Mid-Summer Madness 2013 Planned For Foxwood
The Rotary Club of Chester and the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge #2626 have joined together to present the Fourth Annual Mid-Summer Madness to again be held at the Foxwoods Park in their premier setting among the pines and lush landscaping event at Lake Almanor Saturday, July 27.
The Rotarians and the Elks represent two of the largest charitable organizations serving the Lake Almanor area. By joining forces for this popular event, they are able to maximize their manpower and resources to provide an exceptional evening of great food, wine, and spirits from some of the finest restaurants and wineries. Local artisans will also be on hand to display their wares.
The evening also includes both a silent auction, and a live auction of some fabulous prizes that will go to the highest bidder. Music and dancing will follow in the Foxwood Pavillion. Serving over 400 participants in prior years, this is a “don’t miss it” evening.
The funds raised will remain in the local community, funding both the Rotarians and the Elks scholarships to local high school students, as well as financial support for youth programs and activities in the Lake Almanor area.
Tickets are limited or this once a year affair. For information and tickets call (530) 258-2516, or go to www.MidSummerMadness.info.
Looking for a unique camping adventure? Call 2 Feathers Tipi and rent a tipi. Each tipi was hand crafted to provide superior wind and water resistance and provide far more shelter than any tent. 2 Feathers will deliver the tipi to your camp site, set it up and take the time to show you the ropes. This is rustic camping at it’s best. If you would like to own your custom tipi Randy would be happy to make that happen too. Rent a teeepee for a few days just for the experience or for your business as a real eye catcher. Tepees are great fun for photo ops, parties, weddings and all sorts of events. Whether you spell it tipi, tepee, or teepee, 2 Feathers has one for you. Call 530-816-0635 for reservations and custom orders.
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Before you let the perfectionists get started, remind them that the perfect snowman is the one everyone got to help make. If smaller children will be in on the adventure, make sure you let them place some of the fun stuff like the buttons on his shirt and his carrot for a nose. Memories like this don’t come along everyday.
What you will need:
• Good packable snow (test it by packing a snowball together. If it is too wet, it might not work)
• 4 fairly straight sticks (about 14-16 inches each)
• A scarf
• A hat
• Sticks for arms
• Carrot, Coal, berries, rocks or anything dark to use for the buttons, the eyes, and use a twig shaped like a mouth or small items lined up like cranberries to form a mouth. Be creative. There are lots of options.
• Other adornments can include an apron, large vest, ear muffs, gloves or mittens, hair bow, bandana, sun glasses, etc.
Start by putting on snow gloves or mittens.
Pack a ball as large as you can while holding it in your hands. When it is too big, lay it on the ground and roll it away from you. It should collect snow and grow along the way. When you get it to the size you want it to be, pat it down, packing the snow some.
You will need to make 3 big balls of snow. The base will be the largest, the middle medium-sized, and the top will be the smallest to form his head.
Make 3 balls the size you want your snowman to be.
Poke two sticks out of the top of the bottom snowball (base), so it sticks up to about half the size of the middle snowball. Pack some extra snow around the sticks to “glue” the balls together. Drop the middle ball onto the sticks securing it to the base ball, packing snow around the connection. Also pack snow around the base of bottom snowball.
Repeat with top snowball, breaking off sticks to the right size, to imbed about half way into each ball, connecting them.
You can make the snowman without sticks, but it will hold together longer with sticks, since it is likely to melt some by day and freeze at night.
Now comes the fun! Wrap around a scarf around his neck and place a hat with a feather or flower if desired, add apron or vest if desired, then add stick arms. Place buttons down the center of the middle ball. Now make the face. A carrot makes a great nose. You can use coal or rocks for the eyes, cranberries can form a mouth or you can choose a mouth shaped twig. Glasses can work on small snowmen by pushing the arms of glasses right into the snow head. Be creative, using the supplies collected.
Making miniature snowmen is a fun craft for smaller kids; everyone makes their own. The largest ball is about 7-8” in diameter, the middle one, about 6” and the top one about 4”. Raisins, miniature carrots, ribbon for a scarf,
Located up off of Highway 32, about 3 miles out side of Chico on the way to Chester, there is a hidden gem in the hills, Chico’s very own disc golf course. The Peregrine disc golf course has a magnificent view overlooking all of Chico and has 18 holes for all ranges of players. This beautiful course has something to offer for almost everyone, even if throwing the disc is not really “your thing”. The paths make for a good walk with a great view, and you will be sure to encounter any number of friendly players out having a good time. Disc golfing is essentially golf, but with Frisbees (discs) in place of balls and baskets instead of holes. The sport, while being around for over 50 years, has recently gained a lot more popularity. The increase in interest has prompted the construction of courses all over the United States and the world. It is played in over 40 countries around the globe, and is continuing to grow. In the U.S there is a professional league, which at the highest level can pay rather well, and at the lowest level is still a lot of fun. The course in Upper Bidwell Park is managed by the Chico Outsiders group, and has a laundry list of local basket sponsors who help keep the course up and running. Their mission is to play, to protect and to preserve, rather fitting if you ask me. I have played at the Peregrine course a handful of times and each one has been enjoyable. Just like any sport, each time you play, there is a different experience in store. When playing, loosing a disc to the course is almost inevitable, and while it can be frustrating at times, it is always worth the effort in the end. I encourage you to go out and give the course a try; it is really an experience worth having. To learn more about the park or disc golfing in general you can visit their website at www.chico-outsiders.com
By Chris Frederking
As summer kicks off and the seasons change, there’s no better time to expand your horizons and try new things. Chico’s Rod and Gun Club, located in Upper Bidwell Park, offers a wide variety of shooting classes and activities for everyone from first time shooters to long seasoned veterans. The range was originally built in the early 1950’s, out of a barracks from the old Chico airport, and is leased and operated by the members of the club. The Gun Club has proudly served Butte County’s sportsmen, and women, of all ages for over sixty years.
Their indoor range offers shooting practice for the general public on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Monday of each month, as well as each Wednesday from 7-9pm year round. I went out on a warm Wednesday to see what the Club had to offer, and having never been to a range, really did not know what to expect. After a short drive, I arrived and was greeted warmly by the range master Bruce Gray. He was very knowledgeable and made me feel right at home. I met several of the members and enjoyed the general feeling of the club’s camaraderie. There were twelve lanes for shooting, and the other members and I lined up, waiting for the range master’s instructions. After safety checks and an explanation of general regulations, we loaded up and had some fun.
