Club News, Feb. 15, 2014 |

Club News, Feb. 15, 2014

From left, Empire Toastmasters Sarah McTighe, Ruth Schwartz and Lauren Trecosta.

Sierra Singles Club

Older singles are invited to attend a meeting of our club. We meet on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room. Weekly outings are planned to dine out and attend local events. For information, contact Shirley Maylett, 530-273-5637.

American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130

This Post 130 has gifted Grass Valley, new American flag and a California flag. Come Saturday, February 15th 11:30 A.M. at corner of Neal and South Auburn streets. That's Today folks. Watch the lowering and then the raising of the two new flags. The All Veterans Color Guard

will do the honors. Boy Scouts will then properly dispose of the old and worn and tattered flags. Tuesday February 18th, 5:30 P.M. Post 130 business meeting will be held in the Remembrance Room. Post provided food immediately afterwards. Lounge will also be opened.

Karaoke each Sunday, 5-9:30 P.M., full Bar/Lounge will be open. All can come and join in the fun.

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Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

The speakers for February 20th meeting will be Mark Foster, winemaker at Nevada City Winery, and Jacques Mercier, winemaker and owner of Solune Winery, addressing the subject of "Can This Wine Be Saved/Improved?" The idea is to bring your current barrel samples for critique to see if they might need some special attention or remediation. Whether you make wine or not, this is an opportunity to taste along with the pros and to better understand the intricacies of tastes and aromas that are a result of the fermentation process. All members are encouraged to participate; bring a sample of the wine you would like to have evaluated and let us all taste along with Mark and Jacques. Because of the limited time, we ask that you bring no more than two (2) wines. This is an outstanding learning opportunity for home winemakers. Please bring two 750 ml samples (one for expansion if we fill the room), label the varietal and year and your name as there most likely will be questions from the tasters. This meeting has proven to be one of the most heavily attended meetings that we offer during the year. Members, please bring your own tasting glasses.

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

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

For more information about SWGGA, visit

Empire Toastmasters

President, Jerri Glover opened the meeting with the question: What are you going to do for yourself this weekend? Jerri Glover was also toastmaster for the day and did a great job as usual. Sarah McTighe won the better speaker award with her pocket speech about using the cash envelope system to manage spending and save money. Area Governor, Ruth Schwartz won better evaluator of Elizabeth Dunn's pocket speech about the Toastmasters Distinguished Club Program. Lee Zasloff, as Table Topics Master, hosted table topics featuring droll animal prompts, featuring the word of the day, snafu. New member Lauren Trecosta won for best Table Topic as she talked about her Sally cat chasing her dog, Camille. Pocket Speeches are speeches that one has in their pocket where the speaker knows the material well enough to speak "off the cuff". Toastmasters is a fun environment. We meet Fridays, noon at the Holbrooke. Call Sarah at 432-6861 if you would like more information about attending. Or visit us at

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 AM. 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

Gold Country Community Services

Thanks to our kitchen goddesses for a delicious Friendship Wednesday lunch. Homemade cheese ravioli with meat sauce – and heartwarming bluegrass music by Bob Allen and Ken White – made dining a pleasure. Next week's menu features Swedish Meatballs, Chicken Cacciatore, Breaded Pork Cutlet, Coq au Vin, and Hot Roast Beef Sandwich.

Phone ahead, and we'll have a place set for you. Lunch is served promptly at noon each weekday in our High Noon Cafe – with entertainment most Wednesdays. (The last Wednesday celebrates those with birthdays during that month.) The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60+. Dining with us a tasty was to stay connected with others in our community.

GCCS also offers classes and activities, our Home Delivered Meals Program, and our Wood Program, as well as special services and events that support and enhance life at every age and stage.

For reservations and information, including interesting volunteer opportunities, phone 530-273-496, or come in. Reception is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon. through Fri. We're located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd. in Grass Valley. Visit us at

Nevada County Camera Club

Steve Solinsky will be the guest speaker at his month's meeting from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court in Grass Valley.

