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Home Sweet Home



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PUBLISHER Robin Galvan-Davies Sierra Nevada Destination Publishing 128 East Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4667 rdavies@grassvalleychamber.com

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s r o t u b i r t n o C Stephanie Statler/93

John Seivert/115 Body Logic Physical Therapy

Dan Nicholson/106 Yuba Watershed Institute

Sperry CGA-Highland Commercial

Lock Richards/83

Eliza Tudor/10 Nevada County Arts Council

Beam “Easy Living” Center

Amber Jo Manuel/12

Vanessa Colomb/52

Suzanne Voter/69

John Miller/58

John Daulton/153

Teresa Dietrich/122

Stephanie’s Custom Interiors

The Center for the Arts

Pilot Peak Winery

Finance of America Mortgage

Intero Real Estate Services


Brian O’Brien/94

Realtor-Gold Country Ranches


Rob McKay/24

Justin Peters/78

Drifter Pizza Company

Keoni Allen/76

Peters’ Drilling and Pump Service

Diane Helms/27

CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty

Andrew Tidwell/96 ABT Plumbing

Bear Yuba Land Trust

Jesse Locks/146

Jonathan Collier/102

Randy Oliver/105

Steve Cottrell/156

Marni Marshall/20

Dr. Kebby Margaretich/113

Sierra Foothills Construction Co.

The Union Newspaper

Valerie Costa/42

Mike Bratton/84

KathE Frazer/38

Mimi Simmons/34 & 57

Angie Purdy/160

Robert Wallis/86

Lisa Davies/164

CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty



Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro

State Farm Insurance

Wallis Design Studio

Gold Miners Inn

Chapa-De Indian Health


Grass Valley Downtown Association

Nevada County Grown

Nevada County Historian

Back to Health Chiropractic






1849 Brewing Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 ABT Plumbing, Heating & Air. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 All Phase Heating & Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Back to Health Chiropractic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Bank of the West. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Beam “Easy Living” Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Body Logic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Booktown Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 BriarPatch Food Co-op. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Budget Blinds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Byers Leafguard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Century 21 Davis Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Chapa-De Indian Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Chapel of the Angels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Chiropractic Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Cirino’s at Main Street. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72-73 Deer Creek Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Diane Helms-Century 21 Cornerstone Realty. . . . . . . . . . 27 Dignity Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166-167 Dorsey Marketplace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Empire Mine Park Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Erin Sorani-Network Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Ernie’s Van & Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover Eskaton Village. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Evergreen Home Loans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 EXP Realty of California. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Finance of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Foothill Pest Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Freschi Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 GeoSolve, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Gold Crest Limousine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Gold Miners Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135, Inside Back Cover Grande Wood Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Grass Valley Courtyard Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 132

HCB, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Hilbers New Home Communities/Timberwood Estates. . 82 Homes By Shawna-Century 21 Cornerstone Realty. . . . . 70 Homes by Towne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Intero Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Keller Williams Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Lake Wildwood Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-51 Maria’s Mexican Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Mimi Simmons-Century 21 Cornerstone Realty . . . . . . . 56 Moonlight Loo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Nevada City Engineering, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Nevada County Association of Realtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Nevada County Country Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Nevada County Habitat for Humanity ReStore. . . . . . . . 155 Owens Estate and Wealth Strategies Group. . . . . . . . . . . 168 Patterson’s Tax Practice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Peters’ Drilling & Pump Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Pilot Peak Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48, 52-53 Placer Title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Sierra Prosthetics-Orthotics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Sierra View Manor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 State Farm-Mike Bratton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Stephanie’s Custom Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 St. Joseph’s Cultural Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Stucki Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Teresa Dietrich-Gold Country Ranches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 The Bret Harte Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 The Center for the Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The UPS Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Tofanelli’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Tripps Auto Body. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Twin Cities Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Wallis Design Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Winding Road Imagery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,150 Wolf Mountain Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Young’s Carpet One. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 DESTINATION Nevada County



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Eliza Tudor

Our California Cultural Districts | Two years on

An Interview with Eliza Tudor, Executive Director, Nevada County Arts Council

Recently, we caught up with Eliza Tudor, Executive Director of Nevada County Arts Council, about progress during the last year for Nevada County’s special state designations under the California Cultural Districts Program. Eliza was able to speak to progress made in several distinct areas.

Q: Talk to us about Arts and Creativity as drivers of social and economic change

A: During 2018 and 2019 we completed our seminal study of cultural assets for their economic impact, as well as a key survey of arts education in our schools. There’s no doubt that our designations for the Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and Truckee Cultural District were leverage for these momentous efforts. At the same time, Truckee Cultural District adopted its first ever public arts master plan, and we developed a public facing digital cultural asset map to help people find our special home across the county. But it’s not just about tourism, it’s about knowing who we are and where we’ve come from—our places, our people and our stories— and where we are going. You—our stakeholders—told us: “Without good data, how can we plan for our future?” Q: Why should we plan? A: Our surveys are a key component of countywide cultural planning. They recognize that Nevada County is unique in California as the only rural county home to two statedesignated California Cultural Districts. They take into account the support for, and reinvigoration of, arts education in our schools—as well as the broader social and economic value of arts and culture. In the context of planning, they are designed to assist local leaders across all sectors in making decisions that will affect future generations, our quality of life, the livability of our region, and the likelihood of investment in it in years to come.

industry in Nevada County—one that generates $46.9 million in total economic activity. This annual spending—$25.7 million by organizations and $21.2 million in event-related spending by their audiences—supports 869 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $20.9 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $5.1 million in local and state government revenue. So when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in Nevada County’s economic well-being. Q. And you also created another survey, The State of the Arts—Arts Instruction K-12 in Public Schools, yes? What did this survey show us? A: Our survey pointed to a need for more comprehensive arts curriculum in all schools, ensuring equity and access to state standards for all students. Additionally, to a need for professional development in how to integrate arts education in other academic disciplines. Our recommendations included the development of a comprehensive strategic plan to guide efforts in this direction. Q: So, tell us the good news! A: Our survey meant that we were eligible to apply for special strategic arts planning support from the state. By early 2020, we will have developed strategic arts education plan together with Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, and coached by California Alliance for Arts Education. This is great news for our kids! Q: So, what’s next for us?

Q: And what does the data tell us?

Planning ahead, knowing that the California Cultural District Program is opening the doors to increased competition and brand-new districts, we ask ourselves and you: What do we want and how do we make this happen? We encourage everyone to be part of this conversation!

A: Our economic impact study, consulted by Americans for the Arts, tells us that our cultural sector is a significant

Learn more about Nevada County Arts Council and its work here: nevadacountyarts.org.



NCA Artist Dan Wheeler

Neighborhood Center for the Arts Art • Advocacy • Opportunity

At NCA we make art, great art that’s easy on your wallet. But more than that, we change lives. Everyone needs a job, a place to find purpose and meaning in their life. For many Developmentally Disabled or Intellectually Challenged adults living in Nevada County, CA, that place is the Neighborhood Center of the Arts. Located in Grass Valley, we provide studio space and art materials as well as two in-house art galleries for exhibition opportunities. On any given weekday as many as 60 artists come to our studios to make art, learn living skills, work in the garden and hang out with their friends. We provide studios, materials and instruction in fiber arts, visual arts, clay, woodworking, jewelry, computers and performing arts as well as cooking, gardening and community outings. Our artists weave, paint, sculpt, build furniture, cook meals, sing, dance and volunteer at the library. At NCA we take out the ‘dis’ out of ‘disability’ and focus on what people can do.

Our Logo: The late Larry Mills was a client at the original Community Workshop. He was the person who inspired Gillian Hodge to apply for the arts grant, the seed that later became NCA. Larry was a prolific artist, known for flying coffee cups, frying pans and impossibly jointed men. Larry worked at NCA until his sudden death in 2011. We felt it fitting to honor his memory and base our logo on one of his drawings.

Our newest creative adventures NCA recently began offering instruction in photojournalism and Etsy Shop Management. Our Garden Biz group has been perfecting their recipe for hand crafted soap, now available at NCA or on Etsy! Art Side Out, our blog is now up and running. We have also implemented a new volunteer program offering a choice of two teams to work with. We’re very excited about these changes and we have more to come. NCA’s roots in Nevada County go back to 1966, when the Community Workshop was founded as a jobs training center for adults with developmental disabilities. Internationally acclaimed ceramicist, Gillian Hodge began an art program at the Community Workshop in 1973. Ten years later, the art program ended due to government cutbacks. In 1984, Hodge and supporters within the community founded the Neighborhood Center of the Arts, a new program to provide arts-based training and education We are a 501c3 non-profit corporation. All donations are fully tax deductible.



BREAKING NEW GROUND By Amber Jo Manuel, Executive Director

Executive Director Amber Jo Manuel shares the story of how the renovation for the new Center for the Arts came about: “This journey began many years ago. Plans for a new performing and cultural arts center in Nevada County have been in the works for over seventeen years. The plans were collecting dust on a shelf. After endless discussions, The Center for the Arts facility committee finally reached a decision: ‘Let’s do this thing—we’re going to build it!’

using the finest ingredients and perfectly seasoned to create a heavenly blend of flavors that thrill the palate. The ingredients and seasoning that go into creating a lineup for The Center for the Arts are passion, creativity, dedication, collaboration, hard work, excitement, joy, and a generous pinch of magic. The Center is looking forward to presenting their upcoming shows—which promise to thrill your palate!

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“Because I had experience in opening several other performing arts centers, I was hired to come up from San Francisco. I jumped at the opportunity to do what I do best in the town where I grew up—where I was born! We have been working on the project for three years, with planning, love, and dedication. We finally received our seed funding in September of last year and were able to break ground. It was an exciting moment because, like I said, seventeen years of planning had gone into this project. We finally took the ‘big leap of faith’ to make this happen.

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A Shining New Jewel “With this new facility, we are doing something we never thought possible. Thanks to our community of supporters, we will have state-of-the-art sound and lighting and a more flexible stage and floor plan. We’re moving beyond a ‘club atmosphere,’ where there’s not only great music, but also incredible family programming and student matinées— something for everyone. The Center for the Arts already had a diverse array of performing arts, and now we are expanding that selection even further.

“We’ve upgraded our art gallery, so there’s going to be an incredible fine arts exhibit hall extended through the main lobby. It’s a great way to expand our programming—we want to make sure that we’re representing everyone in Nevada County.

“During the time we’ve been under construction, we’ve kept up with our mission to bring the arts to the residents of Nevada County by creating The Center OnTheGo. OnTheGo has enabled us to continue bringing the arts to the community during construction. Now, after ten months of construction, we will finally open this winter. It is very exciting!” The Inaugural Season: A Stage for Everyone Putting together an annual season of performance and visual arts is like preparing a ten-course meal for royalty. Every detail must be carefully considered, every ingredient carefully selected, and every course strategically placed on the menu. Each course, from appetizer to dessert, must be prepared



Join Us for a Show! An evening at the new Center for the Arts will sparkle with topnotch entertainment, fine visual art, scintillating company, local craft beverages, and mouthwatering edibles. The Center’s improved bar and concessions area, with its locally sourced refreshments, will make an evening out feel like a celebration.

In addition to a wide variety of concerts—big band, folk rock, world music, jazz, comedy, and more—be prepared to come to The Center to dance. With the new maple dance floor and room for up to 750 dancers, you can cut loose with your main squeeze or swing with a new partner. Youth Arts Education The newly renovated building offers a more flexible space and will enable The Center to expand and improve the Youth Arts Education programs, including more new Summer Camp programs, four Family Fun Days per year, and a Student Matinée Series that offers low-to-no-cost tickets to students. “The Call of the Wild,” based on the classic novel by Jack London, is the first of the new Student Matinée Series, scheduled for March, 2020.

Accessibility It is important to note that the new facility will be easily accessible for patrons and visitors with disabilities. The building design incorporates easy access for building entry, seating, restrooms, parking, box office, gallery, and the bar and concessions area. The innovative Copper Loop Assistive Listening system installed in the new auditorium will provide crystal clear sound to patrons with hearing aids. The hearing loop system delivers sound directly to a telecoil (T-coil) receiver within a hearing aid. Those with hearing aids not fitted with a telecoil, will be provided portable assistive listening devices upon request. Visit us online at thecenterforthearts.org or stop by our temporary Box Office at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley to learn more about upcoming shows and to get tickets. This year we are offering Create Your Own Ticket packages. You can save up to 10% when you buy tickets to multiple shows. See you at The New Center!

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The Art of Hospitality “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”~Henry Ward Beecher. The Thriving Arts Supporting the arts and expanding the creative palate of a community has been shown to bridge cultural diversity and enhance economic development. Robert L. Lynch President and CEO Americans for the Arts, states beautifully “Understanding and acknowledging the incredible economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture, we must always remember their fundamental value. They foster beauty, creativity, originality, and vitality. The arts inspire us, sooth us, provoke us, involve us and connect us. But they also create jobs and contribute to the economy.” A Boutique Art Hotel The Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, located a few blocks from the heart of historic Grass Valley has ‘home away from home’ comfort with luxury lodging and personal amenities that surpass expectation. Known for its emergence into the burgeoning art scene, Grass Valley Courtyard Suites offers a new artist each month open to the public and displayed in the ‘Gallery’. The Gallery, located in the lobby and lounge of Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, features an array of local artists displays everything from fine pencil sketches to brilliant water colors, hand sketched gourds to wood turned bowls. With all proceeds of art sales going directly to the artist, Grass Valley Courtyard Suites offers a unique and personalized experience for both artists and art enthusiasts. At the beginning of each month, The Grass Valley Courtyard Suites offers a free-open-to-the-public art reception with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Giving our guests and art enthusiasts the chance to meet the artist directly. Interacting and exploring the works of art all the while enjoying food, drink and the company of other like-minded art supporters.

Art Means Commerce Why incorporate art into our hotel? Many believe that besides the enjoyment of viewing, the arts can be utilized as a convener of culture. sTherefore, drawing into a community a stronger work force, local economic rise, investment in one’s surrounding area and higher levels of personal satisfaction. Recently named one of California’s premier statedesignated Cultural Arts Districts, Nevada County is currently the only rural district named for its concentration of artistic endeavors in the region, resulting in a cultural and economic upswing. According to a recent study conducted by Americans for the Arts, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, the nonprofit arts and culture sector was shown to be a 46.9 million dollar industry in Nevada County alone. Art opens conversations, makes us think, allows for freedom of speech and is an expression of each beautiful and unique person vulnerable and willing enough to share. We at Grass Valley Courtyard Suites hope to share this unique subculture with you. The privately-owned boutique hotel, The Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, is excited to offer culture and comfort with an art-centric focus on the talented community that surrounds us. Offering monthly art receptions in the ‘Gallery’ and featuring a new artist display every month; with indoor and outdoor event space, conference center and boardroom, this hotel is a work of art and continues to hold a rich history in the community of Grass Valley. To each of the artists, the creators, the fearless leaders of adversity I leave you with these words and the hope that you will always seek greatness within your world, your community and most of all yourself.

“If you hear a voice within you saying ‘You are not a painter’ then by all means Paint… and that voice will be silenced.” ~Vincent van Gogh 14


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Truckee Truckee

Film Mecca of the Sierras By Guy Coates Courtesy of the Truckee-Donner Historical Society

During the early part of the 20th century, Truckee was one of Hollywood’s favorite sites for making movies. Nearly 100 known movies or movie sequences have been filmed in Truckee and the surrounding area, not including many scenes from popular television series, such as Bonanza. The earliest report of filming in this area was in 1910 when the Truckee Republican reported that the Selig Polyscope Company had arrived in town for the purpose of filming winter scenes to be used to simulate the Alaskan wilderness. It is believed that this was the first movie ever made in Truckee. The film crew of 20 arrived decked out with Alaskan outfits along with sleds, skis and eight Alaskan dogs for a weeklong filming schedule. Winter scenes included heroic rescues by Iceland frontiersmen and Perry’s expedition to the North Pole.

Truckee had already become a popular winter recreation area and the town’s location along the railroad lines and ample accommodations made it an ideal area for filming. Film crews and equipment could be hauled to the summit or to remote locations in wintertime and the area’s alpine beauty provided a perfect backdrop for outdoor scenes. In March 1925, a movie set version of the Yukon’s Dawson City was built on the opposite town [bank] along the Truckee River for the filming of “Winds of Chance.” This necessitated the hiring of 300 extras to portray crowds of gold rush “sourdoughs” for the picture. Similar sets were constructed for filming “The Gold Rush,” starring Charlie Chaplin which was filmed mostly around Donner Summit and “The Call of the Wild,” starring Clark Gable, filmed on a special set constructed near Prosser Creek Construction work became plentiful as film directors

demanded large sets, complete with streets, saloons and cabins, providing employment to many local folks. Film crews kept the hotels and rooming houses filled. It didn’t take long for Truckee’s leading citizens to recognize the potential bonanza for the local economy and a movement began to attract more movie productions to this area. In the early 1920s local businessmen including Tim O’Hanrahan, Dave Cabona, Wally Gellatt, Dan Smith, William Englehart and Wilbur Maynard set out to promote this area for movies. [Editor’s note: See *** footnote at bottom. One of our researchers found one of these advertisement fliers in our Library files.] The Truckee Motion Picture Association was formed. The group elected Cecil Edmunds, manager of the Public Utilities District, as president; Karl L. Kielhofer, as general manager; Charles B. White, manager of the local bank, and Elizabeth C. Bavier, publisher of the Sierra Sun, as secretary. The strategy paid off. Soon, filmmakers began arriving ever more frequently to film scenes in both summer and winter. The movie companies hired many locals, promising exceptionable wages for extras and laborers. Soon Truckee residents became accustomed to their contacts with film stars who walked the sidewalks, ate at the restaurants and stayed at the hotels in town. They saw them as actors before the cameras and as “real people” when off camera, affable and easy to meet, despite big names and huge salaries. Film stars such as Tom Mix, Mary Pickford, George Bancroft, Buster Keaton, Greta Garbo, Buster Keaton, Wallace Berry, John Barrymore and Will Rogers became familiar figures in town. In later years, Henry Fonda and John Wayne made visits to town while filming in the area.

*** One of our researchers came across an undated flier from W.L. Maynard, Southern Pacific Hotel, Truckee, CA advertising Truckee as a location for movie making. The flier included a number of films that were filmed here in the 1920s, and we believe this flier was issued sometime after 1929. DESTINATION Nevada County






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Grass Valley Reflections of a Golden Era

By Marni Marshall, Executive Director, Grass Valley Downtown Association



Some things change‌and some things remain the same!

From providing gems, to becoming a gem, Grass Valley and its history holds a special place in our nation and the world. Ever since travelers rested their cattle in the grassy fields after their long trek over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, historic downtown Grass Valley, California has been the hub of this quaint community. But not until quartz gold was discovered one hundred and fifty years ago, did the gold industry blossom bringing hundreds of thousands of eager miners to the

area from around the world. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Foothills, Grass Valley, California is truly a postcard image. Bathed in a wondrous mix of cedar, pine, and an assortment of deciduous trees that burst forth a multitude of Fall colors as the cooler temperatures arrive, this circa 1800 Gold Rush era town offers a window into the past while providing the best the present has to offer. DESTINATION Nevada County


This is Your Town This circa 1800 Gold Rush-era town offers a window into the past while providing the best the present has to offer. Some things change…and some things remain the same! Downtown is a destination for small-town charm with bigtime entertainment for families. As the Grass Valley Downtown Association, GVDA, we promote downtown as the heart of the community and support events and activities that appeal to locals, families, and visitors. We put our time and efforts into the Business Improvement District, or BID. We work closely with over 200 business owners, property owners, our Board of Directors, the City of Grass Valley, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, volunteers, and other community partners. Our efforts go towards contributing to and creating a vibrant downtown district. The GVDA is a non-profit organization which operates on

the BID assessments and community sponsorships, and with this support, the GVDA provides a program that facilitates downtown businesses to thrive, produce an exciting event calendar of over eleven, mostly FREE community events, and enhances the overall aesthetics and beautification of downtown. We make large annual investments that add to the downtown design and civic pride. Some History The GVDA is celebrating over 35 years as an association that represents the interests of property owners and businesses in the BID. We are the oldest California Main Street Program member, which is part of the National Main Street Center. In 1985, the GVDA adopted the Main Street program as the platform from which they would pattern their own downtown plan. This comprehensive National and State Main Street approach uses the four points of downtown revitalization: Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Design. Our Vision As a progressive and visionary heart of the Grass Valley community, our goal is to see that downtown is buzzing with activity day and night and bursting with successful businesses contributing to our local workforce. Downtown is a great place for visitors and locals alike; it is a diverse center that we call a “third place,” a social place as important as work and home. We believe in the creation of this third place, on a day-to-day basis and at the free community markets where people gather to enjoy their beautiful historic space. We are proud to feature our downtown and our Nevada County resources. Our Mission Our mission in supporting downtown Grass Valley’s Vision is that the GVDA shall represent its general membership with a unified voice in economic development and historic preservation of downtown Grass Valley and our community.



The Grass Valley Downtown Association supports our vibrant community by putting on annual events, most of which are FREE! Join us downtown! 2020 Calendar of Events Foothills Celebration March 7th, 1-4:00 pm Sip, shop and stroll around downtown tasting food from local restaurants & caterers & wine from at least 20 different local vintners. St Piran’s Day March 14th, 9-10:30 am Celebrate the patron saint of the miners in a unique Cornish pastie toss & competition between Nevada City and GV. Everyday, the GVDA puts effort into keeping the momentum going, maintaining and forging partnerships. It is our business to know our neighborhood, and every week we walk our beat and talk the talk.

Downtown Car Show May 2nd, 10 am-3 pm See approximately 300 of the finest custom, vintage & antique cars & trucks in all of Northern CA! Free Family Event.

What do we love best about our job? All the neighbors, and the feeling of unity and community. This is what we are about.

GV Brewfest May 30th, 1-5 pm Come & enjoy the first annual Brewfest on Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley; Activities on Mill St 8-10am

There is the camaraderie of looking out for friends and family, the brick and mortar business neighbors, and the very special people who run those businesses. Entrepreneurship is motivating and exciting. We understand and appreciate how beautiful and special this place is, and we welcome locals and tourists to experience downtown Grass Valley. We’ve been trying new things and also maintaining well-formed traditions. We love what we do, fanning the hearth of our downtown. Seize your opportunity to come to downtown Grass Valley whether you live here or are just visiting! Come enjoy all that is Downtown Grass Valley! Welcome to your town. Visit our website downtowngrassvalley.com and our Facebook: Downtown Grass Valley for updates on our events and businesses.

Farmers’ Market June 4th-August 27th, Thursdays from 4-7 pm Great local produce, artisan vendors, goodies and more. Thursday Night Market June 25th-July 30th, Thursdays from 6-9 pm Certified Farmers’ Market with arts, crafts, food and FREE summer concert series! 4th of July Celebration July 4th, 11 am-1 pm & 3-10 pm Parade in Nevada City at 11am w/ music, food & local floats. Celebration & fireworks at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Sidewalk Sale September 19th, 9 am-3 pm Check out amazing end of summer deals from your local merchants. Safe Trick or Treat October 31st, 10 am-1 pm Family fun & safe event for preschool age little ones to dress up & trick-or-treat among the merchants. Downtown Holiday Market November 7th, 10 am-6 pm Get a jump start on the holiday shopping with sales, raffles, giveaways & more from your local merchants. Cornish Christmas November 27th-December 18th Friday evening event from 6-9 pm, rain or shine, family friendly street festival of food, crafts & entertainment. Tree Lighting on 12/4 from 5-6 pm downtowngrassvalley.com | 530.272.8315 info@downtowngrassvalley.com DESTINATION Nevada County 23


Call of the Sierras By Rob McKay, Owner, Drifter Pizza Company

We were kids when we started our journey, in every sense of the word. We had big dreams and ambitions and a willingness to work hard for them. We’ve been through a lot—college, graduate school, owning businesses, a career in emergency medicine, founding non-profits, rebuilding vintage homes, and going on countless adventures in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. That last part has been our passion and our calling through all of it. There was that one time during the two-year-long renovation of our home that we put it on hold for four months while we lived out of our Volkswagen Bus, rock climbing our way through the Sierras. And, there were all the times we guided at-risk youth through backpacking, climbing, and river adventure days in those same beloved Sierras. Friends of ours lost their lives to those mountains; the one in particular in whose honor we started a non-profit group. There were other friends who made their place in the world by achieving historic athletic feats in those mountains and on those rocks. We had it all in Sonoma County for 20 years. Surrounded by an amazing tribe of people, we managed successful businesses, and lived in a beautiful home that we built with our own hands. What we didn’t have were the Sierra mountains, rocks, and rivers. On a list of “pros and cons,” that didn’t seem like such a terrible compromise. Oh, but it was—and so continued our journey. We had birthed two babies in the past five years, and everything changed, except the longing for those mountains. There was no doubt that the needle was getting harder and harder to thread; it was getting later in the day. It was time for a new adventure. It was time to line it all up. It was time to get serious about what was truly important to us—determine our real priorities. Slowly, we began unraveling everything that we had once been. It started by selling our shares in the climbing gym that Sarah had run for the past 14 years. It continued when I, a well-regarded and top-step medic, let my license expire and resigned from my position. The next step and the big question was: What do we do with our vintage home? For the first 24


year, we rented it out, then sold it to one very excited woman who now calls it home. We said goodbye to our friends and colleagues, business partners, and fellow entrepreneurs. The only thing we took with us was our mobile wood-fired pizza oven. We spent a year in transition, researching and traveling to different areas to sort out where the best place would be for us. Where would our young kids thrive, surrounded by a loving and adventurous community of like-minded people? Where would people appreciate and support our farm-to-fire craft pizza business, and help it grow to its next iteration in the world? Where could we find another vintage home, close to town that could become a hub of young people, life, and creativity? And most importantly, which may be evident: Where could we go where those Sierras that had been our calling for our entire lives be immediately in our backyard? We searched all over our native state of California, but we were also willing to move to neighboring western states: we looked at Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Montana, Arizona, and Nevada. We visited Grass Valley-Nevada City early on in the process, but we had to do some more traveling first. It never left the list of the “Top 5”, but it shifted around. Then, about a year and a half ago, it worked its way back to the top. We came back for another visit. This time, we were ready to see it for all that it truly is: a fantastic community of people, a sisterhood of two small towns with big ideas and grand ambitions, all tucked away in the foothills of those spectacular Sierras. So, we went for it, in true “Sarah and Rob Style.” We pulled the chute, found work at the local co-op, towed our pizza trailer out here, bought one of those vintage fixer-uppers, and started letting this area tell us its story. We hope that we can contribute all of our talent and passion to this community and its people. We’re pretty much those same two crazy kids with just as much ambition and energy. We have a bit more wisdom and have lost a decent amount of sleep as parents of wee ones, but we can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work on doing our part to help make Nevada County even greater than it already is. We finally answered the call of the Sierras!




















































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Fight or Flight? Mediation Can Bring Back the Peace! By Diane Helms, Mediator Sierra Gold Mediation Services We are such complicated individuals. We all want to be heard and understood, but communication between people in conflict is difficult, to say the least. The longer the dispute continues without communicating with each other and expressing our needs, the harder it becomes to resolve. But, it is not impossible! There is hope. In Mediation, barriers can be broken down, hurts can be healed, a better understanding of the other person’s interest can be achieved, and many times the best can happen: the reconciliation of relationships. So why do people wait so long to mediate their disputes? Why don’t we first just pick up the phone or sit down to discuss the issues with the other person? As I said, in general, people are very complex. In conflict, our nature is to become consumed by what is important to us and which of our needs are not being met. And, when we don’t get what we want, we become angry, bitter, hostile, revengeful, abusive and even can resort to physical violence or murder. Those types of responses are called Attack Responses. The other type of response is Escape Responses. These types of responses include avoiding conflict at all cost. Fear of confrontation with another person often will make people leave a job, move away, or walk out of a relationship. Sometimes escapers will ignore and pretend the conflict doesn’t exist. And worse, sometimes people in deep conflict will resort to suicide.

How unfortunate it is for people who feel they have no hope except to fight or flight when there is such a great alternative to resolve their conflict through Mediation. Mediation is a means in which a skillfully trained and experienced third party can bring the disputing parties together to discuss each other’s needs in a safe environment. The mediator does not take sides, point fingers, make judgements or tell the parties what they must do. Mediators are neutral facilitators. Their goal is to facilitate a conversation so the parties can better understand each other, and work towards a common ground. In mediation, the parties work together to craft an agreement or resolution that works for them, without paying costly attorney fees or spending years in court. I have mediated hundreds of disputes of various kinds. Families who have not spoken in years are now getting back together. Financial partnerships that have spent thousands of dollars on attorneys, without resolution, have worked out agreements between themselves when they could not do so with litigation. Custody arrangements and real estate disputes have been resolved when it did not seem possible. There is a way to work things out if you are willing to do so. And, there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Mediations are affordable, private and voluntary; no one will make you do anything. It’s entirely up to you. Do you want to keep fighting? Or do you want to get the Peace back into your Life?

