Helping with Veterans Benefits for Respite Care Program

Helping Hands Caregiver Resource & Adult Day Care Program

How many times have you heard that veterans’ and their caregivers have a difficult time getting the help they need? There are benefits available yet veterans won’t know they qualify for certain programs unless they ask, like the respite care program that provides respite for a caregiver of a dependent veteran living at home. How many know the VA will provide respite care, often up to five days a week depending on need and where they live? 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. 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.

Soroptimist of the Sierras 24th Annual Garden Tour

The Roth Estate is honored to have been asked to open our gardens for the Soroptimist of the Sierras  24th  Annual Garden Tour.  This year’s tour will feature 6 unique gardens the weekend of May 20-21.  Tickets are $20 through the end of March, and $25 thereafter.  On the days of the event, tickets may be purchased at any garden gate for $30. 

Ticket outlets are:  SPD, Harmony Books, Prospector’s Nursery, Weiss Bros. Nursery, Hills Flat, or online at

Sierra Harvest – Sierra Gardens Building Volunteers Needed March 31st & April 7th

Do you have light building skills, a strong back and want to be of service to families enrolled in the Sierra Harvest Sierra Garden Program?

Click here to learn more about the Sierra Garden Program and how YOUR volunteer efforts can help families grow their own food by working alongside the family installing the garden beds, the fencing, irrigation and support the families year-round.

We need volunteers for the following dates:

· Fri. March 31st (10am – 4pm, full garden build including fencing, digging beds, irrigation and planting – 3 volunteers),

· Fri. April 7th (10am – 4pm, full garden build including fencing, digging beds, irrigation and planting – 3 volunteers).

Email to register to help out! For more info about the program or more details regarding volunteering with these projects, contact Edy Cassell (Program Director) at or call 530-559-5456.

You can help just a few hours instead of the entire day as we;; – we’ll take any and all assistance!

Thanks for sharing your skills with a local family in need so that they can be nourished by produce they grow themselves! Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food.

Help Big Brothers Big Sisters Help Our Local Kids!

Support Our Upcoming Paper Shredding Event

Saturday April 22, 10am – 1pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is having another paper shredding event on SATURDAY APRIL 22  from 10am to 1pm at 117 ARGALL WY. NEVADA CITY.  the cost is $10 per bankers box of papers.  If you can’t attend that day call BBBS at 265-2059 or email to arrange early pickup of papers to be securely stored until the day of the shredding event when they will be professionally shredded on site.

Enhance Your Chamber Website Listing by Adding a Picture or Logo

Promote Your Business with a Visual!

We’ve updated our membership directory to include photos. Send us a photo of your business and we’ll include it alongside your business listing. A large .jpg is ideal, and horizontal, or landscape, aspect ratio works best. If you don’t have a photo, send your logo (although images always look prettier on the page)!  Best regards,

Please email your images to If you have questions, please call 530.265.2692.



Beautiful with Katia – Get Ready for Spring!

Back from Europe and Russia, Beautiful with Katia Boutique is available to help you with choosing from the spring/summer collection. Let Katia open your eyes to  new possibilities for a modern and fashionable look that will dress you to impress. Katia has a wide collection of high quality items from European brands at very reasonable prices. Now is the perfect time to renew your wardrobe! Katia can also assist you as a Fashion Stylist for special events.  Come visit Beautiful with Katia -Boutique Consignment- at 417 Broad Street Suite C for women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, including some children’s clothing and Russian Gifts. For more information connect with Beautiful with Katia through Facebook:

For a Fashion Consultation, Call Katia today 530-300-4467 and make an appointment!

YMCA Youth & Government Info Night

Join Us on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm

We’re starting a NEW YMCA Youth & Government (Y&G) delegation! Interested middle and high school students currently in grades 8-11 and their parents are invited to join us in the City Council Chambers at Grass Valley City Hall, 125 E Main, for a chance to learn about Y&G from current delegates and advisors.

Join us on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm, when program leaders and high school students from El Dorado Hills and Sacramento will present information and answer questions.

