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Native Daughters of the Golden West

We will hold a business meeting at 7 p.m. on May 6 at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 Church St. in Grass Valley. For more information, contact Yvonne Hughes at 530-273-1936.

Gold Country German-American Club

The German-American club meets the first Friday of each month at 6 p.m. at Seaman’s Lodge in Nevada City. Guests are welcome. If interested in attending or for club information call Christa at 530-272-6095. You can also check us out online at where you will learn about our events and activities such as Mai Fest, Oktoberfest, hiking, conversational German classes.

Duplicate Bridge Club

We meet at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows. The weekly schedule is as follows:

Mondays: 9:30 a.m.; Tuesdays:12:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Thursdays: 1 p.m. at Eskaton; Fridays: 12:30 p.m. We offer free bridge lessons for those new to the game or wanting to brush up their skills. These classes begin on March 20 and meet on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Email Bill Jones at for more information.

Sierra Singles Club

This club for older singles meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room. Come participate and receive a calendar listing the activities planned for the month, including restaurant dineouts, movies, plays and other local events. For information, contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128

Sons of Norway

Sons of Norway lodges throughout the United States, Canada and Norway annually celebrate the signing of Norway’s Constitution in 1814. This event is similar to Fourth of July festivities in America.  However, this year is special.  The year 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of Norway’s Constitution. The local Gulldalen Lodge will host an observance at 6 p.m. on May 12 in the Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 2).  Members are asked to don traditional garb (prizes awarded).  Traditional music will be heard with soup and open-faced sandwiches served (donation).  A brief outline of international events surrounding the drafting of the 1814 Norwegian Constitution will be presented.  RSVP to Keith Emmerton at 530-432-3799 no later than May 5.  Note this exciting heritage event on your calendar; it’s a prime opportunity to refresh your appreciation of Norwegian culture.

Empire Toastmasters

At our April 25 meeting President, Elizabeth Dunn CC, CL informed us that it was National Arbor Day. She asked us, “What is your favorite tree?” It was interesting to find out that the madrone tree is also called the Refrigerator Tree, because it is cold to the touch.

Two guests were in attendance: Ruth Schwartz’s, mother, Marcia Taylor, and Jason Santa from Penn Valley Toastmasters. We had three speeches and ran out of time for Table Topics. New member, Robert Kelaghan won the award for best speaker talking about the health epidemic of white sugar. Antoinette Filanowski spoke about ambiance listening in her speech entitled, “Sound of Silence.” Valleri Andrews told us a touching story about her upbringing as she spoke from the Advanced Storytelling Manual.

Ruth Schwartz ACG, ALB won the award for best evaluator of Antoinette’s speech.

We meet Fridays at noon at the Holbrooke Restaurant in Grass Valley. The public is invited to attend. Please show up or call Sarah at 530-432-6861 for more information.

American Legion Post 130

We are located at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn, Grass Valley. Our events are held here. Plenty of parking at rear of building. Get ready for another great meal served by chef Antonio for $10 — please call in reservations at 530-272-2160.

The menu includes Caesar salad, braised chicken scaloppini, boneless chicken breast braised in a rich brandy and sherry sauce with sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, roasted garlic and green onions, rice pilaf, fresh vegetables and vanilla ice cream with caramel bananas.

Bar/lounge opens at 5 and dinner served at 6:30p.m. This is open to public!

Our monthly 5 p.m. Post 130 business meeting will be in the dining room or auditorium Officer nominations will be selected from the floor and election at our June meeting.

This meal will also be honoring past/commanders/past unit presidents at this time and encourage everyone to attend Call 530-272-2160

for reservations on this special appreciation meal on Tuesday May 6.

American Legion Auxiliary Frank Gallino Unit 130

We will be honoring our past/commanders/past/presidents at our Tuesday May 6 monthly dinner. Please attend if possible to show appreciation to these volunteers through many years. Call for reservations at 530-272-2160. A gourmet dinner served by Antonio is at 6:30 p.m.

Bar/lounge opens at 5 p.m. Only $10 includes everything.Open to public!

Thanks to all who attended the Luau and helped us with our monetary projects for the veterans and community. We need community support

as we try to assist people when we are able. Next business meeting is at 1:30 p.m. on May 13.

Gold Country Community Services

Birthday Wednesdays are always special, thanks to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. The cake they so kindly donate each month always makes the occasion memorable — and delicious!

Next week’s menu features Beef Bourguinon, lemon pepper fish, cheese ravioli with meat sauce, meat loaf, and cold turkey sandwich.  Phone ahead, and we’ll have a place set for you.  Entertainment is a popular part of most Friendship Wednesdays, except for the last one - when we celebrate monthly birthdays.

