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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.

The Center for the Arts hiring for a number of positions as they prepare to reopen 

The Center for the Arts hiring for a number of positions as they prepare to reopen 

WHAT:  The Center for the Arts job opportunities
WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley
CONTACT INFO: Debi Curtis (530) 274-8384 ext 203

The Center for the Arts is preparing to reopen its renovated venue in downtown Grass Valley and with that they are seeking stellar and enthusiastic candidates for a number of positions: 

The positions available include a bar manager who would be responsible for overseeing all bar operations for Center events, including scheduled off-site events. The right candidate will control and order all bar inventory and create and update bar menus, among a number of other tasks. The Center is asking that anyone who applies should have at least four years of experience in bartending. 

A volunteer coordinator position requires successful applicants to oversee all aspects of The Center’s extensive volunteer program. This person will recruit, schedule, and manage volunteers for all events held by The Center and ensure that each volunteer is properly trained. 

The Center is also seeking a box office attendant who will help sell tickets and manage patron memberships. The ideal candidate will have the ability to answer patron questions about each event and serve as a friendly and knowledgeable resource for those wishing to become members or purchase tickets. 

The executive assistant position includes responsibilities serving as a patron liaison and direct support to the executive director. Candidates in this position will learn about fund development and fundraising. The executive assistant will also serve as a personal concierge for major donors, processing tickets, and will assist with special projects. 

The education and outreach assistant is responsible for completing a variety of administrative tasks in addition to supporting the curatorial process. They will also manage and facilitate youth and senior arts education as well as outreach programs within the community. A passion for the arts is a must, as is the ability to politely and efficiently work with community members of all ages. 

More detailed information on all of the available positions can be found at All cover letters and resume should be sent to

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming, offering more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center recently completed a major renovation of its multiuse, 21,000-square-foot facility in downtown Grass Valley, making it a premier performing arts destination. The venue includes the Main Stage, which accommodates up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats and up to 700 patrons for dance shows, and a 90-seat studio theater. 


BriarPatch celebrates spring berry season with online beverage-making class

A Berry Good Time: Shrubs, Syrups & Concentrates with Sarah Cain

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WHAT: A Berry Good Time: Shrubs, Syrups & Concentrates with Sarah Cain
WHEN: Thursday, May 27, 6 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
COST: $25

It’s spring and the berries are ripening up nicely at BriarPatch Food Co-op. Celebrate the season with a virtual class and learn the fundamentals of do-it-yourself berry infused beverage making at home.

Join The Patch and Sarah Cain of Muddle Me This on Thursday, May 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. for an online class, “A Berry Good Time: Shrubs, Syrups & Concentrates.”

In this class, Cain will teach easy techniques to make an assortment of shrubs, concentrates and syrups at home using delicious natural and certified organic ingredients and a lot less sugar than commercial varieties.

In the drink world, a shrub (or drinking vinegar) is a concentrated syrup that combines fruit, sugar, and vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is the most common base for shrubs, and herbs and spices are often added to create interesting flavor combinations.

By the end of the class, students will have delicious creations with beautiful hues to enliven seltzer, cocktails and liqueurs. This is an interactive, fun, hands-on, make-n-take style class with a liberal dose of beverage lore thrown in, too.

As a child, Cain spent many summers with her dad in Grass Valley and attended the old Hennessey Elementary School in third grade.

“My passion for DIY started by necessity as a hippie kid with very little money. The first thing I remember making was homemade play dough. Next was sewing for my dolls and making furniture for them by re-purposing found objects. By high school I was producing a music fanzine and live shows to go along with it. I’ve ended up doing a lot of different things in my life – and I am never bored,” said Cain.

For 25 years, Cain has been involved with the restaurant industry in Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area. A former sommelier, Cain has made liqueurs professionally for years, earning multiple ribbons at the Alameda County Fair.

“I started making liqueurs to enhance our bar offerings and align them more closely with our farm to table menu. Teaching liqueur making began when my group of friends started a monthly rotating craft teach-in. It was so fun, and I realized then that no one else seemed to be doing it,” she said.

She left the restaurant business to start her own organic farm and grew specialty vegetables for a decade. Cain currently lives in Vallejo, California where she raises chickens in her backyard urban garden.

