CA Relief Grants: Second Round Opens Feb 2

CA Relief Grants: Second Round Opens Feb 2

Round 2 of the California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program opens February 2, 2021 at 8:00AM and closes on February 8, 2021 at 6:00PM.

If you did not receive a grant in the first round, there is no need to reapply. Your application will roll over to Round 2.

For questions about the grant application process, your Small Business Development Center – Sierra SBDC is here to help. Fastest way to reach us is at or you can contact Lendistry directly for assistance or review their FAQ page.

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Hot Topics in California Cannabis Agriculture

Hot Topics in California Cannabis Agriculture

Presented by Heather Burke, Attorney

Tuesday, February 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m. — $15 Registration Fee

Noon Time Legal Seminar (via Zoom)

Nevada County Superior Court, Law Library, 201 Church Street, Nevada City

Open to attorneys and the public. To enroll, please call 530-362-5329 or email Please send check for $15, payable to Nevada County Law Library, and send to 201 Church Street, #9, Nevada City, California 95959. Once we receive your check, we will confirm your registration and provide you with the Zoom link. As the Law Library is now alternating monthly seminars with the Nevada County Bar Association, we will no longer offer MCLE credit to attorneys. Only seminars presented by the Bar Association would offer MCLE (

As cannabis quickly becomes normalized in our community, local, state, federal and international approaches to cannabis farming are shifting, often in exciting and dramatic ways. Heather will be presenting on the current laws affecting cannabis farming, such as regional branding and cannabis appellations, the Williamson Act and Right to Farm ordinances, and the importance of the United Nations recent vote to remove cannabis from the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The presentation will also discuss alternative cultivation methods such as “organic” or “regenerative.” Although many of the legal principles apply to cannabis activity generally, Heather’s presentation will focus on the intersection between cannabis cultivation and traditional agriculture.

About Heather Burke

Heather is a Partner of Origin Group Law LLP in Nevada City, where her practice focuses on legal issues affecting northern California cultivators. She co-founded The OG Law and Collaboration Center in Nevada City, California, a community collaboration center designed to support cannabis farmers throughout northern California.

Graduating from Humboldt State University in 2005, Heather has consistently set new legal precedent in California cannabis law. She was instrumental in the seminal California cannabis case, People v. Jovan Jackson, which established the rule that large-scale collectives and cooperatives may operate lawfully in California. She also co-drafted a proposed initiative for California cannabis legalization in 2016, entitled The California Craft Cannabis Initiative, and drafted the legal pleadings that resulted in a five-day evidentiary hearing regarding cannabis’ Schedule I status in U.S. v. Pickard in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.

In November of 2018, Heather was featured in MG Retailer’s article, “30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know.” In 2015, she was awarded NORML’s John Mark Flowers Scholar and was named one of Skunk Magazine’s Women of Weed. In 2017, the Nevada County Cannabis Cup named Heather “Attorney of the Year.” In addition to her vibrant law practice in the Sierra Nevada, Heather is a regular speaker and panelist at cannabis conferences throughout California. She pens a popular blog about legal issues affecting cannabis growers.



Choose your Valentine’s special gift from the artwork of 33 local artists.  With 4 Jewelers, Ceramic, Glass and Stone Art, Paintings and Photography, Mosaics and Wood art there are many choices for your Valentine Partner. Open Wednesday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We are taking every precaution to keep us all safe including making SHOPPING ON LINE available to you, our customers.  The online address is  We will mail your order to you or you can even call for outside pickup.  Located at 113 Mill Street on the mall in Grass Valley.  (530) 477-1600

League of Women Voters event “Redistricting: What it is and Why it Matters”

League of Women Voters event “Redistricting: What it is and Why it Matters” – February 13

Redistricting, the process of redrawing electoral district boundaries based on new census data, is an invisible but influential force in elections. The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will host an online discussion about what redistricting is, how the process is conducted, and how it impacts voters.

Helen Hutchinson, Board member and past President of the League of Women Voters of California, and Nevada County Counsel Kit Elliott will address “Redistricting: What it is and Why it Matters” via Zoom on February 13 from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The link for the event is, and a replay will be posted on LWVWNC’s YouTube channel the following day.

With the data from the 2020 census expected to be released later this year, California redistricting committees at the state and local level are already beginning to prepare. This online presentation will explain how the redistricting process works and how people can get involved.

For more information, contact Fran Cole at or call (530) 210-3740.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. Learn more about the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County at

28 Days of Share The Love 

Share the Love Nevada County

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


This February, Grass Valley and Nevada City are encouraging folks to Share the Love over the next 28 days! Here are a few simple ways to show your community and the people in it some love.

