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May 2016


posted May 5, 2016, 4:28 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”                                                                                       Edwin Way Teale

Mmmm…..take a breath of that fresh spring air! Wiggle your toes in lush green grass and clover. Heed the buzzing bees as they remind you to savor the sweetness of flowers. Soon the transition from winter to summer will be complete. Time to get those roofs swept and gardens planted. Summer will be here in the blink of an eye. So get ready!

Our Family Resource Center is busily preparing for summer by packing away warm winter coats and sweaters and filling clothes closet shelves with shorts, tees, and sundresses. We are also planning this year’s children’s summer camps. Now in its 7th year, our popular SPORTS CAMP will return to the Oak Tree Campus for three weeks this July, followed by ART CAMP during the first week of August. Formerly hosted by North Columbia Schoolhouse, ART CAMP has moved to the Oak Tree Campus and will continue to provide high quality arts experiences for our community’s children. For more info on SPORTS CAMP, ARTS CAMP, or any of our services please call 292-3174. And be sure to enjoy this beautiful Spring while it lasts.


Save the Dates - Summer Camps 2016

posted May 5, 2016, 4:26 PM by Kristin Snell

Summer Camps at the Resource Center

Save the Dates!



sports camp

Session one: july 11-14, ages 5-7

Session two: July 18-21, ages 8-10

Session three: july 25-28, ages 11+




August 1-5  

For ages 5-12


Please call 292.3174 for more information.


With a LOT of Help from our Friends

posted May 5, 2016, 4:22 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

April’s EARTH DAY CELEBRATION was unforgettable. From the moment Ireland Brown raised our beautiful new Earth flag to the last beat of Hard Hattie’s driving rhythms, the day was more than special. It was extraordinary! EARTH DAY profits exceeded $3,300, all of which will help to support this year’s summer camps for kids. More importantly, the event yielded Happiness. Throughout the day and into the night, people smiled, laughed, danced, played, and enjoyed being alive and together. We are grateful to the following singers, musicians, artists, “international celebrity” models, merchants, bakers, volunteers and organizations for their generous help in making our EARTH DAY CELEBRATION happen:        

Ananda Living Wisdom School, Cathy & Link Adair, Loren Avery, Tal Benrud, Pascale Berardi, The Bookseller, Briar Patch, Ireland Brown, Burdett-Corsi Family, California    Organics, Roo Cantada, Julie Childs, Eric Clausen, Soli Crawford, Debbie Dean, Rachelle Devlin, Mia Dolinger, Double Oak Winery, Daniel Edlefsen, Peter Elias, Future Generations, Sienna & Sophia Goodman, Melanya Gonshorowski, Randy Griffis, Sol & Nancy Henson, Hansen Brothers Enterprises, Ariel Hooker, Huimeahoomaka, Hilary Hulteen, Don Jacobson, Catherine Janicke, Mollie Joachim, Samrat Kakken, Jordan Kim, Jesse &  Levi Krautkramer, Laughter Medicine, Pat Leach, Marya Lehman, Rose Leuty, Nancy Lorenz, Amrita Love, Marin Headlands Hostel, McNeeley’s Nursery, Master’s Market, Melissa Mercier, Blaine Michoika, Manda Miel, Mother Truckers, Susan Muth, Mr.Natural, Neena McNair Family Singers, Katherine McWeeney, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Gaston Normand, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, North San Juan Fire, Plaza Jalisco Grill, John Renoir, Linda Richey, Heidi Ryan, Marc Ryan, Ridge Café, Ruckrich Family Band, San Juan Ridge     Community Library, Dora Scott,    Penny St. Claire, Shady Creek  Outdoor School, Shakina & Friends, George Schroder, Sam Schroder, Sierra Cinemas, Sierra Super Stop, Simply Country, S.O.A.P.,                SPD  Markets, Esther Starr, Sweetland Garden Mercantile, Three Forks     Bakery & Brewing Company, Nish Tulley, Twin Ridges Elementary School District, Rachel Umphress, Renee Wade, Weiss Brothers Nursery, Wild Birds Unlimited, Nick Wilson, Catie Winters, Wooden Spoon, Ava Woodward

And to all who gathered on the Oak Tree Campus for EARTH DAY.

