Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce
by Kim James on March 6th, 2011

02.26.2011

Surviving Winter in the Chester Lake Almanor Basin is not for the faint of heart. It isn’t for people who can’t handle challenges and who like to complain and mostly who are committed to their own comfort.

I have survived 17 winters here. But about 14 years back I made a decision that I didn’t want to just survive 6 months out of the year, of my life. I wanted to attempt to enjoy it. Many people leave here when things aren’t optimal for their comfort. For the rest of us we get creative.

There are a few sure things about winter where I live, a few things I have learned and incorporated to not only make it tolerable but comfortable.

I need to put into practice these spiritual principles, lock them in the forefront of my mind going into winter.

1st and most important Acceptance.

2nd is Gratitude, no complaining, there is nothing complaining hasn’t made worse and made it feel like it would last 10 times longer.

3rd is Patience. We get patience by practicing patience, my kids could recite this stuff to you.
With these in mind I must remember…………..
There will be power outages, and at the worst times. Like when Christmas Dinner was in the oven this year. There will be a lot of them , eight so far this year and the duration can be days. We have two generators but don’t use them unless we think we are losing our food stores. We never get behind on laundry, dishes or vacuuming because if we lose power then we will get behind.

It will be cold. The warmest days usually will be when it snows. A snowy day is a warm day.

It will be long. Snow storms started the week before Thanksgiving this year and we won’t see green ground until late April, maybe May. Very long, last year’s Winter was 7 months, maybe the same this year. It will make Summer that much more sweeter and important to enjoy.

It will be very quiet and slow. Chico is an hour and fifteen minutes away by car, Reno two hours and Susanville 45 minutes. We try not to travel in the snow if it can be helped. We are mostly home bound. Although we can be in summertime as fast as we can get to Chico if we need to. We have to make our own fun. If I am looking for action I will need to create it for myself. Hence all the art, reading, writing, movies, crab feeds, work I love, cards with the kids and lots of popcorn. We made a little movie theater in the studio and we have Netflix streaming, Showtime, HBO, Wii fit dance, and a DVR. We are also very aware that these are big fat luxuries.

Winter depression is real, for most people and especially here because of lack of vitamin D. It will set in, if it is not combated, there has to be a plan. Vitamins D, fish oil, strong nutrient rich diet, a big routine, awake at dawn, sun bathing for 15 in the am, exercise, house plants, pets, friends, fresh flowers, no TV news and happy socializing. Skis are not a luxury but a necessity, as well as snow shoes, snow mobiles to break trail in deep snow for myself and our 3 dogs.

I will live at the mercy of the weather and power. I commit to roll with it and be prepared.

We built our home for just this purpose. Forget luxury and ambiance think little house on the prairie survival. Our wood stove heats the house, dries our clothes and if need be cooks dinner. We also have a propane stove, no igniter on the top, same with the water heater. We don’t need electricity to cook or shower. We have all wood heat with back up propane if need be. Ipads and Iphons on G3 networks are for work so when power is down, we are not. They are kept 100% charged daily. We have a fridge box outside. Our freezer is kept outside on the porch as well. We have food stores set to last weeks. Everything charged including my video light I shoot with. It’s on a 6 hour mini car battery pack. I cook and clean by it. It’s a 600 dollar light that has earned it’s way by lighting mine to care for my family. My most important item is my grandmother’s copper bottom, giant stainless percolator coffee pot, from the 1950′s. With these things not having power is not a big deal, it’s a minor inconvenience. Also I function from the top 3 spiritual practices and I do what I can without power. There is always a project to do that doesn’t require power. If I have to write, I get out a pen and paper. I am also mindful that all of the things we have that work on power are big fat luxuries.

My bed has the thickest down blankets available, 2 of them. My room is typically 55 degrees with the wood heat only, and our room being in the back of the house, we sometimes store the fruit in the bathtub , it’s as good as a root cellar. I have 3 pairs of Uggs I live in. They are beaten up pretty bad. I buy the ugliest, biggest (because it shrinks with every wash), 4 ply cashmere I can find on clearance, in the summer and I wear it all winter until I kill it. I sleep in cashmere, I ski in cashmere and I clean in cashmere. My garments are covered in balls, wood chips and food. They get washed every 2 weeks, they have holes and I can’t live here without these things, especially cashmere. If I am going to finish my days here I will need my own goats and make my own yarn.

