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Celtic Society

Following a presentation by Wild Birds Unlimited’s Bruce Kirk at its last gathering, the society will present a long-awaited feature this month on



heraldry, or blazonry. For those who have gazed at their family crest or coat of arms and wondered about all those lions, dragons and other symbols, this is a golden opportunity.

Society member Bill Crapo has extensively researched an array of crests and shields from clans and other families. He will present a look at the history and symbolism of the designs at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St. in Nevada City.




Other upcoming events feature the Scottish Country Dancers at the Empire Mine picnic June 1. The society’s annual picnic/party will include pitch and put golf, horseshoes, badminton and good food.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

President Robert Rasch was Toastmaster of the evening at the recent meeting at Lutz Center in Grass Valley. Guests Brandon Roberts, Tom Maule and Victoria Rasch participated in the Table Topics portion.

Kevin Summers was the best Table Topics speaker. Helga Rohl was voted best speaker for her presentation of a “monodrama” about the life of “her sons,” Wilbur and Orville Wright. Anna Oates was selected as best evaluator for her constructive critique of Rohl’s presentation.

For more information on the meetings, call Rasch at 274-8323 or Mary Ann Smith at 265-5381.

Nevada County

Camera Club

This month’s meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office in the Fellersen Room, Ridge Road and Nevada City Highway.

The speaker and judge will be Gordon Cinnamond, a Photographic Society of America judge. He will be one of the two photography judges at the Nevada County Fair in August.

Come and learn how a judge critiques and scores photography.

The club is open to all who have an interest in photography and would like to meet others who enjoy it. For information, call Dana at 265-1978 or e-mail

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

The club presented its Making A Difference For Women awards May 9.

Soroptimist Joan Hughes won the Women Helping Women award for her work to reduce the dependency of women on welfare programs, specifically with “Just Friends” at Manzanita Family Center.

Member Mary Graebner won the Woman of Distinction award, which recognizes a woman of exemplary character and integrity, with outstanding ability and demonstrated leadership. Graebner was also recognized for this award at the Sierra Nevada Region Conference.

Judy East received the coveted Jessie Hughs Outstanding Service award for her continuing outstanding service in the club.

For information on Soroptimist International of Grass Valley, call 265-9419.

The club is presenting an evening with Najia Hamid Thursday at the Holbrooke Hotel. Hamid is a native of Afghanistan who helps elderly Afghan women in San Francisco integrate into American culture. The cost is $16 per person, and reservations are required. Call Fran Freedle at 272-7152 for further information.

Rotary Club of

Grass Valley

The club took top honors at the recent District 5190 Rotary conference by winning the Overall Club Excellence Award.

Some 47 Rotary clubs in the district comprised of Northern California and northern Nevada competed in a number of categories such as membership, club service, community relations and international service. The award represents high marks in all categories. George Grayeb, president of the Grass Valley Rotary Club, accepted the honor on behalf of its 85 members.

Tommyknocker Sams Chapter, Good Sam Club

The club will travel to the Gridley Inn RV Park for its outing this month. The first outing with rigs was in March at the Almond Tree RV Park in Chico, followed by a windy outing at Duck Island.

RV owners interested in exploring a Good Sam chapter can call president Easton Buehler at 273-0448 for more information.

Golden Empire Sams

This month’s outing was to the Norcal Samboree in Lodi, where the theme was Hillybilly Jubilee. The club won the best chapter award in the outhouse parade. The next campout will be to Woodson Bridge in Corning June 10-12 with trail bosses Bob and Sharon Beatty. For more information, call Sherrie at 273-8946.

Early Risers Toastmasters

New member Mary Cabral was selected better speaker for her icebreaker speech titled “Pioneer Spirit” at the May 7 meeting. Mary Ann Smith won the better evaluator award for her evaluation of LeeAnn Brook’s speech. Judi Bannister won the table topics award.

Early Risers meets Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. at Trolley Junction Cafe in Nevada City. Guests are always welcome. Call Karen at 273-9777 for more information.

American Association of University Women

The spring luncheon and annual meeting of the AAUW will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trolley Junction Restaurant in Nevada City.

Parvin Darabi, a member of the North Tahoe branch and district I director of AAUW, will speak on “Women and Islam.” A native of Tehran, Iran, she wrote a book with her son about her sister, Dr. Homa Darabi, titled “Rage Against the Veil, the Courageous Life and Death of an Islami’s Dissident.”

Installation of officers will follow.

Reservations are required. Call 478-1781. Lunch cost is $12.50. Guests are welcome.

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild held its annual “Springtime in the Pines” quilt show the May 4-5 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The Best of Show award for a quilt entered by an individual went to Leeann Richey, age 17, for her large, pastel “Crazy Patch Butterflies.”

Viewer’s Choice Awards were chosen in four categories. Karen Hatton received the ribbon for her large quilt titled “At Home in the Woods.” Joan Dyer won a ribbon in the medium/small quilt category for her hand-dyed “Creative Traces” quilt. Donna Hayes received a ribbon for her shadow chenille-style vest “Covered Bridge” in the wearable art category. The “Kaleidoscope” challenge quilt award went to Carolie Brenan.


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