Club news 2/16/08 |

Club news 2/16/08

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 February 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 273-2628.

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

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

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 membership information, contact Arline Kenney at 273-2018.

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. Our new location is the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley, in the dining room.

For more information, call 272-8684.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

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

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, Feb. 20, will feature “Allergandos” Women’s Singing Group.

For more information, call 273-4961.

Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club

Join the Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club on Thursday, Feb. 28. Due to inclement weather last month, we have rescheduled our guest speaker Guy Cables, owner of Sierra Outdoor Center of Auburn, for our February meeting. Guy will be presenting the latest equipment for kayak touring and camping, along with everything the well dressed kayaker should be wearing for winter paddling. A question and answer period will follow the presentation, along with handouts.

The meeting will be held at the Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Social time at 6:30 p.m., meeting to follow at 7 p.m. The general public is welcome.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

During February, DAR is going red to help raise awareness of heart disease. The national headquarters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is located in Washington, DC. This month, those passing the historic DAR headquarters building at night may notice a change from the typical bright, white glow of the grand marble building. The DAR complex of buildings, which encompass an entire city block near the White House, will be illuminated red to help raise awareness about heart disease during National Heart Month.

“We are proud that the Daughters of the American Revolution can show our support of the Go Red For Women movement,” said DAR President General, Linda Gist Calvin. “We encourage the 165,000 members of our organization, as well as all Americans, to join in the fight against heart disease and learn more about taking the steps necessary to live longer, healthier lives.”

As a volunteer women’s service organization, the DAR is committed to raising awareness of women’s health issues in addition to its primary objectives of historic preservation, education and patriotism. The DAR Headquarters complex includes the 100+ year old Memorial Continental Hall, housing a museum and library, and the well known concert venue Constitution Hall, both of which are National Historical Registered Landmarks. DAR Headquarters is open to the public.

For more information, please call 274-9710.

Angela Diaz 2/14/08 run with photo

Auburn Garden Club

The Auburn Garden Club is offering two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in Placer County. Deadline for applications is April 2008. Funding for this program comes directly from the annual Plant Sale.

Applicants must live in Placer County and be a high school senior who will graduate in the year the scholarship is received with at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale.) Or, A full-time college student (minimum of 12 units per semester) with at least a 2.3 GPA. Career plans must be related to the following objectives of the Auburn Garden Club: Botany, conservation, entomology, floriculture, forestry, horticultural and landscape architecture/design, plant biology, plant genetics, urban planning, agriculture, etc.

Last year the Club awarded two scholarships: One went to Katy Classon, a 2007 graduate from Placer High School who is now attending Cal Poly enrolled in the College of Agriculture. The other award went to Madison Thomson of Newcastle. Madison is a third year forestry student at the University of California at Berkeley.

For more information and a downloadable application visit, e-mail the Auburn Garden Club at or call Kathy Chamblin at 878-3653.

Northern Mines Business and Professional Woman

Getting The Life You Want: Gabrielle Pullen, GCFP, will be speaking at NMBPW monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. She will be teaching our members and guests how to keep our bodies strong while alleviating symptoms of stress and negativity. Gabrielle, a teacher of yoga and Qigong says, “Eat too much? Work too much? Don’t feel as alive as you would like to? Learn how to transform resistance into flow. Set an intention for the coming year and then sit back and watch how your behavior changes to support that resolve. It’s easy, if you

know how!”

Please join us for this informative and exciting evening being held at Jim E’s, 141 E. Main Street. Grass Valley. Don’t be shy. Give Gail Parle a call at 272-2141 for your reservation.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Club Founder Marjorie Quist was our Toastmaster for the International Speech Contest.

Our first place winner tonight was Kathy Amatangelo with her speech “May I Ignore You?” Kathy shared her frustrating attempt to shop locally during the Christmas season. Kathy made three attempts to shop locally before she headed home for a cup of coffee and to finish her shopping via the Internet. Jessica Cymbalski of OPC Technologies was our second place winner with “Don’t Be An Eeyore.” Jessica demonstrated how we create our own reality as we “carry our attitude.” Jessica encouraged the group to choose to see the bright side of life instead of being Eeyore. Congratulations Kathy and Jessica.

Nadine Langley of Holdredge and Kull presented “Take A Hike.” Nadine changed her lifestyle after having a child by incorporating hiking and improving her diet. Nadine shared some of her favorite places to hike. Juliet LeBoss of Entelechy Concepts presented “I’ve Been Thinking.” Juliet shared thoughts she had with regards to fellow toastmasters and what she learned through observation. Thank you Nadine and Juliet.

Can you think of a better way to spend a Monday evening? For more information, call our Vice President of Membership Deborah Meadows at 274-5303, or visit We meet Monday evenings, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., at the Child Care Coordinator’s Office, 640 East Main Street in Grass Valley. The office is located directly behind the Dokimos East Main Pharmacy and Valet Cleaners.

Early Risers Toastmasters Club

In the speech contest held on Feb. 12 by the Early Risers Toastmasters Club, contestants were Lori Burkart-Frank (“A Cinderella Story”), Mike Crandall (“Gods”), Larry Lansburgh (“Britney, Osama and Civic Virtue”), Jim Lewis (“The Glass Curtain”) and Ruth Schwartz (“Bravery”).

Ruth Schwartz won first place, with Larry Lansburgh coming in second and Lori Burkart-Frank third. Ruth will go on to compete in the Toastmasters area contest held at the Highgate Senior Living Center on March 14. Larry and Lori are backups.

The Early Risers Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City and we always welcome guests. If you don’t want to get up that early, consider visiting the Empire Toastmasters Club, which meets every Friday at noon at the Tuscany Gardens restaurant in Grass Valley.

For information about either the Early Risers or the Empire Toastmasters Clubs, contact Karen Chileski at 273-9777.

Native Daughters of the Golden West

Manzanita Parlor #29

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, sisters from the Manzanita Parlor #29, along with family, friends, Deputy Grand President Sandra Shoemaker and her sisters from Laurel Parlor #6 in Nevada City and prospective members ushered in the Christmas season with a “Christmas Joy” dinner served by the youth at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church. Pastor Barbara Smith opened with prayer. Entertainment for the evening was performed by the Wesley Ringer Hand bell choir under the direction of Margaret Boothby, with a bell solo of “O Holy Night” by Kim DuPont. Proceeds from the delicious turkey dinner went to help the church’s youth with their mission trips. Dessert included homemade candy by our friend Rose Deragon. The Native Daughters thank all those who helped to make the evening truly a night of Christmas Joy and helping us reflect on the true meaning of the Christmas season. If you are a native born California woman, interested in helping preserve the history of California, check the paper for time and place of our next meeting. Happy New Year to all!

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