Janet’s Beautiful Gourd Art – Rough & Ready, Ca

Janet was forced to evacuate her home due to the Lobo fire which started on October 8 along with several other wildfires around Northern California from an unusual warm wind storm early that morning.

Only having 45 minutes to pack, Janet and her husband evacuated to Sierra Jr College in Grass Valley where they were forced to simply wait it out. Well, due to the fantastic efforts of Cal-Fire and all of the first responders, Janet’s home was saved.

It looks like things are getting back to normal, here is a post from Janet’s Facebook page.




“This little baby is on its way to Rhode Island. I’m doing quite well on my quest to have a gourd in every state!”

49th Gold Country Scout Group, BPSA-US – Grass Valley – Nevada County


Camp. Hike. Whittle. Whistle. Bring your whole family or just come on your own. This co-ed, all-age traditional outdoor scouting program was developed and refined over 40 years starting in 1907 by the Father of Scouting and Chief Scout of the World, Lord Robert  Baden-Powell. The nostalgia we have for scouting days of old exists because of this program.

 The opportunity to participate in a whole family activity is rare these days. The best way we learn is by example – from friends, from parents, and from other community members, young and old. Develop skills, meet new people, have pride in your work and your service to your community.

We teach real outdoor skills and engage in adventures, campouts, and community-building. Service is one of our core tenants, as we create a culture where children and adults ask,”how can I help?”

Our aim thus remains the same as when scouting was founded: to promote good citizenship, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful skills. BPSA is totally independent of, and not affiliated with, the Boys Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts of the USA.

We are members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS); and as such are not in competition with other American scouting associations, we are only their brothers and sisters. BPSA-US work closely with the Baden-Powell Scouts’ Association of England and the Baden-Powell Service Association in Canada.

The original scouting family  Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Father of Scouting and Chief Scout of the World, and his family

“The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.”- Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Scouting Movement


“The BPSA offers a choice for those with curiosity, energy, and independence of spirit. We are committed to providing an appropriate alternative and community-oriented Scouting experience. The BPSA welcomes everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, religion (or no religion), or other differentiating factors. Our mission is to provide a positive learning environment within the context of democratic participation and social justice. We foster the development of Scouts in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation.”

The training scheme devised by Baden-Powell is based on using the natural desires of young people as a guide to the activities that will attract and hold them.

Our method and practice provide young people with the opportunity to craft and develop their own adventures, trips, and service projects.

The appeal of true Scouting has always been to that element of the vagabond, pioneer, and explorer, which is part of our nature, and is at its most evident in youth.

Scouting is an outdoor movement and that is part of its character. To whatever degree conditions may, at time, force us indoors—such as weather, darkness, or town life—we must regard this as second-best necessity and never as a satisfactory substitute for the real thing.

For more info – https://49thgoldcountry.com


photos by Celeste


The Curious Forge – Nevada City, Ca – Nevada County

The Curious Forge is a nonprofit 501(c)3, Makerspace located at 13024 Bitney Springs Rd in Nevada City, California. The Curious Forge is a 20,000+ sq/ft space, where members have access to training and a wide variety of over $100,000 in equipment from traditional to advanced. Most of all we re a community of builders, tinkerers, artists and professionals who love to make. Think of it as a artistic, technical and industrial playground. http://thecuriousforge.org

Curious Forge from Sundown West on Vimeo.

We have a new Home!

As we’re still in the process of nesting since our recent move our next  Open House will be on Thursday, Sept. 28th from 6-8pm, come on out, see this incredible space!! (we’ll return to First Thursday Open Houses in November)

If you are interested in membership or want to see what a MakerSpace is, please watch our short video above and email us! Thank you for supporting makers, creators and our inspiring community.

The Sparkle Twins Liam and Kara

write us at spark@thecuriousforge.org