Get the Support You Need to Breastfeed

Research shows that breastfeeding has many health benefits for both infants and mothers. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “human milk provides virtually all the protein, sugar, and fat your baby needs to be healthy.” Breastfeeding also benefits your baby’s immune system, helping to protect her against a wide variety of diseases and infections, and helps create a close bond between mother and child. 

Plus, breastmilk is free, always ready, and doesn’t require sterilized bottles!

Breastfeeding does not always come easily to mothers or their babies. That’s why there are all kinds of great and FREE resources in our community to assist new moms with breastfeeding.

If you are having trouble breastfeeding, a great first step is to visit with a lactation consultant. An Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC, for short) will check to make certain your baby has a good latch to help keep you comfortable and assure your baby is getting the nutrition she needs. They will help you learn how to get your baby to latch correctly every time! Your lactation consultant will also be able to answer your questions and help solve any issues you might be experiencing.


Women Infant Children (WIC)
Western Nevada County: 530-265-1454, 988 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley
Eastern Nevada County: 530-582-7814, 10075 Levon Avenue, Truckee
Provides in-home support for breastfeeding women. Most families with Medi-Cal qualify for free WIC services. Give them a call and ask if you qualify.

The Nest 
530-637-8411 (530-NEST411), 107 W Main Suite B Grass Valley
The Nest offers a free drop-in New Parent Support Circle classes on Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm for breastfeeding assistance.

Sierra Care Physicians Pediatrics 
530-272-9780, 140 Litton Dr. Suite 100, Grass Valley
New parent support group, facilitated by Kris Jassen-Mather, an IBCLC.  Wednesdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health Program, Nevada County Public Health
530-265-7269, 500 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley
Provides support, education, and home visits with a public health nurse, including breastfeeding resources and support.

Need more support? Check with your insurance carrier; many policies will pay for a certain number of in-home visits with an IBCLC.

211 has more great resources for parents and families. Check out our Children & Youth guided search page to connect.  

Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic October 3rd

Come one, come all! The Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) is conducting a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic in Grass Valley for the public on Tuesday, October 3, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or while supplies last) in the parking lot of Twin Cities Church at 11726 Rough and Ready Highway.

The drive-thru clinic is for adults and children 3 years of age and older. (If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the next month, please see your primary care or prenatal care provider to get your annual flu vaccination). Participants will only be able to access
the parking lot using the westbound lane off of Rough and Ready Highway; no eastbound access will be allowed due to safety concerns.This is a drive-thru only event; all participants will be required to stay in their vehicles. Again, due to safety concerns, walkups and bicycles will not be permitted.

The purpose of the drive-thru event is twofold: to provide free flu shots to community members and to give NCPHD staff and community partners a chance to practice and evaluate response levels and preparedness in the event of a large communicable disease outbreak or public health emergency. If a significantly large communicable disease outbreak occurs, such as a pandemic, NCPHD will not want individuals to congregate in large spaces to receive prophylactic medicines. The drive-thru mechanism allows for county residents to receive medicine without ever leaving their car, thus protecting not only themselves, but friends, family and the community as a whole.

The Public Health Department is hoping for a large response from the community, not only to protect residents from the flu, but also to learn valuable lessons and enhance response efforts for future exercises. 

Public participation is essential to making this exercise a success, so please join in and help fight flu! 

For more information or questions please call 530-470-2658 or email


Click on the image above to open a PDF of the event flyer.

What: Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic

When: Tuesday, October 3rd, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (while supplies last)

Where: Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley. Access the parking lot using the westbound lane off of Rough and Ready Highway; no eastbound access will be allowed due to safety concerns.

Cost: Free!

Ready to Grow Program Helps Kids & Parents Thrive

Raising kids can be the best of times and the worst of times. Along with the joy of parenthood comes all kinds of questions, worries, and challenges that most of us aren’t fully prepared for. Some of us turn to family for help, while others take to the internet for (sometimes questionable) information.

