MY WM MobileApp

MY WM MobileApp – Winter is officially here.

Did you know that you could receive emergency notifications regarding your curbside waste services right on your phone?  Download the MY WM MobileApp to check your recycling day, keep tabs on your truck, manage services and receive notifications regarding weather related service delays.  Available for Apple and Android.
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Each year for the past 10 years Art Works Gallery artists have donated their beautiful pieces of art to raise money for The Food Bank of Nevada County.  For each $1 donated to the Food Bank in the gallery, donors receive a ticket to enter the drawing for the art of their choice.  In past years the drawings would take place at the annual Holiday Party amidst a gallery filled with excited donors hoping to go home with the art of their choice.

The community came together BIG TIME this year, not for a great party, great food or great drink, but to give through their donations to those for whom a Happy Holiday may simply mean food on the table.  In this year of safe distancing, gallery patrons donated more than ever before. Art Works will write a check to the Food Bank of Nevada County in the amount of $1700.  Winning tickets were quietly drawn before opening on December 12, and the happy phone calls began.  People were thrilled, so very happy – many have come in to get their prizes already.

Can’t make it into the gallery?  To make shopping easier during these times, try our new online shop from the comfort of your home by going to

Art Works Gallery is a juried Artists’ Co-operative representing the work of thirty-three local artists. Voted The Union’s Best Art Gallery four years in a row, Art Works features a collection of unique jewelry, furniture, paintings, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking, glass, and mixed-media. The gallery is located at 113 Mill Street in historic downtown Grass Valley.  Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until  December 24 at 3 p.m., and we thank you for SHOPPING LOCAL.



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!

A free resource for your business from The Union

A free resource for your business from The Union

As the state of California implements increased restrictions on Nevada County due to the status of COVID-19 in our community, we know businesses like yours have had to make many changes to their operations.

We’re here to help.

We have put together a free resource for our local businesses: an up to date COVID-19 business resource listing with information you submit.

This is open to each of you for your business.  Submit your information and make updates as needed–it’s all free.

Have you changed your hours or days of operation?

Changes in curbside pickup? Other business changes?

All can be submitted here for our readers to see and to use as a resource. Changes are updated in real time as you submit them. Listings will run online at under the Coronavirus tab and in print as space allows.

Would you like to participate? Click on the below link to get started.

Submit your business listing now

All submissions may be edited and monitored for information.

Please reach out if you have questions.

Julia Stidham, Advertising Director

(530) 477-4243

SYRCL Announces Virtual Salmon Adventures

SYRCL Announces Virtual Salmon Adventures

Each fall, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) leads “Salmon Float and Hiking Expeditions” along the Lower Yuba River. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to support remote learning for students, SYRCL’s River Education Program committed to developing creative new ways to deliver this program, and ensure students and community members still have the opportunity to connect with this year’s fall Chinook salmon run, and this unique section of the Yuba River.
On these expeditions, youth and community members witness endangered Chinook salmon returning to their ancestral spawning habitat and learn about the role salmon play as a keystone species within the watershed. This phenomenon also serves as the learning foundation for highlighting many of the other historical, environmental, and socioecological dynamics integral to the future protection of the Yuba watershed.
Thanks to generous funding provided by Yuba Water Agency, SYRCL has taken this year’s Salmon Expeditions virtual, inviting the public to join seven virtual adventures. Each video is individually designed for K-6th grade students (or the whole family) to explore a different ecological, cultural, or historical aspect of the fall Chinook salmon run, right in the backyard of the lower Yuba River.
These eight to 15-minute video episodes come as an educational unit package, which includes: a resource guide, pre-assessments, pre-episode activities, mid-episode activities, and post-assessments. All activities are designed for easy environmental science learning at home. All students need are paper, their writing utensil, a device to watch it on, and their curiosity. There are also Spanish subtitled versions of each episode.
For a limited time, through February 1st, the entire package of videos is available for just $15. Learn more and purchase here.
About SYRCL: The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL, pronounced “circle”) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers based in Nevada City, CA. See:

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.

