Club News: Oct. 16, 2010 |

Club News: Oct. 16, 2010

The Knights of Columbus, Grass Valley Council 1895

23rd Annual Tootsie Roll Drive.

The Knights of Columbus, Grass Valley Council 1895 will be joining 65,000 members across California in the Knights annual Tootsie Roll Drive on Oct. 16 and 17. Knights will be stationed outside all major stores in Grass Valley handing out Tootsie Rolls and raising funds to benefit People with Intellectual Disabilities. Every nickel, dime and dollar is needed and will be deeply appreciated. Volunteers will be easily visible because of the bright yellow aprons they will be wearing and the canisters and candies they will be carrying.

Native Daughters of the Golden West Manzanita Parlor No. 29

Meeting for Tuesday, Oct. 19, will be canceled in lieu of Official Visit – Worthy Grand President Barbara Rowland, San Miguel Parlor No. 29, Paso Robles, Calif.

Practice will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Masonic Lodge, 108 1/2 Pine St., Nevada City. All members of District 9, N.D.G.W. are urged to attend – Laurel Parlor No. 6, Nevada City, Manzanita Parlor No. 29, Grass Valley and Naomi Parlor No. 36, Downieville.

Official visit will be held Oct. 20 at Masonic Lodge. Luncheon at noon followed by Official Visit meeting.

Questions on luncheon reservation or meeting, call (530) 273-1936.

Camp Fire USA

Campfires blaze across America in celebration of Camp Fire USA’s 100th anniversary.

Camp Fire USA celebrated their 100th anniversary on Aug. 21 at Lake Vera in Nevada City. “Ignite Change” was the theme of the centennial and reflected the transformation of Camp Fire USA from its humble beginnings as the Camp Fire Girls to its contemporary role as a national youth development organization, inclusive to all.

Founded in 1910 by Dr. Luther and Charlotte Gulick, Camp Fire Girls was the first non-sectarian organization for girls in the United States. Dr. Gulick chose the name “Camp Fire” because campfires were the origin and center of early community life. This focus on the outdoors, nature, and conservation continues to be a centerpiece of Camp Fire activities.

Today Camp Fire USA has evolved into a contemporary nonprofit organization serving youth, with a new name to reflect the times, while maintaining its core values. As early as the 1950’s, Camp Fire was calling for greater inclusiveness of all groups within society. In 1975 boys were encouraged to participate, and today 46 percent of Camp Fire USA youth are boys. Camp Fire is unique in its inclusiveness serving everyone regardless of race, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, disability or sexual orientation. Programs are focused on changing young people’s lives. Through their interaction and involvement with Camp Fire USA, girls and boys build confidence, independence, and develop an awareness of who they are and what they can become.

Camp Fire USA calls its program areas the “Four C’s” – Cares, Camps, Contributes, Connects. We care for children with before and after school programs, offer camps where kids can explore and learn respect for the environment, inspire youth to contribute to their communities with service projects, and connect children, adults and families together in small groups and clubs, explains Pamela Wilcox, Interim CEO of Camp Fire USA.

The Sacramento Sierra Council closed their doors in 2007, however two clubs remain: a high school club in Carmichael and an elementary/middle school club in Davis. They work “virtually” with the national office in Kansas City, Mo. The nearest Council is in Vallejo and still operates Camp Gold Hollow in Nevada City.

Camp Fire USA has 84 Councils in 31 states. Last year Camp Fire USA provided nearly 30 million program hours to over 300,000 youth in hundreds of communities across the United States.

For more information, visit

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Banner Mountain Post 2655

All former, retired, active and reserve members, both men and women, of all military branches who served in a foreign theater of conflict are invited to join.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building, 415 North Pine St. We are open for social events at 2 p.m. every Friday.

Prospective members are encouraged to bring their DD 214 (proof of military service), which will be returned upon verification.

For more information contact us every Friday evening at (530) 265-8396.

