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2019 “On Tour” Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the State Theater

said on March 13th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Cultural Events, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Come on out to the 2019 “On Tour” Wild & Scenic Film Festival with PARC in Auburn
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Auburn State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Presented by Protect American River Canyons

A fun filled evening of films, great food, local beer & wine and American River Canyon News & Updates. The “On Tour” 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to the State Theatre in Auburn with another incredible selection of adventure and environmental films to change your world. There will be two screening sessions of environmental films. Your ticket price includes both screening sessions. There are no separate session tickets available. No films are repeated. There will be a 60 minute dinner intermission. Dinner choices at the theater are offered by Joe Caribe’s with the purchase of a separate $10 ticket which may be purchased at the event.

Price: $22 General, $8 Student

The film festival includes 16 Films, Live Music, Food & Drinks, Speakers, & a Silent Art Auction. The schedule of the evening is as follows:

Session 1 – 5:00 pm TO 7:00 pm
Doors open at 4:15 pm

INTERMISSION 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Session ll  – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

To see Film Summaries, Schedule, purchase tickets, and more information, go to this link: www.parc-auburn.org/2019-on-tour-wild–scenic-film-festival.html.

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Need some ideas for your Super Bowl Party?

said on January 31st, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Cultural Events, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Nevada City, Whimsy

It is that time of year again, time for the Super Bowl!!

The Super Bowl this year is Sunday February 3rd & will feature the Los Angeles Rams playing the New England Patriots. Kick off is at 3:30 pm and will be aired on CBS.  Super Bowl LIII will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home of the Falcons. It’ll be the first Super Bowl hosted at the stadium, which opened in 2017.

Everybody has different traditional for their big Super Bowl parties, but we have a few ideas to you could add to yours to makes things fun & festive.

 

First things first, its fun to have great football related décor for everyone to enjoy.  You can always go buy all the pre-made décor that they will have at your local super market or craft store, or try these simple DIY things to spruce things up.

Try making these football paper chains, just like you would make for a Christmas countdown.  All you need is brown paper, scissors, a stapler or tape, and a white marker to create the football finger threads. These could be made before hand & used as a countdown to the big day or can be hung up for the day of the game.

We especially like this décor piece because it looks great but also is very functional! All you need is green wrapping paper or butcher paper, scissors, tape, & a white marker, white electrical tape, or white paint if you want to wait for it to dry. You can cover your counter how its shown in the picture, or maybe your coffee table where everyone will be gathered.

 

Other things you can add to your Super Bowl party to mix things up is some games! These are best when they have to do with the football game or commercials and everyone can be included, adults & kids alike.

A quick & easy thing would to create a photo booth with props & a back drop.  Everything can be football themed and maybe even feature the logos of the teams playing. You can do group shots after each quarter of the game & try to show with your poses how the game is going. This is great fun for everyone & then documents a fun day with friends & family.

Another easy & fun game you can play through the game is Super Bowl Bingo. There are many online Bingo cards you can print out and have a card for everyone.  You mark off the boxes as the game goes on, and the winner can get a cool football themed prize. This is an easy way to keep up with the game & commercials but still be interacting with each other.

 

Whatever you may do at your Super Bowl party, we hope you have a great time! This is always a great reason to get together as friends & family and celebrate an American tradition!

 

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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Wanting to volunteer? Think about Women of Worth

said on January 24th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Cultural Events, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Are you looking for a way to make a difference this year? Wanting to volunteer or donate to a cause in need? Considering working with or donating to Women of Worth. We really love what this non-profit does for the community.

Women of Worth was founded over 20 years ago by Sandy Escobar-Schmidt, a survivor whose personal passion is to help abused women & children escape domestic violence.  Women of Worth helps families in crisis, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault & human trafficking.  They also offer programs to increase self-reliance & improve quality of life by helping victims rebuild their lives with dignity, hope, & safety.

Here is a quick snapshot of what they do:

– Emergency shelter

– Transitional housing

– Counseling & support groups

– Advocacy & case management

– Furniture & personal items

– Educational & career assistance

– Life skills training & mentoring

– Financial education

– Legal assistance

 

They provide all this & more & all for free.  Over the years they have helped hundreds of families, &  you can be a part of what they do.

Some of the needs they regularly have are listed below:

At the WoW ReShop:

– Clothing Department: General organizing, folding, & quality checks

– Linen Department: folding, sorting, & restocking

– Book room: sort, purge, & organize books

– Kitchen: stock, sort, & keep things clean

– Show room: Receive donations, sort & shelve items, pricing

– General cleaning & managing of facilities

 

At Women of Worth offices:

– Answer phones, take messages

– Filing

– Organizing desks & files

– General cleaning of office

 

There are many other needs WoW has from time to time & are always taking donations. For more info visit their website www.women-of-worth.org

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Try this easy-to-make Christmas treat!

