Foothills Events Availability During COVID-19

Foothills Events Availability During COVID-19

Local venues have been hit particularly hard since the onset of COVID-19 as all operations had to immediately cease.  Here is an updated message from The management at The Foothills Event Center regarding our availability to the community during COVID-19.

Life in our Foothills Community certainly has changed over the last few months. Every aspect of our lives has been affected, and we are all adjusting to a new normal. While the health of our Foothills Team and the people we serve remains our top priority, we also know we have a responsibility to support our community as we slowly begin the phased reopening of Nevada County and the State of California.We have offered both federal and state governments, as well as our local Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Dignity Health the use of the Foothills Event Center, should it be needed for emergency services. We want to serve in any way we can.

When we are able to reopen for meetings, gatherings, and social events, we will do so with safety as our top priority. We have modified our cleaning and sanitizing procedures and will continue to seek counsel for improvement from the federal and state governments, as well as the CDC.The message that every one of our Team Members would like to communicate to you is this: “We miss you and are eager to continue helping you plan your meetings and events! As soon as we are able, we will welcome you back safely.”

We are continuing to assist those with events planned for late summer and beyond through a variety of virtual options, including online planning and purchasing tools, video conferences, screen sharing, and simple phone calls. We can complete all necessary paperwork using electronic signatures. While our approach is slightly different than what we have done in the past, people can continue to count on us to use all of our resources to help them plan all types of events, from weddings to memorial services, business meetings and non-profit fundraisers. Just because we can’t gather today, doesn’t mean we have to stop planning for the future!

To help reinforce social distancing guidelines when we are able to reopen, we are creating new floorplans and incorporating new procedures for events. Because the health and safety of our Foothills Team and communities are our top priority, we will continually re-evaluate our procedures to comply with recommendations. That way, we can ensure that everyone is equipped with the appropriate equipment and our facilities remain safe and welcoming spaces.

We all have a great sense of pride and ownership in the community we serve. This ongoing national health crisis only strengthens our commitment and our desire to continue to serve Nevada County with the same high levels of care and dedication you’ve seen in the past. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all families, friends, and communities impacted by the COVID-19, please know that we are here to serve our community in any way we can.

We’re all in this together!

CALL TO ALL: What I Make of My Space – Deadline June 5

CALL TO ALL: What I Make of My Space – Deadline June 5

Share a space that you have been spending more time in during physical distancing, or an area that you simply love to inhabit. Rather than a simple room view, how can you capture the essence of your confinement, or – conversely – your enjoyment of the space? You may include a description, poem or written piece that you feel better describes your image. All mediums are welcome, including video. This exhibition will be curated, exhibited online and shared publicly through social media. If you’re an artist, awesome, you know the drill. If not, then break out your smartphone and get creative. Make art, then let’s share it together!

IMAGE USE / COPYRIGHTS Artist retains all copyrights to submitted images and represented artwork. All digital images submitted with artist entries are for the selection process only and will be deleted after completion of the jury. By entering the competition, selected artists grant Nevada County Arts Council (NCArts) rights to use image(s) on printed materials and the gallery web page for promotional purposes only. NCArts retain no copyrights.

PRIVACY POLICY Artist contact information (email address, telephone, etc.) is only held for the purpose of contacting selected artists and is not preserved in any database. Entry data and image files are deleted on the completion of the jury process. All artists will have the opportunity to opt out of future events and announcements, including future emails when they receive their notification.

SUBMISSIONS Submit 1-3 works Deadline: June 5, 2020 Email to Ruth Chase at Nevada County Arts Council:

IMAGE GUIDELINES – Email files must be in JPG format, maximum 1800 pixels on largest side. Please submit attached files, not a zip file. If providing videos, artists may provide a link to a web page, YouTube, Vimeo or similar service and provide a link to the video. – Size and Price of your work: the size of the image if you were to print it AND price (optional).


NAME: Your name

CONTACT: Website Email Phone

Art Works Gallery Virtual Sale

We’re preparing to SAFELY open the gallery. Please stay tuned. In the meantime, MORE “Art in the time of Covid”, a bi=monthly Virtual Art Sale.

Because you cannot come to us, we are coming to you. Art Works Gallery invites you to meet the artists one on one at Every two weeks we will be spotlighting ten artists whose creations might just be the spark to brighten your home. For the next two weeks we are spotlighting Antje Dormeyer, Market Lindsey, David Mooney, Candace Ekstrom, Gail Lipson, Pamela Klein, Wendy Krill, Liz Collins, Dori Greenbaum and Sharon Griffiths. Art Works Gallery exhibits a high-quality collection of artwork featuring jewelry, furniture, paintings, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking, glass, mixed media and sculpture. The gallery is located at 113 Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley. We hope that soon you will be gracing our doorways once again.

