Club News, Aug. 10, 2013 |

Club News, Aug. 10, 2013

Photo submitted by Joe Hunnicutt
Photo submitted by Joe Hunnicutt |

Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month excluding December. August 14 is our next general meeting at our club house at Scotts Flat Lake. Barbecue begins at 6 and the Commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m. Please bring something to barbecue and something to share. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Questions? Visit our at website

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association

The August 15 SWGGA monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Ponderosa Hall (Gate 2) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The evening will feature Rod Byers, California State Certified Wine Judge, tasting and evaluating the winners and other contestants who entered their wines in the Nevada County Fair Wine Competition. The individuals who entered their winning wines will discuss the procedures they used to make their winning wine.

All present will partake in the various wine tasting. For members, please bring two extra glasses.

If you are interested in growing grapes, making wine, wine tasting or learning about wine in general, please join us for cheese and crackers at our monthly meetings and bring a bottle of your favorite wine for all to taste. You do not have to be a grower or winemaker to join our group!

We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, winemaking or critiquing wine.

For more information about SWGGA, visit

Gold Country Community Services

Does the combination of homemade Swedish meatballs, excellent music, and laughter appeal? Thanks goes to our kitchen staff for a delicious lunch, followed by music filled with Dave Ayala’s unique sense of humor. He and his 12-string made everyone smile – and often, sing along.

Next week’s menu features Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Dijon, Fish & Chips, Finger Lickin’ Chicken and Cube Steak w/ Mushroom Sauce. Popular country band, Stepside, will play on Friendship Wednesday in our High Noon Cafe. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60 and over. Reservations and an early arrival are highly recommended.

GCCS is an important resource, not only for meals, but for classes, activities and services that help ensure nutrition, wellness and connection — vital throughout life!

To book your lunch, or to learn more about the many activities and services we offer, phone 530-273-4961. You may want to ask about the many fascinating and rewarding volunteer opportunities available. We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd. in Grass Valley. Our reception desk is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. For more information, visit

American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130

We are located in the Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn, Grass Valley. All our events take place here, plenty of parking at rear of building. The lounge for our “first Sunday” opens at 5 p.m., followed by Karaoke. This will be on each Sunday evening through the month of August. Remember our full bar lounge is also open each Friday and Saturday, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Members, non-members and guests always welcome. Good prices. Also, visit the Amaral Building at the County Fair. See our Legion participation. Remember any and all eligible Veterans accepted. For more information, call 530-478-0488.

Nevada County Genealogical Society

How to solve genealogy puzzles related to your ancestors’ first and last names will be explored at the Tuesday, August 13 meeting of the Nevada County Genealogical Society. Tammy Noe, an instructor, staff trainer and supervisor at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library, will discuss spelling variations, handwriting interpretations, Americanization of foreign surnames, outsmarting indexes, origins, abbreviations, and nicknames.

The Society meets on the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call Helen Martini at 530-273-0855 or visit

The Knights of Columbus

We will host our 15th Annual Father Phelan Golf Classic at 1 p.m. (shotgun start) at the Lake Wildwood Golf Course on Sunday, Aug. 25. All the proceeds go to our two beneficiaries: Mt. St. Mary’s Academy and Hospitality House. It is a fun event and you don’t have to be a great golfer to participate. Form your own foursome or we will pair you up. Remember lady golfers are especially welcome.

We do need sponsors, tee prizes, raffle prizes etc. in addition to golfers. If you can help us in any way to make this a truly spectacular event, please contact Ed Wydra at 530-432-2591.

Health Care for All-CA (The Nevada County Chapter)

We will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. This meeting is open to the public, and newcomers are welcome. HCA is working to bring universal, single-payer (Medicare-for-all-type) health care to all Californians.

