"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.
California Community College Singles Travel (1355 Coral Drive, Laguna Beach, 497-3621). Special travel programs for singles. Call for trip schedules.
Cartiers Singles Club (Costa Mesa, 641-3987). A variety of socials, including happy hours and dances, throughout the month. Phone for schedule.
Catholic Alumni Club (209 Wellesley Lane, Costa Mesa, 957-0125). Group for single professionals, ages 23 to 39, offers social and recreational activities. Call for more information and complimentary newsletter.
Club Conejo Magico (Acapulco Restaurant, Costa Mesa, 4:30 p.m., 642-5586). Travel and social club specializing in affordable weekend trips meets for happy hour the first and third Tuesday of each month. Call for information and directions.
Club Select (P.O. Box 5792, Newport Beach, 92662). Group hosts a variety of events, including parties, brunches, sailing. Write for more information.
Creative Adventure Club (1366-I Logan Ave., Costa Mesa, 545-5888). Travel and recreational activities, including trips to Baja California, wind surfing, sailing, scuba diving, hot-air ballooning, barbecues and weekend camp-outs.
Dance Club (American-International Dance Club, 2488 Harbor Blvd., 2C, Costa Mesa, 650-3048). Dance activities and parties. Call for schedule and other information.
Dance Club (2515 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 7:30 p.m., 494-0593). Country and Western, cha-cha, swing, tango, disco, aerobic and ballroom dancing. Instruction included. Call for charges. Tuesdays and Fridays.
Dance Lovers Only (Kings Table Lounge, Westminster Lanes, 6471 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, 7 p.m., 530-4476). Dance lessons each Tuesday at 7 p.m., followed by open dancing at 8:30, for adults 18 and older; $2.
Divorce Recovery Workshop (First Presbyterian Church, 191 N. Orange St., Orange, 7:30 p.m., 538-2341). Workshop ends Wednesday. Fee is $20. Phone for further information or child-care reservations.
Harbor Singers (Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Costa Mesa, 494-8119). Group meets Tuesdays. Anyone who enjoys singing and can carry a tune is welcome. Call for further information.
Interaction Group (Fun-Loving Individuals Relating Together, FLIRT, Church of Religious Science, 2205 Main St., Seacliff Village, Huntington Beach, 7 p.m., 969-1331). Discussion of issues relevant to singles from New Thought perspectives. All ages. Call for information on other activities. Sundays.
International Folk Dancing (Santa Ana College Women's Gym, Dance Studio, 9 p.m., 892-5306). Learn the dances of many countries. Group meets each Friday. $2. Phone for more information.
In Transition (OASIS, Corona del Mar, 3 to 5 p.m., 494-2025). Support group for widowed men and women. Phone for directions and details. Thursdays.
Koala Singles (Santa Ana, 680-5834). Brunches and mixers for the "never-married, divorced and widowed" each Sunday. Call for more information.
Learning Activity (300 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 801, Anaheim, 535-8001). Classes, activities and "fun shop presentations." Call for schedules and information.
Lifelines (Laguna Federal Savings and Loan Community Room, 24301 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Hills, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 494-2025). Support group for widowed men and women. Phone for details. Tuesdays.
Meadowlark Social Club (16782 Graham Ave., Huntington Beach, 7 p.m., 213-493-7162). Beginning and intermediate instruction in swing dancing, followed by social dancing at 9 p.m. Admission is $2; the class is an additional $2. Wednesdays. Call for information.
The Meeting Place (Valhalla Room, Ambrosia, 695 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 855-2347). Happy hour the first Wednesday of each month, and a social the third Friday of each month, for adults 25 and older. Call for more information.
Not So Single (802 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 538-2373). Weekly Bible studies and other regular activities, such as volleyball. Call for information.
Orange Coast Catholic Singles (Fullerton, 838-1437). Social club for the widowed and divorced who are 45 or older and have Christian backgrounds. Call for information.
Outdoor Singles (P.O. Box 10094, Anaheim, Calif., 92802). Activities for singles in their 20s and 30s. Send self-addressed envelope for schedule and further information.
Parents Without Partners (Irvine-Newport Chapter, Irvine, 8 p.m., 549-1135). Orientation followed by coffee and conversation. Call for directions. Tuesdays.
Positive Christian Singles (12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove, 7 p.m., 971-4070). Lectures and discussion of the growth of the single adult. Tuesdays. Also, Bible study and fellowship each Sunday at 11:15 a.m.
Prime of Life Singles (Huntington Beach, 840-4569). Dining and other activities. Call for schedule.
Record Hop (Singles Set Dance Club, King's Table, 6471 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, 8 to 11 p.m., 530-4476). Dance lessons at 7 p.m.; tango, swing, cha-cha, etc. at 8. Phone for more information.
Singles Connection (2751 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 101, Fullerton, 680-DATE). Orientation Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Call for details.
Singles Dance Club (Phoenix Club, 1566 Douglass Road, Anaheim, 9 to midnight, 634-8246 or 213 865-2553). Dancing to live big-band music. Mondays and Thursdays. $2.50.
Singles Fellowship (Beginning Again, 21804 Lake Vista, El Toro, 7:30 p.m., 770-7893). Christian group meets for social and spiritual support. Tuesdays.
Singles Group (First Presbyterian Church of Orange, 191 N. Orange St., Orange, 7:30 p.m., 538-2341). Varied topics and fellowship. Child care. Open to all ages and religious affiliations. Wednesdays.
Singletarians (Unitarian Church, 1259 Victoria St., Costa Mesa, 7:30 p.m., 962-8596). Socials and discussions each Sunday. $1.
Southern Wheel of Friendship (Costa Mesa, 768-4130, 838-3415). Social club for singles 45 and older organizes dining-out and house parties. Phone for schedule.
Strictly for Swing (Meadowlark Country Club, 16782 Graham St., Huntington Beach, 7 to 11 p.m., 846-3391). Local swing bands play dance music for singles 30 and older. Fridays.
Tall Club of Orange County (Santa Ana, 542-1211). Tall singles have a variety of activities, including dances, parties and volleyball. Call for newsletter and further information.
Tennis Friends (Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club, 17272 Newhope St., Fountain Valley, 7 to 10 p.m., 870-7710). Tennis, followed by social activities, for singles 21 and older. Fridays. Call for schedule of other weekly activities.
Travel Club (Club Conejo Magico, Newport Beach, 4:30 to 7 p.m., 642-5586). Affordable weekend excursions and other activities for singles. Tuesdays. $3.
Video Encounters (25401 Cabot Road, Suite 120, Laguna Hills, 5:30 p.m., 768-6000). "Champagne orientation" each Saturday. Call for information.
Wheel of Friendship (Fullerton, 828-5215). Dinners, dances and brunches for singles 45 and older. Call for schedule and information.
Widows and Widowers Support Group (First Evangelical Free Church, 2801 N. Brea Blvd., No. A103, Fullerton, 993-1326). Phone for further information.
All information on upcoming singles events should be mailed two weeks in advance to the Los Angeles Times View Section, Attention Singles Listings, P.O. Box 2008, Costa Mesa, Calif., 92626. Phone calls will not be accepted. Due to space limitations, The Times cannot guarantee that all listings will be published. Announcements to be considered for publication must include subject, phone number, event date, time and location. Any announcement lacking complete information will not be considered.