Lone Egret by Dori Greenbaum,


Nevada City Classic Cafe Celebrates the Return of Dine-In

Celebrate the return of dine in service by gifting a classic cafe meal!

Starting this week, the Nevada City Classic Cafe will be resuming dine in business operations, and what better way to celebrate than with a Classic Cafe gift card?

Gifts cards are now available for purchase in house or from our online ordering services where you will receive 20% off your order.

Find the Classic Cafe on Facebook for news and updates regarding business hours and changes to our dine in service.

USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the Department is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural businesses and agricultural producers and being a strong supporter of all aspects of the rural economy,” Secretary Perdue said. “Ensuring more rural agricultural producers are able to gain access to much-needed capital in these unprecedented times is a cornerstone of that commitment.”

In addition to expanding eligibility to certain agricultural producers, the changes Secretary Perdue announced today allow USDA to:

  • Provide 90 percent guarantees on B&I CARES Act Program loans;
  • Set the application and guarantee fee at two percent of the loan;
  • Accept appraisals completed within two years of the loan application date;
  • Not require discounting of collateral for working capital loans, and
  • Extend the maximum term for working capital loans to 10 years.

B&I CARES Act Program loans must be used as working capital to prevent, prepare for or respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The loans may be used only to support rural businesses, including agricultural producers, that were in operation on Feb. 15, 2020.

USDA intends to consider applications in the order they are received. However, the Department may assign priority points to projects if the demand for funds exceeds availability.

USDA announced the expanded B&I CARES Act Program authorities in a notice published in the May 21 Federal Register (PDF, 217 KB). Program funding expires Sept. 30, 2021.

Eligible applicants may contact their local USDA Rural Development State Office in the state where the project is located.

USDA is developing application guides for lenders and borrowers on the B&I CARES Act Program. The Agency also will host two webinars to provide an overview of program requirements.

To register for the webinar on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, visit

To register for the webinar on Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, visit

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

Announcing The Center Space Sharing Initiative

The Center for the Arts launched a space sharing initiative to provide relief for local nonprofits and artists. John and Audry Agle generously provided the seed money which will allow The Center to designate $25,000 of the Art Center Emergency Fund to create space sharing grants to help nonprofits and artists in the community. The grants can be applied towards venue rental fees at The Center for the Arts in 2021.

“COVID-19 has hit the arts and culture segment especially hard and we know that it will be more important than ever for us to work together to create events and experiences for the community to come together when we are able.” Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel. The Art Center Emergency Fund was established to get The Center through three months of show cancellations due to COVID-19, and to preserve this community’s investment in the arts. The Center’s Space Sharing Initiative fortifies the organization’s ability to continue to serve other non-profits and artists.

Manuel emphasized that The Center for the Arts is committed to supporting a vast array of artistic endeavors in their newly renovated venue. “We value our local organizations and artists as vital contributors to the recovery and renewal of our community. It is crucial that we help them to survive these times.”

Artists and organizations interested in bringing people together in 2021 to celebrate, raise funds, raise awareness, and/or share an artistic experience at the newly renovated Center can apply for a space sharing grant at

WHAT: The Center Space Sharing Initiative
WHEN: Now Accepting Applications
INFO: | 530-274-8384

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.

Friar Tuck’s Now Open

To all our friends in the community,

We are happy to announce that we have re-opened!! Go online to make your reservations. No guaranteed seating at this time, but we’ll do our best.

Friar Tuck’s has always been a place where our guests can feel comfortable and taken care of. We are always thinking of the future and how we can make everyone’s experience better, no matter the circumstance.

In preparation for welcoming you back to Friar Tuck’s our staff has worked to ensure that we are creating a safer environment while offering you the same unforgettable quality dining/bar experience. In preparation for what’s ahead, know that we have implemented the following for your safety

COVID-19 Operating Procedure
COVID-19 Employee Health Training Agreement

Included in these are guidelines for social distancing, signage with customer code of conduct, other CDC recommended signs, customer triage plan for while your waiting to be seated, distancing, routine disinfecting plans and more.

For 47 years Friar Tuck’s has always been the heartbeat of Nevada City with our gorgeous bar, tree room, comfortable seating & an extensive food and bar menu. We hope that Friar Tuck’s will be even more comforting & special as we move towards resuming our usual activities. Rest assured that we remain committed as ever to providing you an enjoyable experience and we will cater to you your every need.