It’s YOU who made it a celebration, and what a celebration it was!


 Photo captions: 

Above, left: Marya Lehman with rescued turkey vulture from Shady Creek Outdoor School.

Above, right: Huimeahoomaka perform Hawaiian string music.










The 55th Annual Scotch Broom Breakfast: Celebrate Mother’s Day by Supporting Your Local Firefighters!

posted May 5, 2016, 4:19 PM by Kristin Snell

by Marilyn Mociun, NSJ Fire Auxiliary

Although the scotch broom started blooming early this year, our annual Scotch Broom Breakfast will be held on the same day as always: Mother’s Day!

On Sunday, May 8th, from 8 am to noon, at the North San Juan Fire Community Hall on Reservoir St., the NSJ Fire Auxiliary invites all our neighbors – near and far— to attend its main fundraiser of the year: an all-you-can-eat pancake (gluten-free will be available, too), eggs and ham breakfast; grand plant sale, and raffle of special prizes that run the gamut from movie passes to a truckload of gravel; from gardening tools to a basket of chocolate delights.

Suggested donation for the breakfast is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and under. All proceeds will be used to support our brave volunteer firefighters.

For more information visit or call the District Office at 292.9159.

Photo caption: This year’s grand prize of the Scotch Broom Breakfast raffle-- a full-size quilt, designed by the talented and generous artist, Mary Moore, and finished by Precision Quiltworks.


Otto Grado Madare, Grizzly Hill Eighth Grade Send Off

posted May 5, 2016, 4:17 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated May 5, 2016, 4:17 PM ]

May 14th, 2016  5-8 pm

Dinner, Music, Desserts, Gelato and a Silent Auction

Grizzly Hill School Gym

1661 Old Mill Road, Nevada City 95959


“8th Grade Send Off” is coming this spring, May 14th. 

The students have elected to do an Italian theme event, thus the Italian name! 

We will have music, an Italian themed drink stand with coffees and Italian soda, a traditional Italian feast, desserts and silent auction. 

Our students are working hard to create a grand event. 

Please consider donating to our silent auction and supporting our community and school.



121st North San Juan Cherry Festival & Parade

posted May 5, 2016, 4:14 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kimi Barnes

History in the making every year!

The 121st North San Juan Cherry Festival & Parade is an annual family event held in downtown North San Juan, California.

June 25th at 10 am the festivities begin with the downtown parade in North San Juan. This historic family event is free to attend, handicap accessible and just plain fun!

The North San Juan Cherry Festival & Parade is a cumulative effort of the community of North San Juan as well as a collective love for the area. “It's a great deal of work!” says Ana Acton, President of the Board of Directors for the North San Juan Community Center. She continues, “We have to all pull together and help. This is a strong community and we are going to have a great Cherry Festival!” This year the Cherry Festival not only includes the historic parade, but also food for purchase from 11am to 3pm, pie eating contest, water balloons, face painting, a cake walk, live entertainment from noon to 4pm featuring  Dennis Jones as a special guest and loads of free things for kids! You can even get married at the Cherry Festival or Parade for free on June 25th!

About The 121st North San Juan Cherry Festival

More and more people visit the North San Juan Cherry Festival & Parade every year. Every year we strive to make it a safe environment for families to keep coming back for. Old fashioned home town fun! Visit us to learn more at this web address or call Kimi for vending (530) 478-1292.


The Month of May: Older Americans Month

posted May 5, 2016, 4:12 PM by Kristin Snell

From the CEO of Nevada County’s Friday memo

May is a month of fresh beginnings. Perennials bloom once again, blazing a trail of bright color. May is also when we celebrate Older American's Month (OAM), acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation. The 2016 OAM theme is Blaze a Trail. Nevada County Adult Services will use this opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. We are hosting an educational event, in collaboration with the CA Department of Business Oversight, on May 13th to tackle the topic of frauds, scams and the best ways to protect personal and financial information.