But there are dozens of programs and services right here in our community to help parents give their kids everything they need to thrive.

When you don’t know what to expect, who to ask, or where to go for answers, start with 211.

211’s Ready to Grow program, a partnership with First 5 Nevada County, connects parents, guardians, and childcare providers to programs and services that support the health and well-being of children ages 0 to 5.

Through Ready to Grow, parents can connect to a wide range of resources, including lactation counseling, nutrition assistance, parenting classes, support groups, healthcare, childcare, playgroups, and more. Parents can also find tools to assess their children’s strengths and track their development.

211’s new Ready to Grow Specialist, Lorena Schoch, has been out in the community meeting with parents, child care providers, and organizations that serve families. She’s eager to get the word out about the program and start helping parents connect to resources.

“I’m excited to work with parents to help prepare children for a better future,” Lorena said. “As a parent and former teacher I completely believe that the first five years of life are the most important.”

If you or your organization serve parents and families, Lorena would love to meet and learn more about your work. To learn more about the Ready to Grow program or to set up a meeting with Lorena, call 2-1-1 or email Lorena Schoch at

Market Money is Back!

The CalFresh Market Money program is back for its fourth year. Use your CalFresh dollars at any of the participating farmers’ markets and we’ll match it in tokens up to $10 at every market through November.

Maximize your veggies! Get your 10 for 10 match at every market, over and over, all season long.

Check out the Market Money flyer for information and locations. We’ll see you at the market.

Want to know more about CalFresh eligibility? Call us at 211.

Books by Bus

The spring rain is making us all want to curl up with a good book. We are so lucky here in Nevada County to have a great network of libraries that bring us not just an excellent collection of free (!) books to read, but also a great assortment of digital tools, literacy services, a state of the art Tech Center, and more.

Most of our branch libraries are conveniently located close to a bus stop, making a visit to the library not only enriching, but easy. In celebration of our libraries, below is a quick guide to our library branches and the best way to get to them by bus.

Pro tips:

  • All Gold Country Stage lines meet at the Tinloy Transit Center in downtown Grass Valley. From there you can transfer to any route.
  • Let the driver know where you’re going. They are always happy to help you get to your destination.
  • Call 211 for help planning your trip. We’ll give you step-by-step instructions to get from your home to your library of choice.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
Library Hours:
Monday: 11am – 7pm
Tuesday: 11am – 6pm
Wednesday: 11am – 6pm
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm        
Sunday:  Closed
Gold Country Stage Route 1 stops in front of the library 25 minutes after each hour, beginning at 6:25 am on weekdays and 8:25 am on Saturdays. The last departure for the library is at 7:25 pm on weekdays and 4:25 pm on Saturdays.
Grass Valley Library- Royce Branch
207 Mill Street, Grass Valley CA 95945
Library Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm    
Sunday:  Closed
The closest bus stop to the Grass Valley branch is at Church & Neal Street, which is a short, safe walk from the library. Gold Country Stage Routes 2 and 3 both stop at Church & Neal Street. Route 2 stops at Church & Neal at 7:32 am, 9:32 am, 11:32 am, 2:32 pm, 4:32 pm, and 6:32 pm on weekdays and at at 7:32 am, 9:32 am, 11:32 am, and 2:32 pm on Saturdays.
Route 3 stops at Church & Neal 2 minutes after each hour from 7:02 am to 7:02 pm on weekdays and 8:02 am to 4:02 pm on Saturdays.
Penn Valley Station
11336 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley CA 95936
Library Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 2pm – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 2pm
Thursday: 2pm – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 2pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm    
Sunday:  Closed
Gold Country Stage Route 6 stops at the Wildwood Center, where the library is located, at the following times Monday through Friday:

6:53 am
9:24 am
2:39 pm
4:24 pm
6:24 pm
7:24 pm

And on Saturdays at:
10:35 am
12:35 pm
2:35 pm
4:35 pm
Truckee Library 
10031 Levon Avenue, Truckee CA 96161
Monday: 10:30 am – 6 pm
Tuesday: 10:30 am – 6 pm
Wednesday: 10:30 am – 6pm
Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday: 10:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday: Closed
The Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) Highway 89 Route stops at the Tahoe Forest Hospital, which is a short walk from the Truckee Branch Library. The bus arrives at Tahoe Forest Hospital at 3 minutes after the hour from 7:03 am to 3:03 pm, 4:23 pm, and 5:23 pm. The bus departs Tahoe Forest Hospital at 32 minutes after each hour from 7:32 am to 5:32 pm.
For information on public transportation in Truckee, please see the Town of Truckee website.
Additional Resources
  • The Nevada County Library system offers a great selection of events, activities, and classes. Check out the schedule here
  • Can’t make it to the library due to age, injury, illness, or disability? The Book Buddy program will bring the books to you. 
  • Get involved and help improve your library as a volunteer!

4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. Here are a few ideas for how you can celebrate our home planet while helping to protect our air, soil, and waterways.

  1. Ditch your car. Gold Country Stage is offering free fares on all routes April 21st and 22nd. Find bus schedules and routes here or call 211 for help planning your trip. Funded through the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP).
  2. Volunteer for SYRCL’s Pioneer Park Cleanup. The South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) is celebrating Earth Day by hosting a cleanup at Pioneer Park on April 22nd, from 9 am to 12 pm. Help keep our waterways clean by removing debris from Little Deer Creek. 
  3. Recycle your batteries and electronic waste. If you have curbside service, you can recycle your household batteries by placing them in a sealed plastic bag on top of your recycling cart on collection day. We also have several drop-off sites in Western Nevada County. See the full list here. You can also recycle anything that plugs in at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station.
  4. Gather together, get involved. Check out the Earth Day celebrations at Sierra College Nevada County Campus (April 20th) and the Village at Squaw Valley (April 22nd) to listen to live music, see demonstrations, and learn how you can help protect the Earth.

Connect to Summer with 211

Connect to Summer postcard v. 2_Page_1Summer is on its way (hooray!) and we want to help community members connect to all that the season has to offer.
In celebration of summer, we are pulling together a list of all of the free events happening in Nevada County from June through August. The Connect to Summer list will include information on everything from hikes to healthcare, play groups to parades, car shows to concerts. The only requirement is that it’s free for the public.
Anyone can call 211 day or night for information on all of the free stuff going on in the community, including dates, times, and locations. Just dial 2-1-1 (or 1-877-847-0499).
Other Connect to Summer fun will include an Instagram photo contest and a drawing for a free Weber Q gas grill donated by B&C True Value Home and Garden Center. Follow us on Facebook for more details. And check us out on Facebook each week for highlights on some of the coolest free activities in town. 

Send Us Your Free Summer Events

Connect to Summer with 211

211 is celebrating summer in Nevada County with a new campaign to get our friends, families, and customers out into the world to enjoy everything the season has to offer.

We are compiling a database of all of the free summer events happening in Nevada County from June through August. This will include information on anything from hikes to healthcare, play groups to parades, car shows to concerts. The only requirement is that it’s free for the public.

Send Us Your Free Events

If you have a free summer activity or event to add to the Connect to Summer database, please get in touch. Send your event details (including event title, date, time, location, and description) to Rachel James at

The Connect to Summer campaign kicks off in June. Call us at 2-1-1 (or 1-877-847-0499) to get connected to all of your favorite free summer activities.

2016 Food Distribution Calendar

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County residents, regardless of last names and which part of the county they live in, may pick up monthly food between 10 am and noon on either the second or fourth Thursday of the month. The Food Bank prefers that people pick one day or the other, and stay with the same week but there is flexibility if a person can’t go on their usual pickup date.

Food may be picked up at:

Seventh Day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Rd.
Grass Valley, CA

There is no separate time for people with disabilities. The second Thursday of the month tends to have fewer customers and shorter lines. At this time, Calvary Bible Church is not a distribution site.

