Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Have a great weekend, Amador County! Make your plans with Amador Community News!
Updates have been made in all our departments.
See our daily posts on Facebookfacebook.com/AmadorCounty.
We tweet 'em on Twitter, too! Twitter.com/Amador411
Check out our event calendar, as well as the posters/flyers at the end of this update, and be sure to say you saw it on ACN! 
Amador Community News is a part of the Knight Community News Network. Thank you for supporting your local community media!

SHOP LOCAL! SHOP AMADOR! AmadorHolidays.blogspot.com
LOTS of marked-down jewelry! Handmade by Fiddletown's own Kathy Zee! http://kathyzee.com/
Last minute gift ideas from Andis Wines! AmadorFoodandWine.com
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News & Announcements
Lowe's Adopts The Arc of Amador and Calaveras, Amador Campus as it 2013 Heroes Project. "Never Stop Improving" - AmadorGroups.com
CAL FIRE: Fire Safety on the Road Quiz - AmadorGovernment.com
CAL FIRE: Fire Safety Urged with Christmas Trees AmadorGovernment.com
Workshop: Designing, Improving & Maintaining Rural Roads - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorEd.com see flyer below
Amador Choraliers Present “Christmas Wishes” – December 12, 14 & 15 - AmadorArts.com see flyer below
First 5 Amador's 12th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorGroups.com  see flyer below
Sutter Creek’s 7th Annual Parade of Lights – Sat Dec 14
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Ameranouch (Gypsy Jazz) - Fri Dec 13 - SutterCreekTheater.com
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents:  Paul Revere & the Raiders’ Rockin’ Christmas – Sun Dec 15 - www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule

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: www.amadorgov.org/animals

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 chelle0820@sbcglobal.net .  Visit www.friendsofrrfschool.org

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)
Visit www.prestoncastle.com.
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JOB OPPORTUNITY in San Andreas. Deadline to apply is December 20.
http://www.californiacitynews.org/job/deputy-director-health-and-human-services-agency 
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TSPN BROADCASTS can be viewed at: www.tspntv.com
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CA CITY NEWS: CaliforniaCityNews.org
CA COUNTY NEWS: CaliforniaCountyNews.org
CA GOVERNMENT NEWS:  News.CA.gov

Do you have a newsworthy item for any of our departments?
Email your releases or news briefs to: newsroom@newsamador.com
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Community Calendar- December 2013
Email your announcements for our calendar to: carol@newsamador.com

DECEMBER 16-22
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. www.goacra.org  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 www.goacra.org. 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. TrinitySutterCreek.org
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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. TrinitySutterCreek.org.

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. 
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Ongoing Events & Announcements
AmadorInfo.blogspot.com
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HAVING AN EVENT? FUNDRAISER? 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)!
For more information, click here







Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Happy Thursday, Amador County!
Updates have been made in all our departments.
See our daily posts on Facebookfacebook.com/AmadorCounty.
We tweet 'em on Twitter, too! Twitter.com/Amador411
Check out our event calendar, as well as the posters/flyers at the end of this update, and be sure to say you saw it on ACN! 
Amador Community News is a part of the Knight Community News Network. Thank you for supporting your local community media!

SHOP LOCAL! SHOP AMADOR! AmadorHolidays.blogspot.com
LOTS of marked-down jewelry! Handmade by Fiddletown's own Kathy Zee! http://kathyzee.com/
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News & Announcements
CAL FIRE: Fire Safety on the Road Quiz - AmadorGovernment.com
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30PM
AWA Special Meeting - Thurs Dec 12  - AmadorGovernment.com
Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Dec12 - AmadorBusiness.com
Workshop: Designing, Improving & Maintaining Rural Roads - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorEd.com
Amador Choraliers Present “Christmas Wishes” – December 12, 14 & 15 - AmadorArts.com 
First 5 Amador's 12th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorGroups.com  
Sutter Creek’s 7th Annual Parade of Lights – Sat Dec 14 - :LifeInAmador.com
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Ameranouch (Gypsy Jazz) - Fri Dec 13 - SutterCreekTheater.com
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents:  Paul Revere & the Raiders’ Rockin’ Christmas – Sun Dec 15 - www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule

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: www.amadorgov.org/animals

FREE! ART AT THE HUB 
After-School Class Schedule
All Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 3:30 to 5pm at the HUB
*Holiday Card-Making with Leslie Vasquez: December 10, 11 & 12
You may download a copy on the ACRA or Amador Arts websites.
For more information call ACRA at 223-6349 facebook.com/goacra,www.goacra.org., or amadorarts.org
The HUB is located at 206B Main St. Jackson.
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OBITUARY NOTICES:
Evan Cowart
Ramona Willy
George Gregory
Patrick Tallon, Jr.
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AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
The AARP Tax-Aide program, which assists with tax preparation at the Amador Senior Center, is looking for volunteers.  The program, which has been in place in Amador County for about 25 years, provides free tax preparation for individuals of all ages.
Tax-Aide volunteers are trained as tax counselors (trained by Tax-Aide and certified by IRS) and as client facilitators (who assist clients at our tax site). There is a one day orientation class in December and a one week class for tax counselors starts on January 20th.  Tax work is done from February 1st to April 15th.   The tax preparation work this year will be done exclusively at the Amador Senior Center.
Volunteers need to be computer literate but do not need any special tax or accounting skills.  Of the 16 volunteers that we currently have in the program (and we need 4-5 more), only a few have been CPA’s or tax preparers.  Also, just as a general reference, volunteers can expect to work one or two days a week during the tax season.
If interested, please call Al Bierce at 267-0855 or Rick Sprenkel at 296-2771
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JOB OPPORTUNITY in San Andreas. Deadline to apply is December 20.
http://www.californiacitynews.org/job/deputy-director-health-and-human-services-agency 
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TSPN BROADCASTS can be viewed at: www.tspntv.com
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CA CITY NEWS: CaliforniaCityNews.org
CA COUNTY NEWS: CaliforniaCountyNews.org
CA GOVERNMENT NEWS:  News.CA.gov
Do you have a newsworthy item for any of our departments?
Email your releases or news briefs to: newsroom@newsamador.com
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Community Calendar- December 2013
Email your announcements for our calendar to: carol@newsamador.com

DECEMBER 9-15

AT SOPHIA’S WELL OF WISDOM - Themes introduced at the recent Festival of Light holiday workshop continue through December: 11/8 Return of the Light, 8/15 Birthing the Light, 11/29 Radiating the Light. Sunday 11/22 includes a 10:30am Winter Solstice celebration with Rev. Tracy Johnson, a Light Lunch at noon followed by a Holiday Concert at 2pm with Laurie Story Vela, Jeremiah, and Shari Anderson. Sunday Meditation begins at 10:15am followed by Wisdom Circle at 11:15am. Qi Gong with Andrew Plitt Sundays 5pm. The multi-faith spiritual wellness center is located at 270 Hanford Street in Sutter Creek. Visit: www.sophiaswell.org or contact Rev. Patsy Walker Fine at 209-418-9003.

AMADOR HS BEGINNING DRAMA PRESENTS: “RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER” - Four performances at Amador HS at 9AM on the following days: 
Thurs Dec 12
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.

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: www.amadorgov.org/animals

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 chelle0820@sbcglobal.net .  Visit www.friendsofrrfschool.org

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 – 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)
Visit www.prestoncastle.com.
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DECEMBER 16-22

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. www.goacra.org  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 www.goacra.org. In partnership with Jackson Business & Community Assoc.

OLDE TYME COUNTRY CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE – 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)
Visit www.prestoncastle.com

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 chelle0820@sbcglobal.net .  Visit www.friendsofrrfschool.org
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DECEMBER 23, 2013 - JANUARY 2014

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.
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Ongoing Events & Announcements
AmadorInfo.blogspot.com
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CANCELLED: Sutter Creek Planning Commission - Mon Dec 9 - AmadorGovernment.com
Amador County Planning Commission - Tues Dec 10  - AmadorGovernment.com
AWA Engineering Committee - Wed Dec 11 - AmadorGovernment.com
AWA Budget & Finance Committee - Wed Dec 11 - AmadorGovernment.com
Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Dec12 - AmadorBusiness.com 
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GOVERNMENT MEETINGS
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meets every Tues at 8:30 AM
SUTTER CREEK CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Mon at 7PM.
IONE CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6PM
JACKSON CITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd & 4th Mon at 7PM
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd Mon at 6PM.
SUTTER CREEK PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 2nd Mon at 7PM.
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30PM
JACKSON PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 3rd Mon at 7PM.
AMADOR WATER AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets on Thurs at 9AM.

