Grow with Redbud: An Online Festival of California’s Native Plants!

Grow with Redbud: An Online Festival of California’s Native Plants!

Want to enjoy the company of others who love native plants as much as you do? Learn more about native plants, no matter what your knowledge level? Dig deeper into actions that really help native plants maintain California’s magnificent biodiversity? Come enjoy the “Grow with Redbud” festival, a month-long array of online events hosted by our Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS).

From August 22 through September 23, we’ll share outstanding speakers, programs, an action-oriented chapter meeting, and even a fun native plant-oriented game. All events will be virtual, simultaneously on Zoom and YouTube Live stream.

Our series kicks off Saturday August 22 at 12 noon with keynote speaker, CNPS Executive Director Dan Gluesenkamp, talking about where Redbud and you fit in the bold new vision of CNPS “Everything’s Changing So Fast: An Update.” Dan’s talk will explore the urgency and opportunities for real action that brings enduring improvements. Topics will include updates on the ambitious new California Biodiversity Initiative, the Habitat Revolution, and the power of beauty and hope.

At this event, we’ll also kick off Redbud Treasure Hunt Bingo, a combination treasure hunt/bingo game that continues throughout the festival; each bingo tile represents an activity related to native plants. Have fun! Do stuff! Maybe even win!

Other programs are on Saturdays at noon and Wednesdays at 7 pm. They include:

  • Aug 26, 7 p.m. “The Wild Forager — Gathering the Abundance of Nature Through Stewardship.” Matt and Rachel Berry will look at ways to enhance plant biodiversity and how to identify, gather and process abundant plants sustainably.
  • Sep 2, 7 p.m. “Learning Even More About Your Favorite Local Native Plants Using Calflora.” Cynthia Powell, Executive Director of Calflora (a non-profit wild plant data clearinghouse for California), shares how to use their site to learn about our regional plants. She’ll also show us how to use other Calflora tools.
  • , Sep 9, 7 p.m. “Putting Passion into Action: Advocating for What We Love.“ Leslie Warren. Decisions made by our local elected officials impact our lives significantly. Leslie will talk about how decisions—particularly land-use decisions—are made and how citizen participation and advocacy can inform those decisions to reduce adverse impacts. She will share how you can effect change related to a specific project.
  • , Sep 12, noon. “Botanizing Nevada and Placer Counties.” This year, Shane Hanofee has traveled far and wide across our counties exploring just about every habitat and ecotype they offer. He’ll take us on a photographic and botanical journey through plant communities from the valley floor to the Eastern Sierra.
  • , Sep 16, 7 p.m. Redbud Chapter Meeting. Getting up to date on Redbud activities, including the October virtual plant sale, conservation and advocacy opportunities in Nevada and Placer Counties, and announcing winners of our festival-long Grow with Redbud Treasure Hunt
  • Sep 19, noon. “What Makes Native Gardening Special?” Chrissy Freeman, Redbud member and Master Gardener, explores how gardening with California native plants differs from gardening with regular nursery plants, from ecological benefits to landscape opportunities to gardening best practices.
  • Sep 23, 7 p.m. “Rainwater Harvesting and Rainscaping Strategies for Healthy Watersheds.” Nancy (our horticulture chair) and Ames Gilbert (also a long-time active volunteer) will present best practices for how to store and harvest rainwater; and strategies to slow, spread and sink rainfall and stormwater runoff. They’ll also share appropriate native plants for related ecosystems.

For details, see our new website, We’ll also post them on our Facebook page as each event approaches.

Volunteer to Help with a Festival Online Event

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About the Redbud Chapter of California Native Plant Society

The Redbud Chapter of CNPS serves western Placer and Nevada Counties. Though our two counties cover only 2 percent of California’s land, over 35 percent of California’s native plant species grow here. Our plant communities include valley grasslands, oak woodlands, conifer forests, and Sierra peaks.

The mission of Redbud and the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants, and to preserve these plants and their habitats for future generations.

We raise awareness and advocate for native plants through our books, programs, field trips, and committees such as conservation, rare plants, advocacy, horticulture, and education.

Nineteenth Amendment’s 100th Anniversary: California Suffrage Leader, Ellen Clark Sargent

Nineteenth Amendment’s 100th Anniversary: California Suffrage Leader, Ellen Clark Sargent

1896 meeting, Women Claim the Vote in California, Suffrage leaders. The middle row seated shows Dr. Anna H. Shaw, Susan B. Anthony and Ellen Sargent. Photo from CA Historical Society San Francisco.

The Nineteenth Amendment’s adoption was certified on August 26, 1920. As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, let’s recall a great California suffragette, Ellen Clark Sargent.

Nevada City California resident Ellen Clark Sargent was a close friend and ally to Susan B. Anthony. Sargent served as both treasurer and secretary of National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA); an organization founded by Susan B. Anthony. Ellen Sargent also was president of the California Woman Suffrage Association and founded the Nevada County Women Suffrage Association in 1869. She was a key figure in eventually combining East and West Coast efforts into a unified organization, which later became the League of Women Voters.

