Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Earth Day

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "It's very important that people know that I really enjoy everything that has happened to me. And I tell my're not going to be the tallest, fastest, prettiest, the best track runner, but you can be the nicest human being that someone has ever met in their life. And I just want to leave that legacy that being nice is a true treasure."
- George Foreman


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News & Announcements
NEWSLETTER: Mother Lode Harvest - April 21-27
NEWSLETTER: Amador Vintners "Spring Into Amador Wine Country" - April 2015
"Before and After the Flames": Fire, Forests & Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada - Thurs April 30
Jamba Juice's 25th Anniversary - Thurs Apr 23
National Paper Clover Campaign Continues Support of Amador County 4-H Youth - April 22 - May 3
ACWN 2nd Annual Bunco FUNdraiser - Fri May 15

MASTER FOOD PRESERVERS: “JAMMIN’ JAM & SASSY SAUCES” - The Master Food Preservers of Amador/Calaveras Counties presents a free class covering Jams and Sauces. Achieve the perfect gel with your jams and jellies and create an appetizing product that will please even the most sophisticated palette. Also discover canned sauces, perfect as a condiment or side to a meal or available for last minute desserts. This class will offer an inspiring discussion and demonstration of boiling water canning and go home prepared to line your pantry with beautiful preserves and sauces.
Join us for the UCCE Master Food Preservers’ Jammin’ Jam & Sassy Sauces class on Saturday, May 2 between 10 a.m. and 12 Noon at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson. Contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of Amador/Calaveras Counties at  or Vera M. Allen, Amador/Calaveras Master Food Preserver, 209-223-6484,

MOTHER LODE NEWCOMERS & FRIENDS: Join us at our monthly luncheon for Mother Lode Newcomers and Friends on Thursday, May 7 2015.  Our luncheon will be held at Camps restaurant at Greenhorn Creek Golf Course, 711 McCauley Ranch Road in Angels Camp, CA.  Social hour starts at 11am and lunch is at 12pm.  The reservation deadline is April  30.   To make reservations contact: Linda Daubeneck 209-296-1547 or Joanne Silva 209-223-2845. This is the last luncheon until September, 2015.
The Mother Lode Newcomers Club is a social club that welcomes women who are new to the area .  The Club is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for new friendships. We also raise money for local charities and volunteer as needed in the community. To learn more, visit our website:

CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE - The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the classical music performance society serving the central region of California’s historic gold country, presents a concert  on Sunday, May 3, starting at 2 pm in the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek.  Supported by its membership base, the Friends of Music offers these concerts of outstanding quality to the general public without admission charge.
  The concert features a performance of the delightful Septet in A minor for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, cello and piano of Louis Spohr, a contemporary of Schumann and Mendelssohn.  The performers are some of the top players residing in Mother Lode communities, with Sandra Betti, flute, Hank King, clarinet, Bill Minkel, horn, Gail Buzzard, bassoon, Randy Fisher, violin, Alice Williams, cello and Ron Brickman, piano.
  The second half of the program features double bass virtuoso Alden Cohen.  A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Cohen is principal bass or assistant principal with the Berkeley, Marin and Santa Cruz symphonies and plays frequently with the Modesto and Napa symphonies and as a substitute with the San Francisco Symphony.  Cohen will perform the first movement of the Concerto for Double Bass of Serge Koussevitsky, Cantabile for bass and piano of Paganini, Kol Nidrei of Max Bruch, Mozart “New-Look” by Jean Françaix, and Kicho of Astor Piazzolla, all with Ron Brickman accompanying on piano, and Bach to Blues, an unaccompanied jazz solo by John Clayton.
  For further information, consult the Friends of Music’s web site at or call (209) 293-4227.

FREE YOGA EVENT RETURNS TO JACKSON! On Saturday, May 23, local yoga enthusiasts will present a FREE opportunity for all ages to try a gentle yoga session, outdoors in Detert Park with lovely live classical music.  All levels are welcome, even if you’ve never done yoga before.  No pre-registration is required – check in starting at 9:15am. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water and a mat if you have one. If not, bring a large towel or two. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.  For more info or questions, call 257-1208.

