National Hotel Chamber Mixer Dec 6

Please join us for everybody’s favorite mixer of the year!

National Hotel
Annual Holiday Mixer
Thursday, Dec 6
5:30 – ?

National Hotel
211 Broad Street
Nevada City

Chamber Award Winners Announced

Nevada City Chamber Announces Recipients of Annual Awards

Seven Hills School teacher, Steve Davis, has been named recipient of the 2012 Elza Kilroy award for outstanding community service.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Kilroy award annually to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors selected Davis for the award in honor of his Bicycle Recycle project that teaches kids the practical skills of repairing bikes that are then donated to the homeless. The project gives the students a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction of making a difference in someone’s life.

The Kilroy Award is one of several annual awards presented by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Other 2012 recipients are:

Miriam Morris was honored with Dr. Leland & Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award. Miriam was recognized for her devotion to the beautification of Nevada City. She has volunteered her gardening talent to the Robinson Plaza and is currently working on Calanan Park.

Paul Emery is the recipient of the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts award. Emery, an accomplished musician and producer of many local theater productions was recognized for his continuing support of Nevada County’s theater arts.

The ‘Ol Republic Brewery was recognized with the Stan Halls Architectural Award for their renovation of the Ol’ Republic Brewery located at 124 Argall Way in Nevada City.

Well known musician, Ivan Najera, is the recipient of the Chamber’s 2012 Live Music Award. Najera is a very popular frequent local performer.

The Hirschman’s Pond Park/Trail is being recognized with the New construction award as it has become a great recreational attraction to Nevada City.

The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 111th Installation and Awards Dinner on February 2nd at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling the Chamber office at 265-2692.

SYRCLS Art & Lecture Dec 6

Join SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Arts and Lectures, Finding the Good and Hospitality House for this inspirational literary evening with Terry Tempest Williams on Thursday, December 6th, 7:00pm at the Don Baggett Theatre in Grass Valley. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets on sale at or in the SYRCL office. Tickets are $45 general/$40 SYRCL members / $80 includes event, hors d’oeuvres, and intimate reception with Ms. Williams from 5:30-6:30pm (limited number available) / $18 student (limited number available)

Ms. Williams, like her writing, cannot be categorized. She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classics, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Her latest book, When Women Were Birds, was published in Spring 2012. She is currently a columnist for the magazine The Progressive.

An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams is co-sponsored by SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Hospitality House and Finding the Good. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival and Arts and Lectures series are fundraisers for the South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL), a river conservation organization in Nevada City. Finding the Good is a traveling semester program for high school students focused on documenting models of sustainability. Hospitality House is a homeless shelter, founded by Utah Phillips and others, inspired by Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker Movement. The shelter is fundraising to renovate “Utah’s Place,” a recently acquired building that will enable the shelter to operate year-round.

Topics such as democracy, climate change, environmental toxicity, community activism, and preservation of open space are common in Ms. Williams work, and are relevant issues to the community and the hosting organizations. The event will include a lecture and reading by Ms.Williams. Following will be a conversation with the audience with an opportunity for Q&A. Her most recent book, When Women Were Birds, will be available for purchase during a book signing at the end of the evening.

GV Chamber CEO Retiring

Mary Ann VanMeter, Chamber President and CEO of the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, has announced her retirement.  Please see the announcement below.



New & Renewing Members

Red Barn Roasting

Beverly Bussey
Coldwell Banker/Grass Roots Realty – Rick Dejesus
Double Oak Vineyards & Winery
Friar Tuck’s
Nevada City Picture Framing
Nevada County Laundry & Linen Supply
Placer Title Company
Terra Alta Real Estate

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade Feb 23

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
San Francisco Chinatown
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
(Registration deadline: Dec. 8, 2012)

San Francisco Chinatown offers one of the most popular Chinese New Year parades in the country. Culminating in two-weeks of festivities welcoming the Year of the Snake, the parade brings the New Year celebration to a close on Saturday, February 23, at 5pm. The parade features the best dragons, lion dancers, and other performers from around the country. Join CATS (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) for an all-day excursion that includes round-trip bus transportation, a multi-course banquet at one of Chinatown’s finest restaurants, snacks, and grandstand bleacher seating on the parade route. This trip is limited, and a 50% deposit of $87.50 per person is due by December 8, 2012. Not recommended for children under 12 due to the length of the trip. Significant walking to and from the bus in San Francisco. This trip is on rain or shine. Total cost is $175 with balance of $87.50 due on February 1, 2013. See for registration form. Bus departs from Grass Valley.

