Club News: Jan. 19, 2013 |

Club News: Jan. 19, 2013

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.

The Widowed Persons Association

Our club installed our new officers at our festive Christmas meeting at Alta Sierra Country Club. The new officers are Ann Smouse, President; Doris Warnas, first vice president; Audrey Osborn, second vice president; Mary Conrand/Millie Catanesi, co-secretaries; and Loren Lynn, treasurer. Our Christmas party at Apple Alley was a great success. A few of our members were cruising over the holidays and were sorry to have missed it. 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.

Empire Toastmasters

The January 11 meeting of Empire Toastmasters was full and productive. The meeting began with Area 64 Governor Sharon Delgado was in attendance to induct this term’s officers who were present. Still to be inducted are Paul Deseau, Joe Hunnicutt and Preston Daniels. The meeting continued with two speakers. Judy Nichols delivered a speech on finding your Mantra to get you through difficult situations. Lee Zasloff gave an interpretive reading of a portion of “Mr. Possom’s Book Of Practical Cats,” a poem by T.S. Elliot. Lee won better speaker for her reading. Ruth Schwartz won Better Evaluator for her evaluation of Judy Nichols’ speech. Visitor Sharlene McCleod won Table Topics with her response to the extemporaneous prompt delivered by Table Topics Master Elizabeth Dunn.

The Meeting ended on a high note with two new member applications including Sharlene McCleod.

Gold Country Welcome Club.

The club has a very special event this coming Wednesday. The wonderful folks at the Off Broadstreet Theater are presenting a special performance of “Knockoffs at the Pina Colada.” This should be a hilarious and fun evening. If you are interested in coming to this event, and learning more about the club, please contact Peggy Laird at 530-478-0999, no later than Monday, Jan. 21.

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.

The American Legion, Frank Gallino, Post 130

The Executive Committee meets at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. This will be a planning session for the next fundraiser. Reservations for the next Dine-In are due at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. No reservation – no dinner – no exceptions.

Foothills Horticulture Society

Gardeners meet the third Wednesday of each month to learn about growing in the Sierra Foothills. Meetings include a speaker, plant raffle and refreshments. The first meeting is free. Annual dues are $15 per person. Meeting locations and times vary.

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

Gold Country Community Services

Friendship Wednesday was, as always, warm and friendly — with a nutritious hot lunch served by our volunteers. Next Wednesday we’ll host an informative ‘Nutrition Know-How’ quiz to be held each subsequent week. Join us for simple ways to improve your diet — and maybe your life! Soft beef taco, chicken enchilada, breaded pork cutlet, barbecue beef sandwich and chicken cacciatori will be served next week.

Lunch is served promptly at noon in our High Noon Cafe, and it’s always smart to reserve your place, and arrive a few minutes early.

Another GCCS service is our Home Delivered Meals program – and we are in urgent need of a driver in the Alta Sierra area. If you have just a few hours one day a week, if you like the idea of helping homebound seniors, and you have a car, driver’s license and a big heart, give us a call at 530-273-4961 (lines open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Brunswick (reception desk open from 10 a.m. 1 p.m.).

For more information, visit

Mother Lode Toastmasters

What a way to start the New Year. Last Monday, we installed new officers and welcomed a new member, Todd Herman. He is already on his way to being a better communicator and gaining confidence. We also heard two great speeches by Joyce Peterman and Brendan Brooks. Joyce spoke about the non-profit organization she works for, the Nevada County Housing Development Corporation. She informed us that on any given night, approximately 500 people in our community sleep outside in harsh conditions. She explained the many programs and ongoing efforts to help the homeless and ways we can get involved to help alleviate this problem. Brendan shared a story about one of his adventures on a ship as a Navy Seaman. There was a fire in the kitchen but because of all the mundane drills his crew had done repeatedly, everyone knew exactly what to do and the fire was quickly contained. His moral was; practice produces preparedness. You never know when you’re going to need it.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

“Was there something special or remarkable about a movie or a book you’ve read recently that made a strong impression on you?” That was the question posed for introducing ourselves by acting president, Marjorie Quest for Penn Valley Toastmasters January 10th meeting. Guests Elizabeth Dunn and Ruth Schwartz from Empire Toastmasters delighted us with their presence. The installation of new officers for our club was facilitated by Jeff Pylman.

Steve Hatcher won our Table Topics contest for the humorous twist he gave to the scary, mysterious story started by Table Topics Master, Joe Hunnicutt. Our word of Merrill Hall’s speech. Ruth Schwartz was voted Best Speaker for the excellent presentation she gave for Toastmasters’ area-wide winter membership drive.

