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December 2015

I’m Dreaming of...

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:45 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

What are you dreaming of? A White Christmas? A full belly? Peace on Earth? A shiny new bike? December is a time for dreaming. More darkness and less activity yield plenty of time to burrow into our cozy nests. The cold drives us inward, beyond knowledge and imagination, into the realm of dreams where we can do anything and be anything. What will you bring with you when you emerge from Dreamland? What will you do? Who will you be? Anything and everything is possible; and the possibilities are limitless.


I Wish...

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:44 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

This is the season of dreams and wishes. These heartfelt wishes were shared by visitors to the Family Resource Center who were asked, if they were granted only one wish, what it would be. Inspired by their unselfishness, our wish is that all their wishes come true.


“I wish for health and happiness for the whole world.”

  Erin Powers                                                                         Mom



“I wish that I could give my child a sibling. If that happens it would be amazing.”

     Breonna Mittleman




“I wish that everybody was warm and dry.”

 Rhonda Rose

 North San Juan Homeless


“My wish is for free, clean energy for everyone.  I want the ability to travel around the world in a small amount of time and to traverse the world for free.”

Mikail Von Rausch



“I wish that everybody can have exactly what they need. I want everyone to be comfortable and happy, all their basic needs being met.”

Jessica Nebesni



Yuba River Lions: Serving Our Community and Supporting World Peace

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:40 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Yuba River Lions President John Lee and Secretary Judy Ray visited the Oak Tree Lodge to select this year’s local winners of 2015’s Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Every year 11-13 year old children throughout the world are given the opportunity to promote world peace by creating an original work of art. In addition to John & Judy, this year’s judges included representatives of Twin Ridges Elementary School District Board of Trustees, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center, and the community at large. Although it was a difficult decision, the judges unanimously selected “Piece by Piece” by Starlight Makonen. Starlight’s inspiring painting will travel on to Roseville for the next step in judging, then return to be shown at the North San Juan Post Office along with 2nd and 3rd place artists Ryah Souverville and Bella Drake,. Works created by Grizzly Hill artists Melanie Calder, Ariel Violet Sky Hooker, Waylan Kennard, Elyssa Lee, and Nikairye Wondergem will also be on display.  Congratulations to all the young artists who dedicated their time and talents to creating art for world peace!

In addition to sponsoring the International Peace Poster Contest at Grizzly Hill School, Yuba River Lions serve our community in a number of ways. John Lee explained, “The Lions motto is ‘WE SERVE.’ Our focus is on the community, especially the school. We support the Read-a-thon and buy a kindle for each 2nd through 8th grade winner, and books for the Kindergartners and first graders. We also donate to City of Hope, Sierra Services for the Blind, and the North San Juan Fire Department. We try to help out the community. That’s our goal. What we collect stays here. !00% of our fundraisers go back to the community.”

In addition to serving locally, Yuba River Lions join Lions International in their fight against blindness and diabetes. Founded in 1986, Yuba River Lions membership has dwindled from 28 to 10 members; and they are actively seeking new members. When asked what she considers to be the most meaningful part of being a Lion, twenty-five year member Judy Ray responded simply, “As a Lion we’re able to serve others.” If you are interested in serving others and having a lot of fun doing it, call John Lee at 292-3632. Men and women who are interested in learning more about Yuba River Lions are welcome to attend monthly meetings at the North San Juan Firehall at 6:30 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Because dinner is served at each meeting, it’s a good idea to call ahead to let them know you’ll be there so that they can plan on additional diners.


Fantasy + Families=Fun

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:38 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 12:39 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many thanks to our very special guests, the White Rabbit, Flower Fairy, and Mother Earth, who paid a  special visit to our Tuesday morning Play Group. Sharing songs, dances, and a fantastic collection of characters and creations, our intergalactic visitors infused our morning and our spirits with a sense of fun and wonder. 




Christmas Trees at the FRC

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:38 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Thanks to the generosity of our good friends, Rodger Rollings and Bill Pynchon, San Juan Ridge families can brighten their homes with freshly cut locally grown Christmas trees. Trees will be available at no cost during the Family Resource Center’s regularly scheduled hours in early to mid-December.

For more information  please call 292.3174.




Holiday Gift-Making Workshops for Kids at the FRC

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:37 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is happy to host two FREE Wednesday afternoon workshops for children 8 years and older. Mentored by veteran teacher and artist, Jenny Travers, boys and girls will be able to create beautiful handmade gifts for family and friends. Gifts include a lighted centerpiece for the holiday table and ceramic tiles decorated with alcohol ink. Both classes will be at 1-2 pm on Wednesday afternoons. The Grizzly Hill School bus will drop young craftsmen off at the Oak Tree Campus with prior notification at Grizzly Hill. As always, all class participants will need to be pre-registered with an up-to-date emergency card on file. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and spaces are limited; so please call 292-3174 or drop by the FRC as soon as possible to take advantage of this special opportunity.

What: Holiday Workshops

Who:  Kids 8 & older

When: Dec 9th & 16th //1-2 pm

Where: San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Cost: FREE


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:36 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 hours

· Wi-fi and computers available for public use

· Work stations and comfortable seating

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

· Experienced staff on-hand

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

This December I find myself deep into yet another historical fiction novel, gobbling up descriptions of times gone by. Our library is heavyweight with these novels, there is so much to learn! I am also impressed with our up to date periodicals. The children’s room is literally overflowing with books for newborns to books for new readers. Mystery and Western lovers will find (almost) endless pleasures in our special collections. We also have a very comprehensive health and healing section, thanks to donations from such a health conscious community. (We have enough at this time, thanks.) Our DVD collection is rapidly expanding, due to your great donations! All this enclosed in a modest looking building, you would be not expecting such riches!

Lisa Rowe’s Teen Tech Club will be in hiatus until after the holiday season.

The Tapestry Project is ongoing, Tue 1-3, and Thu 10-12. Marsha Stone, Mary Moore, Jennifer Crosby, and all the happy stitchers are creating wonderful works of art and history combined! Everyone is welcome, you don’t need experience.

Remember how your community Library runs on donations and volunteerism as we wrap up 2015. We are a 501c3 which means we can write you a receipt for a tax write-off. Also our car donation program, and the monthly contribution club supports the Library.  This winter solstice let’s spread the love!


Community Legal Empowerment Project

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:35 PM by Kristin Snell

by Erin Noel, Attorney at Law

When:                Friday, the 11th, 2-5 pm

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 265-3425.

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.


Need Heat?

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:34 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Thanks to some very generous community members the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center has firewood available for those who need it. Those who need wood may access several wheelbarrow loads during regular FRC hours.

Although we now have a full woodshed, we are unable to provide households with a season’s worth of firewood. We encourage anyone who could use a little help with energy needs to call LIHEAP/Project Go at 1-888-524-5705 for assistance. There are now funds available for firewood, propane, heating oil, and other utilities. If you could use some help (Most of us can!) please don’t hesitate to call. These funds are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis and will not be available forever.


Tip of the Month

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:33 PM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, Drug Free Coalition

Tip – Asset #33 – Interpersonal Competence

We are all different in how we look and think, what do well or poorly, what we are passionate about, but we all want to be treated kindly and fairly by others. Kids learn how to respect differences in other people by hearing and seeing similar behavior in adults and older youth. Make sure to appreciate the skills and positive values your child has, especially the ones that are different than yours.

To learn more about the 40 Developmental Assets (Got40?), call 271-5617 or send email to or



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