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Club News, March 17, 2018

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Happy Trails Travelers

Join us on a fun trip to Silver Legacy. This has been changed to a five hour stay.

You are served fresh pastries from Daily Donuts and coffee. We play bingo on the way. We’re a fun group with a very safe and helpful driver. You will receive $10 slot play, $5 food credit and the driver’s gratuity included in your cost of only $35. If you want to join us on our next trip on April 13, call Laura at 530-273-9641 for information and reservations. Please send your payment two week prior to the trip to reserve your seat. Cancellation refunds can be made up to 72 hours (three days) prior to a scheduled trip.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Are you new to the area? Or have you lived here for a while and you want to meet a new group of friends? The Gold Country Welcome Club is a social group of local people more than 500 strong who are just like you. The group has many activity sub-groups who get together for hiking, crafting, kayaking, playing bocce ball, playing cards, and day-tripping to interesting locations within an hour’s drive of Nevada County. There are also discussion groups for investing, photography, books, and computers and many more. We also have Club-wide events where we get together for a picnic or a party at a local venue. Dues are $12 per person, per year and many members think it’s the best $12 they’ve ever spent. Learn more and find an application to join at http://www.ncnugget.com or call 530-728-0808.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Our international speech contest and table topics contest were held this week. The three speakers were Jim Lewis, Alan Falstreau and Jean Creasey. The table topics contestants were Katy Wallace, Jim Lewis and Lolly Drievold. It’s a rewarding experience for all who participate! Congratulations to the contestants, judges and all of those who contributed to the function and fun of the contest! If you are interested in improving your speaking, listening and leadership skills, why not join us? We meet every Tuesday, upstairs at Humpty Dumpty restaurant in Grass Valley. Meetings start at 6:30 and finish by 7:50 a.m. As a guest, you are never under any pressure to speak or to join. For further information, call 530-273-9777 or visit http://www.Toastmasters.org.

Health Care for All—CA

The luck of the Irish to you on this Saint Paddy’s Day! Come meet the members of your local Nevada County Chapter of Health Care for All – CA on March 24 and see if there are any leprechauns at the meeting. We educate the public about Single Payer Health Care. We support the passage of the Healthy California Act, SB 562, through the California State Legislature. Help us free the bill from the Assembly Rules Committee by calling Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon at 916-319-2063 and expressing your support for the legislative process and for Single Payer Healthcare. Not sure you support it? Come find out what it’s all about. Our next meeting will be at 11 a.m. on March 24 at the UUCommunity of the Mountains 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. Bring your curiosity, your questions, and your ideas. Newcomers are always welcome and new ideas as well. And help us find the pot of gold (Single Payer Universal Health Care).

United Nations Association, USA Golden Empire Chapter

We will host our next monthly meeting at a new time, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains at 246 Church Street in Grass Valley. Refreshments and socializing begin at 5 p.m. Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public are welcome.

In honor of the International Women’s month, Shera Banbury will give a presentation about the plight of women around the world. In 2011, 193 nations in the United Nations signed a resolution to form a new entity called UN Women. Later that evening the group will also continue the exploration of conflict in the Middle East, including a screening of Part 2 of the PBS Frontline documentary, “Bitter Enemies.”

The Golden Empire chapter presents monthly programs on global issues related to the United Nations and the principles on which it was founded. The goal is to educate members and the community on issues such as the conflicts in the Middle East, sustainable development, climate change, inequality, energy access, gender equity and the plight of refugees around the world. For further information, visit http://www.unausa.org.

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club

Our clubs are all over the country as well as all over the world. First club founded in England in 1924. We are on e of the largest women’s service clubs in the world. Our District 519 has about 10 different clubs mostly in and around Sacramento. We meet about five times a year. This year District 519 held their Annual Founders Day Luncheon celebrating 94 years in existence. Our guest speakers were ladies from “Canine Companions for Independence.” They spoke about their organization and how they helped the disabled. They brought three gold labs and an 8 week old black lab. An older lady who was wheelchair bound demonstrated many things her dog could do for her and all with one word commands. Our club meets once a month for a meeting and lunch. Information about our club call Carole at 530-265-6989.

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club:

Three authors/speakers will discuss the new book, “A Women’s Guide to Sacred Activism: How do we Move Forward?” written by Marilyn Nyborg in collaboration with Marilyn Chambliss and Sushila Mertens. The Nevada County trio of authors will speak to the collaboration and deep friendship that resulted in this wonderful biography of Marilyn Nyborg. The event is open to the public and scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on April 7 at Margarita’s Restaurant, 988 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. Cost of breakfast is $15 and includes a buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Shanti Emerson by March 27 at ShantiEmerson@yahoo.com or 530-575-2891.

Newcomers of Nevada County

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all ladies in Nevada County! We invite you to join us, March 28, and enjoy the famous-hilarious Brent Nixon who has been published in National Geographic and is highly requested on cruise ships to share his knowledge on the environment from whales to coral reefs to black bears. The Newcomers Club has their exciting events at the Alta Sierra Country Club the fourth Wednesday of each month! April 25 is our highly anticipated annual fashion show Fashion Forward! You won’t want to miss this fabulous event featuring fashions from five local stores, make your reservations today! Newcomers is open to all ladies of Nevada County regardless of how long they have lived here. For more information call Ann at 530-432-9954 and visit our website http://www.newcomersnc.org.

Banner Community Guild

Our Second Saturday Flea Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. year round on the second Saturday of each month at 12629 McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley, one mile past the fairgrounds. This 50 year old market welcomes all vendors. Spaces cost $10. Questions? Please phone 530-273-1962 or 530-273-8747. We hope to see you!

Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County

Our group advocates for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Our mission is to educate ourselves and others about the situation in Palestine/Israel, and to work in solidarity with others to encourage a nonviolent solution to the conflict. PIWG is a member of the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights and of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights; we support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns undertaken by those organizations. We also support financially two humanitarian aid projects for children in Gaza. For information and directions to the meeting, please call 530-362-7007 or 941-735-8865.

Native Daughters of the Golden West, Manzanita Parlor #29

We cordially invites you to the celebration of our 130th Anniversary, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on March 20. The celebration will include a salad buffet followed by cake and ice cream. Dress casual. Family and friends invited. RSVP to 530-346-8280. Odd Fellows Hall, 113 Church Street inGrass Valley.

The P.E.O. Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

We are holding our annual Founder’s Day luncheon on March 17 at the Sierra Pines United Methodist Church, located at 22559 West Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley. We will gather at 11:30 a.m. for the social hour and the luncheon will follow. Our special guests will be the president and vice president of California State Chapter, Ann Arabian and Sue Doyle. Ann will be our featured speaker addressing “Generations of Love.” Unaffiliated members of P.E.O. are especially invited to attend. Please call Helene Crandall at 530-320-0929 for reservations. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing women increased opportunities for higher education. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the U.S. and Canada with nearly 240,000 active members.

Gold Country Community Services

Exquisite music by guitarist George Souza highlighted our Friendship Wednesday lunch. Next week’s Gold Country Senior Cafe menu features chicken curry, spring frittata, beef Bourguinon, fiesta chicken, and corned beef and cabbage to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Lunch is served weekdays promptly at noon. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60 and over. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended. We’re also looking for new volunteer “meals-on-wheels” drivers to deliver home cooked meals to homebound seniors in our community. All it takes is a few hours a week, a car, and a desire to help. Talk with Charity, and learn more. Phone 530-273-4961 for information and reservations. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley, and reception is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Further details at http://www.goldcountryservices.org.

Golden Empire Sams RV Club

Our April outing is April 8 through 12. We will be going to the Pomo RV Park in Fort Bragg. This park has wide, spacious sites, with plenty of trees and campfire pits. It is located just off Highway 1 in Fort Bragg. There is much to see and do: museums, a botanical garden, ocean cliff walks, to name a few. The outing schedule includes: one pot luck dinner, one “happy hour” with appetizers, bingo, a tour of the Guest House Museum, and a dinner out in town. To reserve your site, contact Brian at 530-477-8873. A deposit check for $45.90, by March 10, will reserve your site. Hope to see you there! For more information go to: http://www.goldenempiresams.org.

The Roadrunners Travel Club

We would like to invite you to join us on the following bus trips:

March 22: Horse races, a day at Golden Gate Fields.

April 6: Colusa Casino.

April 12: Disney Museum, lunch at the Cliff House in San Francisco.