Ken, Donna, Chad & the entire Friar Tuck’s Staff

PPE Supplies – Tell Us What You Need

The Nevada City Chamber, Greater Grass Valley Chamber and Grass Valley Downtown Association are working together to source some of the necessary PPE supplies that your business needs to operate during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To get the best price points we are looking to order as much as possible at once and we need to act quickly because supplier are in high demand and there can be delays.

This is not an order form and you are not committed to purchasing anything by filling this form out. We will contact you once we have confirmed pricing with our suppliers and you can decide at that point if you would like to place an order.

Click here to take the survey.

Onyx At Home

Arthouse theaters are finding new ways to reach their audiences during the COVID-19 Crisis

The Onyx Theatre is offering a way to enjoy their creative selection of indie films and documentaries online from your own home during their temporary suspension of in theatre viewing. In a unique partnership with some of the very best in art house film distribution, the Onyx At Home is able to provide film-lovers with a way to watch new release titles at home while directly supporting the Onyx Theatre.

We all know that watching movies together at a theatre is best, but until we can get back onto those comfy theatre seats in front of a big screen, viewers can take this opportunity to enjoy some streaming options that support local business and their employees, as well as the arts. Director Christopher Nolan speaking with the Washington Post, reminds us that movies are “a vital part of social life, providing jobs for many and entertainment for all.”

When you watch films via Onyx At Home, the cost of the digital “ticket” is split between the film distributor and the Onyx—just like with a ticket purchased at a box office. The Onyx Theatre is dedicating proceeds from online streaming to help defray the cost of maintaining operations while temporarily closed.

Three films are currently available for online streaming with ongoing film screening options to continue through the shelter-in-place order. Ticket prices vary per distribution agreements. Films will typically run from Friday to the following Thursday, just like our regular schedule for film screening, and may be extended according to availability.

Supporting the Onyx Theatre is supporting our local community, the arts and the filmmakers—all of whom are working hard to sustain operations during COVID-19 and looking ahead to re-establishing more familiar routines. Sign up for ongoing news and screening announcements. Details at The Onyx appreciates your support.

Onyx At Home Now Available for Streaming
A special offering for at home viewing during the COVID-19 Crisis

How to watch: Available to watch through the internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet. It is possible to watch on your TV if you have AppleTv, Roku, Firestick, Chromecast or if your laptop or home computer has an HDMI port.


Master chef, teacher and environmental activist Diana Kennedy is living proof that size has nothing to do with strength. Now in her 90s and barely five feet tall, she’s a fierce jolt of energy that has become one of the most celebrated culinary legends of Mexican cuisine. Blending incredible archival footage from her many television appearances and unprecedented access to her ecologically sustainable home, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is a charming homage to a culinary trailblazer and a true inspiration.

Ticket price: This program is available at $9.99 for a 48 hour rental.


A feature length documentary that looks at the culture of New Orleans through the lens of music. New Orleans has a distinct history as a result of its political and social history. There is a thread that runs through the city that can be heard from the drumming at Congo Square in the 1700’s through to today’s vibrant music scene. The music of this city is a powerful form of expression. It was a vehicle to communicate a desire for freedom, express frustration of the injustices of segregation and Jim Crow laws, a healing force that helped bring the city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and is still a vital form of expression against ongoing cultural & racial biases. Executive Producer Terence Blanchard and Director Michael Murphy, show how the culture of the city is reflected in its music, how music impacts culture; and how even in the darkest of times, music lifts and unites.

A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold will be donated to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund, a statewide relief fund created to support Louisiana musicians and music industry workers whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by this unprecedented crisis.

Ticket price: This program is available at $12.00 for a 48 hour rental.


Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán’s “The Cordillera of Dreams” completes his trilogy (with “Nostalgia for the Light” and “The Pearl Button”) investigating the relationship between historical memory, political trauma, and geography in his native country of Chile. It centers on the imposing landscape of the Andes that run the length of the country’s Eastern border. At once protective and isolating, magisterial and indifferent, the Cordillera serves as an enigmatic focal point around which Guzmán contemplates the enduring legacy of the 1973 military coup d’état.

Ticket price: This program is available at $12.00 for a 48 hour rental.

Note: Films are available for US viewers only. If you have a VPN network, you may need to purchase through your mobile phone and forward your ticket link to the appropriate viewing device.

“When this crisis passes, the need for collective human engagement, the need to live and love and laugh and cry will be more powerful than ever…we need what movies offer us.”—Christopher Nolan, Director


Belonging Home – Saturday Mornings

We invite you to join the Nevada County Arts Council and Ruth Chase every Saturday at 9 AM for the Saturday Morning Question through May 30th. It will be LIVE on Facebook, but we will meet on Zoom. 


