Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 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
COMMENTARY: Frankenstein Meets the General Plan - by Mark Bennett
NEWSLETTER: Mother Lode Harvest - Week of Nov 17-24
Travel with Amador Spanish students to see "El Teatro Campesino"
Court halts construction of Pine Grove Dollar General project
COMMENTARY: Frankenstein Meets the General Plan - by Mark Bennett
Rula Mae Briggs
David Gazi
Marie Vose
Jack Marcus
Darrell Wineman
Roberta Quartararo
- Amador County Commission on Aging - Wed Nov 19
AWA Policies Committee - Wed Nov 19
ACUSD/ACOE Board - Wed Nov 19
Amador County Transportation Commission - Thurs Nov 20
- Dad & Me: It's Turkey Time! - Sat Nov 22
- Festival of Carols Benefit Concerts Welcomes the Fall Season in Song - Nov 22 & 23
- Thanksgiving Services at Trinity Sutter Creek - Sun Nov 23
- 2014 Community Thanksgiving Dinner - Tues Nov 25
- Sutter Creek Lions Club encourages public to participate in "Wreaths Across America", Ceremony planned for December 13 (deadline to purchase a wreath is Nov 26)
- Thanksgiving Day - Thurs Nov 27
- Annual Turkey Trot at Lake Tabeaud - Thurs Nov 27
- Sutter Creek Artist Ted Smith Featured for November at Gallery 10
“Affordable Gifts” by 14 Artists Featured in AmadorArts Gallery
- Arts Networking Mixer - Thurs Dec 4
- Sutter Creek's Christmas Open House & Los Posadas - December 5 & 6
- Hospice of Amador & Calaveras: Tree of Lights - Dec 6 & 7
- First 5 Amador's 13th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 12
- Sutter Creek’s 8th Annual Parade of Lights - Sat Dec 13
- Crab Feed and White Wines Release Party - Sat Jan 24

See the Community Calendar and flyers/posters below for even more events and activities going on in Amador County, California!

INTERFAITH FOOD BANK TURKEY DRIVE - Our turkey donations are low and slow! One last push, November 22nd! Can you help?

OFFICE SPACE: 2nd Story Office Space Available Immediately. 1500 So. State Hwy 49, Jackson. Approximately 750 square feet, $800 per month, includes water. Call Carol at Hospice for more information, 209-223-5500.

GIVE THE GIFT OF RELAXATION! MASSAGE SPECIALS! Receive a deep tissue and relaxing massage and enjoy the benefits: (Per Reduce stress, pain and muscle tension. Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
Anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches & insomnia related to stress
45 minutes including: back, neck, arms, hands and feet on massage table to allow deeper work. (20-minute seated massage is still available for $20)
Call Cherie Maitland at Team Fitness to set up your relaxing massage!
Morn, afternoon and evening available. 209-296-2348
Purchase at discount thru December - Can redeem anytime - great for gifts!

ENTRIES FOR SUTTER CREEK’S ANNUAL “PARADE OF LIGHTS” AVAILABLE NOW! - This year’s parade is slated for Saturday, December 13 at 6:30PM. Entries need to be in the staging area by 5:30PM. Entry fee: $10 for 1-3 vehicles. Entry deadline: Sat Nov 22. For complete information and entry forms, contact Toni Linde at 256-1750 cell or email:
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November 17-30

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 WEDNESDAY evening from 7-8PM. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, contact Mary Zellem, 408-460-5581 or email

KARAOKE IS BACK! The Jackson Rancheria is bringing back their popular Karaoke Series every Wednesday night from November 5 to December 10. Contestants will be able to compete to win cash prizes and a chance to face off in the Karaoke Finale on December 17, 2014!
All entries will be placed in a drawing drum and the Karaoke Host will choose participants at random. Contestants will be judged on Vocal Ability, Entertainment Value and Audience Response by our panel of three judges. After all of the contestants have performed, the judges will tally the scores and the Karaoke Host will announce the winner on stage. The first place weekly winner will receive $300, the second place winner will receive $200 and the third place winner will receive $100.Weekly winners who accept the invitation to sing in the Karaoke Finale will be battling it out for their share of $6,000! The top 10 finalists will be awarded! First place winner takes home $2,000, second place wins $1,500 and third place wins $1,000!
Doors open at 6 p.m. for all events. 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.
All ages are welcome to attend, but only 18 years or older to participate. No host bar and food available. For more information, visit:

HELP KENYAN CHILDREN SURVIVE & THRIVE, INC. will hold its Eight Annual Sweet Potato Pie Fundraiser, Wednesday and Thursday, November 19-20, 2014, St. Katharine Drexel Parish Center, Martell. Large pies, Doz. Muffins, or Mini-tarts- $22.00. Gluten free, or Splenda, $24.00. To order- email Marjorie at or call 209-296-2710. We will inform you of the day to pick up order and pay. Proceeds will help finance an additional classroom, a latrine, and water harvesting system.
Help Kenyan Children Survive and Thrive, is a 501(C) (3) humanitarian organization serving at-risk Kenyan children through Health and Hygiene Education, Support, and School Feeding. For more information visit:

DAD & ME: “GOBBLE, GOBBLE, IT’S TURKEY TIME!” - Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center, Jackson. Calling all dads, uncles, grandpas, etc. Join us for fun activities for children aged 0-5 years old! Spend the morning together making Thanksgiving crafts to show off at your family holiday gatherings, sample and taste scrumptious holiday snacks, enjoy story time, and take home a free book! This event is FREE! To reserve your spot, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092. Dad & Me events are now held on the 4th Saturday of every month.

JOIN THE TRINITY SINGERS AT CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS IN JACKSON! Have a Christmas song in your heart? Join the Trinity Singers on Friday, November 28 during Jackson’s annual Christmas Delights. Bring your instruments...guitar, banjos, flutes, percussion toys, etc.) and join us in the songs of the Season! We will have a rehearsal on Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30 pm (our regular rehearsal time is at 7, but you’re welcome to join us). For more information, contact Carol Harper at or Facebook message

December 2014+

VETERANS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE - Mon Dec 1 from 11am to 6pm at the American Legion Hall, Sutter Hill. Please come and save a life for the holidays!

SUTTER CREEK’S CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE & LOS POSADAS - Find the spirit of Christmas in a beautiful Gold Rush town. Wonderfully lighted, historic Sutter Creek invites everyone to come to town for the 38th Annual “Old Fashioned Christmas Open House” on December 5th & 6th.
On Friday evening, December 5th at 6pm, Santa and Mrs.Claus come down Main Street in their sleigh to light the Community Tree and begin the festivities. Father Christmas and Charles Dickens characters stroll Main Street and music will fill the air. The downtown Merchants will keep their doors open late with refreshments and goodies for all. There will be many activities for the children, including arts and crafts and photos with Santa.
Join us on Saturday December 6th for more fun on Main Street during the daytime and in the evening, at 6 pm, is the beautiful “Las Posadas Candlelight Walk” along historic Spanish Street & Main Street. Join Joseph & Mary along their trek to Bethlehem singing carols and holding candles. Take a step back in time with free carriage rides on Saturday Dec 6th, Dec 13th and Dec 20th, weather permitting. These free events will spark the Christmas Spirit in everyone! For more information call (209) 267-1344 or visit us at

RETIREMENT PARTY FOR NATALIE DOYLE - After 21 years of service as City Clerk to the City of Sutter Creek, Natalie Doyle is celebrating her retirement. Please join us for a No Host Bar Cocktail Reception on Thursday December 11th from 4-7PM at Hotel Sutter, 53 Main St., Sutter Creek. $20 per person or $30 per couple. Please RSVP to 209-267-5647 ext 244 by Dec 1st.

13th ANNUAL CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY FESTIVAL - Friday, December 12 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center, Jackson. Come to First 5 Amador's 13th Annual Children's Holiday Festival, and experience winter festivals around the world! Activities, music, snacks, Santa Claus, holiday entertainment, community resources, and more! Bring the whole family to this FREE event! For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092, or visit

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Save the date! Feb 7th is the next Mardi Gras Party and Cajun Cook-Off! Now is the perfect time to get your costume. They are all on sale because Halloween is over. Costumes make this event so much more fun...for you and everyone else attending. The event is a fundraiser that 100% of the proceeds go to the restoration of the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School. Your participation in this event will help that cause and you will have a ton of fun at the same time! Save the date, get your costume, and join us for a fun evening on Feb 7th!

CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
Amador County Final Adopted Budget 2014-2015
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.
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
Oral History Meetings - Aug through Dec

PUBLIC NOTICE: DRAFT EIR and DRAFT General Plan is Now Available. The period for receiving comments commenced on October 31, 2014 and will end at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 15, 2014.

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!
GOT SPANISH? Winter classes will begin next month and Nora Coryell, M.A., is taking reservations for individuals, and small groups who want to begin learning, or improve their Spanish now. Classes are inexpensive, on all levels as well as medical Spanish on two levels, and take place in various locations, generally once a week. For further information contact or call 223-3322.

