Club News: April 11, 2015 |

Club News: April 11, 2015

Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association

Members of the North Gold Country Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority are planning a Spring meeting and private tour of the North Star House, designed in 1905 by the renowned architect Julia Morgan (California’s first woman architect). The tour will start at 10 a.m. on April 29, followed with lunch at Bistro 221 in Nevada City. All initiated Kappa’s are invited. Call Julie at 530-477-5707 or Ruth at 530-885-8201 by Apr. 25 for car pooling , lunch reservations and directions.

The Golden Empire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Auxiliary

We will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 16 in the dining room of the Center. Items to be discussed at the meeting will be the Mother’s Day Tea, May 11, and the Spring Bake Sale and Raffle of the Spring Basket on May 26.

Following the meeting will be the Volunteer of the Year Award and lunch hosted by Golden Empire. Members need to sign up now for the lunch. Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary can contact Membership Chairman, Barbara Ford at 530-273-6084 or president Iona Terry at 530-477-5405.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

Our SWGGA monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at Ponderosa Hall (Gate 2) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This meeting will feature guest speaker Chris Flores, the new Nevada County Agriculture Commissioner. Before the meeting, we will be having our wine social, so please bring a bottle of your favorite wine to share; cheese and crackers will be provided.

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. 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

The Nevada County Genealogical Society (NCGS)

We will hold our April General Meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. James Baker, Ph.D., CG, will present “Can You Find Your Early 1800s U.S. Data Online?” Please note the new time. The meetings are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Hilary Steinmetz at 530-274-2782 or by email at

The Colfax Garden Club

Our next meeting will be held Friday, April 10. Meetings are held at the Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St., Colfax. Meeting starts 9:30 a.m. with program starting at 11 a.m. Our speaker will be Carolyn Singer, local garden writer and author of several gardening books. Topic will be “No Till Habitat Garden.”

Visitors are welcome and this is a free event.

High Sierra Corvette Club

If you are interested in Corvette runs, social events, food, laugher, racing events, and all around car club fun, then High Sierra Corvette Club has something to offer you. Our club meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday at Apple Alley Cafe, located at the Brunswick “Y” on Colfax Highway. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early for social hour or if you want to eat before the meeting. All Corvette enthusiasts are invited to attend our meetings and see what we are all about! For more information, please visit or call Jay Jacobsen at 530-477-5003.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Make spring special this year by attending the Newcomers Club of Nevada County’s spring luncheon and fashion show on April 22 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. It’s a “Spring Garden Party” featuring fashions from Beautiful, Blue Moon, Fresh Image, Judi’s of Nevada City and Marilyn’s Fashionations. The excitement begins at 11:30 a.m. with a wonderful lunch that includes salad, entree, and dessert. The fashion show follows the lunch. Raffle prizes and generous prize packages from each of the shop complete the excitement. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. — please arrive after 11 a.m. to allow for setup. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required; reservation deadline is Monday, April 13. Non-members are welcome to attend, space permitting. The Newcomers Club of Nevada County was founded almost 70 years ago. While the name implies that our club is for newcomers, it goes beyond that and opens its doors to all ladies of Nevada County, no matter how long they have lived there. Monthly luncheons provide a time for all members and guests to get together and enjoy a delicious lunch and delightful, educational, and informative entertainment. A wide variety of Activity Groups provide entertainment and education on a smaller scale. For information on the club and on the luncheon, contact 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191 or visit our website at

American Association of University Women

The Nevada County branch of the American Association of University Women will host a free panel discussion on April 18 exploring issues related to women working in today’s world and specifically in Nevada County. The discussion will be led by panel members Alison Lehman, assistant county executive officer, Nevada County; Debbie Plass, vice president of operations, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Dignity Health; Hilary Hodge, executive director, Sierra Commons; and Kathleen A. Taylor, Ph.D. professor, Psychology Department chair, Women & Gender Studies Department, Sierra College. As part of the discussion, they will share their personal and professional observations and experiences.

The meeting will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley. The program begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to everyone. AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For more information, visit or call 530-470-9395.

