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January 2018

Philanthropists Support Kids on Ridge

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:23 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

We have something very special to celebrate in this bright and shiny New Year! Thanks to Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills (SISF) and entrepreneur Cristina Ryan, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center will be continuing to offer enriching activities to children on the San Juan Ridge. “A volunteer organization of spirited women united to promote the betterment of women and children in our community and throughout the world,” SISF has awarded a mini-grant of $1000 to aid the FRC in providing afterschool activities for our kids.

Grizzly Hill graduate Cristina Ryan, “is a social entrepreneur, founder and director of TRU Education developing an alternative value based business model and focusing on transformative adult education programs.” When asked why she took it upon herself to create a crowdfunding campaign to help the FRC fund children’s Arts programs, she replied, “I was inspired to create more community engagement when I heard that the arts programs which I benefitted from so much as a child were currently underfunded. Crowdfunding is a simple way to spread awareness and allow people an avenue to contribute for positive change. Most of the donors were students from TRU Education and Grizzly Hill Alumni who believe in the value of arts education.”

We are very grateful to Soroptimists of the Sierra Foothills and Cristina Ryan for their generous gifts to the children of our community. Their contributions will enable us to provide opportunities for our youth to enrich their lives and have fun here on the Oak Tree Campus. THANK YOU!


First Five Family Cafes

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:22 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 2:24 PM ]

You are cordially invited to a series of


Transportation * Child care * Snacks * Raffle * Prizes!!!

At the Family Café we will:

· Share ideas about taking care of ourselves & our families

· Talk about how we can raise strong, happy kids

· Meet new people, make friends, share ideas, get new ideas & Have fun!

MONDAYS 10-11:30 am ~ January 8th & 22nd/February 5th & 26th/March 12th

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services—420 Sierra College Drive #100, Grass Valley

RSVP: or 530.274.5361 (or just come by!)

Please call if you need transportation so we can arrange it




The Embodied Maiden

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:17 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 2:24 PM ]

by Lisa Chipkin, Honey Root

A rare opportunity for teen girls aged 14-15 to find alliance and wisdom in a safe and confidential space. Together, we will explore:
~The Body as wise guide and resource for your life
~Tools to manage stress and nervous system overload
~Self-care in support of strong feelings, sensations, and spiritual well-being
~Growing intuition and trusting your inner voice
~Expressing boundaries and needs powerfully

When: 3rd Sunday of every month, January-May 2018, 3-5PM
Where: Inner Path, 200 Commercial St., Nevada City
Cost: $60 (+ $10 material fee), if registered in advance. $80 at the door at first meeting. Commitment to full season required. Limited to 12 girls. Scholarships available. Please email to inquire.

Contact: Lisa Chipkin,, 415-845-3568

**If there is interest, Lisa will also offer a series for 16-17yo girls. Please email her to inquire.

Lisa Chipkin is an Embodied Mindfulness teacher and Somatic Learning Coach, Artist, Author, Designer and Dancer. A former high school teacher, she taught visual and performing arts for ten years in Marin County before moving on to explore healing and other creative endeavors. She “gets” teens and loves to shine the light on their particular gifts and genius. A recent transplant to Nevada County, she is on the volunteer staff for HoneyRoot. You can learn more about her at


San Juan Ridge Community Library News

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:16 PM by Kristin Snell

by Mary Moore, San Juan Ridge Community Library

TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4

Closed for new Carpeting  Jan. 5-14th * Reopening Jan 15th

Preschool Storytimes at 11 A.M.  Jan. 15  & 29

Phone: 292-3008

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

Last month I was doing an inventory of our materials for insurance purposes.  The dollar amount to replace our collection turned out to be over $300,000!  I think we could buy a house with this amount.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all the local and big city (Nevada City & Grass Valley) contributors, Sammie’s Nifty Thrifty, and the wonderful Nevada County Library Friends.

I promised a review of the first two books in a new Science Fiction series; Allynne Riggs, The Blood. While Allynn lives in Denver, I count her as a local author because in her acknowledgements she gives credit to Awful Annie’s Café in Auburn for the orange cinnamon tea which is drunk during stressful and romantic moments.  What makes this series special to me is the mixture of high tech space travel and medicine, and a deep respect for environment, with the scientists growing their gardens and limiting their footprints on the earths. Yes, I think we are dealing with two earths…well maybe.  There are two planets of differing technology levels, but striking cultural similarities in dancing, singing, and combat. One is terrified of all aliens, the other needs the first one’s help.  There are at least two more books coming.  Go, Allyn, go.

Music folk---we are ready for you, thirty new (to us) books. We just added: a book on guitar repair, how to form a band; how to develop the bands repertoire; how to go on tour; how to record; how to deal with soloist; and how to run a record company. We also have 15 new poetry books for lyrics ideas.

We look forward to an exciting New Year, celebrating our continuing partnerships to bring you the best library possible.


North San Juan Community Church News

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:15 PM by Kristin Snell

by Rev. Pinkie Varner, NSJ Community Church

It is with great sorrow and grief that I let you all know that I am forced to step down as Pastor of North San Juan Community Church.  My health depends on it.  On June 24th, 2017 I was stricken with harsh kidney pain.  I was forced to leave my house cleaning jobs and to delegate authority with some of the community outreach programs.  (It is very hard for me to ask for and accept help when I need it.)  To date, the doctors still don't have a diagnosis, but I am in for some painful procedures in 2018 in order to procure one.  Not the best way to start a new year, but with hopes of some sort of surgical fix.  Just know that it has been my sincere honor and pleasure to serve as resident Pastor in North San Juan for the last three years.  I will still be available for a couple of community outreach programs as well as house calls for various family needs and of course - weddings.  Hoping to return when I feel better.  Prayers, white light and good thoughts are greatly appreciated. Blessings, my beautiful community,  

Pastor Pinkie

ps-Please know that you have all been blessings to me.


Car Donations Keep Doors Open

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:14 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 2:25 PM ]

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.


Tip of the Month

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:13 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 2:26 PM ]

by Ned Russell, Drug Free Nevada County

Tip – Assets (various) - Goals

Setting specific goals can help both individuals and families get to where they want to be. Goals must be realistic and achievable in a time frame appropriate for age and skills, so that progress can be seen and praised. Become an astronaut in 6 months? No, but read/explore two articles/books from the library in 1 month is doable. Conversations with your children's full participation will point the way. [Builds Assets #32 Planning and Decision Making, #37 Personal Power, #38 Self Esteem, #39 Sense of Purpose, #40 Positive View of Personal Future.]   

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

Community Legal Offers Monthly Clinic on the Ridge

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:13 PM by Kristin Snell

by Erin Noel, Community Legal

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


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