SAVE THE DATE! DECLARE YOUR “BIG CRUSH” ON AMADOR COUNTY’S WINE REGION ON OCTOBER 3 & 4! Each year, we celebrate the grape harvest by inviting our friends to join our 42 member wineries and get in on this most exciting time of year.  BIG CRUSH is a grand time to see the harvest in action and this year will be no exception. Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday, October 4th , 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you’re invited to see the Crush in full swing. Scenes of teeming vineyards, trudging tractors, bustling crush pads are accompanied by incomparable non-stop Amador wine region hospitality! Creative food & wine pairings, a variety of live music, and harvest activities are presented by warm & friendly family wineries.
Please join us and enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas of this exciting harvest season. Tickets for the “Big Crush,” are good for wine tasting, food and all activities. Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass. Tickets will be sold online at beginningAugust 1, 2015. A ticket for your designated driver is only $10. Please drive responsibly and enjoy all that Big Crush weekend has to offer.
For more information on Amador’s “Big Crush” call 1-888-655-8614, e-mail or visit the Amador Vintners website
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THE MUSIC BOX COMPANY’S “FREE CLOCK GIVE-AWAY” - 2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of The Music Box Company and to celebrate they held a drawing for a free Rhythm clock valued at $500. The drawing was such a hit that they have decided to do it annually. On April 1st, 2015 The Music Box Company will be celebrating 26 years in the Music Box business and they would like to invite you to celebrate it with them! Any "In Store" purchase of $25 and up, between April 1st and April 30th will enter you into a drawing to win a FREE Rhythm-animated clock of your choice, valued up to $500. Read more...

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 remaining registration dates are as follows:  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.

THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church - April 25th is Women’s Breakfast, 9:00 to 11:00 AM, with Guest Speaker, Kristen Watson. Our May 2nd Men’s Breakfast, 9:00 to 11:00 AM, will feature Guest Speaker Richard Sotelo Berlanga, a former Mafia Boss and author of “To God from the Mafia” and “Our Final Hour.” We offer Bible Studies specifically for Men, Women, and Small Group.  Call us for details.  Sunday Morning Services are 10:30 AM with buffet lunch immediately after.  We’ll have Sunday Evening Services at 6:00 PM beginning May 17th, running through the end of October. Pastor Mary Ann Barcklay - 20005 Hwy. 88, Suites A & B, Pine Grove - Phone 296-SAVE (7283)

AMADOR CHORALIERS PRESENT “MUSIC IN MOTION” - The Amador Choraliers, a Mother Lode tradition since 1963, invite you to their spring concert Music in Motion. Spanning the decades from the 1920s to the 21st century, the concert features music by the full group, small ensembles, and men’s/women’s choruses to both lift your spirits and get your toes tapping. There might even be an “Elvis” sighting! Directors Darlene Williams, Karen Reed, J. R. Keith and Irv Gidding have a combined total of more than a century with the group; Irv is responsible for fifty of those years. For the second year, the group has been invited to perform in the prestigious Sac Sings! Choral Festival at the Harris Center in June.
The first performance of this spring’s concert will be Thursday evening, April 23rd at 7:30, at the Cornerstone Church in Ione, with matinees 3 pm Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th, at St. Katharine Drexel in Martell. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the Amador Chamber of Commerce, 115 Main Street, Jackson or by calling 209-223-0350. Email for more information. Their Christmas concert drew a sellout crowd, so get your tickets early!

FROM THE AMADOR COUNTY FIRE TRAINING OFFICERS ASSOCIATION: A fire department training exercise is planned in the area of Burke Ranch on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The purpose of this training is for the local and state departments to get better knowledge of the area and simulated fire activities.

The training is scheduled from 8am- 3pm. Please don’t be alarmed if you see multiple fire engines in this area during these times. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call your local fire station.

