Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Updates have been made in all our departments...thanks for reading, Amador County!
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News & Announcements:
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
Main Street Theater Works' "Tartuffe" opens, runs through July 19 -
AmadorArts Receives California Arts Council “Creative California Communities” Grant -
Mark Bennett - Outside the Ivory Tower: “Wild & Scenic at Pardee and Environmental Observations”
INTERVIEW: For the Love of Pits: An Interview with Ione Pit Bull Owner Travis Branco -
SB 1199 passes Assembly Committee on Natural Resources -
Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs June 26 -
Amador Water Agency Board - Thurs June 26
Jackson Lions Club Fireworks & Family Event - Thurs July 3
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM
INDEPENDENCE DAY - Fri July 4 - City and County offices closed
July Chamber Mixer at Volcano Communications - Wed July 9-

BERRYHILL AND BIGELOW TO TOUR THE AMADOR LEARNING CENTER - Senator Tom Berryhill and Assembly Member Frank Bigelow will visit the Amador Centers for Higher Learning on Friday, July 18, 2014 beginning at 1:30 PM at the HHS Building 10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 700, Sutter Creek and concluding at the ACTC Center 117 Valley View Way, Sutter Creek. The Amador Community College Foundation Board will conduct a tour of both facilities and showcase business, community, and college partnerships that support the centers offering over 100 choices in certificate and degree programs for Amador County residents.

MOTHER LODE RAGTIME SOCIETY - Hi Ragtime Fans! The next meeting of the Mother Lode Ragtime Society is scheduled for Saturday, July 19 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; We're hoping that Elliott Adams and Julia Riley will be there as well. As always, all who would like to play are welcome.  
Another event you won't want to miss is the Ivory and Gold Concert.  Jeff and Anne Barnhart will present a house concert on Thursday July 10, 2014 at the Hawthorn residence in Roseville. Concert begins at 7 p.m.; donation $20 per person with all proceeds going to the musicians. Please reserve your tickets early as seating is limited. For info and/or reservations, contact Tom Hawthorn at (916)773-3562 or email IMPORTANT NOTE: If you haven't already ordered your badges for the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, time is running out to take advantage of the early bird pricing.  Festival dates are August 8-10, 2014. Early bird pricing for all events badges will only be in effect until July 15, 2014--price is still only $65; but goes up to $75 afterJuly 15.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to save some $$! Check the website ( for detailed 2014 festival information; or call (209) 405-1563 if you have questions.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Cute Closet in Martell is looking for someone to work Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 11:30am-6pm. Call 209-304-3340.


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JUNE 2014

AMADOR FARMERS MARKETS - The market schedules are: Jackson, Sundays, 9:00am-12:30; Pine Grove, Wednesdays, 3:00-6;00pm, Sutter Creek, Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00. Plymouth, August and September only, 4:00-7:00pm, downtown park. Visit:

RUTH ANDRE AT AMADORARTS GALLERY - This Saturday, June 28 will be your last chance to meet renowned oil painter Ruth Andre at the AmadorArts Gallery between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. She would love to meet and talk with people about her art. She’s exhibiting both abstracts and representational works of art. The AmadorArts Gallery is at 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek, one block off Main St., and is open Saturdays 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Visit or call 209-267-9038 for information.

THE AMADOR COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB will provide a demonstration of communication emergency preparedness on Sat & Sun, June 28th and 29th. They will set up their equipment under simulated emergency conditions and communicate with other amateur radio (HAM) stations around the country during the annual ARRL Field Day event. This event allows hams to practice skills they will be called upon to use in the event of a local emergency or disaster, and gives the public an opportunity to come by and observe, and even participate, in the making of contact, by various forms of radio communication. The local activity will be located in the parking lot area across the street from Daffodil Hill on Shake Ridge Road. The event starts at Noon on Saturday and concludes at Noon on Sunday. The public is invited to come by and spend time learning more about the hobby and its contribution to community safety. For more information please call John at 295-2272 or email to Web site:

Sat June 28: Jazz Gitan - gypsy swing, the music of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli
John D'Ercole - Classical bass guitar
Fri July 11: John D'Ercole - Classical bass guitar
Sat July 12:  William Florian, former member of The New Christy Minstrels presents "Those Were The Days"
For more info and tickets, visit:

VOLCANO THEATER AUDITIONS FOR “CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM” - Auditions are Sun June 29 at 2PM and Mon June 30 at 7PM. Production dates: Oct 3-Nov 8. Directed by Patti Fredericks. Need four men of various ages. Scripts are available at the Ledger Dispatch, 10776 Argonaut Lane, Jackson, during business hours. For more information, call Patti at 295-5537.