My favorite winter things are my Uggs, fresh flowers, cashmere anything, ski’s, grandma’s coffee pot, Showtime, HBO, Netflix, Yoga and a mat, our gym, ipad, our FJ cruiser AKA the urban assault vehicle, Ian’s dinners and desserts and Dana’s amazing pies. Granted I gain 10 pounds every winter, but I have accepted it is the price of where I live and it is shed as the snow melts.

At the end of the day, we make our own fun, we prepare, we roll with it, we practice acceptance, gratitude and patience and we make sure to love each-other, take care of each-other and try to enjoy this season the two thirds of the planet don’t get to experience.

I have found, from my own experience, that living here is good for my well being. It may not always be great for my comfort, but what is comfortable isn’t usually good for my well being.

by Susan Bryner on January 17th, 2011

Everyone was a winner! A beautiful, sunny January day, great Chili and a spirited crowd, made Lake Almanor's first Chilly Chili Cook-Off a super success.

Town Mayor, Cloe, took the Judge's First Place Award with Chili made by her good friends Bob and Jocelyn Souter. The People's Choice Award went to Bad S BBQ from Sunnyvale whose friendliness and style also garnered their Chili Booth Best of Show.

by Susan Bryner on January 13th, 2011

Pictures worth a thousand words: Winter Play, Lake Almanor 2010-11

by Susan Bryner on November 19th, 2010

Our esteemed Executive Director, Susan Bryner, gave me a great suggestion for a blog post. She became aware of a women’s running group called LARC…Lake Almanor Running Club. So I got on it right away and after a time of juggling schedules, I was able to arrange a meeting with four members of the group after their early morning run on the Bailey Trail.

The Bailey Trail runs from a cul-de-sac at the end of Marina Drive in Bailey Creek to the border of the Lake Almanor Country Club. Running both directions offers a five-mile run. I sat in my warm car on the chilly morning and watched the snowy path where the runners would appear. Suddenly there they were, led by a bounding chocolate lab.

I was impressed since they weren’t even breathing hard as they introduced themselves to me. There was Shannon Story of Chester, Rosie Bertoluzza also of Chester, Wendi Durkin (not to be confused with Wendy Durkin) of Bailey Creek, and Kim Holliday of the East Shore. The dog was Wendi’s and named Remmy who went along for protection but mostly because he loved it.
The ladies explained they were a part of a group numbering about twenty women in the Almanor Basin with a core group of ten. They have run in several events in the area including the Chester 4th of July Fun Run since their inception in 2009. They even have a tee shirt with a perching lark on the front holding a pair of running shoes in its beak.

The group is comprised of women of all walks of life from women with young children to business women, from age twenty something to fifty. They are very enthusiastic about the camaraderie offered by a group of women with similar interests and the motivation they get from running together.

The eldest member of the LARCs is Kim Holliday who admits to being on the cusp of fifty. She has set herself an admirable goal which is to run a marathon in each of the fifty states and Washington D.C. At this time she has accomplished marathons in 35 states and had just returned from her most recent in West Virginia. She says she is always thrilled by the beauty she’s encountered in each of these venues. In the larger group of women who participate in these events all over the country she has found her inspiration in a sixty-year-old runner who apparently has no intention of slowing down.

After our brief visit we went our separate ways…each to her own life and I to my computer to set these thoughts down. I very much enjoyed meeting them and will keep an eye out for news of more of their runs in the coming months.

by Susan Bryner on November 12th, 2010

As the holidays approach I find myself tingling with childlike anticipation. The last leaves are falling from the cottonwoods and maples outside my bookstore. The hours of daylight have declined and it seems a bit darker among the books. Yet I am suffused with the joyful sights, sounds and smells of a mountain community preparing for winter.