MOVIE SHOWING: “CONGO: THE GRAND INGA PROJECT” - We are starting a group called Adrenaline Rush Adventures and kicking it off by showing a movie put out by Red Bull Media House that documents the first successful descent into the biggest rapids on the planet. The trailer for the movie can be seen on our Website at: There will be pizza and popcorn served, a raffle, and hopefully a lot of fun.
Adrenaline Rush Adventures will be creating events to get people outdoors to enjoy the world around them, challenge themselves and meet new people.
The Movie will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the West Point Community Covenant Church, 22264 Hwy 26  at 6:30 on April 25th. Cost is $5.00 per person.
Contact: Michael Bowsher
Adrenaline Rush Adventures


Taarka - Sat Apr 25
Delta Wires - Sat May 2
James Garner: Tribute to Johnny Cash - Sat May 9
For info and tix, visit;

5TH ANNUAL WALK FOR THE TROOPS will be held Saturday, April 26 at the Ione Veterans Memorial on the corner of Preston Ave and Main Street in Ione. A full military ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., followed by a walk en masse to Howard Park to honor our fallen, veterans and currently serving military personnel. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. and will include steak sandwich on a French roll, homemade macaroni and cheese, green salad, and ambrosia and other desserts. There will also be live music by The Rusty Rockers, a $500 cash door prize and a raffle. Tickets are $15 in advance and available at Robyn's Nest Salon in Ione. Proceeds benefit the Ione Veterans Memorial Park. For more information, call (209) 304-8780 or visit

MASTER GARDENERS PLANT & SEED SALE - The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County will be holding a plant sale on Saturday, April 26, from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. It will be hosted by AMADOR 360 – Winery Collective - located @ 18590 Hwy 49, Plymouth, CA 95669 (PH: 209-245- 6600 Continuously, throughout the day, Master Gardeners will be available to discuss gardening/watering in a year of drought and any other gardening questions you have.
This will include lunches and goodies for sale from Kneading Dough Bakery and Fat Freddy’s, and of course, wine tasting. (Buy a plant and get 15% off any wine purchase.)
If you have any questions about the class or other gardening issues, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 209-223-6838 or e-mail,  Web site:

CUB SCOUT PACK # 63 PINEWOOD DERBY - Please join us for our Pinewood Derby on Sunday April 26 at 12:00 noon at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Creek. Let’s go racing and learn about Cub Scouts! If your son is going into grades 1-5, come by to check out the races. The Cub Scouts will be racing the cars they made, and we will have information available for new boys interested in becoming a Cub Scout. For questions, call Suzanne at 916-834-2099

ROARING CAMP will be open for the season on April 26, and we'll have our first Saturday Night BBQ, guided gold mine and panning tour on Saturday May 2. This will be our first $30.00 special, we have a new band playing for us for the first time, I think most of you know the Slade River band.  Come and have a wonderful night of music, panning, swimming, and of course a GREAT NY Steak  dinner. For questions or reservations please give us a call at 209 296-4100.

THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, April 28th in the Meadow Conference Room at the Sutter Amador Hospital Outpatient Facility in Jackson from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  The guest speaker will be Carla Fry, a local therapist who will talk about the three classes that she teaches titled “Understanding Personality Disorders.”  From 6:45 to 8:00 pm we will conduct a confidential Support Group for family members and caregivers of those with mental illnesses.  For information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.

AMADOR FIRE SAFE COUNCIL: "BEFORE AND AFTER THE FLAMES" - Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.  GSA building large conference room, 12200B Airport Road -- AFSC is hosting Dr. Hugh Safford and Dr. Becky Estes on their King Fire presentation:  Before and After the Flames:  Forest, Fire and Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada.  Hugh is a Senior Vegetation Ecologist with the US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region; and Becky is a Province Ecologist with the US Forest Service, Eldorado National Forest.
There is an excellent description of their talk here on Facebook:
Any questions, please call 295-6200.

ACRA-ARCD COMMUNITY GARDEN PROGRAM presents its first Garden workshop!  “Ground Preparation & Drought Friendly Gardening Techniques” Located at the Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch, Jackson Gate Road.  This workshop will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:00 – 11:30am.  The cost will be $15 per person. Please bring your own tools and gloves.  Please call ACRA for more information at 223-6349.

ACRA-ARCD is also now taking Plot Reservations! Small plots, 4x12, with annual fee of $50. Large plots are 4x24 with an annual fee of$100.  There is a $100 refundable deposit. Located at the Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch, Jackson Gate Road,Jackson  Please call ACRA at 223-6349

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT - Sunday, May 3 at 2 pm, presented by the Mother Lode Friends of Music. The concert includes a performance of the Septet by Louis Spohr (a contemporary of Schuman and Mendelssohn) for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, cello and piano, and works for double bass and piano featuring double bass virtuoso Alden Cohen.  Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek.  Free admission.  Visit or call 209-293-4227 for more information.

