Placer Arts Studios Tour Nov. 9-11: Celebrating Local Art

IN THE 1990’S, LOCAL BATIK ARTIST Helen Phillips attended the Sonoma County Studios Tour. Inspired by talented artists and energetic attendees, she opened her own studio for a three-hour experience, and 75 people showed up to enjoy her art. Along with support from PlacerArts and the Lincoln Arts Council, she reached out to local artists […]

Our Towns

THORTON WILDER’S CLASSIC “OUR TOWN”chronicles life in a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. Like the fictional Grover’s Corners in Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, our region’s small towns — Loomis and Lincoln in the valley, Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City in the foothills, and Truckee in the High Sierra — […]

The Rebirth of Main Street

ONCE THE EPICENTER OF RETAIL, America’s malls are struggling: “An Ode to Shopping Malls — farewell, pleasure palaces of days past,” The New York Times reported. “A historical anachronism,” the New Yorker declared. “The culture that spawned satire like Mallrats seems increasingly dated, ever cartoonish,” The Guardian concluded. Our historic downtowns across America — including […]

A Sense of Place

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening FEW PEOPLE DO A BETTER JOB OF creating a sense of place than Robert Frost—in his case, describing life in rural New England. In […]

Copper River Bags in Lincoln: Making “Made in America” cool

A “Made in the U.S.A.” label is enjoying a renaissance, from a new line of Under Armor apparel called Arris Project to a new Adidas “speedfactory” near Atlanta. The Trump White House also is giving “Made in America” a nudge. In our region, Copper River Bag Co. has been making high-quality leather bags since 2010, […]

Winter Events in Tahoe-Truckee, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Lincoln

TAHOE-TRUCKEE March 9-12 Audi FIS World Cup World Cup ski racing returns to California for the first time in 19 years. The event includes concerts, a festival village and a women’s Giant Slalom and Slalom at Squaw Valley. SquawAlpine.com/worldcup March 3-12 North Lake Tahoe SnowFest North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, […]

Tasting notes: Sierra Starr, Naggiar, Smith, Pilot Peak and Bent Metal

NAGGIAR VINEYARDS Naggiar is offering fully guided tours of its vineyard and winery in a new electric shuttle on weekends. SIERRA STARR’S GOLD MEDALS The winery has won double-gold or gold medals for most of the wines it has entered in tasting competitions this year. Sierra Starr won a double-gold for its 2012 Cabernet Franc […]

Spring events: Amgen bike race in Tahoe, art & wine walks, Nevada City soapbox derby, tulips

Springtime Events Nevada City April 9-10, 16-17 Springtime at Ananda The annual event has become a Northern California tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to see the more than 16,000 tulips and flowering trees, set amid mountain vistas at Ananda Village near Nevada City. CrystalHermitage.org June 5 Nevada City Soapbox Derby Cars compete on creativity and […]

In-N-Out Burger coming to Lincoln

The Lincoln Planning Commission this week approved a permit that will clear the way for an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in the Lincoln Crossing Marketplace at the corner of Groveland Lane and Ferrari Ranch Road. In-N-Out is building a new location at a site at 850 Groveland Lane that was a Mimi’s Cafe until it closed […]

Holiday Fairs & Festivals in the Sierra Foothills

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS IN NEVADA CITY Sundays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 1:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 16, 23, 5-9 p.m. Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a Christmas card come to life. The annual, family tradition features holiday activities for all ages: carriage rides, […]

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