Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Have a great weekend, Amador County! Make your plans with Amador Community News!
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LOTS of marked-down jewelry! Handmade by Fiddletown's own Kathy Zee!
Last minute gift ideas from Andis Wines!

News & Announcements
Lowe's Adopts The Arc of Amador and Calaveras, Amador Campus as it 2013 Heroes Project. "Never Stop Improving" -
CAL FIRE: Fire Safety on the Road Quiz -
CAL FIRE: Fire Safety Urged with Christmas Trees
Workshop: Designing, Improving & Maintaining Rural Roads - Fri Dec 13 - see flyer below
Amador Choraliers Present “Christmas Wishes” – December 12, 14 & 15 - see flyer below
First 5 Amador's 12th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 13 -  see flyer below
Sutter Creek’s 7th Annual Parade of Lights – Sat Dec 14
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Ameranouch (Gypsy Jazz) - Fri Dec 13 -
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents:  Paul Revere & the Raiders’ Rockin’ Christmas – Sun Dec 15 -

HOLIDAY ANIMAL ADOPTION EVENT. Amador County Animal Control and Adoption Center is having a home for the holidays adoption event at our local shelter. All adoption fees will be reduced for this one day event. Dog adoptions are $42.00 Plus a dog license fee. Cat adoption fees are $20.00. If you are interested in adding a new addition to your family join us Saturday 12/14 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and again from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. . All adoptable animal can be viewed on our website at:

HOLIDAY BENEFIT CONCERT “GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC!” – Sat Dec 14 from 3-6PM in Moke Hill Town Hall. This 2nd annual fundraiser benefits the Music Programs of Rail Road Flat, West Point, and Mokelumne Hill Elementary Schools will feature performances by local musicians including Drew Phillips, Blaine “Woody” Woods, and Ron Brickman, as well as up and coming young musicians and actors, including Bradley Fuller, Carl Geroge, Nicole Alfred, Robert Wise’s Ukulele Kids Band, the Little Tigers Musical Theatre and many more.
There’ll be a Bake Sale, a Coffee Station and a Live Auction to keep the musical fun rolling on. Everyone Welcome! Admission at the door will be $10.00 per person – kids under 12 free. Tax deductible donations of  old or unused instruments will be gladly accepted. Receipt provided. This vital arts-in-the-schools fundraiser is presented by The Friends of Rail Road Flat School and Drew Phillips. As a result of last year’s event, each of the three schools were  awarded over $500 for music programming.  For more information call  Rochelle Hie 754-3054  or email .  Visit

CHRISTMAS DINNER AT RAIL ROAD FLAT COMMUNITY HALL – Sat Dec 14 at 2PM. Doors Open-5:00 pm Dinner Served-5:30-7:00 pm. Tickets $5.00 Bring an Ornament for the Ornament Exchange.

OLDE TYME COUNTRY CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE (see flyer below) – Sat Dec 14 and Sun Dec 15 from 10AM to 4PM. Travel back to olden times at the beautiful Preston Castle and find lots of interesting arts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods, and other gift items, while listening to Christmas Carols.  Also, Santa will be available for your wish lists.  Over 40 vendors will be displaying and selling their wares.  Plan your visit around the wonderful downtown Ione Christmas Parade, 11 am on Saturday, December 14.
For the last time this year, you may take a tour of the historic Preston Castle, 10 am to 2 pm both days.
On Saturday night, you can view the Castle lit up in Holiday Lights, from 5 pm to 8 pm.  And you can take a special historical tour of the Castle by flashlight, from 7 pm to 9:30 pm on Sat.
Fair-Bazaar-Lights: Free
Castle Tour: $10
Historical Flashlight Tour: $20 (bring a flashlight)

JOB OPPORTUNITY in San Andreas. Deadline to apply is December 20. 

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Community Calendar- December 2013
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Also be sure to check out the event flyers/posters at the end of this update!

