Stuart Baker Named Executive Director of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Stuart Baker Named Executive Director of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

After a competitive three month search the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hire of new Executive Director Stuart Baker.

“The Chamber Board of Directors are delighted to welcome Stuart. He comes to the Chamber with a wealth of experience working in marketing, business development and with city and county agencies,” said Gretchen Bond, Board President. “He will bring fresh, new energy to all of Nevada City and we have every confidence that he will be able to honor our history while leading us into the future.”

Baker has resided off and on in Nevada City since 1997 when he first discovered the town while attending California College of Ayurveda. For four and a half years he served as the Executive Director of the Telegraph Business Improvement District (TBID) in Berkeley, CA, while also serving on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. As Executive Director, Baker led a staff of twelve, worked with over 150 merchants and nearly 200 property owners when undertaking initiatives to improve area infrastructure and district aesthetics, developed partnerships with the Berkeley YMCA and University of California at Berkeley, and worked with the City’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, developers and student activists to promote the construction of housing projects within blocks of the campus.

Another exciting initiative Baker spearheaded was working with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to create a smartphone-enabled walking tour app that documents and shares the rich history of Telegraph Avenue. The app is so popular it is now part of the University’s orientation materials to all new students.

When Baker left TBID in 2019, he was honored by the Berkeley City Council with a proclamation recognizing the work he had accomplished during his tenure.

“I am excited to be part of the post-COVID renaissance in Nevada City. We are welcoming back folks with a full slate of events–and the many other enjoyments in town. The Chamber is also focusing on new ways to strengthen and support our business community–both in Downtown and Seven Hills,” said Baker.

Prior to Baker’s work at the Berkeley TBID, he served as Vice President of Business Development for EdenredUSA, one of the largest providers of transportation-related benefits in the US, while also working with the non-profit Fund for the Environment and Urban Life (FEUL) a foundation focused on improving the built environment with projects such as transit-oriented development, San Francisco parklets, and more.

“While the pandemic has been crushing for merchants, I believe we are on the cusp of a combination of positive events,” said Baker. “As many travelers will initially be inclined to avoid unnecessary air travel, there will be a great opportunity to entice Northern Californians to pay us a visit. While locals love to visit on Summer Nights and Victorian Christmas, the post-pandemic period will be ideal to engage locals to rediscover the historical district and create new routines. The unique appeal of the historical core of Nevada City is that it is not just a visitor destination, it is a place of business as well. Working to make doing business here easy will keep the district diverse and interesting.”

The first major projects Baker will focus on include increasing and sustaining new revenue streams for the Chamber, building a support network to help business comply with myriad regulations, overseeing the production of popular events such as Summer Nights and Victorian Christmas, and the development of a new strategic plan.

Cheering for Young Musicians

CHEERING FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS

What: InConcert Sierra “Bach to the Future” Education Programs “Student Showcase”
When: Sunday, March 7, 2021 • 2pm
Where: Virtual presentation streaming on InConcert Sierra’s YouTube channel and www.inconcertsierra.org
Tickets: Free of charge

InConcert Sierra’s “Bach to the Future” Education and Outreach Program presents the final of three Spring Student Showcases, this Sunday, March 7 at 2pm.  The musical showcases have provided the students a virtual opportunity to present the fruition of their hard work to the community.

These days, with in-person concerts prohibited, teachers have found the online recitals to be highly beneficial to their students’ learning process.  Taking part in recitals while studying music is an essential part of a student’s growth. There are few things more motivating to music students then receiving heartfelt praise from their friends, family, and community after a presentation.

During normal times, pre-Covid, their friends and family would join together to hear their performance. Students practice for hours to learn a piece of music. They relish in receiving accolades that give them a well-deserved sense of pride and accomplishment for all those hours of hard work.

This Sunday, the students performing range from ages 9 to 17; participants are Eva Floyd on trumpet, and Elsa Gray, Leander Giuliani, Ariana Toor, Jacob Crenshaw, Baraka Anderson, and Malachi Ludlum on piano.

“Another benefit of the recitals is the opportunity to practice public speaking. The comments from the students are priceless,” said ICS Executive Director Julie Hardin. “I enjoy watching the showcases to hear what the kids are going to say, as much as their music, and cheer them on. It’s a delightful way to spend a half-hour.”

The Student Showcase recitals may be viewed online at www.inconcertsierra.org, or the InConcert Sierra YouTube channel.  All three recitals will remain available on YouTube.

Shop Nevada County

Shop Nevada County

Shop Nevada County is an e-commerce marketplace focused on connecting buyers with products made by local small businesses in Nevada County. The site follows in the tradition of craft fairs and markets, giving sellers their own storefront where they can list their goods.

