Grass Valley’s Flower Lady

Foothill Flowers celebrates its 50th anniversary on October 21 at 102 West Main St. Founder Marie Johnson and her sons, Mark and Todd, take pride in seasonally decorating the large front windows.
This season, a Christmas tree rises two stories from the shop floor to a skylight high above. A bronze plaque on the building [...]

Golden Era’s Miner’s Punch

Golden Era’s “Miner’s Punch”:
1-1/2 oz. Capurro Moscatel Pisco or Selecto Torontel 3/4 oz. lime juice
3/4 oz. pineapple syrup with cinnamon and
orange peel 1/4 oz. Dubonnet
1 dash Angostura Bitters
ice cubes, lime wheel and fresh grated nutmeg
—Golden Era lounge in Nevada City

Auburn Symphony: A father & son performance

CLASSICAL MUSIC RUNS in the Jaffe family. Peter is music director of the Auburn Symphony. He has a doctorate in conducting from Stanford; was coached briefly by Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa—and even has a guitar owned by Woody Guthrie. His son James is a concert cellist, chamber musician from the San Francisco Conservatory of [...]

Placer County Fairgrounds set to get upgrade, showcasing farm-to-fork culture

By Placer County
An update and a new vision for the Placer County Fairgrounds was presented this week to the Placer County Board of Supervisors. The proposal includes a new indoor sports and event complex on site, updating the infrastructure and buildings and creating different destinations within the complex – perhaps showcasing Placer’s growing farm-to-fork culture.
Supervisors [...]

Gold Country Vintage Road: A scenic loop designed with vintage shoppers in mind

GOLD COUNTRY VINTAGE ROAD is a scenic loop designed with vintage shoppers in mind.
Starting in Auburn, it winds its way through Gold Country, connecting a remarkable collection of shops, featuring up-cycled furniture, quirky accessories, vintage clothing, chalk style paint, hand-crafted jewelry and more—all at a fraction of what you’d pay in the “big city.”
A “Vintage [...]

Nevada County to hold its 1st annual Sierra Poetry Festival

NEVADA COUNTY WILL HOLD ITS 1st annual Sierra Poetry Festival on the Nevada County campus of Sierra College on April 1, our magazine has learned. The festival will be presented by Nevada County Arts Council (NCArts), with support from the California Arts Council. “A poetry festival is a perfect opportunity to draw people together to [...]

BriarPatch turns 40: “We own it, let’s grow it”

NATURAL FOOD COOPERATIVES are booming across America. The 150 food co-ops of the National Co-op Grocers operate more than 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of $2 billion. Food co-ops have led to a boom in organic foods, now the fastest growing sector of the grocery business.
One of the food co-op stalwarts [...]

“Cooked”: Exploring culinary experiences in the Sierra Foothills

AWARD-WINNING FOOD AUTHOR Michael Pollan and Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney are receiving widespread praise for their Netflix documentary Cooked.
In Cooked, Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. Each episode examines one of the physical elements used throughout the ages for cooking: fire (barbecue), water (pot cooking), air (bread making), and earth (fermentation).
Our [...]

Food & Drink: What’s new in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee

Food & Drink – What’s Up In Our Region:
The craft brewery plans to open its gastropub and smokehouse this summer. The restaurant is at 3640 Taylor Rd. in downtown Loomis, next to Taylor’s burgers. It expects to offer over 14 beers on tap.
The pub and barbecue menu will feature [...]

Leading Latina environmentalist Belinda Faustinos is new appointee to TRPA

Belinda Valles Faustinos — who helped lead the effort that culminated in President Obama declaring part of the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument —  is being appointed to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), our magazine has learned.
She replaces former land use planner and fine arts photographer Elizabeth Carmel of Truckee, who has held [...]

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