Friday, February 23, 2018

ACN 2/23/2018

News & Announcements: 
Community Calendar
Feb 19-25
Master Gardeners Present: Plant Propagation - Sat Feb 24
Iconographer to discuss frescos at St. Sava Jackson - Sat Feb 24
FACL Semi-Annual Book Drive - Feb 24 & Mar 31
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Daffodil Hill to Open for 77th Season
Plymouth Foothills Rotary: Plymouth Flea Market Vendor Registration
Amador County attorney Robert Schell announces run for Amador County Judge
Calaveras County resolves to file suit against PG&E to recover millions in taxpayer losses from the Butte Fire
Roaring Camp Mining Co.: Announcing Elton's Big Load of Pay Dirt!
Amador Council of Tourism Update
-  Amador County Transportation Resources
Be Active! Monday Morning Walks & 2018 Monthly Events
Are You Ready for Kindergarten? K2K starts in February
Amador Air District: Outdoor Burning in Amador County
AWA: Do you have a well?
Beneficial Property Tax Information
Judge Renée Day Announces Run to Retain Seat in Amador Superior Court
Andrea Macon For District 5 Supervisor: "Respect our past while building our future."
Call for Stories spotlighted on new radio show focused on the "Arts Around Amador"
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FIDDLETOWN PINE NEEDLE BASKET WEAVING CLASS - Sat Feb 24 from 9am-4pm Cost:  $85. The class size is limited, this is a full day class. Beginners class will cover preparing the pine needles, starting a basket, basic weaving techniques, shaping the basket and finishing a basket.  Lunch is included. For more information and to sign up, please visit: http://mcdanel.com/basket.htm
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JUDGE DAY COFFEE MEET & GREET - Assistant Presiding Judge Renée Day will host a "Coffee Meet & Greet" on Saturday, February 24 at 10 a.m., in the conference room at Mace Meadows. Judge Day is currently running to retain her seat as Superior Court Judge in Amador County. Members of the public are invited to attend. Mace Meadows is located at 26570 Fairway Drive, Pioneer. For more information, go to www.electjudgeday.com.
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Feb 26-28
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THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, February 27th in the Multi-purpose Conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. This will be the Annual Meeting for NAMI Amador where the organization’s officers will be elected.  From 6:45 to 8:00 pm we will conduct confidential Support Groups for family members and individuals living with mental illnesses. For information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.
http://namiamador.org/
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March+
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PROGRESSIVE WOMEN'S COMMITTEE - The March meeting of the PWC will be on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 11:30 a.mat the Highway House Banquet Room, Jackson.
The speaker for March will be Tom Pratt, Candidate for State Senate in  our local District 8.
 Reservations are required and may be made at sallytrestrail@gmail.com
no later than Tuesday February 27 (sooner if possible) All those interested are welcome to attend. The buffet luncheon is $15.00, payable at the door. Cash (the exact amount is always appreciated) and personal check only.

