Renewing Members


Auburn Printers
Creative Cakes by Valentines
Dennis Cassella
Mountain Event Productions
Nevada City Classic Cafe


A Wedding Affair January 29th

A Wedding Affair for All Seasons ~ Sunday, January 29, 2012 ~ 11:00am to 4:00pm

Planning a wedding or special event? Please join us for the all new A Wedding Affair for All Seasons, produced by Joy of Life Events at the Miners Foundry. On this special day, the Miners Foundry will be transformed into seasonal rooms showcasing some of the top wedding and event vendors in Nevada County. This is truly not a day to be missed!

Nevada County is blessed with the advantage of celebrating four distinct seasons, offering unlimited possibilities when creating a wedding or special event. Be it winter, spring, summer, or fall, each seasonal transition in the foothills displays unique and endless possibilities for that special day.

A designer, caterer, and musician showcase! Interested in being a vendor? Please visit


Installation and Awards Dinner Jan 28

Don’t forget – this Saturday is the Chamber’s 110th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner at the Miners Foundry.  Libations at 6pm, Dinner & Presentations start at 7pm.  See you there!

Jan 29th Registration for Soapbox Derby

Nevada City Soapbox Derby Registration

Date: January 29th, 2012
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm. First drawing at 4:00pm sharp.
Place: Matteo’s Public, 300 Commercial Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Cost: $200 (cash or check, payable to NC Chamber)
Deposit: $50 (non-refundable if selected, remainder due within 2 weeks)
Required: Contact name, Phone, and email address and Deposit.
Details: Lottery System (Two drawings)

Registration for this year’s race will be in a modified lottery format. Thirty (30) spots will be available, with the remaining spots being reserved for past winners and event organizers. A total of 42 teams will be racing on June 16th.

Lottery #1: Friends of the Park The first lottery will consist of five (5) available spots. Applicants must bring a $50 deposit, and either a check, cash or pledge in any amount greater than the $200 race entry fee. Each of the applicants will be ranked according to the size of their pledge. The applicants with the five (5) largest pledge amounts will be selected. All monies pledged beyond the $200 entry fee will be used for Pioneer Park improvements. Those that are not chosen will be automatically entered into the second lottery (with their $50 deposit) and refunded their pledged amount.

Lottery #2: Standard Entry A $50 Deposit (cash/check) is required. All those interested will be entered in a lottery style drawing. The first 25 applicants selected will qualify for this year’s race. Upon selection, the $50 deposit will become non-refundable. All remaining applicants will be drawn and placed upon a waiting list in the order in which they were selected. Those on the waiting list will be refunded their $50 deposit. Teams choosing to enter the lottery multiple times will risk losing their deposits if chosen more than once. Each team that is selected will be required to pay the remaining $150 of their entry fee in either cash or check (payable to NC Chamber) within two weeks. Failure to submit complete payment will result in disqualification and loss of initial $50 deposit.

Applicants are not required to be present at the registration event. Deposits and lottery application may be delivered in advance to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce during normal business hours or submitted at the registration event.

Matteo’s Public will be donating 15% of any food and beverage purchases made between 2pm and 6:30pm on January 29th to benefit the Pioneer Park Project. Please arrive hungry and remember to tip your server! Thank you! email: 

Download PDF Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby Summary, Rules and Registration Packet 2012



NC Gold Raises Money for NC Chamber

IMS, publishers of Nevada County Gold Magazine, recently presented a check for $2989.11 to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This amount represents the commission generated on advertising sales in the 2011-12 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, dining guide, recreation, real estate and lodging.

Celebrating 25+ years of publication, “The Gold” has raised more than $200,000 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 2012 edition, contact Nevada County Gold at


Donations Requested for Annual Community Awards

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is excited about the upcoming 110th annual Installation and Awards Dinner which will be held on January 28th, 2012 at the Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City.

The committee is seeking help to continue the community awards program which is where deserving people are recognized for volunteering their time, are outstanding in the visual and performing arts and also those who build or remodel buildings in Nevada City that contribute to the ambiance of our charming town.

One of the creative ideas to fund the awards and dinners for these deserving folks is to produce a Silent Auction and a raffle that will offer the opportunity for Chamber members to help support this effort. The money generated by the silent auction and raffle will help with the costs of recognizing the outstanding citizens of the year.

We are looking for prizes, donations, gift certificates or other creative items.

Of course, for a few weeks prior to the event, we will be announcing the donations via the newspaper, radio, newsletters and through social media.

We hope you will consider contributing to our program. To ensure maximum promotional consideration, contributions must be received by January 20th.

2012-2013 Nevada County Events Calendar

The Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce is publishing the Official 2012-2013 Nevada County Calendar of Events Brochure and Map.

The Official Calendar of Events Brochure and Map is funded solely by advertising. The Chambers are reaching out to Nevada County businesses to offer this opportunity to promote their business by advertising in the 2012-2013 edition.

