Last Summer Nights Tonight!

Tonight is the last chance to attend the Annual Summer Nights in Nevada City celebration, an outdoor festival of art and music, in this colorful Northern Sierra foothills town.

During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic cars, food, drink and music. Leading Sierra foothills musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area. Hours are 6-9:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Entertainment Schedule for tonight:

July 27
Lorraine Gervais
CrackerJack Jazz Band
Runnin’4 Cover
George Souza
Mali Music & Dance
Troupe al Alma

Growers Market & Fine Arts on Broad Street
Classic Cars
Pony Rides

Download Summer Nights Postcard

Volunteers needed for Hamburger Booth

Please help Staff the Nevada City Chamber’s Hamburger Booth at Nevada County Fair.  The hamburger booth is a fundraiser for the Chamber.  Dates of this year’s Fair are August 10th – 14th.

Shifts that need to be filled are:
Wednesday, August 10th – 8 to 11 p.m.
Thursday, August 11th – 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 14th – 5 to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

All volunteers receive a free pass to the fair, a hamburger and root beer float!  You can enjoy the Fair before or after your shift!

To volunteer call Cathy or Cindy at the Chamber office – 265-2692.


ERC Business Breakfast

Business Breakfast

Hosted by the Nevada County Economic Resource Council

July 28, 2011
7:30 am

Grass Valley Holiday Inn Express
121 Bank Street
Grass Valley

With Special Guest Speaker
3rd Assembly District
Assemblyman Dan Logue

Please RSVP to:
Economic Resource Council
(530) 274-8455

Download flyer ERC

Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter

Come celebrate our shelter’s 1 Year Anniversary!

Sunday July 31, 2011
4 to 8 p.m.
Dinner, drinks and fun

Tickets for the event are $60/animal lover

A special “ASTRAL” dinner w/Sammie ticket is available for those who are unable to attend in person for $50

Donations go to continue the good works and animal care of the shelter

For ticket info and availability call 471-5041

Download flyer:   s friends


Wine Spectator Magazine Recognizes Friar Tuck’s

Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar in Nevada City has been recognized by Wine Spectator magazine with a 2011 Award of Excellence.

The selection is announced in the August 31 issue of Wine Spectator as part of its 30th annual international awards program.

“We are very honored,” said Friar Tuck’s founder and owner Greg Cook. “This is a prestigious award in the restaurant industry. It puts us up there with the big boys; some of the greatest restaurants all over the world.”

Friar Tuck’s was singled out for its extensive California wine selections and moderate pricing.

Cook, who opened Friar Tuck’s in 1973, continues to operate the popular downtown restaurant with his wife, Rona. Friar Tuck’s seats 185, offers two wine cellars with more than 300 wine selections and attracts a clientele from across the region.

“We work hard on our wine selections and we’re proud to be part of the wine community in Nevada County,” Cook said.

Friar Tuck’s is located at 111 North Pine Street in historic downtown Nevada City. Call 530-265-9093 or see


Magic at Nevada Theatre July 20

During the July 20th Summer Nights in Nevada City, the Nevada Theatre is opening its doors for the ANNUAL family Magic Show.  All the local magicians belong to the Nevada County Magicians Guild, and this year the show will feature Nick Fedorof.

Showtimes:  7 and 8 pm
Tickets at the door:  $3.00 per person or $10 for the Family

Call Mountain Pastimes for more information at (530) 265-6692.

Still time to be a State Fair Volunteer!

Volunteer to Help Staff the Nevada County Exhibit at the 2011 California State Fair!

July 14-31
Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento

All volunteer staff will receive COMPLIMENTARY PARKING & ENTRY to the State Fair!

Our goal is to staff the exhibit on the following days:
July 15, 16, 17 – 3 hour shifts, beginning at 10 AM to 8 PM
July 22, 23, 24 – 3 hour shifts, beginning at 10 AM to 8 PM
July 29, 30, 31 – 3 hour shifts, beginning at 10 AM to 8 PM

Fairgoers will enjoy visiting with you and you with them. Regional publications, event flyers and recreational, tourism, & historical brochures will be available at the exhibit for distribution! A binder with additional County information, volunteer staffing procedures and a comment section will be available for your use at the exhibit.

Enjoy the State Fair before or after your shift!


