Club News, Feb. 16, 2013 |

Club News, Feb. 16, 2013

From left, Empire Toastmasters Kathy Warner, Joe Hunnicutt and Lee Zasloff.
Submitted photo |

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

The speakers for our February 21 meeting will be Mark Foster, winemaker at Nevada City Winery, and Jacques Mercier, owner and winemaker at Solune Winery, addressing the subject of “Can This Wine Be Saved/Improved?” Now is the time to get help and make corrections to your wine still in cask, if needed. Please don’t hesitate to bring your wine/wines; thick skin isn’t necessary, we are all really nice folks! As this is instructive for all participants, please bring at least two full 750ml bottles, as we all will taste along with Mark and Jacques. One bottle is 25 one-ounce pours and we usually have more than that attending. Also, please bring your own tasting glasses along with your chemistry notes as it will be interesting to know what your pH, Brix, TA, SO2 and any other additives are part of the wine.

Our club meets monthly on the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., usually at Ponderosa Hall (Gate 2) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

If you are interested in growing grapes, making wine, wine tasting or learning about wine in general, please join us for cheese and crackers at our monthly meetings and bring a bottle of your favorite wine for all to taste. You do not have to be a grower or winemaker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, winemaking or critiquing wine. We have a summer picnic, a holiday party every year and fund an educational scholarship to a local student.

For more information about SWGGA, visit

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

We spend all year making quilts for many in the community. All fire victims receive a quilt appropriate for their age and sex. During the year some local non-profit agencies request a special need and the Guild members step up to donate. In December a total of 465 quilts, 221 Christmas stockings, 37 walker bags, and 10 sets of pillow cases were donated. Recipients included Women of Worth, Salvation Army, Children’s Advocacy, kCPS Family Preservation, DVSAC, Hospice of the Foothills, NAMI and several local convalescent hospitals. The agencies in turn donated the quilts and other items to needy persons. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30. Visitors are welcome at our meetings and we usually have interesting guest speakers. For more information see us at or call 530-274-1290.

Saddle Pals/UCP of

Grass Valley

The spring session of Saddle Pals/UCP of Grass Valley is starting on Monday, March 18. Saddle Pals offers equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs. There are openings for children or adults interested in learning horsemanship. For information, telephone Jane de’Zell at 530-268-8785.

The Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Facility Auxiliary

We will hold our regular monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 21 in the conference room. Members will be making plans for the upcoming Spring Ceramic and Bake sale.

This year’s sale will be held on Tuesday, March 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Dining room. Ceramics made by the volunteers and residents will be for sale as well as homemade baked goods made by Auxiliary members. An update will also be given on the new storage building. Anyone who would like information about becoming a member of the Auxiliary can contact President, Iona Terry at 530-477-5405. There are many services and activities to take part in as a member.

Gold Country Community Services

Great music by O.K. Chorale (Dave Ayalla, Everette Burkard and Clod Headgate) kept us entertained. A great meal kept us well-fed – and our weekly ‘Know Your Nutrition’ presentation and quiz kept us well informed.

Next week’s menu features: finger lickin’ chicken, Swedish meatballs, chicken curry, pork saute and chicken dijon – with entertainment on Friendship Wednesday. Always wise to book your place and arrive early, as lunch is served weekdays promptly at noon.

If you enjoy line dancing – or you’d like to learn – beginning Tuesday, March 5, we’ll offer an evening class for beginners. Just $4 for GCCS members and $5 for others, it will be held in Condon Park’s Love Building from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For lunch reservations, membership, line dancing information, other activities, services and volunteer opportunities, phone GCCS at 530-273-4961 (Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Brunswick, and reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit

Lake Wildwood Men’s 9 Hole Golf Club

Our club celebrated with our annual Christmas breakfast at the Lake Wildwood Clubhouse. Our club encourages new golfers to take up the game in a friendly supportive surrounding and also encourages golfers to continue to play even as age starts to creep up. The basic premise is to play golf and enjoy doing it.

Club members play golf on Tuesdays with a shotgun start so players finish about the same time and gather to enjoy social aspects of the game at the 19th hole. There is a breakfast on the third Tuesday of each month followed by a fun tournament. Club tournament chair, Darrell Hendricks makes sure that the tourneys are fun and that everyone has a chance to share a spot in the winners circle, whatever their ability. Once a year the men join the Lady Niners in a joint tourney, two ladies and two men on a team. That gives the men a chance to learn a new vocabulary when playing with the ladies. Club membership is open to all male adults living in Wildwood.

