Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured."
- Kurt Vonnegut

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News & Announcements
- Amador County Planning Commission - Tues June 9
- Amador County Recreation Agency - Wed June 10
- ACUSD/ACOE Board Meeting - Wed June 10
- Jackson Business & Community Association - Wed June 10
- Amador Water Agency Board of Directors - Thurs June 11
Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs June 11

THE AMADOR COUNTY PROSTATE CANCER INFORMATION & SUPPORT GROUP will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday June 9, 2015 starting at 6:00 pm. The location is Sutter Amador Hospital in the Oakview Conference Room on the second floor.
The group was formed to support men and their families and others who wish to know more about Prostate Cancer. Meetings are open to all and include men who have recovered from Prostate Cancer as well as those recently diagnosed, and those in treatment. The types of treatments range in scope from taking a watchful waiting active surveillance approach to radiation or surgery. Periodically meetings offer DVDs  and updates on research.
The meetings have information regarding nutrition and prostate cancer. We encourage anyone who wants to learn more about cancer and nutrition to attend. For more information about the group and its meetings contact Jerry Trottier, 223-9133.

ANIMAL COUNTY ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (ACART) The membership of ACART would like to thank Jeanne Smith DVM for the comprehensive training she provided at our general meeting on May 13th. Her bird handling and care tips will be very helpful when we establish our next shelter.
ACART has monthly meetings and training. On Wed June 10 at 6PM, we will have a practice drill, setting up a shelter for evacuated animals at the Amador County Fairgrounds.
If you would like to be part of the solution the next time Amador County has a disaster check us out at or e-mail Jon

13TH ANNUAL ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT - Saturday, June 13 at Mace Meadow Golf Course, Pioneer. $75 Per Person. Annuals Pay $45. Shamble Format. Includes: Cart, Tee Prizes, Golf & Dinner. Dinner Only: $20
Registration/Check-In: 8:00 am
Coffee and Donuts/Shotgun Start: 9:00 am
Applications in Mace Meadow Pro Shop or outside Bulletin Board
For more information and registration form, contact: Jim Raymond at 209-295-1779, Jim Graves at 209-295-4045 or any Upcountry Rotarian.

AMADOR COUNTY INVITATION TO BID: PURCHASE & INSTALLATION OF 22 PANASONIC TOUGHBOOKS & ACCESSORIES FOR THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT PATROL VEHICLES SEALED BID NO. 15-09 - The County of Amador is seeking sealed bids for the furnishing of all labor, tax, bonds, insurance, permits, premiums, shipping, transportation, services, disposal, equipment, materials, and appurtenant facilities for the installation and purchase of 22 Panasonic Toughbooks and accessories for use by the Sheriff’s Office for routine and emergency operations within the patrol vehicles, in accordance with the attached specifications.  Qualified bidders may acquire a bid package at the office of General Services Administration located at 12200-B Airport Road, Martell, CA (209) 223-9375 or download from Amador County’s Public Purchase website,ca
Sealed bids will be received by the County of Amador Purchasing Office; by U.S. Mail, at 12200 B Airport Road, Jackson, CA 95642-9527; or delivered in person, U.P.S., Federal Express, or by any other courier to 12200 B Airport Road, Martell, CA; until 1:30 P.M., Thursday, June 11, 2015, at which time sealed bids will be opened and read publicly in the office of the Director of General Services Administration, located at the above Martell address. Telegraph, Facsimile (FAX), and E-Mail bids will not be considered. Bids received late will be rejected and returned unopened.

VICTORY VILLAGE FLEA MARKET - Sunday, June 14. Daily hours are 8 to 5, location is 12408 Kennedy Flat Road in Jackson.

All sales subject to Ca. sales tax
8 kw                                                                                               $ 1835.94
11 kw with automatic transfer switch                                         $2794.24
16 kw with automatic transfer switch                                         $3197.50
22 kw with automatic transfer switch                                         $4352.68
20 kw synergy with automatic transfer switch                           $4832.20
Call 245-3269 or visit:
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Coming up...
JUNE 2015
- 2nd Annual “Swing to End Hunger” Benefit Golf Tournament - Fri June 12
Go "Over the Edge" with Pat and Darcel - Sat June 13
Amador Flower Farm Daylily Days - June 13 & 14
Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave in Concert with Special Guests Josiah James and His Piper - Sun June 14
- Amador County Library Summer Reading Program "Read to the Rhythm" - June 15 - July
- RFP: Web Site Development for the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) - Deadline is Mon June 15
- Summer Kindergarten Bridge Program - June 15 through July 2
Operation Care Open House & Raffle/Silent Auction - Wed June 17
Local Producers Dementia Focused Film Rakes in Awards - Exclusive Matinee Screening and - Red Carpet Event on Saturday, June 20
- Celebrate our Local Lands, Rivers and Forests: Annual Foothill Conservancy Fundraising Dinner - Sat June 20
June P.A.S.S. Courses - Sat June 20
Kick-Off Summer Party at the St. George Hotel - Sun June 21
- PUBLIC SCOPING: Sutter Creek Community Energy Useage Survey - Public Input Requested June 22
"Read to the Rhythm" Amador County Concert Band - Mon June 22


