Club News, June 4, 2016 |

Club News, June 4, 2016

The Roadrunner Travel Club

We would like to invite you to go with us on the following trips:

June 26: United States Air Force Band.

July 7: River Cats vs. Tacoma Baseball Game.

Sept 14/15: Santa Cruz Follies.

For more information and/or reservations contact Carrie Larson at 530-271-0650 or Donna Ballard at 530-272-6516.

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club

This month will be the end of Inner Wheel’s fiscal year and we’re getting ready for our annual barbecue. Again, this year the barbecue will be held at the lovely home of Pat and Judy Wards. We will have an installation of officers for our 2016-17 year, have some great food and enjoy good company. We all look forward to this event.

Our club has a new project we’ve just started called “Dress a Girl Around The World.” Several gals are making these darling dresses with bright colors and decorations in several sizes. These dresses are sent all over the world and the fabric and items to make the dresses are all donated. Our club is still supporting Women of Worth, Domestic Violence and KARE Crisis Nursery. For more information about events call KCN at 530-265-0693. Our IW club meets once a month for a meeting and lunch at Bistro 221 in Nevada City. For club information call Carole at 530-265-6989.

Gold Country Community Services

Heather MacAdam’s music is always an after-lunch favorite. She performed on Friendship Wednesday, and made the meal extra special. Our friendly volunteers serve lunch weekdays, promptly at noon. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal. Next week’s menu features summer frittata, finger lickin’ chicken, tuna salad sandwich, chidken enchilada casserole, and beef Stroganoff. Booking ahead and arriving early are highly recommended.

Our popular line dancing classes will not take place during June, but will resume soon.

For reservations, information about our other classes, activities and services, phone 530-273-4961. You may want to ask about our interesting volunteer opportunities. You’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley, and reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further details, visit

Nevada County Amateur Radio Club

The Nevada County Amateur Radio Club along with the ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) members will be providing support to the GCTC Poker Ride today. This is a horse ride that will be done on an eight-mile circular course with about 100 riders participating. It will start and end at the Skillman Campground on Highway 20. The ride starts about 10 a.m. and will end in the middle of the afternoon. The amateur radio support by local ARES ham operators will provide much needed communication for safety of riders and horses in areas of the ride that are not accessible by cell phone or other means.

Grass Roots Genealogy Group

Would you like to search your family history? Our members will give you help at our meetings and library, one on one, and there is no charge for this assistance. Our meetings are open to the public and are held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on first and third Tuesdays of each month in the meeting room at the Church of Latter-Day Saints, 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. There are family history presentations followed by question and answer sessions at every meeting.

The library is open to all from 11 a.m. To 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, contact Jan Scott at 530-263-2268.

Nevada County Historical Society

The NCHS presents Richard and Elisa Taylor and Daniel Beatie, who will speak on “The History of the Zeibright Mine and Donner Mine Camp” at 7 p.m. on June 16. Nestled in the Sierra Foothills, “A” Mining Claim was started in the 1890’s, which later became Zeibright Mine. The Beatie family purchased part of the land on which the mine sits in 1959, with the intention on donating it to the Boy Scouts of America to use as a year round camp. Topics will include a brief history of the claim turned hard rock gold mine and the evolution of Donner Mine Camp. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Madelyn Helling Library’s Community Room. Open to the public, this event lasts one hour and is followed by free refreshments. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

American Legion, Post 130

DANCE tonight! Yes, it is the every fourth Saturday of the month at the American Legion Dance Hall with DJ Ed Lawson. Where? Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street.

The big white building! Enjoy a really fun time, music of all types, $7 dollars each, all ages may attend.

Host provided hot and cold light snacks. Bring your own if you wish. Enjoy our new lighting! Also a no host bar, all legal beverages, soft drinks and water. On Monday May 30 11 a.m. starts the 150th Anniversary of Memorial Day. Military veteran speakers, color guard, national anthem, patriotic music, gathering of service members. Another great, Claude Hessel, retired coast guard commander, will MC. Boy Scouts provide donation hot dog and hamburger picnic style lunch directly after program in our downstairs dining room.

