Promote Your Business Through Our Newsletter!

Do you want to let people know what your are all about? Having a special? As a chamber member, you have access to our newsletter that goes out every Monday to over 7,000 subscribers!

Simply provide a write up along with a graphic (logo, poster, pictures) and we will include your item in the newsletter. The deadline each week is Thursday at noon, but of course the earlier the better. Send your information to If you have questions, feel free to call us at  and we are happy to help! 

Best regards,

Libby Bonomolo

Enhance Your Chamber Website Listing by Adding a Picture or Logo

Promote Your Business with a Visual!

We’ve updated our membership directory to include photos. Send us a photo of your business and we’ll include it alongside your business listing. A large .jpg is ideal, and horizontal, or landscape, aspect ratio works best. If you don’t have a photo, send your logo (although images always look prettier on the page)!  

Please email your images to If you have questions, please call 530.265.2692.

Thank you for those who submitted a photo for their listing!!  Check out these listings: 

Broad Street Inn

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Company

Ol’ Republic Brewery

The Fur Traders

The Nevada City Winery



Soroptimist of the Sierras 24th Annual Garden Tour

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills cordially invites you to our 24th Annual Spring Garden Tour commencing in Grass Valley & Nevada City May 20th and 21st, 2017, 10:00 AM. – 4:00 PM Rain or Shine. Tickets $25, $30 at any of the 6 fabulous gardens during the weekend of the tour. You can also purchase tickets online. For more information visit our website at and visit our Facebook page for information about SISF. Questions? Email us at

Ticket outlet Locations:

GRASS VALLEY: Mill Street Clothing, Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, Hills Flat Lumber, SPD Market, Weiss Bros. Nursery, A to Z Garden Center, Sierra Timberline “Today’s Hearth & Home Store, The Union

NEVADA CITY: Harmony Books, Prospectors Nursery, SPD Market

PENN VALLEY: Nevada County Farm Supply & Nursery


AUBURN: Eisley’s Nursery


“The Roth Estate is honored to have been asked to open our gardens for the Soroptimist of the Sierra Foothills 24th Annual Garden Tour”.    Garden List & Map


Blue Marble Jubilee – A New Community Festival Rolling into Grass Valley

A new all ages event rolls into Nevada County this May. The Blue Marble Jubilee takes place from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, with a mission to “Connect – Explore – Celebrate.” A colorful, village-style one-day festival, the Blue Marble Jubilee is an Earth-centered event to inspire, educate and empower people to make a difference in the community and our world. Plus, the day will be filled with fun!

Spend a spring day at “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds” enjoying live music, great food, and fun activities for the entire family. Dance under the pines to Achilles Wheel, one of Northern California’s favorite bands; be awed and amazed by the storytelling and juggling of local favorite and world-renowned entertainer Izzi Tooinsky; catch some of the best films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour; take in a recycled fashion show by Haute Trash; and so much more!

Relax with some delicious refreshments including craft beer and wine, and a signature sangria. Cool off with a root beer or 50/50 float – a kid-friendly version and a spiked version for adults! A variety of local food trucks offer something for everyone’s tastes.

Peruse the booths of local environmental organizations and vendors peddling environmentally-focused products. Get active with lawn games, crafts and adventure activities for all ages, including a rock wall.

This new annual festival is a fundraiser for Grass Valley Charter School, a unique K-8 school offering an expeditionary and adventure curriculum. “We wanted to create a brand new event that the whole community could enjoy and that shows who we are and what we stand for,” said Wendy Willoughby, President of the Grass Valley Charter School Foundation. “Blue Marble Jubilee celebrates what we love about our learning model; being good stewards of the earth and good stewards of the community.”

The students themselves are getting into the spirit of earth stewardship and community service by creating spectacular and unique outdoor art projects that will be for sale at the event.

Tickets go on sale March 25, 2017, and will be available at Grass Valley Charter School, located at 225 S. Auburn St., or by visiting the event website at


Wendy Willoughby, GVCS Foundation President

(310) 650-6330

Kathy Dotson, Blue Marble Jubilee Coordinator

(530) 470-8595

AAA Insurance Mixer – Thanks for Coming!

Thank you Mike McBride and AAA Insurance for hosting Thursdays Joint Chamber Mixer. A nice crowd gathered to enjoy food, music, raffle prizes and network with those attending.

