Club news: March 9, 2013 |

Club news: March 9, 2013

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Widowed Persons Association, Chapter 14

The Widowed Person’s Association will hold their monthly meeting at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley today. We are planning to have another fun White Elephant sale to help empty our closets of “junk” to become “treasures” in someone else’s home.

The next Sunday dinner will be at the Tack Room in Penn Valley on March 24. We will have our monthly breakfast at Paulette’s on March 24.

For more information please call Kent Parker at 530-432-3767 or Eileen Hawkes at 530-272-2487.

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.

Gulldalen Lodge, 6-128, Sons of Norway

Members will gather at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11, to hear a presentation on the Norwegian whaling industry, past and present. Carol Francis will talk about the history of Norwegian whaling, its origin, growth and decline, economic impact, global whaling areas and current status. Last month’s Reindeer Stew meeting was well received with everyone’s taste bud curiosity more than satisfied. After the meal, members were treated to a colorful talk about the Sami people of northern Scandinavia. Later, the traditional greeting circle was formed to induct two new members, Deborah Christensen and Ken Nauman. Members are reminded that on March 23, the community room at the Madelyn Helling Library will be renamed after Gene Albaugh as a tribute to our late Lodge member for his years of dedicated civic service. Lodge members continue to collect cancelled postage stamps for the Sons of Norway Tubfrim effort, a campaign that aids disabled Norwegian children. Last year over 1,700 pounds of stamps were sent in by lodges throughout the country. The March 11 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Ponderosa Hall, Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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.

Gold Country Community Services

Lively, funny, popular Dave Ayala brought a touch of the green to our last Friendship Wednesday lunch. However, we are still wondering who DID put the overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s chowder?

Next week’s menu features chicken enchilada, beef stroganoff, chicken cacciatori, soft beef taco and fish ‘n’ chips. Lunch is served promptly at noon Monday – Friday, and it’s always smart to book ahead and arrive a few minutes early. Friendship Wednesdays feature entertainment. All for a suggested donation of $3 for seniors 60+.

Our Home Delivered Meals program desperately needs more volunteer drivers. If you have a valid driver’s license, a few hours a week, a reliable car – and a genuine concern for our homebound seniors, then give us a call. Ask for Charity, and she’ll tell you how easy and meaningful your involvement will be. For High Noon Cafe lunch reservations, information about our many services, classes, activities and volunteer opportunities, give us a call at 530-273-4961 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon. through Fri.). You can also stop by. We’re in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. Reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Or you can visit us online at http://www.goldcountrycenter.

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

The next meeting of NARFE Chapter 1335 will be on Thursday, March 14, at the LinQ Chinese Buffet, 682 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m., with a buffet lunch at noon. The program starts at 12:30 p.m.

The program for the March 14 meeting will focus on the question, “Are Your Investments Properly Diversified? Torrey Bowman, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Grass Valley, will help attendees answer this question.

Torrey has been a financial advisor for Edward Jones since 1999 and has been voted Best Stock Broker or runner-up by readers of The Union for the past five years. He is a member of the Gold Country Estate Planning Council.

Following the program a Chapter business meeting will be held. Dottie Schmidt, president of NARFE’S California Federation of Chapters, plans to brief us on the national NARFE Legislative Conference, held March 9-12 in Washington D.C.

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.

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.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

“Your Financial Survival” will be the focus of our March 16 AAUW Nevada County Branch meeting. Guest speakers will be local attorney Jennifer L. Wilkerson and professional fiduciary “The Home Bookkeeper” Martha “Marty” Austin, who will address key questions that are critical to planning for “the life you want.” Those questions include, “Where do you want to live?” “How can you avoid being swindled or scammed?” and “Who will you appoint to assure the final distribution of your estate as you wish?”

Find out more about what you can and should do to prepare for your financial future and survival, and get advice from the experts. Free and open to the public, the meeting will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 10 a.m.) at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley.

For more information about AAUW in Nevada County and/or becoming a member: or call 530-470-9395.

Sierra Singles Club

Older singles are invited to join our meeting on Wednesday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at 841 Old Tunnel Road. A calendar will be distributed showing group activities planned for the month. Members meet weekly to dine out and attend local events.

For information, contact Shirley Corry, (530)274-3355.

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. Committee members are working with several local shops that are looking forward to sharing their beautiful summer fashions.

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.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

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

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 celebrated with our annual Christmas breakfast at the Lake Wildwood Clubhouse. 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. That gives the men a chance to learn a new vocabulary when playing with the ladies. Club membership is open to all male adults living in Wildwood.

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutter bugs 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!

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 Nevada Canoe & 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.

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.

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.

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.

Please 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 non-profit 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.

