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March 2018

In Like a Lion

posted Mar 6, 2018, 2:03 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 2:04 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Just when it seemed as if Autumn was seamlessly merging into Spring, March arrived, aroar with whipping winds and torrential downpours. Warm and dry throughout most of this year’s gentle winter months, the foothills were shrouded in a snowy blanket of fleeting stillness. Daffodils that impetuously bloomed in January bowed deeply as March reminded them that it wasn’t Spring yet. Enriched and enlivened by the blessings of late-winter storms, Spring is on her way. A season who loves to make a big entrance, she will arrive gloriously. Heralded by an avian fanfare, she’ll dance in upon a soft green carpet, trailing a sparkling wake of rejuvenation and renewal. Our world is abuzz, preparing to burst from its wintry cocoon. Get ready. Here comes Spring!

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is energetically buzzing with preparations for three BIG events this Spring. The evening of March 24, “A Night Under the Old Oak Tree,” (see page 2) will bring an eclectic variety show, with entertainment by musicians, singers and dancers, accented by the latest fashions created and modeled by Haute Trash. “A Night Under the Old Oak Tree,” created and produced by our very good friends Jeffrey Dupra and Marissa Hernandez, is a fundraiser for children’s activities at the FRC. We are thrilled to be honored as the recipient of such a loving and spectacular gift to our community’s children!

We are eagerly anticipating an evening of fun and frolic with our friends and neighbors “Under the Old Oak Tree” on March 24, then teaming up with the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association to present CANDIDATES NIGHT in the Oak Tree Lodge on April 19. Our 3rd annual EARTH DAY CELEBRATION on April 22 will be the grand finale of our this Spring’s events. We invite you to join us for all three. March may have come in like a lion, but she is most certainly not going out like a lamb!


"A Night Under the Old Oak Tree"

posted Mar 6, 2018, 2:02 PM by Kristin Snell

The Changing Face of North San Juan

posted Mar 6, 2018, 2:00 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Of the many California Gold Rush settlements on the San Juan Ridge, North San Juan has survived as the last functioning town site. “Small but mighty,” she has withstood the ravages of time and continues to provide an assortment of goods and services for those who live in our densely forested, sparsely populated foothill community. Slowly but surely, the face of North San Juan is being changed by local entrepreneurs who have seized upon the opportunity to fill a community need, often providing jobs for others. This article is one of a series that showcases the people and businesses that are changing the face of North San Juan.

Bigleys Market:

Meet  Abby Carnevale

Bigleys Market and Tavern have been operating continuously since being founded by the Bigley Family in the 1970’s. The partnership of Abby Carnevale, Mike Green, and Autumn Gross assumed operation of  Bigley’s Market and Tavern on November 1, 2016.  The focus of this article is primarily on the market; and a future article will focus on the tavern.

Abby Carnevale moved to the San Juan Ridge when she was only one year old. She attended Oak Tree, Grizzly Hill and Nevada Union High School. Like many “Ridge Kids,” Abby left the area for a while then returned to her family’s homestead and began farming. “I’d been farming for the last five years and I was getting tired of doing such hard manual labor.  My business partner, Autumn, approached me when she discovered this place (Bigley’s) was for sale and we decided to go into this venture together. I’ve always had the daydream of having a little sandwich shop. We have a full service deli with amazing sandwiches, deli salads, homemade soups and baked goods. Our paninis, club sandwiches, and blts are very popular. We also make our own condiments. We have breakfast items and ice cream. We make milkshakes, sundaes, banana splits, and cones. The market sells grocery items, fresh meats, vegetables, dairy products, and local eggs. We have a large selection of craft beers, as well as wines, saki, and soft drinks available for purchase.  We also sell automotive and cleaning supplies; and we sell a lot of ice in the summer.”

“There’s been a strong desire expressed for more places to eat out on the Ridge. We’ve started serving dinners on Fridays from 4 to 7 pm. Because we are right downtown this place has the potential to be a fun spot for people to gather. I want to see progress in the downtown scene. North San Juan is a little rough sometimes. I’d like to see a shift to a safer and more positive community. I love this community!”

Open 7 days a week, Bigleys Market is located at 29336 Hwy. 49, N. San Juan is open 11am-7pm, soon changing to 9am-9pm. For more info call  292-3443.



