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August 2015

A Reason to Celebrate

posted Jul 30, 2015, 5:15 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Change is the nature of life on Earth. We are continually in transition. This summer has certainly been a time of transition, as well as a season of celebration, at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center. Although we’ve had to adapt to some schedule changes resulting from reductions in funding and personnel (see page 5), we have been blessed with not one, but many, reasons to celebrate. Those reasons are our children.

Summer at the FRC began with two Young Artists’ Showcases in which young dancers, painters, weavers, violinists, and performers were celebrated as they shared their art with appreciative families, friends, teachers, and community. In July we celebrated our young athletes at the 6th Annual Sports Camp Picnic, a time for summer campers to savor the last few moments of camaraderie while feasting on warm blackberry cobbler, then challenge parents to some serious dodge ball in the Lodge. Yes, the kids won…again and again and again!

Although we provide a wide variety of services, the most satisfying activities are usually those that directly serve the needs of our community’s children. Sports Camp provided three weeks of fun, not only for the young athletes, but for our staff. The kids’ enthusiasm was infectious. Their easy laughter and shrieks of delight echoed across the campus, creating a celebratory air, not just on a showcase or picnic day, but every day.

We’re grateful to Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Twin Ridge Elementary School District, and Oak Tree Community Park for making the camp possible. Much gratitude also goes to our dedicated Coach Heidi Ryan who, with 3 month old son Mason in tow, inspired, motivated, and encouraged young sports campers to develop as human beings, as well as athletes. We are, of course, grateful to parents for entrusting us with their precious children. Most of all, we are grateful to the children for so generously sharing their vitality, exuberance, and humor with us. They are truly worthy of celebration.




Young Athletes Talk about SPORTS CAMP 2015

posted Jul 30, 2015, 5:13 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jul 30, 2015, 5:15 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Is it possible that this summer’s Sports Camp really was the best one ever? Led by Coach Heidi Ryan and her able assistant, Dora Scott, kids played non-stop. Flags were captured. Frisbees and water balloons were tossed.  Balls were thrown, kicked, and dodged. New friendships were made and old ones rekindled as kids ran, jumped, and shrieked with delight. We are grateful to all who made SPORTS CAMP 2015 such a success. We’re already looking forward to next year. 


“I like all the new friends I met. I like Dodge Ball best. You get to throw balls at people. It’s so fun. I like snack time and the playground, too. I like all the stuff and all the kids! Dora’s really good at playing Capture the Flag. Heidi’s good too. I hope I get to come back next year!”

Lilli Frank

2nd Grade~Grizzly Hill School


“I like that we play a lot of stuff. I like to play Dodge Ball and Melt Down the best. Heidi and Dora talk to me in the nicest way. They’re good teachers. When I come back next year it will be good to see them again.”

Amelia Marchetti

                                                                  1st Grade~Grizzly Hill School


“I like Dodge Ball the best! It’s really fun to throw the ball and dodge it. I like Capture the Flag, too. You have to run, and you might get tagged. The point is you have to get the flag and bring it over to your side and then you win. It’s harder than it looks. Heidi and Dora are                                               really, really nice and helpful. I want to come back next year.”

Esme Loayza

2nd Grade~Ananda Living Wisdom School


“I really like all the sports we play. My favorite is Dodge Ball. I also like Kickball and Capture the Flag. Those are my top three. I really like to see all my friends from Grizzly Hill. I definitely want to come back next year. It’s really fun!”

                                                                              Cian Downes

                                                     4th Grade~Nevada City School of the Arts


“Capture the Flag is my favorite. It’s a really fun game. I really like water balloon tosses too. I wish we played more sports every day. Heidi and Dora are really nice. They are not too strict and are open to what we have to say.”

Ryah Souverville

5th Grade~Grizzly Hill School


“I like Sports Camp because we get to do sports all day and it’s a chance to see your friends without having to call them. It gives you time to get away from home and play with other kids, I’m definitely coming back next year because it’s fun and worth it. I think everybody should try Sports Camp!”

