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December 2017

Happy Holidays!

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:55 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:01 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

When some of our young visitors were asked about celebrating the winter holidays, their answers were unexpected.  Rather than yearning for piles of presents or mouthfuls of sugary treats, they most valued time spent with their families. Having a big family meal, decorating a Christmas tree, or lighting a menorah were among their happiest memories. Although they acknowledged the practice of exchanging presents, the gift of togetherness was their most valued holiday tradition. When asked to share a holiday desire, most admitted that they hadn’t really given the matter much thought and that it was difficult for them to come up with any ideas for themselves. However, when asked if there were something they would like to give to others, each one answered immediately and decisively. Wishes for clean oceans, healthy forests, kindness, happiness, and housing for all were expressed. They were inspiring in their care and concern for others and for the world we inhabit.

My wish is that these young people do not lose their idealism, that they continue to dream and strive to make the world a better place, and that they remain unselfish and continue to treasure precious moments spent with those they love. Whether Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or Solstice, are celebrated, mid-winter is a perfect time to practice idealism, to dream and strive to make the world a better place, and to treasure time with loved ones. We are grateful to our young visitors and to all who have supported and inspired us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!


Cookie Dough Fundraiser

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:53 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:03 AM ]


by the Grizzly Hill PTC

$5/pound—Money due at time of order places.

Chocolate chip, chocolate mint chip, peanut butter or oatmeal cranberry with seeds

Erin & Sunshine are raising funds to replace the old plastic lunch trays in the kitchen to stainless steel. We appreciate and thank you for your support. You can pick up dough from school between 10-11 am. Must check in at the office first.

Contact Grizzly Hill School at 265.9052 if you’d like to purchase cookie dough to support the fundraiser.


Young People Talk About the Winter Holidays

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:52 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:13 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

“My favorite holiday is Christmas. The Christmas tree is really pretty and we all get presents. I want a dollhouse and a pretty dress. I’m going to draw something special for Papa and Gijo and they’re going to take me to see the Nutcracker. I want to give our dog, Moxie, a dog treat and I want to clean up all the oceans.”

Naomi Adams

Ananda Preschool


“Our family celebrates Christmas. We usually go to our grandparents’ house in Illinois. We have a tree and put presents under it. My favorite part of Christmas is a party we have after we open our presents. We have lots of food and my grandma makes cookies. My wish is happiness for the whole world.”

Henry Krautkramer

     3rd Grade - Ananda Living Wisdom School


“My family celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah. We usually get a big Christmas tree and decorate it. On the top we put an angel. For Hanukkah, me and my sister light the menorah with my grandma. My grandma tells us stories. Then we play tickle monster; and my grandma catches us and tickles us. I would like to have even more friends and have more time for hanging out with my friends and family. I would like to give more trees to the Earth because the trees produce oxygen for us and make the air we breathe.”

Sophia Goodman

3rd Grade – Grizzly Hill School



My family celebrates Christmas. We have a big dinner and a really pretty tree with lots of ornaments. We have twelve or thirteen people and everybody gets a present. I want to spread kindness around the world and I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas!”

Jazzmin Kawa

       7th Grade - Grizzly Hill School


“My dad’s family celebrates Solstice. For Solstice we have a fancy dinner. My mom’s side of the family celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas. At my mom’s we go to my uncle’s house. My grandma and grandpa, my mom, and all our cousins get together for a big dinner and everyone gets presents. The kids get the most presents. I would like to give everyone a home and make the world a better place.”

Ryah Souverville

7th Grade – Grizzly Hill School


Harvest Dance Fun for All

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:48 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many thanks to Grizzly Hill School’s Student Council for their leadership in producing November’s Harvest Dance in the Oak Tree Lodge. Student Council Faculty Advisor, Roo Cantada, and Student Council members, Ireland Brown, Bijoux Berardi, Cody Del’ Re, Bella & Elyjah Drake, Patti Emerton, Sienna Goodman and Joseph Wersal worked to make the dance an especially memorable evening  for all. Extra special thanks go to Selena Blanco, Theo Goodman, Katrina Kersey, Chris Little and Jameson Starr for volunteering to help where needed at the dance. It was an honor to be asked to host such a wonderful event and the Family Resource Center is looking forward to future collaborations with Grizzly Hill’s outstanding Student Council.


Firewood Available at FRC

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:47 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many thanks to the Lorenz Family for generously donating two truckloads of cut, split, dried, and carefully stacked firewood to help families stay warm this winter. Those who need wood for heating their homes may access small amounts on an emergency basis. Although we do not have enough wood to heat a home all winter, there is enough to get through a few chilly days and nights. If one needs to access emergency firewood, it would be wise to call 292-3174 ahead of time just to make sure that a staff member is available to help. We strongly recommend that anyone who needs additional help with heating their homes calls LIHEAP at 1-888-524-5705. Applying for assistance with paying for propane, heating oil, or electricity, as well as firewood, through LIHEAP is a relatively simple process and well worth the call.