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club

Inner Wheel District 519 held their Annual Founder’s Day Luncheon in February at the North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks, Calif. The guest speaker this year was the first recipient to receive a myoelectric hand from our IWUSA Foundation who supplies upper myoelectric limbs for needy children ages birth to eighteen years. He spoke to us about growing up with his limb and the experiences he had and also relayed his appreciation to the Foundation. He’s a grown young man now and engaged to be married. He introduced his fiancée who was attended the luncheon with him. Our table decorations were geared to the different organizations that our clubs support. One of our newer members, Sharron Koslosky, who is a very excellent quilter, made a darling sock monkey center piece for our table. The center piece was presented to the KARE Crisis Nursery which is one of the organizations we help support. Call Carole Johnson, 530-265-6989 for any information about our club.

Sierra Singles Club

Our club for older singles meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Community Center dining room at 841 Old Tunnel Road. Come and pick up a calendar of our activities, including dining out and attending other local events. For information, contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

State Board of Equalization (BOD) First District elected representative George Runner will be the keynote speaker at the April 21 meeting of Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF). The meeting begins at noon at Alta Sierra Country Club with a social hour starting at 11:30 a.m.

One of four members of the BOD Runner was re-elected in 2014. He is an outspoken critic of the controversial California Fire Prevention Fee and along with his wife, State Senator Sharon Runner, are the authors of Jessica’s Law. Mr. Runner also authored California’s well known Amber Alert and Blue Alert.

The first Wine and Chat of 2015 will be held on April 15 at a private home. Nevada County Supervisor Dan Miller will be our guest. Members are encouraged to bring a friend.

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month September through June. For more questions about our meetings or to make a reservation call Donna at 530-274-0803.

Information about membership can be answered by calling 530-478-0636 and for more information about NCRWF please email us at or visit

The Nevada County Camera Club

Well known local photographer, David McKay, will be the featured speaker at the Nevada County Camera Club’s meeting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on April 27 at Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley. McKay will be sharing his methodologies for creating his breathtaking panoramic images. With 40 years as an award winning, professional photographer and teacher since 1976, McKay has explored every aspect of the photographic realm and had his work featured in local newspapers, magazines brochures and books. He also published his book, Yuba Seasons: Images from the Wild and Scenic South Yuba River.

McKay has been mayor of Nevada City, owned a silkscreen and design business, and has been a strong supporter of the arts in the community.

During the second half of the meeting, camera club members will showcase their photos as judges critique their submissions to help improve their photography. The public is welcome and there is no cost for first time guests. Currently, the club has over 100 members and aims to help members refine their photographic skills.

For more information, visit or email Ann Westling at

Volunteers for California CareForce

A group of Nevada County people is volunteering to help prepare for the free medical, dental and vision 2-day clinic being brought to Grass Valley by the nonprofit California CareForce next November 14 and 15. If you or your organization, religious affiliate, etc. want to help local people in need of these health services, visit or go to

Blue Star Mothers of America

The Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. and meeting begins at 10 a.m.

If you are a mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, foster mother, grandmother or legal guardian who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, we invite you to join us.

To learn more, please visit or email with any questions.

The Gold Country Woodturners

Our group is hoping to continue to offer educational opportunities to members and anyone interested in expanding their hobby or exploring something new. More information about the Gold Country Woodturners can be found at

Nevada County Online (NCO)

Learn about Social Media Marketing at the Nevada County Online (NCO) monthly Meetup held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the at the Madelyn Helling Library.

NCO is the largest business Meetup group in Nevada County with 372 members.

The website is:

NCO is for online beginners and experts and everyone in between.

All Meetups are open to the public. A $5 donation is requested.

RSVP online at Please park down the hill and not in the library parking lot.

Gold Country Community Services

Lunch is served each weekday in our popular Gold Country Senior Cafe. With a different home-cooked lunch each day, we provide good nutrition and outstanding value. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60 and over. We have a new April menu, so come by, pick one up – and plan your meals for the next month (reservations and early arrival are highly recommended).

