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Club News, March 2, 2013

Chicago Park Garden Club

The Chicago Park Garden Club will host its next meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room (Station 257), 15057 Colfax Hwy, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Non-members welcome at no charge.

The speaker will be Bruce Kirk of Wild Birds Unlimited, on identifying birds of the Sierra Nevada mountains and foothills, with tips on creating backyard habitats that support their survival.

The Flower Arrangers group will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 28 at the Community Room.

The Card Making group is on hiatus this month. sFor more information, call 530-272-7708.

Sierra Singles Club

Older singles are invited to come join our meeting on March 13 at 1:30 pm in the dining room at 841 Old Tunnel Road.

There you will receive a calendar listing our weekly outings to dine out, attend films, plays and other local events.

Enjoy friendly conversation and get acquanted with other area singles.

For information, contact Shirley Corry, 530-274-3355.

The American Legion, Frank Gallino, Post 130

The monthly Dine-In is at 6:30 p.m. onTuesday, March 5 in the Veterans Building Dining Hall The Lounge will open at 5 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. No reservations/Walk-Ins will be accepted.

Cancellations only can be made by 5 p.m. Monday by calling at 530-272-2160.

The menu includes Ceaser salad, chicken fried steak, sausage gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables, and strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.

The price for the dinners will be increased to $12 per person beginning the April Dine-In.

There will be a meeting of the Nominating Committee at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in the lounge. Committee members should plan to be there.

Call Roger Haines at 530-478-0488, if you are unable to attend.

Nevada County Walkers

You’re invited to an evening of board games with the Nevada County Walkers at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Perko’s Cafe on Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. The February 2 game night was extremely popular. Perko’s is excited to host the group in their banquet room for a night of fun and games.

Bring your favorite game and put it on a table; Those wanting to play that game will sit with you! We’ll provide Rummikub, Mexican Train, Skip-Bo and Scrabble. Bring a smile and get ready to meet lots of new, friendly faces.

Expect to laugh and get to know a side of you, you didn’t know existed! If you haven’t joined the group before, now is a great time to face that apprehension and come see what a friendly group Nevada County Walkers is.

If you have any questions, please phone Mary at 530-798-9601.

Gold Country Community Services

Happy Birthday to our February celebrants: Faye, Pat and Aldo. Thanks to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital for the gorgeous cake. And thanks to our kitchen goddesses for the tasty, nutritious lunch. Our new menus are out now, so pick one up - and plan your March weekday lunches at GCCS’s High Noon Cafe, with entertainment on Friendship Wednesdays. On the back, you’ll find a list of our classes, activities and services.

Nutritionist Sue Wood gave a presentation on how to plan our shopping lists for nutrition and value. Next week we’ll feature broccoli beef, turkey tetrazzini, beef bourguignon, cheese ravioli w/meat sauce and coq au vin.

Besides serving in-house lunches, we deliver meals on wheels to housebound seniors. We desperately need more volunteer drivers. All you need is a valid driver’s license, a few hours a week, and a big heart. Is that you? If so, give us a call, and ask for Charity.

For lunch reservations, volunteer opportunities, and information about our many services, phone 530-273-4961 weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or stop by (reception desk is open from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.). You’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley, or visit

Manzanita Parlor No. 29 - Native Daughters of the Golden West

Our meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 5 at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 So. Church St. in Grass Valley. For more information, please call 530-273-1936.

Pickleball clubs

Pickleball is a combination of tennis and ping-pong and is played on a court a fourth the size of a tennis court with a 34” high net. Lightweight paddles and a plastic perforated ball are the keys to producing exciting, long rallies which consist of volleys at the net and ground strokes similar to tennis. It is a sport all family members can play. You can just plain have fun or you can be as competitive as you like and compete in tournaments, both locally and nationally. For more information, visit and watch a video of the game being played.

Local games:

DeVere Mautino Community Park in Grass Valley: Four public courts (from downtown Grass Valley, proceed up W. Main.  Turn right. on Alta, approximately one mile. Park is on your right).

Winter Drop-in Days: Mon. through Wed., 2:30 p.m. to dark.  Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Contact: Judy Tartaglia at 530-477-8278. Newcomers welcome anytime and first few times are free. Fees are  $/40 per year or $2 drop-in fee.

Lake Wildwood Pickleball Club: Two courts. Winter drop-in play days are Tues., Thurs, and Sat. 10 a.m. to noon. Newcomers welcome on Wed. at 10 a.m. We have equipment to loan. LWW is a private community, so guests must be called in by a member. Call Bill (530-432-1325) or Victor (530-205-9752) for more information.