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Nevada County Paved with Paw Prints Nevada County On the Road with Snowball and Zippy By The Boys’ Mom

For many people, having a pet is basically the equivalent of having a child. And for us, that’s true. Our two adopted “custom canines” are the loves of our lives, and for those of you who have “dog (or cat!) children” know that they rule the roost. It’s unthinkable for us to go anywhere without Zippy & Snowball. They’re two small mixed breed dogs, adopted from the same shelter, one black, one white, who immediately bonded on the ride “home” and absolutely rule our lives. So, when we plan our travel, the essential component is to find pet-friendly accommodations at our destination. As it happened, we were invited to attend the 80th birthday of a life-long friend, which required the journey from our hometown in another state to Grass Valley. We joyfully learned that western Nevada County, California, especially Grass Valley and Nevada City, are pet-friendly. Our confidence soared as spoke to Mary Ann, who is a Greater Grass Valley Chamber and Visitor’s Center Concierge. Mary Ann gave us detailed descriptions of the hotels, restaurants, and places that we could take The Boys to walk and play. With Mary Ann’s assistance, we secured lodging at the Gold Miners Inn, and our trip to Grass Valley was all set!

Arriving at the hotel a few days before the birthday celebration, we checked in, and it was seamless. Waiting for The Boys was a customized canine welcome package: water bowl, treats, and a cozy bed—a lovely surprise! Mary Ann had sent us a visitors package that included the Nevada County Visitors Guide and the Event Calendar, and we found the Destination Nevada County magazine in our room. After perusing the publication, we settled on plans for the day—lunch on the patio at Tofanelli’s, and walk through historic downtown Grass Valley, a nap, and dinner on the patio at Maria’s Mexican Restaurant. The next few days The Boys accompanied us as we ventured to the Empire Mine in Grass Valley and South Yuba River State Park in Penn Valley. There are glorious walking trails in each, and we were grateful that the opportunity to visit such historic sites also welcomed The Boys. For a good run and some canine company, we took them to the off-leash dog parks—Condon Park in Grass Valley and Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. What fabulous venues and The Boys ran themselves to exhaustion. We were impressed by the richness of the area, the friendliness of the people in the community, and the smiles, pats, water bowls and treats for The Boys in all the pet-friendly restaurants. I learned that this how it’s always been—pets have always been welcome. There are vast opportunities for pets beyond the few venues and parks that we visited. Pets (on leash) are welcome to stay, play, dine, and attend certain events. Our experience in Grass Valley was all Mary Ann said it would be. We had a delightful visit, and The Boys had great fun! We stopped at the Visitors Center in Grass Valley before we left, met Mary Ann and Sherry, who armed us with trail maps, a list of parks and lakes and pet-friendly venues across Nevada County for our next visit.



WHERE TO STAY q Alta Sierra Village Inn 11858 Tammy Way, Grass Valley 800-992-5300, 530-273-9102 • altasierravillageinn.com

q Northern Queen Inn 400 Railroad Ave., Nevada City 800-226-3090, 530-265-5824 • northernqueeninn.com

q Best Western Gold Country Inn 972 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 866-839-6035, 530-273-1393 • bwgrassvalley.com

q Outside Inn 575 Broad St., Nevada City 530-265-2233 • outsideinn.com Pet fee: (dogs only) $20 – per pet, cleaning fee per night (non-

Pet fee: $10 per pet, one time, non-refundable fee

Pet Fee: $20 per pet, one time, non-refundable fee. Can’t leave pet alone in the room.

Pet fee: $25, per room, one-time non-refundable fee


q Coach N Four Motel 628 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley 530-273-8009 • coachnfourgrassvalley.us

q Sierra Mountain Inn 816 W. Main St., Grass Valley 530-273-8133 • sierramountaininn.com

q Golden Chain Motel 13413 Hwy 49, Grass Valley 530-273-7279 • goldenchainmotelgrassvalley.us

q Swan Levine House 328 S. Church St., Grass Valley 530-272-1873 • swanlevinehouse.com

Pet fee: $10 per pet, one-time, non-refundable fee.

Pet fee: $10 per pet, one-time, non-refundable fee.

q Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank St., Grass Valley 530-477-1700 • goldminersinngrassvalley.com Pet fee: $60 per pet, one-time non-refundable fee

q Grass Valley Courtyard Suites 210 N. Auburn St., Grass Valley 530-272-7696 • gvcourtyardsuites.com

Pet fee under 40 lbs: $25, one-time non-refundable fee


Harmony Ridge Lodge 18883 E. Hwy. 20, Nevada City 530-478-0615 • harmonyridgelodge.com

Pet fee: $25 per pet, one-time, non-refundable fee

q Holbrooke Hotel 212 W. Main St., Grass Valley 530-273-1353 • holbrooke.com

Pet fee: $50 per pet, one-time non-refundable fee.

q Inn Town Campground 9 Kidder Ct., Nevada City 530-265-9900 • Inntowncampground.com

Pet fee: $25 per pet, one-time non-refundable fee.

Pet fee: $15 per night cleaning fee, non-refundable. Call ahead and provide your pet’s bed. Can’t leave pet alone in the room.

WHERE TO DINE q BriarPatch Market/Deli 290 Sierra College Dr., Ste. A, Grass Valley 530-272-5333 • briarpatch.coop q Diego’s Chilean Cuisine 217 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley 530-477-1460 • diegosrestaurant.com q Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro 302 W. Main St., Grass Valley 530-272-1468 • tofanellis.com q Broad Street Bistro 426 Broad St., Nevada City 530-265-4204 • broadstreetbistro.com q Blue Cow Deli 17500 Penn Valley Dr., Ste. A, Penn Valley 530-432-5500 • bluecowdeli.com DESTINATION Nevada County



Dogs Run Free Park, Condon Park 660 Minnie Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Open Daily, Sunrise to Sunset The premier Nevada County Dog Park has 1.8 acres of fenced forested play area for dogs of all shapes and sizes. with benches, water, trash receptacles, accessible parking and sidewalks, water for the dogs and a separate area for small & shy dogs. Located in Grass Valley’s Condon Park, this facility was built and is maintained by volunteers and donated funds. Western Gateway Dog Park 18562 Penn Valley Drive Penn Valley, CA 95946 Open Daily, Sunrise to Sunset 88 beautiful acres with lots of dog-friendly on-leash walking trails, open green space and a year-round creek. Doggie bag dispensers and trash cans are located throughout the park. It also includes a clean 2-acre dog park where dogs can safely play off-leash. It is fully fenced with water in all of the 4 exercise and training yards, benches, shade, an oak grove, and great amenities for everyone, including an onsite restroom facility and plenty of parking. All areas are ADA compliant and easily accessible.



Our New

Forever Family By Kitty L’tour

Twelve-year-old Bobby and his family live two doors down the block and have just adopted a great dog. Our kids can’t stay away. Bark Twain now renamed “Jake,” is a great dog, has integrated beautifully into their family, and Bobby is over the moon with happiness. Our kids have been relentless in negotiating for a pet, and are quick to point to the success of Bobby’s family in adopting Jake. They have finally worn us down. My husband and I have long argued that the kids weren’t old enough to care for a pet, but now, like Bobby, they are approaching their teens, and that argument no longer has merit.

She’s also three years old and is over in the area with the other cats. Jennifer looks up at me, “Mom?” She’s always wanted a cat (kitty, to be precise), and this seems like the perfect scenario— both kids score. We visit Chop-Sticks, who is a lovely black and white feline, golden eyes, sweet nature, and adores being held. Jennifer is in love. Mark is in love. Family pow-wow needed.

It’s time.

A consultation with the staff about adopting the pair confirms that their preference is not to have them split up. Won Ton and Chop-Sticks have grown up together. Both are “house-broken” and have sweet dispositions. They’re here through no fault of their own and are waiting for their Forever Family.

Promises to look after the pet morning and evening are made (in writing!), and my daughter reminds me that last summer we fenced the entire back yard, so the “what happens if the pet wanders off?” question we’ve always posed, doesn’t fly unless we unknowingly bring home an escape artist. And truth be told, now that I work from home, the new addition to our family will not be left alone for any length of time, and secretly, I’ve missed the companionship of a pet.

The nice lady at the desk smiles and hands Bill the adoption forms, and we head for lunch. The kids are so excited that they can barely eat. Unrelenting lobbying for the adoption of both Won Ton and Chop-Sticks ensues through lunch—they pitch the merits of adopting the older, house-broken pair. Bill and I listen to their earnest pleadings, and as lunch draws to a close, we give each other the silent raised eyebrow signal that means “I’m OK if you’re OK.”

Of course, we’ll adopt. While we’ve admired the incredible breeds shown at the annual Dog Show, we believe in giving an abandoned animal a new chance at life. The big decision is: cat or dog? Both kids are pitching their preferences, which leads to the discussion about whether to adopt a young animal or one that’s older and already trained. We all agree that until we “look,” we can’t really answer that question. The question we can answer is when to go “look;” together, we choose the following Saturday, and at the appointed hour, we’re off to AnimalSave and Sammie’s Friends.

Won Ton and Chop-Sticks are brought out to visit with us, and we can immediately see how happy they are to be together. Mark hugs Won-Ton asking if he can rename him “Oliver?” Chop-Sticks is curled up in Jennifer’s lap, a ball of furry contentment. While petting the purring Chop-Sticks, Jennifer informs us that Chop-Sticks is an “absolutely silly” name for a cat—may she rename her “Bella?”

Adopting a new family member is a big decision, so we make this plan: visit both places, and split up into teams of two— Jennifer goes with me, and Mark goes with my husband, Bill. Making notes of our favorites is mandatory, then we’ll compare our lists over lunch.

Done. We finalize the adoption, load up on the necessities (food, collars, bowls, etc.,) and head home—Jennifer with the “perfectly named” Bella on her lap, Mark with Won-Ton, now Oliver, next to him—the car is full of happiness and our new Forever Family.

An hour into our search, Mark comes running up with great excitement; in the next row, he and dad have found his “dream dog” and guess what? He has a cat companion! He drags Jennifer to the spot where Dad is standing guard and shows her the card on the kennel. The name on the card reads” WonTon.” He’s a yellow lab mix, three years old, and grew up with a cat named “Chop-Sticks.” DESTINATION Nevada County


The Best Inns and

B &Bs By Mimi Simmons, Owner, Deer Creek Inn




B One of the most impressive full-service bed and breakfast inns in Nevada City, the Deer Creek Inn, located at 116 Nevada Street, is a stately 19th century gem with yearround Deer Creek gently rolling by the house. It is an exceptional example of Queen Anne architecture—a style featuring turrets and spacious, shaded porches—very popular in the United States into the early 20th century. Built in 1860 by James Colley—a Maine native with California roots dating to 1851—the inn offers five unique suites, all decorated in period antique furniture. You can read a good book in one of the two parlors, dine in the formal dining room, or enjoy a glass of local wine while relaxing on a porch or sitting at the creek’s edge in an area known as Deer Creek Gardens.

Deer Creek originates from the hills high above Nevada City, and along its meandering path to town and west to the Yuba River, several successful gold mines were once located. George Hearst, for example, owned a mine two miles upstream from the inn that he called the LeCompton. Hearst made his first fortune at the

LeCompton Mine in the 1850s and parlayed that into millions of dollars in future ventures at a time when gold was worth only $11 an ounce.

Others, including pick-and-shovel miners working small, creekside claims, pulled enough gold out of Deer Creek in the early days for it to earn the nickname Pound-aDay Creek.

Can you still find gold in Deer Creek? Especially as it flows past the Deer Creek Inn? Sure, but don’t expect to pull out any nuggets; small pieces the size of a grain of rice might be the best you’ll ever find at the bottom of your pan these days. But at about $1,500 an ounce, it wouldn’t take too many grains to make your stay at Deer Creek Inn an investment and not an expense.

The house was built before the Civil War when the Colley family was already active in both local business and politics. James Colley Sr., (1825-1910), along with his brother William, began life in Nevada City as butchers and later owned and operated the Colley Bros. Union



Meat Market. In addition to running the market, James was elected to the Board of Town Trustees (now called City Council) in 1867 and was City Treasurer from 1872-75.

B James Colley Jr., (1866-1952), was next to live in the house, joined by his wife, Ida. James owned Colley’s Candies, Tamales, and Ice Cream Shop on Broad Street and also served several years as Nevada City’s postmaster. Ida Colley was an early advocate for women’s suffrage, and a friend of fellow Nevada City resident Ellen Clark Sargent —the woman who founded the Nevada County Women’s Suffrage Club and was married to Aaron Sargent, who, in 1878, as the United States Senator from California, introduced the exact words that were ultimately ratified as the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920. In 1887, Ida Colley, along with her niece, Winnie Mulloy, joined with other local women to establish Laurel Parlor No. 6, Native Daughters of the Golden West. And in 1927, when Ida died, Winnie became a permanent resident at the 116 Nevada Street house. Each room in the inn is named for women who have either lived or worked at the Colley House over the years, and the spacious home with its large lot has become a popular location for wedding parties and family reunions. It reflects 19th-century charm and ambiance, but has modern amenities that travelers expect.

Ruth Poulter, the current innkeeper, was born and raised in Nevada City. She lives on-site and provides full-time, professional attention to her guests. A former Nevada City restaurant owner, Ruth’s breakfast dishes are renowned. And as former Nevada City and Nevada County Planning Commissioner, as well as a successful Realtor, she can answer any questions you might have about the area. You will definitely want to spend time with Ruth during your stay at the inn. Deer Creek Inn is a pleasant five-minute walk from the heart of downtown Nevada City, making it possible for you to casually stroll to one of our amazing restaurants or bistros, as well as live performances at the historic Nevada Theatre and Off Broad Street Theatre—not to mention great shopping and galleries featuring local artists and craftspeople.

If you are a history buff, Nevada City needs to be on your must-see list. The Chinese monument on Upper Commercial Street, two firehouses from the 1860s, an entire downtown business core on the National Register



of Historic Places, real gaslights that create a Currier & Ives streetscape at night, and several bronze plaques that help serve as an interpretive history walk, will help complement your visit. Special events like Victorian Christmas in December, Summer Nights in July and Nevada City’s special Constitution Day Parade in September, bring thousands of visitors to town each year. And if you are going to be one of those visitors, be sure to book a room at Deer Creek Inn, open 364 days a year. For reservations, call 530-264-7038 or visit www.deercreekinn.net.

“In 1887, Ida Colley, along with her niece, Winnie Mulloy, joined with other local women to establish Laurel Parlor No. 6, Native Daughters of the Golden West. And in 1927, when Ida died, Winnie became a permanent resident at the 116 Nevada Street house. “ DESTINATION Nevada County


GOLD MINERS INN GRASS VALLEY By KathE Frazer, General Manager



For the last twelve years, Gold Miners Inn has been integral to historic Grass Valley. During the past few years, we have undergone an extensive makeover, remodel-redecoration, and reaffiliation of our brand. Now, the dust has settled, we have put away our hard hats, and can celebrate the completion of our renovations!

with a friend, getting some work done, or even calling home to check-in. The adjacent meeting rooms also sport new carpets, drapes, wall sconces, paint, and spiffy modern chairs. I’ve been told by more than one person, that our 2,200 square foot Grand Ballroom now looks brighter and feels grander than ever!

I am privileged to lead the Gold Miners Inn team and can say with confidence that our hotel is not just a place that provides comfort: it’s a place from which to launch your exploration of Nevada County. The Gold Miners Inn warmly welcomes you and your furry companion, offering services and amenities that make for a memorable stay.

As you walk around our hotel, I hope you take notice of our hardworking staff! Both Jackie and Brian have been on staff for over ten years, and their commitment to our guests is admirable. On most mornings you will meet our beloved Jackie in the Great Room, serving our complimentary breakfast and in the evenings, dispensing drinks during our Manager’s Reception. If I may brag, we also have three employees who have been here since we opened our doors in 2007. I truly value the dedication and hard work from Paul, Suzanne, and Bob over the years and am so proud to have them on my incredible team.

Speaking of our makeover, let me take you on a quick tour! As you enter our front doors, you’ll notice our updated Great Room where families and friends gather for breakfast, conversation and in the evening, a cocktail or two during our Manager’s Reception. A few steps to the right, you will be greeted by a friendly face at our front desk, perhaps even Brian, our Assistant General Manager. Behind the front desk, you will notice “The Time Tapestry” mural depicting Grass Valley and Nevada County’s rich history woven into our flourishing present. As you step into the elevator, you’ll notice our nod to the wealth of wineries in the area; it is a spot in the hotel that over the next few years, I hope to augment. Honoring the original Chinatown that stood on our location more than 150 years ago is the second-floor featuring Asian elements, bamboo prints, rich golds, greens, and pops of red. The third floor pays respect to the gold mining history in the area with vibrant blues, leathers, and pops of gold. Here you will find my favorite piece of repurposed furniture-an old gold mining cart that serves as a table! On the main level, just past our Great Room, new carpets, paint, and cozy furniture adorn the pre-function space in our conference area. You’ll find a wonderfully comfortable sitting nook, and it is not too surprising to find guests here chatting

From my experience, I know how good it feels to give back to the community. I volunteer as often as possible and have encouraged all of my management team to pick their passion and volunteer a few hours a month. We promote local events, activities, and of course, our fantastic neighbors! The welcome letter in each room is updated monthly, and sometimes weekly. It shares what is currently happening in our historic downtown and also lists future events so our guests can plan to return! Our Thursday Wine and Dine Special highlights the great restaurants all within walking distance of the hotel. Occasionally, we will invite local wineries to bring their tasting room to our guests and soon hope to add local breweries to our rotation as well. We also recently added a Locals Corner to our convenience store. If guests have room in their luggage they can buy local bottled products, such as wine, beer, and Bloody Mary Mix. Most of our guests are here for a purpose, but I believe it is also our responsibility to find a way to bring them back. At the Gold Miners Inn, we continually strive to make Nevada County a destination! goldminersinngrassvalley.com DESTINATION Nevada County




CANTINA • BREAKFAST • PATIO • CUISINE 226 E. Main St. • Grass Valley, CA 95945 • (530) 274-2040 • mariasgrassvalley.com






Looking for Just a Bite, Brunch or a Banquet? And Dine Like a Local! By Valerie Costa, The Union Newspaper No matter where you choose to dine in Nevada County, you are in for a special treat. Almost entirely independently owned and operated, the restaurants in our beautiful slice of paradise are as uniquely flavorful as our residents. With a large focus on sourcing from local farms, ranches, wineries, and breweries, you could have a full meal prepared nearly exclusively from Nevada County products at any number of restaurants. Whether you are grabbing breakfast under the blooming cherry tree at Ike’s Quarter Café in the spring, sipping craft cocktails or enjoying lunch overlooking Deer Creek at Lefty’s Grill in the summer, or savoring a five course meal at Twelve 28 or Watershed at The Owl any time of year, you are certain to enjoy your culinary experience. The menus shift with the bounty of the seasons, so there is always a new culinary creation to sample at our fine dining establishments.


A CASUAL ITALIAN-AMERICAN BISTRO DESTINATION CountyValley 302 W. Main Nevada Street • Grass 530.272.1468 • tofanellis.com


In Nevada County, you may come as you are and the customer is always revered, so don’t hesitate to ask questions and make special requests. The beauty of being locally owned and operated is that the friendliness and care of the community flows into their philosophy of service, and you are welcomed whether your dietary preference is vegan, gluten-free, paleo, microbiotic or any other. After hours, head to one of the hip and happening breweries or night clubs to enjoy some live music or lively conversation. Immerse yourself in the wild west history of Nevada City at Golden Era, or take part in a local trivia night at Grass Valley Brewing Company or The Pour House. Find your vibe and enjoy the scenery and some late night nibbles at our bars and breweries. Creative and delicious, our little towns bring big flavors. Come taste what Nevada County has to offer.


OLD-SCHOOL ITALIAN BAR & GRILL 213 W. Main Street • Grass Valley 530.477.6000 • cirinosatmainstreet.com


AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CUISINE 226 E. Main Street • Grass Valley 530.274.2040 • mariasgrassvalley.com



There are some mighty special eateries here in our county; some are legendary, and some are new and cutting edge. Here are a few of our favorites. Always superb, they never disappoint, and we’re constantly delighted with their imaginative offerings. desnaon

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134 Mill St. • Grass Valley, CA (530) 205-9070 watershedattheowl.com

213 W. Main St. • Grass Valley, CA (530) 477-6000 cirinosatmainstreet.com

106 Mill St. • Grass Valley, CA (530) 205-9679 mezeeatery.com

217 Colfax Ave. • Grass Valley, CA (530) 477-1460 diegosrestaurant.com

120 E. Main St. • Grass Valley, CA (530) 273-8111 kanesrestaurant.com

302 W. Main St. • Grass Valley, CA (530) 272-1468 tofanellis.com

10118 Commercial Ave. • Penn Valley, CA (530) 446-6534 twelve28kitchen.com

131 Mill St. • Grass Valley, CA (530) 615-4126 cakebakerygv.com DESTINATION Nevada County




Penn Valley DESTINATION Nevada County


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IN THE HEART OF THE GOLD COUNTRY WHERE THE GOLD RUSH BEGAN By Lake Wildwood Association & LWA Community Relations Committee Nestled in the foothills of Western Nevada County just north of the town of Penn Valley lies the beautiful community of Lake Wildwood. In a county known for its volunteer spirit, Lake Wildwood is unique in its service to the greater community. The residents are what make any community great, and our residents exceed expectations for their involvement in civic and charitable affairs. The Lake Wildwood community relies on volunteer committees to provide governance, recreation, and hospitality services to its 2,845 member homes and over 5,000 residents. However, far beyond its borders, resident members provide the leadership backbone and brawn that moves a large number of community and civic organizations. Year in and year out, residents give thousands of hours of their own time for the benefit of the greater community. Lake Wildwood plays host to several charitable golf tournaments that annually raise tens of thousands of dollars for local education, support local veterans and care for those in need. Recently, this private, gated community has expanded the opportunity for the greater community to hold golf tournaments, weddings, business, charity, or special events. The serene beauty of Lake Wildwood is the perfect locale for any special celebration. The community boasts several venues that offer spectacular views of the awardwinning Oaks Golf Course or scenic Lake Wildwood. Newly renovated, The Oaks Clubhouse is the centerpiece of the Lake Wildwood Community and an ideal event setting. Within the Clubhouse, the elegantly appointed Cedar Room offers lush and sweeping Golf Course views with seating for up to 160 guests. Mid-sized functions will find the cozy and inviting Pine Room, replete with fireplace and vistas of the 10th and 18th holes of the Oaks Golf Course, a perfect fit. Beautifully showcasing the handcrafted woodwork incorporated into the Clubhouse renovation, The Terrace on the Green lies snug between the Pine Room and the 19th Hole Bar and offers al fresco dining on comfortable seating around firepits. With this variety of offerings, we think that The Oaks Clubhouse is 50


a magnificent location for wedding ceremonies, and the talented catering and event team works with clients to design the perfect menu for their special day. Located in the Community Center, The Lake Room, overlooking the Marina and Lake, accommodates up to 100 guests and would be a delightful choice for events or gatherings seeking a casual lakeside setting. The Community Center offers many event options, including a dance floor, stage set-up, full banquet facility, and of course, those delectable banquet menus. If you are seeking an outdoor venue, consider the Commodore Park Pavilion. Sitting alongside the Lake, it offers outside covered seating, is surrounded by sweeping lawns and the beauty of both Commodore Park and Lake Wildwood. Jacob’s Place (point) a ceremony site with a stunning view of the Lake, is also located within Commodore Park. With all of these options, Lake Wildwood is the perfect place to relax and enjoy an event to be remembered. Here, in Lake Wildwood, you can choose to live where you play, and can select a home with character, size, and style that fits your budget. There are endless indoor and outdoor recreational activities and the ability to indulge your interests through more than thirty clubs and social groups. You can golf on our superbly-maintained mature 18-hole Oaks Golf Course, enjoy the tranquility of a boat ride on the Lake, join the Garden Club, or take your lounge chair to one of the five lakeside parks. These are only a few of the amenities awaiting your personal lifestyle. We welcome you to visit our community to discuss your special event or to meet some of our volunteers. Please contact us at info@lwwa.org or visit www.lwwa.org.


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Penn Valley, CA 95946 • (530) 432-1152 • www.lwwa.org

2800+ homes & 24/7 Security • Golf Course • Restaurant & Bar Golf Pro Shop • Swimming Pool • 5 Parks on Lake with Beaches • Tennis & Pickleball



The “NO!”Girl Who’s “In the Know” By Vanessa Colomb, Pilot Peak Winery

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Well, it has been a couple of years now, and my famous “NO!” is quickly turning into “In The Know.”

I still look back on that day when the immediate “NO!” came into play, and quite frankly, I think that it was the perfect response! I had no idea what lay ahead, especially with owning an established winery, partnering with the Stevens. What in the world was I getting myself into? It turned out fine in the end, and the partnership is fantastic. So, the game of saying “NO!” has turned into a fun learning experience!

Since Mike and I became co-owners, we have met so many awesome people who have now become friends; we have learned how a winery works, we get to enjoy weekends there with our family, and how about the BEST part—we get to taste delicious wine (for work!).

Now that we’re comfortable with how the “ins and outs” work around the winery, we have been making some exciting changes. Every month this year, we brought the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck out to the Peak. We brought back the Sunset Evening events and added some outdoor games and fire pits so that it is now a cozy family-friendly place. (By the way, this is how it all started for us; all I wanted was have a glass of wine at a beautiful location—it went from a glass to a bottle to the whole winery!).

On the commercial side, we’ve recently partnered with Holiday Market, SPD Market, and Mike has finally gotten 52


Pilot Peak wines into COSTCO! Let me tell you, that was no easy feat. How many people go “down the hill” to go shopping? How fun will it be to see our very own local winery inside the giant store! Now for the fun stuff, next year is going to be even bigger! While I’m definitely “In The Know,” it doesn’t mean that I don’t ever say “NO!” A few months ago, when Joy Porter called me and asked if I was up for an event at the winery, once again, I strutted my favorite word, “NO!” Let me tell you about my husband Mike and Joy (a long-time friend)—I think they enjoy stretching me and probably find it entertaining when I try to say “NO!” However, when Joy shared the idea for a Grass Valley Chamber event, it sounded fabulous! “Women at Their Peak;” a gathering of women who strive to do amazing things, support our community, and encourage one another, coming together to drink wine, eat some delicious food, and share their wisdom. Well, needless to say, my “NO!” turned into an absolute “YES!” We held the kick-off event, and it was a huge hit! This event will be held quarterly at The Peak, and has tremendous potential to grow. Since it was such a hit, Joy told me that the men on her board want to participate—the suggestion was that they would come and barbeque for us, (sneaky, right?) and call it “Women At Their Peak Served by the Men Who Love Them!” How much fun is that? I think some of those men were envious! Really, it would be fun for the men to barbeque for us, and while we ladies are sharing

wine and wisdom, they could enjoy Cigar Night at the Peak. Last year, we partnered with Phoenix Humidor, and the Cigar Night event was great fun! Also, in the works for next year is a food truck festival. Food trucks are a fun way to experience different kinds of foods all in one place and why not make it a celebration that the whole family can enjoy? With all this inside scoop, I know some are thinking, “When will the brewery be finished?!” For those of you that aren’t “In The Know,” we’re planning to open Pilot Peak Brewing Company next year. Luckily, I haven’t given my famous “NO!” to any of the stepping stones of moving the brewery forward…so that should speed up the process! What I can tell you about the brewery is that it will be one heck of a fun place to spend time. Not only will there be beer, wine, and delicious food, there is going to be something for everyone to enjoy. Indoor games, outdoor games, tours of the brewhouse, an enclosed area for private parties—we want people to feel comfortable and at home when they are at The PEAK! Come out and visit us on the weekends, you never know what part of The Peak’s story you’ll play!




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TEAM SIMMONS “Your Community Broker” Century 21 Cornerstone Realty 101 Boulder St., Nevada City, CA 95959 Cell: (530) 362-0010 • Phone: (530) 265-7940 www.mimisimmons.com CalDRE #00871435 56


Nevada City Queen City of theNorthern Hills By Mimi Simmons, Nevada County Native

Did you Know? Before Nevada City was called “Nevada City,” it had, like Grass Valley and many other towns, a series of names. Originally a Nisenan village, it was called, Ustumah. Later, as a gold mining town, it took the name Nevada, meaning “snow-covered.” But it was also called Deer Creek Dry Diggings, and Caldwell’s Upper Store. On April 19, 1856, the town of Nevada was incorporated. In 1864, the word “City” was added to the name to relieve confusion with the nearby state of Nevada, and the town has legally been known as “Nevada City” ever since.

Short road trips rejuvenate us all, but there is nothing like a visit to historic Nevada City, located 3 hours from San Francisco and yet a world away. Established in the 1850s during California’s Gold Rush, this charming town is one of Northern California’s most popular gems! The pulse of the town is the people who live and work there, and who want to share their special home with others!! From the 1865 Nevada Theater, where Mark Twain and Emma Nevada performed, the Chinese Quarter, the Firehouse Museum, and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, this magical town had an adventure for everyone. Fine dining restaurants, bistros, and wineries, fabulous shopping experiences with local merchants and artisan talent, your experience will be delightful. Local Inns, Bed and Breakfast lodging, and Airbnb’s will accommodate all your overnight needs. The famous National Hotel, built-in 1854 is currently under renovation and will reopen in 2020. Hike over the Tribute Trail and learn about the Nisenan Indians. Enjoy a peaceful evening strolling under the gas lamps through town or a glorious, fun-filled Chamber of Commerce events like Victorian Christmas, Hot Summer Nights, Mardi Gras, or the Constitution Day Parade! Nevada City has it all and will capture the hearts of all ages!