“Making liqueurs brings together into one place many things I love – local and seasonal produce, history, crafting, and recipe creation – also known as trial and error,” she said.

An ingredient list and recipes will be sent one week before the class. BriarPatch Owner-Members will receive a $5 shopping credit to help purchase ingredients one week before the Zoom class.


Learn more about BriarPatch Food Co-op:

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.

Kodo Arts Warehouse Re-Opens

Kodo Arts Warehouse Re-Opens

Who: Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques
What: Weaves Of Japan, Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques Show
When/Where: May 27 – June 6, 2021 10am -6pm Daily
Kodo Arts Warehouse 571 Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA
Contact: jake costello 530-478-0812

Kodo Arts is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Kodo Arts Warehouse for an 11-day Sale and Show, May 27-June 6, 2021. Kodo Arts just shipped a 40ft. container from Kyoto full of Japanese antique furniture, garden, textiles, home décor, ceramics, art, architectural items, lanterns and many folk art pieces.

Kodo Arts is especially excited about their load of stone ‘Jizo’, the stone figures usually of bodhisattva buddhas and goddesses. They are the first deity most people encounter when they set foot in Japan. This is because they are the protectors of travelers, protector of children, and protector of ancestors in the afterlife. You’ll find Jizos peeking out among the grasses along the road, standing at intersections, at temples and shrines or sitting in a wooden shelter built especially for them. Jizo is found at boundaries between places both physical and spiritual, between here and there, life and death.

In many neighborhoods one can find jizos with a small red bibs around their necks. Dressing Jizo, one accrues merit. Local women usually take care of Jizo statues and provide them with hand-knitted hats and hand-sewn bibs. Such red bibs were said to have been worn by children in earlier times. Although the bibs are usually red, a color that represents safety and protection, they can be any color, fabric or pattern.

I’ve even seen bibs with alphabet patterns and Hello Kitty on them. The practice of dressing Jizo statues is related to accruing merit for the afterlife, a common theme in Buddhism. Jizos are hand carved out of granite stone. They would often be commissioned by parishioners of a temple or shrine as a donation. All from the buddhist iconography, some are with hands folded in prayer, others are holding the sacred gem ‘hoju’ or a staff and even the fearsome Fu- do-myo buddha holds the sword of clarity, cutting through the bamboozle. Many are dated and have lichen and moss from centuries of being outside. Some date back to the 1600’s.

Open to the public twice a year, the Kodo Arts Warehouse is located at 571 Searls Ave. Nevada City, CA 9595 530-478-0812 Masks required in the warehouse.

Nevada City Spring Clean Up – April 2021

Nevada City Spring Clean Up – April 2021

April 1st kicks off the first day of Nevada City’s annual Spring Clean Up, a fun community-building event.

During the month local businesses, residents, building owners, the City of Nevada City and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce will team up for a month long clean up of downtown Nevada City and the 7-Hills Business District.

Projects include power-washing sidewalks, painting curbs, building planter boxes, planting hanging baskets and planters, weeding, raking of leaves, and painting storefronts. Nevada City Public Works will over see larger projects such as the cleaning of gas lamps and new signage.

Workdays will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-11:30am throughout the month of April.

Project Days
April 1st – Painting Curbs in NC, Cultural Flags, Planters
April 6th & 8th – Finish Painting Curbs in NC, Weeding, Planters
April 13th & 15th – Painting Storefronts, Planters, Painting Curbs in 7-Hills, Weeding 7-hills
April 20th & 22nd – Painting Storefronts, Pioneer Park projects
April 27th & 29th – Power-wash sidewalks
*suggested, not limited to

Volunteers can sign up for workdays using 211 Connecting Point, emailing, calling (530) 265-2692 or can show up at the Commercial Street Parking Lot the morning of each workday.

Volunteers are asked to bring their own mask, work gloves, and water. Tools and other supplies will be provided. In adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, masks will need to be worn and social distancing will be maintained among volunteers.

Update California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Update California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

On February 23rd, Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package providing urgent relief for the small businesses of CA. The package provides an additional $2 billion – a four-fold increase over the $500 million currently being distributed – for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions.

Please read below for additional information about each round.

