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.
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.
2nd Grade~Grizzly Hill School
1st Grade~Grizzly Hill School
really, really nice and helpful. I want to come back next year.”
2nd Grade~Ananda Living Wisdom School
4th Grade~Nevada City School of the Arts
5th Grade~Grizzly Hill School
5th Grade ~ 7 Hills School
4th Grade ~ Grizzly Hill School
5th Grade ~ Ananda Living Wisdom School
7th Grade ~ Forest Charter School
7th Grade ~ Nevada City School of the Arts
experience of being a camp counselor so much, I would like to come back in the future.”
10th Grade ~ Bear River High School
by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource CenterKevin “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.”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.
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:
Tuesday: Children’s Play Group only 10am-noon
Noon-5pm for all other services
by Colleen Heater, F.I.R.S.T. Business CooperativeHarvest 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: www.firstbusinesscoop.com
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.
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.
Saturday, August 15th 11am-11pm at the North Columbia Schoolhouse-www.ridgestock.org or facebook for more info!!
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.
by Julie Childs, Board President-San Juan Ridge Community Library
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!
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 email@example.com 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.