Cal Y&G programs engage over 3,000 high school youth and close to 900 middle school youth each year in California, emphasizing leadership and civic involvement. Our efforts build, strengthen and encourage life assets and positive character traits. Visit for details.
Bitney prep sophomore Bjorn Johnson, as an intern at the Union, had a piece featured on the front page above the fold on 2/23, regarding the 70-year-old California YMCA Youth & Government program. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the story and some pictures:

During Info Night, we will showcase the program with an informational slideshow, and current Y&G participants in surrounding communities will travel here to share their experiences in the program from the high-schooler perspective. I will briefly describe my experience as a program advisor for the past year with the El Dorado Hills delegation.

We are also reaching out to local community groups with hopes that you’ll attend Info Night to see what the program is all about and maybe even get inspired to help us with the effort. It’s definitely a community endeavor — we don’t have paid program staff in our community. We’re volunteers who live the program’s motto, “Democracy must be learned by each generation.”

Once we are launched, we would also love to engage the Chamber as guest speakers at delegation meetings, participate in volunteer events as a group, have Chamber representatives critique student bills at Bill Hearing Night, and any other ways you can think of that you might like to get involved.

Students attending Info Night will likely be ones interested in politics and/or leadership development. Getting them involved is what its all about.  I invite you to think of Info Night as the beginning of a long relationship with our program–one in which you’ll have opportunities to engage our program’s youth in a meaningful way. Also, perhaps you have in your group some parents of high school students whose interest might be piqued by the opportunity?

Nevada City Chamber Launches GoFundMe: Commercial Street LED Terrazzo Lights

If you live anywhere near Nevada City then you are probably familiar with the terrazzo lights across Commercial Street; a very popular string of lights that zigzag from one side of the street to the other.

Historic towns like Savannah, Georgia, use terrazzo lights to embellish the pride and sense of place that ultimately enhances the overall experience of being downtown. We want to do the same thing in Nevada City.

While controversial to a few, theses lights have been overwhelmingly supported by the public. We removed these lights last October after a yearlong test pilot was completed. Since then the Nevada City City Council has unanimously approved a permanent installment.

It is the objective of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses and residents to get these lights installed permanently. But in order to do this we have a few steps we need to take in this process.

We can’t do this alone and many hands will make this affordable for all of us. Please help us light up our historic downtown by putting in permanent LED lighting. These lights create a sense of wellbeing, are popular with locals and tourists alike, and reduce crime in the area.

So, this is where you come in: A GoFundMe campaign has been launched!

Keep the Light in Nevada City!


Upon analyzing the buildings along Commercial Street we have come to find a safe alternative to hardwiring into an actual building and saving a substantial amount of money.

We will have 120 volt plug-in, a driver (power supply) suitable for weather, a messenger, a photo-eye (sun timer that turns lights on and off) and a plastic bubble cover for the outlet. A PVC conduit will take the wire from one side of the building to the other. We will paint the conduit the same color as the building.

It’s important to note that the Mason’s have solar so the electric bill will be reduced significantly. We are expecting approximately $10 to $20 per month. Thank you, Masons!

The wires will be fixed to the buildings with eyebolts and carabineers and the LED strands will be reinforced with poly-covered cable.


$89 per 50-foot string for a total of 500 feet of commercial grade strands, $890

 250 LED lights at 5.75 each, $1,438                                                                             

 Tax and shipping, $150

 Electrical work, $750

 45 foot boom lift (1 day rental), $300

 Hardware, $200

 Poly-covered cable, $150
  Total, $3,878

As soon as we receive our goal we will order the lights, assemble the parts and begin installation before spring is upon us!

Help Us Permanently Light Nevada City!!!

Become a Summer Nights Vendor

The Annual Summer Nights in Nevada City Celebration

Wednesday Evenings, July 12, 19, and 26, 2017

The Summer Nights celebration is sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. For information, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Vendor sign-ups are now available on our website,



NCDIG, Nevada City Determined Improvement Group, will be undertaking its 3rd annual 2-day spring-cleaning called, Tuesday, April 11th and Wednesday, April 12th, 8am-1pm.

The City of Nevada City, the Nevada City Police, Fire Department, Public Works, non-profits, Hour Nevada County, Sierra Roots, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Schools, students, service clubs, neighbors and downtown businesses will be pulling out their tools for two days for the undertaking.

The first Spring Madness was launched March of 2016 with approximately 175 volunteers. Once again this year, residents and business owners will be asked to step up and remove graffiti, repaint gas lamps, fire hydrants, and street curbs as well as weed-eat, remove trash, and clear hedges along sidewalks. The city of Nevada City will be providing tools and equipment.

