Club briefs, Sept. 29, 2012 |

Club briefs, Sept. 29, 2012

Mary Jane Parker, left, and Diana Delago, right, personally deliver a September birthday cake from Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital for Gold Country Community Services’ Friendship Wednesday guests.
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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.

Healing through Loss and Grief Support Group

Anyone who has experienced emotional loss, be it current or in the past, is welcome.

For information, call (530) 265-3258 or visit

Blue Star Mothers of America

California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen, in Grass Valley. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, step-mother, foster-mother, grandmother, or legal guardian who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military, we invite you to join us.

For more information, visit

The Sierranaders Chorus

We will continue practicing songs for our upcoming Fall Cabaret Show, “Martian Attack.” All men are invited to come sing with us … and starting November, we initiate a FREE learn to sing program, which includes four 90-minute lessons on each Tuesday evening at the DeWitt center in Auburn. Following the class, there will be a chance to sing with this fun group at the Nevada City Victorian Christmas celebration. For information, email Cliff Johnson at, or call Roger Perkins at (530) 823-0339.

California Retired Teachers Association

Our next meeting will be Monday, October I at the Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley. There will be a social hour at 11, business meeting at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. Following lunch, to raise money for our scholarship/teacher grant fund, Marshall Barnes will be the caller for our first Bingo game program. Cards will be $3 (two for $5). Come and join in the fun! All teachers are welcome. If you plan to attend, call Marian Hughes at (530) 272-5795.

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Newcomers “ is a women’s social club which has various activity groups, i.e., Gardening Clubs, Cooking Clubs, Reading Clubs, Game Clubs (many varieties – Bridge, Mah Jong, etc.). New Members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. To receive information regarding membership, please call (530) 530-478-1114. The October Newcomers Club of Nevada County General Meeting and Luncheon will be at Alta Sierra Country Club on Wednesday, October 26 and will feature one of our favorite events — both SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS. Come join the fun. If you wish, you can enhance the activities by dressing up in a Halloween costume. Prizes will be awarded. Bonnie Lawless will be the auctioneer for the live auction. Proceeds from the auction are used to help fund the Newcomers CFP (Christmas Family Project), helping deserving families, especially the children, have a happier holiday season. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the silent auction begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the Live Auction will begin at 1 p.m. Menu choices include seared center cut pork loin with sun dried cranberry demi glace and house made spicy apple sauce; stuffed turkey roast with house made sweet potato corn bread and kielbasa sausage; or Chef’s Choice vegetarian entree. All choices include Soup du Jour, bread and butter, coffee and tea and chocolate walnut tartlets with chantilly whipped cream for dessert. Luncheon cost is $18 per person.

Reservations must be received by Monday, October 15.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter #1335

All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend chapter meetings held the second Thursday each month. A benefit of membership is timely updates on policy actions affecting Federal employees and retirees. For more information, please call Larry Kinkor, at (530) 265-6477.

Early Risers Toastmasters

The secrets of staying fit throughout life, and the secrets of getting through the maze of health insurance claims were the respective topics of eye-opening speeches given by Anne King and Viv Tipton at last Tuesday’s Early Risers meeting. Thoughtful, supportive evaluations of the speeches were given by Cindy Bailey, Lori Burkart-Frank and Shelley Drievold. Shelley’s evaluation of a third speaker’s off-the-cuff talk resulted in a trophy-winning vote. Joshua Bostic conducted a ‘wild-card’ table topics, using the word of the day, “quintessential,” with many impromptu speakers giving answers that were variations on a theme. Challenging and fun, nevertheless. New member Drew Seroni gave an answer that resulted in a trophy. Isn’t it time to learn or improve YOUR speaking skills? Then join us next Tuesday for breakfast at Trolley Junction. President Jim Lewis will call the meeting to order promptly at 6:30, and we’ll finish by 7:50 a.m. — so you can get to work on time and inspired!

Call (530) 273-9777 for further details or visit

Widowed Persons Association of California #14

The Widowed Persons Association will hold their October monthly meeting at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley on October 13. We will have a guest speaker following the luncheon. After the guest speaker we will have our semi-annual White Elephant Sale where someone else’s “junque” will become your treasure for only $1. It is usually a great deal of fun. A group of us are planning to attend the Barbershop Lasagne Dinner and Concert at the Fairgrounds.

