Club News, August 18, 2018
The Union publishes Club News each Saturday to share the latest from your western Nevada County club or organization, email email@example.com. Unfortunately only a small fraction of club submissions are published in the print version of The Union due to space constraints. To see the complete list of clubs, visit http://www.theunion.com, scroll down to the bottom and click on “announcements.”
Nevada County Historical Society
Author Robert McNally will give a presentation on his book, “The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age” at Thursday’s meeting of the Nevada County Historical Society. McNally shares the story of a cold, rainy dawn in late November 1872, when Lieutenant Frazier Boutelle and a Modoc Indian nicknamed Scarface Charley leveled firearms at each other. Their duel would trigger the war that capped a decades-long genocidal attack emblematic of the United States’ conquest of Native America’s peoples and lands. In his book, McNally tells the wrenching story of California’s only true Indian war and one of the United States’ costliest campaigns against an indigenous people, illuminating a dark corner in the state’s and nation’s past. “The Modoc War” was a general-nonfiction finalist in the 2018 Northern California Book Awards, and it won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Club’s 2018 California Book Awards as the best book on California. Open the public, the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City. Admission is free. The event lasts one hour and is followed by free refreshments. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every month, except December. For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyHistory.org or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.
Health Care for All – CA
Your local Nevada County Chapter is very happy to announce that California CareForce will be bringing another free medical, dental and vision clinic to Grass Valley in 2019. United Way is hosting and we are helping. The first fundraiser will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, August 19, at the Wild Eye Pub, 535 Mill St. in Grass Valley. Come have some fun while supporting a wonderful cause. Steve Holland will play bossa nova and classical guitar music and the suggested donation is $20. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Our next monthly meeting will be at 11 a.m. on August 25 at the UUCommunity of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. Come to listen and share your ideas. We don’t expect you to be ready to make a commitment to help. Newcomers are always welcome.
Gold Country Community Services
Ever-upbeat Tad Kitada sang lighthearted favorites on Friendship Wednesday. Next week’s menu features chicken supreme, breaded pork cutlet, Tunisian meatballs, chef salad and turkey chili. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60 and over. Lunch is served promptly at noon Monday through Friday in our Congregate Lunch Cafe. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended. Phone 530-273-4961. That’s also the number to call for information about the services, activities and classes GCCS offers. Right now we have volunteer opportunities for meals-on-wheels drivers. A few hours just one day a week can make a big difference to homebound seniors in our community. Phone, and ask to speak with Charity. She can tell you more. GCCS is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. Further details at http://www.goldcountryservices.org.
Nevada County Travel Club
The NCTC is pleased to announce that four new trips have been added to our 2019 schedule of great adventures. They include: Amish Country Getaway in May 2019, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and Western Frontiers in August 2019, Hawaii Three Island Adventure in November 2019 and the popular Croatia- Cruising the Adriatic and Dalmatian Coasts. I recently went on this trip with seven other NCTC members and it was fabulous. The exact departure date is to be announced. Sign up early to get the best cabins. Come join us at one of our monthly meeting the second Wednesday of every month, 1 p.m. at the Abundant Life Church, 10795 Alta Street in Grass Valley. Questions? Give me a call, Judi Foy at 530-432-3393.
Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills
We are a nonprofit service organization run by ambitious, hard-working women, devoted to improving the lives of women and children both locally and internationally. Starting in September, we will be resuming our weekly meetings. This year we are meeting three times per month, the first three Thursdays of every month. In September, we will begin planning this year’s annual yard sale, which will take place in October. The money we raise from fundraisers, such as our yard sale, support local nonprofits. In Fall of 2017, we were able to donate $10,000 in mini-grants to local non-profits, as well as Spring of 2018. If you too want to support our community’s nonprofits, you can attend our Thursday meetings. They are held from 7 to 8 a.m. at Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro in downtown Grass Valley. Or you can lend your support by attending our October yard sale and other future fundraisers! We want you and your talents! For more information visit us at http://www.sierrasoroptimist.org, or visit our Facebook page. Interested in our Garden Tour? Would you like to feature your garden in our 2019 Garden Tour? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newcomers of Nevada County
Heart felt thanks to the merchants and individuals who help make the live and silent auction fundraiser for the Newcomers Club of Nevada County such a tremendous success! Stay tuned, we will share more amazing auction items in our next news article. Although our name Newcomers implies our club is for ladies new to Nevada County, it goes beyond that and opens its door to all ladies of Nevada County regardless of how long you have lived here. You do not need to be a member to attend our live and silent auction on October 24, everyone is invited! For more information, call Ann at 530-432-9954 and visit our website http://www.newcomersnc.org.