How it works

Selling – creating a shop is easy, fast and free. The seller can have an unlimited number of listings, but a minimum of four items. The prices of products are set by the shop owner, but the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce takes 10% per item and 4% for virtual goods such as gift certificates. Sellers can choose which payment options to offer buyers, including credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal, among others. Sellers will need to have a PayPal account to be reimbursed immediately. Sellers are in charge fulfilling all orders. Sellers are responsible for all City and State sales tax. Seller can choose between store pick up and shipping options with their established shipping rates.

Sellers need the following to set up their profile:

  1. business logo size 165 x 165
  2. business profile images size 185 x 185 and banners sized size 900 x 225 pixels
  3. merchandise photos must be 1024×1024 pixels (less than 15MB)
  4. synopsis of your business 50-75 words
  5. seller policy
  6. Paypal account

Buying – On the homepage, potential buyers can type a “product description” into the search bar, or, alternatively, they can “browse” through a list of options on the left side of the homepage, which includes Art, Home & Living, Jewelry, Women, Men, Kids, Vintage, Weddings, Craft Supplies, Trending Items, Gift Ideas, Mobile Accessories, and more. Buyers can also see the different stores on a Seller Tab and review all products a Seller has to offer.

Marketing – Shop Nevada County will be featured on the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce homepage which receives up to 100,000 unique visitors during the holiday season alone.  It will also be included in boosted and free posts on Facebook and Instagram.

How to sign up

For more information and questions please contact stuart@nevadacitychamber.com

Nevada County Artist Relief Fund Supports Twenty-Seven Local Professional Artists

NEVADA COUNTY ARTIST RELIEF FUND SUPPORTS TWENTY-SEVEN LOCAL PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

– FUND TO REMAIN OPEN  –

Nevada County Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of $12,500 in micro-grants to 27 professional artists across all disciplines, through what represents the first tranche of funding raised as a result of the Nevada County Relief Fund.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at Nevada County Arts Council said: “Having assembled a review panel of partners across the county, it was heartening to know the relief these grants of $500 will bring for each of the fund’s twenty-seven recipients. On the other hand, it was heart-rending not to be able to fund everyone this time around. We know there’s so much more work to be done.”

Nevada County Arts Council received 64 eligible applications and was able to fund 40% of its applicants. Says Tudor: “We will keep our relief fund open, and we encourage our community to continue to contribute to it. The more donations we receive, the more artists we can help.”

Artists who received grants have been enthusiastic. Bob Davis, ceramicist, said, “It couldn’t have come at a better time. Even though we’ve shifted pottery sales totally online and sales are slowly growing, the costs of the new model of business are additional overhead that is difficult to fund. This funding will help a lot.”

Musician Mariee Sioux spoke of the efforts of all those who have worked to create Nevada County Artist Relief Fund, “I feel so deeply grateful – I was really glad to be able to apply and so humbled at this offering. Thank you for all the for all the work to help support us artists and performers!!”

Nevada County Arts Council and its partners recognize the generosity of all contributors to the Nevada County Relief Fund. Says board member, Michelle Amador: “Our County’s artists and their works are deeply embedded in our cultural well-being – economically, emotionally, and as part of what makes and keeps us a community in a time of incredible isolation. It feels great to be able to provide this much-needed support; we only wish we had more funding to meet the growing demand. We hope more people are encouraged to give to the fund.”

Long-time Eastern Nevada County actor, theatre director and teacher, Courtney Simpson, said: “When COVID 19 hit, I lost significant income due to the shutdown of my theater camps, workshops, and clubs in Truckee.  This micro-grant is so appreciated, not only financially, but also emotionally.” Truckee ceramicist, Brad Henry, said, “This $500 grant will enable me to purchase more clay. With this clay I will stock my local galleries and sell to local customers. These funds are very much appreciated and needed!!!”    Artist Mira Clark said, “I am deeply grateful for the grant provided by the Nevada County Artist Relief Fund, which will support the completion of a community art project, Womxn | Nature, that I have been working on for the past year.”

Angele Carroll, a musician based in Truckee, describes her working life since COVID-19: “This has been one of the hardest years on record for me. I am so grateful to receive this grant. It means that I will be able to pay rent… I needed a ray of hope and sunshine in contrast to the struggle I have had this year.”

The following artists have each been given $500 micro-grants: Mira Clark, Kelly Wallis, Jan Pellizzer, Marie Sobonya, Katie Wolff, Forest Aliya, Pamela  Klein, Chanthou Lam, Cosmo Merryweather, John Girton, Paige Anderson, Shawnna Frazer, Jori Phillips, Christy Gurley, Robert (Bob) Davis, Chad Wood, Serena Cole, David Wong, Angele Carroll, Brad Henry, Claire Lawrenson, Courtney Simson, Kaylee Venneman, Mary Kenny, Troy Corliss, Naomi Cabral, and Al Martinez.

