Activities Corner

New Activity Groups:

One of our new members would like to start a new group called River Walks, with the goal of exploring the Yuba River. The walks would be no more than five miles in length and no more than 500 feet elevation gain. She would like to start the group in April with a wildflower walk along the Buttermilk Trail. The May walk would be the Point Defiance trail. The hikes could be on the second Wednesday of the month (first choice) or the third Friday of the month. Contact information can be found in the Newsletter.

The crochet group has a name: “Inspired Crochet.” Meetings will be the second Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be on February 13th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at a member’s home in Grass Valley. They will rotate the meetings at the members’ homes, but no one should feel obligated to host. Share your work with others and gain inspiration. Show off your latest creation and participate in a joint project making scarves for Christmas Families. There is room for more members. Contact information can be found in the Newsletter.

One of our new members is interested in starting a new card game group to play Spite and Malice, described below. Contact information can be found in the Newsletter.

Spite and Malice, also known as Cat and Mouse, is a fun card game for two or more players. The ideal number of players is 4-5; with more players, we will split up into teams. It is a form of competitive solitaire and is played with regular decks of cards, one more deck than players (i.e. 3 shuffled decks for 2 players). The goal is to be the first person to move all the cards in your goal pile into the playing piles, thus winning the game. Kings are wild. Suits are of no importance to the game.

The “Mexican Train” game group held its first meeting and decided to move its meeting time to the fourth Friday of each month at players’ homes on a rotating basis. Mexican Train is a fun dominoes game played with a little strategy and a lot of luck, allowing for plenty of time during the round for chatting and enjoying each other’s company. The object of the game is to play all your dominoes, or at least as many high-point dominoes as possible during each round. You take turns building lines of end-matching dominoes that run around the table. Those interested in joining us for a fun afternoon should contact the organizers whose names are listed in the Newsletter. The game is easy to understand and follow and played simply for fun, with the low scorer being the winner.

Nifty Needlers, which meets the 1st Thursday of the month, is looking for two members to join its group. Contact information can be found in the Newsletter.

Cooking Club: Gourmet Girls meets the 1st Friday of the month at 10:30 am. Contact information can be found in the Newsletter.

The Garden Club meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 11:00 am. The group is looking for a person or persons to chair the club. Contact information can be found in the Newsletter.

Knotty Knitters would like to start up again. The group was meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am. It needs new members and a new location. Contact information can be found in the Newsletter.

The Monthly Movie Group – no specific meeting time. Our wonderful leader had to discontinue heading this group. If you are interested in taking charge and reorganizing the group, please contact the Movie Group activity chair so she can fill you in on how she organized the movie dates.

The Hand and Foot Group is looking for subs. They play from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on the second Wednesday of the month. Contact information can be found in the Newsletter.

If any groups are currently looking for new members or if you would like to start a new group, please contact the Activity Chair.


Newcomers Garden Club

Some of us get down on our hands and knees to garden, some of us used to do that, and some of us are limited to gardening in containers; but all of us enjoy looking at gardens, talking about gardens and learning a few new things along the way. We go on field trips both locally and farther afield. We have speakers, visit nurseries and occasionally see each other’s gardens. Many of our members have been attending for a number of years, so our leaders search out new experiences and repeat past favorites. Recently we have toured a private Japanese Garden in Granite Bay, talked with Chris Bierwagen of the Donner Fruit Trail in Chicago Park, and learned about taking better photographs with simple cameras from Jan Hedman, a local American Rose Society Rosarian. This spring we had a class on pairing olive oil and balsamic vinegar to enhance the vegetables that we grow (or buy). In March we learned about the Felix Gillet Institute from Amigo Bob, who has identified heirloom fruit trees in our county and is now propagating them to preserve their enduring qualities for the future. Felix Gillet was a nurseryman in Nevada City who supplied much of the nursery stock that was imported to northern California in the late 1800s. Our Garden Club meets at 11:00 am on the first Tuesday of the month, September through June, except for January. Members pay $6.00 in addition to our Newcomers dues. This money is used to offset some of our expenses, to help support our Newcomers’ Christmas project and to donate to special activities, such as the Master Gardener Daffodil Project. For more information on joining the Garden Club, contact the Garden Club Chairs listed in your Roster.

New Opportunities for You!

“Mysteries & More,” our book club for mystery lovers, mixes their mystery reads with regular fiction and biographies. They are currently looking for new members. All Newcomers Club readers are welcome to join them. They meet the 1st Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm at the members’ homes. In February they discussed The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. Please contact the Mysteries & More Chairs listed in your Roster. If you would like to be a part of a new group OR if you want to join an existing activity group, please let us know. Contact the Activity Chairs whose contact information can be found in your Roster or in the Newsletter.

Short Walkers

At this time of New Year resolutions, many of us are resolving to get more exercise in 2015. If you want to start your week off with some fun exercise, you can do that with our Short Walkers.  We meet every Monday morning at 8:30 am and walk the trail around the Nevada County Fairgrounds. It’s a great way to spend time with other Newcomers, get in your exercise AND enjoy the beautiful surroundings. If you are interested in “short walking,” please contact the ladies listed in the Roster or your Newsletter.

New Book Club?

We have members interested in starting a new book club. Would you like to join them?

Substitute for Cooking Group?

One of our Cooking Groups is looking for a substitute.  Anyone interested?

Monthly Movie Group

The Newcomer’s Monthly Movie Group meets the second Thursday of the month and is open to all Newcomer members who just want to get out and see the latest quality movie. Some of the movies we have viewed together as a group were Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi, The Great Gatsby, The Way, Way Back, Jersey Boys, Gone Girl and more. We also attended a fundraiser series for the Covered Bridge at Bridgeport. This included such classic movies as Rebel Without a Cause, High Noon and The African Queen. I email the group on the Friday before our Thursday movie date to announce the selection. Often times, we will go out for coffee together after the show. If you would like to join the Monthly Movie Group, simply find my email address or phone in your roster or newsletter, contact me, and I’ll put you on the email list. I hope to see you at the movies!!

Your Activities chairpersons would love to hear from you.

If you do learn of a group that you are interested in or if you are interested in starting a new group, PLEASE give us a call, and we can chat about your desires. We would love to hear from you. These are our current activity groups:

  • Book Clubs
  • Bridge
  • Bunco
  • Canasta
  • Cooking Clubs
  • Garden Club
  • Hand & Foot
  • Knotty Knitters
  • Mah Jongg & Baby Mah Jongg
  • Monthly Movie Group
  • Nifty Needlers
  • Short Walkers