Car Show Window Decorating Winners

The Sierra Sports Car Group, United Way of Nevada County and The Nevada City Chamber have joined together to present the first annual Nevada City Foreign Car Show, Pub Crawl and Wine Stroll which will take place in downtown Nevada City this Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 to 3:00.

Congratulations to the following winners of the Car Show Window Decorating Contest:
• Best Overall Foreign Car Window – Gray Goose
• Best Relationship to Business – Contrast
• Most Colorful – The National Hotel
• Most Creative – Scotch Broom

Come on down to Nevada City and take a stroll thru the town to enjoy these fine window displays promoting this weekend’s Foreign Car Show.

The proceeds from the Car Show will go to the United Way of Nevada County and the Chamber to help support community efforts in our area.

Nevada City Smart Phone App

Business Owners – You Spoke, We Listened

Advertising is a critical component to business success, but it can also be the priciest. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the City of Nevada City, has invested in the development of a Smart Phone App for Nevada City to help offset those advertising expenses.

Whether you are an iPhone user or not, many of our visitors are! It is estimated that there will be over 1.8 billion smart phones in use by 2013. That’s more than all the computers in the world. What’s more, those users are young, highly educated, and affluent, with 40% earning in excess of $100,000 per year. Smart Phone Apps are a great advertising tool because iPhone users constantly look to their phones for instant, up-to-date information.

Introducing The Nevada City Smart Phone App
We’d like to have every business in Nevada City represented in this app. Lucky for us, two Nevada City residents developed the City App software and have already begun to build the Nevada City App. While it is not ‘live’ yet, most of the downtown merchants are already listed in the app now. We have visited many of you to discuss the benefits and features, but just in case we missed you, here’s the scoop:

We need your participation to make a great App for Nevada City!
• Cost for Chamber members is only $25 per year. That’s only $2.08 per month!
• Cost for non-Chamber member is only $60 per year. That’s only $5 per month!
These prices are only guaranteed through 6/15/11, so sign up today!!!

Here’s what you get for your annual investment:

Each participating business will receive a full page in the App, containing:
• Business Name, Address
• Phone Number with automatic phone dialing
• Website Link
• Story (2 to 3 paragraphs), plus hours of operation
• Photo – Measuring at least 640 pixels wide (JPG format)
• Map with turn-by-turn directions
• Plus you can change your content at any time!
Additional levels of participation are available.

• A Great Tool For Tourists & Locals
• Hotels, Dining, Shopping & Services
• Maps With Turn-By-Turn Directions
• Events, Festivals & Entertainment listings
• Beautiful Photo Galleries & Videos
• Include Walking Tours With Audio
• Push/message Notifications To All Users
• Social Media Integration
• Find Public Parking Lots & Restrooms
Additional features are being rolled out as the app develops.

Remember, these prices are only guaranteed through 6/15/11, so sign up today!!!
Simply bring your check to the Chamber office with ‘city app’ in the memo.

Questions? Call the Chamber at 265-2692 for details.



Letters Needed To Assure Downtown Courthouse Location

At a recent meeting with the AOC, they explained the necessary steps for the scope change approval process. The scope change I am referring to is the change from purchasing new property to build a courthouse upon to providing temporary housing of the courthouse while rebuilding the courthouse in its approximate existing location. Letters of support will be very beneficial to this process. If you support this change, please send your letters in now. The suggested length for these letters is one page. Letters on individual or company letterhead signed by one person will be more persuasive than petition-style letters signed by multiple persons.

Please address your letters to:
Mr. William C. Vickrey
Administrative Director of the Courts
Administrative Office of the Courts
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102-3688


Please scan your completed letters and send them to him via e-mail or send them via regular mail. Both addresses are shown below. Call him if you need more information before you write your letters. It would be helpful for them to know who will be writing letters of support. Please e-mail him right away with your commitment. Please forward this e-mail on to others who may want to write a letter of support. They would like to receive the completed letters by Monday June 6th.

Paul R. Menard, AIA
Senior Facilities Planner
Office of Court Construction and Management
Judicial Council of California – Administrative Office of the Courts
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone 916-643-8059, Fax 916-263-8059




New & Renewing Members


The Cabernet Quartet

Hecox & Associates
Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe
Robert J. Pelton


Foreign Car Show & Wine Stroll June 4th

We are proud to announce the inaugural Nevada City Foreign Car & Motorcycle Show, taking place on June 4, 2011 from 10am – 3pm in the beautiful town of Nevada City, CA! Accompanying our event will be the Nevada City Wine Stroll taking place from 12pm – 3pm, and advance tickets to this event can be purchased with your registration at a discounted pre-registration price of $15 per person. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event for $20 per person. Local wine vendors and shops will be helping host the wine stroll for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. At the event there will also be live music, a raffle drawing and award ceremony for the People’s Choice winners of top car and top motorcycle. There will also be a raffle going on with some really excellent prizes that will be up for grabs.

