2014 Board Election Results

The results are in from the recent Chamber Board of Directors election.

The following people will serve a two-year term (January 2014 to December 2015):

Directors continuing for one more year:

  • Dave Iorns – Nevada City Crystal & Glass
  • John Cammack – Lefty’s Grill
  • Kim Coughlan – Novak’s Menswear & Lady Pendleton
  • Mike Byrne – The Willo
  • Peggy Peterson – Asylum Down & Yabobo
  • Valerie Moberg – Broad Street Inn

Non-Voting City Liaison – David Brennan, City Manager

Officers will be voted on at our December Board of Directors meeting – Noon, Dec 16, City Hall

Hospice Mixer Was A Hit!


Vanessa Bankston, Exec. Dir. of Hospice, draws the winning raffle ticket!

Thank you to Hospice of the Foothills for hosting a Joint Chamber Mixer last week!  Lots of food, fun and conversation was had by all in attendance.

And you won’t want to miss the next Nevada City Chamber mixer.  It’s the most festive mixer of the year – The National Hotel Holiday Mixer, December 12th!

NC Elks Christmas Tree Sale Nov 29 & 30

Nevada City Elks Lodge #518

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE – Will be held in our lodge parking lot!!!

FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 29, 2013 AND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 20138 am – 5 pm

Locally grown – ALL Fresh Silver Tip trees – cut and ready to go!  ALL trees are $25.00 each. Various sizes – SAME PRICE!

Come early to choose which one you want!

Any questions call: Janis Woolsey – Nevada City Elks Lodge, House Committee Member, 530- 265-4877


New & Renewing Members

This week’s New and Renewing Members:

New – Barry Binning, Coldwell Banker Grass Roots RealtyBroad Street Executive SuitesCaCoCo • El Diablos Tacos

Renewing – Bonanza Gift Shop • Cirino’s at Main StreetNevada City Picture Framing Nevada City TradersNevada County Broadcasters, Inc.Nevada County Laundry & Linen SupplyNevada Lodge #13 F&AMShady Creek • Stephen C. Haas

Thank you for your membership!

Holidays at Empire Mine Nov 29 & 30

The String Sisters will brighten Bourn Cottage with traditional Celtic music. Photo by Dreamspinner Productions

Holidays at Empire Mine

Friday & Saturday Nov 29 & 30

Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

$7 for adults 17+, $3 for children 6-16, under 6 FREE

Information: (530) 273-8522, www.parks.ca.gov or www.empiremine.org

Everyone’s invited to Holidays at Empire Mine – where history shines like gold

A visit to Empire Mine is the ideal answer to the question, “What will we do after Thanksgiving?” Suddenly, you’ll be transported back to the early 1900s, when Empire Mine ranked as one of the oldest, largest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. “Here’s where larger-than-life characters shaped Northern California’s history – and for many, here is where their holiday season begins,” said Event Chair Patricia Speer.

“Historic Bourn Cottage will be decked out in holiday splendor with old-fashioned decorations. Docents in lavish, turn-of-the-century costumes will portray Mr. and Mrs. William Bourn, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. George Starr. Homemade cookies and spiced cider will be served in Katie Moriarty’s kitchen, and Katie’s always got a tale or two to tell about what it was like to be the Bourns’ housekeeper.” To add to the festive feel, live Celtic music will be played by the String Sisters.

Children will want to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the nearby clubhouse, where they can share their heartfelt holiday wishes. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase outside.

For a close-up look at what a miner’s life was like, a visit to the old mine yard is highly recommended. The popular blacksmith shop will be open, and the smithies always have interesting stories to share.

For many, a visit to the Gift Shop on the way out is another highlight. “It’s full of unusual gift items, artifacts and mementoes,” Speer added, “including gifts for men. Each year we enjoy welcoming everyone to a holiday season full of history, gold and fun.”

Holidays at Empire Mine, November 29 and 30, Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley. Phone (530) 273-8522 for further information, or visit www.parks.ca.gov or www.empiremine.org


Craft Faire & Sandwich Shoppe Nov 29, 30, Dec 1

Craft Faire & Sandwiche Shoppe
Nov 29 & 30, 10-4; Dec. 1, noon-4

Nevada City United Methodist Church
433 Broad Street, Nevada City

Hundreds of handcrafted gifts and goodies; homemade soup, sandwiches, and pies. All proceeds go to support church ministries and community outreach programs. Also open during Victorian Christmas!


Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner Nov 27

Nevada City Elks Lodge #518
Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner
Wednesday, Nov 27

Free to all Veterans; Non-Veterans $10
Bar Opens @ 4pm; Dinner @ 6pm

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings

Reservations a must! Call 265-4920.


Hospice Hosts Chamber Mixer Nov 21

Please join us at the next Joint Chamber Mixer!

Thursday, November 21st • 5:30 to 7:30pm

Hospice of the Foothills
Kerby Conference Room
11270 Rough & Ready Hwy, Grass Valley




NC Winery Bottle Your Own Party Nov 23

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“Bottle Your Own” Party In The Barrel Room At Nevada City Winery

Who wouldn’t want to be a winemaker for a day and experience the fun of bottling your own wine? You can do just that during Nevada City Winery’s “Bottle Your Own” Party In the Barrel Room on Saturday, November 23rd from 12:00 until 6:00 p.m.

Winemaker Mark Foster has produced special barrels of a Nevada County Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from Lodi 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, personalize your labels before putting them on the bottle. The Winery will supply all necessary materials.

In the Tasting Room, the Winery will be pouring all their award winning wines including current Gold Medal winners, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, and Gewurztraminer.

Bob Mora and the Third Degree Blues Band will supply the music. Shaft’s Cheese Company, an artisan cheese producer in Roseville specializing in Gold-Mine-Aged Bleu Cheeses, will offer cheese tasting and sales. Shaft’s got started aging their bleu cheeses in an gold mine in Cedar Ridge and still use that name for a couple of them including Cedar Ridge Crumbled Bleu. Plus, there will be will a choice of delicious soups and crusty bread for a toasty, hot lunch.

$10 per person entry fee includes all activities, wine tasting at the Tasting Bar, soup, and entry to Bottle Your Own in the Barrel Room.

Go to www.ncwinery.com for more event details.

Nevada City Winery is located at 321 Spring Street, downtown Nevada City, next to Miners Foundry. 530-265-9463.

“Closer Than Ever” Closes Nov 24

Sierra Stages presents

An intimate musical about life, love, and everything in between

October 31 – November 24
Off Center Stage in Grass Valley

What: Sierra Stages presents

When: October 31 – November 24
Thursdays at 7 PM; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM (No performance Sunday November 17)

Where: Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley

Information: www.SierraStages.org • 530-346-3210

Sierra Stages presents CLOSER THAN EVER, a musical revue, as the final production of its fifth season. When it debuted in 1990, CLOSER THAN EVER was hailed by The New York Times as having “one of the half-dozen finest American theatre scores of the last decade.” The show will play through November 24, 2013 at the Off Center Stage (behind The Center for the Arts) in Grass Valley.

The songs, by the Broadway songwriting team of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, form an extraordinary collection of stories about ordinary people as they make their way through life. The rousing opening number, entitled “Doors”, frames the evening as the cast sings about the opportunities that life places in our path and the uncertainties that those opportunities present. The audience is invited to journey with the cast through the craziness of young love, the awkwardness of dating, the joys of marriage and raising children, and the inevitability of becoming parent to your parents, as each of the songs alludes to the many choices we are faced with when it comes to relationships with friends, lovers, and family.
Most musical revues (such as Side by Side by Sondheim, A Grand Night for Singing, and The World Goes Round, each of which has been presented by Sierra Stages in prior seasons), are collections from the songwriters’ existing shows. In contrast, CLOSER THAN EVER is an original creation that includes both new songs written by lyricist Maltby and composer Shire and songs that were written but not used in their book musicals. As a songwriting team, Maltby and Shire relish ambiguity in both character and situation, and their songs tell compelling stories, often with an unexpected twist at the end. The songs in CLOSER THAN EVER are melodic, inventive, and penetrating, and cover the whole spectrum from funny character numbers to moving ballads.

The Sierra Stages production of CLOSER THAN EVER features Isaias Acosta, Nancy Haffey, Kate Haight, JR Lewis, Danny McCammon, and Kim Wellman. They are accompanied by musical director Ken Getz at the Steinway and Steve Nicholson on bass. The show is directed by Peter Mason, with musical staging by Becky Browning. Set design is by Mike Edwards and lighting design is by Erin Beatie.

