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Public Discussion at Brunswick Commons Meeting

Yesterday evening the County hosted a public meeting on the Brunswick Commons Affordable Housing Project and Homeless Resource Center. The proposed Brunswick Commons project is a mixture of affordable housing and homeless resource center which includes transitional housing units.

Approximately 40 residents attended the meeting, with hundreds more watching live on social media, cable television and online. In addition to residents, area representatives District 3 Supervisor Dan Miller and Grass Valley City Mayor Lisa Swarthout also attended the meeting.

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Wildfire is coming. Are you ready? Free Green Waste Disposal

Free Residential Green Waste Disposal throughout Weekends in May

In an unprecedented collaborative effort the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, with support from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services and Waste Management, is offering free residential green waste disposal options at six different locations in Western Nevada County throughout weekends in May.

Fire Safe Council is also seeking to fill more than one hundred volunteer shifts at the six green waste disposal locations. Participants using the green waste sites will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire before unloading. Volunteers will help monitor materials being dropped, and track time residents spend developing defensible space around their homes. 

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Children's Health & Wildfire Safety Carnival. Saturday May 4, 12pm-4pm. Free admission. Eric Rood Administrative Center

Children's Health & Wildfire Safety Carnival, May 4th

On May 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County and Gold Country Kiwanis are partnering to produce the Children's Health and Wildfire Safety Carnival. All families are welcome to attend this free event. The carnival will highlight the incredible first responders, fire fighters, law enforcement personnel, search and rescue volunteers, emergency medical service workers, and wildfire prevention efforts of the Nevada County community.

Children and families can enjoy interactive safety simulations, crafts and engaging activities. Past crowd favorites have included helicopter landings, burn demonstrations, police vehicles and a bicycle rodeo. Helmets and car seats will be provided to children while supplies last. On scene will be free delicious BBQ, tasty treats, music, art, a bounce house and guest appearances from favorite mascots throughout the afternoon.

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Arts & Economic Prosperity

Nevada County Arts Council Publishes Economic Arts Study

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) is Americans for the Arts’ fifth economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, and their audiences. By every measure, the results are impressive. Nationally, the nonprofit arts industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity in 2015; $63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences.
This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations).

AEP5 is the most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted. It provides detailed economic impact findings on 341 study regions representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data was gathered from 14,439 organizations and 212,691 arts event attendees, and project economists customized input-output models for each and every study region to ensure reliable and actionable localized results.

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Probation Department Receives SAMHSA Grant for Adult Drug Court

The Nevada County Probation Department has been awarded a Substance Abuse Mental Health Act grant from the federal government.  The award totals 1.5 million over five years to expand and provide treatment services to the Adult Drug Court population.  Treatment services include substance abuse, housing, education, vocational training and cognitive behavioral therapy. 

Drug Court has expanded treatment capacity from 5 to 25 over the past four years due to past similar awards.  This grant will allow drug court to expand capacity to serve up to 40 clients.  Adult Drug Court in Nevada County is an extremely successful program and has produced tremendous outcomes.

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Measles is on the Rise: Be Protected Before Travel!

There are no current reports of confirmed measles in Nevada County. However, there have been recent cases in Butte, Placer and some Bay Area counties. Measles was actually eliminated from the United States almost 20 years ago, but measles is just a plane ride away and keeps landing back in the country.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine are recommended. It takes high levels of vaccination in the community to keep measles from spreading. Nevada County is at particular risk for an outbreak because of our low vaccination rates, and we have the highest rate of medical exemptions for school vaccinations in California.

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First Nevada County Poet Laureate Molly Fisk Named 2019 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow

The Academy of American Poets has announced Molly Fisk, Nevada County’s first Poet Laureate, as one of thirteen Poet Laureates Fellows who will receive award funding. Molly Fisk plans to launch “California Fire & Water,” a statewide teaching, anthology, and public reading project addressing the state’s recent devastating fires.

In March 2017, in partnership with the Nevada County Arts Council, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution establishing a Nevada County Poet Laureate Program and accepting the nomination and designation of Molly Fisk as the Nevada County Poet Laureate for 2017-2018. Earlier this month, the Board accepted the nomination and designation for Chris Olander as Nevada County Poet Laureate.

