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July 2016


posted Jul 6, 2016, 4:42 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

For many San Juan Ridge families SPORTS CAMP has become an eagerly anticipated summer tradition. Sandwiched between the end of school in June and the Nevada County Fair in August, SPORTS CAMP provides kids with a safe and affordable week of fun without having to venture far from home. Led by Coach John Hughes, children learn new and hone old skills as they run, jump, toss, catch, shout, shriek, and squeal on the Oak Tree Campus. New friendships are forged and old friendships are strengthened as social, as well as athletic skills are developed. Assisted by Counselor Dora Scott, Coach Hughes does his best to see to it that his #1 Rule: “Have Fun!” is strictly enforced.

In addition to encouraging your children to have fun, we hope that a good chunk of your summer is devoted to play. Although play is universally valued as the work of childhood, adults need play, as well. You can do some running, jumping, tossing, catching, shouting, shrieking, and squealing at the river, in the park, or in the privacy of your very own home.  Although play is universally valued as the work of childhood, it’s everybody’s job to be happy. As the great Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw wisely mused, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” The pursuit of Happiness (with a capital H) was so esteemed that it was listed as an “unalienable right” along with “Life” and “Liberty” in the Declaration of Independence. So take a tip from our founding fathers, and have some fun. Summer will be gone before you know it.


There is still time to enroll young artists and athletes in San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s summer camps.Spaces are available in all three sessions of SPORTS CAMP in July and in ART CAMP during the first week of August. 

These camps are an enriching and affordable experience for all.

To take advantage of these special opportunities, please call 292.3174 or drop by the Family Resource Center. Camps are almost full, so be sure to sign up right away!

JUNIOR SPORTS CAMP * Ages 5-7 * July 11-15 * 9:30 am-12:30 pm * $40

INTERMEDIATE SPORTS CAMP * Ages 8-10 * July 18-22 * 9:30 am-2:30 pm * $40

SENIOR SPORTS CAMP * Ages 11+ * July 25-29 * 9:30 am-2:30 pm * $40

ART CAMP * Ages 5-12 * August 1-5 * 9 am-3 pm * $150


Meet Our Artists

posted Jul 6, 2016, 4:40 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

For ten years North Columbia’s ART CAMP has consistently provided a high quality experience for young artists and their families.  The prime ingredient in the formula for this success is the excellence of the staff. Each mentoring artist is not only an expert with a treasure trove of finely honed skills to share. The artists are dedicated, highly committed human beings who are able to effectively communicate passion as well as expertise. They are kind, generous, good humored, and kid-friendly, understanding the impact one short week of immersion in arts experiences can have on the life of a child. Meet a few of the very special people who will be sharing their skills, their passions and themselves at the FRC this summer:

Molly Jochem…Mask Making & Sculpture

“Art helps you understand the world and find your place in it. It’s really fun to do Art. I want to share that with people and kids are pretty receptive to fun!”

A talented and versatile artist, Molly Jochem will be mentoring workshops in mask-making and sculpture. Once a student at Oak Tree, Grizzly Hill, and Nevada Union, Molly ventured on to Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, then San Francisco State University where she earned a BA in painting. She currently has a studio at Willow Springs in North San Juan and will have a show at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center this fall. In addition to being shown in North Columbia, Molly’s work has been exhibited in Nevada City, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Portland.

Sasha St. John…Drawing & Painting

“It’s important for everyone to value their own personal expression. Everyone is creative and everyone’s creations are valuable. It’s amazing to see kids do artwork and see their profound levels of skill and creativity.”

A Northern California native, Sasha St. John grew up in the Los Gatos area. She attended San Jose State and earned a BA in Art at Loyola University in Rome, Italy. Making her home on the San Juan Ridge for the past 16 years, Sasha has become known to many as the “Fairy Lady.” Sasha’s business, Eden River Art, reproduces and sells prints of her paintings, as well as greeting cards, refrigerator magnets, and the Oracle Deck. Created to “promote respect for sentient Nature in all of its forms,” her Oracle Deck has been published in Switzerland, printed in 6 languages, and is marketed internationally. Presently devoting herself to working with horses, Sasha explained, “I have a lot of training in personal growth; and I love to work with horses and people!”

Ludi Hinrichs….Music

“Music is precious at this time, especially world music traditions. Balkan traditions include the gypsy culture and are influenced by the Middle-eastern culture. Working with children who are motivated is sheer joy, especially when leaving the impression of the vitality and importance of acoustic rather than electronic music.”

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Ludi Hinrichs has lived locally since 1989. He dedicated four years to formally studying music composition, improvisation, and education, spending one year in Conservatory training, two years at S. Illinois University, and one year at Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. He has also studied numerous musical traditions, including raga composition, jazz, and R&B. Proficient on percussion, trombone, piano, voice, and didgeridoo, Ludi has made 5 CD’s, plays with many musicians in a wide variety of genres, including his eclectic ensemble ChickenBonz, and gives private instruction.

Camille Collings….Theater Arts

“I think music and theater training are invaluable to children because they help with so many aspects of life, even outside the realm of the arts. Theater arts build confidence, help with attention and learning strategies, help with listening and working cooperatively, and develop communication skills. I attribute my success in school to my theater background.”

A Nevada County native, Camille Collings graduated from Forest Charter School, earned a bachelor’s of music in vocal performance from UC Santa Cruz, and received her master’s of arts in education from National University. First appearing on stage at the age of five, Camille has been in over 40 full stage productions, including HAIR, Albert Herring (an opera by Benjamin Brittin), and Foothill Theater Company’s Urinetown. She just completed her stint as musical director for GAS Theater Company’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Camille Collings also works as a vocal and acting coach for the Nevada County Performing Arts Guild and teaches voice privately.



