Grass Valley Foothill Celebration March 3rd

Grass Valley Downtown Association and Sierra Vintners showcase beautiful, historic downtown Grass Valley with the Foothill Celebration. Saturday, March 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00pm.  Stroll through the streets of Grass Valley and explore new and well established shops. Featured throughout the shops and restaurants are fine wines and beers from over 50 wineries and breweries and hand crafted delicacies from our local eateries. 
Immerse yourself in a traditional Gold Rush era mining town with an appropriate blend of contemporary shops that keep our community thriving. From modern art galleries, home and garden shops, clothing boutiques and contemporary art galleries to the Owl Tavern, the Holbrooke Hotel, the Classic Del Oro Theater, and antique shops, downtown Grass Valley holds the interest of everyone from the history buff to the modern thinker.

Foothill Celebration will be held rain or shine as the weather in the foothills this time of year can be unpredictable. Shop owners and restaurateurs are prepared with covered courtyards and a warm place to sample the best foods, wines and beer in the Sierra Foothills. 
Celebrate the foothills all weekend long! Packages are available for out of town guests. There are plenty of things to do and see once the festival ends. Tour the Empire Mine or experience some of Grass Valley’s nightlife with talented local musicians that grace the Center for the Arts as well as the patios and lounges of our fantastic eateries. 
To purchase tickets in advance for Foothills Celebration, visit or The Book Seller, Citizens Bank or any downtown tasting room. 
Foothill Celebration begins at the Holiday Inn Express Gold Miners Inn where you’ll pick up your food tickets and tasting glasses. From there, it’s a treasure hunt for magnificent foods, wines, beers, music, art, shopping and fun throughout downtown Grass Valley!

Tickets for Foothill Celebration are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. For tickets or more information contact the Grass Valley Downtown Association at 530-272-8315.

TechForum2012 February 24

Come and network with other leaders in our area, understand new trends, while doing something great for our students.

When:  Friday, February 24, 2012 – Lunch from 11:30-12:15; Presentation from 12:30 to 2:00
Where:  Holiday Inn Express–Grand Ballroom
Cost:  $25 per person and includes lunch*
Sign Up:

Seats are limited! Please contact Laura van den Berg at 530-263-8242 or Russ Steele at 530-273-8085 to become a sponsor and improve our children’s futures.

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Get Motivated Seminar Postponed

The Get Motivated Seminar that was originally scheduled for February 22nd has been postponed to a yet-to-be determined date in May.

Empty Bowl Supper Feb 25th

Join Hospitality House Saturday, February 25th for the 6th annual Empty Bowl Supper at Peace Lutheran Church. The Empty Bowl Supper is an opportunity to gather and rally support for the many wonderful programs that Hospitality House has to offer; including funding shelter supplies, transportation to overnight faith community facilities and case management.

The “Empty Bowl” Supper will be served from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 25th at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at BriarPatch Co-op, The Book Seller, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, online at, or at the door. Children under 12 will be served for free.

For more information, please visit, or call 271-7144.

A $20 ticket includes a ceramic bowl, handmade with loving care by the guests of Hospitality House and donations from local potters organized by Karin Givon, soups, bread and coffee from our finest area restaurants including Bear River Pasta Co., Christopher’s Catering, Cirino’s Main St., Jim E’s Catering, National Hotel, Old Town Café, Paulette’s Country Kitchen, Penny’s Diner, Sergio’s, Tuscany Gardens, Dupre’s Bakery, Summer Thyme’s Bakery, Valentina’s, Breadnik, Caroline’s Coffee, Sierra Mtn. Coffee Roasters, Gold Country Dist., Raley’s, Safeway, SavMart, SPD, Thrivent Financial “For Lutherans” entertainment by Vadi, Sandra and Joe Hammel on Piano, Heather MacAdam guitar/vocals, Flute Quartet: Kirsti Powerll, Robin Nichols, Dave Riddles, Nora Nausbaum, Foothill Chamber Winds: Kirsti Powell (flute), Henry Hansen (clarinet), Murray Campbell (oboe), Cameron Kopf (horn), Dave Riddles (bassoon). Bread, desserts, coffee and milk will also be served.

