Bear Yuba Land Trust Launches Major Effort to Save Independence Trail

Hugging the steep slope above the Wild and Scenic South Yuba River, Independence Trail winds through a mature forest of Pacific madrone, mountain dogwood and incense cedar. For decades, busloads of eager school children, some in wheelchairs, have come here to explore Gold Rush era flumes and discover Sierra newts in Rush Creek every spring.

But today, the wooden ramp that took folks of all mobility levels to the creek is barricaded and several feet of decking removed to keep people out. It’s too dangerous to use.  Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is launching a community-supported effort to restore the iconic wooden Rush Creek Ramp and other features on the historic and universally-accessible Independence Trail located on the Land Trust’s 207-acre Sequoya Challenge Preserve.

Founded by the late Naturalist John Olmsted and built and maintained by a passionate crew of volunteers, the trail known for its dramatic wooden flumes became the nation’s first wheelchair accessible wilderness trail in the 1980s.

Located approximately six miles north of Nevada City, off Highway 49, the trail meanders through property owned and managed by BYLT and California State Parks. A popular hiking destination, the trail with the wooden switchback wheelchair ramp, which looks more like an art sculpture, attracts visitors from all over the world to experience one of Nevada County’s many wonders.

“This trail is forward-thinking and inclusive. With some fine-tuning and hard work we can attract even more users with limited mobility as well as the general population,” said local archaeologist and trails writer Hank Meals, who helped build the trail decades ago.

The trail memorializes the historic Gold Rush-era Excelsior Canal and includes ditch and berm sections, bridges, wooden flumes, overlook decks, and a long wooden ramp providing wheelchair access to Rush Creek. Every year, volunteer work parties, organized by BYLT and South Yuba River Parks Association (SYRPA) Volunteer Warren Wittich, help keep the ditches and wooden flumes free from forest litter but lack the funding for big infrastructure improvements.

Already, local rotary clubs, FREED Center for Independent Living, South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) and others are coming forward to do whatever it takes to restore access to Rush Creek and keep the trail open.

“The Independence Trail isn’t worth saving because of one man’s dream conceiving it, or because of a few people’s hard work building it, it’s worth saving for every reason that parks and trails are important at all – public access to the wilds of nature,” said John Olmsted’s son, Alden, who remembers his dad’s patching the flumes with flattened coffee and bean cans hammered down with big flat head nails.

The South Yuba River corridor provides year-round habitat and migratory routes for many mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles that make the river canyon their home. In general, riparian habitat accommodates a greater variety of wildlife than any other habitat type in California. Animals who are known to make their home in the area of this Land Trust preserve include deer, mountain lion, coyote, gray fox, bobcat and bear.

On a path to wildness

In 1969, John Olmsted discovered the overgrown ditch, the perfect solution to a problem his friend with disabilities asked him to solve:  help her get out into nature. He had found the ideal place for a rugged wheelchair trail into the wilderness. The 100-year old rock-lined ditches were the perfect width for maneuvering a wheelchair or as a safe passage for people with limited sight who used walking sticks. The historic integrity of the ditches could be preserved and recycled to serve a new purpose.

A decade later, Olmsted returned with enough money he and a group of other interested naturalists had scraped together to make the first down payment.

The tall, thin, bearded naturalist with a crumpled hat was regularly seen clipping dead branches away from the trail or replacing rotted flume planks. He always carried along his repair kit: a pack containing a bow saw, hammer and nails, scrap metal and long handled loppers to keep the trail in check.  Olmsted died in 2011, at the age of 73, after a long fight with cancer.

Like many locals who grew up here, Caleb Dardick, Executive Director of SYRCL, has a personal connection to the Independence Trail. As a kid growing up on the Yuba River, the trail fulfilled a dream of his, of taking his father, who used a wheelchair, to visit river swimming holes. The late Sam Dardick, was a disability rights activist and Nevada County supervisor who worked alongside John Olmsted and other volunteers to build the trail.

“I’ll never forget the first time we rolled down that smooth trail along the river canyon edge, over the new flume and down the remarkable switchback Ramp to the creek. Thanks to the Independence Trail, so many people with disabilities, like my Dad, enjoy the thrill of visiting the beautiful Yuba canyon,” said Caleb Dardick.

