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An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.

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2 That’s Entertainment

Throughout the year, The Center for the

Arts will host more than 150 performances.

Some will make you laugh, some

will get you tapping your foot or jump up

to give a standing ovation. The Center is

bigger and better than ever after completing

an extensive renovation. Stop by

314 W. Main St. for information and

Box Office.

3 Feed

Your

Shopping

Habit

Be intrigued by what Grass Valley

has to offer–the unique, the

unusual and the don’t need, but

must have. All found in appealing

settings that need to be explored.

And yes, there are shops the kids will

enjoy–think toys, books and treats.

4 Getting Creative

Nevada County is known for its artistic

bent. Grass Valley plays its part with galleries

that will tempt you to take home a

treasured piece of art, and while you’re at

it, check out the book stores for local

authors and books featuring local artists.

5 A Bit of

the Grape

While strolling

through town, why

not sample some

local wines at a few tasting

rooms without ever setting

foot to accelerator. Find something

you like? They’ll sell you a bottle or two

to take home.

6 Community Treasure

Visit the Nevada County Fairgrounds

and see why they have been declared

“California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds”

by the State Legislature. Attend the

County Fair in August, and add the Draft

Horse Classic in September and Country

Christmas Faire in December to your calendar.

This is also a popular venue for a

wide variety of shows, festivals and concerts.

Can’t make an event? Then take

time out to stroll through the grounds

with a stop at Lions Lake. Location:

McCourtney Road.

7 Brought Back to Life

The historic North Star House had seen

better days. It suffered from vandalism,

was full of graffiti and needed major

repairs. But, things changed when caring

individuals stepped in. Now a Cultural

Arts and Event Center, the North Star

House was completed in 1905. This Arts &

Craft style home

was designed by

the state’s first

female architect,

Julia Morgan,

who is better

known for

Hearst Castle

at San

Simeon.

Built for a

noted

mining engineer and

his author/illustrator wife, the

house is listed on the National and State

Registers of Historic Places. The Center

is open to the public, informal tours provided.

Check the website for dates, days

and times. Location: 12075 Old Auburn

Rd., off McCourtney Road.

thenorthstarhouse.org

North Star House

8 Small but Never Dull

Visitors are amazed at how much there is

to do and see in Grass Valley. Events are

held throughout the year. For example

the summer Thursday Night Market complete

with concerts, a Farmer’s Market, St.

Piran’s Day which celebrates the area’s

Cornish heritage, Cornish Christmas, the

annual Car Show, plus much more.

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9 Back

to the

40s

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Take in a film

or National

Theatre of

London performance

at

the Del Oro

Theatre, a

local gem that through extensive

remodeling and refurbishing has been

brought back to resemble its 1940s

origins. The tower is a local landmark.

10 A Walk in

the Park

If you have to choose one park to visit, it

should be Condon Park. Just outside the

entrance is a wonderful playground

designed to take the grumpy out of any

young child. When inside the park, your

furry kids will enjoy the off-leash dog

park. Discover trails, picnic areas and a

pond. Entrance: Minnie Street off

Butler Street.

Foodies should also

explore Grass Valley

for tasty items.

See Page 88.

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