Our new May menus are out now, so stop by and pick one up.  Many of our guests plan their meals for the month.  Lunch is served weekdays in our High Noon Cafe.  The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60+.  On the back of each menu is a list of the many classes, activities and services we offer.  We’re a good resource for nutrition, health and connection.

For reservations, information (including interesting volunteer opportunities), phone 530-273-4961, or stop in.  You’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County

We are a women’s social club open to all women who are residents of Nevada County no matter how long they have lived in the county. Once a month, usually on the fourth Wednesday, the club has a luncheon and program. The club also sponsors a number of activity groups that are open to its members. These groups include book groups, cooking groups, a number of different card groups, a garden group, a walking group, and a “Chick Flicks” group, just to name a few. There is group for everyone’s interest! Newcomers Club of Nevada County is a great way to make new friends and participate in a number of fund activities. For more information, please call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191.

The Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We offer rides for all levels of riders. Every week there are several rides that you can join. Marlee Chamberlin, Janis Berger, Cynthia Swarthout (ride leader) and Susan Shanelec went out for a leisurely ride on a nice sunny day last week. They pedaled past apple orchards, green pastures, and beneath fragrant pines. A day before a group of 17 bicyclists did the moderate Drum Powerhouse ride.  This is about 35 miles from Rollins Lake, up to Dutch Flat, out to the powerhouse on the Bear River, and back down to Rollins Lake.  Another led ride that week was the “Ride Around the Sutter Buttes.” Mostly level, but around 45+miles.  The motto on all led club rides is “No Rider Left Behind.”

The benefit of being a club member is that you get regular notices about rides. Or, you can post your own ride on the club’s list-serv.  Go to to join. If you’re new to the area and wonder where it’s reasonably safe to ride, being a member of this friendly group of bicyclists will get you started.

Sierra Express is also a sponsor of the Rotary Gold County Challenge, at This event takes place on May 10, and offers three different rides ranging from 35 miles to 74 miles.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for the hospital Auxiliary at Alta Sierra Country Club. Volunteers routinely supply 1,100 hours each month to several departments at the hospital along with raising  funds through various  vendor sales and the operating of a gift shop.  All funds raised benefit the hospital in the form of equipment and/or supplies.  Several months ago, the Auxiliary donated $19, 662 for the purchase of a Newborn Resuscitation Warmer.

During the business meeting prior to the luncheon, the Auxiliary approved the awarding of three scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to very deserving Nevada County students.

Hour service pins were awarded as follows:  500 hours to Judy Bagley, Maggie Doyle, and Margaret Munson; 1,000 hours to Louise Anderson; 2,500 hours to Joyce Bern; 8,000 hours to Judy Wilson; 12,500 hours to Helen Conrey and Doris Kopf.

Applications to join the SNMH Auxiliary can be found on line at or can be picked up the main lobby or outpatient lobby at the hospital.

Gold Country Miniature Society

Our club enjoys making dollhouses and dollhouse accessories. We build miniatures in all scales and have a variety of interesting projects throughout the year.  We meet at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. There are, also, three other miniature clubs in the area which get together on different days. If you are interested in this fun hobby, e-mail Barbara at or Pat at

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

Founded in 1984, Pine Tree Quilt Guild has been inspiring and supporting local quilters for 30 years.  Members work hard to serve the community by donating quilts and fabric items for distribution by local non-profits and by working in classrooms to introduce children to quilt-making.  We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Grass Valley Charter School. Each year, the Guild presents the “Springtime in the Pines” Quilt Show at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  This year the 30th Annual Quilt Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4.  Three buildings will be filled with spectacular quilt exhibits, vendors, Country Store, a silent auction each day, Opportunity Quilt and basket drawings. Show Chairmen Barbara Ceresa and Joan Mosley are organizing member volunteers whose hundreds of hours of work make the show run smoothly. We invite the community to come visit the show and see the creative and imaginative quilts being made today. Modern quilt makers like Featured Artist Lynda Lasich use fabric to make art quilts for the wall as well as wonderful bed-covers.  For more information about PTQG and the Quilt Show, please visit or email  

Gold Country Yacht Club

The Gold Country Yacht Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. May 14 is our next general meeting. We will meet at Scotts Flat Lake. Bring something to barbecue and something to share. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the Commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m.  All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Questions? Please visit our website

AAUW Nevada County Branch

At the recent American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch’s monthly meeting, See Jane Do’s Elisa Parker shared the organization’s mission as well as stories, insights and experiences of everyday women who are doing extraordinary things. Parker was the guest speaker at the April 19 AAUW Nevada County Branch meeting. She is co-founder, president, and host of See Jane Do, an award-wining social change multimedia organization. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals who do not meet the educational requirement, but are interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more information visit or call 530-470-9395.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

The Guild is open to anyone interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. During winter months Guild meetings are at 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month in the Houser Conference Room at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City.

