Nevada City Uncorked Sept 6

Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe Produces Hand-Made Truffles with Solune Port Wine For A Heavenly Experience At The Broad Street Inn

Nevada City Uncorked, a walk-about-town wine event that takes place on Saturday, September 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., includes 20 different venues throughout downtown Nevada City. Each location, whether it is a retail shop, restaurant, or winery tasting room, will include wine or beer tasting, and food sampling.

This year Nevada City Uncorked is focusing on a farm-to-fork theme featuring the agricultural bounty of the Northern Sierra Foothills.
Linda and Bill Hansen, owners of the Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe love chocolate and they love wine. Why, they wondered, couldn’t they combine the two into one glorious truffle? Using their proprietary recipe, they partnered with Jacques Mercier of Solune Winegrowers to incorporate his P.O.S.H. Port-style wine into their truffles.

Uncorked-JacquesThe wine is a blend of Barbara, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional. Winemaker Jacques Mercier explains that “each component plays a very specific role towards the complexity, intensity and, most importantly, harmony of this very stylish wine.”

After several attempts and a few taste tests to get the flavors right, including adding more dark chocolate to the mix, they came up with the recipe. “The wine changes the layers of flavor you get from the chocolate,” Linda Hansen explained. “With the P.O.S.H. Port wine the flavors are amazing. I also love it with their Titan Red Blend as well.”
On the day of Uncorked, The Broad Street Inn ( will host Solune Winegrowers when they partner with Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe. Built in 1870, innkeeper and owner Valerie Moberg explains “Broad Street Inn is a small, family-owned green business that prides itself on providing clean, comfortable accommodations at affordable rates. Located in the heart of historic downtown Nevada City, our Victorian inn offers six contemporary rooms. Our peaceful garden setting is perfect for a relaxing getaway.”

In addition to their Port wine, Solune will be pouring their 2013 Barbera Rosé, 2010 Barbara, and Titan XVII (a Malbec/Zin Blend). Their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Musqué will be their featured new release.

During Uncorked, 18 wineries from Nevada and Placer Counties, as well as two local breweries (see list at will be pouring their favorite wines and beers. Additionally the wineries will be featuring their newest releases in celebration of the upcoming harvest.

Nevada City Uncorked is collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners Association. Tickets are $35 in advance, $30 for Wine Club Members of participating wineries, and $45 on the day of the event. Each ticket includes a wine glass, unlimited wine/beer tasting, and five food tickets. For more information and to purchase tickets, click on  or call the Chamber at 530-265-2692.


Bridgeport Ground Breaking Ceremony Sept 2

Chamber members are invited to the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the start of the stabilization work for our beloved wood covered bridge. The event is scheduled for Noon on Tuesday September 2, 2014.


Hospice Hoedown Sept 6

Hospice Hoedown
A benefit for Hospice of the Foothills
Saturday, Sept 6, 2014
Saloon opens at 5:30pm; Dinner at 7pm

Nevada City Elks Lodge
518 Hwy 49, Nevada City

Tickets: $75 per person – For tickets and more information call (530) 274-5151, ext. 251


The Long Walk Benefit Sept 6


Anyone who has a heart for the homeless: individuals, youth groups, families, teams, service organizations and BUSINESSES. Form a team, gather up your family or INVITE a friend and enjoy a morning walk for a great cause.

Walk-a-Thon to benefit Hospitality House. Participants pay a $25 registration fee or collect pledges to raise donations and WIN PRIZES. A BBQ will be held following the event where the prizes will be awarded. The event raises awareness of the many homeless in our own community and raises money to support Hospitality House Shelter for the Homeless.

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 – Registration 7:30 to 9:00 – Walk begins at 9:00 am.

Utah’s Place – 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley CA 95945

How Does the Event Work?
Walkers will walk from Utah’s Place through the Brunswick Basin area (under two miles) or choose to walk a portion of the route. The first 250 participants to register will receive “A Long Walk” T-shirt. Participants can either pay a $25 registration fee or collect pledges to raise donations and be eligible to WIN PRIZES. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A BBQ will follow the walk where the prizes will be awarded.

