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Club News, Oct. 19, 2013

Gold Country Community Services

Circle Sunday, October 20 on your calendars! At 2 p.m. it’s time to “play ball” at Las Eva Field, Memorial Park. The fifth annual Heroes of October will determine which coed softball team are the champs. Will it be Nevada City or Grass Valley who gets to brag and show off the perpetual trophy for the next year? Proceeds will benefit Gold Country Community Services and the vital work we do.

Many home-bound seniors rely on us for home delivered meals. Many rely on us for lunches served in our popular High Noon Cafe. Our Wood Program keeps many warm in winter, and the classes, activities and services we offer keep many seniors engaged, connected and informed.

Get answers to your questions and offer your support by calling Sandy “Jake” Jacobson at 530-273-4961.

Next week’s lunch menu will feature chicken enchilada, spinach lasagna, barbecue chicken sandwich, beef soft taco, and California pork.

GCCS is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. Reception is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fore more information, call 530-273-4961 or visit

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128

Sons of Norway

We will be holding our annual Viking Fair Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 26 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 2. Free parking. Among the many fun-filled happenings, the event will feature live music, vendors offering Scandinavian gifts and apparel, Norwegian food and baked goods, food demonstrations, white elephant table and a raffle. Many members will be wearing traditional Norwegian garb. The prize-winning Viking ship float will be on display.

For more information call 530-432-8311.

Gold Country chapter of California Retired Teachers Association

Dr. Louise Bennicoff Johnson, new Superintendent of Nevada Union High School District, was guest speaker at the October luncheon of the Gold Country chapter of retired teachers. Dr. Johnson’s childhood love of books and school developed into her life long desire to educate and guide children and teenagers. In the beginning of her long career she taught physics to high school students. Before coming to NUHS she served both on elementary and secondary levels in various assignments. She shared her thoughts and concerns on the current challenges in public education. She also told of students who made a difference in her own life.

The 2013-14 officers are Bonnie Bennett, president; Betty Fritzinger, vice president; Lynn Booth, vice president (Truckee); and Christine Knox, treasure. Other board members are: Polly Bacich, legislation; Joyce and Dave Starling, resource; Kathy Jones, newsletter; Carole Siver, membership; and Sandy Blake, reservations.

Outgoing officers are: Peggy Boss, president; Linda Johnson, vice president; and Ann Marie Romero, secretary.

For additional information please call Carole Siver at 530-272-4132.

Grass Valley Host Lions

We recently helped to sponsor a major fundraising event for Sammie’s Friends Nevada County Animal Shelter. Sammie’s Friends Poker Ride was a big hit with the riders as we raised funds, raffled prizes, enjoyed a barbecue lunch with a DJ providing us some

great music, had vendor/information booths AND had a spectacular Autumn day to explore the Gold Country on a quest for the best and worst poker hand. The ride started in Rough and Ready, ran through Colfax ,Dutch Flat, Cedar Ridge and back to Condon Park’s L.O.V.E. (Lots Of Volunteer Effort) building. If you would like more information on becoming a Lion and doing fun events such as this, please be our guest one evening at a meeting, on either the second or fourth Thursday night the month at the L.O.V.E building. We would love to have you and explore new venues for raising funds to

expand our hearing aid, eye glasses, and scholarship programs, as well as

other local projects we are involved in.

Gold County Celtic Society

Please join our gathering Wednesday, October 23. Social hour begins at 6 followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entrée, or dessert for 8 to 10, your tableware, and beverage of your choice. Water, coffee and tea are available.

After dinner we will be entertained by Robert Scott, who is of both Irish and Scottish ancestry. He is a folk singer with a passion for Irish and Scottish songs and loves to share them. With humorous toasts, anecdotes, and good ol’ fashion singing, he is sure entertain us.

Please join us - you don’t have to be Celtic! Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 N. Pine Street. Information: 530-272-1316 or

Golden Empire Chapter of the United Nations Association

The United Nations works around the world connecting 193 nations in their efforts to bring about peace, justice and prosperity for everyone. The non-profit UN Foundation and its allied UNA – USA support the UN and its agencies through community education and advocacy. The UNA – USA has over 100 chapters nation-wide encouraging strong U.S. leadership in support of the UN.

The Golden Empire Chapter – UNA is a grass roots membership organization providing information and programs about the United Nations’ important role in world affairs and its relevance to communities here and around the world. We sponsor speakers and educational events emphasizing foreign affairs, support local high school Model UN programs and conduct monthly discussion groups focused on global issues of interest to our Nevada County membership.

This year we are celebrating UN Day, October 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. with a fun gathering for members and anyone interested in learning more about the UN Association. The party is at member Helen Williamson’s home, 357 Nile Street, Nevada City. Please RSVP to Rodney Raub at 530-432-7752 if you plan to come. We hope this annual gathering will give you something to indulge your head, your heart and your stomach.

Our Chapter President Shera Banbury hopes to engage your heart with a report on progress towards meeting the UN Millennium Development goals. For your head we will feature a wine tasting competition with select international wines compared against wines from our own Nevada County wineries. And for your stomach, a delicious UNA Potluck program. Please bring a potluck dish to share; something keeping with the international theme would be really cool! Beverages will be provided.

For additional information or directions to the Annual UN Day meeting, contact Rodney Raub at or call 530-432-7752.

