Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Nominations

It’s that time of year again! We are looking for nominations for the following awards for 2016, to be presented at our annual Installation Dinner held February 4, 2017.

Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award

Stan Halls Architectural Award

W. Lon Cooper New Construction Award

Live Music Award

Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award

Elza Kilroy Award

Please contact Cathy Whittlesey for criteria and any nominations! or call 530/265-2692.

October is National Disability Awareness Month!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

 We are inviting Nevada City Chamber of Commerce members and hope to have many attend!

October is National Disability Awareness Month! In honor of this, the Grass Valley and Auburn Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) offices are hosting a luncheon where a variety of programs will be highlighted. DOR prescreens candidates and provides businesses with employees who are skilled and ready to work. Many of our candidates have completed higher education course work, graduated from trade schools, or have earned an AS or Bachelor’s degree.

Michelle Alford-Williams from DOR Sacramento’s Workforce Development Section will provide information about On-The-Job Training Reimbursement, Continued Career Education, and Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) that lower your federal tax liability by as much as $2,400 per new hire.

The Department of Rehabilitation works closely with PRIDE Industries and Dreamcatchers, organizations who help assess and prepare some of our more challenged consumers for employment. Shanna Welch from PRIDE Industries will provide information about Employment Situational Assessments and Job Coaching opportunities.

Talent knows no limits. Please consider attending the DOR luncheon and learning how you can make the difference in the life of a Nevada County or Placer County community member!

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Tsi Akim Tribe Hosts 19th Annual Indigenous Peoples Days

2016 Indigenous Peoples Days October 6th – 10th

Thousands of tribal members and supporters are now gathering in North Dakota to stop the Dakota Pipeline and to protect their water and culture. Locally, Tsi Akim tribal members and supporters are gathering October 6-10, to celebrate and support the rights and culture of all indigenous people. This free, public, outdoor event, Indigenous Peoples Days (IPD), is one of the largest inter-tribal events of its kind in the country, and is open to everyone who feels a kinship with the indigenous world.

For nineteen years, the Tribe and supporters have assembled dancers, musicians, storytellers and cultural educators from all over the world to enhance our views on nature and community. Chairman Ryberg quotes, “Indians have the responsibility, to those ancestors who fired arrows against cannons and survived against overwhelming odds, to make that survival meaningful.” IPD encourages healing through coming together and connecting to the land and its history.

For our youth, the event begins with two days of interactive native education (Thurs/Fri). This year, in addition to the Nevada City Opening (Thurs 6 pm, at Pata Panaka, Burton Ranch), is a Marysville free Opening/Fundraiser (Fri 6 pm), which includes entertainment, warm food and raffles.

All day Saturday focuses on traditional native ceremonies, including The Calling Back The Salmon Ceremony, feasting and festivities. In honor of our ancestors, Sunday is devoted to a day of “Talking Circles”, stories and music, ending with the Richard Prout Memorial Dinner.

Weekend highlights will include workshops on “Revitalizing Indigenous Food and Medicine”, a community drum hosted by Eli Painted Crow, visiting traditional Elders, and vendors offering Native and handmade arts & crafts. Food will also be available.

This event, IPD, is located at 5390 Highway 20 in Browns Valley, California, Sycamore Ranch Park “Kulu Fishing Village”. A live radio broadcast on Sunday will be hosted by long time supporter, Community Radio KVMR FM, 89.5, Nevada City ( On Monday in the KVMR studios, IPD will air a full day of indigenous programming. The Tribe also acknowledges the support of Yuba County.

IPD is a drug and alcohol free, family oriented event. Donations are encouraged. Saturday and Sunday meals are potluck style so please bring a favorite dish to share. For the latest information and a detailed schedule or to volunteer or donate to the program, please visit the website or contact IPD media representative Jennifer Robin (530) 368-7270,

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Chairman Ryberg & Fred Coyote Downey Pictured Below

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Annual Friendship Club Fundraiser at Judi’s – Saturday, October 15th

Judi’s of Nevada City will be hosting a special fundraising event for The Friendship Club (TFC) on Saturday, October 15th, from 10am until 6pm. At this event, Judi’s will be offering a 5% discount on all regularly priced merchandise while donating a percentage of all sales to The Friendship Club. The doors will open at 10am and complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day. Staff and board members from The Friendship Club will be on hand throughout the event.

