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September 2016

Country Store Reopens— A Ridge Tradition Revitalized

posted Sep 1, 2016, 12:00 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 12:08 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Over the years the Country Store has been many things to many people. At one time it housed public showers, greatly appreciated by a wave of eager young homesteaders back in the early ‘70s. A fenced beer garden once provided a pleasant spot for local musicians to perform on a stage under the shade of a spreading walnut tree. The Country Store long served as a neighborhood market where locals, as well as campers and visitors to Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, could gather, as well as pick up a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread on the way home from work. Also housing a certified commercial kitchen, the Country Store often served fresh hot and cold foods prepared on the premises. Plagued by fire and the recent death of its owner-operator, the deserted little store sat vacant for several years.

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 

Phone: 470-8800


What I Did on My Summer Vacation

posted Sep 1, 2016, 11:28 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 11:52 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The FRC had an exceptionally busy summer, hosting nearly 100 young artists and athletes at our children’s camps in July and August. We are very grateful to all those who so generously contributed to the great success of 2016’s SPORTS & ART CAMPS: Coach John Hughes; Teaching Artists Shari Brookler, Camille Collings, Ludi Hinrichs, Molly Jochem, Sasha St. John; Teen counselors Kai Hererra, Nisa and Galen Masker, Kate McWeeney, Leah Montelius, Dora Scott; Special Helpers Selina Blanco, Nicole Hayes, Nancy Henson, Maya Hughes, Jordan Kim, Penny St. Claire; Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, Twin Ridges Elementary School District, the Welz Family Foundation, and all the many people who have contributed to FRC’s children’s activities throughout the year. You have enriched our lives, as well as the lives of our children. Thanks for all the wonderful memories!

“I like that we play lots of fun games at SPORTS CAMP. My favorite game is Capture the Flag. Capture the Flag is fun because it’s a running game. If the green side goes on the yellow side, then they get tagged and they have to go to jail. Or it could be the other way around. My other favorite is Dodge Ball. You throw balls at people. They’re soft balls that have air in them so they don’t hurt. I’ve made three friends at SPORTS CAMP and I’m going to invite them to my birthday party.”

Adriel Collings

Kindergarten ~ Forest Charter School


“Dance is the best thing about ART CAMP. I like doing all the dances. I like doing the play, drawing, and painting too. ART CAMP is fun!”

Louisa des Tombe

Kindergarten ~ Yuba River Charter School

Caleb: “I like that we play games at SPORTS CAMP. Dodge Ball and Murder in the Dark are my favorite games. One person is the murderer. You know when you’re the murderer because the coach taps you. Then the murderer (and everybody else) shakes hands and when the coach says ‘Stop!’, you try to guess who the murderer is.”

Haiden: “My favorite game is Dodge Ball. I like throwing the ball and getting everybody out, then catching a ball and getting them back in. And I really like to play Capture the Flag.”

Caleb & Haiden Kersey

1st Grade ~ Grizzly Hill School


“The best part of SPORTS CAMP is Capture the Flag. When you get the other team’s Frisbee and take it over to your side, you score. I like Soccer and Dodge Ball and Monkey Tag too. I like John and Dora because they help you. John tells you how to play and Dora plays with you. I want to come back next year!”

                                                                      Annika Sauer

                                          2nd Grade ~ Grizzly Hill School


“I think Music and Theater are the best things about ART CAMP. In Music, I like the dancing. In theater it’s fun to be someone else. In ‘Little Black Goat’s Foot’ I’m the middle sister. I also like to draw and play on the playground with my friends. I’m excited because next year I’ll be in Kate’s group and she’s my favorite teacher.”

Ocian Floyd-Haskell

3rd Grade ~ Redwood Day School, Oakland





“ART CAMP is awesome! I like making masks the best. I made a red and black devil mask. I really like to do plays, too. The stuff we do, the people, and the kids make ART CAMP fun.”

                                                                             Emmet Farrell

                               3rd Grade ~ Ananda Living Wisdom School


“I like SPORTS CAMP because you can do lots of sports. My favorite is Medic Ball. It’s like Dodge ball except that each team has a medic. Instead of going to the side when you get hit by a ball, you squat down where you got hit. The medic can un-tag you and you can get back in the game. It’s nice to have friends here. We can play, talk, and do soccer together. I’m coming back next year.”