  • Round 3 (waitlisted applicants from Rounds 1 and 2): Friday, March 5th through Thursday, March 11th, 2021
    • Eligible applicants: This is a closed round and only available to eligible applicants who were waitlisted in Rounds 1 and 2 – only existing applicants will be selected. If you were waitlisted, you do not need to reapply. New applications will not be accepted in this round.
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000
    • Details: This is a closed funding round; no new applications will be accepted
  • Round 4 (non-profit cultural institutions only): Tuesday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
    • Eligible applicants: Only non-profit cultural institutions with any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria found at
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Eligible non-profit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1 and 2; grants will only be available to non-profits cultural institutions that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3; grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019
  • Round 5: Thursday, March 25th through Wednesday, March 31st
    • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, or 3 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, & 3 do not need to reapply as they will be automatically moved into Round 5. New applicants will need to apply at
  • Round 6: Date to be announced soon
    • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply at

Visit for more eligibility, criteria, and updates.

Estate Planning Zoom Seminar – April 20

Better than Nothing Estate Planning: Utilizing Free Resources to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

Presented by Dylan Hendricks, Attorney

Please join us via Zoom on Tuesday, April 20, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m
$15 registration fee. Open to attorneys and the public via Zoom. No MCLE credit will be offered to attorneys.
To enroll, please call 530-362-5329 or email The Zoom link will be sent upon receipt of advance registration and payment, by check or money order, payable to the Nevada County Law Library, and mailed to 201 Church Street, Suite 9, Nevada City, California 95959. Include name, email, and phone number.

The seminar will cover the following topics:

1) A brief overview of California’s probate system including assets transfers on death and conservatorships to allow health and financial decisions to be made in the event of incapacity;
2) A review of California’s statutory form health care directive, power of attorney, and will;
3) An explanation of some of the gaps in the statutory forms and suggestions for additions that can make the forms more comprehensive; and
4) An overview of what decisions must involve a physician, and when it would be advisable to seek the advice of an attorney.

This program is geared to individuals who are looking for general information about estate planning or who seek an inexpensive way to prepare a very basic estate plan. While options for probate avoidance will be discussed, the tools promulgated by the Legislature that will be distributed at this program are not probate avoidance tools.

About Dylan Hendricks

Dylan Hendricks is an attorney at Hendricks McFarlane, P.C. in Grass Valley, California. She received her B.A. in 2002 from U.C. Berkeley and her J.D. in 2005 from Northwestern University. Her practice is focused on estate planning, trust and probate administration, conservatorships, and charitable advising. Dylan has prepared individualized estate plans for clients with a range of needs including probate avoidance, tax planning, business transfer planning, arrangements for minor children and people with disabilities, and health planning for end of life and catastrophic injury. Her experience extends from basic wills and trusts to complex charitable plans targeted to helping clients meet their personal and family objectives. Her charitable experience includes 501(c)(3) formation, ongoing organizational management, board policies, and gift acceptance and use. Dylan was previously Associate Director– Gift Planning Administration at U.C. Berkeley, where she and her team managed the administration of bequest, charitable remainder trusts, non-publically traded securities, and other complex gifts.

Dylan is mom to seven-year-old Sebastian and two-year-old Daphne and is a member of the Trust and Estates Section of the California Bar Association, the Nevada County Bar Association, and the Center for Nonprofit Leadership Board of Directors, the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and Hospice of the Foothills Board of Trustees.



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
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, or the InConcert Sierra YouTube channel.  All three recitals will remain available on YouTube.

Art Works Gallery 2nd Saturday Spotlight

Art Works Gallery 2nd Saturday Spotlight

WHO: Sylviane Giacoletto

WHAT: Second Saturday Spotlight
WHERE: Art Works Gallery 113 Mill Street Grass Valley
WHEN: Saturday, March 13 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

BIG talent in a very small package.  Sylviane Giacoletto, Oil paint artist at Art Works Gallery was born and raised in Albertville, France. Sylviane was 10 years old the first time her father took her to Le Louvre Museum in Paris. “I will always cherish the memory of traveling from a little town in the Alps to the City Of Arts. I was lost in feelings of admiration, and I still vividly remember the colors and the smell of oil painting”.

Many years later, Sylviane took her first painting class which gave birth to the artist in her. She became an art instructor in 2000 and managed her own studio in France. She taught Tole painting and faux finishes techniques for nearly 10 years. Sylviane moved to California in 2006, when she discovered the richness of luminous oil colors that gave her the look she was seeking for in her landscapes, and in 2012 she was juried into Art Works Gallery for her stunning Oil Paintings.