I met a kind woman named Julia Mattson, and she said that she has been a club member off and on for 30 years, starting with the clubs Jr. Rifle Marksmanship program and graduating to the Adult Rifle Marksmanship program. By the looks of her targets, I could tell all her practice had paid off. Another friendly member, and talented marksman, Don G. even let me take a few shots with his semi-automatic .22 when I was getting low on ammunition.
Whenever dealing with weapons of any nature, safety is the first priority. The Rod and Gun Club go to great lengths to ensure the safety and security of each and every one of their members and guests: cutting no corners when it comes to upholding the standards necessary to cultivate an exciting and enjoyable environment. If you have ever wanted to learn to shoot, this is a great place to do it; the Chico Rod and Gun Club is a safe, comfortable, and judgment free environment. They offer classes for concealed carry weapons, junior rifle indoor safety, women’s only pistol safety, general pistol safety, as well as hunters safety.
If you, or someone you know, would like to become a member, simply pay an annual $36 fee on the first of the year, fill out an application, and be prepared to have a good time.
I sincerely recommend the Chico Rod and Gun Club. Anyone with an adventurous spirit or inquisitive mind should come out and give the club a “shot”—I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. If you want more information, want to watch, or would like to try it yourself, you can contact the club by phone at 530-894-1648 or visit them online atwww.chicogunclub.org
By Melissa Wynn
Wheel around Lake Almanor was conceived in the summer of 1998, when Lake Almanor Elks member, Dave Henise, and his wife, Suzie were enjoying dinner with good friends and wheelchair athlete, Randy Fossum and his wife, Diane. Randy told Suzie he was considering pushing his racing wheelchair around Lake Almanor, but didn’t like the idea of doing it alone. Suzie graciously volunteered to give it a try on her bicycle.
So with the support of Dave and Diane, Suzie rode her bicycle and Randy pushed his racing chair over the 34-mile course around the lake. It took just over three hours. For their efforts, Dave made a $34 donation ($1 for each mile) to the Elk’s scholarship fund, and WALA was born.
Would you, or a loved one like to wheel around Lake Almanor? If so, join us Sunday, September 16th. Breakfast for participants will begin at 8am and the ride begins at 9am. This is not a race, it is a personal challenge. Interested donors and “wheelers” can find more information by visiting lakealmanorwala.com.
June 16th Emerson Lake at Diamond Mountain Gold Course in Susanville Ca
The only event of its kind in Northeast California. A freeride wakeboard exhibition where 10 riders throw down on wake, rail and double ups.
Rock the Wake starts at 3 O’Clock with a exciting surprise kick off.
Susanville Volunteer Fire Department will be selling food.
Lassen High Field hockey will be selling Snow cones.
Lassen High Volleyball will be Collecting entrance Donations.
A $10 donation is appreciated for Entrance all proceeds go to local charities
No Coolers allowed. Food, Drinks, Refreshments and Beer available at Event
Bring Your Lawn Chairs and Sunblock
Info Contact Nick McBride 530-310-6835
Attention car buffs please join us June 2, 2012 for the 24th Annual Old Fashion County Picnic 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair Grounds at 204 Fairgrounds Road in Quincy, CA. Events include classic stock and modified cars on display at the 23rd Annual Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Show and Shine , t-shirt on sale and a huge raffle. Car show registration fee $20.00. General pubic entry is free. Funds raised benefit the local Volunteer Fire Departments. The folks are friendly, the food is awesome and the cars have muscle, come join the fun. For full details contact Doyle Frazier (530) 836-4030.
Put the kayaks on the rack and head for Bucks Lakeshore Resort at 16001 Bucks Lake Road just outside of Quincy on June 23rd 10:00am - 2:00pm for the 2nd Annual Kayak Poker Run. Bring your friends and join the fun of paddling around Bucks Lake to 5 designated stops and receive a poker chip with a number, the numbers match a card from a deck of cards. The best poker hand wins. This is NOT a race, simply an extreme game of cards. Entry fee is $10, includes lunch. To enter visit Bucks Lake Resort.com or call Kim Henderson at 530-283-2848.
Come pedal through the picturesque Indian Valley with us May 26th in the Indian Valley Century Rides. Both the metric and mile century begin at Greenville High School. The metric ride boasts a stunning lunch stop and turn around 30 miles out in lovely Genesee. For those going for the miles a fruit and drink stop will be 17 miles and 1500 feet higher at Antelope Lake. Lunch for the milers is on the return, also in Genesee. The metric ride is best for the novice flat and fast along lush fields and forest streams. The milers ride is a climb with stunning views to Antelope Lake and rated as a moderate ride. Entry fees include a ride patch, lunch, bike number, lunch verification bracelet, SAG wagon, juice stops and a hot shower at the school after the ride. Day-of-ride check-in and registration will be in front of the Greenville High School gym (look for tables), beginning at 7 am, but no later than 9:30 am.Printable entry forms are available online at indianvalley.net/centuries.html or call to enter at 530-284-6633.
Come run with the bears for foster children on August 18th in Greenville. Participants will enjoy unique roadside water and treat stations as they wind through the gorgeous Indian and Genesse Valley. Runners are then invited for an old fashioned pig roast and luau after-party at the Goss Ranch finish line. Bring the whole family for cow pie bingo, a hay bale maze, and lots of dancing! Your Bears entry fee includes a participation gift (a tech running T), digital ‘chip’ timing for the run provided by Under the Sun Events, medals three deep in 10yr age divisions, and one overall winner in the M/F catagories. Want to run for free? Ask your friends and family to support you by donating to Mountain Circle Foster Agency through FirstGiving.Org (you can also do it the old fashioned way, just give us a call for the form) . If you raise over $300, we will waive your entrance fee! For entry, sponsorship and full details visit runningwiththebears.org or call 530 284 7007.
Mark your calendars and break out the solar cookers Mountain Valley neighbors. Friday and Saturday July 13th and 14th bring the 22nd annual solar cook off to the Taylorsville Campground in Taylorsville, Ca. Live music, awesome crafts and great food begin Friday night at 6pm. The festivities will continue until dusk on Saturday so load up the kids and tents, plenty of camp sites and on site hot showers are available. Full details and entry information are available by phone at Blackhawk Solar 530-283-1396, Genesee Store 530-284-6351 and KQNY in Quincy 530-283-0901.
