Club News, Nov. 1, 2013
November 1, 2013
Hope Bearers Support Group
Are you feeling uncertain or even afraid? Do you feel like no one understands? Believe it or not there is hope and joy to be found even in the midst of this calamity. You do not have to be alone! Come find hope and be a part of this encouraging environment. This support group offers an opportunity to share what you are going through in a safe environment with leaders who have walked down the same road. We invite you to come experience God’s love, compassion, mercy, and yes, His help in a time of your need.
Edda Hunter is our Support Group Director and we meet monthly in her home in Penn Valley. We are always available on a “call as needed basis”. Call anytime. Contact Edda at 530-432-2862. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like us on Facebook!
Move to Amend
Join Move to Amend national spokesperson David Cobb for a special appearance in Nevada County from 2 to 4 p.m. on Veteran’s Day, November 11, at the Banner Grange at 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. The program is being organized by the Nevada County chapter of Move to Amend.
Move to Amend is 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.
Coffee and refreshments will be available at this event. Tickets are $5 at Briar Patch Co-op or at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more visit http://www.NevadaCountyMoveToAmend.org, or visit the national website, http://www.MoveToAmend.org.
The Craft Guild of Nevada County
We are open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and selling locally.
To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild Blog at CraftGuildNevadaCounty.BlogSpot.com.
Guild meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Superintendent of Schools Office, Nevada City in the Houser Conference Room at 6:30 p.m.
For more information contact Shirley Williams, 530-272-7033.
A club for older singles to meet and attend local events as a group. Join us on at 1:30 p.m. on January 8 at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. For information, contact Shirley Maylett (530)273-5637.
Gold Country Community Services:
Colorful, creative and fun — that’s a good way to describe our last Friendship Wednesday. We celebrated October birthdays and Halloween in style – with lots of original costumes and a beautiful cake, thanks to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital.
Our November menus are out now, so you can plan your lunchtime meals for the month. Next week’s menu features beef Stroganoff, chicken dijon, fish and chips, finger lickin’ chicken and cube steak with mushroom sauce. On the back of the menu, there’s a list of all the activities, classes and services we offer. Wednesday, November 13 is Mama’s Spaghetti Night at the Love Building in Condon Park, from 7 to 9 p.m. Make your reservations early, and help support GCCS and its fine work.
GCCS is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. Reception is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Phone 530-273-4961, or visit http://www.goldcountrycenter.org.
Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club
The Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Award Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. today at the Alta Sierra Country Club. A rotating statuette will go to an outstanding member. Hosted by our club, the event will feature a delicious luncheon and a presentation by the Lake Wildwood Readers’ Theater. This event benefits our Scholarship Fund. Reservations, menu selection, and checks for $30 are due by October 26 Saturday, at NCDWC PO Box 1573, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
For information, email Shanti Emerson at email@example.com or call 530-268-1183.
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.
Business Professional Women – Nevada County
Join BPWNC for the November 20 program as we highlight two local women whose businesses and life practices support women and girls in developing nations. Peggy Peterson of Asylum Down and Yabobo, and Eileen Jorgensen of The Magic Carpet — all well-known downtown Nevada City shops — will share with us their journey that has benefitted women and girls in Africa, India, Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan.
Plan now to attend and bring your friends on Wednesday, November 20 at Jim E’s Club 141, 141 E. Main Street in Grass Valley.
Social/networking hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. Check our website at http://bpwnevadacounty.org, or contact Kim Wydra at 530-432-2591 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more information.
Frank Gallino Post 130
We are located in Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Our phone is 530-272-2160. Our events take place here with plenty of parking. All are invited. Come, join us in our coming events. Also, you can see about joining the American Legion; any service branch, men and women are accepted. Just asks us. Our first event is our $10 monthly Dine-In, Tuesday November 5. Full/ Bar 5 to 8:30, Dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu will be turkey breast and fixings, tea, coffee, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie with whipped crème. Call 530-272-2160 for reservations. Our next event is A BIG ONE.
Our Veterans Day Observance on Monday November 11 will be hosted by Norm Dodson, a Vietnam Vet and Post 130 member. This event starts at 9:45 a.m. Color Guard presents our colors, short Veterans comments, guests speakers, brief messages and Patriotic music. 11 a.m. Color Guard, rifle volleys, bagpiper and then taps. 11:15 Boy Scout 855 will serve a 5 dollar hamburger and hotdog picnic lunch.
