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The Widowed Persons Association

We held our monthly meeting at the Royal Dragon with 36 members in attendance. Our next monthly meeting will be at Perko’s on February 8 at noon. If you are interested in joining our group and attending our next meeting, please call Millie at 530-253-3454 for reservations. Our Sunday night supper will be held at the National Hotel on January 26 at 5:30 p.m. We continue our weekly Pinochle games at Olympia Glades Club House on Tuesdays at noon. For further information about out group, please call Eileen at 530-272-2487 or Kent at 530-432-1779. We welcome new members who are ready to get on with their lives making new friends and attending new activities.

Sierra Singles Club

This club for older singles meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the dining room at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. Weekly activities for dining out and attending local events are planned. For information, contact Shirley Maylett, (530)273-5637.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Several members recently participated in the new officer training at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools. Presentations were given on the different officer roles in Toastmasters. The training was for Area 64, which includes five total clubs in Nevada County.

At Toastmasters International, you will find a supportive environment

where you can learn how to run an organized club. These are leadership

skills that are useful in any organization. Early Risers Toastmasters

meets every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. at Humpty Dumpty Kitchen in Grass Valley. Guests are always welcome.

Gold Country Community Services

Many thanks to Tad Kitada for performing uplifting bluegrass music at our Friendship Wednesday lunch. Next week’s menu features cheesy crab cakes, chicken supreme, Swedish meatballs, barbecue chicken sandwich and winter frittata with broccoli. Reservations and early arrivals are highly recommended. Lunch is served promptly at noon, and Friendship Wednesdays include entertainment.

Remember, January is CLEAN YOUR GARAGE FOR OUR GOOD CAUSE month. Bring your used electronic devices (working or not) to Old Barn Storage on Springhill Drive in Grass Valley — and proceeds from your donations will help us feed more seniors, heat more homes and offer more classes and events.

For full details, lunch reservations, and information about the many services, classes and volunteer opportunities GCCS offers, phone 530-273-4961. Our reception desk is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. For more information, visit

Palestine-Israel Working Group Of Nevada County

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG) advocates 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 at 6 p.m. on Wednesday January 22. A film, “Two-Sided Story,” will be shown. We will be discussing possibilities for organizing a festival of Palestinian-related films and other business. The meeting takes place in a private home. Please call 530-713-1131 for directions.

Our weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City is on hold until daylight extends to 6 p.m. We have signs to share, and everyone who believes in human rights, equality and justice for all people is welcome to participate when we re-commence the vigil.

Empire Toastmasters

Empire’s “Resolutions” theme meeting brought in six guests. Diana Carolan and Ruth Schwartz spoke about how Toastmasters can help achieve a person’s goals. Diana won the award for better speaker as she enthusiastically spoke about her personal experience on how Toastmasters has helped her to keep her employment by preparing better presentations. Sarah McTighe won the Evaluator award for her evaluation of Diana’s speech. Best Table Topics award went to guest, Bethany Cashman who pretended to be a lobbyist representing the Dehydrated Garlic and Onion Association “resolving” to get dehydrated garlic in American’s homes for the betterment of health! Toastmasters is educational, fun and entertaining. Members usually give five to seven minute speeches on topics that they choose. Guests are welcome to join us Friday’s at noon at the Holbrooke Restaurant in Grass Valley. Join us for lunch or just order a beverage. For more information, go to or call Sarah at 530-432-6861.

The Golden Empire Sam’s

Our group met on January 8 at Perko’s restaurant for lunch. Our members enjoyed a tasty lunch and held a monthly meeting. Our next lunch and meeting will be held on February 12 at the Black Bear Diner in Auburn. Lunch will start at noon.

If you are looking for a very friendly group that has a lot of fun activities, good food and friendly members, please join us for one of our campouts as a guest. Looking forward to hearing from you! Call 530-477-1799 or 530-263-2035.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

Nat Seavy, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at February’s meeting of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society.

His presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Placer County Office of Education, 360 Nevada St., Auburn (next door to the Placer County Library).

Golden-crowned sparrows are common in the foothills and valley during the winter months, but they nest far north.

Seavy has been conducting research concerning the migration and breeding area of the actual birds that winter in our foothills with state-of-the-art, incredibly tiny geolocators, which will be on hand for inspection.

Seavy is research director of the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group at Point Blue.

His personal research is focused on the ecology and conservation of riparian ecosystems, bird migration, understanding and preparing for the ecological effects of climate change and applying science to conservation decision making and public policy.

Over the last two decades, Seavy has worked on research projects in North America, Central America, Africa and Hawaii. These projects have included research on the breeding biology of raptors and owls, habitat associations of passerine birds, population ecology and monitoring of Pacific seabirds and avian demography. For information, call 530-271-0789.

Nevada County Republican Women

Our January 21 luncheon meeting will be a discussion on Affordable Health Care. Anthony Halby, local insurance broker, and Dr. Arnold Zeiderman will hold a panel discussion on the implementation and effects of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Anthony Halby has been serving the community and offering life, health and disability insurance in Nevada County since 1983. He has served in many areas of the health care industry as well as being an active community member. Mr. Halby is a past president and served on the Board of the Western Sierra Medical Clinic (previously Miner’s Clinic) for 10 years. Dr. Zeiderman has been a board certified OB-GYN since 1974 and spent the past 40 years of his career in mostly rural California before his recent retirement.

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. Reservations are required.

Please call Donna at 530-274-0803 by January 13 to make a reservation.

For more information or questions about membership call 530-478-0636, email NCRWF at or visit the website at

Parkinson’s Support Group

Our group meets at 1:30 p.m. On the second Friday of each month in the Activity Room on the second floor of the main building at Atria Senior Living Center (previously Quail Ridge), 150 Sutton Way, Grass Valley.

Come share experiences and information with others who have Parkinson’s. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy at 530-272-7950 or Pete at 530-273-4804.

The Golden Empire Nursing Facility Auxiliary

New members are always welcome in the Auxiliary and all it takes is a desire to serve.

The Auxiliary helps with most of the hospital parties and entertainment as well as providing church services, operators for the Pamper Parlor, ceramics, weekly Bingo, Mother’s Day Tea and Father’s Day Pizza Party. If you would like more information about becoming a member you can contact President, Iona Terry, 477-5405 or Membership Chairman, Barbara Ford, 530-273-6084.

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

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We are gearing up for A Day for Women on April 5 at Sierra College NCC, presenting 28 workshops such as Having Great Relationships, Creative Canning, Turning Your Passion into Business , Decorating with what You Have, Investing in Long Term Success and more. Brochures and tickets will be out in February. Cost is $45 including lunch for a day of classes, networking and shopping. The Women’s Committee is getting ready to honor a woman veteran and give the Women’s Opportunity Award, while the Youth Committee will be celebrating good citizens at Bell Hill Academy and presenting the Violet Richardson Award for a young woman volunteer. The International Goodwill and Understanding Committee will present a program from HEART in Africa in February. Check out our website at or on Facebook.

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 today at the first AAUW Nevada County Branch meeting of 2014. 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. today (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, undereating 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, 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. 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.

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.

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.

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. Edda Hunter is our Support Group Director and we meet monthly in her home in Penn Valley. Call anytime. Contact Edda at 530-432-2862. Or email us at Like us on Facebook.

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