Sounding Board Meeting March 3

Hello Nevada County “Sounding Board” Members:

Announcing a Free “Lunch and Learn” meeting on Tuesday March 3rd. at Sierra Commons 792 A Searle Ave., Nevada City CA 95959 We’ll begin the meeting promptly at 12 PM and ends at 1:15 p.m. Bring your own brown bag lunch.

Our guest speaker is Brenda Horton. Her topic is: Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses”

Brenda Horton is the Founding Organizer of Nevada County Online Meetup, the largest Meetup Group in Nevada County that focuses on Internet Marketing. She sold her first Internet-based company in 1999, an e-Commerce site. She is the President of Hware, a business, technology and digital consulting agency. She is the co-creator of Actionplanr Web Mobile, a collaboration planning and task management tool coming soon in BETA for the next generation of small teams.

Please register so we can get a headcount by holding down the control key and clicking on this link:

I’m looking forward to your participation in our “Sounding Board”. If you have program suggestions or any questions, please contact me.

Best Regards


Bob Gius                                                                                  Hillary Hodge SCORE                                                                                     Sierra Commons
530 205 9523                                                                         530 265 8443                                                   


NC Gold Raises Funds for NC Chamber

Nevada County Gold Magazine Raises Funds for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Nevada County Gold Magazine recently presented a check for $2512.76 to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This amount represents the commission generated on advertising sales in the 2014-2015 Nevada County Gold Magazine. Celebrating 29 years of publication, “The Gold” has raised more than $230,000 for the Nevada County Chambers of Commerce, and specifically, $51,886 for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce since 1987.

Nevada County Gold is designated the “Official Guide to Nevada County.” The Gold provides valuable information about Nevada County including a yearly calendar of events, maps, dining, recreation, real estate and lodging opportunities that abound in our lovely County.

With a yearly distribution of 85,000, Nevada County Gold is available at more than 600 locations including Old Sacramento Visitor Center, San Francisco Visitors & Convention Center, throughout the Bay Area, Truckee Visitor Center, Reno, Sierra County, Auburn, Parks and much more. The Gold can also be found throughout Nevada County at hundreds of locations.

For information about advertising in the 2015-2016 edition, contact Nevada County Gold at, or call 530-272-3239 for more information.




One Fine Day Wedding Event Mar 8


WHO: Miners Foundry Cultural Center & Gold Dust Collective present

WHAT: One Fine Day: The Nevada City Wedding Event of 2015

WHEN: Sunday, March 8, 2015, noon-5pm

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA

TICKETS: $10, available online at, by phone at (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry and BriarPatch Co-op


The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Gold Dust Collective present One Fine Day: The Nevada City Wedding Event of 2015, Sunday, March 8 at the historic Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City, CA.

Inspired by today’s non-traditional brides looking for unique and modern wedding ideas, One Fine Day is an interactive, playful party that showcases many of Northern California’s finest wedding purveyors and professionals and features on trend wedding ideas and concepts.  From visionary wedding planners and unique, one-of-a-kind photo booths (one is in a vintage VW bug) and photographers to florists specializing in seasonal and local flowers and caterers known for their delicious and inventive farm-to-table menus, wedding couples will find everything they need to ensure they stand out from the crowd on their special day.  The event also features pop-up workshops where attendees can learn how to create their own elaborate wedding hairstyles and floral arrangements, along with live music from the Pine Street Ramblers and DJs Shocks and Struts spinning vinyl, plus a full-bar serving signature cocktails.

“The bohemian festival vibe is definitely the prevailing trend in weddings today,” explains Erin Lewis, producer of One Fine Day and owner of Gold Dust Collective, a boutique wedding and event planner who has organized and styled special events for over twenty years.  “But people who get married in Nevada County don’t necessarily follow the trends; they are looking for something a little more unique.”

