Helping with Veterans Benefits for Respite Care Program

Helping Hands Caregiver Resource & Adult Day Care Program

How many times have you heard that veterans’ and their caregivers have a difficult time getting the help they need? There are benefits available yet veterans won’t know they qualify for certain programs unless they ask, like the respite care program that provides respite for a caregiver of a dependent veteran living at home. How many know the VA will provide respite care, often up to five days a week depending on need and where they live? In Nevada County, we are fortunate to have a veteran approved state licensed Adult Day Care that provides respite three days a week. The program is called Helping Hands and is in Penn Valley which is easily accessible by car or local ADA bus service. Caregivers of veterans who qualify for the program can request this service through the Aid and Attendance program or through a VA Physician at the veteran’s regional clinic. The Auburn VA clinic is where local veterans can see a physician to get approved. To see if you or a loved one qualifies for this service visit:, our local VA office at Brighton Greens by the fairgrounds or call us at Helping Hands 530-432-2540 and we will help you through the process.

Soroptimist of the Sierras 24th Annual Garden Tour

The Roth Estate is honored to have been asked to open our gardens for the Soroptimist of the Sierras  24th  Annual Garden Tour.  This year’s tour will feature 6 unique gardens the weekend of May 20-21.  Tickets are $20 through the end of March, and $25 thereafter.  On the days of the event, tickets may be purchased at any garden gate for $30. 

Ticket outlets are:  SPD, Harmony Books, Prospector’s Nursery, Weiss Bros. Nursery, Hills Flat, or online at

Sierra Harvest – Sierra Gardens Building Volunteers Needed March 31st & April 7th

Do you have light building skills, a strong back and want to be of service to families enrolled in the Sierra Harvest Sierra Garden Program?

Click here to learn more about the Sierra Garden Program and how YOUR volunteer efforts can help families grow their own food by working alongside the family installing the garden beds, the fencing, irrigation and support the families year-round.

We need volunteers for the following dates:

· Fri. March 31st (10am – 4pm, full garden build including fencing, digging beds, irrigation and planting – 3 volunteers),

· Fri. April 7th (10am – 4pm, full garden build including fencing, digging beds, irrigation and planting – 3 volunteers).

Email to register to help out! For more info about the program or more details regarding volunteering with these projects, contact Edy Cassell (Program Director) at or call 530-559-5456.

You can help just a few hours instead of the entire day as we;; – we’ll take any and all assistance!

Thanks for sharing your skills with a local family in need so that they can be nourished by produce they grow themselves! Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food.

Help Big Brothers Big Sisters Help Our Local Kids!

Support Our Upcoming Paper Shredding Event

Saturday April 22, 10am – 1pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is having another paper shredding event on SATURDAY APRIL 22  from 10am to 1pm at 117 ARGALL WY. NEVADA CITY.  the cost is $10 per bankers box of papers.  If you can’t attend that day call BBBS at 265-2059 or email to arrange early pickup of papers to be securely stored until the day of the shredding event when they will be professionally shredded on site.

Beautiful with Katia – Get Ready for Spring!

Back from Europe and Russia, Beautiful with Katia Boutique is available to help you with choosing from the spring/summer collection. Let Katia open your eyes to  new possibilities for a modern and fashionable look that will dress you to impress. Katia has a wide collection of high quality items from European brands at very reasonable prices. Now is the perfect time to renew your wardrobe! Katia can also assist you as a Fashion Stylist for special events.  Come visit Beautiful with Katia -Boutique Consignment- at 417 Broad Street Suite C for women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, including some children’s clothing and Russian Gifts. For more information connect with Beautiful with Katia through Facebook:

For a Fashion Consultation, Call Katia today 530-300-4467 and make an appointment!

YMCA Youth & Government Info Night

Join Us on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm

We’re starting a NEW YMCA Youth & Government (Y&G) delegation! Interested middle and high school students currently in grades 8-11 and their parents are invited to join us in the City Council Chambers at Grass Valley City Hall, 125 E Main, for a chance to learn about Y&G from current delegates and advisors.

Join us on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm, when program leaders and high school students from El Dorado Hills and Sacramento will present information and answer questions.