This is the 21sth anniversary of TFC helping at-risk adolescent girls in Nevada County with a year-round program of educational activities, emotional support and community involvement. Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of TFC says, “The Friendship Club is about serving girls at risk but it’s also about building community. Girls in the club receive a lot of support but they also give back to our community and love doing so!

This year TFC hired four young women, three of whom are TFC alumna, to work directly with the girls. 2011 graduate Tiffany Scudero is now Youth Development Assistant and says “I am proud to return to Nevada County and to work with The Friendship Club. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the guidance and support I received during my childhood and I want to be able to give back to the club and to inspire younger girls who are in difficult situations. I know what it’s like to face adversity and what it takes to overcome it. If I can provide inspiration to another young woman to follow her dreams, I will feel successful”

The Friendship Club is supported primarily by the generosity of the community and private grants. Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of the Friendship Club said, “ We are so grateful for Judi and Bob Weiner’s continued support of The Friendship Club. For the past several years, Judi has generously donated proceeds from one day of shopping in her beautiful store. We think it’s a win-win for businesses and organization’s to partner in this way. It’s a fantastic way for TFC to gain exposure, and in addition to Judi’s generous donation, we always get new donors and volunteers who come to know us through Judi’s shopping event.”

Judi Weiner, the proprietor of Judi’s, has long supported the mission of TFC, and views her support as an investment in the future of our community. “I believe The Friendship Club does an outstanding job of empowering their girls and helping them to be the best they can be. Judi’s was born out of a desire to help women have confidence and feel good about themselves, so we are very aligned with TFC’s mission. Confident women of any age are beautiful!”

Judi’s carries a wide selection of beautifully designed contemporary clothing and accessories including Jag Jeans, French Dressing Jeans, Alembika, Nomadic Traders, Habitat, Cut Loose, Comfy, Latico and Maruca handbags- and a selection of jewelry and accessories created by international designers as well as local artisans.

The Friendship Club Fundraiser is a great way to enhance your wardrobe with Judi’s fabulous fashions, get started on your holiday shopping, and support a very worthwhile local cause – everyone wins!


What: The Annual Friendship Club Fundraiser at Judi’s of Nevada City; Judi’s will be offering a 5% discount on all regularly priced merchandise and donating a percentage of all sales to The Friendship Club
When: Saturday, October 15th, 2016, from 10am until 6pm
Where: Judi’s, 246 Commercial Street, Nevada City
Who: This event is hosted by Judi’s of Nevada City
Admission: Free
Information: Call Judi Weiner at (530) 265.6710 or email her at

Pictured here are the most recent graduates of The Friendship Club – they are, from left to right: Cheyanna Brock-Jiminez, Bianca Alejandriz, Guinevere O’Brien, Samantha Schiro, Kalyn Orr, Kelsey McFarland


The Center for the Arts Presents “Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour”

Open House Preview & Open Studios Tour Reception: October 6, 6:00-9:00pm

Open Studios Tour October 8 & 9, 15 & 16, Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am-5:00pm

Preview Exhibit at the Center For the Arts: September 30-October 16, 2016

This October 70+ local artists will welcome the public to 47 studios and art galleries during a free tour spanning two weekends. The Center for the Arts with support from Nevada County Arts presents the Fall Colors Open Studios and Art Tours 2016 held on October 8,9, 15, and16. It’s an event that showcases a thriving arts community, two walk-able historic downtowns and nearby nature trails in a blaze of fall color.

The tour kicks off with a free-for-all-ages Preview Exhibit and Artist Reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 6 at The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley. Stop by The Center to meet local artists and view their work, plan a weekend tour, buy art, preview upcoming shows and check out The Center’s youth workshops. Each Studio Tour has one work of art on exhibit at The Center. Pick up your free guide and preview the works and decide where you want to go on the tour!

Throughout the tour, the public will get the chance to meet artists and view new work and buy original art in a wide range of media and styles. The tour allows art lovers the chance to see the artists’ workspace – the place where art is made – watch live demonstrations, and learn about the art process from concept to completion.

