Emma Nevada House Receives Award

TripAdvisor awarded the Emma Nevada House the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence award. The Emma Nevada House Bed & Breakfast is located at 528 East Broad St, Nevada City (www.emmanevadahouse.com).

Travelers have commended the property with the highest praise and they received a 4.5 rating by TripAdvisor – an exceptional achievement. Only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

Congratulations, Emma Nevada House!


Sierra Vintners Wine Trail June 2 & 3

Welcome to the 2012 Sierra Vintners “Discover the Gold” Wine Trail!

Saturday & Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd • 12 to 5pm

Do you love wine? Then you are truly among the fortunate people of this Earth. And by now you’ve probably discovered that there’s nothing more revealing of the essence of a place than a beautifully made wine created by local wineries.

The Good News – That is exactly what’s going on in the wineries of Nevada County and awaiting you on the

Your journey begins on the back roads of Nevada County, where you’ll find small, family-owned wineries that produce premium hand-crafted, award-winning wines. You’ll want to be sure to visit all our County’s wineries set amid the rolling hills of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Penn Valley. Be sure not to miss our unique tasting rooms in the historic downtowns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.

Think of us as “California’s Other Wine Country.” Or perhaps – more of a “Napa with a Better Altitude” or “Sonoma with More Character and Less Traffic.” We pride ourselves in providing an atmosphere that encourages knowledgeable appreciation of wine without any snobbery.

Come and Discover “where the VINES meet the PINES” – and enjoy meeting the winemakers who willingly share their wine, their food and fun!

Begin your tour at any of the participating wineries, where you will receive your commemorative wine glass, a wristband and a program outlining what each winery will be offering. This is a rain or shine event.

Tickets & Program Preview available online at www.sierravintners.com

New Little CATS Kick-Off June 3

Introducing CATS’ newest program – Little CATS (Xiao Mao) Culture Club

Join us for a wonderful afternoon full of delicious food, fantastic entertainment, and PRIZES to help us Kick-Off the new CATS cultural enrichment program for children:

Xiao Mao Culture Club
Sunday, June 3rd

Stonehouse Events Center
107 Sacramento St, Nevada City – Parking Available

For more information and to buy tickets go to www. xiaomaoclub.org

Lunch Menu – Dim Sum:  Pork Buns, Pot Stickers, Shrimp Dumplings, Spring Rolls, Coconut Jasmine Rice with Thai Curry, Special Celebration Desserts

Proceeds of this benefit lunch will go to creating student scholarships for future Xiao Mao Culture Club programs.

New & Renewing Members


Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill
Culture Shock Yogurt
Massage & Company
Papa Murphy’s

American Red Cross
Nevada City Postal Company
Nevada City School District


Railroad Museum Yard Sale June 2 & 3

Come and join the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum for their two-day yard sale at 5 Kidder Court in Nevada City.  Everything from power tools to books will be for sale.

100% of the proceeds support the Museum

Mosquito Fish Giveaway May 31

2012 Mosquito Fish Giveaway Schedule

Western Nevada County @ the Nevada County Fairgrounds
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
May 31
June 7 & 21
July 10

The Mosquito Fish giveaway is located at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on the corner of Brighton Street and McCourtney Road, in Grass Valley. This is near the Gentle Giant Monument off the Brighton Street entrance.

Mosquito treatment service request number is 530-265-1500

For more information go to www.mynevadacounty.com




Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project

Do you have what it takes to be the next Michael Bay or Spike Jonze? The Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project is giving young filmmakers the chance to find out if they have what it takes. We’re looking for young, creative, and artistic, individuals or groups, interested in creating a music video with the opportunity to have the video screened at this year’s film festival in August. You need no prior experience, and anything from your parent’s 16MM to a Flip Video Camera or an iPhone will work.

To apply, you must be a Nevada County resident and 25 years old and younger. Please email a personal statement (one page) to info@nevadacityfilmfestival.com telling us why you and/or your group deserves a spot in this project. Please include your name(s), ages, phone numbers, emails, links to prior works (if you have any), as well as details on how much experience you and/or your team has with video production.

Deadline to enter is June 1st, 2012. Music Videos are due August 1, 2012. Selected videos will be screened August 16-19, 2012 during the Nevada City Film Festival.

For more information go to www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com

May 17th Table Top Mixer

A very successful Table Top Mixer was held last Thursday at Hilltop Commons Senior Residence. Emily’s Catering provided delicious treats for the attendees, and many local businesses where out with information about their products and services.

Join us for the next Table Top Mixer July 26th at Premier West Bank!