NOTE: If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please call 209-267-0177 to cancel by noon on Wed Feb 28If you make a reservation and do not attend, you may be billed for the luncheon.
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MASTER GARDENERS: GARDEN DESIGN USING RAISED BEDS AND TERRACING – Sat Mar 3. The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County are presenting a free Public Education class on garden design using various types of raised beds, including straw bale beds and the use of landscape terracing to improve your garden irrigation. Planting vegetables and flowers in raised beds can help successful gardeners maximize their growing area and overcome many garden problems. Handouts will be provided. Classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd. in Jackson from 9am to Noon.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 209-223-6838 or email mgamador@ucdavis.edu.  Website:  http://ucanr.edu/mgamador 
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BEEF AMBASSADOR COMPETITION will be held the morning of Sunday, March 4th in the boardroom at the Amador County Fairgrounds. If you have questions or would like to enter (or know someone who would like to enter) contact Nancy Hawkins at 209-245-3541 or email cowhawk21@gmail.com Looking forward to a great turnout!
Junior Division: age 12-16 (Must be 12, but not over 16 by Sept. 1, 2018).
Senior Division: age 17-20 (Must be 17, but not over 20 by Sept. 1, 2018).
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10th ANNUAL MARGARET DALTON GOLDEN ACORN AWARDS honoring Karl and Patty Knobelauch, Friday, March 2 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Grand Oak Ballroom. No host cocktails, 6pm; dinner at 7pm. $50 per person, $500 table of 10. RSVP by Feb 19. Dress is semi-formal. Reserve your seats by calling 209-223-0350 or e-mail amadorcountychamber@gmail.com.
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KNIGHT FOUNDRY PLAQUES DEDICATION PROGRAM - Sat Mar 10 at 11am. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will be rededicating their Mechanical Engineering Historical Landmark plaque that was first placed at the Foundry site in 1994.
The Native Sons of the Golden West (NSGW) will be dedicating the new plaque honoring all of the Native Sons who have passed through Knight Foundry, and to commemorate the NSGW support for the preservation of the site.
The public is invited. Tours of the site will be also be available at 10am, 12noon and 2pm.
http://knightfoundry.com/
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FIRST 5 AMADOR NOW HIRING FOR SUMMER KINDERGARTEN BRIDGE PROGRAM - The Summer Kindergarten Bridge Program is designed for children who will be starting kindergarten in the Fall. Priority enrollment is given to children who have spent little or no time in a preschool setting. The 3-week transition program is designed to introduce incoming students to the structure, rhythm and routine of the kindergarten classroom. It is called a Bridge Program because it aims to help children cross from the pre-kindergarten environment into the kindergarten world.
   The program has grown each year and will be serving children this Summer at all six school district elementary school sites, including Ione, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth and Sutter Creek.
- First 5 Amador is seeking teachers, and teacher’s aides, to serve children at each of these sites.
- Dates and times are: Monday - Thursday8:00 - 11:30 am, from June 11 through June 28All hires must also attend an Orientation and complete a Mandated Reporter Training.
These positions are ideal for current kindergarten, transitional-kindergarten, or preschool teachers, aides, or students in the Early Childhood Education field. Education and/or experience required.
   If interested, please contact First 5 Amador at 257-1092, for an application. They can also be found on First 5 Amador's website, at http://www.first5amador.com/bridgeprogram.html  (scroll to bottom of page). If you are a new applicant, please include copies of any certificates and/or credentials held.
All applications are due no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, March 16.
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NATIVE DAUGHTERS OF THE GOLDEN WEST ST. PATRICK’S DAY CORNED BEEF DINNER - Saturday, March 17th, 2018 6pm-10pm at the Native Sons Hall in Sutter Creek.
Corned beef dinner with all the fixings, raffles, "selfie" photo booth, no host bar, a presentation of our upcoming community projects, and a LOT of fun!
ALL proceeds from this event will fund projects in our community, through our Americanism and Civic Participation Committee. We have great things planned, we hope you can come!
Call for tickets, seating is limited! For more info/tix, call Lindsey at 209-256-5698.
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MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: PLANNING YOUR SPRING AND SUMMER GARDENS – Sat Mar 17. Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County for a free Public Education class on seasonal garden planning. Master Gardeners will discuss planting times and methods as well as the selection, care and maintenance of local vegetables and annual flowers which can be grown in the spring and summer. Handouts will include a planting guide for various elevations and local micro-climates. Classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd. in Jackson from 9am to Noon.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 209-223-6838 or email mgamador@ucdavis.edu.  Website:  http://ucanr.edu/mgamador
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DO YOU STRUGGLE to live a fulfilling life while living with a mental illness? Have you been told that you have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder or depression, PTSD or anxiety? Perhaps you have a spouse or partner who lives with mental illness; perhaps you have a grown child or grandchild who lives on the streets due to their mental illness.
We are your neighbors and we can help. We are NAMI Amador, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and we are offering two free classes this spring just for you.
- PEER TO PEER is a five week class offering skills, strategies and support for people living with mental illness. You will gain the knowledge to live well in recovery with your diagnosis and the plans you make.
This class will run every Saturday March 31 through April 28 from 10:00-2:00.
- FAMILY TO FAMILY gives the information you need if you are a family member, close friend or caretaker of someone living with mental illness. You’ll be able to live with more comfort and less stress.
This class runs six Saturdays, from March 24 through April 28, from 9:30 - 2:30.
Both classes will be held in Jackson and are taught by trained instructors with lived experience with mental illness, in themselves or in their family. 
For more information or to register, call 223-1485, ext. 266.
ACES, TRAUMA INFORMED CARE AND RESILIENCE TRAINING - Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28, Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council, 975 Broadway, Jackson. This training is geared towards anyone working with families and children in Amador County. It will provide an introduction to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), Trauma Informed Care, and Resilience. Participants are not required to attend both days, as long as there is space available.
   This FREE training is being offered by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council, Strategies 2.0, and the Sacramento Child Abuse Prevention Center. Lunch is provided on the second day. For more information and for registration details, please call the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921.
IONE COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVES - Mon April 9 from 1:30-5:30pm at Evalynn Bishop Hall, Ione. Mark your calendars for the Ione Community Blood Drives of 2018! Blood drives are held at Evalynn Bishop Hall in Ione from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm every eight weeks. The following dates are the blood drive dates: April 9June 11August 13October 15, and December 10. No appointments are needed, just stop by, donate blood, and save the lives of three people! For more information, please call Kristi Roots Insurance at 209-274-4543.
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SAVE THE DATE: AAUW HOME TOUR 2018: “JACKSON: TOUR THROUGH TIME - The 46th Annual AAUW Home Tour will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, 11 AM to 4 PM, featuring five homes representing periods from the 1890’s to the 1950’s and five historical sites, one never before open to the public.  Enjoy tea and homemade cookies and participate in a raffle for special baskets.  Tickets are $25/$28 and will be available March 16.  See amador-ca.aauw.net/home-tour for more details.  This event supports scholarships for local women and girls.
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CRAFT-A-PALOOZA UPCOUNTRY SPRING CRAFT FAIR - Saturday, May 12 from 9am-4pm at the Mace Meadows Golf Course Events Center. Handcrafted items by over 30 local vendors and artisans! For more information, contact Shanell at 714-715-4329 or e-ail Kensiscreations@aol.com
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SAVE THE DATE: AMADOR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 50TH CLASS REUNION - Sat Aug 25 from 5-10pm at Mel & Faye’s Creekside Banquet Room, Jackson. Don’t miss out on joining the rest of the “Herd” for a fun night of catching up on the past fifty years! No host bar, delicious buffet, casual dress.
$35 for reservations made no later than 6/30/18. $40 for reservations after 6/30/18. For reservations, contact:
Carly Barric Hubbard - (209) 747-8316 or e-mail carlyshubbard@gmail.com
Cindi Oehler Wadlow - (770) 533-2129 gammywadlow@gmail.com
Spread the Word to the Rest of the Herd!
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Meetings, Classes, Activities, Ongoing Events