Let’s play a new kind of ball June 9th and 10th at the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds. Over The Line is a great game related to baseball and softball. Each 3 person team consists of one batter, pitcher and fielder. Players use a softball bat and rubber softball and games are only 4 innings. All the fun in a fraction of the time with a fraction of a traditional team. Grab two friends and come to Quincy, batter up!
Registration is $50 per team, which includes three t-shirts and live music on Saturday night. Tent camping is $25 per team, RV camping is $50 per team. For more information contact Jeren Seibel 530-283-3278.
By Melissa Wynn
For many years now Lassen and Plumas counties have been without a music store. Each time one of the many musical members of my family needed guitar strings or drum sticks it meant a long trip out of our area, oh bother!
On December 1st of 2011, local luthier and inventor of the MiniFlex Microphone, Ken Donnell and his partner Jim McBean opened Donnell’s Music Land at 207 Main St. in Greenville, finally bringing music back to the mountains. It’s a great little shop and so much more than a place to buy, sell and trade instruments and accessories.
The day of my tour, I arrived to find the storefront full of customers watching local teen Christopher Gibson practice his skills on a beautiful red drum set in the corner. A few minutes later jazz lover Andrea West came in to sell her Alto Saxophone and joined Christopher in song to play it one last time. She was very happy when Ken Donnell invited her to come back and play it again at Donnell’s Music Land’s weekly jam night. These Wednesday night get togethers welcome all musicians from 6-7:30 pm.
It’s all about the music and a walk through the back of the shop showed me the true passion of Ken and his staff . In the first workshop area we found electronics tech Micheal assembling Miniflex Microphones and tapping his foot to the beat he was hearing in his headphones. Sold on a global scale for acoustic instruments Donnell’s Music Land is the only place to purchase yours from the inventor himself.
A man of many talents, Ken also has a large work area for his luthier work. This is the room where instruments are created, including a gorgeous fiddleback guitar of stunning walnut in progress. Repairs and restorations of musical instruments as well as fine wooden antiques are also on the list of services that keep the melodies flowing through our neighborhood.
Wanna join the jam sessions but can’t play a note? No worries, Donnell’s has you covered again. Several local musicians give lessons and Music Land has the information to get you started.
Donnell’s Music Land is open Wednesday-Friday 12-6pm and Saturday 12-4pm. The man himself, Ken Donnell will also open for you by appointment, just give him a call at the store at 530-284-1689 or after hours at 530-230-7842. He’s happy to open the door and bring music back to the mountains.
By Lorraine Shoemaker
On a recent trip to Reno with my sister, Melissa, we had the pleasure of staying the night at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino. Along with the first rate room on the 21st floor of the Concierge Tower, we had access to the opulent Spa Atlantis- which has so many treatments available that it’s nearly impossible to chose just one. Fortunately we didn’t have to! With the purchase of one treatment each we were treated to an entire day of luxurious pampering.
Melissa chose the Signature Physiodermi Facial as her treatment and her Facial Technician, Charlene lead her to a candlelit room with calming music. Melissa was in a semi reclining position on an elegantly draped massage table . Charlene first placed a warm towel on Melissa’s’ face to open the pores and relax the facial muscles. Next, a gentle cleansing and exfoliation using botanical extracts-most noticeably papaya enzyme- the aroma was heavenly! A very gentle extraction of impurities was followed by another warm towel. Rich moisturizer was applied and a final spritzing. Charlene also shaped Melissa’s’ eyebrows and waxed her upper lip as well as massaging her shoulders, neck and hands.
My treatment was The Hot Rock Massage. The intimate candlelit room with soothing music and delicate aroma made me feel relaxed and I wasn’t even on the massage table yet! I started by laying facedown on the soft, warm table and felt my shoulders ease. It was so serene. My Massage Therapist, Nickie, eased quietly into the room and began preparing to do magic. Using wondrously warm cream and a gentle touch, Nickie massaged my neck, shoulders, back, arms, legs, feet and hands. About the time I was dozing, Nickie began using the hot rocks up and down my back. What a luxury. The rocks used are river rocks, specially selected for several qualities: size for different parts of the body, color for heat retention (black absorbs more heat -white less) and shape and smoothness.
At the end of my massage I melted into the table for a few minutes before getting up. As I stood up my legs were so rubbery I felt intoxicated. I, sadly, bide farewell to Nickie-an excellent Massage Therapist. Next time you’re in Reno, give yourself an indulgent treat- visit Spa Atlantis and experience the magic. For a full menu of amenities contact Atlantiscasino.com
By Melissa Wynn
Late August means the blackberry bushes are once again heavy laden with bubbly, juicy fruit. Picking before the rains come is what you want to do. A pail and a desire to wander through the woods is all you need for a Sierra berry picking adventure.
Blackberry bushes are full of thorns, so long pants and sturdy closed toe shoes are a wise wardrobe choice for this activity families have shared for as long as humans have inhabited the Sierra. Blackberries are a mouthwatering treat straight off the vine but they do stain everything they touch purple, so also wear clothes that you won’t mind splotching with berry juice. My family has made Labor Day weekend our traditional blackberry picking get together for six years running and 2012 will make it seven. I can hardly wait. We prefer to do our picking in Seneca just six miles from Lake Almanor’s West Shore PG&E Beach. But this neck of the woods also holds a bounty of great spots to find blackberries.
From Oroville to Quincy, Hwy 70 is spotted with berry patches all along the way. I have found the plumpest , sweetest and biggest berries grow along the water’s edge. This spectacular drive through Feather River Canyon has many turn outs near the water. Patch hopping is fun until you find a favorite.
A turn just before Quincy, up Hwy 89, leads to more blackberry heaven near Lake Almanor or around Butt Lake. The drive just gets more beautiful and offers several more prime picking spots along the Feather River. You can also take a little detour at Taylorsville and hunt along Indian Creek as well. If your final destination lies beyond Quincy further up Hwy 70, fret not, for the waterways along this route are lined with berry patches as well. Whether you roam toward Portola and Beckwourth or down into Sierra County, fat juicy blackberries await.
Come on up and join us in one of our special annual traditions courtesy of nature. All blackberries in national forests and on all other public lands are fair game unless otherwise posted. If you have a hard time choosing where to wander, stop, and one of the friendly Mountain Valley locals will be happy to point you toward a patch with this bit of picking advise…one for the pail, two for me!
