Club news: March 16, 2013 |

Club news: March 16, 2013

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Nevada County Historical Society

Join us for our Speaker Night presentation on Thursday March 21, when Carolyn Jones-Rogers, our Historical Society’s vice-president, will show photographs of her great-uncle’s 1914 horse-drawn wagon trip from Grass Valley to Lake Tahoe by way of Henness Pass. Carolyn will begin by providing some background information on her relative, Leonard Body. In the album titled “Camping Trip Views” young Leonard and four of his friends have some wholesome adventures while showing us how to have a good time in rugged terrain. Among the places they visit are Graniteville, Lake Faucherie, Jackson Meadows and Lake Tahoe. The photographs are informative and refreshing in their innocence. Hank Meals, local historian and author of “The River,” will assist Carolyn with providing comments on the locations in their travels. The Presentation will be in the Conference Room of the Madelyn Helling Library. It is open for public attendance and admission is free. Refreshments are provided. Presentation starts at 7 p.m. and lasts approximately one hour.

For more NCHS information, visit or contact President Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

The Sierra Hills Branch of Sons In Retirement

We are looking for retired gentlemen to join an active, fun group of men who meet monthly for lunch, enjoy an interesting speaker, and possibly engage in sponsored activities like golf, bowling, fishing, dining out, bicycling, bocce, and more. Some activities also include spouses. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Auburn Elks, 195 Pine St. Auburn at 11 a.m.

For more information, please contact Ken Hansen at 916-663-4716 or 916-622-2757 or email

Early Risers Toastmasters

The Early Risers Toastmasters kicked off their first meeting at the new location – Humpty Dumpty Kitchen in Grass Valley. The group enjoyed prepared speeches, evaluations and a fun round of table topics in the new space. They were delighted to welcome two guests to the meeting.

Congratulations to outstanding speaker of the morning, Viv Tipton! Recognition also went to Courtney Ferguson for her top shelf evaluation and Jim Lewis for his impromptu speaking skills during Table Topics. Join us next week to get in on the action. Our meeting is open to anyone in the community and starts promptly at 6:30am. The early start time is perfect if you need to be at work by 8 a.m.!

Pictured: Jim Lewis, Viv Tipton and Kathy Hillis.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Disco Fever Forever is the theme for this spring’s Dinner/Dance “bash” this Wednesday, March 20. The Club has three dinner/dances a year and they are always well attended by 100+ members.

The Welcome Club is a nonprofit social club and perfect for newcomers to meet others with similar interests. With over 600 members, there are activities for every taste. From bridge to woodworking; moonlight kayaking to cuisine cooking. You’re a camera buff? There’s a group for you as well! Like to hike? We’ve got you covered. The club welcomes ALL those living in our area, not just newcomers, so check us out!

Visit, or contact Suzie Miller at 530-432-2402, or Pat Miller-Fee, 530-432-7936.

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutterbugs 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.

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

Our meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 19 at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 So. Church St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-273-1936.

Widowed Persons Association, Chapter 14

The next monthly meeting will be held at Tofanelli’s on April 13. At our last meeting we had our White Elephant Sale which was a lot of fun and a financial success. We will meet for breakfast at Paulette’s at 10 a.m. for our breakfast meeting on March 21. Our Sunday Night Supper will be held at Round Table Pizza on March 24.

Should you wish more information, please call Kent Parker at 530-432-1779 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.

Gold Country Celtic Society

Join our gathering Wednesday, March 27. Social hour begins at 6, followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entrée, or dessert for 8 to 10 people, tableware, and beverage or your choice. Water, coffee and tea are available. After dinner we have a presentation by member Ron Cherry. Topic: Dal Riada, an early medieval kingdom divided by the Irish Sea, part in Ireland and part on the West Coast of Scotland. The very name of Scotland comes from Scoti, the term Romans used for the Irish raiders. The Romans referred to those north of Hadrian’s Wall as the Picti, those with pictures painted or tattooed on their bodies. So why isn’t Scotland named Pictland instead? Hear about this and a short history of the kingdom of Dal Riada at the March gathering. Please join us – you don’t have to be Celtic! We meet at the Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 N. Pine Street.

For more information, call 530-272-1316 or visit

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 19. We will meet in the Community Room at BriarPatch Co-op on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. We will be reviewing World Water Day Teach-In materials provided by the Middle East Children’s Alliance.

We also maintain a weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We have signs to share, and everyone who believes in human rights, equality and justice for all people is welcome to participate.

Gold Country Community Services

Colleen in green, harpist Carol Meals entertained us with Celtic-style music to accompany a tasty, nutritious, home cooked lunch. Add Sue Wood’s interesting nutritional advice, door prizes and fun to the mix – and Friendship Wednesdays are very special occasions.

Next week’s menu features north country frittata, finger lickin’ chicken, spaghetti w/meat sauce, fiesta chicken, and breaded whitefish. Lunch is served weekdays promptly at noon in our High Noon Cafe. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended. The suggested donation is just $3 for seniors 60+.

For home-bound seniors, our ‘meals-on-wheels’ program personally delivers home cooked meals Mon. through Fri. We urgently need additional volunteer drivers. A big heart, a few hours one weekday, a license and a car are all it takes to make a huge difference.

For lunchtime reservations, volunteer opportunities, and information about the many classes, activities and services we provide (including membership), phone 530-273-4961 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our reception desk is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley.

For more information, visit

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

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

The speaker for March 21st will be Richard DeSousa, representative from Loveland Products. Loveland sells products including plant nutrition, fertilizers, crop protection and adjuvants for a healthy vineyard. Please join us for an interesting and educational program.

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

Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club

The Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club (SNCKC) is 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 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. Social and pot luck dinner begins at 6 with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit MYSNCKC.ORG.

Sierra Singles Club

Mature singles are invited to attend a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at 841 Old Tunnel Road. Outings are planned weekly to dine out and attend films, plays and other local events and a calendar is available at the meetings. Come mingle and make new friends.

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

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.

The Golden Empire Nursing Facility Auxiliary

We will be holding their regular monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21 in the Conference Room. The Spring Ceramic and Bake sale has been postponed the date to be announced later. At the meeting members will be selecting the member who will be the Volunteer of the Year. The April meeting and Volunteer Luncheon is being moved to Thursday, April 11, 2013. The meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Dining Room with the luncheon and Volunteer of the Year being honored. The Senior Ball for the residents will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All members of the Auxiliary are invited to the Ball.

Anyone wanting information about joining the Auxiliary can contact President Iona Terry at 530-477-5405.

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.

American Legion, Frank Gallino Post 130

The General Business Meeting will continue to be at 10 a,m. on the second Tuesdays in the Remembrance Room until further notice. The Executive Committee will meet directly afterwards. The American Legion Lounge will be open at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Green beer available upon request. The Public is welcome; however, if you are not a member of the American Legion, please remember to sign our guest book when you enter.

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.

Foothills Horticulture Society

Our March presentation will be “Insects: The good, the Bad & Ugly” with Carole Douglas and Paul Faahs of Nevada County Farm Supply Nursery.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

Refreshments and a plant raffle will follow the talk. FREE first meeting, $15 annual dues.

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

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.

Call Kathy at 530-478-1286 or visit for more information regarding this Masonic organization where both women and men may join.

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 nonprofit 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.

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.


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.

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 6:30 to 8 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.

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 Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month excluding December. March 13 is our next general meeting. Off season (October-April), the meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza Parlor. Dinner beings at 6. 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, or call 530-265-2070.

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.

Friends of Hospice

You are invited to join us for a meeting or workshop to meet the wonderful members and feel the accomplishment of helping the community.

Please phone us at 530-271-5121 for further information.

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

Duplicate Bridge Club

Many New Year resolutions have been made and already broken. Indeed, most of us do not bother because bad habits are hard to break and good ones hard to keep. However, one resolution you should make and follow is to exercise your brain We grow too frail, weak, handicapped and old to do the physical exercise of our youth but we are never too old to do mental exercise. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and even jigsaw puzzles are good. Bridge, especially duplicate bridge, provides great mental stimulation and fun.

Our Club has games on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange (La Barr Meadows Rd. near Kmart.) A slight fee is charged and snacks are free. Come visit us and find more details about the advantages of playing Duplicate Bridge.

For further information, call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Banner Mountain Post 2655

All former, retired, active and reserve members, both men and women of all military branches, who served in a foreign theater of conflict are invited to join. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 North Pine St. We are open for social events at 2 p.m. every Friday. Prospective members are encouraged to bring their DD 214 (proof of military service), which will be returned upon verification.

For information contact us every Friday evening at 530-265-8396.

Nevada County Online (NCO)

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites. Admission is FREE and members and non-members are welcome. This is the only professional business group in Nevada County that focuses exclusively on helping grow businesses online. We cover topics like business planning, web design strategies, social media and networking, email marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging and much more.


Blue Star Mothers of America

California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen, in Grass Valley. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, step-mother, foster-mother, grandmother, or legal guardian who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military, we invite you to join us.

For more information, visit

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations. You don’t have to be a biological grandmother. It’s about looking at the world we want to create two generations ahead. All ages and genders welcome (join us, grandfathers!).

For information, call Shirley at 530-265-5545 or e-mail

Grass Roots Genealogy Study Group

We meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. Meetings are open to anyone interested in genealogy research. The building is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking. There are no dues. Topics are posted at

For more information, email or call 530-268-0348.

The Gold Country Chapter of LeTip International

We meet Wednesdays from 11:46 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. Our featured speakers this week were Pam Grein of the The Hang Up and Michael Anderson of Clientworks, computer services.

Pam Grein of The Hang Up custom closets originally got inspired about organizing spaces when she lived in a houseboat in England. She and her son, Don (already a craftsman) started their business 22 years ago. They will creatively design an organizational system for any space or purpose. Closet designs today can be made from a variety of richly colored woods, not just the old white board systems, and end up looking like fine furniture, adding to the value of your home.

Michael Anderson of Clientworks, for everything computers, updated us on what is currently happening in Nevada County with broadband. This federally funded project is bringing a pipeline of fiber connections into our County. Internet Service Providers will then connect to this big pipe, and sell the connection to us. This has the capacity to speed up our internet connections greatly. We need to contact our local representatives to speed up the broadband coming.

For more information about Gold Country LeTip, please call 530-477-3727.

The Early Risers Toastmasters

We kicked off our first meeting at the new location – Humpty Dumpty Kitchen in Grass Valley. The group enjoyed prepared speeches, evaluations and a fun round of table topics in the new space. They were delighted to welcome two guests to the meeting. Congratulations to outstanding speaker of the morning, Viv Tipton! Recognition also went to Courtney Ferguson for her top shelf evaluation and Jim Lewis for his impromptu speaking skills during Table Topics. Join us next week to get in on the action. Our meeting is open to anyone in the community and starts promptly at 6:30 a.m. The early start time is perfect if you need to be at work by 8 a.m.

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

On March 20, we will feature a special first-person theater presentation in honor of Women’s’ History Month. The performance will include a celebration of leaders, history-makers and brave sacrifices through three centuries of adventures, fortunes and confessions. The presentation will also be enlivened by song and a visual collection of authentic women’s history ephemera.

This “Readers’ Theatre” was written by a long-time BPW member and activist, Lynn Wenzel, who is the author of two books and hundreds of articles on women’s history. She was managing editor of “New Directions for Women,” a national and international feminist publication with 65,000 readers and a book reviewer for the New York Times. Her poetry has appeared in many literary magazines. She is currently president of the Education Fund for Business & Professional Women of Nevada County.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. March. 20 at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley. Please RSVP to by Sunday. Standing members must RSVP only if they are NOT coming. If you pay by PAYPAL, you must still RSVP. Regular and vegetarian dinner is $22; Salad is $12 and the program only is just $5.

If you would like to pay by PAYPAL, please visit

California Retired Teachers Association.

CalRTA has dual purposes. Its core purpose is to protect the benefits of retired educators and provide them with the tools to achieve a secure and dignified retirement. The second purpose is to preserve and support public education and active educators. CalRTA is an advocacy group working with State and Federal representatives on those issues which have an impact on either of the purposes stated above. Currently, the major issue is the Social Security penalties which are levied on educators who are in the State Teachers Retirement System,

For more information, call Marian Hughes at 530-272-5785.

Pickleball Clubs

PIckleball is a combination of tennis and ping-pong and is played on a court one-quarter the size of a tennis court with a 34” high net. Lightweight paddles and a plastic perforated ball are the keys to producing exciting, long rallies which consist of volleys at the net and ground strokes similar to tennis. It is a sport all family members can play. You can just plain have fun or you can be as competitive as you like and compete in tournaments, both locally and nationally. For more information visit the official Pickleball website: Watch a video of the game being played.

DeVere Mautino Community Park, Grass Valley: Four public courts. From downtown Grass Valley, proceed up W. Main. Turn right on Alta, approximately 1 mile.  Park is on your right.

Winter Drop-in Days: Mon. through Wed., 2:30 p.m. to dark. Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Contact:  Judy Tartaglia at 530-477-8278. Newcomers welcome anytime and first few times are free. $/40 yr or $2 drop-in fee.

Lake Wildwood Pickleball Club: Two courts. Winter drop-in play days are Tues., Thurs, and Sat. 10 a.m. to noon. Newcomers welcome on Wed. at 10 a.m. We have equipment to loan. LWW is a private community.

Gateway Park, Penn Valley: Three courts striped for PB. Open courts. No fee. Make your own arrangements.  

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Come join our team of volunteers at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Interviews for membership will be held on Wednesday, April 3. Applications can be obtained from the Main Lobby desk, Outpatient Lobby desk and online at (click on “who we are,” volunteer services). Applications to be returned by March 15.

Auxiliary volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks, which they find extremely satisfying and rewarding. You can find volunteers serving in several areas of the hospital,like the Cancer Center, Diagnostic Imaging Center, nursing Floor, Emergency Department, reception Areas, Gift Shop, along with clerical duties in a variety of hospital departments. Volunteers are required to work 50 hours a year to maintain membership and are awarded service pins for accumulated hours.

