Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy Tuesday, Amador County!
Updates have been made in all of our departments.
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News & Announcements

AWA celebrates upcountry Gravity Supply Line Groundbreaking October 10 - AmadorGovernment.com

TSPN BROADCASTS can be viewed at: www.tspntv.com
TSPN INTERVIEW: In this edition of TSPN TV News In-Depth, Al Lennox speaks with Debbie Blasingame and Christina Martinez

TPSN INTERVIEW: Al Lennox speaks with Debbie Blasingame and Christina Martinez about some of the concerns that citizens of Amador County may have with the Affordable Care Act and what it means for health care in Amador County.
“BREAK BREAD WITH FRIENDS” NEEDS YOUR HELP! BBWF feeds dozens of needy people every Saturday at Jackson United Methodist Church, but we are running out of $$ for this very valuable ministry. Please donate what you can to help our neighbors in need!
Make checks out to “Break Bread With Friends” and contact Steve Christensen at christensen668@sbcglobal.net for info on where and how to send your donation. Thank you! 
BURNING STILL RESTRICTED - Camino –  As fall arrives with a couple thunderstorms across the unit, CAL FIRE is reminding everyone that there is still a burn ban in effect for all State Responsibility Areas of Amador County, on the west slope of El Dorado County and Sacramento County.  “It would take only a few days of warm, windy weather for us to be chasing wildland fires around like we did last year.  The Sand Fire on October 4th threatened the Sandridge/Bucks Bar/Grizzly Flat area and if had not been for an aggressive use of air craft, homes may have burned and lives could have been endangered.  Less than two weeks after that, residents in the Pioneer area of Amador county also faced the threat of a wildland fire burning in the Little Mill Creek and Tiger Creek area” says Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit Chief Kelly Keenan.  “Historically the worst fires in California occur in the fall months.  We can’t let our guard down just because the temperatures are cooler in the morning and a few small storms have moved through the area.  We need to see a series of significant storms drop measurable amounts of precipitation before we lift the current burning restrictions” adds Chief Keenan.
For more information on fire and life safety please visit www.fire.ca.gov or www.ReadyForWildfire.org.
The learning Center will be closed on Wednesday Oct 2nd. I will be attending the College Fair at Amador High School from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. This is to inform high school students of our foundation, its learning center, and its educational benefits. Please understand. Normal hours will resume on Thursday Oct 3rd. If you have an important item that you need resolved that day please call or email me ASAP. I will try to make accommodations.
Thank you,
Michael Krikorian
ACCF Learning Center Coordinator
10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 700
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
209 223-6393
ACCF: BUSINESS TO EDUCATION SURVEY - We are asking all business and community leaders to complete this brief survey to help us develop and facilitate business partnerships to meet the goal of educating Amador County students for success.  You can complete the survey online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HDDHL8S .  Click on link and enter your responses directly online.
Thanks so much for participating. 
Amador Community College Foundation
CHARTER TOURS AVAILABLE FOR THE BIG CRUSH - The Big Crush Harvest Festival is just around the corner! Gold Country Wine Tours is still available for Sunday October 6 only (already booked out for Oct. 5). Charter our comfortable 14 passenger shuttle bus to safely transport your group to the participating Amador County wineries. We will pick you up at any of our Amador County locations. Call for information.
There is still time to purchase your Big Crush tickets! Just visit amadorwine.com
Cathy Patrenos
Gold Country Wine Tours
P.O. Box 1570
Sutter Creek, Ca. 95685 
(877)534-4949 or (209)267-8030

October 2013 Newsletters


Community Calendar


THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thurs, Oct 3 at 11:30AM at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. There is no scheduled speaker for October. Please respond to Sally at trestrail@gotsky.com no later than Tuesday, October 1st  (sooner if possible). The buffet luncheon is $15.00 which includes an entree, salad, vegetarian offering various drinks, coffee, tea, dessert, tax and tip. Pay at the door - cash (the exact amount is appreciated) or personal check only. Note and this is important: If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please call me at 267-0177 to cancel, by Wednesday,October 2nd at noon. If you do not show up and have not cancelled, you may be billed for the luncheon. 
THE BIG CRUSH - Oct 5 & 6 - https://bigcrush.chirrpy.com/

CHILDREN & FAMILIES PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEETING. This is a friendly reminder that our next meeting is scheduled for next week, October 2nd (yes October already).  The meeting will be from 9-11am at the Health and Human Services building.
Hope to see you all there!
Cassie Brazil

Program Coordinator

First 5 Amador & The Child Abuse Prevention Council

975 Broadway

Jackson, CA 95642


Learn the basic techniques to safely make jams & jellies and other home preserved foods.