The Council recently won the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Award for both Visual Arts and for Performing Arts. In the Performing Arts category, its online festival, WHAT A RELIEF! was recognized as vital fuel for its relief fund efforts, and featured over twenty performances by musicians, artists and actors. The award also recognized the Council’s work to make accessible one of the first entirely online festivals in the country last April, as events across the nation were being cancelled or postponed. Offered free of charge, Sierra Poetry Festival entertained, and provided comfort for, close to 10,000 people across multiple social media platforms as they sheltered-in-place at the outset of the pandemic.

In the visual arts category the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Award was awarded to Nevada County Arts Council in recognition of its work with Arts in Storefronts, in which the work of eleven artists transformed otherwise vacant storefronts in Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District’s downtown areas. Also recognized was Shopping with Artists, which was developed in advance of the holiday season – though will continue on as an alternative shopping resource for the community.

Says Tudor, “We are grateful to Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for its recognition of our work – and the work of so many others who have contributed to region’s economic viability and social fabric. The Chamber itself has performed an extraordinary role throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, for all local businesses, and worked as an exemplary partner on initiatives for the Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District.”

Nevada County Arts Council is also grateful for its partnerships with arts organizations across the county who are part of the coalition to raise funds for artists. So, far, these include Nevada City Film Festival, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, Music in the Mountains, InConcert Sierra, CATS, Sierra Stages, Neighborhood Center for the Arts, Trails and Vistas, InnerRhythms Dance, Truckee Arts Alliance and Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus.

Jesse Locks, a board member at Nevada County Arts Council, says: “When, eventually, our performing arts venues and events open up, our partners are generously volunteering that a percentage on ticket sales be given to the Fund… Way to go! In the meantime, we are asking the community to continue its support of local artists by contributing to our fund.”

Nevada County Arts Council encourages the generosity of community members who connect with the idea that local professional artists are key part of Nevada County’s economy and that now is a time to support them.  Donations to the Nevada County Artist Relief Fund can be made via https://www.nevadacountyarts.org/artist-relief-fund. Every donation is tax deductible, in recognition of Nevada County Arts Council’s charitable status in the State of California.

Gas Cards Now Available for Patient Appointments at Sierra Family Health Center

Gas Cards Now Available for Patient Appointments at Sierra Family Health Center

Sierra Family Health Center recently received a $15,000 grant from Dignity Health to help provide needed assistance to current patients seeking dental, behavioral health, chiropractic, and medical services at the center’s two care sites.

The funding from Dignity Health’s Greater Sacramento Service District’s 2021 Community Grant will be used to provide patients with lower incomes with $25 gas cards, which can be used to purchase gas at several locations, and may be applied for quarterly.

The grant was received in collaboration with North San Juan Community Center (NSJCC), and Nevada County Behavioral Health (NCBH). Eventually, gas cards will also be available to new patients, shares Lael Walz, quality assurance and improvement coordinator at Sierra Family, but for now, are offered to current patients only.

Patient and gas card recipient Patrick Wiggins shares his gratitude. “Getting the gas card makes me really excited because I don’t always have the money to fill up my tank. This will help me abundantly because I need to see (my chiropractor) Dr. Patrick.”

Sierra Family’s CEO, Debra Plass, sees the Patient Access to Care program as another step to ensuring that diverse care services are available to all community member.

“We are grateful for the longstanding collaboration between our health center and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital,” Plass says. “By focusing on improving the health of vulnerable populations, we are building a healthier community.”

Applications are available by calling (530) 292-3478, or by appointment at Sierra Family Health Center, 15301 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City.

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About Sierra Family Health Center: 

Sierra Family Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing comprehensive, compassionate, and quality medical, dental, and behavioral health care to a culturally diverse community of Nevada and Yuba Counties in California. As a center of healing, learning and caring, priority is placed on preventive health programs that improve the general health of all individuals served, regardless of race, sex, color, age, national origin, disability, political or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or ability of clients to pay for services.

Engaging Kids in the Arts in March

Engaging Kids in the Arts in March

WHAT:  Youth Programming at The Center for the Arts
WHEN: March 2021
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
WEBSITE:   www.thecenterforthearts.org
ADMISSION: Free
INFO: thecenterforthearts.org | 530-274-8384

The Center for the Arts continues to bring important youth programming to our community during this challenging time. The Center is teaming up with Music in the Mountains to produce a world music program and virtual choir and, also, presenting a virtual theater production with the support of The California Arts Council. Both programs are free.

