Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - Amador County Remembers

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A Note from the Editor...
On this day of remembrance, Amador Community News would like to invite all who view our daily blog posts, or who are on Facebook to join in commenting on your thoughts and prayers as we remember the events of September 11, 2001.
I remember that my PJ's and robe, getting the teens ready for school, brewing the coffee and turning on the news...and being in shock for hours as I sat glued to the television set in disbelief. I was holed up in our home in the mountains up in Pioneer for about three days. Words try, but do not describe what America has gone through since that day.
My love to you, Amador County...and as I think of events of today, with the events going on over in Syria, I realize that what they are experiencing there is not as dramatic a statement as airplanes crashing into buildings, but any type of warfare, chemical or otherwise, holds great cost of human life. As we approach the holiday season, I hope and pray for diplomacy and actions taken towards the goal of "peace on Earth, goodwill towards men".
If we truly remember, then we will not forget our history lessons.
Carol Harper, Editor

News & Announcements

Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) - Thurs Sept 19 -
Amador Community Foundation presents: "Supporting Your Community Through Philanthropy" - Thurs Sept 19 –
CA Fish & Game provides a “Free Fishing Day” for Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp –
Sutter Creek Gallery presents "Whimsical Toons" by artist Loretta Armstrong in October -
TSPN BROADCASTS can be viewed at:

TSPN INTERVIEW: In this edition of TSPN TV News In-Depth, Al Lennox speaks with American Legion Ambulance Operations Manager Nicole Vasquesz.
TSPN INTERVIEW: Nicole Vasquez talks with Al Lennox about just a few of the programs that American Legion Ambulance crews are participating in.

September 2013 Newsletters
Newsletter: Friends of the Amador CountyLibrary
Amador County Recreation Agency
AAUW Amador Newsletter: "Gold Filings"
Amador County Artists Association
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council
Friends of the Amador County Library - Summer 2013
First 5 Amador
Gold Hills Homeopathy
Mother Lode Harvest Newsletter
Preston Castle Communicator
Sophia's Well of Wisdom
Trinity Tidings: Trinity Episcopal Church

Community Announcements/Briefs 


AMADOR ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (ACART) next general meeting - Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30pm at the American Legion Ambulance Training Room, 11350 Airport Road, Sutter Creek.  Speakers will include two of our members who will share their experience volunteering with North Valley Animal Disaster Group on the American Fire near Foresthill. For information email:

BALLROOM DANCING DEMONSTRATION - Sunday, September 15, at 2 p.m.
Pine Grove Town Hall. Six ballroom dancers will demo 16 different dances.  Lots of fun.  Come, watch, no dancing shoes required, any participation is voluntary, lots of music, proceeds to the Insulation Fund for the Town Hall.  Bring a friend.
$5 by Sept. 10 (Checks payable to PG Civic Improvement Club, PO Box 284, 95665)
$7 at the door.

BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASSES start on Monday, Sept. 16 in Jackson. Square dancing is fun, fitness and friendship set to music!  The Jackson Claim Jumpers square dance club will hold beginning square dance classes starting Sept 16, 6:30 pm at the Amador Senior Center on New York Ranch Road, Jackson. Couples, singles and families welcome.The fiirst three classes are free, so come try it out. Questions? Call New Dancer Coordinator Lucy Hackett at 223-4603
MOTHERLODE TEA PARTY PATRIOTS – The next meeting and speaker will be: Sam Paredes, from Gunowners of California. Sam will be speaking on new Gun Laws and those that are proposed in the legislature. The meeting  will be held Thurs. Sept.19th at 6:30pm Italian Picnic Grounds Hwy 49 Sutter Hill. For information or to help call: 296-5817 or

PAWS & BOOKS – The Amador County Library presents Paws and Books, September 20, 2013 2:30-4:00p.m. Bailey, a certified therapy dog will be at the library to listen to children ages 5–8 read him a story. Pre-registration is required for this event and reading times are available in 15 minute increments. To register please contact the library 209-223-6400 or email:

GREENHOUSE GARDENING CLASS - On Saturday, September 21st, Amador Master Gardeners will present a free class on "Greenhouses, Cold Frames, and Propagation" from 9am to noon.  Guest presenter Sheri Burke, El Dorado Master Gardener, has many years of experience with propagation from both cuttings and seeds and produces over 500 plants per year in her greenhouse. This class, which is open to the public, will show you how to use your greenhouse or cold frame to full advantage.
The class will be held at the County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson. For more information call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838, or email

THE AMADOR COUNTY WOMEN’S NETWORK (ACWN) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, September 25th  at Thomi's in Jackson.    The September luncheon will feature one of our members as our guest speaker, Julie Traxler, of Traxler & Associates/ Traxler Financial Services. We make it fun to learn about local women in business.  The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Luncheon cost is $16.  Reservations are required Friday before the meeting.  Contact: Debbie LaVielle, 209-267-0577 or (preferably) email: .  Join other local business women as they learn, network and promote their businesses.  For more information on ACWN,

