Fall Colors Open Studios Tour Oct 10, 11, 17 & 18

Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour of Nevada County
October 10-11, and 17-18 • 10:AM to 5:00PM

Open House Preview Event: Thursday, October 8
6:00 to 9:00PM

Meet the artists, view their work, plan your tour, buy art, preview upcoming shows, youth workshops, and support The Center for the Arts and our community. The Center is located at 314 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley.

Visit 70+ local artists in 46 studios this October and see where art is made, displayed, and appreciated in Nevada County. The tour features painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, designers, woodworkers and more. You will have the opportunity to meet the artists, view new work, and buy original art in a wide range of media & styles. See their workspace, watch live demonstrations, observe works in progress and learn about an art process from concept to completion.  Beyond an art sale, Open Studios is a chance to experience first-hand how, where and why art is created.

Start your tour at The Center for the Arts preview exhibit October 8-18 artist reception Thursday, October 8, 6 – 9PM. The Open House is free and open to all ages. Meet the artists, view their work, plan your tour, buy art, preview upcoming shows, youth workshops, and support The Center for the Arts and our community.

For more information go to www.thecenterforthearts.org


Oct 1st – Deadline to Run for Chamber BOD

Dear NC Chamber Member,

It’s that time of year again and we are looking for a few good people who care about the economic future of Nevada City and its sphere of influence – people who see that future as a vibrant and successful result of our commitment.

Those with the time and dedication to take on two years of fun and adventure are encouraged to apply!

Deadline to apply is October 1st.  Please reply to Cathy@NevadaCityChamber.com

Nevada City – Our door is open and the lights are on!

Paul Sieving, President


Nevada City’s First Friday Art Walk Oct 2

NCArtWalkJuly 2015
First Friday Art Walk
October 2 • Starts at 5PM

Local Artists, Musicians, Business Owners and Non-Profits Unite to Celebrate Art

The First Friday Art Walk, a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and creative community, continues this month at 5:00PM. Participating Downtown businesses will be open from 5pm to 9pm and many will host receptions with local artists, trunk shows, special one night only sales and performances.

Guests are encouraged to pick up their First Friday Art Walk maps at any of our participating businesses so that they may be in the know about all of the great things we have in store(s) for them at First Friday Art Walk – Nevada City, CA.

Artists are encouraged to submit work for consideration for future Art Walks via the Art Walk Artist Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cTiwQuo5s1xBYzP6DgzSxIrYBmqem21eqfGJ8t2uXN0/viewform?c=0&w=1

For more information:  www.facebook.com/FirstFridayArtWalkNevadaCity

Apply for a Table Top at the Oct 8th Mixer

Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers are looking for members to participate in the next Table Top Mixer!

Thursday, October 8th
Hosted by Gold Miners Inn-Holiday Inn Express, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley

Application and fees accepted on a first come / first serve basis. Each business category is limited to one participant.


For more information contact:
Laura Quaintance 530-913-2006; email: lquaintance@sbcglobal.net
Cindy Moon 530-265-2692; email: admin@nevadacitychamber.com

Random Acts of Kindness Event Oct 3

Want to be part of something big? Want to make a visible difference in your own community?

Please join The Union, KNCO,  KVMR and Anew Day as we endeavor to regenerate and preserve that which defines the splendor of our historical community. On October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. hundreds of Nevada County individuals and organizations will serve its citizens through the community-based second annual Random Acts of Kindness Event (RAKE).


We have lined up all the resources necessary to produce this second annual community-wide clean up day. Well-known local personalities from the Nevada County region have volunteered their time and energies to lead a group of individuals as they clean local roadways and parks.  Spanning from the south end of the County to Nevada City, 27 locations have been identified for community clean-up on the day of the event. Approximately 20 people per project location will sign-up to volunteer under the direction of a designated  “team leader.” We will provide the necessary supplies, including safety vests, gloves, trash grabbers and other necessary equipment.

We’re seeking members of the community to join us in our efforts. To participate in the RAKE or for further information please visit www.therakeevent.com or call Anew Day at 530-470-9111.  Registration is $20 per person which includes a t-shirt and free BBQ immediately following the event.

AnewDayLogoAll proceeds go to support Anew Day and the cost-free services it offers to the community.  Anew Day works to provide a safe environment which enables its clients to face life’s ups and downs. Partnering with their clients, Anew Day counselors folks where they are and with whatever struggle they are facing.  Anew Day’s goal is to provide answers, hope, direction, and skills for coping with today’s pain as well as tomorrow’s struggles.

We look forward to your participation!


