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New Mask Requirements for Large Outdoor Events

Amended Health Order Sets New Requirements for Large Events, Masks in Crowded Outdoor Settings, Nevada County
Nevada County Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Kellermann has amended his August 18th order on face coverings to include further mandates for crowded outdoor settings and large events. The order becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. on August 27, 2021.

In addition to last week’s requirements for face coverings indoors, the amended order:Requires that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings outdoors in crowded settings.Prohibits indoor and outdoor gatherings or events where 2,500 or more people will be in attendance, until further notice.Requires that events with 500 attendees or more develop and implement a plan to verify vaccination status, or proof of a negative test preferably within the 24 hours of the event but no longer than 72 hours prior to the event.

Nevada County is experiencing an unprecedented number of COVID-19 cases admitted to its two hospitals. As of August 24, 2021, Nevada County’s case rate was 49.1 cases per day per 100,000 and the test positivity rate was 12.0%, one of the highest in California.

The hospitals in Nevada County are at capacity, and all hospitals in the region are reaching their inpatient limit. There is very limited capacity for transferring patients within the region. Regional emergency departments have been overwhelmed with patients seeking diagnosis and care for COVID-19 to the point where those with other emergency conditions are finding delayed care or having to go elsewhere for help.

Rising case rates, increasing test positivity, and the high numbers of hospitalizations are largely due to the predominance of the highly infectious Delta variant, which has been labeled as “younger, sicker, quicker.” The Delta variant is highly contagious and may have increased the risk of hospitalization compared to the original virus.

Large gatherings will lead to further spread of COVID-19, creating an additional burden for the medical system in Nevada County.

“The steps we’re taking today are the limit the spread of the virus in our community,” Kellermann said of the amended order. “The Delta variant is highly transmissible, but there are simple ways to protect ourselves and those we love. Mask up indoors and out, avoid gatherings, and if you can, get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Read the full order here.

Additional ResourcesEveryone age 12 and over is eligible for free COVID-19 vaccination. Schedule your appointment at MyTurn.ca.gov or learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at https://www.mynevadacounty.com/3148/Get-Vaccine-InformationRequest no-cost PPE for small businesses from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services.Download “Masks Required Here” signage to post at your business or public facility: English (PDF)   Spanish (PDF

More information here for business resources, services and health information

Songbird Opens September 17 at Off Broadstreet

Songbird, a musical comedy by Off Broadstreet owners John Driscoll and Jan Kopp, will begin a six weekend run on Friday, September 17th at Off Broadstreet Cabaret Dessert Theatre 305 Commercial Street in Nevada City, CA.  The play will be performed at 8:15 PM Fridays and Saturdays through October 23rd. Admission is $35.  There is one matinee performance scheduled for 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 3rd, admission $30.   

Jan Kopp directs and Kris Stepanian stars in this story of Angela, the Songbird, a gifted singer who is now out of a job because her father has sold the bar in which she has performed for many years. Located in a small Northern California coastal town, The Songbird Nest Tavern has for forty-five years been a favorite spot for people of all walks of life who have come regularly to hear Angela touch their hearts through song. Angela’s father, Frank (John Driscoll), is ready at age seventy to move on to a new challenge by writing a memoir of sorts containing wisdom he has accumulated over the years.

Frank’s wife, Callista (Nancy Keith), is not at all happy with this turn of events and feels that Frank is not taking care of his family. Their one “non-family” employee, Melody (Kim Wellman), a quirky cocktail waitress with literary designs of her own, finds the situation somewhat amusing.


Through flashback sequences, all four share memories of their time in the popular little tavern and reminisce about the many patrons they have gotten to know over the years. Musical selections range from pop to country to rock, echoing the sounds of The Pointer Sisters, The Shirelles, The Blues Brothers, Joan Jett, Blondie. Patsy Cline, Fleetwood Mac and many others. With fun choreography by Lyra Dominguez, SongBird is a wonderful way to spend an evening. Pre-show entertainment is provided by Chris Crockett beginning one hour before show time for all performances.

More info on our website at www.offbroadstreet.com. Reservations (530) 265-8686 .

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce PPE Pick Up Location for Local Businesses

The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering local small business owners, with 25 employees or less, masks and hand sanitizer at no cost. This personal protective equipment (PPE) has been made available to California small businesses through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). 

PPE will be available for pick up in Western Nevada County at two locations: the Nevada County Contractors Association and the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. In Truckee, small businesses may pick up PPE from the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.

To request PPE, small business owners must complete an online application in advance to apply, click one of the application buttons above. Click here for the application.

After completing the online PPE request form, small businesses may print their confirmation email, or display their confirmation email when picking up PPE. Small businesses may send a family member, volunteer, or employee as a proxy to pick up the protective equipment. Please complete one form per business only. Hand sanitizer and surgical masks will be available while supplies last. 