Nevada City non-profit Famous Marching Presidents has undertaken the production of a video that chronicles Ellen’s work for women’s right to vote. Set in the format of a return from the past, Ms. Sargent is interviewed by a present-day host.

“An Evening with Ellen” is an original screenplay written and directed by Pamela Biery and featuring actors Mary Baird as Ellen Clark Sargent and Rick Ewald as her modern-day interviewer. Videotaping was just completed on August 24, 2020 at the Historic Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, where Aaron Sargent was a founding member in 1853.

Learn more and contribute at:

Actress Mary Baird and interview Rick Ewald prepare for videotaping “An Evening with Ellen” at the historic Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, where Aaron Sargent was a founding member in 1853.

Newsom Announces Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Newsom Announces Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Yesterday Governor Newsom released revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The new blueprint replaces the current watch list approach and can be found at There are 4 tiers, from purple to yellow, with purple being the most restrictive. Nevada County falls into the red “Substantial” category.

As of Monday, August 31, RESTAURANTS in Nevada County are now allowed to open for INDOOR dining at 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever is less), with safety modifications in place.

Every county is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. Then, 21 more days must pass before a County can move into the next tier. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.

Please see a press release on the State’s announcement on a new tier system for counties and COVID-19 modifications on our website at: Below are some major take-aways.

The County will be holding a COVID-19 Business Workshop on Zoom: August 31 at 4:30 p.m. Please join us and share this message. Register in advance:

Impacts to Nevada County:

  • Nevada County’s Tier Ranking is in the red Tier 2 or “Substantial” Category
  • New guidelines will go into effect Monday, August 31.
  • County staff will review impacts to the community through the weekend and invites everyone to learn more via the State provided documents, tools and links. Additionally, Nevada County plans to host COVID-19 Business Workshop on Zoom to address questions Monday, August 31 at 4:30 p.m.
  • We are encouraged to report Nevada County restaurants may open indoor dining at 25% capacity beginning Monday. Nevada County Environmental Health will continue to assist with questions regarding facility’s capacity. They are also available to conduct an on-site visit to assist in creating a workable operational process that protects businesses, patrons and employees.

What we can do:

  • Wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands and getting tested can help move Nevada County from Tier 2 to Tier 3 and support decreased modifications to business operations.
  • Increased testing has a positive impact on our Case Rate due to an adjustment factor that is applied if our testing is better than the state average. Additionally, if fewer people get tested it means that a higher proportion of those being tested are symptomatic, thus driving up our positivity rate. Getting tested is one way to keep Nevada County moving forward through the Tiers.

COVID-19 Business Workshop on Zoom: August 31 at 4:30 p.m.:

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Nevada City Monthly Merchant Forum

Nevada City Monthly Merchant Forum

Starting in August, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce will host a monthly online meetup for merchant and business owners to meet, discuss, connect and share. Agendas are set in advance by attendees. Email your suggestions to in advance.

Wednesday, August 26, at 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
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Practical Guidance for Return to the Workplace Training on September 2nd

Practical Guidance for Return to the Workplace Training on September 2nd

The Return to Work During COVID-19 workshop provides a framework for understanding and implementing coronavirus mitigation guidelines set by the state of California and the CDC. The training will focus on core health and safety principles like the hierarchy of hazard control and risk assessment and will tie these concepts into practical applications for your return to work strategy.

It’s health and safety for everyday folks.

Wednesday, September 2, 10am – 11:30am
via Zoom

Our presenter, Steven Dilbert is on loan from our sister organization in Sacramento, the Impact Foundry. Steven holds a master’s degree in Occupational Safety and brings with him a decade of managerial experience from the corporate world.  He has worked in the fields of environmental health and safety, security, emergency management, and risk management. He began volunteering for the Impact Foundry in 2019, after his move to Sacramento, and joined their team in March 2020.

Steven will provide the following:

  • CA Industry Guidance Requirements that call for a Worksite Safety Policy
    • Basic health and safety principles regarding the hierarchy of hazard control (what hazard controls are most and least effective)
    • Attendees will learn complete a risk assessment. This process teaches how to identify hazards and apply the controls learned in the hierarchy
    • Attendees will understand how hazard control and risk assessment helps to write a worksite safety policy
    • Steven will share practical examples of potential hazards in an office or work setting and the applicable type of hazard control, reinforcing the process taught
  • The training will also cover the other 4 CA Industry Guidance requirements and how they are all part of a worksite safety policy
    • employee/visitor training
    • contact tracing
    • screening procedures
    • cleaning/disinfecting

By tying all of these concepts together Steven helps the attendee understand what the Worksite Safety Policy requirement is and what the steps are to complete it

  • The following templates will also be provided to attendees
    • Worksite Safety Policies
    • Risk assessment
    • Safety Inspections
    • Cleaning and visitor logs
    • Office signage
    • A symptoms checklist that can be used for employee screening

Help keep your employees, clients, and visitors safe by knowing how to create and implement a plan for returning to the office.  Don’t miss this important training – REGISTER NOW

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 2, 10:00am –11:30pm via Zoom (participants will receive Zoom information with registration confirmation)
Pandemic Pricing: $20 – CNL Member organizations; $30 – Not-Yet-CNL Members (our pricing during this time is intended to help make professional development affordable for all – we’re in this together!)

