Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
- Dalai Lama

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YARD SALE: Hi everyone, we are having big yard sale, lots of women’s clothes, silk plants, lots of really great stuff!  
11110 Clinton Bar Road
Pine Grove, CA  95665
Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
10:00am – 3:30pm
Roaring Camp Mining Company

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Social Worker Supervisor I
Deadline to apply is Friday, August 4. For more information, visit:
Apply online at:

SIGN THE PETITION! Petition "Governor Jerry Brown: Save Jackson Highway, Veto AB 652". Our goal is to reach 1,500 signatures and we need more support! You can read more and sign the petition here:

ACART (Amador County Animal Response Team) would like to thank everyone who has helped us put together the supplies necessary to operate a temporary shelter for animals displaced during a disaster like last year’s Sand Fire.
In the extreme fire season we are currently experiencing the need for consolidation and transportation of those supplies is heightened.
ACART has set up a GoFundMe page for the purchase of a large cargo trailer to achieve this goal. Please help us provide a safe haven for our evacuated animal friends by making a contribution at

Stolen Art in Jackson - Reward Offered

Obituary notices can be found at:
Coming up...
Events in Tri-County area:

MOTHER LODE JEWISH COMMUNITY’S SUMMER GATHERING - The Mother Lode Jewish Community is having a Summer Gathering, SUNDAY IN THE SUN - A LAKESIDE POTLUCK PARTY, on Sunday afternoon, August 16 at a member’s home at Lake Tulloch.  This is a casual social get-together, a great time for people to catch up with old friends and share their summer adventures as well as meet some new folks.  Non-members interested in meeting others in the local Jewish community are most welcome.  If you would like to attend, please email the Mother Lode Jewish Community at or call 209-533-1650.
The MLJC’s mission is to provide opportunities and events that nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture and community in the Mother Lode, drawing its members from Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties.  New members are most welcome.
Be sure and mark your calendar in September for a Shabbat Shuvah service that will be held in Murphys on Saturday, Sept. 19th.

AMADOR COUNTY VENDORS SOUGHT FOR CRAFT FAIRE: The Calaveras County Garden Club is currently seeking Artists, Crafters and Food Vendors for its upcoming Garden & Craft Faire, October 24th in Angels Camp.  To request an application or learn more about the event visit the Club's website:
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Community Calendar


JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS SUMMER/FALL SEASON - Registration is now open for Fall Junior Team Tennis. Boys & Girls Ages 7-14 play on co-ed teams in three ability levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. No experience is necessary, beginners are welcome! League matches will run six consecutive Sundays from October 4 to November 8 and each team will have one practice per week starting in mid-September. Cost is $70 first child, $45 second child, $10 third child (max of $125 per household). Early bird special: take $10 off your total if registration is postmarked by August 7. Fee includes junior USTA membership, t-shirt, season-end party, and awards. Print an application at Registrations must be received by August 29. Register early, space is limited. Preference may be given to those who register first. If you have questions, contact league director, Dan Klement, at 257-1950 or e-mail at

INTERNET SAFETY SEMINAR is being offered at The Hub, 206B Main St. Jackson on Saturday August 8 from 1-4PM. You will learn identity protection, how to avoid scams, safer online banking, social network’s dos and don’ts, virus protection, scams circulating in Amador County and much more.  This seminar will be taught by Tori Moody, Co-Owner of CPU Computers.  The cost of this seminar is $30.  Please contact Barbara at 223-6349 or

AMADOR COUNTY ARTISTS ASSOCIATION POTLUCK - The August ACAA meeting will be a potluck at the Castle Park Clubhouse in Ione.  (This is not the Castle Oaks Clubhouse at the golf course.)  It will be held on our usual meeting night, Wednesday, August 12, and will be the third potluck in Ione.  The address is 1400 West Marlette Street, Ione.  Bring a dish to share and place settings for you and your guest.  BYOB as well, if you wish.  The hostesses Em Rojas and Donna Plant will supply coffee and punch.  Social hour is at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6.  This is a fun event you don’t want to miss!

FARM DINNER AT ROSEBUD’S CAFE - Chef has set the date for our next farm tour and supper.  It will be Saturday August 15th.  The farm will be open for tours and visitors from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Seating for supper will begin at 6:00 pm.  This will be a three course dinner directed by our harvest from Majestic Oak Farm and Gardens and featuring our farm raised lamb.  And as usual, you are invited to bring your own local wine with no corkage fee.  The event by reservation only and seating is limited.  Please call at 209.257.0227.

