CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF GRANT – CLOSES JAN 8
The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant will OPEN DECEMBER 30. A total of $475 million will be available in two rounds. Round one will distribute $237 million and opens December 30 at 6am and closes January 8 at 11:59pm
Sierra Business Council’s Small Business Development Center is working with our statewide SBDC network to provide information and technical assistance to applicants. A daily webinar with updates to the program including eligibility requirements, application process, required documents and who to contact for assistance will be conducted daily at 11am starting December 24. Registration information for these webinars are available at https://asksbdc.com/
Lendistry will act as the intermediary to administer and distribute the funds. The application is not available yet, but information can be found at this link https://careliefgrant.com/
Brief highlights of the program:
· Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000 based on annual revenue.
· Minimum annual revenue $1,000
· Maximum revenue $2.5 million
· Eligible entities include small businesses and nonprofits (501c3 and c6) with yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less
· In operation since at least June 1, 2019
· Businesses must be currently operating or have a plan to reopen in the State of California
· Must have a physical location in the State of CA.
· Business must have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
· Business must be able to provide most recent tax return (2018 or 2019), evidence of business formation/organization such as articles of incorporation, fictitious business name registration or business license.
· Applicants with multiple businesses are only eligible for one grant.
· Awards are NOT first come first serve
· Awards will be selected based on a weighted lottery with priority given to most impacted communities, industry sectors and disadvantaged businesses.
NEVADA COUNTY RELIEF FUND – CLOSES JAN 6
Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an allocation of $100,000 to support small, locally-owned businesses most impacted by the State’s orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.
NEVADA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL’S ARTIST RELIEF FUND – CLOSES JAN 15
Nevada County Arts Council is inviting professional artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis to apply for relief funding.
Artists who wish to apply for micro-grants can do so by visiting Nevada County Arts Council’s Artist Relief Fund page at http://www.nevadacountyarts.org/artist-relief-fund, where guidelines and eligibility criteria are outlined, and where a link to apply can be found.
The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 15, and the fund will support up to 30 micro-grants for its first round.
NEVADA COUNTY ARTIST RELIEF FUND OPENS FOR APPLICATIONS
As 2020 draws to a close Nevada County Arts Council is inviting professional artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, to apply for relief funding.
Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at the Council, says: “We are grateful that, with the support of our coalition of local arts organizations, we have now reached a critical sum from which to launch the application phase of the Nevada County Artist Relief Fund, and we invite artists in all disciplines to apply for a micro-grant.”
Nevada County Artist Relief fund will disperse $500 per successful applicant, with artists meeting criteria in order to apply. They must reside in Nevada County, be over 21 years of age, work professionally or vocationally in the arts, and have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19, whether by cancelled performances, exhibitions, programs, classes, or organizational closures, or loss of non-arts supplemental income or jobs.
Tudor says: “Priority will be given to artists whose livelihoods are dependent on a fractured local creative sector.”
Jesse Locks, who serves Nevada County Arts Council’s board of directors, says: “We are grateful to the many contributors to our fund, as well as to those artists who supported the summer festival which launched our fund, ‘WHAT A RELIEF!’ As we turn the corner on a year of loss and devastation, we know our journey to recovery will be a long and winding road. But it’s in sight, and Nevada County Artist Relief Fund is one of several initiatives aimed at supporting our creative economy.”
In addition to its Artist Relief Fund, Nevada County Arts Council is simultaneously running two other initiatives, both connected with its work in support of Nevada County’s two California Cultural Districts during the pandemic. Shopping with Artists is a local, online shopping experience designed for a holiday season like none other, at the same time as supporting local professional artists. Artists in Storefronts is a revitalization project bringing to life six otherwise vacant storefronts with the work of eleven artists.
Says Tudor: “The resounding message these inspiring installations share is, ‘Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District is alive and well – our downtown spaces are beautiful, innovative and industrious.’”
The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on America’s arts sector. According to the latest estimates from Americans for the Arts, the total economic impact to date of COVID-19 on the creative economy nationwide is $14.6 billion, with 96% of arts organizations reporting canceled events, 62,359 reporting staff lay-offs, with a further 49,559 in furloughs. Yet 89% of the same organizations have been delivering artistic content in order to raise community spirits and morale during the pandemic, and a third volunteering their time to coronavirus mitigation efforts.
Tudor says the Nevada County creative sector is reflective of the national picture, with struggling arts organizations “continuing to operate, despite unbelievable pressures, for the benefit of our community during dark times.”