Another child visited my store this afternoon plying me with the holiday chocolates that will fund his next field trip at school. His hopeful face reminded me of my first entrepreneurial experience selling Christmas Cards with snow scenes to the hurricane hardened residents of my childhood home in Miami. My heart went out to the universal, undying hope of the salesman. I bought more chocolate than I needed.

The first wafts of wood smoke in the air evoke memories of family evenings playing gin in front of the fire. My visions of Thanksgiving are beginning to build. I can already hear the laughter and chatter amongst our children as we make soup together and play Mexican Train at the old dining table where my mothers, their grandmothers, played scrabble.

Children, noise, laughter and love will fill the quiet beds of my house for 4 days. I steep my mind in the images, already experiencing the thrill when my granddaughter wraps her arms around me in a goodnight hug while I tuck her into the sleeping bag at the foot of our bed. I can already hear, our 3 year old grandson, whose language gets clearer with each day, whispering in the dark, “Goodnight Grandpa Tim-Tim”.

Life is good.

We will have warm fires of almond wood and cedar, hot chocolate and schnapps. And, together we will go to our town’s Merchants Night and Light Parade where Santa will arrive on a Fire Engine. The merchants will serve cookies and warm cider along with their characteristic good cheer. Families, friends and community will come together with our mountains to give thanks for the abundance of spirit we receive from each other.

It is times like these that make me think that my tiny world in Almanor just might come pretty close to being perfect…at least it is for my simple needs.

by Carolyn Stillman on November 11th, 2010

A great piece of news came to my ear over the weekend! Our wonderful Chester Community Chorus that was facing disbanding received a sizeable donation from an anonymous donor. These funds will allow the Chorus to continue presenting two concerts a year for the indefinite future. My husband and I sang with the Chorus for a number of years until our snowbird schedule interfered with our continued participation. We miss being a part of that great group of singers. So the Spring and Christmas concerts will be presented annually under the direction of Elsie Westly.

Following my thinking about the Christmas Concert, I naturally progressed to contemplating the upcoming holiday season. Now with Halloween out of the way, I’m ready for my very favorite holiday of the year…Thanksgiving! And that precipitated a trip to the Christmas Fair at Crescent Mills and Open House at the Huddlestons’ Sterling Sage (the new name for Main Street Antiques). The delightful trip down Highway 89 winds along Wolf Creek and the woods are full of fall color. I always give each grandchild an ornament for their Christmas tree and shopping for them at both venues is a feast for the eyes. In Crescent Mills we picked up a wicker basket and a glass of hot English wassail and began checking out the many decorated trees. It wasn’t long before I’d filled my basket with ornaments and then we proceeded back up 89 to Greenville.
As always, Josh had filled the store with beautiful decorations and wonderful Christmas music played in the background. Bink presided at the bar and offered us pancakes with apple/caramel butter topping. They were delicious! I overspent my budget a bit more before saying goodbye and back up the road to the Lake.

Thanksgiving was also my mother’s favorite holiday. For years she played hostess to the event before passing it along to me. Now I’ve been relegated to the peanut gallery while my own daughters do the duty. Mom was Danish and she added a number of unusual dishes to the traditional fare which we have continued to include in our menu. She always made creamed cabbage decorated with cheese on top, and alternated that with creamed boiled onions…note the emphasis on creamed! There was always a TON of mashed potatoes, yum! My grandfather was a potato farmer in Wisconsin and always said “…eat potatoes and keep the price up”.
We always sang “We Gather Together” and since there were usually about twenty folk there we had all the parts covered. This year will be a very special one indeed since the first member of the new generation will be taking part in the festivities. Joseph Donald LaPlante is scheduled to make his appearance just before Turkey Day and tho’ he’ll probably pass on the drumstick he will be welcomed at the table by his admiring family.

Then, of course, there’s Christmas. This is usually a quieter time for us as the separate families have their own traditions which is important. The music of the season plays pretty much non-stop on our sound system in Southern California. I have to hear “The Messiah” several times, and enjoy the old familiar hymns. We draw names and have a modest gift exchange which is always fun. And of course, the overeating continues and doesn’t wind down until New Year’s.