The Guild’s Spring Craft Faire will be May 3 (with a May 10 rain date) located in The Union’s parking lot. The Faire is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Guild will be hosting approximately 40 artisans. There will be quality hand crafted items, free prize drawing and food drive for Interfaith Food Ministry. 

Please bring a can of food to help with this food drive and thank you in advance.  We would like to thank Ben Franklin and The Union for their supporting of this 2nd Spring Fling.

The Guild is a non-profit community service organization.  Over the years donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups.  These include Women of Worth, the Friendship Club, and school scholarships.  Guild members also provide monthly tray favors for several local senior care facilities as well as holiday gifts for the residents and home bound seniors at Christmas time.   To learn more about what Guild members are doing check out the Guild’s Blog, http.// and our Facebook page.  For more information about the Guild visit

Nevada County Walkers

We are a walking group of 710 members who walk 7+ days per week, would like to invite you to come by and let us personally invite you to join us in a walk, hike or other activity. We have more than one walk/ activity in a day! We walk seven days a week and also play Bocce Ball every other Tuesday and bowl alternating Tuesdays. We play Pickleball Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. We plan hikes like the one 36 of us attended Monday March 24 to Fairy Falls in Spenceville. We support local trail builders like Forest Trail Alliance and we participate in trail maintenance throughout the year.

American Chronic Pain Association

We meet monthly to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families. The group hosts knowledgeable speakers on a regular basis who give helpful information on ways to live more fully in spite of pain. Group members also share experiences as well as support and encourage one another.

The American Chronic Pain Association meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.).

Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations.

You don’t have to be a biological grandmother.

For information, call Shirley at 530-265-5545 or e-mail

Blue Star Mothers of America

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley at 10 a.m. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, foster mother, grandmother or legal guardian who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, we invite you to join us.

To learn more, please visit

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. Our weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City has resumed. We have signs to share, and everyone who believes in human rights, equality and justice for all people is welcome to participate.

Camera Club

The camera club meets at the Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley. The public is welcome and the meeting is free. For more information, visit

The American Chronic Pain Association

We meet monthly to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families. The group hosts knowledgeable speakers on a regular basis who give helpful information on ways to live more fully in spite of pain. Group members also share experiences as well as support and encourage one another. The American Chronic Pain Association meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations.

You don’t have to be a biological grandmother.

For information, call Shirley at 530-265-5545 or e-mail

The Widowed Persons Association

Our Association is dedicated to helping widowed persons, both men and women of all ages, to made new friends, have new activities and a new direction to their lives following the loss of their loved one. Should you be interested in our group and would like further information please call Eileen at 530-272-2487 or Kent at 530-432-1779.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings begin at noon. Reservations are required.

Please call Donna at 530-274-0803 to make a reservation. For information about membership call 530-478-0603, email or visit the website at

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

The philanthropic educational organization has six local chapters in Nevada and Placer counties. They benefit their scholarship funds which provide scholarships to local women for their college or continuing college education. For 145 years, the P.E.O. sisterhood has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Over 88,000 women have benefited from P.E.O.’s educational scholarships, loans, awards and projects. For more information, visit the P.E.O. website,

Hope Bearers

We are available to provide Christ-centered support for all who are faced with the challenges of cancer or other chronic illness. Whether you are a patient, spouse, family member, friend or caregiver — you don’t have to go it alone. Our hope is in God and we are here for you. We offer prayer, fellowship, love and encouragement to keep our faith strong in the midst of perhaps the most difficult circumstances of our lives.

We are available for confidential ‘one on one’ or group meetings as needed by request. If you have questions or need prayer, feel free to contact Edda Hunter at 530-432-2862 or Sally Landsburg at 530-273-1468.

Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. We sometimes have speakers, or review education programs. Some meetings are more of an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, atmosphere come check us out. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.).

For more information and to RSVP please contact Erica McGee at 530-559-4517 or email

Gold Country Welcome Club

Our club has something for everyone ... literally! If you’re looking to find people with similar interests, check out this active bunch. There’s a group that plays poker. Don’t like poker? How about pinochle, or bunco, bridge or mah jong?

