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Club News, Aug. 29, 2015

From left, Early Risers Toastmasters Judy Nichols, MaryJane Huenergardt, Viv Tipton and Anne King, all of whom will compete in the upcoming Area Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Last Tuesday we held our Humorous Speech Contest – as well as our Evaluation Contest.

We laughed, and we learned. MaryJane Huenergardt's first-place speech took an up-close-and-personal look at facial expressions, and what they say to others. Anne King's "Isn't that Cute?" talk focused on what we find adorable. Viv Tipton won first place in the Evaluation portion, and Judy Nichols, second. All four will compete in the Area Contest, coming up soon. Special thanks to our Contest Toastmaster, Janai Carlson and to our Chief Judge, Karen Chileski.

Please join us for breakfast Tuesday morning at Humpty Dumpty (upstairs). Our meetings start at 6:30 a.m. and finish by 7:50 a.m. – so you can arrive at work on time and inspired! Guests are always welcome – and never are under any pressure either to speak or to join. Phone 530-273-9777 for further details.

Nevada County Astronomers

We meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Madelyn Helling Library Community room. All are welcome. The meeting details are at ncastronomers.org.

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Gold Country Italian American Club

It's Italian Fiesta time! Grab your spouse and kids; tell your friends and head to Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley on Sept. 26 and 27 for music, food, games and a fun time. This year looks to be the best ever, so plan on being there. We will still meet for lunch on the third Tuesday of each month at Alta Sierra Country Club. If you wish to volunteer at the Fiesta or you wish to be a vendor or need information, call Don at 530-271-7491.

Empire Toastmasters

We meet at noon on Fridays at the Historic

Holbrooke Hotel in downtown Grass Valley. the following members were recently rewarded for exemplary

speaking/communication skills in the following areas;

Best Speaker: Justin Halforn; Inclusion, At What cost?

Best Table Topic: Valeri C. Andrews

Best Evaluator; Lee Zasloff.

This Friday The Empire Toastmaster's will host an Evaluation Competition, and on Friday September

4, a Humor competition. All Area Toastmasters are encouraged to compete as well as

help with these two events.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

We will begin September with a program introducing our affiliate members. Come to Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1 to hear about and meet the 15 local businesses who support the Guild and offer quilt-related services and goods. Some affiliates are well-known shops and others are home-based services that might be new to you. Each will be given a chance to explain what they do and some will offer items for sale. There will be time to visit and buy.

Meeting attendees can also sign up for the September Home Workshop scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17. Lorna Straka will teach her "Disappearing Act" techniques that transform simple nine-patch and four-patch blocks into more complex patterns. Also on Sept. 17, Community Service will present Ina Gibson's lesson in "Envelope Quilting, an easy way to complete a quilt. The learning and fun will be contagious and the price is free. Come join the fun!

Gold Country Community Services

Thank you, Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital, for the beautiful August-themed birthday cake.

It made for a delicious celebration.

Our August menus are hot off the press. Stop by and pick one up, and you can plan your meals for September. Lunch is served weekdays in our Gold Country Senior Cafe by our friendly volunteers.

The suggested donation for each delicious, nutritious home-cooked meal is just $3 for seniors 60+.

GCCS is hosting a fundraising End of Summer Bash for our Meals on Wheels Program, our Senior Firewood Program, and the other essential services we offer. Circle Saturday, September 19th on your calendar, and join us from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We'll enjoy a lavish dinner, live entertainment, jetski races and other exciting activities. Rincon del Rio is the venue (off Hwy. 49, near Bear River). Advanced tickets are $75 each. Reserve a table for 6 for $375 ,and save $75.

For lunch reservations, volunteer opportunities, information about our many activities and services, as well as our Send of Summer Bash, phone 273-4961. You can pick up a September menu from reception. You'll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley.

For further information, visit http://www.goldcountrycenter.org.

