Club Briefs, Sept. 22, 2012 |

Club Briefs, Sept. 22, 2012

From left, Empire Toastmasters Sarah McTighe and Elizabeth Dunn

Gold Country Celtic Society

Join our “Gathering “on Wednesday, September 26. We have a social hour at 6’o’clock followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert for eight, tableware and a beverage of your choice. Water, coffee and tea are available. After dinner, we’ll clear our tables and listen to presenter Linda Jack give us some details and insights about the Anglo-Norman conquest of Ireland.

See you at the Gathering! You don’t have to be Celtic! Nevada City Veteran’s Building, 415 North Pine Street. For more information, call (530) 272-1316 or visit

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 this week was Gilbert Dominguez of Touchdown Productions. He has been in TV production for over 30 years and takes great joy in producing local television here in Nevada County. Gilbert spoke to us about the upcoming telethon for NCTV on October 13 at Grass Valley City Hall. For any sized donation a local business, organization, or even non profits can get on stage during the live telecast of the telethon and tell the world what they’re about. Get more details or questions answered by calling Gilbert at (530) 274-2206. We would also like to thank our Vice President, Mick Collins for donating his speaking time.

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

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 November, 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.

California Retired Teachers Association

Our next meeting will be Monday, October I at the Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley. There will be a

social hour at 11, business meeting at 11:30 and lunch at noon. Following lunch, to raise money for our scholarship/teacher grant fund, Marshall Barnes will be the caller for our first Bingo game program. Cards will be $3 (two for $5). Come and join in the fun! All teachers are welcome. If you plan to attend, call Marian Hughes at (530) 272-5795 by Wednesday, September 26.

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 chapter meetings held the second Thursday each month. A benefit of membership is timely updates on policy actions affecting Federal employees and retirees. For more information, please call Larry Kinkor, at (530) 265-6477.

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutter bugs to advanced photographers, Nevada County Camera Club has something for you. On September 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. there will be a presentation by club members Ed and Bernadette Sylvester with photos from the country of Myanmar. An education piece regarding slideshow creation will be presented as well. Club members submitting photos of this month’s assigned project, “Back to School” will be shown and judged, with suggestions for expanding knowledge of photography. 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!

Penn Valley Toastmasters

“What kind of music do you most prefer?” That was the question posed by President Gale Pylman that started our introductions at Penn Valley Toastmasters September 13 meeting. Steve Hatcher’s ingenious idea for Table Topics was about “Stupid Inventions That Made Millions,” a topic that brought much laughter. Jason Santa was our Table Topics winner when he talked about getting “a big jolt of electricity” from the shocking alarm clock he invented that zaps you when you touch the snooze button. Our word of the day was “spleenful.” Sandie Hewston was voted Best Evaluator, and Mary Lynn Peters was voted Best Speaker for the evening for her oral interpretive reading of scenes from the play “Pygmalion.”

Toastmasters is an excellent place to learn how to improve your speaking, listening and leadership skills. Our meetings always include laughter — and we love having guests! 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 more information call (530) 432-8488.

Widowed Persons Association of California #14

The Widowed Persons Association will hold their October monthly meeting at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley on October 13. We will have a guest speaker following the luncheon. After the guest speaker we will have our semi-annual White Elephant Sale where someone else’s “junque” will become your treasure for only $1. It is usually a great deal of fun. Our monthly Sunday night supper will be held on September 30 at the Swiss House and our breakfast will be held at Paulette’s on September 20. A group of us are planning to attend the Barbershop Lasagne Dinner and Concert at the Fairgrounds. If you are interested in joining us, please call Nickie at (530) 272-2792 or Eileen at (530) 272 2487.

Sierra Singles Club

Upcoming activities for members include the Off-Center Stage production of “Complete Shakespeare” on Sunday, September 23 and early dinner at Kane’s Restaurant on Wednesday, October 3. Older singles who enjoy attending events as part of a group and would like to join in our activities, please attend our monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10 at the community center, 841 Old Tunnel Road, and become a member.

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

Early Risers Toastmasters

Tuesday’s Early Riser’s Toastmasters meeting was action packed! Prepared speeches, evaluations and off-the-cuff speaking made for an entertaining start to the morning. The club was thrilled to welcome new member Drew Speroni. Congratulations to Connie Suddath for earning her second Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Award – the highest accomplishment in the Toastmasters International Program! Find us on Facebook! Search “Early Risers Toastmasters.” Guests are always welcome. Meetings are Tuesday Mornings at 6:30 a.m. at Trolley Junction Restaurant.

The Nevada County Genealogical Society

Our Study Group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday September 25 at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City. The subject this week is historical newspapers and magazines, news and legal archives as well as other sources. Our ancestors are often involved in many activities we may never think to search for, business transactions, probate and other legal proceedings, immigration and other international travel. Many of these items were newsworthy events when they occurred and a carefully constructed search of these archives may yield an unexpected find. Maria Brower, founder of the NCGS, will be the instructor for the Study Group session, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Our meetings are open and free to all. For additional information, please call Melita at (530) 272-8388.

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.

Gold Country Community Services

How often do you get to enjoy homemade Turkey Tetrazzini accompanied by diminutive, dynamic vocalist, Carol Meals and her mighty ukulele? With door prizes, good humor and delicious food, Friendship Wednesday is a special lunchtime treat – and everyone is welcome. Next Wednesday, a September-birthday celebration is planned, complete with a devilishly delicious cake from Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. (Thank you so much!)