For more information call Bob at 530-274-3989 or email

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130

Our August meeting is at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Veterans Hall 255 South Auburn, Grass Valley. We will be packing boxes for troops and would like to ask anyone to come who is interested in our Auxiliary. Please call Sandra Haines President at 530-478-0488 for any information on eligibility to join us. We will continue our raffle at the next Dine-in August 6. Reservations for the meal needed ASAP. Call Legion at 530-272-2160. Leave name, phone number and number of people coming.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild Blog at

The Guild is now accepting applications for the Winterfaire Craft Show. This is our yearly fundraiser. Over the years donations have been made to a number of local charitable groups and school scholarships. Guild members also provide monthly tray favors for local senior care facilities as well as holiday gifts. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month in the Houser Conference Room at the Superintendant of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City.

For more information contact Shirley Williams at 530-272-7033.

Gold Country Community Services

On Friendship Wednesday, we’ll have entertainment and door prizes to add to the fun.

The suggested donation is just $3 per meal for seniors 60+. Lunch is served promptly at noon. Early bookings and arrival times are highly recommended. For reservations and information about becoming a member, phone 530-273-4961. You may also want to ask about the many activities, services and volunteer opportunities we offer. We’re located at 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley (in the Nevada City Senior Apartments).

For more information, visit

Sons In Retirement (SIR)

SIRS is a non-profit organization for retired men devoted to the promotion of independence and dignity of retirement. The SIR Branch 11’s luncheon meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at the Lake Wildwood Club House. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and the luncheon meeting begins at noon followed by a guest speaker or entertainment. Lady guests are invited to our May and December meetings. Our August speaker, Sue Van Son, Executive Director of the Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM), will present an overview of IFM, share thoughts about poverty in Nevada County and who/how it is being addressed, tell some client stories, and what is happening with IFM right now (which includes the purchase of a larger facility.) Our activities include: monthly golf tournaments with other SIR branches, field trips, and travel. Members do not have to live in Lake Wildwood. Go to our website at to learn more about us. If you enjoy a good lunch, stimulating conversations, and entertaining/informative programs with a bunch of friendly guys, SIR might be for you.

To inquire about becoming a member, please e-mail us at

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations. You don’t have to be a biological grandmother. It’s about looking at the world we want to create two generations ahead. All ages and genders welcome (join us, grandfathers!).

For information, call Shirley at 530-265-5545 or e-mail

Early Risers Toastmasters

At the Tuesday meeting, the Early Risers Toastmasters group welcomed a new member! Welcome, Larry Borchert. The meeting was packed in attendance and filled with positive energy. The group enjoyed prepared speeches by Martin Engel, Mags Matthews and Lindsay Marich. The club members were thrilled to see a few new faces! Four guests were in attendance. All community members are invited to join us next week to sharpen their speaking, listening and leadership skills. Guests are always welcome and not required to speak until they feel ready. The Early Risers Toastmasters meet at Humpty Dumpty Restaurant at 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday and finish by 7:50 a.m. It’s a convenient meeting time for busy professionals. Call 530-273-9777 for more information. Find us on Facebook for club updates, public speaking resources and Toastmasters information! Search “Early Risers Toastmasters.”

Business & Professional Women of Nevada County

Join members and guests for Business & Professional Women of Nevada County’s 16th annual Scholarship Award celebration Aug. 21. The Education Fund will be presenting two $2,000 scholarships to two outstanding recipients who will read their essays on “A Woman’s Issue That Concerns Me Most” and speak about their goals for the future. This year’s award recipients demonstrate clear goals, determination and realistic vision. They have endured hardships, overcome personal and educational challenges and manifest a resolute vision for their futures. In addition to this year’s recipients, four past years’ winners will bring us up to date on their education, professional accomplishments and how the scholarship has made a difference in their lives.

Sixteen years ago, members of BPW noticed there were many scholarships available for young women graduating from high school but very few, if any, for more mature women desirous of returning to school to restart or improve their professional lives. And so, the Dolores “Dee” Eldridge Scholarship was born. With a remarkable $26,350 in awards over the years, we are still here; helping women look to the future and provide for themselves, giving a hand up both financially and as mentors and sometimes making the difference between success and failure. We are still here saying, “We believe in you!”

Scholarships aid with tuition, books, childcare or any other needed services or supplies that support a return to school. Winning candidates have realistic goals, display ability and aptitude, ambition, motivation and financial need. Applicants must be 25 or older and residents of western Nevada County.

