Club News, April 26, 2014 |

Club News, April 26, 2014

American Legion Post 130

After 80 or served meals by Antonio the "GREAT"  on April 1, this one certainly was not an April Fool. They are all "great."  We average 80 plates. Our next monthly dinner on May 6 will be our yearly past commanders/presidents dinner. Come and help honor them. Nominations go on for Legion officers at 5 p.m. at our next May 6 business meeting. Hopefully it will be held in the auditorium.

Legion cards with 2013;  $33 dues owed. Just send in to address at top of the news letter  2014 on it, all is OK. Don't let your years in the American Legion slip away. 

Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. is  Karaoke.  It is very alive, active and really lots of fun.  Even if you don't SOLO, just listen, hum, meet old and new friends, sharing a libration from our bar/lounge.  It may become a new and better way to relax.  See you there!

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County

We are a women's social club open to all women who are residents of Nevada County no matter how long they have lived in the county. Once a month, usually on the fourth Wednesday, the club has a luncheon and program. The club also sponsors a number of activity groups that are open to its members. These groups include book groups, cooking groups, a number of different card groups, a garden group, a walking group, and a "Chick Flicks" group, just to name a few. There is group for everyone's interest! Newcomers Club of Nevada County is a great way to make new friends and participate in a number of fund activities. For more information, please call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191.

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The Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We offer rides for all levels of riders. Every week there are several rides that you can join. Marlee Chamberlin, Janis Berger, Cynthia Swarthout (ride leader) and Susan Shanelec went out for a leisurely ride on a nice sunny day last week. They pedaled past apple orchards, green pastures, and beneath fragrant pines. A day before a group of 17 bicyclists did the moderate Drum Powerhouse ride.  This is about 35 miles from Rollins Lake, up to Dutch Flat, out to the powerhouse on the Bear River, and back down to Rollins Lake.  Another led ride that week was the "Ride Around the Sutter Buttes." Mostly level, but around 45+miles.  The motto on all led club rides is "No Rider Left Behind."

The benefit of being a club member is that you get regular notices about rides. Or, you can post your own ride on the club's list-serv.  Go to to join. If you're new to the area and wonder where it's reasonably safe to ride, being a member of this friendly group of bicyclists will get you started.

Sierra Express is also a sponsor of the Rotary Gold County Challenge, at This event takes place on May 10, and offers three different rides ranging from 35 miles to 74 miles.

Gold County Community Services

Special thanks to George Souza for sharing his guitar magic with us at our Friendship Wednesday lunch. Next week is Birthday Wednesday, and we'll celebrate our April birthdays with a beautiful cake, thanks to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital.

Chicken Parmesan, ham and cheese sandwich and fiesta chicken will be served Mon. through Wed. in our High Noon Cafe. Our May menus will also be out – so you can plan your meals for the month. Lunch is served weekdays in our High Noon Cafe. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60+. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended, especially on Wednesdays when we feature local entertainment. Check the back of the menu for a list of our many classes, activities and services to help seniors stay informed, well-nourished and active.

For High Noon Cafe reservations, information about our many classes and services, as well as interesting volunteer opportunities, phone 530273-4961. Reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mon. through Fri.

You'll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. For more information, visit

Sierra Singles Club

This club for older singles meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room. Come participate and receive a calendar listing the activities planned for the month, including restaurant dineouts, movies, plays and other local events. For information, contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for the hospital Auxiliary at Alta Sierra Country Club. Volunteers routinely supply 1,100 hours each month to several departments at the hospital along with raising  funds through various  vendor sales and the operating of a gift shop.  All funds raised benefit the hospital in the form of equipment and/or supplies.  Several months ago, the Auxiliary donated $19, 662 for the purchase of a Newborn Resuscitation Warmer.

During the business meeting prior to the luncheon, the Auxiliary approved the awarding of three scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to very deserving Nevada County students.

Hour service pins were awarded as follows:  500 hours to Judy Bagley, Maggie Doyle, and Margaret Munson; 1,000 hours to Louise Anderson; 2,500 hours to Joyce Bern; 8,000 hours to Judy Wilson; 12,500 hours to Helen Conrey and Doris Kopf.

Applications to join the SNMH Auxiliary can be found on line at or can be picked up the main lobby or outpatient lobby at the hospital.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130

Luau tickets are still available today by calling Janet Hessel at 530-432-0425 or VSO Office at Legion Building in Grass Valley.  Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children and includes served meal and show by Dan Scanlon, renowned ukulele player and well known local Hawaiian dance group. The meal will be prepared by a member who is a chef by profession. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for bar/lounge service and dinner at 6 p.m. If you reserve a table for eight people, one ticket will be free. Let Janet Hessel know if you are reserving a table and we will have it marked reserved.  Her number is 530-432-0425. Today is the Luau.  Our annual fundraiser supports your Veteran's and Community projects.  We only have two fundraisers per year, this Luau and Poppy donations.  Thank you for your support as in the past and we promise a great night out for a good cause. No tickets will be sold at door so reserve now.

Gold Country Miniature Society

Our club enjoys making dollhouses and dollhouse accessories.  We build miniatures in all scales and have a variety of interesting projects throughout the year.  We meet at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. There are, also, three other miniature clubs in the area which get together on different days.  If you are interested in this fun hobby, e-mail Barbara at or Pat at

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

Founded in 1984, Pine Tree Quilt Guild has been inspiring and supporting local quilters for 30 years.  Members work hard to serve the community by donating quilts and fabric items for distribution by local non-profits and by working in classrooms to introduce children to quilt-making.  We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Grass Valley Charter School. Each year, the Guild presents the "Springtime in the Pines" Quilt Show at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  This year the 30th Annual Quilt Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4.  Three buildings will be filled with spectacular quilt exhibits, vendors, Country Store, a silent auction each day, Opportunity Quilt and basket drawings. Show Chairmen Barbara Ceresa and Joan Mosley are organizing member volunteers whose hundreds of hours of work make the show run smoothly.  We invite the community to come visit the show and see the creative and imaginative quilts being made today.  Modern quilt makers like Featured Artist Lynda Lasich use fabric to make art quilts for the wall as well as wonderful bed-covers.  For more information about PTQG and the Quilt Show, please visit or email  

Gold Country Yacht Club

No Motor Day at Scotts Flat Lake is on Sunday, April 27. Join us for free sailboat rides! The Gold Country Yacht Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December.  May 14 is our next general meeting. We will meet at Scotts Flat Lake. Bring something to barbecue and something to share. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. 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

AAUW Nevada County Branch

At the recent American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch's monthly meeting, See Jane Do's Elisa Parker shared the organization's mission as well as stories, insights and experiences of everyday women who are doing extraordinary things. She also challenged AAUW members, including Helen Heines, Shirley Zeff, Marty Austin, and Nancy Knaus, to put their "passions into action." Parker was the guest speaker at the April 19 AAUW Nevada County Branch meeting. She is co-founder, president, and host of See Jane Do, an award-wining social change multimedia organization. See Jane Do provides tools for and spotlights women who are putting their "Passion into Action." An acknowledged media maven, Elisa is also an award-winning producer, reporter, writer, activist and KVMR talk radio host. 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. 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 information visit or call 530-470-9395.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

The Guild is open to anyone interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally.

During winter months Guild meetings are at 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month in the Houser Conference Room at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City.

The Guild's Spring Craft Faire will be May 3 (with a May 10 rain date) located in the Union parking lot. The Faire is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Guild will be hosting approximately 40 artisans. There will be quality hand crafted items, free prize drawing and food drive for Interfaith Food Ministry. 

Please bring a can of food to help with this food drive and thank you in advance.  We would like to thank Ben Franklin and The Union for their supporting of this 2nd Spring Fling.

The Guild is a non-profit community service organization.  Over the years donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups.  These include Women of Worth, the Friendship Club, and school scholarships.  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 at Christmas time.   To learn more about what Guild members are doing check out the Guild's Blog, http.// and our Facebook page.  For more information about the Guild visit

Nevada County Walkers

We are a walking group of 710 members who walk 7+ days per week, would like to invite you to come by and let us personally invite you to join us in a walk, hike or other activity. We have more than one walk/ activity in a day! We walk seven days a week and also play Bocce Ball every other Tuesday and bowl alternating Tuesdays. We play Pickleball Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. We plan hikes like the one 36 of us attended Monday March 24 to Fairy Falls in Spenceville. We support local trail builders like Forest Trail Alliance and we participate in trail maintenance throughout the year.

Gold Country German-American Club

The German-American club meets the first Friday of each month at 6 p.m. at Seaman's Lodge in Nevada City. Guests are welcome. If interested in attending or for club information call Christa at 530-272-6095. You can also check us out online at where you will learn about our events and activities such as Mai Fest, Oktoberfest, hiking, conversational German classes.

The American Chronic Pain Association

We meet monthly to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families. The group hosts knowledgeable speakers on a regular basis who give helpful information on ways to live more fully in spite of pain. Group members also share experiences as well as support and encourage one another.

The American Chronic Pain Association meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

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.

For information, call Shirley at 530-265-5545 or e-mail

Blue Star Mothers of America

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette's Country Kitchen in Grass Valley at 10 a.m. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, foster mother, grandmother or legal guardian who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, we invite you to join us.

To learn more, please visit

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

Camera Club

Randall Benton, award-winning photographer, will be the featured speaker at the Nevada County Camera Club meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 28. As a photojournalist, Benton will be sharing examples of how he tells stories with his photos, as well as the considerations he uses to tell those stories when on assignment.

Benton has been a photographer for 40 years, a professional photographer for over 25 years and a staff photographer with the Sacramento Bee newspaper for 17 years. He has photographed a wide variety of subjects and the diverse cross-section of life in Northern California, including the NBA, NFL, PGA and WBC; Stephen Hawking; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Elton John; the pope; surgeons; teachers; cops and murderers. He has shot from helicopters, inside tiger cages, in underwater caves and on movie sets.

During the second half of the meeting, camera club members will showcase their photos as judges critique their submissions to help improve their photography. Categories for submitted photos include: black and white, color, nature-landscapes, nature-wildlife, travel, technical, photojournalism and the monthly feature.

The camera club meets at the Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley. The public is welcome and the meeting is free. For more information, visit

The American Chronic Pain Association

We meet monthly to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families. The group hosts knowledgeable speakers on a regular basis who give helpful information on ways to live more fully in spite of pain. Group members also share experiences as well as support and encourage one another. The American Chronic Pain Association meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

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.

For information, call Shirley at 530-265-5545 or e-mail

The Widowed Persons Association

Our Association is dedicated to helping widowed persons, both men and women of all ages, to made new friends, have new activities and a new direction to their lives following the loss of their loved one. Should you be interested in our group and would like further information please call Eileen at 530-272-2487 or Kent at 530-432-1779.

Duplicate Bridge Club

We meet at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows. The weekly schedule is as follows:

Mondays: 9:30 a.m.; Tuesdays:12:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Thursdays: 1 p.m. at Eskaton; Fridays: 12:30 p.m. We offer free bridge lessons for those new to the game or wanting to brush up their skills. These classes begin on March 20 and meet on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Email Bill Jones at for more information.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings begin at noon. Reservations are required.

Please call Donna at 530-274-0803 to make a reservation. For information about membership call 530-478-0603, email or visit the website at

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

The luncheon will be held at the Sierra Pines United Methodist Church in Auburn. P.E.O. was founded in 1869. The philanthropic educational organization has six local chapters in Nevada and Placer counties. They benefit their scholarship funds which provide scholarships to local women for their college or continuing college education. For 145 years, the P.E.O. sisterhood has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Over 88,000 women have benefited from P.E.O.'s educational scholarships, loans, awards and projects. For more information, visit the P.E.O. website,

Hope Bearers

We are available to provide Christ-centered support for all who are faced with the challenges of cancer or other chronic illness. Whether you are a patient, spouse, family member, friend or caregiver — you don't have to go it alone. Our hope is in God and we are here for you. We offer prayer, fellowship, love and encouragement to keep our faith strong in the midst of perhaps the most difficult circumstances of our lives.

We are available for confidential 'one on one' or group meetings as needed by request. If you have questions or need prayer, feel free to contact Edda Hunter at 530-432-2862 or Sally Landsburg at 530-273-1468.

Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. We sometimes have speakers, or review education programs. Some meetings are more of an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, atmosphere come check us out. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.).

For more information and to RSVP please contact Erica McGee at 530-559-4517 or email

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

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. The local chapter meetings serve as an opportunity for retirees to socialize and to hear programs of general interest or 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.

Nevada County Horseman Incorporated

We are celebrating the year of the horse. NCHI seeks to promote horsemanship throughout the community and to provide a friendly and wholesome social environment for young and old alike. You're always welcome to stop in at one of the monthly meetings, the second Friday of the month or events. Now accepting new member applications. For more information, email

Peripheral neuropathy support group

Do you have painful feet or numbness? The peripheral neuropathy support group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley. We don't cure, but suggest relief and comfort. We exchange ideas and share information and experiences. You are not alone in your discomfort. For more information, call 530-268-1017.

Chicago Park Garden Club

CPGC's membership includes gardeners from Grass Valley, Nevada City and other foothill communities; nonmembers are welcome to this free public program. For more information, call 530-272-7708.

The Golden Empire Sam's

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 camp outs as a guest. Looking forward to hearing from you! Call 530-477-1799 or 530-263-2035.

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.

Healing Through Loss And Grief Support Group

Anyone who has experienced a significant loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no charge to participate. For more information, visit

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.

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.

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.

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.

Move to Amend

We are a national, grass roots 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 http://www.NevadaCountyMoveTo, or visit the national website,

Sons In Retirement (SIR)

SIRS is a non-profit organization for retired men devoted to the promotion of independence and dignity of retirement. The SIR Branch 11's luncheon meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at the Lake Wildwood Club House. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and the luncheon meeting begins at noon followed by a guest speaker or entertainment. Lady guests are invited to our May and December meetings. Members do not have to live in Lake Wildwood. Go to our website at to learn more about us.

To inquire about becoming a member, please e-mail us at

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