Club News: April 3, 2010 |

Club News: April 3, 2010

Gold Run CHP Squad Club

Gold Run Ski Day, 25th annual fundraiser for Gold Run CHP Squad Club, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Donner Ski Ranch on Donner Pass Road (Soda Springs exit of I-80). Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, live music and lunch, all for $20. Ticket required for all guests. Ski and snowboard rental and lessons available.

For information, call (530) 389-2205.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. on the first three Thursday of each month at the Nevada County Contractors Association Board Room.

For more information, call (530) 477-1201.

50’s Plus Social Singles

The 50’s Plus Social Singles invites all who are interested in making new friends and sharing in fun activities to check us out by joining in one of our socials, 6 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley.

For more information, call (530) 271-0303 or (530) 273-6898.

Colfax Garden Club

Meeting to be held Friday, April 9, at Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School Street, Colfax. Visitors welcome.

9:30 a.m., general meeting. 10:30 a.m., break with snacks. 11 a.m. to noon, program: “Bee Keeping” by Janet Bisson, owner of Country Rubes Farm,

Nevada County Red Hat Queens

The Nevada County Red Hat Queens are inviting ladies interested in red hatters or in a chapter to come to our “Spring Fling” luncheon at Pilot Peak Winery, 12888 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, at noon on Wednesday, May 5.

It is a beautiful setting, and lunch will be a chicken croissant sandwich with spinach salad, fruit and dessert. We will have a wine tasting and a complementary glass of wine with lunch. There will be a door prize for some lucky lady. The cost is $23. Seating is limited so please call soon.

Call Linda, (530) 271-0766 or Ginny, (530) 432-0609 for more information.

Chicago Park Garden Club

The Chicago Park Garden Club will hold their April 7 meeting at the Peardale Firehouse Community Room.

Author Carolyn Singer will speak on “Plants in Containers.”

Thursday, April 22, the Flower Arrangers will meet at the community room at 9:30 a.m. There will be a challenge to recreate a floral design from the Visions of Beauty or another calendar, so come prepared!

Cardmakers will meet on Monday, April 12 at the community room.

The May 5 regular meeting will be held at the historic North Star property at noon. Bring a bag lunch. Carole Miller will speak on the improvements made on the landscape, road and the house. A discussion will be held on future plans. She will talk on the heritage roses – several varieties will be for sale. The property is located on Auburn Road. Details will be given at the April 7 meeting.

The membership is open. For information, call (530) 273-4813.

Nevada County Bonsai Club

Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City. Meeting subject matter/presentation will be announced prior to the meetings. Events usually coincide with monthly meetings, and may include instructors or presentations by other members of the Club or other Clubs. A guest presenter is at most meetings. At the meetings with no presenters, there will be workshops and discussions.

The next meeting is April 20.

For more information, call (530) 273-2628.

Nevada County Beekeepers Association

Nevada County Beekeepers Association will be meeting April 5 at the Veterans Memorial Building (back door off parking lot) at 255 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. All visitors are welcome. Interested in becoming a beekeeper? Wondering about pollination? Questions about the state of your hives? Join our lively regular question and answer session starting promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program by Randy Oliver on Splitting Hives and Swarm Prevention.     

If you have any questions, please call our president, Larry Meritt at (530) 613-3923.

Captain John Oldham

Chapter, DAR

Once again, members of the local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), have joined with the Friendship Club of Nevada County to make “ditty bags” for our wounded warriors. Wounded servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who require medical treatment at military medical facilities and Veteran’s Hospitals have a need for these bags in order to carry their toiletries as well as x-rays and medical records. The DAR chapter Veteran’s Committee co-chairmen Sylvia Aunger and Carolyn Hatling were joined by Anna Crocket, Susan Carr, Karen Grimshaw, Sally Knutson, Sue Olander and Charle Lennon. The girls are learning how to use a sewing machine and also learning how to serve others by donating their time and efforts for the benefit of the men and women who protect our nation.

