Good News NC shifts perspective at the Silver Springs High School Health Fair

20140523_150839By Melissa Kelley, Prevention Advocate
May 23, 2014
 

As fate would have it, I  probably have one of the coolest jobs on the planet; Arriving here by choice, chance, and a lot of hard work. I am a Prevention Advocate for the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County and Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) where I am just one of the hundreds of community members promoting successful youth and a promising future for all.

As a local outreach person and prevention worker, I just spent the larger part of my day hanging out with some pretty remarkable teenagers at the Silver Springs High School Health Fair. At first, sharing the Good News required explanation: “The Positive is the spirit of hope and community that we all share in the knowledge that, irrespective of our temporary conditions, we can better ourselves, our cultures and the world.” (Dr. Jeff Linkenbach). As simple as this concept seems, it’s actually a much more complex task to shift an entire culture, to highlight the amazing things people do in, for, and through our community.

Why Good News? There are so many ways that positive news can improve our lives by bringing emotional well-being, inspiration and health. We know that we won’t have to look too far in Nevada County to find Good News about people young and old here in our wonderful community.

One thing was evident from my adventure today, high school has changed an awful lot in the last 20 years. As the day went on, I had increasingly more participants who shared their life stories with me…stories of impact from returning home after living in foster care, getting six months clean, qualifying for the Navy, and surviving traumatic experiences like gun shot wounds. What a remarkable group of adolescents: In school and participating in a Health Fair instead of running around on the streets and getting into trouble as the media would have us believe teens are doing at increasing rates. Pay attention adults…this is the future. Our future rests in the hands of these incredible youth who have overcome such adversity that I left the campus feeling motivated, inspired, and blissful at having had the opportunity to bask in the glow of their youthful spirits. My new friends hung out long after the event ended and we talked…future plans, past experiences, the wonder of what tomorrow could possibly bring.

We are constantly immersed in tragic stories—from television news to films, novels and TV programs. Good News NC seeks to shift the tragedy, not ignore reality, but embrace another reality by highlighting what’s RIGHT with our youth and our community as a whole. The inspiring real-life stories we will tell here are stories of faith, hope and love, stories of challenges overcome as well as small unexpected moments of grace.

More importantly, our inspiring true stories are about you and me and by people like us. People who have discovered how to live their lives with more hope and joy and, through their stories and experiences, have helped others to do the same.

This is an opportunity for you to share a piece of your story with others. You can ask for your name to be left out for anonymity and share your story in a general way. Either way… please share. Your light may provide strength and encouragement for someone else in their time of need. The caves you’ve traveled into and come out of with grace and dignity may be just the right words for someone on the verge of losing hope. Continue to recognize the beauty that is all around us in our community and TELL people about it! If you see a teenager picking up trash, thank them. Good News spreads like wildfire if we let it. Let us encourage, uplift, and inspire our community to take action and promote the positive. Good News NC offers change for the better for Nevada County. Let us nurture the seeds of the future so that our children’s children will know that they, too, have the opportunity to shine. After all…nothing grows without sunshine!

Share your Good News story at www.GoodNewsNC.us

Contact: Melissa Kelley, Prevention Advocate
Email: mkelley@corr.us
Phone: 530-273-9541 ext. 226

Summer’s Coming! Tips & Tricks for Parents of Children and Teens

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Here it is – the way to keep boredom at bay this summer! See the list of 2014 Summer Activities for Children and Teens produced for our community, compliments of the Community Support Network of Nevada County. Feel free to pass this on to friends, family and whoever needs help planning an awesome summer. It’s organized by date. Be sure to check back often for updates to this list. Now go out and have fun in our beautiful Nevada County this summer!