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 for exceptions. Visitors are welcome, refreshments are served. Meeting location is the Unity Church,180 Cambridge Ct. in Grass Valley. Maps can be found at Come join us for a friendly evening get together of like-minded people who enjoy photography!

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

Manzanita Parlor No. 29, Grass Valley

Native Daughters of the Golden West

We will have a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Odd Fellows Hall, 113 So. Church St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call Yvonne Hughes at 530-273-1936.

The Gold Country Chapter of LeTip International

We meet Wednesdays from 11:46 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. at Kane’s Restaurant at 120 East Main Street in Grass Valley. We welcome anyone interested in growing their business! Our featured speakers this week were Barbara Dakin, Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Jackie Olson, manicurist and pedicurist.

Barbara Dakin talked about improving and maintaining liver health with the use of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Some herbs can prevent liver damage and improve the metabolic function of the liver. Jackie Olson has been in the business of providing manicures and pedicures for men and women for over 20 years. She works at Simply You Salon and Spa in Penn Valley. She specializes in natural products, and also provides super durable shellac polish treatments. Tip Master Patricia Beckman presented the tip report the month of January with revenue of $16,288.56 in completed tips.

For more information about Gold Country LeTip, please call 530-477-3727.

Gold Country Celtic Society

Join our “Gathering” on Wednesday, February 27. We have a social hour at 6 followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert for eight, tableware and a beverage of your choice. Water, coffee and tea are available.

After dinner, we’ll settle back and listen to a presentation by Society member Alex Fife on “The Northern Border of the Roman Empire.” The history of ancient Britain is intertwined with the history of the Roman Empire. Alex will talk about the decisions made by Roman Emperors that resulted in Roman Britain, including what is present day England and excluding Scotland and Ireland.

Please join us. You don’t have to be Celtic! We meet at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, 415 North Pine Street.

For more information, call 530-272-1316 or visit

Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club

The Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club (SNCKC) is 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 the Seamans Lodge, 425-A Nimrod St., Pioneer Park in Nevada City. They provide social, informational, and recreational gatherings associated with the sport of paddling. The topic for the Feb. 28 meeting is “PADDLING BACKWARDS THROUGH TIME.”

Chris Crain connects back to kayaking traditions through a recap of early European ‘discoveries,’ a look at the kayaks’ place in Inuit life, and events over the last century which brought kayaks to their current popularity. Being somewhat of a throwback himself, he’ll also bring a West Greenland kayak replica which he built last year, along with slides of the building process. Come join us and see if you’re also a throwback.

Social and pot luck dinner begins at 6 with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit MYSNCKC.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.

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.

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.

American Legion Auxiliary Frank Gallino Unit 130

Spring is soon arriving and April 27 will be our 4th annual Luau! Tickets will be available in March and the Hawaiian meal and the Hawaiian dance troupe, Ka Hale O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo will perform. It will be at the Veteran’s Hall in Grass Valley. We are in the process in plans for this event. More information will be coming soon and plan to bring a group and enjoy this fundraiser for Veterans and their families. We are continuing to mail boxes to our troops, sending coupons and representing our Unit 130 at the District meetings. We are involved in the local schools in offering opportunities for financial assistance awards and Girl’s State experience. We are an active organization that welcomes new members and appreciates the Community Support in our efforts during Poppy Sales and the annual Luau. Again, mark your calendars for Saturday evening April 27th Luau. Buy tickets ahead as we expect a full house this year.

Foothills Horticulture Society

Our March presentation will be “Insects: The good, the Bad & Ugly” with Carole Douglas and Paul Faahs of Nevada County Farm Supply Nursery.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

Refreshments and a plant raffle will follow the talk. FREE first meeting, $15 annual dues.

For more information, call 530-269-3444 or email

The Order of the Eastern Star’s Evangeline Chapter #9

We are a fraternal organization of men and women committed to providing an environment of friendship and fellowship, regardless of age, by implementing innovative ideas, facilitating positive change and planning for the future, while working cohesively with our Masonic Family.

Our Goals include:

Mutual Respect: To demonstrate mutual respect for each other, while recognizing the strengths and diversities of our members.

Service: To make the name of Eastern Star synonymous with service to our communities and service and assistance to our members.

Membership: To engage and revitalize our existing membership and appeal to prospective members through creative programs and activities.

Evangeline Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month and 6:30 for fellowship and 7:30 p.m. for our meeting at 108 N Pine Street, Nevada City.

