Major 2012 events for downtown Grass Valley

Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Foothills, Grass Valley is truly a postcard image. Bathed in a mix of cedar, pine and deciduous trees that burst forth a multitude of Fall colors, this circa 1800 Gold Rush-era town offers a window into the past while providing the best the present has to offer. Here […]

Sierra Vintners: California wine in a new direction

The towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City still have an energy that reaches back to their roots at the heart of the California Gold Rush. In 1850, miners discovered a huge strike of gold-bearing quartz and started a boom that made Grass Valley and Nevada City two of the most important mining towns in […]

Sierra Stages starts new year with Death of a Salesman

Sierra Stages once again offers an affordably-priced Season Pass for all three of its principal productions in 2012: Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” and Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s “Assassins”. The Sierra Stages 2012 Season Pass is priced at only $50, and allows the season pass holder to select […]

County business helps decorate Rose Parade floats

Besides drawing tourists, our county’s businesses also are good at exporting their tourism know-how to elsewhere in California. Since 1998, Todd Johnson of Foothill Flowers in Grass Valley has gone to Pasadena to help decorate Rose Parade floats. This year Todd, whose family owns the downtown business, departs today to help decorate floats for the […]

Horse-drawn carriage ride for Christmas Eve

We hopped aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through Nevada City on Christmas Eve. It was enchanting: The historic town was all lighted up for the holidays. We viewed it in slow motion, to the “clip clop” sound of horse hooves. The Nevada City Horse Drawn Carriage Co. has been a stalwart in offering […]

Man-made snow creates solid base for Christmas skiing

North Lake Tahoe ski resorts continue to supplement what Mother Nature delivers — blowing millions of gallons of snow this season and creating a solid base that has most resorts open for skiing and riding. Northstar-at-Tahoe is open top-to-bottom (that’s 2,280 vertical feet) due to significant capital improvements in snowmaking – 11 lifts, 19 trails […]

A "Little Italy" emerges in Grass Valley

Though best known for its Cornish heritage, Grass Valley has been home to Italian immigrants since the gold-rush days. The land is similar to the hills of Italy, for winemaking, ranching and other pursuits. Now a “Little Italy” is sprouting up downtown for dining, shopping and celebrating Italian culture. On Bank Street, in the historic […]

Video: Sierra Vintners

Here’s a look at the Sierra Vintners Association. Sierra Vintners is made up of 15 different wineries in and around the beautiful towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City in the Nevada County wine region. For more information, go to

Santa's lighted sled at Sierra Knolls Winery is a winner

Santa’s sleigh from the Sierra Knolls Winery in south county won first prize in the Auburn Festival of Lights. We’re not surprised, because we’ve been admiring it this season. Sierra Knolls’ new Bear River Wine Tasting room is located at 10024 Linnet Lane —just north of the Bear River crossing (and Nevada County line) on […]

Rainbow Lodge for Christmas and New Year

Rainbow Lodge at Royal Gorge is a unique Sierra hideway where you can escape for a few days and relax in the mountains and experience briefly the warmth, charm and beauty of th historic past. The Rainbow Lodge is located on a section of the historic Emigrant Trail and, during the 1800s was a popular […]

Donation Day Parade in Grass Valley on Wednesday

This year’s 128th Donation Day Parade — a festive, historic event — is on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in downtown Grass Valley. Children marching through the streets carrying donations of canned goods for local families. Bagpipers and bands add a festive air to this historic Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society sponsored event. Here’s some background […]

Another Cornish Christmas and extended store hours in Grass Valley

The Grass Valley merchants and the association staff would like to remind you that there is one more Cornish Christmas this coming Friday, December 23 from 6-9 p.m. We hope you will bring your visiting family and friends and enjoy the downtown stores, restaurants, the entertainment and the vendors. True ambiance in Grass Valley! Santa’s […]

Art scene is on the rise in Truckee

A variety of arts and culture has taken root in Truckee. Three new galleries opened their doors recently in downtown Truckee including Bolam Gallery, a live/work studio that features original oil paintings, located in the Brickelltown section of downtown. Also in the same neighborhood is Artisans Marketplace, which was new in 2010; it’s an inviting […]

Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo coming to Center for the Arts

WHO: The Center for the Arts presents WHAT: Ladysmith Black Mambazo. WHEN: Monday, February 27, 7:30PM, WHERE: Veterans Memorial Auditorium 255 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945 TICKETS: $28 members, $35 non-member, $40 VIP includes reserved seats and parking On sale to members only Wednesday, December 14 thru January 3. On sale to General […]

Hanukkah Treat

This year, Hanukkah is from Dec. 20-28, when Jewish people light the menorah and exchange gifts. On December 20, Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley will celebrate Hanukkah with a cooking demonstration of Latkes, a popular treat during the eight-day Festival of Lights. Called Latkes in Yiddish, the shallow-fried pan- cakes of grated potato, flour […]

Grass Valley Male Voice Choir Christmas Concert

“The Grass Valley Male Voice Choir has its roots in Cornwall with the Male Voice Choir tradition going back as far as anyone can remember,” according to the Choir’s website. “Cornwall Cornish miners came to Grass Valley during the Gold Rush of 1849 when their skills in hard rock mining were needed to extract gold […]

InConcert Sierra's Holiday Concerts

•Saturday, December 17 at 7 p.m. •Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley The program features the ever popular and beautiful Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez, plus many favorite and uplifting holiday carols, a joyous work by local accomplished composer Jerry Grant, and a special rendition of […]