Club News, Oct. 8, 2016 |

Club News, Oct. 8, 2016

Early Risers Toastmasters welcomed 101-year-old honorary member, Otto Haueisen, shown here with friend and fellow member, Jim Lewis.
Submitted by Judy Nichols |

Club News, Oct. 8, 2016

Photo by Judy Nichols

(caption) Wired for sound – Early Risers Toastmasters welcomed 101-year-old honorary member, Otto Haueisen, shown here with friend and fellow member, Jim Lewis.

Nevada County Genealogical Society

Our programs include presentations on various genealogy related topics. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City. Meetings are free and the public is welcome. If you are new to genealogy or have questions, we are here to help. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and a “help table” is available to anyone with questions regarding their research. For more information, contact President Maria Brower at 530-272-2119 or email

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.

Blue Star Mothers of America

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 5:15 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at 1036 W. Main Street, Grass Valley (NID Annex Bldg). 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 or email with any questions.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Our Craft Guild Winter Fair Show will be held October 15 and 16 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The crafters will be selling their handmade items. Come out and support the crafters that weekend!

Bring a can of food to donate to the Interfaith Food Ministries. See ads in The Union for this upcoming

event. To learn more about the guild, visit

The Nevada County Amateur Radio Club

We will be holding our monthly meeting Monday, October 10 at the Salvation Army facility at 10725 Alta Street in Grass Valley. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. 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

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The October 18 luncheon meeting of Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) will be held at Alta Sierra County Club. The social hour starts at 11:30 a.m. and meeting begins at noon.

The September meeting will feature Assembly Woman Catharine Baker, representing the 16th CA Assembly District, and CFRW (California Federation of Republican Women) 2nd Vice President, Dottie Linden.

On October 13, NCRWF will co-host a Wine Chat with the Nevada County Republican Party. The Wine Chat will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the campaign office in the Fowler Center.

Regular 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 October 18 luncheon, call Patricia at 530-470-8507.

Information about membership can be answered by calling 530-273-1087. For more information about NCRWF please email us at or visit the website at

Gold Country Rose Society

The program for October is about “Sex and the Single Rose.” Jolene Adams, the past president of the American Rose Society and current Master Rosarian for the Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaii District. Her program is about hybridizing roses and the principle parts of the rose, pollinization and care of the developing hip, collecting the seeds and storing them until early spring.

Please join us in the Rose Room at City Hall 1225 Lincoln Way in Auburn. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11.

Happy Trails Travelers

Trips to Silver Legacy for Oct. 14, Nov. 10 and Dec. 9. This is a six hour stay. You are served coffee and fresh pastries from Daily Donuts. We play bingo on the way. We’re a fun group with a very safe and helpful driver. Cost is $35, you get $10 back in play money and a $5 food credit also includes driver’s gratuity. If you want to join us call Laura at 530-273-9641 for more information and reservations.

Gold Country Community Services

A delicious meal is even better when it’s followed by quality entertainment. Heather MacAdam is a Friendship Wednesday favorite. Her songs, her lovely voice and warmth are exceptional, and her generosity is much appreciated by all. Lunch is served weekdays at noon in our Gold Country Senior Cafe. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60 and over. Reservations (especially on Wednesdays) and early arrival are highly recommended. Next week’s menu features turkey tetrazzini, fiesta chicken, Tunisian meatballs, California pork, and turkey chili.

By the way, GCCS welcomes volunteers who could be substitute drivers in our meals-on-wheels program – or volunteers to participate in our wood program. Each is an important service to support senior members of our community.

For reservations and information about our services, activities and classes – as well as current volunteer opportunities, call 530-273-4961. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley, and reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, visit

Early Risers Toastmasters

We enjoyed an action-packed meeting, with two special guests: Area Governor Patty Smith and honorary member Otto Haueisen (101 years old). Otto joined Toastmasters in 1940, and has been an active member for many years. Lolly Drievold was our gracious toastmaster of the day, and “laconic” was our word of the day. The outstanding speaker trophy went to Chuck Coovert, while Jean Creasey was voted outstanding evaluator. Patty Smith also won an award for her outstanding, impromptu table topics answer, using the word of the day. If it’s time to polish your speaking, listening and leadership skills, come and join us. As a guest, you’e always welcome, and never under any pressure to speak or to join. We meet for breakfast each Tuesday morning upstairs at Humpty Dumpty in Grass Valley. Meetings start promptly at 6:30 a.m. and finish by 7:50 a.m., so you can get to work on time. Start your day inspired! For further information, phone 530-273-9777.

