Annual Chamber Dinner Feb 2

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
111th Annual Installation Ceremony and Community Awards Dinner

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St, Nevada City
Libations 6pm • Dinner 7pm

Please join us for an evening of fun and entertainment, including Award Presentations (sponsored by Nevada Lodge #13), Board Member Installation, a Raffle and Silent Auction.

Reservations Required.  Download Invitation & Reservation Form


PRESIDENT – Dave Iorns • PRESIDENT ELECT – Valerie Moberg • TREASURER – Gary Tintle
Corey Bristow • Dave Francis • Mike Bryne • Peggy Peterson • John Cammack • Robert Smith • Tom Coleman • Melinda Solis-Day • Kim Coughlan • Barbara Tanner

This evening underwritten by Waste Management of Nevada County

New & Renewing Members

A One Bookkeeping & Tax
Camp Del Oro
Lets Say U Handcrafted Jewelry

Bob Buhlis
g swenor photography
Melanie Soleil Photography
Rogers Picture Framing
Steven A. Roth, CPA

Mardi Gras in Nevada City Feb 9 & 10!

A Masquerade Ball, Downtown Parade, and Carnevale are featured February 9 & 10, 2013 as this colorful Sierra foothills town again celebrates Mardi Gras in Nevada City!

Saturday Night – Masquerade Ball at Miners Foundry

Weekend activities open Saturday night with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball from 8pm to midnight, featuring a live band, in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street. Cajun food will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Tickets be are $12 in advance/$15 at the door.  21 and over only

Advance tickets are recommended and may be purchased for $12 at the Chamber office at 132 Main Street in Nevada City. Call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY to purchase by phone.

Sunday – Parade on Broad Street, Street Fair & Carnevale

On Sunday, the Mardi Gras Street Faire will be held on North Pine Street, in Historic Downtown Nevada City, from 11am to 4pm.  There will be food, drink, crafts, and clothing. The Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2pm Sunday and moves down Broad Street through the center of town. It is a rain or shine event. Merry spectators of all ages line the parade route while gaily masked societies parade through the historic district handing out beads, toys, trinkets, bangles and more. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.

Join us for a festive after-the-parade Carnevale for the whole family at the Miners Foundry from 3pm to 6pm! Enjoy New Orleans style food, hot dogs, ice cream & desserts, soft drinks & specialty coffees. Also featuring a full bar for the adults serving Hurricanes, plus a special Bloody Mary bar. Delight in Cajun music, Izzy the Juggler, drummers, belly dancers, a bounce house, and more! Tickets at the door only $5 for adults – Kids are FREE!

For more information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Download Mardi Gras Brochure


Remembering Waynette Trovato

Waynette Trovato, age 65, of Nevada City, CA passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012 in Sierra Memorial Hospital Grass Valley CA after a long, courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be conducted February 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM with lunch to follow at the Masonic Lodge at 108 ½ North Pine St., Nevada City, California 95959. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests anyone wanting to honor her memory to please consider donating to Scooter’s, P.O. Box 1687 Cedar Ridge, CA 95924 or on their web site at All monies go toward vet bills to make an animal adoptable and are tax deductible.

Waynette was born June 25, 1947 in Los Angeles CA to parents Wayne and Frances Steele. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Louis Trovato; her daughter, Nicole Dudley-Rucker (Paul) of southern California; her son Michael Dudley of North Carolina; her mother Frances Goddard; her two sisters, Vikki and Linda; and grandchildren, Grayson, Aiden, and Kerrigan Dudley; and Audrey and Peter Rucker.

Waynette grew up in the greater Los Angeles area in a law enforcement environment. She started working for the Los Angeles Police Department in their Communication Dispatch Center in 1966 at age 19 and worked there for over 26 years before becoming a Management Analyst, from 1992 through 1997, and retiring as a Management Analyst II for the Community Development Department. When her husband Lt. Trovato decided to retire, she decided to retire also, having served 32 years with City. They moved to Nevada City in 1996 where her husband became the Chief of Police in Nevada City. Waynette was an active supporter of the NCPD department until Chief Trovato retired in February 2012.

