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Spring 2021

A New Normal

posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:52 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 12, 2021, 6:00 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

                               Alfred Tennyson

It seems as though we are finally beginning to behold a faint glimmer of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel as we slowly venture out into the softness of Spring. There are few colors as captivating as Spring green, few scents as intoxicating as Spring flowers, few sounds as sweetly stirring as returning robins’ songs. Life is pulsing, throbbing, exploding! Spring is Nature’s Big Bang; and it happens every year. The sun is back! Awakening from their winter’s rest, plants are bursting into bloom. Sap is rising, baby, and it’s rising fast.

A Sierra Spring never seems to last long enough. Just as we’ve settled into luxuriating in this lush and gentle clime, verdant fields quickly fade to muted shades of browns and golds. The earth grows hard and prickly underfoot. Songbirds wing away as flowers fade and clouds no longer dot the sky. A green and gentle world gives way to Summer.

Although a great time to enjoy being at the river or in the garden, a Sierra Foothill Summer is Fire Season, harsh and unforgiving. Every year the threat of wildfire becomes more immanent. The past two winters have been dry, very dry. This is the new normal. Now is the time to get busy. Create defensible space around your homes. Make sure access roads are safe and passable so that firetrucks can get in and you can get out. BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE! Keep burn piles small and attended at all times. Realize that one tiny match or cigarette butt carelessly tossed can cause a wildfire. Support your local fire department (see page 9). Be aware and be prepared.

Have a beautiful, happy Spring as you prepare for a beautiful, happy, fire-safe Summer!


posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:47 PM by Kristin Snell

Sierra Family Medical Clinic, 15301 Tyler Foote Road, is now offering the Moderna vaccine FREE to San Juan Ridge residents. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons are vaccination days for any adult 18 and over.

To take advantage of this excellent opportunity call SFMC at 530.292.3478 to make an appointment.


Kids Making A Difference

posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:46 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 13, 2021, 2:45 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

A cold and cloudy March morning was warmed by the generosity of a group of students and teachers from the Ananda Living Wisdom School. As a community service project, the students collected food to share with the San Juan Ridge Community via the FRC’s Oak Tree Pantry. After unloading a large van filled with bags and boxes of pastas, sauces,soups, canned fruits and vegetables, refried beans, nut butters, tuna, crackers, and many other nonperishable foods, the group toured the new Oak Tree Pantry, as well as the rest of the campus. After delivering the donations and touring the site, the students took a welcome break on the playground where each was asked why it is important to share food with others and how it feels to do so.  The group was as thoughtful as they were generous; and we are grateful for their kind words as well as their nutritious, delicious donations.

“Some people might not have enough money to buy food or care for themselves. If they have kids, that’s a whole extra lot. I grew up in a very sharing community and it feels good to share.”

Miles Hennings

3rd Grade


“Some people don’t have food and that’s not good. The food we collect goes to them, which is good. I brought some ramen and some tomato sauce. It feels very good to help.”

Sivan Seagel

4th Grade



“It’s important that people who don’t have food can eat. I think it helps a lot of people.  I feel happy because I’m helping other people. “

Asha Kavanaugh

5th Grade


“People won’t have to spend all their money on food & instead can spend it on other things they need, like toilet paper & other stuff. It feels nice to contribute something to the community.”

              Henry Krautkramer

6th Grade


“People who don’t have food or money to buy food can come and get it here at the Family Resource Center. It feels good when you can help people who need it.”

Izzy Wells

7th Grade


“It’s good to share. Some people are hungry. If you have food, it’s good to give them some if you can. It makes me feel happy.”

                                                                                           Sabina Klippstein

                                                    7th Grade


“Especially in times like now, a lot of people don’t have jobs and it’s hard for them to pay rent. I think it’s hard for people to pay for food if they’re paying rent. Being a kid, I know that we eat a lot. It’s important for people who have money to share. It feels good to help other people out.”

Moss Hellegers                                                           

8th Grade



“It is important to help people who don’t have food or money to buy food so they can have food at their house and not be hungry. It feels cool to be able to bring food to people.”

 Oshea Seagel

8th Grade


“I don’t think anyone should go without their basic needs. I don’t think there’s any excuse for letting people go hungry. It bothers me that so many have so much and so many have to struggle every day. Anything we can do to help our community meet basic needs makes us feel fulfilled and grateful for what we have.”

Matthew Fredrickson

3rd-8th Grade Teacher



“We were on a field trip and saw people sleeping in tents along the freeway in Roseville. That brought to our attention that people all over are in need and that we could do something to help. We are from secure families and sometimes take everything for granted. We wanted to give. We appreciate what the Family Resource Center is doing here and we appreciate being invited to help.”