This year’s tour features painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, designers, woodworkers and more. Up to 25 locations on the tour will offer demonstrations and special projects.

Participants are encouraged to experience all that the community has to offer by checking out local shops and restaurants and community events like the Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Fall Colors Trek at Hirschman’s Pond and the Saturday Farmers Market.

To plan a tour, look for the Fall Colors Tour Guide Companion that will include: artist information, maps, nature trails, weekend events, live music and a list of tasting rooms and restaurants.

Copies of Fall Colors tour guides are available at: The Center for the Arts, Art Works Gallery, The Artists Workshop, ASiF Studios, Briar Patch Co-op, GV & NC Chambers, Alexander Gallery, Summer Thyme’s, and LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery.

For latest updates, online maps and a downloadable guide visit:

For more information call: 530-274-8384.


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Offers Maps for Open Studios Tour

Nevada City’s newest art gallery, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, will serve as a distribution center where visitors can pick up maps for the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour Art Tour on October 8, 9, 15 & 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brook has opened her studio on the Open Studios Tour since 2003, featuring her large format contemporary landscape and abstract paintings. Her new gallery features her paintings and the work of over eleven other artists. Visitors to the gallery can see Brook’s work in process, as her working studio is built into part of the gallery.

The gallery will feature Open Studios Tour promotions, such as special pricing for her national award-winning book, “Points of Inspiration: An Artist’s Journey with Painting and Photography” as well as other offers for visitors.

Known for her mixed media paintings that have won awards at the California State Fair and won Best of Show at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Brook opened the gallery in July 2015 in a new thriving area of downtown Nevada City on the corner of Spring and South Pine Streets.

Visitors to the gallery will also be able to see the work of other artists such as sculpted wooden vessels by Mike Snegg, handblown glass, ceramics, handmade furniture, sculpture and jewelry. The gallery also will showcase a collection of Japanese antiques that are curated as part of the gallery setting.

To subscribe to notifications of Brook’s newest work or gallery events, please visit or call 530-265-6817, or visit the gallery at 300 Spring Street in downtown Nevada City Thursdays through Sundays.

Patty Larkin at Miners Foundry Oct 5th

Patty Larkin

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present Patty Larkin on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00pm . Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” by the Chicago Tribune, “hypnotic” by Entertainment Weekly, and as a “drop-dead brilliant” performer by Performing Songwriter.

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Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society – Annual Show “Earth’s Treasures”

Gem and Mineral Show October 8th & 9th

Get ready for an exciting weekend on October 8 and 9 when the Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society has its Annual show “Earth’s Treasures” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is only $2 and children under 13 and students with I.D. and teachers are admitted free. Parking is also FREE.

Our major display will be giant exhibits of PETRIFIED WOOD. There will also be exhibits of beautiful minerals, and fossils. This will truly be an opportunity to learn about and see TREASURES OF THE EARTH.

Nineteen exceptional vendors will be displaying and selling gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary supplies, books, beads and supplies, exceptional jewelry, gold prospecting equipment, and geodes to crack. Club members will demonstrate silver smithing, gemstone carving, wire wrapping and gold panning. A Kids corner handled by our Junior Members will feature games, grab bags, and contests with prizes created by these young collectors.

A revolving Silent Auction happens all weekend, and there are half hourly raffle drawings for prizes donated by the vendors and club members. There is a grand prize drawing at the end of the show.

There are food, beverage and popcorn vendors to help make your day complete.  For more information go to

LeGacy Presents “REVOLUTION” at the Nevada Theatre – Through October 8th


“Revolution” is a celebration of the musical revolution that swept across America in the 1960’s

“Revolution” loosely tells the story of a group of musicians who met while their parents were attending the Woodstock Festival at Max Yasgur’s farm in August of 1969. A throng of over 400,000 concert goers showed up, twice as many as any promoter expected, and nothing like it has been seen since. Woodstock headliners included a non-scheduled John Sebastian, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Melanie, Joan Baez and Jimi Hendrix.