For More Information About Nevada City: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce (530) 265-2692 DESTINATION Nevada County



Helping Children In OUR Communities With Every Home We Sell By John R. Miller, Intero Real Estate Services The team at Intero Real Estate Services is committed to superior service through our real estate sales experience and all of our agents participate in donating a portion of their commissions to the foundation. We take pride in the fact that 100% of our agents participate in contributing to Intero’s Charity Foundation…not many offices can make that claim! To date, the Intero Foundation has raised over $6,000,000 worldwide, and here in Nevada county, we have raised nearly $122,000. John Miller, Broker/Owner, explains his decision to bring the Intero brand to the foothills stating, “We basically chose to align with Intero for the same reasons Warren Buffet did when he acquired Intero Real Estate Services Inc. in May of 2014”. Says Miller, “Intero was attractive with their Leadership, Culture (Giving Back), Technology, Training and the #1 Market Share in the major Bay Area Markets, where most of our

“The money raised here – stays here!”

buyers are coming from. We feel we are making a difference to the children in our community while helping families achieve the best price when they buy or sell their homes. “Intero NC is doing an incredible job of promoting the Intero Real Estate experience in Gold Country,” says Brian Crane, CEO of Intero. “Their five offices are in great locations for the continued growth of the Intero brand. Their attitude of gratitude and culture are perfectly aligned with our values and business philosophies.” Every year Intero hosts their Children’s Charity Fundraiser where they celebrate with live music, a dinner, and libations along with an incredible silent auction and raffle. We are already planning the sixth annual event in Spring of 2020. Here is an honorable mention of the Non-profits we have given grants to: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada & Placer

County, New Events and Opportunities (NEO), Child’s Advocates of Nevada County, Nevada County Diaper Project, Center for the Arts, The Friendship Club, Sierra Harvest, CASA of Nevada County, Nevada Joint Union High School District (Boys & Girls Golf Team), Boys & Girls Club of Placer County, Granite Wellness Centers, and Grass Valley Little League. The difference they make to our children and our community, cannot be overstated. Intero applauds ALL of its agents for their contributions to the foundation. Over 15 local non-profits have benefited from Intero Grants. We also support these non-profits by attending and promoting their fund raisers. If you are considering a career in Real Estate Contact us now! Call 530-615-0111 to work with any of our GREAT agents. Or visit us on the web at www.InteroNC.com. They will get your home sold and help local kids in need in the process!

We believe in giving back to the communities we serve. The Intero Foundation has collected over $5.5 million in donations from Intero agents and employees, securely endowing over $1 million while giving over $4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that support children in need.

Here is an honorable mention of the Non-profits we have given grants to: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Placer County, New Events and Opportunities (NEO), Child’s Advocates of Nevada County, Nevada County Diaper Project, Center for the Arts, The Friendship Club, Project Linus, Sierra Harvest, CASA of Nevada County, Nevada Joint Union High School District (Boys & Girls Golf Event), Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Nevada County, Community Recovery Resources, and Grass Valley Little League.



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Truckee. It’s “up the hill” as the locals say, about a thirty-ish minute drive up Scenic Highway 20 from Grass Valley and Nevada City, and then, a quick sprint down I-80. Mileage and the foothills separate the eastern and western portions of Nevada County, but the similarities of the towns are remarkable. Truckee shares as colorful and unique a history as the towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. What do we have in common? Well-maintained historic downtowns, stunning State Historic Parks, the Emigrant Trail, ghost stories, a railroad legacy, famous (and infamous!) residents, and best of all, recognition as Rural Cultural Arts Districts. So, what’s with the odd name? Truckee. It’s a bit baffling unless you know the story. Truckee wasn’t always called Truckee. Originally (around 1863) it was named Gray’s Station, for Joseph Gray’s Roadhouse on the Trans-Sierra wagon road. It then became Coburn’s Station around 1866 named after blacksmith Samuel S. Coburn. But the present-day name of Truckee was selected by the Central Pacific Railroad in August of 1867 honoring a Paiute chief, whose assumed Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo. When the first Europeans who came to cross the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe, the friendly chief rode toward them, yelling, “Tro-kay!”, which is Paiute for “Everything is all right.” The unaware travelers assumed he was yelling his name. Chief “Truckee” as he later became known, eventually served as a guide for John Frémont helping to guide thousands of emigrants on their westward journey. In the early years, Truckee was known for its logging and ice manufacturing, supplying much of the needs that arose from the influx of gold seekers from around the world. It is also well-known for the Donner Party tragedy and Emigrant Trail. Today, visitors are welcome year-round at the Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center and at the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east during the mid-1800s. The Visitor Center features compelling exhibits that tell the stories of the Emigrant Experience, the 60


Donner Party, the Land of the Washoe, Chinese construction of the railroad, and early motoring adventures over Donner Pass. By the turn of the century, Truckee began promoting itself as the focus of a growing winter recreation region. Hollywood film companies, attracted by the area’s mountain charm, came to Truckee and established it as a center for the budding motion picture industry. In the early 1940’s Walt Disney became a part of Truckee’s history with his investment in Hannes Schroll’s ski resort near Donner Summit. As a tribute to Walt, Schroll changed the name of Hemlock Peak, one of the mountains that surround the Sugar Bowl Resort, to Mount Disney. Among the enticements that drew skiers to Sugar Bowl in those early years was the chairlift up Mount Disney, the first such lift in California and the lodge, designed by architect William Wurster, later featured in the Goofy cartoon, The Art of Skiing. After a period of slow growth and development, particularly during and after World War ll, in 1960, the Winter Olympic Games were held ten miles to the south at Squaw Valley, putting the TruckeeTahoe area on the map as a major destination resort for year-round recreation. Today, Truckee is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and proudly retains its historic charm with well-preserved circa 1800’s architecture. The railroad remains a prominent asset to the town, and the Truckee River serves as a backdrop to one of the west’s most charming mountain towns. In 2015, the California Arts Council awarded the Town of Truckee a Cultural District Designation, formally recognizing the well-preserved historic downtown and the town’s promotion of the arts and culture of the community. Dynamic events that celebrate this unique and remarkable area along with the eclectic mix of shops, art galleries, restaurants, make this scenic area the BaseCamp for a Big Life. Truckee is the gateway to one of the country’s most prolific adventure playgrounds. Featuring beautiful lakes, mountain scenery and worldclass vacation resorts, summer or winter, Truckee has it all. DESTINATION Nevada County


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Local REALTORS Know the Lay of the Land and More! By Susan Walker, Nevada County Association of REALTORS® President






REALTORS® was first organized in 1935 by a group of local real estate agents whose intent was to provide a resource and opportunity for Nevada County real estate agents to work as a collective group of professionals with the goal of offering clients and their families the highest level of professional real estate service. The agents met at a local restaurant on a regular basis. We became affiliated with the California Association of REALTORS® on April 17, 1936, and later the National Association of REALTORS® in 1948.

From backwoods goat trails to 4-star restaurants, honkytonks to live theatres and beyond, Nevada County REALTORS® know all of the nooks and crannies our county has to offer! The opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life here are endless, and sharing those opportunities with our clients is part of the fun of working with future homeowners as well as expressing the values of our listings. The diversity of Nevada County presents something for everyone, from families desiring topnotch education to seniors looking for a peaceful quality of enjoyment of their home. Trails to hike, bike paths to ride, lakes and rivers for swimming, fishing, skiing or kayaking, beautiful scenery and just a short drive to the big city or snow— We have it all and then some. When you decide to look for your next home or weekend getaway, make it Nevada County—you won’t be bored or disappointed. Adventure and a sense of community await you. Contact the Nevada County Association of REALTORS® for more information about moving to or within Nevada County 530-272-2627. REALTORS® That’s Who We R! DESTINATION Nevada County


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Answers to myths regarding a Reverse Mortgage or HECM (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage) By Suzanne Voter, NML 230270 Finance of America, Reverse Mortgage Specialist Can the bank take my home? No. There have been many reforms over the years to HECM loans and the one great factor you must consider is that this loan works just as any other mortgage. The bank cannot call the loan due unless you stop paying property taxes, homeowners insurance, you move out of the home as your primary residence, or you pass away. In most cases, HECM loans are paid off when the home is sold. If you choose to move and sell, you keep the equity remaining after costs to sell not the bank. If your heirs want to keep the home, then they will need to refinance and payoff the loan to keep the property. Will my heirs be liable for the loan after I pass away? Just like any mortgage, the mortgage remaining on the home must be paid off through a sale or a refinance of the loan into your heir’s names. Neither you nor your heirs will sign any documents that make them responsible for the loan in any way and that is where a trusted mortgage professional skilled in these type of loans will disclose all of the factors of the loan to you clearly. So what happens if I owe more than the home’s value at the time of my death? With a HECM loan, you are paying a Mortgage Insurance Fee upfront that can be up to 2% of the loan amount and this is something you can consider an “insurance” policy that protects you or your heirs from being responsible for any negative equity in the home when it is sold. The fee is a requirement of HUD to insure the loan. Now, let’s talk about how reverse or HECM mortgages really work? Both standard and reverse mortgages use your home as collateral, and they differ in two ways: Firstly, you may receive money instead of paying out money to a lender every month. Secondly, while standard mortgage amounts decrease over time, the amount of your HECM loan increases. HECM loans are like re-mortgaging your property or receiving an equity loan that you can have available to you when needed, a lump sum at the time the loan goes into place or you can chose to receive monthly payments. This new loan will pay off any existing liens and will be the only loan remaining secured by the property. How much money can I really get – that’s the question we are always asked right? The amount of your loan depends on many factors including your age and the homes appraised value. A quick easy analysis is available at any time from me. Finance of America NMLS #1071 is the #1 lender for HECM loans in the country. DESTINATION Nevada County


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Coming Soon in Western Nevada County By Keoni Allen, Sierra Foothills Construction Company

I represent both Sierra Foothills Construction Company, a Grass Valley based construction company and the Nevada County Contractors Association, our local construction organization comprised of nearly 400 local small businesses engaged in the construction industry. Both of my affiliations with the construction industry act to serve our community by promoting a healthy economy and encouraging smart economic growth. This is an exciting time in western Nevada County with the renovation of significant buildings and the construction of new mixed-use developments and residential projects. A brief description of the coming projects follows: GRASS VALLEY • Center for the Arts, one of the most exciting projects in memory, is the major renovation and expansion of the Center for the Arts building on the upper West Main Street. The Center for the Arts is one of the foundations of our local economy and is instrumental in bringing significant numbers of tourists and locals alike to our downtown to enjoy world class entertainment, shopping, and dining. The grand opening of the Center for the Arts is coming soon and will immediately enhance the vibrancy of downtown Grass Valley. • Holbrooke Hotel. The 165-year-old Holbrooke Hotel has been the anchor of downtown Grass Valley since its beginning. Visited by several US Presidents, the Holbrooke Hotel is undergoing a much-needed renovation. The new, very capable owners of the Holbrooke are making a significant investment to return the Hotel to its former glory as the center of social activities in Downtown Grass Valley. The owners are hoping to be able to open in time for the Christmas Holiday Season. • Dorsey Marketplace is a mixed-use development of upscale retail shops and market rate apartments coming soon to the hills east of town. The first project of its kind in Grass Valley should be a great addition and a great new neighborhood for our community. • In the residential market, Homes by Towne’s new project at Berriman Ranch will feature 30 new semi-custom homes in a great location near the existing Carriage House development off Freeman Lane. It is a very nice addition to our new housing choices in Grass Valley. • Timberwood Estates on Brunswick Road features 48 new



semi-custom homes in a beautiful setting across Brunswick Road from the new River Valley Community Bank. It is another very nice addition to Grass Valley and our housing choices. • Guilded Springs is a newly proposed development of 25 new homes within walking distance to downtown Grass Valley. It is a much-needed new addition. • Loma Rica Ranch is a planned community of 500 homes on the site of the former famous horse ranch. This project will feature numerous different housing types on the banks of two beautiful creeks. Hiking trails and close proximity to Grass Valley will make this project very popular. This project has been in the planning stage for years and is now hoping to break ground in spring of 2020. NEVADA COUNTY • Higgins Corner, this long-anticipated project has finally conquered the many hurdles encountered by a project of this scale. The addition of new anchor shopping and numerous satellite shops will be a great addition to our South Country. • ZAP Manufacturing is a great local business that is expanding again. We are fortunate to have them as one of our leading local manufacturing businesses. • Rincon del Rio is hoping to break ground in the spring of 2020. A world class senior housing development set on stunningly beautiful 215 acres on the Bear River in South County, Rincon del Rio will feature several housing types and many lifestyle benefits for active seniors. This amazing project will set a new standard for senior living at its finest.   NEVADA CITY • National Hotel, Nevada City’s famous hotel that is undergoing a much-needed major renovation, thanks to the new owners who also own the Holbrooke in Grass Valley. The National Hotel is the center of social life in Nevada City and the completion and grand opening is eagerly anticipated by everyone in Western Nevada County. This sums up an abbreviated list of new projects planned for our local economy. In addition, there are several new restaurants and downtown retail shops that will collectively help Grass Valley continue to move forward in expanding our role as the economic and entertainment hub of western Nevada County.



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Who You Gonna Call When the Well Runs Dry?? By Justin Peters, Owner, Peters’ Drilling & Pump Service As a famous country song states, “who’s gonna be there for you when the well runs dry?” A catchy tune, yet if you live in a house or property that has well water as its main water supply, it can be a legitimate concern for many homeowners. Rest assured however, a well running dry is not only relatively rare, but it is also not the end of the world and in many cases it can be a fairly quick process to restore water to the home again. First of all there are many misconceptions about well water and wells “going dry.” I can’t tell you how many calls I have taken over the years that start, “I was in the shower this morning and my well went dry, what do I do?!” Although having the water stop when you are soaped up in the middle of a nice hot shower is extremely annoying, it does not mean your well went dry. Almost every time when water abruptly stops to your home, it will be a mechanical failure of some kind. Many times it is something quick and easy like a pressure switch or control box that can be replaced quickly and at minimal cost. In the event that your pump or motor actually went out, it can get more expensive however it is still generally something that can be taken care of in a short

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However some wells based on the way they were constructed or their location, cannot be deepened. In that case, a new well would need to be drilled. An experienced driller would need to pick a new site on your property that fits within all the county setbacks, is accessible and in a good location they feel they are most likely to hit water. A review of well depths and gallons per minute in your neighborhood by the driller, can give you an idea of what to expect once the drilling process begins. Finally, when there is a well that supplies water to a home or livestock and it drops below sustainability, the project is given priority status over other projects in order to make sure water service is reestablished as quickly as possible. So while dealing with a dry well is something no one wants to do, the process is quicker and more efficient than what some country crooner might have you believe!


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Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Environmental Planners! By Andrew R. Cassano, PLS 4370, Land Surveyor/Land Planner, Nevada City Engineering, Inc. Let them be land surveyors and engineers and such. OK, I apologize for paraphrasing that great country song written by Ed and Patsy Bruce, although their recommendation was to avoid cowboy careers. All of us planners are trained in environmental planning, as we all do environmental initial studies and administer EIR’s in our careers. But once you become a serious environmental planner, your life can never be the same. Gone forever are the simple luxuries of paradigms, extreme points of view, and easy solutions. Suddenly, your thought process becomes completely objective. Subjective is no longer allowed. Every public policy decision has pros and cons, and the world becomes shades of gray. Your friends of both major political leanings no longer trust you, fearing that you are just a little too sympathetic to that crazy other side. Anyone with an agenda is a little leery that you haven’t enthusiastically jumped on board. It’s so lonely at times.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my left and right friends and all the points of views and agendas of our community. I love my friends who are loggers, developers, environmentalists, miners, realtors, and all the other diverse folks. Diversity is what makes the region work, although it fatigues us at times. It’s absolutely necessary to throw all of the ideas out on the table, hold them up to the light of day, publically debate them, and make decisions to carry on. Together. OK, so let’s go through a simple exercise to show you a glimpse of my torment. The automobile is absolutely essential to our current economy. The automobile is the most serious source of non-point source environmental pollution. Both true statements. And see? I made me say something that I didn’t want to hear, since I’ve always loved motor vehicles (with either 2 or 4 wheels). The legal bible of environmental planners is the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines, the regulatory tool so dear to planners, lawyers, activists, and obstructionists. In our practice here, we represent our clients according to their role in the CEQA process. Sometimes we represent development permit applicants and sometimes Lead or Responsible agencies.

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Peter and I argued over his objective observations endlessly, until one day I snapped. Then I suddenly understood the mission of the pure environmental planner.

For private clients, we strive to plan projects that pre-mitigate or offset legitimate environmental concerns and then work with the Lead Agency to agree on mitigation (offsetting) measures that are reasonable, feasible, and legal in their requirements. For Lead Agency clients, we strive to clearly identify the legitimate environmental concerns, fashion effective mitigation measures, and work with the project proponents toward agreement on the impact reducing requirements. For Responsible Agency clients, we work to understand their agency’s concerns and values, and then work with the Lead Agency and project proponent toward solid and effective mitigations. By law, mitigation measures need to meet several standards. They need to address physical impacts (not socio-economic impacts). Mitigations need to be effective, within the control of the Lead Agency, reasonably connected to the impact, and roughly proportional to the impact. Finally, they must be feasible. Sorry, but we don’t do environmental work for project opponents. Our longtime company culture, beginning with our founder Ken Baker, is that we like to be “for” stuff. But we heartily support the rights of folks who are “against” stuff. It’s the diversity of thought and love of our community that makes us strong.

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Landlords or Tenants – Who Holds the Strongest Hand? By Lock Richards, Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates – Highland Commercial, Nevada City Whether you are a business owner renting office, industrial or retail space, or a landlord or investor considering buying commercial real estate, keeping tabs on market trends can help shed light on the strengths and/or weaknesses of your opponent’s hand and assist with decisionmaking that will likely have significant and long-term financial implications. The following trends can be gleaned from the data below. First, the amount of vacant space in all product types is either very low or declining. This is a reflection of the dramatic increase in supply-side costs in comparison to demand-side rents over roughly the past 10 years. Building costs have skyrocketed due to increasingly demanding building codes, escalating application/permit/building fees, onerous, costly and time consuming development studies, daunting project approval risk from community objections, lawsuits, NIMBYism, etc., and increasing building materials costs. In short, development risk significantly outweighs projected rental rewards in today’s market—hence minimal new construction.

Second, and as a result of the supply/ demand imbalance mentioned above, commercial property values and rents are trending upwards across the board. Barring another major recession, I believe prices will continue in this trajectory until such time as the reward of new construction becomes commensurate with the risk. Thus far, commercial rents and values have been increasing at a very moderate rate; however, as the state’s population continues to grow and the desirability and popularity of Nevada County continues to increase, I expect the

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In My Opinion. . . An Interview with Mike Bratton

Mike, after the devastating wildfires that have afflicted California in the past few years, especially after the catastrophic fire in Paradise, our community has been on fire-watch high alert. There have been many town hall meetings, and yesterday, Ricardo Lara, the California State Insurance Commissioner held a Town Hall to discuss homeowners insurance and the prevailing rates.

of that “risk area” like Grass Valley-Nevada City because they’re over-insured and they can’t cover a catastrophic loss, and it puts the entire company at risk.

Many of our homeowners have found themselves subject to surprising rate hikes, some have faced non-renewal, and it’s caused a great deal of confusion about the dramatic change to homeowners insurance in Nevada County. As an insurance service provider, can you give us a bit of history and clarification?

Why is that?

Mike: What’s really happened is that over the last five years we’ve had the most significant losses in California that we’ve ever sustained. Over the last 15 years, the insurance companies have paid out two dollars for every one dollar collected. That’s not balancing the books so to speak I think it goes back 20-25 years when we moved into the foothills. The population base has greatly impacted the foothills. There have been periods when they didn’t let us log, and the fuel loads have grown exponentially. And maybe the drought had something to do with that over the last 4 or 5 years, and the fuel loads have gotten dryer and dryer. If a small fire starts, the winds pick up, and (whoosh) the fires develop their own wind, and we have a firestorm. That’s what happened in Santa Rosa and Paradise and actually, all over the western United States as well as down south. At the same point in time, technology has gotten so much better, now the insurance industry, Cal Fire, and the people who fight fires are better at predicting the probability of fire. Technology can predict the probability of a big fire in an area like Paradise, Grass Valley, Nevada City or Alta Sierra which has risen over the last 25 years. The impact of people, Dryness in the forest, Lack of properly managing our forest and so, we’ve got a problem. Insurance companies are realizing that. The state is realizing that, no question! The fire guys have always realized that. And now the people are aware of that because they see these catastrophic fires. And, an even bigger factor is because insurance companies have started not writing or are non-renewing their book of business to reduces their risk. Because it only makes sense to have only a certain amount of market penetration in a given area that’s good for your own company. Some companies are pulling out 84


What’s really important, but doesn’t get talked about, are our rates for Homeowners insurance. Our Homeowners rates are 40% below the national average.

Mike: In my opinion, in 1984, the voters approved Prop 103 which elected an Insurance Commissioner who regulates distribution, rates, and changes to policies. Since then, it’s been very difficult for insurance companies to request a rate change. In a sense, they’re being hammered by watchdog agencies and so forth to keep rates low for the consumer, but from my standpoint, it’s backfired. Rates have been so low for so long, (on an average) the companies don’t have the policy protection fund, and they’re pulling out. It comes down to inadequate rates for the risk factor that’s out there. I think the Insurance Commissioner means well. I think the things he’s proposing are good ideas and we all agree that the California Fair Plan needs some updates. To distill it down: Better coverage comes with rates that are more expensive. I feel that working with the Insurance Commissions office, with people understanding how to mitigate the fire risk here, as well as reduce fuel loads, is happening, I know that the state’s behind it now; they know that we need to do some better management of our forests. Cal Fire’s on that—there’s some teeth in the law, saying that if people don’t do it (hardening their home), they can possibly do it for them and charge them back or lien their properties. And this is going to take time. All of us working together, with mitigation of losses, the Fire Wise Communities (which is wonderful) the Insurance Commission working with the Insurance Companies, I think that all of this is going to turn around. We’ve gone through things like this before. In the 35 years that I’ve been sitting here, we’ve lost companies, and then they’ve come back because of different regulations and trying to make things work. So, I think that all of this is going to turn around, in time, all of this will be better. We’ll have a better policy from it, and companies will come back into the marketplace. But, what I’ll tell everybody, and there are those who will disagree with me, insurance rates will have to increase to give people what they want.

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The Revitalization of Grass Valley’s Downtown Core By Robert Wallis, Wallis Design Studio Since its inception, Grass Valley’s downtown has always been a vital part of Nevada County’s economy as a source for goods and services. It has provided our community with places to conduct business, find entertainment, shop, and obtain personal care. If there was something you needed, you could, in all likelihood, find it downtown. With the onset of the digital economy many of our local downtown businesses struggled to remain competitive and profitable. Unfortunately, some closed leaving empty storefronts, and in some cases, entire buildings. Following the Great Recession of 2008, this was the state that our downtown and many downtowns across American found themselves. If you have been to our downtown recently, you probably have noticed this is not the case anymore, and I, for one, am enjoying the current revitalization. New entrepreneurs are filling empty storefronts with new businesses, renovating historic buildings, and event venues are being expanded to allow greater access to the community. All of these changes are bringing an influx of additional dollars into downtown; with the benefit of that additional capital resource, many of our downtown buildings are undergoing architectural updates and transformations.

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One such transformation is The Nevada County Bank building, located at 131 Mill Street, an iconic example of Greek Revival style.

Originally opening in 1917, this building featured expansive ceilings under a concrete plastered dome with lots of interior detail and natural light. Over the last century much of the interior details of this building was covered up or lost, but during its recent renovation a great many of the original features were recreated, uncovered and celebrated. Functionally, the building has been transformed into a variety of merchant and service spaces featuring shops, a salon, and an artisanal French-style bakery. Exploring these businesses, you will find playful elements of the original building and may even be able to hang out in one of the original bank vaults. In addition to merchant spaces, Grass Valley’s downtown has seen an expansion of food and drink establishments. These include a brewery, tasting rooms, tap houses, and multiple new restaurants. Several of these establishments have taken advantage of our temperate climate and expanded seating along the street allowing diners to enjoy the open air and pedestrian activities of the street fairs and markets that happen periodically throughout the year. Other have created sophisticated and comfortable dining spaces. One of the major renovations taking place currently is the expansion of the local performance venue. The Center of the Arts, whose mission is to bring art to our community, is increasing their venue capacity, lobby size, and areas for artist support. When reopened, this facility will accommodate a multitude of performance types in a variety of seating configurations all with state-of-the-art sound and lighting. At full capacity it will serve 750 guests. A typical show will have 252-floor seats and 240 retractive seats. No longer will you have to walk in front of the performers to reach the lobby as a new stage and green room are being constructed with seating rotated 90 degrees from its previous configuration. As the majority of these improvements are happening in the rear of the building, the Art Deco feel of the front façade has remained intact. If you are interested in visiting, you will find a variety of improvements being made to our local accommodations also. The Historic Holbrook Hotel is in the middle of full restoration, additional rooms are being added to the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites and a series of private fully-renovated guest cottages are now available at the Creektown Cottages.

It is evident to me that Grass Valley’s historic downtown is becoming full of new life and vitality where the local community, as well as its visitors, can enjoy a full complement of shopping, dining and event experiences.


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Color Me Coral! By Robin Galvan-Davies, CEO, Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Color. Who doesn’t appreciate a beautiful color? Vibrant, rich colors command our attention, and colors have long been believed to have a direct effect upon our psyches, affecting our moods, feelings, and emotions. Have you ever felt uncomfortable in a room painted in a dark color? Or felt anxious when surrounded by too much vibrant color? I’ve had an extreme color experience. Years ago, my husband and I stayed at a boutique hotel known for its cutting-edge interiors. Entering our assigned room was like walking into a chocolate presentation box. The designer had done a truly magnificent job of color matching; everything was the same shade of brown; walls, ceiling, linens, draperies, furniture, artwork, and carpet. As our stay progressed, I found myself anxious, cranky, unhappy with seeming everything, and reluctant to return to the room. We survived the weekend, but that all-brown room made a lasting impression on me. More than a decade later, while working with design clients to determine the color palette for their new home, I had a personal “ah-ha!” moment about that all-brown hotel room. Entombed in chocolate, prolonged exposure to that color had engendered an adverse emotional reaction, and, I used that experience when creating interior color boards for my clients.

Today, studies of color in terms of its relationship to social, behavioral, healing, cultural mores, and consumerism have produced interesting results. The basic principles of color therapy which are generally accepted today are these: Colors have a specific meaning, either biological or “learned.” A person automatically evaluates the color, the evaluation of the color causes behavior induced by the color, the reaction to color is automatic, and the meaning of color is affected by context. In the workplace, the use of the color, red has been shown to increase productivity. Soft blues and greens are used in medical facilities as they are calming, promote relaxation, and reduce stress. The caveat is: overuse or using darker tones can have a negative effect. Think Picasso’s Blue Period. Think my all-brown room experience!

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Living Coral, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is glorious, apparent everywhere in nature; think sunrises, sunsets, fruit, flowers, birds, and of course, living coral. I’m totally smitten, but why is the color of the year important? Who is Pantone, and why is their choice of Color of the Year important? A bit of history: Pantone began in New York City in the 1950s as the commercial printing company of brothers Morris and Jesse Levine, M & J Levine Advertising. The knowledge of their part-time chemist systematized and simplified the company’s stock of pigments and production of colored inks, and by 1962 the chemist purchased the company’s technological assets and called it Pantone. They create color swatch guides (think paint decks), have a color matching system used by all industries that use colors in their products, and since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute declares a particular color “Color of the Year.” Twice a year the company hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year. The results of the meeting are published in Pantone View, which



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Here’s what Pantone, says about its 2019 choice: “Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind.” Effervescent and mesmerizing it is! Used as the centerpiece of various color palettes, Living Coral acts as a neutral, complimenting any color or combination of colors with which it is paired. You’re going to see it used as featured paint color, have a strong presence in the home furnishings, wedding, and fashion industries. I can’t wait to wrap myself in Living Coral!


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“What is your least favorite color?” By Stephanie Statler, Interior Designer, Stephanie’s Custom Interiors I sat ready, eager to learn and attentive in my kindergarten class at our charming local school, Bell Hill. The teacher looked out over the classroom and asked us, “What is your favorite color?” My eyes lit up, and I began to ponder the question seriously. There were so many colors, and I actually felt concerned that I wouldn’t pick the right one. “Was this meant to be my favorite color for my whole life?” I distinctly remember pondering between green and yellow. There were so many wonderful things about both, but I knew from my large Crayola box at home there were so many different shades of green and many shades of yellow…some of which I liked and some I did not. I eventually selected yellow, and I was very pleased with that color choice. To me it was the color of sunshine equated with that bright and cheery part of the morning that makes you happy to be alive. I can’t tell you exactly how long yellow was my favorite color. I do know since then I have had many favorite colors. It truly is so difficult to pick just one. Not only are there 63 other colors in that box of Crayola crayons from which to choose, but the world itself has so many colors to offer. Clients call me wanting help to choose just the right color. The one question I stay away from asking them is, “What is your favorite color?” The question most people have no problem answering is, “What is your least favorite color?”

