Find Your New Wardrobe at Sister’s Closet Clothing Swap

Twin Cities Church is hosting Sister’s Closet, a free women’s clothing swap. This is a great chance to get rid of those clothes you haven’t worn in a while and refresh your wardrobe.

Here’s how it works:

Drop off your gently used women’s clothing and accessories on Friday, October 12th between 12:00 and 6:00 pm. Come back and shop on Saturday, the 13th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

There is no cost to shop. Free childcare will be provided on Saturday.

Donations are not required to shop. For more information, call Nancy at 530-559-7549.

Details

What: Sister’s Closet Women’s Clothing Swap

When: Donate on Friday, October 12th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Shop on Saturday, October 13th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Where: Twin Cities Church, Student’s Multi-Purpose Room, 11726 Rough & Ready Highway, Grass Valley

Cost: Free

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

Do You Live In an Age-Friendly Community?

Survey GraphicAARP and the Agency on Aging Area 4 want your opinion. They are teaming up to ask folks what makes a community great for people of all ages. The Age-Friendly Community Survey is your chance to rate our community on a wide variety of topics, including housing, transportation, recreation, health & wellness, and employment.

Take a few minutes to complete the survey here. Your responses are anonymous and will be used only to promote age-friendly communities for people of all ages.

Free Fares on Truckee TART

The Town of Truckee is now offering free bus service for riders of the Truckee TART Local bus route. The Truckee TART Local operates throughout the Town of Truckee, providing access to shopping, recreation, employment, and more. Riders can also use the Truckee TART to connect to Placer County’s TART service to extend their trip throughout the Tahoe region.

Current hours of operations are Monday through Saturday between 9 am and 5 pm. Fixed Route services vary by season. For more information on routes and pick-up times, please visit the Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit website.

Truckee TART Dial-a-Ride also provides free year-round bus service for ADA-certified passengers. To make your reservation, call 530-550-7451.

For more information about your transportation options, give us a call at 2-1-1.

 

Get on the Move with Travel Training

On the Move

Access to transportation gives you better access to the world.

If you live near a bus stop, chances are you can make it to most of the places you need to go. Buses in Nevada County go to most local grocery stores. Many doctor’s offices and clinics are on bus routes. Libraries, banks, movie theatres, and parks are all accessible by bus.

Buses are a great transportation option, but many of us don’t even know where to start.

Riding the bus is easier than it might seem, especially when you know what to expect. Connecting Point’s new travel training program will help demystify the bus system and give you the tools you need to ride with confidence.

The program is free and open to anyone interested in learning to ride.

Here’s how it works:

Get Where You Want to Go

The travel training program is about getting you to YOUR destinations. Want to go to grocery shopping, meet a friend at a café, or get to an appointment? You’ll learn to find the best routes, time your trip, and recognize your stops to get you where you’re going on-time and hassle-free.

Find Tools That Work for You

Public transportation is for everyone. People of all ages and abilities ride the bus; sometimes we just need the right tools or knowledge to get where we need to go. We’ll work together to find the tools, technology, and techniques to make the bus system work for you.

Take a Bus Buddy

It’s always nice to have a partner when you’re learning something new. Our travel trainer will be with you every step of the way. You’ll plan together, ride together, and review your trip together. We’re in this together until you feel confident to ride alone.

Getting started is easy. Contact Travel Trainer Daniela Fernandez by email at danielaf@connectingpoint.org or by phone at 530-274-5601 to learn more about the program and schedule your first appointment. We’re excited to help you get on the move!

Nevada County Community Health Survey

Community Health SurveyThe Nevada County Public Health Department and Dignity Health are conducting a community health survey and they need your input!

The goal of the survey is to get a clearer picture of the health and health needs of our community.

The survey includes questions about quality of life, health care, exercise, children, social supports, community health, and risk behaviors in the community.

