Fourth of July Celebration

A colorful parade through historic downtown Nevada City and the Sierra foothills’ largest aerial fireworks display top the 2014 Fourth of July Celebration in Nevada County.

The parade will be Friday, July 4th at 11am which will include approx. 75 entries. The festive parade comes down Broad Street in Nevada City. Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point.

The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade, and continues to provide intermittent music throughout the parade.

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

Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, 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: Adults $10 advance/$15 gate; Children 12 and under Free; Military Free with ID.

No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the fairgrounds.

For information, call GV Chamber (530) 273-4667, (800) 655-4667 or NC Chamber (530) 265-2692, (800) 655-6569.

Nevada County Concert Band July 4 Concerts

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The NCCBand play at not one but TWO Independence Day events. First is on Friday July 4 in downtown historic Nevada City. The parade starts at 11:00am, but if you want a shady viewspot, you’ll need to come early. So enjoy the pre-parade NCCBand curbside concert starting one hour early at 10:00am. The band will then stay to play intermittently throughout the parade. Sit with us and have more fun!

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Then the NCCBand plays its second concert on Saturday July 5 at Graeagle Park in downtown Graeagle (Plumas County). This is our 10th year providing a 4:00pm pops concert during their extensive weekend of events, which include fireworks, a parade, a street party, old west gun fights, and more.

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

MIM Happy Birthday USA Concert Jul 3

Music in the Mountains presents…

Happy Birthday USA
Thursday, July 3 • 8:00pm

Outdoors on the Lawn at the Fairgrounds

Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the gate; picnic tables $80

Celebrates Broadway, Hollywood and the Good Ol’ U.S. of A. The best Fourth of July party is with the MIM Chorale and orchestra, a picnic at the fairgrounds and all your favorite patriotic tunes. Try to out-decorate your neighbor for our 3rd of July picnic table contest! First prize wins a gift certificate to the Wooden Spoon, a bottle of wine from the bar, and four tickets to a Holiday concert!

Concerts Under the Stars are on the Great Lawn at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6:30pm. Bring your friends, family, and a picnic. Great food and libations available, and no outside alcohol will be permitted. Reserve picnic tables through the box office only.

For more information and to buy tickets go to or call (530) 265-6124.




Full Funding for Bridgeport Approved

Governor Brown Approves Full Funding for Bridgeport Covered Bridge

Fans of the historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge rejoiced at the news June 20th that Governor Jerry Brown approved California’s final budget, which allocates $1.3 million to immediately start work to fully restore and reopen the bridge.

“Because we joined together as a community and made our voice heard in Sacramento, the Bridgeport Covered Bridge will receive the attention it needs so that it may be enjoyed for generations to come,” said Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston whose district includes this State and National Landmark, considered the longest single span wooden bridge in the world.

Members of the grass roots campaign committee known as “Save Our Bridge” mobilized the community to contact State Legislators and the Governor throughout the months long state budget process. As a result, hundreds of letters, calls and emails flooded the State Capitol, and local elected officials and community leaders made multiple pilgrimages to Sacramento to advocate for this iconic historic structure built in 1862.

“We have demonstrated once again how powerful a force a united community can be,” said Caleb Dardick, Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens League. “I am so proud of the hard working members of the ‘Save Our Bridge’ Committee led by the South Yuba River Park Association and including the Bear Yuba Land Trust, the Chambers of Commerce, elected leaders, State Parks staff, and many concerned citizens. We proved that people can save the bridge.”

The bridge has been closed since 2011 when the Department of Parks and Recreation closed the bridge to pedestrian traffic after an engineering survey found severe and unsafe structural problems. Parks staff will begin the bridge stabilization project this fall according to District Superintendent Matt Green. The approved funding includes $318,000 for the initial planning and permitting, and $1 million of Proposition 84 funds for restoration.

“Because of the incredible efforts of our entire community, this irreplaceable resource and property of the citizens of California may now be restored to its proper condition,” said Dave Anderson, President of the South Yuba River Park Association. “On behalf of our Committee, I would like to thank the Governor, and our State representatives, Senator Jim Nielsen and Assembly member Brian Dahle. I would also like to acknowledge the Budget Subcommittees and Catherine Freeman for their critical support. Most of all, I want to single out State Park Superintendent Matthew Green, who has been an exemplary public servant and partner to our community.”

