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Cool new video about Truckee!

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The Town of Truckee Chamber of Commerce produced a cool new video about locals’ favorite things to do. Check it out!

Read our Top Stories for 2014

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In case you missed any of them, here are some of our top stories in 2014. Enjoy!

Nevada City a finalist for America’s coolest small town. Nevada City was named of the the 15 finalists for America’s coolest small town, according to “Nevada City may be a little off the beaten path (60 miles northeast of Sacramento, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains), but residents value the Gold Country town for its music and art scene, food, and proximity to some of California’s amazing rivers, lakes, and the Sierra,” the travel website states.” To read the full article and watch a video, click here.

Nevada City Snowboarder Evan Strong wins Gold Medal in Sochi Winter Paralympics Nevada City snowboarder Evan Strong won the inaugural Winter Paralympics men’s snowboard cross medal Friday in Sochi, Russia. The 27-year-old Strong had a total time of 1 minute, 43.61 seconds. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Sacramento Bee writes about Bridgeport Covered Bridge “The historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge on the South Yuba River is about to be fitted for a life-saving girdle,” writes the Sacramento Bee. To read the full article, click here.

New York Times lists Truckee-Tahoe among Top U.S. places to visit in 2014 This weekend’s New York Times has listed Truckee-Tahoe as one of the top 52 places in the world to visit in 2014. It is a reminder of our region’s world-class amenities. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Nevada County Restaurant Week January 23 – February 1 Nevada County Tourism and, the official tourism website of Nevada County, in partnership with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Greater Grass Valley Chamber, Nevada City Chamber, Penn Valley Chamber, South County Chamber, Truckee Donner Chamber and Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, are excited to announce Nevada County Restaurant Week 2015. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Bierwagen’s Farm 24th Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival The 24th annual Bierwagen’s Farm Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival is happening everyday in October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a huge pumpkin patch with tons of pumpkins just waiting to be picked. To read the rest of the article, click here.

What’s Up in Nevada County November through December 2014 Check out what’s happening throughout Nevada County from November through January. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Tour the HGTV Dream Home 2014 in Truckee starting January 9 Schaffer’s Mill in Truckee is proud to be the host community for the incredible HGTV Dream Home 2014. You can tour this amazing 3,200-square foot home beginning Thursday, January 9th and continuing every Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Feburary 14th. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Nevada City named one of the 10 intriguing smalls towns in the USA Nevada City has been named one of the “10 Intriguing Small Towns in the USA Everyone Should Visit” by “I’ve been fortunate enough to do some traveling around the USA, and along the way I’ve come across a lot of neat little towns,” states To read the full article, click here.

Amy Grant (watch video) and Jeff Bridges coming to Grass Valley The Center for the Arts announces Amy Grant and Jeff Bridges & The Abiders will be performing in Grass Valley. To read the rest of the article, click here.


Take a hike this fall! With the arrival of fall comes cooler days and nights meaning local trails are awash in gold and crimson, providing a wealth of opportunities for families to unplug, get outdoors, take a walk and encounter the wonders of nature. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Truckee – the perfect setting to stir your holiday spirits

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Make Truckee part of your annual pilgrimage and enjoy the holiday in a festive mountain setting – it’s the perfect place to shake off the post Turkey bacchanal or give the chefs some room in the kitchen. A few holiday happenings before and after Thanksgiving that are sure to stir your spirits:

Historic Downtown at Night

The town of Truckee pulls no punches when it comes to a sparkling parade of downtown lights. The holiday lights are up and so is Truckee’s iconic Christmas tree. Walking around at night, with snow glistening and lights twinkling is quite magical and never ceases to astound old and young alike.

Thanksgiving at Tahoe Donner

Relax at the Lodge in Tahoe Donner and enjoy a Thanksgiving all-you-can eat buffet at $38.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 12 and under. Reservations are highly recommended (please visit

First Fridays with Trokay and Forever Heyday at Bespoke

Grab a truly unique gift, and try limited edition jams made by Truckee’s Restaurant Trokay at First Fridays December 5th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bespoke on Donner Pass Rd. Amanda Tennant of Forever Heyday will also be creating personalized calligraphy gift tags.