KENNEDY MINE BBQ FUNDRAISER will be held on Thursday May 14, 2015, doors open at 5pm.  Come join the fun with family and friends! Featuring Deep Pit BBQ, beans, salad, bread, and dessert. No Host Bar. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Kennedy Mine on the weekends, call Toni Fancher 209.304.7169, ACRA at 223-6349 and at The Amador Council of Tourism, 267-9249
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Needed: Raffle prizes (can be picked up), helpers to set up, clean up, parking attendants, ticket sales, raffle coordination, bar set up, etc. Contact Toni at 304-7169 or email

SHINE, WINE & DINE ON MAIN STREET, JACKSON, SATURDAY MAY 16! - Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for Shine, Wine & Dine,  Saturday, May 16, 10 am to 3 pm -- a day of wine, art, music and gorgeous vintage cars. Plus, a day of special “car show” discounts at Jackson restaurants – it’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson!
The fifth annual Motherlode Cruise Car Show will take you back in time with 125 vintage cars, from Model Ts to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy blues tunes by The Esquires, fine arts and crafts for sale by local artists and Main Street’s unique shops and eateries.
Wine tasting with popular Amador wineries will be offered in select Main Street shops – wine tasting tickets benefit the Amador Community Foundation.
  • Motherlode Cruise Car Show: 10 am – 3 pm, Judging announced at 2 pm.
  • Wine tasting in Main Street shops from 12 noon – 3 pm.
  • $10 each, tasting glasses available at JBCA, 148 Main Street. Must be 21 years of age.
  • Fine Arts and Handmade Crafts: Artists show and sell on Main St, 10 am – 3 pm.
  • Dining specials at participating Jackson restaurants – free coupons available at JBCA, 148 Main St.
  • Music by The Esquires Chicago Blues Party, on Main Street, 11 am – 2 pm
For complete information, visit:

PARTICIPATE IN SUTTER CREEK’S “TRASH TO TREASURES” - It's time to get the 13th Annual Trash to Treasures event rolling. We would like to invite you to participate! For an application, and to learn more about the event, visit:
You may want to have a booth of your own, if you have never done this before! Or just come and see what treasures you can find.
Let us know if there are any questions we can answer for you and we hope you all join us on Saturday, May 23rd for the Trash to Treasures event!

CELEBRATE SPRING! - Operation Care presents "Celebrate Spring" Saturday, May 30 at Sierra Ridge Winery. Festivities include food, raffle and live music by The Box Music Family. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food and music last until 10 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person, which includes $10 in free raffle tickets. Proceeds benefit Operation Care's Fresh Start program to provide financial assistance to help survivors of domestic violence transition from the safehouse into their own safe, violence-free housing. Sierra Ridge Winery is located at 14110 Ridge Rd in Sutter Creek. Tickets can be purchased at the Operation Care office at 619 New York Ranch Road in Jackson or online at For more information, call (209) 223-2897.
Operation Care is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization providing domestic violence and sexual assault support services, crisis intervention and education in Amador County. The group is supported through Federal and State grants which require matching funds in order to continue.    Events such as "Celebrate Spring" keep their doors open.

SAVE THE DATE: AMADOR HIGH VOLLEYBALL “UNSTOMPABLE” 3-ON-3 VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT- Sunday, May 31 at 9AM. Save the date and join us for the 1st Unstompable 3-on-3 Tournament. This is a FUNDRAISER for the Amador High School Volleyball Program. This is a co-ed tournament with 3 different divisions of play. $30 in advance/$40 day of.
Division 1 - High School (Girls & Boys)
Division 2 - Jr. High and Younger
Division 3 - Open (All ages... Girls, Boys, Women & Men).
Prizes to be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in each division. Trophy for 1st Place.
Registration Forms & Rules will posted soon. Goal is to get at least 30 teams. 10 teams in each division. All day play. Team must fill out and return will full payment to Amador Volleyball to Amador High School 330 Spanish Street, Sutter Creek, CA 95685, or you can drop off in school office to Tammy Kalp or give to Coach Emily directly.
Snack bar and Amador Volleyball merchandise will be available at event. Questions - Coach Emily Tirapelle (209) 304-0305 or