We will miss being in the Almanor Basin during this special time of the year. I expect the trees will be laden with fluffy white snow since it looks like winter is going to be early. Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving, a merry Christmas, and a joyous New Year! See you in the spring.

by Roxanne Valladao, Plumas Arts on October 24th, 2010

It's getting to be time to settle down and spend some evenings listening to the locals play music and tell you their poems.

After the traditional summer break Plumas Arts brings another evening of Words & Music to Chester on Thursday evening, Oct 28th at the Coffee Station in Olde Towne, beginning at 7PM. Admission is $3. Featured performer for the evening will be Jeff Ellermeyer.

Jeff Ellermeyer has been a player in the local music scene for many years. After a bit of stepping back he has returned again to grace his friends and neighbors with his impressive vocal talent and diverse song selection.


Jeff Ellermeyer, pictured here with his son James, will be the featured artist at the October 28th Words & Music in Chester.
Ellermeyer's background in music came to him as part of a family dynamic. "My father played sax in a Ozzie Nelson's Big Band. Although he dropped the instrument during my childhood there was alot of music played on the phonograph in our house."

"I became familiar with the jazz standard sound of the 30's and 40's. My older brother introduced us to rock and roll and rhythm and blues. Early in the 50's we listened to Chuck Berry, Fats Domino. Little Richard, Jimmie Reed, Ray Charles and Elvis. I really owe my love of music to my brother. Ours was the only house on the block spinning the current soulful sounds repeatedly."

"I had a pretty good voice from copying these singers. It was not until later in life that I picked up a guitar....mostly to accompany myself singing the familiar songs spinning around in my head."

For his Chester performance on the 28th he plans on singing an eclectic mix of a few of his favorite tunes.

Calling all local talent: Open Stage will follow the featured artist set. All aspiring poets, musicians, storytellers, actors or performers are invited to sign up at the door for Open Stage.

Words and Music is an acoustic music and spoken word program which has been sponsored and facilitated by Plumas Arts since 1989.

by Carolyn Stillman on October 20th, 2010

Autumn is upon us! If someone asked I’d have to say it’s my favorite time of the year. Winter is kind of like the mean old lady up the hill who sat in her window and yelled at us if we stepped on her dichondra lawn. Lord help us if we fell off our roller skates by her house. Then spring arrives demurely wrapped in soft green filling the woods with new life. And
summer rolls in like a fat lady lolling around in the sun soaking up the rays at the edge of the bright blue, boat-filled lake. But autumn…it’s flamboyant…it’s an exotic dancer clothed in bright hues of gold and red. Wonderful!

The maple in my back yard is beginning to show some soft red in spots so when I planned a trip over to Susanville I was ready to check for color in my favorite fall places. I hopped into my little green car and headed east on Hwy. 36. Right away passing by Bailey Creek golf course I noticed the aspen lining the greens were starting to change color.

Out on the highway the ground cover is already a lovely shade of yellow brightening the roadsides. There’s a spot just past the Peter Lassen roadside marker on the other side of the road I call Aspen Bend. The copse of aspens there gets bigger and more spectacular every year. And sure enough they were beginning to don their fall color. I love it!

On the other side of Westwood there’s a little meadow on the north side of the highway that is another harbinger of the seasons. It’s full of waving golden grass now. Across the road the fat cattle dot the fields enjoying the waning days of sunlight.

Oh, oh…there’s a Cal-Trans sign warning of roadwork to come. Then another, and another, and then the man with the upraised hand looking like St. Peter at the Gate. What a feeling of power he must have standing there in the middle of a busy highway immune from danger while the approaching drivers obey him. I stop as ordered and roll down my window and take advantage of the brief halt to smell the pine scented air. The woods are lovely and I am hoping the other drivers are taking a moment to enjoy the scenery instead of fuming at the delay.

I wind up the high pass at Fredonyer and down the other side and soon I’m at the top of the hill overlooking the high valley where Susanville sits. I’ve enjoyed my drive and will appreciate it again on my homeward journey.