Events in Tri-County area:

JOB OPPORTUNITY: TCRCD Water Conservation Program Manager. Applications due June 19. For information and an application, visit:

"OUR FATHER" SCREENING/Q&A AND RED CARPET EVENT - Sat June 20. Multi-Award-winning independent short film, "Our Father", has just won at the Big Island Film Festival!
Starring Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors), and Michael Worth (God's Ears, Devil Dogs).
There are two local (regional) fundraising events happening in Calaveras County!
HALF of the proceeds go to the Northern CA Alzheimer's Association!
A great opportunity to meet the actors AND fund raise for a cause that impacts many, MANY families with loved ones with dementia/Alzheimer's. Please, spread the word!
For information and tickets, visit:

“LIFE IN BALANCE” CONCERT featuring multi-platinum songwriter, Alex Kash with Grateful (the band) Sunday June 28, 2015 at 1 pm at the Columbia Nursery on 22004 Parrots Ferry Rd. Sonora CA 95370. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased in advance by calling Live Oak Music 209-532-5303.
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Community Calendar
- Amador County Fair Entries are now open
T.G.I.F. Summer Music Series - June-Aug
ACRA-ARCD Community Garden Kids Summer Program - June 8 through July 27

COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA): NEXT TRAINING BEGINS MONDAY JUNE 8 - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. The program has been active in Amador County for 10 years and has helped many children survive the trauma and confusion they experienced while their families were working to provide them a more safe and fulfilling environment. The CASA volunteers are trained to work with children from birth to age 21 and advocate for their interests. They also develop a solid relationship with the child and work as part of the team that is helping families rebuild their lives. No special qualifications are necessary other than having a little time to spend with a child and "good heart". Training is provided by the CASA program and continuing education and support are an essential part of the CASA experience. As we say,"In our community, our neighborhood, and our schools, there are abused and neglected children who need the help of a trained volunteer to look our for their interests. The next training class starts June 8th, For more information please call John at 257-1980. "Work with a child, it is a live changing experience"
For more information, contact John Stettler, Program Coordinator, 1001 Broadway, Suite 201, Jackson. Call 257-1980 or email CASA is one of the programs of Nexus Youth and Family Services.

2015-2016 RECOMMENDED BUDGET TO BE ADOPTED ON TUES JUNE 9 - The Board of Supervisors will consider adoption of the 2015-2016 Recommended Budget at its regularly scheduled meeting on June 9, 2015.

NEWS FLASH: CERTIFIED: THE REFERENDUM AGAINST a Resolution, Ordinance and Reclamation Plan passed by Amador Co. Board of Supervisors (to rezone agricultural land & approve the Edwin Center No. Asphalt Plant & Newman Ridge Quarry) has been certified by the Amador County Election Supervisor! What does this mean?
We turned in 2303 signatures, gathered in just 17 days. We needed 1287 validated signatures of registered Amador County voters to qualify this to go on a live ballot next year for the citizens to decide. The Elections team have validated that our process , the signatures are valid, and we reached the qualifying number with plenty to spare!
On June 9th, at the Board of Supervisors' Open Session, the 4 out of 5 Supervisors that approved the Newman Ridge project have two choices: 1) either they revoke the March 24th, 2015 approval, or 2) this will go forward on a ballot for the People to Decide if we want this Asphalt plant and massive Quarry, with all the associated environmental, traffic, water, air and health issues, just outside of the City of Ione. Come to the June 9 BOS meeting to see our Constitutional rights at work, and bring your children! We are fighting to protect their health and for our land, air and water. See you there!

ACRA BINGO - Tues & Thurs, June 9 & 16 at the American Legion Hall in Martell.
Doors open no later than 5:30.
6:15 Early Bird Bingo
6:30 Regular BINGO
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. Please call 223-6349 for more information.

