December Holiday Luncheon Meeting

December 4, 2019 at 11:30 am
Alta Sierra Country Club 
Cost: $30.00 per person 

December Program: A Holiday Music Event 

The Nevada Union Senior Madrigal Choir, under the direction of Rod Baggett, has been invited annually to perform throughout the country and abroad. They will bring their outstanding talent home to Alta Sierra for our enjoyment this holiday season with a beautiful selection of festive songs.

Our program will also include two recipients of our Christmas Families Project, sharing how our program has supported them in their journeys to self-sufficiency. In years past, this has been a tearful, heartfelt expression of gratitude by women in our community who have been impacted by our members’ generosity.

This is sure to be a joyous program, so join your friends and get into the holiday spirit!


December Buffet Menu

Tomato Bisque Soup

Chicken Tapenade stuffed with kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese with a balsamic drizzle

Angel Hair Pasta tossed in garlic olive oil with cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives

Zucchini and Squash Vegetable Medley

All entrées include rolls and butter, coffee and tea

A Holiday-Themed Dessert


Table Reservation Policy for the December Luncheon

All attendees will have assigned seating.

You may create a group from two to eight people for this event, a maximum of eight per table. For reservations with fewer than eight, your table will be completed with other members.

There are two ways to make table reservations for your group:

1) The Head Person for your group collects all the checks (made out to Newcomers Club in the correct amount). Paperclip the checks together and place in an envelope.


2) The Head Person for your group may write one check for everyone in the group and provide a list of attendees. 

If you wish to make a single reservation, submit your check made out to Newcomers Club. You will be welcomed by our reservations team at the luncheon and given a seat that has been pre-assigned to you.

To make Reservations for December 4, please make your check payable to NEWCOMERS CLUB in the amount of $30.00, or follow the directions above for group reservations, and drop the checks with your reservation instructions into the check box at the October luncheon, or mail them to the Reservation Chair for December.

Checks must be received by Monday, November 18. Cancellations will be accepted before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 19. After Tuesday, November 19, to see if there has been a cancellation or to have your name added to the waiting list, call the Reservation Chair for December.

Make ALL checks payable to NEWCOMERS CLUB in the amount of $30.00. You may choose to enjoy a bit of both entrées from the buffet, but no “to-go containers” will be provided.

January Luncheon Meeting 

January 22, 2020 at 11:30am
Alta Sierra Country Club

Cost: $25.00 per person (please note price change)

January Menu

Choice Of:

A Cup of Minestrone Soup and One Half Chicken Pesto Sandwich
served with sundried tomatoes, spinach and mozzarella cheese on sourdough bread


A Cup of Minestrone Soup and One Half Traditional Patty Melt on sourdough bread


A Bowl of Minestrone Soup served with a mixed green side salad and a warm roll

All entrées include coffee and tea

Dessert: Chef’s Choice


To make reservations for January 22, 2020, please make your $25.00 check payable to NEWCOMERS CLUB and remember to date your check 2020. Write Jan-Chicken, Jan-Patty Melt or Jan-Soup/Salad on the bottom of your check. Drop your check in the check box at the December meeting or mail it to the reservation chair for January.

Checks must be received by Monday, January 13. Cancellations will be accepted before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 14. After Tuesday, January 14, to see if there has been a cancellation or to have your name added to the waiting list, call the reservation chair for January.


Christmas Families Project

We have already started our season for the Newcomers Christmas Families Project. Our program’s philosophy is a “helping hand up,” not a “hand out” for those families who find they do not have money for their children’s Christmas gifts. Estimating the auction donations plus the club contributions, we are able to project the number of children and families to include in our 2019 program. The numbers are adjusted when the actual auction income is known. In 2019 we will again support Helping Hands Nurturing Center, Friendship Club and Women of Worth. Each family is agency-screened to meet our objectives, and each family is reviewed by the committee co-chairs, the spreadsheet and budget control co-chairs, and subsequently by the committee of shoppers and wrappers. Specially donated items are added, and every attempt is made to provide each child a memorable Christmas.