On the back of the April menu, you’ll see a list of classes, activities and services we offer — including Line Dancing, taught by Cheryle Spangler-Kinslow. The classes are held in the Love Building in Condon Park, 660 Minnie St., Grass Valley, and the fee is $4 per class for GCCS Club Members, and $5 per class for non-members. The new schedule includes Beginner 1 on Monday & Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 and Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8. Beginner II builds on the basic steps, and takes place on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 and on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7. Intermediate classes for more experienced line dancers take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45, and Tuesday evenings from 8 to 9. Phone Cheryle at 530-478-0755.

For lunchtime reservations and information about our services, classes and activities (as well as interesting volunteer opportunities), phone GCCS at 530-273-4961. You’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley, or visit us at

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month. We meet under the stars at Scotts Flat Lake, our home port, conveniently located by the launch ramp and mooring buoys on the lake’s Northern shoreline. You can’t miss us! Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the Commodore’s bell rings at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Please bring something to barbecue for yourself, and something to share with the members. Questions? Please visit our website at

American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130

We are located in the Veterans Memorial Bldg, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Plenty parking at the rear of the building. Nearly all our events take place here. Phone 530-272-2160 for information.

Dances each month April 18, May 23, June 20, on and on.

Gold Country Italian American Club

We invite you to join us for good food and fun. We meet every third Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. To 3 p.m. at Alta Sierra Country Club. Are you a good cook? Do you have Grandmom’s recipe for the best spaghetti sauce ever? Then why not show it off and enter the Spaghetti Cook-Off on May 9? Who knows, you may make Grandmom proud and take that first place. For lunch information, call Kaven at 530-272-2660.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

Guild members are busy with final preparations for the 31st Annual “Springtime in the Pines” Quilt Show scheduled for Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend Nevada County’s largest quilt show! For more information, see the website at

Stop Smart Meters of Nevada County

We are starting a free informal self-help support group for people who are suffering from health and/or mental health problems due to EMF sensitivity from Smart Meters or other forms of wireless technology. The meetings will be held every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Call Rob or Makayla at 530-477-5522 in Grass Valley for location and directions.

Stop Smart Meters will continue to have weekly meetings every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. to continue working toward banning Smart Meters from Nevada County.

We invite you to come and speak against Smart Meters with us at the first of two monthly Nevada City Council meetings every month during the non-agenda public comment period. The council usually allows each speaker three minutes to speak about their concerns relevant to the city. These meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Our group is planning to go before the Nevada City council on each second Wednesday until further notice. The next meeting we will be attending is on April 8. You can now see us on Facebook too. Thanks for your interest. For more information, email

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Volunteers are needed at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. To become a volunteer, one must join the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Applications can be picked up at the hospital main lobby, outpatient lobby or on line at — scroll down to Who We Are and click on Volunteer Services. Call Patty at 530-272-8136 for additional information.

All prospective volunteers are interviewed and then they must attend an Auxiliary and a hospital orientation which helps them understand the organization goals, structures, department functions and Auxiliary responsibilities. Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks and work in several departments. The main lobby reception desk, emergency department, gift shop and the diagnostic imaging center all have openings for volunteers. To main membership in the Auxiliary, a volunteer must service a minimum of 50 hours per year.

Sons In Retirement, Branch 55, Grass Valley/Nevada City

The initial launch of Sons In Retirement, Branch 55, Grass Valley/Nevada City to become an active vibrant men’s fraternal organization is half way to becoming a success. We need 25 to 50 men to show enough interest to get this new branch started. With just 15 to 20 more we will hold an organizations meeting. We invite retired or semi-retired men who want to join an organization based on building friendships, camaraderie, and activities from golf to Bocce Ball; If you want we will create the activity of your choice. Whether it’s wine tasting in the Sierra or hiking in the beauty of Nevada County, our new Branch can meet your life-style. Remember, no politics or religion just friendship based around a monthly lunch and frequent activities, with very minimal fees, totally based on your wishes. SIR is a 16,000 member, 60 year old men’s organization with many activities some of which include your partner in life and will provide you with Friendships for Life; get involved now by contacting Don Dill, Vice President 530-885-6943, or Visit to view our website.


