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Fun T-shirts that are Fundraising for Kids!

said on July 27th, 2018 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy

Recently we met a wonderful lady who has started a great way to help the local kids have something fun to do this summer. Her name Cathy Fernandes and she has begun a volleyball summer program for school age kids. It is being held in Lake of the Pines and currently serves Lake of the Pines residents. In order to run this program, she has come up with a creative way to raise money: Lake of the Pines t-shirts! Her shirts come in many different designs and are very unique and eye-catching. We were able to have some great Q & A with her recently and wanted to share more about her program:

 1. Hi Cathy, introduce yourself! How did you get into making t-shirts?

Designing t-shirts for the Summer Series Volleyball Program stems from a need to come up with a way to make a program FREE for the kids. T-shirts are a staple that covers all age groups and makes it a perfect item for fundraising. It’s a WIN-WIN! Those who support us not only get a t-shirt to wear… they support the program at the same time.

2. How did the idea for these lake of the pines t-shirts come about?

The concept began when I had to come up with a fundraising idea that would be universal to the area in order to broaden the number of supporters who might be interested. I thought embracing nature and the sports and activities that we enjoy from it, could be the answer. That’s the underlying theme you’ll find when viewing the shirts. Having the background as a Graphic & Website Designer allows me to help facilitate the design and production process.

 3. What is the Summer Series and how is your t-shirt sales benefiting it?

I’m relatively new to Auburn (going on 2 years now) coming from the San Joaquin valley. I observed, in the short time we’ve been here in LOP, that there might be a need for more kids activities in the immediate area. Introducing a volleyball program as summer approached could be a perfect scenario. The kids are out of school for the summer and parents might be looking for a fun activity for them. Volleyball is the type of sport that can be played on so many levels… professional, college, middle/high school and recreational. The game can be played just about anywhere in both social and competitive settings. When kids can learn the basics on how to play, they carry that knowledge and confidence with them.

The shirt fundraiser a way to keep the program FREE for kids in LOP. We plan to sell them year-round and introduce new designs throughout each season.

 4. What is the best way for people to connect with you to purchase/order t-shirts?

We (my husband, Ken, and other volunteers also help out with the program) periodically sell them on the spot here at LOP in various locations. We try to announce these in advance on our website. Another way is to pre-order shirts by going to the “fundraiser” section of our website. There, you can view the designs and place an order. Just go to

Help support this local program through the year so it can be bigger and better next year!


Interested in buying or selling in this beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715



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Grass Valley Thursday Night Market

said on July 18th, 2018 filed under: Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Grass Valley, Localism, Neighborhood Profiles, Whimsy

Check out Grass Valley’s Thursday Night Market! Every Thursday this summer until August 2nd from 6-9pm! Come check out local goods vendors, yummy food, and fun music!


This is a great local summer event to get out on the town and enjoy local goods. Get to know the area, your community members, and what our downtown area has to offer.  Most of the downtown shops are open for business in addition to booths from other local artisans.

The Grass Valley Thursday Night Markets are a wonderful community event that includes a certified Farmer’s Market – and a whole lot more! Things like arts, crafts, food, and the ever popular FREE Summer Concert Series.



It is a celebration of free enterprise and new ideas blended with heritage craftsmanship and art. Items from around the world and up in the hills! There are street performers and entertainment for everyone in the family.

Head on out there this Thursday and see what everyone is talking about!


Interested in buying or selling in this beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715


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Getting Permits After the Fact

said on July 12th, 2018 filed under: Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy



Here in Nevada County, we have many homes that have expanded their downstairs into living quarters. Some owners build to code but have not pulled permits to save on their taxes.


When a contract is accepted but concerns are raised about lack of permits, it is possible to apply for “after the fact” permits. To do so, hire an architect or a residential draftsman to draw up new plans. Residential draftsmen are usually less costly. Both can get quite busy in Nevada County and sometimes it is necessary to hire someone from Roseville, Rocklin, or Sacramento.


Once you have hired the residential draftsman or architect, you will need them to make a floor plan, a site plan, an electrical plan, and a title 24 energy plan. These plans are submitted to the county and the owner will pay for a minor remodel. The average cost of the building permit is $1,200, plus an additional tax for every 500 square feet of newly permitted living space which goes to schools.


Obtaining permits after a structure has already been built may not be ideal, but it is doable! The county accepts after the fact permitting much more easily than they used to.



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Affordable Mobile Home for Sale in Loomis, CA

said on July 11th, 2018 filed under: Localism



This Single Wide home has two extra rooms with lots of windows, two utility sheds for storage, and a sweet yard with palm trees.






New flooring, paint and appliances have been added.



The second bedroom is outfitted with a laundry hookup for your convenience, and the home has benefited from the PG&E energy partner program.




The Glenbrook Mobile Park offers a clubhouse, pool, laundry, BBQ and more.