The Newcomers Christmas Families Project is one of the largest Nevada County Christmas programs in support of children. In this personalized program, as “Christmas Angels,” our aim is to provide each child at least one item from his or her “List to Santa.”

Note: We are always in need of shoppers and wrappers. If you can volunteer, please contact the Christmas Families Chairpersons.

If you have additional questions about this program or want to volunteer in some other way, please contact either of the Christmas Families Chairpersons.

Christmas Families Goodie Bag Project

Each year we have requested items from you so the parents of our children will have a special gift as well. You have been so generous, and we have provided toiletries, dental care items and other small gifts.

The crochet and knitting groups have made beautiful scarves for each of our parents. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

This year we have enough toothbrushes and toothpaste but need dental floss. There are plenty of small toiletry items, but we need larger items.

Here are some suggestions, although you may think of even better ideas to include:

Makeup, grooming items, lotions, shampoo, manicure and pedicure kits and polish, bath and spa items, stretchy house shoes/slippers, gloves in many sizes, socks, flashlights, tools for home maintenance or kitchen, towels, batteries, wallets, blankets or throws, notepads and pens or pencils.

Time is running out! Please bring your items to the October Luncheon.

Thank you in advance for your support of this project.

October Live Auction Review

Our 2019 Live Auction was amazing, generating $5,504 for our Christmas Families Project. A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who contributed to making it so successful: our donors, Newcomers greeters, runners, spotters and you, our bidders. We would especially like to express our appreciation to our marvelous auctioneer, John Renwick, owner of RE/MAX Performance, who made this event both entertaining and profitable.

An enormous thank you goes to our Live Auction Committee Co-Chairs, and to our dedicated committee members who worked diligently all year to bring you fun and interesting items.

We would also like to extend our appreciation to the businesses and members of our community who generously donated to our Live Auction.

Affordable Auto Detailing Arco AM PM
Auburn’s Finest Window Washing Baskin Robbins
Bistro 221 CA Organics Market & Café
Cirino’s on Main Street Community Asian Theatre of the Sierras
Come Paint with Us Dale’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Dharma Acupuncture Grass Valley Florist
Inconcert Sierra Lazy Dog Chocolateria
Lefty’s Grill Music in the Mountains
Olive Groove Onyx Theatre
Pine Street Burgers/South Pine Café Riebes Auto Parts
Sierra Theatres Sierra Stages Community Theatre
Terra Bella Salon Tim the Tree Man
Timbers at Alta Sierra Country Club Truckee River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant


October Silent Auction Review

A huge THANK YOU to the many generous members who donated some wonderful treasures for our 2019 Silent Auction. And another huge THANK YOU to all the bidders who persevered in their bidding until they succeeded in winning their item. The magical combination of donors and bidders made the auction a wonderful success, bringing a total of $2,004 for the benefit of Christmas Families Project.

Thank you, too, to the many volunteers who processed the donated items, set them out for display and cashiered. The tremendous success would not have been possible without you.

October Auction – Other Donations

Some of the ladies at the October Luncheon wanted to participate in the Auctions without making a purchase. Those donations added another $450 to the bottom line.

The total income generated for our Christmas Families Project is a whopping $7,958. Congratulations and hearty thanks to all the workers and donors who made this happen.

If you want to make a cash or check donation, we’ll be passing donation baskets at the

December 4 luncheon. Please make your check payable to Newcomers. You can also mail your check, marked “CFP donation,” to the Treasurer.

Luncheon Raffles

The luncheon raffles are an important part of the Newcomers Club budget. The proceeds support all of our activities. Our Ways and Means Committee strives to include fun and appealing prizes to be taken home by four or five lucky winners at each luncheon. This month could include you! Tickets are $1 each, or $5 for six tickets, or $10 for fifteen.

Thank you to two of our members for donating items for the May and June raffles. One item was the Rollins Lake camping package and the other was the beautiful ceramic serving pieces with fish motif. The “money hat” returns in June for the last raffle of the Newcomers year. Thanks to all who support this fundraising activity by buying tickets and donating items. If you are interested in helping with raffles in the future, either by shopping for prizes or selling tickets, please contact the Ways and Means Chair.