Club News: Sept. 25, 2010 |

Club News: Sept. 25, 2010

Nevada County Historical Society

Speaker Night Presentation on Thursday, Sept. 30.

“Placer and Hydraulic Mining in You Bet and Old Red Dog.”

On Thursday, Sept. 30, Jerry Brady will speak about the hydraulic and placer mining in the area of You Bet and Old Red Dog, and about both towns and the people who lived there, including his large family who were among the last miners in the area. His father and older brother both mined there and Jerry was a student at the school in You Bet before it closed. The following Saturday (Oct. 2), Jerry will lead a tour of You Bet-Red Dog area and that will include touring historic home-sites, cemeteries and hydraulic mining diggins. Details of the outing will be provided at the presentation.

This presentation is held at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Madelyn Helling Library. Attendance is free and refreshments provided.

For more information, call Program Chair Carolyn Jones-Rodgers at (530) 272-2119 or visit the informative Nevada County Historical Society website at

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society’s October meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Last March, four Nevada County birders – Ted Beedy, Barney Kroeger and Jeannie and Rudy Darling – went on a 12-day birding and culture trip led by Peter Pyle, Keith Hansen and Patricia Briceno to Oaxaca, Mexico. They took over 2,000 photos and have selected some of the best for this presentation. The emphasis will be on birds, but some cultural aspects of the trip will be presented.

Oaxaca lies at the southern end of Mexico. Habitat varies from desert to cloud forest to coastal mangrove swamps and the bird life reflects this diversity. Many of the winter birds there are familiar to us as summer breeders up north. Others are more typical of Central American countries further south. A few are familiar to U.S. birders as SE Arizona or south Texas specialties. A handful are endemic to Oaxaca. Indigenous human cultures include Mixtec and Zapotec peoples. The presentation will include a brief tour of Monte Alban which overlooks the city of Oaxaca and is one of the premier pre-Columbian archeological sites.

Ted Beedy is a professional ornithologist and is co-author of “Discovering Sierra Birds,” an updated version of which he is currently preparing along with Keith Hansen. Barney Kroeger’s interests lie in recording bird vocalizations. Rudy Darling is on the SFAS board and is compiler of the Grass Valley CBC. Jeannie Darling likes watching birds, especially big colorful ones that sit still and really appreciated the cultural aspects of this trip.

Please join us for this visually stimulating visit to Oaxaca.

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 Veteran’s 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 more information contact us every Friday evening at (530) 265-8396.

Democratic Women’s Club

Democratic Women’s Club breakfast meeting.

Propositions and candidates will be featured at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in Trolley Junction Restaurant.

Propositions to be voted on in the Nov. 2 election will be discussed by League of Women Voters past president Ruth Schwartz and long-time DWC member Polly Bacich.

Congressional candidate Clint Curtis, a key figure in the exposure of voter fraud in the 2000 presidential election, will also be speaking.

In addition, the program will feature brief presentations by several persons who are running for state and local offices. Bring your questions for all of them.

The Democratic Women’s Club meets the first Saturday of each month for a lavish hot breakfast at the Northern Queen Inn, Nevada City. RSVP to (530) 273-3051 or See

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 535

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley.

For information call (530) 274-3787.

Sierra Singles

The Sierra Singles Club plans to meet for breakfast at Penny’s Diner in the Fowler Center on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The week of Oct. 4 through 8, club members will attend a movie to be chosen later and either have lunch before the movie or ice cream after.

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

50’s Plus Social Singles

The 50’s Plus Social Singles invites all who are interested in making new friends and sharing in fun activities to check us out by joining in one of our socials, 6 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley.

For more information call (530) 271-0303 or (530) 273-6898.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

In honor of the signing of the United States Constitution over 200 years ago, the local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), decorated a window at the Madelyn Helling Library at the Rood Center in Nevada City. In celebration of Constitution Week, which occurs from Sept. 17 through 23 every year, and honoring our national heritage, DAR chapter members Janelle Dalton and Jennie Carothers prepared the memorabilia commemorating our United States Constitution. The window presentation will be on display during the entire month of September.