RSVP via or by emailing Kim Wydra at

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We installed new officers at the home of Kathy and Chuck Ryan and welcomed three new members. Gail Heuer, attorney, Ruth Evans, physical therapist, and Susan VanSteenkiste, public health nurse, joined the international women’s organization whose local goals are to improve the lives of women and children in Nevada County. Officers for this coming year are Judy East, President; Lenda Welz, President Elect; Sharon O’Hara, secretary; Tess Andrews, treasurer; Tina Skrukrud and Betty Stiving, assistant treasurers; Carolyn Loeppke, delegate; Mary Graebner and Cheryl Wade, directors.

Women interested in learning more about Soroptimist International of Grass Valley can check the website at

Empire Toastmasters

The August 2 meeting was a special occasion. Bob Buhlis gave his “Icebreaker” speech, which is the very first speech every Toastmaster gives after joining a club. Joe Hunnicutt won the Better Evaluator Trophy for his evaluation of Lee Zasloff’s speech and the winner of the Better Speaker Trophy was Sarah McTighe with her speech titled “Raising Bluebirds”.

Empire enjoyed the company of two guests. Guests are always welcome to attend meetings. Empire Toastmasters meet at noon every Friday at The Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley.

For more information about Empire Toastmasters, contact Paul Dessau by email at or by phone at 530-346-6078.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF)

During the fair this month members will be working with the Nevada County Republican Party volunteering at their fair Booth. NCRWF is making plans over the summer for a major speaking event in lieu of their October luncheon meeting. Sheriff Richard Mack, described by some groups as America’s Sheriff, will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18, at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall. He is the former Sheriff of Graham County Arizona and has made his mission to educate County Sheriffs, law enforcement officers, and American Citizens about the meaning of being a Constitutional Law Enforcement Officer. He currently heads up the national office of Constitutional and Peace Officers Association and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. The cost of the event will be $10.00 per person and a private “Meet and Greet” including refreshments, a book signing, and reserved seating for $50.00 will also be available.

The next regular meeting for NCRWF will be on Tuesday, September 17. Keynote speaker will be Eric Christen, Executive Director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction. Reservation information is available by calling 274-0803. Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings start at noon.

For more information or questions about meetings and membership please call (530) 470-8507, email NCRWF at or visit the website at

Multiple Sclerosis self-help support group

We meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of each month in the community room of Glenbrook Apartments, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Each meeting is an opportunity to share experiences, gain information and feel connected.

Meetings include educational discussions of many topics related to MS treatment options, managing symptoms, as well as available resources and services. Family members are welcome.

For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517 or email

Grass Roots Genealogy Study Group

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

For more information, email or call 530-268-0348.

Order of the Eastern Star’s Evangeline Chapter No 9

We are a fraternal organization of men and women committed to providing an environment of friendship and fellowship, regardless of age, by implementing innovative ideas, facilitating positive change and planning for the future, while working cohesively with our Masonic Family.

Our goals include: Mutual Respect — To demonstrate mutual respect for each other, while recognizing the strengths and diversities of our members. Service — To make the name of Eastern Star synonymous with service to our communities and service and assistance to our members. Membership — To engage and revitalize our existing membership and appeal to prospective members through creative programs and activities. Evangeline Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month and 6:30 for fellowship and 7:30 p.m. for our meeting at 108 N. Pine Street, Nevada City.

Call Kathy at 530-478-1286 or visit for more information regarding this Masonic organization where both women and men may join.

Gold Country Trails Council

GCTC is a nonprofit incorporated association formed in 1981 to develop, maintain, and protect non-motorized recreational trails in the Sierra Foothills area for public use and enjoyment. Coordination with Tahoe National Forest, Bicyclists of Nevada County, Nevada County Woods Riders Off-Road Motorcycle Club and other local groups has brought an amicable sharing of trail work and trail use in our area. Planned are seven work days, along with several camp-outs and day rides with horses. General meetings include speakers relevant to this mission, along with horse health, trailer safety, and joint efforts with other community organizations. New members and guests are welcome.