2019 Academy of American Poet Laureate Fellows

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Presentation on Caring For Those Living With Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Nevada County invites you to attend a presentation on caring for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s on Wednesday, May 8th. This presentation is perfect for professionals as well as non-professionals interested in gaining practical tools for providing quality care.

The presenters, In the Moment, share an illustration between the parallels of improvisation and caring for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The presentation is part interactive, part performance, and all educational. Themes include "Going with the Flow, Say Yes and…" "Silence can be Powerful," and "Be in the Moment". Please join us at 2:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. for this exciting and important presentation. Please RSVP via email as seating is limited.

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Connecting Point Seeks Volunteer Hub Partners

Is your organization looking for volunteers? Connecting Point wants to partner with you! Connecting Point will list your volunteer opportunities on their new Volunteer Hub program.

The goal is to support Nevada County's non-profits and connect residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community. The Volunteer Hub program will fill a gap left when the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of Agency on Aging/Area 4, stopped serving Nevada County at the end of 2017.

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Screenagers at the Nevada County Library

Join the Nevada County Library for a special free screening of Screenagers on Thursday, May 9th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library. Screenagers is a documentary about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance. After the film a short discussion will follow, with a prize drawing for attendees

This screening of Screenagers is just one of many library events happening for Screen Free Week, April 29th through May 5th.

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Join the League of Women Voters for a Constitution Challenge!

The U.S. Constitution and all things related to American democracy are the themes of the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County's first ever quiz fundraiser, to be held on Friday, May 3rd at Gold Miners Inn in Grass Valley.

Everyone is invited to participate as either contestants or audience as the League challenges teams of six to eight players with quiz questions. Anyone who would like to be on a team will be placed on one. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the games begin at 7:00 p.m.

The deadline for participants to sign up is April 30th. Audience tickets may be purchased either online in advance or at the door.

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Additional Benefits for Disabled Veterans and Their Widows/Widowers

Some veterans are now eligible for a needs based pension benefit.  A Veteran's Pension is a cash benefit paid to war-time Veterans who have limited or no income. The veteran must have served at least one day during a time of war and have limited income from all sources.  Veterans 65 and older automatically qualify to receive this benefit. If under 65 years of age, they must be permanently and totally disabled. This pension benefit is available to veterans who may not have or do not qualify for Veteran's Retirement benefits.

A widow/widower of a war-time Veteran may also apply for the Widow's Pension with Aid and Attendance benefit package, making them eligible to receive up to $1,149 a month. Income from any source must be offset by medical expenses, and liquid assets must be lower than $80,000. If one's income is not totally offset, the benefit package may be pro-rated.

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Job Openings at Nevada County: Health and Human Services Director

Nevada County employs approximately 800 employees covering a full range of services and positions, from accountants to wastewater treatment system operators. In Nevada County, quality of life comes first. It is the only rural California county with two designated Cultural Arts Districts and is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

The Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) includes Behavioral Health, Child Support/Collections, Public Health, Social Services, Probation/Juvenile Hall, Public Defender, and Veteran's Services, which are co-located to deliver integrated services to families and individuals. Its mission is to protect lives, promote health and wellness, and provide support and services to help Nevada County residents meet their basic needs.

The HHSA Director is an at-will department head class and reports directly to the County Executive Officer. This position provides leadership and fiscal responsibility for the HHSA departments and programs to ensure collaboration of services and resource management across the agency. The HHSA Director is responsible for leading interdisciplinary initiatives to achieve the Board of Supervisors’ annual objectives such as addressing homelessness and affordable housing and maintaining fiscal stability and core services. The HHSA Director is expected to develop and maintain strong relationships with community partners such as community-based organizations, hospitals, and law enforcement to ensure community issues are addressed holistically while leveraging a variety of resources and expertise.

The HHSA Director is a core member of the senior executive team to the entire County operation and works closely with the other two agency directors over Community Development and Information/General Services as well as with the Assistant CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Sheriff, Human Resources Director and other department heads. 

Find out more information about this position online. Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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