Aside from family, the great wellspring of passion in Solinsky's life comes from his creative image making in photography. Steve is a fifth generation Californian, born and raised in the Bay Area, and educated at U.C. Berkeley, receiving a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1970. His travels through such places as Cambodia, The British Isles and Mexico have been journeys of the soul. Steve says the essential thing is: expressive photography is much more in the heart and connectedness than about ideas or technology. He made the transition from film to digital capture about 12 years ago.

The public is welcome to attend, there is no admission.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the AAUW Nevada County Branch will host its annual Game Day, which benefits the branch's Local Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships to college-bound western Nevada County women who will be majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. With an Italian theme, this year's "Mama Mia" Game Day will be held from 11am to 3pm at the Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Ct. (off LaBarr Meadows Rd.) in Grass Valley.

Open to the public, the event features a "delizioso" lunch of chicken cacciatore and other Italian favorites, plus an afternoon of fun, games, puzzles and raffle drawings. The cost is $25, and deadline for reservations is February 15th. To reserve your spot, send your check, payable to NCBAAUW Charitable Trust, to AAUW-Game Day, PO Box 326, Grass Valley, CA 95945. For more information visit or call 530-470-9395.

Widowed Persons Association

The group's monthly breakfast will be at 10 a.m. at Penny's Diner on February 19. Their Sunday night supper will be at 5:30 p.m. on February 23 at Sergio's new location in downtown Grass Valley. If you are a widowed person and wish to join our group please call Millie at 530-265 3454 for reservations for the luncheon.

For more information about the organization, please call Eileen at 530-272 2487 or Kent at 530-432 1779.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF)

Supervisor Han Weston, seeking a third consecutive term in District 4, and Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller, running for the District 3 seat on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, will be guest speakers at the February 18 Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) luncheon.

Hank has lived in Nevada County since 1989. Following 36 years with CDF he served as Fire Chief for the Grass Valley City Fire Dept. and was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2006. Dan Miller moved to Grass Valley in 1962 and is serving his third term as a member of the Grass Valley City Council and his second year as Mayor. Both have volunteered and served the community in a variety of positions.

Looking ahead, the March 18 meeting will feature Tim Donnelly, Republican candidate for governor, and the April 15 meeting will be a candidate forum including candidates running for office in local area races.

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings start at noon. Reservations are required. Please call Donna at 274-0803 by February 13 to make a reservation.

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

The Gold Country Yacht Club

we meet the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. Off season (October-April), the meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza Parlor, 15690 Johnson Place, Grass Valley, right off Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive. Dinner begins at 6:00 P.M. and the Commodore's bell is at 7:00 P.M. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Questions? Please visit our website

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club

Our breakfast meeting will be held on Friday, February 21 at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St. at Lincoln Way, Auburn. The doors to the Lodge open at 7 a.m. with a fantastic $12 wide-selection buffet breakfast served at 8 a.m. The presentation begins at 9 a.m. sharp featuring pro guide Doug Neal with his strategy for catching the illusive brown trout. The breakfast meeting is open to the public.

Owner of Almanor Fishing Adventures, Doug is highly sought-after for teaching his clients fishing secrets on Lake Almanor with his legendary knowledge of tackle and techniques fishing for trophy brown trout. Well respected in the field of sportfishing, he has appeared on the cover of California Sportsman magazine and is a regular contributor on Sep Hendrickson's California Sportsmen radio show. Doug will show a PowerPoint presentation on several of his angling tips including jigging.

The 30 year old, 150+-member Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance a fishing experience.

