Club Briefs, Dec. 29 2012 |

Club Briefs, Dec. 29 2012

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley members had a busy week in mid- December with club members spending three afternoons as wrapping elves for the Holiday Boutique at Bell Hill Academy. Club members donated gifts for students to purchase for 2/$1.00 for family and friends. Offerings ranged from jewelry or scarves for mom, mugs with chocolate and even a rug for dad, to a wide variety of toys and Christmas decorations. Students debated the merits of each selection and then chose the paper and ribbon for their gifts. Bonnie Luallen of the Youth Outreach Committee coordinated the volunteers and made sure that each student’s choice had a gift tag and candy cane to make it look terrific. SIGV members worked with retired teachers and parents to make the Holiday Boutique fun for all!

A second event brought SIGV’s Youth Outreach committee members to the class and holiday party for the Foster Youth Independent Living Program on December 18th. Thirty six youth from group homes and other programs who participate in the Independent Living Program not only had a chance to practice social skills, enjoyed each other’s company, ate nachos, enthusiastically decorated sugar cookies, opened stockings, and won raffle prizes. SIGV thanks Dennis Painter of SPD Market who underwrote the cost of all the cookies which were transformed into edible works of art by the youth. Soroptimist International of Grass Valley is pleased to work with ILP Director Melissa Marcum and her staff on projects for this program.

Please contact SIGV online at or on Facebook. Meetings are held on the first 2 Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 PM and the 3rd Thurs. at 6 PM at the NevCo Contractors Assn. Building in Grass Valley.

The Chicago Park Garden Club

We will hold our next meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2 at the Peardale Firehouse Community Room. Non-members welcome at no charge. The speaker will be Carolyn Singer, local gardener and author, on the subject of berries. It’s dormant season, and the best time to plant bare-root raspberries and other cane berries. She’ll offer planting tips and pruning guide-lines for cane berries. The Flower Arrangers group will meet at 10:30 a.m. on January 24 in the Community Room. The Card Making group will meet on every Monday in January at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Room. Both groups will be making items to bring to the California Garden Clubs Inc. board meeting in February.

For more information, call (530) 272-7708.

Sierra Singles Club

An invitation for older singles to attend a meeting of our club on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. We plan group activities weekly to dine out, attend films, plays and other local events.

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

Gold Country Community Services

Birthday Wednesday lunch was extra delicious. That’s because, in addition to homemade broccoli beef, we enjoyed a celebration cake thanks to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. One of our regular guests, Oscar Burkard, turned 101 in December. When asked, “What’s the secret of a long and happy life?” he answered, “Eating your broccoli, exercising and playing cards.” (Good words to live by!)

Lunch is served each weekday in our High Noon Cafe. However, we will be closed Tuesday, January 1. Next week’s menu will feature Turkey Tetrazzini, Meat loaf and stir fried chicken — with entertainment on Wednesday. Lunch is served promptly at noon. Reservations and an early arrival are highly recommended. With a suggested donation of $3 for seniors 60+ and a fee of $7 for those 59 and younger, it’s outstanding value and lots of fun. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Brunswick.

Phone (530) 273-4961 (Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or come in and pick up a January menu. Reception’s open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit

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!). “There will be no meeting for the month of December. We will resume on our regular schedule in January (2013!!!) MAY THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH……FOR EVERYONE!!!! Happy Holidays!”

For information, call Shirley at (530) 265-5545 or e-mail

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

We are grateful to everyone who worked on or donated to the Christmas Families Project. Thanks to you we reached our target again in 2012. The next Newcomers Club meeting will be on January 23, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. at Alta Sierra Country Club. Following lunch, Chris Enss, a local personality, will be in attendance to entertain you. She is a talented author and script writer for television and the film industry, comedienne and performer on cruise ships and on stage. You don’t want to miss this!!!! The lunch entree choices are: Veal Pot Roast, Basil Seared Chicken Breast or Portabella Eggplant Napoleons. Reservations must be received by January 14, 2013. Send check for $18.00 made payable to Newcomers Club. Please write January-Veal or January-Chicken or January-Veg. in the Memo space on your check. Send your check to:

Linda Fritz, 16890 Alioto Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95949.

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

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.

Lake Wildwood Men’s 9 Hole Golf Club

Our club celebrated with our annual Christmas breakfast at the Lake Wildwood Clubhouse. 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. That gives the men a chance to learn a new vocabulary when playing with the ladies. Club membership is open to all male adults living in Wildwood.