Color selection is the beginning of a wonderfully designed home. I first determine if my client is drawn to soft, subtle color or deep, rich pallets. Within each of those choices is whether or not the color has grey undertones or if it has white undertones. The darker undertones will give what I call a ‘muddy look.’ The brighter grouping will be just that, cleaner and crisper. Both are beautiful, but my clients find themselves being able to live with one color grouping easier than another. Color is part of a “feeling” which is the goal. From there we start narrowing down to actual colors. From those least favorite colors that my client identified, we could eliminate many. Next, I identify colors that have those least favorite colors in them as undertones. Like I mentioned, there are many shades of green. Some greens have yellow undertones, some have blue undertones. The decision on a color selection may be based on the opposite color of their least favorite. This type of guided direction leads us to a color pallet we can use throughout the home and along with all the other decisions we need to make for the project. A smart design will be one you can grow with and it allows those “favorite color” changes to happen easily. We shouldn’t be stuck with one favorite color because they change. Today, my favorite color is a smoky purple with a little glitter glaze on top.

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The Sun May Soon Be Setting On Your Security System By Brian O’Brien, Vice President, Beam “Easy Living” Center Over the past decade, we have seen extraordinary advancements in home security technology pertaining to communications, alarm verification, false alarm prevention, and remote access. What was once a device designed to detect an intruder, which it still does with substantial efficiency, the inhome security system has taken on an increasingly important role in one’s daily routine by controlling lights, unlocking doors, viewing cameras, etc. as they connect to the internet and Global System for Mobile or GSM cellular. However, as with any new technology, there is sure to be an evolutionary process, much the same as we have seen with our computers, cell phones, and even television. What happens if your system is now connected through GSM? If you have eliminated a traditional landline phone or are utilizing some of these other technologies, on February 2022, your service may be impacted as 3g GSM communications over cellular are set to cease.



Activation of the older units ended in June 2019 and I was amazed to see that many companies were initiating the older units right up until that time. This sunset is not something new to security companies as we have just recently completed the 2g phase out. But the storm brewing here is much larger. GSM has become a staple in alarm communications seeking more interactive technology and addressing the rampant elimination of a traditional phone in homes. Where companies had to deal with a relative handful of 2g systems before, this time around many will be dealing with thousands. It is very important that you call your security company and ask if your system is affected or already has the updated LTE module in use. Act now. If you wait, you may likely experience an interruption of your security service given the number of older modules needing replacement. Will the sun soon be setting on your security system? Brian O’Brien has been in the security business for 30 years and is the Vice President of Beam Easy Living Center in Grass Valley.

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Sometimes Life Can Be Cold and Stinky By Andrew Twidwell, Owner, ABT Plumbing, Electric, Heat & Air I like people, and love to share stories! Every week, I host a radio show on KNCO at 2 pm every Friday, called “You Got This!” It’s a show about D-I-Y do’s and don’ts, and much of the show, I share tips of the trade so a homeowner might be able to tackle simple fixes without having to call a professional. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not discouraging folks from calling a professional, but sometimes there are easy fixes to issues that come up around the house, and all it takes is a little know-how. On a recent episode of “You Got This!” my co-host and I talked about an easy fix to keep sewer gases (Pyewwww!) out of the home. Most people kind of freak out when their bathroom smells of sewer gas, I mean, it is a pretty unpleasant smell, right? It’s often in a bathroom they don’t use all the time, like a guest bathroom. The cause

and the fix are really simple. If you look under your bathroom sink, you’ll see a pipe with an exaggerated dip in it; it’s called a P-trap. When the P-trap dries out, it allows gases from the sewer to rise, and then you’re left with the awful smell. Simply turn the water on for just a couple of minutes, you’ll create that gas barrier again, and the smell should dissipate, almost right away. I can’t tell you how many people come back from vacation and have that odor in their house and think they need to call a plumber or that they have an emergency. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix. Another recent topic covered had to do with electrical. I have a friend who called me in a panic one night because she lost power to a bank of outlets in her kitchen. She tried the breaker, and after flipping it off and back on a couple of times, she told me the outlets still didn’t work. That’s when I told her it was probably her GFCI outlet, which totally mystified her; she’d never heard of a GFCI outlet. I explained that the GFCI could be used to reset a bank of outlets, and it usually looks like the red “reset” button. In older houses, the GFCI can actually be in really weird places—in this case, it was in her kitchen pantry, behind a box of cereal. Once she located it, her problem was solved! When the weather gets extreme, hot or cold, ABT technicians are often out on HVAC calls (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning.) Turns out, the techs see a common theme on a lot of their service calls. Often the furnace or A/C unit isn’t operating at all or not at its full functionality because of something as simple as a dirty air filter. When I tell people that they should change their furnace filter about once a month, I’m often met with a look of surprise. We’ve had some clients tell us they have gone as long as a year without even thinking about it… Yikes—They’ll be calling me for a new furnace! While encouraging folks to address easy-to-fix in home problems, ABT is always on call for consultation. We’re here to fix the “big stuff.” We know how, and for us, it’s as easy as ABT!



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Tips to protect your home & family: CREATE A 100 FOOT DEFENSIBLE SPACE and the grass, trees, or shrubs that surround it, to slow down the spread of wildfires and for the protection of the firefighters defending your home. DON’T LANDSCAPE, XERISCAPE Xeri (Greek for “dry”) scaping is landscaping with native, drought tolerant plants and grasses that require little or no irrigation or maintenance. Plants that thrive in arid, desert conditions will also thrive here in California. GET CLASSY If you are in a high fire-prone area invest in Class A fire rated roof covering materials. REMOVE, REDUCE AND REPLACE Remove all dead plants, trees and shrubs from the site. Reduce excess leaves, plant parts and low-hanging branches. Replace dense flammable plants with fire-resistant plants. PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM FIRE FROM THE INSIDE OUT Many home fires start on the inside and spread fast once they get outside. Watch for frayed cords, lit candles and unattended frying pans. MEET EDITH EDITH stands for exit drills in the home. 98


Write down a fire exit plan and practice it with everyone in the home. INSTALL NEW BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR This is the tip that you could never hear enough. It’s simple but important. Approximately 2/3 of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent. CUT WHEN IT’S COOL Don’t use power equipment outdoors during the heat of the day when it’s dry, hot and windy. This can increase the risk of sparking a fire. Use power equipment early in the morning, before 10 a.m. CLEAR YOUR ROOF AND GUTTER OF ACCUMULATED DEBRIS Covered roof gutters are required in some areas to prevent the accumulation of leaves and debris in the gutter. For a no-debris, no clog guarantee, install a LeafGuard gutter system. KNOW THE LAW Understand recent changes to fire regulations. Check CAL FIRE or your fire department for the latest fire regulations in your area.

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By Jonathan Collier, Nevada County Grown Hidden in the Sierra Foothills, nestled among the pines and oaks is a little known secret. It’s a treasure few places big or small, urban or rural, can boast of. Fed by the clear rivers and streams of the Yuba watershed is a small farming community like no other in California. Welcome to Nevada County Grown. What makes Nevada County agriculture so unique? Unlike most of California and much of America, Nevada County is a refuge for the small family farmer and rancher. In fact, that’s all we have. You won’t see acre upon acre of mono-cultured row crops or concrete feedlots that are the blemishes of Big Ag. Instead, take a drive down a windy country road, and you might find yourself at Robinson Ranch where six generations have lived, worked and loved the land. Where deals are still sealed by handshakes, and you’re only as good as your word. Keep trucking down dirt roads through oak savannah and manzanita thickets, and you’ll discover some of the original organic farms in the state founded by such legends as Amigo Bob and Mike Pasner. Monuments to the back-to-the-land movement and an era where peace, love, and happiness could change the world. A movement that’s taken on a second surge as young farmers, native and new, have come to the county to try their hand at the shovel, hoe, and tractor while pioneering regenerative agriculture. Farmers seem to be a dying breed, but here in Nevada County places like Mountain Bounty Farm, Cosmic Roots Ranch, and First Rain Farm give us pause for hope. Then there are the county’s grape growers and vintners, who year after year have been refining their art, winning awards, and producing more and more distinguished 102


products. Come visit the charming downtown districts of Nevada City or Grass Valley and you can hop from one tasting room to another and enjoy an evening of wine revelry. And of course, don’t forget the brewers blessing us with their beers and friendly taprooms, serving good eats, and lots of laughs. Even our new micro-distillery, South Fork Vodka, has taken the world of spirits by storm, collecting medals left and right. The libation scene is alive and well and welcoming. Of course, it makes sense that all this local food goodness would result in a restaurant revival. Old farm-to-table favorites such as New Moon Cafe and Ike’s Quarter Cafe have been joined by Three Forks Bakery and Brewery, Twelve28 Kitchen, and the Watershed at the Owl to name just a few who are putting local on the menu. Combine the healthy, locallysourced dining scene with the festive farmers’ markets, farm stands, and CSAs, not to mention Sierra Harvest’s farm potlucks, and it’s no wonder foodies are happy to call Nevada County home. But the best is when we bundle this all together in September for a one-day food festival that we call the Bounty of the County. Here we praise the farmers and ranchers for the long hours spent in the fields, pairing their hard-earned harvests with local chefs who create delicious small plates that we share with an appreciative audience of foodies and locavores. Farm booths abound with fresh fruits, veggies, and cured specialty meats, side-by-side with artisanal food producers offering honey, krauts, chocolates, hot sauces, and other small-batch treats. And of course a celebration isn’t complete without good spirits from our local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. It’s a good time for all and all are welcome.



“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” —Albert Einstein



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Why Are Bees Important? By Randy Oliver, Scientific Beekeeping In recent years, honey bees have come to the attention of the public, largely due to the hyperbole about how they are about to go extinct and that our food supply will collapse. Although we need to be concerned about many threatened species, honey bees are not one of them, since they are an introduced species largely managed by humans. But this media attention has brought about a resurgence in recreational beekeeping in Nevada County. In recent years the Nevada County Beekeepers Association has grown into a large and diverse group of people of all ages and genders, coming from many walks of life, united by a common fascination with a sting-capable social insect that produces tasty honey and useful beeswax. Honey bees also give their keepers a tangible connection to the wild – making us acutely aware of the natural environment, the seasonality of the flowering of plants, climate change, and the impact of humans upon our ecosystem. Our honey bees provide pollination of gardens and orchards throughout the County, with some of us trucking our hives to provide pollination services to California’s massive almond industry, which produces over 80% of the world’s crop. I myself started beekeeping as a teenager (apprenticing to an established beekeeper), and later slowly grew my operation until I could make a living at it. And then came a devastating parasite in 1993 -- the varroa mite. Since its introduction, the mite has been the most serious problem for beekeepers worldwide. By the early 2000s, I thought, “Hey, I’ve got university degrees in entomology and animal culture –why am I letting a mite kick my butt?” So I hit the books again, then starting publishing articles, and am now, since I have a foot in both worlds, am considered as a recognized “expert” in both the beekeeping and research communities. I maintain the website ScientificBeekeeping.com, at which I translate the science for the benefit of beekeepers worldwide.

Nevada County’s a great place for bees in the springtime, but our long, dry summers don’t sustain enough flowers for large honey crops. That said, there is a strong market for locally-produced honey, which varies greatly depending upon what’s blooming at the time: flavorful and slightly bitter manzanita in the spring, fruity and aromatic light-colored wildflower/blackberry honey in early summer, world-class Yellow Star Thistle honey once things dry up, and dark, molasses-like honeydew from our Incense Cedars later in the season. The flavors of honey vary far more than do those of wines. And this brings us to an important thing that we County beekeepers just did – we actually asked our Board of Supervisors to pass an ordinance to help us to avoid overstocking hives beyond the carrying capacity of the landscape. The ordinance (perhaps the first of its kind in the U.S.) not only limits how closely commercial apiaries can be placed (2 miles apart), but also the maximum number of hives (48) that can be in any apiary during the “honey flow.” This ordinance protects both recreational beekeepers and native pollinators, and ensures the sustainability of beekeeping in the County for the future. It may well become a model for communities nationwide. My sons and I currently manage up to 2000 hives, and are always involved in research projects. We collaborate with university and government scientists, as well as manufacturers, in order to test and develop better beekeeping practices, supplemental bee feeds, as well as other research. On top of this, we’re now in our third year of a demonstration project for selective breeding of honey bees that are naturally resistant to the varroa mite. Although our County may be small, work being done here has an impact worldwide. For more information go to www.nevadacountybeekeepers.org and http:// nevadacountybeekeepers.org/files/file-attachments/NC_ summary_of_regulations.pdf DESTINATION Nevada County


Foraging the Forest Floor By Dan Nicholson, Yuba Watershed Institute

As a native of Nevada County, I have always been fascinated by nature and was encouraged to pursue that interest by many of my family members who are gardeners and biologists. In high school I started teaching natural history in the 6thgrade camp counselor program. My first job out of high school was the park aide at Malakoff State Historic Park where I was then able to teach weekly classes. I joined the Yuba Watershed Institiute (YWI) as well then and immersed myself in everything from sustainable forestry to professional biology workshops. When did I develop a fascination for fungi? In my post-high school years, I appreciated fungi, but only identified a few that I could eat. Mycology became an interest in a YWI mushroom class where I met a biology professor from Berkeley. He was the first person I met who had extensive identification skills, and I was hooked! I signed up for the next field biology class offered by San Francisco State and learned about the significant gap in our knowledge of sierra fungi. I knew that it was my role and a life focus to help understand the undiscovered and unnamed species of our mountain. Many years later, I participated in the USFS Southern Cascade old-growth forest rare fungi research project. We spent three years studying and surveying the western mountain fungi in some of the forest service’s best old-growth forest ecosystems. After that I have felt “on my game”. My peers and I know where to look for new species, what others are researching, and when we find something exciting. We also



eat very well. Mycology was my introduction to gourmet food! An emerging tradition on the west coast are organizations offering regional mushroom events. It usually entails a walk, educational classes, and a table of sorted and named wild mushroom species. San Francisco holds a Fungus Fair every year, which is 48 years in the running. Inspired by the success of San Francisco’s Fungus Fair, under the banner of the Yuba Watershed Institute, a friend and I invited the community to see how many mushrooms we could find with a group, and the Fungus Foray was born. The event has become very popular, attracting nature lovers, wild food enthusiasts, scientists, and curious community members. Nevada County now hosts one of the most significant and longest-running events. Saturday morning, December 14th, 2019 will mark the 22nd Annual Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition. The wild mushroom hunt and exposition continues on Sunday, the 15th. Guides take participants to some of the most interesting local forests in the Sierra foothills. There is an effort to collect samples of all the species found, for the ongoing study of this area. To learn more about, or to participate in the Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition sponsored by The Yuba Watershed Institute and hosted at the Shady Creek Outdoor School and Event Center: www.facebook.com/ events/440185850174110/

Lobster Mushroom Fra Diavolo By Laura Luyendyk, Calligrapher & Food Blogger

I recently discovered lobster mushrooms after hearing about them in another recipe. Being a mushroom lover and intrigued by their appearance and lobster flavor, I had to try them. Apparently these mushrooms are available fresh, only in the Fall; but you can order the dried version online anytime. I ordered mine online from nuts.com. These mushrooms are orange in color, and have a similar taste to lobster. They’re incredibly designed by nature so we can enjoy delicious plants while not harming our sea friends. Anyway, it made me think of trying out this dish that was a family tradition that my Dad would make on special occasions, Lobster Fra Diavolo. I love the idea of recreating traditional family recipes into a veganized version. It’s always a fun challenge and a way to enjoy foods we have always enjoyed; but even better as the vegan version. It’s not about giving up foods you always liked. It’s about finding plant based ways to enjoy the essence of the foods; keeping the same flavors and fun memories that go along with it. This recipe is a shorter, quicker version of the traditional one. It’s also way less expensive and way more humane than the traditional version; yet still delicious and spicy. Buon appetito!

Base mixed well into 1-1/2 cups hot water 1/2 white wine or cognac 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes DIRECTIONS Rinse and drain the reconstituted lobster mushrooms and set aside. Add the olive oil to a pan, and sautée the garlic on medium heat for a few minutes until it starts to brown. Add the marinara sauce and crushed red pepper flakes and simmer for a few minutes and then turn off the heat. In another pan, add the vegetable broth and white wine or cognac. Next, add the mushrooms and cook on medium to low heat for about 30 minutes. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and place in a serving bowl. Add the mushrooms and broth to the red sauce and combine well. Pour over the pasta and add a touch of fresh basil, or add more crushed red pepper flakes if you want it extra spicy.

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BriarPatch Food Co-op Supports Organic Farmers Fostering direct relationships with farmers and ranchers and supporting a stronger local food system is fundamental to the vision of BriarPatch Food Co-op, a community-owned cooperative market first established in 1976. “BriarPatch Co-op is dedicated to a stronger local food system. To that end we prioritize forging and maintaining relationships with our local farms; coordinating the work and maximizing access to our market in order to provide our shoppers an abundance of fresh, local, and organically grown produce,” said Produce Manager David Benson. In 2018, BriarPatch worked with 37 local and regional farms and that number is growing. In addition, BriarPatch contributed $48,400 in financial support to farms and related organizations. Ken Barrett from Starbright Acres Farm says he has become a better farmer with the consistent support, training, and commitment BriarPatch has provided him during his decade in agriculture. “I think that really helps our local farmers succeed with our goals of growing food for the county,” said Barrett. With a full-time crew, the family farm supplies the Co-op with a steady supply of vegetables like purple and watermelon daikon radishes, Asian and lemon cucumbers, poblano and Padrón peppers, salad turnips and ground cherries. Their goal is to supply BriarPatch with produce every week of the year. BriarPatch supports local farmers like the Barretts by helping to guarantee loans through a partnership with FarmLink, a group that provides access to capital for small and mid-sized farms in California through a combination of direct lending,



referrals, and connections with alternative financing. BriarPatch partners with FarmLink by guaranteeing a portion of a loan for things like farm infrastructure and organic certification. This additional security can sometimes make a difference in getting the loan approved, and it also lowers the farmer’s interest rate. BriarPatch’s Produce Department works closely with local and regional farmers all year long to plan seasonal crops. Farmers who work with BriarPatch have the reliability of a stable market and they are paid fair prices. Young Farmers who are new to business have the opportunity to learn retail practices. Long established farmer relationships are not uncommon, like Rich Johansen of Johansen Ranch in Penn Valley who has been supplying the Patch with organic winter squash since the first year of operation, over four decades ago. The store is a strong advocate and voice for local food by supporting the Nevada City Farmers Market, Sierra Harvest, Nevada County Grown and others who support agriculture. Why buy local? Local farms and ranches help preserve open landscapes, steward the land and secure a local food supply…plus food grown a few miles away is fresher and tastes better! You can support the local food movement when you shop at BriarPatch. Look for local food throughout the store— from the 99% all organic Produce Department to the grass fed beef and sustainably harvested seafood in the Meat Department or the honey and locally milled grains in the bulk department. And don’t forget the local wines and craft beers, natural beauty products, and local and seasonal ingredients found in the store’s gourmet deli and bakery. Learn What’s In Season at: https://www.briarpatch.coop/

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“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” – Satchel Paige “Statistically, I am 95 years old,” said Jean Humburg. “But that does not clarify who I am.” Jean recently had the privilege to be a part of a group of residents from Eskaton who met with graduating students from the Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL). They were together every Thursday for eight weeks. During that time, they learned to understand who they were in the eyes of each other. In a letter the students wrote to Jean after the experience, they expressed how intimidated and judgmental they expected to feel spending time with an elder and how their concept totally changed. “In my letter to them, I told them that they brought a different perspective to what I imagined teens of this era are experiencing.” She added that programs like these are just one of the reasons she has found Eskaton the right choice for her. Jean lived in a 3,600 square foot home in Lake Wildwood when her husband passed away in December 2011. Her daughter and son-in law who were living in Panama had returned earlier that year to help with his care. For several years after her husband’s death, Jean tried various ways to stay in place but none proved satisfactory. “After my 90th birthday, I concluded that I would seek a solution that would be agreeable to me and my family,” Jean added. “I chose Eskaton as being the answer to meet all my needs.” In January 2015, she moved into a beautifully situated apartment with her adorable fivepound Pomeranian, Sasha. Since moving to Eskaton Village Grass Valley, instead of her activities being curtailed, she finds herself making choices every day from the weekly calendar. “I can select from bridge, bingo, Mexican Train, movies, musical entertainment, Jeopardy, Great Courses, to name a few,” she added. “Planned outings are offered via our air-conditioned bus, and we are accompanied by 110


an experienced driver and an informative guide.” Jean has lived in Nevada County for 20 years, and she enjoys rides through the downtown area and neighborhoods to view the new additions and appreciates the established icons. Connecting with others and engaging in social engagements is important for Jean, “Making new friends and cherishing the established ones is one of the highlights of living here. The spacious, airy dining room is where most of that takes place.” Jean continued, she and her friends meet there three times a day to catch up on news, share current aches and pains, cheer each others’ progress, greet neighbors and check up on absentees, all while enjoying a variety of well-prepared choices from the menu. After many months of chatting and having fun with those she shared meals with, Jean wanted to know more deeply about their backgrounds and their history. Being a writer, Jean decide to interview five of her friends. She created a booklet called The Ladies of Table 16, recording their remarkable lives. Two were 100 year olds whose families migrated from Germany and Ireland and whose grandfathers came here for the California Gold Rush; one woman, in her mid-90s, was a WAVE in WW11; another, in her 80s, was a nurse, as was her mother and sister. There was also a woman who was adopted as an infant and never knew her biological mother. Jean’s father came to Ellis Island in 1905 from Hungary as a young man. All the ladies of table 16 raised families and still had fulfilling careers. “We are all walking historians,” said Jean. “Old is very different now as it is evident in Eskaton,” Jean explains. “You’ll find inquisitiveness, humor, strength, creativity, intelligence and courage. Living under one roof creates sorority, fraternity, and community designed to meet the challenges together and prosper.”

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Why I Became a Chiropractor By Dr. Kebby Margaretich, D.C., Back to Health Chiropractic It started with a strong desire to have lifelong good health, to be physically fit, and to help others achieve the same. In 1983, I got a Bureau of Land Management Mustang. In the process of training and gentling her (Sally), I received a few injuries. One was so severe that I sought medical and chiropractic care. The medical assessment included medication or surgery and possibly both. The chiropractic assessment included an explanation of the injury, damage to a congenital anomaly, with a chiropractic treatment plan to resolve it. I was both encouraged and relieved by the chiropractic approach to my issue. From the first treatment, I got relief from my injury and while it was a process that took some time, I just kept improving with every treatment. After my injury healed, I continued chiropractic care as proactive maintenance for good health. Chiropractic is by far the most proactive health care system in this country. The idea is that it is easier to keep people healthy, than it is to get them healthy after they have fallen ill. Chiropractic has proven to be effective in many musculoskeletal pain conditions, from headaches to foot pain. Chiropractic is effective for a long list of conditions and to illustrate, I will share two different patients I have treated.

Patient #1 is a 29-year-old female who was thirty-one weeks pregnant. She was suffering from sciatic pain on her right side. Due to her pregnancy, she wanted a drug- free solution. On examination, I found the culprit: a sacroiliac joint was stuck, and low back muscles were in spasm. A chiropractic adjustment and some in-office stretching relieved over 50% of her pain. I also gave her a regimen for stretches she could execute at home. Patient #2 is a 67-year-old male with a diagnosis of swimmer’s ear even though he does not swim. The diagnosis is correct, but the cause is not straight forward. The patient wears hearing aids and on examination, I found his neck muscles were chronically tight. This condition can create a problem for the inner ear to drain correctly through the Eustachian tube. Since the increased muscle tension can interfere with that drainage, I started the patient on a plan of weekly neck adjustments and daily home stretches. He started reporting relief after just two weeks of care. At the end of four weeks, the patient reported being free of all symptoms of swimmer’s ear and was delighted to report an increase in flexibility and comfort in his neck. As a chiropractor, I try to educate my patients to understand their physical challenges and to empower them to seek successful resolutions.

Back To Health Chiropractic I Offer a Complete Plan for Your Returning to a Healthy Lifestyle I have been going to Kebby for over three months and he has helped with my low back pain. He is very instructive in after-care, suggesting stretches to do daily. My husband and I are really glad to be Kebby’s patients. We have received very specific treatment and he always takes the time to find out if anything new is hurting and addresses the issue.

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Hippotherapy without the Hippopotamus By John Seivert, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Body Logic Nope. This article is not about hippopotamuses and physical therapy. It’s about treatment with the help of a horse or “Hippotherapy.” “Hippo” is the Greek word meaning horse, combined with “Therapy.” References to the physical and emotional benefits of horseback riding date back to the 1600s. The medical and equine professionals took notice of therapeutic riding when Liz Hartel, a woman with polio, won the silver medal for dressage in the 1952 Olympic games. It wasn’t long before therapeutic riding was being used for rehabilitation in England and then in North America. The “Ride to Walk” organization in Lincoln, California began in 1985 with one pony named Freckles and four riders. Doctor Kristine Corn, DPT, is the founder and director of the Ride to Walk facility since its inception and now has two physical therapists and a support staff of six others to provide three days therapeutic, hippotherapy and independent riding on ten horses. The late Barbara Heine, PT from Woodside, California was the past President of the American Hippotherapy Association, and in her 1995 article, Introduction to Hippotherapy describes the differences between classic and regular hippotherapy.

Classic hippotherapy began in the 1960s in Europe. It is performed by PTs, OTs, or a speech-language pathologist (SLP) with extensive training in treating patients with a vast array of neurological conditions. In classic hippotherapy, it is purely the horse’s movement that influences the client. The client may be positioned astride the horse facing forward, backward, prone, or supine. The client passively interacts with, and responds to, the horse’s movement. Regular hippotherapy, on the other hand, is the treatment approach of using the horse as described with the classic method with the addition of the treatment principles that apply to the particular profession (i.e., PT, OT, SLP) of the therapist providing the service. THE RESEARCH The evidence supporting the efficacy of hippotherapy in conjunction with traditional physical therapy has been demonstrated in several disorders. Hippotherapy is used in the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Emotional/ Learning Disabilities. Common adult diagnoses treated are for Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Injuries, and Strokes. Hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding have been shown to improve coordination, gross motor skills, midline postural control, head control, and coordination. In a 2003 study by Tarnow, he demonstrated that children and adolescents with spastic quadriplegia showed a definite improvement in trunk flexibility and functional capacity after treatment with hippotherapy. HOW IT WORKS When a client with spasticity is facing forwards on horseback, he/she is positioned to inhibit the extensor spasticity of the legs and applies a long stretch of the hip adductors. This position is beneficial in reducing the muscle tone (spasticity) that is usually high in trunk control and postural movement. The movement of the horse generates continuous vestibular inputs causing the client to adjust to these movements constantly. Reactions of corrections and balance are stimulated and thus may lead to increase postural control, aiding the muscles of the trunk and extremities.

Dr. Kristin Corn, DPT was working with Emma, a patient with cerebral palsy and low tone getting the benefits of Hippotherapy improving her trunk and head muscle tone. 116


While observing Dr. Corn treat several patients, I saw the value of hippotherapy at work. One young man, twentyyear-old Jonathon, who is in a wheelchair for his cerebral palsy with spasticity had a fantastic transformation in his trunk and head posture once he was on the horse. Jonathon has been attending hippotherapy sessions with Dr. Corn and the staff for eighteen years. He was able to turn his head further while on the horse. His improved trunk posture combined with the horse’s movements of

walking around the arena created a decrease in his leg and arm spasticity that also allowed him to reach further with his arms. He is now able to sit in his wheelchair with less tightness and enhanced posture. Jonathon’s mother told me, “He just beams with excitement for hours after each session,” as she wiped the tears from her eyes. Another patient I observed, Emma, was a young girl of nine, who had low tone from cerebral palsy. Her condition was the opposite type of secondary disorder than Jonathon’s. Dr. Corn sat behind Emma on the horse with one hand holding her head up and the other hand holding up her trunk. This girl was elated to be back on the horse doing laps around

Dr. Corn is sitting behind her client to provide cueing and support during a session of Hippotherapy. Three volunteers needed to guide and support the client for safety.

Jonathon, going through a session of Hippotherapy at the Ride to Walk facility in Lincoln, California. the arena. Throughout the session, I witnessed that her head and neck posture improved as her tone increased with the horse’s movements. The Ride to Walk program serves the community of Sacramento, and Horses for Healing serves Auburn. I look forward to the day when Nevada County, a vibrant equine community, has a certified Hippotherapy program that can serve these clients with life-long disorders. When interviewed, Dr. Corn was asked what motivated her to keep doing this work. Her eyes filled with tears and without words she pointed to several of the kids on horseback receiving their treatment sessions of hippotherapy and said, “Look at those kids. You see the smile on their faces?” There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Thanks, Dr. Corn, for providing such an excellent program for these severely involved children with disabilities who can show improvements with the help of hippotherapy.