Prizes will be awarded for:
• The most pledge dollars raised by an individual:  $500 gift certificate for food and lodging at Sunnyside Resort and Lodge, Lake Tahoe.

• The most pledge dollars raised by a student or child under 18 years of age:  4 TICKETS TO DISNEYLAND Amusement Park in Anaheim, California and $300 towards food, lodging and transportation.

• The most pledge dollars raised by a team:  16 tickets to Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, California.

• The largest team:  2 hours of bowling for up to 20 PEOPLE at Prosperity Lanes in Grass Valley, California.

For more information and to register for The Long Walk go to or call (530) 615-0852.


Fundraisier Benefits Imaging for Life Sept 6


A community Shred Fundraiser in support the Sierra Nevada Memorial Foundation’s Imaging for Life Campaign is being hosted by Fast and Fit, Women’s Gym and Personal Training Studio

Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10am to 12:00pm. Fast and Fit is located at 760 S. Auburn Street (Village Shopping Center close to McKnight Way), in Grass Valley.

A suggested donation of $5 per box (approximately 10x12x15) is requested. Papers, checkbooks, credit cards, folders, photographs, etc. will be shred by Secure Record Management of Auburn whose employees donate their time. Donors can watch their documents being shredded if that is important. Boxes can also be dropped off the day before.

“We have, unfortunately, had several women at our gym who have been dealing with cancer this year,” commented Fast and Fit owner Judi Bannister. “It is important for us to support our local Cancer Center in honor of them.”

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission “To nurture the spirit of generosity and volunteerism of the community, we focus our philanthropic efforts in fostering quality healthcare of the highest standards for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.” For more information please call (530) 477-9700 or visit


Nevada City Film Festival Sept 4-7


WHO: 14th Annual Nevada City Film Festival

WHEN: Thursday – Sunday, September 4-7, 2014

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA and
Haven Underground, 226 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA

TICKETS: Tickets $7/$9 for individual screenings, $89/$99 Festival Passes. Tickets go on sale August 1 for members, August 15 for the public, online at, by phone at (530) 362-8601, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

The 14th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) kicks off September 4-7, 2014 in historic Nevada City, CA. Every summer, NCFF makes art into a party, bringing emerging and top independent filmmakers showcasing award-winning short and feature length films from around the world to the Sierra Foothills. The four-day celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking, includes film screenings, workshops, special performances, and a live comedy show. NBC Bay Area called it “one of the fun and funkiest” film festivals in California.

NCFF has also been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” (Sacramento News & Review) for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film. Each year, NCFF attends major film festivals, collaborates with film schools around the world, reads countless film blogs, and watches the hundreds of films submitted, to narrow it all down to the very best in independent film. From feature-length documentaries to world premiere animated shorts, NCFF brings in the buzzed-about festival winners, as well as some of independent cinema’s best-kept secrets.
This year’s opening night feature is Creep, the directorial debut of Nevada County native Patrick Brice. The darkly humorous found-footage thriller stars Brice as a videographer who answers a cryptic Craigslist ad placed by the titular creep (played by Mark Duplass). Alex Williams of the Daily Texan called it “smart, unsettling, and refreshingly self-aware” and Time Magazine named it “one of the 10 movies that made SXSW spectacular.” Creep premiered at SXSW in Austin, TX this spring and quickly launched Brice into a elite group of independent directors. Alejandro Jodorowsky named checked him in an interview, Creep was optioned as a trilogy and Brice was asked to direct Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman in the indie comedy The Overnight. Creep screens, Thursday, September 4 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

