Victorian Christmas 2020


Due to COVID-19, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Victorian Christmas will be reimagined as a hometown Victorian holiday.

nevada city at night

In keeping with public health and safety guidelines, there will be no street closures, large crowds, or street vendors. Instead there will be an emphasis on showcasing Nevada City’s charming retail shops and restaurants, along with the town’s beautiful and festively decorated streets, homes, and buildings.

Beginning Friday of Thanksgiving weekend and running through the end of December, shops and restaurants in downtown Nevada City will extend their hours to 8pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

On Wednesdays and Sundays, which would have typically been Victorian Christmas, participating downtown businesses will offer shoppers dressed in Victorian or other festive attire a 10% discount. Father Christmas will make his annual appearance on Sunday afternoons. Craft vendors from the popular Nevada City Craft Fair and other favorite long time Victorian Christmas vendors will create an unique artisan’s market selling “Nevada City Made” goods at the former City Council Coffee building located at 233 Broad Street. For those wishing to do curbside pickup from their favorite local small business, ten-minute parking spots will be designated for quick pick-ups and drop offs. For those who’d prefer to do their shopping online, participating merchants will offer an online tour of their shop via their website and social media, where you can then either purchase goods from their online store or call the shop directly. Starting December 11, visitors can take a self-guided audio tour -either in person or virtually – of the various local Nevada City locations that served as the backdrop to the internationally popular Hallmark movie The Christmas Card, narrated by the film’s writer Joany Kane. These and many more COVID compliant activities will be offered throughout the month of December.

Because Nevada County now falls into the State’s most restrictive purple “widespread” tier, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is asking everyone to remain vigilant and adhere to the State and County’s public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our small business owners and community:

  • Visitors outside of the County are being asked to please show their love and support of Nevada City by shopping online. Many of your favorite shops have made the pivot to create an online retail store, while others are offering Facebook and Instagram stores, and even taking phone orders. To thank folks for staying home the Chamber will be sending Nevada City postcards (a la The Christmas Card) to the first 250 online orders made to our local Nevada City retailers – yep, they are keeping track!
  • Retail shops are now required to operate at 25% capacity. Signage will be posted outside businesses asking for your help in self-regulating this capacity limit. Masks should be worn anytime inside a business, public space, or public bathroom. Additional PPE will be offered including holiday themed masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Restaurants along with bars, breweries and tasting rooms offering food, will only be operating outside. So dig out those puffy and shearling lined jackets, to enjoy a holiday cocktail and meal al fresco. Or choose to enjoy a delicious holiday meal to-go! Almost all local restaurants are offering to-go options.
  • Continue to practice social distancing and stay at least six feet (two arms lengths) from other people who are not from the same household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Shop or go out to eat on midweek days or off hours when there are less people and more parking spots!

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce understands that this year has asked more of us than we could have ever imagined. Our hope is that this low-key but equally warm, welcoming and joyous hometown holiday celebration will retain the historic charm and holiday spirit that brings so much joy to our community.

YubaNet helps promote local, safe shopping for the holidays

Add your business/non-profit to the “Spread Thanks, not COVID” listing

Nevada County businesses and non-profits are invited to fill out [a] short form and be added to the listing of local businesses keeping their staff and the community safe this holiday season [click on here].

Give the community an opportunity to shop safely and support our local economy! We will promote the listing, doing our part to keep the community safe and dollars local.

FREED Statement on COVID-19 & Masks

FREED Statement on COVID-19 & Masks

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law thirty years ago to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities and to extend opportunity and promote inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Here in Nevada County, people with disabilities play an important role in all facets of life and social discourse. We as a community must do what we can to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect those of us who are at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19.

We know that older adults and people with some types of disabilities are disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. Californians over age 65 represent 10.5% of CA COVID-19 cases but 73.8% of all CA COVID-19 deaths (source CDPH). While it is important for people who are at-risk for COVID-19 to reduce their exposure, it is equally important for everyone to take it seriously to stop the spread. It is also important to note that the answer is not for people who are at-risk to stay home because we rely on people and services on a daily basis. Some of us need in-home personal care, all of us need to access food and other essential services, and we still need to access healthcare that cannot always be done virtually. It will take the whole community to stop this pandemic.