NO BREAKFAST THIS YEAR. Coffee and doughnuts served 8 to 9:30 a.m. 4-H girls will assist. Do not forget our Sunday night Karaoke from 5 to 9 p.m. in our Lounge.
Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF)
The November 19 Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) luncheon meeting will feature guest speakers Assessor Sue Horne, speaking on the “Ups and Downs of Your Property Taxes” and Assemblyman Brian Dahle who will talk about legislation passed in the last Legislative session. The NCRWF annual holiday bake sale will also take place at the November meeting.
Reservations for the November luncheon can be made by calling 530-274-0803 by November 14. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at noon.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch
The role of legal advocacy in challenging sex discrimination in the workplace and higher education will be the focus of the November AAUW Nevada County Branch meeting on Saturday, November 16. Through readers theater-style reenactments, actual legal case histories will be presented by Stephanie Norton, Nevada County Branch Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) vice president, and a cast of AAUW members. The AAUW LAF works to challenge sex discrimination in the workplace and higher education, including unfair pay, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault and violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. LAF addresses these barriers by assisting people who are using the legal system to seek justice and change. Free and open to the public, the meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 16 (program begins at 10 a.m.) at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley.
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 http://www.sirbranch11.com 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 email@example.com.
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 Grannies4peace@hotmail.com.
Multiple Sclerosis self-help support group
We meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of each month in the community room of Glenbrook Apartments, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Each meeting is an opportunity to share experiences, gain information and feel connected.
Meetings include educational discussions of many topics related to MS treatment options, managing symptoms, as well as available resources and services. Family members are welcome.
For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517 or email MCGee.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagrgg.
For more information, email email@example.com 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 http://www.oescal.org 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 goldcountrytrailscouncil.org.
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.
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 Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 114 in Auburn at 7 p.m. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 781-932-6300 or locally at 916-645-9890, or visit http://www.foodaddicts.org.
Gold Country chapter of California Retired Teachers Association
Dr. Louise Bennicoff Johnson, new Superintendent of Nevada Union High School District, was guest speaker at the October luncheon of the Gold Country chapter of retired teachers. Dr. Johnson’s childhood love of books and school developed into her life long desire to educate and guide children and teenagers. In the beginning of her long career she taught physics to high school students. Before coming to NUHS she served both on elementary and secondary levels in various assignments. She shared her thoughts and concerns on the current challenges in public education. She also told of students who made a difference in her own life.
For additional information please call Carole Siver at 530-272-4132.
Gold Country chapter of California Retired Teachers Association
Our board will meet Tuesday, November 5, to discuss the Breakfast Reception which will honor newly retired teachers. The reception will be held on Wednesday, November 13, at Tofannelli’s Restaurant. Other agenda items will include committee reports and the announcement of the 10 recipients of the local Teacher Grant Program. The annual Christmas luncheon and program is scheduled for Monday, December 2, at the Alta Sierra Country Club.
California’s 15th annual Retired Teachers Week is November 3 through 9. The CalRTA began in 1929 as our country struggled through the Great Depression. A small group of teachers banded together to fight for better pensions for colleagues who were living in poverty after a lifetime of teaching.
For additional information please call Bonnie Bennett, president, at 615-4252 or Carol Siver. membership, at 530-272-4132.
Grass Valley Host Lions
We recently helped to sponsor a major fundraising event for Sammie’s Friends Nevada County Animal Shelter. Sammie’s Friends Poker Ride was a big hit with the riders as we raised funds, raffled prizes, enjoyed a barbecue lunch with a DJ providing us some great music, had vendor/information booths AND had a spectacular Autumn day to explore the Gold Country on a quest for the best and worst poker hand. The ride started in Rough and Ready, ran through Colfax ,Dutch Flat, Cedar Ridge and back to Condon Park’s L.O.V.E. (Lots Of Volunteer Effort) building. If you would like more information on becoming a Lion and doing fun events such as this, please be our guest one evening at a meeting, on either the second or fourth Thursday night the month at the L.O.V.E building. We would love to have you and explore new venues for raising funds to expand our hearing aid, eye glasses, and scholarship programs, as well as other local projects we are involved in.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-432-7752.
The Rooster Tails Fishing Club
Our breakfast meeting (open to the public) will be held on Friday, November 15 at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St. at Lincoln Way, Auburn. The doors to the Lodge open at 7 a.m. with a fantastic $12 wide-selection buffet breakfast served at 8:00 AM. At 9 a.m. sharp, Mike Elster, Mike’s Fishing Guide Service, will share tactics and techniques for catching Landlocked Salmon in majestic Northern California.
