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July 2017

What Are You Doing This Summer?

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:38 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 10:39 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Are you a swimmer? A gardener?  A traveler? A camper? If you are, this is the season for you! At the FRC we’re busier than ever preparing for four weeks of summer camp. There’s still space available for young athletes in Intermediate (ages 8-10) and Senior (ages 11-13) sessions of SPORTS CAMP and space available for young artists (ages 5-12) in ART CAMP. Kids have the opportunity to have summer fun without having to venture far from home. (For more info on FRC’s summer camps see page 3.)

Whatever you decide to do this summer, stay safe, be happy, and always remember that Smokey’s friends never play with matches.


Summer Hours at Family Resource Center

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:38 AM by Kristin Snell

FRC Summer hours



Monday 10 am-5 pm

Tuesday noon-3 pm

((playgroup only 10-noon))

Wednesday 9 am-3 pm

Thursday 9 am-5 pm







32nd Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:35 AM by Kristin Snell

by Molly Jochem, Executive Director—North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

Every summer, for the last 32-years, the Sierra Storytelling Festival has gathered people together from near and far, among the towering pines and sloping lawns of the historic North Columbia Schoolhouse, to hear the nation’s top tellers share the great range of human experience through artfully told stories.  This year’s lineup features an array of tellers including one who has performed for a president, a popular NPR commentator, a Grammy-nominated artist, a local favorite and more.

Gather your friends and family, pack a picnic and blanket and settle into a weekend where time stands still, magic and wonder fill the air, and the art of story is alive and well.  This year’s festival features local and organic food and drink, beer and wine, for purchase. Attendees should bring a pillow or blanket for provided bench seating or their own low-backed folding chairs, flashlight, and layered clothing as the days are warm and the nights are cool. Pets (except for properly certified dogs) are prohibited.  No onsite overnight camping is available.

Volunteer positions available!

For tickets and more info call: 265.2826 or visit our website:


Kudos to Grizzly Hill PTC

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:33 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

On June 9th, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center presented certificates of appreciation to Grizzly Hill School’s Parent Teacher Club and  members, Amanda Forrester, Jessica Gray, Katrina Kersey and Adrian Whittlesey, for their, “dedication, generosity, and unwavering commitment to serving the needs of the children and families of Grizzly Hill School and the San Juan Ridge Community.” In addition to raising funds to help provide programs and extracurricular activities at the school, the PTC has produced a variety of events and activities that are welcome to one and all. The  PTC’s  Halloween Carnival and community dinners help provide wholesome opportunities for families to gather and have fun. The PTC also produced an end of the year Field Day and purchased a Grizzly Hill School t-shirt for every student, as well as parting gifts for this year’s graduates. Many thanks to the PTC for working so hard to enrich the lives of Grizzly Hill’s children and the community at large.



Many Thanks for the Driveway Improvements

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:27 AM by Kristin Snell

by Mindi Morton

Many thanks to our road guy George McNeely for voluntarily grading and laying rock on the Community Park & Library driveway.  Just in the time for the library’s summer party.

For all your future road needs, call George 559.1961 or McNeely’s 292.3006 for your garden needs.



FRC Not Accepting Clothing Donations in July

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:26 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Although we are very grateful for all donations, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center IS NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF SHOES and/or CLOTHING THROUGHOUT THE MONTH of JULY.  We will be very happy to accept clothing donations once our summer children’s camps have ended on August 7th.  (Our policy for donations is as follows: we accept one bag of clothing, shoes or jackets in good condition per family per week.  We do not accept donations of books or household items.)  We appreciate your generosity and understanding.


Art Camp Returns to Oak Tree!

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:26 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Founded at the North Columbia Schoolhouse in 2005, ART CAMP has grown into a beloved institution for families on the San Juan Ridge and beyond. Now in its second year on the beautiful Oak Tree Campus, ART CAMP continues to provide high quality arts experiences with highly skilled local artists who are dedicated to sharing their skills with our community’s children. ART CAMP 2017’s artists will explore Scandinavian culture through the media of dance, drama, drawing, music, painting, sculpture, and textiles. 

To register for ART CAMP, call 292.3174 or drop by the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center any time during business hours.

What……………..ART CAMP 2017


When…………….JULY 31st - AUGUST 4th


All young artists must be pre-enrolled to attend; so be sure to register ASAP.


Get Ready for Sports Camp!

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:23 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Now in its eighth year, SPORTS CAMP is one of the most popular activities offered at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center.  Coach John Hughes will be returning to encourage young athletes as they practice skills while at play. For three weeks in July, SPORTS CAMP-goers do their best to abide by Coach Hughes’ #1 Rule, “Have Fun!”

