Club News, March 8, 2014 |

Club News, March 8, 2014

Early Risers Toastmasters' two newest members, from left, are Tamara Hendrick and Jean Creasey. Early Risers Toastmasters meets every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. at Humpty Dumpty Kitchen in Grass Valley.

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

On March 15, P.E.O.'s Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau will host their annual Founders Day Luncheon. 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, http://www.peointernational .org.

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

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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 Republican Women Federated Federated (NCRWF)

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, seeking the 2014 Republican nomination for Governor of California, will be speaking about his candidacy at the March 18 Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) luncheon. Assemblyman Donnelly represents the 33 Assembly District, one of the geographically largest districts, encompassing an area including Big River on the Arizona border, Needles, Barstow, Baker, Ridgecrest, the Victorville area, Big Bear and Twenty-nine Palms. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, he is the third oldest of 14. Making his way from Michigan to California in 1989 he attended the University of California, Irvine. After earning his B.A. in English, he went into the family business which supplied parts to plastics manufacturers. After five years he started his own business, providing solutions to his customers' manufacturing problems. 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 by March 10 to make a reservation for the March meeting. For information about membership call 530-478-0603, email NCRWF at or visit the website at

Gold Country Community Services

Rhythm 'n' blues by Heather MacAdam – and a delicious, homemade lunch made last Friendship Wednesday a special occasion. Next week's menu features Cube Steak with mushroom sauce, chicken curry, barbecue beef sandwich, chicken parmesan and breaded whitefish.

Folk singing humorist Dave Ayala will be sharing a touch o' the green as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day next Wednesday. Early arrival and reservations are highly recommended. Lunch is served weekdays promptly at noon in our High Noon Cafe. The suggested donation is just $3 for seniors 60+.

For lunch reservations, information about the many classes, activities and services we offer (including our Home Delivered Meals and Wood Program), phone 530-273-4961. You may also want to ask about the many volunteer opportunities we have — a rewarding way to make a difference in your community. GCCS is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., G.V.,

For more information, visit

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

Frank Gallino American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130 Grass Valley

This past February was a sad time for our Unit as we lost two of our members who have served many active years. Jan Morris and Penny Johnson will be remembered at our business meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 11 with a special celebration of life following our meeting in which we will drape our charter. This ceremony is a tradition of all Auxiliary departed members in their honor. We recently chose candidates for Girl's State to represent Nevada Union, Bear River and Forest Christian schools.

We continue to send boxes to veterans, fund community projects and serve at the monthly dinner meetings with the help of the Friendship Girls and their mentors. We appreciate support of our raffle at the dinners. Our Annual Luau will be April 26. The local Hawaiian dance group will provide entertainment and $20 also includes a full Luau meal. Tickets will be sold at VSO office and Legion Lounge. This is a fundraiser for Veterans, their families, and community projects.

Placer County PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Placer County will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. PFLAG is support and advocacy group for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) persons and their allies. This month will feature a presentation on "The Repercussions of Teaching Hate."

PFLAG's two focused support groups, the Transgender Support Group and Parent Support Group, also will meet on Monday, March 10, begining at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to know more, please phone (916) 863-9622.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Soroptimist Youth and Women's Committees have announced applications for funding for this year. Interested groups working with women and children can contact Fran Freedle at for Youth and Lenda Welz at for Women's issues. Applications are due March 15.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley in partnership with Sierra College Foundation NCC will present "A Day for Women" on April 5 at the Nevada County Campus. The event, featuring 28 classes in the area of Personal Growth, Creativity, Food, Gardening, Technology and Bodywork, will be held from 8-4 and include lunch, shopping and networking. Seating is limited to 200 so early purchase of tickets is recommended. Online registration at or by calling 530-277-8377.

American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130

Tonight the 4H delegates to Washington D.C. fundraiser; spaghetti dinner and cake auction at Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley; sponsored by American Legion Post 130. Doors open at 4:30, spaghetti dinner at 5, cake auction at 6:30 p.m. Come join us, have a filling and fun evening. Watch some cakes get bids past 100 dollars! All cakes on view, all for your auction price, all types of fancy decorations, shapes, sizes and flavors and many many of them. Believe me you will ENJOY!

Every Sunday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. is KAROKE in our Post 130 Lounge/full bar. Join us for this very fun time! You can sing or just sit and listen, talk with people around you, sip a libation of your choice! See yah there.

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.

Our next event is "Eva Bartlett, Standing with the Gazans" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday March 16 at the Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad Street, Nevada City.

