Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Updates have been made in all of our departments.
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News & Announcements
Amador Local Agency Formation Council (LAFCO) - Thurs Aug 15 -
Jackson Wastewater on 8/12 Council Agenda -
Board of Directors for Ranch House Estates -
All Aboard, Historic Ione Train Depot Rides the Rails -
Plymouth Farmers Market: Near Record Day last Thursday -
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August Newsletters:
AAUW Amador Newsletter: "Gold Filings"
AmadorArts - Spring/Summer 2013
Amador County Artists Association
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council
Friends of the Amador County Library - Spring 2013
Gold Hills Homeopathy
Mother Lode Harvest Newsletter
Preston Castle Communicator
Sophia's Well of Wisdom
Trinity Tidings: Trinity Episcopal Church
GOURMET AFRICAN DINNER TO BENEFIT RAIL ROAD FLAT SCHOOL - A  three-course home-made authentic gourmet meal from central Africa will be served at the Rail Road Flat Town Hall on Saturday, August 10. This is a fundraiser for the Friends of Rail Road Flat School, a small rural historic school —since 1866—located in a scenic remote area of northern Calaveras County.
The dinner, prepared by Congolese-born Magali McGreevy, will be served at 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  However, guests are encouraged to arrive at 5:00 in order to get the full treatment, which will include drumming by students led by Mark Dyken on the hall’s front porch and a no-host wine, beer and “Dawa”bar.  There’ll also be live dinner music with guitarist Gordon Rowland and Nedra and Julio, an auction,  and a 50-50 raffle. The cost is $35 each or $60 per couple. Youth are $15 each. Call 754-1032 for tickets and information.
All proceeds directly benefit students at Rail Road Flat Elementary by funding the Enrichment Program which teaches in areas no longer provided in school. Examples: sports, gardening, construction, art classes, poetry, storytelling, gardening, sewing and MORE. The Rail Road Flat Town Hall is located at 250 Rail Road Flat Road, Calaveras County, about 16 miles east of San Andreas or Mokelumne Hill. Again, call 754-1032 for tickets.
The Interfaith Food Bank is trying to rebuild its volunteer roster, specifically on call volunteers. 
If you are a spur of the moment type person, willing to fill in at the last minute, at the drop of a hat, in a minutes' notice, quick like a bunny, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, quick as a wink and are Johnny on the spot weekdays and weekends, please email or call Volunteer Coordinator Di Stewart.   209-267-9006
It will require a couple days training to get familiar with the process. 
Although this is a plea for on call volunteers, if you or someone you know are interested in a regular schedule, please contact Di Stewart.
Positions available: 18 years and older
Receptionist   10-12 & 12-2 Monday through Friday
Intake         10-12 & 12-2 Monday through Friday (minor computer use)
Food pick up, rides with driver   7:45 - 10:45 Monday through Sunday (some lifting up to 40lb)
Drivers      7:45 - 10:30 Monday through Sunday (some lifting up to 40lb) Isuzu box van & Sprinter van a must, an International Diesel Bob Tail a plus. You will need to supply aDMV record print out. Fee reimbursed upon request.
Please consider supporting this need.
Thomas Thompson
Executive Director
Interfaith Council of Amador
12181 Airport Rd.
Jackson, CA  95642
This Sunday at 4pm at the Jackson St Patrick Church Hall we will meet to hand out music, get listening cd's, go over this year's schedule and start singing. Hope you can make this first get together. Please bring a friend. And also keep in touch with me as we start gearing up for this year's Food Bank Concert You may get a head start by going to