ACRA BINGO at the American Legion Hall Tuesdays Aug.18, September 1 & 15, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov.*17 & Dec 1 & 15
Doors Open No later than 5:30, 6:15 Early Bird Bingo, 6:30 Regular BINGO
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $250!
Sodas are available for purchase (no alcohol served). Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available) Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs….another chance to win! Complimentary Cookies and Coffee! Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program. Call 223-6349 for more information.

MASTER GARDENERS ANNUAL TOMATO TASTING CONTEST  -  If you are like most gardeners, tomatoes are number one in your heart.  Most of us eagerly anticipate the first delicious fruit of the season.  We are all looking for the perfect tomato. 
Saturday, August 22nd is your chance to put your tomatoes to the ultimate test! The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County are sponsoring a tomato judging and tasting contest at the Sutter Creek Farmer’s Market.
Bring at least one washed tomato of each variety (at least five cherry tomatoes) to the Sutter Creek Farmers Market by 9:45 AM on Saturday, August 22.  The judges will announce their favorites at 11 AM.  The largest tomato will receive a special award.
Join us for the public tasting and you will have the fun of tasting all kinds of tomatoes, from tiny grape-size tomatoes to giants the size of grapefruits, and a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, pink, tiger striped, and of course, ruby red.  We are sure to have a tomato you’ve never tasted before and that may become your new favorite. Questions? email Bobbie at

THE ARC OF AMADOR/CALAVERAS: UPCOMING EVENTS - The Arc of Amador and Calaveras is a nonprofit organization that has been providing support and services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Amador and Calaveras counties since 1971.  It is our goal to ensure long-term availability of services and to advocate for the development of new services. We work with businesses and individuals to provide enriching experiences in education and employment in our communities and to provide supported living services. We have a few events coming up and were hoping you could help us spread the word.
Fiesta Viva El Arc!
Saturday, August 22 at 4:00pm
St. Katharine Drexel Parish Center
Tickets: $25
Entertainment: Thick Soup Band and
A dinner show with The Arc Players
ArCreations! Art Show and Sale
Saturday, December 5 at 9:30am
Amador Campus
Sutter Creek
Admission: FREE
All sales benefit the Arc’s Art Program
We encourage anyone interested in the events or our services to contact The Arc at 209-267-5978 or visit our website at Thank you for all you do to contribute to making our community a wonderful place to work and live!

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: FALL & WINTER VEGETABLE GARDENING - On Saturday, August 29 from 9AM to noon, the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County will host a free class on growing fall and winter vegetables. Keep enjoying your own delicious vegetables beyond the summer.  Learn what crops you can grow in cool and cold weather, the time for planting and harvest, and strategies to deal with both heat and cold. Growing onions, leeks, garlic, and shallots will also be covered.  End the class by planting some seeds to take home to start in your garden.
​ This class will be held at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road Jackson/Martell.​ If you have any questions call the Master Gardeners from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday at 223-6838 or e-mail


ACRA BINGO at the American Legion Hall Tuesdays Aug.18, September 1 & 15, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov.*17 & Dec 1 & 15
Doors Open No later than 5:30, 6:15 Early Bird Bingo, 6:30 Regular BINGO
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $250!
Sodas are available for purchase (no alcohol served). Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available) Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs….another chance to win! Complimentary Cookies and Coffee! Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program. Call 223-6349 for more information.

TRI-AMADOR TRIATHLON - This Year’s Tri-Amador Triathlon will be held on Sunday, October 4th, 2015.  This is an USAT Sanctioned Triathlon.  If you are not a member we will sign you up, included in the price.  The swim takes place in the waters of Lake Camanche, the bike ride features a loop through the beautiful hills of Buena Vista, and the run is an out-and-back on the lakeview China Gulch Trial.  Race shirts are guaranteed to sign ups prior to Sept. 15th. Sprint Individual is $75 and Sprint Relay is $100. Check in begins at 6:30 am Race starts at 8:30am,  Olympic Individual is $90 and Olympic Relay $130.  Check in begins at 6:30 am and the Race starts at 7:30 am.

