What’s happening in the Coloma-Lotus Valley?

Gosh, where to start?!? Well, first of all-we are finally getting some much needed RAIN, which is perfect hiking weather if you ask me! The poppies and lupine are sprouting up on the hillsides and we are starting to see more kayaks and rafts in the South Fork American River! All signs are pointing to Spring having sprung!  Although we are a few weeks off from merging into our peak season, there are still some fun things happening around the area. Check this out!

The American Paranormal Investigations is hosting a “GHOST RUSH 2013” on Saturday April 6th at the historic, and rumored haunted, Sierra Nevada House. The fun starts earlier in the day and goes into the wee hours of the morning including workshops, ghost stories and an actual investigation!  All proceeds go to this non-profit. Please visit their site to learn more. 

The Hindquarter House is hosting their 1st Annual Rattlesnake Bar Classic Car & Motorcycle Show! It will be held Sunday April 14th from 10-4. There will be great food, live music, vendors, raffles and trophies for all those hot cars! Admission is free. Visit their website to learn more about the restaurant or event here. If you’d like to register your car please contact Coop at (530)888-9001.

The Olde Coloma Theatre is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year! Their newest perfomance titled, “A Pennysworth Is More Than You Think” or “Trains, Plots & Dirt Lots” will be opening on May 3rd. Please visit their website to learn about workshops, memberships, upcoming shows and sponsorship opportunities! 

The Mother Lode Century bike ride is coming up on Saturday May 11th. There are 28, 64 and 100 mile routes, all with support, meals snacks and a wind down BBQ on the river. Proceeds go to benefit the American River Conservancy and the El Dorado Trail. Visit this website for more information. 

On Saturday May 18th there is quite a great itinerary. You can start off your day by hitting the local trails for the 2nd Annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Coloma River Run! There’s a 5k, 10k and 10 mile loop option on this tough, but rewarding trail run beginning at 8:00 AM. All proceeds to benefit the JDRF. Please contact Eric at (916)920-0790 or visit the website.

After the race head over to the highly anticipated 3rd Annual Wakamatsu Farm Festival: A Celebration of the diverse history of the Wakamatsu Tea & Silk Colony Farm. This festival runs from 10-4, and is so rich with history, culture and fun, you just have to experience it for yourself. For a complete itinerary and list of events, exhibits and vendors, as well as ticket info. please visit the American River Conservancy website.

Hope to see you around, but in the meanwhile stay tuned for more FUN in the Coloma-Lotus Valley!