Some Tahoe National Forest lands closed due to Lowell Fire

Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn signed an emergency closure order for selected National Forest System lands, roads and trails on the Tahoe National Forest related to the Lowell Fire, effective today, July 27, 2015. This order provides for fire suppression and support personnel safety, as well as public safety and resource protection.
The closure is on the [...]

Nevada County CA’s booming arts and culture scene

CALIFORNIA IS WORLD RENOWNED FOR ITS arts and culture — from Hollywood, the Getty Museum and Walt Disney Concert Hall in the south to San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, the Mondavi Center and Crocker Art Museum in the north.
Our region, though smaller than a big city on the coast, is gaining more visibility as well. [...]

Art Works Gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary on August 8

THE ART MARKET IS HOT, FROM NEW York auction houses to the internet to Main Street galleries. Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’ Alger” sold for a record $179 million this spring. Etsy, an e-commerce website focused on local art, jewelry and vintage items, also went public this spring and now is worth $1.5 billion.
Our local art [...]

Nevada County Fairgrounds a command post for Lowell Fire

Due to the Lowell Fire, now burning in Nevada and Placer counties, Cal Fire and assisting agencies have set up a command post and fire camp at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
In emergencies, our magazine has observed how our foothill fairgrounds provide emergency shelter to travelers and locals — as we noted in the case of [...]

Center for the Arts receives $36,768 grant from California Arts Council

The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley is receiving a $36,768 grant from the California Arts Council for WorldFest, the council announced. It is one 347 grants totaling $4.3 million.
A one-time budget increase allowed the California Arts Council to award the largest number of grants provided by the state agency in 13 years, as [...]

Avanguardia, Montoliva, Coufos and Matteo’s Public featured in The Chronicle

“Six years ago I moved to Nevada County, a derringer-shaped piece of California (not Nevada!), whose handle runs northeast from Auburn and whose barrel climbs due east to Truckee,” writes freelancer Sarah Miller in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
“They do make wine here in this land of redneck hippies and hippie rednecks, but [...]

Video of hiking the 2,660-mile Pacific Crest Trail in three minutes

This video shows the entirety of a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike from the US/Mexico border to the US/Canada border across 2,660 mi / 4,200 km through California, Oregon, and Washington. Our magazine’s page on the Pacific Crest Trail is HERE.

Imaginative restaurant designs in Placer County and Nevada County CA

“Dining out is rarely just about food. A simple meal seems that much more appetizing when paired with appealing furniture, finishes, and alluring lighting.” —Architectural Digest
WE COULD NOT AGREE MORE, and our region’s restaurants — from fine dining to casual — have some imaginative and unique designs, thanks to our local professional and artistic talent. [...]

Tuscan-inspired Montoliva Winery more than doubling its vineyard

SOME OF THE ORIGINAL SETTLERS OF CHICAGO Park, a bucolic hamlet nestled between Colfax and Grass Valley, were first generation German- and Italian-Americans who came from Chicago in the mid-1800s to reconnect with their agrarian roots.
The area became famous for its stone fruit, wine grapes and other fruit. In 1915, pears from a Chicago [...]

Wine and food tasting abounds in Placer County and Nevada County CA this summer

For savory eats and award-winning wines, these festivals offer eclectic tastings, hands-on cooking demos with imaginative chefs, and breathtaking venues:
SIERRA VINTNERS
SUMMER REGIONAL WINE TRAIL JULY 18 AND SEPTEMBER 26
A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on “roads less traveled” in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near [...]

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