St. Joseph’s Cultural Center opens its doors… all of them |

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center opens its doors… all of them

Eileen JoyceDocent Margaret Castle on Tuesday talks about a holiday wedding dress that has been put on display at the Grass Valley Museum in St. Joseph's Cultural Center.
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It’s not every day that the 30-plus doors to St. Joseph’s Cultural Center are open all at once.

That’s only the case once a year when the nonprofit organization’s staff and volunteers celebrate the holidays with an open house.

The center is on the site of a former convent and school.

“There’s so many people who probably don’t know all the things that happen or can happen at the cultural center. This opens every single door on three floors,” said Joseph Guida, St. Joseph’s Cultural Center executive director.

Open on the first floor will be Foothills Community Access Television station and John Olmstead’s Earth Planet Museum.

The second floor is home to the Grass Valley Museum operating under the auspices of the cultural center, the Ghidotti room and St. Joseph’s Hall, the former convent chapel built more than 100 years ago.

On the third floor are artists’ studios and an art gallery, also under the auspices of the cultural center.

Sunday’s entertainment includes Celtic music by Emerald Mist all four hours in the Grass Valley Museum; a Moving Ground Dance Studio “Introduction to Creative Movement for Kids” class at 1:30 p.m. in the Ghidotti room; a half-hour concert by guitarists Ivan Najera and Tony Unger at 2:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Hall; and a Moving Ground Dance Studio “Intergenerational Improv” class for all ages at 3:30 p.m. in the Ghidotti Room.

Grass Valley Museum tours will be ongoing and refreshments will be served. Docents have decorated the museum to remind visitors of Christmas from years past.


WHAT: Fourth annual Open House

WHEN: Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: St. Joseph1s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley


Free. Donations accepted.

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