BELONGING – HOME April 15 – May 28, 2020


Osborn Woods Gallery is collaborating with Nevada County Arts Council to showcase local artists’ depictions of what “home” means to them. We have to say, in the recent weeks this questions has become more relevant than ever.

Angela Apostal
Sheila Cameron
Mira Clark
Ron Kenedi
Lori Lachman
Jennifer Long
Aimée Murray
Lisa Nowlain
Misha Rauchwerger
Jennifer Rugge
Carol Turner
Vlatka Varga
Juliette Morris Williams
Marie Wolfe

Curated by Juliette Morris Williams, Ruth Chase, and Eliza Tudor of the Nevada County Arts Council

Home Program Link:
Contact: Juliette Williams at
Gallery Website:

HOME is an initiative of Nevada County Arts Council led by Artist Ruth Chase, generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists in Communities Program.


Problems Meeting Your Obligations Due to COVID-19? Fundamentals of Contract Law May Help.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing widespread business disruptions and the cannabis industry is not immune. The pandemic and resulting stay-at-home orders have already prevented many companies from meeting their contractual obligations to distributors, retailers, lenders, landlords and other vendors. Fortunately, doctrines of California contract law may offer a remedy and provide some relief.

For example, a “force majeure” clause, may allow a party to cancel or postpone performance if that performance is rendered impossible by an unforeseen calamity. Understandably, these provisions, often called “act of God” clauses, have a fairly high threshold. Specifically, the event must be both severe and unexpected in order to provide relief. Force majeure clauses can be specific as to the kinds of calamities that will trigger their protections or they can be vague. If effective, the provisions could either void the contract entirely or postpone performance until the qualifying event ends. Either way, the contract in question and the facts presented should be carefully considered to determine whether a force majeure clause exists and may be effective in offering relief.

Even if a contract does not contain a force majeure clause, there are similar protections available under California law, such as the doctrine of “commercial frustration.” Largely developed during World War II, this doctrine may enable a party to cease performance under a contract if an unforeseen event has rendered performance under the contract impossible. For example, in one 1944 California appellate case, the Court held that a governmental order that prevented the involved business from operating constituted just such a “frustrating event” as to relieve the business of its obligations under its contract. (20th Century Lites, Inc. v. Goodman (1944) 64 Cal. App. 2d. Supp. 938.)

To be effective, force majeure clauses and the commercial frustration doctrine must meet similar requirements. First, the event in question must have been unforeseeable when the parties entered into their contract. If the event was foreseeable, it will most likely be viewed merely as a business risk and be insufficient to enable any protection or relief. While the courts have not yet addressed the COVID-19 pandemic, given its scope and, more importantly, the unprecedented shelter-in-place orders mandated at both the state and county level, the COVID-19 pandemic should qualify as “unforeseeable” under the two legal doctrines. Second, the event must make it impossible for the contract to be performed, not merely more expensive or burdensome. For example, if the party seeking the protections of these two doctrines was having difficulty meeting its obligations before the pandemic, it is unlikely a Court would find in its favor on this issue. Therefore, how these requirements will impact a business operating in the space will depend upon a sober review of the facts on a case-by-case basis.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the manner in which it has been and is being addressed is unprecedented. Many cannabis businesses have been forced to change their practices and seek creative solutions to new and evolving problems. Force majeure clauses and the commercial frustration doctrine may be able to help those who are, despite their best efforts, struggling to meet their contractual obligations. At the very least, by properly and timely invoking these doctrines, businesses may be able to leverage themselves into a fair and equitable renegotiation of those contracts impacted by the pandemic. This is not a one-size-fits-all situation so those who have been or are being harmed by the pandemic should consult an attorney sooner rather than later and have their contracts and the particulars of their situation evaluated. We at Huguenin Kahn hope this summary has been helpful and stand ready to assist any person or entity operating in the cannabis space with their legal needs during these challenging times.

The attorneys at Huguenin Kahn are available to address any concerns you have relating to the above or other aspects and implications of COVID-19, including, but not limited to, employment disputes, whistleblower concerns, or other matters relating to the shelter-in-place restrictions.  Please call us at 530-955-3080 or e-mail us at  You can also follow us on social media @hkcannabislaw.

Nevada City Classic Cafe: Calling All Moms!