Location: Calaveras Senior Center, 956 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas. 

EACH MIND MATTERS! NAMI Amador is very fortunate to be awarded a grant for rural counties, from the California Mental Health Services Authority and funded by the Mental Health Services Act.  With this funding, NAMI Amador and Amador County Behavioral Health Services will be hosting two very special events during Mental Illness Awareness Week, on October 6 & 10.  These are open to everyone at no charge. We hope you can join with friends and neighbors and attend as we begin an important conversation about mental health in Amador County.   We appreciate the partnership of Amador Behavioral Health, whose commitment to wellness in our community is invaluable in making this grant possible.
   Our first event, a casual Anti-Stigma Stroll, will take place Sunday, October 6th at 4:00 pm beginning at First 5 on Broadway, around Sutter Amador Hospital, and ending back at First 5 with refreshments.  On Thursday, October 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Thomi’s Ballroom on Highway 49 in Jackson we will host a community meeting with a light buffet dinner.
   This event will feature key segments from the PBS documentary, A New State of Mind, first-hand accounts of local experiences with mental illness, and a discussion of how mental health is viewed in our community. For those interested in learning about signs and symptoms of mental illness, and how to help, a brief introduction to Mental Health First Aid will be provided, along with an overview of the programs offered by NAMI Amador.

Please bring a friend, spouse, partner, or neighbor and join us for some enjoyable, thought-provoking hours!

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 www.sgqg.org or call 831-247-1907 or email beachbreak112@aol.com 

F.A.C.T. 5K FUN RUN/WALK – Sun Oct 13 Helping to Feed Amador County Today (F.A.C.T.) is sponsoring its 4th annual 5K run/walk to raise funds for Amador County's Interfaith Food Bank.  Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 13, 2013 and register to help support our friends and neighbors in need!   Registration forms are available on-line at amadorFACT.org.  Register as an individual or put together a team.  Bring the kids – we have a fun race for them too!  There will be prizes for the fastest runners, walkers, and teams!Don't want to participate in the run but want to help out or donate funds or food - contact Colleen at (209)223-1618.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: “OUR SACRED BODY” – Sun Oct 12-13. The featured Saturday presenter is Amel Tafsout, a master dance artist, choreographer, instructor, frame drummer, singer and energy worker. She will present the four hour workshop: Healing Through Sacred Dance on Saturday October 12 immediately following the opening session, Introduction to Our Sacred Body, at 10am Rev. Patsy Fine, minister at SWOW. For more information, visit: sophiaswellofwisdom.org

LADIES NIGHT IN SUTTER CREEK! Come and enjoy downtown Sutter Creek as never before!  Our semi-annual Ladies Night will be Saturday, October 12, 5-8 pm, with the drawing to be held promptly at 8:30. Try out our new wine tasting rooms and wait until you see the Hotel Sutter renovations (previously known as Bellotti's).  Why not have dinner, snack your way through town while shopping, enjoy some most-excellent wine tasting, and top it off by winning one of the wonderful raffle donations from Sutter Creek merchants.  Everyone is invited.  This wonderful event is sponsored by the Sutter Creek Business and Professional Association. We hope to see you there.  Any questions, call Linda at 267-9314.

