Club News, May 17, 2014 |

Club News, May 17, 2014

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to all that is interested in sharing their craft with others. During winter months Guild meetings are at 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month in the Houser Conference Room at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City. The Guild is a nonprofit community service organization. Over the years donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups. 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 at Christmas time. We are supporting the Interfaith Food Ministry this year with monthly food donations provided by our members. We would like to thank all who supported the Springfaire on May 3, The Union and Ben Franklin's. To learn more about what Guild members are doing check out the Guild's Blog, http// and our Facebook page. For more information about the Guild visit http//

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.

This month immediately following our meeting, we will be meeting at the park and ride on the corner of South Auburn and Neal Streets to do our bi-yearly cleaning and decorating the Vietnam and Iraqi plaques in honor of our fallen hero's. Please join us.

To learn more, please visit

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Native Daughters of the Golden West, Manzanita Parlor No. 29

We will have a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20 at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 So. Church St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call Yvonne at 530-273-1936.

Gold Country Italian American Club

Join us for good food, socializing and games every third Tuesday. We meet at different restaurants in the area. For locations and more information, call Don at 530-271-7491. Ask about Bocci ball and dinner.

Sierra Singles Club

Older singles are invited to attend our meetings held at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. Plans are made for weekly outings to dine out, attend plays, films and other local events. For information, contact Shirley Maylett (530-273-5637).

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 3 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Rd. in Grass Valley at 6:30 p.m. Speaker Merrilyn Scott will share insights from her decades of quilt-making and tell about what she considers "Essential Embellishments".

The Scholarship Committee headed by Pat Gillings is pleased to announce the recipients of PTQG's annual scholarship awards in memory of Jeanne Gill and Carol Phillips. The awards this year go to Kiana Kraft of Nevada Union High School and Brynn Farwell of Cornish College of the Arts, each pursuing further studies in textile arts, design or other art-related fields. We congratulate Kiana and Brynn and wish them well!

For more information, visit or call 530-274-1290.

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.

Gold Country Community Services

Mellow harmonies by Kelly Fleming and Everette Burkard made Friendship Wednesday special. Where else can you get a nutritious, home-cooked lunch – plus excellent homegrown entertainment – all for a suggested donation of just $3 per meal for seniors 60+? Join us in our High Noon Cafe, where lunch is served promptly at noon weekdays. It's always a good idea to have your place reserved – and to arrive a few minutes early. Next week's menu features spinach lasagna, Swedish meatballs, chef salad, sweet and sour pork and turkey Tetrazzini.

We're currently welcoming more volunteer drivers for our Home Delivered Meals Program ("meals on wheels"). If you can spare a few hours a week, if you have a car and a valid driver's license, plus a genuine concern for homebound seniors, then please give us a call. You're the kind of person ready to make a difference!

CCS is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., GV. Reception is open Mon. through Fri. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phone 530-273-4961 for reservations and information about our lunches, services, activities and volunteer opportunities. 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.

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

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

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

In June, Ashley Neumann will be the keynote speaker on Human Trafficking. Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June. There are no monthly meetings in July and August. Meetings are held 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 May 12 to make a reservation for the May 20 meeting. For information about membership call 530-78-0636, email NCRWF at or visit the website at

Golden Empire Nursing Facility Auxiliary

We had our Annual Volunteer of the Year Luncheon hosted by the hospital, following the monthly meeting on April 16, 2014. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Marge Beck and four members received years of service pins. Receiving pins were Rachel Okuma, 25 years; Carol Hribal and Millie Rowe, 20 years and Beverly Clemo, 15 years. New members Janice Mason, Patricia Gordon and Kathy DeAngelo were introduced.

New members are always welcome and can contact President, Iona Terry at 530-477-5405 or Membership Chairman, Barbara Ford at 530-273-6084.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held 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

Empire Toastmasters

We meet every Friday at noon at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley. Community members who are interested in improving their communication and leadership skills are encouraged to attend. The meetings are fun, educational, entertaining and supportive. Members are never criticized, but are given accolades in their speaking strengths and helpful suggestions for improving their weak areas. Anyone interested in attending can just show up or call Sarah at 530-432-6861 or visit

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Our May luncheon and program is set for 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The local talented singers from Sierra Stages, directed and accompanied by Ken Getz, will perform wonderful music with highlights from some of their poplar productions. Don't miss this spring luncheon followed by a great, uplifting performance. If you are interested in receiving information on the luncheon and on the club, please call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191 or visit our website, The Newcomers Club of Nevada County 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.

