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July 2019

Say YES to Summer!

posted Jul 11, 2019, 4:46 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

School is out, skies are blue, and we have fully embarked upon a stretch of long, languid summer days to savor and enjoy. For those who want to make the most of this fleeting season, while not straying far from home, here are a few suggestions:

Visit the North San Juan Certified Farmers’ Market at the North San Juan Community Center. Not only is there an abundance of locally grown fruits and vegetables, but artisan made bread, pottery, paintings, blown glass, knives, freshly prepared dinners and live entertainment are available on Tuesday evenings, 4-7pm.

Take advantage of the 34th annual Storytelling Festival, a world class event at the North Columbia Schoolhouse, July 19, 20 & 21. Beginning at 1:00 on Friday, and continuing through 3:00 Sunday afternoon, festival-goers will gather, “to hear the nation’s top tellers share the great range of human experience through artfully told tales.” For schedules, prices, or to volunteer, call the Schoolhouse at 265.2826.

Improve your knowledge and skills by attending a series of Rural Women’s Self Sufficiency Workshops. Demystify the use of chain saws, fermentation, pickling, car maintenance & repair. Use power tools to build a box. Create an herbal first aid kit or explore the ins and outs of a home based business. You can learn all of these skills, and more, at the North San Juan Community Center series of summer classes. For more info call Shari Brookler at 562.279.3988.

Blast off into Reading at the San Juan Ridge Community Library. Throughout July and mid-August the Library is buzzing with activity. From teen workshops to toddler activities there is truly something for everyone. Kids can learn about astronauts, build stomp rockets, make a moon city, eat astronaut food, design a shirt, and even ride the bus! For more info call the library at 292.3008. Enjoy Movies Under the Stars at Oak Tree Park. Pack up the family and a picnic dinner, then head down to the park to take in a movie, Wrinkle in Time on July 27 and Wall-E on August 24.

Send your kid to camp. There are three summer camp opportunities on the San Juan Ridge. Shady Creek Summer Camp offers both resident and day camps. Offering a week of outdoor experiences and adventure, Shady Creek’s resident camp sessions for 4th-8th graders are July 15-19 and July 30-Aug 3. Day camp for 1st-8th grade is August 5th-9th. To learn more access their website at

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center offers three weeks of Sports Camp and one week of Art Camp every summer. Now in its 10th year, Sports Camp engages young athletes in sports and active play throughout the month of July. There are still spaces available for kids 11 and up in Senior Sports Camp, July 22-26. Providing mentoring by local artists, SJR FRC’s Art Camp presents young artists with the opportunity to explore the culture of France while honing skills in painting, ceramics, music, theater and dance. More info on Art Camp (July 29-August 2) can be obtained by calling 292.3174.

For those who prefer a less structured approach to summer, we suggest a dip in the Yuba, a walk in the woods, sleeping outside, berry picking, and at least one excursion on Lucky Bus #7. Summer is here in all her glory. Be sure to make the most of it. And please remember that wherever you go and whatever you do,  Be Fire Safe!


Welz Family Children’s Foundation Helps Fund FRC Summer Camps

posted Jul 11, 2019, 4:39 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is very grateful to the Welz Family Children’s Foundation for bestowing a grant of $3000 to help fund our children’s summer camps. Founded and led by Lenda Welz, the foundation is dedicated to “enhancing the health, education, and welfare of the children of Nevada County.” We are truly honored to be a grant recipient and take great pleasure in the smiles of young camp-goers who are the true benefactors of the Welz Foundation’s generosity.

Pictured above: Junior Sports Campers pause for a group shot

Community Library Update

posted Jul 11, 2019, 4:37 PM by Kristin Snell

by Mary Moore, San Juan Ridge Community Library

OPEN TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4                                                 

Pre-School Storytimes: Mondays JULY 15th & 29th at 11:15 and Saturdays July 13th, 20th & 27th at 11:15              

Conversational Spanish Friday the 26th at 4pm for FREE!!! 

Phone: 292-3008          

Behind the Ball Field in Oak Tree Park on Oak Tree Rd.

We have over 12,000 items for check out!


How to keep the kids busy in the summer?  It is not too late to enroll in the county summer reading challenge (we have all the materials here, and the prizes include iPads, gift certificates, Fair Ride Tickets and more.)  The challenge ends on July 26th.


We have a new staff member, Barbara Jones, who is full of fun ideas.

On Tuesdays from 2-4 pm; Everybody-Board games to challenge your friends and family.

On Thursdays (starting July 11th )

12-2 pm; Grade-schoolers - Make your room into a Planetarium, Ride the new bus while telling stories, or Make slimy Alien food, or…..

2-4 pm; High-schoolers; Henna tattooing, simple auto repairs, basic sewing, …

On Saturdays (starting July 13th)       

12-2 pm Grade-schoolers see Thursday.

These programs will end on August 13th.

Watch for flyers and on social media for family-oriented summer events sponsored by the Library and Oak Tree Park.


Fire Preparedness & Evacuation in the Event of a Fire on the San Juan Ridge

posted Jul 11, 2019, 4:34 PM by Kristin Snell

Submitted by Pat Leach on behalf of the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association

San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Assocation has some pointers taken from a meeting with Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES), Nevada County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO), Cal Fire, North San Juan Fire Protection District and other sources   (June 2019)

The Ridge, with its dense vegetation and many unpaved, narrow (and sometimes unmarked) roads presents a challenge to evacuate. You can’t expect fire and law enforcement agencies to come “save” you, though they will do their jobs to the best of their abilities. It is YOUR responsibility to do all you can to be prepared before a fire happens, and during a fire to be aware of the situation and all potential evacuation routes.