When the opportunity arose to fill a 3D artist space at the Gallery, Sylviane was delighted to bring in a selection of the vintage Tole art pieces she created years ago in her beloved France. She can transform small furniture, mirrors, lamps and boxes into unique heirlooms using a multitude of techniques.  Sylviane is in our 2nd Saturday Spotlight on March 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m, and she will demonstrate some of these techniques on a painting in progress.

Art Works Gallery is open Wednesday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We are taking every precaution to keep us all safe including making SHOPPING ON LINE available to you, our customers.  The online address is  We will mail your order to you, or you can even call for outside pickup.

Shop Nevada County

Shop Nevada County

Shop Nevada County is an e-commerce marketplace that is focused on connecting buyers interested in purchasing a unique range of goods and wares sold or made by local small businesses in Nevada County, including Nevada City, Grass Valley, Truckee and Penn Valley. The site follows in the tradition of craft fairs and markets, giving sellers their own storefront where they can list their goods for a nominal fee.

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

Shop Nevada County will launch April 15.

The first 25 businesses interested in participating in the launch of Shop Nevada County, will receive professional guidance with onboarding their shop and products. Shop Nevada County will also provide self-registration before the official launch for businesses that would prefer to sign up on their own.

Take a Tour of the Site

Join us for a short informational Zoom session on March 16th at 9:30-10:30am to learn more. Sign up here

For more information and questions please contact




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 Every donation is tax deductible, in recognition of Nevada County Arts Council’s charitable status in the State of California.

The Sam Chase Trio introduces you to Chamber Americana live From The Center

The Sam Chase Trio introduces you to Chamber Americana live From The Center

WHO: The Sam Chase Trio
WHAT:  Live From The Center
WHEN: Friday, March 12, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. PT
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
ADMISSION: $10 | Free for Members
INFO: | 530-274-8384

The Sam Chase Trio will be performing live From The Center on Friday, March 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. This is a ticketed show and a live streaming event.  While the live experience is best, ticket holders will have 48 hours to enjoy the show. Members of The Center for the Arts get free tickets to the live experience and unlimited access to watch the replay in the new Member Library at, an exciting new member benefit for 2021!

Eminent singer-songwriter, The Sam Chase, flanked on one side by Chandra Johnson, violin heroine, and on the other by Devon McClive, renowned and feared cellist at large. A refreshing and new style they call “Chamber Americana.” This is what you get when deftly bowed strings collide with ironclad songwriting. This is the pure distillation of adventure and the heartache of American song.

To see Chandra and Devon wield their unforgiving instruments with such skill is truly inspiring. These women create a symphony, intricate and epic. The Sam Chase is an international touring artist, with five studio albums; he was voted Best Singer-Songwriter in SF Weekly 2019, 2018, and 2017. Chandra Johnson studied violin at Western Washington University; she has played with Mary Lambert, Devotchka, Allen Stone, John Craigie, and many more. Devon McClive was trained by a cello guru in the Appalachian mountains; she performs/publishes music with her own band and makes up nonsense songs for her son.

Watch The Sam Chase Trio live From the Center on Friday, March 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to get your tickets early, just like buying tickets “at the door,” the price goes up once the livestream starts. Advance tickets are $10 for the public and free for members of The Center for the Arts.  Tickets and membership information are available online at, by calling 530-274-8384, or visiting the box office located at 314 W. Main Street in downtown Grass Valley. The box office is open on Wednesdays and Fridays between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming offering more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center recently completed a major renovation of its multiuse, 21,000-square-foot facility in downtown Grass Valley, making it a premier performing arts destination. The venue includes the Main Stage, which accommodates up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats and up to 700 patrons for dance shows, and a 90-seat studio theater.

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.


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
INFO: | 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 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 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:

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 ( 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.

New Mother Daughter Art Exhibit at The Center

New Mother Daughter Art Exhibit at The Center

A mixed media art exhibit will open in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Mother-Daughter Project features paintings by Linda Neely with the poems that inspired her art, written by her daughter, Amber Neely.

