Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Man’s greatest blunder has been in trying to make peace with the skies instead of making peace with his neighbors.” -Elbert Hubbard

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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
- Sutter Creek Gallery honors Sandra Campbell as the featured artist in March; Reception on March 7
- WINE LOVERS MARK YOUR CALENDARS for "Behind the Cellar Door" - Mar 7 & 8
2nd Annual Celtic Hymn Sing - Sun Mar 15
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
- Operation Care: "Amador's Got Talent" - Sat Mar 28
- Save the Date! Amador Stars Bunco for Breast Cancer - Fri Apr 17
- ACAA: Call for Entries at Bedford Gallery at Lesher Center for the Arts - Deadline is May 8

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Community Calendar

DONATION DRIVE: Dear Friends, High Schools in Galt are collecting gently used jeans for homeless teens across the US and Canada. They are also collecting used prom dresses, shoe and jewelry for a closet to assist low income teens in Galt who want to go to prom.
If you have jeans or prom stuff, please leave them on the porch of #7 Main St. Sutter Creek by February 12th. Many thanks! For more information, contact Susan Ross

LOCAL HEROES SOUGHT: THE AMERICAN RED CROSS is asking community members to nominate individuals who they consider heroes. Do you know someone who has demonstrated an act(s) of heroism in the last year? Now is your chance to place them in the spotlight. Submit the story of your hero and why they should be recognized. Candidates for nomination can be anyone who lives or works in San Joaquin, Calaveras or Amador Counties who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to exhibit a true act of selflessness. There are twelve different categories for nomination including firefighters, law enforcement officials, medical workers, good Samaritans and even animals who have performed heroic deeds.
The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, February 13, 2015. Nomination forms may be found at: For more information about the event, contact Liza Cruz at (209) 986-0890, or email
David Anderson does a demo
at the next Amador Bonsai Society
meeting on February 14

AMADOR BONSAI SOCIETY - The next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Amador Senior Center in Jackson. David Anderson , Sensei for the club will do a demo on re-potting of deciduous trees. Bring your Bonsai to the meeting if you would like help on re-potting. For new or prospective members and guests, just come enjoy the meeting, demonstration and refreshments if you don’t have a tree! For more information, please call Juliene at 209 245-4016.

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: FRUIT TREE GRAFTING & STAR THISTLE MANAGEMENT - Join the UCCE Amador County Master Gardeners for this free class, which will include a “hands-on” clinic covering grafting techniques for home gardeners. Whip, tongue and cleft grafts will be demonstrated and practiced. Bud grafts will be discussed.  A variety of fruit tree scions will be available.
Star Thistle is invasive pesky weed and controlling it is a year round task. We will discuss what steps can be taken to eradicate this weed at this time of the year. This class is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, February 14, 9am-12pm, at the GSA building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson (Martell). For more information contact the Master Gardeners at 223-6838 from 10am to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or email

AMADOR COUNTY DEMOCRATS PRESENT: “SING YOUR SONG” - This month the Amador Democrats will be presenting the movie, "Sing Your Song".  The movie will be shown Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Amador Democrats' Headquarters at 829 Highway 49/88, Jackson (across from Poor Man's Bronze) at 1:00 PM.
Told with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style and musical panache, Susanne Rostock's inspiring biographical documentary SING YOUR SONG surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte.  From his rise to fame as a singer and his experiences touring a segregated country to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte's groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement.  Rostock reveals Belafonte as a tenacious hands-on activist who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence, prisons and the incarceration of youth.
Because of his beliefs, Belafonte drew unwarranted invasions by the FBI into both his personal life and career, which led to years of struggle.  But an indomitable sense of optimism motivates his path even today as he continues to ask, "What do we do now?"  His example may very well inspire you to action. Please join us for this inspirational film. For more information, contact Steve Christensen, 209-267-0615

VALENTINE DINNER DANCE - Sat Feb 14 at the Rail Road Flat Community Hall, 250 Rail Road Flat Road, Rail Road Flat (Calaveras County). Doors open at 5:30 PM, no-host bar. Dinner at 6 PM: Pot roast, Salad, rolls. $8 per person. Drawings and fun for all ages. Performance by the Burn Day Band. Proceeds from food and drink sales supports the RRF Community Hall.

BLUE MOUNTAIN THEATER PRESENTS: “WRONG FOR EACH OTHER” - Seriously funny! Blue Mountain Theater’s production of “Wrong for Each Other” by Norm Foster allows a glimpse at ourselves through their roller coaster ride a relationship. This touching comedy exposes the funny side of life, even through the drama, and keeps us laughing to the end.
Please join us to celebrate Blue Mountain Theater’s 20 year and counting as award-winning theater thrives in the foothills. Opening Night Gala is Friday, February 13, with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Door open at 6:30 p.m.; curtain at 7:30. Other show times:
Special Valentine’s Evening - Sat Feb 14
Sunday Matinee - Sun Feb 15 at 2PM
Fri Feb 20 and 27 at 7:30
Sat Feb 21 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun Matinee, Feb 22 at 2pm.
Performances are at 347 Main Street, West Point, 95255. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 209-293-7979 or 209-293-3100. Or visit our web site at:

ACRA BINGO - 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
Feb 3 & 17
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.

