Books by Bus

The spring rain is making us all want to curl up with a good book. We are so lucky here in Nevada County to have a great network of libraries that bring us not just an excellent collection of free (!) books to read, but also a great assortment of digital tools, literacy services, a state of the art Tech Center, and more.

Most of our branch libraries are conveniently located close to a bus stop, making a visit to the library not only enriching, but easy. In celebration of our libraries, below is a quick guide to our library branches and the best way to get to them by bus.

Pro tips:

  • All Gold Country Stage lines meet at the Tinloy Transit Center in downtown Grass Valley. From there you can transfer to any route.
  • Let the driver know where you’re going. They are always happy to help you get to your destination.
  • Call 211 for help planning your trip. We’ll give you step-by-step instructions to get from your home to your library of choice.
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
Library Hours:
Monday: 11am – 7pm
Tuesday: 11am – 6pm
Wednesday: 11am – 6pm
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm        
Sunday:  Closed
Gold Country Stage Route 1 stops in front of the library 25 minutes after each hour, beginning at 6:25 am on weekdays and 8:25 am on Saturdays. The last departure for the library is at 7:25 pm on weekdays and 4:25 pm on Saturdays.
Grass Valley Library- Royce Branch
207 Mill Street, Grass Valley CA 95945
Library Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm    
Sunday:  Closed
The closest bus stop to the Grass Valley branch is at Church & Neal Street, which is a short, safe walk from the library. Gold Country Stage Routes 2 and 3 both stop at Church & Neal Street. Route 2 stops at Church & Neal at 7:32 am, 9:32 am, 11:32 am, 2:32 pm, 4:32 pm, and 6:32 pm on weekdays and at at 7:32 am, 9:32 am, 11:32 am, and 2:32 pm on Saturdays.
Route 3 stops at Church & Neal 2 minutes after each hour from 7:02 am to 7:02 pm on weekdays and 8:02 am to 4:02 pm on Saturdays.
Penn Valley Station
11336 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley CA 95936
Library Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 2pm – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 2pm
Thursday: 2pm – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 2pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm    
Sunday:  Closed
Gold Country Stage Route 6 stops at the Wildwood Center, where the library is located, at the following times Monday through Friday:

6:53 am
9:24 am
2:39 pm
4:24 pm
6:24 pm
7:24 pm

And on Saturdays at:
10:35 am
12:35 pm
2:35 pm
4:35 pm
Truckee Library 
10031 Levon Avenue, Truckee CA 96161
Monday: 10:30 am – 6 pm
Tuesday: 10:30 am – 6 pm
Wednesday: 10:30 am – 6pm
Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday: 10:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday: Closed
The Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) Highway 89 Route stops at the Tahoe Forest Hospital, which is a short walk from the Truckee Branch Library. The bus arrives at Tahoe Forest Hospital at 3 minutes after the hour from 7:03 am to 3:03 pm, 4:23 pm, and 5:23 pm. The bus departs Tahoe Forest Hospital at 32 minutes after each hour from 7:32 am to 5:32 pm.
For information on public transportation in Truckee, please see the Town of Truckee website.
Additional Resources
  • The Nevada County Library system offers a great selection of events, activities, and classes. Check out the schedule here
  • Can’t make it to the library due to age, injury, illness, or disability? The Book Buddy program will bring the books to you. 
  • Get involved and help improve your library as a volunteer!

4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. Here are a few ideas for how you can celebrate our home planet while helping to protect our air, soil, and waterways.

  1. Ditch your car. Gold Country Stage is offering free fares on all routes April 21st and 22nd. Find bus schedules and routes here or call 211 for help planning your trip. Funded through the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP).
  2. Volunteer for SYRCL’s Pioneer Park Cleanup. The South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) is celebrating Earth Day by hosting a cleanup at Pioneer Park on April 22nd, from 9 am to 12 pm. Help keep our waterways clean by removing debris from Little Deer Creek. 
  3. Recycle your batteries and electronic waste. If you have curbside service, you can recycle your household batteries by placing them in a sealed plastic bag on top of your recycling cart on collection day. We also have several drop-off sites in Western Nevada County. See the full list here. You can also recycle anything that plugs in at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station.
  4. Gather together, get involved. Check out the Earth Day celebrations at Sierra College Nevada County Campus (April 20th) and the Village at Squaw Valley (April 22nd) to listen to live music, see demonstrations, and learn how you can help protect the Earth.