We at the Nevada City Classic Cafe want to thank you for everything you are and everything you do, especially during these unprecedented times. You are amazing and we see you!

As a restaurant owned and operated by a mom, I want to extend an extra thank you to all the wonderful moms out there by offering you your choice of one complimentary Mimosa OR Limited Time Specialty Smoothie with any meal order over $15.

So take a break this Mother’s Day and enjoy your power nectar at the Classic Cafe. Then surge back into the things only a mom can do!

Located at 216 Broad St (across from the National Hotel) in Nevada City. 530 265 9440


Emily’s Catering Pop-Up Bakery: Mother’s Day May 8 & 9

Pre-Order Mother’s Day Pop Up Bakery May 8th and 9th, 2020 421 Colfax ave Grass Valley

Mother’s Day is almost here! Lately times have been quite uncertain, but we have something that you can count on, the most delicious tasting and beautifully presented cupcakes, desserts, and savory dishes that have won over the hearts of so many of our loyal customers.

We are open this Friday and Saturday, May 8th and 9th, everything will be made to order based on your pre-order. With deluxe cupcake flavors (available to mix and match individually, 6 packs and by the dozen) such as Strawberry Champagne, Cinnamon Roll, Boston Cream, Mudslide, Raspberry Rose, Berries and Cream, Coconut cream Pie, Cherry Blossom, and Crème Brulee.

We will also be whipping up Moms favorite treats- Mini Cheesecakes, Meyer Lemon Tarts with edible floral design, Seasonal Fruit Pies, Chocolate Cream Pie, and breakfast pastries and cookies galore. Frozen Buttermilk Yeast Biscuits are the gift that keep on giving, Mom can bake fresh whenever she wants!

We have dinner covered as well- our menu will feature our award winning Slow Roasted Skuna Bay Salmon, seasonal sides, salads, soups, and quiche.


To order: Call 530-271-2253 before 9am on Friday May 8th

Find our menu: on our website or on Facebook.  Order early as quantities are limited

Pick up: Noon-5pm on Friday or Saturday 11-3
Parking lot pick-up only (call when you arrive and we will bring your order to your car)
All orders must be prepaid (credit card, paypal or venmo)


David Wong Offers Video Services for Artists & Businesses

“We are offering video production services for artists and businesses looking to put their video messages, services, or classes out to Youtube or other streaming services during this time of business closures. We are offering to produce your video message and classes for only $250. This includes video shooting for up to 1/2 day along with editing services suitable to produce a video from 5 minutes to an hour in length. We are offering this service as a benefit to Nevada County businesses and artists to help combat the loss of business. Normally this service costs $1000.

We have produced videos for our past clients such as Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, Stanford University, the University of California, and theatrical companies such as Theatre Works in the Bay Area. We have shot and produced videos from NATO headquarters to Washington D.C. Please contact us at:

Choquiero Chocolate Offers Online Shopping

Choquiero Chocolate now has an online shop, with the option to schedule Curbside pickup and shipping. Besides chocolate & beverages, we have Covid supplies such as hand sanitizer, masks & soap, immunity cacao blends, and many body care products. You can also take advantage of our discounted section online at: Our new shop hours are Wed-Sun 12-6. The shop is located at 419 Broad Street, Nevada City.

Lobos Del Mar Offers 20% for Online Orders

Lobos Del Mar located at 318 Broad St Nevada City & 459 Main St Placerville is offering 20% off all online sales during store closures due to Covid-19. Gift cards are available online which can be used for purchases online or when the shops reopen.

Our stores carry Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s clothing, as well as folk art, jewelry and handmade goods from Oaxaca and Chiapas Mexico as well as Ecuador and Peru.

Meyers Investment Group: Do You Have Unanswered Questions?

During these uncertain times, the financial landscape has changed seemingly overnight and the options available to you are changing constantly.


You may need answers in order to make decisions about your financial future but sorting through the information can be overwhelming. The financial advisors at the Meyers Investment Group are here to help. Whether you need information about loan programs for small businesses, new rules about borrowing from your 401(k) or how to handle your RMDs, our Certified Financial Planner is here to answer your questions free of charge.

Dial 530-271-3000 or send an email to to schedule your complimentary call.

Baird does not provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your tax or legal professional for specific information relative to your situation.

