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Club News, Nov. 13, 2013


Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

No, this is not a New Age self-improvement workshop about sharpening your intuition; it’s about birds ... really. At 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the community room of the Nevada County Library in Nevada City, SFAS endeavors to devote the December programs to a celebration of the CBC. In past years Rudy Darling has discussed the three SFAS-affiliated CBCs, the birds we have found during them, some of the birds we haven’t found, and some of the birds we have found that might present ID problems.

This year, he’ll offer a celebration of the females of the species, explore how to tell the females from the males (the birds have no trouble at all, so why should we?) and discuss how to separate similar species’ females from each other. All this will be accompanied by Rudy’s groan-inducing humor, vocalizations and ID tips.

Rudy Darling has been a birder since 1963 and a member of the board of Sierra Foothills Audubon (SFAS) since 1998. He is in charge of the Grass Valley Christmas Bird Count and the SFAS Bird-AThon

fundraiser. He also leads several field trips each year for SFAS, specializing in owls and birding by ear, and contributes articles to The Phoebe. He is Nevada County editor for North American Birds and

eBird. His formal training includes a BA in Biology and an MS in Ecology. He works for the Nevada County Sanitation District, running a State-certified lab that provides compliance and operational data

for the County’s wastewater plants.

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

Gold Country Community Services

Special thanks to everyone who supported our Mama’s Spaghetti Night event last Wednesday. You’ll help make a difference to the many local people who rely on us for nutrition, wood, and more.

Special thanks to Peter Franchino as well for his humorous and magical entertainment at our Friendship Wednesday lunch. Next week’s menu features beef Bourguignon, cheese ravioli w/meat sauce, meat loaf, hot turkey sandwich and lemon pepper fish. Lunch is served each weekday, promptly at noon in our High Noon Cafe. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended. We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving and Friday, Nov. 29.

For reservations, information about our classes, services and volunteer opportunities, phone 530-273-4961. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., and reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mon. through Fri. For more information, visit http://www.goldcountrycenter.org.

The Soroptimist International Club of Grass Valley

We have announced our annual Violet Richardson Award, which is a recognition program for young women ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. Each year, Soroptimist clubs honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place — such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or mentoring young girls.

This award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts. The award is named for the first president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921, whose motto was, “It’s what you do that counts.”

The Grass Valley club will select a winner from the applications received from western Nevada County residents. The award will be presented in 2014 by the SIGV club. The non-profit for which the winner volunteers will receive a monetary award of $100.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2013. The program begins on the club level, with club recipients becoming eligible for the $1,000 region-level awards. One winner is chosen from among the region-level recipients to receive a finalist award, which includes a contribution of $2,500 to the winner’s volunteer organization.

For more information, visit http://www.sigv.org.

Sierra Singles Club

Older singles are invited to join this social group to dine out and attend plays, films and other local group activities. After the holidays, meetings will be held at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Community Center,which is located at 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley.

For information, contact Shirley Maylett, 530-273-5637.

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.

Early Risers Toastmasters

The Toastmasters International program teaches communication and leadership techniques that are essential for professional and interpersonal success. The goal of the group is to practice speaking in front of a group in a fun setting! Guests are encouraged, and you are not required to speak until you feel comfortable. Last Tuesday, the group enjoyed prepared speeches by members Paul McGillicuddy, Drew Speroni and Shelley Drievold. In addition to formal presentations, each meeting also includes an impromptu “Table Topics” round, where members practice the skill of speaking off-the-cuff. The Early Risers Toastmasters meet at Humpty Dumpty Restaurant at 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday and finish by 7:50 a.m.. It’s a convenient meeting time for busy professionals.

Call 530-273-9777 for more information.

American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130

Next Post business meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday November 19. Directly after the meeting Post will furnish snack food in our bar/lounge. Our Friday and Saturday Lounge nights have been changed to Wednesday and Thursday 5 to 9:30 p.m. Our Sunday night Karaoke remains the same, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Will be in our full bar/lounge and is doing great.

Please join the American Legion; any service branch veteran who has served in or out of the country during wartime dates. Come to an event or call 530-272-2160.

A big thank you to all who attended our Veterans Day Observance. To our own Norm Dodson’s leadership, speakers, great singers and flowers. My special thanks to our youth; Boy Scout Troop 855 and the 4-H girls. You were very much needed and appreciated. We are located at 255 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-272-2160.

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us.

The next meeting is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday November 21. We will be planning our fundraising for the benefit of our Nevada County Chapter Maia Project, which will install a water purification and desalination unit at a kindergarten in a Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. The meeting takes place in a private home. Please call 530-713-1131 for directions.

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

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (ACA)

We meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights at The Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Classroom 5 in Grass Valley. This meeting is for women only.

Foothills Horticulture

Chelsea Lynch of Body Logic presents “How to Garden and Save Your Back” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. A plant raffle and refreshments follow the talk. Admission is free and annual dues are $15. For more information, call 530-269-3444 or email perrypp@usamedia.tv.

Gold County Celtic Society

Please join our gathering Wednesday, November 20. 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 have a presentation by Robert Hanna, the great-great grandson of John Muir. He will tell the story of Muir through the family’s eyes and how his teachings and words have been passed along to each generation and still exist today.

Also coming up is the Kirkin’ of the Tartan at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 24. This lovely ceremony takes place at Trinity Church in Nevada City. Bring a piece of tartan or any Celtic memento to be blessed.

Please join us — you don’t have to be Celtic! Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 N. Pine Street. For more information, call 530-272-1316 or visit http://www.nevadacountycelticlub.org. Visit us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/GoldCountryCelticSociety.

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. November 13 is our next general meeting. Off season (October through 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 http://www.gcyc.net.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA)

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 916-273-5413, or visit: www.foodaddicts.org.

Friends of Hospice

Volunteers of Friends of Hospice gathered together to stuff, seal and put address labels on approximately 4,000 envelopes to go out to the community this month. These invitations solicit donations which are returned with a message written upon a small pine tree cut paper. The messages are then displayed on the Holiday Memorial Trees at the Hospice facility as well as at the Hospice Thrift Centers.

Throughout the month of December, Friends display a beautiful lighted Tree at Hooper and Weavers Mortuary, each bright light a tribute to a loved one cared for by Hospice of the Foothills.

Nevada County Climate Coalition

Grass Valley’s Unitarian Universalist Church hosted the first general meeting of the new Nevada County Climate Coalition on October 29 to take action to battle the harmful effects of climate change in the county and around the world.

Thirty-five enthusiastic people filled a large hall in the church. Many active community and faith groups sent representatives, ranging from politically-oriented organizations like APPLE, the Citizens Climate Lobby and the Democratic Party; to envoys from local Baha’i, Methodist, Unitarian, and several other faith groups along with many concerned individuals.

The Climate Coalition, which welcomes all interested people to its second meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 246 S. Church Street in Grass Valley. For Further Information call 530-264-7392.

Nevada City Lions

The Nevada City Lions meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Seamans’ Lodge. For membership information contact Membership Chair John Meyer, 530-272-0588 or President Chuck Woerner, 530-265-2039.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA)

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 Mondays at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2351 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville 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 916-759-5765 or 916-761-3009, or visit: www.foodaddicts.org.

League of Women Voters

Please be sure to attend our general meeting at 9:30 a.m. today at Peace Lutheran Church to welcome new members and socialize with old friends. We plan to begin at 10 a.m. with our program, “Climate Change — The Realities.” Our speakers will be Carol Kuczora, League member and Climate Reality Project representative, and Jerry Hinkle, Northern California Regional Coordinator for Citizens Climate Lobby. They will explore the current state of understanding of climate change and what can be done about it.

For more information on the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County call 530-265-0956 or visit http://www.lwvwnc.org.

The Sierranaders Chorus

We invite all men who like to sing to come learn our holiday song set at 7 p.m. on all Tuesday evenings in November, at 11577 E Ave, Auburn. Those who learn these mostly familiar songs will be able to perform with us for Victorian Christmas in Nevada City on Wednesday evenings, Dec. 4 and 11. For more info, call Cliff at 530-346-2757, or e-mail cliff@cliffsings.com. Great camaraderie, fellowship, fun, and singing.

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.

Hope Bearers Support Group

Are you feeling uncertain or even afraid? Do you feel like no one understands? Believe it or not there is hope and joy to be found even in the midst of this calamity. You do not have to be alone! Come find hope and be a part of this encouraging environment. This support group offers an opportunity to share what you are going through in a safe environment with leaders who have walked down the same road. We invite you to come experience God’s love, compassion, mercy, and yes, His help in a time of your need.

Edda Hunter is our Support Group Director and we meet monthly in her home in Penn Valley. We are always available on a “call as needed basis”. Call anytime. Contact Edda at 530-432-2862. Or email us at hope@foothillchurch.org. Like us on Facebook!

Move to Amend

Join Move to Amend national spokesperson David Cobb for a special appearance in Nevada County from 2 to 4 p.m. on Veteran’s Day, November 11, at the Banner Grange at 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. The program is being organized by the Nevada County chapter of Move to Amend.

Move to Amend is a national, grassroots coalition that works toward overcoming corporate power by building momentum for a Constitutional Amendment that would make it clear that civil rights are intended for human beings, not for corporations. The “We the People Amendment” would not only overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but would also abolish “corporate personhood” and declare that money is not the same as speech. Find out more at the Nevada County Move to Amend website or Facebook page.

Coffee and refreshments will be available at this event. Tickets are $5 at Briar Patch Co-op or at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more visit http://www.NevadaCountyMoveToAmend.org, or visit the national website, http://www.MoveToAmend.org.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and selling locally. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild Blog at CraftGuildNevadaCounty.BlogSpot.com. Guild meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Superintendent of Schools Office, Nevada City in the Houser Conference Room at 6:30 p.m.

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

Nevada County Walkers

As of today we are 592 members strong and each of you contributed in some way to the success of the Nevada County Walkers. Let’s come together in a comfortable, fun and social afternoon at the park. For more information, call 530-798-9601.

Business Professional Women – Nevada County

Join BPWNC for the November 20 program as we highlight two local women whose businesses and life practices support women and girls in developing nations. Peggy Peterson of Asylum Down and Yabobo, and Eileen Jorgensen of The Magic Carpet — all well-known downtown Nevada City shops — will share with us their journey that has benefited women and girls in Africa, India, Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan.

Plan now to attend and bring your friends on Wednesday, November 20 at Jim E’s Club 141, 141 E. Main Street in Grass Valley. Social/networking hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. Check our website at http://bpwnevadacounty.org, or contact Kim Wydra at 530-432-2591 or by email at kim@deltahl.com to RSVP or for more information.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF)

The November 19 Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) luncheon meeting will feature guest speakers Assessor Sue Horne, speaking on the “Ups and Downs of Your Property Taxes” and Assemblyman Brian Dahle who will talk about legislation passed in the last Legislative session. The NCRWF annual holiday bake sale will also take place at the November meeting.

Reservations for the November luncheon can be made by calling 530-274-0803 by November 14. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at noon.

For more information or questions about meetings and membership please call 530-470-8507, email NCRWF at NCRWF@hotmail.com or visit the website at http://www.nevadacountyrwf.org.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

The role of legal advocacy in challenging sex discrimination in the workplace and higher education will be the focus of the November AAUW Nevada County Branch meeting today. Through readers theater-style reenactments, actual legal case histories will be presented by Stephanie Norton, Nevada County Branch Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) vice president, and a cast of AAUW members. The AAUW LAF works to challenge sex discrimination in the workplace and higher education, including unfair pay, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault and violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. LAF addresses these barriers by assisting people who are using the legal system to seek justice and change. Free and open to the public, the meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. today (program begins at 10 a.m.) at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley.

