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April 2019

Coloring Page by Gem Visuals

posted Apr 15, 2019, 11:23 AM by Kristin Snell

Original coloring page featuring Bridgeport by Gem Visuals

Celebrate Earth Day at Oak Tree

posted Apr 8, 2019, 1:10 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 1:13 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Founded in 1970, by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, the first EARTH DAY was conceived as a day focused on education about environmental issues. Forty-nine years later, EARTH DAY has grown into a global phenomenon. More than one billion people now rally, plant trees, pick up garbage, make speeches, and engage in a widely diverse range of activities as they rededicate themselves to the task of caring for our planet. EARTH DAY has become the largest secular event in the world.

On Saturday, April 20th, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center will host an EARTH DAY CELEBRATION on the beautiful Oak Tree Campus. Our EARTH DAY commemoration is a joyous gathering to celebrate life. We humans are not separate from the planet we inhabit. The elements that comprise our bodies are present throughout the great diversity of life that shares this beautiful world, as well as throughout the planet itself. It doesn’t matter if you consider global warming to be a hoax or a fact, or believe that you reside on a disc or a sphere. What matters is that you are here now and are part of, not apart from, Planet Earth.

We hope that you will join us for a day of fun and frolic at our 4th annual EARTH DAY CELEBRATION on the San Juan Ridge. There will be Native American drumming and song, music, food, vendors, children’s games and activities, a raffle, silent auction, bake sale, and more. In association with the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association, Cathé Fish, Master Gardener, Passive Solar Instructor and Permaculture Educator will present a talk from 3-4 pm in the Lodge: “Defensible Space Can Be Beautiful and How Permaculture Protects Forests.” In addition to being a fundraiser for children’s summer camps, this gathering is a celebration of the great beauty and diversity of life that is all around us. Happiness is good for us and good for the Earth!


Where: Oak Tree Campus 18847 Oak Tree Road  (1 mile from North San Juan)

When: Saturday, April 20th   Noon-6 pm

Cost: FREE, DONATIONS of any amount welcomed! 

All proceeds support fun, inclusive summer camps for children on the San Juan Ridge.


If you would like additional information, have a donation for our raffle or would like to sign up to vend or volunteer, please call the Family Resource Center at 292.3174. We welcome your support!

San Juan Ridge Town Hall Meeting

posted Apr 8, 2019, 1:07 PM by Kristin Snell

North San Juan Town Hall Meeting Agenda

Date: 4/11/2019

Time: 6:30-8:30PM

Location: Oak Tree Community Lodge

I.   Introduction & Welcome -  Supervisor Hoek (15min)

II.  County Roads and Programs  -  Public Works Director Trisha Tillotson (30 min)

III. County Transit System & Services  - Transit Service Manager Robin VanValenburgh (30 min)

IV.  County Law Enforcement Update - Sheriff Shannan Moon (30 min)

V.    Closing/Town Hall Survey - Supervisor Hoek  (15min)


CATHE’ FISH to SPEAK at EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: “Defensible Space Can Be Beautiful & How Permaculture Protects Forests”

posted Apr 8, 2019, 1:05 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Highly respected Master Gardener, Passive Solar Instructor, and Permaculture Educator, Cathe’ Fish will be making a FREE special presentation on the value of permaculture and defensible space as a means of creating a beautiful and fire-safe environment.  Jointly-hosted by the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association and Family Resource Center, Cathe’s presentation will demonstrate “how to effectively ‘harden’ your home and garden, while creating a beautiful fire adapted environment that provides the best chance to survive wildfire in the Wildland Urban Interface.

Permaculture offers positive solutions to a planet in crisis.  Discover solutions for your farm, land or backyard. Learn to use nature as your pattern for food production, water harvesting, housing and community. The objective of the Permaculture grassroots international movement is to liberate people everywhere to provide for their family’s and their community’s needs for food, sustainable energy, and well being without exploitation or pollution…from the smallest practical piece of land.”

Fire season is right around the corner; so it’s definitely not too soon to start working on defensible space around our homes and gardens. We hope that you will take advantage of this excellent opportunity to join us at Cathe’s workshop and learn that “DEFENSIBLE SPACE CAN BE BEAUTIFUL and HOW PERMACULTURE PROTECTS FORESTS.”

When………………Saturday, April 20  3-4pm, Rain or Shine!

Where……………Oak Tree Lodge, 18847 Oak Tree Road


Buy a Ticket! Win a Prize! Send a Kid to Camp!

posted Apr 8, 2019, 1:02 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

One of everybody’s favorite parts of our FRC’s EARTH DAY CELEBRATION is the raffle. For only $1 you could win a brand new girl’s bicycle, an evening out, a load of gravel, a two night stay at either Sierra Hot Springs or at the Marin Headlands Hostel (or both!), or one of many other prizes. Raffle tickets are ON SALE NOW at the FRC, only 1 for $1 or 6 for $5. Drawing will be at our EARTH DAY CELEBRATION on April 20; and you don’t have to be present (though we really hope you will be) to win. Every penny from the raffle, as well as other EARTH DAY festivities will help provide scholarships for kids at this year’s summer camps.