If you cannot attend, but wish to support the Hospitality House programs through the “Empty Bowl” project, donations may be sent to Hospitality House, PO Box 3223, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Hospitality House would like to say “Thank you” to our sponsors: The Union, KVMR, Nevada County Association of Realtors and the BriarPatch Community Market, Foothill Mercantile. Without their support, we couldn’t make the “Empty Bowl” Supper the success it has been for the last 5 years.

Mardi Gras Celebration Feb 18 & 19

President’s Day Weekend (Feb. 18-19, 2012) Community Event

20th Annual Mardi Gras Weekend Celebration in Historic Nevada City

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Hours: 8-midnight
Featuring the Holcomb Brothers Band
(Traditional Cajun food available)
Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
Tickets $12-$15. (Event usually sells out. Advance tickets recommended)
(530) 265-2692, -or-  www.miners

Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at 2 p.m.
(Premier Mardi Gras celebration in the Sierra Foothills)
Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
Free Event for the Whole Family. Dress in your finest Mardi Gras attire!

Mardi Gras Street Faire
Sunday, Feb.19, 2012. Hours: 11-4
North Pine & Commercial Streets, Historic Downtown Nevada City
Food, drink, craft, clothing vendors.

Carnevale ! (New)
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. 3-6 p.m.
Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
After Parade Event for the Whole Family Food, Drink, Family Entertainment. $5 Adults, Children Free.

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
(530) 265-2692 • (800) 655-NJOY



Be a Volunteer at Mardi Gras!

The Chamber is seeking volunteers to help with the Mardi Gras Celebration Feb 18 & 19.

We have Indoor and Outdoor opportunities available selling Food and Tickets.

Your help would be GREATLY appreciated!!  Please give the Chamber a call at 265-2692 to sign up.


Help Sponsor 2012 Mardi Gras!

Attention Nevada City Chamber Members!!!!

Do not miss this excellent marketing opportunity to be a part of the Nevada City Mardi Gras Ball, parade and Carnevale this year on February 18 & 19. This year’s parade is sure to be a hit, drawing fun and families from all around Nevada County. Take advantage of becoming a sponsor of this great event to help make this year’s Mardi Gras the best yet!

This year, the ball will take place on Saturday February 18 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Miners Foundry. Dance the night away to the Holcomb Brothers Band and be sure to dress in your best Mardi Gras costumes for the costume contest! Purchase your tickets today at the Miner’s Foundry, or look for the coupon coming out in the next edition of Shelly Smart Shopper (also available online at shelly

On Sunday, February 19, come out for the festivities of the parade and stay for the Carnevale. Parade starts in downtown Nevada City at 2 p.m. following the parade is the Carnevale, especially for the kids and families, celebrate music, entertainment, and fun (plus a bounce house for the kids and libations for the adults!)

We NEED you, all the business members of this gracious community to help make this day a success for everyone. Please help support the event with a donation of any kind and get your business recognized!

Major Sponsors include Waste Management, Asylum Down and Yabobo, Budweiser and Bud Light , Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, SPD Supermarkets, Auburn Printers, KNCO, K94 FM.

Download ’12 Mardi Gras Sponsorship Form

Free Listing/Advertising for Your 2012/2013 Event!

Dear Events Coordinator,

As a service to the community, the Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce are once again collecting information about upcoming events in 2011/2012. We strive to provide the community with comprehensive calendar of events that occur throughout the year and are of interest to both Nevada County residents and visitors to the area.

The web-based calendar,, is a dynamic tool that has the ability to processes updates and additions year round. For your convenience it also offers “One Stop Shopping”.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your event. We’ve invested a tremendous amount of time and resources into creating a unified calendaring system within Nevada County.

