by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center
Now, thanks to the Bottrell Family, the Country Store is back in business. Like the legendary phoenix, rising from the ashes, the little market has been revitalized, adorned with a fresh coat of paint and clean as a whistle. Lucy and Bruce Bottrell, proprietors of both Mother Truckers and Natural Selections raised their two children, Eli and Julie in their home on the San Juan Ridge. Now retired, Bruce and Lucy have placed management of the thriving businesses in the capable hands of Eli and his wife Sara. To Eli, reopening the Country Store is a boon for the community. He explained, “I grew up going there (the Country Store). It was a viable business and I figured we’d reopen it and fill a need on the Ridge. The kitchen allows us to do things we can’t do at Mother Truckers. The Country Store provides lots of new opportunities.”
In addition to stocking groceries and other necessities, the Country Store is offering a selection of salads, sandwiches, burritos and other fresh foods made on site. The store’s kitchen manager, Ethan Hunter is working to provide, “an organic and natural selection of hot and cold grab & go items.” Ethan will be manning the barbeque at the official grand opening on Saturday, October 1st, 3-8 pm. A benefit for the North San Juan Fire Department, the celebration/fundraiser will include delicious food, beverages, and music starting at 4 pm provided by Hard Hattie and the Bad Men, the Belfry Brothers, and George Schroder and Friends. The Country Store is embarking upon a new era of serving the community. Ethan affirmed, “We’re keeping the community tradition of the Country Store alive.”
Location: 19008 Tyler Foote Road
Hours: Weekdays 8 am-8 pm, Weekends 9 am-8 pm
Photo credit: Jordan Kim
by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center“multi-media, age appropriate art activities with a seasonal and Nature theme” with local artist and educator, Penny St Claire. Having earned a BS in Math and Biology from Chico State and an Masters in Education from Concordia in Portland, Penny has a rich history as a working and teaching artist. She currently teaches ceramics to both children and adults at the Four Winds Studio in North San Juan. “I’ve been teaching art to kids for thirty years in both public and private settings. For young kids Art focuses on exploration and having fun!”
Preschool Art will be at the Family Resource Center on Thursday mornings, beginning on September 8 and continuing through November 10.
To take advantage of this special opportunity, drop by the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center or phone 292.3174 ASAP. Enrollment is limited, and we expect this series of workshops to fill quickly.
What …….PRESCHOOL ART for children 3-5 years old
When…….Thursdays/Sept 8-Nov 10/10-11 am
Cost……….$50 for entire 10 week series
by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Centernd - 8th grade students in a series of afternoon arts & crafts workshops. Including a variety of media, the activities will focus on creating pieces of two and three dimensional art. Once a student at Grizzly Hill School, Molly earned a BA in painting from San Francisco State University. She currently has a studio in Willow Springs in North San Juan and has work exhibited in the Community Art Show at the North Columbia Schoolhouse. “Art helps you understand the world and find your place in it. It’s really fun to do Art! I want to share that with people and kids are pretty receptive to fun.”
After School Arts & Crafts will be at the Family Resource Center on Tuesday afternoons from 3:45-4:45 pm, beginning on September 20 and continuing through November 22. To take advantage of this special opportunity, drop by the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center or phone 292.3174 ASAP. Enrollment is limited, and we expect this series of workshops to fill quickly.
What…….ARTS & CRAFTS
When……Tuesdays/Sept 20-Nov 22/3:45-4:45 pm
Cost……..$50 for entire 10 week series
by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center
Originally from New Orleans, Grace and her family fled the ravages of Hurricane Katrina when she was 15 years old. Scars of that experience remain with her. “We lost everything. It destroyed the whole neighborhood.” Grace now has a painting hanging in the community art show at the North Columbia Schoolhouse that is “dedicated to the City of New Orleans and its indomitable spirit.” She will be at the Schoolhouse’s Artists’ Reception from 6-8pm on September 1st, and is looking forward to meeting her neighbors. “I want to meet the community and I want the community to meet me.”Grace approached Oak Tree Park’s Board of Directors and asked permission to paint the pump house, providing all materials, her talents, and expertise pro bono. The board wisely accepted her offer and has since commissioned her to paint a mural on the walls of the Community Library, as well. “Since I’ve been painting this I’ve met so many awesome members of the community and I’ve met several people who have offered me opportunities to paint more murals in the immediate future. I’m so excited! My goal, and the way it seems to be working out, is to just not stop painting.”