A strong and healthy community is created by passionate people with a strong sense of a neighborhood pride who are dedicated to making their little corner of the world the very best it can be.

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28 Ways to Share the Love

1. Read a book to a young person in your life.

2. Shop local. Eat local.

3. Give “local love” by supporting local businesses on social media. Leave a positive note or review or share with your friends.

4. Show yourself compassion.

5. Send a physical card to a local nursing home to let folks know that someone is thinking of them.

6. Host a digital community meet up with your neighbors, friends, family or like-minded folks.

7. Support community organizations by either making a donation or volunteering if it’s possible.

8. Pay it forward – buy some groceries for a friend in need.

9. Cook a meal for a neighbor.

10. Send some digital love like a thoughtful text.

11. Have you called someone today to tell them you love them?

12. Pay it forward – buy the person behind you at the coffee shop a coffee.

13. Pick up trash in your neighborhood.

14. Help a neighbor or friend spruce up their yard or home.

15. Send a card to local front line workers thanking them for their work.

16. Ask someone how their day is going and really listen to them when they answer.

17. Donate bedding or food to a local animal shelter or better yet adopt a pet!

18. Plant a tree or flowers.

19. Give blood.

20. Welcome newcomers to the neighborhood with a pie, card or both!

21. Be polite – hold a door open, and use please and thank you.

22. Spread messages of hope and love to neighbors by using chalk art on your sidewalk.

23. Show your co-workers some love by writing an encouraging card or leaving something sweet on their desk.

24. Take flowers to someone as a surprise.

25. Write a thank you note to someone who has helped you recently.

26. Compliments are free, share the love to someone you admire and respect.

27. Donate food to a local shelter.

28. Wear a mask.

Need some more ideas on how to celebrate love in Nevada County? Check out the Outside Inn’s blog here.

BriarPatch launches canned food campaign to help Food Bank

BriarPatch launches canned food campaign to help Food Bank

When BriarPatch Food Co-op’s Marketing Department read that The Food Bank of Nevada County was being forced to scale back food distribution, the team quickly rushed to action.

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27, BriarPatch will launch a canned food drive in the store to help feed the 1,000 families in need that The Food Bank serves each month.

“When we learned that The Food Bank was struggling to feed people in our community, we knew that we needed to help. No one should ever have to go hungry, and the grocery and merchandising teams pitched in and it came together fast,” said Rebecca Torpie, Marketing Manager for BriarPatch Food Co-op.

The BriarPatch campaign, “Yes, WE CAN” encourages BriarPatch shoppers to purchase cans of Natural Sea albacore tuna and Amy’s brand soup located in a visible display within the store.  For every can of tuna and soup sold, the Co-op will donate one, as well. Folks can then take it a step further and “double the love” by donating their purchased canned goods into the plastic blue donation barrels located in the front of the store. The campaign ends Feb. 2.

“BriarPatch is in a unique spot of being a community hub where we can help shine a light on the needs of our neighbors. When we can offer an opportunity for all of us to work together to fight food insecurity, we want to show up,” said Torpie.

The Food Bank was forced to scale back their food distribution from weekly to twice a month when a state contract changed affecting the food bank’s allocation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Executive Director Nicole McNeely.

Some of McNeely’s requests for food have come back empty at a time when more people than ever are in need of assistance due to job losses triggered by the pandemic. Without USDA commodities, The Food Bank is desperately short of protein and canned vegetables.

“It’s really concerning for me because the families we feed, many don’t go to the grocery stores because of COVID. It’s worrisome,” said McNeely.

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.  The coronavirus pandemic, California wildfires and PG&E power outages created a perfect storm of joblessness, houselessness and food insecurity in 2020. But McNeely remains hopeful that with community support, families will get through the winter.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival Announces 2021 Award Winners

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Announces 2021 Award Winners

The 19th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival has officially come to a close! What an incredibly inspiring 11 days, full of amazing humans celebrating captivating stories and calls to action from around the globe. From the art reception and excursions to the workshops and filmmaker Q&As, this year’s Wild & Scenic was one for the books.

The first ever virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival featured award-winning films, activist workshops, and special guests such as Earthjustice President Abbie Dillen and artist Steph Littlebird Fogel. The festival presented panels on a variety of topics such as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, with members of groups like Latino Outdoors and Save the Redwoods League. There were self-guided excursions including a hike virtually led by the Nevada City Nisenan tribe, as well as an art exhibition, EnviroFair, author presentations, and much more that rounded out the immersive event.

