Club News, Nov. 3, 2012 |

Club News, Nov. 3, 2012

Early Risers Toastmasters' winning trio, Mike Crandall (left), Shelley Drievold and Chuck Coovert celebrate their "outstanding" achievements.
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Evangeline Chapter # 9 Order of the Eastern Star

The Order of the Eastern Star is one of the largest fraternal organizations in the world to which both men and women can belong. The tenets of the Order are fidelity, constancy, loyalty, faith and love. Evangeline Chapter meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Nevada City Masonic Center, 108 N. Pine St. in Nevada City. Come join us for fellowship and dessert prior to our meeting at 6:30 p.m. and meet some of our friendly members.

For information, call Kathy at (530) 478-1286.

Veterans of Foreign Wars,

Banner Mountain Post 2655

All former, retired, active and reserve members, both men and women of all military branches, who served in a foreign theater of conflict are invited to join. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 North Pine St. We are open for social events at 2 p.m. every Friday. Prospective members are encouraged to bring their DD 214 (proof of military service), which will be returned upon verification.

For information contact us every Friday evening at (530) 265-8396.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to anyone who is interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild’s blog: Guild meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Hwy., Nevada City in the Houser Conference Room.

The Guild is a non-profit community service organization. Over the years, donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups. Recently these include Women of Worth, the Friendship Club and the Neighborhood Center of the Arts. The Guild has historically offered scholarships to graduating high school seniors who want to pursue a career in the arts. Guild members also provide monthly tray favors for several local senior care facilities as well as holiday gifts for the residents and home-bound seniors during Christmas time.

For information, visit

PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Placer County

We will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, November 12 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. PFLAG is an advocacy and support group for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer) community and their allies. November’s meeting will include a panel of our much needed and loved “Straight Allies” to share their stories with the group. Expect to hear heart-warming stories from individuals who simply believe that everyone deserves love, respect, acceptance and equality. We will also open the floor to others who would like to share their reasons for being a Straight Ally. Please join us as we celebrate those who unconditionally love and accept all!

PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Nevada County Republican Women

The Tuesday, November 13 general meeting of Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) will focus on “Caring for America.” Guest speakers are Sandy Schmidt, Founder and Director for Women of Worth (WOW), and Allison Swartzendruber, serving as secretary on the Board of Directors for The Friendship Club. WOW serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The Friendship Club works with girls 6th through 12th grade providing a place to see friends, do homework, and participate in educational and enrichment programs. Sandy and Allison will discuss the work and dedications that inspired their volunteer work in these grass roots community supported organizations.

The November meeting is also the annual NCRWF bake sale where members share their favorite holiday recipes.

To make a reservation for the November meeting please call (530) 274-0803 by Monday, November 5. (The November 13 meeting is one week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday.) Regularly NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings start at noon.

For more information or questions about membership please call (530) 470-8507, email NCRWF at or visit the website at

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

We are hosting our annual Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today at Trolley Junction Restaurant in Nevada City. This event helps fund our annual scholarship to a local high school graduate in 2013. Speakers will be Kimberly D’Urso and Lily Marie Mora on the quote, “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World,” by Mahatma Ghandi. They will share their experiences in Charlotte, North Carolina where the Democratic Convention and the People’s Convention were held in September 2012.

One of our members will receive the 2012 Eleanor Roosevelt service award as well. Cost is $27 per person. Luncheon choice: 1. Chinese Chicken Salad; 2. Baked salmon with /vegetables; and 3. Vegetarian Pasta. Include your choice with your check and send to: NCDCC PO Box 1573, Grasss Valley, CA 95945. Call Sally for reservations at (530) 273-3051 or email at for information.

The Nevada County Astronomers Club

We will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Madelyn Helling Library, 900 Helling Way Nevada City. We will have a DVD by Professor Alex Filippenko – his subject will be “SUPERNOVAS.”