In recent years, the ramp has fallen into disrepair and was closed last fall because of safety concerns regarding the structure’s stability. A great diversity of outdoor lovers of all ages and mobility levels can no longer access Rush Creek.

Community support needed

In 2012, the non-profit group Sequoya Challenge (founded by Olmsted and his wife, Sally Cates) transferred ownership of 207 acres – including sections of the Independence Trail and the Rush Creek Ramp – to BYLT.

Restoring Independence Trail to its original glory, meeting today’s stringent standards to enhance accessibility, developing interpretive panels, and re-opening the ramp at Rush Creek will require phases of engineering and costly construction, supported by an enormous fundraising effort from the entire community.

BYLT is in the middle of a trail campaign to raise money and awareness about important projects like Independence Trail. A peer-to-peer on-line crowd funding campaign is available at and will help BYLT reach its goal of raising $15,000 for the initial engineering report.  

“People can feel the magic and connect to a different time and place when hiking the Independence Trail. This ramp provides unique access for people of all mobility levels and we need to get it back,” said BYLT’s Land Access Manager Shaun Clarke.

A profound vision

Hank Meals was on the original Independence Trail work crew called the “Tin Woodsman” that in 1983 reclaimed the overgrown ditch and broken, rotten flumes.

“It was challenging work especially with John’s insistence on using 19th century tools and methods and his uncanny habit of appearing out of nowhere for an impromptu critique. But it was worthwhile,” said Meals.

Gold Rush ditches and canals originally used for water conveyance to the mines were not designed for recreational purposes yet today offer unique outdoor experiences, revealing environmental niches and views seldom seen by conventional trails. Easy grades make the trail accessible to a wide spectrum of users.

“John’s vision to convert a ditch to a trail suitable for wheelchair-users was and is profound and his determination and endless hustle made it a reality. We would be small-minded and foolish to drop the ball now,” said Meals.

Learn more about how you can donate today and get involved with this important project to Save Independence Trail:

Independence Trail Pioneers – Photo Credit: Hank Meals
Photo Caption: Early visitors of the Independence Trail heading out for an adventure. Today the trail has fallen into disrepair and the wooden ramp to Rush Creek is closed. BYLT is launching a community campaign to save this important California treasure.

Building Independence Trail – Photo Credit: Hank Meals
Photo Caption: In 1983, local Archeologist Hank Meals captured this image while working with the crew “Tin Woodsmen” with Naturalist John Olmsted building the Independence Trail. Crews of volunteers turned a Gold Rush era water conveyance system of ditches and wooden flumes into the nation’s first wheelchair accessible wilderness trail appropriately named Independence Trail.

Rush Creek Ramp – Photo Credit: Laura Petersen
Photo Caption: BYLT closed the iconic wooden ramp to Rush Creek on the Independence Trail last fall, after the structure was deemed unsafe. A community campaign is underway to raise money for an engineering report that will help guide the restoration.

The Nevada County Digital Media Center Open House

Thursday, August 17 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Please join us for the official unveiling of the new NCTV Studio & Creative Lab. Come learn what new tools have been added to help create digital projects for the community, meet fellow artists and filmmakers and explore the world of ‘All Things Digital”.

The Nevada County Digital Media Center/NCTV is a non-profit that is focused on fostering community dialogue, increasing civic engagement, and enriching the cultural life of our community through television, the internet, and other digital media.


LeeAnn Brook: Twofold Show of Art

Two shows with work by Nevada City artist LeeAnn Brook will open across the street from each other on Nevada City’s final First Friday Artwalk on August 4. Nevada City Winery located at 321 Spring Street, will host Brook’s show “Botanika”, from 5-7 p.m., with live music by John Girton. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery will open with “Into the Woods”, from 5-8 p.m., live music by Induction. The gallery is located at 300 Spring Street in Nevada City. Both shows will run through August 31.  Read more…


The Presidency

Introducing The Presidency, a look at the men in power in the highest office in the land. This historical keepsake publication will have a glossy cover and be inserted into The Union, as well as distributed at Constitution Day Weekend events in Nevada City. Content will feature bios of all 45 U.S. Presidents, listing of all Constitution Day weekend events including the parade, historical Revolutionary War reenactments and demonstrations at Pioneer Park, a look at the Oval Office, The Constitution and more. Publication date: September 5, 2017.