NCFilmMarcMaronAnother one of this year’s special guests is comedian Marc Maron from IFC’s hit series “Maron” and the popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.” Maron will headline NCFF’s Live Comedy show on Friday, September 5 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. Two performances are scheduled for 8pm and 10:30pm. For over twenty years, Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio, web and television. A legend in the stand-up community, Maron has appeared on Louie, Letterman, Leno, Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time with Bill Maher, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up, and The Green Room. Maron’s podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, premiered in September 2009 and has featured compelling monologues and interviews with iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Louis CK, Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, Judd Apatow and Ben Stiller. It has become a worldwide phenomenon averaging 2.5-3 million downloads each month. His IFC comedy series Maron is currently in its second season.
Internationally recognized multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek will also showcase her latest project at NCFF. Matreyek combines stunning animation with the art of movement, cleverly using a projection of her silhouette to interact with her creations. Earlier this year, Miwa premiered her new project The World Made Itself at Sundance. The fantastical kaleidoscopic experience is sophisticated yet full of childlike wonder, leading the audience through the history of the earth, from its birth to today’s complex and fast-paced world. The thematic journey is a spectacle of surrealistic metaphor and fantasy. Matreyek also performs Myth and Infrastructure, which traverses seascapes, cityscapes and domestic spaces to conjure dreamlike scenes with nuanced layers of light and shadow. Matreyek has shown her works at venues around the world, including TEDGlobal (UK), the SF Exploratorium, Spain, Mexico, Chile and more. Matreyek performs twice Friday, September 5 at the Haven Underground.

In addition to the above mentioned special guests, NCFF will screen 70 short films, 10 feature length films, a special student works program featuring films from Sierra College students, workshops, and after parties in historic locations throughout downtown Nevada City. The first round of 2014 Official Selections have been announced and can be found at

In previous years NCFF has hosted filmmakers such as Mike Mills (The Beginners, Thumbsucker), Miranda July (The Future), Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), James M. Johnston (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies), Greg Finton (The World According to Dick Cheney), Galen Pehrson (MOCA), Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and comedians including Nick Kroll (FX’s The League, and Comedy Central’s Nick Kroll Show), Mark Proksch (The Office), Brett Gelman (Go On), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately), Eric Andre (Adult Swim), and Neil Hamburger.

What else is new at NCFF this year? So far….

Outdoor Family Film Screening of ET in Pioneer Park – Friday, August 15, 2014

Filmmaker Salons: NCFF Salons are a unique opportunity to be apart of an in-depth conversation led by filmmakers and industry professionals about major issues and ideas related to independent cinema.

Filmmaker Workshops: NCFF Workshops are an exciting opportunity for audiences to engage with Festival filmmakers and get an insider’s look at their craft and process. Classes are open to film lovers and filmmakers alike. This year’s workshops include Adventure Storytelling with GoPro and How to Create a Successful Comedy Webseries

Director’s Spotlight – TBA – The director’s spotlight showcases the complete works of a filmmaker giving festival-goers the opportunity to see and learn the filmmaker’s growth and gain insider/industry tips and tools.

Aaron Gayden Band at Stonehouse Sept 5

The Stonehouse will present the Aaron Gayden Band from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept 5th. The Sacramento area based AGB is fronted by gold record recipient Aaron Gayden, the group’s lead vocalist, bassist, primary composer and arranger. And he is only the beginning! Each member of AGB is an artist in their own right.

The band refers to its groove as “funkatized harmonics” and “rhythmic scintilations”. AGB brings a rich, refreshing mix of musical styles from jazz and R&B to pop and rock and roll.

Equally at home with jazz, R&B, country, rock, Latin and even classical music, Gayden and the band bring a spirit of innovation and improvisation to every song and genre they touch upon. Whether they are playing old school R&B, rock, their own brand of jazz or anything in between, AGB is inspiring, original, authentic and soulful.

Who: Stonehouse Presents

What: Aaron Gayden Band

Where: Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento St, Nevada City

When: Friday, Sept. 5th, 6:00-8:30pm

Cost: $10, all ages


Nevada City Uncorked Sept 6

Nevada City Uncorked
Conscious Catering Includes Seasonal Ingredients to Pair with Nevada City Winery Wines

Nevada City Uncorked, a walk-about-town wine event that takes place on Saturday, September 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., includes 20 different venues throughout downtown Nevada City. Each location, whether it is a retail shop, restaurant, or winery tasting room, will include wine or beer tasting, and food sampling.

