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February 2018

Let Me Count the Ways

posted Feb 5, 2018, 1:08 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

How do I love thee, let me count the ways,” the first few words of Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet, are simple yet inspirational, urging one to ponder the breadth and depth of their own love. As St. Valentine’s Day approaches, one’s mind turns to thoughts and expressions of love.

Just as Thanksgiving is about more than football and turkey, St Valentine’s Day is about more than flowers and candy.  Love’s feast day is for everyone. It’s a good time not just to say, “I love you,” but to demonstrate it. We live in a busy, often hectic time. Our lives are comprised of moments. Perhaps the most precious gift we can bestow is time. Taking time to listen, to laugh, to offer a kind word or a helping hand, to share a meal, to pat the dog is a much appreciated gift. Giving one’s time is giving one’s life. Can there be any greater gift to those we love?


Winter Dance

posted Feb 5, 2018, 1:07 PM by Kristin Snell

Winter Dance

For middle schoolers only~5th-8th grade


5:30-8:30 PM


Sponsored by: Grizzly Hill Student Council

$5 donation

More info? 798.3355 Roo or 292.3174 Family Resource Center



Dance & Movement with Shari Brookler

posted Feb 5, 2018, 1:06 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center and Shari Brookler, Dance Instructor

Young dancers are invited to attend classes taught by dancer/movement specialist/choreographer Shari Brookler at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center.  “A dancer at heart, Shari began dancing as a young girl in her bedroom, grocery store aisles, and just about everywhere. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BFA in dance. In 1999 she formed Dreams in Motion, a dance company that created works for the stage and also worked with youth in pursuing their dreams through art, dance, dialogue, writing and game playing. Shari earned her MFA in choreography and performance from CSU Long Beach where she taught both Modern Dance and Pilates. Following the completion of her Masters degree, she danced and choreographed for the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company. Since moving to the Ridge in 2008 she has taught dance to both adults and children, choreographed several dances, and has had the pleasure of teaching dance at Art Camp.

Ever curious about the wonders of the human body, Shari continues to expand and deepen her knowledge through her dance, Pilates, and massage practice. She enjoys sharing what she knows and helping people discover a deeper sense of bodily awareness, self-expression, and joy through movement.”

Creative Dance & Movement for 3-5 year olds

3-3:30pm on Mondays - Feb 12 & 26 and March 5, 12 & 19

“Boys and girls 3-5 years old are invited to explore the realm of creative movement. This class provides opportunities for children to express their inherent creativity and imagination through movement. Children will be introduced to the various elements of movement learning how their bodies move within different spatial, time, and qualitative structures. The emphasis will be on both creative movement and fundamental movement skills.”

Dance Fun for 8-12 year olds

3:45-4:45pm on Mondays – Feb 12 & 26 and March 5, 12 & 19

“We will explore the realm of creative movement, learn fundamental dance technique and dance fun choreography. This class will provide opportunities for children to express themselves creatively and explore the world of movement while learning about the various elements of movement. Boys and girls will be introduced to concepts of formal dance basics and some terminology. We will also learn FUN choreography that stimulates the brain-body connection and helps students become more expressive dancers.”

All young dancers must be pre-enrolled to attend this class. A $5 donation per class ($25 per session) is requested when registering; and scholarships are available if needed. For more information, or to enroll your young dancer(s), please call 292-3174 or visit the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center, 18847 Oak Tree Road.


Sports & Games Returns

posted Feb 5, 2018, 1:05 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 1:09 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Back by popular demand, Coach John Hughes will be leading sports and active play at the Oak Tree School Campus on Wednesday afternoons, beginning February 21st and continuing through May 16th. As always, the rules are simple: BE KIND. BE SAFE. HAVE FUN! Grizzly Hill, Twin Ridges & Forest Home Study Charters, Ananda, and Camptonville 2nd-8th grade students are welcome to participate in this fun activity!

Sports & Games Schedule:

Wednesdays 1-4:30 pm

February 21 & 28//March7, 14 & 21//April 4, 11, 18 & 25//May 2, 9 & 16

All players must be pre-enrolled, with a signed permission slip, emergency and media release forms on file at the FRC. For more information, or to enroll, either drop by or call San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center at 292-3174.






The Changing Face of North San Juan

posted Feb 5, 2018, 1:03 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 1:10 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Of the many California Gold Rush settlements on the San Juan Ridge, North San Juan has survived as the last functioning town site. “Small but mighty,” she has withstood the ravages of time and continues to provide an assortment of goods and services for those who live in our densely forested, sparsely populated foothill community. Slowly but surely, the face of North San Juan is being changed by local entrepreneurs who have seized upon the opportunity to fill a community need, often providing jobs for others. This article is the first in a series that showcases the people and businesses that are changing the face of North San Juan.

Edmondson Family Chiropractic:                                                   Meet Dr. Patrick Edmondson

The Edmondson Family has lived in the town of North San Juan since 2002. A  graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, Dr. Patrick Edmondson has maintained a practice over the North San Juan Post Office since January, 2017. When asked what motivated him to become a doctor of chiropractic medicine he replied, “I used to have so many problems. I was plagued with chronic pain my whole life. I had chronic headaches, shoulder and back pain. Then in 2008, I was at the county fair rubbing my shoulder when I heard a voice. ‘Hey you! I can help you.’ I went to that chiropractor 3 times a week for 2 weeks; and it changed my life.”