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
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Classes, Workshops & Seminars
Amador County Recreation Agency Class Schedule
Zumba at the Hub
Photography with Jeannine
Adult Dodgeball League
4-on-3 Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League
Youth Flag Football
Adult Flag Football

Volleyball Open Gym
Workshop: Designing, Improving & Maintaining Rural Roads - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorEd.com

CHINA PAINTING WITH MARGARET ANWAY – Margaret Anway has decades of experience painting, as well as teaching china and glass painting. She has been published in “The China Decorator” magazine, and is happy teaching beginning artists as well as professional, and is flexible to your needs.

Classes are Tues mornings, 9-12 noon at Margaret Anway’s home, 26601 High Tree Ave, Pioneer. $7 per class. Call 295-8836 to schedule your first class or if you have any questions regarding the class.

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.

FREE! ART AT THE HUB 
After-School Class Schedule
All Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 3:30 to 5pm at the HUB
*Holiday Card-Making with Leslie Vasquez: December 10, 11 & 12
*Poetry with Linda Toren:  January 14,21,28, February 4 & 11
*Journal- Making Lorra Lee Rose & Bruce Peccianti:  February 18, 19 & 20
*More classes to be scheduled: Traditional Jewelry, Music, Drama, & Drums
Students 5th,6th, 7th & 8th graders… Students of Amador County.
Must have signed the ACRA Rec’ing Crew Waiver  to participate.
You may download a copy on the ACRA or Amador Arts websites.
For more information call ACRA at 223-6349 facebook.com/goacra,www.goacra.org., or amadorarts.org
The HUB is located at 206B Main St. Jackson.

ANNOUNCING 4 MILE TUESDAYS! Every Tuesday night from October 22nd through the end of 2013, we will be WALKING 4 REALLY BIG MILES! We have NEW music too!
Get ready for 4 REALLY BIG MILES (60 Minute classes) every Tuesday & Thursday beginning this January! Don't miss your 3.5 mile Thursday night classes through December.
We will continue WALKING ourselves healthy and strong with our 3.5 Mile workout, so that your 4 MILE workouts become a breeze!
4 Miles seems like too much for you?
NEVER worry - Stay at your own pace and your own level, before you know it - 4 Really Big Miles will come more easily! Just walk, walk, walk - stay moving and you know you'll get a great and healthy workout.
It's always a great day to WALK!
Beth Sands,
Certified Walk Leader
walkleaderbeth@yahoo.com
WalkLiveWithFitnessMadeFun.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
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Events & Activities
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
Jackson Casino Events 2013
Mother Lode Friends of Music Season Calendar 2013-2014
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents: Karaoke Series – Nov 6 thru Dec 11 - www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule 
Amador Choraliers Present “Christmas Wishes” – December 12, 14 & 15 - AmadorArts.com 
First 5 Amador's 12th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorGroups.com  
Sutter Creek’s 7th Annual Parade of Lights – Sat Dec 14 - :LifeInAmador.com
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents:  Paul Revere & the Raiders’ Rockin’ Christmas – Sun Dec 15 - www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule
“The Heart of Christmas” celebrates the Christmas Story in song, December 21-22 - AmadorArts.com 
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HAVING AN EVENT? FUNDRAISER? 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)!
For more information, click here





Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Wednesday, Amador County!
Updates have been made in all our departments.
See our daily posts on Facebookfacebook.com/AmadorCounty.
We tweet 'em on Twitter, too! Twitter.com/Amador411
Check out our event calendar, as well as the posters/flyers at the end of this update, and be sure to say you saw it on ACN! 
Amador Community News is a part of the Knight Community News Network. Thank you for supporting your local community media!