                                                                                    Anarion Woods

                                                                                                5th Grade ~ 7 Hills School



“At Sports Camp I get to run around and play a lot of different games. I like Dodge Ball and Capture the Flag the best. I like soccer too. Heidi is really nice. I like Sports Camp this year and I want it to be just the same next year.”

Bijoux Berardi

4th Grade ~ Grizzly Hill School


“Most camps don’t do sports. This is the only camp that does sports, not just one sport like basketball, but a lot of different sports. I like playing Dodge Ball and Capture the Flag and hanging out with my friends. I would like to come back next year.”

Gopal Wilson

                                      5th Grade ~ Ananda Living Wisdom School


“Sports Camp is great because kids get to have fun together. There’s lots of different activities, not just one thing. I really like Capture the Flag, Dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee, I definitely want to come back next year because a lot of the kids from around here come. It’s good because all the kids get to come back in a group and make new friends.”

Kean Jordan

7th Grade ~ Forest Charter School


“This is my third or fourth year at Sports Camp. I like all the games we play, playing on the ball field, and that there’s a playground that everyone can play on during lunch. Heidi is great! She’s not too strict and she’s really fun. I will definitely come back next year. I like seeing old friends that have been coming for awhile. It’s really good exercise and it’s a great way to spend your time.”

Emerald Mobely-Sandez

                                                         7th Grade ~ Nevada City School of the Arts


“I went to the very first Sports Camp. I feel like Sports Camp is a good opportunity for local kids to experience all the sports and things they should experience during childhood and adolescence. It’s very fun and refreshing working with younger kids, seeing their different characters and personalities. Because I enjoyed this first experience of being a camp counselor so much, I would like to come back in the future.”
Dora Scott

10th Grade ~ Bear River High School


Meet "Mistah Slapong"

posted Jul 30, 2015, 5:06 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Have you ever wondered how two large wooden large wooden tables came to be on the Oak Tree Community Park Ball Field? Those tables are used to play a new sport called Slapong. Originated in Binghamton New York by Kevin “Mistah Slapong” Foley, Slapong is a “blend of volleyball, soccer, and dodgeball” regularly attracting players to Oak Tree Park on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

A San Juan Ridge resident for almost two years, Kevin explained the evolution of this unique sport. It all started in the winter of 2006, back in Bingingham, New York. Kevin, an ultimate frisbee player, had a friend who was in the hospital with a fatal lacrosse injury. “I wanted to do something for the kids who were friends with the dying guy.” So he decided to set up the ping pong table he had won in a tournament at State University of New York Fredonia. Although it was a frigid New York December, and he had lost the ping pong table’s net, Kevin set the table up in his mom’s back yard. Using a slightly deflated kickball, Slapong was born. Soon thereafter, “My mom kicked me out for ruining her lawn so we went to the park. There was a random guy from Tennessee out front. He had a truck and took us up to Rec Park in Bingingham. The guy brought us up there and we played every day for a month. It was icy. The ice made the ball skip too fast.  It wasn’t as playable; so I moved to Hawaii.”

“I was giving Segway tours in Hawaii when, in June, 2007, the kids called me and told me that the park was building tables. So I went home and showed up at the park. They were in the middle of a game so I hopped in and started playing. Over the past six years the game developed. The tables got longer and developed a bow-tie shape. Franklin made playballs, then discontinued them. So I kept patching them, sewing them, putting in new bladders and bicycle patches. Franklin started making playballs again in 2012, but they were only sold in the mid-west and in Australia. I went on a road trip and got 6 balls in Kentucky. They were discontinued again in May. So now I’m having balls made to order in Pakistan by a guy named Hamaad.”