The following calendars in Nevada County are integrated:
Grass Valley Chamber
Nevada City Chamber
Penn Valley Chamber
South Nevada County Chamber
Truckee Donner Chamber (Coming Online in 2012) (Tourism Calendar)

You may submit your event to any of the above websites. If appropriate, your submission will populate the other calendars as well, so please do NOT visit each site and repeatedly submit your event.

In addition a Calendar of Events Brochure will be published and distributed in April 2012.

You must follow these guidelines:
• To be included in the Calendar of Events Brochure and be listed on the on-line calendars, you must go online and submit to -OR- go to one of the above websites NO LATER than February 15, 2012 *(editing your information may be required)

Be prepared with the following information when you submit:
Event Information
Event Title
Start date
Specify End
Event Location
Online Ticket
Web link

The Community Web-based Calendar is user friendly and very efficient. We know you will enjoy using it. Feel free to contact Susan George at 272-5100 with any questions or help posting your events.

Best Regards,

The Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce

C/O Sams Investment Strategies
426 Sutton Way, Suite 102
Grass Valley, CA 95945


New & Renewing Members


Nevada City Advocate
Suburban Propane

Bubbles and Bows Pet Salon
Hospice of the Foothills
Lost Mine Retreat
Nevada City Self Storage
Sperry Van Ness-Highland Commercial
Tributary Whitewater Tours LLC


Stonehouse Masquerade Ball Feb 17th

Come dance the night away to great music and a great light show!

• Friday, 17 February 2012
• 8:00PM until 02:00AM
• The Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City

Come for an evening of dancing and debauchery! Dance to the music of the 60’s-80’s as well as some real Deep South Zydeco!  Mountain Event Productions DJ Greg will spin all your favorites.  Music and light show throughout the building.

Mardi Gras drink specials include – Hurricanes, Dirty Blues Martinis, Mint Juleps, Spiced Rum, Pirates Grog and whatever else you can come up with!

Dress in your most seductive and mysterious Mardi Gras ensemble.  Beads and masks will also be provided.  21 years and up only!

Admission:  $10 door


An Evening of Wine & Food at Club 141 Feb 18th

Club 141 & Double Oak Winery present:

Saturday, February 18th ~ 5:30 pm
At Club 141 in Grass Valley

February is a great time of year to enjoy wine and food pairings while hanging out with friends and making new ones. Jim E of Club 141, a local catering business, and Bob Hilsman of Double Oak Vineyards & Winery bring you this fine food & wine tasting experience full of gustatory delight. Jim and Bob are food and wine experts and artists, who both tremendously enjoy their fine gustatory art. Hear what they have to say about the synergy of food and wine pairing. You will learn about the food and wines being served, about the food preparation and winemaking, and about how to pair wine with foods. Jim E will teach you about the different foods and Bob will talk about the qualities in the wine that create a synergy with these foods.

There will be five courses. Each course will be small portions accompanied by wine tastes (2 oz. pours).  Five different wines will be poured. Additional wine available by the glass.

Here is the complete menu & wine pairings:
Sauté Scallop in Miso Sauce ~ 2010 Chardonnay
Middle Eastern Lamb Stuffed Tomatoes ~ 2007 Zinfandel
Ham & Potato Gratin ~ 2007 Merlot
Beef Stroganoff ~ 2007 Cab Sauvignon
Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding ~ 2004 Zinfandel

The featured wines will be available to purchase by the bottle to take home at a 10% discount.

$55 (includes tax & gratuity)
Reservations Required – Call Club 141 at 273-3600 or Double Oak at 292-3235

Space at Club 141 is limited. Reserve your place at the table soon!  To learn more about Club 141 go to

Looking forward to seeing you at Club 141 on February 18th!


SEDCorp February Classes

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is ramping up a diverse selection of classes with expert instructors in February for small businesses and entrepreneurs. SEDCorp, who is in the business of supporting the growth of small businesses through training workshops and small business loans, is providing the following classes in Auburn, Grass Valley and Placerville.

