Club News: Oct. 18, 2014 |

Club News: Oct. 18, 2014

Sons of Norway

Lodge members are super active as they prepare for the Viking Fair at 6 p.m. on October 25 in the Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 2).  Scandinavian foods are being prepared and finishing touches being put on children’s games. Vendors of Nordic goods and crafts have been assigned their sales positions and raffle prizes readied for display.  Musicians have been assigned performance times. Many Lodge members have cleaned and pressed their folk costumes in order to be in full array during the Fair.  Other members are coordinating outdoor Viking displays.  For information call Lorraine Nauman at 530-470-8493.


Computer Learning Center

Some people enquiring about classes have pointed out that they have constrained time schedules and would prefer a short, concise presentation of information on popular topics or interest. Both retired and working folks fit into this category. Retirees finally have time to travel and spend time with their grandchildren. Consequently along with our regular “four session, two hour classes,” we are putting more focus on developing individual, two hour, one day workshops.

Currently the following “Workshops” are being offered.

Labels and Letters, October 9 – get ready for holiday mailings, club fliers and professional letters. Pinterest, October 15 – a social network based on mutual interests, hobbies, events, products and recipes. Android Smartphone & Tablet Basics, October 16 – navigating, text messaging, voice commands, music, Apps & photos. Linkedin, October 17 – power your job search, maximize your profile, branching & using other social media.

Skype, October 17 – a service to communicate with others using a microphone, video webcam over the internet, including phone calls.

Mandals, October 29, – turn your photos into circular works of art using the Collage tool in Picasa. Then upload and imprint them to gift items. Prior workshops covered DSLR Cameras, Word 2013 Basics, Data Backups, Image Backups for full computer recovery, and Windows 7 for XP Users. Your suggestions are encouraged. To see our fall class/workshop schedule or to register for a class online, visit For more information, call 530-273-0497.

Blue Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada CA Chapter 12

We are holding a fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. on October 20 at the Northridge Restaurant, at 17464 Penn Valley Drive in Penn Valley. Proceeds will help us serve the troops, benefit veterans projects, support the families of the injured or fallen, and help benefit our chapter. Please come and join us. For information, visit

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We have welcomed members of Soroptimist International of Nevada City to our club and are looking forward to increased service to our community. We are celebrating our 50th year of our chartering and service to the Grass Valley area at 6 p.m. on November 7 at the Holbrooke Hotel. We welcome all previous members and supporters to join us for dinner and a historical review. For further information, please contact Judy Leslie at For more information about SIGV, please visit

Gold Country Celtic Society

Please join our gathering at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. and everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entrée, or dessert for 8 to 10, your tableware, and beverage of your choice. Water, coffee, and tea are available. This month we are celebrating the Celtic holiday called Samhain, (pronounced Sow-en, meaning “summer’s end,”) which dates back 2,000 years and is now known as Halloween. Costumes are encouraged with prizes for the best Please join us — you don’t have to be Celtic! Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 N. Pine Street. Information: 530-272-1316 or or at

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” on Colfax Highway. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early for social hour or if you want to eat before the meeting. All Corvette enthusiasts are invited to attend our meetings and see what we are all about! For more information, please visit

Sierra Singles Club

The Sierra Singles Club for older singles meets monthly on the second Wednesday at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road, at 1:30 in the dining room. Calendars of coming events are available. We dine out, attend movies, plays and other local events during the month. For information, please contact Shirley Maylett at 530-273-5637.

Gold Country Community Services

A rainy day didn’t dampen the fun we shared at our weekly Friendship Wednesday. French music, movie music, and classics —even Beatles’ tunes — were skillfully played by accordion player, Robert Ludgate (accompanied by humorous stories).

Next week’s menu features beef stroganoff, finger lickin’ chicken, fish and chips, chicken Dijon and cube steak with mushroom sauce. Lunch is served each weekday by volunteers in our High Noon Cafe. Reservations and arriving a few minutes before noon are highly recommended. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60+.

We’re currently coordinating gifts for seniors who may be feeling isolated this Christmas. RSVP is coordinating this valuable, supportive drive. If you would like to donate and unwrapped, appropriate gift for one of our seniors, please drop it off at the RSVP office, 471 Sutton Way before Thursday, December 4.