Cal Y&G programs engage over 3,000 high school youth and close to 900 middle school youth each year in California, emphasizing leadership and civic involvement. Our efforts build, strengthen and encourage life assets and positive character traits. Visit for details.
Bitney prep sophomore Bjorn Johnson, as an intern at the Union, had a piece featured on the front page above the fold on 2/23, regarding the 70-year-old California YMCA Youth & Government program. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the story and some pictures:

During Info Night, we will showcase the program with an informational slideshow, and current Y&G participants in surrounding communities will travel here to share their experiences in the program from the high-schooler perspective. I will briefly describe my experience as a program advisor for the past year with the El Dorado Hills delegation.

We are also reaching out to local community groups with hopes that you’ll attend Info Night to see what the program is all about and maybe even get inspired to help us with the effort. It’s definitely a community endeavor — we don’t have paid program staff in our community. We’re volunteers who live the program’s motto, “Democracy must be learned by each generation.”

Once we are launched, we would also love to engage the Chamber as guest speakers at delegation meetings, participate in volunteer events as a group, have Chamber representatives critique student bills at Bill Hearing Night, and any other ways you can think of that you might like to get involved.

Students attending Info Night will likely be ones interested in politics and/or leadership development. Getting them involved is what its all about.  I invite you to think of Info Night as the beginning of a long relationship with our program–one in which you’ll have opportunities to engage our program’s youth in a meaningful way. Also, perhaps you have in your group some parents of high school students whose interest might be piqued by the opportunity?

Support Full-Circle Learning – April 2nd in Nevada City

Learn About our 25 Years and 25 Reasons to Support Full-Circle Learning

Full-Circle Learning (FCL) helps young people embrace their role as the change agents and humanitarians of their generation. Its educational programs integrate and expand students’ character strengths, academic excellence, artistic capacities and peacemaking skills in service to the global human family.

Students at a school in Tanzania discovered the benefits of solar energy for the first time through Nevada County wisdom exchange partners, who made and shipped portable solar cookers. The Tanzanian youth had taught their communities to make dung patties to prevent deforestation, as girls had to drop out of school and collect firewood for cooking fuel. Now they can use methane-free solar power to cook and to heat water. In solidarity, local youth allowed our own local residents to compare the unsavory alternative at a local exhibit.  Pictured here, making the patties: Teacher Katie Smith and Climate Change Agents Zach Damewood and Lucy Carson.
(Pictured in Tanzanian photo: Boys from the academy near Arusha, teaching the community to make patties.)

Below:  Our local kids during last years Climate Change summer camp

Anew Day’s 4th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed – Friday March 31st

Reserve your seats now for Anew Day’s March 31 annual all-you-can-eat Crab Feed & Auction!

On March 31, 2017 more than 300 community members will gather in support of Anew Day, a local non-profit organization that provides low-cost counseling services designed to offer hope and healing to those who are hurting and struggling with various stages of depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, addiction, as well as various other life crises and difficulties.

Come bid on auction items including a Cabo San Lucas, Mexico vacation and so much more – from the simple to the extravagant!

Make your reservations now at or call 530-470-9111.

Tall Pines Nursery School Family Festival

Saturday, April 1st, 11am – 2pm
at Tall Pines Nursery School at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun and games to benefit Tall Pines Nursery School! Admission to the Family Festival is FREE and all ages will enjoy carnival-style games, raffle and prizes, and delicious food from local vendors including sweet treats from Lazy Dog and beer from Ol’ Republic Brewery. The event benefits Tall Pines Nursery School, a nonprofit co-op pre-school serving the families of our community for over 50 years with extremely high standards for our teaching staff, the curriculum and the relationship we form with parents and children.

Matteo’s Public Lunch Special Continues Through March!

A Family Friendly Beer & Wine Pub

Visit Matteo’s Public Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am – 4:00pm for a fabulous lunch! Buy one meal at the regular price, the second is 50% off! 

To take advantage of this great offer, just mention the Nevada City Chamber Newsletter! 

Matteo’s Public is located at 300 Commercial St, Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-0782

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Nevada City First Friday Artwalks – Sign-up Now!

Business & Artist Sign-up Available Now!!

Advertise in First Friday Art Walks Program

“We are entering our fifth season of First Friday Artwalks! Dates for the 2017 Season are; May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The mission of the Nevada City Artwalk is to increase awareness, appreciation and participation in the Arts in our local community while also increasing commerce for local businesses in the downtown Nevada City area.  Participating Downtown businesses feature local artists and host a reception/open house every First Friday evening monthly. To become a participating business, info and sign up form can be found here:  Business Sign-up 2017

We will also be featuring local artisan vendors on Commercial Street, where there will be live music and other family-friendly entertainment. Application and info to become a vendor can be found here: Artist Application 2017

Become a sponsor for First Friday Artwalks:  NC First Fridays Sponsor Form 2017

Advertise in our First Friday Artwalks Program:  NC First Fridays Program Advertising

We look forward to hearing from you and excited about this years event!!