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: PLANT PROPAGATION - On Saturday February 21, join the UCCE Amador County Master Gardeners for a free class on seed starting and using plant cuttings to clone new plants.
This is one of the most exciting and interesting facets of being a gardener.   There will be a lecture followed by hands-on practice under supervision of a Master Gardener.  Bring some seeds or cuttings (keep cuttings damp) for a plant you wish to start.  It will be a planting party. (Some seeds and cuttings will be available) See you there.
Please join us from 9am till noon, Saturday, February 21, 2014, at the County Agricultural Dept. offices, 12200-B Airport Road in Martell.  For more information call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838, or email

FACL BOOK DRIVE - Dear Friends of the Amador County Library - We will be holding a Book Drive on Saturday, February 21, 10 am–2pm and Saturday, March 28, 10 am –2pm at the FACL Book Storage Building, 42A Summit Street, Jackson (behind the old Court House)/ We accept gently read books and audio-visual materials in good condition. Please, no magazines, VHS or cassette tapes, or damaged materials. For information, call (209) 267-0855.
If you cannot bring your used books on those dates, you can leave them at one of our collection locations:
• El Dorado Savings Bank, 460 Hwy 49, Sutter Creek
• American River Bank, 422 Sutter St., Jackson
• American River Bank, 26395 Buckhorn Ridge Road, Pioneer
• Clark's Corner, 12 West Main, Ione
• Pokerville Market, 18170 State Highway 49, Plymouth
If you have major donations of books and can't make it to the book storage or the other drop off locations, please contact us at (209) 267-0855 and someone will pick up your donations. The Friends of the Amador County Library is a 505(c)3 organization. Be sure to save the date for the spring Book Sale: April 10 (members' night) , April 11, and April 12. Thank you for your continued support!
PS: Don't forget to buy your tickets for FACL's annual concert featuring Tom Rigney and Flambeau on March 22. Tickets are on sale now at Hein & Company in Jackson, or by mail at:
FACL Concert c/o Powell, 13910 Rose Quartz Court, Pine Grove, CA 95665. Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope to expedite your order. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

The Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra
plays your favorites from the
20's, 30's and 40's on
February 22
SPEAKEAZY JAZZ ORCHESTRA re-appearing on Sunday,  February 22nd at 2pm the Amador Senior Center in Jackson will be the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, a 10-piece dance band playing authentic arrangements from the 1920’s, 1930’s, and “1940’s”  - The “Great Gatsby Era” and “The Swing Era” -  using dance band instrumentation of six horns (saxophones, clarinets, trumpets, and trombone) and four rhythm (banjo, piano, bass, and drums).
There is a $5 admission charge at the door to help offset the use and expense of the Amador Senior Center. Cookies and coffee are provided for your enjoyment (or if you would like to bring a dessert to share, that would be most welcome as well!). The Senior Center has easy parking and access…..look forward to a fun and relaxing afternoon enjoying music of the past…..set your calendars back to the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s! Classic cars and authentic attire are always welcome! Doors open at 1:30pm.
Visit Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra’s updated website at  for more information.

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.

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: THE BENEFITS OF RAISING BACKYARD CHICKENS - Are you a backyard gardener who knows the benefits of growing your own vegetables?  Take it to the next step and add a small flock of chickens!  Fresh eggs from your backyard beat store-bought just like home grown tomatoes beat ones from the store.   To learn the pros and cons of raising your own chickens join Janice Johnson in this free class sponsored by the UCCE Amador Master Gardeners
This class is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, February 28, 9am-12pm, at the GSA building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson (Martell).  For more information contact the Master Gardeners at 223-6838 from 10am to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or email

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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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 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). EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Take $10 off your total if registration is postmarked by February 15. 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

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

SAVE THE DATE! 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.
E-mail your announcements for our calendar to:

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), between now and April with Nora Coryell, M.A., Jackson.  I will be leaving toward the end of February and gone the month of March.  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

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...

JOB OPPORTUNITY: The Volcano Union Inn is looking to fill the following positions:
Innkeeper - Part time 2 or 3 days a week and on call.
Dishwasher / busser - part to full time.
Line Cook - full time. Experience necessary.
Call the Union at 209-296-7711 or stop by to fill out an application Thursday thru Monday from 2pm-4pm.

HELP WANTED: The Amador Community College Foundation is seeking a part-time position (20-25 hours per week) for Coordinator of the Amador Learning Center. Job description and application may be downloaded from ACCF website: Salary range is $20-25 per hour depending on education and experience. Bachelor’s degree and previous experience in an academic setting preferred. Deadline to apply is February 11.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: THE INTERFAITH FOOD BANK is now accepting applications for the positions of  part time Assistant Program Coordinator and Assistant Warehouse Manager.
Job descriptions attached. To view full job description and download application visit
Applications also available at the Interfaith Food Bank 12181 Airport Rd Jackson,, Monday through Friday 10-2. Last day to apply February 20th. No phone calls please.

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.

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

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!

LOOKING FOR LOCAL MAGICIANS/ILLUSIONISTS: I would like to comprise a reference book at the Visitor Center with contacts for local entertainers in the magic and illusions field. If anyone knows someone in Amador County that fits the bill, please have them contact me, Lisa Klosowski at or call 267-1344

“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