“It speaks reams that our longest standing arts organizations – themselves battling to survive and thrive – are so supportive of our artists,” says Jon Blinder, Board President at Nevada County Arts Council. “It points to the healthy respect of one part of our sector for another, and the knowledge we all share that the arts have a critical role to play in driving our economy beyond COVID-19. What’s good for the arts is good for us all!”
Artists who wish to apply for micro-grants can do so by visiting Nevada County Arts Council’s Artist Relief Fund page at https://www.nevadacountyarts.org/artist-relief-fund where guidelines and eligibility criteria are outlined, and where a link to apply can be found. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 15, and the fund will support up to thirty micro-grants for its first round.
BriarPatch presents a virtual film screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
KNOW & GO
WHO: BriarPatch Food Co-op
WHAT: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
Proceeds benefit Sierra Harvest’s Gleaning Program
As conclusion to a year-long initiative to bring community awareness to the social and environmental impacts of food waste, BriarPatch Food Co-op is bringing back the award-winning documentary film, “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.” This time it’s going virtual.
The event hosted by the community-owned Co-op will take place from 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30. A portion of the online event’s proceeds will benefit Sierra Harvest’s Gleaning Program.
“After a rousing response to our sold-out screening in February at Sierra Cinemas, we thought it would be appropriate to conclude our year-long campaign, Food Too Good to Waste, by bringing back this impactful film. This time we are streaming it, so folks can watch at their leisure during a 24-hour window. The message is an empowering one – we can all make small changes to make a big difference in our world,” said Marketing Manager Rebecca Torpie.
“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle and eat food. Told through the eyes of culinary heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura and Danny Bowien, audiences observe how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food.
Chefs transform what most people consider scraps into tasty dishes that create a more secure food system. The film shows how everyone can make small changes to solve some of the most challenging social and environmental problems – from world hunger to climate change.
Each year, volunteers from Sierra Harvest’s Gold Country Gleaning Program harvest seasonal produce from local farms and gardens that would otherwise go to waste. The gleaned food is then donated to Interfaith Food Ministry and distributed to more than 8,000 people in need. In 2019, volunteers harvested 21,237 pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste.
A 19th century version of the 20th century’s Route 66, the legendary Henness Pass Road moved people, goods and gold between California and Nevada. Now you can enjoy the excitement and experience the challenges of the pioneers by driving your 4-wheel vehicle along the partly unpaved actual wagon route. The field guide takes you to most of the early stage and hotel stops, from Bridgeport, California to Virginia City, Nevada. Along the way, you can learn about the road and bridge builders and robber barons who built the road and many of the other transportation facilities that enabled the Gold and Silver Rushes of the 1850s and 60s. They sped up the opening of the West and helped develop modern day California and Nevada.
Written by Chuck Scimeca, a retired California state park ranger, the ebook contains over a hundred maps and images as well as mileages and GPS coordinates to more than 25 of the original hotel and stage stops.
Available from Apple Books at an irresistible price: free! Click here to go directly to the book on Apple Books.
‘Tis that time again! Waste Management is providing Free Christmas Tree Drop Off for Nevada County Residents. Feel free to share with your network.
Waste management will be providing Free Christmas Tree Recycling for Nevada County residents at the following locations:
Dec 26 – Feb 2 Eric Rood Center
Dec 26 – Feb 2 McCourtney Road Transfer Station (8 am to 3 pm)
Jan 2ndth 2020 from 9 am to 3 pm: Lake Wildwood Water Treatment Plant, Lake of the Pines Water Treatment Plant and Alta Sierra Fire Department.
All trees must be cut up and free of all tinsel, snow flocking, decorations and metal stands. *If you subscribe to green waste service, you can place your cut up tree into your cart for curbside pickup. Please make sure the lid closes all the way.
Tickets for the 2021 Wild & Scenic Film Festival are ON SALE NOW!
Join Wild & Scenic Film Festival this January 14-24, 2021 for more than 100 environmental and adventure films, including 13 world premieres! This year the festival is taking place as an entirely virtual experience over the course of eleven days and will feature activist workshops, an art exhibition, youth programs, as well as opportunities to interact with filmmakers and special guests.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival is bringing our films to you this year, where you can watch curated sessions of shorts and features on your favorite devices from the comfort and safety of your own home. Through our virtual platform, you will be able to purchase tickets and passes that suit your budget and schedule then decide which film sessions you’d like to experience.