Starting on March 1, 2021, Music in the Mountains and The Center for the Arts are launching a world music program for students ages 5-12 to explore the music and cultures of India, Mali, and Greece. The 12-week program requires no previous musical experience and is free to kids and their families. There are no set class times to worry about – weekly activities are available on demand, so you can choose when you want to tune in to have fun! Although this program is designed for youngsters, all ages are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. The experience culminates in a virtual choir concert, and select songs will be featured during this year’s WorldFest celebration!

On March 6, 2021, The Center is hosting its second Virtual Family Fun Day with a special online presentation of “Diary of a Wombat,” based on the multi-award winning picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Millions of young people around the world have adored the book. It has been adapted for the stage by Australia’s Monkey Baa Theatre Company, featuring stunning puppetry, a live cello score and a brilliant set design. Family Fun Day is always free, offering families the opportunity to experience art together in our community.

Families interested in participating in these events can RSVP for free at thecenterforthearts.org. Please contact the box office with any questions by calling 530-274-8384, visiting us at 314 W. Main Street in Grass Valley, or sending an email to boxoffice@thecenterforthearts.org. The box office is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Natural Value Inc. donates nearly 11,000 pounds of pasta to The Food Bank

Natural Value Inc. donates nearly 11,000 pounds of pasta to The Food Bank 

It all started with an email.

BriarPatch Food Co-op Grocery Manager Shawn Bailey was looking for canned vegetables to donate to The Food Bank of Nevada County as part of an in-store canned food drive. So he reached out to distribution company Natural Value Inc. The company couldn’t supply the canned vegetables because of a shortage caused by a storm in the Midwest that wiped out over 10 million acres of crops.

Instead, the company made a surprise offer – to deliver 513 cases of bulk pasta weighing 10,260 pounds. They even paid the $575 shipping costs to transport the organic pasta from Sacramento to The Food Bank’s Grass Valley warehouse.

“We’ve always felt good about Natural Value because of the quality of their products, but this put them over the top,” said Bailey.

With an expiration date looming, throwing so much food away when people are going hungry didn’t seem right. In Nevada County, the number of people who seek food from The Food Bank has increased in the past year. Since Jan. 2020, The Food Bank has seen a dramatic increase in need – 328 percent increase in the number of households and 282 percent increase in the number of individuals served.

“Many people feel the effects of COVID 19 right now, so if we can do our part to help those in need, we are happy to do so,” said Pamela Gifford, Chief Operating Officer for Natural Value Inc.

“We donate to whomever we can. We believe in human kindness and that good food should be available and affordable for everyone,” said Gifford.

Volunteers will turn the donation of nine pallets of bulk pasta into pre-bagged portions that will be shared with food pantries in neighboring Truckee and rural foothill communities, said Nicole McNeeley, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Nevada County. Pasta is a highly sought-after item among food pantries, because it is easy to add components like protein, sauce, cheese and veggies to make a substantial meal.

“It was pretty magical how it all worked out,” said McNeeley.

Folks who are interested in volunteering with The Food Bank can sign up with The Co-op’s PatchWorks volunteer program. Learn more here: https://www.briarpatch.coop/community/volunteer/

BriarPatch Food Co-op is a community-owned cooperative business. We provide our community with quality food and products, strengthen our local economy, and support local/regional businesses that are committed to regenerative agriculture, sustainability, humane practices, and organic farming.

Bright Futures for Youth: New website, more social media channels to connect with Nevada County

Bright Futures for Youth: New website, more social media channels to connect with Nevada County

Bright Futures for Youth, the nonprofit organization formed with the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO Youth in the summer, has launched a new website and a couple more social media platforms to better connect with youth in Nevada County – and their parents.

The new website (bffyouth.org) details the organization’s efforts, calendar of events, success stories and how to get involved through donations, sponsorships and/or volunteering.

Bright Futures provides children and young adults year-round academic, social and emotional support; access to health care, counseling and healthy meals; after-school activities and numerous other events and services through its three programs – The Friendship Club, NEO and SAFE.

Anew Day’s 7th Annual Crab Feed fundraiser

Anew Day’s 7th Annual Crab Feed fundraiser

This year’s fundraiser will be a drive-thru event this year. We may not be able to gather in large groups, but we can still enjoy fresh crab. Treat yourself to a great meal and support a great cause. Each serving includes 2lbs of fresh, cleaned, cooked and cracked crab, pasta salad, bread, butter/sauces and dessert.  Get more information and purchase tickets on our event web page: www.anew-day.com/crab-feed. You can also purchase tickets by calling our office during business hours at 530-470-9111. This event supports Anew Day in offering free counseling and affordable professional therapy for the mental health of our community and its members.

