Interest Group Updates


Interest Group Update for March 2017

Non Fiction Readers will have a special activity on Monday, March 13, 7 pm. Colson Whitehead, author of “The Underground Railroad” will speak at Placer High School auditorium in Auburn for their “Auburn One Book, One Community” event. This was our book selection for last November, 2016. We plan to carpool to Auburn, attend the author event, then have a discussion over coffee afterwards. Details will be available , or respond Karen Tajbl.

AAUWalkers : Once again, rain has not been our friend when it comes to the walking/hiking interest group. February ended up being an “umbrella” walk through Grass Valley. The ten hearty walkers had a Blast!! Our hike was on the trails through Condon Park. We found ourselves on the grounds of Lyman Gilmore School at the end of the hike, which worked out perfectly…the group took a slight detour and we all became tourists as we had a personal tour of some of the historical rooms of the Holbrooke Hotel! The outing culminated with a cozy lunch at Tofanelli’s. Our March 1 hike will be to Hidden Falls in Auburn. Bring hiking boots that will withstand the mud. Watch your email for cancellation due to rain. (They close the park in inclement weather!) This hike is for the moderate hiker. We will meet at Kmart to carpool at 9:30 am. Let’s hope for great weather. Contact Stephanie Facchini to join in.

Gadabouts: No activity is scheduled for March. But the April schedule is full: Sunday, April 2, the Musicalitea, 2:00 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Marilyn Chamblis has purchased a table for 9. Tickets are $47.00. Contact Marilyn for details, and plan on wearing your special hat! On April 16, 2:00 pm, InConcert Sierra presents the Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble. Tickets are $34, from Contact Marilyn if you will be joining the group that day, including possible lunch prior to the performance. And, April 23 we will be attending the CATS production of The White Snake. Tickets are $23 in advance. Contact Shirley Zeff if you will be joining the group that afternoon.

Foodie Groups: Eighteen Gourmet Adventures members and spouses enjoyed Mardi Gras Brunch.. a beautiful, delicious dining adventure, at the home of new members Denice and Tom Richards. On April 1 (No Fooling!) we will dine at the scenic home of Sharon and Tony Wynne overlooking Lake Wildwood. Note the Change of Date…to the first Saturday to avoid complications and conflicts with Easter planning. Stephanie and Ken Norton will be co-hosts that evening. Remember, you can come with spouse or companion, or as a single. Menu and recipes will be sent to group members, or contact Nancy Knaus to be included . World Cuisine is anticipating going to South Africa for their March 18 dinner. Details are being formulated, hosts to be determined. Contact Marion Linden for information.


Gardening: For our January class at Prospector Nursery, we learned about tree pruning, fertilizing and bareroot planting. February took us to Sweet Roots Farm in Grass Valley, for information on propagation and organic farming including pest control. Thanks to Sandy Davison for making these arrangements . In March we will anticipate warmer, drier conditions for our Wildflower walk at Bridgeport. Will our record rains produce ample wildflowers? Join us on March 23 to find out! Thanks in advance to Kris Vasser for leading us that morning.

MahJong: Several members have expressed interest in learning and/or playing the classic Chinese game of MahJong. Some of our members have had the classes through Sierra College OLLI, or through CATS with Jeanie Wong, and play regularly Friday afternoons at Summer Thymes. Sound Interesting or challenging? Contact Galia Penwarden or Nancy Knaus for more details and encouragement.