Further information can be found at http:/// For more information on attending Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. meetings, contact Jim, Club Chairman, at 530-887-0479 or

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.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

Quilt making has been a utilitarian craft for hundreds of years, but

modern quilters say they are using 21st Century tools to create new items of warmth and beauty. At the next meeting of Pine Tree Quilt Guild, participants can learn how computers can be used to design quilts of various sizes and patterns. Featured speaker McHenry ³Skip² Norman will discuss the basics of Electric Quilt 7, a software application. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on held Tuesday, February 4 at Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley.

Founded in 1984, Pine Tree Quilt Guild celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Year of providing inspirational and supportive activities for local quilters. The Guild sponsors a program for Junior Quilters ages 10 through 18, who meet monthly to work on projects. The Education Outreach committee assists with a variety of school projects and offers a lending library of quilt-related books. The 30th Annual Springtime in the Pines Quilt Show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be held May 3 and 4, 2014. For more information on PTQG activities, visit or call 530-274-1290.

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128, Sons of Norway

At the Monday, February 10 general meeting, starting at 7 p.m. at Ponderosa Hall, Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 2), members and guests will have an opportunity to relive the drama surrounding the 1911 race to the South Pole by British adventurer Robert Scott and Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. One party won handily while the other perished on the way back. Carol Francis, an experienced Antarctic traveler and lecturer, will come up from the Sacramento Sons of Norway lodge to deliver the talk and answer questions. Make sure you come to hear this revealing story of survival in the windswept, icy polar region. Call 530-432-3799 or Dessert to be served.

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 and say HOWDY! 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. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. 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. The CPGC Flower Arrangers will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Community Room. The CPGC Card Making group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11 and Feb. 25 at the Community Room. For more information, call 530-272-7708.

Colfax Garden Club

The February 2014 meeting of the Colfax Garden Club will be held on February 14 at the Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School Street, Colfax. Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

The speaker will be our club member Denny Belisle, whose talk will be "Grafting Fruit Trees."

Denny has successfully grafted eight different varieties to a single tree. Talk will include a live demonstration and a PowerPoint.

Nevada County Newcomers Club

Learn about the Civil War turmoil that existed in 1860's Nevada City at the February 26 luncheon meeting of the Nevada County Newcomers Club.

Authors Richard Hurley and T.J. Meeks will present a multimedia presentation centered around their new book "Queen of the Northern Mines – a Novel of the Civil War in California." The book will touch your heart with its powerful stories of life in Nevada City during the Civil War.

The luncheon will be at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The price for the luncheon and presentation is $18. The luncheon begins at 11:45, doors open at 11 a.m. Reservation deadline is February 17.

Nevada County Newcomers Club is a women's social club that usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and program. New members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. If you are interested in learning more about the club, its many activity groups, and the upcoming luncheon, call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

This month we began our program to honor a third and fourth grader at Bell Hill Academy for Outstanding Citizenship.

Each child received a certificate and a Culture Shock Yogurt Gift card, partially donated by the store. February will bring a speaker on HEART, a program in Africa, on February 13 and at our evening meeting, we will hear from the Welcome Home Vets group.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in our community. Mark your calendars for April 5 when "A Day for Women" will be held at Sierra College, giving participants a chance to learn new skills, network, shop and have girlfriend time.

Check our website at for more details on club events.

The Widowed Persons Association

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

Palestine-Israel Working Group Of Nevada County

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG) advocates for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. Please call 530-713-1131 for more information.

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

The Golden Empire Sam's

Our next lunch and meeting will be held on February 12 at the Black Bear Diner in Auburn. Lunch will start at noon.

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

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

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club

Our club has members from all over the world. Here are just a few: Australia: 3,538; Denmark: 3,240; Germany: 7,500; Great Britain and Ireland: 19,500; India: 30,000 and the USA: 580. We had a booth at the Duck Races again this year selling snow cones and brownies and are now seeking new fundraisers for our club.

We baked pies again for KARE Crisis Nursery's booth at the Draft Horse Classic. We ran out of pies on the last day. KARE Crisis puts on several functions each year and we help as much as we can. We work with children to make their holidays a fun experience. We also support Women of Worth, Salvation Army and Maternity Health Clinic.

