“Free if it snows” and “Spring bling tour” to Europe at Stucki Jewelers

Stucki Jewelers of Grass Valley, the region’s oldest continuously operating jewelry store, is 5,400 miles from Antwerp, Belgium, the world’s diamond capitol.
But typically twice a year, owners James and Nicole Arbaugh travel to Antwerp to hand-select precious gems for their customers, accepting preorders. James is a graduate gemologist, and the trip exemplifies the store’s focus [...]

Trattoria Milano in Grass Valley is authentic and affordable

THOUGH KNOWN FOR ITS CORNISH heritage, Grass Valley is home to a “Little Italy” on Bank Street in its historic district, complete with a homemade pasta store, an annual pasta cook-off and Italian cultural center.
Trattoria Milano anchors the neighborhood, offering guests an authentic Italian dining experience. Its chef-owner Gianfranco Maffezzoni was born and raised in [...]

Fall colors and food & wine tours in the foothills and Sierra

HISTORIC HIGHWAY 40
Weather permitting, take an old time Sunday drive at slow speed along Old Hwy. 40 from Rocklin to Donner Pass and Truckee— or a “leg” or two—instead of Interstate 80. The fall colors are spectacular.
“You will see the parade of rich history that formed California: the path of the Native American petroglyphs and [...]

Foothills Event Center: An elegant, new venue

OUR REGION HAS SOME EXQUISITE places for wedding receptions, anniversaries, reunions and other gatherings. The choices range from historic Miners Foundry and Empire Mine to hotels, inns, private estates and restaurants all around Grass Valley, Nevada City and Auburn. More are being planned, such as renovating historic North Star House.
The Foothills Event Center is Nevada [...]

Tess’ Kitchen store now sells artisan cheese

Tess’ Kitchen Store in downtown Grass Valley is now offering gourmet cheeses from Dedrick’s Cheese Store, a popular artisan purveyor in the foothills.
Dedrick’s is stocking a display cooler at Tess’ with some of the world’s finest artisan cheeses. It will provide cheese, salami, crackers, nuts and olives, among other items, for Tess’ customers.
Dedrick’s is based [...]

Sierra Starr Winery hosts a harvest party on September 20

Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery is hosting a Harvest Party open house and wine-club pick up on September 20 as its wine-grape harvest gets fully underway.
Visit the Grass Valley winery and see how Sierra Starr’s highly acclaimed wines are made. “See the sights, smell the amazing smells and maybe participate in the winemaking process [...]

Sierra Stages presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in Grass Valley

Sierra Stages is proud to present the classic Off-Broadway musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown with book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, for four weekends only from September 18 through October 12 at the intimate Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.
You’re a Good [...]

Music in the Mountains Resident Conductor shares Salzburg Festival experiences

Editor’s note: Music in the Mountains‘ Resident Conductor and Choral Director Ryan Murray was selected as a winner of the prestigious 2014 Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors with the Vienna Philharmonic through the American Austrian Foundation. Here’s a report:
“I wanted to take a moment to share some of my experiences from the Salzburg festival with you. I [...]

A bronze sculpture by foothills’ artist John Mowen proposed for Grass Valley roundabout

A 7-foot-tall bronze sculpture, “Moving Within,” created by the late John Mowen, the popular artist and Nevada City gallery owner, is being proposed for the roundabout at Sierra College Drive.
The Grass Valley City Council is expected to consider the plan at its meeting on Tuesday night. “Roundabouts provide a unique opportunity to display artwork and [...]

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 [...]

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