Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Offered

The people who contact Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) give many reasons for wanting our help. One of the most important reasons to improve their English skills is to succeed in their present job or to get a better job. They come to us with the hope that we can help them improve their communication skills. We think you’d be impressed by the hard work our learners do, fitting studying with their tutors into already busy lives.

Our adult learners want to be able to communicate better with their children’s teachers. This may be the most important goal, as our learners know that if they are able to understand what their children are being taught and the obstacles they may be facing in middle and high school, then their children and the entire family will have a better chance of achieving success in life. It is an important goal to want a better life for their children.

One of our recent PiELL graduates came here from China 6 years ago with the dream of becoming a U.S. Citizen. As soon as she began meeting with her tutor, Margaret, she asked for help studying for the citizenship exam. We have a large resource library in our office, which includes a great series on citizenship. Mandy took the exam a few years ago, and passed. She was so excited and grateful to her tutor. She hand-wrote a wonderful letter to us about her success and thanking Margaret.

Hope is what brings our learners to us. Hope for a better life for themselves and their families. Our volunteer tutors come to our program to help people realize their goals and often times, while doing so, make a new friend in the process. That’s why the most fulfilling part of my job at PiELL is matching tutors with their learners. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, we will be offering our two-day New Tutor Training on May 6th and 13th. For more information call Donna Cobb at 265-2116 or visit www.piell.org where you can find our latest Tutor Training information and application.

Revisit-TIN Animal House – Silent & Live Auction

Join Us for an Afternoon of Fun and Entertainment! 

Sunday, March 26th from 3-6pm at Miners Foundry 

KVMR, the Nevada Theatre and NC Arts have teamed up to showcase shelters for creatures utilizing recycled tin from the old Bridge Street building where KVMR now stands, made by local artists.

The shelters will be available at the event on March 26th which will include both a silent and live auction of the pieces. The shelters include housing for Dogs, Cats, Birds, Turtles, Owls, Chickens and even a Worm box!


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 info@nevadacitychamber.com. If you have questions, feel free to call us at  and we are happy to help! 

Best regards,

Libby Bonomolo

Final Week of Volunteer Sign-Ups and Orientation For Local State Parks



MARCH 11, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Don’t miss the final sign-up and orientation session for the current phase of prospective volunteer recruitment this coming Saturday, March 11 from 9:00am – 3:30pm at Empire Mine State Historic Park – Docent Room.

The Volunteer Sign-Ups are for the three Sierra Gold Sector State Parks which include South Yuba River State Park, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park and Empire Mine State Historic Park.

The session will cover what a “Volunteer Means to California State Parks” and discussing park policies, procedures and philosophy. We will, as a group, be guided through the hiring paperwork and discuss the benefits of being a State Park volunteer. Since a criminal background check is required prior to working as a State Park volunteer, there will be onsite finger printing “live scan” being conducted during the Saturday sessions. Individuals will need to bring to the sign-up a photo ID and $10 check or cash for the background processing.

Please join us to begin a fulfilling experience as a volunteer for our beautiful state parks. As a volunteer, you will become a vital entity in helping keep our state parks alive and well. This session is very informative, interesting, enlightening and fun!!

For any additional questions or concerns please contact:

John or Kathy Field

The Subject: Slashing Nevada City’s Sphere of influence

Nevada City Needs Your Support, Please Join Us!

Thursday, March 16, 9:30am
Eric Rood Government Center

On February 26, the Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) held a work shop. The subject: Slashing Nevada City’s Sphere of influence by more than one half, from 3,000 to 1,350 acres. As you may know, the Sphere is the area surrounding the city, but outside the city limits, into which they might logically grow (annex) over time. It is the area to which Nevada City would eventually provide city services such as Fire and Police protection, recreation and sewage treatment.

The key thing here is that within the areas of the city’s Sphere of Influence the county does not approve development projects with more intense land use densities than are in the city’s General Plan. The city, in turn does not approve projects that are more intense than shown on the County General Plan. In other words, the city and its neighbors are protected if the Sphere remains intact. It is pure and simple, the right to self-determination. If the Sphere diminishes, the city has no say whatsoever in the areas deleted.

This decision is about the long-term future of Nevada City.

The City Manager, Planner, and Engineers articulated in detail the city’s ability to provide service to the Sphere areas over time.

Only 15 minutes were allowed for public testimony at the end of the meeting. It was a standing-room-only, packed house. The meeting was therefore continued to Thursday, March 16, at 9:30 am.

