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Mission Small Business Voting Period Ends June 30th, 2012

June 25th, 2012

Pond and Back of St. Bernard Lodge

Chase has designated $1 million dollars for 4 small businesses.  For each vote of support Chase will add a minimum of $5 dollars to the grant pool until the pool reaches the maximum of 3 million.  The 3 million has been reach and 12 small business which have gained 250 votes by June 30th will compete for  the 250,000 grant.  A month ago it looked like few businesses would make the 250 votes, now many businesses will have the opportunity to qualify for this grant.

In addition to the Grant, LivingSocial shall offer Grant Recipients the opportunity to meet with its social media and sales executives, and will work with each Grant Recipient to design a LivingSocial promotion for the Grant Recipient’s business.  LivingSocial will waive its standard commission for such promotion services, and any such promotion will be subject to LivingSocial’s merchant policies, timing and limitations determined in LivingSocial’s discretion, as well as Grant Recipient executing LivingSocial’s then current standard merchant marketing agreement.

When St. Bernard Lodge started asking for votes of support it looked like a long shot, now we are 35 votes away.  Please consider supporting our business by going to www.missionsmallbusiness.com Enter St. Bernard Lodge, California, Mill Creek.  Thank-you in advance for supporting our business.

At this time only 62 businesses in the Shasta Cascade region have registered for this grant.  Only 5 have the required 250 votes.  St. Bernard Lodge is working to obtain 35 more votes of support.  We appreciate Chase and Living Social in making this grant available.  A big thanks to everyone who took the time to vote, your votes increased the grant pool to 3 million and now 12 businesses and communities will be helped.

It is a long shot but we are looking forward to seeing at least one business from the Shasta Cascade Region obtain this grant.  I am sure that any business in the area will make great use of the 250,000 and give a boast to the community in general.  St. Bernard Lodge is looking forward to the opportunity this grant would provide in expansion of our business and jobs created.

Once again, just to be considered for the money, a business must generate 250 votes on Facebook by Saturday. You can vote at www.missionsmallbusiness.com. Names of all businesses signed up appear on the site, take a minute and check it out.

Businesses that get the votes will then be judged by a panel that will pick the winners, the winners will be announced by Sept. 15th, 2012.  St. Bernard Lodge is looking to be one of the winners.

St. Bernard Lodge would like to restore and fully stock large pond on the property and add 5 cabins with private bathrooms for guests.  Please leave comments below on suggestions to improve St. Bernard Lodge and the property if we are able to attain this grant.

 

Heart K Ranch Interpretive Hike

June 18th, 2012

June 23, 2012

View of Heart K Ranch by Bud Turner

Tour the Heart K Ranch from the perspective of Trina Cunningham, who is part of a Maidu family that lived on the Ranch for several generations. She is also a member of the Maidu Summit Consortium composed of representatives from nine Mountain Maidu groups, with a vision of site protection and stewardship throughout the Maidu homeland shared by the hike sponsor, the Feather River Land Trust.

To take the hike with Ms. Cunningham, meet at the Heart K Ranch house at 10 a.m. and be sure to bring lunch and water. The Heart K Ranch is approximately 15 miles from the intersection of Highway 89 and A22 (aka the Taylorsville “T”). Follow A22 to Taylorsville (5 miles) and bear right onto Genesee Road for 9 miles until you see the big red barn on the left. Parking is available to the left of the ranch house. The Ranch is located at 702 Beckwourth Genesee Road in Taylorsville, California. The Heart K Ranch is about 45 minutes from St. Bernard Lodge.
This unique interpretive hike will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 23rd 2012. and is designed to increase awareness about Maidu history and culture. The Feather River Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization founded by residents of the Feather River region. There is no charge; however the Feather River Land Trust will be gladly accepting donations.

If you cannot make this date the Ranch house will be open again on July 4th from 12- 5pm after the Taylorsville 4th of July parade. The grounds are open to the public to enjoy a picnic or hike for day use at anytime.

Conservation of Heart K Ranch

Barn at Heart K Ranch

To prevent this historic property from being sold into private ownership that would have limited opportunities for restoration and public access, the Feather River Land Trust purchased Heart K Ranch in 2006 with generous funding from the Northern Sierra Partnership, the Wildlife Conservation Board, and hundreds of individual supporters. This 884 acre ranch in Genesse Valley supports 26 species and is one of the most species-diverse properties in the Feather River Watershed.

