Club News, Sept. 30, 2017 |

Club News, Sept. 30, 2017

Gold Country Italian American Club

Grab your partner and join us for Bella Notte (beautiful night), a dinner dance featuring a grand buffet of prime rib and chicken Marsala, a silent auction and raffle, with proceeds going to Women of Worth. The mission of Women of Worth is to provide shelter and counseling to battered and abused women. The event will be on Oct. 14 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. We also meet for lunch every third Thursday, also at the Alta Sierra Country Club. For Bella Notte tickets or information, call Joyce at 530-205-9523. For lunch information, call Don Mortara at 530-271-7491.

Gold Country Community Services

Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital made our birthday celebration extra tasty with a beautiful birthday cake! Lunch is served at noon weekdays in our Gold Country Senior Cafe – with entertainment on Wednesdays. The suggested donation for seniors 60 and over is just $3 per meal, making each lunch delicious, nutritious, friendly and an outstanding value. Next week we’ll serve spaghetti and meat sauce, cheesy “krab kakes,” barbecue chicken sandwich, spinach lasagna, and beef soft tacos. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended. To book your place or to find out more about our many services, classes, activities and volunteer opportunities, phone 530-273-4961. Come in and pick up an October menu. You’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. Visit for further information.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

The Craft Guild Winter fair Show will be held October 21 and 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The artisans will be selling their handmade items. Come out and support the artisans that weekend! Bring a can of food to donate to the Interfaith Food Ministries. Check out our site at .

Health Care for All – CA

The Nevada County Chapter of Health Care for All is having its September meeting at 11 a.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S.Church St. in Grass Valley. Newcomers are always welcome, so come hear about all of the activities we are planning.

We are a group of volunteers working to bring universal health care to all Californians. Our main mission is to educate the public through tabling, house parties, letters to the editor, town halls, films and parades.

Right now we are working to pass The Healthy California Act, SB 562. This has now become a two-year bill, which means we have more time to build the movement to pass it. Come to our meeting with your questions. We’ll have up to the minute information, some great handouts, and knowledgeable people to answer your questions. If you like what you hear, learn ways to help at any level of time or commitment. For more info email or call 530-273-3033. Or check

Native Daughters of the Golden West, Laurel Parlor #6, Manzanita Parlor #29, and Naomi Parlor #33

We are pleased to host the Grand President’s visit with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on October 3 at the United Methodist Church, 236 Church Street in Grass Valley. Members and guests are welcome. For information please call 530-346-8280.

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills

We are a nonprofit service organization full of fun loving, spirited women with like minds and a common goal: to help women and children both locally and internationally. Come out and join us for our ANNUAL YARD SALE! Our club members are busy gathering our finest, prized possessions for a new home and environment. Why not yours? The Yard Sale is from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on October 7 in the Tri-Counties Bank parking lot on Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

We are thrilled to be holding our weekly meetings from 7 to 8 a.m. on Thursdays at Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro in downtown Grass Valley. We serve a full breakfast with a bit of social flare. Our club is very excited to announce that we are looking for new members. We want you! For more information visit us at, or visit our Facebook page. Interested in our Garden Tour? Would you like to feature your garden in our 2018 Garden Tour? Please email us at

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

The October 3 meeting of Pine Tree Quilt Guild will showcase the creative talent of local resident Terry McFeely, inventor of Terial Magic, a liquid fabric stabilizer that is revolutionizing the fabric arts.

The original use of Terial Magic was creating 3D flowers that could be shaped without raveling but now McFeely will share over 16 uses that have been developed, from tee shirt quilting to paperless English paper piecing. She will give a demonstration of how to treat fabric and have examples of the many possible uses.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. at Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information about guild activities, please see our website at

Early Risers Toastmasters

A lively and creative meeting was enjoyed by all. Toastmaster of the day was Chuck Coovert.

If it’s time to challenge yourself and improve your speaking, listening and leadership skills, come and join us. As a guest, you’re 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 and finish by 7:50 a.m. Start your day inspired! For further information, phone 530-273-9777. http:/

Newcomers of Nevada County

You will not want to miss the Newcomers luncheon on October 25! It is one of the most exciting events of the year, our annual LIVE and SILENT AUCTIONS, held at the Alta Sierra Country Club! The purpose of the annual auction is to raise funds for Christmas gifts for local children whose parents find themselves in difficult situations. In 2016 Newcomers provided gifts for over 150 Nevada County children from 73 families. All our families are screened by approved agencies ie; Women of Worth, Friendship Club and Helping Hands Nurturing Center.

Members of the family might be working in a low income job or are attending school to develop new skills or are in a dire economic situation. Newcomers goal is to give a hand up to these struggling families. Getting together at our luncheons is a great time for all members and guests to enjoy one another while being entertained by remarkable talent and events! There is an activity for everyone, bridge groups, cooking clubs, knotty knitters, short walkers and any more! For more information please call Ann at 530-432-9954 or visit our website, We look forward to having you join us!

