Club News: Feb. 6, 2010 |

Club News: Feb. 6, 2010

Save the Window Committee

The “Save the Window” committee of The Historic Preservation Committee had a short meeting on Feb. 3.

The facade of St. Joseph’s continues to be in poor condition.

A Bolivian bag and knitwear sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Hosbein home, 511 West Main Street, Grass Valley. There will be leather and plastic bags as well as cotton and alpaca hand-knit sweaters. This is a fundraiser for the beautiful stained glass window in St. Joseph’s hall at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. All are invited to come and bring their friends.

The next meeting will be at 3 p.m. March 3 at the Hosbein home.

Colfax Garden Club

Meeting, Friday, Feb. 12, at Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St., Colfax. Visitors welcome.

9:30 a.m. general meeting; 10:30 a.m. break with snacks; 11 a.m. to noon program: “Pruning and Grafting” by Laura Pistabello, owner of Dream Scapes Landscaping.

Sierra Singles Club

The next regular meeting of the Sierra Singles Club will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 841 Old Tunnel Road in the dining room. Please arrive at 1:45 p.m. to sign in and pay dues.

Activities for the month will be discussed and the schedule distributed. Sign up sheets will be available.

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

PFLAG of Placer County

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Placer County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

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) 272-8684.

Foothills Horticulture Society

The Foothills Horticulture Society meets on the third Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. Our group shares our 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. We conduct a seed exchange in March and a softwood cuttings workshop in September.

United States Pony Club

April Smith, branch manager of California Pacific Mortgage, recently returned from the United States Pony Club annual meeting in Houston, Texas. April was elected to the national position of Vice President of Regional Administration for the organization. Her three year appointment will require that she oversee the 12,000 plus members in 600 clubs located in 43 regions across the country. USPC has clubs as far away as St. Croix, Alaska, Hawaii and every other state except the Dakotas.

April was elected to the USPC Board of Governors in 2009 and is currently the District Commissioner for the Northern Mines Pony Club in Grass Valley. Her local club has 18 current members.

USPC is an organization that teaches members, from age 7 through 25, leadership, responsibility and self-confidence in an educational platform through their love of horses. USPC is unique because its educational programs place equal emphasis on the teaching of riding skills, horse-care fundamentals, and team participation with sportsmanship. From the moment youth join USPC until they graduate, they are part of a broad network of activities and educational programs that promote the health and safety of both horse and rider. USPC is dedicated to developing knowledgeable, competent, responsible, and caring horsemen. USPC was founded in 1954 with a focus on riding in an English saddle, but a movement is underway to include the Western riding disciplines as well.

For more information about United States Pony Club, call (530) 268-3456.

Gold Country Welcome Club

Gold Country Welcome Club welcomes new residents to our area and provides varied events, programs and activities for you.

Become a member.

Feb. 17, all member event at Goomba’s featuring Grass Valley physician Dr. Scott Kellerman, proving one man can make a difference today.

Become a member.

March 17, we’ll have a “Wearin’ of the Green,” St. Patrick’s Day Dance with an oldies rock and roll band and sit down dinner.

Call (530) 477-3750 for a membership packet and more information.

Friends of Hospice

President Diane Wilson presented the entire 2010 Board Members of Friends of Hospice at their first quarterly luncheon at Alta Sierra Country Club.

Sierra Table Tennis

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

For more information, call (530) 265-2834.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Nine members of Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), recently traveled to Jackson in Amador County for a meeting of the District II Chapters of California DAR. Representing Captain John Oldham Chapter was District II Director Bev Moncrieff and Chapter Regent Betty Delaney, along with Susan Carr, Donna Frandsen, Virginia Heller, Armida Manifor, Betty Ponte, Penny Stowe and Doe Witt.

Hosted by the Sierra Amador DAR Chapter, the meeting was attended by members representing the nine chapters in District II, including Sierra Amador Chapter, Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham, Chief Solano Chapter from Vacaville, El Dorado Chapter from Placerville, El Toyon Chapter from Stockton, Sacramento Chapter and Gen. John A. Sutter Chapter from Sacramento, Gold Trail Chapter from Roseville and Emigrant Trail Chapter from Auburn.

