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Club News: March 30, 2013


Friends of Hospice

For those of you who love golf, there will be a fundraiser to benefit Hospice of the Foothills that will include both men and women. The Alta Sierra Women’s Golf Club will be hosting an annual charity fundraising golf tournament April 14. All the proceeds raised from the charity tournament of 2013 will benefit Hospice of the Foothills. The event begins at 11a.m. There are 18 holes of play, a scramble format, a putting and a chipping contest, buffet dinner at the finish of the tournament, a silent auction, raffle and awards ceremony. This is a beautiful course, and if you enjoy golf, it will be the place to be April 14. Please call 530-273-2207 for information.

Lots going on this time of year at FOH, and we can use your help. Please join us and be a volunteer for Friends of Hospice. Our office staff is in need of people who can donate two hours during the day to answer phones in our office. If you have a little spare time, please join us and get aquainted with a friendly organization with an important mission. Friends are exactly what we are … Friends with a purpose. For information, call 530-274-5121.

Chicago Park Garden Club

The club will host its next meeting 1 p.m. April 3 at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room (Station 257), 15057 Colfax Highway, Grass Valley. Non-members welcome at no charge. The speaker will be Jen Goss with Kurt’s Garden, a micro-nursery in Grass Valley. Kurt’s works with clients to select the right trees and plants for their own microclimate and for special needs, such as drought-tolerant, deer-resistant and fire-wise plantings.

The Flower Arrangers group will meet 10 a.m. Thursday in the Community Room. The Card Making group will meet 9:30 a.m. April 8 and 22 at the Community Room. For information, call 530-272-7708.

Nevada County Astronomers Club

This Wednesday, the club will host a slide show by Al Stahler, looking at the invisible universe as viewed by spacecraft and Earth-bound observatories. Nearly the whole universe is invisible — only a tiny fraction shines in visible light. But many things invisible to our eyes are visible to our instruments.

The meeting takes place 7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room of the Madelyn Helling Library. It’s free, and all ages are welcome. For information, call 530-274-2313.

Sierra Singles Club

Meetings take place monthly the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m in the dining room at 841 Old Tunnel Road. Mature singles are invited to join us for conversation and fellowship. Outings are planned weekly for members.

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

Early Risers Toastmasters

The meeting was full of energy this week with three guests visiting the club! The group listened to prepared speeches by Shelley Drievold and Lori Burkart-Frank. Thoughtful evaluations of the two formal presentations were delivered by Courtney Ferguson and Jim Lewis. Many valuable suggestions were given, and everyone had the opportunity to practice speaking in front of the group. Join in on the fun! Meetings are open to the community, and guests are encouraged. We begin promptly at 6:30 a.m. and finish up by 7:50 a.m. each Tuesday at Humpty Dumpty Kitchen in Grass Valley.

Gold Country Kappa Gamma Gamma Association

On April 4, the local alumnae of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority have planned a spring outing. All alumnae of the sorority are invited to join with them in a docent-led tour of the Bernhard Museum in Auburn at 11 a.m. The tour of the 1851 home and grounds will be followed by a delicious lunch at The Frontside Cafe. For reservations and directions, contact Ruth at 530-885-8201 or Julie at 530-477-5707

Empire Toastmasters

The group met for the second time at Emily’s Catering and Cakes Event Space in Nevada City. Shar McLeod won Best Speaker with her speech, entitled “Happy Healthy and Terrific.” Shar shared 12 tips for becoming and staying happy, healthy and terrific. Joe Hunnicutt won Best Evaluator for his evaluation of Shiana Seitz’s speech. Jerri Glover took the trophy for Table Topics, responding to the prompt “In the mystery …,” which was the beginning of a random line red from Shiana Seitz’s book “First You Move On.”

Empire is still in search of an appropriate permanent home for the club meetings. Please check back for details on where Empire will meet next. Members would like to remind everyone about the Toastmasters Area 64 Open House 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 Church St. There will be speakers from each of the five western Nevada clubs as well as a viewing of the movie “Speak.” Snacks and beverages will be served. Organizers are requesting a $5 donation at the door.

Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The association will meet at 7 p.m. April 1 in the Veterans Memorial Building at 255 S. Auburn St. (entrance off back parking lot) in Grass Valley. All visitors are welcome. Any questions about bees? Wondering about pollination and how it can help your garden and orchard? Always wanted to get bees? Questions about honey production? We have answers!

Join our lively regular question-and-answer session, starting promptly at 7 p.m., followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program. April’s program will be “Increasing Your Colonies.” Come learn about ways to boost the number of hives in your apiary. Topics will include making splits, catching swarms and installing packages and nucleus colonies (“nucs”). The program will be given by a team of the association’s sideline and commercial beekeepers — past and present presidents: our very own Randy Oliver, Jeremiah Farrell and Rob Slay! Come join us April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building for this essential and informative program.

For information, visit http://ncbees.net. For questions about the program, please contact Vice President Leslie Gault at lesliegault@yahoo.com or by calling 530-346-7092.

Gold Country Chapter of LeTip International

The group meets Wednesdays from 11:46 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. in Grass Valley. We welcome anyone interested in growing a business! Our featured speakers this week were Linda Turner of Byers Leaf Guard Gutter Systems and Torrey Bowman, financial advisor with Edward Jones.

Linda Turner explained that the Byers Leaf Guard Gutter system is formed from a single piece of heavy-gauge aluminum. It is well formed to protect your roof edge with a rounded top so no debris can build up. This gutter system includes a high-volume downspout. Byers guarantees the paint finish (wide variety of colors to choose from) as well as guaranteeing that it will not leak or clog. Byers is happy to come out and give a free estimate. Call 530-272-8272 or visit http://byersleafguard.com.

Torrey Bowman, financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments, can help you with any type of investment, including stocks, bonds and annuities, as well as self-employment business retirement accounts. Because Edward Jones offers carefully chosen packages of the top-producing mutual funds, it takes the emotion out of investing: staying smart and conservative amid the ups and downs of the economy. Torrey offers a free portfolio review to help you figure out if you are where you should be. Call 530-274-3445 or email torrey.bowman@edwardjones.com.

For information about Gold Country LeTip, please call 530-477-3727.

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 6 at our new location — Tofanelli’s Restaurant at 302 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. Business will include nominations and election of officers for the coming year. Our speaker will be Bob Krueger, chairperson for Nevada County chapter of Health Care for All. He will discuss the current status of health care planning in California. Breakfast in the Atrium Room. Cost is $12 paid by cash or check to NCDWC.

RSVP by April 1 to Nancy at 530-432-9821 or at email neubanks3@gmail.com.

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

National Poetry Month brings Molly Fisk — a local poet, life coach, social media consultant and radio commentator as the speaker for Business & Professional Women of Nevada County. Molly will poetically examine transparency in business: how one of the modern approaches to entrepreneurship and one of the approaches most useful to women is being yourself in an authentic way. We may offer our clients a product or a service, but we also model how to live in the world, and that modeling is an essential part of what we’re providing. Molly will tell her personal story: how she eventually came to be a poet — after sweater design, banking and being an investigator for the EEOC didn’t quite suit her.

Author of several books and winner of many prizes for her writing, Molly teaches writing at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Center and runs many writing workshops online. She’s taught more than 500 participants from around the world, including the South Pole. Visit her at http://mollyfisk.com, http://poetrybootcamp.com, http://voiceofyourown.com or on Facebook.

Plan now to attend April 17 at the Holbrooke Hotel Express Room. Networking hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22. Check our website at http://bpwnevadacounty.org or contact Kim Wydra at 530-432-2591 or by email at kim@deltahl.com for information.

Foothills Horticulture Society

Gardeners meet the third Wednesday of each month to learn about growing in the Sierra Foothills. Meetings include a speaker, plant raffle and refreshments. The first meeting is free. Annual dues are $15 per person. Meeting locations and times vary.

Call for details at 530-269-3444 or emial perry@usamedia.tv.

