Nevada City’s Greenhouse School of Music holds grand opening

Our family thoroughly enjoyed going to the grand opening of the Greenhouse School of Music in Nevada City on Tuesday night.
It was heartening to see a new venture get underway despite the recession. Not unlike the nearby Stonehouse Hospitality Academy, it is a program aimed at training our youths — the future of our aging, declining [...]

As if studios: A go-to visual arts center in the foothills

“Potters of the world ignite,” reads a bumper sticker in the parking lot of As if Studios in Grass Valley. Inside, ceramics is being taught to groups ranging from school children to octogenarians.
Further down the hall, sculptors and painters work on their pieces. At the center of this inspiring hubbub of creativity is a gallery [...]

Eat like Lance at Amgen bike race in May

You might not be riding in the Amgen Tour of California bike race when it rolls through the Foothills, but you still can eat like a champion bicycle racer.
Endurance cyclists get their energy from healthy eating: grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and meat — but not too much. They eat plenty of carbohydrate-rich [...]

NEW: Free online calendar workshop May 5

Get the most from your event listing at our new website,, by attending a workshop on May 5 in Grass Valley.
Learn how to post your food, wine or art event on our interactive calendar. It’s a whole new way of thinking . . . audience development through free collaborative marketing. It is recommended that [...]

NEW: A picnic with Jim Gates of Nevada County Free Range Beef

Jim Gates, owner of Nevada County Free Range Beef, invited us to his annual picnic and barbeque — a family gathering that has grown to friends and family.
Jim is a longtime rancher here, whose grass-fed beef business has grown to 120 Shorthorn, Red Angus and other cows grazing on separate parcels comprising 2,240 acres near [...]

NEW: Food, wine and art also at Grass Valley car show

Sierra FoodWineArt was a sponsor of the downtown car show this weekend, so we showed up to judge the British cars. We chose this ‘63 Jaguar, with a cool all-wood interior. Best of all, it still had the original owner, a guy who retired here and used to work for Walt Disney and run [...]

Placer County Real Food showcases farm-to-table cooking

Food awareness is booming now more than ever. More people want to know where their food is coming from, how it’s grown and how it’s transported.
Farmers markets are popping up all over. In the Foothills and Sierra, we have farmers markets in Auburn, Truckee, Tahoe City, Grass Valley and more recently, Nevada City. In Auburn, [...]

Sierra Starr Winery is a rising star

PHIL AND ANNE STARR BOUGHT A small vineyard in Grass Valley in 1995, intending to move their flower nursery there from the Monterey area.
But Phil, who spent most of his life in farming, couldn’t resist the lure of grape growing and winemaking. “There’s no other product like wine — in variety, complexity and its taste [...]

NEW: Grass Valley Wine Co. plans forging ahead

Here’s the logo for the Grass Valley Wine Company, the new wine bar in downtown Grass Valley that we wrote about previously. It will feature wines from Pilot Peak, Montoliva, Solune and Bent Metal at 151 Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley.
“GVWC is planning to offer the best urban ‘casual wine tasting experience’ and special [...]

“A Few Good Men” opens at Foothill Theatre in Nevada City

Back by popular demand, LeGacy Productions presents Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men at the historic Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City from April 22nd through May 23rd.
This riveting miliatary courtroom drama tells the tale of two marines on trial for murder, after engaging in a disciplinary action against a fellow marine at Guantanamo [...]

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