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Personally Pampered By Robin Davies

When I walked into Wolf Mountain Day Spa and Dan Wray introduced himself as the new owner, I did a bit of a doubletake. Dan is (to say the least) a giant of a man. That day he was dressed in jeans and a polo shirt and looked like a man more comfortable on a golf course than running a day spa. The conversation was interesting; I learned a great deal about the “how and why” of his acquisition of Wolf Mountain Day Spa, and it made me believe in Fate or Lady Luck. Perhaps both were at play. Dan gave me a bit of background, told me that he had spent his young and early adult years in Japan and that his primary occupation is the manufacture of medical grade healing creams and ointments. Although he now calls Nevada County home, he travels around the world to serve his clientele. He approaches skincare from his medical perspective rather than purely cosmetic, has added a doctor on staff available for esthetic consultation, and specializes in treating aging, sensitive, and problematic skin. Oh my, be still my heart! A medical-grade day spa just down the block with services that fit my personal needs—I fell in love with Wolf Mountain Day Spa all over again!

Dan invited me to stop in, see the changes to the spa and meet Coco, the day spa’s primary Esthetician. She’s an exquisite Asian lady, with (of course) perfect skin, and I soon discovered, magic hands. I signed up for what I call a “Coco Special” and counted the days until my appointment. I’ve had facials before, so am no stranger to what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at what Coco included in her Collagenizing® Experience. Not only was my skin deep cleaned and massaged throughout the process, but after concluding the Collagenizing® Experience, she deeply kneaded my back, shoulders, and then lightly massaged my scalp. Total bliss. Since that first treatment I’ve had six more, and the result? Well, the texture of my skin has improved, the fine wrinkles have diminished, and while no facial will completely roll back the clock, I’m happy with the progress! If you haven’t met Dan, Coco and the team at Wolf Mountain Day Spa, pop in, say hello then treat yourself to one of their services. Personally Pamper yourself—it’s a Memorable Experience!

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Penn Valley Rodeo : Celebrating Western Heritage for 63 years By Teresa Dietrich The Penn Valley Rodeo continues to be a signature event in Penn Valley, bringing over 4000 spectators over the twoday California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association (CCPRA) weekend. The modern day rodeo features CCPRA, a nonprofit organization formed in 1966 and is dedicated to promoting the sport of rodeo. It is a regional organization that sanctions rodeos throughout California, with numerous co-approvals in Nevada, Washington and Oregon which gives members the opportunity to compete for larger prize money. Spectators come from all over Northern California and beyond to attend this event and partake in the hospitality that Penn Valley rolls out on this actionpacked weekend. Rodeo is a rain or shine event with athletes competing in mud and sludge some years and in hot weather on others. Besides the CCPRA Rodeo events are the Grand Entry, Queen Coronation, Mutton Busting and a Calf Scramble. 122


Pro Rodeo Announcer, Don Jesser, adds his star power as do top-ten-in-the Nation Rodeo Entertainer/clown JJ Harrison and, of course, the true rodeo stars—the animal athletes of Stock Contractor 4 Star Rodeo which features high action, athletic bucking bulls and horses. The sport of Rodeo started back in the old ranching days of the Wild West as a way for local ranchers to show off their skills and for the community to get together and have a picnic with a BBQ. The Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association endeavors to keep the historical origins of these beginnings alive in our modern-day rodeo event by bringing the community together to celebrate our great western and ranching heritage. Delicious BBQ, fresh pie alamode, cold beer and soda are on tap, as well as other treats, that benefit local non-profit organizations such as the NU Football Boosters, Ready Springs School and KARE Crisis Nursery to name a few. Vendors, live music, Rodeo Dance, the Kids’ Zone replete

with a bounce house, face painting and pony rides all combine with the thrills of professional rodeo events including Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc, Bareback Bronc, Barrel Racing and Roping to make for a fun family event. The town of Penn Valley also hosts a good oldfashioned hometown Rodeo Parade each year. All are invited to participate! Local businesses get all decked out for the Rodeo Week Best Decorated Competition the week leading up to the actual rodeo. Penn Valley is proud to celebrate their historic, western traditions with this annual rodeo.



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Left to Right: KathE Frazer, Gold Miners Inn Kristen Kulhavy, Crystal Ridge Care Center Schan Delle Nettles, Stanford Mortgage Teresa Dietrich, Gold Country Ranches Shannon Buehler, Stanford Mortgage Mike & Cheri Heauser, Plaza Tire & Auto Service Don Rogers, The Union Mike Bratton, State Farm

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Horsing Around Nevada County By R. L. Davies

I grew up in a small town and have always been fascinated by horses. Yes, (groan) I was one of those kids who wanted a pony, but that was a dream, and the circumstances of life have prevented me from being “horsey.” Living here, I had no real connection with the equestrian community in Nevada County. So, when I came across this story (published in The Union on May 19, 2016), it sparked my curiosity and led me on a quest. I was aware of the Gold Country Trails Council from their participation in our Grass Valley 4th of July Parade but was curious to know more after reading Jaede’s story. Many years ago, when Jaede Miloslavich was visiting Nevada County, she found home. It was the trails that did it. After hiking and riding horses, Miloslavich was hooked. Soon after, she moved to the area brimming with outdoor recreation opportunities. “I worked in the high-tech industry, and when things got crazy, I would leave the office, walk down a trail and feel everything slow down. Trails were truly heaven to me, so much so that after I retired, I devoted most of my time to trails….riding, hiking, advocacy, building, maintaining and supporting,” said Miloslavich, a member of the equestrian group, Gold Country Trails Council (GCTC).” Her story is a testament to the draw of Nevada County,

and here’s what I learned about the Gold Country Trails Council: it was formed in 1981 by a group of Nevada County citizens to fill the need for non-motorized trails in Nevada County and surrounding foothills. The main purpose of this organization is to provide non-motorized campsites and trails for public use. The Council also provides construction and maintenance of group equestrian campgrounds, construction, and maintenance of trails and staging areas, maps and trail educational materials. All are citizen volunteers who have constructed over 30 miles of trails within the Tahoe National Forest. Most of the public trails are located in the Highway 20 scenic corridor east of Nevada City. The first trail built was named the Pioneer Trail because it follows the route early pioneers took when traveling over the Sierra-Nevada Mountains to Nevada City. The Pioneer Trail was built and extended in cooperation with Caltrans, Tahoe National Forest, Boy Scouts of America, California Youth Authority, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. It has earned the designation of an official National Recreation Trail. This fantastic group has built two group horse camps which are being maintained by the Council. Little Lasier Meadow Horse Camp near Truckee, and Skillman Horse Camp, which is located on Highway 20 above Nevada City. Both horse camps provide individual truck and trailer parking spaces, hitching posts, corrals, fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms, and water for stock. In addition to building and maintaining facilities, Gold Country Trails Council, in alliance with the Bear Yuba Land Trust, Bicyclists of Nevada County, and Truckee Trails Foundation are working on a project called the “Pines to Mines” trail. It’s an 80-mile trail system, endorsed by Nevada County Supervisors, connecting Truckee to Nevada City. According to the Bear Yuba Land Trust, “This trail will encompass the best the county has to offer: Jaw-dropping views of sweeping valleys and the Sierra Crest, mature mixed conifer forests, historic towns, and high-quality recreation.”

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But, it’s not all hard work and no play! The Council hosts a myriad of events, and they are FUN! Each year they join the community in supporting the Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Nevada County Celebration of Trails day, host horse camp-outs, day rides, barbecues, a big ice cream social and, an Annual Benefit Poker Ride which draws entries from all over northern California and western Nevada.

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PTSD plummets for veterans who try horseback riding Published on treehugger.com, February 8, 2018 By Melissa Breyer, Managing Editor / Brooklyn, New York

Spoiler: The moral of the story is never underestimate the power of horses. “Results showed that participants in the program experienced a significant decrease in PTSD scores, almost 67 percent, after just three weeks of THR,” Johnson says. “After six weeks, participants experienced an 87 percent drop in PTSD scores.” And maybe even more remarkable is that some of the participants had been suffering PTSD from the Vietnam War. “Interestingly, the veterans who self-identified for the study all were from the Vietnam War era meaning that some of these military veterans had been experiencing PTSD symptoms for 40 or 50 years,” added Johnson.

he expressed interest in continuing to volunteer at the riding center after completion of the study. We tend to think that animals need us; but what if it’s the other way around? In the case of military veterans and the tragic reality of PTSD, healing may very well come in the guise of four legs and a whinny.

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for therapy animals of every stripe. Tucked away in the study was the following paragraph, showing how help can come in surprising ways. One gentleman who was a Vietnam war veteran said that he did not want to participate, but his wife encouraged him to come. However, after his first session (which occurred the week before the University went on spring break and the THR was also on recess), he thought that it was too bad to have to wait 2 weeks to do this again. This veteran not only completed the study,

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THE Proposal A Contemporary Love Story Wrapped in Tradition and Ritual By Robin Galvan-Davies My generation was spoon-fed romance when it came to marriage proposals and weddings. We dreamed of Prince Charming, down on one knee pledging to love us forever, and then whisked off to live the white picket fence life in suburbia, with our best friend living next door, and barbeques on the weekends. Real-life seldom emulates fairytales, but having a man propose, and put a ring on my finger remained part of the Cinderella Factor that never entirely evaporated from my heart. Fast forward decades later to when my fiancé “proposed” to me. He caught me completely off guard, and it was a heartstopping moment. We were sitting in our favorite Mexican restaurant after working out at the local gym. Margaritas were ordered, and we were not talking just watching the regulars playing liar’s dice at the bar. After the chips and salsa arrived, he turned to me, his face solemn and said, “There’s something we need to talk about.” Holy Cow, I was totally prepared for the

breakup! We’d been living together for about nine months, and for me, that’s always been the relationship barometer… gestation term of nine months. Survive or perish. Nine months. “OK, here it comes,” I thought as my stomach flip-flopped. The salsa made me gag as I braced for the perceived inevitable. In that millisecond, my mind was racing; which realtor should I call to list the house and which company to call to move me back to my hometown? Totally deadpan, he asked, “Do you want an engagement ring?” Holy Cow, I nearly fainted! “YES!” I said without hesitation. He’d been single for twenty years, and YES! I wanted a ring on my finger—the Cinderella Symbol of his love and dedication to our old/new relationship. Old/new? I’ll get to that in a minute. “Good, me too.” He said, “I want you to have a ring and have been looking for the last month. I didn’t want to buy one and surprise you—you might not want a ring, or not like the one I chose. There’s a couple I really like…do you want to go see them after lunch?” Yes! You bet I did! And his choices were beautiful. He’d shopped well, knew the 4 C’s of choosing a diamond, and had found just the right size stone for my hand. The “Will You Marry Me” never came; the closest he got was the morning of our wedding when he turned to me, looked me straight in the eyes and asked, “You sure that you want to do this?” Pause. Giving me an escape? Very interesting, pragmatic to



be sure, and better to ask if I had second thoughts before getting to the altar! I looked at the man that I had known since the early ‘70’s when he was dating my friends (and we were secretly smitten with each other) and smiled inwardly at the recollection of how our lives had been serendipitously brought back together after thirty-something years, and what that meant to both of us. Looking into his eyes, I said, “Yes.” “You?” I asked. He nodded and said, “OK! let’s get going!” That was Christmas Day, and we got married at High Noon. For me, I got the most important part of the Cinderella Dream. While it’s traditional but also a bit unconventional, it’s a happily-ever-after marriage.

California Ayurvedic, that’s why he looked familiar. I took a workshop from him 15 years earlier. Because of my end-oflife education and advocacy and care I was looking to deepen, expand, learn new services, practices that can bring comfort, love, and compassion to those who are dying and their families. And, Yoga Nidra entered my consciousness. Marc is one of the renowned teachers of Yoga Nidra, and I thought, wow, how perfect, and he’s handsome, too! So, I sent him a friend request. The next thing is there’s a private message from him responding to my friendship request. and. . . Marc continues the story. “Well, I was at the point in my life where I was between relationships and, was ready to start connecting with people again. And because people know me from the world of yoga and Ayurveda, I do get Friend requests from time to time from people on Facebook.” So I decided

Now when I meet a couple, I’m inevitably curious about how they met and “The Proposal.” Upon seeing wedding photos of Marc Halpern and Andrea Deerheart, who got married here in Nevada County, she in her magnificent sari, draped in Indian jewelry, (though personally not of East Indian extraction) but also in a traditional white wedding gown, I was absolutely enchanted and just had to meet this couple and learn their story. You’ve got that right—I had a million questions! They graciously agreed to share their story. Ensconced in the comfort of their home, I asked Marc and Deerheart, “How did you meet?” Marc: (Grinning) We met in the real, classic, traditional style; it goes back thousands of years; we met on Facebook! We all guffawed, and I asked how that happened. Deerheart: You know on your Facebook wall how they run people by you—Friend suggestions of people you may know? Well, on June 14th, 2016 Mark Halpern came across, and that name stopped me. Marc Halpern. That’s such a familiar name, so I clicked on this profile. Of course! DESTINATION Nevada County


effortless to talk, relate, and go deep, connecting on the level of the heart and talking about things, both important and mundane. And because it went so well, we decided to have a Skype dinner together. We had our first date over Skype. Deerheart was living in Southern California at the time, and we each prepared a beautiful candlelight dinner. We had the screen up in front of us, so she was across from me at the table, and I was across from her at the table. We had a lovely meal that went on for three hours. It was beautiful, and it began deepening our connection.

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Two weeks later, I was teaching a Yoga Nidra workshop in Southern California. I told her, “I’ll be close by; let’s get together.” I worked out my schedule to have extra time, and we had a whole day together. We went hiking in the Santa Barbara mountains; she took me to one of her favorite restaurants, and we had a lovely romantic dinner. She drove me back to the yoga ashram where I was staying, and we had our first goodnight kiss. It was absolutely wonderful; long, passionate, deep—it was A Thousand Kisses Deep, and it was beautiful. Robin: Oh my, I’m tearing up! Your story is so romantic; it’s a Fairytale! It’s what young girls dream of when they dream of Prince Charming. Deerheart: That’s what I’ve always said to him, “I’ve been dreaming of you since I was a little girl.”

that I would reach out and say something very nice to those who wanted to connect. “Thank you for connecting with me on Facebook, Be Kind, Be Well, Be Love.” So, I sent that to Deerheart, she responded to me, and we started a dialogue. I wanted to know who she was so I went to her Facebook page. And, you could say that she took my breath away! Of course, there was a physical attraction, she’s beautiful, but many people are beautiful. What moved me was her heart. I could see who she was, and I wanted to know more. I went to her website and saw the work she’s doing in this world, and it moved my heart in a deep and beautiful way. I realized that this person could really go deep, not like many that I meet. This person was aware of the sacred, and the sacred is very important in my life. In many ways, it was love at first sight. And it was not love at first physical sight; it was seeing her for who she is and recognizing the sacred beauty of who she was. I wanted to get to know her, so we began to dialogue over Facebook. And that sounds like we had a very lofty and very mature conversation, but in the middle of our conversation she sends an emoji to me, and the emoji was well, forward! It was a really cute wiggly butt! She said she meant to send rainbows and stars, but she sent the wiggly butt! And I thought to myself wow, this is going really well! She said it was an oops, but wow that sure broke the ice! A couple of days later we decided to have a phone conversation— our first. We spoke on the phone for two hours, and it was apparent on both of our parts, and there was interest. It was 132


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Marc: We lived apart, so we planned a monthly trip. She would come up here, or I would go down there. But we talked every night. Having the benefits of technology, every night in bed, we would Skype; we would lay “in bed together.” I’d look across my bed, and there she’d be, and we would talk for a long, long time. We have a lot of gratitude for technology; thanks to Facebook and Skype we ended up seeing each other every night and catching up on our day. Deerheart: May I share the sweetest part? Every night he would sing me a lullaby, and we would go to sleep with our computers still connected. Robin: How long did you court, and how did you propose? Did you sing her, “Will you marry me?” Marc: For almost a year-and-a-half and then I was ready, so I orchestrated a whole day. I arranged for our children to be able to come and participate in the proposal. The day was spent in Sacramento, with a horse and buggy ride, a visit to the Rose Garden, and we ended with a lovely dinner at The Firehouse restaurant, the most romantic restaurant in Sacramento. Then we drove home. My two boys and her daughter had set up the candles on the front patio and had arranged a candlelit walkway that connected to a big circle that was also candlelit. In the circle were a chair and a pillow. I walked her to the chair, went down on one knee, took out a letter, read the proposal that I had written, and asked her to marry me. She said YES! She wondered how the candles had been set up, and when we came inside, she saw the two boys and her daughter and understood. It was deeply meaningful to both of us to have our children involved in the proposal and later in the wedding, deeply symbolic for both of us because it wasn’t just a marriage between the two of us, it was a marriage of our families. Deerheart: He proposed to me, but I wanted to propose to him so that he would know that I chose him too. I chose Joy Porter of Winding Road Imagery to do our engagement photo shoot. We planned the proposal to take place during Springtime at Ananda, and he didn’t know! So I decorated myself; got my hair done, wore a beautiful dress, and went with Joy early to Ananda and set up a rose petal path to the fountain. Marc’s assistant brought him to Hermitage Gardens for the engagement photo shoot. She blindfolded him and walked him down to a certain point and then took off the blindfold. She instructed him to follow the rose petals. There I was, waiting at the fountain, and he was so clueless about what going on—he had no idea that I was going to propose to him! I didn’t prepare anything I wanted it to come entirely from my heart, and to make sure he knew that I chose him, my love story for him; how this was a divine connection, a soul connection, a love that I had dreamt about since I was a little girl. We had already gotten our wedding rings—they split in two, so I got down on my knees and gave him half of his wedding ring and asked him if he would marry me too. He said, “a thousand times,” and then we had a fun, fun sweet photoshoot with Joy. It was magical. And that felt complete now because I got to ask him. Robin: So you had an Indian wedding and a traditional western wedding. How did you go about facilitating them? Which came first, and were they both on the same day? 134

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A Song for My Daughter By Ray Allaire

Just once upon a yesterday I held you in my arms You grew into a little girl with lovely childhood charms Now it seems I only turned around And I see you by his side Oh, I can’t believe my eyes today My daughter is a bride I guess somehow I always knew This day would soon be here Still I wonder as I look at you What became of all the years And no words could ever quite express The way I feel inside Oh, I can’t believe my eyes today My daughter is a bride All the laughter and the teardrops The sunshine and the rain I would relive every moment, Dear If I could bring them all back again But now, my love, the time has come To send you on your way So I wish you every happiness And the blessings of this day And I hope the love I’ve given you Will forever be your guide Oh, I can’t believe my eyes today My daughter - Oh, I can’t believe my eyes My daughter - Oh, my angel and my pride My daughter is a bride

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She understood the love and sacredness, and we had a beautiful experience planning with her. She also introduced Deerheart to “day of the wedding” people for hair and makeup, etc. The ceremonies took place on two separate days at the Ayurveda College. It was like throwing two complete weddings. We built an Amphitheater for the western wedding, and erected a tent in the parking lot to facilitate both events. The first day we did a traditional Indian wedding facilitated by a South Indian preacher connected with the Ananda ashram in the community. We wanted the traditional fire ceremony, so that necessitated holding it in the tent, due to fire considerations. The ceremony incorporated many Indian rituals that brought us a beautiful sense of the sacred, which was very important to both of us. Marc: Don’t let the gown and tuxedo fool you, our western wedding was not a traditional western wedding. It was very untraditional and filled with rituals that we designed entirely from our hearts that were outside the strict rules of a traditional wedding. Those rituals were parts of our hearts that we shared. We designed our fantasy wedding. Deerheart: And we had lots of fun, too. I’ll begin the story. Marc is a big deadhead—loves the Grateful Dead—so when it was time for rings we had bought a bear costume with a Grateful Dead tie-dye shirt on him, and one of his best friends came dancing down. . . Marc: Wait a minute; wait a minute! At the time it came time to put the rings on, my boys, along with my brother (they were my best men) were up there with me, so I turned to them to get the wedding ring. Nobody knew this was going to happen, but we did—like a little skit—they’re looking in pockets, looking for the ring—no ring! I’m saying like, “Where’s the ring?!” Then, the DJ all of a sudden plays a Grateful Dead song—Shakedown Street! Coming down the aisle is a dancing bear, which is a tradition in the Grateful

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Dead lore. The bear is the ring bear-er and is dancing his way down and offers me the ring. And that was a way for me to bring my history into the ceremony because the music community is another part of my heart. Deerheart: My daughter was the maid of honor, and she tapped me and said: “Mom I forgot the ring!” “No worries Pumpkin, there’s plenty of time; the bear is just starting.” We have this on film—she was wearing very high heels, and she threw off her shoes and runs to find the ring. The bear is doing his thing; Marc gave me my ring, and then the camera pans over and here comes Sarah running down the same path as the bear, shouting “I’ve got it, I’ve got it!” Marc: (laughing) That was not planned! We had a lot of fun, and during the reception, I surprised Dearheart with her vows written on the scroll, and after the first dance I sang to her from the stage. The DJ arranged a karaoke version of I’m Your Man by Leonard Cohen. I changed the lyrics to suit my needs and sang to her and during the musical interlude, danced around the floor, then picked up the microphone and finished the song. Robin: It sounds like a movie! Marc: It was our movie. My journey through this lifetime was learning to love more deeply and to open up to be loved more deeply. I was very consciously ready for that. I describe it this way: “Wanting to dive deeply into the heart of my partner,” and I wanted to find the partner that I could dive deeply into her heart and lose myself. By that I mean that I wanted to lose my protections, lose egoic self, merge my heart with another, and that was a barometer of the relationship that I was seeking. In Deerheart I found the woman who I could trust with my own heart. I could dive deeply and allow myself to drown, which would be a safe, sacred, loving space. For me, that was important, and yeah—it’s been a lifelong journey learning to be loved.

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Yuba River

Perfect Paddling in the

One of the reasons we chose to call western Nevada County home, is the Yuba River. My husband and I are outdoor enthusiasts and love to hike and enjoy water sports. But more than fishing, kayaking, and boating, we revel in going for a good swim. To take full advantage of what the Yuba River had to offer, we treated ourselves to a copy of Timothy Joyce’s book, Swimming Holes of California. It’s a remarkable guide, and two weeks after the move, needing calm tranquility to soothe the stress of moving and settling in, we ventured out to experience one of Joyce’s suggestions. We chose the swimming hole at Oregon Creek; it’s just a short walk from Highway 49 and a perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon paddling in calm waters and sunning on the smooth granite boulders. Today dawns bright and sunny, and a leisurely Sunday stretches ahead of us. Examining our choices for the day, we decide to abandon the to-do list and head for our favorite place, the Yuba River. Out came the Swimming Holes of California, and we decide that despite the August heat, we’re up for a hike as well as paddling and sunbathing. After putting together a lunch and organizing our swimming togs, towels, a blanket, and the suggested length of rope, we load our gear into the car and head up Highway 49 to a secluded swimming hole known as Lemke’s Lagoon. Access to the swimming hole requires a fair trek up the Hoyt’s Crossing trail, located about seven miles north of Nevada City. We park our car, walk across the bridge, and head for the Hoyts Crossing trailhead. After a mile’s hike, we come to Hoyt’s Crossing beach and see the sign noting that it is a “clothing optional” 142


swimming area. The beach looks appealing, but we decide to continue to our chosen destination. About a mile and three quarters up the trail, we finally spy Lemke’s Lagoon —a swimming hole that requires (according to Timothy Joyce) a “third class scramble” down slippery rocks, and we understood the suggestion for the length of rope when we saw the steel cable tied to a tree! Was it worth the “third class scramble?” Oh, yeah! We’d read about the cliff diving off the high rocks, and there were several people there who had worked up the courage to take the plunge. After a good splash to cool off, and paddling around with our snorkels, exploring the bottom of the river, we too, climbed to the highest point on the cliff. Holding hands, we made the jump together. It was exhilarating!

While a hard-to-reach swimming hole and a brave jump from the top of a cliff are not for everyone, Lemke’s Lagoon is still high on our favorite swimming holes list. If you prefer calmer bathing opportunities, there are many tranquil easy-to-reach swimming holes up and down the length of the Yuba River. The family-friendly swimming hole located under the Highway 49 Bridge a few miles from Nevada City is popular with locals and visitors alike. The hole is large, the beach generous, and the big granite boulders are great for sunning. Another family-friendly and highly recommended swimming hole is the Kneebone Family Beach at the South Yuba River State Park. A myriad of swimming holes choices awaits you along the Yuba River. I know that you’ll find your perfect paddling pool, and perhaps discover one of the Yuba’s hidden gems! To learn more about Nevada County swimming holes: www.grassvalleychamber.com/swimming-holes/ or visit: www.swimmingholesofcalifornia.blogspot.com



Empire Mine State Historic Park

Premier Outdoor Recreation Hike & Ride Trails Through History Empire Mine State Historic Park is a state-protected mine and park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Grass Valley, California, US. The park has over 800 acres of trails that are open year-round. Besides hiking, you’re also welcome to jog, cycle, walk your dog or ride your horse! Enjoy an unusual combination of foothill forests, wildlife and wonders as you explore them. Not exactly wild but not tame either, the Osborne Hill Trail area makes up the southern arm of Empire Mine State Historic Park. The excellent trail system here has many loops, making for boundless riding or hiking options through deep woods and some open areas. There are remnants of several significant mines. Pits and piles of mine tailings are commonplace. Whether you are on foot, horseback or bicycle, this is one of the most intriguing sections of Empire Mine State Historic Park to explore and enjoy. A bit of history: The Empire Mine State Park area as you see it today contained a complex of mines that were developed to get at goldbearing rock veins below the surface. There were at least five mines in the Osborne Hill area, with varying levels of mining activity from the 1850’s into the 1930’s. Most easily visible here are impressive remains of the Prescott Hill Mine which, combined with several neighboring mine properties in 1903, had a shaft down to 1,750 ft. and was active into the early 1930’s. Trail tips: The Osborne Hill Trail Area has seven named trails packed into less than 300 heavily wooded acres. There are enough “loop” trails and “crosscut” trails in the system to befuddle even a seasoned trail user. Add to this a present (early in 2014) lack of detailed trail signage and you have a significant potential for new visitors to become disoriented. For this reason, it is a good idea to carry a current and accurate map if you are new to these trails. The map above should serve you well. Or you can go to the park Visitor Center and pick up the free color brochure captioned “Empire Mine State Historic Park” with a maroon color band on the front. The excellent map inside contains the latest official routes and names of all-important trails in the park. On that map, the Osborne Hill Trail Area is all of the state park land south of Little Wolf Creek. The top trail tip for the Osborne Hill Trail Area is to use a good map and invent your own favorite routes. This is truly an area that invites do-it-yourself exploring. Don’t forget your sunscreen and insect repellent! Also, stick to the trails to avoid contact with poison oak. For Directions to the Visitors Center Trailhead, detailed Trail Maps, and Recommendations visit: www.bylt.org/trail/osborne-hill-trail-area


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Malakoff Diggins South Yuba River State Historic Park

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Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is 26 miles northeast of Nevada City, California in the scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The park was created in 1965 by concerned citizens to preserve the exciting and controversial story of our country’s largest hydraulic gold mining operation that devastated the area from the mid-1800s.

The area that is now known as South Yuba River State Historic Park became an immigration destination during the 1849— early 1850s California Gold Rush. Many 19th-century bridges built along the length of this South Fork’s section, including the 1862 Bridgeport Covered Bridge and 1865 Purdon Crossing bridge Much of the history of Bridgeport is centered around this area, and the historic Bridgeport Bridge is currently being renovated.