March 16 is the 11th anniversary of the killing of Rachel Corrie in the Gaza Strip. Eva Bartlett has been called "Canada's Rachel Corrie" because of her courageous actions defending Gazan farmers and fishers from harassment and injury threatened by Israeli military forces. Eva is a human rights activist and widely published freelance journalist. Admission is free; donations accepted for the Maia Project, Nevada County Circle. Refreshments will be available.

The next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday March 26 in a private home. Please call 530-713-1131 for directions.

Our weekly evening vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays 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.

Empire Toastmasters

Our meeting on February 28, Acting President Joe Hunnicutt CC opened the meeting with the question: What is your favorite thing to do when it is raining? Lee Zasloff ACB, ALB as Toastmaster ran an excellent meeting. Advanced speakers, Judy Nichols DTM and Ruth Schwartz ACG, ALB both spoke from the Competent Speaker Manual doing speech #3 Get to the Point. Judy Nichols took the award as she spoke about attending a past Olympic event as "One for the Bucket List." Joe Hunnicutt won the better evaluator award for his critique of Judy's speech. Antoinette Filanowska lead us in Table Topics giving us idioms like "Break a leg" and "Cart before the horse" and using the word "Haywire" or "Go Haywire." Bethany Cashman won the trophy for the best Table Topic Speech.

Empire Toastmasters Club is celebrating their 25 year anniversary on March 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. with a party and luncheon catered by Summer Thymes Bakery. The celebration will take place at the Nevada County Contractors Association located at 149 Crown Point Court in the Event Room. The public is welcome to attend this celebration. For more information and to sign up for the event, please go to or call Sarah at 530-432-6861.

Sierra Singles Club

This club for older singles meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. After the business meeting, calendars are distributed and discussed detailing the events planned for the month including dining out, plays and other local activities. For information, contact Shirley Maylet at 530-273-5637.

Nevada County Genealogy Society

The next meeting of the Nevada County Genealogy Society will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, March 11 at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. This month's topic is "Getting Started With Your German Genealogy." The presenter is James Baker, PhD who is a Board Certified Genealogist with a specialty in German genealogy research.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch What experiences and people shaped who you are today? What makes Nevada County a great place to live? These are just some of the questions Dr. Gary Quehl will explore at March meeting AAUW Nevada County Branch meeting on Saturday, March 15. Dr. Quehl, author and longtime leadership expert, will engage attendees in a conversation about the purposes and findings of the Sage Leadership Project, a two-year study sponsored by the Center for Non-Profit Leadership, Nevada County. The results of the study, which examined the role that individuals voluntarily play in sharing their experiences, judgment and wisdom to advance the welfare of their communities, are featured in his book, "The Sages Among Us: Harnessing the Power of Civic Engagement." There is no cost, and everyone is welcome to attend the meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on March 15 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley (program begins at 10 a.m.). For more information visit or call 530-470-9395.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

The Craft Guild of Nevada County is open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items. To learn more about these crafters are doing, check out the Guild Blog at The Guild is now accepting applications for the 32nd Winterfaire Craft show, however, at this time we are unable to accept jewelry venders. This is our yearly fund raiser. Over the years donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups and school scholarships. Guild members also provide monthly tray favors for local seniors care facilities as well as holiday gifts. We will again be supporting the Interfaith Food Ministries during the year and at our Craft Show.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month (we do not meet in December).

We meet at The Superintendent of School Office, 112 Nevada City Hwy., Houser Conference Room.

For more information, visit

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

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128, Sons of Norway

At 6 p.m. on Monday, March 10 at the Ponderosa Hall, Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 2), members and guests will have a chance to enjoy a "Meal and a Movie." The Lodge will screen a 1950s comedy about a Swedish researcher who sets out to watch his elderly subject go through his daily routines … when the study takes an unexpected turn. Norwegian language with subtitles. An informal light meal — perfect for movie viewing — will be served. Enjoy a relaxing evening by putting this event on your "must-do" list. RSVP by March 3 to Keith Emmerton at 530-432-3799 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.

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

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

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

Explore the many ways that Pine Tree Quilt Guild supports and encourages the craft of quilting in Nevada County. Guild members look forward to sharing their workmanship with the community at the 30th Annual "Springtime in the Pines" Quilt Show, May 3 and 4 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Widowed Persons Association

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.

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 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 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. 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.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We are 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 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. 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.

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,

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

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.

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.

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.

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