“We started playing Slapong in Pioneer Park in Nevada City in February. I realized that everybody who played came from the Ridge so we decided to move the table to Oak Tree Park in May. We started playing every Thursday and it became so popular that I built another table in June. I built a smaller kids’ table in July because the kids were getting into it. I’m gonna get smaller balls made, too.” A regular bow-tie shaped Slapong table is 16 feet long; and the smaller kids’ table is 12 feet long.  About 20 to 30 people show up to play on Mondays and Thursdays. We always have new people and regulars, too.”

Kevin’s next step is to take Slapong on the road and introduce it to the world. “I’m going to build a couple portable tables. Then we’re going to travel to Davis, Chico, and Santa Cruz to get more people involved and to participate in a tour. In November we’re going to travel across the country, playing Slapong and teaching people along the way. We’re going to make it to Bingingham for the first East Coast/West Coast Tournament. Then from Bingingham we’re going to take the East/West teams to New York City to play in Rucker Park. Then we’re going to introduce Slapong in China.”

Anyone interested in seeing or playing Slapong is welcome at Oak Tree Community Park on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30pm. All ages and sexes are welcome.

There will be a FREE training and demonstration on Thursday, August 6th at 7 pm for those who are curious about the game.  All are welcome to attend.  There are also plans to host a camp for children ages 8-14, dates TBA.


Back in Business...FRC Returns to ‘Normalcy’

posted Jul 30, 2015, 5:03 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center wishes to thank our community for its patience throughout the month of July when hours were cut short during three weeks of Summer Sports Camp. Although our change of schedule helped provide a rich experience for our community’s young athletes, many of our visitors were disappointed when they were unable to access regular services during what had been regarded as our normal business hours. 

Over the past month, our Family Resource Center has had to adapt to the loss of one employee and less paid hours for our remaining staff. Nonetheless, our goal is to continue to provide all the services we were able to provide before the cutbacks. The major change is that we will be closed every Friday. Because Friday has consistently been the slowest day of the week, we are hoping that being closed on Fridays will have the least impact on our community.

From time to time we may also have to close for staff development, meetings, illness or other emergencies. When possible, we will leave a message on our answering machine and/or a sign on our door. When we can predict closures, as in the case of regularly scheduled meetings or work days, we will include the information in this newsletter, as well. We are thanking you in advance for your continued patience.

Here are San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s normally scheduled hours for August:

Monday:       9am-5pm

Tuesday:      Children’s Play Group only 10am-noon

                       Noon-5pm for all other services

Wednesday: 9am-5pm

Thursday:    9am-5pm

Friday:         CLOSED








Save the Date! Ananda’s Annual Harvest Fest Sept. 26

posted Jul 30, 2015, 5:02 PM by Kristin Snell

by Colleen Heater, F.I.R.S.T. Business Cooperative

The F.I.R.S.T. Business Cooperative of Ananda Village is sponsoring a Harvest Festival, Saturday September 26, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm on the Ananda Village Green, 14618 Tyler Foote Road (5 miles from Hwy 49). The F.I.R.S.T. Business Cooperative of Ananda is a group of businesses organized to bring awareness to the North San Juan Ridge area of the various services offered at Ananda Village.

The Harvest Festival will provide locally grown food, a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, hot food and drinks, exciting raffle prizes, live entertainment and Contra Dancing at 3:30pm. Raffle tickets on sale at Master’s Market and Northern Lights. If you want to donate a raffle prize, call Mary Weber 478-7083. This is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event with a goat petting zoo, corn husk doll making, face painting and lots of other activities for the children. Service dogs only please.

More information and vendor applications available at:

Ridgestock Music & Sustainability Expo

posted Jul 30, 2015, 5:01 PM by Kristin Snell

by Roo Cantada, Producer

Ridgestock Music and Sustainability Expo began in 1999 as a small local music venue and has grown organically over the years to encompass the whole community coming together to work toward a common vision of sustainability. The festival is now in its 16th year and we have an EPIC show planned for Saturday, August 15th! Get the early-bird price by buying tickets ahead through Brown Paper Tickets as well as at Briar Patch Co-Op and Mother Truckers.