DAILY
TODDLER PLAYGROUPS - FREE to all children ages 0-5, and their mom, dad, grandparent, or caregiver. These playgroups are open to everyone, regardless of income. Please note that the location for Jackson's playgroup has changed for this year! Join us from 9:30 to 11:30 am, on the following days and locations --
Mondays - Camanche Lake Community Center, Camanche
Tuesdays - First 5 Amador building, Jackson
Wednesdays - Ione Memorial Hall, Ione
Thursdays - Upcountry Community Center, Pine Grove
For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.


THE AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY is happy to announce the Plymouth branch has re-opened in its new location, 9369 Main St. Plymouth (just to the left of the former location).
The new hours will be:
Tuesday 12.30 – 5
Wednesday 11 – 4
Thursday 12:30 – 5
Friday 11 - 4
Phone number is same as before 209-245-6476

MONDAY
- Sutter Creek City Council meets on the 1st & 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
- Jackson City Council meets on the 2nd & 4th Mon at 7 PM.
- Sutter Creek Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Mon at 7 PM.
- Upcountry Community Council meets on the 2nd Mon at 6PM.
- Jackson Planning Commission meets on the 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
- Optimize Your Brain - Monday evenings beginning Feb 19 thru April 2
BE ACTIVE! MONDAY MORNING WALKS: Start the new year off right! Kick off your week with a one and a half mile morning walk.
Every Monday at 8:30am. (Excluding Holidays)  
First and Third Mondays at Miners Bend
Second and Fourth Mondays at National Hotel.  
Be Active Member’s fee of $75/yearFor more information, please contact Nettie from ACRA by phone (209-223-6349)E-mailamfox@amadorgov.org, or Facebook (facebook.com/goacra)

INTRODUCE READING TO YOUR YOUNG CHILDREN! Attend Pre-school Storytime and play! Thursdays 10:30-11:00 at the Main Library in Jackson, or at the Ione branch on Mondays 10:00 a.m.

