It’s Market Money Time

Double Your CalFresh Dollars

The CalFresh Market Money program is back for another season of fresh fruits and veggies straight from your local farmers.

CalFresh participants who spend 10 EBT dollars on market tokens can get 10 more tokens free at all participating markets, all season long.

Participating Markets

THE MARKET AT GRASS VALLEY
Pine Creek Shopping Center (Raley’s), 650 Freeman Lane
Tuesdays, June 4th through September 24th
8:00 am to 12;00 pm

THE MARKET AT GRASS VALLEY
Corner of South Auburn & Neal Street, Grass Valley
June 6th through September 26th
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

NEVADA CITY FARMERS’ MARKET
Union Street, Nevada City
June 1st through November 23rd
8:30 am to 1:00 pm

How It Works

If you are already a CalFresh participant, getting your market match is simple. Just follow these three easy steps:

  1. Come out to the Connecting Point booth at any of the participating farmers’ markets.
  2. Show us your EBT card and photo ID. We’ll match your EBT tokens up to $10.
  3. Use your market tokens to buy fruits and veggies from participating farm stands.

If you are interested in applying for CalFresh benefits, you can learn more at Nevada County’s CalFresh website or begin your online application at C4Yourself.

Get on the Bus with Summer Youth Pass

Image of two young women smiling at the camera. Text includes information about the Summer Youth Bus Pass.School is wrapping up for the year and summer activities are kicking into high gear. But how are your kids getting to all these great events? How about the bus!

Give your kids the gift of independence with a Gold Country Stage Summer Youth Pass.

For just $25, kids ages 6-17 can get unlimited rides all summer long, from June 1 through August 31. The pass is good for all Gold Country Stage routes, including Route 5 to Auburn, Route 6 to Penn Valley–Lake Wildwood, and the new Lucky Route 7, serving the South Yuba River and North San Juan (beginning July 8th).

Purchase your Summer Youth Pass at the Gold Country Stage office at 13081 John Bauer Avenue in Grass Valley, Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Proof of age is required.

Check out the Rider’s Guide at the Gold Country Stage website for bus routes and schedules. Call 211 for help planning your trip.

Want to learn to ride the bus like a pro? Join Connecting Point’s upcoming Bus Basics class or get in touch with our Travel Trainer to schedule your one-on-one or group training.

Free Summer Lunches for Kids

Silhouette of a tree against a blue background. A picnic table is underneath. The text reads "Kids Summer Lunch program."Local kids may be out of school, but they’re not out on their own this summer. Community groups are coming together to ensure children have access to food and fun activities while they’re on break.

The Department of Education, in partnership with Nevada County Public Health and the Nevada County Library are providing free lunches at four sites in Nevada County. The Food Bank of Nevada County is providing free lunches at apartment complexes throughout Grass Valley. Here are the details:

Department of Education Lunches

The California Department of Education is funding a free summer lunch program for children throughout the state, including three sites in Western Nevada County and one in Eastern Nevada County.

Free summer lunches are for kids ages 0-18 and 19-21 year olds with a mental or physical disability and an IEP. Lunch must be eaten on site.

Want to take the bus to lunch? Check out Gold Country Stage’s Summer Youth Pass and call 211 for help planning your trip.

Locations

Grass Valley Library

207 Mill Street, Grass Valley
Monday through Friday, June 10-August 13 (NO MEALS ON JULY 4th)
Lunch served from 12:00-12:30 pm
Activities from 12:30-1:00 pm

Lyman Gilmore Middle School

10837 Rough and Ready Hwy, Grass Valley
Monday through Friday, June 11-August 9 (NO MEALS ON JULY 4th)
Lunch served from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm outside near the basketball courts.

Meadow Park

10115 Donner Trail Road, Truckee (behind Plumas Bank)
Monday through Friday, July 8-August 2 (NO MEALS ON JULY 4th)
Lunch served from 12:15 to 12:45 pm
Activities from 12:45-1:15 pm

Memorial Park

350 Race Street, Grass Valley
Monday through Friday, June 17-August 9 (NO MEALS JULY 1st-5th)
Lunch served from 12:00 to 12:30 pm between the pool and the new playground

Food Bank Lunches

The Food Bank of Nevada County is also offering free summer lunches for kids, Monday through Friday, June 10-August 2. Lunches are served at six different apartment complexes in Grass Valley.