The Friendship Club of Nevada County is an organization that specifically focuses on at-risk girls in our community. Founded in 1995, the Friendship Club has grown to a year-round program that serves one hundred girls in sixth through 12th grades who live in all areas of Western Nevada County. Over 200 community members volunteer to help the Friendship Club accomplish its mission to guide girls to bright futures and help them become valuable members of their community.

For more information about CA State Society DAR, see the CSSDAR general Web site, and for information about the local DAR chapter, please call (530) 271-0926, or visit our Web site at

Nevada County Democrats

Nevada County Democrats (and people of all political persuasions) are invited to attend the initial First Tuesday gathering at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 for an evening of lively conversation and socializing, accompanied by appetizer and no-host bar. This is the kick-off meeting of a series of social events to be held at the Holbrooke on the first Tuesday of each month, and will offer you the opportunity to mix with fellow Democrats and offer your vision of how you would like to see the Nevada County Democratic Party progress. Come join us in the spirit of fellowship and progressive values.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Regular meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley, in the dining room and are open to all.

For more information, call (530) with photo

Gra-Neva A’s

Our first tour to Mitchell Manufacturing was quite a success. The Mitchells came in on Saturday just for our group. We were given a hands-on tour through the facility with explanations of every facet of their operation.

Our next tour will be April 17 to the 19th Annual “Wear and Remembrance,” a Vintage Apparel Fair in Yuba City at the Veterans Hall. We will also tour the back roads around the Sutter Buttes and have lunch. Ice cream will be enjoyed before heading back up the hill.

Speaking of ice cream we will be at Baskin Robbins on Tuesday evening, 6:30 to 7 p.m. for a social get-together. You can also join us for breakfast at 7 a.m. at Penny’s.

Our 50th Anniversary Celebration is just around the corner, Saturday, May 22. We are looking for old members and would like to invite you to attend.

We invite all who are interested in Modal A’s to attend our meetings. Our next meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at the Banner Grange Hall on McCourtney Road.

You can contact us through our Web site,, write us at P.O. Box 2415, Grass Valley, CA 95945 or e-mail our President, Larry Hubbard, at

Sierra Singles

Sierra Singles Club members plan to have lunch at Goomba’s Restaurant on Wednesday, April 7 at noon.

On April 14, the regular monthly meeting will be held at 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room at 1:45 p m. After the business meeting, the calendar of events will be distributed and discussed. Interested singles are invited to attend.

For information, contact Shirley Corry at (530) 274-3355.

California Retired Teachers Association

Over 180 retired educators from all over the state converged in Sacramento on March 11. The purpose of the Advocacy Day was to meet with legislators and familiarize them with CalRTA and its primary concerns. Bonnie Bennett and Bob Sharp met with Sen. Aanestad’s staff while other members from our area met with Assemblyman Logue. State President Polly Bacich was in a group which met with members of Governor Schwarzenegger’s staff to discuss the current plight of public education. Later in the day CalRTA members had an opportunity to tour the new CalSTRS building in Sacramento.

The next board meeting of the Nevada County Division will be on Tuesday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at the NID building on W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

Foothills Horticulture Society

The next meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

The Foothills Horticulture Society meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Our group shares experiences in gardening here in the Foothills and we host presentations from local experts in the fields of organic gardening, native plants, tree maintenance, rose care, growing herbs, soil improvement, bonsai, and related gardening topics.

Gold Country Yacht Club

The Gold Country Yacht Club would like to welcome (aboard) any interested sailors and crew to our monthly meetings. This active club encourages yachting as a sport and recreation and is getting ready to sail into a busy season. Some events in the future are No Motor weekend, Jr. Sailing Program, Women’s Sailing Clinic and the Go for the Gold Regatta, all held at Scott’s Flat Lake.

The meetings are held at Larry and Lena’s Pizza Parlor in Alta Sierra, the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is April 14, eat at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Fair weather meetings, starting in May, are held at our clubhouse on Scott’s Flat Lake.

All are welcomed whether you own a boat or just have a strong in interest in boating.

