Mane Event Salon Ribbon Cutting

The Mane Event Salon is a new business in the 7 Hills District where we had a ribbon cutting on October 19th. Thank you to those who attended!

From Modern hairstyles to classic designs, The Mane Event has been a favorite of many looking for a trendy or classic styles in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area for over 20 years. Their friendly hair care and beauty specialists, Julie, Johana & Bradley are ready to bring your Hair and Beauty back to life. When you look great you feel great and they are committed to providing the best in hair and beauty services.

Call for an appointment: 530/477-8866

538 Searls Avenue, Nevada City

Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, evenings by appointment.

Saturday 10am – 2pm (walk-in’s only)


The Hair Lounge & Nevada City Chamber Invite You to a Ribbon Cutting October 30th

Join Us At NOON on October 30th!!

The Hair Lounge – 305 Railroad Avenue #10, Nevada City

Come and see the brand new Hair Lounge full service salon and barber shop where modern meets industrial in a relaxing urban setting. Upscale and affordable for Men and Women. Offering all hair and barbering services along with skin care and waxing. Monat…a full line of botanical based vegan hair care products are available for purchase.

Mane Event Salon – Ribbon Cutting Thursday, October 19th at Noon

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & the Mane Event Invite You……

Come join us for a ribbon cutting at the Mane Event, a new business in the 7-Hills Business District! Everyone’s invited to welcome the Mane Event to our business community. See you there!

Mane Event Salon, 538 Searls Avenue  Nevada City  530/477-8866

Talk Like TED Workshop: Creating a Dynamic Presentation

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership is Presenting a Workshop

“Ideas are the currency of the 21st Century,” says Carmine Gallo in his bestselling book Talk Like TED. The Center for Nonprofit Leadership is presenting a workshop on Friday, October 13, Talk Like TED.

For nonprofit organizations and small businesses to reach their maximum potential, they must be able to communicate their ideas and tell their stories in ways that capture the attention of partners, donors, volunteers, and the public.

Join CNL and presenter, Janice Dunn, to find out what a TED talk is and how you can create and deliver one of your own!

Attendees will:

  • Dissect a real Ted-style talk and gain the understanding of how & why it works.
  • Learn how to identify and define your focused ideas.
  • Create an outline/framework from which to develop your own messaging in TED-style to impact the organization, business or causes you care about.

Suggested Participants: Anyone who communicates on behalf of an organization or business

Date and Time: October 13, 2017   8:30am –12:30pm (check-in begins at 8:00am)                                                                                                

Location: Seventh Day Adventist Church,  2889 Osborne Hill Rd, Grass Valley (off Hwy 174)

Cost: $60 – CNL Member organizations ($40 for each additional attendee from one member organization); $75 – Not-Yet-CNL member.  Fee includes continental breakfast. (Registration Deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 11)

For more information:

League of Women Voters General Meeting Announcement

October 14, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church

You vote, and you take a great interest in politics, but as the political climate evolves, you’d really like to know…”What do the major political parties stand for?”

Your local League of Women Voters invites you to hear for yourself from a representative of the Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and Republican parties explain their missions.

Linda Erdmann will represent the Republican Party; Donn Coenen will represent the Libertarian Party; Ben Emery will represent the Green Party; Peter Minett will represent the Democratic Party.

Join the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County for a timely and refreshing discussion. Cookies and coffee served at 9:30 with program from 10 am to noon. Peace Lutheran Church 848 West Main St Grass Valley.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. You may learn more about the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County at or by visiting our Facebook page.

Helping Hands Caregiver Resource/Adult Day Care is Celebrating!

It is HELPING HANDS 10th year Anniversary as a non-profit serving our communities and celebrating with its

Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser and Open House

Thursday Oct 12th 4pm-7pm.

Joining in the event, A RIBBON CUTTING with The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce AT 5:30. It’s a Tri-county Chamber event!

There will be hourly raffles and wonderful prizes and gift baskets. AND FOOD! As always, The Spaghetti Dinner includes French bread, salad, desert and drink! Dinners can be eat in or take out. A donation of $10 is suggested and tickets can be purchased at the door. All proceeds from this fundraiser will provide respite care for dependent adults in our community who live at home with a primary caregiver. Live music provided by the wonderful Local Band PURDON CROSSING.