March 12th, 2021 from 3-7pm
Pick-up location: Calvary Bible Church, 11481 Hwy 174, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Deadline for purchasing tickets is March 1st, 2021

InConcert Sierra presents Ring in a Thousand Years of Peace – February 21st

Ring in a Thousand Years of Peace

An experience of profound intensity for musicians and audience alike!  InConcert Sierra’s “Third Sunday Virtual Season” presents the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra’s stirring May 2012 performance of “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2pm.

The 75-member choir, and 26-member orchestra including renowned organist Isabelle Demers, is conducted by ICS Artistic Director Ken Hardin. The SMC and Orchestra presented the work in both 2012 and 2016 before sold-out audiences.  Jenkins’ “A Mass for Peace” was composed in 1999 and dedicated to the victims of Kosovo. It was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England, to reflect the most war-torn and destructive century in human history, honor the warrior, and inspire the optimism of “ringing in a thousand years of peace.” The work seeks to bridge the many perspectives of war while acknowledging the hope in every human heart for peace in our lifetime.

The work begins with sequential marching, creating an effective and realistic impression of troops approaching, with choristers swaying from side to side. From there, the audience is mesmerized by extracts from Christian and Islamic traditional texts, as well as texts from authors Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge (a Hiroshima survivor). One concert-goer said, “I could have heard the Benedictus music daily for the rest of my life, so very beautiful.”

After attending the concert in May 2016, Dr. Scott Kellerman wrote in a letter to The Union, “This emotional and spiritual concert kindles the emotions of war and the aftermath of destruction. A variety of religious traditions, poems, and poetry are intricately woven through the melodies. Looking around the audience, appreciating the diversity of political convictions present, I was struck by a community coming together, all equally absorbed by the music, prose and inner intention to promote peace.”

In 2012, concert attendee J. Wood said, “The performance was breathtaking and nothing short of magnificent!  It was truly a visceral experience!  So emotional.  Our hearts were stirred.  Please do this annually.  The community and the world need this message so desperately.”

The poetry and translations are available for viewing and download on the ICS website (click on the homepage banner.)  Virtual concert attendees are encouraged to read the lyrics before the program, although enjoyment of the sheer power of the piece does not require it.

“Obviously, in 2012 we were not expecting to someday provide virtual programming, nor that we would face a global pandemic with live performances halted. The original video was not of high-quality. However, our fantastic videographer and magician, Mark Triolo, has taken the footage, along with a variety of photos from performances, and created a visual presentation that will captivate us all. And the audio is fantastic, with many thanks to our sound engineer, Steve Nicholson,” said Executive Director Julie Hardin.

The concert may be viewed online at www.inconcertsierra.org, on the InConcert Sierra Facebook page, or the InConcert Sierra YouTube channel.  It will remain available on YouTube for three weeks.

What: InConcert Sierra presents
Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra, Ken Hardin – conductor
“The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” by Karl Jenkins
When: Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 • 2pm
Where: Virtual presentation streaming on InConcert Sierra’s YouTube channel and www.inconcertsierra.org
Tickets: Free of charge

Open Studios Call to Artists

Open Studios Call to Artists – deadline April 16

The Center for the Arts is now accepting applications from artists interested in participating in this year’s Open Studios Tour. Sculptors, printmakers, photographers, painters, jewelers, illustrators, woodworkers, designers and other artists are invited to apply. The 26th Annual Open Studios Tour of Nevada County West will be held on the second and third weekends of October 2021 and will again be a combination of virtual and in-person tours.

We realize that these are difficult times and everyone’s health and safety are of the utmost importance. With that in mind, all artists who elect to open their studios for the in-person tour will be instructed to follow all health and safety guidelines mandated at the time of the tour. In addition, Artists may elect to open their studios by appointment only or to produce a virtual tour in lieu of in-person visits.

Throughout this time of COVID-19, The Center’s Granucci Gallery has offered refuge and art amid the chaos by providing online tours for art lovers and a professionally designed gallery for artists to present their work in a retail space. The Open Studios Tour is a wonderful opportunity for the public to meet artists, whether in-person or online, to view new pieces and works in process, watch live demonstrations, learn about artistic processes from conception to completion, and buy original art in a wide range of mediums and methods. Beyond an art sale, Open Studios is a chance to experience first-hand how, where, and why art is created.

Open Studios is presented by The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, California, in partnership with the Nevada County Arts Council, Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and Grass Valley Courtyard Suites. The Center believes that collaboration is the key to greater strength and economic stability for our community. The Center remains committed to building Nevada County as a destination for the arts and improving the local quality of life through a rich arts scene.

Being a part of the Open Studios Tour provides many benefits for artists, including visibility in the community. All participants will be featured in the printed tour guide, on the official Google Map, and on the tour’s website: openstudiostour.org. Additional benefits include social media features and marketing assets for the artists to share with their networks. Artists who submit virtual video tours will also be featured online, including the Open Studios YouTube channel and relevant playlists.