By Melissa Wynn
Summer fun around Susanville means hiking the miles of scenic nearby trails. Susanville Ranch Park is a local favorite offering 22 miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails with spectacular meadow and valley views. The park’s southern portion winds around the meadows and up Paiute Creek Canyon on a gentle grade with a more challenging climb on Coyote Bluff. Wide open spaces and 2 creeks make this a great choice for families with children and pets. More experienced hikers seem to prefer the 14 miles of many loop options, challenging climbs and back turns of the northern section. Susanville Ranch Park is an awesome hiking, biking and horseback riding choice for all ages.
If you prefer a shadier hike through the woods, then The Bizz Johnson Trail is for you. Following the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific Railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville to Mason Station. For the first 16 miles, the trail follows the Susan River. As it winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon, the trail crosses the river 12 times on bridges and trestles and passes through two tunnels. The landscape is a combination of semi-arid canyon and stunning upland forests. The”Bizz” then follows existing roads an additional 4.5 miles into Westwood, a truly beautiful mountain stroll all are invited to enjoy. Come join us on these fun, scenic hikes of Susanville.
Hiking can work up quite an appetite but fear not, Susanville has several dining choices to fill the void. Diamond Mountain Casino at 900 Skyline Dr. is one of my favorite spots for good eats. Whether I’m looking for a good quick sandwich and fries lunch at a reasonable price or a fancy, juicy steak dinner with a hot date, between the open friendly coffee shop and Sports Bar and Grill they’ve got it covered. Just like in Chester Happy Garden at 1960 Main Street is my choice for Chinese, the crab and cheese wontons keep me coming back time and time again.
Tired from the hike and stuffed full with dinner many choose to spend a comfortable night in a jacuzzi suite at the Best Western Trailside Inn at 2785 Main St. Nothing like a long soak to relax the body and soothe the mind. A free continental breakfast in the morning will have you fueled up for a busy day of world class fishing at scenic Eagle Lake just North of Susanville.
Home of the tasty and hardy Eagle Lake trout, this gorgeous mountain lake attracts serious anglers from all over the world. Local fisherman Bob Hertzig recalls his first experience on this sparkling body of water.
At the beginning of the summer in 2009, I really wanted to go fishing to complete my dream of catching my biggest fish. Without any fishing experience at all, I knew that I really needed some help. I had heard that one of my old High School buddies, Dick Mason, had a Guide Service and that he consistently caught big fish. I called Dick and told him what I had in mind and he said that he liked to fish Eagle Lake in the Spring, Lake Almanor in the Fall, and Lake Shasta in the Winter. I said sign me up!
My first trip was to Eagle Lake and there were three of us. We left early in the morning and launched the boat and started fishing about dawn. Dick showed me what pole to use, what bait was hot, how much line to let out, and how to “play the fish” and net them once they got to the boat. We caught our limit and we headed home about noon. We went to Dick’s house and cleaned the fish and relived our victorious day. Bob Hertzig
Eagle Lake offers several camping options for tents and RVs as well as a wide variety of vacation rental homes and cabins. Whether you prefer the sleeping bag or a fluffy bed Eagle Lake has your kind of place to rest your weary head.
Hikers bikers and fisherman seeking outdoor adventure search no more, point that RV toward Susanville and come join the fun.
Facts courtesy of susanvilleranchpark.com and blm.gov
Taking kids on a road trip? Try playing these fun games in the car!
Story Book Game
This game is fun, pretty soon everyone will be laughing! This game involves imagination. . . Start off with a sentence of your choice, go around and have everyone add a sentence on to the story. To make it interesting add something silly, or a sentence that doesn’t even make sense!
For shorter waits, guessing games can work, especially for kids who get bored or frustrated easily. Normally, they are based on yes or no questions… Like, is it an animal? Is it big? Is it a food? If you want, you can even create some cards with names on them, with famous people, animals, or the places you are visiting.
Tongue twisters always get a great laugh! Come up with any sentences, that twist up your words. An example could be: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood! Have everybody try to say it 3 times in a row, quickly.
This game is great for a quiet place. One person draws, with their fingers, on another person’s palm, while they have their eyes closed, and the person guesses what letter they drew. Alternate from person to person, except the driver, of course.
Pass a whispered message or sentence from one person to the next. You can only tell them the message once. As it goes around, it will probably end up getting mixed up. It will give the family a great laugh.
‘I spy with my little eye something…’ This game is great when kids start to get bored. Look for an object, then give give the people slight clues on what the object is. An example: “I spy something with four legs.” Items spied can be inside or outside the car.
Be sure to bring along Ellie’s word find on page 32 to keep the time passing!
Sheltered by pines and crossed by excellent fishing streams, the Lake Almanor area is one of Northern California’s true gems. Campers come to the region to fish, hike, ride horses, swim, boat, and just plain relax. Here are ten great places to set up camp.
Rocky Point Campground is located 11 miles from Greenville on Hwy 89 on the shore of Lake Almanor. This beauty boasts160 sites and is open from May to October, depending on snowfall.
Camp Conery is located 9 miles from Greenville on Hwy 89 across the Hwy from Lake Almanor. This group camping area has a multi-purpose building with a cook area, grill, refrigerator, showers, and flush toilets. The campground also has 5 bunk houses, each with a bathroom, that will hold up to 50 people total. Open end of May to beginning of October. By Reservation only. Call (916) 386-5164.
Last Chance Campground is located 6 miles Northeast of Chester on Hwy 36. Set among pines and junipers next to a mountain stream, this campground has 25 sites, 13 of which can be reserved as a group site. Open end of May to early October.
Cool Springs Campground is located 10 miles from Chester off of Hwy 89 on the shore of Butt Lake Reservoir, this campground has 33 sites. Full hookups are provided. Open mid May to mid September.
Yellow Creek Campground is located 20 miles from Lake Almanor along the banks of Yellow Creek overlooking a beautiful meadow, this secluded little campground has 12 sites. Roads to and inside the campground are dirt. This spot is a favorite with fly fishermen. Water, propane and sewer hookups are provided. Open end of May to the mid September.
