Club news 05/17/08 |

Club news 05/17/08

Nevada County Bonsai Club

Meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City. Our next meeting will be held May 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 273-2628.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

Meetings are held the third Saturday of every month at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn Street.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Regular meetings are at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month and are open to all. The location is the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley, in the dining room.

For more information, call 272-8684.

American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130 meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the dining hall of the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building. We welcome visitors and new members.

For more information, call 273-2018.

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

A monthly meeting is held at 7 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month at the Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley.

Visit for more information.

Friendship Wednesday

Lunch is served at noon on Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m.

This Wednesday, May 21, will feature the Gold Country Senior Band.

For more information, call 273-4961.

Soroptimist International

The Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills is pleased to present their 15th annual tour of private gardens in the foothills of Grass Valley and Nevada City.

This year’s Garden Tour will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the gardens.

For tickets and information, call 477-8013 or visit meetings are held every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. at the Trolly Junction Restaurant at the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City.

Grass Valley Knight of Columbus

Grass Valley Knight of Columbus annual Spring Clean Up Flea Market. Saturday, May 17, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., corner of McKnight and Auburn Road, across from the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Aurora Placer Chapter No. 40

Aurora Placer Chapter No. 40 invites you to their May Flowers luncheon and fashion show, to be held Saturday, May 31, at 11:30 a.m., at Aurora Placer Chapter, 126 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. $10 admission.

RSVP to Sheila Forster, 336 Carriage Lane, Auburn, CA 95603 or at 823-2647.

Angela Diaz 5/15/08 run with photo

Red Hat Ladies Club

The Red Hat Ladies Club visited the Historic National Hotel in Nevada City where a large painting of the Sierra Buttes, painted by Gloria Beth, is hanging in the main lobby.

Native Daughters of the Golden West, Manzanita Parlor #29

Native Daughters of the Golden West, Manzanita Parlor #29, are holding a memorial service. All Native Daughters and Native Sons are invited to participate in the service to honor their members who have passed on. The service will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 113 So. Church Street in Grass Valley. All are invited to attend the services. A social will follow.

For more information, call 273-3746.

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women are pleased to announce that Susan Rogers, a local marketing communications consultant and media educator, will be the key speaker at the upcoming meeting on May 21.

Ms. Rogers is the editor and publisher of the website

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women welcomes guests to hear about his important subject. Professionalism is a state of mind. Bring yours and join us!

The meeting is May 21, at Jim E’s Catering, 141 East Main St. in Grass Valley. Informal gathering begins at 5:30 p.m.; meeting starts at 6 p.m. For more information, or reservations, please call Dee Eldridge at 273-0257.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

The Penn Valley Toastmasters held their usual meeting on the second Thursday in May, the eighth, at 7 p.m. in the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce Office on Penn Valley Drive. Merrill Hall was Toastmaster. Anita McIntosh gave a very informative speech on “The Undiscovered Country” describing the some of the fascinating characteristics of the brain. New Member Mary Lynn Peters gave her Icebreaker Speech on ” A Life Uplifted by Mentors,” which was judged the best speech of the evening and she was also judged to be the best impromptu Tabletopics speaker. Karen Leffler was judged to be the best evaluator for her constructive criticism of Anita’s speech.

The next meeting will be held Thursday, May 22 (fourth Thursday in month) at 7 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce Office on Penn Valley Drive. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Gerry Currie at 432-7649.

Empire Toastmasters

On May 2, Paula Gleicher was the Toastmaster. Mylene Richardson gave her Icebreaker, titled “Don’t Just Carpe Diem,” teaching us to do more than just capture the day. Mylene was best speaker for the day. Connie Suddath was Mylene’s evaluator and won the trophy for best evaluation of the day.

Paul Dessau spoke on “An Engineer’s Grading Plans,” showing us a project plan he has developed which was information most of us had no knowledge of previously.

Barbara Ryan spoke on “Living in the 21st Century,” about how she is just not enjoying all the modern conveniences we have now and how she lives happily and comfortably without them.

May 9, our Toastmaster was Jolen Punches. Gabrielle Pullen spoke on “Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks” and why this is true – or not true, and had great audience involvement.

Karen Jones-Schimke spoke on “What You Can Do,” concerning various ways to save energy and how to cut down on refuse. Simply stated and very effective. She was judged the best speaker of the day.

Connie Suddath taught us to “Check the Queen,” relating to Queen bees, which are now buzzing around Nevada County. Karen Chileski evaluated Connie’s speech and won for the best Evaluator for the week.

