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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!