Imagine your wedding day surrounded by your closest family and friends, magnificent gardens and a backdrop of blue mountain skies, serene forest and flowing creeks, creating memories that will last a lifetime. The Twenty Mile House offers you all this in a fashion as “green” as the forest. They will even make your an expertly crafted organic wedding cake. This historic stage coach stop built in 1854 on the Middle Fork of the Feather River offers you and your guests an exclusive experience on a secluded 200 acre eco-estate, including beautiful gardens, private river access, charming facilities and accommodations, surrounded by serene forest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Twenty Mile House Inn & Retreat Center
PO Box 30001, 700 Old Cromberg Rd
Cromberg, CA 96103
In the lap of luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies Chalet View Lodge. With 49 guest rooms and cabins and 3,000 square feet of available conference space, adjacent to 1.2 million acres of public forest, it is an unforgettable wedding location. Take your vows amid expansive outdoor venues, featuring romantic outdoor fireplaces, and remarkable views. Everything you need for your special day is right here with an onsite spa and salon, full bar and The Grille restaurant. A memorable wedding awaits at 72056 Highway 70 near Graeagle. Say “I Do” at Chalet View Lodge.
Chalet View Lodge
72056 California Hwy 70
Portola, CA 96122
How about a western wedding at Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch? With accommodations to house eighty you can invite the whole posse to your event of a lifetime. In the woods as horses gallop by, by the water or indoors in the saloon you are sure to build memories that will last forever . Don’t worry your pretty little head none they will handle all the details including meal planning, catering, pre and post ceremony parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal night dinner, reception galas, officiator services, entertainment, lodging and even on-site daycare. Relax and seize your day.
Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road
Quincy California, 95971
On a day that should be full of sweet surprises Traci is in Quincy waiting to bake the wedding cake of your dreams. Would you prefer a traditional cake or one that’s topsy turvey and uniquely you? Whatever your wedding cake dream Traci’s Sweet Surprises will happily bake it come true.
503 Main Street
Quincy, CA 95971
By Melissa Wynn
It is time once again for my favorite winter outing, cutting the family Christmas tree. I know it would be easier to go buy one from a lot or ,heaven forbid, put up an artificial tree. What fun is there in that? In our neck of the woods Christmas tree cutting means the last picnic of the year. Instead of cold chicken and iced tea like the summer picnic we like to pack a basket of thermoses filled with delights like a spicy chili and hot chocolate. The children love helping choose a tree and a picnic is much more fun than a ride in the car to choose a tree all bound with twine that you can’t really see until you have it home, paid for and unwrapped. Boring! Bundle up, grab the saw, fill your thermoses and have an adventure. After all, that is why we choose to live Mountain Valley Living style.
Tree cutting permits cost a mere ten dollars and can be purchased at many locations including
- Beckwourth Ranger Station
23 Mohawk Road in Blairsden
- Hallelujah Junction General Store
Highway 395/Highway 70
- Williams House Museum/
Portola Visitor Center
424 E Sierra Avenue in Portola
- River Pines Resort
Hwy 89, 1/4 mile N of Graeagle
- Mt. Hough Ranger District
39696 Hwy. 70
3 miles north of Quincy
- Greenville Forest Service
Information & Work Center
128 Hot Springs Rd in Greenville
- Almanor Ranger District
900 East Hwy 36
- Eagle Lake Ranger District
477-050 Eagle Lake Rd
Permits are also available by mailing a self addressed stamped envelope along with your ten dollar payment to
Lassen National Forest Headquarters
Christmas Tree Permit
2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, Ca 96130
Plumas National Forest
Christmas Tree Permit
P.O. Box 11500
Quincy, CA 95971
Remember, winter weather in the Sierra is unpredictable so dress in layers and be prepared. Your tree cutting adventure awaits!
By Melissa Wynn
Road trippin’ to Chico via Hwy 32 is a tour of unforgettable natural beauty. The mossy hillsides weep and sparkle and rushing Deer Creek winds along side offering world class trout fishing and camping options galore. Enjoy the crisp mountain air, relish the quiet and wet a line.
A detour up to Butte Meadows is the perfect stop for lunch or even a peaceful night stay with Bill and Stacy Kelso at the laid back and homey Butte Meadows Mercantile & Resort. Take your time, savor the scenery, seize the day.
At the bottom of the hill the forest parts and views of the stunning rugged canyon guide us into Chico, my favorite community to shop ’till I drop. Several galleries offer as many beauties for the eye as there are tastes of the beholder. My favorite by far are the unbelievably realistic hand blown jellyfish of delicate glass at Rick Satava’s Art Glass Studio at 819 Wall St. They look as though if you lifted the glass they would gracefully undulate away. Visitors are welcome not only to shop but also to visit the workshop and watch the glass blowers create amazing works of art from hot, molten glass.
Shopping can really work up an appetite and Chico has a nearly unlimited choice of dining options. My top three pics for 2012 are Original Pete’s at 2495 Carmichael Drive for primo pasta and gourmet pizza. Little bits of Italy are everywhere you look and the hospitality is on the house. Japanese Blossoms at 2995 Esplanade Suite #104 is known for the best sushi I’ve ever eaten. Hand made right before your eyes, every roll is a tongue tingling adventure. 5th Street Steakhouse at 345 W. 5th St. is my top choice for melt in your mouth steaks, mouthwatering treasures from sea and unrivaled service fit for king.
No adventurous visit to the Chico area would be complete without a visit to the amazing Barry Kirschner Wildlife Foundation between Chico and Oroville at 4995 Durham-Pentz Rd. Rescued and adopted wildlife unable to return to the wild for various reasons call this compassionate sanctuary home. Volunteers work tirelessly caring for tigers, lions, bears, birds, snakes and even a wallaby. Visitors are welcome Tuesday-Sunday from nine to five for self guided tours of this wild facility.
Unwind and put your feet up for the night at one of the many motel and B&B options available in Chico. We had a great time at the cozy Oxford Suites at 2035 Business Lane. Holiday Inn at 685 Manzanita Ave offers special rates for patients of Enlo Hospital and their families along with a friendly shuttle service for those patients unable to drive. Contributing writer for Mountain Valley Living Magazine Rick Barlupi suggests the luxurious Hotel Diamond at 220 West 4th Street, his top pick for 2012.
Shop, dine, stay and play. Create your own adventure, checkin’ out Chico.
Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundaton ~ 4995 Durham-Pentz Rd ~ (530) 533-1000 ~ www.kirschner.org
By Melissa Wynn
When we first met Roberta Kirshner and her friends from the wild a few years back, they were located in Durham and open by appointment only. But , thanks to the recent move to 4995 Durham-Pentz Rd. near Oroville, animal lovers and can now visit Tuesday-Sunday from nine to five. Exotic species from around the globe grace this new spread of grassy rolling hills and eagerly await your visit.
