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Club News, Sept. 28, 2013

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 5 at Christopher’s Deli in Grass Valley for our breakfast meeting. We will have an Open Forum to discuss current issues: Obamacare/Affordable Healthcare Act, D.C. antics, and others. Please join us. Breakfast buffet is $13. Call Nancy at 530-432-9821 to RSVP before Oct. 2 or email at .

Health Care for All-CA (The Nevada County Chapter)

We will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Dr., 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 Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

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 are a group which provides friendship and the opportunity for shared activities for singles of all ages. We regularly hold a social hour open to both members and non-members alike on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Non-members are welcome to come and get acquainted.

Information about the group and a monthly calendar of activities will be shared with potential members. For more information, call 530-272-7075.

The Nevada County Newcomer’s Club

The October luncheon of the Nevada County Newcomers Club will feature both a live auction and a silent auction to raise money to purchase Christmas gifts for the county’s needy children. Auction items include many lovely gift baskets, vacation get-aways, fishing lessons, a unique birdhouse, hand-made items, and more. The luncheon is Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Alta Sierra Country Club; reservation deadline is Monday, Oct. 14.

To learn more, call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191.

American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130.

We are located in Veterans Memorial Bldg 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. We would invite any veteran that served during any war period, even one day, deployed or not , any branch, including Merchant Marine, DD214 to join us. Get information by our phone or come to our Dine-in each first Tuesday of each month. Our meetings each third Tuesday of each month are at 5:30 p.m. with food provided by us. Full bar/lounge opens after meeting. Also every Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays Karaoke also happening. So come, get more information, mix and meet veterans and non-veterans. Everyone’s invited. See you there.

For more information, call 530-272-2160.

Sierra Singles Club

Older singles are invited to attend a meeting of our club. Calendars detailing weekly activities will be distributed. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the lunchroom at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. For information, contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

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

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

Sally Edwards, MA, MBA, one of America ‘s leading experts in business, exercise science, and healthy-lifestyle living will be the guest speaker at our Oct. 16 meeting. She is one of the pioneers of the Olympic sport of Triathlon and helped to organize both the national and international governing body for the sport. This professional triathlete is a 16-time Ironman finisher, a member of the Triathlon Hall of Fame, and past winner of the ultra-marathon, the hundred-mile Western States Endurance Run. She is the National Spokeswoman for the Trek Women’s Triathlon Series.

She is the founder of a half-dozen businesses. She founded and franchised America’s largest chain of retail sports shops, FLEET FEET Sports. Sally is a sought after professional speaker delivering dozens of speeches and performances each year. Sally is an engaging speaker, weaving humor, anecdotes and inspiration into her message of personal health and well-being.

The meeting will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on October 16 at 151 Union Square (151 Mill St.). Visit to RSVP or for more information.

Grass Valley Moose Family Fun Center, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2217, Women Of The Moose Chapter 1767

Our Women of the Moose Yard Sale is today, September 28 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. We have quite a variety of items, including baked goods and refreshments — so please stop by. Something for everyone. We have events each month for both young and old. We have a playground for the children and a kennel for our four legged friends. We have RV spots, RV social events, and our motorcycle enthusiasts, the Moose Riders, have special events throughout the year. We have Monday Night Football with Food and Drink Specials, we serve Tacos every Tuesday evening from 5 until 6:30 p.m., dinner every Friday at 6 p.m., and breakfast every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until noon. We also have many events throughout the month.

We are a members only family fraternity whose goal is to serve our seniors, our children and our community. We are a Moose Family Center which means we cherish our children for they are our future. We also believe in God and Country.

We are the friendliest place in Grass Valley. Stop by and check us out. We are located off of Highway 49 about a mile north of Alta Sierra Drive at 15694 Allison Ranch Road. Check us out on the web at

Call for details: 530-273-1070.

