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Nevada County Bonsai Club

Meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City. Our next meeting will be held June 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 273-2628.



Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

Meetings are held the third Saturday of every month at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn Street.




Gold Country Stamp Club

Regular meetings are at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month and are open to all. The location is the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley, in the dining room.

For more information, call 272-8684.

American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130 meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the dining hall of the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building. We welcome visitors and new members.

For more information, call 273-2018.

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

A monthly meeting is held at 7 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month at the Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley.

Visit http://www.ncgms.org for more information.

Friendship Wednesday

Lunch is served at noon on Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m.

This Wednesday, June 4, will feature Beverly Marks and music students.

For more information, call 273-4961.

Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association

Branch 13 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association will be holding their annual Grass Valley Gas-Up at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on May 31 through June 1. The public is invited to attend this free event and view antique machines on display and in operation. Recommended visiting day is Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Entrance is through Gate 4.

For more info, contact Dave Brewer at 265-2827.

Golden Empire Sams RV Club

The Golden Empire Sams RV Club was quite busy during the month of May.

Thanks to a number of club members who traveled to Lodi to attend the Nor-Cal Samboree and to set up a booth to sell root beer floats. Thanks to the sales of 204 floats and donations from club members, $400 was sent to the camp Ronald McDonald for their use at the camp.

Our May campout was held at the Pioneer RV Park in Quincy. Our hosts were Bill and Toni Browning. Seven rigs made the trip. Very nice park, weather was good, except Thursday a thunderstorm got things pretty wet.

Norman and Yvonne Carlson were introduced and voted in as new members.

Birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated with cake and homemade ice cream. The ice cream was made by Len Fuson.

Our June campout will be in Chico at The Almond Tree RV Club, June 8 through 12.

Empire Toastmasters

Empire Toastmasters new location is a hit!

Discovering how to communicate is a skill that grows increasingly more important as the Information Age progresses. If you own a business and want to get the attention of the public, you may have about 30 seconds to get your message across effectively. This takes practice. In Toastmasters, we practice in a supportive environment where the feedback we get is directed towards positive reinforcement.

Now the noon Empire Toastmasters has a new location that will enable us to practice really “working a room.” The space is large enough to practice new skills: Things like moving around, making eye contact with the entire group and using body language to emphasize the message. You can learn these principles in a weekend workshop, but it’s impossible to embody these ideas without a forum to practice them.

Our most recent meeting featured a talk by one of our members who is a collector of “reamers.” She demonstrated the power of capturing the curiosity of the audience by not explicitly telling them what a reamer is. Rather, she brought in some 25 examples of the delightful collectible and showed them to us as she discussed her experiences as a collector. In our little group we learn how the most seemingly obscure subjects can be made interesting.

Please join us, every Friday, noon to 1:30 p.m., for a delicious bite to eat at The Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City. Toastmasters is a structured format for growing your leadership skills among friends. Visit as often as you like, there is no pressure to make a commitment, although commitment is the first step to any great undertaking. What do you have to lose? Take a risk, step out of your comfort zone, call Karen for more information, 273-9777.

Eagle Scout

Derek Kramer’s Eagle Scout Project fundraiser will be a huge yard sale! Saturday, May 31, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the corner of Combie Road and West Hacienda Drive. Many families have donated great items, and proceeds will go towards the Eagle Scout Project, which will benefit our community.

Angela Diaz 5/29/08 run with photo

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), recently installed a new slate of officers for the 2008-2010 term. The chapter met at Alta Sierra Country Club to install the new officers, to include Regent Betty Delaney, Vice Regent Armida Manifor, Chaplain Lee Hicks, Recording Secretary Clover Jacobs, Corresponding Secretary Emily Boling, Treasurer Sue Olander, Registrar Donna Fransden, Historian Corky Johnson, Librarian Janelle Dalton, and Parliamentarian Betty Ponte.

In recent years, the Captain John Oldham Chapter has enjoyed a flourishing growth in interest, activity and achievement. Currently, there are 141 members of the chapter and several applications are pending approval at DAR Headquarters in Washington, D.C. With a motto of “God, Home and Country,” DAR members strive to promote patriotism, encourage the preservation of American history and secure America’s future through better education for our children. DAR has admitted more than 850,000 women since its founding by an Act of Congress in 1890.

The genealogy component of DAR includes tracing lineage to a person who in some way contributed to the cause in the Revolutionary War. With several chapter members who hold the title of Field Genealogist, the chapter holds regular genealogy workshops for prospective members in order to assist with research and paperwork.

For more information about DAR, please call 271-0926.

Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will be meeting June 2 (Monday night), at the Veteran’s Memorial Building (back door off parking lot) on 255 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley at 7 p.m. All visitors are welcome. Interested in becoming a beekeeper! Wondering about pollination? Questions about the state of your hives? Join our lively question and answer session starting promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program and video on “The Production of ‘Green Propolis’ in Brazil.”

If you have any questions, please call our president, Rob Slay, at 263-5618.

Angela Diaz 5/29/08 run with photo

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Outstanding Effort Award from Soroptimist International of Grass Valley. Spencer Milkey, Pleasant Valley; David Gouveia (first recipient of the Award 24 years ago); Evan Riffey, Magnolia; Deanna Woods, Ready Springs; Michael Simmons, Lyman Gilmore; Harris Banneck, Seven Hills.

