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  • 02/08/2012 12:26 PM | Deleted user

    Local Luthier, Mike Kelly, has been woodworking all of his life and began making guitars about 9 years ago. He makes about five or six guitars a year and enjoys it a lot. “I was extremely lucky to find Brandt Larsen, a long time luthier and instrument builder, who patiently and generously shared his knowledge, skills, and encouragement while teaching me this very rewarding craft,” says Mike. “I’m happy to say that several local musicians play guitars that I have built; Lynn Zanetta,  Mark Daigle, Paul Douville, B.J. Jordan, and my teacher, Brandt Larsen.”  

    The students of Loyalton and Downieville Schools are also lucky because Mike has donated one of these fine instruments to the Sierra County Arts Council’s, Artist in School Program raffle/drawing. In the wake of drastic cutbacks to arts education, the Artists in Schools Program brings local artists and musicians into our schools to teach our students. “This is a parlor size, steel string guitar. The back and sides are made of Indian Rosewood. The top is Sitka Spruce. The bridge and fingerboard are Ebony.  The neck is Mahogany,” says Mike. 

    This guitar was recently seen raising funds at the Loyalton School’s annual Christmas show where students from Randy Prichard’s Artists in Schools music program performed.  “I love my guitar,” says local musician, B.J. Jordan. “I’ve been playing guitar since I was 12 years old and have never owned a guitar that sounds and plays as beautifully as this.  There is so much hidden talent in Sierra County. I can’t believe that we have guitars of this quality being made locally.”

    To catch the sound of Mike’s guitars, come to the Yuba Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30pm right after the Cabin Fever Spaghetti Feed in Downieville. Local musicians will be playing Mike’s guitars at Home Grown Talent open mic, sponsored by the Sierra County Arts Council. You may also purchase raffle/drawing tickets and the chance to win this beautiful handmade guitar at this event.

    If you are interested in owning one of Mike’s guitars you may contact him at (530) 289-3588 or email at  katie@gardenfok.com. Information on Sierra County Arts Council events and the guitar raffle/drawing may be found on the Council’s website, www.sierracountyartscouncil.org, email info@sierracountyartscouncil.org or by calling (530)289-9822. A special thank you to Mike Kelly for donating this guitar to raise funds to keep art and music education in our schools.

  • 01/21/2012 7:20 PM | Deleted user

    Our friends at the Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc., (AFWD) sent us this update to share with you all:

    The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) mandatory posting requirement for most private employers, titled, “Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act,” has been delayed from the original January 31, 2012 posting date until April 30, 2012. Employers now have until April 30, 2012 to post the separate notice.

    For additional details on this ruling please visit the NLRB’s web site (link below):

    Also, to download/print the poster at no cost, click on the link below: https://www.nlrb.gov/poster

  • 01/14/2012 3:45 PM | Deleted user

    Okay, so we are still waiting for the snow to fall but there is something unique to do while you wait. Take the drive up to beautiful lower Sardine Lake and yes, Gold Lake Road is usually frozen over.  The best time is around 10:30 A.M., to stand at the lakes edge and listen. The ice on the lake is cracking making sounds of  whales and Star Wars as it bounces off the mountain.  This is happening because we don't have snow......so enjoy it for now!

  • 01/06/2012 10:09 AM | Deleted user

    Monday morning, 1/2/12 the Downieville Grocery store opened its doors to customers. They are a full service grocery, with everything you need including fresh produce. They are finishing up the stocking the shelves and also havea  wish list on teh counter for customers to let them know what they would like to see available in the store.

    The grocery store is managed by Humajoon and Naseem Lodhi who also run (excellently I want to add) the gas station mini mart and deli. In the past year this couple has really made an impact on Downieville, running a fabulous operation. This is very, very exciting news.

    Welcome to the grocery store -- and now the rest of you, go shopping!

  • 12/19/2011 6:39 PM | Deleted user

    I haven't changed the color scheme on the website yet as I have been waiting for the snow to come so I wouldn't be advertising falsely that it's a winter wonderland up here. But, the way things are going, I have NO idea when the snow will come...so, the fall colors are staying as we wait. And there have been leaves on many trees still in yellows and some reds up until now, so I figured it wouldn't be bad to keep those pictures up. Though the recent fall storms have more or less taken care of the leaves, and it's mostly evergreens that add color now.

    Don't get me wrong, it's still a wonderland up here, breathtakingly beautiful as always. The holidays are in there air with all the blinking cheerful christmas lights on businesses, homes and trees throughout the county. So it will still be a great christmas. Probably just not a white one!

  • 11/05/2011 3:58 PM | Deleted user
    Back by popular demand! 
    In order to encourage everyone to get signed up at the end of the yer when things are quieting down, but before Winter hits in full force and we're all busy with the snow and such, we're providing an early bird special rate for all members of the chamber who want to renew, or for any new members who want to join.

    Go to the membership page to renew or apply. If you are a current member, just log in using the email you signed up with the chamber, and if you can't remember your password, click on the link for that.

