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October 2017

Kindred Spirits

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:20 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 11:24 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

My mother firmly believed that death came in threes. There was no dissuading her. Just as there had to be a piece of wood to knock on when commenting on fine weather or extolling the virtues of loved ones, she firmly believed that deaths, airplane crashes, and other tragic events manifested in cycles of threes. Until the third incident occurred, we were not safe; and that was that.

Her belief system may be attributed to more than mere superstition.  The world lost three exceptionally fine women this year:  Stephanie Freydont, Toni Thompson, and my mother, Virginia Pasquini. Although they never met, these three women certainly were kindred spirits. They were all very smart women who knew how to pursue a dream and manifest a vision. They were acute businesswomen and loving mothers. Although warm-hearted, these women were tough. They were tolerant, but opinionated. They spoke their minds. Each endured hardship and suffered loss. They could be deadly serious, yet they laughed heartily. They were excellent story tellers. They were courageous.

This dynamic triad of kindred spirits touched not only my life. Their influence extended far beyond themselves to touch the lives of many. I am sorry they had to leave so soon. Although each had already accomplished so much in her life, one can only imagine what other wondrous feats could be accomplished if only they had been granted immortality.


Haunted FRC...Beware!

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:19 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 11:25 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Visitors who dare to drop by the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center on Halloween are hereby warned that they should be prepared to encounter all manner of witches, ghosts, werewolves, skeletons and zombies during their visit.

Our special guests probably won’t hurt you, especially if you remember to utter the secret passwords, “Trick-or-Treat,” when you enter. Do not be distressed by blood curdling screams, plaintive howls, low-flying bats, or other horrifying phenomena. Above all, remember that although the FRC will be open for business, it will not be business as usual.


Clothes Closet Readies for Winter

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:17 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.


FRC Children’s Library

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:17 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Did you know that there is a Children’s Library housed at the Family Resource Center? Parents may bring their children to the FRC any time during open hours to enjoy books on site, select books to take home, or both. The FRC’s Children’s Library has books for children of all ages. From cloth and cardboard books for very young children, to beginning readers, colorful picture books, and classics for young adults, the FRC’s shelves are filled with wonderful books just waiting to be opened and enjoyed. All reading materials may be taken home by families on an honor system. Families do not need a card, nor do they need to adhere to a limited number of books. The FRC does request that books are returned in good condition before more are taken home. Reading together is a pleasurable pastime for families, especially on blustery winter days and evenings when nothing feels quite as cozy as curling up with a good book.


Toys 4 Tots

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:02 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 11:25 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Every holiday season the Salvation Army teams up with Nevada County Sheriffs to help families provide a brighter holiday for their children. 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 goal of 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 October 23rd through December 1st any time 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 make note of current sizes if they plan to request clothing or footwear.

The Salvation Army will inform parents by mail when gifts can be picked up at the Family Resource Center. Usually occurring around the third week of December, 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.


Tenth Annual Autumn Shindig!

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:00 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 11:28 AM ]

From the website:

The Autumn Shindig is a celebration of fall, community and simpler times. The event is nostalgic in every way, from being set on the lovely lawn next to the historic schoolhouse, to the hand made children’s games and the hearty stew made from local ingredients. There is live music and the vendors all have hand made artisan wares. It’s a chance to relax and enjoy a beautiful fall Sunday with good friends, lively music, yummy food and fun games.

Family Friendly & Free Admission!!

Sunday, August 8th, 11:30-dusk at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.

265.2826 or check the web for info.


Read Up: Building Reading & Writing Skills

posted Oct 2, 2017, 10:59 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 11:27 AM ]

From a brochure

The Nevada County Library began it’s life-changing literacy service in 1998 with grant funding from the California Library Literacy Service (CLLS), a part of the California State Library. The program’s mission is to help English speaking adults build their reading, writing and math skills, plus GED preparation, through the FREE, CONFIDENTIAL ONE-ON-ONE efforts of volunteer tutors. All instructional materials are provided at no charge.

Over 36 million adults nationwide struggle with everyday basic life tasks! The Nevada County Library knows there are many people in this county who would benefit by improving their English skills, so the Library has made it especially easy and comfortable to get help!

Read Up is a county-wide program of the Nevada County Library working out of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City and the Branch Library in Truckee. Read Up participants will improve all areas of their lives, by building skills to:

· Read and Write Better!

· Perform Basic Math!

· Understand School, Business and Community Activities!

· Help Children with Their Homework!

· Understand Nutritional and Medical Information!

· Fill our Job Applications and other Important Papers!

· Read Maps & Schedules!

· Much, much more!

If you are interested in the Read Up program, either as a participant or potential volunteer tutor, please call 470.2772 or email


North San Juan Community Church News

posted Oct 2, 2017, 10:58 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 11:28 AM ]

by Rev. Pinkie Varner, NSJ Community Church

Blessings just keep coming our way! The River Baptisms on September 11th at Oregon Creek were phenomenal! We started slow due to all of the road construction – by 4:30 we had baptized sixteen people! We have set it on the calendar for every year on 9-11 – hope to see you next year!

In the mean time, we have yet another community outreach program forming. This one is for the Veterans. Any homeless veterans can get a ride to the Stand Down in October by signing up with Pastor Pinkie. Stand Down is willing to send the transportation to YOU on the Ridge! All you have to do is sign up. No DD-214? No problem – just go! Sleeping bags, boots, clothes, bed rolls, back packs, tents, and more!  

We haven't forgotten about Halloween, either - we will be there with candy for the kids.

More info – (530) 415-9705.  North San Juan Community Church – The world is our community!


Car Donations Keep Doors Open

posted Oct 2, 2017, 10:56 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 11:29 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.


Community Legal Offers Monthly Clinic on the Ridge

posted Oct 2, 2017, 10:55 AM by Kristin Snell

by Erin Noel, Community Legal

FREE legal advice and  referrals from lawyers.  Donations welcome.  Date for October TBA.  At the SJR Family Resource Center—18847 Oak Tree Road.

You must make an appointment to be seen.  Please contact Community Legal at 265.3425 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  This clinic is staffed by volunteers, and is not affiliated with PARTNERS Family Resource Centers, Twin Ridges Elementary School District, or Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.


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