Achilles Wheel Celebrates Live Album Release with a Live Broadcast From The Center

Achilles Wheel Celebrates Live Album Release with a Live Broadcast From The Center

WHAT: Achilles Wheel Live Album Release Show Streaming From The Center
WHEN: Friday, August 28 at 7:00pm
WHERE: Online at
ADMISSION: Free online event | Donations welcome
INFO: | 530-274-8384

Achilles Wheel is celebrating the release of a new album with a special show that will be broadcast live from The Center for the Arts on Friday, August 28, 2020, at 7:00 pm pacific time. To enjoy the free public livestream visit to RSVP.

Achilles Wheel is a California band that blurs the lines between genres with a mix of infectious high energy dance beats and stark lyrical ballads. Roots Rock storytelling combined with dance hall psychedelia. Last year, they captured multitrack recordings while performing at venues across Nevada County including Chief Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, The Nevada Theatre, and The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, as well as a show in Fairfax at 19 Broadway. The new live record is a culmination of these recordings. While no-one could have predicted the summer of 2020 and its effect on live music we feel this record will bring back a small feeling of what the live music experience holds.

Much like life itself, their music breathes in and out with joy and pain, hurtling forward like a wheel, intent on hope and love. They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life. The harsh light of the modern world does not diminish their idealism as we struggle to live free and have a good time… and in the end – hopefully make a difference. Achilles Wheel fearlessly sings out to these times, the here and now.

“For fairly obvious reasons, I hear from a lot of so-called jam bands. Non have
impressed me the way Achilles Wheel did. They certainly can jam- Paul’s rhythm
guitar is first rate and Jonny’s lead can make a stone dance. But what so many jam
bands lack AW has in spades, namely, truly excellent song – writing, primarily from
Paul but from other members, too. Lyrics and melodies both – these are songs you
remember – and will.” Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead Publicist and Author

The Center is committed to creating accessible and inclusive music experiences as they work through the phases of reopening after COVID-19 restrictions closed the doors on their newly renovated theater. The series is called From The Center, and features California artists and local favorites.
The Achilles Wheel live broadcast and album release show is happening on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. This is a free event. The livestream will be available online at A digital “Tip Jar” is available for donations to support both the artists and The Center. For more information and to RSVP, please visit


Nevada City Film Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary online and with drive-in

Nevada City Film Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary online and with drive-in

WHAT: 20th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
WHERE: Online at Drive-in: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 1 11228
McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA
WHEN: August 28 through September 4, 2020. Drive-in: Gates 6:30 p.m., Film at 7:30 p.m.

Online Festival Pass $35, Industry Online Festival Pass $25, Pay As You Watch Online
$8 each.

Drive-in: $30 per vehicle with two people, $8 each additional person. Vehicle ticket
includes Onyx Concessions Pack popcorn with two drinks.
INFO: or (530) 362-8601

Despite COVID-19’s best attempts, the show must go on for the Nevada City Film Festival which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The nonprofit Nevada City Film Festival will adapt to the pandemic, moving film screenings online and to an outdoor drive-in which will allow for safe social distancing. Online festival passes will be sold for $35, an industry pass will go for $25, and there will be the option to pay as you watch for $8 per screening.

Since its meager and storied beginnings the Nevada City Film Festival has championed for the odd, the unheard, and the brave. It was dubbed “The Sundance of the Sierra” by Sacramento News & Review and has been a leader in offering support to independent filmmakers and artists, and was recently voted the third best film festival in North America in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice poll.

This year’s fest will be largely online, with over 100 films total being offered, including children’s programming. In addition to the official selections, an online gala/pre-party will take place August 26.

Following a successful drive-in experience this summer which served as its annual Movies Under The Pines series, the theme will continue with nightly films being screened at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Car hop vendors will be available for dinner and ice cream for attendees to enjoy in their vehicles.

No matter the format, Q & A sessions with the filmmakers will be held after each screening. Given that the film festival is offering their online experience for a much-discounted cost, donations are being graciously accepted. A line of merchandise and special compilation record – “Sounds of the Nevada City Album, Volume One” – will be available for purchase as well and will aid in ensuring the fest can remain thriving now and in the future. In addition, the events will be fundraising for the Nevada County Artist Relief fund.

The final evening of the festival will feature The Best of the Fest as voted on by judges and audience members in the drive-in experience. Stay tuned for additional information and screening times.

Keeping with the organization’s unofficial Wild West spirit, Executive Director Jesse Locks said
that it would take more than a global pandemic to keep the festival from adapting and thriving
as best it can.

