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Club News, Nov. 10, 2018

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Nevada County Travel Club

Live your life by a compass not a clock! Come join the Nevada County Travel Club. Experience the comfort, security and convenience of group travel. We offer both national and international trips to familiar places and exotic lands. We meet monthly at the Abundant Life Church, 10795 Alta Street in Grass Valley. Join us at 1 p.m. on November 14. Our guest speaker will be from Collette Travel, one of our three premier travel companies. A colorful video will highlight all of the upcoming trips offered by Collette. You don't want to miss it! Call me, I'll save you a seat. Judi Foy, 530-432-3393.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Are you new to Nevada County? Are you retired and want to keep active? Do you want to find some new friends? The Welcome Club might be just the thing that you're looking for. Some of our current members say that joining the Welcome Club was the best thing that they did after they moved to Nevada County. Then again you don't have to be a new resident of Nevada County to join. Visit our website at http://www.gcwelcome.com to learn more about us or give us a call at 530-728-0808

Gold Country Community Services

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Dave Ayala was our guest entertainer at our Friendship Wednesday lunch, and his songs' light-hearted lyrics always make us smile. Next week's menu features autumn frittata, chicken supreme, Tunisian meatballs, cube steak with mushrooms, and turkey chili. Lunch is served promptly at noon in our Congregate Lunch Cafe, and it's always wise to book your place and arrive early. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60 and over. We're still looking for new volunteer drivers for our Meals on Wheels program. Phone Charity at 530-273-4961, and she'll tell you more. That's the number to phone for lunchtime reservations and information about the services (including our wood program), classes and activities GCCS offers. We're located in the Nevada City Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley, or you can visit http://www.goldcountryservices.org to find out more.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Are you starting a new business or a new career? Do you want to present your ideas to the city council or board of supervisors? Do you want to run for office? Are you new in the area and want to make professional contacts? Would you like to meet others with a broad spectrum of ideas and opinions? You will receive support and constructive comments to improve your speeches, no matter if you are a beginner or already a professional speaker. We meet upstairs every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Humpty Dumpty's. First time guests should arrive a few minutes early. You can always decline speaking opportunities. For more information, call 530-273-9777 or visit http://www.ToastmastersNevadaCounty.org.

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills

We are a nonprofit service organization run by ambitious, hard-working women, devoted to improving the lives of women and children both locally and internationally. Our very own club member, Susan Forga, has been running the program "Read Me a Story" for nearly 20 years. Founded by pediatrician Dr. Sarah Woerner in 1999, "Read Me a Story" is a program dedicated to encouraging young kids to read. Children at 6, 12, 15, and 18 months, and then 2,3,4, and 5 years receive a complimentary book at each pediatric wellness check-up. This year marks the 50,000th book! We'd like to thank Susan Forga for her dedication and hard work. Our Thursday meetings are on the first, second, and third week of each month, which are held from 7 to 8 a.m. at Tofanelli's Gold Country Bistro in downtown Grass Valley. We want you and your talents! We invite you to join us. For more information visit us at http://www.sierrasoroptimist.org, or visit our Facebook page.

The Roadrunners Travel Club

We would like to invite you to join us on the following bus trips: Nov. 12, Thanksgiving lunch at Vet's building, 11:30 a.m.; Nov. 30, pizza meeting at Mountain Mike's at 11:30 a.m.; Dec. 2, "Procession of the Carols;" Dec. 7, Thunder Valley. Upcoming trips: Snow Train, Feb. 27-28; El Dorado Christmas Show, Dec. 13-14; Jan. 2, musical production of "Waitress;" Jan. 4, Red Hawk; Jan. 13, Harlem Globetrotters; January 25, pizza meeting at Mountain Mike's. Upcoming trips: Snow Train, Feb. 27-28; San Juan Islands, fall of 2019. For reservations and further information contact Hallie Bubier at 530-272-5467 or Donna Ballard at 530-272-6516.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

We are ready for the holidays! Thanks to the amazing generosity of local merchants, and individuals in our community, our live and silent auction in October provided the resources to make our Christmas Families Project better than ever this year. Our Christmas meeting/luncheon will be held on December 5 at the Alta Sierra Country Club (there is no meeting in November). The holiday program will feature composer and classical violinist, Richard Altenbach who performs currently at the Auburn Symphony and InConcert Sierra. We welcome all those ladies who are new to the area or just looking for new opportunities to have fun, meet new people, try new activities and be a helping hand in our great community. For more information, please call Ann at 530-432-9954. Also, visit us on Facebook and on our website at http://www.newcomersnc.org.