Hosted by Hilltop Commons Senior Residence • Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers of Commerce

New & Renewing Members


Clavey Vineyards & Winery

A Victorian Rose
Bel Capelli Salon-Spa
California Gold
Ike’s Quarter Café
Indian Springs Vineyards
Michael Merrill
North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
Roger Savage
The Wooden Spoon
Weiss Bros Nursery

Ribbon Cutting at Double Oak

New Chamber member Double Oak Vineyards & Winery celebrated their membership with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, May 12th.

The Double Oak Tasting Room is open Saturdays, 11-5, February through December, and also by appointment January through December.

For more information about Double Oak, visit their website or give them a call at 530-292-3235

KNCO Parking Lot Sale May 26

A message from KNCO:

We are having a parking lot sale here at the KNCO radio station parking lot on May 26th to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Stalls are $25 each with 22 stalls to sell and all proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity. The hot dog place will also be donating 10% of their proceeds too! Come for a hot dog and shop. Or if you or anyone you know want to sell unwanted stuff at our parking lot sale it will be a good opportunity to clean out your garage! The station is promoting the event on radio and all participants, sellers and the local businesses will benefit from the promotions.

I’m team captain for KNCO’s WomenBuild 2012 here at the KNCO radio station with a goal to raise $5,000 for the home being built! Our team, Broad-casting builders will enjoy a build day June 15th in Grass Valley. I’m proud to be part of this special event! Please pass the information to anyone who may be interested in our parking lot sale.

Let me know or just call Carrie here at KNCO at 272.3424 to reserve your spot or donate.


She-la Stein, 530.913.9377


NC Winery Annual Open House May 19 & 20

Bottle Your Own Wine at Nevada City Winery’s Annual Open House

The weekend of May 19th & 20th Nevada City Winery is celebrating 32 years of award-winning winemaking in Nevada County including thirteen years in a row of being voted Nevada County’s Best Winery.

At this year’s Open House become a winemaker for the day and bottle your own wines. Winemaker Mark Foster has produced two special barrels of a Zinfandel and a Cabernet Franc uniquely for this event. Amid the usual rows of barrels in the wine cellar, Foster has set up an entire bottling process in miniature. First barrel taste the wines. Then fill, cork, foil, and finally sign your label before putting it on the bottle. The Winery will have all the necessary supplies available so there is no need to bring any bottles.

This year’s label art depicts the front of Nevada City Winery including the Old Foundry Garage painted by local artist Mim Meakin.

The $10 per person entry fee ($5 for Wine Club Members) to the Open House includes all wine tasting, entry to the “Bottle Your Own” party in the barrel room, and a BBQ-grilled lunch.

Go to www.ncwinery.com for more event details. Nevada City Winery (530-265-9463) is located at 321 Spring Street, across from Miners Foundry.


Chamber Showcase Mixer May 17

Please join us for our next…

Business After Hours & Business Showcase Mixer
Thursday, May 17 • 5:00 – 7:30pm

Hilltop Commons Senior Residence
131 Eureka Street • Grass Valley

Showcased Businesses:
Hilltop Commons
Ed White Consulting
Pampered Paws Pet Sitting
We’ve Got Scrubs
MAJR Specialties
Wolf Creek Care Center
Tri Counties Bank
LeTip Of Grass Valley/ Nevada City
Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty
Foothill Car Care
Nevada County Habitat for Humanity Restore
Grass Valley/Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Proudly hosted by Hilltop Commons Senior Residence, Grass Valley and  Nevada City Chambers of Commerce

Download Table Top Flyer

Sidewalk Sale Joins Foreign Car Show June 9th

The downtown merchants of Nevada City have decided to join the fun on June 9th and have a Sidewalk Sale to coincide with the Foreign Car Show and Wine Stroll. Come downtown from 10am to 5pm and visit your favorite stores to find sweet deals and discounts.

Renewing Members


Business and Career Center
Nevada City Engineering, Inc.
Piety Hill Cottages Motel and B&B
SRC Party Center
The Center for the Arts

Get Involved – NC Uncorked

A collaboration between Sierra Vintners and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce


The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners are proud to announce their second annual Nevada City Uncorked, August 4, 2012 from 1-5pm in historic downtown Nevada City. With nearly 50 wineries and food vendors plus over 500 attendees from neighboring Foothill communities, we expect this event to be even better than last year. Locations will be set up all within walking distance on Spring, Pine, Broad and Commercial Streets. Attendees will be encouraged to visit local businesses, chat with merchants, and learn the history of our charming town while enjoying a sampling of local Foothill wines and food. From vintage cabs and beautiful chardonnays to delicious crepes and creative California cuisine, there will be something for everyone.