For more information, visit our website at

Nevada County Business Network International

Brian O’Brien of the Beam Easy Living Center is Business Network International’s newest member. He was sworn in by club president Kathie Mathiesen. Alice Halford of Alice Halford, BA, CMT Therapeutic Massage was one of the featured businesses at this week’s Business Network International luncheon. Business Network International’s Nevada County Business Builders Chapter meets at noon every Thursday at the Holbrooke Hotel. For more info go to

Chapter Preceptor Nu Delta of Beta Sigma Phi

We are a social, cultural and service-oriented sisterhood for women all around the world. With chapters in 20 countries, you can be sure you’ll have a new group of friends whenever it’s time to relocate. Our local chapter meets twice a month at noon on Mondays at a member’s home. We support several local philanthropic organizations and have an informative cultural program at each meeting. Social events are scattered throughout the year for fun and building friendships. There is always a sister there for support whenever the need arises.

For information, call club president Gladys Joost at 530-477-2632 or vice-president Lois Robinson, who is in charge of membership, at 530-272-6804.

NA-Golden Empire, Grass Valley Chapter

The chapter has started a monthly study group that meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the BriarPatch Community Room. The group is called UNA: Focus on Women, which is for all genders to hear presentations and discuss “living in a culture of respect for all.” The same group with just women meets the months in between as UN Women’s Circle, affiliated with the UN Women’s Circle Campaign.

Friends of Hospice

We are inviting the community to participate in the “No Show Gala,” a unique fundraising event that benefits Hospice of the Foothills. There are no tickets to buy, no gowns to wear, no shoes to shine and no sitter to hire. Donors can simply call Friends of Hospice at 530-274-5121 to receive an invitation.

The No-Show Gala Fundraiser may be an imaginary event but donations can make a tremendous difference:

Thirty-five dollars helps to provide community bereavement services; $50 provides specialized safety equipment services; $100 would help to support patient and family centered care; $150 helps to provide specialized medications for comfort care.

Friends of Hospice for your non-profit donation for the benefit of Hospice of the Foothills.

These nonprofit donations can be made online at Click on the “donate” button for No Show Gala.

For more information, call 530-274-5121.

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 extra-ordinary 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 the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. So hitch a ride on down to the dining room of the Nevada City Senior Apartments at 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome.

For more information call 530-477-0108.

Greater Placer County PFLAG

PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Placer County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 12 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street in Auburn. PFLAG is an advocacy and support group for the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer) community and their allies. Our speaker will be Rev. Luis Gomez, who together with his team, is setting up an LGBTQ Safe Space location to serve Placer County. The Rev. Gomez and his team created St. Michael’s LGBTQ Ministry to support and affirm the LGBTQ community in the Rocklin/Roseville/Lincoln/Auburn area, providing a safe space for LGBTQ individuals and their families to explore and grow in spiritual identity. Services will include spiritual direction and guidance, resources and referrals, and parental support. PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

The Auxiliary continues to serve the hospital in various departments at the hospital along with holding outside vendor sales to raise money for equipment and supplies used at the hospital. The Auxiliary recently gifted $9,620 for various pieces of equipment along with a $5,000 donation to the SNMH Foundation towards the purchase of an Oncology CT Simulator. Auxiliary members donate approximate 1,100 hours each month but like all volunteer groups need the service of additional volunteers.

Nevada County Social Singles

We are a group which provides friendship and the opportunity for shared activities for singles of all ages. We regularly hold a social hour open to both members and non-members alike on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Non-members are welcome to come and get acquainted.

Information about the group and a monthly calendar of activities will be shared with potential members. For more information, call 530-272-7075.

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club

Our breakfast meeting will be on Friday, August 16 at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St. at Lincoln Way in Auburn. The doors to the Lodge open at 7 a.m. with a fantastic $12 wide-selection buffet breakfast served at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m. sharp, Ken Sauret, West Coast Pro Staffer for Lowrance Marine Electronics, will give a presentation on GPS/Sonar Technology for maximum fishing success. The breakfast meeting is open to the public.