DOWNTOWN WINE EVENT – Fri Sept 27th. Over 15 wineries will pour their award winning wines on Old Highway 49 amidst the construction zone of the new Amador City bridge. Fine cheeses and artisan breads will be provided by Andrae’s bakery to complement Barberas, Zinfandels and a myriad of varieties of wine.  Crystal wine glasses are included. Buffalo Chips Restaurant will offer killer gourmet burgers, servied on Andrae’s Ciabatta. The Imperial Hotel will serve dinner and provide seating. Farm to Fork box dinners by Lucy’s Spice Box will be available at Feist. For more information call 209-267-8020, or visit:, or email:

No Host Bar - begins at 5:00PM. 
Dinner at 6:00PM Cost $5 Adults, Kids 6 and under free.
Come and enjoy the music and a variety of ethnic foods. 
If you want to contribute a dish contact: Janet @ 754-4882.


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

Amador Superior Court RESCHEDULES LAWDA Environmental lawsuit hearing to 10/22/13. Status Update - 9/6/13 - Amador Superior Court reschedules the lawsuit hearing again to Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 9:00 am until 4:30pm.The hearing will be held at AMADOR SUPERIOR COURT 500 Argonaut Lane Jackson, CA 95642. The hearing will be open to the public. The issues of clean air, water and land will be discussed in depth. More info at


GOING GATSBY GALA - The Amador Community College Foundation presents the Going Gatsby Gala on November 16th at 5:30 PM at Gold Country Auto Restoration. Step back in time to the Roaring 20's! Dance to Sister Swing! Gatsby era attire is encouraged. The event features a keynote address by Delaine Eastin, Educational and Public Policy Executive, an elegant seated dinner, and silent and live auctions. RSVP by November 1st. Tickets are available online at  The event benefits the Amador Centers for Higher Learning.




DO YOU HAVE SOME NICE BOOKS taking up room on your bookshelf? If so, why not sort through them and donate some to the Friends of the Amador County Library (FACL). The Friends is holding a book drive at its book storage facility behind the old courthouse in Jackson, 42A Summit Street on Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Because of the Friends’ successful book sales and fund raisers, the non-profit organization has been able to contribute significantly to the library, enabling the purchase of new books, e-books, online resources, and other important library services.
For those who have books to donate but who can’t make the book drive, FACL has set up donation boxes at the following locations:
• El Dorado Savings Bank, 460 Hwy 49, Sutter Creek
• Bank of Amador, 422 Sutter St., Jackson
• Bank of Amador, 26395 Buckhorn Ridge Road, Pioneer
• Clark's Corner, 12 West Main, Ione
• Pokerville Market, 18170 State Highway 49, Plymouth
Gently read books and lightly used audio-visual materials are requested. The Friends cannot accept donations of books in poor condition, manuals or magazines, or VHS and cassette tapes. If you have major donations of books and can't make it to the book storage or the other drop off locations, please contact us at 267-0855 and someone will pick up your donations.
All donations to the nonprofit organization are tax deductible. Monetary contributions are always appreciated and can be sent to FACL, PO Box 701, Jackson CA 95642, or can be made online at

AMADOR TRANSIT: MONDAYS IN PLYMOUTH! Every Monday, Amador Transit will make three bus trips leaving our Sutter Hill Transit Center at 7:40am, 11:00am and 3:10pm. The bus will travel through Sutter Creek, Amador City, Drytown, and from Plymouth, to the River Pines Market, then back the same way to the Sutter Hill Transit Center.
Folks from River Pines and Amador City can now get to Plymouth or, to our Transit Center where they can catch a Shuttle to get just about anywhere in Jackson and Sutter Creek every Monday!

STORY TIMES AT THE AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY. Amador County Library pre-school story time will resume at the main library in Jackson, Thursday September 12th at 10:30 a.m. Story time runs from September – May and is open to children 0-5 and their caregivers. All story times are 30 minutes and consist of one – three stories, songs and a simple craft. Pre-school story time is also available at the Ione Branch. Monday’s beginning at 10:00 a.m. For more information contact the library 209-223-6400 or email:

BOY SCOUTS ARE COLLECTING NEWSPAPER DONATIONS - Do you have stacks of newspapers, laying around your house, waiting to be recycled?  Then please bring them on down to the Busi Parking lot in Jackson. The Boy Scout Troops of Amador County are collecting your newspaper donations and accept on an on-going basis. The large cargo container sits at the very back of the parking lot. We ask that you only donate actual newspapers, no glossy advertising, magazines or books. All proceeds directly benefit the various Troops in Amador County. It's a Win-Win for everyone: our Scouts, you and the environment! 

