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.

Resources

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 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

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

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:

Click on the image above to view a PDF of the full class schedule.

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.

 

A Q&A on ASQ

The first five years of your child’s life are some of the most important for her development. As she grows, she’s developing core skills—communication skills, motor skills, problem-solving skills, and social skills–that she will rely on for the rest of her life. Because these years are so vital, 211 is now offering tools and assistance to parents of children age 0 to 5 to help their kids get the best start possible.

One of these tools is the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3), an easy-to-use tool to help you better understand what to expect at each stage of your child’s development and to keep track of her strengths as she grows.

You can complete the ASQ at home on your own or meet with our Ready to Grow Specialist, who will walk you through the questionnaire.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the ASQ:

What is ASQ-3?
ASQ-3 is a set of questionnaires about your child’s development. It has been used for more than 20 years to make sure children are developing well. An ASQ screening provides a quick look at how your child is doing in important areas such as communication, physical ability, social skills, and problem-solving skills. ASQ-3 can help identify your child’s strengths as well as any areas where she may need support.

What age range does ASQ cover?
The ASQ can be used for children from 1 month to 5½ years of age. Questionnaires can be completed at any or all of the following intervals: 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36, 42, 48, 54, and 60 months of age.

How do I complete the ASQ?
Parents or caregivers can complete the ASQ-3 independently online or make an appointment with our Ready to Grow Specialist, Lorena Schoch, who will assist you with the questionnaire.

Is it parent-friendly?
No one knows your child better than you do. ASQ-3 relies on your in-depth knowledge of your child to accurately assess her strengths. The ASQ questions have been designed with parents in mind and include illustrations and examples to make the process user-friendly and fun.

How long does it take?
Questionnaires can take between 10 and 40 minutes for parents or caregivers to complete.

Does taking the ASQ cost anything?
No. The ASQ screening through 211 is free of charge.

Is it easy to do?
Yes! ASQ-3 questionnaires are written in simple, straightforward language and include illustrations and concrete examples. Each questionnaire comes with:

• easy instructions
• an information sheet for identification
• 30 simply worded activities—6 for each of the 5 developmental areas
• an information summary sheet for scoring and general comments

How is it scored?
ASQ uses a simple formula to convert parents’ responses to points:

• Each yes response is assigned 10 points
• Each sometimes is assigned 5 points
• Each not yet is assigned 0 points

The points are totaled for each developmental area and transferred to a summary sheet. Scoring takes only about 2–3 minutes.

What materials do I need?
There are no specific tools required to complete the ASQ. You can use toys or simple household items that you already have.

What are the questions like?
A question from the Problem Solving section of the 2-month questionnaire, for example, is: “When you hold your baby in a sitting position, does she look at a toy (about the size of a cup or rattle) that you place on the table or floor in front of her?”

Where do my answers go?
If you complete the ASQ online, your completed questionnaire will be sent to our Ready to Grow Specialist, who will quickly score the ASQ and contact you within one business day.

If you would like assistance completing the ASQ, you can set up an appointment to meet with our Ready to Grow Specialist at our office. She will enter the answers from your paper questionnaire into an online database and share the results with you within one business day.

How will you contact me?
Our Ready to Grow Specialist, Lorena Schoch, will contact you by phone, email, or mail.

After I complete the screening, what is the next step?
Once you have completed the ASQ questionnaire, our Ready to Grow Specialist, Lorena Schoch, will contact you to share the results and discuss your child’s strengths. If it looks like there are any areas where your child may need some support, Lorena will be able to recommend community resources.

Is this information confidential?
Yes.

Is the ASQ available in languages other than English?
Yes, 211 currently offers ASQ screenings in English and Spanish.

How can I get more information about the Ages & Stages Questionnaire?
For more information about the ASQ or to schedule an in-person ASQ appointment, please give us a call by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-877-847-0499) or email our Ready to Grow Specialist, Lorena Schoch, at lorenas@connectingpoint.org.

 

Learning is a Lifelong Pursuit with OLLI

All of this back-to-school talk has some of us feeling jealous of the younger folks in our community who are—as we speak—browsing through course catalogs, scheduling classes, and making plans for the academic year ahead. Fall is all possibility, with course descriptions that promise to transport us back to Ancient Egypt, illuminate the fundamentals of our Democracy, or make us the great performers we’ve always known we could be.

For those of us who never want to stop learning, Sierra College’s OLLI—Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—is just the thing to satisfy our back-to-school envy. OLLI offers classes for people age 50 and over who are eager to expand their knowledge on a variety of topics, without tests or grades. With classes on art, film, history, health, literature, music, and science there is something for everyone. And that Ancient Egypt class? It starts in October.

