Yolo County Elections Office address confirmation postcard
The Yolo County Elections Office is mailing an address confirmation postcard to all active registered voters Sept. 11. Voters are asked to carefully review the information and confirm that it is correct to ensure they receive all important election mail. The county asks voters to fill out the required information, sign the postcard and return it promptly (return postage is paid).
Food drive for Woodland Food Closet
A canned food drive, to benefit the Woodland Food Closet, is being hosted by the American Lutheran Church, 1114 College St., from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 17, 18 and 19.
Suicide Prevention seeks crisis line volunteers
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County will hold a five-week crisis line volunteer training beginning Oct. 6. Crisis line volunteers play a role in saving the lives of Yolo County residents; when they join the dedicated team of volunteers who answer the phones at SPYC, they become the first point of human contact in the steps toward mental health. Volunteers undergo a 40-hour training program in which they develop the skills needed to address issues of depression, suicide, family relationship conflicts, and mental illness. Initially, volunteers commit to serving six hours per week with a one-year service commitment upon successful completion of the training program. Volunteers have been, and continue to be, the backbone of SPYC. Quality training provides volunteers with the opportunity to participate in the increased well-being not only of themselves, but of those in their community. SPYC will be interviewing prospective volunteers until September 30th and will accept applications for this training up until Sept. 28. Those interested in applying are asked to please review the training dates listed below to ensure they will be able to attend each training date (virtually, due to COVID-19); there are no make-ups, and all potential volunteers are required to attend each training, on time. Applicants must also be at least 20 years old. To apply, visit www.SuicidePreventionYoloCounty.org to download and complete a volunteer application. Applications can be mailed or emailed back to SPYC. For questions or additional information, please call the SPYC business office at 756-7542 and ask for Geneva.
Census workers going door-to-door
With door-to-door visits by census takers now underway, the U.S. Census Bureau is informing Northern CA households that they may also receive a follow-up visit to ensure everyone is counted. So far 64.9% of all households have responded online, by phone or by mail, and another 17.5% have been counted by census takers. In total, over 82.4% of all housing units throughout the nation have been accounted for with one month left to be counted. Daily, the Census Bureau updates its list of households that have responded. It is possible that a census taker will still visit the address as part of the quality assurance program even if a household has already responded. The public is encouraged to answer the door and cooperate with census takers as they follow up. Make sure you ask for proper identification. Census takers are visiting households where there may be some confusion about the address. If the community’s addresses recently changed or the household responded with an address that does not match the Census Bureau’s address list, census takers will visit to verify the address and collect a response in person. If a census taker left a notice of their visit, you can respond online or by phone using the Census ID provided on the notice. Households can still respond to the 2020 Census through Sept. 30 by going online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received.
CreekSpeak tackles soils in Lower Putah Creek
CreekSpeak, Putah Creek Council’s six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture, and history of our region, continues with its third talk on Sept. 17, with a discussion about how the soils in the lower Putah Creek are linked to the larder landscape. Streams and creeks collect water and sediments from larger watersheds. So, they reflect the climate and geological conditions of the larger basin. In the case of the Lower Putah Creek Corridor, the contributing watershed is the Northern Inner Coast Range. Join us at the third CreekSpeak of 2020 to learn from Research Soil Scientist Vic Claassen as he discusses the influence weather patterns, water-flow patterns and geological materials Northern Inner Coast had and have on the Putah Creek Watershed. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. and will be held via ZOOM. In order to accommodate physical distancing guidelines, Putah Creek Council has opted to move our speakers series online. In order to attend a talk, a registration form must be completed online, found on the event page on the Putah Creek Council calendar. A confirmation email will be sent that includes login information to access the Zoom meeting on the day of the talk. These talks are free to Putah Creek Council members and open to the public (registration will be capped at 100 people). A $5 donation is requested from those who have not yet joined the Council. More information about the 2020 CreekSpeak schedule is available at www.putahcreekcouncil.org.
