Nevada City Uncorked Aug 4

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 20+ 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.


Closing Weekend for “The Music Man”

This summer, fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill is coming to town in everyone’s favorite musical – Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” – playing for four weekends only from July 12 through August 4, 2012 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Presented by award-winning community theatre group Sierra Stages, “The Music Man” is directed by Jeffrey Mason, with musical direction by Ken Getz and dance direction by George Jayne.

Friends, River City has Trouble with a capital “T”. It’s July 1912 – exactly 100 years ago – and there’s a new pool table in town. Just in the nick of time, Harold Hill arrives with a solution to the pool table: Form a boys’ band with sparkling instruments and brand new band uniforms! The local piano teacher and librarian, Marian Paroo, sees through the “Professor” from the start, but this music man slowly wins her over as he transforms the entire town, and in the process transforms himself into an honest man.

Where better to enjoy this valentine to small-town America than Nevada City, with its 19th century mining town architecture and quaint downtown commercial district. Don’t miss “The Music Man” and such classic Broadway songs as “76 Trombones”, “Ya Got Trouble”, “Marian the Librarian”, “My White Knight”, “The Wells Fargo Wagon”, “Shipoopi”, “Till There Was You” and many, many more.

This Sierra Stages production of “The Music Man” features a cast of 33 local actors, headed by Erick Lindley as Harold Hill and Dawn Simmons as Marian.  The set design is by Pamela Mengers Hodges, costume design is by Sharon Olson and lighting design is by Zac Cahoon.

Tickets are available online at, by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210, and in person at the Nevada City Box Office (at the Miners Foundry) and BriarPatch Co-op.


New Restaurant Open in Nevada City

Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill is now open at 104 Union Street in Nevada City, 470-8894.

Hours are Monday through Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday and Saturday 11am-9pm.  Carry-Out or Dine-in.

Experience Jamaican food such as Oxtail, Curry Goat, Lobster & Red Snapper, plus Jerk Chicken and Ital Stew.


New & Renewing Members


Ol’ Republic Brewery
Synthetic Unlimited
The Parlour
Your Ceremony with Spirit Wedding Officiant

Beryl Robinson
Broad Street Inn
Citizens for Choice
Colwell Thundering Herd Ranch
Kat’s World Foods
National Hotel
Nevada City Furniture & Mattresses

Nevada City Craft Fair Aug 5

The Nevada City Craft Fair returns Sunday, August 5, 2012 to the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City.

The Nevada City Craft Fair showcases the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-ityourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares. Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationary items as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and more. Over 60 vendors, reaching as far as Reno, Chico, Sacramento and San Francisco, plus local businesses such as vintage clothing maven Violet Folklore, Mama Spiders Studio’s hand-woven garments and creative woolens, plus crystals and jewelry from Gather Jewelry and Scarlett Fire, will also be offering their works. This year, The Artist Workshop: A Creative Space for Families will provide children’s crafts all day.

A full-bar, along with sweet and savory crepes from Elevensies Crepes, are also available to fuel the professional and amateur shopper.

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Nevada City Craft Fair
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Time 10am – 8pm,
Tickets $3, Children 12 and under Free

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Food & Film Series Presents “Sideways” Aug 3

On Friday, August 3rd, for one-night only, The Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present the Award-winning film “Sideways” plus a hearty and delicious dinner featuring California cuisine by A Family Affair and 5 tastings of local wines, plus live jazz music from the Sierra Jazz Society.

How much trouble can an unsuccessful writer and a depressed middle school English teacher get into during a road trip through the Santa Ynez Valley wine country? Plenty! Part of the “Food & Film Series”, “Sideways” is about two men reaching middle age with not much to show for it. They embark on a week long road trip to explore California’s wine country while ultimately searching for their identities. “Sideways” stars Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Sandra Oh, and Virginia Madsen.

Before and following the film, enjoy five tastings from vintage cabs and buttery chardonnays by local award-winning foothill wineries. Dinner will be served in the beautiful and historic Stone Hall of the Miners Foundry.