The Roadrunners Travel Club

October 11: IMAX Theatre in Sacramento.

October 25: Violinist Andre Rieu and Johann Strasuss Orchestra, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento.

November 25: Texas Tenors at the Gallo Center in Modesto. For reservations and further information, call Carrie at 530-271-0650 or Donna at 530-272-6516.

Dec. 3: Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco.

Jan. 14: James Garner’s tribute to Johnny Cash in Folsom.

For reservations and information, contact Carrie at 530-271-0650 or Donna at 530-272-6516.

Nevada County Duplicate Bridge Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We are excited to announce our “Dress A Girl Project.” We are making dresses for girls in Africa in an effort to protect them from being victims of human trafficking. We are asking for donations of time, materials or money for materials from Nevada County. We will be holding our first sewing sessions for the fall on October 21 and November 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Twin Cities Church. We need people to cut, sew, iron, organize on those days. Lynn Costa, our chair, will be delivering the dresses to Uganda in January, and Judy East will be delivering some to Kenya and Tanzania next September. If you are interested in helping in any way, please visit or email us at

Golden Empire Sams RV Club

Our October outing is Oct. 8 through 12. We will be going to the Mountain Gate RV Park in Redding. This well maintained park is located just off Highway 5 in Redding. There is much to see and do: Lake Shasta, Mt. Shasta, The Sundial Bridge, golfing, and wine tasting, to name a few. The outing schedule includes one pot luck dinner, one “happy hour” with appetizers, bingo, a tour of the Lake Shasta Caverns and a dinner out to the Outback Steakhouse restaurant. To reserve your site, contact Jackie at 530-265-0700. A deposit check for $38 will reserve your site. Hope to see you there For more information, visit

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. O 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.

California Retired Teachers Assn.

The Nevada County Division of CalRTA will meet on Monday, October 2 for a business and luncheon meeting at Casa Las Katarina’s restaurant, 10100 Alta Sierra Drive. The program will feature a presentation by Dodie Johnson who taught in China over a 10 year period. She is a licensed Educational psychologist who worked in public elementary schools before teaching in China. She lives in the foothills and is a member of Sierra Writers.

Everyone is welcome. If you are a retired teacher and wish to attend, contact Sandy Blake at 530-272-9418. CalRTA is a statewide organization whose primary purpose is to protect the benefits of retired educators and, equally important, support public education.

For membership information, contact Polly Bacich at 530-274- 7110.

Gold Country Welcome Club

We are an active social club of about 600 members. Our mission is to help residents of Nevada County meet people and make new friends. We have over 25 activity groups including bocce ball, books, bunco, camera, cards, computers, diners, hiking, investing, quilting, travel, woodworking and more.

We also have large monthly events. In October we will be going on a private tour of Beale Air Force Base. If you would like information about our club or to apply for membership, visit or call 530-728-0808.

Senior Fun Seekers

Our monthly meeting will be held at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley on October 14. Socializing at 11:30 a.m. and luncheon at noon. We continue our weekly Pinochle card games at the Senior Center at 1 p.m. every Tuesday. Come join us for more fun in your life. Call Eileen for more information about joining our group at 530-272-2487.

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club:

Come join us at 11:30 a.m. on October 7 for the Eleanor Roosevelt Awards and Luncheon at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way in Grass Valley. We will honor this year’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award recipient Marilyn Chambliss. We will also hear from speakers Delaine Eastin and Hilary Hodge; running for Calif. governor and supervisor. There will be a delicious luncheon and a silent auction. Come visit with fellow Democratic women and get to know some of the finest people on the planet. We are a forum for informed and timely discussion and debate. Luncheon is $30. Please visit the Nevada County Democrats webpage for a menu selection and reservation form. Please send checks and form to NWCWC, PO Box 1573, Grass Valley, CA by October 4. If you have questions, please email Shanti Emerson at or call 530-575-2891.

Business & Professional Women of Nevada County

Our club welcomes working, between-jobs and retired women and men who support equity for women in the workplace and in society at large. Meetings are the third Wednesday of every month at Summer Thyme’s, 213 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley. Social/networking begins at 5:30 p.m.; dinner 6 p.m. For more information on the organization, visit

Sierra Wine and Grape Grower Association

You do not have to be a grape grower or a winemaker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meetings and discus subjects like vineyard management, winemaking or critiquing wine. We have a summer picnic, holiday party every year and fund a scholarship to a local student. For more information about Swgga, visit

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 96 years ago to protect the earned benefits of federal employees and retirees. We meet the second Thursday each month at Margarita’s restaurant on Plaza Drive in Grass Valley, except for July and August. Social time is 11:15 a.m., lunch to follow and then our speaker. 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.

The Nevada County Amateur Radio Club

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

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

Happy Trails Travelers

Join us on a fun trip to Silver Legacy Casino. 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. You get bonus $10 slot play, $5 food credit and the driver’s gratuity included in your cost of only $35. If you want to join us, call Laura at 530-273-9641 for information and reservations.