For years Roberta Kirshner and her dedicated staff of volunteers have cared for special needs, non-releasable creatures, like my old friend Chuffy the white tiger, who were displaced from their wilderness homes. Most of the animals at Barry Kirschner Wildlife Foundation are rejected pets or cast offs from the entertainment industry. Others, like Wiley the Coyote, were injured in the wild. For all of the residents here, red fox and black bear alike, this is the end of the line.
Every employee at the Barry Kirschner Wildlife Foundation is a volunteer and the day-to-day expenses of caring for these amazing critters are paid with donations from animals lovers like you and me. There were forty-six critters of various species during my June visit, but sadly only fourteen of them had dedicated sponsors at that time. Anyone can become a sponsor for just a few dollars a day. Take a tour, become a sponsor, or just make a one time donation while visiting or at their website www.kirschner.org. There can never be too many volunteers and students can earn up to nine transferable credits working with lions, tigers, bears, lemur and even a wallaby.
The move has also created new needs at Barry Kirschner Wildlife Foundation. Building materials such as sheetrock, plywood and 8 ft. chain link fencing are among the most urgent supplies needed. Volunteers with construction experience like welding and carpentry are also on the wish list.
The Barry Kirschner Wildlife Foundation is a place of true caring and sacrifice. Roberta Kirschner is an amazing woman for dedicating her life to the protection and upkeep of these refugees of the wild. Maybe all of us who can will lend a hand.
- Phone: (530) 533-1000
- Email: email@example.com
- Address: 4995 Durham-Pentz Rd., Oroville CA
Hours of Operation:
Open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday.
Take a Tour!
To set up an appointment for a guided tour or to inquire regarding tour rates, please give us a call. The price for walking on your own is $7 per adult and $6 per child (age 12 and below) and no appointment is necessary.
By Melissa Wynn
This month’s road trip takes us back to the ranch and out to a little piece of heaven, 40 miles west of Red Bluff, known as “R” Wild Horse Ranch.
I arrived early on a Sunday afternoon with my niece, Allyson, and nephew, Darin, in tow and eager to explore. After a quick check-in at the General Store (open to the public) and dropping our bags at our cabin we were off to meet Charli Hand for a prearranged tour of the spectacular 22 square miles that comprise “R” Wild Horse Ranch. Charli is a bubbly, charming lady and a prime example of the family atmosphere that permeates every acre of this outdoor adventure wonderland. She took the time to drive us around to get acquainted with the layout and to introduce us to all the main attractions.
The highlight of the tour for me was, hands down, the stable area and covered arena. Owners at “R” Wild delight in the free use of over 50 horses kept in this area for our enjoyment. I couldn’t wait to saddle up so Charli graciously arranged a trail ride for us the following morning. This was done by a friendly drive by conversation with another ranch owner/wrangler. No major formalities here; my kind of place.
In another area, kids of all ages were buzzing about on every kind of ATV and motorized toy you can imagine. I thought Darin would wiggle right out of his seat when we learned that the ranch has over 900 acres dedicated to miles of tracks and trails just for these sports. Boys will be boys.
Allyson was most impressed by the community recreation center; the social hub of the “R” Wild family. Activities abound here. How about a dip in the heated pool or hot tub? Perhaps the pool tables, foosball , board or video games are more for you. Basketballs hoops and tennis courts are on the menu of fun as well. Live music dances, hayrides and bingo are all thrown in there somewhere now and then just to mix it up. We spent our entire first evening at the happening recreation center and each made new friends. No strangers at “R” Wild Horse Ranch.
For those looking for some relaxation, a separate lodge just for adults, with its own heated pool, sits atop a hill with a breathtaking, sweeping view from the huge patio that reaches its peak at sunset. This area also houses the 20 room motel for those wanting more modern accommodations. These rooms and are available to owners and their guests for an unbelievable $20 per night.
As if that were not enough, Charli next took us to meet Jerry of Adrenaline Adventures, another owner, that is the go-to guy for a guided hunt for everything from Quail and Black Tail Deer to Wild Boar and Black Bear. Of course “R” Wild has shooting and archery ranges for target practice and even skeet shooting for those that prefer a non-living, moving target. They thought of everything.
Adding to the experience for lovers of the outdoors, Beegum Creek runs through the ranch and this where the kids and I opted to enjoy the picnic dinner that we’d brought along, just us and the dragonflies. The road in was a little rough for my small car but no real worries. When I left through the gate, Brian, from security, assured me that he would be along to make sure we made it out safely before dark. What a caring staff! Beegum Creek is great for fishing or splashing around in one of the swimming holes. More fishing is available in the always-stocked Tom Sawyer Pond in yet another gorgeous area of this gated outdoor paradise.
Long after dark, wet from our late night dip in the pool, we returned to our simple cabin (twin beds for five and a half-bath). We read awhile from the books we borrowed from the rec center. We soon drifted off to dreamland to the melody of the frog and cricket song; a soothing end to our fun filled day.
Early the next morning we met with Bernadette at the stables for our unforgettable trail ride. The staff carefully chose the gentlest mounts for Darin and Ally since they are beginners and at the ranch safety is priority number one. Four thousand acres of “R” Wild Horse Ranch are dedicated to unrivaled equestrian adventure. Bernadette chose a route that graced us with outstanding views, narrow trails, hills to climb and creek beds to cross just to ensure that we got a taste of each terrain there is to choose from. I wished it would never end.
“R” Wild Horse Ranch has something for everyone that loves to play outside. I thought the price to become an owner with a deeded interest was simply unbelievable. For a down payment of $2500 and $985 in annual fees, one can become an owner and part of the “R” Wild family. Unlike a timeshare that allows you to visit a few weeks a year, “R” Wild is yours and you are free to visit as often you like, whenever you like. Ownership allows you (and your guests for $20 per night) to enjoy all the amenities including the horses, shower houses, community kitchens, playground and so much more. Owners are also welcome to store their RVs, horse trailers, ATV ect. free of charge in a security monitored fenced in area. I was informed on the tour that ”With 156 RV sites with full hook ups, 148 cabins, the motel and campgrounds availability has never been an issue”. For the most economical way, ”R” Wild Horse Ranch is certainly my personal top pick of the summer, enjoy it all in Northern California. We had a blast.