OVER-EATERS ANONYMOUS OF JACKSON…if you think you have a problem with food. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday and Friday, 5:30 PM, Sutter Amador Hospital. Oakview Conference Room, in Education Dept on 2nd Floor. Contact Liz, 295-6921.

LOCKWOOD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AUXILIARY - We raise money for our volunteer personnel and have a lot of fun doing this. We have dinners, concerts and our annual pancake breakfast. We meet every 1st Monday of the month. If you are interested in joining our group, contact Carol Asmus at 209-2396-5681 or Marilyn Dillion, VP at 209-296-8011. Our website is www.lockwoodfire.org

AMADOR COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 7PM at their office at 557 Hwy 49 Suite 3, Jackson. Call 209-257-1397. The public is welcome to attend. https://amadordemocrats.org/




TUESDAY
- Ione City Council meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6PM.
Board of Supervisors meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 9AM.
- Ione Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Tues at 6PM
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesdays at 10AM. 817 Court Street Suite 12 in Jackson. 95642 Call Operation Care for information, 223-2600.

BINGO - 1st & 3rd Tues at 6PM at the American Legion Hall Post 108 (11401 American Legion Drive in Sutter Creek). $10 for 10 games. We have Pull Tabs and U-Pic-Ems, raffle prizes, complimentary cookies and coffee, soda and water available for purchase. Feel free to bring your own dinner and your friends! For more information, visit: http://goacra.org/adult-programs

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP - Interim Healthcare of Jackson is hosting monthly Parkinson’s Disease Support Group every third Tuesday of the month, from 10:30 am to 12 noon. We have a speaker for most meetings. We also have painting lessons for those who are interested. Call us at 209-223-9119 for more information.

“READ ACROSS AMADOR” MEETINGS - 3rd Tuesday of Every Month at 12:30 pm at the ATCAA office at 935 S. Hwy 49, Jackson. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Please mark your calendars, and join us to discuss ways to increase literacy awareness and opportunities in Amador County. Meetings are open to everyone! For more information, please call 257-1092.

WEDNESDAY
- Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD/ACOE) meets on the 2nd & 4th Wed at 6:30 PM.
- Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) meets on the 4th Weds of the month at 11AM
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OPEN MIC NIGHT AT BG'S LOUNGE - Wednesdays at 8PM. Call 209-223-0860. bgjackson.com

CAMANCHE KINDERGARTEN READINESS PROGRAM ~ This FREE program is open to all children ages 3-5, regardless of income. Weekly classes are offered during the ACUSD school year, and provide developmentally appropriate activities designed to help prepare your child for kindergarten! For more information or to enroll your child, please call 257-1980 ext. 103.

AMADOR CHAMBER MIXERS - 2nd Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Raffle prizes, appetizers, no-host bar. Admission $10. Wine/mixed drink, $5, Beer, $3. Bring a raffle item to donate. amadorchamber.com

KARAOKE AT JOSE'S CANTINA - 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 8PM. $50 Jose's gift certificate for the winner. Call 209-223-3886. facebook.com/josesmexrestaurant

THURSDAY
- Amador County Transportation Commission 1st Thurs at 9AM
- Progressive Women's Committee meets on the 1st Thurs at 11:30AM
- Amador Water Agency Board (AWA) meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 9 AM.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Nights at Amador College Connect - 2nd & 4th Thursdays
- Plymouth City Council meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM.

INTRODUCE READING TO YOUR YOUNG CHILDREN! Attend Pre-school Storytime and play! Thursdays 10:30-11:00 at the Main Library in Jackson, or at the Ione branch on Mondays 10:00 a.m.
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SUTTER CREEK BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION meets the 1st Thurs of every month at 8:30 am at Hotel Sutter. www.suttercreek.org
Email: SCBPAmembership@gmail.com

AMADOR UPCOUNTRY ROTARY meets the 1st three Thursdays at 5:30pm at the St. George Hotel in Volcano. http://amadorupcountryrotary.weebly.com/


COLE STREET JUG BAND WORKSHOP - Every 3rd Thursday starting at 5:00 led by Tom Sharkey, 135 Cole St, Sutter Creek. E-mail Tom sharkeys@volcano.net

AMADOR REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE meets on the on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30PM at their headquarters located at 12275 Martell Road (across from Panda House Restaurant). Our meetings are open to the public, and attendance is encouraged. For more information, visit: http://amadorrepublican.com/

FRIDAY
LGBTQ SOCIAL & ACTIVITY GROUP: On-going, every 1st and 3rd Fridays, 4:00 – 5:30m at Hein and Co., 204 Main St., Jackson. All ages welcome. Join us for dialogue, friendship, support and social activities. Contact: Marla Vander Meer (209) 256-3750 also find us on facebook at Motherlode Pride Center.