We are currently working on two upcoming events. The first will be “Keeping Kids Safe Festival,” on May 9 at the Safety Training Center at the Nevada County Sierra College Campus. A free program to introduce families to our First Responders and other Health Services. The second is the “Great Ball Race” in conjunction with the Soap Box Derby on June 13 at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Children’s Projects and the Pioneer Park Playground. Tickets are $5for one, five for $20 and can be requested by e-mail at

Gold Country Kiwanis meets every Thursday at noon at Kane’s on East Main Street, Grass Valley. Guests are welcome.

Nevada County Middle East Discussion Group

This newly-formed group, is open to all individuals with an interest in exploring the ever changing, political, social, and historical components of the “Middle East.” We meet in the community room of the Nevada County Superintendent of School Building, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City. For more information please email Izzi Tooinsky at or call 530-210-5387.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Is Grandpa’s old stamp collection in the attic gathering dust? Bring it in and we will help you sort the trash from the treasure, the gems from the junk, the extra-ordinary from the … well you get the idea. If you are considering selling these family treasures, for say some new transportation, we could help you decide if you’ll be browsing for a Beamer or haggling over pre-owned sneakers. On the other hand, maybe you would rather pick up where Grandpa left off and fill in some of those blank spaces. We can help with that too! We’re Gold Country Stamp Club and we meet the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. So hitch a ride on down to the dining room of the Nevada City Senior Apartments at 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 530-477-0108.

The Leo Club

Since the club’s organization this January (Sponsored by the Colfax and Meadow Vista Lions Club) its members have volunteered at the Meadow Vista Lions Club Annual Crab Feed and held a bake sale. The club also assisted the Meadow Vista Lions with their Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Placer Hills School on Saturday, April 4.

The Colfax High School Leo Club has 19 members and meets on Wednesdays during lunchtime in room 402. Christian Kinsey, Adam Dieter and Barb Webb are the Leo Club advisors. Students aged 14-18 who would like more information about the Colfax High School Leo Club can contact Christian Kinsey at 530-346-2284 extension 2804.

Lions Clubs sponsor more than 5,700 Leo Clubs in 140 countries. While helping others in their community, Leo’s develop leadership skills and experience teamwork in action. For more information about the Leo Club Program, visit the Leo Zone section of the Lions Web site at

Please contact Barb Webb at or 916-955-6594 if you would like more information about this event.

Duplicate Bridge Club

We meet at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows. The weekly schedule is as follows: Monday: 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.; Thursday: 1 p.m. (this game is at Eskaton) and Friday: 12:30 p.m. We also offer bridge instruction every Thursday from 9-12. The classes are ongoing. The contact person there is Bill Jones. Email him, or call 530- 457-7841. Call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586 for information or if you’re in need of a partner. Bridge classes and mentoring— a small fee is charged to cover the Grange rental. We are seeking intermediate/brush-up players who want to improve their game as well as stimulate the mind. We have advanced players monitoring the bidding and play at every table. We analyze every hand, bidding and play. You will learn the duplicate game to the point where you can join enjoyably play at our club. Our goal is to generate new members for our very friendly duplicate bridge club.

California Retired Teachers Association

CalRTA is a statewide organization whose prime purpose is to enhance and protect the benefits of retired educators and to support public education. The division meets five times a year with a luncheon and a featured speaker or program relative to STRS members. For membership information contact Carol Siver at 530-272-4132.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

We offer two free meetings in Grass Valley, one at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Nevada County Contractors Assoc., 149 Crown Point Court and 8 a.m. on Saturdays at Salvation Army Chapel, 10725 Alta St. Meetings are also held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 117 in Auburn. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia.

For more information call 530-470-0473 or visit

Sons In Retirement (SIR), Lake Wildwood

SIRS is a nonprofit organization for retired men devoted to the promotion of independence and dignity of retirement. The SIR Branch 11’s luncheon meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at the Lake Wildwood Club House. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and the luncheon meeting begins at noon followed by a guest speaker or entertainment. Lady guests are invited to our May and December meetings. Members do not have to live in Lake Wildwood. Go to our website at to learn more about us. To inquire about becoming a member, please e-mail us at

Gold Country Miniature Society

Our club enjoys making doll houses and doll house accessories. We build miniatures in all scales and have a variety of interesting projects throughout the year. We meet at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. There are, also, three other miniature clubs in the area which get together on different days. If you are interested in this fun hobby, email Barbara at or Pat at

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to the peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet. It can be very painful and can also affect other areas of the body. For more information on the next meeting, call 530-268-1017.