A Family Affair’s Chef Roger Saker has created a sumptuous menu that includes: Pan roasted salmon with braised cajun relish and Nantua Sauce, which it made from lobster, served with Parmesan Mushroom Pilaf and Portabella Ratatouille; Tournedoes – center cut medallions of filet with a Cabernet Sauce, fresh roasted garlic in mashed potatoes with stir-fried carrots with basil; Vegetable Vol-au-vent – Hand made puff pastry shells filled with locally grown stir-fried vegetables with Bleu Cheese Veloute, garlic mash potatoes.

Make it a weekend!
“Sideways” kicks off Nevada City Uncorked: Wine & Food Experience, August 4, 2012, 1-5pm, in historic downtown Nevada City. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners present this annual event that brings together nearly 20 wineries and restaurants. More information go to And on Sunday, August 5, 2012, the Miners Foundry will host the annual Nevada City Craft Fair. The independent, juried craft fair showcases the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, feat. their unique, handmade, original & vintage items. 10am-8pm, $3, Children under 12 free.

Friday, August 3, 2012
Sideways plus dinner and local wine tasting
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Doors & Wine Tasting 4:30pm, Film 5:30pm, Dinner & Music 7:30pm

TICKETS or The Nevada City Box Office 530-265-5462.
Miners Foundry & Magic Lantern Film Society Members $40 Non Members $50

Make Your Reservations by July 30th!

This event is generously sponsored by The Union Newspaper and KNCO 830AM.

Acoustic Guitar at St. Joseph’s Aug 3

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center presents:

Three acclaimed fingerstyle guitar innovators Alex de Grassi, Franco Morone, and Walter Strauss join forces for an evening of solos, duos, and trios


Tickets are $20 in advance + $22.00 at the door
Tickets are available at the BriarPatch Co-op and the Cultural Center office

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church Street
Two blocks from historic downtown Grass Valley
530-272-4725 or

Three acoustic guitar innovators appear together for the first time as a triple bill, these three masters will serve up a smorgasbord of fingerstyle guitar featuring musical influences from around the world. Arrangements of traditional American, European, and African melodies cross rhythms with original compositions as these three dish up an audible feast.

Table Top Mixer July 26

As a Chamber member you have the opportunity to market and promote your business to potential clients and customers especially during the summer months. Mixers give you the chance to meet potential clients and/or customers and to talk about your business and what you have to offer. Make sure to bring your business cards to hand out to new business prospects.

On July 26, PremierWest Bank will host a Table Top Showcase where you will meet local businesses showcasing their products and services.

PremierWest Bank
Table Top Showcase
Thursday, July 26
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
115 West McKnight Way, Grass Valley

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Table Top Showcase mixers offer a high-return-on-a-small-investment opportunity to present your business. To reserve a table for your business at a future Table Top Show Case, call Theresa Scicluna at (530) 272-4286 or email her at

Last Call for Summer Nights July 25

The Annual Summer Nights in Nevada City celebration, an outdoor festival of art and music, has one night remaining Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in this colorful Northern Sierra foothills town.

Spend your hot summer nights on the streets of Nevada City celebrating the 22nd annual Summer Nights. Wednesday evenings in July are a vacation for the entire family, with bands playing on special stages while children whoop it up on a Bouncy Castle and Pony rides. With free nightly events throughout our downtown historic district, attendees are certain to find something to entertain and delight them.

During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic cars, food, drink and music. Leading Sierra foothills musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area. Hours are 6-9:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The best FREE entertainment for the whole family!

For more information to


New & Renewing Members


Twin Ridges Home Study Charter School

Cliff Newell
My Favorite Things
R.D. Schmitz
Unicorn Press

Emily’s Catering Open During Summer Nights

Emily’s Catering and Cakes will be open during Summer Nights. Join us on our private patio at 313 Commercial Street to get out of the heat enjoy great music and share gourmet food. We will be seating restaurant style with a Tapas, small plate, themed menu. Open 5-11 July 25th.

