So many ways to say ‘I love you’ |

So many ways to say ‘I love you’

You still have three full days to prepare for Valentine’s Day – time enough to think of a special way to show your feelings for a special person.

Western Nevada County offers many possibilities to help. Here are a few ideas:

• Instead of candy and flowers, take your love to the Red exhibition of colorful, playful artworks by area artists with disabilities. The prices are so reasonable that your framing will probably cost more than the art, but it would be worth it to give one of these unusual pieces.

The free exhibit is at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts, 200 Litton Drive, Suite 212, Grass Valley (272-7287). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Take Litton Drive all the way to the top, then go through the gates of the Litton building; the center is at the far left of the building, upstairs.

• Spice up your romance at the Sweetheart Salsa Valentine Dance on Thursday night, with local dance group Salsa Sierra and the Afro-Cuban band Sabroso. Dance lessons start at 7:30 p.m. and open dancing starts at 8 p.m. at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., downtown Nevada City

Tickets are $15 per person and $25 for couples until 2 p.m. Thursday; $20 per person at the door. Get tickets at BriarPatch, Gold Rush Records and Record Connection.

• Make your own special Valentine card. Marie Johnson, of Foothill Flowers, has been making them for relatives and special friends for more than 20 years, using techniques popular in the Victorian era to give a three-dimensional appearance. She suggests using old greeting cards, paper doilies, lace, ribbon and stickers on stiff board, then creating a stand at the back for display.

For inspiration, you can see Johnson’s personal collection at the floral shop, 102 W. Main St., downtown Grass Valley.

• Memorize a love poem and recite it. Local bookstores and the county libraries can offer suggestions. Shakespeare’s sonnets are a good place to start – and can be quite suggestive. If you’re going to the salsa dance, impress your date with lines from Pablo Neruda or Federico Garcia Lorca.

Find a wide range of poetry at

• Many area restaurants offer delicious Valentine meals and deals. The tea room at Shaw’s Antiques, in Nevada City, will make any girl melt. The Holbrooke Hotel is offering a rose for your date. Other venues offering special Valentine menus include Tofanelli’s, the Swiss House, the National Hotel and Island Cafe.

• Blackjack, the new men’s clothing store at 113 Mill St., in downtown Grass Valley, is offering two ice cream sundaes from Confectionately Yours or two cocktails from The Owl with the purchase of $50, through Thursday.


To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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