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Grass Valley, culturally rich

I ‘m a retired college dance teacher, and moved here from Humboldt County to escape gray weather, to hike and ski the local mountains, and explore the rich cultural activities of Grass Valley.

I attended the recent city council meeting where three candidates were interviewed for the open council seat. What I heard from the answers to various questions mostly had to do with revenue, economic development, tech start-ups, infrastructure and fire/police safety issues. The question about ranking city issues before or after the importance of park and recreation activities was botched by each candidate.

I heard almost nothing about what makes Grass Valley charming and special. Why is it a destination for retired people like myself?



No one discussed gold mining history, the magnificent environment, or our rich cultural events. Empire Mine, Center for the Arts, Nevada Theater, St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, Bear-Yuba Land Trust, SYRCL, and North Star House all provide performances, talks, treks, etc. Add to the list Sierra College, farmers markets, Victorian and Cornish Christmases, Music in the Mountains, opera and art films at Sierra Cinemas, popular music in bar venues, dog and skate parks at Condon Park, various activities at the fairgrounds, and you have a cornucopia of offerings from which to chose. They attract tourists and visitors to our area, our restaurants and shops. Most of all, they add to the quality of life in our community, and help support the local economy.

As folks say, let’s not “Roseville” Grass Valley. Instead, let’s recognize, honor and support the cultural, environmental and historical aspects of our town.




Susan Dunn

Grass Valley


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