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Club news: June 8, 2013

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

The beautiful grounds of Pilot Peak Winery were the setting for the third annual picnic for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Attendees enjoyed wine tasting along with a catered lunch. The Auxiliary continues to serve the hospital in various departments at the hospital along with holding outside vendor sales to raise money for equipment and supplies used at the hospital. The Auxiliary recently gifted $9,620 for various pieces of equipment along with a $5,000 donation to the SNMH Foundation towards the purchase of an Oncology CT Simulator. Auxiliary members donate approximate 1,100 hours each month but like all volunteer groups need the service of additional volunteers.

Nevada County Social Singles

We hold a social hour open to both members and non-members alike on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Look for us between 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. in the Holbrooke Hotel Lounge, Grass Valley.

The group plans a monthly calendar of both indoor and outdoor activities for singles of all ages and varied interests. Please come join us to 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

Dave Schmall, publisher of The Union, will be the featured speaker at the next regular meeting of NARFE Chapter 1335, Thursday, June 13. Meetings of the Grass Valley Chapter are held monthly (except July and August) 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., with a short business meeting following the program

The Grass Valley Chapter is also planning its annual membership picnic for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 11, at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend the picnic and chapter meetings.

NARFE’s objective is to protect retirement and related benefits for current and retired Federal employees. It also actively supports Alzheimer’s research. 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.

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128, Sons of Norway

The Lodge will hold its annual potluck picnic at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 10 at the Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Members are asked to bring their own victuals for grilling together with a salad or dessert to share. Bingo games — with prizes – will be featured during the picnic. Donations for the October Lodge Viking Fair white elephant table will also be accepted. Call Penny Johnson for details (265-5623). Our Viking ship is scheduled to appear in the July 4th parade to be held in Grass Valley. Members and friends are urged to join in – in costume if possible – for a fun-filled event. Call Keith Emmerton for parade start info at 530-432-3799. Kayla Lardner of Auburn is the winner of this year’s $1,000 Lodge scholarship. She plans to attend Concordia University.

The Pioneer Arts Club

We will have our general membership meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 12 at The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St. in Grass Valley. Lithographer, Dave Boles, will be the speaker. The public is invited to attend.

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

We will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 10 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, Transgender and Queer) community and their allies. This month’s featured speaker is Tess Unger whose father, Sophie Unger, is transgender and a chapter member. Tess will be speaking about her personal experience in discovering and coming to terms with her father’s gender identity, and about her own notions of gender that Sophie’s coming out helped to precipitate. PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Gold Country Community Services

Mustard and music — what a treat at our last Friendship Wednesday lunch! Chicken Dijon with glazed carrots was served, followed by lively music from the 50s and 60s sung by Bob Bunyard (great dancing, Dorothy!). Lunch is served weekdays promptly at noon, and on Wednesdays we have superb local entertainment.

Since the suggested donation is just $3 for seniors 60+ ($7 for those 59 and younger), it’s outstanding value — as well as nutritious and great fun! It’s always smart to book ahead, and arrive a few minutes early. Next week we’ll feature fish ‘n’ chips, cold turkey sandwich, broccoli beef, fiesta chicken and spinach lasagna. Come in, and pick up a June menu - then plan your meals for the month. On the back is a list of the classes, activities and services we offer. You’ll find everything from line dancing to gentle yoga, needlework and senior zumba.

For lunch reservations in our High Noon Cafe, activities at the Love Building in Condon Park, services and volunteer opportunities, phone 530-273-4961. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley, and reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mon. through Fri. For more information, visit

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 speaker on May 29 was our newest member, Terra Nofsinger. Terra is a Merchant Sales Specialist with Bank of America. Terra gave us some personal background: she is married to a Sacramento deputy and they have three children ages 8, 14, and 17. She has been with B of A since 1997 with a wide variety of experience in the banking business. She recommends using the merchant services of a bank for greater security since everything is federally regulated, as well as having a local representative who stays in touch.

Nevada County Historical Society

Join us at the Nevada County Historical Society’s Speaker Night presentation on June 20 when author, Jan Westmore, will speak about the building of the œtranscontinental railroad and the symbiotic relationship between Colfax and Nevada City/Grass Valley, especially during the 19th Century.

Colfax served as the distribution center for supplies and mail to foothill towns and miners’ claims. The town received gold en route to banks and produce for transfer to markets. Modes of transport ranged from horseback, wagon, and stagecoach until the building of the railroad. Ferries gave way to toll roads then to rails. The construction of the transcontinental railroad, followed by the narrow gauge railroad, enabled not only a more efficient transfer of goods but also a window into national markets. Arcadia Publishing recently released Images of America: Colfax, a photographic history of Colfax, the railroad and neighboring towns. Jan will share some of her photographs and maps of the area during that period.