OLLI classes are offered at the Grass Valley, Tahoe-Truckee, Rocklin, and Roseville Sierra College campuses. No previous educational background is necessary to join OLLI, just a desire and interest to learn or experience something new.

Class fees range from $15 to $50 and OLLI offers a whole slate of free classes. You must be a Club OLLI member to register for a class or special interest group. Annual membership is $20 and is valid from August 1 to July 31 each year.

Ready to enroll? Flip through the Fall 2017 OLLI Catalog for more information or download an OLLI registration form to get started. 

For more information about the Sierra College OLLI, call 1-800-242-4004 extension 6290 or email olli@sierracollege.edu.

Back to School by Bus

School is back in session this month. If you’re scrambling to figure out how you or a family-member are going to get to school, look no further. Below is your Back to School by Bus guide, with routes, arrival times, and instructions on how to take public transportation to our local high school and college campuses. Take the bus to school and spend less time driving and more time with your books.

This is just a start. For help finding your best route and planning your trip to school, give us a call at 211.

Sierra College

Nevada County Campus

Gold Country Stage Route 4 goes directly to Sierra College’s Nevada County Campus, arriving at 6:39 am, 7:39 am, 8:39 am, 9:39 am, 10:39 am, 11:39 am, 12:39 pm, 1:39 pm, 2:39 pm, 3:39 pm, 4:39 pm, and 5:39 pm.

You can catch Route 4 at the Tinloy Transfer Station in Grass Valley at half past the hour, from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. The ride from Tinloy to Sierra College takes nine minutes.

Gold Country Stage Route 2 stops at Sierra College Drive, right near BriarPatch at 7:40 am, 9:40 am, 11:40 am, 2:40 pm, 4:40 pm, and 6:40 pm. Riders taking Route 2 will have to walk up the hill to the campus.

Route 2 departs the Tinloy Transfer Station at 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 6:30 pm. The ride from Tinloy to Sierra College takes ten minutes.

Rocklin Campus

The ride from Grass Valley to Rocklin requires two steps:

1) Take Gold Country Stage Route 5 from the Tinloy Transfer Station in Grass Valley to the Auburn Amtrak station at Nevada Street. Catch the bus at Tinloy at 6:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm. The ride from Grass Valley to Auburn takes 50 minutes and arrives at 6:50 am, 8:50 am, 9:50 am, 1:50 pm, 3:50 pm, and 5:50 pm.

2) From the Auburn Amtrak Station, take the Placer County Transit #10 Light Rail Bus DIRECTLY to Sierra College. This bus runs every hour, on the hour, from 5 am to 7 pm. The ride takes 17 minutes, arriving at 17 minutes after the hour, every hour, from 5 am to 7 pm.

Returning from Rocklin:

The Placer County Transit #10 picks up at Sierra College and goes back to Auburn Station every hour, 40 minutes after the hour, from 6:40 am to 8:40 pm. It is important to note, however, that Gold Country Stage Route 5 returns to Grass Valley from the Auburn Amtrak Station only six times throughout the day, at 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.

Nevada Union High School

Gold Country Stage Route 2 stops at Nevada Union High School at 7:42 am, 9:42 am, 11:42 am, 2:42 pm, 4:42 pm, and 6:42 pm.

See above for Route 2 departure times from the Tinloy Transfer Station.

Bear River High School

There is no Gold Country Stage bus that goes all the way to Bear River High School. However, Gold Country Stage Route 5 stops at the Holiday Market at the Lake Center in Lake of the Pines. From the Holiday Market, it is a .6 mile walk to the Bear River campus along a safe walking path. The walk takes approximately 12-15 minutes. The Route 5 bus arrives at the Lake Center/Holiday Market at 6:28 am, 8:28 am, 9:28 am, 1:28 pm, 3:28 pm, and 5:28 pm.

See above for Route 5 departure times from the Tinloy Transfer Station in Grass Valley.

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Give Back & Get Back with Community Involvement Day

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with local organizations–the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, 211, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Cinderella Project, The Karing Closet, and BloodSource–on July 31st for Community Involvement Day.

Donate items to help people in your community and receive coupons for buy one, get one admission tickets to the Fair. Or, donate blood through BloodSource on that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair.

The organizations will be out at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 parking lot on Monday, July 31, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm to receive donations of any of the items listed below:

Food Bank of Nevada County: Donate four cans of food.