We are also shopping and wrapping gifts for needy families. We must not forget our Inner Wheel Foundation, that supplies myoelectric limbs for children up to 18 years of age. Our meetings are now held at the 221 Bistro on Broad St. in Nevada City. For more information, call Carole at 530-265-6989.

Business Network International's Nevada County Business Builders Chapter

We meet at noon every Thursday at the Holbrooke. BNI is a referral group committed to helping its members build their business by building strong relationships with the motto, "Giver's Gain!"

For more information, visit

The Tapestry Network of Nevada County

Our organization is a membership-based organization that markets the members businesses while volunteering and promoting local non-profits.

The organization has raised over $25,000 in its first two years and was recently awarded "Volunteer of the Year" from the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

Women business owners are invited to participate in the organization and Nevada County non profits that would like to be considered for future events should contact for more information.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Volunteers at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital are special people who offer their time to help others. They provide many extras that supplement the basic services of our hospital's professional staff. These extras add to and benefit the comfort, care and happiness of our patients. Auxiliary volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks. They provide personal patient services, such as delivering flowers, gifts, newspapers and mail, serving refreshments, escorting patients, families or visitors throughout the hospital and assisting with department needs. Volunteers also staff the gift shop and reception areas.

Friends of Hospice

Come and volunteer at Friends of Hospice (530-247-5121) and do the very worthwhile job of working on events to raise money for the use of Hospice of the Foothills. FOH has no paid members and all of the monies raised is used for the benefit of Hospice of the Foothills.

Nevada County Social Singles

We are a group which provides friendship and the opportunity for shared activities for singles of all ages. We regularly hold a social hour open to both members and non-members alike on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Non-members are welcome to come and get acquainted.

Information about the group and a monthly calendar of activities will be shared with potential members. For more information, call 530-272-7075.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (ACA)

We meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights at The Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Classroom 5 in Grass Valley. This meeting is for women only.

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. Social events are scattered throughout the year for fun and building friendships. There is always a sister there for support whenever the need arises.

For information, call club president Lois Robinson at 530-272-6804 or vice-president Georgine Wasley, who is in charge of membership, at 530-265-4424.

Hope Bearers Support Group

Are you feeling uncertain or even afraid? Do you feel like no one understands? Believe it or not there is hope and joy to be found even in the midst of this calamity. You do not have to be alone! Come find hope and be a part of this encouraging environment. This support group offers an opportunity to share what you are going through in a safe environment with leaders who have walked down the same road. We invite you to come experience God's love, compassion, mercy, and yes, His help in a time of your need.

Edda Hunter is our Support Group Director and we meet monthly in her home in Penn Valley. We are always available on a "call as needed basis". Call anytime. Contact Edda at 530-432-2862. Or email us at Like us on Facebook!

Move to Amend

We are a national, grassroots 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, or visit the national website,

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and selling locally. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild Blog at Guild meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Superintendent of Schools Office, Nevada City in the Houser Conference Room at 6:30 p.m.

For more information contact Shirley Williams, 530-272-7033.

Nevada County Walkers

As of today we are 592 members strong and each of you contributed in some way to the success of the Nevada County Walkers. Let's come together in a comfortable, fun and social afternoon at the park. For more information, call 530-798-9601.

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. Our activities include: monthly golf tournaments with other SIR branches, field trips, and travel. Members do not have to live in Lake Wildwood. Go to our website at to learn more about us. If you enjoy a good lunch, stimulating conversations, and entertaining/informative programs with a bunch of friendly guys, SIR might be for you.

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

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations. You don't have to be a biological grandmother. It's about looking at the world we want to create two generations ahead. All ages and genders welcome (join us, grandfathers!).

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

Multiple Sclerosis self-help support group

We meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of each month in the community room of Glenbrook Apartments, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Each meeting is an opportunity to share experiences, gain information and feel connected.

