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November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted Nov 5, 2015, 11:13 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Joni Mitchell nailed it in her song, Big Yellow Taxi:

“Don’t it always seem to go

That you don’t know what you’ve got

Til it’s gone….”

Life is a series of fleeting moments filled with little things we take for granted. Freedom. Peace. Love. Support. Trees. Rushing Rivers. Singing Birds. Laughing Children. Sunshine. Rain. A Hot Shower. A Comfortable Bed. Good Health. These are only a few of the myriad of things that easily go unnoticed when they’re here and are sorely missed when they’re gone.

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, rather than merely counting our blessings, we should savor and appreciate them. Making every moment count is one of life’s greatest challenges; but mastering the ability to live fully in each moment is worth the effort. What’s passed is history. What’s yet to come is mystery. All we have is Now. That’s a lot to be thankful for!


The More, the Merrier!

posted Nov 5, 2015, 11:12 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

There is still time to enroll your child in Integrated Arts for Preschoolers with Mariana Worden at 1-2 on Monday afternoons and in Sports & Games with Heidi Ryan at 3:45-4:45 on Tuesdays (4th-8th grades) and 3:45-4:45 on Thursdays (K-3rd grades). These classes are fun for all!

For more information or to enroll, please drop by the FRC or call 292-3174. All young artists and athletes must by pre-enrolled to participate.


A Time to Give Thanks

posted Nov 5, 2015, 11:08 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 11:11 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Each of us has something to be thankful for. Although the differences between us sometimes obscure the similarities, the things for which we are truly thankful are common to all. Good health, meaningful work, family, friends, and community are valued by those who cross our threshold. We at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center wish all of you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. May your hearts be filled with gratitude and your lives be filled with joy!


“I’m thankful for clean air, clean water, for supportive community, fertile gardens and music.”

Tal Benrud

Singer & Mom


“I’m thankful for having a roof over my head, clean clothes, food, and a loving mom and dad.”

                                       Skyler Kawa 

8th grade Student & Football Player

Grizzly Hill School


“I’m thankful for my health, my family, having my son this year, and getting to stay home and raise him. I’m also thankful for the opportunities I’ve had in my life and for my dogs letting the cat live. The cat made it for a year and a half so I think he’s in the clear.”

Heidi Ryan

FRC’s Sports & Games Teacher and            

Stay-at-Home Mom


“I’m thankful for breathing, for being surrounded by a loving community, for the abundance in America, and for the rain.”

Selina Blanco

Silver Springs High School Senior


“I’m thankful for my wife and family. I’m loved more than I ever could imagine. That’s the most important thing a man could ever get and I know it.”

Mitch Sayegh

Appreciative Husband


“I’m thankful for so many things. First and foremost, I’m thankful for my family. I’m really grateful for the togetherness and undying support I see within my community, for people taking care of each other. Adults take care of the youth and vice versa. The FRC is the Ridge’s hub for sharing the joy of life and the ability to prosper.”

    Junipher Lesperance

                                   Dance Teacher & Mom

“I’m thankful for good health and doing beneficial work with people I love. I’m also thankful for supportive friends and family and being alive in such exciting times.”

Cristina Star Ryan



“I’m thankful for all the games I play and for the apples.”

                   Spencer Umphress

                  FRC Playgroup Kid



“I’m thankful for my children and grandchildren. They make life worth living. Love and family are the only true wealth.”

Laura Sugars

Local Author


FRC Needs You!

posted Nov 5, 2015, 11:03 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Over the years our Family Resource Center’s needs have grown along with our services. Although our original mission of connecting, supporting and celebrating San Juan Ridge families has not changed, our services have expanded in order to better fulfill that mission. We provide food, clothing, firewood, access to computers, FAX, and phone, as well as referrals to other agencies to anyone who needs them. We also publish a monthly newsletter, host free monthly legal services, three weeks of a children’s sports camp in July, a weekly morning playgroup for very young children and their parents, preschool classes, and a variety of afterschool classes and activities for school aged children.

