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Photo of PARTNERS Family Resource Center
Contact: Laurie DeMartini
Work 10862 Spenceville Rd. Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 432-1118 Anniversary: June 7, 2012 Website: http://www.partnersfamilyresourcecenters.org/

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Family Resource Centers engage and partner with families, educators, and the community to better support the development of children, creates connections, and increase access to local resources. All PARTNERS Family Resource Centers offer the following core services: Parenting classes and workshops; community resources and referrals; lending library; GED assistance; an on-site behavioral health therapist; family fun nights; child development information; after school enrichment; drop-in play space for all ages; volunteer opportunities; clothes closet; parent/child classes and activities; computer lab and assistance; career development support; and available Spanish speaking staff.

PARTNERS Family Resource Center is a “first stop” location for local community needs. They are open every weekday from 9am to 5pm and provide information about parenting, child development, school success, employment, community resources, and local events. Drop in and browse the resource library, access the internet, or utilize the toddler play area.

Most all of the services are FREE with some small fees associated with various programs.  Recipients must be a resident of Nevada County.

Categories: Family Services, Non Profits, P
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Photo of Penn Valley Community Foundation
Contact: Louie Ostrude
Work PO Box 186 Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 713-2296 Anniversary: January 23, 2001 Website: http://pennvalleycf.org/
Categories: Non Profits, P, Service Clubs & Community Non-Profit Organizations
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Photo of Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association
Contact: John Favetti – President
Work P.O. Box 1103 Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 432-9876 Anniversary: March 13, 2008 Website: http://www.pvrodeo.com/
Categories: Equestrian Activities, Non Profits, P, Service Clubs & Community Non-Profit Organizations
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Photo of Penn Valley Fire Dept. Auxiliary Thrift Store
Contact: Maureen Wise
Work PO Box 592 Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 432-2195 Anniversary: September 1, 2014 Website: http://pennvalleyfire.com/auxthriftstore.html
Categories: Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories, Non Profits, P, Retail Shops & Gifts
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Photo of Penn Valley Hi-Graders Lion Club
Contact: Bruce Puphal
Work PO Box 634 Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 432-9828 Anniversary: February 23, 2006
Categories: Non Profits, P, Service Clubs & Community Non-Profit Organizations
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Photo of Penn Valley Mini Storage
Contact: Mike Mastrodonato / Pam Bivens
Work 17714 Penn Valley Drive Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 477-6464 Anniversary: March 14, 2001 Website: http://www.ministoragepennvalley.com/ Website: View video of property

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Hoots and Heart-Warming Stories at Penn Valley Mini Storage
As told to Susan George by Don Young, owner of Penn Valley Mini Storage.

In 1975 Don Young bought 100 acres in Penn Valley, including the Creekside Village Mobile Home Park and moved up to the area from San Fernando Valley.  When Don arrived there were no local water or fire protection services.  With vision and determination, in 1978 Don began construction on the Penn Valley Shopping Center, transforming a cow pasture and old house into the Center that today houses several Penn Valley businesses.

Over the last 30 years a multitude of Don’s contributions and entrepreneurial enterprises have helped develop the Penn Valley we know today.  Some of the hats he has worn include: mobile home broker, postmaster, real estate broker, real estate developer, and in the early 1990’s he helped build the original ball fields at Western Gateway Park.  And, not taking no for an answer, he enticed Placer Sierra Bank to locate in Penn Valley by offering the bank one year free rent!

In 1985 the construction of Penn Valley Mini Storage was completed.  The facility offers 475 spaces + 72 parking spaces for motor homes and other vehicles, ranging from an antique fire engine to a $350,000 motor home.  Don’s customers come from as far away as Australia and Japan.  One customer actually stored an art collection valued at one quarter million dollars.  Along the way Don has experienced challenges, hard work, financial risk and reward and plenty of fun experiences at the Mini Storage.  Don relishes the stories and wants to share the fun times with the community.  So here we go!