Directions: Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Take Hwy. 49 north toward Downieville and turn right at Maidu Ave. toward the Rood Center, and then follow the signs to the Helling Library.

The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every month at 7:00 p. m. For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

Gold Country Community Services Club

Thank you, Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital, for a gorgeous birthday cake. It made Friendship Wednesday a particularly ‘happy’ one, as we celebrated all those born in May.

Next week we’re featuring barbecue chicken, Tunisian meatballs, chicken dijon, soft beef tacos and sweet-and-sour pork. Lunch is served Mon. through Fri. promptly at noon in our High Noon Cafe, and it’s always smart to book ahead and arrive a few minutes early. The suggested donation is just $3 for those 60 and over. On Wednesdays, we enjoy fine entertainment from local performers.

Since our June menus are out now, come in and pick one up. That way, you can plan your meals for the month. On the back, you’ll see an appealing list of classes, activities and services — including line dancing, Tai chi, senior Zumba, yoga and needlework. You’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. Our reception desk is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. For lunch reservations, general information, and volunteer opportunities, call 530-273-4961 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or visit

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month excluding December. We meet at Scotts Flat Lake. Barbecue begins at 6 p.m. and the Commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Questions? Visit our website at

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

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

The Nevada County Newcomers Club

We are presenting a special, unique event — a Wine Tasting and Art Show at 11:45 a.m. on June 26 Bent Metal Winery. The cost of the catered lunch is $18. There will be wine tasting ($5) and art viewing prior to the lunch. Wine will be for sale by the glass or by the bottle. Bring your husbands and friends for this special event and enjoy both wine tasting and professional local artists. Featured artists include

Tricia Burbank, gourd art; Wendy Elizabeth Krill, natural science illustrator; Sandy Lindblad, pastel portraits of your dog, husband, or friend; Miles Metzger, bronze and stone sculptor; Janet Nicholson, glass blowing art; and Ingrid Peterson of Grass Valley Florist, floral arranging.

Lunch will be buffet style and will include turkey, ham, roast beef or vegetarian sandwiches accompanied by various salads and small desserts. To make your reservation, make your $18 check payable to Newcomers Club and mail to Linda Fritz, 16890 Alioto Dr., Grass Valley, CA 95949. Checks must be received by Monday, June 17.

For more information, call Linda at 530-272-6010 (Dial *82 if you do not have caller ID) or Linda Ulery at 530-272-4539.

Newcomers Club is open to all ladies living in Nevada County regardless of the length you have lived here. We offer monthly luncheons and have numerous activity groups available for joining including book clubs, card clubs, cooking clubs, etc. You will find friends at Nevada County Newcomers Club.

Empire Toastmasters

We enjoyed a very full and energetic meeting on May 31. Three guests, including a fellow Toastmasters from Toastmasters in Truckee CA, as well as Area 64 Governor Sharon Delgado attended. Shiana Seitz won best speaker for her speech “It’s a Good Day To Be Alive”. Ruth Schwartz won best evaluator, as well as best Table Topics for her response to a prompt to convince a jury that her client should be awarded damages after suffering from frog phobia following an incident. Empire meets at The Holbrooke, 212 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA,(530) 273-1353 Fridays at noon. Toastmasters welcomes all who are interested in improving their speaking, listening, and leadership skills — skills that will serve you in business as well as in life. Guests are invited and are never required to speak. For more information, contact Joe Hunnicutt at 530-913-5083 or

In the photo (left to right) Shiana Seitz, Area 64 Governor - Sharon Delgado and Ruth Schwartz.

Sierra Singles Club

We are organization for older singles to meet and attend local activities in a group. Events are planned weekly to dine out and attend films and plays. The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at 841 Old Tunnel Road. Outings for the month will be discussed as the calendars are distributed. For information, contact Lois Bassett, 530-273-8002.

Native Daughters of the Golden West

Manzanita Parlor No. 29, Laurel Parlor No. 6, Native Sons of the Golden West and Quartz Parlor No. 56 will hold a memorial service, a celebration of life for our members who have passed during this last year. Refreshments to follow. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at Odd Fellows Hal, 113 So. Church St. in Grass Valley.

For more information, call 530-273-1936.

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.

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.

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

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 today, 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

Gold Country Welcome Club

Twenty-four new members of the Gold Country Welcome Club enjoyed a beautiful, warm evening on the deck of hosts, Bob and Ann Barbaro, in Lake Wildwood. This was one of the largest New Member Socials in recent history. The Social introduces new members to the many diverse activities available to its members – from Book Clubs to Woodworking, Kayaking to Quilting – the club is a wonderful way to meet others with similar interests.

The club has “welcomed” over 110 new members this year! The annual Picnic and Dancing in the Park is June 19 and is open to both members and non-members.

Go to for more information or call Suzie at 530-432-2402.

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.

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