Waynette was a member of Evangeline Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron, with Lou as Worthy Patron in 2005. She was appointed Deputy Grand Matron in 2011. She also was involved in the Nevada County Newcomer’s Club, Red Hat Society, and played cards with a local Bunco group.

Waynette was very generous and loved to cook and entertain. She cooked and served dinners for many local civic organizations over the years. Many people fondly recall the annual “Christmas Tree Cutting” parties hosted by Waynette and Lou on the first Saturday in December, where they gave away Christmas Trees and provided food and entertainment for everyone that showed up.

Waynette was a warm, thoughtful, and giving person who will be greatly missed by all whose hearts she has touched and inspired. She will continue to live forever in all our memories.

Sierra Commons Moves to New Location

Home Sweet Home

Our new location is 792-A Searls Ave., in the Nevada City 7 Hills Business District

We’re settling into our new place, and we’re loving it.

Our main building, pictured above, is home to our co-working members. It has a small meeting room upstairs that is available to rent by the hour.

We also have an annex building, the Sierra Commons Studio, that can be rented for classes, workshops and meetings. It has an overhead projector, WiFi, and large conference room table. Classroom-style seating is also an option for larger groups of up to 24.

If you haven’t been in and would like to take a tour, call Robert to arrange at 530-265-8443.

Mardi Gras in Nevada City

Nevada City Mardi Gras, Photos by G Aronow Photography

contributed by Erin Thiem, of Outside Inn

Mardi Gras is coming to Nevada City, are you ready?  Activities for the whole family, the celebrations start on Saturday, February 9th with the Masquerade Ball at the Miners Foundry.  Come check out the Holcomb Brothers, doors open at 8pm, advanced tickets $12 and available at the Nevada City Chamber.

The colorful downtown parade starts at 2pm, come cheer on your favorite local organization, musical group or merchant.  After the parade between 3-6pm head over  to the Miners Foundry for the Carnevale.  Special Cajun food and drinks available, plus entertainment for the kids.  Tickets are $5 at the door and children are free.

So grab your beads, it’s time to celebrate Mardi Gras Nevada City style!

Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade and Carnevale
Nevada City Mardi Gras Celebrations
Nevada City Mardi Gras, Photos by G Aronow Photography

Photos by G Aronow Photography, Sydney Moberg/Broad Street Inn and Dan Thiem/Outside Inn

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.

A Wedding Affair Jan 27

Nevada County is blessed with the advantage of celebrating four distinctive seasons offering unlimited possibilities when creating a wedding or special event. Be it winter, spring, summer or fall, each seasonal transition in the foothills displays unique and endless possibilities for that special day.

Please join us on January 27, 2013 for the all new A Wedding Affair for all Seasons, produced by Joy of Life Events for the Miners Foundry. On this special day the Miners Foundry will be transformed into seasonal rooms showcasing some of the top wedding and event vendors in Nevada County. Mark your calendars, this is truly a day not to be missed!

Download WeddingFair 2013 flyer

Renewing Members

The Total Wellness Academy
Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
The Earth Store
United Way of Nevada County
Empire Mine Park Association

Broadband Meeting Feb 12

Do you have a need for reliable, affordable, high speed Internet?

The Gold County Broadband Consortium has scheduled a community meeting for Nevada County in February. Come to talk to the Internet Providers in your service area:

February 12, 2013, 6:00pm-7:00pm at Woolman School, 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City.

Don’t miss the opportunity to listen and to speak one-on-one to the Internet Providers about your service.