“Now we must stay on top of the restoration project to make sure our iconic bridge is reopened as soon as possible because for the past three years now, we have seen children and their families come to visit the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, only to be turned away from truly experiencing this historical treasure,” said Doug Moon, Chairman of the Save Our Bridge Committee.

The fight to save the bridge united Nevada County politically when the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, Grass Valley City Council, Nevada City City Council, and the Truckee Town Council all approved unanimous resolutions urging state lawmakers to support restoring and reopening the bridge.

“Our State Parks are critical to our local economy and appreciated by residents and visitors, alike. We thank the State Legislature and Governor for including these funds in the budget,” said Nevada City Mayor Sally Harris. Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller concurred, saying, “The Bridgeport Bridge is an important part of California’s history and we must do all that is reasonably necessary for its preservation and enjoyment.”

The South Yuba River State Park attracts up to 890,000 annual visitors and people from all over the world come to see Bridgeport, an important Gold Rush era toll bridge on the Virginia Turnpike built in 1862 by sawmill owner David Wood.

For more information about the Bridge, please visit

Piety Hill Receives TripAdvisor Award

Piety Hill Cottages Motel and B&B


Recognised as a Top Performing Lodging Accommodation as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Nevada City, California – June 15, 2014 – Piety Hill Cottages Motel and Bed & Breakfast, a lodging facility in Nevada City, Ca; serving singles, couples and families since 1933, today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team here at Piety Hill Cottages and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Micheal Trenberth, the owner of Piety Hill Cottages since March of 2006. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

About Piety Hill Cottages Motel and Bed & Breakfast
Built in 1933 as a one stop, motor court motel, originally called “The Feils Motel”, Piety Hill Cottages has been continuously serving the Nevada City and Grass Valley areas with lodging accommodations consisting of 9 cosy, themed cottages clustered around a shady, park-like courtyard. An optional gourmet hot or continental breakfast can be delivered to your cottage or to the courtyard.

Located at 523 Sacramento Street in Nevada City, CA. Piety Hill Cottages are only a 0.04 mi walk to the downtown historic district or a short, 4 minute drive to downtown Grass Valley and a10 minute drive to the wonders or the Tahoe National Forrest including the infamous South Yuba River State Park. 530-265-2245 or 1 800-443-2245

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 39 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 22 other travel media brands:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, Q1 2014

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2014; does not include traffic to


Nevada City Sounding Board

Nevada City Sounding Board, June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 18th was a very good day for our ‘Sounding Board’ get together. The dialogue was vocal and everyone took part in the discussion and it especially hit a nerve when the subject of I.C.’s and workmen’s comp were raised. Wow! However, many chimed in with helpful hints for all who were present. I came up with a ton of public domain information on both these issues and more and will be sending them off to the attendees after I clean them up.

As far as those who didn’t attend, I will begin forwarding this information to groups like ERC and the Grass Valley chamber if they wish. Other reasons why it was such a productive gathering: present were existing businesses, start ups, thinking of starting a business and even in the throws of buying a business.
The shaded patio setting at the Stonehouse and the nice lunches served couldn’t have been nicer. Fifteen business and soon to be business people were present to start this series which will be held on a monthly schedule. The feedback was extremely positive.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 16th.

Thank you all again for attending.

Cathy Whittlesey, Nevada City Chamber
Bob Gius, Sacramento SCORE,

What is the Nevada City Sounding Board?
By Bob Gius, SCORE

It’s an opportunity for merchants to get together and share with others how to improve their businesses. It’s business owners helping other business owners to make Nevada County stronger. For instance, there have been complaints of poor customer service; this to me is a management/owner problem. Are the employees running the asylum?

However, the first get together is to outline a format for this Sounding Board; will it have a topic or will it be open discussion? What we have experienced in the past that works best is merchants show up when they can, and it’s free exchange for the sole purpose of bettering one’s business.

Score’s role in this is to help get business owners together and allow the merchants to have free exchange, it works. SCORE mentors do participate by sharing successes that they have experienced from their clients and what has worked that is similar to a concern from a business person in attendance. I’m making far too much of this, for what it really is is an opportunity to get away from the business and speak to others that are in the same boat as you; a shoulder to lean on.

I’ve also invited key players from the Chambers and other groups that are deeply involved with helping businesses; please take the initiative and do the same, for instance invite Civic leaders. Here’s one catch; we like the group to be five or six business owners/managers, therefor if more show up, we will break out into additional five or six member groups.