Foothill Lions: Donate an old hearing aid or old prescription eye glasses.

211: Donate new/unopened toiletries, including soap, shampoo, shaving cream, disposable razors, toothpaste/toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant, toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary wipes, tampons and pads, Chapstick, sunblock and Band-Aids.

NEO: Donate paper, paint supplies, glue sticks, paper towels, sharpies, general craft supplies, packaged snacks, scissors, paint brushes, blank canvases, ping pong and foosball supplies, yoga mats, and music equipment.

Story Club: Donate two new or slightly used children’s books, or chapter books for teens.

Community Beyond Violence (former Domestic Violence Coalition): Donate gift cards for local merchants for groceries, clothing, gas, bus passes, movie passes, calling cards, shelter supplies and maintenance; kitchen products; pre-paid phones; new socks and underwear; toiletries; bedding (twin and full size).

Cinderella Project: Donate clean, age-appropriate items from your closet, including prom dresses and semi-formal dresses (all sizes, styles and colors); new or like new high heels, especially ones with sparkle or black strappy styles; jewelry with an emphasis on sparkle (no pearls/costume pearls); hair ornaments, tiaras; and small handbags/clutches.

The Karing Closet: Donate boxes of XL or Jumbo Ziploc bags, packages of index cards, poster board, banker’s boxes, or one new or gently-used school-ready outfit (from children’s size 5 to Junior’s size 16) in a large Ziploc marked bag. No garbage bags full of clothing.

BloodSource: For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the Gate 1 parking lot at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For information and eligibility about blood donation, visit www.bloodsource.org.

Those who donate items to the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, NEO, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, 211, Cinderella Project, and The Karing Closet will receive a coupon to buy one advance special $6 admission ticket and receive one free. That’s two for the price of one!

Those who make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile will receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair.

Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them!

To receive your coupons or free tickets, all donations must be brought to the Gate 1 parking lot at the Fairgrounds on July 31st between 1:00- pm and 6:00 pm. Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 8th. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.

Also at this year’s Community Involvement Day, the Foothills Lions Club, in conjunction with the Northern California Lions Sight Association, will provide free vision screening services to adults and children. For the event, the Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Associations Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motorhome that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children, and special tests will be provided to children ages 6 months to 6 years old using PlusOptix equipment. Local optometrists–Dr. Kirschbaum, OD; Dr. Jerry Chan, OD; and Dr. Tiffany Chan, OD–will volunteer their services for the day. The testing will be done at Community Involvement Day.

This year’s Fair is August 9th through 13th. For more information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

Details

What: Community Involvement Day
When: Monday, July 31st, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 1
11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley

Seniors Break Down the Walls to Connect

In a world as connected as ours, there’s no good reason for seniors to be isolated. Even if you go days without seeing another person or have trouble leaving the house, you can still find the comfort of human connection over the phone. Now you can connect from the comfort of your own home with Senior Center Without Walls.

This innovative program lets you meet new people, learn, and explore the world without leaving your living room. Senior Center Without Walls offers over 70 regularly scheduled telephone and web groups each week for adults 60 and over.

Play games, discuss books and poetry, take a writing workshop, talk philosophy or religion, join a support group, exercise, or call in to request your favorite song. The opportunities are endless and all classes are free for seniors.

See the course catalog for full descriptions of current classes. You can register at any time throughout the session and join any of the groups offered.

Register by phone at 1-877-797-7299 or complete the registration form and email it to SCWW@jtm-esc.org or mail it to Senior Center Without Walls, 881 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Once your registration is received, SCWW will send you everything you need to get started. If you have questions about the program or would like more information, call 1-877-797-7299.

There’s a whole world waiting out there for you.

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 lorenas@connectingpoint.org.

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.

‘Aging out Loud’ is What You Make of It

By Ann Guerra

I recently had the pleasure of helping two local women celebrate their 90th birthdays. If one attended the party and didn’t know these women, it would have been impossible to pick out who the 90 year olds were. Both loved dancing in their earlier years and both are participating in activities where they make a difference and stay connected to people with similar interests. These women age out loud!

This year, the federal Administration on Aging is highlighting the theme “Age Out Loud” in celebration of Older Americans Month. In Nevada County, where a good percentage of the population is over 60, we are loud by our very presence. The Older Americans Act defines a senior as someone who is 60 years or older. In Nevada County, 33% of us fall into this group. More surprising is the fact that the fastest growing segment of the senior population are people 80 and up. But what is the Administration on Aging, what impact does it have in Nevada County, and what does it mean to “age out loud”?

