by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource CenterWinging their way North, the sand hill cranes have been proclaiming the arrival of a somewhat reluctant and more than welcome Spring. Migrating species are on the move, returning to their summer homes. Blooming narcissus and budding orchards beckon to hungry bees. The signs are unmistakable. Not just a prelude to summer, Spring is a season that stands on her own. Fields don’t get any greener. Birds don’t sing any sweeter. New life is rapidly emerging, bursting forth in an explosion of sounds, scents, and colors. Our old friend, The Sun, has returned, bearing his precious gifts of warmth and light. It’s okay to bask a bit. Please do stop and smell the flowers. Take long, deep breaths. Listen to life humming as Earth renews herself. Life is rejoicing and we are part of the celebration. WAKE UP! It’s Spring!
Please join us on Sunday, April 23rd, for San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s 2nd Annual EARTH DAY CELEBRATION on the beautiful Oak Tree Campus. There will be a raffle with fabulous prizes, a silent art auction, music, children’s activities, vendors, food and beverages.
If you would like to be a vendor, donate original art and/or a raffle prize, provide entertainment, or volunteer at the event, please call the FRC at 292-3174.
All proceeds from the EARTH DAY CELEBRATION will support children’s SPORTS & ART CAMPS at the FRC this summer.
by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource CenterLed by Joshua MacAran, GAMES DAY will return this Spring. A Brattleboro, Vermont native, Joshua now resides in Camptonville with his young daughter and wife Michelle, who teaches Family Yoga at our weekly Playgroup. Actively playing board games since he was ten, Joshua describes how a fun pastime has evolved into a career.
by Joshua MacAran, Educator
I'm a man who has worn many hats. I worked in grocery stores and food service for many years and found that I enjoy customer service immensely. After an adult diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome at age 26 and a gradual realization that serving bagels with a smile was not impacting the world in a way that felt meaningful, I decided that I wanted to help others learn to be social faster and with less pain than I did. I stumbled upon Epic Revolution Sacramento (a social group for Autism/spectrum teens and young adults) and have been providing a playful place to work on social competence for the last 4 years. I also developed and run a Dungeons and Dragons group as a social learning avenue.
I've been an avid gamer ever since I can remember. I played a lot of video games back in the day, but since I met my wife and had a child I've moved away from putting my energies into screen time and move more toward games with physical components and physical opponents. In my work with Epic Revolution I use circle games, sports, board games, card games, and occasionally video games to promote learning in a fun and relaxed environment.
I've also come to recognize the important connection between mind and body. I'm a trained yoga teacher and one of my missions in my work is to convince all those geeky gamer types that they'll enjoy their games (and everything else!) more and feel better if they get off the couch and run around a bit each day. I'm also passionate about helping driven overachievers relax and learn to enjoy life more. I guess you could say I'm an advocate of the middle path.
Send your kids to Games Day to let out some energy with dodgeball, tag, soccer, frisbee, and a host of other active games. We'll also provide a variety of challenging, stimulating, and fun games with an emphasis on skillsets such as word use, basic math, multi-level thinking and strategic planning, cooperation, negotiation, understanding other perspectives, deception detection, focus, and reflexes.
Although FREE, all GAMES DAY participants must be pre-registered with a permission slip and emergency medical form on file. We hope that you will be able to take advantage of this special opportunity. Participation is limited so be sure to sign up soon, as enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis. Fun is guaranteed!GAMES DAY
Who? Boys and Girls 4th Grade and up
Where? SJR Family Resource Center
When? Mondays 3:45-4:45 pm -(Start date TBA, based on enrollment numbers)
How? Call 292-3174 or drop by San Juan Ridge FRC to enroll.
by Pastor Pinkie Varner, North San Juan Community ChurchPastor Chad Varner and I have had an excellent increase in membership in this small church in The Juan. In the 2 years that we have provided community services the amount of outreach programs has grown to 18 - with something for just about everyone. In January "Operation Number 2.0 Pencil" provided school supplies to Camptonville and Grizzly Hill Schools to aid the supply closet and ease some teacher expense. Every month since November "Adopt A Soldier" has provided a US soldier stationed in Eastern Europe with toiletries and personal products in the form of a CARE package (a large flat rate box full of goodies).