said on December 19th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Country Property, Cultural Events, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Need a great treat to bring to your Christmas party? Or want a fun recipe to make together on Christmas eve? This recipe for Muddy Buddies is it! This recipe uses a full box of Chex so it makes a lot so you have plenty to share, or is great for creating small treat bags for you friends, family, or neighbors.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box (12.8 oz.) (about 13 cups) Rice Chex, Corn Chex Wheat Chex or Chocolate Chex cereal (or combination)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Holiday M&M’s

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper and set aside. Pour cereal into a very large bowl; set aside.
  2. In 1-1.5 quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave 15-30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  3. Add powdered sugar and gently stir into chocolate covered cereal. Spread cereal on the two baking sheets to cool. Once cool, put the Muddy Buddies into the desired container or gift bags, by adding a small amount of Muddy Buddies then sprinkle a few M&M’s and repeat.
  4. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

This sweet treat is sure to be a hit this Christmas! Give it a try!

 

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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Cornish Christmas 2018

said on November 29th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Come on out to Grass Valley’s Cornish Christmas. This year Cornish Christmas falls of the Fridays November 23rd & 30th as well as December 7th, 14th, and 21st. It is free to the public, runs from 6-9 pm, & happens rain or shine!

Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of our most popular events. Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, and of course, Santa Claus. Handmade arts and craft from artists throughout California are displayed on our historic downtown Grass Valley streets. Delicious food and drink can be purchased from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors.

The Cornish Christmas celebration is truly an overload of the senses. Stroll down the bustling historic downtown Grass Valley streets as Christmas music fills the air. Hear young and old alike play their rendition your favorite holiday tunes as buildings dressed in Christmas lights sparkle in the December night air. Smell the aroma of your favorite dish while you browse the multitude of gifts and decorations made by some of California’s best crafters and artisans.

Cornish Christmas is one of the most popular holiday events in Grass Valley. It is a fun time for young & old, for foodies or people needing to get some holiday shopping done. Grab your family or friends and head out this Friday!

 

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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A jewel of the foothills: Miners Foundry Cultural Center

said on November 21st, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Cultural Events, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

From humble beginnings as a machine shop in 1855 to its current incarnation as a cultural center and community meeting place, Miners Foundry has prospered and grown with Nevada County.  The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is a living historic treasure serving Nevada County as a cultural arts and community events center.  More than a venue, the nonprofit’s mission is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities in Nevada County.  It is a symbol of California’s rich historical heritage, providing an educational and social bridge from our past to the present and future.

For its first 100 years, the Miners Foundry produced equipment for the gold mining & timber industries. For the next 50 years it has served us well as a cultural center; first as the American Victorian Museum and later the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  The first Pelton Wheel was manufactured here.  KVMR Community Radio was born here.  This rich mixture of our Historical Landmark status along with a broad-spectrum of community offerings make it the perfect place to meet, marry, party, celebrate, dance & enjoy a concert. There is always something going on at the Miners Foundry.

The Miners Foundry hosts many weddings throughout the year. With native stone walls, heavy beams, & antique furnishings, the Foundry is the perfect blend of rustic & elegant, intimate & expansive, feminine & masculine. The Foundry also hosts many social events throughout the year. A gathering of people of all ages & singing levels called The Foundry Sings gather every few months.  For the holiday season, the Miners Foundry has lots of events.  This year they are holding the Holiday Cabaret on December 1st, Clara & the Nutcracker on December 6th, 7th, & 8th, as well as the Winter Craft Fair on December 9th.  For more info about these events & more, visit minersfoundry.org

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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21st Annual Yuba River Clean-up!

said on September 13th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Join SYRCL and the community for the 21st Annual Yuba River Cleanup!

We have nearly 90 miles of rivers, creeks and shoreline to cover in just one day and we need your help keeping our local rivers trash free. Help us haul out the garbage, divert recyclables from the landfill, and keep the Yuba clean, safe and healthy. This event has been going strong for 20 years, hauling out MORE THAN 200,000 POUNDS of garbage and recycling!

Help make our 21st the best yet by planning ahead and saving the date. Questions? Contact Daniel Belshe at daniel@yubariver.org or 530-265-5961 ext. 201.

Register today to join over 800 volunteers from our community, helping to keep our watershed clean. A clean river means a beautiful, healthy river and a healthy river in the Sierras can impact life downstream, all the way to the sea.

You are an important part of making this cleanup a success. With over 30 sites to be cleaned along 80 miles of rivers and creeks, you can make a huge difference in the health of our Yuba watershed in just one day. Over the past 20 years, our community has removed more than 100 tons of garbage and recycling from our Yuba Watershed.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your registration today by determining which site is best for you and your family. Choose from sites needing trash removal or ecology restoration; all volunteer levels are needed, whether you’re a river warrior ready to get your hands dirty, or a family with small kids, we have the perfect site just for you. Check out the Cleanup site map for more site-specific information at http://yubariver.org/annual-events/yuba-river-cleanup-sites-map/

Don’t miss the Volunteer Appreciation Party from 1pm-5pm, at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Come join our community of volunteers for an afternoon celebrating our cleanup efforts, enjoying delicious local eats, tasty brews, and great company. Local artists The Heifer Belles and Red Dirt Ruckus will dazzle you with their musical gifts, and lunch is FREE for volunteers registered by September 10. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Don’t have time to Volunteer?

