Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

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

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - "Toxic Stress and Its Impact on Children"
Governor Signs Pro-Hunter Legislation –
Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation’s Grant to the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School –
Foothill Conservancy’s Mokelumne River Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, October 19 –
UCC Meeting - Mon Oct 14 –
Cars of the Niello Concourse comes to Sutter Creek - Sat Oct 5 –
Amador County Planning Commission - Tues Oct 8 –
Harvest Faire in Ione - Sat Oct 12 –
TSPN BROADCASTS can be viewed at:
TSPN INTERVIEW: In this edition of TSPN TV News In-Depth, Kam Merzlak sits down with NAMI of Amador President Kelly Trottier.
TSPN INTERVIEW: Kam Merzlak talks with NAMI of Amador President Kelly Trottier about some of the special event that NAMI of Amador has planned in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Cave and Mine Adventure locations are open for adventure and are not affected by the government shut down.   Cave and Mine Adventures' locations included: Black Chasm Cavern in Volcano, Ca., California Cavern in Mountain Ranch, Ca. and Moaning Cavern Adventure Park in Vallecito, Ca.
"We have received several calls from customers wondering if the government closures have caused us to close," said Heather Ginn, Vice-president of Marketing at Cave and Mine Adventures.  "All three caves are open and ready to provide fun and excitement."
At Moaning Cavern Adventure Park, guests can take a thrilling zip line ride across the gold country foothills, a 165-foot rope rappel to the bottom of Moaning Cavern's massive main chamber, a climb on the 32-foot custom climbing tower, or a guided cave walking tour. At Black Chasm Cavern and California Cavern, guests can take a guided cave walking tour and try gemstone mining and gold panning at the water sluice at each location.
For more information about activities and hours of operation, visit or call 209-736-2708.
AFGHANS FOR ANGELS, Western Chapter - In Memory of Stephanie Dawn Meadows
Afghans for Angels is an organization, headquartered in Sutter Creek, made up of volunteers who make baby afghans that are then distributed to hospitals. The afghans are stored by the hospitals and given to parents who have suffered the loss of their infant through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.
    We are now providing afghans to 20 hospitals, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Ohio, White Memorial in Los Angeles, Sonora Regional Medical Center, and Marshall Hospital in Placerville.  We also donate afghans to photographers who generously give of their time and talent to the Now I Lay me Down To Sleep organization. 
    If you know of someone in need of one of our afghans, or you would like to knit, crochet, or quilt small afghans for us, please contact us at one of the options given below.  We do have yarn available to those who find it difficult to obtain yarn.  More information on the organization can be found at
P.O. Box 1085
Sutter Creek, CA  95685
“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 for info on where and how to send your donation. Thank you! 
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 .  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
Cathy Patrenos
Gold Country Wine Tours
P.O. Box 1570
Sutter Creek, Ca. 95685 
(877)534-4949 or (209)267-8030

October 2013 Newsletters

Amador Association of University Women (AAUW)
First 5 Amador
Mother Lode Harvest

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 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. 

Learn the basic techniques to safely make jams & jellies and other home preserved foods.
Location: Calaveras Senior Center, 956 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas. 

THE BIG CRUSH - Oct 5 & 6 -

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!

FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR ACART - Monday, October 7th - 5pm - 8pm. Enjoy dinner with Amador Animal Response Team (ACART) at the Union Inn in Volcano and help support our efforts to establish animal shelter for displaced animals (large and small) during a disaster.
A portion of the cost of every meal purchsed at the Union Inn will be donated to ACART - plus we will have a plethora of great gifts for a drawing - wine, one-of-a-kind ceraminc, mulch, firewood, decorative items.... many other nice items for bid
Call 296-7711 for dinner reservations
Come and enjoy the fun

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 

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  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:

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! (

Contact Information: Ron Calvert,

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. 

FREE CONCERT BY THE AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND – Sun Oct 20 at 3PM. A free concert will be presented by the 48-member Amador County Concert Band under the direction of Steve Chambers and Irv Gidding on Sunday, October 20 at 3pm. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Featured music will be “Lord of the Rings”, “Selections from Sweeney Todd”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Gabriel’s Oboe” (featuring oboist Amy Von Gunten, “Colonel Bogey March” (from the movie “Bridge Over the River Kwai”), and much more. The 90-minute program will conclude with free refreshments. Join us on October 20 for a fun musical experience; bring the family and enjoy the spirited music! Visit the band’s website at for additional information or to find out how to join the band. 

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

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


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. 

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 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.



AFGHANS FOR ANGELS, Western Chapter - In Memory of Stephanie Dawn Meadows
Afghans for Angels is an organization, headquartered in Sutter Creek, made up of volunteers who make baby afghans that are then distributed to hospitals. The afghans are stored by the hospitals and given to parents who have suffered the loss of their infant through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.
    We are now providing afghans to 20 hospitals, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Ohio, White Memorial in Los Angeles, Sonora Regional Medical Center, and Marshall Hospital in Placerville.  We also donate afghans to photographers who generously give of their time and talent to the Now I Lay me Down To Sleep organization. 
    If you know of someone in need of one of our afghans, or you would like to knit, crochet, or quilt small afghans for us, please contact us at one of the options given below.  We do have yarn available to those who find it difficult to obtain yarn.  More information on the organization can be found at
P.O. Box 1085
Sutter Creek, CA  95685

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:

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
UCC Meeting - Mon Oct 14 –
Amador County Planning Commission - Tues Oct 8 –

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
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
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 -
Wine on Main in Historic Sutter Creek: 2nd Saturdays -
Mark Your Calendar! Sutter Creek Gallery presents "Whimsical Toons" by artist Loretta Armstrong in October - 
HoneyFlow FarmFest - Sat Oct 5 -
Cars of the Niello Concourse comes to Sutter Creek - Sat Oct 5 –
Harvest Faire in Ione - Sat Oct 12 –
ACWN Holiday Shopping Fundraiser - Sat Nov 9 -
OUTSIDE KATZ - Sutter Creek Farmers Market 9 am to 12 pm
DANCIN' IN THE STREETS - Every Saturday in Amador City 6pm to 9pm
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
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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