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Club news: Feb. 19, 2011


Beta Sigma Phi

The Preceptor Nu Delta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meets at noon on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

For information, call (530) 272-7785.

Nevada City Elks Lodge # 518

The Nevada City Elks Lodge meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. The first and second Mondays are Deli Night, the third Monday is Mama's Spaghetti Night and the fourth Monday is South of the Border Night. The public is invited.

For information and reservations, call (530) 265-4920.

We will also be having a St. Patrick's Day Party March 17. The cost is $14. For reservations, call (530) 265-4920.

March 26, we are having a Building Maintenance Fundraiser Hoe Down tri-tip dinner and dancing with a live band. The cost is $15. There will be a raffle and silent auction.

Call Janis at (530) 432-8089 for reservations.

Gold Country Lions Club

Gold Country Lions Club welcomes Grass Valley and Nevada City area residents with an interest in Lions membership to visit our weekly meetings, held at noon every Tuesday at the Trolley Junction Rail Car. We invite men and women to our luncheon meetings to learn about membership and what we do as a worldwide service organization. We try to have an informative interesting speaker at most meetings.

For information, contact Membership Chairman Bob Wood at (530) 272-2749.

Gold Country Celtic Society

The date of this month's Gathering is Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 North Pine St. Join us for the 6 p.m. social hour. A potluck dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share for eight to 10 people, an appetizer, a salad, an entree or dessert, beverage of your choice and tableware. Coffee and tea will be provided.

After dinner, the program will feature the Society's Scottish Country Dance Group under the direction of long-time instructor Ed Johnston. Their repertoire will include contemporary, as well as traditional reels and strathspeys, slow Scottish dances sanctioned by The Royal Scotch Dance Society.To learn more about the group, call Jean Hoy (530) 265-9714. Come to our Gathering and enjoy the dancing. You don't have to be Celtic! 

For information, call (530) 265-2079 or (530) 272-1316.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

The Craft Guild of Nevada County is open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild's blog, CraftGuildNevadaCounty.BlogSpot.com

Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City, Houser Conference Room.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

For information, call (530) 273-3795 or visit www.CraftGuildNevadaCounty.org

Sierra Singles Club

The Sierra Singles Club will meet for breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Lumberjack's Restaurant. On Sundays, Feb. 27 and March 6, members will attend the Off Center Stage productions of "Old Explorers" and "Marry Me a Little."

The Sierra Singles Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room. Membership is open to mature singles who want to dine out and attend local activities in a group setting.

For information, contact Shirley Corry at (530) 274-3355.

Pioneer Arts

At Pioneer Arts' upcoming March meeting, Tricia Burbank will be the guest demonstrator, sharing her work as a gourd artist. She calls her art "Nature's Treasures," as it is inspired by and composed of the best nature has to offer. Burbank will demonstrate how she transforms an often black, moldy and mud-encrusted gourd into a stunning work of art. The meeting will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. As always, the presentation is open to the public, and we welcome new members.

This year, Pioneer Arts is offering a scholarship to a local high school senior who plans to pursue higher education in the arts. Applications for the scholarship are due April 1. Information and applications for the scholarship can be obtained from the District Scholarship Coordinator for Nevada Joint Union High School District.

Pioneer Arts members are busy finishing up their artistic creations for the upcoming Spring Membership Show. The deadline for entries is April 1, which allows ample time for any prospective members to join, enter and include their art in the exhibit. The Spring Membership Show will be on display from April 12 to May 1 at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

For information about Pioneer Arts and its activities, visit www.PioneerArtsClub.com

Sierra Foothills Iris Society

This month's meeting is one for all of you who want to know how, when and what to fertilize your iris with. This program will be given by Ed Horton, who will cover most of the things you need to know, and you can always ask questions.

This informative meeting of the Sierra Foothills Iris Society will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Auburn Community/Civic Center in the Rose Room, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn.

As always, we have door prize drawings for iris, so come and join us for a chance to win one free.

