Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It is know that wildfires behave unpredictably - this is fundamental - but it is my experience that humans in the presence of wildfire are also likely to behave in aberrant and unpredictable ways." - Michael Leunig

Treat Mom To Something Sweet at Andis!
Mother's Day at Sierra Ridge!
Mother's Day Brunch at Stanley's Steakhouse

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News & Announcements
EDITORIAL: Every generation needs to do it better...
Gwen Clayton: Crowdfunding gives social media a spirit of giving
"Understanding ADHD in Adults & Children" - Free workshops throughout the month of May
61st Annual St. Sava Goat BBQ - Sun May 24
Victory Village AR-Gun Raffle

NEWSLETTER: First 5 Amador - May 2015
NEWSLETTER: Child Abuse Prevention Council - May 2015

JOB OPPORTUNITY: DOLLAR GENERAL STORES will be conducting in-person interviews at Mother Lode Job Training on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.  Interviews will be by appointment only and are for the Pine Grove store location which they project will open on June 29, 2015.
Applicants must apply online at Dollar General’s website: and select ‘Careers’, ‘Store Careers’, and ‘Apply Online.’
Mother Lode Job Training (formerly Job Connection) is located at 10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 700 in Sutter Creek.  Please call 209/223-3341 with any questions.

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

FREE AIRPLANE FLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN ages 8 to 17, with Parental Permission. Saturday May 9 from 9am to 3PM at the Amador County Airport, 12380 Airport Road, Martell
EAA Young Eagle Experimental Association Chapter 1539. Call (209) 223-2376 for more information.

Lockwood Fire Protection District has an opening for the position of Board Secretary.  The Secretary position includes taking minutes of regular and special Board meetings; assisting the Board President in preparation of the agenda; and maintaining the records of the Board’s actions.
Residency within the district is not required.  There is a modest, quarterly stipend of $100 (every 3 months).  If you are interested or would like more information concerning this position, please contact the Board President Cathy Koos Breazeal, 209-419-2383 or email
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Coming up...
- Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation Shrimp Feed - Sat May 9
- Mother's Day - Sunday May 10
- 2015 ACAA Student Art Show Reception announces winners; art available for viewing through May 29
California Rivers Day - Mon May 11
Amador Holy Yoga - Tues & Thurs at 6PM
- Upcountry Community Council Meeting Notice - Mon May 11
Board of Supervisors - Tues May 12
Amador Transit accepting applications for Bus Operators - Due on May 15
- ACWN 2nd Annual Bunco FUNdraiser - Fri May 15


Events in Tri-County area:

CINCO DE MAYO DINNER - Saturday, May 9, Rail Road Flat Community Hall, 250 Rail Road Flat Road. Doors open at 5:00pm no-host bar. Dinner at 5:30pm. Chili Verde and Chicken Enchiladas, Refried beans and Spanish rice. $8 per person. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Day! Proceeds from food and drink sales to support RRF Community Hall.

BLUE MOUNTAIN PLAYERS PRESENT: MURDER MYSTERY DINNER ‘DEMISE OF THE DOWN HOME DEALERS” - Sat May 16 from 6-9:30 PM at West Point Community Hall, 22283 Hwy 26, West Point. Directed by Jane Sprouse. Come join us for a Tex-Mex Fiesta Dinner and No Host Donation Bar in support of the Blue Mountain Theater. Doors open and Social Hour begins at  6:00 PM, the Performance begins at 6:30 pm. This is a rollicking good time,  come in costume or come as you are, your participation  contributes to the fun!c Tickets:  $25 per person Includes a Tex-Mex Dinner and Performance. Call for information or Reservations:  293-3100 or 293-7979.

TRUSTING HEART CONCERT featuring multi-platinum songwriter, Alex Kash with Grateful (the band), Sunday May 31 at 1 pm Columbia Nursery, 22004 Parrots Ferry Rd. Sonora CA 95370. $15. Tickets can be purchased at Live Oak Music in Sonora by calling 209-532-5303.

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Community Calendar
FREE AIRPLANE FLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN ages 8 to 17, with Parental Permission. Saturday May 9 from 9am to 3PM at the Amador County Airport, 12380 Airport Road, Martell
EAA Young Eagle Experimental Association Chapter 1539. Call (209) 223-2376 for more information.