Senior Funseekers

We will have their monthly meeting and luncheon at the Moose Lodge at 11:30 a.m. today, Nov. 10. Reservations for lunch must be made through Millie Catanesi at 530-265-3454. Also, please join us for cards (Pinochle) every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road, in Grass Valley. For information contact Rochelle Chapdelaine at 530-205-9452.

The Nevada County Amateur Radio Club

We will be holding our monthly meeting on November 12 at the Salvation Army facility on 10725 Alta Street, Grass Valley. The doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7. 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.

Gra-Neva A's Model A Ford Club

Do you own a Ford Model A automobile that is languishing in your garage, all ready to motor, but with no place to go? Does it need a little mechanical help? If so, you are missing out on a lot of fun and camaraderie by not considering membership in our local club. Our snappy vintage Ford Model A automobiles were built between the years of 1928 to 1931. They still are chugging along, capturing admiring attention and smiles. Members enjoy touring along our area's beautiful back roads to interesting destinations and importantly, they also learn how to maintain the cars. We recently completed our annual Mystery Tour, a road trip to an unknown destination, but always to somewhere enjoyable for overnight stays. Other tours are day trips to places of interest. Our chapter is an active one involved with parades, meets, technical sessions, various social events, as well as driving tours. Ownership of a Model A Ford is not a requirement for membership, just an interest in the Model A and its era. We invite you to attend our monthly meeting to meet our friendly and helpful members, and consider joining us for our activities and good times. We meet at 7 p.m. at the Nevada City Elks Club, 518 Hwy. #49, on the fourth Thursday of each month. For questions or information, call 530-274-7079, or browse our website at http://www.granevaas.com.

Golden Empire Sams RV Club

Our November outing is Nov. 11 through 14. We will be going to the Durango RV Park in Red Bluff. The outing schedule includes a pot luck dinner, a dinner out at a local restaurant, and bingo. Local attractions include: Kelly-Griggs House Museum, Whiskeytown Rec Area, Lassen National Park and Rolling Hills Casino. Stay tuned to these pages for our future events. For more information, go to http://www.goldenempiresams.org.

Nevada County Genealogical Society

Bob LaPerriere, aka Dr. Bob, will give a presentation on "Gold Rush Medicine" at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Madelyn Helling Library's Community Room. Immigrants traveling to California for the Gold Rush were subjected to numerous devastating diseases at a time when doctors were unable to provide specific treatment and many of the doctors were really not doctors. Thousands died from various epidemics at a time in history when the most advanced medical treatment consisted of bleeding, cupping, puking, purging and the use of "drugs" such as mercury and arsenic. This presentation will explore these experiences using quotes from diaries of the time to illustrate and bring the past alive. For further information please call Rochelle Chapdelaine at 530-205-9452.

Gold Country Celtic Society

Please join our gathering on November 14. Social hour begins at 6 followed by a potluck dinner at 6:15 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entrée, or dessert for eight to 10, your tableware, and beverage of your choice. Water, coffee and tea will be available. This month we are pleased to welcome the popular Three Times Through. The group plays tradition-based music of Ireland, Scotland and America. Please join our gathering – you don't have to be Celtic! Nevada City Veterans Building, 45 No. Pine St., Nevada City. Information: 530-274-0185 or http://www.nevadacountycelticclub.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.

Retired Employees Association (RPEA)

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 that include programs of interest to our Nevada County Chapter members. Our meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, followed by a guest speaker. We meet at noon at Casa Las Katerinas, just off Alta Sierra Drive, one-tenth of a mile off State Hwy. 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!

Gold Country Rose Society

At the Nov. 13 meeting, members and guests will enjoy the program when Eisley Nursery representatives provide information and pictures of the new roses to be offered in 2019. Longtime rose buyer for the nursery, Dorothy Lewis, and her assistant, Valerie Crist, will both be presenting the latest and greatest roses for our listening and viewing pleasure. Rumor has it that 'Arctic Blue' may be the one to capture the most attention. Hybridized by Christian Bédard of Weeks Wholesale Roses, it has both 'Ebb Tide' and 'Blue for You' in its lineage. See you at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Rose Room at City Hall, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Enjoy refreshments, opportunity raffle, and our last little rose show of the year. All are welcome.

