Club News, March 29, 2014 |

Club News, March 29, 2014

From left, Toastmasters Area 64 International Speech Contest Winner Emma Santa, Table Topics Toastmaster Larry Borchert, Area 64 Governor Ruth Schwartz.

Gold Country Community Services

Old-time rock 'n' roll performed by BluRoc brightened up a wet Friendship Wednesday.  It was good to sing along – and create our own sunshine.  

Next week's menu features hot roast beef sandwich, coq au vin, sweet and sour pork, macaroni and cheese, and chicken cacciatore.  Lunch is served promptly at noon M-F in our High Noon Cafe.  As part of our weekly Friendship Wednesday lunch, we have entertainment as well as door prizes.  Reservations and an early arrival are highly recommended, especially on Wednesdays.

Our April menus are out now, so pick one up – and plan your meals for the month.  Our suggested donation for seniors 60+ is just $3 per meal.  On the back of the menu, you'll find a list of classes, activities and services we offer – lots of ways to stay well-nourished, active, and connected!

For reservations, information, and volunteer opportunities, phone 530-273-4961, or come in.  Reception is open M-F from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  GCCS is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., G.V. Visit http:// for more information.

Nevada County Walkers

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We are a walking group of 710 members who walk 7+ days per week, would like to invite you to come by and let us personally invite you to join us in a walk, hike or other activity. We have more than one walk/ activity in a day! We walk seven days a week and also play Bocce Ball every other Tuesday and bowl alternating Tuesdays. We play Pickleball Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. We plan hikes like the one 36 of us attended Monday March 24 to Fairy Falls in Spenceville. April 20, Easter morning, we'll have an Easter egg hunt for adults on Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City at 9 a.m. We support local trail builders like Forest Trail Alliance and we participate in trail maintenance throughout the year.

We'll be located at Kurt's Garden where the former Wilderness Kayak rental was located for our Friday April 4, 2014 MEET AND GREET. Between 1:00PM and 6:00PM We'll have photo albums (and hopefully a laptop) and be available to greet the public and some of our 700+ members we've never met at Kurt's Garden located at 595 E. Main Street, Grass Valley from 1 to 6 p.m.

Empire Toastmasters

We had a fun meeting of Empire Toastmasters, on March 21, with a three guests, including our Division Governor Carmela Porcella DTM. Elizabeth Dunn ACB was the Toastmaster of the Day. Lee Zasloff ACB, ALB won best speaker award for her speech entitled, "The Good, Bad and the Fury," speaking about cat appreciation. Lee spoke from the Humorous Speaking Advanced Manual, "Make Them Laugh." Paul Dessau DTM gave a speech regarding a High Performance Leadership Project he will be doing. The speech from the manual was to "Share his Vision".  His speech was entitled, "Chairing an Art Show." Ruth Schwartz ACG, ALB won best evaluator for her evaluation of Lee Zasloff's speech.   Jerri Glover ACB won table topics using the word of the day, susurrant (quietly), and a sewing kit as a prompt.   

Later that evening Jerri Glover ACB took 2nd Prize for the Area 64 International Contest!  Emma Santa DTM from MotherLode took 1st place.  Both Jerri and Emma will go on to compete at the Division Contest on April 5 at Esterly Hall at the Nevada County Association of Realtors Building, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley at 6:00 PM. Empire Toastmasters meets Fridays at noon at the Holbrooke Hotel.  For information contact Sarah at 530-432-6861 or go to

Gold Country German-American Club

The April 4 meeting of the Gold Country German-American Club will be a Garden Swap. Walter Grob will play accordion music followed by the Barbershop Quartet Group, Harmonic Convergence. Bring anything garden- seeds, plants, books, tools- for sharing, trading, or giving away. There will be a prize for the most creative garden outfit. The German-American club meets the first Friday of each month at 6P p.m. at Seaman's Lodge in Nevada City. Guests are welcome. If interested in attending or for club information call Christa at 530-272-6095. You can also check us out online at where you will learn about our events and activities such as Mai Fest, Oktoberfest, hiking, conversational German classes.

Sierra Singles Club

 Our club for older singles meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at the Community Center.  Calendars listing our weekly activities are distributed at that time.  We dine out and attend plays, films and other local events.  For information contact Shirley Maylett 530-273-5637.

The Chicago Park Garden Club

We will hold our next meeting on meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room, 15057 Highway 174, Grass Valley.  The speaker will be Ann Wallace on TOPIARIES: Designing, Creating and Using Topiaries.  CPGC's membership includes gardeners from Grass Valley, Nevada City and other foothill communities; nonmembers welcome to this FREE program.