Check out our facebook page for information on our five year anniversary special – Chocolate Giveaway. You could win chocolate for a year or chocolate quartz earrings from Stucki Jewelers. For more information call 530-409-3716.


Help needed for Hamburger Booth at County Fair

The Chamber is looking for volunteers to help with our Hamburger Booth during the Nevada County Fair in August.

Shifts we really need help with are Friday, Aug 10 (1:30pm-5pm shift) and Sunday, Aug 12 (5pm-8pm and 8pm-11pm shifts).

Volunteers for the Chamber’s Hamburger Booth receive FREE entry to the fair, and a FREE Cheeseburger, Soda and Root Beer Float from the Chamber booth!

If you can help, please give us a call at 265-2692.

Magician Duffy at Summer Nights July 25

During the July 25th Summer Nights in Nevada City, well-known magician Trevor Duffy will perform his hilarious Family Friendly Magic Show at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street. Duffy is from South Africa, and is traveling around California this summer. He last performed in Nevada City 6 years ago. The show is a benefit for the Nevada Theatre.

Tickets are on sale at Mountain Pastimes (320 Spring Street, Nevada City) and at the door the night of the performance.  Show begins at 7:30 pm.

Call 265-6692 for more information.

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Sierra Storytelling Festival July 27-29

Tellers and special guests will regale you with memories both poignant and hilarious — stories from African, Jewish, and Native American traditions as well as heart-warming folk tales. We will present some of the finest nationally and internationally known tellers for your enjoyment, food and drink for the body, resources for your library, and introduce you to the beauty of the Sierra Foothills.

It’s known as the Queen of Storytelling Festivals, and with its tree-shaded amphitheater stage, green grass and iconic schoolhouse, the festival is well loved by the mostly Bay Area attendees as well as the 400 or so local volunteers.

The reason why families flock to the schoolhouse is the quality of the telling. Only nationally recognized tellers are invited to the stage, where the ancient and seemingly simple practice of stories is made into a fine art. The festival starts Friday evening, continues through all day on Saturday (with the necessary exception of afternoon river break) and pulls the heart and soul together on Sunday afternoon.

This year the line up brings well known Southern preacher Donald Davis back to the stage, along with PBS star Slash Coleman from New York, wildly popular puppeteer Willy Claflin, deft and delightful Brenda Wong Aoki, Latina goddess Olga Loya, humorist/songstress Kim Weitkamp, and Saturday evening special guest Muriel Johnson.

Tickets are available now through the website,, or by contacting the North Columbia Schoolhouse at (530) 265- 2826.

NCCB Presents Picnic Pops Concert July 29

Nevada County Concert Band presents “Along for the Ride” Concert
5:00pm – 7:00pm on Sunday July 29
Pioneer Park, corner of Nimrod and Park Streets, Nevada City
Free; non-profit donations accepted

The 60-piece Nevada County Concert Band is joined by 90 guest musicians to play big band, folk, pop, and march favorites that are perfect for the whole family.

Come “Along for the Ride,” as the band plays music about the journey – not the destination. Go for a “Roller Coaster” ride, travel “To a Distant Place,” and fly with a barnstormer in “The Great Waldo Pepper” march. Relive your childhood with the carousel tune “Ben Hur Chariot March,” dance along with Irving Berlin tunes, and “Climb Every Mountain” (from “The Sound of Music.”) Sound your car horn with Henry Fillmore’s march “The Klaxon,” cool off with “Sleigh Ride,” and simply roam with “The Happy Wanderer.” Euphonium soloist Ike Geddings will perform “Tramp Tramp Tramp” (a Civil War tune), and the band will reenact “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The clarinet section will be featured with a special rendition of Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk.”

Bring your family and friends to the Pioneer Park Picnic & Pops Concert #2 of 3 to enjoy your picnic dinner on the grass, or treat yourself with goodies from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. This concert is free, and non-profit donations are accepted.

Nevada County Concert Band
P.O. Box 1444, Nevada City, CA 95959



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Wine Spectator Magazine Recognizes Friar Tuck’s

Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar of Nevada City has received a 2012 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.