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association

We will be meeting Monday, November 5 in the Veterans Memorial Building at 255 South Auburn Street (entrance off back parking lot) in Grass Valley at 7 p.m. All visitors are welcome. Any questions about bees? Wondering about pollination and how it can help your garden and orchard? Always wanted to get bees? Questions about honey production? We have answers! Join our lively regular question and answer session starting promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program.

Our November program Apitherapy (Bee Venom Therapy) will be given by Tracey Stirling who took the Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course. You can read more about Tracey and how Apitherapy has helped not only her, but many people at

More information at http://WWW.NCBEES.NET. Questions about the program, please call our Vice President, Jeremiah Farrell at (530) 743-2842 or email at

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

What’s on your mind? The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County wants to know.

At their November 10 meeting, the League will be holding a Speak-In. Those who attend can choose to join small groups which will discuss a variety of topics, including: Election 2012 Results – Did it fix anything?; Public Pensions – What do we really know?; The Dream Act – Is it a dream or a nightmare?; Gun Control – Love it or hate it?; Senior Services – Are we prepared for the “Silver Tsunami?; and Life Off the Grid – What’s it like?

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy, and its meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley on the second Saturday of the month. For more information, call (530) 265-0956 or visit

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month. Is there a story to tell that lives inside of you?

Katherine Longshore has been a writer since she learned how to hold a pencil and began asking her dad how to spell words, sitting under the stools at the kitchen counter. In her teens, Katherine fell in love with theater. But, when she traveled on the Semester at Sea, she realized she didn’t want to spend her entire life in a windowless theater but in the greater world.

Katherine was fortunate to be able to design her own major at Humboldt State University, planning to use it to be a travel writer. She spent the next four years traveling all over the world, going to exotic areas in far-away places. After marrying an Englishman she’d met in Zimbabwe, Katherine lived in England for five years. Katherine grew to love the English countryside, and she came to love English history. In Gilt, her first novel, Katherine captures the history of England’s King Henry VIII, from a uniquely refreshing perspective—that of his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.

Through writing, Katherine is able to encompass all her loves: becoming a character made of words; exploring new worlds; and living history. Katherine writes and lives in California with her English husband, two children and a sun-worshipping dog.

Join us, during National Novel Writing Month, as Katherine Longshore shares her journey from early childhood writer to grown-up novelist.

Plan now to attend on Wednesday, November 14 at the Holbrooke Hotel Express Room. Networking hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22. Check our website at, or contact Kim Wydra at (530) 432-2591 or by email for more information.

Widowed Persons Association

The Widowed Persons will hold their monthly meeting at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley (opposite Forest Springs Mobile Home Park) on November 10. We will meet at Kane’s for Sunday night dinner on October 28 to enjoy their good food and meet up with old friends and make new friends. We are planning a sale of used valuable possessions at Olympia Glades mobile home park on Saturday, November 3. This will be open to the general public and give any widowed person a chance to meet others who in the same position as you — and also to find many gently used things for your home. Fifteen of us are planning to attend the annual Cabaret Show at the fairgrounds hearing the Nevada Placer Barbershop Chorus. We will also be enjoying the lasagna dinner previous to the entertainment. We are an active group enjoying outings and friendships following our great losses.

If you are interested in joining our group please call Nickie, our membership chairperson, at (530) 272- 7292, We welcome new members.

Gold Country Community Services

It was the perfect nostalgic birthday lunch — with homemade macaroni cheese, applesauce, and scrumptious, colorful birthday cake with a Halloween theme. Special thanks to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital for the cake.

Our new November menus are out now, so come in, pick one up, and plan your meals in our High Noon Cafe. Homemade, nutritious and delicious, there’s a different lunch served weekdays, promptly at noon. Next week, we’re featuring a barbecue beef sandwich, finger lickin’ chicken, chicken supreme, North Country frittata and breaded whitefish. Since the suggested donation is just $3 for seniors 60+ (a $7 cost for guests 59 and younger), it’s exceptional value – with local entertainers on Friendship Wednesdays.

Look on the back of the menu for a list of classes, activities and services. For reservations (highly recommended), information about Home Delivered Meals, our Senior Wood Program, as well as volunteer opportunities, phone (530) 273-4961 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays).

