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January 2016

Blast Off!

posted Jan 5, 2016, 1:18 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

I admit it. When I was a kid I watched a lot of TV. One of my favorite genres was the space adventure. In the early ‘50’s, Space Cadet, Space Patrol, and Captain Video captured my imagination as the heroes used their wits, coupled with technology, to foil the forces of evil’s lust for universal domination. At that time, 2016 was a far-away future, so far away that it was easy to believe we’d be touring distant galaxies. The space adventurers’ sidekicks, and sometimes their most evil foes (I still cringe at the thought of Captain Video’s menacing nemesis, TOBOR.) were robots. Their vessels were sleek, as were their fashions. Frills, cuffs, and pleats get in the way of space travelers who, clad in spandex, mini-skirts, epaulets, and spangled medallions move with ease about their streamlined ships and upon the surfaces of distant planets.

Maybe one reason why I liked the world of the future so much was because women were equal adventurers. They weren’t babes who needed to be rescued. They were smart scientists who often arrived at the brilliant solution that saved our universe from impending doom. There was no place for brawn in space. Science and common sense prevailed and were the tools through which peace was achieved and order was restored to an imperiled galaxy.

I write this reminiscence on the first day of a new year, recalling a post-World War II era’s vision of the future and comparing it with what has really come to pass. First of all, I am happy to report that THE BOMB didn’t fall. Today’s school children are wary of crazed gunmen. Heck, we had THE BOMB and complete nuclear annihilation to deal with. There were periodic bomb drills in which we school children would scramble under our desks as civil defense sirens wailed, crouching until the “all clear” sounded. Aside from the ever-present threat of the immediate and utter destruction of all life on the planet (unless, of course, your family had the foresight to install a well-outfitted bomb shelter), life was pretty good for white people in the America of the ‘50’s. It was a time of peace and prosperity. Having just emerged from the second of two world wars, people pursued the American Dream: a home, a car, an education for the kids. Yep, life was good, albeit dangerous with THE BOMB and all.

Life was so good for most Americans, what with television, frozen pot pies, and the polio vaccine, most bases were covered. We took a deep breath and pondered, “Where do we go from here?” Gazing at the heavens, the answer was simple. If science could create a way to destroy the world in an instant, surely science could devise a way to leave it. Although our technology has evolved and we have many of the gizmos that were futuristic dreams back then: communication satellites, cell phones, pop tarts, and tasers, to name but a few, we remain Earth-bound.

Perhaps, now that we have entered the Space Age, if only in a small way, our task is to use our wits to defeat the evil menace that is here on our home planet before we are ready to venture to other worlds. Although we’ve moved on to meet new challenges and adopt new technologies, our humanness has not seemed to change all that much. We hardly noticed when THE BOMB didn’t drop. Driven by fear and ignorance, It’s so easy to find an enemy when you really want to. So maybe it’s a good thing that we’re not out there galavanting around the universe. Our species’ propensity toward greed and hatred might be contagious. It’s probably better that we stay here, quarantined on Earth until we learn to take better care of ourselves and our planet. In the meantime, we can wear our spangled medallions as we gaze up to the heavens and dream of our place in the universe and a happy, healthy, prosperous world for everyone.

May you have a fearlessly Happy New Year and the best of luck in all your New Frontiers.


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Jan 5, 2016, 1:15 PM by Kristin Snell

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

Hours: Tue-Thu 11am-7pm and Sat 10am-4pm        

Phone: 292-3008 during open hours

· Wi-fi and computers available for public use

· Work stations and comfortable seating

· Book sale shelf, DVDs for checkout, periodicals, children’s room

· Experienced staff on-hand

· An ever-evolving collection of wonders to listen to, read, and watch


Welcoming in year 2016, the possibilities of growth seem so available to all of us. Our Library is here granting to us that opportunity. Are you needing a little direction for ideas about chicken coops? Do you want to teach yourself how to quilt? Would you like to cultivate a love of poetry? Have you always wondered what your dog was saying to you? You might be owing yourself a book vacation!  With all the wild rains and snow outside, inside our library it’s warm and dry, come in and browse. 

We’d like to thank all our splendid volunteers for the tasks big and small they do to keep us running. Library work is so rewarding. We welcome any new folks who want to commit to a small amount of time regularly.  Thank you to everyone who has donated monetarily also! Those sweet donations pay the bills and buy our supplies.  We always appreciate your thoughtfulness.

