Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Happy Wednesday, Amador County! Made it to the middle!
Updates have been made in all our departments...thanks for reading!
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News & Announcements:
NEWSLETTER: Mother Lode Harvest
NEWSLETTER: Operation Care - March 2014
For Maximum Rebates, Businesses must Upgrade Fixtures before July -
Mother Lode Tea Party: "Common Core: Setting the Standard for Constitutional Illegitimacy?" -
Kick Off to Kindergarten - February through March -
Chamber Morning Mixer - Wed Mar 5 -
Amador Local Community Benefits Committee - Fri Mar 7
Celtic Hymn Sing - Sun Mar 16 -

JOB OPPORTUNITY: The Merit and Demo vacancy announcements for the Forestry Technician (Recreation) GS-0462-6/7, are now open. This is a Permanent, Full-Time position.This position will be located on the Stanislaus National Forest, Calaveras Ranger District, in Hathaway Pines CA.
The vacancy announcement numbers 14-0516-009321G-DLA and 14-0516-009321DP-DLA, can be viewed on the USA JOBS web site. Applicants should review the announcement carefully and ensure that their application is filed on or before the closing dates listed. Click on the links to review and apply to the vacancy announcements.
The Merit announcement opened on 03/04/2014 and closes on 03/13/2014:
WHO MAY APPLY: Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA/VRA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.
The DEMO Announcement opened on 03/04/2014 and closes on 03/13/2014:
WHO MAY APPLY: US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
For more information about the duties and/or location, please contact Teresa McClung at 209-795-1381 x314.

SUPPORT LOCAL STUDENTS - Attend the Annual Rotary Speech Scholarship Contest, Thursday, March 6th 6:30 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson. No admission fee. Sponsored by the Amador Upcountry Rotary. Contact

JOB OPPORTUNITYThe Resource Connection has an opening for Child Care Resource and Referral Supervisor. Range: $16-$19 per hour DOE FT Position w/benefits Early childhood education with supervisory experience and knowledge of the child care industry required.   Visit our website at:  for complete description and an application. Submit application, cover letter, and resume by fax(209) 754-1205; mail P.O. Box 919, San Andreas CA  95249; in person 444 E. St. Charles, San Andreas. Closing Date: 3/21/14  Equal Opportunity Employer. Phone: 209-754-2031

COUNTY OF AMADOR: INVITATION TO BID 14-02: AMADOR COUNTY PURCHASE OF BENDIX KING COMMANDER TWO-WAY RADIOS - The County of Amador is seeking sealed bids for twenty four (24) Bendix King Commander Two Way Portable Radios, with 9.5” antenna and 2200 mAH Lion battery, or equivalent for use by the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), in accordance with the attached specifications.
   Interested responders may acquire an Invitation to Bid (ITB) package at the office of General Services Administration located at 12200 B Airport RoadMartellCA or downloaded from Public Purchase site at,ca
   Sealed ITB’s will be received by the County of Amador Purchasing Office; by U.S. Mail at 12200 B Airport Road, Jackson, CA 95642-9527; by U.P.S., Federal Express, or by other courier to 12200 B Airport Road, Martell, CA; 95654, until 1:30 PM, Thursday, March 6, 2014, at which time sealed ITB’s will be opened and read in the office of the Director of General Services Administration, located at the above Martell address. RFP’s received late, will be rejected and returned unopened.  Telegraph, Facsimile (FAX) and E-Mail proposals will not be considered.
(NOTE: This announcement was posted on the County web site at:

ATTENTION WEDDING PROFESSIONALS! - Vendor registration is now open for the 2014 Amador Wedding Faire slated for Sunday, May 4 from 12-4PM at the Jackson Rancheria Casino & Resort's Hotel Ballroom! This is a fundraising event for the Preston Castle Foundation and the Kennedy Mine Foundation. In partnership with the Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel and Real Weddings Magazine,
Deadline to reserve your vendor booth is Wednesday, April 16. For more information on prices and reservations for a vendor booth, requirements for the faire, etc. visit For general questions about the fair, e-mail Carol Harper at

AMADOR AUTISM GROUP - Are you an exceptional person? If so, we have a place for you! Amador Autism Group, a nonprofit organization which raises funds to  provide services for children with autism, is looking for volunteers, donations, and raffle items for our Spring fundraiser dinner. If you can help, please contact Shannon at 304-9485 or Patti at 256-0312 or email Thank you.
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March 2014 Newsletters
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Amador County Artists Association - March 2014
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - March 2014
AAUW Gold Filings - March 2014
Mother Lode Harvest - Tues Mar 4
Operation Care - March 2014

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MARCH 2014

2014 LENTEN SOUP SUPPER PROGRAM – Each Wednesday evening in Lent, from 6-8PM, Trinity Episcopal Church will have a Soup Supper and Lenten Program. This year’s program is “The Jesus Creed: The Essentials of Christianity and The Book of Common Prayer”. Please bring your BCP if you have one. The soup suppers are held in Jane’s Hall. For more information, call Trinity at 267-0255.

PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:30 Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The speakers for the March meeting will be Christa Thompson, Program Manager for Amador County Mental Health Services and Kelly Trottier, President of the Amador Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) 
Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at or 209-267-0177 no later than Monday, March 3rd (sooner if possible). The buffet luncheon is $15.00 which includes an entree, salad, vegetarian offering various drinks, coffee, tea, dessert, tax and tip. Pay at the door - cash (the exact amount is appreciated) or personal check only. Note and this is important: If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please call Sally at 209-267-0177 to cancel, by Wednesday, March 5th at noon. If you do not show up and have not cancelled You may be billed for the luncheon. 

BUNSEN 2 BEAKER 5K RACE…REGISTER NOW! It’s time to register for the 26th Annual Bunsen to Beaker 5k Race for Education now at This year we have discounted the pre-registration price by $5.00 and have group rates. So gather up your friends and support educational programs in Amador County:  Jackson Jr. High Science, Amador High Cross Country Team, and Amador Centers for Higher Learning! Remember these rates are only good through March 7th.  
The tax-deductible pre-registration fee is $25 for all participants over 18 and $20 for participants under 18.  Group rate for groups of 4 is $60 and each additional participant in the group is $15. Pre-registration online at: is open and closes on March 7th.  All pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt.  Day of race registration will be $30 for all participants regardless of age and no group discounts available.  Register now to take advantage of discounted rates.  Please help us spread the word.  Thanks for your support!
Karen Dickerson, Secretary
Amador Community College Foundation

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). 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

GOLD GEOLOGY 101 – Sat Mar 8 from 10AM-1PM at The Hub 206 N. Main St. Jackson. Come learn the basics of gold geology, how it was formed and where to most likely find it. Eric Costa will be the Instructor. Cost: $30 To register call ACRA at 223-6349 or email

THE AMADOR BONSAI SOCIETY will be holding their next meeting on Saturday, March 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the Amador Senior Center in Jackson. The program this month will be 'Re-potting Your Bonsai' with guidance from the society's Sensei, David Anderson. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Juliene at 209 245-4016.

“LET’S GET COVERED” HEALTHCARE COVERAGE ENROLLMENT EVENT – Sat Mar 8 from 10AM-2PM at the American Legion Hall, 12134 Airport Road, Sutter Creek (Sutter Hill). Do you or someone you know need healthcare coverage? Attend an enrollment event in your community to take the first steps to getting covered.
Millions of families now qualify to receive free or low-cost healthcare – and SEIU-UHW is taking the lead to make sure everyone who is eligible gets covered.
Start gathering documents you’ll need to enroll: Photo ID, CA address (piece of postmarked mail), income verification (paystubs, tax filings, Social Security cards of everyone applying), citizenship/immigration status (birth certificate, proof of citizenship or naturalization for each person applying. What you’ll need to know: Number of people enrolling (whole or partial family), birth dates, SSN #s, home zip code.
Call first…we’ll make sure you’re ready to enroll! 888-920-4517.
Want to join other members in helping uninsured Californians get coverage? Go to:

AMADOR COUNTY ARTISTS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS: ARTIST HOWARD REES - The next meeting of the ACAA will be March 12, at 7 p.m., in the Senior Center229 New York Ranch Road,  Jackson. The program for March will consist of an oil painting demonstration by artist Howard Rees. ACAA meets each month on the second Wednesday. The public is invited and new members are encouraged. For more information on the ACAA visit Sandra Campbell 209-296-1779.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LOCAL WOMEN - The Amador Branch of The American Association of University Women is offering college scholarships to local women in 2014. These will include three $1,000 Community College Scholarships and Two $2,000 Upper Division/Graduate Scholarships and/or Re-entry Scholarships. Applications may be obtained online at or at the local high schools … and also from the Amador County Libraries. All scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2014, and cannot be returned.
The Amador Branch of AAUW raises money for these scholarships through its annual Home Tour, which will be held on April 12, 2014. The American Association of University Women seeks to promote educational and employment equity for girls and women through its scholarship program. For more information, contact the AAUW Scholarship Chairpersons, Kathy Guletz, at 209-296-4336 or Suzanne Nicholson, at 209-217-8158

“SOUTH OF THE BORDER” PURIM CELEBRATION - The Mother Lode Jewish Community (MLJC) will be holding a “South of the Border” Purim Celebration on Saturday, March 15th, 6 pm -10 pm, in Murphys. This is a Jewish holiday commemorating the heroism of Queen Esther and her cousin, Modechai, who foiled a plot by one of the king’s most trusted advisors, Hamen (aka the Evil Bandito), to destroy all Jews living in the Persian Empire.
There will be games for kids and adults, a Mexican style potluck dinner and a theatrical performance telling the story of Purim.  Everyone is encouraged to audition for the roles for a chance to perform in the play. The roles are non-gender discriminatory.  If you don't have a costume, there will be some available.
If you would like to attend, please email the Mother Lode Jewish Community at or call 209-533-1650. The MLJC’s mission is to provide opportunities and events that nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture and community in the Mother Lode, drawing its members from Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties.  New members are most welcome.