ASK an ATTORNEY and Other Services Offered by SBDC

The Norcal SBDC wants to assure you, we’re going to continue doing everything in our creative power to help your business get through the economic hardship and prepare for a stronger reopen. We can help with applying for relief, guiding you through available resources, cash flow concerns, supply chain interruptions, workforce capacity, insurance coverage and more – at no cost. Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding your business or our services.

For up-to-date information and announcements regarding CARES, SBA loans, and policy, please visit


ASK SBDC – is an initiative of the Northern California Small Business Development Centers (SBDC’s), and is part of our continued effort to do everything in our creative power to help your business overcome the challenges of the current economic crisis and prepare your business for reopening.

Visit to discover the most up-to-date, accurate information concerning COVID-19 and Cares Act resources for small businesses. Call the 833-ASK-SBDC (833-275-7232) toll-free hotline to speak with a dedicated call center staff ready to help your business get answers to questions and connected to the right resources.

Ask your question. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 AM, join Scott Rogalski and Sunita Maharaj with the NorCal SBDC Finance Center Team as they discuss EIDL and PPP updates and information specific to reopening businesses in Northern California.

Need answers fast? Email loans @ with your question, and someone from the Norcal SBDC finance team will reply within 1 — 2 business days.

Watch the Q&A LiveStream on ASKSBDC | Interact with us on Zoom


Bring your questions and learn key updates from experienced professionals and attorneys covering topics including PPP and unemployment, practical advice on borrowing, payroll issues and more. Thursdays at 4 PM | Zoom password: baseforce

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Online Webinars for Coping with COVID-19

Featuring interviews with experts in capital resource, e-commerce and more… These FREE SBDC webinars are designed to equip you with tools to navigate the economic difficulties posed by COVID-19.

Watch the FREE Webinars

Download the SBDC’s Guide to COVID-19 Loans and forms.

An application guide for EIDL assistance.

Download EIDL Guide PDF | Visit the EIDL Application Portal

Download the COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide

We have developed the Small Business Survival Resources related to COVID-19 to help navigate through the chaos COVID-19 is having on our communities. Please reach out to our SBDC center if you have questions regarding how your business can maximize the available help.

Download Survival Guide PDF

Positions at Bear Yuba Land Trust, Community Beyond Violence and United Way of Nevada County

Positions at Bear Yuba Land Trust, Community Beyond Violence and United Way of Nevada County

Bear Yuba Land Trust Seeks Finance Manager 

The Finance Manager is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT). This person is a key member of the organization and oversees financial processes and reporting, internal policies and controls, and compliance with donation and grant requirements and restrictions. The Finance Manager works closely with the Administrative Manager for coordination of operations-related and insurance contracts and with the Co-Executive Directors on all BYLT human resources functions. Candidate must be able to thrive within a small nonprofit office environment and demonstrate a passion for BYLT’s mission.

To view full job description click HERE.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to Application reviews begin on December 11, 2020.

BYLT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Bear Yuba Land Trust is a nonprofit, community-supported organization that works to promote voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural legacy.

To learn more about the Land Trust, please visit their website at

Community Beyond Violence Seeks Program Advocates 

Join a passionate, dynamic team dedicated to eliminating all forms of inter-personal violence, promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The ideal candidate is a warm, critical thinking problem-solver deeply committed to providing services from a strengths-based, social justice and anti-oppression framework.

Several Program Advocate positions are open and can be viewed at their website (, or to see full job description click HERE.
Differential provided for Bilingual English/Spanish speakers.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Positions will be open until filled.

Community Beyond Violence is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Community Beyond Violence not to discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of age, color, sex, disability, national origin, race, religion, or veteran status.

Community Beyond Violence offers resources for building healthy relationships and works with community partners to provide services for healing the effects of inter-personal violence.