Meetings include educational discussions of many topics related to MS treatment options, managing symptoms, as well as available resources and services. Family members are welcome.

For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517 or email

Grass Roots Genealogy Study Group

We meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. Meetings are open to anyone interested in genealogy research. The building is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking. There are no dues. Topics are posted at

For more information, email or call 530-268-0348.

Order of the Eastern Star's Evangeline Chapter No 9

We are a fraternal organization of men and women committed to providing an environment of friendship and fellowship, regardless of age, by implementing innovative ideas, facilitating positive change and planning for the future, while working cohesively with our Masonic Family.

Our goals include: mutual respect — to demonstrate mutual respect for each other, while recognizing the strengths and diversities of our members. Service — To make the name of Eastern Star synonymous with service to our communities and service and assistance to our members. Membership — To engage and revitalize our existing membership and appeal to prospective members through creative programs and activities. Evangeline Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month and 6:30 for fellowship and 7:30 p.m. for our meeting at 108 N. Pine Street, Nevada City.

Call Kathy at 530-478-1286 or visit for more information regarding this Masonic organization where both women and men may join.

Gold Country Trails Council

GCTC is a nonprofit incorporated association formed in 1981 to develop, maintain, and protect non-motorized recreational trails in the Sierra Foothills area for public use and enjoyment. Coordination with Tahoe National Forest, Bicyclists of Nevada County, Nevada County Woods Riders Off-Road Motorcycle Club and other local groups has brought an amicable sharing of trail work and trail use in our area. Planned are seven work days, along with several camp-outs and day rides with horses. General meetings include speakers relevant to this mission, along with horse health, trailer safety, and joint efforts with other community organizations. New members and guests are welcome.

For more information, visit our website at

NA-Golden Empire, Grass Valley Chapter

The chapter has started a monthly study group that meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the BriarPatch Community Room. The group is called UNA: Focus on Women, which is for all genders to hear presentations and discuss "living in a culture of respect for all." The same group with just women meets the months in between as UN Women's Circle, affiliated with the UN Women's Circle Campaign.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Is Grandpa's old stamp collection in the attic gathering dust? Bring it in and we will help you sort the trash from the treasure, the gems from the junk, the extra-ordinary from the … well you get the idea. If you are considering selling these family treasures, for say some new transportation, we could help you decide if you'll be browsing for a Beamer or haggling over pre-owned sneakers.

On the other hand, maybe you would rather pick up where Grandpa left off and fill in some of those blank spaces. We can help with that too! We're Gold Country Stamp Club and we meet the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. So hitch a ride on down to the dining room of the Nevada City Senior Apartments at 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome.

For more information call 530-477-0108.

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 916-645-9890, or visit

Golden Empire Chapter of the United Nations Association

The United Nations works around the world connecting 193 nations in their efforts to bring about peace, justice and prosperity for everyone. The non-profit UN Foundation and its allied UNA – USA support the UN and its agencies through community education and advocacy. The UNA – USA has over 100 chapters nation-wide encouraging strong U.S. leadership in support of the UN.

The Golden Empire Chapter – UNA is a grass roots membership organization providing information and programs about the United Nations' important role in world affairs and its relevance to communities here and around the world. We sponsor speakers and educational events emphasizing foreign affairs, support local high school Model UN programs and conduct monthly discussion groups focused on global issues of interest to our Nevada County membership.

For additional information contact Rodney Raub at or call 530-432-7752.

Duplicate Bridge Club

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

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

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

Weight Watchers

Our new location is 900 E. Main St. in Grass Valley, Suite 203. Our meeting schedule is:

Tues.: Doors open 9, meeting 9:30 a.m.

Wed: Doors open 5:30 p.m., meeting at 6 p.m.

Thurs.: Doors open 9 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., and doors open at 11:45 a.m. meeting 12:15 p.m.