One person that did manage to testify was Nevada City Chamber President, Mike Byrne, as authorized by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. He read a letter into the record placing the Nevada City Chamber’s support solidly behind the City of Nevada City, and their efforts to leave the Sphere of Influence exactly as it is today.

Nevada City is good for business and its businesses are good for Nevada City.
It is highly important that the strong public support that was shown at the first meeting happen again. So stated LAFCo legal counsel, Scott Browne, at the end of the first meeting, as reported in The Union.
 “The public has a huge influence,” Browne could be heard saying to some members of the public. “I can tell you if you weren’t here, this thing would have gone right through.”

Please join us!
Where and When:
9:30 am, Thursday, March 16
Eric Rood Government Center
Nevada City Needs Your Support!

Smiley Guys Smokehouse Fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning

On Thursday, March 16th from 5pm to 9pm, Smiley Guys Smokehouse will host a fundraiser to benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL). Smiley Guys Smokehouse slow-cooks their food, putting LOVE into each of their hand-made dishes, so that everyone leaves a SMILEY GUY or GAL! They even have vegetarian options. The new owner, George Cabanas, has pledged to donate 10% of all orders (including take-out and bar orders) to PiELL. Enjoy a delicious meal in a kid-friendly restaurant while helping a worthy cause.

PiELL, a 501(c)3 non-profit, offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County.  The volunteer tutors are trained during a 2-day session (next training May 6th &13th), and then matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them. For information call PiELL at 265-2116.

SMILEY GUYS SMOKEHOUSE: 131 Joerschke Dr., Grass Valley  (530) 274-2933

Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents 2nd Annual Nevada City Dance Festival

  Tuesday – Friday, March 14-17, 2017, Doors 6pm, Show 7pm

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

For more information go to www.minersfoundry.org

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Nevada City Dance Festival, a celebration and showcase of professional dance in Western Nevada County, March 14-17, 2017.  

This year, the festival has expanded its programing to offer a full week of professional dance activities, including three evenings of performances by five professional dance companies, Master Classes for local dancers, and a Gala Reception for all dance company members and patrons.

“Dance is a universal language,” said Karen Attix, the festival’s artistic director and a former professional dancer.  “We all have a body and we all dance in varying degrees. We want to praise that human need to connect and share through dance.”

Attix has curated an exciting program specific to the community that showcases a wide range of world-class choreography. The festival kicks off Tuesday, March 14 with the risk taking, muscularly elegant contemporary ballet of dawsondancesf followed by the exciting mix of classical and modern dancers of the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective and the imaginative, kinetic and intellectual Linda Bair Dance Company on Wednesday, March 15, and ending with the explosive, spiritual and primal Pisa Za Congo Dance Company featuring Vivien Bassouamina, and the theatrical athleticism of Airaligned aerial dance group on Friday, March 17.

“The vision for the dance festival starts with the floor at the Miners Foundry and celebrates this venue where we can showcase such a wide variety of dance,” explained Attix. “It’s not that often that a small community has a ready-made venue with a sprung floor that can accommodate so many forms of dance: ballet, modern and aerial, etc.”

The trend in dance now is to no longer perform on stage, but rather seek out alternative locations and spaces that will stretch a dance company’s choreography while also allowing for a more intimate and interactive experience by the audience with the dancers.  During the dance festival, the historic Miners Foundry will transform into its comfortable industrial loft type setting, with the professional dancers performing completely surrounded by the audience seated in chairs on the floor of the Osborn/Woods Hall. Following each performance, dancers will participate in a Question & Answer with the audience, allowing further exploration and learning.

“These Q&A’s are a peek into the lives and minds of these dancers who embody one of the greatest arts forms,” said Marni Marshall, one of the festival’s coordinators and dancers.  “They are rarely done, but are deeply enriching for the audience.”

Organizers of the dance festival listened to feedback from last year’s participants and have strived to make the experience more personal and accessible to a larger audience. The festival’s extensive outreach to the community includes three master classes lead by each of the dance company’s choreographers for local dancers and dance students. These classes will be held throughout the community including Nevada Union High School.

In addition to the post performance Q&A’s, the dance festival will host a Gala Reception following the dawsondancesf performance on Tuesday, March 14 at the Miners Foundry. Here attendees can meet the choreographers, dancers, and other lovers of dance.