Contact Jeannie Wood with any questions at or 530-265-2990. Let her know your registration is forthcoming, so seat(s) on the bus may be held or you pending payment, since the deadline to register is less than 2 weeks away.

St. Joseph’s Open House Dec 9

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center 13th Annual Open House

Sunday, December 9th, Noon to 4:00 PM
St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church Street, Grass Valley

Open House free to public, donations gladly accepted but not necessary

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 272-4725,

Each year in the first week of December St. Joseph’s Cultural Center opens every door in this State of California Historic Landmark to the community. This is the opportunity to go in almost every room of the 146 year old building. There will be refreshments, live performances, and many things to see.

While people may think the Cultural Center is a place for concerts, a museum and artist studios; we are also an educational center with weekly classes for Inyengar Yoga, Shodakan Karate, Taiko drumming, West African dance and drumming, and T’ai Chi Ch’uan. All the teachers of these classes are either certified, or from West Africa, or have studied, practiced and taught for over 25 years.

St. Joseph’s Hall
This magnificent 118 year old wood building with a remarkable Stained Glass window that is 16 feet high and 8 feet across will host a brief talk on the history of the buildings at 1:45 PM and at 2:00 PM Troupe Al Ama performs traditional belly dancing.

The Grass Valley Museum
The Grass Valley Museum depicts the rich history of the Gold Rush days to 1930 with displays of furniture, art, objects d’art, clothing, musical instruments and artifacts of the Victorian era. The Museum also features a Victorian bedroom, a lace making exhibit, Lola Montezs’ wrought iron stove, and a hall of photographs from the turn of the century, a table used for the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945, and much more.

Artist Studios
Meet the artists and tour their studios. There are ten artist studios and a gallery on the third floor and Grass Valley Taiko on the ground floor. Most of the artists are painters, and they work in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. Some of the artists on the third floor are Menlo Macfarlane, Brook Caballero, Ben Vierling, Marni Marshall and Jessica Henry. Other artists work with music; Aaron Ross and Keith Dailey

Moving Ground Dance Studio
The Moving Ground Dance Studio will have demonstrations of Iyengar Yoga at 1:00 and 2:45 PM

Earth Planet Museum
Local conservationist, John Olmstead, began this Museum project decades ago. It tells the story of our planet through natural history displays and a collection of man-made objects from the late 1700’s though the 1950’s. This is an opportunity to visit a little known gem of a museum that is rarely open for tours. The Mendo-Tahoe Conservancy is now the curators of the Olmstead Museum. This is another legacy John Olmstead gave to this community.

The Grass Valley Taiko Dojo
See dozens of Taiko drums all hand made by Sensei Mitzi Garnett and her students. Enjoy Taiko drum demonstrations at 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM.

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Nevada County Toy Run Dec 8

The 21st Annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8th. Bikes and riders will assemble at the Eric Rood Center, the Nevada County Government Center on Maidu Ave and Hwy 49, beginning at 9:30, for those wanting free coffee and donuts. Those early riders will have the best chance at buying long-sleeved Toy Run shirt, @ $25.00, Toy Run Pins @ $5.00, and this year’s special, commemorative pint glasses @ $15.00. We will leave at straight up Noon, escorted front and rear by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy’s. The CHP will block off all county roads, Nevada City and Grass Valley P.D. will block off all streets that the riders will be on, in their respective towns, aided by the Sheriff’s Volunteers and Search and Rescue.

It will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete the ride to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The streets are lined with spectators estimated by the Sheriff’s Dept, to number as many as 11-13,000.

As this is a Toy Run and we are supported by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, Nevada City and Grass Valley City Councils, as well as all four branches of law enforcement, we ask that all riders and passengers wear helmets, refrain from throwing candy and obey the posted speed laws through the towns.

If all these rules are followed, we can continue to offer the best Toy Run in Nevada County, free of charge to all riders! This insures that the vast bulk of all money raised goes to buying food and ensuring that the Toy Run has enough resources to make it though the year.

Please bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food. Please do not wrap the present, as no one will know what it inside, or who it is for. Remember, we need toys for 12-16 year olds, too.