Register for Free Caregiver Classes

Caring for a friend or loved one can be challenging work, especially when you don’t have all of the skills and support you need. Connecting Point is now offering free classes to help caregivers sharpen their skills and take better care of themselves in the process.

The slate of classes includes practical training in caregiving skills such as lifting and transferring, universal precautions, and dementia care as well as classes on self-care and stress reduction.

Classes start on February 7, beginning with a training on Safe Lifting & Transferring. Learn simple techniques to safely move someone into and out of a car, chair, bed, or bathtub without hurting them or yourself. This class is for caregivers of all skill levels. The Safe Lifting & Transferring class will be held from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Connecting Point office at 208 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

All classes are free for the public. Call 211 to register (dial 2-1-1 or 877-847-0499).

Check out the Connecting Point website for a full list of free classes or to learn more about how Connecting Point supports seniors and people with disabilities.

Call 211 to Schedule Free Tax Assistance

It’s time to start thinking about TAXES. Once again the AARP Tax Aide volunteers are gearing up to provide preparation services and electronic filing of both federal and state tax returns. This service is provided to Nevada County residents with low to moderate income at NO COST.

Get the help of IRS-trained and certified local volunteers who will help you navigate the state and federal tax filing process. The Tax Aide group can handle most common personal tax returns, including those that have salary, interest, dividends, itemized deductions, pension, IRA withdrawals, capital gains, or stock transactions.

Appointments for the AARP Tax Aide program are available on Mondays beginning February 6th. In-home tax assistance may be available for those who are unable to leave their home.

Appointments are required. Call 2-1-1 (or 844-319-4119) for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Gold Country Stage Connects Veterans to Healthcare


For veterans living in Nevada County, connecting to health care often means traveling. If you can’t get there by car, Gold Country Stage has you covered.

Below are step-by-step instructions from Grass Valley to the VA clinic in Auburn via Gold Country Stage. For assistance planning your trip, give us a call at 2-1-1.

Start Your Journey

All lines connect at the bus depot at Tinloy & Bank Streets.

Find Your Route

Nevada City – Route 1
Grass Valley (Alta Street, Ridge Road) – Route 2
Grass Valley (Loma Rica, Fairgrounds) – Route 3
Grass Valley (Old Tunnel Road, Dorsey Drive) – Route 4
Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, Auburn – Route 5
Rough & Ready, Penn Valley – Route 6

For more information on routes and schedules, check out the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide and System Map.

Sierra Foothills Outpatient Clinic

The Sierra Foothills Outpatient Clinic provides primary care, individual and group therapy, and social services for Nevada County veterans. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and is located at 11985 Heritage Oak Place in Auburn. For more information, call 530-889-0872.

Getting There by Bus

Take Gold Country Stage Route 5 from Tinloy Street Transit Center in Grass Valley to Professional Drive & Fortune in Auburn. (Please note: Route 5X at 9:00 am is an express bus and does not stop at Professional Drive).

STEP 1: Board Gold Country Stage Route 5 at the Tinloy Street Transit Center in Grass Valley. When boarding the bus, let the driver know that you want to get off at Professional Drive in Auburn. This is an on-demand stop, meaning you must request that the driver stop there.

STEP 2: Get off at the Professional Drive bus stop in Auburn.

STEP 3: Walk back to Bell Road. Cross Bell Road.

STEP 4: Turn left & walk about 2/3 of the way down the block towards the corner of Heritage Oak Place & Bell Road.

STEP 5: Turn right onto the path leading to parking lot behind Sierra Outpatient Clinic (11985 Heritage Oak Place) & enter through the rear.