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

Sally Edwards, MA, MBA, a leading expert in business, exercise science, and healthy-lifestyle living, will be the guest speaker at the October 16 meeting of Business and Professional Women of Nevada County. Edwards is one of the pioneers of the Olympic sport of Triathlon and helped to organize both the national and international governing body for the sport. This professional triathlete is a 16-time Ironman finisher, a member of the Triathlon Hall of Fame, and past winner of the ultra-marathon, the hundred-mile Western States Endurance Run. She is the National Spokeswoman for the Trek Women’s Triathlon Series.

She is the founder of a half-dozen businesses. She founded and franchised America’s largest chain of retail sports shops, FLEET FEET Sports. Sally is a sought after professional speaker delivering dozens of speeches and performances each year. Sally is an engaging speaker, weaving humor, anecdotes and inspiration into her message of personal health and well-being. The meeting is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 151 Union Square (151 Mill St.). Visit to RSVP or for more information.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Nevada County Branch

Neither threat of rain nor other inclement weather could stop some 75 AAUW Nevada County Branch members, guests, and Tech Trekkers from gathering to kick off the 2013-2014 year with a brunch at Commodore Park in Lake Wildwood. Besides giving members and guests the opportunity to learn more about the organization and its various interest groups and advocacy efforts, the brunch was a chance to preview the October 13 fundraiser, All About Unique Women, Suffragists to Flappers, which benefits the organization’s Educational Opportunities Fund. The event, like all of the AAUW meetings, is open to the public.

For information about the event, tickets, and/or AAUW in Nevada County. visit or call 530-470-9395.

Mother Lode Toastmasters Club

We had another amazing night of living, learning and laughter. Gary Peterson gave his first speech after coming back from a near fatal heart attack, titled, “Where Have I Been?” He took us on his journey of how something more than cupid struck his heart this past Valentine’s Day. His message was one of laughter and gratitude as he took us through his full recovery. He’s even back at his golf game. Go Gary!

Rachel Cleveland gave an outstanding evaluation for Mary Thompson whom gave a speech about the essentials of facial expressions and gestures. Non-verbal communication is more genuine to the message than the words being said. Authenticity will be felt not heard and is the connection necessary for clear communication. Which is what Toastmasters is all about!

Carolyn Mackinlay led Table Topics using the word “serpentine.” This is the portion of the meeting that teaches us to speak “off the cuff,” without sounding boring and lame. This is a good skill to learn for your elevator pitch or just to blend in better at the next barbecue. Or at our next social event that will be “Talk and Tacos.” We will have taco fixings and several types of salsa. This will be held at our regular meeting place at 6 p.m. Eskaton on Monday Oct. 7. There will be time for connecting and catching up on old friendships. Like our Facebook page at Mother Lode Toastmasters or call Lucinda at 530-274-9010 for more info. See ya there!

The Tapestry Network of Nevada County

We held our first ribbon cutting on 9/24/13 at Century 21, Davis Realty. The ribbon cutting was held during the Tapestry’s Mixer which also served as a fundraiser for Community Recovery Resources. September is Recovery Month and the ladies wore red in honor of recovery month. The Tapestry Network was thrilled to have their first ribbon cutting at Century 21 Davis Realty that is the oldest Real Estate Franchise in Nevada County, opening in 1974.

Gold Country Community Services

Friendship Wednesday celebrated all our members and guests with September birthdays - with a beautiful cake, thanks to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital.

Our October menus will be out shortly. Stop by and pick one up, and plan your lunches for October. Each weekday we feature a different, tasty, nutritious meal. The suggested donation is just $3 for seniors 60+. Reservations are highly recommended (Wednesday reservations are a must), and it’s always smart to arrive a few minutes early, as we start serving promptly at noon.

On the back of the menu is a list of Friendship Wednesday entertainers, as well as all the classes, activities and services we offer, including a brand-new Line Dance class, starting Tuesday, October 1 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the LOVE Building, Condon Park. Our Line Dancing classes are always popular and fun.

It’s official now. A recent grant approval will enable us to upgrade the Love Building for a host of other activities - and there are lots of exciting plans ahead.

For menus, reservations and information about our classes, activities, services, and volunteer opportunities, phone GCCS at 530-273-4961. We’re open Monday - Friday, and our reception desk is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit

Business Network International’s Nevada County Business Builders Chapter

We meet at noon every Thursday at the Holbrooke. Stacey Lamothe of Stacey Lamothe Art was our featured business at this week’s luncheon. BNI is a referral group committed to helping its members build their business by building strong relationships.

For more info go to

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130

At our September 10 meeting we had the pleasure of providing funds to a veteran who was in need of assistance immediately. He was very grateful and we hope to continue to assist veterans and their families when we receive news of a special need. Our annual Luau in April, poppy sales and raffle sales at the monthly dinners enables us to continue to fund special needs. We continue to send boxes to troops and cut coupons. Three of our members attended the District 7 meeting at Foresthill on September 7. The new president provided current information and challenges to continue our Community and Veteran’s projects. A delicious barbecue was served on the beautiful grounds.

We will be helping at the Veterans Health and Resource Fair on Saturday, October 5 at the Veteran’s Building Grass Valley. Free continental breakfast and full lunch for all veterans. Flu shots, haircuts, dental and legal services will be free and available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Important news of this special event should be made known to all veterans so they could mark their calendars.

Native Daughters of the Golden West

Sharon Logan, Grand President of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, will visit two local Parlors, Manzanita Parlor No. 29 of Grass Valley and Laurel Parlor No. 6 of Nevada City on October 1. There will be a pasty luncheon served at the United Methodist Church in Grass Valley at noon.

Grand President Sharon Logan of San Jose Parlor No. 81 visits all parlors in the state during her term of office and will be accompanied by several of her grand officers. During the luncheon, a short talk will be given on the Cornish influence in Grass Valley area as well as a skit by Mary Wood regarding the original Women’s Christian Temperance Union marker dedication in April of 1874. The planned rededication of the plaque had to be delayed until Spring of 2014 due to the inability of the Parlor committee to complete the permit process requirements of the City of Grass Valley. The original W.C.T.U. plaque will be available for viewing at the luncheon.

Reservations for the meal may be made until September 22, 2013 by contacting Brita Rozynski at 530-265-2727.

The Chicago Park Garden Club

We will hold our next meeting on meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2 at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room, 15057 Highway 174, Grass Valley. A Speaker from the Sierra Streams Institute will discuss local water purification and mine chemical cleanup. Nonmembers welcome. The Flower Arrangers will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Community Room (third Tuesday). The Card Making group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Oct 8 and Oct 22 at the Community Room (second and fourth Tuesday).Next meeting is scheduled for October 30.

All members are working on the Garden Club’s annual Victorian Tea, scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on November 8 at Peace Lutheran Church.

For more information, call 530-272-7708.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild Blog at

The Guild is now accepting applications for the Winterfaire Craft Show. This is our yearly fundraiser. Over the years donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups and school scholarships. Guild members also provide monthly tray favors for local senior care facilities as well as holiday gifts. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month in the Houser Conference Room at the Superintendant of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City.

For more information contact Shirley Williams at 530-272-7033.

The Golden Empire Nursing & Rehabilitation Auxiliary

The Auxiliary is in need of more members. There are many activities for members to take part in, Catholic and Protestant Church services, Ceramics classes, Visitation, Pamper Parlor, Holiday Parties, Ice Cream Social, Thanksgiving Pie Party and Christmas Cookie and gifts and last but not least the Senior Ball for the residents.

Anyone who might be interested in any of these activities can call President, Iona Terry at 530-477-5405.

