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Club News, Feb. 23, 2013

Widowed Persons Association, Chapter 14

The Widowed Person’s Association will hold their monthly meeting at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley on March 9. We are planning to have another fun White Elephant sale to help empty our closets of “junk” to become “treasures” in someone else’s home. Some of our group enjoyed three days at Yosemite. Our next Sunday dinner will be at the Tack Room in Penn Valley on March 24. We will have our monthly breakfast at Paulette’s on March 24. We look forward to having new members join our group for either monthly events or weekly pinochle.

For more information please call Kent Parker at 530-432-3767 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.

Gold Country Community Services

Good nutritional advice, delicious homemade chicken curry, and country classics played by popular duo Bob Allen and Ken White made for one, memorable Friendship Wednesday lunch. Lunch is served weekdays in our High Noon Cafe — with entertainment on Wednesdays. Next week is Birthday Wednesday, with a glorious cake, thanks to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. It’s a fun way to learn about and enjoy tasty foods that support our health. Reservations and arriving a few minutes before noon are highly recommended.

Next week’s menu will feature chicken supreme, macaroni and cheese, barbecue beef sandwich and chicken Parmesan — with a new menu out for March. Plan your meals, and join in a month’s worth of fun - with details of our classes, activities and services on the back.

Come in and pick up a new March menu. Reception is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., phone 530-273-4961 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Brunswick. Visit

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Come join our team of volunteers at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Interviews for membership will be held on Wednesday, April 3. Applications can be obtained from the Main Lobby desk, Outpatient Lobby desk and online at (click on “who we are,” volunteer services). Applications to be returned by March 15.

Auxiliary volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks, which they find extremely satisfying and rewarding. You can find volunteers serving in several areas of the hospital,like the Cancer Center, Diagnostic Imaging Center, nursing Floor, Emergency Department, reception Areas, Gift Shop, along with clerical duties in a variety of hospital departments. Volunteers are required to work 50 hours a year to maintain membership and are awarded service pins for accumulated hours.

For more information, please contact Helen Conrey at 530-274-1333

Penn Valley Toastmaster

For our introductions at Penn Valley Toastmasters February 14, President Jason Santa asked members and guests to tell us about a “useless factoid.” Jason Santa won Best Speaker for the evening for the excellent way he organized and delivered his speech, “Make No Mis-Steak!” about how to grill a mouth-watering steak. Jeff Pylman was voted Best Evaluator for pinpointing out how Joe fulfilled his speech objectives. Guest Elizabeth Dunn from Empire Toastmasters was our entertaining Table Topics winner. “Aficionado” was our word of the day.

Toastmasters is an excellent place to learn how to improve your speaking, listening and leadership skills. We love having guests! Our meetings inevitably include laughter with learning. We’re located at 17422-B Penn Valley Drive in the Penn Valley Shopping Center. Our meeting room is past the Penn Valley Market, under the stairs and across from the laundromat. We meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. For information call 530-432-8488.

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

NCDWC announces a new location for their monthly first Saturday breakfast meeting at 9:30 a.m. on March 2 at Tofanelli’s Restaurant on W. Main in Grass Valley in the Atrium Room. Breakfast menu items for $12. The program will feature a dramatic salute to Mr. and Mrs. Sargeant of Nevada City and their role in the movement for the women’s right to vote. The presentation was written in Honor of Women’s History Month by local writer, Bill Trzeciack, and directed by Judy Blake.

Members and guests should make reservations by calling Janet Reynolds at 530-432-4003 or by email at by Feb. 25.

California Retired Teachers Association.

The Nevada County Division of the California Retired Teachers Assn. will meet on Monday, March 4 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The program will feature Karen Nelson, organizer of the annual Children’s Festival held every July at Pioneer Park. CalRTA has dual purposes.

Its core purpose is to protect the benefits of retired educators and provide them with the tools to achieve a secure and dignified retirement.

The second purpose is to preserve and support public education and active educators. CalRTA is an advocacy group working with State and Federal representatives on those issues which have an impact on either of the purposes stated above.

