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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 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 11, will feature an”Older than Dirt” quiz.

For more information, call 273-4961.


LeTip, a professional leads organization of Grass Valley, Penn Valley, and Nevada City, is having their June Mixer on Wednesday, June 18, at Missy’s Cafe on 760 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. 530-730, all are welcome. Food, prizes, refreshments. Build your business, increase your income.

Questions, call 477-3727.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County monthly luncheon will be Wednesday, June 25, at the beautiful Alta Sierra Country Club.

The program for this month will be Global Warming and Climate Change, with Rob Dunbar, Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University School of Earth Sciences. His program will cover global change, past, present, and future. Rob is a climatologist whose research has specialized in studies of climate change during the past 50 to 12,000 years. His current international work spans the globe.

The meeting is scheduled at 11:45 a.m. followed by luncheon at noon. Menu choices offered will be citrus salmon with teriyaki and ginger sauce with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable or a stuffed portobello mushroom. A green salad with dressing on the side and dessert of carrot cake with caramel sauce will accompany the entrée. The cost for the luncheon is $17, and must be prepaid by June 16. For information call 274-1955. The program will follow luncheon service.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County is a women’s social club, which offers participation in several activity groups that include Bridge, Bunco, Cooking, Couples Potluck, Book Club, “Chick-Flicks Club,” Enrichment, Garden Club, Investment Club, and a Walking Group. New members are welcome, and do not have to be new residents in Nevada County.

To receive information regarding the luncheon or membership, call 274-1955.


Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Placer County will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. This month’s guest speaker will be Tina Macuha, a television reporter on CBS Channel 13, who will be sharing her personal life experiences. PFLAG meetings are open to the public, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Angela Diaz 6/5/08 run with photo

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Recently attending the reverent and patriotic Memorial Day services held at Memorial Park in Grass Valley were many members of the local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Honoring those departed souls who made the ultimate sacrifice in our Nation’s fight to protect our freedom, DAR members all across our country and specifically here in Nevada County paid tribute to our fallen servicemen and women and honored their service to our country. Captain John Oldham chapter’s newly installed Regent Betty Delaney gave a warm greeting to the audience as she presented a patriotic bouquet of flowers and told of the ways in which the chapter is supporting our troops who are in harms way in Iraq and Afghanistan. The chapter is currently holding a raffle for a Colonial doll with an elaborate wardrobe, the funds from which will go toward the purchase of refurbished golf carts, called “Liberty Carts,” made for transportation of injured servicemen and women who are undergoing rehabilitation at various California military and veteran hospitals. Additionally, under DAR’s Project Patriot, the chapter has sent over 400 boxes of useful items to our troops who are on active duty and who have ties to Nevada County.

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

Angela Diaz 6/5/08 run with photo

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Mother Lode has earned the recognition of Presidents Distinguished Club under the leadership of Joyce and Gary Peterman. Area 64 Governor Anna Oates has earned the recognition of Select Distinguished Area Governor.

Distinguished Toastmaster Glen Boire of KNCO led the meeting this week.

Club President Gary Peterman presented “God Bless America.” Kathy Amatangelo evaluated Gary. Nadine Langley of Holdrege & Kull presented “Family Curse.” Our winning evaluator was Vice President of Education, Joyce Peterman, for Nadine’s speech.

Our winning Toastmaster, visitor Darrin Edmond presented his icebreaker tonight. Area Governor, Anna Oates, evaluated Darrin.

Our Tabletopics Master, Annabelle Robbins of Union Hill School, questioned winner Glen Boire to explain the inspiration to paint his house the “pigment” of Euro White.

Our guest tonight was Empire Toastmasters Paul Dessau of Cranmer Engineering. Paul will become the Area 64 Governor in July.

Questions? Please contact Vice President of Public Relations Juliet LeBoss at Our club information appears on The Union Calendar Mondays.

Nevada County Genealogical Society

On Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., Maria Brower will be informing us about the Best Sources On The Internet for genealogy research. This topic will cover mailing lists, message boards, USGenWeb, Ancestry and Linkpendium.

NCGS meetings are open to the public for those interested in Genealogy. Meetings are held in the M. Helling Library Community Room. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and speakers at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 274-2362.

Nevada City Parks and Recreation

Nevada City Parks and Recreation is offering summer programs for youth, ages 10 to 13. Each week of the program has a different theme. Activities include fashion design, outdoor travels, kayaking, skateboarding, cooking, digital photography, and leadership opportunities. Fun loving and qualified Youth Program Staff .

Programs begin June 30 and run noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Pre-registration is required by June 13.

For more information leave a message at the Youth Center at 470-0590 or visit the Nevada City Swimming Pool in Pioneer Park (265-8223).

Angela Diaz 6/5/08 run with photo

Sierra Foothills Iris Society

The next meeting of the Sierra Foothills Iris Society will be on June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Auburn Community Center, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn.

Our program for the evening will be a very popular one given by one of our members, Kathy Braaten on “How to Dig and Divide Your Iris.”

Bring any questions you have with you when you come to attend this very informative program.

Visit our website at or e-mail at

Winners of the Sierra Foothills 12th Annual Iris Show:

Our top award, Best Specimen of Show, went to our very own youth member, Kadee Felton. The now 12 year old has been a member of our group since she was approximately 6. She won the top award with her Tall Bearded iris, “Chuckles.” Her prize was a blown glass birdbath with dragonflies and butterflies, shown in photo sent in by her mother, Beth Felton, who also won some ribbons at the show. Kadee also won Best Design in the youth section. We are so very proud of her. Congratulations again Kadee on a job well done.

The sweepstakes winner, which is the person with the most blue ribbons in the show, went to Yvette Meador with Kathy Braaten right behind her as the sweepstakes runner-up award for the second most blue ribbons.

The best Tall Bearded iris in the show went to Mary Ann Horton with an iris called “Fill’s Fantasy.”

The best Median iris in the show award went to Kathy Braaten, with a border bearded iris called “Honey Glazed.”

Best seedling was won by Pete Rudkin. The best Space Age iris was entered by Yvette Meador, “Trick or Treat.” The best Historical iris entered was won by Meg Jansen with “Stepping Out.” Best Beardless iris was won by Kathy Braaten, “Osocales.”

We had 37 entries in the youth artistic by 30 youths from local schools that colored pictures of irises. The three that got a special award were Kylia in the 1-5 age section, Lindsey in the 6-10 age section and Kadee in the 10-14 age section. All of the children did a wonderful job!

Kathy Braaten won the Best Design and the Artistic Sweepstakes.

There were numerous special awards given in different sections and some wonderful keeper gifts to be had.

We of the Sierra Foothills Iris Society will once again next year have our 13th Annual Iris Show and hope many more will attend, as it is set up beautifully in the Rose Room of the Auburn Community Center. We know it is in a out of the way place but more than worth it to see.

Angela Diaz 6/5/08 run with photo

Sit and Stitch

Do you have a UFO (Un Finished Object) lying around just waiting to be finished? If so, then maybe you should come and join our newly formed group of stitchers. We call the group “Sit and Stitch,” which was started by some members of the Friends of Applegate Library. Whatever kind of needlework (crochet, embroider, needlepoint, knitting, etc.) you do, you can bring it and join us on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Applegate Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We sometimes also have a book/pattern and yarn swap. Some of the members of the group are even willing to teach you should you want to learn crochet and knitting. 18080 Applegate Road, Applegate.

You can call to see if someone is there the day you plan to attend to see if there is help should you want to learn a new craft, 878-2721.

In the photo from left to right are members of the group, Carole Owens, Anne Price, Yvette Meador and Applegate Library Branch Manager Annette Long.

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