Great Things Happening at Grizzly Hill!

posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:59 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 2:05 PM ]

by Roo Cantada, Grizzly Hill School Librarian and Parent

It has been an exciting month at Grizzly Hill School, especially for our Middle Schoolers! I have been working with a great group of students for Student Council and we all agreed that there needs to be more activities for teens at our school. Student Council has participated in the Halloween Carnival, bookfairs, and has also put on 2 school dances. Our most recent dance, our Winter Dance was held on Feb 9th, and was fabulous. Everyone had a fun time dancing, running around and eating pizza. We had the most amazing decorations, thanks to Kelsey Faery, and lots of set up help thanks to Fox Firemaker and Katrina Kersey. Diana Pasquini was the perfect hostess and helped us make it a spectacular night for everyone! Special thanks to BriarPatch and Margaret Campbell for providing snacks and Mama's Pizzeria for pizzas. Grizzly Hill PTC helped us out as well with decorations and waters! Great Job everyone! Student Council members: Ireland  Brown, Bryce Kersey, Bijoux Berardi. Cody Delre', Joseph Wersel, Patti Emmerton, Sienna Goodman and Ryah Souverville. Thanks kids for putting on a wonderful school event. For the future, other schools are welcome at our dances as long as you're in middle school!

Also happening at Grizzly Hill is "Dream a Difference." Grizzly Hill was chosen as the ONLY school in the entire United States to participate in this program. "Dream a Difference” began in 2016 as a poetry project connecting small schools in the United Kingdom with others in Jordan, Palestine, Malaysia, and Zimbabwe, though now it set to expand.  This program, sponsored by Nevada County Arts Council, will "help raise awareness for social justice issues and promote peace." Our students will gain valuable perspective on world issues and will be able to share their experiences living in rural Northern California. We are very excited by this program which will be featured at this years NCAC's Poetry Festival on April 28th at Sierra College. 

Grizzly Hill Middle Schoolers made their way out to the community to lend a hand PLANTING FRUIT TREES in partnership with Common Vision and the Stonehouse of Nevada City. I reached out to Michael Flynn of  Common Vision in an effort to engage our students in areas of local ecology and food production. He was ecstatic to welcome 24 students to help plant trees for an ongoing food farm that will supply the local restaurant in it's Farm to Table fare. Kids had a blast and are begging to go back and plant more. In that vein, John Ro, owner of Stonehouse donated over 30 trees, as a thank you, to be planted by Grizzly Hill School's garden club and elective. Way to go, kids!

If you'd like to get involved at Grizzly Hill School, please call Roo Cantada 798.3355 or Principal James Berardi at 265.9052 x207


Volunteer at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park!

posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:57 PM by Kristin Snell

SJR Action Community Team….It’s Just a Beginning

posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:56 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 2:06 PM ]

by Roo Cantada, SJR Action Community Team Member

We are excited to announce the formation of the SJR Community Action Team or SJR ACT, a group dedicated to solving Ridge issues and addressing community concerns by partnering with the agencies that are best suited to assist, giving them some additional on-the-ground local contacts, and information sharing in hopes of further supporting our FRC. The SJR ACT is currently comprised of concerned community members, and principals of Ridge non-profits, business owners, and service agencies. Six meetings have been held beginning mid-fall and the wheels have been set in motion. The meetings have been two-fold; one town-hall style workshop where everyone present has a forum to speak, and one with just the heads of organizations where we address the concerns brought to our attention at the town hall. Many issues have been discussed and listed out for all to see at consecutive meetings. After studying the daunting list, citizens prioritized three issues to start:  1. Homelessness; 2. Public Transportation; 3. Substance Abuse. Members of SJR ACT formed sub-committees and began to make plans.

The Homelessness Sub-committee, headed up by Tom Hobbs, has been making lots of connections and working on bringing the county up to date on our needs in this area. Tom has also reached out to staff at Hospitality House and Sierra Roots as well as Jeffrey Dupra at County and came up some interesting ideas, including a ridge homeless shelter or free housing. Jeffrey visits NSJ at least monthly during Food Bank distribution (your easy opportunity to get to know him). “Building Bridges” a Nevada County Homeless program established this past year has expressed a desire to meet with Tom and his sub-committee.  We will keep you posted! In the meantime – if you have a need - Nevada County's “Coordinated Entry System” launched on January 23rd, 2018. People experiencing homelessness can call 2-1-1 to be placed on a centralized list assisting the most vulnerable individuals and families as housing resources become available.