Gateway Park, Penn Valley: Three courts striped for Pickleball. Open courts. No fee. Make your own arrangements.

Widowed Persons Association, Chapter 14

The Widowed Person’s Association will hold their monthly meeting at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley on March 9. We are planning to have another fun White Elephant sale to help empty our closets of “junk” to become “treasures” in someone else’s home. Some of our group enjoyed three days at Yosemite. Our next Sunday dinner will be at the Tack Room in Penn Valley on March 24. We will have our monthly breakfast at Paulette’s on March 24. We look forward to having new members join our group for either monthly events or weekly pinochle.

For more information please call Kent Parker at 530-432-3767 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Come join our team of volunteers at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Interviews for membership will be held on Wednesday, April 3. Applications can be obtained from the Main Lobby desk, Outpatient Lobby desk and online at (click on “who we are,” volunteer services). Applications to be returned by March 15.

Auxiliary volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks, which they find extremely satisfying and rewarding. You can find volunteers serving in several areas of the hospital,like the Cancer Center, Diagnostic Imaging Center, nursing Floor, Emergency Department, reception Areas, Gift Shop, along with clerical duties in a variety of hospital departments. Volunteers are required to work 50 hours a year to maintain membership and are awarded service pins for accumulated hours.

For more information, please contact Helen Conrey at 530-274-1333

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

NCDWC announces a new location for their monthly first Saturday breakfast meeting at 9:30 a.m. today at Tofanelli’s Restaurant on W. Main in Grass Valley in the Atrium Room. Breakfast menu items for $12. The program will feature a dramatic salute to Mr. and Mrs. Sargeant of Nevada City and their role in the movement for the women’s right to vote. The presentation was written in Honor of Women’s History Month by local writer, Bill Trzeciack, and directed by Judy Blake. Members and guests should make reservations by calling Janet Reynolds at 530-432-4003 or by email at by Feb. 25.

California Retired Teachers Association.

The Nevada County Division of the California Retired Teachers Assn. will meet on Monday, March 4 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The program will feature Karen Nelson, organizer of the annual Children’s Festival held every July at Pioneer Park. CalRTA has dual purposes. Its core purpose is to protect the benefits of retired educators and provide them with the tools to achieve a secure and dignified retirement. The second purpose is to preserve and support public education and active educators. CalRTA is an advocacy group working with State and Federal representatives on those issues which have an impact on either of the purposes stated above. Currently, the major issue is the Social Security penalties which are levied on educators who are in the State Teachers Retirement System, The Nevada County division meeting is scheduled for 11 with a business meeting at 11:30 a.m. followed by luncheon at noon. The cost is $15. The meeting is open to all who are interested. Reservations deadline is Wednesday, February 27. Call Marian Hughes at 530-272-5785. Those who attend are asked to contribute a jar of peanut butter. Since August over 300 jars have been contributed to the Interfaith Food Ministry.

Eagle and Gold Scouts

Are you an Eagle Scout or a Gold Scout? We have a monthly lunch on the fourth Friday of the month. Join us to share stories and to hear stories about what local scouts are doing today. Contact Steven Lease via email at for more information.

The Newcomers Club

We are a women’s social club, which offers participation in a variety of activity groups that include Newcomer Coffees to meet and learn about the club, Book clubs, Bridge groups, Bunco groups, Cooking clubs, Day-Trippers, Garden club, Knitting group, Mah-Jongg, Canasta and a Walking group. Groups and clubs are always evolving depending on the interest of the members. New Members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. Currently, there are approximately 300 members.

The club gives to the community through the Christmas Family Project which helps local residents by supporting families who are trying to support themselves have a special Christmas. Proceeds from auctions and donations throughout the year go toward the Christmas Family Project.

Our club usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and program.

If you are interested in receiving information regarding membership, please call 530-478-1114.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

Our club meets monthly on the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., usually at Ponderosa Hall (Gate 2) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

If you are interested in growing grapes, making wine, wine tasting or learning about wine in general, please join us for cheese and crackers at our monthly meetings and bring a bottle of your favorite wine for all to taste. You do not have to be a grower or winemaker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, winemaking or critiquing wine. We have a summer picnic, a holiday party every year and fund an educational scholarship to a local student.

