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Club News, May 11, 2013

The Widowed Persons Association

We will hold our monthly meeting today at the Grass Valley Moose Lodge. Our monthly breakfast will be at Penny’s Diner on May 16 and our Sunday night supper will be held on May 26 at Lefty’s. If you are widowed and interested in joining our group, please call Kent Parker at 530-432-1779 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.

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.

Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County

PIWG advocates 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. 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.

49er Pony Club

The 49er Pony Club is open to all ages, but members must have access to a horse. But the club is not just about horse sports, it’s also about having fun, making friends and learning to become a leader. Activities help members learn to become team members and build self-confidence.

For more information, call Melody at 530-432-2036 or email

The Chicago Park Garden Club

The Flower Arrangers group will meet on Thursday, May 23 at 10 a.m. at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room (Station 257), 15057 Colfax Hwy. in Grass Valley. The Card Making group will meet on Mondays, May 13 and 27, at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Room.

For more information, call 530-272-7708.

Friends of Hospice

As you drive Hwy. 49 past Hooper & Weaver Mortuary be sure to take notice of the beautiful large steel and net butterflies that have been placed by our volunteers in the Remembrance Garden and were erected this week to be a part of and publicize the Butterfly Garden of Remembrance.

Our benefit offers the surrounding communities a special place to reflect and honor their loved ones. We welcome the community to visit and view over 600 colorful butterfly stakes placed in the garden located and Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.

This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25, 26 and 27. Community members are invited to write a special message with the names of loved ones on Butterfly Garden of Remembrance cards. Each card will be attached with a ribbon to a beautiful butterfly stake. This is a Memorial Day Benefit for Hospice of the Foothills and contributions will help support Hospice to provide compassionate care to those in our community with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

For further information please call 530-274-5121.

Nevada County Beekeepers Association

For information, visit For questions about the program, please contact Vice President Leslie Gault at or by calling 530-346-7092.

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

The Nevada County Chapter of Health Care for All-CA

We will meet Saturday, May 18, at noon at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley. This meeting is open to the public, and newcomers are welcome. HCA is working to bring universal, single-payer (Medicare-for-all-type) health care to all Californians.

For more information call Bob at 530-274-3989 or email

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association

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

Sierra Singles Club

This club for older singles meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at 841 Old Tunnel Road. Weekly outings are planned to dine out, attend films, plays and other local events. For information, contact Madeline Giannotti, 530-274-9652.

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

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 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.

The American Legion

Frank Gallino Post 130

The Frank Gallino Post’s Lounge and Bar is open at 5 p.m. to ? every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Members and public are welcome. A variety of beers and drinks are available for low prices. The Lounge is located at 225 S. Auburn St, Grass Valley. The next Post Business Meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14 in the Remembrance Room.

Memorial Day is on Monday, May 27. The Post will be emceeing a memorial ceremony at Memorial Park beginning at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130

RED POPPIES will appear on May 17 at the entrance to our local stores. It is the Legion Auxiliary annual poppy donation day. Our men and women will be offering them to be worn as your participation in our annual programs that serves our local Veterans. They are made by disabled and hospitalized veterans. The tradition started after World War 1 and the 1918 Armistice.

A YMCA volunteer working with soldiers saw the toll the war had taken on our soldiers. The famous poem “Flanders Field” had been published in 1915 in which told of the red poppies the soldiers had grown in the battlefields of France. This inspired Moina Michael to design this poppy you see today. The American Legion, newly organized in 1919 as a means of raising funds for returning soldiers. The American legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as a National Symbol of Remembrance. 100% of the profits from the distribution goes toward welfare relief for servicemen

and servicewomen and their families. Hope this gives you a little synopsis of our endeavor.

Thanks to everyone that supported our Luau on the 27th of April. Our next meeting we will be electing a new slate of Officers. Remember MAY 17!! We will be around town.