If you would like to join the church of volunteers you can find them every Sunday at the North San Juan Community Center at 11:00am. Come sing with us!
by Roo Cantada, Librarian-SJR Community Library
Hours: Tue. & Thur. 11 am- 7 pm, Sat. 10 am - 4 pm
· Wi-fi and computers available for public use
· Work stations and comfortable seating
· DVDs for checkout, Book sale shelf, Periodicals, Children’s room
· Experienced staff on hand
· An ever-evolving collection of wonders
There’s always something happening at the Library…
As we put another fundraiser behind us we'd like to thank all the folks who contributed to this wonderful event. The "February Folk Feast" was an impeccable evening with high quality food, beer and of course, the famous Joe Craven. For those that missed this wonderful evening, be assured that we will have more events at the beautiful Shady Creek venue. I would like to personally thank all the volunteers of the library, it's board, and of course our patrons: Board members Shannon Cueva, Julie Childs, and Jessica Randolph, volunteers Bethany, Mike and Garth, Ol' Republic Brewery, KVMR, the Ridge Cafe, Mother Truckers, bands Bodacious with Syd and Antar, and of course the amazing Joe Craven and Bruce Macmillian. James Heyser provided sound and Manny and Doug helped with entertainment and decorations. Special thanks to the folks that bought tickets!
As for current news, the weather has brought in so many visitors this past month and we are issuing more cards than ever, up to over 660! With an extensive book and DVD collection( over 10,000 items!) , we are quickly becoming a great place to whittle away hours or stock up on entertainment for the next storm. We are still waiting for news from Nevada County Library in regards to Measure A funding and what it means for the Ridge. In the meantime, the County Library has been conducting a series of surveys to assess library needs. Thanks if you already filled one out, if not go to the library's link on www.mynevadacounty.com and comment if you feel compelled.
In other news, we are looking forward to some author visits in the next few months including favorite schoolteacher Ken Harris, illustrious artist Randi Griffiths, Hilary Smith, a new local YA author and maybe some others. The mural on our building is nearing completion and looks amazing. Grace Mack, the artist, we love you and are so grateful for the color you bring to the park and the library. Keep up the good work! Thanks again to all the wonderful staff that keeps the library going on a day to day basis, Mary Moore, Ruth, Laura Savage, Julie Childs, Shannon Cueva, the tapestry ladies, and all the wonderful patrons. You really make it happen at your library!
by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource CenterSan Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s Tuesday morning Playgroup now starts one half hour earlier for those who would like to participate in a family yoga class. Led by Michelle Kizner and her two year old daughter, Camilla, “Flow and Grow Family Yoga” is geared towards levels and ages of participants. Parents and kids connect by practicing together in a fun, easygoing environment. Our fun thirty minute class includes calming breathing techniques, asanas (poses), and songs and games to engage the “littles.” After yoga, Playgroup activities continue from 10 am until noon. For info, please call 292.3174.
What? Flow & Grow Family Yoga for children 0-5, their parents & caregivers
Where? San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center
When? Tuesday mornings 9:30 -10 am
by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center
From now through April 10, AARP is providing FREE tax help at the First Baptist Church on Ridge Road in Grass Valley. Available to all, volunteers are available to work with taxpayers on Mondays from 9:00am until 3:00 pm. To make an appointment, learn what documents are necessary, or get further information on this excellent free service, dial 211.
Community Legal Empowerment Monthly Clinics on the Ridge
FREE legal advice and referrals from lawyers. Donations welcome.
You must make an appointment to be seen. Please contact Community Legal at 265.3425 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
This clinic is staffed by volunteers, and is not affiliated with PARTNERS Family Resource Centers, Twin Ridges Elementary School District, or Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.