Sierra Sports Car Group is hosting this car show to benefit two local non-profit groups, United Way of Nevada County and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This classic gold rush town is the perfect setting for our event, and we are looking forward to all of the visitors we hope to see at the show.

Rescuers caution river recreationalists: Take care

The Union had a great article today about river safety.

Rescuers are hoping to not use their training over Memorial Day weekend, one that is traditionally “notorious” for river rescues.  With water flows reaching 2,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) near the Highway 49 bridge this week, according to, rescue officials are asking the public to stay out of the Yuba over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Read the full article at The Union.

A Memorial Day Benefit for Hospice of the Foothills

Friends of Hospice is honored to present their annual “Butterfly Garden of Remembrance” this Memorial Day weekend.  Our benefit for Hospice of the Foothills offers the community a special place to express the loss of their loved one.

The Garden is located on the beautiful lawn area at Hooper & Weaver and will be hosted by Friends of Hospice on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 4pm.

Your contribution will honor your loved ones and help Hospice provide compassionate care to those in our community with life-limiting illnesses and support for their families.

You are invited to write a special message and the names of your loved ones on a card with a donation of $15, or an amount of your choice, for each Remembrance with your personal message and we will attach each card to a beautiful butterfly stake and place it in the Garden.

For more information please phone Friends of Hospice at (530) 274-5121

Spirithouse Ribbon Cutting

Spirithouse had a fun ribbon cutting last week to celebrate the move to their new location at 320 Broad Street.  As you can see, everyone was in the “spirit”!

Pictured from left:  Barbara Tanner (Ribbon Cutting Coord, NC Chamber), Barbi Jackson (Board President, NC Chamber), Sally Harris (Nevada City Councilperson), Janah Campbell (owner of Spirithouse), Maya (Spirithouse employee), Dana Campbell (Spirithouse employee), Anita Wald-Tuttle (Ambassador, NC Chamber), Bob Buhlis (Treasurer, NC Chamber); In attendance but not pictured Laylah (Spirithouse employee) and Alex Szabo (owner of Szabo Vineyards)

Introduce Yourself – Advertise in the 2011 Visitors Guide

The Official Resource Guide to Nevada County, the 2011 Visitors Guide includes everything from places to eat and sleep to community events and maps.  Distributed in the Lake Tahoe area, the 2011 Visitors Guide will target the day/weekend trippers, and people looking to visit or move to Nevada County through the Nevada City and Grass Valley Chamber of Commerces.

Don’t miss your chance to advertise in the publication that will be in the hands of visitors coming to explore the beauty of our community.  Make your business the first place they stop!

Brought to you by:
Nevada City, Grass Valley/Nevada County, Penn Valley and South County Chambers of Commerce!

Download  Visitors Guide sales flyer

New & Renewing Members


BYOB Wine Seller
Paul Sieving

Brook Design Group
KVMR Radio
Nevada City Inn
Sierra Metal Fabricators
Spirithouse Import Gallery
Weiss Bros. Nursery


Call for Entries-Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival announces their annual Call for Entries, open now through the submission deadline of September 30, 2011. The tenth annual festival takes place January 13-15, 2012, in downtown Nevada City.

The largest festival of its kind in the United States, Wild & Scenic seeks unique environmental and adventure films that aim to inspire and educate. In 2010, the festival received over 350 entries for a final official selection of approximately 115 films. The Wild & Scenic then travels to over 115 locations in the United States and internationally. The “on tour” program gives filmmakers a wonderful opportunity for worldwide exposure of their film.

Filmmakers of all abilities and backgrounds are invited to submit their films. All films must be formally submitted through the online service, Details for submitting are also included on the festival’s website,

Says Wild & Scenic Film Festival Producer, Leslie Jacobson, “SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival showcases a wide range of environmental and adventure films. We look for films that are entertaining, educational, and above all inspirational.”