For more information, please click on the link below:

Tibetan Monks return to St. Joseph’s Jan 15-21

Sierra Friends of Tibet welcomes the 12th Annual Visit of Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Nevada County for a sand painting in historic Saint Joseph’s Hall

January 15 – 21, 2012

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at:
St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
410 S. Church Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Contact Joseph Guida 530-272-4725,

For a Complete Schedule go to

Sierra Friends of Tibet in collaboration with is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Visit of Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery exiled in south India. This year the tour includes a highly accomplished spiritual master from Tibet, Venerable Geshe Phuntsok Gyaltsen. Geshe Gyaltsen was born in Dekhung, Tibet in 1937. At age 11 he was ordained as a monk in Tibet’s oldest Gelugpa monastery, Gaden Shartse. In 1959, Geshela escaped to India following China’s invasion of Tibet. Continuing his studies in the re-established Gaden Shartse Monastery in exile in India, Geshe Gyaltsen received a Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest degree awarded by the monastery with highest honors in 1985.

The tour’s purpose is to raise funds for the Gaden Shartse School which has 400 students aged 5 to 19 years. The students study Tibetan, English and Hindi languages as well as mathematics. The goal is to raise funds to purchase computers for the school.

In addition to offering teachings on compassion and nonviolence, over the week the monks will create a sand painting of the Embodiment of Compassion (Chenrezig in Tibetan). Viewing of the painting in St. Joseph’s Hall will be held daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm through January 21. Chenrezig is the personification of great compassion of all enlightened beings. Tibetans believe Chenrezig took the special oath to listen to the cries of poor and destitute and to fulfill the oath, appears into every necessary and suitable form to save beings from suffering. It is believed by the Tibetan people that when viewing the sand painting with pure motivation to benefit others and strong devotion, one may purify layers of negative karma. The sand painting is highly detailed and painfully constructed in an elaborate design with intricate symbols. At the end of the week the beautiful sand painting will be swept up in a ceremony which reminds viewers of the impermanent nature of physical reality. Sand will then be distributed to those attending the ceremony.

Schedule may be subject to change slightly. Please check the website often for updates. To schedule personal healing appointments, Land and House Blessings by the monks, please call Joseph: 530-272-4725


Film Screening at Magic Theatre Jan 13-20th

Get inspired for this year’s 2nd Annual Sustainable Food & Farm Conference with a special screening of THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: HOW CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL, January 13-20th at The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City.

This award-winning documentary follows the story of when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people. They share how they transitioned from highly mechanized agriculture to using organic farming and urban gardens.

Many of these principles of creating a sustainable local food system discussed in the film will be covered in length during the 2nd Annual Nevada County Sustainable Food & Farm Conference, Saturday & Sunday, January 21 & 22, in Grass Valley, CA.

The two-day conference also features a full day of internationally renewed speakers including Joel Salatin, Nicolette Hahn Niman, Michael Ableman and Patrick Holden and, a full day of farmer focused workshops, including; getting started in farming, working with county agriculture resources, predator control, bringing produce to market, livestock fodder solutions, farm solar power, fencing, AG loans, and more.

Join us for this special community screening that will educate, inspire, and ignite the farmer, rancher, backyard gardener, food activist in all of us.

The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Monday – Friday, 5pm
Saturday, 2pm
Sunday 11am
$5 GA,

Purchase your tickets to the Sustainable Food & Farm Conference at The Magic during the film too!  $30/GA, $40/Preferred Seating

More info at or


Wild & Scenic® Film Festival Jan 13-15

Festival Dates: Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15, 2012

Festival Locations: Downtown Nevada City, Headquarters located at the Veteran’s Building 415 N. Pine St., Film Screenings at the Miners Foundry, Nevada Theatre, Odd Fellows, Nevada City Elementary and Veteran’s Building.

Tickets: Online at beginning Dec. 1st. In person at SYRCL office, 216 Main St., beginning Dec. 1, Mon-Thurs, from 12-5pm until January 12th.

Short Synopsis: Celebrate a decade of inspiring activism with SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League) this January. Now the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling. Wild and Scenic Film Festival informs, inspires and ignites solutions, and creates positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities.

Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California. Now known as “the next Sundance” the Wild and Scenic experience proves the power of film and passion.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Decade of Inspiring Activism

Films: Films to Change Your World
Over 117 films have been accepted for the January 13-15, 2012 festival. The program committee spent close to 2,000 hours previewing 345 film submissions. As always, over 100 filmmakers, activists and special guests will be in attendance this year.

28 World and US film premieres.
Film genres include: award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and Native American and indigenous cultures.

Local Filmmakers Showcase
Filmmakers: A Few Confirmed Filmmakers Steve & Ann Dunsky, filmmakers of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic For Our Time Anne Makepeace, director of “We Still Live Here”, which will be featured at the WSFF, as part of our Native American film session. Farrell Cunningham, the only speaker of Maidu under 80 years old, is teaching Maidu classes locally and will speak in conjunction with the film.