We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Brunswick, and reception is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit

Colfax Garden Club Meeting

Our meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St. in Colfax.

9:30: General meeting.

10:30: Break with snacks.

11 to noon: Gardens of Scotland by Carolyn Singer.

Carolyn Singer, garden author and columnist, will be the guest speaker at the Colfax Garden Club. Admission is free.

For more information please contact Cathleen Kiefer, president of the Colfax Garden Club, at

The Chicago Park Garden Club

We will present our Ninth Annual Victorian Tea Affaire from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

The event features a traditional tea service, with homemade savories and sweets, vintage teacups and teapots, and Victorian costumed servers. Highlight will be a hands-on demonstration of Sogetsu, a variation on the Japanese Ikebana school of flower arranging, presented by M.J. Kelly, a certified teacher of the art. Sogetsu, currently the largest and most popular style in Ikebana, is less rigid than other styles, using flowers in season and more of them than the more austere traditional styles.

This is the Chicago Park Garden Club’s annual fundraiser, and benefits its programs such as the Chicago Park Community Meditation Garden, Student Conservation Association, Summer Nature Camp for children, and the Junior Flower Arrangers Workshop and Awards at the Nevada County Fair.

To attend the Victorian Tea Affaire, please send checks (donation $25 per person) to CPGC, 14480 Wilder Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95945-9528. For more information, please call (530) 477-6229.

Nevada County Historical Society

Join us at our Speaker Night presentation on Thursday November 15 as we hear Richard Burrill, author and anthropology educator, who will be presenting Ishi’s Untold Secrets. Richard has become the preeminent living scholar regarding the historical figure we have come to know as Ishi (not his Yahi name) who, contrary to what has been written about him, was not the last of his tribe, but was the last steeped in traditional ways and skills like a time traveler before the California Gold Rush era. He plans to speak about the rich history passed down by the six neighboring tribes of the Yana, who knew the Yahi raiders first hand. His PowerPoint presentation will show several historical pictures and early maps of the California into which Ishi’s parents generation was born. If you have read Theodora Kroebers 1961 and 1964 books on Ishi, you will not want to miss Richard Burrill’s talk.

Burrill’s set of two books, Ishi’s Untold Story In His First World, Parts I & II ($24.50) and Parts III-VI ($39.95) will be available to purchase that evening.

Presentation is held in the Conference Room of the Madelyn Helling Library; it open for public attendance and admission is free. Refreshments are provided. Presentation starts at 7 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

For more NCHS information, go or contact President Daniel Ketcham at (530) 477-8056.

Nevada County Community for President Obama

We are a growing group of forward-thinking, fact-checking citizens who support the re-election of our president. We celebrate President Obama’s achievements including: Saving the auto industry, passing Wall St. Reform and the Consumer Protection Act, bringing the uncovered 2.4 trillion dollar Iraq war to an end, doubling the fuel efficiency of American cars by 2025, ending insurance company abuses for denying or canceling coverage, and ending gender discrimination in health care for women. The next meeting will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library.

Please go to the website or call (530) 205-7487 to register and receive more information.

Gold Country Kiwanis

Meets at Kane’s Restaurant Thursday’s from noon to 1 p.m.

Our guest speaker this week will be Nancy Guenther and Julia Carroll-Shea from Partners in English Language Learning.

Come see what we’re up to. Join us for lunch

For information contact Cal McKitrick at (530) 210-4493.

Sierra Singles Club

A club for older singles who enjoy getting together as a group to dine out and attend plays, films, and other local events, we meet monthly, usually in the Community Center dining room.

For information, contact Shirley Corry, (530) 274-3355.

