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It’s all about the kids


Lindsay Dunckel, chair of the Child Abuse Prevention Council and Executive Director of First 5 Nevada County, made a presentation to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. With April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, Community Support Network members wore T-shirts in support of the children of Nevada County.

"It was important to speak today because child abuse prevention is a job for the whole community and it starts with awareness about where support is needed," said Dunckel. "We want government officials to always be thinking about the needs of children. We have rising rates of child abuse and children in foster care in Nevada County.

"Given that, it's even more important that we have an integrated and coordinated system of care and support in place for Nevada County families."

For more information, visit the Community Support Network website at

Eighth Sisters' Closet

features free clothing for women Women's Ministry of Twin Cities Church is hosting their 8th "Sisters' Closet." This community event, organized twice a year, features donated clothes for such community programs as Women of Worth (WOW), Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC) and Community Recovery Resources (CoRR). Donations will be accepted as late as Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy., Grass Valley. The most needed items are "gently used" women's clothing, purses, shoes and jewelry. On Saturday, members of the public may shop free at the event between 9 a.m. and noon. Free childcare is available while you shop on Saturday. Donations of clothing are not required. Come and see what you might like to have for free that your community sisters have put together just for you.

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For more information visit or contact Melinda at 530-306-3970.

Partners in English Language Learning offers training

Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) will be offering its next two-day tutor training on April 20 and 27. As the featured non-profit at the Center for the Arts for the month of April, PiELL volunteers will be available during certain events to answer questions about the organization and how the community can help support it. There will be informational displays in the lobby throughout April. Since 1985, Piell has offered free, one-on-one tutoring for adult English learners, creating a path to new work opportunities, helping students study for the citizenship exam, and often resulting in long-term friendships between students and tutors.

On March 27, Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) held its annual meeting and elected a new executive board to further its mission: helping English language learners become thriving members of our community. PiELL does this by offering language tutoring and building bridges that foster cross-cultural respect, understanding, and friendship.

New executive board members include president, Diane Miessler, and treasurer, Julia Carroll-Shea. Continuing board members are past president, Bev Stout, secretary, Nancy Guenther, Louise Beesley, Judi Kreinick and Mary Tassone.

If you would like to help support PiELL's mission, there are several ways to do so:

1. Most pressing, PiELL is in need of a volunteer grant writer, who may choose to be on the board of directors or not. A well-organized system is in place, thanks to departing grant writer Kathy Mollet.

2. Donations are always needed. There are several ways to contribute: you can purchase scrip cards for stores you patronize, come to one of our fundraisers at local businesses, or simply make a donation in any amount via check, or with PayPal on our website

3. New tutors and English learners are always welcome. The next two day tutor training will be held April 20 and 27. Teaching experience or foreign language skills not required.

For more information, visit, call the PiELL office at 530-274-8428 or email

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