Esme Loyaza

3rd Grade ~ Ananda Living Wisdom School



“ART CAMP is fun because there’s lots of stuff to do, like Dance and Art. I decorated a picture frame and did lots of drawings with Sasha. We painted flags and shields and made tassels with Molly, Penny, and Nancy. I want to come back again next year!”

                                                                                   Alia Wayman

                                                       3rd Grade ~ Grizzly Hill School



“I like Dodge Ball the best. I like to throw balls and it’s fun! I made 9 new friends at SPORTS CAMP. I think more people should come so they can have the chance to have fun doing sports!”

Madalyn Greenwood-Price

4th Grade ~ Nevada City School of the Arts


“I really like the music and the play. I really like dancing too. I think all of ART CAMP is special because it’s fun! I enjoy the classes. I’m coming back next year if I’m not in Greece.

                                                                       Stella Rosmarin

                  5th Grade ~ Live Oak Waldorf School, Applegate



“I definitely like SPORTS CAMP! I get up early and then I play all day. I like that. I really, really like John. He’s really nice and a really good teacher. I like the games that we play. I especially like going into the Lodge and playing Dodge Ball. We mixed Dodge Ball and Capture the Flag and Medic Ball. I definitely will come back next year!”

 Jazzmin Kawa

 6th Grade ~ Grizzly Hill School


“This is my fifth year at SPORTS CAMP. I think it’s a really fun dynamic and the person who leads the camp is always great!  Everyone is really friendly and the camp is at a nice location. You’ll be playing a game and see people that you don’t know but they’ll stop and say, ‘Hi.’ Everything we do is really fun. It’s not super structured so if there’s something you don’t like, the coach will listen and take input on what we do. I think that, even though it’s a SPORTS CAMP, it’s fun if you’re not an extremely athletic person. Sports Camp is an excuse to be active and have fun. It doesn’t require any skills, just a good attitude.”

                                                                                    Emma Brink

                                  8th Grade ~ Nevada City School of the Arts



Art Camp 2016:The Balkans

Art Camp 2016 Photo Gallery

posted Sep 1, 2016, 11:15 AM by Kristin Snell

Maestro Ludi Hinrichs conducts with panache. 
Actor Hiano Souverville performs in Little Black Goat’s Foot.
Balkan dancers in flower headdresses and hand stenciled sash and aprons pause for a group shot.
Ireland Brown as Little Black Goat’s Foot battles Alder Pelling as the Fearsome Dragon.

Photo credit: Jordan Kim


Preschool Art with Penny St Claire at FRC

posted Sep 1, 2016, 11:07 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 12:04 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Children 3-5 years old have the opportunity to participate in 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


After School Arts & Crafts with Molly Jochem at FRC

posted Sep 1, 2016, 11:06 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 12:05 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Molly Jochem returns to the FRC to share her passion for art and infectious sense of fun with 2nd - 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. 




When……Tuesdays/Sept 20-Nov 22/3:45-4:45 pm


Cost……..$50 for entire 10 week series


Slapong Update

posted Sep 1, 2016, 11:05 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 12:05 PM ]

by Kev Foley

Weekly games now held under lights at the Land Down Under (below the parking lot in downtown NSJ)

SATURDAYS at 8 pm with live music or DJs and sometimes food!


Beauty is as Beauty Does… Meet Grace Mack

posted Aug 30, 2016, 1:16 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 12:06 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Those who travel Oak Tree Road’s grassy corridor have been witnessing the evolution of Oak Tree Park’s drab pump house into a vibrantly colorful work of art. Local artist Grace Mack is the creatrix of this brilliantly uplifting transformation. As founder and sole proprietor of Gem Visuals, Grace designs and paints on any medium, including hats, clothing, canvases, and metal. However, she admits that, “At the moment my thing is murals.”

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.”

Relocating to Nevada County in 2009, Grace has made her home on the San Juan Ridge for the past three years. “I’ve been thinking about painting a mural in this county for about two solid years. I’m really inspired by this place.”  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: or her gemvisuals Facebook page. Grace can also be  reached at 775.842.1394, but responds only to texts.

Workshop: Starting Your Own Business in Yuba County

posted Aug 30, 2016, 1:14 PM by Kristin Snell

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 or (530)277-3843 by September 9, 2016. The workshop is free but $3 will be collected to cover snacks


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Aug 30, 2016, 1:13 PM 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

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.


Car Donations Keep Doors Open

posted Aug 30, 2016, 1:13 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 12:04 PM ]

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.


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