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!

Nordic skiers club to meet

The Nordic Skiers of Nevada County will hold their next meeting Thursday January 3 at Seaman’s Lodge at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. The potluck starts at 6:15 p.m. Bring a dish to share and your own plate and flatware. The speaker will be Laurel Harkness of the Snowlands Network. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a short skiing exercise session. All interested persons are welcome.

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.

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.

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 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. For more information, call Crunch at (530) 613-0912.

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

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 each month, currently at LinQ Chinese Buffet. The local chapter meetings also 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 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. If you are not interested in having lunch but would like to hear our program, the business meeting starts at about 12:30 p.m. with the speaker being the first item on the agenda. If you would like to attend the meeting but do not have transportation, please call Larry Kinkor at (530) 265-6477.

Nevada County Online (NCO)

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites. Admission is FREE and members and non-members are welcome. This is the only professional business group in Nevada County that focuses exclusively on helping grow businesses online. We cover topics like business planning, web design strategies, social media and networking, email marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging and much more.


NC Business Network International (BNI)

The Nevada County Business Builder chapter of Business Network International is a dynamic referral group that helps local businesses grow and thrive. Guests are welcome to come to a weekly meeting and consider joining. We have an opening for a graphic designer, caterer, photographer, landscaper, pet groomer and others. Only one business per category so you benefit from our referrals. Connect with us on Facebook at BNI Grass Valley. Come check us out! The group meets weekly, noon to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at Goomba’s Restaurant, Highway 174, Grass Valley.

For information, call (530) 205-9509 or visit

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

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 (530) 432-8772 or Priscilla McNaught (530) 477-6977.

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild

We meet monthly on the first Tuesday for a general meeting which includes an interesting and instructional speaker. Visitors are welcome.

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

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 Gladys Joost at (530) 477-2632 or vice-president Lois Robinson, who is in charge of membership, at (530) 272-6804.

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.

The Yacht Club

We meet the second Wed. of every month excluding December. Off season, 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

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.


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.

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.

The Nevada County Chapter of Health Care for All-CA

We will meet 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

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.

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.

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, 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

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.

Friends of Hospice

Be sure to view the beautiful new lighted Tree of Love on the Hooper & Weaver Mortuary site , it is visible as you drive along Hwy. 49. This tree is possible through generosity of Kay Baker and Hooper & Weaver Mortuary. Friends of Hospice now has an Everlasting tree to be our Tree of Love each year. Each light represents the life of a loved one and will be lite and sparkle brilliantly throughout the month of December. Be sure not to miss it. Raising funds for Hospice of the Foothills is a part of our mission. Our operating funds come from membership dues, raffles at meetings, money market investments, sponsorships and lots of hard work according to Suzanne Reese who made this tree a reality for Friends of Hospice. FOH has no paid staff and our all-volunteer auxiliary is open to all men and women who will actively support The work of Friends. Please join us in this worthy endeavor and phone 274-5121 for further information.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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.

Native Daughters of the Golden West

Manzanita Parlour No. 29

Our meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18. We will be making and delivering Christmas cookie trays for six shut-in members. Please bring your cookie tray items. Business meeting to follow. Please bring your mozzarella string cheese to be included in your gift item that we will donate to the KARE Crisis Nursery. Meeting at 113 So. Church St. in Grass Valley’s Odd Fellow’s Hall.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Banner Mountain Post 2655

All former, retired, active and reserve members, both men and women of all military branches, who served in a foreign theater of conflict are invited to join. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 North Pine St. We are open for social events at 2 p.m. every Friday. Prospective members are encouraged to bring their DD 214 (proof of military service), which will be returned upon verification.

For information contact us every Friday evening at (530) 265-8396.

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

Plans for our January 5th Meeting at Trolley Junction include renewing membership dues for 2013 and an open forum to discuss the 2012 Election and local and state issues for the next two years. Our guest speaker will be Heidi Hall, who has announced her intention to run for the First District Congressional seat in 2014. It may seem early but realities of money and outreach in our huge district call for a new approach for Democratic candidates. Join us for the $12 breakfast buffet at 9:30 a.m. on January 5, 2013.

Reservations should be made by contacting Nancy at or calling (530) 432-9821.

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 non-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

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