This year Nevada City Uncorked is focusing on a farm-to-fork theme featuring the agricultural bounty of the Northern Sierra Foothills.
Mary Marlet, owner of Conscious Catering in Nevada City ( has been buying meats, poultry, and seasonal produce from local farmers for years “I’m so pleased to live in a community with so many farms producing such high quality foods,” Marlet said.

Marlet’s dishes vary throughout the season always incorporating the freshest ingredients like cherry-Zinfandel sauces in early summer or BBQ peach salsa a little later. For Uncorked she is preparing locally raised beef, and lamb, with Blackberry Gastrique, as well as corn pudding with truffle butter glaze, grilled seasonal veggies, and shortcakes with plum and nectarine preserves.

UncorkedMark-FosterThis year during Uncorked, Conscious Catering will partner with Nevada City Winery on Spring Street. These dishes are perfect for crisp, dry fruity whites like Nevada City Winery’s Dry Gewurztraminer, Marlet explained. Winemaker Mark Foster thought the Syrah and lamb Gastrique pairing was perfect. Nevada City Winery will also be featuring their newest release, their 2012 Zinfandel.

During Uncorked, along with the food, 18 wineries from Nevada and Placer Counties, as well as two local breweries (see list at will be pouring their favorite wines and beers. Additionally the wineries will be featuring their newest releases in celebration of the upcoming harvest.

Nevada City Uncorked is collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners Association. Tickets are $35 in advance, $30 for Wine Club Members of participating wineries, and $45 on the day of the event. Each ticket includes a wine glass, unlimited wine/beer tasting, and five food tickets.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to Contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce directly at 530-265-2692.


Showcase Your Business Aug 27

Participate in the Next Table Top Mixer!

The Nevada City & Grass Valley Chambers are still looking for members who would like to participate in the August 27th Table Top Mixer hosted by the Grass Valley Elks. Table Top Mixers are a great way to showcase your business.

Please download, complete, and return the Table Top Mixer Application with the $110 fee to the Grass Valley Chamber office soon! First Come/First Serve basis!

Questions? Contact Tobi Kornder at 1-707-712-3308 or


Haven Downtown Chamber Mixer


Pictured L to R: Cindy Moon, Justin Gonzalez, Amanda Rodgers

Last week’s Chamber mixer at The Haven Downtown was a great chance to see this beautiful new venue. Thank you, Amanda & Justin, for opening your lovely facility for this event!

And congratulations to Cindy Moon, NC Chamber Admin Asst, for winning the Raffle Prize – Free Venue Rental at The Haven!!

To find out about renting The Haven Downtown call Amanda Rodgers at (530) 559-1114 or email

August Sounding Board

Photos by Doug Greene

Photos by Doug Greene

Thank you to everyone who participated in the SCORE Sounding Board last week.  We had a great turnout, but could always use more input!  We’ll keep you posted as to the date for the September meeting.

Hope to see you next month.

MIM Sierra BrewFest Aug 23

2014 Sierra BrewFest
An Epic Afternoon of Sun, Suds and Fun
Saturday, August 23

Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley
3:00 – 6:30 pm

Unlimited Tastings
$30 per person • $10 non-tasters
$35 at the door • Kids Free

Online tickets at

A unique, unlimited microbrew tasting experience. Sample over 100 hand-crafted beers. Enjoy delicious food from some of the best local food trucks and restaurants.

A benefit for Music in the Mountains Produced by the MIM Alliance, (530) 265-6124

Additional ticket outlets at The BriarPatch Market and at both SPD Markets

NCCB Pioneer Park Concert Aug 24

Just a Kid at Heart

Sunday, August 24 • 5-7pm
Pioneer Park, Nevada City

The last picnic concert of the year! The Pioneer Park concert on Sunday August 24 “Just a Kid at Heart” will feature music that will remind you that we are all just kids in many sizes. Featured will be the two 2014 Foote Scholarship recipients, who will play solo numbers with the NCCBand.