Recognizing the U.S. Constitution as America’s most important document, the local DAR chapter marched in Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade on Sunday, Sept. 12. Additionally, the chapter has obtained Proclamations for Constitution Week from Nevada City and Grass Valley City Councils and the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. Mrs. Dalton and Mrs. Carothers arranged for public service announcements to be broadcast on local radio stations as well for church bells to ring at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 to coincide with the bell-ringing in Philadelphia at 4 p.m. that day in commemoration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

For more information about the National Society DAR, see the NSDAR general website, and for information about the local DAR chapter, please call (530) 274-9177 or visit our website at

Nevada County Bonsai Club

A social, nonprofit club founded for sharing the beauty and enjoyment of Bonsai through teaching and communicating the living art form of Bonsai. Open to all.

Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City. Meeting subject matter/presentation will be announced prior to the meetings. At the meetings with no presenters, there will be workshops and discussions.

The next meeting is Oct. 19.

For information call (530) 273-2628.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Question of the Day by President Shawn Tuttle was what is your favorite part of doing speeches, be it preparing, researching, delivering or finishing it.

Toastmaster of the Day was Connie Suddath. Mick Tuttle’s speech, “The Felt Hat,” was to be a dramatic talk from the Entertaining Speaker Manual. A story that took place in a bank in Iowa.

Cindy Fulton spoke on “Food Curiosities,” reaching the goal of getting to the point on something of interest to her from the basic Competent Communication manual. Cindy’s talk pertained to different ways to look at foods.

Judy Nichols’ speech, “The 2nd Amendment,” was to address the opposition from the Persuasive Speaking manual. Judy delivered a speech to convince us that guns are for self-protection and hunting with many reasons why. Delivery was excellent being well-paced, brief for such a huge subject and with meaningful statistics.

Speakers select their own subjects and are given goals to reach from a basic manual. After the basic manual is completed they can choose from many advanced manuals.

Table Topics Master was Sylvia Pichitino asking audience member to respond to a topic she gave them. This helps speaking off the cuff. Word of the day is to be used during the table topics speeches. Word of the day was “ilk” meaning family, class or kind.

Winners were Mick Tuttle for best speaker, Ursula Monroe for best evaluator and Otto Haueisen for best Table Topics speaker.

Tip of the day is – when introducing someone, step back so the next speaker can be closest to the audience.

Visitors are always welcome. There is much to be learned on how to conduct a meeting, how to introduce speakers and more. If you are speaking to an audience there may be something you could learn that would make your life easier and make for a more productive meeting.

Check us out any Tuesday morning, 6:30 a.m. at Trolley Junction.

Call (530) 273-9777 for information.

Grass Valley Duplicate Bridge Club

Games at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Classes are available.

Located at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley.

For more information and directions call Bruce Lester at (530) 477-9586.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

Introductions for the Sept. 16 meeting for Penn Valley Toastmasters began with each one answering this question: What makes people come back to a Toastmasters meeting? Answers were varied. A few said simply having fun was motivating, while another said feeling more confident when talking with others made her want to return.

Martin Vogt was voted Best Speaker for the evening with his speech “Fight or Flight – Making Adrenaline Work For You.” We learned that adrenaline is good to have when giving a speech. Adrenaline can be the heartbeat of one’s speech, giving energy and vitality to the speaker’s presence and message, if kept in balance. His evaluator, Jack Meeks, was awarded Best Evaluator, speaking of Martin’s sincerity and enthusiasm, along with his excellent organizing of his introduction, body and conclusion.

Table Topics Master Merrill Hall gave us a fun and challenging exercise. We were asked to complete a limerick by adding a last line to rhyme with the second line. Hopefully it would make sense and make us laugh. Each one made us laugh. Martin Vogt was voted a double winner for the night with his humorous ending to the random limerick he picked.

Penn Valley Toastmasters welcomes all guests who are interested in improving their speaking, listening and leadership skills. If you are simply curious about Toastmasters, we invite you to visit us. You are not required to speak, unless you choose to do so. Our meetings are held at 17422-B Penn Valley Drive at the Penn Valley Shopping Center. Walk past the Penn Valley Market – under the staircase and across from the laundromat. Meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Thursdays of each month.

For information call (530) 432-8488.

Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment 885

The Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment 885 invites all former, retired, active and reserve Marines, women Marines and FMF Corpsmen who are interested in renewing the “Espirit de Corps,” camaraderie and social events.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, located at 255 S. Auburn St. (enter at the side of the building on second floor). Bring your DD 214 or proof of serving honorably.

