Celebrate the 4th in Nevada County!

Join the Grass Valley Downtown Association and The Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce in celebrating the 4th of July! The celebration will kick off at the top of Broad Street in Nevada City with the 4th of July Parade at 2:00 PM with a fantastic mix of floats, dancers and even The Ophir Prison Marching Band.

We are proud to introduce Madelyn Helling as this year’s Grand Marshall! Namesake for the Nevada County Library, Madelyn has been an integral part of our community, wearing many hats for many years. She was the County Librarian for 17 years, sat in several board seats including the Nevada County Arts Council, League of Women Voters, and the American Association of University Women. She has received many Citizen of the Year Awards from the Nevada County Historical Society, and the Nevada County Board of Realtors. She volunteered for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for 20 years, earning the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Kilroy Award. She also won the University Women’s Community Service Award- and the list goes on. Let’s just say, she is well deserving of this honor!

Touchdown Productions will be broadcasting “Live” the parade locally and internationally on NCTV Channel 11 and NCTV So. County Channel 16 as well as nevadacountytv.org.

After the parade, head on out the fairgrounds and immerse yourself in tradition with a spectacular fireworks display, Treat Street goodies, entertainment for the kids and all your friends and neighbors. Entertainment for everyone at the Pine Tree Stage includes The Tommyknocker Cloggers, The Dyin’ Breed, Petting Zoo Street Drummers and Jamal Walker and Loose Change.

So join us, Wednesday, July 4th for the parade at 2 PM in Nevada City and then at the Nevada County Fairgrounds from 3 to 10 pm for the best 4th of July Celebration yet! Tickets are $8 for adults, kids 12 and under and military personnel are free! They can be found at either the Nevada City or Grass Valley Chamber, or the Grass Valley Downtown Association. Please visit nevadacitychamber.com for more information.

A special thanks to our sponsors:  A to Z Supply * Absolute Communication Solutions *Ashley Furniture * Asylum Down/Yabobo * B&C True Value * Baker-Tintle Properties * Bonanza Gift Shop * David Brennan * Briar Patch Coop * Broad Street Inn * Caroline’s Coffee Roasters * Cheryl Rellstab & Mimi Simmons * Chris’ Auto Body & Glass * Cousin Jack Pasties * Economy Pest Control * El Dorado Savings Bank * Elam Biggs B&B * Elan Clinic/Bruce Lattyak MD * Emily’s Catering * First U.S. Community Credit Union * Jack & Patty Foster * DB & DA Frazeur * Gold Country Celtic Society * Golden Empire * Grass Valley Eye Care * Grass Valley Surgery Center * Madelyn Helling * Jazzercise * Lions Club * Magnussens Auburn Toyota * Marina Imports * Marshall’s Pasties * McSweeney & Associates * Network Real Estate (Papola) * Nevada City Engineering Inc. * Nevada City Self Storage * Nevada County Assoc. of Realtors * Nevada Lodge #13 * Peters’ Drilling & Pump Svc * Placer Title * PremierWest Bank * Shaw’s Antiques * Sierra Theaters * SPD Markets * State Farm/Mike Bratton * The Mine Shaft * The Pilates Place * TREATS * Tribal Imports Tribal Weaver * US Army * Wells Fargo * Wireless Store, Inc.

It’s Not Too Late to Sponsor 4th Celebration!

Dear Community Friends:

As has been the tradition for many years, the 4th of July Committee is pleased to be the host of the 4th of July parade which will be held in downtown Nevada City this year. The western Nevada County community loves the hometown parade and fireworks, and we want to continue to present a great show.

To assist with funding, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from local businesses and organizations. The cost to produce this long-standing event has increased over the years, and rental of the fairgrounds and cost of fireworks alone is $16,000, with the final cost exceeding over $60,000.

As you can see, it’s an expensive undertaking for us to provide a hometown parade and a safe fireworks show for our community. We understand that this year may be difficult, but we need your help to continue the tradition. Let’s not let the financial impact of the current economy force the cancellation of our celebrations, as has occurred in other California communities.

There are a variety of packages to choose from, ranging from being the Exclusive, Major Sponsor of the entire day’s celebrations, to sponsoring a High School Band, The Ophir Prison Band, underwriting rental of the fairgrounds, or helping to fund the fireworks. The sooner we get your donation, the more publicity you will receive. Please, take a moment to review our Sponsorships. Then contact Dian Glasco, at 530-265-9606 for more information, and to arrange your Sponsorship Package.


If you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 530-265-2692. Thank you for your enthusiastic community spirit in support of our Patriotic event.

