along on a spectacular journey into the world of childhood as a strange visitor flies through the Darling children’s nursery window and whisks Wendy, Michael and John away to a magical land in this legendary adventure of pirates, fairies and fantasy.

The Sierra Stages production of PETER PAN, which uses J.M. Barrie’s published version of the play, is directed by Jac Royce, with fight choreography by Joey Fechtel, set design by Mike Edwards, lighting design by Erin Beatie, and costume design by Jill Kelly. Flying effects are under the supervision of Flying by Foy (the company that developed flying technology for the Broadway musical version and has since flown actors in thousands of productions of the show). The ensemble cast, which plays multiple roles, includes Nevada County actors Isaias Acosta, Olivia Alcantara, Marcus Arellanes, Becky Browning, Tadja Enos, Jozi Gullickson, Michael Habeeb, Brandon Johnson, Clara Knappen, Lexis LaRue, Chandler Leonard, Conor Nolan, Sunny Ostrom, Emily Rice, Kelly Taylor, Alexis Walker, Kim Wellman, and Carly Wellman.

While the Sierra Stages production is not an ‘updating’ of the play, it is designed and conceived for performance at the Nevada Theatre for contemporary audiences. “We incorporate the mythology of Peter Pan and the Edwardian sensibilities of J.M. Barrie’s play, with current theatrical technology, hilarious costumes, a wide range of music, and intergenerational appeal,” said  Royce. “Kids will love it, and kids’ laughter is contagious.”

Performances of PETER PAN are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.  General Admission is $25 ($18 for Youth age 17 and under). For those audience members who prefer a specific seat location and wish to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages, Reserved Seating is available in advance for $35. On Thursday evenings (July 17, 24 and 31), families of four (with at least one child) may purchase a family package of four general admission tickets for $75. Sierra Stages again offers up to six (6) free tickets to college students age 25 and below with a valid ID before beginning one hour before each performance as well as $15 student rush tickets ½ hour before each performance based upon availability (for details about student tickets, visit

General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets are available online at or by calling Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210. Tickets are also on sale at BriarPatch Co-op on Sierra College Boulevard in Grass Valley.

This summer, Sierra Stages also offers a 5-day introduction to theatre workshop for high school-aged students entitled “Young Performers Forum”. For information about the workshop, visit This fall, Sierra Stages concludes its sixth season with the charming Off-Broadway musical YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN from September 18 through October 12 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. In addition, “Theater by the Book” — the series of informal play readings co-presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City — will continue this fall with three readings: Pursuit of Truth by Jeffrey Mason (Wednesday, September 24), Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz (Wednesday, October 22) and Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire (Wednesday, November 19).

Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt not-for-profit community theatre with a goal to enrich the culture of western Nevada County. In its first five seasons, Sierra Stages presented 20 plays and musicals and received 38 Elly Award nominations for its productions.

For more information about PETER PAN and Sierra Stages, visit


NC First Friday Artwalk Aug 1

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, photo by Erin Thiem/Outside Inn

The First Friday Art Walk is a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, as well as our wonderfully artistic and creative community. Participating Downtown businesses will stay open until 9pm every First Friday monthly and many will host “receptions” with local artists, trunk shows, and/or performances. Many shops are also offering snacks and beverages as well as sales and specials only valid for the event.

It really is a perfect evening event for the family or a great “date night” destination bringing a celebratory energy to Downtown Nevada City while encouraging folks to visit our wonderful businesses while enjoying the art and culture that makes Nevada City so unique. Many other cities have seen such a positive response and turn-out to their own “Artwalks” and with our own tremendously artistic community it seems only natural for Nevada City to host it’s own unique version.

There will also be live music and theatrical performances at various locations throughout the downtown area.  Organizers are also inviting local artists residing in the Downtown vicinity to host open studios to showcase their art. In addition there will be a Youth Arts Showcase featuring Artists between the ages of 4-18 with some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses.

There will be approximately 30 downtown businesses participating by staying open late, featuring local artists and hosting receptions.  There will also be a “Kids Zone” on York Street with some fun activities and art projects for kids of all ages.  Lower Commercial Street will be closed to traffic and there will be the first ever Open Mic on the Boardwalk open to musicians, singers, poets and more.

Mark your calendars: June 6th, July 11th, August  1st, September 5th and October 3rd.  Each month will have a different theme, with the theme for May being “Re-birth”, featuring different local music acts at the Boardwalk Stage and young acoustic musicians on York Street.

Join us in supporting our downtown businesses and our wonderfully creative arts community.

For additional info please contact Cynthia Levesque at 530-575-8846 or email  Check it out on facebook!

For photos from last summer’s events check out the Outside Inn’s blog for June, July, August, September, October and November 2013.