“I am incredibly proud of what our team accomplished and hope that festival-goers enjoyed our first-ever virtual festival. I am grateful to everyone who showed up, supported SYRCL and Wild & Scenic, and immersed themselves in the virtual festival experience. It is bittersweet to see the festival come to a close each year, but despite all the challenges 2020 threw our way, our team was determined to bring inspiring films to our community and create opportunities to engage in environmental and social justice issues. We hope not only was the event enjoyed, but each attendee took away a dose of inspiration that will turn into action in 2021,” said Festival Director Jess Swigonski.

Wild & Scenic is excited to share two special sessions featuring 2021 Award Winners. Both sessions are available for online viewing now through the end of the day on January 31st. Additionally we have made most of the Award-Winning films available individually to rent on demand, also available through the 31 st. Learn more and get tickets at WSFF.EVENTIVE.ORG.

2021 Award Winners:

Best of Festival:
The Last Ice

Best in Theme:
The Church Forests of Ethiopia

Spirit of Activism:
Our Mother’s Land

Most Inspiring Adventure Film:

Best Short:

Jury Award:
Public Trust
River’s End

People’s Choice:
River’s End

Student Filmmaker Award
Ellie Stones – The Pangolin Man

John de Graaf
Environmental Filmmaking Award
David Abel – Entangled

Honorable Mention:
Rebuilding Paradise
District 15

Best Children’s Film
Disappearing Penguins

“Guiding You Through Healthcare Directives”

“Guiding You Through Healthcare Directives”

Wednesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Please preregister by completing the online registration form here: Shortly after we receive your registration you will be sent
a free copy of “Five Wishes”, the document that will be discussed during this informational
Webinar presenters:
Dylan Hendricks, Estate Planning Attorney
Pat Forman, Certified Advance Care Planning Trainer

Hospice of the Foothills is offering a free webinar titled “Guiding You Through Healthcare Directives” on Wednesday, January 27 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. We invite anyone to participate who could use some guidance about completing a healthcare directive for themselves.

Leading the discussion will be Dylan Hendricks, Estate Planning Attorney who specializes in advance healthcare directives, and Pat Forman, who has 25 years’ experience as well as being a Certified Advance Care Planning Trainer.

Why is it important to have a healthcare directive? If something were to happen to you and you were not able to make your own medical decisions, having your wishes written down allows your family to make decisions on your behalf, confident this is what you would have wanted.

Here is an example.
Mark was an average, healthy 55-year-old man. He brushed off his wife’s repeated suggestions they talk about what they would want should a time come when one of them might not be able to communicate their health care wishes. It was a conversation Mark was uncomfortable having, so he found ways to avoid it. When Mark was 57, a skiing injury left him in a coma. Never having had that important conversation, his wife had the added stress of trying to guess what life-sustaining measures Mark would (or would not) want.
It is not always easy to talk about end of life wishes and healthcare options. The fact we might one day become ill or injured and lose the ability to make our own decisions can be hard to think about, much less discuss. Hospice of the Foothills would like to make this process easier for you.

It is important to have these conversations long before you need decisions made on your behalf. It is a gift to your loved ones to put your wishes in writing, to take away their burden of having to make those decisions for you, not knowing what you would have wanted.

A health care directive will:
 Authorize decision-makers on your behalf should you be unable to make them on your own
 Specify your wishes related to life-sustaining treatment at various stages of illness or impairment (including COVID or dementia)
 Give your family peace of mind knowing exactly what your wishes are

To make it easier for you to have those conversations with your loved ones, Hospice of the Foothills is offering “Guiding You Through Healthcare Directives”. In this one-hour free interactive webinar, you will learn simple ways to create a legal Advance Healthcare Directive using the booklet, “Five Wishes.” Upon registration one will be mailed to you for use in the virtual webinar session.



Partnering with California Arts Council to Serve Communities of Color Locally

As the State-Local Partner with California Arts Council in Nevada County, Nevada County Arts Council has announced the re-granting of $12,600 among six cultural organizations serving communities of color disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director, says, “Our application season for Nevada County CARES for the Arts closed in mid-December and we have been thrilled with the caliber of work of our applicants. Each organization showed integrity in serving different communities of color through creativity and the arts, and, as we turn the corner on a New Year, we are pleased to be able to reward their work.”