Contact us at

Elks Ladies of 518

The Elks Ladies of 518 hold a dinner business meeting at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49 North.

For information call (530) 265-2107.

The Elks Ladies of 518 Fall Luncheon Fashion Show, “We’ve Got Style,” will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. The show will feature fashions for teens through senior adults from five local stores and will include door prizes and a raffle.

The bar will open at 11 a.m., lunch will be held at noon and the show begins at 1 p.m.

Admission is $20. Monies raised will be donated to various charities supported by the Elks Ladies.

For information call (530) 432-9092.

Pioneer Arts

One of Pioneer Arts club’s most popular and long-running programs has been Art in Public Places. The program provides a venue for club members to display their art in local businesses and civic buildings, while at the same time providing quality fine art for public viewing. 

You can view the artwork currently being displayed by Pioneer Arts members around the community at the following places: First U.S. Community Credit Union – Karen Koklich; Hair Razors – Paul Dessau; Grass Valley City Hall – Dori Greenbaum; Club Sierra Sports and Fitness Center – Jo Hathcock and Cheryl Wilson; LAFCo office at the Rood Center and Afternoon Deli – Shirley McDonald; Westamerica Bank – George Kilner; Penn Valley Chiropractic Clinic – Joyce Currie. Businesses that would like to be added to the Art in Public Places program should contact Pioneer Arts through our website.

Mim Meakin will be back for another Saturday morning of Art for Children at the Growers’ Market at the North Star House in Grass Valley from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. 

David Mooney’s presentation on acrylic painting is coming up from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Guests and visitors are welcome. Then on Oct. 19, the Northern Mines Exhibit opens at The Center for the Arts.

For more information about Pioneer Arts visit

Gold Country Miniature Society

The Gold Country Miniature Society is sponsoring a dollhouse miniature weekend craft project called a “Tea Room Boutique,” a three-day retreat and hutch project. In this National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) event, women and men all over the country will be making miniature hutches on the same days.

The retreat will be held from 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, to lunchtime on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Diamond Arrow Christian Conference Center in Nevada City and will feature workshops, swaps, roundtables and gifts.

For pricing and information call (916) 663-9592 or visit

American Association of University Women

AAUW Nevada County welcomes new members.

On the shores of Lake Wildwood, AAUW (American Association of University Women) inaugurated its 74th year in the county with a member-catered brunch and a lively performance by the Tech Trekkers, eight Nevada County eighth grade girls that the branch sponsored this summer to attend a science and math camp at Stanford University.

Although the branch welcomes new members all year long, Ellie Anderson, vice president of membership, reported that 10 new members joined during the event. To add to the festivities, the branch’s interest groups each created table-top displays on each group’s activities. Interest groups include arts and crafts, books, bridge, gardening, gourmet adventures, a world affairs discussion group and walkers. To further publicize the interest groups, members wore hats decorated with “symbols” of their group affiliations.

For information about AAUW in Nevada County, call (530) 470-9395 or e-mail

Gold Country Stamp Club

Regular meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road, Grass Valley, in the dining room and are open to all.

For more information call (530) 272-8684.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Jinnae Anderson and Mary Thompson participated in the Area Contest. Mary received second place in the Humorous Speech Contest and Jinnae took first place in the Table Topics Contest. Congratulations!

Our president Jinnae Anderson led us into fall by asking what we are looking forward to this season. Our toastmaster of the evening was Janai Carlson.

The first speaker of the evening was Annabelle Robbins. Her compelling speech, “Dogs Run Free,” highlighted the need for a dog park in Grass Valley. Evaluator: Sara Kudrle. Our second speaker, Melissa Stevens gave a vibrant speech, “Three Basic Elements for Gaming,” explaining the world of role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Evaluator: Jeanne Charbonneau. Mark Fenicle filled in for an absent speaker by giving a thought provoking, impromptu speech titled, “Why Should I Care” which related the importance of ecology and our environment. Evaluator: Reba Jones.

During Table Topics, Sarah McTighe took us centuries into the future, then had us identify items from the past using the word “artifact.”

Speakers that best met their objectives: Best Speaker – Melissa Stevens, Best Evaluator – Sara Kudrle and Best Table Topics – Jinnae Anderson. Maura Robertshaw was our General Evaluator.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters, please come to one of our meetings. We love guests! Speaking is optional for guests. Meeting place: Eskaton Village Lodge – 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley. Meeting time: 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays.