Opportunities To Get Involved:
1. Restaurant/Caterer off-site – We can pair your delicious food with a local winery at a tasting room or retail shop. If you choose to serve your food at a retail shop, a representative from your business will need to be present to set up and serve the food. You will be reimbursed 50 cents for every food taste ticket you turn in after the event. Cost is $0

2. Restaurant as venue – You provide the food and venue while hosting a visiting winery or pouring your own wine in your restaurant. If you choose to have a winery pour at your restaurant you will need to forfeit your liquor license during the hours of the wine stroll. If you prefer to pour your own wine, remember that there is no limit to the number of tastes you must provide and there is no reimbursement for wine. You will be reimbursed 50 cents for every food taste ticket you turn in after the event.  Cost is $0 for Chamber members, $25 to non-chamber member (ABC license)

3. Retailer shop as venue – Host a visiting winery and restaurant/caterer. The Chamber will set up an existing table (or provide one) in your business where a winery will pour wine and a restaurant/caterer will serve their food. You act as the gracious host, and provide the festival atmosphere and help spread the word.  Cost is $0 for Chamber members, $25 to non-chamber member (ABC license)

4. Sponsor – Sponsor this year’s commemorative wine glass and have your logo featured for attendees to enjoy for years to come. Cost is $500. Smaller sponsorship opportunities may include your business’ logo on posters and flyers, signage at the event, ads in the program guide and complimentary event tickets.

5. Advertise – Ad space is available in the program guide. Ads range from $25-$100. Please contact Cathy Whittlesey at the Chamber Office if you’d like to purchase an ad. Ads must be submitted camera ready along with payment no later than July 9th.

Our aggressive press campaign begins 8 weeks before the wine stroll and includes 3 rounds of press releases targeting local and regional press, including print, online, TV, radio and social media. 600 program guides will be printed and distributed throughout Nevada County. Local media sponsors may include The Union Newspaper, KVMR, KNCO, NC Advocate and Food Art and Wine.


Tickets are $35adv/$45day of. There will also be special wine club and group pricing available. 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 info@nevadacitychamber.com


GV Charter School’s Spring Fling May 19th

Spring into the Spirit of Adventure with Grass Valley Charter School!

Grass Valley Charter School is hosting its third annual Spring Fling at the Holiday Inn Express, Gold Miner’s Inn, May 19th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Live music, delicious food, wine, cider and beer tasting as well as a no host bar. This year’s theme is “Spring into the Spirit of Adventure!”

Amazing raffle prizes, silent and live auctions will all be part of the fun! We have over 130 auction items including: vacation spots, wine getaways, girls, guys and date nights out, Kayak Adventure with our Adventure Coordinator, Alex and many more! And extra special treat is the portable rock wall that we will have for all to try. Remember to bring shorts or tights if you’re wearing a dress!

We are very excited by the online portion of this event! Not only do we have all of our auction items in our online catalog so you don’t have to wait until the auction to see what we have, you can start your planning early! This unique feature also opens the bidding up to people who either live out if town, or for some reason cannot make the event. Online bidding begins May 1, 2012.

The most noteworthy auction item category is our wonderful classroom generated art projects including canvas art pieces, Adirondack Children’s Chairs, note cards, placemats, and tiles.

Our goal for this event is to raise at least $25,000. The money raised at the Spring Fling will be used to support the GVCS Adventure Program and be used to support our School’s Strategic Growth Plan. This event is an exciting and fun way to help Grass Valley Charter, so please join us for Spring Fling, May 19th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Express, Gold Miners Inn!

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased at Briarpatch, Yabobo, Bookseller and at the Grass Valley Charter School office.

For more information, please contact the Grass Valley Charter School Office at 530-273-8723 or visit our facebook page facebook.com/gvcspringfling and to bid online, please visit biddingforgood.com/gvspringfling.


Magic Carpet Gallery Closing Discounts

Dear Oriental Rug Lovers,

After 32 years of providing some of the finest hand-knotted rugs in the world, we are closing our Magic Carpet Gallery and reinventing ourselves by moving to a web-based operation. We will however, continue our expert wash and repair service.

The closing of our store means a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase rugs from our hand-picked collection, at an incredible 30% discount. Our unique inventory includes new and antique classical and village rugs as well as some of the finest Cultural Survival rugs that are woven with hand-carded, hand-spun and vegetable dyed wool – the antiques of the future. As the global economy changes, we are seeing a dramatic impact on the rug weaving industry. This has led to a substantial increase in prices as well as a dramatic decrease in production of this magnificent art form. This is a golden opportunity to furnish your home or office from our unique collection of Oriental rugs at far below current retail.

This discount also applies to our new and antique statue collection, old Indian Gujarati embroideries, Navajo rugs, jewelry and old rug pillows. All our inventory may be viewed on our state-of-the-art website www.themagiccarpet.biz. We encourage you to come visit us in historic Nevada City. As always, we offer home-trials and free shipping.

