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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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MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIL IN THE CALIFORNIA FOOTHILLS

said on September 13th, 2018 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Localism, Running and Hiking trails

This morning I was running Stevens Trail just outside of Colfax, California.

Stevens gets my vote as the most beautiful trail in the Foothills, at least in a thirty mile radius of Auburn.  I’ve run most of these trails, many times, and this one is my favorite for pure loveliness . . . combined with a worthy challenge.  View for view, glade for glade, and grade for grade, it matches up with any trail.   The trail head is conveniently close to the freeway, and there’s a LOT of trail, a nine mile round trip down to the North Fork of the American River (search around for the grinding holes left behind by the Nisenan women) . . . and back up to your car.  The return trip, a four and a half mile gallop, uphill all the way, provides the challenge.  But hey, that’s what you’re looking for, isn’t it?  Pushing yourself while lollygagging in Ma Nature’s embrace.  You’re not bumper-to-bumper on the interstate.  You’re not in one of those meetings where knives are hidden behind the words.  You’re not failing the required class for your degree.  No, you are in none of those places.  You are HERE.  Stevens!  Breathe it in.  What a buzz.  What a privilege.  You are HERE on Stevens Trail.

A few years ago, I wrote a couple of articles about Steven’s Trail—with lots of photos.  So help yourself.  Feel free to poke around on our site.  There are articles about many other Foothill trails.

https://goldenhillsrealestate.com/2010/11/04/the-magnificent-stevens-trail/

https://goldenhillsrealestate.com/2010/12/06/the-north-fork-in-winter-voice/

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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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Strawberries & Chantilly Cream Recipe

said on August 17th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Gardening, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Strawberries & Chantilly Cream Recipe

Don’t know what to do with all the strawberries that are in season right now? Try this whipped cream recipe! It is by far the best whipped cream recipe we have ever tasted! It will pair great with some fresh strawberries from your local farmers market, or any fruit that may be in season. We serve this treat to Realtors at our Open Houses from time to time and it is always a big hit! The natural strawberry flavor & the Chantilly cream is so delicious together.

 

Strawberries & Chantilly Cream

What you will need:

1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp strawberry-flavored popping candy (such as Pop Rocks)

 

How to make it:

 

  1. Cut smaller strawberries in half lengthwise; cut larger strawberries into quarters lengthwise. Toss together strawberries and granulated sugar in medium bowl until coated. Cover & refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

 

  1. Beat cream, powdered sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

 

  1. Divide strawberries with accumulated juices evenly among 6 bowls. Top each bowl with a large dollop of whipped cream. Sprinkle bowls evenly with candy. Serve immediately.

 

Serves: 6

Active time: 10 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

 

Enjoy this recipe as a special treat after dinner, serve as an appetizer at a party, or just whip it up for yourself!

 

Interested in buying or selling 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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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 SummerSeriesVolleyball.com.

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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Bocce Ball is Back for the New Season!!!

said on April 13th, 2018 filed under: Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy

Wow! What a line at Lake of the Pines. What are all these people standing in line for? We don’t stand in lines at LOP! Why would we want that??? That would be ridiculous!

Unless…. there’s photo evidence…..

Each person is a team captain representing 10-12 players. Everyone is hoping to get their team’s favorite night to play…. and the sport is…. BOCCE BALL.

So I guess that’s worth standing in line once.

Last year LOP had 650 registered Bocce Ball players, and this year looks like there may be even more!

Bocce has become one of Lake of the Pine’ favorite pastimes, joining golf, tennis, water skiing, fishing, paddle ball, and . . . well, I could go on and on.  There is something fun happening every day and every night in our beloved community.  We are so doggone lucky to live here!  And if you don’t live here, you should think about it.  Give us a call.  We’ll help you find the perfect home so you can vacation year-round in your own back yard.

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Easter is Here!

said on March 30th, 2018 filed under: Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Neighborhood Profiles, Whimsy

 

The LOP Eggstravaganza is this weekend! Everyone will be out at the Sports Lounge at 10 to get things started, then we’ll head out for all the activities!

 

 

The free Egg Hunt will be held on the Driving Range; there will be three separate levels for different age groups, so no toddlers have to brawl with the big kids to get any eggs, haha. Ages 0-3 get to start at 10:30, ages 4-7 at 10:40, and ages 8-12 are up at 10:50. Remember to bring your basket!

 

 

In front of the Golf Pro Shop you can sign up to play in the putting contest. All ages are welcome to join in and play, there  will be both a junior and adult course. It will be going from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. so be careful not to miss your egg hunting slot.

 

 

The Cake Walk starts at 10:30 a.m. on the grass at the Driving Range area. Tickets are $1.00 per turn and you can win a cake (or other dessert)!

Art Instructor Susie Bell will be wrangling the Painting Station, so feel free to stop by and paint a rock or make a wand, or plant a sunflower at our Flower Planting Station. There will also be plenty of free carnival style games to play.

 

 

If you start getting hungry, don’t fret, cause a Breakfast Buffet is offered for purchase in the Sports Lounge from 9:30 a.m.  until 11:00 a.m., plus Lunch service starting at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

CJ will be doing her Bunny thing again this year, so you’ll see her fully decked out in her costume so the kids can take pictures with the Easter bunny. She’ll be hipping and hopping about, so don’t hesitate to say hi!

 

 

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