How to Create an Effective Business Plan
How to Start A Business
Internet Marketing (Beginner and Intermediate)
QuickBooks (Setup and Data Entry)
Show Me the $ Money $
Social Media Marketing 101
Stress Relief You Can Tap Into (NEW)
Survival Tools to Manage Your Business Finances
Thinking of Selling Your Business?
Website Options

Classes rotate between Auburn, Grass Valley and Placerville.

SEDCorp is also pleased to partner with the El Dorado County Economic Development as they are offering scholarships for two classes in Placerville:
Website Options (FREE in Placerville only)
Social Media Marketing 101 (FREE in Placerville only)
These classes (a $45 value each) are pre-paid for the public’s benefit.

Classes fill up fast and there is limited seating. Call 530-823-4703 or visit for class details.

Download PDF of February 2012 class listing



“Death of a Salesman” at Nevada Theatre

Sierra Stages presents Death of a Salesman through February 12 at the Nevada Theatre.

Death of a Salesman is Arthur Miller’s unrivaled masterpiece. It delves into the heart of the American dream, depicting salesman Willy Loman in the twilight of his career. His two grown sons have not achieved the success that Willy envisioned, and his own hard-earned career is crumbling. Despite his wife’s unfaltering support, Willy cannot reconcile his ideal of the perfect all-American life with what has actually come to pass.

Death of a Salesman is directed by Jeffrey Mason and features award-winning local actor, Robert Rossman as Willy, Susan Mason as his wife and Sam Haley-Hill and Josh Triplett as his two sons. The other members of the cast are Amanda Baskett, Lois Ewing, Amy Galloway, Michael Hoff, Brandon Johnson, Michael Moerman, Thomas Taylor and T.E. Wolfe. The production staff includes Pamela Mengers Hodges (set design), Erin Beatie (lighting design) and Eileen Beaver (costume design).

Performances are Wednesday, January 25 at 7 PM, Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays (February 5 &12) at 2 pm.

General admission tickets are only $18 for any performance if purchased before January 27. On January 27, the general admission ticket price becomes $20 for any performance. In addition, Sierra Stages is pleased to offer a reserved seat option, at $30, for theatregoers who want to select seats ahead of time and arrive at the theatre right before curtain.

General Admission and Reserved tickets are available online at, by calling the Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210, and at the Nevada City Box Office at the Miners Foundry. General Admission Tickets are available at BriarPatch Co-op and The Book Seller, both in Grass Valley. Student rush tickets (under age 18, with presentation of full-time student ID) are available for $15 on a first-come, unreserved basis, 30 minutes prior to curtain.


Be in the Mardi Gras Parade Feb 19th!

There’s still time to have an entry in the Mardi Gras Parade!  We are still accepting applications for entries.  The 2 p.m. Sunday parade is part of a two day Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 18-19.

Nevada City is know for its zany and entertaining parade entries. There are no entry fees for individuals, youth groups and local organizations. There is a $25 fee for commercial and political entries.

Applications available at the Chamber office (132 Main Street) or Download an application here


“Beatles” Event at the Miners Foundry Feb 10th

The Magic Lantern Film Society & Miners Foundry Cultural Center present “Deconstructing The Beatles – A Multimedia Journey Into the Studio with The Beatles”, Friday, February 10th. Hosted by composer, producer and Beatles expert Scott Freiman, this popular presentation which has sold out Carnegie Hall and been hailed as “pure MAGIC” features rare audio, unreleased video, numerous first-hand sources, anecdotes and more to uncover the reasons why their music continues to be loved by millions.

The White Album is the bestselling album of the Beatles’ career. Its thirty songs span almost every style of music – from hard rock to country to chamber music to avant garde. Its recording took place during a remarkable year in Beatles history that included a lengthy trip to India and the arrival of Yoko Ono. In “Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles’” White Album, Mr. Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio as the band creates this masterpiece. Mr. Freiman will discuss the creation of “Revolution”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Blackbird” and many other classic songs from the White Album.

Friday, February 10
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring St Nevada City, CA
Doors open at 6PM for 7PM event
$15/GA, $12/Student & Senior
For Tickets go to