Judi’s of NC Friendship Club Fundraiser Oct 3


What:  The Annual Friendship Club Fundraiser at Judi’s of Nevada City; Judi’s will be offering a 5% discount on all regularly priced merchandise and donating a percentage of all sales to The Friendship Club

When: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 from 10am until 6pm

Where: Judi’s, 246 Commercial Street, Nevada City

Who: This event is hosted by Judi’s of Nevada City

Admission:  Free

Information:  Call Judi Weiner at  (530) 265.6710 or email her at judi@judisofnevadacity.com

Annual Friendship Club Fundraiser at Judi’s – October 3rd, 2015

Judi’s of Nevada City will be hosting a special fundraising event for The Friendship Club on Saturday, October 3rd, from 10am until 6pm. At this event, Judi’s will be offering a 5% discount on all regularly priced merchandise while donating a percentage of all sales to The Friendship Club. The doors will open at 10am and complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day. Staff and board members from The Friendship Club will be on hand throughout the event.

This is the 20th anniversary of The Friendship Club helping at-risk adolescent girls in Nevada County with a year-round program of educational activities, emotional support and community involvement. “The Friendship Club is about serving girls at risk but it’s also about building community.  We all live here together and any effort we put into each other benefits us all. We strive to teach our girls that they play an integral role in making their homes, schools, neighborhoods, and community a better place for everyone. Girls in the club receive a lot of support but they also give back to our community and love doing so!”

The Friendship Club is supported primarily by the generosity of the community and private grants. Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of the Friendship Club said, “ We are so grateful for Judi and Bob Weiner’s continued support of The Friendship Club. For the past several years, Judi has generously donated proceeds from one day of shopping in her beautiful store. We think it’s a win-win for businesses and organization’s to partner in this way. Its’ a fantastic way for The Friendship Club to gain exposure, and in addition to Judi’s generous donation, we always get new donors and volunteers who come to know The Friendship Club through Judi’s shopping event.”

Judi Weiner, the proprietor of Judi’s, has long supported the mission of The Friendship Club, and views her support as an investment in the future of our community. Judi believes that strong women of any age are beautiful and her store was born out of her desire to help women to have confidence and feel good about themselves.

Judi’s carries a wide selection of beautifully designed contemporary clothing and accessories including Jag Jeans, French Dressing, Nomadic Traders, Habitat, Cut Loose, Comfy and Marucca handbags- and a selection of jewelry and accessories created by international designers as well as local artisans.

The Friendship Club Fundraiser is a great way to enhance your wardrobe with Judi’s fabulous fashions, get started on your holiday shopping, and support a very worthwhile local cause – everyone wins!

Fall Cleaning in Nevada City Oct 3



After a successful 3-day spring-cleaning called Spring Madness last March, a 1-day fall cleaning has been scheduled for Nevada City on Saturday, October 3rd, 8am to 1pm.

The City of Nevada City, the Nevada City Police, Public Works, and organizations such as Hour Nevada County, Sierra Roots, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, and neighbors and downtown businesses will be repainting curbs, removing graffiti, repainting storefronts, and spot-cleaning sidewalks.

Pioneer Park is on the list for cleaning and volunteers will be led by Richard Thomas and Sierra Roots President Janice O’Brien. They will be spearheading a team to clean and prune throughout the park. Jim Morris who will be overseeing weed-eating and clearing hedges along sidewalks throughout the downtown will lead an additional team.

“We wanted to do one last cleaning before winter sets in,” Police Chief Tim Foley, a lead organizer of the event, said. “We plan on having another big cleaning next spring as well.”

Volunteers are asked to dress for painting and come preferably with their own painting brushes and rollers. Though tools and equipment will be provided it is first come first serve and event organizers highly recommended that volunteers bring what they can.

The check-in and staging area for volunteers will be located in the Chinese Parking Lot next to HAALo, 412 Commercial Street beginning at 7:30am. All volunteers are asked to check in at this location to sign release forms and to receive directions. The Food Bank of Nevada County is providing breakfast snacks as well as coffee and tea.

Volunteers can receive a free membership with Hour Nevada County as well as receive service-credits: where your good deeds become exchangeable! To find out more about Nevada County’s first TimeBank visit: http://www.hournevadacounty.org/#!events/cs8c.

All ages welcome!

For more information or questions, contact, Reinette Senum at reinettesenum@gmail.com.


Great Prospector Beer Run Oct 4

The Third Annual Great Prospector Beer Run returns to the Ol’ Republic Brewery parking lot on Sunday, October 4, from 11 am to 2 pm. Race-Day Registration and check-in opens at 9 am, and the race starts at 11 am. This “5k-ish” run/walk/whatever is all for fun and camaraderie, and costumes, dogs on leashes, and families are encouraged. At the finish line everyone will receive a ticket for a free lunch (hamburger, vegi burger or bratwurst lunch), and if you’re over 21 you’ll get a free beer from ol’ Republic Brewery and a logo pint glass. If you’re under 21 you get a free root beer (under 21 pricing is $15). Under the big white tent, hang out and dance to some festive Oktoberfest tunes, courtesy of Mountain Event Productions DJ services. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best group costumes, best pet costume and more.