Toastmasters is an excellent place to learn how to improve your speaking, listening and leadership skills. We love having guests! Our meetings inevitably include learning and laughter. We’re located at 17422-B Penn Valley Drive in the Penn Valley Shopping Center. Our meeting room is past the Penn Valley Market, under the stairs and across from the laundromat. We meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Sierra Singles Club

Older singles who enjoy group activities are invited to attend a meeting of our club. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month and receive a calendar of outings, which include dining out and attending films, plays and other local events.

Please call Shirley Corry at 530-274-3355 for information and place of meeting.

Gold Country Kiwanis

We meet at Kane’s Restaurant on Thursday’s from noon to 1 p.m. On Jan. 24, guest speaker Ted Robinson LCDR, USNR will present a 30 minute talk about his experiences in World War II. After participating in the PT109 rescue of JFK, he lost his own PT118 and recuperated with JFK where he learned what Kennedy was like as a person. Interested in attending? Reservations required as sitting is limited. Community Fitness Day is noon to 4 p.m. on Sat. Jan. 26 at the South Yuba Club in Grass Valley. Children’s benefit in the name of Sophie and Cynthia Peterlin. Food, Prizes, Fun!

For information, call Cal McKitrick at (530) 210-4493.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

Ohio by way of Texas? South Dakota by way of Utah. So much to see and so little time. Over the past 23 years Chris Conard has driven from Sacramento to 37 states and four provinces. Conrad will be the guest speaker at the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society’s meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. This program of photos and short videos will highlight some of the travels, uncomfortable nights and wonderful sunrises. The main subject will be the birds, other wildlife and natural areas seen, with a focus on trips to Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Like a road trip, there will be a lot to see at a fast pace.

Conard is a Natural Resource Specialist at the Bufferlands of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. He regularly leads field trips for Sacramento Audubon, serves as the Sacramento County editor for North American Birds, and just became president of the Central Valley Bird Club. For more information, email

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.

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.

The Chicago Park Garden Club

The Flower Arrangers group will meet at 10:30 a.m. on January 24 in the Community Room. The Card Making group will meet on every Monday in January at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Room. Both groups will be making items to bring to the California Garden Clubs Inc. board meeting in February.

For more information, call 530-272-7708.

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

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.

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild

We meet monthly on the first Tuesday for a general meeting which includes an interesting and instructional speaker. Visitors are welcome.

Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We host several rides a week for all levels from beginner to advanced. These rides are a great way to get acquainted with other riders and to learn new bike routes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of group rides and cycling events.

For information, visit

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.

The Yacht Club

We meet the second Wed. of every month excluding December. Off season, the meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza Parlor. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the Commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Questions visit our web site or call 530-265-2070.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

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

For more information about SWGGA, visit

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the AAUW Nevada County Branch strives to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW has been recognized as a top-rated charity by a number of organizations, including GreatNonprofits and Charity Navigator.

For more information about AAUW in Nevada County and/or becoming a member, visit or call 530-470-9395.


Improvisation fun. We meet every Wednesday at the “Loft” in Grass Valley from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m., call for directions. We create a fun and safe atmosphere with interactive games to explore our inner comedian and to just have a good time.

Call 530-277-2295 for more information or just show up. A small donation is usually asked for to cover room expenses.

NA-Golden Empire, Grass Valley Chapter

The chapter has started a monthly study group that meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the BriarPatch Community Room. The group is called UNA: Focus on Women, which is for all genders to hear presentations and discuss “living in a culture of respect for all.” The same group with just women meets the months in between as UN Women’s Circle, affiliated with the UN Women’s Circle Campaign.

The Nevada County Chapter of Health Care for All-CA

We will meet at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. This meeting is open to the public, and newcomers are welcome. HCA is working to bring universal, single-payer (Medicare-for-all-type) health care to all Californians. For more information call Mindy at 530-273-3033 or email

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.

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 Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Peace Center of Nevada County, 216 B Main Street, Nevada City.

PIWG sponsors the Women and Men in Black vigil Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We vigil to in support of the Women in Black in Israel, who founded the movement in 1988. All who support human rights and justice for all in Palestine and Israel are welcome to join the vigil. Bring a sign or use one of ours.

The Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club (SNCKC)

We are a recreational paddle club that enjoys flat water and slow moving rivers. SNCKC includes people of all age groups and skill levels. Most members are residents of the Nevada County foothills and surrounding areas although there is no residency requirement. Monthly Club meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Seamans Lodge, 425-A Nimrod St., Pioneer Park in Nevada City. They provide social, informational, and recreational gatherings associated with the sport of paddling.

For more information, visit MYSNCKC.ORG.

Healing through Loss and Grief Support Group

Anyone who has experienced emotional loss, be it current or in the past, is welcome.

For information, call 530-265-3258 or visit

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.

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