To learn more about them, please visit their website at

United Way of Nevada County Seeks Administrative Assistant 
The Administrative Assistant performs a wide range of administrative duties of a highly responsible and complex nature. Assists UWNC staff, board and committee members, and partner agencies to administer programs, events, and processes specific to UWNC operations. Serves as a liaison with others both within and outside the organization regarding public relations, events, purchasing, facilities, information, and technology.

The ideal candidate Is an effective communicator, capable of determining how best to reach different audiences and executing communications based on that understanding. Can work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives and goals.

To view full job description click HERE.

To apply for this position, send your resume and a cover letter to

Employment is contingent upon submission to background checks.
United Way of Nevada County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

United Way of Nevada County works to support its partners and the residents of Nevada County in building better lives and meeting their basic needs.

To learn more about them, please visit their website at

Waste Management Recognized With Prestigious ‘A’ Score for Climate Leadership

Waste Management Recognized With Prestigious ‘A’ Score for Climate Leadership

Dec. 9, 2020– Waste Management has been recognized for leadership in corporate sustainability by global environmental non-profit CDP, securing a place on its prestigious ‘A List’ for tackling climate change. 

Waste Management was recognized for its actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy, based on the data reported by the company through CDP’s 2020 climate change questionnaire.

“Waste Management is very pleased to be listed on CDP’s A List for the fifth year in a row, once again acknowledging our leadership in environmental action,” said Jim Fish, president and CEO of Waste Management. “We are tackling climate change with our ambitious 2038 goal to reduce, offset and avoid four times the emissions we generate in our operations. Our low-carbon products and services currently reduce, offset and avoid three times the emissions we generate.”

Waste Management is one of a small number of high-performing companies out of 5,800+ that were scored. Through significant demonstrable action on climate, Waste Management is leading on corporate environmental ambition, action and transparency worldwide. 

As a cfd trader myself – it’s great to see that the CDP’s annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is widely recognized as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency. In 2020, over 515 investors with over US$106 trillion in assets and 150+ major purchasers with US$4 trillion in procurement spend requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP’s platform. Over 9,600 responded – the highest ever.

A detailed and independent methodology is used by CDP to assess these companies, allocating a score of A to D- based on the comprehensiveness of disclosure, awareness and management of environmental risks and demonstration of best practices associated with environmental leadership, such as setting ambitious and meaningful targets. Those that don’t disclose or provided insufficient information are marked with an F.

Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, said: “We extend our congratulations to all the companies on this year’s A List. Taking the lead on environmental transparency and action is one of the most important steps businesses can make, and is even more impressive in this challenging year marked by COVID-19. The scale of the risk to businesses from climate change, deforestation and water insecurity is enormous, and we know the opportunities of action far outweigh the risks of inaction. Leadership from the private sector will create an ‘ambition loop’ for greater government action and ensure that global ambitions for a net zero sustainable economy become a reality. Our A List celebrates those companies who are preparing themselves to excel in the economy of the future by taking action today.” 

The full list of companies that made this year’s CDP A List is available here, along with other publicly available company scores:

Waste Management released its 2020 Sustainability Report in October, highlighting progress toward the Company’s 2025 and 2038 sustainability goals, key performance indicators, recycling advancements and recent awards. A new Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Resource Hub complements the Sustainability Report.

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.

Night of Giving Returns as Virtual Benefit for Hospitality House

Night of Giving Returns as Virtual Benefit for Hospitality House

Know and “Go”:

When: Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020

Where: Watch from home at,, or by watching Public Access Television: Comcast channel 11 or Suddenlink channel 16

Time: 6 – 8 pm

Cost: FREE but a $25 donation is suggested to help the shelter receive a triple match donation during the evening.

Don’t miss the 15th annual Night of Giving on Dec. 19! This hometown holiday party is back as a virtual evening of musical entertainment and merriment to raise awareness and support for local families and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Night of Giving features many regional and local musicians who are making special performances just for the event as well as a virtual best of collection of performances from years past. Virtual attendees will also have an opportunity to go behind the scenes of Hospitality House’s homeless shelter, known as Utah’s Place, where they’ll meet real locals experiencing homelessness, hear a little of their story, and learn more about the services offered at the shelter.

