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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.

TOPS Club

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.

Gold County Community Services

Our thanks goes to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital for the beautiful cake to celebrate our November-birthday guests on Friendship Wednesday. The main course was Beef Stroganoff. Even though it was windy and rainy outside, the atmosphere was warm and happy. Next week’s Mon. through Fri. lunchtime menu at the High Noon Cafe includes Cheese Ravioli w/Meat Sauce, Tunisian Meatballs, Cheezy Crab Cakes, Chili Verde and Roast Beef. On Wednesdays, there’s also entertainment. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60+ and a $7 fee for those 59 and under. It’s always a good idea to book – and arrive around 11:45. Our December menus are out now – with a tempting list of classes and activities on the back.

We offer many services from Home-Delivered Meals to providing wood for low-income seniors. We also have a wide range of worthwhile volunteer opportunities. Give us a call at (530) 273-4961 (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and we’ll tell you more. Or stop by our reception desk (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). We’re open weekdays, and you’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Brunswick.

For more information, visit http://www.goldcountrycenter.org.

Early Risers Toastmasters

We welcome guests — and it was a pleasure to have Shelley Rogers join us last Tuesday. We enjoyed three memorable speeches by Cindy Bailey, Kathy Hillis and winner-of-the-day, Drew Speroni. Viv Tipton’s prize-winning evaluation was full of praise and points for improvement. Chuck Coovert led us in Table Topics (off-the-cuff-speaking), using the word of the day, “parcimony.” President Jim Lewis’ outrageous explanation of what a certain prescription drug is used for had us in hysterics (remember, answers to the Table Topics’ questions do not have to be based on truth).

If you like the idea of starting your day inspired, then please join us next Tuesday for breakfast at Trolley Junction. The meeting starts at 6:30 and finished by 7:50 a.m., so you can get to work on time. Don’t worry, as a guest, there’s no pressure to speak. Just come, enjoy the fun – and see if it’s time to polish your speaking-and-communication skills.

For further information, phone (530) 273-9777 or visit http://www.ToastmastersNevadaCounty.org.

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 Gladys Joost at (530) 477-2632.

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County

“SWING” is the operative word in the Newcomers Club in December. A favorite function within the club, The Christmas Families Project, is in FULL-SWING. In 2011, gifts were provided for 18 families and 71 children. The projected number for 2012 is approximately 76 children. The goal is to provide a better Christmas for as many families in need as our budget will allow. SISTER SWING will entertain with a Christmas Show at the clubs general meeting and luncheon on December 5, 2012, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. This popular Sacramento group will perform Christmas songs with an Andrews Sisters – Radio City Music Hall flair. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with entertainment to follow.

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

Gold Country Welcome Club

The annual Christmas dinner/dance is this Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Alta Sierra Country Club. It is one of the Welcome Club’s largest events with over 100 in attendance, a scrumptious dinner will be followed by dancing to the classic rock sounds of “Mad Dash,” one of the best local bands around.

The Welcome Club is a nonprofit social and philanthropic club that welcomes all those living in our area; new or long-time residents. With over 600 members, there are activities for every taste. From bridge to woodworking; moonlight kayaking, book clubs and more — come check us out!

For more information, visit http://www.NCNugget.com, or contact Suzie Miller, (530) 432-2402, or Pat Miller-Fee, (530) 432-7936.

Frank Gallino Post 130

The Frank Gallino Post 130 will have their next ‘Dine-In’ on Dec. 4. The lounge will open at 5:30 and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes slow roasted prime rib, Au jus sauce, baked potato, seasonal vegetables, horseradish sauce, and apple pie with ice cream. The price is $12 per person. Call (530) 272-2160 for reservations and leave your name, phone number and number in your party. The public is welcome to attend any of our dinners at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley.

Greater Placer County PFLAG

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Greater Placer County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 10 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 118515 Education Street, Auburn. PFLAG is an advocacy and support group for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer) community and their allies. This month’s meeting will be a social for PFLAG members and others to get acquainted, enjoy one another’s company, celebrate our successes as a Chapter, plan for future directions, and fete the holiday season. PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Spontanee-us

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 mindy@bagglady.com.