AMADOR FLYFISHERS, a local flyfishing club is offering a course on the ins and outs of fly fishing. Classes will be held on Sat & Sun, June 13th &14 from 9:00am – 4pm at the HUB, 206B Main St. Jackson. A fishing trip is scheduled for June 27th. The time and location to be announced.   Learn what fly fishing is about.  Find out the importance of Bugs and their life cycle.  Learn where to find fish and special regulations. You’ll be taught casting techniques and how to use your equipment. The Cost is $40.  Must be 18 years or older, Ages 12 – 17 may attend, accompanied by an adult participant.  To register or get more information call ACRA at 223-6349 or email bnichols@amador

BRITISH SOCCER CAMP returns to Amador County for the fourth year in a row. This camp is for Boys and Girls 3-12 years old. Camp is June 8-12, 2015 (5 days) at Howard Park in Ione.
Camp includes FREE ball & shirt. *Bonus Jersey Free! Online deadline: April 24th.
Ages 3-5yrs.   $113  (9:00-10:30am) or (10:40-12:10pm)
Ages 6-12yr    $133  (9-12 pm) Half Day. Half Day participants may add the Golden Goal session 12:30-2:30  for $45.
Host a British Coach, receive rebate of $80.
For online registration For more info, call ACRA at 223-6349 ask for Kim. Or email
“ We coach skills within a framework of character development based on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship.” British Soccer Camp

FAITH ALIVE SUMMER DAY CAMP - June 29 to July 3. This is the third year we for this wonderful camp. Four young counselors come from Mt. Cross Ministries with a full curriculum, materials, and enthusiasm. Faith provides the facilities and our beautiful wooded property with trails, grinding rocks and labyrinth. We also provide all the coordination and volunteers. Everyone has a fabulous time -- the kids, the counselors, and we old folks at the church! If you have kids or grandkids, sign them up! Enrollment is limited to 30, so you need to act quickly. We are also looking for high school kids to serve as junior counselors (a great, fun way to earn community service hours!). For more information, call me, Karin Heikkila, at 296-7945 or the church at 295-4545. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the website: or picked up at the church.

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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.
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
ACTC: NOTICE OF MEETING DATE CHANGE - Notice is hereby provided that the Amador County Transportation Commission and the Amador Transit Board of Directors have changed the date of their regular monthly meeting from Thursday, March 19, 2015, to Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  Said meetings will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Amador County Transportation Commission, 117 Valley View Way, Sutter Creek, CA.

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? Classes will resume in May.  Contact Profe Nora toward the end of April at to enroll.  A series of 5 classes is $45. and most are held in Jackson and Martell. Classes are small and specialized, and all levels are available as well as Medical Spanish on two levels. Credentialed teacher with 25 years experience teaching adults.
Contact me by email at, by mail at P. O. Box 181, Jackson 95642, or by phone at 223-3322. Profe Nora

LEARN TO SPEAK FRENCH! Classes are taught by Amel Tafsout. Her beginning classes, Level 1 have been so well received that she is adding a Level 2 class. Classes will be held Tuesday evenings April 28 - May26, 2015.  Level 1 class time is 6:30pm – 8pm and the cost will be$70.   Level 2 class time is 5:30pm – 6:30 and the cost will be $65.  Classes will be held at 10877 Conductor Blvd.,  Sutter Creek. For more information call ACRA at 223-6349 or email

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:

SALSA DANCE CLASS for Men and Women. Salsa is a type of music and dance of Hispanic origin.  Salsa Music is based on Cuban music.  Salsa is a dance that has easy steps to pick up.  So the time it takes you to learn your first few steps and be able to dance Salsa is far, far shorter that you might think.This class is taught by Amel Tafsout who studied Salsa and Afro Cuban dances in Havana, Cuba.  Classes are on Wednesday evenings,April   29 – May 27, from 7 – 8pm, at the HUB  206B Main St. Jackson. The Cost will be $75. For More Information call ACRA at 223-6349 or email

