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September 2015


posted Sep 8, 2015, 10:00 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

September, month of migrations and lengthening shadows is a no-drama month. Home to the autumnal equinox, September is a time of balance between darkness and light. No hyperboles. Any Virgo can tell you that. September whispers, “Here’s a little nip in the air, a foretaste of things to come.” Soon El Nino will keep his promise of green fields, full ponds, and rushing streams.  The sandhill cranes are on their way. Time to reap what you’ve sown and get those chimneys cleaned. September is a subtle month, easing us slowly into darker, wetter days. Breathe a sigh of relief. A long, hot, dry summer is almost over. September is here.




New Classes Begin This Month at FRC

posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:59 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 10:01 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is now enrolling students in this fall’s enrichment classes for children. These classes are designed to be fun, enriching, and provide experiences that may not be otherwise accessible for Ridge families.  All of our teachers are returning for “command performances” having led very popular classes in the past. All FRC classes will be on the Oak Tree Campus and are scheduled so that Grizzly Hill students can ride the afternoon school bus to the campus. With the exception of violin, a class registration fee is requested at time of enrollment. As always, scholarships are available to those who truly need them. All children must be pre-registered to attend these classes. Classes fill up fast, so please sign your student up as soon as possible.

On Mondays, Mariana Worden’s popular INTEGRATED ARTS for PRESCHOOLERS will return. With degrees in both Art and Early Childhood Education, Mariana introduces age-appropriate skills and activities that will help prepare young children for the classroom while providing an opportunity to be creative and express themselves through art. Self-portraits from last season’s class are now on display at the North San Juan Post Office.

What: Integrated Arts for Preschoolers

Teacher: Mariana Worden

Ages:  3-5 years old

When: Mondays 1-2pm

Dates: Sept. 21 & 28/ Oct. 5, 19 & 26/ Nov.2, 9, 16, 30/ Dec. 7&14

Donation: $40

On Tuesday afternoons, Heidi Ryan will lead 4th- 8th graders in active SPORTS & GAMES. A natural leader and life-long athlete, Heidi has successfully coached FRC’s very popular summer Sports Camp for four years. Sports & Games will give older kids an opportunity to hone skills and be fit while joining with friends in active play.  

What: Sports & Games

Teacher: Heidi Ryan

Ages: 4th-8th grades

When: Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm

Dates: Sept. 22 & 29/Oct. 6, 20, & 27/ Nov. 3, 10 & 17/ Dec.1, 8 & 15

                                                               Donation: $40

On Wednesdays, veteran teacher and artist Jenny Travers will be teaching ART in NATURE, a class in which young artists use a variety of media to create two dimensional pieces that are inspired by the natural world.

What: Art in Nature

Teacher: Jenny Travers

Ages: 3rd-8th grades

When: Wednesdays 1:15-2:15 pm

Dates: TBA

Donation: TBA

On Thursdays, Heidi Ryan will return with JUNIOR SPORTS & GAMES for younger 1st-3rd graders. Always positive and encouraging, Heidi will introduce basic skills and age-appropriate sports and games to kids who are having fun at play.

What: Junior Sports & Games

Teacher: Heidi Ryan

Ages: 1st- 3rd grades

When: Thursdays  3:45- 4:45pm

Dates: Sept. 24/ Oct. 1, 8, 22 & 29/ Nov. 5, 12 & 19/ Dec.3, 10 & 17

Donation: $40

Thursday afternoons will also welcome violin virtuoso Richard Stone back to teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced VIOLIN students. Richard is a member of the Auburn and Folsom Symphonies, as well as the founder of the Nevada County Youth Orchestra. He has experienced the profound positive impact music has on the life of a young person and wants to make the study of music available to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

What: Violin

Teacher: Richard Stone

Ages: 9 and older

When: Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm (lessons are staggered)

Dates: ongoing       

Donation: 0

If you have any questions or concerns about this Fall’s classes, please call the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center at 292-3174. We hope that all families will be able to take advantage of this very special opportunity.



Western Sierra Medical Clinic Opens Urgent Care Service

posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:53 AM by Kristin Snell

from Nevada County CEO’s Friday Memo

Western Sierra Medical Clinic expanded its Urgent Care service on Monday, August 24th, providing access to health care providers for non-emergency treatment for minor injuries and illnesses.  The Urgent Care service will offer no-appointment-needed, same-day health care. All people are welcome, regardless of their income level. Most insurance plans will be accepted, including private, Veterans, Medicare and Medi-Cal.  Urgent Care will be available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Western Sierra Clinic, located at 844 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley.
“Same-day care is desperately needed in the community, and we wanted to help fill the gap for service,” said
Dr. Glenn Thiel, Chief Medical Officer for Western Sierra. “We’re expecting significant demand from patients who don’t have a primary care provider or who cannot get in to see their provider right away.”
Urgent Care will handle common illnesses such as, colds, flu, kidney infections, minor injuries including back pain, cuts and sprains. Patients with life-threatening injuries such as, choking, head injuries, severe chest pains or the inability to see, speak or walk should go to the emergency room right away.
“The Urgent Care service is a much-needed addition, a complement to health care in the region,” said
Michael Heggarty, Nevada County Director of Health and Human Services. “It’s not about replacing primary care providers, but treating patients who need care right away when their provider is not available.”