Pictured:  Mike McBride with son & daughter, Jacob & Alexis

Annual Earth Day Show at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

An annual show of contemporary nature-inspired art will be featured at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art in Nevada City in honor of Earth Day. The show entitled “Where On Earth” will have an artist’s reception on Earth Day, April 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the gallery & studio, 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City. The show runs Thursdays – Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

The show will highlight a new series of large-scale sculptural wooden vessels by Mike Snegg that were accepted into the Baltimore Fine Craft show. Brook, who won the Best Visual Artist award from the Union’s 2016 Best of Nevada County contest, will have her newest mixed media landscape paintings paired with Snegg’s bowls in an installation in the gallery.

The featured pieces by Nevada City wood sculptor Mike Snegg include an oversized series that are a feat that most wood-turners would shy away from. The bowls originate from many sources including local wood such as Madrone, Black Oak, Manzanita and Black Walnut, as well as many woods from Hawaii including Norfolk Pine, Milo, Lychee Fruit and a rare wood called Kou. The 18 inch+ bowls start with wet wood weighing over 150 pounds each, which is then hoisted up to a lathe by several men, while Snegg sculpts the outside, then inside of the form. Creating the vessel itself can take up to 10 hours while Snegg maintains the sculptural nuances of each piece of wood. It is then gradually cured in a temperature-controlled environment for roughly one month, at which point the final finish of mineral oil is applied, creating a natural protective luster that brings out the rich color of the wood. The result is a one-of-a kind sculptural vessel that marries form and function, with many also acting as serving bowls.

After inheriting his father’s woodshop eight years ago, Snegg set on a course to create wooden bowls using a lathe. Studying with some of the most accomplished wood turners in America, Snegg’s pieces are now collected worldwide, including his Olive Bowl for Peace, which is part of Jimmy Carter’s collection at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

As serendipity has it, Brook, whose contemporary paintings have featured the landscape for over forty years, also shares her birthday with Earth Day. She received the 2015 Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Artist of the Year award from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Best Visual Artist in the Union’s 2016 Best Of Contest, and is a four-time winner at both the California State Fair as well as the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival juried art competitions. She opened her gallery-combined-studio, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art in downtown Nevada City in July 2015.

For further information please visit, call 530-265-6817, or email

PHOTO CAPTION: Mike Snegg’s Madrone sculpted vessel with painting by LeeAnn Brook

WHO: LeeAnn Brook and Mike Snegg

WHAT: “Where on Earth” art show

WHEN: Artist Reception: Earth Day, April 22, 4-6 p.m.

Show runs Thursdays – Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

300 Spring St.

Nevada City

CONTACT: LeeAnn Brook


Second Annual “Brave the Shave”

Nevada County Firefighters Local 3800 and ol’ Republic Brewery presents the second Annual “Brave the Shave” event! Our March 12th 2016 event raised over $14,000.00, this year we have set a goal of $20,000.00, please help us reach that goal!

Join this St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement!

Food from the Federalist – Pizza by the slice
– Vegetarian – tomato sauce, mozzarella, red onion, mushrooms, oregano, salt, evoo
– Combination – tomato sauce, mozzarella, red onion, mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni, oregano, salt, evoo
– Cheese – tomato sauce, mozzarella, oregano, salt, evoo
– Pepperoni – tomato sauce. mozzarella, pepperoni, oregano, salt, evoo
For more information on the Federalist –

Dessert from Cake for Giants – Small treats on a stick!

Live Music!

To donate go to

(Please note that the hair does not get donated to St Baldricks, the money raised is strictly by donation. You can arrange to have your hair donated to one of the hair collection organizations if your locks pass the stringent guidelines as per the specific organization.)

Travel America Online with Touchdown Productions

TouchDown Production is happy to announce our newest show with the debut of Travel America Online. At Travel America Online you will travel across America with Lyn and Gil Dominguez as we see the beauty of America using our drone “Songbird” and meet the interesting people who make up our country. The Adventure begins April 10th with our first voyage to Half Moon Bay for their annual Spring Wildflower Show. See the segments on our Facebook page, web site, You Tube channel and Instagram all titled “Travel America Online” and email us at with your hints and suggestions.

Help Big Brothers Big Sisters Help Our Local Kids!

Support Our Upcoming Paper Shredding Event

Saturday April 22, 10am – 1pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is having another paper shredding event on SATURDAY APRIL 22  from 10am to 1pm at 117 ARGALL WY. NEVADA CITY.  the cost is $10 per bankers box of papers.  If you can’t attend that day call BBBS at 265-2059 or email to arrange early pickup of papers to be securely stored until the day of the shredding event when they will be professionally shredded on site.