“The show must go on,” said Mikail Graham, event host and founder of Night of Giving, who noted this would be his last year leading the event production efforts. “Now more than ever, this event matters. Hospitality House has helped 570 locals this year to date and as more people fall into homelessness, we as a community need to do more. We have a handful of angel donors who have stepped up for this event and any donation given to Hospitality House during the show will be tripled by their kind hearts. This is a big deal. We have an incredible opportunity to create impact while having a great night of music and entertainment, too.”

Production for Night of Giving is largely volunteer-driven and led by Graham, who explained every act featured is donating their time and talent to make the event possible. During the event, Hospitality House staff will be on standby, ready and hopeful to facilitate donations over the phone at 530-615-0852 or online at Donations sent via mail on or before Dec. 19 with “Night of Giving” in the memo will also be counted toward the match.

The entire community is invited to tune into Night of Giving safely from home at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19. For the best, optimal experience, attendees are encouraged to stream directly from Additional viewing options include,, and a viewer-friendly version made just for Public Access Television: Comcast channel 11 or Suddenlink channel 16.

There is no cost to watch Night of Giving from home, but a suggested donation of $25 is encouraged to help Hospitality House during the pandemic and beyond. Donations received during the event will be tripled by angel donors. If $25 is given, as an example, the angel donors will give $75 in response, which in turn will provide fuel and nourishment to 100 people.

“This event is all about togetherness,” added Graham. “What started as a small evening with friends has grown into what it is today—a community-driven musical benefit for those in need. Together, we’re raising awareness and support for our homeless community, and we’d love for you to join us.”

Mary Jane’s Marketplace Now Live!

Mary Jane’s Marketplace Now Live!

MaryJane’s Marketplace, is now LIVE! The Alliance is proud to partner with dozens of local Nevada County small businesses to bring this unique, silent auction holiday shopping experience! The proceeds raised from the auction will support the work of the Alliance and local economic development efforts through a thriving local cannabis industry. Share MaryJane’s Marketplace with your family, friends and throughout your communities! Silent Auction is open until December 18th with pick-ups in time for the holidays.

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.

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.

Governor Newsom Announces Launch of California Rebuilding Fund to Help State’s Smallest Businesses Protect their California Dream

Governor Newsom Announces Launch of California Rebuilding Fund to Help State’s Smallest Businesses Protect their California Dream

The California Rebuilding Fund will support California’s small businesses by offering flexible, affordable capital and free advisory services through community-based lenders

SACRAMENTO – As businesses across the state face challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the opening of the California Rebuilding Fund to help impacted small businesses rebuild from the economic crisis and keep local economies strong. This program is built to be a resource in the market for the next year as businesses pivot and recover. The Fund was developed as a result of recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, which emphasized the need to ensure that this economic recovery is equitable.

“Ensuring small businesses have access to capital will help stimulate economic growth across the state and support entrepreneurs working harder than ever to keep their doors open,” said Governor Newsom. “This public-private partnership will give underserved communities across California access to capital, making for a more inclusive economy.”

The California Rebuilding Fund is a public-private partnership that drives capital from private, philanthropic and public sector resources – including a $25 million anchor commitment and $50 million guarantee allocation from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) – to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). With this new Fund, California’s CDFIs will be better able to help under-banked small businesses recover and reposition themselves to survive the realities of the COVID-19 marketplace.

“As we work to recover from this recession, one of the most pressing issues we need to confront is the state of our small businesses,” said Scott Wu, Executive Director of IBank. “This unique collaboration will provide affordable capital to community lenders so they can get necessary funds into the hands of small businesses.”

The lenders will offer a standardized loan product with affordable and flexible terms for small businesses with loan sizes of up to $100,000. These loans are meant to be timed and structured to support businesses that are adapting their business and face upfront or ongoing expenses to operate safely in a post-COVID economy. The Fund will seek to distribute funds equitably across the state.