For more information on the Heart K Ranch and the Feather River Land Trust please check the following sites: Northearn Sierra Partnerships, Heart K Maidu Culture Hike, and Feather River Land Trust.

The area is of great importance to the local Mountain Maidu. Taylor Lake is one of three lakes sacred to these native people and the property remains a valuable gathering site for Maidu families today. From the Mountain Maidu to the settlers that followed, the productive bottomlands and forests provided essential resources, establishing a long history of people’s connection to this land. Heart K Ranch also provides important services to all Californians, like clean drinking water, carbon sequestration, and diverse recreational activities.

Mile High Bike Ride Chester, California June 16th, 2012

June 11th, 2012

Start a New Father’s Day Tradition

June 16th & 17th

 

30th Annual Century Ride around LakeAlmanor and IndianValley On Saturday!

Rent a Boat and go Fishing on Sunday.

Chester-Lake Almanor Bike Ride

 

This ride is located where the scenic Southern Cascades bump into the gentle Northern Sierras, the Mile High 100 will treat you to a quiet day on the back roads that wander through the lush green forests surrounding Lake Almanor and the Indian Valley. You will get several great views of Lassen Volcanic National Park,Lake Almanor and the meadows of Indian Valley on this ride. This is not a race, but a collection of tours for cyclists of all abilities.

This Century bike ride promotes recreational bicycling “under the volcano” in the shadow of Northern California’s incredible Lassen Peak. Proceeds from this event are invested in organized recreation in theLake Almanor Basin and provide support for the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pick the Perfect Ride:

CENTURY RIDE (108 MILES) – This is a relatively easy ride by century standards. It takes you around Lake Almanor and through the peaceful Indian Valley. Approximately 3,200′ total elevation climb.

METRIC CENTURY: This ride encompasses the entire Almanor Basin. It is recommended for the cyclist who desire a challenging loop without the distance and the bigger climbs found in the full century ride. Approximately 1,500′ total elevation climb.

HALF METRIC CENTURY (33 MILES) – Take your time and enjoy the mountain vistas and the clean air. This is the ride for those wanting a nice leisurely ride lakeside aroundLake Almanor, the blue jewel on the North Fork of the Feather River. Approximately 600′ total elevation climb.

ONSITE ENTRY FEES:

Century Ride-$60.00

Metric Century-$50.00

Half Metric Century-$50

FOOD: Yes, and lots of it and even better than before! We will have high quality natural food and beverages to satisfy the heartiest of appetites. We will be supplying you with ample nourishment and encouragement along the route. Century riders are rewarded with a delicious lunch in Taylorsville. (Catering thanks to Carol’s Cafe,Prattville,CA)

CLOTHING: Unpredictable Mountain weather! Summer temperatures can range from 28 to 98 degrees, you can expect afternoon thunderstorms- so be prepared! The Mile High 100 will take place rain, shine, or volcanic eruption.

HELMETS: Are most definitely required. Safety is a key goal of the Mile High 100.

RULES OF THE ROAD: Please obey all rules of the road! We insist that you obey all stop signs and give appropriate hand signals when turning. Ride as far to the right as is practicable and watch for oncoming cars and trucks. “Sag Vehicle” volunteers will be monitoring the ride. They will assist if someone needs a lift, minor bike repairs or water. Route will be clearly marked with road signs.

END-OF-RIDE FEAST: Enjoy a delicious post-ride meal served from noon to 5:00 p.m., free to all registered riders. Meal tickets for family or friends are available for $7.00 each. Relax by the Feather River at theChesterPark and enjoy live musical entertainment (band to be determined), delicious food, and even a massage! Don’t miss this full afternoon of entertainment!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: We will have delicious cold beer on draft (Michelob Ultra, Bud Light, Lost Coast Tangerine, Bear Racer Republic!), great music by the Jeff Pershing Band, tasty spaghetti meal by the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge, a bike drawing for a 2011 Raleigh Misceo 2.0 from Bodfish Bicycles, great raffle prizes (gift certificate from Dawn Lee, 2 night stay at McCarthy Point from the Forest Service, Elderberry Wine from Honey Run Winery, La Rocca Vineyards tour/tasting gift certificate, original photography by Betty Bishop and more!)