American Association of University Women Nevada County Branch

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

Goldancers Square Dance Club

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

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club

There are over 70,000 Inner Wheel members all over the world. The first IW club was established in England in 1924 by Margaret Golding. Our members are community minded women helping nonprofit groups who help women and children. Nevada City IW Club helps and supports, as we can, KARE Crisis Nursery, Women of Worth and Community Beyond Violence, formerly known as DVSAC. NCIW club just had their annual barbecue at the lovely home of Pat and Judy Ward’s. The gals all went inside and we had a brief meeting. Claudia Edwards, our president, thanked her officers and committee members for all their help during her fiscal year 16-17 and brought up officers and committee members for 2017-18. She also gave IW pins to two new members. If you have questions or want information about our club, call Carole at 530-265-6989.

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

Nevada County Travel Club

We are a social group that gathers for the purpose of traveling together. Our general meetings are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Abundant Life Community Church at 10795 Alta Street in Grass Valley. Join us on October 25 for the Annual Halloween-Themed Mystery Tour. This Weird Tour includes lunch, dinner, historical presentation and tour, costume prizes and treats. On November 9, we will attend Sacramento Community Center’s presentation of “Beautiful — the Carol King Musical.” Tour includes roundtrip transportation, show ticket and gratuities.

For more information on tours and membership, call club president Conni at 530-478-1976 or tour director Brenda at 530-432-5301.

Empire Toastmasters

Join us for learning, great information, and a lot of fun! We meet every Friday at noon at the Holbrooke in Grass Valley for lunch and welcome the public to attend. For more information, call River at 530-362-8098, email us at or visit our website at

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

Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel and our group is open to community members. Our mission is to educate the group and others about the situation in Palestine and 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; the group supports 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.

Retired Public Employees Association

We are a statewide, non-profit association of retirees who are members of CALPERS, which includes current or retired employees of public and state agencies, and classified schools. RPEA members and prospective members are welcome to attend our monthly lunch and business meetings which include programs of interest to our Nevada County Chapter members. Our meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, followed by a guest speaker. We meet at noon at Casa Las Katerina’s (the old Scheidel’s Restaurant), 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, 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 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.

Gold Country Kiwanis

Earlier this month, Gold Country Youth Benefits and Education Foundation and Gold Country Kiwanis offered $1,000 scholarships to the following seniors: Riley Newman of Nevada Union High School; Riley James of Ghidotti Early College; Bridgette Anderson and Rebecca Van Patten of Bear River High School. Gold Country Kiwanis meets every Thursday at noon at Kane’s on Main Street in Grass Valley. Guests are welcome, come check us out!

Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss

An ongoing support group, “Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss,” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Eskaton Village. The group is facilitated by Barbara Larsen, the creator and author of Movement with Meaning. Larson has been working in the field of dementia care for 30 years and is the chair and founding member of the Elder-Care Providers’ Coalition of Nevada County. Meetings include tips on how to communicate effectively with a loved one or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Information on local resources is also available.

Senior Social Singles

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

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

The Gold Country Fly Fishers

We are back to our regular schedule of the first Tuesday of the each month. If you want to learn to fly-fish or improve your skills, come join us for a fun time. Visit for information on all we have to offer.

The Gra-Neva A’s

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

PFLAG Nevada County

We offer two support groups on the fourth Tuesday of every month. There is one group for LGB + their allies and another group for transgender people. The groups meet at 6 p.m. and usually last until 8 p.m.

Members of the LGBT community and their allies should consider attending these meetings to share their experiences and to offer support to others. Families and friends of the LGBT community — and especially concerned parents — should consider attending to receive support from others with the issues they are facing in their homes and schools. Parents are welcome to come, to receive support from other parents of gay or bisexual children.

These groups 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 Pat at 530-277-0489.

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 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, email or visit Facebook

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.

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.

PEO Gold Country Reciprocity

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

Winter 4WD snow runs

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

Jewel Heart Norcal Study Group

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

Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center Auxiliary

We are looking for new members. The Auxiliary has many activities to choose from: Bingo, Catholic and nondenominational church services, ceramics, Pamper Parlor, visitation, Mother’s Day Tea, Father’s Day Tea and June Ice Cream Social. The Auxiliary is open to both men and women. If this sounds appealing, you can get more information by calling president Janice Mason at 530-271-0111 or membership chairman, Barbara Ford at 530-273-6084.

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

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

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.

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.

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 or email

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

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

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

Evangeline Chapter no. 9, Order of The Eastern Star

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

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

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

Spiritual Book Club

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

Nordic Skiers of Nevada County

We promote back-country skiing and snowshoeing for its members and the community. The club sponsors trips and monthly club meetings the first Thursday of every winter month. The general public is welcome to attend meetings and may join at club meetings. The club web site is

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