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100,000 For Lassen Volcanic National Park or Plumas Eureka State Park

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

America Is Your Park Campaign This Summer!

Vote for Your Favorite Park from May 23 – July 15

Cider Cone in Oct.

St. Bernard Lodge is asking you to vote for Lassen Park (b) and Plumas Eureka State Park. Lassen Park is in Tehama, Shasta, Lassen and Plumas counties.   Plumas Eureka State Park is in Plumas County.  Help us get both these parks in the top 25 favorite parks.  At this time only 3 parks in California are even in the top 25.

Coca-Cola is calling everyone out to the park this summer to vote in the third-annual America Is Your Park campaign. Parks are the anchors of our communities, providing places for friends, families and neighbors to be active and enjoy the outdoors together. Last year, park supporters cast more than 13 million votes for their favorite park to win money for improvements. 

Let’s help Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas Eureka State Park take advantage of this campaign.  Helping both of these parks helps are community.

The park with the most votes will win a $100,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative and the coveted title of “America’s Favorite Park.”

What’s even better is more than one park will win! Second- and third-place parks will receive $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively.

And one lucky park will be chosen, at random, from the remaining top 25 spots on the leader board to win a $15,000 grant.

With just the click of a button, people can vote for their favorite park at LivePositively.com/parks. On the site, park enthusiasts can learn how to earn more votes by “checking in” from the park and download voting tools to help rally their communities.

Any park, big or small, can win! Last year, Oak Park in the small town of Minot, ND, captured the title of “America’s Favorite Park” and the $100,000 recreation grant. The community united to vote for Oak Park, which was completely destroyed last year in a historic flood that damaged much of Minot. The grant helped with the park’s restoration, so families have a place to play together again.

For more than 40 years, Coca-Cola has supported efforts to maintain and rebuild parks across the nation. Whether it’s buying new recreation equipment or enhancing activity areas, grants awarded through this family-friendly competition will help improve spaces where people go to play.

The America Is Your Park campaign was developed in collaboration with the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association.

How to Cast Your Vote

Park goers can vote for their favorite national, state or local park from May 23 at midnight ET until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 15, 2012.

Park supporters can vote for their favorite park by:

Going online (via computer or smartphone) to LivePositively.com/parks (1 vote each)

“Checking in” from the park (100 votes each) – Details on the site

Oak Park in Minot, ND, took home the title and $100,000 recreation grant last year. Soudan Underground Mine State Park in Soudan, MN, and Cunningham Park in Joplin, MO, came in second- and third-place, taking home $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. Let’s see what we can do to be listed as 2012 winners.  Please share with your friends and ask them to vote for Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas Eureka State Park.  We have 14 days to go!

Please vote and share for Lassen Park, Ca and Plumas Eureka State Park Ca.

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park Annual Photo Contest

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Bring your cameras with you.  Lassen Park is accepting submissions for their annual photo contest. Deadline for submission is 5pm on Monday Sept. 5th.

 

Painted Dunes 2012 Photo Contest Winner

By I- Ting Chiang NPS Photo

Employees and volunteers of Lassen Volcanic National Park will select the winning image.  The selected image will be featured on the 2013 Lassen Park annual pass.  The winner will receive photo credit and a $50 gift certificate compliments of the Lassen Association.

 

 

 

Photos should be submitted to lavo_information@nps.gov.   Suggested resolution for images is 300 dpi or more for a 5X7 inch photo.  Please put Lassen Photo Contest in the subject line when submitting.

Each photo should include: name, address, phone number, photo subject and location, e-mail contact.  There is a limit of two photo submissions per household.

Check your eclipse photos and all your other photos from your visit to Lassen Park.  Lassen Park has several special events coming up which may lend to some unique photos for this year.

Tuesday June 5th will be another once in a lifetime event as Venus passes between the earth and the sun.  The park will be providing solar scopes for safe viewing of this event.  The next time this rare alignment occurs will be in 2117.

Lassen Park will be hosting a Dark Sky Festival August 10-13th.  During the day, rangers will lead astronomy-themed hikes.  As night falls, Lassen will reveal skies full of stars, along with a chance to take in this year’s spectacular Perseid meteor shower which will peak on August. 13th.

Lassen Association has a special field seminar photography class on Aug. 17th & 18th.  Class will be taught by Terry Nathan.  To register for this class call Melanie Allen at 530-378-1495 or e-mail the lassenassociation@yahoo.com.  More information at workshops Lassen Park.

Feather River Video Contest

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

 

Feather River and Trains

Feather River and Trains

Feather River Video Contest

Purpose of  the Feather River Video Contest intends to promote the Feather River region and foster economic development through awareness and tourism. The goal of the contest is to encourage the production of videos that reflect the natural beauty and vibrant community that exists in the amazing place we are fortunate enough to call home. The contest is an initiative of Carrot Consulting with a $100 grant provide by Feather River Bread for the Journey for the prize money.