Nevada County Historical Society

Shootout at Rocky Canyon — murderous bandits! Desperate fight! Heroic miner! In December of 1854 in a remote area north of Placerville, a gang of 14 murderous bandits lay in ambush along a narrow mountain trail in an uninhabited area known as Rocky Canyon, near Todd's Valley. The gang's intended prey was a party of three prospectors: James B. McDonald of Alabama, Dr. Bolivar Sparks of Mississippi and Captain Jonathan R. Davis of South Carolina.

As the unsuspecting miners approached the gang's hiding place, the bandits charged out of the brush with pistols blazing. So commenced one of the most dramatic gunfights in the history of the American West, an event that would come to be known as the Shootout at Rocky Canyon.

Join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 17 when local historian Linda Jack will tell the tale of Captain Davis's heroic stand at Rocky Canyon. Linda's introduction will be followed by a return performance of members of the Lake Wildwood Readers Theatre, who will entertain us with a rendition of "Captain Davis: A California Ballad."

Come early for a good seat. We've been having standing-room-only crowds. Madelyn Helling Library 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyHistory.org or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

Retired Public Employees Association

The Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA) is a statewide, non-profit association of retirees who are members of CALPERS, which includes current or retired employees of public and state agencies and classified schools. RPEA members and potential members are welcome to attend monthly lunch and business meetings with programs of interest to our Nevada County Chapter members. We meet the second Monday of each month, at noon, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Call Carol Kendrick at 530-265-2326 or Mary Ann Trygg at 530-273-2488, or email rpea.chapter.78@gmail.com one week in advance of the meeting to confirm attendance and to make a lunch reservation. Retired or near-retirement public employees are welcome to stop by and see what we do!

Sierra Singles Club

Meeting for older singles at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9 in the dining room at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. Come and pick up a calendar of events. We dine out, attend plays, movies and other local events. For information, contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

Nevada County Middle East Discussion Group

This newly-formed group, is open to all individuals with an interest in exploring the ever changing, political, social, and historical components of the "Middle East." We meet in the community room of the Nevada County Superintendent of School Building, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City. For more information please email Izzi Tooinsky at izzi@izzitooinsky.com or call 530-210-5387.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Ed Scofield, the 2015 Chair of Nevada County Board of Supervisors and W. Scott Miller, President of Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Board of Directors, will be the featured speakers on "County and Water Issues" at the September 15 luncheon of NCRWF. The meeting will be held at Alta Sierra Country Club with a social hour at 11:30 a.m. and meeting starting at noon.

On October 16, NCRWF will host a dinner meeting, "Women for Women" honoring outstanding women from the county who have excelled in their various fields. California Federation of Republican Women Northern Division will hold their biennial convention from November 6 – 8 at the Holiday Inn in Grass Valley.

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month September through June. For more questions about our meetings or to make a reservation for the September meeting call Donna at 530-274-0803.

Information about membership can be answered by calling 530-478-0636 and for more information about NCRWF please email us at NCRWF@hotmail.com or visit the website at http://www.nevadacountyrwf.org.

Alive in Recovery

A faith-based recovery group, Alive In Recovery, meets from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Word-A-Live Family Church, 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley (across from the fire station).

Childcare is available. For questions, contact Beverly MacGrady at 530-210-4651.

Nevada County Climate Change Coalition

Join NC-CCC if you want to work with others to 1) Stay informed, educate, and update the community about issues and actions related to climate change; 2) Stay connected and coordinate actions with national and global organizations working for climate justice; 3) Plan local actions that will help raise awareness, defeat denial, spread truth, and limit greenhouse gas emissions locally and on a larger scale. Join us in working together with people around the world to reign in fossil fuels emissions and stabilize the earth's climate.

Find out more on the Nevada County Climate Coalition Facebook Page or email NC-CCC@earth-justice.org.

Nevada County Healing Through Grief Support

Our group will be open to newcomers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27 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 http://www.lossandgrief.org.

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada CA Chapter 12

We meet on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette's Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. and meeting begins 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 http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.

Lake Wildwood Garden Club

Our next meeting will be September 8 at 1 p.m. at the Community Center Oak Room. Our program will feature Amy Irani of the Nevada County Environmental Health Department who will present an overview of how the Department regulates restaurants, handles food-borne illnesses, and other problems. Don't miss this chance to enjoy an afternoon with friends, delicious refreshments, and a terrific program. Guests are always welcome. Please call Janet at 530-432-0173, if you have any questions.