  1. Join Zoom at 9 AM
  2. Theirs a new question every week
  3. The meeting will be 30 minutes-ish
  4. It will air live on Facebook 

Time: Apr 11, 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 117 995 654


2019-2020 Nevada County Grand Jury Report: Special Districts – What You should Know

2019-2020 Nevada County Grand Jury Report: Special Districts – What You should Know

The 2019-2020 Nevada County Grand Jury announces the release of the second report: Special Districts – What You Should Know. The full report is available on the Jury website,, and the summary of the report is included below:


The Nevada County Grand Jury has the authority to investigate the functions of special districts within Nevada County. The 2018-2019 Nevada County Grand Jury investigated the management of 24 Nevada County independent special districts and issued a report titled Special Districts What the Public Should Know. Two other related reports were the 2018-2019 report titled A Path to Transparency for Special Districts and a 2018-2019 report titled Special Districts’ Compliance with Brown Act and Ethics Laws. This report is a follow-up to those reports to evaluate whether those districts took action to improve their compliance with legal requirements and to improve their transparency to the public.

Special districts are forms of local government designed to provide services and infrastructure to their communities and are governed by boards selected by the residents they serve. Special districts benefit from the community knowing about them and participating in them so that the district can better provide their services to those citizens.

This report describes the various types of special districts and some of the implications of the differences. It describes the duties of the governing boards and their statutory requirements. Responsibilities of the citizens that reside within those districts are also described.

The 2019-2020 Nevada County Grand Jury (Jury) prepared follow-up surveys to evaluate special district performance relative to deficiencies identified in the 2018-2019 surveys. The self-reported data contained in this report was received in October and November of 2019. Although the survey data was self-reported the Jury validated selected information provided by reviewing websites, reviewing public records, and conducting interviews. The financial data was verified through the Auditor-Controller website in January 2020.

This report contains an individual analysis of each special district and when available provides:
• the district mission
• when formed
• board composition and term limits
• board compliance with training and conflict of interest reporting requirements
• district policies
• financial budget and audit filing status
• availability and content of a website
• code of conduct
• reimbursement policy

As a result of this investigation, the Jury identified 30 deficiencies from 13 of the special districts. The areas of concern were: 1) compliance by members of boards with requirements for ethics training under California Govt. Code § 53234 (AB 1234), filing of Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700), and compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act (Gov. Code §54950 et. seq.) (Brown Act) training; 2) meeting the requirement that special districts have a written reimbursement policy; 3) meeting the requirement that special districts have a written conflict of interest policy; 4) meeting the requirement that special districts have a written code of conduct; 5) meeting the recent requirement that special districts have a website or an exemption; and 6) meeting the requirement for timely submission of certified financial audits to the Nevada County Auditor- Controller’s Office. Details are contained in the body of the report.


The Nevada County Grand Jury is an investigatory body with the authority to act as a watchdog on local government, investigates citizen complaints, and assist in criminal matters at the request of the district attorney.

The Superior Court of California, County of Nevada is seeking applications from Nevada County citizens interested in an opportunity to serve on the 2020-2021 Grand Jury.

In order to meet the minimum qualifications for service on the Grand Jury, applicants must be United States citizens who are 18 years of age or older and who have resided in Nevada County for a minimum of one year immediately prior to becoming a grand juror. Service on the Grand Jury requires a substantial investment of time, usually 40-50 hours per month.

The deadline for application submission has been extended. Additional information and applications for Grand Jury service are available by contacting the Grand Jury at (530) 265-1730, or by visiting the Nevada County Superior Court website at: and going to the Grand Jury link.

McCourtney Road Transfer Station to Reopen Additional Services

McCourtney Road Transfer Station to Reopen Additional Services

Household Hazardous Waste and Metals will be accepted beginning May 20

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – MAY 15, 2020 – McCourtney Road Transfer Station will begin to accept
household hazardous waste (HHW) and metals drop offs beginning Wednesday, May 20.
Customers are asked to follow enhanced safety procedures when accessing McCourtney
Road Transfer Station and the HHW and Metals drop off areas.

In addition to a facility-wide requirement to wear masks, customers utilizing the HHW and
Metals drop off areas are required to:

  • Always stay in vehicle unless directed otherwise by staff.
  • Have HHW and metals materials in pickup bed, unlocked trunk or hatchback for staff to
    easily access and remove materials. Staff will not remove materials from back seats.
  • Lower car window no more than three inches when conducting verbal questionnaire for
    HHW drop off. Please keep mask on when answering questions.

