Club News, Dec. 29, 2018

The Union publishes Club News each Saturday. To share the latest from your western Nevada County club or organization, email . Unfortunately only a small fraction of club submissions are published in the print version of The Union due to space constraints. To see the complete list of clubs, visit , scroll down to the bottom and click on "announcements."

Nevada County Historical Society

In 1861 a Grass Valley newspaper reported: "Our mining is for the most part carried on by Cornishmen." Who were these Cornish miners? How and when did they come to Nevada County? Were they really as important to local mining as people seems to think? What was their economic impact? Historian Gage McKinney will attempt to answer these and many other questions about the Cornish miner at the Nevada County Historical Society’s monthly Speaker Night at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the Sierra Presbyterian Church located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. Admission is free and open to the public. The event will last one hour and is followed by free refreshments. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every month at 7 p.m., except December. For more information, visit or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

Friendship Wednesday celebrated those with December birthdays with a delicious cake, compliments of Golden Empire Nursing & Rehab. We’re closed on New Year’s Day. Next week we’ll serve honey broccoli beef on Monday, with pulled pork sliders, grilled cheese sandwich, and chicken enchilada completing the week’s menu. Lunch is served at noon weekdays in our Congregate Lunch Cafe. The suggested donation is just $3 per meal. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended. Phone 530-273-4961. That’s the same number to phone for information about the important services, classes and activities we offer our senior community. Maybe you’d like to be one of our volunteer "Meals-on-Wheels" drivers, and deliver home cooked meals to home bound seniors in our area. Just ask to speak with Charity, and she’ll tell you more. GCCS is located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Grass Valley. Visit for further details.

Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills

We are a nonprofit service organization run by ambitious, hard-working women, devoted to improving the lives of women and children both locally and internationally. Happy New Year, everyone! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Soroptimist club meetings will resume Thursday, January 3. If you too want to support our community’s nonprofits, you can attend our Thursday meetings on the first, second, and third week of each month, which are held from 7 to 8 a.m. at Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro in downtown Grass Valley. Our club is looking for new members. We want you and your talents! For more information visit us at , or visit our Facebook page. Interested in our Garden Tour? Would you like to feature your garden in our 2020 Garden Tour? Please email us at .

Early Risers Toastmasters

Are you starting a new business or a new career? Do you want to present your ideas to the city council or board of supervisors? Do you want to run for office? Are you new in the area and want to make professional contacts? Do you want to learn the latest information about a wide variety of topics? Would you like to meet others with a broad spectrum of ideas and opinions in a positive environment? You will receive support and constructive comments to improve your speeches, no matter if you are a beginner or already a professional speaker. We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. upstairs at Humpty Dumpty’s (except not on New Year’s Day). First time guests should arrive a few minutes early. You can always decline speaking opportunities. For more information, call 530 273-9777 or visit .

Nevada County Travel Club

Happy New Year! Ten of us just returned from a wonderful trip to New York City. Maybe you saw a picture of us on The Union’s photo page. We had a great time, weather was great, even a very light snow as we walked to breakfast one morning. Magical. Some members are now off to the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena and several are scheduled for our trip to Panama in late January. Why not make 2019 a travel year? We have several great tips scheduled for 2019 and into 2020. Our friendly, social group meets every month, at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday at the Abundant Life Community Church, 10795 Alta Street in Grass Valley. Our next meeting will be January 9. Call me, Judi Foy, at 530-432-3393.

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

We finished our busy year with the Bell Hill Academy Boutique, where we provided and wrapped presents for students to give to their families. On December 12 and 14 at the Grass Valley SPD, members rang bells in support of the Salvation Army. Our Dress A Girl and Dress A Dude programs have been successful, thanks to members of our community. In January, SIGV member Lynn Costa will bring 300 dresses and 100 boy short sets to Uganda. The project has provided almost 1,000 dresses to girls in developing nations, thus preventing them from becoming victims of sex trafficking. Our evening meeting in January is presenting our Live Your Dream awardees with their checks to continue their education. This signature project of Soroptimist International provides money for a woman, primary wage earner, to continue and complete her education to improve her life. If you are passionate about helping women and children, please consider adding your time ( as much as you can) and talents to our group. Contact us at .

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

Join us for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, January 5, for the Democratic Women’s Club monthly breakfast meeting. We are starting the year off by learning about the Democratic Party and opportunities for us to shape party politics. We will also be hearing from our A-Dem delegate candidates. Check-in, breakfast and socializing at 9:30 with the program starting at 10 a.m. at The Northern Queen Inn, 400 Railroad Ave. Nevada City. $15 for full buffet breakfast, coffee and juice. Non-members and guests always welcome. RSVP at .

We welcome all those ladies who are new to our area, or have been here many years. If you are looking for some new interests to pursue, opportunities to socialize and become involved in supporting our community, we have something for you. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Alta Sierra Country Club for a luncheon and special program. Special interest groups meet at various times during the month and include Garden Club, Bridge Group, Yarn Art and Hand and Foot. We are just wrapping up our annual Christmas Families Project which provides a helping hand to many families in our community. This collaborative effort by many in our club and local businesses involves many months and reflects a loving concern for our neighbors. The January 23 meeting will feature a presentation by Jim Barrilleaux retired Air force Lieutenant Colonel. He commanded the squadron responsible for training all U-2 pilots located at Beale Air Force. He also flew a wide variety of missions, both domestic and international, for NASA. Many spouses would really enjoy being invited to this! For more information call Ann at 530-432-9954. Visit us on and Facebook.

We are an international organization of men and women, dedicated to caring for young and old, bringing our community closer together and celebrating life. We are for children in need from throughout the world at Mooseheart Child City and School, just west of Chicago. We provide for seniors at Moosehaven, our 72-acre retirement community in Orange Park, Florida along the St. Johns River. We provide over $90 million worth of community service activities annually throughout the USA. We have fun doing so and develop life-long bonds. We will have birthday celebrations, and dinners on some Saturdays, as well as our monthly Monday and Wednesday, Thursday, night dinners, and our great Friday night dinner specials with karaoke after dinner; Check our website, and Calendar. Please come join us as a guest. We are located at Grass Valley Moose Lodge, 15694 Allison Rd., Grass Valley. Lodge phone numbers, 530-273-1070, if you have any questions.

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Pine Tree Quilt Guild

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild will have its next general meeting on January 8. The meeting will be held at the Grass Valley Charter School on South Auburn Street. Doors open at 5:30 with the meeting starting at 6 p.m. Our affiliates, such as Ben Franklin’s, will be featured and some will have booths.

Gold Country Welcome Club

We’re a social group of local people, many of whom have just moved to Nevada County who like to get out and try new things and meet new people. We have many activity groups. One of our most popular groups is our Daytrippers Group, which organizes a private tour of an iconic […]

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