AMADOR FLYFISHERS (AFF) invites you to hear guest speaker John Sherman on Tuesday October 15 at 6:00pm in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson. Prepare for tales of Stripers and Large Mouth Bass, with dazzling imagery! A fly-tying demonstration will begin at 6:00pm followed by our 7:00pm general meeting and John’s presentation on "Fly-fishing the California Delta".  John Sherman is a published writer, former Northern California guide, seasoned angler and sales rep for Simms fishing products.  However, he is perhaps best known for his stunning outdoor/fishing photography. Amador Flyfishers meets the third Tuesday of each month to socialize with other flyfishers, share local fishing reports, and support fishery conservation issues. Visitors welcome - come join us! (www.amadorflyfishers.org)

Contact Information: Ron Calvert, secretary@amadorflyfishers.org

ARE YOU A GRANDPARENT RAISING A GRANDCHILD? Grandparent Café, Wednesday, October 16 at 10:00 am, 10877 Conductor Boulevard, Sutter Creek. Please join us at our Grandparent Café, and meet other grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, discuss needs, and learn about resources and successes. Share your experiences and listen in a supportive, relaxed environment. Learn about the Respite Program available to grandparents, and meet future friends. For more information, and to RSVP, please call The Resource Connection at 223-1624.

AMADOR HIGH SCHOOL’S 10th ANNUAL BROADWAY DINNER – Sat Oct 19 at 6:30 PM at the Immaculate Conception, Spanish Street, Sutter Creek. Gourmet dining, Broadway hits, star dancers, the studio and AHS’s musical. Selections from “West Side Story”. Floral raffle, live and silent auctions.

Limited seating. 100 adults. Reservations can be made by calling 267-0108. $25 per guest. Sponsor: Spinetta Family Vineyards.
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 www.ionevalleylawda.com

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) - The Amador County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Amador)  is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, October 22nd in the Oak View Conference Room (2nd floor in the Education Department) at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  The November meeting has been canceled and the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 10.   From 6:45 to 8:00 pm we will conduct a confidential Support Group for family members and caregivers of those  with mental illnesses.   For information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.

LIBATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS - A new AAUW Amador interest group,” Libations and Conversations,” is debuting on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at J&D’s Steakhouse in Sutter Creek.  This is a fun, casual way for AAUW members and interested prospective members to gather monthly at changing venues to discuss various topics related to women’s issues, education and public policy over no-host drinks.  AAUW, a national organization, advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.  Membership is open to all graduates who hold an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  For more information call Susan at 296-0940 or visit www.aauwamador.org.


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 www.amadorcommunitycollege.org.  The event benefits the Amador Centers for Higher Learning. 

WINEFEST 2013 is just around the corner and tickets are now available!  On Saturday November 9th, AmadorArts will be hosting the 16th Annual Winefest in Downtown Sutter Creek.  As always, guests can stroll historic Main Streetwhile tasting a huge selection of Amador County Wines in unique Sutter Creek shops. Guests can check in to pick up their wine glass, wristband and tasting map at the Sutter Creek Auditorium starting at 4pm.  From 4:30- 7pm attendees will explore historic Main Street tasting selections from more than 20 Amador County Wineries poured in participating shops.  At 7pm, the Sutter Creek Auditorium will be the place to return to for dessert tasting, music and the conclusion of the silent auction.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  All proceeds from this event help AmadorArts continue to support, promote and encourage the Arts in our Schools and Community.

Tickets are on sale now through PayPal through www.amadorarts.org and at these local businesses: Amador Council of Tourism Office, Sutter Creek Wine Tasting, Clarks Corner in Ione, Dr.Curry's Dental Office in Plymouth, and Up Country Hardware in Pine Grove.  Call AmadorArts at 209-267-9038 for any questions.




Job Announcement Code: 0703004
County: Calaveras
Agency Mission To provide support and services to persons with developmental disabilities so they can better live, work, learn, and recreate in the mainstream of life.
Type of Employment: Part-Time (up to 27.5 hrs/week)
Salary: Hourly pay range for community support specialist staff is $10.00 – $11.09.
The incumbent will have the opportunity to transition into full-time position based on program needs, performance, and abilities.
Contact for questions: Shawnna Molina, Executive Director. smolina@arcofamador.org
Deadline to Apply: October 15, 2013
The Arc of Amador and Calaveras, Calaveras Campus located in San Andreas, is seeking applications for community support specialist to work with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Job Duties:  Tasks will include conducting daily and weekend recreation activities; program classes; Arts and Crafts; propose new and exciting activities to the Director of Services; team player; community involvement, and advocacy. Ability to carry, push, pull, up to 50-lbs as needed. For a full description of duties please visit www.arcofamador.org

FESTIVAL OF CAROLS, an Interfaith Community of Choirs has begun rehearsals for their 14th annual Concert, which benefits the Amador County Food Bank.
Rehearsals will be every Sunday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm until the 3rd week in November.
In September rehearsals will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, (22601 Hwy. 88 at Red Corral, Pioneer) 9/7, 9/14/ 9/21 and 9/28.
The months of October and November have not been scheduled yet.
For further information on the Festival of Carols, you may visit: www.icchoirs.org.
For information re rehearsals and possible car pooling, you may call Shirley Turner at 267-9017.
This year’s Festival features Hande1’s Messiah, Part l and is scheduled for Friday, November 22, 2013 (7 pm) Saturday, November 237 2013 ((3 pm) at Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Rd. Sutter Creek. 

COUPONS NEEDED 60 Women Coming October 4 - On October 4-6th there will be the National Association of Women In Construction - Region 10 conference being held at the Hotel Sutter. I am putting together "Goodie Bags" for the 60 women that will be attending. If you would like your business included, please bring the coupons to the Visitor Center before Sept 29th so that I can get them assembled. on as you can do this would be greatly appreciated.
If the Visitor Center is not open please call my cell (916) 541-0276 and I will them up from you.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING THEM TO THE MUSIC BOX SHOP. I am trying to keep non-business related affairs out of my store (it disrupts sales).

LICENSED CHILD CARE PROVIDERS NEEDED! Do you love children? Are you willing to provide a safe, loving, high quality learning environment in your home?  Our staff can assist you with a Business Plan, Pre-licensing Requirements, Licensing Application, Health & Safety Classes, Learning Environments, Curriculum, and much more! For more information, please call The Resource Connection at 223-1624.


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 has resumed. 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: library@amadorgov.org

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 www.trinitysuttercreek.org. - See more at: http://www.trinitysuttercreek.org/ 

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. mail@goldcountrylanes.com

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. distewartw@gmail.com  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: acneditor@gmail.com
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
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: acneditor@gmail.com

Classes, Workshops & Seminars
Amador County Recreation Agency Class Schedule
Amador Animal Response Team (ACART) - Wed Sept 11
Fitness For You Program begins Mon Oct 7 -AmadorHealth.com 
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 – AmadorGroups.com
NAMI Family to Family class offered - Oct 19-Nov 23 – AmadorHealth.com
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: acneditor@gmail.com

Activities & Events
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
Mother Lode Friends of Music Season Calendar 2013-2014
Events at Andis Wines
Events at Deaver Vineyars
Trysette and Fiona Joy Hawkins Touring Fall 2013 - AmadorArts.com
Wine on Main in Historic Sutter Creek: 2nd Saturdays - AmadorFoodandWine.com
Mark Your Calendar! Sutter Creek Gallery presents "Whimsical Toons" by artist Loretta Armstrong in October - AmadorArts.com 
HoneyFlow FarmFest - Sat Oct 5 - AmadorFoodandWine.com
ACWN Holiday Shopping Fundraiser - Sat Nov 9 - AmadorBusiness.com
OUTSIDE KATZ - Sutter Creek Farmers Market 9 am to 12 pm
DANCIN' IN THE STREETS - Every Saturday in Amador City 6pm to 9pm
BG's LOUNGE - bgjackson.com
SERVICE OFFERED: Auntie Marilyn’s Pet & House Sitting
$20.00 PER FULL DAY (8 to 10 hours)
$25.00 OVERNIGHT (until 2PM the next day)
$55.00 PER WEEKEND (Friday thru Sunday until 2:00pm.)
SPECIAL RATE FOR A WEEK (7 days), $20 PER DAY ( 6 nights), 7th Day, $15 until 3 p.m. Call Marilyn at 267-5086 or e-mail marpadge211@att.net
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: acneditor@gmail.com. E-invoicing available.

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