TREATS – Moved to a New Location!!

TREATS, of Nevada City, California, serves a unique blend of traditional handmade artisan ice creams with local, seasonal and organic ingredients, seasonal sorbets, and vegan selections.  Other Tasty TREATS made from scratch include decadent fresh baked cookies with some gluten free choices.

Founded on the premise of offering the classics done well with exciting and unexpected options, owners and ice cream maker, Bob and Peggy Wright encourage their customers to sample their unique flavors.  Treats uses local, organic and seasonal ingredients when possible, and also offers gluten free cones.

Now open in our new location 210 Main Street In Nevada City CA

Our website:

Nevada City Winery’s Artist of the Month – LeeAnn Brook

Exhibiting for the 12th year in a row at Nevada City Winery, LeeAnn Brook’s show “Botanika” will feature her large and small format paintings that are inspired by gardens in the wild. Incorporating collage, acrylic and mixed media, the contemporary paintings are filled with depth in Brook’s interpretive manner that explores line, texture and a unique use of color.

Opening Reception 5-7pm, August 4, live music by John Girton.

Tasting Room · Open Daily 12–5pm
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The Fur Traders – Thanks for your Support!!

First of all, we would like to thank everyone for their support through out all the years for shopping at our store located at 233 Broad Street! We have made a decision to put our energy into expanding our e-commerce business, and continue to operate one Broad Street Store, which is located in the Old Indian Springs Tasting Room Building at 303 Broad Street.


Sierra Stages Presents the Hit Musical “CHICAGO” Continues Through August 5th!!

This summer, Sierra Stages brings the excitement of the hit musical “Chicago” to Nevada City with an all-local Nevada County production playing from July 13 through August 5 at the historic Nevada Theatre. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, “Chicago” tells the story of Roxie Hart, a chorus girl who murders her lover. Desperate to avoid a conviction, Roxie dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer, Billy Flynn, to transform her crime into a barrage of sensational headlines.

Most audiences know “Chicago” from the 2002 movie version with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, and Richard Gere. Originally premiering on Broadway in 1975, “Chicago” is a modern classic of the American musical theatre, with a catchy score by John Kander and Fred Ebb (perhaps best known for another modern classic, “Cabaret”) and a funny and engaging book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse (who directed and choreographed the original production). The show is wholly entertaining and incredibly artful as it leads the audience to contemplate the ease with which public opinion may be manipulated with a little smoke and mirrors and a lot of razzle-dazzle.

“Chicago” is directed by Robert Rossman, with dance direction by George Jayne and music direction by Ken Getz, who will conduct the 16-person onstage band. The local Nevada County cast includes Kate Haight, Jacquelynn Kolenko, Jonathan Hansard, Sara Noah, Micah Cone, Janet Rossman, Trish Adair, Erin Beatie, Audrey Delgado, Heidi Grass, Tinley Ireland, Tina Kelly, Michaela King, Heather Lucas-Ross, Hailey Patrick, Kimberly Shepard, Angela Williams, Elliot Childs, Chase Coney, Kris Meadows, and Jonathan Willis.

“All of us are excited to be mounting a local production of ‘Chicago’ as our ninth annual summer show,” says musical director Ken Getz. “It’s an extremely popular musical and not many theatres are given the rights to perform it because both the Broadway revival and the national tour are continuing to go strong after more than 20 years. We have put together an amazing cast, band, and production staff for the show, and I’m certain we are going to have almost as much fun performing ‘Chicago’ as the audience will have attending the show.”
Performances of “Chicago” are Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. General Admission tickets for the first two “preview” performances on Thursday July 13 and Friday July 14 are $20. Thereafter General Admission tickets are $28. Reserved Seating is also available (in advance) for all performances for $38 and is a great way to provide additional financial support for the production and Sierra Stages. Student Rush is also offered for $15 at the door (subject to availability) 30 minutes before each performance (age 25 & under with a valid student ID). For tickets and information, visit or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

Following “Chicago”, Sierra Stages will conclude its ninth season with the intimate musical from the bustling streets to the quiet rooftops, “Ordinary Days” tells the story of four New Yorkers whose lives are unexpectedly interconnected by circumstance. Warren house-sits a cat for an imprisoned guerrilla conceptual artist. Deb has come to New York for grad school. Jason has moved in with his new girlfriend, Claire, and they negotiate the perilous shoehorning of one person’s stuff into another’s small apartment. The series of funny and fortuitous events in this intimate, fast-paced musical proves that ordinary days can be simply extraordinary. Sandra Rockman directs, with musical direction by Ken Getz.

