Kiwanis Club

Kiwanis Club members in western Nevada County joined together for a work day early in May to clean and improve Pioneer Park and the Deer Creek watershed in Nevada City.

Members of the Bear River and Nevada Union high school key clubs, along with Gold Country Kiwanis adults, combined their talents, efforts and desire to serve the community by improving Pioneer Park. The event was coordinated by the Friends of Deer Creek and included a picnic and recognition of the Key Club members and sponsors.

Saturday morning was spent picking up trash along the creek trail and in the park. The students worked hard, raking and weeding the play area and volleyball court and sweeping walkways and bridges.

The big task of the day involved the repainting of park picnic tables. After the hard work, high school Key Club and adult Kiwanis members enjoyed a barbecue in the park.

Bear River Key Club member Mike Fredrickson summed up the feelings of most of those present when he said, “It was great going out and getting dirty to help our community.”

Gift certificates from the New Moon Café were presented to Key Club teacher-advisers Jeff Carrow at Bear River and Mary Dodson at Nevada Union High School.

Officers of the Key Clubs were also recognized for their work. At Bear River, the officers include Amber Fleming, president; Morgan Lake, vice-president; and Cindy Nelson, secretary.

At Nevada Union, the officers are Kristen Knerr, president; Rebecca Nuffer and David Sussburg, co-vice-presidents; Sara Hurley, secretary; and Jeremy DeMartini, public relations chair.

Gold Country Kiwanians also participated in the national Law Day events in the month of May, in special recognition of the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

Members first took a full tour of the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City on May 6. Speaking on the importance of the Brown decision at luncheon meetings in May were Nevada County Public Defender Thomas Anderson and Court Administrator Sean Metroka.

Kiwanis is an international service club that focuses its efforts on the needs of children, families and local communities all over the world. Local meetings are on Thursdays at noon, at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley. For more information, call 470-1919 or visit

Nevada County Red Hat Society

The Nevada County Red Hat Picnic will be June 13, 1 p.m., at Memorial Park in Grass Valley, off Hwy. 174 downtown. Please bring a bag lunch and a chair with you. No reservations needed. Just show up!

The quarterly Queens’ meeting will take place July 14. Time and place will be announced via the e-mail listserv. Mark your calendars and plan to attend to share your chapter information.

Reservations for the Red Hat Hawaiian Holiday (Nov. 29-Dec. 6) are now being taken.

The Hats Across the Sea joint event with the Big Island Red Hatters includes a Red Hat lunch and Christmas parade scheduled for Dec. 4, and from all indications, we will have 100-plus participants. Friends and partners are welcome. For more information, contact Queen Cathy Fagan at or call 432-1974.

Here is an opportunity to do some forward planning. A Red Hat Snow Train Trip to Reno is being planned for March 7 and 8, 2005.

The cost of $139 (double occupancy) includes train and bus transportation, one night at the Reno Hilton Hotel, a cocktail party, a breakfast and lunch buffet, a stop in Boomtown, and slot-play bonuses. This trip sells out fast, so contact Queen Anne Miranda at 273-3494 to reserve your space.

Sons of Norway

The Sons of Norway annual potluck picnic will be Monday, June 14, at 5 p.m. at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Attendees are asked to bring their own meat, a dish to share, and their own table service. For more information, call 272-2937.

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