We were the first Toy Run to bring the families and children, so that the riders could see exactly were their money and toys went. You can actually watch your gift be chosen!

The families come from local Head Start and Big Brothers Big Sisters and low income families from Nevada County.

Since it never rains on the Toy Run, it is always on!

You can check us out at:

More info @:

We hope to see all of you there, and having a great time!

Merry Christmas and Happy Yule!

YBONC E-Waste Drop-off thru Dec 8

Here’s a solution if you keep missing those E-Waste drop-off dates. It’s happening now through Dec. 8th, 9:30am-5pm, 7 days a week, Youth Bicyclists of Nevada Co. (YBONC) Foundation is participating in Old Barn Storage’s E-Waste Program. Old Barn Storage on 175 Spring Hill Drive, Grass Valley, has come up with a smart way to help non-profits in our community. Twelve months out of the year, they sponsor a non-profit for 30 days, including early morning radio air time on KNCO. It’s a win-win solution for any non-profit, Old Barn Storage, and is a great way to keeping items from going to landfills such as electronic devices, household appliances, etc.

Holiday shopping has arrived, and for folks planning to purchase any new or upgrade of home electronics, computers, printers, power tools, etc. consider recycling your old items with our E-Waste fundraiser. If there’s a storage room, closet, garage, shop, or shed filled with items that’s been waiting for an E-Waste date, here’s the chance to finally do it !

YBONC was started in 2008, when Dr. and Mrs. Lowe had two teens attending Nevada Union HS. There were so many school sports/clubs for our teens to decide on. The mountain bike club at Nevada Union stood out. All teens participate in this athletic sport, i.e. no teen is second string, or waiting on the bench to be called by his or her coach in to play in a game. This sport teaches teens a skill set of nutrition, endurance/physical fitness, confidence, camaraderie, sharing roads/trails, and organization between club rides and academics.

With your e-waste donations, you can help support YBONC programs for 7 school bike clubs in Nevada County (Clear Creek, Grass Valley Charter, Lyman-Gilmore, Mt. St. Mary’s, Nevada Union, Seven Hills, and Union Hill school bike clubs).

For list of E-Waste items and details, visit:

Christmas at the Railroad Museum Dec 1

Christmas at the Railroad Museum

Saturday, December 1st
10am to 3pm

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
5 Kidder Court, Nevada City
(located off Gold Flat Road at Bost Avenue or New Mohawk Drive)

This is a free event for the whole family! Photos with Santa and his elves in front of Engine #5, gift shop, refreshments, door prizes, raffle, silent auction, and Rail-Bus ride (weather permitting).

For more information call (530) 470-0902 or go to

New & Renewing Members

American Diner AKA “Horn of the Bull”
InkLab Printing

Kenny Concessions
Larry & Glady Birdsong
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
Nevada Lodge #13 F&M

Drink Booth Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed for Victorian Christmas Hot Toddy Booth

Wow, November is already upon us! Last year the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce sold hot drinks at Victorian Christmas with great success! And once again we are reaching out to our wonderful volunteers to cover the shifts needed. Below is a schedule of the times and days for this years’ event. If you’re so inclined, you may take over an entire shift by getting a group of friends or co-workers to join you!

Wednesdays: 12/5 12/12 12/19
Set up: 3:30-5:00 pm (3 people needed)
Booth: 4:45-7:00 pm (4 people needed, 1 as captain)
Booth: 7:00-9:15 pm (4 people needed, 1 as captain)
Clean up: 9:00-10:00 pm (3 people needed)

Sundays: 12/16 12/23
Set up: 12:00-1:30 pm (3 people needed)
Booth: 12:45-4:00 pm (4 people needed, 1 as captain)
Booth: 4:00-6:15 pm (4 people needed, 1 as captain)
Clean up: 6:00-7:00 pm (3 people needed)

Please call Cindy, Kim or Cathy at the Chamber office, 265-2692, to sign up to help!

This event would not be possible without the time and energy of our valuable volunteers! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble Nov 30th

Wintersongs with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Friday, November 30th
Miners Foundry Cultural Center,
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA

Tickets are $20.00 in Advance and $25.00 at the door, and are available online, by phone or in person at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op


Friday, November 30th, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Paul Emery Music proudly present Wintersongs with Kitka, the critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions.