For more information contact Sharon Hollis, (530) 264-6902 or visit our website

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meets at 12:30 p.m. the first three Thursdays of each month at the Nevada County Contractors Association Board Room, 149 Crown Point Court, Grass Valley.

For more information call (530) 477-1201 or visit

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently held their general luncheon meeting at Alta Sierra Country Club. During the business portion of the meeting Sandra Barrington from the SNMH Foundation reported on the goal of the Foundation to raise funds for the purchase of a linear accelerator for the hospital cancer center and Sue Urban, Emergency/Safety officer for the hospital presented a Power Point program regarding emergency preparedness in the event of a disaster that could affect Nevada County. Also during the business portion of the meeting, the following service hour pins were presented: 100 hours to Nicole Bean-Locke, Natalie Germann, Sharri Hansen, Cherinne Hiscock, Jay Mathews and Barbara Tiegs; 500 hours to Betty Goularte and Ginger Kane; 1000 hours to Pauline Jodoin and Betty Schafer; 1500 hours to Lorraine Maylum and Caren Yakupian; 2500 hours to Patti Brown; 3000 hours to Lorraine Smith; 3500 hours to Lois Hardie and 7000 hours to Cathy Corliss.

Following the luncheon, Auxiliary President Judy Emerson introduced Kady Guyton, author of a weekly food column for The Union, who spoke of the importance of buying and eating fresh food and encouraged everyone to eat local products and drink local wines.

Sierra Table Tennis

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

For information call (530) 265-2834.

Palestine-Israel Working Group

The Palestine-Israel Working Group (PIWG) will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Nevada County Peace Center, 216B Main St. in Nevada City. Topics to be discussed include our altar for the Altar Show and plans for collecting signatures on petitions for the “California Divests” ballot initiative.

PIWG encourages others to join us from 5:15 to 6 p.m. every Thursday on the Broad Street bridge as Women and Men in Black expressing support for an end to the Occupation of Palestine and the development of Peace with Justice for all in Israel and Palestine.

PIWG meets regularly at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Peace Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information please contact

NC Business Network International (BNI)

The Nevada County Business Builder chapter of Business Network International is a hot referral organization that helps local businesses grow and thrive. The group started over a year ago and is growing quickly. Guests are welcome to come and consider joining while business categories are still available.

The group meets weekly, noon to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at Goomba’s Restaurant, Highway 174, Grass Valley. We put the work in networking.

For more information call (530) 271-3603 or (530) 470-0321 or visit

Empire Toastmasters

At the Sept. 17 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, Ruth Schwartz was voted Better Speaker for her speech “Woman vs. Fish,” which she took to the Area 64 Humorous Speech contest later that evening. Elizabeth Dunn was voted Better Evaluator for her feedback on Jeff Pylman’s speech, an advanced manual project from the Public Relations series, the Crisis Management Speech. The audience had the opportunity to play the role of the press at a press conference about an industrial disaster.

Kathy Bringhurst won the Best Table Topics trophy for her impromptu speech incorporating the Word of the Day, alacrity. Participants pretended to be auditioning for a commercial for an item drawn randomly from a paper bag.

Toastmasters welcomes all who are interested in improving their speaking, listening, and leadership skills – skills that 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 Judy Nichols at or (530) 477-9120.

Beta Sigma Phi

The Preceptor Nu Delta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meets at noon on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

For further information and meeting location call Georgia at (530) 272-7785.

California Writers Club

The California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch will host a free Open Mic, an opportunity for writers to read their work and listeners to enjoy what writers throughout the Sacramento region are creating. Reading time

has been reduced to 10 minutes because of the growing number of participants.

Open Mic will be held at 7 p.m. (sign-ups begin at 6:45 p.m.) Friday, Oct. 8, and the second Friday of every month, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Birdcage Shopping Center, 6111 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights.

For information, visit

Friends of Sierra Rock Art

October is archeology month.

History of rock art lecture Oct. 22.

Prominent archaeologist and current Ph.D. candidate at the University of California Donna Gillette will present a public program for Friends of Sierra Rock Art on Friday, Oct. 22. She will be speaking on “Markings on Stone: Rock Art through the Ages with an emphasis on California.” Her talk will begin with an overview of Paleolithic rock art in Europe as well as the United States. She will then emphasize the state of rock art research in California including cutting edge photographic techniques and soil dating methods.