Business and Professional Women (BPW)

Women Who Farm is the topic of Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Nevada County's May 21 meeting at Summer Thyme's, 231 Colfax Ave. in Grass Valley. Featured speakers are Josephine McProud of Riverhill Farm and Mary Walker from Bakbraken Acres who will participate in a question and answer format facilitated by BPW member, Sandra Rockman.

Social/networking hour begins at 5:30 with dinner at 6 p.m. The cost is $19. A pre-paid reservation is required for members and guests. Reserve and pay by credit card or debit card with/VISA logo at

Josephine (Jo) McProud is a fourth generation Californian. After attending U.C. Davis, where she studied Landscape Architecture, she moved to Nevada City in 1980 to raise her family and pursue her career in Landscape Architecture. In 2004, she began a second career in farming with her husband, Alan Haight, at their family farm, Riverhill Farm.

At Riverhill Farm, Jo is helping to build an economically viable farm while maintaining and enhancing the natural environment in which the farm exists, with the hope that the farm that will serve our community for generations to come.

Mary Walker has lived in this area for over 40 years. Working with organic farmer John Drew at the Bakbraken Acres for 15+ years, she has learned the steps to a successful farming practice from the preparation of the soil, starting the seeds, planting, through to harvest and marketing – along with the uncertainty that can bring you to your knees on a daily basis. This has inspired her to write her own music and perform it where she can.

The mission of the Business and Professional Women of Nevada County is to support and promote equity for women in all aspects of their lives. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. More information is available at

Gold Country German-American Club

The German-American club meets the first Friday of each month at 6 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.

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 meet on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Email Bill Jones at for more information.

American Legion Auxiliary Frank Gallino Unit 130

Thanks to all who attended the Luau and helped us with our monetary projects for the veterans and community. We need community support as we try to assist people when we are able.

The Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We offer rides for all levels of riders. Every week there are several rides that you can join. The motto on all led club rides is "No Rider Left Behind."

The benefit of being a club member is that you get regular notices about rides. Or, you can post your own ride on the club's list-serv. Go to to join. If you're new to the area and wonder where it's reasonably safe to ride, being a member of this friendly group of bicyclists will get you started.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for the hospital Auxiliary at Alta Sierra Country Club. Volunteers routinely supply 1,100 hours each month to several departments at the hospital along with raising funds through various vendor sales and the operating of a gift shop. All funds raised benefit the hospital in the form of equipment and/or supplies. Several months ago, the Auxiliary donated $19, 662 for the purchase of a Newborn Resuscitation Warmer.

During the business meeting prior to the luncheon, the Auxiliary approved the awarding of three scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to very deserving Nevada County students.

Hour service pins were awarded as follows: 500 hours to Judy Bagley, Maggie Doyle, and Margaret Munson; 1,000 hours to Louise Anderson; 2,500 hours to Joyce Bern; 8,000 hours to Judy Wilson; 12,500 hours to Helen Conrey and Doris Kopf.

Applications to join the SNMH Auxiliary can be found on line at or can be picked up the main lobby or outpatient lobby at the hospital.

Gold Country Miniature Society

Our club enjoys making doll houses and doll house accessories. We build miniatures in all scales and have a variety of interesting projects throughout the year. We meet at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. There are, also, three other miniature clubs in the area which get together on different days. If you are interested in this fun hobby, email Barbara at or Pat at

Gold Country Yacht Club

The Gold Country Yacht Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. We meet at Scotts Flat Lake. Bring something to barbecue and something to share. 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

AAUW Nevada County Branch

For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals who do not meet the educational requirement, but are interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, the Nevada County Branch offers "Friends of AAUW" membership. For more information visit or call 530-470-9395.

Nevada County Walkers

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. We support local trail builders like Forest Trail Alliance and we participate in trail maintenance throughout the year.

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.

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

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 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.

Camera Club

The camera club meets at the Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley. The public is welcome and the meeting is free. For more information, visit

The Widowed Persons Association

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.

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

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,

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.

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