When you hear of a Red Flag warning, prepare! See


If you suspect a fire—go outside, look for smoke, observe wind conditions, listen and look for airplane activity, check communication sources


You should have received a booklet in the mail, but if not, see or

· READY: Creating defensible space and home—info and checklists

· SET: Situational awareness, being prepared for evacuation, have Go Bags packed in advance

· GO: Leave when told to do so, or when you feel you should

· If you don’t feel safe, don’t wait—evacuate!


There are no designated “Evacuation Routes” on the Ridge—but signage is being developed

· Be familiar with ALL possible routes out of your neighborhood and away from the fire. This could include North on Hwy 49 towards Downieville or Oroville, up Cruzon towards Grainteville, etc. Think outside the box—Nevada City and Grass Valley may not be the prudent choice, and Highway 49 South may be very congested in both directions

· Only use Edwards or Purdon Crossings as a last resort—they are one lane and very winding on the town side and could easily be blocked by one vehicle or fallen tree; you don’t want to be stuck in the river canyon during a fire!

· Take a day with family to drive different routes out of the neighborhood and to look at ways to get away from the Ridge in different directions

· Establish a meeting point with family in the event you are in separate locations, and identify one friend’s phone number for everyone to call and report to

· It is the Sheriff’s job to tell people to evacuate; Fire agency jobs are to put out the fire


You are strongly discouraged from doing so, but if you must or choose to do so, prepare ahead of time! Read and print out these guidelines for what to do if you get trapped in your house or car:


· Sign up for Code Red on all phones:

· Keep your landline if you have one (power grid, cell towers and internet may go down)

· Have a battery operated radio and tune to KVMR 89.5 FM (designated emergency radio station)

· If possible, get a scanner and program fire channels (ask NSJ Fire Dept for them)

· During a fire, check for updates: Web: Yubanet, County OES Twitter, Cal Fire, County OES. Find these and other links here:

· Try to establish a neighborhood phone tree


· Make sure your driveway is marked with reflective numbers; you can order a sign from NSJ Fire Department or online at the Fire Safe Council:

· If your car is in a garage, make sure you can open the garage door manually

· If you haven’t yet, request a defensible space inspection from the Fire Safe Council

· If you haven’t created defensible space on your property and done fuel clearance along roads, fire personnel may not defend your home

· During an evacuation, neighbors may need help and roads may be congested. Consider carpooling.

· Again, be familiar with the “Ready, Set, Go!” procedure before a fire



Sierra Storytelling Festival Celebrates 34 Years

posted Jul 11, 2019, 4:30 PM by Kristin Snell

Submitted by Sam Hinrichs on behalf of the Sierra Storytelling Festival

Hi friends, The Storytelling Festival is just a few days away.

There are free tickets for the Children's Concert on Sunday the 21st for kiddos at both the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center and the San Juan Ridge Community Library. 

Steve Sanfield loved the craft of storytelling, and delighted in the art. Thirty-four years ago he dreamed of bringing the best storytellers from around the nation to a schoolhouse crowning a ridge, and now thirty-four years later, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is joyously continuing Steve’s vision. Join us the third weekend in July for three days of the art and craft of the best tellers at the North Columbia Schoolhouse. Tickets on sale now,, (530) 265-2826. Kid’s show on Sunday; Friday and Saturday evening not recommended for young children.

2019 Tellers are Choctaw author Tim Tingle, Japanese-American comedienne Motoko, Brazilian Mime Antonio Rocha, Sirius XM star Kim Weitkamp, and Parent’s Choice award-winning musician Kirk Waller.  Friday and Saturday night will feature Bay Area local Liz Nichols.  

There are lots of volunteer opportunities for folks who want to help and get in for free. Cathy Balan is the Volunteer Coordinator. Folks can call or email the Schoolhouse or call Cathy directly: 434.3309.

Sierra Storytelling Festival is a dream for any storyteller/performer. Performing on stage under a ceiling of tree canopies, crisp sails, and blue skies; a warm and welcoming audience; delicious food and craft beer. Add to that a wide blend of stories and music and seriously, why would you do anything or go anywhere else that weekend?"              - Kim Weitkamp


Lucky #7 Bus Schedule

posted Jul 11, 2019, 4:27 PM by Kristin Snell

For additional route & fare information, visit

or call 477.0103



Tip of the Month

posted Jul 11, 2019, 4:23 PM by Kristin Snell

By Ned Russell

Tip – Asset (various) - Summer Fun

Summer provides lots of opportunities for family fun times. Picnics at a park, walks or longer hikes, neighborhood pot lucks with games, visits to lakes or the river. Without electronics, or at least minimized usage, talk about hopes and dreams, your own as well as your children’s, and other topics for which it’s hard to find time on school and work days. Contributes to building Assets #1&#2 Family Support & Positive Communication, #34 Cultural Competence, #37 Personal Power, #40 Positive View of Personal Future, and others.

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



FRC Not Accepting Donations to Clothes Closet in July

posted Jul 11, 2019, 4:23 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Although we really appreciate donations of gently used children’s and adults’ clothing throughout the year, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center will not be accepting any donations for our Clothes Closet during summer camp season. Please do not bring any clothing donations to the FRC during the entire month of July and the first week of August.

As always, we ask that donations never be left on the porch or anywhere outside the building.

Though we will not be accepting clothing donations during camp season, our Clothes Closet will be open during regular hours until July 29, when all services will be suspended for one week during ART CAMP.



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