Club News: April 13, 2013 |

Club News: April 13, 2013

Nevada County Historical Society

Join us for our monthly Speaker Night presentation on Thursday April 18 and participate in a Gold Rush History. Not just a lecture, it will feature a lively discussion between Ronald James and Robert Stewart about their new book The Gold Rush Letters of E. Allen Grosh and Hosea B. Grosh. The volume of more than 80 letters sent from California to their father in Pennsylvania speak of the hopes and frustrations of two young men who based a part of their operations on Deer Creek, Nevada County. The book is one of the most important recent contributions to Gold Rush history. The extensive annotations by editors James and Stewart flesh out the well-written letters of two intelligent, thoughtful young Argonauts from Pennsylvania. James, author of a number of books on Nevada history, recently retired as Nevada Historic Preservation Officer. Stewart is recognized in Nevada as a meticulous historical researcher. Copies of the book, published by the University of Nevada Press in 2012, will be available for purchase and both editors will be signing after the discussion. The presentation, one of a monthly series, is held in the Conference Room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City; it is open for public attendance, and admission is free. Refreshments are provided. Presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

For more NCHS information, visit or contact President Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County

PIWG advocates for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us.

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 16, 2013. We will be planning for our fund-raising yard sale to be held Saturday April 27, 2013, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 517 Nevada Street in Nevada City. The yard sale proceeds are for the benefit of our Nevada County Chapter Maia Project which will install a water purification and desalination unit to the Naseam Kindergarten in Nuseirat Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip.

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The second major agenda item will be planning for a visit from Dorothy Naor on April 30, 2013. Dorothy is an American-born Jewish Israeli human rights activist who has lived in Israel for more than 50 years.

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 6:00 pm 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.

Nevada County Democratic Women's Club

We will host our annual Scholarship Award Luncheon on Saturday, May 4 to honor our 2013 winner from Nevada Union High School, Quinlan Grim, who will read her essay on the power of "We the People." This annual event will be held at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 11:30 a.m. Deluxe Buffet Lunch for $30. Reservations and checks need to be received by April 26 at NCDWC, P.O. Box 1573, Grass Valley, CA. 95945.

Call 530-432-4003 for more information.

Nevada Country Republican Women Federated

District II County Supervisor, Ed Scofield, will be the guest speaker at the April 16 luncheon meeting for Nevada Country Republican Women Federated (NCRWF). He will be presenting an overview of the issues and topics of interest facing Nevada County. Supervisor Scofield's District includes the communities of Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, and unincorporated areas along Highway 49.

On April 9 several members and students will attend California Federation of Republican Women's (CFRW) Advocacy Day at the Capitol. Members and students from all over the state will be attending this annual event established by the suggestion of Ronald Reagan in 1974. Starting in 1990 high school students were also invited to attend and participate in legislative action and awareness.

Call and make a reservation for the upcoming meeting by April 8th at 274-0803. Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings start at noon.

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

The Gold Country Chapter of LeTip International

We meet Wednesdays from 11:46 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. at Kane's Restaurant at 120 East Main Street in Grass Valley. We welcome anyone interested in growing their business!

Our featured speakers this week were Lacey Bowman, our life and health insurance agent, and Steve Scott of Executive Building Maintenance, commercial cleaners. Lacey Bowman has been in her field for over 10 years. She goes above and beyond to provide excellent service to her clients. Lacey advised us that everything in health insurance is undergoing huge changes right now; rates may go up as much as 30% next year. She explained that "Exchange" is the platform for offering guaranteed health care coverage. Steve Scott of Executive Building Maintenance reviewed vacuum cleaners for us and gave us the following cleaning tips: when cleaning, always start at the back and highest part of the house and work down and forward. This is the most efficient and hygienic way to clean. Vacuum slowly and with the brushes set high to allow the best air flow to pull in dirt.

For more information about Gold Country LeTip, please call 530-477-3727.

Friends of Hospice

This marks the 13th year for Friends of Hospice Butterfly Garden of Remembrance Event. Paula Bertness is chairperson of this beautiful event to remember and honor our loved ones over the Memorial Day weekend. A lovely grassy area of Hooper & Weavers Mortuary, off 49 on Ridge Road, is transformed into a garden of over 600 metal butterfly stakes with laminated cards tied on them with the name of a loved one and message to remember or honor them.