The Administration on Aging carries out the mandates of the Older Americans Act. Originally enacted in 1965, the Older Americans Act (OAA) supports a range of home and community-based services for seniors, such as meals-on-wheels and other nutrition programs, in-home services, transportation, legal services, elder abuse prevention, and caregiver support.

211’s Senior Assistance Line is a local program funded by the Older Americans Act. The Senior Assistance Line is designed to connect seniors to needed services and also to provide options when one is considering or facing a lifestyle change, whether due to choice, disability, or financial status.

In California, Agencies on Aging are the vehicle for delivering Older Americans Act services. Agency on Aging Area 4 (AAA4) serves Nevada County and six other Northern California counties. AAA4 is governed by a board made up of county supervisors and other appointees from each county. Nevada County seniors are represented on the governing board by Supervisor Heidi Hall and Andy Burton.

Seniors can contribute their input through our representatives on the board or, every few years, through town hall meetings and surveys conducted by AAA4. FREED’s minor home repair program and Gold Country LIFT’s Sunday transportation service are two great examples of programs being funded to meet local priorities and needs. The North Tahoe/Truckee Transit program is also funded as a result of local input.

But all of these programs are simply here to support us as we move forward in life. As my 90 year old friends demonstrate every day, aging out loud is what you decide it will be.

 

Ann Guerra is the Executive Director of Connecting Point, the home of 211 Nevada County.

Senior Stays Connected with Gold Country Stage

Margaret Burlew (with her bus pass around her neck) stands ready to board the Gold Country Stage.

When Margaret Burlew’s husband passed away in 2007, she found herself isolated, lonely, and no longer able to afford the gas to get around town in her car.

That’s when she headed back to the bus.

It wasn’t Margaret’s first time using public transportation to get around. She actually started riding the bus when she was eight years old. Each weekday, Margaret took the Grass Valley-Nevada City Bus Line—a private bus that ran between Grass Valley and Nevada City from 1922 to 1963—to school from her home at Mill Street and McCourtney Road. “The school bus wouldn’t stop there. They stopped on the top of the hill,” Margaret told me recently. The Grass Valley-Nevada City Bus Line, on the other hand, stopped right in front of her house. Back then, “it cost a quarter to ride to Nevada City,” Margaret recalls.

As an adult, Margaret moved to Southern California and learned to drive on the Ventura Freeway. Her bus-riding days were behind her. But when she found herself on her own in Nevada County, the bus made better financial sense. “It’s very affordable for seniors,” she said. Margaret’s monthly pass costs her $22.50 and takes her everywhere she wants to go, including to her health care at Western Sierra Medical Clinic. “They take you right up to the door,” she says. “Right up to the front door. What better service than that would you want?”

Margaret takes the Gold Country Stage every day, going to the post office, doing her shopping, and riding around and socializing with people. It’s her way of staying active as she ages. “I used to work in a convalescent hospital as a CNA, and they said ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it.’ You’ve got to keep going. After my husband died, all I did was stay home and cry. Every day I’d stay home and cry because I was lonely. Well, I’m still lonely, but I take the bus every day and that helps my loneliness.”

A huge advocate for our public transportation system, Margaret can tell you all of the interesting places you can get to by bus (ask her about her trip to Reno sometime). When I asked Margaret what her favorite destination is she said “I just like to ride. Period.”

Margaret’s knowledge of the Gold Country Stage bus system is extensive, but she wasn’t always an expert. “I needed a little help at first,” she said. “But now I can help others.” She added: “We’ve got lovely bus drivers. They’re very accommodating and very helpful to people.”

Talking to Margaret, you get the sense that she has always been fiercely independent. For her, the bus is a means of connecting to the community and to others. And it’s one she’s not going to give up anytime soon. “About two years ago, I had emergency surgery. I had a hernia. Oh, I was in such pain. They operated on me on Monday, I came home Tuesday, I went on the bus Wednesday, and I’ve been out ever since!”

 

Thank you to Margaret Munson of the Nevada County Historical Society for assistance with research on this article.

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
530-265-7050
 
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
530-273-4117
 
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
530-432-5764
 
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
12:24pm
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
530-582-7846
 
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.

Register for Free Caregiver Classes

Caring for a friend or loved one can be challenging work, especially when you don’t have all of the skills and support you need. Connecting Point is now offering free classes to help caregivers sharpen their skills and take better care of themselves in the process.

The slate of classes includes practical training in caregiving skills such as lifting and transferring, universal precautions, and dementia care as well as classes on self-care and stress reduction.

