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February 2020


posted Feb 6, 2020, 9:38 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Usually the wettest month of the year, February has shed her dreary mantle and emerged as a bringer of sunshine to our foothill home. A sunny respite serves to remind us that spring is just around the corner and with it, springtime activities at the FRC. A March visit by a very special group of Tibetan Buddhist monks and April’s 5th annual Earth Day Celebration are now on the horizon, with summer SPORTS CAMP and ART CAMP following not far behind.

Flower bulbs are popping up from their wintry slumber and tree buds swell, readying to burst into bloom when the time is right. Soon another winter will have passed. Although there is still plenty of time to curl up by a warm fire, enjoy the aroma of a pot of soup simmering on the stove, and take a long walk in the quiet of late winter, its time to start planning for a warmer, more active time. The days are noticeably longer. The sun is noticeably brighter. And we are noticeably busier, preparing for a bright future filled with fun.




4 Winds Ceramics Collective Finds New Home

posted Feb 6, 2020, 9:37 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Feb 6, 2020, 9:39 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

After 9 years at Willow Springs on State Hwy. 49, 4 Winds Ceramics has found a new home at 27397 Oak Tree Road. Dubbed the ART BARN by photographer and textile artist, Jeannine Bordeaux, the 1000 square foot facility will be home to a variety of local artists. The new and improved space has enabled the addition of two pottery wheels to Four Winds’ studio.

Meet Ceramics Collective members Shawn Olson, April O’Neal, Brittnie Saliba, George Schroder, Penny St. Claire, and Tabor Teachout while enjoying food, music, and an ART BARN tour at the GRAND OPENING/OPEN HOUSE on March 1st, 10am-4pm. Four Winds Ceramics Collective will be ready to resume classes in the first week of March.

For more information on the ART BARN or Four Winds Ceramics    Collective, call Penny St. Clair at 559.7325.


Community Library Update

posted Feb 6, 2020, 9:32 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Feb 6, 2020, 9:40 AM ]

by Mary Moore, San Juan Ridge Community Library

Greetings from the San Juan Ridge Community Library! We are keeping busy in these chilly days! Our collection is continuing to grow with over 12,183 items and over 730 patrons utilizing books, dvds, our computers and our WIFI. Not to mention our beautiful PARK that we are blessed to be surrounded by, complete with goats and sheep (Thanks, Tabor!) It’s an exciting time here at SJRCL, check out what’s new:


We’ve launched our SEED LIBRARY in January with great success! Many Thanks to Honey Circle Farms and Ruby Turple!  There is a big orange, brightly painted file cabinet full of flower seed and vegetable seeds. It’s pretty simple; there are jars full of seeds, envelopes for you to take them home in and a short sheet that tells us what you checked out. Ideally, you grow it and return some seeds to the jar. Or simply bring in some seeds from your garden.  Everything died? No worries! Try again! That is the beauty and benefit of sharing and gathering our local seeds: there is no risk, only love! Thank you everyone that came out to share your abundance, we look forward to our spring SEED SWAP! Stay tuned!

VOTING BOX! That’s right! You’ll be able to cast your very important ballot at your local library! Make sure you are stopping when we are open because it is located inside.

LIBRARY ANNUAL FUNDRAISER: SATURADAY APRIL 4TH Mark your calendars for another epic event at the SHADY CREEK OUTDOOR SCHOOL CONFERNECE CENTER. This year, we are having ACHILLES WHEEL TRIO plus tapas and treats with your ticket purchase.  We will also have beer and wine for sale and, of course, we will be selling books! Tickets will be available online, at the library and Mother Truckers. All profits will go towards programming at the library

Ongoing! Check out what ELSE we offer:

¨ FREE SPANISH CLASSES every Friday from 4-5:30pm.

¨ Preschool Story hour: Monday Feb 10th 11:15 am-11:45am

¨ S.T.E.A.M. EVERY Saturday- Free science, tech and art activities for school age kids.

¨ TEEN PROGRAM:  EVERY THURSDAY 4:30-6pm “Get Me Outta Here! Skills for life for teens, job applications, sewing, etc! 

¨ TAPESTRY PROJECT: All skill levels welcome to come stitch a bit of Ridge history. Tuesday 1-3, Thursday 10-1.


Thank You, AmeriCorps!

posted Feb 6, 2020, 9:31 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Feb 6, 2020, 9:41 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center very much appreciates a group of Americorps workers who pitched in to lend a hand with making the Oak Tree Campus more fire safe by raking fallen leaves from roof tops and around buildings. They also cleaned and completely reorganized the Tsi-Akim Tribal/Keyman Jim Memorial Library, bagged commodities for the food pantry, and even helped decorate the Oak Tree Lodge for our annual Toys-4-Tots holiday event. Whatever the task at hand, this little band of hardworking young men and women undertook it with an enthusiastic verve and a broad smile. We are also grateful to Shady Creek Outdoor School Director Shannon Cueva for arranging the Americorps visits. They lightened our load and brightened our world.


Thank You, Grass Valley Charter School!

posted Feb 6, 2020, 9:30 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Feb 6, 2020, 9:41 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many, many thanks to Grass Valley Charter School for their generous donations to our Clothes Closet. Ten boxes of gently used men’s clothes were delivered to the Family Resource Center on February 3rd by GVCS volunteer, Renae Tesene. Our once empty men’s shelves are now filled with warm winter clothing thanks to the generosity of Grass Valley Charter’s families and friends. Their kindness has warmed hearts, as well as bodies.


Tip of the Month

posted Feb 6, 2020, 9:29 AM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell

Tip – Asset #16—High Expectations – Parents and teachers expect young person to do his or her best

Research has shown that children who are praised for their solid efforts do better in the long run than children who are praised for being smart. Try not to make a big deal about grades, either high or low, or for winning in sports or other contests. Do reward them for trying hard and remind them that practice makes perfect. That applies for parenting also.

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


Coronavirus Precautions and Info

posted Feb 6, 2020, 9:29 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Parents and community members have been voicing their concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus. The following letter was issued by Scott Lay, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, on January 30, and contains general advice on containing the spread of respiratory infections, as well as a site where one can find more information about the coronavirus and appropriate safety precautions.

The Center for Disease Control’s site has the most up to date information on the virus:

“As you may know, there have been reports of a new virus spreading in China called novel coronavirus. The virus has been found in a few people who arrived in the United States after having been in China.  We want to assure you that we are monitoring the situation and having communication with the local health department.  Health officials believe the risk to the general community is low at this time as confirmed cases in the US have been isolated and their close contacts are being monitored.

We would like to use this as an opportunity to remind you about some best practices to avoid spreading respiratory infections in general:

--If your student is sick or has fever, cough, or sneezing, please keep them home from school to avoid spreading illness.

--Remind your student that hands should be washed often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

--When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose.  Dispose of tissue immediately and wash hands.

--Avoid contact with anyone exhibiting cold-like symptoms.

Additionally, please be aware the CDC is recommending against any travel to China that is nonessential.”



Save the Dates!

posted Feb 6, 2020, 9:28 AM by Kristin Snell

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION    Saturday, April 18th


Junior Sports Camp for ages 5-7 :::  July 6-10                                                               

Intermediate Sports Camp for ages 8-10 ::: July 13-17                                              

Senior Sports Camp for ages 11-14 ::: July 20-24

Art Camp for 1st-8th graders ::: July 27-31


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