Announcing Our Winter/Spring Community Classes

We are excited to announce our new slate of free community classes for Winter/Spring 2019. Along with caregiver skills trainings, like CPRLifting Techniques for Home Caregivers, and Universal Precautions, we also have classes to help caregivers care for themselves.

Our Self-Care for Caregivers class will help you identify and draw on the sources of strength in your life to help minimize stress. And Caregiver Essentials is all about setting up and maintaining healthy relationships with those you care for.

Continuing our focus on health and wellness, we are offering the popular Chair Yoga class again, as well as a new class, Food & Mood, which is about using movement and diet to increase your energy and improve your health.

And we will again offer Freedom from SmokingLiving Well with a Chronic Condition, and the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program. These interactive, evidence-based workshops are designed help you take charge of your health and include hands-on activities in a supportive environment.

See our full list of classes and register today!

Quitting Time

Freedom from Smoking.

Are you ready to quit smoking?

Finding your path to a smoke-free life is easier with the right help. The American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program is a proven way to quit smoking—and stay quit—even if you’ve tried before and went back to smoking. Over the course of eight classes, you’ll set a quit date, build a quit plan, and work through your first few months smoke-free with the support of your classmates.

We offer personalized attention and peer support in small group settings led by a facilitator trained by the American Lung Association.

It’s time to stop smoking and start living.


What: Freedom from Smoking
When: July 11 through August 22, 2018, 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Connecting Point
Cost: Free

Register online or call Karen at 530-274-5601.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Are you feeling anxious, agitated, tired, irritable, depressed, angry, or sad? All of the above? Okay, you seem a little stressed . . .

The symptoms of stress can affect both your physical and mental health and have a real impact on how you think, feel, and act. Learning to see the signs of stress and having clear strategies for limiting its effects can help you to live a much healthier, happier life.

Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life is a 4-week class designed to help you minimize the emotional and physical effects of stress and create a more peaceful approach to your current challenges. Taught by Marge Kaiser, this highly-rated class will teach participants how to overcome stress through humor, relaxation, self-care, and group support.

The free class, hosted by Connecting Point, begins April 5th and meets every Thursday through April 26th. It’s open to all Nevada County residents who need some support, strategies, and a good laugh.


What: Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life

When: Thursdays, April 5th through 26th, 2:30-4:30 pm

Where: Connecting Point

208 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Cost: Free! Space is limited. Call Karen at 274-5601 to register or register online here.

Connecting Point offers free caregiver training to community-members. All classes are free for Nevada County residents. The slate of classes includes practical training in caregiving skills, such as lifting and transferring, universal precautions, and dementia care as well as self-care classes for caregivers.

Go DEEP on Diabetes

Tap into your strengths and take charge of your diabetes with DEEP, the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program.

DEEP is an evidence-based program for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their caregivers. This high-energy, hands-on workshop includes activities, demonstrations, role play, and games in a fun and supportive environment. Gain a better understanding of how diabetes impacts your overall health and learn about new tools and strategies to help you take control of your diabetes.

The free, six-week course includes:

Week 1: Understanding the Human Body
Week 2: Risk Factors
Week 3: Self-Monitoring
Week 4: Exercise
Week 5: Health Management through Meal Planning
Week 6: Living with Diabetes- Medications, Mobilizing Friends & Family

DEEP is offered through a partnership between Dignity Health, the Nevada County Public Health Department, and Connecting Point. For more information, call Karen Bellanti at 530-274-5601.

To register, call Karen Bellanti at 530-274-5601 or register online here.


What: DEEP Workshop
When: Thursdays, February 15 through March 22, 1:00-3:00 pm (please plan to attend all six classes)
Where: Connecting Point, 208 Sutton Way, Grass Valley (link)
Cost: Free!