Contact Commodore Joe Day, (530) 265-2070 or our Web site,

Sons in Retirement (SIR)

Alta Sierra Branch 124

Sons in Retirement (SIR) is an organization for men devoted to the dignity and independence of retirement. If you might have an interest in attending a meeting, please contact us. You are more than welcome.

Our guest speaker for our March meeting was Assemblyman Dan Logue who represents the 3rd District which includes the Grass Valley area. He spoke about our state finances, loss of jobs and his ideas on how to improve upon these problems. He was sincere and straight forward yet avoided the political aspect.

Our guest speaker on Tuesday, April 6 is the founder of Mountain Peoples Warehouse. It all began here in Nevada County and the little company grew to become the largest distributor of natural foods in the world. It is now called United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) and the Chairman of the Board is Michael Funk. Come meet Michael.

SIR is a nonprofit organization comprised of over 20,000 men in Northern California. Our chapter has 106 members and meets on the first Tuesday of every month at Alta Sierra Country Club. Early birds start arriving shortly after 11 a.m. and the meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. The cost of lunch is $15. You might meet an old friend and certainly make a few new ones. You will definitely enjoy yourself.

Interested men, contact Dan Standring, (530) 477-2767 or Paul Laufman, (530) 273-6601.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Gold Country Welcome Club was formed to welcome and orient new residents to our area and provide a variety of activities for their enjoyment. Membership is open to anyone who has moved into our area within the last two years or has become widowed or divorced within the last two years. Once a member they can remain so for as long as their dues remain current. We now have over 750 members.

Please call (530) 477-3750 to leave a message for a call-back and membership information.

Sierra Table Tennis

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

For information, call (530) 265-2834.

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills meets at 7 a.m. each Thursday at Trolley Junction. Our speaker for April 15 will be Jane de’Zell of Saddle Pals. Visitors are welcome. To make reservations, or to get more information, please call (530) 478-9994.

Our annual Garden Tour will be May 22 and 23. Tickets are now on sale at retailers throughout the county.

Ticket sale locations can be found on our Web site at or by calling (530) 272-1826.

Grass Valley Duplicate Bridge

Games at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Classes are available.

Located at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley; for more information and directions call Bruce Lester at (530) 477-9586.

Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538

The Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538 outgoing Exalted Ruler Ed Bourne recently presented awards to members and citizens for their service to the Lodge and the community at a family dinner night.

Lari Solomon was awarded Elk of the Year for her continued work as Project Manager of Helping Other People Eat (HOPE) in Nevada County. This is an Elk program started by the Grass Valley Elks in late 2008, and now assisted by the Nevada City Elks, that provides a food distribution the second Monday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge for seniors, the disabled, and families needing help with groceries. Participants are able to pick from a wide variety of non-perishables, fresh produce, meat, dairy and anything else that is donated. An emergency food distribution is manned every Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and school snacks are packed every Tuesday for local school children in conjunction with The Food Bank of Nevada County.

Carole (CJ) Bryant was named Officer of the Year. CJ is the Lodge Secretary, and is responsible for all correspondence, membership, record keeping, and a host of other duties that keep the Lodge running smoothly. She is the “glue” that keeps the Lodge together.

The Lodge Appreciation Award went to Bill Stewart as March Elk of the Month and Grand Exalted Ruler’s Appreciation Awards were given to Dave Silva and Jerry Maxwell for their dedication to the Lodge and the principals of Elkdom.

Special appreciation awards were presented to Denise Cattani for her volunteer work with the HOPE program and to Darlene Grenz of the Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 for her continued support of Lodge activities to benefit the HOPE program.

The Grass Valley Elks wish to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to our outgoing Exalted Ruler Ed Bourne and his team of Officers for a very exciting and charitable year for our community.

As we bid farewell to the past years’ Officers, we would like to welcome our new Exalted Ruler Jay Nau, and his team of Officers, and wish them the very best in the year ahead as they continue in the Grass Valley Elks’ second century of giving to our community.

Grass Roots Genealogy (Study) Group

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

The topic is posted at

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

California’s future: Bright or broken?