 

 

Contest Details
•Videos must be 3 minutes or less.

•Videos may be submitted by individuals, groups, organizations, or businesses.

•Videos must not contain any commercial businesses, industry names, brand names, product placement, endorsements, or trademarks.

•Videos may not be deleted or removed after the contest is over.

•Each entrant may submit up to two videos.

How to Enter
•Upload your video to YouTube, being sure to fill out the Title, Description, Tags, Category, and Map Location. (Learn more about that here.)

•Upload your video and submit your contest entry form by 5:00 pm PST, May 11, 2012.

Official Rules
No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. Videos must not contain any commercial businesses, industry names, brand names, product placement, endorsements, or trademarks. Video must contain a Title, Description, Tags, and Location. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements.

Judging
All eligible submissions will be judged through an online voting process. Anyone can vote but an individual is only permitted one vote. The voting will take place between May 14th and May 31st on www.QuincyCA.us. The video with the most votes by 5:00pm PST on May 31st will be deemed the winner. The prize will be split should a tie occur.

Prize
The first place winner will receive $100 in cash. The contest winner will be notified by phone or e-mail by June 4, 2012.

Questions?
Email Carrie!

Things are starting to happen in the North State.  Come visit St. Bernard Lodge, Lassen National Volcanic Park, Lake Almanor, Quincy and the Feather River Canyon.  Take some great video and possibly win $100.00.  Upcoming events in the area include: Taste Of Plumas April 15th, 20th Annual Cabin Fever Quilt Show April 21-21,  Red Bluff Round Up April 20- 22, free entrance to Lassen Park April 21-29th and Mother’s Day Brunch at St. Bernard Lodge May 13th.

 

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at the St. Bernard Lodge

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Happy Easter from Winnier the Pooh and the St. Bernard Lodge

Happy Easter from Winnie the Pooh and the St. Bernard Lodge

Join us again this year in celebrating Easter Sunday.  Come enjoy the hospitality of the St. Bernard Lodge on Sunday, April 8th, we will be serving a buffet brunch with bottomless glass of champagne or mimosa.

Enjoy Eggs Benedict, Chicken fried steak, biscuits and sausage gravy.  Selection of breakfast meats, waffles, pastries, salads and desserts.  Reservations are required please call us at 530-258-3382.  We will be serving 9 am – 2pm.

Come visit Plumas County and Tehama Country, get “outta town” come to the mountains and start some new family Easter Traditions.  We have a variety of new and traditional Easter activities in the area.

Start the Weekend off in Greenville on Fri. April 6th with special Egg Hunts, Egg Drops and old fashion egg decorating.

Fri. 6  Adult Only Easter Egg Hunt: Crescent Country-Crescent Mills 284-6016
Fri. 6 Annual Easter Egg Decorating Party. 8PM Waystation Details 284-6018
Fri. 6 Greenville Egg Hunt: Drop off Donated boiled, decorated eggs to Nellz Towne
Pump, Waystation, or Evergreen Mkt. Call 284-6633
Fri.  6 Drop off Easter Eggs for Taylorsville at Museum 2-4PM 284-6406

Saturday choose from:

Easter Egg Hunt at the Evergreen Market in Greenville at 8 am.  For details  530-284-7313

Chester Rotary Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Chester Park 10:00 am.  For details 530-258-7923.  Arrive early to see the Easter Bunny at 9:30 am.

Chili and cornbread cook-off in Quincy at the Ranchito Motel.  10 am – 4 pm.  Call John or Tracy at 530-283-2265 for details. If you want to enter in contest they need to know by April 2nd.

 

If you missed out on the snow or never spent Easter in the snow, try a ranger led snowshoe walk at Lassen Volcanic National Park 1:30 pm Sat. and Sun.  This may be the last weekend for snowshoe walks in the park this year.

Saturday night don’t miss Elvis!

Come See Elvis

Come See Elvis

Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Space is limited, call now to get your tickets 530-283-0930

Tickets are only 10.00.  Seating opens 6 pm.  Show starts 7pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need room or dining reservations for the weekend call us at the St. Bernard Lodge, 530-258-3382.  If you can’t join us have a great weekend wherever you are.

Help us win a facebook contest please, go to our facebook page:  www.facebook.com/stbernardlodge by March 31st and give us a”Like”.  Our facebook page will keep you update on things happening here in Northern California.

 

 

 

 

17th Annual Winter Trail Days

Friday, December 9th, 2011

 

 

 

 

Come Enjoy the New Year in the Snow

Learn To Snowshoe. It is easy!

 

 

St. Bernard Lodge , Chico XC Club  and Lassen Volcanic National Park are participating Jan. 7th 2012 in Winter Trail Days.

