Club News, Feb. 9, 2013 |

Club News, Feb. 9, 2013

American Legion, Frank Gallino, Post 130

The next general membership meeting will be at 10 a.m. on February 12. The Nominations Committee members for the upcoming officer position elections will be selected at that time. Remember, your post is only as active as its members. Give careful consideration to whom you want/how you want to run the post this coming fiscal year. Take part – be more active.

Gold Country Celtic Society

Join our "Gathering" on Wednesday, February 27. We have a social hour at 6 followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert for eight, tableware and a beverage of your choice. Water, coffee and tea are available.

After dinner, we'll settle back and listen to a presentation by Society member Alex Fife on "The Northern Border of the Roman Empire." The history of ancient Britain is intertwined with the history of the Roman Empire. Alex will talk about the decisions made by Roman Emperors that resulted in Roman Britain, including what is present day England and excluding Scotland and Ireland.

Please join us. You don't have to be Celtic. We meet at the Nevada City Veteran's Building, 415 North Pine Street.

For more information, call 530-272-1316 or visit

Gold Country Community Services

The musical group Stepside is always a favorite at our Friendship Wednesday lunches. Last Wednesday, they treated us to delicious, nutritious country music — following an equally delicious, nutritious, homemade lunch. Next week's menu features meat loaf, coq au vin, chorillo fish, turkey chili and beef bourguingnon — with more entertainment on Wednesday.

Lunch is served weekdays in our High Noon Cafe in the Nevada City Senior Apartments. The suggested donation for seniors 60+ is $3, and it's always smart to book ahead, and arrive a few minutes early. In addition to our many other services, classes and activities, on Tuesday, March 5 we'll start an evening line dance class for beginners. Just $4 for GCCS members and $5 for others, it will start at 6:30 and finish at 7:30 p.m. in Condon Park's Love Building in Grass Valley. For lunch reservations, line dancing information, other activities, services and volunteer opportunities, phone GCCS at 530-273-4961 (Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). We're located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Brunswick, and reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

For more information, visit

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128, Sons of Norway

Now's your chance to enjoy the fact that Scandinavian cuisine can be pleasingly different. As part of its' February 11th regular meeting, the Gulldalen Lodge dinner menu will list Reindeer Stew. However, when our chefs learned of the exorbitant price of reindeer cuts, they displayed typical Norwegian common sense – the stew will be made using high quality – but less expensive – elk (full disclosure will be given at the meeting).

The 6 p.m. meeting will be held in the Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 2). A solid turnout is expected – reservations are a must. Call Penny Johnson at 265-5623.

As a perfect background for the meal, LeRena Hannon will be giving a talk on northern Scandinavia's indigenous people, the Sami. The Sami have long maintained a lifestyle centered on reindeer herding (it is rumored they too, occasionally savor elk).

Also, members are encouraged to sign up for participating in the February 10 Nevada City Mardi Gras parade. The Viking Boat float has been prepped for the Broad Street event.

Call Lorraine Nauman at 470-8493 to learn where to rendezvous with our float. Our January meeting was a success; new officers took up their assignments and in addition, four new members were initiated. The new members include – Elsa Silbert, Cathy Soma, Yvonne Navarro and Karen Pettyjohn.

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

The next meeting of NARFE Chapter 1335 will be on Thursday, February 14, at the LinQ Chinese Buffet, 682 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m., with a buffet lunch at noon. The program starts at 12:30 p.m.

In January, Chapter members heard from Vic Ferrera, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, on steps to take to prepare for emergencies.

Officers were installed by Dottie Schmidt, President of the California State Federation of NARFE Chapters. For 2013, they are Larry Kinkor, president; Geri Bergen, vice-president; Leslie Jacob, secretary, and Bill Jones, treasurer.

For the February meeting, "A Virtual Tour of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum" is on tap as the program, to be presented by Ron Kapper, a docent at the museum and a member of its Board. We will also hear about plans for the upcoming 10th anniversary celebration of the Railroad Museum. A Chapter business meeting will be held following the program.

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 each month, currently at LinQ Chinese Buffet. The local chapter meetings also 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 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.

League of Women Voters

Today's general meeting will be one you won't want to miss. We'll hear from a very interesting panel of speakers about the "Silver Tsunami," the huge demographic wave of citizens who will soon join the ranks of seniors. Our panel of speakers are local experts who will inform us about what is happening in Nevada County and what is needed to meet future needs. This topic is particularly timely for us in Nevada County because we are on the leading edge of the wave. You'll come away with new insights into what the future will look like and how you can prepare for it.

Refreshments served at 9:30 a.m. today, with the meeting beginning at 10 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley.