Performances of CLOSER THAN EVER are Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays (November 3, 10 and 24) at 2 PM. General Admission for the preview performances on October 31 and November 1 is $15. General Admission for all other performances is discounted to $20 if purchased before November 3. Thereafter, General Admission is $25. For those audience members who prefer a specific seat location and wish to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages, Reserved Seating for all performances is available for $35. General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets are available online at www.SierraStages.org or by calling the Sierra Stages ticket line at 530.346.3210. Tickets are also on sale at BriarPatch Co-op on Sierra College Boulevard in Grass Valley.

Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt not-for-profit community theatre with a goal to enrich the culture of western Nevada County. In its first five seasons, Sierra Stages has presented more than 20 musicals, comedies, and dramas. This year, in addition to its regular season of three fully staged productions, Sierra Stages is collaborating with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City to present a series of informal play readings called “Theater by the Book”. The final reading in the series is THE FOX by Allan Miller, directed by Trish Adair on Wednesday November 20

For more information about CLOSER THAN EVER and Sierra Stages, visit www.SierraStages.org

Nevada City Live! ends Nov 23

PaulEmery460This fall, beginning October 4 and running through November 23, Paul Emery, veteran promoter and showman will present “Nevada City Live” at the historic Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City. The eight-week series of live music, theatre, comedy and poetry features an all-star lineup of renowned local and regional storytellers, musicians, and thespians including Saul Rayo, Elena Powell, Mark Growden Quartet, Shay Dillon, Maggie McKaig, Will Durst, Molly Fisk, Paul Kamm, Jonny Mojo, Keith Greeniger, Slaid Cleaves, Stephen Holland, the cast of Synthetic Unlimited, and more. The 148-year old Nevada Theatre is the state’s oldest continuous-use theater. Mark Twain, Jack London and Motley Crue have all performed on the legendary stage.

For a listing of upcoming performances go to www.paulemerymusic.com

The “Nevada City Live” series marks Emery’s 40th anniversary of producing concerts and gatherings that are known for creating unforgettable moments for both the performers and attendees. He has organized concerts for legendary artists such as Richie Havens and Johnny Winter along with supporting up and coming musicians including MaMuse and Mark Growden and assembling local musicians for special one-night productions such as “A Thousands Kisses Deep the songs of Leonard Cohen” and benefit concerts for local non-profits and community causes like “A Night of Bob Dylan Music to support Divine Spark”.

“Like Bill Graham in San Francisco, Paul was never afraid to put a diverse line up of talent on the bill ever expanding the listener’s palate,” says producer and musician Paul Kraushaar, who will perform with Shay Dillon and friends.

Emery started producing concerts for his band at the Nevada Theatre in the early 70s. His productions continued throughout the 1980’s and included the North Columbia Folk Festival from 1986-1991. In between organizing and promoting concerts and festivals, Emery toured Europe four times and performed for the Queen of England when she visited Sacramento in 1983. In 1984 he opened Bennett House Recording Studio in Grass Valley and started a record label bearing the same name. During this time, Emery served as the engineer on two Jonathan Richman’s albums, “Jonathan Richman (S/T)” and “Jonathan Richman and Modern Lovers 88”, both recorded at Bennett House.

In 1996 Emery took over as Program Director at KVMR Radio and started the News Department. Emery became Executive Director at the Center for the Arts in 2000 and for eight years handled the booking and artistic direction of the Center. In 2008 he returned to KVMR and is currently the News Director. He has since produced shows at the Center for the Arts, Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Nevada Theatre. In 2012, Emery was awarded the prestigious Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts award by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for his contribution and support of the performing arts in Nevada County.

“Paul Emery is an extraordinary asset to our community. His past musical and theatrical productions speak for themselves, but what I appreciate most about Paul is that he is an extremely kind and considerate person, as well as being very professional and easy to work with. And believe me, those particular attributes don’t always show up together in event presenters,” says Maggie McKaig of Beaucoup Chapeaux, who will perform in Maggie McKaig’s Cumberland Suite.

Play Reading of “The Fox” Nov 20


THE FOX by Allan Miller, based on the short novel by D.H. Lawrence
Wednesday November 20 at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City

Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center announce the final installment of this year’s “Theater by the Book” informal play reading series: THE FOX by Allan Miller, based on the short novel by D.H. Lawrence. The reading, directed by Trish Adair, takes place on Wednesday November 20 at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City at 7:30 PM. Admission is FREE, with a suggested donation of $10 to cover costs. The doors open at 7 PM. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

In THE FOX, two women are struggling to run an isolated farm after World War I. Enter a young soldier who is an engaging and capable fellow, but ultimately dominates life on the farm. Is it ever possible for men and women to be equals as well as lovers? In his short novel of the same name, D.H. Lawrence wrestled with this very question. With this most primordial of his works, Lawrence digs deep into a searing triangle of two women and a man. True to Lawrence and his short novel, this stage adaptation by Allan Miller is an intense examination of the relationship among these three individuals. Please note: THE FOX contains mature themes.

