Light up Alta Sierra, Christmas Light Street list, and Route information 2022
My favorite time of year is just around the corner.
While I start my thoughts of decorating, baking, and holiday gatherings, one thing that always comes up is holiday lights. Nevada County has some of the best holiday light displays.
Grass Valley and Nevada City offer two of the most charming downtown areas great for shopping.
But we also have several areas like Alta Sierra, Morgan Ranch, Cypress Hill, and Banner Mountain areas that offer homes adorned with lights and holiday decorations. Some homes feature just lights…some have characters and lights…and some offer walking tours as well.
We are attaching a list of streets in Alta Sierra to help you get started on your light tour.
Grab some hot cocoa, jump in the car and get ready for some holiday cheer. The lights on display are sure to brighten your day and bring joy to all those enjoying the lights with you.
Hope you all enjoy a little time exploring Alta Sierra and seeing all the beautiful lights on display.
GET RID OF THOSE PESKY PAPERS SAFELY!
We are inviting all of our clients and community members to our 1st Shred-It event.
Saturday May 21, 2022
10am to 1pm
HomeSmart Realty office 10076 Alta Sierra Dr Grass Valley, CA 95949
Any questions please reach out to Alisa Johnson, 530-559-4871.
First Shred-It event put on by Johnson’s SIERRA Lifestyle Team
One of my favorite parts about working in real estate is that it allows our team to provide support to our community through community service. I host several yearly events/drives to support local schools, children in need, victims of recent natural disasters, and much more.
You are invited to my first Shred-It event on May 21, 2022. This event is a time for you to gather up all that paperwork with private or sensitive information and have it shredded (remove any staples, paperclips, etc.). I will have the Shred-It truck available from 10am to 1pm on May 21st at my office, HomeSmart Realty 10076 Alta Sierra Dr Grass Valley, CA 95949. The location is less than 1 block off Hwy 49 below the gas station.
If you are a client of Johnson’s SIERRA Lifestyle team this event is complimentary for you.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to buy, sell or refer to our team, we are asking for 5.00 for your first box/bag (any size) or $10.00 for up to 10 boxes/bags.
All proceeds from this event will go to support residents during/after natural disasters.
So, gather up all that paperwork and come on down on the 21st to get it all shredded.
Light up Alta Sierra, 2021 🎄
by Alisa Johnson
Pack up your car with hot cocoa, a few blankets and take a ride around Alta Sierra and enjoy the light displays. Thank you to all who provided streets for this list. I hope you enjoy your night out looking at lights.
Please know the route is just a resource. Feel free to make your own route or use your favorite mapping app along the way. Click on the images and save or download the PDF here AS_Christmas Lights 2021.
Hope you enjoy this and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2022.
From MyNevadaCounty.com – Let’s Get Fire Safe!
Free Green Waste Disposal and Mulch Opportunities Return to Nevada County in May & June
Residents are encouraged to start staging green waste now to take full advantage of a shorter schedule.
Nevada County, April 13, 2021 — Once again, the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services is pleased to announce the return of the free green waste drop-off and mulch pick-up program.
Details were shared today when County Supervisors voted to approve a contract with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County to manage this year’s program. Fewer grant dollars, as a result of challenges presented by the pandemic, means a shorter schedule, so residents are encouraged to get to work now to make the most of the popular program. “Now is the time to fully engage with the ‘Ready’ portion of the ‘Ready, Set, Go!’ preparedness strategy. This means using every opportunity and tool available to create defensible space from safe burn piles, the transfer station, the Fire Safe Council’s chipping program, curbside pickup or renting large green waste dumpsters, and even natures tractors, goats,” says Nevada County Office of Emergency Services Program Manager, Paul Cummings. “The 2021 Ready, Set, Go! Handbook will start hitting mailboxes in early May, but wildfire preparedness really does need to be a year-round effort,” he adds.