Ken will explain the Lowrance HDS (High Def Sonar), a state of art boat mounted fish-finder using echo sounding specifically designed to detect the presence of fish in various underwater terrain and depth. The 30 year old, 190+-member Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month. For more information contact Jim at 530-887-0479 or

Bicyclists of Nevada County

Mountain Bikers hosts a “No Rider Left Behind” ride the first Saturday of every month. We also lead trail work parties and advocate for more and better trails for mountain bikes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of trail conditions and group rides. For information, visit

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

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 Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 114 in Auburn at 7 p.m. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 781-932-6300 or locally at 916-645-9890, or visit

The Nevada County Newcomer’s Club

Nevada County Newcomers Club is a women’s social club that usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a luncheon and program. New members are welcome and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County. Our club is open to all ladies, regardless of the length you have lived here. We offer monthly luncheons and have numerous activity groups available for joining including book clubs, card clubs, cooking clubs, etc. You will find friends at Nevada County Newcomers Club. If you are interested in receiving information regarding the club, please call 530-478-1114.

Sierra Singles Club

An organization for older singles to meet weekly to dine out, attend plays, films and other local events, the August meeting will be a picnic at Western Gateway Park for members only. The September meeting will be back in our usual meeting room at 841 Old Tunnel Road and will be open for membership. For information, contact Lois Bassett, 530-273-8002.

Sierra Table Tennis

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

For information, call 530-265-2834.

First alumni of the Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country

Our First Alumni of Welcome Wagon or “WW” is a social club for women only. We have four luncheon meetings a year, a holiday party plus several fun activity groups. At this time we have 35 memberships available. We would be happy to have any past or present members of Gold Country Welcome Club (formerly Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country) to join us.

For more information, please call Evelyn Krein at 530-432-8772 or Priscilla McNaught at 530-477-6977.


Improvisation fun. We meet every Wednesday at the “Loft” in Grass Valley from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m., call for directions. We create a fun and safe atmosphere with interactive games to explore our inner comedian and to just have a good time.

Call 530-277-2295 for more information or just show up. A small donation is usually asked for to cover room expenses.

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

All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend the picnic and chapter meetings.

NARFE’s objective is to protect retirement and related benefits for current and retired Federal employees. It also actively supports Alzheimer’s research. The local chapter meetings serve as an opportunity for retirees to socialize and to hear programs of value to members. A benefit of membership is receiving timely updates on policy actions affecting Federal employees and retirees.

Reservations for lunch are not necessary.

For more information on the luncheon or program, please call Larry Kinkor, 530-265-6477.

Bicyclists of Nevada County

Mountain Bikers hosts a “No Rider Left Behind” ride the first Saturday of every month. We also lead trail work parties and advocate for more and better trails for mountain bikes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of trail conditions and group rides.

For information, visit

Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We host several rides a week for all levels from beginner to advanced. These rides are a great way to get acquainted with other riders and to learn new bike routes. We maintain a list-serv to keep people aware of group rides and cycling events.

For information, visit

First alumni of the Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country

Our First Alumni of Welcome Wagon or “WW” is a social club for women only. We have four luncheon meetings a year, a holiday party plus several fun activity groups. At this time we have 35 memberships available. We would be happy to have any past or present members of Gold Country Welcome Club (formerly Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country) to join us.

For more information, please call Evelyn Krein at 530-432-8772 or Priscilla McNaught at 530-477-6977.

12-Step spiritual journey writing workshop

Word-A-Live Church is sponsoring a 12-step study and writing workshop for individuals who grew up in less-than-nurturing or chaotic homes. This workshop uses the 12 steps in a Christian context. Located at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. The workshop is designed to help restore the spirit and provide a workable formula for confronting the past. It is a model for surrendering one’s life to God. Emphasizes the relationship between the 12 steps and the practice of Christian living.

For information, call Beverly at 530-210-4651.

Mothers Prayer Warriors

Our group now meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Twin Cities Church. If you are a mother who has lost a child, you may gain strength and knowledge from our unique Bible study. For information, call Cyndi Fellman at 530-432-8148.

49er Pony Club

The 49er Pony Club is open to all ages, but members must have access to a horse. But the club is not just about horse sports, it’s also about having fun, making friends and learning to become a leader. Activities help members learn to become team members and build self-confidence.