*SERNA FAMILY FIRE RELIEF UPDATE** HelpAmador.com
VIA CITIZEN REPORT: "I just had to share something that I had the pleasure of witnessing [yesterday] regarding this. A 2nd grade girl, whose mom is friends with the family, came into her class and asked her teacher if she could give the girl her "Christmas to Remember" trip to KMart since she lost all her things. This from a 7 year old! I cried." - Suzanne Van, Plymouth

SHOP LOCAL! SHOP AMADOR! AmadorHolidays.blogspot.com
LOTS of marked-down jewelry! Handmade by Fiddletown's own Kathy Zee! http://kathyzee.com/
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News & Announcements
AWA Engineering Committee - Wed Dec 11 - AmadorGovernment.com
AWA Budget & Finance Committee - Wed Dec 11 - AmadorGovernment.com
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30PM
AWA Special Meeting - Thurs Dec 12  - AmadorGovernment.com
Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Dec12 - AmadorBusiness.com
Workshop: Designing, Improving & Maintaining Rural Roads - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorEd.com
Amador Choraliers Present “Christmas Wishes” – December 12, 14 & 15 - AmadorArts.com 
Workshop: Designing, Improving & Maintaining Rural Roads - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorEd.com
First 5 Amador's 12th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorGroups.com  
Sutter Creek’s 7th Annual Parade of Lights – Sat Dec 14 - :LifeInAmador.com
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents:  Paul Revere & the Raiders’ Rockin’ Christmas – Sun Dec 15 - www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule

FREE! ART AT THE HUB 
After-School Class Schedule
All Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 3:30 to 5pm at the HUB
*Holiday Card-Making with Leslie Vasquez: December 10, 11 & 12
*Poetry with Linda Toren:  January 14,21,28, February 4 & 11
*Journal- Making Lorra Lee Rose & Bruce Peccianti:  February 18, 19 & 20
*More classes to be scheduled: Traditional Jewelry, Music, Drama, & Drums
Students 5th,6th, 7th & 8th graders… Students of Amador County.
Must have signed the ACRA Rec’ing Crew Waiver  to participate.
You may download a copy on the ACRA or Amador Arts websites.
For more information call ACRA at 223-6349 facebook.com/goacra,www.goacra.org., or amadorarts.org
The HUB is located at 206B Main St. Jackson.

CHAMBER MIXER AND MINI TRADE SHOW – Wed Dec 11 at 5:30PM at Thomi’s Banquet Room 627 S Hwy. 49, Jackson. Admission is $10. Trade show table is $50; non-profit businesses, $25. Limited amount of tables, so reserve your table today, call 223-0350. Bring a raffle item, get your business recognized!

NO ACCF MEETING IN DECEMBER: Just a reminder that there will not be a December meeting of the Amador Community College Foundation Board.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of ACCF will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014.  We will send out a reminder in early January. Happy Holidays!
Karen Dickerson, Secretary
Amador Community College Foundation

 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Nelson Mandela
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OBITUARY NOTICES:
Evan Cowart
Ramona Willy
George Gregory
Patrick Tallon, Jr.
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AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
The AARP Tax-Aide program, which assists with tax preparation at the Amador Senior Center, is looking for volunteers.  The program, which has been in place in Amador County for about 25 years, provides free tax preparation for individuals of all ages.
Tax-Aide volunteers are trained as tax counselors (trained by Tax-Aide and certified by IRS) and as client facilitators (who assist clients at our tax site). There is a one day orientation class in December and a one week class for tax counselors starts on January 20th.  Tax work is done from February 1st to April 15th.   The tax preparation work this year will be done exclusively at the Amador Senior Center.
Volunteers need to be computer literate but do not need any special tax or accounting skills.  Of the 16 volunteers that we currently have in the program (and we need 4-5 more), only a few have been CPA’s or tax preparers.  Also, just as a general reference, volunteers can expect to work one or two days a week during the tax season.
If interested, please call Al Bierce at 267-0855 or Rick Sprenkel at 296-2771
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JOB OPPORTUNITY in San Andreas. Deadline to apply is December 20.
http://www.californiacitynews.org/job/deputy-director-health-and-human-services-agency 
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TSPN BROADCASTS can be viewed at: www.tspntv.com
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CA CITY NEWS: CaliforniaCityNews.org
CA COUNTY NEWS: CaliforniaCountyNews.org
CA GOVERNMENT NEWS:  News.CA.gov
Do you have a newsworthy item for any of our departments?
Email your releases or news briefs to: newsroom@newsamador.com
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Community Calendar- December 2013
Email your announcements for our calendar to: carol@newsamador.com