Previous Special Guests: Sir Patrick Stewart, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah, Ron Kauk, Colin Beavan, Julia Butterfly Hill, Winona LaDuke, and Jeremy Jones.

Current Special Guests: Native poet and activist John Trudell, Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman, cosmologist Brian Swimme, naturalist David Lukas, John DeGraaf (environmental filmmaker & director of the Happiness Project), river activist Marion Stoddart, Estella Leopold (not confirmed, but very likely), Hans Florine (speed climbing world record holder), Zeb Hogan (aquatic ecologist, National Geographic Explorer), Andy Maser (filmmmaker, National Geographic Explorer), Jason Rainey (Executive Director, International Rivers)

Download press release

NC Chamber Wine Stroll at Film Festival Jan 14

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Wine Stroll at Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Saturday, Jan 14, 4-6pm

Take a break from an incredible weekend of watching films during this weekend’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival to enjoy a robust sampling of local Foothill wines and beers. Participating wineries and businesses include BYOB Wines, Nevada City Winery, Indian Springs Winery, Szabo Winery, Avanguardia Winery, Clavey Winery, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Nevada City Classic Cafe, Mowen Solinsky Gallery, Nevada City Crystal and Glass and APPLE Center. Tickets are $15 and available at the Chamber office or at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Headquarters at 201 Broad Street.


New and Renewing Members


Circle of the Sun
Heather River
Kye Collection
Lad Pottery
Sculptured Spikes
Stuart Ratcliff Drawings
Tahoe Eco

The Truffle Shop
Vietnam Veterans of America #535


“After the Flood” at Stonehouse Jan 14

After the Flood – A collaboration between Justin Ancheta and Rupa –

Performing at the Stonehouse 6-8:30 PM, January 14th . From San Francisco – After the Flood is Justin Ancheta’s collaboration with Rupa – These acoustic songs represent an action in art of taking back tomorrow. Reggae, funk, blues and world music influences. Lyrics reveling their passion for community awareness, social justice and change.

The bar will be open and we will also be selling lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks.

If you need a break from watching all the great films come on down!

We will also have The Lexicon of Sustainability up – an internationally acclaimed pop-up photo essay on sustainable food systems.

10.00 suggested donation – tickets at Briarpatch and Brown Paper Tickets

Who: After the Flood – Justin Ancheta and Rupa – A collaboration
Where:The Stonehouse – 107 Sacramento@Broad, Nevada City
When: Jaunary 14th, 2012 – 6-8:30 and beyond.
Cost: 10.00


More Film Festival News!

It’s not just a film festival any more. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the largest of its kind, will amp up the night life in Nevada City with three consecutive shows after the films end and the dancing begins.
Three shows have been added in the evening, two at the Haven Underground and the final on Sunday, Jan 15th at the National Hotel. Tickets are available at Wild and Scenic Festival Headquarters at 210 Broad Street, Nevada City.

On Friday, Jan 13th from 10 pm to midnight, the Railflowers will perform. Saturday night, also at the Haven Underground, Brett Shady and Dead Winter Carpenters perform, and the return of the Belfry Brothers rounds out the weekend at the National Hotel.

Brett Shady follows in a long line of rock musicians whose later years led them away from the outward-bound excess of rock and punk to the introspective songwriting of folk and Americana. He has recently left Los Angeles to return to his hometown of Nevada City, California.
Dead Winter Carpenters represent everything the American west stands for. With an unbridled spirit, and an authentic approach to the art of songwriting, the five-piece roots-rock band captures the freedom of the road with the kind of energy that is made of legends. In just one short year on the road, the project has already found considerable national success and with top level festival and theater dates booked around the country.

“This Americana quintet hails from Lake Tahoe and sounds like Alison Krauss after pounding whiskey shots and cans of Red Bull. In other words, it’s roots-rock with an energetic pulse. Consider their funky-folk-country-shuffle jam “Sun Don’t Shine,” which shines a spotlight on talented musicians who also deliver tight harmony vocals, something you don’t hear much anymore outside of an Eagles concert. Fiery fiddling and pumping upright bass are other aspects of this band that I can’t praise enough. They also accomplish jaw-dropping live renditions of women’s traditional blues songs such as “I Know You Rider.” I’d better see all my hippie-jamband-Deadhead friends at this show or else I’m going to confiscate your water pipes. Sandal up, brothers and sisters!” – Weekly Seven, Jarret Keene


Wine Stroll During Film Festival

Don’t forget about the Wine Stroll taking place on January 14th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm during the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased from SYRCL at 216 Main Street or from the Chamber Office at 132 Main Street

Renewing Members


Nevada City Crystal & Glass
Rogers Picture Framing
Sierra Vintners
Surewest Directories