Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 2022 Outstanding Community Service Awards

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2022 Awards for outstanding community service. These annual awards honor both businesses, organizations, and individuals who have made significant contributions to the Nevada City community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. Those selected serve as a role model for compassion and service, and are constantly striving to make the world a better place. The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Artist Judith Lowry is the recipient of the prestigious Elza Kilroy award for her significant contributions as both an artist, patron of the local arts, and work with the Nevada City Nisenan Rancheria. The Kilroy award, established in 1969, is given annually to a citizen or organization whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

Real Estate broker and philanthropist, Mimi Simmons will receive the Dave Irons Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to the quality of life in Nevada City, generous support of Nevada City youth, and enduring support of the Nevada City Chamber. Named for long time Chamber board member and community arts leader Dave Irons, this award celebrates the individuals in our community who have dedicated their life to serving the residents of Nevada City. 

Other 2022 recipients are:

Nevada Theatre, along with artists Sarah Coleman, Miles Toland and Brianna French are being honored with the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award for the extensive and beautiful new mural inside the Nevada Theatre.

Mines Foundry Cultural Center is the recipient of the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award for their longtime contribution as the heart of arts and culture in Nevada City, hosting and producing more than 400 events a year.

The National Exchange Hotel is being recognized with the annual Stan Halls Architectural Award for their extensive, three-year, floor-to-rafters renovation of one of the oldest continuously operated hotels in the West, and Nevada City.

Local musician Aaron Ross is the recipient of the Live Music Award. Ross has been a force for eclecticism inspiring generations of local bands and musicians.

New Awards:

This year the Chamber board has created two new awards – Business of the Year and New Business of the Year – to recognize Nevada City’s most dynamic businesses and business leaders who share a commitment to professional excellence, business growth and the community.

This year’s Business of the Year award goes to Emily’s Catering and Cakes for their innovative and community-minded “Cookies for a Cause” which partnered with a different group/organization each month and pledged $1 from every sale of any of their house cookies during that month. It brought awareness and built camaraderie during a difficult time for all. And the New Business of the Year is Sunroom and Levity Resource. The two businesses teamed up to renovate an old retail space in the 7-hills business district and create a nurturing environment offering massage, body care products, and more made by local and regional artisans, plus an abundance of indoor plants. They also collaborated with other local small businesses to offer gift cards and giveaways, both building and strengthening the downtown and 7-Hill business district.

Community Service Award

Also new this year is the new Community Service Award is for an individual with an unyielding dedication to community service, and to improving the lives of others in Nevada City. Members of the community are being asked to nominate someone via the Nevada City Chamber’s website – deadline is January 15th and the winner will be announced at the Chamber’s 120th annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City.

Submit your nominee here

New Mask Requirements for Large Outdoor Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full order here.

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

More information here for business resources, services and health information

Songbird Opens September 17 at Off Broadstreet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Western Nevada County Pickup Locations:

Please note hours of operation vary.

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

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

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

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

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

Truckee Pickup Location: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who: Sierra Gold Parks Foundation and park docent volunteers

Cost: $20 per 1-gallon container 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riebe, 72, was raised in Grass Valley.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riebe’s favorite Fair memories involve the youngest exhibitors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Great Halloween Window Contest – Vote This Week!

It’s The Great Halloween Window Contest of 2020!

Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & Grass Valley Downtown Association have teamed up to promote our downtown shops and merchants with a fun and festive window contest to celebrate Halloween.

Local shops are encouraged to get into the holiday spirit by decorating their windows. Between October 23rd-30th folks can vote for their favorite local merchant’s window display. On October 31st a winner for Nevada City and Grass Valley will be announced and awarded $250/each.

From October 23-30 people can vote for their favorite shop windows by going to

How it Works

  1. Let your imagination go wild and decorate your shop’s window. Brownie points for shopping local for your decorations!
  2. Take a photo of your window and post it to your social media, newsletter, etc., encouraging your friends and customers to vote for you between October 23-30 here
  3. Tag #DowntownGrassValley and #NevadaCityChamber in your posts and we’ll be sure to share as well
  4. On October 31st we’ll count up the votes and announce a winner


This year’s contest is generously sponsored by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames. The family-owned and operated shop reminds us that creativity knows no boundaries.

Join the Nevada City Chamber Board of Directors

Join the Nevada City Chamber Board and help make a difference in Nevada City!

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is undergoing changes to its structure and vision for moving
forward into the future. We are finding new and inventive ways to better support all of our members, and
our community at large, while promoting Nevada City as the wonderfully unique and treasured place that
we call home. We are looking for Board members who are interested in serving during this time of
transition and who are willing to commit strengthening and growing our Chamber.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary partnership of business and professional people
working together to promote commerce, business and tourism through marketing campaigns, promotions
and events. While emphasizing our quality of life and historic environment, our goal is to benefit
merchants and citizens both professionally and economically.