“The Nevada City Dance Festival is presented with support from the California Arts Council’s Local Impact Grant,” said Gretchen Bond, Executive Director of the Miners Foundry.  “With their help, along with our partners, Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance Department, Holt Ballet Conservatory, Sierra Dance Institute, and KSK Dance Collective, we are presenting one of the most comprehensive displays of professional dance ever experienced in the Sierra Foothills.” 

Event Activities include the following:

Sunday, March 12, 10-11:30am

Gregory Dawson Master Class

Nevada Union High School Dance Studio

*Pre-Registration Required


Tuesday, March 14, 7pm

Dawsondancesf performance

Miners Foundry Cultural Center


Wednesday March 15, 7:30-9:00pm

Tresa Honaker Workshop

Gold Country Gymnastics

900 Golden Terrace Way, Grass Valley

The workshop is open to the general public, ages 10 and older.  

*Pre-Registration Required


Wednesday, March 15, 7pm

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective and Linda Bair Dance Company

Miners Foundry Cultural Center


Friday, March 17, 10-11:30am

Linda Bair Master Class

Nevada City Oddfellows Hall

212 Spring Street, Nevada City

*Pre-Registration Required


Friday, March 17, 7pm

Pisa Za Congo Dance Company and AirAligned

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada City  



Foothills Encore Package

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites Concert Special

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with InConcert Sierra & Sergios Caffe to bring you a harmonious ensemble of some of the best Grass Valley has to offer.  Enjoy a fabulous night of fine dining & beautiful sound!  Our package includes:
A Luxurious One Night Stay
2 Concert Tickets
$50 Toward Dinner for Two
A Bottle of House Wine at Check In
Starting at only $260!  
Restricted to concert dates, call today for availability, (530) 272-7696, online, www.gvcourtyardsuites.com

Celebrated Norwegian Ensemble Makes West Coast Debut

Chamber Concert by tenThing Brass Ensemble – Sunday, March 19th at 2 p.m.

Grass Valley will host the only west coast performance of tenThing, the Norwegian all-female 10-piece brass ensemble, led by acclaimed trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth. The March 19 show will be presented by InConcert Sierra as part of its Third Sunday Series. The group will also perform the following day in a special program for 500 third-graders from around Western Nevada County.

The concert in Grass Valley is part of tenThing’s first tour of the U.S. that includes stops in South Dakota, Minnesota, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Indiana.

The ensemble will perform its signature arrangements of music by Bernstein, Bizet, Grieg, Piazzolla, Mozart and more, which the group recorded for their debut album Ten on Warner Classics. Works like Bizet’s “Suite from Carmen” or Bernstein’s “Medley from West Side Story,” or Mozart’s “Rondo Alla Turca,” were not originally scored for a 10-piece brass ensemble, so the ensemble works closely with Norwegian arranger Jarle Storløkken, whose arranging of the scores enables them to play the music they enjoy, regardless of the original instrumentation.

tenThing is the brainchild of trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, age 28, who started to play the trumpet at the age of 7, and is one of today’s leading trumpet soloists. Her awards include being named one of BBC Magazine’s “Superstars of Tomorrow,” Echo Klassik’s “Newcomer of the Year” 2013, the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2007 Norwegian Grammy Awards (the first classical artist ever to be nominated), and second prize in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition.

The concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley. General admission tickets are $34 and available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org (ticketing fees may apply), or in person at BriarPatch Co-op and at the door on the day of the concert. There will be a 1:15 p.m. pre-concert forum, featuring Aileen James and Tine Thing Helseth.

For more information, please visit www.inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990.


March Artist of the Month at Nevada City Winery

Starting out as a weaver, in 1997 Kris Johnson started experimenting with different hand dyed silks, layering them and playing with many color combinations. This was the groundwork for her line of silk abstracts that have been her primary focus since 2003.  Her work draws heavily on the play of light and shadow across the texture of fabrics. Showing at Nevada City Winery in March will be a collection of these silk abstracts.

Art Talk: “The Influence of Color”

As part of a new show on color at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery and studio in Nevada City during the month of March, an art talk entitled “The Influence of Color” will be held in the gallery on Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. A reservation only event, $10 will include the talk, beverage and light snacks. To reserve, email leeann@brookdesign.com or call 265-6817.

The talk by gallery owner LeeAnn Brook will address how color can influence our environment on a daily basis, affecting our mood and creating forms of personal expression.

“The statistics out there on how color affects the brain are fascinating, and through examples and personal experience, I hope to pique the curiosity of those attending this unique gallery event,” remarks Brook.