For more information, call Melody at 530-432-2036 or email

Grand Father’s Motorcycle Club

We serve a pancake breakfast the first Saturday of each month to raise money for families in need. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at our clubhouse at 301 S. Railroad St. in Colfax. Cost is $5. For more information, call Crunch at 530-613-0912.

Vietnam Veterans of America

The local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among a group of veterans who share a common heritage. All veterans of the Vietnam era and their families are welcome to attend chapter meetings. The chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room, Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley.

For information call 530-265-4878 or visit our website

The Sierra Hills Branch of Sons In Retirement

We are looking for retired gentlemen to join an active, fun group of men who meet monthly for lunch, enjoy an interesting speaker, and possibly engage in sponsored activities like golf, bowling, fishing, dining out, bicycling, bocce, and more. Some activities also include spouses. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Auburn Elks, 195 Pine St. Auburn at 11 a.m.

For more information, please contact Ken Hansen at 916-663-4716 or 916-622-2757 or email

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutterbugs to advanced photographers, Nevada County Camera Club has something for you. Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month. Visit for exceptions. Visitors are welcome, refreshments are served. Meeting location is the Unity Church,180 Cambridge Ct. in Grass Valley. Maps can be found at Come join us for a friendly evening get together of like-minded people who enjoy photography.

Foothills Horticulture Society

Gardeners meet the third Wednesday of each month to learn about growing in the Sierra Foothills. Meetings include a speaker, plant raffle and refreshments. The first meeting is free. Annual dues are $15 per person. Meeting locations and times vary.

Call for details at 530-269-3444 or email

Lake Wildwood Men’s 9 Hole Golf Club

Our club encourages new golfers to take up the game in a friendly supportive surrounding and also encourages golfers to continue to play even as age starts to creep up. The basic premise is to play golf and enjoy doing it.

Club members play golf on Tuesdays with a shotgun start so players finish about the same time and gather to enjoy social aspects of the game at the 19th hole. There is a breakfast on the third Tuesday of each month followed by a fun tournament. Club tournament chair, Darrell Hendricks makes sure that the tourneys are fun and that everyone has a chance to share a spot in the winners circle, whatever their ability.

Once a year the men join the Lady Niners in a joint tourney, two ladies and two men on a team. Club membership is open to all male adults living in Wildwood.

California Retired Teachers Association

We are an advocacy group whose major goals include protecting the interests of retired educators and support of Public Education. Recent activity of the group was a visit to Washington D.C. to discuss Social Security solvency and the Social Security penalties imposed on members of the State Teachers Retirement System. CalRTA members also advocate in Sacramento with legislators.

Any interested party is welcome to the CalRTA meetings. Contact Marian Hughes at 530-272-5795 for reservations or further information.

Sierra Foothills Audubon Society

The big birthday celebration is just a year away! The Wilderness Act will turn 50 Sept. 3, 2014, and celebrations around the country will mark this major American cultural and environmental achievement.

During 2013 and 2014, we plan to have our own local anniversary celebration with scheduled hikes into nearby wilderness and proposed wilderness areas. We will keep you posted in the chapter newsletter and on the chapter website as these hikes are scheduled.

For information, visit

Nevada County Online

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites. Admission is FREE and members and non-members are welcome. This is the only professional business group in Nevada County that focuses exclusively on helping grow businesses online. We cover topics like business planning, web design strategies, social media and networking, email marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging and much more.


The Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Facility Auxiliary

Meetings will resume on September 19, 2013. Activities with the residents will continue during the summer.

Anyone wanting information about the Auxiliary can contact President, Iona Terry at 530-477-5405.

Pickleball Clubs

Pickleball is a combination of tennis and ping-pong and is played on a court one-quarter the size of a tennis court with a 34-inch high net. Lightweight paddles and a plastic perforated ball are the keys to producing exciting, long rallies which consist of volleys at the net and ground strokes similar to tennis. It is a sport all family members can play. You can just plain have fun or you can be as competitive as you like and compete in tournaments, both locally and nationally. For information visit the official pickleball website: Watch a video of the game being played.