Early Risers Toastmasters

A special ‘welcome’ was extended to guests Brandy Kolmer and Gary Quehl at our last meeting. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

The meeting opened with President Jim Lewis’ question of the day, “Describe how you feel about Nevada County in just one word.” It set the stage for a community-spirited speech by winner Chuck Coovert, entitled “The Sages Among Us.” Otto Haueisen had us in stitches with his speech about aging (too bad he went over the time limit). Shelley Drievold’s evaluation of Otto’s speech was frank and full of praise, and she was voted “outstanding.” The word of the day was “skullduggery,” and Mike Crandall’s humorous answer made him the Table Topics winner. Special thanks to our Toastmaster of the day, Viv Tipton, who led her first meeting with skill and verve. Is it time to polish your speaking and leadership skills? Then join us next Tuesday morning at Trolley Junction for breakfast. The meeting starts at 6:30 sharp, and finishes by 7:50 a.m. — so you can get to work on time (and inspired). There’s no pressure to speak – just come and have fun.

Call (530) 273-9777 for further details or visit http://WWW.TOASTMASTERSNEVADACOUNTY.ORG.

The Grass Valley/Nevada City Chapter of LeTip International

We meet Tuesdays from 7:16 to 8:31 a.m. at Trolley Junction Restaurant at 400 Railroad Avenue in Nevada City. We welcome anyone interested in growing their business! Guests should bring 50 business cards, and be ready to tell us about your business as you learn about ours. Our featured speaker was Ryan Meacher, our financial advisor with Edward Jones.

Ryan is a graduate of UCSB and has been with Edward Jones for six years. Ryan is very knowledgeable in all aspects of financial planning. He enjoys working with people and providing solutions in an ever-changing financial landscape.

Ryan talked today about the potential impact of the upcoming presidential election on the economy in general and planning your financial future in particular. The lesson was don’t play politics with your financial future. For more information about Grass Valley/Nevada City LeTip, please call (530) 477-4777.

Penn Valley Toastmaster

“Tell me about a superstition or ritual that you have.” That’s how President Gale Pylman began our introductions for Penn Valley Toastmasters October 25 meeting. Jeff Pylman won Best Speaker for his speech “My Favorite Cucurbit.” We learned just about everything fun and factual about squashes, gourds, melons–and Jeff’s favorite cucurbit, the pumpkin. It was perfect timing for Halloween, and we were dressed up for the occasion. Merrill Hall was voted Best Evaluator. Table Topics Master, Steve Hatcher added excitement to the evening with his innovative game of Truth or Dare. Table Topics winner, Jason Santa, was asked as a little kid what he wanted to become when he grew up. Becoming a “tree surgeon” and coming up with “a cure for dandruff” was part of his surprising answer. Our word of the day was “blousy.”

Toastmasters is an excellent place to learn how to improve your speaking, listening and leadership skills. We love having guests! Our meetings inevitably include fun and laughter. We’re located at 17422-B Penn Valley Drive in the Penn Valley Shopping Center. Our meeting room is past the Penn Valley Market, under the stairs and across from the laundromat. We meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

For information call (530) 432-8488.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

President Mary Thompson will be competing in the district speech contest and the district evaluation contest today, Saturday, in Sacramento.

The fall open house, held on Monday October 29, was a huge success, we welcomed several guests and helped them learn about what we do and how Toastmasters can help each of the achieve their goals. Lucinda Porter gave an inspirational speech about the power of Toastmasters and Mary Thompson told a captivating folk story.

As we enter the holiday season we look forward to many fascinating speeches to come and a holiday party in December. Please come join us! Every meeting is an open meeting and guests are welcome.

Mother Lode Toastmasters meet each Monday from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. downstairs at the Eskaton Lodge on Eskaton Drive in Grass Valley.

For more information about the event and club, please visit

Empire Toastmasters

We had a very upbeat and enjoyable meeting on October 26. We added one new member, Joe Hunnicutt and handed out trophies to Paul Dessau for Best Speaker, Becky Slade for Best Evaluator and Sarah Mctighe for her Table Topics speech. Table Topics is an opportunity to practice your extemporaneous speaking skills. You are given a prompt and have to speak for at least one minute.

