Tinloy Transit Center Opens for Business

As of March 1st monthly bus passes are no longer sold on Gold Country Stage buses. So how on earth are you supposed to get your passes? You’ve got two options:

1)      You can purchase passes at the Transit Services office at 13081 John Bauer Avenue, Grass Valley. Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. This is a Route 3, Loma Rica stop if you’re riding the bus.

2)      Passes will now also be available at the Tinloy Transit Center in downtown Grass Valley on the first two weekdays of each month, 8am-5pm.

Also available at the above locations are Discount Fare ID Cards. Gold Country Stage is asking that all discount fare users get a new ID Card. These cards are available to youth 17 years and younger, seniors 65 and older, and persons with disabilities. Be sure to bring proper eligibility supporting documents. If you’re unsure which documents to bring, check out the list on the application.

Space Still Available for “Yes I Can” Series

Caring for a parent, child, or close friend with a significant disability or illness is a challenge many of us will face someday. But our willingness to help does not always mean we have all the right tools or information to do this hard work.

The “Yes I Can!” series, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, helps caregivers build the skills they need to care for themselves and their loved ones. The seven-week series, which started March 19th, provides caregivers with fundamentals for self-care, communication, personal care and nutrition, community resources, body mechanics and falls prevention, end of life care, and legal and financial issues. By the end of the course participants will be confident, empowered caregivers.

There is still room available in the class and six more weeks of tools, resources, and support for family caregivers.

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

Details:

What: “Yes I Can!” Caregiver Education Series

When: Mondays, March 19th- April 30th, 9 am to 12 pm

Where: Eskaton Village, 49er Lounge
625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley

Cost: Free for non-professional caregivers

To register, please call Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center at 1-800-635-0220. If care is needed for your loved one during class, please indicate this when registering.

For more information, contact Annie Mikal at 530-264-5046 or amikalheine@gmail.com.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Are you feeling anxious, agitated, tired, irritable, depressed, angry, or sad? All of the above? Okay, you seem a little stressed . . .

The symptoms of stress can affect both your physical and mental health and have a real impact on how you think, feel, and act. Learning to see the signs of stress and having clear strategies for limiting its effects can help you to live a much healthier, happier life.

Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life is a 4-week class designed to help you minimize the emotional and physical effects of stress and create a more peaceful approach to your current challenges. Taught by Marge Kaiser, this highly-rated class will teach participants how to overcome stress through humor, relaxation, self-care, and group support.

The free class, hosted by Connecting Point, begins April 5th and meets every Thursday through April 26th. It’s open to all Nevada County residents who need some support, strategies, and a good laugh.

Details:

What: Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life

When: Thursdays, April 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2:30-4:30 pm

Where: Connecting Point

208 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Cost: Free! Space is limited. Call 211 to register or RSVP here.

Connecting Point offers free caregiver training to community-members. All classes are free for Nevada County residents. The slate of classes includes practical training in caregiving skills, such as lifting and transferring, universal precautions, and dementia care as well as self-care classes for caregivers.

 

Check out the Connecting Point website at www.connectingpoint.org for more information.

Get on the Move!

 

We all know that transportation is essential for independence. In a rural community like ours, getting around can be a challenge, especially for those of us who don’t drive. Lack of transportation limits our opportunities for education, employment, healthcare, and social contact. But there are options out there, and we want to help you connect with them.

Connecting Point recently received funding from Caltrans to help folks in Eastern and Western Nevada County better understand their transportation options and learn how to use them to get On the Move. Our new transportation navigator, Daniela Fernandez, has been riding the routes, talking to community members, and learning all there is to know about our local transit options. Her goal is to share all of this knowledge to demystify our bus systems and help people gain experience and confidence using public transportation.

If you are interested in travel training or public transit education, please get in touch with Daniela by phone at 530-274-5601 or by email at danielaf@connectingpoint.org.

Ages & Stages: Your Baby at 8 Months

 

Hello Parents!

We hope you and your baby are enjoying new things.