For more broadband information, visit our blog:

SEDCorp is a non-profit providing expansion of broadband in Placer, Nevada, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties. • 530-823-4703


Business Blogging Jan 15th

Jan. 15th, 12 – 1:15pm

Blogging to Grow your Business
Presented by Erin Thiem, InnSide Nevada City Blogger

A blog is a comprehensive medium that provides detailed information about your business, services and products and Business Blogging is fast becoming a vital part of any online strategy. When utilized effectively, a blog can be a valuable asset for your company. Erin will give you some tips and ideas for launching your own (free) blogging site so you can increase your community presence and customer base.

If you haven’t visited Erin’s fabulous blog, check it out!

There is no charge to attend, but we appreciate your donation so we can continue providing these public educational events.

Sierra Commons has moved. Their new location is 792 Searls Ave., Nevada City, 530-265-8443


Renewing Members

Bruce Ivy Construction
Camp Augusta
Fenrich Enterprises
Mike Bratton – State Farm Insurance
Nevada City Elks Lodge #518
Nevada City Inn
Nevada County Sportsmen, Inc.
Round Table Pizza
Sierra Vintners
Sopa Thai Cuisine
Spring Hill Manor
Valley Yellow Pages
Woman of Faith Photography

Discounted Parking Permits for 2013


Nevada City Parking Permits will be discounted in 2013. Starting January 1st the city will be offering a 50% discount to merchants and employees who park in Nevada City. For $12 a month employees and merchants may purchase an employee parking tag to park hassle free all day in the Commercial Street lot, Nevada Street lot or Lower Spring Street lot.

The parking permit program will allow merchants and employees parking spaces in the city parking lots which will “free up” meter locations near storefronts for customers.

According to Police Chief Jim Wickham “It doesn’t take long to figure out this is a great benefit to employees as a parking citation is $33 and it costs $60 a month in meter fees to park at a meter all month”. The permits must be purchased in 6 month increments – $72.

Permits can be purchased during business hours at the Nevada City Police Department, 317 Broad Street – Phone 265-4700.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan 10-13, 2013

SYRCL’s 11th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival
Festival Dates: Thursday, January 10 through Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 theme -“A Climate of Change”. The Festival will be featuring films, art and workshops on climate change, as well as highlighting the change makers who are helping rethink how we inhabit our planet.

Festival Locations: Downtown Nevada City, CA: Headquarters TBA. Film Screenings at the Miners Foundry, Nevada Theatre, (Haven) Nevada City Elementary and Veteran’s Building. In Grass Valley: Del Oro Theater and The Center for the Arts.

Tickets: Online at beginning Dec. 1st. In person at SYRCL office, 216 Main St., beginning Dec. 1; Monday-Thursday, from 12-5pm until January 10th.

Short Synopsis: Change makers are rethinking how we inhabit our planet, and so can you, at the 11th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Now the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling with the theme of “A Climate of Change”. Wild and Scenic Film Festival informs, inspires and ignites solutions, and creates positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities. Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California. Now known as “the next Sundance” the Wild and Scenic experience proves the power of film and passion.

3-D Film Sessions at Del Oro Theater on Thursday, January 10th featuring films The Last Reef , Wild Oceans and Meerkats. Only on Thursday evening at 7pm.
Special Guests: Anders Halverson, Tim Palmer, Daniel McCool, Bill McKibben via Skype.
School program: Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley will host two morning sessions for children, on Wednesday December 9 and Thursday December 10. (The National Geographic film Meerkats will be shown).
Late Night Music: Brothers Comatose performing Saturday night at the Haven
Pre-events: David Abram in November and Terry Tempest Williams in December
Partnerships:, Conversations with the Earth, Peaceful Uprising and the Natural History Network
More Information: For a complete schedule, ticket information, and more go to

SYRCL (pronounced “circle”) is the largest grassroots watershed organization in the country. Founded in 1983 to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community movement by restoring creeks & rivers, regenerating wild salmon populations, and inspiring & organizing people with over 3,500 members and volunteers based in Nevada City, CA. For more information contact

Event Highlights:
Activist Center – SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival is a call to action. As a community of activists who produces the event, we strive to not only entertain with the film festival, but also educate and inspire our audience to create positive change on the planet. Each year, Wild & Scenic hosts some of the world’s leading activists and social innovators in our Activist Center. Here you can learn more about the issues presented in the films and how you can get involved. Budding filmmakers also have the opportunity to meet and learn about filmmaking from guest filmmakers. At Nevada City City Hall, Broad Street.