Bus Schedule from Tinloy Transit Center

Departs Grass Valley  Arrives in Auburn
6 am  6:40 am
8 am 8:40 am
1 pm 1:40 pm
3 pm  3:40 pm
5 pm  5:40 pm

Return Trip

Professional Drive is an on-demand stop only. You must call ahead at least 1 hour in advance to schedule a pick-up. Call 530-477-0103, ext. 0.

STEP 1: Walk west on Bell Road to the corner of Professional Drive.

STEP 2: Turn right and cross Bell Road. Continue north to the bus stop at Professional Drive & Fortune.

STEP 3: Take Gold Country Stage Route 5 to the Tinloy Street Transit Center in Grass Valley.

Bus Schedule from Professional Drive

Departs Auburn  Arrives in Grass Valley
7:10 am  7:50 am
9:10 am  9:50 am
11:10 am  11:50 am
2:10 pm 2:50 pm
4:10 pm  4:50 pm
6:10 pm  6:50 pm

Additional Options:

The Auburn clinic provides limited healthcare services. The closest full-service VA health care center is located in Reno.

Getting There

The Veterans Services Office provides free transportation to the Reno VA Medical Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On a limited basis, the Veterans Services Office can also transport veterans to specialized medical appointments in distant locations such as Auburn, Sacramento, and Marysville. Please call the Veterans Services Office at 530-273-3396 for more information or to schedule a ride.

Free Thanksgiving Meals


Food connects us. The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday gives us a chance to break bread with people we have known forever and people we may never have met before. It brings us together around a shared table to kvetch, complain, discuss, disagree and focus on the good in each other and the world.

For those looking for a table to gather around on Thursday, the following businesses and organizations are hosting free Thanksgiving meals:

Rainbow Market
When: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: 16797 Highway 49, Nevada City (across from the Willo)
Cost: Free
Contact: 530-478-9777

Shepherd’s Heart Church
When: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Banner Grange
12629 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley
Cost: Free
Contact: 530-470-3325

Old Town Cafe
When: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: 110 Mill Street, Grass Valley
Cost: Free
Contact: 530-273-4303

Sierra Roots
When: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Streicher House
606 Gold Flat Road, Nevada City
Cost: Free
Contact: 530-264-5113

Fighting Bark Beetle Infestation


The Nevada County Community Development Agency has created a very informative webpage for those of us interested in learning more about the bark beetle infestation, with links to important information and resources.


Hit the Trail with Gold Country Stage

Gold Country Stage is a great way to get where you want to go in Nevada County. But riding the bus is also the perfect way to start your journey, particularly when it means connecting to some of the best walking trails our region has to offer.

For those who need a ride to get outside, below are bus directions to two of our favorite local walking trails: Hirschman Trail and Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Both of these fabulous trails, which are maintained by the Bear Yuba Land Trust, are located near downtown Nevada City–close enough to town to access easily and secluded enough to feel like you’re really getting away from it all.

Start Your Journey

All lines connect at the bus depot at Tinloy & Bank Streets.

Find Your Route

Nevada City – Route 1
Grass Valley (Alta Street, Ridge Road) –Route 2
Grass Valley (Loma Rica, Fairgrounds) – Route 3
Grass Valley (Old Tunnel Road, Dorsey Drive) – Route 4
Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, Auburn – Route 5
Rough & Ready, Penn Valley – Route 6

For more information on routes and schedules, check out the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide and System Map.

Hirschman Trail

Hirschman’s Pond is the highlight of the hike, named for the trailblazing Hirschman brothers, miners who became merchants as the economy boomed. Hirschman Trail is a 2.4 mile easy dirt trail that showcases some of our area’s natural beauty with both woodland glens and open grasslands and pays homage to our past with a 40-foot long trestle replicating 1800s railroad and flume systems. For more on this trail, see the BYLT website.

Getting There By Bus: Take Gold Country Stage Route 1 to the County Government Center. From there, walk west through the parking lot toward Cement Hill Road. Cross Cement Hill Road onto an unpaved driveway. (Note: there are no sidewalks leading out of the Rood Center parking lot and there is no crosswalk across Cement Hill Road). There is a small parking lot that serves as the beginning of the trail. The first .4 mile of trail is wheelchair accessible and provides barrier-free access to Hirschman’s Pond.