One afternoon the facility manager at the time placed a frantic phone call to Don.  He was certain he had found a body in one of the units.  The ominus object was wrapped and bound.  When Don went to inspect the situation he was certain they had discovered a mummy.  With much trepidation, he carefully removed his jack knife from his pocket, opened it, and began to gingerly cut through the shroud binding the “body”.  The weight of fear of what he might find made it difficult to breath.   Carefully his knife penetrated the figure revealing a white powdery substance.  The weight lifted and they all began to laugh.  The “mummified body” was a plaster-of-Paris figure.

A young, rather shady looking man was in the office completing the paperwork required prior to renting a storage unit.  Don told him that his possessions would be well protected, as the Sheriff Department was renting five storage units right there at Penn Valley Storage.  Sheriffs often patrolled the facility to ensure the security of their own possessions.  Without a word the young man picked up his paperwork and walked out the door.

A musician rented one of the larger units.  It seemed he needed a large area in which to store his equipment.  A couple of days later loud rock tunes could be heard in and around Penn Valley Storage.  The musician had brought his band back to his storage unit to rehearse their music.

A local woman couldn’t keep her prized possession at home.  However, she was clever and thought of a great solution.  She came in and rented a 5x5 storage unit, spread some straw on the floor and moved her prized pot belly pig into his new home.

Don has quite a sense of humor and in 1995 on his way to Stanford Hospital for a heart transplant he telephoned his newly hired managers, Doc and Candy Springer.  Disguising his voice he spoke to Candy, explaining that he was looking for a large storage unit, one that would accommodate a number of used coffins, a collection of all sizes.  He then asked Candy how tall she was, saying that he may have a coffin to fit her.  Of course, being new on the job and wanting to make a favorable impression on customers, Candy did not know what to say.  Finally, Don broke the silence with a sly chuckle and told her she was doing a good job.

Auctions are a sad, but necessary course of action at storage facilities.  Due to job loss, death, incarceration, mental instability or any number of reasons, if rental payments are not made over a substantial period of time, it becomes necessary to liquidate the contents of the unit to pay the bill.  One customer was a collector of fine antiques.  His collection was large, varied and well organized from floor to ceiling in a large storage unit.  The customer was overcome by illness and medical bills.  He became a vagabond and lived under a bridge in Reno.  Don had no choice but to hold the auction.  Antique dealers came from all over.  The unit was so full they had to spread the contents out over 4 units to display the antiques to potential buyers.  The proceeds from the sale were about $50,000.  The customer owed $1,800.  Don paid himself the amount due, then drove to Reno and gave his customer the difference!

Another auction turned out to be a wonderful bonus for a woman from Germany who was new to the area.  Many boxes filled with odds and ends and a refrigerator were left behind in a storage unit.  The woman was interested and Don encouraged her to bid on it.  However, she was broke and was unable to bid.  Don gave her $1 and she made the bid, securing the contents of the storage unit.  Not only did she gain a nearly new refrigerator, Don later learned she acquired a box of collectable baseball trading cards valued at nearly $1,200.

On August 1, 2007, Don once again touched the Penn Valley Community.  He donated nearly five acres in “downtown” Penn Valley to the Penn Valley Community Foundation, a very significant step toward building a much needed Community Center for Penn Valley.  Thanks Don!

Categories: Moving Services, Notary Services, P, Packing & Moving Supplies, Storage Space, Truck Rentals
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Photo of Penn Valley Shell/Taco Bell
Contact: Steve Garewal
Work 16978 Penn Valley Drive Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 432-9090 Anniversary: August 13, 1998
Categories: Gas Stations, P, Propane Gas Services, Restaurants & Food Service
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Photo of Penn Valley Toastmasters Club
Contact: Lenda Welz
Work 10735 Fern Lane Nevada City CA 95959 Work Phone: (530)273-5960 Anniversary: February 23, 2016 Website: http://www.pennvalley.toastmastersclubs.org/

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Penn Valley Toastmasters is a small group who join together every second and fourth Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30pm

to help each other in overcoming fears of public speaking, increasing proficiency for already confident speakers and learning leadership skills…all while building friendships. Penn Valley Toastmasters can help you reach your goals too.