Ms. Gillette is a nationally known archeologist. She currently serves as the Conference Coordinator for ARARA (American Rock Art Research Association). She is the 2007 recipient of the James Bennyhoff Award by the California Society for Archeology for her original research in California rock art.

Ms. Gillette is currently conducting multidisciplinary research on rock art sites in Mendocino County. She has been researching, visiting and photographing rock art sites throughout the northern Sierras since the l990s. She will discuss theories about their origins, distribution and historical significance. Her current research indicates that rock art may provide evidence of the location of very early ritual sites in the north coast ranges. Recent research has confirmed over 130 sites in this geographic area

The program will be at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City, on Friday, Oct. 22. There will be a dessert potluck at 7 p.m., followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. Members, guests and public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information call (530) 478-6287.

Friends of Sierra Rock Art (FSRA) is a local nonprofit charitable corporation. It is a volunteer organization formed to promote stewardship of Native American petroglyph rock art sites, primarily in the Northern Sierra Nevada region of California. Annual training for rock art monitoring is held in June.

For more information about the organization or a membership application, visit

Nevada County Camera Club

6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, the Nevada County Camera Club will meet at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Our speaker, local photographer Josh Miller, will talk about finding and following your inner vision as an artist.

The assigned subject for this meeting is “Shiny.” We encourage you to be creative and try new things.

The winner of 2009 photo of the year is Ginny Gleason “Victorian Christmas.”

Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome.

Grass Roots Genealogy (Study) Group

Meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City. The building is wheelchair accessible and has lots of parking. There are no dues. The meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about genealogy research.

The topic is posted at

Soroptimist of Colfax

The Soroptimist of Colfax will hold their bi-annual Women’s Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Sierra Vista Center at 55 School St. in Colfax. The fair offers information for healthy lifestyles as well as fun products for girls and women of all ages. The Health Fair is free to all who attend.

Guest speakers will include Mary Walker on gardening and Robin Mallery on matters of the heart. Fasting blood glucose and lipid panel tests will be offered free to the first 25 women who sign up. The tests will be taken at the Sierra Nevada Hospital in Grass Valley one week prior to the fair. The results of the tests will be given out at the Health Fair.

To sign up for the test call (530) 346-8642.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Craft Guild of Nevada County meetings are for crafters interested in meeting other crafters and learning new skills. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild’s blog:

Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City – Houser Conference Room.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

For information call (530) 273-3795.

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

You’re invited!

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County is offering forums to allow citizens the opportunity to “get up close and personal” with candidates for elected office in the November election. We never endorse candidates because we are non-partisan. We give all candidates the opportunity to participate in League forums. Our experienced moderators, timers and media representation make our forums outstanding, and we encourage questions from our audience.

Candidate Forums and Ballot Measures

Thursday, Sept. 30

House of Representatives, District IV

7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Superintendent of Schools Community Room, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

State Assembly – 7 to 8 p.m. and State Senate – 8 to 9 p.m., The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley.

Thursday, Oct. 7

Grass Valley City Council – 7 to 8 p.m. and Candidates for Nevada County Treasurer – 8 to 9 p.m., Council Chambers, City of Grass Valley City Hall, 125 East Main St., Grass Valley.

Saturday, Oct. 9, November Ballot Measure – Pros and Cons – 10 a.m. to noon, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County’s monthly luncheon will be on Oct. 27 at the beautiful Alta Sierra Country Club. Halloween costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded!

October’s program is the exciting Annual Newcomers Silent and Live Auction. Proceeds from the Silent Auction and Live Auction will go to the Christmas Families Project. The Newcomers Club receives shopping lists from Women of Worth and Family Preservation Group. The auctions’ proceeds are then used to provide gifts for these deserving families.

Doors open at 10 a.m.; the Silent Auction starts at 10:30 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Menu choices are roasted ham with au gratin sweet potatoes, chicken parmesan with herbed orzo pasta or vegetarian entree. Each entree comes with a side of vegetables, mixed green salad, bread and butter, coffee and tea with apple cobbler for dessert. Luncheon is $18 per person. Reservations must be received by Monday, Oct. 18.