The show running through the month of March, “Color for a Brighter World”, will pair up contemporary garden paintings by LeeAnn Brook with colorful textiles by Spencer McClay. McClay’s weavings range from 5 to 15 feet in height, and are naturally suited for large walls. Made on a four harness loom using reclaimed fibers that include uncarded wool, yarn, fabric, twine, beads and numerous other elements that when combined, create sculptural nuances with rich dimension and form.

LeeAnn Brook’s mixed media garden paintings are an interpretive expression of botanical forms, enhanced by Brook’s colorful palette. Utilizing textured surfaces, hand-altered collage materials, charcoal and acrylic, the large format contemporary paintings are one-of-a-kind art pieces collected by patrons worldwide. Brook is a three-time award winner at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival as well as at the California State Fair, and is the recipient of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis’ Visual Artist of the Year award.

Brook opened LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery in downtown Nevada City in 2015, which also includes her working studio showing paintings in progress. The gallery’s beautifully curated setting also includes sculpted wooden vessels, handcrafted lamps, ceramics, sculpture, hand blown glass, hand felted scarves, custom made wood furniture and a collection of Japanese antiques for sale.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 300 Spring Street in downtown Nevada City and is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. More information can be found at www.leeannbrookfineart.com.

Sierra Stages presents “END DAYS” March 2 – 25, 2017

Sierra Stages opens it 2017 season with “End Days”, an irreverent but deeply felt comedy about science, religion, and family. Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, “End Days” plays for four weekends only from March 2 – 25 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. The Sierra Stages production is directed by Robert Rossman, with set design also by Robert Rossman, lighting design by Erin Beatie and Joshua Vrooman, and costume design by Paulette Sand-Gilbert. The cast includes Nevada County actors Brian Arnold, Cathy Callas, Max Freedman, Michele Nesbit, and T.E. Wolfe.

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.

“Following the success of ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ this past year, we wanted to find a similarly funny, sharp, and intelligently written play that we could present during the often wintry month of March, and think we have done so with ‘End Days’,” says Sierra Stages Board President Peter Mason. “‘End Days’ is both funny and moving as it explores a suburban family attempting to cope with the events of 9/11. It is one of the few plays we know of that substantively addresses the intersection between science and religion, and the only play we know of that features both Jesus and Stephen Hawking as characters. We’re confident that ‘End Days’ will strike a strong chord with many folks in our community, whether they lean toward the spiritual or the scientific, and will be an entertaining and thought-provoking evening of live theatre.”

Originally premiering in 2007, “End Days” has been widely produced at regional theatres throughout the country and has received glowing reviews virtually everywhere. Among the praises for “End Days” are the following: “The smartest, most hysterical, laugh-out-loud show you’ll ever see in the theater – ever!… a witty, funny AND relevant play.” “End Days may be about a weirdly dysfunctional family that finds it soul by waiting for the Apocalypse together, but this play has heart: It’s engaging, funny as hell and even touching …. An exceptional show.” “End Days directly pits science, religion and suburbia, but it’s not an attack on any of them. Laufer is clearly a major new voice.”

Performances of “End Days” are Thursdays (March 2 & 23) at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays (March 12 & 19) at 2 PM. General Admission tickets are $25 ($15 for the first two performances on March 2 & 3). Reserved Seating is available for $35 (in advance), and is a great way to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages. For tickets and information, visit www.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

For the 9th consecutive year, Sierra Stages offers an affordable Season Pass. Two Season Pass options are available: General Admission Pass ($65) or Reserved Seating Pass ($95). Season Pass holders may select any performance of each show in 2017: “End Days” (March 2-25 at the Nevada Theatre), the hit Broadway musical “Chicago” (July 14- August 5 at the Nevada Theatre) and the more contemporary intimate musical “Ordinary Days” (October 5-28 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Sierra Stages 2017 Season Passes may be purchased online at www.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

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.

Zoltar Arrives at Mountain Temple Gallery

Everyone walks thru the door of Mountain Temple Gallery for a different reason! The ancient Buddhas that adorn the walls and entertainment venue upstairs elicit a deep reflective state that is perfect for some.  Others come to hear fresh new singers at Nevada City Stars Showcases on selected Thursday evenings. And yet others come to be interviewed on the Just Jan TV Show that highlights local women who are transformational agents thru service.  Sundays you can find gifted spiritual readers to give you gentle guidance on your spiritual path and give you a compass on moving through life’s natural challenges. Saturdays stop in for a healing by Dr Lorre Eaton.  There is a lot going on between the Mountain Temple Walls!!