This is a very active period for your baby, so safety is important. Keep small objects out of her reach and make sure to stay with her when she’s on the changing table, on a bed or couch, and when you’re giving her a bath.

Your baby is building his own personality, so you probably know his favorite foods, toys, and songs. (You’re most likely also starting to know what he doesn’t like, too). Encourage your baby to try new things to promote his development. Celebrate with a smile or clapping when he achieves something new, like rolling over or standing up.

Talk with other parents and your child’s doctor about the milestones your child has reached. They can also let you know what to expect next.

What to Expect at 8 Months

  • Your baby is now able to follow simple instructions. Try giving her directions, like “Hold the diaper,” “wash your belly,” or “show me grandma.” When she responds, make sure to let her know you notice: “Thank you for holding the diaper,” “Oh, there’s grandma.”
  • Your baby may be standing now. Place some of his favorite toys on a low table or on the ground so he can stretch and work on his balance.
  • Your baby wants your attention, and she will make different sounds to get it. Let her know you are there and listening: “Oh you’re sad. Let me help you feel better”, “You are tired, time for a nap.”
  • Ask for behaviors that you want in a positive way. For example, instead of saying “don’t stand” say “time to sit down.”

Activities to Help your Baby Grow and Learn

  • Read to your baby every day. He may like one book in particular, and that’s great; children learn by repetition. Name the colors, animals, or objects you see and ask the baby to point at them with you.
  • Place a toy or a piece of cereal in a container or a plastic bottle with no lid. As your baby works to get the toy or the cereal out, she will learn about the idea of ‘in’ and ‘out.’ Another way to show your baby ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ is to get a big box that she can crawl in and out of.
  • Encourage your baby to help you with simple tasks like picking up toys or putting away clothes. You can sing a cleanup song as you do this. This is a great way to make your baby feel included and build a sense of responsibility.

Most importantly, enjoy watching your baby grow and learn!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening all children for general development at nine months. The Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is a great tool to see if your child’s development is on track. For more information about the ASQ, see our Q&A on ASQ (http://211connectingpoint.org/a-qa-on-asq/) or give us a call at 211.

 

Sources:

ASQ-3 Learning Activities, Elizabeth Twombly and Ginger Fink

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/Milestones

Ages & Stages: Your Baby at 6 Months

Hello, Parents!

Welcome again. Time has passed and you are able to see big changes with your baby at this point in her development. You also may have new concerns or questions; about your parenting skills, about your child’s development, about routines, or about your child trying different foods and concerns about allergies. Reminder: It’s always okay to ask questions and talk to other parents.

What to Expect at 6 Months

  • Your baby knows his name and may use his voice to let you know when he needs attention. The baby squeals and is beginning to babble to you and others. He may make sounds like “mama” or “dada.” He is also learning to respond to “bye-bye.”
  • Your baby gets stronger every minute. She now holds her head up and looks around at everything that’s going on. She is learning to sit up, at first using her hands for balance.
  • Your baby’s grasp has relaxed now. He likes to reach and grab nearby objects, holding and banging objects and even holding something in each hand!
  • Your baby knows you very well now; the different tones of your voice will sometimes make her react with a smile or with tears knowing that you are happy or upset with her.

Activities to Help Your Baby Grow and Learn

  • Crush ice into very small pieces that your baby can eat safely. Let them explore the cold ice as it squirms around in a bowl. The crushed ice and cool fingers will feel good on their gums and new little teeth.
  • Fill a small container or tray with water and play with it together. As the baby touches the water, talk about how it feels using real words to promote language. “Oooh, the water is so cold.”
  • Rock, walk, or dance and whisper sweet words in your baby’s ear. Whispering to your baby helps her to calm down and provides another way to talk in a quiet and loving voice.
  • When your baby is awake and alert, turn off the television and other household sounds so that he can only hear your voice. This helps your baby hear the sounds of words more clearly or recognize other noises like the rain, the wind, or a bird. Ask the baby, “Can you hear the rain? Can you hear the bird?”

