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By Stacy Drake and Karen Newell Young
Around Town - November 2017
Grass Valley is touting its slate of new restaurants that recently opened in the downtown.
The list includes Aozora Sushi, 149 S. Auburn St.; Alloro Ristorante, where Villa Venezia Ristorante Italiano used to be at 124 Bank St.;
and Sourdough & Co., on Neal Street. Lena Fox and her husband, sushi chef Ganbaa Khaltar are the owners of Aozora; Juan and Enrique Torres are the new owners of Alloro Ristorante, which opened Oct. 28, and Harry Nijjar and his wife, who own Sourdough & Co., opened Oct. 16. The Nijjars also own Indian Oven in the Pine Creek Shopping Center.
Grass Valley photographer Ken Meyers will be featured in an exhibit, “Remembering the Shoah:  Images from Dachau, Auschwitz and Birkenau,” at the Viewpoint Photographic Arts Center in Sacramento. The exhibit runs from Nov. 7 to Dec. 2 (check for times). Over the past 20 years, Ken has traveled the world capturing images, which speak to him on both an emotional and artistic level. His work focuses on black and white images with high contrast, creating dramatic effect. For more information, call the gallery at 916-441-2341.
To help raise money for a women’s weaving cooperative in Pakistan and
Afghanistan, The Magic Carpet is having a 30 percent off sale Nov. 4-7. Through the nonprofit Barakat, women weavers are producing extraordinary hand-knotted, vegetable-dyed rugs. Through your purchase of these rugs, the store plans to raise $1,000, enabling four girls to
attend high school for a year. Magic Carpet has recently added 150 rugs to its Barakat collection. The store, now celebrating its 37th anniversary, is at 408 Broad St., Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-9229.
Cider, soup and sandwiches will enliven the arts and crafts fair at the Craft Faire and Sandwiche Shoppe from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Nov. 24, and noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad St., Nevada City. The craft fair will also be open during Victorian Christmas,
Hundreds of handcrafted gifts – needle arts, wood crafts, cards, decorations, candies and food items – will be available.
The Penn Valley Cowboy Christmas celebration helps Penn Valley kick off the holiday season at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Penn Valley Shopping Center at the corner of Penn Valley Drive and Spenceville Road. Christmas tree lighting, a complimentary cowboy diner with coffee and hot chocolate will be offered.
The Barakat school in Afghanistan will benefit from a fundraiser at the Magic Carpet in
Nevada City.
A new Italian restaurant, Alloro Ristorante, has opened on Bank Street in Grass Valley.
Ken Meyer’s photograph, “Nie Dotykac,” will be among images in an exhibit in November at the Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento.
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