AMADOR DEMOCRATS’ “ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY” CLEAN-UP - This Saturday, May 9th, is our scheduled highway clean-up.  We will meet in the lower parking lot of the Sunset West Professional Center (across the highway from the Sunset Cemetery) on Highway 88 at 8:30 am.  We should be done by 11:30 am.  Bring water and good walking boots.  Hardhats, gloves, trash pickup sticks and shiny yellow vests will be provided.  We also need drivers for shuttling walkers to various sites along our designated clean-up area.
If you have any questions, please give me a call. Steve Christensen 267-0615

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: HOW TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN HEALTHY SOIL - The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County will host a free class on how to create and maintain healthy soil.  We will teach you how to find your own soil type from the NRCS website.  We will discuss what this data means.  If you have a laptop or similar device, please bring it so you can explore the information in depth and save it as a bookmark.  Methods of improving and maintaining your soil will also be presented.  Questions on irrigation are welcome. This class will be held at the GSA Building in Martel (12200-B Airport Road) on Saturday, May 9, from 9 am to 12 pm.
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:    

SCCBF ANNUAL SHRIMP FEED - Now that "Crab Feed" season is over, let's try something different. How about all the shrimp and pasta you can eat? The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation presents the [1st Annual] Shrimp Feed on Saturday, May 9th, 2015, at the historic Native Sons Hall at 56 Main Street, Sutter Creek. All proceeds from the event will be used for building the new Park and Gold Mining Display in Sutter Creek.
The dinner will include: All you can eat Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce, Pasta, Salad, French Bread, and Ice Cream. There will be fabulous items on display for a Raffle and the evening wraps up with a delicious Dessert Auction. Tickets for the event are only $40, with cocktails and socializing at 6 pm and dinner at 7:30. To purchase tickets call (209) 267-1003. Visit for more information.

- James Garner Tribute to Johnny Cash - Sat May 9
- Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer - Sat May 16
- Southern Drawl - Sat May 23
For information and tickets, visit:

FYI: CAVANA’S DELI in Sutter Creek, will be closed/on vacation from May 1st to May 8th and will reopen on Saturday, May 9th. The special that day will be crispy chicken salad.
Cavana's Deli will be closed Sunday, the 10th, for Mothers Day , but will open on May 11th and May 12th, Monday and Tuesday. Those days the deli is usually closed, but since we will be gone for a week we have decided to open up those days.
Thanks. Terri Cavana,

May 9-17

UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: OFFICER MARK BONINI - Please come and hear what’s happening in Amador County’s Probation Department.  Chief Probation Officer Mark J. Bonini will be our special speaker on Monday night, May 11, at the Upcountry Community Council’s Meeting at 6:00PM in the Veteran’s Hall on Buckhorn Ridge Road in Pioneer.
109 Realignment and how we are doing along with other crime issues will be covered.
Chief Probation Officer Mark J. Bonini was appointed by the Honorable Judge Susan C. Harlan in December 2007.  He began his career with the Amador County Probation Department in February 1996 as a Juvenile Supervision Officer after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology/Corrections from California State University, Fresno.  He has worked just about every position within the Probation Department while promoting through the ranks.  Chief Bonini is the President Elect for the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) and will be installed as President of CPOC in December 2015 serving a one year term.  
Come and bring any questions you may have concerning Amador’s Probation Dept.
Hope to see you on May 11th! Sherry Curtis, Chair, Upcountry Community Council, 295-6404

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

FYI: 2015-2016 BUDGET WORKSHOP. The Board of Supervisors will hold a Budget Workshop on Monday, May 11, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.

