Nevada City Business Community Parking Expansion Meeting

“ParkEasy Nevada City” Parking Expansion Workshop

Hello Chamber Members:

A meeting is scheduled on March 1st, 9:00am-11:00am at City Hall to discuss parking expansion strategies. The city is looking for a lot of great feedback from our business community. This is an opportunity for you to attend the meeting and share your support and ideas of a plan to increase parking in Nevada City.

Every month for the past couple of years, city officials and chamber representatives conduct a business walk where they visit with the local business owners to discuss concerns and kudos about Nevada City. Every visit has included issues about parking.

Now is the time to make a difference. Please attend the council meeting and voice your support and help move this plan forward.

Nevada City Picture Framing Hosts Art Show Friday, March 3rd

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Join us on Friday, March 3th, at Nevada City Picture Framing in the 7Hills District from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. We are located at 571 Searls Ave. #B. We have a large parking lot available, handicapped friendly. For more information call 530-478-1990.

The featured artists are: Danielle Richards from Nevada City, Tucker Eason from San Francisco & J.A Williams from San Francisco

Sierra Harvest Invites You to Soup Night – Thursday March 2nd

Do you love fresh, locally grown food? Join us for dinner and enjoy a hearty soup made by Summerthyme’s using local produce and enjoy this remarkable community with live music by the Rayo’s! 

Join us!  5:30 – 6:30pm – Soup and Bread Served, 6:30-8pm – Dessert and Dancing at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Please bring your own bowls and spoons. Local beer and wine along with non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

The Rayos, featuring Saul and Elena Rayo, will be accompanied by an acoustic band with Lou Meyer, keyboards and vocals and Thomas Schuebel, guitar and vocals. The Rayos lay down great grooves on each original song, with musical styles from folk to blues to Afro-rhythms and South of the Border. Audiences especially love the energy between and harmonies of Saul and Elena. The distinct Rayos sound is back-porch blues meets world beat! So, bring your dancing feet.

Meet local farmers who offer direct sales of vegetables, flowers, meat, dairy products and more.

Suggested Donation: $10 for everyone 13 and above. Free for kids under 13.

Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence is Under Siege

Nevada City is Good for Business

There will be a LAFCo workshop on Thursday, February 23, 9:30 am at the Eric Rood Government Center. The future of Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence will be decided there and then. Please attend. Your support is needed and appreciated.

This month LAFCo’s Executive Officer is recommending to LAFCo that Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence be slashed from 3,000 to 1,400 acres.  This would be a disaster. Nevada City would receive the traffic from new developments while providing their recreation, jobs and a home base for our schools, but have no say in those future development projects. Nevada City would be left out in the cold.

Here is the history

In 1963 Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCos) were created in California to the prevent the urban sprawl that was occurring following WWII.  Every California county has one. They are charged with regulating city boundaries, city annexations and Spheres of Influence, the latter being areas that lie outside the city limits.  A Sphere of Influence is the area into which a city might reasonably grow through annexation to provide city services. 

It was my privilege to serve as a City Council Member for twenty years as well as a LAFCo Commissioner for fifteen years. Nevada City has grown gradually and with great care. I believe it has earned right to continue to do so. 

From its original 640 acres, it now encompasses 1,350 acres through annexations. The current 3,000-acre Sphere (outside the city limits) is based on the Deer Creek drainage, as an effective means of delivering sewage to the Waste Water Treatment Plant by gravity flow. Our immediate neighbor, Grass Valley, has a Sphere based on the same principal of gravity flow to their plant, within the Wolf Creek drainage. Both Spheres were established in 1983.

Nevada City has been good for business. The city-owned Open Space lands and miles of public trails that enhance them are a definite, positive draw enjoyed by thousands, including locals and folks from far away. Our Gold Rush history and architecture have been meticulously preserved for decades, and provide the perfect setting for local and visitor shopping.  The City Crew, Police and Fire Departments are top flight for every day activities and our many special events. Our two Industrial Parks, two Office and Professional Complexes, all part of our annexation programs, provide employment for people from far and wide.  We are home to the Nevada County Government Center, the Court System, the Forest Service Headquarters and our local schools. Businesses like Robinson Enterprises, Superior Propane, the Northridge Restaurant, Tintle Inc. and Telestream have all benefited from the city’s annexation program.  The city has benefited as well.

Today we need some help from our business community to preserve our Sphere of Influence.