Please call Kathy at 530-478-1286 or visit for more information regarding this Masonic organization where both women and men may join.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to anyone who is interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild’s blog: Guild meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City 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

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

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

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

Early Risers Toastmasters

Our members held their annual International Speaking Contest this past Tuesday. Our First place winner was Anne King with her speech: “One Letter at a Time.” Second place winner was Judy Nichols, who spoke on “Integrity.” Early Risers Toastmasters meets every Tuesday morning from 6:30 until 7:50 a.m. We will be meeting at Trolly Junction Restaurant through the end of February. We will have a new meeting location in March. Everybody is welcome to attend. Guests are not required to speak, unless they wish to do so.

Please check our website at for more information.

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 at 530- 432-8772 or Priscilla McNaught at 530-477-6977.

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

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 club president Gladys Joost at 530-477-2632 or vice-president Lois Robinson, who is in charge of membership, at 530-272-6804.

Motherlode Toastmasters

Wow! What a privilege to welcome three new members to our club. Dawa Fitzmaurice, Martin Arkenstone and Jeanne Charbonneau have all taken the next step on their Toastmaster Journey. Sawa and Martin are an adventurous couple and I can already tell from Dawa’s first speech, she is going to take us to places we have never been before. Martin is an artist and sculpture, ready to share is knowledge and passion for his craft. Jeanne works with the elderly and is very involved in the community. Welcome, guys.

It’s contest season around here and we have seven people signed up to participate next Monday. The winners will go on to the Area Contest on March 15. Nearly all the newcomers have decided to step outside their comfort zone and participate. Congratulations!

Toastmasters is a fun, positive atmosphere where confidence is built and leaders are made. We meet every Monday at Eskaton Village, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Call Emma at 530-913-0819 for more info and gate code.


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.

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.

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.

The Chicago Park Garden Club

The Flower Arrangers group will meet on Thursday, February 28 at 10 a.m. at the Community Room. The Card Making group will meet on Monday February 11 and February 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Room.

For more information, call 530-272-7708.

The Widowed Persons Association

Our next meeting will be at the Royal Dragon in the Kmart shopping center on February 9.

If you are interesting in hearing about and joining this fun group, please call Kent Parker at 530-432-6580 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.

Gold Country Welcome Club

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, or call Suzie Miller, 530-432-2402, or Pat Miller-Fee, 530-432-7936.

Empire Toastmasters

We enjoyed another well attended and fun meeting on February 8. The Better Speaker trophy went to Lee Zasloff for her speech entitled “My Home Town,” in which Lee reminisced about growing up in Pittsburgh, PA. Carolyn Feuille (pronounced Foy) gave her Icebreaker Speech, “Discovering the Calling In Life,” recounting her world travels and passion for being a global citizen. Joe Hunnicutt won Better Evaluator for his evaluation of Lee’s speech.

We had another visitor win our Table Topics trophy. Kathy Warner won with her response to the prompt “I love my bank because….” Kathy did a great job and brought many laughs with her response. Visitors are never required to speak, but will be offered the opportunity and are always welcome! Empire currently meets Fridays at noon at Trolley Junction Restaurant but with the closing of Trolley Junction, we will be looking for a new meeting place. Please stay tuned for our new meeting place.

For more information about Empire Toastmaster please contact the Vice President of Membership, Joe Hunnicutt at or 530-913-9827.

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month excluding December. February 13 is our next general meeting. Off season (October through April), the meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza Parlor. Dinner beings at 6 and the commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend.

Questions? Visit our website, or call 530-265-2070.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The next regular meeting for NCRWF is February 19 at Alta Sierra Country Club. Keynote speaker will be Sheriff Keith Royal who will be speaking on medical marijuana in Nevada County. Joining Sheriff Royal will be Don Bessee who sits on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County.

To make a reservation for the February 19 meeting call 530-274-0803 by Monday, February 11. Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings start at noon.

For more information or questions about membership please call 530-470-8507, email NCRWF or visit the website at

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.


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.

Friends of Hospice

“Jail and Bail” is a fund raiser sponsored by the Union and KNCO. FOH recruits volunteer “Bailees” who will then ask their friends and organizations for pledges of “bail money” (donations for FOH) by a specified date to keep them out of jail. Our member Judy Nelson has agreed to be a volunteer bailee for FOH and is depending on your donation to keep her out of jail. This event is on March 14 and will be heard on KNCO as donations are brought in. Please join in … it is a fun event and you may go to KNCO to join in on the festivities.

FOH President Cathy Jostes presented Venessa Bengstrom, Executive Director of Hospice of the Foothills and Leo Granucci, Hospice Board Member, with a check in the amount of $60,000 to serve the needs of Hospice of the Foothills .They were appreciative of the check to further service the needs of HOF.

