Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Coming up...
- California State Summer School for the Arts seeks Teen Artists, Writers and Performers - Application Deadline is February 28
- "River Reflections" Mokelumne River Arts Project: Local Receptions in March
- California Budget Project's "Policy Insights 2015" to be held March 4 in Sacramento
- Presentation for an all-inclusive Holy Land Pilgrimmage in Feb 2016 - Wed Mar 4
Mother Lode Harvest Hosts Farm Tour, Cooking Class - March 7 and March 26
- Sutter Creek Gallery honors Sandra Campbell as the featured artist in March; Reception on March 7
- "Behind the Cellar Door" Event Details - March 7 & 8
Mother Lode Friends of Music features Soprano Alexis Magarò the music of Richard Strauss - Sun Mar 8
- Sheri Hoeger demonstrates acrylic and mixed medium techniques at next ACAA meeting March 11
2nd Annual Celtic Hymn Sing - Sun Mar 15
ACCF College Information Night - Tues Mar 17
Americana star Willie Watson Returns to Feist Wines - Mar 20 & 21
Preston Castle Foundation’s Quest for the Deed is over – Celebrate With Us! - Sat Mar 21
- Friends of the Amador County Library annual fundraising concert features Tom Rigney & Flambeau - Sun Mar 22
Relax and Change a Habit with Hypnotherapy - An Introduction: Mar 23
- MSTW Presents 3rd Annual One-Act Festival - Mar 27-29
- Operation Care: "Amador's Got Talent" - Sat Mar 28
- Local artist Lynn Slade offers workshops on collage techniques in April
- Save the Date! Amador Stars Bunco for Breast Cancer - Fri Apr 17
- 43rd AAUW Home Tour “Vines, Views & Villas” - Sat Apr 18

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Community Calendar

AMADOR FIRE SAFE COUNCIL WORKS WITH PG&E TO REDUCE FIRE RISK - Funding from PG&E will help keep three rural communities safer during fire season.
On Wednesday, February 25 from 9-10AM, PG&E will present the Amador Fire Safe Council with a check for $59,000 to help fulfill their mission of reducing catastrophic wildfire. the funding provided to the AFSC with an opportunity to target three high-risk neighborhoods in rural parts of Jackson, Pine Grove and Pioneer. The work primarily consisted of road edge clearing to remove hazardous brush and fules below power lines.
The presentation will take place at a location where work was completed, at no charge to local residents: KC Ranchettes, intersection of Oak Road and Pioneer Drive, Jackson, CA.
In 2014, PG&E funded about 100 local Fire Safe Council projects to create fire breaks in and around communities, improve emergency access roads, and help low-income residents clear defensible space fgrom around their properties to protect them from fire. the funds were used to hire contractors to complete the Fire Safe Council projects, freeing up CAL FIRE personnel to answer the call of the ever-increasing number of fires in the state.

2015 WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE WEBINAR SERIES - Webinar #2: Landscaping and home design for fire defense. Speaker: Yana Valachovic, UC Cooperative Extension, Wednesdsay, February 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM
During this Webinar, Yana Valachovic will discuss the types, placement, and maintenance of landscape plants to reduce risk of home ignition.  She will also discuss various elements of home design that mitigates home loss during a wildfire.
To register for this webinar please visit:
You will be emailed with a link to the live webinar before the event.

THE FARMS OF AMADOR PRESENT: LOW COST HIGH TUNNELS & HOOPHOUSES FOR PROTECTION OF CROPS - The Farms of Amador is having a workshop on low cost tunnels and hoophouses. Eric Branstad, owner of a greenhouse business in Nevada City, will give a presentation with photos on how to protect your crops for earlier and later harvests, without having to borrow money. The workshop will take place Wednesday February 25th at 5:00pm at the Amador City Community Hall in the old schoolhouse, 14531 East School Street, Amador City. Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is requested, public is invited. RSVP to

LIBATIONS & CONVERSATIONS - The American Association of University Women’s Libations & Conversations group meets Wednesday, February 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Yorba Tasting Room, 51 Hanford Street, Sutter Creek. The topic of conversation is “Resiliency”.  Please join us for no-host drinks (wine by the glass is $6-$8), camaraderie and interesting conversation.  AAUW members, prospective members, and interested women are welcome to attend.  No RSVP required.
AAUW is a national organization whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.  Membership is open to all graduates who hold an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Visit our website at for more information.

FIRST 5 AMADOR PRESENTS: KICK OFF TO KINDERGARTEN: Starting Kindergarten this year? (August 2015) Are you and your child ready? You are invited to an evening at your NEW school! First 5 Amador and School District staff will answer questions and help you prepare for this big step. Offered at all Amador County Elementary Schools. Sign-ups are not required, but please call ahead if free child care is needed, at 257-1092.
PLYMOUTH ELEMENTARY - Thursday, February 26, 6:15 - 7:15 pm
PINE GROVE ELEMENTARY - Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
IONE ELEMENTARY - Thursday, March 5, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
SUTTER CREEK PRIMARY - Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
PIONEER ELEMENTARY - Thursday, March 12, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

FIRST 5 AMADOR PRESENTS: DAD & ME - Saturday, February 28 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Calling all dads, uncles, grandpas, etc… a morning of fun activities for children 0-5 years old! "Let's Get Moving at Boston Alley Fitness!" Spend a fun and active morning at Boston Alley Fitness in Sutter Creek. Jump on the giant trampoline, in the foam pit, and tumble around to the music! Enjoy story time and bring home a free book. This event is FREE! Space is reserve a spot, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.

FARM DINNER AT ROSEBUD’S CAFE IN JACKSON - Dear Friends: Our next Farm Dinner is scheduled for Saturday February 28 at the cafe.  As usual the farm will be open for visitation (and harvest) that day and then supper at the cafe beginning at 6:00.  This four course meal will feature our own pastured lamb and Sutter Creek Cattle Company grass fed beef.   You may bring your own wine (local no corkage fee).  Seating is by reservation only, paid for in advance, $35 each.  Seating will be family style.  Please call for your reservation.  Always a fun evening! Blessings! P.S. Potato Planting Party March 2 and 3 beginning at 10:00.  Please come join our staff and get to know your food on a whole new level!
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MOTHER LODE YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION opens this March! Children ages 4-14 are invited to be a part of the MLYSL Fall Recreational Soccer Season.  Cost is $90 per player (with a $10.00 discount for siblings). A current picture (any size!) is required for each player. A birth certificate for new players is required.  The registration dates are as follows:  3/5 11am-2pm Schwabe Residence (18483 Davis Street, Plymouth),   3/7 10am-1pm Denny’s (Jackson),   3/23 5pm-7pm Pisano’s Pizza (Jackson),   3/25 5pm-8pm Pizza Factory (Ione),   3/28 10am-12pm Volcano Telephone Co (Pine Grove),   3/31 5pm-7pm Plymouth City Hall (Spanish translator available),   4/6 5pm-7pm Pisano’s Pizza (Jackson),   4/9 12pm-3pm Schwabe Residence (Plymouth),   4/18 9am-1pm Howard Park (Ione),   4/18 10am-12pm Volcano Telephone Co (Pine Grove),   4/21 5pm-8pm Pizza Factory (Ione),   4/25 9am-1pm Duck Races/Mini Provis Park (Sutter Creek),    4/28 5pm- 7pm Pizza Plus (Sutter Creek),   5/2 9am-3pm Plymouth Flea Market.

ACRA BINGO - 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
Mar 3 & 17
April 7 & 21
Doors open at 5:30PM. Early Bird Bingo is at 6:15 PM, Regular BINGO is at 6:30PM.
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $250! Sodas are available for purchase  *(No Alcohol served). Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available). Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs….Another chance to win! Complimentary Cookies and Coffee! Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency After School Program. Call ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.

THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The speaker for February will be author Scott Thomas Anderson. Scott's new book is  "The Cutting Four - piece: Crime and Tragedy in an era of prison overcrowding" Scott's books are on difficult subjects, but thought provoking
and relevant to our area.
Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at or 209-267-0177 no later than Tuesday, 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 4th  at noon. If you have made a reservation and do not show up, you may be billed for the luncheon.