Sat: Doors open 7:30, meeting 8 a.m. and doors open at 9 a.m. and meeting at 9:30 a.m.

American Legion Auxiliary

It is becoming more difficult for units to support all that they want because of declining memberships. To see if you qualify to become an American Legion Auxiliary member, contact Melise Munroe at 530-272-1716.

When visiting the VSO Office, please remember to take a bag of cookies provided by the American Legion Auxiliary, we thank you deeply for your service.

Chapter Preceptor Nu Delta of Beta Sigma Phi

We are a social, cultural and service-oriented sisterhood for women all around the world. With chapters in 20 countries, you can be sure you'll have a new group of friends whenever it's time to relocate. Our local chapter meets twice a month at noon on Mondays at a member's home. We support several local philanthropic organizations and have an informative cultural program at each meeting. Social events are scattered throughout the year for fun and building friendships. There is always a sister there for support whenever the need arises.

For information, call club president Lois Robinson at 530-272-6804 or vice-president Georgine Wasley, who is in charge of membership, at 530-265-4424.

Grass Valley Moose Family Fun Center, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2217, Women Of The Moose Chapter 1767

We have events each month for both young and old. We have a playground for the children and a kennel for our four legged friends. We have RV spots, RV social events, and our motorcycle enthusiasts, the Moose Riders, have special events throughout the year. We have Monday Night Football with Food and Drink Specials, we serve Tacos every Tuesday evening from 5 until 6:30 p.m., dinner every Friday at 6 p.m., and breakfast every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until noon. We also have many events throughout the month.

We are a members only family fraternity whose goal is to serve our seniors, our children and our community. We are a Moose Family Center which means we cherish our children for they are our future. We also believe in God and Country.

We are the friendliest place in Grass Valley. Stop by and check us out. We are located off of Highway 49 about a mile north of Alta Sierra Drive at 15694 Allison Ranch Road. Check us out on the web at

Call for details: 530-273-1070.

Weight Watchers

We meet at the Horseman's Club, 10600 Bubbling Wells Rd. in Grass Valley. Meetings are Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; and Saturdays at 8 and 9:30 a.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to meeting.

Scottish Country Dancing

Dancing is offered for beginning dancers on Monday nights at the Sierra Center for Spiritual Living at 119 Florence, in Grass Valley (behind the Veterans' Hall). Classes start at 6:30 and end about 8 p.m. You need not bring a partner, but wear comfortable shoes. A small donation is appreciated to help pay for the electricity.

For more information call 530-477-2755.

Grand Father's Motorcycle Club

We serve a pancake breakfast the first Saturday of each month to raise money for families in need. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at our clubhouse at 301 S. Railroad St. in Colfax. Cost is $5. For more information, call Crunch at 530-613-0912.

Vietnam Veterans of America

The local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among a group of veterans who share a common heritage. All veterans of the Vietnam era and their families are welcome to attend chapter meetings. The chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room, Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley.

For information call 530-265-4878 or visit our website

The Sierra Hills Branch of Sons In Retirement

We are looking for retired gentlemen to join an active, fun group of men who meet monthly for lunch, enjoy an interesting speaker, and possibly engage in sponsored activities like golf, bowling, fishing, dining out, bicycling, bocce, and more. Some activities also include spouses. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Auburn Elks, 195 Pine St. Auburn at 11 a.m.

For more information, please contact Ken Hansen at 916-663-4716 or 916-622-2757 or email

Lake Wildwood Men's 9 Hole Golf Club

Our club encourages new golfers to take up the game in a friendly supportive surrounding and also encourages golfers to continue to play even as age starts to creep up. The basic premise is to play golf and enjoy doing it.

Club members play golf on Tuesdays with a shotgun start so players finish about the same time and gather to enjoy social aspects of the game at the 19th hole. There is a breakfast on the third Tuesday of each month followed by a fun tournament. Club tournament chair, Darrell Hendricks makes sure that the tourneys are fun and that everyone has a chance to share a spot in the winners circle, whatever their ability.

