LinkedIn Workshop – April 22, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This 60-minute workshop with small business trainer, Nate Wright, will help you unearth fruitful (and profitable) connections within your community and business ecosystem. You’ll leave the workshop with the tools needed to establish a unearth good prospects and forge a *human* connection via LinkedIn.

Some topics we’ll cover:

  • LinkedIn Profile & Company Profile Optimization
  • Building authority – Who do you want to help? How will you provide them with value?
  • Tracking down leads on LinkedIn – Who can help you? How do you find them?
  • Techniques for capturing a prospects email address (some geeky, some old-fashioned)
  • Custom LinkedIn Connection Request Templates designed to get you that meeting

About the Speaker: Nate Wright teaches smaller business how to make bigger money. Since bootstrapping Small Biz Triage six years ago in Seattle, WA, he has directly helped hundreds of owners complete thousands of sales, marketing and productivity projects. Nate’s uniquely flavored business model has given him a front-row seat to small business owner successes, and a back-stage pass to their failures. Their client list includes the Obama-appointed Chair of the National Women’s Business Council, a mobile-app developer with over 3.5 million downloads, and an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker.

Meyers Investment Group
360 Sierra College Dr #200
Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Limited to 10 people. Reserve your seat here.

Intero Real Estate Open House – April 24, 2015


Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & INTERO – Present


Hosted by

John and Edie Miller, Owners / Broker

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting

Come see one of our four beautiful new offices!!

Live Music, Food, Drinks and great Raffle Prizes

227 Broad Street, Suite 201

On Broad St. between the National and Pine St

Friday April 24th, 2015

4:00-6:30 PM

Call Intero office for details or questions 530-615-0111

“No Motor Day” Scotts Flat – April 26, 2015

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The quiet, natural beauty of Scotts Flat Reservoir will be showcased on Sunday, Apr. 26, as the Nevada Irrigation District hosts its 8th Annual “No Motor Day.”

NID Recreation Manager Peggy Davidson said the district has organized the event in response to community requests and as part of an overall effort to operate in a green, environmentally friendly manner.

Non-motorized watercraft, including sailboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, will be allowed entry to the Scotts Flat Recreation Area without charge for the day.   Use of motorized boats will be suspended for the entire day.

Regular admission rates of $8.00 per vehicle (with up to four persons) will remain in effect.

A number of special activities will be offered without charge. Free kayak and paddleboard demos will be offered from 10-4 by Mountain Recreation of Grass Valley.   The Gold Country Yacht Club will host an open house and offer free sailboat rides, also from 10-4.

Hungry recreationists may purchase a barbecue lunch prepared as a fundraiser by local Boy Scout Troop No. 4.  The luncheon is planned from 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m. in the marina area.

Scotts Flat is one of 10 reservoirs owned and operated by NID.  The district offers wide-ranging public recreational opportunities at both Scotts Flat and Rollins reservoirs in the Sierra foothills.  Camping and backcountry recreational opportunities are available at some of the district’s mountain reservoirs.

More information is available at

Grand Opening Body Essence Day Spa – April 29, 2015


Darby Palmer, Owner of Body Essence Day Spa, Salon & Boutique is happy to announce her Grand Opening at 11 am on Wednesday April 29th w/a ribbon cutting ceremony at Noon!  Refreshments & snacks will be served along w/a raffle for a free spa package!

Body Essence
230 Main Street
Nevada City, CA 95959

Formula Business Town Hall Meeting – April 30, 2015


The City Council has expressed interest in considering approaches to limiting “formula” businesses (also known as franchise or chain businesses including big box stores) in Nevada City. Learn more, ask questions, and provide your public input to City staff at a Town Hall meeting on April 30.

Learn More

  • How do other communities limit formula businesses?
  • What approaches could be considered in Nevada City?

Ask Questions

  • What questions do you have? Provide Your Input
  • What are your thoughts?