The park comprises approximately 3,200 acres of majestic pines, cedars and oaks between 2,500’ and 4,000’ elevation in the northern Sierra Nevada foothills region. Overnight visitors can choose between a shady, restful campsite in Chute Hill campground or a rustic “Miners Cabin.” The group campsite accommodates up to 60 people. Approximately 20 miles of scenic trails range from very easy to strenuous and connect with the popular South Yuba River Trail. Overnight and day school programs are offered in the fall and spring. Popular events offer important recreational opportunities for nearby communities and the region: Discover Malakoff! series, Humbug Day the second Saturday in June, and the Ice Cream Social in September. Find your fortune! We’ll supply the pans, instruction, and gold! During park operation hours/days you can visit the park headquarters to obtain a map and pan and try your luck on Humbug Creek. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. As of May 1, 2019, the visitor center/museum is open daily from 10am-4pm. Town tours are conducted at 1:30 p.m. and guided gold panning is offered every Saturday at 3 pm. 23579 N. Bloomfield Road, Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2740 • malakoffdigginsstatepark.org

The park is celebrated for the beauty of the wild and scenic Yuba River. It pours over massive granite ledges and along gentle riparian meanders; and of the diverse natural areas, miles of walking, hiking and wheelchair accessible trails, mountain biking, and its byway roadside access. Swimming holes along the Yuba River are a big attraction and are easily accessible. As summer temperatures reach triple digits, these natural swimming holes with large rocks to climb on, deep pools to swim in, beaches for sunning, are a favorite of the community and visitors alike. State Park headquarters at Bridgeport includes the Ranger Station, Visitor Center, beaches, trails, and the historic covered bridge, barn, wagons, and family cemetery. Docent-led walks that showcase the natural history of the park’s diverse: geology and granite rock formations; native flora, forests, and wildflowers; and animals including birdwatching. Tour and event schedules are available on the website and at the Visitors Center. southyubariverstatepark.org 17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-2546 • www.bylt.org/trails/#



By Jesse Locks, for Bear Yuba Land Trust Trails are one of the greatest assets of any community. Trails preserve the rural and scenic quality of life while providing residents and visitors opportunities to enjoy nature and exercise outdoors. Trails build strong neighborhoods by providing access to safe routes to school and work, which improves the environment by reducing carbon emissions from automobiles. And finally, trails help boost local economies with the potential to create jobs, enhance property values, expand local businesses, attract new or relocating businesses, and so much more! Nevada County’s extensive multi-use trail system follows animal migratory paths, ancient Nisenan trails, former stagecoach roads, and historic water canals. Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT)—an accredited land trust and nonprofit based in Grass Valley—along with the generous support of its members and volunteers, has built and maintains over 45 miles of trails that provide access to nature for residents and visitors alike. The forests and woodlands surrounding Grass Valley and Nevada City are full of awe-inspiring hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Popular trails in residential areas such as the Alan Thiesen Trail in Alta Sierra and Cascade Canal Trail in Nevada City, meander through park-like forests and feature local views. The wheelchair-accessible Litton Trail follows an informal urban greenbelt near 146


Sierra College campus in Grass Valley and the rural Independence Trail West along the stunning South Yuba River Canyon—also wheelchair accessible for the first mile of its 2.2 miles—not only offers yearround recreation opportunities, but also provides a unique lesson in the vast array of local flora and fauna. One of the crown jewels of Nevada County’s trail system is the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. The multiuse trail spans 8.5 miles along one of Nevada County’s most famous tributaries, Deer Creek. Within walking distance of downtown Nevada City, it provides easy access to the outdoors for those seeking healthy recreation opportunities, solace in nature or to connect with our history and historic communities of the native Nisenan and Chinese immigrants. With several options for shorter hikes along its main path, the Tribute Trail also offers hikers an opportunity to “choose their own adventure” and explore the wooded forests that surround downtown Nevada City. BYLT has expanded trail access along the Yuba River at their Rice’s Crossing Preserve and is in the early stages of planning the future non-motorized multiuse. The Pines to Mines Trail is a collaboration with several partner trail organizations, including Gold Country Trails Council, Truckee Trails Foundation, and Bicyclists of Nevada County. This 72-mile trail will link the towns of Nevada City and Truckee by using existing trail systems, obtaining new trail easements through private property, and building new trails to create this incredible community asset. The Pines to Mines project, in particular, will take years of community support. In the past, BYLT has helped raise awareness of the project with its annual Hike-A-Thon during Celebration of Trails which follows a section of the Pioneer Trail on Highway 20 that will become part of Pines to Mines. This event is held the first Saturday of June. Celebration of Trails is BYLT’s largest outreach event to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the community. On their website, BYLT offers an online trails portal to easily find a trail that is just right for you to explore. Go to www.bylt.org to access it or pick up a set of pocket-sized trail cards featuring 27 local trail maps and descriptions.






By Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Nevada County. Regardless of the season, the great outdoors is lush and enticing. Abloom and fragrant in the spring and summer, a true blushing beauty in the fall, and dramatically majestic in the winter, Nevada County is a tapestry woven with hiking, biking and equestrian trails, and rivers, lakes, streams, and reservoirs that offer boundless aquatic, fishing and boating opportunities. Renown for its fly-fishing, the Truckee River, according to Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, “Fish Species for both sections (Nevada And California), include Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Lahonton Cutthroat Trout, and Mountain Whitefish. The Truckee River can be very difficult to fly fish at times, thus its nickname “The Big Tricky River.” A guide for both California and Nevada sections of this river is highly recommended to learn the skills necessary to effectively fly fish the Truckee.” Baiocchi’s Troutfitters says, “The North Fork Yuba River is a fascinating fishery with the most beautiful wild rainbows found in Northern California and a perfect destination for fly fishing. From the headwaters of Yuba Pass down to Bullard’s Bar Reservoir, the river is filled with pocket water, long runs, and deep pools offering over 40 miles of river access along Highway 49. Local flora and fauna mixed with the surrounding canyon offer exceptional views in a gorgeous setting. Fly fishing the North Fork Yuba River is, without a doubt, some of the most fun you’ll ever have. Fantastic short line dry fly fishing to eager trout makes this river very appealing to both beginners and experts. Some fly anglers consider the watershed to be the most beautiful in the Northern Sierra, if not the state of California.”



The legendary beauty of Soda Springs continues to draw thousands of visitors a year. It serves as the epicenter of winter skiing. Soda Springs boasts the longest-running ski resort in California, and according to the Soda Springs Mountain Resort, it is the best place to explore the magic of all winter sports. Not a ski buff? No worries, spring, summer, and autumn in Summit Valley are glorious. Spring Wildflowers abound, hiking trails are well-groomed and lead to magnificent vistas. Summer activities include trail and mountain biking, summer camps at both Woodward Tahoe at Soda Springs Resort and Boreal Mountain Resort. Great Swimming holes, lakes, and rivers for splashing, sailing, boarding, and water skiing. Fall Colors in Summit Valley offer a heady array Fall Colors, unrivaled at lower climes. Aspens, cottonwoods, maples, and alders display their magnificent blush before giving way to icy winds that herald the arrival of winter. Summit Vally offers an exquisite menu of activities…all within an easy drive from Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Truckee.

Nevada County has long been a premier cycling center, due in large part to the famous Nevada City Bicycle Classic, which dates to 1961 and is the oldest bicycle race on the West Coast. Some of America’s best-known competitors, including Tour de France winners have raced here. The attraction? Nevada County has a great selection of routes and trails for road and mountain biking. Because it’s the Sierra Nevada Mountains, there is no short supply of highly tricky and challenging rides for expert-level bikers, but riders at any experience or fitness level can find trails to match their abilities. Many of the rides take you past or to gorgeous mountain lakes, and some trails offer Yuba River vistas.

setting for country club golf: lush trees in a picturesque setting, a fun round, plus plenty of variety. Every hole has a distinctive character, making this the ideal place to consider if you’re looking for a club to call home. Nestled in the green and forested foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Nevada County Country Club is among the oldest 9-hole regulation course in Northern California. With beautiful tree-lined fairways and challenging greens, it’s located in Grass Valley, a scenic one-hour drive northeast of Sacramento.

GOLF! The game is not new to Nevada County. A popular game, there are many courses dotted through the county; public, semi-private, and private. Whether you’re a local or visitor to our area, you’ll find the right course waiting for you. Ponderosa Golf Course is the only publicly-owned course in the Truckee area! It is highly maintained and managed by Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District. With the most affordable rates in the area, the course features chipping and practice greens, driving nets, pro shop, and snack bar. Nestled among 600 acres of towering pines in the mountains lies Old Greenwood Golf Course. 18 holes of perfection courtesy of Jack Nicklaus. Old Greenwood was rated among the 10 Best New Public-Access Courses in the Country by Golf Magazine, and rated number four among America’s Finest New Upscale Public Courses by Golf Digest. Since 1960, the Auburn Valley Country Club has long been considered the “Hidden Jewel” of the Sierra Foothills. The 18-hole Championship Course was designed by Bob Bissett/ Larry Curtola. Public Always Welcome. Centrally located 35 miles from Sacramento, 15 miles from Roseville, and 90 miles from Reno/Lake Tahoe. Alta Sierra Country Club’s scenic course makes the perfect

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Nevada County Commerce & Legacy of Pioneer Families By John Daulton, Author

Cirino’s: Serving Up Old-World Cuisine and the Spirit of Community The story of Cirino’s and its owner Jerry Cirino is one of generations. It’s one of family, artistry, and tradition. Jerry’s father, Frank Cirino, with the family in tow, came to the foothills in 1956, intent on escaping the city and its crowds and corruption. He wanted a better life for his daughters. That’s how Jerry explained it, his father wanting a better life “for his daughters.” There was no mention of Jerry, no mention of himself in the telling. I would soon learn that sort of thing is at the center of the man. Service began for Jerry in earnest in 1967 when he was stationed in Korea, serving as a tactical communications specialist. He was charged with the operation of five mobile command centers for General Bonesteel, the commanding officer of the Eighth Army in Korea. During that time, he was sent to Vietnam six times, tasked with setting up roving command posts, using new techniques he helped develop in Korea. That assignment involved being flown in and dropped into hostile jungle areas. He recounted it as if it weren’t that big a deal. I noticed a pattern starting to form. After his discharge from the Army in 1970, Jerry finished his education and came back to the foothills. He explained that he wanted to return to the area to raise his children because, “I saw how well my siblings and their friends had turned out growing up here, and I wanted to make a family of my own. So I came back.” The pattern sharpened. For a time, Jerry worked as a building contractor, mining contractor, and an explosives contractor. But those industries had taken some pretty severe hits over the years, and during the Carter years, interest rates skyrocketed, crippling the economy and the ability for businesses to invest and expand. Many failed, many left, and many gave up. But not the unflappable warrior, Jerry Cirino. “Giving

up” is not in his DNA. Instead, he opened a restaurant in Nevada City, which he later moved to Grass Valley. This is the Cirino’s at Main Street Restaurant we know and love. And, all in his family have been part of the business. His wife, Donna, and two sons Ryan and Tucker have played an integral role in Cirino’s past and present success. Donna designed the graphic art for Jerry’s now-famous Cirino’s Bloody Mary Mix, and Tucker serves as the restaurant’s general manager, in line to take over for Jerry when he retires and hits the high seas on his beautiful sail boat, Savannah Rose. His restaurant is gorgeous. If you haven’t been to Cirino’s at Main Street, you need to. It’s an Italian oasis, its bright red awning promising great food and friendly spirits in absolute honesty. Inside is like walking into the Old World itself, a trip to another place and time. All the brick and wood, the tables set beneath shuttered old-world windowpanes, all set beside a fabulous mural depicting the Mediterranean Sea. What a perfect place to be. And the food is to die for. And if you fancy the spirits as I do (what writer worth his salt does not?), I’ll attest that Cirino’s Bloody Mary Mix did not earn its reputation by accident. But fame is not what this is about, not for Jerry. He radiates happiness and has so much energy. Contentment embodies him. So I asked him, “What is it about this place that makes you so dedicated and energized after all these years?” “It’s this place and most all things about it,” he said. I thought he meant the restaurant, with its perfect Italian ambiance. He’s Italian, why wouldn’t he mean that? But that wasn’t it. It was the town, the whole area. “You can’t get what we have here somewhere else,” he said. “This is a community. Many of these businesses that have been here for generations are still in the same DESTINATION Nevada County


families. You can always count on them. You’re part of something here that has tradition.”

have a responsibility to maintain and carry those values forward.”

“So why does that matter so much?” I asked. I mean, obviously it’s nice to be part of a community, but isn’t business still business? I even asked him that, bluntly, “Can you make money in a small town like this compared to being down the hill in Sacramento?”

He talked about being part of the Chamber specifically, and I asked him, “What would you say to the new guy who moved up here for that; for the family values, and who’d just started a business. He’s not part of that history. What’s in it for him?”

“No, probably not,” he replied, equally blunt—even though he is pretty much killing it with his Cirino’s Bloody-Mary Mix, making anything possible in the age of the internet. But in standard Jerry fashion, his focus was on the community. “It’s not just about making money. It’s about quality of life.” He said that several times; he kept stressing it. “People sacrifice economically to live here because family values matter. You can’t generate that with big city revenue. You need the security of being part of something. The pleasure. The comfort of being surrounded by people you can count on.”

He didn’t bat an eye. “You join a Chamber that’s more than one hundred years old; one that cares about and supports you. We live in a semi-rural area, and here, it’s all about relationships. The Chamber connects you to resources and members of the community that are not going out of business tomorrow. You don’t have to be a franchise. You get treated better. You become part of the tradition and have the benefit of becoming part of that community. Your fellow businesses care about you because they care about honoring the same traditions.”

This makes sense emotionally and personally, but I had to ask how that really helps a business. “The people you know, your colleagues, your local vendors, they are going to take care of you,” he said. “You are part of history, and your decisions have to preserve that history, the integrity of the community, the continuity. You are part of something worthy, and you



In the end, I realized Jerry is really still talking about family. A family of businesses. To someone from the city, that probably sounds trite or corny, but up here, it doesn’t. People here still think that way. They feel that way. And, most importantly, they are that way. It’s in their actions and the way they do business. It’s how they think. And in the case of Cirino’s, it’s how they cook or mix a drink and treat their customers as friends... because they are.

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Multi-Generational Businessess By Steve Cotrell, Nevada County Historian

As Nevada County continues to grow and new businesses emerge, several multi-generational businesses have been able to meet the county’s population spurt from about 20,000 residents in 1970 to an estimated 100,000 today. When a business enters its second and third generation of success, it represents consistency and quality—and provides our citizens with a sense of confidence when they need a company with a proven track record. So, let’s take a look at some local businesses with multigenerational ownership, keeping in mind that a multitude of others with similar histories prosper in Nevada County. In Nevada City, a father-and-son team has been operating an engineering firm for more than forty years; Ernie’s Van & Storage is run by a third generation of the Sowell family; B&C Ace Home and Garden Center evolved from a nearby sawmill; Hills Flat Lumber Co. has been owned and operated by the 156


Pardini family for nearly a century; Young’s Carpet One is currently owned by the third-generation of Youngs, and Peters’ Well & Pump Service has been serving the county since the 1980s. Nevada City Engineering was founded in 1978 by Ken Baker, a fourth-generation Nevada City native son who ventured out on his own after a decade with Cranmer Engineering, a Grass Valley company established in 1962. Ken retired a few years ago, but son John—a civil engineer just like his father — continues the family tradition as a principal at the Coyote Street office. Ernie’s Van & Storage has been a Nevada County business for decades, and its birth can be traced to founder James “Ernie” Sowell—son of a Tennessee tobacco sharecropper—who, in 1935, modified a flatbed truck and named his business Ernie’s Express. He began in Berkeley, but in the 1970s relocated here to property off McCourtney Road. When Ernie retired, his sons Doug and Stuart became owners, and they later opened today’s Spring Hill Drive facility where Ernie’s grandson, Matthew, is the general manager.

When you’re known by your initials and a full name is no longer needed, you have achieved something special. FDR, JFK, PG&E…well, you get the idea. And when B&C is mentioned locally, it’s a reference to Builders & Consumers Ace Home and Garden Center. B&C grew from a 19th-century sawmill and lumber company into a major hardware store. From the beginning, when James Fowler settled here in 1865 and later opened Grass Valley Lumber Co., B&C has been owned and operated by succeeding generations of the Fowler family. In 1921, Ed Pardini Sr. co-founded Hills Flat Lumber Company as a wholesale lumber mill. That venture quickly grew into three mills and, in the 1950s, under Pardini ownership, Hills Flat Lumber expanded to include hardware, equipment rentals, and other construction items. Until World War Two, when gold mining was declared a non-essential industry and local mines closed, lumber from Pardini’s mill and lumber company shored up hundreds of miles of Nevada County mining tunnels. Hills Flat Lumber has been run by the Pardini family for nearly a century and is now in its third generation of ownership. In 1972, as Nevada County began to grow and expand, Randy Young saw a need and filled it. Randy opened a carpet store with vinyl, and linoleum flooring also featured. Then, ten years ago, he bought his neighboring business, Sierra Tile & Stone, located on

Idaho-Maryland Road. In 2017 he sold the business— now known as Young’s Carpet One Floor & Home—to his sons Morgan and John, and the next generation hasn’t missed a beat. During the late-20th century population boom here, as Randy Young was selling flooring, the Pardinis and Fowlers were selling lumber and hardware, Ken Baker was surveying for new roads and developments, and the Sowell family was moving household goods and other items to newly-constructed homes, the Peters family was busy drilling wells where municipal water service was not available. Founded in 1983, Peters’ Well & Drilling Service has drilled more than 10,000 water wells under three-generations of family ownership: Joe, Greg, and now Justin Peters. New businesses bring fresh energy and ideas that benefit all of us, but our local multi-generational businesses provide a history and consistency that gives the term “family-owned” real meaning. Fortunately, Nevada County has both. Our early entrepreneurs, however, would not recognize Nevada County today. Wall-mounted telephones with eavesdroppers listening on party lines have been replaced by pocket-sized cell phones and password security; a casual drive from Grass Valley to Auburn that took hours now takes minutes, and a trip to the grocery store is no longer just for groceries. DESTINATION Nevada County


But one thing has been constant: Nevada County remains a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. And it’s a great place for business owners to firmly plant family roots, confident that future generations will prosper just as they have prospered. A local start-up company today will emerge as an industry giant by the time the founder is ready to pass on control of the business to a son or daughter, and an independent doughnut shop with a few dozen faithful customers will grow into a chain of family-owned stores. It will happen because it’s what people in Nevada County have been doing for more than a century. A family-run sawmill became a major hardware store, and a guy hauling pianos in Berkeley during the Great Depression established a local moving and storage company still owned and operated by the same family—proving once again that hard work pays dividends. It has been said that those who ventured to California in the 19th century were limited only by their ambition and imagination. Luckily, that same pioneer spirit remains embedded in our local economic genes, evidenced by a new generation of men and women building and growing new businesses with new technologies, aimed at creating something their children and grandchildren will be proud to be part of. As a prime example, and unique to downtown Grass Valley, the restaurants on Main Street are now run by the next generation. 158


On East Main Street, Maria Ramos Byers, owner of both Maria’s Mexican Restaurant and Kane’s Family Restaurant has passed the management of Maria’s to her daughter Gina, and Kane’s to her son, Henry. Maria says that she’s happiest running the grill at Kane’s, but her customers are most content when they can spend a few moments with her at the bar or their table. Just up the street on West Main, Jerry Cirino and his son Tucker run Cirino’s At Main. Known for offering “time-honored” Italian recipes from the Cirino family kitchen, Tucker quarterbacks the day-to-day operations, which allows Jerry the freedom to build the Cirino’s Bloody Mary Mix side of their business or sail the high seas. At the “top of the hill” located between the Holbrooke

Hotel and The Center for the Arts, is Tofanelli’s Gold County Bistro. Famous as a bakery and café under multiple ownership since the 1900s, Tofanelli’s was acquired in 2006 by Sue Purdy. As a secondgeneration restaurateur herself, she’s delighted to pass the stewardship to her daughter Angie, now co-owner of Tofanelli’s. Next-generation ownership in downtown Grass Valley doesn’t end there. Mark and Todd Johnson, sons of Foothill Flowers founder, Marie “The Flower Lady” Johnson, continue the traditions of offering the most beautiful floral arrangements for all occasions at their shop at the corner of South Auburn Street and West Main Street. Freschi Family

On the corner of Mill and Main, Cheryl Rellstab and her daughter Ali are brokers and leaders of the EXP Realty team. Further down Mill, is Yuba Blue, a multi-space store that operates like an old-fashioned mercantile, selling everything from bath and body to home decor. Yuba Blue was founded in 1995 by Sara Lazard and now run by her daughter, Lillie Piland. But, next-generation business ownership isn’t limited to the downtown corridor. On Race Street at Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory, Joseph Murray recently completed his studies in mortuary science and bought the business from his parents Albert and Kari. Freschi Construction, on La Barr Meadows Road founded in 1986 by Lou Freschi, is now run and operated by Lou and his son Lou Freschi Jr.

Beam “Easy Living” Family

There are many examples of successful multigenerational businesses in Nevada County—and many more yet to come. All they need is our support.

Byers Family




Passing the Apron:

Award Winning Cuisine Crafted by the Third Generation By Sue & Angie Purdy, Owners, Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro

It’s in my genes. If you know my mom, Sue Purdy, you know that she’s a great story-teller. I recently heard her tell a story about our family, and according to her, I was born in a restaurant! Well, she confessed, not literally, but from the time I was born, the basket that she carried me in sat on a table in the kitchen of her restaurant so that she could keep an eye on me while she worked. That was in Novato at the Golden Egg Omelet House. I’ve heard so many stories from her youth about the restaurants in our family; all owned by the maternal side— her favorite story is about her aunt, who owned The Tamale Factory in Los Angeles. My great-aunt and her husband owned a big ranch. He was a horse trainer and trained all



the big horses at Disneyland, and she owned the restaurant. And my mom and her siblings spent endless happy hours there. She says that it’s a “feeling” that you have, growing up in a restaurant. And, anyone who’s grown up in a restaurant understands what that means. So, it was no surprise that upon leaving her career as a flight attendant, she asked her mom if she wanted to open a restaurant with her, and she said, “Sure.” They did, and the Golden Egg Omelet House was born. In 2006 my mom fell in love with Grass Valley and bought Tofanelli’s restaurant. With the Golden Egg Omelet House still in full swing, my brother and I stepped in to fill her shoes. Over the next few years, enormous changes were taking place at Tofanelli’s—a liquor license acquired, the

bar put in, the Atrium added, the Patio expanded, and business at Tof ’s was booming.

by eggshells, cracking eggs for her omelets. It’s nice being surrounded by old friends, and new.

Around 2009, things were really bustling. Mom called me and said, “I need you up here—get rid of that restaurant!” I was selling real estate at the time and still helping my brother run the restaurant in Novato. In reality, her request made sense. There wasn’t much room for additional growth in the downtown Novato corridor, and the “Egg” had reached its peak. Grass Valley was genuinely hopping and offered far more growth potential. So I did what she asked; I sold the restaurant and moved to Grass Valley to help run Tofanelli’s. That was ten years ago.

Mom is the social butterfly; I’m not. She’s the face of Tofanelli’s, and I’m fine with that. She’s on the radio every week and prods me to get out there and get immersed in the community, and I will—but I pretty much run everything, and there’s so much to do every single day. Tof ’s is in a historic building, and it takes constant care and maintenance. Running a restaurant is not easy, but don’t get me wrong, I’m not flying solo. I have the support of my mom and brother, who works here at night. And I do love it! I’m a thirdgeneration restauranteur, and as Mom says, it’s in my blood.

We left Marin, but Marin has come to Grass Valley. Mom brought the Golden Egg Omelet House menu to Tofanelli’s, and once a week, an ever-increasing group of former Marin residents has breakfast in our Atrium. She’s one of them, and Tof ’s offers a little slice of Novato right here. They laugh and share stories about the good old days, and for me, it’s a bit like “old home week.” Many of them have known me when I was growing up and spending time in the restaurant. Mom has a picture of me—I was about six years old, sitting on a stool before school, wearing an apron, surrounded

We’ve got a big project in the works. The last big snowstorm caught us off-guard and taught us a huge lesson. The community had lost power; customers flooded in, and we sold every bit of food in the kitchen. We’d lost electricity too, but (little known fact) we can cook for short periods without it. It’s no easy feat, and I won’t bore you with the details, but it spurred us to invest in a generator. Now, when the lights go off, we can still feed the community. Tofanelli’s will be an oasis of warmth and comfort, and to us, that’s everything.



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UTILITY SERVICES: Nevada Irrigation District. . . . . . . . . . . 530-273-6185 Pacific Gas and Electric. . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-743-5000 Waste Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-274-3090 Ace Propane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-271-7365 Amerigas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-477-7320 Northern Sierra Propane. . . . . . . . . . . . 530-477-7854 Suburban Propane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-273-6115 AT&T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-310-2355 Comcast Communications. . . . . . . . . . 800-266-2278 California Solar Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-274-3671 Plan it Solar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-273-0303 SolarCity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-802-1899 Sustainable Energy Group. . . . . . . . . . . 530-273-4422 GROCERY STORES: Raley’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-272-1958 SPD Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-272-5000 Savemart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-477-9511 Grocery Outlet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-477-6961 PHARMACIES: CVS Pharmacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-272-8881 Pleasant Valley Pharmacy. . . . . . . . . . . 530-432-3921 Springhill Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-273-2268 Rite Aid Pharmacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-273-7399 Walgreens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-271-1021 Dokimos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530 274-0100 LIBRARIES: Grass Valley Branch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-273-4117 Local History Branch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-265-4606 Searls Historical Library. . . . . . . . . . . . 530-265-5910 Madelyn Helling Library. . . . . . . . . . . . 530-265-7050 Penn Valley Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530-432-5764

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Chapa-De Indian Health Partners with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital to Train and Attract More Physicians to Grass Valley By Lisa Davies, CEO, Chapa-De Indian Health Chapa-De Indian Health is proud to partner with Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH) to play an important role in planning and implementing their new primary care Rural Residency Planning and Development Program, a residency program which offers required postgraduate training as part of a physician’s medical education. Chapa-De, who operates community health centers in Grass Valley and Auburn, along with Methodist Hospital and Mercy Family Medical Clinic in Sacramento, will be responsible for supporting the Residency Planning and Development Program by providing specialty training in the unique needs of a rural community. Residents will spend their first year at Dignity Health Methodist Hospital in Sacramento and will then transfer to their residency home at Chapa-De in Grass Valley with rotations at SNMH to receive hands on training in their 2nd and 3rd year. There will be two residents admitted to the program per year, starting in 2021. “Chapa-De is thrilled to play an integral role in this momentous effort which will continue to advance the health and well-being of our community,” said Lisa Davies, CEO of Chapa-De Indian Health. “While at Chapa-De, residents will have the opportunity to learn from our amazingly talented team and serve our diverse patient base, which includes medically underserved and at-risk populations.” Chapa-De’s patient-centered approach to healthcare made them an ideal candidate to be selected for this program. Chapa-De’s health centers treat the entire patient at one



location by offering primary medical care with integrated behavioral health and substance use services, along with nutrition and health education, dental care, psychiatry, and pharmacy services. The Rural Residency Planning and Development Program was made possible by a $750,000 federal Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grant. Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation was one of 26 programs selected nationally and one of two programs selected in California to receive this grant. Both Chapa-De and SNMH are hopeful that this program will help to address the primary care physician shortage in Nevada County by attracting new providers to rewarding work opportunities in Grass Valley’s thriving close-knit community. The mission of Chapa-De is to advance the health and well-being of American Indians and low-income individuals by providing convenient access to highquality, compassionate care. The mission of Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is to contribute to the wellness of our community through the provision of quality services delivered in a compassionate and cost-effective manner collaborating with others in the community to improve the quality of life. For more information on Chapa-De Indian Health, please visit: www.chapa-de.org.



Humankindness is all around you. At Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, we believe kindness is at the heart of community. And there are many ways to show it. Sometimes it is reaching out to those in need. Sometimes it is simply putting a smile on a neighbor’s face. From caring for our most vulnerable to enriching the community through neighborhood events, Dignity Health is there to listen to and talk about the health concerns that touch your everyday life. Because caring for you extends beyond the walls of our hospitals. At Dignity Health, we are always working to meet your wellness challenges and goals head-on with experience, technology, and an ample dose of what we all need: humankindness.



