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ALIVE and KICKIN’… What’s Up at the FRC?

posted Oct 8, 2020, 5:24 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 8, 2020, 5:31 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Although we will continue to post FRC and San Juan Ridge news on our website, from now on hard copies of Ridge Connections will be printed seasonally rather than monthly. Our last print copy until January 2021, this first seasonal edition is an experimental undertaking based on the simple fact that we have been unable to produce the kind of fundraisers that substantially contribute to handling regular financial obligations such as cleaning, propane, electricity, and printing a monthly newsletter. We also realized that since mid-March we haven’t had as much to report. The threat of covid-19 contagion has been great enough to cancel our annual Earth Day Celebration, Sports Camps, Art Camp, children’s classes and activities, community meetings and gatherings, weekly playgroups, drop in access to our food pantry, clothes closet, computer and laundry facilities.

We are presently repurposing the Oak Tree site to adapt to a new normal. It is our belief that we will emerge stronger and better than before, honing our services to address community needs without sacrificing community health and wellbeing.

For the past several months, food has been available from Nevada County Food Bank volunteers at drive-in distributions on the Oak Tree Campus on the second Tuesday of every month, 10am-noon. FRC Food Pantry changes are so great that they deserve an article all their own.

In early July our attic was emptied of every stitch of summer clothing. Soon all clothes closet shelves were emptied as well. Carefully sorted piles of men’s, women’s, and children’s attire were folded and displayed for easy access on tables in the Oak Tree Lodge. Opened to the public in mid-July, FRC’s weekly Colossal Clothes-a-rama has served needs of people of all sizes and ages. In mid-September, fall and winter clothing, as well as a wide selection of Halloween wear were added, as well as another day of community “shopping”. For the first two weeks of October the Colossal Clothes-a-rama is open on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am-1pm. After October 14th, we will begin to pack up remaining clothing, shoes, and costumes so that the Lodge can be repurposed for future children’s activities. We have an abundance of beautiful, barely used infants’ clothing, as well as diapers, young children’s books and puzzles, clothing for toddlers, children, teens, women, and men, and more. As always, everything is FREE! We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to visit the Oak Tree Lodge on Mondays, Oct 5th & 12th and Wednesdays, October 7th and 14th to give your wardrobe a boost.

Now filled with empty shelves, the old clothes closet is being refurbished for community computer use. We are now awaiting delivery of a new computer that will be made available to the community in November. To make an appointment for computer time, get further information, or make suggestions regarding any of San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s services or activities, you can call us at 530.292.3174 or email us at

Times may have changed but our mission has not. We remain here to serve the needs of San Juan Ridge families and community and will continue to do so.

Since this is the last Ridge Connections of this year we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very, very, very HAPPY and HEALTHY :