For more information, please contact Helen Conrey at 530-274-1333.

The Chicago Park Garden Club

The Flower Arrangers group will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 28 at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room (Station 257), 15057 Colfax Hwy, Grass Valley The Card Making group is on hiatus this month.

For more information, call 530-272-7708.

Eagle and Gold Scouts

Are you an Eagle Scout or a Gold Scout? We have a monthly lunch on the fourth Friday of the month. Join us to share stories and to hear stories about what local scouts are doing today. Contact Steven Lease via email at for more information.

Nevada County Republican Federated

Norman Gonzales, Community Outreach Director for Congressman Tom McClintock, will be the March 19 guest speaker for Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF). He will discuss a variety of topics regarding what’s happening at the federal and state levels as well as goals surrounding education.

Looking ahead plans are in the making for June, which will be the return of a luncheon and fashion show. Daniel Brooks will produce the “Champagne Chic” Runway Style Fashion Show.

The next regular meeting for NCRWF is March 19. Please call to make a reservation at 530-274-0803. Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings start at noon.

For more information or questions about membership please call (530) 470-8507, email NCRWF at or visit the website at

The Newcomers Club

We are a women’s social club, which offers participation in a variety of activity groups that include Newcomer Coffees to meet and learn about the club, Book clubs, Bridge groups, Bunco groups, Cooking clubs, Day-Trippers, Garden club, Knitting group, Mah-Jongg, Canasta and a Walking group. Groups and clubs are always evolving depending on the interest of the members. New Members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. Currently, there are approximately 300 members.

The club gives to the community through the Christmas Family Project which helps local residents by supporting families who are trying to support themselves have a special Christmas. Proceeds from auctions and donations throughout the year go toward the Christmas Family Project.

Our club usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and program.

If you are interested in receiving information regarding membership, please call 530-478-1114.

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Nevada County

We meet the first Tuesday of every month. This month we are having a “March Mixer” on Tuesday March 5 at 6:30. This is an excellent opportunity of any quilters or “wanna be quilters” to come and learn all that the Guild has to offer. Please join us at the Grass Valley Charter School (formerly Hennessy) for an evening of food, fun, prizes and good conversation! Visitors are welcome. For additional information call 530-274-1290.

Saddle Pals/UCP of Grass Valley

The spring session of Saddle Pals/UCP of Grass Valley is starting on Monday, March 18. Saddle Pals offers equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs. There are openings for children or adults interested in learning horsemanship. For information, telephone Jane de’Zell at 530-268-8785.

Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Facility Auxiliary

This year’s Spring Ceramic and Bake Sale will be held on Tuesday, March 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Dining room. Ceramics made by the volunteers and residents will be for sale as well as homemade baked goods made by Auxiliary members. An update will also be given on the new storage building. Anyone who would like information about becoming a member of the Auxiliary can contact President, Iona Terry at 530-477-5405. There are many services and activities to take part in as a member.

Lake Wildwood Men’s 9 Hole Golf Club

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. Club membership is open to all male adults living in Wildwood.

More Club News available online at

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club

Inner Wheel Clubs are international. It is wonderful to hear from Members from all over the world. When we have our international meetings

included are women from Austria, Morocco, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Sri Lanka, to name just a few. Some Clubs are very large, some

like ours, quite small; but we all enjoy the same desire for fellowship and friendship all life through.

Our local aim besides the wonderful gift of friendship is serving our Community in small but helpful ways. In December, 2012 our IW Club

enjoyed bringing Christmas to a DVSAC family. We did the shopping, wrapping and delivering of two large bags of gifts to DVSAC in time

for their Santa Delivery. We helped with Santa’s Workshop sponsored by our KARE Crisis Nursery for community children under age 10 to

do their family Christmas shopping. Imagine a store with all gifts priced at 25 cents. All shopping items were donated mostly new or

slightly used. We also help KARE with our monetary donations, and making pies for their fund raisers. We also give of our time in helping

Child Advocates with selling See’s Candy. These are all fun projects, but for us we like being involved in our small ways.

We like to be involved in our Community and have found several small ways to help even though of members are few. Our Meetings are held at the Holbrooke Hotel on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Phyllis at 530-277-5160.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter #1335

NARFE’s objective is to protect retirement and related benefits for current and retired Federal employees. It also actively supports Alzheimer’s research. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend chapter meetings held at noon, the second Thursday of each month, currently at LinQ Chinese Buffet.

The local chapter meetings also serve as an opportunity for retirees to socialize and to hear programs of general interest or of value to members.

Reservations for lunch are not necessary. For more information on the luncheon or program, please call Larry Kinkor, 530-265-6477.

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