Other distribution sites include:

North San Juan Center
29190 Highway 49
North San Juan, CA
Food distributed: 3rd Thursday of the month, from 10 am – 12 pm

31625 Relief Hill Road
Nevada City, CA
Food distributed: 1st Wednesday of the month, from 10 am – 12 pm

Sierra Vista Center
55 School Street
Colfax, CA
Food distributed: First Friday of the month, from 10 am – 11:30 am


Teen Clinic in Placer County

Teen Clinic

Talk to the health care professional about:




DATES:   3/9/16 and 5/4/16

(all are Wednesdays corresponding to TTUSD minimum days)

HOURS: 1PM-4PM Appointments are preferable, but walk-ins accepted


PHONE: 530-546-1970

*This service is only available for Placer County Residents

Sand and Sandbags Available

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services would like to remind residents that free sand and sandbags are available at three locations. 1) Next to the Nevada County Warehouse on the corner of Highway 49 and East Broad St. in Nevada City. 2) Penn Valley Fire Protection District located at 10513 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. 3) North San Juan Community Hall located at 100057 Reservoir St, North San Juan.

Residents must bring their own shovel to fill the sandbags with sand. We do request that residents only take what they plan to use for protection of their personal property.

If you are operating a vehicle, please review the following tips:

  •  Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding
  •  Do not attempt to drive (or walk) across running water more than a few inches deep
  •  Avoid driving in water that downed electrical or power lines have fallen in
  •  Avoid hydroplaning by driving slowly and keeping your tires inflated correctly

Don’t forget to accomplish the following:

  •  Clear rain gutters
  •  Repair roof leaks
  •  Cut away tree branches that could fall on your house

An important reminder for storm preparedness is to monitor a forecasted severe weather event. This can be accomplished by monitoring the local media or visiting the many weather forecast services available via the internet.

Nevada County OES will be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter @NevCoOES

For additional questions or comments, contact the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services at or 530-265-1515


Friday Bingo

It’s Bingo Time at Gold Country Community Services (GCCS)
Join them every Friday for an afternoon of fun, snacks, and CASH PRIZES!!
When: Fridays at 1:00pm to 3:45pm
Cost: $2.00 ($1 for GCCS members) $0.50 for each card
Located at:
Nevada City Senior Apartments
841 Old Tunnel Road, Grass Valley
Any questions? Call 273-4961 or visit their website at

Monthly Lab Tests and Screenings

Introducing a variety of affordable lab tests and screenings available monthly at two convenient locations, the Tahoe Forest Health Clinic in Truckee, California and Incline Village Community Hospital in Incline Village, Nevada.

No appointment is necessary. Regular physical exams by your healthcare provider and screening tests are an important part of preventive healthcare.

Tests and Prices:
Complete Blood Count (without differential) – $13

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (fasting required) – $29

Lipid Panel (fasting required) – $35

Vitamin D, 25 hydroxyl – $44

Hemoglobin A1C – $28

TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone – $34

PSA, prostate specific antigen – $87

•Patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to lab test

•This service is a low cost laboratory screening that is not necessarily reimbursable by your insurance company.

•Photo ID required.

•Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

•Tests are available to individuals 18 years or older.

Tahoe Forest Health Clinic
10956 Donner Pass Road Ste. 230, Truckee, CA, inside the Medical Office Building
7:00 am to 9:00 am
2015 Truckee Dates: December 9
2016 Truckee Dates: January 13, March 9, May 11, July 13, September 14,
November 9
For more information, please call: (530) 582-3277

Incline Village Community Hospital
880 Alder Avenue, Incline Village, Nevada
8:00 am to 9:00 am
2015 Incline Dates: December 11
2016 Incline Dates: February 12, April 8, June 6, August 12, October 14,
December 9
For more information, please call: (775) 833-4100

Please visit their website by clicking here.

