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Susan George: California Cultural District Finalists

Susan George

Great teamwork by the Nevada County Arts Council, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber, the City of Grass Valley, the Nevada City Chamber and the City of Nevada City has positioned Western Nevada County as one of the top 22 candidates for California's Cultural District Designation. As part of its presentation, the team completed the huge task of cataloguing Western Nevada County's cultural assets, including more than 100 arts and cultural organizations.

Final achievement of the designation has the potential to attract more visitors to the area and enable the district entities to solicit donations, grants and other revenues from both public and private sources to help fund cultural district programs and activities, all of benefit to the entire community!

Penn Valley Municipal Advisory Council Created

On March 28, 2017 the Nevada County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution creating and establishing the Penn Valley Area Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) with an effective date of July 1, 2017 as a pilot program for two years until July 1, 2019. The idea of a MAC for Penn Valley was developed as a mechanism to help gain public input and to better disseminate information to the public early in future planning processes.

The County is now accepting applications for MAC members that represent a good cross-section of the community, including residents of Penn Valley, Rough & Ready, Lake Wildwood, Big Oak Valley or Indian Springs areas, and representatives of the business community and agriculture sectors. The term for membership is two years and applications will be accepted until June 5, 2017. Applicants will need to apply by completing an application with the Clerk of the Board's Office at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, Second Floor, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, or phone (530) 265-1480 or internet

Business Education Workshops

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The Time Management and Accountability Brunch and Learn Workshop presented by Machen McDonald, a recognized expert in the world of coaching and peak performance, is scheduled for Friday May, 12 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Attendees will learn to manage their time more effectively, create better business plans, build better habits, reduce angst and uncertainty, be accountable for their success and feel inspired.

The Natural Hazard Disclosure (NHD), Lunch and Learn Workshop presented by Tara Wells of Fidelity Home Warranty is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The workshop topics consist of: Recognizing the Risks of Non-Regulation, the Real Hazard of the NHD Industry, Fine Print Disclaimers, You May Have Zero Protection, Subjective Disclosures and the Added Risks You Don't Need.

The cost to attend the above workshops is $10 for NCAOR, NCCA, and Chamber members and $15 for others. The workshops will be held at the NCAOR, 336 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley. To register, go to the LAMPS member site or call (530) 272-2627.

60th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo

Join Penn Valley for the 60th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo on May 19 and 20! The Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the Rodeo Parade on Saturday, May 20th at 3:00 p.m. The procession proceeds down Penn Valley Drive from Western Gateway Park to the Rodeo Grounds on Spenceville Road. If you've always wanted to march or ride in a parade, everyone is welcome! Entries are free and will be accepted through May 18. Contact Carolyn Wilson, (530) 913-6074.

The Penn Valley Area Chamber will also coordinate a Best Western Themed Decorations contest during Rodeo Week, beginning May 15 through May 20. Local businesses are encouraged to be creative, humorous or serious, but always adhere to the western theme. For additional information, please call the Chamber office, 530-432-1802.

Susan George is a co-founder of The Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce. She can be reached at


Business After Hours Mixers

The UPS Store

Thursday, May 11 – 5:30 to 7:30 pm

111 Bank Street, Grass Valley

(530) 272-6000.

Penn Valley Rodeo Mixer

Thursday, May 18 – 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds,

10531 Spencevile Road, Penn Valley.

(530) 432-5735

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