Gala Event – Rub elbows with festival’s special guests and meet other film enthusiasts all the while enjoying wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres in the beautiful Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring Street.
Awards Ceremony – Be the first to learn of the award-winning films, Sunday, time TBA, in the Stone Hall of the Foundry. Sunday Ticket or Weekend Pass required. Limited seating. First come, first served. Cake and champagne included.
Block Party on Commercial Street: Commercial Street in downtown Nevada City will be closed to traffic and hosting performers and actions
Late Night Music and Dancing – Shimmy and groove after the films, Gala and workshops with a fabulous band. Separate admission.

Kid Films on Saturday Morning, with Kid’s Salmon Parade

Renewing Members

Donald Prairie Land Services
Green Frog Soap
In The Kitchen
Indian Hill Ranch & Gardens
Inland Business Systems, Inc.
James Anderson
Marie Mirante
Nevada City Crystal & Glass
New Moon Café
Sierra Gold Insurance Services, Inc.
Sierra Stages
Szabo Vineyards
Tanglewood Forest Gallery
Utopian Stone


Chamber Wine Stroll During Film Festival

Nevada City Chamber Hosts Wine Stroll – Saturday, Jan 12th

Take a break from a weekend of watching films during the annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival to enjoy a robust sampling of local wines as the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce hosts a Wine Stroll at the festival from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 12th.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the Chamber office, 132 Main Street, or at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Headquarters at 210 Broad Street.

Participating wineries and businesses include:

• Mowen Solinsky Gallery – 225 Broad Street – Featuring Nevada City Wines

• Indian Springs Tasting Room – 303 Broad Street – Featuring Indian Springs Wines

• Szabo Vineyards – 316 Broad Street – Featuring Szabo Wines

• Nevada City Crystal and Glass – 110 North Pine Street – Featuring Double Oak Wines

• Clavey Vineyards Tasting Room -232 Commercial St – Featuring Clavey Wines

• JJ Jacksons – 244 Commercial Street – Featuring Coufos Wines

There’s Still Time to Donate!

Dear Nevada City Chamber Membership:

We are excited about our upcoming Annual Installation and Awards Dinner, and have huge support to celebrate our fair City, even in these challenging times. One of the creative opportunities that allows us to have the dinner and recognize outstanding citizens is our “2013 Share the Gift Raffle”. Every attendee has the chance to win one of many fabulous prizes including $500 cash!

Everyone attending the Dinner will have an automatic entry in this Raffle! Additional tickets will be available for purchase for $10.00. We are looking for prizes, donations, gift certificates or other creative items with a value of at least $25.00. We’ve already obtained dinner gift certificates to local restaurants and overnight stays at unique lodging facilities.

All Donors will be listed in the Installation Dinner Program and announced by the MC as the gift is chosen during the raffle and promoted prior to the event on local radio stations and newspapers.

To support our efforts, please complete the attached Silent Auction&Raffle form. To ensure maximum promotional consideration, contributions must be received by January 10th.

Thank you all for your continued support of your Chamber of Commerce that continues to support you!


Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors

Gary Tintle, Tintle, Inc. – 2012 President
Dave Iorns, Nevada City Crystal & Glass – President Elect
Bob Buhlis, Friend of the Chamber – Treasurer
Corey Bristow – Café Mekka
Melinda Solis-Day – Nevada City Self Storage
Valerie Moberg – Broad Street Inn
Dave Francis – Las Katarinas
Mike Byrne – The Willo
Tom Coleman – National Hotel
Robert Smith – The Old 5-Mile House
Peggy Peterson – Asylum Down
Barbara Tanner – Friend of the Chamber