IMG_3278Photos by Erin Thiem/Outside Inn

Amy Obenski at Stonehouse Aug 1

Who: Amy Obenski

What: Ethereal Americana Singer-Songwriter, live at Stonehouse

When: Friday, August 1st, 6-8:30pm

Where: Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Cost: $5

Info: 530-265-5050,,

With a stark and honest intensity, Amy Obenski’s rich, crystalline voice cuts through the noise of every day life. She’s a California native. Raised in San Diego and now based in San Francisco, the sound of the far west is unmistakably infused into her words and sound. She’s toured the West Coast for ten years and even got her song “Carousel” into the Hollywood scene when it was placed on the TV Show, Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2011 Amy went to Europe for the first time with a mind open to surprises. This is where she met The Carbone Band from Nantes, France. They had a practice and two concerts that week. The music was a collision of Amy’s free “California girl” sound and the French’s deep passion and intensity. Their personalities and musicality immediately clicked.

Two days after her return to California, Amy decided she was going back to France. She planned a four-month tour across the United States, the U.K. and France, where she reunited with The Carbone Band. They played several concerts and the music grew and became intensely passionate, grounded rock that sways as if floating on the breeze.

In 2013, Amy returned again and spent three months with The Carbone Band. They recorded an album and were artist in residence at La Maison des Arts in Saint Herblain. Her fifth album, Restless, just released on July 1st. Restless features the distinctive sound of The Carbone Band and also a string ensemble of students and associates of La Maison des Arts. The Carbone Band is comprised of Philippe Crochet on guitar, Josselin Sebille on bass and Mourad Aït Abdelmalek on the drums.

Amy’s musical history stretches back to age five, when she began singing in her school choir. She took up piano at age six and has been studying music ever since. She finally picked up the guitar when she began songwriting at twenty-two.

In Santa Cruz, California, she supported local organizations through a series of benefit concerts called Take Back Your Forest. Collectively they raised six thousand dollars for the Sempervirens Fund, an organization that purchases and protects redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She continues to support these types of organizations as much as possible. In 2012, her Carbon Conscious Tour raised awareness about the burning of rainforest in South America and the affects on climate change.

You can hear her singing her Ethereal Americana songs at Stonehouse in Nevada City at 6pm on Friday August 1st. To find out more visit or call 530-265-5050


“As You Like It” Plays thru Aug 10

As You Like It

Jeffrey Mason, Director

Synthetic Unlimited presents a modern all-ages interpretation of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a delicious comedy about politics and courtship, from July 24th- August 10th at the Synthetic Unlimited Opera House, 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley.

Jeffrey Mason has adapted and directs a vibrant version of this classic story in which four pairs of lovers and a motley group of clowns escape from cutthroat corporate Los Angeles to find each other in the delightful forests of Nevada County. Come as early as 7 pm for drinks and desserts.

Tickets available at 1-888-95-SHOWS, the Briar Patch, and at

Exact show dates:
Thursdays, July 24, 31, Aug 7 • 8pm
Fridays, July 25, Aug 1 & 8 • 8pm
Saturdays, July 26, Aug 2 & 9 • 8pm
Sunday, August 3 • 8pm
Sunday, August 10 • 2pm

Neon Lounge at 5 Mile House Aug 1

Neon Lounge – Aug 1 @ 10pm
21 and over

Neon Cocktails, N/A Neon Vitamin Drinks. DJ DLT (Tony De La Torre) playing beat-heavy world, international, funk, Latin and swing. Neon body painting artist on site. Body art contest. 21 and over.

TKTS $10 at Yabobo, Harmony Books, and Booksellers and at the door.

Dress in black-light reactive outfits. Starlit lounging and smoking space available.

Discounted van fares offered by Gold Country Taxi. Ask for the 5Mile Party Wagon at (530) 274-8294.

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Wine Spectator Magazine Recognizes Friar Tuck’s

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Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar of Nevada City has received a 2014 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine, one of only four such awards in the Northern Sierra region.

The selection is announced in the August issue of Wine Spectator as part of its 33rd annual international awards program. The magazine received submissions from restaurants in all 50 U.S. states and 81 nations and territories around the world.

Friar Tuck’s was recognized for its extensive wine selections and moderate pricing. Wine Spectator designates the award for well-chosen wine lists that feature quality producers, “along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically, these lists offer at least 100 selections.”

“In our experience, a restaurant that is serious about its wine program is highly likely to deliver a satisfying dining experience all around,” said Martin Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator magazine.

Friar Tuck’s founder and longtime owner Greg Cook said the Wine Spectator award attests to the restaurant’s fare and popularity.

“This is a prestigious and well-known award in the restaurant industry and a great honor for us,” he said.

Other regional award-winners include Longboards Bar and Grill in Graeagle, PlumpJack Cafe in Squaw Valley and Carpe Vino in Auburn.

