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April 2016


posted Mar 31, 2016, 2:15 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 2:31 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Some holidays are ancient in origin, having evolved from primordial tribal customs. Others arise from religious or patriotic observances that  honor and commemorate auspicious personages and events. Days of feasting and celebration are not only fun, but often are the glue that holds us together. Families and friends gather to give thanks and celebrate a bountiful harvest, a rite of passage, a life well-lived. As we join in ritual celebrations we are reminded that we are not alone. Often isolated by a society that tends to separate rather than unite, we need reasons to gather, to share, to reaffirm our humanity and a sense of belonging.

Founded in 1970, Earth Day is now the largest secular holiday in the world. Celebrated by more than one billion people every year, Earth Day helps to reinforce our awareness that no matter who we are, what we believe, where we live or what we do, one thing we all share is the Earth. It’s a simple fact. Our food, our homes, our sustenance, our lives are a part of this glorious living planet. That’s something worth acknowledging and celebrating at least once a year.

All are welcome at our EARTH DAY CELEBRATION at Oak Tree on Saturday, April 23rd. Please join us for a day of laughing, talking, playing, eating, singing, dancing, and general festivity. Let’s celebrate!

“Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”     Kahlil Gibran




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Celebrate Earth Day at Oak Tree

posted Mar 31, 2016, 2:02 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is very excited to be hosting a BIG EARTH DAY CELEBRATION at the Oak Tree School campus on Saturday, April 23, from 2- 10 pm. There will be children’s activities, Native American drumming & dance, food, beverages, a raffle, silent art auction, bake sale, Earth-friendly vendors, a fashion show, and lots of music! Singers, drummers, and musicians include Neena McNair, Ireland Brown, Sydney & Hayley Burdett, the Ruckridge Family, George Schroder, John Renoir, Loren Avery, Marc Ryan, Shakina & Friends, Hard Hattie & the Bad Men and a surprise or two. Be prepared to have fun and wear your dancin’ shoes!


When... APRIL 23 ~ 2-10pm


Cost…… FREE ADMISSION (food, drinks, entertainment extra)

This event is a fundraiser for children’s summer camps, classes and activities. To be a vendor, donate baked goods or a raffle prize, volunteer to help, or for general information regarding this very special event, please call the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center at 292.3174.




Support Our Local Camps

posted Mar 31, 2016, 2:01 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Eagerly awaited each year, SPORTS CAMP and ART CAMP are two traditions that are highly valued by children, their families, and the community.  Not only do these summer camps provide enriching experiences and a lot of fun for camp goers. They provide summer jobs for local teens and opportunities for highly skilled professionals to share their expertise with a new generation of young athletes and artists. Every year new friendships are forged, old ones strengthened, and happy campers pledge to “See you next year” at camp’s end.

This year one more week of summer camp will be added to the Family Resource Center’s calendar. Following the usual 3 weeks of SPORTS CAMP in July, will be a week of ART CAMP.  A ten year San Juan Ridge tradition, ART CAMP is relocating from the North Columbia Schoolhouse to the Oak Tree Campus.  Although the venue is changing, ART CAMP will retain the same high quality of arts instruction and experiences. Most of the highly skilled teaching artists will be returning, as will many of the counselors.

Some things that have changed are our resources. Grants that once funded day-to-day operations, as well as special activities such as children’s classes and summer camps, are no longer available. Committed to providing the best services possible, the Family Resource Center is embarking upon the rocky road of fundraising. It is our goal to maintain the excellent quality of our children’s camps and activities while keeping registration fees affordable.

You can help us do this by having fun at our big EARTH DAY CELEBRATION.  100% of the money made by the FRC at that event will help support our children’s camps and activities. You can also donate an unused vehicle or buy an ad in our newsletter. We are grateful to our community for its generosity and support and we look forward to seeing you soon.


Raffle Tickets on Sale Now

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:59 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Raffle tickets for lots of fabulous prizes donated by local artists, restaurants, nurseries, and many other businesses are now on sale at the Family Resource Center. Grand prize: a two-night stay for up to 5 people at the Marin Headlands Hostel.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

All money earned from the raffle will support this year’s summer camps for children. Winning tickets will be drawn at our big EARTH DAY CELEBRATION on April 23. Although we really hope to see you there, you need not be present to win.


Community Yard Sale

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:56 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 1:58 PM ]

by Kimi Barnes

APRIL 23rd   9am-4pm

North San Juan Community Center

Spaces available to residents of the San Juan Ridge

                       and surrounding communities.                         

Advertising will be provided.