Sierra Singles Club

An organization for older singles to meet and attend group outings to dine out, attend plays, films and other local events. During the holiday season, our regular meetings are replaced with special events. Regular meetings will resume in January. For information, contact Shirley Maylett 530-273-5637.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Last Tuesday’s Early Risers Toastmasters meeting was full of participation and activity. Three prepared speeches were delivered, ranging from the topics of travel adventures to the benefits of using a bicycle as a main mode of transportation. The speeches were interesting, and reviews of the presentations were given during our evaluation session. Congratulations to Stu Matthews, Jim Lewis and Mags Matthews for their outstanding skill! Join us next week to get in on the action. Guests are always welcome and not required to speak until they feel ready. The Early Risers Toastmasters meet at Humpty Dumpty Restaurant at 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday and finish by 7:50 p.m. It’s a convenient meeting time for busy professionals. Call 530-273-9777 for more information.

Nevada County Tapestry

We will be having our next Tapestry Gathering from 5:20 to 7:40 p.m. on November 14, 2013 at the Holbrooke Hotel and Restaurant, Grass Valley. Special guest speaker will be Melisa Mistler-Yates. Featured nonprofit/fundraising for the organization “A New Day.” For more information or to register, visit

Widowed Persons Association

The next monthly meeting of the Widowed Persons Association will be held at noon on Nov. 9 at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley. Election of officers for 2014 will be held at the meeting. Our Sunday night supper will be held on October 27 at Trattoria Milano, the new Italian Restaurant diagonal from Holiday Inn Express. Our monthly breakfast will be held in Penny’s Diner at 10 a.m. on October 17. We are one of 24 chapters in California devoted to widowed persons who wish to get on with their lives by making new friends, adding new social activities and giving redirection to their lives. For more information about attending our activities, please call Kent Parker at 530-432-1779 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.

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.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and selling handmade locally.

To learn about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild Blog at

We are having our yearly fund raiser, Winterfaire. This is our 31st year. This year we are supporting Interfaith Food Ministries. The entrance fee to the show is $2.00 or $1.00 and 1 can of food for each person. Children are free. Please visit us at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, October 19 & 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and help support the Interfaith Food Bank

Guild meetings are held 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City in the Houser Conference Room. For more information contact Shirley Williams, 530-272-7033.

Weight Watchers

Our new location is 900 E. Main St. in Grass Valley, Suite 203.

Our meeting schedule is:

Tues.: Doors open 9, meeting 9:30 a.m.

Wed: Doors open 5:30 p.m., meeting at 6 p.m.

Thurs.: Doors open 9 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., and doors open at 11:45 a.m. meeting 12:15 p.m.

Sat: Doors open 7:30, meeting 8 a.m. and doors open at 9 a.m. and meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

After their first retreat to set goals and develop an action plan for the year, Soroptimist International of Grass Valley is geared up for a fun October celebrating Club Life Membership for Judy Leslie and informing the club of a vision program in Kiev, emphasizing the International aspect of our organization. We have welcomed new members Vicki Winters and Reyna Salcido of the Salvation Army and will be inducting two additional members in November. Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meets the first and second Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and the third Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Club 141 in Grass Valley.

Check our website at

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

We will hold our monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 8 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. PFLAG is support and advocacy group for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer) community and their allies. This month’s featured speakers will discuss Hewlett-Packard’s diversity and inclusion programs. PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

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

American Legion Auxiliary

It is becoming more difficult for units to support all that they want because of declining memberships. To see if you qualify to become an American Legion Auxiliary member, contact Melise Munroe at 530-272-1716.

When visiting the VSO Office, please remember to take a bag of cookies provided by the American Legion Auxiliary, we thank you deeply for your service.

Upcoming events:

November 7: In Sacramento at the State Capitol Homeless Children Awareness

November 11: Veterans’ Day- The Auxiliary will be visiting the assisted living homes to show our support of the Veterans there in addition to the Veterans’ Observance Ceremony at the Grass Valley Veterans’ Memorial building starting at 9:45 a.m.

November 12: Monthly American Legion Auxiliary meeting 1:30 p.m. Grass Valley Veterans’ Memorial Building.

November 23: District Meeting in Lincoln

December 8: Districts 6 and 7 will be having a joint district meeting where Department President, Anita Biggs will attend. It will be held at the Rio Linda Veterans’ Building

December 10: Monthly American Legion Auxiliary meeting at The Munroe Holiday Manor.

The Nevada County Genealogical Society

The daytime NCGS Study Group will hold its last meeting for the season on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. in the same location. Hilary Steinmetz will discuss “Census Records on” The census provides a snapshot in time of where a family was, who they were living with, ages and other clues., a paid subscription service which can be accessed free at the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research or the LDS Church Family History Center (both in Nevada City), is a valuable too to access census records. This study group will help researchers be more effective in accessing and analyzing census records on

More information on NCGS is available at their website,, or by calling Helen Martini at 530-273-0855.

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

We will meet at 11 a.m. today 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

The Tapestry Network of Nevada County

We held our first ribbon cutting on Sept. 24 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.

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

The Chicago Park Garden Club

The Card Making group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

The Gold Country Yacht Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. October 9 is our next general meeting. Off season (October-April), the meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza Parlor. Dinner begins at 6. and the Commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Questions? Please visit our website

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. 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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