These rules have been put in place to minimize direct contact between employees and
customers at McCourtney Road Transfer Station.

Acceptable HHW items: aerosol cans, propane tanks (large for grills and smaller camping
versions), household cleaners, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, oil filters, oil, gasoline,
cooking oil, paints, batteries and automotive chemicals.

Items not accepted: ammunition, asbestos, biohazards, compressed gas cylinders, treated
wood and medications.

The metal drop-off accepts all material comprised of 85 percent metal including tire rims,
fencing, golf clubs, lawn mowers (remove fluids), BBQs and playground sets.
McCourtney Road Transfer Station continues to accept trash, green waste and commingled

Customers are encouraged to visit for detailed and up-to-date information about
closures in their area. Customers are also encouraged to sign up for automatic alerts online at

Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Grant Applications

Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Grant Applications from “Safety-net” Nonprofits and Small Businesses 
May 13, 2020- Nevada City, CA –The Nevada County Relief Fund seeks grant applications from “safety-net” nonprofits in western Nevada County providing a life-line to our neighbors most in need, and small businesses throughout the County hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Nonprofit “Safety-net” Grants Range from $5,000 – $20,000
The Relief Fund seeks applications from 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, 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.
“Not only will the Relief Fund help address many of the basic needs we’re seeing, but it can also mitigate some of the mental-health impacts of COVID-19 including social isolation, increased depression, and possible increases in family violence,” said Nevada County Behavioral Health Director Phebe Bell, who chairs one of the grants making teams.  
Small Business “Micro-Grants” up to $5,000 Per Applicant Available 
The Relief Fund will also award micro-grants for small business owners and nonprofits countywide struggling to survive until they can reopen or resume normal operation. These grants will be managed by the Sierra Business Council, who will also provide awardees with one-on-one business counseling through its Small Business Development Center. 
“From the hundreds of entrepreneurs our Small Business Development Center has talked with, most of them just need some cash to help restock inventory, hire back employees and catch up on bills. We hope this grant can help take a bit of stress and pressure off an owner’s mind so they can focus on getting back to business,” said Kristin York, Vice President of the Sierra Business Council. 
The first $200,000 raised will be split approximately 50/50 between the two funds, with half going to “safety-net” nonprofits in western Nevada County, and half going to small businesses countywide. Additional grant cycles will occur every time the Relief Fund raises another $100,000.

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 (SNMH Foundation), Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), and the Sierra Business Council (SBC) in consultation with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL) and the Economic Resource Council (ERC). In conjunction with TTCF’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. For more information, please visit, 

COVID-19 General Checklist for Retail Employers

This checklist is intended to help retail employers implement their plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and is supplemental to the Guidance for Retail Employers. This checklist is a summary and contains shorthand for some parts of the guidance; familiarize yourself with the guidance before using this checklist.

         Contents of Written Worksite Specific Plan

  • The person(s) responsible for implementing the plan.
  • A risk assessment and the measures that will be taken to prevent spread of the virus.
  • Training and communication with employees and employee representatives on the plan.
  • A process to check for compliance and to document and correct deficiencies.
  • A process to investigate COVID-cases, alert the local health department, and identify and isolate close workplace contacts of infected employees until they are tested.Topics for Employee Training
    • Information on COVID-19, preventing spread, and who is especially vulnerable.
    • Self-screening at home, including temperature and/or symptom checks using CDC guidelines.
    • The importance of not coming to work if employees have a frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, or if they or someone they live with have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • When to seek medical attention.
    • The importance of hand washing.
    • The importance of physical distancing, both at work and off work time.
    • Proper use of cloth face covers.

         Individual Control Measures & Screening

  • Symptom screenings and/or temperature checks.
  • Encourage workers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home.
  • Encourage frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer.
  • Provide disposable gloves to workers using cleaners and disinfectants when required. Consider gloves as a supplement to frequent hand washing for other cleaning, tasks such as handling commonly touched items or conducting symptom screening.
  • Strongly recommend cloth face covers.
  • Close or increase distance between tables/chairs in breakrooms or provide break areas in open space to ensure physical distancing.
  • Communicate frequently to customers that they should use face masks/covers.Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
  • Perform thorough cleaning in high traffic areas.
  • Frequently disinfect commonly used surfaces.
  • Clean and sanitize shared equipment between each use.
  • Clean touchable surfaces between shifts or between users, whichever is more frequent.
  • Equip customer entrances and exits, checkout stations, and customer changing rooms with proper sanitation products, including hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, and provide personal hand sanitizers to all frontline staff (e.g., cashiers).
  • Ensure that sanitary facilities stay operational and stocked at all times.
  • Make hand sanitizer and other sanitary supplies readily available to employees.
  • Use products approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list and follow product instructions and Cal/OSHA requirements.
  • Adjust or modify store hours to provide adequate time cleaning and stocking with physical distancing.
  • Provide time for workers to implement cleaning practices before and after shifts, hire third-party cleaning companies.
  • Install hands-free devices if possible.
  • Encourage the use of debit or credit cards by customers.
  • Encourage customers with reusable bags to clean them frequently and require them to bag their own purchases.
  • Consider upgrades to improve air filtration and ventilation.

