Kodo Arts Warehouse Re-Opens

Kodo Arts Warehouse Re-Opens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GXK733H.

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GXK733H
  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 board@nevadacitychamber.com 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 rudy@thetruffleshop.com 



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
WEBSITE:   RSVP at https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/virtual-annual-meeting/
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: thecenterforthearts.org | 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
email: mclark@thecenterforthearts.org

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 www.calolea.com
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 nevacoboutique@gmail.com. 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 nevacoboutique@gmail.com. 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 nevacoboutique@gmail.com 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 nevacoboutique@gmail.com 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 nevacoboutique@gmail.com 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 nevacoboutique@gmail.com 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…

Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FirstFridayArtWalkNevadaCity/

Follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artwalknc

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.  www.goldenmandala.com/kirtan
May we all awaken together!


View Wild Chinook Salmon on the Yuba River

Registration is open for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL) 2019 Salmon Expeditions. Join SYRCL’s River Science staff, trained naturalists, and river guides from H2O Adventures for a float trip down the Lower Yuba to see spawning salmon. The day on a raft includes opportunities to learn about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted the river, and how SYRCL is working to protect salmon. View one of SYRCL’s restoration projects at Hammon Bar and explore the Yuba Goldfields.

“This is an unforgettable opportunity to explore the Lower Yuba River,” says SYRCL’s River Education Manager, Rachel Lubitz. “Get outdoors, and on the water to witness the spectacular journey of wild Chinook salmon as they make their way from the ocean back to where they hatched. Participants will learn about the salmon life cycle and the impact humans have on these incredible fish.”

Salmon Raft Expeditions begin on the main stem of the Yuba River at Parks Bar, just below the Highway 20 Bridge, and end at Sycamore Ranch Park. The run is about five miles long and the trip takes approximately six hours with stops.

Interested in connecting youth with the river? SYRCL is seeking volunteer naturalists to educate youth about the watershed, salmon life cycles, ecology and human impact on the Yuba watershed. Staff and volunteer naturalists introduce students to the spectacular journey of wild Chinook salmon as they make their way from the ocean to their ancestral spawning waters. Our program’s field trips run every weekday from October 7-November 15.

To sign up for a Salmon Expedition or Naturalist Training, register online at: https://yubariver.org/our-work/river- education/salmon-tours/, or contact Rachel Lubitz, River Education Manager at: (530) 265-5961 ext. 218, or rlubitz@yubariver.org.

About SYRCL: Headquartered in Nevada City, CA, 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. See: www.yubariver.org


What: SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions

When: Public Expeditions – Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, November 9

School Expeditions – October 7 through November 15

Where: Lower Yuba River below Parks Bar

Cost: Public Expedition – $75 for the public, $50 for kids under 12
School Walking Expeditions – $10/person
Some scholarships are available for School Salmon Expeditions

Details: www.yubariver.org

Oktoberfest at Pioneer Park October 5th

Celebrate Fall by raising a mug at the sixth annual OKTOBERFEST celebration at Pioneer Park on Saturday, October 5th, benefiting the KARE Crisis Nursery. The event is from 3 to 7 pm. Brews from 9 producers will be featured, including Ol’ Republic, Grass Valley Brewing Company, 1849 Brewing Company, Three Forks, T.W. Pitchers Brewing, Feather Falls, North Coast, Lost Coast and Lagunitas. Also available will be German wines. Guests can purchase German food plates of sauerbraten or bratwurst, as well as scrumptious desserts of strudel and Dr. Sarah’s Pie’s. The festival music will kick off with oompah music from the Hannebrink Duo, followed by the “kick-off-your-shoes-and-dance” music of the Roadtest Band.

Tony Norskog, collector of vintage motorcycles, is hosting an exhibition of interesting German bikes, and anyone arriving on a German motorcycle will be admitted for free.

Proceeds from the event help to support the KARE Crisis Nursery, which provides respite and emergency childcare services for local families who fall on hard times.

So, dust off your lederhosen, put a feather in your cap, and come enjoy a wonderful afternoon in the park for a great cause. Tickets are available Nevada City SPD, the Bookseller, Eventbrite, or by calling KARE at 265 0693 karecrisisnursery.org

Purveyor’s Pantry – Now Offering Catering

Purveyor’s Pantry specializes in small intimate gatherings (twenty five guests or smaller). Custom menus, all made from scratch for your small event – dinner party, picnic gathering, shower, private wedding or brunch event. We also offer our charming shop for private events. Stop in or call for more information. Purveyor’s Pantry, 220 Broad Street, NVC 530-470-6167


Thank You for Attending the Integrated Ayurveda Ribbon Cutting!