Retired Public Employees Association

The RPEA is a statewide, nonprofit association of retirees who are members of CALPERS, which includes current or retired employees of public and state agencies and classified schools. RPEA members and potential members are welcome to attend monthly lunch and business meetings with programs of interest to our members of the Nevada County Chapter of RPEA. We meet the second Monday of each month, at noon, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Call Carol Kendrick at 530-265-2326 or Mary Ann Trygg at 530-273-2488 or email one week in advance of the meeting in order to confirm attendance and to make a lunch reservation. Retired public employees please stop by and see what we do!

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and selling handmade items locally. To learn more about what the crafters and artisans are doing check out the Guild Blog at craftguildnevadacounty blog The Guild is a nonprofit and donates to local charitable groups in our area.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City, Houser Conference Room. You can also check out our web site at

Nevada County Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is devoted to creating an

America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, at place of worship, and in our communities. We work to educate families about gun violence prevention and to help create and support public policy, legislation and regulations for sensible gun laws at the state and national levels. We seek to reduce firearm injury and death by keeping weapons out of dangerous hands. Contact for more information.

Nevada County Healing Through Grief support group

Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no cost to participate. For information, visit

Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss

An ongoing support group, “Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss,” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Eskaton Village. The group is facilitated by Barbara Larsen, the creator and author of Movement with Meaning. Larson has been working in the field of dementia care for 30 years and is the chair and founding member of the Elder-Care Providers’ Coalition of Nevada County.

Meetings include tips on how to communicate effectively with a loved one or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Information on local resources is also available.

A workshop on “Preventing Alzheimer’s” will be presented by Larson in late February, for more information, contact Larson at 530-478-1735.

Gather the Women of Nevada County

We are a global sisterhood that connects women through circles. We create safe spaces to share our true selves. Meeting in circles, we find our voices, claim our power, and celebrate self worth, leading to personal and planetary transformation. Some examples of our circles are drumming, organic culinary arts and feasting, practical well-being, women studies book circle and looking within for personal and spiritual growth. For more information, visit or call Marceline at 530-615-4018.

Widowed Persons Association

Come join our group and start a new life with new friends. For more information please call Eileen at 530-272-2487 or Ken at 530-432-1779.

The Nevada County Genealogical Society’s Study Group

Our meetings are open to the public, free of charge. For more information contact: Donna Dugle Young at or 530-477-0192.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Our group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the activity room on the second floor of the main building at Atria Senior Living Center (previously Quail Ridge), 150 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Come share experiences and information with others who have Parkinson’s. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy at 530-272-7950 or Pete at 530-273-4804.

The Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We offer rides for all levels of riders. Every week there are several rides that you can join. The motto on all led club rides is “No Rider Left Behind.” The benefit of being a club member is that you get regular notices about rides. Or, you can post your own ride on the club’s list-serv. Go to to join. If you’re new to the area and wonder where it’s reasonably safe to ride, being a member of this friendly group of bicyclists will get you started.

American Chronic Pain Association

We meet monthly to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families. The group hosts knowledgeable speakers on a regular basis who give helpful information on ways to live more fully in spite of pain. Group members also share experiences as well as support and encourage one another.