The ASQ (Ages & Stages Questionnaire) is a great, fun tool to help your child grow. The ASQ can also help you identify any areas where your baby may need some extra support to succeed. Remember, if you have any concerns about your child’s development there is no harm in reaching out.

Call 211 for more information.

Sources: ASQ-3 Learning Activities, Elizabeth Twombly and Ginger Fink

Homeless Connect Event

Each January, communities throughout the United States conduct a Point-in-Time (PIT) count to tally the number of individuals experiencing homelessness on a single night in their area. This year, January 24th is that night, and Nevada County is holding an event on the 25th to bring folks in, give them the opportunity to connect to services, and interview them for the count.

The Homeless Connect event will be held on Thursday, January 25th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Salvation Army office in Grass Valley. Attendees will receive a free hot meal and can connect to a variety of services, such as health information, flu shots, Veteran’s services, and legal assistance.

Trained interviewers will conduct a confidential 15-minute survey with each individual who is experiencing homelessness. Those who take the survey will receive a gift for their participation.

Free transportation to the event will be provided from the following bus stops:

  • Nevada City Public Parking Lot (Rock Crusher)
  • First Baptist Church
  • Nevada City Veterans Building
  • Memorial Park
  • Tinloy Transit Center
  • Kmart Shopping Center
  • SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center

If someone you know is without shelter, camping out, or living in a vehicle, please let them know about this important event. The information collected at the Homeless Connect event will help bring additional funding and resources into our county to serve people experiencing homelessness.

Details

What: Homeless Connect Event

When: Thursday, January 25th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Salvation Army, 10725 Alta Street, Grass Valley

Coordinated Entry for Homelessness Launches January 23rd

 

January 23rd is the official launch date of Nevada County’s “Coordinated Entry” system for people experiencing homelessness. Coordinated Entry is a process that ensures that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access to services. The process does two important things:

  1. It builds a centralized list of people in our community who need housing assistance to ensure that that those who need services the most receive them first.
  2. It allows participating housing providers to access the list and contact individuals who may be eligible for their services as housing resources become available.

In Nevada County, 211 is the access point for Coordinated Entry. Anyone experiencing a housing crisis can call 2-1-1 (or 877-847-0499) and speak with a call specialist who will walk them through the Coordinated Entry questions and provide referrals for shelter, food, healthcare, and other services to meet their needs. 211 then enters the data into HUD’s Housing Management Information System (HMIS), which can be accessed only by designated organizations that provide housing services.

Getting to this point took years of discussion and planning. The process was led by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras (HRCS), a coalition of housing and shelter providers, consumers, advocates, and government representatives who work together to shape planning and decision-making around the issue of homelessness. HRCS coordinates the Placer-Nevada Counties Continuum of Care, a joint effort to end homelessness in our two counties.

Ultimately, Coordinated Entry could provide a big-picture view of the needs of those experiencing homelessness in Nevada County and allow service providers to apply for HUD funding to improve services in our community.

Accessing Coordinated Entry

Nevada County
Call 211 Connecting Point at 2-1-1 or 877-847-0499. Provides referrals to emergency shelter as well as additional resources, including food, healthcare, transportation, legal assistance, and more. Callers can choose to be included on a centralized housing assistance list.

Placer County
Call the Homeless Resource Helpline at 833-3PLACER (833-375-2237). Provides referrals to emergency shelter. Callers can choose to be included on a centralized housing assistance list.

Schedule Your Free Tax Assistance Appointment

Need some help filing your taxes this year? The AARP Tax Aide volunteers are gearing up to provide preparation services and electronic filing of both Federal and California tax returns for folks with low and middle income. This service is free for Nevada County residents of all ages.

If you bought health insurance through Covered California and received Premium Tax Credits, you must file a return. Let AARP help! The Tax Aide group can handle most common personal tax returns, including those that have salary, interest, dividends, itemized deductions, pension, IRA withdrawals, capital gains, or stock transactions.