Western Nevada County Pickup Locations:

Please note hours of operation vary.

Grass Valley Chambers of Commerce
128 E Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
132 Main St, Nevada City, CA 95959
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 am-2:00 pm Saturday, Closed Sunday and Monday

Nevada County Contractors Association
149 Crown Point Court, Suite A, Grass Valley, CA 95945
8:30 am- 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

ZAP Manufacturing
12086 Charles Dr, Grass Valley, CA 95945
8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturdays

Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce
17422 Penn Valley Dr, Penn Valley, CA 95946
10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Wednesday

Truckee Pickup Location: 

Truckee Chamber of Commerce
10065 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA 96161
9:00 am– 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Truckee Downtown Merchants Association 
10065 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161
9:00 am- 5:30pm

Everything’s “Coming Up Roses” at Empire Mine State Historic Park

What: Heritage Rose Sale from Estate Gardens, Empire Mine State Historic Park

Where: Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 East Empire Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

When: Saturday August 21, 2021 from 10 am until all sold

Who: Sierra Gold Parks Foundation and park docent volunteers

Cost: $20 per 1-gallon container 

Visitors to Empire Mine State Historic Park will have a special opportunity to take home a living piece of history on Saturday August 21, 2021. Fledgling heritage rose bushes have been propagated and nurtured for two years by dedicated park volunteer docent Marsha Lewis. They are now ready to find their “forever home” and adorn the gardens of the first 49 fortunate park visitors to secure these enduring symbols of beauty and hope. Fifteen to twenty different varieties are in the lineup from Cecil Brunner to Baronne Prevost and Reine des Violettes.

A mature specimen of the exuberant Fortuniana bush (introduced in 1850) can be observed atop the New Rich Hill Shaft stone and iron structure as you enter the park grounds, and one can purchase its relative for just $20.

The roses for sale were selected from the formal gardens at Empire Mine. The plantings represent a virtual timeline of rose history from the oldest cultivars that predate 1300 to the nineteenth century. Ten groupings are represented on the estate garden grounds: Gallica, Damask, Alba, Centifolia, Moss, Bourbon, Hybrid Perpetual, Hybrid Musk, Hybrid Tea, and Hybrid Rufosa.

The roses will be on display at the park entrance area Saturday August 21, 2021 from 10 am until all are sold, and the transactions will be performed with cash only, to facilitate smooth and efficient processing. Purchases will be limited to one rose plant per family, since the demand far exceeds the supply. Last year, would-be rose tenders lined up well before the opening of the sale, and unfortunately, many rose aficionados left empty handed.

The roses are ready to plant, and will need frequent watering to become established in their new location according to Marsha Lewis, Program Lead for the Garden Tours and Rose Propagation Program. Each rose bush purchased comes with an information sheet describing the formal Latin name, parentage, introduction date, environmental preferences, and recommendations for planting locations, and comments specific to the individual variety.

All proceeds from the sale will go to Sierra Gold Parks Foundation, the non-profit park cooperative association supporting Empire Mine State Historic Park, South Yuba River State Park, and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. https://www.sierragoldparksfoundation.org/

Music in the Mountains’ Board President and founder, Terry Brown, named “Most Valuable Player” (MVP) Volunteer by the Association of California Symphonies

Music in the Mountains is excited to announce that the President of their Board of Directors and founder has been named the winner of the “Most Valuable Player” (MVP) Volunteer by the Association of California Symphonies (ACSO).

Terry Brown helped found Music in the Mountains (MIM) in 1982, was its first Executive Director, and stayed in that position for 18 years, learning via the school of hard knocks and liberally begging, borrowing, and stealing from others to ensure that classical music and music education would be accessible to our Nevada County Community then and today.

As MIM celebrates their Ruby Anniversary 40 years later, Terry is once again at the helm and still devoting his time, his talent, and his treasure to ensuring that Music in the Mountains continues to fulfill its mission to inspire and engage community members of all ages by providing access to extraordinary classical music through performances and youth education programs.

“I nominated Terry Brown for this award because of his tireless devotion–not only for his support of classical music and music education, but also to the residents of Nevada County. When Terry moved to Nevada County in 1982, he immediately began serving his community,” explains Executive Director, Jenny Darlington-Person. “I have known Terry since I was a child. He has always been a force for good and I cannot overstate what his support of me, as MIM’s Executive Director, has meant to me personally and professionally.”

Today, when Terry isn’t devoting his time to supporting music, hauling equipment, chairing meetings, or rehearsing with the MIM chorus, he is working as a Certified Financial Planner through Commonwealth Financial Network to help clients reach their financial goals. Terry is also an avid cyclist, a volunteer for the Nevada County Food Bank, and a proud Rotarian, 

Terry received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University. Upon graduation, he immediately moved to California and lived in San Francisco for several years, working in customer relations for a major corporation before moving to Nevada County in 1982.