The Board of Directors is the policy body of the Chamber of Commerce. Its members represent a cross-
section of the business and professional leadership in the community. It has always been considered an
honor to serve on the Board. Genuine and unselfish interest in the Chamber and its objective is the first
requirement for the Board members.

Collective Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
As a director, you are an elected representative of your fellow members. They look to you for
representation of their ideas. The success of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce depends on your
performance as a director.
1. Attend Board meetings regularly and actively participate
2. Act as a team to set policy and goals
3. Provide guidance to the Executive Director
4. Ensure adequate financing of the organization and monitor spending
5. Actively support your organization and Executive Director

Interested? Please email for more information or to be included on the ballot.

Nevada City Outdoor Business Expansion

Nevada City Outdoor Business Expansion

Attention Nevada City Businesses – Expand your business! Yes, the Nevada City Council is allowing businesses to expand into the street. This is great opportunity during the COVID-19 crisis.

You’ve probably noticed that a few of our restaurants are taking advantage of this opportunity but we’re not sure all businesses are aware that it’s available to any type of business.

We’ve attached the guidelines that must be followed to expand into the street.

Please participate in this benefit – it will boost your sales during the summer season.

Download Guidelines from The Nevada City Police Department

Please note: Yesterday Governor Newsom mandated that face masks be worn in public spaces.

3rd Annual Village Market Day Scheduled for Sunday, September 13

The 3rd annual Village Market Day, returns to historical downtown Nevada City. This city-wide celebration shines a spotlight on the town’s vibrant and creative shopping district along with its burgeoning food, craft beer and wine scene, plus local entertainment and artists. For one day only, visitors can take advantage of shopping specials.

In addition to Nevada City’s brick and mortar shops featuring everything from antique and vintage items, to handmade and local homewares, clothing and jewelry, along with imported world goods, musical instruments, garden and outdoor treasures, rare books and more, Village Market Day will also include over a dozen vendors lined along the streets selling unique and one-of-a-kind items. Foodies will also find delicious offerings such as Farm to Table, pub faire, Thai, Italian, plus artisan chocolates and ice cream. Art lovers can also spend the afternoon exploring local galleries or history buffs can visit restored Victorians homes in our neighborhoods.

The California Arts Council selected 14 districts to serve as California’s inaugural state-designated Cultural Districts. Nevada County is home to two of them – Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee. These districts highlight some of the thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within local communities across California.

The event is Sunday, September 13 from 11am – 5pm.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Rudy at (530) 265-3539 or 



At the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors meeting Tuesday evening, the decision regarding the status of the 2020 Nevada County Fair was postponed.

The decision comes in light of Governor Newsom’s announcement on Tuesday afternoon that California is moving rapidly into Stage 3 of the reopening plan.

The delay will allow Fairgrounds staff and the Board to conduct fact finding, communicate with State and local public health officials and review any updated guidance regarding mass gatherings.

“We recognize that the Nevada County Fair is a treasured local event and that the cancellation would have an enormous impact on the community,” said Jeanette Royal, Board President of California’s 17th District Agricultural Association.  “Given that, and in light of the Governor’s announcement this afternoon, we need to make a decision based on the most current information available.”

The 2020 Nevada County Fair decision will be considered at the next Fairgrounds Board of Directors meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

The Center for the Arts hosts their first-ever Virtual Annual Meeting – June 4

The Center for the Arts hosts their first-ever Virtual Annual Meeting and You’re Invited

Each spring The Center for the Arts gathers community members together with an update on the ongoing story of The Center. This year is a little different.  The annual meeting will be held online via zoom offering a pay-what-you-can ticket as well as dinner options from The Ham Stand available for curbside pick-up or home delivery.
The anticipation for this year’s meeting was high as The Center for the Arts was looking forward to welcoming the community into their newly remodeled home for a state-of-the art experience and celebration of their reopening. While COVID-19 restrictions are preventing The Center from inviting everyone to gather, they have found a silver-lining in the ability to broadcast the meeting online and invite a larger audience to celebrate what this community has built.
The Center is excited to offer a Pay-What-You-Can option for anyone in the community interested in attending the Virtual Annual Meeting to learn more about The State of the Center, The Capital Campaign and renovation project, and their plans to reopen through the phases of COVID-19 recovery.  All non-dinner ticket sales are tax-deductible donations as the Annual Meeting also supports Youth Arts and other programs. The Center for the Arts Virtual Annual Meeting is Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


WHAT:  The Center for the Arts – Virtual Annual Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 5:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
ADMISSION: Pay What You Can, suggested donation $25.  Dinner options available for $60 per person $110 per couple, curbside pick-up at The Center, limited delivery available.
INFO: | 530-274-8384

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 700 patrons for dance shows and up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats, a large visual art gallery, and a 90-seat black box theater.
For more information please contact:

Melissa Clark | Marketing Manager
phone: (530) 274-8384 ext. 205 | mob: (415) 868-9951

Calolea Olive Oil Takes Silver and Bronze at Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Calolea Olive Oil has some very exciting and Good news for 2020 to share with you!!  Luckily, the 2019/20 olive harvest was very bountiful for us in our Foothill region.  Calolea Olive Oil submits their select Olive Oils to Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition every year for judging, they are the premier competition. The 2020 EVOO competition received 600 extra virgin olive oils from 300 producers which not only includes national entries but International entries from 16 other countries besides USA!