These eighth graders were given the Outstanding Effort Award by Soroptimist International of Grass Valley for overcoming obstacles in their life, physical, emotional, personal, situational or environmental, to succeed in school. David Gouveia, the first recipient of this award 24 years ago, was a guest of the club and informed the students of what the award meant to him and also encouraged them to continue their efforts. David has just opened his own flooring store in Grass Valley.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Toastmasters is an international organization that can help you become more competent and comfortable speaking in front of an audience.

The Early Risers Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. Members fill roles such as giving a prepared speech, an impromptu talk, or evaluating someone else’s speech.

It is a very positive and supportive environment, and we welcome guests (who do not have to speak). This week’s guest was Renée Powers.

Speakers were Ruth Schwartz (“Beginning Your Speech”); Al Alstrand (“A Word to Live By – Integrity); and Jim Lewis (“Passionate”).

Our speakers’ evaluators were Katie Bennett, Barbara Ryan, and Tina Visco.

The winner of the Outstanding Speaker trophy was Ruth Schwartz. Katie Bennett, Ruth’s evaluator, was voted Outstanding Evaluator.

In our weekly Table Topics contest (short impromptu speeches), the winner was Diane DiLeo.

For more information about both the Early Risers and Empire Toastmasters clubs, contact Karen Chileski at 273-9777.

Angela Diaz 5/29/08 run with photo

American Association of University Women

In the Victorian setting of the dining room at the Northern Hotel, the Nevada County Branch officers for 2008-2009 were installed. The officers are: co-presidents, Sandy Davison and Nancy Knaus; president – elect, Stephanie Norton; program vice – president, Darlene Paulsen; Education Foundation vice – president, Shirley Zeff; membership vice – president, Lee Ferro; secretary, Jan Williams; and treasurer, Ann Shulse. The State Co-director Northern District, Sue Miller, was the installing officer.

Sue Miller gave the members a preview of what is ahead for AAUW. She wanted the members to know that the public policy commission is supporting SBl7l2 (Migden) to ban sales of lipstick containing lead in California. The women and children in the State need personal care products that are free of harmful substances. Also of concern to AAUW public policy commission is the weakening of Title IX. This was landmark legislation passed over 30 years ago to ban sex discrimination in schools whether it be in academia or athletics receiving federal aid.

For AAUW Branch information, please call 470-9395.

The Rotaract Club of Nevada County

The Rotaract Club of Nevada County announces a Champagne Brunch and Silent Auction to support the club’s International Project: Water and Sanitation Projects for Southwestern Uganda. The event will be held on Sunday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Odd Fellow’s Hall in downtown Nevada City. Tickets are $45 per person and guests will enjoy a delicious brunch by Jim E’s Catering, a wonderful silent auction with many unique items, free-flowing champagne from Sierra Star Winery, live music, and a slideshow presentation of the water crisis in Uganda. Advanced reservations are requested by May 30.

To purchase tickets for the brunch, for more information or to donate, contact Sandra Auerbach at 575-1456.

Angela Diaz 5/29/08 run with photo

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Mother Lode Toastmasters is launching an ambitious search for outstanding individuals who aspire to communicate with impact. Toastmasters International is a world-wide non-profit organization committed to developing tomorrow’s leaders for the non-profit, private and public sectors.

Ideal candidates will show a passion for communication and leadership, ability to work with diverse user groups and present compelling, persuasive arguments that shape the future.

Are you prepared to undertake courageous conversations, formulate and communicate cutting edge ideas and challenge traditional thought in a rapidly changing world? Join professionals in your community, further your leadership development and enhance your communication acumen all for the price of a fancy cup of coffee. Where else can you receive a better return on your investment these days?

Distinguished Toastmaster Glen Boire of KNCO will be our Toastmaster on Monday, June 2. Please join us. Can you think of a better way to spend a Monday evening? Our club information appears in The Union calendar Mondays.

Gold Country Yacht Club

Go For The Gold Regatta is scheduled for June 7 and 8 on Scotts Flat Lake. Each year there are over 50 sailboat entries racing for first place chests of real gold.

You don’t have to be a sailor to participate. Please call 477-7771 for more information. Racing Rules of U.S. Sailing. Entry Fee is $35 for U.S. Sailing members, $25 Juniors (under 19), $40 all others. $10 late fee for registration after May 25.

Lakeside camping is available by calling Scotts Flat Lake Campground at 265-5302 (mention you are with Regatta, they have reserved sites). Mooring Reservations available through Scotts Flat Lake Marina at 265-0413.

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

At the May 8 meeting of NARFE, members enjoyed lunch and listening to Ed Scofield describe his 25 years as CEO of the Nevada County Fair – boasting California’s most beautiful fairgrounds. The fair, known as one of the finest in the state, is formally the 17th District Agricultural Association and is a state agency. It has been in existence for over 100 years, and in the early years took place in the Glenbrook area. The modern fair, located on McCourtney Road, was created in 1937 and is supported through the state’s pari-mutuel proceeds and the events that take place at the fairgrounds.

The Nevada County Fair produces the premier Draft Horse show in the Western United States – the Draft Horse Classic, as well as the Harvest Fair and the Country Christmas Fair, its three biggest events. These and other events, and a year-round RV park, generate over $2 million annually.

This year’s fair will take place August 6 through 10.

NARFE’s June 12 meeting will feature Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell who will speak about fraud, telephone scams and identity theft.

All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend chapter meetings held the second Thursday each month at the Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Ranch Road (just off Highway 49) in Grass Valley. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m. and lunch is served at noon followed by a program and business meeting.

For information, call 273-7324.


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