Members of the “Barretones” from the Sacramento Society Children of the American Revolution (CAR) led the national anthem and members of Hiram C. Meeks CAR Society joined local Boy Scouts as color guard for the opening ceremony. District II Director Bev Moncrieff introduced Frank Tortorich who presented a program about “Opening the Carson Pass” which highlighted the history of migration to places including Placerville and the Jackson area of California through the Carson Pass. The Amador County Good Citizen Winner, Bryce Zaffarano, was also introduced to the attendees.

For more information about National DAR, visit, and for information about the local DAR chapter, call (530) 271-0926 or

Grass Valley Duplicate Bridge Club

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.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

The next luncheon meeting of the Nevada County Republican Women Federated will be Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. The cost is $17 per person. Social Time starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon. The featured speaker will be California State Senator George Runner. A candidate for the State Board of Equalization, Senator Runner will discuss voter fraud and the Vote Safe Initiative.

Reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 8.

For more reservation information, call (530) 470-8507.

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

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

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

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

The League of Women Voters presents Hunger, Homelessness and Hope.

How much do you know about the range of services offering hope to the hungry and the homeless here in western Nevada County?

As we learn of catastrophic disasters in places like Haiti and do our best to respond to those needs, we may overlook the needs of children and adults on our own doorstep. Many of us are learning of friends and neighbors who suddenly find themselves in need of help as they seek a place to live, search for a job, pay unexpected debts, or cope with health problems and the random blows of living in this time of economic downturn. Some of us have family members who may have struggled for a long while with a variety of problems that make it difficult for them to maintain their independence in times of turmoil. But few of us know the full extent of these problems, nor the range of resources currently available to provide a safety net for this growing group of people.

The League of Women Voters has invited a panel of speakers representing the Nevada County Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Hospitality House and Women of Worth (one arm of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition) to describe the services offered by their organizations. They will explain how they accomplish their various missions and help Nevada County continue to be worthy of its reputation as a caring community of citizens working together for the benefit of those less fortunate.

League members are pleased to share this valuable information with our friends and neighbors in the Nevada County community. Plan to join us from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 13, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley for this important examination of the community safety net services available in Western Nevada County.

For more information, call (530) 265-0956 or visit

Dogs Run Free

Local nonprofit Dogs Run Free is reaching out to community minded leaders with either nonprofit or business contacts and skills. This entails a short term commitment.

We need your expertise to complete the creation of Grass Valley’s first Off Leash Dog Park.

For more information, call (530) 274-1086.

Nevada County Horsemen, Inc.

The Nevada County Horsemen will be holding two meetings this coming week that should be of interest to horse enthusiasts — and all are welcome. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Team Penning committee will hold a planning meeting to discuss their upcoming season. NCHI hold weekly Jackpot team penning from early May to October.

On Friday, Feb. 12, the Horsemen will hold their regular monthly dinner/business meeting. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and business at 8 p.m. Dinner is $5 and all are welcome.

Both these events will be held at the Horsemen’s clubhouse at Bubbling Springs Road and Brunswick Road.

The Clubhouse is available for rentals. Large activity room, suitable for parties, weddings or meetings, full kitchen, separate bar. Call (530) 432-1171 on this or regarding the above events.


Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

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

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills

Soroptimist International of Sierra Foothills meets at 7 a.m. each Thursday at Trolley Junction. Our speakers for February are Debbie Arakel with Habitat for Humanity on Feb. 18, and Lynn Jefferson with Nevada County Adult Protection Services on Feb. 25. If you would like to attend either of these meetings, please contact (530) 478-9994.

Our annual Garden Tour is being held May 22 and 23 and tickets will be going on sale in March.

For additional information including sponsorships, please visit our Web site at

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 on the 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.

Sons of Norway, Gulldalen Lodge 6-128

Sons of Norway, Gulldalen Lodge 6-128 will meet at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 2. Come and enjoy Norwegian Bingo and Bake-Off desserts. 

For information, call (530) 273-2018.

American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130

February, “Americanism Month” is celebrated by every Unit in the American Legion Auxiliary. Frank Gallino Unit 130 will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building dining hall.

Americanism Chairman Corky Stram will collect essays on March 5 and the essays will be judged by her committee. The winning essays will be forwarded to District 7 and to the Department of California for further judging. The local winners will be awarded cash prizes for their essays.

Girls State Chairman Janet Hessel and her committee will interview Girls State Candidates at Nevada Union, Bear  River and Forest Lake Christian High Schools in February. The winning Delegates will attend the California Girls State session at Claremont-McKenna campus June 26 to July 2.

