Club News, Oct. 12, 2019 |

Club News, Oct. 12, 2019

The Union publishes Club News each Saturday. To share the latest from your western Nevada County club or organization, email Unfortunately only a small fraction of club submissions are published in the print version of The Union due to space constraints. To see the complete list of clubs, visit, scroll down to the bottom and click on “announcements.”

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

“Women in Non-traditional Positions” is the topic of the Oct. 19 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch meeting. For this meeting, the focus will be on women who hold local elective office. The two guest speakers are Hilary Hodge, Grass Valley City Council Member, and Shannan Moon, Nevada County Sheriff. They will participate in an interactive interview format, responding to the moderator’s questions, followed by audience “Q&A” time. The discussion will spotlight their individual experiences and challenges as women running for and holding offices in law enforcement and city government. The meeting will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main S., Grass Valley, on Saturday, Oct. 19, 9:30–11:30 a.m. (program begins at 10 a.m). It is free and open to everyone. AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For more information: or call 530-470-9395.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Anne King was the best speaker today at the Early Risers Toastmasters Oct. 8 meeting with her inspirational story about dealing with anxiety, which many of us could relate to. Katy Wallace, the Club President, was the best speech evaluator and Barbara Ryan won the Table Topics portion of the meeting in her impromptu speech using the word Centurion. Visitors are always welcome. Early Risers Toastmasters meet every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m., upstairs at Humpty Dumpty’s. Plan to arrive a few minutes early. Members learn and practice how to run successful meetings, organize your thoughts into speeches and give speeches in a supportive environment. For more information call 530 273-9777 or visit

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Craft Guild of Nevada County will be holding our annual Winterfaire Craft Show, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Come out and buy and support us. Also Santa will be there both days 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Ask about our group and what we do. If you’re a crafter, join our group in January. Check out our blog at

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

We are focusing on the elections for the remainder of the year. Our Second Saturday programs will be addressing everything from money in politics to voter suppression and voter fraud. Please join us on the second Saturday of the month at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Our doors open at 9:30 and meetings start promptly at 10 a.m. Our next meeting is Oct. 12 and the topic is “Money in Politics.” Two speakers will be presenting their views on the issue. Kevin Wolf, Chair of the California Clean Money Action Fund and Kenyan Bliss, grass roots coordinator for the Move to Amend coalition.  Join us to become educated in the election process and its many facets. Everyone welcome.

Daughters of the American Revolution

DAR local Captain John Oldham Chapter meets the fourth Monday each month. We are a nonprofit, nonpolitical, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. Members can be any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background – who can prove lineal descent from a patriot who supported the cause of independence in the Revolutionary War. Locally we promote patriotism, history, conservation and education with community projects and through chapter donations. For instance, our local Community Classroom Committee connects DAR with area schools by volunteering in classrooms, providing school supplies and helping teachers wherever there is a need. For information on our monthly luncheon meetings or for membership, please call Emily Boling at 530-273-6140.

Nevada County Historical Society

The Nevada County Historical Society will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the Speaker Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. Please join us for delicious cake and a panel of esteemed members who will talk about memorable times they have had volunteering on behalf of the Historical Society. Admission: FREE and open to the public, this event lasts one hour and is followed by free refreshments. The Nevada County For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056 or

Nevada County Travel Club

“Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories.” — Paula Bendfeldt

As I write this, several of our members are on our Niagara Falls to New York City trip. Several other trips that round out the year, Rome, Scotland and Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta are full. I am excited about spending five days in the Denver area Dec 11-15. I’m hoping for snow. Well, just a dusting would be great. Packing snow boots takes up half my suitcase. We always do an early December trip to kick off the new season. Our three tour companies — Mayflower, Colette and Premier World — are still working on getting a select list of trips together for 2020. Keep your eye out for future Club News articles for updates. Remember we have monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, 1 p.m. at Abundant Life Community Church, 10795 Alta Street in Grass Valley. Feel free to call me, Judi Foy at 432-3393, anytime you have questions about our club or want to come to a meeting.

Friends of Sierra Rock Art

On Friday, Oct. 18, we are offering the multi-media presentation “Visions of the Ancestors: Native American Cultures and their Rock Art in Southeastern Utah.” The free public event, which is sponsored by Friends of Sierra Rock Art, takes place at Nevada City’s Madelyn Helling library at 7 p.m. This stunning, professionally produced, visual and auditory production was funded by the Utah Endowment for the Humanities and the White Mesa Ute Tribe. Numerous petroglyphs (pecked images) and pictographs (painted images) from different Native American cultures will be shown. It was created by John Noxon and Deborah Marcus, who spent fourteen years documenting Native American rock art for the National Park Service, Ute Mountain Tribe, and Bureau of Land Management. For more information, contact Bill Drake at (530) 265-2084. Our website:

