Club News, Feb. 2, 2013 |

Club News, Feb. 2, 2013

Empire Toastmasters Janis Aydelott, Joe Hunnicutt and Judy Nichols.
Submitted photo |

Manzanita Parlor No. 29, Native Daughters of the Golden West

We will have our meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 So. Church St. in Grass Valley. Please plan to attend this meeting. For more information, call Yvonne Hughes at 530-273-1936.

Health Care For All

Supporters of single-payer (Medicare-for-All-type) health care can join the Nevada County Chapter of Health Care for All on their bus to the State Capitol for Lobby Day 2013 on Monday, February 11, at 9:15 a.m., in the Kmart parking lot. Members of The California Health Professional Student Alliance, the sponsor, will be mob dancing in front of the Capitol at noon, followed by a march at 1 p.m. The bus returns about 3 p.m., and the suggested donation is $20 for transportation and lunch. Reserve your place by calling Mindy Oberne at 530-273-3033 or at

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.

The Amercian Legion, Frank Gallino Post 130

We will be hosting its monthly Dine-In at :30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5. The Lounge will open at 5:30 p.m. Reservations should have been made by February 1. The Menu: Field Greens Salad, Spinach and cheese ravioli with marinara sauce served with garlic bread and fresh vegetables, and Spumoni ice cream. The next general membership meeting will be on Tuesday, February 12th at 10 a.m.

Sierra Singles Club

Older singles who would like to make new friends and enjoy weekly group activities are invited to attend a meeting of our club. We dine out and attend plays, films and other local events.

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

PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Placer County

We will hold our monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 11 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. PFLAG is an advocacy and support group for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer) community and their allies. The presentation at this month’s meeting will be the film, ”Lead With Love,” a documentary that seeks to provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The film follows four families as they share their reactions to hearing that their child is gay, and includes interviews with psychologists, teachers, and clergy that provide parents with guidance and answers to challenging questions.

PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Empire Toastmasters

The January 25 meeting enjoyed a full agenda. The meeting began with the installation of the remaining officers for the term. Paul Dessau was installed as both Vice President of Education and as Sergeant at Arms. Joe Hunnicutt will serve as Vice President of Education and Preston Daniels will be club Treasurer. Two speakers competed for the Better Speaker Trophy with Joe Hunnicutt coming out as the victor for his speech entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness” in which Joe explained how a person can pursue happiness in the form of personal growth. Janis Aydelott won Better Evaluator for her evaluation of Jerri Glover’s speech. Judy Nichols took the trophy for Table Topics for her response to the prompt about a very historic date in Switzerland. Judy humorously explained how on March 1, 1978 the Swiss cheese hole poker was invented in Switzerland. (In the photo left to right is Janis Aydelott, Joe Hunnicutt and Judy Nichols)

Empire enjoyed the company of two guests. Guests are always welcome to attend the meetings. Empire Toastmasters meets at noon every Friday at Trolley Junction in Nevada City.

For more information about Empire Toastmasters, contact Joe Hunnicutt by email at or by phone at 530-913-9827.

Gold Country Community Center

What if you could strengthen muscles and joints, reduce pain, as well as stress and tension? Better still, what if you could try it for free? We’re offering our new ‘Gentle Yoga for Healthy Living’ class free for the month of February. It will be held on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. in the LOVE Building, Condon Park, Grass Valley. Designed for those without current injuries and with sufficient mobility to get to and from the floor unassisted. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a mat or blanket. Since space is limited to 15, call ahead to reserve your place.

Next week’s High Noon Cafe menu features breaded white fish, roasted turkey, cube steak w/sauce, stir fried chicken and spinach lasagne. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended.

For yoga sign-ups, lunch bookings, services, volunteer opportunities, and membership details, call 530-273-4961 (lines open 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.). Alternatively, come in. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Brunswick (reception desk open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). or visit

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?

What ARE the symptoms that women should be watching for? Doris will address these topics and more.

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.

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

The NCDWC women’s group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday Feb.2 for a buffet breakfast at Trolley Junction The cost is $12. The program will feature a discussion with local business women, who will present information about operating a business in Nevada County. Our members have unanimously endorsed the candidacy of Heidi Hall for the 2014 election for Congressional District 1, covering most of Northern California. Reservations, due by Jan. 28, can be made by calling Nancy at 530-432-9821 or email

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

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.

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.

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