Monks postpone visit to Nevada County |

Monks postpone visit to Nevada County

NEVADA COUNTY “-For the first time in nine years, the Tibetan Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery will arrive to Nevada County in spring.

On Sunday, Joseph Guida, executive director of St. Joseph’s Cultural Center received word that “unforeseen circumstances” had forced the monks to reschedule their visit.

Every year the monks return for two weeks to create healing sand mandalas in the cultural center’s hall.

Scheduled to arrive Sunday, Jan. 18, the monks will now come April 26 and stay through Mother’s Day.

“It will be a different experience in the spring and it might be perfect. Of course the monks will be disappointed they won’t see snow,” Guida said.

One of the largest and most popular draws to the center, the two week event involves months of planning and attracts as many as a 1,000 visitors, Guida estimates.

“I’m still calling people and e-mailing people,” Guida said.

A showing of the film, “What Remains Of Us,” a fundraiser for the monk’s visit will go on as planned at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 in St. Joseph’s Hall. A $10 donation is requested.

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center is located at 410 South Church Street in Grass Valley.

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