Each year, Wild & Scenic unites top filmmakers, activists, and social innovators to inspire environmental awareness and action through film and art. This year’s program combines superb filmmaking, breathtaking cinematography, and second to none storytelling to inform, inspire, and help actualize change. With the event going 100% virtual, this is a great year to give your friends and family the opportunity to experience the magic of Wild & Scenic. Passes and tickets can be purchased as gifts so we hope you will consider giving the present of inspiration this year!
We are ecstatic to share our 2021 Official Selections with you! Click here to explore the full list of films.
In exploring this year’s theme of Resilient by Nature, festival-goers can expect to see award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and more.
Throughout the programming, you will see the theme reflected and be reminded that, as individuals and communities, we are inherently resilient, drawing on our strengths, talents, and lived experiences to innovate and inspire positive change for a better world. The theme also offers a lens to help us look to nature as a model for resiliency and seek to create solutions to environmental challenges through nature-inspired designs and strategies.
There are so many wonderful films this year it’s hard to choose which to highlight, but below are a few favorites. Stay tuned for other film highlights and synopses along with trailers, filmmaker interviews & more in the forthcoming newsletters throughout December and January.
In Pedal Through, you are invited into the world of director-lead Analise Cleopatra as she discovers the healing and joy of mountain biking. Analise had never camped or ridden a bike off the pavement when she decided to plan a week-long mountain biking adventure with an all-black female team. Together, they traverse the backcountry on an adventure full of exploration, curiosity, waterfalls, old-growth forest, sparkling starscapes, and deep healing.
Resilience Is In Our Nature is a snapshot of the Portland, Oregon community during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter uprising, Resilience Is In Our Nature captures resilience that can be found within us and around us. Whether it’s putting a mask on and enjoying outside, learning how to thrive and grow in quarantine, maintaining balance physically and mentally in nature, or a small business adapting and staying afloat – this film centers the fabric of what makes Oregon’s neighborhoods, cities, and state a special place to live.
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes – In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. In The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, Anne (now 86) retraces her steps and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today.
Tickets for the 2021 Wild & Scenic Film Festival are ON SALE NOW!
Hosted and produced by South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), our flagship festival is the largest fundraising event of the year for SYRCL, helping to sustain integral programs such as River Water Monitoring and River Ambassadors. If you are a SYRCL member please keep your eyes out for another separate email with a special member-only discount code! Not a member? Click here to learn about the huge impact our members make in the Yuba River watershed and buy your membership to receive your pass discount.
Nevada City Winery’s Art Gallery – November 19–January 3
This show entices us to explore places of solitude and wonder, while traveling deeper into our imaginations. Jennifer’s work is a visual journey, taking us to familiar soothing terrines or miraculous secret enclaves of reflection. “Crossings and Thresholds” asks us to enter or return to places that make us curious and perhaps, we long for.
Jennifer talks about “Crossings & Thresholds”.
There is a saying in the I Ching, “it furthers one to cross the great water”. It means, to not only complete the old, but to take final leave of it and address the new.
These oil paintings with gold or silver leaf were my meditation practice. I saw myself in a small one-person boat crossing a sea of possibility…
After Covid-19 swept the world I saw that we were all in our own little one-person boats on the Sea of Possibility. Perhaps these paintings can bring others hope as they have for me.
A few weeks into the Covid-19 lockdown I began experimenting with mixed media in my oil paintings and developed these mirror paintings. They were labor intensive, with many steps in the process, but with a delightful end result. It was fun to make art where the viewer could be an active part of it! The mirror paintings have a magical child-like quality to them. Whether the mirror was an eye, a moon, or a doorway between trees, they all felt like thresholds to me. I hope that they bring unexpected joy and wonder to viewers.
Paintings are primarily on wood panels using handcrafted oil paints. Some of Jennifer’s works are mixed media, combining mirror, mortar, paper, gold and silver leaf with oil paints for a surprising twist.
Jennifer explains… “One year ago, I decided to stop using commercial oil paints and committed to making my own with natural ingredients. My paints are made with natural pigment, walnut oil, cold wax and mineral spirits, works feature beautiful local landscapes, both real and imagined. “
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About Nevada City Winery
Nevada City Winery offers a diverse selection of wines that can be enjoyed in a tasting, by the glass, and by the bottle. Guests are welcome to join us in our Tasting Room in Downtown Nevada City. Our gift shop has a wonderful selection of wine-gifts and accessories, cheeses, and other treats to enjoy during your visit. Our barrel room and production facilities are on the premises and located directly below the tasting room, enabling us to share crush related activities. Our gallery hosts a different local artist each month and is open to the public free of charge. Learn more on our website www.NCWinery.com.
