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August 2017

Best Camps Ever!

posted Aug 7, 2017, 2:38 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 2:43 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Being one who generally views the use of hyperbole with great disdain, I must admit that this time it is warranted. 2017’s  SPORTS & ART CAMPS really were the best ones ever! Despite the sweltering heat, escalated fire danger, and occasional need for a band-aid or two, the camps ran as smooth as silk. This is due to a dedicated and very gifted staff (see page 2), committed parents, a supportive community, the perfect site, and eager young athletes and artists who brought the gifts of smiles and laughter as they abided by our three cardinal rules: BE KIND, BE SAFE & HAVE FUN!

Because we firmly believe that children need active play and enriching arts experiences to be a part of their lives not for just one week in summer, we are planning a series of classes and activities that will be available from mid-September through mid-December. Coach John Hughes, and several teaching artists will provide plenty of afternoon fun here on the Oak Tree Campus this fall. We hope that you will join us as we strive to provide opportunities for our community’s children. They deserve the very best!


Ridgestock 2017

posted Aug 7, 2017, 2:37 PM by Kristin Snell

by Roo Cantada, Ridgestock Producer

Ridgestock Music and Sustainablity Expo is now in its 18th year and it’s better than ever. This year we have headliners  “POOR MAN’S WHISKEY” (southern rock/bluegrass/jam band) and subheadliners MOJO GREEN (funk/jazz/horns) We also have special guest Activist Julia Butterfly Hill, who may be remembered from her 4 year tree sitting protest. For our kids performance we have Grammy winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.  Other local bands include : Buckstar (former members of cheetin buzzies), Northern Roots, System Krush House Band. There will organic food, vendors and informational booths and speakers and music throughout the day.  Locals can purchase advance tickets at Mother Truckers or online.

Check out our website at:


Meet Our Counselors

posted Aug 7, 2017, 2:35 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Every morning upon arrival, young campers are greeted warmly by a counselor. Each counselor is responsible for seeing to it that young athletes and artists work and play safely while staying hydrated and on task. They are both mentors and friends to their campers. The counselors’ hard work and dedication is crucial to the success of the camps, and we are grateful.

Jack Greenway
– Nevada Union Freshman

“I’ve been going to SPORTS CAMP since I was 5 or 6 years old, and ART CAMP since I was 7 or 8.  In SPORTS CAMP I was the assistant coach. I played with the kids and helped them when they had trouble. In ART CAMP I was in charge of the 5 & 6 year olds. I’d check them in the morning, bring them to arts classes, and help them if they needed it. In the afternoon I played with the 5 year olds in their elective.

I think both SPORTS and ART CAMPS are great because the kids make a lot of new friendships and learn a lot of new things every year, especially in ART CAMP. This year we learned about Scandinavian art and history. SPORTS CAMP is great because we don’t have any sports teams on the Ridge. It’s great for some kids because they get to play sports and they don’t usually get to do that at other time of the year. It’s a week of fun for lots of kids.

Being a counselor teaches you a whole bunch of responsibilities and it prepares you for what may come later in jobs where there is this much responsibility, or even more. I would love to be a counselor again next year.”

Kai Herrera
– Nevada Union Junior

“This is my second year as a counselor at ART CAMP. I think it’s really great that a bunch of kids get to come and be taught by world-class teachers. The teachers are all kind of weird and quirky and I like that. All the kids are really happy and cheerful and generally come with good enthusiasm.

ART CAMP is giving me good job skills. Normally I’m not on time for anything but I’m on time for this. I’ll probably be doing this again next year.”

Leah Montelius
– North Point Academy Junior

“When I was a kid I went to both SPORTS CAMP and ART CAMP. I went until I aged out at 12, and this is my third year as an ART CAMP counselor. I think ART CAMP is a really good thing. There’s not much for kids to do here on the Ridge. It’s a good way for parents to get a break while their kids get to hang out with their friends all day and do fun activities. I make sure that the kids are not mean to each other and stay focused in class. I liked the art classes best. Making the troll was pretty fun. I know that the kids really liked that, too.

Being a counselor has helped me learn to be responsible. You have to watch a bunch of kids and get them to where they need to be when they need to be there. After I graduate I want to travel for a year or two, then return to California and study psychology.”

Kate McWeeney
- North Point Academy Senior

“I keep an eye on the kids, making sure they’re being kind, safe, and staying hydrated. I also make sure that they’re all paying attention during classes. I went to ART CAMP as a kid, and this is my 4th year of being a counselor. I think ART CAMP is really good. It provides a nice variety of activities and gives the kids a chance to channel their energy in a productive way.