If you are interested in joining us, please call Nickie at (530) 272-2792 or Eileen at (530) 272 2487.

Grass Roots Genealogy
Study Group

We meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. Meetings are open to anyone interested in genealogy research. The building is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking. There are no dues. Topics are posted at

For more information, email or call (530) 268-0348.

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills is having their annual Yard Sale today from 8:30 a.m. to until 2:30 p.m. No early shoppers, please. The sale takes place in the parking lot of the Sutton Way branch of Tri-Counties Bank. We will have household goods, books, holiday decorations, linens, toys, clothing, tools, some furniture and treasures of all kinds.

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutter bugs to advanced photographers, Nevada County Camera Club has something for you. Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month. Visit for exceptions. Visitors are welcome, refreshments are served. Meeting location is the Unity Church,180 Cambridge Ct. in Grass Valley. Maps can be found at Come join us for a friendly evening get together of like-minded people who enjoy photography!

Vietnam Vets to discuss financial planning in this challenging environment

All Vietnam era veterans and their families are invited to attend a discussion on personal financial planning at the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter’s October 4 meeting at 6 p.m. at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

During our lifetime we’ve never experienced problems like those now faced by the U.S. economy. How should we, as investors, think about all of this? How can we protect our savings in this environment? Merrill Lynch Vice President David Thomas will share his thoughts on these and other questions impacting financial planning at the meeting. He will provide his perspective as to how investors large and small can protect their savings.

The local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among a group of veterans who share a common heritage. All veterans of the Vietnam era and their families are welcome to attend chapter meetings. The chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room, Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley.

For information call (530) 265-4878 or visit our website

Duplicate Bridge Club

A physical exercise given is “no pain, no gain.” This applies as well to mental exercise. People who work Suduko skip the easy ones and struggle on the hard ones. They require more mental exercise but, when completed, provide more accomplishment. Millions of Americans play party bridge because it is fun; but only a small percentage play duplicate bridge. Yes, it is more challenging but it is more rewarding.

The Duplicate Bridge Club invites you to visit, watch, or play a free game. We have games on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange (on La Barr Meadows Rd.) A slight fee is charged and snacks are free. On Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. there is Bridge at the Eskaton Lodge for beginners; everyone is welcome.

For further information, call Bruce Lester at (530) 477-9586.

League of Women Voters

Pros and cons for the 11 state propositions will be presented by members of the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County at their regular second-Saturday morning meeting on October 13, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley. Refreshments will be served at 9:30; the program is from 10 a.m. to noon. 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. It does not support candidates for public office, but often makes recommendations on issues, including state ballot measures. At this meeting, however, the members will be offering only analyses of the prospective effects of the votes on each proposition and the arguments for and against. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

For more information, visit

The Chicago Park Garden Club

We will hold two meetings in October. On October 3 there is a field trip to the North Star House, 12075 Old Auburn Road, Grass Valley. Carole Miller, the Garden Club’s horticulture chairman and a garden volunteer at the North Star House, will conduct a tour of the historic gardens and the Julia Morgan house on the site. Bring a bag lunch and beverage (hat and sunscreen also recommended); PARK in the North Lot; MEET in front of the House at noon.

The Garden Club’s next regular meeting will be Wednesday, October 31 at 1 p.m. at the Peardale Firehouse Community Room. Speaker Bonnie Brandt, entomologist and master gardener, will give a slide presentation on identifying the bugs in your garden, both destructive and beneficial. Halloween costumes encouraged; come as your favorite bug! Nonmembers welcome. The Flower Arrangers group will meet on Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Peardale Firehouse. The Card Makers group will meet on Oct. 10 and Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the Peardale Firehouse. Membership is open.

For more information, call (530) 272-7708.

Sierra Singles

Club members are planning an early dinner at Kane’s on Wednesday, October 3 to take advantage of the advertised “early bird special.” Older singles who would enjoy being part of our group activities are invited to attend our next club meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. and get acquainted.

For information, contact Shirley Corry, 274-3355.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics

“Children should be seen AND heard.” Please join us 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays for book and study discussion for adult children of alcoholics. This is a nonprofit, 12-step group meeting. The gathering is nonsmoking and open to both men and women. Meetings are in classroom 5 in the back of the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

Mothers Prayer Warriors

Our group now meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Twin Cities Church. If you are a mother who has lost a child, you may gain strength and knowledge from our unique Bible study.

For information, call Cyndi Fellman at (530) 432-8148.

12-Step spiritual journey writing workshop

Word-A-Live Church is sponsoring a 12-step study and writing workshop for individuals who grew up in less-than-nurturing or chaotic homes. This workshop uses the 12 steps in a Christian context. Located at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. The workshop is designed to help restore the spirit and provide a workable formula for confronting the past. It is a model for surrendering one’s life to God. Emphasizes the relationship between the 12 steps and the practice of Christian living. For information, call Beverly at (530) 210-4651.

Frank Gallino American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130

We were honored on Saturday, September 22nd, at the District meeting held at our Post 130 at the Veterans Hall,Grass Valley to entertain an official visit by Terry Mikesell, Department President. Her theme for this year is “magical mysterious fantasy,” which “magic wands” will wave with thoughtful care over any changes in procedures and policies that will reflect a vision for our future. Our Unit 130 continues to send boxes overseas to our troops and cut out grocery coupons to send to our many world wide bases. We would like any new members to join us by calling our President, Julie Slater at (530) 273-4179, or please come to our monthly business meeting, the second Tuesday of every month. In October we will be honoring our Girls and Boys State representatives who will be presenting their wonderful stories of their experiences. This meeting will start at 5 p.m. with their presentation afterwards. All other meetings are at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Veterans Building in Grass Valley. Our members will be assisting at the All Veterans Stand Down October 5 and 6 at the NevadaCounty Fairgrounds. We will greet and help register the Veterans and help serve lunch for them on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. This is a wonderful opportunity for Veterans to receive information and access the services provided these days.

If you know any Veterans please invite them to come!

The Grass Valley/Nevada City Chapter of LeTip

We meet Tuesdays from 7:16 to 8:31 a.m. at Trolley Junction Restaurant 400 Railroad Avenue Nevada City. We welcome anyone interested in growing their business! Guests should bring 50 business cards, and be ready to tell us about your business as you learn about ours. Our featured speaker this week was Jim Flaherty of J. Christopher Co. Jim is a second generation builder, working in the industry for 24 years and has been a licensed contractor since 1999.

For more information about Grass Valley/Nevada City LeTip, call (530) 477-4777 or email

The BAM Project ~ A Nevada County Tapestry

We are a membership organization for Christian Women who work with a variety of nonprofits annually to raise funds and awareness of the benefits and needs of these organizations. Ten of the members of The BAM Project are on the “Team BAMMER” to raise money for Paint The Town Pink, an annual event that showcases over 40 vendors, a fashion show, Silent Auction, Food and music to benefit advancement of breast cancer care in our community. Paint the Town Pink is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 25 at The Nevada County Fairgrounds Main Building.

Team BAMMER is asking The Union readers for help. Several of the businesses have collection “Jars”, such as A to Z, Party Time, M3 Mall and Tupperware (all also pictured). When utilizing these businesses, take a minute and place your change in the jar.

On October 6 at A to Z (a BAM Member), will be hosting a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. Stop by and pick up a home-made treat and also shop A to Z for additional savings all while supporting Paint The Town Pink’s fundraising efforts.

The next Gathering for The BAM Project will be held on October 11th at the Holbrooke. The featured non-profit is Anew Day, and all women in business are invited to attend.

or more information about The BAM Project, contact or watch a short video on you tube at http://youtube/zzBoBNvbUwo. To start your own team, contact Dawn Narvaez at The winning team will be showcased on stage at the event.

Gold Country Community Services

Special thanks to Mary Jane Parker and Diana Delago of Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital for the gorgeous birthday cake! Gold Country Community Center celebrates birthdays on the last Friendship Wednesday of each month. Our High Noon Café is open weekdays for lunch.

Come in, and pick up a new October menu, complete with classes, activities, services, and entertainment.

Our Firewood Relay continues on Saturday from 8 to 10:00 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to noon. Get a team together, and help split wood to keep low-income seniors warm this winter.

We meet at Old Hills Flat Lumber Yard on the corner of E. Main and Idaho Maryland Rd., Grass Valley. Special thanks to Gold Country Kiwanis, Foothill Lions Club, 49er Rotary and EcoLabs for all your energy and kindness.

On October 6, you can visit us at the Penn Valley Fall Festival, as we’ll be hosting a booth. For further information, call (530) 273-4961 (lines open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

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