TODDLER PLAYGROUPS
Mondays through Thursdays
9:30 am - 11: 30 am
Various locations throughout the County:
Mondays - Camanche
Tuesdays - Jackson
Wednesdays - Ione
Thursdays - Pine Grove
A new year of the always-popular Toddler Playgroups has begun! FREE to all children aged 0-5, and their caregivers! Contact First 5 Amador for more information and specific locations, at 257-1092 or visit www.first5amador.com. Playgroups follow the ACUSD schedule.
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PROSPECTORS JUNIOR LEAGUE BOWLING. Leagues for junior bowlers of all abilities are available Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Stop by or call Youth Director Louretta Agness at (209) 223-3334, extension 6 for more information or visit www.goldcountrylanes.com

SATURDAY
'MOM TO MOM' PERINATAL WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP - 2nd Saturday of Every Month. 2:30 - 4:00 pm at the First 5 Building, 975 Broadway, Jackson. In this group for new moms and pregnant women, we support moms to recover from pregnancy and birth, help you feel well and be the mom you want to be, discuss anxiety, stress, depression, and difficulty adjusting, learn coping skills, relaxation techniques, and communication skills. Facilitated by Christa Thompson, LCSW. These groups meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. For questions, information, and/or to RSVP for free child care, please call 257-1092.
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Amador Council of Tourism
Amador County Recreation Agency
- Amador Vintners 2017 Summer Calendar
Amador County Government


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Amador Council of Tourism
Amador County Chamber of Commerce
Amador County Recreation Agency
- Amador Vintners Association
Amador County Government
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2018 JACKSON CAR SHOW VENDORS: It is that time of year again for the Jackson Car show.  