Come and observe an informative and friendly group of supportive people to help you reach your personal goals. Visitors are always welcome at noon every Friday at Stonehouse Restaurant in Nevada City. For information, call 273-9777.

Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538

From May 13 to May 17, members of the California-Hawaii Elks Association will gather in San Diego at the Town & Country Convention Center for the state Elks association’s annual convention. “The work that the Elks do nationally, at the state level, and locally has touched so many lives for the better. When people learn about the millions of dollars we give away and our long hours of volunteering at VA medical centers, shelters, hospices, schools and in the nation’s communities, they can’t help but be impressed. We are an organization that is immensely proud of the difference that we make.”

Last year, the California-Hawaii Elks generated more than $3,000,000 for the Major Project which provided therapeutic treatment for handicapped children.

Grass Valley Elks Lodge, through the contributions of our Bingo players, raised almost $6,000 for our favorite charity, lovingly referred to as the Purple Pig. For more information on becoming a part of this organization, please call 273-9228.

Angela Diaz 5/15/08 run with photo

Friends of Sierra Rock Art

On Friday, May 30, Friends of Sierra Rock Art will present slides and a program on the largest petroglyph site in Nevada. Included in the program will be the First Annual Sierra Rock Art Photography Contest and Exhibit. Anyone may bring a 8 by 10 or larger photo of rock art and there will be a prize for the best entry. Contact President Kate Harper at (916) 218-6087 or if you wish to submit a photo.

The program will begin with a dessert potluck at 7 p.m. with the program following at 7:30 p.m. Members, guests and public encouraged to attend at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.

For program information call 478-6287.Friends of Sierra Rock Art is a volunteer organization which promotes stewardship of Native American rock art sites in the Sierra Nevada region of California. For more information. Visit

Angela Diaz 5/15/08 run with photo

Girl Scout Troop 1659

Girl Scout Troop 1659 from Penn Valley went to San Francisco last weekend to participate in the bridging ceremony from Juniors to Cadets. They, along with 6,000 other girl scouts, walked across the Golden Gate Bridge. This was a huge event for the Girl Scouts.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Nadine Langley of Holdrege & Kull led the meeting this week.

New member Tamara Gates was inducted tonight. Our guest tonight was Kelly Guthrie.

Toastmaster Jereé Waller of Nevada County Adult Protective Services, working from the AC series facilitated the discussion “Local Senior Services.” Her speakers tonight were Mirriam Jones from HelpLine Nevada County and Deborah Hollier from Nevada County In-Home Support Services. For more information about free and low cost senior services, contact HelpLine at 273-2273.

Previous Area 64 Governor and Vice President of Education, Joyce Peterman, was our table topics winner for “40 Developmental Assets.” All it takes is one person to make a difference in the life of a child. For more information, go to

Questions? Contact Vice President of Public Relations, Juliet LeBoss, at Our club information appears in The Union calendar Mondays.

Rotaract Club of Nevada County

The Rotaract Club of Nevada County announces a Champagne Brunch and Silent Auction to support the club’s International Project, “Water and Sanitation Projects for Southwestern Uganda.” The event will be held on Sunday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m., at Odd Fellow’s Hall in downtown Nevada City. Tickets are $45 person and guests will enjoy a delicious brunch by Jim E’s Catering, a wonderful silent auction with many unique items, free-flowing champagne from Sierra Star Winery, live music, and a slideshow presentation of the water crisis in Uganda.

To purchase tickets for the brunch, for more information or to donate contact Sandra Auerbach at 575-1456.

Rotaract is an international program of Rotary International. For more information about joining the Rotary Club of Western Nevada County please visit or email

Lighting Our Path: Seventh Annual Woman’s Gathering and Campout

Women of all ages gather together this Memorial Day Weekend, to weave a path of strength, to share our wisdom, intuition within our beauty and gentle healing circle of love and peace. Through oral tradition, song, drumming, dance, alternative healing and art, we give our knowledge to be handed down to the next generations. We are the “Creatress” Maidens, Mother’s and Crones gathering together as one for a three day seventh annual women’s gathering and campout in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills on the San Juan Ridge. Come sing, dance, drum, dream, envisioning a brighter future to come!

Ceremonies: Daughters parade and circle, maidens rite of passage, elder honoring, male/female relationship, and planetary healing.

Discussions: The sacred path of women, reclaiming the maiden, our strength as elders, standing in our power, and children’s activities.