What’s on the menu next week? Lemon pepper fish, cheese ravioli with meat sauce, Beef Bourginon, Chicken Curry and Pork Saute are featured. The suggested is just $3 for seniors 60+ and $7 for others. It’s always a good idea to make a reservation, and to arrive a few minutes before noon.

To make your reservation or to find out more about our classes, activities and services, volunteer opportunities, and our Wood Program for low-income seniors and people with special needs, phone (530) 273-4961. Phones open weekdays from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Reception desk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. You’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd. in Brunswick.

For more information, visit

Empire Toastmasters

The September 14 meeting of Empire Toastmasters had the unusual opportunity to give two awards to one member. Elizabeth Dunn won Better Speaker for her speech on capturing and using rain water as a water conservation measure and Table Topics for her acceptance speech for an “Ignobel” Award for her research related to a software detecting when there was a cat walking across your keyboard. Sarah McTighe won Better Evaluator for her evaluation of Jerri Glover’s speech. Sarah will be competing in the Area 64 Evaluation Competition today at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office.

Empire 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! They meet 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.

Soroptimist of the Sierra Foothills

At our regular meeting, September 27, our guest speaker will be Dodie Johnston, former school psychologist for Nevada City School District, who will share her experiences teaching in China at a college for women. She has watched her students graduate, enter the economy, marry and have children of their own in an astonishingly fast-changing society.

Grass Valley Elks

We are hosting a dinner and dance on Saturday September 29. No-host cocktails starting at 5, dinner starts at 6, and music and dancing until 11 p.m. Mexican fiesta for dinner, live music by “Runnin’ 4 Cover” and dozens of AWESOME raffle prizes! Proceeds will be going to Grass Valley Elk’s charities. Located at Grass Valley Elks # 538, located at 109 S. School St. Tickets can be purchased for $18 in advance at BriarPatch or by calling (530) 273.9228.


Grandmothers for Peace of Nevada County

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

Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club

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. The Sept. program will be a slide show presentation on “The Story of the Kayak: Cultural Origins and Traditional Use in Arctic Life.” The story of the kayak encompasses ethnography, history, geography, ritual and symbolism. The presenter, June Anderson, draws on her research as a cultural anthropologist at the California Academy of Sciences to delves into the origins of today’s kayak and its traditional role in the daily lives of indigenous people. We’ll learn about regional variations in kayak design, and the hunting techniques used across the Arctic, from the Bering Sea to Greenland.

For more information, visit MYSNCKC.ORG.

Gold Country Kiwanis

We meet at Kane’s Restaurant Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. We’re gearing up to have some more fun at the Draft Horse Classic. Come see what we’re up to. Join us for lunch. Got time? Want to put your talents to work helping children?

For more information, call Cal McKitrick at (530) 210-4493.

Nevada County Online (NCO)

We meet on the fourth 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 month’s focus is on how to effectively set up your eCommerce process and systems to grow your business. 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, e-mail marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging and much more.

R.S.V.P. at

Nevada County Community for President Obama

We are a growing group of forward-thinking, fact-checking citizens who support the re-election of our president. We celebrate President Obama’s achievements including saving the auto industry, passing Wall St. reform and the Consumer Protection Act, bringing the uncovered $2.4 trillion Iraq war to an end, doubling the fuel efficiency of American cars by 2025, ending insurance company abuses for denying or canceling coverage, and ending gender discrimination in health care for women.

Please contact Cheryl Cook at (530) 205-7487 for a schedule of events.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Summer is over and Newcomers Club has a fantastic luncheon planned for September 26, Wednesday, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. William Florian, we all remember him as the lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels, is “Back by Popular Demand!” His rich, embracing voice will take you on a journey, back in time. Sing along, hum and relive the Flower Power Era through folk songs of the 60’s and 70’s. Go for a sneak preview. Check out unique photos at Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Menu choices are; Panko Crusted Chicken Parmesan or Gourmet Beef and Veal Meatballs or Chef’s Choice Vegetarian Entree. All entrees include a mixed green salad, bread, coffee and tea with Tuxedo Cake for Dessert.

Luncheon cost is $18 per person. Reservations must be received by Monday, September 17. For luncheon information please call (530) 478-1114 or (530) 470-9191.

Hope Bearers

We are a Christian cancer support group that meets at Foothill Church. Those with serious chronic illnesses, including cancer, and their care givers are encouraged to come and share in a safe environment concerning this difficult time. Family, friends and caregivers are all welcome. Meetings are 6 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of every month. Located at 14600 State Highway 49, Grass Valley.

For information, call Edda at (530) 432-2862 or visit

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 on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. 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.

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

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. 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

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.

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.


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.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

Our club meets monthly on the third Thursday, 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 holiday party every year and fund an educational scholarship to a local student.

For more information about SWGGA, visit

Gold Country Italian American Club

Meets 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.

Pioneer Arts Club

The Pioneer Arts Club will host their 29th Annual Northern Mines Art Exhibit and Sale Oct. 23 through November 11 at The Center for the Arts An artists’ reception will be 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 28. Juried show, Best of Show includes a $400 cash prize. Open to all Northern and Central California artists. Prospectus available at

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

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.

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.

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 Hwy., 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

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.

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.

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

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