April 30, 2015

City Hall, 317 Broad Street, Nevada City

Keeping Kids Safe Festival – May 9, 2015

Saturday, May 9 from 10 am to 3 pm

Held at the Safety Training Center behind GVFD Station #2 at 213 Sierra College Drive.

Students and their families are invited to attend our 12th Annual Keeping Kids Safe Festival to learn about safety from our First Responders.  Meet our local police, fireman, sheriffs, rescue teams, ambulance and helicopter services, plus health agencies and non-profit children’s services.  You will see live demonstrations of emergency equipment, and can “visit” fire engines, police cars and an ambulance up close.  See a rescue helicopter land and take-off during the festivities.  Learn proper home safety practices and school bus evacuation.  Families may have their child’s car seat inspected by the CHP at the event.  Child Identification Folders will be prepared by the KlaasKids Foundation.  A coloring contest, bike rodeo and your Passport to Safety with prizes will add to the excitement. Enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, and drinks.  Just for fun, there will be a clown making balloon animals, a juggler, a petting zoo, a bounce house and a giant slide, plus contests, crafts and other activities for children.

Gold Country Kiwanis is hosting this 12th Annual Festival with major financial support from The Beam “Easy Living” Center, the Law Enforcement/Fire Protection Council, the Roamin’ Angels Car Club and 3 local Masonic Lodges.  Plus, additional support from many local businesses.  The event will be assisted by about 50 community volunteers.

The Festival will be held on Saturday, May 9 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Safety Training Center behind GVFD Station #2 at 213 Sierra College Drive.   Look for the signs.  Since it’s Mother’s Day weekend, mothers and grandmothers will be honored.

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First Friday Artwalk – May 1, 2015

The theme this month is “Cycle”

5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in downtown Nevada City


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 be open from 5pm to 9pm 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.

There will be live music and theatrical performances at various locations throughout the downtown area. 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, as well as a “Kids Zone” on York Street with some fun activities and art projects for kids of all ages.

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!

Bike Nevada County kicks off on May 1, 2015

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Elevating the sport of cycling.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is proud to support the inaugural Bike Nevada County, a grand 52-day celebration of pro, amateur and recreational road cycling and mountain biking in Northern California. Hundreds of local, national and international competitors will participate in a range of events appropriate for various ages and skill levels – from fitness-oriented families to world champion racers.

Since 1960, Nevada County has drawn top cyclists to its mountain roads and 19th century towns, including European-style races that have been won by three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, two-time U.S. national champion Levi Leipheimer, and Alexi Grewal, the first man to win Olympic cycling gold for the USA.  As a19 year-old, Lance Armstrong raced here in 1991, taking 2nd place in the Nevada City Classic.

Currently, the County is experiencing a mountain biking heyday, with the highest youth participation rate in the state of California.  Moderate to extremely rigorous MTB trails and events abound. Some are featured as part of Bike Nevada County. Others are in undisclosed locations, including what one Team USA MTB racer describes as “one of the best enduros in the U.S.

Don’t miss this historic, inaugural celebration – undoubtedly the first of many in years to come!  Be here as Bike Nevada County elevates the sport of cycling by offering the utmost variety, inclusiveness, sportsmanship, safety, and natural beauty.

Read more, including the complete Calendar of Events, here.

Amgen Tour of California – May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015 – Stage 2 – Nevada City to Lodi

11:00 a.m. Start on Broad Street in downtown Nevada City

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With just one climb and elevations of 2,500 feet in Nevada City, which is hosting its third race start, and a more gentle climb of 55 feet in Lodi, this will likely be another sprinter-friendly stage. After a short circuit on the historic Nevada City Classic course, the riders will head into Grass Valley where another warm reception will await. From Grass Valley, the peloton will head due south on two race favorites: Rattlesnake Road and Dog Bar Road.

