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March 2020

Gaden Shartse Tibetan Buddhist Monks Return to the Ridge

posted Mar 4, 2020, 3:41 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Mar 9, 2020, 4:39 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Editor's note:

Post-publication, we learned that the Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse monastery regrettably CANCELLED their visit to our area, including the events scheduled for March 24th on the Ridge, due to concerns related to the spread of coronavirus.  

Tashi Delak!

On Tuesday, March 24, the San Juan Ridge will be visited by a small group of Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery in India. The monks’ first stop will be Grizzly Hill School. Arriving shortly after the students have eaten their breakfast, the monks will share a cultural presentation with the entire school. The school-wide presentation will be followed by hands-on arts activities with smaller groups of students. The monks will then share a lunch with the students before continuing on to their next stop, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center.

Expected to arrive around 1:00 or 1:30, the little band of monks will spend several hours at the FRC. Providing plenty of materials for coloring paper mandalas and molding butter sculptures, the monks will share their culture by making art with children of all ages, as well as answering any questions guests may have. Tea and light refreshments will be served. The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is very happy to welcome visitors of all ages to meet the monks and encourages one and all to drop by and take advantage of this very special experience.

The monks last stop of the day will be at the North San Juan Community Center where they will perform a Medicine Buddha Healing for the People and Land of the San Juan Ridge. “Menla (Medicine Buddha) is the embodiment of the power of healing of all the Buddhas. For millennia our ancestors have been aware of the effect of spiritual practice upon healing. The Medicine Buddha ritual can transform negative conditions into positive conditions such as eliminating negative forces, increasing positive forces, long life, healing, protection, transformation of forces in the environment. One does not have to convert to Buddhism to take part in this ritual. Nor will one be asked to convert to Buddhism. One just has to believe something will happen. Or one can just accept it as a blessing.” Although a suggested donation is $10 to $20 per person, no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds. All are welcome! Doors open at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7 pm. For more info on the Medicine Buddha Healing, call Heidi at 530.687.2662.

Many thanks to Heidi Starr, Joseph Guida, and Sierra Friends of Tibet for providing this golden opportunity to the people of the San Juan Ridge. For more info on the Gaden Shartse Monks’ Tour or Sierra Friends of Tibet email or check out their excellent website,

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

                                      His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet



Gold Country Stage Number Seven Route Schedule Change

posted Mar 4, 2020, 3:39 PM by Kristin Snell

FREE Tax Aid

posted Mar 4, 2020, 3:36 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

It’s that time again. Birds are busily building their nests; mammals are bearing their young; and Americans are doing their taxes. Tax laws often change from year to year. Tax forms can be challenging, and help with tax preparation can be costly. For years, AARP has provided an excellent tax preparation service to our community, FREE of charge. To make an appointment to have your taxes prepared just call 211. April 15th will be here before you know it so get your taxes done now!


Save the Dates!

posted Mar 4, 2020, 3:36 PM by Kristin Snell


Junior Sports Camp                         

Ages 5-7 ::: July 6-10    


Intermediate Sports Camp             

Ages 8-10 ::: July 13-17    


Senior Sports Camp                       

Ages 11-14 ::: July 20-24

Art Camp                                      

1st-8th graders ::: July 27-31


Earth Day at Oak Tree

posted Mar 4, 2020, 3:34 PM by Kristin Snell

Community Library Update

posted Mar 4, 2020, 3:33 PM by Kristin Snell

by Mary Moore, San Juan Ridge Community Library

It seems like every month we have some exciting news to share! This month we are proud to announce THE ANNEX, a community space that will be utilized by the library for programs, events, classes, overflow internet space and more! The old modular office building that sits behind the library and next to Head Start has been only used for storage due to its extreme disrepair. In the next year, we will demolish the old building and replace it almost entirely, to include a foundation and a lovely view of the pond.  We have partnered with Oak Tree Park and Recreation District as well as the Nevada County Friends of the Library to fund this significant improvement! We will be seeking volunteers for the demolition of old building as well as contractors to help with renovation. We also are seeking materials such as flooring, windows, lumber, roofing, etc. Since the space is roughly 500 sq ft, the amount of materials will be minimal. The space will be open, without interior walls, to maximize the usability of the space to its fullest extent.

Seed Swap March 14th 12-3pm

Come check out our new SEED LIBRARY and participate in our first ever Seed Swap! The concept of a seed library is simple: bring in your seeds, catalog them (flower or veggie) and take home others to grow. Once you grow them, bring them back and replace and share. You don’t need to bring seeds to participate, only a willingness to try! Thanks to Ruby Turple and Honey Circle Farms for her help in getting this off the ground (pun intended!)

1st Annual FUNdraiser: Dance for the Library feat. Achilles Wheel Trio/ Sat, April 4th 6-11pm

Boogie for Books! Dance for Library! Show your love of this amazing resource by coming out to SHADY CREEK OUTDOOR SCHOOL on April 4th for a DANCE PARTY!  We are happy to include tapas and treats with your ticket purchase, and you will be able to buy beer and wine. Hosted by the lovely Shady Creek, it promises to be a spectacular evening full of fun and festivities. We are hoping to raise fund for our new building as well as upcoming programs. Mark your calendar and dust off those dancin’ shoes!



Every THURSDAY: Get ME outta here: Program for TEENs 4:30pm-6pm

Every SATURDAY: S.T.E.A.M. Activities for kids( ages 3-13) 2:30pm-4pm

Monday, MARCH 23rd : PRESCHOOL Story hour (This month’s theme: SHEEP!)

Sunday March 15th KITE DAY 1-2:30: bring your Kite and play on the field!  

TAPESTRY PROJECT: All skill levels welcome to come stitch a bit of Ridge history. Tuesday 1-3, Thursday 10-1.


Gold Country Soccer on the Ridge

posted Mar 4, 2020, 3:32 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Mar 4, 2020, 4:05 PM ]

Submitted by Heidi Ryan

If there are enough kids registered for specific age groups, we can have Gold Country Soccer teams out here, which means practices on the Ridge and only one trip to town on Saturdays for games. I am definitely interested in coaching an Under 6 Team (kids born in 2015 and 2016), so I am starting to tell parents and generate interest. Season requirements (that I am aware of) are practices a couple days a week starting in August and Saturday games beginning in September, for a total of 10 games. Registration for Gold Country Soccer begins May 1st. Cost is $120 per child, which includes a jersey, shorts, and socks. Kids need to have soccer cleats and shin guards.

Gold Country soccer does offer some grants to players and I can get more info on that. Here is the link to their website If you have a young soccer player born in 2015 and 2016, please call me, Heidi Ryan at 559.1045.


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