The American Chronic Pain Association

We meet monthly to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families. The group hosts knowledgeable speakers on a regular basis who give helpful information on ways to live more fully in spite of pain. Group members also share experiences as well as support and encourage one another. The American Chronic Pain Association meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

Toastmasters Contest

On Friday evening, March 21 the five Toastmasters Clubs in Nevada Country conducted their 2014 International Speech and Table Topics Contests. Contest chairperson Cindy Bailey organized this entertaining, educational and fun event. The International Speech Contest was won by Emma Santa of Mother Lode Toastmasters, with her speech: "Dare to Jump." Second place was won by Jerri Glover of Empire Toastmasters with her speech: "Citizen of the Year." Jason Santa of Penn Valley Toastmasters won first place in the Table Topics Contest; his wife Emma Santa of Mother Lode Toastmasters was second. All winners and runner-up speakers will advance to the Division F Contest at 6pm on Saturday, April 5. The location is Esterly Hall at the Nevada County Association of Realtors, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley. Members of the public are very welcome to attend.

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations.

You don't have to be a biological grandmother.

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

Weight-loss group starts in April

FasTrack Nutrition and Lifestyle continues in April. Participants in this spiritually based weight-loss program together lost 478 pounds over a year's time in 2012-13.

A new session starts at 2:30 p.m. April 9 in the Cross Room at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley (near downtown). Classes will continue each week on Wednesdays.

Participants will use materials from the Prism Phase 1 program. The group will learn about eating right, living well and loving God through diet, discipline and discipleship. No weigh-ins!

All are welcome, joining is free, and materials will cost $10. For more information call Carol Lenhard at 530-755-5550.

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

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

April will bring "A Day for Women" at Sierra College on April 5. This fabulous conference will allow women a day just for themselves to learn new things, meet new people, network, shop and have lunch. Spaces are still available, but filling fast for the 200 slots. Register at www. or by calling Tess at 530-277-8377. New officers for 2014-15 have been selected and are Lenda Welz, president; Linda Wittmayer, president-elect; Sharon O'Hara, secretary; Gail Heuer, treasurer; Kathy Ryan and Mary Graebner, directors; and Bunny Parcher, delegate. SIGV welcomed returning member Sue Hudson, marketing director at Hilltop Commons. For more information about SIGV, visit our website at or call 530-268-0942.

American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130

We are located in Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn, Grass Valley.  Call 530-272-2160.  Our events are held here.  Plenty of parking at rear of building.

ATTENTION NEW HOUR AND DATE for 130 business meetings. These will be first Tuesday 5 to 6 p.m. in the dining room.  Yes it does and will coincide with our monthly dinner; but are usually short.   Our full served dinner Tuesday  April 1, lounge/bar open 5 to 9, dinner at 6:30 p.m.  Menu is garden salad, roasted pork loin with mushroom gravy, red skin mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables followed by brownie and ice cream, tea and coffee.  All this by our chef  Antonio for only $10, $5 for children. Reservations by Friday evening, March 28. Call 530-272-2160.  If for some reason you cannot attend call the same number and cancel.  KARAOKE every Sunday 5 to 9:30 p.m. at our lounge.  Come, sing along or just listen. Talk to old and new friends, sip a libration from our full bar/lounge.  See you there.     Stop in Wednesday and Thursday, our full bar/lounge  is open 5 to 9:30 p.m.

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

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us.

The March 16th program, "EVA BARTLETT: STANDING WITH GAZA," was a rousing success. The 40 people who attended were very generous in donating a total of $739 to the Maia Project, which brings clean water to children in the Gaza Strip, where 90 to 95 percent of available water is contaminated.

Our weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City has resumed. We have signs to share, and everyone who believes in human rights, equality and justice for all people is welcome to participate.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

The next meeting of Pine Tree Quilt Guild will be held on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. Local quilt artist and Long-arm quilting business owner Sandra Bruce will be the featured speaker, sharing her background in graphic arts and work methods using fabric and stitches. Sandra's approach called "Material Matrix" is featured in this month's issue of "Quilting Arts" magazine and she will explain to us how the process comes together using color, design, composition and serendipity!

Sewing machines are humming as PTQG members prepare their entries for the upcoming 30th Anniversary Quilt Show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. Over 200 quilts will be displayed, including a special exhibit honoring State Fair Award-winner Lynda Lasich as Featured Quilter. Other attractions are Country Store, Vendors, Lunchroom, Silent Auction and drawings for the Opportunity Quilt and Baskets.

The Widowed Persons Association

We will have our monthly meeting at the Alta Sierra Country Club in Alta Sierra on April 12. Our breakfast meeting will be at Apple Alley's at 10 a.m. on March 20. The Sunday night dinner will be at Lefty's in Nevada City at 5:30 p.m. Our White Elephant Sale at our last meeting was a lot of fun, and we netted our largest donations from a wonderful selection of gifts.

Our Association is dedicated to helping widowed persons, both men and women of all ages, to made new friends, have new activities and a new direction to their lives following the loss of their loved one. Should you be interested in our group and would like further information please call Eileen at 530-272-2487 or Kent at 530-432-1779.

American Legion Auxiliary Frank Gallino Unit 130

At our monthly business meeting on Tuesday, March 11 we conducted our traditional draping of our charter for two members who passed in February. Penny Johnson and Jan Morris were active members for many years and we held a celebration of their lives following our meeting in which we invited not only our members but their friends. Taps were played by Berni Bachli.

We are planning for our annual fundraiser on April 26, which will provide a luau feast and entertainment by Dan Scanlon on his ukulele and the local Hawaiian dance group.