BACK PACK 2 SCHOOL APPLICATIONS due June 30 (no exceptions). Contact Ruthella Turner, Resource Center Coordinator, Upcountry Community Center, 209-296-2785.

JULY+ 2014

KOLO DANCE LESSONS 1-2-3 kick! You can do it! Join choreographer Marija for Kolo Dance Lessons at St. Sava's Church Hall (upstairs) every Tuesday evening beginning June 24th from 7-8PM. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, contact Mary Zellem, 408-460-5581 or email

MOVIE NIGHT AT THE CASTLE - Sat July 12 at 9PM at the Preston Castle, Preston Castle Courtyard, 900 (end of) Palm Dr., Ione, CA. Come join us for movie night under the stars on the Preston Castle Courtyard. The featured film is "Preston Castle the Movie". This full length horror film takes place in and around the mysterious, eerie, Preston Castle.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a Hitchcock style thriller filmed right here at the Castle.  Also showing will be the episode of the reality TV game show "The Great Escape" that was filmed at the Castle. Tickets are $10 and are available online at or at the gate.  Each ticket has a chance to win a Night Flashlight Tour - if you dare!

4 on 4...Teams-Men women or mixed
Dates: Sundays Starting July 13th
Time: Games start at 3pm
Argonaut High School
Cost $175 Per Team. Managers Meeting: Sunday June 29th during Open Gym. Sign up through ACRA at 223-6349, ask for John!

AMADOR COUNTY FAIR: "THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME"- July 24-27, 2014. Get pre-tickets today!

11th ANNUAL FIVE EZ PIECES GOLF TOURNAMENT - Friday, August 1 at Rancho Murieta Country Club.
11:00 am Check-in/Registration and special contests (cash, check or credit card)
1:00 pm Shotgun Start, dinner to follow (6:30 pm approx.)
Participation fee of $100 per player, includes: 18 hole golf tournament includes cart, goodie bag, refreshments, club valet, use of locker room and showers, unlimited range balls. BBQ Dinner following tournament play; additional dinners available —reservation required!
Various prizes for accomplishments and special sponsored contests. Shoot a Hole-in-One on Hole #TBD and WIN A GRAND PRIZE! Presenting Sponsor Coldwell Banker Award Realtors. Benefiting Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation and Amador STARS.
For an entry form, email, then return email, or fax entry form to 888-855-8107, or drop off/mail to 836 N. Hwy 49/88, Jackson, Ca 95642. For more information please contact David Carlson (209) 223-2276 or Karen Griffin (209) 639-8170

SAVE THE DATE: DOWNHILL EXTRAVAGANZA - Saturday, September 13th in Amador City. If you would like to sponsor this event, email for more information.
What is the Downhill Extravaganza? Watch!

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:

TRI-AMADOR LAKE CAMANCHE TRIATHLON - Sprint and Olympic! Sunday, Sept 28. Swim the Waters of Lake Camanche, bike a loop through the beautiful hills of Buena Vista, and Run an out-and-back on the lake-view China Gulch Trail.  Awards presented to top finishers and age groups. All participants will receive a t-shirt & swim cap. Shirts guaranteed for registrations prior to Sept. 6
Sprint Individual - $70
Sprint Relay: $95
Olympic Individual-$85
Olympic Relay -$125
Race starts at 7:30 am. Check in begins at 6:30AM. Register online at, or Amador County Recreation Agency at 209-223-6349

CHILI COOK-OFF DATE CHANGE - The Chili Cook-Off &Car Show has moved to October 12th…the second Sunday of October. Applications are on the web site at: We came to this decision because of the extreme heat in September and also the competition of two other events that weekend. We hope to see you all there!
Lisa Klosowski
Director: Sutter Creek Visitor Center
(209) 267-1344
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
SUTTER CREEK CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
JACKSON CITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd & 4th Mon at 7 PM
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd Mon at 6 PM.
JACKSON PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 8:30 AM
IONE CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6 PM
AMADOR COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT meets on the 2nd & 4th Wed at 6:30 PM
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM
Amador County Commission On Aging - Wed June 18 -
Amador Fire Safe Council Board of Directors Meeting - Wed June 18 -
CITY OF SUTTER CREEK: The Second Reading of the Outdoor Dining Ordinance has been pushed out to July 7th.  I had previously indicated that it would be on June 16th, but it was pushed out.  
Amy  Gedney
City Manager
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
209-267-5647 ext. 284

CANCELLED: The Amador LAFCO meeting for Thurs June 19 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held Thurs July 17. For more information, visit:

OVER-EATERS ANONYMOUS OF JACKSON…if you think you have a problem with food. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday and Friday, 5:30 PMSutter Amador Hospital. Oakview Conference Room, in Education Dept on 2nd Floor. Contact Liz, 295-6921.

