Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows is open for Thanksgiving

Following last week’s early-season snowfall, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is open for skiing, riding and activities seven days a week. The resort is operating 11 lifts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., giving skiers and riders access to 39 trails and 16 groomed runs. With terrain for all abilities, including the High Camp beginner area, […]

“Shaping the future of Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District” set for January 25

Nevada County Arts Council, together with the Cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City and both Chambers of Commerce, will facilitate a convening on Thursday, January 25 at 5-7pm at the Rood Center. The topic is: “Shaping the future of Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District.” City Staff and Councilmembers, our Chambers of Commerce and Nevada […]

Alice Waters teaches home cooking in her first ever online class

When the kind of food Alice Waters wanted to eat wasn’t available in the United States, she brought seeds back from France and ultimately convinced farmers to adapt to her vision. The “mother of American cooking” has been a steadfast pioneer of the farm-to-table movement for more than 40 years, through her iconic restaurant, Chez […]

Our favorite things for the holidays

These are a few of our favorite things: FREE JEWELRY IF IT SNOWS! Now in its 8th year, Stucki Jewelers in Grass Valley offers a chance to win free jewelry. Here’s the basics: buy jewelry Friday and Saturday, November 24-25 and if at least one inch of snows falls at the Nevada County Airport on […]

What’s in season: Farm, Food & Drink

NEPTUNE’S DELIGHT The Bloody Mary’s simple, two-ingredient base—tomato juice and vodka—lends itself to countless interpretations. We’ve sampled this cocktail in our region, and the “Neptune’s Delight” served at Morgan’s Lobster Shack in midtown Reno is a standout. The 22-ounce cocktail-meal consists of Chopin vodka and house-made Bloody Mary, topped with a crab leg, shrimp, Berkshire […]

Award-winning Quest Theaterworks presents Nugget Fringe Festival from Jan. 18-28

QUEST THEATERWORKS PRESENTS THE fourth annual Nugget Fringe Theater Festival on January 18-28 in Grass Valley. The festival has grown to include 40 shows for 150 cutting-edge performances on seven stages in downtown Grass Valley, featuring comedy, drama, performance art, stand up and more. It is a “must-see” festival for regional indie theater. Founded by […]

All the World’s a Stage: The Center for the Arts, Nevada Theatre and Stages at Northstar

IN THE EARLY ELIZABETHAN ERA, English acting troupes performed in inns, college halls and private homes. Then along came London’s Globe Theater in 1599, showcasing Shakespeare’s best-known plays. Theater became a popular pastime. Good performing arts have always been good for the economy. In September, we visited Ashland, Oregon, jokingly called the “town that Shakespeare […]

Sierra Stages to present James and the Giant Peach next summer for 10th season

“Our 10th Anniversary Season will include two amazing musicals – A New Brain (in March at the Nevada Theatre) and James and the Giant Peach (in July at the Nevada Theatre) and one play that we will be announcing shortly,” Sierra Stages said in a newsletter this morning. “We will let you know when our […]

PlacerARTS Studios Tour is Nov. 10-12

LOCAL ARTIST HELEN PHILLIPS founded the PlacerARTS Studios Tour in 1994, because she felt artists in the area didn’t know each other well enough. “Since then, I’ve seen an incredible infusion of artists come together to present their work,” says Janet Nicholson of Nicholson Blown Glass, who has participated for all 24 years. “Each studio […]

The Four Seasons: Music in the Mountain’s Year-round Concerts

TO BORROW FROM A VIVALDI MASTERPIECE, Music in the Mountains is now celebrating “The Four Seasons.” MIM has traditionally presented festivals, or multiple concerts in a one- to three- week time frame, known as SummerFest and WinterFest. Now it has begun presenting orchestral concerts throughout the year, thanks to an innovative new partnership with the […]

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