For more information about SWGGA, visit

The members of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild

We spend all year making quilts for many in the community. All fire victims receive a quilt appropriate for their age and sex. During the year some local non-profit agencies request a special need and the Guild members step up to donate. In December a total of 465 quilts, 221 Christmas stockings, 37 walker bags, and 10 sets of pillow cases were donated. Recipients included Women of Worth, Salvation Army, Children’s Advocacy, kCPS Family Preservation, DVSAC, Hospice of the Foothills, NAMI and several local convalescent hospitals. The agencies in turn donated the quilts and other items to needy persons. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30. Visitors are welcome at our meetings and we usually have interesting guest speakers. For more information see us at or call 530-274-1290.

Saddle Pals/UCP of Grass Valley

The spring session of Saddle Pals/UCP of Grass Valley is starting on Monday, March 18. Saddle Pals offers equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs. There are openings for children or adults interested in learning horsemanship. For information, telephone Jane de’Zell at 530-268-8785.

The Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Facility Auxiliary

This year’s Spring Ceramic and Bake Sale will be held on Tuesday, March 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Dining room. Ceramics made by the volunteers and residents will be for sale as well as homemade baked goods made by Auxiliary members. An update will also be given on the new storage building. Anyone who would like information about becoming a member of the Auxiliary can contact President, Iona Terry at 530-477-5405. There are many services and activities to take part in as a member.

Lake Wildwood Men’s 9 Hole Golf Club

Our club celebrated with our annual Christmas breakfast at the Lake Wildwood Clubhouse. Our club encourages new golfers to take up the game in a friendly supportive surrounding and also encourages golfers to continue to play even as age starts to creep up. The basic premise is to play golf and enjoy doing it.

Club members play golf on Tuesdays with a shotgun start so players finish about the same time and gather to enjoy social aspects of the game at the 19th hole. There is a breakfast on the third Tuesday of each month followed by a fun tournament. Club tournament chair, Darrell Hendricks makes sure that the tourneys are fun and that everyone has a chance to share a spot in the winners circle, whatever their ability. Once a year the men join the Lady Niners in a joint tourney, two ladies and two men on a team. That gives the men a chance to learn a new vocabulary when playing with the ladies. Club membership is open to all male adults living in Wildwood.

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutter bugs to advanced photographers, Nevada County Camera Club has something for you. Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month. Visit for exceptions. Visitors are welcome, refreshments are served. Meeting location is the Unity Church,180 Cambridge Ct. in Grass Valley. Maps can be found at Come join us for a friendly evening get together of like-minded people who enjoy photography!

Vietnam Veterans of America

The local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among a group of veterans who share a common heritage. All veterans of the Vietnam era and their families are welcome to attend chapter meetings. The chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room, Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley.

For information call 530-265-4878 or visit our website

Sierra Nevada Canoe & Kayak Club

The Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club (SNCKC) is a recreational paddle club that enjoys flat water and slow moving rivers. SNCKC includes people of all age groups and skill levels. Most members are residents of the Nevada County foothills and surrounding areas although there is no residency requirement.

Monthly Club meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at the Seamans Lodge, 425-A Nimrod St., Pioneer Park in Nevada City. They provide social, informational, and recreational gatherings associated with the sport of paddling. Social and pot luck dinner begins at 6 with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit MYSNCKC.ORG.

Mothers Prayer Warriors

Our group now meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Twin Cities Church. If you are a mother who has lost a child, you may gain strength and knowledge from our unique Bible study. For information, call Cyndi Fellman at 530-432-8148.

Grand Father’s Motorcycle Club

We serve a pancake breakfast the first Saturday of each month to raise money for families in need. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at our clubhouse at 301 S. Railroad St. in Colfax. Cost is $5. For more information, call Crunch at 530-613-0912.

12-Step spiritual journey writing workshop

Word-A-Live Church is sponsoring a 12-step study and writing workshop for individuals who grew up in less-than-nurturing or chaotic homes. This workshop uses the 12 steps in a Christian context. Located at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. The workshop is designed to help restore the spirit and provide a workable formula for confronting the past. It is a model for surrendering one’s life to God. Emphasizes the relationship between the 12 steps and the practice of Christian living.

For information, call Beverly at 530-210-4651.

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.

Foothills Horticulture Society

Our March presentation will be “Insects: The good, the Bad & Ugly” with Carole Douglas and Paul Faahs of Nevada County Farm Supply Nursery.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

Refreshments and a plant raffle will follow the talk. FREE first meeting, $15 annual dues.

