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Summer 2021


posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:49 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 2, 2021, 11:39 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Although a warm dry May made it seem as though summer has been with us for a while, it’s time to get ready for the real thing. Summer does not tip toe his way into these Sierra Foothills. He blows in on hot north winds, whipping up whirlwinds of ubiquitous red dust, transforming blades of soft green grass to brittle straw skeletons writhing in his arid wake. Summer skies are brilliantly blue. Days are long and bright. Gardens are colorful havens, and the Yuba is a refuge for the water loving heat-weary.

As summer days lengthen, so do the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s hours. Beginning on Thursday July 1, the FRC will be open 10 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday. Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10am-noon, will still be home to our popular Children’s Playgroups. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am-3 pm, will also be Food Pantry Days; and the Food Bank’s regularly scheduled drive-thru food distributions will remain on the second Tuesday of the month, 10 am-noon. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 am-3 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 pm are Clothes Closet days. Because of limited access, computer use is still by appointment only. As always, we will be available to make copies, send and receive faxes, provide access to a telephone and drinking water, share information on services and community resources, and accept donations during open hours.

We hope that you will take advantage of our new expanded schedule not only to pick up some groceries and outfit your family with a new summer wardrobe, but just to stop by and say “Hi.” Food and clothing may be necessities of life, and so is human contact. We look forward to greeting each and every one of our “family” as you cross our threshold. We’re back, baby, and the welcome mat is out.

Playgroup Is Back at the SJRFRC

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:48 PM by Kristin Snell

Congratulations, Grizzly Hill Graduates!

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:46 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 1, 2021, 5:21 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

It’s been a long, hard year, unlike any in recent memory. The pandemic has touched the lives of everyone, especially students. Grizzly Hill’s students are no exception. This year’s graduating class was unable to return to genuine classroom instruction until March of this year. One hundred percent of their classes were online. Not only did this group of students not receive the benefits of a face-to-face education. They were unable to socialize with one another. “The highest point of the year was coming back to a full classroom,” explained their teacher, Tiffany Caughey.” They were all so excited to see each other!” When asked to describe this little class of graduates, she proclaimed, “They’re all fabulous!” She continued, “ Each one has a great heart and the ability to learn. My wish for each one of them is to go out into the world and be the best possible version of themselves.”

We agree wholeheartedly with Ms Caughey’s assessment. Her class is fabulous! They are a resilient group of young people who will be going on to continue their education in Nevada City (Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning) and Grass Valley (Nevada Union High School) next year. A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to:          

Amrita Love

Brodie Gray

Caleigh Piland

Molly Cortes

Nate Duron

Tavia Whitestone

(One more fabulous student is included in this illustrious group, but will remain anonymous for now.)



A Colorful Collection of Hands Now Showing at North San Juan’s Postal Gallery

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:44 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 1, 2021, 5:21 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

A Colorful Collection of Hands is now on display at the “Postal Gallery” in North San Juan. Created by young artists aged 10 months to 6 years during Playgroup at the FRC, the whimsical tempera hand (and foot) prints brighten walls and warm hearts as only children’s art can. Next time you need to buy a stamp or pick up your mail be sure to check out the show. We guarantee that it will bring a smile to your face.

Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe Acknowledgements

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:39 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 2, 2021, 11:42 AM ]


  • We acknowledge these are the ancestral homelands of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe.
  • We acknowledge this land was taken repeatedly with no compensation or regard for the lives and ways of the original people, until they had no land left.
  • We acknowledge we are settlers here, that we live, love and work on land the Nisenan never ceded.

To learn more about the Nevada City Rancheria and the Nisenan Tribe, please visit


Kids Making A Difference

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:37 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 2, 2021, 11:41 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center volunteer Charlotte des Tombe is always willing to lend a helping hand. She has played her violin for young children and their parents, assisted kids with a colorful art project and engaged in outdoor parachute play with FRC’s Children’s Playgroups. She has bagged up edible commodities, shelved nonperishable foods, assisted customers in the Oak Tree Food Pantry, and folded, sorted and artfully displayed clothing in FRC’s Clothes Closet. Whether engaged in menial repetitive duties or stimulating, creative ones, Charlotte performs each and every job with a bright smile and a kind word for all.

In addition to being a busy 6th grade student in Yuba River Charter School’s Home Study Program, Charlotte is a baker, musician, ballet dancer, horseback rider, and softball player. She also creates and circulates a family newspaper to members of her sizable clan. Charlotte’s family has made its home on the Ridge and engaged in service to the San Juan Ridge community for three generations. When Charlotte needed to do a community service project to qualify for participation in YRC’s Medieval Games program, her parents sent her this way. She explained, “My parents recommended the FRC. I realized that it was a nice place. They help people with getting clothes and food. Helping people in the food pantry has been my favorite part of volunteering. Even though I have finished required volunteering I would like to continue volunteering at the FRC because it is a fulfilling activity.” Thank you, Charlotte, for your excellent service!


What, Softball on the Ridge?!

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:31 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 1, 2021, 5:18 PM ]

by Lucille Rovnak

Mark your calendars for June 19th and 20th, for the first annual “Father’s Day Slowpitch Softball Tournament” at the newly restored Oak Tree Community Park Field in North San Juan. The tournament will be followed, beginning June 27th, by “Softball on The Ridge” league play every Sunday.

NCASA (Nevada County Adult Sports Association) has been restoring the field for the last several months. Some of the improvements include new dugouts, benches and bleachers, a newly restored field, and new bases. A Scorer’s booth is being built, and fencing is being repaired as well.

Most of the work is being done by Rich Ramirez (of NCASA) and myself, Lucille Rovnak, along with other volunteers, with donations from citizens and local businesses.