For lunch reservations, information about our gift drive — as well as the classes, services and volunteer opportunities we offer, phone 530-273-4961 (M-F). Our reception desk is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and you’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Our group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the activity room on the second floor of the main building at Atria Senior Living Center (previously Quail Ridge), 150 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Come share experiences and information with others who have Parkinson’s. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy at 530-272-7950 or Pete at 530-273-4804.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

If you are interested in growing grapes, making wine, wine tasting or learning about wine in general, please join us for cheese and crackers at our monthly meetings and bring a bottle of your favorite wine for all to taste. You do not have to be a grower or winemaker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, winemaking or critiquing wine. We have a summer picnic, a holiday party every year and fund an educational scholarship to a local student.

For more information about SWGGA, visit

The Gold Country German-American Club

The German-American club meets monthly at Seaman’s Lodge. Guests are welcome. If interested in attending or for club information call Christa at 530-272-6095. You can also check us out online at where you will learn about our events and activities such as hiking, German dancing, and conversational German classes.

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. The Club meets at Alta Sierra Pizza & Grill, Grass Valley. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the Commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Questions? Please visit our website at

The Chicago Park Garden Club

Our membership includes gardeners from Grass Valley, Nevada City and other foothill communities. Nonmembers welcome to this FREE program. For more information, call 530-272-7708.

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Our October 22 luncheon features our annual Live and Silent Auctions. This exciting and festive gathering features both a live and a silent auction that brings needed financial support for the club’s Christmas Families Project. Last year, the club was able to give over 90 children and their families a Merry Christmas with the income from the auction and from generous donations.

The luncheon and auction will be at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, in Alta Sierra. Silent auction bidding starts at 10:30, luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m. Reservations are required and must be submitted by Monday, Oct. 13. Items for the live auction, all of which have a value of $50 or more, can be viewed as well. Popular items from past auctions have included stays at a vacation house, fishing lessons, catered lunches or dinners, and beautiful baskets featuring items that make wonderful Christmas, party, anniversary, and birthday gifts as well as gifts for yourself! Please bring cash and several checks to pay for your winning auction items. A popular feature of the October luncheon is the Halloween Costume Parade. All guests are encouraged (but not required) to come in costume and participate in the parade. The Newcomers Club of Nevada County was founded almost 70 years ago. While the name implies that the club is for newcomers, it goes beyond that and opens its doors to all ladies of Nevada County. For information on the club and on the luncheon, call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191. You can also visit

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

On October 18, P.E.O. Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau will host their annual Fall Craft Fair and meeting. The meeting will be held at the Sierra Pines United Methodist Church in Auburn. Coffee is at 9:30, and the meeting is at 10 a.m. Each chapter will display iitems for sale throughout the morning. P.E.O. was founded in 1869. The philanthropic educational organization has six loca lchapters in Nevada and Placer counties. They benefit their scholarship funds which provide scholarships to local women for their college or continuing college education. For 145 years, the P.E.O. sisterhood has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy education, philanthropy and research. Over 88,000 women have benefited from P.E.O.’s educational scholarships, loans, awards and projects. For information, visit

Health Care for All – CA

Health Care for All – CA has a local Nevada County chapter working to bring universal, single-payer health care to all Californians (improved Medicare for All). We work within a statewide alliance of groups with shared goals, including doctors, nurses and medical students. Learn more about us at our next meeting, Saturday, Oct. 18 (and the third Saturday of every month) at 11 a.m. at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. This meeting is open to the public, and newcomers are welcome. For more information call Bob at 530-274-3989 or email

Vietnam Veterans of America 535

The local chapter 535 of the Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or not. All vets, families, and friends are welcome to attend meetings the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 225 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. For more information, visit our website at or call 530-559-7716.

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. The meeting takes place in a private home. Please call 530-713-1131 for directions. Our weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City has resumed. The vigil is protesting the Israeli violence against Gaza and the West Bank. We have signs to share, and everyone who believes in human rights, equality and justice for all people is welcome to participate.

Nevada County Healing Through Grief Support

Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no charge to participate. For information, visit

Nevada County Horseman Incorporated

We are celebrating the year of the horse. NCHI seeks to promote horsemanship throughout the community and to provide a friendly and wholesome social environment for young and old alike. You’re always welcome to stop in at one of the monthly meetings, the second Friday of the month or events. Now accepting new member applications. For more information, email

Peripheral neuropathy support group

Do you have painful feet or numbness? The peripheral neuropathy support group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley. We don’t cure, but suggest relief and comfort. We exchange ideas and share information and experiences. You are not alone in your discomfort. For more information, call 530-268-1017.