Scholarship applications are due to Education Chairman Sandra Haines by March 16 and will be judged by her committee. Qualifying winning applications will be forwarded to District 7 and the Department of California. Local scholarship winners will be awarded cash awards upon proof of enrollment in the college of their choice.

V. A. & R. Chairman Melise Munroe will again supervise the packing of boxes for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Luau committees are busy with plans for the April 10 Luau. Funds raised by this event will enable Unit 130 to continue our youth programs.

Several members will attend the Gold Country District 7 meeting at the Veterans Memorial Building in Royer Park, Roseville on Saturday, Feb. 13.  

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


American Association of University Women

Helen Klein, a master runner who began running at 55, is still running at age 87. Helen placed no limits on herself due to gender or age. She will be the featured speaker at the Nevada County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) meeting on Feb. 20, at the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street, Grass Valley. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. with a half-hour for coffee and conversation. The program starts at 10 a.m. The public is welcome.

Helen was the first woman ultramarathoner elected to the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame.

She has completed 100 marathons and 142 ultramarathons and is the oldest person to complete a 100-mile run. Some of her other achievements are

• at age 70 ran the 145-mile stage race in the Himalayas

• at age 72 completed the Marathon Des Sables, a 145 mile stage race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco, followed just two weeks later by completing the 370 mile Echo Challenge in Utah

• at age 74 ran the 143-mile stage race across the Peruvian Andes

• at the age of 80 broke the World Record in the marathon by 39 minutes (4:31:32)

• at age 85 broke the World Record in the marathon by an hour and four minutes (5:49:11). Three months later she lowered that record by 12 minutes when she ran 5:36:12.

Alta Sierra SIR Branch 124

What an incredible presentation by Commander Claude Hessel at our February meeting. Commander Hessel showed an audience of 90 men a 15 to 20 minute video featuring the rescue of the crew of the “Satori” (32 inch sloop) taken during the “Perfect Storm” on Oct. 30, 1991.

He enlightened all of us with first hand knowledge of this event because he was the commander/pilot of the helicopter that performed this treacherous event. Thank you, Commander Hessel.

Our next meeting on March 2 will feature a man who will tell us what’s happening

in our State Congress including the economic and budget situation. He will also

let us know a little about his personal life. Come join us and meet our 3rd District

Assemblyman, Dan Logue.

Sons in Retirement (SIR) is a nonprofit organization for retired men. It is devoted

to the independence and dignity of being retired. There are over 20,000 SIRs in

Northern California of which our branch has 102 members. Our mission is to have fun, enjoy each others company and to make new friends.

We meet the first Tuesday of every month at Alta Sierra Country Club. Members start arriving shortly after 11 a.m. and the meeting commences at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will cost $15 so please feel welcome to attend. You will enjoy yourself, we promise.

Contact Dan Standring, (530) 477-2767, or Paul Laufman, (530) 273-6601 if you are interested so that we can order you a meal and save you a good seat.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Luncheon begins promptly at 11:45 a.m.

Madelyn Helling will be the guest speaker this month. Ms. Helling will give a history of Nevada County’s first public library, which is named for her. She not only recognized the need for a county library, she was instrumental in obtaining funds to build the new library. She ran the county library system for 17 years. Ms. Helling will also present information and history on the Railroad Museum.

Menu choices are smoked salmon lasagna, Chicken Saltimbocca with risotto or Chef’s Choice vegetarian selection. All entrees will be served with mushroom soup, rolls and butter, coffee or tea, and tiramisu for dessert. Cost of lunch is $18 per person, due by Monday, Feb. 15. Cancellations will be accepted before 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County, which celebrated its 55th anniversary this year, is a women’s social club, which offers participation in several activity groups that include Board Dice, Book Clubs, Bridge Groups, Bunco Groups, Cooking Clubs, Couples Potluck, “Chick-Flicks Club,” Day-Trippers, Enrichment, Garden Club, Knitting Group, Mah Jongg, and a Walking Group. New members are welcome, and do not have to be new residents of Nevada County.

To receive information regarding membership, call (530) 478-1114 or (530) 272-7449.

Motherlode Toastmasters

What Inspires You?

We began this Monday night’s meeting by introducing ourselves with what inspires us. Many responded with family, friends and our fellow Toastmasters. What followed was a truly inspirational meeting.