Classes start on February 7, beginning with a training on Safe Lifting & Transferring. Learn simple techniques to safely move someone into and out of a car, chair, bed, or bathtub without hurting them or yourself. This class is for caregivers of all skill levels. The Safe Lifting & Transferring class will be held from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Connecting Point office at 208 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

All classes are free for the public. Call 211 to register (dial 2-1-1 or 877-847-0499).

Check out the Connecting Point website for a full list of free classes or to learn more about how Connecting Point supports seniors and people with disabilities.

Call 211 to Schedule Free Tax Assistance

It’s time to start thinking about TAXES. Once again the AARP Tax Aide volunteers are gearing up to provide preparation services and electronic filing of both federal and state tax returns. This service is provided to Nevada County residents with low to moderate income at NO COST.

Get the help of IRS-trained and certified local volunteers who will help you navigate the state and federal tax filing process. 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.

Appointments for the AARP Tax Aide program are available on Mondays beginning February 6th. In-home tax assistance may be available for those who are unable to leave their home.

Appointments are required. Call 2-1-1 (or 844-319-4119) for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Gold Country Stage Connects Veterans to Healthcare

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For veterans living in Nevada County, connecting to health care often means traveling. If you can’t get there by car, Gold Country Stage has you covered.

Below are step-by-step instructions from Grass Valley to the VA clinic in Auburn via Gold Country Stage. For assistance planning your trip, give us a call at 2-1-1.

Start Your Journey

All lines connect at the bus depot at Tinloy & Bank Streets.

Find Your Route

Nevada City – Route 1
Grass Valley (Alta Street, Ridge Road) – Route 2
Grass Valley (Loma Rica, Fairgrounds) – Route 3
Grass Valley (Old Tunnel Road, Dorsey Drive) – Route 4
Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, Auburn – Route 5
Rough & Ready, Penn Valley – Route 6

For more information on routes and schedules, check out the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide and System Map.

Sierra Foothills Outpatient Clinic

The Sierra Foothills Outpatient Clinic provides primary care, individual and group therapy, and social services for Nevada County veterans. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and is located at 11985 Heritage Oak Place in Auburn. For more information, call 530-889-0872.

Getting There by Bus

Take Gold Country Stage Route 5 from Tinloy Street Transit Center in Grass Valley to Professional Drive & Fortune in Auburn. (Please note: Route 5X at 9:00 am is an express bus and does not stop at Professional Drive).

STEP 1: Board Gold Country Stage Route 5 at the Tinloy Street Transit Center in Grass Valley. When boarding the bus, let the driver know that you want to get off at Professional Drive in Auburn. This is an on-demand stop, meaning you must request that the driver stop there.

STEP 2: Get off at the Professional Drive bus stop in Auburn.

STEP 3: Walk back to Bell Road. Cross Bell Road.

STEP 4: Turn left & walk about 2/3 of the way down the block towards the corner of Heritage Oak Place & Bell Road.

STEP 5: Turn right onto the path leading to parking lot behind Sierra Outpatient Clinic (11985 Heritage Oak Place) & enter through the rear.

Bus Schedule from Tinloy Transit Center

Departs Grass Valley  Arrives in Auburn
6 am  6:40 am
8 am 8:40 am
1 pm 1:40 pm
3 pm  3:40 pm
5 pm  5:40 pm

Return Trip

Professional Drive is an on-demand stop only. You must call ahead at least 1 hour in advance to schedule a pick-up. Call 530-477-0103, ext. 0.

STEP 1: Walk west on Bell Road to the corner of Professional Drive.

STEP 2: Turn right and cross Bell Road. Continue north to the bus stop at Professional Drive & Fortune.

STEP 3: Take Gold Country Stage Route 5 to the Tinloy Street Transit Center in Grass Valley.

Bus Schedule from Professional Drive

Departs Auburn  Arrives in Grass Valley
7:10 am  7:50 am
9:10 am  9:50 am
11:10 am  11:50 am
2:10 pm 2:50 pm
4:10 pm  4:50 pm
6:10 pm  6:50 pm

Additional Options:

The Auburn clinic provides limited healthcare services. The closest full-service VA health care center is located in Reno.

Getting There

The Veterans Services Office provides free transportation to the Reno VA Medical Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On a limited basis, the Veterans Services Office can also transport veterans to specialized medical appointments in distant locations such as Auburn, Sacramento, and Marysville. Please call the Veterans Services Office at 530-273-3396 for more information or to schedule a ride.