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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.

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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 18, will feature Eddie Moore, Cowboy Singer.

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.

Soroptimist International of Sacramento

Soroptimist International of Sacramento is hosting its Soroptimist Polo Extravaganza 2008. A fun filled social evening, including a wine tasting provided by 12 to 15 foothill wineries, silent and live auctions, a raffle, food, music, a fancy hat contest, and, of course, a polo match between two Northern California polo teams sponsored by local businesses. The purpose is to raise money for needed community services which assist “at risk” women and children in this metropolitan area. Some of the service projects we are raising funds for include Women’s Empowerment, the Crisis Nurseries, the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program by Family Shalom, and the CASA program.The event will be held on Saturday, June 21, between 4 and 8 p.m., at the Ranch Murieta Equine Complex, 7200 Lone Pine Drive in Ranch Murieta.

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Young Ladies Institute #26 Our Lady of Grace of St. Patrick’s Parish

The newly elected offices of Young Ladies Institute #26 Our Lady of Grace of St. Patrick’s Parish are President Pat Davis; First Vice President Sandi Wilson; Second Vice President Josephine Lopez; Secretary Kathy Barlise; Marshal Irene Silruslto; Financial Secretary Karen Mosca; Treasurer Lourdes Dennis; Sentinel Janet Shelley; Board of Trustees Mildred Rowe, Virginia Hedges and Ethel Raulins; and Chapter Father Nicholas Phelan.This group of ladies are very active in the church community. All women from the age of 18 are invited to join this wonderful group.

Anyone interested, please call President Pat Davis at 273-7784 for more information.

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women have changed their name.They will now be known as “Business and Professional Women of Nevada County.” The change was decided upon to make our purpose clearer to the community. First and foremost, we are business and professional women. Some are actively engaged in business, others are retired or pursuing higher education.On June 18, “Digging for your roots” will be presented by members Lynn Wenzel and Laurel Knapp. Laurel Knapp is a recent past president of Business and Professional Women of Nevada County. She is an independent contractor for the National Women’s Political Caucus. She volunteers for the Foothill Theatre Company, finds time to travel, and enjoys music and reading, especially biographies of feminist women. Laurel has always had an interest in family history, and pursued her family’s genealogy. She plans to write her life story in such a way that her grandchildren will read it. Lynn Wenzel is a writer, editor and political activist. She has authored three books, the most recent being “More Than Petticoats: Remarkable New Jersey Women,” for which she received a New York State grant. In 2005, she was the recipient of Business and Professional Women’s “Woman of Achievement” award. Business and Professional Women of Nevada County meet every third Wednesday at Jim E’s Catering, 141 E. Main St., Grass Valley. Informal gathering starts at 5:30 p.m., meeting and dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information to attend as a guest, please call Valerie Logsdon at 272-7207.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Beverly Moncrieff, the recently retired Regent of Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), was sworn in as California DAR’s District II Director on May 21. DAR’s motto is “God, Home and Country,” and during the coming two year term, there will be three California DAR projects, including (1) to honor God with a Day of Prayer on October 18, (2) to honor our home, DAR’s Memorial Continental Hall in Washington, DC, with a new set of doors to be built and installed into the library, and (3) to honor country with a conservation project, “California DAR goes green.” Recyclable green bags are being sold to raise money for the CA Condor Exhibit Center at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

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

Chicago Park Garden Club

Chicago Park Garden Club member Betty Williamson will hostess the Golden Foothills District meeting at her home on June 19 at 9:30 a.m.Both the home and gardens have historical significance in our area, and Betty will share that as she leads the group on a tour of the grounds. A potluck lunch will be served. All garden club members of the district are invited.The pressed flower card-making group will meet on Mondays, June 16 and 23, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the community room of the Peardale Firehouse at 15057 Colfax Highway. There will be no arrangers meeting during the month of June.Again this summer, the Chicago Park Garden Club is teaching a free Flower Arranging Course for children and teens at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. It will be held on Tuesday, July 1, from 10 a.m. until noon. Registration forms may be picked up from the Fairgrounds office at Gate One.

For more information, please contact Ann Wallace at 265-8210.