Update on Nevada City Chamber Sponsored Events

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the following events have been postponed or cancelled for 2020

First Friday Artwalk – Cancelled for 2020

Village Market Day – Postponed to September 13th, 2020

Nevada City Bicycle Classic & Brewfest – Postponed to September 5th & 6th, 2020

Nevada City Uncorked – Cancelled for 2020

We will keep you updated on other chamber sponsored events coming up as decisions are made.

Foothills Event Center: Waiting to Book a Venue for Your Event?

Don’t! You don’t want to miss out!

It feels like the whole world stopped when COVID-19 hit, as people were told to stop everything and shelter in place. Though the staff at The Foothills Event Center continues to work from home, we’re starting to see activity and want to be sure you don’t miss out.

Most of the events that we scheduled at The Foothills Event Center during March and April have already been rescheduled for dates later in the year. Brides and grooms are still planning their weddings for six months to a year from now, so our calendar is starting to fill up again for the summer, fall, and winter months. Plus, many weddings are already on the books for 2021!

As the talk turns to being able to gather again, people are starting to think of the events that they were planning before the stay at home order. As a result, people are beginning to book again. If you are thinking about looking at dates for events in the fall, winter, and next year, we suggest that you consider booking sooner rather than later as the date you desire could be gone.

We know that once we’re all given the green light to gather, we’ll be looking for every opportunity to get together, reconnect and have a little fun, so don’t get left out! Give us a call today and see if the date for your event or wedding is still available.

Final Deadline for the 20th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) is May 1st

Recently named by USA Today as the #3 Film Festival in the US, along with being recognized as the “Sundance of the Sierra” and by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, NCFF celebrates the world’s most exciting storytellers in independent, international film. These filmmakers are united in their uncompromising mission to express a unique, personal vision through their films.

This year’s festival is scheduled for August 28-September 4. The week long festival features indoor and outdoor film screenings, panels and workshops for filmmakers and festival attendees, filmmaker Q&A’s and coffee talks, after-parties, virtual reality experiences, nature hikes and outdoor excursions, and other special events. For the first time ever, the entire film festival will be made available online, to allow film lovers around the globe to share in the experience.

“Storytelling is essential to the human experience and media, especially film, is how we entertain, learn from and communicate with one another,” says Jesse Locks, Executive Director. “NCFF serves as a platform to showcase and support these diverse voices and stories that would otherwise not make it to mainstream audiences.”

Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit short and feature length films in a variety of genres including, but not limited to, documentaries, animation, narrative, comedy, multi-media, experimental, music videos, virtual and augmented reality.

“Each year we receive around 500 submissions. We watch another 100 plus films that are considered the buzzed about festival favorites and narrow these all down to 30 programs of both feature and short films,” says Locks. “Over the years, films that have been showcased at NCFF have gone on to win Oscars, Independent Spirit Awards, and be recognized at other festivals.”

NCFF is known for recognizing and supporting new talent including independent filmmakers such as Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Baskets), Jason Sussberg (Bill Nye: Science Guy), Patrick Brice (Corporate Animals, The Overnight), Greg Finton (Dazed & Confused, The World According to Dick Cheney), Augustine Frizzell (Never Goin’ Back), David Zellner (Damsel, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter), Christina Choe (Nancy), animator and performance artist Miwa Matryek, and animator Galen Pehrson, among others.

In previous years NCFF has hosted filmmakers such as Mike Mills, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Cartoon Networks Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), and comedians including Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite), Tig Notaro (Inside Amy Schumer, Comedy Central), Nick Kroll (FX’s The League, and Comedy Central’s Nick Kroll Show), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately), and Marc Maron (WTF Podcast).

NCFF offers $9000 in cash prizes. These include Best of the Fest – $1500, Best Screenplay – $1000, Best Doc Feature – $1000, Best Narrative Feature – $1000, Best Short Narrative – $500, Best Short Doc – $500, Best Short Animation – $500, Best Director – $500, Best Performance – $500, Best Cinematography – $500, Best Editing – $500, Best Musical Score – $500, and Audience Award – $500.

Past NCFF judges have included award-winning producers and directors, plus writers from The Huffington Post, New York Times, McSweeneys, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, Rolling Stone Magazine, Arthur Magazine, and Pop-Up Magazine.