Interested in owning a little piece of heaven? Local realtor® Charli Hand can further help you at 1-866-726-2494 where you can even schedule a tour that includes a complimentary 1 night/2 day stay. See for yourself how much “R” Wild Horse Ranch offers for so little. Visit their website at www.rwildhorseranch.net. The ranch is located at at 6700 Hwy 36. approximately 40 miles west of Red Bluff.
By Melissa Wynn
I never gave much thought to how rescue workers acquire their skill until I stumbled upon a lesson in progress in the rapid, late spring waters of Deer Creek. I was strolling through the Potato Patch Campground on Hwy 32 with a friend, when excited voices near the water inspired us to investigate. To our great surprise, we discovered Abigail Polsvy, owner and instructor of Sierra Rescue, training a group of US Forest Service employees to retrieve those accidentally caught in swift water.
We watched in amazement as these courageous trainees braved the rapids of Deer Creek, full to the brim with an exceptionally heavy spring thaw. Dressed in wetsuits to protect them from the icy water, several students took the plunge. Others remained on shore and practiced “throwing a line” to their would be victim. The water roared, carrying 2009 Rescue 3 instructor of the year Abigail and her students along at a clipping pace. One by one, they were pulled safely from the chilly, rushing creek. What a rush!
We were so lucky in our timing, that not only were we able to observe this dangerous and intriguing process, we arrived just in time to visit with the class as they enjoyed a picnic lunch break. This adventurous group of future USFS heroes was comprised of Matt House, Melanie McFarland, Emily Fudge, Ryan Foote, Cassie Kinnard, Kaley Phillips,Nick Delucchi, Jeff McFarland,Michael Parker, Chris Mayes and Cavan Quam. A commendable assortment of young people learning to keep all of us safer as we enjoy the summer fun of swimming, white water rafting, kayaking and so much more.
Sierra Rescue has Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue and Wilderness First Responder training facilities in Quincy on the Feather River, Coloma on the South Fork American River and in Knights Ferry on the Stanislaus River. Abigail and co-owner Julie Munger specialize in the Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue, Wilderness First Aid, Technical Rope Rescue, Technical Animal Rescue and Wilderness First Responder Courses. With more than 25 years experience, Sierra Rescue provides expert instruction and superior training experience in the outdoor rescue professional industry. Sierra Rescue is California’s premiere Rescue 3 Swift Water Rescue Instruction Company. Specializing in hands-on training, all swiftwater rescue instruction courses get you into the water. All white water training sites are specially selected for their excellence and make Sierra Rescue the California Regional Training Center for Rescue 3 International.
If you are interested in taking a rescue course or arranging one for your employees, visit their website at sierrarescue.com or give Julie and Abigail a call in Taylorsville at 800.208.2723.
Hats off to Sierra Rescue for training hundreds of every day heroes including…
- California Fish and Game
- US Forest Service employees
- US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers
- Humboldt, Los Angeles and San Francisco
- US Air Force Pararescue 58th Squadron,
- Las Vegas and 306th Pararescue Squadron
- NCOIC Medical/Water Operations
- Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ
- Ventura County SAR
University and Colleges:
- University of Puget Sound
- UC Davis
- Sacramento State
- University of Louisiana
- Feather River College
- Palo Alto Fire
- Ceres Fire
- Stanislaus Fire
- Fairbanks Fire
- Norco Fire
- LA Fire and Life Guards
- Long Beach Fire and Life Guards
- Sierra Vista Fire Department and RATS
- Squaw Valley Fire
- East Contra Costa Fire
- Stillwater Sciences Consulting
- Power Engineering Contractors
- Korea Rescue Services
- Heavenly Valley Ski Patrol
- Squaw Valley Ski Patrol
Enjoy a full gallery of photos from this grand adventure by visiting this post in the adventures category on our website, mountainvalleyliving.com.
There will be 150 to 200 Sweet September Rides lined up aside the Feather River at Chester Park for the 26th annual Street Rod Extravaganza. Rides from 1984 and older will be showing at this event. Taking place right in the heart of downtown, the event is sponsored by the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.
Friday night participants can register from 6 – 9 pm at the Cotton Candy Diner on Main St. in Chester. The Main St. Coffee Bar has a sock hop planned also for Friday night with coffee and goodies. Car show entrants can also register Saturday morning at the park from 6 – 9 am.
Saturday’s events include great food on site from the Pizza Factory in Chester and also the Lake Almanor Rotary Club will be barbecuing burgers and dogs. Local DJ Buzz Barrett will be spinning the old tunes. A poker run will take riders on a picturesque journey and T Shirts custom designed by Trebes Design will be available. Take a ride to Chester and enjoy all the sweet rides at the 26th annual Street Rod Extravaganza September 9 & 10, 2011.
By Melissa Wynn
Come one, come all to Chuck’s Railroad Room’s annual chili cook-off at 403 Ash St. in Westwood. This last hurrah of summer will be held September 17th beginning at 8:00 am. Live music, kids games and vendors on the lawn are sure to keep this party hopping until late into the night. All proceeds of this spicy event benefit the Chimney Fund which provides Christmas gifts to underprivileged children. Good food, good time, good cause, everybody wins. Prizes will be awarded to chili and salsa makers alike. Interested in entering your family recipes? Salsa is free to enter, just bring your best. Chili requires a $20 good faith entry fee to be returned at the event. Entry forms are available at Chuck’s Railroad Room or just give them a call at 530-256-2420.
Snowshoeing at Lassen Volcanic National Park ~ By Richard Barlupi
Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary ~ 1265 Deerlodge Road – Reno, NV ~ (775) 970-3111 ~ animalark.org
Some people refer to Animal Ark in Reno as a zoo. This is a misconception, employees and volunteers working there are quick to correct, pointing out the meaning behind the place’s full name: Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary. Yes, just like any regular zoo, Animal Ark hosts wild animals, and shows them – from April 1st to October 31st – to the general public for a fee, but this is where most of the similarities end. “We’re a sanctuary. We don’t buy, sell or breed animals,” said Torrie Sloan, a worker at the Ark’s admission office / souvenir-shop, Bobcat Baazar. In addition to differentiating from most zoos by not buying, selling, or breeding animals, and especially by not doing so for a profit, Animal Ark is different because of its eclectic selection of animals.
