Lake of the Pines: Coffee info to keep you going |

Lake of the Pines: Coffee info to keep you going

Most of us have fairly busy lives, with little time to spend contemplating the subtle nuances of our Lake of the Pines environment. Yes, we have a high tree-per-capita ratio, but what about coffee outlets?

There is a Web site entirely dedicated to exploring the issue of Starbucks outlet density. No doubt, the caffeine-fueled online contributors are wasting time at work, but nevertheless, the reports are lively. Apparently, high Starbucks density exists in Seattle, London and San Francisco. Did you know that in a 5-mile radius of 45th and Madison Ave. in Manhattan, there are 169 Starbucks? Compare that to the four currently open in Auburn.

Starbucks continues to open new stores worldwide, at a rate of more than five per day, and in this area, their presence is about to increase by 20 percent. According to a spokesperson at Conkey Development, a Starbucks will be opening next to the Highway 49 and Combie Road Chevron gas station, possibly by the end of summer.

If that statistic leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, then join the thousands of anti-Starbucks bloggers on to espresso your opinion. Or, you could become an ultimate coffee chain groupie, and try to visit every Starbucks outlet in the world – an eccentric Texan named “Winter” has been doing just that since the 1990s, followed by his “media peeps.” Allegedly, he has stepped inside more than 5,800 hundred shops but is still thousands behind. For more on Winter check out an April 7 article in The Tribune at

Personally, I consume 95 percent of my bean-based happy-juice at home. Outlet coffee can be expensive, and I prefer to leave it off of the line-item family budget entries. My occasional designer coffee expenditure, however, will continue to be made at LOP’s Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, where the Roberts family has faithfully served this community for the past 2 1/2 years.

Caffeine was not required to stay alert during last Saturday’s Bear River High School Dance Performance at the Grass Valley Performing Arts Center. The show was well done, and the dancers should be commended for their accomplishment. Early this year, before-school dance practices started at 6:30 a.m., and BRHS teacher Joyce Gouveia worked hard to instruct dance students in their performances.

I especially enjoyed the Phantom of the Opera dance choreographed by students Lauren Brunson and Pam Carrasco. An emotional dance was also performed in memory of Jayme Jones, a former dance student who was killed last November in a Highway 49 traffic accident. This number was choreographed by Barbara Kemkamp, and was so beautiful and extremely moving.

Senior dancers Aubree Andersen, Caitlin Avery, Lauren Brunson, Olivia Copeland, Holly Heistand, Valerie Lawson, Autumn Leiker, Nikki Mariani, Emily Nesbit, Kari Oaks, Heather Plantenga, Stephanie Terrassa, Ashley Watson, and Veronica Volek took their last high school steps on-stage during the ending number Scream.

The Firebelles have been working hard to put together the 2006 LOP Home Tour scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Five stellar homes are scheduled to be open, with the locations to be kept secret until the day of the event. Chairperson Elsie Weaver did tell me, however, that two are on the lake, and one is owned by an interior decorator. If you would like to attend the tri-tip luncheon at the Clubhouse beforehand, contact Donna at 268-9734 by May 16 for reservations. The tour is $10, and the lunch $12.

One last area event worth mentioning is the BRHS Library Used Book Sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20 in the Longs parking lot on Combie Road. Thanks to Bill DuBord for keeping me informed on this fundraising event. He can be reached at 305-0226 for more information.

Laura Lavelle is a resident of Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.

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