April 18: Imax, Secrets of the Pharaohs, Pandas 3D with lunch at PF Chang’s . Upcoming trips include “Singing in the Rain,” “Mamma Mia,” and a Music Circus Tribute to John Denver at El Campanil in Antioc. For reservations and further information contact Hallie Bubier at 530-272-5467 or Donna Ballard at 530-272-6516.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We are pleased to announce that applications for nonprofit grants are available on our website at http://www.sigv.org. Deadline is April 1, 2018. Our Dress A Girl event will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on March 24 at Twin Cities Church. At this time, we will be preparing “kits” for the dresses so that club and community members can sew them. The first 350 went to Uganda in January and there are plans to send more to other areas of Africa. A Day for Women will be April 14, 2018 at Sierra College. For only $45, you have a choice of three workshops, lunch, shopping, and networking and learning time. Tickets and workshop information available at http://www.sigv.org.

The Banner Community Guild Book Swap

Our book swap takes place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month at Banner Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley (one mile past the fairgrounds on the left). Open to the community, the swap offers a free exchange of books, music, movies, magazines and table games. Helpers, who are always needed to set up and break down displays, are encouraged to come at 11:45 a.m. to assist. Questions, please call 530-273-8747 and leave a message. Someone will return your call.

The Nevada County Amateur Radio Club

Non-ham members as well as persons interested in becoming ham radio operators or learning more about ham radio are welcome to attend. More information may be found at http://www.NCARC.org.

California Retired Teachers Assn.

CalRTA is a statewide organization whose primary purpose is to protect the benefits of retired educators and, equally important, support public education. The program will feature a deputy from the Nevada County Sheriff’s office who will discuss senior fraud, alerting members to what schemes are currently ongoing in the county. If you are a retired educator and are interested in hearing an update on current pension issues as well as meeting with a group of retirees, you are welcome. If interested, contact Sandy Blake at 530-272-9418. For membership information, contact Polly Bacich at 530-274-7110.

The Golden Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility Auxiliary

We are the only nursing facility auxiliary in the state and perhaps the country. The Auxiliary began at the old Nevada County Hospital and came to Golden Empire when the hospital closed and Golden Empire opened. The Auxiliary does a Mother’s Day tea, a Father’s Day Pizza Party, an Ice Cream Social, with entertainment, in July, a Christmas Party and more. Members also visit with the residents and help out with any activities that their services are requested for. The Auxiliary is in need of new members in order to continue these activities. Anyone who would be interested in learning more about the Auxiliary and becoming a member can contact president Janice Mason at 530-271-0111.


We offer two support groups on the fourth Tuesday of every month. There is one group for LGB + their allies and another group for transgender people. The groups meet at 6 p.m. Members of the LGBT community and their allies should consider attending these meetings to share their experiences and to offer support to others. Families and friends of the LGBT community — and especially concerned parents — should consider attending to receive support from others with the issues they are facing in their homes and schools. Parents are encouraged to come, to receive support from other parents of gay or bisexual children. We pledge to protect everyone’s confidentiality. This is a safe place to share. For more information, please call 530-798-5367. These groups meet at the Unitarian/Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 South Church Street, Grass Valley.

Nevada County Travel Club

Call tour director Brenda at 530-432-5301 for more information and plan to attend and learn about upcoming domestic and international destinations. The next day trip available for sign-up at the meeting are for March 29, when we will tour the Calif. Highway Patrol Academy in Sacramento, make new friends at the Club Pheasant for lunch, then return to Grass Valley to get acquainted with local highway patrol officers in their “new” facility. We also have tickets to Mama Mia at the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento. Tour includes motorcoach to Sacramento, performance and gratuities.

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills

SISF’s annual Garden Tour is approaching! We are celebrating our Garden Tour’s 25th anniversary! We will have two days of six exquisite gardens for your viewing pleasure. Ticket sales began March 1. You will have the chance to purchase them online at http://www.SierraSoroptimist.org, or at select businesses in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Colfax, Auburn, Rocklin and Roseville. All ticket sale sites to be announced. So, “save the date” for the 25th Annual Spring Garden Tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 19 and 20, rain or shine. All proceeds fund our community’s local nonprofit organizations with our Fall & Spring Mini Grants, Local Scholarships and Live Your Dream Award. It’s our objective to make life a better place here at home and internationally for women and girls. Our weekly meetings take place from 7 to 8 a.m. at Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro in Grass Valley. We serve a full or continental breakfast every week with a bit of social flare. Visit us at http://www.seirrasoroptimist.org or on Facebook.

