Club News: Sept. 11, 2010 |

Club News: Sept. 11, 2010

Sons in Retirement – Chapter 124

The guest speaker at our next luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 14 will be Bonnie Potter. Bonnie retired from the U.S. Navy. She will tell us about her experiences in the service and much of that time stationed aboard the U.S.S. Comfort (sister hospital ship to the U.S.S. Mercy). Oh, one more thing; did I mention she was an Admiral?

If you are a retired man and would like to hear Ret. Admiral Bonnie Potter, you have an invitation to be a visitor at our September meeting. The bill o’ fare will be chicken fried steak.

Call Dan at (530) 477-2767 for details and also ask him what SIR is all about.

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, Sept. 13 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education St., Auburn. This month’s featured speaker is a PFLAG member whose topic is: “Coming Out … the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly … when you are employed by the church.”

PFLAG meetings are open to the community, and all interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Gold Country Welcome Club

On Oct. 20 members and friends will meet at Naggiar Winery for wine pairing and appetizers. RSVP by Oct. 15 for this event.

The men’s breakfast on Sept. 13 will host historian and author Jack Duncan who will speak on the “Historic Highways of the Sierra Nevada.” For the Oct. 4 breakfast Wanda Batchelor, Washoe tribal member and Niseman Maidu will talk about the history of those tribes in Nevada and California.

Our New Member Social will be held on Thursday evening, Sept. 30.

For information on how to join the Gold Country Welcome Club, please call (530) 477-3750.

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.

Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Nevada County Peace Center, 216 B Main St. in Nevada City. The group meets regularly on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month and sponsors the Women and Men in Black Thursdays from 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street Bridge in Nevada City. All are welcome to participate.

For more information, please send an e-mail to

American Association of University Women

AAUW kicks off its 73rd year in Nevada County.

AAUW of Nevada County is inviting women in the county with AA degrees or higher or equivalent to find out more about the organization at their meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 18 at Hideaway Park in Lake Wildwood. Highlights include displays on the branch’s Interest Groups, from Gardeners to Hikers to Bridge and a delightful brunch served lakeside.

If you would like to attend, you must make reservations by calling (530) 470-9395 and leaving your name, phone number and your e-mail or postal address.

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.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Bells at local churches will ring in Grass Valley and Nevada City to commemorate the United States Constitution on Sept. 17.

The local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) continues the tradition of arranging for church bells to be rung across the country (at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time) on Sept. 17 to coincide with the bell-ringing in Philadelphia at 4 p.m. that day to commemorate the first reading of this important document to the public in 1787.

DAR chapter members Janelle Dalton and Jennie Carothers met with Father Sylvester Kwiatkowski and Lector Dennis Babson of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley to plan the event. Father Sylvester has arranged for both St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley and St. Canice Church in Nevada City to ring the church bells at 1 p.m. on Sept. 17.

The national celebration of Constitution Week occurs during Sept. 17 through 23 every year, commemorating the Constitution as America’s most important document. DAR chapters across the United States will be encouraging their local churches to participate in the “Bells Across America” project. In addition, DAR encourages their members to celebrate Constitution Week by resolving to be better informed and responsible citizens.

For more information about the National Society DAR, see the NSDAR general website, and for information about the local DAR chapter, please call (530) 274-9177 or visit our website at

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.

Penn Valley Toastmasters

Penn Valley Toastmasters welcomes all guests to our meetings. Speaking is not required, unless you so choose.

A favorite part of the evening is Table Topics. The Table Topics Master selects a topic or phrase for one-to-two-minute impromptu speeches that need to include the “Word of the Day.” The master calls on selected people, with a different prompt for each

one. The responses are often very entertaining or thought provoking.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters to improve your speaking, listening and leadership skills, come visit us. 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.

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.

Spring Hill Manor

Spring Hill Manor family breakfast.

Spring Hill Manor extends an invitation to friends and family members to join our residents for a continental breakfast on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. We will be serving breakfast from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m. in the dining room. You can enjoy a variety of hot and cold foods, relax and visit with your family member.

For information call (530) 273-7247.

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.

American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130

The focus of the American Legion Auxiliary in the 2010/2011 year will be on “The Power of One” – the power of one Member, one Unit, one Department, one National Organization focusing on the Mission of the American Legion Auxiliary – ‘Service Not Self’ – to the Veteran and his/her family and our community.

Frank Gallino Unit 130 members will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14 in the dining hall of the Veterans Building in Grass Valley. Packages for our troops will be filled and mailed. Plans for the Tuesday, Oct. 12 meeting will be discussed. The October meeting time will be changed to 5 p.m. District President Lynn Uhazi will make her official visit. Girls and Boys State Citizens will report to the Unit and Post at 7 p.m.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 members are invited to attend the Gold Country District 7 meeting in Foresthill. Past Presidents will meet at 9:30 a.m.