This year's show is Saturday May 19th. and, like years past, located on Historic Main St Jackson.
We anticipate a sold out show this year bringing 175 beautiful cars to our town.
A 10x10 booth will be provided without charge however you are required to donate an item of your business to our raffle. 
Please provide:
1.  Name, address, phone, and contact information
2.  Type of product, and if you need electricity
Set up starts at 7am and needs to be finished by 9am.  Show starts at 10am. Vendors will be located at the L&M parking lot and the Fire Department. We are limited to 20 spots, so sign up early. No alcohol allowed.
To reserve your space up, please contact Connie Gonzalves at constance.gonsalves@norcal.aaa.com
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JOB OPPORTUNITY: ATCAA - Are you looking for a job where you can make a difference in the lives of children and their families? Do you want to work for an agency that believes in supporting staff to reach their full potential? WANTED: FAMILY ADVOCATE. Apply at: http://bit.ly/2nwDK3j
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Thank you, City of Ione Police Department, for hosting the FIRST permanent medicine collection bin within Amador County! This collection bin allows Amador residents to safely dispose of their unwanted, controlled AND non-controlled medications. Ione PD is located at 1 E Main Street, please call ahead for hours of operation (209) 274-2456.
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FOR SALE: Former Sierra Mountain Restaurant in Pine Grove. Anyone interested can email for more information at sierramountainrestaurant@gmail.com
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JACKSON FIRE DEPARTMENT: WONDERING IF IT IS A BURN DAY? Have questions about burning within the city limits of Jackson? We'll let us help! To burn natural vegetation piles within city limits, you must first obtain a free permit at City Hall. Burn hours are restricted to between the hours of 6:00 am and 12:00 pm. All piles must have the proper clearance, no larger than 4'x4' and only natural vegetation.
You must also contact the burn day information line prior to burning to see if it is a permissive burn day. The Amador County burn day number is (209) 223-6246. This is a fully automated line that is updated daily and usually tells you the upcoming day as well.
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DO YOU HAVE DEAD OR DYING TREES YOU NEED TO REMOVE? Apply for up to 50% reimbursement to remove dead or dying hazard trees!
Amador Resource Conservation District has a program to provide up to 50% reimbursement for Amador County property owners east of Hwy 49, to help pay for the removal of dead or dying hazard trees on their property that could fall on an inhabited structure.
For more information, visit the Amador RCD web site at www.AmadorRCD.org or contact the District at Amanda@AmadorRCD.org. Phone: 916-562-0204
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HOSPICE OF AMADOR & CALAVERAS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
No experience necessary; all training is provided
Thrift store (Jackson and Angels Camp) volunteer opportunities:
Cashiering & Merchandising - Working the cash register, stocking shelves and/or assisting customers.
Pricing: Clothing and Household Goods - Pricing clothing, shoes and other accessories, as well as a wide variety of merchandise, from dishes to books to linens.
Intake, Testing & Sorting - Greeting the public and accepting incoming donations; testing electrical items; sorting clothes and household items.
Other HOAC volunteer opportunities:
Family Support Volunteers - Work directly with patients and families in their homes.
Griefbusters - Assist children, ages 5 - 19, who need help coping with loss and associated grief.
Office/Administrative/Fundraising - Assist in the HOAC office by answering phones, doing basic office/computer tasks, and helping at fundraising events.
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SUTTER CREEK VISITOR CENTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - The Sutter Creek Visitor Center is a fun place to volunteer! The folks coming in are on vacation, having fun and love to talk to the locals. Mostly they just want information on what to do while they are in our area and we have lots of brochures for them to choose from.
Do you have 2 hours a month that you could spare? Please consider donating your time to the Sutter Creek Visitor Center. It has a peaceful, relaxing and fun atmosphere and is a very rewarding experience. For more information, please call Al or Lisa at 209-267-1344.
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PLEASE HELP BREAK BREAD WITH FRIENDS! Break Bread with Friends is an outreach program supported by the parishes of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Jackson United Methodist Church, and St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Jackson.  Each Saturday morning, parishioners from the 3 churches, along with occasional volunteers from other Christian churches, meet at the Methodist Church fellowship hall. There, they prepare and serve a free breakfast and a bag lunch "to go" to all who come. Guests are warmly and cheerfully welcomed and  treated with respect. Volunteers enjoy working together ecumenically, being Christ's hands assisting people in need.
THIS VITAL MINISTRY is in critical need of funding at this time! To find out how to donate, you can call Trinity at 223-0255 or e-mail office@trinitysuttercreek.org, or Jackson UMC at 223-1884.
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TRI-COUNTY WILDLIFE:
- FAWN RESCUE - 209-283-3245. For more information on wildlife protocols, visit: http://www.pawspartners.org/find-an-animal-in-need.html
- SHARE THE LOVE! If you have a garden, share your surplus. Our birds thrive with fresh chicken eggs too. Please support us with grapes, peaches, strawberries, broccoli and blue or blackberries.
We also need paper towels, bleach, scrub sponges, laundry soap and trash bags.
*Please drop off donations at our animal center at 80 Ridge Road, Suite B in Sutter Hill across the hwy from the bowling alley, open 7 days a week, 7am - 7pm.
Thank you for the continued support of our local wildlife and TCWC!
- FERAL CATS? Trap em' and get them fixed! Borrowing the trap is FREE and the surgery is FREE. Trap, neuter and release of feral cats in Amador County is FREE!
Simply borrow a trap, call the vet of your choice, transport and repeat. If you feed, they breed - so please jump in to help stop the overpopulation and the suffering that results. Call 209-223-0410 or visit www.pawspartners.org for more information.