Community Comes Together for Virtual Night of Giving
The 15th annual Night of Giving took place virtually this year on Saturday, Dec. 19, with attendees streaming the event from home to raise awareness and support for Hospitality House. Thousands of people watched from the shelter’s website, Facebook page, YouTube channel and on Public Access television, but more than just watching, the community responded.
Throughout the evening, online and phone-in donations were received, and thanks to angel donors who offered a triple match donation incentive to inspire deeper giving, just over $60,000 was raised to help homeless men, women, children, seniors and Veterans in need.
In response to the pandemic, back in March the single overnight shelter expanded into a 24/7 operation across multiple locations with no lapses in services. Food needs alone have tripled and nearly 600 people in crisis have been helped year to date.
“We’ve streamlined our services and partnered as much as possible to create greater impact, but there are still hundreds of people experiencing homelessness in Nevada County right this moment who need help,” said Nancy Baglietto, executive director at Hospitality House. “Because our community continues to stand strong with us, we will not stop or slow down. People who gave during Night of Giving and who helped make Night of Giving possible should feel good knowing that they are changing lives for the better.”
Night of Giving began 15 years ago when local man, Mikail Graham, wanted to do more to help homeless individuals and families. Through music and entertainment, Night of Giving has helped countless people get back on their feet. In addition to raising much needed financial support, Night of Giving also serves as an opportunity for the community to hear directly from individuals struggling with homelessness and this year, virtual attendees also went behind the scenes of the shelter for the first time to learn more about its vast services.
Event feedback thus far has been overwhelming positive, in which many community members expressed appreciation not only for the music but in having an intimate opportunity to learn more about Hospitality House and its impact. Those who were unable to attend Virtual Night of Giving may still watch the show on the homepage of hhshelter.org through Dec. 31.
Hospitality House would like to thank and acknowledge producer Mikail Graham, show co-host and Hospitality House co-founder Joanna Robinson, this year’s artists, business sponsors, angel donors and volunteers, all who collectively make Night of Giving possible, as well as the greater community who gave during the event.
Business sponsors: County of Nevada – Better Together, SPD Markets, BriarPatch Food Co-op, Telestream, B & C Ace Home & Garden Center, KVMR, The Union, YubaNet, Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Clientworks, Coldwell Banker, Sweetland Garden Mercantile, Caseywood Construction, MWA, Inc. and Law Office of Minor & Keene.
Amazing Talent: Alasdair Fraser, All in the Family Trio, Beaucoup Chapeaux, Boston Ravine, Brett Shady, Dakota Sid Clifford with Travers Clifford & Homer Wills, Darol Anger with Rob & Christine Bonner, Everything & Beyond, Golden Shoulders, InConcert Sierra Master Chorale, Joe Craven & Hattie Craven, Lolo, Lorraine Gervais, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Sands Hall, Rita Hosking, Ryan Murray & the Music In The Mountains Chorus, and a variety of “best of” clips from a dozen or more past Night of Giving artists. All performers donate their time and talents to make Night of Giving possible.
To help further services to those in need, the community’s support is always welcome and appreciated. Donations may be made at hhshelter.org, by calling 530-615-0852, or by sending a donation made payable to Hospitality House at 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
Community Members Gift Hospitality House Full-Building Generator for Increased Safety and Power Outage Preparedness
When a small group of donors learned about the challenges that Hospitality House faces in operating a shelter during a public safety power shutoff (PSPS), in addition to other outages that might come about throughout the year, they listened, learned and took action to help Hospitality House acquire a much-needed, full-building generator.
“When you have a group of people without options who are depending on you for food and lodging, uninterrupted power becomes a critical need,” explained one of the project donors, who wished to remain anonymous.
Collectively, the project donors provided the financial support needed to help Hospitality House introduce a new 70kW commercial Generac generator at the shelter, which has the strength to power the entire building. Two operating transfer switches are designed to tell the generator to fire up and power the building immediately when it detects no electricity, ensuring the shelter continues to operate as safely as possible without disruption.