To learn more about Grace Mack’s work, access her website: gemvisuals.com or her gemvisuals Facebook page. Grace can also be reached at 775.842.1394, but responds only to texts.
Submitted by Regine Miller, Camptonville Community Partnership
September 15, 2016, 9 am to 12 pm
Alcouffe Center, 9185 Marysville Road, Oregon House, CA 95962
$3 Door Fee to Cover Snacks
Why? Camptonville Community Partnership (CCP) and the Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) bring you a half-day workshop focused on the opportunities involved with starting your own business in Yuba County. Since 2013, CCP has been working to develop a small-scale forest biomass power generation facility to reduce excess fuels in the region’s forest, create sustainable local employment, improve the regional air quality, enhance forest health, and produce renewable energy. The planned bioenergy facility will be located in a small business park, the Forest Biomass Business Center (FBBC), where it will supply heat and renewable electricity to co-located businesses such as commercial firewood, wood shavings or pallet manufacturers, greenhouses, or a brewery, to name a few. This co-generation approach to renewable energy production is intended to support development of local businesses that create living-wage jobs and a market for forest biomass and small diameter wood. The FBBC can be a unique partner if you are looking for a place to start or grow a value-added wood products manufacturing business or are interested in starting a business with heat and/or electricity needs.
What will be covered? The workshop will provide detailed information on the resources, requirements, and opportunities involved with starting a business in Yuba County, and will include a presentation on the entrepreneurial opportunities to join the FBBC as well as discuss how to attract and plan for new businesses at the FBBC.
Who should attend? Local and regional interested individuals, conceptual and existing businesses, business investors and lenders, and those with an entrepreneurial spirit who are interested in exploring possible business opportunities in Yuba County, particularly at the FBBC campus.
Instructor: The workshop will be led by YSEDC President, Brynda Stranix. Brynda has led the YSEDC for over 16 years and has expertise in economic and community development, strategic business planning and partnerships, business lending, demographic research and economic profiles, and grant writing.
To register: Contact Regine Miller at email@example.com or (530)277-3843 by September 9, 2016. The workshop is free but $3 will be collected to cover snacks
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
On into September, I always feel like we’ve come around a corner. I hope everyone had a good summer. This month we’ll have a fundraising booth at Pignic in the Park on Saturday, September 24. This will be a fun event at Oak Tree Park that supports many non-profits on the ridge. Look for the posters for more info. We have an ongoing book sale in two places; the Library and the Ridge Cafe. Thank you all for your donations, our box at the cafe was stuffed! Also our booth at Ridgestock did great! Read On!!!
In November, on the ballot will be Measure A. This measure will bring more funding for rural libraries. We are hoping that should it pass, we will receive some of those funds. When voting in November, remember to support measure A!
We have received a puppet theater, and now we are looking for puppeteers. Come talk to us if you’d like to put it to use. The library is also wishing for a benefactor to help with renovations to the children’s space, if someone has time or resources. As always, we treasure our volunteers! If you have two hours a week and you love libraries, we could use your help, there’s so many interesting tasks.
The Tapestry project stitchers are ever busy, with one tapestry being finished as the next one is beginning. All are invited to join in and stitch along. They meet regularly on Tuesdays 1-3 pm, and Thursdays 10-12. Very talented stitchers inspire and teach inexperienced ones, while sitting around the tapestry absorbed in creation.
by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource CenterJust 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.