DECEMBER 9-15

AT SOPHIA’S WELL OF WISDOM - Themes introduced at the recent Festival of Light holiday workshop continue through December: 11/8 Return of the Light, 8/15 Birthing the Light, 11/29 Radiating the Light. Sunday 11/22 includes a 10:30am Winter Solstice celebration with Rev. Tracy Johnson, a Light Lunch at noon followed by a Holiday Concert at 2pm with Laurie Story Vela, Jeremiah, and Shari Anderson. Sunday Meditation begins at 10:15am followed by Wisdom Circle at 11:15am. Qi Gong with Andrew Plitt Sundays 5pm. The multi-faith spiritual wellness center is located at 270 Hanford Street in Sutter Creek. Visit: www.sophiaswell.org or contact Rev. Patsy Walker Fine at 209-418-9003.

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!

CHAMBER MIXER AND MINI TRADE SHOW – Wed Dec 11 at 5:30PM at Thomi’s Banquet Room 627 S Hwy. 49, Jackson. Admission is $10. Trade show table is $50; non-profit businesses, $25. Limited amount of tables, so reserve your table today, call 223-0350. Bring a raffle item, get your business recognized!

AMADOR HS BEGINNING DRAMA PRESENTS: “RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER” - Four performances at Amador HS at 9AM on the following days: 
Thurs Dec 12
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.

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 chelle0820@sbcglobal.net .  Visit www.friendsofrrfschool.org

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 – 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)
Visit www.prestoncastle.com.
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DECEMBER 16-22

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. www.goacra.org  or 223-6349. 

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 www.goacra.org. In partnership with Jackson Business & Community Assoc.

OLDE TYME COUNTRY CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE – 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)
Visit www.prestoncastle.com

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 chelle0820@sbcglobal.net .  Visit www.friendsofrrfschool.org
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DECEMBER 23, 2013 - JANUARY 2014

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.
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Ongoing Events & Announcements
AmadorInfo.blogspot.com
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CANCELLED: Sutter Creek Planning Commission - Mon Dec 9 - AmadorGovernment.com
Amador County Planning Commission - Tues Dec 10  - AmadorGovernment.com
AWA Engineering Committee - Wed Dec 11 - AmadorGovernment.com
AWA Budget & Finance Committee - Wed Dec 11 - AmadorGovernment.com
Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Dec12 - AmadorBusiness.com 
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GOVERNMENT MEETINGS
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meets every Tues at 8:30 AM
SUTTER CREEK CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Mon at 7PM.
IONE CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6PM
JACKSON CITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd & 4th Mon at 7PM
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd Mon at 6PM.
SUTTER CREEK PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 2nd Mon at 7PM.
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30PM
JACKSON PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 3rd Mon at 7PM.
AMADOR WATER AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets on Thurs at 9AM.

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
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Classes, Workshops & Seminars
Amador County Recreation Agency Class Schedule
Zumba at the Hub
Photography with Jeannine
Adult Dodgeball League
4-on-3 Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League
Youth Flag Football
Adult Flag Football

Volleyball Open Gym
Workshop: Designing, Improving & Maintaining Rural Roads - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorEd.com

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.

FREE! ART AT THE HUB 
After-School Class Schedule
All Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 3:30 to 5pm at the HUB
*Holiday Card-Making with Leslie Vasquez: December 10, 11 & 12
*Poetry with Linda Toren:  January 14,21,28, February 4 & 11
*Journal- Making Lorra Lee Rose & Bruce Peccianti:  February 18, 19 & 20
*More classes to be scheduled: Traditional Jewelry, Music, Drama, & Drums
Students 5th,6th, 7th & 8th graders… Students of Amador County.
Must have signed the ACRA Rec’ing Crew Waiver  to participate.
You may download a copy on the ACRA or Amador Arts websites.
For more information call ACRA at 223-6349 facebook.com/goacra,www.goacra.org., or amadorarts.org
The HUB is located at 206B Main St. Jackson.