It’s all about the Après

It may sound predictable, but this is a right-of-passage for nearly all locals and visitors alike. Ski, snowboard, snow shoe, hike, sled, ice-skate … then head into Historic Downtown Truckee for food and drinks. Must-do’s include Bar of America (yep, years ago this was a Bank of America), situated in a historic brick building with a warm and robust feel. Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats offers sophisticated libations and drool-worthy appetizers, plus an amazing selection of wine and beer along with live music. Don’t forget Cottonwood, a charming restaurant and bar that harkens back to wood skis, tall tales and a cozy fireplace – very Truckee and very Après. The Pour House, located on Jibboom Street offers both a wine shop and tasting bar – grab some stocking stuffers while you try out a new Tempranillo or Pinot!

Truckee Folks

“The Streets of Truckee” dinner show, featuring Richard Blair has one more show on December 10th at the Cottonwood Restaurant. Richard Blair captures Truckee’s history with his inspired guitar songs, celebrating Folk-Roots music at its best. Reservations are required, $35/person. To make reservations, visit

Shop Local: Truckee’s Shop Local program is going on from November 28th through December 24th. Avoid the big-city chaos and remember what it’s all about. With over 70 participating Truckee locations you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list. For each $25 you spend, you’ll receive a stamp on your card (found at any of the participating stores). Collect 4 – 12 stamps and deposit your card at one of the shops to be entered for a chance to win some great prizes including an 8 day/7 night stay at the destination of your choice: Greece, Costa Rica, Cancun, or Sedona! To learn more, visit

(Source: Anna Koenig)

Boreal Mountain Resort celebrates its 50th anniversary this season

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Boreal Mountain Resort is celebrating a big anniversary this season as it moves into its 50th year of snowsports operations. To mark the golden anniversary, the resort will host three events to celebrate the occasion along with commemorative giveaways. Branded with a special 50th anniversary logo, Boreal launches a new website at with an emphasis on guest efficiency and ease.

The resort continues to invest in energy-efficient snowmaking improvements designed to use less water and electrical energy in production. Over the summer, crews made significant enhancements to infrastructure, replacing a variety of snowmaking pipes, pumps and valves. A new cooling system was installed to ensure resources are better utilized. The new infrastructure allows the mountain operations team to be more efficient during the early season and help establish a solid base that will last throughout the entire winter season.

Expanded beginner-friendly learning terrain, strengthens Boreal Mountain Resort as a top resort for new-to-snow guests. The addition of a 100-ft surface lift provides safer and less crowded terrain, ideal for learning to ski and snowboard. Roughly the width of a grooming machine, a new kid-specific trail was cut in the beginner area and winds through the trees to give children a magical experience.

Boreal Mountain Resort has partnered with Neff Headwear to bring a new one- of a kind signature terrain park, Neff Land. Located off of the Flying Dutchman chairlift, the pirate-themed Neff Land will boast over 30 ridable features including a life-sized ship mast, cannons, pirates and more.

Also new for 2014-15 at Boreal, many mountain services have been remodeled to increase efficiency and guest service. A new Snowsports School kiosk will provide convenient sales and a comfortable meeting area for guests participating in private lessons. A new rental services process will enhance the flow of guests and reduce waiting time.

(Source: Boreal Mountain Resort, photo: Tucker Norred)

Bud Fish’ Tree Lighting & Downtown Holiday Festival

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The Annual Bud Fish’ Tree Lighting and Downtown Holiday Festival is Friday, November 21 beginning at 4 p.m. in downtown Truckee. The Truckee Downtown Merchants have partnered with the Truckee Rotary for the annual ceremony to honor community member Bud Fish. It is followed by the kick-off of the holiday season by lighting the downtown. Local children will decorate the tree and there will be cookies, hot chocolate and a special visitor.

Watch Opening Day video at Boreal Mountain!

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The Boreal Mountain 2014-15 season opened on Friday and the crew from FYVE BOARD CO. not only got first chair, but dropped hammers all day! Open today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come get some!

(Video: Jason C. Manning)

Nevada County Restaurant Week: January 23 – February 1, 2015

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Nevada County Tourism and, the official tourism website of Nevada County, in partnership with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Greater Grass Valley Chamber, Nevada City Chamber, Penn Valley Area Chamber, South Nevada County Chamber, Truckee Donner Chamber and Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, are excited to announce Nevada County Restaurant Week 2015.