Become a Virtual Volunteer by joining the Clean-a-thon to help raise public awareness and funding for our cleanup efforts. You can join an existing fundraising team, create your own team with friends and family, or fundraise as an individual. Whichever you choose, have your family and friends show the Yuba some love too, by donating in celebration of our day of service. We have exciting incentives to say thanks and sweeten the deal for our superstar fundraisers!

 

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

 

 

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Nevada County Fair Starts Today!

said on August 8th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Nevada County Fair begins today!!!

 

Head on up to the Nevada County Fairgrounds for one of the best fairs in the area! Some of the most beautiful fairgrounds in the state this week plays host to an assortment of good ol’ fashion fun! You have got to come out and see what the whole county and surrounding areas  waits all year to experience!

We have five days of excitement and fun planned for Fair-goers of all ages. The Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to enjoy musical entertainment, delicious Treat Street food, carnival rides and games, barns full of animals, and exhibits in a community-friendly environment and at affordable family prices!

 

Each day of the fair has some special promotion for visitors. Below is each day listed out:

Wednesday, August 8
Scholar Students Day
Free admission for Nevada County Honor Roll students until 5 pm (by invitation only from the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools)

Thursday, August 9
Community Day
Free coupon book with coupons for Treat Street, souvenirs and events (valid on Thursday, August 9 only)
Free admission for disabled persons (and a chaperone for those who require assistance) until 5 pm

Friday, August 10
Family Friday
Free parking until noon
One free carnival ride to first 500 guests
Ag Mechanics Auction. Be a buyer at the Ag Mechanics Auction and receive free admission.

Saturday, August 11
Military Appreciation Day
Free admission for active and retired military (who show ID) until 5 pm*
*For active and retired military members only and does not include family

Sunday, August 12
Sunday Funday
Free admission for children 12 and under until 5 pm
Junior Livestock Auction. Be a buyer at the Junior Livestock Auction and receive free admission.

Each evening the arena holds a large event, which require an event ticket, but always a guaranteed good time. Below is the arena schedule for this year:

Wednesday, August 8
Flying U Extreme Rodeo – 7 pm
$12 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under
Produced by Cotton Rosser and the Flying U Rodeo Company, this action-packed rodeo includes cowboys, bull riding, Mutton Bustin, and local barrel racing.

Thursday, August 9 (NEW IN 2018)
All Star All American Pulling Series – 7 pm
$12 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under
Ticket price includes a driver Meet and Greet in the Arena from 5:30 – 6:3o pm

The All Star All American Pulling Series features five pulling classes, including outlaw unlimited multi-engine tractors, super modified 4-wheel drive trucks, and street warrior local participation class.

Friday, August 10
All Star Monster Trucks, Stock and Modified Tough Truck Racing – 7 pm
$15 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under
Ticket price includes a driver Meet and Greet in the Arena from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
The All Star Monster Truck Tour features four brand new Monster Trucks, as well as Stock and Modified Class Tough Truck Racing.

Saturday, August 11

All Star Monster Trucks, Stock and Modified Tough Truck Racing – 7 pm
$15 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under
Ticket price includes a driver Meet and Greet in the Arena from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
The All Star Monster Truck Tour features four brand new Monster Trucks, as well as Stock and Modified Class Tough Truck Racing.

Sunday, August 12
Destruction Derby – 7 pm
$15 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under
Hosted by KNCO radio, the derby features drivers putting their cars to the ultimate test by crashing, smashing, and ramming other vehicles while trying to keep their own vehicle running!

A  good time is to be held by all at the Nevada County fair! Come on down to 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA and see what everybody is talking about!

 

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

 

 

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Nevada County National Night Out

said on August 3rd, 2018 filed under: Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

National Night out August 7th 2018

Come celebrate national night out! All greater Grass Valley & Nevada City area residents & families are invited to join us at Dee Mautino Park (10609 Alta Street, Grass Valley) for this FREE, fun, and community building event! Come for the food, the activities, or just say hello to your police departments. National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer & better place to live.  At this year’s event there will be live music, free food, free games, McGruff the Crime dog, Fire engine & police car exhibits, and a COLOR FUN run for all the kids!

The event will run from 6-7:30pm on August 7th 2018. In past years, Nevada City & Grass Valley held two separate National Night Out events, but in order to get the community more connected, they are combing them this year. The hope for the event is to grow the connection between the community and its police departments, as well as community members to each other. Last year’s event drew over 300 people. Since this year is combined they are expecting more and therefore planning to cook over 600 hot dogs this year! Free ice cream cones are also on the menu.

The participating agencies include Grass Valley police, Nevada City police, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Nevada County Citizens for Safe parks and the Western Nevada County Recreation Services.

 

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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