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Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Veterans Memorial Building on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. All visitors are welcome.

The regular question-and-answer session starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a program featuring Dr. Eric C. Mussen, apiculturist at the University of California at Davis Extension.

Mussen serves as an information officer and facilitates communication between the university and commercial beekeepers, hobby beekeepers, state and federal institutions, and the general public.

For information, call Leslie Gault at 346-7092.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

New member Heather Peterman won the best speaker award for her icebreaker speech, titled “Full Circle,” at Monday’s meeting of the Mother Lode Toastmasters. Kevin Summers, a fireman and Toastmaster, gave a very interesting speech, titled

“The Alarm,” about the long day of a fireman.

Robert Rasch, the newly installed president, presented a humorous talk called “Fishing.” Marjorie Quist was presented the award for the best evaluation for her assessment of Summers’ talk.

Mother Lode Toastmasters meets at 6:45 p.m. every Monday at Larry and Lena’s Pizza Grill at Highway 49 and Alta Sierra Drive. Guest are welcome. For information, call 268-0815 or 274-8323.

Sierra Writers

Sierra Writers hosts Gary Snyder, acclaimed poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1974, on Feb. 13.

Snyder was awarded the California State Library Gold Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Science last year. He is a professor of English at the University of California at Davis and lives on San Juan Ridge.

Sierra Writers meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Nevada County Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Guests are welcome.

Sierra Travelers

‘Over the Hill Gang’

Sierra Travelers “Over the Hill Gang” will have its annual Valentine’s Party at Banner Grange Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. Members are asked to bring a sack lunch, a fancy Valentine dessert and table service.

Newcomers are always welcome. Trip signups and payments may be made at the meeting.

For information, call Lucille at 273-6776, Vonda at 477-2363 or Joyce at 272-8213.

Empire Toastmasters

Pat Barrentine was Toastmaster at Empire Toastmasters’ Jan. 18 meeting. Nancy Ryan won best speaker of the day for her Icebreaker, “A Little Bit About Me.” Ted Toal was named best evaluator for his evaluation of Michael Askins’ speech, “Winter Flight.” Dawa Fitzmaurice won the Table Topics competition.

Former Area 64 Governor Andrea Covert installed new officers for the first half of 2002: Chris Scammon, president; Barrentine, vice president of education; Doris Schroeder-Smith, vice president of membership; Josh Wimmer, vice president of public relations; Terri Bianco, secretary; Askins, treasurer; and Jill Caruthers-Fox and Ted Toal, joint sergeants-at-arms.

Want to improve your speaking skills? Empire Toastmasters meets from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Fridays at Cal Fed Bank, 11751 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley. Guests are always welcome. Call Schroeder-Smith at 477-2172 or Barrentine at 478-0995 for more information.

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