But it is Zoltar, the gypsy who talks and gives you a deep voiced welcome and a fortune that is warming people’s hearts deeply and pulling them in off the street. The smiles and  laughs that flow forth as people recognize this delightful being from the movie “BIG” with Tom Hanks are contagious.  People know Zoltar as the being who grants wishes….wishes that change people’s lives!!  In the mornings the staff sees the handprints of children on the windows as they are magnetized to his joyful loving vibration of intrigue.
Nobody can resist Zoltar!  For just one dollar he moves his eyes, runs his hands over a multi-colored ball and imparts a destiny card that is a true treasure!!  How do we know?  It’s uncanny how the fortunes seem to be tailor made for each person, and sometimes it seems his voiced fortunes are new, never heard before, which means they are coming from????
Perhaps the loving ghosts that are said to inhabit the old Shaw Antiques building?

Upon arrival his wrapped up crate would not fit through the door. A local hero in a big truck stepped up to assist with the very careful movement into the store where he now happily resides feeling loved and appreciated. Little boys just stare up at him and just like Tom Hanks wonder “could he?”

Whatever he is, or does, he has added a joyful and colorful element for people of all ages to come thru the door  of Mountain Temple and enjoy the engagement. Welcome Zoltar to our Beloved Nevada City. May we all prosper in magical ways.

6th Annual Chinese New Years Parade Video

 TouchDown Productions Presents the 6th Annual Chinese New Years Parade on video . Commercial Street comes alive with the sights and sounds of “The Year of the Rooster”. This annual event honors the contributions of the Chinese culture in Nevada City. Mick Collins, Reinette Senum, Allison Kenyon and Barry Friedman host this fun Community broadcast. You can see the parade at touchdownproductions.com or on the TouchDown Production Network You Tube Channel!


Touchdown Productions Presents Mardi Gras Parade Video

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce – 25th  Annual Mardi Gras Parade

The 25th annual Mardi Gras Parade was televised by TouchDown Productions. The cold and rain could not deter the hardy souls who turned out for the fun and wacky community event. Hosted by Dave Iorns and Valerie Moberg the parade has become a staple of community fun and merriment. You can see the parade at touchdownproductions.com and on the TouchDown Productions Network You Tube Channel!


Antique Western Memorabilia Show & Sale – March 10th & 11th

The Nevada City Elks Lodge Proudly Presents its 4th Annual

“Antique Western Memorabilia Show & Sale”

The event has been growing each year with great local venders as well as venders from Nevada, the San Francisco bay area and Southern CA. Presenting great collectable items from mining, railroad, art, Native American, books, antique firearms and other antique western genre. The public attendance to this event has been enthusiastic and is also growing. The show is held at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Hwy 49 Nevada City, CA on Friday March 10th Noon till 5PM and Saturday March 11th 10AM till 4PM. Admission is only $5.00. All net funds go to the Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund. For additional information call 530 272 5371.  


Arbor Day Tree Tour Walk – Saturday March 11th

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Arbor Day Walk with Arborist Zeno Acton of Acton Arboriculture on Saturday, March 11 from 11am to noon. Meet at the plaza in front of the Chamber office in Nevada City at 10:30 am. The Chamber’s popular Tree Tour Map is being updated and this is a great opportunity to walk a part of the tour and learn more about Nevada City’s heritage trees while honoring Arbor Day.

The original Tree Tour map was completed in 2008 and provides a walking guide to the Trees of Nevada City. The Tree Tour map is currently being updated. New technology allows tree tour materials to be converted for smartphones. Once completed, the new map will let visitors walk the tour with their smartphone, navigating easily while reading about trees.

Take a Saturday morning to honor Arbor Day and explore Nevada City’s heritage trees with Arborist Zeno Acton.

WHAT: Arbor Day Tree Tour Walk
WHERE: Meet in front of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main, Nevada City
WHEN: Saturday, March 11. Meet at 10:30am, tour from 11-Noon
COST: $10 requested donation, no one turned away. Children free.

