Club News, January 23, 2016 |

Club News, January 23, 2016

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

Our meeting on Saturday, February 6 will feature guest speaker Bill Drake, author of “Almost Hereditary.” Drake will share his perspective as someone who came from three generations of slave plantation owners, his inspiring journey of unlearning racism, and his current program in the schools for teaching tolerance

The brunch meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at Margarita’s, 988 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. The cost is $13 for members and guests. Please RSVP by February 2 to or call 530-432-3678.

Gold Country Trails Council (GCTC)

GCTC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was formed in 1981 to develop, maintain and protect non-motorized recreational trails in the Sierra Foothills area for public use and enjoyment. Today, it is the Sierra’s largest community of active equestrians who have a long history of successes, including the establishment and maintenance of the 25-mile Pioneer Trail above Nevada City, Little Lasier Meadow Horse Camp, Skillman Horse Camp, and many miles of recreational trails in the Tahoe National Forest. Many events are planned each year including work days, horse camp outs, day rides, barbecues, the big ice cream social, and the huge Annual Benefit Poker Ride that draws entries from all over northern California and western Nevada. General meetings on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7 p.m. include fascinating speakers and presentations relevant to our horse camp and trails mission. New members and guests are welcome. For complete information and full calendar of events, visit

Gold Country Community Services

Friendship Wednesday combined a tasty, nutritious lunch — with live music and camaraderie. Lunch is served weekdays in our popular Gold Country Senior Cafe. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60-plus. Next week’s menu features Chicken Parmesan, Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Fiesta Chicken, Broccoli Beef and Chicken Enchilada Casserole. Since Wednesday celebrates January birthdays, we’ll also enjoy a beautiful cake, compliments of Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. It’s always wise to book your place and arrive at least a few minutes before noon. Be sure and check out the many classes, activities and services we offer, including our popular Bingo on Fridays at 1:15 p.m. as well as the Line Dancing classes for beginners and accomplished dancers. You’ll find details on the back of each month’s printed menu.

GCCS is about keeping our senior population nourished, connected, and fit. For reservations and more information, phone 530-273-4961. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., and reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, visit

Nevada County Astronomers

Dan St. John will make the presentation, “Distinguished Women in Astronomy and Physics,” at NC Astronomers’ monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. After graduating from Occidental College and Stanford University, Dan had a long career as an administrator and Physics teacher at City College of SF.

St. John’s talk will begin with Hypatia of Alexandria (ca 350 AD), move to Emilie du Chatelet (Voltaire’s lover and Newton’s collaborator). You will meet Lord Byron’s daughter (Ada Lovelace) and William Herschel’s sister, Caroline. He also will review the politics (1963) surrounding the Mercury 13 women ‘astronauts’ as well as Vera Rubin’s determination to be an astronomer and her discovery of Dark Matter. Topics including will also be women in physics, crystallography, computers and mathematics and the difficulties that women have had to overcome to excel in scientific fields will be a theme throughout the presentation.

Sierrra Singles Club

Meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at 841 Old Tunnel Road. Plans are made for the month to dine out, attend plays, movies and other events. Area singles are invited to attend. For information,, contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

Spiritual Book Club

“Prayer is Good Medicine” by Larry Dossey MD will be discussed at the Spiritual Book Club meeting on Monday, January 25, at 7pm at the Madelyn Helling Library. The meeting is open to everyone who likes to read and discuss books. We will be selecting books for future discussions, so come and bring your suggestions.

The Spiritual Book Club is a regular book discussion sponsored by the Baha’is of Nevada County. For more information about this or other upcoming book discussions, please call 530-802-0901.

Health Care for All – CA

We have a local Nevada County chapter working to bring universal, single-payer health care to all Californians (Improved Medicare for All). We meet at the Briar Patch Co-op Community Room on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., so our next meeting is February 20. This meeting is open to the public, and newcomers are welcome. Come find out more about how universal health care can benefit our entire community, saving lives and saving money, and the exciting news about how the movement for single payer is advancing in other states. For more information call Bob at 530-274-3989 or email

American Legion Post 130

Dance every fourth Saturday of each month. This one will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 23 at Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 South Auburn Street. No host bar, admission is $7. All ages may attend. Hot and cold snacks provided

Don’t forget our first of every month Chef Antonio’s served dinner Tuesday, February 2. Menu is

Caesar salad, spaghetti and meatballs, vegetables, garlic bread, spumoni ice cream. Only $10. Lounge opens at 5, dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call by noon on Jan. 31 for reservations or cancellations. 530-272-2160. This meal is always open to the public.

Our Post 130 business meeting held at 5 p.m. upstairs in the Remembrance Room. Any veteran may attend these meetings.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

Join artisans interested in sharing their crafts with others and in selling handmade items locally. Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month, except December, at the Superintendent of Schools building located at 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City. To learn more about what these crafter’s and artisans are doing, visit See you artisans at the meeting.

Empire Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters meets at the Holbrooke Hotel every Friday from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. We always love to have guests. If you would like more information, feel free to email our Vice President of Public Relations, Lee Zasloff at or call 530-205-0994.