Thanks to those in attendance at Integrated Ayurveda in Grass Valley on Tuesday, January 31st for their Nevada City Chamber Ribbon Cutting! 

Integrated Ayurveda, A Holistic Healthcare Cooperative is located at 123 Margaret Lane #C1, Grass Valley. They offer a variety of services, check them out at www.integrated-ayurveda.com

Grand Opening – Integrated Ayurveda, Grass Valley CA, January 31, 2017
Grand Opening – Integrated Ayurveda, Grass Valley CA

Nevada City Chamber Statement Regarding City Councilwoman Reinette Senum

To Whom it may Concern:

The Nevada City Chamber is not a political organization.

We neither endorse or call for the resignation of a City Council Member.

Please understand and respect our mandatory political neutrality, without which we would not be able to treat all of Nevada City’s businesses, employees and visitors fairly and equally.

Speaking for the Chamber Board and I would hope all of our members, we have always supported our local police department and unequivocally support good law enforcement officers nationwide.


Dave Iorns

Nevada City Chamber Statement on City Councilwoman Reinette Senum

To Whom it may Concern:

The Nevada City Chamber is not a political organization.

We neither endorse or call for the resignation of a City Council Member.

Please understand and respect our mandatory political neutrality, without which we would not be able to treat all of Nevada City’s businesses, employees and visitors fairly and equally.

Speaking for the Chamber Board and I would hope all of our members, we have always supported our local police department and unequivocally support good law enforcement officers nationwide.


Dave Iorns

“Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails” Book Release with Julie Carville

June 20, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Stewardship Program Manager Erin Tarr for this visit to Sequoya Challenge Preserve on the Independence Trail originally created by Naturalist John Olmsted.  BYLT works with California State Parks on the upkeep of this popular trail, the nation’s first wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail known for its Gold Rush era wooden flumes with Rush Creek and South Yuba River views. Part of a monthly series, Tarr will share the projects and plans for each unique property during this community outings.
WHAT: Book Release with wildflower author Julie Carville
WHERE: Lucchesi Wine Tasting Room, 128 Mill Street, Grass Valley

COST: Free – Reservations NOT required – Seating is limited (wine not included)

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for this long anticipated event – the release of Julie Carville’s new guidebook, “Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails.”

Julie will share stories about high elevation wildflowers and give an overview of when and where to find the best wildflower displays in the Tahoe region and Grouse Ridge area. The book includes: a Flowers by Color section for easy flower identification, a tree guide, Native American plant knowledge, hikes for all ages and abilities, and is illustrated with 870 color photos. The book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Julie Carville is one of the Land Trust’s most popular trek leaders, and the book reflects her warm and personal style. Julie Carville was the 2014 recipient of BYLT’s John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

For questions, please contact Melony Vance at (530) 272-5994 x200 or melony@bylt.org.


Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum Visit

A big thanks to Madelyn Helling and NCNGRR Museum volunteers!  On June 9th the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers were treated to a wonderful afternoon at the Railroad Museum.  First we rode on the newly restored railbus, quite an adventure, now running on Saturdays through the end of the season, October 29th.  Next was a wonderful tour of the museum by a very knowledgeable docent.   For all the information on the Railroad Museum, go to:


Nevada County Citizen’s Academy – Sign up now!

Citizen’s Academy will provide community members with a complete knowledge base of County departments, their functions, objectives, and day-to-day tasks.  Participants will learn government relations, such as, how Public Health, Social Services, Behavioral Health, Child Support, Probation, and Public Defender work together to provide critical safety net services to those most in need.  Participants will also get the opportunity to tour off-site County departments including the Airport, Brighton Greens, Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, and Probation.  In addition to becoming familiar with all County locations, the selected applicants get to see some of the services our County departments provide firsthand through activities like participating in a County finance game or learning how properties are assessed and taxed.  Citizen’s Academy will foster a person’s knowledge and understanding of the County departments and operations that serve our vibrant community.
Highlights of 10 Week Sessions
Network with key players in different departments of County Government
Become familiar with all County facilities and locations.
Learn about innovative approaches to delivery of County services
Gain knowledge about emergency procedures and communications.
Experience a day in the life of a citizen receiving public assistance
Learn about the Court system and a day in the life of a Public Defender, District Attorney, and Probation Officer
Application Details
Apply no later than June 27th
Applicants will be selected by July 29th
10 weekly sessions (excluding holidays) from August – November
Apply online at: