Club News: July 26, 2014 |

Club News: July 26, 2014

Ruth Schwartz was recently honored by the Empire Toastmasters.
Submitted by Ron Egenes |

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

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. The meeting takes place in a private home. Please call 530-713-1131 for directions.

Our weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City has resumed. The vigil is protesting the Israeli violence against Gaza and the West Bank. We have signs to share, and everyone who believes in human rights, equality and justice for all people is welcome to participate.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We are gearing up for the Fair, August 6 through 10.  We would love volunteers to help us with shifts at our Fabulous Chicken Teriyaki Bowl booth at the end of Treat Street.  Contact Tina at 530-713-2296.  Be sure to stop by and get the healthiest meal at the fair — rice, chicken (teriyaki or orange) broccoli and carrots.  The club starts meeting again at 12:30 p.m. on September 4. Contact Lenda for more information at 530-273-5960.

Nevada County Healing Through Grief Support

The next Nevada County Healing Through Grief Support group will be open to newcomers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 21 and Thurs., Aug. 28 at the FREED office, 2059 Nevada City Highway, Suite 104 in Grass Valley. Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no charge to participate. For information, visit

Mother Lode Toastmasters

The July 21 meeting of Mother Lode Toastmasters was full of energy, inspiration and fun. Bill Drake won best speaker for “They Looked Over their Shoulder,” a speech and slide presentation about cliff-dwelling tribes in the Southwest. Mary Thompson won best evaluator. Guest, Lee Zasloff won table topics responding to a prompt based on the Union’s “Police Blotter.” The word of the day was “finagle.” Mother Lode Toastmasters Club welcomes guests to all its meetings at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley on Mondays at 6:45 p.m. A map and other information may be found at, or contact Lucinda Porter at 530-274-9010 or

Sierra Singles Club

For the summer, the Sierra Singles Club will be enjoying members-only events. Check back with us in September when membership will reopen again. For information, contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

The Tapestry Network of Nevada County,

We are a Christian women’s business organization that focuses on helping members’ businesses as well as focusing on raising funds and awareness for local nonprofits. We are honored to host ribbon cuttings, too. New Tapestry member and new business, Pie in the Sky Catering, launched at the South County Chamber of Commerce’s business mixer at Sullivan Chiropractic. Dr. Lynn Sullivan was the host of this business mixer. Cheryl Neumann, owner of Pie in the Sky, was the event caterer and held her ribbon cutting with the South County Chamber and the members of The Tapestry Network of Nevada County. Music was supplied by Justin Snyder and Dr. Lynn.  For more information about The Tapestry network of Nevada County, visit

Nevada County Historical Society

Join us for our Speaker Night presentation at 7 p.m. on August 21 to hear author Ron Jauch discuss the 1913 Wheatland Hop Riot, which took place on a sweltering hot summer day when the International Workers of the World union demands were not met by the Durst Bros.  The riot, triggered by a warning shot fired into the air, resulted in four immediate deaths including that of the Yuba County District Attorney, a Marysville Deputy Sheriff, and two hop workers.  By that evening on August 3, the governor declared martial law in Wheatland and dispatched the state militia to occupy the town. The impact of this labor action had wide implications throughout the state and country and led to improved working conditions and changes in labor laws. 

Location is the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.  The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every month at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

We will meet for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Margarita’s Restaurant, 988 Plaza Dr. Grass Valley. The buffet menu is $13; reservations due by July 30 by phone or email, Carole at 205-9666 or

Our speaker will be Nazneen Rydhan, the program coordinator of Emerge California which provides a leadership training program for Democratic women. Its goal is to encourage and prepare women to overcome any barriers that tend to limit women from choosing to enter a race for public office at the local, state or federal levels. We are aware that our Congress has fewer than 20 percent of seats held by women — woefully below many other nations. The process to apply for the 2014 training ends on Oct. 3. Our other speaker will be Heidi Hall who completed this training.