DIFFERENT OPINIONS, DIFFERENT VIEWS, different beliefs, different politics, yet all can be respected and shown compassion. We don’t have to agree, we just have to care for each other with the same understanding we would want someone to show us. Whoever you are, wherever you are in your spiritual journey, you are welcomed here. Sunday services are at 8:30 and 10:30AM. Trinity Church is located at 430 Highway 49, Sutter Hill, across from Walgreens. For more information, call 267-0255, or visit - See more at: 

DONATE TO HELP COMMON GROUNDS SENIOR SERVICES! We are a new store at 18 Main Street in Jackson, CA Our name is Herndon's Haven, we sell Antiques-Collectibles & Vintage. Donated good can be dropped off or we can pick up. call ken at 209-256-9845. Percentage of profits goes to support Common Grounds Senior Services (Meals on Wheels)   We accept Antiques-Collectibles-Vintage-Records-books-paintings/pictures/art/frames/ Unique items & more. "Our Thanks to Bob Barfoot" Amador Counties singing Cowboy, What a gentleman this man is, Thank You Bob Herndon's Haven also accepts consignment of Antiques-Collectibles & Vintage we charge 33%

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!

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 for more information.

Have a news brief, announcement, press release? Letter to the Editor? A newsletter you'd like to have published? Email them to:
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
Plymouth City Council – Thurs Sept 12 -
Sutter Creek Planning Commission - Mon Sept 9 -
Jackson City Council - Mon Sept 9 -
AWA Budget & Finance Committee - Tues Sept 10 -
Collaboration in Natural Resource Management - Sept 10 -
Sutter Creek Commons Committee - Tues Sept 10 -
ACTC Transportation Workshop - Tues Sept 17 -
Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) - Thurs Sept 19 - 
Amador County Women’s Network – Wed Sept 26 - 
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 Class Schedule
Amador Animal Response Team (ACART) - Wed Sept 11
ACTC Transportation Workshop - Tues Sept 17 -
Registration for EGUSD Virtual Academy closes on September 10 -
Collaboration in Natural Resource Management - Sept 10 -
US Congressman Tom McClintock Featured Speaker at Business/Education Summit - Fri Sept 13 -
Fitness For You Program begins Mon Oct 7 
The Arc of Amador & Calaveras and Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Partner to Present: Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Life-Ending Illness, Grief and Loss - Thurs Oct 24 –
NAMI Family to Family class offered - Oct 19-Nov 23 –
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
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
Events at Andis Wines
Events at Deaver Vineyars
Sutter Creek Gallery presents "Whimsical Toons" by artist Loretta Armstrong in October - AmadorArts.comAmador Artists Open Studios – Sept 21 & 22 –
“From Butterflies to Birds" - Popular Artist Stella Stevens to be featured at Gallery 10 in September –
"All Things Mechanical” - Sharon Galligan at Hanford St. Gallery in September –
Trysette and Fiona Joy Hawkins Touring Fall 2013 -
History of Carson Pass Guided Walks -
The Arc of Amador and Calaveras to benefit from United Way's Day of Caring – Fri Sept 13 -   
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Yves Lambert Trio – Fri Sept 13
Jazz & Classical Fusion Concert featuring pianist Ron Brickman - Sun Sept 29 
FACL Book Drive Scheduled for September 14 -
Preston Castle Wine Tasting Tour – Sat Sept 14 /
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Carl Verheyen Band – Sat Sept 14
St. Katharine Drexel: Carmina Sacra - Sun Sept 15 -
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: 'Two Grand I'm Yours' Fiona Joy Hawkins and Trysette – Sun – Sept 15 
Amador Artists Open Studios – Sept 21 & 22 -
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Wendell Martin performs"An Evening with Mark Twain" – Sat Sept 21
11th Annual Bluegrassin' in the Foothills - Sept 20-22 -
Amador County Women’s Network – Wed Sept 26 -
16th Annual Diabetes Information Fair - Fri Sept 27 -
The First Annual Downtown Wine Tasting in the Streets in Amador City - Fri Sept 27 -
Farm to Fork Week’s Amador County Farm Tour and Dinner - Sun Sept 29 - 
OUTSIDE KATZ - Sutter Creek Farmers Market 9 am to 12 pm
DANCIN' IN THE STREETS - Every Saturday in Amador City 6pm to 9pm
OLD SOLES appear:
- September 21 - Saturday, 10AM - 5PM. The annual Fiddletown Jamboree.
- September 22 - Sunday afternoon, 4pm-6pm.  Volcano Union Inn and Pub in Volcano. no cover, all ages.October 20 - Sunday afternoon, 4pm-6pm. Volcano Union Inn and Pub in Volcano. no cover, all ages.
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

SHOP LOCAL! 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
HAVING AN EVENT? FUNDRAISER? MUSIC GIG? ART SHOWING? BUSINESS SPECIAL OR PROMOTION? Flyers and posters (that includes full page, color ads) are only $5/month, or... unlimited postings of event flyers are only $50/year (yes, year)!
Email your flyers (JPEG or PDF) to Carol Harper at: E-invoicing available.

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