Our first speaker of the night was Emma Santa. As Vice President of Public Relations, she spoke on how improving communications with members of the club leads to increased PR opportunities outside of the club. Sharon Hollis gave her second speech on the hazards of bicycle riding both on and off road in Nevada County and how split second decisions can lead to dangerous situations. The final prepared speech of the evening was given by Mary Thompson, who spoke on practicing contentment. Her speech inspired us all to make peace with things and situations – if we do, we may be pleasantly surprised with the outcome! Mary was also recognized for completing her Competent Communicator manual – a significant milestone in the career of a Toastmaster.

Lastly, Deborah Kaplan led us in Table Topics (extemporaneous speaking) by inspiring each participant with a famous line from a song.

Winners of the evenings contests were: Best speaker – Emma Santa, Best Evaluator – Joyce Peterman, and Best Table Topics – Marjorie Quist.

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

For more information, contact Melissa Stevens at (530) 205-5653 or visit

Nevada County Bonsai Club

Meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City.

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

Empire Toastmasters

At the Jan. 29 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, Lisa Lehr captured the Better Speaker trophy for her speech “Is Haiti Fashionable Now?” Lisa discussed Haiti’s long history of hardship and how the recent devastating earthquake may help Haiti finally get the attention it has always needed. Visitors at the meeting included Noelle Dodd, who has traveled to Haiti.

Debbie Williams was voted Better Evaluator for her evaluation of Judy Nichols’ speech “How to Read Financial Statements, Part I.” With the help of a handout, Judy simplified the potentially confusing subject of financial statements for small businesses. Both speeches were longer than usual, leaving no time for the Table Topics competition – often the highlight of 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.

Community Book Swap

Local children’s author and Sierra Writers President Babette Donaldson will be at February’s community book swap, Sunday, Feb. 7, at Nevada City Seafood warehouse, 1020 Whispering Pines, Grass Valley. Donaldson will be at the swap from 1 to 2 p.m. The event is held rain or shine, and is free.

Donaldson is the author of Emma Lea books that feature family stories with a tea theme. The books are beautifully illustrated by local artist, Jerianne Van Dijk. In addition to the Emma Lea books, that include The Magic Teapot Stories, Donaldson has written non-fiction, screenplays and stage plays.

The community is invited to meet and enjoy some tea with Donaldson. She will sign and give away a few of her Emma Lea books. Visit

The swap is held the first Sunday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at Nevada City Seafood. Bring used books, CDs, DVDs, records and magazines and trade them for others for free. There is plenty of parking and the event is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, call (530) 470-0321, or visit

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Craft Guild members Cora Hughes and Cecelia Thatcher, President, recently presented a check for $520 to Sally Shillinglaw, volunteer and Board Member of Interfaith Food Ministry.

The Craft Guild of Nevada County will be holding a February meeting for crafters interested in meeting other crafters and learning new skills. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Hwy., Nevada City – Hauser Conference Room.

For information, call (530) 273-3795.

Widowed Persons Association of California

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

Our group enjoys attending local live theater productions, one day excursion trips, movies, a Tuesday afternoon pinochle card group, a monthly Sunday night supper, a breakfast and a luncheon meeting in various local restaurants.

February’s luncheon is scheduled for Feb. 13 at Tofanelli’s in Grass Valley. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m.

If you would like to make a reservation, please call Ann at (530) 274-3635. For membership information, call Nickie at (530) 272-7279.

Check us out, we will be happy to see you!

American Legion Post 130

American Legion Post 130 business meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the Remembrance Room at Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Please attend: Nominations, committee assignments and of course current business. Light refreshments will be served immediately after adjournment to honor our outgoing 1st Vice Commander Ray

Hooker. These meetings are always held on the second Tuesday of every month. Lounge opens prior to meeting and reopens after meeting ends. Any member in good standing is more than welcome. See you there.

Soroptimist International of Nevada City

Soroptimist International of Nevada City holds weekly meetings at noon each Wednesday at The National Hotel in Nevada City. We invite you to join us to see what we are all about! We are now planning for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Party to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at the Seaman’s Lodge in Nevada City. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser will benefit the Soroptimist Scholarship Fund. In past years, this event has raised funds for the Interfaith Food Ministry, Women of Worth, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, to name a few. Tickets are $17 which include three bingo cards and a salad and dessert luncheon, and can be purchased from any Soroptimist International of Nevada City member or at the door.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization committed to improving the lives of women and girls, both locally and throughout the world, through a variety of service projects.

For more information please visit or call (530) 477-5901.

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