There will be a LAFCo workshop on Thursday, February 23, 9:30 am at the Eric Rood Government Center. The future of Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence will be decided there and then.  Please attend. Your support is needed and appreciated.

Thank you, Paul Matson

Zoltar Fortune Telling Machine Coming to Nevada City

The creator of the Zoltar Fortune Telling Machine for the Movie “Big” with Tom Hanks is sending the real thing up to the Mountain Temple Gallery in Nevada City this week….. 

A delight for young and old alike, ​Zoltar​ talks, moves his head, and shares a great little paper fortune for a buck a pop.  ​Tourists and locals will enjoy the show and great fortunes. The popularity of Zoltar is no accident for his creator is a master who handcrafts each and every machine. Olaf Stanton, owner of Characters Unlimited of Boulder Colorado celebrates 30 years of creating animated heads and recently created a “Trump Head!”  

Jan Jorgensen, manager of Mountain Temple, fell in love with the machine and arranged for the store at 210 Main st.  to receive a special wooden model with all the bells and whistles to greet guests at the door of the store that features Ancient buddhas, Spritual Sunday readers, events and more. Zoltar will fit right in and his motion sensor vocals will surprise and engage each visitor. A ​simple old-fashioned pleasure is pure Nevada City where people come to enjoy family, the great historical city and fun and food…and now a Zoltar fortune!!!  Mountain Temple is also home to the Women Helping Women SOAR TV Show…filming is the first Friday of the month at 6pm if you want to be in the “Just Jan” audience. A monthly Concert upstairs at the Gallery is coming soon, organized by Vince Cosmic, and is appropriately named “Nevada City Stars.” More reasons our Community is a great place to live and visit!!

Learn more about the Zoltar creator at this link:

A Zoltar talking:

Support Lefty’s – Fundraising Dinner Friday, February 24

Lefty’s Bar and Grill in Nevada City is presenting a Spaghetti Feed Fundraising event on February 24th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Miners Foundry. Proceeds will help open the doors and keep them open during their time of need. Lefty’s has braved the storm more than once and now are asking the community to come together as the great hive that it is to brave the storm together.

The dinner will be $10 per plate. There will be a Raffle and Silent Auction during the dinner. Prizes include over $500 in Lefty’s merchandise as well as many items donated by local businesses.

If you would like to donate a prize or make a donation please contact Cathy at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce – 265-2692.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park Volunteer Open House and Sign-Up Opportunity


Saturday, February 25th at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park 1:00pm – 3:00pm

The ghost town of North Bloomfield (formerly Humbug) and visitor center will be open for you to meet docents on site to show prospective docents and volunteers what types of volunteer opportunities we currently have at Malakoff Diggins.

Once you are familiar with the great opportunities available to you, there will be Volunteer Sign-Ups on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00am – 3:30pm OR Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 – 3:30pm. Prospective volunteers only need to attend one Saturday block.  The location for sign-ups will be at Empire Mine State Historic Park Docent Room. The Sign-Up session will cover what a “volunteer means to California State Parks” and discussing park policies, procedures and philosophy. We will, as a group, be guided through the hiring paperwork and discuss the benefits of being a State Park volunteer. Since a criminal background check is required prior to working as a State Park volunteer, there will be onsite finger printing “live scan” being conducted during the Saturday sessions. Individuals will need to bring to the sign-up a photo ID and $10 check or cash for the background processing.

Here is a “GOLDEN” Opportunity for you to become a volunteer and/or docent at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. There are many new skills to learn while making new friends and sharing in the joy of helping our state parks remain alive.

For any additional questions or concerns please contact:

Brooke Betz

Senior Park Aide, Volunteer Coordinator

Office: (530) 265-2740, Fax: (530)273-0602

23579 N. Bloomfield Road

Nevada City, Ca 95959-9221


For information about becoming a Member of FNB&MD or a Volunteer at MDSHP…

Go to our website at:​


16th Annual Student Choreography Showcase

Nevada Union High School’s Theatrical Dance Academy presents the 16th annual Student Choreography Showcase on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the Don Baggett Theatre, located at 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley.

This year’s Showcase includes the theme “Making Connections,” dances inspired by history, math, science, poetry, visual arts, and more. Twelve advanced dancers have created original pieces in a variety of dance styles. They began rehearsals at the start of the school year, dedicating several weekends to teach and stage their works on a cast of their peers.

