Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Have a great week, Amador County!
Updates have been made in all our departments.
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Check out the community calendar below, as well as the posters/flyers at the end of this update, and be sure to say you saw it on ACN!
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News & Announcements:
February is American Heart Month
Amador County Government Calendar
Foothill Conservancy moves into the historic Tam House in Jackson - Time tested excellence.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: For Better or For Worse!
NEWSLETTER: Amador Lifeline - Feb 2014
Jackson Walking Workout begins Tues Feb 11 -
CANCELLED: Sutter Creek Planning Commission - Mon Feb 11 -
Plymouth City Council - Thurs Feb 13 -
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: The Modern Grass - Sat Feb 15 -

The Amador County Prostate Cancer Information and Support Group will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 starting at 6:00 pm. The location is Sutter Amador Hospital in the Oakview Conference Room on the second floor. The group was formed to support men and their families and others who wishes to know more about Prostate Cancer. Meetings are open to all and includes men who have recovered from Prostate Cancer as well as those recently diagnosed, and those in treatment. The types of treatments range in scope from taking a watchful waiting active surveillance approach to radiation or surgery. Periodically meetings offer guest speakers, videos and updates on research. The meetings have information with regards to nutrition and prostate cancer. We encourage anyone who wants to learn more about cancer and nutrition to attend. For more information about the group and its meetings contact Jerry Trottier, 223-9133. Thank You. Jerry Trottier

AMADOR COUNTY WOMEN'S NETWORK (ACWN) will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, February 26th at Thomi's in Jackson.  This month's guest speaker will be Sue Allred, who will be teaching us about the 5 Love Languages and how we can apply them to personal and business relationships.  We make it fun to learn about local women in business.
The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Luncheon cost is $16. Reservations are required Friday before the meeting.  Contact: Debbie LaVielle, 209-267-0577 or (preferably) email: Come and join other local business women as they learn, network and promote their businesses! For more information on ACWN, visit us at

SPEAKEAZY JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Re-appearing on February 23rd at 2pm the Amador Senior Center in Jackson will be the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, a 9-piece dance band playing authentic arrangements from the 1920’s and 1930’s (The “Great Gatsby Era”), using original dance band instrumentation. The band will feature vocalists Arlene White and Eric Johnson.  New tunes added to the repertoire are “Goodnight Sweetheart”, “To Each His Own”, “Hoop Dee Do”, and “You’re Driving Me Crazy”.
The Orchestra (SJO)  appeared last year at Ironstone Vineyard’s Concours d’ Elegance; it has been featured at the Dante Club in Sacramento (an annual special invitation), and made special appearance at the Berkeley City Club.
There is a $5 admission charge at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Amador Senior Center. There will be cookies and coffee for your enjoyment. The Senior Center has great parking and access! See you Sunday Feb. 23rd for a fun afternoon and set your calendars back to the 1920’s! Classic cars and authentic attire are always welcome!

Visit Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra’s updated website at or call 295-4305 for more information. 

RIDING LAWN MOWER NEEDED. The Kennedy Mine Foundation located in Jackson, a 501c non-profit organization, is looking for a riding lawn mower to buy or if someone would like to donate one.
Bill Miller 209-295-5793 or John Plasse 209-481-3732
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February 2014 Newsletters
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Amador County Artists Association
Amador Lifeline - Feb 2014
Mother Lode Harvest - Tues Feb 4
New York Fitness - Feb 2014
Sophia's Well of Wisdom - February
Trinity Tidings

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Community Calendar
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IT’S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME! Order yours today!
Troop #485 in Jackson: 256-6925.
Troop #1542 in Sutter Creek: 765-6413

WORKSHOP: RESOURCES FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE - If you, or someone you know, are looking for resources to help attain a brighter future, there is going to be an outreach workshop for this purpose. It will be held on Wednesday February 12th from 3PM to 5PM at the Margaret Dalton Children’s Center, 975 Broadway in Jackson. During the first hour of the workshop, representatives from established agencies in Amador County will be speaking about what services they provide. Topics covered will include health services, housing assistance, employment opportunities, and nutritional programs. During the second hour of the workshop, tables will be set up so that attendees can speak directly to the representatives about individual needs and concerns. Moderator for the program will be Danise Kaps from TLC.
This program is being put on by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as an outreach to women in our community. There is no cost to attend the workshop and refreshments will be served. Child care will be provided, and there will be a drawing for a $50 grocery gift card.
Please also spread word about this opportunity to your women friends or family members who could profit from learning first hand about valuable resources already in our county, and how they can be accessed. If you have questions call: (209) 419-0755.