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!
Cottage Food Operations Workshop Series - June 12 & 16 in Jackson
Covered California: Enrollment Assistance Information Webinar - Wed June 25 -
Workshop: Balancing Fire Hazard Reduction and Sensitive Resources in Suburban Forests and Open Space - June 27 -
Save 15% on Classes & Workouts at Team Fitness -
There’s still time to enroll in Environment and Sustainability courses at UC Davis
Team Fitness offers "Reluctant Exerciser Program" -
Van Jones and Terry Tempest Williams to keynote Peak Innovation Conference in Tahoe City
Mother Lode Veterans' Benefits Orientation - Tues Aug 12 -
AMADOR COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA) TRAINING CLASS STARTS IN JULY - CASA uses trained volunteers to work with children who are involved with the local Dependency Court. The children are members of a family in which they have become abused or neglected. The CASA volunteer works with the child to make sure that the child is receiving all the services and support necessary to help them overcome any deficits and to achieve success as they grow and mature. The volunteer provides information to the Court which in turn allows the Court to make sure the family is able to minimize the possibility of any similar situations in the future.
The CASA program is having a training class starting in July and welcomes anyone who has an interest in helping a child achieve their full potential. The only requirement is time to spend with the child and a good heart. For an application and/or more information please contact John Stettler at 223-1485 x264 or email at Right now there is a critical need for volunteers and children are waiting for someone who cares. It is a fulfilling experience you will never regret, or as we say “Working with children is a life changing experience”
John Stettler
CASA Program Coordinator
209-223-1485 ext. 264

KOLO DANCE LESSONS 1-2-3 kick! You can do it! Join choreographer Marija for Kolo Dance Lessons at St. Sava's Church Hall (upstairs) every Tuesday evening beginning June 24th. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, contact Mary Zellem, 408-460-5581 or email

SUMMER DANCE CAMP for Star Dancer Starts in June. Don't miss the dance camp event this Summer for your child.  Ages 5 to 18! Starts Tuesday June 17. Call 209-267-9067 for details or questions.

THE CHILDREN’S STUDIO Summer Program 2014. Our Summer Program offers art workshops for youngsters aged 6 through 12. Each workshop meets three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, for two hours per day, 1 to 3 pm.  Class size is limited to 8 students.  Reservations and deposit required.  $40 per workshop, all materials provided.
This summer we are also offering fabric arts on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:30 to 12:30 am for children and adults on a continuing bases, that is, reserve as many times as you wish.  Group size limited to 6. We’ll start with hand stitching and graduate into machine sewing.  $15 per morning, initial materials provided, larger project materials must be purchased.  Ages 6 and up.
Painting classes offered on Thursday mornings, 10:30 to 12:30 am on a continuing basis, $15 per day, all materials provided.  Group size limited to 6.Ages 6 and up. Reserve as many times as you wish.
Schedule of Art Workshops, Fabric Arts and Painting  The Children’s Studio is located at 291 Hanford Street, Sutter Creek, CA .  Pamela Sharp, PhD, Director and Teacher. Contact 209-245-3910  or email
June 17, 18, 19 - Printmaking, Small Books, T-shirts (monoprints, block prints)
June 24, 25, 26 - Perspective Drawing (pencil, ink and watercolor)
July 8, 9, 10 - Automatrons - Simple Robots (construction, gears, etc. Based on an idea from the Exploratorium, San Francisco)
July 15,16,17 - Sculpture in plaster, wood and found materials
July 22, 23, 24 - Clay, hand building
July 29, 30, 31 - Forts and hide-outs from large boxes
June 17, 18, 24, 25, July 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 29, 30. - Fabric - stitchery and sewing
June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31 - Painting -Media and topic as group chooses