The Tapestry project will be continuing on Tue 1-3, and Thu 10-12. This latest one is almost complete, with the next one ready to begin. It’s a great time to join in and add your stitches to these tapestry wonders. No experience necessary.


Health and Wellness Focus Group Seeks Participants

posted Jan 5, 2016, 1:14 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

In partnership with Valley Vision, a non-profit consultancy based in Sacramento, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is hosting a Health and Wellness Focus Group and invites your participation.  This focus group is one of a series to be held in our area on behalf of the following four hospital systems in the region: Kaiser, Sutter, Dignity, and UC Davis.  Information gathered through the process will be aggregated and de-identified, and will help to identify health needs and concerns in our community.

The group will meet from 12:15-1:45 pm on Tuesday, January 26th at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center.  A meal, childcare and a $10 gift certificate will be provided to each participant. 

Space is limited, so please register in advance by contacting the Family Resource Center in person, by phone at 292.3174 or via email at  Please inform us of your need for childcare at the time of your registration.

If you are unable to attend the Focus Group and would still like to voice your concerns about health care in our area, please share your thoughts with us and we will share information on your behalf during the group.


A Thousand Thanks

posted Jan 5, 2016, 1:13 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many thanks to last season’s specialists Heidi Ryan, Jenny Travers, and Mariana Worden for enriching the lives of our community’s children by so generously sharing their skills and themselves. We are fortunate to know and work with such giving, talented women and hope to have the opportunity to do so again.

We are also grateful to those businesses and individuals whose generous donations are helping to keep us afloat. Many thanks also to our wonderful volunteers, without whom there would be no food pantry, clothes closet, or wood shed. We appreciate all our friends and benefactors. We couldn’t do this without you.


Recycling Buy Back Program at NSJ Transfer Station

posted Jan 5, 2016, 1:13 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Want to cash in those CRV bottles and cans without the hassle and expense of a trip to town?  Plan a trip to the North San Juan Transfer Station on the third Thursday of each month, when the station hosts its Recycling Buy Back program.  

For more information, please call the Transfer Station at 292.4340.


Tip of the Month

posted Jan 5, 2016, 1:12 PM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, Drug Free Coalition

Tip – Asset #6 – Parent involved in schooling

Think of school as something you and your child do together. Get to know your child's teachers, stay in touch, and visit the classroom when you can. Ask what you can do to help in the classroom and outside of it. Ask questions every day about your child’s day in school, about both the "events" and how your child feels about it. When you show school is important to you, it will be important to your child.  

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



‘Yuba Watershed Institute Art Show at Schoolhouse

posted Jan 4, 2016, 1:47 PM by Kristin Snell

From the web at:

“Patterns, Processes and Players” a juried art show to benefit YWI will be having an opening reception on  January 9, at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.  Join the amazing artists exhibiting in the show for appetizers and drinks from 2 to 5 pm. 

The Yuba Watershed Institute is a group of citizens who are concerned with the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of long-term biological diversity within the Yuba River watershed.  The study, maintenance, use and preservation of the watershed is undertaken in partnership with public land management agencies, professional associations, private landowners, other non-profit organizations, and community organizations.  The Institute also serves as an educational resource, providing an ongoing series of talks, seminars, publications and walks on all aspects of the watershed.

At the core of the YWI is a cooperative management agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Timber Framers Guild of North America for the joint management of nearly 2,000 acres of forestland on ten parcels in Nevada County, California.  This area has been named the ‘Inimim Forest after the Nisenan word for ponderosa pine.  The goal of this stewardship program is to foster ancient forest ecosystems and riparian habitats while developing a timber management plan for the selective and sustainable harvest of high quality forest products.  The broad intent of this agreement is to demonstrate that local citizens can become active partners in managing public lands for their intrinsic biological and landscape values as well as for the economic and cultural sustenance of the community.

The Yuba Watershed Institute’s focus on forest management, biological diversity, and sustainable resource use is based on a perspective which suggests that the health of the watershed – our waters, forests, wildlife, and the economic viability of our rural way of life – are not contained within regional political boundaries.  Activities within the watershed may affect a particular species, habitat or place elsewhere, and forces and activities outside the watershed may cause impacts within it.  The Yuba River watershed is intimately connected with the Sacramento Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Photo by Jeannine Bourdeaux



Community Legal Empowerment Project

posted Jan 4, 2016, 1:45 PM by Kristin Snell

by Erin Noel, Attorney at Law

When:                Friday, the 8th, 3-5 pm (generally 2nd Friday of the month, 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 Community Legal at 265-3425.

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.


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