“Year one we hauled away over 500 tons of green waste in a few weekends. Last year, even while we were still figuring out the impacts of the pandemic, we collected more than 5,000 tons. This year we expect to be just as safe and successful with the support of key partnerships,” says Fire Safe Council Executive Director, Jamie Jones.
In Eastern Nevada County, Truckee Fire Protection District has committed to donating personnel and equipment to load and compact green waste each day, while Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal will pick up full dumpsters and return them empty. Truckee Fire Protection District Chief Seline says “Our staff were out last year for each of the events and had a chance to talk to folks who were sincerely grateful this program was taking place. We are already seeing low humidity levels and predictions for a long, dry fire season. I hope folks take full advantage of this free service.”
Town of Truckee is also partnering to offer financial support for free drop-off days. “This effort fits squarely in line with our Keep Truckee Green sustainability, solid waste, and resiliency program. Events like this help facilitate land stewardship through defensible space development and understory thinning, two tools that will help us build resiliency to wildfire, which has become a reality with climate change,” says Erica Mertens, Administrative Analyst for the Town of Truckee.
Safety measures will be implemented to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and participants should be prepared to comply with all guidelines. Additional details may be found at ReadyNevadaCounty.org/greenwaste.
Western Nevada County Free Residential Green Waste Disposal
May 21-24 & June 11-14, 2021
12625 Brunswick Rd, Grass Valley, CA
Western Nevada County Free Mulch Pick Up
May 28-29 & June 18-19
Friday & Saturday │ 8:00am-3:00pm,
12625 Brunswick Rd, Grass Valley, CA
Eastern Nevada County Free Residential Green Waste Disposal
May 14, June 4, & June 25
Truckee Rodeo Grounds
10695 Brockway Rd, Truckee, CA 96161
Accepted items: residential green waste, biomass consisting of all tree and plant trimmings, weeds, leaves, branches, and items less than six inches in diameter.
Prohibited items: commercial green waste, Scotch broom, poison oak, blackberry, items with a diameter greater than six inches, tree stumps, root balls, treated wood, household waste, or trash.
I wanted to spread a little extra Christmas Cheer this year 🎄
Here is a list of roads in Alta Sierra with one or more homes decorated for Christmas. So pack up your family and make an evening event of enjoying the lights.
If you want a PDF sent to your email send me an email that says Alta Sierra Lights to email@example.com and I will send it right out.
Wishing you all a Happy Healthy Holiday Season!
-Updated list 12/15/2020
Celebrate Christmas In Nevada County Important Dates:
Mill St., Downtown Grass Valley – Nov. 29, Dec. 6,13, 20 6-9 pm
Broad St., Downtown Nevada City – Sundays, Dec. 8,15 & 22. 1:30-6pm & Wednesdays Dec. 11&18. 5-9pm
35th Annual Country Christmas Faire,
Nevada County Fairgrounds Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 10am – 5pm
Winter Craft Fair,
Miners Foundry – December 15, 10am – 5pm
Now How ‘Bout A Thanksgiving Turkey:
Dry-Brined Turkey With Sheet-Pan Gravy
- YIELD10 to 12 servings
- TIME4 hours, plus 8 to 24 hours’ chilling
Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott for The New York Times. Prop Stylist: Amy Elise Wilson.
For those who want to let the side dishes do the talking, this is the bird for you. Delightfully simple, it’s dry-brined (meaning highly seasoned) with only salt, pepper, some thyme and a little brown sugar, which helps with that golden-brown skin. It’s roasted on a sheet pan, and cut-up onions, garlic, lemon and herbs are scattered in and around the turkey to cook at the same time. They’re excellent served alongside the turkey, and are instrumental in flavoring the sheet-pan gravy.
Featured in: Alison Roman Cooks Thanksgiving In A (Very) Small Kitchen.