Kiwanis

We have been very busy this summer. On August 2, we celebrated our 25th anniversary. It coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Kiwanis in January of 1915. On August 3, about 70 volunteers came to Kmart to assist young students obtain back-to-school clothes for the coming year. Finally, on August 30, the Gold Country Education and Youth Benefits Foundation, an organization under the Kiwanis' umbrella will be conducting their Inaugural Nevada County TOMATO FEST at the North Star House from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be music, a silent auction and a salsa tasting contest. The public can participate by bringing a bountiful main course dish to share, their own lawn chairs and service ware. Monetary donations will be gladly accepted. Proceeds will go to the children's art projects in our community.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

If you are interested in growing grapes, making wine, wine tasting or learning about wine in general, please join us for cheese and crackers at our monthly meetings and bring a bottle of your favorite wine for all to taste. You do not have to be a grower or winemaker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, winemaking or critiquing wine. We have a summer picnic, a holiday party every year and fund an educational scholarship to a local student.

For more information about SWGGA, visit http://www.swgga.org.

Duplicate Bridge Club

We meet at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows. The weekly schedule is as follows: Monday: 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.; Thursday: 1 p.m. (this game is at Eskaton) and Friday: 12:30 p.m. We also offer bridge instruction every Thursday from 9 am. To noon. The classes are ongoing. The contact person there is Bill Jones. Email him atbill8jones@yahoo.com, or call 530- 457-7841. Call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586 for information or if you're in need of a partner. Bridge classes and mentoring— a small fee is charged to cover the Grange rental. We are seeking intermediate/brush-up players who want to improve their game as well as stimulate the mind. We have advanced players monitoring the bidding and play at every table. We analyze every hand, bidding and play. You will learn the duplicate game to the point where you can join enjoyably play at our club. Our goal is to generate new members for our very friendly duplicate bridge club.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

We offer two free meetings in Grass Valley, one at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Nevada County Contractors Assoc., 149 Crown Point Court and 8 a.m. on Saturdays at Salvation Army Chapel, 10725 Alta St. Meetings are also held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 117 in Auburn. 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.

For more information call 530-470-0473 or visit http://www.foodaddicts.org.

Sons In Retirement (SIR), Lake Wildwood

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 http://www.sirbranch11.com to learn more about us. To inquire about becoming a member, please e-mail us at sir.branch11@yahoo.com.

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 bathca@gmail.com or Pat at pat@beachesbeaches.com.

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to the peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet. It can be very painful and can also affect other areas of the body. For more information on the next meeting, call 530-268-1017.

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 bradynevadaplacer@gmail.com for more information.

Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss

An ongoing support group, "Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss," meets from 1 to 2:30p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Eskaton Village. The group is facilitated by Barbara Larsen, the creator and author of Movement with Meaning. Larson has been working in the field of dementia care for 30 years and is the chair and founding member of the Elder-Care Providers' Coalition of Nevada County.

Meetings include tips on how to communicate effectively with a loved one or friend with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. Information on local resources is also available.

Gather the Women of Nevada County

We are a global sisterhood that connects women through circles. We create safe spaces to share our true selves. Meeting in circles, we find our voices, claim our power, and celebrate self worth, leading to personal and planetary transformation. Some examples of our circles are drumming, organic culinary arts and feasting, practical well-being, women studies book circle and looking within for personal and spiritual growth. For more information, visit http://www.gatherthewomen.org or call Marceline at 530-615-4018.

Widowed Persons Association

Come join our group and start a new life with new friends. For more information please call Eileen at 530-272-2487 or Ken at 530-432-1779.

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

The 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 http://sierraexpress.org 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.

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 Grannies4peace@hotmail.com.

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 Sally Landsburg at 530-273-1468. For more information and to RSVP please contact Erica McGee at 530-559-4517 or email erica.msgroup@gmail.com.

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 http://www.NCNugget.com, or call 530-478-099.