For more info!

 

Lodging: Last minute lodging available at St. Bernard Lodge. Special arrangements can be made for guests participating in the bike ride for early breakfast.

If you can not make this ride remember that this same ride is now being held in the fall. Save Sept. 29th on your calendar for the fall bike ride.

CHECK-IN AND START TIME: Riders may check-in on Friday, June 15th between 6:00-9:00 p.m. or on Saturday, June 16th between 6:00-9:00 a.m. at the Chester Park. Free water bottle for the first 500 riders!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park Annual Photo Contest

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.

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt with the California Native Plant Society

June 3rd, 2012

Join the California Native Plant Society June 9th & 10th, 2012 for a Rare Plant Treasure Hunt.

American Pitcher Plant

Both beginning and experienced botanists are invited  to spend time searching for rare plants, geo- caching, and photographing or documenting discoveries.

 

 

Saturday, June 9: Carpool to the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area (10 mile drive from Quincy) and search for rare carnivorous plants including the California pitcher plant (Darlingtonia californica), English sundew (Drosera anglica), and other unique plants. Following lunch, search for the pointed broom sedge (only two known populations in California!) in the Snake and Smith Lake areas nearby.

Sunday, June 10: Carpool to Bucks Lake (20 mile drive from Quincy) and search for the only known CA populations of a rare orchid called northern coralroot (Corallorhiza trifida). Other interesting rare plants nearby include the buttercup-leaf suksdorfia (Hemieva ranunculifolia) and closed-throat- beardtongue (Penstemon personatus).

Drivers and riders will meet at the northwest corner of the Safeway parking lot in Quincy (20 East Main Street, Quincy, CA) at 9:30am each day for carpooling, returning to Quincy around 5-6pm both days. Bring a lunch, plenty of water, sun protection, and any field trip supplies desired (cameras, GPS units, etc.). Send RSVP and questions to Danny Slakey at dslakey@cnps.org.

St. Bernard Lodge & Mission Small Business

June 2nd, 2012

Show your support for St. Bernard Lodge.  Please go to missionsmallbusiness.com  and vote for St. Bernard Lodge, Mill Creek, Ca 96061.  At this time we are the only business in Mill Creek working towards this grant.

12 businesses will be selected for grant.  We must have 250 votes to be considered,  please help us.  We would like to add back cabins and fishing pond to property. Help us return St. Bernard Lodge  to its’ glory days.

Just to make sure we are worth voting for check our pinterest boards, facebook page or tripadvisor reviews. Please share with your friends!  Thanks for your vote.

St. Bernard Lodge has been catering to guests visiting Lassen Park and Lake Almanor for almost 100 years, help us continue for the next 100 years.

Pond at St. Bernard Lodge

 

 

 

Evergreen Room at the St. Bernard Lodge

Hot Air Ballon Festival in Tehama Country

May 31st, 2012
Hot air Balloon Festival Tehama Country

June 9th &10th Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning California

Don’t miss out reserve your balloon ride today!  For Reservations and more information call the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce  530-527-6220.
There will be over 20 Hot Air Balloons taking to the skies over Tehama Country.
Flight is $250.00 per person, usually two riders and pilot per balloon.
Flights launch at or before dawn.  5:30 am at the latest!
Credit card or check deposit of $50.00 required to hold reservation
First come first served! Call now and book 530-527-6220
Proceeds will benefit the community-building and promotional missions of the Red Bluff-Tehama Chamber of Commerce
Extend your stay in the area 20% discount for June 10th and 11th at the St. Bernard Lodge for anyone who booked a hot air balloon ride. Call the St. Bernard Lodge and extend your stay in the area. 530-258-3382

2nd Annual Tehama Trail Passport Weekend June 2 & 3rd

May 23rd, 2012
Tehama Trail Passport Weekend

Tehama Trail Passport Weekend

The Tehama Trail is a journey that begins in Corning, visiting world-class olive and olive oil producers. A short trip to the east finds you in Vina where the Monks of the Abbey of New Clairveaux practice ancient traditions of grape growing and wine making. On the way north to the Volcanic Vineyards of Manton, there are several interesting stops on Hwy 99 worth the stop.  After sampling the wines of the slopes of Mt. Lassen, the trail takes you to Historic Downtown Red Bluff where quaint shoppes and riverfront dining are a way of life.