Summer lunches are open to all kids (you don’t need to live in the apartments to participate). See the Food Bank’s Summer Lunches flyer for details. From more information, call 530-272-3796.

Library Launches Summer Learning Program

Drawing of an astronaut with Summer Learning dates3-2-1 BLASTOFF! The Nevada County Library is counting down for another great year of summer learning for kids. This is your chance to read books, earn prizes, and go to out-of-this-world events at your library.

Head over to your closest branch between June 8 and July 26 (in Western Nevada County) or June 26-August 14 (in Truckee) to pick up your Challenge Sheet and a free book. Submit your completed Challenge Sheet to win a prize, Nevada County Fair ride tickets, and a chance to win the Grand Prize.

From Baby Prom to the Otaku Anime Club, there is something for all ages and interests. Check out the Library’s Summer Learning Website for the full schedule.

All programs are free. No library card required.

Get Inspired with Great Summer Camp

A group of kids in lime green t-shirts smile at the camera.

The Grass Valley Police Department, NEO, and PARTNERS Family Resource Center are teaming up this summer to host the Great Summer Youth Academy for local 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

This super fun week-long day camp brings students together to build their leadership skills. The camp is led by uniformed Police officers and NEO staff. Activities include skits, games, and field trips. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Session 1, for 6th graders, is July 8-12.
Session 2, for 7th and 8th graders, is July 15-19.

Tuition is $125. Scholarships are available (write a note on your form if you are interested in a scholarship). The deadline to apply is May 22nd.

Check out the NEO website or call 530-470-3869 for more information.

To Apply

Download the application here.

Drop off your application and reference letter at the Family Resource Center located at 235 South Auburn Street (next to GV Charter School) or at the NEO Youth Center located at 139 Joerschke Drive.

Carnival Highlights Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety

Carnival flyerBring the whole family out to the Rood Center on Saturday, May 4th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm for the Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety Carnival.
 
The day will include free activities, events, giveaways, and food. Meet your local first responders, watch a helicopter demo, or saddle up for a bike rodeo. And grab a free carseat and helmet while supplies last.
 
There’s something for everyone!
 
This year’s event is sponsored by the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and Gold Country Kiwanis.
 
Go to MyNevadaCounty.com/SafetyCarnival for more information.

Details

What: Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety Carnival
When: Saturday, May 4th, 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE!

Unplug for Screen-Free Week

Flyer for screen-free weekGet ready to put down your phones, tablets, and remote controls. Nevada County Public Health invites you to join your community in celebrating Screen Free Week, April 29th through May 5th.

Why Go Screen-Free?

We know that kids (and adults!) spend too much time on our devices. Preschool children spend between 2-5 hours a day using electronics. Older kids average 7 hours a day. Adults aren’t immune; we spend about 11 hours a day on screens.

We also know so much screen time isn’t healthy for us. It may negatively affect brain development for young children. It can increase children’s risk for obesity later in life. Too much screen-time for teens can mean they are less likely to hang out with friends. They’re also more likely to feel lonely or depressed. In people of all ages, screen-time can make it harder to fall asleep. It also takes time away from walking, cooking, family time, and just being outside.

So take the week of April 29th through May 5th to unplug. Spend the week reading, drawing, playing, hiking, and creating. Explore new walking trails. Connect with family and friends.

Need Some Ideas?

The community is coming together to offer activities for you and your family during Screen Free Week. Here are just a few of the things you can do:

Dream Art at the Madelyn Helling Library 
April 30, 3:00 to 5:00 pm 
Inspired by the Storywalk Book “Dreamers” by Yuyi Morales, make collage art about your dreams. All ages welcome.

Teen Hike with NEO on Deer Creek Tribute Trail
April 30, 4:00 to 7:00 pm. RSVP required. Call or text (530) 470-3869.

“Hike Like A Girl”
The Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), The Friendship Club, and Folk Trails Hiking Club have teamed up to celebrate national Hike like a Girl Weekend to encourage female-identified people of all ages to walk or hike this weekend and every day. Free guided hikes will be offered on various BYLT trails.
May 4 and 5. Info at BYLT.org/events.

Food Love Farm Annual Plant Sale 
May 4th, 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Potluck at 1:00 pm.
Bring the kids from 12-3 to explore the farm, run around on a scavenger hunt, play compost bingo and more. 
16200 Lake Vera Purdon Road, Nevada City

Visit the Nevada County Public Health website to print a Screen-Free pledge card and download a complete list of activities.