Artists may apply to participate in the 26th Annual Open Studios Tour of Nevada County West by visiting openstudiostour.org to learn more and to complete the online application.  Applications are due by April 16, 2021. For more information, please contact Tour Manager, Brynn Farwell at openstudios@thecenterforthearts.org.

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Award Recipients

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Award Recipients

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2020 Awards for outstanding community service. These annual awards honor both 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 Nevada County Relief Fund is the recipient of the prestigious Elza Kilroy award for the group’s work in leading the community to raise over $1 million dollars to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Kilroy award, established in 1969, is given annually to a citizen or organization whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Nevada County Relief Fund was created through a partnership between the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Sierra Business Council, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and the Economic Resource Council.

The Fund was established in April 2020 with a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by directing vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors and support our small businesses.

Nevada County photographer, author, hiking guide, archaeologist, and historian Hank Meals will receive the Dave Irons Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts in sharing the natural history stories of the Yuba River Watershed and educating the community about our trails. Meals is the author of several books including Yuba Trails 1 & 2, and the River. He has been leading guided hikes and sharing his knowledge of local history with local non-profits for nearly 30 years. 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 recipients are:

Nevada County Arts Council is being honored with the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award for their work on the What a Relief Artist Relief Fund to support local working artists, along with their leadership with arts in education, establishing Nevada City and Grass Valley a California State Cultural District, and the promotion of the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community.

Sierra Poetry Festival is the recipient of the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award. Now in its fifth year the festival is nationally recognized with past keynote speakers including Pulitzer Prize-winner Forrest Gander.

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is being recognized with the annual Stan Halls Architectural Award for an extensive remodel and expansion of the intersection of Sacramento Street and Railroad Avenue, also known as Clamper’s Square. This remodel has brought life back to this unique, but historical location in Nevada City, while also honoring the accomplishments of John and Sarah Kidder. After John Kidder’s death, Sarah became president of Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (NCNGRR) from 1901 to 1913 and became the first female railroad president in the world. This project was a joint venture between the City of Nevada City and the railroad museum that began in June 2018.

Local musician Peter Wilson is the recipient of the Live Music Award. Wilson has performed extensively as a solo act and with groups such as the Deadbeats and Troubadour Camp. He is a founding member of Paul Emery’s A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen and through his production company Strings Concerts, he has worked with the Center for the Arts, Miners Foundry Cultural Center and world-renowned fiddler Alasdair Fraser to bring artists to Nevada County.

The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce would have celebrated the 119th annual Installation and Awards Dinner at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, but due to COVID-19, the organization will instead post later this month an online video tribute to this year’s awardees.

 

 

The Moore Brothers live From The Center

The Moore Brothers live From The Center

The Moore Brothers will be performing live From The Center on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. This is a ticketed show and a live streaming event.  While the live experience is best, ticket holders will have 48 hours to enjoy the show. Members of The Center for the Arts get free tickets to the live experience and unlimited access to watch the replay in the new Member Library at thecenterforthearts.org, an exciting new member benefit for 2021!

Unlike many bands claiming to be brothers, Greg and Thom Moore actually are siblings, growing up together in Altadena, CA. And although they had both been playing in various projects for years, it wasn’t until 2001 that the two finally established the Moore Brothers. Beginning in the late ’80s, Thom Moore formed several bands, including Colorful Calliope with R&B singer Jon B. Greg released a solo record before joining Thom for the folk-punk band Thumb of the Maid. After its other members departed, Thom and Greg formed Moore Brothers and released their debut, Colossal Small, on Amazing Grease (founded by Pavement’s Scott Kannberg). Their comprehensive discography is available on their website themoorebros.com.

Watch The Moore Brothers live From the Center on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to get your tickets early. Advance tickets are $10 for the public and free for members of The Center for the Arts.  Tickets and membership information are available online at thecenterforthearts.org and by calling 530-274-8384 or visiting the box office located at 314 W. Main Street in downtown Grass Valley. The box office is open on Wednesdays and Fridays between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
WHAT:  The Moore Brothers LIVE From The Center
WHEN: Friday, February 12, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. PT
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
WEBSITE:   https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/from-the-center-the-moore-brothers/
ADMISSION: $10 Public, Free to Members
INFO: thecenterforthearts.org | 530-274-8384

Valentine’s Day Recital: A Musical Showcase

Valentine’s Day Recital: A Musical Showcase

InConcert Sierra has a treat in store on Valentine’s Day—open to all. Not a bouquet of roses or a box of chocolates, but a virtual recital featuring seven young musicians, ranging in age from 7 to 15. And while the musicians would relish the chance to perform live, adapting to the pandemic, they have polished and recorded their pieces, hoping their music will warm the hearts of their listeners.