Kat Kress, the booking coordinator at the Miners Foundry agrees, wedding rentals of the historic building have steadily increased over the last year with nearly fifty-one weddings planned for 2015. Many of the brides are traveling as far as the Bay Area and Southern California in search of a venue and town that can offer not only the bride and groom, but their guests, an unforgettable weekend.  The Foundry with its beautiful stone walls and hand hewn timber beams is the perfect blank slate to create the popular rustic chic weddings that are in such high demand.  And Nevada City with its historic charm and easy access to the beautiful natural landscape is the perfect weekend getaway.  The press is taking notice as well, weddings at the Miners Foundry have been featured on and in Real Weddings Magazine.

This year’s vendors include: Under Canvas Events, Little Boy Flowers, Joy of Life Events, Muse Juice Videography, Nicole Dianne Photography, Emily’s Catering, Broad Street Bistro, Taylor Kane Events, Giggle & Riot Photo Booths, Special Arrangements Event & Wedding Coordination, harpist Lisa Stine, Pine Street Ramblers , Anything’s Possible Events & More, Temple Photography & Photo Booth, Bee, Leaves N’Love, Shannon Morse Photography, The Haven Downtown, Hair & Makeup by Angela, Athena Kalindi Photography, Fable Coffee, Roots Reclaimed Vintage Rentals, The Studio Collective, Shocks N Struts, Pretty Plates Vintage Rentals, Table Nectar Local & Organic Catering, The Traveling Photo Booth, Perfect Pear Catering, and Indian Hill Ranch & Gardens, among others.

One Fine Day creates a fun cocktail party environment, where a bride and entourage, can learn hair and makeup tips and tricks, meet and engage with vendors, sample food and drink, and above all gather inspiration to throw a party of a lifetime.

Photo Credit: Nicole Dianne Photography for Style Me Pretty Blog

Watch the video


Sue LeGate In Concert Mar 6 & 7

ONE weekend only, Friday & Saturday March 6th & 7th!

Off Broadstreet Theatre presents Sue LeGate, Dave Halford & Darryl Stines in an intimate acoustic evening of music and fun! Sue returns to her theatre “home” to present the music of Peter, Paul, & Mary, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, the Kingston Trio and many more!!

Call 265-8686 for reservations!! Come join us for a great evening of music & laughs!!


Wheyward Girl Mac & Cheese Kickstarter Mar 2

Wheyward Girl Creamery LOGO
Downtown Nevada City continues its popular transition into a foodie destination due to its burgeoning number of artisan bakers, brewers, and local organic restaurants and farms.

Now, Wheyward Girl Creamery will be adding to the incredible mix this summer when it opens its doors next to the popular Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. on lower Commercial Street. Wheyward Girl will be Nevada County’s first creamery and the next building block of Nevada City’s growing local gourmet scene and economy!

To start the campaign with a bang, a Mac & Cheese Kickstarter Kick-off, March 2nd, 5-7pm in the parking lot of Three Forks, will be taking place the same day as the official Kickstarter campaign-launch. Three different flavored Mac & Cheeses will be served, showcasing Wheyward Girl cheeses! First come first serve!

Download Press Release


Be a Volunteer River Guide for SYRCL!

Know & Go:

What: Volunteer River Guide School

When: Spring Guide School: April 18-19, April 25-26, May 2-3, or Summer Guide School: June 4-8 Disability Awareness Training: May 30-31 (required)

Where: ETC River Camp on the South Fork of the American River in Lotus, CA

Who: Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) and South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)


Contact Chris Friedel, River Science Manager, (530) 265-5961, ext. 211;

Download Full Press Release


News from Nevada City Police Dept

Spring Clean

The Nevada City Police Department is working with various community members and other city Departments on a spruce-up of the Historical District.   The event will occur on 3 consecutive dates March, 31st, April 1st and April 2nd.  This is a great way to get our downtown area perked up for all the events this summer.  Reinette Senum will be visiting shops to assist with paint matching to paint over graffiti.  Chamber members who wish more information and/or want to participate can call Chief Tim Foley at 265-4700.

NCPD Canine

In 1993 the Nevada City Police Department deployed a full time canine team.  The team was well received by the community and a valuable asset for the Department and the community. The team retired in 1999 and was not replaced.  The Nevada City Police Department is strongly considering re-implementing the Canine program and would like your support.  We demand the most of our tax dollars and a well-run Canine team will save time, money, improve community connection, and increase productivity.  A law enforcement Canine Teams provides a valuable service to our community by reducing crime and the amount of illegal drugs in our city, assisting in the faster return missing persons, apprehending suspects who have fled a crime scene and introducing a new Law Enforcement Partner for community events and area schools.  For more information of how you can assist please contact Chief Tim Foley or Officer Scott Goin at 265-4700.

Nev Co Public Health Dept Survey

Nevada County Public Health Department
2014 & 2015 Community Health Assessment Survey


Nevada County Public Health Department is conducting a community health assessment. Our goal is to have a deeper understanding of what issues residents feel are important, how quality of life is perceived in our various communities, and what community assets we have already that can be used to improve community health.

We are asking our community members to complete this survey. The questions are about quality of life, health care, children, elderly, economic opportunity, safety, social support, community health, stress, and risk behaviors in the community. In addition, we gather some basic demographic information which helps us understand what matters to the different individuals and communities completing the survey.

At the end of the survey, we offer an option to be entered into a drawing for your choice of one of three prizes:

  • $25 gift certificate to Safeway
  • $25 gift card
  • $25 gift certificate to The Book Seller

Award winners will be selected and notified by mid-February.

Any questions please contact: Holly Whittaker, MS, Epidemiologist, at 530.470.2658 or email or by mail, Nevada County Public Health Department, 500 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Take the Online Survey

Download Community Health Assessment Survey


Volunteer at South Yuba River State Park

February 21 from 10am-2pm is our Annual Open House/Reception for new docents where we show them the volunteer opportunities here at Bridgeport (S.Y.R.S.P.) and Malakoff Diggins SHP.

Also, either March 6th and 7th or March 13th and 14th are the Mandatory training dates for all new/incoming volunteers. This training will be held at Empire Mine SHP.

Download Volunteer Recruit Brochure

Download Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet

For more information contact:

Marc D. Wetherbee
State Park Peace Officer – Ranger, Badge# 1195
CA State Parks: Sierra District, South Yuba River State Park
(530)432-2546, Fax: (530)432-4182
17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946



Women’s Self Defense Class Starts Feb 28

Women’s Self-Defense – You Can Do This!

For all women 12 yrs old and older – Only $25 for a 12 Hour Class
Scholarships Available

Friday February 28th 6:00-10:00 pm
Saturday March 1st 1:00- 5:00 pm
Sunday March 2nd 1:00- 5:00 pm

Register online at or call 530-277-4338



E-Waste Drop-Off at Old Barn Storage

You can help make a difference by donating old electronic devices to a great cause the month of February, thanks to Old Barn Storage! Your donation will help SNMH Foundation as we raise funds to purchase equipment for the Women Infant Care Unit at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. You can donate computers, monitors, televisions, printers, mobile phones, laptops, DVD players, VCRs, microwaves, calculators, iPods, cables and wires, telephones, fax machines, scanners, computer parts and more. Recycle old media such as CDs, VHS, DVDs, cassettes, cameras, game consoles, and MP3 players. Old toner and ink cartridges will be recycled in an eco-friendly way.

All Green Electronics Recycling promises to recycle everything it accepts in North America and to never send electronics to a landfill or overseas for processing.

Old Barn Storage is located at 175 Spring Hill Drive, Grass Valley (off Idaho Maryland Road). They are open seven days a week from 9:30am to 5:00pm.



Harmony Ridge Lodge Winter Season Specials!