Nevada County Historical Society

Speaker Night Presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Conference Room of the Madelyn Helling Library: History of Coinage and Coins & Tokens used during the Gold Rush.

On Thursday, Oct. 21, local coin collector Beryl Robinson will speak to the Nevada County Historical Society about the history of coinage in the United States and more specifically as to the coins used during the Gold Rush and in Nevada County. Beryl will also be explaining the use of “Merchant Tokens” and how they were used for advertising during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He will be sharing some of his token collection that were specifically used in Grass Valley and Nevada City.

Attendance is free and refreshments provided.

For more information, call Program Chair Carolyn Jones-Rogers at (530) 272-3727 or visit the informative Nevada County Historical Society website at

Alta Sierra Country Club

Alta Sierra Country Club’s annual Table Affair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, and will feature creative, elegant, one-of-a-kind table settings unique for all seasons and special events.

Included will be a “Charity Challenge” of five charity tables (AnimalSave, Music in the Mountains, Nevada County Food Bank, Friends of Hospice and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary). Guests will vote for their favorite, with a percentage of the proceeds awarded accordingly.

Also new this year will be three uniquely designed table settings to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. A glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres are included.

The country club is located at 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Call (530) 273-2041 for tickets.

Sierra Singles

The Sierra Singles Club will lunch at Max’s in Auburn at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, club members plan to attend the Del Oro Classic Movie presentation of Top Hat at 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, the group will breakfast together at Tofanelli’s at 9:30 a.m.

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

Nevada County Bonsai Club

A social, nonprofit club founded for sharing the beauty and enjoyment of Bonsai through teaching and communicating the living art form of Bonsai. Open to all.

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. At the meetings with no presenters, there will be workshops and discussions.

The next meeting is Oct. 19.

For information call (530) 273-2628.

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, Oct. 20, at Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

The group shares experiences in gardening in the Foothills and hosts 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.

Gra-Neva A’s

We have had a couple of short tours this last month as well as attendance at swap meets. We went to the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department’s ice cream social and Dutch auction. It was well attended and they had some wonderful items to auction off.

There was a fairly large group (nine) of Model A’s that journeyed to Mel’s Diner for lunch and then took the long leisurely was back to Grass Valley.

Of course, we have enjoyed our own Tuesday evening ice cream gathering at Baskin Robbins.

Join us for our next meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Banner Grange Hall on McCourtney Road.

Beta Sigma Phi

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

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

Early Risers Toastmasters

Shawn Tuttle, President, opened the meeting with the question of what task do you want to have completed by the end of December. Jolen Punches was a guest today and is a member of Empire Toastmasters.

Michael Freedman, who is a teacher, spoke on “The Digestion Theory of Writing” with a goal of ‘Your Body Speaks’ to focus on hand gestures.

Paula Gleicher spoke on “My DTM Journey Continued” with the goal of ‘Organize Your Speech.’ Paula is doing a public relations program to promote Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society, which funds cancer research. The Relay date next year is June 4. Everyone has been touched somehow by this disease.

Shawn Tuttle spoke on “Impromptu Speaking,” which was a program from the Better Speaker Series for Toastmasters. A thorough review was presented on how to get on task and stay on task. Some words of wisdom were to look before you leap and pause before you speak.

Table Topics were done by Ursula Monroe centered around picnics. Some of the speakers had their picnic on the moon.

Winners today were Shawn Tuttle as Best Speaker, Diane DiLeo as Best Evaluator and Jolen Punches as Best Table Topics Speaker.

Mark your calendars for the District Conference Nov. 12 and 13 in Sacramento.

Our President Shawn Tuttle will be speaking on Project Simplify at the Business and Professional Women’s meeting on Oct. 20.

Toastmasters meetings are always open and we welcome guests to join us for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Trolley Junction in Nevada City. For information call (530) 273-9777.