We are supported by several grants that are administrated by Nevada County Superintendent of Schools; and we are housed on the beautiful Oak Tree School Campus through the generosity of Twin Ridges Elementary School District. Although we are very grateful for what those two entities provide, it is up to us to earn the money to pay for most of our operating expenses, including electricity, propane, internet, garbage, office supplies, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, etc. We are also responsible for cleaning the buildings and maintaining the grounds. We earn all the money that pays our specialists for children’s classes, camps, and activities, as well as purchases arts & crafts supplies and sports equipment.

Our goal is to continue to provide the range and level of services that now exist and to expand our programs by providing additional high quality children’s sports and arts activities throughout the year.

This is a lot for two women (though we be mighty) to accomplish on our own. If you would like to join us, there are many ways in which our friends and neighbors can help the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center to meet our obligations, continue to serve our community, and provide high quality children’s programs:


· We accept cash donations in any amount from any one at any time.

· Donate your old vehicle to the San Juan Ridge Community Library. They split the donation with us so that you are helping two Ridge institutions at once (more info page 9).

· Buy an ad in Ridge Connections, our monthly newsletter, at $10 per month or $100 per year.



Without our dependable, hard-working volunteers our pantry shelves, clothes closet, and wood shed would be empty. If you are able to lend a hand, please consider the following needs:

· Yard work (raking, mowing, etc.)

· Removing star thistle

· Picking up trash on the grounds and parking lot

· Assisting with the semi-annual Adopt-a-Road clean-up

· Helping unload food donations on Friday afternoons

· Assisting with special events

· Cleaning & disinfecting children’s toys


Anyone interested in volunteering can reach us by calling 292.3174.

We are grateful to our community for its on-going support. THANK YOU!





‘Inimim Forest Work Day at the Bald Mountain Fuel Break

posted Nov 5, 2015, 11:01 AM by Kristin Snell

From the web at:

 Bald Mountain Save the Big Trees Workday:November 7

Come help maintain the Bald Mountain Fuel Break that was originally built in 1995.


Meet at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center at 9am to caravan and carpool to the site.

The Yuba Watershed Institute’s Save the Big Trees Work Day will take place on November 7, 2015 in and adjacent to a McNab Cypress forest, an area of unique geology, botany, and natural history. We will be reducing fuels and protecting the unique forest of the Bald Mountain Parcel of the San Juan Ridge ‘Inimim Forest.  Several unique plant species are found here, including the Brewer’s oak, birchleaf mountain mahogany, silk tassel, creeping sage, and McNab cypress. The rare butterfly, Muir’s Hairstreak, feeds on McNab cypress in the Sierra Nevada.  The coast horned lizard and California thrasher have also been observed on Bald Mountain.


Bring water, snacks, work gloves, loppers, a rake, and earplugs.
We will be removing and stacking manzanita.
A chipper will be present to process the materials.


Sponsored by the Yuba Watershed Institute and the Bureau  of Land Management.
Lunch will be provided by the Ananda Center for Alternative Living around 1:30 pm.


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:55 AM 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

As we come into the deep winter months, we feel a pull towards the sofa, where we want a book to read, and we have just the answer to this situation! Our lovely Library holds so many treasures, it’s difficult to choose. But no worries, our sophisticated and educated staff is here to help you, plus you get to check out 12 items at a time! For three weeks! And then you can renew! Oh, the wonders do await…

The Library board is sad to see the resignation of Mary Moore from our board. She will still be here full force though, so it’s only a little sad. We are infinitely grateful for all she has done getting the library up and running. Thank you Mary!

Our fundraisers are happening, thanks to all participants, and to all of you who have extra to give, remember your little, lovely Library.

We have a wonderful new volunteer who is so sharp and keeps us on our toes. Anyone else who is interested in volunteering, we always need some help.

Tapestry Project is ongoing Tues. 1-3, and Thu 10-12. Please come and join in the stitching, and conversation, and watch the beauty unfold.


Schoolhouse to Host Wild & Scenic Film Festival Encore

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:54 AM by Kristin Snell

From the web at:

Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour will be making another appearance on the San Juan Ridge at the historic North Columbia Schoolhouse near Nevada City. SYRCL and the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center have partnered to bring the local community an encore presentation of films on Saturday, November 14.