ANNOUNCING 4 MILE TUESDAYS! Every Tuesday night from October 22nd through the end of 2013, we will be WALKING 4 REALLY BIG MILES! We have NEW music too!
Get ready for 4 REALLY BIG MILES (60 Minute classes) every Tuesday & Thursday beginning this January! Don't miss your 3.5 mile Thursday night classes through December.
We will continue WALKING ourselves healthy and strong with our 3.5 Mile workout, so that your 4 MILE workouts become a breeze!
4 Miles seems like too much for you?
NEVER worry - Stay at your own pace and your own level, before you know it - 4 Really Big Miles will come more easily! Just walk, walk, walk - stay moving and you know you'll get a great and healthy workout.
It's always a great day to WALK!
Beth Sands,
Certified Walk Leader
walkleaderbeth@yahoo.com
WalkLiveWithFitnessMadeFun.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
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Events & Activities
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
Jackson Casino Events 2013
Mother Lode Friends of Music Season Calendar 2013-2014
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents: Karaoke Series – Nov 6 thru Dec 11 - www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule 
Amador Choraliers Present “Christmas Wishes” – December 12, 14 & 15 - AmadorArts.com 
First 5 Amador's 12th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorGroups.com  
Sutter Creek’s 7th Annual Parade of Lights – Sat Dec 14 - :LifeInAmador.com
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents:  Paul Revere & the Raiders’ Rockin’ Christmas – Sun Dec 15 - www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule
“The Heart of Christmas” celebrates the Christmas Story in song, December 21-22 - AmadorArts.com 
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HAVING AN EVENT? FUNDRAISER? 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)!
For more information, click here

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Happy New Week, Amador County!
Updates have been made in all our departments.
See our daily posts on Facebookfacebook.com/AmadorCounty.
We tweet 'em on Twitter, too! Twitter.com/Amador411
Check out our event calendar, as well as the posters/flyers at the end of this update, and be sure to say you saw it on ACN! 
Amador Community News is a part of the Knight Community News Network. Thank you for supporting your local community media!

*SERNA FAMILY FIRE RELIEF UPDATE** HelpAmador.com
VIA CITIZEN REPORT: "I just had to share something that I had the pleasure of witnessing [yesterday] regarding this. A 2nd grade girl, whose mom is friends with the family, came into her class and asked her teacher if she could give the girl her "Christmas to Remember" trip to KMart since she lost all her things. This from a 7 year old! I cried." - Suzanne Van, Plymouth

SHOP LOCAL! SHOP AMADOR! AmadorHolidays.blogspot.com
LOTS of marked-down jewelry! Handmade by Fiddletown's own Kathy Zee! http://kathyzee.com/
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News & Announcements
Winter Preparedness Announced By CAL FIRE - AmadorGovernment.com
CAL FIRE: Heating-Related Fires Increase During Cold Temperatures - AmadorGovernment.com
UCCE Webinar Series on Reforestation and Afforestation Practices starts in January 2014 - AmadorEd.com
NEWSLETTER: Amador County Artists Association - AmadorArtists.org
Mark Bennett, "Outside The Ivory Tower": Obamacare: Social Security Redux
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meets every Tues at 8:30 AM
Amador County Planning Commission - Tues Dec 10  - AmadorGovernment.com
AWA Engineering Committee - Wed Dec 11 - AmadorGovernment.com
AWA Budget & Finance Committee - Wed Dec 11 - AmadorGovernment.com
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30PM
Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Dec12 - AmadorBusiness.com
Workshop: Designing, Improving & Maintaining Rural Roads - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorEd.com
Amador Choraliers Present “Christmas Wishes” – December 12, 14 & 15 - AmadorArts.com 
Workshop: Designing, Improving & Maintaining Rural Roads - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorEd.com
First 5 Amador's 12th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorGroups.com  
Sutter Creek’s 7th Annual Parade of Lights – Sat Dec 14 - :LifeInAmador.com
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents:  Paul Revere & the Raiders’ Rockin’ Christmas – Sun Dec 15 - www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule

FREE! ART AT THE HUB 
After-School Class Schedule
All Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 3:30 to 5pm at the HUB
*Holiday Card-Making with Leslie Vasquez: December 10, 11 & 12
*Poetry with Linda Toren:  January 14,21,28, February 4 & 11
*Journal- Making Lorra Lee Rose & Bruce Peccianti:  February 18, 19 & 20
*More classes to be scheduled: Traditional Jewelry, Music, Drama, & Drums
Students 5th,6th, 7th & 8th graders… Students of Amador County.
Must have signed the ACRA Rec’ing Crew Waiver  to participate.
You may download a copy on the ACRA or Amador Arts websites.
For more information call ACRA at 223-6349 facebook.com/goacra,www.goacra.org., or amadorarts.org
The HUB is located at 206B Main St. Jackson.