DeVere Mautino Community Park, Grass Valley: Four public courts. From downtown Grass Valley, proceed up West Main Street. Turn right on Alta, approximately 1 mile. Park is on your right.

Winter Drop-in Days: Mon. through Wed., 2:30 p.m. to dark. Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Contact:  Judy Tartaglia at 530-477-8278. Newcomers welcome anytime and first few times are free. $/40 year or $2 drop-in fee.

Lake Wildwood Pickleball Club: Two courts. Winter drop-in play days are Tues., Thurs., and Sat. 10 a.m. to noon. Newcomers welcome on Wed. at 10 a.m. We have equipment to loan. LWW is a private community.

Gateway Park, Penn Valley: Three courts striped for PB. Open courts. No fee. Make your own arrangements. 

Eagle and Gold Scouts

Are you an Eagle Scout or a Gold Scout? We have a monthly lunch on the fourth Friday of the month. Join us to share stories and to hear stories about what local scouts are doing today. Contact Steven Lease via email at for information.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics

“Children should be seen AND heard.” Please join us 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays for book and study discussion for adult children of alcoholics. This is a nonprofit, 12-step group meeting. The gathering is nonsmoking and open to both men and women. Meetings are in classroom 5 in the back of the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

Gold Country Italian American Club

We meet noon to 3 p.m. every third Tuesday at various local restaurants for lunch, games, presentations and socializing.

For information, call Don Mortara at 530-271-7491.


The TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets Fridays at the Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 10725 Alta St. in Grass Valley. Meeting is at 10 a.m. Weigh-in before at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Healing through Loss and Grief Support Group

Anyone who has experienced emotional loss, be it current or in the past, is welcome.

For information, call 530-265-3258 or visit

Duplicate Bridge Club

Many New Year resolutions have been made and already broken. Indeed, most of us do not bother because bad habits are hard to break and good ones hard to keep. However, one resolution you should make and follow is to exercise your brain We grow too frail, weak, handicapped and old to do the physical exercise of our youth but we are never too old to do mental exercise. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and even jigsaw puzzles are good. Bridge, especially duplicate bridge, provides great mental stimulation and fun.

Our Club has games on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Empire Grange (La Barr Meadows Rd. near Kmart.) A slight fee is charged and snacks are free. Come visit us and find more details about the advantages of playing Duplicate Bridge.

For further information, call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586.

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 Veterans 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 information contact us every Friday evening at 530-265-8396.

Blue Star Mothers of America

California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen, in Grass Valley. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, step-mother, foster-mother, grandmother, or legal guardian who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military, we invite you to join us.

For more information, visit

Nevada County Bonsai Club

Mission: The Nevada County Bonsai Club is dedicated to promoting the art of Bonsai. We will strive to create interest and inspire participation by those interested in the art of Bonsai, from beginners to advanced artists. We will provide and coordinate information on Bonsai through meetings and through demonstrations by Bonsai artists at our meetings and workshops. The Club is open to all those interested in the Art of Bonsai. Our ultimate goal is to instill in our members the appreciation and enjoyment of the Art of Bonsai, and the satisfaction that comes from the creation of living art. Also, the Club’s goal is to provide an environment that allows members and visitors to learn the history of Bonsai as well as to learn and share the art of Bonsai in a comfortable social setting with other Club members. The Nevada County Bonsai Club is a social, nonprofit club, founded for sharing the beauty and enjoyment of Bonsai, through teaching and communicating the living art form of Bonsai.

Club meetings are at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Nevada County Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Our club has something for everyone … literally! If you’re looking to find people with similar interests, check out this active bunch. There’s a group that plays poker. Don’t like poker? How about pinochle, or bunco, bridge or mah jong?

Not into games? How about kayaking, or hiking or snow skiing? Not athletic? No problem. There are brainiacs that meet once a month to talk about investing…wood workers that share ideas on their talents…a craft group that comes up with amazing ideas for the home. Garden Club, Men’s Group (great monthly speakers), Women’s Group with lots of theatre and other activities.

For more information or to join the club go to, or call 530-478-0999.

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