On June 18 and then again on November 19, Gov. Newsom issued a statewide mandate requiring all persons in public spaces to wear a mask. This mandate came in response to rising rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state and was an effort to reduce community spread of the virus. As stated in Title III of the ADA, “A public accommodation may impose legitimate safety requirements that are necessary for safe operation.” The mandate to wear a mask in public is a legitimate measure to protect the health and safety of all Californians. We support this mandate because of its proven effectiveness.

Some people with disabilities cannot wear masks. They may not be able to wear a mask due to a chronic health or respiratory condition. They may not be able to wear a mask due to a mental health condition around anxiety or claustrophobia. They may not be physically able to put a mask on due to limited mobility or dexterity or there may be other disability related reasons.

At the beginning of the pandemic there were reports of people in our community obtaining fake “ADA Mask Exempt Cards.” These are not government issued documents/cards and are not supported by the ADA. There is no need to use a card or other document to assert our rights under the ADA. In June 2020, the Department of Justice issued a notice about these inaccurate flyers or cards saying, “The ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations.”

Under the ADA businesses may not provide a reasonable accommodation if it poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others. A reasonable accommodation should not be to allow people to enter our businesses mask-free, thereby jeopardizing the health and safety of all our patrons and employees. Rather, the solution is to offer people who cannot wear masks reasonable accommodations to access our goods and services. Such reasonable accommodations might include:

  • Having an employee shop for the person while they wait outside
  • Offering online and/or phone ordering and curbside pickup
  • Assisting a person who cannot independently put a mask on in doing so before they enter our businesses
  • Offering home delivery if it is reasonable to do so
  • Offering appointments by phone or video, and more!

We should offer these reasonable accommodations to patrons of our businesses who have disabilities without charging extra fees or surcharges, and we should advertise that these accommodations are available to our patrons with disabilities. Be creative! Protect our community. Save lives. Wear masks.

Ana Acton

Executive Director

SBDA Announces California Rebuilding Fund

SBDA Announces California Rebuilding Fund

The fund is aimed at helping small businesses across every county and region of California and nearly all industries, particularly those located in economically disadvantaged and historically underserved areas.
To qualify, small businesses must have employed 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees prior to March 2020 and have realized gross revenues of less than $2.5 million in 2019, and must have suffered a direct economic hardship as a result of COVID-19.
Click here for the pre-application page.
After you have completed and submitted the online pre-application and are deemed eligible, you will be matched with a participating community lender. You will receive an email or call from the shortly so that you can begin the full loan application process.

Nisenan Heritage Month

Nisenan Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month and we’ve made a creative decision to combine our annual Nisenan Heritage Day Cultural community event and our annual Harvest Dinner fundraiser into a month-long Cultural educational opportunity. Beginning November 1st, this deeply engaging event will feature weekly offerings of digital content in reflection of the work California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) has done over the last decade. We will also share the history of Nisenan people and the story of the Nevada City Rancheria through interviews, photos, video, song and a premiere of CHIRP’s new podcast/vlog!

We will miss seeing everyone at our in-person events this year! The silver lining is this virtual format brings opportunities of wider accessibility, larger geographic inclusion, and a new platform for creative fundraising. Nisenan Heritage Day and the Harvest Dinner fundraiser events raise thousands of dollars toward CHIRP’s annual program budget. Join us the entire month of November for this beautiful weaving of community, Culture, and education and let’s blast through our fundraising goal of $30,000!

You can donate as an individual or get collaborative and create a fundraising team! Gather your friends, family members, colleagues to form a team and perhaps come up with a fun team name. Encourage others to do the same and spark some friendly community competition! There will be a grand prize for the individual or team who raises the most funds. In addition, a randomly selected winner will be chosen each week from all who made a donation that week. Click here to donate.

CHIRP remains steadfast in its mission to Preserve, Protect and Perpetuate Nisenan Culture. In the spirit of reciprocity, join us in making this a community endeavor!

29th Annual Nevada County Toy Run

29th Annual Nevada County Toy Run

Every second Saturday in December – rain, snow or shine – hundreds of spectators line the route to watch motorcyclists (a record was set in 2009 with over 1,800!) rumble through the towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley on their way to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Every family in need receives a turkey or ham and donated foods to take home for the Holidays. Each child receives at least 3 toys and everyone celebrates with food vendors, raffle prizes and maybe a visit with Santa.