CHAMBER MIXER AND MINI TRADE SHOW – Wed Dec 11 at 5:30PM at Thomi’s Banquet Room 627 S Hwy. 49, Jackson. Admission is $10. Trade show table is $50; non-profit businesses, $25. Limited amount of tables, so reserve your table today, call 223-0350. Bring a raffle item, get your business recognized!

NO ACCF MEETING IN DECEMBER: Just a reminder that there will not be a December meeting of the Amador Community College Foundation Board.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of ACCF will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014.  We will send out a reminder in early January. Happy Holidays!
Karen Dickerson, Secretary
Amador Community College Foundation

 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Nelson Mandela
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OBITUARY NOTICES:
Evan Cowart
Ramona Willy
George Gregory
Patrick Tallon, Jr.
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AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
The AARP Tax-Aide program, which assists with tax preparation at the Amador Senior Center, is looking for volunteers.  The program, which has been in place in Amador County for about 25 years, provides free tax preparation for individuals of all ages.
Tax-Aide volunteers are trained as tax counselors (trained by Tax-Aide and certified by IRS) and as client facilitators (who assist clients at our tax site). There is a one day orientation class in December and a one week class for tax counselors starts on January 20th.  Tax work is done from February 1st to April 15th.   The tax preparation work this year will be done exclusively at the Amador Senior Center.
Volunteers need to be computer literate but do not need any special tax or accounting skills.  Of the 16 volunteers that we currently have in the program (and we need 4-5 more), only a few have been CPA’s or tax preparers.  Also, just as a general reference, volunteers can expect to work one or two days a week during the tax season.
If interested, please call Al Bierce at 267-0855 or Rick Sprenkel at 296-2771
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JOB OPPORTUNITY in San Andreas. Deadline to apply is December 20.
http://www.californiacitynews.org/job/deputy-director-health-and-human-services-agency 
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TSPN BROADCASTS can be viewed at: www.tspntv.com
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CA CITY NEWS: CaliforniaCityNews.org
CA COUNTY NEWS: CaliforniaCountyNews.org
CA GOVERNMENT NEWS:  News.CA.gov
Do you have a newsworthy item for any of our departments?
Email your releases or news briefs to: newsroom@newsamador.com
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December Newsletters
Amador Association of University Women - Dec
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council
First 4 Amador
Mother Lode Harvest - Dec 3
Operation Care - Dec
Sophia's Well of Wisdom - Dec
Trinity Tidings - Dec

Does your group/organization have a monthly or seasonal newsletter?
Email your newsletter (or the link from your web site) to: newsroom@newsamador.com
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Community Calendar- December 2013
Email your announcements for our calendar to: carol@newsamador.com

DECEMBER 9-15

AT SOPHIA’S WELL OF WISDOM - Themes introduced at the recent Festival of Light holiday workshop continue through December: 11/8 Return of the Light, 8/15 Birthing the Light, 11/29 Radiating the Light. Sunday 11/22 includes a 10:30am Winter Solstice celebration with Rev. Tracy Johnson, a Light Lunch at noon followed by a Holiday Concert at 2pm with Laurie Story Vela, Jeremiah, and Shari Anderson. Sunday Meditation begins at 10:15am followed by Wisdom Circle at 11:15am. Qi Gong with Andrew Plitt Sundays 5pm. The multi-faith spiritual wellness center is located at 270 Hanford Street in Sutter Creek. Visit: www.sophiaswell.org or contact Rev. Patsy Walker Fine at 209-418-9003.

AMADOR SUPERIOR COURT LAWDA ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUIT HEARING Amador Superior Court reschedules the lawsuit hearing again to Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 8:30 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 

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!

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, December 10th in the Multi-conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  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.

CHAMBER MIXER AND MINI TRADE SHOW – Wed Dec 11 at 5:30PM at Thomi’s Banquet Room 627 S Hwy. 49, Jackson. Admission is $10. Trade show table is $50; non-profit businesses, $25. Limited amount of tables, so reserve your table today, call 223-0350. Bring a raffle item, get your business recognized!

AMADOR HS BEGINNING DRAMA PRESENTS: “RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER” - Four performances at Amador HS at 9AM on the following days: 
Thurs Dec 12
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.