HELPING HANDS, 17645 Penn Valley Drive – (530) 432 2540

Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers Joint Table Top Mixer

Thursday October 5, 2017 Hosted by: Foothills Event Center

Join us for a gathering of local businesses in Western Nevada County! Meet business owners, enjoy networking, raffle prizes, light hor d’oeuvres & a no host bar! If you are interested in your business participating with a table, it’s not too late!! Download the application: Table Top Mixer Exhibitor Application

We are looking forward to a great event!

Century 21 Cornerstone Realty Chili Cook Off & Customer Appreciation Day

Century 21 Cornerstone Realty, Nevada City & Grass Valley Chambers co-hosted this years event. A crowd gathered to check out all the fabulous chili’s that were offered! From meaty, spicy, Thai, small taco and more, the chili was delicious!! Everyone enjoyed live music, raffle prizes, great food, drink and networking with all the attendees. Thanks for supporting our local merchants & Chambers!!

Promote Your Business Through Our Newsletter!

Do you want to let people know what your are all about? Having a special? As a chamber member, you have access to our newsletter that goes out every Monday to over 7,000 subscribers!

Simply provide a write up along with a graphic (logo, poster, pictures) and we will include your item in the newsletter. The deadline each week is Thursday at noon, but of course the earlier the better. Send your information to If you have questions, feel free to call us at  and we are happy to help! 

Best regards,

Libby Bonomolo

Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence is Back on the Table

The Union “Other Voices” by Paul Matson
September 13, 2017

Earlier this year the Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) was introduced to the recommendation of slashing Nevada City’s Sphere of Influence from 2,900 to 1,450 acres. The Sphere is the area outside the city limits into which, over time, the city might annex as it grows.

There was tremendous public interest and support for Nevada City at the hearings from city and county residents alike. It was decided to have the LAFCo Policy Committee review the matter in greater detail and report back to the full commission with their conclusions. That is happening on Sept. 21.

To me, the Sphere of Influence is mutually beneficial to those already within the city limits, and to its neighbors living within its Sphere of Influence. Both groups contribute greatly to protecting and enhancing the overall atmosphere and natural beauty that we share and love.

One important question has been whether or not Nevada City is capable of providing adequate recreation, sewer, public works, fire and police services to the areas within its Sphere. The answer is yes.

The three cities provide the brunt of our county’s recreation. Nevada City, with its 10-acre Pioneer Park, provides comprehensive active recreation, as well as 300 acres of city-owned open space with 12 miles of trails in pristine locations along Deer Creek, at Hirschman’s Pond and Sugarloaf. This is a remarkable contribution from our little town.

Because of our Gold Rush history, most nearby major roadways run into and through the city, and are well maintained for all visitors, people going to work, school children and residents.

Nevada City’s Fire Station #54 is staffed 24/7. “That in combination with a long-standing, positive Mutual Aid agreement with the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District and the Grass Valley Fire Department have recently improved our (ISO) fire safety rating from a five to a three,” said Nevada City Fire Chief Sam Goodspeed.

Our police officer to resident ratio is 3.4 per 1,000 residents which is 30 percent higher than the 2.2 ratio that the Department of Justice notes for other cities of our size.

And lastly, the city maintains the only sewer plant within the sphere. “As growth occurs the city will evaluate if further plant expansion is required. However, the city has the present capacity, without further expansion, to serve all existing properties as they are currently developed, both within its boundaries and its Sphere of Influence,” said City Engineer Bryan McAlister.

As a result of the work of the Policy Committee, SR Jones, LAFCo’s Executive Officer, makes the following new recommendations by creating “Areas of Special Concern” for Sphere Designation for City Spheres, including any of the following:

  • Protection of a portion of the City’s water source.
  • Lands or facilities owned by the City.
  • Protection of sensitive environmental and scenic resources and historic character consistent with the City’s General Plan.
  • Consideration of orderly and logical City boundaries.     

This new designation constitutes a lot of diligence, work and progress on LAFCo’s part.

City Planner Amy Wolfson recommends adding a fifth category of “special circumstances,” “Community Identity.” As to why that’s a good idea, City Attorney Hal DeGraw sums it up as follows:

“Maintaining the current Sphere of Influence for Nevada City, assuring it an effective role in decisions regarding development of surrounding areas within its view shed and water shed, is important, not to block development, but to assure that any such development is compatible with maintaining, and not detracting from, the unique character of Nevada City and that of our neighbors.”

This constitutes our Community Identity.