Mike has been an avid trout and kokanee fisherman for over 20 years, fishing primarily Whiskeytown, Trinity, and Shasta Lakes. His guide service focuses on Whiskeytown Lake where he targets Kokanee, Rainbows and Kings. He also fishes Lake Almanor several times a year. Mike set his third California ‘Inland Chinook’ state record on 08/13/12 with an 11.18 pound Chinook caught at Trinity Lake. He enjoys sharing his experience and equipment with his clients and friends and says he enjoys learning a thing or two from them.
The 30 year old, 190+-member Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance a fishing experience. Further information can be found at http://www.roostertailsfishingclub.org. For more information on attending Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. meetings, contact Jim, Club Chairman, at 530-887-0479 or email@example.com.
Nevada County Tapestry
We will be having our next Tapestry Gathering from 5:20 to 7:40 p.m. on November 14, 2013 at the Holbrooke Hotel and Restaurant, Grass Valley. Special guest speaker will be Melisa Mistler-Yates. Featured nonprofit/fundraising for the organization “A New Day.” For more information or to register, visit http://nevadacountybamtapestry.com/events?eventId=775105&EventViewMode=EventDetails.
Widowed Persons Association
The next monthly meeting of the Widowed Persons Association will be held at noon on Nov. 9 at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley. Election of officers for 2014 will be held at the meeting. Our Sunday night supper will be held on October 27 at Trattoria Milano, the new Italian Restaurant diagonal from Holiday Inn Express. We are one of 24 chapters in California devoted to widowed persons who wish to get on with their lives by making new friends, adding new social activities and giving redirection to their lives. For more information about attending our activities, please call Kent Parker at 530-432-1779 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.
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.
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.
Soroptimist International of Grass Valley
Reyna Salcido of the Salvation Army and will be inducting two additional members in November. Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meets the first and second Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and the third Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Club 141 in Grass Valley.
Check our website at http://www.sigv.org.
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 http://www.swgga.org.
American Legion Auxiliary
It is becoming more difficult for units to support all that they want because of declining memberships. To see if you qualify to become an American Legion Auxiliary member, contact Melise Munroe at 530-272-1716.
When visiting the VSO Office, please remember to take a bag of cookies provided by the American Legion Auxiliary, we thank you deeply for your service.
November 7: In Sacramento at the State Capitol Homeless Children Awareness.
November 11: Veterans’ Day- The Auxiliary will be visiting the assisted living homes to show our support of the Veterans there in addition to the Veterans’ Observance Ceremony at the Grass Valley Veterans’ Memorial building starting at 9:45 a.m.
November 12: Monthly American Legion Auxiliary meeting 1:30 p.m. Grass Valley Veterans’ Memorial Building.
November 23: District Meeting in Lincoln.
December 8: Districts 6 and 7 will be having a joint district meeting where Department. President, Anita Biggs will attend. It will be held at the Rio Linda Veterans’ Building
December 10: Monthly American Legion Auxiliary meeting at The Munroe Holiday Manor.
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
The Auxiliary continues to serve the hospital in various departments at the hospital along with holding outside vendor sales to raise money for equipment and supplies used at the hospital. The Auxiliary recently gifted $9,620 for various pieces of equipment along with a $5,000 donation to the SNMH Foundation towards the purchase of an Oncology CT Simulator. Auxiliary members donate approximate 1,100 hours each month but like all volunteer groups need the service of additional volunteers.
Nevada County Social Singles
We are a group which provides friendship and the opportunity for shared activities for singles of all ages. We regularly hold a social hour open to both members and non-members alike on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Non-members are welcome to come and get acquainted.
Information about the group and a monthly calendar of activities will be shared with potential members. For more information, call 530-272-7075.
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 http://www.grassvalleymoose.org.
Call for details: 530-273-1070.
Business Network International’s Nevada County Business Builders Chapter
We meet at noon every Thursday at the Holbrooke. Stacey Lamothe of Stacey Lamothe Art was our featured business at this week’s luncheon. BNI is a referral group committed to helping its members build their business by building strong relationships.
For more info go to http://www.facebook.com/BNI.grassvalley.
The Chicago Park Garden Club
Next meeting is scheduled for October 30. All members are working on the Garden Club’s annual Victorian Tea, scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on November 8 at Peace Lutheran Church.
For more information, call 530-272-7708.