Our sponsors: Fit Culture Studio will lead the group in Dynamic Warm Ups before the race begins. Trkac is our Course Sponsor, and Stifel/KNN Wealth Management and Ol’ Republic Brewery are event sponsors. Sierra Trailblazers Running Club are our event partners and will receive a portion of the proceeds from this event.

Advance registration (until October 2) is $25 for age 21 and over, $15 under 21, and the registration form is online at www.theunion.com/beerrun. If you’d rather have a hard-copy registration form, come in to The Union office at 464 Sutton Way, in Grass Valley or call 530-477-4241. Registration on race day is $30 for adults, $20 under 21. All ages are welcome!


MIM Home Tour 2015 Oct 3 & 4

Music in the Mountains
Home Tour 2015
Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4
10 am to 4 pm

This annual event features the most interesting and intriguing homes in Nevada County. Visit 6 homes and indulge in goodies and coffee from Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.

For more information contact the Music in the Mountains Box Office at 530-265-6124 or go to www.musicinthemountains.org


Harmony Ridge Lodge Celtic Special Oct 2-4

Harmony Ridge Lodge
Celtic Festival Weekend Special Oct 2-4

In honor of the great work of KVMR and the Celtic Festival we are offering a very special deal on rooms. Only $150/ night with minimum two night stay! Enjoy our beautiful luxury bed and breakfast nestled in the trees just five minutes from downtown Nevada City.

Come enjoy hiking and biking on the trails of the Tahoe National Forest right off of our property! Call now to book a room – (530) 478-0615


It’s Holiday Party Planning Time!
We invite you, and your organization, to book our beautiful main lodge for your next mixer, cocktail party, and Holiday Gathering. Please call to book a tour and for pricing

We look forward to seeing you.

Harmony Ridge Lodge
18883 Hwy 20, Nevada City, CA 95959
530-478-0615 (Bed & Breakfast) • 530-478-0182 (Events Coordinator)

Nevada Joint Union HS District Among Best

Study Ranks Nevada Joint Union High School District Among the Best Deals for Parents
(Emily Lavin – elavin@theunion.com)

Nevada Joint Union High School District’s affordable home prices and strong academic performance makes it one of the best bargains among California school districts, according to a study by the number crunchers at NerdWallet.com.

The personal finance website, which aims to help consumers make smart financial decisions, ranked Nevada Joint Union as the 18th best bargain out of 375 state school districts.

Kamran Rosen, the study’s author and a content analyst and economics writer for the web site, looked at a variety of different factors to determine the list. Using local data from the Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, he averaged districts’ index score for median home values and certain monthly homeowner costs, such as property taxes, to determine an area’s affordability.

Rosen also analyzed district standardized test scores, graduation rates and student-teacher ratios using information from the California Department of Education for the 2012-2013 school year, the last year for which data is available.

Each component carried different weight in determining a district’s overall score. Home affordability was 25 percent of a district’s score; standardized tests were weighted at 35 percent, while graduation rates and student-teacher ratio were weighted at 30 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

The Nevada Joint Union District secured the list’s 18th spot in part because of its 2013 median home value of $343,700, along with its 90.8 percent graduation rate for the class of 2013, according to the study.

Sierra Harvest Final Farm Potluck of Season Oct 1


Farm Potluck at McCourtney Road Pumpkins

• Start: October 1, 2015 5:30 pm

Join Sierra Harvest for farm potlucks throughout the growing season. Celebrate our local food community on a number of different farms! All potlucks take place on the first & third Thursdays of the month from 5:30-8pm.

This potluck will be hosted by Andy Barhydt of McCourtney Road Pumpkins.

What to bring:
Utensils, a plate and cup for yourself/selves
A bountiful dish to share, (it’s nice to label key ingredients for those with allergies)
A blanket to sit on
A healthy appetite

There is NO CHARGE and NO RSVP needed. Thank you.

For more information please call 265-2343.

Directions to McCourtney Road Pumpkins, Grass Valley:

McCourtney Road Pumpkins is located at 20267 McCourtney Rd in Grass Valley.  From Nevada City or central Grass Valley, take Hwy 49/20 South and exit towards Hwy 20 to Marysville/Penn Valley.  Merge quickly to the right to exit on Mill St.  Turn right onto Mill St, then take the first right on McCourtney Rd.  The farm is 9.6 miles down McCourtney Rd, and look for the purple Sierra Harvest Event sign.