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 email

Empire Toastmasters

The May 3 meeting of Empire Toastmasters was full of energy and fun. Ruth Schwartz won best speaker, for her speech wrapping up her High Performance Leadership project entitled “Am I A Better Leader.” Judy Nichols won best evaluator. Diana Carolan won table topics responding to the prompt “Advice My Mother Gave Me That I Shared With My Children.” In the picture, left to right is Diana Carolan, our newest member, Sengthiene Bosavanh-Milam, Ruth Schwartz and Judy Nichols. Empire meets at The Holbrooke, 212 W Main St, Grass Valley, CA,(530) 273-1353 Fridays at noon. Guests are always encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Joe Hunnicutt at 530-913-5083 or

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.

Gold Country Community Services Club

May’s the month we honor our senior population - and GCCS is offering FREE, health-enhancing classes. Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Senior Zumba and Qigong are FREE to the first 15 per class.

Each class is held at the Love Building in Condon Park. What powerful, positive ways to strengthen muscles and joints, to reduce pain and tension - and improve circulation and digestion.

Lunches are served each weekday in our popular High Noon Cafe - and next week’s menu features hot turkey sandwich, cheese ravioli w/meat sauce, chicken supreme, pork saute and BBQ chicken.

The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60 and over. Reservations and arriving early are highly recommended, as lunches are served promptly at noon. On Wednesdays, we feature lively, local entertainment. Special thanks to Clod Headgate, Dave Ayala and Everette Burkard for performing last Wednesday. You rocked!

For reservations, information on our classes and services, volunteer opportunities and more, phone 530- 273-4961 (Mon. through Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley, and our reception desk is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You are also welcome to visit

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.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF)

Victims’ Rights Advocate, Nina Salarno-Ashford, will be the keynote speaker at the May 21 Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) luncheon meeting at Alta Sierra Country Club. The death of Salarno-Ashford’s sister, victim of a violent crime, immersed her and her family in the criminal justice system. The family recognized that the voice of the victim had no role in the criminal justice system. Out of their dedicated efforts Crime Victims United was formed. Salarno-Ashford authored California’s Amber Alert and helped defeat limitations to the 3 Strikes Law.

A special guest at the May meeting will be the 2013 NCRWF scholarship recipient, Andrea Bock. Andrea, a senior at Bear River High School, will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help further her education at Texas Christian University.

The June 18 NCRWF meeting will be a “Runway Style’ Fashion Show produced by local talent, Daniel Brooks. Fashions will be provided by local area stores: Abstrakt, Fresh Image, Judi’s of Nevada City, Marilyn’s of Auburn, Mountain Recreation, JC Penney Co., Novak’s, The Cotton Field, and WoW ReShop.

A reservation for the May meeting is requested by Monday, May 13 by calling

530-274-0803. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at noon.

For more information or questions about meetings and membership please call 530-470-8507, email NCRWF at or visit the website at

Nevada County Social Singles

We provide activities and friendship for singles of all ages and varied interests. We regularly hold a social hour open to both members and non-members alike on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the Holbrooke Hotel Lounge in Grass Valley.

Come and join us and see what we’re about! Or, for more information, call 530-272-7075.

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

The next meeting of NARFE Chapter 1335 will be today at the LinQ Chinese Buffet, 682 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m., with a buffet lunch at noon. The featured program starts at 12:30 p.m.

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, at LinQ Chinese Buffet. The local chapter meetings serve as an opportunity for retirees to socialize and to hear programs 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.

California Retired Teachers Association

We are an advocacy group whose major goals include protecting the interests of retired educators and support of Public Education. Recent activity of the group was a visit to Washington DC to discuss Social Security solvency and the Social Security penalties imposed on members of the State Teachers Retirement System. CalRTA members also advocate in Sacramento with legislators.

Any interested party is welcome to the CalRTA meetings. Contact Marian Hughes at 530-272-5795 for reservations or further information.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

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

The Nevada County Newcomer’s Club

Talented author, illustrator, and artist, Maryjo Koch, will be the featured speaker at the Nevada County Newcomers Club luncheon on Wednesday, May, 22, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Working from her studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Maryjo is an artist whose enchanting nature paintings and private commissions are featured in galleries and museums from North American to Asia. She has illustrated 18 books that are treasured and collected by people all around the world. Maryjo will be speaking about how she became a writer and business owner. This talented, fun, humorous speaker will have her books available for sale.