Upon entry a producer must send their olive oils with current packaging and an olive oil analysis from an accredited Genetic and Diagnostic Biological laboratory. Quality Extra Virgin Olive oil must qualify with low FFA= Free Fatty Acids and several other attributes that we will not bore you with :-) Once the olive oil is received into LA Fairplex Olive Oil Department, the oils are judged by blind tastings for accurate flavor profiles, defects and  other nuances, good and bad.  The panel of tasters have their credentials and have undergone specific training for this distinct job. Calolea also submits their oils to The California Olive Oil Council to be tasted, and tested to receive the seal of “Certified Extra Virgin”.
The Award Announcements went out in February 2020, and thank goodness this competition was completed before this pandemic was prolific here in USA, otherwise this may not have happened for the first time in over 20 years of the program.
Please see the following awards that CALOLEA OLIVE OIL HAS RECEIVED:
Northern Hemisphere EVOO- MISSION Blend, Yuba County Foothills- Robust         (SILVER MEDAL)
                                                        TUSCAN Blend, Sierra Foothill blends- Medium        (SILVER MEDAL)
                                                        FLAVORED OILS- Yuba County Foothills-Herb/Basil (BRONZE MEDAL)
You can purchase these award winning olive oils and All of Calolea Olive Oil products at these local Nevada County Farmers Markets: (Currently Open) Grass Valley Farmers Market, Truckee Farmers Market and Nevada City Farmers Market which will open on June 6th.  Several local retail stores such as  SPD and Briar Patch stock our olive oils on their shelf year round. For a list of other Farmers’ Markets and Retailers we sell at please visit
We’ll see you at the Farmers Market!!!

Participate in 2020 First Friday Artwalks

Our 2020 First Friday Art Walk season is about to begin and we need YOU!

This year’s events will be held on June 5th , July 3rd and August 7th, 2020. First Friday Art Walks begin at 5:00pm and continue until 9pm (sometimes 10pm, depending on the performances at The Boardwalk Stage). These events are family friendly and all ages are welcome. Now, here’s where you come in.

We are now accepting sponsor, business, advertising, artist, crafter, and musician applications for First Friday Art Walk Nevada City’s 2020 Season. Please review the instructions below for information on how to apply.

Save the date for June 5th , July 3rd and August 7th. For all those friends and family who say they want to come up and visit?…This is the perfect way to show them how great our community is. Tell everyone to come up, have a great time, and spend their dollars with us. Life is short. Buy the art and eat the dessert!

If you’re interested in becoming a Sponsor for First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City, please contact us at Please provide us with the best time and phone number to reach you at, so that we may speak with you directly about the different sponsorship levels and benefits available. Sponsor Application

Participating Businesses:
For those businesses interesting in supporting First Friday Art Walk or hosting an artist for First Friday Art Walk, please contact us at Please provide us with the best time and phone number to reach you at, so that we may speak with you directly about the options and participation fees available to you. Business Application

Advertising: Place an ad in our program for First Friday Art Walk.

Visual, Spoken word and Musical Artists:
Please send an E-mail to with Art Walk Submission in the subject line. You will receive a form to complete so that your work may be considered for partnership with a local business at First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City.

Lower Commercial Street Crafters and Artists:
Please submit an e-mail to with Lower Commercial Street in the subject line. You will receive a form to complete so that you may submit your booth fee for First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City. Vendor Application

Boardwalk Stage Performers:
Send an e-mail to with Boardwalk Stage in the subject line. You will receive a form to complete so that you may be considered for one of our four 2020 Boardwalk Stage Concerts at First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City. Boardwalk Stage Musicians and Performing Artists will be paid based on a pre-determined fee structure.

Performing Artists.
We are now accepting proposals for performing artists of all kinds. If you have a wild talent, a side show act, something spectacular that you can do, email us your idea at with Performing Artists in the subject line. Include a bio, a link to your talent and your proposal for the show. Boardwalk Stage Musicians and Performing Artists will be paid based on a pre-determined fee structure.

To see photos from previous First Friday Art Walks…

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The Heart Wide Open Wednesday October 16th

Mantra music for an awakening world! Jens Jarvie and The Heart Wide Open will take you on a journey of transcendence into the heart and being of ecstatic song. Through the power of sacred mantra we will sing to uplift, sing to deepen, sing to heal, sing to let go and sing to remember the depth of who we are. In resonance with divine sound we will attune to the vibration of LOVE as we dance amongst the celestial waves of the primordial AUM!
7:30-9:30pm – Doors close at 8, $11-$22 donation, Reach out in advance if finances are an issue.
May we all awaken together!