AMADOR COUNTY ARTISTS “STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE” - At the Wednesday, June 10 meeting of the Amador County Artists Association, artist Anje Olmstead will discuss how to prepare oneself to do professional work, challenging oneself to step outside one's comfort zone and why it is important to prepare a "series" of work.  Olmstead has created artwork in a variety of media including needlepoint, watercolor, collage and acrylic. The ACAA meets each month on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson.   The public is invited and new members are encouraged.  For more information visit

EMPOWERING HERBAL MEDICINE Health and Wellness Class with Jessica Grant. Connecting body mind and spirit, while incorporating immune system support for healing!  This class will be held at the HUB, 206 main St. Jackson,  Wednesday, June 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The Cost will be $35. Please call Barbara at 223-1365 or email her at

AAUW LIBATIONS & CONVERSATIONS - The AAUW Amador interest group "Libations & Conversations" is meeting on Thursday, June 11 from 5:30 to 6:30pm at Baiocchi's in Sutter Creek. Our topic of discussion will be: "Let's Train Our Young Women to Stand Up and Shout Out!" This is a fun, casual way for AAUW members and interested prospective members to gather and discuss various topics over no-host drinks. AAUW is a national organization that advances 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. For more information, contact Suzanne Nicholson at, or visit

"PAINTING THE PIANO" FUNDRAISER at Gifted in Jackson continues!
Don’t miss your chance to own or bequeath this one-of-a-kind piece of art for just the price of a raffle ticket!  Even if you don't have room for a piano, or already have one, please support this unique and generous project.
Jeannette’s goal is to sell one thousand tickets and we have a long way to go. Buy them for $5 each or $20 for six at Gifted, 8 Main Street in Jackson, or at the AmadorArts Gallery, 11A Randolph Street in Sutter Creek. Proceeds benefit AmadorArts!
Saturday, June 13, 2015  11am-4pm
Friday, June 19, 2015  11am-4pm
Sunday, June 28, 2015  11am-4pm

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

THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church - “First time you’re here you’re our Guest…after that, you’re Family.”  Saturday, June 20 features speaker Richard Berlanga who lived to tell about life as a Mafia Boss— Men’s Breakfast, 9:00 to 11:00 AM.   Saturday, June 27 enjoy Bonnie Evans, speaker & published author— Women’s Breakfast, 9:00 to 11 AM.  Coming up in July: You’re invited to our Annual Baby Shower for Amador Pregnancy Help Center, Saturday, July 25, 9:00 to 11:00 AM.   Sunday Morning Service 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after.  Sunday Evening Services at 6:00 PM will introduce you to some new speakers.  Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Suites A & B in Pine Grove or Call 296-7283.

AMADOR REPUBLICANS GUEST SPEAKER SCOTT THOMAS ANDERSON, author of The Shadow People, The Cutting Four Piece, and reporter for Placer Herald, will be speaking regarding the problems created by court mandated realignment of our prison system on Thursday, June 18th at 6:30 PM at Republican headquarters. Realignment has had significant impact on crime in our communities. For more information and upcoming events please visit  or call 209 257 3405.

WESTERN MINING ANTIQUE COLLECTOR’S SHOW - Sat June 20 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Sutter Creek Auditorium. If you are a collector of mining artifacts or simply interested in California’s gold mining history, you won’t want to miss the Western Mining Antique Show scheduled for mid-June in the historic town of Sutter Creek where mining artifact collectors from throughout the state will gather to show and sell artifacts from California’s rich gold-mining era.
Scheduled for Saturday, June 20 at the Sutter Creek Auditorium, located at 71 Main Street in downtown Sutter Creek, the show provides the opportunity for mining collectors to meet, sell, and buy authentic mining artifacts and collectibles. Items such as miner’s candle sticks, carbide lamps, picks, shovels, and vintage artifacts from the state’s mining history will be on display and for sale. Large items such as ore carts and buckets and other tools of the miner’s trade will be part of the show.
The show is open to the public and is free of charge. Exhibitor spaces are available for a nominal fee. For information or registration, contact: Roger Peterson 209-267-5972 or Jim Swallow 530-295-0795.
Any questions or comments give me a call or email: Carol Swallow, 530-957-0796

“READ TO THE RHYTHM” AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND - Mon Jun 22 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Margaret Dalton Children’s Center, 975 Broadway, Jackson. A part of the Summer Reading Program, listen to the Amador County Concert Band play all time favorites! Learn about the instruments in the band and the different sounds they make. Meet the members of the band! Open to all ages. For more information on this and more “Read To The Rhythm” dates and times, contact the Amador County Library at 223-6400 or visit the Amador County calendar at