“We spent 20 years preparing for this moment,” said Locks. “The festival brings together international, independent filmmakers and we like to keep that rough-around-the-edges dynamic. We feel the festival as a whole brightens up the events of the last few months.”

Now Open 3rd Round of Nevada County Relief Fund Grants to Small Businesses & Safety-net Nonprofits

County Supervisors Allocate $250,000 to the Nevada County Relief Fund for Third Round of Grants to Small Businesses and “Safety-net” Nonprofits

Round 3 Grant Applications due August 28th; Apply online at

Pre-application workshop this Wednesday, August 12th at 3:00PM on Zoom; Please register in advance for this meeting:

Nevada City, CA – In mid-July, the Board of Supervisors allocated $250,000 in State Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to the Nevada County Relief Fund, part of the $3 Million total set aside to support small businesses and nonprofits hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These new monies will fund a third grant cycle with $125,000 reserved for eligible small businesses throughout the County, $100,000 for safety-net nonprofits in western Nevada County, and $25,000 to the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation to assist nonprofits serving eastern Nevada County. The Relief Fund’s third round of grant making opens August 10th through August 21st, with awards announcement expected by September 3rd.

Since its launch three months ago with a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the County of Nevada, the community-based, public-private partnership has raised over $462,000 and provided grants to 53 small businesses and 21 nonprofits. With its original $500,000 goal in sight, and re-energized by this latest infusion of State dollars, the Relief Fund set a new goal to collect $1 Million by the end of the year.

“We applaud the Supervisors’ commitment to getting these vital funds out quickly to our community, which is really struggling right now. We see that the need hasn’t gone away, so I am confident that everyone will step up generously once again, to give hope and comfort to our community,” said Sherry Bartolucci, the Relief Fund’s co-chair.

New for Round 3 is added focus on services to families and children

“The Relief Fund remains committed to safety-net services but has expanded the scope to include child care and other educational support services for children that allow parents to return to work despite school being primarily or entirely online,” said Phoebe Bell, County of Nevada Director of Behavioral Health, who also chairs the Relief Fund’s seven-member Nonprofit “Safety Net” Grants Team.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 will be made to nonprofits focused on the rapid deployment of services for seniors, people who are homeless, people with disabilities, youth who are at-risk, families or individuals struggling to find access to food, shelter, childcare, mental health services, and other critical needs. Together with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, which serves eastern Nevada County, these efforts boost nonprofit capacity and strengthen the “safety-net” for the region’s most vulnerable citizens.

New for Round 3 Small Business “Micro-Grants” originally capped at $5,000, now upped to $10,000

The Relief Fund raised its $5,000 cap on micro-grants. Small business owners and nonprofits countywide struggling to survive may now apply for amounts up to $10,000. Prior awardees are eligible to apply again in Round 3, though combined awards may not exceed $10,000. These grants will continue to be managed by the Sierra Business Council, who provide awardees with one-on-one business counseling through its Small Business Development Center.

Round 3 will be entirely funded with State of California Coronavirus Relief Funds

In total, the Board of Supervisors allocated $3 Million in CRF monies to support economic and community resiliency, and offset COVID-19 related economic hardships and disruptions to local businesses. This represents thirty percent of the $10 Million of State CRF for Nevada County. In addition to the $250,000 to the Relief Fund, the Board approved $1.5 Million for the “Economic & Community Resiliency” grant program, $1 Million to expand rural broadband, and the balance to support local law enforcement.

“These funds will be used to expand critically needed community broadband access so our residents can work and study from home. It will augment the Nevada County Relief Fund, which has done a great job getting private and public dollars where they are needed most,” said County CEO Alison Lehman.

Eligible uses of CRF monies include costs of business interruption caused by required closures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and any necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020 and in accordance with federal guidance, as specified here:

Expenses must be directly due to the mandated closures caused by COVID-19 and may include general operating expenses that needed to be paid to maintain business during the mandated closures, Personal Protective Equipment, sanitizing products or other equipment purchased to maintain or shift business processes and procedures.

The Relief Fund requires all grant awardees to adhere to the orders and guidance pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic issued by the Governor of California, the State Public Health Officer, County Public Health Officer, and/or the Nevada County Director of Environmental Health

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 (the Fund’s fiscal sponsor), Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Sierra Business Council, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and the Economic Resource Council. In conjunction with Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, the purpose of this effort is to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by directing vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors, and support our small, rural businesses.

