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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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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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Gold Country Fair Starts Today!!

said on September 6th, 2018 filed under: Localism

The Gold Country Fair starts today! Come on out and participate in one of the last local events of the summer.  The fairgrounds are located at 1273 High Street in downtown Auburn.  This year’s theme is California Nights & Carnival Lights and is running from Thursday Sept 6th through Sunday Sept 9th. This year includes the carnival, fantastic food, vendors, still exhibits, Best Buy Educational building, agricultural Exhibits, Junior Livestock Auction, Demolition Derby, Monster Trucks, Kids World and more!

Fair Hours

Thursday, September 6th – 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Friday, September 7th – 4:00 pm to Midnight

Saturday, September 8th – 11:00 am to Midnight

Sunday, September 9th – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

If you are parking at the fair, please go to the public parking entrance at 303 Sacramento Street, Auburn, CA 95603.  Parking is $6.00

On Saturday at 10am the Gold Country Fair is hosting the Junior Livestock Auction.  The Junior Livestock Auction was developed to educate our junior exhibitors in livestock marketing. The sale is made up of market animals that are selected, fed and shown by 4-H and FFA members as well as Independent youth, who have competed in 4-H and FFA market divisions at the Fair.

These market animals have been judged by knowledgeable judges, who award Champions of each species. The animals are placed according to market grades for the auction sale order. By supporting this Junior Livestock Auction, buyers are contributing to the education of today’s youth, our citizens of tomorrow. This Jr. Livestock Auction is an excellent example of youth organizations and local businesses working together to improve and promote the history of agriculture in Placer County.

Come out to the fair this weekend and have a blast with family or friends!

 

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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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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