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognized that the nonprofit creative sector is a vital part of America’s economy. In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded 40% of its CARES appropriation directly to state and regional arts agencies.  California Arts Council distributed its share of funding to those among its State Local Partners (SLPs) who elected to opt in.

Tudor says, “Naturally, we opted in, calling this opportunity Nevada County CARES for the Arts. Our initiative aligned with both the California Arts Council’s public mission and commitment to racial equity, and Nevada County Arts Council’s own equity principles, which respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages, and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.”

The following organizations are now in receipt of funding from Nevada County CARES for the Arts:

California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) has received $3,000 to support general operations at a time when capacity building to help re-claim its federal recognition is all-important.

Color Me Human has been awarded $3,000 to support its Intimate Stories from the Shadows series, initially sharing stories from three black women. Tracy Pepper, Director of Color me Human, said: “We’re excited to help raise the voices of Black, Indigenous, people of color in Nevada county and thankful for Nevada County Art's council support of our project.”

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) has similarly received $3,000 in support of its production of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, with monies funding expenses related to the show’s postponement from March, 2020 to 2021, including director, designer, and actor stipends, rents for the Nevada Theatre and rehearsal space, completion of the set and costumes, and marketing. Executive Director, Jeannie Woods, says: ”It’s an honor for CATS to be recognized in this way and we are grateful that Nevada County Arts Council supports our vision of multicultural theatre and diversity in the arts.”

Trails & Vistas has been awarded $1,600 to support stipends for artists and presenters as part of its virtual field trip film, The Dreaming Tree. Jean Varda, board president, and Nancy Lopez, Executive Director, issued a joint statement: “We are grateful to Nevada County Arts Council for its decision to invest in Trails &vVistas’ extra curricula virtual field trip film, The Dreaming Tree, through our support of Latinx students in the Truckee Community. An inclusive and diverse group of artists and speakers in the film, including a member of the Native American Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada, as well as other cultural guides, will be featured.”

Neighborhood Center of the Arts in Grass Valley will receive $1,500 to support three developmentally disabled or intellectually challenged adults of color, whose participation has been severely hampered by COVID, and will be used to purchase art supplies and teaching artists to support these students. Amee Madeiros, Executive Director said: “We are honored to receive this grant. With the Center closed due to our Shelter-in-Place mandate, many of our artists continue to create art. However, many are sad and at times unmotivated to create while away from our community here at the center. This grant allows us to support and inspire our artists – creating a spark of new motivation. We look forward to see what they create!”

Additionally, Grass Valley Taiko will receive $500 towards rent to preserve space for classes which support a centuries old Japanese art form, one that originated in China and Korea, and was then later refined in Japan.

As well as its first priority of supporting Nevada County’s creative sector, Nevada County Arts Council has also been providing peer support and mentoring for Sierra County Art Council in the administering of its own grantmaking process.

Says Tudor, “The State-Local Partner network extends the length and breadth of California. This provides leadership in the arts in every corner of the state, and while not all agencies had the capacity to opt-in to California Arts Council’s re-granting initiative, it felt important to support our neighbors. We were thrilled, at the end of the day, that cultural organizations and less formal groups offering support to communities of color were able to benefit from monies from the state both within and beyond county lines. This support has never been felt more deeply – and particularly in our rural underserved communities.”

Learn to write a short play with Patricia Cotter and The Center for the Arts

Learn to write a short play with Patricia Cotter and The Center for the Arts

WHAT:  Playwriting 101: Writing The Short Play
WHEN: Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. February 10 through March 3, 2021.
WHERE: Online via Zoom
INFO: | 530-274-8384

The Center for the Arts is offering a new virtual class for adults 17 and up. Playwriting 101: Writing The Short Play teaches the specific art of writing a satisfying ten-minute play with the end goal of having students complete a rough first-draft by focusing on the fundamentals of playwriting (character, structure, dialogue, action, and conflict). The four-week Zoom class starts Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:00pm and is taught by critically acclaimed and award-winning playwright, Patricia Cotter.

How do you begin writing a play when you don’t even know where to start? Many writers begin their play and then find themselves losing steam after only a few pages. Usually it’s because they aren’t quite clear regarding what or who they are writing about. The million-dollar question is: “What is your play about?” This workshop will help you discover the themes and the focus of your story in a safe and fun environment. Odds are your idea is in there — somewhere — and this workshop will guide you to discover the words and ways to express it. With lectures and in-class writing exercises, Patricia will guide you through the scary stuff and back to your idea — showing you how to make clean, clear and workable choices. “This workshop is designed to give you an introduction to the tools and the support you need to take the first step in writing your play,” says instructor Patricia Cotter. “You will leave the workshop armed with the information, focus, and confidence you need to continue writing.”