The cards will remain on the stakes over the weekend and we welcome the community to visit just to see and enjoy the atmosphere even if you do not

contribute a card. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 25, 26 and 27.

Invitations to the event will be sent out the weekend of April 19.

If you care to join in on the preparation of this event, tying ribbons, stuffing envelopes, or want to receive information on receiving a garden card,

please call the Friends of Hospice at 530-272-5739.

Friends of Hospice

Are you looking for a special something to commemorate a graduation or to celebrate a family, to honor a troop or just to tell someone you love them? Follow the Pave the Way bricks and take a walk around Hospice of the Foothills Compassionate Care Center to read the lovely memorials that work around the grounds. They read, "I Love You," "We Miss You," "You Are Always In Our Heart," "Congratulations," "Just Great" and many other memorials and recognitions that are on this walk.

This ongoing fundraiser allows the donor to designate an inscription to be etched on a brick with their own name, in memory of a loved one, to honor a family member, friend, military person or unit, or a business as a tribute and are installed around the walkways of the HOF Compassionate Care Center. A lovely gift of remembrance in a beautiful setting, and it all benefits Hospice of the Foothills. Phone the FOH office for more information at 530-274-5121.

Chicago Park Garden Club

The Card Making group will meet 9:30 a.m. April 22 at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room (Station 257).

For information, call 530-272-7708.

Colfax Garden Club Meeting

Join us today for our 9:30 a.m. general meeting and 11 a.m. program, "Plant Probagation" by Saul Wiseman, retired teacher.

Saul will talk about the many facets of successful plant propagation. We meet at the Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St., in Colfax.

Sierra Singles Club

A club for older singles to meet and socialize, Outings are planned weekly to dine out, attend films, plays and other local events. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at 841 Old Tunnel Road.

For information, contact Shirley Corry at 530-274-3355.

Nevada County Beekeepers Association

For information, visit For questions about the program, please contact Vice President Leslie Gault at or by calling 530-346-7092.

Nevada County Democratic Women's Club

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. today at our new location — Tofanelli's Restaurant at 302 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. Our speaker will be Bob Krueger, chairperson for Nevada County chapter of Health Care for All. He will discuss the current status of health care planning in California. Breakfast in the Atrium Room. Cost is $12 paid by cash or check to NCDWC.

For more information, call Nancy at 530-432-9821 or at email

Frank Gallino Ladies Auxiliary, Unit 130

Hawaiian dance troupe, Ka Hale Hulu O Pilalohaokalani O Hilo will be performing April 27 at Leona's Luau at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley. This is our annual fundraiser that supports our Auxiliary programs. Tickets, including full served dinner and show are only $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. No tickets will be sold at the door but can be purchased at Briar Patch Co-Op, the Booksellers or

Janet Hessel (530-432-0425.) Table of 8 if you reserve, the discount will be $17.50. April 20 is the deadline so get your reservations in now as we expect to be sold out. Menu is Kahlua Pork, Confetti Rice, Beans, Fresh Fruit and dessert. This will be served at 6 p.m.

We are in the process of nominations for the next term and continue to send boxes to the Troops. We assist in serving dinners at our Tuesday Dinners by our chef Antonio. Hope to see you there at the next dinner on May 7. Call in reservations 530-272-2160 by the 26th of April. Open to the public and we appreciate your support.

This will be a gourmet Mexican dinner. Held at the Veterans building in Grass Valley. Bar opens at 5 with dinner at 6:30 p.m. See you there!!

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

National Poetry Month brings Molly Fisk — a local poet, life coach, social media consultant and radio commentator as the speaker for Business & Professional Women of Nevada County. Molly will poetically examine transparency in business: how one of the modern approaches to entrepreneurship and one of the approaches most useful to women is being yourself in an authentic way. We may offer our clients a product or a service, but we also model how to live in the world, and that modeling is an essential part of what we're providing. Molly will tell her personal story: how she eventually came to be a poet — after sweater design, banking and being an investigator for the EEOC didn't quite suit her.

Author of several books and winner of many prizes for her writing, Molly teaches writing at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center and runs many writing workshops online. She's taught more than 500 participants from around the world, including the South Pole. Visit her at,, or on Facebook.

Plan now to attend April 17 at the Holbrooke Hotel Express Room. Networking hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22. Check our website at or contact Kim Wydra at 530-432-2591 or by email at for information.

Foothills Horticulture Society

Gardeners meet the third Wednesday of each month to learn about growing in the Sierra Foothills. Meetings include a speaker, plant raffle and refreshments. The first meeting is free. Annual dues are $15 per person. Meeting locations and times vary.

Call for details at 530-269-3444 or email

Sierra Nevada Canoe & Kayak Club

The SNCKC is a recreational paddle club that enjoys flat water and slow moving rivers. SNCKC includes people of all age groups and skill levels. Most members are residents of the Nevada County foothills and surrounding areas although there is no residency requirement.

Monthly Club meetings take place the fourth Thursday of each month at the Seamans Lodge, 425-A Nimrod St., Pioneer Park in Nevada City. They provide social, informational and recreational gatherings associated with the sport of paddling.

For information, visit http://MYSNCKC.ORG.

Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Facility Auxiliary

Anyone who would like information about becoming a member of the Auxiliary can contact President Iona Terry at 530-477-5405. There are many services and activities to take part in as a member.

Empire Toastmasters

Empire Toastmasters met on April 5, this time at Perko's. There were FOUR guests in attendance. Sarah McTighe won the Better Speaker Trophy for her speech entitled "Any Dream is Possible" sharing the steps necessary for a Toastmaster to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster award. Better Evaluator was awarded to Janis Aydelott for her evaluation of Jerri Glover's speech. Preston Daniels took home the award for Table Topics responding to the prompt, "Time Well Spent Is Time…"

Empire Toastmasters will meet at the Holbrooke Hotel, 212 West Main Street in Downtown Grass Valley on April 12th at 12:00 Noon. Guests are always welcome. For more information about Empire Toastmasters, please contact Joe Hunnicutt at 530-913-5083 or

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.

American Legion, Frank Gallino Post 130

Beginning April 5, the American Legion Lounge/Bar will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. Don't forget the Auxiliary's Luau April 27.

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased beforehand at the April Dine-In or at The Bookseller or Briar Patch or contact Janet Hessel at 530-432-0425.

Spend the day in downtown Grass Valley checking out the classic cars, then at 5 p.m., come have a luau dinner and enjoy the Hawaiian show.

Nevada County Social Singles

We are a group that provides friendship and the opportunity for shared activities for singles of all ages. It regularly holds a social hour open to both members and non-members alike on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. The next Social Hour will run from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the Library Room of the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley on Friday, April 12. Dinner at a local restaurant follows. Non-members are welcome to come meet the group on the second and fourth Friday of each month at the Holbrooke Hotel lounge in Grass Valley, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Information about the group and a monthly calendar of activities will be shared with potential members.

Formerly called the 50+ Social Singles, the group is continuing its long-held policy of providing a warm and friendly welcome for singles of all ages and varied interests.

For more information, call 530-272-7075.

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128, Sons of Norway

On Monday, April 8th, at 6 p.m. in Ponderosa Hall (Gate 2) at Nevada County Fairgrounds, members and guests will be decked out in well-worn clothes to partake in the annual Poor Man's Dinner. The menu will be low budget but nourishing – beans, hot dogs, corn bread and dessert. Who knows?,…the simple meal just might reflect the banquets our early immigrant forbears enjoyed. Contributions to the Tine box will help cover the cost of the meal. Len Carlson, a Minneapolis headquarters executive, will make a financial benefits presentation. Our VP, Adrienne Lincoln, will hand over this year's headquarters' award to Gulldalen Lodge. Everyone enjoyed last month's program about the whaling industry, especially the extra feature thrown in by speaker Carol Francis when she talked about her recent experiences as a cruise ship lecturer aboard a vessel navigating Antarctica. Many members attended the March 23rd dedication of the Gene Albaugh Room at the county library. County officials presented a resolution honoring our late member.

American Association of University Women

At the Saturday, April 20 meeting of the American Association of

University Women, members and guests will be treated to a dual program featuring KARE

and CATS. Lynn Woerner from KARE Crisis Nursery will bring a short video showing how the non-profit provides safe and nurturing care for small children during stressful times for families, followed by CATS' executive director, Jeannie Wood, with a sneak preview of the Community Asian Theatre's latest production "Journey to the West" at the Nevada Theatre, April 11 to May 4.

The AAUW meeting on April 20 will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St., Grass Valley. Guests are welcome.

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

The next meeting of NARFE Chapter 1335 will be on Thursday, April 11, at the LinQ Chinese Buffet, 682 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m., with a buffet lunch at noon. The program starts at 12:30 p.m.

The program for the April 11 meeting will feature Cynthia Meilicki, Bereavement, Community, and Allied Services Supervisor for Hospice of the Foothills. She will provide us with an introduction to the services that Hospice can provide for us and our families. Following the program a Chapter business meeting will be held.

NARFE's objective is to protect retirement and related benefits for current and retired Federal employees. It also actively supports Alzheimer's research. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend chapter meetings held at noon, the second Thursday of each month, at LinQ Chinese Buffet. 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.

The Nevada County Newcomer's Club

The presents its annual April Fashion Show on April 24 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. This year's event is titled "Around the World in 80 Minutes" and features fashions from local businesses. Ben and Patsy Hannebrink of Nevada County's poplar band, SoLS, will provide background music. Included in the show are fantastic raffle items such as a stay at the Avalon Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Sebastopol that includes a hot air balloon ride for two and a gourmet brunch at Kendall Jackson Winery. Cost of the show, including lunch, is $25.00. For more information and to make a reservation, contact Linda Ulery at 530-272-4539 or Patricia Graves at 530-470-8507.

Nevada County Newcomers Club is a women's social club. New members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County.

California Retired Teachers Association.

CalRTA has dual purposes. Its core purpose is to protect the benefits of retired educators and provide them with the tools to achieve a secure and dignified retirement. The second purpose is to preserve and support public education and active educators. CalRTA is an advocacy group working with State and Federal representatives on those issues which have an impact on either of the purposes stated above. Currently, the major issue is the Social Security penalties which are levied on educators who are in the State Teachers Retirement System,

For information, call Marian Hughes at 530-272-5785.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

The big birthday celebration is just a year away! The Wilderness Act will turn 50 Sept. 3, 2014, and celebrations around the country will mark this major American cultural and environmental achievement.

During 2013 and 2014, we plan to have our own local anniversary celebration with scheduled hikes into nearby wilderness and proposed wilderness areas. We will keep you posted in the chapter newsletter and on the chapter website as these hikes are scheduled.

For information, visit

Sutter Buttes 99s

The local chapter of the International Organization of Women Pilots, Sutter Buttes 99s, will meet at noon on Saturday, April 13 at Tofanelli's Restaurant in Grass Valley. Our Chapter members are from the Grass Valley area and Yuba/Sutter. Women who fly, or are interested in flying are welcome to join us. For information, contact Becky Davies 530-674-2230 or 530-218-8253.

Nevada County Online

Join us on April 23 for a no-holds-barred, under the hood look at two profitable niche membership sites with expert and four-time world juggling champion, Barry Friedman. Barry will introduce you to everything you need to know about taking your experience and expertise and offering it to a global audience. Open-ended membership, fixed-term membership, group coaching — write it, record it, or video it once and sell it over and over while helping others with your wisdom and know-how.

A mountain bike accident in February of 2007 left Barry with a shattered collarbone and was unable to juggle. While laying in recovery for six months he questioned what else he was really good at. The answer he came up with? Selling a juggling act for a lot of money.

It was during that time he realized that there were countless entertainers around the world who would love to know how to improve the 'business' half of their show business career. His first membership site, went live in January of 2009, has hundreds of active members, and has been completely automated since January of 2010.

With his second membership site, which is completely outside of the circus-geek niche and holds the real gold, he will share the strategies and tools he uses to create these profitable, online properties.

As the taller and balder half of the Raspyni Brothers since 1982, Barry has traveled the world performing his comedy/juggling show for Fortune 500 companies at Sales Meetings, Product Launches, Trade Shows, User Conferences, and Award Banquets. He has toured as an opening act for dozens of celebrity headliners including Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Tom Jones, and Patti LaBelle. In February of 2014 he will be in Vancouver, BC performing for the sixth time on the main stage of the annual TED Conference. The presentation will be at 11 a.m. on April 23 at Courtyard Suites, 210 North Auburn Street, Grass Valley. There is a $5 suggested donation.

To learn more about NCO, visit To become a member of the meetup, or to reserve a seat for the April 2 meeting, go to

Pickleball Clubs

Pickleball is a combination of tennis and ping-pong and is played on a court one-quarter the size of a tennis court with a 34-inch high net. Lightweight paddles and a plastic perforated ball are the keys to producing exciting, long rallies which consist of volleys at the net and ground strokes similar to tennis. It is a sport all family members can play. You can just plain have fun or you can be as competitive as you like and compete in tournaments, both locally and nationally. For information visit the official pickleball website: Watch a video of the game being played.

DeVere Mautino Community Park, Grass Valley: Four public courts. From downtown Grass Valley, proceed up West Main Street. Turn right on Alta, approximately 1 mile. Park is on your right.

Winter Drop-in Days: Mon. through Wed., 2:30 p.m. to dark. Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Contact:  Judy Tartaglia at 530-477-8278. Newcomers welcome anytime and first few times are free. $/40 year or $2 drop-in fee.

Lake Wildwood Pickleball Club: Two courts. Winter drop-in play days are Tues., Thurs, and Sat. 10 a.m. to noon. Newcomers welcome on Wed. at 10 a.m. We have equipment to loan. LWW is a private community.

Gateway Park, Penn Valley: Three courts striped for PB. Open courts. No fee. Make your own arrangements.  

Eagle and Gold Scouts

Are you an Eagle Scout or a Gold Scout? We have a monthly lunch on the fourth Friday of the month. Join us to share stories and to hear stories about what local scouts are doing today. Contact Steven Lease via email at for information.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics

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

Gold Country Italian American Club

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

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


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

Healing through Loss and Grief Support Group

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

For information, call 530-265-3258 or visit

Duplicate Bridge Club

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

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

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

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Banner Mountain Post 2655

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

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

Nevada County Online

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites. Admission is FREE and members and non-members are welcome. This is the only professional business group in Nevada County that focuses exclusively on helping grow businesses online. We cover topics like business planning, web design strategies, social media and networking, email marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging and much more.


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

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

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.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to anyone who is interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild's blog: Guild meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City, in the Houser Conference Room.

The Guild is a non=profit community service organization. Over the years, donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups. Recently these include Women of Worth, the Friendship Club and the Neighborhood Center of the Arts. The Guild has historically offered scholarships to graduating high school seniors who want to pursue a career in the arts. Guild members also provide monthly tray favors for several local senior care facilities as well as holiday gifts for the residents and home-bound seniors during Christmas time.

For information, visit

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

The Tapestry Network of Nevada County (Previously known as The BAM Project ~ A Nevada County Tapestry)

We are holding our next monthly tapestry gathering at 5:20 p.m. on April 11 at the Holbrooke Hotel. This dinner is a benefit for the Hospitality House and the guest speaker is local author and speaker, Holly LaChappell. Chappell will have both of her books for sale, and will autograph them, with proceeds of the book sales benefiting Anew Day counseling Center in Grass Valley.

Holly's two books, "Flowers of Grace: Discovering God's Lavish Love" and "Extravagant Promises and Reigning Fire: Discovering Holy Spirit Grace and Hope In Your Fiery Trials" are sure to teach and inspire. Holly has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and holds numerous Teaching Credentials. She has taught Kindergarten, 2nd grade and Jr. High Home Economics. Holly was awarded the Union's "Best of" award for Teaching in 2011.

In addition to being a Founding Member, Hospitality Coordinator and Guest Speaker for The Tapestry Network, Holly was blessed to serve with Twin Cities Church Women's Executive Leadership Board for eight years. Currently she serves as one of the Teaching Speakers and Leaders in their Women's Bible study. She also volunteers at A New Day, a free Counseling Center in Grass Valley, California.

Holly has had the privilege of speaking at Churches, Conventions, Retreats and workshops, including presenting the Sunday message at a village church in Uganda, Africa!

Please attend the Tapestry Gathering on April 11 and pre-register for a discount and complete your meal choice at: or for more information, email The QR code pictured links to a one minute video of The Tapestry Network of Nevada County.

NC Business Network International

The Nevada County Business Builder chapter of Business Network International is a dynamic referral group that helps local businesses grow and thrive. Guests are welcome to come to a weekly meeting and consider joining. We have an opening for a graphic designer, caterer, photographer, landscaper, pet groomer and others. Only one business per category so you benefit from our referrals. Connect with us on Facebook at BNI Grass Valley. Come check us out! The group meets weekly, noon to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at Goomba's Restaurant, Highway 174, Grass Valley.