Sierra Nevada Canoe & Kayak Club

The 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 take place 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.

For information, visit http://MYSNCKC.ORG.

Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Facility Auxiliary

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 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. Club membership is open to all male adults living in Wildwood.

American Legion, Frank Gallino Post 130

Beginning April 5, the American Legion Lounge/Bar will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. Don’t forget the Auxiliary’s Luau April 27.

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased beforehand at the April Dine-In or at The Bookseller or Briar Patch or contact Janet Hessel at 530-432-0425.

Spend the day in downtown Grass Valley checking out the classic cars, then at 5 p.m., come have a luau dinner and enjoy the Hawaiian show!

50-plus Social Singles

At its recent annual meeting, the 50-plus Social Singles voted to change its name to Nevada County Social Singles as of April 1. The group will continue its long-held policy of providing a friendly and warm welcome for singles of all ages and varied interests.

Its next social event open to nonmembers will take place at the Union Square Event Center, 154 Mill St., Grass Valley, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 30. The group then plans to have dinner at Taste of Thai on West Main Street. Nonmembers are also welcome to come meet the group the second and fourth Friday of each month at the Holbrook Hotel lounge in Grass Valley from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The Social Singles club also plans a variety of social activities each month for its members.

For information, call 530-272-7075.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Grass Valley Chapter No. 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 at noon the second Thursday of each month, currently at LinQ Chinese Buffet.

The local chapter meetings also serve as an opportunity for retirees to socialize and to hear programs of general interest or of value to members.

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

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.

California Retired Teachers Association.

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,

For information, call Marian Hughes at 530-272-5785.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

At the April 4 meeting of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society, Don Rivenes will provide an update on existing and citizen-proposed wildernesses with photos of hikes you can take in the Tahoe National Forest to these areas. He will also discuss Forest Service plans underway for revising the 11 Sierra national forests land management plans and how the revisions may affect inventoried roadless areas that are the basis for future wilderness. Wilderness designation is the strongest and most permanent protection from development that our laws offer for wild federal public lands, and the public needs to be involved in advocating for this protection. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the community room at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

The big birthday celebration is just a year away! The Wilderness Act will turn 50 Sept. 3, 2014, and celebrations around the country will mark this major American cultural and environmental achievement.

During 2013 and 2014, we plan to have our own local anniversary celebration with scheduled hikes into nearby wilderness and proposed wilderness areas. We will keep you posted in the chapter newsletter and on the chapter website as these hikes are scheduled.

For information, visit http://sierrafoothillsaudubon.com.

Pickleball Clubs

Pickleball is a combination of tennis and ping-pong and is played on a court one-quarter the size of a tennis court with a 34-inch 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 information visit the official pickleball website: http://usapa.org. Watch a video of the game being played.

DeVere Mautino Community Park, Grass Valley: Four public courts. From downtown Grass Valley, proceed up West Main Street. Turn right on Alta, approximately 1 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. $/40 yr 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.

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

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 steven@stevenlease.com for information.

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.

TOPS Club

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.

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 www.LossAndGrief.org.

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

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.

RSVP at http://meetup.com/nevadacountyonline.

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 www.sierranevadabsma.org.

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 Grannies4peace@hotmail.com.

Gold Country Community Services

Nutritionist Sue Wood gave us a challenging Friendship Wednesday riddle: “What food has an outside that we throw away? Then, once cooked, we throw away the inside.” Right answer? It’s corn. Popular local country band, Stepside, performed after lunch.

Next week our High Noon Cafe will be serving chili verde, stir fried chicken, Tunisian meatballs, roasted turkey and lemon pepper fish. The suggested donation is just $3 for seniors 60+. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended. Our April menu will be available next week - so come in and pick one up. On the back, you’ll find a list of all the services, activities and classes we offer.

We urgently need additional volunteer drivers to deliver “meals on wheels” to our many homebound seniors. It only takes a few hours a week, a driver’s license, and a genuine concern for seniors. Phone and speak to Charity. She’ll tell you more.