Soroptimist International of Nevada City

Soroptimist International of Nevada City holds its luncheon meetings at noon on the first three Wednesdays of each month at the Organic Grill on Argall Way in Nevada City. Our guest speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 20 will be Amee Madeiras, Executive Director, Neighborhood Center for the Arts. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please call Carol York at (530) 477-5901.

Our club is actively looking for people who wish to volunteer to assist women and girls – both locally and internationally. The more members we have, the more women and girls we can assist through our fundraising efforts.

Speaking of fundraising, it is not too late for our EWaste Fundraiser being held today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the KMart Shopping Center – follow the signs – and thank you for your support. All our fundraising efforts benefit our awards and scholarship programs to help women and girls in our community. The Woman’s Opportunity Award and the Violet Richardson Award are the first two awards for us to consider. We will detail these awards to let you know who may be eligible and about the application process, as we begin our search for locating this year’s award winners – stay tuned for details!

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 the website –

Gold Country Miniature Society

What a weekend!

The Gold Country Miniature Society gals put on a great “National NAME Day” retreat event in Nevada City at the Diamond Arrow Christian Conference Center. This was the first ever National NAME Day project. People from all over the U.S. and Canada crafted a hutch in either one, half or quarter inch sale.

NAME stands for National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, which has a membership of thousands of people who enjoy crafting dollhouse miniatures.

Over the special weekend 57 people arrived to construct a tea room miniature vignette using the NAME Day hutch in a room box. Several of the club members worked tirelessly to create special kits and gifts to add to everyone’s boxes including scones, candies, jam dish, a three tired tray, pictures, bowls, salt and pepper on a tray and flowers in a pot. Unique hats from Nancy Wantiez, tea pots from Ginger Landon-Siegel, clocks from JoAnn Jacot and lotion bottles from Ruth Mazur were just some of the wonderful gifts given to all who attended. A special gift kit of a quarter scale hutch from Debbie Young was given to everyone hidden in a tea bag and placed in a cup and saucer of choice.

The club members, all dressed in lacy aprons, served tea, sandwiches and cakes.

The weekend ended with attendees looking forward to the club’s next event.

Club members asked themselves “How do we top this, ladies?!”

Grass Valley Rotary Club

Grass Valley Rotary Club sponsoring a huge golf ball drop.

On Oct. 30 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, hundreds of golf balls will be dropped from a crane and the ball closest to the pin wins $1000. You have to buy a raffle ticket to qualify and this is the way funds are developed for the Grass Valley Rotary Club to do good work in the community.

Don’t be surprised to see Rotarians wearing identity aprons in front of local supermarkets and hardware stores every Saturday through Oct. 23 hawking tickets. For $5, one chance; $10, three chances; and the super sale price of $20 for eight chances.  

Join the fun during Halloween weekend at the Fairgrounds and take a chance on being a big winner. In the long run everyone’s a winner who buys a chance because through the programs of Rotary, Nevada County benefits.

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

The Natural Professional – Working with Purpose, Passion and Peace.

BPW of Nevada County is delighted to welcome Shawn Tuttle as the featured speaker at our Oct. 20 meeting.

Ms. Tuttle is tired of seeing people work their tails off only for them to feel like they get nowhere. She’s had it with that unfulfilled feeling that leaves us craving satisfaction in all the wrong places. Project Simplify is her passion.

Simplifying is an inward reality that results in an outward lifestyle. It’s about returning Home, where your inner guiding light will never turn you in the wrong direction. Based upon her Natural Professional simplification system, Shawn will be talking about simplifying, not only for the sake of “getting organized,” but for creating your best life. And of course participants get practical tools that can be put into use immediately!

While Shawn is a vocal proponent for mono-tasking, she loves to integrate interests. As President of her Toastmasters chapter, she combines her love of public speaking with her passion for efficiently run meetings. As one of the founding organizers of the Nevada City Farmers Market, she got to combine her passions for delicious local food and descriptive budgets. She writes the “Simplify” column in the Nevada City Advocate and publishes a popular online newsletter, The Simplifier (which you can subscribe to at She’s currently working on her forthcoming book, “The Natural Professional Handbook.”