“We need to leverage the full strength and capacity of public-private partnerships to help the small business sector rebound and preserve the vital jobs they provide,” said Bill Daley, Vice Chairman of Public Affairs for Wells Fargo. “Wells Fargo is pleased to further extend its support to small business recovery through the California Rebuilding Fund, which will unlock new capital and expertise for small business owners, and we hope will help catalyze support for this important initiative in the state.

The California Small Enterprise (CASE) Task Force, a collaborative of individuals and organizations across industries and sectors, is leading the development and implementation of the Fund, which is being arranged by Calvert Impact Capital and will be administered by Kiva Capital Management. The Task Force is comprised of leaders from the community development sector, national and state-based nonprofit organizations, philanthropic donors and Bitcoin prime Avis legit investors, attorneys and others.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime crisis for small businesses that requires a concerted and collaborative effort to overcome. The California Rebuilding Fund is the kind of innovative effort we need to help small businesses retool, rebuild, and reopen,” said Laura Tyson, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the UC, Berkeley Haas School of Business who is Co-Chair of Governor Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisers, has been serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery and has been working on the design and development of the Fund with Professor Adair Morse and UC Berkeley’s Sustainable and Impact Finance initiative. “This is a smart way to leverage private and public resources for maximum impact where it is most needed.”

All interested small business owners can apply for a loan at, which will collect standard information about their business and match them with a community lender. If matched, the lender will assist the business owners with the application and provide free advisory support alongside a network of business support organizations organized by the California Association of Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO), Small Business Majority, California’s Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Centers. The portal will begin accepting applications at 12:00 p.m. PST on Friday, November 20 and can be accessed through the Fund’s website.

The California Rebuilding Fund is just one of the tools available to support small businesses as they work to safely reopen and recover from this public health crisis. Learn more here.

The California Rebuilding Fund is funded with support from IBank and initial private funders including Wells Fargo, First Republic Bank, the Grove Foundation, Kapor Center, the Panta Rhea Foundation and generous individual donors. Community Reinvestment Fund’s Connect2Capital platform is hosting applications at

Raise a Glass to Lend a Hand

United Way of Nevada County

Raise a Glass to Lend a Hand

United Way of Nevada County invites you to a virtual wine tasting class with Dave Luce of Alta Sierra Wine Shop. This interactive tasting experience includes your choice of four White or Red wines to sample from the comfort of your own home, led by Dave Luce.

When: December 13, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost (includes full-sized bottles, access to the live virtual class, and an opportunity to purchase additional wine at a great price):

  • White Selection (four wines): $60.00
  • Red Selection (four wines): $70.00
  • Combo (Both Red & White, eight wines): $125.00

Featured White Wines

  • Gambino Prosecco
  • Union Sacre Dry Riesling
  • Korbin Kameron Sauvignon Blanc
  • Bouchon Chardonnay

Featured Red Wines

  • Wonderwall Pinot Noir
  • Fableist Zinfandel
  • Neverland Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Odonata Petite Sirah

Your wine will be ready for pickup at Alta Sierra Wine Shop on 12/10, 12/11, or 12/12 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

United Way of Nevada County is a nonprofit organization. A portion of your registration fee will go to support our community programs as a charitable contribution.

Date: 12/13/2020 (Sun.)

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm PST

Location: Zoom Meeting



Thanksgiving was very different than in years past. Celebrations were smaller, quieter, and the pull of nostalgia stronger than ever.

The Miners Foundry is honored to serve as the repository for the collective memories of our community. Music, art, dance, and joyful gatherings are in our future, visible on the horizon.

Our stone walls are waiting patiently to welcome, protect, and preserve new memories.

As we fondly reflect on shared experiences and eagerly anticipate a brighter future, what can be done to respect both simultaneously?

Please support the Miners Foundry on Giving Tuesday to ensure your community cultural center continues to serve our community by providing a safe space for the creation of memories.