Sirs Branch 124

Sirs Branch 124 enjoyed a great lunch and a very interesting presentation from Ms. Marty Coleman, executive director of the Nevada County Land Trust. Our meetings provide an opportunity to swap stories, enjoy lunch and spend a couple of hours with friends both old and new.

Sirs Clubs are intended to promote independence and dignity in retirement. Our branch initiates a number of activities to keep a retiree socially active and involved in the community. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at the Alta Sierra Country Club for lunch. Social hour begins at 11 a.m. and meetings last until approximately 2 p.m.

If you are retired or semi-retired, please feel free to join us.

Gold Country Rose Society

Whether you live in Penn Valley or up on Banner Mountain, you can grow beautiful roses in the foothills. Become skilled at pruning, arranging and showing your roses. Learn natural pest- and disease-control methods and find out about new disease-resistant roses. Discover which roses are fragrant or grow in heat or shade. We have monthly speakers, a raffle and refreshments and a monthly newsletter. Meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month (except July and August) in the Rose Room at Auburn City Hall/Civic Center, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn.

For information, call (916) 276-0170.

Grass Valley Host Lions

The Grass Valley Host Lions will hold its regular dinner meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, at the L.O.V.E. Building in Condon Park. The guest speaker will be Daniel Freehling, Boy Scout Troop No. 4. He will discuss his Eagle Scout project, as well as what scouting has meant to him. The dinner will be a potluck.

For reservations, call Sam Newman at (530) 274-9821.

Nevada County Bonsai Club

Nevada County Bonsai Club is a social, nonprofit club founded for sharing the beauty and enjoyment of Bonsai through teaching and communicating the living art form of Bonsai. It is open to all. Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City. Club meetings include hands-on workshops and discussion of Bonsai subjects of interest. Meetings may include instruction or presentations.

The next meeting is March 15.

For information, call (530) 273-2628 or e-mail LRMartin@cebridge.net

Penn Valley Toastmasters

We were delighted to have the following guests add to Penn Valley Toastmasters Feb. 10 meeting: Elizabeth Dunn from Empire Toastmasters, Sarah McTighe from Mother Lode, Emma Santa, our area governor and Keri Joy Walke, who visited us for the first time.

President Jeff Pylman's introductory question was: What was your all-time favorite Valentine?

In Bunny Parcher's Icebreaker speech, we learned about her strong connection to the stunning beauty of the Sutter Buttes.

Jack Meeks gave us a colorful picture of the Old West, even robustly serenading us with the song,"El Paso."

Flanders Setchel was awarded Best Speaker for her inspiring speech entitled "I'm Scrappy." In this time of economic challenge, some individuals with a scrappy spirit like Flanders has find the gift in adversity. Flanders inspired us with examples of individuals who persevered with determination and gratitude by finding the opportunity in their extremely difficult circumstances.

Martin Vogt was our Table Topics Master and gave each brave speaker a different scenario for selling our meeting room to a perspective client.

Elizabeth Dunn, our Table Topics winner, was to sell the room to a client who needed the room to become a restaurant. She spoke of how the room could "evolve" to be an ideal intimate dining location, especially romantic for Valentine's Day. Our Word of the Day was "evolve".

If you are interested in discovering more about the joys of being a member of Toastmasters, we encourage you to visit us. We love having guests! Our meetings take place from 7 to 830 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. We are located at 17422-B Penn Valley Dr. in the Penn Valley Shopping Center, past the Penn Valley Market, under the stairs and across from the laundromat in the room with the colorful murals.

Our next meeting date is Feb. 24.

Elks Ladies of 518

The Elks Ladies of 518 hold a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49 North.

For reservations, call (530) 265-4920.

American Association of University Women, Nevada County Branch

Members of the Nevada County Branch AAUW (American Association of University Women) attended a luncheon celebrating the AAUW Funds and the AAUW Educational Foundation. The AAUW Capitol Counties Interbranch Council sponsored the event. AAUW members from eight branches in the council attended. Representing the Nevada County Branch were Stephanie Norton, Melanie Heckel, Shirley Zeff, Nancy Knaus and Ann Shulse. Members were greeted by AAUW California Vice President Sue Miller of Roseville.