Guests are always encouraged to attend, and visit as often as they wish. Toastmasters welcomes all who are interested in improving their speaking, listening, and leadership skills. These skills will serve you in business as well as in life! Empire Toastmasters meets at noon on Fridays at Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. Guests are invited and are never required to speak. For more information, contact Lee Zasloff at or (916)212-9789.

Duplicate Bridge Club

A physical exercise given is “no pain, no gain.” This applies as well to mental exercise. People who work Suduko skip the easy ones and struggle on the hard ones. They require more mental exercise but, when completed, provide more accomplishment. Millions of Americans play party bridge because it is fun; but only a small percentage play duplicate bridge. Yes, it is more challenging but it is more rewarding.

The Duplicate Bridge Club invites you to visit, watch, or play a free game. We have games on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange (on La Barr Meadows Rd.) A slight fee is charged and snacks are free. For further information, call Bruce Lester at (530) 477-9586

On Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. there is Bridge at the Eskaton Lodge for beginners; everyone is welcome.

Nevada County Online (NCO)

Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites.

Admission is FREE and members and non-members are welcome.

This month’s focus is on: How to effectively set up your eCommerce process and systems to grow your business.

This is the only professional business group in Nevada County that focuses exclusively on helping grow businesses online. We cover topics like business planning, web design strategies, social media and networking, e-mail marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging and much more.

R.S.V.P. at

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

In November the Newcomer Club will be busy working on the Christmas Families Project. Our goal is to assist families, focusing on children, have a more enjoyable Christmas than their current situation will allow. The project is funded mainly by our Silent and Live Auction in October. A big thank you and congratulation to everyone who made the auction a success; organizers, committee members, donators, bidders. And a special thank you to Bonnie Lawless, our efficient and entertaining auctioneer.

Under the auspices of The Newcomer Club the Christmas Family Project was founded in 2002 by Rosalie Baker with the help of her daughter, Kim. and Cally Shaller of Social Services. During the past ten successful years, CFP has grown from the original two Newcomer Elves to a committee of fourteen, plus many volunteers. These ELVES are busy trying to fulfill the wishes of the children/families who are selected through Social Services of Nevada County and Women of Worth (women of domestic violence and families in crisis).

The next General Meeting will be Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Alta Sierra Country Club and will include entertainment by “Sister Swing.” They have captured the sound of three part harmony such as the Andrew Sisters and other “girl groups” of the 1930s and 1940s. Checks for reservations must be received by Monday, November 26.

For information regarding membership, please call (530) 478-1114.

Gold Country Computer Learning Center

The GCCLC monthly Computer User Group meeting will be held Friday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to noon in Ponderosa Hall, Gate 2 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

This month our presenters will demonstrate a variety of “gadgets” to help you learn more about tablets, smart phones, etc and how to choose one that fits your needs and budget.

Our guests are also welcome to bring a gadget to show the group.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, call (530) 273-0497 or visit

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Peace Center of Nevada County, 216 B Main Street, Nevada City.

The next meeting is Tuesday, October 9. At this meeting we will finalize planning and details for our guest speaker, Skip Schiel, photojournalist and activist who is presenting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church Street, Grass Valley. His topic will be, “The Hydropolitics of Palestine and Israel.” We will also finalize plans for launching the Maia Project, Nevada County Chapter on Oct. 12, with sales of stainless steel water bottles and Palestinian art calendars. PIWG sponsors the Women and Men in Black vigil Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We vigil to in support of the Women in Black in Israel, who founded the movement in 1988. All who support human rights and justice for all in Palestine and Israel are welcome to join the vigil. Bring a sign or use one of ours.

Grand Father’s Motorcycle Club

We serve a pancake breakfast the first Saturday of each month to raise money for families in need. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at our clubhouse at 301 S. Railroad St. in Colfax. Cost is $5. The next breakfast is served today a 8:30 a.m. For more information, call Crunch (530) 613-0912.

The Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club (SNCKC)

We are a recreational paddle club that enjoys flat water and slow moving rivers. SNCKC includes people of all age groups and skill levels. Most members are residents of the Nevada County foothills and surrounding areas although there is no residency requirement. Monthly Club meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Seamans Lodge, 425-A Nimrod St., Pioneer Park in Nevada City. They provide social, informational, and recreational gatherings associated with the sport of paddling.