Submission fees are waived for local filmmakers (Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sierra and Sacramento Counties). Please contact festival directors at for more information and a waiver code.

To submit your film, go to or call (530) 362-8601

All Photos by Kail James

Local Facebook Page: Mask It

This group is dedicated to the well-being of our community. If you can sew, donate or need help please join our group. If you have helpful information please join our group. Please post in popular topics so we can answer your needs or know how you would like to help! This is our grassroots effort to help everyone in all situations without ever selling masks or scrub hats!

Nevada County Arts Council & Ruth Chase Host Saturday Morning Question

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


  1. Join Zoom at 9 AM
  2. There is 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


Art Works Gallery – Virtual Art Sale

Art Works Gallery invites you to meet the artists One on one at Every two weeks we will be spotlighting ten artists, who’s creations might just be the spark to brighten your home. We hope that soon you will be gracing our doorways once again. Stay safe.

Artist: Kris Johnson

Artist: Eileen Blodgett

Artist: Gail Lipson

Artist: Lori Humphrey

Artist: Liz Collins

Artist: Susan Lobb-Porter

Artist: Candace Ekstrom

Artist: Katie Wolff

Artist: Sylviane Giacoletto

Artist: Pamela Klein

Wedding Rescheduling Blues-Solved

Northern Queen Station (At the Northern Queen Inn) has openings for late summer and early fall weddings by the Gold Rush Falls. If your Wedding plans have to change due to the Stay-At-Home order and you are not able to reschedule – We are happy to assist and can offer you reasonable wedding venues including dining in our large dining room overlooking the falls for large events or if you have a smaller venue planned we have the darling railroad dining cars. Contact us for details.

Contact us for details. We are here to assist – Give us a call: 530-265-5824 or

Nevada County Arts Survey

To better understand COVID-19’s impact and the immediate needs of our creative sector, Nevada County Arts Council is facilitating conversations with stakeholders across all sectors. We are also actively looking into options to support and advise coordinated emergency relief efforts for individual artists and organizations, and will share information with you as it arises.

Your collective input will help inform local solutions and support, and guide key conversations and actions on your behalf – both with the County and our stakeholders. Whether you are representing an organization servicing the creative sector, or work for one, or whether you are a self-employed independent artist, we would like to hear from you. It should only take 5-10 minutes

California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief during COVID-19


The health and safety of our nearly 40 million Californians is the number-one priority for our state. This includes the physical and psychological well-being of all individuals. We are mindful that the public health policies and interventions necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 are affecting all facets of society and our daily lives. These daily disruptions, coupled with the fear of not knowing what may come, are resulting in increased stress and anxiety for many. Read more…

Buho Bakery Offers Curbside Pick-Up or Delivery

Búho bakery is offering delivery or pickup for bread and pastries. We will be offering pastries on Sunday’s and bread on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Please submit your order at least 24-48 hours in advance so we can ensure a timely delivery. Our offerings are available on our website. Buho Bakery is located at 220 Broad Street, Nevada City.

Bread available for pick up or delivery: Order Bread   Pastries available for pick up or delivery: Order Pastries


The Fur Traders are Offering Curbside Retail Therapy

Like most other retailers in the country, The Fur Traders has closed its retail locations until it is safe for us to be open to the public once more.

Are you getting cabin fever yet? If so, come visit our online stores for some risk-free retail therapy from the safety of your home. In these unsure times, you’re sure to love our deals! We’ve been keeping our online stores stocked with new styles arriving daily from your favorite brands.

An array of sandals, sneakers and other spring styles in a myriad of awesome colors and fabrics. Stunning new laser-cut shoes for a unique, modern look. Tons of socks, hats, and other fun accessories to add the perfect finishing touch to that outfit you just can’t wait to show off!

Soft, cushy water-proof flip-flops and slides from Telic, in a few new eye-popping colors, as well as some of the classic hues.

We just got a bunch of new styles from Mephisto, the most comfortable and expertly crafted shoes in the world.

And be sure to shop our extensive selection of luxurious lounge wear from UGG to make you feel fabulous even when you’re just puttering around the house!

The Fur Traders will continue striving to be here for our customers while keeping public safety a top priority.

If you don’t see something online that you know we carry in our store, give us a call at (530)432-8000. We would love to treat you to a personalized shopping experience.

Stay safe out there!

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