The guest speaker was Dr. Viji K. Sundar, professor of mathematics at California State University, Stanislaus. Dr. Sundar is a recipient of a community action grant from the AAUW Funds for Project FAME (Financial Awareness Means Equity), a two-week financial awareness summer camp for high school girls conducted at CSU, Stanislaus.

The goal of FAME is to increase the attendees' understanding of personal finance and related careers. The content and design of FAME boosts these young women's self-confidence, increases their financial literacy and develops positive attitudes and expectations of a better life in professions that require quantitative skills. Topics include budgeting, savings and checking accounts, debit and credit cards and financing cars and a college education.

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For information on the Nevada County Branch, call (530) 470-9395.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Banner Mountain Post 2655

All former, retired, active and reserve members, both men and women of all military branches, who served in a foreign theater of conflict are invited to join. Meetings take place at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 North Pine St. We are open for social events at 2 p.m. every Friday.

Prospective members are encouraged to bring their DD 214 (proof of military service), which will be returned upon verification.

For information, contact us every Friday evening at (530) 265-8396.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Auburn Branch

You're invited to South Africa!

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a dinner and information meeting on Friday, March 11 at the Auburn Congregational Church at 710 Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn. The international dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and the keynote speaker's presentation will start at 7 p.m. The presenters are Corrine and Colin Hoag who spent several years in South Africa and Lesotho.

Southern Africa in Perspective: "We plan to give an overview of the historical development of Lesotho and South Africa with regard to the colonial and Apartheid experiences and talk about current socio-political trends in both countries, a look at the traumatizing effects of Apartheid and at the post-Apartheid rise of social movements in South Africa and water and labor migration in Lesotho. We will also draw on our experience as Peace Corps volunteers in Lesotho and later as students in South Africa." - Corrine Hoag

Come join members of the Auburn branch of AAUW for this evening of good food and education. Information will be available for women interested in finding out more about AAUW or joining the local organization.

This evening is free to the public. Call Pat at (530) 889-0953 to RSVP for this event.

NC Business Network International (BNI)

The Nevada County Business Builder Chapter of Business Network International is a dynamic referral group that helps local businesses grow and thrive. The motto is "givers gain."

Guests are welcome to come to a weekly meeting and consider joining. We put the work in network!

The group meets weekly, noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at Goomba's Restaurant, Highway 174, Grass Valley.

For information, call (530) 478-8383 or visit www.BNICalNeva.com

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Newcomers Club is a women's social club that offers participation in a variety of activity groups that include book clubs, bridge groups, bunco groups, cooking clubs, couples potlucks, day-trippers, enrichment, garden club, knitting group, mah-jongg, canasta and a walking group. Groups and clubs always evolve depending on the interest of the members.

The Newcomers Club usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a delightful luncheon and stimulating entertainment. At this writing, reservations have been booked, but watch for each month's exciting programs.

New members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. To receive information regarding membership, please call (530) 478-1114 or (530) 470-9191.

Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment 885

The Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment 885, invites all former, retired, active and reserve Marines, women Marines and FMF Corpsmen who are interested in renewing the "Espirit de Corps," camaraderie and social events.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 S. Auburn St. (enter at the side of the building on second floor). Bring your DD 214 or proof of serving honorably.

For information, visit www.MCL885.org

Empire Toastmasters

At the Feb. 11 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, Gabe Dick was voted Better Speaker for his speech "Giving Love a Voice." Dick's speech, a "Let's Get Personal" project from the storytelling manual, told the audience about the sudden catastrophic illness and miraculous healing of his wife, Jill. Judy Nichols won the Better Evaluator trophy for her evaluation of Gabe's speech.

The theme for Table Topics was what the participants each would do if they unexpectedly inherited a large amount of money. The Word of the Day was circumspect, and Elizabeth Dunn won the competition with her impromptu talk about donating the windfall to environmental causes. Empire Toastmasters inducted two new members, Julia Robertson and Diana Carolan.