The event is being held in conjunction with Visit California’s statewide California Restaurant Month. During Nevada County Restaurant Week (Friday, January 23 to Sunday, February 1), restaurants located throughout the County will be offering “deals,” specials and prix-fixe menus enticing local “foodies” as well as visitors to come and experience a new restaurant, one of your favorites or both.

“As the top U.S. destination for culinary travel and one of the leading agricultural producers in the country, there is a vast array of culinary experiences to be found in California. There’s no better time to visit than during January’s California Restaurant Month, when this special program treats visitors to offers they won’t see any other time of the year,” says Caroline Beteta, Visit California president and CEO.

Below is a list of participating restaurants in Nevada County. Check back often to see which new restaurants have been added to the list and learn what special dining opportunities each restaurant will offer during Nevada County Restaurant Week.


151 Union Square
151 Mill St., Grass Valley (530) 205-9513
Choice of Teriyaki chicken with rice and sauteed veggies and a regular draft for $18; Crab cakes with cucumber dill sauce and a regular draft for $15; Three tacos and a regular draft for $10

Apple Alley Café
13469 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley (530) 273-9266
Breakfast & Lunch, buy two entrées, get second one 50% off with mention of Restaurant Week; Dinner $5 off purchase of $30 or more with mention of Restaurant Week

Bear River Pasta Co.
109 Bank St., Grass Valley (530) 274-1760
Complimentary Cannoli with $10 pasta purchase

Brew Bakers Family Cafe
154 Mill St., Grass Valley (530) 272-7168
Friday to Sunday (Jan. 23-25) $1 off espresso drinks; Monday to Friday (Jan. 26-30) cookie with coffee for $5; Saturday (Jan. 31) free coffee with purchase of Cronut

Carolines Coffee
128 So. Auburn St., Grass Valley (530) 273-6424
One dollar off any espresso drink of your choice with mention of Nevada County Restaurant Week

Charlie’s Café
145 So. Auburn St., Grass Valley (530) 274-1839
“S.Auburn” breakfast special with coffee – $9.50; Eggs Benedict with coffee – $12; Burger with soda – $10; Chicken sandwich with soda – $11

Christopher’s Old World Deli and Catering
206 West Main St., Grass Valley (530) 272-8919
Build your own Burger with USDA Choice black angus ground brisket burger on a handmade bun

Cirino’s at Main Street
215 West Main St., Grass Valley (530) 477-6000
Tucker’s Handmade Lasagna – lunch $12.95, dinner $14.95; Tucker’s Special Risotto – lunch $12.95, dinner $14.95

Culture Shock Yogurt
106 Mill St., Grass Valley (530) 274-3442
10% off purchase with the mention of “Restaurant Week Special”

Diegos Restaurant
217 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley (530) 477-1460
Restaurant Week specials: Slow Roasted Beef Short Ribs, Red Snapper Veracruz, Bistec a la Pobre, Diegos’ Fish Tacos with hand pressed corn tortillas

Happy Apple Kitchen
18532 Hwy. 174, Grass Valley (530) 273-2822
Slice of apple pie at reduced price with purchase of lunch

Kane’s Family Restaurant
120 E. Main St., Grass Valley (530) 273-8111
Complimentary Chef’s Choice Appetizer with purchase of any two main entrees (excludes all other special offers or coupons)

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant
226 E. Main St., Grass Valley (530) 274-2040
Take and Bake, buy one side enchilada and get one free (To Go only)

Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli
231 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley (530) 273-2904
Breakfast Eggs Summer Thyme’s with a choice of any beverage ($10); The Ploughman’s Lunch: A Bowl of Soup with a chunk of Dubliner Cheddar, Salad and housemade ciabatta with any beverage (beer, wine, espresso, etc.) ($10)

Old Town Café
110 Mill St., Grass Valley (530) 273-4303
Breakfast: 2 eggs, bacon, link sausage, 1/2 ham and hash, 1 toast – $6.99 (or 1 pancake, no hash, no toast); A la carte hand-pressed Burger seasoned to perfection – $4.99

South Pine Cafe
102 N. Richardson St., Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-0260
Either a small freshly squeezed juice OR a natural house made soda with the purchase of an entree item if Restaurant Week is mentioned

