Supervisors Launch $2 Million Community Resiliency Grants Program

Nevada City, CA – On Tuesday, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $2 Million to launch a new “Community Resiliency Grants” program with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Today’s decision follows the Board’s April dedication of $5.8 Million in ARPA funds for “Community & Economic Resiliency” projects.

This “Community Resiliency Grants” program is part of that Board-approved package, which included four grants programs and one loan program. The County seeks grant applications from community-serving institutions and programs that respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and are designed to increase resiliency, support recovery, and provide relief.  

“So many of our gathering places at the heart and soul of our rural communities have barely held on during this crisis. Many of them rely on producing fundraisers to pay their bills but closed to stop the spread of infection. I’m hopeful that this grant will get these groups back on their feet, with their doors open, serving the residents and families in the community again,” said Board Vice-Chair Sue Hoek. 

The County invites applications from the myriad of community centers – from arts and cultural centers, granges, senior centers, veterans’ centers, daycare centers, family resource centers, and recreational centers — to name but a few. Although applicants are not required to have a publicly accessible location, they should demonstrate how they serve the community.

“The County recognizes that these community-serving places and programs are often where some of the most impacted and vulnerable community members — such as children, at-risk youth, and seniors — are served. And we know that many of them have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic,” said County CEO Alison Lehman.

The “Community Resiliency Grants” must adhere to ARPA guidelines. Applicants will have to demonstrate that their proposals “respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.”

While applications for direct Covid-19 relief are eligible, applications that can demonstrate increased resiliency, build capacity, and leverage other resources will be most competitive. Eligible entities include nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and special purpose districts. Grants will be capped at $100,000, and applications are due by September 10, 2021.

A review panel comprised of County staff and community leaders will review and score the applications. The panel’s recommendations will be advisory to the County CEO, who will bring a final recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on October 12, 2021 for approval. The “Request for Application” (RFA) may be found at: https://www.mynevadacounty.com/734/Purchasing.

The County will host a virtual applicant’s conference on August 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.  To join the Teams meeting, click the link below or join by call in to the number listed.

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.

The Center for the Arts hiring for a number of positions as they prepare to reopen 

The Center for the Arts hiring for a number of positions as they prepare to reopen 

WHAT:  The Center for the Arts job opportunities
WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley
WEBSITE & INFO: https://thecenterforthearts.org/job-opportunities/
CONTACT INFO: Debi Curtis dcurtis@thecenterforthearts.org (530) 274-8384 ext 203

The Center for the Arts is preparing to reopen its renovated venue in downtown Grass Valley and with that they are seeking stellar and enthusiastic candidates for a number of positions: 

The positions available include a bar manager who would be responsible for overseeing all bar operations for Center events, including scheduled off-site events. The right candidate will control and order all bar inventory and create and update bar menus, among a number of other tasks. The Center is asking that anyone who applies should have at least four years of experience in bartending. 

A volunteer coordinator position requires successful applicants to oversee all aspects of The Center’s extensive volunteer program. This person will recruit, schedule, and manage volunteers for all events held by The Center and ensure that each volunteer is properly trained. 

The Center is also seeking a box office attendant who will help sell tickets and manage patron memberships. The ideal candidate will have the ability to answer patron questions about each event and serve as a friendly and knowledgeable resource for those wishing to become members or purchase tickets. 

The executive assistant position includes responsibilities serving as a patron liaison and direct support to the executive director. Candidates in this position will learn about fund development and fundraising. The executive assistant will also serve as a personal concierge for major donors, processing tickets, and will assist with special projects. 

The education and outreach assistant is responsible for completing a variety of administrative tasks in addition to supporting the curatorial process. They will also manage and facilitate youth and senior arts education as well as outreach programs within the community. A passion for the arts is a must, as is the ability to politely and efficiently work with community members of all ages. 

More detailed information on all of the available positions can be found at https://thecenterforthearts.org/job-opportunities/. All cover letters and resume should be sent to hr@thecenterforthearts.org


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. 

 

BriarPatch celebrates spring berry season with online beverage-making class

A Berry Good Time: Shrubs, Syrups & Concentrates with Sarah Cain

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WHAT: A Berry Good Time: Shrubs, Syrups & Concentrates with Sarah Cain
WHEN: Thursday, May 27, 6 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
COST: $25
TICKETS: https://bit.ly/3hg4SR1

It’s spring and the berries are ripening up nicely at BriarPatch Food Co-op. Celebrate the season with a virtual class and learn the fundamentals of do-it-yourself berry infused beverage making at home.

Join The Patch and Sarah Cain of Muddle Me This on Thursday, May 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. for an online class, “A Berry Good Time: Shrubs, Syrups & Concentrates.”

In this class, Cain will teach easy techniques to make an assortment of shrubs, concentrates and syrups at home using delicious natural and certified organic ingredients and a lot less sugar than commercial varieties.

In the drink world, a shrub (or drinking vinegar) is a concentrated syrup that combines fruit, sugar, and vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is the most common base for shrubs, and herbs and spices are often added to create interesting flavor combinations.