The Fund was established in April 2020 with a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. Since then, it has gained traction as a reliable way to give back to our unique small businesses and nonprofits that have been stretched to meet extreme community needs.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today that goes directly to assist Nevada County’s invaluable nonprofits and small businesses. For more information and to make a gift, please visit,

List of awardees from Round One and Two:



Everything’s “Coming Up Roses” at Empire Mine State Historic Park
What: Heritage Rose Sale from Estate Gardens, Empire Mine State Historic Park
Where: Empire Mine State Historic Park
When: Saturday August 29, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Who: Sierra Gold Parks Foundation and park docent volunteers
Cost: $20 per 1-gallon container

Visitors to Empire Mine State Historic Park will have a special opportunity to take home a living piece of history on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Fledgling heritage rose bushes have been propagated and nurtured for two years by dedicated park volunteer docent Marsha Lewis. They are now ready to find their “forever home” and adorn the gardens of the first thirty fortunate park visitors to secure these enduring symbols of beauty and hope.

Fourteen different varieties are in the lineup for the upcoming sale, with names both familiar and exotic, from American Beauty to Bloomfield Daisy and Reine de Violette.
 A mature specimen of the exuberant Fortuniana bush (introduced in 1850) can be observed atop the New Rich Hill Shaft stone and iron structure as you enter the park grounds, and one can purchase its relative for just $20.

The roses for sale were selected from the formal gardens at Empire Mine. The plantings represent a virtual timeline of rose history from the oldest cultivars that predate 1300 to the nineteenth century. Ten groupings are represented on the estate garden grounds: Gallica, Damask, Alba, Centifolia, Moss, Bourbon, Hybrid Perpetual, Hybrid Musk, Hybrid Tea, and Hybrid Rufosa.

The roses will be on display at the park entrance area Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 10 am-4 pm, and the transactions will be performed in the gift shop, where many items of historic and educational interest are also available for purchase. The roses are ready to plant, and will need frequent watering to become established in their new location according to Marsha Lewis, Program Lead for the Garden Tours and Rose Propagation Program. Each rose bush purchased comes with an information sheet describing the formal Latin name, parentage, introduction date, environmental preferences, and recommendations for planting locations, and comments specific to the individual variety.

All proceeds from the sale will go to Sierra Gold Parks Foundation, the non-profit park cooperative association supporting Empire Mine State Historic Park, South Yuba River State Park, and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques Inaugural Online Sale Aug. 14-28

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques Inaugural Online Sale Aug. 14-28

Kodo Arts is also adjusting and looking to a “new now” for the time being so we can positively evolve. We have decided to totally up our internet game and redesign our web site: to augment our physical warehouse shows. And also create a Kodo Arts Newsletter to bring you our latest news and events.

With the spread of Covid-19, we have decided hold a 14-day Online Sale from 11am August 14th to 8am August 28th, 2020. Details and sign-up are on the home page

This initial sale will be open to our Kodo Arts email and snail mailing lists. Unfortunately we can’t offer shipping or delivery as we don’t have the staff. Buyers will have to pick up their purchases at the Kodo Arts Warehouse. We will notify you when your purchase is ready by email. Browsing the warehouse is possible at that time. (Possibility of an outside delivery service arrangement for big ticket large size items – contact us. ). All purchases must be picked up by August 31st .

Kodo Arts will allow customers only to enter in line with county and state health mandates. Face masks required.

TRICO Business Builder Webinar Series

TRICO Business Builder Webinar Series is a monthly series that will connect with and inform businesses on current and important topics in the market.

TRICO Business Builder Webinar Series Presents: A Smart Plan for Reopening Post COVID-19

Featuring Jackie McClain from SCORE

Join us as we discuss the 4 key phases to reopening:

  • Assess: Learn which applications can assist you with cash flow analysis
  • Account: Consider when to make adjustments to your current business model or switch to an entirely new model
  • Plan: Determine how to meet your needs on a near term, intermediate term, and long term basis.
  • Communicate: Consider who needs to be contacted and what message should be presented

Please send all webinar related inquiries to:

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About Jackie McClain

Jackie is a mentor for the Greater Chico Area SCORE Chapter, an organization that provides free one-on-one advice to small businesses and non-profits. With 30 years of administrative experience – serving as the director of Human Resources, Affirmative Action and Labor Relations for multiple college universities, her goal is to assist in helping grow other businesses in her local community. A graduate of University of Kansas School of Law, Jackie currently resides in Chico, CA.

All-County Firewise Community Education Event

In case you missed it, the Nevada County Coalition of Firewise Communities hosted an All-County Education Event Tuesday via Zoom. You can now rewatch the all-star lineup on YouTube.

All-County Firewise Community Education Event

This page has the presentations given at the August 4, 2020 online event organized by the Coalition. The goal was to provide fire preparedness information to all residents of Nevada County Firewise Communities as well as the interested public, since neighborhood meetings are not allowed under COVID-19 restrictions.

Please share a link to this page to as many people as possible.

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The Summit” – A 9 Episode Anthology of Performances by Nevada County Artists Continues through August 20

The Summit” – A 9 Episode Anthology of Performances by Nevada County Artists continues through August 20

This summer, local Nevada County stages come to the small screen with “The Summit” — a nine episode filmed anthology series of performances by Nevada County actors, singers, musicians, aerialists, and dancers. “The Summit” premiered Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time) at and is developed and presented as a labor of love by executive producers Devin Cameron and Erin Beatie, with support from two local Nevada County arts organizations, Sierra Stages and The Aerial Lab.

