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October 2016

Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

posted Oct 6, 2016, 9:47 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” Thus spoke the oft-quoted Yogi Berra. One of baseball’s most beloved players, Berra is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. After retiring from his eighteen year stint with the New York Yankees, Yogi went on to coaching and managing, leading the New York Mets to the National League pennant in 1973. The Mets were in last place that year and were expected to remain in the cellar, when Yogi reminded baseball fans that the season wasn’t over yet. He then managed the Mets to the top of their division, then on to the World Series, where they were defeated by the Oakland A’s in a nail-biting seventh game.

Baseball season has a lot in common with fire season. Both get going in the spring, building in intensity well into autumn. And both ain’t over till they’re over. Although we’ve been enjoying a nice little respite from the heat, don’t be fooled by a few clouds and some welcome precipitation. Fire season is still with us and the possibility of a devastating wild fire is only one small spark away. Our drought stricken, beetle plagued forests are fuel, ripe for consumption by a raging fire. Recognizing the significant late season risk this year, CAL FIRE is keeping two engines at their North Columbia station until the end of this month, and one engine into December. Although engines and ground crews stand ready, willing, and able to attack local blazes, there will be no assistance from the air come mid-October. That will make canyon fires harder to fight because of inaccessibility.

Until fire season is officially over, the burn ban is still in effect. That means NO CAMPFIRES and NO BURNPILES! Although fire season may seem to be at an end, it is not. Please be patient and wait a little longer before you light that fire. Thanks to the speedy response of firefighters, so far we’ve been spared from ravages resulting from an unattended campfire or a spreading burn pile. We must be careful and vigilant or, in the words of the great Yogi, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Eurythmy Class at FRC to Feature Autumn Harvest Story

posted Oct 6, 2016, 9:46 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 9:49 AM ]

by Lisa Millegan Renner, Journalist and Mother 

BIO: Ms. RuthAnn Skowronek grew up in New Jersey and then moved to upstate New York where she completed a BA at SUNY Plattsburgh. During and after these college years, she worked on an organic farm in the Champlain Valley. Becoming interested in Rudolf Steiner's work, through friends in farming, she found her way to California and graduated from the American Eurythmy School's four-year full-time training in 2012. She teaches kindergarten through eighth grade eurythmy at the Live Oak Waldorf School in Meadow Vista. She loves working with people of all ages, teaching eurythmy and working on professional artistic projects with friends and colleagues.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class, Ms. Skowronek will take participants on a kindergarten circle adventure into an autumn harvest story. Everyone is invited through the story to move in eurythmy, following along with Ms. Skowronek. One can enter the imaginations and pictures of a story in a fun and health giving way through eurythmy's movement of the sounds of speech or rhythms of music. For this young age group (3-6-year-olds), it is appropriate to do the same story in eurythmy for three weeks in a row, so for the three weeks offered, we will adventure into the same autumn story when we meet.
Following the movement portion, a simple, age appropriate crafts activity will be offered by the Family Resource Center.



WHEN: MONDAYS, OCTOBER 10, 17 & 24, 2-3 pm



COST: $5/class—no one turned away for lack of funds

CONTACT: Please call 292.3174 to register or with any questions.





Help for the Holidays

posted Oct 6, 2016, 9:44 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 Oct 6, 2016, 9:43 AM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, Drug Free Nevada County Coalition

Tip – Asset #21 – Young person wants to do well in school.

John Wooden, the great UCLA basketball coach, said the best motivator is a pat on the back or a nod of the head to acknowledge good work. Praise your child's efforts and what he/she has learned at every opportunity. Avoid focusing on scores and grades except when you can link improvement in them to earlier effort.

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


Ninth Annual Autumn Shindig

posted Oct 6, 2016, 9:43 AM by Kristin Snell

From the web at:

The Autumn Shindig Harvest Festival is a reliable harbinger of the fall season. For the last nine years, this fun, family-focused festival has become an increasingly popular annual event to benefit the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge.

The festival is a daytime affair beginning at 11:30 am and going until dusk. It features live music, local crafts, games for kids and adults alike, and various contests. Volunteers will be serving gourmet stew with locally sourced ingredients donated by Mountain Bounty Farm and BriarPatch Co-op as well as cold drinks, cotton candy and pies at the “sugar shack” throughout the day.

Admission for the festival is free. Attendees can purchase wooden tokens to spend on the food and game booths. Local craftspeople and farmers, including MonaMe Pottery, Dale Mansfield, Lord Von Schmitt, Pam’s Purses and 4 Winds Pottery Studio, will have booths with goods on sale throughout the day.