Once a year the men join the Lady Niners in a joint tourney, two ladies and two men on a team. Club membership is open to all male adults living in Wildwood.

Pickleball Clubs

Pickleball is a combination of tennis and ping-pong and is played on a court one-quarter the size of a tennis court with a 34-inch high net. Lightweight paddles and a plastic perforated ball are the keys to producing exciting, long rallies which consist of volleys at the net and ground strokes similar to tennis. For information visit the official pickleball website:

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

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

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

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

Eagle and Gold Scouts

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

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics

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

Gold Country Italian American Club

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

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


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

Healing through Loss and Grief Support Group

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

For information, call 530-265-3258 or visit

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Banner Mountain Post 2655

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

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

Nevada County Bonsai Club

Mission: The Nevada County Bonsai Club is dedicated to promoting the art of Bonsai. We will strive to create interest and inspire participation by those interested in the art of Bonsai, from beginners to advanced artists. We will provide and coordinate information on Bonsai through meetings and through demonstrations by Bonsai artists at our meetings and workshops. The Club is open to all those interested in the Art of Bonsai. Our ultimate goal is to instill in our members the appreciation and enjoyment of the Art of Bonsai, and the satisfaction that comes from the creation of living art. Also, the Club's goal is to provide an environment that allows members and visitors to learn the history of Bonsai as well as to learn and share the art of Bonsai in a comfortable social setting with other Club members. The Nevada County Bonsai Club is a social, nonprofit club, founded for sharing the beauty and enjoyment of Bonsai, through teaching and communicating the living art form of Bonsai.

Club meetings are at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Nevada County Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

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

All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend the picnic and chapter meetings.

NARFE's objective is to protect retirement and related benefits for current and retired Federal employees. It also actively supports Alzheimer's research. The local chapter meetings serve as an opportunity for retirees to socialize and to hear programs of value to members. A benefit of membership is receiving timely updates on policy actions affecting Federal employees and retirees. Reservations for lunch are not necessary.

For more information on the luncheon or program, please call Larry Kinkor, 530-265-6477.

Bicyclists of Nevada County

Mountain Bikers hosts a "No Rider Left Behind" ride the first Saturday of every month. We also lead trail work parties and advocate for more and better trails for mountain bikes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of trail conditions and group rides. For information, visit

Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We host several rides a week for all levels from beginner to advanced. These rides are a great way to get acquainted with other riders and to learn new bike routes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of group rides and cycling events.

For information, visit

First alumni of the Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country

Our First Alumni of Welcome Wagon or "WW" is a social club for women only. We have four luncheon meetings a year, a holiday party plus several fun activity groups. At this time we have 35 memberships available. We would be happy to have any past or present members of Gold Country Welcome Club (formerly Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country) to join us.

For more information, please call Evelyn Krein at 530-432-8772 or Priscilla McNaught at 530-477-6977.

12-Step spiritual journey writing workshop

Word-A-Live Church is sponsoring a 12-step study and writing workshop for individuals who grew up in less-than-nurturing or chaotic homes. This workshop uses the 12 steps in a Christian context. Located at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. The workshop is designed to help restore the spirit and provide a workable formula for confronting the past. It is a model for surrendering one's life to God. Emphasizes the relationship between the 12 steps and the practice of Christian living.

For information, call Beverly at 530-210-4651.

Mothers Prayer Warriors

Our group now meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Twin Cities Church. If you are a mother who has lost a child, you may gain strength and knowledge from our unique Bible study. For information, call Cyndi Fellman at 530-432-8148.

49er Pony Club

The 49er Pony Club is open to all ages, but members must have access to a horse. But the club is not just about horse sports, it's also about having fun, making friends and learning to become a leader. Activities help members learn to become team members and build self-confidence.

For more information, call Melody at 530-432-2036 or email

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