Club News, Jan. 25, 2014 |

Club News, Jan. 25, 2014

Empire Toastmasters

Four new members (Bethany Cashman, Lauren Tercosta, Sarah Herbert and Valleri Andrews) were voted in on January 17.

Ruth Schwartz, area governor, installed the new officers that will be taking over for the next six months.

Jerri Glover won the award for better speaker delivering a speech inspiring the audience to engage in helping out with our upcoming 25th anniversary party on March 14 for our club.

Ruth Schwartz won best evaluator for Micah Pierce's informative discussion speech on law. Paul Dessau won the award for Table Topics using the word "ethnocentric."

The Table Topics contest will be coming up on January 31.

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Guests are invited to attend and watch contestants entering the room one at a time and speaking "off the cuff" to the same topic. It's usually very interesting and fun to hear the different stories that emerge from the same topic.

Please join us on Fridays, noon, at the Holbrooke Hotel's restaurant in Grass Valley. Call 530-432-6861 for more information.

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 Nevada County Genealogical Society

Nevada County Genealogical Society (NCGS) will hold its first session of the 2014 Study Group "Computers for Genealogy" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28 in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library. The session this month, led by Ron and Donna Young, will be on "Computer Hardware." The meetings are open to the public, free of charge.

For more information, email Donna Dugle Young at or call 530-477-0192.

Sierra Singles Club

This club for older singles meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room of the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. Plans are discussed for weekly outings to dine out and attend local events.

For information, contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

Nevada County Democratic Womens' Club

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. for brunch on Feb. 1 at Christopher's Old World Deli at 206 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. Cost is $13. Our guest speaker is Jeff Pelline, blogger and publisher of Sierra Foothills Report and Art/Wine/Food online publications. Please RSVP to Nancy Eubanks at 530-432-9821 or email at

The Widowed Persons Association

We held our monthly meeting at the Royal Dragon with 36 members in attendance. Our next monthly meeting will be at Perko's on February 8 at noon. If you are interested in joining our group and attending our next meeting, please call Millie at 530-253-3454 for reservations. Our Sunday night supper will be held at the National Hotel on January 26 at 5:30 p.m. 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.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

Nat Seavy, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at February's meeting of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society. His presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Placer County Office of Education, 360 Nevada St., Auburn (next door to the Placer County Library).

Golden-crowned sparrows are common in the foothills and valley during the winter months, but they nest far north. Seavy has been conducting research concerning the migration and breeding area of the actual birds that winter in our foothills with state-of-the-art, incredibly tiny geolocators, which will be on hand for inspection. Seavy is research director of the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group at Point Blue.

His personal research is focused on the ecology and conservation of riparian ecosystems, bird migration, understanding and preparing for the ecological effects of climate change and applying science to conservation decision making and public policy.

Over the last two decades, Seavy has worked on research projects in North America, Central America, Africa and Hawaii. These projects have included research on the breeding biology of raptors and owls, habitat associations of passerine birds, population ecology and monitoring of Pacific seabirds and avian demography. For information, call 530-271-0789.

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.

The Golden Empire Nursing Facility Auxiliary

New members are always welcome in the Auxiliary and all it takes is a desire to serve.

The Auxiliary helps with most of the hospital parties and entertainment as well as providing church services, operators for the Pamper Parlor, ceramics, weekly Bingo, Mother's Day Tea and Father's Day Pizza Party. If you would like more information about becoming a member you can contact President, Iona Terry, 477-5405 or Membership Chairman, Barbara Ford, 530-273-6084.

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

Nevada County Newcomers Club

We are kicking off 2014 with an exciting luncheon on Wednesday, January 22, with a look at what to do if you find your sight is disappearing. Physician experts from the Society for the Blind in Sacramento will discuss how vision problems affect you in daily life and what new tools and medical devices are available to keep you independent and leading a good daily life.

The luncheon will be held at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The cost of the luncheon is $18. The luncheon begins at 11:4; doors open at 11 a.m. Reservation deadline is January 13, 2014.

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.

Healing Through Loss And Grief Support Group

The next Healing Through Loss And Grief Support Group will be open to newcomers on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the FREED office, 2059 Nevada City Highway, Ste. 104, Grass Valley. Anyone who has experienced a significant loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no charge to participate. Fore more information, visit

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.

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