Summertime can be a risky time for teens

Teens tend to have more free time in the summer and there is a strong correlation between free time and risk-taking among teens. This could mean rock and bridge jumping in rivers or lakes, extreme watersports, or off-road activities out at Greenhorn. It could also mean the temptation to experiment with alcohol, marijuana or sexual activity. Short of locking them up, there is no silver bullet to prevent any of the above. Parents of teens know that the chances of something going awry are pretty good. It does not however, have to be as a result of a lack of planning.

If you are a parent or have teens in your life consider this reducing risks plan for summer:

1Plan 1 – Do a home inventory:  With school out for summer, it’s likely that your home could turn into a hang out spot for your teen and their friends. Inventory what you have around the house that could potentially pose a risk or be a temptation for experimentation. It could be alcohol, tobacco, prescription medications, or even medical marijuana. Now is a good time to think about how you can limit access to these substances. It may be time to consider a locking cabinet, or another secure location that you can monitor. Also, did you know that you can safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications for free?  Visit DrugFreeNevadaCounty.org for safe disposal locations.

2Plan 2 – Prepare for boredom:  With the routine of daily school activities suspended for the summer months, before you know it you your likely to get a call on the phone while you’re at work asking to go to place A, with friend B, whom you’ve actually never met, but is a friend of friend C, whom you know quite well. And oh by the way, they’ll be home before you get home, and they’ll keep their cell phone on. Most teens are inherently honest and able to resist potential negative influences of peers and wild ideas— However, they can still sense weakness and, if they can get their otherwise logical parent who normally would insist on all facts and details with 24-hour notice to budge in this one moment, the door is open for compromise. Work with your teen to make plans in advance and stick with the 24-hour notice rule for activity outside of the home. If friend B is really that important to your teen, they’ll make plans within your guidelines. While most Nevada County teens say they don’t need alcohol or drugs to have fun, peer influence, boredom, hot summer days, and hormones can be a recipe for mischief.

3Plan 3 – Have A Plan for FUN and Down Time – Endless surveys of teens show that they are often more worried, more stressed and more over-extended than any other teen generation that has come before them. Sleeping a few days away is not going to be the end of your bright-eyed sassy teenager. Spending time with an approved list of friends hanging aimlessly at the river or lakes may be just what they need to decompress and refocus. Plan in advance for ways that you and your teenager can do just that – relax. Don’t forget to keep them informed of appropriate behavioral expectations before turning them loose by having a conversation with them before they go out with friends and check in to see how their day went. Teens want their voices to be heard and it’s a nice reminder to them that you care what they’re doing and who they’re associating with by asking them if they had fun and what they did.

Have a safe, well-planned summer.

See the list of 2014 Summer Activities for Children and Teens produced for our community, compliments of the Community Support Network of Nevada County.

Recovery Enrichment Series ~ Free Community Events

The Coalition and CoRR are pleased to present a one-of a kind FREE community Recovery Enrichment Series. The focus of this bi-monthly series is to provide FREE education, information, and life enrichment for our amazing community. Beginning in February, 2014, we kicked off the series with renowned speaker Father Tom Weston who spoke about recovery. In April, D.r Christina Lasich presented Foods that Trigger Pain and Relapse with an over-whelming number of community attendees.These events are absolutely FREE to attend and open to anyone who would like to attend. Space is limited so please RSVP right away to reserve your seat ~ Melissa Kelley 530-273-9541 ext. 226; email – mkelley@corr.us

Coming Up SOON in the Recovery Enrichment Series:

RES 06_26_2014 FeatureSpecial Guest Speaker, Dr. Helen Crawford: Managing Depression Without Medication ~ Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You’re not. With help and support from trusted individuals and settings, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behavior — your physical activity, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking — are all natural depression treatments. Do you want to learn natural depression treatments that can help you feel better — starting right now?

Please join us for our third installment of the new Recovery Enrichment Series.  Special Guest Speaker, Dr. Helen Crawford: Managing Depression Without Medication. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be inspired and enrich your journey!  Download Flyer HERE

Continuing Education Credits available for the  Recovery Enrichment Series: Community Recovery Resources is approved to provide two (2.0) continuing education units (CEU’s): BBS #PCE2459, CAADAC #5-01-456-0215.