Come see it for yourself if you are 55 or older: you’ll like the value.



Call CJ at 530-906-4715 for more information!


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Price Reduction on this Sweet Home for Sale in Grass Valley, CA

said on June 20th, 2018 filed under: Localism



Down from $429,000 to $409,000, get your own piece of the American Pie!



This 9.6 acre property has so many options: room to grow your garden with a 9 GPM well, two garages, lots of fencing for your animals, room for another structure, close to schools and stores yet private and peaceful.





Enjoy the new deck, and fresh paint and carpet.





The permitted second car garage/workshop ($26,000) has water/power.




Seller has a clear section one.







Conveniently situated between the foothills of Auburn and Grass Valley.



Great Value!



Call CJ for more information at (530) 906-4715!



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“Grab and Go” Bag (Part 2) First Aid

said on June 19th, 2018 filed under: Localism

This year’s fire season is predicted to (1) start earlier, (2) last longer, and (3) be more severe.  Are you ready to run for your life with little or no notice?  Here is our First Aid kit that lives in our “Grab and Go” bag.






Alka seltzer



Antibiotic ointment

Ace bandage


Gauze pads





This list does no include our personal medications which we keep elsewhere in the bag.  Let us know if you think other First Aid items are a “must.”

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A ‘Go Bag’ Guide… Just in Case!

said on June 18th, 2018 filed under: Localism

Disaster can strike at any time, and no area is immune. No matter where you live, having a ‘go bag’ can make a huge difference in an emergency where every second counts. Pack a small bag for each member of your household, keep them all in the same location, and make sure everyone knows the plan in case of an evacuation.
The Bag Itself
Keep it small and portable; you may literally be running with it. A backpack is ideal, but a lightweight suitcase may also work.
Pack about three days worth of each of your prescriptions. If you need larger items, such as an oxygen tank, make sure you have a portable version.
Pack enough for a few days. Include layers you can add or remove, lightweight rain gear, and waterproof boots.
Water and Food
Bottled water is essential. Granola or energy bars are also great picks because they are small, filling, and come in a wide range of flavors.
Personal Needs
List every toiletry you use on a daily basis, then buy a travel version of each. Also pack backup eyeglasses, a first-aid kit, babywipes and a multipurpose tool with a knife and can opener.
In addition to enough money to last a few days, pack small bills and a roll of quarters. If you need something from a vending machine, you won’t want to have to ask equally desperate strangers for change.
In a waterproof zip-lock bag, put photocopies of your birth certificate, driver’s license, Social Security and Medical cards, power of attorney and will, marriage/adoption/naturalization certificates, proof of address, and insurance/medical/immunization records.
Basic Electronics
Bring an extra phone charger in case you have electricity and a portable battery pack in case you don’t. Also pack a long-lasting flashlight, and a small AM/FM radio (with batteries if it needs them).

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Serving Food at Realtor Open Houses

said on June 14th, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

One of the things that I feel strongly about is the serving of food at all my Realtor Open Houses.  Realtors are known to ZOOM through properties and I want to slow them down…enjoy the home while they munch upon some good food.  There is a special connection when someone eats in a home and no matter what happens, the night before the tour I make a tasty treat for my colleagues.



Serving quesadillas in this Realtor tour in the beginning of May. The three different kinds of salsa are a true hit…freshly made from Ikedas .



Loving the chance to serve these freshly blended mango and pineapple smoothies in the tropical lanai at Sunset Hills Court.  What a treat while you look over the lake from the outdoor deck near the spa.




Realtors are more likely to remember their experiences in homes they really take the time to enjoy. Every little thing helps, and it’s great seeing everyone really stop and take their time!



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Idyllic Lot for Sale in Lake of the Pines, CA

said on June 13th, 2018 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Build your dream home in the established community of Lake of the Pines. This active community offers golf, pickle ball, volleyball, lap pool, bocce ball, tennis, and a Sports Lounge.
From the parcel, enjoy the peaceful views of a pond and Dark Horse Golf Course.
Take a quick walk to THE LAKE at Park 4 to swim, kayak, fish and play, or launch your boat to sail or water ski.
Watch for the red bandannas–they mark our property lines!
With so much potential, this is the perfect place to build your ideal home.
This buildable lot is a rare find! Exceptional Value!
For more information, Call CJ at 530-906-4715!


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Turtles in Lake of the Pines, CA!

said on June 5th, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy

This time of year we have turtles leaving hibernation, crossing the street, and traveling through 3 parks in Lake of the Pines to get to the water. Local turtle lovers have places “Turtle Crossing” signs throughout the community, so be careful!



Wondering what to do if you see one of these cuties trying to cross the road? You can carefully pick them up, but make sure you hold the turtle away from your body… their defense is to pee on you! Walk them as close as you can to the water and make sure to wash your hands afterwards.


As soon as Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello get safely into the water the signs will be removed… at least until next their next adventure!



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