Please complete the survey if you are a) a resident of Nevada County, and b) 18 years of age or older (if you are under 18, then your parent or guardian must be aware that you are taking this survey).

Survey participants may be entered into a drawing for a choice of one of three prizes:

$25 gift certificate to Safeway
$25 Amazon.com gift card
$25 gift certificate to The Book Seller

Award winners will be selected and notified as the drawings occur.

Take the Survey

If you have questions about the Community Health Survey, contact Holly Whittaker by phone at 530-470-2658, by email at holly.whittaker@co.nevada.ca.us, or by mail at Nevada County Public Health Department, 500 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Interested in how this information is used? See the 2016 Community Health Assessment.

211 Assists with Code RED Emergency Alert Sign-Ups

211 Connecting Point is partnering with the County of Nevada to help residents stay informed in the event of a local emergency. 211 will now be assisting callers to sign up for the county’s CodeRED emergency alert system.

Code RED notifies subscribed residents when an emergency is happening in their neighborhood. Residents can register their landlines, cell phone, and email to CodeRED and will recieve alerts by phone, text or SMS, and email, depending on their preferences.

John Gulserian, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) Program Manager, stresses the importance of signing up for CodeRED. “We are in fire season with high fire danger conditions in Nevada County and our local fire agencies are responding to small fire starts every day. OES is excited to partner with 211 Connecting Point to help our residents sign up and understand why CodeRED is an important community resource during emergency evacuations.”

Nevada County residents can dial 2-1-1 (or 1-844-319-4119) to be connected to a 211 representative who will guide them through the CodeRED registration process over the phone or answer any questions they may have.

OES recommends signing up all phone numbers associated with your home address so that everyone recieves a CodeRED alert during an emergency in your neighborhood.

“CodeRED is a great tool for folks who want to know when an emergency is happening near their home or workplace,” said 211 Connecting Point’s Ann Guerra. “We ask anyone who calls 211 if they’re interested in signing up for CodeRED. It takes two minutes to register and it gives people a lot of peace of mind.”

Bring Home the Bounty with Market Money

Market Money Flyer

It’s farmers’ market season again, which means that the CalFresh Market Money program is back to match your EBT dollars at three local markets.

Bring home the bounty with a 10 for 10 match at every market all summer long. Spend $10 EBT at the market and 211 will match you up to $10 in free tokens. This a great way to double your CalFresh money while buying the best fruits and veggies Nevada County has to offer.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Come out to the 211 booth at any of the farmers’ markets listed below.
  2. Show us your EBT card and your photo ID. We’ll match your EBT market money with up to $10 in tokens.
  3. Use your tokens to buy fruits and veggies at participating farm stands.
  4. Do it all over again next week!

And while you’re at the 211 booth, pick up free recipes, kids activity books, and a market bag to hold all of your goodies.

To learn more about Market Money or the CalFresh program, give us a call at 2-1-1 (or 877-847-0499).

Participating Markets

Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market
Pine Creek Shopping Center (Raley’s), Freeman Lane, Grass Valley
Tuesdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Now through October 30th

Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market
North Star House, Auburn Road, Grass Valley
Saturdays, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
Now through November 17th

Nevada City Farmers’ Market
Union Street, Nevada City
Saturdays, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Now through November 17th

 

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!

Summer Programs at Nevada County Libraries

The Grass Valley Library in collaboration with Grass Valley School District Child Nutrition Services and the Nevada County Public Health Department are offering free, healthy lunch to all kids ages 18 and under this Summer. All lunches will be served at noon Monday through Friday until August 14th. In addition to lunch, there will also be activities for youth, including games, art projects, and science experiments. No registration is required. just show up- 207 Mill St, Grass Valley. 

Hit the Town with Summer Youth Bus Pass

Summer Youth Bus Pass

Gold Country Stage is offering a Summer Youth Pass for kids ages 6-17 years old. For $25 kids can get unlimited rides from now until August 31st.