June 26th, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Campus
180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

RES 08_21_2014 FeatureSpecial Guest Speaker, Lucinda Porter, RN presents Hepatitis C: Preventable and Curable ~ Thursday, August

Please join us for our fourth installment of the Recovery Enrichment Series.  Special Guest Speaker, Lucinda Porter, RN presents Hepatitis C: Preventable and Curable. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be inspired and enrich your journey! Lucinda’s books, blogs and articles offer practical tips, humor and encouragement, guiding patients to live well and free from the burden of hepatitis C. For more information, to read her blog, or to connect with Lucinda, visit www.LucindaPorterRN.com, Facebook @LucindaPorterRN, Twitter https://twitter.com/LucindaPorterRN. Download Flyer HERE

Continuing Education Credits available for the Recovery Enrichment Series: Community Recovery Resources is approved to provide two (2.0) continuing education units (CEU’s): BBS #PCE2459, CAADAC #5-01-456-0215.

August 21st, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Campus
180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Special Guest Speaker, Bruce Pardoe: Mindfulness, Live in the present ~ Wednesday, November 5th, 2014FEATURE web 11-5-2014

Bruce Pardoe has been practicing meditation in the Vipassana tradition of Buddhism since 2006. During that period, he has focused on intensive long-term silent retreats of up to three months in duration through Spirit Rock in Marin, CA and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. His teachers have included the western masters John Travis, Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. In March of 2011, Bruce founded an inclusive, interactive meditation group named Your Place Too which he continues to lead to this day. In 2012 he was invited to become a teacher trainee at Mountain Stream Meditation Center in Nevada City, CA. In addition to offering talks to the community, he is now leading for the fourth time the 6 week “Beginning Series of Meditation” courses. Bruce also serves dharma practice as the president of the board of directors for Mountain Stream.

Please join us for our fifth installment of the Recovery Enrichment Series.  Special Guest Speaker, Bruce Pardoe: Mindfulness, Live in the present. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be inspired and enrich your journey!

Continuing Education Credits available for the  Recovery Enrichment Series: Community Recovery Resources is approved to provide two (2.0) continuing education units (CEU’s): BBS #PCE2459CAADAC #5-01-456-0215.

November 5th, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Campus
180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Prescription Medication Take Back Day Saturday October 26th in Grass Valley

On Saturday, October 26th Grass Valley Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day.   This program allows members of the public to drop off potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal and destruction at the Drop off Location listed below. 

Previous “Take Back Days” have been very successful in Nevada County.  From April 2012 through September 2013, Nevada County residents safely disposed of 1,925 pounds of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Monitoring, securing and safely disposing of medications can prevent the abuse of prescription drugs and protect our environment. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in homes are susceptible to misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

It’s also a bad idea to flush unused medications down the toilet as they can get into our water systems. A 2008 study by the Associated Press found traces of pharmaceuticals in tap water across the U.S. and evidence suggest this water pollution may also have negative affects on wildlife.

DROP OFF LOCATION: In Grass Valley Corner of Neal and South Auburn (parking lot across from Safeway in GV)

WHEN:  Saturday, October 26th  from 10:00-2:00

IMPORTANT! In addition to the Take Back Days, we want to remind people that three local pharmacies now host permanent drop boxes that are open daily; Kmart, Rite Aid and Save Mart in addition to the one in the lobby of the Grass Valley Police Department providing  easy and convenient way’s to safely dispose of your unneeded prescription medications.

Permanent Safe Disposal Sites:

Grass Valley Police Department  Kmart Pharmacy
129 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
111 W. McKnight Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Rite Aid Pharmacy Save Mart Pharmacy
720 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945
12054 Nevada City Hwy
Grass Valley, CA 95945

more information: http://www.drugfreenevadacounty.org

Summer Activity List: Relax, Refresh, Reduce Risks!