You are invited to join us for a meeting or workshop to meet the wonderful members and feel the accomplishment of helping the community.

Please phone us at 530-271-5121 for further information.

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

Foothills Horticulture Society

Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 for a presentation on “Heritage Fruit Trees of the Foothills” with Stephanie Brown of Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. The meeting will be in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. Plant raffle and refreshments follow the talk.

First meeting is free with $15 annual dues.

For more information, call 530-269-3444 or

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

Join us for “Heart-Shaped Community: An Update on Women’s Heart Health” at our February 20 dinner meeting in recognition of National Heart Month. Doris Frazier, RN, MS, vice president of Cardiovascular Services at the Mercy Heart & Vascular Institute will present current information about women’s hearts: coronary artery disease, heart electricity issues, and heart valve health.

Why do women experience different symptoms than men, and why have women historically been treated differently for cardiovascular health concerns than men?

Doris has been involved in cardiovascular administration for over 25 years. She has held positions in both non-profit and for-profit hospital enterprise systems. Her experience includes education, management, and executive positions with a variety of hospital systems including Sharp HealthCare (San Diego, CA), Community Health Systems (Nashville, TN), and currently with Dignity Health as Vice President, Cardiovascular Services/Mercy Heart & Vascular Institute in Sacramento, CA.

She earned her Masters of Science degree in nursing from Texas Women’s University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas, Austin. She serves on the Board of the American Heart Association of Sacramento and the national American College of Cardiovascular Administrators, and has published articles and presented at national symposia on a variety of cardiac related topics.

Plan now to attend on Wednesday, February 20 at the Holbrooke Hotel Express Room. Networking hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22.

Check our website at, or contact Kim Wydra at 530-432-2591 or by email at for more information.

Duplicate Bridge Club

Many New Year resolutions have been made and already broken. Indeed, most of us do not bother because bad habits are hard to break and good ones hard to keep. However, one resolution you should make and follow is to exercise your brain We grow too frail, weak, handicapped and old to do the physical exercise of our youth but we are never too old to do mental exercise. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and even jigsaw puzzles are good. Bridge, especially duplicate bridge, provides great mental stimulation and fun.

Our Club has games on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange (La Barr Meadows Rd. near Kmart.) A slight fee is charged and snacks are free. Come visit us and find more details about the advantages of playing Duplicate Bridge.

For further information, call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586.

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.

Nevada County Online (NCO)

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites. Admission is FREE and members and non-members are welcome. This is the only professional business group in Nevada County that focuses exclusively on helping grow businesses online. We cover topics like business planning, web design strategies, social media and networking, email marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging and much more.


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

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

Grass Roots Genealogy Study Group

We meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. Meetings are open to anyone interested in genealogy research. The building is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking. There are no dues. Topics are posted at

For more information, email or call 530-268-0348.

Historical Society examines tow truck drivers and Donner Pass

The Nevada County Historical Society’s ‘Speaker Night’ presentation on Feb, 21 will feature the documentary, “Hell on the Highway,” a National Geographic film regarding the lives and hazards of being a tow truck operator on the interstate.

In addition, Chaun Owens-Mortier, a research historian and president of the Truckee Donner Historical Society, will share her research via discussion and slide show. Her presentation will center on the history of the use of Donner Pass from the original route to the creation and use of I-80.

This research was a basis for the historical perspective of travel hazards over Donner Pass. Living in Truckee since 1977, Chaun was contacted by America’s Star Media in May of 2012 to do the historical research for the upcoming film on the hazards of the tow company business along the I-80 corridor between Colfax and Truckee.

With her working knowledge of the tow business from the law enforcement side and her historical knowledge, a strong base of history was provided for this documentary.

The one-hour presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. It is open to the public; admission is free Refreshments are provided.

For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

Pickleball clubs

Pickleball is a combination of tennis and ping-pong and is played on a court a fourth the size of a tennis court with a 34” high net. Lightweight paddles and a plastic perforated ball are the keys to producing exciting, long rallies which consist of volleys at the net and ground strokes similar to tennis. It is a sport all family members can play. You can just plain have fun or you can be as competitive as you like and compete in tournaments, both locally and nationally. For more information, visit and watch a video of the game being played.

Local games:

DeVere Mautino Community Park in Grass Valley: Four public courts (from downtown Grass Valley, proceed up W. Main.  Turn right. on Alta, approximately one mile. Park is on your right).

Winter Drop-in Days: Mon. through Wed., 2:30 p.m. to dark.  Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Contact: Judy Tartaglia at 530-477-8278. Newcomers welcome anytime and first few times are free. Fees are  $/40 per year or $2 drop-in fee.