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. 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

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 Rancheria Casino Resort - Events 2014
Main Street Theater Works -
Mother Lode Friends of Music Season Calendar 2013-2014
Sutter Creek Theater -
Volcano Theatre Company -

More announcements...
Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School Renovation begins, seeks funding to complete tasks before Winter
International Organization "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" seeks volunteer photographers
Amador County Grand Jury Report 2013-2014

OFFICE SPACE: 2nd Story Office Space Available Immediately
1500 So. State Hwy 49, Jackson. Approximately 750 square feet, $800 per month, includes water. Call Carol at Hospice for more information, 209-223-5500

"ARTFUL GIVING & NIFTY GIFTIES” at Little City Studio & Gallery, through Dec 22. A great collection of affordable handmade works of art for your Holiday shopping. You'll get first choice of the wonderful selection of paintings, prints, collage, quilted pieces, jewelry, scarves, hats, wearables, pottery, turned wood, photos, cards - everything that Little City has become known for: "Beautiful handmade things at very reasonable prices".
Regular hours are 10-5 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Please come visit us! Little City Studio & Gallery is located in the very center of Amador City, right across from Buffalo Chips. For info, call Carol at 267-9189.

LGBT - Let’s Discover Our Purpose Together, Peace, Understanding, Love & Life. We’ll PULL together! We will discuss issues that have shaped our past, present and future. Exploring avenues for renewed growth and peace will be an integral part of our time together. Class sponsored by Resources for Humanity, a non-profit 501c3. Those interested should contact Duke at 916-425-6393.

UPDATED PHONE NUMBERS for Upcountry Community, Ione Family Resource, & Camanche Lake Community Centers:
Upcountry Community Center
19386 Hwy 88
Pine Grove, CA 95665
P: (209) 296-2785
F: (209) 296-2782
Ione Family Resource Center
17 S. Buena Vista Rd.
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 274-4655
F: (209) 274-4665
Camanche Lake Community Center
4419 Camanche Pkwy N.
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 763-2720
F: (209) 763-2740

DOCENTS NEEDED for Monteverde Museum. Presently, the museum is only opened two days out of each month.  When the museum is opened we usually have 20 plus visitors a day.  Local folks, visitors, in state and out of state are always happy to be able to go inside the store and experience the feeling of days gone by.  Many will say it is like stepping back in time.  Many will also say, they have been through Sutter Creek before and to their dismay the store has been closed.
  It would be beneficial for Sutter Creek if the museum would be opened more often.  Unfortunately, we have a shortage of docents.  Presently, we have only 4 active docents to open the museum. We really need people to volunteer to just have the doors open to the public. If you know of anyone who has free time to do possibly one day a month, or even a few hours one day a month, please let us know.
  Still reaching out for other ideas to encourage folks to volunteer time. If you have any ideas please forward to me at
Rosemary Fields

AMADOR SENIOR VISITORS PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. Join a great group of people working in the community to help our Senior Citizens live safer, healthier lives. Please call Eileen at 223-0442 for information about how you can help!

DO YOU HAVE STACKS OF NEWSPAPERS laying around your house, waiting to be recycled? Then please bring them on down to the Busi Parking lot in Jackson behind Mel's. The Boy Scout Troops of Amador County are collecting your newspaper donations and accept on an on-going basis. The large cargo container sits at the very back of the parking lot. There should be pallets next to the dumpster, where everyone can leave their stacks. Anyone can drop off their newspapers 7 days a week, day or night. We ask that you only donate actual newspapers, no glossy advertising, magazines or books. All proceeds directly benefit the various Troops in Amador County. It's a Win-Win for everyone, Scouts, you and the environment! For more information, contact Jenny Fritz at

UNIQUE JAPANESE GARMENTS FOR SALE - Short and long "haori" – (Japanese Kimonos) exquisitely wearable, lined tops for all occasions--over jeans, over long skirts. These are antiques from Japan, in excellent condition. "I have worn them in public where they always evoke curiosity and interest," says Ruth Gottstein. Price: $50 to $75. Email or phone to set up a time to come to Volcano and view the collection, or 209 296.7989

GIVE THE GIFT OF RELAXATION! MASSAGE SPECIALS! Receive a deep tissue and relaxing massage and enjoy the benefits: (Per Reduce stress, pain and muscle tension. Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
Anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches & insomnia related to stress
45 minutes including: back, neck, arms, hands and feet on massage table to allow deeper work. (20-minute seated massage is still available for $20)
Call Cherie Maitland at Team Fitness to set up your relaxing massage!
Morn, afternoon and evening available. 209-296-2348
Purchase at discount thru December - Can redeem anytime - great for gifts!
Have an event flyer/poster? Have them posted on ACN for just $5/month (yes, month) or $50/year (yes, year) for unlimited flyer postings! Email for more information.

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