We are still seeking donations to finish the project. Donations of any amount can help! These may be sent to: NCASA, PO Box 2191, Grass Valley, CA, 95945. Donations of $300.00 or more will receive a 3’x5’ banner along the outfield fence. For more information, please call NCASA at 530.575.9142. Thank you for your support!

Cherry Festival Lives On!

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:30 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 1, 2021, 5:17 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

North San Juan has been the site of an annual Cherry Festival since 1895. Founded by prospector Christian Kientz in 1853, the town of North San Juan’s population grew quickly as men flocked to the area to work in adjacent hydraulic mining operations. The town’s population swelled to several thousand when a flume from mountain lakes ushered in an era of prosperity by providing water to the townsfolk and surrounding mines. Soon North San Juan became headquarters for water companies that supplied the mines, and water ran above the town in elevated flumes. The end of hydraulic mining in 1884 marked the beginning of a decline in population for the foothill mining town. Over the years three major fires swept through the town, destroying the homes and businesses in its path. Resilient then, as now, North San Juan has survived; and through boom or bust, fair weather or foul, the Cherry Festival has endured. The global pandemic may have put a damper on last year’s festivities, but things are looking up and the Cherry Festival is back!

This year’s Cherry Festival will be on June 5th, from 10 am to 6 pm. Although there will be no parade this year, there will still be plenty of fun. There will be music from bands playing throughout the day, as well as children’s games, tacos by Angie, and vendors, including Papa Crow’s Forge. Raffle tickets for a variety of prizes donated by local businesses and artisans will be available at 1 for $1 and 6 for $5.

Vendors can still reserve a spot by calling Sue Bauer at 292.9525. The Cherry Festival is North San Juan Community Center’s annual fundraiser. Every penny raised at this family friendly event goes to keeping the Community Center’s doors open and the lights on.

Also happening at the North San Juan Community Center this summer is the weekly Farmers Market. For more information on dates and times, as well as a Farmers Market vending site, call Avani at 480.993.6487.

Summer Fun at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:28 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Did you ever wonder about how and why the devastating consequences of hydraulic mining led to the famed Sawyer Decision, California’s first environmental law? Have you ever wished you could step back in time and take a leisurely stroll through a real gold rush era town? Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park provides not only a glimpse, but an experience of Sierra Nevada Foothill history.

When you visit Malakoff, plan to make a day of it. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of many shady picnicking spots in the historic town of North Bloomfield, at Blair Lake, or elsewhere in this beautiful 3500 acre park. As well as a charming spot for a picnic or barbeque, Blair Lake is stocked with trout and bass, so don’t forget your fishing pole. In addition to hiking on over twenty miles of well maintained trails, gold panning and a scavenger hunt are also available to park-goers.

MDSHP’s clean, well equipped campgrounds opened on May 21, and cabins may become available later this summer. The park’s visitor center is open daily, 10 am-6 pm. To learn more about Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, or to reserve a camping space, call 265.2740. We hope you will take advantage of this marvelous educational/recreational jewel right here in our own back yard.

Community Library Update

posted Jun 1, 2021, 4:27 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 1, 2021, 5:07 PM ]

by Roo Cantada, San Juan Ridge Community Library

“An Attitude of Gratitude brings opportunity”

We are so blessed to have such a wonderful place to live and gather. It has been a tumultuous past season and we’ve had some excellent events with record attendance! Kite day was a wild success, the Tapestry folks have returned, and our first movie night happened even with a cloudy, sprinkly night. There is so much in store for the summer, it’s hard to list it all, so go to or Facebook to see our entire calendar! Short list: Movie nights 1st &3rd Saturdays, Pass the Mic 1st and 3rd Sundays, Kickball 1st & 3rd Mondays, Poetry 1ST Thursday of every month...and much more! We are excited to have activities to get you and your family out and enjoying the fresh air and great literature! Our Birthday Party on June 6th should be a sweet outing for the whole family. Make sure you make it by 2pm so we can toast Mary Moore as she transitions from full time staff to volunteer boss. We will miss the predictability but we are glad she will still be a critical part of SJRCL. CHEERS, Mary!

Saturday, June 5th 10am-6pm- NSJ Cherry Festival-SJRCL will have books available for donation, applications, plus a sweet activity for children.

8:30pm MOVIE NIGHT ON THE FIELD “Where the Wild things Are” Wear them out at Cherry Fest and then come relax on the field!

Sunday, June 6th 12-3pm @ SJR Community Library- We are happy to welcome the hot weather and summer with a Birthday Party for the Library! It’s been 8 years since our grand opening and we are excited to celebrate all that is good about the library- with cake! 2pm toast to Mary Moore

Sunday, June 6th 6-8pm PASS THE MIC at the Pavilion, music, poetry, magic tricks, whatever! Show your Stuff at our first open mic

Monday June 7th Family Kickball Night ALL AGES 6:30 -8:00pm

Tuesday, June 15th 8pm STARGAZING, NC library gave us an amazing telescope. Use ours or bring your own.

Saturday, June 19th 8:30pm MOVIE NIGHT ON THE FIELD, “Dr. Doolittle”

Sunday, June 20th 6-8pm PASS THE MIC

Monday, June 21st6:30-8:00pm Family Kickball ALL AGES

KIDs Club ! Wednesdays June 16th ,23rd ,30th YARD GAMES 10-11AM kids age 3-7, 11:30-12:30 EXPERIMENTS kids age 7-12 (snacks provided 11-11:30am)

As you can see, things are definitely happening around here! Keep a look out for an Annex Calendar of classes and workshops soon as well. Seed library is still here too.


10 am-6 pm TUESDAY and THURSDAY 12 pm-4 pm SATURDAYS

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