In addition to Shawn’s relevant presentation, our own Susan Rogers will present a six-minute seminar called Survival Tips for Public Speaking. This month’s speakers invite you to simplify by listening to your inner voice and to speak your truth with clarity and confidence. A perfect blend!

Newcomers are always welcome! Our meetings are held at the Express Room in the Holbrooke Hotel, 212 West Main St., Grass Valley. 5:30 p.m. – networking and ho-host wine bar. 6 p.m. – dinner and program, $22, $5 program only. Prepayment is required for guests; please go to our website at to register and prepay using PayPal by Oct. 17.

If you would like more information, please call Robin Mallery at (530) 263-4827 or e-mail her at We’ll hope to see you there.

California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch

The California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch Writers Network monthly breakfast meeting will feature novelist Zoe Keithley, author of “Write Yourself Well,” “A Concert in Words” and “A Love Song to Life.” Her topic is “Write To Your Passion.”

The public is invited to the breakfast to be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the International House of Pancakes (IHOP), 2216 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova.

California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch is an educational nonprofit corporation serving writers in the greater Sacramento area. The organization is dedicated to the education and encouragement of writers at all levels of expertise in the craft of writing and in the marketing of their work.

For information, visit

Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Auxiliary

Regular monthly meeting, to be held Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 100 East St., Auburn. General meeting, 1 p.m. with pot luck to follow.

All active duty, retired, reserve and former Navy, Marine and Coast Guard members, their wives or widows welcome.

Call (530) 346-6136 for more information.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

Penn Valley Toastmasters Club welcomes all guests to our meetings. Guests are part of the “Introductions” segment at the start, and they may choose to participate in the “Table Topics” portion of the meeting. Speaking is always optional for visiting guests.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters to improve your speaking, listening and leadership skills – or if you are simply curious about what goes on at a Toastmasters meeting, come to a meeting. We love having visitors!

Penn Valley’s meetings are held at 17422-B Penn Valley Drive in the Penn Valley Shopping Center. Walk past the Penn Valley Market – under the staircase and across from the laundromat. Meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Thursdays of each month.

For information call (530) 432-8488.

Sons in Retirement, Chapter 124 – Alta Sierra

We’re well into fall and baseball season is heading into the World Series (Go San Francisco Giants). Football, basketball and hockey are just getting underway. Like newlyweds, golf and bowling never seem to stop. The leaves are starting to turn color making fall a beautiful time of the year which of course leads to raking and blowing.

I feel like I want to take a train ride. Why? Because our October guest speaker was Stan Kistler who lives right here in Alta Sierra. Stan presented a video on over 50 years of trains in the west. He photographed them all himself. It was wonderful.

The guest speaker on Tuesday, Nov. 2 will be Stacey Stanga from Wells Fargo Bank. Stacey will talk to us about such things as credit/debit card fraud and identity theft. We read and hear about fraud and ID theft almost daily. Maybe Stacey can teach us to be more aware and careful.

The bill o’ fare for our next meeting will be hot roast beef sandwiches. If any retired man is reading this article and may be interested in joining us at one of our meetings, call Dan at (530) 477-2767.

Sons in Retirement (SIR) is a nonprofit organization for retired (or semi-retired) men. SIR promotes the independence and dignity of retirement. Our main purpose is to renew acquaintances and meet new friends. Our chapter meets for lunch on the first Tuesday of every month at Alta Sierra Country Club.

Bear River Lioness

Bear River Lioness wine tasting fundraising event, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Higgins Lions Community Center, 22490 E. Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley. $15, $5 for non-drinkers.

For tickets, call (530) 268-7205.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Jinnae Anderson, our president, reflected on the Chilean miners before inquiring, “What don’t we take for granted?” First time Toastmaster Sara Kudrle led us on our journey tonight. We were pleased to have a guest in attendance.