Currently, the major issue is the Social Security penalties which are levied on educators who are in the State Teachers Retirement System, The Nevada County division meeting is scheduled for 11 with a business meeting at 11:30 a.m. followed by luncheon at noon. The cost is $15. The meeting is open to all who are interested. Reservations deadline is Wednesday, February 27. Call Marian Hughes at 530-272-5785. Those who attend are asked to contribute a jar of peanut butter. Since August over 300 jars have been contributed to the Interfaith Food Ministry.

The American Legion, Frank Gallino, Post 130

The Executive Committee will be meeting in the Lounge at 10 a.m. If you have an item you would like to present to the Executive Committee, please call 530-272-2160, and leave your name, phone number and what subject you would like to present to the committee so that it may be included in the agenda. There will be a meeting of the Nominating Committee at 4:00 p.m. in the Lounge.

Reminder: Reservations for the March Dine-In must be made by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 1. Neither reservations nor walk-ins will be accepted after that time. Menu: Caesar salad, Chicken fried steak, sausage gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables, strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.

Sierra Singles Club

Older singles are invited to attend a meeting of our club on the second Wednesday of each month at 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room. We plan weekly outings to dine out, attend films, plays and other local events.

For information, contact Shirley Corry, (530)274-3355.

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 more information.

Empire Toastmasters

The February 15 meeting of Empire Toastmasters saw three new members voted in, potential locations for relocating the club’s meetings with the closing of Trolley Junction , good speeches and fun Table Topics. Jerri Glover took better speaker with her speech entitled “My Gastric Bypass Journey” in which she shared the struggles she faced while adjusting to life after gastric bypass surgery. Diana Carolan won Better Evaluator for her evaluation of Jerri’s speech. New Member Victoria Knolls won Table Topics for her response to the contest-style prompt.

Empire Toastmasters will be trying three different locations in the coming weeks before selecting their new home. March 1 and 8 Empire will meet at Christopher’s Deli in Downtown Grass Valley. On March 15 and 22 Empire Toastmasters will meet at Humpty Dumpty in their upstairs meeting area. On March 29 and April 5, the club will meet at Emily’s Catering And Cakes Event Space in Nevada City. Once the Members have had a chance to experience all three venues, they will select their new permanent home for meetings.

This Friday, February 22, Empire Toastmasters will host its Table Topics Contest. The winner of this contest will proceed to the Area 64 level and compete there. On March 8 the club will hold its International Speech Competition. Guests are welcome to come enjoy these special meetings or any meeting of Empire Toastmasters.

For more information about Empire Toastmasters, please contact Joe Hunnicutt at or 530-913-5083.

Early Risers Toastmasters

We held our weekly meeting this past Tuesday. The winner of our Best Speaker award was our President, Cindy Bailey, who spoke on “Filming Emotion.” Karen Chileski was voted Best Evaluator, and Viv Tipton was our best Table Topics speaker. Next Tuesday will be our last meeting at Trolly Junction Restaurant, which is closing. For information regarding our future meeting location, please visit our website: Everybody is welcome to attend, and nobody is required to speak.

The Gold Country Chapter of LeTip International

We meet Wednesdays from 11:46 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. at Kane’s Restaurant at 120 East Main Street in Grass Valley. We welcome anyone interested in growing their business.

Our featured speakers this week were BettyKay Basso of Stanford Mortgage and Doug Becker of

For more information about Gold Country LeTip, please call 530-477-3727.

The Newcomers Club

We are a women’s social club, which offers participation in a variety of activity groups that include Newcomer Coffees to meet and learn about the club, Book clubs, Bridge groups, Bunco groups, Cooking clubs, Day-Trippers, Garden club, Knitting group, Mah-Jongg, Canasta and a Walking group. Groups and clubs are always evolving depending on the interest of the members. New Members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. Currently, there are approximately 300 members.

The club gives to the community through the Christmas Family Project which helps local residents by supporting families who are trying to support themselves have a special Christmas. Proceeds from auctions and donations throughout the year go toward the Christmas Family Project.

Our club usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and program. The February 27 luncheon meeting will be held at the Alta Sierra Country club and the program will feature Dr. Jan Nolta presenting ”Stem Cell Research 101!” Dr. Nolta, Director of Stem Cell Research at U.C. Davis, is world renowned for her research and development of an exciting and expanding program on stem cells. Reservations are required for the luncheon.

If you are interested in receiving information regarding membership, please call 530-478-1114.

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

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.

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