HIV Testing

Nevada County Public Health Department  offers free, confidential, rapid HIV testing on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at its Grass Valley office located at 500 Crown Point Circle. In addition to finding out their HIV status, individuals who test negative will receive counseling about strategies to reduce their risk, while those whose test results show a preliminary positive will receive an immediate referral to the County’s HIV Case Manager who will connect them with the resources they need to live with HIV and prevent further transmission of the virus.  If you have questions, please call (530) 265-1228.

The NorCal AIDS Cycle is a bicycle ride fundraiser in which cyclists ride hundreds of miles through Northern California to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS service providers in the Sacramento Valley and beyond. This generous award combined with last year’s award of $16,000 has allowed NCPHD to offer free and confidential HIV Testing.

For more information about the NorCal AIDS Cycle, please go to their website located at  For more information about NCPHD’s HIV-AIDS services, please go to

Grandparents of Preschoolers Playgroup (GPOPS)

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Looking for a social and educational playgroup for a preschooler?  Sierra Nevada Children’s Services offers the GPOPS Playgroup for grandparents, friends, and neighbors with preschoolers on Tuesday from 10:30 am – noon at 420 Sierra College Drive,  Suite 100, in Grass Valley.  To register and for more information, please call Jessica Lime at 530-272-8866, x207.

Cold Weather Shelter (CWS) Information

​With a wet winter predicted this year, the City of Nevada City, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, Sierra Roots, the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency, the Nevada County Food Bank, Hospitality House, and Divine Spark, have agreed to extend last year’s Cold Weather Shelter (CWS) operating agreement through May 1, 2017. The goal of the CWS is to provide emergency shelter to homeless citizens of Nevada City on winter nights when the temperature is below 28 degrees, heavy rains are expected, or there is snow on the ground. The Salvation Army is the lead agency for activating the CWS and, after consultation with partners including Nevada City and Sierra Roots, will make a decision to open the shelter by 4 p.m. on the night the shelter is to be opened. The CWS will be operated by volunteer staff trained in a partnership between the Salvation Army and Sierra Roots. These organizations will also coordinate the transportation of citizens to the CWS.

The decision to open the CWS is based on weather forecasts for that night and the ability to have volunteers available to operate the shelter.  Participants in the CWS will be fed with food donated by the Nevada County Food Bank. The Health and Human Service Agency will coordinate distribution of the day’s official weather forecast from the Office of Emergency Services, assist with health screenings and provide eligibility services as needed. Hospitality House will coordinate referrals to the CWS for citizens when capacity or eligibility into their facility dictates.

For additional information about the Cold Weather Shelter, please contact the following:

Or call 211!

Veterans Choice Program & Western Sierra Medical Clinic

Western Sierra Medical Clinic has been approved as a registered health care provider for the Veterans Choice Program, and has started offering much closer-to-home health services to thousands of veterans in the region.  Under the new program, the Veterans Affairs allows Western Sierra to handle many health care services for veterans who live more than 40 miles away or must wait more than 30 days for an appointment at the closest VA medical facilities in Sacramento or Reno.

Western Sierra, the largest outpatient health care provider in Nevada County, is offering numerous health services, including medical and behavioral health, to the 10,500-plus veterans in the region.  You can learn more about Western Sierra Medical Clinic at and on Facebook at

The Veterans Choice Program ends Dec. 31, 2017, or when the $10 billion in funding is depleted.  Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program should call 866-606-8198 to confirm eligibility.


Moving Beyond Depression

MBD-LogoMoving Beyond Depression is an evidence-based approach to identifying and treating perinatal depression in women participating in a home visitation program, and provides free and convenient in-home treatment program.  Women are screened for perinatal depression throughout their time in home visitation, and services are provided in eastern and western Nevada County.

15 weekly therapy sessions are provided by a licensed therapist with a one month follow-up booster session, and therapist will assess whether mother is eligible for services.  Mother needs to be 16 years of age or older, and sessions are available in Spanish.

For more information, please contact Donna Fry, MBD Program Manager @ 530-265-1491