Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "There comes a time when you must take the bull by the tail and face the situation squarely.” Old Irish saying

March is National Nutrition Month!

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News & Announcements
Seniors invited to rally at the State Capitol - Wed May 6
Master Food Preserver Classes offered, applications due April 13
Board of Supervisors - Tues Mar 24
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 .

NOT “IF”, BUT “WHEN”: DEFENSIBLE SPACE EVENT - Join the Amador Fire Safe Council and the Lockwood Fire Protection District Auxiliary For a special event on Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. Station 152, corner of Shake Ridge & Hale  Find out how to protect your home and property from catastrophic wildfire  Landscaping tips  Prepare your family for evacuation  Help us find you during emergencies Smoke detector drawing Refreshments will be served. View flyer

NOTICE OF VACANCY: Amador County Airport Land Use Commission - Deadline to file is Tuesday, March 31
INVITATION TO BID: Purchase & Installation of 22 Toughbooks & Accessories
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: 15-03 Pathology and Autopsy Services
Lloyd McLean
Murray Hunt
Eric Latosa
Robert Briggs
Lee McIntyre
Charliene Klith
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THE HEALING WORD FOURSQUARE GOSPEL CHURCH - We are in our new location at 20008 Hwy. 88, Suites A & B in Pine Grove; on the corner of Hwy. 88 and Pine Grove─Volcano Rd. Our new phone number is: 296-SAVE (7283). March 21st is Men’s Breakfast. Women’s Breakfast will be on March 28th, 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Hope to see you there! Please join us for Sunday Services are 10:30 AM, with buffet lunch immediately following. For information about Bible Studies, call 296-SAVE (7283)

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: “LIFE AFTER LAWN” - The UCCE Amador County Master Gardeners will present a free water-wise gardening class on Saturday March 21 from 9am to noon.  Join Master Gardeners Gail Sweet, Karen Friis, and Alan Vosburgh as they show you how to convert your lawn into a colorful, edible landscape.  You will also learn about vibrant natives and other drought-tolerant plants that require little water.  See the 100 All Star Flowers from UC Davis, shrubs, and trees specially designated for our region and soil.  This class is open to the public and is being held at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson.  Some plants will be available for purchase.
For questions, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from
10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or email

NAMI AT DANDELION DAYS - Dandelion Days has long been a positive event that celebrates Amador merchants and organizations and sometimes brings good weather!  The Amador chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI Amador – always participates, shedding light on what is a widespread and costly illness, as common as heart disease or cancer, but much less talked about and researched.
This organization’s commitment is to educate and advocate for more knowledge and better services for families and individuals living with mental illness.  Support for all those affected by mental illness is a major part of our work, with classes and support groups year round.
Stop by our booth at Dandelion Days and pick up free information about mental illnesses and treatment, suicide prevention and about NAMI Amador’s upcoming classes and support groups for people living with mental illness and their families. We provide free bottled waters and homemade cookies to visitors to our booth.
Like NAMI on Facebook!

- Bob Malone & Trysette - Fri Mar 20
- Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers - Sat Mar 21
- Tempest - Sat Mar 28
For info and tickets, visit:

MOTHER LODE YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION opens this March! Children ages 4-14 are invited to be a part of the MLYSL Fall Recreational Soccer Season.  Cost is $90 per player (with a $10.00 discount for siblings). A current picture (any size!) is required for each player. A birth certificate for new players is required.  The registration dates are as follows: 3/23 5pm-7pm Pisano’s Pizza (Jackson),   3/25 5pm-8pm Pizza Factory (Ione),   3/28 10am-12pm Volcano Telephone Co (Pine Grove),   3/31 5pm-7pm Plymouth City Hall (Spanish translator available),   4/6 5pm-7pm Pisano’s Pizza (Jackson),   4/9 12pm-3pm Schwabe Residence (Plymouth),   4/18 9am-1pm Howard Park (Ione),   4/18 10am-12pm Volcano Telephone Co (Pine Grove),   4/21 5pm-8pm Pizza Factory (Ione),   4/25 9am-1pm Duck Races/Mini Provis Park (Sutter Creek),    4/28 5pm- 7pm Pizza Plus (Sutter Creek),   5/2 9am-3pm Plymouth Flea Market.

THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) - Please note that the location has been changed for the Tuesday, March 24 meeting and support group of the Amador County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Amador) affiliate. This meeting will be held at the First 5 building on 975 Broadway Street in Jackson.  The meeting will be held from 5 to 6 pm, (see below) and then we will conduct a confidential Support Group for family members and caregivers of those with mental illnesses from 6:15 – 8 pm. Please note that the meetings will begin earlier during the winter months.  For information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.