I’m excited to be spending some time traveling in my future. (Kate is traveling to Japan in September.) Being able to organize and care for the kids has been helpful to me. Working with kids enabled me to help them connect, communicate with one another, and work things out. Developing those skills will help me better survive in other environments.”

Juliana Moore - Davis High Senior

“I went to ART CAMP for at least three years when I was a kid. As a counselor, I get kids to different classes, assist the teachers, and help the kids understand what they need to do. I think ART CAMP is good for the kids. They learn to be creative and how to work together. They learned how to divide up the work of a big project, which is a useful skill in life. In the troll making class there was a lot to do: sewing, jewelry making, painting, papier mache. Each kid got to choose which art they wanted to do to make the life-sized troll.

I want to be a teacher. I worked at another camp this summer so I’m getting lots of experience. Dealing with different types of kids, especially kids who don’t like to listen, has taught me not to be too lenient. I helped with the knitting elective. That was challenging. It took a lot of patience for the kids. After a few days they were able to see their progress and were proud of it. Some of the kids look up to me. It’s rewarding to help the kids and set an example. I hope to come back to ART CAMP next year.”



A Thousand Thankyous

posted Aug 7, 2017, 2:29 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

A Thousand Thankyous to those who contributed to the success of 2017’s SPORTS and ART CAMPS. Summer would not have been the same without you!

Pascale Berardi, Shari Brookler, Jack Greenway, Daniel Grimes, Kai Herrera, Ludi Hinrichs, John Hughes, Kate McWeeney, Leah Montelius, Juliana Moore, Mary Moore, Paul Moore, Shawn Olson, Ivy Pera, Brian Piercy, Kirsten Ronsiek, Penny St. Claire, Becky Wayman, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Twin Ridges Elementary School District, all Young Artists & Athletes and their Parents, and the San Juan Ridge Community.

See you next year!


It Takes a Community!

posted Aug 7, 2017, 1:43 PM by Kristin Snell

by Bodie Wager and the North San Juan Community Center Board

But It takes a community!!!!!!!  Over the years the “NSJ Community Center” has gone through many leadership changes & a few title changes since the founders first gifted this valuable central resource to our sprawling, varied & beautiful community.  But without the sustained support & engagement of the community we all stand to loose this “Gem of The San Juan Ridge”.  We need responsible people willing to step up and:

Serve On The Board   *first & foremost*, Help Haul Trash To The N.S.J. Transfer Station or McCortney Landfill, Help With The Monthly Food Bank, Be “On Call” to Donate Professional Services, Plumbing, Carpentry, Painting, Book Keeping, Cleaning, Bathrooms, Floors, Grounds, etc., Donate Funds, Help Prep & Clean Up After The Tuesday Lunch, Organize & Serve On The Committee To Put On The Easter Egg Hunt, Organize & Serve On Committees for fundraisers, IE, Buck Stew or The Cherry Festival, Help Write Grants, Help With Outreach & Technical Support, Rent & Use The Facility, Present Classes, Volunteer To Be Poll Workers @ Election Time

The NSJ Community Center Board has currently dwindled to five members down from nine due to the recent resignation of several members who had served way past the two & three year terms they volunteered for and the apparent lack of community interest to refill those seats.  Three of the remaining members are also way past their terms & need to get back to other things in their lives.  All of the present board members have jobs, some full time, which they rely on for income.  In short,  !!! WE NEED HELP !!! 

All of the, soon to retire, board members love this place & the community they serve & have agreed to stay and help acclimate & transition new board members to their tasks.  If you are interested in serving your community PLEASE show up to our next board meeting, 6:00 PM Aug. 24th or contact us at:   

Or via snail mail at:    P.O. Box 324   N.S.J., CA   95960      



With sincere hopes for the future, The North San Juan Community Center Board

Ana Acton:  President

Kimi Barnes:  Vice President

Bodie Wagner:  Treasurer

Avani Shala Patrick:  Rentals

Brian Dibb:  Cherry Festival


The North San Juan Community Center Presents

The Cherry Festival Parade, The Monthly Food Bank, A Community Gathering Place, A Local Polling Place, Political Discussion/Event Space, The North San Juan Community Church, Alcoholics Anonymous, Tuesday Lunch, Pilates With Shari, Public Hall Rental, Public Industrial Kitchen, Rental, Family Playground, Harvest Stew, Easter Egg Hunt, Musical Event Space, Beautiful Murals, A Pollinator Garden,                      And Much More!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Mermaid Resurrection All American BBQ Buffet

posted Aug 7, 2017, 1:41 PM by Kristin Snell

From Burgee Dave’s Fire Restoration gofundme page:

On Thursday, July 20 we woke up to the smell of smoke.  Burgee Daves was on fire.  The fire started in the back room we believe from the hot water heater. We find ourselves with little coverage and ability to fund fire restoration.  We are asking for your support to help us restore what has been damaged by the fire. We employ 15 local residents of the Camptonville area , some of which who are adults working for the very first time.  We would like to find a way to keep this business going, keep them employed and bring all the service smiles and fun back to our customers. We plan to stay open utilizing our backyard and barbecue area. The ability to raise money while working is key to being able to bring us to a normal working condition. The building itself is 109 years old.  It was built by William Bull Meek for his friend Orwin Mayo after the building had burned down in 1906. The bar itself was built in the 1800s and is still standing.  It withstood the fire and flames and smoke.  We see it as a miracle and a sign that we need to rebuild this business.  The rest of the restaurant is about 60% destroyed. We at Burgee Dave's have dedicated ourselves to our community and to our customers.  We will be rebuilding out of pocket & could use all the monetary support we can get to help us through this unforeseen fire. 

Thank you for your support ~ Brian and Sandi

Info: or message Sandi Kubich on facebook ((phone number listed on flier not in service))


Greetings from the San Juan Ridge Community Library

posted Aug 7, 2017, 1:37 PM by Kristin Snell

by Roo Cantada, San Juan Ridge Community Library

Hours: Tue. & Thur. 11 am- 7 pm, Sat. 10 am - 4 pm

Phone:  292-3008

· Wi-fi and computers available for public use

· Work stations and comfortable seating

· DVDs for checkout, Book sale shelf, Periodicals, Children’s room

· Experienced staff on hand

· An ever-evolving collection of wonders


Things are moving forward at the SJRCL!  Last November, Measure A was passed and thus began our partnership with Nevada County Public  Library. Though the process is slow and we won’t have a steady income stream until January 2018, we are seeing the first glimpses of county support. One day a month, the Tech Van, a fully equipped technology hub including a 3D printer, will be visiting the SJRCL.  Their visit this month is scheduled from 4-6pm on Thursday August 24th. This will be a  regular monthly event and is just the beginning of a collaborative effort  to provide library services to the San Juan Ridge. We are delighted to expose residents to this new technology.

In other news, we are still fundraising and rely heavily on your donations and patronage to keep our doors open. Look for our ongoing booksale at the Ridge Café in downtown NSJ, or catch us selling food at town events or at Picnic in the Park in September.  Consider us when thinking of tax breaks, like  donating your old car or giving a tax deductible donation to our 501c3. We have been creatively operating and will continue to do so.


Car Donations Keep Doors Open

posted Aug 7, 2017, 1:36 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many thanks to those who have donated vehicles to the San Juan Ridge Community Library and Family Resource Center! Your donations help us to serve our community. It’s easy to donate a vehicle.  Just call the Center for Car Donations at 877-411-3662 and tell them that you want to donate a vehicle(s) to the San Juan Ridge Community Library. They’ll take it from there. Thanks again for thinking of us and helping us keep our doors open.


Help Us Survey the ‘Inimim Forest!

posted Aug 7, 2017, 1:35 PM by Kristin Snell

From the Yuba Watershed Institute e-newsletter

This summer, the Yuba Watershed Institute is updating the management plan for the ‘Inimim Forest, which we manage collaboratively with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  We are looking for a small crew of volunteers to help us with assessing the condition of the forest on the different parcels of the ‘Inimim (see map above).

If you want to help us, and learn about the ecology and management of your local forests, please contact

We will be surveying several days a week (usually 7:30 am to 1 pm) for the next few weeks in August. You will not be required to attend all dates, and no prior knowledge is required.


Kudos to Grizzly Hill PTC

posted Aug 7, 2017, 1:34 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, SJR Family Resource Center

On June 9th, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center presented certificates of appreciation to Grizzly Hill School’s Parent Teacher Club and  members, Amanda Forrester, Jessica Gray, Katrina Kersey and Adrian Whittlesey, for their, “dedication, generosity, and unwavering commitment to serving the needs of the children and families of Grizzly Hill School and the San Juan Ridge Community.” In addition to raising funds to help provide programs and extracurricular activities at the school, the PTC has produced a variety of events and activities that are welcome to one and all. The  PTC’s  Halloween Carnival and community dinners help provide wholesome opportunities for families to gather and have fun. The PTC also produced an end of the year Field Day and purchased a Grizzly Hill School t-shirt for every student, as well as parting gifts for this year’s graduates. Many thanks to the PTC for working so hard to enrich the lives of Grizzly Hill’s children and the community at large.


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