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 non-partisan, non-profit organization founded 97 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. The next meeting is Thursday, November 8. Our speaker will be Kevin Edwards, manager of the Nevada County Airport. Social time is 11:15, lunch to follow and then our speaker. A short business meeting follows. Local chapter meetings serve as an opportunity for federal employees and retirees to socialize, receive timely updates on policy actions affecting the federal community, and hear programs of general interest or of value to members. Reservations for lunch are not required. For more information on the luncheon or program, please call chapter president Larry Kinkor at 530-265-6477.

American Contract Bridge League Duplicate Bridge Games

Come join the friendly folks who play duplicate bridge. We have games every week – Mon., Tues. Wed. and Fri. at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley (for info call Bruce at 530-477-9586 and for partnerships on Mon. email Bill Jones at bill8jones@yahoo.com. Thursdays at Eskaton in GV (Harvey, 530-477-5107) and Mon. and Wed. at Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley (Jim, 530-432-5593). If you need any other information or you are interested in learning how to play bridge, you can contact Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586. For information and a class concerning the "duplicate game", email Bill Jones at bill8jones@yahoo.com. Our games are not only competitive and sanctioned ACBL games, but we always serve delicious coffee/tea and refreshments.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Two club awards will be given with an opportunity for regional and national awards. Deadline is November 15. Application is available on our website http://www.sigv.org. The club is gearing up for our next "kitting event" November 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Calvary Bible Church. At this time, sewers can get kits to make our Dress A Girl dresses and Dress A Dude outfits to distribute to children in third world countries. These items, made by members of our community have gone to Uganda, Kenya and Thailand. Our next project will be the Bell Hill Academy Christmas Boutique in December, where we provide and wrap presents for students to give their families. If you would like to become a member of this dynamic, involved, group please contact us at http://www.sigv.org.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF)

We will hold our monthly luncheon meeting on November 20 at Alta Sierra Country Club. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at noon. Our November guest speaker is Peter Collier. Peter will discuss his book, Profiles of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty (2003) which profiles living recipients of the Medal of Honor. He will be speaking about his book and the many men and women who fill those pages. Peter has also co-authored several books on American history and political science.

In honor of Veteran's Day some members will share past stories about their or their families' times in the military. The annual holiday bake sale fundraiser will also be held at the November meeting where members share favorite holiday recipes.

NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June. For more questions about meetings or to make a reservation for the November 20 luncheon please call Judy at 530-271-5794. Information about membership can be answered by calling 530-263-2672. For more information about NCRWF please email us at NCRWF@reagan.com or visit the website at http://www.nevadacountyrwf.org.

Jewel Heart NorCal Study Group.

We are currently focusing on Gelek Rimpoche's book "SEM: Exploring the Nature of the Mind." Topics will include Taming Your Mind, The Mind's Capacity, Basis for Liberation, and Continuation of Consciousness, to name a few. Often, we find ourselves tossed by waves of thoughts and feelings that seem out of our control. This fascinating study will show us how our mind actually works and how we can use our mind in our own service to make ourselves happier and gain true freedom. We will see how this helps us and those around us to become more fulfilled and know our true purpose. All are welcome! These courses are offered free of charge (donations accepted) and are open to the public. Although they are based on Buddhist principles, it is not necessary to be Buddhist to benefit from these principles and to enjoy our exploration of these topics together. Our meetings generally begin with a group meditation, study and discussion of the materials, and end with a short meditation. We meet from 10:20 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at 322 S. School Street, Grass Valley. For more information call Joe at 530-263-8508 or email jbreault51@gmail.com.

Grass Valley Moose Lodge 2217

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 have birthday celebrations and dinners, with karaoke on Friday nights. 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, if you have any questions.

Grass Valley Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus in conjunction with St. Patrick's Church and the Diocese of Sacramento are proposing a 72-niche Veteran's Columbarium to be located at St. Patrick's Cemetery. All military veterans and spouses are eligible. For an information packet or questions, please call Ed Wydra at 530-432-2591 or Chuck Ryan at 530-272-6707. Better yet, send an email to edwydra@comcast.net.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association

You do not have to be a grape grower or winemaker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, wine making 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 http://swgga.com.

Chicago Park Garden Club

Our Garden Club includes gardeners from Grass Valley, Nevada City and other foothill communities. We warmly welcome nonmembers and especially gardeners new to the area. Light refreshments served. For more information, call 530-272-7708.