“Terry Brown has been an incredible mentor to me,” says staff member Hilary Hodge. “After singing with the chorus for several years, I joined the organization in a professional capacity and Terry has been instrumental in my professional development. He is generous with his time and talent. His dedication to this community is something I will always admire and his integrity and generosity of spirit will always be something I strive for.”

Music in the Mountains is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization celebrating 40 years of performing and producing classical music in Nevada County and the surrounding areas.  In 2021 and 2022, MIM is bringing all new musical performances and educational experiences for our local community and additionally continues to provide free encore performances for anyone with access to the World Wide Web. For more information call 530-265-6124 or email info@musicinthemountains.org.  Always open at www.musicinthemountains.org.

Longtime Fair Supporter Bart Riebe to Be Inducted into the Nevada County Hall of Fame

Bart Riebe has been attending the Nevada County Fair for 65 years. He has supported the Junior Livestock Auction by purchasing market animals for four decades. He has sponsored fundraisers, giveaways, and special events.

This year, Bart Riebe will be on the receiving end when he is inducted into the Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame.

Riebe was a unanimous choice of the Nevada County Fair Board of Directors.

“Bart is one of the most kind, generous, and thoughtful people on the planet,” said Fair CEO Patrick Eidman. “There is evidence of Bart’s love for the fairgrounds everywhere you look. Bart has left his mark here in an indelible way.”

Riebe, 72, was raised in Grass Valley.

“We didn’t have acreage so I wasn’t an ag student,” Riebe recalled. “My family was involved in auto parts, so I was a motorhead. I always had greasy fingernails.”

In addition to his own donations to the Fair and the nonprofit Fairgrounds Foundation, Riebe has raised money in other ways. He’s been known to purchase a market animal and donate it back to the foundation or other nonprofit, which then sells raffle tickets for the cut and wrapped meat to earn even more money.

Riebe has sponsored special events such as the Destruction Derby, and he’s donated equipment to the amateur drivers who compete in the derby.

“It’s always meant something to me, this great country fair with its spectacular trees and beautiful setting,” said Riebe. “Equally as impressive is the community support. The Fair is a positive, community event that brings everyone together.

“The best part for me is seeing kids win awards and learn the value of hard work. I’ve been fortunate to hire many youths who went thru local ag programs. I met them at the fair or bought their animal, and they’ve gone on to become some of my great employees.”

Riebe is an avid supporter of the Ag Mechanics auction, and has donated tool sets to the youths who create items sold at the auction. He buys other youth projects and displays them in his stores. Many people consider Riebe a champion for local youths.

“I enjoy buying what kids make or the livestock they raise,” said Riebe. “We show our appreciation and give them the praise and acclaim they deserve for the good things they do. You see the pressure these kids work under, whether it’s showing an animal or presenting their projects. They commit themselves and take it seriously. Not everyone gets a trophy. You’ve got to earn it. Whether it’s the biggest weight gain or the cleanest stall, it’s something they can be proud of.”

Riebe has also worked his share of shifts in the booths of nonprofit organizations.

“For example, I’ve enjoyed the working the 4-H pasty booth,” he said. “I’ve definitely made the rounds along Treat Street.”

Riebe’s favorite Fair memories involve the youngest exhibitors.

“My favorite part of the Fair is watching the very young 4Hers and FFA members show their livestock in showmanship for the first time, or present their projects at the auction,” said Riebe. “There is something special about a kid about three-feet tall showing a 1,300-pound steer.”

Fun contests have been a mainstay of the Riebe Auto Parts booth in the fairgrounds’ Main Street Center.

“We’ve done things like guess the number of round rope hooks stuffed into a glass cube,” Riebe said. “We also had a booth outside that supported the California State Racing Association where we offered photographs with drivers. One year we set up a theater inside a trailer at the main entrance and honored General Chuck Yeager with a brief video of his life, including breaking the sound barrier.”

Riebe’s dedication to the Fair began long before he found success as a businessman. In the early1970s, Riebe led a youth group that helped haul away trash.

“We hauled all the garbage in a truck, taking away full garbage cans and replacing them with empty ones,” said Riebe. “I was the leader of an at-risk youth group and we worked every night of the Fair. It was like an alternative to juvenile hall. We kept them from getting in trouble by keeping them busy hoisting garbage cans.”

In his typical self-deprecating manner, Riebe marvels that he was chosen to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“I’m surprised they gave me the award, and I’m not sure I deserve it,” he said. “It’s a huge honor, but there are lots of people who do more.”

Riebe still owns and operates Riebe’s Auto Parts, his automotive parts supply chain with 22 locations across Northern California. He and his wife Shawna have six children, three of whom are between the ages 12 and 15 and are involved in youth agriculture, little league, volleyball and basketball. The family also enjoys racing go-carts at their home in rural Nevada County.

