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Treks, kayaking and more with Bear Yuba Land Trust

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This Saturday! Treks Through Time Wildflowers of the Grouse Ridge
When: 8:00am-4:00pm, Saturday, July 12
Suggested Donation: $12 BYLT Members, $17 Not-Yet-Members
Level: Easy-Moderate. Only a few spots left.

One of BYLT’s most popular trek leaders, Julie Carville, will be taking us into higher elevations in search of wildflowers. Julie has written books and taught extensively on the subject. Be prepared to spend some time on your belly getting up close and personal with the flower folk. Pollen on your nose gets you extra points!

Registration and prepayment required. Click here to register.

This Sunday! Treks Through Time Sierra Rock Art
When: 8:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, July 13
Suggested Donation: $12 BYLT & FSRA Members, $17 Not-Yet-Members
Level: Easy-Moderate. Space is limited.

Jeff Phelan of Friends of Sierra Rock Art will lead this outing for the Land Trust to beautiful Meadow Lake (35 miles northwest of Truckee) to view the mysterious petroglyphs of the early inhabitants of the area. The rock art is located on glacially polished granite next to a pond and forest. We will discuss the exotic geology that attracted both Native Americans, and the miners of the great boom town of Summit City (c1864). This event supports both BYLT and FSRA.

Suggested reading; Mark McLaughin Sierra Stories (Vol 2, Chpt 6) “Alice Hartley-The Madness of Meadow Lake.”

Registration and prepayment required. Click here to register.

Treks on Tuesday Litton Trails
When: 10:00am, Tuesday, July 15
Meet: Meet at the Hughes Rd Trailhead (1/4 mile south of Ridge Road), Grass Valley
Cost: Free

This is a FREE outing to introduce you to some of the local trails. For July we will be walking the Litton Trail from Hughes road towards Sierra College, then we’ll continue on the loop around Sierra College, make a brief stop at BriarPatch for refreshments, and then head back to our cars. Level: Mostly easy – approximately 4 miles round trip (For a shorter route you have the option of just walking the segment between Hughes and Dorsey). Bring water, wear good hiking shoes.

For more information email melony@bylt.org. Reservations NOT required.

Treks Through Time Van Norden Meadow & Royal Gorge
When: 8:00am-3:00pm, Saturday, July 19
Suggested Donation: $12 BYLT Members, $17 Not-Yet-Members
Level: Moderate with some Strenuous climbs/descents- approx 4 miles at 7,500′ elev

Truckee Donner Land Trust recently acquired Van Norden Meadow for public access and recreation. TDLT is proud to show off this landmark property and will be leading us onto a new loop trail where we will have the opportunity to experience different perspectives of the Sierra Crest and gain a whole new appreciation of the importance of this critically situated open space.

Registration and prepayment required. Email melony@bylt.org to register.

Our First-Ever AquaTrek!
Kayaking on Lake Spaulding

When: 8:00am-2:00pm, Sunday, July 20
Suggested Donation: $12 BYLT Members, $17 Not-Yet-Members
Notes: You must bring your own kayak, paddle, and life vest (or rent them from Mountain Recreation in Grass Valley)
Level: All levels of experience welcome

Barbara Price, kayaker extraordinaire, will lead us on our first-ever AquaTrek! This flat water kayaking adventure will be held on beautiful Lake Spaulding in the Grouse Ridge area. We will take a leisurely paddle around the lake, slowing to admire the wildlife (eagles, turtles, and ?) and wildflowers. We’ll find a spot on shore to eat our lunches or possibly just raft-up and eat out on the lake. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a hot summer day on a cool lake!

Registration and prepayment required. Email melony@bylt.org for more information or to register.

(Source: Bear Yuba Land Trust)

Enter to win prize packages at the California State Fair

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Be sure to visit the Nevada County, CA booth in the Counties Exhibit hall at the California State Fair this month for a chance to win one of six prize packages. To enter, sign up to receive our tourism e-newsletter at the booth or, sign up here. The winners will be drawn on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Good luck!

Outdoor fun in the Tahoe National Forest and Truckee

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Summer is upon us and the weather is warm and spectacular. This is the best time of the year in the Tahoe National Forest to enjoy camping with friends and family surrounded by beautiful landscapes and pristine lakes. Join us at any one of our 10 beautiful camping areas.

The charming little town of Truckee is famous for world class skiing and record snowfall, but sometimes is overlooked when the snow disappears. However, when the seasons change and the Sierra is warmed by the enviable California sun, Truckee becomes a focal point for all things recreation and relaxation related. With activities and events ranging from outdoor adventures to family friendly fun, Truckee summers are the Sierra’s best-kept secret.

Truckee offers outdoor activities for all abilities and budgets, including hiking trails that lead to serene glacial lakes, fly-fishing in the meandering Truckee River, mountain biking on trails overlooking the Sierra crest and camping amongst ancient pine trees. What are you waiting for? Come on up and hike, recreate, fish, visit our camp store at the Logger Campground or just relax with your morning coffee and watch the majestic hot air balloons float over Prosser Lake.