We are starting our fundraising events for 2016 with a Spin-A-Thon for February 12, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the South Yuba Gym in Grass Valley. Along with spinning, there will be instruction in tai chi/qigong and silver sneakers. Food and drink are provided. It is free to attend, but a donation of $15 is suggested. All money will go to the Back-to-School Clothes Program. Kiwanis sponsors approximately 65 community school children by taking them into K-Mart in August to get school clothes and supplies. Other upcoming events will include the Keeping Kids Safe Festival and the Ball Race (in conjunction with the soap box derby) in the spring. Kiwanis meets every Thursday at noon at Kane’s restaurant on West Main Street. We have great speakers that come and talk to us about our community. Guests are welcome.

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 5 to 6:30 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.

National Active & Retired Federal Employees Assn. (NARFE) Chapter 1335

NARFE meets on the second Thursday of every month except July and August. Meetings take place at Margarita’s restaurant, 988 Plaza Dr., Grass Valley. Social time is 11:15 a.m., lunch at noon with program speaker approx. 12:20 p.m. NARFE’s mission is to protect the earned benefits of federal employees and retirees. All current and retired federal employees, their spouses and survivor annuitants are welcome to attend meetings and join NARFE. For information call Larry Kinkor, 530-265-6477.

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.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Make 2016 the year you discover your speaking and leadership skills. It’s your turn.

Join us Tuesday mornings at 6:30 a.m., upstairs at Humpty Dumpty. Meetings finish by 7:50 a.m. — so you can start your day inspired. Guests are always welcome — and there’s never any pressure to speak or to join. Enjoy the fun, and see if Toastmasters is a good fit for you. For further details, phone 530-273-9777.

Marijuana Anonymous

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.

The Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center Auxiliary

Members were recently treated to a delicious luncheon prepared by the hospital. Following the lunch administrator Vicki Young presented service pins to the following: Marlene Fowler, 30 years; Virginia Hedges, 20 years; Pat Bradley, 15 years; Doris Olsen, 10 years; and President Iona Terry, five years. The members were also introduced to the new activities director April Simmons. New members are needed, especially someone to volunteer in the Pamper Parlor. Anyone interested in membership can call membership chairman, Barbara Ford at 530-273-6084 or President Iona Terry at 530-477-5405.

Support group for parents, family, and friends of transgender people

We have arrived! The time has come to branch off from our monthly PFLAG support group.

At 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month we will meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley. If you or someone you know has a family member or friend who is transgender, please feel free to join us. Any questions, please feel free to email Cheryl Hoxsie at or call 530-802-6533.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

For more information about Pine Tree Quilt Guild and its many activities, see our website at

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Volunteers at SNMH are special people who offer their time to help others. We provide many extras that supplement the basic services of our hospital’s professional staff. These extras add to and benefit the comfort, care and happiness of our patients. Along with performing a wide variety of tasks, the Volunteers raises funds throughout the year for purchase of patient care equipment for the hospital through their gift shop and in-house vendor sales. The gift shop is open five days a week and contains unique gifts items along with Sees Candy year around.

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club

We are a women’s service club, one of many and one of the largest in the world. Our clubs are made up of spouses and friends of Rotary. Look for our KARE Crisis Nursery fundraiser on February 27, called Cipoppino Kasino Night. They will be serving cioppino, a delicious Italian shell fish dish and bring your own bib! For information about our club call Carole at 530-265-6989.

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

The Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA)

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 potential members are welcome to attend monthly lunch and business meetings with programs of interest to our Nevada County Chapter members. We meet the second Monday of each month, at noon, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Retired public employees can call Carol Kendrick at 530-265-2326 or Mary Ann Trygg at 530-273-2488, or email, make a lunch reservation. Retired or near-retirement public employees are welcome to stop by and see what we do!

Golden Empire Sams

Our December luncheon was held at the home of club president, Roger and Marilyn Lilly, where we shared appy’s and installed the incoming officers for 2016. If you would like more information about our RV club contact, Tim at 530-346-2365 or check out our website at

Gold Country Yacht Club

The Gold Country Yacht Club meets the second Wednesday of every month excluding December. Off season (October-April), the meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza & Grill, 15690 Johnson Place, Grass Valley. Dinner beings 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 website at

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. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For more information, visit or call 530-470-9395.

American Legion Auxiliary Frank Gallino Unit 130

A big thank you to the 4-H Club for helping us serve, and welcome back to the Friendship Club – these youth makes a huge impact on our service for the American Legion Dinners. We continue to send care packages to our troops overseas, a very big “thank you” to the local shops that donate items.

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Grandmothers for Peace
We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations. You don’t have to be a biological grandmother. For information, call Shirley at 530-265-5545 or e-mail

Nevada County Middle East Discussion Group

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

Gold Country Welcome Club

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

The Gold Country German-American Club

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

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

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

Vietnam Veterans of America 535

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

Widowed Persons Association

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

The Nevada County Genealogical Society’s Study Group

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

Parkinson’s Support Group

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

The Sierra Express Bicycle Club

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

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 for more information.

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.

Gather the Women of Nevada County

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

Gold Country Miniature Society

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

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group

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

Duplicate Bridge Club

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

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

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

For more information call 530-470-0473 or visit

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