By the end of the class, students will have delicious creations with beautiful hues to enliven seltzer, cocktails and liqueurs. This is an interactive, fun, hands-on, make-n-take style class with a liberal dose of beverage lore thrown in, too.

As a child, Cain spent many summers with her dad in Grass Valley and attended the old Hennessey Elementary School in third grade.

“My passion for DIY started by necessity as a hippie kid with very little money. The first thing I remember making was homemade play dough. Next was sewing for my dolls and making furniture for them by re-purposing found objects. By high school I was producing a music fanzine and live shows to go along with it. I’ve ended up doing a lot of different things in my life – and I am never bored,” said Cain.

For 25 years, Cain has been involved with the restaurant industry in Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area. A former sommelier, Cain has made liqueurs professionally for years, earning multiple ribbons at the Alameda County Fair.

“I started making liqueurs to enhance our bar offerings and align them more closely with our farm to table menu. Teaching liqueur making began when my group of friends started a monthly rotating craft teach-in. It was so fun, and I realized then that no one else seemed to be doing it,” she said.

She left the restaurant business to start her own organic farm and grew specialty vegetables for a decade. Cain currently lives in Vallejo, California where she raises chickens in her backyard urban garden.

“Making liqueurs brings together into one place many things I love – local and seasonal produce, history, crafting, and recipe creation – also known as trial and error,” she said.

An ingredient list and recipes will be sent one week before the class. BriarPatch Owner-Members will receive a $5 shopping credit to help purchase ingredients one week before the Zoom class.

BUY TICKETS: https://bit.ly/3hg4SR1

Learn more about BriarPatch Food Co-op: https://www.briarpatch.coop/

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.

Update California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Update California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

On February 23rd, Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package providing urgent relief for the small businesses of CA. The package provides an additional $2 billion – a four-fold increase over the $500 million currently being distributed – for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions.

Please read below for additional information about each round.

  • Round 3 (waitlisted applicants from Rounds 1 and 2): Friday, March 5th through Thursday, March 11th, 2021
    • Eligible applicants: This is a closed round and only available to eligible applicants who were waitlisted in Rounds 1 and 2 – only existing applicants will be selected. If you were waitlisted, you do not need to reapply. New applications will not be accepted in this round.
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000
    • Details: This is a closed funding round; no new applications will be accepted
  • Round 4 (non-profit cultural institutions only): Tuesday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
    • Eligible applicants: Only non-profit cultural institutions with any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Eligible non-profit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1 and 2; grants will only be available to non-profits cultural institutions that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3; grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019
  • Round 5: Thursday, March 25th through Wednesday, March 31st
    • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, or 3 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, & 3 do not need to reapply as they will be automatically moved into Round 5. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com
  • Round 6: Date to be announced soon
    • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com

Visit www.CAReliefGrant.com for more eligibility, criteria, and updates.

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 that is focused on connecting buyers interested in purchasing a unique range of goods and wares sold or made by local small businesses in Nevada County, including Nevada City, Grass Valley, Truckee and Penn Valley. The site follows in the tradition of craft fairs and markets, giving sellers their own storefront where they can list their goods for a nominal fee.

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

Shop Nevada County will launch April 15.

The first 25 businesses interested in participating in the launch of Shop Nevada County, will receive professional guidance with onboarding their shop and products. Shop Nevada County will also provide self-registration before the official launch for businesses that would prefer to sign up on their own.

Take a Tour of the Site

Join us for a short informational Zoom session on March 16th at 9:30-10:30am to learn more. Sign up here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kdO6grTktG9YZqF8f6r3qXFcG6pWAnTZX

For more information and questions please contact board@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.

The Sam Chase Trio introduces you to Chamber Americana live From The Center

The Sam Chase Trio introduces you to Chamber Americana live From The Center

WHO: The Sam Chase Trio
WHAT:  Live From The Center
WHEN: Friday, March 12, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. PT
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
WEBSITE:   https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/from-the-center-the-sam-chase-trio/
ADMISSION: $10 | Free for Members
INFO: thecenterforthearts.org | 530-274-8384

The Sam Chase Trio will be performing live From The Center on Friday, March 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!

Eminent singer-songwriter, The Sam Chase, flanked on one side by Chandra Johnson, violin heroine, and on the other by Devon McClive, renowned and feared cellist at large. A refreshing and new style they call “Chamber Americana.” This is what you get when deftly bowed strings collide with ironclad songwriting. This is the pure distillation of adventure and the heartache of American song.

To see Chandra and Devon wield their unforgiving instruments with such skill is truly inspiring. These women create a symphony, intricate and epic. The Sam Chase is an international touring artist, with five studio albums; he was voted Best Singer-Songwriter in SF Weekly 2019, 2018, and 2017. Chandra Johnson studied violin at Western Washington University; she has played with Mary Lambert, Devotchka, Allen Stone, John Craigie, and many more. Devon McClive was trained by a cello guru in the Appalachian mountains; she performs/publishes music with her own band and makes up nonsense songs for her son.