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 30 plays and musicals and has been recognized by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with six Elly Awards and 58 Elly Award nominations. The annual Elly Awards honor outstanding achievements of community theatres and artists in the greater Sacramento area. Sierra Stages performs at various local venues, including the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City and the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

Know and Go

What: Sierra Stages presents “Chicago”

When: July 13 – August 5, 2017, Thursdays at 7 PM; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA

Information: or call 530-346-3210


“They Both Reached for the Gun” with cast members from the Sierra Stages production of CHICAGO playing July 13-August 5 at the Nevada Theatre

Photo credit: David Wong

Farm Potluck at Bitney Springs Farm – August 3

Bitney Springs Farm is a small family farm dedicated to growing wholesome foods for a healthier planet.   Famers Chris and Mark are passionate about treating the land and animals in a respectful way, providing quality food that is both nutritious and delicious.   Produce is grown using sustainable practices, with the effort of putting back into the soil what is taken out.  The happy animals are all pasture raised and supplemented with organic feed.   The animals also happen to be the passion of Farmer Chris and therefore are doted over and spoiled with attention! 

The beautiful farm is available for hosting small events, with the option of using the food that comes right off the farm as part of your catering.  Join our hosts Chris Riccio and Mark Sheffer for this fourth Sierra Harvest potluck of the season.  Chris and Mark have also arranged for musician Forest Bailey to be at the potluck to entertain you with his amazing percussive finger style acoustic guitar.

Buy Fresh From the Farm!

Depending on availability, there may be produce and eggs available for purchase at the farm during the event. Call (530) 432-3214 for more details.

Schedule of Events
Come at 5:30 for a tour of the farm with Farmer Christine.  You can also buy farm fresh corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, flowers and compost tea until 6pm.  We’ll circle up for dinner at 6pm.

What to bring:
Utensils, a plate and cup for yourself/selves
A bountiful dish to share, (its nice to label key ingredients for those with allergies)
A blanket or chair to sit on
A healthy appetite

There is NO CHARGE and NO RSVP needed. Thank you.

Directions from Nevada City:
Bitney Springs Farm is located is located at 16152 Bitney Springs Road, about 20 minutes from Nevada City or Grass Valley, right off the main road.

For more information please call 265-2343.

Sierra FoodWineArt – Summer Issue

Sierra FoodWineArt is circulating its summer issue, promoting Nevada City, Grass Valley and Nevada County — in a free, full-color glossy magazine and comprehensive digital edition that reaches Bay Area, Sacramento and Reno readers.

With a special report “Cultural Districts,” the magazine is the first to honor Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee for receiving this prestigious statewide designation from the California Arts Council. The issue explores what makes each town a cultural treasure. The magazine also notes that it was acknowledged in the selection process as a “cultural asset and media resource for our region.”

Owners Jeff and Shannon Pelline are Chamber members and Nevada City residents. For more information, email info@SierraFoodWineArt.

Nevada County Fairgrounds & Community Organizations Team Up for Community Involvement Day on July 31st

Participate and receive buy one, get one coupons for admission tickets to the Fair

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with local, nonprofit organizations – the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence (formerly Domestic Violence Coalition), Cinderella Project, The Karing Closet, and BloodSource – on July 31 for Community Involvement Day. This is a day to donate items to these nonprofit organizations, while also receiving coupons for buy one, get one admission tickets to the Fair. Or, donate blood through BloodSource on that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair. The organizations will be at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of any of the items listed below.

Food Bank of Nevada County: Donate four cans of food.

Foothill Lions: Donate an old hearing aid or old prescription eye glasses.

Nevada County 2-1-1: Donate new/unopened toiletries, including soap, shampoo, shaving cream, disposable razors, toothpaste/toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant, toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary wipes, tampons and pads, Chapstick, sunblock and Band-Aids.

NEO: Donate paper, paint supplies, glue sticks, paper towels, sharpies, general craft supplies, packaged snacks, scissors, paint brushes, blank canvases, ping pong and foosball supplies, yoga mats, and music equipment.