For more information, visit MYSNCKC.ORG.

Healing through Loss and Grief Support Group

Anyone who has experienced emotional loss, be it current or in the past, is welcome.

For information, call (530) 265-3258 or visit

Blue Star Mothers of America

California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen, in Grass Valley. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, step-mother, foster-mother, grandmother, or legal guardian who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military, we invite you to join us.

For more information, visit

The Sierranaders Chorus

We will continue practicing songs for our upcoming Fall Cabaret Show, “Martian Attack.” All men are invited to come sing with us … and starting November, we initiate a FREE learn to sing program, which includes four 90-minute lessons on each Tuesday evening at the DeWitt center in Auburn. Following the class, there will be a chance to sing with this fun group at the Nevada City Victorian Christmas celebration. For information, email Cliff Johnson at, or call Roger Perkins at (530) 823-0339.

Grass Roots Genealogy Study Group

We meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. Meetings are open to anyone interested in genealogy research.

The building is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking. There are no dues. Topics are posted at

For more information, email or call (530) 268-0348.

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutter bugs to advanced photographers, Nevada County Camera Club has something for you. Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month. Visit for exceptions. Visitors are welcome, refreshments are served. Meeting location is the Unity Church,180 Cambridge Ct. in Grass Valley. Maps can be found at Come join us for a friendly evening get together of like-minded people who enjoy photography!

Vietnam Veterans of America

The local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among a group of veterans who share a common heritage. All veterans of the Vietnam era and their families are welcome to attend chapter meetings. The chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room, Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley.

For information call (530) 265-4878 or visit our website

Mothers Prayer Warriors

Our group now meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Twin Cities Church. If you are a mother who has lost a child, you may gain strength and knowledge from our unique Bible study. For information, call Cyndi Fellman at (530) 432-8148.

12-Step spiritual journey writing workshop

Word-A-Live Church is sponsoring a 12-step study and writing workshop for individuals who grew up in less-than-nurturing or chaotic homes. This workshop uses the 12 steps in a Christian context. Located at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. The workshop is designed to help restore the spirit and provide a workable formula for confronting the past. It is a model for surrendering one’s life to God. Emphasizes the relationship between the 12 steps and the practice of Christian living.

For information, call Beverly at (530) 210-4651.

Sierra Table Tennis

Open-play table tennis, 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays at Echo Ridge School, 15504 Liberty Circle Dr. in Nevada City.

For information, call (530) 265-2834.

Healing through Loss and Grief Support Group

Anyone who has experienced emotional loss, be it current or in the past, is welcome.

For information, call (530) 265-3258 or visit

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter #1335

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. A benefit of membership is timely updates on policy actions affecting Federal employees and retirees. For more information, please call Larry Kinkor, at (530) 265-6477.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics

“Children should be seen AND heard.” Please join us 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays for book and study discussion for adult children of alcoholics. This is a nonprofit, 12-step group meeting. The gathering is nonsmoking and open to both men and women. Meetings are in classroom 5 in the back of the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations. You don’t have to be a biological grandmother. It’s about looking at the world we want to create two generations ahead. All ages and genders welcome (join us, grandfathers!). For information, call Shirley at (530) 265-5545 or e-mail

Gold Country Trails Council

GCTC is a non-profit incorporated association formed in 1981 to develop, maintain, and protect non-motorized recreational trails in the Sierra Foothills area for public use and enjoyment. Coordination with Tahoe National Forest, Bicyclists of Nevada County, Nevada County Woods Riders Off-Road Motorcycle Club and other local groups has brought an amicable sharing of trail work and trail use in our area. Planned are seven work days, along with several camp-outs and day rides with horses. General meetings include speakers relevant to this mission, along with horse health, trailer safety, and joint efforts with other community organizations. New members and guests are welcome.

