Program Highlights

2017 Program Highlights

June 28, 2017 – Gary Noy, local author and historian

We’re going out with a bang for our final Newcomers Club luncheon this year! Grab your friends for the grand finale and come prepared to be captivated by a master storyteller, Gary Noy, author and historian of the Sierra Nevada.

For most who participated in the California Gold Rush, the tale was often the record of a journey, a search and taking a risk. Never was this truer than with the chronicle of Luzena Stanley Wilson. Luzena traveled with her family from Missouri to California in the fabled days of 1849 in search of a new and better life. In an illustrated lecture, Gary will recount the remarkable story of Luzena: an account of illness, intolerance, fire, flood, wealth, poverty, guts and a triumphant spirit. For his presentation, Gary will draw upon material from his book Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck, which will be available for purchase and signing.

September 27, 2017 – To be announced

Details of the September Luncheon will be coming your way in mid-August via US Mail with your new Roster.

October 25, 2017 – Auctions and C.F.P. Fundraiser

We will once again have a contest for the best Halloween costumes. Our fabulous auctioneer, John Renwick, who owns the RE/MAX franchise here in Grass Valley, will be back to make our auction even more successful than ever. Please begin gathering your wonderful contributions for the silent auction, and call with your great ideas for the live auction–new cars, houses in Tahoe or Colorado for loaning to winners, time shares in Hawaii or Florida, etc.

December 6, 2017

We are very privileged to have Richard Altenbach, composer and violinist, along with a trio of instrumentalists, playing a selection of Christmas favorites and other music, including an original composition he is writing just for our Club. Richard is the first chair violinist for InConcert Sierra and the Auburn Symphony. We are very fortunate to have him living in Grass Valley.

January 24, 2018

Members of the California College of Ayurveda will be here to discuss how alternative medicine can be combined with western medicine to make a person as well as he/she can possibly be.

March 28, 2018

Brent Nixon, world-renowned naturalist and science specialist, as well as a National Geographic photographer, will bring his most recent photographs from all continents. We are lucky to have him return since his spectacular presentation in 2012.

April 25, 2018 – Fashion Show

May 23, 2018

We are thrilled to have the very talented actors and singers from Sierra Stages with Ken Getz, pianist, perform for us once again.