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Get your gutters ready for winter!

said on September 18th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Country Property, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Whimsy

Get your gutters ready for winter!!

The first day of Fall is this Saturday and we can already feel it! With the temperature dropping its means its only a matter of time before it is our rainy season. Are your gutters ready for it? If you answer is not automatically yes, then maybe it’s the perfect time to show your gutters some love. A small amount of maintenance now can make all the difference, and most likely save you bundles!

Sagging and clogged gutters can overflow, causing damage to the soffit and fascia on the eaves of your home. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to keep gutters clean and properly maintained.

To maintain your gutters:

  • Clean Gutters: Check gutters regularly to make sure they are clean, and remove any leaves or other debris.
  • Secure Gutters: To repair sagging or loose gutters, replace the gutter spikes with gutter screws, using a cordless drill. Gutter screws hold much better than standard gutter spikes, providing support and security.
  • Seal Leaks: Use a hose to check the joints and seams for leaks. To repair a leaking joint, clean the area thoroughly and apply silicone caulk to seal it.
  • Repair Downspouts: Make sure that downspouts are clear of leaves and other debris, and that any joints fit together properly.
  • Water Runoff: Check to see that the water coming out of downspouts is diverted away from your home using splash blocks, a downspout extension, or irrigation pipe.

The more you can do before the rains come, the better! Its not fun for anyone, including your bank account, to have to make emergency repairs in the middle of winter. Celebrate the first day of Fall this weekend by giving a little TLC to your home!

 

Need help finding the right person to do any repairs on your gutters? 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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23580 Singing Hills Court

said on August 28th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

Check out our newest listing! We are so excited to present 23580 Singing Hills Court in beautiful Lake of the Pines in Auburn, CA.

Welcome to this sweet home, filled with good energy, and just waiting for your updating touches. This home has a great room concept which allows for you to interact in all the living spaces. It is super clean with brand new carpet just installed.

The master is on the main level and private from the two upstairs bedrooms. You have the feeling of being in a tree house while sitting on your back deck. There is plenty of storage underneath the home and in the garage. Walk only 1/2 mile to the private Clubhouse, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, Sports Lounge, pool, main beach and golf course. This home is an exceptional value and won’t last long!

Lake of the Pines is a stunning 2000-home gated community located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, roughly 46 miles north east of Sacramento. In addition to our 230-acre lake, LOP residents and their guests enjoy a host of on-site amenities including a 19 hole golf course and driving range, pro shop with adjacent sports lounge bar and Grill, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, six developed parks, 148 marina slips, 4 tennis courts, 2 bocce ball courts, 3 pickle ball courts, a full-size basketball court, a spacious and newly built lakeside clubhouse and restaurant with full bar service, 24 hour control gate access, RV and boat storage services, and more!

Check out the full listing here

Interested in taking a look at this lovely home? Or are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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Open House for our NEW LISTING!

said on August 23rd, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Nevada City, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

Open House for our NEW LISTING!
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23580 Singing Hills Court Auburn, CA 95602
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New Home for Sale at Lake of the Pines! $369,000
OPEN House Saturday, August 25 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Call CJ for gate access at 530-906-4715
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Welcome to this sweet home, filled with good energy, and just waiting for your updating touches. Great room concept. Super clean with brand new carpet. Master on the main level and private from the two upstairs bedrooms. Feels like a tree house while sitting on your back deck. Plenty of storage underneath the home and in the garage. Walk 1/2 mile to the Clubhouse, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, Sports Lounge, pool, main beach and golf course. An exceptional value!
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Interested in taking a look at this lovely home? Or 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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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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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: http://www.5kfor68.com/

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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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