Not into games? How about kayaking, or hiking or snow skiing? Not athletic? No problem. There are brainiacs that meet once a month to talk about investing…wood workers that share ideas on their talents ... a craft group that comes up with amazing ideas for the home. Garden Club, Men’s Group (great monthly speakers), Women’s Group with lots of theatre and other activities.

For more information or to join the club go to, or call 530-478-0999.

Sierra Table Tennis

Open-play table tennis, 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays at Echo Ridge School, 15504 Liberty Circle Dr. in Nevada City. For information, call 530-265-2834.


Improvisation fun. We meet every Wednesday at the “Loft” in Grass Valley from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m., call for directions. We create a fun and safe atmosphere with interactive games to explore our inner comedian and to just have a good time.

Call 530-277-2295 for more information or just show up. A small donation is usually asked for to cover room expenses.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter #1335

NARFE’s objective is to protect retirement and related benefits for current and retired Federal employees. It also actively supports Alzheimer’s research. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend chapter meetings held at noon, the second Thursday of each month. The local chapter meetings serve as an opportunity for retirees to socialize and to hear programs of general interest or of value to members. A benefit of membership is receiving timely updates on policy actions affecting Federal employees and retirees.

Reservations for lunch are not necessary. For more information on the luncheon or program, please call Larry Kinkor, 530-265-6477.

Nevada County Horseman Incorporated

We are celebrating the year of the horse. NCHI seeks to promote horsemanship throughout the community and to provide a friendly and wholesome social environment for young and old alike. You’re always welcome to stop in at one of the monthly meetings, the second Friday of the month or events. Now accepting new member applications. For more information, email

Peripheral neuropathy support group

Do you have painful feet or numbness? The peripheral neuropathy support group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley. We don’t cure, but suggest relief and comfort. We exchange ideas and share information and experiences. You are not alone in your discomfort. For more information, call 530-268-1017.

Chicago Park Garden Club

CPGC’s membership includes gardeners from Grass Valley, Nevada City and other foothill communities; nonmembers are welcome to this free public program. For more information, call 530-272-7708.

The Golden Empire Sam’s

If you are looking for a very friendly group that has a lot of fun activities, good food and friendly members, please join us for one of our camp outs as a guest. Looking forward to hearing from you! Call 530-477-1799 or 530-263-2035.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Our group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the Activity Room on the second floor of the main building at Atria Senior Living Center (previously Quail Ridge), 150 Sutton Way, Grass Valley.

Come share experiences and information with others who have Parkinson’s. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy at 530-272-7950 or Pete at 530-273-4804.

Healing Through Loss And Grief Support Group

Anyone who has experienced a significant loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no charge to participate. For more information, visit

Friends of Hospice

Come and volunteer at Friends of Hospice (530-247-5121) and do the very worthwhile job of working on events to raise money for the use of Hospice of the Foothills. FOH has no paid members and all of the monies raised is used for the benefit of Hospice of the Foothills.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (ACA)

We meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights at The Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Classroom 5 in Grass Valley. This meeting is for women only.

Nevada City Lions

The Nevada City Lions meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Seamans’ Lodge. For membership information contact Membership Chair John Meyer, 530-272-0588 or President Chuck Woerner, 530-265-2039.

Chapter Preceptor Nu Delta of Beta Sigma Phi

We are a social, cultural and service-oriented sisterhood for women all around the world. With chapters in 20 countries, you can be sure you’ll have a new group of friends whenever it’s time to relocate. Our local chapter meets twice a month at noon on Mondays at a member’s home. We support several local philanthropic organizations and have an informative cultural program at each meeting.

For information, call club president Lois Robinson at 530-272-6804 or vice-president Georgine Wasley, who is in charge of membership, at 530-265-4424.

Move to Amend

We are a national, grass roots coalition that works toward overcoming corporate power by building momentum for a Constitutional Amendment that would make it clear that civil rights are intended for human beings, not for corporations.

The “We the People Amendment” would not only overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but would also abolish “corporate personhood” and declare that money is not the same as speech.

Find out more at the Nevada County Move to Amend website or Facebook page.

For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyMoveTo, or visit the national website,

Sons In Retirement (SIR)

SIRS is a non-profit organization for retired men devoted to the promotion of independence and dignity of retirement. The SIR Branch 11’s luncheon meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at the Lake Wildwood Club House. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and the luncheon meeting begins at noon followed by a guest speaker or entertainment. Lady guests are invited to our May and December meetings. Members do not have to live in Lake Wildwood. Go to our website at to learn more about us.

To inquire about becoming a member, please e-mail us at

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