Workshops: Sacred drumming and chanting, dance of life, tribal body art and adornment, fabric arts, herbs and flower essences, women’s health, sacred dance, transformational breath, intuitive skills, energy healing, astrology, spoken word, belly dance, fire dance, children’s theater, and yoga.

Crafts: Grass loom weaving. All women welcome!

Memorial Day weekend, May 23 – 26, on the San Juan Ridge, 30 minutes from Nevada City. Comfortable camping, limited indoor accommodations for those with special needs.

Price for admission: Full event: Sliding scale for adults ,$200 to $120. $100 Maidens (13 through 19) and $35 Children (4 through 12). 3 years and under free. Day attendance: $50 per day. Please register early Ð space is limited. Meals included for all participants and some volunteer scholarships available.913-5480 or

Gold Country Trails Council

On Saturday, May 31, the Gold Country Trails Council will hold its annual Poker Ride, starting out from Skillman Horse Camp in the Tahoe National Forest at 8:30 a.m. The event is a fundraiser in aid of trail maintenance and construction of new trails with all work done by volunteers in the Tahoe Forest. Skillman Camp is located about 15 miles above Nevada City on Highway 20.

After registering, participants ride out on marked trails encountering Gold Country staff who hand out cards to make up a poker hand. Upon return to Skillman Camp, the best hands are rewarded with cash prizes and horse-related gifts. The beautiful trails follow a route through oak, pine and dogwood forest on the eight miles trails of easy to moderate difficulty.

Overnight camping is available at Skillman where riders will find corrals, tie rails, water for horses, fire rings, picnic tables and restrooms. Call for reservations at 477-8501. The overnight fee is $20.

The ride entry fee is $20 for adult riders and $10 for non-riders, and includes a meal, one poker hand and a raffle ticket. Additional poker hands can be had for $5 and unlimited raffle tickets are $1 each. Prizes include cash, horse tack, and objects of art. Please bring your own chair. The meal will be served at 2 p.m. Gold Country events are non-alcoholic.

Registration forms can be found at, are available at many local feed and tack stores, or through Mary Johnson at 477-8501.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The Nevada County Republican Women Federated is again sponsoring the Dictionary Project in Nevada County for the 2008-2009 school year and will be providing Student Dictionaries to all Nevada County third graders. Judy Payne is chairman of this project this school year and will be visiting schools throughout Nevada County to distribute these special dictionaries.

As a fundraiser, the NCRWF is holding a Collectible Doll Show and Sale in which all the proceeds will go to buying the Student Dictionaries. The doll show and sale will be held at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church on Church Street on May 31 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the main floor. Vintage and Collectible Dolls and some special bears will be on display to the public and available for purchase. Please come and enjoy these beautiful items for a most excellent cause!

For questions, call Sue Tomlin, 271-0745.

Nevada County Fencing Club

The Nevada County Fencing Club will start its summer session beginning Monday, June 2, at the newly renovated Grass Valley Veteran’s Building, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley, in the main auditorium. The eight week session is open to anyone aged 12 or older and meets Monday evenings from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., with the Intermediate/Advanced class from 8:15 to 9:45 p.m., also on Mondays. All equipment is provided. Cost is $7.50 per class. Space is limited.

For questions call the instructor, Dr. Woodhall, at 432-1750.

Gold Country Yacht Club

The Gold Country Yacht Club is excited to announce our upcoming 27th Annual Go For The Gold Regatta scheduled for June 7 and 8 on Scotts Flat Lake. Each year there are over 50 sailboat entries racing for first place chests of real gold.

The Gold Country Yacht Club has been active in the Nevada County area for many years. The GCYC meets the second Wednesday evening of the month at a local restaurant or at the Club Picnic Area at Scotts Flat Lake. Membership is open to all who have a love for sailing or would like to have fun learning how to sail. You don’t need to own a sailboat to participate and each year between the racing and cruising we spend a lot of time building relationships that will last a lifetime.

Please call 477-7771 for more information.

U.C. Berkeley Alumni Association, Gold Country Chapter

The New Student Reception for the four students who will be attending U.C. Berkeley in the fall will be held at the home of Profs. Phil and Jane Yager on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. The four students are Darren Chambers (Nevada Union), Alex Miyakawa (Nevada Union), Lindsey Richert (Bear River), and Dalga Surofchy (Nevada Union). For more information, contact Tom Larsen at 274-0242.

If you are interested in joining the group, dues are $25 for individuals and $40 for families. One half of the dues goes to the Scholarship Fund. President Larry Friedlander, MD, invites anyone interested in more information to contact him at 274-4460 or

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