Riebe will be inducted into the Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame at the 2021 Fair’s opening ceremonies August 11. He will receive a portrait by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley, daily admission for two for all five days of the Fair, an unlimited parking pass, and a lifetime invitation to the Fair’s opening ceremonies.

This year’s Nevada County Fair will be held August 11-15.  For more information, visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com.

Stuart Baker Named Executive Director of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Stuart Baker Named Executive Director of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

After a competitive three month search the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hire of new Executive Director Stuart Baker.

“The Chamber Board of Directors are delighted to welcome Stuart. He comes to the Chamber with a wealth of experience working in marketing, business development and with city and county agencies,” said Gretchen Bond, Board President. “He will bring fresh, new energy to all of Nevada City and we have every confidence that he will be able to honor our history while leading us into the future.”

Baker has resided off and on in Nevada City since 1997 when he first discovered the town while attending California College of Ayurveda. For four and a half years he served as the Executive Director of the Telegraph Business Improvement District (TBID) in Berkeley, CA, while also serving on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. As Executive Director, Baker led a staff of twelve, worked with over 150 merchants and nearly 200 property owners when undertaking initiatives to improve area infrastructure and district aesthetics, developed partnerships with the Berkeley YMCA and University of California at Berkeley, and worked with the City’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, developers and student activists to promote the construction of housing projects within blocks of the campus.

Another exciting initiative Baker spearheaded was working with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to create a smartphone-enabled walking tour app that documents and shares the rich history of Telegraph Avenue. The app is so popular it is now part of the University’s orientation materials to all new students.

When Baker left TBID in 2019, he was honored by the Berkeley City Council with a proclamation recognizing the work he had accomplished during his tenure.

“I am excited to be part of the post-COVID renaissance in Nevada City. We are welcoming back folks with a full slate of events–and the many other enjoyments in town. The Chamber is also focusing on new ways to strengthen and support our business community–both in Downtown and Seven Hills,” said Baker.

Prior to Baker’s work at the Berkeley TBID, he served as Vice President of Business Development for EdenredUSA, one of the largest providers of transportation-related benefits in the US, while also working with the non-profit Fund for the Environment and Urban Life (FEUL) a foundation focused on improving the built environment with projects such as transit-oriented development, San Francisco parklets, and more.

“While the pandemic has been crushing for merchants, I believe we are on the cusp of a combination of positive events,” said Baker. “As many travelers will initially be inclined to avoid unnecessary air travel, there will be a great opportunity to entice Northern Californians to pay us a visit. While locals love to visit on Summer Nights and Victorian Christmas, the post-pandemic period will be ideal to engage locals to rediscover the historical district and create new routines. The unique appeal of the historical core of Nevada City is that it is not just a visitor destination, it is a place of business as well. Working to make doing business here easy will keep the district diverse and interesting.”

The first major projects Baker will focus on include increasing and sustaining new revenue streams for the Chamber, building a support network to help business comply with myriad regulations, overseeing the production of popular events such as Summer Nights and Victorian Christmas, and the development of a new strategic plan.

Cheering for Young Musicians

CHEERING FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS

What: InConcert Sierra “Bach to the Future” Education Programs “Student Showcase”
When: Sunday, March 7, 2021 • 2pm
Where: Virtual presentation streaming on InConcert Sierra’s YouTube channel and www.inconcertsierra.org
Tickets: Free of charge

InConcert Sierra’s “Bach to the Future” Education and Outreach Program presents the final of three Spring Student Showcases, this Sunday, March 7 at 2pm.  The musical showcases have provided the students a virtual opportunity to present the fruition of their hard work to the community.

These days, with in-person concerts prohibited, teachers have found the online recitals to be highly beneficial to their students’ learning process.  Taking part in recitals while studying music is an essential part of a student’s growth. There are few things more motivating to music students then receiving heartfelt praise from their friends, family, and community after a presentation.

During normal times, pre-Covid, their friends and family would join together to hear their performance. Students practice for hours to learn a piece of music. They relish in receiving accolades that give them a well-deserved sense of pride and accomplishment for all those hours of hard work.

This Sunday, the students performing range from ages 9 to 17; participants are Eva Floyd on trumpet, and Elsa Gray, Leander Giuliani, Ariana Toor, Jacob Crenshaw, Baraka Anderson, and Malachi Ludlum on piano.

“Another benefit of the recitals is the opportunity to practice public speaking. The comments from the students are priceless,” said ICS Executive Director Julie Hardin. “I enjoy watching the showcases to hear what the kids are going to say, as much as their music, and cheer them on. It’s a delightful way to spend a half-hour.”

The Student Showcase recitals may be viewed online at www.inconcertsierra.org, or the InConcert Sierra YouTube channel.  All three recitals will remain available on YouTube.