The “Theater by the Book“ series is presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center for the community. All of the readings are FREE (with a suggested donation of $10 to cover costs).

Sierra Stages’ final production of its fifth season – the intimate musical CLOSER THAN EVER — plays through November 24 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

For more information, visit www.minersfoundry.org or www.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.


A Sherlock Holmes Adventure thru Nov 23

The Missing Simple Sister: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
written, produced, and directed by John Deaderick and performed by the Colfax High School drama class
The great detective Sherlock Holmes confronts a deadly nemesis in The Missing Simple Sister. Kidnapping, Royal scandal, and international intrigue involve Holmes and his ally Doctor Watson in a dangerous game of cat and mouse in which he fate of Europe may be at stake. A sinister woman leading a vicious gang clad all in black holds the key to this compelling mystery. All the characters are here: Professor Moriarty, Inspector Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson, the Baker Street Irregulars—even the dog, Toby. There are surprises as well in this original script designed to satisfy fans of the master of deduction as well as those new to the Sherlockian canon.


WHAT: The Missing Simple Sister: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure written, produced and directed by John Deaderick

WHEN: November 14, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23, 7pm, 2pm Matinees on Nov 16 and 23

WHERE: Colfax Performing Arts Center, 24995 Ben Taylor Road, Colfax, CA

TICKETS: $5 Students, $10 Adults, www.colfaxpac.org


“The Christmas Card” November Showtimes

“The Christmas Card,” filmed in Nevada City, tells the story of a soldier, Cody Cullen, with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply. While on leave back home, he travels to Nevada City, California, the picturesque town from which the card was sent. Once there, Cody meets and falls in love with beautiful Faith Spelman, who sent the card, and quickly becomes a cherished member of the Spelman family. Yet romance for Cody and Faith seems out of the question, because she has a boyfriend and is about to become engaged.

November Showtimes

  • November 4th 8 p.m. PST
  • November 5th 8 a.m. PST
  • November 16th 6 p.m. PST
  • November 17th 6 a.m. PST
  • November 19th 10 p.m PST
  • Novmber 20th 4 p.m. PST

You can view the calendar of showtimes on
The Hallmark Channel’s website.

Spaghetti Night Nov 18

Spaghetti Night
Monday, Nov 18
$8 per person

Call 265-4920 to make your reservation



New & Renewing Members

This week’s New and Renewing Members

New – Haven Underground • Ignacio Recendez • Sadie Lady’s Sweet Treat

Renewing – Antonio Ayestaran Custom CateringAtria Grass Valley Senior LivingBYOB Wine SellerColdwell Banker Grass Roots RealtyElixartExtasia Inc.Friar Tuck’s • Hecox & Associates, An Accountancy Corp. • Jesse & Kathleen Connor • Marie Mirante • McSweeney & Associates CPANational Hotel Placer Title CompanyProspector’s Nursery, LLCSierra Gold Insurance Services, Inc.Sierra StagesSierra Sweets • Tashi Himalayan Gift Shop • The Mine ShaftThe UnionVeterans of Foreign War #2655

Thank you for your membership!

Harvest Open House at Double Oak Nov 16

Double Oak Vineyards & Winery is holding a Harvest Open House on Saturday, November 16, 1-5pm, in celebration of their 28th harvest. Attendees will enjoy fine wine paired with tasty food, fine arts and crafts with the artists and artisans that created them, and live music. Delight in fine local art and crafts.

There is a great line-up of fine artists and craftpersons presenting a fine selection of paintings, photographs, collages, sculptures, fabric and wood creations, all of which offer a great choice of unique gifts. Meet the artists and artisans: Sharon Lane, Jeannine Bordeaux, Hank Meals, Martha Jones, Michelle Peerson, Linda Rose and Bill Juhl. Tour the winery and vineyard with vineyardist and winemaker Bob Hilsman. There will also be special wine sale. All this is accompanied by the delightful music of Jonathan Meredith with his fine acoustic finger style guitar.

The price of admission to this Harvest Open House is $7. (Wine Club members & their guests: $5) Admission includes a free logo wine glass.

For directions and more information go to http://www.doubleoakwinery.com