California’s citizens seem to receive bad news daily about the status of the once golden state. Is California broken? Can our state survive the economic and political landmines it faces and remain a good place to live? Or is the future more foreboding?

The League of Women Voters is proud to present a program addressing several of the vital issues facing our state. Our featured speaker will be Trudy Schafer, someone who has her finger on the pulse of California. As Senior Director for Program for the California League, Ms. Schafer works with a broad spectrum of projects related to citizen education and advocacy. She will provide the latest and most up-to-date information on the redistricting process and the attempt to reform some of California’s other political problems, including campaign finance and the initiative process. Ms. Schafer will also address California’s economic woes and the budget reform measures proposed to address them.

League members are pleased to share this valuable information with our friends and neighbors in the Nevada County community. Please plan to join us 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley to hear this unusually knowledgeable speaker. Enjoy refreshments and the chance to greet others starting at 9:30 a.m. Our program will be followed by a delicious salad luncheon at a cost of $5 per person.

For more information please call (530) 265-0956 or contact the League at our Web site,

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128

Sons of Norway

Members and guests enjoyed supper together at Players Pizza on March 8. Arlene Kozub and Selmer Wathney were welcomed to membership. The 1958 movie “The Vikings” reminded viewers of a barbaric history abandoned centuries ago.

On April 12 at 6 p.m., at the Fairgrounds – Gate 2, Lodge members and guests will enjoy a potluck meal. Lasagna and bread will be provided. Members with last names A – M bring salads, N – Z desserts. Following a short business meeting, Librarian Karen Anderson will give a presentation of Viking Runes (runes – old Norse lore expressed in or as in runes; rune – any of the characters in the runic alphabet – Funk & Wagnall dictionary).

Please RSVP by April 7 to (530) 432-8270.

American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130

Frank Gallino Unit 130 members continue preparations for the Luau, April 10 that include a Hawaiian dinner menu, entertainment by “Cool Hand Uke” Dan Scanlan, and an evening of fun to which the community is invited. Funds raised by this event are earmarked for youth and community programs such as essay and scholarship awards, Girls State delegates and service to our community. Tickets are available in advance for $15.

Past Presidents of Unit 130 Leona Bryant, Sue Cicogni, Terry Clawson, Alyce Hammond, Penelope Johnson, Arline Kenney, Lou Ann McCord, Wilma Meyers, Doris Mitchell, Marie Plumtree and Julie Slater will be honored at the monthly Dine-In on April 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Continuous years membership awards will also be given to members having 15 to 65 years of membership. 

The April 13 business meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the dining hall of the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Nominations for officers for the 2010/2011 year will be presented; delegates and alternates to the Department of California convention, June 24 to 27, will be elected; Americanism essay winners, Girls State Delegates and Alternates, and scholarship winners will be announced; boxes for our Troops will be packed;  memorial poppies will be available for opening and will be presented to the community on May 14 and 15.

Unit 130’s 82nd year of service continues to be productive and fun for all who actively participate. New members continue to be welcomed. 

For information, call (530) 273-4179 or (530) 273-2018.

Order of the Eastern Star

The two local Eastern Star Chapters, Evangeline Chapter #9 in Nevada City and Aurora-Placer Chapter #40 in Grass Valley, recently consolidated to form a new Chapter.

The name of this new Chapter, decided on by a majority vote by members from both Chapters, will be known as Evangeline #9, and will meet at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month (except January 1 or July 4 if these days fall on Tuesday and the first Tuesday in August when the Chapter is dark) at the Nevada City Masonic Center, 108 1/2 N. Pine Street, Nevada City.

We look forward to continuing our community service and support with our combined membership and our commitment to one another as we work to build a stronger foundation together.

In our efforts to support the needs of our community, Evangeline Chapter will be participating in Nevada County’s annual American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” event with our ‘Evangeline Eastern Star Marchers’ team.

To raise funds to support this event we will be having a ‘Spring Concert’ on April 18 at 2 p.m. at the Nevada City Masonic Center. This will be a free concert but donations will be accepted, of which 100% will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

We hope you will be able to take a few hours for yourself and join us, along with your family and friends, for this concert that we trust will bring you much enjoyment. Please plan to attend and join us for a musical treat put on by our talented members.

