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June 2015

Here Comes Summer

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:19 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Can it really be June already? Birds are leaving their nests; branches are heavily laden with the promise of summer fruits; and the Yuba is once again a refreshing refuge to weary pilgrims.  Games Days, after-school and preschool visual and performing arts classes, and Young Artists’ Showcases have entered the realm of memory as the Family Resource Center prepares for a busy, fun-filled summer.

June brings the 2nd annual COMMUNITY WORK DAY at the FRC.  A new three day TECH CAMP for young adults, mentored by Lisa Rowe, will immediately follow WORK DAY, taking us into July. July ushers in our much anticipated SPORTS CAMP with its founder, Heidi Herm Ryan. Now in its sixth year, SPORTS CAMP will provide three weeks of summer fun for children 5-15 years old. For details on COMMUNITY WORK DAY, TECH CAMP, and SPORTS CAMPS, as well as how you can support the San Juan Ridge Community Library and the FRC by donating your old vehicles, please check the pages of Ridge Connections. 

Have a happy, healthy summer and PLEASE be careful with fire!

Please note:

We will be CLOSED

Monday, June 22nd for a staff development day &

Monday, June 29th for our Work Party




Plug In To Tech Camp

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:17 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center invites young adults ages 11 and up to plug in to our first ever Tech Camp.  Campers will practice skills on common devices, learn about safe and appropriate ways to explore the digital world and enjoy the camaraderie of peers at this unique three-day summer camp.  Lisa Rowe, Instructor, will guide campers in group and individuals tech projects.  Participants will also get a chance to try out some traditional (read: non-electronic!) summer camp interactive games. 

Tech Camp will be held Tuesday, June 30th-Thursday, July 2nd from 9am-2pm at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center.

Activities are designed to be student-driven so that they can be matched to the skill level of the individual campers.  Beginners are welcome. 

The fee for Tech Camp is $30/camper.  Lunch and snack are not provided.

During camp, electronic devices will be used for directed activities, not for personal entertainment or games.  Campers are encouraged to bring personal electronic devices that can access an internet browser: tablets, smart phones, laptops (no Kindle Fires).

Would you like to be a Co-Teacher? 

We are seeking two tech savvy 14-18 year olds who are experienced with more than one type of device, want to share their knowledge with others, and would like job experience to build a resume.  Camp fees will be waived for co-teachers. 

Call 292.3174 with any questions, to enroll or to inquire about becoming a co-teacher.



Sports Camp Returns!

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:16 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Now in its 6th year, FRC’s SPORTS CAMP 2015 offers girls and boys the opportunity to sharpen their skills, build and strengthen friendships, play, and have summer fun on the beautiful Oak Tree Campus. This year, SPORTS CAMP founder Heidi Herm Ryan will be the camp’s leader and coach. Born and raised on the San Juan Ridge, Heidi is a life-long athlete who loves sharing her passion for sports with our community’s children. She enthused, “It’ll be good being back, getting out there, and having some fun with the kids!”  

SPORTS CAMPS fill up fast. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. If your young athlete wants to participate, we advise that you drop by to fill out enrollment forms and make the $30 camp donation as soon as possible.  All campers are expected to be pre-paid and pre-enrolled. SPORTS CAMP schedules are as follows:

JUNIOR SPORTS CAMP for ages 5-7……………………..JULY 6-10~9:30am-12:30pm

INTERMEDIATE SPORTS CAMP for ages 8-10………. JULY 13-17~9:30-2:30pm

SENIOR SPORTS CAMP for ages 11-15…………….……JULY 20-24~9:30am-2:30pm

All campers will need to bring a snack, wear cool, comfortable clothing, have sunscreen if needed, and arrive ready to play. Intermediate and senior campers need to bring a lunch, as well. Hydration is a must; so we will have plenty of cool, fresh water available to fill cups and water bottles throughout the day. For more info, please call 292-3174. To enroll, drop by the Family Resource Center. We are looking forward to another great SPORTS CAMP filled with fun!


Family Resource Center to Host Work Day

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:12 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Almost daily someone drops by the Family Resource Center to ask if help is needed. Although we often could use a little help and really appreciate the generosity of our friends and neighbors, we’re not always prepared to take volunteers up on their offers of service. Well, that’s going to change. We are designating JUNE 29, 2015 as our second annual FRC COMMUNITY WORK DAY. From 10 am to 3 pm, we intend to tackle jobs such as cleaning, weed eating, roadside trash removal, and general maintenance tasks. Anyone interested in donating some time and energy to assist us is welcome! A light lunch will be provided, so we need to plan ahead as much as possible. We also need to be sure that we have plenty of tools so please call us at 292-3174 or come by the FRC if you want to volunteer.