“THE HUB” YOUTH AND COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER - Join us at Thomi’s Banquet Room on Friday, March 6 for our first fundraiser dinner to help our youth thrive at ACRA’s HUB Youth and Community Center. Your dollars will support free year-round youth programs, art, music and theater classes, computer, software, books and arcade games.
This sit-down dinner comes with a choice of salmon, chicken or steak fillet. There will be a live auction and prizes.
Doors open at 5:30 pm; dinner is at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $40 per plate. For tickets and more information, call ACRA at 223-6349.

JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS SPRING SEASON - 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 11 to May 16 and each team will have one practice per week starting in early to mid-late March. Cost is $70 first child, $45 second child, $10 third child (max of $125 per household). Fee includes junior USTA membership, t-shirt, season-end party, and awards. Print an application at Registrations must be received by March 6. Register early, space is limited. Preference may be given to those who register first. If you have questions, contact league director, Dan Klement, at 257-1950 or e-mail at

MLH Farm Tour/Open House
and cooking class to be held
in March
MOTHER LODE HARVEST FARM TOUR/OPEN HOUSE AND COOKING CLASS - Mother Lode Harvest (MLH), a local food and farm products association, is having its winter quarter Open House at one of its member farms, Butte Mountain Farm in Jackson, on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 pm. Farmer Carolyn Boyd and her helpers will conduct tours of the farm, which will include the sheep barn, the deluxe chicken coop, the greenhouse, and the extensive garden, and will discuss farming using sustainable methods. Information about Mother Lode Harvest will be available, and there will be light refreshments featuring local foods. All are invited to attend the Open House.
This event is free, though donations to Mother Lode Harvest are welcome (suggested donation $5.oo per adult). Butte Mountain Farm is located at 17336 Butte Mountain Road, 3 miles down Butte Mountain Road from the intersection with Clinton Road. Please call 209-223-4814 for more information.

On Thursday, March 26, Mother Lode Harvest will hold a seasonal cooking class at Amador 360, 18590 Hwy 49 in Plymouth, at 5:30 pm. Eating food that is local and seasonal this time of year means eating lots of wonderful greens. Chef and MLH member Shelly Hills will demonstrate several mouth-watering ways to cook the tasty greens that are available locally now. Brian Miller of Amador 360 will give wine pairing tips for the dishes featured, and attendees can enjoy tastes of the food and wine. The class is open to the public, with limited seating, and is $10 per person. Please call Michelle Grondin at 209-419-2503 to reserve your seat.

5th ANNUAL CRAB FEED - Saturday, March 7, 2015 Rail Road Flat Community Hall, 250 Rail Road Flat Road, Rail Road Flat (Calaveras County). 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. Tickets:  $40. Cash, check or money order payable to: RRFCC [Sorry unable to accept credit cards]. To order tickets contact: Janet Bell 209-754-4882 or email

Soprano Alexis Magarò
performs Sunday, March 8
MOTHER LODE FRIENDS OF MUSIC PRESENTS SOPRANO ALEXIS MAGARO - Sunday, March 8, 3 pm at the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek Symphony concert by the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music,  Henrik Jul Hansen, conductor, Alexis Magarò, soprano soloist.  Music of Richard Strauss, including Death and Transfiguration, Festival March, “Morgan” and “Cäcilie” for soprano and orchestra, and the Final Scene from the opera Capricco. Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek.  Admission $20 for adults, children under 18 free.  Tickets available at Mother Lode Music, Prospect Plaza, Martell, Calaveras Arts Council, Main Street, San Andreas, and at the door.  Go to or call (209) 293-4227 for more information.

TELESCOPE WORKSHOP - Bring Your Scope + problems and questions on Friday March 13 at 6:30 & Saturday March 14 with Richard Rymer. Part 1: Storage, maintenance, set up. A few do’s and don’ts, session planning & preview for Pt.2  …held at the Hub inside. Part 2, Outdoors at Kennedy Tailings Wheel Park. Before and after dark set up procedures & observations. vCost $25 per family/telescope. Call ACRA at 223-6349 or 295-6651

2ND ANNUAL CELTIC HYMN SING - Sunday, March 15, two services, one at 8:30 AM and one at 10:30 AM. Come join the Trinity Singers and congregation in singing traditional Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other Celtic folk songs and hymns. Bring a can (or two, or a bag) of food for the Interfaith Food Bank for the offering, and/or...bring an item for the popular "Care Packages for the Needy" drive. Coffee hour/refreshments served after the 10:30 service. For more information, call Trinity at 267-0255 or email

