Club News, Nov. 17, 2012 |

Club News, Nov. 17, 2012

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.


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. A small donation is usually asked for to cover room expenses. Call (530) 277-2295 for more information or just show up.

The Nevada County Chapter of Health Care for All-CA

We will meet at noon today at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. This meeting is open to the public, and newcomers are welcome. HCA is working to bring universal, single-payer (Medicare-for-all-type) health care to all Californians. For more information call Mindy at (530) 273-3033 or email

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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.

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 Betty Dalpez at (530) 265-2107 or Lois M. Robinson at (530) 272-6804.

The Yacht Club

We meet the second Wed. of every month excluding December. Offseason, the meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza Parlor. 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 visit our web site or call (530) 265-2070.

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

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

The focus of today's AAUW Branch meeting will be "Healthcare: What You Need to Know." Katherine Medeiros, president and CEO of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH), will be our guest speaker, discussing how SNMH is responding to changes in today's healthcare system and the impact those changes may have on everyone. Find out how the hospital is partnering with the community, local doctors and other health care services to ensure the "right care is provided at the right time in the right location." Free and open to the public, the meeting will begin today at 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 10 a.m.) at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley.

AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the AAUW Nevada County Branch strives to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW has been recognized as a top-rated charity by a number of organizations, including GreatNonprofits and Charity Navigator.

For more information about AAUW in Nevada County and/or becoming a member, visit or call (530) 470-9395.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

It's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season again. SFAS endeavors to devote the December 6 program to a celebration of the CBC. Last year Rudy Darling discussed the three SFAS-affiliated CBCs and the birds we have found during them. This year's focus will be on some of the birds we haven't found (a.k.a. the wish list), and will also take a look at some of the birds we have found that might present ID problems, including Rudy's favorites, the owls. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the Community Room at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. This will be accompanied by photos of the subject birds, Rudy's groan-inducing verbal and visual humor, vocalizations, and ID tips. Rudy Darling has participated in the Grass Valley CBC every year since its inception in 1994, and has been the compiler since 1998.

He has also participated in the Auburn and Lincoln CBCs for many years. He has lived in Nevada County since 1976 and has sat on the SFAS board since 1998, being in charge of the GV CBC and the Bird-A-Thon, and is a field trip leader. He is currently the Nevada County sub-regional editor for North American Birds. He holds an MS in Ecology from the University of Minnesota and works for Nevada County in the water analysis field.

For more information, visit

Sierra Singles

We are a club for older singles who enjoy getting together as a group to dine out, attend plays, films and other local events. We usually meet on the second Wednesday of each month in the dining room at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. However, during the holidays, meetings are rescheduled, so contact Shirley Corry at (530) 274-3355 for information.

The Grass Valley/Nevada City Chapter of LeTip International

We meet Tuesdays from 7:16 am to 8:31 a.m at Trolley Junction Restaurant, 400 Railroad Ave in Nevada City. We welcome anyone interested in growing their business! Guests should bring 50 business cards, and be ready to tell us about your business as you learn about ours. .Our featured speaker this week was DeAnna Hickey of O.C.D. — Housecleaning, Hauling, Handyman Services. Deanna spoke about how we're all OCD to some degree and how Jeff will accommodate a customer's needs.

For more information about Grass Valley/Nevada City LeTip, please call (530) 477-4777.

Gold Country Kiwanis

Meets at Kane's Restaurant Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. Come see what we're up to. Join us for lunch.

For information contact Cal McKitrick at (530) 210-4493.

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. The next breakfast is served today a 8:30 a.m. For more information, call Crunch (530) 613-0912.

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. Our next meeting will be this coming Tuesday, November 20. 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

Gold Country Trails Council

GCTC is a non-profit 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

Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF)

We held our monthly meeting on November 13 at Alta Sierra Country Club. Focus of the meeting was how we "Care for America" at the local level. Guest speakers were Sandy Schmidt, founder and director of Women of Worth, and Allison Swartzendruber, secretary to the board of directors of The Friendship Club. Annamaria Sauer, Committee Chairman for Caring for America, reported on member participation in delivering snacks to high school students at The Hangout, a clothes drive for Women of Worth, and monthly non-perishable food donations to Interfaith Food Ministries. Durinda Kelley, Dictionary Project/Literacy Chairman, is working with members in November to deliver 780 dictionaries to local third grade students.

The December 18 NCRWF meeting is the traditional Christmas Meeting with installation of the 2013 officers, Christmas Tree Auction, and this year's holiday entertainment, the Choraleers, from Mt. St. Mary's School in Grass Valley.

To make a reservation for the December meeting please call (530) 274-0803 by Monday, December 10. Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings start at noon.