         Physical Distancing Guidelines

  • Implement measures to physically separate people by at least six feet using measures such as physical partitions or visual cues (e.g., floor markings, colored tape, or signs to indicate to where workers should stand).
  • Minimize exposure between cashiers and customers. Where physical distancing cannot be maintained, use barriers such as Plexiglas. Where barriers are not feasible, strongly recommend that employees and customers wear face covers.
  • Use signage to remind customers of physical distancing at every opportunity.
  • Adjust in-person meetings, if they are necessary, to ensure physical distancing.
  • Place additional limitations on the number of workers in enclosed areas to ensure at least six feet of separation.
  • Stagger employee breaks, in compliance with wage and hour regulations, to maintain physical distancing protocols.
  • Close in-store bars, bulk-bin options, and public seating areas and discontinue product sampling.
  • Dedicate shopping hours for seniors and other vulnerable populations.
  • Increase pickup and delivery service options such as online ordering for curbside pickup.
  • Provide separate, designated entrances and exits.
  • Limit the number of in-store customers based on the size of the facility.
  • Be prepared to queue customers outside while still maintaining physical distance.
  • Encourage and train employees to practice physical distancing during pickup and delivery.
  • Make some locations pickup- or delivery-only to minimize physical interaction, if possible.
  • Install transfer-aiding materials, such as shelving and bulletin boards, to reduce person-to-person hand-offs where possible. Wherever possible, use contactless signatures for deliveries.
  • Expand direct store delivery window hours to spread out deliveries and prevent overcrowding.
  • Ask non-employee truck drivers, delivery agents, or vendors who are required to enter retail locations to have their employees follow the guidance of local, state, and federal governments regarding wearing masks.

Nevada County Relief Fund Empowers Community to Take Care of its Own

Fund creates immediate safety net for vulnerable populations and small business during the COVID pandemic;

New website

With the public launch of the Nevada County Relief Fund, the community now has a central place to come together and lift up their neighbors and small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Backed by a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, the Relief Fund hopes to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in matching funds to support the frontline safety net nonprofits in western Nevada County, who are providing a life line to our neighbors most in need. It will also help small businesses countywide and nonprofits vital to our community with micro-grants to help cover key expenses until they reopen or resume normal operation.

The Nevada County Relief Fund eliminates donor uncertainty about where and how to donate and will put gifts to immediate use locally every time another $100,000 is raised. With Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation serving as fiscal sponsor, donations may be made safely and are tax deductible. The newly formed Nevada County Relief Fund is coordinating with the well-established Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s “Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund,” which is focused on eastern Nevada County ( to ensure a countywide philanthropic response, and provide donors two ways to give.

Support for “safety-net” nonprofits

“This forceful emergency response paves the way to work together to assist local nonprofits serving those in the most need in our community starting with food insecurity,” said Board Chair Heidi Hall. Locals suffering from food and shelter insecurity include the elderly, people with disabilities, families with no income, and those battling substance abuse and mental illness.

The need is vast. Doug Fleming, President of the Board of The Food Bank of Nevada County, said the organization that normally provides groceries to 300-400 people a week at its Grass Valley location is now serving between 2,000-2,400 individuals weekly. “These are new people we’ve never seen at the Food Bank before, people who’ve not needed food assistance prior to COVID-19: unemployed business owners, wait and kitchen staff, college students, truckers, hair stylists, personal care workers, many of whom support our large retirement community. This virus cuts through all generations and economic levels.”

Granite Wellness Centers (formerly CoRR) is the primary provider of substance use disorder treatment in Nevada County. “Mental health and substance use disorder counseling and treatment operates on a shoestring normally. Now, locally and statewide, we’re seeing decreased revenue and increased costs from COVID 19–and dire need. It’s tremendously challenging, and imperative that these critical services are available” said Ariel King Lovett, CEO.