Audiences Praise the Sierra Stages production of “END DAYS”

Don’t Be Left Behind! Now through March 25 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

Audiences are praising the Sierra Stages production of “End Days”, an irreverent but deeply felt comedy about science, religion, and family. Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, “End Days” plays for six more performances through March 25 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

The reviewer from the Prospector called “End Days” an “auspicious start” to the Sierra Stages 2017 season, noting that “On opening night, the audience laughed loudly and often, as did I. So enjoy yourself, with humor and thoughtfulness.” Among the other comments received from audience members so far are the following:

• “Do not miss this delightful, funny, and deeply thoughtful play. If you’re interested in the meaning of life, in the collisions of Judaism and Christianity, in astrophysics (including the theories of Stephen Hawking), in Elvis, in 9/11, in kissing, in the Rapture, in wave vs particle theory, in hilariously dysfunctional families (this is a partial list), you will be utterly entertained and very moved. Directed with wit and energy by Robert Rossman, with spot-on costume design by Paulette Gilbert. Don’t miss this!”

• “Sierra Stages does it again. It is a brilliant script, with four main characters, each on its own character arc. In this age of polarization, the script manages deftly to take us from polarized positions on religion, to compassionate understanding and acceptance. And it does so with a laugh a minute. This production is well-cast, well-acted, and well directed. I encourage my Nevada County friends to give it a go. Auburn, Roseville, and Sacramento friends, it would be worth your drive, too. You may see me there, as I am thinking of going again, to catch more of the humor that I missed the first time. Oh, yeah, it would be fun to see the Jesus and Stephen Hawking.”

• “End Days” is an excellent production just launched by Sierra Stages with terrific cast and direction by Bob Rossman, solid designs and impressive tech, about a dysfunctional family in a dystopian world with competing agonies of despair, anger, denial, unrequited love and unreasonable faith in a surreal comedy stew with live hallucinations of improbable teachers and surprising redemption…all quite delightful. DO NOT MISS IT!”

• “You really can’t miss with a Goth teenager, an Elvis impersonator, a depressed Dad, a religiously fanatical Mom, a beatific Jesus, and Stephen Hawking all hanging out together. Kudos to Robert Rossman and his team for a truly unique theatrical evening!”

The Sierra Stages production of “End Days” is directed by Robert Rossman, with set design also by Robert Rossman, lighting design by Erin Beatie and Joshua Vrooman, and costume design by Paulette Sand-Gilbert. The cast includes Nevada County actors Brian Arnold, Cathy Callas, Max Freedman, Michele Nesbit, and T.E. Wolfe.

Performances of “End Days” are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sunday March 19 at 2 PM, and Thursday March 23 at 7 PM. General Admission tickets are $25. Reserved Seating is available for $35 (in advance), and is a great way to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages. For tickets and information, visit or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

For the 9th consecutive year, Sierra Stages offers an affordable Season Pass. Two Season Pass options are available: General Admission Pass ($65) or Reserved Seating Pass ($95). Season Pass holders may select any performance of each show in 2017: “End Days” (through March 25 at the Nevada Theatre), the hit musical “Chicago” (July 14- August 5 at the Nevada Theatre) and the contemporary intimate musical “Ordinary Days” (October 5-28 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Sierra Stages 2017 Season Passes may be purchased online at or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began eight years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 30 plays and musicals and has been recognized by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with six Elly Awards and 58 Elly Award nominations. The annual Elly Awards honor outstanding achievements of community theatres and artists in the greater Sacramento area. Sierra Stages performs at various local venues, including the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City and the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

Nevada City Tree Tour Receives Grant, Hosts Arbor Day Walk

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce hosted an Arbor Day Walk with Arborist Zeno Acton of Acton Arboriculture on Saturday, March 11 from 11am to noon. The event attracted walkers from local MeetUp and walking groups, as well Nevada City Mayor, Evans Phelps and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board member and President Mike Byrne.