Early Risers Toastmasters
If you are interested in improving your speaking, listening and leadership skills, why not join us for a meeting? In addition to practicing speaking skills, you will learn a lot about a variety of subjects. At our last meeting, Lolly Drievold spoke about her “Day at the Beach.” She won the best speaker award. Erin McCarthy spoke about her experience in a sensory-deprivation float tank. George Chileski was voted best evaluator. Katy Wallace won the award for best impromptu speaker. We meet every Tuesday, upstairs at Humpty Dumpty restaurant in Grass Valley. Meetings start at 6:30 and finish by 7:50 a.m. We’d like first-time guests to arrive a few minutes early. As a guest, you will not feel under any pressure to speak or to join. For further information, phone 530 273-9777, or visit http://www.ToastmastersNevadaCounty.org.
Gold Country Welcome Club
We are a social group of local people who are just like you. We like to get out and try new things and meet new people. We have a three new activities coming up soon: A golf tournament, an Empire Mine Cornish Luncheon, and a tour of the Hellman-Ehrman mansion on the west shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe.
We have more than a dozen activity groups including hiking, kayaking, card games, a computer group and many more. Annual dues are $12 per person with a reduced partial year rate if you join now. Join today and you’ll soon be able to meet up with any of our activity groups that we have as well as attend our special events held throughout the year. Learn more and find an application to join at http://www.gcwelcome.com or call 530-728-0808.
Penn Valley Toastmasters
We hold our meeting on Thursday evenings, in the ReMax center, 10126 Commercial Ave (near Player’s Pizza), from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Summer Brown was last week’s Toastmaster for the evening. It was her first time hosting the evening. Toastmaster not only helps improve your speaking skills, Toastmaster learning platform also assists in the development of one’s leadership skills. Stop by and enjoy an evening of both prepared and extemporaneous speeches.
The White Barn Project
Our program, which is supported by Soroptimist International of Grass Valley (SIGV), was fortunate to be invited to participate in Community Day at the Nevada County Fairgrounds to help prepare 4-H and FFA students for the fair with recycled uniforms and other bling. The public who brought 4-H and FFA uniforms to donate for youngsters needing them for the Fair received a “Buy One Get One” voucher for entry to the fair. Dozens of families needing the 4-H and FFA uniform free exchange for youngsters who planned to be in the Nevada County Fair attended the group’s “Pop-Up Distribution Day” on August 1 at Verger Mortgage on E. Main Street. The White Barn volunteers and Soroptimist members were out at the Fair with an area where students from 4-H and FFA could immediately get new or re-cycled uniforms should they be short on apparel for showings on fair days. Some students needed replacement clothes due to dirt or destruction while working at the fair.
By the end of the Fair over 100 families had used the White Barn’s 4-H and FFA wardrobe assistance. This free service delivered in a three month campaign was the brainchild of Wendy Wielder, a local FFA and 4-H volunteer, and it was supported by the Soroptimist of Grass Valley
Those interested in donating outgrown or no longer used 4-H and FFA uniforms can do so by going to The White Barn Project on Facebook or http://www.sigv.org on the web and leaving a message. Donations can be dropped off as advised or picked up by a volunteer.
Soroptimist International of Grass Valley
We hold an awards and grants presentation each spring awarding over $11,000 to $12,000 in gifts to local scholarship winners and charities assisting Nevada County women and children. The awards help fulfill our mission: to empower women and children in ways which change their lives and those of others for a richer more rewarding life. The funds were obtained by SIGV presenting “A Day for Women” Conference in conjunction with Sierra College, through the selling of healthy rice bowls at the annual Nevada County Fair and other fundraising means. Gift recipients are Sierra Harvest for $2,000 aiding them in establishing a program focused on women as farmers. One Source-Empowering Caregivers, an agency supporting caregivers in their work caring for disabled and elderly, received a $500 grant. Two local women received Vocational Scholarship of $1,000 each. A check for $2,000 to Women of Worth will help women at risk. The KARE Crisis Nursery caring for infants and children during a domestic crisis in a family or homelessness received a $2,000 gift. “Dress a Girl Around the World” project, which delivered 1,000 dresses to five struggling countries, also received a grant. For more information on membership, visit http://www.sigv.org.
