"The group started in a little cafe on Balboa Island in 1956," explained Peggy Boland, of the Balboa Ski Club, which apparently has come a long way in its 29-year existence. The club now has a second chapter in north Orange County, a combined membership that is close to 600 and full affiliation with the United States Recreational Ski Assn.
Boland, who is president of the north county chapter, said the Balboa Ski Club operates year-round and offers such activities as white-water rafting and trips to Catalina in the summer months. There's also a tennis group within the club, she noted.
She emphasized, however, that skiing is the club's main focus. It organizes two weekend ski trips each month, throughout the ski season, for $85 a person. The fee covers transportation, lodging and meals. The club also has a racing team that competes at Mammoth and elsewhere with squads from American and Canadian clubs. Boland said the first-year membership fee of $47 "affords all the amenities of belonging to a national ski group, such as insurance, travel packages and discount books."
The club's south county chapter meets the first and third Tuesday of each month in Newport Beach. Meetings of the north county group are the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, in Anaheim Hills. This week's 8 p.m. meeting will feature an auction of ski trips to Lake Tahoe and Mammoth, and of assorted types of ski equipment. The meeting place is the Foxfire Restaurant, 5717 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road. For more information, call Peggy Boland at 996-3898.
Support Group (1801 Building F, Parkcourt Place, Suite 201, Santa Ana, 7 p.m., 547-9078). Group for women who are separated, separating and/or divorcing. It will meet alternate Monday evenings. Discussions will be led by marriage and family therapist Janeen H. Cunningham. Call for more information.
Divorce Recovery Workshop (Trinity United Presbyterian Church, East 17th St. and Prospect Ave., Santa Ana, 7:15 p.m., 544-7850). Workshop meets Tuesdays through March 19. Refreshments and child care available. Call for more information.
Happy Hour (Wednesday Night Club for Singles, Sampan, 420 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim, 5:30 p.m., 534-2120). Evening includes dancing, hors d'oeuvres and door prizes. Singles 25 and older are wlcome. $3.
Videodating Orientation (Singles Connection, 2751 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 101, Fullerton, 7 p.m., 680-DATE). Free introduction to videodating. Call for more information.
Seminar (Community Center, Golden West College, 15744 Golden West St., Huntington Beach, 7 p.m., 891-3991). Topic is "Relationships: a New Path For a Familiar Journey." Fee is $8; advance registration requested. Call for more information.
Seminar (Singles Connection, 2751 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 101, Fullerton, 7:30 p.m., 680-DATE). "Winning Techniques For Singles." Call for further information.
Purim Costume Ball (Jewish Community Singles, Jewish Community Center, 12181 Buaro St., Garden Grove, 8:30 p.m., 530-6636). Dance music, refreshments and costume contest (come in Purim costume or as a contemporary Jewish character). Admission cost is $4 for members, $7 for non-members. Call for more information.
Wine and Cheese Party (Travelin' Singles, 2205 Atlanta Ave., Anaheim, 4 p.m., 213-920-9009). Afternoon social with wine, cheese and discussion of vacation trips. Free. Call for more information.
Active Singles (Bobby McGee's Conglomeration, 200 S. State College Blvd., Brea, 2 p.m., 542-1726). Free dancing to big-band records the fourth Sunday of each month. Those 45 and older are welcome. Call for further information.
Adventures in Growing (Positive Christian Singles, Crystal Cathedral, 12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove, 7:15 p.m., 971-4070). Small-group discussion of issues relevant to single life styles, on Tuesdays. Group also meets for lectures and discussions Sundays at 11 a.m.
ARC (Assn. Rennaissance Creators, Costa Mesa, 540-5803). Group gives private, free house parties first Wednesday and Saturday of each month; also Sunday brunches, live-band dances and other social events for singles of all ages. Phone to RSVP and for taped message of scheduled events.
Athletic Singles (Lake Forest Singles, El Toro, 770-4013). Activities include tennis on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and volleyball on Sundays at 3 p.m. All ages. Call for locations.
Beginning Again (St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, 201 S. Pine Drive, Fullerton, 7:30 p.m., 994-4778). Support group for the separated and divorced. Discussions, spiritual and social activities. Wednesdays.
Big Orange Sailing Singles Society (Newport Beach, 646-4005). Group sailing on "luxury boats" every Saturday and Sunday. Call for details.
Bowers Museum's Singles for the Arts (Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 7 p.m., 972-1900). Group meets the first Tuesday of each month. Admission is $3 for Bowers Museum Foundation members; $6 for non-members.