Most of the resident animals are not species of some exotic foreign variety, but rather common North American predators in a need of a permanent shelter, often due to the unfortunate man-caused incidents that made them incapable of surviving in the nature on their own. Their biographies are compelling. Piper is an 8-year old bobcat who was previously kept as a human pet in Reno. Tonka is a mountain lion who was supposed to be in stage productions. He was trained for studio work, and preform magic acts, but in the end, he no longer would enter his carrying crate and unable to continue his career. Bella is a gray fox, and just like Tonka, entertainment industry’s cast-off. Some of the animals ended up at the Ark after losing their parents in the very early stages of their lives, due to illegal importation or car accidents. Predator orphans, bottle-fed and raised by people, usually cannot be released back into the wilderness once they grow up.
Situated on the 38 acres of pristine desert in the Red Rock area of Reno, Animal Ark is as close to wilderness as it could possibly be, offering captive animals housing facilities that are built with ethical respect for their natural environment, away from the city noise. “We are completely off-grid here,” said Candace Brown, long time volunteer at the Animal Ark, pointing at water tanks and solar panels displaying Ark’s commitment to both environmental cause and self-sufficiency.
Among different duties, Brown feeds mountain lion, Tonka, and helps with taking care of three African cheetahs that were brought to Animal Ark with a special purpose in mind. “Cheetahs are such an incredible animal. I think it is really special that we have cheetahs in Reno,” Torrie Sloan said about Ark’s probably most exotic animals. “She’s 13 this year, and she’s been with us at least nine years,” Brown said about female cheetah known as Zulu, minutes before entering her cage. “She was brought here as an ambassador for the cheetahs in the wild so the people can see her up close and they would have affinity for the wild cheetahs and saving their species. She’s a doll.” Once a week, Brown explained, cheetahs are given high speed run exercise, when they run in the special enclosure the way they would run in the African wilderness. Cheetahs are famous for running up to 70 mph. In order to better showcase these animals to the visitors, Animal Ark opens some of these weekly runs to the public. All of this is done to help Animal Ark maintain its sanctuary and financially support cheetahs in their natural African habitats. Often, there are different special happenings at the Animal Ark. These events are a great promotional tool for the Ark. Sloan, who is now a part-time employee, fell in love with the place few years ago when she attended one of these special events. “I came to an Ark After Dark. This is a guided tour in August, starting at 8 p.m. and finishing about 2 hours later. Its just beautiful out here in the evening. You hear the coyotes, and you hear the wolves,” Sloan said. “I really wanted to work here.” When asked about her favorite animal, Sloan takes a few seconds. “Tonka is one of my favorites. He has given me an opportunity to know what a mountain lion really sounds like. Everybody really likes him,” Mrs. Sloan said about the same animal. Animal Ark is, among other things, designed as a place for Nevadans to learn about animals native to their state. For example, Ark has a couple of desert tortoises; animals that are becoming very rare in Nevada due to environmental reduction and habitat fragmentation. Peabody is the older of two, with a birth date estimated to be around 1956. Visitors can also see a gray wolf, Rayna, who appear to be very interested in interacting with people. Her fur is spun into yarn and sold at the Bobcat Bazaar, converted into different items such as bookmarks, bracelets, and little coin purses. “That’s a really big seller”, said Mrs. Sloan, “Our wolf fur items are very popular.” Animal Ark appears to be popular with Nevadans, but not in the overwhelming way where one could not find peace and quiet upon arriving there, the way it often happens with some other attractive local destinations.
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||CALENDAR OF EVENTS
||Side FX Concert
||Chuck’s Railroad Room
||9pm – 1am
||Summer Funzone for Kids
||Community Senior Center
||Red Bluff, Ca
||Janesville Farmers Market
||George Thurogood Concert
||Grand Sierra Hotel
||Lake Tahoe Music Festival
||Lake Tahoe, Ca
||Portola City Light Concert
||Doyle Days & Lizard Races
||Wild Rice Festival
||Fall River Mills
||Fall River Mills, Ca
||Hippie Daze Parade
||Virginia City, NV
||Marine Corps Breakfast
||Stock & Mini Stock Car Races
||Lassen County Fairgrounds
||Almanor Art Show
||Eight Ball Pool Tournament
||Chuck’s Railroad Room
||Ranch Horse Competition
||Lassen County Fairgrounds
||Annual Round Valley Run
||Round Valley Lake
||Chico Outlaws Pro Baseball
||Pat Benatar Concert
||Grand Sierra Hotel
||Hot August Nights
||Farmers Market & Outdoor Concert
||Red Bluff, Ca
||Plumas-Sierra County Fair
||Plumas County Fairgrounds
||Nevada County Fair
||Grass Valley, Ca
||Truckee Thursdays Street Festival
||Chimney Fund Yardsale Faire
||Chuck’s Railroad Room
||8am – 5pm
||Dutch Oven Cook-Off
||Gold Nugget Museum
||Quincy Fair Parade
||Audubon Society Outdoor Adventure
||Eagle Lake, Ca
||F Street Train Depot
||Virginia City, NV
||Blues & Brews
||Every Bloomin’ Thing
||Aircraft Display Days
||Red Bluff Airport
||Red Bluff, Ca
||Honey Lake Valley Riders “Play Day”
||Janesville Park Arena
||Fine Arts Faire
||Bidwell House Art Show
||Singles Cribbage Tournament
||Chuck’s Railroad Room
||Rockin’ on the River
||World Science Fiction Convention
||Reno Convention Center
||Modoc District Fair
||Reno Cowboy Poetry & Music
||Bartley Ranch Park
||Wild Horse & Burro Expo
||Rodeo Livestock Pavillion
||“Spirit” (Play Production)
||8989 Highway 89
||Railroad Days Celebration
||Soul Camp Music Festival
||Belden Town Resort
||Downtown Red Bluff
||Red Bluff, Ca
||Hot August Day Car Show
||Elks Lodge Picnic Area
||19th Annual Family BBQ
||Lake Almanor Country Club
||Lake Almanor, Ca
||Community Wellness Fair & 5k Fun Run
||Diamond Mountain Balloon Race
||Graeagle Arts & Craft Fair
||Feather River Dixieland Jazz Concert
||Graeagle Picnic Area
||Goo Goo Dolls
||Grand Sierra Hotel
||Butte County Fair
||199 Hazel St.
||La Tomatina en Reno Food Fight
||Reno City Plaza
||Annual Homegrown Festival
||Thompson Valley Ranch
||Bidwell Bump Mtn Bike Ride
||Tahoe Family Festival
||Truckee Park Ampitheater
||Black Rock City Desert
||Black Rock City, NV