The friendship girls continue to assist us at the Tuesday dinners and have received complements from our dinner guests. Antonio is our chef at these dinners and provides a gourmet served meal for 10 dollars!! The next one is April 1. Call for reservations: 530-272-2160 as it is open to the public. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Hall in Grass Valley and will be pork loin and fixings. Bar/Lounge opens at 5 p.m. and we encourage you to come and meet others. The next meeting in April we will be nominating officers for the coming year.

Duplicate Bridge Club

We meet at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows. The weekly schedule is as follows:

Mondays: 9:30 a.m.; Tuesdays:12:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Thursdays: 1 p.m. at Eskaton; Fridays: 12:30 p.m.

We offer free bridge lessons for those new to the game or wanting to brush up their skills. These classes begin on March 20 and meet on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Email Bill Jones at for more information.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings begin at noon. Reservations are required.

Please call Donna at 530-274-0803 to make a reservation. For information about membership call 530-478-0603, email or visit the website at

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

The luncheon will be held at the Sierra Pines United Methodist Church in Auburn. P.E.O. was founded in 1869. The philanthropic educational organization has six local chapters in Nevada and Placer counties. They benefit their scholarship funds which provide scholarships to local women for their college or continuing college education. For 145 years, the P.E.O. sisterhood has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Over 88,000 women have benefited from P.E.O.'s educational scholarships, loans, awards and projects. For more information, visit the P.E.O. website,

The Nevada County Newcomers Club

Our March 26 luncheon will feature a Chinese cultural event. Travel to Shanghai with the CATS Theatre Group as they perform a scene from their spring theatre presentation, Miss Saigon. Then, author Anthony Emmolo, a former resident of Shanghai, will read a short excerpt from his new book, Odyssey: The Life of a Chinese Woman. Lilly Emmolo (formerly of Hunan Province, China) will complete the program by performing a classical Chinese dance. You will enjoy this unique Chinese cultural experience.

The luncheon and program will be held at the Alta Sierra Country Club on Wednesday, March 26. The cost for the luncheon and program is $18. The luncheon begins at 11:45, doors open at 11 a.m.

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 receiving information on the March luncheon and on the club, please call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191.

Hope Bearers

We are available to provide Christ-centered support for all who are faced with the challenges of cancer or other chronic illness. Whether you are a patient, spouse, family member, friend or caregiver — you don't have to go it alone. Our hope is in God and we are here for you. We offer prayer, fellowship, love and encouragement to keep our faith strong in the midst of perhaps the most difficult circumstances of our lives.

We are available for confidential 'one on one' or group meetings as needed by request. If you have questions or need prayer, feel free to contact Edda Hunter at 530-432-2862 or Sally Landsburg at 530-273-1468.

Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. We sometimes have speakers, or review education programs. Some meetings are more of an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, atmosphere come check us out. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.).

For more information and to RSVP please contact Erica McGee at 530-559-4517 or email

Gold Country Welcome Club

Our club has something for everyone … literally! If you're looking to find people with similar interests, check out this active bunch. There's a group that plays poker. Don't like poker? How about pinochle, or bunco, bridge or mah jong?

Not into games? How about kayaking, or hiking or snow skiing? Not athletic? No problem. There are brainiacs that meet once a month to talk about investing…wood workers that share ideas on their talents … a craft group that comes up with amazing ideas for the home. Garden Club, Men's Group (great monthly speakers), Women's Group with lots of theatre and other activities.

For more information or to join the club go to, or call 530-478-0999.

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 at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 114 in Auburn. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 781-932-6300 or locally at 916-273-5413, or visit

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.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

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

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 Highway 49 at Alta Sierra Drive. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the Commodore's bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Questions? Please visit our website

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.

Nevada County Horseman Incorporated

We are celebrating the year of the horse. NCHI seeks to promote horsemanship throughout the community and to provide a friendly and wholesome social environment for young and old alike. You're always welcome to stop in at one of the monthly meetings, the second Friday of the month or events. Now accepting new member applications. For more information, email

Peripheral neuropathy support group

Do you have painful feet or numbness? The peripheral neuropathy support group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley. We don't cure, but suggest relief and comfort. We exchange ideas and share information and experiences. You are not alone in your discomfort. For more information, call 530-268-1017.

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. For more information, call 530-272-7708.

The Golden Empire Sam's

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

Parkinson's Support Group

Our group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the Activity Room on the second floor of the main building at Atria Senior Living Center (previously Quail Ridge), 150 Sutton Way, Grass Valley.

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

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

Friends of Hospice

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

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (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.

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

Move to Amend

We are a national, grass roots coalition that works toward overcoming corporate power by building momentum for a Constitutional Amendment that would make it clear that civil rights are intended for human beings, not for corporations.

The "We the People Amendment" would not only overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but would also abolish "corporate personhood" and declare that money is not the same as speech.

Find out more at the Nevada County Move to Amend website or Facebook page.

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

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. Members do not have to live in Lake Wildwood. Go to our website at to learn more about us.

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

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