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June 2019

SOMETHING to CELEBRATE: Public Transportation Returns to the Ridge!

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:21 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

On May 14, the Nevada County Transportation Commission voted unanimously to reinstate service from the San Juan Ridge to the Nevada City/Grass Valley area. Beginning on Monday, July 8, Lucky Route #7 will operate three round trips a day, five days a week (Monday-Friday). Grant funding will enable the county to purchase a new hybrid transit van to service our route. Although the Ridge was once included in Nevada County’s public transportation plan, Lucky #7 is considered a new route, therefore receiving the benefits of being a pilot program. This means that operations will not depend upon the number of riders or bus fares for the first two years, during which all operating costs will be absorbed by the county. Beginning in July, 2021, transit fares collected by riders will need to amount to only 10% of operating costs, which is still a pretty good deal. We have two years to build a ridership so that we will be able to keep this hard-won service.
Nevada County Transit Manager Robin Van Valkenburgh credited community support as the determining factor for reinstatement of public transportation services to, from, and around the San Juan Ridge. “Interactions with the San Juan Ridge Action Community Team, initial petition signatures, and survey responses indicated grass roots support for service to come back. I want to thank Roo, Rhea, and Coral for pushing for the service to be reestablished. They did a ton of work and were as enthused about transit as could be. They were impressive!” We at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center echo these sentiments and extend our gratitude to all who signed petitions, completed surveys, attended meetings, wrote letters, made public statements, and remained steadfast over a long, tedious crusade for access to public transportation for our community. Now there’s only one more vitally important thing to do:


Above and at right: Gold Country Lucky #7 Bus rides in North San Juan’s Cherry Festival Parade June 1st.                               Photo credit: Coral Locatelli

For additional route & fare information, visit

or call 477.0103




Original Coloring Page Featuring the NSJ Community Center by Gem Visuals

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:15 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 3:26 PM ]

by Gem Visuals

Sierra Storytelling Festival Right Around the Corner

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:13 PM by Kristin Snell

On behalf of the North Columbia Schoolhouse

Happening at the North Columbia Schoolhouse. Visit for schedule & tickets.

Many Thanks Bombas!

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:10 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many thanks to the Bombas Giving Foundation for donating 1,000 pairs of brand new adult sized M & L socks to distribute to those in need of happier feet! Embracing a one-for-one business model, for each pair of socks sold Bombas donates a pair. By May, 2018, Bombas had already donated over 8.6 million pairs of socks to those in need.

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is very grateful to have had the good fortune to be included in their giving program, receiving enough socks to keep our community’s feet warm and cozy for quite a while. Thanks, Bombas!

Photo from the Bombas website.

FRC Not Accepting Donations to Clothes Closet in July

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:08 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.

Learn How to Process & Mill Local Wood

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:06 PM by Kristin Snell

by Chris Friedel, Yuba Watershed Institute

On July 13, the Yuba Watershed Institute will host a workshop called “Working with Local Wood: Harvesting, Handling, Processing, & Milling Local Wood to Quality Lumber.” The workshop will take place from 9:30am- 4pm at the Shady Creek Outdoor School and Event Center (18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City, CA 95959).

Milling your own lumber is more than cutting boards from a log. This workshop will cover the following topics, and more: how to select trees for quality and quantity; how to get the log to the mill, or vice versa; the best way to mill a log for different purposes; and what to do with the boards after milling in order to save your investment and preserve the board’s worth. Both conifer and hardwood species will be discussed.

The presenters at this Saturday workshop have many decades of experience dealing with local woods, which include come of the world’s premier species and some of the most difficult to dry and preserve.

Len Brackett spent five years as an apprentice in Japan learning temple building in the traditional timber framing manner and established East Wind Construction Company on the San Juan Ridge 45 years ago. The rich Japanese cultural understanding and appreciation of conifer wood is deep and fascinating.

Bob Erickson has been a furniture maker since 1969 and brings a wide-ranging knowledge of what it means to work with local hardwoods and the pitfalls of not doing it right. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and Los Angeles County Museum plus others.

Theo Killigrew des Tombe has been a timber faller for CAL FIRE and a saw mill operator since 1996. He operates a Wood-Mizer LT40 portable sawmill and will display and demonstrate its operation. In the off season he is found in Nashville’s music venues playing and singing his original songs.

Robert Beauchamp has a diverse business plan. He is an accomplished furniture maker, a California walnut sawyer and dealer and a pine cone picking contractor who has climbed many of the largest trees in the world, the giant sequoias. He harvests, mills, and sells California Claro walnut.

For more information and to register, visit Contact: Chris Friedel, Executive Director, Yuba Watershed Institute by email at 530.955.1822


Community Library Update

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:04 PM by Kristin Snell

Tip of the Month

posted Jun 13, 2019, 2:50 PM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, 40 Developmental Assets


Tip—Asset #36—Peaceful Conflict Resolution


One of the most valuable skills you can teach your children is peaceful conflict resolution, that is, settling differences with others without hitting, shouting, or using hurtful language. Difficult for all of us when we’re upset. They will need your guidance to learn how to identify and state their emotions beyond anger (vs accusations). Have practice sessions when they are not upset. Contact the FRC for classes that include steps and practice.


To learn more about the 40 Developmental Assets (Got40?),  271.5617 or



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