For more information or questions about membership please call (530) 470-8507, email NCRWF at or visit the website at

Evangeline Chapter # 9 Order of the Eastern Star

The Order of the Eastern Star is one of the largest fraternal organizations in the world to which both men and women can belong. The tenets of the Order are fidelity, constancy, loyalty, faith and love. Evangeline Chapter meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Nevada City Masonic Center, 108 N. Pine St. in Nevada City. Come join us for fellowship and dessert prior to our meeting at 6:30 p.m. and meet some of our friendly members. For information, call Kathy at (530) 478-1286.

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.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to anyone who is interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild's blog: Guild meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City, in the Houser Conference Room.

The Guild is a no-profit community service organization. Over the years, donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups. Recently these include Women of Worth, the Friendship Club and the Neighborhood Center of the Arts. The Guild has historically offered scholarships to graduating high school seniors who want to pursue a career in the arts. 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 during Christmas time.

For information, visit

Widowed Persons Association

We are an active group enjoying outings and friendships following our great losses.

If you are interested in joining our group please call Nickie, our membership chairperson, at (530) 272- 7292. We welcome new members.

Gold Country Celtic Society

The Gold Country Celtic Society has a busy November! On Sunday, November 18 we'll observe "Kirkin o th' Tartans," a celebration of Scottish heritage and culture, led by the Rev. Christopher Seal at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City at 4 p.m. A reception will follow in the social hall. On Wednesday, November 28, join our "Gathering." We have a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30. Everyone is asked to bring either an appetizer, entree, or dessert for eight, tableware and a beverage of your choice. Water, coffee and tea will be available. After dinner, we'll listen to a presentation by club member Alex Fife. He will enlighten us about the origins of the Greeks, the Romans, Keltoi and Druids from clues derived from archeological digs, and writings of ancient Greeks and Romans. Settle back and enjoy Alex' revelations of the past. You don't have to be Celtic! We meet at the Nevada City Veteran's Building, 415 North Pine Street. For more information, call (530) 272-1316 or visit

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Throughout November the Newcomer Club has been busy working on the Christmas Families Project. Our goal is to assist families, focusing on children, have a more enjoyable Christmas than their current situation will allow. The project is funded mainly by our silent and live auction in October. A big thank you and congratulation to everyone who made the auction a success; organizers, committee members, donators, bidders.

And a special thank you to Bonnie Lawless, our efficient and entertaining auctioneer. Under the auspices of The Newcomer Club the Christmas Family Project was founded in 2002 by Rosalie Baker with the help of her daughter, Kim. and Cally Shaller of Social Services. During the past ten successful years, CFP has grown from the original two Newcomer Elves to a committee of fourteen, plus many volunteers. These Elves are busy trying to fulfill the wishes of the children/families who are selected through Social Services of Nevada County and Women of Worth (women of domestic violence and families in crisis).

The next General Meeting will be Wednesday, December 5 at Alta Sierra Country Club and will include entertainment by "Sister Swing." They have captured the sound of three part harmony such as the Andrew Sisters and other "girl groups" of the 1930s and 1940s. Checks for reservations must be received by Monday, November 26.

For information regarding membership, please call (530) 478-1114.

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

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Peace Center of Nevada County, 216 B Main Street, Nevada City.

PIWG sponsors the Women and Men in Black vigil Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We vigil to in support of the Women in Black in Israel, who founded the movement in 1988. All who support human rights and justice for all in Palestine and Israel are welcome to join the vigil. Bring a sign or use one of ours.

The Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club (SNCKC)

We are a recreational paddle club that enjoys flat water and slow moving rivers. SNCKC includes people of all age groups and skill levels. Most members are residents of the Nevada County foothills and surrounding areas although there is no residency requirement. Monthly Club meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Seamans Lodge, 425-A Nimrod St., Pioneer Park in Nevada City. They provide social, informational, and recreational gatherings associated with the sport of paddling.

For more information, visit MYSNCKC.ORG.

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

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, stepmother, 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

The Sierranaders Chorus

We will continue practicing songs for our upcoming Fall Cabaret Show, "Martian Attack." All men are invited to come sing with us … and starting this month, we initiate a FREE learn to sing program, which includes four 90-minute lessons on each Tuesday evening at the DeWitt center in Auburn. Following the class, there will be a chance to sing with this fun group at the Nevada City Victorian Christmas celebration. For information, email Cliff Johnson at, or call Roger Perkins at (530) 823-0339.

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.

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutter bugs to advanced photographers, Nevada County Camera Club has something for you. Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month. Visit for exceptions. Visitors are welcome, refreshments are served. Meeting location is the Unity Church,180 Cambridge Ct. in Grass Valley. Maps can be found at Come join us for a friendly evening get together of like-minded people who enjoy photography!

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

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.

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.

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