Tax appointments are available every Monday between February 5th and April 9th. Appointments are required. To schedule your appointment, call 211 (just dial 2-1-1 or 877-847-0499) and press 4.

Ages & Stages: Social-Emotional Development at 2 Months

Raising a little person is beautiful, fun, and (sometimes) terrifying. It’s also pretty predictable.

Researchers have been studying the stages of child development for years and are able to provide a fairly detailed roadmap of what’s ahead developmentally. Each month, we will share with you some practical information on what to expect from your new baby and some activities you can do together to encourage her healthy development.

Social-Emotional Development

Your child is developing many different skills as she grows, including communication skills, motor skills, social skills, and problem-solving skills. Today we’re focusing on your infant’s social-emotional development.

Social-emotional development is all about your child’s ability to experience and express feelings. Social-emotional strengths are the foundation for all other learning and development to occur throughout your child’s life.

What to Expect at 2 Months

  • Your baby is really smiling at you and others now
  • Your baby may use different cries to tell you when she is hungry, uncomfortable, or sick
  • Your baby “talks” to you with noises and gurgles
  • Your baby likes to be with people and is becoming more interactive with you
  • Your baby likes to play with her fingers, hands, feet, and toes
  • Sometimes your baby will be fussy only because he wants your attention
  • Your baby can recognize familiar people by their voices

Tips for 2 Months

Use a positive tone with your baby to let her know that you love and care for her. Making your child feel safe, secure, nurtured, and loved will help her grow and learn.

Social-Emotional Activities to Try with Your 2-Month Old

More activities to try with your 2-month old. Click on the image to download a PDF of the activity sheet.
  • It is never too early to read books to your baby. Choose simple board books at first and talk about the pictures. Cuddle up close.
  • Take your time when you are giving your baby a bath or changing his diapers. Gently massage his feet and/or belly. Talk to the baby or sing during these one-on-one times.
  • Talk to your baby about what she is doing, seeing, hearing, and feeling. Say, “I am changing your diaper. You will like being nice and dry.”
  • Spend time holding your baby and use this time to show her things around the house or yard. Name things and let the baby touch safe, simple objects (like plastic cups or big wooden spoons).
  • Find more activities here.

Remember, you are the most important person in your child’s life!

To learn more about your child’s developmental stages, give us a call at 211 (just dial 211 from any local phone) or check out the Ages & Stages Questionnaires online

Source: ASQ:SE-2 User’s Guide, Squires, Bricker, & Twombly

Schools Support Children Experiencing Homelessness

Take a moment to think about homelessness in Nevada County. What image comes to mind? If you are not seeing children, then you are not seeing the whole picture.

The face of homelessness is changing. California’s housing crisis has displaced many working families, meaning more and more children are living in cars, campgrounds, and shelters or couch-surfing with family and friends. This instability impacts children’s lives in many ways, including their education.

Kids experiencing homelessness may not have the resources to buy school supplies, appropriate clothing, or other basic necessities. The McKinney-Vento Homelessness Education Assistance Act is a federal law that provides for supports and services to fill some of these gaps and ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities.

According to the McKinney-Vento Act, a family is considered homeless if they:

  • Lack a regular, fixed, and adequate nighttime residence
  • Live in a shelter, motel, or hotel
  • Live in an unsheltered residence, such as a car or park
  • Share housing (doubled-up or couch-surfing) due to economic hardship
  • Live in campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • Are an unaccompanied child or youth (i.e. not in the physical custody of their parents or guardians)

Students experiencing homelessness in Nevada County can get help through their school with clothing, school supplies, bus passes, field trip fees, testing fees, counseling, academic support, enrollment, and access to community services. Each school district has an appointed Homeless Education Liaison who helps homeless students and families access these supports and services.

If your child needs support, the first step is to share information with your school’s Homeless Liaison, school counselor, or a trusted teacher or school staff member.