 

 

The stops along the trail include:

You may want to get off the trail and head to  Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park  and the St. Bernard Lodge for dinner and a room.  Travel to the Indian Valley the next day and visit Indian Falls just south of Crescent Mills on Hwy 89.  Travel down the Feather River Canyon on 70 back to I -5.  This gives you a chance to do something different and have a great weekend.

Tehama Trail Passport Weekend tickets are $25 per person and include free tasting at all farms. All proceeds go to benefit the Tehama Trail association to further develop agri-tourism in Tehama County. Tickets can be purchased at all participating farms and the Tehama County Farm Bureau. Tehama Trail highlights local tourist attractions, historic landmarks and local shopping. The map is easy to navigate and user friendly.

For more information visit www.tehamatrail.com, or call 530-527-7882.

Memorial Weekend Century Bike Ride Greenville, California

May 19th, 2012

Come Ride Your Bikes in Indian Valley!

 

 

by Jeff Titcomb on May 12th, 2012

Our 15th Annual Century Bike Rides are coming on May 26th! This is such a Great event for Greenville and the Indian Valley as well as Genesee. If you’ve never been the route takes you out through the quaint, scenic areas of Indian Valley on lightly traveled roads, that pass through farm and ranch lands, with horses, goats, and cattle. This May looks to be absolutely Beautiful, as always, and the weather looks Nice too. You have the choice of how far you go, so if you’re not up to the climb up and around Antelope Lake, you can stop at the Genesee Store and enjoy a Fabulous lunch prepared by Mr. Robert Meacher, that owns the Genesee Store and Loves to cook Great culinary dishes for his customers. You won’t be disappointed with the food, it’s always top notch! The run up and around Antelope Lake is so scenic and Beautiful that you almost have to ride the full way, just to see the Stunning scenery. Last year was a wet ride but still pretty, and as I came around the valley upon a long curve, and there were 2 horses standing under the apple trees just covered in wet apple blossoms. The image will always be imprinted in my mind as the specific Beauty associated with this place we call Indian Valley! The rides are affordable and we see many families coming to ride together. There are water stops along the way with treats, so you can rest and recharge some. Bring your camera and plan to have a Blast! You will take a ton of pictures and thouroughly enjoy yourself. We have lodging here in town if you need to stay and Anna’s Cafe is Open 7 days every week for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, as well as Main Street Dinner House, and Mountain Valley Pizza. Evergreen Market has some wonderful Deli foods and obviously groceries too. Come to the mountains and ride in the shadow of the largest plug dome volcano in the world, and just ten minutes from Beautiful Lake Almanor! Greenville, and the Indian Valley Chamber Welcomes You to our Premiere Gateway Community to Lake Alamanor and Lassen Volcanic National Park! May 26, 2012.

St. Bernard Lodge has one room left for weekend.  Book for 25.26 and 27th get 50% off third night. If you cannot make this bike ride Chester has a ride June 16th and again Sept. 29th.  For details on these rides go to:  www.milehigh100.com. For more information on this ride or Greenville’s fall ride Oct. 6th go to: http://indianvalleychamber.snappages.com/

 

Memorial Day Craft Fair Chester, California

May 19th, 2012

May 28th & 29th.  Hours 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.

Check-out Greenville for Century Bike Ride on Saturday and then come join in the fun at the 15th Annual Craft Fair in Chester.

 

Lake Almanor Memorial Day Craft Fair is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chester. The Craft Fair is in it’s 15th year and there is always something new to see and buy.

The craft fair is held in Chester  Park just off of Main Street.

This fair features only handmade items, from yard art, log furniture, clothing, pottery, rugs, jewelry and much more.

There are also food vendors and non-profit displays. The event is a great way to kick-off the summer season. Rain or shine we will be there!! This event is free to the public and if you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Cheri McIntire 258-2516 .

If you still want to see snow stop in at Lassen National Volcanic Park, they still have 10 feet of snow in places.  As of May 18th the road is open to Bumpass Hell.  Will post as soon as road to open through the park, it will be soon.

St. Bernard Lodge has one room left for the weekend.  Book for 25th, 26th and 27th and get 50% off third night.