Upcoming Trainings Focus on Youth Mental Health

Flyer with details of the Youth Mental Health First Aid trainingWhat’s Up! Wellness is hosting two upcoming trainings for adults interested in learning about adolescent mental health. The Youth Mental Health First Aid training gives participants information on how to provide initial support and resources to youth in need. The two-day class covers the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help a teen in crisis.

Participants who complete the full eight hour class will be certified for three years.

For more information, call 530-268-5854 or email wellnesscheckups@gmail.com.

Details

What: Youth Mental Health First Aid training
When:
March 28 and 29, 9:30 am-1:45 pm
Where: FREED, 435 Sutton Way in Grass Valley
Cost: Free
Click here to register

What: Youth Mental Health First Aid training
When:
 April 4 and 5, 9:00 am-1:15 pm
Where: Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, 380 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley
Cost: Free
Click here to register

Free Screening of Angst, a Film Exploring Youth Anxiety

Black and white image of a young person wearing a swim cap in a pool. The Text reads: "Angst. Anxiety disorders are real, common, and treatable...let's talk about it!

The Nevada Joint Union High School District is proud to present two free screenings of the award-winning film Angst. Angst explores anxiety, its causes, its effects, and what we can do about it. The film features interviews with kids and young adults who have or have had anxiety and what they’ve learned about it along the way. Viewers will learn more about the causes of anxiety and resources and tools available for those living with anxiety.

Both free screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts. Guardians, caregivers, and other caring adults are invited to attend. The film is appropriate for students 12+ as well. 

Check out a preview of Angst or see the Angst website for more information about the film.

Details

What: Free Screening of Angst
When & Where: March 11, 6:00-8:00 pm, Don Baggett Theater, Nevada Union High School
                              March 13, 6:00-8:00 pm, Bear River High School
Cost: Free

USDA Offers Home Repair Loans & Grants for Homeowners with Low Income

California’s housing crisis has put a strain on many individuals and families with low income. It’s critically important that homeowners with low income, particularly seniors, be able to make 

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

necessary repairs to stay safely in their own homes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering financial assistance to meet this community need.

The USDA’s Home Repair Loan and Grant Program offers qualifying rural homeowners low-interest loans or grants to repair roofing, siding, flooring, insulation, electrical, and other health and safety hazards. The program provides grants of up to $7,500 for individuals aged 62 and over and loans of to $20,000 (with interest as low as 1%) for qualifying low-income homeowners of any age.

In Nevada County, annual income limits are $38,350 for a household of one to four people and $50,650 for a household of five to eight people (see table below).

To qualify you must:

  • Be the homeowner and occupy the house
  • Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere
  • Have a family income below 50% of the area’s median income
  • For grants, be age 62 or older and not be able to repay a repair loan

Nevada County Income Limits:

 Household Size 1-4 People 5-8 People
 Maximum Annual Income $38,350 $50,650

To get your application started, contact Program Specialist Robert Canepa by phone at 530-217-6252 or by email at robert.canepa@usda.gov. USDA Rural Development’s nearest service center is located at 11661 Blocker Drive, Suite 120 in Auburn.To learn more about the Home Repair Loan and Grant Program’s requirements, check out the USDA website or download the flyer for more information.

School Safety Summits

The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office is hosting two upcoming Safety Summits for parents and guardians of local students. Learn how the Superintendent’s Office collaborates with first responders to prepare for and respond to crises in our schools.

This engaging presentation will include representatives from local law enforcement, fire services, and the California Highway Patrol. The panel will address issues such as wildfires, lockdowns, and shelter-in-place procedures.

Summit Dates:

Tuesday, March 5th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Nevada Union High School
11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley

Tuesday, March 12th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Bear River High School
11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley

For more information, contact Safety and School Climate Coordinator Chris Espedal by phone at 530-478-6400 ext. 2047 or by email at cespedal@nevco.org.

Judges Needed for Directing Change Film Contest

Each year, the Directing Change Program and Film Contest invites youth throughout California to submit 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health. The goal of the program is to engage young people in learning about these critical health topics through the medium of film. The films are then used to support awareness, education, and advocacy efforts in schools and communities.

Directing Change is currently seeking judges to help select this year’s winning films. Do you have expertise or interest in directing, writing, editing, acting, journalism, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health?  Become a judge today! 