Nevada City Tax Rates April 1, 2018

Know Your Tax Rate

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) reminds Californians that new sales and use tax rates will take effect on April 1, 2017, as a result of voter-approved initiatives in several cities and counties. Sales tax rates and boundaries can be confusing. Find the correct rate anytime, anywhere

Nevada City Tax Rate

4/1/2017  8.75 (add in 0.375 Measure C & 0.125 Library Tax)

4/1/2018  8.375 (Measure L 0.375 sunsets)



Women of Worth Bingo Night – Saturday, April 22nd

Women of Worth Hosting a Bingo Night to Help Keep Shelter Doors Open.

Ticket price includes entry into event, food and bingo cards for all 6 games of bingo! There will be silent auction items to bid on,no-host beer and wine provided by Jernigans, raffle items, and bingo prizes!

Women of Worth is a non-profit 501c3 helping victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Please join us for a fun evening with great prizes and auction items!

To learn more go to our Facebook event page: @WOWBingoNight

Winemaker Dinner April 22nd

Nevada City Winery and Winemaker Mark Foster invite you to an elegant Winemaker Dinner, Saturday April 22 , from 6-9PM  in the Stone Hall of the Miners Foundry. Mark worked closely with Chef Carlos Trujillo of Farm to Table Catering to create a six-course menu that will compliment the older Library Wines as well as showcase current vintages. Paul Ong will provide the music. $100 per person, reservations required by April 14. or 265-9463.

BYLT Upcoming Treks April 2017

What: Earth Day Wildflower Walk at Hell’s Half Acre  

When: Begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22

Where: Hell’s Half Acre, South of Rough and Ready Highway

Cost: FREE!

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and Friends for this morning walk among the flowers. Located on the western edge of Grass Valley, south of Rough and Ready Highway, Hell’s Half Acre is considered one of the richest wildflower blooms in the region. Native plant lovers are especially fond of the “Mehrten meadow” where botanists have recorded more than 100 species of spring flowering plants. Bring your hand lens and favorite wildflower field guide. We suggest: “Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California.” Trails Coordinator Bill Haire will lead this outing and give some background about how the trail was built.

Nevada City First Friday Artwalks – Sign-up Now!

Business & Artist Sign-up Available Now!!

Advertise in First Friday Art Walks Program

“We are entering our fifth season of First Friday Artwalks! Dates for the 2017 Season are; May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The mission of the Nevada City Artwalk is to increase awareness, appreciation and participation in the Arts in our local community while also increasing commerce for local businesses in the downtown Nevada City area.  Participating Downtown businesses feature local artists and host a reception/open house every First Friday evening monthly. To become a participating business, info and sign up form can be found here:  Business Sign-up 2017

We will also be featuring local artisan vendors on Commercial Street, where there will be live music and other family-friendly entertainment. Application and info to become a vendor can be found here: Artist Application 2017

Become a sponsor for First Friday Artwalks:  NC First Fridays Sponsor Form 2017

Advertise in our First Friday Artwalks Program:  NC First Fridays Program Advertising

We look forward to hearing from you and excited about this years event!!

Linda Carter Holman – Artist of the Month at Nevada City Winery

A self-taught artist with 44 years of experience she creates worlds on canvas allowing her to play many parts imagining life in a variety of ethnic worlds…Southern bells, Latin Ladies, Cowgirls, Tropical abundance, and more. The show will be a mix of both oils and mix media prints. Opening reception is April 7, 5-7 PM. Jared Johnson, solo accordionist and singer, will be performing.

The show will be available for viewing all month, 12-5 Sunday – Thursday and 12-7 Friday & Saturday

Nevada City Chamber Launches GoFundMe: Commercial Street LED Terrazzo Lights

If you live anywhere near Nevada City then you are probably familiar with the terrazzo lights across Commercial Street; a very popular string of lights that zigzag from one side of the street to the other.

Historic towns like Savannah, Georgia, use terrazzo lights to embellish the pride and sense of place that ultimately enhances the overall experience of being downtown. We want to do the same thing in Nevada City.

While controversial to a few, theses lights have been overwhelmingly supported by the public. We removed these lights last October after a yearlong test pilot was completed. Since then the Nevada City City Council has unanimously approved a permanent installment.

It is the objective of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses and residents to get these lights installed permanently. But in order to do this we have a few steps we need to take in this process.

We can’t do this alone and many hands will make this affordable for all of us. Please help us light up our historic downtown by putting in permanent LED lighting. These lights create a sense of wellbeing, are popular with locals and tourists alike, and reduce crime in the area.

So, this is where you come in: A GoFundMe campaign has been launched!

Keep the Light in Nevada City!


Upon analyzing the buildings along Commercial Street we have come to find a safe alternative to hardwiring into an actual building and saving a substantial amount of money.

