InConcert Sierra Organ Concert

InConcert Sierra presents Canadian Isabelle Demers performing favorite works
for the organ by Duruflé, Elgar, Prokofiev Tchaikovsky and her own original
transcriptions of Wagner and Bach. This virtuosic up-and-comer will perform
in Grass Valley on Sunday afternoon April 17.

1:15 pm Pre-Concert Forum with Dr. Aileen James;  2pm Concert.
Reception following Concert.

Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Drive
Grass Valley (off Hwy 174)

Tickets are $21 general admission; 17 years of age and under free with adult.
Call 273-3990 or go to for more information.

Cost-Effective Advertising with Valley Yellow Pages

Give Valley Yellow Pages 20 minutes of your time to explain the outstanding benefit of advertising in the Valley Yellow Pages, and you will receive a $312 credit towards your purchased ad package in the 2011-2012 Grass Valley and Nevada City directory.

Deadline just weeks away for this year!

Call 530-886-8882 for more information.

Download pdf of YPFlyer

Table Top Mixer April 28


Emily’s Catering & Cakes along with the Grass Valley Veterans Hall Present:

Business After Hours & Business Showcase Mixer
April 28, 2011     5:00-7:30PM

At the Grass Valley Veterans Hall

Table tops are available to Chamber members on a first come, first serve basis for $110. Sponsoring a table top is a great way to showcase your business at a fraction of the cost of a mixer. Please contact Emily Scott-Arbaugh, 530-409-3716 or by 4/12 to reserve your spot!

Table-Top-Mixer-April-28Download printable flyer of Table-Top-Mixer-April-28

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View the New Virtual Tour of Nevada City!

Screen shot 2011-03-22 at 12.28.01 PMNevada City’s new virtual tour or VTour is drawing some real attention and delivering some truly impressive levels of engagement in its first month of being live on the web. Almost 1,100 visitors have spent and average of 7 minutes and 44 seconds touring the area totaling more than 135 hours of total consumer engagement in the first month. In VTour’s self-selected travel environment, users decide where they want to go and what they want to see. Unlike traditional, linear video, VTour’s hub and spoke infrastructure empowers the user to move from one 360 hub to another using self selected travel, creating an electronic story book that includes integrated video, audio, 3-D animation, maps, multiple search functionality, and links to existing client on-line reservations system for lodging, F&B, ticketing and appointments.

Visitors can explore the magic of Victorian Christmas and walk the streets of Nevada City in a journey of self selected discovery. Or with a quick click of your mouse you can fly to Grass Valley or Truckee to explore everything Nevada County has to offer. To explore our virtual world go to

New & Renewing Members

Thank you to all the New and Renewing Members of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.  Your membership is greatly appreciated!


Bubble & Bows Pet Salon
Catch The Spirit
Darbeads Glass/Art Boutique
Joany Kane
Kurukulla Tibetan Gift Shop
Mud and Pearls
Nevada City Marketplace
Nevada County Escapes
Photography by Chris Harada
Smart Think Marketing Group
Terra Alta Real Estate
The Diner Divine
Vivvi Design
Work Is Worship
Yuba Clothing Co.