Moon over Feather River in Autumn Photo by Jan Davies
The North Fork of the Feather River runs through the town of Chester and into Lake Almanor

by Carolyn Stillman on October 4th, 2010

It’s a great time of year to go out in the woods around the Lake Almanor Basin! We had a special reason to go exploring the back country when my husband’s friend came for a visit this last week. Dr. John Stafford arrived from Houston, Texas along with his faithful companion, Spooky, a purebred Weimeraner. John and Jim have known each other for over sixty years…went to school together and were in the same Boy Scout troop in Houston. What fun!

John is an avid fly fisherman so Jim planned to take him to some of the local streams. I didn’t go along for the first trip when they went to Yellow Creek. Before undertaking the day’s jaunt they went to The Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company on Main Street in Old Town Chester for gear and information. Then suitably armed they headed west on the dusty by-ways to Yellow Creek. They didn’t have a lot of luck in the fishing department but had a grand time enjoying the woods and talking of old times and old friends.

The next day I got to go too. Not being much of a fly fisherman I carried a book and a folding chair. This time the route went north out of Chester along the North Branch of the Feather River. After a time, we left the paved road and took a bumpy, dirt track further into the forest. We pulled off at a rough campground on River Loop to check out the fishing possibilities there. Turned out the trail to the water was too steep and rocky for John to negotiate.

We visited with a couple of guys who’d been camping there for two weeks. They’d seen a mama bear with two cubs but she didn’t raid the neat campsite…just investigated briefly and moved along with her babies.

Leaving River Loop we backtracked to Warner Valley Road and after 1.1 miles arrived at a campground with picnic tables overlooking Warner Creek. I broke out our lunch and we enjoyed an al fresco meal. Continuing on for four miles, we came to a one lane bridge over Warner Creek. There was a nice flat shaded area to park just before crossing the bridge. The men gathered up their fishing gear and I took my book and chair and followed them to the creek.

I found a grand place to sit by the rushing stream and sighed with pleasure at the view. Golden leaves from the cottonwood trees on the bank fluttered gracefully to the water and floated like little yellow boats down the stream. I sat next to the bridge and was reminded of playing “Pooh Sticks” with my sisters as a child. We’d launch a stick into the water on one side of the bridge and then scurry to the other side to see whose stick was fastest. A pair of chipmunks chased each other tirelessly over the rocks on the other side of the creek. I found I was just too fascinated with my surroundings and listening to the music of the water rampaging over the rocks to read my book.

Jim caught two small trout and his thumb, and after a wonderfully pleasant time we gathered up our things and headed back down Warner Valley Road to Chester. How fortunate we are to be close enough to enjoy these wonderful outdoor treasures in just a short trip! We puzzle over why we don’t do it more often.

by Carolyn Stillman on September 22nd, 2010

I’ve been watching in vain for the pair of bald eagles that nest by North Shore Campground. They fish the shallow waters north of the causeway and a sighting can bring palpitations to my heart. They are such magnificent birds! My best sighting was when one of the pair was actually standing on the shore of the causeway and I could see the great size of it reflected in the clear waters.

It’s been weeks now since I’ve seen them so I decided I should consult www.whatbird.com and check out their migration habits. Apparently following the nesting period the birds migrate southward to warmer climes for the winter. So I guess I won’t be seeing them again until spring.

However, there are hundreds of other birds plying the waters along the causeway for me to watch.
Grebes, white pelicans and Canada geese feed there pretty much year round. Susan Mueller, local wildlife photographer, often sets up her gear on the causeway and waits patiently for a photo op. She says that often she has just lined up a great shot and someone comes by in a car that knows her and shouts a halloo…whoops, no more bird!

My husband’s family are all avid birders and have been delighted with the birds they have been able to add to their life list from the area around Lake Almanor. One of their favorites was the American Dipper, a bird that wades into the shallow water to find his meal. They are unique little wren-like fellows who dine on small fish, larvae and aquatic insects. For myself, I have to say the quail are my favorites. The parents have huge broods usually twice a year that unfortunately provide provender for the many hawks in the area. Sad, but that’s nature. Our bird feeder at home attracts chickadees, nuthatches, grosbeaks, finches and stellar jays. The jays hit the feeder and knock the seeds on the ground and those bring the chipmunks, squirrels and quail.