The first bus to Nevada City from the transfer station leaves at 7:00 am (8:00 am on Saturdays). Departing from the County Government Center, the last bus back to the transfer center leaves at 7:30 pm (4:30 pm on Saturdays, no Sunday service).

Frequency: Route 1 departs from Tinloy & Bank on the hour. One way trip time: 25 minutes

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

Commemorating the contributions of the Chinese and the native Nisenan to our rich history, Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a new addition to the scenic landscape of Nevada City. This easy/moderate 3.6 mile loop trail can be enjoyed in its entirety or in a variety of smaller hikes. The trail features thick forests, the beauty of the historic Newtown Canal, and the Chinese Bridge, a new suspension bridge in the lovely plaza at Stocking Flat. Information on the best route for your time and interests can be found at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. (132 Main St. Nevada City). For more on this trail, see the BYLT website.

Getting There By Bus: Take Gold Country Stage Route 1 to Broad Street Bridge & Union Street. Cross Union Street toward Calanan Park and walk up Broad Street one block to Pine Street. Turn left onto North Pine Street and walk toward Spring Street. Cross Spring Street and turn right on Spring to walk toward the Miner’s Foundry. On the right hand side of the Miner’s Foundry, follow Bridge Street to Factory Street on the right. There is a small Tribute Trail marker that represents the trailhead. (Note: There are no sidewalks from this point on. You will walk along quiet paved and unpaved roads until you hit the trail).

The first bus to Nevada City from the transfer station leaves at 7:00 am. (8:00 am on Saturdays). Departing from Broad Street in front of the National Hotel, the last bus back to the transfer center leaves at 7:34 pm (4:34 pm on Saturdays, no Sunday service).

Frequency: Route 1 departs from Tinloy & Bank on the hour. One way trip time: 15 minutes

Connect to Summer with 211

Connect to Summer postcard v. 2_Page_1Summer is on its way (hooray!) and we want to help community members connect to all that the season has to offer.
In celebration of summer, we are pulling together a list of all of the free events happening in Nevada County from June through August. The Connect to Summer list will include information on everything from hikes to healthcare, play groups to parades, car shows to concerts. The only requirement is that it’s free for the public.
Anyone can call 211 day or night for information on all of the free stuff going on in the community, including dates, times, and locations. Just dial 2-1-1 (or 1-877-847-0499).
Other Connect to Summer fun will include an Instagram photo contest and a drawing for a free Weber Q gas grill donated by B&C True Value Home and Garden Center. Follow us on Facebook for more details. And check us out on Facebook each week for highlights on some of the coolest free activities in town. 

Send Us Your Free Summer Events

Connect to Summer with 211

211 is celebrating summer in Nevada County with a new campaign to get our friends, families, and customers out into the world to enjoy everything the season has to offer.

We are compiling a database of all of the free summer events happening in Nevada County from June through August. This will include information on anything from hikes to healthcare, play groups to parades, car shows to concerts. The only requirement is that it’s free for the public.

Send Us Your Free Events

If you have a free summer activity or event to add to the Connect to Summer database, please get in touch. Send your event details (including event title, date, time, location, and description) to Rachel James at

The Connect to Summer campaign kicks off in June. Call us at 2-1-1 (or 1-877-847-0499) to get connected to all of your favorite free summer activities.

Volunteer Opportunity at 211

Help us make our services better.

211 is seeking volunteers to conduct over-the-phone caller satisfaction surveys. Play a key role in improving 211’s Senior Assistance Line by gathering customer feedback.

We are looking for adults who have strong interpersonal skills, great communication skills, and the ability to keep accurate written records. Knowledge of basic phone etiquette is required.

No computer skills are necessary.

We are looking for someone to work up to 4 hours per week during business hours at the 211 office in Grass Valley.

Check out for more information or to download a volunteer application.

We look forward to talking with you!

Calling All Employers!

Connect with your next hire. This is an event focused primarily on helping you find viable candidates to fill current or future positions.