The Chicago Park 4-H Club

We are excited to present many projects such as art, biking, beef, crafts, beginning and advanced sewing, swine, sheep, goats, horses, poultry, and media marketing/website design, etc. This year we are very pleased to have the second Annual Resolve2Run which will be taking place on January 1, 2014. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please take the time to visit our website

Widowed Persons Association

We are a group with over 20 Chapters in California. Our purpose is to provide support for widowed men and women of all ages, and to promote a wide range of social activities through which widowed persons will have the opportunity to make new friends and find re-direction in their lives. We meet monthly for our meetings, and also enjoy monthly Sunday night suppers and monthly breakfasts. We welcome new members. Should you be interesting in finding more about our group, please call Kent Parker at 530-432 1779 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272 2487.

Weight Watchers

We meet at the Horseman’s Club, 10600 Bubbling Wells Rd. in Grass Valley. Meetings are Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; and Saturdays at 8 and 9:30 a.m.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to meeting.

Friends of Hospice

Friends of Hospice currently has 173 members and is now working to increase that membership. If you have any inclination to join a very friendly, intelligent, hardworking and worthwhile group who adds to the well being of our community, please give our office a call and find out more about us. The Friends of Hospice office number is 530-274-5121 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or online at and go to Friends of Hospice.

Scottish Country Dancing

Dancing is offered for beginning dancers on Monday nights at the Sierra Center for Spiritual Living at 119 Florence, in Grass Valley (behind the Veterans’ Hall). Classes start at 6:30 and end about 8 p.m. You need not bring a partner, but wear comfortable shoes. A small donation is appreciated to help pay for the electricity.

For more information call 530-477-2755.

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 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.

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

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.

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 D.C. 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

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.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics

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

Gold Country Italian American Club

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

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


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

Healing through Loss and Grief Support Group

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

For information, call 530-265-3258 or visit

Duplicate Bridge Club

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

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

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

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Banner Mountain Post 2655

All former, retired, active and reserve members, both men and women of all military branches, who served in a foreign theater of conflict are invited to join. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 North Pine St. We are open for social events at 2 p.m. every Friday. Prospective members are encouraged to bring their DD 214 (proof of military service), which will be returned upon verification.

For information contact us every Friday evening at 530-265-8396.

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

Nevada County Bonsai Club

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

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

Gold Country Welcome Club

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

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

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

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month excluding December. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Questions? Visit our at website

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

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

Nevada County Genealogical Society

The Society meets on the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call Helen Martini at 530-273-0855 or visit

Sons In Retirement (SIR)

SIRS is a non-profit organization for retired men devoted to the promotion of independence and dignity of retirement. The SIR Branch 11’s luncheon meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at the Lake Wildwood Club House. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and the luncheon meeting begins at noon followed by a guest speaker or entertainment. Lady guests are invited to our May and December meetings. Our activities include: monthly golf tournaments with other SIR branches, field trips, and travel. Members do not have to live in Lake Wildwood. Go to our website at to learn more about us. If you enjoy a good lunch, stimulating conversations, and entertaining/informative programs with a bunch of friendly guys, SIR might be for you.

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

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

Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF)

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings start at noon.

NCRWF is planning a major speaking event in lieu of their October luncheon meeting. Sheriff Richard Mack will speak about citizens’ personal freedoms and the importance of the office of Sheriff to defend those freedoms. He is the former Sheriff of Graham County Arizona and has made his mission to help educate County Sheriffs, law enforcement officers, and American Citizens about the meaning of being a Constitutional Law Enforcement Officer. The event will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 18, at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall. Sheriff Mack currently heads up the national office of Constitutional and Peace Officers Association and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. The cost of the event will be $10 per person and a private “Meet and Greet” including refreshments, a book signing, and reserved seating for $50 will also be available.

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

Multiple Sclerosis self-help support group

We meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of each month in the community room of Glenbrook Apartments, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Each meeting is an opportunity to share experiences, gain information and feel connected.

Meetings include educational discussions of many topics related to MS treatment options, managing symptoms, as well as available resources and services. Family members are welcome.

For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517 or email

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

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.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 114 in Auburn at 7 p.m. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 781-932-6300 or locally at 916-645-9890, or visit

Sierra Table Tennis

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

For information, call 530-265-2834.


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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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