Sam Shepard’s “True West” Jun 12-28

Synthetic Unlimited presents True West, a hilarious and riveting drama by Sam Shepard, in which two estranged, combative brothers are forced together and apart in the process of writing an original screenplay for a Hollywood film producer. Don’t miss this fast-paced, violent play, in which real life brothers switch the challenging leading roles every other night.

True West runs from Thursday, June 12th through Saturday, June 28th, at 8 pm at the new Synthetic Unlimited Opera House at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley. Tickets are $20, or $15 for SU members, and are available at, 1-888-95-SHOWS, or the Briar Patch in Grass Valley.

Exact show dates are:
Thursday, June 12, 19 & 26 @ 8 pm
Friday, June 13, 20 & 27 @ 8 pm
Saturday, June 14, 21 & 28 @ 8 pm
Sunday, June 22 only @ 8 pm




Yaquina Bay Plays Stonehouse Jun 27

Yaquina Bay is a 6-Piece, ever-evolving, folk-pop group from Oregon’s Capitol City of Peace.

Their debut record The Valley In Autumn was a tribute to all things Old World. On their second record, The Eastern Desert their sound has developed into a more communal, shared experience. While still tipping their hats to an era long-past, Yaquina Bay has injected a healthy amount of pop in to this effort. It’s both nostalgic and fresh, familiar and new.

The band has grown into a dynamic group with a handful of players from around the Salem area. Kirstin Demezas (violin), Kendra Schmal (guitar, ukelele, piano), Aaron Schmidt (bass, programming), and Shawn Thornhill, (percussion) join Chris (guitar, accordion, ukelele) to form a powerful live act.

Accordions, violins, and ukeleles will accompany Yaquina Bay at The Stonehouse Brewery in Nevada City on Friday , June 27th at 6:00pm. It’s a 21+ event with $5 at the door cover.


Last Call To Be In 2014 Visitor’s Guide

The official resource guide to Nevada County, the 2014 Visitors Guide includes everything from places to eat and sleep to community events and maps. Distributed in the Lake Tahoe area, the 2014 Visitors Guide will target the day/weekend trippers, and people looking to visit or move to Nevada County through the Nevada City, Grass Valley, and Penn Valley Chambers of Commerce.

This year’s guide will have high-gloss covers bound over inside pages of high-quality newsprint. Don’t miss your chance to advertise in the publication that will be in the hands of visitors coming to explore the beauty of our community. Make your business the first place they stop!

Call your Account Manager today!  Or Melissa Rhoden at 530-477-4268 or
Download Visitors Guide 2014 sales flyer

Participate in the BBQ Battle & Car Show

Join the fun! United Way of Nevada County is combining two great events, the annual BBQ Battle and Foreign Car Show into one big event…the Foreign Car Show & BBQ Battle! This great big event will be held Saturday, August 16th at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. There will be live music, fun for the kids and a beer garden.

Registration of teams for the BBQ Battle and foreign cars is happening now! There will be awards given to the most popular foreign car and motorcycle and BBQ teams will be competing for the title of “Best Griller in Nevada County”. There will be two BBQ judging categories; one decided by the populace and the other will be decided by a small group of “Critic’s Choice” judges. There will also be an award given out to the team with the most spirit.

Get an entry form from and register your team or foreign car today!

All proceeds from this event will go into United Way of Nevada County’s Community Impact Fund which is currently being allocated towards three specific areas: Education, Income and Health. The United Way of Nevada County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Call 274-8111 for more information.

Benefit for Imaging for Life Jun 26

Atria’s Passport Around the World

International Culinary Experience.  Local chefs take you around the world.

A Benefit for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Imaging for Life Campaign

Thursday, June 26
6pm – 8pm

Atria Grass Valley
150 Sutton Way
Grass Valley

$20 in advance/$25 at the door – purchase online HERE

Local chefs bring their passion and enthusiasm as they WOW the guest with their tasty delights. Enjoy the friendly competition among the restaurants as they decorate their tables according to their country theme. Each chef plans to prepare a culinary masterpiece sure to please!

Let your taste buds travel around the world. Your ticket includes a sampling of ALL these flavorful, mouthwatering international cuisines! Vote for your favorite.

Complimentary wine provided by local wineries. Purchase raffle tickets for fun and fabulous prizes.