The route passes just east of Auburn this year over the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge, the tallest bridge in California. From here, the riders can look over their shoulders to the American River some 730 feet below and the start of the Highway 49 climb. Once they reach the KOM, it is a fast downhill route into Lodi. On the way, the stage will cross several railroad crossings and past several vineyards that have established Lodi as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” Expect a shootout between some of the top sprinters in the world as the peloton reaches the finishing circuits downtown.

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.

Follow the Amgen Tour of California (May 11-17) here:

Nevada City Classic – June 21, 2015

Official Race Website


One of America’s top cycling events celebrates its 55th anniversary this year and many of the nation’s top cyclists are expected to be on hand.

The 55th Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in historic downtown Nevada City.

The Nevada City Classic is one of the premiere sporting events in the Sierra foothills, the largest and oldest bike race on the West Coast, and the second-oldest race in the nation.

Historic Nevada City is draped with flags and bunting and provides a colorful backdrop as cyclists whiz through the downtown area, spokes flashing and crowds cheering. Several thousand spectators attend the traditional Father’s Day event.

Senior and professional riders representing top U.S. cycling teams are expected to race in the men’s 90-minute main event. Women’s, Junior’s and Master’s races also are planned. Action begins at 1 p.m. and is usually complete by about 6:30 p.m.

For information on the Nevada City Bicycle Classic, call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692.

Course Map

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Wildflower Walks at Bridgeport


When spring arrives in the Nevada County foothills there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park.

State Park Docents will lead guided Wildflower Walks every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m., beginning  March 7, and continuing through May 10.

The Buttermilk Bend Trail, which winds above the wild and scenic South Yuba River, is famous for the many species that bloom on its hills and slopes.  Each season, observers are delighted with an ever changing tableau of spring color.  Early season visitors will find Western Buttercups, Larkspur, and Shooting Stars.  By mid-season, the hills turn gold and purple with Tufted Poppies and Narrow Leaf Lupine.  Mid to late season is a special treat as Fairy Lanterns, Chinese Houses, and Bird’s Eye Gilia reveal themselves.  Mid to late season, it is a special treat to find the California Dutchman’s Pipe and learn about its unique symbiotic relationship with the pipevine swallowtail butterfly.   Docents will point out these and many more species and points of interest along the trail.

Guided hikes last about two hours along the Buttermilk Bend trail, an easy 2.5 mile round trip hike.  Meet at the trailhead in the north parking lot, just past the concrete bridge which crosses the South Yuba River on Pleasant Valley Road.  Sturdy walking shoes are recommended along with a hat, sunscreen, and remember to bring water.  A $3.00 donation is requested and appreciated.

(Dogs are not permitted on the guided walks as the trail is narrow and the groups can be large.)

To make your visit complete, allow extra time to visit the park Visitor Center, see the covered bridge (currently under restoration) and barn (both built in 1862) and the restored 1920’s gas station.

The Visitor Center is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. There you will find a collection of wildflower books, nature and history displays and many other educational and gift items. Because of dry winter conditions the wildflower season may be full of mystery and surprises.

For more information throughout our short season, call the park at (530) 432-2546, or go to       (rain will cancel walks)


Help Support the 4th of July Celebration

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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 Grass Valley this year. The western Nevada County community loves the hometown parade and fireworks and we want to continue to present a great show. The Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band will be at this year’s parade which will add a lot of fun and frivolity to the 4th of July celebration.

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, the Fire Marshal’s time, Fireworks, 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 review the attached information and return the form to the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce office by May 1, 2015.

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

Sincerely yours,

4th of July Committee

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce
Grass Valley Downtown Association

Download Donation Form


2015-16 Calendar & Map Advertising

2015-2016 Official Nevada County Calendar and Map Advertising

Final Reservation 5/4/15

The Official Calendar and Map serves as a valuable resource for promoting Nevada County and Nevada County business. With limited advertising space available, you are assured that your message will stand out!