For more information, call 530-269-3444 or email

The Order of the Eastern Star’s Evangeline Chapter #9

We are a fraternal organization of men and women committed to providing an environment of friendship and fellowship, regardless of age, by implementing innovative ideas, facilitating positive change and planning for the future, while working cohesively with our Masonic Family.

Our Goals include:

Mutual Respect: To demonstrate mutual respect for each other, while recognizing the strengths and diversities of our members.

Service: To make the name of Eastern Star synonymous with service to our communities and service and assistance to our members.

Membership: To engage and revitalize our existing membership and appeal to prospective members through creative programs and activities.

Evangeline Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month and 6:30 for fellowship and 7:30 p.m. for our meeting at 108 N Pine Street, Nevada City.

Please call Kathy at 530-478-1286 or visit for more information regarding this Masonic organization where both women and men may join.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to anyone who is interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild’s blog: Guild 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 in Nevada City, in the Houser Conference Room.

The Guild is a non-profit community service organization. Over the years, donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups. Recently these include Women of Worth, the Friendship Club and the Neighborhood Center of the Arts. The Guild has historically offered scholarships to graduating high school seniors who want to pursue a career in the arts. 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 during Christmas time.

For information, visit

Gold Country Trails Council

GCTC is a non-profit incorporated association formed in 1981 to develop, maintain, and protect non-motorized recreational trails in the Sierra Foothills area for public use and enjoyment. Coordination with Tahoe National Forest, Bicyclists of Nevada County, Nevada County Woods Riders Off-Road Motorcycle Club and other local groups has brought an amicable sharing of trail work and trail use in our area. Planned are seven work days, along with several camp-outs and day rides with horses. General meetings include speakers relevant to this mission, along with horse health, trailer safety, and joint efforts with other community organizations. New members and guests are welcome.

For more information, visit our website at

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. Guests are welcome to come to a weekly meeting and consider joining. We have an opening for a graphic designer, caterer, photographer, landscaper, pet groomer and others. Only one business per category so you benefit from our referrals. Connect with us on Facebook at BNI Grass Valley. Come check us out! The group meets weekly, noon to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at Goomba’s Restaurant, Highway 174, Grass Valley.

For information, call 530-205-9509 or visit

Bicyclists of Nevada County

Mountain Bikers hosts a “No Rider Left Behind” ride the first Saturday of every month. We also lead trail work parties and advocate for more and better trails for mountain bikes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of trail conditions and group rides.

For information, visit

First alumni of the Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country

Our First Alumni of Welcome Wagon or “WW” is a social club for women only. We have four luncheon meetings a year, a holiday party plus several fun activity groups. At this time we have 35 memberships available. We would be happy to have any past or present members of Gold Country Welcome Club (formerly Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country) to join us.

For more information, please call Evelyn Krein at 530- 432-8772 or Priscilla McNaught at 530-477-6977.

Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We host several rides a week for all levels from beginner to advanced. These rides are a great way to get acquainted with other riders and to learn new bike routes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of group rides and cycling events.

For information, visit

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. Social events are scattered throughout the year for fun and building friendships. There is always a sister there for support whenever the need arises.

For information, call club president Gladys Joost at 530-477-2632 or vice-president Lois Robinson, who is in charge of membership, at 530-272-6804.


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.

NA-Golden Empire, Grass Valley Chapter

The chapter has started a monthly study group 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 called UNA: Focus on Women, which is for all genders to hear presentations and discuss “living in a culture of respect for all.” The same group with just women meets the months in between as UN Women’s Circle, affiliated with the UN Women’s Circle Campaign.

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, the extra-ordinary from the ... well you get the idea.

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

For more information call 530-477-0108.

Nevada County Bonsai Club

Mission: The Nevada County Bonsai Club is dedicated to promoting the art of Bonsai. We will strive to create interest and inspire participation by those interested in the art of Bonsai, from beginners to advanced artists. We will provide and coordinate information on Bonsai through meetings and through demonstrations by Bonsai artists at our meetings and workshops. The Club is open to all those interested in the Art of Bonsai. Our ultimate goal is to instill in our members the appreciation and enjoyment of the Art of Bonsai, and the satisfaction that comes from the creation of living art. Also, the Club’s goal is to provide an environment that allows members and visitors to learn the history of Bonsai as well as to learn and share the art of Bonsai in a comfortable social setting with other Club members. The 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.