Nevada County Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, at place of worship, and in our communities. We work to educate families about gun violence prevention and to help create and support public policy, legislation and regulations for sensible gun laws at the state and national levels. We seek to reduce firearm injury and death by keeping weapons out of dangerous hands. Contact for more information

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

This is a 12 step program open to anyone — men and women— who thinks they may have a problem with sex or love addiction. SLAA groups meet twice a week in Grass Valley, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, lower level, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. For information call 916-552-1442 or

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

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 Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 114 in Auburn at 7 p.m. 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

Nevada City Inner Wheel (spouses and friends of Rotary)

There are Inner Wheel clubs in the USA as well as all over the world. Inner Wheel club was founded, in England in 1924. The first club and District in the United States were founded in Sacramento, in 1970. In 1985 Nevada City IW was founded and in 1990 Grass Valley IW club formed. In 1992, Grass Valley IW disbanded and those who wanted to stay on joined the Nevada City club. We presently have 15 members and are growing. As of November 1913, District 519 (our District) has donated $442,000 to IWUSA Foundation and that 56 children have been fitted with Myoelectric limbs. There are 10 children waiting at the present time for theirs. We are planning to host a District Meeting and lunch in September and are working on the details. The organizations we support are KARE Crisis Nursery, Women of Worth, Domestic Violence and Salvation Army. If you are interested in our club, or if you have questions, call Carole at 530-265-6989

The Gold Country LeTip Group

We meet every Wed from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Kane’s in downtown Grass Valley. This business group is a wonderful and fun way to help build your business and add further service to your clients. Check out our Facebook page at Gold Country LeTip to learn more about the group or call Pamela Morey at 530-913-7308

Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. We sometimes have speakers, or review education programs. Some meetings are more of an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, confidential atmosphere come check us out. Light refreshments are served. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.). For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to all that is interested in sharing their craft with others. During winter months Guild meetings are at 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month in the Houser Conference Room at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City. The Guild is a nonprofit community service organization. Over the years donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups. 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 at Christmas time. We are supporting the Interfaith Food Ministry this year with monthly food donations provided by our members. To learn more about what Guild members are doing check out the Guild’s Blog, http// and our Facebook page. For more information about the Guild visit http//

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. Spontanee-us 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

Friends of Hospice

Come and volunteer at Friends of Hospice (530-247-5121) and do the very worthwhile job of working on events to raise money for the use of Hospice of the Foothills. FOH has no paid members and all of the monies raised is used for the benefit of Hospice of the Foothills

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families

We meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights at The Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Classroom 5 in Grass Valley. This meeting is for women only. Nevada City Lions The Nevada City Lions meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Seamans Lodge. For membership information contact Membership Chair John Meyer, 530-272-0588 or President Chuck Woerner, 530-265-2039

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. For information, call club president Lois Robinson at 530-272-6804 or vice-president Georgine Wasley, who is in charge of membership, at 530-265-4424

Sons In Retirement (SIR)

SIRS is a nonprofit organization for retired men devoted to the promotion of independence and dignity of retirement. The SIR Branch 11’s luncheon meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at the Lake Wildwood Club House. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and the luncheon meeting begins at noon followed by a guest speaker or entertainment. Lady guests are invited to our May and December meetings. Members do not have to live in Lake Wildwood. Go to our website at to learn more about us. To inquire about becoming a member, please e-mail us at

Kappa Kappa Gamma

The North Gold Country Alumna of Kappa Kappa Gamma plan to celebrate the 144th anniversary of the sorority’s founding and the 10th anniversary of their local alumnae association at a potluck lunch at the home of their co-president, Ruth Johanson, in Auburn at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 15. Three members will be honored with 50 year pins at the celebration. All Kappas are invited and encouraged to join their sisters on this special occasion. For further information contact Julie Barker at 530-477-5707 or Ruth Johanson at 530-885-8201.

Frank Gallino Post 130 American Legion

We are located at Veterans Memorial Building , 255 Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Plenty of parking in the rear of building. Our phone number is 530-272-2160. Our events are held here.

Our usual monthly dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday October 7. Why cook at home? Come, enjoy Chef Antonio’s dinner of candied butternut squash ginger bisque soup, meat loaf, potatoes and gravy, vegetables; ending with carrot cake with candied sauce. Coffee, tea included. Lounge open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. All this for only $10.

Legion business meeting at 5 p.m., ending with plenty of time to join in at lounge before dinner. All members should attend.

KAROKE every Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.. in our lounge. Come, enjoy, meet and greet old and new friends, join in singing or just hum along. Full no host bar. See you there.