To commemorate National Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 7, a special snowshoe program will be offered at 10:30 a.m. from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and led by Park Rangers.

Chico XC Club will be offering free XC ski instructions at the McGowan Trailhead in Lassen National Forest.

St. Bernard Lodge will have limited number of free snowshoes for use on Saturday.

The lodge will be offering a special 20% discount for rooms for anyone staying two nights between Jan. 5th and Jan. 8th.  Need to call the lodge directly for this pricing, 530-258-3382.  Please check  our facebook page for up dates of special events and locations for Winter Trail Day.

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers unparalleled opportunities for winter recreation, including snow play, skiing and snowshoeing. Ranger-led snowshoe walks for the general public leave from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center – open year-round – on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from December 17 to April 8.

New this year, rangers will lead more challenging snowshoe hikes to Ridge Lakes on December 30 and March 24, available by reservation only. Call (530) 595-6133 to make reservations for special programs or organized groups.

When planning special programs for groups consider the St. Bernard Lodge for accommodations and meals.  The lodge is open year-round and only 20 minutes from SW entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park and one hour from both Chico and Red Bluff, Ca.

Saturday Jan. 14th Lassen Park will be hosting a wonderful winter day at the Lassen Film Festival,  beginning at 10:00 a.m. Films that highlight park and outdoor recreation will be shown in the visitor center auditorium. Visitors can plan for a fun day of snow play, lunch at the Lassen Café,  or St. Bernard Lodge and viewing one or more films.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is also pleased to announce that with the assistance from Caltrans, four new highway signs have been installed in surrounding communities to inform travelers about the park road status. The signs indicate whether travel through the park is possible and provide a phone number for updated road conditions. During the fall and spring, when rapidly changing weather requires temporary road closures, the signs will help alert travelers prior to their arrival. Signs are located at the following highway junctions: 36 / 99 near Red Bluff; 36 / 89 near Chester; 89 / 44 near Old Station; approximately 10 miles east of Interstate 5 on 44 near Millville. More detailed information on current park conditions can be found online at www.nps.gov/lavo, on Facebook and Twitter.

Visitors traveling to the park should be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions. Carry tire chains in your vehicle from October through May, along with extra food, water, and blankets. For more information, please contact the park at (530) 595-4480, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo.  Caltrans can be reached at 1-800-427- ROAD for current Highway conditions in the area.

 

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK ROAD OPENS

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

View from Kohm-Yah-mah-nee Visitor CenterHwy. 89 through Lassen Park will open to traffic Saturday, July 16th. This is the second latest opening for the park road in 30 years, in 1995 it did not open until July 21.  The earliest it has opened since 1980 is April 28th, this was in 1990.  The latest it has stayed open is November 21st.

Weekend of July16th is the last weekend for skiing and snowshoeing on Lassen Peak for the season.  Trail crews will begin work to rehabilitate Lassen Peak Trail for the second season of the Reach the Peak project.

Many of the park trails still have snow coverage, including Bumpass Hell and Brokeoff Mountain trails.  Snow conditions can be icy in the mornings and slushy and slippery in the afternoons.  Hiking in the snow-covered areas requires sturdy hiking boots and trekking poles.  Ice ax, crampons and helmet are recommended for safety.

Kings Creek Falls trail is not accessible due to snow and Dream Lake is closed due to restoration project underway.

There are still many hikes open for visitors wishing to avoid snowy areas.  Two areas outside of Lassen Park are the Subway Caves and Spatter Cone hike, which both are in the Lassen National Forest.  At the NW part of park Manzanita Lake is open.  South of Manzanita Lake is Hot Rock which amazes me every time I think of how high it had to blow from Lassen Peak to land where it did. The Devastated Area has great signage and views. NE corner of park has Cinder Cone and Butte Lake.  From the top of Cinder Cone you have views of Painted Dunes, Snag Lake and Lassen Peak.  SE entrance of the park has Boiling Springs Lake and Devils Kitchen.  If you contact Drakesbad  ahead of time you can make reservations for lunch or dinner.   If you want to see part of the park via horseback Drakesbad offers trail rides. Willow Lake is one of California most unusual lakes and it is the Warner Valley area outside of the Park, in the Lassen National Forest.

If you enjoy hiking it is time to make plans to visit Lassen Volcanic National Park.  For more information you may call the park at 530-595-4480 or call us at St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATERCOLOR IN NATURE

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

August 20th and 21st, 2011

Lassen Association is providing  Watercolor workshop as part of its Field Seminar Program.

Professional artist, Kim Faucher will be personally guiding you in sketching and watercolor painting. Kim is a professional artist and instructor with years of experience teaching other outdoor enthusiasts how to capture nature by watercolor.  Kim is also a direct descendant of Alex Sifford, a pioneer who settled in the Warner Valley area of Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Kim currently teaches watercolor painting in Medford, Oregon.