2nd ANNUAL RIVER CATS BASEBALL EVENT for Amador JV and Varsity Baseball teams. JV to play at 4:30; Varsity at 7:30 pm under the lights on Saturday, March 28! Please help us once again to make this a successful opportunity for our Amador boys!
For the price of one voucher, you will get to see the boys play free and redeem your voucher for a 2015 River Cats regular season home game; who are now affiliated with the reigning World Series Campaign San Francisco GIANTS!
Vouchers are $20/each. Help us support our Amador High School Buffalos Baseball teams! We would love to fill the stands with all our family, friends and baseball fanatics! Please contact Karen at for vouchers! Thank you - please invite your friends as well.

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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
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.

Classes, Workshops, Seminars
Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) - Classes, programs, camps, sports, and more!
GOT SPANISH? There will only be one series of Spanish classes, once a week for five weeks (at the same low cost of $45. for the series) with Nora Coryell, M.A., Jackson.  I will be leaving in mid-March to the end of April.  But there is plenty of time for a session before I have to go for continuing students and also new ones to get started.  It may seem daunting at times, because a language takes endurance, and a little perseverance, but the secret of getting ahead is getting started so, CARPE DIEM, Spanish learners!  Contact me by email at, by mail at P. O. Box 181, Jackson 95642, or by phone at 223-3322. Profe Nora

SPACE NEEDED FOR DANCE PRACTICE - Small folk dancing group is looking for a low cost location for weekly practice on Wednesdays, around 6:00 p.m.  If you know of a possible location, or would like further information about dancing practice, please email Nora at

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.

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 -
Senior Social Hour at Upcountry Community Center on Wednesdays at 12 Noon
International Organization "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" seeks volunteer photographers
Support Amador High Performing Arts - 2014-15 Schedule!
- "River Reflections" Mokelumne River Arts Project - Local Receptions in March
- Local artist Angje Olmsted completes collaged portrait of Margaret Dalton
All wineries in North America producing Rosé wines are invited to enter The Rose Competition in March
"Behind the Cellar Door" Event Details - March 7 & 8
Twisting the Classics into Classic Comedy - Main Street Theater Works announces 2015 Summer season
New Artist Scott Anderson featured at Sutter Creek Gallery

Anje Olmsted with Dalton
portrait in progress.
LOCAL ARTIST ANJE OLMSTED COMPLETES COLLAGED PORTRAIT OF MARGARET DALTON - In March of 2014, Anje Olmstead was commissioned by the Jackson Rancheria to do a portrait of their deceased leader, Margaret Dalton. The initial request that the portrait be done in casino chips evolved (after four different samples) to a totally collaged portrait that measures 9 feet wide by 8 feet high.
Input from the tribe to be included in the portrait were visuals such as pictures of tribal members, photos of life events, i.e. meeting with [then] President Clinton, as well as [then] Governor Pete Wilson, and photos of her with some of her favorites, such as her grand-daughter, a couple of well-known country singers, a large stuffed rabbit, plus much more. The collage visually tells her life store. On February 9, the tribe will hold a sacred unveiling ceremony which will be attended by Tribal members and a limited number of guests. After February 9, the portrait will be open for viewing by the public. It will be installed just outside of Margaret’s Cafe at the Jackson Rancheria.

More announcements...

FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS! Appointments for FREE tax assistance  at the Amador Senior Center for seniors (60+) and low to moderate individuals and families started on  Jan 20th. Call 223-0442 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tax services will be provided between Feb. 2  to April 15. Please have all your paperwork before you make an appointment.

AMADOR POLITICAL DISCUSSION GROUP on Facebook! Have something to say? Join today!

“FINDING THE MOTHER LODE” - Movie by Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien. Features the unique migration of the Italians to Amador County and the West Coast.Italian Immigrants in Amador County and the West Coast. Available for purchase now! This movie is slated to be shown on PBS sometime in the future. Featuring Amador historians Carolyn Fregulia, Doug Ketron and John Leggett. Unabridged copy: $25 total at the ACRA office. On Amazon: $28.95 plus tx. and handling. For more information call 223-6349.

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.

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

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

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