As the group travels with their parents to settle in Bolinas, California, they encompass and learn the music of California groups like L.A.’s Mamas and Papas, San Francisco’s We Five, and other diverse transplants into the American music scene like the Young Rascals, Van Morrison, Donovan, and of course, the lads from Liverpool, the Beatles.

Sue LeGate Halford and Jonathan Lyerly play Connie and Donny, who have inherited their parents ramshackle barn/bar/music club and bring the group together every year to “put on a show” to raise money for repairs to the “dump” and pay the property taxes. Donny brings along his much younger girlfriend Angel (alternately played by Karel Hendee & Susan Perko), to Connie’s chagrin, and the other band member’s delight. Despite jealousy and differences, the show “must go on” and of course, in the magic world of theatre and music, it certainly does. Other band members include LeGacy Producer Dave Halford on rhythm guitar and vocals, John Basa on drums, Larry Casserly on bass and vocals, and Lyerly heads things up on lead guitar and vocals.

“REVOLUTION” plays every Friday and Saturday at 8pm through October 8th at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City.
Tickets for “Revolution” are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, available at The Book Seller, Harmony Books, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419

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Farm Potluck at Tumbling Creek Farm – October 6

Sierra Harvest Invites You to the Final Farm Potluck of the Season

Tumbling Creek Farm is a 38-acre homestead practicing the art of sustainability. They harvest rain for crops, capture rain in swales, and use biodynamic and permaculture practices. Farmers Marlene and Cliff Bottenfield and their daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Chris Galvez grow organic and biodynamic oyster, shiitake and lion’s mane mushrooms, as well as eggs, produce, and pasture raised livestock.

Schedule of Events
Come at 5:30 for a tour of the farm with Farmers Cliff, Marlene, Maria and Chris.  We’ll circle up for dinner at 6pm.

What to bring:
Utensils, a plate and cup for yourself/selves
A bountiful dish to share, (its nice to label key ingredients for those with allergies)
A blanket to sit on
A healthy appetite

There is NO CHARGE and NO RSVP needed. Thank you.


Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Help us to Help Our Local Community

“Put Hunger To Bed Package”

Think you have to spend hours in a soup kitchen to do the most good? Relax, and let your next stay with us do double duty as you revive yourself and give to a worthy cause at the same time. Mention our “Put Hunger To Bed Package,” now through the New Year and we’ll donate 10% of your room rate to our local food bank.  With package rates ranging from $174 – $309/night, together we can do a lot of good!


Help Big Brothers Big Sisters Help Our Local Kids

Paper Shredding Event – Saturday October 8th

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is having another paper shredding event on SATURDAY OCT. 8TH from 10am to 1pm at 117 ARGALL WY. NEVADA CITY. the cost is $10. per bankers box of papers. If you can’t attend that day call BBBS at 265-2059 or to arrange early pickup of papers to be securely stored until the day of the shredding event when they will be professionally shredded on site.


Sierra Stages Presents “DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE”

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” Continues Through October 16th

Sarah Ruhl’s wildly imaginative and off-center romantic comedy “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” opens this week at the intimate Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. The final production of Sierra Stages’ 2016 season, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is directed by Sharon Winegar and plays for three weekends only through October 16. The cast includes Nevada County actors Chase Coney, Lyra Dominguez, Paulette Gilbert, Jonathan Hansard, Wendy Willoughby, and Sharon Winegar. Scenic & lighting design is by Tim Dugan and costume design is by Paulette Gilbert.

“Despite the title, ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’, the play is a whimsical, wonderful exploration of how we make intimate connections with one another,” says director Sharon Winegar. “I directed a production of the play in 2010, for the Sonoma County Repertory Theater in Sebastopol, and it was so popular, it drew audiences far exceeding expectations.” Winegar adds, “Management was concerned that the title would prove off-putting, but the production was a hit. Word of mouth was explosive, and the show played to full houses. I’ve wanted to mount this delightful play for ages in Nevada County, and Sierra Stages has offered me the opportunity to ‘re-vision’ the production. I am truly grateful to be able to share this story with my own community.”