The American Chronic Pain Association meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

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

Hope Bearers

We are available to provide Christ-centered support for all who are faced with the challenges of cancer or other chronic illness. Whether you are a patient, spouse, family member, friend or caregiver — you don’t have to go it alone. Our hope is in God and we are here for you. We offer prayer, fellowship, love and encouragement to keep our faith strong in the midst of perhaps the most difficult circumstances of our lives. We are available for confidential ‘one on one’ or group meetings as needed by request. If you have questions or need prayer, feel free to contact Sally Landsburg at 530-273-1468. For more information and to RSVP please contact Erica McGee at 530-559-4517 or email

Gold Country Welcome Club

Our club has something for everyone — literally! If you’re looking to find people with similar interests, check out this active bunch. There’s a group that plays poker. Don’t like poker? How about pinochle, or bunco, bridge or mah jong? Not into games? How about kayaking, or hiking or snow skiing? Not athletic? No problem. There are brainiacs that meet once a month to talk about investing…wood workers that share ideas on their talents … a craft group that comes up with amazing ideas for the home. Garden Club, Men’s Group (great monthly speakers), Women’s Group with lots of theatre and other activities. For more information or to join the club go to, or call 530-478-099.

The Gold Country German-American Club

Our club meets monthly at Seaman’s Lodge in Nevada City. Guests are welcome. If interested in attending or for club information call Christa at 530-272-6095. You can also check us out online at where you will learn about our events and activities such as hiking, German dancing, and conversational German classes.

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

Our P.E.O. was founded in 1869. The philanthropic educational organization has six local chapters in Nevada and Placer counties. They benefit their scholarship funds which provide scholarships to local women for their college or continuing college education. For 145 years, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy education, philanthropy and research. Over 88,000 women have benefited from P.E.O.’s educational scholarships, loans, awards and projects. For information, visit

Vietnam Veterans of America 535

The local chapter 535 of the Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or not. All vets, families, and friends are welcome to attend meetings the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 225 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. For more information, visit our website at or call 530-559-7716.

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. The meeting takes place in a private home. Please call 530-713-1131 for directions. Our weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City has resumed. The vigil is protesting the Israeli violence against Gaza and the West Bank. We have signs to share, and everyone who believes in human rights, equality and justice for all people is welcome to participate.

Nevada County Horseman Incorporated

We are celebrating the year of the horse. NCHI seeks to promote horsemanship throughout the community and to provide a friendly and wholesome social environment for young and old alike. You’re always welcome to stop in at one of the monthly meetings, the second Friday of the month or events. Now accepting new member applications. For more information, email

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

This is a 12 step program open to anyone — men and women— who thinks they may have a problem with sex or love addiction. SLAA groups meet twice a week in Grass Valley, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, lower level, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. For information call 916-552-1442 or

The Gold Country LeTip Group

We meet every Wed from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Kane’s in downtown Grass Valley. This business group is a wonderful and fun way to help build your business and add further service to your clients. Check out our Facebook page at Gold Country LeTip to learn more about the group or call Pamela Morey at 530-913-7308.

Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. We sometimes have speakers, or review education programs. Some meetings are more of an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, confidential atmosphere come check us out. Light refreshments are served. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.). For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517.

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.

Spontanee-us Improvisation

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.

Friends of Hospice

Come and volunteer at Friends of Hospice (530-247-5121) and do the very worthwhile job of working on events to raise money for the use of Hospice of the Foothills. FOH has no paid members and all of the monies raised is used for the benefit of Hospice of the Foothills.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families

We meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights at The Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Classroom 5 in Grass Valley. This meeting is for women only.

Nevada City Lions

We meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Seamans Lodge. For membership information contact Membership Chair John Meyer, 530-272-0588 or President Chuck Woerner, 530-265-2039.

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. For information, call club president Lois Robinson at 530-272-6804 or vice-president Georgine Wasley, who is in charge of membership, at 530-265-4424.

The Golden Empire Sam’s RV Group

Our group met September 8 through 11 at the French Camp RV Resort. Our members enjoyed playing games, touring the “Oakdale Cheese Factory” and having dinner at “Billie Hills Hill Billie BBQ” in Manteca.

If you are looking for a very friendly group that has a lot of fun activities, good food and friendly members, please join us for one of our camp outs as a guest. Looking forward to hearing from you! Call 530-477-1799 or 530-263-2035.

Gold Country Computer Learning Center

GCCLC is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. It has offered quality computer education for all ages and levels of experience since 2000. All classes are held in Ponderosa Hall, Gate 2 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. To see the March class/workshop schedule or to register online for a class, visit For more information, call 530-273-0497.

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