“The trees that have been planted and preserved in Nevada City are a wonderful asset. The self guided tree tour is a great community resource that both educates and inspires. I am excited to help preserve this community resource and make it more accessible.”—Zeno Acton, Acton Arboriculture
Go to www.gofundme.com/NCC-tree-tour to learn more and contribute today.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance

Attention Nevada County Businesses and Residents Affected

by the Severe Winter Storms, Flooding and Mudslides

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Nevada County businesses and residents affected by the severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Jan. 5-14, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Brian Sandoval on Feb. 22, 2017.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Churchill, Humboldt, Lyon, Pershing, Storey and Washoe counties and Carson City in Nevada; Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties in California; and Harney and Lake counties in Oregon.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Nevada with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said McMahon. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s acting Nevada District Director Ben Raju. “Beginning 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Raju continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated below. No appointment is necessary.


Disaster Loan Outreach Center

South Valleys Library

15650-A Wedge Parkway

Reno, NV  89511

Opens 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27

Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Center closes 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 9

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.125 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.5 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is April 24, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Nov. 24, 2017.

Bear Yuba Land Trust Treks and Events March 2017

What’s Coming Up in March: Bear Yuba Land Trust Treks and Events

What: Yuba Rim Trail

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11

Where: Yuba Rim Trail, Rice’s Crossing Preserve, Yuba County

Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Distance: 6.75 miles

Cost: Free, Donations Welcome

Register at: www.bylt.org

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust staff and Trail Adopters for this moderate to challenging hike along the Yuba Rim Trail. Located on Rice’s Crossing Preserve, the trail began in 2015 and will continue to be developed in the year ahead. “This outing will be fairly challenging but the wonderful views will help you forget about some of the demanding elevation gain,” said Land Access Manager Shaun Clarke.

This is an opportunity to learn about trail building in the wild and a little background about how the Land Trust acquired the property. Anticipate some plant identification, local lore and naturalist observation. Hikers will travel to the end of the trail and beyond for a bit of steep scrambling to another vista point. Experienced hikers only please as grades will triple in difficulty once we leave the trail. We’ll stop for lunch at the vista point for some spectacular views.

BYLT has received a grant from the California Department of Natural Resources to improve and extend the trail, parking areas and enhance recreational amenities. Hikers of this special outing will get a glimpse of future trail extensions, including the Black Diamond Yuba Drop. Dress appropriately, bring sturdy, weather-proof footwear, water, lunch and binoculars or camera. This is an all day excursion, carpooling recommended. Pre-registration is required.

Learn more about the Yuba Rim Trail: www.bylt.org/trail/yuba-rim-trail/

What: Oak Tree Bash: Annual Award Ceremony and Membership Meeting

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14

Where: North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road

Cost: $10 at the door

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) in recognizing three lifetime conservationists – Ted Beedy, Ron Mathis, and Warren Wittich during the annual Oak Tree Bash.

During this fun community gathering, the Land Trust will honor esteemed Ornithologist Ted Beedy with the William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership. Long-time community heroes Ron Mathis will be recognized for his work with the North Star House and Warren Wittich will be recognized for his work with Independence Trail when they are awarded the John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

During Happy Hour, guests can sample gourmet local food from area restaurants and sip microbrews and local wine from Lucchesi Vineyard, served from a no-host bar. At this Annual Meeting for BYLT members and supporters, the community will learn about expanded protection of lands in the upper watershed, updates on ongoing restoration work like the Rush Creek Ramp, and new projects like treks, trails, and youth programs.

What: Native Ways and Plant Walk on Yewei’im Bom Trail with Grayson Coney

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25

Where: Burton Homestead Preserve

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 1 mile

Cost: $15 members; $20 Not-Yet-Members

Register: www.bylt.org

Don’t miss this opportunity for a guided Native Ways and Plant Walk on BYLT’s new Yewei’im Bom Trail with Tsi Akim Cultural Director Grayson Coney. Grayson will talk about the progressive changes happening at the Burton Homestead using science and ancient knowledge. “We’re using science and nature to heal this place,” said Grayson of the preserve impacted by historic gold mining and cattle ranching. Hikers will learn about the native plants being re-introduced to this beautiful 38-acre preserve.

This one-mile loop trail was established in the spring of 2016 by hardworking volunteers. It traverses a variety of landscapes such as meadow, chaparral, mixed conifer forest and wetland habitat. Evidence of Native American people living on the property date back to as many as 5,000 years ago. The Tsi-Akim Maidu manage a village area or cultural center with bark houses on the property known as “Pata Panaka.” Pre-registration is required.

Learn more about the Yewei’im Bom Trail: www.bylt.org/trail/yeweiim-bom-trail/