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills

We are a nonprofit service organization run by ambitious, hard-working women, devoted to improving the lives of women and children both locally and internationally. Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills has designated funding for 2019/2020 mini-grants for service programs consistent to their Mission Statement. Application forms are available online at If you want to support our community’s nonprofits, you can attend our Thursday meetings on the first, second, and third week of each month, which are held from 7-8 a.m. at Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro in beautiful downtown Grass Valley. Our club is very excited to announce that we are looking for new members. We want you and your talents! It would be our pleasure to have you join us in our efforts. We invite you to join us. For more information visit us at, or visit our Facebook page. Interested in our Garden Tour? Would you like to feature your garden in our 2021 Garden Tour? Please email us at

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Guest speaker at our NCRWF Oct. 16 luncheon meeting will be Stacey Montgomery, former Lassen County District Attorney. The meeting will be held at Las Katarinas Restaurant in Grass Valley with a social hour starting at 11:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at noon. Stacy will speak on “Catch and Release – the Face of Crime in California.” In 2018 she attended a California Sanctuary State Roundtable organized by President Trump. The meeting included mayors, sheriffs, and leaders from across our state. Stacy has become a nationally recognized speaker on the issues of crime in rural areas. NCRWF luncheon meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month, September through June. For more information or to make a reservation for the Oct. 16 luncheon please call Judy at 271-5794. For more information, email or visit, or call 530-263-2672 for membership information.

Gold Country Community Services

A beautiful, young-at-heart birthday cake added to the Friendship Wednesday fun. Special thanks goes to Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab for your kindness. Next week’s menu features homemade beef Bourguignon, chicken Dijon, chicken pot pie, veggie pizza, and chic penne. Lunch is served weekdays at noon in our Congregate Cafe, and the suggested donation is just $3 per meal. Phone ahead, and we’ll have a place set for you. Besides the Meals-on-Wheels program, the Wood Program and other important services, we offer classes and activities. Bingo on Fridays is particularly popular. Join the fun from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m. in the dining area. It’s $1 for GCCS members and $2 for non-members, plus 50 cents per card. For further details (and lunchtime reservations) phone 273-4961. GCCS is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley, or visit

The Grass Valley Elks Lodge

Elks and their guests are invited to Oktoberfest on Oct. 18 at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 209 S. School St. in Grass Valley. Social quarters open at 5 p.m. for cocktails and German beer. Dinner is served around 6 p.m. The menu will include brats, wieners, sauerkraut, German potato salad, sweet and sour red cabbage and German cake. The cost is $12 per person. Call 530-273-9228 to make a reservation.

PEO Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

PEO Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau (GCRB) is holding their annual fall meeting and goodies sale at Sierra Pines Methodist Church at 22559 West Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley on Saturday, Oct. 19. The sale and social hour will start at 10 and will be followed by the general meeting at 10:30 a.m. Member chapters of GCRB will be selling their home-made items: proceeds to support our PEO philanthropies. Unaffiliated members are especially encouraged and invited to attend. The PEO Sisterhood, founded in 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Iowa, is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing women increased opportunities for higher education. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the U.S. and Canada with nearly 240,000 active members. For more information, contact Lucy Eaton at 530-470-3810 or

Golden Empire Sams Club

Do you have an RV that’s only seen your driveway the past year? Bring it out to meet new friends. Join us for one of our upcoming camp outs. Our next two outings will be: Jackson Rancheria RV Park from Oct. 13-17. Located at 12224 New York Ranch Rd. Jackson, Calif. For more information contact Bill or Dorothy at 530-878-2782. The second will be to Feather Falls KOA from November 11-14. Located at 1 Feather Falls Blvd., Oroville. For information contact Sherrie at 530-913-8946. For additional information about our club please visit our website at

Business & Professional Women of Nevada County

We meet the third Wednesday of the month at Trolley Junction at the Northern Queen, 400 Railroad Ave., Nevada City, for a dinner meeting with program. Join us Wednesday, Oct. 16, for our program, “Women’s Involvement: Past, Present & Future, Nevada County’s Gold Rush Parks. Our speakers will be Jenna Randar, State Park Interpreter and Holly Mitten, Chairperson of the Friends of North Bloomfield and Malakoff Diggins. Come learn about the upcoming parks consolidation. Our mission is to support and promote equity for women. We offer Encouragement Awards and Academic Scholarships to women returning to school or in certification programs to better their working opportunities. All attendees must pre-pay. Social/networking 5:30 p.m, dinner 6:00 p.m. $22.50 per person for dinner or $5 for Program Only. Deadline for reservations is Sunday, Oct. 13 at 5:00 p.m. To reserve please visit For more information call Mary at 530-346-7192.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

We are a very welcoming club for those new to the area, newly retired, or have lived in the area for many years and looking for something new and interesting. Mark your calendar for our annual spectacular Live and Silent Auction to be held on Oct. 23. This exciting yearly event funds our community outreach program called Christmas Families Project. Many local businesses are donating some fabulous items. CATS tickets with gift certificate to Lefty’s Grill, InConcert Sierra tickets, Massage and Facial and certificate from Auburn’s Finest Window Washing, to name just a few. Our meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Alta Sierra Country Club. These meetings feature lunch and an informative program. We also have small groups which meet at various times during the month, including book clubs, bridge, cooking, movies, gardening and writing, to name a few. For more information call Ann at 530-432-9954. Visit us on and Facebook.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We have been very busy these last few months and show no signs of slowing down. We just came out of a very successful grant and scholarship awards month in June, received our own award from congressional representatives for our “White Barn project” (assisting 4-H youth with their show clothing needs) and had a record breaking profit off of our fair booth sales in August. October will feature a new event for us — our First Annual Hoedown Bunco, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Nevada County Horsemen’s Lodge. For more information on our club and its activities please visit or see our Facebook page.