The Nevada County Amateur Radio Club
Non-ham members as well as persons interested in becoming ham radio operators or learning more about ham radio are welcome to attend. More information may be found at http://www.NCARC.org.
Senior Fun Seekers
The end-of-the-month Sunday dinner will be announced in the paper at a later date. The Senior Fun Seekers play Pinochle every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center at 841 Old Tunnel Road, Grass Valley. Come and join us. For information call Rochelle at 530-205-9452.
Grass Roots Genealogy Group
We will not meet in August due to the annual month-long summer closure of the LDS Family History Center. The next meeting is September 5. GRGG is an informal gathering of people interested in learning and sharing about how to do family history research. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month (except August) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the LDS (Mormon) church, 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City. Call Susan at 530-271-1311 for more information.
American Contract Bridge League/Duplicate Bridge Games
Come join the friendly folks who play duplicate bridge. We have games every week, (Mon., Tues., Wed. and Fri. at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley (Call Bruce at 530-477-9586); Thursdays at Eskaton in Grass Valley (Harvey at 530-477-5107) and Mon. and Wed. at Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley (Jim at 530-432-5593). If you need any other information or you are interested in learning how to play bridge, you can contact Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586. Our games are not only competitive and sanctioned ACBL games, but we always serve delicious coffee/tea and refreshments.
Golden Empire Sams RV Club
Our August 2018 outing will be in Corning at the Woodson Bridge RV Park. We will enjoy some great food: A grill-your-own meat dinner (with the hosts providing the sides), Happy Hour with snacks, and dinner out at Rolling Hills Casino Buffet. Local tours will be on an individual basis. At the RV park, we we will enjoy great scenic views of the Sacramento River. To reserve your site, call Roger at 530-477-1799. Hope to see you there! For more information, go to http://www.goldenempiresams.org.
Gold Country Kiwanis
We meet on at noon on Thursdays at Kane’s Restaurant in Grass Valley. Guests are always welcome. Visit us on our Facebook page at Gold Country Kiwanis.
Nevada City Lions
We have most recently been working on installing a passenger waiting shelter at the Narrow Gauge Museum in Nevada City. For more information, contact Nevada City Lions president Mike Hill at 530-432-8286.
We offer two support groups every month. There is one group for LGB + and their allies, and another for transgender people and their allies. Both groups meet at 6 p.m. and the meetings usually run until 8 p.m. We meet at the Unitarian/Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley. We pledge to protect everyone’s confidentiality. This is a safe place to share. If you would like more information, please call 530-798-5367.
Dementia Support Group
“Coffee and Conversations,” a dementia support group
Cascades of Grass Valley, a senior living community located at 415 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley, will host “Coffee and Conversations,” a dementia support group for friends and family members of loved ones with memory loss. Meetings will take place on the third Thursday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Participants are invited each month to share stories, successes and concerns while learning new coping tips and care solutions from people on similar journeys. The support group is free and open to the public. Caregivers are invited to bring their loved ones along to enjoy an activity with our memory care staff during the sessions. For more information, call Cascades of Grass Valley at 530-272-8002.
Senior Social Singles
We are a group of congenial single people in western Nevada County and nearby areas. We get together several times a month for activities such as social hours before local restaurant dining, potlucks, picnics, game nights, movies, dancing, hikes, and other outings. We are a social club whose purpose is to find people with like interests and form good friendships. Membership is open to single, widowed, divorced, or legally separated persons. For more information call Virginia at 530-477-8969.
Craft Guild of Nevada County
Come and join the crafters in selling handmade items locally. We meet at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Our winter faire this year is in October, come and join us as a vendor. We meet at Earle Jameson education building at 112 Nevada City Highway. Check out our blog at http://www.craftguildnevadacounty.blogspot.com.
Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association
You do not have to be a grape grower or winemaker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, wine making 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://swgga.com.
