Club news, September 6, 2008 |

Club news, September 6, 2008

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 September 16, 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. The location is the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley, in the dining room.

For more information, call 272-8684.

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

A monthly meeting is held at 7 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month at the Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley.

Visit for more information.

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, September 10, will feature the “Chord Miners” Barbershop Quartet.

For more information, call 273-4961.

Nevada City Soroptimist

The Nevada City Soroptimist will be holding its annual Parking Lot Sale on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Record Connection, 455 Sutton Way in Grass Valley, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is an annual event that benefits a local non-profit organization. This year’s beneficiary will be the food bank of Nevada County.

For more information or to make a donation, call President Jacque Brown at 273-5544 or Donna Hauck at 287-3220.

Native Daughters of the Golden West

Laurel Parlor No. 6 of Nevada City and Manzanita Parlor No. 29 of Grass Valley will hold a joint practice for our Grand President Visit in September. This practice will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m., at the Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring Street in Nevada City. All officers of both Parlors are requested to attend this practice.

Delta Gesneriad and African Violet Society

Delta Gesneriad and African Violet Society is holding its annual judged show and sale. The theme is “African Violets and Gesneriads: The People’s Choice.” The show will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Sacramento Garden and Arts Center, 3300 McKinley Boulevard. Free parking and admission. Hundreds of gorgeous plants for sale, plus supplies and expert advice!

Show plants and sale plants will reflect the variety of bloom, foliage, and plant sizes currently available. Fantasy, bi-color, frilly-edged, striped and star-shaped blooms, pink, tan, and green foliage, miniature, semiminiature, and trailing plants will broaden the collections of novice and long-time growers alike.

Award winning growers will answer questions and discuss the use of soils, pots, fertilizers, and other supplies being sold.

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Sacramento Garden and Arts Center.

PFLAG of Placer County

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Placer County will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. In addition to small group support, this month’s speaker will be River Coyote, an HIV Test Counselor and Health Educator in HIV, Tobacco, and Substance Abuse Prevention. PFLAG meetings are open to the public, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Wednesday, Sept. 17, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17 through 23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world. Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham DAR Chapter has obtained Proclamations from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, and the City Councils of Grass Valley and Nevada City regarding the observance of Constitution Week. The chapter will march in the Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade on Sunday, Sept. 14.

Foothills Horticulture Society

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

The agenda will include Propagation from softwood cuttings, “the really basics,” with Lynn Lorenson, and a plant raffle with plants donated by FHS members.

Friends of Nevada County Libraries Book Discussion Group

Come join our local “Friends of Nevada County Libraries” book discussion group. Group meets the last Wednesday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. September discussion: “Mayflower” by Nathaniel Philbrick. October discussion: “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde.

Any questions? Call 273-5854.

Nevada County Genealogy Society

The Nevada County Genealogy Society will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There is always time for your questions. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in Genealogy.

Call 274-2362 for more information.

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will kick off their 2008-2009 program year with an informational presentation on “Undocumented Workers in the U.S.” on Sept. 13.

Margee Joehnck of the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee and Bill Neuharth of Republican Central committees will present their 2008 party platforms on this controversial issue.

In an 18 month Immigration Study that began in 2006 by the League of Women Voters of the United States that culminated in the adoption of an Immigration Position in March 2008, the League found one of the most controversial issues is the proposal to provide a path to legal residence for unauthorized immigrants currently residing in the U.S.

It has been estimated that approximately 12 million unauthorized immigrants reside in the U.S., and that about three million of those are in California. What can be done about this huge number of unauthorized immigrants? Is mass deportation a feasible solution, or is allowing them to earn legal status more beneficial to both the immigrants and our U.S. citizens? Is there an alternative solution that could result in agreement between supporters of both sides of the issue?

The League invites the community to join us to learn more about this issue as we move toward the Nov. 4 general election. The meeting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street Grass Valley. Refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and meeting at 10:00 a.m.

For more information about the League, visit Information about League sponsored forums for the upcoming election is posted there as well as links to information about the state and local ballot measures.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society’s October meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, at the Community Room of the Nevada County Library on Maidu Avenue in Nevada City. It will feature the Natural History of Birds in Ecuador with Rudy Gelis.

The talk provides a brief introduction to what birds do in Ecuador, from Pacific Choco rainforest to the Pacific deserts, from the Andes and their respective high mountain landscapes and cloud forests, to the Amazon Basin. The talk is based around high quality bird photos, plus anecdotal stories from several years of leading bird and natural history tours and studying bird behavior in Ecuador and Peru, briefly touching on natural history topics such as mixed species flocking, endangered and endemic species, nesting and foraging behavior, and geographical-distribution.

Ecuador is about the size of Colorado yet nearly 1,600 species of birds have been recorded there. Rudy will discuss how he goes about exploring and studying this diversity with a wonderful collection of extraordinary photographs. Many of these photos are taken from his book, “Plumas: Birds in Ecuador,” co-authored with Murray Cooper.

Rudy Gelis began his career in ornithology as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 1997. A member of the Yanayacu Natural History Research Group in Ecuador, he has studied the nests and breeding behavior of Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Red-winged Wood-Rail, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, five species of antpitta, Masked and Bluish Flowerpiercers, Barred Hawk, and many more birds. He leads birding and natural history tours throughout much of Ecuador and Peru, instructs university-level natural history courses in Ecuador and frequently offers ecotourism courses and professional workshops for guides and park guards in Latin America.

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

The July 10 NARFE picnic was a great success at the Empire Mine State Historic Park. Coordinated by Chapter Vice President Glen Boire, members enjoyed a delicious pasty lunch under the trees and a tour of the lovely Bourn Cottage and grounds.

After an August break, members will be meeting again on Thursday, Sept. 11, for a business meeting and program. The program speaker will be Sylvia Pichitino, Community Relations Coordinator for Highgate Senior Living in Grass Valley.

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 (except July and August) 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 265-6477.

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County is pleased to announce that Robin Wright Mallery will be our September speaker.

Robin developed the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in 1990. She is a registered nurse with a varied background in hospital nursing, specializing in cardiology.

In her 19 years as the Cardiac Rehabilitation coordinator, she has fine tuned her expertise in exercise physiology, nutrition, relaxation management and behavior modification. Her greatest professional satisfaction is derived from providing education and motivation, and facilitating behavior change.

A frequent speaker to local community groups, her enthusiasm for bringing about positive lifestyle management and taking advantage of opportunities for optimizing health is evident. Her educational classes cover a wide range of topics, including heart healthy nutrition, safe exercise, realistic goal setting and achievement, women’s health, blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes awareness, and perhaps most relevant, learning to elicit a relaxation response. Robin is available as a consultant to clients who need or desire to make these life-improving adjustments in their own lives.

She plans to speak about women’s heart health, as well as the unique heart attack symptoms women can experience.

Professionalism is a state of mind! Bring yours and join us for this interesting and perhaps life saving information. Our Sept. 17 meeting will be held at Club 141, located at 141 E. Main St., Grass Valley. Informal gathering begins at 5:30 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Please call 274-3359 for reservations.

Colfax Garden Club

The Colfax Garden Club Fall Garden Tour and Tea will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person, children under 12 free, are available from garden club members, Judy Styles at the Colfax City Hall, and the Colfax Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will also be available of the day of the tour for $15 at the Roy Toms Plaza, in Colfax. Maps to the gardens, descriptions of the gardens and $1 or 6 for $5 raffle tickets will also be available.

The tea will be held at the historic Colfax Train Depot for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the tour support community projects and youth gardens.

For more information please call 210-8158 or e-mail

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