Rocking Stockings

Rocking Stockings – Help Fill Holiday Stockings

Donate today to make the holidays special for low-income boys and girls in our community

The holidays are right around the corner, and we know this will be a difficult season for many families. The pandemic has affected many families in Nevada County, where one of every five children lives in poverty.

Making this holiday season special for low-income children in our community is the commitment of Bright Futures for Youth, created through the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO Youth Center.

Bright Futures for Youth will provide children – from newborns to high school seniors – a handmade stocking full of age appropriate gifts for boys and girls.

Please consider a donation to help Bright Futures for Youth buy the gifts for the handmade stockings. Every dollar will help make a difference in this holiday season.

Donate online at or by check to Bright Futures for Youth, 200 Litton Drive, Suite 308, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

SBA Q&A Forum Every Thursday

SBA Q&A Forum Every Thursday

SBA’s Sacramento District Office is excited to announce the launch of SBA Q&A Forum, a weekly webinar for small businesses on SBA resources.  The SBA Q&A Forum will provide an interactive format for small businesses to ask questions and learn about SBA’s broad array of resources, including loan programs, federal contracting programs, training opportunities, and business counseling services.  SBA Q&A Forums occur every Thursday from 10 to 11 AM.  
The agenda will consist of a brief overview of SBA programs followed by an open Q&A forum.  We invite small businesses to bring their questions and learn about resources!  Businesses can register to this SBA event and others by visiting the calendar on our District Office website:  We continuously add webinars to our calendar on SBA programs and small business management topics such as digital marketing, business planning, and HR management.



A project brought to you by The Nevada City Fire Safety Advisory Council

There is little need to stress how important it is to the safety and wellbeing of Nevada City citizens and neighboring residents that we reduce the fire load in our surrounding forests and neighborhoods. The unprecedented fires in California, particularly this year, have hit all too close to home and have become the ultimate Cautionary Tale.

Nevada City is in the process of creating a list of its “City Slivers,” small bits of land in town that often do not have parcel numbers and that require maintenance in order to meet fire safe standards.

The Nevada City Sliver Project goals include; prioritizing the City Slivers for fuels treatment, getting the properties professionally treated, and then having follow up maintenance be a part of an “adopt-a-sliver program.” Thus far, the City has identified four properties that are ready for maintenance and that have community members that have indicated that they would like to maintain the property following a professional treatment. The City plans to develop an agreement for “adoption” and hopes to extend this program to encompass more City Sliver properties.

The City is in need of 1:1 match for a State Fire Assistance grant to pay for professional treatments of these properties and is in the process of developing a strategy for managing vegetation on “City Sliver” properties, through a cooperative program between the City and its residents.

The information about what parcels are treated, adopted and which are open for adoption will be posted on the City website in an interactive GIS map feature. The map will indicate the parcel location, when treatments were last performed and who has adopted the parcel. The City hopes that this will add to transparency with the community about what parcels are in line for treatment, what parcels are open for adoption and which ones need attention.

Click here to make a donation.  Thank you!