Retired Public Employees Association
We are 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 prospective members are welcome to attend our monthly lunch and business meetings which include programs of interest to our Nevada County Chapter members. Our meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, followed by a guest speaker. We meet at noon at Casa Las Katerinas (the old Scheidel’s Restaurant), just off Alta Sierra Drive, one-tenth mile off State Highway 49. Interested retirees can call Tess Andrews at 530-271-1188, Mary Ann Trygg at 530-273-2488; or email email@example.com, to make a lunch reservation. Retired or near-retirement public employees are welcome to stop by and see what RPEA has to offer, and maybe see a few old friends!
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter 1335
All federal employees and retirees and their spouses are invited to join NARFE. It is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded 97 years ago to protect the earned benefits of federal employees and retirees. Members meet the second Thursday each month at Margarita’s restaurant on Plaza Drive in the Glenbrook Basin, except for July and August. Local chapter meetings serve as an opportunity for federal employees and retirees to socialize, receive timely updates on policy actions affecting the federal community, and hear programs of general interest or of value to members. Reservations for lunch are not required. For more information on the luncheon or program, please call chapter president Larry Kinkor at 530-265-6477.
The Gold Country Italian American Club
Join us for lunch every third Tuesday of the month. We need at Alta Sierra Country Club at noon. Join us for great food and companionship. Save the date for Oct. 13 for our Bella Notte Dinner Dance benefiting Women of Worth. For information or to RSVP, call Don at 530-271-7491.
Sons In Retirement Branch 124 Alta Sierra
Men, looking for something to do in retirement? Not excited about becoming a greeter at that big box store? Want to meet new friends, try new things, retry old things and have fun? Come join us for lunch and an interesting speaker. We are SIR (Sons in Retirement) a group of retired Gents who get together for fun and companionship. We are golfers and bowlers, wine tasters and food lovers. We like to try new things and have new experiences. We meet at the Alta Sierra Country Club on the first Tuesday of every month. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and lunch is begins at noon. Contact Dave Gates at 530-333-5975.
The Roadrunners Travel Club
We would like to invite you to join us on the following bus trips: Aug. 22 and 23, Cirque Paris; Aug. 31, Pizza meeting at Mountain Mike’s; Sept. 7, Silver Legacy; Sept. 10, potluck at Condon Park; Sept. 14, San Francisco Bay Lunch Cruise; Oct. 6, Boomtown; Oct. 8, potluck at veteran’s building; October 10-12, mystery trip, “Where Whimsy Runs Rampant.” Oct. 17, “All that’s New in San Francisco.” Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m. pizza meeting at Mountain Mike’s; Nov. 2, Feather Falls; Nov. 8, horse races at Golden Gate Fields; Nov. 12, potluck; Nov. 30, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. For reservations and further information contact Hallie Bubier at 530-272-5467 or Donna Ballard at 530-272-6516.
United Nations Association, USA Golden Empire Chapter
Our chapter presents monthly programs on global issues related to the United Nations and the principles on which it was founded. The goal is to educate members and the community on issues such as the conflicts in the Middle East, sustainable development, climate change, inequality, energy access, gender equity and the plight of refugees around the world. For further information, visit http://www.unausa.org.
Nevada City Inner Wheel Club
Our clubs are all over the country as well as all over the world. First club founded in England in 1924. We are on e of the largest women’s service clubs in the world. Our District 519 has about 10 different clubs mostly in and around Sacramento. We meet about five times a year. This year District 519 held their Annual Founders Day Luncheon celebrating 94 years in existence. Our guest speakers were ladies from “Canine Companions for Independence.” They spoke about their organization and how they helped the disabled. They brought three gold labs and an 8 week old black lab. An older lady who was wheelchair bound demonstrated many things her dog could do for her and all with one word commands. Our club meets once a month for a meeting and lunch. Information about our club call Carole at 530-265-6989.
Banner Community Guild
Our Second Saturday Flea Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. year round on the second Saturday of each month at 12629 McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley, one mile past the fairgrounds. This 50 year old market welcomes all vendors. Spaces cost $10. Questions? Please phone 530-273-1962 or 530-273-8747. We hope to see you!
Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County
Our group advocates for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Our mission is to educate ourselves and others about the situation in Palestine/Israel, and to work in solidarity with others to encourage a nonviolent solution to the conflict. PIWG is a member of the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights and of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights; we support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns undertaken by those organizations. We also support financially two humanitarian aid projects for children in Gaza. For information and directions to the meeting, please call 530-362-7007 or 941-735-8865.