Hall, who has chosen to run for the Congressional seat in our District One race this year, will update members and guests on her campaign in Northern California. Our members strongly support this local resident with experience in government and a special interest in water issues that affect us all.

Gold Country Community Services

Guests enjoyed salad, fish and chips, and apple crisp last Friendship Wednesday — plus a singalong with Plan B. Next week’s menu features chicken Parmesan, ham and cheese sandwich, fiesta chicken and broccoli beef. Our new menus will be out next week with our August lunch list – as well as a schedule for the classes, activities and services we provide.

Lunch is served weekdays in our popular High Noon Cafe. The suggested donation for seniors 60 and over is just $3. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended. Next Wednesday is Birthday Wednesday — with a beautiful cake donated by Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. Come and join the celebration!

We are still anxious to talk with potential volunteer drivers for our Home Delivered Meals Program.

If you can spare a few hours one day a week … if you have a valid drivers license … and if you care about homebound seniors in our community, you could be a lifeline.

For lunch reservations, information about our classes, activities, services and volunteer opportunities – phone 530-273-4961. You’re welcome to stop by. Reception is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. Visit for more information.

Nevada County Horseman Incorporated

We are celebrating the year of the horse. NCHI seeks to promote horsemanship throughout the community and to provide a friendly and wholesome social environment for young and old alike. You’re always welcome to stop in at one of the monthly meetings, the second Friday of the month or events. Now accepting new member applications. For more information, email

Peripheral neuropathy support group

Do you have painful feet or numbness? The peripheral neuropathy support group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley. We don’t cure, but suggest relief and comfort. We exchange ideas and share information and experiences. You are not alone in your discomfort. For more information, call 530-268-1017.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

We welcome guests to all its meetings at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley on Mondays at 6:45 p.m. A map and other information may be found at, or contact Lucinda Porter at 530-274-9010 or

Golden Empire Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility Auxiliary

The Auxiliary is not having any meetings until September but activities are continuing. New members are always welcome and anyone who would be interested in helping with Bingo games, Church services, Ceramics, Sunshine, Visitation or help in the Pamper Parlor can get information by contacting Membership Chair Barbara Ford at 530-273-6084 or President Iona Terry at 530-477-5405.

Daughters of American Revolution

The Captain John Oldham Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution invites new members to its active, nonpolitical, woman’s service organization. Their mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. The only requirement for membership is a proven linage to a Revolutionary War patriot, be it soldier, gunsmith, public servant, providing provisions or comfort, etc. Genealogists are available for assistance. For further information please email Emily Boling at

Nevada County Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is 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.

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America

If you are a mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, foster mother, grandmother or legal guardian who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, we invite you to join us.

To learn more, please visit

Gold Country Italian American Club

Join us for lunch, games and socializing every third Tuesday at various restaurants. Call Don at 530-271-7491 for more information. Don’t forget to ask about Bocci ball and dinner. Also visit us at the Italian cultural booth for Italian sausage sandwiches at the Thursday Night Market in Grass Valley.

Nevada County Online

Learn about Social Media Marketing at the Nevada County Online (NCO) monthly Meetup held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the at the Madelyn Helling Library. NCO is the largest business Meetup group in Nevada County with 372 members. The website is: NCO is for online beginners and experts and everyone in between. All Meetups are open to the public. A $5 donation is requested. RSVP online at Please park down the hill and not in the library parking lot.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

This is a 12 step program open to anyone — men and women— who thinks they may have a problem with sex or love addiction. SLAA groups meet twice a week in Grass Valley, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, lower level, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

For information call 916-552-1442 or

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 call 530-477-0192.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 114 in Auburn at 7 p.m. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 781-932-6300 or locally at 530-885-4292, or visit

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Newcomers Club is a women’s social organization open to all ladies who are residents of Nevada County regardless of how long they have lived in the area. All are welcome and may join at any time. For more information, call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191 or visit our website at

Nevada City Inner Wheel (spouses and friends of Rotary)

There are Inner Wheel clubs in the USA as well as all over the world. Inner Wheel club was founded, in England in 1924. The first club and District in the United States were founded in Sacramento, in 1970. In 1985 Nevada City IW was founded and in 1990 Grass Valley IW club formed. In 1992, Grass Valley IW disbanded and those who wanted to stay on joined the Nevada City club. We presently have 15 members and are growing. As of November 1913, District 519 (our District) has donated $442,000 to IWUSA Foundation and that 56 children have been fitted with Myoelectric limbs. There are 10 children waiting at the present time for theirs.