In case you hadn’t noticed I am a real bird-lover and this little corner of the mountains is perfect to engage in bird watching.

Eagle Photo Jan Davies

by Carolyn Stillman on September 15th, 2010

My name is Carolyn and I’m probably the oldest volunteer at the Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce. My advancing state of decrepitude announces itself most loudly when I swing my legs out of bed in the mornings. Despite my great age I find lots of things to do in the office to be helpful. I particularly like meeting and greeting the walk-ins that come by for information.

One of my favorite questions is, “What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow?” I come out from behind the desk and wave my arms around imitating one of the young weather folk on TV. I use terms like “the jet stream” and “El Nino” while surreptitiously peeping out the window looking for clouds or a strong breeze that might give me a hint. I don’t mean to imply that I’m being facetious…just friendly. Following my dramatic interlude I generally say, “…pretty much like today.” I get my weather information from several sources and they rarely agree so it isn’t as if I haven’t checked. Just that I don’t know which source to use in my pontification.

The Chamber often gets visitors from abroad. Just yesterday a delightful couple from Brussels, Belgium came in to talk about their planned trip through Lassen Park and on to Mt. Shasta. I’m very fond of Lassen Park and enjoy talking about it with folk who are on their way to visit. The new Visitors Center is a treasure and has a grand place for lunch after viewing the excellent video presentation. I particularly like King’s Creek Meadow and the hike to the falls. We who live in the shadow of the majestic mountain often forget to visit its wonders. How sad.

Anyone who wants to challenge my claim to being the oldest volunteer is more than welcome to come in to the Chamber office and help out. There’s plenty to do and help is always welcome.

by Susan Bryner on September 2nd, 2010

Share and win! Tell us why you live or visit here, what you love about your community or the area. Your comments (submission) will be part of a Chamber selection each month and posted on our web. Those posted will be part of a drawing to win a "to be determined" prize. Stayed tuned to this site for more info.

by Susan Bryner on June 5th, 2010

Great fun at the first Wine Walk! Chester Wine Walks are part of the summer long series of events sponsored by the Momboosa Music Festival in Lake Almanor. Hey, will somebody buy this man a Lake Almanor Sweatshirt?!
Commemorative glasses and map sent walkers on their way.
The next Wine Walk, June 19th will feature the music of BLT at B & B Booksellers and local food at some locations. Stay tuned. Future dates: Wine Walk dates are May 29, June 19, July 3, July 16 and August 7. The Momboosa Music Festival is on July 17 - Headliner Chuck Wicks!

Posted on May 31st, 2010

Chester Cemetary. The American Legion honors those who served our Country.
Honorary Mayor Cloe O'Brien touring Chester Cemetary to honor the Veterens of our community who have passed on.
And, our Flower Boxes made it out in time to honor the day! Thank you Robin Schumacher, Sharon Henry, Ginger Stratford and Team for making it happen. This is the box outside of Ayoobs honoring Chester Veterans - Past, Present and Future.

by Susan Bryner on May 21st, 2010

Lassen Association will offer two digital photography workshops in Lassen Volcanic National Park with renowned photographer, Bob Grace. The park’s Manzanita Lake area will provide the scenic beauty for the first course scheduled July 9-11. The second workshop offered August 27- 29 will be in the Warner Valley and Drakesbad area.

Understanding composition and lighting, sunrise shoot including camera shooting techniques, Photoshop demonstrations, shooting and processing panoramas, and image review and critique are just a few techniques that will be offered during this course.

Following a thirty-year career as a California State Park Ranger, Bob Grace began working as a professional assignment photographer in 2000. His work has appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, and websites as well as inseveral prestigious exhibitions. During his years as a California State Park Ranger he developed his own personal sense of environmental place while gaining knowledge of local flora, fauna, and resource protection. He brings many levels of skill and experience photographing the natural and cultural world to his outdoor classroom. Visit Bob's website at www.pbase.com/bgrace.