Health Care for All – CA

Our Nevada County affiliate will be scaling back our meetings to an “as needed” basis. That means whenever we have a project to work on we’ll call a meeting. Check here in Club News for upcoming meetings. We’ll post them here and you’ll know exactly what exciting project you’re being invited to join in on.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

This 2016 winner of the $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Nevada County is Anya Steuer.

Anya will be attending Willamette University, majoring in Set Design. As a student at Bear River High School, Anya has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills through her participation in FFA and Odyssey of the Mind. She has excelled in academic subjects, music, and art, focusing on set and costume design for local theatrical productions. The PTQG is proud to honor this amazing and talented young woman who has set high goals for herself, summarized by Anya’s own words,” I never want my life to be boring or easy or simple, I want to try to make it challenging, complicated, and astounding.” For more information on Pine Tree Quilt Guild activities, please visit our website at

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We awarded our grants and honored two high school with the Vocational Scholarship at our Celebration of Service on May 19. Receiving support from the club was Child Advocates of Nevada County, KARE Crisis Nursery, Newman Foundation, Friendship Club, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Food Ministry and Sierra Harvest. Soroptimist International is a women’s service organization whose mission is to advance the status of women and children in our community. Anyone interested in knowing more about the club is invited to check our website at

Gold Country Kiwanis

We held two very successful events recently. The first was World Tai Chi/Qigong Day at Pioneer Park on April 30. Over 150 people attended including people from as far away as San Francisco. Over $600 was raised through donations which will help sponsor children in our community. The second event was a collaboration with Sierra College to host Day of the Young Child held on May 7. Upcoming events include our 3rd Annual Great Ball Race on Sunday, June 5, on Nimrod Street next to Pioneer Park, between the Adult Soap Box Derby. Numbered colorful balls will make the trek down Nimrod Street and the first 5 balls will win monetary prizes ranging from $50 to $500. Ball Race tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five and can be purchased the day of the race or requested at You do not need to be present to win. Gold Country Kiwanis is prepping to open their infamous fried chicken, fried shrimp & French fry booth at the fair in August. They are also working on the 2nd Annual TomARTo Fest that will be held August 21st at the North Star House. They are looking for Upcycle Artists, salsa makers and gardeners who appreciate fresh vegetable. GC Kiwanis meets every Thursday at noon at Kane’s on West Main Street, Grass Valley. We welcome guests. Visit us on Facebook at Gold Country Kiwanis.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are all crafters interested in sharing our crafts with others and in selling handmade items locally. We are looking for vendors for our Winter fair in October. We meet 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 in Nevada City.

To learn more about what these crafters are doing, visit

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The June 21 fashion show, “A Winning Wardrobe” will feature fashions from several local area shops. The show begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be held at Alta Sierra Country Club. Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month September through June. For more questions about meetings, call Patricia at 530-470-8507. Information about membership can be answered by calling 530-273-1087. For more information about NCRWF please email us at or visit the website at

Gold Country Trails Council

GCTC is a nonprofit 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 (recognized as a National Recreational Trail) above Nevada City, Little Lasier Meadow Horse Camp, Skillman Horse Camp, and miles of recreational trails in the Tahoe National Forest. The big GCTC Annual Benefit Poker Ride is coming up on June 4 where all fees benefit the Skillman Horse Camp and Tahoe National forest trails. This popular event draws entries from all over northern California and western Nevada. The rest of the year, GCTC hosts trail work days, horse camp outs, day rides, barbecues, the big ice cream social and Thanksgiving Holiday Feast. General meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every other month and 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

Retired Public Employees Association

The Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA) is 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 prospective members are welcome to attend our monthly lunch and business meetings that include programs of interest to our Nevada County Chapter members. Our meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, followed by a guest speaker. We meet at noon at Casa Las Katerinas (the old Scheidel’s Restaurant), just off Alta Sierra Drive, one-tenth of a mile off State Highway 49. Retired public employees can call Carol Kendrick at 530-265-2326 or Mary Ann Trygg at 530-273-2488, or email, to make a lunch reservation. Retired or near-retirement public employees are welcome to stop by and see what RPEA has to offer, and maybe see a few old friends!

SIR’s (Sons in Retirement Branch 55)

Renew old friendships and make new friends through our monthly luncheons and organized activities (some activities include spouses or significant other). Activities are base on member’s interests: wine tasting, bocce ball, pool, bowling, golf, fishing, and many more. We invite men of ALL AGES that are semi-retired or retired looking to meet new friends and participate in fun activities. We are a 501-(c)4 non-profit men’s organization that has been established for over 60 years. We meet for lunch the THIRD TUESDAY of every month at the Grass Valley Moose Lodge (non affiliated host), located at 15694 Allison Ranch Rd. Lunch is at noon. Stick around afterwards for billiards/pool! Come alone or bring a guest. Joining is free and there are no dues. Come join us, no reservation necessary. (Cost of lunch includes salad, main course and desert) Come check us out! For further information if needed. Email: or call Hershel Golden at 530-272-3378. More information about SIR’s can be found at

Gold Country Celtic Society

Please join us – you don’t have to be Celtic! Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 N. Pine Street. For information: 530-274-0185 or

Early Risers Toastmasters

Start your day with Early Risers Tuesday mornings at 6:30 a.m., upstairs at Humpty Dumpty. Meetings finish by 7:50 a.m. Guests are always welcome — and there’s never any pressure either to speak or to join. Check out Toastmasters and see if it is a good fit for you. For further details, call 530-273-9777.

Nevada County Genealogical Society

If you are new to genealogy or have a question, if you arrive at 12:30 p.m. you can discuss this with one of the members at the”help table.” The meeting is open to the public and free. For more information call Carole Siver at 530-272-4132 or email


Chapter #1739

TOPS proud to announce, that two of its members, Johanna Deuel and Clare McDowell, have each lost over 100 pounds, and both women have kept the weight off for over a year. If you would be interested in joining TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the club meets at 10 a.m. every Friday morning, and check-in is between 9 and 9:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army, 10725 Alta St.  Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome. For more information call  Norma Modder at   530-273-5292  or  Marlene Briggs at  530-273-9145.

Golden Empire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Auxiliary

We encourage members to bring in new members. The Auxiliary has many activities and new members are always needed to help with these activities. Ceramics, church services and visitation could always use more help. The next project will be a Father’s Day Pizza Party in June. At our last meeting, Vicki Young presented Janice Mason with a gift certificate from the Auxiliary as this year’s Volunteer of the Year. Janice helps in Ceramics and makes herself available whenever and wherever she is needed. The next meeting of the Auxiliary will be held on June 16, followed by the ice cream social for the residents. Anyone interested in the Auxiliary can contact President Iona Terry at 530-477-5405 or Membership Chairman Barbara Ford at 530-273-6084.

PFLAG Nevada County’s Support Group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies

One of two PFLAG support groups that meet in separate rooms from 6 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, located at 246 South Church Street, Grass Valley. This is a combination group for lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender families, friends, and allies who come together to offer support, education and advocacy to those who need a place to safely discuss their feelings regarding LGBT issues. This group is open to all ages and sexual orientations and discussions cover a wide variety of topics. There is never a charge to attend a PFLAG support group so please come and join us. If you are not comfortable attending a meeting, but need to speak with someone, please use one of the contacts below to contact us and a confidential conversation can be arranged. For more information, contact Pat Rose at 530-274-1423, visit or email

Happy Trails Travelers

Trips to Silver Legacy for June 10 and July 8. This is a six hour stay. You are served coffee and fresh pastries from Daily Donuts. We play bingo on the way. We’re a fun group with a very safe and helpful driver. If you want to join us, call Laura at 530-273-9641 for more information and reservations.

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills

We are a community service organization. We are a group of spirited women who have a passion for volunteering our time and resources for the betterment of women and children in our community and throughout the world. Soroptimists are leaders in their communities and believe that all women and children should have an opportunity to thrive. We meet upstairs in Humpty Dumpty restaurant in Grass Valley every Thursday morning from 7 to 8 a.m. We serve a full breakfast with a bit of social flare. We then set to work on projects that benefit our community through our love of service. We invite you to join us. For more information please, or visit our Facebook page. For more information on the Garden Tour, email

California Retired Teachers

If you are a retired teacher and wish to attend , contact Bonnie Bennett at 530-615-4252. CalRTA is a statewide organization whose prime purpose is to enhance and protect the benefits of retired educators and to support public education. The division meets five times a year with a luncheon and a featured speaker or program relative to CalSTRS members. For membership information contact Carole Siver at 530-272-4132.

The Nevada City Lions Club

We meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park, Nevada City. For more information, contact President Jim Purcell at 530-613-0419 or Secretary Doug Wight at 530-477-0134.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters ( is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Golden Empire Sams RV Club

Our March outing was at Feather Falls RV Park in Oroville. We had some rain, but we did not let it spoil our fun. We enjoyed games, a pancake breakfast, two pot luck dinners, and a meal at the Casino Buffet. Also a visit to the Oroville Dam. To learn more about our RV club contact Tim at 530-346-2365.

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.

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.

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.

Senior Social Singles

Seniors over 50 meet for fun activities and socials and dinners. Socials and dinners are the 2nd and 4th Fridays every month at various locales at 5 p.m. Activities are varied throughout the month in coordination with members interests. If interested in attending a social, call Patty at 530-273-8815 for more information.

National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE)

Chapter 1335 of 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 at approximately 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 at 530-265-6477.

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 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.

American Legion Auxiliary Frank Gallino Unit 130

Last month, members traveled to Yountville to visit the largest veterans’ home in California, the Veterans’ Home of California, founded in 1884. After a tour of the buildings and grounds we met with the Poppy Production Team and learned about the Poppy Making program.

Le Tip

We are a professional organization of men and women dedicated to the highest standards of exchange of business tips. The Gold Country lunch chapter meets at Kane’s on Wednesdays from 11:46 a.m. To 1:01 p.m. Call 530-271-3761 for more details.

Nordic Skiers of Nevada County

We promote back-country skiing and snowshoeing for its members and the community. The club sponsors trips and monthly club meetings the first Thursday of every winter month. The general public is welcome to attend meetings and may join at club meetings. The club web site is

Blue Star Mothers of America

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. Our meeting begins at 10 a.m. 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. For information, visit or email with any questions.

High Sierra Corvette Club

Corvette owners, if you are interested in Corvette runs, social events, food, laughter, racing events, and all around car club fun, then High Sierra Corvette Club has something to offer you. Our club meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday at Apple Alley Cafe, located at the Brunswick “Y” – Colfax Highway. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Arrive early for social hour or if you want to eat before the meeting. All Corvette enthusiasts are invited to attend our meetings and see what we are all about! For more information, please visit or call Bruce Puphal at 530-432-9828.

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet at 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Summer Thyme’s in Grass Valley. 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, email Anita Wald-Tuttle at

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

We meet at 7 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange on the first Tuesday of the month.

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet 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 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 at

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

Senior fun seekers

We are a newly reorganized senior group who have voted to open our doors to all seniors who are looking to make new friends, try new card games, dine out more often and have more fun in their lives.

We will meet once a month for lunch and a business meeting at different restaurants. We will also dine out for breakfast and host a Sunday night supper monthly. We plan to join other groups for gambling, movies, concerts and other local entertainment. We look forward to your joining us to help make your senior years more enjoyable. If you wish more information, please call Ann at 530-274-3635 or Howard at 530-273 2682.

Spiritual Book Club

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.

Empire Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters meets at the Holbrooke Hotel every Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. 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.

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.

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.

Beta Sigma Phi

What is Beta Sigma Phi and what is it all about? Beta Sigma Phi is an international organization founded for women by Walter Ross in 1931. “It’s all about bringing women of all ages, locally and around the world, together to share in social and cultural endeavors and to serve their community in a variety of ways. It’s about having friendships wherever your home may be, and receiving support from your Sorority Sisters in time of need. It’s an opportunity to expand your leadership and organizational skills. It’s really all about life, learning and friendship. For more information on becoming a member of a local chapter call president Lois M. Robinson at 530-272-6804 or vice-president Verrone Kuenstler at 530-798-8787.

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 http://www., 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.

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.

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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