Early Risers Toastmasters Club

The Early Risers Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. Guests are always welcome, and you can just show up. If you have questions about Early Risers or other local Toastmasters clubs that meet later in the day, call Karen Chileski at 273-9777.For our June 10 meeting, Karen Chileski gave a speech entitled “Back from South Africa,” an account of her recent trip to that country. Karen’s evaluator was LeeAnn Brook.Shawn Tuttle’s speech, “Developing a Mission,” focused on the most effective ways to create a mission statement and to follow it. Courtney Ferguson evaluated Shawn.Tina Visco gave us a folk tale entitled “A Cup of Tea.” Tina’s evaluator was Paula Gleicher.Tina Visco won the Outstanding Speaker trophy, and LeeAnn Brook was the Outstanding Evaluator.Lori Burkart-Frank turned in the best speech in the category of Table Topics, short improvised speeches on subjects presented to the speaker at the last second.

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills had their New Board Elect 2008-09 installation Sunday, June 8. Pictured back row from left: Suzanne Grass, Karen Naftzger, Tanya Markis-Meyer, Janie Ackerman, Elke Williamson, Terry Ferguson, Lise Squillace, Michele Joiner.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Toastmaster Deborah Meadows, ACB of Sierra College, led the meeting this week. Sarah McTighe, ATMS, presented “The Brand NU Me.” JoAnn Gonzales evaluated Sarah. Kathy Amatangelo, CTM, presented “DVT.” Club President Gary Peterman, ATMS, evaluated Kathy.Our winning speaker tonight was Vice President of Education Joyce Peterman, ACG with “Who Are You?” Joyce inspired the crowd to take ownership of their Toastmasters experience by “adopting an attitude to make ourselves relevant in today’s world.” Juliet LeBoss, CC of Entelechy Concepts, won as best evaluator for Joyce’s speech.Our Tabletopics Master tonight was Greg Poppin. Visiting Toastmaster Darrin Edmond of Omnicell shared his knowledge of why hens cackle when they lay an egg.Questions? Please contact Vice President of Public Relations, Juliet LeBoss at Our club information appears in The Union calendar Mondays.

Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country

Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country recently awarded $1,000 each to three local organizations, Sierra Services for the Blind, Child Advocates of Nevada County, and Women of Worth, during its 2008 annual charity luncheon.Richard Crandall, Executive Director of Sierra Services for the Blind, said his organization will use its award for ongoing counseling and services programs; Suzanne Gulick, Program Director of Child Advocates of Nevada County, will use the money for materials to train new volunteers; and Sandy Schmidt, Director of Women of Worth, said their award would go toward their new building fund.Just since 2001, Welcome Wagon Club, a local 900 member non-profit social group, whose primary purpose involves welcoming and orienting new residents to the area, has awarded more than $25,000 to local organizations as part of its effort to support local charitable causes. You can find out more about the club and its activities at Wagon Club of the Gold Country is not affiliated with for-profit Welcome Wagon International.

American Association of University Women

At the recent Nevada County Branch of American Association of University Women annual meeting, Cheryl Morris was announced winner of the 2008 Edi Silverman Service Award. This award program was established in 2003 to recognize a member each year who has given her time unselfishly to community efforts, to involvement in leadership roles and to help persons in need. The first recipient was long time member Edi Silverman.Morris’s accomplishments included being a volunteer as a mentor for girls in the Friendship Club; and a participant in the Leadership Development Council. She is involved in the Concerned Citizens about Traffic Control and Zoning in Grass Valley and bereavement counselor for “Drew’s Place.” Morris also served as coordinator under the State Department of Corporation for the Seniors Against Investment Fraud. Currently she is a volunteer under CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate involving children.AAUW participated in the Nevada County Foster Youth Independent Living Program 2008 high school graduation celebration at the Imaginarium building on June 9. Member Lee Ferro arranged for several members to prepare and serve dinner and dessert for graduating foster youth and their guests. There were 70 people attending the function. Teri Fulton, Independent Living Program Coordinator, and her staff arranged this special celebration for graduating foster youth in Nevada County.


Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Greater Placer County will hold a Diversity Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser on August 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Flower Farm Inn, Loomis. The evening will include a no-host beer and wine bar, a delicious buffet dinner, relaxing guitar music by Jon Merriman, lots of laughs with renowned comedian Katie Cuddihy, and a fun-filled raffle.Reservations are $38 per person (ages 16 and older) and can be made by mailing checks to PFLAG of Placer County, 2280 Grass Valley Hwy., # 293, Auburn, CA 95603.

For additional information, call 916-863-9622.

Save the Window Group

The garden is now open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Do come with a sandwich or a book and smell the roses! The garden signs will be up shortly.The Anna Bolivian Bag Sale was a success, netting about $3,000.The next fundraiser will be the July 12 “Rose Garden Market” in St. Joseph’s Garden at 410 South Church street, behind the red brick wall. It will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Spaces are available. Donations are also accepted. Please call Joy Feller (346-6517) for reservations. A 12×12 space rents for $25. Featured will be Anna Bolivian bags, Helen McGibbon pottery, McLarty Mexican rugs, books, books, books, a children’s table, etc. Come join this community-wide flea market.The acrylic, breathing, non-leaking, glass covering is now in place on the beautiful “O’Connor Window” in St. Joseph’s. It will certainly help preserve the window.The stair railings to St. Joseph’s will be painted after June 21.St. Joseph’s is open for weddings, as are the gardens.The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 2, at 4 p.m. at Flo’s.

Boy Scout Troop 4

Local scouting program expands!Scouts and adult volunteers with Grass Valley’s Boy Scout Troop 4 expanded their local Scouting program this month with the long anticipated completion of their new canoe trailer! Capable of hauling all of the Troop’s canoes and the related gear, the new trailer will help the Scouts get to their frequent paddling outings.Photos show the Scouts assembling and painting their new trailer during one of several work days. The Scouts celebrated the finished trailer at last weekend’s Troop outing to Lake Natoma where the Scouts practiced basic paddling skills, boat over recoveries, moving water maneuvers, and swimmer rescues in preparation for an overnight paddle trip down the American River this Summer.Paid for entirely with funds raised by the Scouts at car washes, pancake breakfasts and barbecues, the new trailer could not have been possible without the support of the Troop’s Scouting families and local businesses. With donations of time and materials from the Troop’s families and significant discounts on materials from local businesses the Troop was able to buildup the new trailer for about a fourth of the price of a comparable trailer purchased at retail. The Scouts want to especially thank the Cromer and Smith families and Black Barts Welding of Nevada City for their generous support.Founded in 1922, Scout Troop 4 is Nevada County’s oldest Scouting program. The Troop has been sponsored by Grass Valley’s Host Lions Club since 1928. The Troop meets each Monday at 7 p.m. in the Grass Valley Scout Lodge at Memorial Park. The Scouting program is open to all boys age 11 through 18.

Learn more about Scouting and Troop 4 at the Troop’s web site, and by dropping in for one of the Troop’s meetings.

Nevada County Republican Women, Federated

The lovely setting at the Alta Sierra Country Club will be the location for the NCRWF monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 17.We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker for June will be Tom Del Becarro, the Vice Chair of the California Republican Party. Tom has been active in Republican politics since 1980 and is the author of the book, “The Conservative Paradigm.” His book has created quite a sensation and will be available for purchase at our June meeting.The meeting is scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon. The entrée for this month is chicken breast stuffed with apple and brie. A vegetarian entrée is also offered. Both entrees will include a Caesar salad and vanilla ice cream with seasonal berries. The cost of the lunch will be $17 with payment due on the day of the luncheon. Reservations should be received no later than Monday, June 16.

To make a reservation, or to receive additional information regarding the luncheon, please call Patricia Graves at 470-8507.

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.

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Court Appointed Special Advocates

Congratulations to our new CASAs!On May 22, 11 new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) completed training and were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Sean Dowling. In their role as a CASA, these dedicated volunteers will advocate in court for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. They will become the consistent adult in these children’s lives so that a safe, loving, and permanent home can be found for each child as quickly as possible.It is our goal to advocate for every child going through the Dependency Court system so we always welcome new volunteers.

For more information on how you can become a CASA, please call Suzanne Gulick at 265-9550, Ext. 23.

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