California Retired Teachers Association

The Nevada County Division of CalRTA will next met at 11 a.m. on Oct. 7 at Las Katarina’s Restaurant on Alta Sierra Drive. The program will feature the current CalRTA president, Dr. Jim Mahoney, who will update members on current retirement issues in the state and how members can become involved. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested in attending, contact Sandy Blake at 530-271-9418. Registration is at 11 a.m. followed by a brief business meeting and luncheon at noon. CalRTA supports public education and legislation that benefits public school. The division supports local schools and teachers with classroom grants as well as scholarship funds for students in teacher training programs.

Nevada County Travel Club

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” — Oscar Wilde

Fall is my favorite time to travel. The kiddos are back in school, the weather is nice and there is nothing like fall colors. Several of our members are headed to New England on one of my favorite trips, Islands of New England. Another group is headed to Niagara Falls and NYC. Lots of exciting trips are being planned for 2020 and I will be mentioning them soon. It’s not too early to sign up. Some of our trips are very popular and fill up fast. The best way to learn about trips and pick up a colorful brochure is by coming to one of our monthly meeting. We meet at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Abundant Life Community Church, 10795 Alta Street in Grass Valley. Come join me. Give me, Judy Foy, a call at 530-432-3393 and I’ll save you a seat.

The Roadrunners Travel Club

We would like to invite you to join us on the following events: Oct. 8, Sierra Nevada Brewery; Oct. 16-18: Asilomar; Nov. 1: Feather Falls; Nov. 8: Golden Gate Fields; Dec. 5, Procession of Carols; Dec. 11, Big Band Christmas; Dec. 18-19, Eldorado Christmas Extravaganza; January 22-27: West Coast Cruise. For reservations and further information contact Hallie Bubier at 530-272-5467 or Donna Ballard at 530-272-6516.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Looking for local adventures? Recently the Day Tripper activity group toured the Thunderbird Lodge estate at Incline Village in Lake Tahoe, then had a group lunch following the tour. Each month, the Day Tripper group has an outing in the local area. Next agendas feature a day picking grapes, crushing the grapes and preparing them for fermentation. A wine tasting will follow. This is a fun group learning about local activities. The welcome club has many such activity type groups. To learn more, visit the Gold County Welcome club site at http://www.GCWELCOME.COM.

Health Care for All – CA

If healthcare is an issue you are concerned about, come to the next meeting of our local chapter. Whether you want to improve our community’s access to health care by working locally, perhaps on helping with the California CareForce two-day free medical, dental and vision clinic coming to the Fairgrounds this January, or on a state level helping to urge California to support Single Payer, or nationally working on Medicare for All, we have projects for your interests and talents. We meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The BriarPatch Co-op Community Room (290 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley) Newcomers are absolutely welcome.

Beginning Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG)

We are announcing the formation of a Beginning Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG) as part of the Nevada County Genealogical Society. Interested in learning how to navigate one of the most popular hobbies in the U.S.? We will have light refreshments along with information and forms to get you started on your journey into the world of family history. For more information, you can email Hilary Steinmetz at or Eva Ruben at

Goldancers Square Dance Club

Discover a great dance experience with modern music, casual attire, fun, laughter and fitness — all as easy as walking! Come and join the Goldancers Square Dance Club at the Golden Empire Grange located at 11363 Grange Ct. off La Barr Meadows Rd. in Grass Valley. Singles and couples are welcome. Check out our website for times and location at

The Nevada County Amateur Radio Club

Non-ham members as well as persons interested in becoming ham radio operators or learning more about ham radio are welcome to attend. More information may be found at

Kentucky Flat 4-H Club

The mission of 4-H is to engage youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing in the field of youth development. Our club would like to invite all those interested or those who would like to learn more about 4-H to join us at our next community club meeting. Our club consist of Primary, age 5 to 8 years old, Junior, Intermediate and Senior members, age 9 to 19. We meet on the second Monday of each month at the Kentucky Flat Community Center, 13281 Newtown Rd in Nevada City. We offer a wide range of projects for our members. For more information, contact leaders Jeff Tynan and Teresa Toledo-Larios at

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

All federal employees and retirees and their spouses are invited to join NARFE. It is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded 97 years ago to protect the earned benefits of federal employees and retirees. Members meet the second Thursday each month at Margarita’s restaurant on Plaza Drive in the Glenbrook Basin, except for July and August. Social time is 11:15 a.m., lunch to follow and then our speaker. A short business meeting follows. Local chapter meetings serve as an opportunity for federal employees and retirees to socialize, receive timely updates on policy actions affecting the federal community, and hear programs of general interest or of value to members. Reservations for lunch are not required. For more information on the luncheon or program, please call chapter president Larry Kinkor, 530-265-6477.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

For those interested in joining TOPS, our club meets at 10 a.m. on Friday mornings. Check-in is between 8 and 9:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army, 10725 Alta St. in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome. Fore more information, call Sharon Rodriguez at 530-575-9325.

