Thursday, August 16, 2012

Amador Community News - This Weekend, Aug 17-19

Have an awesome weekend, Amador County!

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ROARING CAMP GOLD! We are open for day tours and our wonderful Saturday Night NY Steak BBQ and gold panning tour right along the Mokelumne River! We'll also be offering some special rates for our awesome BBQ in September, stay tuned!

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  • Dinner and a Movie: West Side Story – Tues Aug 28
  • Dierks Bentley – Sat Sept 1
  • Dinner and a Movie: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly– Tues Sept 25
  • 38 Special – Sun Sept 30
  • Free Senior Expo – Tues Oct 2
  • The Guess Who – Fri Oct 12
  • Australia’s Thunder from Down Under – Thurs Oct 18
  • Dinner and a Movie: The Wizard of Oz – Tues Oct 23
  • Dinner and a Movie: To Catch A Thief– Tues Nov 27

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Activities this weekend are in red.


CAL FIRE issues statewide burn ban
CAL FIRE: Salmon Fire contained
Amador LAFCO – Thurs Aug 16
Board of Supervisors – Tues Aug 21
Amador Air District – Tues Aug 21
Ione City Council – Tues Aug 21
SPECIAL MEETING: Jackson City Council – Wed Aug 22
Plymouth City Council – Thurs Aug 23


Community Groups & Organizations -

First 5 Amador News & Announcements – Aug 2012
FACL News & Notes – Summer 2012,
Afghans for Angels supplies afghans for CA hospitals
Operation Care – Go! Youth Program
New Master Food Preserver Free Jams & Jellies Class – Sat Aug 18
Upcountry Rotary – Wed Aug 22
Amador Veteran's Charity Golf Tournament Sat Aug 25

Carnival That Cares – Sat Aug 25
Sutter Creek Volunteer FD Annual Dinner & Dance – Sat Sept 1
Camp Out for Cancer, Sat Sept 8,
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Bingo – Mon Oct 29
Bark in the Park - Sat Oct 6 – Register today!


Opinions & Issues -

45% Water Rate Increases at AWA Could Soon Be Reality
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Amador Living & Recreation - 

Sutter Creek Lions 1st Annual Pig Feed - Aug 18

New Master Food Preserver Free Jams & Jellies Class – Sat Aug 18
Master Gardeners: Fruit Tree Pruning Clinic – Aug 25

Master Gardeners: Annual Tomato Tasting Contest – Sat Sept 1


Art, Music & Theater -

Main Street Theater Works Presents: The Majestic Kid, Aug 10 through Sept 8,

Comedy Night at Hoot N’ Annies– Fri Aug 17

Sutter Creek Theater Presents: The MoFo Party Band – Sat Aug 18,
Bg’s Lounge: FreeZeOut – Sat Aug 18,
10th Annual International Jug Band Festival and American Folk Art and Crafts Fair - Sat Aug 18

Comedy Night at Hoot N’ Annies– Fri Aug 17

Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Six Deadly Venoms – Sat Aug 18,

Arts Networking Event – Thurs Aug 23

Bg’s Lounge: Amanda Gray & Whiskey Savage – Sat Aug 25,
Jackson Rancheria Presents: Dierks Bentley - Sat Sept 1

ACCF: How to Look At and Understand Great Art – Thursdays beginning Sept 6

Beginning Ceramics - Begins Sept 11

Amador County Artists Association Open Studios Tour - Sept 15 & 16 (Map is now posted)

Bluegrassin' in the Foothills - Sept 14-16,
Jackson Rancheria Presents: 38 Special - Sun Sept 30


Motherlode Harvest “Good Food News”
Master Food Preservers – Tuesdays & Saturdays, Aug 11 - 28

ACCF: The Every Day Guide to Wine - Tues Beginning Sept 4

Save the Date: 15th Anniversary Party at Dobra Zemjla - Aug 18 & 19

Events at Avio:

   2nd Annual Golf Tournament - Aug 19, 

   Harvest Party - Sept 1

Events at Deaver:

   Labor Day Celebration at Deaver Vineyards - Sept 1


Faith & Values -

Trinity Tidings: Trinity Episcopal Church Newsletter, Aug 2012

Sophia's Well of Wisdom - Aug 2012

Our Lady of the Pines: Western BBQ Dinner Dance and Fund Raiser - Sat Aug 25

 Journeys of Faith: Women's Retreat - Aug 25

Church at the Cross – 8th Annual Motor Show – Sat Sept 8

Motherlode Jewish Community: Rosh Hashannah & Yom Kippur- Sept 22


Health & Wellness -

CDPH Warns not to eat oysters from Drakes Bay Oyster Co.
Health & Safety Expo – Sat Aug 18

Job Opportunity: Program Representative I/Family Nutrition Educator – Deadline to apply is Aug 21
Break Free From Smoking – Wed Aug 22
WALK Schedule/Calendar –
Amador County Public Health: Prepare for Triple Digit Temperatures


Business & Economy -

Ribbon Cutting: Mother Lode Vein Institute – Fri Aug 17
JBCA: Special Car Event – Sat Aug 19

Amador County Women’s Network (ACWN) – Wed Aug 22 (deadline to register is Friday) –
Hein & Company transforming itself in unique ways

TSPN Interview: Ron Mittlebrunn, AEDC

CHAMBER SPECIAL for Amador County Historic Book


Historic Preservation –

Reprints of the Amador Record “Special Mining Edition, 1897” now available
CHAMBER SPECIAL for Amador County Historic Books

   Wine Tasting & Tour - Saturday, September 8, 3 - 6 p.m.

   Escape from Preston - 5K run/walk - Saturday, September 15, 8 am to 10 am

   Preston Castle Halloween Haunt - Friday, Oct. 19, Saturday, Oct. 20, Friday, Oct. 26, Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 6:30 pm

   Holiday Bazaar and Dickens Faire - Saturday, Dec. 1, Sunday, Dec. 2, Saturday Dec. 8, Sunday, Dec. 9, 9 am to 4 pm


Schools & Education -

Raley’s reachs offers $50K in Grants to Local Schools to Inspire Community Action

TSPN INTERVIEW: Madelein Voss, ACCF Outreach Coordinator

Master Food Preservers – Tues & Sat Aug 11-28

FACL Book Drive – Sat Sept 29
Amador Community College Foundation kicks off Annual Campaign – Amador Centers for Higher Learning to open in Sept


TSPN INTERVIEW: Al Lennox, American Legion Ambulance


HONOR OUR FALLEN VETS! “Wreathes Across America”
·                     Ex-SpecOps Troops Slam Obama Over bin Laden Leaks
·                     Army Probes General's Alleged Lavish Spending
·                     Ft. Hood Judge Rejects Hasan's Guilty Plea
·                     Iraq Vet Losing Battle to Keep Firefighter Job
·                     DoD Researchers Improving Understanding of TBI


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Electrical Storm Damages Upcountry Water System

(Sutter Creek)  A July electrical storm destroyed computer controls throughout the upcountry water system, causing at least $5000.00 in equipment damage and staff overtime cost.

AWA staff were forced to manually operate pumps and tanks for up to three days in several locations after power surges damaged the complex communication systems that tell pumps when and where to send water to upcountry areas.

At about 11 pm on Saturday, July 14, lightning damage shut down the Tiger Creek and Silver Lake Pines pump stations that lift water from the Mokelumne River to the Buckhorn Water Treatment plant that provides drinking water to upcountry homes. At the same time, the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant shut down when a transducer stopped working due to nearby lightning. Amador Water Agency technicians worked until early morning hours to bypass broken equipment and get the water treatment plant back online before upcountry water storage tanks dropped to dangerous levels.

Also damaged by the storm were controls at a tank on Trent Way that supplies water to the Jackson Rancheria Casino and area homes, on the well that serves the LaMel Heights subdivision, and an electronic water meter at Mace Meadow Fairway Pines lift station.

Dozens of times each year, electrical problems, wild fires and power outages cause potential interruptions of upcountry water service because electricity powers the water pumps.

The Water Agency encourages local residents to be prepared for possible water outages by keeping a supply of drinking water on hand. Residents are also asked to follow neighborhood signs and announcements that may ask them to conserve water due to an electrical outage or mechanical failure.