A.P.P.L.E. Center
Animal Place
Auburn Printers
Boozefighters Motorcycle Club
California Gold
Chapel of the Angels Mortuary
Cheryl Rellstab – Keller Williams
Christine Foster & Associates/Verger Mortgage & Investment
Cirino’s Bar & Grill
Citizens Bank of Northern California
Creative Cakes by Valentines
Darkhouse Gold Club
Dennis Cassella
Dick Corn
Edward Jones – Peter McDonald
Edward Jones Investments – Jay Benecke
Empire Home Loan Corp.
Eskaton Village Grass Valley
FREED Center for Independent Living
Gold Country Celtic Society
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites
Gray Goose
Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, Inc.
Hospice of the Foothills
Ike’s Quarter Café
Indian Hill Ranch & Gardens
Jim E’s Catering
JJ Jackson’s
Kate’s Place
Las Katarinas
Lazy Dog Confections
Lisa Stine, Harpist
Lost Mine Retreat
Ludi Hinrichs Music Services
Madelyn Helling
Main Street Antiques & Books
McGee’s Annex
Michael Merrill
Nate Beason
Nevada City Classic Cafe
Nevada City Crystal & Glass
Nevada City Elks Lodge #518
Nevada City Engineering
Nevada City Postal Company
Nevada City Retreats
Nevada City School District
Nevada City Self Storage
Nevada City Winery
Nevada County Properties/Recreation Realty
Nevada County Television (NCTV)
North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
Old Barn Self Storage
Olympia Mortgage & Investment Co.
Piety Hill Cottages
Plaza Tire & Auto Service
Rev. Karen S. Stone
Rogers Picture Framing
Round Table Pizza
Shaw’s Antiques
Sierra Commons
Sperry Van Ness-Highland Commercial
Spirit Winds Thai Massage
SRC Party Center
Stephen C. Haas
Steven A. Roth, CPA
Stevenson Vacation Rentals
SureWest Directories
Terra Alta Development Co.
The Center for the Arts
The Friendship Club
The Fur Traders
The Parsonage B&B
The Roth Estate
The Truffle Shop
The Willo
The Wooden Spoon
Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop
Tributary Whitewater Tours LLC
Underground Gold Miners Museum
Utopian Stone
Walter J. Fraser
Waste Management of Nevada County
WestAmerica Bank
Willow Valley Software
Woman of Faith Photography

NC Gold Raises Money for Chamber

IMS, publishers of Nevada County Gold Magazine, recently presented a check for $2999.47 to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This amount represents the commission generated on advertising sales in the 2010-11 Nevada County Gold Magazine.

Nevada County Gold and its online companion,, have been designated by the Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce as the “Official Guides to Nevada County.” Both provide valuable information about Nevada County, including a yearly calendar of events, maps, a dining guide, and information about recreation, real estate and lodging.

Celebrating 25 years of publication, “The Gold” has raised more than $180,000 for the Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce.

With a yearly distribution of 80,000, Nevada County Gold is a free publication that is available at more than 500 Nevada County locations. Additionally, The Gold is featured at the Old Sacramento Visitor Center, San Francisco Visitors & Convention Center, throughout the Bay Area, Truckee Visitor Center, Reno, Sierra County, Auburn, and Lake Tahoe.

For information about advertising in the 2011 edition, contact Nevada County Gold at

Town Hall Meeting March 31st

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
Presents update at Town Hall Meeting Thursday March 31st at City Hall from 5:30-7:00pm

Over the past year, the Chamber Board of Directors with the help of the Nevada City business community, local government and Chamber staff created a Strategic Plan to help develop goals and a clear, unified vision and roadmap for the future of the Chamber.

A Town Hall meeting has been called for Thursday, March 31st from 5:30-7:00pm and all Nevada City residents and business owners are encouraged to attend. The purpose of this Town Hall meeting will be to present an overview of the Strategic Plan and the Program of Work for 2011 as well as a description of the volunteer opportunities for 2011.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and be heard about making life (and business) better in Nevada City! For more information call the Chamber of Commerce office at (530) 265-2692.

Following the Town Hall meeting, we will have a brief Victorian Christmas meeting to discuss the current Victorian Christmas Business Model. You must submit an application to be placed on the agenda to discuss any ideas you may have for improving the business model. Please see the attached flyers for details.

Download pdf of  Victorian-Christmas-Invitation with instructions on how to submit application to speak at this event.

Download pdf of Current-Victorian Christmas-Business-Model

Closing Weekend of “Old Explorers”

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A Comedy by James Cada and Mark Keller with Stephen Wellman and Robert Rossman

THURSDAY, March 10 AT 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, March 11 AT 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, March 12 AT 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, March 13 AT 2 p.m.