Malakoff Diggins Solar Electric Project is a Go in Governor’s Signed Budget

posted Jul 6, 2016, 4:30 PM by Kristin Snell

by Hank Weston, District IV Supervisor—Nevada County Board of Supervisors

The Governor has signed the 2016-17 State Budget with no line item vetoes, meaning the $700,000 requested by Nevada County and supported by the Legislature for a solar electric project at Malakoff Diggins State Park will be funded. 

The plan for a solar electric project has been a collaborative effort between District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston, county staff, State Parks, South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), local parks associations and solar contractors since 2011 when a State Budget crisis threatened to close of a number of state parks, including Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.   Malakoff was considered not enough of a revenue generator to offset its operating costs; including costs to bring power to the remote park for lighting and security systems that protect thousands of artifacts housed in the park’s historic buildings. Now, though the park is open and there is no longer a closure list, the effort to install a cost-effective, clean solar project has continued. 

With input from local contractors, State Parks developed an estimate of $700,000 for the project.  In the spring of 2016, Supervisor Weston and Caleb Dardick, Executive Director of SYRCL met with Assembly legislative staff to request the item be included in the Assembly Budget Subcommittee proposal.  After testifying at a hearing, Supervisor Weston was successful in getting the item on the Assembly’s budget proposal to the Conference Committee.  After it passed in the Conference Committee, the Board of Supervisors and the local community generated letters to our legislative representatives and the Governor urging support for the funding in the final Budget.   

The Malakoff Diggins funding allocation is contained in the main Budget Bill, SB 826, Chapter 23:  “3790-301-0001—For capital outlay, Department of Parks and Recreation …..Malakoff Diggins SHP: Solar Panel Generator—Preliminary plans, working drawings, and construction….$700,000.”

Supervisor Weston expressed his gratitude to Assembly Member Rich Gordon, who sat on the Assembly subcommittee and the Conference Committee “and who is a strong supporter of this project.  Also, we had a very active and persuasive local support group, led by SYRCL. They have been a strong partner in this endeavor.”  In 2011, SYRCL led the effort to find stop-gap funding to keep the park open.  SYRCL secured additional funds from the California State Parks Foundation to conduct an environmental study for the solar power system at the park.

Caleb Dardick added, “As the epicenter for hydraulic mining during the Gold Rush, the park is a stark reminder of the devastating impacts of large-scale mining on the Yuba River environment.  Replacing polluting diesel with solar power seemed like a ‘no-brainer!’” 

Looking ahead, after a capital outlay and planning process, State Parks would issue a Request for Proposals to construct the project. 


31st Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival|July 22, 23 & 24

posted Jul 6, 2016, 4:30 PM by Kristin Snell

From the web at:

Once upon a time, children’s author, poet and storyteller, Steve Sanfield joined forces with the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center to create the first ever Sierra Storytelling Festival. Set among the towering pines, sloping lawn and our historic one-room schoolhouse on Columbia Hill, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is now in its 31st year – a much-loved annual tradition for both locals and visitors from across the country.

Known as “The Queen of Storytelling Festivals”, our festival brings a line-up of talented, nationally recognized storytellers to the Schoolhouse stages. People have told stories since the beginning of time and our storytellers keep the tradition alive, voicing the narratives of life, our histories and traditions, our reasons for living, our hopes and dreams.

If you enjoy listening to a good story, this is the event for you. Our storytellers will entertain listeners of all ages with tales from around the world and close to home. bring friends and family and picnic on the lawn, slow down, turn off the phone and soak in the stories of world-class tellers.

For more information, visit or call 265.2826.


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Jul 6, 2016, 4:28 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

On a hot summer’s day, there’s a cool place to be, it’s at your community library!  If your child is looking for some adventure, our young adult section is rich with wonderful classics, mysteries, and fantasies.  We have a special collection of children’s DVDs also.  We are constantly adding new additions to our collection of books, such as beautiful photo books, or thought provoking books about philosophy, or eating.  Our library is a never-ending resource for hungry minds!

You may be hearing buzz about Measure A, coming up on November’s ballot.  It is a sales tax initiative aimed at increasing funding to our public library system.  If it passes, it includes funding to rural libraries.  Roo is working hard to make the Board of Supervisors aware of our legitimate need of these funds.  Be sure to support Measure A when you vote this November!

Magic the Gathering game is on hiatus for the summer.  Look here for announcements of future events.

The ongoing Tapestry Project is close to completing yet another magnificent, awe-inspiring marvel and getting set to begin the next one.  All are welcome to join in at any point.  They are meeting on Tuesdays 1-3 pm and Thursdays 10-12.


Too Much of a Good Thing

posted Jul 6, 2016, 4:28 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

 While we are grateful to all our friends and neighbors for keeping our clothes closet shelves filled with clothing and shoes for people of all ages, we have become so overwhelmed with donations that there is little room and even less time in which to launder, sort, fold, and shelve the abundance of donated clothing. For that reason the Family Resource Center is taking a hiatus. SAN JUAN RIDGE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER IS NOT ACCEPTING ANY DONATED CLOTHING THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JULY. We will be happy to resume accepting donations after our series of summer camps has ended on August 8th. Thanks for your understanding as well as your generosity.



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