From Thursday, July 23 and continuing through Thursday, August 20, a new episode of “The Summit” will stream every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time) at (The series may also be viewed on smart televisions by searching “The Summit Series Nevada County” on YouTube.) Each episode will be approximately 30 to 45 minutes in length and will feature a mix of songs, musical pieces, dances, aerial pieces, and text-based performances, along with an interview of a local performing arts organization or venue. An encore presentation of each episode will stream every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 PM (Pacific Time) and every Sunday at 1:00 PM (Pacific Time) through August 23. Note that new episodes and encore presentations may be viewed at these times only. No reservations or passwords are needed to view “The Summit”.

“The Summit” is hosted by Robert Rossman, with interviews conducted by Paul Micsan. Performers include: Bren Altenbach, Richard Altenbach, Andrea Amdall, Brian Arsenault, Kit Bailey, Jay Barker, Alina Candelario, Sabrina Childress, Christi Columbo, Micah Cone, Kelsey Cox, Davia, John Deaderick, Stacey Diamond, Annette Dunklin, Michele Fitzugh Nesbit, Eva Floyd, Rebekah Freeman, Ken Getz, Ryan Goodpastor, Heidi Grass, Heather Grove, Nancy Haffey, Kate Haight, Dave Halford, Sands Hall, Ken Hardin, Shannon Harney, Lorri Holt, Elin Honea, Tina Marie Kelley, Laura LeBleu, Sue LeGate, Nancy McRay, Lois Masten, Cassandra Flores, Cosmo Merryweather, Steve Nicholson, Sara Noah, Nani Pascall, Kirsti Powell, Janet Rossman, Windu Sayles, Brett Shady, Steve Sheppard, Dawn Simmons, Alyana Stroud, Izzi Tooinsky, Paul Turner, Jerusha Victoria, Sara Visvader, Kim Wellman, and Ali Zeiter.

In developing and presenting “The Summit”, executive producers Devin Cameron and Erin Beatie have three goals: “First, we want to give local performers a safe and much-needed stage during the Covid-19 pandemic; second, we want to safely bring the stage into the homes of our local theater audiences; and third, we want to support the future of the performing arts in our community by shining a light on local organizations during this time of separation and encouraging philanthropic giving.”

Information about “The Summit” may be found at

Meet the Artist: Erin Noel – Third Thursdays at The Center

Meet the Artist: Erin Noel – Third Thursdays at The Center

WHAT:  Third Thursdays – Meet the Artist: Erin Noel
WHEN: Thursday, August 20, 2020 4-7pm
WHERE: The Granucci Gallery – The Center for the Arts 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
INFO: | 530-274-8384

The Center for the Arts has adapted their August Third Thursdays event to allow art enthusiasts to meet the artist, Erin Noel.  This event has been modified with public safety in mind and will feature a one way walk through of the gallery exhibit followed by a Q&A session outside in the parking lot. Third Thursdays is first-come, first-served.  One at a time, each party will enter through the front door, view the gallery and then proceed through the new theater to the back parking lot where the artist will be available for questions.

When asked to describe the current exhibit titled Unfolding, Erin Noel provided the following Artist Statement: The landscape, our personal experience, and our society is subject to intense compartmentalization and segmentation over time, at least in the culture in which we find ourselves. This show represents a variety of explorations of that reality. From explorations of segmented landscapes to internal compartmentalization, these visual explorations reveal something about who we are. Making these works outside on the porch in the stillness of a COVID spring, or inside on the dining room table in the dead of winter, entails an unfolding and increased awareness of just how tangled we and our landscape have become.  This show is an expression of that unfolding.
Gallery guests have the opportunity to meet the artist on Thursday, August 20 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. as a part of The Center’s Third Thursday series. Masks are required and social distancing is a must for anyone not in the same household.  The Center has one-time use masks and hand sanitizer on hand for visitors. Visit for more information or stop by the box office Tuesday – Friday from noon to 4:00pm located at 314 W. Main Street in downtown Grass Valley.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming offering more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center recently completed a major renovation of its multiuse 21,000-square-foot facility in downtown Grass Valley making it a premier performing arts destination. The venue includes the main stage which accommodates up to 700 patrons for dance shows and up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats, a large visual art gallery, and a 90-seat black box theater.

100 Gardens Bring Food Security, Healthy Eating & Stress Reduction to Western Nevada County Families

100 Gardens Bring Food Security, Healthy Eating & Stress Reduction to Western Nevada County Families

Brianna Abundiz, Edy Cassell, Suzanne Koliche, “Side Hill” Matt and “Gate Master” Larry celebrate the completion of the 100th Sierra Garden Build. Photo Credit David McKay

Since its inception in 2013, the Sierra Gardens Program has supported thousands of community members in having access to fresh food and eating more vegetables in Western Nevada County.  This August marks the 100th installation of these popular vegetable gardens into backyards and local institutions.