Toastmasters welcomes all who are interested in improving their speaking, listening and leadership skills that will serve you in business as well as in life! Empire Toastmasters meets at noon on Fridays at Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City and is actively seeking new members. Guests are invited and are never required to speak.

For information, contact Judy Nichols at judylives@comcast.net or call (530) 477-9120.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Gold Country Welcome Club was formed to welcome and orient new residents to our area and provide a variety of activities for their enjoyment. We are a volunteer, nonprofit organization, and membership is open to anyone who has moved into our area or has become widowed or divorced within the last two years. In March, there will be a dinner dance with live music by Running For Cover, a classic rock/country blues band. A fun "Mad Hatter's" contest will be held.

All members and their guests are invited to both of these events. All our activities and groups have exciting plans brewing for the year, so check them out.

For information, visit www.NCNugget.com or call (530) 477-3750 .

Mother Lode Toastmasters

It was a fun Valentine's Day at Mother Lode Toastmasters on Monday evening. We enjoyed cookies, Valentine's facts and superstitions and enjoyed several amazing speeches on topics close to our hearts.

In our first speech of the evening, Ian Isbell shared "The Missing Piece," which turned out not to be a piece at all, but rather an understanding of how all of the pieces of his life came together to create the wonderful relationships he has today. Our second speaker was Lucinda Porter with "The Heart Is a Laughing Matter." After we all had a good laugh, Lucinda informed us of the heart-healthy benefits of laughter.

Table Topics were presented by Annabelle Robins and involved the word of the day "buss." Winners for the evening were Lucinda Porter for Best Speaker, Maura Robertshaw for Best Evaluator, and Remey Robertshaw for Best Table Topics.

Come and join us! We meet at 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. every Monday at Eskaton Village.

For information, call Sharon at (530) 264-6902.

Grass Roots Genealogy (Study) Group

The Grass Roots Genealogy Group Meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City. The building is wheelchair accessible and has lots of parking. There are no dues. The meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about genealogy research.

For information, contact (530) 268-0348 or cstowe@oro.net

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Nevada County 2nd District Supervisory and 2011 Board Chairman Ed Scofield was the guest speaker at the February meeting of Nevada County Republican Women Federated. Supervisor Scofield spoke about his early memories as a youth in Grass Valley and related them to the "state of the county" today. Members celebrated the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan with special presentations by Marge Elmes and John and Yvonne Fuller. Favorite Ronald Reagan quotes were shared by the membership.

The March 15 NCRWF speaker will be Sacramento radio personality and small business advocate Mark Montgomery.

The March meeting will be held at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. The deadline for reservations is March 10.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Is Grandpa's old stamp collection in the attic gathering dust? Bring it in and we will help you sort the trash from the treasure, the gems from the junk.

If you are considering selling these family treasures for, say, some new transportation, we could help you decide if you'll be browsing for a Beamer or haggling over pre-owned sneakers. On the other hand, maybe you would rather pick up where Grandpa left off and fill in some of those blank spaces. We can help with that too!

We're the Gold Country Stamp Club, and we meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month. Hitch a ride on down to the dining room of the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome.

For information call (530) 477-0108.

Nevada County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Gun Violence: The Problem and Solutions.

Amanda and Nick Wilcox, leaders of the Nevada County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Legislation & Policy Chairs for the California Brady Chapters, will speak on gun violence in America from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19th, at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church (Wesley Hall), 236 South Church St., Grass Valley.

They will provide insight into the problem of gun violence and share recommendations for keeping children, families, schools and communities safe. Gun laws, current legislation, the Second Amendment and public opinion will be discussed. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. Every day in America, 86 people die from gunfire. Learn what you can do to reduce this number. Plan to attend this educational event.

For information, call (530) 432-2171 or visit MMMNevadaCo@nacctel.com.

50s Plus Social Singles

The 50s Plus Social Singles invites all who are interested in making new friends and sharing in fun activities to check us out by joining in one of our socials, 6 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley.