Keeping the Arts Alive

Keeping the Arts Alive

WHO:  The Center for the Arts
WHAT:  End of Year Membership Drive
WHEN: Now through December 31, 2020
WHERE: online @
INFO: | 530-274-8384
This year is all about coming together as a community, and The Center for the Arts has continued to create experiences, opportunities and new ways for us to unite through the arts. Due to the uncertainties of 2020, The Center for the Arts held off on their Spring and Fall Membership Drives. Now, they have put together a host of bonus gifts, weekly drawings, a silent auction, and new programming announcements to celebrate a special End of Year Membership Drive. They are asking for your support to help keep the arts alive and preserve the future of The Center by becoming a member now.
After undergoing a two-year, $6.1 million renovation, The Center is the only premier performing arts center of its kind in Nevada County. It’s fully ADA accessible, features a visual arts gallery with 602 square feet of wall space, and an expanded auditorium with 492 luxury retractable seats and a state-of-the-art Meyer sound system.  The Center reopened just two days before closing due to COVID-19.
Arts organizations are experiencing catastrophic financial losses and are fighting harder than ever to keep the arts alive in these challenging times. The Center has postponed or cancelled 140 events and lost nearly $3 million in projected ticket sales. For the City of Grass Valley, that’s caused a loss of over 60,000 visitors to the historic downtown and over $1.7 million in event-related spending. According to the National Independent Venue Association, for every $1 spent on a ticket at small performance venues, a total of $12 in economic activity is generated within communities on restaurants, hotels, taxis, and retail establishments.  In normal times, more than 30 percent of Center audience members travel to Grass Valley from outlying areas, and their summer music festival, WorldFest, draws crowds of 5,000 daily.
Despite these challenges, since the start of COVID-19, The Center for the Arts has continued to inspire audiences and artists, brought joy to thousands of online viewers at home, and been devoted to providing opportunities for local staff, stage workers, and teaching artists.
In 2020, The Center delivered a dozen free concerts through their online broadcast series, From The Center, and opened The Backstage Bar in their back parking lot offering live music from behind a six-foot drum shield.  The Center partnered with CHIRP and The Recording Academy’s MusiCares foundation to livestream fundraisers, and hosted five gallery exhibits and an Open Studios Tour with social distancing, private viewings, and virtual tours. Even when The Center is able to host concerts indoors again, they plan to continue their online offerings. Moving forward, The Center’s online programming will be ticketed but members will have free access to most virtual events, including a new interactive series highlighting Nevada County’s finest, In Conversation With.
In Conversation With will introduce local celebrities in conversations about Food, Nature, Art and Lifestyle.  From tattoo artists to mushroom hunters, naturalists to nutritionists, farmers to brew masters, this weekly series will feature the very best of Nevada County. This weekly series is free to members and will begin January 3, 2021.
The Center has always believed that the arts must be accessible for all. They remain dedicated to removing financial barriers and making programs available to 7,500 youth annually. Knowing that many Nevada County students have reduced schedules and limited after school options, The Center provided additional arts education opportunities this fall and increased scholarship awards to $10,000 in anticipation of more families in need, despite the fact that they’ve been running camps and classes at a loss in order to maintain safe, reduced class sizes.
Donations and memberships both big and small will make it possible for The Center to continue. Today 2020 memberships are down by 49%. This year your contribution is more crucial than ever. The Center’s 2021 plans are to keep creating, and they hope that you will join them in supporting the arts and The Center. Memberships are paramount to keeping the doors open and making sure The Center is here for artists and audiences when it is safe to reopen, and to ensure the future of the arts in Nevada County.
Become a member of The Center for the Arts and your contributions will provide opportunities for artists and tech crews. Did you have tickets for a show in 2020?  You can donate your tickets back to The Center in exchange for a membership!  It’s a great way to give back. Members are rewarded with a virtual front-row seat to all creative experiences and events The Center has coming in 2021. Plus, you’ll receive bonus gifts and entries into weekly drawings when you join before December 31, 2020, during their End of Year Membership Drive. Visit or call 530-274-8384 for more information.

A Special Announcement for Nevada County Food Facility and Bar Facility Operators

Nevada County Food Facility and Bar Facility Operators:
As some of you may have heard, the State announced that Nevada County has been moved to the “widespread tier”.  This is the most restrictive tier in the state’s tiered framework.  Widespread (purple) Tier modifications for Nevada County businesses begin Tuesday, November 17th. Nevada County businesses should modify their business operations according to the guidance published on the State’s website.
What does this mean for restaurants?
·      Restaurants can only be open for take-out and/or outdoor dining with modifications.
What does this mean for bars?
·      Bars that don’t serve meals are closed.
·      Bars that do serve meals can only be open for outdoor dining with modifications.
Examples of modifications include: Wearing masks, providing physical distancing of tables, implementing frequent and thorough handwashing amongst staff, putting in place disinfection procedures of common touch surfaces, ensuring staff are not working if they are sick and any other covid mitigation measures specific to your facilities.
Please see the following guidance for your industry:
Go through your current written site specific covid mitigation plans and make adjustments as necessary based on the following checklists:
For Nevada County Public Health information, please go to the following links:
There will be a community webinar today from 4pm to 5pm.  Please go here to register.
Other requirements that may impact your businesses:
·      Outdoor structures/tents must have at least 3 sides open, only one side can be enclosed.  See page 15 of the attached Public Health FAQ
·      Live performances and musical performances are not allowed at outdoor dining restaurants/bars at this time.  See page 14 of the attached Public Health FAQ

Nevada County Fairgrounds Fundraiser – Drive Thru BBQ


The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, in partnership with the Foothill Lions Club, is hosting a Drive Thru BBQ and Pie event as a fundraiser for the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Tickets are on sale now at for pulled pork family meals and pumpkin pies. Each pulled pork family meal feeds four people and includes pulled pork, four baked potatoes, coleslaw and four rolls for only $40. Whole pumpkin pies are available for $15 each. Order a meal or a pie or both – and order as many as you’d like!