Five of the young musicians will be playing the piano, presenting a couple of elementary pieces for beginners, as well as traditional works by Beethoven and Clementi. And one item of special interest: Baraka Anderson, 14, will play Simone’s Lullaby, a challenging piece with cluster chords and a wistful melody penned by Terry Riley—a local composer of world renown who wrote the lullaby as a tribute to his newborn granddaughter.

Rounding out the program will be two string performances. Noah Wong, talented beyond his tender age of seven, will play his child-sized cello and dive into J.B. Brevel’s Concerto in D, producing a quality of music unexpected from somebody so young. And at the other end of the spectrum, violinist Athena Giuliani, 15, will display her virtuosity in a performance of Tomaso Antonio Vitali’s Chaconne, accompanied by Ken Hardin on piano.

According to Athena’s teacher, Nancy Hill, Athena feels the virtual concerts help with discipline and motivation, but she misses the spontaneity and inspiration generated by a live audience. And yet, Hill notes, the looming of a performance, live or virtual, is a positive force. “There is often that last ten percent of energy and perfection that happens more readily for a concert deadline. Look at it as a carrot on a stick.”

Piano teacher Lynn Schugren, with four of her students in the upcoming concert, also underscores the value of both live and virtual performances, suggesting it takes as long to polish a piece as it does to learn it initially. “When you play it long enough to perform it, you’re letting the music flow through you,” she says. “You’re re-creating.”

By asking her students, “What is this piece saying?” she believes they learn to express themselves; to go into what she calls “the outer zone”.

“It’s a great stimulator of musical growth,” she reflects. “You find more and more layers of music as you play.” So paradoxically, “the music becomes more complex and clearer at the same time. You go through degrees of meticulousness and understanding and freedom. It will set you free to play the music and let it speak.”

InConcert Sierra is pleased to present this virtual student showcase on Valentine’s Day, expressing a love of music, commitment to educate through their “Bach to the Future” Education programs, and the vision of live music on the not-so-far horizon.

For more information, visit www.inconcertsierra.org or call (530) 273-3990.

KNOW & GO

WHO: InConcert Sierra “Bach to the Future” Education Programs
WHAT: Virtual Student Recital Showcase
WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday, February 14
WHERE:  InConcert Sierra YouTube Channel or
www.inconcertsierra.org
MORE INFO:   Call 530-273-3990 or email info@inconcertsierra.org

Music in the Mountains to Hold Virtual Highlights Concert

Music in the Mountains to Hold Virtual Highlights Concert

With the upcoming 2021 season, Music in the Mountains (MIM) will celebrate its Ruby Anniversary, commemorating 40 years of bringing classical music to Nevada County. The 2021 season will begin with a specially-curated highlights concert and new performances from the Music in the Mountains orchestra players on Friday, February 12th airing online at 7pm.

Music in the Mountains confronted the challenges of 2020 by moving high-quality music performances to online platforms. Meeting the challenge of social distancing with live virtual concerts and interactive educational programming, MIM produced over 250 hours of virtual programming in 2020. By producing music and education using cutting-edge technology, MIM was able to create a wonderful repertoire while keeping the community connected and safe.

The SummerFest Highlights Concert will include brand new performances from Music in the Mountains orchestra musicians, as well as some never before shared archival video from past summer festivals. The concert is free, giving patrons access on a pay-what-they-can basis. Patrons are encouraged to RSVP at musicinthemountains.org in order to be sent a direct link to the concert as well as an electronic copy of the concert program order.

“We invite the public to join us as we relive some of the great moments of our 2020 Virtual Summerfest. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear your favorite pieces again,” said Ryan Murray, MIM’s enthusiastic and innovative Artistic Director & Conductor.  “It’s going to be a fantastic concert, and I look forward to seeing you there.” Music in the Mountains hosted several concerts last year on their Youtube channel, which included pre-concert talks and a friendly live chat during the concerts.

Music in the Mountains has been performing and producing high-quality classical music for Nevada County and surrounding communities for 40 years.  They continue to bring wonderful classical music performances and educational programs through cutting-edge technology and virtual performances.  In 2021, MIM is excited to bring all new musical performances and educational experiences for our local community and for anyone with access to the World Wide Web, and ultimately plans to resume live concerts again in the summer. For more information call 530-265-6124 or email info@musicinthemountains.org.  Always open at www.musicinthemountains.org

Art Works Gallery – 2ND SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT

Art Works Gallery – 2ND SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT

On February 13,  get a glimpse into the art of jewelry-making, the tools and supplies that go into it, and the opportunities available to learn the art. Jewelry Artist Pamela Klein will be at Art Works Gallery to answer questions about current work, custom design, and will also be doing some jewelry making demonstrations, weather permitting.  You may know Pam from Mana Beads, the shop that she owned in Nevada City from 2005 to 2015, through her classes at Mana Beads or ASIF Studio or from her work at Art Works Gallery Co-op where she has been an Artist/Owner since 2018.

