Club briefs 03/31/07 |

Club briefs 03/31/07

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

The Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society invites visitors to come and experience the wonderful world of “rocks.” We’ll meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Court, Grass Valley. Club members Joyce and Bob Emerson will present a program on “Lab-Grown Opals.” Refreshments and a raffle precede a short business meeting. 272-3699.

Early Risers Toastmasters

On Tuesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. sharp, meet for breakfast at Trolley Junction ” that’s the cool place to be these days. Why? Because we get to welcome guests such as Bob Aydelott, Sierra Mora, Mark and Roberta Maxwell. At our March 27 meeting, we also inducted two new members: Diane Di Leo and Robert Stelson.

Kathy Hillis’ speech focused on the importance of recording your family’s history. LeeAnn Brook inspired us with the importance of fitness in her life. Sylvia Pichitino enthralled us with a timely reading from “Animal Farm.” LeeAnn Brook was voted the outstanding speaker of the day and her evaluator, Chuck Coovert, was voted outstanding evaluator. Jim Lewis scooped the Table Topics trophy for his impromptu talk on what it’s like to be a citizen of the world.

Join us this Tuesday. As a guest, you’re off the hook and never have to speak. Just come and enjoy the inspiration. 273-9777.

American Legion Post 130

The American Legion will hold a Pot Roast Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The dinner will be at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 S. Auburn St. The lounge opens at 5 p.m. 273-3157.

Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The Beekeepers will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Veteran’s Memorial Building (back door off parking lot) on South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. All visitors are welcome. Interested in becoming a beekeeper? Wondering about pollination? Questions about the state of your hives? Join our lively regular question and answer session, followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program and video on Africanized bees. 308-1376.

Empire Toastmasters

Our most-recent meeting was held at the Nevada County Children’s Services Center in its cozy conference room. We were pleased to welcome back Sarah McTighe, past president of Empire Toastmasters and current member of Motherlode Toastmasters. Mary Elizabeth Young gave a thought-provoking speech on masterminding. George Berrier talked about the unusual effects that spring has on humans and animals. Jacob Griscom’s speech on interpersonal communication won the award for best speaker of the day. Robin Lloyd did a masterful job as toastmaster and Jill Fox tickled us with a couple of mild Reader’s Digest jokes.

If you would like to join our group or simply come as a guest, we meet at 1 p.m. each Friday, usually at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Guests are always welcome and never have any obligation to speak. 272-7111.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

Captain John Oldham Chapter member Gloria Gibbel recently made arrangements through the Gabilan DAR Chapter in Gilroy to donate an American flag for the new multipurpose room at Glen View Elementary School in Gilroy. Gibbel, a past regent of the Captain John Oldham Chapter, has been teaching fourth grade at Glen View Elementary School since August 2006.

During a school assembly March 2, members of the Gabilan DAR Chapter along with Gibbel presented the flag on a pole with a flag stand to Principal Marilyn Ayala and the Glen View Elementary student council. Ayala asked DAR State Chaplain Ann Zuhr to read the poignant poem titled “I Am the Flag” to the audience. A framed copy of the poem with the date of the donation and the DAR chapter name will be hung in the multipurpose room.

The flag is well-made so that the stripes are individually seamed and the stars are individually embroidered, enabling a blind person to understand the stars and stripes while touching the flag. The fourth grade is reading a story about a blind man so all the children have felt the flag. 274-9710.

Gold Country Celtic Society

February’s monthly gathering was snowed out, but the public is still invited to attend any regular monthly gathering which is not snowed out. The gatherings take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Nevada City Veteran’s Hall, beginning with a social hour and followed by a potluck dinner and an interesting program.

The Gold Country Celtic Society has been busy during the last few months. Many members attended the October gathering costumed in Celtic attire. In November, we followed a custom started during World War II by the late Reverend Peter Marshall, chaplain of the senate, with a Kirkin (blessing) of the tartan service in the Trinity Episcopal Church of Nevada City. The Christmas party in December had games, music, and a festive meal.

The new year was started with a birthday celebration of the beloved Scottish poet Robert Burns. The society members transformed the Miners Foundry into a Scottish castle and pub, and more than 200 were treated to a wonderful dinner by APEX Catering and then enjoyed an outstanding performance by Alex Beaton, a Scottish entertainer. Our Burns Dinner is an annual event. Many of our members have joined the Gold Country Celtic Society just for the opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public. 477-8618.

Chicago Park Garden Club

The Chicago Park Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room of the Peardale Firehouse, 15057 Colfax Highway, Grass Valley. The featured speaker for the day will be Carolyn Singer on the theme “rock gardens.” Visitors are welcome. Wreaths and door swags for the California Garden Clubs Inc. 75th anniversary contest are due for judging.

Pressed flower card-making continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 and April 23. All groups meet at the Peardale Firehouse. 273-6415.

Manzanita Parlor No. 29, Native Daughters of the Golden West

The Manzanita Parlor celebrated its 119th Anniversary on March 20. The parlor was instituted on March 28, 1888, by Lizzie Naffziger of Laurel Parlor No. 6 of Nevada City with the assistance of other ladies of that parlor as well as the assistance of Quartz Parlor No. 56 of Grass Valley.

Tuesday’s occasion began with a dinner at Tofanelli’s Restaurant and honored Supervising District Deputy Grand President Jeanne Allgeier with a gift. Marille Hopkins, deputy grand president of Laurel Parlor No. 6, was introduced as was Kevel Gutman, president of Naomi Parlor No. 36 of Downieville, and Sandra Shoemaker, president of Laurel No. 6. Twenty-nine members and guests gathered to observe the anniversary. During the evening, Parlor Secretary Brita Rozynski gave a short history of the parlor, enumerating activities such making pasties for the earthquake victims of 1906 and shipping them by “rail car” to San Francisco.

President of Manzanita Parlor Darlene Reinhardt and past president Yvonne Hughes were in charge of the evening’s arrangements.

Friendship Wednesdays

Friendship Wednesdays are back at the Senior Center with a lunch and program at the Gold Country Community Center. Lunch at will be served at noon, followed by entertainment, which on Wednesday will be The Strum Bums ukulele band. 273-4961.

Gold Country Kiwanis Club

Ty Obenosky of the Gold Country Kiwanis Club checks a child’s car seat during a recent inspection. If a seat was found to be improperly installed it was corrected and if a seat was no longer functional it was replaced during the all day event that was co-sponsored by Safe Kids Nevada County and Weaver Auto Center, which provided the facility.

Sierra Mousetrap Mac Users Group

The Mac Users Group will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Union Hill School multi-media room, 11638 Colfax Highway. A photoshop demo covering basic color correction, putting borders and drop shadows on photos, styles and simple automation will be presented. 346-8512.

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