Support for struggling small businesses

The Relief Fund will also award micro-grants providing key expenses for small business owners and nonprofits struggling to survive until they can reopen, which will be managed by the Sierra Business Council.

In Truckee, COVID-19 has halted commerce — 82% of downtown Truckee businesses have suspended storefront operations. Brick and mortar “mom and pop” businesses are closed. “Downtown Historic Truckee’s business community faces financial strain beyond comprehension. Many have applied for SBA loans and EDD to no avail. The Nevada County Relief Fund will help our businesses adapt to the new constraints,” said Cassie Hebel, Executive Director of the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association.

“From the hundreds of entrepreneurs our Small Business Development Center has talked with, most of them are geared up and excited to get back to work, they just need some cash to help restock inventory, hire back employees and catch up on bills. We hope this grant can help take a bit of stress and pressure off an owner’s mind so they can focus on getting back to business,” said Kristin York, Vice President of the Sierra Business Council.

“As a community we have a history of helping one another and I think this fund recognizes that history. We all need to express our support and appreciation for our small businesses and nonprofits,” said Supervisor Dan Miller.

Widespread Community Support

Last week, the Nevada City Council voted to contribute $5,000 to the Nevada County Relief Fund. Council member Duane Strawser, who also owns Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, spoke favorably of the Fund’s mission to help small business. “This fund is really needed now. As a small business owner, I’ve had zero luck with the federal programs. We’ve been staying open repairing bicycles, and wheelchairs and walkers, too. For a small business like mine, a microgrant would make a real difference – that’s two weeks payroll for our employees.”

Shana Maziarz, who co-owns Three Forks Brewery & Bakery in Nevada City, pledged to donate a portion of her stimulus check to the Relief Fund and encouraged others to do the same. “At the root of our community is a deep altruism and care that makes this such an amazing place to live. Recovering from this crisis is going to require us coming together in very profound ways and a certain amount of personal sacrifice, financial and otherwise. I have no doubt we are up to the task,” said Maziarz.

Spurred by a robust partnership of the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, and the Sierra Business Council with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and the Economic Resource Council, the Nevada County Relief Fund offers a unique local opportunity for philanthropy at every level with an immediate impact.

As Fleming says, “Our community’s response must be all hands-on deck.”

For more information, please visit,

Ready Set Pivot – Bringing Nevada County Small Businesses Online

In response to the immediate and essential need for small businesses to establish an online retail presence, Rebound Nevada County is launching the E-commerce Business Ignitor Course.  This course is primarily geared toward local brick-and-mortar retailers who understand that adding online sales is critical to business operations going forward.

The ambitious goal of the project is to help 50 local businesses launch revenue-generating online stores by June 1.

Rebound Nevada County is a collaborative group including the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers, the cities of Nevada and Grass Valley, Sierra Commons, Grass Valley Downtown Association, Nevada City Film Festival, Bear Yuba Land Trust, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada County Arts Council, Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC), and the Sierra Business Council.

The one-week five-part class series will be held online for interactive participation and recorded for later viewing. Classes will be hosted by Sierra Commons and led by a team of local professionals — web designers and developers, photographers, marketing and publicists, and bookkeepers — who will walk businesses through the process of getting online.

Opening an online store requires a lot more than understanding the steps and strategies for launching a shop. It also takes hours of focus, dedication, and resources. The entire process can be daunting for someone who has never done it before—especially during a crisis. Luckily, we live in a community where people come together and support each other.

Enrolled businesses can request two hours of one-to-one time with members of the Rebound Consultant Team. They can help you with “boots-on-the-ground” jobs such as setting up payment systems, taking product shots, writing copy, adding items to your shop, social media, and graphic design. Many of the consultants are offering steep discounts for additional hours completed by June 1, 2020.  SBDC also offers free one-to-one consulting to advise businesses on technology, business strategy, financing, and marketing—also free of charge.

This project is coming together very quickly and is only being made possible by the passionate people behind Rebound Nevada County and the generous financial support of the Sierra SBDC and the ERC. The team is dedicated to strengthening our local economy and building a more resilient community. We are offering this program free of charge to local businesses. However, we have limited capacity to support this effort. Therefore, we want to ensure that businesses that participate in this program have the time and capacity to dedicate to launching an online business in this accelerated timeframe.

If you are interested in applying for enrollment, please visit by Thursday, May 14th to begin the process.