We have a positive, supportive environment where anyone can come to learn how to overcome fears, learn leadership skills, improve their public speaking skills and discover amazing hidden talents. The tone of the club has always been one of building and teaching through a fun, safe, and reassuring environment. Laughter is a given at every club meeting. The Toastmasters program allows members to grow at their own pace, there is never a pre-determined time frame.

Toastmasters International has recognized Penn Valley Toastmasters Club as a President’s Distinguished Club for 2011-2012. This designation demonstrates that Penn Valley Toastmasters has the highest level of commitment to their members and the Toastmaster’s program.

We invite you to join us as a guest where you will learn the fun and confidence building method of Toastmasters International.

Penn Valley Toastmasters is an evening Toastmasters Club open to all. We meet in the Penn Valley Shopping Center at 17422 B Penn Valley Drive. Walk under the stairs and you will see our meeting room to the right at the end of the walkway.

Contact Sandie at mrshewston@gmail.com or call me at (530) 913-2860.

Categories: Non Profits, P, Schools & Education, Service Clubs & Community Non-Profit Organizations
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Photo of Penn Valley True Value Hardware
Contact: Scott Gutierrez
Work 17387 Penn Valley Dr. Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 432-1206 Anniversary: April 20, 2012

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The Penn Valley True Value Hardware store is back in business with strong patronage from a grateful Penn Valley community.  The store has been newly renovated and offers a diverse inventory of tools and expert advice for all your project needs.

Scott and his twin brother Jeff grew up learning the hardware business in Placerville at their father’s True Value store.  Adding more to his experience, Scott spent 12 years working for Meeks Lumber and Hardware, including five years as the merchandising manager.  Today he enthusiastically oversees operations at the Penn Valley Store.

Scott and his wife Rory knew within minutes of seeing the town and the store that they wanted to move to Penn Valley.  Since moving to the area they have immersed themselves into the community as volunteers and sponsors of major events.

Penn Valley True Value carries a full line of tools for home improvement projects and gardening.  Services offered include; computer paint matching, kerosene, lock re-keying, pipe cutting & threading, propane exchange and special order items.  Visit, http://www.ww3.truevalue.com/pennvalley/Home.aspx, to view and print store coupons and explore the “Project Library”, your on-line guide to home improvement projects.

Categories: Contractors, Construction, Farm Supply, Home Improvement, Landscape Services & Materials, P
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Photo of Penn Valley Union ESD
Contact: Holly Hermansen
Work 14806 Pleasant Valley Road Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 432-7311 x1 Anniversary: October 1, 2001 Website: http://www.pennvalleyschools.k12.ca.us/pages/Penn_Valley_Union_Elem_SD
Categories: P, Schools & Education
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Photo of Plan It Solar
Contact: Suzette Pool
Work 563C Idaho Maryland Grass Valley CA 95945 Work Phone: (530) 273-0303 Anniversary: September 13, 2012 Website: http://planitsolar.com/
Categories: Home Improvement, P, Solar Systems, Residential & Commercial
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Photo of Plaza Tire And Auto Service
Contact: Cecilia Hill
Work 17317 Penn Valley Drive Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 432-9144 Anniversary: March 2, 1999 Website: http://www.plazatireandautoservice.com/
Categories: Auto,Boat & Motorcycle Service, P
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Photo of Pleasant Valley Veterinary Center
Contact: Dr. Mimi Vishoot
Work 10171 Commercial Ave. Penn Valley CA 95946 Work Phone: (530) 432-8443 Anniversary: March 10, 2014 Website: http://pleasantvalleypetclinic.com/
Categories: P, Veterinary Care & Pet Supplies
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