$20 space fee for NSJ Community Center members/ $30 for non-members

For space reservation and information, please contact Kimi at 478.1292.


Shady Creek Summer Camp-Registration Is Open

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:54 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 1:55 PM ]

by Kelly Casey, Shady Creek Summer Camp Director


There’s a new summer camp program on the Ridge this summer! Shady Creek Summer Camp, operated out of Shady Creek Outdoor School on Tyler Foote road, is currently recruiting campers. Directors Bethany “Echo” Thomas and Kelly “Madrone” Casey have created both day and overnight programs to cater to campers of all ages and interests, from exploring the miles of hiking trails, to daily dips in the pool, to conquering the challenges of the low ropes course, to arts and crafts activities including tie dye.

Safety is a Shady Creek Summer Camp priority. Our site is accredited by the California Outdoor School Association, and, because we are a public school, all staff and volunteers must pass background checks. All activities are supervised by trained staff, and our camper population is small enough that we operate with an overall 1:4 staff-camper ratio.

At Shady Creek, we believe in the power of camp and the positive growth experienced by a camper’s connection to nature, new friends, and new experiences. For this reason we make the effort to keep tuition affordable and accessible to as many families as we can. One way this is accomplished is through the use of a dedicated staff of volunteers, another is through offering scholarships. More information about scholarships is available on our website.

Registration is open and functions on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register now as spots are limited! Grade refers to the grade campers will be entering in the fall. Employment opportunities for high school students also available. For more information please email or visit

2016 Dates and Prices


Resident Camp

Session One: Monday, July 11 – Saturday, July 16

Session Two: Sunday, July 24 – Friday, July 29

Campers: 4th – 8th grade $450

Volunteer Cabin Leaders: 11th + grade


Day Camp

Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1

Campers: 1st – 8th grade $160

Volunteer Leaders: 9th – 12th grade


Free Yoga at the Family Resource Center

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:48 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Beginning on April 6th, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center will be hosting FREE YOGA CLASSES for ADULTS. Certified to teach Hatha Yoga by 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona Arizona, Teacher Rachelle Devlin has been practicing yoga for over twenty years. “Hatha Yoga uses postures and stretches in combination with the breath to develop flexibility, balance, strength, and relaxation. This class is appropriate for those who are new to Yoga and more advanced practitioners who want to refresh some of the basics. I feel that yoga should be available to all people in all income brackets. It brings people of all ages and beliefs together. Yoga brings out different ways of healing and body/mind awareness.”

We are very excited to provide this opportunity to our community. Bring a Yoga mat (limited community mats available) and comfortable clothes. In order to enable parents of young children to participate in these classes, the Family Resource Center will make child care available for a donation of only $5 per child. Although classes can be taken on a drop-in basis we are asking those who plan on attending to let us know ahead of time, especially if child care is needed.

For more information call 292.3174.

What?    Hatha Yoga Classes

Where?  Oak Tree Lodge

When?   Wednesday mornings 10-11 am





Community Legal Empowerment Project

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:47 PM by Kristin Snell

by Erin Noel, Attorney at Law

When:                Friday, the 8th, 2-5 pm

Where:              San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center,                   

                          18847 Oak Tree Road ~ North San Juan

What:                 Legal and Mediation Clinic                        

Cost:                  Free, donations welcome

Need a lawyer, but want more of a say in the legal process?  Need help, but cannot afford an attorney?  Not sure which form to download, or can you use a form?  Have a dispute but don’t want to go to court?  Want to enjoy instead of tolerate the legal process?  This clinic is for you!


Do you have a dispute that you do not want to bring to court?  A need to understand more about the law before you make a binding agreement?  Need help resolving a landlord/tenant issue, code enforcement, easement or property law issue, need help with legal issues you do not understand?

Visit our monthly legal clinic!  Erin Noel is the clinic attorney, who has experience with court mediation, property and land use law, landlord/tenant law, and other areas of law.  If she does not have expertise, she may be able to refer you to another free or low cost lawyer, and help you to prepare the questions you have.

Walk in, or MAKE AN APPOINTMENT so we can better serve you. 

To make an appointment, please contact Community Legal at 265.3425.

This clinic is staffed by volunteers, and is not affiliated with PARTNERS Family Resource Centers, Twin Ridges Elementary School District, or Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.


County Closes San Juan Ridge Mine Permit Application

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:46 PM by Kristin Snell

by San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association

The application for a use permit to re-open the San Juan Ridge Mine in rural Nevada County has been closed. In a March 14, 2016 letter to Timothy Callaway, CEO of the San Juan Mining Corporation (SJMC), Nevada County Planning Department Planning Director Brian Foss wrote, “…the Use Permit and Reclamation Plan applications are now closed… If you wish to pursue the project in the future a new application will be required and new application fees and materials will be required to be submitted.”