The process is simple. Judges must:

  • Participate in a brief 30-45 minute judging orientation (via phone or webinar) in February.
  • Review up to 12 sixty-second film submissions and complete an online scoring form for each. The judging period will take place in mid-March 2019.

The entire judging process will take less than 2 hours of your time and can be done online from home. Judges are recognized on the contest website and in the award ceremony program.

Learn more at the Directing Change website or complete the online application here.

The winning teams and their associated schools will win prizes, receive prevention programs and other resources for their schools, and attend the award ceremony at the end of the school year. See past submissions here.

Directing Change is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

Schedule Your Free AARP Tax Appointment

It’s time to start thinking about your TAXES.

Once again the AARP TaxAide volunteers are gearing up to provide tax preparation services and electronic filing of both Federal and California tax returns. The program serves people of all ages with middle and low income and is provided to Nevada County residents at NO COST.

The TaxAide group can prepare most common personal tax returns, including those that have salary, interest, dividends, itemized deductions, pension and IRA withdrawals.

Appointments will be available every Monday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, February 4th through April 8th. Reservations are required.

For more information or to schedule your TaxAide appointment, call 211 (or 1-844-319-4119). 

Happy filing!

 

Habitat for Humanity to Host Information Meetings

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity is holding two application information meetings this month for potential new homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity homes are for families with low income who need better housing and are willing to partner with Habitat. Habitat homes are built by volunteers and are sold to homeowners at no profit, with a 0% interest mortgage.

Application information meetings will be held on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church. For more information, check out the flyer or call 530-274-1951.

Childcare will be available by request. Please call 530-274-1951 to reserve your spot.

Details

What: Habitat for Humanity Application Information meeting

When: Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 pm or Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

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

Cost: Free. Call 530-274-1951 to reserve your spot.

Upcoming Forums Focus on Community Needs

The Nevada County Adult & Family Services Commission is seeking community input on the needs of people with very low income in Nevada County.

The commission is holding two Community Forums to learn more about community needs related to the broad issues of poverty, unemployment, education, health, nutrition, housing, homelessness, crime, transportation, delinquency, obstacles to self-sufficiency, and economic opportunity.

Individual community members and representatives of local organizations are invited to share their views and experiences. In Eastern Nevada County, the forum will be held on Thursday, December 6th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Truckee Government Center, 10075 Levon Avenue. In Western Nevada County, the forum will be held on Friday, December 7th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City. Each speaker will be given five minutes to present. A sign-up sheet for speakers will be provided at the door.

If you are unable to attend a Community Forum, you can still make your voice heard by completing a short survey online. There is a survey for individual community members and one for community organizations. If you would like a written form, contact Suzi Kochems by phone at 530-228-7811 or by email at suzi@silkconsultinggroup.com.

The mission of the Adult & Family Services Commission is to represent the community to the Board of Supervisors on issues regarding health and human services and family interests of all residents of Nevada County.  The information gathered at the upcoming Community Forums will contribute to the needs assessment process required as a part of the 2020/21 Community Action Plan (CAP). The CAP is part of the application process for ongoing Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding for supportive service programs.

Details

What: Community Forums on the Needs of People with Low Income

When & Where:

Thursday, December 6th, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Truckee Government Center, 10075 Levon Avenue, Truckee

Friday, December 7th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City

Salvation Army Offers Christmas Assistance

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is bringing holiday cheer again this year with their 2018 Christmas Assistance program.

The Christmas Assistance program is for children, seniors, and people with disabilities with low income who need a little help for the holidays. Sign-ups are November 12th through 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Salvation Army office in Grass Valley.

Those interested in signing up must bring proof of identity for all household members and proof of income. (See the flyer for more information on the types of ID and proof of income accepted).

Most importantly, bring your wish list to let folks know what gifts will brighten your holiday season. Make sure to include clothing and shoe sizes if you’re requesting gifts for children.

For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 530-274-3500.

Details

What: Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program
When: November 12-14, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Salvation Army, 10725 Alta Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
What to Bring: Proof of identity for ALL household members, proof of income, your wish list!

Local Businesses & Organizations Offer Free Thanksgiving Meals

Thanksgiving pie

Whether you’re looking for a place to gather, dinner to go, or a warm meal delivered to your door, several local businesses and organizations are offering free Thanksgiving feasts for Nevada County residents. Here’s your guide to what’s available this Thanksgiving.

