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May 2017

A Word About Mothers

posted May 4, 2017, 3:21 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

We mammals share a special bond with our mothers. Even before our emergence into the world, they provide a warm and watery place in which we can comfortably grow in a lovely climate-controlled environment until our birthday arrives. Most mothers are equipped to provide warmth and sustenance for as long as we need it. They are the first people we know. Without them we wouldn’t exist.

Even at its most rewarding moments, motherhood can be challenging. A mother’s love often manifests as strength and tenacity. Mothering demands fortitude, a lot of it. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MOTHERS! Thanks for hanging in there, for being courageous, for demonstrating that there’s more to life than baking cookies. Populating the world is not an easy task. You have risen to the occasion and we salute you!




56th Annual Mother's Day Scotch Broom Breakfast

posted May 4, 2017, 3:20 PM by Kristin Snell

North San Juan Fire Auxiliary

56th annual mother’s day

Scotch broom breakfast

Sunday, may 14th 8AM-NOON * nsj COMMUNITY HALL


All you can eat! Adults $8, children under 12 $4

raffle with grand prize: unique, full-sized quilt *

Spring plant sale * antique cars on display

100% of proceeds benefit NSJ volunteer fire department



Many, Many Thanks for Earth Day

posted May 4, 2017, 3:17 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, Community School Liaison—San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is grateful to our good friends and neighbors for all their generous help and support of April’s EARTH DAY CELEBRATION. Not only were we able to raise over $3000 for our children’s summer camps. We had a great party and that could not have happened without you! Many, many, thanks to:            

Alexa Wondergem, Ananda Living Wisdom School,  B & C Hardware, Bamboo Store, Barbara Herm, Baylee Rayne & Louie Blue Cloud, Billy Wright, Bookseller, Briarpatch, Camryn Ahhiatty, Celtic Cosy, Cirrus Angelico, Dora Scott, Double Oak Winery, Earth & Road Works, Exstasia, Fiddle Ridge Contraband, Foxhound Espresso & Coffee Broasters, Grizzly Hill School PTC, Grizzly Hill School Student Council, Huimeahoomaka, International Celebrity Models, Ireland Brown, Jennifer Rain, Jesse Krautkramer, John Foster, John Renoir, Julie Jordan, Kate McWeeney, Linda Richey, Lisa Rowe, Ludi Hinrichs, Mama’s Pizzeria, Manda Miel, Marc Ryan & Friends, Marin Headlands Hostel, Marya Lehman, Mayas Mexican Restaurant, McNeeley’s Nursery, Molly Jochem, Neena McNair Family Singers, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Nicole Hayes, North Columbia Schoolhouse, Olive Groove, Peter Elias, Richard Stone, Ridge Café, Robyn Caywood, Rose Leuty, Rubber Band, San Juan Ridge Community Library, Scraps Dog Bakery, Shady Creek Outdoor School, Shakina & Friends, Shari Brookler, Sierra Cinemas, Sofia Jensen, Sol Henson, Soli, SPD Market, Summer Thompson, Susan Muth, Sweetland Garden Mercantile, Tal Benrud, Twin Ridges Elementary School District, Wheyward Girls       Creamery, Wild Birds Unlimited, Wooden Spoon


Amending Soil

posted May 4, 2017, 3:16 PM by Kristin Snell

by Darlene Markey, Sweetland Garden Mercantile

Half of a plant’s life is above ground, where sun, air and water supply Hydrogen, Carbon, and Oxygen. Half of plant’s life is in the soil, where a plant derives Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium and a whole bunch of other macro and micronutrients. Our first task, as gardeners, is to help our soil become a rich reservoir of nutrients for our plants to choose from. But of course, the reservoir needs to be balanced. 

Often times I get a soil report from a customer. Inevitably it shows the customer has an abundant amount of phosphorous and calcium. In our desire to have big flowers we often add too much of these things into our soil.  So our first task is to TEST OUR SOIL. 

Home soil tests kits and professional tests are available at most garden stores. The first thing to test is your PH. PH is important as different nutrients are available to  plants at certain ph levels.  Phosphorus and Potassium are chelated best in a more alkaline environment. Nitrogen is leached out in an acidic environment. Iron, Manganese, Zinc, and Boron like are more usable in an acidic environment.  

Professional tests show the macro and micronutrients, such as calcium and zinc, that are in your soil. 

Why, you might be asking, is there usually too much phosphorous in a soil test? You can add all the nutrients in the world, but unless they become available to the plant in a usable form or they leach out, they remain in the soil. Phosphorous and Calcium are two of the hardest minerals to chelate. Chelate-the ability of a plant to utilize a nutrient, is achieved mostly through microbes.  Plants exudate sugars and proteins to nutrients, who in turn release nutrients in a plant usable form.  

So as important as getting your soil tested, is adding healthy microbes to your soil. A good way to do that is by adding new compost. 

Choose a compost that is fully composted, rich in humus, and has no salts. Add it at the rate of 1-2” over the surface. Then add amendments, such as crab meal, glacial rock dust, alfalafa meal or humic acid, that feed the microbes in the compost.   

To learn more,  consider taking an Soil Amendment class with Dar. The next one is May 9, at 6 pm, at Sweetland Garden Mercantile. RSVP needed. 530-292-9000, Dig it! 




