Our headliner is none other than Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 along with a stellar 12 piece hip hop, soul, and R&B crew called HOUSE OF VIBE ALL STARS with members of Luminaries, Fishbone & Ozomatli (pictured at right)!! Along with HOV, we have the MERMEN, the original psychedelic surf rock trio that created the genre of surf. We also will showcase local bands and dancers. Those acts include Jose Najera and the Bernal Beat, Warafoli African Dancers and Drummers, Golden Shoulders and much more. 

Throughout the years, and with the community's commitment to positive change, Ridgestock has featured renowned speakers on topics such as alternative energy sources, cob and strawbale building, organic gardening and farming, energy efficient cars, local economy forums, and more. We have over 33 vendors and information booths, a kids space with activities and a musical performance, as well as organic food and beer.  And don't forget about our daytime activities that are fun for the whole family. The late afternoon includes special kids programming that will feature a magic show by Nick Federoff

There is certain to be good food, good company, and a stellar line-up of the most innovative and entertaining speakers and performers. It is truly a unique experience in the Sierras as we celebrate another year in the foothills. 

Saturday, August 15th 11am-11pm at the North Columbia or facebook for more info!!


Community Legal Empowerment Project

posted Jul 30, 2015, 4:56 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 5, 2015, 12:27 PM ]

by Erin Noel, Attorney at Law

When:                September Clinic TBA....Please note: The Clinic schedule for Wednesday, August 12th                              has been CANCELLED.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

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 Erin Noel at 913-5076.

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.


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Jul 30, 2015, 4:55 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 hrs.

· Wi-fi and computers available for public use

· Work stations and comfortable seating

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

· Experienced staff on hand

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

Our Library is a busy place this summer! No wonder, as it is so cool inside. Those who’ve been coming in know what I’m talking about.  What with the Tapestry Project, the amazing resources filling our shelves, the absorbing novels, gorgeous books, drawers full of movies, internet access and three computers for the public, and of course, A.C., there are plenty of good reasons for a visit! Don’t be afraid to ask the librarian on staff for  recommendations of good  books or movies.

Upcoming in September will be Tech Club with Lisa Rowe…..

Today’s Teen  -  Tomorrow’s Techies

???What’s the best site for downloading music? Could I make my own website? How do I set up my devices or social media so I don’t get hacked? Is it possible to learn how to program?

What is your technology question?

Let’s gather together for fixing tech problems, sharing new skills, or just exploring the digital world.

Technology Club for Teens (ages 10 to 18)

Every Thursday 5 – 6 pm

San Juan Ridge Community Library

Facilitated by Lisa Rowe


Starts Thursday after Labor Day Weekend, September 6th 

The Tapesty Project continues Tue 1-3 pm, and Thu 10-12. Come and stitch with us, all are welcome!


SJR Taxpayers Association BBQ Benefit August 29

posted Jul 30, 2015, 4:54 PM by Kristin Snell

by Andrew Collins-Anderson, River People Coordinator-South Yuba River Citizens League

SJRTA is gearing up for our annual fundraiser, and this year we invite you to an outdoor BBQ and concert on Saturday, August 29th at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. Save the date because this event and Labor Day weekend mark the 20th anniversary of the San Juan Ridge Mine’s dewatering of Ridge wells that occurred in 1995. Join us as we celebrate our efforts so far in preventing the re-opening of the mine and to unite our voices to say “Never Again!”

SJRTA works to protect our water, schools, rivers, streams and local economy, and it is time to celebrate our successes of the past three years. However, the San Juan Ridge Mine application is still active and we remain diligent in our work to stop this project.

The August 29th benefit will feature barbeque, music, an auction and perhaps a bit of theater. We are currently searching for auction items, so if you have an item or service that you would like to contribute, please contact Andrew Collins-Anderson at or by phone at (707) 499-9870. There will be a kids’ area this year, so bring the whole family to celebrate our community’s strength, resilience and savvy in protecting the Ridge as we sing and dance into what we expect will be a beautiful summer evening. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.


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