Gold Country Kiwanis

The 2016/17 year has come to an end for Gold Country Kiwanis. The newly commissioned board is: President – David Jones; President Elect 2017/18 – Greg Nichols; Past President – Janice’ Moule; Secretary – Karen Poskus; Membership – Amy Spencer, Bonnie Hampton and Jane Bibeault; Finance – Rick Tuggle, David Jones; and Jim Swisher. Other board members include, Mick Tuttle, Chuck Bess, Steve Ellis, Howard Levine and C.J. La Civita

To help raise money for the children in our community, Kiwanis sponsored the following events: A Spin-A-Thon, World Tai Chi Day, Great Ball Race (in coordination with the Adult Soap Box Derby), Working the County Fair booth at both the fair and Draft Horse Classic; and the Second Annual TomARTo Fest for the Youth and Education Benefits Foundation.

Gold Country Kiwanis is looking forward to another successful year working for and with the youth of our community. Gold Country Kiwanis meets every week. For more information contact us at, Guests are welcome!

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.

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills

We would like to announce the availability of funds offered to nonprofit agencies or organizations which improve the lives of women and children in the community and throughout the world. Last year we funded $14,000 in mini-grants. SI of the Sierra Foothills has designated $10,000 to fund mini-grants for service programs consistent with their mission statement. Applications should include the following: agency’s mission and vision statement detailing services the organization provides; the community need for the program; the proposed use of the requested funds and community impact; the dollar amount requested; how partial funding could be used; contact person, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address and agency tax identification number. Proposals are due by November 1, 2016. Please submit applications via e-mail or mail to Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills, Attention Service Committee, P. O. Box 778, Grass Valley, CA 95945. The application form is available on line at Questions may be addressed to Elke Williamson at 530-478-9552, or by e-mail to Ashley Schwarz at

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County

We are excited about our fall luncheon that features both a live and silent auction whose proceeds provide holiday gifts for the needy children of Nevada County. For information on auction items, contact Katharyn at 530-271-1297. For information about the luncheon, contact Susie at 530-477-2159. The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The public is welcome to the live auction at 1 p.m.

Our club was founded almost 70 years ago. While the name implies that our club is for newcomers, it goes beyond that and opens its doors to all ladies of Nevada County. For information on the club and the luncheon, please visit our website at, or Like us of Facebook at If you want to speak with someone, please contact Barbara at 530-477-1404.

Golden Empire Sams RV Club

We would like to invite you to join us on our next outing. It will be October 9 through 13 in Gridley. If you would like to attend, please notify hosts Alice and Darrell Freude at 530-272-4360. For more information about our RV club, contact Tim at 530-346-2368 and visit

Calif. Retired Teachers Association.

CalRTA is a statewide organization whose prime purpose is to enhance and protect the benefits of retired educators and to support public education. The division meets five times a year featuring a speaker or program relative to STRS members. For membership information contact Carole Siver at 530-272-4132.

Native daughters of The Golden West

Membership is open to California born individuals. Please call our recording secretary for a membership application at 530-346-8280.

Nevada County Camera Club

Meetings are at the Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley. The public is welcome and there is no cost for first time guests. For more information, visit

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We started the year with 11 new members who bring passion and dedication to our mission of helping women and children in Nevada County. Committees are organizing to plan events, which will include like the Outstanding Effort Award recognizing eighth graders who have overcome obstacles, a grant process for nonprofits, an international project to be determined, selecting a Live Your Dream recipient, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, and many more. If you are a women head of household returning to school, please consider applying for our Club Live Your Dream award and possibly a regional award to help you go back to school. Application information is on our website, If you are a dedicated, passionate, dynamic woman looking to help other women and children, join our club. We have only two formal meetings a month, and consistently make a difference in our community.


The Roadrunners would like to invite you to go with us on the following trips: October 13, Clint Black; October 27, Sound of Music; November 19, Golden Gate Fields. For reservations and trip details, please contact Carrie at 530-271-0650 or Donna at 530-272-6516.