All orders must be placed by November 17. Pick up is on Tuesday, November 24 between 4 – 7 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 2, Ponderosa Hall. This event is pre-sales only and there are no onsite sales, so order today.

Tickets are available online at All proceeds benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds, which has been severely financially impacted by the restrictions on mass gatherings caused by COVID-19.

For more information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

Golfers Support Cancer Center

Golfers Support Cancer Center

Kimberly Parker, executive director of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, accepts a $2,675 check on Thursday (Nov. 5) from the Ladies Golf Group at Nevada County Country Club.  The money, for SNMH Cancer Center support groups, was raised through the ladies’ annual Cancer Tournament, a Beauty & The Beast event in which husbands were invited to play, and by hosting a chili luncheon for the NCCC Men’s Group.  Pictured socially distanced are Chris Elko, captain of the Ladies Golf Group, and NCCC Pro/General Manager Kelly Runkle.

Light Up Nevada City GoFundMe

Light Up Nevada City GoFundMe

Every year, the historic downtown streets of Nevada City are transformed into something out of a Charles Dicken’s novel with twinkling white lights along rooflines, festive red flags lining the streets, and fresh wreaths, garland and swags decorating the brick buildings.

It’s so quaint and charming, Nevada City recently was named “Most Festive Christmas Town in California” and one of “The Best Christmas Markets in the US (CondeNast)”.

The COVID-19 event has impacted each of us in so many ways. The greatest impact of COVID-19 for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce has been the loss of revenue due to the inability to produce events that our community enjoys.

All funds raised will support holiday lighting and decorations including fresh garland, wreaths and swags which some are purchased locally from schools and businesses. It will also go towards lighting up Calanan Park, one of the very first things folks see when they drive up Broad Street in Nevada City.

The holiday season is not only important to the economic vitality of our small businesses, but in keeping family and community traditions alive.

Thank you so much for help and support! Click here to make a donation.

Family & Pets Portrait Day – Saturday, November 21, 2020

Family & Pets Portrait Day – Saturday, November 21, 2020

Photographer and photo instructor, David Wong, will be offering portraits of your family and your pets on Family & Pets Portrait Day, Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 9 AM till 4 PM at his studio and meadows in Grass Valley.

Portraits sessions will be 30 minutes and can be shot inside the studio or outdoors in the meadows. Multiple sessions may be scheduled for large animals. You may choose to shoot the portrait of your animal friends together with you or by themselves.

David has been a dog and horse photographer for more than 30 years. He was the CPE National Dog Agility Trials official photographer in 2017, photographing several hundred dogs from all over the country. He has photographed hundreds of horses for dressage, cross-country, and stadium jumping and was the Draft Horse Classic official photographer in 2017. A special love of animals calls to him to photograph our companions in addition to his fine art print photography and world photography workshops he leads twice a year.

Contact David at or 530-852-7800 and indicate your desire to schedule a session on November 21st. The cost for this special photo day is $50 per session and will include one 8×10 matted print, ready to drop in a frame plus all your digital downloads for your own personal use for cards and calendars for the upcoming holiday season or just to share with family and friends.

Photography by David Wong



Given the unprecedented year of 2020, and in hopeful anticipation of the 2021 Fair, the Nevada County Fair theme for 2021 is all about optimism, resiliency, and coming together as a community. To find the perfect slogan for the 2021 Fair, the Fairgrounds is offering a slogan contest. Do you have an idea for a catchy or fun slogan that captures the spirit of the 2021 Fair theme? If so, submit it!

Visit the Fairgrounds website at to submit a slogan. Submissions must be five words or less and trademarked slogans will not be considered. The contest is open to Nevada County residents only and runs through November 27, 2020. No phone entries will be accepted. The winner of the slogan selected will receive a 2021 Nevada County Fair package that includes two free admission tickets for each day of the Fair, a 5-day parking pass for the Fair, and ride coupons.

Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and social media, and is used to inspire special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the Fair. The 2021 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 11 – 15. For a complete list of contest rules and information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in California

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in California

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to California! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area in December.

We understand that with the proliferation of COVID-19, we are all facing very uncertain times. We at American Pickers are taking the pandemic very seriously and will be following all guidelines and protocols for safe filming as outlined by the state and CDC. While we plan to be in California this December, we will continue to re-schedule if conditions change for the worse. Regardless, we are excited to continue to reach the many collectors in the area to discuss their years of picking!

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

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

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

facebook: @GotAPick

Celebrating Nevada County’s Women in History

Celebrating Nevada County’s Women in History

Get a bit of history with a commemorative card, designed and produced by Nevada County women: Design by Pamela Biery, illustration by Stephanie Sobierski and printed by Judith Berliner of Full Circle Press. Now available with a $10 contribution at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office.

As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, join the Famous Marching Presidents in recognizing a great California suffragette, Ellen Clark Sargent.

Nevada City California resident Ellen Clark Sargent was a close friend and ally to Susan B. Anthony. Sargent founded the Nevada County Women Suffrage Assoc. and was a key figure in eventually combining East and West Coast efforts into a unified organization, which later became the League of Women Voters.

Nevada City non-profit Famous Marching Presidents produced a video that chronicles Ellen’s work for women’s right to vote. Set in the format of a return from the past, Ms. Sargent is interviewed by a present-day host. Actor Mary Baird is joined by Rick Ewald in portraying this original work, written by Pamela Biery. See the finished video and share with friends here.

Take home a bit of history with a fine press card, generously donated by Judith Berliner of Full Circle Press and illustrated by Stephanie Sobierski. Suitable for framing or mailing as a gift, these 8.5” x 5.5” letterpress cards are available for sale at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce with a $10 donation (funds support the video project). Nevada City Chamber of Commerce hours currently are 9-5 on Friday and 11-4 on Saturday.

Learn more and contribute at:

Follow the Famous Marching Presidents on Facebook

Actor Mary Baird portrays Ellen Clark Sargent in the video “An Evening with Ellen” taped at the historic Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, where Aaron Sargent was a founding member in 1853. This video was produced by the Famous Marching Presidents. See the video at

No Cost Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Permit Fee Waivers Support Local Business Community

No Cost Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Permit Fee Waivers Support Local Business Community

PPE requests must be made in advance:

Nevada City, CA—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 three locations: the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Nevada County Contractors’ Association, and ZAP Manufacturing. In Truckee, small businesses may pick up PPE from the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.

“We continue to see new COVID cases around the country and winter is just around the corner. With the cooler weather, we will need to be even more diligent to keep our community safe. It is important that employees have the equipment they need to protect themselves and others, which is why we are glad to be partnering with several generous organizations to help get PPE into the hands of those interfacing with the public daily,” says Paul Cummings, Nevada County OES Program Manager.

Ruth Geresy, the Truckee Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Operations and Membership Services Manager states, “Providing PPE to small businesses at no-cost provides a much-needed relief for many businesses that have had to shoulder extra expenses during financially challenging times.”

To request PPE, business owners are asked to complete one application online per company in advance of picking up PPE. Businesses may request PPE online at:

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

In addition to providing no-cost PPE, the County of Nevada in coordination with the Environmental Health Department recognized the severe impact that has befallen local restaurants, bars and breweries, body art & tattoo, swimming pool and spa, and organized campground facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The inability to operate and remaining in compliance with the State of California Public Health

Orders for public health and safety during COVID-19 which continue today, prompted the Environmental Health Department to work with the County Executive Office to create a one-time permit fee waiver. The request was approved by the County Board of Supervisors on October 13, 2020.

Through an application process, owners and operators of Nevada County restaurants, bars and breweries, body art and tattoo facilities, swimming pools and spas, as well as organized campground facilities may apply for a waiver of permit fees for the upcoming Fiscal Year, November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2021.

The waiver application process opened October 23, 2020 and will close on November 30,
2020. Businesses are encouraged to apply early and complete all areas on the waiver application form. For questions, please call 5300-265-1222 x 3, or visit

Please note hours of operation vary.

Grass Valley PPE Pickup Locations:
Grass Valley Chambers of Commerce
128 E Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday-Friday

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

Truckee PPE Pickup Location:
Truckee Chamber of Commerce
10065 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA 96161
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday