Helping Hands Nurturing Center Newsletter ~ Includes Toy Selection Guide

November 17, 2017

Here’s the most recent newsletter from Helping Hands Nurturing Center which includes the info about toy selection, copied below:

Annual Toy Selection Guide

A website that we at Helping Hands utilize during the holidays is the T.R.U.C.E. annual toy selection guide. This website can help support parents select toys of long-lasting value and show how to avoid toys of no educational or long-term value.

Consider this before you shop… Be thoughtful. Be aware that companies spend millions of dollars on marketing to children to sell their toys, but there are toys to avoid.


Toys have a high play value when they…

  • Can be used in many ways.
  • Allow children to be in charge of the play.
  • Appeal to children of more than one age or level of development.
  • Are not linked to video games, computers, TV, or movies.
  • Can be used with other toys for new and more complex play.
  • Will stand the test of time and continue to be part of play as children develop new interests and skills.
  • Promote respectful, non-stereotyped, non-violent interactions among children.
  • Help children develop skills important for further learning and a sense of mastery.
  • Can be used in solo play or play with others.
  • Can be enjoyed by all children, regardless of gender.

Examples of toys that fit the above criteria are: blocks, magna-tiles, Lincoln Logs, Grid Blocks, sand boxes, magnets, balls, bubbles, art easels, dramatic play items like capes, scarves, and doctor kits.


  • Can only be used one way.
  • Look exciting but quickly become boring.
  • Do the play “for” children.
  • Lead children to spend more time in front of TV or other media.
  • Lure children into watching the TV program or other media.
  • Promote violence and sexualized behavior.
  • Separate girls from boys.
  • Introduce academic concepts at too early and age.

For more information go to the website.

Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee Newsletter

November 17, 2017

Here’s the link to the most recent newsletter from our sister collaborative, Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee.

Talking to Your Teen About Vaping and Marijuana ~ Nov. 28 & TBA

November 17, 2017

This class filled in two days, before we even learned about it, but see below for how to learn about the next one, or maybe get in to the first class via the waiting list.*

Here’s the original announcement:

Brought to you by the NCSOS office, coordinated by the TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) program. Target audience are parents and their middle and high school students. Learn about current teen trends, health risks, and inhibiting youth brain development. Dinner provided. Nov. 28, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., NCSOS training room at 380 Crown Point Circle, GV.

*The first class is currently full. A second class is in the works and you will be notified of the details when you sign-up on the waitlist and notified if a spot becomes available:

Event Brite: Talking to Your Youth About Vaping and Marijuana

CPR-AED-First Aid Skills Demo Check Class Schedule – NCSOS – through Jan. 2018 – Next check Nov. 29

November 17, 2017


Thanks to Faith Yamamoto, Support Services Secretary II, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, for this info.

Here’s a CPR-AED-First Aid Skills class schedule (skills demo check) that goes through January 2018. CPR Calendar Nov 2017-Jan 2018

Training has transitioned from an in-classroom style training to an on-line training.  Once someone signs up on the NCSOS website (see link below), they will receive an email containing a link to the on-line course.  They need to then come in to perform a “skills demo check” demonstrating the skills they learned and once they pass, will receive their 2-year CPR certificate.

Next skills demo check dates (time and location info on doc link above):

  • Nov. 29
  • Dec. 13
  • Jan. 11
  • Jan. 25

Link to register:

Questions: Faith Yamamoto, 478-6400 ext. 2001

Please note that the CPR skills demo check classes will still be held at 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City, CA 95959 in the Houser Room.  Payments need to be made and sent to/dropped off at our new location at 380 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945 prior to being given the on-line course link.

United Way’s Project Warmth ~ Donate through Dec. 7

November 17, 2017

You can help keep Nevada County residents warm this winter by donating NEW warm hats, gloves & socks for men, women, & children now thru Dec. 7th. Here’s the press release: UW-Project Warmth press release

Items can be dropped off at the following locations: AAA, Walker’s Office Supplies, JC Penney, B&C True Value Home Center, Penn Valley Mini Storage, the Rood Center lobby, Grass Valley City Hall, The Union, Hospice of the Foothills, Training Zone, and the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, or the United Way of Nevada County office.

Here’s the flyer: UW_ProjectWarmth

Info: 530-274-8111 or  email

 Food Access Saturday ~ Dec. 9

November 17, 2017

Thanks to Donna Cobb, Administrative Assistant, United Way of Nevada County for this info.

On December 9th, United Way, in partnership with Interfaith Food Ministry, will distribute food for this 2nd Saturday of the month program. United Way provides a majority of the funding and manpower while IFM will provides the facilities, supervision, volunteers and some additional funding.

The program, Food Access Saturday: Uniting to Support Working Families is specifically designed for working individuals and families who need supplemental groceries. The collaboration encourages those who have been struggling with food insecurity, but due to working traditional hours, have never received supplemental food support from IFM to participate in Food Access Saturday.

  • What ~ Food Access Saturday
  • For ~ Any working individuals & families who need food can participate. Current IFM clients, who are working and find it difficult or sometimes impossible to come during the weekly distribution, are also welcome to participate on Saturday.
  • When ~ Saturdays: December 9, 2017, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm
  • Where ~ 440 Henderson Street, in Grass Valley
  • Info ~ United Way at 274-8111 or

Upcoming dates…

  • January 13, 2018
  • February 10, 2018
  • March 10, 2018
  • April 14, 2018

Hospitality House “Night of Giving” Music Fundraiser ~ Dec. 16

November 17, 2017

Thanks to Debbie McDonald, Development Director, Hospitality House, for this info. Here’s the flyer: HH-2017_NOG_smlposter. And the press release: HH-Night of Giving press release 2017

WHAT: Mikail Graham’s 12th Annual Night of Giving, a holiday musical benefit for Hospitality House Community Shelter.
WHEN: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, December 16
WHERE: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City.
WHO: Presented by Mikail Graham and Hospitality House
ADMISSION: Suggested donation: $20. No one will be turned away.
Tickets available at Bread & Roses Thrift, BriarPatch Co-Op, and at the door

Interfaith Food Ministry ~ How to Sponsor a Family ~ through Dec. 20

November 17, 2017

Here’s how to sponsor a family for a holiday meal through Interfaith Food Ministry:

Strengths Workshop at The Friendship Club ~ Starts Jan. 18

November 17, 2017

DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS ~ Kick-off Event plus Four Part Series

Facilitator ~ Jennifer Singer, Executive Director, The Friendship Club, and Certified Gallup Strength Coach

Gallup research finds that people who use their CliftonStrengths are more engaged and productive at work and 3 times more likely than others to have a high quality of life. Discover how CliftonStrengths helps people maximize their potential.

  • Kick-Off Event ~ Thursday, January 18 Nevada City Winery, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Meets Four Thursdays ~ January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26 from 10:00am – Noon at The Friendship Club, 
138 New Mohawk Rd. Ste. 275,  Nevada City
  • Information ~ Cindy Hintz, Volunteer Manager,
  • Suggested Donation ~ $125 (includes assessment & materials)
  • Flyer ~ TFC_Discover your strengths_2018

The Friendship Club is a year-round comprehensive program serving girls at risk between the ages of 10-18. Every activity and experience builds on the next and our programs intertwine to create a safe and long-term experience for our girls to grow, learn and develop into self-sufficient, happy and successful women.

Quick Links ~ November 21, 2017 edition

November 14, 2017

“Quick Links” allows us to fit more info into the CSNNC e-news and keep upcoming events on the radar.  E-news content is pulled from our website News page, so you can find all recent items here:

This “How To” guide tells how CSN can help you share information, and includes submission guidelines for CSN e-news: csn_how-to_guide-for-speaking-inquiries-info-sharing. It’s also posted at the bottom of the home page on our website:

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