4th of July Parade & Celebration

Dear Community Friends,

As has been the tradition for many years, the 4th of July Committee is pleased to be the host of the 4th of July parade which will be held in downtown Nevada City this year. The western Nevada County community loves the hometown parade and fireworks and we want to continue to present a great show.

To assist with funding, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from local businesses and organizations. The cost to produce this long-standing event has increased over the years and there are many things to pay for, such as rental of the fairgrounds ($6,600), the Fire Marshal’s time ($2,300), fireworks ($9,300), golf carts, security, cleanup – the list goes on and on.

As you can see, it’s an expensive undertaking for us to provide a hometown parade and a safe fireworks show for our community. We understand that this year may be difficult and we need your financial help to continue the tradition.

There are a variety of ways you can help. Please take a moment to Download & Review the Donation Form and return the form with your generous donation to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office by May 1, 2014.

Thank you for your enthusiastic community spirit in support of an important event.

The 4th of July Committee is comprised of the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

Sponsor and/or Participate in NC Art Walk!

The NC First Friday Artwalks are returning May 2nd!

We saw much success with last year’s run and we are looking forward to another fun and prosperous season. If you are in the Downtown area and interested in participating as a destination on our map, here is the link to the online sign-up form…


The deadline to sign-up for May event is April 18th.

Also, we are looking for sponsors for our Summer Season (May 2nd-July 11th). If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring this great event (with great exposure) call or email organizer Cynthia Levesque at 530-575-8846 or nevacoboutique@gmail.com

“State of the Yuba” Event April 22

SYRCL’s “State of the Yuba” Event is on Earth Day

Like the President’s annual address, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has scheduled its “State of the Yuba” event on Earth Day to report to the citizens of the Yuba watershed on the condition of the river, outline SYRCL’s priorities for the coming year, and most importantly, enlist all river lovers in the protection and restoration of the Yuba.

Join SYRCL on Tuesday, April 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm (program from 6:00-7:30pm) at the Peace Lutheran Church (828 West Main St., Grass Valley) for this informative and free event. Light refreshments, snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Updates on SYRCL’s new River Monitoring Plan and Yuba Salmon Now campaign will be featured in the program. The new River Monitoring Plan will outline priorities related to long term monitoring sites, mine land streams, dam affected reaches, invasive species, the upper South Yuba and more. “We have been hard at work developing new goals for SYRCL’s 14-year-old River Monitoring program based on our analysis of past data and future watershed challenges,” said Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL’s River Programs Manager.

In addition, SYRCL’s Executive Director, Caleb Dardick, and River Scientist, Gary Reedy, will give the latest progress report on the Yuba Salmon Now campaign. Wild salmon once returned to Central Valley rivers in the millions each year, with up to 300,000 in the Yuba alone. Today, Yuba salmon runs have dropped to less than 8,000, leading to their listing as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.

SYRCL’s Yuba Salmon Now campaign outlines crucial actions for the next three years to save salmon in the Yuba River. “If we do not take bold actions to reverse these declines, it is likely that these species will go extinct. We cannot let this happen on our watch,” urged Caleb Dardick.

Awards for SYRCL’s “Volunteer of the Year” and “Partner of the Year” will be presented at the event as well.

The public, including SYRCL members, supporters, river lovers of all kinds and anyone interested in finding out more about SYRCL’s programs, is welcome to come celebrate Earth Day with SYRCL.

For more information, please contact Miriam Limov, River People Manager, at (530) 265-5961 x201 or Miriam@syrcl.org.


“American Buffalo” Plays thru Apr 26

Synthetic Unlimited presents American Buffalo, a smart, gritty, adult comedy by playwright and screenwriter David Mamet. Three would-be thieves plan an elaborate heist of rare coins. As junk shop owner Donny draws others into the plot, they turn against him and each other.