Lake Wildwood Pickleball Club: Two courts. Winter drop-in play days are Tues., Thurs, and Sat. 10 a.m. to noon. Newcomers welcome on Wed. at 10 a.m. We have equipment to loan. LWW is a private community, so guests must be called in by a member. Call Bill (530-432-1325) or Victor (530-205-9752) for more information.

Gateway Park, Penn Valley: Three courts striped for Pickleball. Open courts. No fee. Make your own arrangements. 

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

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at a private home. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 19. We will be discussing plans for raising funds for our Maia Project — bringing clean drinking water to a kindergarten in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. We also maintain a weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We have signs to share, and all who want the illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel to end are welcome to participate.

Please call 530-713-1131 for meeting location and further information.

Sierra Singles Club

We are a social club for older singles. We get together once a week to dine out, attend films, plays and other local events. Come to one of our meetings at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. We will now be meeting at the Love Building in Condon Park.

For information, contact Shirley Corry at 530-274-3355.

American Association of University Women

Nevada County Branch Contributes to Educational Opportunity Fund. Five Nevada County women represented the local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at a presentation in Sacramento recently about the organization’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF). The fund sponsors women pursuing advanced degrees, fostering women’s achievement and gender equity, and supporting women entering new or nontraditional careers. The local branch regularly contributes to the Fund, most recently with its fund raising event, “All About Unique Women” in the fall.

The speaker was Summer Malepeai, recipient of a Career Development Grant from AAUW’s EOF. Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelors degree, and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce. Malepeai is pursing her B.S.N. Nursing degree at Cal State, Sacramento. She hopes to combine her ten years of health care administration experience with a clinical nursing license. Her vision is to empower women in their communities by increasing health education, overcoming social and cultural barriers, and improving access to healthcare.

AAUW has provided more than 450 fellowships and grants nationally in the last two years. Nevada County Branch AAUW also offers scholarships to local high school graduates and Sierra College graduates. For more information on AAUW, Nevada County Branch, scholarships, or Educational Opportunities Fund, contact 530-470-9395, or the website:

Membership in AAUW is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Established in 1937, 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: or call 530-470-9395.

The Newcomers Club

We are a women’s social club, which offers participation in a variety of activity groups that include Newcomer Coffees to meet and learn about the club, Book clubs, Bridge groups, Bunco groups, Cooking clubs, Day-Trippers, Garden club, Knitting group, Mah-Jongg, Canasta and a Walking group. Groups and clubs are always evolving depending on the interest of the members. New Members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. Currently, there are approximately 300 members.

The club gives to the community through the Christmas Family Project which helps local residents by supporting families who are trying to support themselves have a special Christmas. Proceeds from auctions and donations throughout the year go toward the Christmas Family Project.

President, Bobbie Stone moved to Grass Valley in 2008 to be closer to her grandsons. Bobbie didn’t know anyone in the area so Newcomers seemed liked a good place to start making friends and being part of the community. She has a background in interior design and a degree in Golf Management and Teaching.

To quote Bobbie, “I have met so many wonderful women and love all of our activities.” These sentiments coupled with her high energy make her a strong ambassador and leader of the Newcomer organization.

Vice President, Stacey Nicolai has lived in Nevada County for 23 years with her husband and two daughters who are both off to college. Stacey worked as a legal secretary for 28 years and as a paralegal for 5 years.

Even though Stacey is involved in many other community organizations plus Jazzercise, Newcomers offers her the ability to make new friends in a totally safe environment where she feel supported and loved, and has the opportunity to learn new things all the time, and to laugh. Stacey loves serving on the various committees as it allows her to meet new people and get to know acquaintances even better.

The Newcomers Club usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and program. The February 27th luncheon meeting will be held at the Alta Sierra Country club and the program will feature Dr. Jan Nolta presenting ”Stem Cell Research 101!” Dr. Nolta, Director of Stem Cell Research at U.C. Davis, is world renowned for her research and development of an exciting and expanding program on stem cells. Reservations are required for the luncheon.

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

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter #1335

NARFE’s objective is to protect retirement and related benefits for current and retired Federal employees. It also actively supports Alzheimer’s research. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend chapter meetings held at noon, the second Thursday each month, currently at LinQ Chinese Buffet. The local chapter meetings also serve as an opportunity for retirees to socialize and to hear programs of general interest or of value to members. A benefit of membership is timely updates on policy actions affecting Federal employees and retirees. Reservations for lunch are not necessary.

For more information on the luncheon or program, please call Larry Kinkor, 530-265-6477.

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Club News, Sept. 25, 2021


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