Shop Nevada County

Shop Nevada County

Shop Nevada County is an e-commerce marketplace focused on connecting buyers with products made by local small businesses in Nevada County. The site follows in the tradition of craft fairs and markets, giving sellers their own storefront where they can list their goods.

How it works

Selling – creating a shop is easy, fast and free. The seller can have an unlimited number of listings, but a minimum of four items. The prices of products are set by the shop owner, but the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce takes 10% per item and 4% for virtual goods such as gift certificates. Sellers can choose which payment options to offer buyers, including credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal, among others. Sellers will need to have a PayPal account to be reimbursed immediately. Sellers are in charge fulfilling all orders. Sellers are responsible for all City and State sales tax. Seller can choose between store pick up and shipping options with their established shipping rates.

Sellers need the following to set up their profile:

  1. business logo size 165 x 165
  2. business profile images size 185 x 185 and banners sized size 900 x 225 pixels
  3. merchandise photos must be 1024×1024 pixels (less than 15MB)
  4. synopsis of your business 50-75 words
  5. seller policy
  6. Paypal account

Buying – On the homepage, potential buyers can type a “product description” into the search bar, or, alternatively, they can “browse” through a list of options on the left side of the homepage, which includes Art, Home & Living, Jewelry, Women, Men, Kids, Vintage, Weddings, Craft Supplies, Trending Items, Gift Ideas, Mobile Accessories, and more. Buyers can also see the different stores on a Seller Tab and review all products a Seller has to offer.

Marketing – Shop Nevada County will be featured on the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce homepage which receives up to 100,000 unique visitors during the holiday season alone.  It will also be included in boosted and free posts on Facebook and Instagram.

How to sign up

For more information and questions please contact stuart@nevadacitychamber.com

Nevada County Artist Relief Fund Supports Twenty-Seven Local Professional Artists

NEVADA COUNTY ARTIST RELIEF FUND SUPPORTS TWENTY-SEVEN LOCAL PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

– FUND TO REMAIN OPEN  –

Nevada County Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of $12,500 in micro-grants to 27 professional artists across all disciplines, through what represents the first tranche of funding raised as a result of the Nevada County Relief Fund.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at Nevada County Arts Council said: “Having assembled a review panel of partners across the county, it was heartening to know the relief these grants of $500 will bring for each of the fund’s twenty-seven recipients. On the other hand, it was heart-rending not to be able to fund everyone this time around. We know there’s so much more work to be done.”

Nevada County Arts Council received 64 eligible applications and was able to fund 40% of its applicants. Says Tudor: “We will keep our relief fund open, and we encourage our community to continue to contribute to it. The more donations we receive, the more artists we can help.”

Artists who received grants have been enthusiastic. Bob Davis, ceramicist, said, “It couldn’t have come at a better time. Even though we’ve shifted pottery sales totally online and sales are slowly growing, the costs of the new model of business are additional overhead that is difficult to fund. This funding will help a lot.”

Musician Mariee Sioux spoke of the efforts of all those who have worked to create Nevada County Artist Relief Fund, “I feel so deeply grateful – I was really glad to be able to apply and so humbled at this offering. Thank you for all the for all the work to help support us artists and performers!!”

Nevada County Arts Council and its partners recognize the generosity of all contributors to the Nevada County Relief Fund. Says board member, Michelle Amador: “Our County’s artists and their works are deeply embedded in our cultural well-being – economically, emotionally, and as part of what makes and keeps us a community in a time of incredible isolation. It feels great to be able to provide this much-needed support; we only wish we had more funding to meet the growing demand. We hope more people are encouraged to give to the fund.”

Long-time Eastern Nevada County actor, theatre director and teacher, Courtney Simpson, said: “When COVID 19 hit, I lost significant income due to the shutdown of my theater camps, workshops, and clubs in Truckee.  This micro-grant is so appreciated, not only financially, but also emotionally.” Truckee ceramicist, Brad Henry, said, “This $500 grant will enable me to purchase more clay. With this clay I will stock my local galleries and sell to local customers. These funds are very much appreciated and needed!!!”    Artist Mira Clark said, “I am deeply grateful for the grant provided by the Nevada County Artist Relief Fund, which will support the completion of a community art project, Womxn | Nature, that I have been working on for the past year.”

Angele Carroll, a musician based in Truckee, describes her working life since COVID-19: “This has been one of the hardest years on record for me. I am so grateful to receive this grant. It means that I will be able to pay rent… I needed a ray of hope and sunshine in contrast to the struggle I have had this year.”

The following artists have each been given $500 micro-grants: Mira Clark, Kelly Wallis, Jan Pellizzer, Marie Sobonya, Katie Wolff, Forest Aliya, Pamela  Klein, Chanthou Lam, Cosmo Merryweather, John Girton, Paige Anderson, Shawnna Frazer, Jori Phillips, Christy Gurley, Robert (Bob) Davis, Chad Wood, Serena Cole, David Wong, Angele Carroll, Brad Henry, Claire Lawrenson, Courtney Simson, Kaylee Venneman, Mary Kenny, Troy Corliss, Naomi Cabral, and Al Martinez.