Before presenting each piece, the choreographers describe their inspiration and explain how their dance connects to another subject. Senior Kylie Capella opens the show with a piece combining her love of music and dance: she recorded her own version of Sia’s “Bird Set Free,” demonstrating her skills as a pianist and singer. When asked why she chose this song, Kylie explained, “I feel the message exhibited by the dance encapsulates the meaning of being free and not letting anyone clip your wings. The clear connection of my dance is to the music I created, but I also wanted to connect my interpretation of this song, which is rising above criticism and being the best you can be.” Several of the choreographers chose themes of empowerment and social activism. Junior Delaney Moseman created a piece to the spoken word poem “I am Not a Label” by Richard Williams. Delaney explains, “My goal with this piece is to promote social unity and equality, for now more than ever we need to come together as one and view ourselves as equals, and not live in fear of each other.” The show also includes more lighthearted themes, including junior Gracie Suenram’s playful rendition of “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, as well as sophomore Nevada Wadman’s dance “Be Like You,” inspired by The Jungle Book. Audience members of all ages will delight in the variety of musical selections and dance styles in this year’s Showcase.

Tickets are $10, $12, and $15, depending on seating location. All seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets can also be purchased in the Don Baggett Theater lobby on February 20, 21, and 22 from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., and on show nights at the box office. The box office opens at 5:30 p.m. Online ticket sales close the morning of the performance so that we have time to prepare the box office. If you need to get tickets on the day of the show, you will need to purchase them at the box office. In person sales are cash or check only. For additional information, contact the Nevada Union Dance Department at (530) 273-4431 ext. 2103.


It is the longest single-span wooden covered bridge remaining in the world


Constructed in 1862 by David Wood as a part of the Virginia Turnpike
Granted National Historic Designation July 14, 1971
California Registered Landmark #390, listed August 26, 1947
American Society of Civil Engineers Historic Civil Engineering Landmark #14-1970
Built to move supplies and people along the Virginia Turnpike toward the gold and silver
fields during the late 1800’s, a vital link to California’s Gold Rush and transportation history
It is the longest single-span wooden covered bridge remaining in the world.

Over the past 155 years the Bridge has suffered from aging and extreme weather conditions creating dry rot of the structural supports, twisting of the arches, and misalignment of the end supports with the possibility of total collapse of the entire Covered Bridge.
An engineering survey conducted in 2011 found structural problems so severe that the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) determined that the Bridge had to be closed to all visitor traffic.

Current Status

Temporary stabilization efforts for the Bridge have been completed with a cost of $268,000 (Phase I). The State budgeted $114,500 in 2013-2014 and covered the remaining cost from a fund provided by in-kind match monies identified for hours worked by Volunteer South Yuba River Park Docents. DPR completed the stabilization effort in February 2014.
The restoration project is on schedule. In 2016, following an extensive assessment of the condition of the Bridge and the work needed to completely renovate the structure and raise the Bridge by two feet, a new cost estimate for the work now stands at $3.9 million. This is an increase of $2.6 million over the original $1.3 million in the 2014-15 State Budget.
The initial $1.3 million already allocated is more than sufficient to cover all of the engineering and architectural plans, the assessment and all permitting processes. The engineering and architectural plans are in the final stage of completion. The permitting phase has started with DPR hiring a consultant to shepherd the project through an extensive permit process.
The permit process began in February 2016. The agencies involved include Army Corps of Engineers, California Depart of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Historical Preservation, Caltrans and a CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) processes. The project is proceeding on schedule with a projected completion date in 2019.

Financial Summary

August 2012 engineering estimate $1.1million for immediate repairs.
DPR, working with Caltrans secured $545,000 Federal Grant which required matching funds of $43,000.
South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA) received $10,000 Grant from California State Parks Foundation and added $20,000 for a donation of $30,000 to the State’s Donor Match Program; creating a fund of $60,000 to secure the Federal Grant.
The Governor’s Proposed 2014 Infrastructure Capital Funding Plan, which was approved by the Legislature, contained a specific line item for the repair and restoration of the Bridge identifying $318,000 for 2014-2015 and $943,000 for 2016-17.
The Legislature approved $1million from Proposition 84 funds and $318,000 from the General Fund in the 2014-15 Budget to commence work on the Renovation Project.

The Governor has allocated $3.226 million in his proposed 2017-2018 budget to complete the project. We will still need to ensure that the Legislative Committees that review the proposed budget fully fund this item.

What You Can Do:

Communicate with your State elected officials expressing your concern and requesting their efforts to ensure that this iconic Bridge project is fully funded and that the Bridge is fully restored.