“A lot of people don’t know that chiropractors are gateway doctors. We can do health screenings and refer patients to other doctors for specialties. It’s not just doing bones. I’m a family doctor. I treat people of all ages. Kids need adjusting too, sometimes even more than adults.  People up here need routine screenings. I check kids’ eyes and ears and I do scoliosis checks. This area needs some one to do that. I do chiropractic, soft tissue rehab, exercise therapy, postural awareness, and nutritional counseling. ‘A healthy spine is a healthy mind is a happy person,’ is the mission statement for my business.”

Edmondson Family Chiropractic is located at 20092 Oak Tree Road, N San Juan.  For more info call 988.8993.



San Juan Ridge Community Library News

posted Feb 5, 2018, 12:54 PM by Kristin Snell

by Mary Moore, San Juan Ridge Community Library

TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4

Preschool Storytimes at 11 A.M. on scattered Mondays (call first) 

Phone: 292.3008 Email:

Location: Behind the Ball Field on Oak Tree in North San Juan

In January we had a special visitor at the library. Rembrandt (the Bactrian Camel) accompanied his best friend Tabar Teachout to work on the Tapestry Project. Rembrandt stayed outside near the pond while Tabar stitched and watched through the window to see how Rembrandt was doing with his excited visitors. A great time was had by all...we thought about having Rembrandt help people with library card applications. Some of his visitors hadn’t known the library existed! Yes, we do have the DVD of “Weeping Camel” in our growing DVD Documentary Section.

As I was looking at camel articles, on the internet, I saw that at the Saudi Arabian Camel Beauty Contest in late January, 12 camels were disqualified for using botox on their wrinkles. Obviously, it is important to have internet access. We have 4 working Public Computers, and there is a rumor of several newish laptops being donated, to be used in the library. Fiber Optics is coming someday to improve our internet services, and if your laptop is new enough you can use the new printer/scanner/fax. We are creeping into the 21st century.



Improve Your Reading, Writing or Math

posted Feb 5, 2018, 12:48 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 1:10 PM ]

by Alan Archer, Read Up! Nevada County

About 25% of the people in the U.S. have difficulty with some part of the English language; reading, writing, spelling, grammar, etc.  For many of those people, the problems they have with reading or writing then causes them to have difficulty getting jobs with steady hours, and good pay and benefits with which to support their families.

Read Up Adult Literacy at Nevada County Library has a free, confidential program to help people strengthen those reading, writing and math skills by pairing them with a Volunteer Tutor/Instructor.  The Student and the Tutor pick the day and time that they want to meet each week for 1-2 hours to work on the Student’s needs.  They are free to meet in public locations such as the library, government facilities, church meeting rooms, restaurants, etc., but not in each other’s homes.  The one-on-one pairing of the Student and Tutor has proven to be a very successful method of overcoming many of the difficulties that Students have experience with learning in the past. 

For information on how to enroll, or how to volunteer, call Alan Archer at Nevada County Library, 470.2772.

North San Juan Community Church News

posted Feb 5, 2018, 12:46 PM by Kristin Snell

by Pastor Pinkie, North San Juan Community Church

Blessing abound every day!  My own personal medical blessings keep me from a lot of my pastoral duties.  A few more people have stepped up and forward progress is being made.  The dog food is now distributed at the Fire Community Hall on the first and third Thursday of the month. We give out clothes on Food Bank Thursday at The NSJ Center in the parking lot - when we have them. Someone told me last week that he didn't get the notice that I had stepped down so I was still his pastor.  I'm good with that.  Today I met with my successor - that's right! Someone has volunteered to pastor "the little church that could"! Stay tuned for more information soon! The Tie Dye Flock will grow again! Love, Peace, Happyness & Music! One Love Ya'll, Pastor Pinkie


Tip of the Month

posted Feb 5, 2018, 12:46 PM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, Drug Free Nevada County

Tip – Asset #20  (Quality) Time at Home

Try to make a routine of spending face-to-face time with your children - interacting without electronics. Lots of listening and lots of conversations, occasionally interrupted by reading aloud, arts & crafts, home project, or moves in a board games. Some time every day, and at least one entire evening every week.

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


Schedule Your Free Tax Assistance Appointment

posted Feb 5, 2018, 12:18 PM by Kristin Snell

From PARTNERS Family Resource Center-Penn Valley newsletter

Need some help filing your taxes this year? The AARP Tax Aide volunteers are gearing up to provide preparation services and electronic filing of both Federal and California tax returns for folks with low and middle income.

This service is free for Nevada County residents of all ages.

If you bought health insurance through Covered California and received Premium Tax Credits, you must file a return. Let AARP help! The Tax Aide group can handle most common personal tax returns, including those that have salary, interest, dividends, itemized deductions, pension, IRA withdrawals, capital gains, or stock transactions.

Tax appointments are available every Monday between February 5th and April 9th. Appointments are required. To schedule your appointment, call 211 (just dial 2-1-1 or 877.847.0488) and press 4.


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