The Golden Empire Nursing & Rehabilitation Auxiliary
The Auxiliary is in need of more members. There are many activities for members to take part in, Catholic and Protestant Church services, Ceramics classes, Visitation, Pamper Parlor, Holiday Parties, Ice Cream Social, Thanksgiving Pie Party and Christmas Cookie and gifts and last but not least the Senior Ball for the residents.
Anyone who might be interested in any of these activities can call President, Iona Terry at 530-477-5405.
The Chicago Park 4-H Club
We are excited to present many projects such as art, biking, beef, crafts, beginning and advanced sewing, swine, sheep, goats, horses, poultry, and media marketing/website design, etc. This year we are very pleased to have the second Annual Resolve2Run which will be taking place on January 1, 2014. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.
Please take the time to visit our website at http://www.resolve2run.com.
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.
Friends of Hospice
Friends of Hospice currently has 173 members and is now working to increase that membership. If you have any inclination to join a very friendly, intelligent, hardworking and worthwhile group who adds to the well being of our community, please give our office a call and find out more about us. The Friends of Hospice office number is 530-274-5121 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or online at http://www.hofo.org and go to Friends of Hospice.
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 http://www.vva535.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foothills Horticulture Society
Gardeners meet the third Wednesday of each month to learn about growing in the Sierra Foothills. Meetings include a speaker, plant raffle and refreshments. The first meeting is free. Annual dues are $15 per person. Meeting locations and times vary.
Call for details at 530-269-3444 or email email@example.com.
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.
Sierra Foothills Audubon Society
The big birthday celebration is just a year away! The Wilderness Act will turn 50 Sept. 3, 2014, and celebrations around the country will mark this major American cultural and environmental achievement. During 2013 and 2014, we plan to have our own local anniversary celebration with scheduled hikes into nearby wilderness and proposed wilderness areas. We will keep you posted in the chapter newsletter and on the chapter website as these hikes are scheduled.
For information, visit http://sierrafoothillsaudubon.com.
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: http://usapa.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.LossAndGrief.org.
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.
Blue Star Mothers of America
California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen, in Grass Valley. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, step-mother, foster-mother, grandmother, or legal guardian who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military, we invite you to join us.
For more information, visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.
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.
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 http://www.NCNugget.com, or call 530-478-0999.
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. Dinner begins at 6. 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 gcyc.net.
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.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter #1335
All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend the picnic and chapter meetings.
NARFE’s objective is to protect retirement and related benefits for current and retired Federal employees. It also actively supports Alzheimer’s research. The local chapter meetings serve as an opportunity for retirees to socialize and to hear programs 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.
Bicyclists of Nevada County
Mountain Bikers hosts a “No Rider Left Behind” ride the first Saturday of every month. We also lead trail work parties and advocate for more and better trails for mountain bikes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of trail conditions and group rides. For information, visit http://www.BONC.org.
Sierra Express Bicycle Club
We host several rides a week for all levels from beginner to advanced. These rides are a great way to get acquainted with other riders and to learn new bike routes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of group rides and cycling events.
For information, visit http://www.SierraExpress.org.
First alumni of the Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country
Our First Alumni of Welcome Wagon or “WW” is a social club for women only. We have four luncheon meetings a year, a holiday party plus several fun activity groups. At this time we have 35 memberships available. We would be happy to have any past or present members of Gold Country Welcome Club (formerly Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country) to join us.
For more information, please call Evelyn Krein at 530-432-8772 or Priscilla McNaught at 530-477-6977.
12-Step spiritual journey writing workshop
Word-A-Live Church is sponsoring a 12-step study and writing workshop for individuals who grew up in less-than-nurturing or chaotic homes. This workshop uses the 12 steps in a Christian context. Located at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. The workshop is designed to help restore the spirit and provide a workable formula for confronting the past. It is a model for surrendering one’s life to God. Emphasizes the relationship between the 12 steps and the practice of Christian living.
For information, call Beverly at 530-210-4651.
Mothers Prayer Warriors
Our group now meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Twin Cities Church. If you are a mother who has lost a child, you may gain strength and knowledge from our unique Bible study. For information, call Cyndi Fellman at 530-432-8148.
49er Pony Club
The 49er Pony Club is open to all ages, but members must have access to a horse. But the club is not just about horse sports, it’s also about having fun, making friends and learning to become a leader. Activities help members learn to become team members and build self-confidence.
For more information, call Melody at 530-432-2036 or email email@example.com.