Cook, who opened Friar Tuck’s in 1973, continues to operate the popular downtown restaurant with his wife, Rona. Friar Tuck’s seats 185, offers two wine cellars with more than 300 wine selections and attracts a clientele from across the region.

Friar Tuck’s is located at 111 North Pine Street in historic downtown Nevada City. Call 530-265-9093 or see

Harmony Ridge Market Open During Summer Nights

Stop by Harmony Ridge Market Downtown during Summer Nights in Nevada City!  We’ll be bbq’ing Jumbo Hot Dogs and serving up tasty Pulled Pork Sandwiches curbside.  We offer a full service deli, beer and wine, as well as homemade baked goods.

And be sure to check out Tanglewood Forest right next door for an array of unique fairy-inspired goods.

We have plenty of outdoor seating!  Sit, eat, and watch Troupe Al Ama perform in front of the market!

Harmony Ridge Market Downtown is located at 115 S. Pine Street between Broad & Spring Streets in Nevada City.

MarchFourth Marching Band Aug 8


WHAT: MarchFourth Marching Band

WHEN: Friday, August 8, 2014, Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Festivities 8pm, the show begins at 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

TICKETS: Tickets are $22.00 for Advance General Admission, $26.00 General Admission at the Door, and $32.00 for Limited Reserve. Limited Reserve includes cabaret table seating. Tickets are available online, by phone (530) 265-5040 , or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

With a rallying cry of “JOY NOW!” MarchFourth Marching Band (known as M4 by its growing legion of fans) throws itself and the audience into a swirling volcano of high-energy music and spectacle. What began as a Fat Tuesday party on March 4, 2003 in Portland, Oregon has become one of the nation’s best live touring acts.

Aside from the band’s marching band themed costumes, percussion corps and brass, M4 is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense (though the band has been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). M4 is anchored by funky electric bass, and has been evolving into a more guitar- and vocal-driven musical experience. In one 90-minute set the band will take you on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of eastern Europe to the African jungle by way of Brazil, along the way stopping to sample the deepest grooves of the best of American funk, rock, jazz and boiling it all together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and sexy dancers. This genre-busting approach is usually the territory of DJs, but this band is real people making music and art in real time—and every show is different.

At the core of the band is its DIY ethic. The band has been writing and arranging all of its own material, designing and fabricating its own costumes and merchandise, developing its own choreography and managing itself from Day One. With the addition of their booking agency (Skyline Music) in 2010, M4 has been touring relentlessly. MarchFourth is akin to a team sport with a roster of nearly 30 performers to choose from, though the band tours with approximately 6 horns, 5 drummers, bass, guitar, and 4 dancers/stiltwalkers.

The first two studio albums released by MarchFourth were recorded, produced and mastered entirely “in-house.” Their new release, Magnificent Beast (out 10/25/11) was produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and features a wide array of genre-mashing groove-based material that incorporates more vocals and guitar than previous albums. Following their 2009 release, Rise Up (a tribute to post-Katrina New Orleans), Magnificent Beast has now evolved into a full-blown big-stage brass-rock-funk assault peppered with moments of swing, jazz, bollywood, ska and metal.

With so many members and writers, M4′s influences are all over the map, but fans of Sgt Pepper, Duke Ellington, Gogol Bordello, Ozomatli, and Cirque Du Soleil would likely feel at home in the audience. MarchFourth has shared the stage with a wide variety of acts, including Pink Martini, Budos Band, Balkan Beat Box, Trombone Shorty, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Beats Antique, Bassnectar, Antibalas, Melvin Seals and JGB, The Motet, Hot Buttered Rum, and Yard Dogs Road Show. The band has also been climbing the festival roster, with return appearances at Wakarusa, Bumbershoot, Voodoo Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, High Sierra, Wanderlust, Lotus World Music Festival, and Strawberry Music Festival, as well as recently appearing on ESPN’s Espy Awards (Los Angeles) and WGN-TV (Chicago).

MarchFourth inspires dancing… when the audience can tear its eyes from the kaleidoscope of visual energy (and maybe even a crowd-surfing stilter) pouring from the stage. “Part New Orleans brass ensemble, part groove-heavy rock group, and part vaudevillian circus, this group unleashes such a technicolor experience that using the word ‘concert’ to describe their performance falls flat” (5820 Magazine). M4 provides the opportunity to come together in joyous union with a band whose mission is to seize the moment, bring communities together, and leave everyone feeling as if the world is a better place.

Festivities begin 8pm with fire spinners and dancers from the acclaimed Beyond Fire Tribe. Local band The Earles of Newtown will open the show with their unique blend of Dixieland jazz, classic ragtime, country swing, wailing blues and genre-defying originals. The eight-piece ensemble features two vocalists, three lead instrumentalists and a backup/rhythm section that generates a gotta-dance vibe.