We are planning to host a District Meeting and lunch in September and are working on the details. The organizations we support are KARE Crisis Nursery, Women of Worth, Domestic Violence and Salvation Army. If you are interested in our club, or if you have questions, call Carole at 530-265-6989.

The Gold Country LeTip Group

We meet every Wed from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Kane’s in downtown Grass Valley. This business group is a wonderful and fun way to help build your business and add further service to your clients. Check out our Facebook page at Gold Country LeTip to learn more about the group or call Pamela Morey at 530-913-7308.

Empire Toastmasters

We began our meeting by welcoming and inducting Carrol and Steve Nevius as new members to the club.

The Distinguished Toastmaster’s award was presented to Ruth Schwartz. The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest our organization bestows and it recognizes both communication and leadership skills. To be eligible for the award a member must have achieved the Advanced Communicator or Advanced Toastmaster Gold award as well as the Advanced Leader Silver award. Congratulations go out to Ruth Schwartz. She is now recognized as a DTM – Distinguished Toastmaster.

The first speech presented was an ‘Ice Breaker’ Speech by Andrea Heyser. An Ice Breaker speech is a favorite among many toastmasters because it is the very first speech given by a new member to the club. It is a speech where the audience is introduced to the new member and the new member gives a little background about him or herself.

Valleri Andrews gave an excellent speech bringing together two greats from our past — Napoleon Hill and Ralph Smedley. The best ‘Table Topics’ award went to Carrol Nevius. Best speech evaluator award went to Ron Egenes and best prepared speech was awarded to Andrea Heyser.

Empire Toastmasters meets Fridays at noon at the Holbrooke Hotel Restaurant in Grass Valley. Guests are welcome — please feel free to join us. Call Ron at 530-272-3073 for more information or go to

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

Our club meets monthly on the third Thursday of every month at 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

The Gold Country German-American Club

On July 4, the club participated in the parade in Nevada City with a chalet float, and the Alpine Dancers performed. Summer is a good time for new dancers to start learning German folk dancing. If interested call David at 530-432-2236 for more information. See photos of the dancers in action in the June newsletter which can be found on the club website For general club information call Christa at 530-272-6095. Or check us out online at where you will learn about our events and activities such as Oktoberfest, hiking, German dancing, and conversational German classes.

Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. We sometimes have speakers, or review education programs. Some meetings are more of an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, confidential atmosphere come check us out. Light refreshments are served. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.). For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to all that is interested in sharing their craft with others. During winter months Guild meetings are at 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month in the Houser Conference Room at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City. The Guild is a nonprofit community service organization. Over the years donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups. 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 at Christmas time. We are supporting the Interfaith Food Ministry this year with monthly food donations provided by our members. To learn more about what Guild members are doing check out the Guild’s Blog, http// and our Facebook page. For more information about the Guild visit http//

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.


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.

The Golden Empire Sam’s

If you are looking for a very friendly group that has a lot of fun activities, good food and friendly members, please join us for one of our camp outs as a guest. Looking forward to hearing from you! Call 530-477-1799 or 530-263-2035.

Stop Smartmeters Nevada County

We meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Love Garden on the corner of Lake Vera/Elcelsior Ditch Camp. All are welcome, but please turn off cell phones.

For more information, call 530-478-1617 or 530-210-4284.

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, 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.