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club

Our breakfast meeting will be held on Friday, February 15 at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St. in Auburn. The doors at the lodge open at 7 with a fantastic $12 buffet breakfast served from 8 to 9 a.m. A presentation begins at 9 a.m. sharp featuring Jack Naves on how to fish for land-locked Lake Oroville Coho Salmon. Our monthly, third-Friday meetings are open to the public.

Jack, a family man born and raised in Sacramento, is not a fishing guide per se, but a fisherman's-fisherman who has dedicated hundreds of hours perfecting special fishing techniques. His presentation on trolling for land-locked Lake Oroville Coho Salmon will cover what specific lures trolled at certain speeds you should use to be effective.

The 30 year old, 155+-member Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance a fishing experience. Further information can be found at

For more information on meetings, contact Jim, Club Chairman, at 530-887-0479 or email

American Association of University Women

Nevada County Branch Contributes to Educational Opportunity Fund. Five Nevada County women represented the local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at a presentation in Sacramento recently about the organization's Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF). The fund sponsors women pursuing advanced degrees, fostering women's achievement and gender equity, and supporting women entering new or nontraditional careers. The local branch regularly contributes to the Fund, most recently with its fund raising event, "All About Unique Women" in the fall.

The speaker was Summer Malepeai, recipient of a Career Development Grant from AAUW's EOF. Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelors degree, and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce. Malepeai is pursing her B.S.N. Nursing degree at Cal State, Sacramento. She hopes to combine her ten years of health care administration experience with a clinical nursing license. Her vision is to empower women in their communities by increasing health education, overcoming social and cultural barriers, and improving access to healthcare.

AAUW has provided more than 450 fellowships and grants nationally in the last two years. Nevada County Branch AAUW also offers scholarships to local high school graduates and Sierra College graduates. For more information on AAUW, Nevada County Branch, scholarships, or Educational Opportunities Fund, contact 530-470-9395, or the website:

Membership in AAUW is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Established in 1937, the AAUW Nevada County Branch strives to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW has been recognized as a top-rated charity by a number of organizations, including GreatNonprofits and Charity Navigator.

For more information about AAUW in Nevada County and/or becoming a member: or call 530-470-9395.

The Newcomers Club

We are a women's social club, which offers participation in a variety of activity groups that include Newcomer Coffees to meet and learn about the club, Book clubs, Bridge groups, Bunco groups, Cooking clubs, Day-Trippers, Garden club, Knitting group, Mah-Jongg, Canasta and a Walking group. Groups and clubs are always evolving depending on the interest of the members. New Members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. Currently, there are approximately 300 members.

The club gives to the community through the Christmas Family Project which helps local residents by supporting families who are trying to support themselves have a special Christmas. Proceeds from auctions and donations throughout the year go toward the Christmas Family Project.

President, Bobbie Stone moved to Grass Valley in 2008 to be closer to her grandsons. Bobbie didn't know anyone in the area so Newcomers seemed liked a good place to start making friends and being part of the community. She has a background in interior design and a degree in Golf Management and Teaching.

To quote Bobbie, "I have met so many wonderful women and love all of our activities." These sentiments coupled with her high energy make her a strong ambassador and leader of the Newcomer organization.

Vice President, Stacey Nicolai has lived in Nevada County for 23 years with her husband and two daughters who are both off to college. Stacey worked as a legal secretary for 28 years and as a paralegal for 5 years.

Even though Stacey is involved in many other community organizations plus Jazzercise, Newcomers offers her the ability to make new friends in a totally safe environment where she feel supported and loved, and has the opportunity to learn new things all the time, and to laugh. Stacey loves serving on the various committees as it allows her to meet new people and get to know acquaintances even better.

The Newcomers Club usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and program. The February 27th luncheon meeting will be held at the Alta Sierra Country club and the program will feature Dr. Jan Nolta presenting "Stem Cell Research 101!" Dr. Nolta, Director of Stem Cell Research at U.C. Davis, is world renowned for her research and development of an exciting and expanding program on stem cells. Reservations are required for the luncheon.

If you are interested in receiving information regarding membership, please call 530-478-1114.

Empire Toastmasters

We enjoyed another full meeting on February 1. Three speakers competed for the Best Speaker Trophy with Shar McLeod taking the prize for her ice breaker speech entitled, "Are You Havin' Any Fun?" Ruth Schwartz won Best Evaluator for her evaluation of Shar's speech. A guest, Shiana Seitz, won the Table Topics trophy for her response to the prompt of a news headline "Police Arrest Doctor Who Gave Acupuncture With Toothpicks."

Lee Zasloff was honored as the Winner of the Membership Recruitment Contest in January. Lee was responsible for bringing in two new members to the club and as a result won a free ticket to the District 39 Leadership breakfast in Rancho Cordova on February 9. Guests are always welcome to visit Empire Toastmasters at noon on Fridays at Trolley Junction.