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AMADOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Employment Opportunities:
http://www.co.amador.ca.us/departments/human-resources/employment-opportunities
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COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO BE THERE FOR A CHILD - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Amador County is seeking volunteers to join their next training session to become volunteer advocates.
A volunteer advocate, known as a CASA, after 40 hours of training, are assigned to be a special person in the life of a child who has been neglected or abused.  The court will appoint the CASA to be the eyes and ears of the court and to report back to the court information they have gathered. The CASA will also tell the court what decisions and services may be in the best interest of that child.
CASA of Amador currently has a waiting list of children who are in need of a CASA.
For more information about the program or details on how to become a CASA, please call the CASA program at 209-257-1980, extension 108. You may also email the CASA Coordinators, John jstettler@nexusyfs.org  or Fara froberts@nexusyfs.org
Court Appointed Special Advocates Amador
621 New York Ranch Road
Jackson, CA  95642
(209)257-1980  ext. 108
http://nexusyfs.org/amador-calaveras-casa.html
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of others? The Amador College Connect Center needs volunteers. Could you donate 4 hours of your time just once a month?  Help is needed with:
  • Clerical/Reception
  • Assisting students
  • Computer assistance/skills/technology
  • Fund Raising
  • Marketing/advertising
Volunteers work a four-hour shift once a month at the College Connect Center.  For those that are able, volunteers attend an optional once-a-month meeting.
For more information please call (209) 217-8239 or email: info@amadorcollegeconnect.org  
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VOLUNTEER WEEKEND DRIVERS NEEDED! The Interfaith Food Bank has a desperate need for route pickup drivers and riders for the 2nd & 3rd Saturday of each month. If you would like to contribute 3 to 4 hours for one or two days a month or be on call, please contact Charlotte Harris: E-mail chfeedamador@gmail.com. Phone: 209.267.9006
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HOSPICE OF AMADOR & CALAVERAS offers free Grief Support for adults and children. Please call our office at (209) 223-5500 for more information.
Web site: http://www.hospiceofamador.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HospiceofAmadorandCalaveras/
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GALLERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek. Every Saturday & Sunday the Gallery is staffed by volunteers from 11-4. You do not need to be an artist, just enjoy art and chatting with people. Call or email DeDe at 267-9850 or email: dederyan@sbcglobal.net
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THE LABYRINTH PROJECT - Have you heard about labyrinths? Do you wonder what they are? What they do? Why they are so popular? The Labyrinth Project has formed in Amador County and is looking for people who may be interested in learning about labyrinths and in being trained to become  a volunteer/docent for labyrinth walks. To learn more, contact The Labyrinth Project at (209) 256-3750 or e-mail the Labyrinth Project Coordinator at mvandermeer@norcalmha.org
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DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS? Can you offer a safe, loving and supportive home? Do you have a desire to improve your community?
There is an immediate need for Foster Families in Amador County! Families of all kinds are welcomed! Foster care needed for ages 0-18. SCFS offers guidance, support and ongoing training throughout the entire foster care process.
Please call Sierra Child & Family Services, 209-257-1244.
On Facebook at: www.facebook.com/sierrachildandfamilyservices
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BE A DISASTER HEALTH CARE VOLUNTEER! County volunteer application and fingerprinting scan required. Once clearance is received, you would be sworn in as a Disaster Service Worker. For more information, visit: https://www.healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov/
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ART IN PUBLIC PLACES - The Amador County Artist Association (ACAA) has several benefits to being a member, one of those being Art in Public Places, where the artist can get regular exposure to build a reputation and occasionally make a sale with no commission fees.  This program also gives the location the opportunity to be known for original art on their walls and to promote awareness of original art. The exhibits rotate every 2 months.
Our current locations include Rosebud’s Cafe (downtown Jackson); the Superior Court of CA, County of Amador; American River Bank; Amador Senior Center; Sierra Eye Care; Amador Residential Care; Jackson Paint Spot; and Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione. Currently, the program has a good balance of artists to locations. New artists and locations are always welcome. If you would like more information, contact Colleen Williams, Committee Chairperson, colleenwill@volcano.net or (209) 295-2877.
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INTERFAITH FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Interfaith Food Bank is trying to increase its volunteer roster. If you are looking to fill some time, build your resume, get some exercise, and give back to the community, the Food Bank has a variety of opportunities to do so. We are looking for volunteers to work both on-call and weekly shifts. Please email or call Assistant Program Coordinator Claire Gunselman cgfeedamador@gmail.com or 209-267-9006. Must be 18 years and older. Positions in warehouse, food pick up and drivers (DMV record required).
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AMADOR SENIOR VISITORS PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. Join a great group of people working in the community to help our Senior Citizens live safer, healthier lives. Please call 223-0442 for information about how you can help!
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COMMUNITY CENTER CONTACT INFORMATION:
Upcountry Community Center
19386 Hwy 88
Pine Grove, CA 95665
P: (209) 296-2785
F: (209) 296-2782
Ione Family Resource Center
17 S. Buena Vista Rd.
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 274-4655
F: (209) 274-4665
Camanche Lake Community Center
4419 Camanche Pkwy N.
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 763-2720
F: (209) 763-2740