 
The 33 artists at Art Works Gallery have filled the shelves and walls with hundreds of gift choices for your VALENTINE.  Located at 113 Mill Street on the mall in Grass Valley.  Open Wednesday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We are taking every precaution to keep us all safe including making SHOPPING ON LINE is available to you, our customers.  The online address is  www.artworksgallery.myshopify.com.  We will mail your order to you or your Valentine, or you can even call for outside pickup.
WHO:  Pam Klein, Jeweler
WHAT:  Art Works Gallery 2nd Saturday Spotlight
WHERE:  113 Mill Street on the mall in historic downtown Grass Valley, CA
WHEN:  Saturday, February 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.  If weather permits.

Foothill Wine Festival Launched by Greater Folsom Partnership Launches– Competition and Public Event in 2021

Foothill Wine Festival Launched by Greater Folsom Partnership Launches– Competition and Public Event in 2021

The Greater Folsom Partnership, a collaborative effort of local business, tourism and economic development organizations, has announced the creation of an innovative wine competition and festival celebrating the wines of the Sierra Foothill Region of California, one of the state’s outstanding and truly unique wine regions.

This long-awaited effort is designed to share those locally-created wines with wine lovers in the greater Sacramento area. The competition, to be held in Folsom on May 15, will bring celebrated wine experts together to judge entries from Sierra Foothill Wineries. The Foothill Wine Festival will take place on Saturday,

November 20, providing a hyper-local wine experience and introducing consumers to the variety and quality of wines being created from grapes grown in their local foothill region.

All wines produced in the Sierra Foothills are eligible for entry to the competition. Award winners of Gold or Silver medals will be invited to be sampled by the public at the November festival. “We think that the time is right to showcase the amazing Sierra Foothill wines produced right in our backyard,” said Joe Gagliardi, CEO of the Great Folsom Partnership. “We know our regional wineries offer a signature experience marked by passionate winemakers, intimate tasting rooms and spectacular Sierra views. In 2021, we are discovering liquid gold!”

Heading up the wine side of the Foothill Wine Festival is Mike Owen, Founder of Crystal Basin Cellars in El Dorado County’s Apple Hill. Mike has 20+ years of winemaking experience and a keen interest in marketing the region to wine consumers. “Sierra Foothill wines have perhaps the best price-to-value ratio in California, said Mike Owen “There is an incredibly wide range of grape varieties being grown beautifully in the Foothills, and that diversity and innovation is leading to stellar wines across the region. We want to introduce everyone in the Sacramento area to our wines as a viable and tasty alternative to tasting in other regions.”

“It’s been a privilege to witness the steady progress that vineyard owners and winemakers in the Sierra Foothills have made in identifying their core strengths over the past decade,” said Laura Ness, wine columnist and judge. “Events that showcase the varietal abundance of this region can only help to further the appreciation of all this beautiful area has to offer.”

The Sierra Foothill region includes Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer and Tuolumne Counties. All wines produced from grapes grown in those counties are eligible for entry. Wineries who are not located within the region but source grapes from vineyards located in the Sierra Foothills are also eligible to enter the competition. “Most people don’t draw county lines when they think of the Sierra Foothills,” said wine writer and judge Rick Kushman. “They just know they’re going to find great wines in spectacularly beautiful places. It makes so much sense to judge Foothill wines together and show off the terrific quality and range of the region.” Wineries are invited to enter at www.enofileonline.com.

“As experienced event producers, we understand the pent-up demand for fairs and festivals in this market,” said Joe Gagliardi. “We are committed to honoring the public health considerations and creating an event that will benefit the region’s winemakers and wine consumers for years to come.”

About the Greater Folsom PartnershipThe Greater Folsom Partnership is a collaboration of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, the Folsom Tourism Bureau and the Folsom Economic Development Corporation. Representing approximately 1,000 members, these organizations are the principal advocates for business and a vibrant economy to support the quality of life in Folsom. A website has been established for the Festival at www.foothillwinefest.com.

About Crystal Basin Cellars
Crystal Basin Cellars is celebrating its 20th year as a commercial winery. Their Camino location has been producing wine and happy customers for over 15 years. Crystal Basin recently opened Crystal Basin Station, a cozy tasting room featuring its wines on Historic Sutter Street in Folsom. More details are available at www.crystalbasin.com and www.crystalbasinstation.com.