IONE JR. HIGH CAR WASH FUNDRAISER - The 8th graders at Ione Junior High are raising their own money for the 8th grade graduation dance this year.  These young people are making very impressive efforts to do fundraising and organize their very own event.  The community can support them by giving donations, volunteering as parent chaperones and having their cars washed on Saturday May 16 at Jeff Holman’s Auto Center.                                  
Support Ione Jr. High 8th grade class Graduation Dance Fundraiser!
Saturday May 16
12:00 to 5:00
Jeff Holman’s Auto Center, Jackson
For more information contact Zach Conrardy, Ione Jr. High Student Body President, 209-256-1424

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

MOTHER LODE RAGTIME SOCIETY - The next meeting of the Mother Lode Ragtime Society is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m..  Tom Brier will be on hand to provide lots of toe-tapping music; We're hoping that Elliott Adams, Nick Arteaga, and Kylan deGhetaldi might show up as well. As always, all who would like to play are welcome.  In addition to great music, Stevens Price will be preparing a special Chicken Cordon bleu dinner that night. For dinner information and reservations, call Stevens at 209.304.0835. While the dinner sounds delicious, (Chicken Cordon bleu, vegetables, salad, garlic mashed potatoes and dessert), please be advised that you do not have to participate in the dinner to come out and enjoy the music!
In other music news, David Thomas Roberts will appear in concert at Skunk Hollow Victorian Gardens in Sutter Creek on May 30 at 2 p.m. For more information, call Chip at 209.267.8193 , 209-986-3667, or email
Also on May 30, West Coast Ragtime Society presents Phillip Dyson in concert at the home of Robyn and Steve Drivon in Woodland, CA.  For information and reservations, call 916.457.3324.It's not too early to start planning for the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival.  Dates are August 14-16.  Check out the website, for a list of this year's performers as well as other festival information. As always, please call 209.405.1563 with any questions you might have. Hope to see you in soon! - Marilyn

FEIST WINES PRESENTS: LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS - Blazing hot, high energy, Michigan-roots ensemble performing live at Feist Wines in Amador City on Sunday, May 17 at 4 pm! Watch as they swap instruments back and forth...much of the power of this interplay comes from the impressive mastery each member shows over their instruments. Read more...

May 18-24

2ND ANNUAL WILSON BURNS MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held at Castle Oaks Golf Course on Friday, May 22. All of the proceeds from this tournament go to support local schools and teachers. The event honors the memory of a valued member of the Volcano Amador Masonic Lodge and was a unqualified success last year. The tournament starts at 8AM and entry includes lunch, range balls, and a chance for prizes. $95 per player. Includes lunch and drive balls. Contact Greg for more information at 209 482-3352, email for a registration form.

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

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

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

May 25-31

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. Registration Forms & Rules, Questions, contact Coach Emily Tirapelle (209) 304-0305 or


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

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

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

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

E-mail your announcements for our calendar to:

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!
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
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 -
- AmadorArts announces free Summer TGIF Concert Line-up
- Senior Social Hour at Upcountry Community Center on Wednesdays at 12 Noon
- Twisting the Classics into Classic Comedy - Main Street Theater Works announces 2015 Summer season
- New Artist Scott Anderson featured at Sutter Creek Gallery
- New Artist at Sutter Creek Gallery: Aaron Bullock
May and June at the Sutter Creek Theater

WIN A MAUI VACATION FOR TWO! 100% of proceeds benefit the Interfaith Food Bank!

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...
Farm to Fork Dining Comes from Napa to Amador County
ACCOA Reflective Sign Project: "If We Can't Find You, We Can't Help You"
- Business For Sale: Gold Country Publishing
- 2015 Back-Pack 2 School Project begins, applications available at local Community Centers
JOB OPPORTUNITY: LIVE-IN CAREGIVER/COMPANION NEEDED (TAHOE PARK AREA, SACRAMENTO). Looking for a retired, live in caregiver, to share a home with our elderly mother. Includes room and board in a charming, quiet duplex, with a small weekly stipend (food, utilities and rent are included). The ideal candidate will be mature, retired, with either a pension or receiving SOCIAL SECURITY benefits. Our mother has slight dementia, but can take care of herself pretty well. She is a very sweet lady, who likes her glass of wine every night before dinner. Applicant will have two days and two nights off, (preferably Monday and Tuesday) have their own bedroom with internet and cable. Must have own transportation. Caregiver will need to clean, cook, do laundry, etc. Please have caregiving experience, and a desire to make this a stable, long term commitment. References a must. Please, no students or part timer's, this is an around the clock caregiving domestic job. Please email with a short bio/resume of yourself, your interest, hobbies, experience and CONTACT info. If you ask us to call you without providing a short bio/resume and all the pertinent information listed, we will not return the call. We will be conducting interviews in the near future. Email:  or

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

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

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