Wine grape harvest is underway: earliest in years

This year’s grape harvest, one of the earliest in years, is now underway — in the foothills and throughout Northern California.
It will continue into October, when the last cabernet sauvignon grape is picked.
The warm weather resulted in an earlier bud break, with a warm summer, leading to an earlier harvest. Smaller berries with intense flavors [...]

North Star House master plan for restoration in the works

By Joe Heckel, President, North Star Historic Conservancy
In 2003, a building sat vacant. It was in poor condition and deteriorating to the point of collapse. Rain poured into the building from a failing roof and through open windows. The interior had been vandalized, with all fixtures stripped and graffiti covered the walls.
Piles of garbage [...]

Strawberry Music Festival at Nevada County Fairgrounds on Sept. 11-14

NEVADA COUNTY HOSTS THE STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL in Grass Valley is home to the Nevada County Fair and the Draft Horse Classic. Located under tall pine trees, the fairgrounds are often referred to as “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds.”
But it also is gaining stature as a gathering place for music festivals and world-famous musicians. Two summers [...]

Foothills’ theater groups stand out in Elly nominations

Sierra Stages, Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, Synthetic Unlimited, Quest Theaterworks and LeGacy Presents all received multiple nominations for Elly Awards on Sunday night in Sacramento.
Nevada City-based Sierra Stages’ “Avenue Q” won more nominations (12) than any other production in the Sacramento region — a major coup for the foothill community theater scene. All [...]

Treat Street at the Nevada County Fair

The Nevada County Fair is famous for its Treat Street, which consists of food made from our local non-profit community organizations.
Huell Howser featured this infamous street on his show, California’s Golden Fairs, in 2010.
Try a pasty, nachos, a corn dog, a baked potato, an ice cream cone, tacos, corn on the cob, a rice bowl, [...]

Grass Valley boat featured in Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

The flags are up and The Tahoe Yacht Club Foudation’s Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance is excited to announce that more than 70 of the finest and rarest wooden boats in the world will be on display August 8-9 at Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, California. Each “woodie” is a work of art.
“The history of [...]

Center for the Arts’ “Operation Name a Seat” program sold out

We were glad to read on Facebook that the “Operation Name a Seat” program at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium is sold out.
The Center for the Arts has been raising funds to install 483 new stadium seats on the bleachers at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Auditorium equipped with backs and cushions for comfort.
For a $125 [...]

Strawberry Music Festival names performers for Grass Valley

We are excited to announce that ticket sales for the Fall 2014 Strawberry Music Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley have begun. There are currently plenty of Camping and Day tickets available for sale or exchange, and we promise to keep you informed when that changes.
While basic festival information is available [...]

Summer Thyme’s adds artistic bike rack to its restaurant

The Curious Forge will be installing a custom built bike rack in the shape of five salmon arching out of the pavement.
What do salmon and bicycles have in common? Well, if you are Amy and Chamba Cooke working with the folks at the Curious Forge, it turns out that they may have [...]

Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lee Ann Womack coming to Grass Valley

The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and Grammy-winning country singer Lee Ann Womack are performing in Grass Valley later this year, according to The Center for the Arts and the musicians.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra is performing on Sunday, September 7. “The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in [...]

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