For information, call (530) 271-0303 or (530) 273-6898.

Gold Country Italian-America Club

The Gold Country Italian-America Club meets the third Tuesday of every month for lunch and games.

For information, call (530) 271-7491.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meets at 12:30 p.m. on the first three Thursdays of each month at the Nevada County Contractors Association Board Room, 149 Crown Point Ct., Grass Valley.

For information, call (530) 477-1201 or visit www.SIGV.org

Sierra Table Tennis

Open play table tennis, 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays at Echo Ridge School, 15504 Liberty Circle Dr., Nevada City.

For information, call (530) 265-2834.

Grass Valley Duplicate Bridge Club

Games at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Classes are available at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley.

For information and directions, call (530) 477-9586.

Gold Country Yacht Club

General meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month. Winter meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza Parlor (formerly Larry and Lena's). Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. All salts with or without boats are welcome.

For information, call (530) 265-2070.

United Nations Association, Golden Empire Chapter

The United Nations Association presents "Communication and Conflict Resolution: Local Skills/Global Relevance," a panel discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley. The suggested donation is $5.

A panel of professional mediators and communication workshop leaders will discuss these skills that are available locally for all of us to learn and use when conflict arises. When the public learns and practices in community, then national leaders and international leaders may begin to follow.

UNA-Golden Empire Chapter in Grass Valley has started a monthly study group called UNA: Focus on Women that meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the BriarPatch Community Room. The group is for all genders to hear presentations and discuss "living in a culture of respect for all." That same group, with just women, meets during the months in between as UN Womens' Circle, affiliated with the UN Womens Circle Campaign, which you can visit at www.UNAUSA.org.

The 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women on Feb. 24 includes the official opening of UN Women, a new entity at the United Nations. The 41-member elected board includes countries with a variety of reports on human rights for women and girls, which you can visit at www.UNWomen.org.

UN Women focuses on 1) Expanding women's voices, leadership and participation in national life; 2) Ending violence against women; 3) Strengthening the roles of women in peace and security; 4) Enhancing women's economic empowerment; and 5) Putting gender equality at the center of national and local planning and budgeting.

UNA-USA and the UN Foundation also support Girl Up!, a project to empower and educate adolescent girls and to link them to help each other around the world. For information, visit www.GirlUp.org.

For information on the UNA-Golden Empire Chapter, call (530) 273-6755.

Nevada County Genealogical Society Study Group

The NCGS Study Group presented by Donna Dugle Young will meet at 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library, weather permitting. If there is snow on the ground, it will be canceled. Feel free to call Donna at (530) 477-0192 to verify. The topic will be "Beginning Genealogy Part II - Searching for Records." The presentation and handout will include vital records sources, Census research and introduction to Internet usage.

The next meeting is March 22 and the topic will be on photography. You won't want to miss either of these study group meetings.

Gold Country Community Center

Last Wednesday, classic coq au vin was the main course for lunch, served with carrots and pasta. Even on a blustery day, attendance in our High Noon Cafe was good. Las Sirenas performed beautiful Mexican music and transported our spirits to sunnier skies. You can also see them at Amigos in Nevada City.

The big date coming up is Friday, Feb. 25. That's when we'll hold our fundraising 'Night in Sorrento' Bistro. A superb Italian spaghetti dinner will be served with salad, garlic bread and a fabulous surprise dessert. Patsy and Ben Hannebrink will perform Italian-style music, the perfect accompaniment to a traditional meal. The cost is just $12 for members and $15 for non-members. If you hurry, you can reserve a table for four and the cost is just $32! Call (530) 273-4961 right away and enjoy a magical night in Italy. Held in our High Noon Cafe, doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Next Wednesday, Feb. 22, is our monthly birthday party, complete with a beautiful cake from the kind people at Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. Lunch is served promptly at noon.

The Gold Country Community Center welcomes new members and everyone who wants to enjoy a good tasty lunch. You're also welcome to join in the many classes and activities we offer.