If you have questions about Empire Toastmasters or Toastmasters in general, please contact the Empire Vice President of Membership, Joe Hunnicutt at or by phone at 530-913-9827.

Historical Society examines tow truck drivers, Donner Pass

The Nevada County Historical Society's 'Speaker Night' presentation on Feb, 21 will feature the documentary, "Hell on the Highway," a National Geographic film regarding the lives and hazards of being a tow truck operator on the interstate.

In addition, Chaun Owens-Mortier, a research historian and president of the Truckee Donner Historical Society, will share her research via discussion and slide show. Her presentation will center on the history of the use of Donner Pass from the original route to the creation and use of I-80.

This research was a basis for the historical perspective of travel hazards over Donner Pass. Living in Truckee since 1977, Chaun was contacted by America's Star Media in May of 2012 to do the historical research for the upcoming film on the hazards of the tow company business along the I-80 corridor between Colfax and Truckee.

The one-hour presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. It is open to the public; admission is free Refreshments are provided.

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

Pickleball clubs

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

Local games:

DeVere Mautino Community Park in Grass Valley: Four public courts (from downtown Grass Valley, proceed up W. Main.  Turn rt. on Alta, approximately one 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. Fees are  $/40 per 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, so guests must be called in by a member. Call Bill (530-432-1325) or Victor (530-205-9752) for more information.

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

Health Care For All

Supporters of single-payer (Medicare-for-All-type) health care can join the Nevada County Chapter of Health Care for All on their bus to the State Capitol for Lobby Day 2013 on Monday, February 11, at 9:15 a.m., in the Kmart parking lot. Members of The California Health Professional Student Alliance, the sponsor, will be mob dancing in front of the Capitol at noon, followed by a march at 1 p.m. The bus returns about 3 p.m., and the suggested donation is $20 for transportation and lunch. Reserve your place by calling Mindy Oberne at 530-273-3033 or at

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

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at a private home. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 19. We will be discussing plans for raising funds for our Maia Project — bringing clean drinking water to a kindergarten in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. We also maintain a weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We have signs to share, and all who want the illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel to end are welcome to participate.

Please call 530-713-1131 for meeting location and further information.

Sierra Singles Club

Older singles are invited to join our club to make new friends and enjoy our weekly outings to dine out, attend plays, films and other local events. For information, contact Shirley Corry, 530-274-3355.

PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Placer County

We will hold our monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 11 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. PFLAG is an advocacy and support group for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer) community and their allies. The presentation at this month's meeting will be the film, "Lead With Love," a documentary that seeks to provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The film follows four families as they share their reactions to hearing that their child is gay, and includes interviews with psychologists, teachers, and clergy that provide parents with guidance and answers to challenging questions.

PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Foothills Horticulture Society

Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 for a presentation on "Heritage Fruit Trees of the Foothills" with Stephanie Brown of Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. The meeting will be in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. Plant raffle and refreshments follow the talk.

First meeting is free with $15 annual dues.

For more information, call 530-269-3444 or

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

Join us for "Heart-Shaped Community: An Update on Women's Heart Health" at our February 20 dinner meeting in recognition of National Heart Month. Doris Frazier, RN, MS, vice president of Cardiovascular Services at the Mercy Heart & Vascular Institute will present current information about women's hearts: coronary artery disease, heart electricity issues, and heart valve health.

Why do women experience different symptoms than men, and why have women historically been treated differently for cardiovascular health concerns than men?

Doris has been involved in cardiovascular administration for over 25 years. She has held positions in both non-profit and for-profit hospital enterprise systems. Her experience includes education, management, and executive positions with a variety of hospital systems including Sharp HealthCare (San Diego, CA), Community Health Systems (Nashville, TN), and currently with Dignity Health as Vice President, Cardiovascular Services/Mercy Heart & Vascular Institute in Sacramento, CA.

She earned her Masters of Science degree in nursing from Texas Women's University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas, Austin. She serves on the Board of the American Heart Association of Sacramento and the national American College of Cardiovascular Administrators, and has published articles and presented at national symposia on a variety of cardiac related topics.

Plan now to attend on Wednesday, February 20 at the Holbrooke Hotel Express Room. Networking hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22.

Check our website at, or contact Kim Wydra at 530-432-2591 or by email at for more information.

Duplicate Bridge Club

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

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

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

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Banner Mountain Post 2655

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

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

Nevada County Online (NCO)

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


Blue Star Mothers of America

California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette's Country Kitchen, in Grass Valley. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, step-mother, foster-mother, grandmother, or legal guardian who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military, we invite you to join us.