To volunteer and complete the CALIFORNIA EXPOSITION & STATE LAW FAIR MEGAN’S LAW FORM please contact Cathy Whittlesey, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce,  (530)265-2692


Renewing Members


Art in Bloom
Auburn Trader/Foothills Marketplace
Berniece Selaya
Colwell Thundering Herd
Indian Hill Ranch & Gardens
Nevada City Mint
Prospector’s Nursery
Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness

Sierra Storytelling Festival July 22-24th

Have you been transported away into a land of mist-laden trees, valiant women and real-life heros? Have you remembered ideas that have only just started to percolate in your dreams? This is what the best storytelling does. And the Sierra Storytelling Festival is bringing together some of the most magical tellers again, this July.

The 26th annual Sierra Storytelling Festival will be held July 22-24th, featuring Maidu tales by Farrell Cunningham, Nevada County’s first Story Slam on Sunday morning, and of course nationally-known tellers. This year, Milbre Burch, the Festival’s Mistress of Ceremonies, will lead tellers Bil Lepp, Awele Makeba, Sarah Saulter, Tim Ereneta, Doug Elliott, and Antonio Sacre. You can join this august group by telling at the Story Slam. North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center produces the festival, and with their gracious setting of outdoor amphitheater and historic one-room schoolhouse, it is a location worth visiting on its own.

But what the Storytelling Festival is really about is the tellers. And this year will lead you to belly laughs and tears of understanding. Bil Lepp weaves stories that will leave you wondering if they are true. One thing is for sure, they will always be honest. An award-winning teller, he has been repeatedly featured at the National Storytelling Festival, published a novel, and released a DVD.

Sarah Saulter tells stories about people who–through choice or chance—turn their backs on safety, and step into the unknown. A professional storyteller for over 20 years, she has performed at the National Storytelling Festival and hopes that when you hear her tales, the adventurer in you will awaken.

Awele Makeba does not merely tell a tale with words: She sings her characters out of history and into your lap: she dances the struggle for equality into your arms. An internationally acclaimed actor and educator, she has performed across the United States as well as Canada, Australia, Russia, Taiwan, France and South Africa.

Tim Ereneta brings forgotten fairy tales alive again, evoking ancient stories that are as relevant today as they were at first telling, thousands of years ago. We welcome Tim to the Festival for the first time, and fittingly he will be leading our first-ever Story Slam on Sunday morning.

Doug Elliott has been a harmonica champion at the Fiddler’s Grove Festival, performer at the American Museum of Natural History, and workshop leader at the Smithsonian Institution — but what Doug really loves is to roam the woods. These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters: He shines light on the human connection in this vibrant world.

Antonio Sacre delights in Spanish or English, to young or old with his dramatic, heartwarming tales. Awarded a Best in Fringe Festival for Excellence in Solo Performance, he has worked as an artist-in-residence with youth in four inner-city high schools of New York, Chicago, and South Central Los Angeles.

A veteran of storytelling, theater and spoken word festivals in 22 states and 12 European cities, Milbre Burch brings her classic wit and dynamic presence to our stage again. Winner of the Circle of Excellence award from the National Storytelling Network, she will light up the Festival with her brilliance.

The youngest speaker of the Maidu language, Farrell Cunningham has the stories of his
grandparents and ancestors, translating the ancient tales into English. He is also a painter and writer, has studied anthropology, and currently teaches Maidu around Nevada City. Coyote, Worldmaker and humans interact in his tales to make you sigh and wonder. Farrell will be joined by other Native Americans, introducing us into his world of magic and myth for a special session on Sunday morning only.

Find out why this festival is loved by many and hundreds travel to it every year. The festival begins on Friday evening and continues through the entire weekend. Special children’s programming occurs on Saturday morning, and if you have a story to tell sign up for Open Telling on Saturday noon.

For more information, please visit

Matteo’s Public Hosts Benefit Night

Matteo’s Public is hosting a Benefit for the California Invasive Plant Council

Tuesday July 26th
5:00 to 9:30
300 Commercial Street, Nevada City

Event Details: Come enjoy great food and atmosphere, and show community support for the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC). The regular dinner menu will be served. Matteo’s Public is donating 15% of the evening’s proceeds from dine in or takeout orders. A raffle for prizes donated from local merchants and non-profit organizations will also occur. Information about what your community is doing to prevent the effects of ecologically-damaging invasive plants, along with how Cal-IPC supports these efforts, will be available. Door prizes will be given and a membership drive will occur.