Interfaith Food Ministry

What: Thanksgiving dinners to go
When: During normal distribution times, starting November 10th and ending November 21st
Where: 440 Henderson Street, Grass Valley
Cost: Free for current IFM clients. (For information on becoming an IFM client, call 530-273-8132).
Contact: 530-273-8132

Old Town Café

What: Family style dinner
When: Thanksgiving Day, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: 110 Mill Street, Grass Valley
Cost: Free and open to anyone
Contact: 530-273-4303

Rainbow Market

What: Meals to go
When: Thanksgiving Day, 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Where: 16797 Highway 49, Nevada City (across from the Willo)
Cost: Free and open to anyone
Contact: 530-478-9777

Sierra Roots

What: Sit-down meal
When: Thanksgiving Day, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Where: First Baptist Church, Nevada City, 300 Main Street, Nevada City
Cost: Free for people experiencing homelessness
Contact: 530-264-5113

Thanks to Give

What: Home-delivered meals
When: Delivered on Thanksgiving Day
Cost: Free for seniors and adults with disabilities who are home alone
Contact: To sign up, email thankstogivegv@gmail.com

 

Get Your Free Flu Shot at Drive-Thru Clinic

Fight Flu

The Nevada County Public Health Department is conducting a free drive-thru flu shot clinic in Grass Valley on Tuesday, October 9th, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm (or while supplies last).

The drive-thru clinic is for adults and children three 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).

The clinic will be held in the parking lot of Twin Cities Church at 11726 Rough and Ready Highway. 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. Due to safety concerns, walkups and bicycles will not be permitted.

The Public Health Department is hoping for a large turnout, not only to protect residents from the flu, but also to learn valuable lessons and enhance response efforts in the event of a large communicable disease outbreak or public health emergency. Public participation is essential to making this exercise a success.

For more information or questions, call 530-470-2658 or email the Public Health Department.

Details

What: Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic

When: Tuesday, October 9th, 12:00 to 4:00 pm (or while supplies last)

Where: Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley

Cost: Free

Ages & Stages: 12 Months

ASQ 12 months

Hello Parents!

Your baby is 1 year old. Congratulations!

Respect is vital to parenting, but the word can confuse us, especially when it comes to setting limits with toddlers. Children need lots of opportunities to be independent and have their choices respected. They also need to know they’re not in charge. Demonstrate your authority in a kind, gentle manner and talk to your baby using positive language. Set basic limits and let your child make simple decisions. Give her two or three options, and let her choose. This builds up her confidence and self-esteem.

What to Expect at 1 Year Old

• Your baby’s babbling is beginning to sound more like talking–she says “mama” and she really means it. She is also beginning to learn the names of things.
• By now your baby may be moving around the house quickly. She may be standing by herself, walking while holding on to furniture, or walking well on her own. She loves to push and pull things and is getting stronger every day.
• Your baby is a busy explorer. She enjoys holding, stacking, and playing with toys. Your baby is using her fingers with more skill now. She will point with her index finger and pick up tiny bits of cereal with her thumb and finger.

Activities to Help Your Child Grow and Learn

• Your baby loves to go for walks and see new things. Talk to her about what you are seeing. In an open area, let your baby push her own stroller; she will enjoy the feeling of power as she moves something big all by herself.
• Play with blocks, shape sorters, and other toys that encourage your child to use her hands.
• Your baby is always learning from you. Show her how she should treat and respond to others through your own actions and words.

Resources for Parents

We have some great resources for parents in this community, including free and low-cost parenting classes. Sierra Nevada Children’s Services and The Nest are two great places to start. Check out 211’s Children & Youth guided search page for information about all kinds of local programs for families.

Or give us a call at 2-1-1 (or 877-847-0499). We look forward to talking with you!

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

Magic Tricks with SNCS

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services is hosting its fourth annual Family Appreciation Day on August 4th. All families are invited to this free, fun event filled with activities, including games, arts and SNCS Family Appreciation Daycrafts, live music, balloon creations, face painting, a magic show, and giveaways galore.

Parents and kids alike can fill up on free sno-cones and popcorn or save room for lunch.

Local childcare providers and partner agencies (including 211) will be on-hand to provide information and connect families up to local resources.

And it’s all free!

For more information, call Sierra Nevada Children’s Services at 530-272-8866.

Details

What: SNCS Family Appreciation Day

When: Saturday, August 4th, 10: am to 1:00 pm

Where: Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, 420 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley

Cost: Free!