Young athletes are able to register for SPORTS CAMP 2017 at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center. Kids are registered on a first come-first served basis and pre-registration is required; so please enroll as soon as possible.

JUNIOR SPORTS CAMP for ages 5-7                                 July 10-14....9:30am-12:30pm

INTERMEDIATE SPORTS CAMP for ages 8-10                July 17-21…9:30am-2:30pm

SENIOR SPORTS CAMP for ages 11-14                             July 24-28…9:30am-2:30pm

Cost: $50 per child per session

Please call the FRC at 292-3174 for more information.


BYLT Urges River-Goers to Use Extreme Caution When Recreating This Time of Year

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:22 AM by Kristin Snell

by Bear Yuba Land Trust

Bear Yuba Land Trust urges everyone to exercise extreme caution this time of year when recreating outdoors where high temperatures and melting snow pack in the Sierra Nevada create potentially life-threatening conditions in creeks and rivers.

A drowning occurred on Friday afternoon, at a popular fishing spot on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land, at the old bridge abutments of historic Rice’s Crossing Road, bordering BYLT’s Rice's Crossing Preserve.

“We are so saddened to hear of another drowning – too many this year. This is another horrible reminder for people to not swim in the river and possibly for the whole year since there will be snowmelt into August,” said BYLT’s Executive Director Marty Coleman Hunt.

Numerous signs posted at the preserve state swimming is discouraged because of the swift current, but cold water temperatures are equally as dangerous.

Nevada County is home to two spectacular rivers - Bear River and Yuba River – enjoyed by thousands of outdoor lovers every year. While inviting and beautiful, these rivers can be very dangerous, even deadly, in the spring and early summer. Annual snowmelt can create dangerous conditions with extremely cold water and swift, very deceiving currents.

Bear Yuba Land Trust has public river access at Rice’s Crossing Preserve, French Bar where swimming is discouraged because of unsafe conditions. The water current and flows are swift and dangerous and can change dramatically, presenting life-threatening conditions. Cold water can lead to gasping, hyperventilating, muscle cramping, hypothermia, cardiac arrest and functional disability. When out hiking or recreating, please stay away from the river’s edge and don’t enter the water, especially if you do not know how to swim or have been consuming alcohol.

As air temperatures warm, it will be tempting to enter the rivers but don’t be fooled. Never leave your children unattended near any body of water. Even if you are an experienced swimmer you should stay out of the water.

Please do not enter whitewater under any circumstances.  Inner tubes or other small flotation devices are inadequate and extremely dangerous as they are easily overturned in the swift currents and can be deflated by impacts with rocks and branches.

The current conditions in many of our waterways are not survivable despite safety equipment, training or experience in whitewater.  Many river locations are remote and in steep canyons, far from rescue personnel with little to no cell phone service.

For more than 27 years, community-supported BYLT has worked to save land from development, build trails and provide outdoor programming for people of all ages to explore the natural world.  Learn more at:






Go Jump in a Lake if You Must, Not the River

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:21 AM by Kristin Snell

by YubaNet

School’s out for summer and the heat is on – everybody is looking for relief from the heat wave. Naturally, spending time at the river comes to mind. Only you might face a deadly surprise. The river is cold, running high and fast. Any river in the Sierra at this point. The South Yuba has claimed a high toll already.

Instead of risking your life, that of friends trying to pull you to safety or first responders’ pulling your lifeless body out (if they can find it) – why not spend a relaxing day at one of the many lakes in the area? Scotts Flat, Rollins, Englebright, Bullards, Boca, Stampede and the list goes on.

No cell phone coverage = longer response times

None of the popular river crossings has decent, if any, cell phone coverage. When (not if) an accident occurs, hiking back to a car, driving out of the canyon to place a call to 911 will take precious time. Firefighters, swift water rescue teams and helicopters are in short supply on weekends especially – too many emergencies requiring their attention. Your fellow rivergoers may have parked their cars encroaching on the road, making a swift exit impossible.

Still a lot of snowmelt coming down, adding risk of acute hypothermia

Snowmelt brings down water temperatures and adds hypothermia as a risk factor. “Think of hypothermia as the opposite of heat stroke. Cold water dangerously accelerates the onset and progression of hypothermia since body heat can be lost 25 times faster in cold water than in cold air. Hypothermia affects the body’s core – the brain, heart, lungs, and other vital organs. Even a mild case of hypothermia diminishes a victim’s physical and mental abilities, thus increasing the risk of accidents. Severe hypothermia may result in unconsciousness and possibly death.”  [source: Minnesota Sea Grant]

Use common sense and be safe, please.   PS: Don’t start any fires!


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