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
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
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 email@example.com
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.
The Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC) wants your input on local sidewalks, bicycle paths, and trails.
The NCTC is working with the County of Nevada, City of Grass Valley, City of Nevada City, and Town of Truckee to create an Active Transportation Plan for Nevada County. The Plan will evaluate pedestrian and bicycle needs and prioritize recommendations.
NCTC is seeking input from Nevada County residents using an online mapping tool. Users can add their own suggestions or comments for sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails or vote and comment on the suggestions of others. Online comments will be accepted through October 7th.
Additionally, NCTC will host public workshops on October 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Truckee Town Hall Council Chambers and on October 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the council chambers at Grass Valley City Hall.
If you’ve ever wished for a sidewalk, bicycle lane, or trail in your community, this is your chance to share your ideas.
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.
AARP 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.
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.
Connecting Point is now offering the American Lung Association’s innovative Freedom from Smoking program free to Nevada County residents.
Freedom from Smoking is an 8-class series for folks who are ready to quit smoking. Participants will work together to set a quit date, build a quit plan, and support each other through their first tobacco-free weeks.
The class includes strategies for identifying triggers, managing stress, and avoiding weight gain. You’ll also learn how tools like quit-smoking medications can increase your chances of quitting.
It’s all about putting a plan in place that will work best for you.
The next Freedom from Smoking workshop starts September 26th and meets weekly through November 7th. Classes are from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Glenbrook Community Room, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.
The workshop is free and open to the public. Participants who attend all eight classes will receive a $50 gift card. Register online or call Karen at 530-274-5601.
Freedom from Smoking is sponsored by the Nevada County Public Health Department.
Kits to Help You Quit
One key to quitting is changing your routines. What are those feelings or situations that make you reach for a cigarette? Finding the right substitutes–whether it’s to reduce stress, fill the time, or keep your hands busy—can help you reduce your dependence on tobacco.
The Public Health Department has put together Quit Kits with some simple tools and ideas to help you break the habit. Kits are free and delivered to you by mail. Get your free Quit Kit by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-877-847-0499) and asking for your Quit Kit today.
Quitting tobacco is a challenge, but millions of people have done it. So can you!
Creating defensible space around your home is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of property damage from fire. But do you know which vegetation can stay and which should go?
Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering free Fire Safety Defensible Space Inspections. Fire inspectors assess fire safety hazards around your home and can advise you on the best way to create defensible space and harden your home against fire. Inspectors from Nevada County OES are available to perform fire inspections for any Nevada County resident.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
The Falls Prevention Coalition is hosting their 11th annual community event on Wednesday, September 12th. The theme this year is Fall Prevention “Beyond the Throw Rug,” with presentations focused on decision-making, planning, and resources to help you stay safe, strong, active, and engaged.
The agenda for the day includes morning coffee and pastries, a resource fair with local organizations, and a buffet lunch. Music will be provided by the Forever Young Senior Chorus.
This fun, free event will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Register by September 7th by calling 530-477-9700.
Family caregivers need all the support they can get. The seven-week “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.
Participants will learn about the fundamentals of 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.
What: “Yes I Can!” Caregiver Education Series When: Mondays, September 17-October 29, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Where: Eskaton Village, 49er Lounge, 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley Cost: Free for family caregivers
To register, leave a message at 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.
Nobody chooses to have a long-term chronic illness. What we can choose, however, is how we manage that illness. Living Well with a Chronic Condition is an innovative, interactive six-week workshop that will help you take charge of your health, improve your quality of life, and lower your health care costs.
Hosted by Connecting Point, the free workshop is geared specifically towards people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema.
Participants will work together to share experiences, make action plans, and problem-solve alongside others with chronic conditions. Learn techniques for dealing with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation; build your strength and endurance; and learn how to effectively communicate with health professionals.
Classes are Tuesdays, September 4th through October 9th from 1:00 to 3:30 pm at the Glenbrook Community Room at 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. The workshop is free and open to the public. Register online or call Karen at 530-274-5601.
This class is presented in partnership with Dignity Health- Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
What: Living Well with a Chronic Condition (six-week workshop) When: Tuesdays, September 4-October 9, 1:00-3:30 pm. Where: Glenbrook Community Room, 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. By bus: Take Gold Country Stage Route 4 to the Glenbrook stop. Cost: Free!
If you have questions about the Community Health Survey, contact Holly Whittaker by phone at 530-470-2658, by email at email@example.com, or by mail at Nevada County Public Health Department, 500 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
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.”
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.
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:
Come out to the 211 booth at any of the farmers’ markets listed below.
Show us your EBT card and your photo ID. We’ll match your EBT market money with up to $10 in tokens.
Use your tokens to buy fruits and veggies at participating farm stands.
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).
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
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 crafts, 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.
Live theatre is magical. There is nothing quite like that first moment of a play, when the lights go down and the cool, dark theatre is transformed into a new world—a place with its own people, places, and logic.
Local theatre company Sierra Stages wants everyone in our community to experience this magic. On Thursday, July 19th, Sierra Stages is hosting a Pay What You Can Performance of their summer musical “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” at the Nevada Theatre. Based on the classic children’s book, the show is a fun, family-friendly musical for kids 4 years and older (and stars 211’s very own Micah Cone!).Tickets are first-come, first-served and go on sale at 6:00 pm at the Nevada Theatre box office. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 7:30.
Tickets truly are “pay what you can.” Sierra Stages will accept any amount of money, as long as it’s in U.S. currency. Cash or check only (no credit or debit cards will be accepted). Limit two tickets per person.
The Pay What You Can Performance is supported by a generous grant from Community Players Trust—helping to keep community theatre alive and thriving inJames PWYC Performance Flyer Nevada County—and is part of Sierra Stages’ commitment to making sure that theater remains open and accessible to every member of our community.
What: Pay What You Can Performance of “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.” When: Thursday, July 19th at 7:30 pm. Tickets on sale at 6:00 pm. Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City Cost: Whatever you can afford (cash or check only, please)
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.