For more information, please call (530) 474-1114 or (530) 470-9191.

American Legion Post 130

Post 130 Executive Board meeting – reminder to all Executive Board members, our regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Remembrance Room, Grass Valley Veterans Hall. We will have a guest speaker and many interesting committee reports. Let’s all be present.

All Veterans Honor Guard needs you, honorably discharged males or females, please apply. For information call (530) 477-6900.

We at the American Legion Post 130 would be honored for all you honorably discharged Veterans to contact the Post for information. Call (530) 272-2160.

Lastly, Post 130 is holding a fundraiser, Hoe Down Western Party on Oct. 15. A dinner, snacks, no-host bar, great music by the Fruit Jar Pickers. $15 includes the dinner and fun. You can come dressed in cowboy gear if you wish. Sorry no horses allowed! No-host bar opens at 4 p.m., fried chicken dinner, 5 p.m., music and dancing, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Costume contest with prizes awarded for men’s, women’s and couples.

You might want to bring a picture of your horse.

You all come to the Grass Valley Veterans building, plenty of parking in the rear.

Gold Country Community Center

With chicken enchiladas and musica de Mexico, Friendship Wednesday was a bit of a sneak preview. Los Serranos played and sang romantic favorites. Teresita Juarez Lyon and Francisco Lovato had everyone singing along to ‘South of the Border’ and other favorites. They’ll perform again on our New Mexican evening on Friday, Oct. 8. Our kitchen goddesses will create classic comida, featuring fiesta chicken enchiladas, salad, rice and beans – with flan for dessert (a Mexican baked custard).

The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Reservations by Oct. 6, please. Phone (530) 273-4961. There are many fabulous prizes in the raffle, including a $500 shopping spree at Hills Flat Lumber, tickets for two to CATS’ production of ‘The King and I,’ a white-gold ring set, two dozen gourmet tamales from Teresita – and more.

We’re still looking for volunteer drivers in our home delivered meals program, so if you have a couple of hours a week, your help is needed urgently. Again, phone (530) 273-4961, and ask to speak with Bette.

The Gold Country Community Center is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments on Old Tunnel Road, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Penn Valley Hi-Grader Lions Club

Lions Clubs “White Cane” history.

In 1921, James Biggs, a photographer from Bristol, England, became blind following an accident. Because he was feeling uncomfortable with the amount of traffic around his home, he painted his walking stick white to be more easily visible.

Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since then, Lions have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

In 1930, the late George A. Bonham, President of the Peoria Lions Club (Illinois) introduced the idea of using the white cane with a red band as a means of assisting the blind in independent mobility. The Peoria Lions approved the idea, white canes were made and distributed, and the Peoria City Council adopted an ordinance giving the bearers the right-of-way to cross the street. News of the club’s activity spread quickly to other Lions clubs throughout the United States, and their visually handicapped friends experimented with the white canes. Overwhelming acceptance of the white cane idea by the blind and sighted alike quickly gave cane users a unique method of identifying their special need for travel consideration among their sighted counterparts.

In keeping with the Lions’ established tradition of assisting the blind, Lions of District 4-C5 will be out and about the weekend of Oct. 2 to promote community awareness of the various sight programs the clubs support.

The Penn Valley Hi-Grader Lions Club will be at the Rough & Ready and Penn Valley Post Office on Friday, Oct. 1 and at Holiday Market in Penn Valley on Friday and Saturday Oct. 1 and 2. We are happy to accept your old prescription, reading or sun glasses.

For more information please call (530) 265-3245.

Soroptimist International of Nevada City

Soroptimist International of Nevada City will hold its next weekly meeting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the Organic Grill on Argall Way in Nevada City. Thereafter, our schedule will be the first three Wednesdays of each month. We have a busy year of fundraising ahead of us beginning with an E-Waste event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 in the KMart parking lot. Please reserve this date on your calendar and keep an eye out for advertising on what items we can accept. If you have any questions in the meantime, please call Carol York at (530) 477-5901.

We also would like to increase our membership this year so, please, call Carol York if you are interested in volunteering to help women and girls – both locally and internationally. The more members we have, the more we can accomplish, and the more women and girls we can help within our own community.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization committed to improving the lives of women and girls, both locally and throughout the world, through a variety of service projects.

For more information please visit the website,

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