Shows from April 10th- April 26th, at the new Synthetic Unlimited Opera House at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley. Showtimes are 7 pm on Thursdays, 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and one Sunday matinee at 2 pm on April 20th. Tickets are $20, or $15 for SU members, and are available at www.syntheticunlimited.org, 1-888-95-SHOWS, or at The Briar Patch in Grass Valley.



CATS Presents “Miss Saigon” thru May 10

Photo by David Wong

Photo by David Wong

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) celebrates its 20th Year with the Tony-award winning musical, Miss Saigon, from April 10 to May 10, at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. It is a passionate story on love and war. Imbued music from beginning to end, Miss Saigon is truer to an opera than a traditional musical.

From the creators of Les Misérables, Cameron MacKintosh produced Miss Saigon on the stage, with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, and lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War in the 1970′s, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. Miss Saigon is based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

Susan Mason is the director with musical direction by Susan Mason and Jeffrey Mason. Jeffrey also serves as the conductor of the orchestra. Miss Saigon has a cast of over 20 local, regional, and Bay Area actors.

For ticket information, please visit www.catsweb.org. Tickets are selling fast! For groups of ten or more, there is a 10% discount off the advance rate. Please contact Jeannie Wood at info@catsweb.org for details. The Friday, April 18, 8:00 pm, performance is a Benefit for the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries. Tickets to the Benefit may be purchased by calling 530-265-1407 or by going to any western Nevada County branch. See you at the show!


The Union’s Home & Garden Show Apr 26-27

Know and Go:

What: The Union’s 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show

Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday April 26 (10-5) Sunday April 27 (10-4)

Why: Get thousands of ideas for the Home & Garden, plus have some family fun!

The Union’s 29th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show will be held at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on April 26 & 27. The Spring Home Show showcases over 200 vendors with thousands of ideas for your home & garden, plus hundreds of crafts, gifts and activities for the whole family.

Come check out the new products on the market, with demonstrations on some of today’s hottest home improvement products and services. Looking for a plumber? An interior designer? Drought-tolerant landscaping? Thinking of going solar? Or want to relax in a new hot tub? Find all of your home and landscape professionals in one place! Plenty of activities for the kids, delicious food and beverages, live music, prize give-a-ways and a full day of fun for the whole family!

Attend one or all of the scheduled Demonstrations on our Demo Stage in the Northern Mines Building. Learn basic household plumbing, how to decorate with chalk paint, how to grow vegetables in containers, and so much more!

Free activities for the kids include Hills Flat Lumber’s “Build-a-Birdhouse”, and “Paint a Flower Pot” sponsored by B & C True Value.

This year’s special features include the Nevada County Bonsai Club exhibit, Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society exhibit, and the Banner Mountain Artisans show and sale. Enjoy live music from “Then Again” on Saturday from 11 to 2, and “Dream and the Dreamer” from 12 to 3 on Sunday on the Pine Tree Stage.

Admission is FREE. Fairgrounds parking is $5 per car.  www.theunion.com/homeshow

Nevada City Bag Survey

The city of Nevada City is considering the adoption of a plastic bag ordinance much like the one recently adopted by Truckee, as well as 103 other cities and counties in California. These ordinances ban the further use of lightweight, handled carryout bags, and require a charge, typically 10 cents, for a paper bag or other reusable type bag. The 10 cent fee can be retained by the store to help cover the costs of switching from plastic to paper, and also is proven to help reduce consumption of paper bags over time.

The state of California has a pending senate bill, SB270, which could, if passed, create a statewide plastic bag law. The city council feels it would be better to have local control over its own ordinance. If Nevada City has its own ordinance adopted by Sept. 1st, it would remain in effect and not be overridden by the state law.

Grass Valley and the unincorporated county are also considering ordinances.

To see the other ordinances in effect across California, and learn more, log on to

The city council requests that the survey for NEVADA CITY BUSINESS OWNERS ONLY be completed by April 30th. Paper copies are available in the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office. The online surveys are now on the home page of Nevada City’s website, and the links are here:



World Book Night April 23

On April 23, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specifically printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers will help promote reading by going into their communities and handing out free copies of a book they love, often to those without means or access to a printed book.