Sincerely yours,

4th of July Committee

Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
Mary Ann Van Meter, President/CEO Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce
Julia Jordan, Executive Director, Grass Valley Downtown Association
Dian Glasco, 4th of July Sponsorship Sales (530) 265-9606 adwoman1@sbcglobal.net
Tara Walters, 4th of July Sponsorship Representative 530-264-7070 taradwalters@comcast.com

Friends of Libraries Book Sale July 7

Friends of the Nevada County Libraries Feature American History Books at July 7th Sale

The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries will feature American History books at their sale on Saturday July 7th at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine Street in Nevada City. Hours are 9 am to 3 pm. Also, thousands of other paperback and hardback books– fiction, non-fiction, children’s, and collectible books- will be available for 25¢ to $3.00. For additional information, phone (530) 265-1407 or friends@ncfol.org

Your gently used books can be donated at any Nevada County library branch or outside Raley’s grocery in Grass Valley. This is a great way to support your local libraries. Proceeds go toward library materials, programs, and equipment. You can also get really great deals on like-new books.

Renewing Members


Gold Country Kennel Club
Nevada City Marketplace
Paul Sieving
The Old 5 Mile Hosue
Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop
Waste Management of Nevada County


Double Oaks Welcomes You!

Double Oaks Vineyards & Winery
Saturdays, 11 – 5 (February through December)
Other days by appointment

We welcome your visits for complimentary wine tasting and sales, picnicking and tours!
~ Groups are easily accommodated. Bring your friends with you for a delightful trip to our family farm and artisan winery.
~ Taste delicious award-winning wine in our tasting room overlooking a native woodland of oaks, madrones and pines.
~ Enjoy paintings by local artists.
~ Picnic on the tasting room patio (the wisteria will soon be in bloom) or under the Grandfather Oak amidst trees and flowers with vineyard views, enjoying the lovely, quiet ambiance of our rural setting, while you sip wine and eat your picnic meal.
~ Tour the winery and vineyards.
~ Buy wine that has been cellared in the best way, in the climate controlled Double Oak Winery.

Driving to our beautiful Sierra ridge top is a pleasure in itself. We are located 15 highway miles north of Nevada City, a beautiful country drive, one of the last open roads left in California.

For more information about visiting Double Oak and for directions & map:  www.doubleoakwinery.com
Please don’t use a GPS, unless you wish to get a good story

To Taste & Enjoy Double Oak Wines in Nevada City or Grass Valley ~
Tasting Rooms:
151 Union Square in Grass Valley is a tasting room which features Double Oak and three other local wineries.

Nevada City: visit Matteo’s Public, Ike’s Quarter Café, & Friar Tucks
Grass Valley: visit Alta Sierra CC & Jim E’s Club 141

When you can’t come to Double Oak, you can buy Double Oak fine wine at the following venues:
Nevada City: Bonanza Market, Nevada City Marketplace, Rainbow Market, SPD
Grass Valley: Briarpatch, Raley’s, Save Mart, SPD, 151 Union Square

4th Hamburger Booth Volunteers Needed

The Chamber is looking for volunteers to help at our 4th of July Hamburger Booth at the Fairgrounds. Shifts available are 3pm-6pm and 6pm-9:30.

Please call Cindy at 265-2692 if you can help!


Successful Chamber Mixer

A good time was had by all last week at the Joint Chamber mixer hosted in collaboration with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Quail Ridge Senior Living.  The mixer featured an art auction benefiting the Heart of Gold campaign.

Celebrate the 4th in Nevada County!

A colorful parade through historic downtown Nevada City and the Sierra foothills’ largest aerial fireworks display top the 2012 Fourth of July celebration in Nevada County.

The classic hometown parade begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. More than 100 entries and several thousand spectators are expected. The festive parade begins at the top of Broad Street, and moves through the center of the downtown historic district. Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point.

Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, craft vendors, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.

Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Admission rates are $8 for adults, and children 12 and under are FREE. No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the fairgrounds.

For information, call (800) 655-6569 or (800) 655-4667 or  visit nevadacitychamber.com


Renewing Members


Bob & Barbara Weaver
Cheryl Rellstab – ERA Cornerstone
Collectable’s Unlimited
Suitcase Ron’s Kettle Korn Revue
The Hat Store
Tri Counties Bank


New Bike Rack in Nevada City

A multi-purpose, high-capacity bicycle rack was recently installed on Commercial Street in downtown Nevada City, at the top of the boardwalk, near the North Pine Street intersection.

The new rack includes parking and secure locking points for up to 10 bicycles in a common side-leaning position, or several bicycles in a seat-hang position.