ACART (Amador County Animal Response Team) volunteers train to execute a shelter plan for animals in the event of a declared disaster in Amador County. Become a member and help those whose lives have been turned upside down by a fire, flood or other disaster. You are welcome to attend our next meeting Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Amador County Animal Control, 12340 Airport Rd. JacksonCA . Training this month will be Cat Handling. For further information, check us out at,  or e-mail Jon Baldwin with your questions. 

CHAMBER MIXER AT THE ARC – Wed Feb 12 at 5:30 PM75 Academy Drive, Sutter Creek. Admission: $10. Bring a raffle prize, get your business recognized! Everyone loves the raffle!

AMADOR COUNTY ARTISTS ASSOCIATION - The next meeting of the ACAA will be February 12, at 7 p.m., in the Senior Center229 New York Ranch RoadJackson.  The program for February will consist of a presentation on the many features of the ACAA website, to demonstrate the power of the website in bringing recognition to local artists.  ACAA meets each month on the second Wednesday. The public is invited and new members are encouraged.  For more information visit

KARAOKE SERIES 2014 - Every Wednesday night through February 26, at the Jackson Casino & Hotel, contestants will be able to compete to win cash prizes and a chance to face off in the Karaoke Finale on March 5, 2014! Doors open at 6PM; contest begins at 7PM. Contestants must be registered and have their song selection turned in by 6:45 p.m. to be eligible to compete. The contests begin at 7 p.m. THIS IS A FREE event! All ages are welcome to attend, but only 18 years or older to participate. No host bar and food available.

VALENTINE’S DAY AT FEIST WINES – Fri Feb 14 at Feist Wines in Amador City14173 Old Highway 49. Guests will dine on Allen Ranch grass fed beef burgers with gourmet trappings, local roasted potatoes and organic mixed greens.  Wine afficianados can pair this dressed down dinner with gold medal wines from Feist and candlelight. Call for reservations, 267-8020. Email

FREE GARDENING CLASS: FRUIT TREE GRAFTING & STARTHISTLE CONTROL – Sat Feb 15 from 9AM-12 Noon at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Martell.  Join Amador County Master Gardeners for a free class covering fruit tree grafting and Star Thistle control. Star thistle control is a year round task. Learn what should be done about this awful weed this time of the year. We will also hold a “hands-on” clinic covering grafting techniques for home gardeners. Whip, tongue and cleft grafts will be demonstrated and practiced; bud grafts will be discussed. A variety of fruit tree scions will be available. Open to the public! If you have any questions about the class or have other gardening questions, call the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Amador County 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 209-223-6838 or e-mail,

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT: "A ROYAL CINDERELLA WEDDING" It is being announced that there will be a "Royal Cinderella Wedding" held in the Sutter Creek auditorium on February 15th at 3:00 in the afternoon. Prince Mr. Kenneth Michael McDonnell will take his Princess Ms. Michelle Bowers Cagle to be his Wife during this unique and exquisite ceremony with a full reception following! Mr. McDonnell has been an active member of Amador County, and has resided in the County for over 17 years and Ms. Cagle, originally from Sacramento, has resided here for 3 years and is an active member of Jazzercise in Sutter Creek and is well known by many! Friends of the couple are invited to attend. The evening will be magical and full of dining and dancing with our best DJ in the County, Mr. DJ Gavin! This Fantasy wedding will be one to remember and last a lifetime!

AMADOR FLYFISHERS (AFF) welcomes Ernie Gulley on Tuesday February 18 in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson. A fly-tying demonstration will begin at 6:00pm, followed by our 7:00pm general meeting and Ernie's presentation, "Fly Fishing Crowley Lake". Ernie is well-known in southern California as one of the principal fly-tyers and class instructors for stillwater tactics. He is a decorated winner of past Crowley Lake flyfishing tournaments and now guides in the Eastern Sierra, specializing in the stillwater flyfishing of Crowley Lake, Bridgeport Reservoir, Big Bear Lake, and Lake Silverwood. Amador Flyfishers convenes the third Tuesday of each month to meet popular flyfishing guest speakers, share fishing experiences, and support fishery conservation issues. Visitors welcome - drop in and check us out! ( Contact Information: Ron Calvert,

LIBATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS - AAUW Amador members, friends and interested persons are invited to join us for lively conversation over no-host drinks on Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., at the National Hotel Bar (downstairs) in Jackson.  Our topic of conversation will be "Building the Pipeline of Women Candidates".  Just drop in - no need to RSVP - maybe you'll be the lucky one to win the door prize!   Call Susan at 296-0940 for more information or visit

CRAB FEED AT ST. SAVA – Sat Feb 15. 6PM, No host bar. 7PM Dinner. Raffle and door prizes. Tickets $35. Make reservations by calling Danica at 223-4640.