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 http://www.sirbranch11.com 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 sir.branch11@yahoo.com.

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations. You don’t have to be a biological grandmother. It’s about looking at the world we want to create two generations ahead. All ages and genders welcome (join us, grandfathers!).

For information, call Shirley at 530-265-5545 or e-mail Grannies4peace@hotmail.com.

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 MCGee.erica@yahoo.com.

Grass Roots Genealogy Study Group

We meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. Meetings are open to anyone interested in genealogy research. The building is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking. There are no dues. Topics are posted at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagrgg.

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

Order of the Eastern Star’s Evangeline Chapter No 9

We are a fraternal organization of men and women committed to providing an environment of friendship and fellowship, regardless of age, by implementing innovative ideas, facilitating positive change and planning for the future, while working cohesively with our Masonic Family.

Our goals include: Mutual Respect — To demonstrate mutual respect for each other, while recognizing the strengths and diversities of our members. Service — To make the name of Eastern Star synonymous with service to our communities and service and assistance to our members. Membership — To engage and revitalize our existing membership and appeal to prospective members through creative programs and activities. Evangeline Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month and 6:30 for fellowship and 7:30 p.m. for our meeting at 108 N. Pine Street, Nevada City.

Call Kathy at 530-478-1286 or visit http://www.oescal.org for more information regarding this Masonic organization where both women and men may join.

Gold Country Trails Council

GCTC is a nonprofit incorporated association formed in 1981 to develop, maintain, and protect non-motorized recreational trails in the Sierra Foothills area for public use and enjoyment. Coordination with Tahoe National Forest, Bicyclists of Nevada County, Nevada County Woods Riders Off-Road Motorcycle Club and other local groups has brought an amicable sharing of trail work and trail use in our area. Planned are seven work days, along with several camp-outs and day rides with horses. General meetings include speakers relevant to this mission, along with horse health, trailer safety, and joint efforts with other community organizations. New members and guests are welcome.

For more information, visit our website at goldcountrytrailscouncil.org.

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 http://www.foodaddicts.org.

Gold Country chapter of California Retired Teachers Association

The annual Christmas luncheon and program is scheduled for Monday, December 2, at the Alta Sierra Country Club.

California’s 15th annual Retired Teachers Week is November 3 through 9. The CalRTA began in 1929 as our country struggled through the Great Depression. A small group of teachers banded together to fight for better pensions for colleagues who were living in poverty after a lifetime of teaching.

For additional information please call Bonnie Bennett, president, at 615-4252 or Carol Siver. membership, at 530-272-4132.

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.

For additional information contact Rodney Raub at r.d.raub@att.net or call 530-432-7752.

Widowed Persons Association

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.

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.

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 www.swgga.org.

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 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.

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.

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 www.grassvalleymoose.org.

Call for details: 530-273-1070.

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 http://www.facebook.com/BNI.grassvalley.

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 at http://www.resolve2run.com.

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 http://www.hofo.org 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 www.vva535.org.

The Sierra Hills Branch of Sons In Retirement

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

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

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.

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. For information visit the official pickleball website: http://usapa.org.

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 steven@stevenlease.com for information.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics

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

Gold Country Italian American Club

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

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

TOPS Club

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

Healing through Loss and Grief Support Group

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

For information, call 530-265-3258 or visit www.LossAndGrief.org.

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 www.sierranevadabsma.org.

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 www.NCNugget.com, or call 530-478-0999.

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.

Spontanee-us

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

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

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 www.BONC.org.

Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We host several rides a week for all levels from beginner to advanced. These rides are a great way to get acquainted with other riders and to learn new bike routes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of group rides and cycling events.

For information, visit www.SierraExpress.org.

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 melody.ranch@sbcglobal.net.


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