Story Club: Donate two new or slightly used children’s books, or chapter books for teens. 

Community Beyond Violence (former Domestic Violence Coalition): Donate gift cards for local merchants for groceries, clothing, gas, bus passes, movie passes, calling cards, shelter supplies and maintenance; kitchen products; pre-paid phones; new socks and underwear; toiletries; bedding (twin and full size).

Cinderella Project: Donate clean, age-appropriate items from your closet, including prom dresses and semi-formal dresses (all sizes, styles and colors); new or like new high heels, especially ones with sparkle or black strappy styles; jewelry with an emphasis on sparkle (no pearls/costume pearls); hair ornaments, tiaras; and small handbags/clutches.

The Karing Closet: Donate boxes of XL or Jumbo Ziploc bags, packages of index cards, poster board, banker’s boxes, or one new or gently-used school-ready outfit (from children’s size 5 to Junior’s size 16) in a large Ziploc marked bag. No garbage bags full of clothing.

BloodSource: For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the Gate 1 parking lot at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For information and eligibility about blood donation, visit

Those who donate items to the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, NEO, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Nevada County 2-1-1, Cinderella Project, and The Karing Closet will receive a coupon to buy one advance special $6 admission ticket and receive one free. That’s two for the price of one!  

Those who make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile will receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair.

Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them! To receive your coupons or free tickets, all donations must be brought to the Gate 1 parking lot at the Fairgrounds on July 31 between 1- 6 pm. Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 8. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.

Also at this year’s Community Involvement Day, the Foothills Lions Club, in conjunction with the Northern California Lions Sight Association, will provide free vision screening services to adults and children. For the event, the Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Associations Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motorhome that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children, and special tests will be provided to children ages 6 months to 6 years old using our PlusOptix equipment. Local optometrists – Dr. Kirschbaum, OD; Dr. Jerry Chan, OD; and Dr. Tiffany Chan, OD – will volunteer their services for the day. The testing will be done at Community Involvement Day on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, at Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds.

This year’s Fair is August 9 – 13. For information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.


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 on the website 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

Summer Nights in Nevada City Final Wednesday July 26th!

During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic cars, food, drink and music. Leading Sierra foothills musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area. Hours are 6-9:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Summer Nights visitors can enjoy a meal at one of our many and varied restaurants, unwind with some live music or just relax with a leisurely stroll around our stores and the top class craftsmen selling their wares on the street. “Summer Nights is a Nevada City tradition – the whole town comes alive,” says Cathy Whittlesey, Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce which sponsors and produces the events. “It’s the must-attend event of the summer season — a real community party, showing off the best of Nevada City.” Here are our recommendations for the best ways to make the most of Nevada City’s Summer Nights:

Fabulous Music!  Put on your dancing shoes and come on out. Don’t miss these great free concerts! (see entertainment schedule below)

Kid Friendly Fun! Summer Nights is for everyone. There are bounce houses, face-painting and more to make sure that kids will have a great time at this family affair.

Eat and Drink with Friends and Family! Enjoy a meal at one of Nevada City’s fine restaurants, ice cream from our local stores, delicious treats from our Food Court or just hang out at our beer and wine garden listening to great live bands. There’s food for all tastes and pocketbooks at Summer Nights.

Crafts and Art! Town will be filled with arts and crafts booths featuring cool, one-of-a-kind gifts designed and produced by local artists and crafters as well as hand-picked out-of-town vendors. If you’re looking for summer gifts, Summer Nights is the perfect place to come.

Special Additions! A Classic Car Show every week. And don’t miss the exotic music and dance of Troupe Al Ama Belly dancers!

For more information:

Entertainment Schedule

July 12th:

Sgt. Funky + Aerial Lab/Fire Tribe + Troupe Al Ama + David Ayala + Gary & Eva + Star People Band + John Girton

July 19th:

Good2Go + Aerial Lab/Fire Tribe + Troupe Al Ama + David Ayala + Nut Boyz + Ivan Najera & Friends + Heifer Belles

July 26th:

LoLo + Elevation + Dream & Dreamer + Troupe Al Ama + George Souza + Aerial Lab/Fire Tribe + David Ayala

The Phoenix Rose Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale, Sunday July 30th, 12-5pm

Please join us for our bi-annual, semi-legendary, Warehouse Sale at 75 Bost St. #2 in Nevada City. Once again we are rolling up our door and clearing out our warehouse of overstock, 2nds, Samples, and clearance clothing and accessories. Discounts from 20-75% off select items by local designers Phoenix Rising Designs. Come to our bi-annual shopping extravaganza and find those perfect treasures for yourself and for your loved ones. Please spread the word…your friends will thank you for it.