The cost is only 49.95 per person per workshop.  A personal watercolor kit is included in price or bring your own supplies.  Meet at Drakesbad Guest Lodge 8:45 am both Saturday and Sunday.  Workshop lasts until 3 pm each day.  It is recommended to bring backpacks, small folding chair, water, sack lunch, snacks, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hat, loose protective and comfortable clothing, insect repellent and light jacket just in case.

Beginner and Experienced Painters Welcome

Experience Lassen Volcanic National Park through Watercolor Painting.  Choose to spend one or two days with Kim Faucher in the Warner Valley area of Lassen Park.  Translate impressions of your surroundings into luminous watercolors as you create memories of your visit.  The class is designed to accommodate the beginner as well as experienced watercolorist.  Kim Faucher will demonstrate techniques for drawing and painting natural features such as rocks, mountains, water, weathered wood, wildflowers, trees and geological formations found in Warner Valley.  With Warner Valley as your backdrop and inspiration, you will learn how to compose a painting, understand the values of light and dark, sketch, transfer drawing to watercolor paper, background wash, wet into wet and negative painting.

Workshop details and registration are available at both Loomis Museum and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, or online at http://www.lassenassociation.org.  Class limit 20 painters – Ages 13 and up.

St. Bernard Lodge still has rooms available for this weekend.  Book your room and your class now, http://www.stbernardlodge.com.

Lassen Association will be offering two other field seminar topics this summer:  Star Gate; The Night Sky over Lassen Volcanic National Park with Instructor Ellis Richard and August 6 and August 27th. Also, Nature Photography for Digital & Film at Lassen Volcanic National Park with Instructor, Terry Nathan on August 27 & 28th.  Details of both to follow on future blog post.

 

 

 

 

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK – A COOL PLACE TO VISIT THIS FOURTH OF JULY

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

View of Lassen Park on June 30, 2011Lassen Park will be a cool summer retreat from the valley this holiday weekend for visitors looking to camp, hike, fish,picnic, kayak, and even play in the snow. The park has a wonderful variety of activities for visitors because of the differing elevations in the park. The main road through the park will not be completely open until July 8. At this time it is open ten miles in on the north side of park to the Devastated Area and seven miles to the Bumpass Hell Trailhead parking area from the Southwest Entrance. Hikers to Lassen Peak will find that it requires an ice ax, crampons and a helmet for safety. It will be an excellent weekend for spring skiing and snowshoeing in the higher elevations.

Fourth of July weekend the park will be offering special programs, visitors are welcome to attend programs featuring former Lassen Volcanic National Park interpretation rangers. More information can be found on the park website at htttp://www.nps.gov/lavo

If you need a great place to eat breakfaast, lunch or dinner just call ahead for reservations at the St. Bernard Lodge 530-258-3382.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Lassen Volcanic Park on June 18, 2011

Lassen Volcanic National Park Road is now open to Bumpass Hell parking area at the SW entrance, Devastated Area at the North entrance, Road to Butte Lake and Cinder Cone is open and Warner Valley road into Drakesbad is open. Road crews are working to have Hwy. 89 through the park open for fourth of July weekend.  http://www.stbernardlodge.com/facebook or park website both have road updates.

Right now is a popular time for spring skiing or snowshoeing. Bodfish Quiet Mountain Sports in Chester rents cross country skis and snowshoes. Mill Creek Resort rents snowshoes. This is a great time to try cross country skiing or snowshoeing while the weather is warm and the park still has lots of snow.

Lassen peak is open to over-the-snow travel until trail crews are able to begin work for the season which will be the second year of Reach the Peak trail rehabilitation project. Access to the peak will be limited to the following dates this summer: July 1 to July 4; August 13 & 14, and September 2 to September 5. If you want to make it to Lassen Peak this is the time to do it with over-the-snow travel conditions.

Ranger-led programs are kicking off on Friday June 17th and will continue through Labor Day weekend. There are programs for visitors of all ages. For a program schedule check the park web site or the summer newspaper for the park.

Weather conditions can change quickly in the park be prepared for possible cold and snowy conditions. Dress in layers, bring blankets, food, water, sunscreen and sunglasses.

The Lassen Association will be offering full and half day workshops in the Drakesbad/Warner Valley and Manzanita areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park for both children and adults.  Once they have the workshops schedule we will post on St. Bernard Lodge blog and face book page

Free Entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Lassen Volcanic National Park entrance fees will be waived April 16 to 24 with added snowhoe hikes in celebration of National Park Week.

On Saturday April 23, bring your family to Lassen Park to celebrate Junior Ranger day. Junior Rangers can earn a special Junior Ranger Patch by completing the discovery hunt at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.

Any kids earning thr special Junior Ranger Patch will save 50% on Easter Brunch at the St. Bernard Lodge on April 24th. Call early for reservations, 530-258-3382.