NAMI AMADOR WALKS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NAMI WALK - Kickoff Meeting March 24 at 5:00PM. Last year NAMI Amador’s “Believe In Amador” team was the top fundraising team among 150 teams that walked in the Northern California NAMI Walk!  60+ percent of the funds raised stay in our community, providing classes, support groups and outreach to help people living with mental illness and their families cope effectively with this consuming illness.
This year our small but mighty team will walk again with as many members and friends joining us as we can gather!  The date is Saturday May 2, the place is William Land Park in Sacramento, the theme is “Walking Off the Blues,” and event start time is 9:00AM.  NAMI Amador’s day starts with breakfast snacks and attending the inspirational opening ceremonies.
Afterwards we gather for a light lunch, team photos and our own special ceremonies.  Everyone in the Amador community is invited to join us – everyone can walk to show support for the fight against mental illness and stigma surrounding this disease!
The event is FREE, with lots of fun activities, music, food trucks, kids, dogs - and official Walk t-shirts for anyone raising $100 or more.  For NAMI Amador members, there are special t-shirts to designate our team, designed by a beloved brother of a Board member.
Please join us on Tuesday March 24 at 5PM at First 5, 975 Broadway Jackson, for our monthly NAMI Amador meeting and the Kick-Off of our only fundraising event of the year.  We are lucky to have as our guest Pat Pavone of NAMI Sacramento, who is the Team Chair of the Walk to tell us more and inspire us. Come and learn more about the Walk, how to register online or get help from our Walk organizers.
We’ll follow the meeting with a break for snacks, and NAMI Support groups at 6:30 – 8PM. Contact: Kelly Trottier, for more information.

MSTW SET AND COSTUME DESIGN WORKSHOP - Here's a chance for you to explore your creative side!  Main Street Theatre Works is offering a Set/Costume Design Workshop on Tuesday, March 24th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We'll start with a meet and greet coffee time and then explore set design and decorative painting. Our Artistic Director and winning set designer will talk about the basics of set design and our scenic artist extraordinaire, Carol Sethre, will do a fun, hands-on demonstration on some of the more common painting techniques used in set design.
We'll break for a light lunch, provided by MSTW, and then our Costume Designer and Wardrobe mistress, Nancy Street, will discuss the basics of Costume design.
Everyone will have an opportunity to try their hand at a simple design board. It should be a fun learning experience and a great way for you to add to your artistic theatre sensibilities.
The workshop will be held at the Coldwell Banker Banquet Room at 846 Highway 88/49.  Take the driveway all the way to the bottom and the room is to the right of the outdoor staircase.
Please RSVP to Susan McCandless ( by March 16th.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

RIB NIGHT AT BACK ROADS IN SUTTER CREEK: Sina's Back Roads is going to have "Rib Night" the last Friday of this month, March 27th. We are having St. Louis ribs and Marinated Chicken breast. Both will be grilled on our bbq rigg in the back parking lot. (4) homemade sides to be determined, You can choose 2 sides for dinner. Dining service is 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

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.

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: "YOUR BEAUTIFUL YARD" - It is a known fact that a beautiful landscape raises the value of your home and the spirit of your mind.  This free class given by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County will address many of the features that will improve and/or maintain your yard.  Topics to be included are proper pruning of shrubs, adding color, planting and caring for bulbs (a fabulous way to brighten things up but not use a lot of water), vertical landscaping and what NOT to plant.  This FREE class will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 9 am to noon at the Amador County General Services (AG) building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson.  It is open to the public and some plants will be available for purchase.
For questions, call the Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or email Website:

DRYTOWN MASONIC LODGE NO. 150th ANNIVERSARY - On Saturday, March 28, the Drytown Lodge will be celebrating 150 years of Gold Country Masonry. The featured event will be a parade right down Main Street, Plymouth. Please come join us for our Sesquicentennial Event - participate or watch!
Local parade entries are welcome to join with us in our old-fashioned Shrine/Masonic Parade down Main Street. Parade forms on School Street. Form up time is 9AM with step off at 10AM. Parade participation is being coordinated by the Master of our Lodge, Hal Barker, P.M. Call 530-647-0510.
A celebration will take place at Sharky Begovich Park as the parade stops there (across from City Hall on Main Street) for presentations. A featured presentation will be the Golden Veterans Award (50 years as a Mason) which will be presented to a fellow Mason and member of our Lodge. The presentations will be presided over by the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in California, Russell Chavonia.
Following the celebration at the park, there will be a reception at the Lodge (9325 Main Street). Hot dogs and beverages will be served. The public is invited.