The Gold Country German-American Club

Our club meets monthly 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 http://www.goldcountrygermanamericanclub.org where you will learn about our events and activities such as hiking, German dancing, and conversational German classes.

Gold Country Reciprocity Burea

Our 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 information, visit http://www.peointernational.org.

Vietnam Veterans of America 535

The local chapter 535 of the Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or not. All vets, families, and friends are welcome to attend meetings the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 225 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. For more information, visit our website at http://www.vva535.org or call 530-559-7716.

The Nevada City Lions Club

We were recently at the Lions Club International district 4c5 convention in San Ramon. In District 4c5 there are 54 clubs with four regions. Nevada City is part of the Donner region along with Grass Valley Host, Downieville, Yuba River and many more.

There are large clubs which consist of 26 members or more and small clubs which are 25 members or less. There are currently 31 small clubs. It was our honor to be awarded the banner for District 4c5 small top club. We earn this privilege by serving our community with road clean-ups, donations, eyeglasses, Pioneer park upgrades and so much more. We meet at 6:45 p.m. on every second and fourth Wednesday. We are located at Seamans Lodge in Pioneer Park, Nevada City. You are invited for dinner. Hope to see you there.

Support group for caretakers of people with Alzheimer's or dementia

Please join us on the third Friday of each month for our support group for those caring with Alzheimer's and dementia patients or loved ones. Learn strategies from experts, like Teepa Snow for coping. Make new friends with others who share your experiences. We meet from 2 to 3 p.m. in the upstairs activities room at Cascades of Grass Valley, 415 Sierra College Dr. in Grass Valley. Light refreshments will be served — join us for a happy hour afterward. For more information, call 530-272-8002.

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 and the Commodore's bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Please visit our website to check out our Youth Sailing Program at http://www.gcyc.net.

Sons In Retirement, Branch 55

The initial launch of Sons In Retirement, Branch 55, Grass Valley/Nevada City to become an active vibrant Men's fraternal organization is half way to becoming a success. We need 25 to 50 men to show enough interest to get this new branch started. With just 15 to 20 more we will hold an organization's meeting.

We invite retired or semi-retired men who want to join an organization based on building friendships, camaraderie, and activities from golf to Bocce Ball; If you want we will create the activity of your choice. Whether it's wine tasting in the Sierra or hiking in the beauty of Nevada County, our new Branch can meet your life-style. Remember, no politics or religion just friendship based around a monthly lunch and frequent activities, with very minimal fees, totally based on your wishes.

SIR is a 16,000, sixty- year old men's organization with many activities some of which include your partner in life and will provide you with Friendships for Life; get involved now by contacting Don Dill, vice president at 530-885-6943, or dondill@outlook.com. For further information, visit http://www.sirinc.org.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County was founded almost 70 years ago. While the name implies that our club is for newcomers, it goes beyond that and opens its doors to all ladies of Nevada County, no matter how long they have lived there. Monthly luncheons provide a time for all members and guests to get together and enjoy a delicious lunch and delightful, educational, and informative entertainment. A wide variety of activity groups provide entertainment and education on a smaller scale. For information on the club and on the luncheon, call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191. Or visit our website at http://www.newcomersnc.org.

The Grass Valley Elks Lodge

Our lodge has 114 years of continuous service to the community and is one of the oldest and still operating Elks Lodges in the nation. Charitable contributions to the community include youth scholarships, scouting, veterans programs, support for community law enforcement and fire fighters. The lodge runs Bingo every Thursday evening and the proceeds from Bingo fund the many charitable programs that are part of the rich history of Elks. The Exalted Ruler, Bill Convis, and his team of officers are looking forward to another successful year of Lodge programs that benefit the community of Grass Valley. Information about the Grass Valley Elks Lodge can be found at http://www.grassvalleyelks.org.

Nevada County Online (NCO)

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: http://www.nevadacountyonline.com/. 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 http://www.meetup.com/NevadaCountyOnline/. Please park down the hill and not in the library parking lot.

