BriarPatch begins construction of solar parking lot

This summer, a parking lot solar power system will be installed at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market at 290 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.
The cooperatively-owned grocery store has plans for an innovative 680-panel, 469,000-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array to run along the center of an expanded parking lot. It will be the largest such solar array [...]

Naggiar launching fully guided tram tours of its vineyard in June, a first in the foothills

Naggiar Vineyards in Grass Valley is launching fully guided, 13-person tram tours of its scenic vineyard starting in June in an ultramodern electric shuttle — a first in the Sierra foothills, our magazine has learned.
The informative vineyard tours — literally a “vine to wine” experience — further distinguishes the Sierra foothills as a premier “destination” for [...]

Music in the Mountains’ 35th annual SummerFest: June 22-July 3

NOW CELEBRATING ITS 35TH anniversary, Music in the Mountains has been a pioneer in shaping the region’s performing arts scene. In the ’70s, artists David Osborn and Charles Woods encouraged San Franciscans Terry Brown and Paul Perry of City Opera to settle in Nevada City, and the two co-founded Music in the Mountains.
SummerFest is the [...]

InConcert Sierra bringing Vienna Boys Choir back to Grass Valley

InConcert Sierra is bringing the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir back to Grass Valley on November 20, our magazine has learned.
We got a “sneak peek” at InConcert Sierra’s 2016-17 season, and it includes the Vienna-based choir of 100 choristers from 30 different nations between the ages of 10 and 14. Divided into four touring choirs, they [...]

“Kitchen Cabinets”: Friends & family who advise each other in a real kitchen

“Kitchen cabinet” politics is a group of unofficial advisers to a political leader—often more influential than the official cabinet. President Reagan’s “kitchen cabinet” included trusted old friends, as did the group assembled by Andrew Jackson in 1829. Next year, our new President will form his or her own “kitchen cabinet.”
The same is true when it [...]

Sierra Vintners Wine Trails on May 14, July 16 and September 24

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME ENJOYABLE wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: “Grape Days of Summer” in Placer County, “Big Crush” in Amador County, and “Passport” in El Dorado County, among others.
Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, is offering three regional wine trail experiences in 2016— in May, July and September. [...]

Popular Fatbelly Taqueria debuts its food truck, a growing trend in the foothills

In less than a year, Fatbelly Taqueria has built a loyal following in downtown Nevada City. Last summer, entrepreneur and chef Chris Goodman debuted his street taco venture at ol’ Republic Brewery and sold hundreds of tacos the first night. Then Fatbelly set up in the doorway of Java Johns on Broad Street. Open from [...]

Ellu Gallery celebrates Earth Day on Friday

Ellu Gallery in Grass Valley is celebrating Earth Day by hosting an “Elements of Earth” reception on April 22 from 5-7 p.m. at 342 Idaho-Maryland Road in Grass Valley.
The evening features the premiere exhibit of artist Dave Barter. Barter works with reclaimed wood producing sculptures and carved art pieces. Harpist Eah’s ethereal notes will fill [...]

A “super bloom” of wildflowers this spring

This spring is going to be a “super bloom” of wildflowers, thanks to welcome El Niño rains after a prolonged drought. The biggest explosion of wildflowers in a decade is expected at Death Valley, one of the hottest and driest places on Earth.
In April, orange-and-gold California poppies carpet the hillsides in the foothills around Auburn, [...]

Sierra Stages presents “The Last Five Years” in spring and “Little Shop of Horrors” in summer

THIS SPRING AND SUMMER, Sierra Stages continues its 2016 season with two diverse musicals that have developed a popular following since debuting Off-Broadway. “The Last Five Years” plays at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley April 28-May 8, and “Little Shop of Horrors” plays at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City July 14-August 6.
From [...]

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