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” features comedy, mystery, romance, supernatural events, with eccentric characters in extreme situations – all because a young woman answers a stranger’s ringing cellphone. According to Winegar, “It’s an act any of us might do at any moment, but in this case the repercussions are huge. Playwright Sarah Ruhl explores the way individuals make “contact” in this digital world. If you’ve ever yearned for the “good old days” of rotary telephones, this is your kind of show. And if you’ve ever wondered how you existed before the advent of iPhones, this is your kind of show.”

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Ruhl explained, “If someone were to ask me why I wrote this strange play, I might be silent, I might be evasive, or I might outright lie. But imagine that I said that I was interested in the culture of cell phones, in how they have completely altered our emotional, psychic and body states to the point where culture (and perhaps not even evolution) has caught up. Imagine that I said I was interested in how there is no longer any privacy, nor is there any reason anymore to talk to strangers on elevators… That I feel, at times, lost.”

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” premiered in 2008 at Playwrights Horizons in New York City, and has since been performed at regional, college and community theatres throughout the United States and internationally. Sarah Ruhl is a prolific contemporary playwright who has twice been a Pulitzer finalist, for “The Clean House” and “In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play). Her newest play, “Scenes From Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince” (about two political dynasties — the Stuarts of 17th-century Britain and the Bush family of the contemporary United States) premieres at the end of this month at the Yale Rep in New Haven.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” plays for three weekends only from September 29 – October 16 at the Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley. Performances are Thursdays at 7 PM. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays (October 2 and October 16) at 2 PM. The first two performances on September 29 & 30 are lower-priced “previews” with $20 General Admission. For all other performances, General Admission is $25. Reserved Seating is also offered for all performances at $35 and is available for audience members who wish to select specific seat locations in advance and provide additional financial support to the production and Sierra Stages. $15 Student Rush tickets (for students age 25 and under with a valid student ID) are offered at the door beginning ½ hour before each performance, subject to availability. For tickets and information, visit or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210. There are NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES for purchasing tickets online.

Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt 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 in 2008, Sierra Stages has presented 29 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. For more information about Sierra Stages, visit

Photos by David Wong

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Fright Night 2016

Don’t Miss Fright Night – October 29th!!

Fright Night, Nevada City’s Halloween tradition returns to the Miners Foundry on Saturday, October 29, 2016.  Fright Night 2016 features music by Mojo Green and special guest Whee the People, plus food and drinks available for purchase.  Mojo Green is a seven piece outfit known as one of the premier funk and soul bands on the West Coast. Whee the People is Indie Soul for the Indie Soul.  Dancing concert with limited seating available.

Mojo Green is a seven piece, horn driven, soul funk machine playing their own version of high energy dance music. Sharing the stage with some of the nation’s top touring bands, Mojo Green is quickly becoming a Soul Funk household name, and is known as one of the premier funk and soul bands on the West Coast.

Whee the People songs start with a foundation of indie rock and indie pop grooves, add a ton of funkiness and soul, and come to life with positive and uplifting vocals. With a funky soul horn section, sultry back-up girls, and hooky gang choruses, Whee the People is a journey for your ears.

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Nevada City Chamber of Commerce – Looking for Candidates for Board of Directors Election

Interested in Running for an Open Seat on the Board of Directors??

Qualifications:  Must be a member of the Nevada City Chamber for a minimum of 1 year.

There are 5 seats open, for a total of 17 board members.  The deadline to be considered is September 30th.  Call Cathy for information if you are interested!!  530/265-2692.



San Francisco Chronicle Special Travel Edition Nevada County

Sunday, September 18th – San Francisco Chronicle Special Travel Edition Copies Available!

Nevada County was written up in a big way, 20 pages of stories and advertisements all about our wonderful county. The insert was a collaboration of the Regional Chambers of Commerce. We have copies here at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office. If you would like to have copies, come by and see us.

Thank you to the businesses in Nevada City that did advertise in this publication. We are already getting calls and emails from folks that will be coming to visit!!

Joint Mixer at Century 21 Cornerstone Realty – Thanks for Coming!!

Century 21 Cornerstone Realty 25 Year Celebration and Chili Cook-Off

Thank you to all who attended the Joint Chamber Mixer at Century 21 Cornerstone Realty on Thursday evening!  A large crowd gathered to celebrate 25 years, taste some great chili and feast on plentiful food and drinks provided.

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