There’s no better place to be during the 4th of July than in Truckee! Be entertained by festivals, music, parades, great food – and of course the best fireworks displays you could ever wish for over Donner Lake. Here are some other upcoming July events for you to enjoy:

July 12th — Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival. TruckeeAirShow.com

Every Tuesday in July — Free Blues concerts at The Village in Squaw Valley

July 13-14 — Art Wine & Music Festival in Squaw Valley. Squaw Valley’s base village will burst with color, taste, and sound as fine artists, crafts makers, performers and musicians come to participate in this fun, two-day annual event.

July 18-21 — Wanderlust Festival in Squaw Valley. Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world’s best yoga and wellness teachers and top musical acts and DJs, all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty.

July 26-27 — Donner Lake Triathlon. For more information, visit: DonnerLakeTri.com.

Another great family activity is the Boca Townsite Interpretive Trail located directly across the road from the Boca Dam. The family friendly trail is clearly marked and takes approximately 40 minutes. The Boca Townsite began as a construction camp for the Central Pacific Railroad in 1867, then transitioned to the Boca Mill & Ice Company and later to the Boca Brewery. Boca means “mouth” in Spanish, which is fitting because the town sits at the mouth of the little Truckee River. Because of the proximity to the railroad and nearby stands of fine timber, Boca was a natural site for timber mills that supplied lumber for the railroad snowsheds and towns from Sacramento to Virginia City.

The Boca Hotel once stood on the small knoll and served as an overnight stop for train travelers and housed seasonal workers. The original Victorian hotel burned in 1904. Boca’s demise came from the over harvesting of timber. The sawmill closed in 1908 due to a lack of timber. The Boca Hotel was rebuilt; however, not as elaborate.

(Source, photos: Tahoe Recreation)

Christmas in July for Nevada City!

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The Christmas Card movie, filmed in and around Nevada City, will be shown by the Hallmark Movie Channel as part of their Gold Crown Christmas event beginning July 4, 2014.

“Beginning July 4, enjoy ten days of classic Christmas movies,” suggests the Hallmark Movie Channel. Broadcast times according to Hallmark:

July 4 at 10 p.m. / 9 p.m. central
July 5 at 4 p.m. / 3 p.m. central
July 8 at 10 p.m. / 9 p.m. central
July 9 at 6 p.m. / 5 p.m. central
July 13 at midnight / 11 p.m. central

Watch a trailer of the film here:

(Source: Hallmark Movie Channel)

Rough and Ready’s Secession Days celebration is today

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On April 7, 1850, the town of Rough and Ready, angered at the lack of law and order, and the passage of a new mining tax, voted to secede from the Union and form the Great Republic of Rough and Ready. The Republic lasted less than 3 months when, the story goes, Nevada City refused to sell the “foreign” miners liquor! The town gathered again and decided to re-join the Union…just in time for the 4th of July celebration.

These days, we celebrate Secession Days on the last Sunday in June with food, fun and entertainment from 7am to 3pm. The day starts with a Pancake Breakfast to raise funds for the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department. Crafters and merchants ply their trades, our Town Blacksmith fires up the forge in the Blacksmith Shop, and the Fruit Jar Pickers play their special brand of music. The highlight of the day is the annual musical/melodrama “The Saga of Rough and Ready” performed live on stage. Rough and Ready souvenir sales, raffles, and more food and fun makes this a safe and enjoyable day for the whole family!

(Photo: Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce)

Nevada County draws prestigious statewide conference

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The California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO) has announced it will hold its annual staff conference in Nevada County next year, April 15-17, 2015.

The annual CALAFCO Staff Conference is attended by up to 100 LAFCo staff members from every county in California. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Express and at the Courtyard Suites in Grass Valley, with one evening banquet at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. This is excellent news for Nevada County tourism venues, which will see business midweek during the pre-summer season.

Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCos) are local agencies established in every California County by the State legislature to encourage the orderly formation of local governmental agencies, ensure efficient public services, preserve agricultural and open space land resources, and to discourage urban sprawl.

Founded in 1971, CALAFCO is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting its membership with educational and technical resources, providing statewide coordination of LAFCo activities, serving as a resource to the Legislature and other bodies, and offering a structure for sharing information among the various LAFCos and other governmental agencies it serves.

Supervisor Hank Weston has served as Chair of the Nevada County LAFCo since June 2007. Grass Valley City Councilmember Lisa Swarthout, also a LAFCo Commissioner and current Chair of the Economic Resource Council (ERC), said the ERC Tourism Advisory Committee will be standing by to welcome and offer assistance to this group.

— Nevada County CEO Friday memo

(Photo: SYRCL)

Enjoy a magical evening at Starry, Starry Nights

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Nevada County hosts elegant affairs at historic sites: the Julia Morgan-designed North Star House, the stone-walled Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the lush grounds of Empire Mine State Park.

Few, if any, are more splendid than Starry, Starry Nights, now in its 22nd year and the highlight of the summer event season.

The summer soirée, held on Saturday, July 19, is redolent of the Great Gatsby era: a starry night, twinkling lights in the trees, guests dressed in white, and dining and dancing on the grounds of Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley.

The food is exceptional—an elegant, Take a dance floor break to peek at the multi-course dinner prepared by Antonio’s Custom Catering. Fine local wines are ing by local Nevada County Astronomers. featured, including Nevada City Winery, The event is a fundraiser for Sierra Lucchesi Vineyards and Sierra Starr.

The Starry affair also includes hors d’oeuvres and a no-host cocktail bar; along with the complimentary wines and beer.

The pièce de résistance is the famous “dessert tent,” which includes a specialty coffee bar by a local favorite, Sierra Mountain Roasters.

After dinner, a “gotta-dance” band, Power of 12, with 12 musicians and a hot five-piece horn section, will entertain the guests.

Take a dance break to peek at the stars thanks to telescopes set up for star-gazing by local Nevada County Astronomers.

The event is a fundraiser for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation. “Starry, Starry Nights has done wonders to help create a healthier community, raising hundreds of thousands of dollar in its history,” says Executive Director Kimberly Parker.

Tickets are $135 per person ($85 is tax deductible). Reservations are needed by July 1. For more information, call Sierra Nevada Memorial Foundation at 530-477-9700 or visit SupportSierraNevada.org.

(Source: Sierra FoodWineArt; photo: Starry, Starry Nights)

Nevada County Concert Band performs this Sunday

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This Sunday is the first of three free summer concerts being performed by the Nevada County Concert Band at Nevada City’s Pioneer Park.

“I Get Around” is the theme for Sunday’s family-friendly outdoor concert that traverses the United States with musical selections that include “The Charleston,” “Arlington,” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Neil Diamond’s “America,” “Hawaiian War Chant,” and “Washington Grays.”

Check out our Photo Gallery of this talented, community member 70-piece band.

Prepare your picnic basket or treat yourself with goodies from the hot dog or ice cream vendors.  The Pioneer Park Picnic & Pops (PPPP) concert series is always filled with great music, solos, small ensembles and other entertaining surprises from conductor Cheryl Woldseth.

The Nevada County Community Band celebrates its 43rd season as a county-wide band, with historical roots through local city-based community bands that date back to the 1880s.  And, just like then, they still play free concerts for all to enjoy.

To learn more about this concert and other concerts planned this year, visit their website.

(Photos: Nevada County Concert Band)

Rough and Ready Secession Days is June 29

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On April 7, 1850, the town of Rough and Ready, angered at the lack of law and order, and the passage of a new mining tax, voted to secede from the Union and form the Great Republic of Rough and Ready. The Republic lasted less than 3 months when, the story goes, Nevada City refused to sell the “foreign” miners liquor! The town gathered again and decided to re-join the Union…just in time for the 4th of July celebration.

These days, we celebrate Secession Days on the last Sunday in June with food, fun and entertainment from 7am to 3pm. The day starts with a Pancake Breakfast to raise funds for the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department. Crafters and merchants ply their trades, our Town Blacksmith fires up the forge in the Blacksmith Shop, and the Fruit Jar Pickers play their special brand of music. The highlight of the day is the annual musical/melodrama “The Saga of Rough and Ready” performed live on stage. Rough and Ready souvenir sales, raffles, and more food and fun makes this a safe and enjoyable day for the whole family!

(Photo: Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce)

Father’s Day Festivities

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Father’s Day began in 1909 in Spokane, WA, when a daughter requested a special day to honor her father, a Civil War veteran who raised his six children after his wife died. Today Father’s Day is celebrated in 50 countries, from Antigua to Zimbabwe.

Far removed from video games, smartphones and other modern-day activities, our region offers some memorable Father’s Day experiences: fishing, bike riding, festivals, picnicking and more. Here are some examples:

NEVADA CITY BICYCLE CLASSIC

The Nevada City Bicycle Classic, on Sunday, June 15, is one of the premiere sporting events in the foothills, the largest and oldest bike race on the West Coast and the second-oldest race in the nation.

The event celebrates its 54th anniversary this year and many of the nation’s top cyclists are expected to be on hand. Action begins at 1 p.m. and is usually complete by about 6:30 p.m.

Several thousand spectators attend the tradi- tional Father’s Day event.

For more information, visit NevadaCityChamber.com and NevadaCityClassic.com.

TRUCKEE FATHER’S DAY RIBFEST

The Truckee Father’s Day Ribfest & BBQ is on June 15 at the Tri Counties Bank Plaza (12047 Donner Pass Road) from noon-4 p.m.

Ribs, Rods & Rock-n-Roll is this year’s theme. The event includes classic cars, local rock’n’roll bands for singing and dancing, a beer garden, children’s activities and arts and crafts.

Festival-goers can enjoy delicious ribs and food from local restaurants, including Auburn Barbeque Company, Taco Station and the Resort at Squaw Creek Six Peaks Grille.

For more information, visit TruckeeRibFest.com.

CALIFORNIA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

The California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival is held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The four-day festival begins Thursday, June 12 and runs through Sunday (Father’s Day).

For more information, visit FathersDayFestival.org

(Source: Sierra FoodWineArt, Photos: Nevada City Bicycle Classic, TownMountain.net)