Patricia Cotter holds accolades including; American Academy of Arts Letters, Richard Rodgers Award, Daytime Emmy Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award. She has taught improv at The Groundling Theatre in L.A. and writing at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre MFA Program, The Writing Salon, and at theatres throughout the country. Her play, The Daughters, received its world premiere at San Francisco Playhouse in 2019 and is slated to be presented as part of Pride Plays 2021. The Surrogate was the winner of the 2016 Susan Glaspell Award and a finalist at the 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. The Break Up Notebook was a GLAAD Award nominee. Musicals (librettist/ adaptations) include Rocket Science: A Musical and The Break- Up Notebook: A Musical (based on her play). She was asked by Disney Theatricals and MTI to write Mulan, Jr. (based on the Disney film Mulan), which is produced and performed nationally. Patricia adapted The Surrogate for Kanbar Entertainment and that film, Beautiful Dreamer, was released in 2020. In addition to writing for the stage, Patricia has written for Audible, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Disney Theatrical, and Comedy Central.

Offered as a part of The Center for the Arts’ arts education programs for adults, Playwriting 101: Writing The Short Play is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide range of writing experience.  Anyone interested in penning a short play is encouraged to sign up for this 4-week class. Classes are held online via Zoom on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information and to register, please visit

SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening and Issue New Guidance

SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening and Issue New Guidance

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the Paycheck Protection Program will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

To promote access to capital, initially, only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Regardless of your application date, contact your lender now to prepare your necessary documents. Regardless of your application date, contact your lender now to prepare your necessary documents.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Key PPP updates include:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, destination marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

The new guidance released includes:

Click here for the application.

Stay-at-Home Order Lifted – Nevada County Moves Into Widespread Purple Tier

Stay-at-Home Order Lifted – Nevada County Moves Into Widespread Purple Tier

The State has lifted the Regional Stay Home Order for the Greater Sacramento Region, which includes Nevada County. Due to Nevada County’s current daily average of COVID-19 cases and positivity rate, Nevada County will be exiting the Stay Home Order into the Widespread Purple Tier.

As we move back into the Widespread Purple Tier, some businesses will be able to reopen with modifications. Most notably, these are:

• Hair Salons/Barbershops/Personal Care: Open with modifications in the Purple Tier
• Hotels and Lodging: Open with modifications in the Purple Tier
• Movie Theaters: Outdoor only with modifications in Purple Tier
• Wineries: Outdoor only with modifications in the Purple Tier
• Restaurants: Outdoor dining with modifications allowed in Purple Tier

Although this is welcome news that our ICU capacity is projected to be above 15%, Nevada County remains well into the Widespread Purple Tier with significant business modifications. Nevada County Public Health continues to thank the community for wearing a mask, being mindful of social distancing and refraining from social gatherings. Together, we can stop the surge to save lives and work towards lowering our daily COVID-19 cases and positivity rate which may allow us to move into the less restrictive Red Tier.

For more information Business Information & Resources click here.

Deadlines Approaching in California for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Drought

Deadlines Approaching in California for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Drought

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded California small nonfarm businesses of the deadline dates to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties.








Incident Type Incident Date Deadline
16502 Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino and Tehama Humboldt, Napa, Plumas, Shasta, Sonoma, Sutter, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba in California Drought Beginning April 14, 2020 02/10/21
16507 Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Lake, Mendocino, Merced, Plumas, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Sierra and Stanislaus in California;

Carson City, Douglas and Washoe in Nevada

Drought Beginning April 21, 2020 02/16/21


According to Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disasters. “Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disasters’ impact,” said Garfield.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disasters and businesses directly impacted by the disasters. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage,” Garfield added.

The interest rate is 3.75 percent for businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared declaration CA 16502 on June 10, 2020, and declaration CA 16507 on June 16, 2020.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, in drought disasters nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

InConert Sierra Third Sunday Virtual Series concert with baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco and pianist Spencer Myer

The joy of song rings in the new year

WHO: InConcert Sierra presents
WHAT: Third Sunday Virtual Series concert with baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco and pianist Spencer Myer
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, January 17
WHERE: InConcert Sierra’s website and YouTube channel
TICKETS: Free to view
INFO: 530-273-3990 or

InConcert Sierra continues its Virtual Third Sunday Series in January with a performance by baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco and pianist Spencer Myer on Sunday, January 17 at 2pm.