For more information, visit our website at

Bicyclists of Nevada County

Mountain Bikers hosts a “No Rider Left Behind” ride the first Saturday of every month. We also lead trail work parties and advocate for more and better trails for mountain bikes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of trail conditions and group rides.

For information, visit

First alumni of the Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country

Our First Alumni of Welcome Wagon or “WW” is a social club for women only. We have four luncheon meetings a year, a Holiday party plus several fun activity groups. At this time we have 35 memberships available. We would be happy to have any past or present members of Gold Country Welcome Club (formerly Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country) to join us.

For more information, please call Evelyn Krein (530) 432-8772 or Priscilla McNaught (530) 477-6977.

Gold Country Italian American Club

Meets noon to 3 p.m. every third Tuesday at various local restaurants for lunch, games, presentations and socializing.

For information, call Don Mortara at (530) 271-7491.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

Our club meets monthly on the third Thursday, 7 p.m., usually at Ponderosa Hall (Gate 2) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

If you are interested in growing grapes, making wine, wine tasting or learning about wine in general, please join us for cheese and crackers at our monthly meetings and bring a bottle of your favorite wine for all to taste. You do not have to be a grower or winemaker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, winemaking or critiquing wine. We have a summer picnic, a holiday party every year and fund an educational scholarship to a local student.

For more information about SWGGA, visit


The TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets Fridays at the Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 10725 Alta St. in Grass Valley. Meeting is at 10 a.m. Weigh-in before at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Chapter Preceptor Nu Delta of Beta Sigma Phi

We are a social, cultural and service-oriented sisterhood for women all around the world. With chapters in 20 countries, you can be sure you’ll have a new group of friends whenever it’s time to relocate. Our local chapter meets twice a month at noon on Mondays at a member’s home. We support several local philanthropic organizations and have an informative cultural program at each meeting. Social events are scattered throughout the year for fun and building friendships. There is always a sister there for support whenever the need arises.

For information, call Betty Dalpez at (530) 265-2107 or Lois M. Robinson at (530) 272-6804.

Nevada County Bonsai Club

Mission: The Nevada County Bonsai Club is dedicated to promoting the art of Bonsai. We will strive to create interest and inspire participation by those interested in the art of Bonsai, from beginners to advanced artists. We will provide and coordinate information on Bonsai through meetings and through demonstrations by Bonsai artists at our meetings and workshops. The Club is open to all those interested in the Art of Bonsai. Our ultimate goal is to instill in our members the appreciation and enjoyment of the Art of Bonsai, and the satisfaction that comes from the creation of living art. Also, the Club’s goal is to provide an environment that allows members and visitors to learn the history of Bonsai as well as to learn and share the art of Bonsai in a comfortable social setting with other Club members. The Nevada County Bonsai Club is a social, nonprofit club, founded for sharing the beauty and enjoyment of Bonsai, through teaching and communicating the living art form of Bonsai.

Club meetings are at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Nevada County Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild

We meet monthly on the first Tuesday for a general meeting which includes an interesting and instructional speaker. Visitors are welcome.

Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We host several rides a week for all levels from beginner to advanced. These rides are a great way to get acquainted with other riders and to learn new bike routes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of group rides and cycling events.

For information, visit

NC Business Network International (BNI)

The Nevada County Business Builder chapter of Business Network International is a dynamic referral group that helps local businesses grow and thrive. Guests are welcome to come to a weekly meeting and consider joining. We have an opening for a graphic designer, caterer, photographer, landscaper, pet groomer and others. Only one business per category so you benefit from our referrals. Connect with us on Facebook at BNI Grass Valley. Come check us out! The group meets weekly, noon to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at Goomba’s Restaurant, Highway 174, Grass Valley.

For information, call (530) 205-9509 or visit

NA-Golden Empire, Grass Valley Chapter

The chapter has started a monthly study group that meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the BriarPatch Community Room. The group is called UNA: Focus on Women, which is for all genders to hear presentations and discuss “living in a culture of respect for all.” The same group with just women meets the months in between as UN Women’s Circle, affiliated with the UN Women’s Circle Campaign.

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