Club meetings are at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Nevada County Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

Gold Country Welcome Club

The Welcome Club is a nonprofit social and philanthropic club that welcomes all those living in our area; new or long-time residents. With over 600 members, there are activities for every taste. From bridge to woodworking; moonlight kayaking, book clubs and more — come check us out!

For more information, visit, or call Suzie Miller, 530-432-2402, or Pat Miller-Fee, 530-432-7936.

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month excluding December. Off season (October through April) the meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza Parlor. Dinner beings at 6 and the commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend.

Questions? Visit our website, or call 530-265-2070.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics

“Children should be seen AND heard.” Please join us 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays for book and study discussion for adult children of alcoholics. This is a nonprofit, 12-step group meeting. The gathering is nonsmoking and open to both men and women. Meetings are in classroom 5 in the back of the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

Gold Country Italian American Club

We meet noon to 3 p.m. every third Tuesday at various local restaurants for lunch, games, presentations and socializing.

For information, call Don Mortara at 530-271-7491.


The TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets Fridays at the Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 10725 Alta St. in Grass Valley. Meeting is at 10 a.m. Weigh-in before at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Friends of Hospice

“Jail and Bail” is a fund raiser sponsored by the Union and KNCO. FOH recruits volunteer “Bailees” who will then ask their friends and organizations for pledges of “bail money” (donations for FOH) by a specified date to keep them out of jail. Our member Judy Nelson has agreed to be a volunteer bailee for FOH and is depending on your donation to keep her out of jail. This event is on March 14 and will be heard on KNCO as donations are brought in. Please join in ... it is a fun event and you may go to KNCO to join in on the festivities.

FOH President Cathy Jostes presented Venessa Bengstrom, Executive Director of Hospice of the Foothills and Leo Granucci, Hospice Board Member, with a check in the amount of $60,000 to serve the needs of Hospice of the Foothills .They were appreciative of the check to further service the needs of HOF.

You are invited to join us for a meeting or workshop to meet the wonderful members and feel the accomplishment of helping the community.

Please phone us at 530-271-5121 for further information.

Healing through Loss and Grief Support Group

Anyone who has experienced emotional loss, be it current or in the past, is welcome.

For information, call 530-265-3258 or visit

Duplicate Bridge Club

Many New Year resolutions have been made and already broken. Indeed, most of us do not bother because bad habits are hard to break and good ones hard to keep. However, one resolution you should make and follow is to exercise your brain We grow too frail, weak, handicapped and old to do the physical exercise of our youth but we are never too old to do mental exercise. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and even jigsaw puzzles are good. Bridge, especially duplicate bridge, provides great mental stimulation and fun.

Our Club has games on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange (La Barr Meadows Rd. near Kmart.) A slight fee is charged and snacks are free. Come visit us and find more details about the advantages of playing Duplicate Bridge.

For further information, call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586.

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 are held 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.

Nevada County Online (NCO)

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites. Admission is FREE and members and non-members are welcome. This is the only professional business group in Nevada County that focuses exclusively on helping grow businesses online. We cover topics like business planning, web design strategies, social media and networking, email marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging and much more.


Blue Star Mothers of America

California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen, in Grass Valley. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, step-mother, foster-mother, grandmother, or legal guardian who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military, we invite you to join us.

For more information, visit

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. It’s about looking at the world we want to create two generations ahead. All ages and genders welcome (join us, grandfathers!).

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

Grass Roots Genealogy Study Group

We meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. Meetings are open to anyone interested in genealogy research. The building is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking. There are no dues. Topics are posted at

For more information, email or call 530-268-0348. 

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

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at a private home. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. We will be discussing plans for raising funds for our Maia Project — bringing clean drinking water to a kindergarten in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. We also maintain a weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We have signs to share, and all who want the illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel to end are welcome to participate.

Please call 530-713-1131 for meeting location and further information.

American Association of University Women

AAUW has provided more than 450 fellowships and grants nationally in the last two years. Nevada County Branch AAUW also offers scholarships to local high school graduates and Sierra College graduates. For more information on AAUW, Nevada County Branch, scholarships, or Educational Opportunities Fund, contact 530-470-9395, or the website:

Membership in AAUW is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Established in 1937, the AAUW Nevada County Branch strives to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW has been recognized as a top-rated charity by a number of organizations, including GreatNonprofits and Charity Navigator.

For more information about AAUW in Nevada County and/or becoming a member: or call 530-470-9395.

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