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Big news: Boreal Mountain Resort opens this Friday!

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Boreal Mountain Resort is opening for the 2014-15 winter season this Friday, November 7 at 9 a.m. There will be one run with six terrain park features accessed by the Castle Peak Quad chairlift. Early season conditions will exist. No easier terrain will be available at this time.

All-Day tickets are valid from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Night-Only tickets are valid from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Flying-Saucer Sledding and Snowplay/Pedestrian tickets will also be available. These snow activities will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flying-Saucer sleds will be provided and participants cannot use their own.

To pre-purchase tickets or to learn more, visit RideBoreal.com.

What’s up in Nevada County November through December, 2014

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COUNTY

North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center Upcoming Events
17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA

Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell Concert
Friday, November 7, 2014
Doors 7:00 p.m.
 Show 8:00 p.m.

$15 advance/member, $20 door
To purchase tickets, visit NorthColumbaiSchoolhouse.org.

Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell hail from Loch Lomond, Scotland, and will be performing one of the best Songbooks in contemporary Scots acoustic music incorporating vocals, cello, guitar, Northumbrian pipes, piano, and laud. Linsey Aitken is a highly regarded cellist and vocalist crossing genres from classical to folk, trained on cello and piano at the RSAMD. She has performed professionally all over the UK from the Royal Albert Hall to the sands of Calgary Bay in Mull. Ken Campbell – Scottish singer-songwriter with a well-established pedigree over 30 years and with five albums to date, festivals, concerts, TV and radio throughout Europe, USA and beyond.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Encore
Friday, November 14, 2014
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.; Films will show from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Schoolhouse and SYRCL Members or Advance; 
$18 Door

$8 Kids 5 to 12 (Kids under 5 are free)
To purchase tickets, visit NorthColubmiaSchoolhouse.org.

For the second consecutive year, Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour will be making an appearance on the San Juan Ridge at the historic North Columbia Schoolhouse. SYRCL and the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center have partnered to bring an encore presentation of films from the 2014 Wild & Scenic Festival. A series of shorter films will be arranged around one longer feature.

Holiday Craft Faire
Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The San Juan Ridge is known for its rich collection of artists and craftspeople. Come to the annual Holiday Craft Faire and experience the works of talented craftspeople, shop for some gifts, and savor soups and hot drinks at the annual Holiday Craft Faire hosted by the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. This two-day event brings to life the one-room schoolhouse set atop Columbia Hill. Admission is free. Visitors from afar will have the chance to enjoy a scenic drive leaving behind the relative hustle and bustle of town to do some holiday shopping in this classic, natural setting.

Country Christmas Faire
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA
Friday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, November 29 and 30 from 10 a.m.m to 4 p.m.
$4 Admission fee

Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire, held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state. Exhibit buildings will be filled during the Thanksgiving weekend, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping with quality hand-made holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, hand-woven baskets, stained glass, candles, beadwork, and dozens of other unique gifts. Visitors to the Faire will enjoy strolling live entertainment, festival foods, the magical Gingerbread House exhibit, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, errand elves, and a community bon-fire. Wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered; Free childcare. To learn more about the Faire, visit NevadaCountyFaire.com.

Music in the Mountains “Holiday Pops – Celebrate the Magic”
Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds
Saturday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m. Children are free
Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets – $10 – $50
For tickets, visit MusicInTheMountains.org.

Join Music in the Mountains for Holiday Pops – Celebrate the Magic, a turbo-boost performance of symphonic rock arranged by Mannheim Steamroller and the Trans Siberian Orchestra, and of course, your favorite carols. The concert begins with Choral Director, Mr. Ryan Murphy leading the Music in the Mountain’s Festival Chorale accompanied by 28-piece chamber orchestra. On Saturday morning, children are invited to a special Children’s Holiday Concert. Rumor has it Santa Claus may make an appearance.

Double Oak Vineyard & Winery celebrates its 29th Harvest and 18th Vintage at their Harvest Open House on Saturday, November 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tour the winery with winemaker Bob Hilsman, barrel taste, sample the new and current releases, as well as reserve wines. Savory gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be paired with fine wine.

Popular local musician James Carlson will be performing with his fine acoustic guitar. He is playing a delightful mix of country and folk with his own original style and material. A great line-up of fine artists and craftpersons offering a fine selection of wood creations, collages and mosaics, textiles and weavings, and photographs. Admission is $7; Wine Club members and their guests $5 and includes a logo wine glass.

Nevada County Restaurant Week
January 23, 2015 through February 1, 2015
Participating restaurants throughout Nevada County

Nevada County Tourism in partnership the Grass Valley Downtown Association, the Nevada City Chamber, the South Nevada County Chamber, the Penn Valley Chamber, the Truckee Chamber, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber and Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, are excited to announce Nevada County Restaurant Week 2015. The event will be held in conjunction with Visit California’s statewide California Restaurant Month. During Nevada County Restaurant Week, restaurants located throughout the County will be offering, “deals,” specials and prix-fixe menus enticing local “foodies” as well as regional visitors to come and experience a new restaurant or one of your favorites or both. A full listing of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week along with their menus will be made available on GoNevadaCounty.com.

GRASS VALLEY

Two New Event Centers Open in Grass Valley

The Foothills Event Center is Nevada County’s newest upscale venue located in the beautiful foothills of Northern California. Whether your event is an intimate evening, a business luncheon, or a wedding reception with live music, The Foothills Event Center can easily accommodate your needs. With plenty of on-site parking for over 200 cars along with bus parking, blazing fast fiber optic internet, and an open floor plan that accommodates any size group, we are excited to share The Foothills Event Center with you. The Foothills Event Center is located at 400 Idaho-Maryland Drive in Grass Valley. To learn more about this facility, visit FoothillsEvents.com.

The Historic Binkelman Brewery Building at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites was remodeled in April and added 1,300 square feet of state-of-the-art mix-use meeting space, as well as four additional rooms to the boutique hotel’s inventory.

Born in Wurtenburg, Germany on January 2, 1828, David Binkelmann came to Grass Valley in 1853. The brick brewery was constructed in 1861 replacing a smaller 1856 frame building on North Auburn Street. Binkelmann ran the brewery until his death on May 23, 1884. Leaving his wife Sophie to carry-on until her death in 1915, when the brewery was bequeathed to her son, David J. Binkelmann. The Grass Valley Courtyard Suites is located at 210 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. To learn more about the property, visit GVCourtyardSuites.com.

The 47th Annual Cornish Christmas Celebration
Historic Downtown Grass Valley, CA
Held the four Fridays beginning Friday, November 28; December 5,12,19 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Since 1967, as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Historic Downtown Grass Valley streets are closed and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas. The rooftops of beautifully restored historic buildings are lined with white lights. Handmade arts and crafts from artists throughout California are displayed, and delicious food and drinks from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors are available. New this year, a FREE shuttle service from the Nevada County Fairgrounds to downtown Grass Valley. To learn more about this year’s Cornish Christmas, visit HistoricGrassValley.com.

Holidays at the Mine
Empire Mine State Historic Park
10791 E. Empire Street, Grass Valley, CA
Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29, 2014
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Be transported back to the early 1900′s when Empire Mine was ranked one of the oldest, largest, and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. Historic Bourn Cottage will be decked out in holiday splendor and old-fashioned decorations. Docents in lavish, turn-of-the-century costumes will portray Mr. & Mrs. William Bourn, as well as Jr., Mr., and Mrs. George Starr. Enjoy live Celtic music performed by the String Sisters. Children can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the nearby clubhouse, where they can share their heartfelt holiday wishes.

InConcert Sierra2014/2015 Third Sunday Concerts
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Drive, Grass Valley, CA
Sunday, October 19, November 16 & December 21

To learn more about the Third Sunday Concerts and see the rest of the 2014/2015 season, visit InConcertSierra.org.

Dances for the Season – Holiday Special
Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 21 at 2 p.m.

There’s no better way to close out 2014 than by enjoying holiday favorites with the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra with conductor Ken Hardin and assistant conductor Toon Vandevorst. Spreading holiday cheer with carols and celebratory songs, the program will include the premiere of a medley of carols arranged and orchestrated by Toon Vandevorst.

Jennifer Stumm, viola
Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.

Hailed by The Washington Post for the “opal-like beauty” and “phosphorescent energy” of her playing, and First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, violist Jennifer Stumm is internationally recognized as a musical innovator and dynamic advocate for her instrument. She was honored to give a TEDx presentation at the 2011 Aldeburgh Festival, which she entitled “An Imperfect Instrument,” and through a unique mixture of talk and performance, Stumm offers a compelling meditation on the viola’s capacity for emotion– and for making beautiful music. The subsequent video of her presentation was selected as an ‘Editor’s Pick’ of all talks on Ted.com.

The Center for the Arts Upcoming Events
314 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA

The 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza
Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.
$22 members, $25 non-member

The 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza lifts off with five-string favorite Bill Evans bringing in Tony Furtado and Mark Johnson, along with a band of bluegrass all-stars. Mark Johnson is the 2012 recipient of the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Northern California native Tony Furtado’s entrance onto the national stage came with him winning two National Banjo Championships while still a teenager and performing with Laurie Lewis’ band. He has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and shared the concert stage with such names as Greg Allman, Derek Trucks and Sonny Landreth. San Francisco Bay Area musician Bill Evans is an internationally recognized banjo life force, acclaimed for his playing, teaching and writing. The author of Banjo For Dummies, the most popular banjo instructional book in the world, Bill’s 2012 CD In Good Company features 26 guest artists. To learn more about this event, visit TheCenterForTheArts.org.

The Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration featuring Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie and Liz Story with Todd Boston
Sunday, December 21 at 7 p.m.
$25 members, $28 non-member

Three captivating artists who rose to fame recording for the Windham Hill label come together to celebrate the holiday season. Windham Hill “new age” image doesn’t do justice to the passionate singer, pianist, fiddler and guitarist Barbara Higbie, whom writer Derk Richardson described as “a jazz pianist who can write and sing like Laura Nyro and Carol King, a prize-winning folk fiddler who will interpret a John Coltrane tune through a French vocal.” Higbie, whose musical associates have included Bonnie Raitt, Bobby McFerrin and Carlos Santana, put together this Winter Solstice ensemble with GRAMMY-nominated pianist Liz Story and the guitar playing Windham Hill label founder, Will Ackerman. To learn more about this concert, visit TheCenterForTheArts.org.

NEVADA CITY

A new 150-foot suspension bridge hanging above Deer Creek on the Tribute Trail in Nevada City is open. Hanging four stories over Deer Creek in Nevada City, a new bridge is complete, adding another connection to the overall Tribute Trail network. The bridge creates a loop connection from Champion Mine Road along the existing Tribute Trail to the Environs trail, which stretches on the other side of the bridge to Zion Street via Providence Mine Road. The bridge itself is built to be “dynamic” in order to be flexible, meaning it sways, wobbles and bounces a little.

Forest Trails Alliance, designed and built the striking masonry abutments on either side of the bridge, as well as designed and built an elaborate stone-encrusted half-mile access trail leading to the bridge. The new segment of the trail and bridge pays tribute to the Nisenan people of the Nevada City Rancheria, who also contributed indigenous native plants to replace the invasive species cleared by another partner group, American Rivers, which also cleared excess fuel to make the area more fire-safe. Near the petroglyph and on either side of the bridge are curved, blue-dyed concrete “waves,” designed to add an enchantment worthy of the striking downtowns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is tentatively set for October 28 with many state and local officials including California’s Secretary for Resources John Laird and state Assemblyman Brian Dahle, are expected to attend.

Bear Yuba Land Trust has the most current information and maps of the trail at BYLT.org.

Artisans Festival
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29

Celebrate the start of holiday season at the 17th Annual Artisans Festival at the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s Artisans Festival will be like no other with a celebratory atmosphere of installation art, performance art, children’s art activities, and an Acoustic Café and Wine Bar all backing incredible artisans, many of whom are new to the festival.

36th Annual Victorian Christmas
Downtown Historic Nevada City, CA
Sundays, December 7, 14 and 21 from 1:30 to 6 p.m.
Wednesdays, December 10 and 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings. Victorian Christmas has become an annual family tradition that features holiday activities for all ages! Enjoy carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas! For more information, visit NevadaCityChamber.com.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
South Yuba River Citizens League
Screenings in Downtown Nevada City and Downtown Grass Valley
Thursday, January 15 through Sunday, January 18, 2015

This January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 13th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world. Each year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown areas of Nevada City and Grass Valley, California. The theme this year is, “A Wild Life”. Many of the adventurers and activists featured in our films live “wild lives” and we intend to honor their not-so-mainstream choices, often thought to be a little on the wild side.

Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures. This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but also instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us. Learn more about the film festival by visiting WildAndScenicFilmFestival.org.

Art at Wild & Scenic

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to partner with Nevada County Arts for the fourth year in an effort to increase awareness of the intersection between arts and the environment. More than 40 businesses, wineries, cafes and galleries will exhibit selected art during the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. “Exhibiting Wild & Scenic art adds another layer to the festival experience and immerses attendees in an environmental experience throughout town,” says Melinda Booth, Film Festival Director. Learn more here.

TRUCKEE

Boreal Mountain Ski Resort celebrates their 50-Year Anniversary in 2015 Season

During the winter of 1964-65, a small ski area named Boreal opened atop of Donner Summit. Almost half a century later, it’s a thriving ski & snowboard resort with a state-of-the-art action sports facility. Fifty years is a long time and Boreal plans on throwing a season-long party and rolling out killer dealers to commemorate this exciting milestone. Learn more about the ski resort by visiting RideBoreal.com.

Fifty Fifty Brewing Company Annual Eclipse Release Party
11197 Brockway Rd, Truckee, CA
Thursday, December 4

Fifty Fifty Brewing Company will celebrate their annual ECLIPSE™ Release Party on December 4th. Eclipse is only released once a year due to the extensive brewing and aging process. This award winning Imperial Stout is put it in oak bourbon barrels then aged for six months. Party includes tasting of previous years Eclipse, plus other 5050 barrel-aging project, commemorative bottle of Eclipse and Eclipse logo snifter glasses, gourmet cheeses, artisan bread, charcuterie, and beer-inspired appetizers and early access to purchase 2014 Eclipse, as well as other vintage Eclipse styles. Learn more by visiting FiftyFiftyBrewing.com.

38th Annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot and the Mashed Potato Mile
Donner Lake, Truckee, CA
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$25-$40 registration fee

The idea of a fun race around Donner Lake was hatched back in 1976 by a small group of enthusiastic runners who wanted to make room for all the turkey and pies they were going to be eating in the weeks ahead. Thirty-eight years later the Donner Lake Turkey Trot is a popular event attracting runners from Reno, Sacramento & The Bay Area as well as many locals who enjoy the excuse to support a good cause & get out for a morning run/walk. Auburn Ski Club Junior Nordic Team organizes the race as a fundraiser and a way to get ready for the ski season. The race happens regardless of the weather — snowstorms, below freezing temperatures, ice, rain or beautiful sunny days – guaranteed to be fun! To learn more and register, please visit AuburnSkiClub.com.

Check out Truckee in September!

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Truckee Offers an Array of Colorful Events and Activities this September

Located near the Sierra Nevada crest at almost six-thousand feet, the historic town of Truckee is amazingly picturesque during autumn, when the air is crisp, the sun bright and the tree-covered mountains become a patchwork of warm and vibrant colors. Perfect weather for hiking, cycling, fishing or almost any outdoor activity as well as a whole heap of spectacular events!

How will you be spending this spectacular season? Photographing the variety of colors and scenic landscapes? Hiking or cycling along the numerous trails spanning Tahoe National Forest? Paddleboarding across Donner lake? Sampling the Truckee tastings for the wine connoisseur? Fishing in one of the many rivers, lakes or streams? Dining at any one of Truckee’s fine restaurants?

Whatever activities you choose…you are sure to have an outstanding time in Truckee this fall.

First Fridays – September 5, 2014

Every First Friday of the month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. head to Historic Downtown Truckee where several of downtown’s unique shops, boutiques, art studios, and eateries keep their doors open later and offer special promotions, activities, demonstrations, food and beverages, music, and more! Participating shops and restaurants will display First Friday Flags so the public will know where the fun is. Come explore the festive atmosphere and energy of Truckee the first Friday of every month. For more information, visit www.HistoricTruckee.com.

Pacific Fine Arts & Crafts Festival – September 6-7, 2014

From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., head to historic Downtown Truckee for the Pacific Fine Arts & Crafts Festival at the corner of Bridge Street and Donner Pass Road, where you will see original art work of more than 60 artists and crafters. Enjoy shopping at all the unique and distinct merchants along Commercial Row, or stop in for a bite to eat at one of the many great restaurants set in authentic historic buildings, while surrounded by dramatic Sierra scenery. For more information, check out www.PacificFineArts.com.

Ironman Lake Tahoe – Truckee Viewing Party – September 20-21

The Lake Tahoe location is arguably tougher than any other, with over 8,000 feet of climbing on the bike course as-compared to the 5,000 feet of climbing through the Alps in Ironman France, and Truckee will once again be part of the IRONMAN Lake Tahoe course as the bike portion of the race comes through Historic Downtown Truckee not once, but twice.

The first wave of athletes are expected to come through downtown Truckee around 8:00 a.m., with the final competitors following around 2:30 p.m. The Truckee Downtown Merchants Association is planning a Viewing Party on Sunday, September 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. including a live feed of the swim-bike-run transitions on Jumbotron, a beer garden, music, dining and drink specials, and plenty of cowbells to cheer on the athletes. The large metal arch over the street will also make for some spectacular photo ops. For more information, visit www.IronmanLakeTahoe.com.

Foothill’s Farmers Market – September 23, September 30, October 7 & October 14

An ongoing event in Truckee, on Tuesdays from 8am-1pm, ending October 14th. Located on Brockway Road, this weekly event is the place to go for fresh products that nearby farmers have grown themselves. Additional non-agricultural food items, such as baked goods and prepared foods, are available by local vendors as well. For more information, visit www.FoothillFarmersMarket.com.

Truckee’s History Alive! – September 25

Entertaining and educating! This program runs from 7pm-9pm at the Truckee Veterans Hall. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Truckee Library, the Truckee Library and The Truckee Donner Historical Society and there is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, visit www.Truckee.com/explore.

Get out and enjoy Nevada County over Labor Day weekend

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Start your Saturday by stocking up for the weekend at either the Nevada County Certified Growers Market in at the North Star House in Grass Valley from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Nevada City Farmers Market on Coyote Street from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, or the Foothills Farmers Market at the Truckee River Regional Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Take a late summer dip at beautiful Scotts Flat Lake off Highway 20 a couple miles outside of Nevada City or in the South Yuba River, accessible at several locations throughout Nevada County.

There are hiking paths galore throughout Nevada County. Check out the Truckee Legacy Trail, the Loney Meadow Interpretive Trail or the wheelchair accessible Independence Trail that follows the Yuba River canyon. Whether your hiking, biking or looking for equestrian trails, find your perfect trail using Nevada County’s interactive trail web map.

Sneak peek of the soon to open Donner Memorial Visitor Center

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Celebrate the pioneer heritage while touring the new Donner Memorial Visitor Center this Saturday before the interpretive exhibits arrive.

This fundraising event to support the visitor center will be held Saturday, August 16 at 6 p.m. Enjoy a facility tour and exhibit previews, chuck wagon dinner, spiritual dedication by members of the Washoe Tribe, live music by Richard Blair, “Get in the Pioneer Spirit” costume contest, and square dancing. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased online at SierraStateParks.org.

Donner Lake Triathlon this weekend

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Even if you’re not a participant you can still come out to beautiful Donner Lake to cheer on athletes of all ages this weekend at the 2014 Donner Lake Triathlon.

2014 brings the 33rd Donner Lake Triathlon (DLT) to Truckee California. For years the Donner Lake Triathlon has been and remains the favorite triathlon of many. It’s no wonder as the event features an epic setting, a beautiful and challenging course, and is located very near Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

2014 also marks the 4th annual Donner Lake Kids Triathlon and the 2nd annual Donner Lake Half Triathlon.

We welcome you to Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. Make sure to plan to stay prior to or after so that you can experience one of the World’s best sporting playgrounds.

Learn more about the Donner Lake Triathlon click here.

(Photos: Donner Lake Triathlon)

Come celebrate In Nevada County – California State Parks turns 150 years old this year!

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This year the California State Parks commemorates the 1864 establishment of the first state park in the world.

On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting 39,000 acres of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California. Never before had land been set aside to protect its natural state for the public to enjoy. This historic legislation was the beginning of not only the California State Park System, but the national park idea we know today. Click here to access the new History of California State Parks brochure.

Nevada County, CA has four California State Parks within its jurisdiction and we welcome your visit. Plan on spending a day or two to explore the rich history that each of these State Parks have to offer.

Empire Mine State Historic Park, located in Grass Valley, is the site of one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California. In existence for more than 100 years, the mine produced 5.6 million ounces of gold before it closed in 1956. (5.6 million ounces of gold is equivalent to a box seven feet long, seven feet high, and seven feet deep filled with gold.) The park contains many of the mine’s buildings, the owner’s home and restored gardens, as well as the entrance to 367 miles (the distance, as the crow flies, from Grass Valley to Magic Mountain) of abandoned and flooded mine shafts. The park consists of forested backcountry and eight miles of trails – including easy hikes (for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding) – in the park.

On Saturday, August 23 from 11 AM to 4 PM, the Mine will host the 119th Miners Picnic. Since 1895, the Miners Picnic has been a picnic, a tradition – and tons of fun for all ages. It’s a rare chance to picnic on the stately grounds near fountains, vintage rose gardens and majestic trees. Bring your own lunch (as well as blankets and chairs) or purchase good food, ice cream and beverages from popular local vendors. Enjoy real gold panning, an old-fashioned cakewalk and the Search for the Gold Challenge, games and fun for all. Docents in period costumes bring history to life. They’ll be welcoming visitors at historic Empire Cottage. The Mine Yard will be buzzing with activity, including a dramatic mine rescue reenactment at high noon.

South Yuba River State Park is located in Penn Valley. This 20-mile portion of the South Yuba River canyon stretches from Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to Bridgeport covered bridge. The area includes the longest single-span covered bridge in the world, the steep rugged canyon of the South Yuba River, and the Independence Trail – the first identified wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail in the country. Visitors can view fast water pouring over massive granite ledges in the spring and warm, slow moving emerald swimming holes during the late summer. Families can also enjoy panning for gold, beautiful wildflowers in the spring, and docent-led history, nature and gold-panning tours throughout the year.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, located in Nevada City is the site of California’s largest “hydraulic” mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this method. The park also contains a 7,847 foot bedrock tunnel that served as a drain. The visitor center has exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield.

Donner Memorial State Park, is located in the Eastern region of Nevada County near the quaint town of Historic Truckee. Visitors are welcome year-round at the Emigrant Trail Museum and at the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800′s. Included in the museum are displays and information about one of the earliest pioneer wagon trains, the Donner Party, forced by circumstances to camp at the east end of Donner Lake in the winter of 1846-47, resulting in human suffering and loss of life. Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, Donner Memorial State Park offers the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe on trails and enjoy the season’s beauty.

For more historic park sites, visit GoNevadaCounty.com.

(Source: Nevada County Tourism, Lani Lott)

What’s Up in Nevada County August through October, 2014

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What’s up in Nevada County August, September and October 2014:

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Nevada County Exhibit Awarded Silver Ribbon at 2014 California State Fair
Nevada County Tourism

Each year the County of Nevada is invited to participate in the California State Fair’s Counties Exhibits competition. For over 100 years, the Counties Exhibit Program has been one of the most popular attractions at the annual State Fair. With more than 700,000 visitors in just 17 days, counties are able to widely market and showcase the best and brightest of their area. Each three-dimensional interactive exhibit is uniquely tailored to highlight the special features of the county.

This year Counties Exhibits’ theme is “From Our County to Your Table” with the intention of highlighting the agricultural features of each participating County. Nevada County Tourism is very proud to announce that Nevada County’s Exhibit was awarded a Silver Ribbon at the July 11 State Fair Award Ceremony. The County Exhibit will be on display at the California State Fair in the Counties Exhibits Building from July 11 through July 27, 2014. The award winning County Exhibit will then travel up to Grass Valley and be on display at the Nevada County Fair – August 6 – August 10 in the Ag Sperience area.

Stars at North Star House Jazz Series
North Star House
12183 Auburn Road, Grass Valley, CA
Sunday, July 27; Sunday, August 24; Sunday, September 28
Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
$45/BYLT members; $55 Not yet members

The Bear Yuba Land Trust will host a series of three Sunday afternoon concerts at the historic North Star House featuring some of jazz music’s greatest stars and local Nevada County talent. The Stars at North Star House Jazz Series will kick off Sunday, July 27 with internationally celebrated contemporary jazz pianist and composer David Benoit. Local favorites, The Sierra-5 from the Sierra Jazz Society will perform blues jazz on Sunday, August 24 followed by Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band who will bring the series to a fiery conclusion on Sunday, September 28.

During all three jazz concerts, a variety of food vendors will be available during the event for general admission ticket holders. A cash bar will be open throughout the events. Groups who desire to “upscale” their picnics during the August and September concerts can reserve a table for eight for $80, and pre-order boxed picnic dinners for $20 (choice of chicken or vegetarian). Local favorite Christopher’s Deli will provide a boxed picnic dinner for the August 24 concert and caterer Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering will prepare a Latin-themed box dinner for the September – Poncho Sanchez concert. For those not sitting at tables, it is advised to bring low-legged, low-back chairs for lawn seating. For more information, visit BYLT.org.

Nevada County Fair
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA
Wednesday, August 6 – Sunday, August 10

The Nevada County Fair offers five full days of excitement and fun for fair-goers of all ages. This event is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals and exhibits in a community-friendly environment and at affordable family prices! Experience special arena events every evening, ranging from rodeo to Monster Trucks, to Destruction Derby. Highlights include free entertainment on multiple stages, contests, demonstrations and exhibits. For more information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.

BBQ Battle and Foreign Car & Motorcycle Show
Western Gateway Park
Penn Valley, CA
Saturday, August 16

United Way of Nevada County is gearing up for its Annual Barbeque Battle/Foreign Car & Motorcycle Show – one big show of autos, food, live music and fun. The “Foreign Car Show” portion, in collaboration with the Sierra Sports Car Group, features vintage foreign vehicles on display. The BBQ Battle portion will offer barbecue tastings for judging. For more information, visit UWNC.org.

2014 Sierra BrewFest – An Epic Afternoon of Sun, Suds and Fun
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley, CA
Saturday, August 23
3:00 – 6:30 PM
$30 Advance; $35 At Door; $10 Non-tasters; Children Free

A unique, unlimited microbrew tasting experience. Sample over 100 hand-crafted beers. Enjoy delicious food from some of the best local food trucks and restaurants. For more information, visit MusicInTheMountains.org/Event/Sierra-Brewfest.

Strawberry Music Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley, CA
Thursday, September 11 – Sunday September 14

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is pleased to announce that this year’s Strawberry Music Festival will be held at the beautiful tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. This popular music festival – which features four days of music, camping and recreation – draws thousands of musicians, entertainers, and music enthusiasts from across the United States each year. The festival features a wide range of musical acts, representing many different musical genres, including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, swing, rock, Cajun, Celtic and gospel.

Last year, Strawberry Music’s Fall Festival was cancelled due to the Rim Fire that burned around their festival home near Yosemite. After being denied a permit for this year’s fall festival at Camp Mather, they came to the Nevada County Fairgrounds to ask for sanctuary so that the festival could continue. For more information, visit StrawberryMusic.com.

Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA
Thursday, September 18 – Sunday, September 21

Join the beautiful Draft Horses at the 2014 Draft Horse Classic. Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” – it’s all part of the Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair. The Classic has grown to become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States, and features six majestic performances, along with non-stop entertainment in between classes. Between the Draft Horse performances, the Harvest Festival is bustling with activity. Visit the barns and meet the horses, taste the delicious Treat Street goodies, stroll through the Western Art Show or sit and enjoy the live entertainment. For more information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com/Draft-Horse-Classic/.

Bounty of the County – A Celebration of Nevada County Agriculture
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley, CA
Sunday, September 21
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Bring your appetite to this fun and delicious event, hosted by Nevada County Grown. Bounty of the County is a pairing of fabulous local chefs with the produce and meats of Nevada County Grown farmers and ranchers. This is local, fresh, and delicious food at its best – and a feast for your palate. In addition to great food, vendors will be selling Nevada County Grown products; there will be information booths, children’s activities, music by local musicians and a number of free demonstrations. For more information, visit NevadaCountyGrown.org/EventsCalendar/Bounty-of-the-County.

The Center for the Arts presents
 Fall Colors Open Studios and Art Tour of Nevada County
Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6
Saturday, October 12 and Sunday October 13

Visit 74 local artists in 34 studios this October and see where art is made, displayed, and appreciated in Nevada County. Featuring painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, designers, woodworkers and more, you will have the opportunity to meet the artists, view new work, and buy original art in a wide range of media & styles. See their workspace, watch live demonstrations, observe works in progress and learn about an art process from concept to completion. Beyond an art sale, Open Studios is a chance to experience first-hand how, where and why art is created. For more information, visit TheCenterForTheArts.org/OpenStudiosTour-post/.

Grass Valley

Tess’ Kitchen Store launches new monthly cooking series, “Chef’s Table” led by Alan Tangren, who worked at Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley.
115 Mill Street, Historic Downtown Grass Valley, CA

Guests will gather around the kitchen at Tess’ while Chef Alan prepares a themed menu paired with wines. The ingredients are always fresh and local whenever possible. Alan Tangren was responsible for “Foraging” the ingredients for Chez Panisse for seven years. He helped write two of Alice Waters cookbooks contributing the content on ingredients.

Throughout the six-course meal, Alan will provide expert cooking advice in a friendly, approachable style. Alan will also be teaching “Thursday Night Market Forage” this summer where he will lead a tour of Grass Valley Downtown Association’s Thursday Night Market and return to the kitchen and prepare a delicious dish. Under owner Steve Rosenthal, Tess’ Kitchen Store is becoming a regional hub and is the largest store of its kind in the region, with 6,200 square-feet in a striking three-story structure. For more information, visit TessKitchenStore.com.

119th Miners Picnic at Empire Mine
Empire Mine State Historic Park
Grass Valley, CA
Saturday, August 23
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Everyone’s invited to this once-a-year, action-packed event. Since 1895, the Miners Picnic has been a picnic, a tradition – and tons of fun for all ages – only in California! It’s a rare chance to picnic on the stately grounds near fountains, vintage rose gardens and majestic trees. Relive the days of gold, grit and glory when Empire Mine ranked as one of the largest, oldest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America.

Bring your own lunch (as well as blankets and chairs) – or purchase good food, ice cream and beverages from popular local vendors. Enjoy real gold panning, an old-fashioned cakewalk and the Search for the Gold Challenge, games and fun for all. Docents in period costumes bring history to life. They’ll be welcoming visitors at historic Empire Cottage. The Mine Yard will be buzzing with activity, including a dramatic mine-rescue reenactment at high noon. Will the rescue team get there in time to save the injured miners? (There’s only one way to find out.) The first Miners Picnics raised money for miners’ widows and orphans. Today, we celebrate our colorful, local history. For more information, visit EmpireMine.org.

The Center for the Arts presents
 Two Great Concerts at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley, CA:

Melissa Etheridge: This is ME Solo
Friday, September 19 – 8:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
225 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA
$68 members, $78 non-member

The Center for the Arts is pleased to bring rock legend Melissa Etheridge to Grass Valley’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. A limited run in an intimate setting, Melissa will be playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano. Etheridge says, “I enjoy doing the solo shows not only get to ready for a new album, I also love to dive into my catalogue of songs and bring a new freshness to my older material. It is such an intimate experience with the audience, and it is truly one of my favorite ways to perform.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit TheCenterForTheArts.org/Melissa-Ethridge/.

Lee Ann Womack
Friday, October 24 – 8:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
225 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA
$40 members, $50 non-member

Lee Ann Womack never intended to go almost seven years between records, but she knew when she released new music, she wanted it to be very special. For the Grammy-winner who’s one of the rare women to win the prestigious Country Music Association’s Album of the Year, she wanted an album made purely for the sake of the songs and the spark of the musical performances. That album – the eagerly anticipated The Way I’m Livin’ was produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, David Nail) and features the songs of Chris Knight, Mindy Smith, Buddy Miller, Mando Saenz, Hayes Carll, Neil Young, Bruce Robison and one cagey cover lifted from Roger Miller. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit TheCenterForTheArts.org/Lee-Ann-Womack/.

Nevada City

Nevada City’s Farm to Table Dinner
Downtown Historic Nevada City, CA
Sunday, August 10
7:00 – 11:00 PM
Tickets $75 plus 18% gratuity

Come August 10th a small army of volunteers will transform the normally busy street in historic downtown Nevada City into an enchanting setting with the 150 year old New Orleans style buildings and full ‘Sturgeon Moon’ as the backdrop. Produced by Reinette Senum and catering overseen by Shanan Manuel’s Feast & Gathering Organic Catering, this is community affair with organic meals prepared by a host of neighboring restaurants: Matteo’s Public, Three Forks Bakering & Brewing Co., Café Mekka, Pete’s Pizza, The Crazy Horse Bar and Grill, The Fix, and Treats Ice Cream. The Chamber will be serving a local wine and beer at its open bar.

Participating farms include: Dinner Bell, First Rain, Mountain Bounty, River Hill, The Food Love Project, Jim Gates’ Nevada County Beef, Soil Sisters, Angie’s Little Boy Blue, and Reed Hamilton Grains, to name a few. As the evening unfolds a 12-piece band, The Earles of Newtown, will begin playing at 8:30pm and promises to transport the crowd to New Orleans with their rich and colorful sounds of the south. To purchase tickets, visit EventBrite.com/The-Nevada-City-Farm-To-Table-Banquest-2014-tickets-12263601763.

Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Three Exciting Concerts:

Jerry Bash 2004
Saturday, August 2
Pioneer Park, Nevada City, CA
4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
$20 admission

Jerry Bash 2014 is a community celebration featuring music, food, drinks, art, and vendors. The day will be headlined by the DeadBeats in a 20th anniversary reunion concert. The DeadBeats formed during the Summer of 1994 on the notion they could pull off some reasonable Grateful Dead covers. Soon it was apparent the band was on to something, a certain indefinable sound and feel that really captures the essence of a Dead show. Though band members have come and gone over the years, Tom, Paul, and Gary have remained the core of the band, providing a solid continuity to the DeadBeat sound. Jerry Bash 2004 also features music by Achilles Wheel, T-Buck & the Bad Dreams, Cheatin’ Buzzies, and Scary Little Friends. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit MinersFoundry.org/Jerry-Bash-2014.

MarchFourth Marching Band
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Friday, August 8
Doors Open at 7:30 PM; Show at 9:00 PM
Tickets $22 advance/$26 General

With a rallying cry of “Joy Now!”, MarchFourth throws itself and the audience into a swirling volcano of high-energy music and spectacle. MarchFourth Marching Band (M4 to its fans) is a kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires dancing in an atmosphere of celebration.

More about M4: Aside from their marching band themed costumes, as well as the 5-piece percussion corps and 6-part brass section, M4 is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense (though this group of 15-20 has been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). M4 is anchored by funky electric bass and has been evolving into a more guitar- and vocal-driven musical experience. The show will take you on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of eastern Europe to the African jungle by way of Brazil, echoing the deepest grooves of American funk, rock, and jazz then boiling it all together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and dazzling dancers.

This genre-busting, in-your-face experience is not to be missed! What began as a Fat Tuesday party in Portland, Oregon on March 4th 2003 has since become one of the nation’s best live touring acts. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit MinersFounddry.org/MarchFourth-Marching-Band/.

Iris DeMent – “Go On Ahead and Go Home”
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Thursday, October 23
Doors Open at 6:30 PM; Music Begins at 7:30 PM
Tickets are $28 Advance General; $32 Door General; $40 Limited Reserve

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is thrilled to welcome back one of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day, singer/songwriter Iris DeMent. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music; during her teenaged years, however, she was first exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. DeMent first began composing songs at the age of 25. Honing her skills at open-mic nights she won almost universal acclaim thanks to her pure, evocative vocal style and spare, heartfelt song craft. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit MinersFoundry.org/Iris-Dement/.

Piety Hill Cottages Motel and B&B

AWARDED 2014 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Recognized as a Top Performing Lodging Accommodation as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site, Piety Hill Cottages Motel and Bed & Breakfast, a lodging facility in Nevada City, Ca; serving singles, couples and families since 1933, received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.

The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website. When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. “TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.” For more information, visit PietyHillCottages.com.

Nevada City Film Festival
Historic Downtown Nevada City, CA
Thursday, September 4 – Sunday, September 7

The Nevada City Film Festival screens over 100 films in a variety of historic locations in downtown Nevada City. Comedies, dramas, documentaries, animation and international shorts, this festival have it all. By combining creative programming of short and full-length films, enthusiastic audiences and a truly festive environment, Nevada City Film Festival has become known as one of the most innovative, fun, and artist-friendly events on the film festival circuit. For more information, visit NevadaCityFilmFestival.com.

Nevada City Uncorked
Historic Downtown Nevada City, CA
Saturday, September 6, 2014
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Nevada City Uncorked is an amazing food and wine event celebrating the agricultural bounty of Nevada County. It’s a walk-about-town style format that includes 20 different venues throughout Historic Downtown Nevada City. Each venue, whether it is a retail shop, restaurant, or winery tasting room, will include wine tasting and food sampling.

This year’s event will feature a farm-to-table theme between the local farmers, participating restaurants and caterers who will transform the fresh materials into signature dishes. The wineries, in addition to pouring their favorite wines, will highlight their newest release of the season in celebration of the upcoming harvest. For more information, visit SierraVintners.com/Scripts/Eventspg.cfm.

Constitution Day 2014
Historic Downtown Nevada City
Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14

The 48th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities in this historic California Gold Rush town. Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America. The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features more than 100 entries and culminates other activities including Revolutionary War Living History in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek. The parade through the downtown historic district includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and perennial crowd favorites such as the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band and the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR DAYS!
 The Delaware Regiment of the American Revolution will be offering living history demonstrations of Revolutionary War soldiers drilling and firing, drilling of kids with mock muskets and hats, music by the California Consolidated Drum Band, and colonial life living history. Flag raising to music and reading of the Declaration of Independence will be at 9am each day, and activities conclude at 5pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday. Friends of Nevada County Military presents an exhibition of photos of service men and women from Nevada County who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Exhibit at City Hall, 317 Broad Street: Saturday Noon to 4:30pm; Sunday 12:30 to 2pm. For more information, visit NevadaCityChamber.com/Nevada-City-Events/Constitution-Day-Parade/.

The Famous Marching Presidents – Constitution Day Parade
Historic Downtown Nevada City
2:00 p.m.

The Famous Marching Presidents number nearly 200 Presidents, first ladies, secret service and volunteers – all residents of Nevada City, California, a small town of 3,000 nestled in the Gold Country of the Sierra Foothills. Marching since 1988, our Presidents, First Ladies, and Secret Service agents have become a dynamic part of Nevada City’ historic observances and local heritage.

The Marching Presidents is the highlight of Nevada City’s Annual Constitution Day Parade, which has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America. Only in California could a state assemble nearly 200 Presidents, first ladies and secret service and have them march together! For more information, visit FamousMarchingPresidents.org.

Truckee

Donner Party Hike
Donner Summit, Truckee, CA
Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5

The unforgiving Sierra Nevada winter of 1846-47 started early, setting the stage for what was to become an incredibly agonizing story of human desperation and determination. In April of 1846 the Donner Party set out to reach California. A series of errors, mishaps and tragedy followed in their footsteps. Reaching the base of the Sierra just as an early winter storm set in, their fate was sealed, forcing them to stay the winter. Split into two camps, one at the base of what is now Donner Lake, and the other at Alder Creek, the emigrants faced unimaginable perils. Relief finally came in March, with few of the original party surviving.

The annual Donner Party Hike offers two days of emigrant history. Choose from seven guided hikes that will explore different aspects of emigrant and early Truckee history while enjoying dramatic Sierra Nevada scenery. Guides lead groups of approximately 15–20 people to interpretive spots while sharing detailed information along the trail. Saturday hikes will begin and end at Sugar Bowls’ Mount Judah Lodge located on Highway 40 on Donner Summit. In the afternoon enjoy a hamburger lunch and an afternoon presentation by Ethan Rarick, author of Desperate Passage – the Donner Party’s Perilous Journey. Sunday’s walking tours focus specifically on the tragedy of the Donner Party. We start at Alder Creek, where the Donner family was forced to stay the winter. Hear of the grueling travel and mishaps of the Donner Party and the archeological finds at this location. Only in California! For more information, visit Truckee.com.

Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop
Historic Downtown Truckee
Saturday, October 4
Noon to 4:00 PM
Tickets $40 advance/$45 day of event

Now in its 11th year, The Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop has established itself as one of Truckee’s preeminent events. This annual favorite brings nearly 1,000 locals and tourists to historic downtown Truckee to sip wine, taste scrumptious food samples and enjoy shopping.

Every year the event partner’s with a local non-profit organization. Over the past 10 years the event has donated more than $25,000 to local non-profits. Some of our past partners include, Tahoe Safe Alliance, Girls on the Run, The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and Sierra Senior Services. This year their partner is Tahoe Food Hub. Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at 30+ venues, 5 food tickets and a program with a map to all participating venues. For more information, visit TruckeeWineWalk.com.

Truckee’s Haunted Historic Tour
Historic Downtown Truckee
Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17

Small groups of visitors from as far away as the east coast, mid west and LA and as nearby as Reno, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area will be immersed in engaging tales performed by talented characters at seven interesting historic sites. This year’s highly anticipated performances will take place in new featured haunts including Bluestone Jewelry, LaGalleria and Tahoe Oil & Spice while returning to a handful of previous favorites including BeSpoke, The Railroad Depot, Truckee’s infamous Masonic Lodge 200 and The Truckee Hotel. Skillfully weaving together dramatic, downright haunting and funny stories inspired by times of yore, this Tour will be complete with treats and tricks. For more information, visit TruckeeHistoryTour.org.

Five favorite swimming holes in Nevada County

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Nevada County is blessed with an abundance of fresh water swimming holes from Sierra Nevada run-off. Here are five favorites:

#1 Rollins Lake Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Rollins Lake average water temperature in the summer is about 72 degrees and has 26 miles of shoreline. A favorite swimming hole is located at the Greenhorn Road access off of Highway 174. Bathrooms and a store on-site.
(www.nevadacountythingstodo.com)

#2 South Yuba River State Park – Bridgeport Although somewhat remote, a day at the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is well worth the drive! Visitors can enjoy slow moving emerald swimming holes during the late summer. There is a small sandy beach, which is perfect for small children, and bathrooms are available.
(www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=496)

#3 Scott’s Flat Lake Scotts Flat Lake off of Highway 20 in Nevada City has a picnic area with swimming, beaches, bar-b-que grills and tables are available. A store, flush toilets and a playground are nearby. The lake is also a boater’s paradise with the marina store providing pre-mixed gas.
(www.scottsflatelake.net/html/amenities.html)

#4 West End Beach at Donner Lake West End Beach at Donner Lake located near Truckee is another family favorite swimming hole. The 10-acre day use beach facility offers excellent shaded picnic and barbeque sites for families or groups. American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards supervise the designated swim area.
(www.tdrpd.com/west_end.html)

#5 Bear River At the crossing of Bear River and Hwy 174 is a historic bridge and a trail to the river. It is a relatively easy, approximately two mile hike downstream. There are several smaller trails branching off to the river for swimming and fishing. There is plenty of free parking.
(www.nevadacountythingstodo.com/hiking/bearriver/)

(Source: Visit California, Lani Lott)

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)