The concert premieres a recording of the duo’s November 2015 InConcert recital that was well-received by the full-house audience. Diaz-Moresco’s resonant baritone voice is complemented by Myer’s masterful work on the piano. The recital program intertwines vocal works of Beethoven, Brahms, and Vaughan-Williams, with solo piano works of Brahms and Ravel.

Diaz-Moresco has garnered worldwide attention for his versatility and strong stage presence in both Opera and Leider. Lieder are German art songs from the Romantic period that are highly emotional and expressive with strong lyrical melodies and rich harmony, which Diaz-Moresco renders beautifully.

The pair opens the concert with Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebt, a beautiful, intimate, and colorful piece. “We just think it’s a gorgeous way to open a program, and it’s a nice length, too. It’s about thirteen minutes long, so it’s substantial, but it’s not going to lose the audience’s attention. It’s an amazing piece, and actually I find that it’s not programmed very often,” said Diaz-Moresco.

The program includes Brahms’ Drei Intermezzi, Op. 117, Duparc’s L’invitation au voyage, Ravel’s Jeux d’eau and Sonatine, and Vaughan-Williams’ Songs of Travel. There are two encores recorded which are Schubert’s an die Music, and Lerner and Lowe’s On the Street Where you Live.

Described as “flawless” by Opera News, Diaz-Moresco studied at the University of Colorado and the University of Southern California and most recently completed the Professional Studies Diploma program at Mannes The New School. He has been a young artist with Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, a Stern Fellow at SongFest and a Vocal Fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute. Mr. Diaz-Moresco was a finalist in the 2019 Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition.  Outside of being an active recitalist, opera highlights include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, playing the lead role in Robert Ashley’s Dust, which was named one of the best classical music performances of 2017 by the New York Times, William in The Fall of the House of Usher (Glass), and singing the baritone role in Hydrogen Jukebox at Chautauqua Opera, under maestro Steven Osgood.

Spencer Myer’s career was launched with three important prizes: First Prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa, the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the Gold Medal from the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. Myer is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Julian Martin. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University. A consummate artist, Myer performs all over the world and has performed several times for InConcert Sierra.

“Spencer lights up the concert hall, and any room he enters for that matter, with both his personality and his artistry. He’s become a favorite of our audience, as well as our board and staff!” said Julie Hardin, executive director. “Ravel’s Jeux d’eau that he performs on this program is magical. If you haven’t heard Spencer perform before, you are sure to be a devotee after this concert.”

In December 2020, the duo gave a master-class for InConcert Sierra’s “Composers Project with Mark Vance” students in preparation for the class’ winter concert called Poetry in Song. The showcase will present new works by the eleven students featuring voice and one instrument.  Diaz-Moresco and Myer gave the class a lively instruction about the technicalities of composing vocal works.

The YouTube concert will remain online following the premiere.  The full program page with movements, as well as translations, can be downloaded from concert’s webpage on the InConcert Sierra website.

To learn more about Diaz-Moresco or Myer, go to and

Panel of community leaders to discuss new Crisis Team program

Panel of community leaders to discuss new Crisis Team program

A panel of Nevada County law enforcement, health, and nonprofit leaders will discuss “Crisis Teams in the Community: Assisting People into Services and Treatment; in a virtual forum to be held on Friday, January 15, 2021. The event will take place online as a live Zoom presentation, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County.

The forum will include Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon; Director of the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department Phebe Bell, Grass Valley Police Chief Alex Gammelgard; Nevada City Police Chief Chad Ellis, and Executive Director of Hospitality House Nancy Baglietto.

The focus of the discussion will be a new program called the Mobile Crisis Team that was created by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department. The Grass Valley Police Department recently received a grant which will also enable them to provide a police officer and a crisis worker from Hospitality House.

The Zoom link for the event is
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For more information, contact Janice Bedayn at or call (530) 265-0956.
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Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project- 2020 Year End Update

Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project- 2020 Year End Update

2020 was a difficult year for everyone and the same applied to the Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project. The original estimate for completion of the Bridge Project was late spring 2020. There were delays caused by the introduction of a different design incorporating the “Mabey Bridge” installation used to support the wood bridge during construction, then some major engineering design and implementation delays late spring and early summer, and recent delays caused by abutment and foundation issues. The good news is there is total commitment by California State Parks, the Sierra Gold Parks Foundation and the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee to complete this project and open to the public a fully restored historic covered wood Bridge as soon as possible.