On April 23rd, Giver Kim E. Allen-Jones will be handing out 20 copies of “Kitchen Confidential” at Robinson Plaza in Nevada City starting at 4pm and continuing until all books are distributed.

Download Complete Press Release for information and give-away requirements

For more information about World Book Night contact:
Kim E. Allen-Jones • worldfoodie18@hotmail.com • (415) 254-2203


Springtime at Ananda thru April 27

You’re Invited!

Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village

Over 13,000 Tulips!

Weekends: April 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Open 10 am – 5 pm

Admission: $5.00; children 12 and under are free
*Weekday groups by appointment

• Chat with our master gardener and designer

• Live entertainment including PG Wodehouse

• See the award-winning chapel, gift boutique and shrine

• Enjoy our famous maple scones at the gardens, reserve space for a vegetarian lunch at the Expanding Light Retreat or picnic at Master’s Market

• Only 20 minutes from Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada foothills

For peak tulip display information and directions, call (530) 478-7587, email hermitage@ananda.org , or visit www.crystalhermitage.org

Open House at Sierra Commons April 30

Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s only co-working facility, will be hosting an Open House Mixer on Wednesday, April 30th from 5pm-7pm at their office location at 792 Searls Ave, Suite A in Nevada City. The public is invited to experience the fun and collaborative atmosphere that co-working and Sierra Commons has to offer. Members and administration will be on hand to answer questions about Sierra Commons’ services and co-working facility. Memberships are now available and Sierra Commons is seeking professional and community-minded people to share their office with.

“At Sierra Commons, we share a fax machine, high-speed internet and an address, but we share so much more than that,” says board member Hilary Hodge. “It is a place to share ideas and to receive support for those ideas.” Sierra Commons is an inspired professional community, a place where coworkers share their knowledge, skills and energy, working together in an atmosphere that flourishes with collaboration. It is a business ignitor, a campus where entrepreneurs come together to thrive. In addition to offering desk space to small business owners and independent contractors, Sierra Commons offers business mentoring, classes, conference room rentals, day-use access and more. By hosting a mixer, Sierra Commons is opening their doors to the public so that they can experience Sierra Commons first-hand.

“I look forward to working at Sierra Commons every day because of the intelligent and energetic people that I get to be around,” says Abe Meissler, Sierra Commons member. Abe works remotely as a software engineer and uses Sierra Commons as his home office Monday-Friday. He has been a member at Sierra Commons for almost two years.

Sierra Commons is not just a co-working facility but also a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency which serves as an education center for small businesses in the community. Through their collaborative atmosphere, their classes and their mentoring sessions, Sierra Commons creates business people who expand Nevada County’s professional climate and talent pool, eventually attracting still more entrepreneurs and small businesses. All of this means economic growth for our community – more jobs, increased tax revenue, stronger consumer confidence, and expanding market opportunities.

At the mixer on April 30th, Sierra Commons will introduce their newest board members, reveal recent conference room renovations and offer a special discount on their nomadic membership, which allows people to have access to their wonderful co-working facility. Sierra Commons serves the community in a variety of ways. To rent the conference room, inquire about membership or to get more information, please call the Sierra Commons at (530) 265-8443 or email info@sierracommons.org

Folk Legend Greg Brown April 24


WHO: Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Folk Legend Greg Brown

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, Doors 6:30, Show 7:30pm

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

TICKETS: $29/ Advance General Admission, $32/ Door General Admission, $40 Limited Reserved. Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

The Miners Foundry presents renowned folk icon and one of the greatest living American songwriters, Greg Brown, Thursday, April 24. Last year, Brown performed a sold-out concert at the Miners Foundry that included songs from his latest truly potent tour de force, “Hymns To What Is Left”. This April, Brown returns to pick up where he left off with local audiences.