LEARN: How to Cook a Turkey
LEARN: How to Make Gravy
FOR THE TURKEY:
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 1 (12- to 14-pound) turkey
- ⅓ cup kosher salt
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
- 4 to 5 medium red onions, quartered
- 3 lemons, halved crosswise
- 2 heads garlic, halved crosswise
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
FOR THE GRAVY:
- 3 cups Cheater’s Turkey Stock (see recipe), or low-sodium chicken, turkey or vegetable broth, plus more as needed
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, plus more to taste
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar, plus more to taste
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Prepare the turkey: Strip the leaves from 4 sprigs of thyme, and coarsely chop the leaves. Place in a medium bowl along with salt, brown sugar and pepper; mix to blend well.
- Place the turkey on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a wire rack. (If you do not own a wire rack, just place the turkey directly on the baking sheet.) Make sure the giblets (the bagged heart, kidneys and liver, and the neck) are removed from the cavity. Using paper towels, pat the turkey dry on all sides. Sprinkle with the salt mixture, making sure to distribute the seasoning evenly to all the bits and parts.
- Refrigerate turkey, uncovered, for 8 to 24 hours — the longer, the better.
- Heat oven to 325 degrees.
- Remove turkey from the fridge, and transfer it to another clean rimmed baking sheet (discard any liquid that has accumulated on the first baking sheet). Stuff turkey with remaining bunch of thyme, a few of the quartered onions and half of the lemons and garlic. Scatter remaining onion quarters, lemons and garlic around the turkey.
- Combine olive oil and 6 tablespoons butter in a small pot over medium heat until butter is melted. Pour half of the mixture over the turkey and onions. Toss the onions lightly to evenly coat; season everything with salt and pepper.
- Roast, rotating the baking sheet every hour or so, until the turkey has reached 160 degrees when a thermometer is inserted in the deepest part of the thigh, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The turkey will be cooked through and tender, and the skin will be brown, but you can and should get it browner.
- Increase temperature to 425 degrees. Pour remaining butter mixture over the turkey (warm it slightly if solidified) and continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and the skin is very deeply browned all over, 20 to 25 minutes. It’s O.K. if the internal temperature is just shy of 165 degrees, it will come to temperature as it rests. (If you find the skin is browning too quickly, especially on the top at the breast, feel free to place a sheet of foil over the breast.)
- Remove turkey from the oven and let rest on the baking sheet for 30 minutes (and upward of 45 minutes). Tip the turkey, cavity-side down, making sure the aromatics stay inside the cavity and letting any juices run out onto the rimmed baking sheet. (This is what we will use to make our gravy.)
- Transfer the roasted onions, lemons and garlic to another dish and set aside. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let it continue to rest while you make the gravy.
- Make the gravy: Pour about 1 cup Cheater’s Turkey Stock or chicken broth onto the baking sheet. Using a spatula (a fish spatula is great for this), scrape up the bits from the turkey drippings, just like you’re deglazing a skillet after searing a piece of meat.
- Carefully pour the contents of the baking sheet into a large measuring cup or other spouted vessel. Add remaining stock until you have 4 cups of liquid; you may need more or less stock depending on how juicy the bird was.
- Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, until flour is sizzling furiously and well toasted, about the color of a graham cracker, 4 to 6 minutes. (The mixture will be thick at first but will thin as the flour cooks.)
- Slowly whisk in fortified stock mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, letting it bubble, thicken and incorporate completely between additions until all of it has been added.
- Add soy sauce and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Continue simmering until gravy is at your desired viscosity and the flavors have all melded together, 5 to 8 minutes. Add more soy sauce if you feel like it needs more depth of flavor, vinegar if you want more acidity, and salt and pepper for seasoning. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve.
- To serve, carve the turkey and arrange on a large platter (or two of your largest plates) with the onions, lemons and garlic. Reheat the gravy until it’s very hot and transfer to two gravy boats (glass measuring cups or coffee mugs work well if you do not own a gravy boat) and serve alongside.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!