AMADOR FLYFISHERS, a local flyfishing club is offering a course on the ins and outs of fly fishing. Classes will be held on Sat & Sun, June 13th &14 from 9:00am – 4pm at the HUB, 206B Main St. Jackson. A fishing trip is scheduled for June 27th. The time and location to be announced.   Learn what fly fishing is about.  Find out the importance of Bugs and their life cycle.  Learn where to find fish and special regulations. You’ll be taught casting techniques and how to use your equipment. The Cost is $40.  Must be 18 years or older, Ages 12 – 17 may attend, accompanied by an adult participant.  To register or get more information call ACRA at 223-6349 or email bnichols@amador

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!
- Twisting the Classics into Classic Comedy - Main Street Theater Works announces 2015 Summer season
- New Artist Scott Anderson featured at Sutter Creek Gallery
- "April Showers Bring May Flowers" is the theme for Consignment Artists at Sutter Creek Gallery
- New Artist at Sutter Creek Gallery: Aaron Bullock

PARTICIPATE IN SUTTER CREEK’S “TRASH TO TREASURES” - It's time to get the 13th Annual Trash to Treasures event rolling. We would like to invite you to participate! For an application, and to learn more about the event, visit:
You may want to have a booth of your own, if you have never done this before! Or just come and see what treasures you can find.
Let us know if there are any questions we can answer for you and we hope you all join us on Saturday, May 23rd for the Trash to Treasures event!

KENNEDY MINE HISTORIC SURFACE TOURS begin again in March and continue to Oct 31. Tours are given from 10am to 3pm. Contact: or 223-9542

More announcements...
Pine Grove Dollar General Project headed to Court of Appeal
Support local cyclist Thomas Moriatis in AIDS "Life Cycle" from SF to LA
Call to Artists: "Phantom Gallery" is now being formed under the umbrella of Sutter Creek Gallery
Farm to Fork Dining Comes from Napa to Amador County
Four ACT Co-op Advertising Opportunities
ACCOA Reflective Sign Project: "If We Can't Find You, We Can't Help You"
JOB OPPORTUNITY: LIVE-IN CAREGIVER/COMPANION NEEDED (TAHOE PARK AREA, SACRAMENTO). Looking for a retired, live in caregiver, to share a home with our elderly mother. Includes room and board in a charming, quiet duplex, with a small weekly stipend (food, utilities and rent are included). The ideal candidate will be mature, retired, with either a pension or receiving SOCIAL SECURITY benefits. Our mother has slight dementia, but can take care of herself pretty well. She is a very sweet lady, who likes her glass of wine every night before dinner. Applicant will have two days and two nights off, (preferably Monday and Tuesday) have their own bedroom with internet and cable. Must have own transportation. Caregiver will need to clean, cook, do laundry, etc. Please have caregiving experience, and a desire to make this a stable, long term commitment. References a must. Please, no students or part timer's, this is an around the clock caregiving domestic job. Please email with a short bio/resume of yourself, your interest, hobbies, experience and CONTACT info. If you ask us to call you without providing a short bio/resume and all the pertinent information listed, we will not return the call. We will be conducting interviews in the near future. Email:  or

Monteverde General Store
gets a facelift
THE MONTEVERDE GENERAL STORE MUSEUM, one of Sutter Creek’s most beloved and historical buildings, got a much needed fresh look recently, with new paint and store name. The City of Sutter Creek, Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation and donations from visitors and volunteers, made it possible for the Museum to look like new again. Read more...

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY AT MOTHER LODE JOB TRAINING - Mother Lode Job Training (MLJT -formerly Job Connection)  has Scholarship and Training funds available for eligible Adults and Dislocated Workers. Last program year, we awarded $297,000 in scholarships to eligible participants in fields from Medical Assisting, Truck Driving, Welding and more! Eligibility conditions do apply, so contact MLJT for more information and to see if you qualify. We are now located in the Health and Human Services building located at 10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 700, in Sutter Creek. Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM, closed from 12 PM to 1 PM, and closed Fridays. Contact MLJT at 223-3341, or visit the website at

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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