We're open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday and are located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments on Old Tunnel Road in Brunswick. For information, call (530) 273-4961.

Frank Gallino Post 130, American Legion

Frank Gallino Post 130, American Legion will hold its regular fourth Tuesday Executive Board meeting 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Veterans Memorial Building in the Rembrance Room. There will be discussions about committee responsibilities, our April fundraiser, and our remaining goals for the Legion year!

Looking ahead, our next dine-in sneaks up on us, as once again the first Tuesday is also the first day of the month. The menu will kick off Irish Day with traditional corn beef and fixings. As always the public is invited to this $9 meal on Tuesday, March 1. The Lounge is open 5 to 9 p.m. For reservations, please call the office at (530) 272-2160 and leave names and a number to be reached.

Again, the usual place, the Veterans Memorial Building , 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley. Park in the rear of the building. See you there. Come hungry.

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills meets at 7 a.m. on Thursday mornings at Trolley Junction and is recruiting new members. Soroptimist is an International organization devoted to improving the lives of women and children. To learn more about Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills, please visit our website at www.SierraSoroptimist.org.

Our annual Garden Tour is scheduled for May 21 and 22 and will feature seven beautiful gardens. A special discounted price of $15 for tickets is available through March.

To order tickets, please call (530) 272-1826.

Soroptimist International of Nevada City

Soroptimist International of Nevada City meets at noon on the first three Wednesdays of each month at the Organic Grill in Nevada City. If you are interested in volunteering to help improve the lives of women and girls locally and internationally, please join us for one of our meetings to learn more about our club. We are preparing for our major fundraiser: the St. Patrick's Bingo Luncheon, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Seaman's Lodge in Pioneer Park, Nevada City. Tickets are $17 and include a salad and dessert luncheon plus three bingo cards. Both tickets and additional bingo cards can be purchased at the door. In addition, tickets can be purchased from any club member or by calling Carol York at (530) 477-5901. The money raised will benefit our annual award and scholarship programs, which benefit women and girls in our community. Please join us for this worthy cause and have some fun, too!

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization committed to improving the lives of women and girls, both locally and throughout the world, through a variety of service projects. For information, please visit www.SoroptimistSNR.org.

Sugar Plump Fairies

The Sugar Plump Fairies are currently accepting applications for grants to bring art to the children of mid-Placer County. Grants up to $500 are available for projects that involve children in art experiences, including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, dancing, acting, live performances and music. Applicants seeking to connect people across cultural, racial and class boundaries and to foster understanding and appreciation among peoples will be given priority. Applications to present live performances by professional groups that promote these values will be considered.

For information and to fill out an application, please visit www.SugarPlumpFairies.org or call Michael Leydon at (916) 847-4632.

Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Auxiliary

The Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Auxiliary will hold its regular monthly meeting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 100 East St., Auburn. All active duty, retired, reserve and former Navy, Marine and Coastguard members and their wives or widows are welcome.

For information, call (530) 346-6136.

Early Risers Toastmasters

At the Feb. 8 Early Risers Toastmasters meeting, attendees listened to presentations from Sharon Delgado, who spoke from the Entertaining Speaker Manual and gave her speech titled, "Creative Non-Violence." Shelley Drievold completed her Competent Communicator Manual by giving her 10th speech, "Examples in Leadership." Harris Weinberg entertained by giving a humorous speech titled, "Why do you do that?" Speakers that best met their objectives were: Harris Weinberg for Prepared Speech, Lori Burkart-Frank for Speech Evaluator and Anne King for Table Topics. The Early Risers welcomed three guests to the meeting!

On Feb. 15, the Early Risers held an Evaluation Contest, in which Guest Speaker Gabe Dick gave a presentation, and contestants evaluated his speech. Evaluation Contest results were: First place: Shawn Tuttle and second place: Sharon Delgado.

Join us! Early Risers Toastmasters welcomes all who are interested in improving their speaking, listening and leadership skills to join us at 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Trolley Junction in Nevada City.

For information call (530) 273-9777.


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