Bus routes cover Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Penn Valley, so whether you’re interested in a frozen treat out on the town, a movie at one of our local theatres, or a dip in the pool, Gold Country Stage can get you there!

Passes are available at the Transit Services office at 13081 John Bauer Avenue in Grass Valley or at Tinloy Station (near the Gold Miner’s Inn) on the first two weekdays of the month (the next dates are July 2nd & 3rd).

You can find more information on bus routes here. Or call 211 for help planning your trip.

FREED Youth Program is the Latest CRAYYz

Creative. Resourceful. Adventurous. FREED’s got a new mantra for youth and young adults with disabilities this summer.

FREED Summer Youth Program 2018 with Full Calendar

FREED, a resource center for people with disabilities, is kicking off the summer with a new slate of activities bringing young people with disabilities together with a focus on fun. The Summer C.R.A.Y.Y.z (Creative, Resourceful, Adventurous Youth and Young Adultz—pronounced “craze”) program offers a variety of regular fun peer events, including an Artistic Hour (Mondays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm), a Leadership Team (Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm), games, movies, and time out on the town.

The fun and games are just a small part of FREED’s goal to assist young folks with disabilities to become strong, independent adults.

The organization’s new Youth Transition Program is designed specifically to connect transition age youth and young adults (ages 14 to 24) with information and services that will help them increase their independent living skills as they move from high school into adult life and responsibilities.

The program helps youth and young adults develop independent living and leadership skills through individual goal setting, peer support, application assistance, advocacy, and more.

For more information about FREED’s Youth Transition Program, contact Shaylin Bautista-Vega by phone at 530-477-3333 or by email at shay@freed.org.

Get to Know Your County with Citizen’s Academy

Sheriff MRAP 2

Nevada County is now accepting applications for its 5th annual Citizen’s Academy.

Citizen’s Academy offers a behind-the-scenes look at the ins and outs of County government. Participants will tour six County facilities and learn from over twenty department presentations covering a wide range of services from A (Agriculture) to Z (Zoning).

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the people, places, and programs that make our County government work. Have you ever wondered how the County plans for emergencies, who develops the County’s annual budget, or what it’s like to serve time in our jail? This is your chance to ask those questions and more.

Citizen’s Academy takes place on ten consecutive Monday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., starting in late August and running through early November. Specific dates and topics for each session of Citizen’s Academy can be found on Nevada County’s website or on the Citizen’s Academy flyer.

There is no cost to participate. A simple meal is provided at each session.

Applications are due July 13thApply online or drop off your printed application at the Rood Administrative Center at 950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 220, in Nevada City.

For more information, email the County’s CEO office at ceo@co.nevada.ca.us or check out the Citizen’s Academy website.

It’s Market Money Time

Market Money FlyerIt’s farmers market season and the Market Money program is back again this year to help CalFresh participants bring home the bounty.

Growers are bringing out crates full of beautiful fruits and vegetables, fresh for the picking. Starting June 2nd, CalFresh participants who spend 10 EBT dollars on market tokens will get 10 tokens free. That’s up to $10 of free veggies at every market, over and over, all season long.

To get started, bring your EBT card and photo ID over to the 211 booth at any of the markets below. We’ll match your EBT tokens up to $10. Then use your market tokens to buy fruits and veggies at participating farm stands.

Market Money is available at the following markets:

Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market
Pine Creek Shopping Center (Raley’s), Freeman Lane, Grass Valley
Tuesdays, June 5th through October 30th
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market
North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley
Saturdays, June 2nd through November 17th
8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Nevada City Farmers’ Market
Union Alley, Nevada City
Saturdays, June 2nd through November 17th
8:30 am to 1:00 pm

For more information about the Market Money program, contact 211 Connecting Point by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-877-847-0499).

See you at the market!

She’s Got a Golden Ticket

County Announces Free Bus Pass for Riders Age 80+

Anita's Golden Ticket

This is Anita Wald-Tuttle. In addition to being a member of our Governing Board, she is also the very first recipient of Gold Country Stage’s Golden Ticket.