Greetings! My name is Brian Evans and it is my privilege to serve as President and CEO of Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Whether you have lived in Nevada County for years or are considering relocating to the area, access to high-quality health care, especially in a rural community, is essential. I know this because I have lived and worked here for 20 years—initially as an emergency room physician immediately following residency training, and now in hospital leadership. I raised my twin daughters here, and I can tell you unequivocally that the same holds true today as it did more than 60 years ago when Sierra Nevada first opened its doors—we are a hospital that was founded by the community and is here for the community. Sierra Nevada is a 104-bed, not-for-profit hospital. We offer 24-hour emergency care, advanced diagnostic imaging, comprehensive cancer care and treatment, inpatient and outpatient surgery, diagnostic and rehabilitative cardiovascular services, a family birth center where nearly 500 babies are born every year, and we employ more than 800 people with over 100 physicians on medical staff. But we are far more than a hospital. We care immensely about our community and Nevada County and are part of its fabric. Sierra Nevada supports local events, our employees serve on community boards and we partner with community non-profits and government agencies on the most pressing issues facing our county. We believe that health starts in our communities, not in hospitals. If you live in Nevada County, we hope you will continue to trust us with your health care needs. If you are new to the area or considering relocating, you can take comfort in knowing that a beautiful region awaits you as well as access to world-class health care. To learn more about Sierra Nevada, visit DignityHealth.org/SierraNevada. Sincerely,

Brian Evans, MD, MBA President & CEO Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital



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Board of Directors and Ambassador Committee EXECUTIVE BOARD of DIRECTORS 2020

Donna Brazil Lake Wildwood Association Penn Valley, 530-432-1152

Sarah Meyer Comfort Keepers Grass Valley, 530-274-8600

Chair, Joy Porter Winding Road Imagery Cedar Ridge, 530-913-4065

Mick Collins Pay it Forward Processing Auburn, 530-268-3382

Amber Newman River Valley Community Bank Grass Valley, 530-798-2688

Incoming Chair, Bob Medlyn Beam “Easy Living” Center Grass Valley, 530-273-5166

Rich Fuxjager Individual Member Grass Valley, 530-559-4904

BettyKay Pilcher Finance of America Grass Valley, 530-478-8383

Treasurer, Suzanne Voter Finance of America Mortgage Grass Valley, 530-478-8383

Mary Gill Restore/Habitat for Humanity Grass Valley, 530-274-3761

Julie Paniagua Restore/Habitat for Humanity Grass Valley, 530-274-3761

Member-at-Large, Machen MacDonald ProBrilliance Leadership Institute Grass Valley, 530-273-8000

Nicole Grimes Gold Country Community Services Grass Valley, 530-615-4541

Deborah Patterson Patterson’s Tax Practice Grass Valley, 530-615-4917


Heather Haddock Grass Valley Downtown Association Grass Valley, 530-272-8315

Joy Porter Winding Road Imagery Cedar Ridge, 530-913-4065

Jeneé Hand River Valley Community Bank Grass Valley, 530-798-2684

Laura Quaintance Outstanding Client Services Auburn, 530-913-2006

Paul Hook DC Solar Electric Penn Valley, 530-802-1899

Steve Reynolds API Marketing Auburn, 530-885-9674

Janell Jones Gold Country Compounding Auburn, 530-368-2103

Susan Rice Susan A. Rice and Associates, Inc. Grass Valley, 530-346-9612

Kathi Kimmel Integrated Ayurveda Grass Valley, 530-270-9042

Kathleen Schaeffer Individual Member Grass Valley, 530-802-6501

Kristen Kulhavy Crystal Ridge Care Center Grass Valley, 530-446-0772

Jennifer Seim The Union Grass Valley, 530-477-4250

Seth Leishman Ostrofe Financial Consultants Inc. Grass Valley, 530-273-4425

Erin Sorani Network Real Estate Grass Valley, 530-277-8373

Tamitha Lewis Placer Title Grass Valley, 530-477-1382

Jennie Sparks Absolute Communications Solutions Grass Valley, 530-271-0332 x203

Machen MacDonald ProBilliance Leadership Institute Grass Valley, 530-273-8000

Suzanne Voter Finance of America Mortgage Grass Valley, 530-478-8383

Dave Manning Digital Strategy Nevada City, 530-478-0709

Cindy Moon Nevada City Chamber Liaison Nevada City, 530-265-2692

Catharine Bramkamp Nevada County Arts Council Nevada City, 530-278-5155 Heather Haddock Grass Valley Downtown Association Grass Valley, 530-272-8315 Jon Katis KNCO Radio Grass Valley, 530-272-3424 Steve Sanchez Empire Mine State Historic Park Grass Valley, 510-673-3741 Jennie Sparks Absolute Communication Solutions Grass Valley, 530-271-0332 x203 Julia Stidham The Union Grass Valley, 530-477-4243 CEO Robin Galvan-Davies CEO/Executive Director Greater Grass Valley Chamber Grass Valley Visitors Center Grass Valley, 530-273-4667 AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE Doug Becker Welcome Home Vets Grass Valley, 530-272-3300



Time Honored Chamber Members 30 + YEAR MEMBERS City of Grass Valley Member Since 1938 B&C Ace Home & Garden Center Member Since 1942 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Member Since 1967 Tess’ Kitchen Store Member Since 1968 The Union Member Since 1968 Century 21 Davis Realty Member Since 1972 Best Western Gold Country Inn Member Since 1973 Ernie’s Van and Storage Member Since 1977 Hansen Bros. Enterprises Member Since 1977 KNCO AM & FM Nevada County Broadcasters Member Since 1977 Merrill & Sons Member Since 1977

WestAmerica Bank Member Since 1978

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Member Since 1985

Moule Paint & Glass Member Since 1979

Nevada County Country Club Member Since 1986

Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames Member Since 1980

Placer Title Company Member Since 1986

Flour Garden Bakery Member Since 1980

Pride Industries Member Since 1986

Nevada County Fence, Inc. Member Since 1980

SCO Planning & Engineering, Inc. Member Since 1986

H & R Block Member Since 1981

Sierra Central Credit Union Member Since 1986

Ostrofe Financial Consultants, Inc. Member Since 1981

The Halby Group Member Since 1986

SPD Market & Delicatessen Member Since 1981

Hilltop Commons Senior Community Member Since 1987

Weiss Bros. Nursery Member Since 1981 Beam ‘Easy Living’ Center Member Since 1982 El Dorado Savings Bank Member Since 1982 Waste Management of Nevada County Member Since 1982

Nevada County Association of Realtors Member Since 1977

Nevada City Winery Member Since 1983

Rental Guys Member Since 1977

Peter’s Drilling & Pump Service, Inc. Member Since 1983

Round Table Pizza 1559 Member Since 1977

Golden Chain Motel Member Since 1984

Stucki Jewelers, Inc. Member Since 1977

Robinson Enterprises, Inc. Member Since 1984

Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty Member Since 1978

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation Member Since 1984

Country Copy Print Shop Member Since 1978 Chan Family Vision Care Member Since 1978 Forest Springs Mobile Home Community Member Since 1978 Marshall’s Pasties Member Since 1978 McSweeney & Associates, APC Member Since 1978 170


Dr. Mark Winger Member Since 1985 Empire Mine Park Association Member Since 1985 Mike Bratton-State Farm Insurance Member Since 1985 Sierra College, Nevada County Campus Member Since 1985

Nevada County Contractors’ Association Member Since 1987 Nevada County Gold Member Since 1987 Sierra Forever Families Member Since 1987 Grass Valley Dentistry Member Since 1988 Nevada County Fairgrounds Member Since 1988 Tributary Whitewater Tours Member Since 1988 AAA/California State Auto Association Member Since 1989 Network Real Estate Member Since 1989 Nevada County Republican Women Federated Member Since 1989 Olympia Mortgage & Investment Co. Member Since 1989 Robertson, Woodford & Summers, LLP Member Since 1989 Tripp’s Auto Body Member Since 1989

Time Honored Chamber Members 20 + YEAR MEMBERS Foothills Flowers Member Since 1990 Hooper & Weaver Mortuary Member Since 1990 KVMR FM Community Radio Member Since 1990 Sierra Theaters Member Since 1990 Sierra Timberline Member Since 1990 Grass Valley Downtown Association Member Since 1991 House of Print and Copy, LLC Member Since 1991 InConcert Sierra Member Since 1991 John Spencer Member Since 1991 M. K. Blake Estate Co. Member Since 1991 Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Member Since 1991 Scinto Group Member Since 1991 Ray Enneking, DDS Member Since 1992 Williams Stationery Member Since 1992 Janice Knight, Yr Coach Member Since 1993 Law Office of Charles R. Farrar Jr. Member Since 1993 Music In The Mountains Member Since 1993 Bank of the West Member Since 1994 Gold Country German American Club Member Since 1994 Holdrege & Kull Consulting Engineer Member Since 1994 Byers’ Leafguard Gutter Systems Member Since 1995 Child Advocates of Nevada County Member Since 1995

Hospice of the Foothills Member Since 1995

Law Offices of Joseph J. Bell Member Since 1997

Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital Member Since 1995

Miners Foundry Cultural Center Member Since 1997

Rotary Club of Grass Valley 1558 Member Since 1995

Nevada County Contractors’ Association Member Since 1997

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley Member Since 1995

Pam Auld - Network Real Estate Member Since 1997

United Way of Nevada County Member Since 1995

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services Member Since 1997

Alta Sierra Country Club Member Since 1996

Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens Member Since 1998

Community Asian Theater Member Since 1996

Bret Harte Retirement Inn Member Since 1998

Finance of America Member Since 1996

Chapa-De Indian Health Member Since 1998

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant Member Since 1996

Foothill Car Care Member Since 1998

Natural Selection Food & Wine Warehouse Member Since 1996

Kiwanis Club of the Gold Country Member Since 1998

North Star Trucking, Inc. Member Since 1996 Sierra Prosthetics-Orthotics Member Since 1996 Spring Hill Storage Member Since 1996 The Louvre Gallery Member Since 1996 Tri Counties Bank Member Since 1996 Yuba Blue, Inc. Member Since 1996

Mertens Insurance Agency Member Since 1998 Neighborhood Center of the Arts Member Since 1998 AnimalSave Member Since 1999 Atria Senior Living Member Since 1999 Cirino’s at Main Street Member Since 1999 Economy Pest Control, Inc. Member Since 1999

All Phase Heating & Air Conditioning Member Since 1997

Dave & Debra Schafer - Nevada County Realty Member Since 1999

Brunswick Village Senior Living Member Since 1997

Food Bank of Nevada County Member Since 1999

Chapel of the Angels Mortuary Member Since 1997

Nevada City Engineering, Inc. Member Since 1999

Cheryl Rellstab - EXP Realty Member Since 1997

Sierra Gold Insurance Services Member Since 1999

David Jones Member Since 1997

South Yuba Club Member Since 1999

Gold Country Community Services, Inc. Member Since 1997

The Friendship Club Member Since 1999




Eskaton Village 625 Eskaton Circle Broad Street Financial Group Grass Valley, CA 95945 200 Providence Mine Road, Ste. 110 (530) 273-1778 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2860 ANIMAL SERVICES H & R Block All About Dogs Training Center 135-B W. McKnight Way 131 Joerschke Drive Grass Valley, CA 95949 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4884 (530) 518-0392 McSweeney & Associates, APC Animal Place 350 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 200 17314 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-5555 (530) 477-1757 Robertson, Woodford & Summers, LLP AnimalSave 1103 Sutton Way 520 E. Main Street, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6468 (530) 271-7071 Steven Roth CPA 12282 N. Bloomfield Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 478-5600 The Scinto Group 404 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3200 ADOPTION AGENCY Sierra Forever Families 345 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 300 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 478-0900 ADVERTISING-DIRECT MAIL

Music In The Mountains 530 Searls Avenue, Ste. A Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-6173 Nevada City Film Festival P. O. Box 2001 Nevada City, CA 95959 (916) 548-7716 Nevada County Arts Council P. O. Box 1833 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 278-5155

Dogs Run Free/Off-Leash Dog Park P. O. Box 1688 Condon Park; 660 Minnie Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-9268

The Center for the Arts 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-8384

Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital 11509 La Barr Meadows Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6651 Nevada County Pets in Need 122 Race Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 802-3666


PAWS’itive Pals Dog Training 11099 Rough and Ready Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-7297

Sammie’s Friends 14647 McCourtney Road AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING Grass Valley, CA 95949 All Phase Heating & Air Conditioning (530) 471-5041 731 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 ARCHITECTS & (530) 274-9955 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN ALZHEIMERS-MEMORY CARE Wallis Design Studio 149 Crown Point Court, Ste. C Cascades of Grass Valley Grass Valley, CA 95945 415 Sierra College Drive (530) 264-7010 Grass Valley, CA 95945 www.wallisdesignstudio.com (530) 272-8002 172

Miners Foundry Cultural Center 325 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5040

CAPE P. O. Box 3032 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (650) 906-8296

Valley Yellow Pages 1850 N. Gateway Blvd. Fresno, CA 93727 (800) 350-8887 Sierra Vintners P. O. Box 1552 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 268-0969

ART & CULTURE InConcert Sierra P. O. Box 205 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530 ) 273-3990


The Curious Forge 13024 Bitney Springs Road, Bldg. 9 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 277-3319 ART GALLERIES Art Works Gallery 113 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1600 The Louvre Gallery 124 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3733 ASSISTED LIVING Brunswick Village/Pacific Senior Housing 316 Olympia Park Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1992 Eskaton Village 625 Eskaton Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1778

ASSOCIATIONS Empire Mine Park Association 10787 E. Empire Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (510) 673-3741

AUTO DEALERS-NEW AND USED AUTO PARTS Riebe’s Auto Parts 126 Idaho Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3092

Grass Valley Downtown Association AUTO-GAS STATIONS 125 Neal Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Cisco Grove Chevron & Subway (530) 272-8315 90 Cisco Road Cisco Grove, CA 95728 Lake Wildwood Association (916) 919-2798 11255 Cottontail Way Penn Valley, CA 95946 E. Main St. 76 Gas Station (530) 432-1152 451 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8738 Nevada County Association of Realtors McKnight Chevron 336 Crown Point Circle 107 E. McKnight Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-2627 (530) 272-8815 Nevada County Contractors’ Association 149 Crown Point Court, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1919 Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association P. O. Box 1103 Penn Valley, CA 95946 ATTORNEYS Law Office of Charles R. Farrar Jr. 140 Litton Drive, Ste. 200 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-0800 Law Office of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC 11364 Pleasant Valley Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 432-7357 Law Office of Joseph J. Bell 350 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 250 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7477

AUTO-SERVICE & REPAIRS Douglas Automotive 420 Gold Flat Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 802-5278 Douglas Automotive 340 Railroad Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 802-5278 Foothill Car Care 716 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-5712 Plaza Tire & Auto Service 1571 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1414 Roadrunner Automotive 1020 Whispering Pines Lane, Ste. J Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8692 AUTO-SERVICE, REPAIRS, BODY WORK

Law Office of Valerie Logsdon 470 S. Auburn Street, Ste. B Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7207

Caliber Collision Repair 470 Idaho Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2271

Winton Strauss Law Group 224 Main Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (415) 265-5555

Tripp’s Auto Body 127 Stewart Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8515

Community AVIATION SERVICES Alpine Aviation 13310 Nevada City Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-7701 Nevada County Airport 13083 John Bauer Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3374 AWNINGS Sierra Timberline 324 Idaho-Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4822 BAKERY & CAFÉ Brew Bakers Coffee & Pastry House 209 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7168 Flour Garden Bakery 999 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2043 BANKS & BANKING ASSOC. Bank of the West 460 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6777 Banner Bank 115 W. McKnight Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-4286 El Dorado Savings Bank 1751 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6671

Wells Fargo Bank 214 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4462 Wells Fargo Bank 757 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8195 WestAmerica Bank 375 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-4040 BEAUTY SALON - DAY SPA Wolf Mountain Day Spa 110 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-2340 BEAUTY-HAIR & MAKEUP SPECIALIST

BOOKKEEPING SERVICES Business Matters Partners, Inc. 13100 Grass Valley Avenue, Ste. D Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-1666 Moxie Bookkeeping & Coaching, Inc. 10126 Alta Sierra Drive, Ste. 103 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 718-9553

BREWERIES & TAP HOUSES 1849 Brewing Co. 468 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 559-9532 Grass Valley Brewing Co. 141 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-2739

Image by Design 452 S. Auburn Street, Ste. 1 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-1333


Reflections Skin Oasis 138 Colfax Avenue, Ste. 2 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-9053 BEDS & MATTRESSES The Sleep Shop-Auburn-Grass Valley 410 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-7099 BOOK STORE

River Valley Community Bank 580 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 530 798-2690

Booktown Books 107 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-4655

Sierra Central Credit Union 1000 Plaza Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5843

Christian Science Reading Room 147 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-0790

Tri Counties Bank 305 Neal Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-4940

The Open Book 671 Maltman Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (805) 708-0451

FOREIGN & DOMESTIC Free Estimates • Manufacturer Certified

Patterson’s Tax Practice 312 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-4872

7 Salon 477 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 446-6851


600 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95945

B&C Ace Home & Garden Center 2032 Nevada City Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6105 Byers’ Leafguard Gutter Systems 115 Idaho Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1750 Nevada County Habitat for Humanity ReStore 12359 Loma Rica Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3761 BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEMSFIRE AND CCTV

trippsbodyshop@sbcglobal.net www.trippsautobody.com

(530) 273-8515 (530) 273-8515 fax


A co-op of independent book sellers

107 Bank Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

4,000 sq. ft. of Books, CDs, DVDs, LP Records

530 272-4655


Beam “Easy Living” Center 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166

Used & Rare Books Art & Ephemera RARE BOOK ROOM

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT Dave Manning Digital Strategy 16748 Hardy Way Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 478-0709

Mon-Sat: 10am – 6pm Sun: 11am – 5pm DESTINATION Nevada County


Building Janice Knight, Yr Coach/Knight Line Consulting 140 Litton Drive, Ste. 200 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-0700 ProBrilliance Leadership Institute 12114 Polaris Drive Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-8000 Sierra Nevada Destination Services 128 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 913-2399 BUSINESS FINANCIAL SERVICES River Valley Community Bank 580 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 798-2690 BUSINESS SERVICES Capital Business Consulting 10556 Combie Road, Ste. 6217 Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 401-3662 River Valley Community Bank 580 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 798-2690 CAMPGROUNDS Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6217 CARPET CLEANER Carpet Pro P. O. Box 142 Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-5700 CATERING BackPorch Market 135 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-7111 Bill’s Chuckwagon 16400 Rattlesnake Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4519 Drifter Pizza Company 220 Race Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (707) 758-6579 174

Savor the Flavor BBQ 11505 Bernadine Court Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 748-9285



Twin Cities Church 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy. Child Advocates of Nevada County Grass Valley, CA 95945 200 Providence Mine Road, Ste. 208 (530) 273-6425 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-9550 x223 CLEANING SERVICES

Nevada Cemetery District P. O. Box 2400 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-3461

Environmental Alternatives 525 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7120

Sierra Friends Center 13075 Woolman Lane Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Nevada City, CA 95959 128 E. Main Street (530) 273-3183 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4667 Sierra Nevada Children’s Services 420 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 100 Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Grass Valley, CA 95945 132 Main Street (530) 272-8866 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2692 CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce 17422 Penn Valley Drive Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-1802

Advanced Chiropractic Centers 1061 E. Main Street, Ste. 102 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-4041

Rough & Ready Chamber of Commerce P. O. Box 801 Rough & Ready, CA 95975 (530) 797-6729

Back to Health Chiropractic 652 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4102

Chiropractic Solutions South County Chamber of Commerce 120 N. Auburn Street, Ste. #100 10063 Combie Road, Ste. C Grass Valley, CA 95949 Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 913-6577 (530) 268-7622 Life Chiropractic Truckee Chamber of Commerce 1200-B E. Main Street 10065 Donner Pass Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 Truckee, CA 96161 (530) 559-6457 (530) 587-8808 CHURCHES, SPIRITUAL CENTERS

Out of Sight Cleaning Service P. O. Box 1114 Penn Valley, CA 95946 ​(530) 432-3795 COFFEE HOUSE Caroline’s Coffee Roasters 128 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6424 COMMUNITY CENTER Dorsey Marketplace 3005 Douglas Boulevard, Ste. 200 Roseville, CA 95661 (916) 774-0308 Gold Country Community Services, Inc. LOVE Building 600 Minnie Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4961 NEO 139 Joerschke Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 470-3869 COMMUNITY COLLEGE Sierra College 250 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-5302 COMMUNITY SERVICE ORG.

Butterflies and Roses Cancer Support 452 S. Auburn St., Ste. 1 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 368-2920 Charis Youth Center 714 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-9800 Food Bank of Nevada County 310 Railroad Avenue, Ste. 200 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3796 FREED Center for Independent Living 435 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-3333 Interfaith Food Ministry 440 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8132 Nevada County Citizens for Choice 120 Richardson Street, Ste. D Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 891-1911 Nevada County Coordinating Council of Sierra College Foundation 250 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 268-0942 Nevada County Law Enforcement & Fire Protection Council P. O. Box 3265 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-0947 Nevada County Food & Toy Run P. O. Box 549 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 913-7078

Nevada County Gold 14520 Lynshar Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3239

Congregation B’Nai Harim at the NCJCC 506 Walsh Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-0922

Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. – Business and Career Network 988 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 265-7088

Sierra Nevada Destination Services 128 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 913-2399

Peace Lutheran Church 828 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-9631

Beale Military Liason Committee P. O. Box 1808 Yuba City, CA 95903 (530) 713-8843

Sierra Roots P. O. Box 2086 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 488-8228

Sivananda Yoga Farm 14651 Ballantree Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-9322

Big Brothers & Big Sisters 236 S. Church Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-2059

Sierra Services for the Blind 546 Searls Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2121


Waste Management of Nevada County 13083 Grass Valley Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3090


Sierra Harvest 313 Railroad Avenue, Ste. 201 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2343

Community Tapestry Network of Nevada County 419 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 277-9586

Harding Custom Builders 13451 Quaker Hill Cross Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 263-7310s

The Center For Non Profit Leadership P. O. Box 1227 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5600

Morcraft Construction 10547 Rubicon Ct. Grass Valley, CA 95949 (916) 204-0509

The Friendship Club 200 Litton Drive, Ste. 300 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-4311 COMPUTERS-CONSULTING, SUPPORT & REPAIRS Clientworks, Inc. 721 Zion Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-0104 No Problem 10337 Adam Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 575-0278 Quietech Associates, Inc. 309 Neal Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6680 R&B Computer Services 520 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 478-1137 CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Sierra Foothills Construction Co. 130 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-5300 Tru-Line Builders 345 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 100 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8282 CONTRACTORS-ROAD BUILDING SITE DEVELOPMENT Hansen Bros. Enterprises 11727 LaBarr Meadows Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-3381 COPIERS & FAXES-EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES Smile Business Products 4525 Auburn Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95841 (916) 481-7695 CRISIS SERVICES Anew Day 117 New Mohawk Road, Ste. A Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-9111

Bear Yuba Land Trust P. O. Box 1004 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-5994

Community Beyond Violence 960 McCourtney Road, Ste. E Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-2046

South Yuba River Citizens League 313 Railroad Avenue, Ste. 101 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265 5961

KARE Crisis Nursery 15649 Ridge Estates Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-6520


Women of Worth 224 Church Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 272-6851

Bruce Ivy Construction 143-A Springhill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6717 Freschi Construction, Inc. 12461 La Barr Meadows Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 530-272-2051

CUSTOM CABINETRY Grande Wood Designs 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3301

DENTISTRY Grass Valley Dentistry 122 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4814 Mark Winger, D.D.S. 509 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-9374


Art Supplies Store Hours Fabric & Notions Mon-Fri 9am-8pm 598 Sutton Way Ray Enneking, D.D.S General Crafts 316 S. Auburn Street, Ste. 5 Grass Valley Sat 9am-6pm Grass Valley, CA 95945 Home Decor &Sun Floral10am-6pm (530)273-1348 (530) 274-0920 Kid’s Crafts • Paper Crafts The Dental Wellness Center Picture Framing 280 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 240 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Yarn & Needlecrafts (530) 477-5060 DIGITAL MARKETING AGENCY Apiarity 11217 Orion Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (617) 863-7124 DRILLING & PUMP SERVICES

www.benfranklin-crafts.com 598 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

(530) 273-1348

Store Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm Sat 9am-6pm • Sun 10am- 6pm


Peter’s Drilling & Pump Service, Inc. Store Hours P. O. Box 1546 www.benfranklin-crafts.com Grass Valley, CA 95945 Mon-Fri 9am-8pm 598 Sutton Way (530) 273-8136 Store Hours

CHIROPRACTIC www.benfranklin-crafts.com Grass Valley Sat 9am-6pm Mon-Fri 9am-8pm 598 Sutton WaySOLUTIONS Store Hours DRY CLEANER (530)273-1348 Sun 10am-6pm GrassWay Valley Sat9am-8pm 9am-6pm Mercury Mon-Fri 598Cleaners Sutton 986 Plaza Drive(530)273-1348DR. SUSANNESun 10am-6pm Grass Valley Sat BOCK 9am-6pm Grass Valley, CA 95945 530-575-9932 (530) (530)273-1348 274-1845 Sun 10am-6pm Mercury Cleaners 147 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1845 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Nevada County Economic Resource Council 104 New Mohawk Road, 2nd Floor Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 274-8455 EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools 380 Crown Point Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 478-6400



Community Nevada Joint Union High School District 11645 Ridge Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3351 ELECTRICAL Precision Electric 11637 Jodette Lane Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3438 EMPLOYMENT AGENCY Adecco 452 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7633



Gold Country Casino 4020 Olive Hwy. Oroville, CA 95996 (530) 538-4560

Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6217

Jamal Walker, DJ P. O. Box 432 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 263-1148 Rewind 11713 Mathis Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 277-9141

ESTATE PLANNING Express Employment Professionals Aanestad Law 870 W. Onstott Frontage Road, Ste. E 430 S. Auburn Street Yuba City, CA 95991 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 671-9202 (530) 798-4321 ENGINEERING-CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES All About Wells 20405 Farrell Drive Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 210-9508

New York Life Insurance Company 21837 Junebug Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 268-3672 EVENT VENUE

Cranmer Engineering Inc. 1188 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7284

Foothills Event Center 400 Idaho Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-1000

GeoSolve, Inc. 111 Bank St., Ste. 392 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (925) 963-1198

Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6217

Holdrege & Kull Consulting Engineer 792 Searls Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 478-1305

Nevada County Grass Valley Veterans Building 255 South Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95959 (530) 470-2635

Ostrofe Financial Consultants, Inc. 420 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 200 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4425

Eskaton Village 625 Eskaton Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1778

Owens Estate and Wealth Strategies 426 Sutton Way, Ste. 110 FANS-WHOLE HOUSE- SALES AND Grass Valley, CA 95945 SERVICE (530) 272-7500 Beam “Easy Living” Center Wealth Strategies 422 Henderson Street 134 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166 (800) 603-1393 FENCING-INSTALLATION & FLOOR MATS-SALES, CLEANING MATERIALS Standing Impressions Nevada County Fence, Inc. 10246 Kenwood Drive 698 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95949 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 559-8250 (530) 272-3489 FLORISTS FINANCIAL ADVISOR Foothill Flowers Edward Jones 102 W. Main Street Jesse Ettlin Grass Valley, CA 95945 100 Bank Street (530) 273-2296 Grass Valley, CA 95945 FRATERNAL LODGE ORG. (530) 205-9355 Grass Valley Elks #538 Edward Jones 109 S. School Street Ryan Meacher Grass Valley, CA 95945 426 Sutton Way, Ste. 104 (530) 273-8342 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-9092 Grass Valley Odd Fellows Lodge #12 113 S. Church Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 FINANCIAL SERVICES & ADVISOR (530) 274-9564 Edward Jones Madison Masonic Lodge #23 Full Circle Financial 126 S. Auburn Street 260 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-8148 (530) 477-9308 Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 MCH Financial & Insurance Services 518 California Hwy. 49 563 Brunswick Road, Ste. 9 Nevada City, CA 95959 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-4920 (530) 274-8800 FRIENDS OF THE CHAMBER mPOWER Bank of the West 2976 Richardson Drive 460 Brunswick Road Auburn, CA 95603 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 889-4174 (530) 477-6777

Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1700 Grande Wood Designs 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3301 Intero Real Estate Services 170 East Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-0111 Jennco Web Works 10290 Gold Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 852-7863 Mertens Insurance Agency 715 Zion Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-0621 Network Real Estate 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8885 Nevada County Arts Council P. O. Box 1833 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 278-5155 Nevada County Habitat for Humanity ReStore 12359 Loma Rica Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3761

Millennium Planning and Engineering 471 Sutton Way, Ste. 210 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 446-6765

North Star Historic Conservancy 12075 Auburn Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 205-8793

Nevada City Engineering, Inc. 505 Coyote Street, Ste. B Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-6911

Northern Queen Inn 400 Railroad Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5824

New York Life Insurance Company 21837 Junebug Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 268-3672

Cirino’s at Main Street 215 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6000

Sierra Theaters 840-C E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1100

SCO Planning & Engineering, Inc. 140 Litton Drive, Ste. 240 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5841

Saint Joseph’s Cultural Center 410 S. Church Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-4725

Olympia Mortgage & Invest. Co. 1740 E. Main Street, Ste. 102 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3030

Crystal Ridge Care Center 396 Dorsey Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2273

Stanford Mortgage 1721 East Main Street, Ste. 1 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-3742



Plaza Tire & Auto Service 1571 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1414

Hospitality State Farm - Mike Bratton 768 Taylorville Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-0521 The Union 464 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-9561 FUNERAL HOMES Chapel of the Angels Mortuary & Crematory 250 Race Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-2446 Hooper & Weaver Mortuary 459 Hollow Way Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2429 GENERATORS- WHOLE HOUSE BACK UP Beam “Easy Living” Center 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166 GOLF COUNTRY CLUB Alta Sierra Country Club 11897 Tammy Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-2041 Auburn Valley Golf Club 8800 Auburn Valley Road Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 269-2775 Nevada County Country Club 1040 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6436 GOVERNMENT

GROCERY STORE-SPECIALTY BriarPatch Co-op Community Market 290 Sierra College Drive, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5333 Natural Selection Food & Wine Warehouse 589 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8789 HEALTHCARE & WELLNESS Healing Light Hypnosis P. O. Box 274 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 263-8048 Integrated Ayurveda 123 Margaret Lane, Ste. C1 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 270-9042 Lifelong Health 151 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-0677 Living Waters 1097 E. Main Street, Ste. F Grass Valley CA 95949 (530) 274-9738

Pride Industries 12451 Loma Rica Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1832 Sierra Services for the Blind 546 Searls Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2121 Vitalant, formerly BloodSource 759 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (916) 588-6051 Western Sierra Medical Clinic 844 Old Tunnel Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-9762 HISTORIC PRESERVATION California Heritage Indigenous Research Project P. O. Box 2624 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 570-0846


Nevada County Historical Society 161 Nevada City Hwy. Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 477-8056

Gold Country Gymnastics 900 Golden Gate Terrace Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3680

North Star Historic Conservancy 12075 Auburn Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 205-8793

South Yuba Club 130 W. Berryhill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7676


Training Zone 722 Freeman Lane, Ste. B Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-9663

Nevada County Board of Supervisors HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES 950 Maidu Avenue Hospice of the Foothills Nevada City, CA 95959 11270 Rough & Ready Hwy. (530) 265-1480 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5739 GROCERY STORE SPD Market & Delicatessen 129 W. McKnight Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5000

Neighborhood Center of the Arts 200 Litton Drive, Ste. 212 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7287

Hospitality House 1262 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-7144

Ashley Furniture HomeStore 161 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8400 Budget Blinds of Grass Valley 310 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1122


Floortex Design/Abbey Floors of Auburn 1775 Grass Valley Hwy. Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 888-8889

Cheryl Rubin Grass Valley, CA 95949

Sierra Timberline 324 Idaho-Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4822