For more information, contact Reinette Senum with the Nevada City Sustainability Team at reinettesenum@gmail.com.

What Will $110 Buy You?

Member Business Owners,

If any of you have spent money on advertising or promotional materials recently, then you know that it is tough to stretch those dollars! Print ads are super cool (if the circulation is good) because they may have a long “shelf” life. Radio ads are wonderful because of the ability to tell a story with enthusiasm. Yellow page ads are effective if you don’t need to tell a story and if your service is a ‘look it up’ kind of service. All these mediums have a place, but believe me, $110 won’t buy you much. Furthermore, you will only get to speak to someone if they answer your ad!

If you are looking to meet local residents face-to-face and hope to get their contact information to begin to develop a relationship with them so when they ARE looking for your service or product, they will call YOU first, then our Chamber Business Showcase is the place for you! For $110, you will be given a table to display your products and brochures as well as the opportunity to gather leads for an entire evening. Furthermore, you can invite your existing customers to the event for a chance to win prizes and meet other business contacts.

Our next open event is scheduled for Thursday, July 26th and is hosted jointly by PremierWest Bank and by the Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and are fully organized by volunteers (other business owners helping you promote your business!). We still have a few tables left – but time is running out! To be included in all of the promotional materials, we must have your completed application and check by Friday, June 29th. Please make checks out to GV/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce.

Questions? Call Theresa Scicluna at 530-272-4286 or theresa.scicluna@premierwestbank.com

T’ai Chi & Qigong Classes at Pioneer Park

Vital Energy Arts and The Kiwanis of the Gold Country are sponsoring a summer T’ai Chi and Qigong for health and wellness class, open to the public, led by Senior Qigong and T’ai chi instructor Homer Nottingham, in Pioneer Park, Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:00a.m. Participation fee is by donation to Kiwanis of the Gold Country’s neo-natal ELIMINATE tetanus fund. Tetanus (lockjaw) is a horrible disease that kills one child every 9 minutes and 160 children every day.  Kiwanis of the Gold Country is a local service club which combines passion for wellness with a desire to change the world, one child and one community at a time.

Join us on Saturday mornings near the bandstand at Pioneer Park for health, life balance, peace of mind, wellness, and in creating a better world for all.  For more information you may reach Homer Nottingham at (530)263.1627 or homer@hjmanor.com

Ignite Your Business @ Sierra Commons

This July, Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s business ignitor, is presenting a six-week course to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams of launching and growing their business. More than a business plan workshop, the course brings together a group of motivated entrepreneurs, and guides them through all of the steps needed to create a thriving enterprise.

The approach is action-based and covers topics including business planning, market analysis, marketing strategies, finance, budgeting, web, business law and more. Course faculty are seasoned professionals who teach weekly classes, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to each topic. Students also meet with mentors for special one-to-one sessions and group discussions.

Building on the success of three previous Buinsess Ignitor Courses, the curriculum has been refined and Sierra Commons is providing an additional three months of free membership to top performing graduates. Sierra Commons will continue mentoring and housing these graduates to further increase their business success rate. Evening classes are also new to this upcoming sessions, allowing working entrepreneurs to participate while still holding onto their day jobs.

Space is limited to 15 participants. To learn more about the course and complete an application go to www.sierracommons.org/ignitor. Deadline for applications is July 2nd.

Sierra Commons is providing an opportunity to meet instructors and potential classmates on Tuesday, June 26th , from noon to 1:30pm at Sierra Commons.

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Trent, info@sierracommons.org (530) 265-8443

Help Fund the 4th of July Celebration!

Dear Community Friends:

As has been the tradition for many years, the 4th of July Committee is pleased to be the host of the 4th of July Parade which will be held in downtown Nevada City this year. Western Nevada County community “loves a parade” — our goal is to continue to provide a great show. This festive and fun-filled event is always a favorite and we guarantee another great parade and spectacular fireworks.

To assist with the funding of our community celebration, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from businesses, individuals and organizations. The cost of producing this traditional celebration is between $9,000 and $15,000. This year we are more in need than before, due to many cutbacks. Any donation you are able to make to help us continue this great community event, is very much appreciated. You may choose from a variety of packages, e.g., sponsoring the local school bands, The Nevada County Concert Band, The Ophir Prison Band or helping us provide the much needed, porta potties. Please, take a moment to review the information attached and then return the attached form along with your donation check to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, office by June 10, 2012.

All donations will be acknowledged in media releases. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the 4th of July Parade and Firework Celebration!