Throughout the pandemic, Hospitality House has been operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing emergency shelter, food and related services not only at its physical shelter, Utah’s Place, but to multiple motels around town in partnership with County of Nevada, Sierra Roots, FREED, Adult Protective Services and Turning Point Providence Center. One hundred local homeless men, women and children are currently receiving shelter and services offered by Hospitality House and its partners.
“This is so much more than just a generator,” said Isaias Acosta, program director at Hospitality House. “We have people who depend on medical equipment and when the power goes out, this puts them in a vulnerable position. Our new generator will now help ensure that our homeless guests are as safe as possible when an outage occurs. Our heartfelt thanks to our project donors for making this possible.”
Installation for the generator began in late September and carried on throughout the fall. Today, the generator is fully operational, ready to respond when the need arises.
To help further services to those in need, the community’s support is always welcome and appreciated. Donations may be made at hhshelter.org, by calling 530-615-0852, or by sending a donation made payable to Hospitality House at 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
Alliance for Workforce Development is pleased to announce the return of our highly successful annual job fair ~New Year, New Career~! We have consistently seen over 200+ job seekers at each of our events, and expect a great turn out. Due to COVID, we have moved the event to an easy to use virtual platform that will provide participating employers access to job seekers throughout our 6 county region (Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties). The virtual job fair platform is easy to use, offers access to multiple recruiters from each business, provides immediate engagement with job seekers and allows recruiters to accept resumes with a click of a button…. All at NO COST!
We will provide extensive marketing via social media, radio, digital print, newspaper, chambers, community partners and job seeker outreach.
New Year, New Career Virtual Job Fair Event – January 20th, 10am – 1pm
City Council recently launched the Nevada City Safe program to certify those businesses who are working hard to ensure customers, employees and our community at large are safe in the time of COVID.
Please consider supporting these small businesses this holiday season and beyond. Retail establishments are currently at 20% capacity and restaurants offer curbside pickup and/or delivery. Shop Local has never been more important to the future of our town- together we will get through this!
How to Certify Your Business
If you are a Business and would like to participate please send an email to City Code Compliance Officer Amanda Kysar. email@example.com
Short Self Certification Form for businesses (this is for businesses who have the required written safety protocols and are able to show them to the City Code Compliance Officer) Long Self Certification Form for businesses (this is required of businesses who currently do not have a Site Specific Plan (SSP))
You can submit a COVID-19 Compliance or Safety Concern here.
NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS FOUNDATION MAKES $100,000 DONATION TO FAIRGROUNDS
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation made a generous donation of $100,000 to the Nevada County Fairgrounds and will begin a membership drive for 2021 to continue raising much-needed funds for the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
The donation comes during a year when COVID-19 restrictions on events and gatherings have financially devastated the Nevada County Fairgrounds. With the cancellation of the annual Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, Country Christmas Faire, music festivals and more than a hundred events on the grounds, revenue at the Fairgrounds has been severely impacted.
“The Foundation plays a critical role in supporting the Fairgrounds, especially during this time of financial crisis,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We are extremely thankful to the Foundation for their support and advocacy efforts on behalf of the Fairgrounds. We are very fortunate to have a partner in the Foundation that was ready and willing to step up – in a big way – during a time of great need.”
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation was established in 2005 to fulfill the mission of “building a better Nevada County Fairgrounds through fundraising and contributions to the Fairgrounds.” Its mission is supported by individual memberships, the annual Cioppino Feed, beer sales from the Foundation Station during Fair, the pouring of cocktails at the Draft Horse Classic and County Christmas Faire, charitable donations, and the recent Fairgrounds BBQ Drive Thru Event. Additionally, there have been several fundraising events in support of the Foundation and the Fairgrounds, including a fundraising events hosted by West Coast Equine Sports Therapy, Emily Catering’s Cookie for a Cause, Three Lilies Photography, and Nevada Union FFA’s BBQ event.
“We are pleased to be able to support our community Fairgrounds in such a significant way,” said Robin Hauck, President of the Fairgrounds Foundation. “The donation represents many hundreds of hours of volunteer labor by the Board and member volunteers, all of whom work tirelessly on behalf of the Fairgrounds. We are also extremely thankful to the community and individuals for their donations and fundraising efforts, and their generosity, kindness and creativity to raise funds to preserve one of Nevada County’s most treasured assets.”
“Given that this substantial donation has almost depleted the Fairgrounds Foundation’s reserves, we are now asking the community to support the Fairgrounds and the Fairgrounds Foundation by helping reach the goal of 1,000 memberships in 2021,” said Eidman. “Please consider becoming a member today. Every new membership is an investment in ensuring the survival and viability of the Fairgrounds for future generations.