Recent data shows that 338 students in Nevada County qualified for McKinney-Vento last year, and it’s likely that even more were eligible. Our community has a lot of work to do to support children experiencing homelessness. McKinney-Vento is a first step in making sure kids have what they need to get the most out of their education.

Homeless Students’ Rights Under McKinney-Vento

School Stability
To remain enrolled in, and be transported to, a student’s School of Origin when feasible, even if a
student moves outside of the district. (‘School of Origin’ means the school last attended when
permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled).

Immediate Enrollment
To be enrolled immediately (even without medical or school records) in the neighborhood school.

Food Provision
To receive FREE breakfast and/or lunch in schools that serve both.

Assistance with Barriers
To have barriers addressed so that they can participate in athletics, field trips, and after school
activities (this could include having certain school fees waived). Parents or guardians should contact
school staff for help.

Academic Support
To ask for academic support if a student is struggling with classwork. Parents or guardians should
contact school staff for assistance.

Transportation Assistance
To ask for transportation support if a student is at risk of missing school. Parents or guardians should
contact school staff for assistance. Homeless Liaisons can work with parents to problem-solve
transportation challenges.

Habitat for Humanity to Hold Application Meetings

The new year is bringing new home ownership opportunities for Nevada County residents with low income. Habitat for Humanity will soon be accepting applications for their Heritage Oaks neighborhood in Grass Valley.

Habitat for Humanity is hosting two Application Information Meetings for folks interested in applying. The meetings will be held at the United Methodist Church in Grass Valley on Wednesday, January 10th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, January 13th at 1:00 pm. Call 530-274-1951 to reserve your spot.

The benefits of partnering with Habitat for Humanity include:

Click on the image above to open a PDF of the flyer.
  • Affordable, no-profit, principal-only home loans
  • Energy-efficient homes with quality construction
  • A great neighborhood with easy access to schools, businesses, and services
  • Investment in a safe, stable asset for your family for generations to come

In order to qualify, families must:

  • Meet income requirements (see the flyer for information on the minimum and maximum annual gross income for your family size)
  • Have an income and the ability to pay for a habitat home
  • Be in need of better housing
  • Be willing to partner with Habitat, including putting in “sweat equity” hours
  • Live or work in Nevada County

All Habitat for Humanity homes are sold to the homeowner family at no profit and with a 0% interest mortgage. If you find yourself spending your entire paycheck on housing, this opportunity is for you.

Call 530-274-1951 form more information or to reserve your spot.

Details:

What: Habitat for Humanity Application Information Meeting

When: Wednesday, January 10th at 7:00 pm OR Saturday, January 13th at 1:00 pm

Where: Grass Valley United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, 236 Church Street, Grass Valley

Cost: Free. Call 530-274-1951 to reserve your spot. Child care will be available (call to reserve).

 

5 Ways to Get Involved for #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, a great excuse for all of us to take a look around our world and decide how we can be of service. Giving is about more than writing a check—it’s about seeing a need for change and doing what you can to bring it about. Whether it’s our time, our money, or our great idea, we all have something to give.

This #GivingTuesday, we hope that you will support 211 in helping people connect to the services they need to live healthy, independent lives. Here are 5 great ways to give:

1. Donate Your Time
If what you have to give is time, we’ll take it! Your time and energy are very valuable to us. 211 is always looking for volunteers to help with outreach, satisfaction surveys, tax scheduling, and more. If you love meeting new people, learning new things, and helping people in your community connect, get in touch! Learn more about volunteering for 211 here and here.

2. Share Your Expertise
Do you have a superpower you want to share? Maybe you relish research, have a way with words, or are a real people person. Don’t keep all that talent to yourself. 211 needs your expertise. Let us know how you can help and we’ll gladly turn your expertise into action.

3. Make a Financial Contribution
There’s no way around it: money helps. Making a monthly donation, whether it’s for $5 or $500, lets us know that you support the work we’re doing in the community. Your monthly donation gives us the security we need to build this great program to meet the needs of more people in Nevada County. Donate here.

