Friendship & Clubs

By Friends & Neighbors January 29, 2015 11:50

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Patrick Arbore, Ed.D., founder of the Friendship Line

A 24-hour, toll-free telephone help line is now open to older adults: 1 (800) 971-0016. The Friendship Line provides reassuring support and help in getting to needed care for older adults who may be lonely, depressed, bereaved, or possibly suicidal. The line is open for calls at any hour, and connects callers with a staff member or trained volunteer who can provide assistance, support, links to other services or just a listening ear.

Amador County

Ione Seniors’ Service Club, contact  Mike, 304-3144.

Calaveras County

Any woman in Calaveras County, either a newcomer or longtime resident, is invited to  monthly meetings of Calaveras Neighbors and Newcomers, monthly at local restaurants. Guest speakers cover topics ranging from the local wine industry, available social and emergency services, art, gardening, and the history of Calaveras County,

Calaveras Senior Citizens Club meets twice-monthly for lunch and bingo at Murphys Senior Center. The club is open to those 50 and older; lunch alternates between brown-bagging it, and catered lunch (by the senior center) for $5.50 per person. Call Sylvia Martin, 795-4909.

Tuolumne County

Gold Country Social Club meets second Tuesday for lunch and guest speaker at the Pine Tree Restaurant, 19601 Hess Ave., East Sonora; dues are $12 a year, luncheons $11; call 532-4337.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 1285, meets monthly in East Sonora. Bob Graves, 532-6936; Carolyn McCrea, 532-5114. New members welcome; no meetings are held in June, July and August.

Sierra Foothills Women’s Club: Charitable, educational and social club founded in 1989. The group welcomes women “who want to learn something new, support local organizations and expand their circle of friends.” Meets first Tuesday of each month at conference center at Black Oak Casino Hotel Conference Center, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne. 10am friendship hour, 11am brunch, followed by guest speaker and business meeting. $22, reservations required, contact Sue Schillerstrom, (209) 588-2741.

Tuolumne County Newcomers Club Nonprofit social service organization whose purpose is “to assist residents 18 or older who have lived in Tuolumne County three years or less or former residents who have been away for two years or more, to meet people and become part of the community.” Social activities, events and outings throughout the year. Dues are $25 per year, more info at, or contact President Bill Burnes, (209) 533-4334.

Women Helping Other Women seeks to bring women together to share their “gifts and knowledge to help each other live, love, and learn.” Group meets monthly at the Pine Tree Restaurant, 19601 Hess Ave., East Sonora, for a guest speaker presentation, discussion and social time. For more information, contact Michelle Dean, (209) 743-2223,

Connect with SIRS:

Local chapters of SIR (Sons in Retirement) in Sonora, Twain Harte, Murphys and Arnold offer a chance for retired men to share companionship and activities. The nonprofit organization has some 20,000 members with 150 branches statewide. For information, visit the group’s main website,
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