The Gold Souls are bringing the driving grooves of funk, the rich textures of soul, and the compelling storytelling of the blues to you, at home, with a special New Year’s Eve broadcast From The Center. Visit thecenterforthearts.org to RSVP for free. Tune in on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific time, or watch the replay whenever you’re ready to bring a little funk to your New Year.
This show was pre-recorded before the current stay-at-home order went into effect, and it will be the last free broadcast in the From The Center series. The series began in June when The Center leaped into the world of livestreaming to provide gigs for artists and crews, and musical experiences for fans and members at a time when live audiences were not possible. While it is still unknown when audiences will be able to return to the auditorium, The Center continues to develop more ways for us to stay connected through the arts. Starting in 2021, From The Center shows will be ticketed. The Center for the Arts encourages you to become a member for free or discounted access to future livestreams and replays.
The Gold Souls burst on the Sacramento music scene in early 2017 and are swiftly becoming one of the most promising new talents in the area. Led by the dynamic Juniper Waller, the group is made up of young talent hailing from the Bay and Sacramento areas. With Darius Upshaw on guitar, Alex Severson on the keys, Billy D. Thompson on the drums, and Jace Dorn on bass, each member has a hand in writing and song composition, making The Gold Souls a truly collaborative effort.
They released their self-titled five song EP in May of 2017 and toured down the California coast soon after in support of the fresh blues, soul-funk EP. Their next single, “Nobody,” was released in late 2017 and was featured on Apple Music Blues’ Hot Tracks list. They released their full length album, “Good to Feel,” in June of 2018, an album that stuck to their core oath to never sacrifice the groove. Their next single, “True Blue,” was produced/engineered by multi-Grammy winner Timothy Bloom (Smokey Robinson) and was released in February of 2019. This past April, the band went on tour through Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and New Orleans. Their latest single, “Strongman,” was released this past summer (2019), a single that promotes a story of female-empowerment through rich soul textures and a vintage-inspired sound. The release was accompanied by a visually stunning lyric video in October of this year. After their debut at the Joshua Tree Music Festival, The Gold Souls wrapped 2019 with a NYE show with their fans at The Palm Playhouse.
This New Year’s Eve, you can join The Gold Souls and The Center for the Arts for a Funktastic New Year’s Eve. This is a free public broadcast that will stream on YouTube and Facebook on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 7:00pm Pacific time. Donations are appreciated to help compensate the artists and the crews working hard behind the scenes to bring art and music into your home during this challenging time. Visit thecenterforthearts.org to RSVP and for more information.
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 492 guests in configurable theater seats and up to 700 patrons for dance shows, and a 90-seat studio theater.
FOREST⇌FIRE: Nevada County Arts Council is announcing the launch of an online campaign to match state and local funds, in contributing to the movement to save our forests and watersheds.
Nevada County Arts Council’s groundbreaking project, FOREST⇌FIRE is a multi-partner project to raise awareness for the forests we live in and the connection between their little heard history, their current management and health, and the health of our watersheds and air.
Michelle Amador, Nevada County Arts Council’s Fund Development Chair, says, “Every dollar given via our GoFundMe campaign for FOREST⇌FIRE, will be matched with funds leveraged via state and local sources. The problems this project addresses have urgency for us all, and every cent contributed brings us closer to broad community awareness and real solutions.”`
The Council is working with local creatives, Michael and Heather Llewellyn, of Llewellyn Studio, who introduced UC Berkely’s Sagehen Creek Field Station as a leading partner for FOREST⇌FIRE. Sagehen has a long history of collaborating with artists, and hosts an artist-in-residency program in partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art – Center for Art + Environment.
Jeff Brown, Co-Director for Arts at Sagehen Creek Field Station, says: “Our world has changed, the climate has shifted, humans place on this planet continues to blur, our forests are in peril. FOREST⇌FIRE provides us an opportunity to take pause, see how our forests were managed in the past, how they are now, and provides us an opportunity to imagine them as they could be. I believe that once we can see the future, we can then make the changes needed to shift to a more “eco-resilient” path, one that benefits us all.”
FOREST⇌FIRE addresses the fact that much of California is faced with the threat of catastrophic fire. This year four million acres have burned in California, the most in recorded history, while choking smoke has at times blotted out the sun, and scientists warning that if predictions hold, this year may soon seem mild by future comparisons. Together with its partners the Council is leveraging an unparalleled opportunity to create a shift in cultural perceptions of forest management.
Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at Nevada County Arts Council, says: “FOREST⇌FIRE shatters common misperceptions that art exists only in service to itself. Rather, it places art in service to fundamentally important issues of forest resiliency, the health of our land, water and air – and the impact of these on our watersheds and open spaces.”
Stacy Caldwell, CEO and President at Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, says: “As partners we view FOREST⇌FIRE as a public will campaign through which the public can be better educated in authentic, real solutions bound to regional needs – solutions that can then be shared with other regions facing similar threats.”
Llewellyn says: “FOREST⇌FIRE invites science-based solutions to catastrophic fire and an economically sustainable, hopeful future. It exposes the public to the 13,000-year history of our forest ecology, its relationship to fire, and the human role within that relationship. Our goal is to create a common understanding of our fire-adapted, forest ecology and a shared vision for the future of our forests.”
Heather Llewellyn speaks of the vulnerability of our forests and watersheds to fire, and of the exhibition itself: “Over the course of four months, Truckee Recreation Center’s public art wing will immerse visitors in the living evolution of their forest’s ecology. In wandering through the art and story of the FOREST⇌FIRE exhibition, they will be able to imagine the old-growth forest as it was created and cared for by the Washoe Tribe and their ancestors, understand the volatile and vulnerable forest of modern times, and be inspired by a vision for a vibrant, future forest and the role they can play in making it so.”
Finally, FOREST⇌FIRE shares a vision for future forests where we all, once again, understand and support a resilient ecology that safeguards California’s precious watersheds and provides many other benefits, especially in the face of climate change.”
FOREST⇌FIRE’s exhibition will include Spanish and Washoe translations which Nevada County Arts Council believes is particularly important as we look at our forests and watersheds through the lens of history and its peoples. It is both a sign of respect and acknowledgement of all that it means to carry two of the state’s coveted California Cultural District designations.
Nevada County Arts Council and its partners, UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station and Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District, are grateful to the California Arts Council, for its generous support through a Creative California Communities grant. This is matched with support from California Humanities, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Queens of Hearts Fund, The Nature Fund and Tahoe Truckee Airport District. Excellence in Education Foundation is also funding an exciting partnership with Tahoe Truckee Tahoe Unified School District through Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships in partnership with the Council.
Community partners supporting FOREST⇌FIRE are the Truckee Public Art Commission and Truckee Arts Alliance. Says Eliza Tudor: “Nevada County Arts Council is now hard at work to raise additional matching funds to complete this wholly exciting initiative. We are on the last stretch – and the last stretch is the most critical.” More information on FOREST⇌FIRE can be found at nevadacountyarts.org/forestfire.
Register now for the 41st annual EcoFarm Conference, January 20 – 23, 2021
41st EcoFarm Conference goes virtual in partnership with Sierra Harvest. Calling all farmers, ranchers, home gardeners and foodies! Sierra Harvest is collaborating with EcoFarm for the 41st annual event online from January 20-23, 2021. The move to a virtual format opens up this inspirational conference to a wider audience, with even more amazing speakers and a lower price tag.
A few of this year’s visionary keynote speakers include: Rupa Marya, M.D. , John Kempf, and Reginaldo (Regi) Haslett Marroquin. Focusing on everything from ecology and climate change to regenerative strategies for soil health to sustainable poultry systems, even the most seasoned grower will find something new to learn in this year’s conference.
In addition to these world-class keynotes, the conference will be offering 50+ workshops, networking opportunities, and a virtual vendor expo.
This holiday season the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging the community to “Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is” and shop and eat local.
Now more than ever, it’s important to support local small businesses. They make up the fabric of our community by providing jobs, investment in local charities, and bring life and vitality to our downtowns.
This year we’ve created our 2020 Holiday Guide to dozens of local shops and Victorian Christmas and Summer Nights vendors selling thousands of handmade and unique goods and wares. Many shops this year are offering online, to-go, and curbside pickup options! Don’t Forget Gift Cards! Everyone loves a Gift Card!
On December 9, the State announced that Nevada County, along with neighboring counties in the Greater Sacramento region, would be moving into the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order beginning Friday, December 11th. The order will remain in effect for a minimum of three weeks. This means that retail shops are open with 20% capacity and restaurants are only able to offer take-out. Masks are also now required to be worn in downtown Nevada City.