The Transportation Sub-committee, headed up by Roo Cantada, met with Transportation Commissioner Tricia Tillerson, Transit Manager Robin VanValkenburg and Dan Landon, Executive Director of the NC Transportation Commission. The tone of the meeting was hopeful and we asked a lot of questions.  Our focus is re-establishing a daily route to NC/GV area and finding a way to have a local route as well.

Pat Leach, a NSJ Fire Board member, has been instrumental in facilitating all the meetings as well as interfacing with the County. She organized a meeting with our current Supervisor Hank Weston and potential incoming Supervisor, Sue Hoek in January with 19 local business and service organizations and continues inform us on local issues impacting our community such as a grant for a targeted substance abuse program being sought by GVPD, in partnership with Dignity Health, CoRR and Western Sierra Medical Clinic for the 95945 and 95960 areas. We are confident that SJR ACT will get things done and hope you join us on this journey!  The SJR ACT meets monthly (mostly) and our meetings are all inclusive. Our next meeting is slated for end of March. Find us on FaceBook or contact Pat Leach at or Roo Cantada at for more information.

Schedule Your Free Tax Assistance Appointment

posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:56 PM by Kristin Snell

From PARTNERS Family Resource Center-Penn Valley newsletter

Need some help filing your taxes this year? The AARP Tax Aide volunteers are gearing up to provide preparation services and electronic filing of both Federal and California tax returns for folks with low and middle income.

This service is free for Nevada County residents of all ages.

If you bought health insurance through Covered California and received Premium Tax Credits, you must file a return. Let AARP help! The Tax Aide group can handle most common personal tax returns, including those that have salary, interest, dividends, itemized deductions, pension, IRA withdrawals, capital gains, or stock transactions.

Tax appointments are available every Monday between February 5th and April 9th. Appointments are required. To schedule your appointment, call 211 (just dial 2-1-1 or 877.847.0488) and press 4.


San Juan Ridge Community Library News

posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:55 PM by Kristin Snell

by Mary Moore, San Juan Ridge Community Library

TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4

Preschool Storytime Mondays at 11-11:30 am—call for details 

Phone: 292.3008 Email:

Location: Next to Head Start, Behind the Ball Field on Oak Tree in North San Juan

Local Art explodes at the Library!

The picture you are not seeing is a dreary black and white version of our gorgeous colorful mosaic floor at the library entrance.  Garth Melendez donated over two weeks of talent and labor to create this mountain scene, all made from broken tile! We also enjoy paintings by Randy Griffis (a scene of old N. San Juan and a magical tree), Karen Hinrichs (a loving dragon), William Crosby (three geometric abstracts-he has a better name for them), and Roo Cantada (a jolly elephant, and a local bear).  There are five photographs by Dickran Knoble, including a silly one of the library staff. William Wright donated a bronze statue of a gold panner, who is bookending our local history section where we are rotating copies of old maps donated by UC Davis. Most interesting is a four-foot pirate goat made years ago by the local Head Start children.  Sometimes, I hang one of my small quilts if it fits into a theme in the childrens’ room.  The art couples so well with the literature and wood!  Thanks to all who contribute to beautifying our space.

We don’t really have a lot of wall space…but if you would have something that is no higher than 15 inches to go above the bookshelves that you would like to share with the community, let’s talk.  We can’t handle sales, but would be happy to give a prospective buyer your information, after you sign a release for liability.

If you are interested in Arts of all kinds, we have books on everything from drawing with children, folk art, fiber arts, art history, modern art, movie history, and architecture.  We still have a little winter left to stay indoors reading and learning to craft something special. And if you make it by, make sure to glimpse at the walls while you peruse for the perfect book!


Third Annual Earth Day at Oak Tree Celebration Set for Sunday, April 22nd

posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:54 PM by Kristin Snell

Save the Date! 3rd Annual Earth Day at Oak Tree to Be Held

Sunday, April 22nd









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