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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.

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. 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.

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 (or Monday) of each month at the Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley.

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, March 5, will feature an “Older Than Dirt” quiz.

For more information, call 273-4961.

Nordic Skiers of Nevada County

Nordic Skiers of Nevada County club meeting, potluck and guest speaker. The guest speaker will be Phil Sexton, manager of the U.S. Forest Service Big Bend Visitor Center. Phil will talk about winter activities and history at Big Bend.

Meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 6, at Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park, Nevada City. For more information, call 265-8492.

Nevada County Genealogical Society

Board members Susan Fivelstad, V. President; Donna Young, Treasurer and Nancy Sauer, Recording Secretary, discuss topics and events before the February monthly meeting.

The NCGS meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, at the M. Helling Library Community Room from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 11.

NCGS meetings are open to guests and beginners interested in genealogy. For more information contact Nancy at 274-2362.

Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will be meeting Monday, March 3, in the Veterans Memorial Building on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley, at 7 p.m. (enter at back door off parking lot). All visitors are welcome. Beekeeping class orientation starts Monday night. Any questions about bees? Wondering about pollination and how it can help your garden and orchard? What should you do next in the bee yard? Join our lively regular question and answer session starting promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program.

Randy Oliver will kick off his annual beginners class with a bit of his powerpoint presentation “Bee Husbandry for the 21st Century.”

Members are also welcome to bring samples of 25 bees collected at the entrance of the colony for nosema testing. The bees should be either frozen (they can thaw on the way), or preserved in rubbing alcohol. We will have time to process several samples to determine nosema infection rate.

If you have any questions, please contact our president, Rob Slay, at 263-5618.

Chicago Park

Garden Club

Carolyn Singer will speak on “Gardening at Winter’s End” at the Chicago Park Garden Club meeting next Wednesday, March 5. In addition, Carole Miller will share new information about and photographs of the heritage roses at Julia Morgan’s North Star House in Grass Valley. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Peardale Firehouse, 15057 Highway 174. Visitors are welcome.

Mondays, March 10 and 24, are set aside for pressed flower card – making from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Arrangers group will meet on Thursday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the features of a good accessory and use one to complement our arrangement of spring flowers. Both groups meet at the Peardale Firehouse.

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

The League’s March 8 meeting will feature Sierra Community College Dean Neal Albee. Dean Albee will discuss the possibilities and challenges facing our local community college given the State’s current financial situation. With a possible state budget deficit of $14.5 billion, the Governor has proposed that Proposition 98 be suspended for 2008-2009. This could result in a cut to education of $4 billion across the state.

Dean Albee will also discuss how the college is planning to spend the $44 million in capitol improvement bonds that were voted on and passed in 2004. At the meeting, he will discuss the alternatives the college is contemplating and how the community can be involved in this process.

Over the next two months, the League will have speakers representing the local schools to discuss how these fiscal cutbacks will affect curriculum, services and staff. Putting the Governor’s planned “Year of Education of Reform” on hold may have harsh impacts to both our local K-12 schools and the Sierra Community College.

The League’s monthly general meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main, Grass Valley. The meeting begins with coffee and refreshments at 9:30 a.m., with the meeting starting at 10 a.m. Following the March meeting, there will be a special soup luncheon. Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

At the recent 50th anniversary celebration of Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), chapter members and guests were treated to the beautiful harp music of Sage Po, age 14, of Nevada County.

Being home-schooled all her life has given Sage Po time to pursue in depth the things she loves best. After formal instruction in piano, violin, acting, and voice, Sage has dedicated the last six years to learning the harp.

Early in 2002 at age 8, Sage started lessons on the folk harp with Lisa Stine of Nevada City. She went on to study pedal harp with Laura Porter, principal harpist of the Fresno Philharmonic, in summer 2005.

Sage has since won numerous awards for her expressive interpretations of both classical and modern harp repertoire, most recently winning first prize in the harp division of the American String Teachers Association’s California State Competition, qualifying her to compete nationally in 2009. She also won the American Harp Society’s 2007 “Kids for Camp” scholarship, and first prize for the last two years in her division of Music in the Mountains’ Young Musicians Competition.

Sage’s long-term goal is to become a harp teacher and professional musician. “I want to be able to support myself yet still have time to participate in music-related events in my community. My dream is to live in a small town like the one where I live now, and to inspire kids to take up the harp – just like I was inspired six years ago!”

Sage may be contacted at or by calling 288-3600. For more information about DAR, please call 274-9710.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Our Toastmaster for the Evaluation Speech Contest was Miles Everett, President of Coast Toasters. Special thanks to Chuck Couvert of Early Risers for presenting our model speech “Do You Engage in Anthropomorphism?” Chuck was charming as he shared with us how he has given human names and attributes to seemingly inanimate objects.

Our first place winner tonight was Glen Boire, DTM of KNCO; our second place winner was Annabelle Robbins of Union Hill School; and third place went to Juliet LeBoss of Entelechy Concepts. Congratulations.

Toastmaster Kathy Amatangelo and her husband Gary recently celebrated 31 years of marriage. Congratulations.

On February 18 the club inducted returning member Rob Rasch. Mel Burris also returned to the meeting after a short hiatus. Welcome back Rob and Mel.

Can you think of a better way to spend a Monday evening? For more information, call 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 Dokimos East Main Pharmacy and Valet Cleaners.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE)

Grass Valley Chapter #1335

Twenty-six members of the Grass Valley Chapter welcomed California State Federation of Chapters (CSFC) President H. Ray Harrington as their guest and speaker at the February 14 meeting. Mr. Harrington was elected Federation President at the CSFC convention in Costa Mesa, in May 2007. He resides in Paradise.

Mr. Harrington’s federal career was with the U.S. Postal Service and ranged from Clerk/Carrier in the Bay Area to Director of Field Operations in Reno, Nev., and Postmaster in Carson City, Nev., and Glendale. He has been active in NARFE since 1993. His presentation covered the NARFE national convention to be held in Louisville, Ky., in September 2008, as well as membership and legislative issues.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, March 13. Program speaker will be Bette Worth, Executive Director of the Gold Country Community/Senior Center.

All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend chapter meetings, held the second Thursday each month at the Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Ranch Road (just off Highway 49), Grass Valley. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m. and lunch is served at noon followed by a program and business meeting.

For information, call 273-7324.

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