The Golden Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility Auxiliary
We are the only nursing facility auxiliary in the state and perhaps the country. The Auxiliary began at the old Nevada County Hospital and came to Golden Empire when the hospital closed and Golden Empire opened. The Auxiliary does a Mother’s Day tea, a Father’s Day Pizza Party, an Ice Cream Social, with entertainment, in July, a Christmas Party and more. Members also visit with the residents and help out with any activities that their services are requested for. The Auxiliary is in need of new members in order to continue these activities. Anyone who would be interested in learning more about the Auxiliary and becoming a member can contact president Janice Mason at 530-271-0111.
Grass Valley Moose Lodge
We are an International organization of men and women, dedicated to caring for young and old, bringing our community closer together and celebrating life. We are for children in need from throughout the world at Mooseheart Child City and School, just west of Chicago. We provide for seniors at Moosehaven, our 72-acre retirement community in Orange Park, Florida along the St. Johns River. We provide over $90 million worth of community service activities annually throughout the USA. We have fun doing so and develop life-long bonds.We will have birthday celebrations, and dinners on some Saturday are in January, February, as well as our monthly Monday and Wednesday night dinners, our great Friday night dinner specials with karaoke after dinner; Check our website, and Calendar. Please come join us as a guest. We are located at Grass Valley Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Rd. in Grass Valley. Call 530-273-1070 for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diabetes Support Group
Sierra Medical Nutrition Therapy is offering a free diabetes support group for people with diabetes and those who care for them from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays at their office, located at 360 Sierra College Dr., Suite 220 in Grass Valley. For information please call 530-615-4155.
A new Gamblers Anonymous group has formed for people who are suffering from a gambling problem in Nevada County. Meeting weekly on Mondays from noon to 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad Street in Nevada City. Meetings will be ongoing. There is no fee to attend the meetings and anonymity is strictly protected.
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 extraordinary 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 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Eskaton Recreation Center at 645 Eskaton Circle in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 530-477-0108.
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.
Our new meeting venue is at the Nevada County Rood Building, 950 Maidu Avenue, second floor, Providence Mine Room B, Nevada City. The meetings are held from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. every Friday. We are excited about this new location. Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the cafeteria on the main floor. For more information please call River at 530-362-8098 or email email@example.com or visit our website at http://www.empiretoastmasters.com.
Come join us for a fun filled evening of Bingo at the Grass Valley Elks No. 538, 109 School St., Grass Valley. Food available in kitchen at 5 p.m. Help yourself to free coffee. Bingo starts at
6:30 p.m. For more information 530-273-9228.
Nevada County Duplicate Bridge Club
We meet at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows and other locations. The weekly schedule is as follows:
Monday: 9:30 a.m. [Grange] and 2 p.m. at Lake Wildwood.
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.[Grange].
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.[Grange] and 7 p.m. at Lake Wildwood.
Thursday: 1 p.m. at Eskaton and 7 p.m. at Lake of the Pines.
Friday: 12:30 p.m. [Team Game at the Grange].
Call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586 for information or if you’re in need of a partner. For help with transition from Rubber Bridge to Duplicate Bridge email Bill Jones [firstname.lastname@example.org]. We are seeking intermediate players who want to improve their game as well as stimulate the mind. Our goal is to generate new members for our very friendly duplicate bridge club.
Grass Valley Daughters of the Nile, Chapt. 4
We are an international fraternal organization for women 18 years or older, who are related by birth or marriage to Shriner, Master Mason or Daughter of the Nile, or is a majority member in good standing of a Masonic-related organization for girls; or who was a patient, with or without Shrine or Masonic relationship, at a Shriners Hospital for Children. Founded in Seattle in 1913, members total 25,000 in 136 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The members are proud of their long association with Shriners International and their continuing support of Shriners Hospital for Children. We meet at 11:30 a.m. On the second Tuesday of each month at the Madison Masonic Temple for fellowship followed by a bring-your-own lunch at noon. For more information on membership, contact Jeanne Allgeier at 530-273-8359. We welcome new members with open arms.
Food Addicts in Recovery
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. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 204, in Auburn. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 781-932-6300 or locally at 530-885-4292, or visit http://www.foodaddicts.org.
American Association of University Women Nevada County Branch
AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. The Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership for individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree.