David Jones Grass Valley, CA 95945

Young’s Carpet One 330 Idaho Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5568 HOME HEALTH CARE Comfort Keepers 908 Taylorville Road, Ste. 102 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 274-8600 Home Instead Senior Care 11899 Edgewood Road, Ste. H Auburn, CA 95603 (916) 920-2273 One Source - Empowering Caregivers 563 Brunswick Road, Ste. 11 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 205-9514 Sierra Services for the Blind 546 Searls Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2121 HOSPITAL Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital 155 Glasson Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-6000 HOT TUBS Sierra Timberline 324 Idaho-Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4822 HUMAN RESOURCES

Dan Miller, Supervisor District 3 Grass Valley, CA 95945

Georgann Russell Nevada City, CA 95959 John Spencer Grass Valley, CA 95945 Kathleen Shaffer Grass Valley, CA 95945 Laura Quaintance Grass Valley, CA 95945 Marty & Kathleen Lombardi Grass Valley, CA 95945 Maudie Walker Grass Valley, CA 95945 Patti Ingram-Spencer Grass Valley, CA 95945 Rich Fuxjager Nevada City, CA 95959 INSURANCE SERVICES AAA / California State Auto Association 113 Dorsey Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-2614 Mertens Insurance Agency 715 Zion Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-0621 Mike Bratton-State Farm Insurance 768 Taylorville Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-0521

Flop House Creations 12640 Greenfields Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 906-3668

BMWAT Human Relations Consulting 11616 Dennis Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (510) 872-9932

New York Life Insurance Company Tom L. Cox 21837 Junebug Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 268-3672

Grande Wood Designs 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3301

Sierra Human Resources Association P. O. Box 330 Truckee, CA 96160 (530) 550-4442

Sierra Gold Insurance Services 101 Providence Mine Road, Ste. 205 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-1250 DESTINATION Nevada County


Community The Halby Group 105 Providence Mine Road, Ste. 102 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2400

Elam Biggs Bed & Breakfast 220 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-0906

Stevenson Vacation Rental 17239 Brewer Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 613-7350

Pay it Forward Processing 23461 Shadow Drive Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 268-3382

Auburn Moving Company 10000 Hillview Road Newcastle, CA 95658 (530) 273-8684


Lamb’s Victorian Inn 304 S. Church Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-4652

The Charming Chapel Street Cottage 313 Chapel Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 913-2006

Payment Exchange 3250 Monier Circle Rancho Cordova, CA 95742 (916) 635-8800


Eric Breuer Designs 18354 Raccoon Trail Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-2547


Stephanie’s Custom Interiors P. O. Box 3154 Grass Valley, CA 95945 530-205-9509

Best Western Gold Country Inn 972 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1393


Gold Miners Inn 121 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1700

Smarter Broadband 15533 Johnson Place Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 268-8289 JEWELERS Stucki Jewelers, Inc. 148 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1266

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites 210 N. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7696

LOCKSMITH Reed’s Locksmith 153 Joerschke Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7624 MANUFACTURERSMETEOROLOGICAL SYSTEMS Novalynx Corporation P. O. Box 240 431 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 120 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 823-7185 MARKETING & PROMOTION CONSULTING

Harmony Ridge Lodge 18883 State Hwy. 20 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 478-0615

Capital Business Consulting 10556 Combie Road, Ste. 6217 Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 401-3662

Tess’ Kitchen Store 115 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6997

Nevada City Inn 760 Zion Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-2253


Northern Queen Inn 400 Railroad Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5824

MEDICAL & SURGICAL SERVICES AirMedCare Network CALSTAR Reach P. O. Box 162 Colfax, CA 95713 (530) 648-6455


Living Outdoors P. O. Box 1921 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 205-9607 LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES Hansen Bros Enterprises Colfax 44 Central Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 346-8174 LIFE INSURANCE AND ANNUITIES

Sierra Mountain Inn 816 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8133 The Buttes Resort 230 Main Street Sierra City, CA 96125 (530) 862-1170

MEDICAL & SURGICAL SERVICES Grass Valley Outpatient Surgery Center 408 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-2282 MEDICAL GROUP Chapa-De Indian Health 1350 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-8545

MOBILE HOME PARK Forest Springs Mobile Home Community 10084 Forest Springs Drive Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-5954 MORTGAGE LOANS Evergreen Home Loans 10142 Commercial Avenue Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 271-1850 Finance of America Mortgage 2428 Nevada City Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 478-8383 Hometown Lenders, Inc. 970 E. Main Street, Ste. 102 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-4108 Nevada County Mortgage 426 Sutton Way, Ste. 114 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-0916 Northern California Mortgage Co. 113 Presley Way, Ste. 10 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-5500 Stanford Mortgage 1721 East Main Street, Ste. 1 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-3742 PRMI-The Verger Group 231 E. Main Street, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 713-2296

New York Life Insurance Company 21837 Junebug Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 268-3672

The Pines Motel 10845 Rough & Ready Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4232

Dignity Health Medical Group 280 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 120 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-4480





Deer Creek Inn 116 Nevada Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 264-7038

A Victorian Rose 120 Winchester Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (925) 825-6462

Capital Business Consulting 10556 Combie Road, Ste. 6217 Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 401-3662

Ernie’s Van and Storage 185 Spring Hill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7836



Underground Gold Miners Museum 356 Main Street Alleghany, CA 95910 (530) 287-3330 Grass Valley Museum 410 S. Church Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5509 Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum 5 Kidder Court Nevada City, CA 95959 ​(530) 470-0902 North Star Mining Museum 933 Allison Ranch Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4255 The Historic Firehouse No. 1 Museum​ 214 Main Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-3937 NEW HOME BUILDER Timberwood Estates 1210 Stabler Lane Yuba City, CA 95993 (530) 870-6008 Towne Realty 128 East Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 446-6955 NONPROFIT-FOUNDATION Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-6217 Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation P. O. Box 1810 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-9700 NURSERIES Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supple 125 Clydesdale Court Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-4769

Experience Prospector’s Nursery 10003 Granholm Lane Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-0973 Weiss Bros. Nursery 615 Maltman Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3875 OFFICE SUPPLY Staples #1097 646 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6700 Williams Stationery 112 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7365

PAINT & GLASS Moule Paint & Glass 700 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4643 PARTNERS OF THE CHAMBER


Atria Senior Living 150 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1055

Robinson Enterprises, Inc. 293 Lower Grass Valley Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 265-5844

Beam “Easy Living” Center 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166 PARTY RENTAL & SUPPLIES SRC Party Rentals & Supplies 691 Maltman Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2266

OPTICAL-OPTOMETRISTS, OPTICIANS Grass Valley Eyecare Optometric Inc. PATIO FURNISHINGS 670 Sutton Way Sierra Timberline Grass Valley, CA 95945 324 Idaho-Maryland Road (530) 273-6000 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4822 Chan Family Vision 360 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 100 PAYROLL SERVICES & Grass Valley, CA 95945 RETIREMENT SERVICES (530) 273-3190 Eye to Eye Optometric Practice 154 Hughes Road, Ste. 3 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2238 ORTHODONTICS Cater Galante Orthodontics 1364 Whispering Pines Lane, Ste. 1 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-4411 OUTDOOR RECREATION Tributary Whitewater Tours P. O. Box 1160 Lotus, CA 95651 (800) 672-3846

Foothill Pest Control 111 Bank Street, #411 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 913-4806

Capital Business Consulting 10556 Combie Road, Ste. 6217 Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 401-3662 Paychex 50 Iron Point Circle, Ste. 200 Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 267-7760 PERIODONTICS Grass Valley Periodontics 565 Brunswick Road, Ste. 7 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3312 PERSONAL SAFETY CONSULTING

PHARMACOLOGY Susan A. Rice and Associates, Inc. 19816 Buck Ridge Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 346-9612 PHARMACY-COMPOUNDING Gold Country Compounding 11990 Heritage Oak Place, Ste. 2C Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 368-2103 Remedy RX Pharmacy 1420 East Roseville Parkway Roseville, CA 95661 (916) 740-1600 PHOTOGRAPHY

We’re in this together. Whether you’re growing a business, building a home or watching your savings grow, we can help. To learn more, stop by our local branch or call us at 530-272-4286.

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11:ELEVEN Photography P. O. Box 575 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 263-6609 Kim Sayre Photography 309 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 269-9490


Michael A. Berzins Owner/Lic. #13417

Winding Road Imagery P. O. Box 957 Cedar Ridge, CA 95924 (530) 913-6045

• Routine Pest Control Services


• Bats

PACKING SERVICES-MAIL TC Mailbox Center 10126 Alta Sierra Drive Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 322-5888

Damsel in Defense 25397 Pineview Drive Colfax, CA 95713 (916) 747-4559

Body Logic Physical Therapy 155 Spring Hill Drive, Ste. 206 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7306



The UPS Store 111 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6000

Economy Pest Control, Inc. P. O. Box 900 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1766

Garrett M. Eckerling, MD 130 West Berryhill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 205-9538

Spiders, Ants, Wasps, Earwigs, etc.

• Rats and Mice

Trapping & Exclusion/Repairs Exclusion with one-way doors

• Birds (including woodpeckers)

Spikes, Netting and Hanging Deterrents

• Roofs, Attics & Sub Areas No Problem

You Can Trust Foothill Pest Control WWW.FOOTHILLPESTCONTROL.NET DESTINATION Nevada County


Invest in PLUMBING ABT Plumbing, Electric, Heating & Air 699 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-9120 Comfort Plumbing Systems 146 Scandling Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 470-8761 Craig Johnson Plumbing 10841 Rough & Ready Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-7275 Mr. Rooter of Nevada County 13058 Loma Rica Drive, Ste. B Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-4468

Real Graphic Source 749 Maltman Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8835 Think, Inc. 4944 Windplay Drive, Ste. 335 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 (916) 594-0110 PROPANE Northern Sierra Propane 13121 John Bauer Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-7854 Suburban Propane 12575 Charles Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6113



League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County P. O. Box 1306 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-0956

Paul Law Realty/ Management 1721 E. Main Street, Ste. 3 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-7653

Nevada Co. Democratic Women’s Club P. O. Box 1573 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Nevada County Republican Central Committee P. O. Box 403 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 478-1467 Nevada County Republican Women Federated P. O. Box 3572 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 798-3230 PRINTERS API-Marketing Merrill Kagan-Weston 13020 Earhart Avenue Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 885-9674 Country Copy Print Shop 1200 E. Main Street, Ste. B Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-4657 House of Print and Copy, LLC 1501 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1000 180

Mountain Valley Property Management 404 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1631 Select Property Management 22937 W. Hacienda Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 205-4409 PROSTHETICS-ORTHOTICS Sierra Prosthetics-Orthotics 138 Joerschke Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1004

Sierra FoodWineArt P. O. Box 2528 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 263-1843 PUBLISHER-NEWSPAPER The Union 464 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-9561 RADIO STATIONS KNCO AM & FM Nevada County Broadcasters 1255 E. Main Street, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3424 KVMR FM Community Radio 401 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-9073 REAL ESTATE-AGENT Ballou Company Suzanne Bartow Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 205-3338 CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Shawna Grande 133 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 210-5345 CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Diane Helms 101 Boulder Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 271-1669

CENTURY 21 Davis Realty Susan Walker 901 La Barr Meadows Road, Ste. A Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Grass Valley, CA 95949 Destination Nevada County (530) 913-8387 128 East Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 CENTURY 21 Davis Realty (530) 273-4667 Cheryl Berg 901 La Barr Meadows Road, Ste. A Maxwell Publishing Grass Valley, CA 95949 101 W. McKnight Way, Ste. B-118 (530) 277-7992 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 446-3116 CENTURY 21 Davis Realty Jimmy McCummings Nevada County Gold 14520 Lynshar Road 901 LaBarr Meadows Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-3239 (530) 802-4663 PUBLISHER-MAGAZINE


CENTURY 21 Davis Realty Sabrina Robinson 901 La Barr Meadows Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-1336

RE/Max Performance Bill Rose 776 Freeman Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 392-5012

CENTURY 21 Davis Realty John & Neva Walasek 901 La Barr Meadows Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 277-8763

Team Simmons Mimi Simmons 101 Boulder Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-7940

EXP Realty Cheryl Rellstab 101 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-2727


EXP Realty Virginia Lee 101 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1570 Gold Country Realty Group Patricia Ulhmann Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 351-1706 Keller Williams Realty Haidee Reyes 128 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 913-7819 Network Real Estate Erin Sorani 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 277-8373 Network Real Estate Greg Ward 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-3850

Appreciated Real Estate Jonathan Walker 684 Morgan Ranch Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 460-1880 CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Eric Hatch 10063 Combie Road Auburn, CA 95602 (866) 977-3627 CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Mike Bainbridge 133 Brunswick Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5330 CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Mike Bainbridge 101 Boulder Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 652-2884 CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Select Mike Bainbridge 11360 Pleasant Valley Road Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-5444

Network Real Estate Pam Auld 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1995

CENTURY 21 Cornerstone Realty Select Mike Bainbridge 10063 Combie Road Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 268-2250

Nevada County Realty Teresa Dietrich P. O. Box 2684 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 362-6806

CENTURY 21 Davis Realty James Myers 901 La Barr Meadows Road, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-1336

RE/Max Performance Betsy Hamilton 23558 Cottage Hill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 263-9044

Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty Chad Lyon 855 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7293

Community EXP Realty Cheryl Rellstab 101 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-2727 Intero Real Estate Services John & Edie Miller 170 East Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-0111 Keller Williams Realty Don Caudill 128 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 446-6171 Network Real Estate Kathy Papola 167 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8885 Nevada County Realty Dave & Debra Schafer 944 McCourtney Road, Ste. D Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 274-8888 RE/Max Performance Teresia & John Renwick 776 Freeman Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 682-2000

RENTAL SERVICE STORES & YARDS MeZe Eatery 106 Mill Street HBE Rentals Grass Valley, CA 95945 11727 LaBarr Meadows Road (530) 383-2382 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-3100 One11 Kitchen & Bar 300 Commercial Street Rental Guys Nevada City, CA 95959 302 Railroad Avenue (530) 470-6099 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-0064 Port of Subs RESPITE CARE Helping Hands Caregiver Respite Center-ADULT Daycare Program 17645 Penn Valley Drive Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432 2540 RESTAURANTS Alloro Cucina Italiana Ristorante 124 Bank Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-3555 Cirino’s at Main Street 215 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-6000 Diegos Restaurant 217 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1460

El Milagro Mexican Restaurant 760 S. Auburn Street, Ste. A Grass Valley, CA 95945 Sperry CGA-Highland Commercial (530) 802-5229 11300 Willow Valley Road Kane’s Family Restaurant Nevada City, CA 95959 120 E. Main Street (530) 470-1740 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8111 M. K. Blake Estate Co. REAL ESTATE-COMMERCIAL SALES & LEASING

944 McCourtney Road, Ste. F Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 274-2900

873 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-2660

Round Table Pizza 1559 686 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6155 The Stone House 107 Sacramento Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5050 Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro 302 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1468 Twelve 28 Kitchen 10118 Commercial Avenue Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 446-6534 RETAIL Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames 598 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1348 Grande Wood Designs 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3301

Lefty’s Fry House 840 E. Main Street, Ste. E Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-5855

Heart and Home 129 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-0506

Advanced Towing and Recycling 319 Railroad Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-5400

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant 226 E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-2040

Waste Management of Nevada Co. 13083 Grass Valley Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3090

Marshall’s Pasties 203 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2844


Moms & Minis 122 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6464

Sierra View Manor-Assisted Living 120 Dorsey Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4849

Stella & Dot 70 Zion Street, Ste.1 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 648-4983

Wolf Creek Care Center 107 Catherine Lane Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4447

The Olive Groove 126 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-8336

RETIREMENT PLANNING New York Life Insurance Company 21837 Junebug Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 268-3672

Yuba Blue, Inc. 116 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 530) 273-9620 RETIREMENT & LIFE CARE COMMUNITY Atria Senior Living 150 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1055 Bret Harte Retirement Inn 305 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7137 Brunswick Village/Pacific Senior Housing 316 Olympia Park Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-1992 Crystal Ridge Care Center 396 Dorsey Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-2273 Eskaton Village 625 Eskaton Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1778

ROOFING Gold Country Roofing 731 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-2760 SCHOOLS Bear River High School 11130 Magnolia Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 268-3700 Yuba River Charter School 10085 Adam Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-6060 SENIOR SERVICES Gold Country Community Services, Inc. P. O. Box 968 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-4541 SENIOR SERVICES-HOME CARE Eskaton Village 625 Eskaton Circle Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1778 SEPTIC SERVICES

Kard Kooks 17477 Patricia Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 477-3359

Golden Empire Nursing & Rehab Center 121 Dorsey Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1316

Merrill & Sons 12619 Loma Rica Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4605

LaTeDa 138 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1930

Hilltop Commons Senior Community 131 Eureka Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-5274

Kiwanis Club of the Gold Country P. O. Box 721 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-7515




Support Local M3 Mall 435½ S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 205-8462 Nevada City 49er Breakfast Rotary 101 W. McKnight Way Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 346-9612

Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society P. O. Box 565 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 575-4252 Nevada County Horsemen, Inc. 2036 Nevada City Hwy., PMB #286 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 887-8870

Nevada County Branch AAUW P. O. Box 326 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 470-9395

Roamin’ Angels Car Club P. O. Box 1616 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 432-8449

Newcomers of Nevada County 10716 Arianna Court Grass Valley, CA 95949 No phone listed


Rotary Club of Grass Valley 1558 P. O. Box 1213 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 362-6909

United Way of Nevada County P. O. Box 2733 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-8111 SOLAR ENERGY-DEALER, INSTALLATION, SERVICES

Spring Hill Storage 150 Spring Hill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-7867 STOVES-WOOD, GAS, COAL AND PELLET Sierra Timberline 324 Idaho-Maryland Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4822 TELECOMMUNICATIONSSALES & SERVICE

Exclusive T-Mobile Wireless 2082 Nevada City Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 955-6100 Spring Mobile / AT&T 736 Taylorville Road, Ste. C Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-8255 TELEVISION AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT- SALES AND SERVICE


DC Solar Electric 12888 Spenceville Road Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-8114

Grass Valley Sign 13321 Grass Valley Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-7446

Sustainable Energy Group 412 E. Main Street, Ste. I Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-4422

ZAP Manufacturing, Inc. 12086 Charles Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-8855


SOCIAL CLUBS Gold Country LeTip P. O. Box 711 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6000 Gold Country Welcome Club P. O. Box 3057 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Nevada County BNI Business Builders Meeting at Holbrooke Hotel Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 798-4466 182

BackPorch Market 135 Colfax Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 271-7111 STORAGE Alta Sierra Self Storage 15918 Little Valley Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-2071

Beam “Easy Living” Center 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166 TELEVISION STATION NCTV-Nevada Co. Digital Media Center 104 New Mohawk Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 272-8862 THEATER-CINEMAS Sierra Theaters 840-C E. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1100 THEATER-LIVE

Grass Valley Self Storage 946 Golden Gate Terrace Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6464

Community Asian Theater P. O. Box 1266 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6362

Old Barn Self Storage 175 Springhill Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-4455

Sierra Stages P. O. Box 709 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 346-3210



Les Schwab Tire Center 570 Freeman Lane Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 272-2132

North Star Trucking, Inc. 124 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-1182

TITLE COMPANIES Placer Title Company 380 Sierra College Drive, Ste. 100 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-1382 TOURIST ATTRACTION

Absolute Communication Solutions Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens 175 Joerschke Drive, Ste. S 16343 Auburn Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 271-0332 (530) 272-1363

California Solar Electric Company 149 East Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3671

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley P. O. Box 663 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3895


UTILITIES Nevada Irrigation District 1036 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6185 VACUUM CLEANERS-PORTABLE AND WHOLE HOUSE- SERVICE AND SUPPLIES Beam “Easy Living” Center 422 Henderson Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-5166

Crystal Hermitage at Ananda Village 14618 Tyler Foote Road VETERANS ASSOCIATION Nevada City, CA 95959 American Legion Auxilary Unit 130 (530) 478-7503 P. O. Box 918 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Empire Mine State Historic Park (530) 272-1716 10787 E. Empire Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Frank Gallino American Legion (530) 273-8522 Post #130 P. O. Box 1113 Nevada County Fairgrounds Grass Valley, CA 95945 11228 McCourtney Road (530) 575-7002 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6217 Nevada County All Veterans Stand Down P. O. Box 564 TOWING Grass Valley, CA 95945 Advanced Towing and Recycling (530) 272-1716 319 Railroad Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 Welcome Home Vets (530) 477-5400 225 S. Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-3300 TOXICOLOGY Susan A. Rice and Associates, Inc. 19816 Buck Ridge Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 346-9612



Mountain Event Productions 12626 Dobbins Drive Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 272-6293

Gold Crest Limousine Service 13451 Quaker Hill Cross Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 264-7575

Nevada County Virtual Tours 11198 Squirrel Creek Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-8334

Paratransit Services/Gold Country Lift 900 Whispering Pines Lane Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1225

Sierra Gold Productions/Gold Country TV 27689 Table Meadow Road Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 269-0966

Community WASTE MANAGEMENT Ben’s ZapHaul P.O. Box 567 Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 428-5530 Waste Management of Nevada Co. 13083 Grass Valley Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-3090 WEB DESIGN-MARKETING & CONSULTING Jennco Web Works 10290 Gold Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 852-7863

Red8 Interactive, Inc. P. O. Box 239 Nevada City, CA 95959 (415) 789-3685

Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 273-6217

Schrammsberg Estate 242 Gold Flat Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 913-5569

Nevada City Winery 321 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-9463

WEDDING & EVENT COORDINATOR Joy of Life Events Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-4030

Nevada County Horsemen, Inc. 2036 Nevada City Hwy., PMB #286 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 887-8870


Pilot Peak Winery 12888 Spenceville Road Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 263-5292

WEDDING-VENUES Ananda Church 14618 Tyler Foote Road Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 478-7503

North Star Historic Conservancy 12075 Auburn Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 205-8793 Northern Queen Inn 400 Railroad Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 265-5824

Avanguardia Wines 163 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 274-9911 Lucchesi Vineyards 128 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 615-4222

Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery 124 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 477-8282

Photo Credits and Image Acknowledgements Page 2 & 3: Jamie Brown-Donner Summit

Page 64: J Cook Fisher/ Flickr Yuba in fall colors

Page 11: NCAgrassvalley.org

Page 65: Larry Miller/Flickr Bullock’s Oriole

Page 16: Charlie Chaplin filming the Gold Rush: onset.shotonwhat. com/gallery/the-gold-rush-1925 Charlie Chaplin Gold Rush Poster: moviemem.com Call of the Wild Poster: Amazon.com Clark Gable and Loretta Young: legendaryclarkgable.com

Page 66: Road Biking: adventurekelowna.com Skiing Boreal: snowschoolers.com Chinese Acrobats: Goldendragonacrobats.com Horse Riders: Gold Country Trails Council

Page 17: Gold Rush Film poster clip: images.static-bluray. com

Page 90: Paint Deck: pantone.com

Page 22 & 23: Girl Rollarskating: Melby Downtown Store: Ed Hensley Cornish Christmas: 11: Eleven Photography Great Auto Race: Bill Wages 4th of July: Marni Marshall Page 32: Dog Park Circle: ruckerdogtraining.com; Bull Dog at Play: nbcnews.com Puppies at Play: Armentor Photography Liaoning Dog Frisbee Contest Page 34: Deer Creek Inn: Orbitz.com Pages 35 & 37: Jennai Patterson Photography Page 44 The Stone House Facebook Maria’s Mexican Restaurant Facebook Watershed at the Owl Facebook Cirino’s at Main Street Facebook Page 45 MeZe Eatery Facebook Diego’s Chilean Inspired Cuisine Facebook Kane’s Family Restaurant Facebook Tofanelli’s Gold County Bistro Facebook Twelve 28 Kitchen Facebook Cake Facebook Page 54 & 55: NevadaCityChamber.com Page 60: Truckee.com Page 61: Tahoe Mountain Realty

Page 70: White House with Red Door: Drink314.net Page 88: goldblackinterioronline.top pantone.com tiffanypratt.com mycitymag.com Page 89: hayfordandrhodes.co.uk Page 92: Living Coral Design Board: CanadianHomeTrends.com Paint Strips: Justpaint.org Page 94: mobilemarketingwatch.com Page 99: diamondplumbing.com Page 102: Nevada County Grown Page 103: Nevada County Grown Page 106: Amanita Lanei mushroom: Wikipedia Page 106: Fungus Foray: Dan Nicholson Page 107: Lobster Mushrooms: specialtyproduce.com Page 107: Recipe & image: laurasvegantable.com Page 122: Penn Valley Rodeo Association Page 123: Belt Buckle: Yubanet.com & Jai Jai Photography Page 127: Equine Therapy Poster: operationwearehere.com Page 133: Table setting and flowers: weddingwire.com Wedding Invitation set: margoandbees.com Champagne Glass Tower: marthastewart.com

Page 143: Yuba River map: yubatreadhead.blogspot.com Two swimmers in the Yuba: SquareSpace Lempke’s Lagoon: Donny Barnec/Flickr Man jumping with purple flare: Donny Barnec/Flickr Man, and dog at Yuba: snot_posse/Flickr Family beach at SYR State Park: Norelia C. Chico, CA Page 144: Empire Mine collection & BYLT.org Page 145: South Yuba River: Carol Sharps Page 145: Malakoff Diggins: Alltrails.com Page 146: Margie Determan: Deer Creek Tribute Trail Page 146: Lizard: Petco.com Page 146-147: Page: FLIKR Erin Johnson: Cascade Trail Page 146-147:Hikers at Hirschman’s Pond: gonevadacounty.com Page 147: Rice’s Crossing Preserve: bylt.org Page 148: Skier: gonevadacounty.com Page 149: Nevada City Classic Road Bikers: marcprocycling.com Page 154: Nevada County Historical Society Page 156: Ernies: evsmoving.com Page 157: Nevada County Historical Society Page 158: Nevada County Historical Society Page 159: Freschi & Sons Beam Easy Living That’s Byers Nevada County Historical Society Thank you to Forager Chef Photographs not listed are courtesy of Winding Road Imagery.

Page 142: Floating in the Yuba: Jason Nunez/Flickr

Page 63: Blue door dog peeking out: a.akamaihd.net DESTINATION Nevada County


Worship Centers in Western Nevada County ASSEMBLY OF GOD BETHEL CHURCH 273-8475 13010 Hwy. 49, Grass Valley, CA


BAPTIST BIBLE BELIVERS BAPTIST 272-6210 13005 Rough and Ready Hwy., Rough and Ready, CA

SOLID ROCK FOURSQUARE CHURCH 432-1964 11665 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, CA

GRACE BIBLE CHURCH OF CEDAR RIDGE 273-7857 Colfax Hwy. & Brunswick Dr., Cedar Ridge, CA


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH GRASS VALLEY 273-7301 1866 Ridge Rd., Grass Valley, CA

CALVARY BIBLE CHURCH 273-1343 11481 CA-174, Grass Valley, CA

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH NEVADA CITY 265-4711 300 Main St., Nevada City, CA

COMBIE BIBLE CHURCH 268-0309 22924 W. Hacienda Dr., Grass Valley, CA

LANDMARK MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 274-1900 11962 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley, CA

CROSSROADS CHURCH 268-2539 10050 Wolf Rd., Grass Valley, CA

NEW COVENANT BAPTIST CHURCH 274-8516 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd., Grass Valley, CA

MISSION BETHE'L 272-7908 20641 Red Dog Rd., Grass Valley, CA

CATHOLIC ST. CANICE 265-2049 317 Washington St., Nevada City, CA

PENN VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH 432-1161 11739 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, CA

ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH 273-2347 Church & Chapel Streets, Grass Valley, CA CHRISTIAN SCIENCE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 273-9452 375 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA CHURCH OF CHRIST GRASS VALLEY CHURCH OF CHRIST 273-0401 670 Whiting St., Grass Valley, CA EPISCOPAL EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH 273-7876 235 S Church St., Grass Valley, CA TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 265-8836 Nevada St. & High St., Nevada City, CA



TWIN CITIES CHURCH 273-6425 11726 Rough & Ready Hwy., Grass Valley, CA WHISPERING PINES CHURCH OF GOD 273-1722 680 Brighton St., Grass Valley, CA WORD-A-LIVE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 432-9155 10528 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, CA JUDAISM NEVADA COUNTY JEWISH COMM. CENTER 477-0922 506 Walsh St., Grass Valley, CA LATTER DAY SAINTS CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF THE LATTER DAY SAINTS 265-4554 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City, CA LUTHERAN GRACE LUTHERAN

273-7043 Ridge Road by NUHS, Grass Valley, CA PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 273-9631 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA METHODIST GRASS VALLEY METHODIST 272-1946 236 S Church St., Grass Valley, CA NEVADA CITY METHODIST 265-2797 433 Broad St., Nevada City, CA

SIERRA PINES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 268-6907 22558 W. Hacienda Dr., Grass Valley, CA NAZARENE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 273-9218 10220 Hughes Rd., Grass Valley, CA PENTECOSTAL UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 272-6455 1784 Ridge Rd., Grass Valley, CA PRESBYTERIAN SIERRA PRESBYTERIAN 265-3291 175 Ridge Rd., Grass Valley, CA QUAKER RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS 265-3164 Woolman Lane of Jones Bar Rd., Grass Valley, CA REFORMED COVENANT REFORMED 273-4673 336 Crown Point Cir., Grass Valley, CA SALVATION ARMY GRASS VALLEY CORPS 274-3500 10725 Alta St., Grass Valley, CA SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST GRASS VALLEY 477-5017 12889 Osborn Hill Rd., Grass Valley, CA PENN VALLEY 432-2479 17645 Penn Valley Dr., Penn Valley, CA

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Destination Nevada County Fall Winter 2019  

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