Recently Nevada City’s annual holiday market Victorian Christmas was nationally recognized by popular travel website Trips to Discover as the “Most Festive Christmas Town in California” and Conde Nast Traveler magazine also named the event one of the “Best European-Style Christmas Markets in the United States”.
Praised for the event’s “warm and welcoming” and “festive” ambiance, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Victorian Christmas has been reimagined due to COVID-19 as a hometown Victorian holiday with an emphasis on showcasing Nevada City’s charming retail shops and restaurants, along with the town’s beautiful and festively decorated streets, homes, and buildings. There are no street closures or vendors, but Father Christmas will make his annual appearance on Sunday afternoons.
For those wishing to do curbside pickup from their favorite local small business, ten-minute parking spots will be designated for quick pick-ups and drop offs. For those who’d prefer to do their shopping online, participating merchants will offer an online tour of their shop via their website and social media, where you can then either purchase goods from their online store or call the shop directly.
The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce understands that this year has asked more of us than we could have ever imagined. Our hope is that this low-key but equally warm, welcoming and joyous hometown holiday celebration will retain the historic charm and holiday spirit that brings so much joy to our community.
Supervisors Support Small Business Survival with $100,000 “Challenge Grant”
Nevada City, CA – Today, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an allocation of $100,000 to support small, locally-owned businesses most impacted by the State’s orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Board action, sponsored by Board Chair Heidi Hall and Vice Chair Dan Miller, supports the Nevada County Relief Fund’s efforts to raise at least $200,000, which will be distributed as grants to eligible businesses countywide.
“It is our hope that this ‘challenge grant’ will spur renewed giving to help those businesses who are not only struggling to survive but who have demonstrated their commitment to implementing the necessary public health guidelines to protect their customers, staff, and the larger community,” said Board Chair Heidi Hall.
Earlier this month, the Nevada County Relief Fund launched a “Small Business Winter Survival Campaign.” With the onset of colder weather and the holiday shopping season, many businesses find themselves battling to survive during these challenging times. This will be the fourth round of fundraising for the Relief Fund, which has raised nearly $800,000 for small businesses and nonprofits. (The Board allocated its original $100,000 “challenge grant” last April and another $250,000 in State Coronavirus Relief Funds in July, which has been matched by approximately $450,000 in local donations.) This round will be dedicated to for-profit businesses, who may apply for micro-grants up to $5,000 that may be used for rent relief or other critical business expenses needed to stay open this winter. The application period opens tomorrow and will be due January 6, 2021.
“I applaud the Supervisors for making this challenge grant – by matching public dollars with local donations, we are building a bridge to help our small businesses survive this winter until more state and federal assistance arrives,” said Sherry Bartolucci, co-chair of the Nevada County Relief Fund’s Community Advisory Council.
With Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation serving as the Relief Fund’s fiscal sponsor, donations may be made safely and are tax deductible. The grant application process will be administered by the Sierra Business Council, with oversight provided by the Relief Fund’s Community Advisory Council.
“Any size donation is welcome, but if 1,000 people each gave $100, that would make a significant impact on whether dozens of local businesses make it through the winter,” said Julie Baker, Community Advisory Council member.
About the Nevada County Relief Fund
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.
New state assistance is being made available to businesses and organizations within California’s creative field. Read below to learn more about these recently announced programs and services.
$500M in COVID Relief Grants for Small Businesses
Governor Newsom announced the creation of a $500 million COVID Relief Grant, administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID and the health and safety restrictions. Grants of up to $25,000 will be made available to underserved micro and small businesses, nonprofits, and cultural institutions throughout the state. The program is currently being developed and will open for applications as soon as possible. For updates on the program’s launch, sign up here.
Tax Relief for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Governor Newsom’s announcement for additional support for small businesses also included temporary tax relief for eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The temporary tax relief entails an automatic three-month income tax extension for taxpayers filing less than $1 million in sales tax, extends the availability of existing interest and penalty-free payment agreements to companies with up to $5 million in taxable sales, and provides expanded interest-free payment options for larger businesses particularly affected by significant restrictions on operations based on COVID-19 transmissions.
The announcement builds on the state’s ongoing business support throughout the pandemic, including the Main Street Hiring Tax Credit, which authorizes $100 million in hiring tax credit for qualified small businesses. The credit is equal to $1,000 per qualified employee, up to $100,000 for each small business employer. Applications are open now.