The Council recently won the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Award for both Visual Arts and for Performing Arts. In the Performing Arts category, its online festival, WHAT A RELIEF! was recognized as vital fuel for its relief fund efforts, and featured over twenty performances by musicians, artists and actors. The award also recognized the Council’s work to make accessible one of the first entirely online festivals in the country last April, as events across the nation were being cancelled or postponed. Offered free of charge, Sierra Poetry Festival entertained, and provided comfort for, close to 10,000 people across multiple social media platforms as they sheltered-in-place at the outset of the pandemic.

In the visual arts category the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Award was awarded to Nevada County Arts Council in recognition of its work with Arts in Storefronts, in which the work of eleven artists transformed otherwise vacant storefronts in Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District’s downtown areas. Also recognized was Shopping with Artists, which was developed in advance of the holiday season – though will continue on as an alternative shopping resource for the community.

Says Tudor, “We are grateful to Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for its recognition of our work – and the work of so many others who have contributed to region’s economic viability and social fabric. The Chamber itself has performed an extraordinary role throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, for all local businesses, and worked as an exemplary partner on initiatives for the Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District.”

Nevada County Arts Council is also grateful for its partnerships with arts organizations across the county who are part of the coalition to raise funds for artists. So, far, these include Nevada City Film Festival, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, Music in the Mountains, InConcert Sierra, CATS, Sierra Stages, Neighborhood Center for the Arts, Trails and Vistas, InnerRhythms Dance, Truckee Arts Alliance and Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus.

Jesse Locks, a board member at Nevada County Arts Council, says: “When, eventually, our performing arts venues and events open up, our partners are generously volunteering that a percentage on ticket sales be given to the Fund… Way to go! In the meantime, we are asking the community to continue its support of local artists by contributing to our fund.”

Nevada County Arts Council encourages the generosity of community members who connect with the idea that local professional artists are key part of Nevada County’s economy and that now is a time to support them.  Donations to the Nevada County Artist Relief Fund can be made via https://www.nevadacountyarts.org/artist-relief-fund. Every donation is tax deductible, in recognition of Nevada County Arts Council’s charitable status in the State of California.

Gas Cards Now Available for Patient Appointments at Sierra Family Health Center

Gas Cards Now Available for Patient Appointments at Sierra Family Health Center

Sierra Family Health Center recently received a $15,000 grant from Dignity Health to help provide needed assistance to current patients seeking dental, behavioral health, chiropractic, and medical services at the center’s two care sites.

The funding from Dignity Health’s Greater Sacramento Service District’s 2021 Community Grant will be used to provide patients with lower incomes with $25 gas cards, which can be used to purchase gas at several locations, and may be applied for quarterly.

The grant was received in collaboration with North San Juan Community Center (NSJCC), and Nevada County Behavioral Health (NCBH). Eventually, gas cards will also be available to new patients, shares Lael Walz, quality assurance and improvement coordinator at Sierra Family, but for now, are offered to current patients only.

Patient and gas card recipient Patrick Wiggins shares his gratitude. “Getting the gas card makes me really excited because I don’t always have the money to fill up my tank. This will help me abundantly because I need to see (my chiropractor) Dr. Patrick.”

Sierra Family’s CEO, Debra Plass, sees the Patient Access to Care program as another step to ensuring that diverse care services are available to all community member.

“We are grateful for the longstanding collaboration between our health center and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital,” Plass says. “By focusing on improving the health of vulnerable populations, we are building a healthier community.”

Applications are available by calling (530) 292-3478, or by appointment at Sierra Family Health Center, 15301 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City.

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About Sierra Family Health Center: 

Sierra Family Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing comprehensive, compassionate, and quality medical, dental, and behavioral health care to a culturally diverse community of Nevada and Yuba Counties in California. As a center of healing, learning and caring, priority is placed on preventive health programs that improve the general health of all individuals served, regardless of race, sex, color, age, national origin, disability, political or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or ability of clients to pay for services.

Engaging Kids in the Arts in March

Engaging Kids in the Arts in March

WHAT:  Youth Programming at The Center for the Arts
WHEN: March 2021
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
WEBSITE:   www.thecenterforthearts.org
ADMISSION: Free
INFO: thecenterforthearts.org | 530-274-8384

The Center for the Arts continues to bring important youth programming to our community during this challenging time. The Center is teaming up with Music in the Mountains to produce a world music program and virtual choir and, also, presenting a virtual theater production with the support of The California Arts Council. Both programs are free.

