Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it."
- Anthony J D Angelo

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News & Announcements
AWA Directors Ask for Your Help with Drought-Related Financial Crisis
Amador County 4-H Open Enrollment Going on Now!
Free TGIF Concert Friday Aug. 14 presents "Route 88" at Sutter Ridge Winery
"Wishes On Wheels" - Sun Aug 16
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Aug 17
- Ione City Council - Tues Aug 18
- Amador County Commission On Aging - Wed Aug 19
- LAFCO Meeting - Thurs Aug 20
California City News Update

Route 88 performs tonight
at Sierra Ridge in Sutter Creek.
ROUTE 88 is the featured band tonight at the free TGIF concert at Sierra Ridge in Sutter Creek. The six-member group was founded eight years ago and still going strong performing just about everything from the 1950s to the present, including blues, country, reggae, classic rock, oldies…[read more]

YARD SALE: Amador Residential Care is having a yard sale today, Friday, Aug 14 from 8 to 5. Come on by! 155 Placer Dr, Jackson. For more information, call 223-4444.

BACK TO SCHOOL TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION AT THE CLOTHES MINE! If you're a teacher or school staff member, please enjoy 25% OFF of one regular price pair of jeans or denim capris! We feature Bestow, French Dressing Jeans, Liverpool, Miraclebody and Tru Luxe. (Sizes 2-18, depending on brand. Some petite and plus sizes available. Selection varies by location.) We're open from 10am-6pm daily in Sutter Creek, 267-0417 and Angels Camp, 890-7532. We look forward to seeing you! (Offer expires 8/31/15.) - Tracy Lindenberger.
The Clothes Mine
1262 South Main Street
Angels Camp, CA 95222
60 Main Street, #2
Sutter Creek, CA 95685

OBITUARY: Milo Sam Popovich passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his home in Sutter Creek, CA at the age of 74.  Milo was born on April 19, 1941 in Sutter Creek, CA to his parents, Sam and Mildred Popovich.  Milo was an elementary school teacher for 40 years, and retired in 2004. He is survived by his sisters, Diana Popovich and Marie Pietras; brothers, D. Sam Popovich, Daniel Popovich, and John (Frances) Popovich; nephews and nieces, Thomas (Rhonda) Manning, Carolyn Manning, Danny (Sally) Michael, Steven Popovich (Shanti McMillan), Debra England, Susan (Neil) Popovich, Stacy (Barney) Howard, Stephani Popovich, Jennifer Popovich and Savo (Ana) Popovich; 13 great nieces and nephews; Partner, Paul Krumenacker and many friends.  He was preceded in death by: parents, Sam and Mildred Popovich, sister, Helen (Thomas) Manning, sister-in-laws, Beverly Popovich and Janice Popovich and brother, George Popovich.
Friends and family are invited to attend a funeral service on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 11:00 A.M. at Daneri Mortuary Chapel, 415 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642. Contributions may be sent to Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation   SCCBF, PO Box 24, Sutter Creek, CA  95685 or  HYPERLINK "" Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and signing the guest book.
SIGN THE PETITION! Petition "Governor Jerry Brown: Save Jackson Highway, Veto AB 652". Our goal is to reach 2,500 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...
Volcano Theatre presents Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" through September 5
Plasse's Resort Presents 161st Annual BBQ & Live Auction - Sat Aug 15
Dinner in the Vineyard at Avio - Sat Aug 15
Jackson Planning Commission - Mon Aug 17
- EPA to Host Public Meeting for Argonaut Mine on August 18
Community Playgroups offered Aug 20 & 29
- Amador Community College Foundation - Thurs Aug 20
"Start A Heart" Compression Only" CPR Class - Thurs Aug 20
"Cuisine du Terrior": Farm Tour & Dinner - Sat Aug 22
- Fiesta Viva El Arc! - Sat Aug 22
- Boot Scootin’ BBQ on August 22 to Benefit Local Arts Programs
Volcano Theatre presents Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" through September 5
Amador GOP presents Author Loren Spivack, "Free Market Warrior" - Tues Aug 25
- The Right To Die: Expanding End of Life Options - Fri Aug 28
- 2015 Jackson Fire Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts available through Aug 28
Community Playgroup offered Aug 29
COMMUNITY MEETING on the Buena Vista Biomass Power Plant - Sat Aug 29
- Book Debut: Reception for Local Author Elaine Torbas - Sat Aug 29
Firestone Walker Tap Takeover - Sat Aug 29
- Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash performing at Sutter Creek Provisions - Fri Sept 4
- Main Street Theater Works Presents: "Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike" through September 5
Volcano Theatre presents Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" through September 5
- Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash performing at Sutter Creek Provisions - Fri Sept 4
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


ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP - Fellow "Keep America Beautiful" Democrats...
This coming Saturday, August 15, is our scheduled Adopt-a-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.  Trash bags, 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. Thank you,
Steve Christensen, 267-0615

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

FACL BOOK DRIVE: The Friends of the Amador County Library is accepting donations of gently read books and audio-visual materials in good condition on Saturday, August 22 and September 26,  from 10 am – 2pm at the FACL Book Storage Building, 42A Summit Street, Jackson (behind the old Court House).
For information, call (209) 267-0855. Please, no magazines, VHS or cassette tapes, or damaged materials. The Friends of the Amador County Library is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.

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!

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). 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

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


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.

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.

DOWNTOWN WINE-TASTING IN THE STREETS Friday, September 18 from 6-9PM along old highway 49 in downtown Amador City. More than 15 Amador County wineries will pour their wines, the South Sac Jooks will perform, fine cheeses, breads, and small bites will be served. Tickets are $25 in advance at  or $30 at the door.

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.

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...
Stolen Art in Jackson - Reward Offered
Amador County 4-H Open Enrollment Going on Now!
Job Opportunities at Steve Stymeist

GET UP TO $300 FOR YOUR OLD WOOD STOVE - Sierra Hearth & Home is proud to announce that it is part of a nationwide effort for cleaner air.  Now through August 31st, 2015, during Jøtul North America’s third annual Wood Stove Changeout Program,, consumers can bring their current non-EPA-certified stoves to Sierra Hearth & Home, in exchange for a voucher valued at up to $300* toward any current Jøtul wood or gas stove or fireplace insert.  For all vouchers that are redeemed at Sierra Hearth & Home, Jøtul will make a donation to Operation BBQ Relief,
Old Stoves can be dropped off at Sierra Hearth & Home, 619-B South Hwy 49, Jackson, California between 8:30 am – 9:30 am Monday – Friday, or may be picked up from your home with a scheduled appointment. Non-EPA stoves that are exchanged during the changeout will be rendered unusable and recycled.
Because EPA-certified wood stoves emit approximately 70 percent less pollution than older conventional stoves, owners who make the change from a non-EPA stove can directly affect local air quality. In addition to being environmentally friendly, EPA-certified stoves can be 50 percent more efficient and burn up to 1/3 less wood than older models.
For more information or to schedule a pick up, call Sierra Hearth & Home at 209-223-4007,

INTERFAITH FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Interfaith Food Bank is trying to rebuild its volunteer roster.  If you are looking to fill some time, build your resume, get some exercise, and give back to the community, the Food Bank has a variety of opportunities to do so. We are looking for volunteers to work both on-call and weekly shifts. Please email or call Assistant Program Coordinator Claire Gunselman or 209-267-9006.
Positions available: 18 years and older
Warehouse   Sort, bag, and shop for client orders and help clients to their vehicles.  Some lifting up to 25 pounds
Food pick up   Rides with driver to pick up and drop off food donations.  Requires some lifting up to 40 pounds and weekend shifts available
Drivers   Drive Isuzu box van, Sprinter van, and/or International Diesel Bob Tail to pick up and drop off food donations. Print-out of DMV record required (fee reimbursed upon request).  Some lifting up to 40 pounds and weekend shifts available.
Please consider supporting this need.
Thank you,
Thomas Thompson
Executive Director
Interfaith Council of Amador
12181 Airport Rd.
Jackson, CA  95642
209-267-9008 fax

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