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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 March 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. 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.

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. 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. 27, will feature a Birthday Celebration.

For more information, call 273-4961.

California Native Plant Society

Michael Graf, author of “Plants of the Tahoe Basin,” will be the guest speaker at the February meeting of the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. His slide show will show off the rich blend of native flowers, ferns and conifers covered in his book. Viewers will go on an armchair trek, observing wildflowers and other plants found in and around Donner Pass, Sagehen Meadows, Castle Peak, Pole Creek, Shirley Canyon, Hope Valley, Carson Pass and the Desolation Wilderness.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on this meeting and other activities of the California Native Plant Society, call 265-8197 or visit the website at

Nevada County Camera Club

Monday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., The Nevada County Camera Club will have its monthly meeting at the Madelyn Helling County Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Our speaker is local photographer David McKay, author of a new book, “Yuba Seasons: Images from the Wild and Scenic South Yuba River.”

Marcel Verdooner will do a presentation on Copyright and Model Release. The monthly assigned subject is snow. Refreshments will be served.

Angela Diaz 2/21/08 run with photo

Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department

The Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department honors its own!

The Rough and Ready VFPD paid tribute to their “Fire Fighter of the Year” for 2007, this past Saturday, February 16, at their annual Appreciation Dinner. The man of the evening was Capt. Monty Wright. Capt. Wright is a 15-year veteran of the department and was honored for his dedication and commitment to the department and for going above and beyond his duties. Monty took personal time off from his job, without pay, to get qualified as a state certified trainer enabling the department to stay current on all the mandated programs. He also does weekly trainings and stays up with the tons of paper work required for the department, as well as his full-time job and family responsibilities. He is a true asset to the department and community.

Capt. Wright is a family man with wife Jean, daughter Heather and son Mathew (who is also a member of the department). Some of Monty’s hobbies are photography and bicycling. He and his son biked from the Oregon/California border to the California/Mexico border on the Pacific Highway in 2005 and this year they are bicycling from the Canadian border to the California/Oregon border in June. He is a very busy man.

Thank you, Capt. Wright.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Toastmaster Jereé Waller led the meeting this week.

Our winning speaker tonight was Greg Poppin with “Just Say Yes.” Congratulations Greg.

President of Coast Toasters, Miles Everett, shared an experience he had working in the local media of a small town where he gave the community the opportunity to heal by allowing them to share their feelings after a painful and traumatic event left “A Small Town in Turmoil.” Thank you Miles.

Our Table Topics Master tonight was Max Kane. Max was inspired by Travel Channel and encouraged fellow toastmasters to create an itinerary for destinations chosen out of his atlas. Club President Gary Peterman explained the challenges and considerations travelers should make when planning a trip to central Africa. Thank you Max and congratulations Gary.

Next week will be our club Evaluation Contest. Please join us. For more information, call our 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.

Early Risers Toastmasters Club

The Early Risers Toastmasters Club met on Feb. 19 to hear speeches about cell phones, the Red Cross and change.

Connie Suddath delighted us with “Hold My Calls,” a talk about cell phone etiquette. In “A Cross to Bear,” Stephen DeSena spoke to us about revitalizing the Nevada County Red Cross. Katie Bennett insisted that “Change is Good,” both the coins in your pocket and new circumstances.

Evaluators were Diane DiLeo, Paula Gleicher and LeeAnn Brook.

Katie Bennett won the Outstanding Speaker trophy and LeeAnn Brook the trophy for Outstanding Evaluator.

In our weekly Table Topic contest (short impromptu speeches), the winner was Larry Lansburgh.

We always welcome guests, who never have to speak if they don’t want to. This week our guests were Paul Dessau (from the Empire Toastmasters Club) and Daniel Skeen.

We meet every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. 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 contact Karen Chileski at 273-9777.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Fashion Show event

“Glamour and Glitz,” a dazzling fashion show production, produced and narrated by Nancy Palmer, will be brightening the hallways and dining room of the Alta Sierra Country Club on April 15, at noon. This very special event is being hosted by the Nevada County Republican Women Federated. An elegant luncheon will be served during the fashion show (Chicken Piccata with flavored rice and vegetables, salad, and cheesecake with seasonal berries) (A vegetarian entree may also be ordered). There will also be a raffle for several lovely theme baskets, along with a special door prize being awarded. Please order your tickets early as seating is limited.

The tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the NCRWF luncheon meeting, March 18 at Alta Sierra Country Club, or by calling Sylvia Myers (477-9004) or Pam Sufleski (274-1127). For questions, please call Susan Tomlin (271-0745).

California Retired Teacher’s Association

The Nevada County Division of the California Teacher’s Association will meet on Monday, March 3, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The meeting time is 11:30 a.m. and luncheon at noon. The program speaker will be David Walrath, CRTA legislative advocate. He represents CRTA members in Sacramento and Washington D.C. address those issues which concern retired educators. These include: Social Security penalties which restrict the retirement income of all teachers; the State Teachers Retirement System; the latest budget crisis in Sacramento and its implications for teachers including a full scale petition drive directed to the legislators; pension equity for retirees and the STRS efforts to alleviate the high cost of health care for older retirees.

For membership information call 272-4132. For luncheon reservations call 272-5795.

Northern Sierra Tracking Club

The Northern Sierra Tracking Club is hosting an animal tracking event. Beginners and advanced trackers are welcome to this meeting which has a track identification and nature awareness theme. Free.

Meet at Bridgeport parking lot on the north side of the river at 9 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 24.

For more information call 268-6820.

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