Goldancers Square Dance Club
Looking for a fun way to exercise? New to the area and want to meet new friends? Need some laughter in your life? Did your doctor tell you to be more active? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions then why not try square dancing and reap the benefits? Come join us for a fun evening. A surprising study shows that square dancing can add 10 years to your life. We meet weekly at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley located at 11363 Grange Ct. For more information, call Laura at 530-432-8571 or e-mail Barbara at email@example.com.
Roamin’ Angels Car Club
Established in 1962, the Roamin’ Angels Car Club is an icon both within the hobby and the community. We are dedicated to promoting the preservation of classic, vintage and historic vehicles but with the recent changes to our bylaws you no longer have to own a pre-1973 American made classic to belong to our club. We meet at 7 a.m. every Friday at Penny’s Diner in Grass Valley, across from B & C Hardware in the Fowler Center. We also meet at 5 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Grass Valley Round Table Pizza next to Staples. A love of old cars and having fun is all you need to join the Roamin’ Angels. New friends, lots of car talk, day trips, mystery tours, progressive dinners, and our annual Cruisin’ the Pines Car Show are just some of the adventures that await you. Want to help our community? We have held our Annual Christmas Toy Drive for over 25 years and our Scholarship/Education Program has provided financial assistance to our local youth for close to 20 years. Come on down and find out more about one of the oldest and largest Car Clubs in Northern California. Visit our website at http://www.Roaminangels.com.
The Nevada County Healing Through Loss and Grief Support Group
We meet at the FREED office, 2059 Nevada City Highway, Suite 104 in Grass Valley. Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no charge to participate, but members join only several times a year. For more information, visit http://www.LossAndGrief.org.
The Gold Country Miniature Society
We enjoy 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 and new members are welcome. There are three other miniature clubs in the area which get together on different days. Those interested in this fun hobby can email Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pat at email@example.com.
The Gra-Neva A’s
Love seeing those old Model A’s around town? Ever thought of owning one? Come to a meeting of Gra-Neva A’s, the local Model A Club. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. Learn how to buy and maintain a Model A. Join local tours and activities. Check out http://www.granevaas.com. Call Steve Turnsk at 530-274-7079 for more information.
High Sierra Corvette Club
Corvette owners, 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” — Colfax Highway. The meetings begin at 6 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 http://www.highsierracorvettes.org or call Hank Bradanini at 530-273-1285.
Alienated Grandparents Anonymous
Do you feel alienated from your grandchildren? You are not alone. Please consider joining our support group at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 235 S. Church St., Grass Valley. We hope you to see you at future meetings to:
• Be encouraged.
• Learn more about AGA Nevada County California and AGA International mission and goals.
• Establish regular meetings and event(s) schedule.
Please invite anyone you know that is experiencing alienation or estrangement from their grandchildren to this meeting.
Knowledge is power. Understanding the complexities of alienation helps grandparents.
We focus on the struggle so many loving grandparents have in trying to be part of their grandchildren’s lives. AGA offers strategies for repairing, rebuilding, and healing these relationships. AGA offers coping skills to help manage the devastating emotional pain of being disconnected from our grandchildren. You are not suffering alone.
AGA is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2011. It has a presence in all 50 states in the U.S. and 13 countries. For more information, visit http://www.aga-fl.org, email MyAGA.NevadaCounty@gmail.com or visit Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Alienated-Grandparents-Anonymous-Nevada-County-California-316925188659157.
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 http://www.gatherthewomen.org or call Marceline at 530-615-4018.
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.
Has smoking pot stopped being fun? Some of us have found marijuana controls our lives. Our dreams go up in smoke … Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others recover from marijuana addiction. We meet every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 106 at CORR, 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.
Winter 4WD snow runs
We expect to see a few 4WD clubs making a snow run through Graniteville in the next weeks. It is a fun opportunity to try your equipment and driving skills. Thankfully, you don’t worry about being stuck since many experienced drivers are with you to help. Please don’t forget those who live here—who travel that same road alone and who hope it remains in drivable condition through the winter. Many locals spend hours clearing fallen trees and making the track we all use. Those two icy ruts are boring when you are out four wheeling for fun – but we depend on them remaining intact for our trips to town. For more information, call 530-265-2146.