Nevada County Pets in Need Provides Services in NSJ

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:46 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:09 AM ]

by Kaitlyn Dooris, Nevada County Pets in Need

A unique collaboration presented itself recently after years of concern for the pet population and underserved pet loving locals. Year after year driving through our hometown I have seen an increase of puppies, dogs, kittens and cats. Mostly, I see a need for services just driving down the main stretch in NSJ.

A few months ago I was asked by our lovely Pastor Pinkie to assist her in picking up and distributing pet food in NSJ. I was delighted to help in any way I could. Being able to provide a service that keeps people with their pets has brought so much joy and love into my heart. I have seen first hand the love and devotion of these pet owners and strongly believe that no one deserves to lose their pet because they have fallen on hard times…actually quite the opposite, their pet most times keep them going.

Recently I decided to reach out to Patti Galle with Nevada County Pets in Need who had been donating the food for distribution in NSJ. Knowing Patti and her devotion to keeping owners and their pets together I had high hopes that more could be offered along with pet food distribution. With a warm and willing heart Patti agreed to partner with me and I am so delighted to announce that soon we will have our very own Nevada County Pets In Need distribution site here on the Ridge! We will be providing services on a  bi-weekly  basis on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at the North San Juan Fire Hall from 9am to noon. Over time we will be offering everything from spay and neuter, flea/tick medication, vaccines, heartworm preventative, jackets, food and other essentials.

On behalf Nevada County Pets in Need and Ruff Pack Refuge we are excited about this wonderful journey before us and we look forward to years of service and friendship to come.

If you are interested in volunteering you can contact me, Nicole Mizener at 530-444-2969. If you would like to offer a monetary donation it can be made at

Drop off location for other donations coming soon.


North San Juan Community Church News

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:44 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:10 AM ]

by Rev. Pinkie Varner, NSJ Community Church

We are blessed to once again offer to our community a day of warm Christmas wishes – “A Christmas Celebration” all day on Christmas day. Opening at noon and closing the doors at 9 pm. A special church service adaptation, Christmas Program, Christmas Dinner with hot coffee or tea and gifts. Even if someone has no where to go – they can come stay warm with us on Christmas. Taking donations of food and money to sponsor the Christmas Dinner (530) 415-9705 – leave a message please? North San Juan Community Church has a lot of community outreach programs – pick your favorite to support at and your money goes to that cause! Easy, let us know where you want your money to work. Happy Holidays, drive safely! Peace!


Car Donations Keep Doors OpenPost

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:42 AM 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.


Community Legal Offers Monthly Clinic on the Ridge

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:42 AM by Kristin Snell

by Erin Noel, Community Legal

FREE legal advice and  referrals from lawyers.  Donations welcome.  Date for December TBA.  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.


San Juan Ridge Community Library

posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:39 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:11 AM ]

by Mary Moore, San Juan Ridge Community Library

TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4

NEW! Pre-School Storytime Mondays, 11:00am-11-30am.  This month: Dec 4th & Dec 11th

Phone: 292-3008 Location: Next to Head Start, Behind the Ball Field on Oak Tree in North San Juan

The most exciting thing happened in November at the Library! Little Stanislaus Hinrichs took his first official steps-about five- from his Mom, Sam, to get a book off the shelf!  We predict great things for this boy.

We are working on an inventory of the Library to establish replacement costs for insurance purposes. Please don’t stop reading.  I have a question for you.  Why should we worry about replacing any physical information sources when everything is available on the net?

In the 1954 book by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit  451, all books are being burned so that all information can be controlled by the authorities. In the 2015 book by Brandt Legg, The Last Librarian, all libraries are being destroyed because they are inefficient, dusty places. Our hero, the Librarian has noticed that in many cases the hard copy text of a book is different from the cloud version.  The diverse presentation of human thoughts and actions is being homogenized into a smooth less disturbing version.

This year U.C. Berkeley has eliminated books from the bottom 2 or 3 floors of their undergraduate library to have more room for technology and collaborative learning.  I so hope the professors are not accepting Wikipedia* (where anyone can post an article, or scarier - edit someone else’s citations), and that the students are being taught the skills to evaluate what they are reading.

So we are counting the various sections of our little library and looking up the average replacement cost of, say, a non-fiction book on evolution.

Meanwhile, our fastest growing section is our Science Fiction/Fantasy area which is a great place to find speculation on where our society may be going.

Next month I will review the first two books by a new author I spent the day with, yesterday.  We talked about the above concerns and what motivated her to get her story published. And yes, I will donate her books after I finish reading them.

*When I look up a word definition on my Kindle, it goes to a reputable dictionary first, then Wikipedia.



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