Chamber Mixer April 5th & Smiley Guys Smokehouse
Chamber Mixer
April 5, 2012
5:30pm – 7:30pm
131 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley

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Take the Happiness Survey

Can you measure happiness? Nevada City Happiness Initiative thinks so. From March 23rd to April 6th, Nevada City residents can take the Happiness survey that could ultimately be used to craft city policy. Though the survey will be open to all Nevada County residents, Nevada City city officials will extrapolate city residents’ anonymous survey results only.

The survey is now online at  Anyone may take the survey and receive an immediate evaluation of personal well-being for each of the ten domains of happiness identified by international researchers: psychological well-being; physical health; time balance; work experience, education; cultural vitality and access; social connection; good government; environmental quality and access to nature; and material well-being.

To learn more and get involved with the Nevada City Happiness Initiative email As well, sign up for timely updates and information on Twitter (nevadacityhappy).

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GoNevadaCounty Needs You

Dear Nevada County business owners, community leaders and organizations,

As you know, has launched – the official online guide for Nevada County. The site has a good base of content to promote tourism that continues to grow each week. We invite you to become part of the site – see below for an overview of the website features and ways that you and the public can add to the site!

As tourism related stakeholders, all six members of the Regional Chambers of Commerce as well as Nevada County Arts and the Sierra Vintners are helping to promote the site.

Contribute to the “All Aboard!’ Blog
A major part of driving traffic and creating a content-rich website is the blog, “All Aboard!” We have been posting daily stories that highlight area information, events, history, interviews with locals, ideas for outings with the family and more. As leaders in the community, we invite you to send us your story ideas!

Please email us here:

When submitting a story idea, please be sure to include:
Dates/Times/Location (as appropriate),
Image or Photo (and photographer’s name)
and Links for more info.

Post Your Business Listing
The site also hosts a backend database that holds a rich resource of tourism related attraction-listings and information for Nevada County that are categorized by subject matter (Art, History, Restaurants, Shopping, etc.). As an example, here’s a link to restaurant listings. We currently have over 300 listings for Nevada County and have provided a “submit your attraction” form to allow you to post directly. These free listings allow Nevada County tourism related businesses to promote their business and website on the county’s official tourism website.

Crosslink your Website
Support Nevada County tourism by adding the official Nevada County, California logo to your website and get linked in to the official tourism website. Mutually cross linking between collaborative sites will help grow them all.

To add the official GNC logo and link to your website, simply have your webmaster cut and paste the code below into the appropriate page or pages of your website. You may choose code for two different size logos for use on your website.

<!–start of code for tiny logo–>

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”” title=”The Official Online Guide to Nevada County” alt=”The Official Online Guide to Nevada County” border=”0″ width=”41″ height=”41″ /></a>

<!–code end–>


<!–start of code for med logo–>

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”” title=”The Official Online Guide to Nevada County” alt=”The Official Online Guide to Nevada County” border=”0″ width=”71″ height=”71″ /></a>

<!–code end–>

To see a sample of the logo sizes, please visit

V-Tour Video
The site also features the streaming video of V-Tour, allowing viewers to virtually walk the streets of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee, to get an interactive view of the downtown areas without leaving their computer!

Please submit content, read the blog, LIKE GoNevadaCounty on Facebook!

We look forward to making a vital resource for tourism and locals alike! Please contact us with any questions and to submit your story ideas:



Sierra Events Issue of Sierra Heritage Magazine

Good morning members!

Sierra Heritage Magazine has been very kind to Nevada County over the past few years, publishing several articles about our attractions throughout the county. The coming issue will again highlight Nevada County in a few different areas. Below you’ll find an email from Sierra Heritage sales manager, Diana Cherrie, which includes some information about the upcoming issue and advertising rates. The more Nevada County businesses that join in, the more visibility our region gets. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.



Sierra Heritage is planning the 2012 “Sierra Events” issue covering Spring, Summer & Fall 2012, and again your Nevada County Chamber of Commerce is supporting the Nevada County section. It is the issue with the overprints of the calendar of events (and some fun sidebars) that is distributed at visitor bureaus, chambers, welcome centers, art councils, events, and many other places throughout the Sierra from April 15 until they run out, which is usually September or October.

A number of events from Nevada County will be included, as well as a sidebar in the Nevada County section on places to stay and eat, and other things to do when visiting the county for an event.

New this year is the digital version of “Sierra Events” that will be on a number of Sierra travel web sites and is available to all advertisers to email or post on their web sites. It adjusts the screen size to computers, tablets and smart phones, and each phone number and web site (ads and editorial) are hot linked, requiring just a touch to visit your web site or call your phone.

In a nutshell:
*20,000 copies go out of market in Sierra Heritage magazine
*35,000 additional copies are distributed free at places travelers visit
*Special, very low, rates for Nevada County businesses

Full page: $1800
1/2 page: $900
1/3 page: $600
1/6 page: $300

Please ignore the rates!  Deadlines are coming soon, so please let Diana Cherrie know right away whether you wish to participate or not.