Watch The Sam Chase Trio live From the Center on Friday, March 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to get your tickets early, just like buying tickets “at the door,” the price goes up once the livestream starts. 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, 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.

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.

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.

New Mother Daughter Art Exhibit at The Center

New Mother Daughter Art Exhibit at The Center

A mixed media art exhibit will open in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Mother-Daughter Project features paintings by Linda Neely with the poems that inspired her art, written by her daughter, Amber Neely.

This project began as a collision of surrealist creativity. The mother is a professional artist with a Master in Fine Arts and an in-depth knowledge and love for surrealism in all its forms. She has given lectures and classes on surrealism and created a lot of surrealistic art. One day she discovered her daughter’s exquisite, ethereal poetry! As she read it, her jaw dropped at the eerie phrases, nearly making sense and then… not.

The mother was intrigued and, being an artist, imagery began popping and flowing into her head. She wondered what these poems would look like! The daughter wondered too, and thus began the Mother-Daughter Project.

Amber Neely says that writing has been a constant in her life for as long as she can remember. She began journaling when she was about nine years old and has continued to do so, taking intermissions when things get particularly difficult, particularly easy, or when she feels as though she is being particularly lazy. “I think I began writing as a way of processing unrealized dissociative episodes as a child. Through the process of writing, I was able to remind, or rather, convince myself that I am here. I could look back and have a clear narrative of my life with no re-elaboration, regardless of what was happening. I have never shared my writing with anyone other than my very close family and a couple of friends. Nowadays, I write when I need to. When everything in me is locked or crumpled up, or disintegrating before my eyes. I write to put words to that which I cannot express in any other way. Often it is inspired by dreams, or some experience that feels too heavy or too magical to leave inside. I believe in writing more than I believe in anything else.”

Linda Neely’s first clear memories of making art happened on brown paper bag book covers in school. Her MFA degree has provided her the good fortune to explore and make art in ways she never would have considered on her own. “If I were to consider my art as a whole, I would say I am interested in creating places, environments of wonder, awe and safety, not necessarily all together. I have several favorite mediums. Often what I’m imagining dictates the medium. I have travelled the world with an openness to awe and wonder, finding it in surprising places. I have also studied surrealism extensively: surrealism in art, writing, film and architecture. When I read Amber’s poetry, I am in awe of the imagery it creates in one’s mind. Her method of writing also intrigues me. I suppose it was inevitable we would work on this project together. I am grateful she agreed.”

The Mother-Daughter Project will be on display in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts from Thursday, February 18, through Friday, March 26, 2021. The gallery, located at 314 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley, is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m. There will be a Zoom Artist Q&A on Wednesday, March 3. Visit thecenterforthearts.org to RSVP and for more information.

WHAT: Amber & Linda Neely: The Mother Daughter Project
WHEN: Art Opening, Thursday, February 18, 2021 | Exhibit On Display February 18 – March 26, 2021
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
WEBSITE: https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/the-mother-daughter-project/
ADMISSION: Free
INFO: thecenterforthearts.org | 530-274-8384 | gallery@thecenterforthearts.org

Eye of the Avocado’s Jes Taber to host brunch class for BriarPatch this weekend

Eye of the Avocado’s Jes Taber to host brunch class for BriarPatch this weekend

This Saturday, Feb. 13 Chef Jes Taber (Eye of the Avocado) will teach an online class, “Egg Me On: Brunch & Bubbles” for BriarPatch Food Co-op from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

The informal class designed for Valentine sweethearts, friends and family loved ones encourages folks to dress pajama-casual as they cook from their home kitchens. Co-op owners will receive $5 store credit to purchase class ingredients.

The menu includes cream baked eggs with toast points, Green Goddess dressed bitter greens mixed with arugula, billionaire’s bacon or vegan quick perfect beans and mimosas.

Chef Jes Taber takes eggs seriously.

“I’ve been making things with eggs my whole career. I personally think egg yolk is the most delicious thing in the world. It’s molten lava gold that we get to eat.”

Taber is the founder of “Eye of the Avocado” and has worn many culinary hats since she first began cooking professionally in her 20s. From personal chef to caterer and online cooking instructor this Egg Queen is known for her mouth-watering, herb-centered & lemon-soaked, simple, nourishing and rustic fare made with love and driven by health.

Taber is somewhat of a legend in foodie circles for her 7-minute egg – “seven minutes to heaven” – a centerpiece of egg sandwiches that a reporter from LA Weekly once drove 455-miles to sink her teeth into.

“If you can cook a perfect egg, you would understand why I love eggs so much,” said Taber who regularly buys the highest quality local eggs she can find at The Co-op.

For years, she lived in San Francisco and the Bay Area working at some of the best eateries the city has to offer – Tartine Bakery, Bi-Rite Market, The Village Market, Blue Bottle Coffee and Terroir Wine Bar. She learned the art of slow food while living and studying in Florence, Italy at the sweet age of 20. With a background in education, Jes enjoys helping folks de-mystify food and cooking basics.

Learn more and buy tickets: https://bit.ly/3jxVW8M

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.

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.