Please Contact:

Governor Brown website:
Senator Nielsen website:
Senator Gaines website:
Assemblyman Dahle website:

Spread the Word

Make sure your friends, acquaintances, organizations and business contacts are aware of the danger of losing this irreplaceable historic Bridge.

Stay Informed

Check the SYRPA website below for updates on the project and any help that may be needed to ensure the project is funded and completed.
Join the South Yuba River Park Association, see website at: to lend support to the restoration effort and to assist in providing financial and interpretive material support to the Park.


Upcoming Events at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center

 Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry present Theater by the Book: Times Like These directed by Sands Hall – February 23rd

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball featuring Deadbeats and Sgt. Funky – February 25th

Desert Daze Caravan Tour featuring Temples – March 1st

Pimps of Joytime & MarchFourth – March 9th

Nevada City Dance Festival – March 15th

For more information


Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball with Deadbeats and Sgt. Funky

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Deadbeats will headline the evening with special guest, Sgt Funky.  The evening will feature a no host full bar and cajun food available for purchase.  Costumes and masks are encouraged!

The Deadbeats formed in the summer of 1994 on the notion they could pull off some reasonable Grateful Dead covers.  Soon it was apparent the band was onto something – a certain indefinable sound that captures the essence of a Dead show.  Twenty-two years later the Deadbeats continue to evolve with original members Tom Menig , Eric Menig and Gary Campus being joined by Rob Kopp (drums), Glen Tucker (keyboards) and newest member Peter Wilson (guitar) for this Mardi Gras journey into the music of one of America’s most enduring bands.

Sgt. Funky is a six-person rock band specializing in playing the songs “You Forgot You Liked,” everything from the Beatles and the British Invasion, Eric Clapton, the Zombies, the Yardbirds and Van Morrison to the B-52s and the Go-Gos. Drawing from a master list of more than 100 tunes, they play both r&b ballads and high energy dance tunes with a little psychedelic thrown in for fun.  The band has been together for eight years and recently added a female bassist, a singer and two dancers to the core band of experienced musicians you can often spot playing with a number of other local bands.  Sgt. Funky audiences love the energy, enthusiasm, and humor the band brings to all its performances!


How many times have you heard that veterans’ and their caregivers have a difficult time getting the help they need? There are benefits available! Veterans won’t know they qualify for certain programs unless they ask, like the respite care program Helping Hands that provides respite for a caregiver of a dependent veteran living at home. In Nevada County, we are fortunate to have a veteran approved state licensed Adult Day Care that provides respite three days a week. The program is called Helping Hands and is in Penn Valley which is easily accessible by car or local ADA bus service. How many know the VA will provide respite care, often up to five days a week depending on need and where they live?

Caregivers of veterans who qualify for the program can request this service through the Aid and Attendance program or through a VA Physician at the veteran’s regional clinic. The Auburn VA clinic is where local veterans can see a physician to get approved.

To see if you or a loved one qualifies for this service visit, our local VA office at Brighton Greens by the fairgrounds or call us at Helping Hands 530-432-2540 and we will help you through the process.

Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade & Street Faire Sunday February 19th

Sunday, Feb 19th – Mardi Gras Street Faire will be held on North Pine Street, in Historic Downtown Nevada City, from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be food, drink, crafts, and clothing.

The Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday and moves down Broad Street through the center of town. It is a rain or shine event. Merry spectators of all ages line the parade route while gaily masked societies parade through the historic district handing out beads, toys, trinkets, bangles and more. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.

Be part of the fun, sign up for our Parade, we can still fit you in!!

Mardi Gras 2017 Parade Application

See you there!!


Show Your Support & Sponsor a “Big Head” in the Mardi Gras Parade

Get in the Mardi Gras Spirit – Sponsor a “Big Head”

Join Gil Dominguez, Touchdown Productions & Cindy Giardina, Golden Era Lounge and sponsor a “Big Head” for the Mardi Gras Parade on February 19th. Visually – they are impressive! The “Big Heads” will add a lot to the event. The creator of the “Big Heads” is asking the Sierra College Art Dept. to assist by wearing the heads and provide a tender to be along side of the “Big Head” at all times.

The cost to rent a “Head” which includes a person to wear the head and a tender is $150 per head. (there is no profit to the chamber at this price). The Chamber will promote them thru Facebook, Website, press releases, etc. We will have a sign, sash, or some way to recognize the sponsor. Please call the Chamber if you are interested.