Judi’s of Nevada City – Summer Sale Continues!

“Judi’s of Nevada City is having their spectacular summer sale, with up to 70% off selected spring and summer merchandise. Judi’s sells contemporary women’s wear in an elegant boutique in downtown Nevada City at 246 Commercial Street. They offer a wonderful selection of beautifully designed clothing and accessories, selected with the Judi’s philosophy in mind: great fabrics that are comfortable, easy care, and mostly washable. Among the lines they carry are Curio Knits, Cut Loose, FLAX, French Dressing, Jag Jeans, Nomadic Traders, and leather handbags by Latico and Rock, Paper, Scissors. They are proud to carry merchandise that is made in the USA, including Comfy, Cut Loose, Maruca Handbags, and Vine Street – and they support local artists and craftspeople by featuring their handmade jewelry and accessories. Judi’s is open Monday through Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 11am – 5pm.”

Wine Spectator Magazine Recognizes Friar Tuck’s

Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar of Nevada City has received a 2017 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. The selection is announced in the August issue of Wine Spectator as part of its 36th annual international awards program.  The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

“Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year’s winners,” said Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken. “As wine becomes more important to diners, the awards program is thriving – with an increasing number of entries, as well as growing print, digital and social audiences.  Wine Spectator congratulates each and every award winner.”

Friar Tuck’s was recognized for its well-chosen selections of quality wine producers and thematic match of wines and menu in both price and style.  Award of Excellence winners typically offer at least 90 wine selections.

Friar Tuck’s general manager and wine director Carissa Cook said the Wine Spectator award attests to the restaurant’s fare and popularity.

“This is a prestigious and well-known award in the restaurant industry and a great honor for us,” she said.

Other Northern Sierra regional award-winners include PlumpJack Café and Six Peaks Grill in Squaw Valley, Sunnnyside Restaurant & Lodge in Tahoe City, West Shore Café & Inn in Homewood and Carpe Vino in Auburn.

Friar Tuck’s has been a mainstay in Nevada City since 1973 when it was founded by Cook’s late father, Greg Cook.  Friar Tuck’s seats 185, offers two wine cellars with more than 300 wine selections and attracts a clientele from across the region. 

Friar Tuck’s is located at 111 North Pine Street in historic downtown Nevada City.  Call 530-265-9093 or see

Yuba Bus- Yuba River Shuttle Service Coming Soon to Downtown Nevada City

Hourly pick ups in front of the NC Chamber of Commerce, 4 days per week- Thur- Sunday. Yuba Bus is established as a community partner with SYRCL to provide a safe, informative and responsible experience at South Yuba River State Park- 49 Crossing Bridge. Look for Yuba Bus at Summer Nights (3 Wednesdays, July 12, 19 & 26) for more information and scheduling.

Also visit us at Social Media Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @yuba_bus. 530-517-8272

Nevada City Tree Tour Map Making Progress, Seeks Donors

We are nearing completion of a new digital Tree Tour Map for Nevada City. Will you help us make it happen?

This map is digital and will let people follow the tour using their smart phone or tablet. Imaging 42 of Nevada City’s finest trees, highlighted with expert information, available on easy walks through town—right by businesses. Great for preserving trees, educating community and getting people out on foot, in the midst of Nevada City’s historical district.

We are seeking sponsors to close our funding gap. Sponsors contributing $200 or more can have their logo included on the Chamber website designated Walking Tree Tour page as well as the postcards. This is 2 years of key exposure on the Chamber website and 5K or more full color postcards.

Do something good for the community and your business! Please mail your check to Nevada City Tree Tour c/o Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959, call or email Project Manager, Pamela Biery at 530-362-4424, or donate directly:

Thank you,

Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Pamela Biery, Original Walking Tree Tour Map Designer & Project Manager