AMADOR CHILDREN’S THEATER WORKSHOP -  This is a 4-week Theatre Workshop for girls and boys ages 7-12 with lots of energy and creativity.  Last Year’s workshop was a complete success. The workshop will begin with improvisational games, stage direction & stage presence while building confidence through a theatre team.  The team will learn all aspects of theatre production ending with 2 live performances.  Teaching children respect for others, building self-esteem and reinforcing teamwork to achieve a common goal through performance and fun.
Marty Brifman will be the returning Director with over 30 yrs. of experience.
·      June 16th 2014 through July 9th,2014
·      Performance dates July 12th and July 13th
·      9am to 12pm Monday through Wednesday
·      Cost: $150
·      Register now through ACRA  223-6349 or email:

For kids ages 7-13 years of age, is an all day camp including games crafts, exploring, building and swimming! The Cost of the Day Camp is $125 per week. The camp will run Monday – Friday (9-5pm)
Each Camper should bring a bag lunch, personal sun screen, swim suit and towel. The fee provides each camper with a t-shirt, water, pool entry and a daily snack, plus opportunity to explore new things, meet new friends, learn new games, and find new confidence in a positive environment.
Minimum of 10 campers are needed for each session.
Special Guests:
Ceramics with Pam Sharp
Circus Arts
Storytelling Through Dance (July 3rd-July 24th)
Drumming for kids (June 3rd – July 24th)
Operation Care Presentation (June 19th – July 31st)
Sign up early! Call Anthony at 223-6349 or email Anthony at
Camp Dates:
June 16th- June 20th
June 23rd-June 27th
June 30 –July 4th
July 7th – July 11th
July 14th- July18th
July 21st –July 25th
July 28th – August 1st

LANGUAGEMEISTER - Translations and private tutoring in French, German and Spanish
Genealogy research for clients searching for German ancestors. Member: Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS). Contact information: Elke Duffy 209-296-5302, Email:

ARE YOU A LOCAL ARTIST? Join the Amador County Artists Association, to share, network, and support local artists. The ACAA meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the Amador Senior Center. Our meetings are open to the public, so come and join us! For more information, visit: AmadorArtists.orgFor more information, visit:

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

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 County Fair - July 24-27 -
Amador Arts Council
Amador County Artists Association
Amador County Recreation Agency - Event Calendar
Amador Music Hub: Amador's Local Music Scene -
Amador Vintner's Association -
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort - Events 2014
Main Street Theater Works -
Mother Lode Friends of Music Season Calendar 2013-2014
Sutter Creek Theater -
Volcano Theatre Company -
Amador Vintners: Savor an Amador Summer! -
Derby tickets still available at Amador County Fair -
Ticket Pre-Sales for the Amador County Fair now available -
Regal Summer Movie Express - $1 Admission to G or PG films on Tues and Weds -
Main Street Theater Works opens its 2014 season with Moliere’s “Tartuffe” - Mardi Gras-style - June 20 thru July 19 -
Gallery 10's Featured Artists for June: Marie Martz-Mort and Anne Ragland -
Contemporary Christian artist Chris August performs on June 25 at Grace Fellowship in Jackson -


ANNUAL PROJECT THANK YOU RAFFLE: Drawing to be held August 31, 2014 during the
Holistic Health & Awareness Fair at Mace Meadow. Need not be present to win.
Tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10 and are available at these locations:
Possibili-Teas, 25321 Hwy 88 in Pioneer
• Grand Oaks Inn Bed & Breakfast
• Amador Ledger Dispatch (ask for Conni Mac Lean Boyd)
• Century 21 in Lodi (ask for Dixie)
Prizes include:
  • 1st: Two nights at Grand Oaks Inn Bed & Breakfast, intimate gourmet dinner in the garden & more. Valued at $650
  • 2nd: Wine Country Goodie Basket Valued at $375
  • 3rd: Junior Foosball & Sporting Equipment $155
Project Thank You is a California-based 501(c)(3) Corporation. Tax ID 90-0421047
(209) 245-6088 • (800) 690-0896.

SUTTER CREEK CHILI COOK-OFF & CAR SHOW- Sun Oct 12. Applications are on the web site at: For more info, contact Lisa Klosowski at 267-1344

SWIMMING POOLS Open for the Summer!
Ione Pool is now open. Plymouth Pool Opening Day: May 31st.
Both Pools open WEEKENDS only until June 8th. Beginning June 9th, both pools will be open daily, hours are from 1-7pm.
17 and under=$2
Adults 18-54=$2.50
Seniors (55+)=$2
*Individual Season Pass $45 resident, $55/non
*Family Season Pass $125 resident, $135/non
*Lap Swim Season Pass $45/resident, $55/non
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