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Club News, Jan. 4, 2014

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association

We will be meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 6 in the Veterans Memorial Building at 255 South Auburn Street (entrance off back parking lot) in Grass Valley. All visitors are welcome. Any questions about bees? Wondering about pollination and how it can help your garden and orchard? Always wanted to get bees? Questions about honey production? We have answers!

Join our lively regular question and answer session starting promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program. This month’s program will have Pat Heitkam, of Heitkam’s Honeybees in Orland, Calif. speaking. The subject is “Changes in Beekeeping over the last 35 years.” Pat is one of the most respected queen breeders in the country, producing over 60,000 queens each year. In addition his company produces honey, pollinates local fruit crops, sells package bees, and is involved with various groups researching problems with honeybee health. Pat is a great story teller and a lively program is expected.

Empire Toastmasters

Paul Dessau was the Toastmaster for this wonderful meeting. President, Jerri Glover won for best speaker as she passionately spoke about leadership. Joe Hunnicutt won for best evaluator for his evaluation of Ron Egenes’ pocket speech entitled, “My Wife is Always Right.” Ron Egenes also presented a continuous story regarding traveling from place to place for Table Topics which Lee Zasloff took the award using the word “tenacity.” Three guests attended this meeting. Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings held at the Holbrooke Restaurant in Grass Valley, Fridays at noon. For more information, contact Sarah at 530-432-6861.

Colfax Garden Club

The January 2014 meeting of the Colfax Garden Club will be at 9:30 a.m. on January 10 at the Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School Street, Colfax. The speaker will be Charlotte Owendyk. Winner of several national awards for her horticultural articles, she enjoys speaking to garden groups and rose societies. She is active in several Sacramento area rose societies. Her talk, “Roses, Roses and more Roses” will focus on pruning basics, “go to” roses. and roses in the landscape.

American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130

We are located in Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Parking at rear. Our Events, offices, full bar/lounge and monthly dinners are all here. Karaoke every Sunday 5 to 10 p.m. Our monthly, first Tuesday served dinner will be January 7th 2014. Full bar/lounge opened 5 to 9 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call 530-272-2160 for information and reservations. Chef Antonio’s menu is cream of broccoli soup with swiss cheese, chicken Jerusalem with a white wine sauce, mushrooms and artichoke hearts served with rice pilaf and fresh vegetables, dinner rolls with butter, cranberry bread pudding, tea, coffee, water. Price 12$. See you there.

Sierra Singles Club

This club meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. Older singles are invited to attend meetings and participate in our weekly activities. For information, contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

Nevada County Newcomers Club

We are kicking off 2014 with an exciting luncheon on Wednesday, January 22, with a look at what to do if you find your sight is disappearing. Physician experts from the Society for the Blind in Sacramento will discuss how vision problems affect you in daily life and what new tools and medical devices are available to keep you independent and leading a good daily life.

The luncheon will be held at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The cost of the luncheon is $18. The luncheon begins at 11:4; doors open at 11 a.m. Reservation deadline is January 13, 2014.

Nevada County Newcomers Club is a women’s social club that usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and program. New members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. If you are interested in learning more about the club, its many activity groups, and the upcoming luncheon, call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

Carine Kayinamura will be the guest speaker at the first AAUW Nevada County Branch meeting of 2014, which will take place Jan. 18. A native of Rwanda who lost family members in the 1994 Rwandan genocidal mass slaughter, Kayinamura is a 2013-14 recipient of an AAUW Career Development Grant, which is partially funded by the Ruth Phillips/Nevada County AAUW Branch endowment. She is a graduate student at California State University, Sacramento, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and currently working on a master of science degree in accounting. In Africa, she has worked with various nonprofit organizations in finance and accounting, as well as mentoring at-risk girls and boys. After graduation, Kayinamura’s goal is to become a certified public accountant and to help young women develop skills in business and accounting fields. During her presentation, Kayinamura will share her personal story and address her motivation and goals for assisting her fellow countrywomen and men. Free and open to the public, the meeting will be 9:30 a.m. Jan. 18 (program begins at 10 a.m.) at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

AAUW Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce. AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals who do not meet the educational requirement but are interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For information, visit or call 530-470-9395.

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 916-273-5413, or visit

Healing Through Loss And Grief Support Group

The next Healing Through Loss And Grief Support Group will be open to newcomers on Thursday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the FREED office, 2059 Nevada City Highway, Ste. 104, Grass Valley. Anyone who has experienced a significant loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no charge to participate. Fore more information, visit

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club

Our club has members from all over the world. Here are just a few: Australia: 3,538; Denmark: 3,240; Germany: 7,500; Great Britain and Ireland: 19,500; India: 30,000 and the USA: 580. We had a booth at the Duck Races again this year selling snow cones and brownies and are now seeking new fundraisers for our club. We baked pies again for KARE Crisis Nursery’s booth at the Draft Horse Classic. We ran out of pies on the last day. KARE Crisis puts on several functions each year and we help as much as we can. We work with children to make their holidays a fun experience. We also support Women of Worth, Salvation Army and Maternity Health Clinic. We are also shopping and wrapping gifts for needy families. We must not forget our Inner Wheel Foundation, that supplies myoelectric limbs for children up to 18 years of age. Our meetings are now held at the 221 Bistro on Broad St. in Nevada City. For more information, call Carole at 530-265-6989.

Business Network International’s Nevada County Business Builders Chapter

We meet at noon every Thursday at the Holbrooke. BNI is a referral group committed to helping its members build their business by building strong relationships with the motto, “Giver’s Gain!”

For more information, visit

The Tapestry Network of Nevada County,

Our organization is a membership-based organization that markets the members businesses while volunteering and promoting local non-profits. The organization has raised over $25,000 in its first two years and was recently awarded “Volunteer of the Year” from the Grass Valley Downtown Association. Women business owners are invited to participate in the organization and Nevada County non profits that would like to be considered for future events should contact for more information.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We meet on the first and second Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at Club 141 and on the third Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Check out our website at or on Facebook.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Volunteers at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital are special people who offer their time to help others. They provide many extras that supplement the basic services of our hospital’s professional staff. These extras add to and benefit the comfort, care and happiness of our patients. Auxiliary volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks. They provide personal patient services, such as delivering flowers, gifts, newspapers and mail, serving refreshments, escorting patients, families or visitors throughout the hospital and assisting with department needs. Volunteers also staff the gift shop and reception areas.

Friends of Hospice

Come and volunteer at Friends of Hospice (530-247-5121) and do the very worthwhile job of working on events to raise money for the use of Hospice of the Foothills. FOH has no paid members and all of the monies raised is used for the benefit of Hospice of the Foothills.

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 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. today. 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. Tuesday nights at The Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Classroom 5 in Grass Valley. This meeting is for women only.

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. Off-season (October through April), the meetings are 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

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.

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 Like us on Facebook!

Move to Amend

We are 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.

For more information, visit, or visit the national website,

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 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.

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

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

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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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