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December 2016

Grizzly Hill Parent Teacher Club

posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:38 PM by Kristin Snell

by Amanda Forrester, Grizzly Hill Parent Teacher Club

Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 6th, at 3:15 P.M.
Our Parent Teacher Club is extremely important to the success of our school.  We are lucky to have a small core of dedicated parents, community members and teacher coordinating many events and activities.  We hope you will join us and become actively involved in you child's school.  Projects include fundraisers and family events.  

If you would like more into, to volunteer, or to make a donation, please contact:  
Jessica Gray-(530) 288-0878  Amanda Forrester-(530) 288-0852  Adrian Whittlesey-(530) 292-3261

Be the Change

posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:08 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 2:10 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center


                                                                                        Mahatma Ghandi

Ever since November’s election, many of our patrons have been gloomily crossing our threshold, expressing a gamut of emotions ranging from disappointment and dismay to utter despair. They share their fears of what the future may hold for them, their country, and the world. Many people are truly grieving. They feel powerless and afraid.

Addressing pervasive sadness and disempowerment may seem inappropriate as we approach the midst of a holiday season described as merry and bright. However, there are so many for whom hopelessness has become a chronic condition that it cannot be ignored. Many are suffering because of loss, not only at the polls, but at home. The loss of a loved one, a livelihood, a home, a country, a culture, a species, an ecosystem, is understandably devastating. We are human beings and we have feelings. The more we care, the more it hurts.

It is not only important, but essential, that we aid and support one another. Ours is a social species. Our happiness and survival depend upon our ability to care. The state of the world may be discouraging at times, but it is our world and we are not powerless. If you want the world to be a kinder, more tolerant place, practice kindness and tolerance. Voting is not enough! It is unwise to rely upon elected officials to be wholly responsible for our happiness and wellbeing. We, both individually and collectively, bear that responsibility.

As we prepare to celebrate the winter solstice, Christmas, and/or Hanukkah we are acknowledging the miraculous, life affirming power of light. Humans need light, and plenty of it, to thrive. Even a little light has the power to dispel a lot of darkness.

Our mid-winter wish for you is that you shine! May you inhabit a world that is brilliantly lit by your Kindness, Generosity, Happiness, and Hope.

San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center gratefully acknowledges the generosity and support of our community throughout the year.  We depend upon that support to fund many of our services and activities, as well as the ability to keep our doors open and the lights on.


Donations may be addressed to: SJR FRC, PO Box 630, N San Juan, CA 95960




Nonprofits Enrich Ridge Community

posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:07 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Here we are at the end of another year; and what a year it has been! Over the past year the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center been visited by a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks, hosted art, cooking, movement, violin, and yoga classes, sponsored an entire month of children’s summer camps, hosted monthly legal clinics, and invited trick-or-treaters to a spooky Haunted FRC on Halloween. We have welcomed young children, their parents and caregivers to weekly children’s playgroups, fed and clothed many hundreds of people, and produced an Earth Day Celebration that truly celebrated our extraordinary planet and the magnificently diverse life it supports.

We are joined in our service to the San Juan Ridge Community by several excellent nonprofits that exist to improve lives and the world we inhabit. Founded and maintained by very dedicated individuals, each of these organizations fills a niche, providing a unique and valuable service.

If you are looking for a way to “give back”, why not support one, some, or all of these excellent organizations? You can volunteer your time or your money. Become a member. Volunteer on work days. Attend events. Write a check. All donations are tax deductable and contribute to making this a better world for all.


“Community Legal is committed to help people get tools to resolve conflict and have more power in their lives. We focus on making the legal system available and friendly for people with disabilities or a very low income.”                                                      

Donations can be made via their website:


“The mission of North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center is to inspire and educate our community by providing a vehicle for gatherings, performance, art and education that enriches and sustains our rural character and traditions.”

Donations can be mailed to: NCSCC, 17894 Tyler Foote Rd, Nevada City, CA  95959


“The North Gold Senior Mountaineers operate the North San Juan Community Center. Their mission is to provide programs, services, and events that support a healthy, thriving community.”

Donations can be mailed to: NGSM, PO Box 324, N San Juan, CA 95960


“The mission of San Juan Ridge Fire Auxiliary is to offer financial aid and moral support to the oldest volunteer fire department in Nevada County.”
Donations can be mailed to: NSJFA, PO Box 299, N San Juan, CA 95060


“It is San Juan Ridge Community Library’s  mission to provide the best library service possible to all residents of the San Juan Ridge.”

Donations made be mailed to: SJRCL, PO Box 124, North San Juan, CA 95960


“The primary purpose of San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association is to promote the environmental, social, and economic well being of the San Juan Ridge community.”

Donations can be mailed to: SJRTA, PO Box 421, North San Juan, CA 95960


“Yuba Watershed Institute is a group of citizens who are concerned with the sustainable use of natural resources and the long-term biological diversity within the Yuba River Watershed.”

