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Another Upcoming Local Event for Auburn, Ca. near Lake of the Pines: Help Support The Higgins Lions Community Center

said on April 24th, 2013 filed under: Auburn, Cultural Events, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Another Upcoming Local Event for Auburn, Ca. near Lake of the Pines: Help Support The Higgins Lions Community Center, plan to attend the Cinco de Mayo Celebration Saturday May 4, 2013 at the Higgins Lions Community Center. Physical address: 22490 East Hacienda Dr. Grass Valley, CA 95949  continue reading…

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Attention Local Auburn/Grass Valley/Nevada City, Ca. High School Girls Wishing to Attend Prom

said on April 19th, 2013 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Attention local Auburn/Grass Valley/Nevada City, Ca. High School Girls Wishing to Attend Prom but cannot afford a Prom dress. Have you heard of the Nevada County Cinderella Project? This is a wonderful organization that collects prom dresses to provide for High School girls that are in need and wouldn’t attend prom simply because they can’t afford a dress. continue reading…

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Local Event Near Lake of the Pines – Auburn, Ca. for April 20, 2013

said on April 18th, 2013 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Local Event Near Lake of the Pines – Auburn, Ca. for April 20, 2013. Local Eagle Scouts Troop will be holding a fundraising Yard Sale this upcoming Saturday 4/20/13 to raise money for their Troop. continue reading…

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Upcoming Event in Auburn, Ca. ~ AUBURN WILD WEST STAMPEDE-RODEO

said on April 16th, 2013 filed under: Auburn, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Localism

Upcoming Event in Auburn, Ca. ~ AUBURN WILD WEST  STAMPEDE-RODEO! continue reading…

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Oh Wow! Home for Sale on Lake of the Pines Golf Course

said on March 19th, 2013 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Oh Wow!   Large knoll top home for sale on Lake of the Pines Golf Course with filtered lake views.

Everything in this gracious home is immaculate and elegant, light and bright.

Three-car garage, plenty of extra parking, plus large Tuff shed on 1/2 acre.  Romantic master suite, bay windows, two fireplaces, formal dining room, expansive kitchen with breakfast nook filled with sunshine.

Impeccably maintained, fresh as a daisy.

Exceptional home with all of the Lake of the Pines amenities.  Enjoy bocce ball, tennis, golf, water skiing, fishing, sailing, pickleball, and a rich and varied social life.

How about coming along for a brief video tour?


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Folsom Lake, CA Trail

said on March 17th, 2013 filed under: Auburn, Localism, Running and Hiking trails

This is one of the most scenic trails I know.  The soft sandy foot path is a sweet bonus.

The trail, which runs southwest from Auburn to Folsom, almost all of it along the shore, has several access points.  I like going in at the Sterling Equestrian Staging Area.  Following the video is a link to a previous article called “The La Di Dah Trail.”



Here are more details about the “La Di Dah Trail.”

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A Tale of Two Dumps (part 1)

said on August 14th, 2012 filed under: Auburn, Grass Valley, Localism, Whimsy

Herein lies a tale of two dumps, Auburn and Grass Valley.  Actually, we no longer call them “dumps” as we did in olden times.  Now they are known by high-faluting titles such as Waste Reclamation Sites, or Transfer Stations, or Recology Facilities.  Are you impressed?  I’m not.  They are still dumps to me, delightfully stinky, dusty places where you take your garbage and unwanted detritus and dump it.

I am going to compare the Auburn Transfer Station with the McCourtney (Grass Valley) Transfer Station.  Sorry, ladies, these articles are, as CJ calls them, “icky boy stuff.”  I love going to the dump, and I just can’t understand why CJ doesn’t get it.  Go figure.

The Auburn Transfer Station (AKA Auburn Placer RECOLOGY) at 12305 Shale Ridge Road

Hours:  8 am to 4:45 pm every day

How to get there:  from Highway 49 in Auburn heading north toward Grass Valley, go right on Shale Ridge Lane.  It’s between Bell Road and Dry Creek Road.  Look for the sign on the left.

Circle on around to the left until you get to the check in station.

Auburn charges by the cubic yard and guessing and whether they like you or not and their attitude on that particular day.  You never know exactly how much you will be charaged or how.  Try arguing with them.  It has worked for me.

I w ill tell you this:  You are going to pay more, a lot more than you will in Grass Valley at the McCourtney Transfer Station.


Having paid through the nose, you back your vehicle into the covered shed and toss your stuff down to the floor.  A bulldozer will come along, by and by, and push it into big piles, and later, into scoop the piles into trucks where it vanishes from civilized sight.

There is nothing pleasant or fun about this dump.  Just get in and out as fast as you can.

Here is a list of stuff they will take for freenewspapers, cardboard, white paper (they won’t take pink paper?), motor oil, batteries, aluminum, glass, and plastic.

Here is a list of stuff for which they will charge a feelatex paint (what about oil based paint?), appliances, tires, scrap metal (they are going to SELL the scrap metal so why are they charging you for it?), wood and green waste.

For questions, you can call customer service at 530-885-3735.