The Arbor Day walk was part of the effort to update Nevada City’s Walking Tree Tour map originally completed in 2008. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce was awarded a pass-through grant by California ReLeaf in partnership with PG&E this month. PG&E Quality Assurance Auditor and Arborist John Glaz spoke briefly about tree planting considerations and took questions, reminding people to call 811 before digging for trees and also to consider utility lines above. California is facing a crisis in tree loss due to bark beetle infestation and drought conditions. Glaz suggested to participants that this is a good time to plant trees and add to California’s diverse forest. Arborist Zeno Acton spoke to identifying the right tree for the right location, and returned to this with specific recommendations throughout the informative Nevada City tour.

The Tree Tour map is being updated using new technology. Once completed, the new map will let visitors walk the tour with their smartphone, navigating easily while reading about trees or view on their tablet and desktop computer.

Tree Tour Project Manager Pamela Biery would like to thank the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for its non-profit partnership, Zeno Acton of Acton Arboriculture, California ReLeaf and PG&E as well as each contributor and participant. “Trees are an important part of our daily life, offering beauty, shade, soil conservation, and water preservation, all while providing us with improved air to breathe—remarkable really. Nevada City’s trees are a vital part of its landscape.”

Go to to learn more and contribute to the Nevada City Walking Tree Tour map today.

Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Offered

The people who contact Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) give many reasons for wanting our help. One of the most important reasons to improve their English skills is to succeed in their present job or to get a better job. They come to us with the hope that we can help them improve their communication skills. We think you’d be impressed by the hard work our learners do, fitting studying with their tutors into already busy lives.

Our adult learners want to be able to communicate better with their children’s teachers. This may be the most important goal, as our learners know that if they are able to understand what their children are being taught and the obstacles they may be facing in middle and high school, then their children and the entire family will have a better chance of achieving success in life. It is an important goal to want a better life for their children.

One of our recent PiELL graduates came here from China 6 years ago with the dream of becoming a U.S. Citizen. As soon as she began meeting with her tutor, Margaret, she asked for help studying for the citizenship exam. We have a large resource library in our office, which includes a great series on citizenship. Mandy took the exam a few years ago, and passed. She was so excited and grateful to her tutor. She hand-wrote a wonderful letter to us about her success and thanking Margaret.

Hope is what brings our learners to us. Hope for a better life for themselves and their families. Our volunteer tutors come to our program to help people realize their goals and often times, while doing so, make a new friend in the process. That’s why the most fulfilling part of my job at PiELL is matching tutors with their learners. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, we will be offering our two-day New Tutor Training on May 6th and 13th. For more information call Donna Cobb at 265-2116 or visit where you can find our latest Tutor Training information and application.

Revisit-TIN Animal House – Silent & Live Auction

Join Us for an Afternoon of Fun and Entertainment! 

Sunday, March 26th from 3-6pm at Miners Foundry 

KVMR, the Nevada Theatre and NC Arts have teamed up to showcase shelters for creatures utilizing recycled tin from the old Bridge Street building where KVMR now stands, made by local artists.

The shelters will be available at the event on March 26th which will include both a silent and live auction of the pieces. The shelters include housing for Dogs, Cats, Birds, Turtles, Owls, Chickens and even a Worm box!


Final Week of Volunteer Sign-Ups and Orientation For Local State Parks



MARCH 11, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Don’t miss the final sign-up and orientation session for the current phase of prospective volunteer recruitment this coming Saturday, March 11 from 9:00am – 3:30pm at Empire Mine State Historic Park – Docent Room.

The Volunteer Sign-Ups are for the three Sierra Gold Sector State Parks which include South Yuba River State Park, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park and Empire Mine State Historic Park.

The session will cover what a “Volunteer Means to California State Parks” and discussing park policies, procedures and philosophy. We will, as a group, be guided through the hiring paperwork and discuss the benefits of being a State Park volunteer. Since a criminal background check is required prior to working as a State Park volunteer, there will be onsite finger printing “live scan” being conducted during the Saturday sessions. Individuals will need to bring to the sign-up a photo ID and $10 check or cash for the background processing.

Please join us to begin a fulfilling experience as a volunteer for our beautiful state parks. As a volunteer, you will become a vital entity in helping keep our state parks alive and well. This session is very informative, interesting, enlightening and fun!!

For any additional questions or concerns please contact:

John or Kathy Field

Smiley Guys Smokehouse Fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning

On Thursday, March 16th from 5pm to 9pm, Smiley Guys Smokehouse will host a fundraiser to benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL). Smiley Guys Smokehouse slow-cooks their food, putting LOVE into each of their hand-made dishes, so that everyone leaves a SMILEY GUY or GAL! They even have vegetarian options. The new owner, George Cabanas, has pledged to donate 10% of all orders (including take-out and bar orders) to PiELL. Enjoy a delicious meal in a kid-friendly restaurant while helping a worthy cause.