Enjoy amazing savings, February thru April, at our luxury bed and breakfast nestled in the forest just five minutes from downtown Nevada City….

Book now for Valentines, Mardi Gras, and early Spring weekends! • 530-478-0615


M3Mall Spring Pageant

Looking for Contestants ages 3-103
Business Sponsors, Advertisers & Volunteers

Become a Queen In 2015!

Applications Due Now



Nevada City Chamber Mardi Gras Commercial

Hello Chamber Members,

Below is a link to our Nevada City Commercial which is airing on cable television.  Our target market is Roseville, Rocklin and surrounding areas including Tahoe and Truckee.  Also marketing to Reno and surrounding areas.  In this ad we are highlighting Nevada City’s Mardi Gras Celebration.

Nevada City Chamber Mardi Gras Commercial

The Nevada City Cooperative Advertising Program sponsors these ads along with other advertising promotions for Nevada City.  The Program has proven very successful over the last 28 years.  We would love more participation so we can do more.  For only 50 cents a day, ($15.00 a month) you can help promote Nevada City.

For more information please e-mail Donna Carter at or call 265-2249.

Enjoy the commercial.

DeadBeats & Achilles Wheel Dance Concert Feb 20


WHAT: Chinese New Years Celebration
with The DeadBeats and Achilles Wheel

WHEN: Friday, February 20, 2015, Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

WHERE: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, downtown Nevada City

TICKETS:  Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 door.  Available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the BriarPatch Co-op and Miners Foundry


Nevada County favorites, The DeadBeats and Achilles Wheel headline a dance concert Friday, February 20, at the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City. Featuring music of the Grateful Dead and original world, roots and rock-n-roll, the show is a Chinese New Year celebration for all ages.

“The evening promises to be nothing short of a spectacular party,” says Miners Foundry executive director Gretchen Bond. “It is a rare occasion to see these incredible local bands together in one evening.” The celebration includes sets by both bands and Chinese New Year revelry with a colorful procession, dragon, drumming and more.

Achilles Wheel joined forces with The DeadBeats last summer at the revival of the community party known as JerryBash at Nevada City’s Pioneer Park. The event to celebrate the late Jerry Garcia’s birthday brought in hundreds of enthusiastic fans that loved seeing these two bands performing back to back. Word on the street is that the Miners Foundry will again produce this incredible event this Summer, 2015.

Songwriter, vocalist, and rhythm guitarist for both Achilles Wheel and The DeadBeats, Paul Kamm, adds,  “We’re overjoyed to play locally again for our fans. All of us are excited to make that magic happen again and bring the community out to dance.”

Achilles Wheel has been lighting up stages for the last three years at the Kate Wolf, Strawberry, and California World music festivals and at venues throughout Northern California. Their unique but danceable sound is creating a huge fan base that has brought them airplay and attention across the US.  Achilles Wheel covers diverse musical territory, combining award-winning songwriting and musicianship to create a unique fluidity of roots, world, blues, and rock.

“They aren’t afraid to develop their own sound,” says music critic Dylan Muhlberg. “Achilles Wheel is one of Northern California’s most promising ensembles that reflects true individualism through songwriting and playing.”

Achilles Wheel includes the strong vocals and guitar stylings of Paul Kamm and Jonny Mojo Flores, plus the fine talents of bassist Shelby Snow and drummers Gary Campus and Mark McCartney.

For over 20 years The DeadBeats have shared the magic of the Grateful Dead with Northern California fans.  The band came together in 1994 hoping to “have some fun playing Dead covers.” It was soon apparent that the band was on to something, a certain indefinable sound and feel that captures the essence of a Dead show. Nowadays, band members are busy in other musical arenas so when they do get together it is a rare treat. The current Deadbeats are guitarists and vocalists Tom Menig and Paul Kamm, bassist Eric Menig, keyboardist Glenn Tucker, and drummers Gary Campus and Mark McCartney.