The Nevada County Bonsai Club

Our club was founded in 2007 in Grass Valley, meets in Nevada City and is open to all of Nevada County residents interested in the Art of Bonsai, from beginners to experienced Bonsai enthusiasts. The NCBC meets from 6 to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the community room of the Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City.

For further information contact Club President Phil Richardson at 530-210-0142 or e-mail: philrhorn@aol.com.

The Sierra Nevada Chapter of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The newly-formed local chapter is currently focusing on privacy and surveillance issues, drug policy reform, women's equality, police militarization and Americans with disabilities issues. Community members are encouraged to attend. The ACLU is a nonpolitical organization that seeks to form a collaborative partnership with citizens and local officials, by opening dialogues over issues of concern and seeking reasonable solutions together. The ACLU of California is supporting a critical new bill — the bipartisan California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA) — to update privacy laws and protect electronic information. Passing CalECPA will make sure police go to a judge to obtain a warrant before accessing sensitive information, including data from devices, emails, digital documents, text messages and location information, with exceptions for legitimate criminal investigations.

For more information, visit the new Facebook page at ACLU Northern Sierra, visit the website at http://ACLUnosierra.org or email ACLUnorthernsierra@gmail.com.

American Association of University Women

The Nevada County branch of the American Association of University Women 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. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For more information, visit http://www.nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net or call 530-470-9395.

The Nevada County Camera Club

The public is welcome and there is no cost for first time guests. Currently, the club has over 100 members and aims to help members refine their photographic skills.

For more information, visit http://www.nccameraclub.com or email Ann Westling at annmwestling@gmail.com.

The Gold Country Woodturners

Our group is hoping to continue to offer educational opportunities to members and anyone interested in expanding their hobby or exploring something new. More information about the Gold Country Woodturners can be found at http://www.goldturners.com.

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.

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 green4564@gmail.com.

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 sacslaa@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Spontanee-us Improvisation

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.

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.

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.

Gold Country Computer Learning Center

GCCLC is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. It has offered quality computer education for all ages and levels of experience since 2000. All classes are held in Ponderosa Hall, Gate 2 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. To see the March class/workshop schedule or to register online for a class, visit http://www.gcclc.org. For more information, call 530-273-0497.

Le Tip

We are a professional organization of men and women dedicated to the highest standards of exchange of business tips. Our most recent speakers were Tammy Becker of Lacey Bowman Insurance and Judy Nichols of Creative Accounting and Business Solutions. The Gold Country lunch chapter meets from 11:46 a.m. To 1:01 p.m. at Kane's on Wednesdays. For more information, call 530-271-3761.

Volunteers for California CareForce

You've probably been hearing about the free medical, dental and vision two-day clinic being brought to Grass Valley by the nonprofit California CareForce next November 14 and 15. We have news! Registration is now open for volunteers for the clinic days and for set up and break down. If you want to volunteer for the Grass Valley Clinic, go to http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org. You can register as a non-professional or a specific medical professional. If you belong to an organization, religious affiliate, etc. that wants to help prepare for this clinic ahead of time, visit http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org or go to http://www.Facebook.com/CaliforniaCareForce.

American Legion

Frank Gallino Post 130

Dances are held once a month starting September 26. They will always be the fourth Saturday. Plenty of parking in rear of building. KARAOKE from 5 to 9 p.m. each Sunday on the ground floor in our lounge/bar. No host bar. Come on down, sing, hum, listen and meet old and new friends. We also dance, so come and ENJOY.

Golden Empire Sams RV Travel Club

In August we traveled to Gold Beach, Oregon and rode up the Rogue River on the jet boat. with nine member rigs attending. Great time was had by all. The September outing will be from Sept. 14 through Sept. 17 in Cromberg, at the Golden Coach RV Resort. If you are interested in joining us or learning more about our club, please, call Fred Fluke at 530-823-5562 or check us out at http://www.goldenempiresams.org.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

Join artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. The guild is having their Winter Faire on October 17 and 18 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Look for the flyer in The Union in October. Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at the Superintendent of Schools office, located at 112 Nevada City Hwy., Nevada City.

To learn more about what these crafters are doing, visit http://craft-guildnevadacounty.org.