The Urgent Care service will help fill a void of medical treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, while easing unnecessary visits to local emergency rooms; a caseload and financial burden for hospitals, and an often frustrating experience and pricey option for patients.  Western Sierra’s staff and health care providers will ask every patient at the Urgent Care service if they have an established primary health provider. If so, all information about a patient’s treatment received at the Urgent Care service will be sent to their primary health provider. Western Sierra staff will direct patients back to those providers for follow-up treatment.
“It’s just another way we want to partner with the community and fill an obvious need,” said Western Sierra CEO Scott McFarland.

About Western Sierra Medical Clinic: Western Sierra Medical Clinic provides comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health care in Nevada, Sierra and Yuba counties. Founded in 1975, Western Sierra emphasizes preventive care, education and empowering patients to make informed decisions. Western Sierra provides services for the HMO and private markets, and to low-income and senior citizens. Western Sierra is the largest outpatient health care provider in Nevada County, where a new full-service health center will meet the growing demands in the community.

You can learn more about Western Sierra Medical Clinic at and on Facebook.  You can also reach the Clinic by phone at (530) 274-9762.


posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:52 AM by Kristin Snell

by Hank Weston, District IV Supervisor-Nevada County Board of Supervisors

I’m very excited to announce the opening of a new non-profit legal service in Nevada County.  Beginning August 11, Community Legal, Inc. opened its main location at 214 Church Street, Nevada City (the former location of the Searls Law Library), offering limited services.  There will be a grand opening on October 1, 2015. Community Legal will serve primarily very low-income individuals, and will also provide a range of legal services to people of all income levels.  The new service is the result of a cooperative effort among a group of attorneys and mediators who have been working since 2013 to help make legal services more accessible for low-income individuals.  In the process they have been working diligently to form partnerships with non-profits that serve the County’s lowest income residents. 

Erin Noel, a local attorney who has served as the project organizer and who will staff the clinic when it opens, explains how the clinic serves the values and community of Nevada County.  “As a rural community where legal problems often stem from relationships and breakdowns in communication between people, we need legal information and education that helps people to solve problems without litigation. When parties to a dispute can get on the same page and work together, no problem is insurmountable.” 

Community Legal will provide monthly clinics on specific legal topics, including landlord-tenant law, family law, wills and trusts, MediCal issues, and other topics important to lower-income residents of Nevada County.  Community Legal staff and pro-bono attorneys will conduct clinics, which will provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions and learn basic information for free, or at a very low cost.  Limited scope legal representation and legal mediation will also be available to very low income clients for free, and to others at low cost.

In addition to the Church Street location, Community Legal will provide opportunities for one-on-one meetings with legal counsel at other locations including FREED, Nevada County WORKS! in Truckee, and at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center. 

For more information on services provided, please visit Community Legal’s website at, or call them at 530- 265-3425. 

They are currently running a crowd-funding campaign at

Community Legal is the right organization coming to the rescue at the right time to provide a much needed service to the residents of Nevada County.  I hope you can see the benefits of this new service, and refer someone you know who might benefit from their services.

In other news, work on the Bridgeport Bridge renovation is moving forward.  I met recently with the Save the Bridge group and we reviewed some preliminary plans.  These plans will be finalized in late August and then in early September we will meet again to review cost estimates. We are also working to ensure the project keeps within the original timeline, which projected completion date of late 2017.   So—although you are not hearing much, work is continuing behind the scenes and I will keep you apprised as more information develops.


Community Legal Empowerment Project

posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:50 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 9:51 AM ]

by Erin Noel, Attorney at Law

When:               September 11, 2-5 pm

Where:              San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center,  18847 Oak Tree Road ~ North San Juan

What:                 Legal and Mediation Clinic                        

Cost:                  Free, donations welcome

Need a lawyer, but want more of a say in the legal process?  Need help, but cannot afford an attorney?  Not sure which form to download, or can you use a form?  Have a dispute but don’t want to go to court?  Want to enjoy instead of tolerate the legal process?  This clinic is for you!


Do you have a dispute that you do not want to bring to court?  A need to understand more about the law before you make a binding agreement?  Need help resolving a landlord/tenant issue, code enforcement, easement or property law issue, need help with legal issues you do not understand?

Visit our monthly legal clinic!  Erin Noel is the clinic attorney, who has experience with court mediation, property and land use law, landlord/tenant law, and other areas of law.  If she does not have expertise, she may be able to refer you to another free or low cost lawyer, and help you to prepare the questions you have.

Walk in, or MAKE AN APPOINTMENT so we can better serve you. 

To make an appointment, please contact Erin Noel at 913-5076.

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.