John Leggett
FREE CLASS: Growing Great Vegetables, Part III
Amador Master Gardeners present part 3 of Growing Great Vegetables from 9am to 12 noon on August 17th.  Emily Beals, Master Gardener and organic farmer in Mt. Aukum will present information to help get that fall vegetable garden growing, in addition to discussing such topics as crop rotation and cover crops. 
This free class includes standard and worm composting techniques as well as mulching.
Open to the public, the class is held at the County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Martell.  For more information call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or email mgamador@ucdavis.edc.
HEARING SCHEDULED: Congressman Tom McClintock is sponsoring a Hearing to exam the process and impact of listing the Sierra Nevada Mountain Yellow-legged Frog as “endangered” and the Yosemite Toad as “threatened”.  Based on past species listings, the restrictions to human activities on the 2 million acres under consideration for critical habitat designation could be devastating.
 The Hearing will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, August 6 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sierra Building, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora.
 The public is highly encouraged to attend.Congressman Tom McClintock will be joined by Congressman Devin Nunes.USFWS Representatives will be presenting the Agencies’ plans and process regarding the listing decisions.
 The follow individuals will be presenting information bearing on the listing of the Yellowlegged Frog and Yosemite Toad as well as effects of past species listings:
  • Mike Applegarth, Principle Analyst El Dorado County
  • Kelly Wooster, Cattleman Calaveras County
  • Randy Hanvelt, Supervisor Tuolumne County
  • Steve Brink, Forester
  • Mark Baird, Siskiyou County, listing impacts
  • Ron Gibson, Oregon, listing impacts
 The consequences to the lives and livelihood of people in the 14 California Counties affected make public awareness extremely important.
UPDATE REGARDING THE IONE VALLY LAND, AIR & WATER DEFENSE ALLIANCE LLC VERSUS AMADOR COUNTY AND DEVELOPERS NEWMAN MINERALS, William Bunce, Farallon Capital Management, John Telishak, Edwin Lands, LLC, Greenrock Ranch Lands, LLC, etc. This morning, Amador Superior Court rescheduled the lawsuit hearing to Tuesday, September 10th, from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Please save the date and spread the word.
 All that support stopping the Newman Ridge quarry and Edwin Center North hot asphalt plant are welcome to attend Tuesday, September 10th. Your presence, for even part of the day, will be very appreciated. Let's keep Amador County air, land & water clean for all! More info
Sondra West-Moore for Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance, LLC
office: 818 508-4744 
818 681-4182
WANT A FREE BOWLING PARTY for your office, church, or non-profit group of 10 or more? Call Russell at 223-3334 to schedule a date. Available days and times include M-F, 5:30 pm and all day Sunday. Offer includes 2 free games of bowling and shoe rental per person. Additional games for only $2.75 each. Participants not already Bowling Reward cardholders may sign up and receive $5 bowling reward credit good for a future visit. Offer ends no later than September 2, 2013 and is subject to lane availability.
DONATE GLASSES and change someone’s life. Walgreen's now has a Sutter Creek Lion's Club eyeglass recycling box in the Pharmacy area by the table with the brochures. They accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses, and plastic and metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed!
If you are like most gardeners, tomatoes are number one in your heart.  Most of us eagerly anticipate the first delicious fruit of the season.  We are all looking for the perfect tomato.  Saturday, August 31st is your chance to put your tomatoes to the ultimate test!  Amador Master Gardeners are sponsoring a tomato judging and tasting at the Sutter Creek Farmers Market.
Bring at least one washed tomato of each variety (at least five cherry tomatoes) to the Sutter Creek Farmers Market by 9:30 AM on Saturday, August 31st.  The judges will announce their favorites at 10:30 AM.  The largest tomato will receive a special award. Join us for the public tasting and you will have the fun of tasting all kinds of tomatoes, from tiny grape-size tomatoes to giants the size of grapefruits, and a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, pink, tiger striped, and of course, ruby red.  We are sure to have a tomato you’ve never tasted before and that may become your new favorite.
Questions? email Bobby
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SIERRA GOLD QUILTERS GUILD presents the Sierra Gold Harvest 2013 Quilt Show featuring vendor booths, country store, raffle baskets, demonstrations, refreshments, quilts for sale & small quilt auctions. October 5-6, 2013 (Saturday 10 AM-5 PM & Sunday 10 AM-4 PM) at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Admission is $7 (husbands and children under 12 are free). For more information, visit or call 831-247-1907 or email 