4. Like or Share
Social media is powerful. Use your power for good by liking 211 on Facebook and Instagram and invite your friends to do the same. It really helps!

5. Tell a Friend
If you like what 211 is doing, let someone else know about us. Tell your friends, your family, and your neighbors about 211 and help us spread the word. And remember, 211 is free, friendly, and available 24/7.

4 Great Reasons to Volunteer

Each year, 211 partners with AARP to set free Tax-Aide appointments for community members with low and middle income. Scheduling hundreds of tax appointments between January and April requires a great group of dedicated volunteers. Here are four reasons you might want to be one of them:

Get ‘er Done

Like all good things, tax season must come to an end. Tax appointment scheduling starts in early January and ends April 17th. Get all of your volunteering done in the cold and rainy months and feel great about hitting the road when the sun comes out.

Meet New Friends

We like to think we have a pretty great team of volunteers and staff around here. A trip to the watercooler might put you in the path of a rancher, a pilot, a winery owner, a singer who does a killer Bowie impression, an art historian, and many, many dog lovers. If you love talking to people, this job is for you.

Keep Your Skills Sharp

We answer calls and schedule appointments using web-based applications. If you can shop online, you can answer a 211 call. This is a great opportunity to keep up those skills and learn a few more along the way.

Help Your Community Connect

Each year, 211 answers over 10,000 calls from Nevada County residents like yourself. 211 is a quick, easy starting point to connect to community resources for food, shelter, transportation, legal assistance, and more. Your work as a volunteer supports local people in living healthy, independent lives.

If any (or all) of these reasons appeal to you, get in touch. Check out our Opportunities page for more information or download an application here.

New Parent Resources: Car Seats

By now we all know that car seats save lives. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, car seat use reduces the risk of death in infants by 71% and in toddlers by 54%. Car seats are so important for child safety that they are now one of the very first tools new parents need to bring their babies home; hospitals cannot allow a newborn to leave in a car without a car seat.

Car seats are expensive and complicated. With some help, every family can get a car seat (and get it installed correctly) to make sure every trip in a car is a safe one.

Getting a Car Seat

A very good place to start is at one of the PARTNERS Family Resource Centers in our area. The FRC will see if you are qualified for a free car seat and help you get the best one for your child’s needs. Start with the Grass Valley Family Resource Center. They will get you headed in the right direction.

Grass Valley PARTNERS Family Resource Center
235 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley
530-273-4059

Installation Assistance

Car seats are great, but these simple superheroes need an assist from us to be truly effective. That means making sure your car seat is properly installed. (Three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly, diminishing their ability to prevent injury or death in a car accident).

There are a number of options to help you properly install your car seat for the best protection of your baby. All require you call for an appointment.

Nevada County Child Car Seat Inspector
Nevada County Highway Patrol
11363 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA
530-477-4900

First 5 Nevada County
250 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, CA
530-274-5361

AAA Car Seat Installation Inspector (This is for all, not just AAA members!)
Kristen Engelstad
113 Dorsey Drive
Grass Valley, CA
530-271-2620

As your child grows, continue to keep her safe in the appropriate car seat. Check with the Nevada County Car Seat Inspector at 530-477-4900 for the latest information.

For more information on resources for families, see our Children & Youth resource page.

 

 

Navigate Your Transportation Options with 211

“How do you plan to get there?” We’ve recently started asking this question of many of our 211 callers. We serve a lot of folks who don’t have a car, no longer drive, or have never driven. Whatever the reason, we all still need a way to get where we’re going.

Cars are convenient, but they’re not the only option. Nevada County has public buses, paratransit services, taxi services, and even an Uber driver or two. How do you know which one will work best for you? Ask 211.

We’ll ask you some simple questions to help you narrow down your options and find the transportation choice that works best for you. Here’s how we’ll start:

Where are you now? Where are you going?
If we know your start and end points, we can help you narrow down the options. We’ll start by eliminating options that don’t go to those places.

Are you on a bus route?
We can help you find the nearest bus stop and check to see if your path there is safe and accessible.