PiELL, a 501(c)3 non-profit, offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County.  The volunteer tutors are trained during a 2-day session (next training May 6th &13th), and then matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them. For information call PiELL at 265-2116.

SMILEY GUYS SMOKEHOUSE: 131 Joerschke Dr., Grass Valley  (530) 274-2933

Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents 2nd Annual Nevada City Dance Festival

  Tuesday – Friday, March 14-17, 2017, Doors 6pm, Show 7pm

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

For more information go to

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Nevada City Dance Festival, a celebration and showcase of professional dance in Western Nevada County, March 14-17, 2017.  

This year, the festival has expanded its programing to offer a full week of professional dance activities, including three evenings of performances by five professional dance companies, Master Classes for local dancers, and a Gala Reception for all dance company members and patrons.

“Dance is a universal language,” said Karen Attix, the festival’s artistic director and a former professional dancer.  “We all have a body and we all dance in varying degrees. We want to praise that human need to connect and share through dance.”

Attix has curated an exciting program specific to the community that showcases a wide range of world-class choreography. The festival kicks off Tuesday, March 14 with the risk taking, muscularly elegant contemporary ballet of dawsondancesf followed by the exciting mix of classical and modern dancers of the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective and the imaginative, kinetic and intellectual Linda Bair Dance Company on Wednesday, March 15, and ending with the explosive, spiritual and primal Pisa Za Congo Dance Company featuring Vivien Bassouamina, and the theatrical athleticism of Airaligned aerial dance group on Friday, March 17.

“The vision for the dance festival starts with the floor at the Miners Foundry and celebrates this venue where we can showcase such a wide variety of dance,” explained Attix. “It’s not that often that a small community has a ready-made venue with a sprung floor that can accommodate so many forms of dance: ballet, modern and aerial, etc.”

The trend in dance now is to no longer perform on stage, but rather seek out alternative locations and spaces that will stretch a dance company’s choreography while also allowing for a more intimate and interactive experience by the audience with the dancers.  During the dance festival, the historic Miners Foundry will transform into its comfortable industrial loft type setting, with the professional dancers performing completely surrounded by the audience seated in chairs on the floor of the Osborn/Woods Hall. Following each performance, dancers will participate in a Question & Answer with the audience, allowing further exploration and learning.

“These Q&A’s are a peek into the lives and minds of these dancers who embody one of the greatest arts forms,” said Marni Marshall, one of the festival’s coordinators and dancers.  “They are rarely done, but are deeply enriching for the audience.”

Organizers of the dance festival listened to feedback from last year’s participants and have strived to make the experience more personal and accessible to a larger audience. The festival’s extensive outreach to the community includes three master classes lead by each of the dance company’s choreographers for local dancers and dance students. These classes will be held throughout the community including Nevada Union High School.

In addition to the post performance Q&A’s, the dance festival will host a Gala Reception following the dawsondancesf performance on Tuesday, March 14 at the Miners Foundry. Here attendees can meet the choreographers, dancers, and other lovers of dance.

“The Nevada City Dance Festival is presented with support from the California Arts Council’s Local Impact Grant,” said Gretchen Bond, Executive Director of the Miners Foundry.  “With their help, along with our partners, Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance Department, Holt Ballet Conservatory, Sierra Dance Institute, and KSK Dance Collective, we are presenting one of the most comprehensive displays of professional dance ever experienced in the Sierra Foothills.” 

Event Activities include the following:

Sunday, March 12, 10-11:30am

Gregory Dawson Master Class

Nevada Union High School Dance Studio

*Pre-Registration Required


Tuesday, March 14, 7pm

Dawsondancesf performance

Miners Foundry Cultural Center


Wednesday March 15, 7:30-9:00pm

Tresa Honaker Workshop

Gold Country Gymnastics

900 Golden Terrace Way, Grass Valley

The workshop is open to the general public, ages 10 and older.  

*Pre-Registration Required


Wednesday, March 15, 7pm

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective and Linda Bair Dance Company

Miners Foundry Cultural Center


Friday, March 17, 10-11:30am

Linda Bair Master Class

Nevada City Oddfellows Hall

212 Spring Street, Nevada City

*Pre-Registration Required


Friday, March 17, 7pm

Pisa Za Congo Dance Company and AirAligned

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada City