Club News: Aug. 16, 2014 |

Club News: Aug. 16, 2014

From left, Empire Toastmasters winners include Kristin Pinckney, Jerri Glover, and Robert Kelaghan.

Gold Country Celtic Society

Please join our gathering on Wednesday, August 27. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entrée, or dessert for 8 to 10 people, your tableware, and beverage of your choice. Water, coffee, and tea are available.

After dinner David Burke, aka Daibhid Da Burca, will present the story of the REAL Rob Roy MacGregor. He will attempt to sort out the myths from the famous movie and set the story straight. David himself is descended from Pepin, King of Herostal, 400 AD, and also from Brian Boru and Robert the Bruce. This will be a fascinating presentation.

Please join us – you don't have to be Celtic! Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 N. Pine Street. For more information, call 530-272-1316 or visit or on Facebook at

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America

We will be meeting on Saturday, August 23 at Siena's (formerly Perko's), 1000 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9, and the meeting starts 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.

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Gold Country Italian American Club

Come join us on Sept. 27 for a delicious dinner, including salad, pasta, bread and dessert, followed by the hilarious movie, "Moonstruck," starring Cher and Nicholas Cage. Tickets are available at Bear River Pasta or call Karen at 530-272-2660 for more details.

Also, join us for lunch, games and socializing every third Tuesday at various restaurants. Call Don at 530-271-7491 for more information. Don't forget to ask about Bocci ball and dinner.

Sierra Singles Club

Singles are invited to join our meeting at 1:30 p.m. on September 10 at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley. Calendars will be distributed telling about the upcoming activities. We dine out at local restaurants and attend movies, plays and other local events. For information, contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

The Nevada County Genealogical Society (NCGS)

Our meetings are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Hilary Steinmetz at 530-274-2782 or by e-mail at:

Stop Smartmeters Nevada County

Do you value your health, and the health of your family and friends? Just as we're learning that cell phones cause brain tumors, why are we installing the same technology on everyone's homes, often with no right to opt out? Thousands of people have complained of tinnitus, headaches, nausea, sleeplessness, heart arrhythmia, and other symptoms after a 'smart' meter was installed. Wireless technology is a public health hazard. Smart meters can violate already high FCC limits on human exposure to microwave radiation, and are being installed even as people are developing "electro-sensitivity." There are also reports of 'smart' meter interference with pacemakers and other implants. Chronic exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation is a preventable environmental hazard that is sufficiently well documented to warrant immediate preventative public health action.

We meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Love Garden on the corner of Lake Vera/Elcelsior Ditch Camp. All are welcome, but please turn off cell phones. For more information, call Heather at 530-478-1617 or 530-210-4284.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

The SWGGA monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 21 at Ponderosa Hall (Gate 2) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This evening will feature Rod Byers, California State Certified Wine Judge, tasting and evaluating the winners and other contestants who entered their wines in the Nevada County Fair Wine Competition. The individuals who entered their wines will discuss the procedures they used to make their winning wine. All present will partake in the various wine tasting. For members, please bring two extra glasses. This meeting is expected to be well attended, educational, entertaining and just plain fun!

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 wine maker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, wine making 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

Manzanita Parlor No. 29, Native Daughters of the Golden West

Meetings are at 7 p.m. on first and third Tuesday of each month at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 S. Church St., Grass Valley. All members are encouraged to attend. For information call 530-268-1713.

Widowed Persons Association

Our Sunday night dinner will be held on August 31 at Plaza Jalisco at 5:30 p.m. Our monthly breakfast meeting will be at 10 a.m. at Paulette's on August 21. Twenty members recently enjoyed an Italian dinner hosted by Millie Catanesi, eating wonderful spaghetti and meatballs. We were serenaded by a chorus of waitresses singing a parody of O Solo Mio. The waitresses (Millie Catanesi, Geri Whalen, Doris Warnas, Thelma Holm, Ann Smouse and Mary Conrad) all were dressed with red sashes and dashing mustaches. Much fun was had by all.

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. Widowed persons, both male and female, who are interested in our group may find further information by calling Eileen Hawkes at 530-272 -2487 or Kent Parker at 530-432-1779.

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. The club meets 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 at

American Legion Auxiliary, Frank Gallino Post 130

We are located at Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Plenty of parking at rear of building. Our events are held here. Karaoke every Sunday night from 5 to 9 p.m.. in our full bar/ lounge. Come, join in, hum, converse with old and probably new friends. See you there.

American Legion Auxiliary, Frank Gallino Post 130

Several Auxiliary members attended the workshop in Rio Linda on August 2. Its purpose was to update members on new programs and changes for this year.

Look for our booth in September at the Veterans' Memorial Building Parking Lot Sale.

Our organization is open too all women with a family member in the military. One of our most important goals is to help local veterans and their families.

Feel free to join us at our monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Grass Valley Veterans' Memorial Building in the cafeteria.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Mother Lode Toastmasters is a club with distinguished members and a supportive, friendly environment. We meet Mondays from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at Eskaton Village. Guests are always welcome. Please contact Lucinda Porter at 530-274-9010 for more information.

Empire Toastmasters

There was a theme for Friday's Aug. 8 meeting and that was, "What hat would you wear to the Nevada County Fair?" Every Toastmaster wore his or her favorite hat to the meeting. It was festive, fun, and something a little different for the enjoyment of all who had the good fortune to attend the Toastmasters luncheon.

The meeting started off with a presentation by Elizabeth Dunn, Vice President of Education, awarding a Certificate of Achievement to Sarah Sue McTighe. .

Next, new member Kristin Pinckney was voted into the club. A hardy welcome and congratulations!

Lauren Trecosta gave a speech titled, "Phenomenon." One of her primary objectives was to use body movement and gestures to express and achieve her speech's purpose. Lauren invited people to play horsy and unwittingly learn a new dance move from South Korea that has taken the world by storm.

Jerri Glover then gave a speech titled "Our Town." Jerri Glover shared her thoughts about what makes our town special. The better speech evaluator award went to Robert Kelaghan, the better speaker was awarded to Jerri Glover, and the best table topics speaker was awarded to brand new member Kristin Pinckney.

Empire Toastmasters meets Fridays at noon at the Holbrooke Hotel Restaurant in Grass Valley. Guests are welcome – please feel free to join us. Call Ron at 530-272-3073 for more information or go to

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

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. The 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 has resumed. The vigil is protesting the Israeli violence against Gaza and the West Bank. We have signs to share, and everyone who believes in human rights, equality and justice for all people is welcome to participate.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

The club starts meeting again at 12:30 p.m. on September 4. Contact Lenda for more information at 530-273-5960.

Nevada County Healing Through Grief Support

The next Nevada County Healing Through Grief Support group will be open to newcomers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 21 and Thurs., Aug. 28 at the FREED office, 2059 Nevada City Highway, Suite 104 in Grass Valley. Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no charge to participate. For information, visit

Nevada County Historical Society

Join us for our Speaker Night presentation at 7 p.m. on August 21 to hear author Ron Jauch discuss the 1913 Wheatland Hop Riot, which took place on a sweltering hot summer day when the International Workers of the World union demands were not met by the Durst Bros. The riot, triggered by a warning shot fired into the air, resulted in four immediate deaths including that of the Yuba County District Attorney, a Marysville Deputy Sheriff, and two hop workers. By that evening on August 3, the governor declared martial law in Wheatland and dispatched the state militia to occupy the town. The impact of this labor action had wide implications throughout the state and country and led to improved working conditions and changes in labor laws.

Location is the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every month at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

The Nevada County Genealogical Society's Study Group

Our meetings are open to the public, free of charge. For more information contact: Donna Dugle Young at or call 530-477-0192.

Gold Country Community Services

Singer/guitarist Wayne Padden played to a full house on Friendship Wednesday. Nutrition, connection, value and entertainment make Friendship Wednesday a special event each week.

Lunch is served weekdays, promptly at noon in our High Noon Cafe. Next week's menu includes spinach lasagna, beef soft taco, chef salad, sweet and sour pork, and turkey tetrazzini. It's always smart to phone ahead, and we'll have a place set for you. Arriving a few minutes early is highly recommended as well.

The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60+.

Besides serving home-cooked meals, we also deliver meals to home bound seniors in the area. Would you like to volunteer? It only takes a few hours one day a week, yet it makes a huge difference to the people we serve. All you need is a valid driver's license – and a genuine concern for others.

For lunch reservations, information about our classes, activities, services and volunteer opportunities – phone 530-273-4961. You're welcome to stop by. Reception is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We're located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. Visit for more information.

American Association Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

The AAUW Nevada County Branch kicks off our 2014-2015 year with a brunch from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20 at Commodore Park, Lake Wildwood. This annual kick-off meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about AAUW. On display will be information about the branch's interest group and scholarship programs giving attendees a snapshot view of the organization's more than 75 years of service to our community.

Attendees will have opportunities to join avid book readers, hikers, "foodies," gardeners, global world discussions, arts and craft and movie groups. Also on the agenda: a special preview for the upcoming Sunday, October 12 All About Unique Women-Grit & Glamour 1930's-themed fundraiser to benefit scholarship programs, plus a chance to meet and hear from our 2014 Tech Trekkers just back from science and math camp at UC Davis.

AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers "Friends of AAUW" membership.

Anyone interested in attending the brunch must RSVP by September 13, 2014, by calling 530-470-9395 or emailing For more information about AAUW in Nevada County and/or becoming a member or "Friend of AAUW," go to

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.

Golden Empire Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility Auxiliary

The Auxiliary is not having any meetings until September but activities are continuing. New members are always welcome and anyone who would be interested in helping with Bingo games, Church services, Ceramics, Sunshine, Visitation or help in the Pamper Parlor can get information by contacting Membership Chair Barbara Ford at 530-273-6084 or President Iona Terry at 530-477-5405.

Daughters of American Revolution

The Captain John Oldham Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution invites new members to its active, nonpolitical, woman's service organization. Their mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. The only requirement for membership is a proven linage to a Revolutionary War patriot, be it soldier, gunsmith, public servant, providing provisions or comfort, etc. Genealogists are available for assistance. For further information please email Emily Boling at

Nevada County Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, at place of worship, and in our communities. We work to educate families about gun violence prevention and to help create and support public policy, legislation and regulations for sensible gun laws at the state and national levels. We seek to reduce firearm injury and death by keeping weapons out of dangerous hands. Contact for more information.

Nevada County Online

Learn about Social Media Marketing at the Nevada County Online (NCO) monthly Meetup held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the at the Madelyn Helling Library. NCO is the largest business Meetup group in Nevada County with 372 members. The website is: NCO is for online beginners and experts and everyone in between. All Meetups are open to the public. A $5 donation is requested. RSVP online at Please park down the hill and not in the library parking lot.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

This is a 12 step program open to anyone — men and women— who thinks they may have a problem with sex or love addiction. SLAA groups meet twice a week in Grass Valley, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, lower level, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

For information call 916-552-1442 or

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 114 in Auburn at 7 p.m. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 781-932-6300 or locally at 530-885-4292, or visit

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Newcomers Club is a women's social organization open to all ladies who are residents of Nevada County regardless of how long they have lived in the area. All are welcome and may join at any time. For more information, call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191 or visit our website at

Nevada City Inner Wheel (spouses and friends of Rotary)

There are Inner Wheel clubs in the USA as well as all over the world. Inner Wheel club was founded, in England in 1924. The first club and District in the United States were founded in Sacramento, in 1970. In 1985 Nevada City IW was founded and in 1990 Grass Valley IW club formed. In 1992, Grass Valley IW disbanded and those who wanted to stay on joined the Nevada City club. We presently have 15 members and are growing. As of November 1913, District 519 (our District) has donated $442,000 to IWUSA Foundation and that 56 children have been fitted with Myoelectric limbs. There are 10 children waiting at the present time for theirs.

We are planning to host a District Meeting and lunch in September and are working on the details. The organizations we support are KARE Crisis Nursery, Women of Worth, Domestic Violence and Salvation Army. If you are interested in our club, or if you have questions, call Carole at 530-265-6989.

The Gold Country LeTip Group

We meet every Wed from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Kane's in downtown Grass Valley. This business group is a wonderful and fun way to help build your business and add further service to your clients. Check out our Facebook page at Gold Country LeTip to learn more about the group or call Pamela Morey at 530-913-7308.

The Gold Country German-American Club

On July 4, the club participated in the parade in Nevada City with a chalet float, and the Alpine Dancers performed. Summer is a good time for new dancers to start learning German folk dancing. If interested call David at 530-432-2236 for more information. See photos of the dancers in action in the June newsletter which can be found on the club website For general club information call Christa at 530-272-6095. Or check us out online at where you will learn about our events and activities such as Oktoberfest, hiking, German dancing, and conversational German classes.

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, confidential atmosphere come check us out. Light refreshments are served. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.). For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to all that is interested in sharing their craft with others. 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 is a nonprofit community service organization. Over the years donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups. 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. We are supporting the Interfaith Food Ministry this year with monthly food donations provided by our members. 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 http//

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.

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.

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

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.

For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyMoveTo, or visit the national website,

Sons In Retirement (SIR)

SIRS is a nonprofit 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

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) hosted a new member luncheon on Thursday, July 31. New members were welcomed into the club at a garden party situated in a beautiful pine tree setting at the home of member Marge Elmes. President Kim Pruett welcomed the new members in attendance as well as many special guests including California Federation of Republican Women Northern Division (CFRWND) president Carla Embertson of Truckee and Deborah Wilder Nevada County Republican Party Chairperson. Deborah thanked NCRWF for their work in the recent Primary Election.

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley. The next meeting will be on September 18. The October meeting will be a dinner meeting on Oct. 24 with retired sheriff and KFBK talk show host John McGinnis as the keynote speaker.

For information about membership call 530-478-0636 and for other information about NCRWF email or visit the website at

Tapestry Network of Nevada County,

We will be hosting a special event commemorating September 11. This event will be September 11, 2014 at North Star House. Our guest speaker will be Stephanie Sherwood, founder of the Tapestry Network, a women's faith based networking community. There will be a guest music leader and a yet-to-be announced local nonprofit featured. We will learn more about this local nonprofit and raise funds with raffle tickets sold from items donated. Light appetizers will be served. Networking starts at 5 p.m. Program starts at 5:20 p.m. Members $15.50, guests $ 25.50. This is an adult women's event.

We are a Christian women's business organization that focuses on helping members' businesses as well as focusing on raising funds and awareness for local nonprofits. We are honored to host ribbon cuttings, too. For more information about The Tapestry network of Nevada County, visit

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 meet on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Email Bill Jones at for more information.

The Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We offer rides for all levels of riders. Every week there are several rides that you can join. 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 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. 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.

Gold Country Miniature Society

Our club enjoys making doll houses and doll house 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, email Barbara at or Pat at

AAUW Nevada County Branch

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.

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.

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

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

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.

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.

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