Ananda’s Annual Harvest Fest Sept. 26

posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:45 AM by Kristin Snell

by Colleen Heater, F.I.R.S.T. Business Cooperative

The F.I.R.S.T. Business Cooperative of Ananda Village is sponsoring a Harvest Festival, Saturday September 26, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm on the Ananda Village Green, 14618 Tyler Foote Road (5 miles from Hwy 49). The F.I.R.S.T. Business Cooperative of Ananda is a group of businesses organized to bring awareness to the San Juan Ridge area of the various services offered at Ananda Village.

The Harvest Festival will provide locally grown food, a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, hot food and drinks, exciting raffle prizes, live entertainment and Contra Dancing at 3:30pm. Raffle tickets on sale at Master’s Market and Northern Lights. If you want to donate a raffle prize, call Mary Weber 478-7083. This is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event with a goat petting zoo, corn husk doll making, face painting and lots of other activities for the children. Service dogs only please.

More information and vendor applications available at:

530-478-7721 -


Annual Harvest Stew at NSJ Center September 12th

posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:43 AM by Kristin Snell

by Annalinde, North San Juan Center

Mark your calendar for September 12th, 4 to 8 pm, for  the Annual  Harvest Stew at the North San Juan Center on Route 49 in North San Juan.  This year the fundraiser features a bottomless stew, salad and bread, abundance from the Ridge, farm to fork. Plus your choice of tea or coffee.  All this for only $10!  You can’t afford to eat at home at this price!

A no host bar will add to your dining pleasure.  Your sweet tooth does not go ignored, enjoy our famous bake sale!  Buy a pie to take home with you.  Tickets are on sale at Mother Trucker’s and at the Center.  And as always, parking is free.




North San Juan Center Has New Gourmet Chef

posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:42 AM by Kristin Snell

by Annalinde, North San Juan Center

Foodie Alert!!  The Tuesday organic lunch at the North San Juan Center has a new chef, and she is the real deal.  This Tuesday’s lunch was a taste of India; chicken Tikka, with a delicious bean sauce and rice, a salad of Armenian cucumbers and tomatoes, and for desert, apple crisp a la mode.  “Good! Great! Fabulous!” says diner Rose Leuty.  Right now the culinary skills of chef Catherine Adair (pictured at right) are known to only a select few, but, and you can quote me, it will not be long before you will be lucky to find room at her table.   The Tuesday organic lunch is served from noon til 1:30 at the North San Juan Center on Route 49, 

“All of the organic fresh vegetables for today’s lunch were donated by Olala Farms, and they have generously offered to donate vegetables throughout the year” says Catherine.  Catherine moved to the Ridge from Colorado a year ago seeking a more sustainable, simpler lifestyle .  “Also the warmer weather was a big draw” says Catherine, mom of 5.  I asked her why she is volunteering to do the Tuesday lunch and she said “People getting together over food prepared with love creates community ,and is spiritually nourishing.”  She will be offering healthy, organic foods from culturally diverse sources.  A donation of from $5 to $10 is suggested, altho no one is refused for lack of funds.  See you next Tuesday!  Bon Apetit


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:39 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

A whole year has gone by, school has begun, the light is changing and the library is constantly evolving. We have grown by 250 members since last September! Our collection now has 8,100 items including 600 DVDs. We have received many wonderful donations this year which have kept us in operation, (Thank each of You) and we are still working on finding long- term, dependable funding.

Ridgestock was a blast this year and our Sno Cone booth brought in $250! Thanks everyone for supporting us! Coming up on Sept 20h we will be at Picnic in the Park with Sno Cones again, and a great book sale and Magic Show with Nick Federoff going on at the Library. Come on out and have some fun with us there!

Lisa Rowe will be starting up Tech Club Thursdays this month with the first session on Thursday, September 10th. It will be for kids, ages 10-18. This club will run Thursdays from 5-6 pm. It will be a place to bring in all your tech questions, a place to learn new skills, set up your devices, learn to make a website, download music, etc. Best of all, it is FREE!

Thanks to all our volunteers for rocking the Library! You all bring us the love we need to keep things running. If any of you readers are interested in helping out, come on by and let us know. Also, we are replacing our not-so-popular DVDs with “fresh” ones and so are accepting donations of new titles and old classics too!

The Tapestry Project is underway Tue 1-3pm and Thu 10-12pm. It is open to all who want to come and stitch. Please come and join in this amazing ongoing project that will take your breath away with it’s beauty! See you at the Library!




FRC Clothes Closet Readies for Fall

posted Sep 8, 2015, 9:38 AM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Now that there’s a slight nip in the air and the kids are back in school, the Family Resource Center’s Clothes Closet shelves are beginning to fill with warm clothing. Shorts, sundresses and swimsuits will soon be replaced by cozy sweaters, coats, jackets, snowsuits, mittens, mufflers, flannels and fleeces. A change of seasons requires a change in wardrobe; and we hope you make the FRC is your first stop on this year’s winter clothing quest. Clothes Closet hours are: Monday 10-5, Tuesday noon-5, Wednesday & Thursday 9-5.


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