April 13, 2016
Grass Valley Veterans Hall
255 S. Auburn St.. Grass Valley

*Recruiting Tips & Tools.
*Highlight your business, meet potential employees.

To obtain an application, please visit Please return the application and appropriate fees* to:

The Union Newspaper, Attn: Hollie Grimaldi Flores, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Fax: (530) 273-1854

*20% discount to Nevada County Chamber of Commerce or Nevada County Association of Realtor Members OR 15% early registration discount if paid prior to March 15, 2016.

Space is limited. Deadline: March 31, 2016

2016 Food Distribution Calendar

Click to view calendar!

County residents, regardless of last names and which part of the county they live in, may pick up monthly food between 10 am and noon on either the second or fourth Thursday of the month. The Food Bank prefers that people pick one day or the other, and stay with the same week but there is flexibility if a person can’t go on their usual pickup date.

Food may be picked up at:

Seventh Day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Rd.
Grass Valley, CA

There is no separate time for people with disabilities. The second Thursday of the month tends to have fewer customers and shorter lines. At this time, Calvary Bible Church is not a distribution site.

Other distribution sites include:

North San Juan Center
29190 Highway 49
North San Juan, CA
Food distributed: 3rd Thursday of the month, from 10 am – 12 pm

31625 Relief Hill Road
Nevada City, CA
Food distributed: 1st Wednesday of the month, from 10 am – 12 pm

Sierra Vista Center
55 School Street
Colfax, CA
Food distributed: First Friday of the month, from 10 am – 11:30 am


211 Day!

Happy 211 Day! It’s February 11th (2/11), and 211s across the country are taking the day to get the word out about how we support our communities. Check us out on Facebook for updates about 211 Nevada County’s programs and services.

Free Wood Chip and Fire Round Program

There are several free wood chip and firewood round programs available in the area.  Common uses for wood chips are garden beds, around trees, pathways and playgrounds.  Firewood rounds could be used for heating.

Acton Arbor Culture
Offers free wood chips and firewood rounds.

PG&E Clearing
Rand Smith
Offers free wood chips.

Teen Clinic in Placer County

Teen Clinic

Talk to the health care professional about:




DATES:   3/9/16 and 5/4/16

(all are Wednesdays corresponding to TTUSD minimum days)

HOURS: 1PM-4PM Appointments are preferable, but walk-ins accepted


PHONE: 530-546-1970

*This service is only available for Placer County Residents

Sand and Sandbags Available

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services would like to remind residents that free sand and sandbags are available at three locations. 1) Next to the Nevada County Warehouse on the corner of Highway 49 and East Broad St. in Nevada City. 2) Penn Valley Fire Protection District located at 10513 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. 3) North San Juan Community Hall located at 100057 Reservoir St, North San Juan.

Residents must bring their own shovel to fill the sandbags with sand. We do request that residents only take what they plan to use for protection of their personal property.

If you are operating a vehicle, please review the following tips:

  •  Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding
  •  Do not attempt to drive (or walk) across running water more than a few inches deep
  •  Avoid driving in water that downed electrical or power lines have fallen in
  •  Avoid hydroplaning by driving slowly and keeping your tires inflated correctly

Don’t forget to accomplish the following:

  •  Clear rain gutters
  •  Repair roof leaks
  •  Cut away tree branches that could fall on your house

An important reminder for storm preparedness is to monitor a forecasted severe weather event. This can be accomplished by monitoring the local media or visiting the many weather forecast services available via the internet.

Nevada County OES will be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter @NevCoOES

For additional questions or comments, contact the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services at or 530-265-1515


Friday Bingo

It’s Bingo Time at Gold Country Community Services (GCCS)
Join them every Friday for an afternoon of fun, snacks, and CASH PRIZES!!
When: Fridays at 1:00pm to 3:45pm
Cost: $2.00 ($1 for GCCS members) $0.50 for each card
Located at:
Nevada City Senior Apartments
841 Old Tunnel Road, Grass Valley
Any questions? Call 273-4961 or visit their website at