Nine-week course offers ‘Financial Peace’

A nine-week class on personal finance will be offered beginning next month.

“Financial Peace University” will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday beginning Feb. 6 at Sierra Bible Church’s Children’s Center on Tuolumne Road across from Standard Park.

Cost for the class is $100 per person, and that person can bring a family member for free, but they must share materials. Those who register with a friend get the materials and registration for $50 each thanks to a grant from the Sonora Area Foundation.

A video overview of the course can be seen online at Childcare will be provided for qualified attendees.

For more information, or to register with cash, check or money order, email Jerry Woodward at or call him at (209) 272-2864.

Women’s Club
meets Feb. 6

Faustino Pulido of the California Highway Patrol will be guest speaker Feb. 6 at a meeting of the Sierra Foothills Women’s Club.

Social time will begin at 10 a.m. and brunch will be served at 11 a.m. at the Black Oak Casino Resort Hotel Conference Center in Tuolumne.

Pulido will discuss teaching senior driver-education classes.

Reservations are required by calling Pauline Beltran at (209) 586-3165

Biologist, author
to speak at
Arnold SIR meet

Nancy E. Muleady-Mecham, Ph.D., will be guest speaker Feb. 20 at a meeting of the Arnold Sons in Retirement Branch 152.

The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. at Snow Flake Lodge, 335 Blue Lake Springs Drive in Arnold.

Muleady-Mecham is an adjunct professor of biology at Northern Arizona University and Columbia College as well as a visiting lecturer for the University of Virginia Semester At Sea Program, where she taught biology around the world. She was selected by the United States as a Fulbright Scholar and traveled to the Russian Federation to teach at Gorno-Altaisk State University in southwest Siberia and to conduct research in remote protected areas.

She is a retired National Parks ranger and lives in the Sierra Nevada with her family.

Muleady-Mecham has published two books about her work as a park ranger.

Lunch costs $18 per person. For more information regarding membership, contact Membership Director Kevin Andel at P.O. Box 2038, Arnold, CA 95223-2038, (209) 795-9119 or .

Scottland’s Robert Burns subject of
Feb. 21 meeting

The life of 18th century Scottish poet and songwriter Robert Burns will be the topic at a meeting Feb. 21 of the Western Sierra Celtic Society.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the banquet room at the Murphys Hotel, 457 Main St., in Murphys.

Burns was born Jan. 25, 1759, and his birthday is celebrated globally with his poems and songs, stated a press release. His well-known “Auld Lang Syne” is traditionally sung on New Year’s Eve.

The cultural presentation will follow the 7 p.m. Irish-Scottish club’s general business meeting. Attendees may arrive early for a no-host dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. The program is open to the general public and admission is free.

For more information, go online to www.SierraCelts.orgor e-mail .

Annual scholarship dinner set for Feb. 10

The Emigrant Basin Pack and Social Club will hold its 17th annual scholarship dinner Feb. 10 in Sonora.

A social time with a no-host bar will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sonora Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive in Sonora.

Dinner will include barrel-roasted pork, and live music will be performed by the Mountain Fever Band with Keith Keenom. Prize drawings will also be held.

All proceeds are returned to the community in the form of scholarships and support of the Junior Livestock Auction at the Mother Lode Fair.

Tickets cost $25 per person. For tickets or more information, call (209) 532-8283 or (209) 768-1126.