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November 2016

With a LOT of Help from Our Friends

posted Nov 7, 2016, 11:05 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

We rely on our community for so many things. All the food, clothes, and firewood distributed by the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center are donated, as are many of our children’s books, art and office supplies. Children’s classes and summer camps are paid for with community donations, and led by very dedicated teachers and artists. The FRC is embraced and supported by a wide, diverse community of givers, as well as takers, and we are grateful for each and every one.

We are happy for the opportunity to thank a few very special people who not only support, but are responsible for our programs. Without them, the San Juan Ridge Community would be a much poorer place.

Many San Juan Ridge families depend on the Family Resource Center’s Food Pantry to supplement their diets. Although local farmers often drop by with fruits, vegetables, and eggs to share, most of the food that fills our freezers and lines our shelves is provided by the Nevada County Food Bank. However, the food does not journey here on its own. Every Friday morning, rain or shine, Nancy Lorenz makes a weekly run to the Food Bank in Grass Valley to fill her little red station wagon with as many cans, bottles, boxes, and bags as it can hold. She delivers, unloads, and shelves the items, often delighting over a particularly excellent score. Over the years she has brought hundreds (if not thousands) of pounds of beans, rice, cereals, and flours, as well as succulent delicacies such as caviar and chocolate truffles. Nancy also goes to the Food Bank’s monthly distribution in North San Juan, selects food items and directs their delivery and unloading at the FRC. Without Nancy Lorenz there would be no Food Pantry. We are grateful for her diligent and steadfast spirit. As she has often said, when thanked for her generous efforts, “It’s my job.” Thank you, Nancy!

Richard Stone has been providing a gateway to music by teaching weekly afternoon violin classes to children at the FRC. Not only does he provide instruction and encouragement, but sheet music, a music stand, and a violin for each student. All are free of charge.  In addition to teaching violin to kids on the Ridge, Richard also teaches children at the PARTNERS FRC in Grass Valley and was the founder and original conductor of the Nevada County Youth Orchestra, now the Music in the Mountains Youth Orchestra. Richard Stone has deeply touched the lives of our youth and their families, instilling a love and understanding of music that will last a lifetime. Thank you, Richard!

When Playgroup parent, Rachelle Devlin, asked if she could teach Yoga as a way of giving to the community, we were thrilled. A professional and well organized teacher, Rachelle arrived early every Wednesday morning, a bundle of yoga mats and young son, Koa, in tow. Her kind and quietly confident manner welcomed students of all ages and abilities to her free weekly classes. For some, especially young mothers, Wednesday was an eagerly anticipated event. Although Rachelle has moved from the Ridge, she has made an indelible impact on those families who made Wednesday morning Yoga a part of their lives. Thank you Rachelle!

Lee and Lisa Renner and their two young sons, Theo and Arthur, had been regular Tuesday morning Playgroup goers when they approached us with a golden opportunity. The Renners offered to produce a series of Waldorf-inspired Eurhthmy classes for three to six year old children with expert teacher, Ruth Ann Skowronek. Meeting in the Oak Tree Lodge on Monday afternoons, the children and their parents were treated to the telling of a traditional folk tale and invited to join Ruth Ann in a graceful repertoire of movements that accompanied her sung and spoken words. Families who would not otherwise be exposed to such a beautiful art form were able to participate in these classes, compliments of the Renners. Thank you, Lee & Lisa! 

Family Yoga Joins Tuesday Playgroup at FRC

posted Nov 7, 2016, 11:03 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Beginning on November 15th, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s Tuesday morning Playgroup will start one half hour earlier for those who would like to participate in a family yoga class. Led by Michelle Kizner and her two year old daughter, Camilla, “Flow and Grow Family Yoga” will be geared towards levels and ages of participants. Parents and kids connect by practicing together in a fun, easygoing environment. Our fun thirty minute class will include calming breathing techniques, asanas (poses), and songs and games to engage the “littles.” After yoga, Playgroup activities will continue from 10 am until noon.

What?     Flow & Grow Family Yoga for children 0-5, their parents & caregivers   

Where?   San Juan Ridge Family      Resource Center

When?   Tuesday mornings 9:30 -10 am

For info, please call 292.3174.


Thank a Veteran Today for Their Service!

posted Nov 7, 2016, 11:02 AM by Kristin Snell

From Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement

As Veterans’ Day approaches, you may want to promote awareness such as the recent Facebook campaign that encouraged 22 push-ups a day to draw attention to veteran suicides.