Broadband Workshop March 29

Got Broadband ?? (High-Speed Internet Service)

To help your community get broadband service sooner, or to enhance your service, we need to learn where service is available now and who still wants it. With your feedback and guidance, the Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) can facilitate the earlier expansion of high-speed Internet service networks in the counties of Placer, Nevada, Sierra, El Dorado and eastern Alpine. Please help by attending the workshop meeting:

Date: March 29, 2012
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost: Admission is Free, $2.00 lunch (Please RSVP)
Location: Auburn Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 100 East Street, Auburn, CA 95603
(Parking is limited, please carpool)

Be there to tell us what you want and what you need.

Additional information and announcements will be posted on the Gold Country Broadband Consortium Blog:
Please book mark this blog as the go-to-place for the latest GCBC updates and maps.

Sierra Stages Presents “I Want It All!” Through Mar 25

“I WANT IT ALL! – A Broadway Revue Celebrating Women”
Closing Weekend!

Remaining Shows:
Thursday (March 22) at 7 pm;
Friday (March 23) & Saturday (March 24) at 8 pm;
Sunday (Mar 25) at 2 pm

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

To purchase tickets and for more information go to or call 530-346-3210

Five of Nevada County’s most accomplished musical theatre performers – Nancy Haffey, Rebekah Martino, Janet Rossman, Dawn Simmons and Kim Wellman – will knock your socks off in this fun-filled and entertaining evening of songs written for women from Broadway shows ranging from the classic Guys and Dolls to the current Broadway hit Wicked. The songs explore relationships from a woman’s unique perspective — how women feel about men, other women, and themselves, as well as the challenges women face every day.

The show is directed by Susan Mason with accompaniment by Ken Getz on piano and Steve Nicholson on bass.  The proceeds from “I WANT IT ALL!” will be used by Sierra Stages to support its upcoming productions of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” this summer and Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman’s “Assassins” this fall.

Come and have a good-time!




New & Renewing Members


Deborah Mack
Encore Entertainment
Rolling Dough Pizza Company

Chapel of the Angels Mortuary
Jim E’s Catering
Lazy Dog Ice Cream
Olympia Mortgage
Piety Hill Cottages
Red Castle Inn
Rev. Karen Stone
Rogers Picture Framing
Sierra Commons
Williams Stationery

Workshop Series for Business Leaders March 20

Winter 2012 – Business Tune Up
Workshop Series for Business Leaders
Sponsored by High Performance Advocates, Sierra Commons and The Commons, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday – March 20th 9-11AM

Join the New Economy – Make Money With Your Know How

People may be hanging on to their money these days, but one thing they will buy is the expertise of someone who knows more than they do about something important to them.  Whether you have done something for a long time, studied a subject in depth or are great at teaching some-thing interesting, you can join the new economy:  People who are making money leveraging their expertise.

In this workshop you will:
• Explore your expertise
• Tell your story
• Become indispensable to your customer
• Learn about the tools that can make you money

3rd Tuesdays: 9- 11 AM
April 19 – I Need a Marketing Plan!

Sierra Commons, 107 Sacramento St. #300, Nevada City
$35 each

Sign up Here:
or contact

Presented by Ruth Schwartz
Ruth is a certified leadership coach, facilitator of leadership mastermind groups, published author and owner of High Performance Advocates.


Equinox Dinner at Stonehouse March 21

March 21st – 6PM-9PM at The Stonehouse

Join us for a unique farm-to-table experience that will bring you in direct contact with our local bounty, the farmers that tend the crops, and the chefs who transform the food into a nourishing and exquisite meal. Chef’s Shanan Manuel and Pauli Halstead bring together years of culinary experience and a passion for truly local, organic food. This Farm to Table Feast will begin to inspire guests to support our Nevada County economy by purchasing food directly from our local producers, once we know who they are. Our hope is each person will leave with a newly inspired craving for food that is grown by hands we know and trust. Meet your farmers and taste the abundance they provide at our first Farm to Table event!

Spring Fling Equinox Dinner
Wednesday, March 21, at the historic Stonehouse in Nevada City

Cocktail Hour, 6 p.m. – Sausage Crostini with Chard, Red Onion & Sierra Pale Ale Mustard
Country-Style Seated Dinner, 7 p.m. – Savory Greens with Pecan Crusted Sierra Nevada Chevr

Nevada County Free Range Beef Stew with Beer & Tequila
Butternut Squash Gratin
Haricots Verts

Chocolate & Guinness Stout Cake with Chantilly Cream or Berries with Chantilly
Gorilla DeCaf & Organic Teas

The country ‘banquet style’ dinner is $60.00 inclusive of service charge and tax. To reserve your place send a check in advance to Sierra Farm to Table, 423 South Pine St. Nevada City, Ca. 95959. No credit cards! Cash or check please. Drinks and wines are charged additionally at the Stonehouse.