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

SAVE THE DATE! HARVEST QUILT SHOW - Sierra Gold Quilters’ Guild is hosting their Harvest Quilt Show October 3-4. Since the first Sierra Gold Harvest Quilt Show in 1983, the show has grown in both size and popularity, taking up two buildings at the Amador County Fairgrounds. The quilt show is a major fundraiser for the guild and the proceeds are used to contribute quilts and other items to those in need in the community.
As part of the quilt show, members have created a stunning opportunity quilt, “Farmhouse Kitchen” that will be won by a lucky raffle ticket holder. In addition, there will be a display of the many beautiful quilts created by our members, vendors, a Country Store with many bargains, a small quilt auction, terrific food, and more.
As our quilt show falls on the same weekend as the Amador County Big Crush, visitors to the Gold Country can enjoy a fabulous weekend of wine tasting and quilt appreciation! We hope to see you at the Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St.  Hwy 49, Plymouth, CA.
Entry is $7.00; spouse and children under 12 are free.
October 3rd and 4th , Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, Sunday 10:00 – 4:00.
Further information:  831-247-1907, by email at, or on the guild’s 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!
LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE IN 10 EASY LESSONS! 10-week square dance class starts Monday, September 14, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 pm through Monday, November 16. For $30 per person, you get 10 weeks of great fun dancing. Any age is welcome, singles or couples, no special dress required. Music from country to pop. Come try it out at a free Intro to Square Dance evening August 31, 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Amador Senior Center Hall, 229 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson, CA 95642. Register at the door on opening night. For more information visit or call Lucy Hackett at 209-223-4603.R SALE:  2007 Holiday Rambler, Savoy LX  Light use in excellent (new) condition. All the amenities. 2 pop-outs, 34 feet in length, conventional tow. This would be a great trailer for a couple building a home to live in onsite or for a person who has access to land with a septic, electric and water. It can be seen in detail at: and is physically located in Sutter Creek, Ca.
Any questions or to take a look at the unit contact Pete at, .Comes with extras, as I will not need them.

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

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

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

Events & Activities
Main Street Theater Works -
Sutter Creek Theater -
Volcano Theatre Company -
KENNEDY MINE HISTORIC SURFACE TOURS continue through Oct 31. Tours are given from 10am to 3pm. Contact: or 223-9542

More announcements...

Deadline to apply is July 31

HAPPY BABY CHILD CARE - Can you let everyone know Happy Baby Child Care has 2 spaces open for ages 2 and up? We are part of the healthy meals program,  have a simple curriculum and are TV and video game free! Super excited to fill our spots! 209-740-7898 to call or text.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: The Volcano Union Inn is looking to fill the following positions
· Check in guests
· Make breakfast for guests
· Clean rooms after guests check out
Come by The Union at 21375 Consolation Street in Volcano Thursdays/Fridays between 12noon – 4pm to fill out an application or email with your resume / references.

CALL TO ARTISTS: ATTENTION GRAPHIC DESIGNERS! We need your help. If you're good at logo design, please consider adding your time and talents to our community-based effort.
The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group is a community-based organization that works to create fire-safe communities, healthy forests and watersheds, and sustainable local economies in Amador and Calaveras counties. We started work in 2008, but have never had a proper logo. Now that we're going to have a real website, it's time for us to have a logo, too.
The logo should reflect our mission, above, and our focus on balancing the environment, economy and community. You can read more about the group, its diverse members, and its work here:

HALLOWEEN HAUNT 2015 is coming up soon and we are in need of our wonderful scary volunteers to help make this awesome event a success once again.
If you would like to volunteer to be a part of our cast or crew please come to the Castle Aug 1st at 2pm for our 1st mandatory meeting. We will be assigning roles and planning workdays, makeup classes and actor training. The haunt will be 5 nights this year Oct 16,17, 23, 24, 30 with our Costume Ball on the 31.
We need actors, designers, graphic artists,lighting and sound techs, security, merchandise sales,makeup artists and just individuals who love Halloween.
Please email us your volunteer information to
It's a frightfully Good Time!

THE AMADOR COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD is seeking new Members. The ACBHAB advises the Board of Supervisors and the Health and Human Services Director of the needs of the local mental health program pursuant to the California Welfare and Institutional Code Section 5604. Applicants must be residents of Amador County or healthcare professionals who work with residents of Amador County, but live outside the county.
If you are interested in additional information and the opportunity to serve please contact Dr. Arnie Zeiderman at or 209-267-1308

THE AMADOR DEMOCRATS’ OFFICE HAS MOVED. We are now in the Mother Lode Plaza on Hwy. 49 (the plaza where Thomi's and Jose's are located).  We're in Suite 3 which is around the corner from Modern Cuts which is on the end across from the laundromat.  It's not as visible as the former office, but has more parking and the space and rent are better for us.  We'll have an Open House (date to be announced soon) and hope you'll come to check out our new digs!!
Also, as usual we're asking for help at the County Fair.  We need people to be in the booth for a 2-3 hour; if you're interested please respond to this email or call at 257-1397.  If we're not here, we'll get back to you in a day or so.  The Fair is July 23-26. Thanks, Amador Co. Dem. Central Committee

"NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH" FACEBOOK GROUP - "Neighborhood Watch" group is a closed group of Amador County citizens who keep their "ear to the ground" and eyes open. Join today!

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

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 OPPORTUNITIES 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