SPRING JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS - Registration is now open for Spring Junior team tennis. Boys & Girls Ages 7-14 play on co-ed teams in three ability levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. No experience is necessary, beginners are welcome! League matches will run six consecutive Saturdays from April 12 to May 17 and each team will have one practice per week starting in late March. Cost is $65 first child, $40 second child, $5 third child (max of $110 per household). Early bird special: take $10 off your total if registration is postmarked by Feb. 15. Fee includes junior USTA membership, t-shirt, season-end party, and awards. Print an application at www.amadortennisclub.orgRegistrations must be received by March 7. If you have questions, contact league director, Dan Klement, at 257-1950 or e-mail at

A NIGHT OF WORSHIP WITH JASON GRAY – Fri Feb 21 at 7PM at Grace Fellowship, 8040 Hwy 49, Jackson. With special guests, The Crossing Kind and Psalm Bird. Tickets are $12 in advance: $15 at the door. VIP Meet & Greet, $20. Tickets available at Grace Fellowship, Lighthouse Bookstore in Martell, or

FREE GARDENING CLASS: GRAPE PRUNING FOR HOMEOWNERS – Sat Feb 22 from 9AM-12 Noon at 13825 Willow Creek Road in Ione. Do you have a small home vineyard? UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County offer a free hands-on class to demonstrate head pruning, spur pruning, and grafting on live grapevines. Nua Dair Vineyard is hosting the class. Bring hand by-pass pruners or small loppers to practice the new skills you’ll learn. If you have any questions about the class or have other gardening questions, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 209-223-6838 or email

AMADOR COUNTY REPUBLICANS ANNUAL LINCOLN DINNER - Please join us on Saturday, Feb 22 at 5:00 p.m. for our annual Lincoln Dinner. Our featured speaker will be our own Congressman Tom McClintock. Also speaking will be Matt Reed of Amador County, Pres. of College Republicans, Sac State, and others.  Dinner is $40, two for $75, tables of 4, 6 and 8 available. Payment in advance required to: ACRCC, PO Box 264JacksonCA 95642. Come, learn about the disasters going on in D.C. and what our hard-working congressman is doing. Deadline for reservations – Feb 15th.


4TH ANNUAL RAIL ROAD FLAT CRAB FEED - Saturday, March 1 at the Rail Road Flat Community Hall, 250 Rail Road Flat Road, Rail Road Flat, Ca. 95248
Tickets:  $35.00. Cash, check or money order Payable to: RRFCC [Sorry unable to accept credit cards] 
Doors open at 5:00pm ~ no host bar
Dinner at 6:00pm ~ wine provided with dinner
Dinner Consists of: Salad, Garlic Bread, Spaghetti, and Garlic & Butter Seasoned Crab
Proceeds to support the RRF Community Hall To order tickets contact: Janet Bell 209-754-4882 or email

49er BYPASS RUN – Saturday, April 5 through Historic Sutter Creek and Amador City. Register now for the 5K (3.1mi.) or 10K (6.2mi.). Race starts on Main Street Sutter Creek at 9am. Register before March 13th to reserve your FREE race shirt. Youth (17 and under) - $20, Adult (18 and over) - $25, Groups or Families of 4 - $60, additional participants - $15. E-mail: for additional information.

YOUTH SPORTS FAIR – Sat May 3 from 10-2pm.  4 Sports $20. This event is an opportunity for youth ages 7-12 to try out different sports to see what they like. With the guidance of an experienced adult athlete and/or coach, participants will have a schedule that takes them through each sport they wish to try
Sports to choose from include: Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Football, Karate, Wrestling, Golf, Track, and Gymnastics.
Sports fill up fast; on a first come basis! Pre-registration is required.
*cannot choose the same sport more than once.
Call ACRA 223-6349,,

41st ANNUAL AAUW HOME TOUR: “JEWELS OF THE MOTHER LODE” – Historic Sutter Creek  on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 11am to 4pm. Featuring four homes and one inn. Docents will guide ticket holders and tea and cookies will be served.  An art show, special lunch venues and wine tasting will round out the tour. Tickets are $ 22 in advance and $ 25 on tour day.  For more information contact or (209) 245-6052 or visit the AAUW website at: Proceeds provide scholarships for local women.