Starting on March 1, 2021, Music in the Mountains and The Center for the Arts are launching a world music program for students ages 5-12 to explore the music and cultures of India, Mali, and Greece. The 12-week program requires no previous musical experience and is free to kids and their families. There are no set class times to worry about – weekly activities are available on demand, so you can choose when you want to tune in to have fun! Although this program is designed for youngsters, all ages are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. The experience culminates in a virtual choir concert, and select songs will be featured during this year’s WorldFest celebration!

On March 6, 2021, The Center is hosting its second Virtual Family Fun Day with a special online presentation of “Diary of a Wombat,” based on the multi-award winning picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Millions of young people around the world have adored the book. It has been adapted for the stage by Australia’s Monkey Baa Theatre Company, featuring stunning puppetry, a live cello score and a brilliant set design. Family Fun Day is always free, offering families the opportunity to experience art together in our community.

Families interested in participating in these events can RSVP for free at thecenterforthearts.org. Please contact the box office with any questions by calling 530-274-8384, visiting us at 314 W. Main Street in Grass Valley, or sending an email to boxoffice@thecenterforthearts.org. The box office is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Natural Value Inc. donates nearly 11,000 pounds of pasta to The Food Bank

Natural Value Inc. donates nearly 11,000 pounds of pasta to The Food Bank 

It all started with an email.

BriarPatch Food Co-op Grocery Manager Shawn Bailey was looking for canned vegetables to donate to The Food Bank of Nevada County as part of an in-store canned food drive. So he reached out to distribution company Natural Value Inc. The company couldn’t supply the canned vegetables because of a shortage caused by a storm in the Midwest that wiped out over 10 million acres of crops.

Instead, the company made a surprise offer – to deliver 513 cases of bulk pasta weighing 10,260 pounds. They even paid the $575 shipping costs to transport the organic pasta from Sacramento to The Food Bank’s Grass Valley warehouse.

“We’ve always felt good about Natural Value because of the quality of their products, but this put them over the top,” said Bailey.

With an expiration date looming, throwing so much food away when people are going hungry didn’t seem right. In Nevada County, the number of people who seek food from The Food Bank has increased in the past year. Since Jan. 2020, The Food Bank has seen a dramatic increase in need – 328 percent increase in the number of households and 282 percent increase in the number of individuals served.

“Many people feel the effects of COVID 19 right now, so if we can do our part to help those in need, we are happy to do so,” said Pamela Gifford, Chief Operating Officer for Natural Value Inc.

“We donate to whomever we can. We believe in human kindness and that good food should be available and affordable for everyone,” said Gifford.

Volunteers will turn the donation of nine pallets of bulk pasta into pre-bagged portions that will be shared with food pantries in neighboring Truckee and rural foothill communities, said Nicole McNeeley, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Nevada County. Pasta is a highly sought-after item among food pantries, because it is easy to add components like protein, sauce, cheese and veggies to make a substantial meal.

“It was pretty magical how it all worked out,” said McNeeley.

Folks who are interested in volunteering with The Food Bank can sign up with The Co-op’s PatchWorks volunteer program. Learn more here: https://www.briarpatch.coop/community/volunteer/

BriarPatch Food Co-op is a community-owned cooperative business. We provide our community with quality food and products, strengthen our local economy, and support local/regional businesses that are committed to regenerative agriculture, sustainability, humane practices, and organic farming.

Bright Futures for Youth: New website, more social media channels to connect with Nevada County

Bright Futures for Youth: New website, more social media channels to connect with Nevada County

Bright Futures for Youth, the nonprofit organization formed with the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO Youth in the summer, has launched a new website and a couple more social media platforms to better connect with youth in Nevada County – and their parents.

The new website (bffyouth.org) details the organization’s efforts, calendar of events, success stories and how to get involved through donations, sponsorships and/or volunteering.

Bright Futures provides children and young adults year-round academic, social and emotional support; access to health care, counseling and healthy meals; after-school activities and numerous other events and services through its three programs – The Friendship Club, NEO and SAFE.

Anew Day’s 7th Annual Crab Feed fundraiser

Anew Day’s 7th Annual Crab Feed fundraiser

This year’s fundraiser will be a drive-thru event this year. We may not be able to gather in large groups, but we can still enjoy fresh crab. Treat yourself to a great meal and support a great cause. Each serving includes 2lbs of fresh, cleaned, cooked and cracked crab, pasta salad, bread, butter/sauces and dessert.  Get more information and purchase tickets on our event web page: www.anew-day.com/crab-feed. You can also purchase tickets by calling our office during business hours at 530-470-9111. This event supports Anew Day in offering free counseling and affordable professional therapy for the mental health of our community and its members.

March 12th, 2021 from 3-7pm
Pick-up location: Calvary Bible Church, 11481 Hwy 174, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Deadline for purchasing tickets is March 1st, 2021

InConcert Sierra presents Ring in a Thousand Years of Peace – February 21st

Ring in a Thousand Years of Peace

An experience of profound intensity for musicians and audience alike!  InConcert Sierra’s “Third Sunday Virtual Season” presents the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra’s stirring May 2012 performance of “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2pm.