The Captain John Oldham Chapter, NSDAR ( National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution)

We have had a very busy summer! And would like to invite you to join and participate in a busy rest of the year! As the new board we spent a great deal of time planning new and interesting things for us to do to contribute to the community. We participated in two parades, one with our giant replica of the Star-Spangled Banner (and won Best Historical Unit), attended Northern Council and several District II presentations and represented our chapter at the Revolutionary War Re-enactment for three hot days … in full period dress.

The only requirement for membership is a proven lineage to a Revolutionary War Patriot, be he or she a soldier, public servant, or assisted in any other way, and we have genealogists to help prove that bit of family lore or fact!. Our next meeting is October 27. Please contact Emily Boling at for more information.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

PTQG’s Community Service group continues to come through for those who lost homes in recent fires. About 40 quilts have been donated to the Elks Club in Weed, CA for distribution to fire victims in that hard-hit community. Local quilters are invited to join in these efforts by attending Drop In and Sew on the third Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 7th Day Adventist Church on Osborne Road. The next date for Community Service is October 16.

For more information, please visit

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Mother Lode Toastmasters Club welcomes guests to all its meetings at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley on Mondays at 6:45 p.m. A map and other information may be found at, or contact Lucinda Porter at 530-274-9010 or

Nevada County Online

Learn about Social Media Marketing at the Nevada County Online (NCO) monthly Meetup held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the at the Madelyn Helling Library. NCO is the largest business Meetup group in Nevada County with 372 members. The website is: NCO is for online beginners and experts and everyone in between. All Meetups are open to the public. A $5 donation is requested. RSVP online at Please park down the hill and not in the library parking lot.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Volunteers at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital are special people who offer their time to help others. They provide many extras that supplement the basic services of our hospital’s professional staff along with raising funds through vendor sales and their gift shop. These extras add to the benefit and comfort, care and happiness of our patients.

The SNMH Auxiliary will hold an Appreciation Tea for the hospital employees from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Miner’s Café at the hospita. The Auxiliary will also have their homemade cheese balls for sale at that time.

The gift shop has been selling artist prints by Ron Rodecker of Dragon Tales, a popular children’s TV program that was on PBS stations for many years. There is a variety of prints to choose from. Stop by the gift shop to see the various prints available.

The Golden Empire Sam’s RV Group

Our group met September 8 through 11 at the French Camp RV Resort. Our members enjoyed playing games, touring the “Oakdale Cheese Factory” and having dinner at “Billie Hills Hill Billie BBQ” in Manteca.

If you are looking for a very friendly group that has a lot of fun activities, good food and friendly members, please join us for one of our campouts as a guest. Looking forward to hearing from you! Call 530-477-1799 or 530-263-2035.

Widowed Persons Association

Both upcoming monthly meetings will be held at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley on the second Saturday of each month. Interested persons wishing to join our group should call Millie at 530-265-3454 to make luncheon reservations. The luncheon is served at noon. The “White Elephant Sale” has been postponed to the November meeting to help you with your Christmas shopping.

Each of us in the group has suffered a great loss and Annie’s Snippet for Patriot Day by author unknown hit home for us, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. For further information about joining our group, please call Eileen at 530-272-2487.

Grass Valley Host Lions

We wish to thank our outstanding community for (as usual) getting behind a couple of wonderful charities we had donation buckets for at our fair booth. Our donation bucket for a local, 21 year old, very deserving young lady fighting a horrible life-threatening disease called HLH, and we were able to provide at least a months worth of medical co-payments for her. And our bucket for the co-op with Gold Country Community Services for the Pet Food Pantry (program that provides meals for clients animals signed up on the “Meals on Wheels “ food routes) brought in enough to provide approximately three months of food and pet supplies to ensure these seniors have their best friends and companions as long as they are able.

We have lots of fun events coming up, a Halloween disc golf tournament, Thanksgiving programs, kids Christmas parties, and project events in conjunction with our Boy Scout Troop #4 to help raise monies for even more local aid in areas of our community! Thank you all for your support!

The Golden Empire Auxiliary

We will install of officers at our luncheon on October 16 and are planning for the Fall Ceramic, Craft and Baked Goods sale on October 28. More help is also needed in the Pamper Parlor. Anyone interested in learning more about the Auxiliary or helping in the Pamper Parlor can contact President, Iona Terry, 530-477-5405 or Membership Chairman, Barbara Ford, 530-273-6084.