For more event details visit
For campaign details visit

Participating Restaurants (as of May 1)
Ike’s Quarter Café (USA)
Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli (France)
Thai Kitchen Restaurant (Thailand)
Atria Chef (Japan)

4th of July Donations Still Needed

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 there are many things to pay for, such as rental of the fairgrounds ($6,600), the Fire Marshal’s time ($2,300), fireworks ($9,300), golf carts, security, cleanup – the list goes on and on.

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 and we need your financial help to continue the tradition.

There are a variety of ways you can help. Please take a moment to Download & Review the Donation Form and return the form with your generous donation to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office by May 1, 2014.

Thank you for your enthusiastic community spirit in support of an important event.

The 4th of July Committee is comprised of the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

City Offers Business Assistance Loans

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Nevada City’s business loan and training programs are back for 2014!

The Microenterprise and Business Assistance loan programs provide below market rates and flexible terms for eligible applicants. Start-up businesses are eligible, and credit issues are not an automatic reason for disqualification. In some cases, grants are allowed.

As a government funded program, many rules apply. The Micro program limits businesses to five employees, and the Business Assistance program requires that you create or retain jobs.

The Micro program also offers business classes and counseling at no charge. The Sacramento Small Business Development Center returns to teach basic business classes, and Sierra Commons will be providing one-on-one business counseling.

Contact City Hall at 265-2496 for more information about the application process for these programs.

Broadband Summit Jun 28

Nevada County Broadband Summit

Come learn the current status of wireless broadband in Nevada County and ask ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) questions regarding access to the Internet in your neighborhood. This is the final Nevada County broadband meeting that has been developed by the joint efforts of the California Public Utilities Commission, Sierra Economic Development Corporation and the County of Nevada to help bring broadband service to sparsley populated rural communities.

Save the Date: Saturday, June 28 from 10am-12pm at the Gene Albaugh Community Room, Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is the facilitator of a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) grant to launch a public-private partnership aimed at increasing digital access and use in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties. Additional information and announcements will be posted on the Gold Country Broadband Consortium Blog: Please book mark this blog as the go-to-place for the latest GCBC updates and maps.

For more information on SEDCorp or the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, contact Randy Wagner, CEO, 530.823.4703, or visit

Nevada City Soapbox Derby Jun 21

Nevada City Soapbox Derby

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Starts at 12 pm

Why a soapbox derby?
Our community is filled with hills, and amazingly talented individuals. A soapbox derby is a fun event that is GREEN! It is a GRAVITY POWERED event, fueled only by the creativity and imagination of the participants!

Our mission is to provide a fun event for the entire community that is family friendly and enjoyable for all ages. Our primary goal is to have fun! The race is also a benefit for Pioneer Park improvement projects. We raise money through donations, race sponsorships, racer fees, and vendor contributions that are used to fund improvement projects at Pioneer Park in Nevada City.

For more information visit

“From the Cavern and On” Runs thru Jun 21


LeGacy Productions is proud to present their spring show at the Nevada Theatre, “From the Cavern and On” from May 30th to June 21st.

Hard to believe it’s been 50 years since the Beatles landed in America, and it was only the beginning of an “invasion” of music from our friends “across the pond”.

LeGacy co-founder and producer Sue LeGate Halford is joined on stage by Nevada County’s finest vocalists and musicians to celebrate 50 years of pop & rock-n-roll.  LeGacy veterans Dave Halford (guitar and vocals) & Gary Epps (lead guitar, keyboard and vocals) are joined by newcomer & British born Steve Sheppard (bass and vocals) & virtuoso drummer John Basa as they recreate the fabulous sounds of the Beatles, The Stones, Cream, The Who, The Kinks, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Badfinger, Coldplay and many, many more.  Diane Dean-Epps wrote the book, joins in on vocals and dance to take the audience through the last five decades of delicious music!!

Shows are Thursdays (June 12 & 19) at 7pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm (NO SHOW JUNE 13), & Sundays at 2pm (June 1st and 8th).

Thursday June 12th is a benefit for Big Brothers/Big Sisters…all tickets $20. Doors open at 6pm with live pre-show music by Chris Crockett.

All opening week performances are kicked off with pre-show music by The Buffalo Gals!! Gala night, Saturday, May 31st includes a pre-show reception with beer, wine, appetizers, and following the show, a reception with the cast!

Tickets are only $18 in advance, $20 at the door, (GALA NIGHT….all tickets are $25)…available at the Bookseller, Harmony Books, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419.