Local musicians generously sponsor the event by playing pro bono. The Ruckrich Family Band will be joined by Moss Quaglia and Gary Logan. The Belfry Brothers will close out the night.

Anyone entering the pie-making and jack-o-lantern competitions must enter early at 12:00 pm for judging. The winners will receive a gift basket with donations from local businesses. A beard and mustache (real and fake) competition, sack races, and other lawn games will be held throughout the day.

Sweetland Garden Supply, Mother Truckers, Jernigan’s Tap House, Extasia and BriarPatch Co-op are all providing assistance as Gold Sponsors for the Autumn Shindig this year. Many other local businesses provide additional sponsorship to help this vital part of the San Juan Ridge continue to thrive.

For more information, please call 265.2826.

Schedule of Events:

11:30 a.m.  Gates Open — kid’s games, vendors, food and drink
12:00 p.m.
  Pumpkin Carving and Pie Making — entries due for judging
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. 
Gary Logan 
1:15 to 1:45 p.m. 
Pie Winner announced, Beard and Mustache Contest
1:45 to 2:30 p.m.
  Moss Quaglia
2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
  Lawn games — sack races, three legged race
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
  The Ruckrich Family Band
4:15 to 5:00 p.m.
  Hot Pepper Eating Contest, “Tug of Peace”, Community Photo
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  Belfry Brothers


Clothes Closet Readies for Winter

posted Oct 6, 2016, 9:42 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s Clothes Closet shelves are now bulging with fall and winter clothing for babies, toddlers, children, and adults. A varied selection of Halloween costumes will soon join the collection of warm sweaters, jackets, and coats. Young pirates, vampires, and fairy princesses need look no further to find just what they need to create the perfect look. Clothes Closet is open Mon 10-5, Tue 12-5, Wed & Thurs 9-5.

Please call 292.3174 for more information.


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Oct 6, 2016, 9:42 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


Right now is a good time to be educating ourselves about the issues we’ll be voting for next month. The Library has many resources to help in our decision making. We may be uninspired by politics, but we know we’re affected by the elections, every one of us. Democracy was created with an educated electorate in mind. Let’s not let our forefathers down. Learn the issues, read both pro and con arguments. Do some research on the people you want to vote in. Most of all, vote.

Measure A will, if passed, provide improved funding to the county Library. They are then hoping to use those funds to support more library services for outlying areas.

Thank you to everyone who came out for Pignic in the Park, and thanks for supporting our library booth’s fundraiser! Bills will be paid, supplies will be replenished! Onward!

Don’t forget about the Tapestry Project if you are one who loves to create and spin yarns. :)  Every Tue. from 1-3 pm, and Thu. From 10- 12, they are meeting at the library and working on illustrated linen, bringing to life the drawings of Jennifer Rain Crosby, illustrating our ridge history. Anyone can join in, you’ll be tutored in what to do. See you at the Library!


Car Donations Keep Doors Open

posted Oct 6, 2016, 9:38 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 9:50 AM ]

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.

Foundations of Community: The Story of Building a Handcrafted 1970s Sierra Foothills School

posted Oct 6, 2016, 9:37 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 9:51 AM ]

From an event flier

4 pm—Light fare & refreshments * 6:15 pm—Live conversation with original participants followed by Q&A

Canessa Gallery in North Beach * 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA *

In the 1970s, a small group of artists and craftspeople bid farewell to the city and embarked upon a series of experiments in place and community in the Sierra Nevada foothills.  However, these new settlers were also confronting long-established ways of the San Juan Ridge, a remote region of Nevada County, California, in the Yuba River watershed.  Despite considerably different cultural backgrounds and political persuasions, old-timers and newcomers were able to come together—against great odds—to build a new public school for their children.  Foundations of Community tells this story featuring excerpts from interviews with the construction crew and volunteer craftspeople, the teachers and staff of the school, and the students who attended it.  Drawings and documentation of the design process, original photography, and other artifacts supplement the exhibition.

Produced by the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, a non-profit organization in Nevada City, CA *

This project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Visit




Correction re: The Founding of Mother Truckers

posted Oct 6, 2016, 9:36 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The staff of Ridge Corrections welcomes readers’ input, including when we don’t get the facts right. We greatly appreciate our readers, especially those who take the time to read articles so thoroughly that errors are found and reported.

In our last issue we named Bruce and Lucy Bottrell as the founders of Mother Truckers. We were wrong. Mother Truckers was founded by Michael Baronowsky, Bobby Jaffe, and Daele Merrell in 1975. Michael Baranowsky has kindly offered to set the record straight by submitting his excellent memoir, “How Mother Truckers Began.” Thanks Michael!


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