For more than 30 years, Oakland-based vocal ensemble Kitka has wowed audiences worldwide with their Eastern European-inspired vocal techniques and repertoire. Kitka’s unique sound and innovative sense of programming has garnered praise from esteemed music critics at The New Yorker to NPR. Their music has been featured on soundtracks for Braveheart, Jacob’s Ladder, and Queen of the Damned.

Kitka’s 2012 Wintersongs program will feature songs ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols; to lush meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works; to Baltic pagan incantations for the return of the Sun Goddess, to Caucasus Georgian Alilos (hallelujahs); to Yiddish, Sephardic, and Hebrew songs for Chanukah; to Bosnian Muslim ilahijas (devotional hymns); to rhythmic Balkan Romany (“Gypsy”) tunes for the winter festivals of Vasilica and Kurban Bajram. Traditional pieces will be woven together with new folk song arrangements and original compositions by Kitka members and contemporary American and Eastern European composers, all inspired by the customs, beauty, and mystery of wintertime.

TEDxGrass Valley Returns Dec 2


Sunday, December 2, 2012, Doors 3:30pm, Event 4-9pm,

Center for the Arts, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $35, limited to 100, available online at or in person at BriarPatch Coop, The Center for the Arts and Nevada City Box Office

TEDxGrassValley returns to Nevada County, Sunday, December 2, at The Center for the Arts, from 4-9pm. This is the fourth TEDxGrassValley with nearly 400 women and men having attended in the last three years. The independently produced event, operated under license from TED, is organized around the upcoming TEDxWomen conference, taking place on November 30 and December 1 in Washington DC. TEDxGrassValley is one of the 10,000+ global communities, in 50+ languages on 6 continents joining the conversation about how women and girls are shaping the future. TEDxGrassValley is organized by representatives from the Nevada City Film Festival, Center for the Arts, Miners Foundry, NCTV, Insight Lectures, The Friendship Club, Nevada County Big Brothers and Sisters, and See Jane Do.

In an unprecedented partnership, TED and The Paley Center for Media will produce the third annual TEDxWomen: a gathering of global thought leaders and innovators in Washington, DC, connecting to thousands of online participants and self-organized events around the world. The cross-disciplinary, cross-generational program will focus on and explore the theme of “The Space Between”.

TEDxGrassvalley will webcast thought-provoking speakers.

More information on TEDxGrassValley can be found at or you can follow us on Twitter at @tedxgrassvalley or on Facebook at

New & Renewing Members

Nevada County Preppers

Cirino’s Bar & Grill, Inc.
Holiday Lodge
Jesse & Kathleen Connor
Las Katarinas
Sierra Sweets
The Alaskan Goldmine
Tintle, Inc.


The Christmas Card Movie Locations

contributed by Erin Thiem, of Outside Inn

Have you seen the Hallmark movie The Christmas Card?  The movie stars Ed Asner, John Newtown and Alice Evans and takes place in Nevada City during the holidays.  The Outside Inn has hosted a number of movie fans from near and far over the last 5 years, so I decided it was time to make a locations map and help those who are looking for some of the picturesque spots from the film.  To help with the photo mission I brought along Carla Bonetti, of Nevada County Escapes.

The Hallmark Movie The Christmas Card Veterans Memorial location

Our first stop was 49 Crossing of the South Yuba River.  In the film there’s a Veteran’s Memorial at this location, please note that the memorial doesn’t exist in real life, but you can still see the spot where the couple kissed down by the river.

The Christmas Card mill location

Our next stop was the lumber mill in the film, which is Kubich Lumber Company in Grass Valley.  An intriguing site to see, the out of the way mill is an active working mill, please contact them direclty if you’re interested in visiting.

Nevada City Methodist Church, The Christmas Card movie

We then returned to downtown Nevada City, picking up our handy locations list from the Outside Inn and walked downtown.  Our first stop was the Methodist Church at the top of Broad Street.

The Christmas Card movie Nevada City locations

Next up we walked down the street and visited the National Hotel and the Nevada City Classic Cafe (known as Curly Fries in the film).

Downtown Nevada City location from The Christmas Card

And our last stop was the location of the Christmas Tree lot in the movie, which doesn’t really exist in downtown Nevada City, but you can visit Commercial Street and see the spot (just to the right of this corner).  If you’re not familiar with the area please feel free to stop by the Outside Inn for our new map of all of these locations.