“This is so wonderful, I wanted a garden for so long… I keep getting happy tears!”
Suzanne Koliche had always wanted a veggie garden like her grandmother’s, where she could experience the uplifting energy of a natural sanctuary and pick her own fresh, delicious food.  This month, her dream came true when she and her husband David McKay enrolled in the Sierra Gardens program and their home became the 100th garden site built by Sierra Harvest.

The Sierra Gardens team has been building veggie gardens and mentoring community members in how to grow their own fresh, organic food since 2013.  “I love the variety among all the garden sites” says Edy Cassell, Sierra Gardens Manager since 2016.  Sierra Gardens have been built in tiny backyards in downtown Grass Valley, rustic properties far away from any grocery store, shared gardens at senior housing, Habitat for Humanity homes, as well as various institutional gardens.  About 85% of the gardens have been installed at a reduced cost, making it possible for people across a broad economic spectrum to benefit from this program.

“This summer was the perfect opportunity” explained Suzanne, as she delivered tall glasses of cold lemonade to a group of hard-working volunteers building beds and digging fence posts in her yard.   “With COVID, I ended up having the time and energy for a garden, and I could use my stimulus check to pay for it”.

Suzanne is not alone.  Since COVID, the Sierra Gardens Program has been busier than ever, as more people realize the value of growing their own nutritious food.  “There is no way we could have built 100 gardens without our solid team of ‘Old Faithful’ volunteers” says Edy, pointing to the enthusiastic group that keeps working on the fence posts despite her repeated calls for well.”  The crew’s nicknames –  ‘Gate Master Larry’, ‘Side Hill Matt’, and ‘Heart Love Christian’ –  reflect their expertise and passion for the work.   “Helping other people get gardens is good for me,” says ‘Side Hill’ Matt Marquet. “It’s great exercise, too.” Other members of Edy’s ‘Old Faithful’ team of volunteers include Suzanna a lunch break. “They’ve all been volunteering with me for about four years, and they work together really Elkin, Steve Danner, and Karen Wcisclo, who also gives her time to help mentor garden participants from season to season.

A young Sierra Gardens participant shows off her harvest. Photo Credit Brianna Abundiz

‘Farmer Bri’ – aka Brianna Abundiz, a Sierra Harvest staff member who has been teaching kids and adults how to grow food for many years – reflects, “There is so much appreciation from the Sierra Gardens participants… I still see Trisha [a Sierra Garden participant from 2013], and its heartwarming to see her garden grow over the years. Sometimes on home garden builds, I will recognize the kids from a farm field trip or a school garden, and it’s so great to see it come full circle.”

As community reliance on food assistance programs has surged in 2020, and is expected to continue while social distancing measures are still in place, the Sierra Gardens programs plays an important role in helping families gain access to fresh, healthy food.   Last year, 100% of Sierra Gardens participants and their children ate more vegetables than before their gardens were installed, 43% fewer participants used a food pantry, and 92% shared excess veggies with their neighbors.  In addition to the benefits of a healthy food source, after experiencing a home veggie garden, 100% more participants strongly agreed that they feel happier and more satisfied with their lives.

During these stressful times, gardening can provide food security, access to nutrient dense food, as well as calming the spirit.   As Suzanne thinks about what it will be like to have a garden this summer, she looks forward to what it can bring to her plate, as well as to her sense of well-being.   “I think being in touch with the earth, through the garden, is like a natural compost system for negative emotions”.

Those who are interested in learning more about the Sierra Gardens services, pricing and scholarships are encouraged to visit for more details.



Sierra Harvest was established in 2008 to transform lives and strengthen community through fresh, local, seasonal food.  Their approach to systemic change includes increasing education and access to food for  school children, the community, as well as supporting the next generation of farmers.  Make a tax deductible donation today to provide scholarships for families in need that would like to have their very own Sierra Garden.


CNL Workshop – Navigating Employees in the New Covid-19 Environment

Navigating Employees in the New Covid-19 Environment

Thursday, August 13th, 10am – 11:30am
via Zoom


We now face a new environment with remote work and the pivots of our businesses during a pandemic.

This virtual workshop will address the always important day-to-day HR issues AND will also dive into new demands created by the Covid-19 landscape.

Join CNL and Harbor HR’s, Glen Drouin for this 90-minute morning workshop.

Attendees can expect to learn about the following Covid-19 workplace issues:

  • Keeping employees safe in a COVID-19 workplace
  • How to handle a work from home request
  • How to ensure productivity measures are met when working from home
  • Handling COVID-19 sick pay and leave request
  • How to handle contact tracing requirements
  • Cal-OSHA safety requirements for COVID-19
  • How to handle employees not wanting to come back to work
  • How to handle (potential) workplace COVID exposure—what you need to do, should do, can’t do

Click HERE to see the list of additional topics and don’t miss the opportunity to be sure YOUR organization or business understands the ins and outs of the issues…spend the morning learning how to strengthen your HR Game!