For more info contact: Craig Hoddy/IMS,, 530-272-3239

Download Rate Sheet Flyer


SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Fair – April 18, 2015

Mental Health Awareness Day

Saturday, April 18th

Come join SPIRIT for the first annual Mental Health Awareness Day.

Meet local providers who also support mental health.

Date: Saturday April 18th Location: 276 Gates Place, Grass Valley CA (Up the road from the Lumberjack restaurant) Time: 11 AM to 3 PM

Only one out of two people with a serious form of a mental health challenge seeks help for their mental health and stigma and fear of discrimination keep many who would benefit from mental health services from seeking help. Research shows that the most effective way to reduce stigma is through personal contact with someone with a mental health challenge; and good mental health is critical to the well-being of our families, communities, schools, and businesses. A greater public awareness about mental health can change negative attitudes and behaviors toward people with their mental health, and what it means to be mentally healthy.

Please contact Lorraine at 530-274-1431 or

Spirit Center • a 501c3 non-profit • 276 Gates Place • Grass Valley, CA 95945

Farallon Quintet Concert Apr 19

InConcert Sierra presents

Farallon Quintet
Sunday, April 19, 2015

2pm concert; 1:15pm pre-concert forum

Seventh-day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley

Tickets are $32 general, youth 5-17 free with adult available online at, BriarPatch Co-op Community Market or call 530-273-3990

On Sunday afternoon, April 19, InConcert Sierra will present the Farallon Quintet, a dynamic Bay Area virtuosi ensemble that is the only professional chamber music group exclusively dedicated to the surprisingly abundant clarinet quintet—string quartet plus clarinet—repertoire.

The quintet is made up of leading Bay Area musicians Natalie Parker, clarinet; Dan Flanagan and Matthew Oshida, violins; Emily Onderdonk, viola (guest); Jonah Kim, cello.  These are principal players in such orchestras as the San Francisco Ballet, Santa Rosa, Marin, Berkeley, Fremont, and Modesto Symphonies, and the Sacramento Philharmonic. As an ensemble, the players recently received a grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to record and release their debut album in early 2015.

“I learned of the Farallon Quintet from our concert-goer Frank Santos and local violinist Randi Soule. Both Matthew Oshida and Emily Onderdonk have performed for Music in the Mountains in their festival orchestra. Although Emily is filling in as a guest violist for the ensemble, we’ve been acquainted with her for years.  Her mother and former local piano teacher Sigi Isham served on our board in the 1980-90’s. It’s a pleasure to have Emily return, she’s a superb violist. I always enjoy having a local connection with our artists, and receiving suggestions from audience members and colleagues,” says Ken Hardin, artistic director. “I had our former advisory member Morgan Halperin asking for more clarinet on our season, which steered me toward this sensational group.”

The ensemble’s program includes “Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major” by Carl Weber, and “Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet” by Jean Francaix, and “Oriental Reverie” by Alexander Glazunov. “It’s a delightfully rich program of beloved classics, and rarely heard gems.” says Hardin.

Additionally on the program is a work by Chad Cannon, a young talented composer from Los Angeles, who wrote “Citizen 13660 – Vignettes” about life in the Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Violinist Matthew Oshida said, “It’s an amazingly powerful piece that was very well received at its premiere and something that we received a grant from the Barlow Endowment for which to commission the composer. We’re very much looking forward to playing it again.”  Hardin added, “Citizen 13660 sounds intriguing and I think will capture people’s imaginations.  There is a clip on youtube for those interested in checking it out first.”

“This is yet another unique offering this season. In November we presented the only dual-keyboard Steinway piano with pianist Christopher Taylor, in January we had solo violist Jennifer Stumm, and in March we presented cellist Amit Peled performing on the one and only Pablo Casals cello. This month, we present yet another one-of-a-kind performance with the only professional string quartet with clarinet ensemble dedicated to the literature.  It’s been a great season of firsts, and the audience has really shown their appreciation.” Hardin said.

