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February 2015

$10,000 Grant to Improve Family Resource Center’s Site & Services

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:42 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is grateful to the PARTNERS Network of Family Resource Centers and to Nevada County’s Superintendent of Schools for funding a $10,000 grant request that will enable us to spruce up the Oak Tree School Campus and provide additional activities for children.  We plan to use the funds to upgrade some of Oak Tree’s plumbing, have a few large trees trimmed or removed, and do some much needed deep cleaning and maintenance projects. The grant will also help support this year’s summer Sports Camp and provide more ongoing activities for school-aged and preschool-aged children. We are grateful to the Nevada County Board of Education for granting our proposal at their first meeting of 2015. We vow to do our very best to spend this gift wisely and well.


Grizzly Hill School Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:41 PM by Kristin Snell

Grizzly Hill School 5th & 6th grade presents

William Shakespeare’s

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Wednesday, February 25

A shortened version featuring Shakespeare’s lines

Dinner served at 5 pm

Performance at 6:30 pm, following dessert

$10 adults, $5 kids

A fundraiser to benefit Grizzly Hill students

                265.9052 for info


Romantic Sunday Buffet Brunch at NSJ Center Feb 8

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:39 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 9:38 AM ]

by Annalinde, Director—North Gold Senior Mountaineers

Treat your Valentine early!  Get your tickets now for the Sunday, Feb.8, Romantic Organic Buffet Brunch at the North San Juan Center (Rt. 49), from 10 – 2.  This is not your ordinary brunch.  Geli Duarte, our well known fabulous chef, and partner William Kimball have been researching aphrodisiacs.  Are they effective?  They aren’t talking.  Did you know that artichokes and asparagus were once considered to be aphrodisiacs?  Geli has a whole cookbook devoted to the subject, and is preparing a special menu that will arouse at least a good conversation.  Sorry, no oysters.

The brunch includes a dessert table, coffee, tea, and juice.  Champagne and Mimosas available by the glass.  Win a romantic get-away for two!

Tickets, $20 for member couples, $30 for non-members are available at Mother Truckers, the North San Juan Center, and at the door.  Singles welcome too!  And as always, parking is free.


Library Update

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:37 PM by Kristin Snell

by Julie Childs, Board President—San Juan Ridge Community Library

During these cold winter months, the SJR Community Library is a warm place to be, a vibrating little hive of activity! In the children’s room, we are celebrating snow, with snowy day books being highlighted. We’ve over 6200 books, DVD s, talking books, periodicals, and more in our collection at this time! Wi-Fi and computers are available, with comfortable places to work at.  On Tuesdays between 1-3, and Thursdays, 10-12, you’ll find the back room humming with busy stitchers working on the latest Tapestry project. Please come and join in!

With all this buzzing, the Library is still a quiet place to concentrate, research, or disappear into another time and place. We have an especially wonderful collection of young adult literature! Everyone’s patience is much appreciated while we  wait for our book-drop to arrive.

The board and director wish to thank Rachel Navarette for her time as our Treasurer. She is a busy woman, and her efforts are so appreciated. We are welcoming Tina Tissone  as our new Treasurer. Volunteers are welcome to come in and help with different projects; shelving books, cutting snowflakes, who knows…? There also is an ongoing need for funding. Grants are being worked on, and at this time we are still a 100% volunteer organization.  We are non-profit, all donations are tax deductible. If you find yourself with more than you need, remember your local, public Library!

Our hours continue to be Tuesday and Thursday 11-7, Saturday 10-4. See you at the Library!

For more information, call 292.3008.






After School Games Day Happening Wednesday Afternoons at the Resource Center

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:36 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kristin Snell, Community School Liaison—San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center welcomes kids ages 8-15 to join the fun at our weekly Games Day on Wednesday afternoons 1-4 pm.  We have a great space set up with a ping pong table, mini pool table, board games, art supplies and snacks.  Participants are welcome to bring games from home, but no electronics.  FREE.  Must have signed permission slip and completed emergency form to participate.  Please call 292.3174 for info.


Meet the North San Juan Community Church

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:35 PM by Kristin Snell

by Reverend Yvonne “Pinkie” Varner, North San Juan Community Church

Reverend Yvonne “Pinkie” Varner could be seen during the 2014 Cherry Festival Parade last summer marrying two local love-birds, Charlie & Sherry Whittlesey, on the parade route on The First Traveling Church of North San Juan.  Upon request from the community of North San Juan, Reverend Varner (pictured below) has had the opportunity to rent the chapel at the North San Juan Community Center located at 29190 State Hwy 49, North San Juan, Ca. 95960.  The church service on Sunday mornings will take place starting February 1st at 11:00 am every Sunday.  Service will be followed by sharing of “Stone Soup”.  They're calling it “Stone Soup” because there is no menu.  They are asking a meager donation of $1.00 for a bowl of soup.  There will also be available to the public  - baptisms every Sunday after regular service!
Many people who reside here have had the chance to talk to Rev. Varner and get to know her.  Her take on the Bible is easy to understand and communicate.  She attended Liberty University Online majoring in Theology and received her non-denominational ordination from the Universal Life Church The Monastery.  She is so looking forward to seeing you at church!  Stop in any Sunday beginning in February and see what they have to offer.  Who knows?  You may even like it.  The North San Juan Community Church, 29190 State Hwy 49, North San Juan, Ca. 95960 on the grounds at the Community Center – look for the signs!