But, is that number true? And, more importantly, is it helpful to promote? At one point, 22 veteran suicides per day (when averaged over time) were reported. However, in recent years that number has been dropping--now down to 20, still far too many--as more resources were devoted to services and more veterans received help. Part of what drove that change was that the VA began to change how it messaged. They learned that focusing on how many veterans were NOT getting help, or who encountered barriers to help, or felt desperate, had the unintended consequences of creating new barriers. A stereotype was being formed that all veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress or other mental health disorders. Employers were reluctant to hire veterans, creating even larger problems. Something needed to change!

The Veterans component of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline was re-branded as the “Veterans Crisis Line” which has led to a significantly increased call volume. Military spokespeople began emphasizing that help was available, confidential, and effective rather than focusing on long wait times and other problems. More stories were told that informed the public that most veterans are reliable, hard-working, and skilled—assets to any employer.

More than 2.3 MILLION calls have been answered by the Crisis Line, almost 300,000 chat sessions conducted, and nearly 376,000 referrals made to local VA Suicide Prevention Coordinators. And the number of veteran suicides has declined.

So, thank a veteran today for their service. They served strong; they’re still strong.

For a “one-stop” website for answers to military life questions including information on deployment and transition from the military; family and relationships; education; employment; on and off base living; financial; legal; health and wellness visit:


Help for the Holidays

posted Nov 7, 2016, 11:01 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Beginning in mid-October and continuing throughout the month of November, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center will be assisting families with applications for help with holiday giving. Parents who come to the FRC to register for gifts should bring ideas of what their children would like to receive from Santa Claus. If children need clothing and/or footwear, please come with sizes, as well. We will help parents complete the necessary forms and deliver them to the Salvation Army by the beginning of December. Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies will be on hand to distribute the gifts to parents as the holiday nears in late December. We expect that gifts will be ready for parents to pick up on the morning of December 19th. This wonderful opportunity for families is made possible by the US Marine Corps, Salvation Army & Nevada County Sheriffs, as well as the generosity of our wonderful community.

Please call 292-3174 for more information.


Tip of the Month

posted Nov 7, 2016, 11:00 AM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, Drug Free Nevada County Coalition

Tip – Asset #14 – Adult role models

For Thanksgiving dinner, consider having everyone in the family responsible for making one of the foods, with guidance as needed, doing as much as safely possible from selection to completion. A child as young as 3 can fill celery sticks and slather topping on crackers. Allow odd combinations and less than perfect appearance. Too small a family? Invite friends to participate, but not so many that your children's accomplishments are lost in the crowd. (Also strengthens Assets 1, 8, 32, & 38.)

To learn more about the 40 Developmental Assets (Got40?), call 271-5617 or send email to or


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Nov 7, 2016, 10:59 AM by Kristin Snell

by Julie Childs, Board President-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

· Dvd’s for checkout, Book-sale shelf, Periodicals, Children’s room

· Experienced staff on hand

· An ever-evolving collection of wonders


As I write this I realize when you read it, we’ll probably know who our new president is. Let’s hope for good things in the coming years and work for those good things to come about. Thanks to Kristin Snell and Diana Pasquini for this newsletter they put together every month. It is an important service to the ridge. Our library certainly appreciates this forum. Speaking of which; we have over 650 patrons at this time! We have wonderful volunteers and welcome more. Our book collection is constantly changing, we have a new infusion of paperback sci-fi and mysteries, and our DVDs are multiplying. Don’t forget we have a three week checkout period, with renewals. We are very friendly and helpful here. How fortunate we are to have our very own library up on the ridge. It is so rich in interesting, and fascinating books, I don’t know how you could resist coming in!

The Tapestry project has finished two more tapestries! They will be on display at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center’s upcoming membership party. It’s hard to put into words how stunning they are. In the meantime you can join in on the next two tapestries, they are meeting Tue 1-3, and Thu 10-12. Please come and add your stitches, you need no experience.


Car Donations Keep Doors Open

posted Nov 7, 2016, 10:58 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many thanks to those who have donated vehicles to the San Juan Ridge Community Library and Family Resource Center! Your donations help us to serve our community. It’s easy to donate a vehicle. Just call the Center for Car Donations at 877-411-3662 and tell them that you want to donate a vehicle(s) to the San Juan Ridge Community Library. They’ll take it from there. Thanks again for thinking of us and helping us keep our doors open.


LIHEAP Assistance Available

posted Nov 7, 2016, 10:57 AM by Kristin Snell

From a flier

To apply for LIHEAP Energy Assistance

(firewood, oil, propane, utilities)



For Weatherization Assistance




All applications must be made by phone.


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