Gold Country Kiwanis

We meet every Thursday at noon at Kane’s Restaurant on West Main Street in Grass Valley. Guests are welcome. Contact us at or

Grass Valley Moose Lodge # 2217

We are an international organization of men and women, dedicated to caring for young and old, bringing our community closer together and celebrating life. We are for children in need from throughout the world at Mooseheart Child City and School, just west of Chicago. We provide for seniors at Moosehaven, our 72 acre retirement community in Orange Park, Florida along the St. Johns River. We provide over $90 million worth of community service activities annually throughout the USA. We have fun doing so and develop life-long bonds. We will have birthday celebrations, and dinners on some Saturdays, as well as our monthly Monday and Wednesday, Thursday, night dinners, and our great Friday night dinner specials with karaoke after dinner. Check our website, and calendar. We also have a place for clubs and social gatherings. Come in and make new friends. Please come join us as a guest. We are located at Grass Valley Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Rd. in Grass Valley. Lodge phone number is 530-273-1070 if you have any questions. Email: Grass Valley 2217<

Banner Community Guild

We are dedicated to promoting, supporting and advocating for our community, regenerative farms, local economy, cultural diversity, education, the arts, and a variety of charitable causes. Membership in the Guild is open to women and men, people of color and people of diverse beliefs. We are an organization that listens intently to the myriad of voices in our community in order to nurture an organization that is inviting to all. Our motto is “Neighbors helping neighbors.” Monthly meetings are held at the Guild Hall at 12629 McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley on the third Thursday of every month with a potluck at 5:30 and meeting beginning at 6 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and membership is encouraged. For membership information, rental of the Guild Hall including two large rooms and a completely equipped kitchen. For upcoming events and more, go to A Flea Market is held on the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor sites are available for $10 – no reservation required. For more info about the Flea Market call 530-277-4310. Coming soon: a Tool Lending Library! Stay tuned about this and other additional developments at the Banner Guild.

SIRs (Sons in Retirement Branch 55 Grass Valley-Nevada City)

Renew old friendships and make new friends through our monthly luncheons and organized activities. Activities are base on members interest; wine testing, bocce ball, pool, bowling, golf, fishing, and many more. We invite men of ALL ages that are semi-retired or retired looking to meet new friends and participate in fun activities. We are a 501-(c) 4 nonprofit men’s organization that has been established for over 60 years. We meet for lunch the third Tuesday of every month at the Grass Valley Moose Lodge (non affiliated host) located at 15694 Allison Ranch Rd. Lunch is at noon. Come early for happy hour and billiards/pool. Come alone or bring a guest. Joining is free and there are no dues. Come join us, no reservation necessary. (Cost of lunch includes main course and desert)

Come check us out! For further information if needed, Call the ‘Big SIR’ at 530-271-5679. More information about SIRs can be found at

Child Loss Support Group

Anyone who has had a child die in their family is invited to contact Shari Homan, who is in the process of establishing a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends. The national nonprofit is a self help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. To complete the application process Homan is seeking three to four volunteers who are a parent, grandparent or adult sibling to act as a steering committee to help manage the formation of a Nevada County Chapter. If interested please contact Homan at To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

Join crafters interested in sharing their crafts with others in selling handmade items locally. Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month except for Feb., April, June, July and December. We meet at the Earle Jameson Education Building at 112 Nevada City Hwy. Check out our blog at

The Captain John Oldham Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution

We presented award certificates for the 2019 Women’s Issues Essay Contest to Julie Barker, Honorable Mention; Cynthia Burgess Eberhardt, Second Place in State; and Joanne Sweeney, Honorable Mention. This national DAR committee was formed to heighten awareness of the complexity of issues facing today’s women in categories of health, career, and family.

Dementia Support Group

Cascades of Grass Valley, a senior living community located at 415 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley, will be hosting a monthly support group for family and caregivers of those with dementia to help provide proven techniques to care, connection and understanding. Meetings will be held on the third Friday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Caring for a loved one with memory loss can be challenging and difficult, but with support and the care of others who are going through similar experiences, it can become easier. At Cascades of Grass Valley, we want to provide an environment that fosters engagement and connection and welcome you to join our Dementia Support Group. Take some time to rest and recharge with others who understand your journey, ask questions, share your story, give and receive support and learn care techniques from local experts on memory loss. Meetings are free and open to the public. Please call Brianna Phillips or Pepsi Pittman at 530-272-8002 to for more information or to RSVP.