Erin Thiem is the owner of Outside Inn, a small hotel in a quiet neighborhood in downtown Nevada City.  Erin is a passionate supporter of everything Nevada City.  She publishes articles on many local sites in town, including her own blog Innside Nevada City.

Readers Theatre Nov 18

The Miners Foundry Presents Readers Theatre

Sunday, November 18, 2012, doors at 3:30/Show at 4:00 p.m.
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Tickets: $10.00 at Nevada City Box Office online or call (530) 265-5462, Briarpatch, or at the Door

Information: 530 265 5040

Reader’s Theatre returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s Osborn & Woods Hall, on Sunday, November 18. Legendary character actor Tim O’Connor originally brought the medium to the Foundry and for more than a decade, this unique theatre-style reading of prose and screen plays, has moved and inspired audiences. O’Connor reprises his role as director for the Fall production of Reader’s Theatre which features the works of renowned authors Ray Bradbury, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Roald Dahl and Katherine Anne Porter as read by local luminaries David Irons, Bruce Kelly, Gaylie Bell-Stewart, and Reinette Senum,.

“Storytelling opens the listener’s mind,” says O’Connor. “People often come to Reader’s Theatre not knowing what to expect, then they find themselves riveted, enraptured by the stories, and moved to an “ah ha” moment. We usually see them back again.”

This year’s selections are a mix of science fiction, magical realism, and coming of age stories.

Reader’s Theatre is a presentation produced strictly by volunteers and a benefit to the mission of the Miners Foundry, to bring culture and performing arts to our community. All proceeds of this event will directly benefit the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Closing Weekend for “Assassins”

The groundbreaking musical “Assassins” by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman brings the Sierra Stages 2012 season to a close with a bang! Using the most American of art forms, the musical, “Assassins” investigates the personalities of nine men and women who killed or attempted to kill nine Presidents. These Presidential assassins are never glorified or celebrated, but presented by Sondheim and Weidman to explore how and why each of these outsiders stop and alter history. The show is entertaining yet thought-provoking, and at turns hilarious, jolting and heart-wrenching, as the history of these men and women unfurls across (and often without regard to) time. Susan Mason is the director and Ken Getz is the musical director.

“Assassins” plays through November 17 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Remaining performances are Thursday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. General admission tickets are $25.  In addition, Sierra Stages is pleased to offer reserved seating for $30. With reserved seating, audience members may select specific seat locations in advance and also provide additional financial support for the production.

General Admission Tickets and Reserved Seating 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. If tickets are still available, student rush (under age 18, with presentation of full-time student ID) will be available for $15 on a first-come, unreserved basis, 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Download Assassins Poster

Violinist Stefan Jackiw to Perform Nov 18

InConcert Sierra presents violinist Stefan Jackiw

Sunday, November 18, 2012
1:15 pm pre-concert forum; 2pm concert

Seventh-day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley (off Hwy 174)

Tickets: $26 general; youth 17 and under free with adult.
Available at Briar Patch Co-op Community Market; NC Box Office @ Miners Foundry; online at; or call 530-273-3990

Call 530-273-3990 for more information.

When Stefan Jackiw was 3 1/2 years old, he was given a tiny violin as a gift. He has turned that present into a global gift to classical music as he’s earned a place as one of the finest young concert violinists in the world. Prior to performing for InConcert Sierra on Sunday, November 18 at 2pm, Jackiw will be performing with the Boston Pops as well as a recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Center.

I’m looking forward to having Jackiw here,” says Ken Hardin, artistic director of InConcert Sierra. “I’ve read that you’d have to go back several generations to find a violinist comparable to Stefan. After hearing him, I think everyone will absolutely agree. It will be like hearing someone the caliber of Itzak Perlman or Issac Stern when they were starting their amazing careers.” Jackiw will leave Grass Valley and continue his sought out performances touring in England, Spain and Malaysia.

Jackiw (pronounced ZJAHkeve) will perform the Stravinsky ‘Suite Italienne,’, Brahms ‘Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major,’ Lutoslawski ‘Subito,’ and Strauss ‘Violin Sonata in E Flat.’ “This is a ‘wow’ program with something for everyone,” says Hardin.

The concert is sponsored by Stucki’s Jewelers, Brent Koegel, and Jeff Leiter. There will be a 1:15pm pre-concert forum hosted by Dr. Aileen James.