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August/September 2019

Goodbye, Mr. Berardi

posted Sep 9, 2019, 11:18 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 11, 2019, 9:59 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

“And so it stood, a warm and vivid patch in his life, casting a radiance that glowed in a thousand recollections.”                                                                                                                                             James Hilton, Goodbye, Mr. Chips

James Berardi is as creative, curious, and energetic a man as when he first assumed the dual positions of Twin Ridges Elementary School District Superintendent and Grizzly Hill/Washington School Principal. Throughout his eight years at the helm, he has taken his charge to heart, continuously laboring to improve the lives of students, affecting them in truly meaningful and enduring ways. As a stalwart supporter of the Family Resource Center, he has also improved the life of the San Juan Ridge Community. The FRC could not have accomplished so much nor served so many without his unwavering assistance and support.

One cannot ask more of a departing leader than that he leave his domain in a better state than when he first took charge. Transforming a floundering institution to one firmly planted on a solid foundation, James Berardi has done just that. In mid-September, he will be moving on, assuming the position of Sierra County’s Superintendent of Schools. Although he will be missed, we are grateful to have had the pleasure to know and work with him. Thank you and Goodbye, Mr. Berardi.

Original coloring pages by Gem Visuals

posted Sep 9, 2019, 11:16 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 11:20 AM ]

Original coloring pages featuring the 49 Bridge & Mother Truckers by Gem Visuals

FRC Now Accepting Clothes Closet Donations

posted Sep 9, 2019, 11:02 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 11:27 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many thanks to all those who held on to Clothes Closet donations during the FRC’s month-long summer camp season. Now that the camps have ended, it’s time to replenish closet shelves. We are once again accepting donations of gently used infant’s, toddler’s, children’s, teen’s, women’s and men’s clothing and footwear. We are able to accept one bag per family per week during regular business hours. Please do not dump donations outside building when the FRC is closed! Thanks.


FRC’s SPORTS CAMP Celebrates a Decade of Summer Fun

posted Sep 9, 2019, 11:01 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 11:25 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

When the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center embarked upon its first SPORTS CAMP back in 2010, the future was uncertain. Initially funded by a Nevada County Community Block Grant and led by Coach Heidi H Ryan, we could not predict how long-lived a phenomenon it would be. Throughout the past ten years, community support has strengthened as SPORTS CAMP has grown into a summer tradition for San Juan Ridge kids and their families. Now an institution, this year’s camps were superbly led by Coach Ivy Pera, assisted by teen counselor Jack Greenway, a SPORTS CAMP regular for the past ten years. We are very grateful to all who have contributed to the success of our camps: donors, parents, coaches, and the wonderful young athletes who arrive every morning with smiling faces and playful hearts.

“I like all of Sports Camp. Everything is fun. I like dodge ball and running on the track. I think lots of other kids would like this too.”

Zion Jacobs

1st Grade – Ananda Living Wisdom School


“This is my third year at Sports Camp. I like all the sports. Dodge ball and basketball are my favorites. I like dodge ball because I like catching the balls and I really like dribbling the basketballs. Capture the flag is fun too. It’s really hard, but fun.”

                                                                                         Enzo Nopala

                                               1st Grade – Yuba River Charter School



“I like playing sharks and minnows the best! I can turn into a shark or a minnow. A minnow runs around and a shark tries to catch the minnow. I really like basketball too. Yesterday I put the basketball in the big hoop every single time. I want to come back next year because I want to do more sports.”

Iris Redell

2nd Grade – Forest Charter School


“I like soccer, free time and dodge ball best. I’m really good at soccer and catching the balls in dodge ball. I like free time because I can do anything on the play ground that’s safe for me. I like the coaches and I’m friends with almost all the kids. I’m gonna ask if I can come back.”

                                                                                  Oisin Murphy

                                    2nd Grade – Nevada City School of the Arts



“I think everything about Sports Camp is good. I didn’t think I would like it because I wanted to do art and I thought Sports Camp would the kind of sports place where you go, go, go and don’t stop till it ends. It’s good to do art and sports. If I didn’t do sports I wouldn’t have very good muscles. Here you get to choose what you get to do. We play indoors and outdoors, even board games. You also get to choose your team. In other places the teacher just makes the team for you.  Ivy and Jack are both really good teachers. They make sure that everyone is nice to each other and happy with what they are doing. I think that when I’m a mom I will want to get my kids here.”

Imani Jacobs

3rd Grade – Ananda Living Wisdom School



“I think Sports Camp is really, really fun! I really like playing team sports. Most of the time that’s what we do, so it’s not just like every man for himself. The best games are dodge ball, capture the flag, and gaga ball. Those are my favorites. I made friends with all the girls at Sports Camp. I talk to the boys but most of the time I hang out with the girls."                                                                                                                                              Amelia Utter
                         4th Grade – Thomas Kelly School, Sacramento


“Sports Camp is really fun! You get to play with your friends. Capture the flag is the best. It’s really fun because you get to run to the other team’s side and take the flag. You get to guard the flag and keep people from getting out of jail. You get to run around and have fun. Yep, Sports Camp is fun!”

Lukiah Crow

5th Grade – Ananda Living Wisdom School

“Sports Camp is really fun because you play lots of games. Dodge ball and capture the flag are my favorites. A lot of my friends live here on the Ridge. We used to live here but we moved to town. It’s nice to see all my old friends from school. I think a lot of people should go to Sports Camp because it’s really fun!”

                                                                               Jonah Rosmarin

                                      5th Grade – Nevada City School of the Arts


“I like Sports Camp because it is more interactive than anything I’ve ever been to. You get to meet new people and do new things. I like volleyball and frisbee. I think other people should do this because it’s a good way to get exercise and make new friends.”