Golden Empire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s Auxiliary

We are in need of more members. The Auxiliary has been in existence for many years. It first started at the County Hospital in Nevada City and came to Grass Valley Convalescent Hospital with the first administrator when the County Hospital closed and Golden Empire opened. The Auxiliary provides many services for the Center. Catholic Services are offered every week, ceramics are made every week by both members for sale and residents, as therapy. Non-denominal chapel services are provided every week with different ministers from the community. Visitation is done by members and more visitors are always needed. Some residents are from out of the area and have no one to visit them. The Auxiliary makes tray favors for the food trays of those who must eat in their room. The Auxiliary hosts a Mothers Day Tea for the female residents and a Fathers Day Pizza Party for the male residents and many more activities. The Auxiliary meets the third Thursday of every month, except July and August, at 10:30 a.m. in the dining room of the Center. If you are interested in joining this group you can contact Membership Chairman, Barbara Ford at 530-273-6084 for more information and a membership application.

American Contract Bridge League Duplicate Bridge Games

Come join the friendly folks who play duplicate bridge. We have games every week – Mon., Tues. Wed. and Fri. at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley (for info call Bruce at 530-477-9586 and for partnerships on Mon. email Bill Jones at Thursdays at Eskaton in Grass Valley (Harvey, 530-477-5107) and Mon. and Wed. at Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley (Jim, 530-432-5593). If you need any other information or you are interested in learning how to play bridge, you can contact Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586. For information and a class concerning the “duplicate game,” email Bill Jones at Our games are not only competitive and sanctioned ACBL games, but we always serve delicious coffee/tea and refreshments.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous?

S.L.A.A., is a fellowship based on the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. This self-help fellowship is open to people of any age or sexual preference. Members include those who suffer from a compulsive need for sex, those with a desperate attachment to one person, and those who have a compulsive need to avoid sexual or emotional attachments. What all members have in common is an obsessive/compulsive pattern, either sexual or emotional (or both), in which relationships or activities have become increasingly destructive to all areas of their lives – career, family, and sense of self-respect. Meetings are open to any person who believes he or she has this problem and wants to find help in recovering. More information, including Nevada County meetings, may be had by calling the phone number for the Sacramento Regional Information number – 916-552-1442, or by going to the S.L.A.A.’s international website: (S.L.A.A. Fellowship Wide Services).

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association

You do not have to be a grape grower or winemaker to join our group. We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, wine making 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 Tapestry Network of Nevada County

We have just celebrated our 7th anniversary in Nevada County. This Christian business networking chapter serves Nevada County’s local nonprofits while promoting each other in business. Part of our recent growth is the expansion, adding a Christian Bookstore in our downtown Grass Valley location. Their store includes Christian jewelry as well as books from local authors. The organization showcases authors as guest speakers and will have book signings along with the regular book sales of office hours Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our monthly fundraisers normally take place on the second Thursday of each month. The Tapestry Network is open to all women in the marketplace. Details may be found on their Facebook page: The Tapestry Network of Nevada County – BAM. Or email

Nordic Skiers of Nevada County

We promote back-country skiing and snowshoeing for its members and the community. The club sponsors trips and monthly club meetings the first Thursday of every winter month. The general public is welcome to attend meetings and may join at club meetings. The club web site is

Lions Clubs in Nevada County

California Lions are announcing the annual Student Speaker Contest that will get underway towards the end of January, 2019. This year, the topic is “Freedom of the Press, What Does it Mean?” Students compete first at the local club level and the winners of each of the club contests advance to zone and region levels working their way up to the state competition where the total scholarship monies offered to the ultimate winner amounts to $21,500. There are three local clubs offering the contest, Grass Valley Host Lions Club, Nevada City Lions Club and Higgins Diggins Lions Club. We encourage students at our local high schools or private schools in the area as well as home schooled students to compete. For more information regarding the contests, contact Donner Region Chair Diana Beer at 530-477-0134.

Over Eaters Anonymous

OA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for membership: we are self-supporting though our own contributions. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organizations, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine: we take no position on outside issues. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer. If you think you are one us of please join us at the following meetings. We meet at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays at Trinity Episcopal Church, 201 Nevada St. in Nevada City. Also at 5 p.m. on Fridays at BriarPatch Co-op, 290 Sierra College Dr. in Grass Valley. For more information please visit

The Gold Country Miniature Society

We enjoy making doll houses and doll house accessories. We build miniatures in all scales and have a variety of interesting projects throughout the year. We meet at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month and new members are welcome. There are three other miniature clubs in the area which get together on different days. Those interested in this fun hobby can email Barbara at or Pat at

Senior Social Singles

We are a group of congenial single people in western Nevada County and nearby areas. We get together several times a month for activities such as social hours before local restaurant dining, potlucks, picnics, game nights, movies, dancing, hikes, and other outings. We are a social club whose purpose is to find people with like interests and form good friendships. Membership is open to single, widowed, divorced, or legally separated persons. For more information call Virginia at 530-477-8969.