Nevada City Sidewalk Sale Sept 26

The Streets of Nevada City will be, once again, buzzing with shoppers on Saturday September 26th, 10am-5pm for it’s annual town wide sidewalk sale. Why not come by and see all that Nevada City has to offer and go home with some great bargains.

Sierra Commons Business Class Sept 24


SC horizontal logo
What: Business Ignitor

Where: Sierra Commons, 792 A Searls Ave
Nevada City CA 95959

When: Starting Thursday September 24th, 6pm

Cost: $400

For more information: 530-265-8443 or info@sierracommons.org

This is Nevada County’s premier business start-up course! The course runs for 6-weeks. The fee includes the 6-week coursework, materials and free business mentoring as well as three months membership to our co-working facility. The course covers everything from accounting to law to non-traditional funding such as crowd-sourcing. It is designed to make sure that when the course is completed, the students have the confidence and knowledge to succeed in starting and running a business. Past graduates include Shana Maziarz of Three Forks Bakery and Brewery and Erin Noel of Community Legal.

Local Soprano Lyra Dominguez in Concert Sept 27

HouseConcert-LyraInConcert Sierra is proud to present a program of art songs and operatic arias featuring two of Nevada County’s well-known talents, Lyra Dominguez and Ken Hardin.

The intimate, one-hour private house concert will highlight Dominguez’ soprano voice in a rare operatic performance. She will be joined by the rich, smooth sounds of pianist, Hardin.

Dominguez, an award winning stage actress, is a trained classical singer, with a diploma in Voice from the University of the Philippines, however, she does not often get the opportunity showcase her operatic skills on stage. In the past she has performed with Sacramento Opera in “Die Fledermaus,” “Turandot,” “Aida,” “Carmen” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” She has also sung the solo soprano parts for Poulenc’s “Gloria” with the Sierra Master Chorale and Handel’s “The Messiah.”

She was the first place winner of the Judges’ Choice Award for The Nevada County’s Top Talent 2010. Dominguez was also one of three winners of the 2007 San Joaquin Valley National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has participated in the following vocal competitions: Santa Fe Opera YAP Vocal Competition in L.A.; Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition in New York; Lois Alba Vocal Competition in Houston, Texas; East Bay Opera League Scholarship Competition; Chautauqua Opera YAP Vocal Competition in New York, NY; and Loren Zachary Regional Vocal competition in L.A.

More recently, Dominguez has graced the local stage, earning multiple Elly nominations for her roles in plays and musicals. In 2012, Dominguez won an Elly Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical as The Narrator for “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” She was also a recipient of the Birdsall Award for her role as Tuptim in “The King and I” (2006), a nominee of the William Shakespeare Award for her role of Sally Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!” (2008), and an Elly award nominee (2010) for “Snow Falling on Cedars” as Hatsue & (2014) and “Avenue Q” as Christmas Eve.

The program will feature dramatic and captivating works that include Franz Schubert’s “Night and Dreams,” Johannes Brahms’ “Of Eternal Love,” Roger Quilter’s “Love’s Philosophy,” “Ave Maria” by J.S. Bach/Charles Gounod and even a few art songs from Dominguez’s native Philippines.

Tickets for the Sept. 27 concert are $20 for InConcert Sierra season ticket holders and key level donors, $23 for the general public and are available by phone at 530-273-3990 or online at www.inconcertsierra.org (ticketing fees may apply for online purchases). This will be the first house concert in InConcert Sierra’s 2015-16 season. As the name implies, the performance will be hosted in a private home in Nevada County. Directions will be provided with ticket purchase confirmation. Following the one-hour recital, mimosas and light pastries will be served as guests get the opportunity to interact with Dominguez and Hardin.

For more information, please call 530-273-3990, or visit our website at www.inconcertsierra.org.

Benefit for Welcome Home Vets Sept 19

Mertens Insurance is a proud sponsor of the 6th annual Bike Run & BBQ benefiting Welcome Home Vets, Inc.

This event is Welcome Home Vets, Inc.’s major fundraiser providing needed funds in support of Nevada County veterans and their families who are underserved for PTSD.

To support the veteran locally, WHV organizes these fundraisers and, through those and Nevada County grants, veterans can stay in the community, receiving therapy because WHV pays the contract therapists for the veterans.

One Hundred Percent of the net proceeds are used for local therapy of the veterans and the families of veterans.

That is why Mertens Insurance chose to sponsor this event.  Will you join us on September 19th? Whether you ride a motorcycle or not, the BBQ is outstanding and is a chance to join us in support of those who have given so much.

For more info call (530) 272-3300 or go to www.welcomehomevets.org.