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 chelle0820@sbcglobal.net .  Visit www.friendsofrrfschool.org

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 – 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)
Visit www.prestoncastle.com.
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DECEMBER 16-22

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. www.goacra.org  or 223-6349. 

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 www.goacra.org. In partnership with Jackson Business & Community Assoc.

OLDE TYME COUNTRY CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE – 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)
Visit www.prestoncastle.com

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 chelle0820@sbcglobal.net .  Visit www.friendsofrrfschool.org
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DECEMBER 23, 2013 - JANUARY 2014

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.
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Ongoing Events & Announcements
AmadorInfo.blogspot.com
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CANCELLED: Sutter Creek Planning Commission - Mon Dec 9 - AmadorGovernment.com
Amador County Planning Commission - Tues Dec 10  - AmadorGovernment.com
AWA Engineering Committee - Wed Dec 11 - AmadorGovernment.com
AWA Budget & Finance Committee - Wed Dec 11 - AmadorGovernment.com
Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Dec12 - AmadorBusiness.com 
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GOVERNMENT MEETINGS
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meets every Tues at 8:30 AM
SUTTER CREEK CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Mon at 7PM.
IONE CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6PM
JACKSON CITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd & 4th Mon at 7PM
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd Mon at 6PM.
SUTTER CREEK PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 2nd Mon at 7PM.
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30PM
JACKSON PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 3rd Mon at 7PM.
AMADOR WATER AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets on Thurs at 9AM.

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
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Classes, Workshops & Seminars
Amador County Recreation Agency Class Schedule
Zumba at the Hub
Photography with Jeannine
Adult Dodgeball League
4-on-3 Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League
Youth Flag Football
Adult Flag Football

Volleyball Open Gym
Workshop: Designing, Improving & Maintaining Rural Roads - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorEd.com

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.

FREE! ART AT THE HUB 
After-School Class Schedule
All Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 3:30 to 5pm at the HUB
*Holiday Card-Making with Leslie Vasquez: December 10, 11 & 12
*Poetry with Linda Toren:  January 14,21,28, February 4 & 11
*Journal- Making Lorra Lee Rose & Bruce Peccianti:  February 18, 19 & 20
*More classes to be scheduled: Traditional Jewelry, Music, Drama, & Drums
Students 5th,6th, 7th & 8th graders… Students of Amador County.
Must have signed the ACRA Rec’ing Crew Waiver  to participate.
You may download a copy on the ACRA or Amador Arts websites.
For more information call ACRA at 223-6349 facebook.com/goacra,www.goacra.org., or amadorarts.org
The HUB is located at 206B Main St. Jackson.

ANNOUNCING 4 MILE TUESDAYS! Every Tuesday night from October 22nd through the end of 2013, we will be WALKING 4 REALLY BIG MILES! We have NEW music too!
Get ready for 4 REALLY BIG MILES (60 Minute classes) every Tuesday & Thursday beginning this January! Don't miss your 3.5 mile Thursday night classes through December.
We will continue WALKING ourselves healthy and strong with our 3.5 Mile workout, so that your 4 MILE workouts become a breeze!
4 Miles seems like too much for you?
NEVER worry - Stay at your own pace and your own level, before you know it - 4 Really Big Miles will come more easily! Just walk, walk, walk - stay moving and you know you'll get a great and healthy workout.
It's always a great day to WALK!
Beth Sands,
Certified Walk Leader
walkleaderbeth@yahoo.com
WalkLiveWithFitnessMadeFun.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
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Events & Activities
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
Jackson Casino Events 2013
Mother Lode Friends of Music Season Calendar 2013-2014
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents: Karaoke Series – Nov 6 thru Dec 11 - www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule 
Amador Choraliers Present “Christmas Wishes” – December 12, 14 & 15 - AmadorArts.com 
First 5 Amador's 12th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 13 - AmadorGroups.com  
Sutter Creek’s 7th Annual Parade of Lights – Sat Dec 14 - :LifeInAmador.com
Jackson Rancheria Casino Presents:  Paul Revere & the Raiders’ Rockin’ Christmas – Sun Dec 15 - www.jacksoncasino.com/entertainment/full-schedule
“The Heart of Christmas” celebrates the Christmas Story in song, December 21-22 - AmadorArts.com 
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