Gold Country Kiwanis

The 2018-2019 year has come to an end for Gold Country Kiwanis. In total, G.C. Kiwanis donated $33,500 to local charities. To help raise money for the children in our community, Kiwanis sponsored the following events: Community Fitness Day, World Tai Chi Day, and the Treat Street food booth at the fairgrounds on Fourth of July, the County Fair and the Draft Horse Classic. We are looking forward to another successful year working for and with the youth of our community. We meet every week. For more information visit us on Facebook at GoldCountyKiwanis or our webpage at http://www.goldcountrykiwanis.org. You can contact us at tinman1822@gmail.com. Guests are always welcome! Our motto: Serving the children of the world.

Gamblers Anonymous

The High Nooners chapter of Gamblers Anonymous meets from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays at the Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad St. in Nevada City. Thousands of people who have created problems due to excessive gambling have found the strength to quit by joining Gamblers Anonymous (G.A.). If gambling is destroying you or someone you care about, call 775-430-2771. There is no charge to belong to G.A.

Grass Roots Genealogy Group

We are an informal gathering of people interested in learning and sharing about how to do family history research. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month (except August) from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the LDS (Mormon) church, 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City (just past Hooper & Weaver Cemetery). Use the rear parking lot and look for our sign on the back left door. We welcome newcomers and beginners to genealogy and are happy to help you break through those "brick walls" to find your ancestors. Call Susan at 530-271-1311 for more information.

Goldancers Square Dance Club

We are celebrating our 70th year, making it the longest continuous square dance club in California! Discover a great dance experience with modern music, casual attire, fun, laughter, and fitness all as easy as walking! Questions? Call Laura at 530-432-8571 or email Barbara at basindorf@yahoo.com.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

We hold our meeting on Thursday evenings, in the ReMax center, 10126 Commercial Ave (near Player's Pizza), from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Summer Brown was last week's Toastmaster for the evening. It was her first time hosting the evening. Toastmaster not only helps improve your speaking skills, Toastmaster learning platform also assists in the development of one's leadership skills. Stop by and enjoy an evening of both prepared and extemporaneous speeches.

The White Barn Project

Our program, which is supported by Soroptimist International of Grass Valley, was fortunate to be invited to participate in Community Day at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The White Barn volunteers and Soroptimist members were out at the fair with an area where students from 4-H and FFA could immediately get new or re-cycled uniforms should they be short on apparel for showings on fair days. Over 100 families had used the White Barn's 4-H and FFA wardrobe assistance. Those interested in donating outgrown or no longer used 4-H and FFA uniforms can do so by going to The White Barn Project on Facebook or http://www.sigv.org on the web and leaving a message. Donations can be dropped off as advised or picked up by a volunteer.

Nevada City Lions

We have most recently been working on installing a passenger waiting shelter at the Narrow Gauge Museum in Nevada City. For more information, contact Nevada City Lions president Mike Hill at 530-432-8286.

PFLAG

We offer two support groups every month. There is one group for LGB + and their allies, and another for transgender people and their allies. Both groups meet at 6 p.m. and the meetings usually run until 8 p.m. We meet at the Unitarian/Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley. We pledge to protect everyone's confidentiality. This is a safe place to share. If you would like more information, please call 530-798-5367.

Dementia Support Group

Cascades of Grass Valley, a senior living community located at 415 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley, will host "Coffee and Conversations," a dementia support group for friends and family members of loved ones with memory loss. Meetings will take place on the third Thursday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Participants are invited each month to share stories, successes and concerns while learning new coping tips and care solutions from people on similar journeys. The support group is free and open to the public. Caregivers are invited to bring their loved ones along to enjoy an activity with our memory care staff during the sessions. For more information, call Cascades of Grass Valley at 530-272-8002.

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.

The Gold Country Italian American Club

Join us for lunch every third Tuesday of the month. We need at Alta Sierra Country Club at noon. Join us for great food and companionship. For information call Don at 530-271-7491.

Sons In Retirement Branch 124 Alta Sierra

Men, looking for something to do in retirement? Not excited about becoming a greeter at that big box store? Want to meet new friends, try new things, retry old things and have fun? Come join us for lunch and an interesting speaker. We are SIR (Sons in Retirement) a group of retired Gents who get together for fun and companionship. We are golfers and bowlers, wine tasters and food lovers. We like to try new things and have new experiences. We meet at the Alta Sierra Country Club on the first Tuesday of every month. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and lunch is begins at noon. Contact Dave Gates at 530-333-5975.

United Nations Association, USA Golden Empire Chapter

Our 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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