FIRST ANNUAL ROTARY  “SHOW & SHINE” CAR & VINTAGE AIRCRAFT SHOW – Sat May 31 at the Eagle’s Nest Airport in Ione, off of Ione Road. The show expects cars from throughout California and Nevada, and will feature vehicles in all categories from street rods to stock pre-1960, modified, foreign cars and more. Some trucks will also be on display.
Food, beverage and auto accessory vendors will be on site to accommodate all attendees. Amador County is known for its fine wines, and several vintners will be on-site for tasting.  A pancake breakfast will be served by the local Boy Scout Troop 477 from 7:00 to 10:30 AM. All proceeds from this breakfast will be donated to the Troop. For those with a sweet tooth, Boy Scout Troop 581 will be serving sundaes. Other food vendors will include a variety of tasty faire.
All proceeds will go to local youth organizations and the Interfaith Food Bank. General admission for the public will be $5.00 per car. Pre-registration for display vehicles is $25, day of registration $30.  For show and registration information log on to For show general information, contact Dave Wardall at 209-274-9160.
ALERT for all County residents regarding proposed “Limited Density Owner Built-Rural Dwelling” ordinance -
Amador County Technical Advisory Committee - Mon Feb 10 -
Upcountry Community Council Meeting - Mon Feb 10 -
Amador County Planning Commission - Tues Feb 11
AWA Engineering Committee - Tues Feb 11 -
Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Feb 11
Amador County Artists Association - Wed Feb 12 -
Amador County School Board (ACUSD/ACOE) - Wed Feb 15 -
McClintock E-News: Town Hall Meetings - Amador County scheduled for Tues Feb 25 -

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.
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30PM
JACKSON PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 3rd Mon at 7PM.

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 (ACRA) - Classes, programs, camps, sports, and more!
ACCF announces "Cash for College" Workshop - Wed Feb 12 -
Compassionate Amador: You, Me Us - Thurs Feb 13 -
Deadline to Experience “A Taste of the Arts”  is February 15, 2014 -
AAA offers free workshop on Disaster Readiness - Wed Feb 19 -

SPRING JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS - Registration is now open for Spring Junior team tennis. Boys & Girls Ages 7-14 play on co-ed teams in three ability levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. No experience is necessary, beginners are welcome! League matches will run six consecutive Saturdays from April 12 to May 17 and each team will have one practice per week starting in late March. Cost is $65 first child, $40 second child, $5 third child (max of $110 per household). Early bird special: take $10 off your total if registration is postmarked by Feb. 15. Fee includes junior USTA membership, t-shirt, season-end party, and awards. Print an application at Registrations must be received by March 7. If you have questions, contact league director, Dan Klement, at 257-1950 or e-mail at

BALLROOM DANCE lessons are continuing every Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Pine Grove Town Hall. All levels welcome.  For further information or to sign up, call 296-1207 or

ZUMBA AT THE HUB - Every Tuesday evening from 5:30- 6:30. Call for new 2014 schedule…223-6349. $7 general $5 students Check out the ACRA website for additional information/details:

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.

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:
Events & Activities
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
Amador Vintner's Association -
Jackson Casino Events 2013
Mother Lode Friends of Music Season Calendar 2013-2014
Jackson Walking Workout begins Tues Feb 11 -
Experience “A Taste of the Arts” on March 1-
Alaska's Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman presents free events in Jackson in February -
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Eclectic Bluegrass - Sat Feb 8 -
Lynn Morgan to kick off campaign for District 3 Supervisor on Sunday, February 9 -
Valentine's Day Dinner for Two at Clark's Corner - Fri Feb 14  -
Chamber Mixer - Wed Feb 12
Compassionate Amador: You, Me Us - Thurs Feb 13 -
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: The Modern Grass - Sat Feb 15 -
Swearing In Ceremony for Sutter Creek Chief of Police Phill Han - Tues Feb 18 -
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Yolo Mambo - Sat Feb 22 -
Behind the Cellar Door - Mar 1 & 2 -

ATTENTION WEDDING PROFESSIONALS! SAVE THE DATE for the 3rd Annual Amador Wedding Faire slated for Sunday, May 4 at the Jackson Casino's Hotel Ballroom. Details TBA. This is a fundraising event for the Preston Castle Foundation and the Kennedy Mine Foundation. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, contact Carol Harper at, and we'll get you on the email list! Web site: On Facebook at:
Have an event poster or flyer? It's only $5/month to have yours posted on Amador Community News! Full page, color ads/flyers. Email yours to: (PDF or JPEG, please).

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