Gold Country Welcome Club

The Welcome Club is a nonprofit social and philanthropic club that welcomes all those living in our area; new or long-time residents. With over 600 members, there are activities for every taste. From bridge to woodworking; moonlight kayaking, book clubs and more — come check us out!

For more information, visit, or call Suzie Miller, 530-432-2402, or Pat Miller-Fee, 530-432-7936.

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

“Jail and Bail” is a fund raiser sponsored by the Union and KNCO. FOH recruits volunteer “Bailees” who will then ask their friends and organizations for pledges of “bail money” (donations for FOH) by a specified date to keep them out of jail. Our member Judy Nelson has agreed to be a volunteer bailee for FOH and is depending on your donation to keep her out of jail. This event is on March 14 and will be heard on KNCO as donations are brought in. Please join in … it is a fun event and you may go to KNCO to join in on the festivities.

FOH President Cathy Jostes presented Venessa Bengstrom, Executive Director of Hospice of the Foothills and Leo Granucci, Hospice Board Member, with a check in the amount of $60,000 to serve the needs of Hospice of the Foothills .They were appreciative of the check to further service the needs of HOF.

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 Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

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. at a private home. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. We will be discussing plans for raising funds for our Maia Project — bringing clean drinking water to a kindergarten in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. We also maintain a weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We have signs to share, and all who want the illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel to end are welcome to participate.

Please call 530-713-1131 for meeting location and further information.

Empire Toastmasters

We have been very busy. Their Vice President of Public Relations has been on vacation for two weeks, so there is much news to share.

The February 22 Meeting Empire Toastmasters held their Club Table Topics Contest. This is a contest in which contestants provide a response to a five word prompt issued by the Contest Chair. Elizabeth Dunn won 1st place in the contest with Joe Hunnicutt coming in second place. Typically the winner of the Club Contest represents the club at the Area 64 contest. However, Elizabeth will not be able to attend that Contest on March 15th. Therefore, Joe will be representing Empire Toastmasters at the Area 64 Contest.

With Trolley Junction closing at the end of February, the March 1st meeting of Empire Toastmasters was held at Christopher’s Deli. It was a regular meeting. Sarah McTighe won Best Speaker and Lee Zasloff won Best Evaluator. New Member Shianna Seitz was inducted.

March 8th will be the Club’s second meeting at Christopher’s Deli. It will also be the date of the Club level Level International Speech Contest. Contestants will be competing for the privilege of representing Empire Toastmasters at the Area 64 International Speech Contest on March 15th.

Guests are always welcome to visit the Club and attending a Contest is great way to see Toastmasters in action. The March 8th meeting starts at 12:00 Noon at Christopher’s Deli in Downtown Grass Valley. For more information about Empire Toastmasters or locations for future meetings, please contact Joe Hunnicutt at 530-913-9827 or

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, The Nevada County division meeting is scheduled for 11 with a business meeting at 11:30 a.m. followed by luncheon at noon. The cost is $15. The meeting is open to all who are interested. Reservations deadline is Wednesday, February 27. Call Marian Hughes at 530-272-5785. Those who attend are asked to contribute a jar of peanut butter. Since August over 300 jars have been contributed to the Interfaith Food Ministry.

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

Our meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 5 at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 So. Church St. in Grass Valley. For more information, please call 530-273-1936.

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.

Greater Placer County PFLAG

PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Placer County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. PFLAG is an advocacy and support group for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer) community and their allies. The month’s presentation will feature a panel of students and advisors representing the Gay-Straight Alliance clubs of several of our local high schools. The panelists will be speaking about their GSA clubs, the needs/concerns of LGBTQ students at their schools, and ways in which PFLAG and GSA clubs can work together. PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club

Our breakfast meeting will be held on Friday, March 15 at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St., Auburn, CA 95603. The doors at the lodge open at 7:00 AM with a fantastic $12 buffet breakfast served from 8 to 9 a.m. A presentation begins at 9 a.m. sharp with a seminar by Cal Kellogg who will cover trolling and bait fishing tactics for Kokanee and Trout Fishing at Pardee Reservoir. The Rooster Tails monthly, third-Friday, breakfast meetings are “Open to the Public.”

Cal is considered an expert when it comes to fishing for both saltwater and freshwater species throughout California. Cal’s favorite species include trout, kokanee, king salmon, striped bass and lingcod. Many of his readers consider him to be the “everyman’s” outdoor writer, because most of his work is focused on fishing and hunting on the same highly pressure waters and tracts of land that his readers ply.

The 30 year old, 155+-member Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance a fishing experience. Further information can be found at For more information on attending Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. meetings, contact Jim, Club Chairman, at 530-887-0479 or

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.

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