Friends of Hospice

Come and volunteer at Friends of Hospice (530-247-5121) and do the very worthwhile job of working on events to raise money for the use of Hospice of the Foothills. FOH has no paid members and all of the monies raised is used for the benefit of Hospice of the Foothills.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families

We meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights at The Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Classroom 5 in Grass Valley. This meeting is for women only.

Nevada City Lions

The Nevada City Lions meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Seamans Lodge. For membership information contact Membership Chair John Meyer, 530-272-0588 or President Chuck Woerner, 530-265-2039.

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.

For information, call club president Lois Robinson at 530-272-6804 or vice-president Georgine Wasley, who is in charge of membership, at 530-265-4424.

Move to Amend

We are a national, grass roots coalition that works toward overcoming corporate power by building momentum for a Constitutional Amendment that would make it clear that civil rights are intended for human beings, not for corporations. The “We the People Amendment” would not only overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but would also abolish “corporate personhood” and declare that money is not the same as speech.

For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyMoveTo, or visit the national website,

Sons In Retirement (SIR)

SIRS is a non-profit organization for retired men devoted to the promotion of independence and dignity of retirement. The SIR Branch 11’s luncheon meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at the Lake Wildwood Club House. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and the luncheon meeting begins at noon followed by a guest speaker or entertainment. Lady guests are invited to our May and December meetings. Members do not have to live in Lake Wildwood. Go to our website at to learn more about us. To inquire about becoming a member, please e-mail us at

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

There are no monthly meetings in July and August. Meetings are held at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings begin at noon. Reservations are required. For information about membership call 530-78-0636, email NCRWF at or visit the website at

Duplicate Bridge Club

We meet at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows. The weekly schedule is as follows: Mondays: 9:30 a.m.; Tuesdays:12:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Thursdays: 1 p.m. at Eskaton; Fridays: 12:30 p.m. We offer free bridge lessons for those new to the game or wanting to brush up their skills. These classes meet on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Email Bill Jones at for more information.

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.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for the hospital Auxiliary at Alta Sierra Country Club. Volunteers routinely supply 1,100 hours each month to several departments at the hospital along with raising funds through various vendor sales and the operating of a gift shop. All funds raised benefit the hospital in the form of equipment and/or supplies. Applications to join the SNMH Auxiliary can be found on line at or can be picked up the main lobby or outpatient lobby at the hospital.

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

Gold Country Yacht Club

The Gold Country Yacht Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. We meet at Scotts Flat Lake. Bring something to barbecue and something to share. 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? Please visit our website

AAUW Nevada County Branch

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. AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals who do not meet the educational requirement, but are interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more information visit or call 530-470-9395.

Nevada County Walkers

We are a walking group of 710 members who walk 7+ days per week, would like to invite you to come by and let us personally invite you to join us in a walk, hike or other activity. We have more than one walk/ activity in a day! We walk seven days a week and also play Bocce Ball every other Tuesday and bowl alternating Tuesdays. We play Pickleball Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. We plan hikes like the one 36 of us attended Monday March 24 to Fairy Falls in Spenceville. We support local trail builders like Forest Trail Alliance and we participate in trail maintenance throughout the year.

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 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

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

The Widowed Persons Association

Our Association is dedicated to helping widowed persons, both men and women of all ages, to made new friends, have new activities and a new direction to their lives following the loss of their loved one. Should you be interested in our group and would like further information please call Eileen at 530-272-2487 or Kent at 530-432-1779.

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

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 more information, visit the P.E.O. website,

Hope Bearers

We are available to provide Christ-centered support for all who are faced with the challenges of cancer or other chronic illness. Whether you are a patient, spouse, family member, friend or caregiver — you don’t have to go it alone. Our hope is in God and we are here for you. We offer prayer, fellowship, love and encouragement to keep our faith strong in the midst of perhaps the most difficult circumstances of our lives.

We are available for confidential ‘one on one’ or group meetings as needed by request. If you have questions or need prayer, feel free to contact Edda Hunter at 530-432-2862 or Sally Landsburg at 530-273-1468.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Erica McGee at 530-559-4517 or email

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 530-478-0999.

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