This project began as a collision of surrealist creativity. The mother is a professional artist with a Master in Fine Arts and an in-depth knowledge and love for surrealism in all its forms. She has given lectures and classes on surrealism and created a lot of surrealistic art. One day she discovered her daughter’s exquisite, ethereal poetry! As she read it, her jaw dropped at the eerie phrases, nearly making sense and then… not.

The mother was intrigued and, being an artist, imagery began popping and flowing into her head. She wondered what these poems would look like! The daughter wondered too, and thus began the Mother-Daughter Project.

Amber Neely says that writing has been a constant in her life for as long as she can remember. She began journaling when she was about nine years old and has continued to do so, taking intermissions when things get particularly difficult, particularly easy, or when she feels as though she is being particularly lazy. “I think I began writing as a way of processing unrealized dissociative episodes as a child. Through the process of writing, I was able to remind, or rather, convince myself that I am here. I could look back and have a clear narrative of my life with no re-elaboration, regardless of what was happening. I have never shared my writing with anyone other than my very close family and a couple of friends. Nowadays, I write when I need to. When everything in me is locked or crumpled up, or disintegrating before my eyes. I write to put words to that which I cannot express in any other way. Often it is inspired by dreams, or some experience that feels too heavy or too magical to leave inside. I believe in writing more than I believe in anything else.”

Linda Neely’s first clear memories of making art happened on brown paper bag book covers in school. Her MFA degree has provided her the good fortune to explore and make art in ways she never would have considered on her own. “If I were to consider my art as a whole, I would say I am interested in creating places, environments of wonder, awe and safety, not necessarily all together. I have several favorite mediums. Often what I’m imagining dictates the medium. I have travelled the world with an openness to awe and wonder, finding it in surprising places. I have also studied surrealism extensively: surrealism in art, writing, film and architecture. When I read Amber’s poetry, I am in awe of the imagery it creates in one’s mind. Her method of writing also intrigues me. I suppose it was inevitable we would work on this project together. I am grateful she agreed.”

The Mother-Daughter Project will be on display in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts from Thursday, February 18, through Friday, March 26, 2021. The gallery, located at 314 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley, is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m. There will be a Zoom Artist Q&A on Wednesday, March 3. Visit to RSVP and for more information.

WHAT: Amber & Linda Neely: The Mother Daughter Project
WHEN: Art Opening, Thursday, February 18, 2021 | Exhibit On Display February 18 – March 26, 2021
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
INFO: | 530-274-8384 |

Eye of the Avocado’s Jes Taber to host brunch class for BriarPatch this weekend

Eye of the Avocado’s Jes Taber to host brunch class for BriarPatch this weekend

This Saturday, Feb. 13 Chef Jes Taber (Eye of the Avocado) will teach an online class, “Egg Me On: Brunch & Bubbles” for BriarPatch Food Co-op from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

The informal class designed for Valentine sweethearts, friends and family loved ones encourages folks to dress pajama-casual as they cook from their home kitchens. Co-op owners will receive $5 store credit to purchase class ingredients.

The menu includes cream baked eggs with toast points, Green Goddess dressed bitter greens mixed with arugula, billionaire’s bacon or vegan quick perfect beans and mimosas.

Chef Jes Taber takes eggs seriously.

“I’ve been making things with eggs my whole career. I personally think egg yolk is the most delicious thing in the world. It’s molten lava gold that we get to eat.”

Taber is the founder of “Eye of the Avocado” and has worn many culinary hats since she first began cooking professionally in her 20s. From personal chef to caterer and online cooking instructor this Egg Queen is known for her mouth-watering, herb-centered & lemon-soaked, simple, nourishing and rustic fare made with love and driven by health.

Taber is somewhat of a legend in foodie circles for her 7-minute egg – “seven minutes to heaven” – a centerpiece of egg sandwiches that a reporter from LA Weekly once drove 455-miles to sink her teeth into.

“If you can cook a perfect egg, you would understand why I love eggs so much,” said Taber who regularly buys the highest quality local eggs she can find at The Co-op.

For years, she lived in San Francisco and the Bay Area working at some of the best eateries the city has to offer – Tartine Bakery, Bi-Rite Market, The Village Market, Blue Bottle Coffee and Terroir Wine Bar. She learned the art of slow food while living and studying in Florence, Italy at the sweet age of 20. With a background in education, Jes enjoys helping folks de-mystify food and cooking basics.

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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.

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: 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