The 75-member choir, and 26-member orchestra including renowned organist Isabelle Demers, is conducted by ICS Artistic Director Ken Hardin. The SMC and Orchestra presented the work in both 2012 and 2016 before sold-out audiences.  Jenkins’ “A Mass for Peace” was composed in 1999 and dedicated to the victims of Kosovo. It was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England, to reflect the most war-torn and destructive century in human history, honor the warrior, and inspire the optimism of “ringing in a thousand years of peace.” The work seeks to bridge the many perspectives of war while acknowledging the hope in every human heart for peace in our lifetime.

The work begins with sequential marching, creating an effective and realistic impression of troops approaching, with choristers swaying from side to side. From there, the audience is mesmerized by extracts from Christian and Islamic traditional texts, as well as texts from authors Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge (a Hiroshima survivor). One concert-goer said, “I could have heard the Benedictus music daily for the rest of my life, so very beautiful.”

After attending the concert in May 2016, Dr. Scott Kellerman wrote in a letter to The Union, “This emotional and spiritual concert kindles the emotions of war and the aftermath of destruction. A variety of religious traditions, poems, and poetry are intricately woven through the melodies. Looking around the audience, appreciating the diversity of political convictions present, I was struck by a community coming together, all equally absorbed by the music, prose and inner intention to promote peace.”

In 2012, concert attendee J. Wood said, “The performance was breathtaking and nothing short of magnificent!  It was truly a visceral experience!  So emotional.  Our hearts were stirred.  Please do this annually.  The community and the world need this message so desperately.”

The poetry and translations are available for viewing and download on the ICS website (click on the homepage banner.)  Virtual concert attendees are encouraged to read the lyrics before the program, although enjoyment of the sheer power of the piece does not require it.

“Obviously, in 2012 we were not expecting to someday provide virtual programming, nor that we would face a global pandemic with live performances halted. The original video was not of high-quality. However, our fantastic videographer and magician, Mark Triolo, has taken the footage, along with a variety of photos from performances, and created a visual presentation that will captivate us all. And the audio is fantastic, with many thanks to our sound engineer, Steve Nicholson,” said Executive Director Julie Hardin.

The concert may be viewed online at www.inconcertsierra.org, on the InConcert Sierra Facebook page, or the InConcert Sierra YouTube channel.  It will remain available on YouTube for three weeks.

What: InConcert Sierra presents
Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra, Ken Hardin – conductor
“The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” by Karl Jenkins
When: Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 • 2pm
Where: Virtual presentation streaming on InConcert Sierra’s YouTube channel and www.inconcertsierra.org
Tickets: Free of charge

Open Studios Call to Artists

Open Studios Call to Artists – deadline April 16

The Center for the Arts is now accepting applications from artists interested in participating in this year’s Open Studios Tour. Sculptors, printmakers, photographers, painters, jewelers, illustrators, woodworkers, designers and other artists are invited to apply. The 26th Annual Open Studios Tour of Nevada County West will be held on the second and third weekends of October 2021 and will again be a combination of virtual and in-person tours.

We realize that these are difficult times and everyone’s health and safety are of the utmost importance. With that in mind, all artists who elect to open their studios for the in-person tour will be instructed to follow all health and safety guidelines mandated at the time of the tour. In addition, Artists may elect to open their studios by appointment only or to produce a virtual tour in lieu of in-person visits.

Throughout this time of COVID-19, The Center’s Granucci Gallery has offered refuge and art amid the chaos by providing online tours for art lovers and a professionally designed gallery for artists to present their work in a retail space. The Open Studios Tour is a wonderful opportunity for the public to meet artists, whether in-person or online, to view new pieces and works in process, watch live demonstrations, learn about artistic processes from conception to completion, and buy original art in a wide range of mediums and methods. Beyond an art sale, Open Studios is a chance to experience first-hand how, where, and why art is created.

Open Studios is presented by The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, California, in partnership with the Nevada County Arts Council, Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and Grass Valley Courtyard Suites. The Center believes that collaboration is the key to greater strength and economic stability for our community. The Center remains committed to building Nevada County as a destination for the arts and improving the local quality of life through a rich arts scene.

Being a part of the Open Studios Tour provides many benefits for artists, including visibility in the community. All participants will be featured in the printed tour guide, on the official Google Map, and on the tour’s website: openstudiostour.org. Additional benefits include social media features and marketing assets for the artists to share with their networks. Artists who submit virtual video tours will also be featured online, including the Open Studios YouTube channel and relevant playlists.

Artists may apply to participate in the 26th Annual Open Studios Tour of Nevada County West by visiting openstudiostour.org to learn more and to complete the online application.  Applications are due by April 16, 2021. For more information, please contact Tour Manager, Brynn Farwell at openstudios@thecenterforthearts.org.