The foundation work is now almost complete. The next steps are to introduce the major wood support beams, then the roof and bottom beams, and to rebuild and install the huge arches that span the Bridge. All of the necessary timber for the complete restoration is at the work site. The Bridge Wrights and carpenters have been fashioning all of these major components and most are ready to install as soon as the foundation work is complete. Many of the original 1862 timbers have been saved and are being used in the reconstruction of the Bridge, as well as eight original iron rods with the 1862 maker’s marks from iron foundries all over the world.

We are especially proud of the work done by the volunteer team of photographers documenting every step of the of the renovation process. This important work will establish a lasting pictorial record of the restoration process for one of the most iconic wood covered bridges in America. The monthly progress photos and videos are available for everyone to see at this website:

Realistically, completion of the Bridge restoration looks like it will happen in the spring of 2021. The Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee is in constant contact with State Parks and is monitoring the Project closely. To be able to once again experience crossing the South Yuba River, as the gold rush era pioneers did, is a good reason to look forward to a better year in 2021! Congratulations to everyone involved, together we have been able to Save Our Bridge! Wishing everyone a very happy, safe and healthy New Year!

Doug Moon
Chair – Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee

Marie Wolfe Painting Exhibit to Open at The Center for the Arts

Marie Wolfe Painting Exhibit to Open at The Center for the Arts

WHAT:  Marie Wolfe: Sparks Of Imagination
WHEN: January 8, 2021 through February 12, 2021 | Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 4:00 p.m. | Art Opening: Friday, January 8, 2021 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts | 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
ADMISSION: Free Exhibit
INFO: | 530-274-8384

The Center for the Arts presents Marie Wolfe: Sparks Of Imagination, a new art exhibit opening on January 8, 2021. Her paintings will be on display in the Granucci Gallery from January 8 through February 12.

Living out loud through layers seen and unseen, through weight, depth and texture, Wolfe works to discover the mystery and realm where abstraction and realism meet. Her work has complexity, simplicity and a sense of history that is informed by the idea of impermanence as she builds up and scrapes away marks and gestures while, at times, covering other paintings. Wolfe explains, “I see painting as a whole new way of growing.  Feeling the need to be in touch with a deeper part of myself and to keep art alive in my life and to find expression of beauty and emotion. Something about painting feels good, and exploring this medium is different than other mediums I have tried.”

“Finding inspiration in fragments of nature, urban decay,  emotions and  spirituality, as well as through memory and images of something remembered, I intend that my work have complexity, simplicity and a sense of history as I engage a personal vocabulary of marks, texture, color, shape, space and layers that help express the sensual pleasure and ephemeral quality of life. Living out loud through layers seen and unseen as I work and wait for some form of alchemy to happen. Within the sphere of exploring the dialogue between representational and abstract, I am moved to deconstruct reality as I work along the continuum between the two.  I search for visual moments to capture a particular feeling and allow my mind to roam and create visually appealing pieces that take on independent directions.  I am drawn to aged surfaces that reveal the endless passage of time; objects with a striking physicality. Fragments of urban decay, weather worn surfaces that present textures that were at one time rigid and strong, which have surrendered through time to the elements to which they have been exposed. I see this through my travels, in nature, and through my photography. I look at human form with its myriad of shapes and expression which in turn inform an emotional response.  I tend to not feel constrained by the boundaries of medium. Currently, my choice is oil and cold wax, along with the use of pastels, graphite, marble dust, and more to make up the various layers I play in. Nature and human experience through its strengths and fragility are a rich store of ideas and inspiration.”

Gallery Curator Brynn Farwell discovered Wolfe’s work while organizing the Open Studios tour in 2018. Farwell notes that, “although Marie was new to painting at the time and without a formal arts education, I was struck by her innate ability to capture form using a simple palette and collection of line and texture. Since then, the raw expression via use of the materials in her work has quickly grown and matured in a way that it becomes obvious how much she has learned about her craft in such a short period of time. Her work varies between figurative and abstract landscape in a way that is natural and explorative.”

Marie Wolfe’s painting exhibit, Sparks of Imagination, will be on display in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts from Friday, January 8 through Friday, February 12, 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, February 3. Visit to RSVP and for more information.