Grass Valley Moose Lodge

We are an International organization of men and women, dedicated to caring for young and old, bringing our community closer together and celebrating life. We are for children in need from throughout the world at Mooseheart Child City and School, just west of Chicago. We provide for seniors at Moosehaven, our 72-acre retirement community in Orange Park, Florida along the St. Johns River. We provide over $90 million worth of community service activities annually throughout the USA. We have fun doing so and develop life-long bonds.We will have birthday celebrations, and dinners on some Saturday are in January, February, as well as our monthly Monday and Wednesday night dinners, our great Friday night dinner specials with karaoke after dinner; Check our website, and Calendar. Please come join us as a guest. We are located at Grass Valley Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Rd. in Grass Valley. Call 530-273-1070 for more information, or email lodge2217@mooseunits.org.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Join artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month except December at the Earle Jamieson Educational Building at 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, visit http://www.craftguildnevadacounty.Blogspot.com.

Gold Country Kiwanis

There are many events scheduled for the new year including the World Tai Chi Day, Kiwanis Safety Carnival, participating in the Fourth of July Parade, cooking at the fair booth and the Great Ball Race. Kiwanis meets on Thursday at noon at Kane’s Restaurant on West Main Street. We have great speakers that come and talk to us about our community. Guests are always welcome. To learn more, visit is at http://www.goldcountrykiwanis.org.

Diabetes Support Group

Sierra Medical Nutrition Therapy is offering a free diabetes support group for people with diabetes and those who care for them from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays at their office, located at 360 Sierra College Dr., Suite 220 in Grass Valley. For information please call 530-615-4155.

Retired Public Employees Association

We are a statewide, nonprofit association of retirees who are members of CALPERS, which includes current or retired employees of public and state agencies, and classified schools. RPEA members and prospective members are welcome to attend our monthly lunch and business meetings which 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 Katarinas (the old Scheidel’s Restaurant), just off Alta Sierra Drive, one-tenth mile off State Highway 49. Interested retirees can call Tess Andrews at 530-271-1188, Mary Ann Trygg at 530-273-2488; or email rpea.chapter.78@gmail.com, 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!

Gamblers Anonymous

A new Gamblers Anonymous group has formed for people who are suffering from a gambling problem in Nevada County. Meeting weekly on Mondays from noon to 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad Street in Nevada City. Meetings will be ongoing. There is no fee to attend the meetings and anonymity is strictly protected.

Sierra Wine and Growers Association

You do not have to be a grape grower or winemaker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meeting discussing subjects like vineyard management, winemaking or critiquing wine. We meet at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in the Ponderosa Hall. We have a summer picnic, holiday party every year and fund a scholarship to a local student. For more information about SWGGA and meeting times, visit http/www.swgga.com.

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

All federal employees and retirees and their spouses are invited to join NARFE. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded 96 years ago to protect the earned benefits of federal employees and retirees. Members meet the second Thursday each month at Margarita’s restaurant on Plaza Drive in the Glenbrook Basin, except for July and August. Social time is 11:15 a.m. with lunch to follow and then our speaker. Reservations for lunch are not required. For more information on the luncheon or program, please call chapter president Larry Kinkor at 530-265-6477.

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 extraordinary 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 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Eskaton Recreation Center at 645 Eskaton Circle in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 530-477-0108.

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.

Senior Social Singles

We are a group of congenial single people in western Nevada County and nearby areas. We get together several times a month for activities such as social hours before local restaurant dining, potlucks, picnics, game nights, movies, dancing, hikes, and other outings. We are a social club whose purpose is to find people with like interests and form good friendships. Membership is open to single, widowed, divorced, or legally separated persons. For more information call Virginia at 530-477-8969.

Empire Toastmasters

Our new meeting venue is at the Nevada County Rood Building, 950 Maidu Avenue, second floor, Providence Mine Room B, Nevada City. The meetings are held from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. every Friday. We are excited about this new location. Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the cafeteria on the main floor. For more information please call River at 530-362-8098 or email empiretoastmasters@gmail.com or visit our website at http://www.empiretoastmasters.com.

Thursday Bingo

Come join us for a fun filled evening of Bingo at the Grass Valley Elks No. 538, 109 School St., Grass Valley. Food available in kitchen at 5 p.m. Help yourself to free coffee. Bingo starts at

6:30 p.m. For more information 530-273-9228.

Nevada County Duplicate Bridge Club

We meet at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows and other locations. The weekly schedule is as follows:

Monday: 9:30 a.m. [Grange] and 2 p.m. at Lake Wildwood.

Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.[Grange].

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.[Grange] and 7 p.m. at Lake Wildwood.

Thursday: 1 p.m. at Eskaton and 7 p.m. at Lake of the Pines.

Friday: 12:30 p.m. [Team Game at the Grange].

Call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586 for information or if you’re in need of a partner. For help with transition from Rubber Bridge to Duplicate Bridge email Bill Jones [bill8jones@yahoo.com]. We are seeking intermediate players who want to improve their game as well as stimulate the mind. Our goal is to generate new members for our very friendly duplicate bridge club.

Grass Valley Daughters of the Nile, Chapt. 4

We are an international fraternal organization for women 18 years or older, who are related by birth or marriage to Shriner, Master Mason or Daughter of the Nile, or is a majority member in good standing of a Masonic-related organization for girls; or who was a patient, with or without Shrine or Masonic relationship, at a Shriners Hospital for Children. Founded in Seattle in 1913, members total 25,000 in 136 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The members are proud of their long association with Shriners International and their continuing support of Shriners Hospital for Children. We meet at 11:30 a.m. On the second Tuesday of each month at the Madison Masonic Temple for fellowship followed by a bring-your-own lunch at noon. For more information on membership, contact Jeanne Allgeier at 530-273-8359. We welcome new members with open arms.

Food Addicts in Recovery

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 at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 204, in Auburn. 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 http://www.foodaddicts.org.

American Association of University Women Nevada County Branch

AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. The Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership for individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree.

Goldancers Square Dance Club

Looking for a fun way to exercise? New to the area and want to meet new friends? Need some laughter in your life? Did your doctor tell you to be more active? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions then why not try square dancing and reap the benefits? Come join us for a fun evening. A surprising study shows that square dancing can add 10 years to your life. We meet weekly at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley located at 11363 Grange Ct. For more information, call Laura at 530-432-8571 or e-mail Barbara at basindorf@yahoo.com.

Roamin’ Angels Car Club

Established in 1962, the Roamin’ Angels Car Club is an icon both within the hobby and the community. We are dedicated to promoting the preservation of classic, vintage and historic vehicles but with the recent changes to our bylaws you no longer have to own a pre-1973 American made classic to belong to our club. We meet at 7 a.m. every Friday at Penny’s Diner in Grass Valley, across from B & C Hardware in the Fowler Center. We also meet at 5 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Grass Valley Round Table Pizza next to Staples. A love of old cars and having fun is all you need to join the Roamin’ Angels. New friends, lots of car talk, day trips, mystery tours, progressive dinners, and our annual Cruisin’ the Pines Car Show are just some of the adventures that await you. Want to help our community? We have held our Annual Christmas Toy Drive for over 25 years and our Scholarship/Education Program has provided financial assistance to our local youth for close to 20 years. Come on down and find out more about one of the oldest and largest Car Clubs in Northern California. Visit our website at http://www.Roaminangels.com.

The Nevada County Healing Through Loss and Grief Support Group

We meet 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, but members join only several times a year. For more information, visit http://www.LossAndGrief.org.

The Gold Country Miniature Society

We enjoy 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 and new members are welcome. There are three other miniature clubs in the area which get together on different days. Those interested in this fun hobby can email Barbara at bathca@gmail.com or Pat at pat@beachesbeaches.com.

The Gra-Neva A’s

Love seeing those old Model A’s around town? Ever thought of owning one? Come to a meeting of Gra-Neva A’s, the local Model A Club. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. Learn how to buy and maintain a Model A. Join local tours and activities. Check out http://www.granevaas.com. Call Steve Turnsk at 530-274-7079 for more information.

High Sierra Corvette Club

Corvette owners, if you are interested in Corvette runs, social events, food, laugher, 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 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 http://www.highsierracorvettes.org or call Hank Bradanini at 530-273-1285.

Alienated Grandparents Anonymous

Do you feel alienated from your grandchildren? You are not alone. Please consider joining our support group at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 235 S. Church St., Grass Valley. We hope you to see you at future meetings to:

• Be encouraged.

• Learn more about AGA Nevada County California and AGA International mission and goals.

• Establish regular meetings and event(s) schedule.

Please invite anyone you know that is experiencing alienation or estrangement from their grandchildren to this meeting.

Knowledge is power. Understanding the complexities of alienation helps grandparents.