This fun event has been taking place in Kirkwood each Labor Day weekend for 33 years and is planned for August 31, 2013.  Presented by the Tahoe Mountain Milers and sponsored by Kirkwood Mountain Resort and the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department, the 10K trail adventure run follows single track and dirt road 3 miles up the mountain to an elevation of 8,200 feet.  The 5K road run includes 1/4 mile of single track with a log crossing. Unique ceramic medals are awarded to all finishers.  For kids, there is a 1/2 mile and a 1 mile fun run; kids make their own medals. Event day shirts will be available for sale as long as supplies last.  The Grand Prize drawing for a Kirkwood Downhill Pass for 2013-2014 and a Kirkwood Cross Country Ski Pass takes place just before noon; you must be present to win.  Gather your family and friends and register online now by visiting  Early registration prior to August 19 costs $30; after that the cost is $35 until August 28 and event-day registration is $40.  Race day registration takes place from 8:15 – 8:45 am on the deck of The Lodge.  The Kids race kicks off at 9 am with the 5K and 10K to follow.  Net proceeds from the event benefit the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department. 


Saturday August 31, Noon to 5 pm

Kirkwood Village Plaza

Taste chili from the region’s best chili makers and vote for your favorite.  The judging this year will feature cash prizes for winning home-made chili as well as a prize for those recipes prepared by professional chefs.   Enjoy wine and beer tasting, live music featuring Out of Bounds, Kids Zone with a bounce house, arts and crafts and face painting; pony rides and an area with toss games.  The cost for chili, wine and beer tasting kits is $30 for adults and this includes a commemorative glass.  Chili tasting only costs $10.  Kids Zone $10.  A portion of the net proceeds benefits the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department.
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CLICK HERE for Amador Water Agency Board & Committee Meetings
CLICK HERE for the City of Jackson
CLICK HERE for the City of Sutter Creek
CLICK HERE for the City of Plymouth
CLICK HERE for the City of Ione
CLICK HERE for the Upcountry Community Council
Special Board Meeting: Amador County Recreation Agency - Tues Aug 6 -
AWA Engineering Committee - Wed Aug 7 -
AWA Budget & Finance Committee - Wed Aug 7 -
Amador Water Agency Board of Directors - Thurs Aug 8 -
Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Aug 8 -
Collaboration in Natural Resource Management - Aug 8 & Sept 10 -
Upcountry Community Council - Mon Aug 12 -
NOTICE: The August 13, 2013 Planning Commission meeting has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items.
Holding a meeting in your community that you'd like Amador County to know about? Send us a quick announcement/brief, telling us what it is, date, time, location and a brief description of what the meeting is about. Email your briefs/agendas to:

Classes, Workshops & Seminars
Amador County Recreation Agency Classes
   Ravioli Class - 
FREE Indoor Power Walking Classes offered in August -
Oaks of the Central Sierra: Care & Preservation Workshop in Placerville - Thurs August 15 -
Holding a class, workshop or seminar? Send us a quick announcement/brief, telling us about it, give the date, time, location and a brief description of what the class is about. Email your briefs to:

Activities & Events
TGIF Summer Music Series
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
Amador County Artists Association 
History of Carson Pass Guided Walks -
We Heart the Arts! Arts Events & Activities Update -
Sutter Creek Lions Club Famous Pig Feed - Sat Aug 24 -
Summer Sizzle – Sat Aug 31 -
Amador STARS Camp Out For Cancer - Sat Sept 7
11th Annual Bluegrassin' in the Foothills - Sept 20-22 -
TGIF Summer Music Series
OUTSIDE KATZ - Sutter Creek Farmers Market 9 am to 12 pm
UNKL BEAN - Dancin' In The Streets - Every Saturday in Amador City 6pm to 9pm
WICKED SISTERS appears at The Union House on Fri Aug 9 from 7-10PM, and at Roaring Camp on Sat Aug 17, 
CRYSTAL IMAGE appears at Helwig Winery on Fri Aug 9 at 6:30PM, 245-4100, and at Roaring Camp on Sat Aug 31 at 6PM, reservations 296-4100, 
DARCEL HUNTER plays at Bella Grace on Fri Aug 9, 73 Main in Sutter Creek.
THE BRUTE SQUAD plays at the Drytown Club on Sat Aug 31 from 5-8PM. $5 cover.
KENNY FRYE appears at Bg's Lounge on Sat Sept 7
HIGHWAY 49 AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Sat Sept 7 from 4-10PM at the Italian Picnic Grounds, 581 Hwy 49 - Sutter Creek 95685. Gates open at 3pm. Featuring:
Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, and The Golden Cadillacs.
Six bands will perform including nationally recognized acts Wayne "The Train" Hancock and The Bastard
Sons of Johnny Cash.  The purpose of the event is to raise much-needed money to fund music education in the Amador County Unified School District.  All proceeds go to the Community Foundation of Amador County, who will also provide up to $5,000 in matching funds.  Delicious barbecued Tri-Tip and Chicken will be available for purchase as well as beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be face painting for the kids, and a car show to complement the afternoon of musical entertainment.
$20 advance tickets are tax-deductible and available for purchase now at 
Children 12 & under are FREE with a paid adult.
15th ANNUAL RAGTIME FESTIVAL will be jumping again from August 9th – 11th, 2013. The feel good music will fill the air at five, practically nonstop venues of solos, duos and groups all presenting the many moods of ragtime, plus all the hilarity and good music spilling on into the “After Hours” sessions where there is always a surprise player or two. Travel back in time and enjoy the “feel Good” music of Ragtime. This is a festival not to be missed. 
   Do you enjoy silent movies on the silver screen? Don’t miss Frederic Hodges and Keith Taylor scheduled for a Silent Movie Night at the historic Sutter Creek Theatre, with actual 16 millimeter films.
   Day badges, individual concert tickets and All-Events badges, (which include all venues, the two special concerts, and Silent Movie Night) are now on sale. Badge order forms may be found at . For more information call: (209) 405-1563 or e-mail: 
BAND A.I.D.E – Sat Aug 17. A very special event, the Band A.I.D.E. (Awesome Instrument Drive Extravaganza) Kick-Off Event: “Pep Band on the Ridge”.
Since the numbers in the Bands all across the district have grown recently, the District has run out of instruments to loan. So, the Band Program is holding an instrument donation drive sponsored by the Amador Community Foundation. The Kickoff event is a fun afternoon/evening of food and music at the Amador Ridge Shopping Plaza. From 3:00-9:00 PM Dickey’s, Roundtable, Oko Sushi, Yogurt Your Way and Jamba Juice will donate 10% of their sales to the Band A.I.D.E. project. At 6:30 PM, the combined high school bands will perform a short pep band concert at the Plaza. You can bring an instrument and or money to donate to the drive, or just eat at the restaurants and help out that way. Going out to eat at your favorite Amador Ridge restaurant, hearing the pep bands and helping put an instrument into the hands of a student – what a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
   The conclusion of the Band A.I.D.E. Instrument Drive is being held in conjunction with the Highway 49 Americana Music Festival on September 7th sponsored by KVGC Radio. Details are on the attached flyer and you can find more information by searching for it online or on Facebook. If you like Blues & Rock n Roll, then this is gonna be a killer festival!
Make Great Music Together!
Christopher J. Tootle
ACUSD Music Education
Amador HS (209)257-7330

Wednesdays 3:00 – 6-PM
Pine Grove Community Park
Starting on August 1 through September
Thursdays 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
McGee Park on Main Street Plymouth
Saturdays – 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Eureka Street Parking Lot
Sundays 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Mel’s Restaurant Parking Lot on Hwy 49
SALE AT THE CREEKY CUPBOARD 32 Main Street, Sutter Creek, 209 267-9314
We need to make room for our holiday merchandise!
25% off all garden (excluding flags)
Don’t miss our 40% off shelves!!
Sale will continue until merchandise is gone.
HOURS – 7 days a week, 10:00 – 5:00

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