    Please sign up before 11/15 to get the early bird discount-- $80 for membership and an ad in the 2012-2013 Visitors Guide. After 11/15 that goes up to $100. I know I can think of all kinds of things I could do with that 20% savings!

    Once you have joined, make sure you have the description and information you want on the site so that when people are looking for you or a business that provides what you do, that they find you and all the information they need.  Also, make sure you link to the chamber site from your website, and make sure your website is linked to in your chamber profile. This site is only as good as the information we members provide.

    And, we'd love to see you engaged in the chamber; we have so many exciting things going on. Whether it's: well, we have a lot going on, and would love your involvement!

    We'll be hosting some workshops this winter:
    • how to make sure your business and any landmarks or events you think are important appear in the Northern California App
    • how to get on the DogTrekker site (and why it's so important)
    • how to spot spam from legit email, and what to do with it
    • how to get a web presence for your business in a way you can afford

    We might also host workshops on how to get your digital photos off the camera and into your computer -- and what to do with them once that's done. If you have any ideas for workshops you'd like to see, email us at info@sierracountychamber.com.

    Kathy Breed
    Sierra County Chamber of Commerce

  • 10/19/2011 5:41 PM | Deleted user

    The autumn colors our area is so recognized for has been coming on strong over the past few weeks, but in the last couple of days it's become intensified and the drive along highway 49 from Sierra City to Sierraville is out of this world beautiful. I think this is the best time of the year to go for hikes--still warm enough to be really pleasant, but not too hot. And, nature is dressed in its most colorful display ever.

    There is not as much red this year as a couple of years ago, but the yellows are crazy intense, and there is red mixed in too. Read about why leaves change color.  The Forest Service's Fall Color Hotline (1-800-354-4595) can provide you with details as the autumn color display progresses -- across the country.

    But, I think we have some of the best autumn color displays, so, if you can get away this weekend, now is the time to come up here and enjoy our beautiful display of fall colors. Before you know it we'll be strapping on skis and be wowed by the incredible beauty of the snow clad mountains!

    Did I mention I love living up here?

  • 10/04/2011 10:00 PM | Deleted user

    On Saturday October 8th Sierra City is turning into a festive cider making, beer drinking, bratwurst eating, crafts booth filled mountain town with fun to be had for all. There will even be a magician performing in the Community Hall. Taking place annually during the locals' favorite time of year, right when the trees are turning colors, the days are warm and quiet and nights are cool and soothing, this is one of the best time of the year to come visit Sierra County.

    Though we're in the midst of a big and very early winterstorm with rain and cold winds, we'll be back in the sun and warmth by Thursday, with temperatures expected to be in the 70s throughout the weekend.

    Come join us. Festivities take place during Saturday, but Sunday will be a great day to get yourself some red, green, yellow color and a walk by the river before you go back home.

    We'd love to see you!

  • 09/30/2011 10:07 PM | Deleted user

    Our Fall chamber meeting will be held on Tuesday, October, 11th. Sardine Lake Resort has graciously allowed us the use of their dinning area for our meeting. The meeting will begin at 5:00 P.M., with hors d" oeuvres.

    Meeting Agenda:

    = Dave Bond our new Pacific Gas & Electric contact for Sierra County  will offer energy efficiency solutions

    = Update on the Gold Country Visitor Association
    = San Francisco Travel Fair opportunity
    = California Visitor Guide & Map
    = Nat Geo website
    = Visit California website
    = Dog Trecker website
    = State Fair 2012
    = Christmas trees, yes Christmas
    = Yuba River Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan

      You are encouraged to bring your ideas and suggestions.

    Please plan to attend this meeting to be involved with the decisions that affect your chamber and promote tourism for Sierra County.

    If you know of a business or individual that benefit benefit from joining our group, please bring them along.

    As usual we plan to have some fun, so mark your calendar and we will see you there!                      

    Kathy Breed,

    Your Chamber President :)

  • 09/03/2011 2:39 PM | Deleted user

    Come join us in the big river clean up. Over 126,000 pounds of trash and recycling have been removed from the watershed in the past 13 years by over 5,500 volunteers.  You can be part of the solution this year in removing the waste out of the rivers and creeks before they reach the ocean.

    For the first time there a site on the North Yuba River!

    Saturday, September 17, 2011
    9 am – Noon (Clean-Up and Restoration Projects)
    FREE picnic at Bridgeport from 12:00-3:30 PM

    North Yuba River (from the Highway 49 crossing going upstream to Downieville)
    Directions to site: Take Highway 49 toward Downieville and after you cross the North Yuba River, go one mile further and make a left into Indian Valley Outpost. Park near the horseshoe area to meet your site leader.

    Important Site Information: You can either pick up trash going upstream on the North Yuba headed towards Downieville or you can help remove large pieces of metal from the river. Some volunteers are working all day not just the morning. But you can end at 11:30 am/ or noon to come to the Bridgeport celebration.

    More info at: www.yubariver.org

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