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Landscaping Workshop for the Sierra Foothills

said on August 6th, 2012 filed under: Auburn, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Localism

We will be presenting a FREE landscaping workshop at 7:00 PM on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012 at the Generations Health Club just outside the gate of Lake of the Pines, California.  The address is 22824 Industrial Place, Auburn (unincorporated) near the corner of Combie Road and West Hacienda.


Immerse yourself in a fast-moving one-hour class about landscaping in the Sierra Foothills

Select a foundation landscape of permanent deer-resistant shrubs

Admire Lake of the Pines gardener Sue Baker’s list of Top Ten Annual Flowers

Steal Bob’s list of Top Twelve Perennal Shrubs for “deer country”

Spruce up your home’s curb appeal to create the Best First Impression for less than $1,000

Learn a bunch of Weird Stuff About Plants that we bet you don’t know

Bring a neighbor and your own gardening tips.  See you on Wednesday night at Generations Health Club!


Bob and CJ Jenkins



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Deer Resistant Plants for the Foothills

said on July 13th, 2012 filed under: Auburn, Country Property, Gardening, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Deer are everywhere in the Sierra Foothills, and nowhere are they more numerous than at Lake of the Pines, California, where they move around through the un-fenced yards, lordly and arrogant,  eating just about everything that grows.

Can you actually establish landscaping, green and lush, that is impervious to the plague of deer?  Yes.

These are shrubs and trees reputed to be deer resistant, though those of us gardening in our area know that some deer will eat almost anything, and that all deer will eat almost anything if they get hungry enough.  I have seen hungry deer nibbling on the needle tips of junipers, though I have never seen them touch an oleander.

The worst offenders within deer herds are the fawns.  Like most babies, the fawns haven’t yet learned what to avoid, and they put anything into their mouths.  Because of their small size, the lowest and most tender growth of almost any kind of plant gets the special attention of these youngsters.  You might think about protecting newly installed “deer resistant” plants for the first year with screen or fencing.

Other trouble makers are the bucks during the fall “season.”  These sex-crazed lads will tear up plants just for the hell of it, and they will use your new trees to tune up their antlers for the mating wars to come.  You might think about wrapping the trunks of newly installed trees with burlap until the lust dies down.

All that said, here are my 12 favorite deer resistant plants for the lower foothills.  The photos are all from my own un-fenced yard at Lake of the Pines.   I am putting my plants where the deer mouths are.  These are July photos, so most of the specimens have already lost their flowers.


Juniper.  Lots of people don’t like juniper because they are scratchy and boring, but many types have adapted to dry conditions and take little water to hang on through the summer.  Juniper can form screening hedges and hold down  problematic hillsides.

There are also “softer” and low growing species of juniper.

Oleander.  Thank God for oleanders in July.  Oleanders are profuse boomers and provide the most reliable color in the summer landscape.  They are, as you know, poisonous, so don’t eat them.  The deer are also well aware of the toxicity.

Grevillea.  Sturdy and reliable.  My favorite types have delicate pink flowers on them almost all year.  They are prickly.

St John’s Wort.  A surprise discovery.  This plant is 3 years old.

Elaegnus.  This is a new addition, a “silverberry” variety.  We put it in this year for the first time.  So far so good.

Nandina, aka Heavenly Bamboo.  Not a real bamboo, and it will not get out of control.  You can trim it like a hedge if that’s your thing.

Azelea (and rhododendrums) The deer will eat some species, and they will eat young, tender new growth, but they leave old leathery azeleas alone unless they are desparately hungry.

Abelia.  This is glossy abelia.  Takes very little water.

Barberry.  Gorgeous red foliage to contrast with the green and grey-green on most foothill shrubs.  Lots of thorns.  Ouch.


Wisteria.  Wisteria grows so high and so fast that it will soon grow itself out of reach.  Of couse, if you don’t keep it under control, it will eat your house.

Yarrow, CJ’s favorite,  and Lavender, my favorite.


Dafodils and Narcissus.  These are not shrubs, but they do come back year after year to enliven the early spring.  Each year you should plant new bulbs.

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Independence Day in Auburn

said on July 5th, 2012 filed under: Auburn, Cultural Events

Auburn, California celebrates the 4th of July with two evenings of American music.  The free concerts are called Homeland and feature the Gift of the Heart Orchestra and the Placer Pops Chorale.  Both ensembles are surprisingly adept.

The programs are given at the Auburn Library Garden Theatre, a large outdoor amphitheatre just off Nevada Street at the corner of Fulweiler.

On the evening CJ and I attended there were several hundred people sitting on blankets or folding chairs.


My favorite musician was the elder statesman on the upright bass.  He was ably assisted by a young lad who turned the pages of grandpa’s sheet music.

The first half of the concert featured big band numbers from Count Basie, Glenn Miller, John Williams and others.  The second half, as you might suspect, was patriotic music.  My favorite number was a tribute to the 5 armed forces (Army, Marines, Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force)with a verse from each of the service hymns.  As the songs from different branches were played, veterans from that branch were asked to stand and be recognized.  We half dozen old Leathernecks stood at attention as the notes from the famous Marine Corps Hymn were sounded.  I believe we got the loudest round of applause.  Veterans from other branches probably felt the same way about their ovations.

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