Home » MRYA News

7869 Whiskey Slide Rd. in Mtn. Ranch, CA
NEWSLETTER  March 2015
Center hours: 2:30-5:30 PM Mon-Fri
Phone Number: (209) 754-4073
Email Address:
Website: www.mountainranchresourcecenter.com

This month we give A Huge Thanks to our “Old El Dorado Jamboree” hardworking volunteers. Patty Hession, Kim Mistos and Jacki Malvini did the lion’s share of the work.  Other great volunteers who cooked, baked, bartended, served, set up, cleaned up or were otherwise extremely helpful, were Ken Malvini, Chris Malvini, Sharon Clause, Kara Blanch, Bonnie and Dick Giles, Doug Meeks, Richard DeGarmo, Di Jackson, Lynn Darmsted, Diane Cahill and Richard and John Scadding.  We are also very grateful to our youth volunteers: Katie Costello, Annie Curtis, Robert Cahill, Jack Malvini and Darren Hunt. And Special Thanks to all the guests who made this important fundraiser an amazing success.

 After School Drop-in Program: The program is available Monday through Friday, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during all days school is in session. Dean Hunt, our Youth Aide, is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Lunch with Us:  This month Lunch with Us meals are scheduled for April 2 and 16, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Center opens earlier at 9:00 a.m. for coffee, socializing, and Wi-Fi use. These luncheons are jointly offered by the MRYA Resource Center, the Mountain Ranch Community Club, and local churches.  Lunches are free but donations are very welcome. If you are interested in volunteering to help serve food or clean up, call the Resource Center at 754-4073. Donations of folding chairs in good condition would be greatly appreciated. Please call 754-4073 to donate. 

Food Commodities and Food Pantry:  Distributions will be on Thursdays April 2 and 16 respectively, at the front building.

Kristine’s next HERBAL WORKSHOP will be a “Spring Weed Walk” with a special kombucha demonstration, on Sunday, April 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at her residence in Mtn. Ranch. Bring containers and hand tools to dig up any extra starts, pick botanicals or take cuttings. Contact Kristine at kristineslavenderlove@netzero.net to sign up, or for more information, including caravan/carpooling or directions.

Kristine’s May HERBAL WORKSHOP “Natural Hair Care” will be on Saturday, May 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Resource Center in conjunction with the Mtn. Mamas Herbal Wellness Collective of Railroad Flat.  To register for the May workshop, contact either Kristine at the above email, or Autumn Andahl at AutumnAndahl@gmail.com.

ART ON DISPLAY for March/April features the work of Kathleen Ball, Ph.D. of Mtn. Ranch. Kathleen is an international traveler and scholar as well as a talented artist. She will be talking about the inspiration for her show entitled “Angelic Descent, Return to Earth” during her Open House/Artist Reception Party on Friday, April 10 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Come for the Food, Fun, Art, Community, and Music by Nancy & Lois, friends of the artist.

MAKE FRENCH BREAD with Nina Nakamura, on Thursday, April 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  This is a workshop for making “French Breadbaguettes and rolls. Wine will be served.  The cost for the workshop is $10. Contact the Resource Center at 754-4073 to register.

HATHA YOGA CLASS: Regular hours in April: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  “Summer Hours”: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. begin Wednesday, May 6.

GRANDPARENTS AND OTHERS RAISING RELATED CHILDREN: More and more grandparents and relatives are caring for related children. Come together at the Resource Center for coffee, snacks, sharing and helpful information, once a month in a confidential and welcoming environment, while the children are in child care or school. There is no cost.  This is a free service of the Calaveras Grandparent Project. Contact Arlene Weissman, MA, MFT at 754-3439 or email orlygirl65@gmail.com for details.






Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance & Resource Center

Monday-Friday, 2:30-5:30 p.m.  754-4073



Every School Week Day – Afternoon Drop-In for Students, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Youth Aide available Tuesday through Thursday.

Free High Speed Internet Access – Weekdays, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Free Honor-System Lending Library Weekdays, 2:30-5:30 p.m.


LUNCH WITH US: Free community meal on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Prior to the lunch, the Resource Center opens at 9:00 a.m. for coffee, socializing, Wi-Fi use, etc.

FOOD COMMODITIES: First Thursday, April 2, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the front building.

FOOD PANTRY: Third Thursday April 16, 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at the front building, each followed by Lunch with Us from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Resource Center.

QUILTING GROUP:  Meets on the 3rd Monday of the month, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

HATHA YOGA on Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m-11 a.m. through April. Cost is $5, plus $2 for the Resource Center, taught by Kristine Louise. Mats are available. The cost is $7. Dress in layers for stretching outside on the back patio. Kombucha will be served after class.



Please contact the ResourceCenter (209 754-4073) for more information on any of the following opportunities:

NEW!! AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM– Doing any shopping on Amazon?   Support our programs at the same time by using the following link:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1753961. When you do your shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance and Resource Ctr.

RENT THE RESOURCE CENTER: Are you interested in renting the ResourceCenter for your next family gathering workshop, social or community event?  Call the front desk at 754-4073 and find out about the affordable rates for the best rentable living room in Mountain Ranch. This is a great way to help support the Youth Alliance/Resource Center.

PROPANE SWITCH: The ResourceCenter receives thirty-five gallons of free propane from Campora whenever anyone switches from their current provider to them. To find out their rates, call Campora at 736-0449.

SAVEMART SHARES CARD: By swiping your S.H.A.R.E. card at checkout, 3% of your sales comes back to us. Pick up a specially-coded S.H.A.R.E. card at the Resource Center front table.

The Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance & Resource Center is a local 501-©-3 non-profit organization,

and is operated by an all-volunteer board of local community members.

Please support us by volunteering in some way – your talents, time, and/or donations.

Contact the ResourceCenter, Mon – Fri, 2:30-5:30 p.m., (209) 754-4073

View past issues of our newsletter here.