North Columbia Schoolhouse Presents

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:34 PM by Kristin Snell

by Jeff Adams, Executive Director-North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

The Bee Eaters

Saturday, February 7, 2015 * 7 pm Doors, 8 pm Show * $18 member/advance, $20 door * Tickets available at BriarPatch and Mother Truckers

Brother-sister duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, long known and lauded by those steeped in the American fiddle tradition, are joined by hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman. Together, they weave a tapestry of sound all their own, drawing on roots in bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and old-time traditions. While today’s new breed often produces an amalgamation of sounds and styles based on a distant view, The Bee Eaters were raised embedded in these traditions raised to mold, meld, shape them and carry them forward, leaving their own indelible marks in the process. With Tashina’s delicate fiddle and Tristan’s grounding cello wrapped around Simon, ethereal dulcimer, they have created a never-before-heard sound in American music. No tricks. No pyrotechnics. Three instrumental voices, united in their musical exploration.

Valentine Erotique 2015

Friday the 13th of February, 2015 * 7:30 pm show, 6:30 pm doors open

The Valentine Erotique variety show returns on Friday the 13th of February. An annual benefit for the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, this erotic extravaganza features an array of poetry, a chocolate dessert contest and other sensuous entertainment that you won't want to miss.

Bill Gainer and Bo the Whiskey Yogi will headline the poetry. They have invited Sacramento poets, Kelly Freeman and Lytton Bell, to join them along with locals, Chris Harbour and Maxima Kahn.

Magician extraordinaire Nick Federoff will emcee the evening's variety of entertainment. There will be a comedy performance by Casey Burke, acro yoga, burlesque by Truth of Dare featuring local legend Belle Star and a few other surprises.

The chocolate dessert contest is open to the public. Bring your favorite chocolate delight for a chance to win prizes in several categories (i.e. most decadent, creamiest and dreamiest).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for drinks, desserts, and to view the Body+Form Art Show.


Almost Hereditary: The Roots of Racism with Bill Drake

Saturday, February 21, 2015 * Reading 7:30 pm, Doors 7 pm * $12 member/advance, $15 door * All proceeds to benefit the North Columbia Schoolhouse * Tickets available at BriarPatch and Mother Truckers

In honor of Black History Month, Bill Drake will present "Almost Hereditary: The Roots of Racism in My Southern Family", a rich presentation with stories, readings, poems, and slides. The readings will be from the diary of Bill's great-great-grandmother whose sons fought in the Civil War and whose family owned slave plantations in Mississippi. Bill will share how racism was passed down his family lineage. Like his mother before him, he grew up in what was called the "Jim Crow era" a time of extreme segregation in the South. As a child he was taught to believe in white supremacy, a concept he rejected after two pivotal experiences during his late teenage years. He is the co-founder of Creating Communities Beyond Bias, which offers workshops for students related to unlearning prejudice. Revised copies of his book Almost Hereditary: A White Southerner‚ Journey Out of Racism, A Guide for Unlearning and Healing Prejudice will be available for sale and signing. The event is a benefit for NCSCC.

Rise, Dance, Thrive at One Billion Rising

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:30 PM by Kristin Snell

by Skyler Myers, Activist—One Billion Rising

Saturday, February 14 is the 17th anniversary of V-Day, which is no ordinary Valentine’s Day, and also not a memoriam to a day of war.  Eve Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues, which premiered 17 years ago, and has since had thousands of performances around the world.  She interviewed hundreds of women, collecting stories.  On February 13, at the Valentine’s Erotique at the North Columbia Schoolhouse, you can witness a teaser of an upcoming production of The Vagina Monologues, which may evolve into a conversation of intimate parts….

On the 15th anniversary of V-Day, Eve Ensler founded the first One Billion Rising.  Skyler Myers heard her conversation with Amy Goodman on KVMR, and immediately called Elisa Parker, asking if there was a local event to get involved with.  Elisa said no, Skyler said “let’s do something!”  Elisa said OK.  And that was the beginning of the local One Billion Rising, which attracted over 1,000 people the first year to dance in the streets of Grass Valley, symbolizing the transformation from victim and perpetrator to survivors of, and participants in ending the cycle of violence.  There were tens of thousands of events around the world, in 207 countries, and it was estimated over one billion people danced in the streets that day, and again a year later.  I have never heard of another event where 1/7 of the earth’s population was doing anything all together.

This year, on February 14, at 1 pm, we will once again gather in the Safeway parking lot of Grass Valley, and dance with police escort to Main Street, and to the Holiday Inn for a short reception and performance, ending at 3 pm.  Please carpool.

You are invited to join, in both the Valentine’s Erotique and One Billion Rising, to celebrate healthy relationships, and an end to violence against women and children.  When children grow up seeing violence or themselves being violated, they are given permission to continue the cycle of violence, and usually become a victim or perpetrator in adulthood.  Unresolved trauma is at the root of addiction, psychosomatic illness, suicide, and mass violence. It is said that the cycle of trauma continues through seven generations.  Let us gather together and dance to show our support of the end of violence.


Community Legal Empowerment Project

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:27 PM by Kristin Snell

by Erin Noel, Attorney at Law

When:          Friday, February 20, 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 913-5076.

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.


Tip of the Month

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:26 PM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, Drug Free Nevada County

Tip – Asset #1 —Family life provides high levels of love and support.

The most basic things parents can give their children are to make them feel physically and emotionally safe at home and that they are valued individuals. Act in their best interests, not according to your own emotions. Be respectful even when you need to address negative behavior. Banish violence and hateful words from your home for both adults and children. Every day, look for opportunities to praise your children and let them know how happy they make you. And give them lots of hugs.

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



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