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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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Getting Permits After the Fact

said on July 12th, 2018 filed under: Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

 

 

Here in Nevada County, we have many homes that have expanded their downstairs into living quarters. Some owners build to code but have not pulled permits to save on their taxes.

 

When a contract is accepted but concerns are raised about lack of permits, it is possible to apply for “after the fact” permits. To do so, hire an architect or a residential draftsman to draw up new plans. Residential draftsmen are usually less costly. Both can get quite busy in Nevada County and sometimes it is necessary to hire someone from Roseville, Rocklin, or Sacramento.

 

Once you have hired the residential draftsman or architect, you will need them to make a floor plan, a site plan, an electrical plan, and a title 24 energy plan. These plans are submitted to the county and the owner will pay for a minor remodel. The average cost of the building permit is $1,200, plus an additional tax for every 500 square feet of newly permitted living space which goes to schools.

 

Obtaining permits after a structure has already been built may not be ideal, but it is doable! The county accepts after the fact permitting much more easily than they used to.

 

 

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Serving Food at Realtor Open Houses

said on June 14th, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

One of the things that I feel strongly about is the serving of food at all my Realtor Open Houses.  Realtors are known to ZOOM through properties and I want to slow them down…enjoy the home while they munch upon some good food.  There is a special connection when someone eats in a home and no matter what happens, the night before the tour I make a tasty treat for my colleagues.

 

 

Serving quesadillas in this Realtor tour in the beginning of May. The three different kinds of salsa are a true hit…freshly made from Ikedas .

 

 

Loving the chance to serve these freshly blended mango and pineapple smoothies in the tropical lanai at Sunset Hills Court.  What a treat while you look over the lake from the outdoor deck near the spa.

 

 

 

Realtors are more likely to remember their experiences in homes they really take the time to enjoy. Every little thing helps, and it’s great seeing everyone really stop and take their time!

 

 

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Turtles in Lake of the Pines, CA!

said on June 5th, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy

This time of year we have turtles leaving hibernation, crossing the street, and traveling through 3 parks in Lake of the Pines to get to the water. Local turtle lovers have places “Turtle Crossing” signs throughout the community, so be careful!

 

 

Wondering what to do if you see one of these cuties trying to cross the road? You can carefully pick them up, but make sure you hold the turtle away from your body… their defense is to pee on you! Walk them as close as you can to the water and make sure to wash your hands afterwards.

 

As soon as Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello get safely into the water the signs will be removed… at least until next their next adventure!

 

 

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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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So There Was a Realtor’s Summit….

said on March 10th, 2018 filed under: Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Success Stories, Whimsy

CJ had a ton of fun, got to meet plenty of people (most aren’t pictured), and won some awards. Take a look!

 

 

Arrival at the Peppermill in Reno… So many people!

 

 

Everyone on their best behavior at one of the seminars, all business…

 

 

….And the same people two hours later, living it up!

 

 

Everyone got noise-makers for the awards ceremony (totally unnecessary, the crowd was huge!)

 

 

CJ was in the top 100 producers at Century 21 for 2017!

 

 

 

And here’s CJ with Deanne!

 

 

The Badge!

 

 

The Ticket!

 

 

The Top 100 Invite!

 

 

And CJ made Masters for her 13th year in a row!

It was a most excellent ride, she’ll be back next year!

 

 

Added bonus: She also won an IPad. Check it!

 

 

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Northridge Restaurant

said on February 28th, 2018 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy

So let pretend for a moment…. that you’re hungry. Not the normal kind of hunger, but the deep set, cloying kind of hunger. The kind of hungry where a home cooked meal just doesn’t cut it. You want a restaurant. A good one. And you’re on Combie Road, just outside of Lake of the Pines. Why are you there? Psh, you know why. Or you can make up a reason. Both are fine by me.

So what now?

Where do you go?

I’ll tell you.

 

 

You go to Northridge Restaurant, just off Combie, right by the CVS. Because you have taste. Or you want to. Again, both work.

Haha, but seriously, they’re great. They have incredible pizzas, salads, burgers, whatever. Last time I went I got a Popeye’s Pizza and a salad to split with some friends; we all left stuffed and satisfied. And with leftovers to boot.

 

This isn’t the Popeye Pizza, but it’s a solid example of a Northridge Pizza. We were too enamored with eating ours to take any pictures of it… Are we doing it wrong?

 

If you’re in the area and looking for grub, check it out. They hold events and such, they support Bear River Grad Night and certain charities, they’re local, and (of course!) the food is great. Good enough for me!

 

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Are You Ready for the Firebelles Follies?

said on February 9th, 2018 filed under: Cultural Events, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy

 

The Lake of the Pines Firebelles are up to something…..

The Annual Firebelles Follies will be held Friday, February 16th at the LOP Clubhouse. Doors open at 6:00, the show starts at 7:00, and entry is restricted to ages 18 and up due to adult content.

You can call 530-268-1279 for tickets!

 

 

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