Cost of the luncheon and meeting is $18. Lunch choices include Bay Shrimp and Crab Enchiladas, Cumin Crusted Chicken Breast, and Herbed Cheese Polenta Stackers. All choices include soup du jour, bread and butter, coffee & tea, and tuxedo cake dessert. To make your reservation, send an $18 check made payable to Newcomers Club to Patricia Graves, 10065 Robinson King Road, Nevada City, CA 95959. Please write on the check your luncheon choice. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m.; doors open at 11 a.m. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, May 14.

Nevada County Newcomers Club is a women’s social club that usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and program. New members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. If you are interested in receiving information regarding the club, please call 530-478-1114.

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

One Woman’s Voice of Leadership: Join the Business and Professional Women of Nevada County on Wednesday, May 15 to hear one woman’s story of finding her voice and making the hard decision to enter public life by running for office. Heidi Hall is a candidate for California Congressional District 1. This program is about the path she walked to get to this point in her life.

Heidi, a resident of Grass Valley, has spent her professional life working to keep our water and air clean, and to create a healthy world for her children, and for all of our children, volunteering in various organizations along the way.

Heidi believes that women in particular have to stop expecting to be perfect before they put themselves out into the public sphere. She worked hard to move past fear and ego and to have faith in her voice, and to know that for every one person speaking up about an injustice or with a vision, there are dozens more who want the same thing but don’t feel ready to speak up.

Plan now to attend and bring your friends on Wednesday, May 15, at a new location: 151 Union Square, at 151 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA  95945. Parking is on Mill St or in the large lot in the back. Newcomers and Guests are always welcome.

Social/networking hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Check our website at, or contact Kim Wydra by email at to RSVP or for more information.

The Gold Country Chapter of LeTip International

We meet Wednesdays from 11:46 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. at Kane’s Restaurant at 120 East Main Street in Grass Valley. We welcome anyone interested in growing their business! For more information about Gold Country LeTip, please call 530-477-3727.

Our featured speakers on May 1 were Dr. Gideon (Haimovitz-Jostrand) of Grass Valley Chiropractic and Joe Imel of Imel Flooring.

Dr. Gideon talked about foot and ankle injuries and how an ankle inversion sprain can lead to plantar fasciitis, a painful foot condition. He reminded us that the treatment for ankle sprain (in addition to chiropractic adjustments) includes ‘RICE,’ an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. He demonstrated how ankle and foot taping with stretchy veterinary tape can help provide the “C” for Compression.

Joe Imel of Imel Flooring talked about one of his favorite products, cork flooring. Cork is very beautiful, the most “green,” as well as being softer and more resilient than other floorings. Cork flooring is also great for sound absorption, anti-mircrobial, has a nice spring to it and is fire- and abrasion resistant. For about the same price as hardwood flooring you get a beautiful durable surface with all these other benefits.

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.


The Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Facility Auxiliary

We will be hosting our annual Mother’s Day Tea on Monday, May 13. This is a special tea for all the female residents of the facility. Tea and coffee will be served along with home made treats provided by the ladies of the Auxiliary. On May 16, the regular monthly meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room. Final plans will be made for the Ceramic and Bake Sale to be held at the facility on May 21, 2013. This will take place in the dining room and is open to the public. Also to be discussed at the meeting will be the Annual Father’s Day Pizza Party for the male residents, to be held Monday, June 17, 2013. Plans will also be discussed for the Annual Ice Cream Social which will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 following the residents lunch. Musical entertainment will also be provided for this event. Anyone wanting information about the Auxiliary can contact President, Iona Terry at 530-477-5405.