Special thanks to  the Community Support Network for putting together a comprehensive list of summer activities. Below is a list of NEO and other family and teen friendly activities!

June 18th, 2013 – PLEAG Event: Boat Safety with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Dept.

The Parent Leadership Empowerment & Advocacy Group meets at 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. 5:30 dinner and 6:00-7:30 parent group. Dinner and fun children’s program are FREE. For more information call Cindy at 530-273-9541 x221.

June 25th, 2013 – PLEAG Event: Family Nutrition with the Nevada County Health Dept.

The Parent Leadership Empowerment & Advocacy Group meets at 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. 5:30 dinner and 6:00-7:30 parent group. Dinner and fun children’s program are FREE. For more information call Cindy at 530-273-9541 x221.

June 28, 2013

Outdoor Movie Night
Starts: 8:00 pm
Ends: 10:30 pm
Location: Grass Valley Blockbuster Video

Description: Join us the 4th Friday of every month from June-August at Blockbuster Video for FREE Outdoor Movie Nights!
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-June 28th
-July 26th
-August 23rd
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Bring blankets, pillows, chairs or drive up in your car!
All ages welcome!

July 1, 2013 – August 5th

Hippie Dancing & Guerrilla Games
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: 9:00 pm
Location: Nevada City Pioneer Park

Description: Join us every Monday night from July 1st – August 5th
This year we are combining Hippie Dancing with our sports night, Guerrilla Games….now there is something for everyone weather you like sports, games, dancing or music!
All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend!

July 4, 2013

NEO Float in the 4th of July Parade
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: 12:00 pm
Location: Downtown Grass Valley

July 12th, 2013 – Nevada County AirFest

Bring the family to the Nevada County  Airport, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Fly-bys and displays of vintage and experimental aircraft, jets and more. For more information: www.ncairfest.com

July 20th, 2013 – NEO’s Birthday Bash

Family friendly and free for all ages, noon-10:00 p.m. at the 49er Fun Park in Grass Valley. Games, crafts, body art and more. For more information: Halli Ellis, 530-263-3763 or halli@ncneo.com

July 21st, 2013 – CoRR’s 12th Annual Golf Tournament

Golfing, auction & raffle prizes, and more! 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Alta Sierra Country Club. Registration $125. Sponsor, play, donate online at www.corr.us. For more information email Melissa Kelley at mkelley@corr.us or call 530-273-7956

July 23rd, 2013 – KARE Crisis Nursery’s Barnyard Day

Petting zoo and picnic, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for all ages. For more information call Lynn Woerner at (530) 265-0693

July 31st, 2013 – Community Support Network’s Partner Potluck

It’s time to celebrate, have fun, share delicious food and you’re invited! Whether you work for one our partner agencies or you’re an interested community member wanting to learn more about the Community Support Network, plan on attending our Partner Potluck at the Terrance K. McAteer Family Resource Center, 3:30-5:00 p.m. It’s located at 400 Hoover Lane in Nevada City.

Here are the details:

  • We’ll supply lemonade, iced tea, water, plates, napkins and cups.
  • You supply finger food (here are some ideas) and serving utensils. Those with last names A-L bring savory food, last names M-Z bring sweet food.
  • Bring a chair or blanket to sit upon.
  • If you have a CSN t-shirt wear it. If you’d like to order your CSN shirt see here.
  • Cindy Santa Cruz Reed of CoRR will be reading the children’s version of the book How Full is Your Bucket?

Surprises are in store so don’t miss this bit of summer fun, July 31st. This potluck takes the place of our usually scheduled August meeting. Call Paula if you have any questions: 530-913-0270.

August 22nd, 2013 – United Way’s 7th Annual BBQ Battle

5:00 p.m. at the Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. Local teams compete for prizes. Raffles, live music, a misting tent and more. For more information: 530-274-8111 or admin@uwnc.org