P.E.O. Gold Country Reciprocity

We will meet on Oct. 15 at Sierra Pines Methodist Church, 22259 W. Hacienda Dr. in Grass Valley. Coffee, refreshments and a boutique sale at 9:30 a.m., general meeting at 10 a.m. For more information, call Kathy at 530-320-7965. A legacy passed down through generations of women, P.E.O. has deep roots in local communities, and our influence reaches to all corners of the globe. P.E.O. members are women of all ages, from all walks of life, united in a shared passion for educating women and a belief that doing so can change the world. Over 88,000 women have benefited from P.E.O.’s educational scholarships, loans, awards and projects. For information, visit

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

Our upcoming October 9 event, “All About Unique Women-Cold War to Camelot,” is a 1950’s-themed fundraiser to benefit scholarship programs, plus a chance to meet and hear from our 2016 eighth grade Tech Trekkers just back from STEM camp at UC Davis. For more information about AAUW or becoming a member or “Friend of AAUW,” visit

Goldancers Square Dance Club

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

Nevada County Freethinkers

Reason and rationality in the foothills — we welcome freethinkers, atheists, humanists, skeptics, and anyone looking to make a connection with other like minded people in our community. During our meetups we will discuss how we arrived at our worldview and the difficulties we may have with friends and family who have trouble understanding our views, we will review and discuss books and articles about our views, and generally just have an enjoyable time together.

We meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Madelyn Helling Library’s Community Room in Nevada City. For more information, visit

The Healing Through Loss and Grief Support Group

Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. The goal of the group is for members to help one another in the grief recovery journey. This is a structure process with weekly meetings and assignments. The group will meet for 14 consecutive Thursdays. There is no charge to participate. For more information, visit

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 or Pat at

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

Community Service continues to make and distribute quilts for local residents in need, meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Eskaton Senior Village. Kits and fabric are available and help is always appreciated. For more information about Pine Tree Quilt Guild activities, please visit

Senior Fun Seekers

Please call Geri at 530-446-6054. We continue to play Pinochle each Tuesday at Olympia Glades Club House at noon. Many are joining gambling groups for casino play and the horse races at Golden Gate Park. Some of us have enjoyed games of Skip-Bo in private homes. We try to keep busy and mentally alert. If you wish to join our group and seek more information, please call Ann at 530-274-3635 or Millie at 530-265-3454. We look forward to meeting you.

The Nevada County Duplicate Bridge Club

We are offering free bridge classes to intermediate players [or those who played 30 years ago and want to get back to bridge] from 9 a.m. to noon at Eskaton. No beginners. We will teach modern Standard American conventions that 90 percent of our members use. There will be a mentor at each table to go over the bidding and the play. These classes will be every Thursday until November 17. If you don’t have a partner, come anyway, we will arrange one. If you are interested [RSVP] or want more information about the classes, email Bill Jones at or call 530-457-7841. The bridge students will be able to join our duplicate club and participate in any of our games which happen at the Golden Empire Grange at La Bar Meadows on Monday at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. If you are interested in coming to our club games now, call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586. There are also games on Wednesday at Lake Wildwood at 7 p.m., Thursday at Eskaton at 1 p.m. and Penn Valley at 7 p.m.

The Retired Public 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 (the old Scheidel’s Restaurant), just off Alta Sierra Drive, one-tenth of a mile off State Hwy. 49. Interested retirees can call Carol Kendrick at 530-265-2326; Mary Ann Trygg at 530-273-248, or email, 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!

The Roadrunner Travel Club

We would like to invite you to join us on the following trips: October 19: IL Fiorello Olive Oil Company, Suisun Valley. Contact Carrie 530-271-0650 or Donna 530-272-6516 for reservations.

Spiritual Book Club

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

High Sierra Corvette Club

Corvette owners, if you are interested in Corvette runs, social events, food, laughter, 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 6:30 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 or call Bruce Puphal at 530-432-9828.

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

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association

If you are interested in planting wine grapes or making wine, the Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association will host a round table discussion to answer any questions you may have. The Association is a group of hobbyists and are gearing this program to people interested in taking up this hobby or who have already started and have questions. For more information, visit

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club

This month will be the end of Inner Wheel’s fiscal year and we’re getting ready for our annual barbecue. Again, this year the barbecue will be held at the lovely home of Pat and Judy Wards. We will have an installation of officers for our 2016-17 year, have some great food and enjoy good company. We all look forward to this event.

Our club has a new project we’ve just started called “Dress a Girl Around The World.” Several gals are making these darling dresses with bright colors and decorations in several sizes. These dresses are sent all over the world and the fabric and items to make the dresses are all donated. Our club is still supporting Women of Worth, Domestic Violence and KARE Crisis Nursery. For more information about events call KCN at 530-265-0693. Our IW club meets once a month for a meeting and lunch at Bistro 221 in Nevada City. For club information call Carole at 530-265-6989.

