Resale store aids victims of domestic abuse |

Resale store aids victims of domestic abuse

Nevada County has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the state. Locally, there is a critical shortage of resources for the victims, many of whom suffer in silence.

Women of Worth is a nonprofit organization created to help women establish healthy lives without the fear and devastation caused by domestic violence. Located at 737 Zion St. in Nevada City, the group sponsors a resale shop to support its activities and provide assistance to other nonprofits.

Sandy Schmidt, director of Women of Worth, has a heart for women who are suffering. She knows that domestic violence is more than a family problem; it is a crime that affects entire communities and society through missed days from work, absences from school and other social problems.

Women of Worth has an immediate need for clean furniture and other household items (dishes, cookware, lamps, etc.) that can be used in establishing new residences. Donations are tax deductible. Contact Schmidt at 478-9151 for more information.

Butterfly expert Dr. Arthur Shapiro, professor of ecology and evolution at the University of California at Davis, will join the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society for a meeting and field trip.

Shapiro has studied butterfly populations in the northern Sierra for 25 years, including transects at Donner Summit and Bear Valley.

Shapiro’s presentation, “Rare Plants, Weird Soils, Butterflies and Urban Sprawl,” will explore questions regarding sprawl in the Sierra foothills and its effect on butterfly and plant species.

The apparently barren rocky wastelands along Newtown Road near Nevada City and near the McCourtney Road Transfer Station may not look like much, but a complex relationship exists between five butterfly species and their host plants there.

What happens when much of their native habitat is paved over for home sites and industrial parks? Join the Rosebud Chapter at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hennessy School in Grass Valley and learn the answer to this question and much more.

Also tune in to KVMR-FM (89.5) Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. to hear Alan Stahler’s interview with Shapiro. Wednesday, Shapiro will lead a field trip at 9 a.m. Participants should meet at the Flour Garden Bakery, 11999 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. For more information, contact Karen Callahan at 272-5532.

Nine Silver Springs High School seniors made a big difference in Grass Valley on April 30 and May 1 and 2 when they painted the ballpark seating units at Memorial Park and did cleanup work at Grass Valley Cemetery. They were assisted by adults Valaine Hoffman, Dee Ward, Dave Bennett and Lee Blakemore.

The service was planned by YOUthCANDO, a program of the Volunteer Action Center.

On May 25, join Judy Nichols, a South Yuba River State Park docent, to learn how to make a pine needle basket. Instruction will include the gathering and preparation of pine needles and the construction of a basket.

Preregistion is required; contact Nichols at 274-3608. Classes fill up quickly, so register early. A $10 fee/donation is requested to cover the cost of instruction and supplies. The class will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the South Yuba River State Park Visitors Center at Bridgeport.

Girl Scout Troop 1016 just finished a project called “American Patriotism.” The girls reviewed the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and why the Bill of Rights is so important today.

Troop leader Nancy Bynes said the girls took a hard look at freedom of the press and discussed how 24-hour news coverage influences the way we view world events.

Desert Storm veteran Wylie Fleeman, owner of Wylie’s Auto Air and Auto Repair in Nevada City, talked about his experiences in the Middle East. He told the Scouts about conditions where he was stationed and about working on jet fighters. Fleeman reminded them that freedoms they might take for granted came at a very high cost and should be held dear.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears each Saturday. Write her at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945. Nonprofits news can be e-mailed to

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