Registration is open for ages 18 and up. Fees are $350.00 per course including pre-trip planning help, course registration, course materials, Park entrance fee and two and a half days of professional instruction. Participants are responsible for providing their personal SLR Digital
Photography Camera and gear, food, lodging, and transportation.

Established in 1939, the Lassen Association is the nonprofit partner which supports and assists Lassen Volcanic National Park in research, interpretation, and conservation programs. For more information on the Lassen Association and the digital photography workshops, visit www.lassenassociation.org or call (530) 595-3399.

For park information, contact the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, daily, 9:00 am to 5:00pm (530)595-4480 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/lavo.

by Susan Bryner on May 16th, 2010

Campgrounds are opening, courtesy docks are in, music is playing at the Pines and Memorial Weekend will bring the first of our Momboosa Wine Walks and Craft Shows in Chester.

Where do we tickets for Momboosa? www.momboosamusicfestival.com and at local participating stops. Is the craft show at Chester Park free? You bet!

by Susan Bryner on May 16th, 2010

The Momboosa Music Festival is excited to announce that country artist Alex Woodard is confirmed to play at this year’s Lake Almanor music and arts festival.

Woodard, who hails from southern California, will bring his unique brand of surfer-country musical stylings to the Momboosa stage this July 17. Check him out at http://www.alexwoodard.com/

by Susan Bryner on May 16th, 2010

Chuck Wicks will be the headline performer at the Momboosa Music Festival, July 17th. His hit single, "Stealing Cinderella," hit the Top 5 in early 2008. He followed that with "All I Ever Wanted" and a tour with Brad Paisley. After that, a budding relationship with Julianne Hough led him to Dancing With the Stars. We are excited he is bringing his talent to the music festival playing where the Sierra's meet the Cascades. Check out his new video!

by Garn Pringle on February 26th, 2010

Mark your calendars.....June 19, 2010 for the 28th Annual Mile High 100. This annual event features three courses, a CENTURY, a METRIC and a 1/2 METRIC ride around the Lake Almanor Basin and Indian Valley. We are expecting 500 + riders, along with a great afternoon of food and entertainment at our Chester Park. "Come Together with the Mountains" and join us for this exciting event. Registration forms can be found at MileHigh100.com or on the Chester -Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce Event Registration Page.

Win-A-Bike drawing to be held in conjunction with the Mile High 100

A 24 speed Gary Fisher Mountain Bike has been provided by our local Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports. Valued at over $500.00, some lucky individual will be riding off on a brand new bike during upcoming the Mile High 100.

Drawing tickets are available for a donation of $5.00 per ticket and are available wherever you see this poster displayed and through the Chamber of Commerce. You do not have to be present to win! Proceeds from the drawing will be used to fund the Mile High 100 event and the Chamber's future efforts to promote our four season recreational area.

www.MileHigh100.com.

by Neil Horning on February 21st, 2010

The Momboosa Music Festival, Lakeside Almanor returns July 17, 2010. Save the date! It will be another beautiful day with Tropical-Country, Carribean bands, great food and family fun with Lake Almanor as the back drop.

Liquid Blue Events and the Chester Chamber of Commerce loved bringing the entertainment and sounds of the islands to Lake Almanor in 2009. Paradise and tropically clad, the goal of the concert was for anyone and everyone to have a blast. The Momboosa Music Festival featured a wine walk through the boutique and specialty shops, an art and vendor show, children's area, the Paradise in the Pines celebration, island music and much more.

Save the date! And check back for more info www.momboosamusic.com/.

by Susan Bryner on February 16th, 2010

We all had a super time at the 2010 Snowmobile Poker Run last Saturday. The weather was great, the trails were perfect....the only problem was getting close with these helmets!
Photograph courtesy of Feather Publishing

by Susan Bryner on February 3rd, 2010

The 2009 Lake Almanor Poker Run was a great day for the entire Chabrier family. Beautifully groomed trails, great friends, good food...it just couldn't have been much better. I wonder, did they go in 2010?

by CLACC on February 1st, 2010

There is nothing more exciting than the first sled ride! Unless it is the cup of hot chocolate that follows.