The first speaker of the evening was Lucinda Porter. Her speech, “A Journey to the Most Amazing Organ” took us on a tour of the liver, exploring important properties of this vital organ. Evaluator: Gary Peterman. Our second speaker Janai Carlson gave an advanced manual interpretive reading called, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure” based on the Harvard commencement speech that JK Rowling delivered in 2008. Evaluator: Sarah McTighe. Our third speaker Ginger Kane delivered an advanced manual informative speech titled, “How We Can Help?” The speech covered the importance of breast cancer awareness, especially relevant since it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s Paint the Town Pink! Evaluator: Annabelle Robbins.

Emma Santa helped us unlock the “Keys to Success” during Table Topics. Speakers were required to use the word “felicitous” while expounding on a word deemed a “Key to Success.”

Speakers that best met their objectives: Best Speaker – Lucinda Porter, Best Evaluator – Gary Peterman, and Best Table Topics – Mary Thompson. Mark Fenicle was our General Evaluator. Marjorie Quist delivered an Educational Moment about getting the audience’s senses involved, allowing them to “experience” the speech.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters, please come to one of our meetings. We love guests! Speaking is optional for guests. Meeting place: Eskaton Village Lodge – 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley. Meeting time: 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays.

For more information contact Sharon Hollis, (530) 264-6902 or visit our website,

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.

Empire Toastmasters

At the Oct. 8 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, Debbie Williams won the Better Speaker trophy for her speech “Reality TV: Maybe More Real Than You Thought.” Gabe Dick, the second speaker, gave an interpretive reading, part of the Advanced Series. Gabe was also presented with a certificate for achieving his Advanced Communicator Bronze. Kathy Bringhurst was voted Better Evaluator for her feedback on Gabe’s speech.

Table Topics consisted of participants playing the role of Dear Abby and answering letters from people with challenges such as nail biting. Lisa Lehr won the trophy, incorporating the Word of the Day, soteriology.

The club inducted newest member Pat Powers, and one first-time visitor attended 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.

Elks Ladies of 518

The Elks Ladies of 518 hold a dinner business meeting at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49 North.

For information call (530) 265-2107.

Friends of Hospice

The Friends of Hospice Board met on Tuesday to discuss the very successful evening of the Side by Side event and upcoming activities and events.

On Saturday, Oct. 16 Friends of Hospice will be participating in the Alta Sierra Country Club’s “Table Affair,” a fundraising event that five nonprofit charities will be participating in. The event features creative, elegant, one-of-a-kind table settings that will be voted on by the guests. A “Christmas Table” setting will be presented by FOH with Marji Kerhart and Donna Mack co-chairing the event. It will be held at Alta Sierra Country Club from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance or $25 at the door. All are welcome to come and see these delightful tables and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. Phone (530) 274-5121 for further information.

The Friends of Hospice will conduct their annual meeting/election luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. A donation will be presented to Hospice of the Foothills by Friends of Hospice. This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the Auxiliary and interested parties are welcome to attend. The delicious lunch is $17. For reservations or further information please call (530) 274-5121.

Pennies for Hospice tables will be out in front of participating stores on Oct. 28 and 29. Please stop by and say hello to members and if you have extra change the pennies’ cans will be available.

Friends of Hospice is an auxiliary of Hospice of the Foothills. Members of Friends raise money for Hospice, promote the work of Hospice and educate the community about Hospice through fundraising activities. All interested parties are welcomed to come to the events, meetings and luncheons. 

Gold Country Celtic Society

The date of this month’s gathering is Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 North Pine St. Join us for the 6 o’clock social hour. A potluck dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share for eight to 10 people, an appetizer, salad, entree or dessert, beverage and your tableware. Coffee and tea will be available. 