Community Book Swap

Community book swap, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 4, at Nevada City Seafood warehouse, 1020 Whispering Pines, Grass Valley.

Trade used books, CDs, DVDs, records, and magazines. Free. Parking, wheelchair accessible.

(530) 470-0321,

Frank Gallino Post 130 American Legion

Post 130 American Legion invites you to attend our monthly dine-in this Tuesday, April 6 with a menu of tortellini vegetable soup, roast beef, gratin potatoes, seasonal vegetables and ice cream. Cost is $9. Lounge hours are 5:15 to 8 p.m. Dinner at 6:45 p.m. Feature of the evening will be past commanders/past president acknowledgments. These dine-ins are held the first Tuesday of every month. Please attend and phone in your reservations to (530) 272-2160. See you at Veterans Building, 255 South Auburn Street. Parking in rear of building.

On Saturday, April 10 at the same place, sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion, a fundraising party featuring an authentic Hawaiian luau theme and meal with music by Dan Scanlan. Tickets are $15 for this fun evening, dinner and entertainment. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. includes luau pork, salads, rolls, etc., with a special Hawaiian style cake for desert. See you there.

Empire Toastmasters

At the March 26 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, Elizabeth Dunn won the Better Speaker trophy for her speech “Sing, Sing Out Loud.” Elizabeth’s karaoke demonstration was hard to beat! Gabe Dick was voted Better Evaluator for his feedback on Elizabeth’s speech.

Elizabeth also won the Table Topics trophy. The theme was funny bumper stickers, and her landscaping background was great preparation for speaking on her bumper sticker’s intriguing message “Strip Mining Prevents Forest Fires.” The Word of the Day was “extraneous.” A potential new member visited the meeting.

Toastmasters welcomes all who are interested in improving their speaking, listening, and leadership skills – skills that will serve you in business as well as in life! Empire Toastmasters meets at noon on Fridays at Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. Guests are invited and are never required to speak.

For more information, contact Judy Nichols at or (530) 477-9120.

Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association

The Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association has a variety of events happening this spring at the Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds:

April 10 and 11, Bull Riding. Western Regional Bull Riders Association Bull Ride. Admission, $5 at the gate. For information on mutton busting; calf and steer riding; bull riding and bucking horses, call (530) 633-0887

April 18, Tack Swap. Fundraiser for the Eagle Scout project to restore a building on the rodeo grounds. Admission $1 at the gate. Sell your unused tack and farm equipment or donate it to the project. Call (530) 272-2661

May 14, 15 and 16. The 53rd Annual Penn Valley Rodeo returns with wild west excitement and affordable family fun. Advance tickets $10; children under 12 years $5. A celebration for all ages with mouth-watering barbecue, music by Clod Headgate, a colorful Rodeo Parade from the Western Gateway Park to the rodeo grounds and spectacular California Cowboys and Cowgirls Professional Rodeo Association rodeo events. For information, visit or call Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, (530) 432-1802.

May 23, Barrel Racing. Pac West Barrel Racing starts with an open 4D jackpot race with $500 added. Admission is free. Call (530) 432-3768 for information.

June 5 and 6, Smokin’ in the Oaks Championship BBQ Cook-off. Your chance to taste some of the best barbecue on the West Coast as top barbecue chefs compete. Exciting mounted shooting competition and more. Admission is free with a canned food donation to the Food Bank of Nevada County. Call (530) 559-5274.

The Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at the rodeo grounds on Spenceville Road.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Rhetorically speaking.

It was an exciting meeting this week at Mother Lode Toastmasters. Arguably, the highlight of the meeting was starting with two new guests and ending with two new members! We’re looking forward to inducting Maura Robertshaw and Jan Fishler soon.