Jewel Heart Norcal Study Group
We meet Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Grass Valley. Jewel Heart Norcal is a Mahayana Buddhist Study Group in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For 2017, we are studying the Lam Rim (stages on the Path to Enlightenment). This is a road map which details all the steps to reach the state of freedom by removing obstacles and obstructions to full enlightenment. For meeting location or more information: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Joe at 530-802-6221. Or visit our website http://Jewelnorcal.org or on Facebook at “jewelheartnorcal.” Jewel Heart Norcal is a Study Group under the auspices of Jewel Heart International. For more information on Jewel Heart International visit http://www.jewelheart.org.
We are a professional organization of men and women dedicated to the highest standards of exchange of business tips. The Gold Country lunch chapter meets at Kane’s on Wednesdays from 11:46 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. Call 530-263-6094 for more details.
Gold Country Trails Council (GCTC)
GCTC is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1981 to develop, maintain and protect non-motorized recreational trails in the Tahoe National Forest and the Sierra Foothills area for public use and enjoyment. Today, it is the Sierra’s largest community of active equestrians. GCTC hosts trail work days, horse camp outs, day rides, barbecues, the big ice cream social and Thanksgiving Holiday Feast. General meetings are on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7 p.m. and include fascinating speakers and presentations. New members and guests are welcome. For complete information and full calendar of events, visit http://www.GoldCountryTrailsCouncil.org.
SIR’s (Sons in Retirement Branch 55)
Renew old friendships and make new friends through our monthly luncheons and organized activities (some activities include spouses or significant other). Activities are base on member’s interests: wine tasting, bocce ball, pool, bowling, golf, fishing, and many more. We invite men of ALL AGES that are semi-retired or retired looking to meet new friends and participate in fun activities. We are a 501-(c)4 non-profit men’s organization that has been established for over 60 years. We meet for lunch the THIRD TUESDAY of every month at the Grass Valley Moose Lodge (non affiliated host), located at 15694 Allison Ranch Rd. Lunch is at noon. Stick around afterwards for billiards/pool! Come alone or bring a guest. Joining is free and there are no dues. Come join us, no reservation necessary. (Cost of lunch includes salad, main course and desert) Come check us out! For further information if needed. Email: email@example.com or call Hershel Golden at 530-272-3378. More information about SIR’s can be found at http://www.sirinc.org.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters (http://www.lwvwnc.org) is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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 in the Gold Room at Hilltop Commons Senior Community. For more information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.
The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
We are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
American Legion Auxiliary Frank Gallino Unit 130
Last month, members traveled to Yountville to visit the largest veterans’ home in California, the Veterans’ Home of California, founded in 1884. After a tour of the buildings and grounds we met with the Poppy Production Team and learned about the Poppy Making program.
Blue Star Mothers of America, Chapt. 12
We meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. 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. For information, visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org or email email@example.com.
Nevada County Freethinkers
Reason and rationality in the foothills — we welcome freethinkers, humanists, atheists, skeptics, and anyone looking to make a connection with other like minded people in our community. During our meetings we discuss how we arrived at our worldview and the difficulties we may have with friends and family who have trouble understanding our views, we review and discuss articles and other media about our views, and generally just have an enjoyable time together. For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/Nevada-County-Freethinkers.
The Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment of #885 of Nevada County
Calling all Marines! Join us for our meetings at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley. Look for the Marine Corps’ flag and yellow footprints at the bottom of the stairs at the rear of the building. For more information, call Al Hernandez at 530-864-2480.
Evangeline Chapter no. 9, Order of The Eastern Star
We are one of the largest fraternal organizations in the world to which both men and women can belong. The Order has approximately one million members belonging to over 13,000 chapters world wide. The tenets of the Order are Fidelity, Constancy, Loyalty, Faith, and Love. Our members come from all Denominations. For information call George at 530-265-5310.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
For those interested in joining TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), our club meets at 10 a.m. Friday mornings. Check-in is between 8 and 9:30 a.m. At the Salvation Army, 10725 Alta St. in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome. Fore more information, call Norma Modder at 530-273-5292 or Marlene Briggs at 530-273-9145.
Nordic Skiers of Nevada County
We promote back-country skiing and snowshoeing for its members and the community. The club sponsors trips and monthly club meetings the first Thursday of every winter month. The general public is welcome to attend meetings and may join at club meetings. The club web site is http://www.nordic-skiers.org.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: While some clubs have informed The Union of meeting cancellations or reopenings due to COVID-19, we have not heard from them all. Please call ahead to confirm future meeting times and/or cancellations. We…