This Just In…

“Old Explorers is a Winner!”

Reprinted from The Union, March 10, 2011

“Wonderful acting and wildly funny imaginary adventures are what I found upon attending the comedy “Old Explorers,” making its West Coast premiere with Sierra Stages. Watching the actors ride “camels” in and of itself is reason enough to go!

The journey begins in the apartment of retired JC Penney accountant Leinen Kugel. A knock on the door brings fellow widower Warner Watney and … whoosh, you’re off on the first of many exciting adventures. With the help of their worldly explorer alter egos, Heinrich Schliemann and Henry Stanley, these two old friends would rather conjure up grand expeditions in search of the Fountain of Youth or the Lost City of Atlantis than just sit in the park and play “old man.”

Written by Minnesotans James Cada and Mark Keller in 1978, “Old Explorers” is their way to protest the notion that there’s no place for the elderly in America. They felt that the combination of the two old explorers and how they dealt with aging and death would challenge today’s generation.

Stephen Wellman as Leinen/Schliemann and Bob Rossman as Warner/Stanley turn in stellar performances. Their superb acting and comedic timing combine to bring out every little nuance in their characters. I was particularly struck by the ease in which they both switched back and forth between their characters and their characters’ alter egos, accents and all.

Co-directed by Rossman and Wellman, they’ve come up with a fast paced and fun production. Rossman’s set design is simple yet incredibly effective in suggesting the “explorer” theme. Exotic fabrics draped here and there, a world globe, a few bar stools, and an old wooden chest adorn the stage. Add in lighting by Rod Lewis and sound effects run by stage manager Carly Wellman and you have a stage set for exploration.

The Off Center Stage lends itself perfectly to this production. The intimate little theatre draws the audience right into the action. You can see and hear the smallest inflections in voice and mannerisms the actors have chosen to bring these characters to life. As one theatre patron put it, “You felt just like you were living it with them.”

“Old Explorers” is a wonderful way to get your daily dose of laughter, with a few touching and poignant moments thrown in. Don’t miss this terrific little show!”


Off Center Stage
315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley
(behind The Center for the Arts)

Also available at BriarPatch and The Book Seller and at the door


Sierra Stages “Old Explorers” & “Marry Me a Little”

Screen shot 2011-03-04 at 1.56.19 PMOld Explorers

A Comedy by James Cada and Mark Keller with Stephen Wellman and Robert Rossman


Marry Me a Little

Songs by Stephen Sondheim with Kim Wellman & JR Lewis and Ken Getz at the piano




Off Center Stage
315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley
(behind The Center for the Arts)

ALL TICKETS $15 (or see both shows for only $25)
Also available at BriarPatch and The Book Seller and at the door


Colorful Mardi Gras Parade Entries

Kim Welllman of the Nevada City Chamber is ready for Mardi Gras.  Are you?

Kim Welllman of the Nevada City Chamber is ready for Mardi Gras. Are you?

The Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade is known for its colorful, entertaining, off-the-wall and often zany parade entries.

Among the participants in this year’s event are the featured Lyman Gilmore School Band, the California Consolidated Drum Band and the ever popular Petting Zoo.

Also look for Samurai Sam, Ancient Warrior of Unknown and Dubious Origin; the Latitude 38 Parrot Heads, Grass Valley Moose Lodge/Moose Riders, Kaptin Kyle’s Dread Pirates of the Sierra Main, the Merry Widows, E Clampus Vitus, Chapter 10; and many more. More than 30 parade entries are signed up.

Grand Marshal is Jeff Ackerman, editor and publisher of The Union; the Mardi Gras King and Queen are Tim and Nancy Brown, and Grand Duke and Duchess are Carl “Big Daddy” and Jackie Spotts.

The fun begins at 2 p.m. Sunday on Broad Street. Be sure to wear your best Mardi Gras attire!