Brown is best known for his signature rumbling baritone voice, master storytelling, and a musical career that has spanned over thirty years with multiple Grammy nominations and an astonishingly deep songbook of 25 albums. His music has been covered by many of the top folk/roots singer songwriters including Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Iris Dement, Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Brown was born in the Hacklebarney section of southeastern Iowa and raised by a family that made words and music a way of life. His seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and music are deeply rooted in that place. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision.

His mother played the electric guitar, his grandfather played the banjo, his grandmother was a poet, and his father was a Pentecostal preacher. Brown’s youth was spread across a map of the Midwest as they moved between churches (and even denominations), but music was always a staple. Gospel and hymns, classical, hillbilly, early rock and roll, country, and blues coalesced into a simmering stew of sound. Brown studied classical voice and piano as a child and also sang with choirs and in state competitions. At six he took up the pump organ and at twelve he learned the basics of guitar from his mother.

At the core of Hymns To What Is Left is the near-magical, copacetic interplay of Brown’s driven and graceful acoustic picking with longtime collaborator/producer Bo Ramsey’s distinctive artful soundscapes via bell-toned electric guitars and haunting slide.

Paste Magazine wrote, “Brown, like (Bob) Dylan, deeply understands that all North American music is related to the great ebb and flow of its roots traditions and the songs that grew out of it. From Hank Williams to Blind Willie McTell, American roots culture is a dark and vital source for artists to tap into that gives weight and context to songs that wouldn’t exist otherwise.”

In co-producing the album, Ramsey and Brown dug all the way into “less-is-more” and came out with a recording spotlighting Brown’s artistry on all levels. No drums or bass, the rustic mix was rounded out with contributions by Bob Black (banjo), Al Murphy (fiddle and mandolin), Dave Moore (button accordion), and daughter Pieta Brown (banjo, piano, harmony vocals), and cameo otherworldly harmonies by wife Iris Dement and daughter Constie Brown.

The result is an album of 14 uniquely unforgettable songs that find Brown at the peak of his estimable vocal powers supported by an all-world string band that’s absolutely locked-in–in short, a masterpiece that may well be the finest front-to-back endeavor of his career.

Martinis & A Movie April 30


Gold Diggers of 1933
April 30, 2014
Del Oro Theater
Doors open at 7:00pm/Movie starts at 7:45pm

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $25 for SNMH Employees (includes martinis, goodie bag, and movie)

Ticket Outlets: SNMH Foundation Office, SNMH Gift Shop, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/558960

Gold Diggers of 1933 is a pre-code Warner Bros. musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with songs by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics), staged and choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

Plot: The “gold diggers” are four aspiring actresses: Polly the ingenue (Ruby Keeler), Carol the torch singer (Joan Blondell), Trixie the comedienne (Aline MacMahon), and Fay the glamour puss (Ginger Rogers). The film was made in 1933 during the Great Depression and contains numerous direct references to it. It begins with a rehearsal for a stage show, which is interrupted by the producer’s creditors who close down the show because of unpaid bills. The producer, Barney Hopkins (Ned Sparks), is in despair because he has everything he needs to put on a show, except money.

Event proceeds benefit the Imaging for Life Campaign. For more information on this project click here.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at Martinis & A Movie.

Sierra Stages Presents PROOF May 1-18

Sierra Stages presents PROOF
by David Auburn

May 1 – 18
Thursdays at 7 PMproof
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays (May 11 & 18) at 2 PM

Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley

Information: www.SierraStages.org • 530-346-3210

Sierra Stages is proud to present the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama PROOF by David Auburn from May 1 through May 18 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

Genius mathematician and University of Chicago professor Robert is struggling with mental illness. His fiercely brilliant yet emotionally fragile daughter Catherine is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Caught between a new-found connection with one of Robert’s former students, Hal, and the reappearance of her sister, Claire, Catherine’s world becomes increasingly unstable. As she struggles to find herself amid her father’s world of hidden complexities and tantalizing secrets, she is forced to face the possibility of inheriting both her father’s creative genius and his terrifying mental illness.