Put an Entry in the Parade – Dress in a Costume! Let’s show enthusiasm for our fun little town.

Broad Street Inn Romantic Giveaway

Love is in the air! Enter our Romantic Giveaway before midnight on Valentine’s Day for your chance to win!

Package includes one-night stay at Broad Street Inn, $100 dinner at New Moon restaurant, wine tasting for 2 at Nevada City Winery, and truffles from Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe. Good for any stay between now and April 30th, 2017.  Enter to win at

Ol’ Republic Valentines Special

Tuesday February 14th 12 noon to 9pm 

For the beer lover in your life – 2-liter fill of Chocolypto – Imperial Chocolate Oatmeal Stout –

with a bar of local handmade chocolate from Cello Chocolate for $20.

Ned from Cello Chocolate will also be at the taproom sampling their handmade chocolate.

Mardi Gras Parade After Party with Dyin’ Breed at McGees

Sunday, February 19th after the Mardi Gras Parade

The Dyin’ Breed Band is one Nevada Counties longest running bands & still playing our local fairs, rodeos, clubs, biker gigs, clamper gigs, sportsman’s club, private parties and weddings. Expect a high energy blend of outlaw country and rock & roll to keep you dancing!

The band members have all been playing together for 12 years and you can feel the good vibes and family ties they have to each other while playing. The band consists of, Allison Green on vocals, Chris Hescock on vocals and rhythm guitar
Bill Lapham on lead guitar, Larry Tracy on steel pedal and electric guitar, Mark Skrukrud on Bass  & Charlie Nickrenz on Drums.

HAALo Presents Female Transitions: 40, 50, 60 and Beyond

Wednesdays, March 8 and 15, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Register online at, Email or call (530) 265-8804

Wondering what’s ahead?  Whether you are embracing what’s to come, dreading the hormonal shifts, or are in the middle and struggling, come learn about transitions we all face as women, and how to navigate them with herbs that relieve, support and nourish our bodies. Both classes may be taken together or individually.

In each class, we will explore what this time means for different women as we have personal, societal and cultural views influencing our experience. How do you know when you’ve entered Perimenopause, Menopause or Post-Menopause? How are they different? What are the most common symptoms? Hint: each phase has some crossover symptoms but also very specific common experiences shared universally. How can we embrace these for a strong and healthy future?

Finally, we will discuss which herbs are best suited for each phase, how they can ease in smoother transitions and even relieve some of the most uncomfortable moments.

Come join us at HAALo with other women as we discuss and learn ways of empowering ourselves naturally through the next phases of our lives. Classes may be taken individually or as a series.

Female Transitions: 40, 50, 60 and Beyond – PERIMENOPAUSE will be held on March 8

Female Transitions: 40, 50, 60 and Beyond – MENOPAUSE into POST-MENOPAUSE March 15

Both classes are held in the HAALo Loft (affectionately called the HAALoft) located at 408 Broad Street, across from HAALo, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

About The Instructor, MJ Beaupre

After spending 25 years in Corporate America MJ decided there was something more to life than sitting in an office cubicle — she decided to get out and help people help themselves. No matter what walk of life, everyone matters.

Having always been interested in Health and Nutrition, even when doing and eating things that were not healthy, in 2008 MJ was given the opportunity to start over and follow her true life path of Herbalism and Complimentary Life Style modalities.

This journey started in the rolling hills and fast pace of New Jersey, continued to the beautiful deserts of Arizona, on to the mountains of Colorado and now has carried her to the majestic forestry of Northern California. Each step of the way has been a learning experience that will never be forgotten. There is never a wrong time to start on your path… better late than never.

A 2010 graduate of the Western Herbalism program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona, MJ discovered the wonders of making medicine and natural body products, for which she has an affinity. She has become quite the Medicine Maker and teacher.

After moving to the Boulder area and graduating with honors in 2012, from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism Clinical Program, she opened her own private practice as a Certified Clinical Herbalist (CCH), helping clients and began developing her own line of body products and herbal remedies.

MJ has been a Usui Reiki Master since 2006 and recently added Jin Shin Jyutsu, a form of acupressure, to her Energy Body Work practice.


AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in California

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to CALIFORNIA! They plan to film episodes of the
hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in Spring 2017!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on
History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for
America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the
interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue
forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.
The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about
America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something
they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.
AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone
you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better
part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the
collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.