AMADOR HS BEGINNING DRAMA PRESENTS: “RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER” - Four performances at Amador HS at 9AM on the following days: 
Mon Dec 16
Wed Dec 18
Fri Dec 20 
There is no admission charge for the show, which will also include vocal performances and dancing, audience caroling and visits with Santa. Sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria and Bill and Corrine Heryford.
For more information, call Amador High School Drama at 267-0108.

ACRA BINGO – 1st & 3rd Mondays at the Italian Picnic Grounds!
6:15  Early Bird games, 6:30 Regular BINGO
5:00  Full Dinner Served for Just $7 a plate!
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Sponsored Jackpots up to $100. Black out is $200!
We welcome any one, organization, or business who would like to sponsor a BINGO…we will announce your donation followed by a huge round of applause! Proceeds go to support ACRA.  or 223-6349.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADVENT SERVICES AND SOUP DINNERS AT FAITH LUTHERAN: December 4th, 11th and 18th. Church service at 4pm followed by dinner in Luther Hall. Location: 22601 Hwy 88, Pioneer. Everyone is welcome!

BUILD AND DECORATE YOUR OWN GINGERBREAD HOUSE – Thurs Dec 19, 5:30-8PM. Get into the holiday spirit with family and friends. Customize your very own Gingerbread Dream House to take home with you! $15 per house. Please pre-register; pay with credit card by phone, or stop in the office. Call ACRA to Register 223-6349. 

SANTA’S WORKSHOP AT THE HUB – Open Saturdays December 7, 14, and 21, 10AM-6PM. For Children 1st – 8th grades. Visit Santa’s shop to purchase gifts. Santa will be there from 2-4pm  Saturdays. Bring your Christmas wish list for Santa. $10 per child. Spend $100 in Jackson and the Jackson Business & Community Assoc. will cover the cost of one $10 fee! The HUB is located at 206B Main St. Jackson. Call ACRA at (209) 223-6349, or visit their website at In partnership with Jackson Business & Community Assoc.

LESSONS & CAROLS - Sunday, December 22 services at Trinity Episcopal Church, at 8:30AM and 10:30AM, coffee hour after 2nd service. Enjoy peace on Earth, goodwill to all in readings, music, dance, communion and fellowship! Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

DECEMBER 23, 2013 - JANUARY 2014
Also be sure to check out the event flyers/posters at the end of this update!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES - Sunday, December 24 services at Trinity Episcopal Church. Two services, at 3PM and 10 PM. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY: Folsom Lake College will be offering an Introduction to Astronomy class in the Spring Semester from January 18 until May 21, 2014. This class is in a  Interactive Television (ITV) format which means the instructor and students will interact and view each other on a real-time basis. Class sessions are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:20 pm (two sessions per week). This is class is worth 3 semester credits and is taught by Bob Laurent. The class will be given at the Amador County Transit Center in Sutter Hill - 117 Valley View Way, Sutter Creek, CA 95685. This center is at the intersection of Valley View Way and Bowers Ave. For enrollment information please call 209 223-6393.

ACRA’S 3RD ANNUAL SPAGHETTI FEED – Fri Jan 24. Doors open at 5:30. Dinner served at 6:30. Raffle at 7PM. Authentic Amador-Italian meaty red sauce, or delicious pesto. Salad, garlic bread, coffee. Desserts by Kathy Simmons! Wine, beer, soda, bottled water. No host beverages. Raffle prizes, door prizes. $15 each, $20 at the door. $25 per couple, in advance. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by credit card, or come into the ACRA office, 223-6349. Proceeds benefit ACRA and the Amador County Cemetery Board.

CREATIVE WRITING CLASS – In Today’s world of Facebook, Twitter and smart phones, writing is becoming a lost art. Some may want to sharpen their skills. Others simply can’t find the words to express themselves. For many, writing can be very therapeutic.
ACRA is offering a Creative Writing Class lead by Ed Gallup, a retired Sac City College professor who has been published numerous times.

Classes start Thurs Jan 23rd and continue every Thurs until March 13. Time: 6-7 PM. Location: Health & Human Services Building, Conference Room E, 10877 Conductor Blvd. Cost: $20 one-time registration fee. To register, call ACRA at 223-6349. 

Ongoing Events & Announcements

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