There will be a program beginning around 7:30 p.m. with presenter Kevin Fraser discussing DNA genealogy. The Scots, in particular, have embraced DNA genealogy for their ancestral research. Kevin Fraser has long operated one of the largest DNA projects, and will explain (a) what it is, (b) how it is done, (c) why it is significant, (d) how to participate, sharing, along the way, some very funny stories that resulted from 10 years of testing people. This is science made simple.

Relax and enjoy Kevin’s presentation. You don’t have to be Celtic!

For information, call (530) 265-2079 or (530) 272-1316.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County’s monthly luncheon will be on Oct. 27 at the beautiful Alta Sierra Country Club. Halloween costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded!

October’s program is the exciting Annual Newcomers Silent and Live Auction. Proceeds from the Silent Auction and Live Auction will go to the Christmas Families Project. The Newcomers Club receives shopping lists from Women of Worth and Family Preservation Group. The Auctions’ proceeds are then used to provide gifts for these deserving families.

Doors open at 10 a.m., the Silent Auction starts at 10:30 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Menu choices are roasted ham with au gratin sweet potatoes or chicken parmesan with herbed orzo pasta or vegetarian entree. Each entree comes with a side of vegetables, mixed green salad, bread and butter, coffee and tea with apple cobbler for dessert. Luncheon cost is $18 per person. Reservations must be received by Monday, Oct. 18.

For information, please call (530) 474-1114 or (530) 470-9191.

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.

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

Gold Country Community Center

With a Mexican-style meal and music by Los Serranos, our New Mexico Bistro on Oct. 8 was a big success.

On Oct. 13, we presented another Friendship Wednesday. Tunisian meatballs, fruit and custard – plus almond cookies from Highgate Senior Living – made for a hearty, delicious meal. Perhaps the best treat of all was our entertainment. Voice coach, songbird and keyboard accompanist Beverly Marks presented two of her talented students, Clara and Jackson Knapper. They sang a variety of showstoppers and had us mesmerized.

For news of the many activities we offer, including memoir writing, line dancing, ballroom dancing and Tai Chi, stop by the Community Center and pick up an October menu. You’ll find class times, places and costs on the back.

We continue our search for volunteer home-delivered meals drivers as well as senior wood-program volunteers. Please, your help is needed urgently. Two hours of your time will make a world of difference to our Nevada County seniors. Phone Charity now at (530) 273-4961.

You’ll find the Gold Country Community Center in the Nevada City Senior Apartments on Old Tunnel Road in Brunswick. We’re open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone (530) 273-4961.

Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment 885

The Marine Corps League, Gold Country Detachment 885 invites all former, retired, active and reserve Marines, women Marines and FMF Corpsmen who are interested in renewing the “Espirit de Corps,” camaraderie and social events.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, located at 255 S. Auburn St. (enter at the side of the building on second floor). Bring your DD 214 or proof of serving honorably.

Contact us at

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, Grass Valley, in the dining room and are open to all.

For more information call (530) 272-8684.

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Craft Guild of Nevada County is open to all artisans who are interested in sharing their craft with others and in selling handmade items locally. To learn more about what these crafters and artisans are doing, check out the Guild’s blog,

Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City – Houser Conference Room. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

This month the Guild is presenting its 28th annual Fall Festival, Winterfaire, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Main Street Building in Grass Valley. Admission is only $1 and parking is free! There will be locally made hand-crafted items from over 45 juried artisans. Items for sale include metal work, handwoven textiles, jewelry, dolls and much more. There will also be door prizes, activities for children and a food concession.

For information about the Guild, call (530) 273-3795 or see the Guild’s website,

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meets at 12:30 p.m. the first three Thursdays of each month at the Nevada County Contractors Association Board Room, 149 Crown Point Court, Grass Valley.