Cal-IPC’s mission is to protect California’s lands and waters from ecologically-damaging invasive plants. If you like the outdoors, here is a great opportunity to support the critical work of stewarding our lands! Info:

Matteo’s mission is to provide a family friendly atmosphere to enjoy tasty food. Whenever possible, we serve local, sustainable and organic foods.

Info at or (530) 265-0782

Download Flyer:  Matteos


Free Diagnostic Analysis Report

Overwhelmed with how to market your business using the Internet and social media networks?

Don’t know where to start?

If you have a business and you’re NOT successfully using the Internet to market your products or services, many of your prospects and customers will not find you. If they can’t find you, then they will not know about you, and they will not do business with you.

Transformative Social Media (TSM) is dedicated to getting your business visible on the right Internet sites and to do it all for you with no effort on your part. TSM will get your business up and established using the Internet marketing campaigns most relevant to your business. This will enable you to capture new customers, increase your online visibility, and strengthen the customer loyalty of your existing customers.

Using the most current marketing strategies, your business will immediately appear on Google, bumping your website up in ratings in no time.

Packages start at $330 a month!!

Log on to and click the “Get Instant Access” button. You will receive a FREE report on why Internet and social media marketing is important to the success of your business.

In addition, as a Chamber member, you will get a FREE Diagnostic Analysis Report that evaluates your business’ current Internet and social media presence. This report addresses steps you can take on your own to improve your Internet presence by showing you the 5 most immediate action steps you can take to boost your presence on the web and help Google users find your business.

Both services are FREE and come with a no obligation consultation.

To get your FREE Diagnostic Analysis Report, you must have a “brick and mortar” business.

Log on to to learn how to generate a dependable flow of well-qualified leads and customers at a reasonable cost
that fits your marketing budget.

“We do the Internet and social media marketing for you”
Cell: 530-263-4359



Claudine Chalmers made Chevalier de France

The Consul General of France for California bestowed on Nevada City’s Ms Claudine Chalmers the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts & Letters at a ceremony held at the official residence of the Consul General of France for California, Monsieur Romain Serman in San Francisco California.

The French government’s Minister of Culture awards this title to honor those who significantly contribute to the enrichment of the French cultural heritage throughout the world. Members are not limited to French nationals, they include such foreign luminaries (among the Chevaliers) as director David Niles, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, actors George Clooney and Jude Law. Actor Clint Eastwood is a Commander of the Order.

Ms Chalmers, a well known author and California historian, has been a resident of Nevada City for the last ten years. She is known locally for her books on Grass Valley and early Mill Valley. Two of her books to California in the 19th century. “French San Francisco” and “Splendide Californie, Impressions of the Golden State by French Artists” available in local stores and at some of our rare book dealers.

Eager to document the presence of French people throughout our County, Ms Chalmers has started gathering the life stories of important early citizens here: water engineers Benoit Faucherie, of Faucherie Lake, and Antoine Chabot who co-invented the hydraulicking approach to mining; the LeDu family of Malakoff diggings (named by the French); millionaire miner Jules Fricot nicknamed the “Emperor” of Grass Valley; Nevada City’s talented orchardist Felix Gillet, and many more remarkable characters. She is presently at work on two art books and a 2013-4 exhibit for the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento which will document the work and careers of a team of talented French artists of the West in the 19th century.

The Consul General commented in his presentation on how influential Ms Chalmers has been in advancing the spirit of connection between French and Americans citizens. He noted how important her work is for the better understanding of our two cultures.

In her acceptance speech, Ms Chalmers, a French citizen, said “When I first came to California in 1974 I felt like I was sitting between two chairs that were a long distance apart” describing the difficulty of belonging to two cultures, in her case French and American. Now, thanks to her passion for her work and understanding of our cultures, she said “the chairs are almost merged and I feel very comfortable living in Nevada City”.

Nevada City residents invited by the Consul General who attended the ceremony included former Nevada City Mayor Sally Harris, Jan Westmore & Delynn Tjoelker from the Sierra Writers group, Leonard Berardi of Mountain House Books, Kirk Valentine & Genevieve Crouzet owners of the Classic Café, and Charlotte & Larry Starns, active members of the Cascade Shores Homeowners’ Association.

Claudine’s longtime friends Susan McClatchy, famed Sacramento painter Jerald Silva, and San Francisco gent Bryan Hemming where also at the ceremony. Susan & Claudine are looking forward to the opening of the exhibit “Jules Tavernier-Artiste Peintre” planned at the Crocker Art Museum in 2013-14.

