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November 2019

Original Coloring Page Featuring the San Juan Ridge Community Library by Gem Visuals

posted Nov 12, 2019, 10:12 AM by Kristin Snell


posted Nov 7, 2019, 4:41 PM 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. Towering trees. Rushing Rivers. Singing Birds. Laughing Children. Sunshine. Rain. A Hot Shower. A Comfortable bed. True friends. Meaningful Work. 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. Although making every moment count is one of life’s greatest challenges, mastering the ability to live fully in each moment is well 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!


In Appreciation

posted Nov 7, 2019, 4:40 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 11:22 AM ]

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center wishes to thank volunteers Peter Elias and Anonymous for their spontaneous, generous & energetic help during our recent October work day. Leaves were raked away from buildings to reduce fire hazard. Dead limbs and plant matter were cleared from the property. Trash was collected from the parking lot, lawn, playground and surrounding areas. Quite a noticeable difference was made; the campus is much more fire safe and tidy.

We plan to continue hosting work days once per month. Our next clean up day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20th from 10 am-4 pm. We will be closed for regular services that day and on each of our future cleaning days. Please stop by or call 292.3174 to express your interest in helping out. We welcome volunteers to join us for any portion of the allotted time. Any and all help is so appreciated!


A Time to Give Thanks

posted Nov 7, 2019, 4:39 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 7, 2019, 4:43 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

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


“I am thankful for the loving support of my family through trying times.”

Brian Dibb


“I am grateful to have health, family, friends, and people who care about the planet and one another. I’m also grateful for the beautiful fall colors.”     

Judith Bell


“I’m grateful to FOX News for helping me see the light of true mendacity. I’m also very grateful for old, old friendships that have endured for many years.”   

Paul Noel


“I’m thankful for books, pets, sunglasses, and comfy chairs.”  

Henry Krautkramer


I’m thankful for having a home, food,    family, friends and animals.”  

Susanna Travis

“I’m grateful for clean water, family and community.” 

Christina Reese


“I’m thankful for an education, playing, friends and sleeping in a comfy bed.”   

Honor Gallagher


“I’m grateful to be alive. After Viet Nam it’s great to be alive!”   

Storm Crow


Toys-for-Tots Helps with Holiday Giving

posted Nov 7, 2019, 4:34 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 7, 2019, 4:42 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Every year the Salvation Army helps local families provide a brighter holiday for their children. Once again, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is delighted to play Santa’s Helper by interviewing moms and dads to gather ideas for their children’s wish lists. Although the initial goal for Toys-4-Tots is to provide playthings for children, in some cases clothing and footwear may also be requested. San Juan Ridge parents who wish to participate in this wonderful program will be able to drop by the FRC to sign up for holiday gifts from now through November 14th anytime during business hours. Prior to coming, parents are advised to talk with their kids to get gift ideas based on their interests, needs, and desires. We also advise parents to take note of children’s current sizes if they plan to request clothing or footwear.

The Salvation Army will inform parents by mail as to when gifts can be picked up at the Family Resource Center. Usually occurring around the Winter Solstice, Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputies and Posse merrily emerge from trucks and vans laden with holiday surprises for eagerly awaiting families. Over and over again we are deeply moved by the generosity of those who work tirelessly and give freely so that all children may have a Happy Holiday. We at the Family Resource Center look forward to sharing in our families’ holiday preparations by helping to make their children’s dreams come true.

Note to Families: Please remember that the absolute deadline for registering for gifts is November 14th!


Community Library Update

posted Nov 7, 2019, 4:33 PM by Kristin Snell

Baby & Me Yoga Offered During Open Lodge!

posted Nov 7, 2019, 4:31 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 7, 2019, 4:43 PM ]

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Kaala Rose, Educator, Parent and Community Volunteer, has generously offered to facilitate baby & me yoga during Thursday Open Lodge at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center. Parents, caregivers and young children will be invited to try different poses together in these brief, 10-15 minute sessions starting at 11 am. Many thanks, Kaala, for volunteering to incorporate this wonderful element into our program!

Open Lodge is a free, drop-in program for children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers held every Thursday from 10 am-noon. In addition to yoga, children and their adults are welcome to play in the spacious indoor room with hoops, balls, scarves, riding toys & more. No pre-registration is required to participate.

Please call 292.3174 for info or directions.


Hank Meals Presents “Just Enough Regional History Course”

posted Nov 7, 2019, 4:30 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Nov 7, 2019, 4:44 PM ]

From the website of the North Columbia Schoolhouse:

The Just Enough Regional History Course is a series of audio-visual presentations by Hank Meals. It consists of five sessions designed to provide the fundamentals of historical savvy in the Yuba River region. (Editor’s note: The first three sessions took place before this newsletter went to print)

When: Tuesdays at 7 pm

Where: North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler-Foote Road on San Juan Ridge

Admission: $10 at the door. (No advance tickets available)

After the Gold Rush November 19
Investors and stockholders – Cadastral surveys – Transcontinental Railroad – Lumbering –– The Chinese Exclusion Act – Hydraulic mining – The Sawyer Decision – Hard Rock Mining – Grazing – etc.

Legacy in the Local Landscape December 3
The lasting imprint of former land use activities – Reading the landscape.

The Yuba and Bear Rivers have played a major role in California’s history. Former players and incidents in this dramatic story have influenced science, industry and ethics on a world-wide scale with good and bad consequences. With so much heritage surrounding us how can a person begin to appreciate it?

Local history buff, archaeologist and author, Hank Meals will offer a series of five audio-visual presentations on regional history at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on San Juan Ridge in October, November and December of 2019.

It won’t be the dense and dull history that you endured in High School, but “just enough”, Meals says, “to make you somewhat legacy literate.”

“So much of the tourist-oriented history we’re exposed to consists of jumbled clichés, inaccuracies and cuteness – It’s simply not satisfying enough when the full stories are so engaging and illuminating. I’ve found that knowing what happened in your neighborhood makes you see a place differently, gives it extra texture and creates a sense of regional pride and ownership.”

Each 90-minute presentation in this series is rich with unique historical and contemporary photos, maps and diagrams. Meals will answer questions, provide references and provide enthusiasm for the topics addressed.


Attention Ridge Families with Children 3 to 4 Years Old: This is our Last Chance for a Free Preschool in North San Juan!

posted Nov 7, 2019, 4:28 PM by Kristin Snell

From a flyer

Our goal is to open a free KidZCommunity State Preschool in our community in January 2020. To make this happen, we need to enroll 20 children. The child must have turned 3 by 9/1/19. Families must meet income guidelines.

Preschool location will be located next to the community library on Oak Tree Road.

Organic meals will be provided.

Call to see if you qualify today!

Doe Grady—530.559.5834 or Shawna Hoffmann—530.886.4122


Placer Community Action Council, Inc. / 1166 High Street / Auburn, CA 95603

A Family Focused Program Serving Placer and Nevada Counties


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