For more information call (530) 477-1201 or visit

Sacramento Walking Sticks

New Balance – Get Fit Weekend! Nov. 6 and 7

The Sacramento Walking Sticks and the New Balance store at the Roseville Fountains shopping center invite everyone to get fit by walking the nearby streets, parks, scenic wetlands and malls of the area (both Fountains and the Galleria). There will also be a bike route through the Sculpture Park, Miner’s Ravine and Secret Ravine and along Antelope Creek. We are promoting fitness for all ages. The New Balance store will be offering all walkers/bikers a 15 percent discount on shoes purchased during this event.

The two-day event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7, with registration from 9 a.m. to noon in front of the New Balance shoe store, Fountains Shopping Center, 1198 Roseville Parkway, Suite 105, Roseville. Everyone will need to be off the trails by 3:30 p.m. The cost is free or $3 each for volkswalk credit. There are short (5K or three miles) and long (10K or six miles) routes offered; strollers and wheelchairs can easily handle the trails and the family dog would be welcome to join in. The event will take place rain or shine.

The New Balance Fountains Walk introduces people to the Fountains shopping area and its adjoining neighborhood through parks, wetlands and homes surrounding two golf courses. This walk is ideal for families with children due to the child friendly areas at the mall and local parks.

The Mall to Mall Walk is for those who prefer to walk indoors. It will take them from the Fountains outdoor mall across the parkway to the all-indoor Roseville Galleria. This walk leaves no excuses for getting out and getting fit, even when it’s inclement weather. Dogs are not allowed inside the Galleria.

The Roseville to Rocklin Romp Walk has three different choices for route lengths; three, six or seven miles. It will go along the Roseville Antelope Creek wetlands bike trail, through neighborhoods adjoining the creek and connecting to the stellar Rocklin Johnson-Springview Park set on 90 acres of open space and home to the Rocklin Community Center, Picnic Pavilion and Rocklin Branch Library.

The Roaming Roseville Bike is rated a 1+ and is 15 miles in length. The route will dazzle people with the hidden bike trails in the Roseville area that take you from the Antelope Creek wetlands through Miner’s and Secret Ravine bike routes which eventually take you to the Roseville Sculpture Park. This is an easy route on Class I bike trails that does include a few city streets.

The Sacramento Walking Sticks have the largest membership (over 500) of all the United States volkssport clubs. We welcome everyone to join in our walks whether they are members or not. We offer a wide variety of walking adventures every week – group walks on Tuesday mornings, group walks on Wednesday nights, intermittent group walk/bike events on Thursday mornings plus full moon walks and weekend events.

The Sacramento Walking Sticks are affiliated with the American Volkssport Association, and has been in existence 26 years.

The Sacramento Walking Sticks meet at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the SMUD Customer Service Center, 6301 S St., Sacramento. Membership is $5 for seniors, $8 for individuals and $14 for families per year.

For information, visit

Gold Country Welcome Club

Gold Country Welcome Club welcomes new residents and invites all members to these events in October and November.

Oct. 20, members will enjoy wine and appetizer pairings at Naggier Vineyard and Winery. Space limited to 40.

Nov. 1, the Men’s Breakfast will have a presentation of the history of the Washoe Tribe by Wanda Batchlor, selected as 2003 “Woman of the Year” by the Nevada State Attorney General for her positive contributions to her native people.

Save the date of Nov. 17 for lunch and a presentation by Ken Harden at the historic National Hotel in Nevada City. Reservations due by Nov. 12.

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

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 535

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Grass Valley Veterans Building, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley.

For information call (530) 274-3787.

Sierra Table Tennis

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

For information call (530) 265-2834.

NC Business Network International (BNI)

The Nevada County Business Builder chapter of Business Network International is a hot referral organization that helps local businesses grow and thrive. The group started over a year ago and is growing quickly. Guests are welcome to come and consider joining while business categories are still available.

The group meets weekly, noon to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at Goomba’s Restaurant, Highway 174, Grass Valley. We put the work in networking.

For more information call (530) 271-3603 or (530) 470-0321 or visit

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