For more information go to

Jazz Up Your Summer with BYLT Benefit Aug 24

Music, Community and Conservation come together at Land Trust Benefit

On Sunday, August 24, the faculty backbone of the celebrated Sierra Jazz Society and Jazz Camp will come together in a rare appearance known as The Sierra 5 for an outdoor community concert benefiting Bear Yuba Land Trust.

The Sierra 5 is bassist Bill Douglass, guitarist John Girton, flutist Nora Nausbaum, drummer Kit Bailey and trombonist Al Bent. Each musician has a long and deep musical history and have played together since 2001.

Bill Douglass has performed and recorded with Marian McPartland, Bobby McFerrin, Mose Alison, Terry Riley, Art Lande, Mark Isham, Bobby Bradford, and Tom Waits. He is the Artistic Director of Sierra Jazz Society and annual Jazz Camp.

John Girton is well known for his work as lead guitarist with the group, “Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks.” He was also featured as guitarist, saxophonist, clarinetist, and occasional mandolinist with the popular vocalist, Maria Muldaur.

Nora Nausbaum, alto flute, is classically trained and has focused on jazz for the last 15 years. She received her Masters of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music.

Al Bent’s trombone can be heard in Bay Area Latin bands, big bands, and jazz combos of every style. He performs regularly in the quintet, “Reflections.”

Kit Bailey began hitting things for fun and profit at age 11, drumming in bagpipe bands, wind ensembles, ballet and theatre pit orchestras, swing and jazz combos, rock and jazz fusion bands, big dance classes and orchestras including San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Symphonies, and Music in the Mountains Orchestra.

Held at the beautiful North Star House, the August 24 concert with The Sierra-5 is the second in a three concert summer jazz series designed to raise funding and awareness for BYLT’s ongoing land conservation projects and outdoor education programming.

Billed as a community party with ticket prices starting at just $20, The Sierra 5 concert is designed to be accessible to everyone.

Bear Yuba Land Trust is a community supported non-profit group that works with willing landowners to conserve land for community hiking and outdoor education, farming and ranching, forestry and healthy natural open spaces beneficial for native populations of plants and animals. To date, BYLT has conserved 9,000 acres and built 40 miles of trails.

For a picnic dinner on the lawn, concert goers can pre-order a Hawaiian-themed gourmet boxed dinner from Christopher’s Catering Company. During the concert, attendees can purchase wine, beer or a specialty cocktail at the Land Trust Bar (no outside alcohol please) or shop for local goods and services at a Silent Auction.

Gates for the event open at 5 p.m. with music beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 for members, $25 for not-yet-members and are available online, at BriarPatch Co-op and the Land Trust office, 12183 Auburn Road, Grass Valley.

For more concert and ticket information, call: 272-5994, email: or visit:


NC Sounding Board Meeting Aug 20

Hello Nevada City Sounding Board Members:

This is a reminder that our SCORE “Sounding Board” meeting is scheduled for Wednesday August 20 at the Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street in Nevada City. We’ll begin the meeting promptly at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.  Lunch will be available for purchase.

Come prepared to share a specific business challenge and after hearing from everyone, the group will select the topic for the meeting.

We’re looking forward to a successful business “Sounding Board” in our area.

Bob Gius, 205-9523,
Sacramento SCORE •

What is the Nevada City Sounding Board?
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.

Chamber Mixer at Haven Downtown Aug 21

The Haven Downtown is hosting a Chamber Mixer August 21st!

We will be opening the doors for people to come and see our space, hors d’oeuvres provided by Emily’s Catering, AND we’ll be giving away ONE FREE RENTAL DATE at the event (must be present to win!).

That’s August 21st, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Contact Amanda Rodgers at (530) 559-1114 for more information.

The Haven Downtown
226 Broad Street, Nevada City