Radio Controlled Cars Club

Radio controlled cars are a fantastic hobby that require little to no physical demands. A FREE new club is starting in our area for people to get together and join in on the fun of RC cars. Those new to the hobby are welcome. If interested, or have any questions, please email Dr. John Vogel at johnavogel@sbcglobal.net.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Mark your calendars for A Day for Women at Sierra College NCC for April 2, 2016. We have some new things planned, new speakers and workshops. Plan on an excellent day full of interesting information, friendship, networking and shopping. If you are interested in finding out more about what our International Women's Service club does here in Nevada County, please go to our website at http://www.sigv.org.

Nevada City Inner Wheel

Our Inner Wheel USA foundation that provides upper myolectric limbs for needy children, ages birth to 18 years, is now working with four new children and fitting them with limbs. Since 2004 our foundation has fitted 65 children with limbs and changing their sizes as they grow. We continue to support, as we can, Domestic Violence, Women of Worth and the Kare Crisis Nursery. Watch for fundraisers being put on by Kare Crisis Nursery, such as "Clubs for Kare Golf Tournament" in August and the "2nd Annual October Fest" in October. For more information about our club please call Carole at 530-265-6989. We meet at Bistro 221 in Nevada City for lunch and a meeting once a month.

California Retired Teachers

If you are a retired teacher and wish to attend, contact Bonnie Bennett at 530-615-4252. CalRTA is a statewide organization whose prime purpose is to enhance and protect the benefits of retired educators and support public education. The division meets five times a year with a luncheon and a featured speaker or program relative to members of CalSTRS (State Teachers Retirement System). For membership information contact Carole Siver at 530-272-4132.

High Sierra Corvette Club

Corvette owners – If you are interested in Corvette runs, social events, food, laughter, racing events, and all around car club fun, then High Sierra Corvette Club has something to offer you. Our club meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday at Apple Alley Cafe, located at the Brunswick "Y" on Colfax Highway. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early for social hour or if you want to eat before the meeting. All Corvette enthusiasts are invited to attend our meetings and see what we are all about! For more information, please visit http://www.highsierracorvettes.org or call Jay Jacobsen at 530-477-5003.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Come join our team of Volunteers at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Applications for membership can be found at the main lobby desk, outpatient lobby desk at the hospital or on line at http://www.SNMH.org — scroll down to "Who We Are" and click on Volunteer Services. Please call Patty Kuehhirt at 530-272-8136 for additional information.

Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks. We provide personal patient services such as delivering flowers, gifts, newspapers and mail, serving refreshments, escorting patients, families or visitors throughout the hospital and assisting with departmental needs. We serve in the following departments at the hospital: emergency, outpatient lobby, main lobby, diagnostic center, nursing floor, cancer center and gift shop. The Auxiliary also holds various vendor sales at the hospital to raise funds for the purchase of equipment and/or supplies for the hospital.

Health Care for All – CA

We are changing our meeting place. We are now meeting at the Briar Patch Co-op Community Room. We'll still meet the third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.. Did you know that on July 30, Medicare turned 50 years old? We are the local Nevada County chapter working to bring universal, single-payer health care to all Californians (Improved Medicare for All). This meeting is open to the public, and newcomers are welcome. For more information call Bob at 530-274-3989 or email spbob20@gmail.com.

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 4:30 to 6 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.

Stop Smart Meters of Nevada County

We are starting a free informal self-help support group for people who are suffering from health and/or mental health problems due to EMF sensitivity from Smart Meters or other forms of wireless technology. The meetings will be held every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Call Rob or Makayla at 530-477-5522 in Grass Valley for location and directions.

Stop Smart Meters will continue to have weekly meetings every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. to continue working toward banning Smart Meters from Nevada County.

We invite you to come and speak against Smart Meters with us at the first of two monthly Nevada City Council meetings every month during the non-agenda public comment period. The council usually allows each speaker three minutes to speak about their concerns relevant to the city. These meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Our group is planning to go before the Nevada City council on each second Wednesday until further notice. You can now see us on Facebook too. For more information, email stopsmartmetersofnevadacounty@gmail.com.