Club Briefs, Dec. 8, 21012 |

Club Briefs, Dec. 8, 21012

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.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The December 18th meeting for Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) will include the installation of 2013 officers, holiday entertainment, and their 3rd annual Christmas Tree Auction where members have the chance to take home a creative and beautifully decorated tree. Officers to be installed for 2013 are; Yvonne Fuller President, Kimberly Pruett 1st Vice President, Linda Erdmann 2nd Vice President, Sue Jeffrey Treasurer, Cindy Hren Recording Secretary, and Myra Davies Corresponding Secretary.

The Mt. St. Mary’s Choraleers, a performance choir comprised of students in grades 3 through 8, will provide this year’s fun filled entertainment. To make a reservation for the December luncheon 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. Mary Owens will be the keynote speaker on “Energy and the Economy” at the January 15, 2013 meeting.

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

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

Empire Toastmasters

The November 30 meeting of the Empire Toastmasters kicked off the Holiday Spirit with an “Ugly Holiday Sweater” theme. Members wore their ugliest or nicest holiday sweaters to the meeting and were given the opportunity to tell the history of the sweaters. Some members were very inventive as shown in the picture. Diane McIntire wore her “handmade holiday sweater” which was a sweater with Christmas Tree Bulbs hanging from it. Others had sweaters that they had owned for a number of years and had great history.

Winner of the better speaker trophy was Ruth Schwartz for her speech entitled “Baked Macaroni & Cheese.” Judy Nichols won Better Evaluator for her evaluation of Ruth’s Speech. Diane McInitre not only had a fabulous sweater, but also won the Table Topics Trophy for her response to the prompt “If I were to write a screen play for a holiday movie it would be…”

Guests are always encouraged to attend Empire Toastmasters Meetings, and visit as often as they wish. Toastmasters welcomes all who are interested in improving their speaking, listening, and leadership skills — skills that will serve you in business as well as in life! Empire Toastmasters meets at noon on Fridays at Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. Guests are invited and are never required to speak.

For more information, contact Lee Zasloff at or (916) 212-9789.

Frank Gallino Ladies Auxiliary Unit 130

Our annual Christmas party/business meeting will be at Melise Munroe’s lovely home at noon on December 11. We are asking members to donate men’s sweat pants, medium to large, in dark colors for hospitalized Veterans. Also home made cookies for local shut-ins. Five of our members attended the District 7 meeting in Auburn on December 1. As usual a fine luncheon was served and business planning and information was discussed. We are in charge of the dinner raffle on our first Tuesday dine-in at the Veterans hall. We were pleased to have so many people buying tickets on our first endeavor on Tuesday night. Holiday Greetings to everyone in the Community and thanks for your supporting our Veteran’s projects.

The Grass Valley/Nevada City Chapter of LeTip International

We meet Tuesdays from 7:16 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 was Jim Flaherty of J. Christopher Co. Construction. Jim is a second generation builder. One thing that separates Jim from other contractors is the fact that Jim has a degree in marine biology, courtesy of hard work and study at the University of California Santa Barbara. Jim shared pictures and stories of two seasons he spent diving in Antarctica. While he takes great pride in that part of his life, his true passion remains construction. The ability to create something and provide a solution to his customers with a “do it right the first time” attitude are what drives Jim in his business. As a second generation builder, you can say it’s in his blood.

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

Golden Empire Nursing Facility Auxiliary

The Golden Empire Nursing Facility Auxiliary will hold their December meeting at 10:30 a.m. December 13, 2012, in the dining room of the hospital. Discussed at the meeting will be the cookie party and gifts for the residents to take place on Monday, December 17. Those helping on this project need to be in the dining room at 9 a.m. Following the meeting the hospital will serve the Annual Christmas Lunch to the Auxiliary.

Anyone interested in the Auxiliary can contact President Iona Terry at (530) 477-5405.

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 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 twime.

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.

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

The Sierranaders Chorus

All men are invited to come sing with us … we are offering 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.

The BAM Project ~ A Nevada County Tapestry

We are hosting a fundraiser for Safe Families for Children at the Holbrooke Hotel on December 13 with special guest speaker Mrs. Northern California, Melisa Mistler, who will speak on inner-beauty. Mistler resides in Nevada County and has been voted Nevada County’s Best Volunteer. She is a native to Grass Valley and a graduate of Nevada Union High School class of 1986. Her local business, M3 Mall serves the community with beauty, wellness and fundraising coordinators. Mistler is a published author and professional speaker as well as a repeated award winner for her custom cosmetics skills. The fundraiser begins at 5:20 p.m. at the Holbrooke Hotel and is hosted by The BAM Project (A Christian Business Women’s Organization) with a donated venue from The Holbrooke Hotel. Guests are encouraged to pre-register on-line to save money and complete the meal choice options.

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.

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