SNMH Auxiliary

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital hosted the annual Spring Luncheon for the SNMH Auxiliary at Alta Sierra Country Club. The following volunteers received their service hour pins: 100 hours to Carol Finley, Erin Koble, Cheryl Mack, Stewart Smith and Bernadette Sylvester; 500 hours to John Bridges; 1,500 hours to Bobby Duval and Pam Patten; 2,000 hours to Patti Kuehhirt; 2,500 hours to Shirley Glenn; 3,000 hours to Lorraine Maylum and Dottie Wood; 4,500 hours to Nancy Long; 7,500 hours to Rose Koolhof and 11,500 hours to Helen Conrey. A 20 year service pin was awarded to Lois Hardie.

The Auxiliary voted to donate the sum of $9,620.46 to the hospital for the purchase of various pieces of equipment along with a $5,000 donation to the SNMH Foundation towards the purchase of a Oncology CT Simulator.

The Auxiliary approved a lifetime honorary membership to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to Shelley Drievold, Marketing Assistant for the hospital. This honor has only been bestowed only nine times in the 53 year history of the Auxiliary.

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: 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 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.

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 for information.

PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Placer County

We will hold our monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 13 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. PFLAG is an advocacy and support group for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer) community and their allies. This month’s featured speaker is Donna Ibbotson of Lilliput’s Children Services, an adoption and foster care agency. Donna has over 25 years’ experience working with children and families. She will be discussing the services Lilliput provides and how the agency works with the LBGT community and clients. PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

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.

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128

Sons of Norway

We will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 13 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 2). After a short business session, members, for a charge, will be invited to make their own traditional open-face sandwiches, featuring ham, shrimp and cheese. In celebration of Norway’s Constitution Day (May 17), four member speakers will tell us what the political situation was in Finland (Susan Walima, PhD.), Denmark (Max Fenson), Sweden (Siri Fenson), and Norway (Else Sanzone) on or about that tumultuous date in 1814 when the Norwegian Constitution was written. These presentations will provide an interesting perspective into past and current relationships among these four countries as well as other European countries. Nineteenth century European history is always fascinating. Raffle tickets will again will available in support of improvements to Camp Norge. More information may be had by contacting Penny Johnson at 530-265-5623.

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.

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.

Nevada County Historical Society

Join us for Night presentation on Thursday May 16, when author Robert Davis will speak about his great-great grandmother’s trip across the country from Michigan to Nevada City in 1849-1850. Sarah Davis, along with other family members, traveled in covered wagons across rivers, mountain ranges, and deserts; ate snow in July; saw her sister-in-law die from cholera; crossed the Great Salt Desert in today’s western Utah; and saw death and destruction along the Forty-Mile Desert in today’s Nevada. Sarah began her ascent of the Sierra Nevada in a snowstorm; crossed the Sierra Nevada near Donner Pass; and arrived in Nevada City, California, in mid-October 1850. Robert recently published Following Sarah, which details Sarah’s journey. Robert will show photographs and maps of Sarah’s route. Presentation is held in the Conference Room of the Madelyn Helling Library and is open for public attendance with free admission. Refreshments are provided. Presentation starts at 7 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

For more NCHS information, go to: or contact President Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

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.

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.

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 for more information regarding this Masonic organization where both women and men may join.

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

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

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.

Nevada County Newcomers Club

Talented author, illustrator, and artist, Maryjo Koch, will be the featured speaker at the Nevada County Newcomers Club luncheon on Wednesday, May, 22, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Working from her studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Maryjo is an artist whose enchanting nature paintings and private commissions are featured in galleries and museums from North American to Asia. She has illustrated 18 books that are treasured and collected by people all around the world. Maryjo will be speaking about how she became a writer and business owner. This talented, fun, humorous speaker will have her books available for sale.

Cost of the luncheon and meeting is $18. Lunch choices include Bay Shrimp and Crab Enchiladas, Cumin Crusted Chicken Breast and Herbed Cheese Polenta Stackers. All choices include soup du jour, bread and butter, coffee and tea, and tuxedo cake dessert. To make your reservation, send an $18 check made payable to Newcomers Club to Patricia Graves, 10065 Robinson King Road, Nevada City, CA 95959. Please write on the check your luncheon choice. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m.; doors open at 11 a.m. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, May 14th.

Nevada County Newcomers Club is a women’s social club that usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and program. New members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County.

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

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