DANDELION DAYS – March 15-16 from 8AM-5PM in downtown historic Jackson!  Outdoor bazaar and flea market, family-oriented fun, food, street entertainers  Jackson Lion's Club. The event will take place rain or shine. For more info, visit:

"A DEADLY INCENTIVE" MURDER MYSTERY DINNER will be held at the West Point Community Hall on Saturday March 15th at 6PM at the West Point Community Hall in West Point, Hwy 26. For more information please give us a call at 209-293-7979 Sam Snead Real Estate or 209-293-3100 Danielle’s Hair Design.

MOTHER LODE RAGTIME SOCIETY NEWS: The next meeting of the Mother Lode Ragtime Society is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium - 7:00 - 9:30 p.m..  Tom Brier will be on hand to provide lots of toe-tapping music; but as always, all who would like to play are welcome.  
Other news--The Hawthorns's first evening concert of the year will feature the lovely and very talented Stephanie Trick.  She will share the stage with Paolo Alderighi on piano, Marth Eggers on bass, and Danny Coots on drums.  These fine musicians play a wide variety of music and engage audiences with their humor and anecdotes.  Refreshments and dessert will be provided. Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Hawthorn residence, 244 Folsom Road, RosevilleCA  Please reserve your tickets now.  Seating is limited and all previous concerts have sold out early.  Doors open at6:30 p.m. and the concert begins promptly at 7 p.m.  Donation is $20 per person and all proceeds go to the musicians.  For more information, call 916.773.3562 or
Four Hands and Four Strings for Swing on March 14:  Chip Lusby's Skunk Hollow Victorian Gardens has a great 7 p.m. evening concert on Friday, March 14, lined up for your mid-March entertainment.  Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi and Marty Eggers will present Four Hands and Four Strings for Swing.  This Friday evening concert will be punctuated with a mid-concert round of pot luch style refreshments; bring a snack or munchie of your choice.  Chip will provide a case each of his private label Skunk Hollow Victorian Gardens Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for your enjoyment.  Tickets are $25 when purchased in advance; $30 at the door.  Make checks out to Stephanie Trick; all proceeds go to the performers.  Mail to Chip Lusby, POB 431, Sutter CreekCA 95685.  For more information, call 209.267.8193 or 626.806.3021.  
It's never too early to start planning for the next Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival.  Dates will be August 8-10, 2014.  Early bird pricing for all events badges will be in effect until July 15, 2014--price is still only $65. Price goes up to $75 after July 15.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to save some $$! Watch the website ( for 2014 festival information as it becomes available; or call (209) 405-1563 if you have questions.  

SYMPHONY CONCERT - Sunday, March 16, 3 pm, Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek.  Symphony concert of the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music, Henrik Jul Jansen, conducting.  An all-Haydn program featuring the Second Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, the Symphony No. 44, the Overture in D major and the Introduction to the opera Armida.  Erik Urbina is the cello soloist.  $20 adults; children under 18 are admitted free.  Tickets can be purchased at Mother Lode Music, Martell, or the Calaveras Arts Council, Main Street, San Andreas, or at the door.  Call 209-293-4227 or consult for more information.

AAUW AMADOR LIBATIONS & CONVERSATIONS – The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City.  Our topic of conversation will be "Achieving Equal Pay" in anticipation of Equal Pay Day on April 8, 2014. All AAUW members, prospective members and interested friends are invited to join us for lively conversation over no-host drinks. No need to RSVP - just drop in! For more information, go to or email

AMADOR FLYFISHERS (AFF) welcomes Randy Doughty on Tuesday March 18 in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson.  Randy will demonstrate fly-tying techniques beginning at 6:00pm, followed by our 7:00pm general meeting and Randy's presentation, "Steel Puzzle on the Trinity River".  Learn the tricks and techniques for landing big steelhead on the Trinity!  Redding-based Randy Doughty has over 25 years of experience fishing the Lower Sacramento and Trinity Rivers.  He is the owner of Tightline Connection (, offering hunting and fishing guide services for Northern California.  Amador Flyfishers convenes the third Tuesday of each month to meet popular flyfishing guest speakers, share fishing experiences, and support fishery conservation issues.  AFF meetings are free and open to visitors! ( Contact Information: Ron Calvert,

SPEAKEAZY JAZZ ORCHESTRA re-appears on Sunday March 23rd at 2pm the Amador Senior Center in Jackson. 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 Chrissy Sleigh, Arlene White, and Eric Johnson.  New tunes added to the repertoire are “Give Me Five Minutes More”, “To Each His Own”, 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! Look forward to a fun afternoon on Sunday March 23rd 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.

AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND PRESENTS “MARCH [MUSICAL] MADNESS: BAROQUE TO BROADWAY" – A free concert will be presented by the 48-member Amador County Concert Band under the direction of Steve Chambers and Irv Gidding on Sunday, March 30 at 3pm. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Featured music will be “Selections from Fiorello”, “Somewhere” (from “West-Side Story”), “Old Hound Dog Rag”, Leroy Anderson’s “Syncopated Clock”, and much more. The 90-minute program will conclude with refreshments….bring the entire family to this exciting concert!
The Amador County Concert Band proudly represented Northern California in June 2010, when it was selected to perform in Washington D.C. for the National Community Concert Band Sousa Festival, a salute to the legendary march king, John Philip Sousa. Under former musical director Ernie Kapphahn, the band gained very high recognition and since the band’s return, has gained new members, some traveling from as far away as SonoraPlacerville, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, and Sacramento.
The band also was chosen to perform last year at the Golden Gate Park Band Festival in June and played under the recently restored historic band shell. The Amador County Concert Band represented the Northern  California area and was one of the largest ensembles to perform over the weekend. The band received superb reviews and a special recognition award for its performance.
Join us on March 30th at 3pm for an enjoyable musical experience; bring the family and enjoy the spirited music! Arrive a few minutes early for best seating….ample parking…music begins promptly at 3pm. Visit the band’s website at for additional information or to find out how to join the band.

APRIL - MAY 2014

GENTLE YOGA CLASSES - Team Fitness in Pine Grove is proud to announce the start of a Beginning Hatha Yoga Program with classes offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting in early April.
Classes will run approximately 40 minutes and will probably cost $4 with a purchase of a 10 class pass, ($5 drop-in) or can be included as part of your monthly membership if you come regularly to Team Fitness. We are taking suggestions on times you would like to see these classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - please send an email with your interest in the gentle yoga classes and times you are interested in, and we will contact you before the program starts. Contact: Cherie Maitland

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.

CHICKEN PARMIGIANO ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT FEAST – Sat April 12 at the Italian Picnic Grounds. No-host bar opens at 6 pm. All-You-Can-Eat dinner is served at 7 pm. Antipasto appetizer, green salad, pasta, fresh bread and Chicken Parmigiano. Wine included on the table. (No outside beverages please. Drink tickets are available for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.) Raffle and other prizes will add to the festivities of the night. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available at American River Bank or online at:

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.

3RD ANNUAL BELTANE FESTIVAL AND CAMP-OUT – May 1-4. Please join us for a weekend of Fun ~ Family ~ Friends! There will be vendors, rituals, belly dancers, fire dancers, a maypole dance, Bel Fire, drumming and lots of music. This event is kid-friendly and will also feature activities for children Please come and have a magical time. For more info go to:

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.

JACKSON LIONS CLUB PRCA RODEO, CAR SHOW & OUTDOOR EXPO - Sat & Sun, Sept 13 & 14. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 7-12, and children under 7 costs $5 each. Discounted advanced tickets available. For complete info, visit:
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
Amador County Administrative Committee - Mon Mar 3
Jackson Business & Community Association - Mon Mar 3 -
Amador County Board of Equalization - Tues Mar 4
Chamber Morning Mixer - Wed Mar 5 -

NOTE: The March 11, 2014 Amador County Planning Commission meeting has been postponed until March 25, 2014.
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!
Kick Off to Kindergarten - February through March -

GENTLE YOGA CLASSES - Team Fitness in Pine Grove is proud to announce the start of a Beginning Hatha Yoga Program with classes offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting in early April.
Classes will run approximately 40 minutes and will probably cost $4 with a purchase of a 10 class pass, ($5 drop-in) or can be included as part of your monthly membership if you come regularly to Team Fitness. We are taking suggestions on times you would like to see these classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - please send an email with your interest in the gentle yoga classes and times you are interested in, and we will contact you before the program starts. Contact: Cherie Maitland

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

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
Scenes Remembered - Watercolor collages by Lynn Slade at Gallery 10 in March -
Experience “A Taste of the Arts” on March 1-
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...(yes, only $5) have your posters or flyers posted on Amador Community News! Full page, color ads/flyers...also posted in our "Amador Events" Facebook album to share with your friends!
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