“Current LAFCo policies limit inclusion within a city’s Sphere of Influence to areas likely to be annexed within 20 years. That is a very short period of time when one considers that it has taken Nevada City and its surrounding areas over 150 years to develop our distinctive, historic character. LAFCo’s Policy Committee has recognized this disconnect by recommending a new category, ‘Special Concern,’ to keep within a city’s sphere areas that are not ready for annexation within the 20-year time frame. While not a perfect fix, it’s a step in the right direction,” DeGraw said.

As a former 15-year LAFCo Commissioner, I believe the new directions are needed, appropriate and good. A great deal is at stake here. Please attend the hearing in the Nevada County Supervisors Chambers at the Eric Rood Government Center on at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Ironically, the city’s annexation of Sugarloaf is on the agenda that very same morning.

Paul Matson, who lives in Nevada City, is a member of The Union Editorial Board. His opinion is his own and does not reflect the viewpoint of The Union or its editorial board. Write to him at

Sugarloaf – Photo by David Mckay 

Thanks for Attending Core Chiropractic Open House & Ribbon Cutting

Thank You for Coming!!

Grand Re-Opening Party & Fundraiser at Core Chiropractic

Everyone enjoyed great food, a raffle to raise money for the Nevada City Fire Department for local fire victims, chair massage, and of course learning about Core Chiropractic. Nevada City Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon cutting at 5:30 to welcome Core Chiropractic to its membership.

Core Chiropractic is located at 513 Searls Ave in Nevada City and can be reached at 530.270-9533

Dr. Maria Scarano and Dr. Jack Ricci

Defensible Space – How To Create It

One of my duties with the Fire Safe Council is to offer my services as a speaker to various organizations. My topic is about defensible space, and how to keep your house and property safe in a wildfire. It covers what can be done both on and around the house, and throughout the property to mitigate fire danger. Most things that need to be done are relatively simple and inexpensive. And, best of all, they can be done without destroying the beauty of the garden landscaping, or losing the privacy that people enjoy

If you need a speaker to explain quite simply, and with a bit of Australian humor, some details about this vitally important topic, I’d be delighted to present my free talk on the subject of ‘Defensible Space – and how to create it’. I can tailor the length of my presentation to fit in with your program, and the size of your group.

One way of offering this vitally important talk to your customers or clients is to present it as a way of saying ‘Thank you!’ to them for their patronage. I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and sharing this very important information with you, and your customers and clients.

Contact Adrian Cameron to schedule: or call (530) 268-1549 or (510) 301-4949.

Help Promote Nevada City’s Sidewalk Sale September 9th

The Sidewalk Sale is almost here!
We have new activities for this year, join the fun!

The Nevada City Chamber and MeetUp presents: NEVADA CITY’S SIDEWALKS- HAVE YOU SEEN IT ALL? It’s still coming! Remember to increase exposure and participation in your business and use the information and the image below. Post the information on your web site and Facebook page. If you have an Instagram account, post the image, we made it as comprehensive as we could for that use. Do you have a newsletter? Send out a quick announcement to your subscribers and tell them what you have on sale – Saturday only – Sept. 9th. Let’s make this the best sidewalk sale ever!

Copy for you: On Saturday, September 9th from 10 till 5, Nevada City will host its annual Sidewalk Sale. Along with historic shopping opportunities, you might stroll alongside a Marching President, or take in a street performance. And new this year, you can chat with local practitioners from Nevada City’s stellar healing community staged in the Good Health Court at the New York Hotel parking lot. Come and celebrate this once a year fabulous cultural as well as shopping experience!

TREATS – Moved to a New Location!!

TREATS, of Nevada City, California, serves a unique blend of traditional handmade artisan ice creams with local, seasonal and organic ingredients, seasonal sorbets, and vegan selections.  Other Tasty TREATS made from scratch include decadent fresh baked cookies with some gluten free choices.

Founded on the premise of offering the classics done well with exciting and unexpected options, owners and ice cream maker, Bob and Peggy Wright encourage their customers to sample their unique flavors.  Treats uses local, organic and seasonal ingredients when possible, and also offers gluten free cones.

Now open in our new location 210 Main Street In Nevada City CA

Our website:

The Fur Traders – Thanks for your Support!!

First of all, we would like to thank everyone for their support through out all the years for shopping at our store located at 233 Broad Street! We have made a decision to put our energy into expanding our e-commerce business, and continue to operate one Broad Street Store, which is located in the Old Indian Springs Tasting Room Building at 303 Broad Street.