When:  May 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Where:  The Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959

Be a trailblazer! Join us in promoting activities, inclusion, and wellness for older Americans in your community!

Visit our website or Facebook page to learn more about Adult Service Programs.

Call Tamaran Cook with any questions at (530) 265-1639.

 Services for Elders in our Community

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Thanks to a much welcomed visit by Renee Asmus, Social Worker with Adult Services, the Family Resource Center learned more about the rich array of services for older adults in our area.  Here are some of the highlights:

· Senior Outreach Nurse Program: Supporting seniors so they can live independently as long as possible and avoid unwanted or premature placement in health care facilities.  Senior outreach nurses provide in home assessments to review a client’s medical, social and environmental needs, provide education, referrals and resources, review medications, provide follow-up visits and calls, and conduct blood pressure and health screenings.  Services are free.  265.1470 for info.

· Book Buddy and Homebound Services: Provides library materials to residents who live in Nevada County and cannot come to the library.  The service, provided free of charge, is one-on-one between the Book Buddy volunteer and the homebound individual.  The program is currently seeking both volunteers and homebound adults (most patrons are older adults, however the service is available for others in need both long– and short-term.  265.1407 for info.

 · Adult Protective Services: Provides a support system of protective services to elderly and dependent adults who may be subjected to neglect, physical or financial abuse, or who are unable to adequately provide for their own needs.  APS can perform investigations of suspected abuse, provide 24-hour emergency response, needs assessments, remedial and preventative social work activities and other services.  Who can make a report?  Anyone, anytime.  Reports are kept confidential.  265.1639 during regular business hours, 265.1217 emergency phone after hours.  911 if immediate danger or emergency.


Family Resource Center Expands Library Thanks to PFLAG

posted May 5, 2016, 4:11 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The lending library at the Family Resource Center now offers new titles on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues thanks to a generous donation by PFLAG Nevada County.  The collection includes non-fiction works like Queer America: A People’s GLBT History of the 20th Century and Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, as well as young adult fiction titles like Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Empress of the World, and Artistotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

PFLAG Nevada County provides information and support for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays, moving equality forward in Nevada County.  In addition to periodic events, the group hosts a monthly speaker and support meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month.  

For more information on PFLAG, visit their website at or call 274.1423.  To check out these books, please visit the Family Resource Center during our open hours, listed on page 9 or feel to reach out by phone at 292.3174.


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted May 5, 2016, 4:10 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 hours

· Wi-fi and computers available for public use

· Work stations and comfortable seating

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

· Experienced staff on-hand

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

Lots of love to the community for coming out to the Earth day celebration on Saturday! The Library was able to raise another $500 for our ongoing expenses, and many thanks to Mama’s Pizzeria in NSJ for keeping us in food all night! We had no idea how much food to prepare, but next year we will know better. The library will be putting on another dance and dinner party this month on the 20th.  Look for the posters for more info.

Magic the Gathering game continues to meet the last Saturday of the month, which will be May 28th. Call Lisa Rowe for more info, 292-3246.

The Tapestry project is ongoing Tue 1-3 and Thu 10-12. Please come and join in with the stitchers, you don’t need experience. What you receive are the pleasures of color and texture, new friends and old acquaintances, stories from folks’ lives, stories of our history, and the tangible feeling of contributing to amazing works of art.


Burn Permits Required

posted May 5, 2016, 4:09 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Burn permits are now required for any and all burning of plant matter and debris. Getting a permit is easy! Just go to North San Juan Fire Station #3 on Tyler Foote Xing Road. All you need to do is drop by the station any time between 9am and 2pm Monday thru Friday with a valid California Driver’s license to receive a 2016 burn permit free of charge. Those who burn without a permit run the risk of being cited by CALFIRE. Lets all be fire-safe!  For more info, please call 292.9159.


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