For information, call 530-205-9509 or visit

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

Gold Country Community Services

A lively crowd, a Swedish meatball lunch, and a musical "Sentimental Journey" thanks to Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire made for a thoroughly enjoyable Friendship Wednesday lunch. Next week we're featuring homemade meat loaf, turkey tetrazzini, California pork, BBQ beef and finger lickin' chicken.

Lunch is served each weekday at noon in our High Noon Cafe – with entertainment on Friendship Wednesday. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60+.

Lunch is served weekdays in our High Noon Cafe, and it's always wise to book ahead and arrive a few minutes before noon.

On the back of our monthly menu, you'll find a list of classes, activities and services we offer. For those of you who enjoy the health enhancing, relaxing benefits of Yoga, you'll be pleased to see that we've added a new, Gentle Yoga class from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and again on Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. What a graceful way to connect with your spirit – and your community!

For High Noon lunch reservations, questions about our services and activities, as well as volunteer opportunities, phone 530-273-4961 (Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), or come in. Reception's open 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

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.

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

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 Gladys Joost at 530-477-2632 or vice-president Lois Robinson, who is in charge of membership, at 530-272-6804.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

"LIVING GREEN: Sustaining the Quality of Life in Nevada County" will be the topic of a panel presentation by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County at its monthly public meeting on Saturday morning, April 13, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley. Refreshments will be served at 9:30; the program commences at 10:00.

In anticipation of Earth Day, the program will focus on the local environment and what each one of us can do to improve it. The participants on the panel include Martin Webb, Host of the KVMR program "The Energy Report"; Nancy Weber, NID Director, Division 1; Richard Thomas, boardmember of Sierra Nevada Group of the Sierra Club; and Amigo Bob Cantisano, one of the founding members of the California Certified Organic Farmers.

The emphasis will be on what we can do locally to improve our air and water quality. As usual, legislation from the state will affect our county. We hope to make you aware of this legislation as it impacts our local environment.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The LWV of Western Nevada County meets regularly on the second Saturday morning of most months at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. For more information, please visit

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.

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

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association

The speaker for March 21st will be Richard DeSousa, representative from Loveland Products. Loveland sells products including plant nutrition, fertilizers, crop protection and adjuvants for a healthy vineyard. Please join us for an interesting and educational program.

Our club meets monthly on the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., usually at Ponderosa Hall (Gate 2) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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

Widowed Persons Association, Chapter 14

The next monthly meeting will be held at Tofanelli's on April 13. At our last meeting we had our White Elephant Sale which was a lot of fun and a financial success. We will meet for breakfast at Paulette's at 10 a.m. for our breakfast meeting on March 21. Our Sunday Night Supper will be held at Round Table Pizza on March 24.

Should you wish more information, please call Kent Parker at 530-432-1779 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.

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

Gold Country Welcome Club

The Welcome Club is a nonprofit social club and perfect for newcomers to meet others with similar interests. With over 600 members, there are activities for every taste. From bridge to woodworking; moonlight kayaking to cuisine cooking. You're a camera buff? There's a group for you as well! Like to hike? We've got you covered. The club welcomes ALL those living in our area, not just newcomers, so check us out!

Visit, or contact Suzie Miller at 530-432-2402, or Pat Miller-Fee, 530-432-7936.

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutterbugs to advanced photographers, Nevada County Camera Club has something for you. Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month. Visit for exceptions. Visitors are welcome, refreshments are served. Meeting location is the Unity Church,180 Cambridge Ct. in Grass Valley. Maps can be found at Come join us for a friendly evening get together of like-minded people who enjoy photography.

Rooster Tails Fishing Club

Our breakfast meeting will be held on Friday, April 19 at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St. at Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603. The doors to the Lodge open at 7 a.m. with a fantastic $12 wide-selection buffet breakfast open at 8. At 9 a.m. sharp, a presentation by outdoor radio host Bob Simms begins with a presentation about fishing tips and techniques for angling on California's largest Lake Shasta along with some of the lake's history and secrets. The Rooster Tails monthly, third-Friday, breakfast meetings are "Open to the Public".

Bob Simms is recognized as a fishing icon and 'connected' to most pro fishing guides and many recreational anglers 'in-the-know'. He has worked in the radio and the TV fields since he was nineteen and still fishes many north central California waters. Bob will share his up close and personal experiences and advice to the breakfast attendees.

The 30 year old, 175+-member Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance a fishing experience. Further information can be found at

For more information on attending Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. meetings, contact Jim, Club Chairman, at 530-887-0479 or

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