“PROOF is one of the great American plays written in the last 15 years,” says director Robert Rossman. “It is funny, dry, and heart-breaking. It is about faith, talent, legacy and family. It connects with audiences and stays with you long after you experience it.” When the play premiered in 2000, The New York Times described PROOF as “[a] family play of ideas — with intricate twists and turns, it takes a dramatic and comic ride through the lives of a brilliant, deranged mathematician and his two daughters, one of whom has devoted herself to taking care of her father.” Playwright David Auburn has commented, “I think the play is dealing in a heightened way with emotions that a lot of people feel about their families. I think everyone in some way both worries and hopes to be like their family, to inherit traits they admire and also to avoid being in some ways — following in patterns that may be they don’t like as much. But I think if there is a reason why the play is connected with audiences, that might be the reason.”

The Sierra Stages production of PROOF features real-life father and daughter Robert Rossman and Emily Rossman as Robert and Catherine, together with Nevada County actors Tracie Nickle as Claire and Gary Richmond as Hal. Set design is by Mike Edwards, lighting design is by Casey Burke and costume design is by Linda Maloney.

Performances of PROOF are Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays (May 11 and 18 only) at 2 PM. General Admission is $20. For those audience members who prefer a specific seat location and wish to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages, Reserved Seating Is available for $30.

General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets are available online at www.SierraStages.org 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.

Sierra Stages’ sixth season will continue this summer with J.M Barrie’s PETER PAN (July 10 through August 2 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City) and this fall with YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (September 18 through October 12 at the Off Center Stage). 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 has presented 20 plays and musicals and has received 38 Elly Award nominations for its productions.

For more information about PROOF and Sierra Stages, visit www.SierraStages.org


Colfax HS Presents Original Musical May 1-10

Creators of Riveting Entertainment and Colfax High School Music Department present

The Trial of Juanita
Written & Directed by John DeaderickHannah Hensley Headshot for Auditions

Colfax Performing Arts Center, 24995 Ben Taylor Road, Colfax, CA

TICKETS: $5 Students, $10 Adults – Visit our website www.colfaxpac.org or call to reserve your tickets at (530) 346-2284 x 2142

This May, Colfax High School presents their first completely original musical, “The Trial of Juanita” written and directed by veteran actor, director and educator John Deaderick, with musical composition and direction by Todd Wilkinson. “The Trial of Juanita” is loosely based on the ill-fated story of Juanita, a twenty-year old Mexican woman accused of murder in the mining town of Downieville during the summer of 1851. “The Trial of Juanita” is both a fascinating biopic and compelling musical about one woman’s fight to have her side of the story heard.

In 1851, Downieville was a thriving, rough and tumble town, with a population of five thousand and a reputation for lawlessness. On July 4, the first Independence Day since California had become a state, a barely twenty-year old Mexican woman named Juanita, or Josefa (which was probably her real name), became embroiled in an argument between her male companion, a card dealer in a local saloon, and a popular English miner. The situation escalated and Juanita stabbed and killed the miner. Some believed it was self-defense, most screamed murder.

Hannah Hensley stars as Juanita, in a role that was tailor made for the Colfax High School senior. She along with several dozen of her fellow drama students act and sing while dressed in period costume against a lavish set design that harkens back to the Gold Rush era.


TV Advertising Program for Chamber Members

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is excited to present our members with a new TV Advertising Program.  Put your business on TV at a fraction of the normal cost on top rated networks targeted to the viewers you want to reach.

This program will fill up fast and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss this affordable, aggressive advertising program. Sign up now!  Contact our TV partner today • Jackie Breedlove (530) 615-4731 or by email at jackie@innovativesf.com


E-Waste Drive for RSVP May 1-31

Old Barn Self Storage will be collecting e-waste donations the entire month of May with 100% of the proceeds going toward supporting RSVP.

Drop off e-waste 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm at Old Barn Self Storage, 175 Spring Hill Drive, Grass Valley.

Call RSVP at 271-0255 for more information.