Health Care for All – CA

Our Nevada County affiliate will be scaling back our meetings to an “as needed” basis. That means whenever we have a project to work on we’ll call a meeting. Check here in Club News for upcoming meetings. We’ll post them here and you’ll know exactly what exciting project you’re being invited to join in on.

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: or call Hershel Golden at 530-272-3378. More information about SIR’s can be found at

Golden Empire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Auxiliary

We encourage members to bring in new members. The Auxiliary has many activities and new members are always needed to help with these activities. Ceramics, church services and visitation could always use more help. At our last meeting, Vicki Young presented Janice Mason with a gift certificate from the Auxiliary as this year’s Volunteer of the Year. Janice helps in Ceramics and makes herself available whenever and wherever she is needed. Anyone interested in the Auxiliary can contact President Iona Terry at 530-477-5405 or Membership Chairman Barbara Ford at 530-273-6084.

The Nevada City Lions Club

We meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park, Nevada City. For more information, contact President Jim Purcell at 530-613-0419 or Secretary Doug Wight at 530-477-0134.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters ( 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.

Nevada County Middle East Discussion Group

This group is open to all individuals with an interest in exploring the ever changing, political, social, and historical components of the “Middle East.” We meet in the community room of the Nevada County Superintendent of School Building, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City. For more information please email Izzi Tooinsky at or call 530-210-5387.

Senior Social Singles

Seniors over 50 meet for fun activities and socials and dinners. Socials and dinners are the 2nd and 4th Fridays every month at various locales at 5 p.m. Activities are varied throughout the month in coordination with members interests. If interested in attending a social, call Patty at 530-273-8815 for more information.

National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE)

Chapter 1335 of NARFE meets on the second Thursday of every month except July and August. Meetings take place at Margarita’s restaurant, 988 Plaza Dr., Grass Valley. Social time is 11:15 a.m., lunch at noon with program speaker at approximately 12:20 p.m. NARFE’s mission is to protect the earned benefits of federal employees and retirees. All current and retired federal employees, their spouses and survivor annuitants are welcome to attend meetings and join NARFE. For information call Larry Kinkor at 530-265-6477.

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.

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 for more information.

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.

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.

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

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet at 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Summer Thyme’s in Grass Valley. 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, email Anita Wald-Tuttle at

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

We meet at 7 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange on the first Tuesday of the month.

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month excluding December. Off season (October-April), the meetings are held at Alta Sierra Pizza & Grill, 15690 Johnson Place, 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

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Volunteers at SNMH are special people who offer their time to help others. We provide many extras that supplement the basic services of our hospital’s professional staff. These extras add to and benefit the comfort, care and happiness of our patients. Along with performing a wide variety of tasks, the Volunteers raises funds throughout the year for purchase of patient care equipment for the hospital through their gift shop and in-house vendor sales. The gift shop is open five days a week and contains unique gifts items along with Sees Candy year around.

Beta Sigma Phi

What is Beta Sigma Phi and what is it all about? Beta Sigma Phi is an international organization founded for women by Walter Ross in 1931. “It’s all about bringing women of all ages, locally and around the world, together to share in social and cultural endeavors and to serve their community in a variety of ways. It’s about having friendships wherever your home may be, and receiving support from your Sorority Sisters in time of need. It’s an opportunity to expand your leadership and organizational skills. It’s really all about life, learning and friendship. For more information on becoming a member of a local chapter call president Lois M. Robinson at 530-272-6804 or vice-president Verrone Kuenstler at 530-798-8787.

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 http://www., or call 530-478-099.

The Gold Country German-American Club

Our club meets monthly at Seaman’s Lodge in Nevada City. 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.

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.

Widowed Persons Association

Come join our group and start a new life with new friends. For more information please call Eileen at 530-272-2487 or Ken at 530-432-1779.

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.

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.

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 or call Marceline at 530-615-4018.

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

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.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

We offer two free meetings in Grass Valley, one at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Nevada County Contractors Assoc., 149 Crown Point Court and 8 a.m. on Saturdays at Salvation Army Chapel, 10725 Alta St. Meetings are also held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 117 in Auburn. 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.

For more information call 530-470-0473 or visit

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