Christian Business Women (The BAM Project)

The BAM Project and New Covenant Baptist Church are teaming up to make significant difference for local shopping – supporting 14 Nevada County nonprofits. New Covenant Baptist Church is hosting their 7th annual gift fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1. This is a unique shopping experience as the vendors include home-made craft items, home based businesses, and traditional businesses, coming together to support 14 of Nevada County’s nonprofits. At the M3 Mall booth, shop consultants will help shoppers save on any item utilizing a unique cash-back savings program that helps non profits like: Women of Worth, AnimalSave, CoRR, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Soroptimist. The church will be serving breakfast and lunch during the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event. Some of the vendors include The BAM Project, (A Christian Women’s Business Organization with 25 local business owners), Tupperware, Party Time, Mary Kay. With a billion on-line products, 25 vendors and 14 nonprofits involved, this shopping event could be all you need for your entire Christmas list. The New Covenant Baptist Church is at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd., Grass Valley.

The event is on facebook, “New Covenant Baptist Church,” including photos from previous years. Last year’s video is on you tube: http://youtu.be/ks3P85QE6RE.

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 gcyc.net 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 http://www.swgga.org.

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 http://www.nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net or call (530) 470-9395.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

It’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season again. SFAS endeavors to devote the December 6 program to a celebration of the CBC. Last year Rudy Darling discussed the three SFAS-affiliated CBCs and the birds we have found during them. This year’s focus will be on some of the birds we haven’t found (a.k.a. the wish list), and will also take a look at some of the birds we have found that might present ID problems, including Rudy’s favorites, the owls. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the Community Room at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. This will be accompanied by photos of the subject birds, Rudy’s groan-inducing verbal and visual humor, vocalizations, and ID tips. Rudy Darling has participated in the Grass Valley CBC every year since its inception in 1994, and has been the compiler since 1998.

He has also participated in the Auburn and Lincoln CBCs for many years. He has lived in Nevada County since 1976 and has sat on the SFAS board since 1998, being in charge of the GV CBC and the Bird-A-Thon, and is a field trip leader. He is currently the Nevada County sub-regional editor for North American Birds. He holds an MS in Ecology from the University of Minnesota and works for Nevada County in the water analysis field.

For more information, visit http://www.sierrafoothillsaudubon.com.

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.

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!). For information, call Shirley at (530) 265-5545 or e-mail Grannies4peace@hotmail.com.

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 goldcountrytrailscouncil.org.

Sierra Singles Club

This is a club for older singles who enjoy getting together with friends to dine out, attend plays, films and other local events. We meet monthly, usually at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road, and plan weekly activities. For information, contact Shirley Corry, (530) 274-3355.

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 Mousetrap Macintosh User Group (SMMUG)

The Sierra Mousetrap Macintosh User Group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at its new location on Dec. 3 at the Briar Patch Co-Op Community Room, 290 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. We are looking forward to this being a good change from our last location. This will be our Christmas meeting so it will be a good time to join in and mingle with the group and ask any questions or share information regarding the Macintosh Computer and all of it’s vast possibilities.

Please join us. Guests and potential new members are always welcome.

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: http://CraftGuildNevadaCounty.BlogSpot.com. 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 http://www.CraftGuildNevadaCounty.org.

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 http://www.LossAndGrief.org.

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 http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.

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 cliffj2757@msn.com, or call Roger Perkins at (530) 823-0339.

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 http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagrgg.

For more information, email cstowe@oro.net or call (530) 268-0348.

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 nevadacountycameraclub.com 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 nevadacountycameraclub.com. Come join us for a friendly evening get together of like-minded people who enjoy photography!

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 http://www.vva535.org.

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.

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.

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 http://www.BONC.org.

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 http://www.SierraExpress.org.

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 http://www.BNIGrassValley.com.


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