There will be a pre-concert forum with Dr. Aileen James. The concert is sponsored by Lamb’s Victorian Inn, Susie Monary-Wilson and John Wilson, and Bea and Jerry Pressler.

Smiley Guys Hosts Fundraiser for PiELL Apr 16

Smiley Guys Smokehouse to host Fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning

On Thursday, April 16th from 5pm to 9pm, Smiley Guys Smokehouse will host a fundraiser to benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL). The owner, Jesse Cohen, has pledged to donate a percentage of all orders (including take-out) to PiELL. Enjoy delicious slow-cooked food while helping a worthy cause.

PiELL, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County. The volunteer tutors are trained during a 2-day session, and then matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them.

Call 274-2933 for more information or to make reservations.

SMILEY GUYS SMOKEHOUSE – 131 Joerschke Dr. in Grass Valley –

For information call PiELL at 265-2116 ~


Terry Riley Concert Apr 26

InConcert Sierra presents
Happy Birthday Terry Riley

Sunday, April 26, 2015 • 2pm concert

The Center for the Arts, 314 Main Street, Grass Valley

$30 general, $25 Season ticket holders, key level donors, and CFTA members available online at, BriarPatch Co-op Community Market Or call 530-273-3990

On Sunday afternoon, April 26, InConcert Sierra presents a celebration in honor of the 80th birthday of one of the world’s foremost composers and our own community treasure, the legendary Terry Riley.   In a program of his chamber compositions, Terry (on piano) will be joined by guitarist Gyan Riley, percussionist William Winant; and violinist Tracy Silverman, on the heels of Terry’s European tour.

“We are really excited to celebrate Terry Riley and present his chamber music compositions,” says Ken Hardin, artistic director.  “Globally, Terry is a musical icon. Locally, he is our good friend Terry Riley, a gentle soul who shares his love of music with us. I feel honored to know Terry and I’m delighted to be able to include him on our season.  The bios of the players performing with Terry are absolutely amazing, and much too long to give justice to here.”

For those unaware of our neighbor, Terry Riley is one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century, known as “The Godfather of Minimalism.” He launched what is now known as the Minimalist Movement with his revolutionary classic “IN C” in 1964.  This work provided a new concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns. It’s impact changed the course of 20th Century music and it’s influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Philip Glass and John Adams and in the music of Rock Groups such as The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream, Curved Air and many others.

Terry’s son, Gyan was the first graduate-level guitarist to win a full scholarship from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  He has garnered top honors in guitar competitions around the world, and has an equally strong presence in the worlds of classical guitar and contemporary music. While studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he received a recording contract for his debut CD of original works, Food for the Bearded, released in 2002 on New Albion Records. He has since expanded his career as a composer and instrumentalist, receiving commissions from the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the New York Guitar Festival, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center.

William Winant, is “one of the best avant-garde percussionists working today” according to music critic Mark Swed (Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal).  A 2014 Grammy nominated percussionist, he has performed with some of the most innovative and creative musicians of our time, including John Cage, Frank Zappa, Keith Jarrett, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Kronos String Quartet.  He is principal percussionist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, is a visiting lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and teaches at Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley.

Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries and he was lauded by the BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin.”  Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School.  Shortly after graduating in 1980, Silverman built one of the first-ever 6-string violins and set his own course as a musical pioneer, designing and performing on an instrument that did not previously exist.

“These are top-shelf musicians who are going to expose our audience to a different and singular look into chamber music.  I like the quote I read from The Guardian in 2013,” says Hardin, “it reads: with much of Riley’s more recent music and performances, you need to be ready to be taken into a different way of being when you listen to them, to accept the combination of gentleness, naivety and sense of wonder that radiates through his work. For Riley, his instrumental virtuosity and his compositional imagination are the gateways to the exploration of a global musical consciousness. Enjoy your journey into the world of Riley – just believe the beard.”

This concert is sponsored by Richard and Shirley DicKard.