Founded in 2003, the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival is a produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). The festival brings together films, speakers, filmmakers, environmental activists, and celebrities from around the world to celebrate environmental filmmaking. The three-day weekend event held annually each winter in Nevada City, CA, features films, workshops, wine tastings, receptions, awards ceremony, and more. Past special guests include Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, poet Gary Snyder, actors Patrick Stewart, Daryl Hannah, and Peter Coyote, and activists Julia Butterfly, Winona LaDuke, Tim DeChristopher, Randy Hayes and Colin Beavan.

Since 1983, SYRCL has been committed to the protection, preservation and restoration of the greater Yuba Watershed. The organization works to fulfill its mission by aggressively seeking environmental solutions through the tools of education, organization, collaboration, litigation and legislation. SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival serves as a way to further expand their message and raise support for its campaigns.

Tickets, plus the official selection of films and events for the 2012 festival will be available beginning in December. For more information visit:

Spirithouse Ribbon Cutting May 19

To:  All Chamber Members, Directors, City Council & Chamber Ambassadors

Mark Your Calendars!

Ribbon Cutting – Thursday – May 19th – Noon

Spirithouse Import Gallery
320 Broad Street
Nevada City

We’ll See You There!!!!

North Columbia Schoolhouse Happenings May 21 & 22

Saturday, May 21, 7:30pm Mark Growden Trio

Tickets $18 advance/members at Briar Patch & Mother Trucker’s; $20 at the door

Mark Growden is back!  For this show he will be joined by Clay Koweek on acoustic guitar.  Weather permitting, this show will be in the lovely outdoor amphitheater.


Sunday, May 22nd 10am-3pm Outdoor Work Party!

You provide sweat, we provide fun and food.

For more information call (530) 265-2826 or visit

GreenLife Eco Fest May 21 & 22

Wallis Design Studio is pleased to announce the first annual Northern California GreenLife Eco Fest benefiting our local Habitat for Humanity.

Sierra Green Building Association in partnership with Local Green Sierra presents GreenLife Eco Fest, a hands-on educational experience in self-sufficient and sustainable living. Our festival brings non-profits, community leaders and green businesses together to share information on the latest technologies, strategies and products that will help consumers navigate through the Green Life landscape. Come and enjoy the many vendors, exhibits and speakers and hear what they have to offer. Festival areas include: Alternative Health, Regional Foods, Green Living, Green Building, Alternative Energy, Farm and Garden, and Alternative Transportation.

Join us the weekend of May 21st and 22nd at the Nevada County Fairgrounds between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. For more information visit us on the web at

Download flyer GLEF-Flyer

Amgen Tour of California May 16, 2011

AmgenNevadaCityDesign v2011The AmgenTour of California Stage 2 will be starting on Broad Street, in Nevada City on Monday, May 16th, at 12:15 p.m.

Due to uncertain weather and road conditions, race organizers have determined that the best way to ensure a complete course for Stage 2 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California is to move the official start to 12:15 p.m. PT today to a location on Broad Street in Nevada City, California. Today’s start was originally scheduled to take place in Squaw Valley, California. The riders are expected at the State Capitol around 3:30 p.m.

Look for them on the course!

Build A Shelter Meet & Greet May 14

You’re Invited to the
Build A Shelter Day
“Meet & Greet” May 14th from 2-3pm

Holiday Inn Express-Gold Miners Inn
Meeting Room A
121 Bank Street, Grass Valley

Complimentary Appetizers
(by Emily’s Catering)
No Host Bar

Come see what’s in store!
Sign up to volunteer!

Gold Rush Book Fair May 14

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011

Main Street Center Building
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Grass Valley, California

Over 40 dealers selling Antiquarian and Rare Books.
First Editions, Prints, Photographs and Ephemera

Nevada County Historical Society

PO Box 1009, Nevada City, CA 95959

Produced by
The Friends of the Libraries of Nevada County, A Charitable Non-Profit

NCSCC Happenings May 14 & 15

The North Columbia Schoolhouse Culture Center presents:

Saturday, May 14th, 8pm Kim Boekbinder

Tickets $13 advance at Briar Patch & Mother Trucker’s; $15 at the door
Kim Boekbinder is The Impossible Girl; a performer, composer, musician, and visual artist who defies genre. She has travelled the world, stealing hearts and changing paradigms with her indelible live performance and her unforgettable music.

Sunday, May 15th, 10am-3pm
Annual Plant Sale & Flea Market

Find starts for your garden and treasures for your home! There will be over 10 different farms, local artisans, and cool flea market finds.

Also please join us for our Annual Community Art Show display, which opened May 8th and continues through June!