When do you need to be there?
Your options will be different depending on the day and time you’re traveling. If you’re headed to an appointment during business hours you may be able to use the bus or paratransit system. If you are heading out at night, you may need to call a taxi.

If you are taking the bus, it’s smart to work backwards from your arrival time to make sure you board the bus with enough time to reach your destination. We’ll help you read the timetables to find the best route, bus stop, and boarding time.

Are you traveling to a medical appointment?
There’s a chance your health insurance will pay for transportation to your doctor’s office. We can help you check what your plan offers.

Are you a veteran, senior, or person with a disability?
There may be additional options based on your individual situation or needs. We’ll go through these with you to see if you qualify.

Do you use a wheelchair?
Let’s make sure your transportation options are accessible. All of the public buses have ramps and tie downs for wheelchairs, but only certain taxis have accessible vehicles.

What’s your goal?
Maybe you don’t want or need to leave the house. If what you really need is food delivery, a good book, or a visit from a friend, there may be services available to meet your needs.

Wherever you’re going, make 211 your first stop. For more information, give us a call by dialing 2-1-1- or check out the transportation resource page on our website.

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 public.health@co.nevada.ca.us.

Details

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!

Get Empowered, Prepared, & Proactive About Falls

In 2014, over 1000 Nevada County seniors went to the emergency room due to a fall. According to the Falls Prevention Coalition of Nevada County, falls are the number one reason seniors are hospitalized due to injury.

We are at greater risk of falling as we age, but there are simple steps seniors can take to reduce the chances of a fall.

On September 27th, the Falls Prevention Coalition is hosting its 10th annual community event to bring seniors, their family members, and caregivers together to share information, resources, and ideas for staying strong, safe, and independent.

The event, which will take place at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Grass Valley from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, will feature keynote speaker Leslie Kernisan, MD, MPH on “How to Spot Risky Meds, Partner with Your Doctors and Personalize Your Fall Prevention Plan!”

The Coalition has planned a fun, interactive day that will include a resource fair, music by the Forever Young Senior Chorus, and a buffet lunch. Optional breakout sessions on exercise planning and community support services will be available from 1:30 to 2:30.

To register for the event, call 530-271-0255. Registration ends September 22nd.

Details

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What: Falls Prevention Coalition 

When: Wednesday, September 27, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with optional breakout sessions from 1:30 to 2:30.

Where: Seventh Day Adventist Church

12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley (off Hwy 174, near Union Hill School)

Cost: Free. $10 suggested donation at the door.

Connecting Point Offers Free Classes for Caregivers

Providing care for a spouse or aging parent is hard work, both physically and emotionally. Caregivers are often so focused on the needs of others that they forget to care for themselves.

Reducing your stress and learning new tools can help both you and your loved one live a safer, more balanced life.

Connecting Point offers free classes taught by experts in the field to help caregivers sharpen their skills and reduce the stress of caregiving. Classes include:

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Safe Lifting & Transferring 
October 3, 2017
Learn practical skills to safely lift someone into and out of a car, chair, bed, or bathtub.

Practicing Peace 
Oct 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2017 or April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018
Build your self-care toolbox with techniques to minimize the emotional and physical effects of stress.

Confident Dementia Caregiver 
November 1 & 2, 2017 or May 2 & 3, 2018
Gain a better understanding of the various types of dementia and how to care for someone with memory loss.

Disaster Preparedness 
November 14, 2017
Prepare yourself and your family-member for a natural or man-made disaster.

Self-Care & Stress Reduction 
February 13, 2017
Take responsibility for your self-care and identify sources of strength that can help you minimize stress.

Universal Precautions 
March 13, 2018
Get tips on how to protect yourself and your loved one from communicable diseases.

These interactive classes are designed specifically for caregivers. Get the tools you need to save you time and energy and the self-care you need to save your life.

All classes are free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot. For more information or to RSVP for classes, call Karen Bellanti at 530-274-5601 or register online.

 

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