Patti Emmerton

7th Grade – Grizzly Hill School


“This is my 7th year of Sports Camp. I like to hang around people and play sports. I like playing dodge ball and ping pong in the Games Room. The coaches are really open to trying new things. It’s good to try new things and Sports Camp is the perfect place to do that."                                                                                                                                        Gopal Wilson

                           9th Grade – Nevada Union High School



“All the kids and the staff are really nice and the games are fun. I like interacting with the kids. My favorite games are capture the flag and dodgeball. I play basketball and volleyball for my school. I think it’s important for kids to exercise and be outdoors. The world is a really cool place. Sports are a way to learn new things and meet new people.”

Jack Greenway, Assistant Coach & Counselor

11th Grade – Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning


Summer Camps Spread Joy

posted Sep 9, 2019, 10:41 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Every year we at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center breathe a deep sigh of welcome relief and intense satisfaction at the end of another successful summer camp season. In all, over eighty children, ages five to thirteen, plus five teen counselors participated in this year’s camps, making it a summer we won’t soon forget.  

SPORTS CAMP kids played hard. Their constant shrieks of laughter and delight emanated from the Oak Tree School playfield and Lodge, uplifting all within earshot. As games were played and skills were honed, children made new and rekindled old friendships. SPORTS CAMP culminated with a celebratory picnic complete with a dodgeball tournament for campers, their families, and friends. When it was time to head home, campers bade one another farewell with a cheery “See you next year!” already anticipating pleasures yet to come.

After three very active weeks of SPORTS CAMP, summer reached its crescendo when ART CAMP commenced. Sandwiched into only five days, over forty young artists from kindergarten through eighth grade had a golden opportunity to experience dance, theater arts, painting, instrumental and vocal music, and ceramics. The cultural theme for this year’s ART CAMP was France. All the children learned to pronounce and understand a few French phrases, as well as sing some traditional French songs. The theater group staged a production of an adaption of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince.”

When a standing-room-only crowd of families and friends arrived at the Oak Tree Lodge to see this year’s production, they were greeted by a colorful exhibition of French Impressionist inspired paintings, brightly glazed ceramic beads and bowls, and several popsicle stick renderings of la tour Eiffel. Every young artist had pieces on display. Seven-year-old artist Oisin Murphy opened the show with a deep bow and a tip of his hat, welcoming the audience in beautifully enunciated French. Next the musicians and singers had a turn, delighting the audience with a versatile array of charming vocal and instrumental performances. The piece de resistance was “Le Petit Prince.” Young artists created costumes and sets. Young actors spoke their lines and hit their marks. Young musicians provided dramatic accompaniment. Young dancers were transformed into snakes, filling the room with elegantly performed choreography. The show closed with the entire company assembling on stage, singing “Alouette.” Families and friends stormed the stage with praise and wonder, truly amazed that their children were able to create and perform such a body of work in five short days. A punch and cookies reception followed the performance. Art was collected. Congratulations were given. Wide smiles and hardy hugs were exchanged as parents and children shared in the pride of accomplishment.

Although another season of camps has passed, our hearts are warmed by memories of children’s successes on the playing field, in the studio, and on the stage. San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s camps have only three simple rules: Be Kind. Be Safe. Have Fun! We are gratified and encouraged that young athletes and artists abided by these rules so willingly and so well. We, too, look forward to future camps and echo the campers’ cries, “See you next year!”




Community Library Update

posted Sep 9, 2019, 10:40 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 10, 2019, 9:29 AM ]

by Mary Moore, San Juan Ridge Community Library

OPEN TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4

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


Pre-School Story times ON MONDAYS AT 11:15, SEPT. 16 & 30                                                      



Cool weekly activities based around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics




Book Bingo for Adults and Kids September 1- December 1

Pick up your Bingo Board at the Library, read from the various categories to create a BINGO- return your form to be entered for prizes!

Community Kickball – SATURDAY, September 14, 6:30-8 pm

We had a BLAST last game- put on your kicking shoes and meet your neighbors at The Oak Tree Park for an evening of FUN!

In other library news: our replacement shelves are installed and beautiful. Thank you again to the Nevada County Friends of the Library. This reshuffling creates a whole new library as things are brought to the light once again.  LARGE PRINT BOOK section has grown to 68 titles.  16 really new ones.  I use these to knit to. I peeked in the DVD drawer in the office, there are about 20 good titles waiting to be added. Wheee!!!

This last week we have been getting donations of musical instruments!?!  We are trying to figure out how to circulate these special items; a dulcimer, a recorder, and two flutes.  Roo is going to Vermont in September for a specialized conference on rural and small libraries, maybe someone there will have invented that wheel.  Hopefully, they will also know how to organize the use of the sewing machine that is set up in the back room.  We are an ALL SERVICE LIBRARY!


San Juan Ridge Business Association to Meet September 9th

posted Sep 9, 2019, 10:37 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 11:28 AM ]

by San Juan Ridge Business Association

Monday, September 9-5:30-6:00 Meet and Greet /Ridge Biz Meeting 6-7:30 PM

At the North San Juan Community Center, Downtown NSJ

What are the most important issues we want to work on? What issues impact your business?

At this meeting we will:

· Determine our current priorities for businesses. What are our current goals?

· Review our budget and discuss fundraising

· Develop outreach ideas to attract volunteers for our committees-currently Economic development, outreach and security.

· Introduce an upcoming workshop on Creating Financial Freedom

· Demonstrate how to join our online business directory for members only

· Hear from our current committees on successes so far

· Develop a calendar of events for Ridge Biz


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