Counsel Gerneral Serman, following the ceremony expressed his great pleasure in being able to advance the connection between our two countries. He noted personally “what pride he has had in continuing the relationship between France and the US by the awarding of French medals of Honor for United States soldiers serving in the Second World War”. This little-known effort is an example of the awareness France has for the essential role Americans played in the Freedom of France in the 20th Century. France and American connections go clearly back to our revolutionary days when Jefferson, Washington and Franklin visited France in preparation for the writing of our constitution.

Nevada City Uncorked August 6th

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners are proud to announce their first collaboration in presenting the upcoming Nevada City Uncorked, Wine & Food Experience, August 6, 2011 from 1-4pm in historic downtown Nevada City. Enjoy a robust sampling of local Foothill wines, beers and food from 30 wineries and restaurants. Locations will be set up all within walking distance on Spring, Pine, Broad and Commercial Streets. From vintage cabs and buttery chardonnays to delicious crepes and creative California cuisine, there is something for everyone.

Tickets are $30adv/$40day of and $25 for Wine Club members. This includes a commemorative wine glass to use at each wine tasting plus 5 food tickets. Attendees can purchase additional food tickets for 2/$5 or 5/$10. Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets.

Purchase tickets online

For questions contact the Chamber Office at 530-265-2692 or

Download Flyer

TEDxGrass Valley Conference July 13

TEDxGrassValley, a regional version of the popular TED conference, returns Wednesday, July 13, 2011 to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 10:30am- 6:30pm.   The independently produced event, operated under license from TED, is organized around the TEDGlobal 2011 conference, on July 12-15, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

What is life? And how can it be better lived? From the secrets of the biological processes that take place in our body, to the cultural constructs that take place in our society; from the technologies and resources that make life possible and enjoyable, to the themes that define our humanity — or threaten it: TEDGlobal 2011 will be a celebration of life, in all its forms.

TEDxGrassValley will feature live streaming of Day 2 of TEDGlobal 2011. These talks include the world’s leading scientists, economists, activists, researchers, artists, and more including historian Niall Ferguson, political economist Yasheng Huang, comedian Robin Ince, anti-hunger leader Josette Sheeran, geneticist Svante Paabo, cancer researcher Elizabeth Murchison, biochemist Cynthia Kenyon, sand artist Joe Castillo, underworld investigator Misha Glenny, movement expert Daniel Wolpert, and roboticist Peter Fankhauser among others.

TEDxGrassValley will also feature a handful of regional speakers to address “What is Life?” in our community.

About TEDxGrassValley
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxGrassValley where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxGrassValley, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

TEDxGrassValley is produced by See Jane Do, Sierra Commons, Insight Directory and Jesse Locks.

About TED
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. The annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Oxford, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

Wednesday, July 13
Doors 10am Conference 1030am-630pm,

Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

This event is free, but attendees must pre-register at

More information on TEDxGrassValley can be found at or you can follow us on Twitter at @tedxgrassvalley or on Facebook at

Or Contact:
Jesse Locks
(916) 548-7716

Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference.

Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to:
Laura Galloway
TED Media Liaison
(212) 260-3708


NC Furniture & Mattresses Mixer 7/14

You Are Invited To Come To Our New Store for a
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Mixer

12th Anniversary Party
Nevada City Furniture & Mattresses

New • Quality Used • Antiques • Mattresses
Futons • Appliances • Doors • and Much More Stuff

Munchies & Beverages & Live Music

Thursday July 14, 2011
5:30 to 8:00 PM

118 Argall Way, Nevada City
(Behind SPD Next to SPD Saw Shop)
Jim Minasian – Owner

Come See the New Store!


Nevada City Uncorked!

Nevada City Uncorked
Wine & Food Experience

Saturday, August 6th
1 to 4 pm

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners are proud to announce their first collaboration in presenting the upcoming Nevada City Uncorked, Wine & Food Experience, August 6, 2011 from 1-4pm in historic downtown Nevada City. Enjoy a robust sampling of local Foothill wines, beers and food from 30 wineries and restaurants. Locations will be set up all within walking distance on Spring, Pine, Broad and Commercial Streets. From vintage cabs and buttery chardonnays to delicious crepes and creative California cuisine, there is something for everyone.

Tickets are $30adv$25 adv for wine club members/$40day of. This includes a commemorative wine glass to use at each wine tasting plus 5 food tickets. Attendees can purchase additional food tickets for 2/$5 or 5/$10. Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets.

For questions contact the Chamber Office at 530-265-2692 or