                                                                               3rd-8th Grade Teacher


Playgroup Returns at the Family Resource Center!

posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:40 PM by Kristin Snell

Little Acorns Preschool to Open at Oak Tree

posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:39 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 13, 2021, 2:45 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

For many, a cherished dream will soon come true! This August, Little Acorns Preschool will open its doors on the the Oak Tree Campus. Twin Ridges Elementary School District is now busily preparing the site so that children aged   2 ½ - 5 will soon be able to learn and play in a kind and caring, safe and stimulating environment. Little Acorns’ teacher, Pam Langley, has recently emigrated to the San Juan Ridge from her home in Eliot, Maine. Dedicating several decades of her life to meeting the needs of young children and their families, Pam will be presenting a preschool program that employs skills and values honed for over a generation. She explained, “Meeting the needs of children and their families is something I’m passionate about. I like teaching about compassion and empathy. I strongly believe that children learn through play while caring adults help to facilitate positive learning experiences. Children should be able to let their curiosity direct their play while adults ensure they are in a safe, nurturing environment. ”

She described Little Acorns Preschool as, “a place where families and children feel comfortable, safe and nurtured. We believe that all children are natural learners provided they are in a safe environment and are exposed to caring, nurturing adults where the child’s best interest is their goal.”

In addition to providing an excellent learning experience, Little Acorns will be serving a high quality, freshly prepared lunch and snack daily. Preschool meals, as well as enrollment, will be FREE to all. Starting at the beginning of a new school year in mid-August, 2021, Little Acorns is accepting registrations now. To get further information or to begin the enrollment process, call Pam Langley at 265.9052.


Early Head Start Reopens and Welcomes Families

posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:38 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 15, 2021, 12:55 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini & Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Adjacent to the San Juan Ridge Community Library, North San Juan Early Head Start has been providing young families with a strong foundation for over a generation. Guided for the past twenty-three years by Director Stormy Nelson, Early Head Start is an accredited, no-cost, year-round program providing regular socializations, including play times, nutritous lunches, crafts, and other developmentally appropriate activities for very young children aged 0-3 and their parents. Prenatal parents are also accepted into the Early Head Start program. With a deep understanding of the needs of young families, Ms Nelson is dedicated to providing support and care so that San Juan Ridge children are assured of a healthy start in life.

The Early Head Start program recently re-opened for in-person socializations on Tuesdays with Covid protocols in place. Before re-opening, their indoor space was thoughtfully updated to create an even more welcoming environment for families with young children. Simple, natural toys, soft lighting, gentle colors and lots of open floor space make for an inviting, calming and charming atmosphere. Another change is that families who attend receive a delicious, organic meal catered by BriarPatch Food Co-op – what a treat!

For more info or to apply for Early Head Start, please contact Stormy Nelson at 530.210.7992.

Ridge Community Supports Oak Tree Pantry

posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:37 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 12, 2021, 5:57 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Thanks to the generosity of our friends and neighbors, the Oak Tree Pantry is brimming with a wide selection of high-quality goods to share with the San Juan Ridge Community. In addition to regularly receiving food from the Food Bank of Nevada County, plus diapers and baby wipes from the Nevada County Diaper Project, a variety of toiletries has been purchased with funds from Nevada County’s COVID Relief Fund. We have also been given very generous donations from our good friends, Master’s Market, The Country Store, Ananda Living Wisdom School, Karol Greene and Sarah Sparks. We further extend our gratitude to stalwart volunteers, Judy Arbuckle and Nancy Lorenz, who wholeheartedly dedicate their efforts to serving the needs of our community. Many, many thanks to one and all who have contributed to the success of the Oak Tree Pantry! Together, we are truly making a difference.


Oak Tree Pantry Welcomes You!!

posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:36 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 12, 2021, 5:57 PM ]

San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s


~foods & beverages ~ toiletries & diapers~



Tuesdays & Thursdays

11847 Oak Tree Road

Call 292.3174 for info

FRC Clothes Closet Now Open Mondays & Wednesdays 10-2

posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:35 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 12, 2021, 5:58 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The FRC is thrilled to announce that Tuesday and Thursday morning Children’s Playgroups have been reinstated. This happy change means that the FRC’s Clothes Closet will now be open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-2pm. The Oak Tree Pantry will continue to be open 10am-2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you have not already done so, please come and visit our new and improved Clothes Closet in Oak Tree School’s Phoenix Building. We think you will be very pleasantly surprised with the expanded space and variety of items.

Tech Access Available at Resource Center

posted Apr 12, 2021, 5:33 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Apr 12, 2021, 5:59 PM ]

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Computer access is available to the public Wednesdays by appointment between the hours of 10-2 (if no appointment is booked, drop-ins are welcome). We welcome families with children and have set up a small space for them to use while parents or caregivers access tech.

One adult or high school student may use the tech room at a time. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. We are also able to print documents and send and receive faxes on a limited basis during our open hours.

Call for details or to schedule an appointment—292.3174.


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