League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County
The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will hold its monthly program meeting March 9 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley.
The guest speaker will be Kenneth M. Tribby, deputy district attorney for Nevada County. He will be speaking about the issues regarding the use of medical marijuana in Nevada County and the drug problems related to juvenile offenders.
Coffee is served at 9:30 a.m. The program begins at 10 a.m. For information, call 265-0956.
The Chicago Park Garden Club welcomes new members Carol and Bob Lanhard, Glenda and Joe Buda, Henry and Diane Markus, Diane Davis, Fran Thomas and Diane Dyer. Caroline Singer, owner of Foothill Cottage Gardens, will discuss rock gardens at Wednesday’s meeting.
Nevada City Lions
Nevada City Lions Club Sight Chairman Bob Cremer presented a Welch Allyn Sure Sight at Autorefractor sight-screening machine valued at more than $5,300 to the Nevada County School District at the Feb. 13 meeting.
Accepting the machine on behalf of the school district were school nurses Sharon Turner, coordinator of health services; Maryann Hart, Pleasant Ridge District and Sierra College; Tracy Larson, covering 12 districts, and Karen Klayman from the Placer County Health Department.
The machine is a small hand-held testing unit that measures the prescription of both eyes in less than a minute. Turner said the machine will replace an older, much slower unit currently being used by the school district.
Sons of Norway
Sons of Norway will hold its monthly meeting with a St. Patrick’s Day theme dinner at 6 p.m. March 11 at the Senior Center at the Fairgrounds. Attendees are asked to bring their own dinner service.
The evening will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the lodge’s branch in Grass Valley.
For information, call 272-1085.
The Nevada-Placer Sierranaders (Barbershop) “delivered” more than 50 singing valentines Feb. 14.
Men with an interest in singing can attend rehearsals every Tuesday evening at the DeWitt Center in Auburn. Car pools from the Grass Valley area are available.
The next performance will be May 17 in Auburn and on May 18 at the Don Baggett Theatre. For information, call 273-4200.
Nevada County Ladies Bridge meets the first Friday of the month at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows Road at 11 a.m.
February winners were Joyce Rowe, Shirley Bale, Iris Davis and Ann Gray.
For information, call Joyce at 273-7809.
‘Over the Hill Gang’
Sierra Travelers “Over the Hill Gang” will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day party at 1 p.m. March 12 at Banner Grange. The club will furnish all food and table service for $8 per person. Reservations are a must by March 8. A drawing will be held for a free April mystery trip.
For information, call Lucille at 273-6776, Vonda at 477-2363 or Joyce at 272-8213.
Aurora Chapter No. 40, Order of the Eastern Star
Aurora Chapter No. 40, Order of the Eastern Star will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Masonic Center. Refreshments will follow the meeting. Twenty-five-year and 50-year members will be presented with service pins. The Worthy Matron will also honor the Star Point officers.
For transportation needs or other information, call Jone Rothenberg at 273-5183 or Helen Flemming at 271-1302.
Auburn Lake of the Pines Christian Women’s Club
The Auburn Lake of the Pines Christian Women’s Club theme for the March 14 meeting is “High Tea.” Barbara Bowers from Rose Mountain Manor Bed & Breakfast in Colfax will discuss high teas, their history and traditions. She will share recipes and instructions on giving a high tea.
Guest speaker will be Diana McFarling from Cupertino, telling her story of love that will last a lifetime despite her physical limitations. The cost is $11 and includes tax, tip and free child care with advance notification. Reservations for the luncheon and child care may be made by calling Joan Iverson, 885-5413, or Janet Wiseman, 268-9771.
The next Prayer Connection will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and is hosted by Kay Bockus. Call 268-8403 for information and directions.
Sierra Astronomy and Science Explorers
The Sierra Astronomy and Science Explorers will meet March 14 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Imaginarium Science Museum in Nevada City. Glen Boire, the staff meteorologist at KNCO, will speak about “Forty Years of Meteorological Technology, or Tales From an Old Forecaster.”
Additional short talks and demonstrations will be given. One demonstration will involve measuring the speed of projectiles such as a bullet or baseball using a simple device called the ballistic pendulum. Contact Wayne Watson at
Welcome Wagon of the Gold Country
The Welcome Wagon of the Gold Country’s fashion show and fund-raising event on March 13 is open to members and the public. The “Secret Garden Party” will be held at the Nevada City Elks Club at 11a.m. Cost is $25 per person.
The fashions, which will be provided by stores in Grass Valley and Nevada City, will be worn by members. The commentator will be Betsy Hatten. At the close of the fashion show, a raffle will take place. Reservation deadline is March 11. Call 477-3750 for menu and reservations.
Democratic Women’s Club
The monthly meeting is Saturday at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley. For information, call President Lynda Lasich at 477-1071.
Chris Scammon was voted best speaker at Empire Toastmasters’ Feb. 22 meeting for an impromptu speech about his and his wife’s efforts to “give 100 percent” to each other. Jackie Mason spoke about “Taxes and Democracy,” and Ted Toal – with help from his dog, Shasta – showed how good a “radio fence” can be at keeping a dog happy but safe at home. The club voted Marge Kaiser best evaluator for her evaluation of Toal’s speech. Helen Sanderson led the meeting as Toastmaster.
Empire Toastmasters meets from 1 to 2:15 p.m. every Friday at Cal Fed Bank, 11751 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley. Call Doris Schroeder-Smith, 477-2172, or Pat Barrentine, 478-0995, for more information.
Early Risers Toastmasters
Kathy Hillis will be representing Early Risers Toastmasters at the District 64 International Speech Contest on March 9 at 7 p.m. at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office.
Early Risers meets Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction Cafe in Nevada City. Call Karen at 273-9777 for information.
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