HOSPICE “GRIEFBUSTER” VOLUNTEER TRAINING - Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is offering a training for volunteers during the month of June. These trained volunteers offer support to children and teens, ages 5-18, who have suffered the loss of a loved one or a friend due to death. The training will be held June 23 & 24 at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch road in Jackson.   For those interested in finding out more about the training or to receive an application contact  Ann Metherd or Tammy Beilstein @ 209-223-5500 or by e-mailing,

"WINES OF THE WORLD" CLASS: Join in an exploration of the primary grape growing and wine making regions of the world.  Learn the varieties, growing conditions, geology and specific wine characteristics of wine regions in France, Spain, Italy, South America, and California.   Saturday June 27th from 1-5 pm. at a cost of $35. Please call Barbara at 223-1365 or email her at

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.

The Amador County Environmental Health Department is currently accepting applications for the Safe Drinking Water Financial Assistance Program.  Amador County has limited funds available to assist homeowners with work necessary to protect public health from contaminated drinking water sources.
Eligible owners include:
• Those with nitrate contaminated wells within a defined area of the Ione Valley
• Owners County-wide with failing septic systems
Please review the Program Policy and download an Application.
Completed applications must be received by the Amador County Environmental Health Department no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
Offers of assistance will be based on need and available funds.
If you have any questions about the program please contact the Amador County Environmental Health Department at 223-6439.


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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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

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!
Summer Programs at the HUB! Enjoy Arts and Crafts, Theatre Workshop, explore the world through books and Art and Fun games while learning.  Programs run Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. June 8th through the end of July.  Please contact Barbara at 223-6349 or
Youth Flag Football, 4th – 8th Grades.  First Game is Sunday June 28th at 5:30 at Jackson Jr. High.  The Cost is $30 per player and that includes 6 games & a t-shirt.  Cal 223-6349 or  Sign ups also available online at Coaches and referees are needed.
Adult Volleyball League, 4 on 4.  These teams can be all male, all female, or mixed.  Games will be held on Sunday’s starting June 14th at 1:30 p.m. at Argonaut High School. The cost per team will be $175.  .  Call 223-6349 or email Check us out online at
Adult Co-Ed Soccer League 7 vs.7 starts Tuesdays June 9th at 5:30 p.m. at Jackson Jr. High Field.  The cost per team is $400 for an 8 week League.  Call 223-6349 or email Check us out online at
Men’s Softball League starts June 15th Monday and Wednesday nights at Pioneer Park in Pioneer.  The Cost is $650 per team. Please register before June 4th.  The length of the season, play every team twice, plus playoffs for every team. The Home Run Derby will be held Wednesday, July 15th.  Call 223-6349 or email Check us out online at

LOCAL LANGUAGE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES - Bilinguals of all kinds and second language learners have many advantages, intelligence boosting, better job opportunities, higher salaries in public and other types of employment, more job security and best of all the study of another language is fun and provides protection against dementia, the scourge of aging America!  If you are ready to begin language studies now, or resume them in or around Amador county, I can help you find a way to get started whether through tutoring, classes, videos or tapes, on the internet, using music or television, geared to your style of learning and in the time that you have available. The secret of getting ahead is getting started and this is something people tend to put off for years, to their detriment. Expand your mind, and your horizons. Take the first step and call Profe Nora at 223-3322 for free advice.

SPANISH CLASSES STARTING NOW -  Bilinguals of all kinds and second language learners have many advantages, intelligence boosting, better job opportunities, higher salaries in public and other types of employment, better job security and best of all protection against dementia, the scourge of aging America! If you are ready to start Spanish language studies now, or resume them at still very low rates, call Profe Nora at 223-3322.

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
Main Street Theater Works -
Sutter Creek Theater -
Volcano Theatre Company -
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...
FREE GREEN WASTE RECYCLING IN SUTTER CREEK: A dumpster has been placed at the Sutter Creek Fire District Station One, 350 Hanford Street, for yard waste recycling. This service is available to ALL Amador County citizens. Only small yard pruning are accepted, no large limbs, stumps, garbage, appliances or construction debris.

FYI: “By next week this time, Breathe Deep Bay Area will be over. We are $1270 away from reaching our team goal of $5,000. Won't you please make a donation to this worthy cause to fund research for an early diagnostic test (like a pap smear or mammogram) and better treatment for lung cancer? Even $5 will help. If you have a pair of lungs, you should care!” Sent by Lori Jagoda
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

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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