A series of shorter films will be arranged around one longer feature. The short films will include: “The Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary ” about what drove us as a nation to create the wilderness act; “Marijuana Grows and Restoration” about the harmful impact of illegal growing in national forests; and “SLOMO” about Dr.Kitchin’s radical transformation from neurologist to Pacific Beach local rollerblade celebrity.

The feature film, “Dam Nation”, is a journey across America exploring the change in our National attitude toward big dams. The film shows how dam removal has become mainstream in an effort to bring rivers back to life and return wild fish to their primeval spawning grounds. The film includes fascinating history, incredible cinematography and genuine inspiration for the future of our nation.

The doors will open at 6 pm for a reception where attendees may purchase tickets to a raffle featuring local crafts and services as well as an all-weekend pass to the upcoming 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. There will be light fare and organic popcorn, drinks, and desserts on sale. The film program will show from 7 pm to 10 pm with a 15-minute intermission. Advance tickets are available at BriarPatch, Mother Truckers and online at the North Columbia Schoolhouse website.

For more information, please call 265.2826 or visit


Toys 4 Tots

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:53 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Once again the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is partnering with Nevada County Sheriffs and the Salvation Army to make Ridge families’ holidays a little brighter.  We will be assisting families with Toys 4 Tots applications beginning on Wednesday, November 4th, and continuing through Monday, November 30th.

When parents come to the FRC to apply for help with holiday giving, they should have an idea of what their children would like to receive. Also, if kids need clothing or footwear, parents need to know what sizes their children wear. The Nevada County Sheriffs will deliver the gifts for distribution at the FRC on Monday, December 21st.

For more information on this very special opportunity please call us at 292-3174.


Got Cars?

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:52 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Almost daily someone asks what can be done to help the Family Resource Center. Here is one simple way in which you can help the FRC, the San Juan Ridge Community Library, the Ridge community, and the entire universe. If you have a car, truck, or other vehicle that you no longer need, just one phone call to the Center for Car Donations will start a very easy process that will enrich both the library and the FRC. The Center for Car Donations will arrange for a FREE towing. The vehicle will be auctioned; and the Library and FRC will split 80% of the total auction price. The car does not need to be running. In fact, a 1996 GEO Prism (pictured) was just donated after not having run for over five years. You don’t even need the title, just the vin number. If you’d often wondered what it would be like to liberate a poor little patch of earth from the encumbrance of a rusty Camaro or beat up F-150, call the Center for Car Donations at 877-411-3662 and tell them that you want to donate a vehicle to the San Juan Ridge Community Library. It’s good for everybody!


Covered California Open Enrollment Period Underway

posted Nov 5, 2015, 10:51 AM by Kristin Snell

by Rick Haffey via the Nevada County CEO Friday Memo

Due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Nevada County Department of Social Services has been able to provide over 10,000 additional residents with Medi-Cal benefits and services over the past two years. While anyone can apply for the Medi-Cal program at any time during the year, those who are over the income limits for Medi-Cal can obtain medical insurance during the 2016 Affordable Care Act open enrollment period beginning November 1st and continuing until January 31st, 2016.

Now that the open enrollment period is underway, Nevada County citizens will be able to purchase health coverage through the Covered California Marketplace. Applicants may be eligible to receive the Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC), reducing the amount they pay for the selected health plan premiums. Tax penalties increase each year for those individuals who do not obtain minimum essential health coverage. 

Interested citizens can apply for health plans online by going to, or by calling (800) 300-1506. 

They can also apply online through the Nevada County Department of Social Services at; or at one of our local offices located at the Rood Building, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, or at the Joseph Center in our Truckee offices, located at 10075 Levon Avenue, Suite 202. Prospective applicants may also call the Nevada County Department of Social Services at (530) 265-1340 to complete an application by phone. 

A final option available is to dial 211 on a local phone and speak to a Dial-211 Nevada County operator who is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions related to open enrollment, and can assist in enrolling those interested in applying. For more information, or to live chat with an operator, go to .

Editor’s note: While the Family Resource Center no longer employs a Covered California Certified Enrollment Counselor, those interested are welcome to use FRC computers, phone and workspace to complete applications.


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