Event organizers highly recommended that volunteers wear the appropriate clothing and bring the tools for the type of jobs they would like to undertake, i.e. paint or scrub brushes, pruning shears, rakes, brooms, buckets, paint trays and rollers, etc. Though tools and equipment will be provided it is first come first serve.

Local Nevada City business, SOAP, is providing a special biodegradable orange-coconut cleaner to reduce its impacts of the run off into Deer Creek.

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 for directions. The City will be providing breakfast snacks as well as coffee and tea.

Volunteers can sign up onto Nevada City’s brand new volunteer/event website:

Please join us in this extraordinary event! All ages welcome!

Chief Tim Foley

Nevada City Police Department:     Phone:  530-265-4700


Or Reinette Senum                             Phone:   530-264-6048

Nevada City City Council                   Email:

Support Full-Circle Learning – April 2nd in Nevada City

Learn About our 25 Years and 25 Reasons to Support Full-Circle Learning

Full-Circle Learning (FCL) helps young people embrace their role as the change agents and humanitarians of their generation. Its educational programs integrate and expand students’ character strengths, academic excellence, artistic capacities and peacemaking skills in service to the global human family.

Students at a school in Tanzania discovered the benefits of solar energy for the first time through Nevada County wisdom exchange partners, who made and shipped portable solar cookers. The Tanzanian youth had taught their communities to make dung patties to prevent deforestation, as girls had to drop out of school and collect firewood for cooking fuel. Now they can use methane-free solar power to cook and to heat water. In solidarity, local youth allowed our own local residents to compare the unsavory alternative at a local exhibit.  Pictured here, making the patties: Teacher Katie Smith and Climate Change Agents Zach Damewood and Lucy Carson.
(Pictured in Tanzanian photo: Boys from the academy near Arusha, teaching the community to make patties.)

Below:  Our local kids during last years Climate Change summer camp

Anew Day’s 4th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed – Friday March 31st

Reserve your seats now for Anew Day’s March 31 annual all-you-can-eat Crab Feed & Auction!

On March 31, 2017 more than 300 community members will gather in support of Anew Day, a local non-profit organization that provides low-cost counseling services designed to offer hope and healing to those who are hurting and struggling with various stages of depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, addiction, as well as various other life crises and difficulties.

Come bid on auction items including a Cabo San Lucas, Mexico vacation and so much more – from the simple to the extravagant!

Make your reservations now at or call 530-470-9111.

Tall Pines Nursery School Family Festival

Saturday, April 1st, 11am – 2pm
at Tall Pines Nursery School at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun and games to benefit Tall Pines Nursery School! Admission to the Family Festival is FREE and all ages will enjoy carnival-style games, raffle and prizes, and delicious food from local vendors including sweet treats from Lazy Dog and beer from Ol’ Republic Brewery. The event benefits Tall Pines Nursery School, a nonprofit co-op pre-school serving the families of our community for over 50 years with extremely high standards for our teaching staff, the curriculum and the relationship we form with parents and children.

Matteo’s Public Lunch Special Continues Through March!

A Family Friendly Beer & Wine Pub

Visit Matteo’s Public Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am – 4:00pm for a fabulous lunch! Buy one meal at the regular price, the second is 50% off! 

To take advantage of this great offer, just mention the Nevada City Chamber Newsletter! 

Matteo’s Public is located at 300 Commercial St, Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-0782

Check out the full menu





Nevada City First Friday Artwalks – Sign-up Now!

Business & Artist Sign-up Available Now!!

Advertise in First Friday Art Walks Program

“We are entering our fifth season of First Friday Artwalks! Dates for the 2017 Season are; May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The mission of the Nevada City Artwalk is to increase awareness, appreciation and participation in the Arts in our local community while also increasing commerce for local businesses in the downtown Nevada City area.  Participating Downtown businesses feature local artists and host a reception/open house every First Friday evening monthly. To become a participating business, info and sign up form can be found here:  Business Sign-up 2017

We will also be featuring local artisan vendors on Commercial Street, where there will be live music and other family-friendly entertainment. Application and info to become a vendor can be found here: Artist Application 2017

Become a sponsor for First Friday Artwalks:  NC First Fridays Sponsor Form 2017

Advertise in our First Friday Artwalks Program:  NC First Fridays Program Advertising

We look forward to hearing from you and excited about this years event!!