For High Noon Cafe reservations, questions about our services and activities, as well as volunteer opportunities, phone 530-273-4961 (Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Or come by, and pick up your April menu. Reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’re in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Brunswick.

For information, visit http://goldcountrycenter.org.

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 www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagrgg.

For more information, email cstowe@oro.net or call 530-268-0348.

Order of the Eastern Star’s Evangeline Chapter No 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.

Call Kathy at 530-478-1286 or visit http://www.oescal.org 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:http://CraftGuildNevadaCounty.BlogSpot.com. 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 www.CraftGuildNevadaCounty.org.

Gold Country Trails Council

GCTC is a nonprofit 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 goldcountrytrailscouncil.org.

NC Business Network International

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 www.BNIGrassValley.com.

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 www.BONC.org.

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 www.SierraExpress.org.

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.

Spontanee-us

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 www.vva535.org.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association

The speaker for March 21st will be Richard DeSousa, representative from Loveland Products. Loveland sells products including plant nutrition, fertilizers, crop protection and adjuvants for a healthy vineyard. Please join us for an interesting and educational program.

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 www.swgga.org.

Widowed Persons Association, Chapter 14

The next monthly meeting will be held at Tofanelli’s on April 13. At our last meeting we had our White Elephant Sale which was a lot of fun and a financial success. We will meet for breakfast at Paulette’s at 10 a.m. for our breakfast meeting on March 21. Our Sunday Night Supper will be held at Round Table Pizza on March 24.

Should you wish more information, please call Kent Parker at 530-432-1779 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.

Gold Country Celtic Society

Join our gathering Wednesday, March 27. Social hour begins at 6, followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entrée, or dessert for 8 to 10 people, tableware, and beverage or your choice. Water, coffee and tea are available. After dinner we have a presentation by member Ron Cherry. Topic: Dal Riada, an early medieval kingdom divided by the Irish Sea, part in Ireland and part on the West Coast of Scotland. The very name of Scotland comes from Scoti, the term Romans used for the Irish raiders. The Romans referred to those north of Hadrian’s Wall as the Picti, those with pictures painted or tattooed on their bodies. So why isn’t Scotland named Pictland instead? Hear about this and a short history of the kingdom of Dal Riada at the March gathering. Please join us – you don’t have to be Celtic! We meet at the Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 N. Pine Street.

For more information, call 530-272-1316 or visit http://www.nevadacountycelticclub.org.

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County

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. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 19. We will meet in the Community Room at BriarPatch Co-op on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. We will be reviewing World Water Day Teach-In materials provided by the Middle East Children’s Alliance.

We also maintain a weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We have signs to share, and everyone who believes in human rights, equality and justice for all people is welcome to participate.

The Sierra Hills Branch of Sons In Retirement

We are looking for retired gentlemen to join an active, fun group of men who meet monthly for lunch, enjoy an interesting speaker, and possibly engage in sponsored activities like golf, bowling, fishing, dining out, bicycling, bocce, and more. Some activities also include spouses. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Auburn Elks, 195 Pine St. Auburn at 11 a.m.

For more information, please contact Ken Hansen at 916-663-4716 or 916-622-2757 or email kenandpenni@yahoo.com.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Disco Fever Forever is the theme for this spring’s Dinner/Dance “bash” this Wednesday, March 20. The Club has three dinner/dances a year and they are always well attended by 100+ members.

The Welcome Club is a nonprofit social club and perfect for newcomers to meet others with similar interests. With over 600 members, there are activities for every taste. From bridge to woodworking; moonlight kayaking to cuisine cooking. You’re a camera buff? There’s a group for you as well! Like to hike? We’ve got you covered. The club welcomes ALL those living in our area, not just newcomers, so check us out!

Visit www.NCNugget.com, or contact Suzie Miller at 530-432-2402, or Pat Miller-Fee, 530-432-7936.

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutterbugs to advanced photographers, Nevada County Camera Club has something for you. Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month. Visit nevadacountycameraclub.com 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 nevadacountycameraclub.com. Come join us for a friendly evening get together of like-minded people who enjoy photography.


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