We will have 120 volt plug-in, a driver (power supply) suitable for weather, a messenger, a photo-eye (sun timer that turns lights on and off) and a plastic bubble cover for the outlet. A PVC conduit will take the wire from one side of the building to the other. We will paint the conduit the same color as the building.

It’s important to note that the Mason’s have solar so the electric bill will be reduced significantly. We are expecting approximately $10 to $20 per month. Thank you, Masons!

The wires will be fixed to the buildings with eyebolts and carabineers and the LED strands will be reinforced with poly-covered cable.


$89 per 50-foot string for a total of 500 feet of commercial grade strands, $890

 250 LED lights at 5.75 each, $1,438                                                                             

 Tax and shipping, $150

 Electrical work, $750

 45 foot boom lift (1 day rental), $300

 Hardware, $200

 Poly-covered cable, $150
  Total, $3,878

As soon as we receive our goal we will order the lights, assemble the parts and begin installation before spring is upon us!

Help Us Permanently Light Nevada City!!!

Become a Summer Nights Vendor

The Annual Summer Nights in Nevada City Celebration

Wednesday Evenings, July 12, 19, and 26, 2017

The Summer Nights celebration is sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. For information, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Vendor sign-ups are now available on our website,


Sierra Stages & Miners Foundry present A Play Reading of “HAND TO GOD”

“Sesame Street meets The Exorcist”:
Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry present
A Play Reading of “HAND TO GOD” by Robert Askins
Wednesday April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 12, Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry present the controversial and critically acclaimed play, “HAND TO GOD”, written by Robert Askins, as part of “Theater By The Book,” a series of informal play readings for the community.

Described as “Sesame Street meets The Exorcist” by The New Yorker, “HAND TO GOD” tells the story of an awkward Texas teen named Jason, who spends his afternoons at his local church, practicing for the Christian Puppet Ministry run by his widowed mother. All hell literally breaks loose, however, when Jason’s puppet Tyrone takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play, “HAND TO GOD” explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind.

“The play was described to me as being about a kid with an insane hand puppet; it sounded like a perfect fit for local actor Danny McCammon,” explains Ken Getz of Sierra Stages and director of “HAND TO GOD.” As soon as the rights became available for non-professional productions after the show completed its successful Broadway run in early 2016, Getz contacted McCammon about doing the show as part of the “Theater By The Book” play reading series. “When Danny said he could do the reading this spring, I took on the role of ‘director’ because it’s a show I’ve really wanted to do in this community,” says Getz. “Danny stretches his acting chops to play two characters at once — the awkward teen Jason and his evil puppet Tyrone. Alone on stage, he delivers several lengthy (and hilarious) conversations between Jason and Tyrone. It’s just amazing to watch Danny keep up with the script and manipulate his puppet.”

McCammon is joined by a wonderful group of local actors. “The talented Robert Rossman reads the part of Pastor Greg, and the hysterical Jori Phillips and Jay Barker are the two other ‘kids’, Jessica and Timothy,” says Getz. “We also have the pleasure of working with a newcomer to town, Judy Merrick, who plays Jason’s troubled mother; Judy is not only a professional actor, but also she was part of the original reading of “HAND TO GOD” in New York and knows the playwright. And finally, we could not have done this reading without the assistance of our good friend, local actor, and ‘puppet master’ Ken Miele who built our puppets and coached our actors with the puppetry skills.”

Now in its fifth season, “Theater By The Book” has allowed Sierra Stages to bring plays to the community that might otherwise be too difficult, too expensive, or too controversial to produce as full productions. However, a couple of the readings have had longer lives: “The Cripple of Inishmaan” started as a reading and was developed into a delightful and beautiful production directed by Sharon Winegar last year, and this fall, Sierra Stages will do a full production of the musical “Ordinary Days” which was presented as reading in 2014 with the same cast and director, Sandra Rockman.

“HAND TO GOD” certainly fits the bill of being “too controversial” to warrant a full production, but you never know what the future may hold. “As I’ve told many people, if you are offended by adult language, or simulated puppet sex, they might want to skip this one,” says Getz about the adult content of this reading. “On the other hand, there’s a certain audience for whom that increases the interest! You never know.”

Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began eight years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 31 plays and musicals and almost as many play readings. After “HAND TO GOD”, the next “Theater By The Book” play reading will be “THE LARAMIE PROJECT” directed by Sharon Winegar on Wednesday May 10 at the Miners Foundry, and the next full production will be the hit musical “CHICAGO” at the Nevada Theatre July 13-August 5.  Information about Sierra Stages and its productions may be found at
WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry present a Theater By The Book play reading of “HAND TO GOD”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:30pm (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City  
TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.