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.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. Anyone interested in attending the brunch must RSVP by September 13, 2014, by calling 530-470-9395 or emailing For more information about AAUW in Nevada County and/or becoming a member or “Friend of AAUW,” go to

The Duplicate Bridge Club

We meet at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows. The weekly schedule is as follows: Monday at 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.; Thursday at 1 p.m. (this game is at Eskaton); and Friday at 12:30 p.m. Call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586 for information or if you’re in need of a partner. Free bridge lessons and mentoring are available. Bridge players should be intermediate players who want to improve their game or those who have played years ago and want to get back to playing for fun while stimulating the mind. The club is teaching the New Standard American System, which is played by 90 percent of the duplicate players in our club and most tournament players. There are “Life Masters” and advanced players monitoring every table, who analyze every hand, bidding and play. Newcomers will learn the duplicate game and can reach the point where they can join our duplicate club and compete with the players there. These classes began on September 11 and meet every Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. A commitment of four weeks is requested. Classes are ongoing. For more information, email Bill Jones at or call 530-457-7841.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

NCRWF is pleased to have popular retired Sheriff and now KFBK talk show host John McGinness as the keynote speaker for an Americana Gala Dinner meeting on October 24. The event will be held at Alta Sierra Country Club and starts at 5:30 p.m. More information can be found on the NCRWF website below. Reservations can be made by calling 530-274-0803. Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month starting at 11:30 a.m., September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley. For information about membership call 530-478-0636 and for other information about NCRWF email or visit the website at

Support group for families and friends of people with memory loss

A support group for families and friends of people with memory loss is open to anyone interested in discussing issues concerning a loved one or friend with memory loss. The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at 625 Eskaton Circle in Grass Valley. For more information, call Barbara at 530-478-1735.

The Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We offer rides for all levels of riders. Every week there are several rides that you can join. The motto on all led club rides is “No Rider Left Behind.” The benefit of being a club member is that you get regular notices about rides. Or, you can post your own ride on the club’s list-serv. Go to to join. If you’re new to the area and wonder where it’s reasonably safe to ride, being a member of this friendly group of bicyclists will get you started.

Gold Country Miniature Society

Our club enjoys making doll houses and doll house accessories. We build miniatures in all scales and have a variety of interesting projects throughout the year. We meet at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. There are, also, three other miniature clubs in the area which get together on different days. If you are interested in this fun hobby, email Barbara at or Pat at

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 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

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

Hope Bearers

We are available to provide Christ-centered support for all who are faced with the challenges of cancer or other chronic illness. Whether you are a patient, spouse, family member, friend or caregiver — you don’t have to go it alone. Our hope is in God and we are here for you. We offer prayer, fellowship, love and encouragement to keep our faith strong in the midst of perhaps the most difficult circumstances of our lives. We are available for confidential ‘one on one’ or group meetings as needed by request. If you have questions or need prayer, feel free to contact Edda Hunter at 530-432-2862 or Sally Landsburg at 530-273-1468. For more information and to RSVP please contact Erica McGee at 530-559-4517 or email

Gold Country Welcome Club

Our club has something for everyone — literally! If you’re looking to find people with similar interests, check out this active bunch. There’s a group that plays poker. Don’t like poker? How about pinochle, or bunco, bridge or mah jong? Not into games? How about kayaking, or hiking or snow skiing? Not athletic? No problem. There are brainiacs that meet once a month to talk about investing…wood workers that share ideas on their talents … a craft group that comes up with amazing ideas for the home. Garden Club, Men’s Group (great monthly speakers), Women’s Group with lots of theatre and other activities. For more information or to join the club go to, or call 530-478-099.

Stop Smartmeters Nevada County

Do you value your health, and the health of your family and friends? Just as we’re learning that cell phones cause brain tumors, why are we installing the same technology on everyone’s homes, often with no right to opt out? Thousands of people have complained of tinnitus, headaches, nausea, sleeplessness, heart arrhythmia, and other symptoms after a ‘smart’ meter was installed. Wireless technology is a public health hazard. Smart meters can violate already high FCC limits on human exposure to microwave radiation, and are being installed even as people are developing “electro-sensitivity.” There are also reports of ‘smart’ meter interference with pacemakers and other implants. Chronic exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation is a preventable environmental hazard that is sufficiently well documented to warrant immediate preventative public health action. We meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Love Garden on the corner of Lake Vera/Elcelsior Ditch Camp. All are welcome, but please turn off cell phones. For more information, call Heather at 530-478-1617 or 530-210-4284.

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

Meetings are at 7 p.m. on first and third Tuesday of each month at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 S. Church St., Grass Valley. All members are encouraged to attend. For information call 530-268-1713.

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