LOCKWOOD FPD’s ANNUAL “TACO DE MARZO” - Sat Mar 28 at 6:30pm Lockwood Fire Station #2, 19715 Shake Ridge Road, at the corner of Hale, above Volcano. Build your own tacos!Just $10 includes all the fixin’s plus rice, beans, coffee, water or bring your own beverage.
All proceeds benefit the Lockwood Fire department. Questions?  Call 296-5681 or email, or visit:


MOTHER LODE NEWCOMERS & FRIENDS LUNCHEON - Join us at our monthly luncheon for Mother Lode Newcomers and Friends on Thursday, April 2. Social hour starts at 11AM, lunch is at 12 Noon. Our luncheon will be held at Castle Oaks Golf Course in Ione. The reservation deadline is March 26, to make reservations contact: Linda Daubeneck 209-296-1547 or Joanne Silva 209-223-2845.  At $20 per person, your lunch will include Lemon Chicken.  Our April speaker will be Terri Nordahl, of the Survival Store in Jackson. Terri will speak about Emergency Preparedness.
We will be collecting Easter Baskets for the Interfaith Food Bank and Operation Care.  If you can drop off Easter baskets early at the food bank we would appreciate it, make sure they are aware that they are from the Newcomers club.
The Mother Lode Newcomers Club is a service 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 charity. To learn more, visit our website:

"A Rainy Day in Ione"
by George Lambert, Consignment
Artist at Sutter Creek Gallery
“APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS" is the theme at Sutter Creek Gallery for the month of April.  Rather than featuring a single artist, all of the cooperative members have been challenged to create a piece of art related to this theme. Group exhibitions will alternate with shows highlighting individual artists...the gallery will hold a reception to celebrate the theme on Saturday, April 4, from 4 to 7 p.m...Read more...

ARE YOU WILDFIRE READY? Come hear about the updated guidelines for defensible space and landscaping, what you need to do to make sure firefighters can find and access your property, and free options for brush removal. Saturday, April 18 from 10am - 11am. Lockwood Fire Station # 2, 19715 Shake Ridge Rd, Volcano. Free admission and complimentary continental breakfast. Sponsored by the Lockwood Fire Protection District Auxiliary For more information, contact Jan Hewitt at 296-1267.

CHAMBER CONCERT presented by the Mother Lode Friends of Music Sunday, April 12, 2015, 3 pm at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish, 11361 Prospect Drive, Jackson, CA 95642. Program includes Theme and Variations for flute and string quartet of Amy Beach, Quintet for piano and strings of Edward Elgar, Four Catalan Songs of Joaquin Rodrigo.  With George Applebaum, flute, Dagenais Smiley and Sandro Ladu, violin, Randy Fisher, viola, Alan Clark, cello, Marie Bedard, soprano, and Ron Brickman and Anne Pearce, piano.  Free admission.  Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish, 11361 Prospect Drive, Jackson, CA 95642.  Call 209-293-4227 or contact for more information.

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.

ATTENTION ARTISTS AND ARTISANS! Jackson Business & Community Assoc. is looking for artists and crafts-people to show and sell at our Shine, Wine & Dine event on Saturday, May 16. SHINE WINE & DINE is an expansion of the classic car show that we've held for several years. We are adding wine tasting, artists, and music for a day-long street festival on Main Street, Jackson. No charge to artists for a booth or table.  
Are you interested?? Let me know! And please pass the word to others you think might want to show at the event. Contact: Lucy Hackett, JBCA President, 209-223-4603 209-304-5780

AMADOR FIRE SAFE COUNCIL: Here are some upcoming AFSC events:
1.  We are planning a public town hall meeting with Lynn Morgan, Amador Fire Safe Council, Amador Air District,  CALFIRE, maybe BLM. The topic will be burning (backyard and large scale) for forest fuels management.   I am assuming it will either be in the Pine Grove town hall or the hall on Buckhorn Ridge Rd.  Waiting to hear back from Lynn on date and location.  I will let you know as soon as I know.
2.  Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. Lockwood Fire Protection District Auxiliary is hosting a public defensible space presentation by the Amador Fire Safe Council at Station 152,  corner of Shake Ridge Road and Hale Road, 10 a.m.  I believe they are serving coffee.
3.  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.

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!

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

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

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
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

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
- All wineries in North America producing Rosé wines are invited to enter The Rose Competition in March
- 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

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...
Support local cyclist Thomas Moriatis in AIDS "Life Cycle" from SF to LA
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