Our first speaker of the evening was Lucinda Porter. In her speech “The Power of Rhetoric” Lucinda taught us how rhetorical devices have a greater impact on our audience. Her alliteration analogy was absolutely amazing. Our second speaker was Mary Thompson. In an advanced manual speech Mary tackled reading aloud. In a 12 to 15 minute reading she showed us how to make a reading text aloud insightful and entertaining. The third speaker of the evening was Greg Poppin. Greg spoke about “The Golden Rule” and today’s economy. He made an impact on all of us with his use of visuals. What were the odds that another Toastmaster actually had a Tanzanian Fifty Billion Dollar note in their pocket?

Kavitha Rapolou led Table Topics speeches that involved creating lucrative sales pitches on the fly. Winners of the night were: Best speaker – Lucinda Porter, Best Evaluator – Jinnae Anderson, and Best Table Topics – Ginger Kane.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters, please come to one of our meetings. We meet at 640 East Main Street (behind Dokimo’s Main Street Pharmacy) on Mondays from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

For more information contact Melissa Stevens at (530) 205-5653 or visit our Web site at

Beta Sigma Phi

The Preceptor Nu Delta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

For further information and meeting location please call Georgia at (530) 272-7785.

American Association of University Women

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is holding its 10th Annual Appraisal Faire on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley (one and a half miles south of the Nevada County Fairgrounds).

Bring your special treasures for evaluation, see what others are having appraised, and join the fun. This is our local version of the Antiques Roadshow! Appraisal rates will be $12 for the first item and $8 for each additional item. We will have renowned book, coin and stamp appraisers along with our regular experts. New this year our appraiser of gold, silver, stamps and coins will offer a gold buy-back program.

For further information please call (530) 470-9395.

Friends of Nevada County Military

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, Friends will be doing a special packing party at the Veterans Building to send additional Girl Scout cookies to the troops. We still have the normal packing party on Tuesday, April 20. If you want to help on the 6th, please come.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

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

Nevada County Horsemen, Inc.

The Nevada County Horsemen will hold their monthly dinner and meeting on Friday, April 9 at the Horsemen’s Clubhouse at Brunswick and Bubbly Wells Roads. The bar opens at 6:45 p.m., potluck dinner at 7 p.m. (no charge) and meeting at 8 p.m. All are welcome, so come and join us.

Our first event of the season is coming up soon. Barrel Racing starts on April 21 at the Horsemen’s arena, weather permitting. Also, all members of Horsemen have the privilege of using our arena for exercise or riding, so consider membership.

For information on all events, calendar or membership, call (530) 273-9326. For clubhouse rental, call (530) 432-1171.

Widowed Persons Association of California

The regular monthly meeting and luncheon is scheduled for April 10 at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley. Check in time is 11:30 a.m. The cost of the luncheon is $15. The menu choices are pot roast with mashed potatoes and a green salad, or Oriental chicken salad. Carrot cake will be served for dessert.

If you would like to make a reservation please call (530) 274-3635 by April 6.

The purpose of WPAC is to provide a support group for widowed men and women of all ages, and promote a wide range of activities through which widowed persons have the opportunity to make friends and find redirection in their lives.

We enjoy local theater productions, a monthly Sunday supper, Breakfast Club, and a Tuesday afternoon Pinochle Club.

On May 29 a group of members are looking forward to our annual trip to the horse races at Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area.

For membership information, please call (530) 272-7292.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Congratulations to NCRWF member Dottie Ray Souter for being selected by Assemblyman Dan Logue as the 3rd District’s “Woman of the Year.” Dottie Ray traveled to Sacramento on March 8 to receive her award along with 79 other recipients from throughout California. Dottie Ray was recognized for her dedicated work as a Nevada County Business Woman and for her many years of community involvement.

The April meeting for the NCRWF is replaced by the annual Nevada County Republican Women Federated fashion show, scheduled for Tuesday, April 27.

The fashion show will be at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the fashion show at noon. Along with the fashion show, guests have an opportunity to win some great prizes. The cost is $25. Please call (530) 265-8310 for more reservation information. Seating is limited.

The next regular meeting for the NCRWF will be on May 17 at the Alta Sierra Country Club.

If you are interested or have questions about membership please call (530) 913-6232, or visit the Web site,

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