South County: Opening of new LOP clubhouse right around the corner |

South County: Opening of new LOP clubhouse right around the corner

LAKE OF THE PINES — That June wedding you may be planning will have to be put on hold if you want to celebrate at the new Lake of the Pines Clubhouse.

The tentative opening date will not be until July, although progress on the $3 million project is being made at a steady pace.

The roof and windows are now in place, as is most of the interior framing, and subcontractors are busy chipping away at the many tasks that need to be completed before the doors can open to LOP Association members this summer.

Last Thursday, entrepreneurs Susan and Sherburn Hinkley of Auburn were busy with the decorative cultured stonework at the entrance of the clubhouse.

The veteran man-and-wife team was hard at work, and reported that they have a long working relationship with Nevada City contractor Gary Tintle, who is heading up the construction of the clubhouse for Lake of the Pines.

After reviewing planning documents available to members at, the area of the new building has been increased by approximately 2,300 square feet, with the largest amounts of extra space in two areas, one termed “multi-purpose room” and the other “storage.”

One casualty of the clubhouse renovation was this year’s Pinesmen Crab Feed. The popular LOP event was canceled, but an opportunity to get your fill of crab still exists with the Higgins-Diggins Lions Club Crab and Shrimp Feed taking place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16.

This all-you-can-eat affair sells out early, so call soon for tickets. Dinner includes crab, shrimp, pasta with meat sauce, salad, and garlic bread. A no-host bar will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.

The $35 tickets can be purchased by calling 530-268-0906 or by visiting The event is being held at the Higgins Lions Community Center on East Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley.

The Bear River Lioness Club is also hosting a food-based fundraiser. This one will take place at both of the El Agave Taquerias — the Combie Road location and at their new outlet on Grass Valley Highway in Auburn

All day today, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of the gross receipts back to the club, providing patrons present a special Bear River Lioness coupon upon ordering. Coupons are available by emailing Donna Prince at

Still hungry? Then avail yourself to the grandest of all pancake breakfasts. The Starmakers Annual Pancake Breakfast and Cabaret takes place on 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, until noon in the Magnolia Intermediate School Big Gym.

Show choir middle school students will be serving pancakes, eggs, fruit and beverages, while entertaining you as you enjoy your meal. Tickets are a mere $6 per person, or $20 per family — a great deal for a fabulous time. Tickets are available from Starmaker students and at the door. Don’t miss this event!

Laura Lavelle’s column is for southern Nevada County residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a message at 530-477-4249.

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