Watch MarchFourth Marching Band

BBQ Teams Needed for Aug 16

2013 BBQ Winners Uptown Barber-Q-ers, headed up by Gary Evans of Uptown Salon.

2013 BBQ Winners Uptown Barber-Q-ers, headed up by Gary Evans of Uptown Salon.

Are you a Backyard Grilling Enthusiast?

We need BBQ Teams!

Join the fun! United Way of Nevada County is combining two great events, the annual BBQ Battle and Foreign Car Show into one big event…the Foreign Car Show & BBQ Battle! We are currently looking for teams to compete and share their grilling expertise with the public. So, if you have a recipe to share and enjoy grilling, this is the place for you to be on Saturday, August 16th!

Come share your talents; call us at 274-8111 for more information or get an entry form from our web site and register your team today! Get creative like past teams “The She Devils”, “Uptown Barber-Q-ers” and “Bam Dazy BBQ”, it’s for a great cause! If you can’t compete, maybe you can help by sponsoring a team, or the event. For more information on sponsorship go to our Web site or call the number below.

The BBQ teams will be competing for the title of “Best Griller in Nevada County” and cash prizes. There will be two judging categories; one decided by the populace and the other will be decided by a small group of “Critic’s Choice” judges. There will also be an award given out to the team with the most spirit. There are gift certificates and sponsorships available to help BBQ teams offset the costs.

This year’s BBQ Battle will be held Saturday, August 16th. Come join us at beautiful Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley for some fun and good food. All proceeds from this event will go into United Way of Nevada County’s Community Impact Fund.

For more information or to register your team, go to or call 274-8111.

“E.T.” in the Park Aug 15


What: Nevada City Film Festival presents “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” in the Park

When: August 15, 2014 8pm-10pm

Where: Pioneer Park in Nevada City

Tickets: $7 GA, $5 kids under 12, tickets available at Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, BriarPatch Co-Op and online at

For more info:

Summer has a way of bringing out the kid in all of us. Long after the glorious three months of “summer vacation” have been replaced by much-anticipated three-day weekends, the season retains that feeling of languor. We’re all kids for the summer.

That feeling of summery nostalgia will be celebrated on Friday, August 15th in a special outdoor screening of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” presented by the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF). “We wanted to show a movie that would work well with that magical feeling that outdoor movies have, that nostalgia and sense of community,” says NCFF assistant festival director Zoe Toffaleti. “E.T. seemed like an obvious choice because it stirs up so many great memories for people.”

And she’s right: E.T. is a movie that has stood the test of time. In 1982 Steven Spielberg’s classic tale of a boy and his alien surpassed Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film of all time, and its appeal hasn’t diminished over the years. In 2002, the film was re-released and there were a flurry of reviews written trying to put a finger on why, precisely, we love it so much. There’s no consensus on why, but everyone seems to agree that there’s something timelessly charming about this pre-CGI science fiction tearjerker. The movie (which the Washington Post called a “sophisticatedly sappy masterpiece”) tugs at all the right heartstrings. It’s a shamelessly sentimental celebration of childhood, summer, adventure, and the euphoria of going home.

The Nevada City Film Festival is presenting the film as a special community event at 8pm in Pioneer Park, and will be selling beer, wine popcorn and soft drinks. The event is sponsored in part by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the City of Nevada City. Tickets will be available online, at Briarpatch, and at the, uh, “door.” The 14th annual Nevada City Film Festival kicks off September 4-7th, 2014 at the Miners Foundry, and will include short film programs, feature-length films, workshops, multimedia performances by Miwa Matreyek, comedian Marc Maron, and more!


North Star House Fundraiser Aug 16

First Annual Fundraiser for The North Star Historic Conservancy!

“House Party of the Year”with Lorraine Gervais & the Love Bombs
August 16, 2014 •
7:30 – 10pm

Gates open at 6:30 – Lawn Seating

Tickets: $35 Early Bird Price through July 15th/$40 After July 15th

Tickets available online at and in person at Nevada City Chamber, The Bookseller, and The North Star House Saturdays from 9-12.

For more information go to or call (530) 278-6868.

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City Offers Business Loan Programs & Training

Nevada City’s business loan and training programs are back for 2014! The Microenterprise and Business Assistance loan programs provide below market rates and flexible terms for eligible applicants. Start-up businesses are eligible, and credit issues are not an automatic reason for disqualification. In some cases, grants are allowed.

The Microenterprise program also offers business classes and counseling at no charge to eligible businesses and persons. Non microenterprise entities can attend classes for $40 a session. Classes are on Tuesday nights at the One Stop Business and Career Center at 715 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley and begin on July 8. Instructors are from the Sacramento Small Business Development Center, and Sierra Commons will be providing one-on-one business counseling.

Contact City Hall at 265-2496 for more information about the application process for these programs.