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May 2019


posted May 9, 2019, 2:23 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

School will be over in the blink of an eye and summer will swiftly be upon us. Soon the FRC will be welcoming young artists and athletes to children’s summer camps here on the beautiful Oak Tree School Campus. Now in its 10th year, SPORTS CAMP provides three weeks of sports and games for boys and girls aged 5- 14. With an emphasis on fitness, as well as fun, Coach Ivy Pera mentors young athletes, while encouraging them to adhere to the FRC’s three cardinal rules: Be Kind. Be Safe. Have Fun!

That simple philosophy guides ART CAMP, as well. Now in its 14th year, ART CAMP introduces 1st-8th graders to a variety of visual and performing arts while immersing them in a world culture. This year’s artists, Ludi Hinrichs (music), Molly Jochem (painting), Ivy Pera (theater), Amy Purrington (dance), and Rachel Umphress (ceramics) will present their art disciplines based in the history and culture of France. As always, ART CAMP will culminate in a performance that never fails to thrill and amaze family, friends, and community and is guaranteed to be tres magnifique!

We hope all families will take advantage of these wonderfully enriching opportunities and enroll their children NOW. July may be months away but these camps fill up early and fast. See you at camp!

For more info or to enroll, please stop by or call 292.3174.


58th Annual Mother’s Day Scotch Broom Breakfast

posted May 9, 2019, 2:20 PM by Kristin Snell

58th annual mother’s day

Scotch broom breakfast

Sunday may 12th   8 am-noon

NSJ community fire hall

Pancakes (gf available), ham & eggs, coffee & juice

All you can eat! Adults—$8/children under 12-$4

Raffle, antique cars

****all proceeds support our firefighters****


Original Coloring Page Featuring French Corral

posted May 9, 2019, 2:17 PM by Kristin Snell

by Gem Visuals

Best Earth Day Ever!

posted May 9, 2019, 2:15 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many thanks to all who made our 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration the best one ever!

Extra special thank yous go to Lily Williams for whimsically painting children’s faces, North San Juan Community Center and Ananda Living Wisdom School for providing wonderful children’s games and art activities, Red Hawk for setting up a big beautiful tipi, Neena McNair Family Singers for filling the air with drumming & song throughout the day, Sunshine Bender & Friends who provided delicious food on behalf of Grizzly Hill’s after school program, all vendors, raffle prize and silent auction donors, Briar Patch Co-op, sweet treat bakers, and volunteers. Many thanks also to the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Assn., particularly Julie des Tombe, Pat Leach, Darlene Markey, and Rhea Williamson who helped produce and promote Cathe’ Fish’s presentation on the value of creating defensible space, and to young singer Charlotte des Tombe who, accompanied by her proud and talented dad, captivated the crowd with her angelic voice.

Last but certainly not least, we are grateful to all those who bought raffle tickets, bid on auction prizes, ate lemon bars, brownies and cheesecake, and chose to share your Saturday with us. We appreciate your smiles, generosity, and good will. Together we raised $2500 for this summer’s children’s camps. It truly was a great day! Thank you for making it so.


Painting Class Displays Work at NSJ Postal Gallery

posted May 9, 2019, 2:13 PM by Kristin Snell

by Ms. Kacy, Grizzly Hill School Paraprofessional

The artistic talent of the 5th-8th graders at Grizzly Hill School is inspiring. It's obvious to many of us here on the ridge that our kids are wildly unique, but wait until you see the paintings of Ms. Kacy's 5th-8th grade class! The paintings are currently being shown at the North San Juan post office. The exhibit will run through the summer with hopes of showing more incredible artwork during the next school year. 

Ms. Kacy, a paraprofessional at Grizzly Hill, began teaching the painting elective this last fall and so far 15 students have elected to be a part of the painting class. The students are given quite a bit of artistic freedom after they complete a color wheel which supports their ability to understand some color theory and blending techniques. New acrylic paint, professional canvases and brushes for the class were purchased through the support of the school board. 

"It is truly amazing what our kids are artistically capable of with the right materials and artistic freedom," says Kacy. She has enjoyed the enthusiasm of the 5th-8th grade painting students who are always counting down the days until painting class which occurs on Fridays. Painting student Bryana Walker says, "I like how we can do whatever we want such as abstract art." Ryah Souverville states that, "I like to blend the colors because it's fun to make the paintings look cool." and Sophie Bivin says, "Kacy is an amazing teacher and painting class is a really good way to help me with stress because it makes me happy.” Ms. Kacy attended the Bachelor of Fine Arts program with an emphasis in oil painting at Southern Oregon University.  She is also working on painting projects with Mrs. Johnson's 1st - 2nd grade class and is planning on offering another painting course next year to 5th-8th grade.  Make sure to go to the post office in order to support our young artists and watch for art rotations which will begin once school starts again in fall.


Legal Workshop on Power of Attorney

posted May 9, 2019, 2:11 PM by Kristin Snell

by Erin Noel, Attorney 

 So,…why do I need a Power of attorney,

If I already have an

Advanced Health Care Directive?”

Tues. May 28, 5:30-6:30—appointments 6:30 on.



1 hour Small Group Meeting With Lawyer Erin Noel

Meet with 10-15 people and an attorney-- leave knowing which forms to use and how to use them. We provide copies of the POA and AHCD forms (or a link to digital forms).


Suggested Donation: $25

If you want one-on-one help, to help you fill out forms and leave with a completed POA, register for an appointment: (30 min): $50


To attend, you need to register by emailing:                                  

Or by calling her at 530.913.5076.



San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted May 9, 2019, 2:09 PM by Kristin Snell

by Roo Cantada, San Juan Ridge Community Library

OPEN TUES & THURS 11-7   SAT 10-4                         

Pre-School Storytimes: Mondays, May 6 & 20 at 11:15 am / Conversational Spanish: Fridays, May 3 & 24 at 4 pm

Phone: 292-3008 / Location: Behind the Ball Field in Oak Tree Park on Oak Tree Rd.


Be careful driving if you see Millie (she is my little red car) and me. We are overwhelmed by the intense green this spring & having trouble driving.

Coming indoors to work at the library would be hard except:

Agriculture:  Horn, Living green a practical guide.  Mccullagh, Solar greenhouse book.

Building:   Snell, Building green.  Langsner, Green woodworking.

Folklore:  Lesley, Green Magic.  History:  Comstock, Greenbacks and Copperheads in Nev. Cnty.

Science:  Murphy, Why is snot green?  Dolan, Greenwhich guide to measuring time.

Fiction: Montgomery, Anne of green gables. Flagg, Fried green tomatoes.  Green eggs and ham.

DVDs: Green mile, Green berets, Green hornet. Puppets: 2 green turtles, and Oscar the Grouch.

Art Work: Salamander in Oak Tree painting; Miller Road photograph; World Map-Pacific view.




Programs for Young Children Offered at the Resource Center

posted May 9, 2019, 2:08 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center hosts two ongoing groups for young children and their families; Playgroup and Open Lodge. Playgroup is held each Tuesday from 10 am-1 pm. Playgroup activities include open play, circle time with stories and songs, snack and outdoor play or play in the Lodge, weather dependent. Open lodge happens Thursdays 10 am-noon. Children are invited to play with hoops, scarves, balls and riding toys in the spacious, beautiful Oak Tree Lodge. Both groups are free, drop-in programs for children ages 0-5, older siblings welcome; no registration required. Parents or caregivers are required to stay with their children at all times. Please stop by or call 292.3174 with any questions or for directions.


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