Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
-Marian Wright Edelman 

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News & Announcements
NEWSLETTER: News from Amador Fire Safe Council - April 2015
"How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin" Seminar - Sat Mar 28
Amador County’s Savor Amador 2015 showcases local winemakers and Farm-to-Fork tapas to benefit Sutter Creek Elementary Schools- Sat May 16
Free NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course offered April 20 – June 29
- Airport Land Use Commission - Wed Apr 1
OBITUARY: Catherine Ann Cissna
Preston Castle opens for
tours on April 4
PRESTON CASTLE begins tour season with Opening Day on April 4. Mark your calendar for April 4, the opening day of the Preston Castle Foundation’s 2015 Tour Season. The majestic Preston Castle will be open for guided historical tours most Saturdays, from 10 am to 1 pm, April 4 through September 26. There are also plans to be open on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, during June, July, and August. Tours are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years of age, and free for children less than 5 years of age.
Visit the website at for more information and the specific dates that tours will be held. Last year, the tour season was cut short due to restrictions imposed by the State Fire Marshal, so many people missed out on being able to explore and learn about the Preston Castle. Now that the Preston Castle Foundation owns the property, the Castle can once again be opened to the public. So plan a visit to Ione and enjoy a tour of the Castle, including a visit to the Farm Museum.
Preston Castle Tours
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Saturdays, April 4 through Sept. 26,
2nd and 4th Thursdays during the Summer (June, July, August), 10 am to 1 pm
Admission: $10, $5 under 12, Free under age 5.

FROM THE AMADOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION: Just wanted to keep you posted about latest at the Amador Community College Foundation.  Some exciting new changes at the Amador Learning Center to announce. We would like to welcome Matt Swanson, new Learning Center Coordinator, to our staff. Matt is replacing Michael who relocated to Fresno to take a full-time position teaching music. We would like to thank Michael for his years of dedicated service.  
Matt is bringing youthful energy and initiative to our efforts.  Matt has been responsible for working with the website designer to improve our website.  Please check it out at  We welcome suggestions for items to include on our website.
Also, we would like to welcome our newest board member, Supervisor Lynn Morgan to ACCF.  She graciously accepted an invitation by Supervisor John Plasse to the ACCF Board and was endorsed by the ACCF Board at the January meeting.
Finally, Paul Molinelli, Jr. was elected ACCF Board Chair and Jason Ralphs was elected Vice-Chair.  Thanks for your continuing interest in the Amador Learning Center.  Come by and visit us – the website gives hours of operation and you can see us in action.

APRIL WORKSHOPS: SELF-HARM SUPPORT for parents, family and friends with a loved one who is cutting or experiencing other self-injurious behavior.
Come join us for this free workshop where we will discuss the following topics:
~The definition and meaning of self-harm
~How to talk to someone who is self-harming: The Do's & Don'ts
~How to encourage someone to seek help: Reduce Stigma & Fear
~Safety & Crisis resources
~Where professional help is available
Workshop provided by Carla Fry, M.S., P.P.S.C.
Please call 209-296-2785 for more information.
Para informacion en Espanol, por favor llame al 209-257-1980.
NOTE: This discussion is intended for informational purposes only and is not meant as medical advice or to replace consultation with a physician or mental health professional.
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
Catherine Ann Cissna
Carol Tinney
Lloyd McLean
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Community Calendar

THE KIWANIS CANDY WAGON opens on Friday, March 27th with SEE’S CANDY for the Easter holiday season!  Location:  Martel Shopping Plaza in front of SaveMart. Time: NOON - 6:00pm daily thru Saturday, April 4th. There is an assortment of specialty items, a variety of decorated ‘eggs’, peanut brittle, lollypops and candy bars. The usual one & two pound boxes of nuts & chews, assorted dark & milk chocolate and soft centers will be available.  There is also an assortment of ‘sugar-free’ chocolates.  Credit cards are now accepted!  The Amador Kiwanis Club’s holiday See’s sales fund local High School graduate scholarships and other youth & community programs.

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.

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: 3/28 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.

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:

Tempest - Sat Mar 28
New West Guitar Group - Sat Apr 11
Lacy J. Dalton - Sat Apr 18
Taarka - Sat Apr 25
For info and tix, visit;

PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Sunday, Mar 29, come anytime between 7AM and 11AM, 220 Church St., Jackson. Cost at the door is $20 for a family of 5, or only $5 per person! Easter Bunny will be there; photos with the bunny are $7. Fundraiser for 5th grade Science Camp!

AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND performs on Sunday, March 29 at 3PM at Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Including selections from: "The Great Steamboat Race", Bernstein's "Danzon", Dueling "Xylophones", "Trombone King", & more! Refreshments available. For information 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:

THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday April 2, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The speaker for February will be Linnea Johnson, Supervising Attorney for the Central California Appellate Program. She will speak about her time as a Visiting Professional in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
This is an open meeting and all interested persons are welcome to attend. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at or 209-267-0177 no later than Tuesday, March 31st (sooner if possible). The buffet luncheon is $15.00 which includes an entree, salad, vegetarian offering various drinks, coffee, tea, dessert, tax and tip. Pay at the door - cash (the exact amount is appreciated) or personal check only. NOTE (and this is important): If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please call Sally at 209-267-0177 to cancel by  Wednesday, April 1st at noon. If you have made a reservation and do not show up, you may be billed for the luncheon.

FACL USED BOOK SALE -  The Friends of Amador County Library (FACL) is holding its Spring Used Book Sale April 10-12 at the American Legion Hall, 12134 Airport Rd. in Sutter Creek (at the corner of Airport Road and Hwy 49, across from the Italian Picnic Grounds).
Friday, April 10–4-7 pm –Members Only Night (non-members can join FACL on the spot)
Public Sale Dates:
Saturday, April 11–10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, April 12 11 am - 3 pm.
The sale includes thousands of gently used books, music compact discs, and dvds in excellent condition.  Proceeds benefit the Amador County Library system.  For information, call 296-1712. Web site:

"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...

CLEAN IT & GREEN IT - It's time for the Annual "Clean It & Green It" event on Saturday, April 18 at Detert Park. You are invited to participate by having a table, booth, etc. for this fun day in the park!  The City of Jackson will begin their annual clean up event at 9:00 a.m. and all participants will be treated to a BBQ lunch in the park at noon. An E-waste collection event benefiting Argonaut High School will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Busi parking lot (Mel & Faye's).

ARE YOU WILDFIRE READY? DEFENSIBLE SPACE EVENT - "Not if, but when." 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 #152, 19715 Shake Ridge Rd, Volcano.  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. Free admission and complimentary continental breakfast. Brought to you by Amador Fire Safe Council and the Lockwood Fire Protection District Auxiliary. For more information, contact Jan Hewitt at 296-1267. View flyer

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.

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.

5TH ANNUAL WALK FOR THE TROOPS will be held Saturday, April 25 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

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

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

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CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
Amador County Final Adopted Budget 2014-2015
SUTTER CREEK CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
JACKSON CITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd & 4th Mon at 7 PM
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd Mon at 6 PM.
JACKSON PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
IONE CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6 PM
AMADOR COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT meets on the 2nd & 4th Wed at 6:30 PM
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM
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...
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
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