Gra-Neva A’s Model A Ford Club

Do you own a Ford Model A automobile that is languishing in your garage, all ready to motor, but with no place to go? Does it need a little mechanical help? If so, you are missing out on a lot of fun and camaraderie by not considering membership in our local club. Our snappy vintage Ford Model A automobiles were built between the years of 1928 to 1931. They still are chugging along, capturing admiring attention and smiles. Members enjoy touring along our area’s beautiful back roads to interesting destinations and importantly, they also learn how to maintain the cars. Our chapter is an active one involved with parades, meets, technical sessions, various social events, as well as driving tours. Ownership of a Model A Ford is not a requirement for membership, just an interest in the Model A and its era. We invite you to attend our monthly meeting to meet our friendly and helpful members, and consider joining us for our activities and good times. We meet at 7 p.m. at the Nevada City Elks Club, 518 Hwy. #49, on the fourth Thursday of each month. For questions or information, call 530-274-7079, or browse our website at

Retired Employees Association (RPEA)

We are a statewide, non-profit association of retirees who are members of CALPERS, which includes current or retired employees of public and state agencies, and classified schools. RPEA members and prospective members are welcome to attend our monthly lunch and business meetings that include programs of interest to our Nevada County Chapter members. Our meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, followed by a guest speaker. We meet at noon at Casa Las Katarinas, just off Alta Sierra Drive, one-tenth of a mile off State Hwy. 49. Interested retirees can call Tess Andrews at 530-271-1188, Mary Ann Trygg at 530-273-2488; or email, to make a lunch reservation. Retired or near-retirement public employees are welcome to stop by and see what RPEA has to offer, and maybe see a few old friends!

Jewel Heart NorCal Study Group.

We are currently focusing on Gelek Rimpoche’s book “SEM: Exploring the Nature of the Mind.” Topics will include Taming Your Mind, The Mind’s Capacity, Basis for Liberation, and Continuation of Consciousness, to name a few. Often, we find ourselves tossed by waves of thoughts and feelings that seem out of our control. This fascinating study will show us how our mind actually works and how we can use our mind in our own service to make ourselves happier and gain true freedom. We will see how this helps us and those around us to become more fulfilled and know our true purpose. All are welcome! These courses are offered free of charge (donations accepted) and are open to the public. Although they are based on Buddhist principles, it is not necessary to be Buddhist to benefit from these principles and to enjoy our exploration of these topics together. Our meetings generally begin with a group meditation, study and discussion of the materials, and end with a short meditation. We meet from 10:20 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at 322 S. School Street, Grass Valley. For more information call Joe at 530-263-8508 or email

Gamblers Anonymous

The High Nooners chapter of Gamblers Anonymous meets from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays at the Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad St. in Nevada City. Thousands of people who have created problems due to excessive gambling have found the strength to quit by joining Gamblers Anonymous (G.A.). If gambling is destroying you or someone you care about, call 775-430-2771. There is no charge to belong to G.A.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

We hold our meeting on Thursday evenings, in the ReMax center, 10126 Commercial Ave (near Player’s Pizza), from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Summer Brown was last week’s Toastmaster for the evening. It was her first time hosting the evening. Toastmaster not only helps improve your speaking skills, Toastmaster learning platform also assists in the development of one’s leadership skills. Stop by and enjoy an evening of both prepared and extemporaneous speeches.

The Gold Country Italian American Club

Join us for lunch every third Tuesday of the month. We need at Alta Sierra Country Club at noon. Join us for great food and companionship. For information call Don at 530-271-7491.

Sons In Retirement Branch 124 Alta Sierra

Men, looking for something to do in retirement? Not excited about becoming a greeter at that big box store? Want to meet new friends, try new things, retry old things and have fun? Come join us for lunch and an interesting speaker. We are SIR (Sons in Retirement) a group of retired Gents who get together for fun and companionship. We are golfers and bowlers, wine tasters and food lovers. We like to try new things and have new experiences. We meet at the Alta Sierra Country Club on the first Tuesday of every month. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and lunch is begins at noon. Contact Dave Gates at 530-333-5975.

United Nations Association, USA Golden Empire Chapter

Our chapter presents monthly programs on global issues related to the United Nations and the principles on which it was founded. The goal is to educate members and the community on issues such as the conflicts in the Middle East, sustainable development, climate change, inequality, energy access, gender equity and the plight of refugees around the world. For further information, visit

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club

Our clubs are all over the country as well as all over the world. First club founded in England in 1924. We are on e of the largest women’s service clubs in the world. Our District 519 has about 10 different clubs mostly in and around Sacramento. We meet about five times a year. This year District 519 held their Annual Founders Day Luncheon celebrating 94 years in existence. Our guest speakers were ladies from “Canine Companions for Independence.” They spoke about their organization and how they helped the disabled. They brought three gold labs and an 8 week old black lab. An older lady who was wheelchair bound demonstrated many things her dog could do for her and all with one word commands. Our club meets once a month for a meeting and lunch. Information about our club call Carole at 530-265-6989.

Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County

Our group advocates for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Our mission is to educate ourselves and others about the situation in Palestine/Israel, and to work in solidarity with others to encourage a nonviolent solution to the conflict. PIWG is a member of the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights and of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights; we support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns undertaken by those organizations. We also support financially two humanitarian aid projects for children in Gaza. For information and directions to the meeting, please call 530-362-7007 or 941-735-8865.

Diabetes Support Group

Sierra Medical Nutrition Therapy is offering a free diabetes support group for people with diabetes and those who care for them from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays at their office, located at 360 Sierra College Dr., Suite 220 in Grass Valley. For information please call 530-615-4155.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Is grandpa’s old stamp collection in the attic gathering dust? Bring it in and we will help you sort the trash from the treasure, the gems from the junk, the extraordinary from the … well you get the idea. If you are considering selling these family treasures, for say some new transportation, we could help you decide if you’ll be browsing for a beamer or haggling over pre-owned sneakers. On the other hand, maybe you would rather pick up where grandpa left off and fill in some of those blank spaces. We can help with that too! We’re Gold Country Stamp Club and we meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Eskaton Recreation Center at 645 Eskaton Circle in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 530-477-0108.

Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss

An ongoing support group, “Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss,” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Eskaton Village. The group is facilitated by Barbara Larsen, the creator and author of Movement with Meaning. Larson has been working in the field of dementia care for 30 years and is the chair and founding member of the Elder-Care Providers’ Coalition of Nevada County. Meetings include tips on how to communicate effectively with a loved one or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Information on local resources is also available.

Thursday Bingo

Come join us for a fun filled evening of Bingo at the Grass Valley Elks No. 538, 109 School St., Grass Valley. Food available in kitchen at 5 p.m. Help yourself to free coffee. Bingo starts at

6:30 p.m. For more information 530-273-9228.

Grass Valley Daughters of the Nile, Chapt. 4

We are an international fraternal organization for women 18 years or older, who are related by birth or marriage to Shriner, Master Mason or Daughter of the Nile, or is a majority member in good standing of a Masonic-related organization for girls; or who was a patient, with or without Shrine or Masonic relationship, at a Shriners Hospital for Children. Founded in Seattle in 1913, members total 25,000 in 136 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The members are proud of their long association with Shriners International and their continuing support of Shriners Hospital for Children. We meet at 11:30 a.m. On the second Tuesday of each month at the Madison Masonic Temple for fellowship followed by a bring-your-own lunch at noon. For more information on membership, contact Jeanne Allgeier at 530-273-8359. We welcome new members with open arms.

Food Addicts in Recovery

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free twelve step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 204, in Auburn. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 781-932-6300 or locally at 530-885-4292, or visit

Roamin’ Angels Car Club

Established in 1962, the Roamin’ Angels Car Club is an icon both within the hobby and the community. We are dedicated to promoting the preservation of classic, vintage and historic vehicles but with the recent changes to our bylaws you no longer have to own a pre-1973 American made classic to belong to our club. We meet at 7 a.m. every Friday at Penny’s Diner in Grass Valley, across from B & C Hardware in the Fowler Center. We also meet at 5 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Grass Valley Round Table Pizza next to Staples. A love of old cars and having fun is all you need to join the Roamin’ Angels. New friends, lots of car talk, day trips, mystery tours, progressive dinners, and our annual Cruisin’ the Pines Car Show are just some of the adventures that await you. Want to help our community? We have held our Annual Christmas Toy Drive for over 25 years and our Scholarship/Education Program has provided financial assistance to our local youth for close to 20 years. Come on down and find out more about one of the oldest and largest Car Clubs in Northern California. Visit our website at

The Nevada County Healing Through Loss and Grief Support Group

We meet at the FREED office, 2059 Nevada City Highway, Suite 104 in Grass Valley. Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no charge to participate, but members join only several times a year. For more information, visit

High Sierra Corvette Club

Corvette owners, if you are interested in Corvette runs, social events, food, laughter, racing events, and all around car club fun, then High Sierra Corvette Club has something to offer you. Our club meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday at Apple Alley Cafe, located at the Brunswick “Y” — Colfax Highway. The meetings begin at 6 p.m. Arrive early for social hour or if you want to eat before the meeting. All Corvette enthusiasts are invited to attend our meetings and see what we are all about! For more information, please visit or call Hank Bradanini at 530-273-1285.

Alienated Grandparents Anonymous

Do you feel alienated from your grandchildren? You are not alone. Please consider joining our support group at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 235 S. Church St., Grass Valley. We hope you to see you at future meetings to:

• Be encouraged.