Frank Gallino Unit 130 will again assist Post 130 at the free USO Concert at 2 p.m. on Sept. 19. “The Governor’s Own” 59th Army Band will present the concert. Coffee, soft drinks, cookies and popcorn will be served and will cost 25 cents each. All donations will benefit the USO and our military. Plan on enjoying an afternoon of music and dancing.

Dues for the year 2010/2011 are now due and your continued support will be much appreciated. Dues are $20 for the year and may be mailed to Frank Gallino Unit 130, P. O. Box 918, Grass Valley, CA 95945. 

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


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 Sept. 21.

For information call (530) 273-2628.

Nevada County Horsemen Inc.

One of the biggest events on the Nevada County Horsemen’s calendar is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 18, so make your plans now to attend. The Fall Blowout Barrel Racing Event will be held in the Horsemen’s arena at Bubbling Wells and Brunswick Roads, starting with time runs at 8 a.m. and racing at 11 a.m. Big money has been added to the open, $1,500, so get your entries in now – must be received by Sept. 15 or you’ll have to pay a late fee. 

Call (530) 272-1083 for information, fees for different categories, or e-mail

Team Penning will continue through September on Saturdays, sign up at 5 p.m., ride at 6 p.m. 

For information, call (530) 272-4238 or (530) 273-9326.

For rental information on the Horsemen’s Clubhouse, please call (530) 432-1711.


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 on Highway 49.

For information call (530) 265-2107.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Find your voice.

Are you interested in improving the quality and effectiveness of your speaking, listening and leadership skills? Do butterflies attack your stomach whenever you are asked to talk in front of a group? If so, then Toastmasters is the place for you! During our weekly meetings, you will be given the opportunity to discover your voice and learn how to use it successfully. Members deliver prepared speeches, practice evaluating others effectively, learn how to take control of a meeting and most importantly learn to think on their feet. Toastmasters will provide you with a supportive and nurturing environment in which to develop confidence while speaking to an audience. Come to a meeting. Find your voice and turn those butterflies into exhilaration!

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters, please come to one of our meetings. We love having guests! Speaking is always optional. 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,

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.

You may also contact us at

Gold Country Miniature Society

The Gold Country Miniature Society is sponsoring a dollhouse miniature weekend craft project called a “Tea Room Boutique,” a three-day retreat and hutch project. In this National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) event, women and men all over the country will be making miniature hutches on the same days.

The retreat will be held from 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, to lunchtime on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Diamond Arrow Christian Conference Center in Nevada City and will feature workshops, swaps, roundtables and gifts.

For pricing and information, call (916) 663-9592 or visit

Empire Toastmasters

At the Sept. 3 meeting of Empire Toastmasters, Judy Nichols won the Better Speaker trophy for her persuasive speech, “The Best Accounting Software.” Using another club member as a sales prospect, Judy demonstrated conquering the cold call as a sales tool. Jolen Punches was voted Better Evaluator for her comments on Judy’s speech.

The Table Topics theme was a brief prompt, different for each participant; Word of the Day was faux. Kathy Bringhurst won the trophy with her impromptu one-minute talk about choosing faux flowers for a friend who’s allergic to real flowers. Three repeat visitors 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.

Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club

The Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Pioneer Park in the Seaman’s Lodge. Our program will feature River Partners, an environmental organization based in Chico dedicated to restoring the habitat along rivers in the central California Valley, including the Feather and Sacramento rivers. Julie Pokrandt, Development Director with River Partners, will speak to us about the group’s work and show slides of current projects.

River Partners also leads kayaking trips on the Feather and Sacramento Rivers and Julie will take to us about the possibility of joining the group for a guided trip at some point in the future.

Socializing, 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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

Grass Valley Host Lions Club

The Grass Valley Host Lions Club is getting ready for this year’s Dr. Mortis’ House of Horrors and is in need of supplies. Tax deductible donations of goods, services and or money will help raise funds.

For information, call (530) 272-0554.

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

Health Care for All

The Nevada County Chapter of Health Care for All (HCA) will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley. This meeting is open to the public and newcomers are welcome. HCA is working to bring universal, single-payer health care to all Californians.

More information at

Craft Guild of Nevada County

Craft Guild of Nevada County meetings are for crafters interested in meeting other crafters and learning new skills. 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, Sept. 28.

For information call (530) 273-3795.

Pioneer Arts

On the first Saturday of the month from May through October, Pioneer Arts sponsors an “Art for Children” activity at the Growers’ Market at the North Star House in Grass Valley. Under the guidance of Pioneer Arts member Mim Meakin, children try their hand at an art activity planned for that month. The children choose their own design, although Mim and other volunteers from Pioneer Arts are there to offer suggestions and encouragement. The activity table is open from 9 to 11 a.m.

Mim launched the art program more than six years ago when the Growers’ Market was at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Mim and the other volunteers will be back at the Growers’ Market on Oct. 2 and then again for a special session on Oct. 30 to guide children in a pinecone turkey art activity.

