Club Briefs: The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club |

Club Briefs: The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

Early Risers Toastmaster George Chileski gave a wake-up call speech, complete with a rooster.

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

We are hosting our annual Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on November 3 at Trolley Junction Restaurant in Nevada City. This event helps fund our annual scholarship to a local high school graduate in 2013. Speakers will be Kimberly D’Urso and Lily Marie Mora on the quote, “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World,” by Mahatma Ghandi. They will share their experiences in Charlotte, North Carolina where the Democratic Convention and the People’s Convention were held in September 2012.

One of our members will receive the 2012 Eleanor Roosevelt service award as well. Reservations for this luncheon must be received by today, Oct. 26. Cost is $27 per person. Luncheon choice: 1.Chinese Chicken Salad; 2. Baked salmon w/vegetables; and 3. Vegetarian Pasta. Include your choice with your check and send to: NCDCC PO Box 1573, Grasss Valley, CA 95945.

Call Sally at (530) 273-3051 or email at for information.

The Nevada County Astronomers Club

We will meet at 7 p.m.on Nov. 7 at the Madelyn Helling Library, 900 Helling Way Nevada City. We will have a DVD by Professor Alex Filippenko – his subject will be “SUPERNOVAS.”

Motherlode Toastmasters

We are inviting residents to our open house to meet current club members, hear speakers, and experience a club meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Monday downstairs at Eskaton Lodge, on Eskaton Drive in Grass Valley. Our goal is to demonstrate how the Toastmasters communication and leadership skill-building programs will help members become more successful in both their professional and personal lives. A complete Toastmasters club meeting will be conducted during the open house, with prepared and impromptu speeches and speech evaluations.

For more information about the event and club, please visit

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association

We will be meeting Monday, November 5 in the Veterans Memorial Building at 255 South Auburn Street (entrance off back parking lot) in Grass Valley at 7pm. All visitors are welcome. Any questions about bees? Wondering about pollination and how it can help your garden and orchard? Always wanted to get bees? Questions about honey production? We have answers! Join our lively regular question and answer session starting promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program.

Our November program Apitherapy (Bee Venom Therapy) will be given by Tracey Stirling who took the Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course. You can read more about Tracey and how Apitherapy has helped not only her, but many people at More information at http://WWW.NCBEES.NET.

For questions about the program, please call (530) 743-2842 or email at

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month. Is there a story to tell that lives inside of you?

Katherine Longshore has been a writer since she learned how to hold a pencil and began asking her dad how to spell words, sitting under the stools at the kitchen counter. In her teens, Katherine fell in love with theater. But, when she traveled on the Semester at Sea, she realized she didn’t want to spend her entire life in a windowless theater but in the greater world.

Katherine was fortunate to be able to design her own major at Humboldt State University, planning to use it to be a travel writer. She spent the next four years traveling all over the world, going to exotic areas in far-away places. After marrying an Englishman she’d met in Zimbabwe, Katherine lived in England for five years. Katherine grew to love the English countryside, and she came to love English history. In Gilt, her first novel, Katherine captures the history of England’s King Henry VIII, from a uniquely refreshing perspective—that of his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.

Through writing, Katherine is able to encompass all her loves: becoming a character made of words; exploring new worlds; and living history. Katherine writes and lives in California with her English husband, two children and a sun-worshipping dog.

Join us, during National Novel Writing Month, as Katherine Longshore shares her journey from early childhood writer to grown-up novelist.

Plan now to attend on Wednesday, November 14 at the Holbrooke Hotel Express Room. Networking hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22. Check our website at, or contact Kim Wydra at (530) 432-2591 or by email at for more information.

The Chicago Park Garden Club

Our next regular meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31 at the Peardale Firehouse Community Room. Speaker Bonnie Brandt, entomologist and master gardener, will give a slide presentation on identifying the bugs in your garden, both destructive and beneficial. Halloween costumes encouraged; come as your favorite bug! Nonmembers welcome. Membership is open. For more information, call (530) 272-7708.

The Nordic Skiers of Nevada County

We are holding their first meeting of the ski season on Thursday November 1 at Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park, Nevada City. Each meeting starts with a potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share along with your own plate and utensils. Doors open at 5:45 with dinner at 6:15.

This month’s speaker will be Mike Carville, owner of The South Yuba Club. Mike is a former competitive skier as well as a ski instructor for both downhill and nordic skiing. Mike will be speaking on pre-season conditioning for both downhill and cross country skiing. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

The club holds regular meetings the first Thursday of the month, November through April.

Sierra Singles Club

This club is for older singles who enjoy getting together for group activities such as dining out and attending plays, films, and other local events. The club meets monthly, usually at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road, in the dining room.

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

Gold Country Kiwanis

Meets at Kane’s Restaurant Thursday’s 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.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Ever thought about raising chickens? George Chileski’s eye-opening, side-splitting speech might make you think twice (especially when his rooster crowed his option). Jim Lewis followed, with an insightful speech about the Cuban crisis on its 50th anniversary. Winner Connie Suddath gave a motivating speech about goals, and how to set and achieve them. Lori Burkart-Frank gave an award-winning evaluation on how to make an outstanding speech an unforgettable one.

Viv Tipton led the Table Topics portion of the meeting, and “excogitate” was the word of the day. Mike Crandall’s impromptu talk using the word won him a trophy as well.

Special thanks to Shelley Drievold for running a lively, challenging meeting.

Is it time to improve your speaking and communication skills? Then join us next Tuesday for breakfast at Trolley Junction. The meeting is called to order at 6:30 and finishes by 7:50. Arrive at work on time — and inspired!

Call (530) 273-9777 for further details or visit

Friends of Hospice

If you have a “free” Monday and would like attend the fun “invitation stuffing” for the upcoming Tree of Love event that Friends of Hospice is offering, please join us on Oct.29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the FOH office at 11270 Rough & Ready Hwy in Grass Valley. This is a casual, fun, visiting time with a mission and a good time to get acquainted with some of the members of FOH. What better way to spend a couple of hours than to assist Hospice of the Foothills in meeting their monetary goals to provide the best in compassionate care in western NevadaCounty and surrounding communities?

If you would like more information please phone our office at (530) 274-5121.

Widowed Persons Association

The Widowed Persons will hold their monthly meeting at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley (opposite Forest Springs Mobile Home Park) on November 10. We will meet at Kane’s for Sunday night dinner on October 28 to enjoy their good food and meet up with old friends and make new friends. We are planning a sale of used valuable possessions at Olympia Glades mobile home park on Saturday, November 3. This will be open to the general public and give any widowed person a chance to meet others who in the same position as you — and also to find many gently used things for your home.

Fifteen of us are planning to attend the annual Cabaret Show at the fairgrounds hearing the Nevada Placer Barbershop Chorus. We will also be enjoying the lasagna dinner previous to the entertainment. 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.

Empire Toastmasters

We had another exciting meeting on October 19. Area Governor Sharon Delgado visited and spoke on the Toastmasters Distingueshed Club Program. The best Speaker trophy went to Lee Zasloff for her spe ech on bird friendly coffee. Ruth Schwartz won best evaluator for her evaluation of Judy Nichols’ speech on “The Most Incredible Horse.” One of the guests in attendance signed up to be a new member and then won Table Topics with her response to the prompt “Explain how homework can be hazardous to your health.”

Empire Toastmasters happily welcomes Heidi Hall and looks forward to watching her develop her skills with the rest of the Club. 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.

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