Get 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.
Beginning March 18th, the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department will offer a free walk-in assessment clinic for drug and alcohol treatment. The clinic is open to all Nevada County residents covered by Medi-Cal (or who may qualify for Medi-Cal) who are interested in residential treatment.
A variety of treatment options are available, depending on the level of need. Treatment priority will be given to certain populations, including pregnant/parenting people who are using substances and those using IV drugs.
The “first come first served” clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to noon at 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 120 in Grass Valley. Staff recommends arriving at 9:00 am. Clinic participants should bring their Medi-Cal ID card, if possible.
For more information about drug and alcohol treatment resources, please call 530-265-1437.
What: Walk-In Assessment Clinic for Drug & Alcohol Treatment
When: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, beginning March 18th
Where: Nevada County Behavioral Health, 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 120 in Grass Valley
What’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 email@example.com.
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
Click here to register
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
In California, many people with disabilities and their families rely on a variety of public benefits provided by state and federal governments to make ends meet. They include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), MediCal, CalFresh, and other state health insurance programs.
These programs provide critically important services to people with disabilities but often do not allow individuals to save more than a total of $2,000, or earn more than $680 a month.
These restrictions are a disincentive for people with disabilities and their families to save for long-term needs, leaving them vulnerable to changes in health, living arrangements, unexpected emergencies, or to pay for the cost of care.
The new CalABLE Program opens up life-improving opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. CalABLE allows individuals with disabilities to contribute to tax-free savings and investment accounts without losing their benefits. Eligible individuals can contribute $15,000 a year into an ABLE account and maintain benefits like Medi-Cal and CalFresh.
Contributions to an ABLE account can be made by family, friends, or the beneficiary themselves. The account’s earnings are allowed to accumulate tax-free, and the withdrawals, provided they are applied to qualifying disability expenses, are tax-free.
One of the largest benefits afforded by the ABLE Act is the ability to exclude certain assets from federal means-tested programs. As an example, in order for an individual to obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the countable resources must be worth not more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple. Savings held in an ABLE account, up to a $100,000 limit, are not counted against the $2,000 limit on personal assets for individuals to qualify for SSI and other public benefits.
In essence, the ABLE Act has increased the cap for countable assets from $2,000 to $100,000 for people with disabilities seeking eligibility for SSI.
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).
The annual point-in-time count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness is set to take place on January 24th. If you are interested in volunteering your time or supplies, your help is welcome.
Volunteers are needed to conduct surveys, assist homeless individuals in navigating services, and conduct street outreach and surveys at scattered locations for 10 days after the count (the week of Jan. 28th–Feb. 1st).
A Survey training will be held at the Rood Center in Nevada City on January 15th from 1:15 to 4:00 pm. The training is required for those volunteering to conduct surveys. To volunteer to conduct surveys, please email Scott Thurmond.
To volunteer for Street Outreach, please email Brendan Phillips.
To volunteer for the event at Interfaith Food Ministry, please email Phil Alonso.
The following items are in high demand and greatly needed: socks, underwear, hand warmers, gloves, backpacks, sleeping bags, and hats.
Drop-off Locations (prior to the event):
Hospitality House Shelter
1262 Sutton Way
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Please let the staff know your donation is for the PIT event
Contact Janice O’Brien at 263-2058 to arrange donation drop-off
Nevada County’s annual point-in-time count of homeless individuals and families will take place January 24, 2019. This year, Nevada County is holding events at multiple locations in an effort to meet people where they are. The three main event locations will offer food and a variety of other services for those who are experiencing homelessness.
The point-in-time count is organized by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras. Homeless counts are required to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Though HUD only requires a full count of both unsheltered and sheltered individuals every other year, Nevada County now conducts a full count each year.
Main Event Locations
This year, a number of Nevada County organizations are hosting events where volunteers will conduct brief surveys with homeless residents. These main event locations will offer hot meals, clothing, supplies, and gift cards. Participants will also be able to connect with County services like CalFresh, CalWORKs, and Public Health programs.
|Interfaith Food Ministry
440 Henderson Avenue
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Gift card for taking the survey
|North San Juan
29190 State Hwy 49
North San Juan
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Gift card for taking the survey
|Food and Resource
10111 E. Street
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Gift card for taking the survey
Community partners from across the county will also open their doors as alternative locations during the day to conduct surveys and offer gift cards.
1262 Sutton Way
Open all day for surveys
|Sierra Roots Lunch
1st Baptist Church
300 Main Street
11:30 am to 1:00 pm for surveys
10725 Alta Street
Transportation to IFM
276 Gates Place
Open all day for surveys
|Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way
10:00 am to 7:00 pm
|Grass Valley Library
207 Mill Street
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Cold Weather Shelters
Cold Weather Shelters will be open on the night of January 23rd.
Cold Weather Shelter
10725 Alta Street
Check in: 4:30 pm
Cold Weather Shelter
423 Nimrod Street
Check-in: 4:30 pm
Cold Weather Shelter
Church of the Mountains
10079 Church Street
Check-in: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
In Western Nevada County, the Salvation Army and Hospitality House will be running vans to the Interfaith Food Ministry event from the Cold Weather Shelter Locations at 10:45 am. After that, the transport vans will work to coordinate routes between alternate locations, local parks, and areas known to be frequented by the homeless community.
How You Can Help
Volunteers and supplies are needed for the count. See our post for more information.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Having a criminal record can be one of the biggest barriers to obtaining employment or housing. Past convictions may no longer reflect who you are, but they are often the only information employers or landlords have about you.
There is a way to get a fresh start, however.
Both Community Legal and Legal Services of Northern California offer free record clearing clinics to help folks leave their criminal history behind.
Community Legal holds a Record Clearing Clinic at 2:00 pm on the last Wednesday of each month. This free clinic is led by a local attorney who can assist you in finding out if a criminal matter can be removed from your record. Attorneys will walk you through the process and may even go to court with you, if necessary.
To reserve your spot, contact Community Legal by phone at 530-265-3425 or by email at email@example.com.
Legal Services of Northern California
Attendees must have their RAP sheet in order to meet with an attorney. Please see the Clean Slate Clinic website for all eligibility requirements and instructions before registering. To register, contact Francisco Castro by phone at 530-886-4657 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must register to attend.
Wednesday, November 7th at 9:00 am
Placer School for Adults
1919 Grass Valley Highway, Suite 100, Auburn
Wednesday, December 5th at 9:00 am
Placer County Employment Services
1000 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 100, Rocklin
Check Your Record
Want to know if you have something on your record. Search by name on the Nevada County Superior Court’s CourtView website. You can learn your case number, status, and disposition and pay your outstanding fines online.
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.
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!
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).
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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
Connecting Point is offering a free two day class for those who provide care for folks with dementia. The Confident Dementia Caregiver, taught by local gerontologist Renee Chevraux, will help caregivers feel comfortable and knowledgeable when assisting someone with dementia. Participants will learn about the causes of various types of dementia, appropriate tools for redirection, and how to work with common behaviors of those experiencing memory loss. The class will explore realistic approaches to repetitive, agitated, or combative behavior.
The two day Confident Dementia Caregiver class will be held on November 7th and 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Cedar Park Community Room on Sutton Way in Grass Valley. The class is free and open to the public.
Register online or call Karen at 530-274-5601.
What: The Confident Dementia Caregiver
When: November 7 & 8, 1:00-4:00 pm
Where: Cedar Park Community Room, 210 Sutton Way, Grass Valley