We focus on the struggle so many loving grandparents have in trying to be part of their grandchildren’s lives. AGA offers strategies for repairing, rebuilding, and healing these relationships. AGA offers coping skills to help manage the devastating emotional pain of being disconnected from our grandchildren. You are not suffering alone.

AGA is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2011. It has a presence in all 50 states in the U.S. and 13 countries. For more information, visit http://www.aga-fl.org, email MyAGA.NevadaCounty@gmail.com or visit Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Alienated-Grandparents-Anonymous-Nevada-County-California-316925188659157.

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 http://www.gatherthewomen.org or call Marceline at 530-615-4018.

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.

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.

Winter 4WD snow runs

We expect to see a few 4WD clubs making a snow run through Graniteville in the next weeks. It is a fun opportunity to try your equipment and driving skills. Thankfully, you don’t worry about being stuck since many experienced drivers are with you to help. Please don’t forget those who live here—who travel that same road alone and who hope it remains in drivable condition through the winter. Many locals spend hours clearing fallen trees and making the track we all use. Those two icy ruts are boring when you are out four wheeling for fun – but we depend on them remaining intact for our trips to town. For more information, call 530-265-2146.

Jewel Heart Norcal Study Group

We meet Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Grass Valley. Jewel Heart Norcal is a Mahayana Buddhist Study Group in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For 2017, we are studying the Lam Rim (stages on the Path to Enlightenment). This is a road map which details all the steps to reach the state of freedom by removing obstacles and obstructions to full enlightenment. For meeting location or more information: Contact jbreault51@gmail.com or call Joe at 530-802-6221. Or visit our website http://Jewelnorcal.org or on Facebook at “jewelheartnorcal.” Jewel Heart Norcal is a Study Group under the auspices of Jewel Heart International. For more information on Jewel Heart International visit http://www.jewelheart.org.

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 530-263-6094 for more details.

Gold Country Trails Council (GCTC)

GCTC is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1981 to develop, maintain and protect non-motorized recreational trails in the Tahoe National Forest and the Sierra Foothills area for public use and enjoyment. Today, it is the Sierra’s largest community of active equestrians. GCTC hosts trail work days, horse camp outs, day rides, barbecues, the big ice cream social and Thanksgiving Holiday Feast. General meetings are on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7 p.m. and include fascinating speakers and presentations. New members and guests are welcome. For complete information and full calendar of events, visit http://www.GoldCountryTrailsCouncil.org.

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: sir55grassvalley@gmail.com or call Hershel Golden at 530-272-3378. More information about SIR’s can be found at http://www.sirinc.org.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters (http://www.lwvwnc.org) is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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.

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 bradynevadaplacer@gmail.com for more information.

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.

Blue Star Mothers of America, Chapt. 12

We meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. 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 http://www.sierranevadabsma.org or email bsmaca12@earthlink.net.

Nevada County Freethinkers

Reason and rationality in the foothills — we welcome freethinkers, humanists, atheists, skeptics, and anyone looking to make a connection with other like minded people in our community. During our meetings we discuss how we arrived at our worldview and the difficulties we may have with friends and family who have trouble understanding our views, we review and discuss articles and other media about our views, and generally just have an enjoyable time together. For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/Nevada-County-Freethinkers.

The Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment of #885 of Nevada County

Calling all Marines! Join us for our meetings at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley. Look for the Marine Corps’ flag and yellow footprints at the bottom of the stairs at the rear of the building. For more information, call Al Hernandez at 530-864-2480.

Evangeline Chapter no. 9, Order of The Eastern Star

We are one of the largest fraternal organizations in the world to which both men and women can belong. The Order has approximately one million members belonging to over 13,000 chapters world wide. The tenets of the Order are Fidelity, Constancy, Loyalty, Faith, and Love. Our members come from all Denominations. For information call George at 530-265-5310.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

For those interested in joining TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), our club meets at 10 a.m. Friday mornings. Check-in is between 8 and 9:30 a.m. At the Salvation Army, 10725 Alta St. in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome. Fore more information, call Norma Modder at 530-273-5292 or Marlene Briggs at 530-273-9145.

Spiritual Book Club

The Spiritual Book Club of the Baha’is of Nevada County sponsors the free monthly event, open to readers as well as to interested listeners who may not have read the books. Guests also receive light refreshments. For more information, call 530-802-0901.

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 http://www.nordic-skiers.org.

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