North San Juan Community Church News

posted May 4, 2017, 3:16 PM by Kristin Snell

By Rev. Yvonne Varner, North San Juan Community Church

What a successful Easter we had - thanks to Richard and Evan Gibbins!  Richard volunteered them to sponsor Easter Dinner!  Bless him!  So the day went like this; Sonrise Service, Pancake Breakfast, Movie "HOP", Easter Egg Hunt, Regular Sunday Service, Soup Lunch, Movie "Lee Strobel - The Case For Christ", Easter Dinner (two eight-foot tables of food) and another showing of "HOP" by popular demand.  We had leftovers so they got given away to a very grateful crowd on Monday for food give-away. (PS - Sonrise is spelled correctly.)

North San Juan Community Church is at it again!  Our venture for May is "Mothers Day Lunch".  Bring Mom out for a yummy free lunch to include soup, salad, sandwiches, coffee, tea and juice.  You don't have to have a lot of money to show Mom how much she means to you.  Oh, we have gifts, too.

North San Juan Community Church - promoting Jesus' philosophy of "Be Nice"

29190 State Hwy 49 North San Juan Ca. 95960  We're at the Community Center.  More info: (530) 415-9705  












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Community Legal Empowerment Monthly Clinics on the Ridge

posted May 4, 2017, 3:15 PM by Kristin Snell

FREE legal advice and  referrals from lawyers.  Donations welcome. 

At the SJR Family Resource Center—

18847 Oak Tree Road.

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.


Tire Amnesty 2017

posted May 4, 2017, 3:14 PM by Kristin Snell

From an online listing

In an effort to reduce illegal dumping, Waste Management, Nevada County, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a tire amnesty event. Residents of Nevada County can dispose of up to nine tires at no charge during the event.

Who: Nevada County residents
When: May 22 – 26 • 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
What: Dispose of your tires at no charge during the 2017 Tire Amnesty Event. A maximum of nine tires will be accepted per customer. Please remove rims from tires prior to disposal.
This event is for residents of Nevada County only. This event is not open to businesses. No tractor or commercial tires will be accepted.

2017 Event Locations & Dates:
May 22 – May 23—McCourtney Road Transfer Station—14741 Wolf Mountain Road¬Grass Valley, CA 95949
May 24—Lake of the Pines Water Treatment Plant—10803 Riata Way Auburn, CA 95602

May 25—North San Juan Transfer Station—10125 Flume Street North San Juan, CA 95960
May 26—Washington Transfer Station—15886 Gaston Road Washington, CA 95986
To request an exemption letter to haul more than nine tires, please call the Nevada County Department of Environmental Health, 530-265-1469.

This event is brought to you by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Waste Management and Nevada County.


Natural Living School: Spreading the Spirit of Natural Building & Natural Living

posted May 4, 2017, 3:13 PM by Kristin Snell

by Pablo Loayza, Natural Living School OR


Permaculture Design Certification $1,200

One weekend per month for 6 months. Get your PDC and learn all aspects of creating a sustainable drought tolerant natural garden. Learn permaculture principles and learn to design a permaculture garden for a natural building site.

May 27 & 28 Aug 12 & 13/ June 17 & 18 Sept 9 & 10/ July 15 & 16 Oct 6, 7 & 8

Open Classes $5 Donation

Sundays 8:30-9:30pm Natural Building Class @ The Natural Living School

Mondays 5:15-6:16pm Yoga @ Ananda Masters Market Lawn

Tuesdays 5:15-615pm Martial Arts @ Ananda Masters Market Lawn

Tuesdays 8:30-9:30pm Raja Yoga class @ The Natural Living School

Wednesdays 5:15-6:15pm Tai Chi @ Ananda Masters Market Lawn

Thursdays 5:15-6:15pm Yoga @ Ananda Masters Market Lawn

Thursdays 8:30-9:30pm Natural Living Classes @ The Natural Living School


Sports Camp Returns!

posted May 4, 2017, 3:08 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Now in its eighth year, SPORTS CAMP is one of the most popular activities offered at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center. The FRC is very pleased to announce that Coach John Hughes is returning to encourage young athletes as they practice skills while at play. For three weeks in July, SPORTS CAMP-goers do their best to abide by Coach Hughes’ #1 Rule , “Have Fun!”

Young athletes will be able to register for SPORTS CAMP 2017 at the Family Resource Center beginning in mid-May. Kids are registered on a first come-first served basis; so please enroll as soon as possible.

JUNIOR SPORTS CAMP for ages 5-7……………July 10-14...9:30am-12:30pm

INTERMEDIATE SPORTS CAMP…8-10………….July 17-21…9:30am-2:30pm

SENIOR SPORTS CAMP……………11-15………….July 24-28…9:30am-2:30pm

Cost: $50 per child per session




Registration Form (please print and mail or deliver in person)

Parent’s Name______________________Phone___________

Mailing address_____________________________________

Child’s Name & Age_______________________Session #___

Child’s Name & Age_______________________Session #___


To register, please complete this form and send $50 per child per session to:

San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center – CAMP

PO Box 630, North San Juan, CA 95960


An additional donation in any amount will be gratefully received and used to help with SPORTS CAMP expenses. 

For more info, please call 292.3174


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted May 4, 2017, 3:06 PM by Kristin Snell

by Julie Childs, San Juan Ridge Community Library

Hours: Tue. & Thur. 11 am- 7 pm, Sat. 10 am - 4 pm

Phone:  292-3008

· 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


Look forward to hearing about lots of changes and other good things next month in this spot!


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