The Owl Grill and Saloon
134 Mill St., Grass Valley (530) 274-1144
$20 Restaurant Week entree choices of Beef Bourguignon, includes roasted red potatoes and vegetables in a burgundy sauce; Grilled Mahi Mahi, served with homemade rice pilaf, and sautéed vegetables; Chicken Picata, served with Owl garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables. Entree’s include soup or salad, and Truckee Sourdough bread

The Restaurant at The Holbrooke
212 W. Main St., Grass Valley (530) 273-1353
10% off lunch or dinner menus including daily specials

Tofanelli’s Restaurant
302 W. Main St., Grass Valley (530) 272-1468
Breakfast – Omelet (two for one); Lunch – complimentary dessert with lunch (bread pudding);
Dinner – complimentary glass of house wine with entree

Trattoria Milano
124 Bank St., Grass Valley (350) 273-3555
Eggplant Parmesan for $12


Bistro 221
221 Broad St., Nevada City (530) 265-0221
10% discount when Nevada County Restaurant Week is mentioned

Hoover’s Restaurant
211 Broad St., Nevada City (530) 265-4551
Complimentary glass of house wine or soda with purchase of entree

Lefty’s Grill
101 Broad St., Nevada City (530) 265-5838
Happy Hour (4-6 p.m.) half off drinks and appetizers

Matteo’s Public
300 Commercial St., Nevada City (530) 265-0782
Choice of Family Friendly Farms Local Rack of Lamb – $29.99 or Jumbo Sea Scallops served with organic brown jasmine rice – $24.99

Nevada City Classic Cafe
216 Broad St., Nevada City, CA 95959
20% off Christmas Card Club Sandwich

The Willo Steakhouse
16898 Hwy. 49, Nevada City (530) 265-9902
Complimentary glass of house wine or soft drink with purchase of dinner

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.
211 Commercial St., Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-8333
A special prix-fixe seasonal pizza and salad with choice of Three Forks Beer


Blue Cow Deli
17500 Penn Valley Dr., Ste. A, Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-5500
Everyday $6.99 “Lunch Special” is a build your own sandwich and includes chips and soda

Caleb’s Creamery
17329 Penn Valley Rd., Penn Valley, CA 95936 (530) 432-3129
Buy one scoop of ice cream get one scoop 50% off

Crazy 4 Yogurt
10136 Commercial Ave., Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-2490
$1 off any purchases over $4

Pleasant Valley Grill
10120 Commercial Ave., Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-9201
Chef’s Special: Two pieces of our famous fried chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, a roll and a piece of pie – $12.95 ($16.40 value); Or, free glass of house wine with purchase of any meat or seafood entree. No substitutions.

Tack Room
17356 Penn Valley Dr., Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-1126
One dollar off Ribeye Steak dinner


Alta Sierra County Club
11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley (530) 273-2868
Buy one lunch entree get the second one free

Dark Horse Golf Club
24150 Dark Horse Dr., Auburn (530) 269-7900
Buy one lunch entree get the second one at 50% off

El Agave Taqueria
10007 Combie Rd., Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 268-3554
Buy one Combo meal and receive the second one half off

Krispy Krunchy Chicken
10021 Combie Rd., Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 268-3317
Free fountain drink with any chicken purchase

Pacific Mountain Bike Works & Coffee
15686 Johnson Pl., Grass Valley (530) 274-2878
Purchase one espresso drink at regular price and receive free additional espresso shot upon request and 50% off the price of a Bubba’s Bagel with cream cheese

Round Table Pizza
10894 Combie Rd., Auburn (530) 268-0433
Buy one lunch buffet get one free from 11-2 p.m. Monday-Friday (available for dine-in only, not available with any other offers. Or, buy one personal one-topping pizza, get a second personal one-topping pizza free. (available for dine in, take out or delivery, not valid with any other offers.)


Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar
10142 Rue Hilltop Rd., Truckee (530) 587-5711
Shared dessert for every two entrees ordered when Restaurant Week is mentioned

Diego’s in Truckee
10130 W. River St., Truckee (530) 550-9900
Burrito with chips and a drink for $7.50

Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market
10089 W. River St., Truckee (530) 582-5000
$2 off Morgan’s Clam Chowder

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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