Small Business Grants Due in January


The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant will OPEN DECEMBER 30. A total of $475 million will be available in two rounds. Round one will distribute $237 million and opens December 30 at 6am and closes January 8 at 11:59pm

Sierra Business Council’s Small Business Development Center is working with our statewide SBDC network to provide information and technical assistance to applicants. A daily webinar with updates to the program including eligibility requirements, application process, required documents and who to contact for assistance will be conducted daily at 11am starting December 24. Registration information for these webinars are available at

Lendistry will act as the intermediary to administer and distribute the funds. The application is not available yet, but information can be found at this link

Brief highlights of the program:

·      Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000 based on annual revenue.
·      Minimum annual revenue $1,000
·      Maximum revenue $2.5 million
·      Eligible entities include small businesses and nonprofits (501c3 and c6) with yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less
·      In operation since at least June 1, 2019
·      Businesses must be currently operating or have a plan to reopen in the State of California
·      Must have a physical location in the State of CA.
·      Business must have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
·      Business must be able to provide most recent tax return (2018 or 2019), evidence of business formation/organization such as articles of incorporation, fictitious business name registration or business license.
·      Applicants with multiple businesses are only eligible for one grant.
·      Awards are NOT first come first serve
·      Awards will be selected based on a weighted lottery with priority given to most impacted communities, industry sectors and disadvantaged businesses.


Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an allocation of $100,000 to support small, locally-owned businesses most impacted by the State’s orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Apply today! Applications close Jan 6th, and awards will be announced by Jan 15th. Link here:


Nevada County Arts Council is inviting professional artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis to apply for relief funding.

Artists who wish to apply for micro-grants can do so by visiting Nevada County Arts Council’s Artist Relief Fund page at, where guidelines and eligibility criteria are outlined, and where a link to apply can be found.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 15, and the fund will support up to 30 micro-grants for its first round.



As 2020 draws to a close Nevada County Arts Council is inviting professional artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, to apply for relief funding.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at the Council, says: “We are grateful that, with the support of our coalition of local arts organizations, we have now reached a critical sum from which to launch the application phase of the Nevada County Artist Relief Fund, and we invite artists in all disciplines to apply for a micro-grant.”

Nevada County Artist Relief fund will disperse $500 per successful applicant, with artists meeting criteria in order to apply. They must reside in Nevada County, be over 21 years of age, work professionally or vocationally in the arts, and have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19, whether by cancelled performances, exhibitions, programs, classes, or organizational closures, or loss of non-arts supplemental income or jobs.

Tudor says: “Priority will be given to artists whose livelihoods are dependent on a fractured local creative sector.”

Jesse Locks, who serves Nevada County Arts Council’s board of directors, says: “We are grateful to the many contributors to our fund, as well as to those artists who supported the summer festival which launched our fund, ‘WHAT A RELIEF!’ As we turn the corner on a year of loss and devastation, we know our journey to recovery will be a long and winding road. But it’s in sight, and Nevada County Artist Relief Fund is one of several initiatives aimed at supporting our creative economy.”

In addition to its Artist Relief Fund, Nevada County Arts Council is simultaneously running two other initiatives, both connected with its work in support of Nevada County’s two California Cultural Districts during the pandemic. Shopping with Artists is a local, online shopping experience designed for a holiday season like none other, at the same time as supporting local professional artists. Artists in Storefronts is a revitalization project bringing to life six otherwise vacant storefronts with the work of eleven artists.

Says Tudor: “The resounding message these inspiring installations share is, ‘Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District is alive and well – our downtown spaces are beautiful, innovative and industrious.’”

The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on America’s arts sector. According to the latest estimates from Americans for the Arts, the total economic impact to date of COVID-19 on the creative economy nationwide is $14.6 billion, with 96% of arts organizations reporting canceled events, 62,359 reporting staff lay-offs, with a further 49,559 in furloughs. Yet 89% of the same organizations have been delivering artistic content in order to raise community spirits and morale during the pandemic, and a third volunteering their time to coronavirus mitigation efforts.

Tudor says the Nevada County creative sector is reflective of the national picture, with struggling arts organizations “continuing to operate, despite unbelievable pressures, for the benefit of our community during dark times.”

“It speaks reams that our longest standing arts organizations – themselves battling to survive and thrive – are so supportive of our artists,” says Jon Blinder, Board President at Nevada County Arts Council. “It points to the healthy respect of one part of our sector for another, and the knowledge we all share that the arts have a critical role to play in driving our economy beyond COVID-19. What’s good for the arts is good for us all!”

Artists who wish to apply for micro-grants can do so by visiting Nevada County Arts Council’s Artist Relief Fund page at where guidelines and eligibility criteria are outlined, and where a link to apply can be found. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 15, and the fund will support up to thirty micro-grants for its first round.