Classes are held Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Enrollment is limited to 50 students. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact Sierra Commons at 530-265-8443 or or

What: E-Commerce Business Ignitor Course
Who: Rebound Nevada County
Where: Online
When: Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE, pre-screening required
More information: (530) 265-8443, or

Wild & Scenic Film Festival announces May 14 “Fan Favorites” Virtual Event

Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s “Fan Favorites” will be showcased in a Live Virtual Event on the evening of Thursday, May 14th, featuring highlights, award winners, and standouts from the 2020 Flagship Festival. These films will be broadcast live online to allow audiences to enjoy them from the comfort of their home.

This is a FREE event, though donations are welcomed. A link to access the video stream will be automatically sent to all South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and Wild & Scenic members. Not a member yet? Please consider becoming a member for benefits like festival discounts and access to SYRCL news and events. Proceeds from this event support SYRCL.

Make it Dinner and Movie Night! Wild & Scenic is partnering with Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. in Nevada City to offer you dinner-to-go to accompany the evening’s entertainment. Visit for more details.

“Fan Favorites” film lineup includes:

Bears of Durango (59 min) was a real crowd pleaser and one of the most talked about films at the 2020 Festival. Dive headfirst into bear dens with biologists who have spent 6 years investigating why there have been increases in human-black bear conflicts.

This year’s People’s Choice Award Winner was The Sacramento, At Current Speed (38 min). The Sacramento River is a workhorse, hemmed in by freeways, channelized for agriculture and drinking. But there is also a hidden river, where you can launch a boat and float 300 miles to the sea. We are excited to welcome both Mitch Dion (Writer/Narrator/Interviewer/Boatman) and Tom Bartels (Co-Producer, Camera, Editor) as special guests.

2020 Student Filmmaker Award winner A Walk Through the Land Of 1,000 Hills (11 min) joins Rwanda National Park Ranger Claver Ntoyinkima as he guides you through one of the most biodiverse places in the world.

When: Thurs. May 14 @ 7pm

Where: Virtual Event (Streaming online, register for link)

How Much: Free

Register online at


Considered one of the nation’s largest environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for generations to come.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) from their headquarters in Nevada City, California. Wild & Scenic events serve as fundraisers for the organization, supporting year-round work to unite the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed. For more information, visit

Virtual Screening of New York International Children’s Film Festival

Something New for Your Kid’s & Maybe Your Inner Child, Too

During COVID-19 the Onyx Theatre is offering virtual screening of interesting titles that are only available through virtual or subscription screenings, like the NY International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). Even though the Onyx is a 21+ movie house, the opportunity to show these award-winning whimsical films selected by the International Children’s Film Festival was something that seemed both timely and worthwhile. So, come along and grab some popcorn and get ready for a fun, artful film experience for kids and adults alike. Films will be offered online through May 24, 2020 at

Two hour-long screenings of the best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival‘s short films will take you on an inspired, artful journey of storytelling. Bring a bit of hilarity to your home screen. The two programs available are Kid Flicks One recommended for ages 3+, and Kid Flicks Two for ages 8+.

These virtual screening are available to share in your household, discuss and re-watch for 48 hours from your online ticket purchase.

WHAT: NYCI Film Festival Virtual Screening

WHERE: online

WHEN: May 8-24, 2020

FEE: Tickets for each film are $12*

*48 hours for household viewing. Proceeds go to Child Advocates of Nevada County

About NYICFF Selections

NYICFF Kid Flicks One – Catch the best short films from around the world! (Ages 3+)

56 mins, In English, or with no dialogue

The New York International Children’s Film Festival brings you a great opportunity to share the art of film with kids, with this program filled with fun and clever stories of growth and transformation.

If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen Licence. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script.

With films from 10 countries, these shorts are sure to delight and inspire.

NYICFF Kid Flicks Two – Catch the best short films from around the world! (Ages 8+)

72 mins, In English or with English subtitles

These short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival show that playfulness, big ideas, and feelings small and large are all just fine! With these great films for slightly older kids, you’ll have plenty of inspiration to continue the conversation with your kids long after the screening is done.

Take a wild ride and harness the (cat) power of the cosmos with the quirky film Catmos. If you’re curious about more earthly matters, take a page out of a Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl. And whether their tastes lean umami or sweet, the duo in Mogu & Perol just might convince you there is simply nothing more delish than a warm friendship.

For great films for kids ready to grow in experiences and ideas, NYICFF’s Kid Flicks Two is just the ticket!

Onyx At Home Now Available for Streaming

A special offering for at home viewing during the COVID-19 Crisis

The Onyx At Home, a new virtual screening offering for theatre patrons and film lovers during the COVID-19 crisis.

How to watch: Available to watch through the internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet. It is possible to watch on your TV if you have AppleTv, Roku, Firestick, Chromecast or if your laptop or home computer has an HDMI port.