Date and Time: Thursday, August 13, 10:00am –11:30pm via Zoom (participants will receive Zoom information with registration confirmation)
Pandemic Pricing: $20 – CNL Member organizations; $30 – Not-Yet-CNL Members (our pricing during this time is intended to help make professional development affordable for all – we’re in this together!)


Online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction – August 13, 14 and 15, 2020

Online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction – August 13, 14 and 15, 2020

Auction opens at 9 am on Thursday and the first lot begins closing at 9 am on Saturday
(On Saturday, lots close in 90 second intervals until the final lot is complete)
The Fairgrounds Office will be available at (530) 273-6217 during the auction to answer any questions and assist as needed.

Buyer Information

New Buyers

Register for the 2020 Junior Livestock & Ag Mechanics Auction
New Buyer Registration Form

Existing Buyers

If you are an existing buyer, you won’t need to reregister, but please visit the link below to verify that your cell phone number and email are included in your information.  The cell phone number is important, as it will be used to send you a 4-digit code to gain access into the auction site once it opens.

Existing Buyer Sign In
Your password is your buyer number.

If you need assistance, or don’t know your buyer number, call the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 or email

Once the Auction Opens, Here’s What to Do:

  1. Auction will open for browsing, bidding and add-ons on Thursday, August 13 at 9am. Visit to access the auction site.
  2. If you find a lot/item you would like to bid on, you will have to log in.   Select Log In at the top right corner of the screen. Search for your name in the drop-down list. Select Request Code. This will text you a 4-digit security code. Enter that code in the box below your name. If we don’t have a cell phone on file, you will need to call the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 to get your security code.
  3. If your name does not appear on the list, call the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 and get registered as a new buyer.
  4. This code is unique to each registered buyer. This password/code is your bidding password for the auction and will be used throughout the auction.
  5. You will receive a text message if an item you bid on has been outbid.
  6. All lots will remain open for bidding until the closing begins on Saturday, August 15 at 9 am.  Lots will close in 90 second intervals until the final lot is complete.
  7. Add-ons will remain open until midnight on Saturday, August 15.
  8. Upon winning the lot/item, the winning buyer will be prompted to choose custom with a butcher of your choice or resale.
  9. Payment: Due to the financial constraints on the Fairgrounds due the COVID-19 Pandemic and in order to get the junior exhibitors paid quickly, payment is due immediately following the completion of the online auction. Buyers will be contacted immediately following the auction for payment options. Buyers paying by credit card will be charged a convenience fee of 3% of the total purchase.

Ways to Participate in Auction

  • Register as a buyer – New Buyer Registration Form.
  • If you are an existing buyer, update your buyer information, including your email and cell phone number here – Existing Buyer Sign In. 
  • Bid and buy at the online auction August 13 – 15 at (see Once the Auction Opens section above).
  • Support youth exhibitors by doing an “Add On” during the auction.  The Add On is a donation to a specific exhibitor and is done within the auction platform so that everyone can see your contribution. The Add On option will remain open until midnight on Saturday, August 15.
  • If you want donate to an individual exhibitor before the auction starts, or if you don’t want to be publicly identified, you can “Bump Up” instead of doing an Add On.  The Bump Up Form can be completed online, but the buyer will not be publicly recognized as a contributor during the auction. However, the exhibitor will be notified of your contribution upon close of the auction.  Bump Ups will remain open until midnight on Saturday, August 15.
  • Donate to the “Community Pool,” which will be used to broadly support the sale and junior exhibitors. For information about the Community Pool, contact Tim Reid at (530) 520-1820.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217.


Nevada County Arts Council Launches Artist Relief Fun & What a Relief Online Concert

Arts events, concerts, and productions have been cancelled in venues across the county due to the effects of COVID-19 and professional artists whose livelihoods are dependent on these events are facing insurmountable loses.

In response, Nevada County Arts Council has formed a coalition of local arts organizations to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists within Nevada County.

Now is the time to give back to our artists who contribute so much to the quality of our lives and the wellbeing of our community. Funds will be distributed as micro relief grants to eligible artists once our fund has reached a critical level.

Your tax-deductible donation goes directly toward the support of professional artists in all disciplines whose livelihoods have been affected by the public health crisis. Click here to donate.

To help jumpstart donations and raise awareness for the fund, Nevada County Arts Council is presenting an online festival on August 22 featuring over 40 performances by musicians, artists, actors, and more.

This online festival is not only an incredible show of pride and solidarity for our arts community, but also provides entertainment and enjoyment for all of us who have missed seeing our favorite theater group or band perform in the last few months, or who have missed walking into a gallery or going to the movies.

There are many ways to give to our fund. You can join us for our WHAT A RELIEF! online festival, and become a donor via our GoFundMe campaign. You can make a one time donation below. Or you can become a monthly donor to our fund at a level that you feel comfortable with.

Click here for more information on “WHAT A RELIEF!” or to register online.