Many Heartfelt Thanks for Games Day

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:11 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

On behalf of the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center and those who attended Games Day, we wish to express our gratitude to Games Day Coordinator Linda Campbell and Volunteer Assistant Keith Malley.  Throughout the spring months, Wednesday afternoons on the Oak Tree Campus filled with the sounds of laughter and fun as Games Day provided space for young people to gather and play. Linda, thank you so very much for going far above and beyond, providing the children with tasty treats, wonderful activities and keepsakes to treasure.  THANK YOU KEITH & LINDA!  We appreciate all that you brought to share at Games Day.



Be Our Date!

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:10 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kristen McGrew, PARTNERS Family Resource Center

Join the staff, board, and friends of the Family Resource Centers at Matteo’s Public on Wednesday, June 24th between 5pm and 9pm for a delicious dinner and 15% of your bill will go to support the work we do with families in Nevada County. Dine in or take out, it all counts! Reservations are recommended.

For more information on the FRCs please visit our website at

Hope to see you there!


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:09 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 hrs.

· Wi-fi and computers available for public use

· Work stations and comfortable seating

· Book sale shelf, DVD’s for checkout, periodicals, children’s room

· Experienced staff on hand

· An ever-evolving collection of wonders to listen to, read, and watch.

Happily we received our 79 brand new children’s books, donated to us through a grant from the Libri Foundation out of Eugene, OR (pictured at right). The SJR Community Library is so grateful to the Libri Foundation for doing the work they do, which is supporting small rural libraries like ours by donating new, quality, children’s books for the purpose of developing a love of reading at an early age. It has been shown that this love, if developed, will last a lifetime.

Here are some ideas to encourage this love to read;

·  Make time to read, an hour a day. Visit the library once a week.

·  Parents, read the books your children are reading. This will stimulate discussions.

· When kids see their parents reading, they will become readers also.

· Magazines and newspapers are fun for reading as well.

· Come check out some of our many audio books for your car trips!

Thanks to Diana Pasquini for setting up the new car donation program described elsewhere in this newsletter! We are excited about this additional source of funding.

We will be announcing information about our summer reading program soon. Look out for your community library in the Cherry Festival parade!

The Tapestry Project is ongoing Tue 1pm-3pm and Thu 10am-12pm. New stitchers are welcomed, no experience necessary!


North San Juan’s 120th Annual Cherry Festival & Parade

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:07 PM by Kristin Snell

Upcoming at the North Columbia Schoolhouse

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:06 PM by Kristin Snell

by Belle Star, Executive Director-North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

Gamelan Sekar Jaya | Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sekar Jaya’s gong kebyar, angklung, gender wayang and dancers present a blissful evening of new and traditional gamelan works. Enjoy the celestial sonorities of gamelan as they are cradled in the arms of Nevada City’s tall pines.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a sixty-five member company of musicians and dancers based in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in the performing arts of Bali, Indonesia, returns to the lovely outdoor amphitheater at North Columbia School House Cultural Center, nestled in the San Juan Valley just 20 minutes from Nevada City. Led by master artists I Made Arnawa and Emiko Saraswati Susilo, Sekar Jaya’s performance will include traditional and newly created works on three distinct gamelan ensembles: the vibrant five-tone gong kebyar; the sweetly shimmering four-tone gamelan angklung; and the delicate and virtuosic gendér wayang quartet. They will be joined by Sekar Jaya’s Balinese dance ensemble. The performance will unfold under dappled pinks and oranges of the sunset, framed by the towering pines that surround the amphitheater. The audience is welcomed to lay out a blanket, or move freely to take in the performance from multiple perspectives, and enjoy the complex interlocking rhythms and virtuosic ensemble sensibility of Balinese music and dance. 





Young Artists Strut Their Stuff

posted Jun 2, 2015, 1:03 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Thanks to all the young artists, their teachers, families and friends who so enthusiastically participated in our Dancers’ and Young Artists’ Showcases. Modern and creative dancers, classical violinists, and “International Celebrity” models performed to appreciative and supportive audiences in an Oak Tree Lodge that was decorated by the works of young sculptors, painters, and textile artists. We owe a special THANK YOU to teaching artists, Richard Stone, Tara McArthur, Jenny Travers, and Mariana Worden for helping to enrich the lives of our young artists and community.


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