Thank you for your generosity! Click here to donate.

Support the Arts in Nevada County this Giving Tuesday

Support the Arts in Nevada County this Giving Tuesday

2020 has seen a profound shift in our communal psyche. In late February, just three weeks before our Governor issued a shelter-in-place order for the whole of California, Nevada County Arts Council hosted The Business of Art.

Little did we know, as we welcomed close to 200 creatives for a day of professional development, that this would be the last time for at least a year we would spend in one another’s company in such numbers. These were precious moments…

By mid-April, on completion of our COVID-19 Early Impact Study, arts organizations in Nevada County estimated total financial losses of up to $10 million as a result of COVID-19.

We said at the time that it was too early to properly estimate the devastating losses to our industry, and that only later surveying would lend a more complete picture. We now know this to be true – yet our community has been generous.

Advocating that the arts sector should be eligible to apply to the Nevada County Relief Fund, we then created a fund of our own to support local professional artists; launched an online festival to support this effort called WHAT A RELIEF!; and provided online COVID-19 resources for our creative community and once monthly online meetups for our creative sector.

Simultaneously, we opted in to a state program to regrant further CARES Act funding to organizations and groups that support communities of color through cultural programming. Our initiative – which will disburse these funds by year-end, is called Nevada County CARES for the Arts.

Meanwhile our new Art in Storefronts initiative is shedding a whole new light on “window shopping.” The installations of eleven artists across our downtown areas inhabit formerly vacant storefronts, sharing a message of hope and resilience, industry and innovation. Our California Cultural Districts are open for business!

This coming week Nevada County Arts Council is launching its Shopping with Artists initiative, which will provide you with a fabulous, local, online shopping experience as we approach a holiday season like none other, and supports local professional artists during challenging times. Watch this space as more artists join in.

All this activity is on top of our regular programming, which draws upon state funding to support local investment.

Earlier this year, in partnership with Nevada County Office of Education, we completed the county’s first ever Strategic Plan for Arts Education, representing a beacon of hope for all students from kindergarten through high school.

We followed this with the launch of an online version of our celebrated Artists in Schools Program, ensuring that every student in every school district has access this year to fun, curriculum-bound arts education.

As the New Year approaches we are setting in motion a virtual version of Poetry Out Loud, and in January our Youth Arts Action initiative will see us working with a new partner, Bright Futures for Youth, formerly NEO, to provide important arts tuition outside traditional school hours. Together, we are investing in our young and in our future.

As November draws to a close, we celebrate our local Nisenan Tribe and our collective work through Nisenanim Ni, or I AM NISENAN. It is National Native American Heritage Month and, importantly, Nisenan Heritage Month in the Sierra Nevada. As proud partners with Nevada City Film Festival, we are honored to be working in tandem with the keepers of this place we call home.

As we consider our future and our mountain homelands, we look to our forests for the solution to the growing risk of catastrophic fire in California. Despite steep competition for funding – and with a little help from you – we are on track to mount FOREST⇌FIRE during 2021.

So join Nevada County Arts Council in the spirit of giving. Support our work to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community through the lens of the creativity.

We want Nevada County to be known as the ultimate place to live and work – for everybody. A place where businesses thrive, our children receive the best education, and where we live in harmony with each other and our mountain home. A place, too, where our creative sector is supported, for understand that in places where culture thrives, so do its people.

Through your gift to us you affirm the importance of art to life, history, community and growth – and we thank you for your investment.

Simply click the button below and make a donation, then forward this email to three friends or loved ones who carry the same values as you!

Click here to support the arts! 

49er Rotary Donates $4K to Bright Futures for Youth

49er Rotary Donates $4K to Bright Futures for Youth

Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of Bright Futures for Youth, on Monday (Nov. 23) accepts a $4,000 donation from Rick Kalb, community services director for the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City.  The money will be used for the youth group’s new kitchen and culinary program.  49er Rotary, celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, offers support to several school, youth and community programs.

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.