Sierra Farm to Table :
Pauli Halstead (925) 695-6239:
Shanan Manuel (530) 478-0290:


Bowl for Kids Sake March 24th

2012 Bowl for Kids’ Sake Challenge: GALAXY BOWL
Saturday, March 24th, 2012…3pm to 8 pm
At Prosperity Lanes, in Grass Valley

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is looking for bowlers and sponsors for the 2012 Bowl For Kids Sake Challenge (BFKS), held at Prosperity Lanes in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 24th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Bowl for Kids Sake committee chair, Lindy Schasiepen, announced this year’s family-friendly event features a Galactic theme, and encourages everyone to dress up as their favorite extra terrestrial or space traveler.  Everyone can help raise money for this valuable community mentoring program, said Schasiepen, herself a former mentor. Each team is made up of a maximum of 5 bowlers with each bowler raising a minimum of $100. Every bowler who raises the minimum amount receives a free t-shirt. There will be prizes—for the top fundraiser, both individual and team, best costume and top team score.

For more information on putting together a team or being an event sponsor, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (530) 273-2227 or visit our website at under the Events section.

Help put a friend in a child’s life and hope into a child’s future by joining us for the Galaxy Bowl, with real people and ―real out of this world‖ mentors. Call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 273–2227 and sign up today!

Contact: Dena Valin, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County, ~ 530-273-2227

Hirschman Trail Official Opening March 24, 2012

The City of Nevada City invites you to attend:

Hirschman Trail Official Opening
Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 9:00am
115 Cement Hill Rd.

There will be a brief ceremony with guided hikes following.  Details will be available soon.  Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

Call Dawn Zydonis, Nevada City Parks & Recreation Supervisor, at 265-2496 x129 with any questions.

See you on the trail!


Harold & Maude at Nevada Theatre thru March 25

Ewing Ventures is presenting “Harold and Maude” through March 25. The play is the unlikely love story between Harold, a dark and brooding young man and Maude, a free-spirited older woman.

Written by Collin Higgins, the play is directed by Scott Ewing. It features Jay Barker as Harold, and Corinne Gelfan as Maude. Other cast members include Renee Sprattling, Drue Mathies, Chris Whitlock, Tom Wolfe, Hock Tjoa, Emerald Alurin Stara, Zoe Ewing, Anna Burch, Erin Cummiskey, Sanyu Enos, Bill Gentes, Damiian Lang, Tadja Enos, and Dillon McCormick.

The play shows Thursday through Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

For tickets call (530) 265-5462 or visit

Monthly Film Series at Magic Theatre

Beginning March 2012, the Nevada City Film Festival and Magic Lantern Film Society will present a monthly film series of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and animated films that represent then very best of independent filmmaking. These “NCFF Picks” delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, thought-provoking storytelling, that captures the hearts of audiences.

This month’s feature is:
“How to Start a Revolution” (dir. Ruaridh Arrow) 87 minutes

March 10, 17, 24 and 31
Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
1pm, $6.50 GA, $5.50 Magic Lantern Film Society Members
Tickets Available at the door

Half a world away from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, an aging American intellectual shuffles around his cluttered terrace house in a working-class Boston neighborhood. His name is Gene Sharp.  White-haired and now in his mid-eighties, he grows orchids, he has yet to master the internet and he hardly seems like a dangerous man. But for the world’s dictators his ideas can be the catalyst for the end of their regime.

For more information go to


Summer Camp & Activities Fair Sponsors Needed

The Nevada City Parks and Recreation Department and The Parents’ Resource Guide are partnering to present the 1st Annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair.  Let families know about the special activities you have planned this summer.

The Fair is looking for sponsors to help make this Fair possible. All proceeds will go to providing scholarships for children to attend summer camps and activities. Non-profit agencies and organizations will also receive scholarships so they can provide the opportunity of summer activities for children who would not otherwise be able to participate.

For more information, contact:
Dawn at Nevada City Parks and Recreation 265-2496 x129 or

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Water Efficiency Workshop March 17

Nevada City has recently initiated its WaterWise program to help residents save money on their water bills by using water more efficiently. As part of the public launch of the program, WaterWise will be holding a free public workshop on water efficiency titled, “Save Water, Save Money: How to be Water Wise in your Home and Garden.” Many local home and gardening experts will be speaking at the event, and there will be a raffle of a Dual-flush toilet donated by Sierra Plumbing Supply, an irrigation “smart-controller’ donated by Weiss Landscaping, and a gift basket donated by Rare Earth Landscape Materials. In addition to these raffle items, Nevada City will be giving away one of the latest designs in low-flow showerheads. Although the raffle items and give-aways are only available to Nevada City water utility customers, the program itself is open to the general public, and everyone is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be available.

The program happens Saturday, March 17th, from 10am to 1pm, at Seaman’s Lodge, in Pioneer Park.

SYRCL Online Survey

Dear Friends,

Next year, SYRCL will turn 30!  As we approach this major milestone, we want to hear from YOU.

Please take our online survey at:

We need your help in setting priorities for our Three-Year Action Plan as we re-evaluate our existing programs and projects, and contemplate taking on new initiatives.

This survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. In addition to the multiple-choice questions, there are numerous opportunities for you to add your personal comments as well. Please be assured that your answers are anonymous and confidential.

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful response to this survey.


Caleb Dardick
Executive Director

P.S. If you finish the entire survey, you are welcome to enter your name in a drawing for a full Weekend Pass to next year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival! (This is entirely optional since your responses will no longer be anonymous although they will remain confidential.)