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Paint the Town Blue for Mitch 5K/10K 2018

said on March 23rd, 2018 filed under: Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Grass Valley, Localism, Nevada City



The third annual Paint the Town Blue for Mitch 5K/10K will be this Sunday, March 25th at 10 am at Nevada Union, rain or shine. Feel free to run, walk or watch!


The run celebrates the life of Mitchell Thomas Adams; all are welcome. Teams are encouraged, but please do not bring dogs. Proceeds from the raffle go to Nevada Union Football, a new Health and fitness Building for the school, local dance, and a college scholarship for one of this year’s seniors.



By choosing to donate his organs and tissues, Mitch saved 5 lives and enriched many more. There will be information on organ and tissue donation provided by Sierra Donor Services as well as safe driving tips and support from California Highway Patrol.


To register, get more information, or to find out how you can help, please check out their website:

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Please Welcome John Back to Lake of the Pines, CA

said on March 15th, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Success Stories


Please welcome John into our lovely community of Lake of the Pines. He moved away a few years ago, but is now back and super excited to live at the lake again!



Most octogenarians wouldn’t be brave enough to make a move at this time in life, but John really loves living here. He missed all the friendly people, and how quiet and peaceful things are here. He’s looking forward to rejoining SIRs (Sons in Retirement) and the Pinesmen, two of our Men’s goups at Lake of the Pines. Best of all, he’s now just a four minute walk from his daughter and adorable grandkids!


It’s amazing to see him so eager to move into his new home, and we are so glad we could help.



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Lake of the Pines, CA Awarded Fire-Wise Community of the Year

said on March 14th, 2018 filed under: Cultural Events, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Neighborhood Profiles

Abbreviated from announcement received from FireSafe Council of Nevada County:
Fire Safe Council of Nevada County
P.O. Box 1112, Grass Valley, CA 95945
139 East Main Street, Grass Valley, CA
Contact: Joanne Drummond, Executive Director
Fire Safe Council Announces Award Recipients
GRASS VALLEY, CA. February 26, 2018. The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County will honor those who have dedicated themselves to helping make our community fire safe during the 11th Annual Culinary Adventure event on April 6, 2018 at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. The Fire Safe Council is a non-profit, local volunteer-based organization dedicated to making Nevada County safer from catastrophic wildfire through fire prevention education, fire break clearing projects, and creating nationally recognized Firewise Communities USA®. Nominations are solicited, received, and evaluated by a committee of Fire Safe Council directors before selecting those to be honored.
The Lake of the Pines Association will be honored as the Firewise Community of the Year. Their volunteer member Firewise Community committee has taken bold action to request that vegetation management for wildfire mitigation be placed in the updated Strategic Plan, as well as working with the association’s management team to assess and improve defensible space for all association properties. They have conducted tabletop evacuation exercises, poker-run evacuation drills with residents and continue to provide a disposal method for vegetation within their community to keep hazardous fuels from accumulating near homes. The Association sent staff members to the Defensible Space Advisor training course by the Fire Safe Council to ensure they were doing everything possible to help protect their community from wildfire. They have also implemented a variety of fuel reduction projects in collaboration with the Fire Safe Council and AmeriCorps crews on the ground. Their efforts are an example to be replicated by other Firewise Communities in Nevada County.
The public is invited to join the Fire Safe Council in honoring these individuals. For more information about the Fire Safe Council or the April 6th Culinary Adventure, visit the FSCNC web site at or call (530) 272-1122.
The Fire Safe Council’s Culinary Adventure recognizing LOP and others will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to, or call 530-272-1122.
Please click HERE to visit the Lake of the Pines web site.

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An Unfortunate Update on the Local Deer…

said on March 13th, 2018 filed under: Localism



From the Department of Fish and Wildlife:


“Thanks to those who have helped CDFW get samples to test the deer that have been dying in the foothill communities in Nevada, and Placer counties. We have enough samples and have concluded through necropsy and testing that the die off is not related to disease. It is winterkill from overpopulation of the resident deer in these areas. The drought years allowed deer to reproduce and grow in numbers and now the resources are stressed. There’s not enough natural food to feed them all. You may see deer eating things they haven’t before. People are also feeding them. I’d like to stress that feeding deer is illegal, it attracts unwanted predators like coyotes and mountain lions into neighborhoods but it can harm more than help the deer. If this were disease related-feeding or congregating deer at water sources means disease spreads faster and more get sick. They have complicated stomach systems that can be injured by trying to digest alfalfa, corn, or human foods that aren’t part of their natural diet. The diarrhea is a function of poor nutrition and eating some of the things they shouldn’t. This is a normal process that unfortunately we have to witness in our backyards instead of in the wild. Some may recover, but I’d expect to lose more. Malnourished females may not be able to carry out their current pregnancy and we may see fewer fawns surviving this summer. I appreciate your concern, if we need further help we will let you know. “

Sara Holm, Wildlife Biologist

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Placer and Nevada Counties, North Central Region (2)

1701 Nimbus Road Suite A

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Phone/Fax: 530 346 6305

[email protected]

California Department of Fish and Wildlife


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Please Welcome the Boothes to Lake of the Pines, CA

said on March 9th, 2018 filed under: Localism

Please welcome the Boothes into our lovely community of Lake of the Pines. They look forward to joining us for the years to come!