All Nevada County residents age 80 years and older are eligible for this FREE lifetime pass. Pass holders receive unlimited free rides on all Gold Country Stages routes. The Golden Ticket pass is available for all Nevada County seniors with proof of age (via a valid California ID card or driver’s license).

The Golden Ticket program begins June 1st. Passes will be available at the Tinloy Transit Center the first two business days of each month and at the Transit Services office at 13081 John Bauer Avenue in Grass Valley.

For more information, contact 211 Connecting Point by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-877-847-0499).

Book Buddy Program Fights Isolation

We made this story into an eBook, click below to see!

Book Buddy e-book Cover

INTRODUCTION:

If you’ve ever had a long recovery after a medical procedure, you know just how boring life can become when you’re not able to leave the house. After a few days, you’ve read all the magazines, the TV shows blur together, and your regular internet haunts seem stale. You long for contact from the outside world.

For folks with chronic health conditions or other circumstances that prevent them from leaving their home, this boredom can quickly turn to social isolation. Many people in Nevada County, particularly seniors, go days or weeks without seeing another person and have few options for intellectual stimulation.

If you or someone you know is in this situation, it might be time to get a Book Buddy.

CHAPTER ONE: Book Buddies Bring the Library to You

“The book buddy program volunteer brings me books and conversation more important than my food and drink.”

The Book Buddy program is a service of the Nevada County Community Library. The program connects folks in Western Nevada County who are unable to get to the library with volunteer “book buddies” who bring the library to them.

Book buddies bring not just books, but also CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and even reference materials. All items are checked out on the library patron’s card and delivered to their home, free of charge. There are no late fees for Book Buddy patrons.

Book buddies are matched with library patrons based on their schedules, location, and interests. Each patron is assigned their own personal book buddy. According to program coordinator Judith Bell, these are relationships built on a love of books.

The Book Buddy program is a personalized service, Bell said. “The patron guides it.” Patrons can request specific titles, books by favorite authors, or let their book buddy choose what to bring. Bell said she’s often surfed the stacks looking for the perfect book for her patron.

CHAPTER TWO: Eligibility

The Book Buddy program is designed to serve those who have a disability, chronic illness, or injury that prevents them from getting to the library for at least six months. There is no age restriction.

The service is available for folks living in their own homes or in a skilled nursing facility.

Because the program is individualized based on each patron’s preferences, the process starts with a meeting in the patron’s home. Book Buddy Coordinator Judith Bell interviews each patron to get a sense of what they like and don’t like, learn about their favorite genres and authors, and better understand their media preferences (like books on tape or large print materials). This helps Judith match each patron with their perfect book buddy. The result is often a relationship that lasts for years.

CHAPTER THREE: Getting Connected

If the Book Buddy program sounds like a good fit for you or someone you know, call Kathy Miller at 530-265-1407 to start the process.

Referrals can be made by family members, friends, social workers, or anyone who knows someone who can’t make it to the library.

CHAPTER FOUR: Becoming a Book Buddy

“I always look forward to seeing my book buddy and hearing what she has to say about the books that have been read.”

The Book Buddy program is always looking for volunteers who love books and want to connect with others in the community.

Book buddies provide a vital link to the outside world. Because they are often the only person a patron might see, volunteers should be upbeat, enthusiastic, and patient.

Like the program’s patrons, Book Buddy volunteers are interviewed about their interests and preferences. Book buddies are expected to give approximately four to six hours of their time each month and must provide their own transportation.

To learn more about becoming a book buddy, contact Kathy Miller at 530-265-1407.

EPILOGUE: Discovering New Worlds

The Book Buddy program improves the quality of life of folks in our community. Whether you are a patron of the program or a volunteer, this unique service can help you connect to a world beyond your own—just what a library should do.

 

 

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.