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Time to wine down: Smith Vineyard and Tasting Room to shutter

April 12, 2018 — After over 30 years in business, Smith Vineyard & Winery and its accompanying Tasting Room will be closing its doors at the end of May. The closure is bittersweet for owners Christina and Gary Smith, who have been running the winery and vineyard — 10

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A new flair at a local favorite: Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar’s first new chef in 20 years

April 10, 2018 — Overlooking downtown Truckee sits one of the locals' favorite eateries and one of the most historic sites in the region. The Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar is steeped in ski history dating back to the town's Winter Carnivals more than a century ago. Inside the walls

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Three new eateries on tap for Grass Valley’s Mill Street

March 12, 2018 — A restaurant renaissance of sorts is taking place in downtown Grass Valley, with three new restaurants slated to open this summer. All three eateries are moving into spaces that have been vacant for months. Cafe Tara, which reportedly will serve vegan and raw food, has

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Five national travel sites give Truckee “Best of” title

December 17, 2017 — Truckee pride is stronger than ever, after five national travel sites and their readers have associated it with the title of "best of." Truckee was recently named "Coolest Ski Town in North America," but has also been awarded top honors as destinations for "Best Ski

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‘The Christmas Card’ continues to bring to bring tourists to Nevada City

December 12, 2017 — "It's the biggest promotion this town has ever seen." That's how Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey describes "The Christmas Card," the 2006 Hallmark Channel holiday movie filmed in Nevada City and featuring Victorian Christmas. "It's unbelievable to me," said Whittlesey. "Every

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Culture Shock

November 30, 2017 — For the past nine years, whenever we are craving something creamy and sweet, we have been able to go to Culture Shock and create a frozen yogurt sundae creation that can run the gamut from healthy to tangy to chocolaty to sinfully decadent. Now, you

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Tahoe National Forest recognize top photos in 2017 contest

November 28, 2017 — The Tahoe National Forest this week announced the first, second and third place winners of the 2017 Tahoe National Forest Photo Contest. According to a news release, first place is "Celestial Wilderness," by Joseph Dondelinger. Second place is "Dreamy Nights," also by Joseph Dondelinger, and

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Nevada County Captures: Scenaries and the art show at the Elks Lodge

November 21, 2017 — SUBMIT A PHOTO Have you captured the faces, places and events of our lovely community as well? Then submit your own photos to The Union's "Nevada County Captures" page to be published in our print edition. Send submissions to photos@theunion.com, or post photos on social

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No matter which direction you choose, Bear Yuba Land Trust hopes you #OptOutside

November 15, 2017 — Two years ago, REI did something different on Black Friday — they shut their doors and spent the day outside. This year they're closing their doors again on Nov. 24, making it now the third annual #OptOutside. Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and 52 Hike

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Nevada County Captures: Champion Falls, a buck and GiGi the goose

November 14, 2017 — SUBMIT A PHOTO Have you captured the faces, places and events of our lovely community as well? Then submit your own photos to The Union's "Nevada County Captures" page to be published in our print edition. Send submissions to photos@theunion.com, or post photos on social

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Delivering pizza with a side of love

October 12, 2017 — At Miner Moe's Pizza in Nevada City, you can feel the love. Whether it's in the fresh ingredients in the salad bar, the pizza dough and sauce handmade each day, or the delicious baked sandwiches and calzones, you can taste the care and attention that

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Frank’s Pizza expands hours

September 20, 2017 — Frank's Pizza co-owner Hollie Klauer knows the reputation acquired by the Grass Valley institution, which has been open at 122 E. Main St., barring a few hiccups, for more than 40 years. "It's still Frank's," she said, adding that retaining the feel — and the

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Nevada County Photos of the Week: Sept. 9-15

September 18, 2017 — SUBMIT A PHOTO Have you captured the faces, places and events of our lovely town as well? Then submit your own photos to The Union's "Nevada County Captures" page to be published in our print edition every Saturday. Send submissions by Friday morning to photos@theunion.com.

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Nevada County Photos of the Week: July 31 – August 5

August 7, 2017 — SUBMIT A PHOTO Have you captured the faces, places and events of our lovely town as well? Then submit your own photos to The Union's "Nevada County Captures" page to be published in our print edition every Saturday. Send submissions by Friday morning to photos@theunion.com.

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The Temptations, Eve Ensler and Pink Martini to headline The Center for the Arts fall performances in Grass Valley

August 1, 2017 — Grass Valley's entertainment scene will be in for a treat this fall when Motown legends The Temptations, Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler and local favorite Pink Martini come to town. On Tuesday, The Center for the Arts announced three off-site performances scheduled for October, November

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Wine magazine recognizes Nevada City’s Friar Tuck’s

July 30, 2017 — Friar Tuck's Restaurant & Bar of Nevada City has received a 2017 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. The selection was announced in the August issue as part of its 36th annual international awards program. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all

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Bear Yuba Land Trust launches effort to save Independence Trail

July 27, 2017 — Hugging the steep slope above the wild and scenic south Yuba River, Independence Trail winds through a mature forest of pacific madrone, mountain dogwood and incense cedar. For decades, busloads of eager school children, some in wheelchairs, have come here to explore Gold Rush era

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New wildflower book is here with day trips for escaping into the high country

July 27, 2017 — The wait is over. A decade after the release of their first edition, the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has just released an updated version of the popular guidebook, "Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, California." With 600 color photos and descriptions

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Nevada County Photos of the Week: 7/15-7/22

July 24, 2017 — SUBMIT A PHOTO Have you captured the faces, places and events of our lovely town as well? Then submit your own photos to The Union's "Nevada County Captures" page to be published in our print edition every Saturday. Send submissions by Friday morning to photos@theunion.com.

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Nevada County Photos of the Week: July 8-15

July 17, 2017 — SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO Have you captured the faces, places and events of our lovely town as well? Then submit your own photos to The Union's "Nevada County Captures" page to be published in our print edition every Saturday or our daily "TownTalk" page. Send submissions

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