Download Donation Form

Volunteer at the State Fair

Volunteers are needed for this year’s California State Fair!

The Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce, in collaboration with Nevada County Arts, Sierra Vintners, Sierra Food/Wine/Art, Nevada County Fair and others are sponsoring the County Exhibit at the State Fair this year. They are seeking volunteers to assist in staffing the exhibit.

Volunteers are needed from July 12 – 29. Shifts are two hours long. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the priority days that experience the most visitor traffic.

Each volunteer must submit to Megan’s Law screening. The required information for the screening is on the attached CALIFORNIA EXPOSITION & STATE FAIR MEGAN’S LAW FORM.

For questions or to volunteer, please contact Cathy Whittlesey at the Chamber (530)265-2692 or cathy@nevadacitychamber.com

Chamber Mixer June 21

Join us at our next Chamber mixer!

Thursday, June 21 • 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Quail Ridge Senior Living
150 Sutton Way
Grass Valley • 272-1055


Thank you 4th of July Sponsors!

The Nevada City Chamber, on behalf of the entire 4th of July Committee, would like to say “Thank You” to the following Individuals and Businesses who have so generously contributed toward our upcoming 4th of July Celebration & Parade:

A to Z Supply
Absolute Communication Solutions
Ashley Furniture Homestore/Comfort Zone La-Z-Boy
Asylum Down/Yabobo
B&C True Value Home Center
Baker-Tintle Properties
David Brennan
Briar Patch Co-op Community Market
Broad Street Inn
Chris’ Auto Body & Glass
Cousin Jack Pasties
Economy Pest Control
El Dorado Savings Bank
Elam Biggs B&B
Elan Clinic/Bruce Lattyak MD
Emily’s Catering & Cakes
Jack & Patty Foster
DB & DA Frazeur
Gold Country Celtic Society
Golden Empire Nursing & Rehab
Grass Valley Surgery Center
Madelyn Helling
Grass Valley Gold Country Lions Club
Magnussens Auburn Toyota
Marina Imports
Marshall’s Pasties
McSweeney & Associates
Network Real Estate – Papola Enterprises
Nevada City Engineering Inc.
Nevada City Self Storage
Nevada Lodge #13
Peters’ Drilling & Pump Service
Shaws Antiques
Sierra Cinemas Inc.
The Mine Shaft Saloon
US Army
Wells Fargo

New and Renewing Members


Wink Boutique

Boozefighters Motorcycle Club
Emma Nevada House
Nate Beason
Nevada County Library
Riebe’s Auto Parts LLC


NC Foreign Car Show & Wine Stroll June 9th

The 2nd annual Nevada City Foreign Car Show, Wine Stroll, Pub Crawl and Sidewalk Sale to take place June 9, 2012

The Sierra Sports Car Group, United Way of Nevada County and The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the Second annual Nevada City Foreign Car Show. This event is a collaborative effort between the three groups.

This exciting event will take place in downtown Nevada City on June 9, 2012 from 10:00 to 3:00. Foreign Car and motorcycle enthusiasts may enter their vehicles. The entry will be limited to 1980 and older vehicles, including vintage motorcycles. There will be a special class to allow cars of special interest to enter, such as race cars and exotics. The cars will be parked on Broad Street in Nevada City for the public to view. For more information on car and motorcycle registration visit www.sierrasportscargroup.com.

During this fun day, there will also be a Nevada City Wine Stroll, a Pub Crawl with several local restaurants participating and a Sidewalk Sale in downtown Nevada City. The Car Show is free to attend.

The Sierra Sports Car Group is an informal group of enthusiasts who enjoy restoring, driving, maintaining and showing their vintage cars. Most of their members are located in the Nevada City/Grass Valley area, and meet on a monthly basis. The Group began meeting in 1990 and has grown to some 75 members and the cars range from M.G’s, Austin Healey’s, Porsches and Ferraris.

This will be a great opportunity to see many of the vintage cars up close and talk to the owners of these beautiful and rare cars. There will also be music and information available about United Way of Nevada County, The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Sports Car Group. During the event a people’s choice award will be given out. The public may vote for their favorite cars. This event will go on Rain or Shine.

The proceeds will go to the United Way of Nevada County and the Chamber of Commerce to help support community efforts in our area. United Way of Nevada Counties current impact areas are Education, Income and Health.

For more information on the Car Show, visit United Way of Nevada County’s Website at www.UWNC.Org or the Sierra Sports Car Group website at www.sierrasportscargroup.com or call United Way of Nevada County at 274-8111. For more information about the Wine Stroll, visit the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Website at www.nevadacitychamber.com or call 265-2692.