New COVID-19 testing sites operating
Yolo County Public Health is offering free COVID-19 testing at various locations in Yolo County for August and September. The specific testing site dates and locations include Sept. 14, 8 a.m. to noon, Elica Health Center, 1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento; Sept. 15, 4 to 7 p.m., Clarksburg Community Church, 52910 Netherlands Ave., Clarksburg; Sept. 16, 8 a.m. to noon, Elica Health Center, 1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento; Sept. 26, 4 to 7 p.m., Dunnigan Training Center, 29133 Main St., Dunnigan; Sept. 17, 3 to 7 p.m., Woodland County Fair Mall, 1264 E. Gibson Road, Woodland – use Southeast entrance); Sept. 18, 8 a.m. to noon, Elica Health Center, 1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento; Sept. 21, 8 a.m. to noon, Elica Health Center, 1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento; Sept. 22, 4 to 7 p.m., Esparto Boy Scout Cabin, 17020 Yolo Avenue, Esparto; Sept. 23, 8 a.m. to noon, Elica Health Center, 1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento; Sept. 24, 3 to 7 p.m., Woodland County Fair Mall, 1264 E. Gibson Road, Woodland – use Southeast entrance); Sept. 25, 8 a.m. to noon, Elica Health Center, 1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento; Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to noon, Elica Health Center, 1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento; and Sept. 30, 8 a.m. to noon, Elica Health Center, 1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento. Testing is offered at these locations on a first-come, first-served basis. The sites will close once all the tests are gone for that day. Participants must be residents of Yolo County and will need to bring proof in the form of a document displaying their name and address, such as a driver’s license, ID card, utility bill, or rental agreement. All ages are accepted. Registration is recommended in order to speed up the process but is not required and does not guarantee a test. When residents register online, they will not be able to select a time slot and will not receive a confirmation of receipt. Register at https://www.avellinocoronatest.com/patient.
Yolo County Medicare counseling available
Although local HICAP Medicare counseling offices are currently closed due to COVID-19, free one-on-one sessions with local state-registered counselors are still available via telephone and video conferencing. HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) is administered by the California Department of Aging. Its trained volunteer counselors are working from home, but are still available by phone and video-conferencing to answer questions and help seniors and other eligible recipients understand their Medicare rights and benefits. HICAP counselors can provide information about Medicare supplemental insurance (Medigap policies); Medicare Advantage plans; employee and retiree coverage; long-term-care insurance and how to appeal coverage denials. To schedule a free, one-hour phone or videoconference appointment with a state-registered HICAP Medicare counselor in Yolo County call (916) 376-8915. Once your appointment is scheduled, you will receive an appointment reminder by phone, email or text prior to your appointment. To cancel an appointment for any reason, you are asked to call (916) 375-3763.
Tuleyome offers certified naturalist course
Tuleyome is once again providing a Certified California Naturalist course in partnership with the University of California. Tuleyome’s Naturalist course, which begins in January 2021, introduces students to the wonders of California’s unique ecology and engages them in the study of, and fosters a sense of stewardship of, our region’s natural communities. The program uses hands-on learning, problem-solving, citizen science and volunteer service to build an appreciation for and deep understanding of the Northern Inner Coast Range Mountains and the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument region. No special degrees or previous naturalist experience is required. Class time is set aside to help students learn how to accurately identify some of the region’s most common plant, animal, and insect species. Participants are also eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional fee. The course starts Jan. 15 and will continue for 10 consecutive Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. Classes are scheduled to take place in Woodland but with the current public safety restrictions due to COVID-19, preparations have been made to hold virtual classes. In addition to the ten classroom dates, students are required to attend three field trips, scheduled for Saturdays during the class. These in-field classes help students understand and apply what is learned in the classroom and how to collect data and interact with nature. Visit Tuleyome’s website at www.tuleyome.org/projects/calnat for more information and to sign up.
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