These guys knew just what they were looking for and just who to call (hint: it wasn’t the Ghostbusters). With CJ’s help, the Boothes found the perfect home for their children and their goals, and it’s even close to the grandparents.

They already have big plans for their home and I can’t wait to see this family achieve them!


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How to Stay Safe During Snow Storms

said on March 2nd, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Colfax, Grass Valley, Localism, Nevada City



We’ve got a snow advisory on our hands, but we can handle it. If you’re new to the area or just feeling a little unsure, here’s some tips on what to do when bad weather hits.


1. Stay inside and stay warm.

2. Get pertinent news from local radio stations. In our area, 89.5FM and 830AM are good bets.

3. Be prepared to leave if you lose power or heat. Know where you’ll go and how to stay safe on the way.

4. Prepare an emergency kit with food, water, and medical supplies. If you need anything, judge carefully whether or not it is actually safe to go out to get it.

5. Bring your animals inside if possible and make sure they all have access to food, unfrozen water, and blankets

6. You can prevent pipes from freezing by leaving a couple of faucets trickling water. Not a lot, but enough to keep the water moving.

7. Make sure you have a dependable heating source and plenty of blankets. Wood stoves will keep you warm in a power outage, while propane and electricity may be less reliable.

8. Avoid driving unnecessarily. Even if you are comfortable driving in the snow and ice, others on the road are not. Just because you aren’t likely to crash does not mean others aren’t likely to crash into you.

9. If you absolutely have to go out, take precautions. Bring your phone, blankets, food, water. Let someone know where you’re going and when to expect you in case something goes wrong.

10. If you get stranded, stay in your car. When it’s safe, hang a bright cloth off your radio antennae and try to only turn your car on for ten minutes out of every hour to preserve fuel and battery life.


Mostly, just relax and try to stay at home. Play games, read, hang out with your family, and stay warm.

It’s just a storm; with a few precautions you’ll endure it just fine.



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Northridge Restaurant

said on February 28th, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy

So let pretend for a moment…. that you’re hungry. Not the normal kind of hunger, but the deep set, cloying kind of hunger. The kind of hungry where a home cooked meal just doesn’t cut it. You want a restaurant. A good one. And you’re on Combie Road, just outside of Lake of the Pines. Why are you there? Psh, you know why. Or you can make up a reason. Both are fine by me.

So what now?

Where do you go?

I’ll tell you.



You go to Northridge Restaurant, just off Combie, right by the CVS. Because you have taste. Or you want to. Again, both work.

Haha, but seriously, they’re great. They have incredible pizzas, salads, burgers, whatever. Last time I went I got a Popeye’s Pizza and a salad to split with some friends; we all left stuffed and satisfied. And with leftovers to boot.


This isn’t the Popeye Pizza, but it’s a solid example of a Northridge Pizza. We were too enamored with eating ours to take any pictures of it… Are we doing it wrong?


If you’re in the area and looking for grub, check it out. They hold events and such, they support Bear River Grad Night and certain charities, they’re local, and (of course!) the food is great. Good enough for me!


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Are You Ready for the Firebelles Follies?

said on February 9th, 2018 filed under: Cultural Events, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy


The Lake of the Pines Firebelles are up to something…..

The Annual Firebelles Follies will be held Friday, February 16th at the LOP Clubhouse. Doors open at 6:00, the show starts at 7:00, and entry is restricted to ages 18 and up due to adult content.

You can call 530-268-1279 for tickets!



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Stunning and Newly Renovated Home for Sale in Lake of the Pines, CA

said on January 17th, 2018 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Localism



Freshly renovated for her Spring Debut! What a dazzling beauty!



Soaring ceilings, custom details, sweeping staircase, granite, marble and hardwoods galore.






A gorgeous, level, golf course double lot with exceptional lake views, she offers a private putting green and three water features.






From her elegant and expansive master suite, you will enjoy brilliant views down the length of the lake.






The crown jewel of the community, this regal home is a sensational value.



Call CJ for a Private Showing at 530-906-4715!


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Nevada County Food Drive at Lake of the Pines

said on December 21st, 2017 filed under: Cultural Events, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy


We got the results of the Lake of the Pines Drive for the Nevada Co. Food Bank, and… We collected 5,550 lbs of food and $1,147!

It’s so amazing to live in a community that comes together like this, especially near the holidays. With this help, the Nevada Co. Food Bank can put a lot of food on a lot of tables, and it’s because you all chose to help. To everyone who donated, thank you!!!



I’m so proud of the Lake of the Pines community. Everyone reached into their hearts (and their cupboards) to fill their grocery bags for our Nevada County Food Bank!



We had two collection sites to donate at this year; I worked at the LOP front gates and the donation bags just kept coming and coming! In fact, our community gave so much that by 11:00 am, we had to have the Food Bank send a truck just for the huge amount of morning donations!




Thank you, Lake of the Pines! I am so fortunate to live in a community that reaches out to those who are less fortunate!



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