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Foothills Celebration: I usually don’t write about events after the fact; I’d rather tell you about them before so you can attend. However, we did some stories on this event in the news and entertainment pages, so I didn’t write about it beforehand. I think Howard Levine is an amazing man. This event, held last Saturday, was his idea and it was brilliant. This is how it worked: For $25 you received a wine glass, four food tickets and a map of businesses in downtown Grass Valley that were participating. Each business had bright balloons out front, so they were easy to find. Inside each shop there was a winery pouring tastes of several varieties and a restaurant offering appetizer size samples of some of their food. We started at the Sierra Star tasting room, where Ann Starr helpfully told us about each wine selection – and we went on from there. Not only did you get to sample many wines, but you could sample food from restaurants you hadn’t been to. My group, my husband’s gym buddies from the Courthouse Athletic Club, were so enthusiastic about the food from Luna Soleil they immediately planned a group excursion there. By having an event that forces you inside so many Grass Valley businesses, you learn things you might not have known. Same with trying the restaurants and wine. Sometimes I think Howard doesn’t get enough kudos for the terrific work he does to promote business in the downtown area, and he deserves a lot of praise! Don’t miss this next year.

A pothole in your pothole? OK, Boulder Street in Nevada City has officially become a ridiculous mess. The potholes are so bad that they are forming little potholes of their own. There is one that is reduced to a pile of rubble after all the snow and rain. Isn’t there something anyone can do? Three years ago I heard that people in Nevada City like the potholes. Two years ago I heard that the city wanted to fix them but didn’t have the money. This year I heard there is a study being funded to look into fixing them. It just is mind-boggling that Boulder Street in this charming little town looks (and feels) worse that streets in the Third World. OK, time to get off the soapbox. But if you think I’m exaggerating, check it out for yourself. Unbelievable.

Funnies: The Sunday School teacher asks, “Now, Johnny, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?”

“No sir,” little Johnny replies, “I don’t have to. My mom is a good cook.”


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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