The selection is announced in the August 31 issue of Wine Spectator as part of its 31st annual international awards program. The magazine’s list includes restaurants across the U.S. and in 65 nations around the globe.

“In our entire region, there are just four restaurants listed; three in the Lake Tahoe and us,” said Friar Tuck’s founder and longtime owner Greg Cook. “That’s pretty cool.”

“This is a very prestigious award in the restaurant industry and a great honor for us,” he said.

Friar Tuck’s was recognized for its extensive California wine selections and moderate pricing.

Cook, who opened Friar Tuck’s in 1973, continues to operate the popular downtown restaurant with his wife, Rona. Friar Tuck’s seats 185, offers two wine cellars with more than 300 wine selections and attracts a clientele from across the region.

“We work hard on our wine selections and we’re proud to be part of the wine community in Nevada County,” Cook said.

Friar Tuck’s is located at 111 North Pine Street in historic downtown Nevada City. Call 530-265-9093 or see

Happenings at the Stonehouse this week

7/26 “Living Room” with Matt Wich
Thursday July 26th marks the beginning of another “Living Room:” A monthly party – taking place the last Thursday of every month – hosted by DJ Matt Wich in which he performs and usually brings in a sick guest to play, too. Matt calls his party the “Living Room” because it “reflect(s) on the laid back, ‘come as you are’ mentality of my all time favorite parties.”

“Living Room” is a 21+ event, costs only $5 at the door, and runs from 5PM-2AM. Music starts at 9, but come early to enjoy drink specials (5-8pm = $2 wells, 8-10pm $3 wells). Don’t miss other Thursday night DJ events at the Stonehouse

7/28 “Rise of the Y Generation”
Producer Melissa Roberts, aka DJ Malisha, will showcase new, up and coming producers, and will take place on Saturday, July 28, from 9pm – 2am at The Stonehouse in Nevada City. Hosted by production companies Bodacious Beats and SubThugz This is a 21+ event, and tickets will be for sale for $5 at the door.

7/29 Jazz Sessions – A new spin on old standards
The Jazzmatics serve up their Jazz Sessions with musical tact and a taste for a variety of music, including standards from the 50’s and 60’s. They play from 4-7pm every Sunday night, free admission to the public.

This week, Sunday July 29th, the talented ladies of Delirious Moonlight will follow the Jazzmatics, taking the stage from 7pm till late night. Featuring Jazz standards and Broadway show tunes.

The Stonehouse is located at 107 Sacramento Street, in downtown Nevada City. or 265-5050.  Find us on Facebook!

ERC Survey

Dear Chamber of Commerce Members:

The Nevada Economic Resource Council Board of Directors needs your help and support in gathering critical information about the current business climate in our community.

As a valued member of our business community, your time and attention to the attached survey will be instrumental in deepening our understanding of how we can best serve you. It will take only ten minutes to complete and we will share the results with you.

The survey asks questions about the challenges – both past and current – you have had doing business in Nevada County. Our goal is to gather a significant number of responses and review them so the NCERC Board can assess where there are common issues. We will select 2-3 that we can focus on and will work with community partners to find solutions.

Thank you in advance for your participation. We ask you to complete the survey by July 23rd.

Take the survey

We will be reporting on the results at our next board meeting on Thursday, August 2, 2012 and hope you will join us at the meeting to hear the results. Please feel free to call Jon at (530) 274-8455 if you have questions.

Kimberly Parker – Chair
Judy Hess  – Committee Chair
Jon Blinder – Executive Director
Nevada County Economic Resource Council

Fun Mixer at NC Furniture & Mattresses

Jim Minasian (left in photo), owner of Nevada City Furniture & Mattresses, hosted a fun & festive mixer last week!  Here he is pictured with the man who barbequed all the great hot dogs for the mixer, Chuck.

Thanks for a great time!

Also attending the mixer were new Chamber members Jim Harte & Simon Olney, owners of  Ol’ Republic Brewery located at 124 Argall Way in Nevada City.