We are grateful to A to Z Supply, Asylum Down, B&C Hardware, 4 Winds Studio, Durga’s Divine Organic Café, Earth & Road Works, the Earth Store, Mama’s Pizza, Marin Headlands Hostel, North Columbia Schoolhouse, Peterson’s Corner, Pine Street Burgers, Ridge Rock Quarry, Pam Sapora, Savvy, Sierra Cinemas, Sierra Hot Springs, South Pine Café, Sweetland Garden Mercantile, and Three Forks Bakery & Brewery (so far!) for generously supporting our community’s children by contributing fabulous raffle prizes. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the FRC Mondays-Thursdays from 9am to 5pm and at the Earth Day Celebration April 20, noon-5:30pm. Buy a ticket, win a prize, and send a kid to camp!!!! Also…be sure to check out the hand crafted items and especially selected toys and games at the silent auction in the Oak Tree Lodge at the Earth Day Celebration on April 20th. See you then!




Get Ready for Summer Camps!

posted Apr 8, 2019, 1:01 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 1:19 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

It may be cool and rainy now, but soon days will be warm and sunny. School will be out and summer camps will begin. SPORTS CAMP with Ivy Pera will return for three weeks in July, immediately followed by a week of ART CAMP with talented local artists. Because SPORTS CAMP and ART CAMP are so popular and fill up fast, we are beginning to enroll young athletes and artists in mid-March. Once camps are full, they’re full; so please register as soon as possible.

To register your child for summer camps, complete the enrollment form found on page three.

JUNIOR SPORTS CAMP …………………………. ages 5-7….......... July 8-12/9:30-12:30……..…$50

INTERMEDIATE SPORTS CAMP ……...ages 8-10... ..........         July 15-19/9:30-2:30……...$50

SENIOR SPORTS CAMP………………..…. ages 11& up........                   July 22-26/9:30-2:30……...$50

.......1st-8th grades ………….….July 29-Aug2/ 9:00-3:00…..……...$175

 >>early bird discount for ART CAMP only $150   before May 1st<<

The FRC hopes to make camperships available to those who demonstrate that attendance would be impossible without financial aid. We are now embarking on several months of fundraising for summer camps and welcome assistance, especially cash donations specifically for camperships.

For more information, or to register your young camper, please call 292.3174 or drop by the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center on the beautiful Oak Tree Campus at 18847 Oak Tree Road.


Help Send a Kid to Camp- BUY A HAT!

posted Apr 8, 2019, 12:57 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Hand crocheted by Diana Pasquini, an array of colorful hats was originally created for unsheltered individuals who participated in the Point in Time survey last month. Hats that have remained headless are now on sale as a fundraiser for the FRC’s children’s summer camps. Any of these one-of-a-kind creations can be purchased for $15, two for $25. The sale of only 4 hats will enable a young athlete to attend SPORTS CAMP. Seven hats send a young artist to ART CAMP. Hats are now on sale so you can cover your head in style and send a kid to camp. Drop by the Family Resource Center while supplies last. A warm head and a warm heart…what a deal!


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Apr 8, 2019, 12:53 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 1:20 PM ]

by Roo Cantada, San Juan Ridge Community Library

OPEN TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4                         

Pre-School Storytimes   Mondays April 8 & 29-11:15 / Conversational Spanish Fridays April 5 & 26 - 4:00

Phone: 292-3008 / Location: Behind the Ball Field in Oak Tree Park on Oak Tree Rd.

April is Library Month- Every Month should be Library Month

Our second pre-school story time on April 29 will be extra fun with Lisa Nolen, the children’s librarian from the County coming to do the program.

Our Spanish Conversation class starts this month. This will be a relaxed introduction, with a small donation which will determined by the numbers attending.

I am always amazed when a book donation comes in just when it is needed.

The library has adopted two Russian Blue Cats (hypo-allergenic) that are influencing the mice to go elsewhere, and entertaining us all.  In the donations appeared: Cat Owners Home Veterinary Handbook, and Why Cats Paint; a theory of feline aesthetics.

Right now, there is a letter campaign for the local Nisenan tribe to regain their federal recognition (we have copies of the letters if you wish to sign them).  The donated book to go with this is: The History of Us; Nisenan Tribe of the Nevada City Rancheria, compiled the tribal chairman Richard B. Johnson. These should be processed soon for you to borrow.  I don’t think I will be sharing the painting book with our cats.

Tip of the Month

posted Apr 8, 2019, 12:51 PM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, 40 Developmental Assets

Tip – Asset #34  Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

Maintain traditions of your children's cultural and ethnic origins and discuss how the traditions are part of the children's history. Learn and talk about other people, visit festivals, and make friends with families with histories different than yours.  These steps will help your children build their own identities, but also how to respect people who are different whether in racial, religious, cultural and ethnic origins, or with different physical and mental strengths.

To learn more about the 40 Developmental Assets (Got40?), call 271.5617 or email to


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