For more information, visit

Grandmothers for Peace

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

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

Grass Roots Genealogy Study Group

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

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

Lake Wildwood Men's 9 Hole Golf Club

Our club celebrated with our annual Christmas breakfast at the Lake Wildwood Clubhouse. 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. That gives the men a chance to learn a new vocabulary when playing with the ladies. Club membership is open to all male adults living in Wildwood.

Nevada County Camera Club

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

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

Mothers Prayer Warriors

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

Grand Father's Motorcycle Club

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

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.

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.

The Order of the Eastern Star's Evangeline Chapter #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.

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

Craft Guild of Nevada County

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

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

For information, visit

Gold Country Trails Council

GCTC is a non-profit 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

NC Business Network International (BNI)

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

For information, call 530-205-9509 or visit

Bicyclists of Nevada County

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

For information, visit

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.

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild

We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30. Visitors are welcome at our meetings and we usually have interesting guest speakers. For more information see us at or call 530-274-1290.

Sierra Express Bicycle Club

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

For information, visit

Chapter Preceptor Nu Delta of Beta Sigma Phi

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

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

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


Improvisation fun. We meet every Wednesday at the "Loft" in Grass Valley from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m., call for directions. We create a fun and safe atmosphere with interactive games to explore our inner comedian and to just have a good time.

Call 530-277-2295 for more information or just show up. A small donation is usually asked for to cover room expenses.

NA-Golden Empire, Grass Valley Chapter

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

Gold Country Stamp Club

Is Grandpa's old stamp collection in the attic gathering dust? Bring it in and we will help you sort the trash from the treasure, the gems from the junk, the extra-ordinary from the … well you get the idea.

If you are considering selling these family treasures for say … some new transportation, we could help you decide if you'll be browsing for a Beamer or haggling over pre-owned sneakers. On the other hand, maybe you would rather pick up where Grandpa left off and fill in some of those blank spaces. We can help with that too!

We're Gold Country Stamp Club and we meet the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. So hitch a ride on down to the dining room of the Nevada City Senior Apartments at 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome.

For more information call 530-477-0108.

Nevada County Bonsai Club

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

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

The Chicago Park Garden Club

The Flower Arrangers group will meet on Thursday, February 28 at 10 a.m. at the Community Room. The Card Making group will meet on Monday February 11 and February 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Room.

For more information, call 530-272-7708.

The Widowed Persons Association

Our next meeting will be at the Royal Dragon in the Kmart shopping center on February 9.

If you are interesting in hearing about and joining this fun group, please call Kent Parker at 530-432-6580 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.

Gold Country Welcome Club

The Welcome Club is a nonprofit social and philanthropic club that welcomes all those living in our area; new or long-time residents. With over 600 members, there are activities for every taste. From bridge to woodworking; moonlight kayaking, book clubs and more — come check us out!

For more information, visit, or call Suzie Miller, 530-432-2402, or Pat Miller-Fee, 530-432-7936.

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month excluding December. February 13 is our next general meeting. Off season (October through April), the meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza Parlor. Dinner beings at 6 and the commodore's bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend.

Questions? Visit our website, or call 530-265-2070.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The next regular meeting for NCRWF is February 19 at Alta Sierra Country Club. Keynote speaker will be Sheriff Keith Royal who will be speaking on medical marijuana in Nevada County. Joining Sheriff Royal will be Don Bessee who sits on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County.

To make a reservation for the February 19 meeting call 530-274-0803 by Monday, February 11. Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings start at noon.

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

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.

Friends of Hospice

"Jail and Bail" is a fund raiser sponsored by the Union and KNCO. FOH recruits volunteer "Bailees" who will then ask their friends and organizations for pledges of "bail money" (donations for FOH) by a specified date to keep them out of jail. Our member Judy Nelson has agreed to be a volunteer bailee for FOH and is depending on your donation to keep her out of jail. This event is on March 14 and will be heard on KNCO as donations are brought in. Please join in … it is a fun event and you may go to KNCO to join in on the festivities.

FOH President Cathy Jostes presented Venessa Bengstrom, Executive Director of Hospice of the Foothills and Leo Granucci, Hospice Board Member, with a check in the amount of $60,000 to serve the needs of Hospice of the Foothills .They were appreciative of the check to further service the needs of HOF.

You are invited to join us for a meeting or workshop to meet the wonderful members and feel the accomplishment of helping the community.

Please phone us at 530-271-5121 for further information.

The Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club (SNCKC)

We are a recreational paddle club that enjoys flat water and slow moving rivers. SNCKC includes people of all age groups and skill levels. Most members are residents of the Nevada County foothills and surrounding areas although there is no residency requirement. Monthly Club meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Seamans Lodge, 425-A Nimrod St., Pioneer Park in Nevada City. They provide social, informational, and recreational gatherings associated with the sport of paddling.

For more information, visit MYSNCKC.ORG.

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