We wish to thank all of you for your support and appreciation of this great art form.

Paul and Eileen Jorgensen – The Magic Carpet – A thing of beauty is a joy forever


GCBC Workshop Summary Feedback

To all of you who support the expansion of broadband infrastructure and the adoption of broadband service as quickly as possible, we need your critical feedback as we move towards beginning to hold community and neighborhood meetings. A draft summary of the Gold Country Broadband Consortium (GCBC) Kickoff Workshop is attached. It needs a lot of gap-filling, and I know you can do it. If we are to inform the public in, say, the Washington area of Nevada County, we need to have all of the information at hand about the services available from the nearby public jurisdictions, the school district, the health care providers, the libraries and others to offer in exchange for the community’s commitment to adopt broadband service as soon as it can be extended to them. We need the same comprehensive information across all the five counties in the GCBC.

So, if you were at the workshop and can correct or add to the notes that were captured, we need your input. If you were not at the workshop but you can correct or add to the notes that were captured, we need your input. If you were or were not at the workshop and are willing to help facilitate a meeting in your community, we need your contact information. If you are part of an organization that provides public, health care, school or library services via the Internet and are willing to participate in the community meetings – a great opportunity to market your organization – we need to hear from you. If you did not map your location and its associated broadband service (or lack of service) at the workshop or have not visited the GCBC web site to provide that input, please do so as soon as possible – http://goldcountryconsortium.wordpress.com/

Finally, if you haven’t done a speed test on your own Internet service, please visit the FCC site www.broadband.gov/qualitytest and don’t forget to send your results to russ@sedcorp.biz to update our project maps.

Thank you for your continued support! Together, we maximize our chances of reaching the goal of having broadband service available to every home and business in our region within three years. It’s a tough challenge – it makes me glad that we’ve got you on our team.

Brent, Sierra Economic Development Corporation (530) 823-4703 • www.sedcorp.biz

Teddy Bear Convention Returns May 10, 11 & 12

Spring Is Here, Turn in your Ear Muffs for Teddy Bear Ears!

AHH, the Teddy Bear. He was, perhaps your pillow, your pacifier, or your all-around best pal. If you were like millions of other kids, a teddy bear helped you weather the storms of childhood – and maybe a few decades beyond. In its 28th year, the Teddy Bear Convention in idyllic Nevada City will celebrate the enduring charms and trace the birth of the teddy bear, more than a century ago, to its permanent place in the contemporary scene as the ubiquitous plaything and highly prized collectible.

Cool, Hip, Funky, Fun – Just a few of the words that describe the traditional introduction to the Spring Season at the Teddy Bear Convention in Nevada City, CA, one of the loveliest and liveliest towns in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. The convention sales floor is stuffed with thousands of lively, lovable, unusual, old and new teddy bears, their friends, and all of their accessories.

Convention organizer, Dorothy Drake observes that “This is one of the longest running Teddy Bear events in the country. It is a friendly imaginative event that will enchant you for a long time.” What started as a simple Teddy Bear Picnic in 1984 has turned in to a 2.5 day ‘happening’ for teddy bear geeks, devotees and fans – of all ages. The theme, Teddy Bear Adventures in the Enchanted Forest, creates the ambiance and sets the stage for Teddy Bear Fever.

Thursday, May 10 at Trolley Junction (at Northern Queen Inn), 400 Railroad Ave., Nevada City – There are 3 ticketed events to choose from.  For the crafter that wants to know more about how teddy bears are constructed, there are 2 classes.  And if you are new to the area and want to see the sights, or soak up some history, you’ll love the afternoon tour that includes the Empire Gold Mine!

Friday, May 11 – 12noon to 5PM and Saturday, May 12 – 10AM to 4PM at Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49, Nevada City – Convention floor will be open to all with events for all ages to enjoy. Bring a can of food for the Nevada County Food Bank and get $1.00 off your admission.
Here’s what’s happening:

  • Exhibits: ‘Teddy Bears – Still Your Best Friend’ and a visual salute to the 28 year history of the Teddy Bear Convention
  • Celebrity Guests: look for Smokey the Bear, Red Riding Hood, Grandma, Goldilocks, and Raggedy Ann
  • Appraisals: Author and expert, John Port will be appraising visiting bears, so bring yours!
  • For our young (and not so young) visitors: Storytime with Roz, ‘It’s OK to Touch’ shopping area, and a fun make’n take project.
  • Teddy Dialogues Breakfast, Saturday, May 12 8:30-10AM  (ticketed meal event). Start the day with a yummy breakfast at a teddy bear lover gathering featuring intriguing discussion topics.

For tickets & information: www.dolls4all.com or call Dorothy at (775) 348-7713