Also look for the Pioneer Arts table at the Growers’ Market every week, overseen by Kay McGrady. There you will find members’ art for sale and information about Pioneer Arts.

For more information about Pioneer Arts visit


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 Singles Club

Sierra Singles Club members plan to have lunch at Plaza Jalisco on South Auburn at noon Tuesday, Sept. 14. On Sunday, Sept. 19, members will carpool to the Fairgrounds to attend the first annual Italian Festival.

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

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.

Nevada County Amateur Radio Club

Join us for the 50th birthday party of NCARC. Instead of the regular club meeting we are having a picnic at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Memorial Park in Grass Valley. The club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. Bring your XYL and a salad or dessert.

Early Risers Toastmasters

President Shawn Tuttle called the meting to order on Sept. 7, with a question of the day to everyone of “What would you say to Elvis?” Toastmaster was Anne King who has participated in many contests over the years.

There were seven participants and the winner was Connie Suddath.

The next step is the Area Contest which will be for the best Humorous speech and the Table Topics speech. There are four clubs who will send their winners to compete at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 at Highgate which is located on Sierra College Blvd. in Grass Valley.

At the Toastmasters International Convention held recently in Palm Desert Early Risers won as a President’s Distinguished Club which is the highest award a club can win. Winning is for goals the members have achieved, duties performed by the officers and overall club achievements. We are very proud to have won this award many times over the years. Yeah Early Risers!

Please come visit any Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Trolley Junction located in Nevada City. Guests are always welcome and can attend to observe and not take part in the activities and feel comfortable in a supportive environment.

For information call (530) 273-9777.

Gold Country Community Center

Last Wednesday the meal du jour was Tunisian meatballs, salad and tapioca pudding. Delicious!

We were also entertained by Carol Meals. The Strum Bum uke diva performed American favorites, making lunchtime at the High Noon Cafe a cosmopolitan event, with lots of audience participation. Thanks, Carol.

Not only are we welcoming new members, we’re also encouraging people in our community to become volunteer drivers in our home delivered meals program. We currently deliver meals to close to 200 housebound seniors. We’re not talking about lots of time – just a couple of hours a week. You’d be a welcome part of a dedicated team – and you’d make a world of difference.

For news of upcoming events, memberships and volunteer driver opportunities, phone (530) 273-4961. The Gold Country Community Center is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments on Old Tunnel Road in Brunswick and we’re open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

American Legion Post 130

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, the business meeting will be held in the usual place: Remembrance Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley. Lounge will be open after the meeting. Let’s give Commander Bernie Bachli a good turnout. You can help make the meeting more productive and informative. If you have questions, we can hopefully sort them out at this time. So Post 130 members will see you there.

Even if you are not affiliated with this Post you will be welcome! Our Adjutant will be there in case you want to transfer or join.

Questions can also be answered by calling the Post at (530) 272-2160.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated

Reminder that the next regular meeting will be Sept. 21 at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch. Guest speakers will be Brad Dacus from the Pacific Justice Institute and Mark Standriff, Communication Director for the California Republican Party. The deadline for reservations is Monday, Sept. 13. Reservation information is available by calling (530) 470-8507.

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

Business and Professional Women of Nevada County

Celebrate what is special about living here in Western Nevada County when you join us on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the Holbrooke Hotel to hear two speakers who are very active in the “think local” movement. BPW-NC is pleased to present two women whose workplaces are not your typical business office: a community-based nonprofit and a local farm.

Mali Dyck is a leader in the sustainability movement of Nevada County. She partnered with the Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy (APPLE) of Nevada County to write a business plan and secure seed funding for the APPLE Center for Sustainable Living, located at the entrance to the public parking lot on Commercial Street in Nevada City.

Her vision for the APPLE Center ( was to create a physical hub where her community members could meet, learn, share and connect to a more sustainable lifestyle. Mali currently serves as the Executive Director of the APPLE Center.

Angie Tomey is a flower farmer on the San Juan Ridge. Her business, The Flower Project, is a small cut flower farm which specializes in growing high quality flowers for local markets, CSAs (Community Sustainable Agriculture membership programs) and weddings. (See gorgeous photos of her flowers bouquets, arrangements and wreaths at

Angie’s farming practices include crop rotations, fertility management through the use of cover crops and compost applications and does not include the use of any chemicals. She is also a partner in Mountain Bounty Farm, a local CSA.

Come and be inspired while you learn about the importance of supporting local businesses to help ensure a sustainable future for the next generation.

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 no-host wine bar. 6 p.m. – dinner and program. $22 for BPW members, $20 for guests (please indicate if preference for vegetarian meal).

Please call Robin Mallery at (530) 263-4827 or e-mail her at by Sunday, Sept. 12 to make a reservations for our Sept. 15 meeting. We’ll hope to see you there.

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