Donations can be mailed to: YWI, PO Box 2198, Nevada City, CA 05959


Nineteenth Annual Fungus Foray & Wild Mushroom Expo

posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:06 PM by Kristin Snell

From the web at:

Saturday December 10, 9 am to 4:30 pm

Our traditional Saturday morning wild mushroom hunt and identification will wrap up with an afternoon of displayed discoveries and identification workshops.  Please arrive by 9am to register and sign-up for a foray group.

Bring a lunch and be prepared to walk in the damp woods. Also useful: collection basket, waxed paper bags, knife, and hand lens. We will drive to sites 15 to 30 minutes away. Please carpool and be open to sharing a ride with other attendants.

Following the foray, there will be identification workshops, as well as wild mushroom soup and other wild-crafted food for sale.

Sunday December 11, 11 am to 4 pm

Sunday we host the 6th annual Wild Mushroom Exposition. The Exposition will be filled with presentations, interactive displays, and workshops based on our seasonal Sierra mushrooms. Stop by any time between 11 am and 4pm.  There will be wild-crafted food concessions, mushroom merchandise available for sale, break away mini hikes on campus (weather dependent), and lectures and workshops that celebrate fungi.

Presentations will include Mike Wood from the Mycological Society of San Francisco, who will present on his new book, California Mushrooms: A Comprehensive Identification Guide.  Mycologist Alan Rockefeller will present his discoveries from temperate Mexican highlands. And Brian Perry from East Bay University will talk on the beautiful Mycena of California.

Please be aware there are NO dogs and No smoking at the Shady Creek Center.

Saturday – $20 general; $15 for YWI members; children and full-time students free

Sunday – $10 general; $8 for YWI members; children and full-time students free

Volunteer positions are available and pre-sale tickets will be available soon.


Family Yoga Joins Tuesday Playgroup at FRC

posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:05 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s Tuesday morning Playgroup now starts one half hour earlier for those who would like to participate in a family yoga class. Led by Michelle Kizner and her two year old daughter, Camilla, “Flow and Grow Family Yoga” is geared towards levels and ages of participants. Parents and kids connect by practicing together in a fun, easygoing environment. Our fun thirty minute class includes calming breathing techniques, asanas (poses), and songs and games to engage the “littles.” After yoga, Playgroup activities continue from 10 am until noon.

What?      Flow & Grow Family Yoga for children 0-5, their parents & caregivers   

Where?    San Juan Ridge Family      Resource Center

When?     Tuesday mornings 9:30 -10 am


For info, please call 292.3174.


Community Legal Empowerment Monthly Clinics on the Ridge

posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:03 PM by Kristin Snell

FREE legal advice and referrals from lawyers.  Donations welcome. 

Second Wednesday of the month at the SJR Family Resource Center—18847 Oak Tree Road.

You must make an appointment to be seen.  Please contact Community Legal at 265.3425 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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.


Free Dance Class in NSJ

posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:00 PM by Kristin Snell

San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Dec 5, 2016, 1:59 PM by Kristin Snell

by Julie Childs, Board President-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


Beauty, Refinement, Culture. What are these concepts? How do we bring them into our lives? What we are able to imagine is what we can move towards creating. How well we feed our imaginations is how well they will grow. You get where I’m going….the library is a place where you can find more good food for the mind than one knows what to do with. Come and enjoy the feast!

Measure A has passed, and thanks to all who voted for it. It will be a bit of time before we know how the funding will be dispersed. We are very excited to welcome our new board members, Beate Moore and Jessica Randolph. It’s great to have their good energies contributing.

We have a desire to offer a seed exchange through the library. Is there anyone who might want to organize this? Please come in and see what we’re thinking about if you’re interested.

If you haven’t been by lately, you will be delighted with the mural which has transformed the outside walls of our portable. Thank You Grace Mack!

The Tapestry project is unfolding biweekly, Tue 1-3 pm, and Thu 10-12. The stitching is continuing to bring to life the amazing illustrations of Jennifer Rain Crosby, the beautiful dream of Marsha Stone’s, and the truly wonderful creativity and talent of Mary Moore, along with the awesome people who come and add their talents to these works. You can be part of this, just show up during these times.

And this just in: On Tuesdays, Carol Meals and Leatha Welker are playing music at the library from 1-3 pm.


Car Donations Keep Doors Open

posted Dec 5, 2016, 1:58 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.


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Holiday Ornament Making at FRC

posted Dec 5, 2016, 1:58 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

School aged children are invited to join us at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center on December 5th & 12th, 3:45-4:45pm, to make holiday ornaments for friends and family. Although this activity is FREE, kids must be pre-registered to attend.

For more information, or to enroll your young craftsperson, please drop by the FRC or call 292-3174.


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