• Learn more about AGA Nevada County California and AGA International mission and goals.

• Establish regular meetings and event(s) schedule.

Please invite anyone you know that is experiencing alienation or estrangement from their grandchildren to this meeting.

Knowledge is power. Understanding the complexities of alienation helps grandparents.

We focus on the struggle so many loving grandparents have in trying to be part of their grandchildren’s lives. AGA offers strategies for repairing, rebuilding, and healing these relationships. AGA offers coping skills to help manage the devastating emotional pain of being disconnected from our grandchildren. You are not suffering alone.

AGA is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2011. It has a presence in all 50 states in the U.S. and 13 countries. For more information, visit, email or visit Facebook

Gather the Women of Nevada County

We are a global sisterhood that connects women through circles. We create safe spaces to share our true selves. Meeting in circles, we find our voices, claim our power, and celebrate self worth, leading to personal and planetary transformation. Some examples of our circles are drumming, organic culinary arts and feasting, practical well-being, women studies book circle and looking within for personal and spiritual growth. For more information, visit or call Marceline at 530-615-4018.

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to the peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet. It can be very painful and can also affect other areas of the body. For more information on the next meeting, call 530-268-1017.

Marijuana Anonymous

Has smoking pot stopped being fun? Some of us have found marijuana controls our lives. Our dreams go up in smoke … Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others recover from marijuana addiction. We meet every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 106 at CORR, 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.

Le Tip

We are a professional organization of men and women dedicated to the highest standards of exchange of business tips. The Gold Country lunch chapter meets at Kane’s on Wednesdays from 11:46 a.m. to 1:01 p.m. Call 530-263-6094 for more details.

Gold Country Trails Council (GCTC)

GCTC is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1981 to develop, maintain and protect non-motorized recreational trails in the Tahoe National Forest and the Sierra Foothills area for public use and enjoyment. Today, it is the Sierra’s largest community of active equestrians. GCTC hosts trail work days, horse camp outs, day rides, barbecues, the big ice cream social and Thanksgiving Holiday Feast. General meetings are on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7 p.m. and include fascinating speakers and presentations. New members and guests are welcome. For complete information and full calendar of events, visit

SIR’s (Sons in Retirement Branch 55)

Renew old friendships and make new friends through our monthly luncheons and organized activities (some activities include spouses or significant other). Activities are base on member’s interests: wine tasting, bocce ball, pool, bowling, golf, fishing, and many more. We invite men of ALL AGES that are semi-retired or retired looking to meet new friends and participate in fun activities. We are a 501-(c)4 non-profit men’s organization that has been established for over 60 years. We meet for lunch the THIRD TUESDAY of every month at the Grass Valley Moose Lodge (non affiliated host), located at 15694 Allison Ranch Rd. Lunch is at noon. Stick around afterwards for billiards/pool! Come alone or bring a guest. Joining is free and there are no dues. Come join us, no reservation necessary. (Cost of lunch includes salad, main course and desert) Come check us out! For further information if needed. Email: or call Hershel Golden at 530-272-3378. More information about SIR’s can be found at

American Chronic Pain Association

We meet monthly to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families. The group hosts knowledgeable speakers on a regular basis who give helpful information on ways to live more fully in spite of pain. Group members also share experiences as well as support and encourage one another. The American Chronic Pain Association meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Gold Room at Hilltop Commons Senior Community. For more information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, at place of worship, and in our communities. We work to educate families about gun violence prevention and to help create and support public policy, legislation and regulations for sensible gun laws at the state and national levels. We seek to reduce firearm injury and death by keeping weapons out of dangerous hands. Contact for more information.

American Legion Auxiliary Frank Gallino Unit 130

Last month, members traveled to Yountville to visit the largest veterans’ home in California, the Veterans’ Home of California, founded in 1884. After a tour of the buildings and grounds we met with the Poppy Production Team and learned about the Poppy Making program.

Blue Star Mothers of America, Chapt. 12

We meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, foster mother, grandmother or legal guardian who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, we invite you to join us. For information, visit or email

Nevada County Freethinkers

Reason and rationality in the foothills — we welcome freethinkers, humanists, atheists, skeptics, and anyone looking to make a connection with other like minded people in our community. During our meetings we discuss how we arrived at our worldview and the difficulties we may have with friends and family who have trouble understanding our views, we review and discuss articles and other media about our views, and generally just have an enjoyable time together. For more information, visit

The Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment of #885 of Nevada County

Calling all Marines! Join us for our meetings at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley. Look for the Marine Corps’ flag and yellow footprints at the bottom of the stairs at the rear of the building. For more information, call Al Hernandez at 530-864-2480.

Evangeline Chapter no. 9, Order of The Eastern Star

We are one of the largest fraternal organizations in the world to which both men and women can belong. The Order has approximately one million members belonging to over 13,000 chapters world wide. The tenets of the Order are Fidelity, Constancy, Loyalty, Faith, and Love. Our members come from all Denominations. For information call George at 530-265-5310.

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