The application, submitted in February 2012 by SJMC, had drawn widespread attention throughout Nevada County and beyond, primarily as a result of impacts to neighboring wells caused by a catastrophic dewatering event by the same mining operation in the 1990s. Led by the opposition of the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association (SJRTA) and community members to the re-opening of the mine, the effort to question the potential impacts of the mine on the surrounding community and watershed was joined by local non-profits South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and The Sierra Fund.

The County Planning Department required a rigorous year-long well monitoring plan through the environmental review process, but after only six months of collecting water quality and quantity data, the mine operator halted monitoring in March 2014. In a letter dated December 15, 2015, the Planning Department notified Mr. Callaway that he had until March 1 to meet and discuss re-instituting the monitoring program, or have the permit application dismissed.

In response to the County’s action, SJRTA President Sol Henson stated, “After the stress and trauma experienced due to the impact on wells in the 1990s, the community has been staunchly opposed to the reopening of this mine, and can now heave a sigh of relief. It’s been a long process and we’re pleased that community concern and good science was used by the County to help insure protection of our water supply. Our organization has been looking at economically viable alternative uses of the property that would fit in with the needs of the surrounding population, and, it is hoped, satisfy the property owners.”

SYRCL Executive Director Caleb Dardick responded, “SYRCL is delighted by the County's closure of this application. When the mine last operated, it discharged millions of gallons of water—some of it untreated mine waste– into a tributary of the South Yuba River, scouring the creek bed down to bedrock, and endangering the habitat of yellow-legged frogs and other sensitive species. Mercury was historically used on the mining site and significant quantities may still be present and could re-enter local waterways via discharged water. By taking this action, the County is removing a substantial threat to the habitat of our beloved Yuba River watershed.”

Dozens of individuals and representatives came forward during the environmental review process to express their concerns including Twin Ridges Elementary School District, Sierra Family Medical Clinic, Expanding Light Retreat at Ananda Village, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Sutter County Superintendent of Schools, CLAIM-GV and state and federal agencies. This collaborative effort required that officials providing oversight for the environmental review process consider potential water quality and quantity impacts to neighboring wells, community health and economic impacts, legacy mining contamination from the mine property, the safety of local school children, noise and light pollution, the environmental health of the South Yuba watershed and more.

Background: Formed in 1975, the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association has been addressing mining on this property over the past four decades. The mission of the organization is to promote the environmental, social and economic wellbeing of the San Juan Ridge community. The mine is located in the North Columbia Diggings along Tyler Foote Rd., a legacy hydraulic mine containing gold deposits hundreds of feet below ancient placer river gravels.


Many thanks to our wonderful community for contributing so much to this effort for the past four years.

Come celebrate with us at the SJRTA Annual Membership Meeting! 

Sunday, April 10, 2pm, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:43 PM by Kristin Snell

by Julie Childs, Board President-San Juan Ridge Community Library

Hours: Tue-Thu 11am-7pm and Sat 10am-4pm        

Phone: 292.3008 during open hours

· Wi-fi and computers available for public use

· Work stations and comfortable seating

· Book sale shelf, DVDs for checkout, periodicals, children’s room

· Experienced staff on-hand

· An ever-evolving collection of wonders to listen to, read, and watch

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation”   -Walter Cronkite

The oldest continually running Library in the world is the Library of Paris with the National Library of France founded in1368. The first known librarian in the world that we know of is not Mary Moore.  No, the honor goes to Zenodotus of Ephesus, from the end of Ptolemy the 1st’s reign (285 BC). Did you know that 68% of Americans have library cards, and 70% of them use them more than 7 times a year? Well now you know more than you used to about Libraries!

Our Library has grown to 550 patrons at this time, and our collection to 9000 items. With all the upcoming sunshine, we have lots of idea books for outdoor living.  Spring is a great time for using the library! Spring is busting out in the children’s room also.  New DVDs are always being donated, as are new books and periodicals…there’s a lot to keep up with. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for helping out. Look out for our next fundraiser on May 20th, sure to be a fun time!

Magic the Gathering game will be meeting on the last Saturday of April, the  30th. Call Lisa Rowe for more info. 292-3246

The Tapestry Project is ongoing, Tue 1-3, and Thu 10-12 pm. If you haven’t dropped in yet, you are in for a peak visual experience! If you’d like to join this awesome group of folk, please do. Experience is not necessary.  Some incredibly talented artists who are working on these pieces will inspire you.


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