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Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley. All visitors are welcome.

Featured speaker is Bob “Amigo Bob” Cantissano, who founded Peaceful Valley Farm Supply and now operates Organic Ag Consultants and Aeolia Organics. He also was a commercial beekeeper in Hawaii. He will discuss plants and insects, experiences with Orchard Mason bees, olive production and alternatives for controlling pests in orchards and gardens.

Call President Leslie Gault at 346-7092 for more information.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Bill Young’s speech, “From Yard Waste to Potting Soil,” was selected the winner at the April 23 meeting. Young not only demonstrated the value of making your own potting soil, he distributed early tomato plants for fellow toastmasters to take home. Paul Green, who evaluated Young’s speech, was selected as the better evaluator. Dawn Nichols won the Table Topics contest.

Early Risers meets every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Trolley Junction Cafe in Nevada City. Guests are welcome. Call Karen at 273-9777 for more information.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

The first meeting at the new location in the Lutz Center was opened by President Robert Rasch, who introduced Mel Burris as toastmaster. Helga Rohl was voted the best speaker for her description of the poetry of Anne Sexton and the dramatic readings of two of Sexton’s poems. Rohl’s task was to help us understand the difference between poetry and prose. The best evaluator was Kevin Summers, for his constructive evaluation of Rohl’s talk. Table Topics was conducted by a newer toastmaster, Heather Peterman. Glen Boire was voted the best Table Topics speaker.

Guests are always welcome. For more information, call Robert Rasch at 274-8323 or Mary Ann Smith at 265-5381.

Soroptimist International of

Grass Valley

Members joined 450 other Soroptimists at the Sierra Nevada Region Conference of Soroptimist International of the Americas, April 26-28 in Sacramento.

Those who attended were Judi Bannister, president; Susan Kraut, recording secretary; Sue Peterson and Shanin Martin, delegates; and member Judy Barker.

The Ceec Abrahams Award to a student majoring in the field of women’s studies was presented to Meghan Mayhood of Lake Wildwood, currently attending the University of Colorado. The Woman of Distinction Award was presented to club member Mary Graebner, who was recognized as a woman of exemplary character and integrity, with outstanding ability and demonstrated leadership.

For information on the chapter, call 265-9419.

49er Fire District Auxiliary

The auxiliary will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the new fire station located at the corner of Highway 49 and Coyote Street in Nevada City. Dan Kopp, 49er Fire District chief, and Tim Fike, Nevada County Consolidated chief, will be briefing the auxiliary. The public is invited to attend. The auxiliary’s fund-raising raffle this year is a little red wagon filled with patriotic and firefighting mementos, and features a $100 bill.

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

The program meeting of the League of Women Voters will be May 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

Guest speaker will be Robert Erickson, director of the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department. He will address the issues of improved services and fiscal management of the department, as well as an update on new developments within the department.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization working to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in national, state and local government. For information, call 265-0956 or 432-1062.

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