Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves two questions: 'Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in order to choose the best path?' If you don't ask those questions, your governance will not be good."
- Pope Francis

News & Announcements 
Hospice’s 17th Annual Art on the Lawn makes history with major success
Amador County 3rd graders experience "Farm Day" with Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers
THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church - Sunday Morning Service 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after. One day seminar with Julia Reiff ministering from the Book of Acts, Saturday 10/17/15  9:00 AM. Quilting Class, Monday 10/19/15  10:00 AM, taught by Evelyn Ball. Men’s Ministry – R3 Conference in Rancho Cordova - 10/10/15, see Pastor Dave. Women’s Sleepover Friday 10/23/15 6:00 PM. Wednesday night Bible Study is on prayer called, Penetrating The Darkness, by Jack Hayford at 6:00 PM. Sunday Night Service 6:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or Call 296-7283 — or visit

VIA THE AMADOR COUNCIL OF TOURISM: Hello, Tourism Supporters-Amador Council of Tourism meets next Thursday, October 8th, 9 am. Location has changed to Blue Moon Café in Pine Grove. Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort has asked that we move to another location for this month and Blue Moon has graciously stepped forward. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast provided. Please arrive early in order to start the meeting on time. All are welcome.
Agenda and minutes will be sent next week. If you have questions about either, and cannot make the meeting, please do call me or make an appointment with me.
Thank you for your support,
Maureen Funk
Executive Director
Amador Council of Tourism
PO Box 40/115 Valley View Way
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
O: (209) 267-9249
C: (209) 969-5065

ANGEL TREE APPLICATION (Deadline is Oct 30). Here is the 2015 Angel Tree Application. Please feel free to print this out and/or email it to anyone who qualifies. Directions are on the application and please remember that no late applications will be accepted.
Again, this is for Amador County residents ONLY, and for families who qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch with their income levels.
If you have any questions, please call the UCC at 296-2785.
thank you,
Ruthella Turner
FRC Director
Nexus Youth & Family Services

Community Calendar

- Fri Oct 2: The Flatlanders
- Sat Oct 10: Calico
For more information and tickets, visit:

MIMI BLAIS CONCERT On Saturday, October 3, at 2 pm, The Queen of Ragtime, Mimi Blais, will be performing at SKUNK HOLLOW VICTORIAN GARDENS, 50 Gold Dust Trail, Sutter Creek, Ca. 95685.  There will be a pot luck dinner after the concert; feel free to bring a favorite dish to share with the group.  $20 advance purchase and $25 at the door.  Call 209.986.3667 to reserve, or email your intentions to Chip Lusby, at

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK is coming upon us again (October 4 – 10) and we are preparing for our local events here in Jackson.
This year’s theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”. The key message of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.
Please see  help us spread the word. We will be doing presentations at the local day cares in Jackson, the kindergarteners of Jackson elementary and various other clubs and organizations in Jackson. We are also encouraging other groups to contact us to schedule an event if they would like.
Thank you for your continued support!
-Captain Cody Martinsen

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.
To register visit:

CHILI COOK-OFF & TASTING - Sunday, October 4 from 12-4PM at the Masonic Cave Picnic Grounds in Volcano. Judging starts at 12 Noon. $25 entry fee for cooks, $5 per vote, no limit on votes. Tasting is free after the judging.
This is a fundraiser to encourage reading through the Biks for Books program.
Sponsored by the Volcano Amador Masonic Lodge
Contact Greg at 296-7782, or on the web

SIERRA GOLD QUILTERS' 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, 

THE 2015 BIG CRUSH HARVEST FESTIVAL brings together over 40 family owned wineries, winemakers and winery members for a weekend of harvest celebration – Amador Style!  Enjoy an amazing selection of Amador wines, the harvest in action, food and wine pairings, special “crush” activities and an eclectic mix of music and entertainment. You will fall in love with our handcrafted wines while experiencing The Big Crush!
Join us on Saturday, October 3rd& Sunday, October 4th, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and discover why, in Amador County, wine is a passion and not just a crush!"Big Crush" in Amador County Wine Region!
Tickets for The Big Crush are good for a commemorative glass for wine tasting, food, and all activities at all 42 participating wineries - $40 pp in advance for Saturday and Sunday. Sunday only tickets are $30 pp in advance. Tickets are $5 more the day of the event. Each ticket includes a wristband passport and commemorative wine glass. Tickets are sold online at A ticket for your designated driver is only $10. Please drive responsibly, and enjoy all that our Big Crush weekend has to offer.
For more information on Amador Vintners “The Big Crush” call 1-888-655-8614, e-mail or visit the Amador Vintners website at
Purchase on-line discounted tickets through September 29th, 2015
or by calling 1-888-655-8614. (Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass.)
$40 Saturday (Includes Sunday admission)
$30 Sunday Only
$10 Designated Driver
*After September 29th, tickets may be purchased at participating wineries during the event for an additional $5 each.
For further information visit

SHADOWS ON THE RANGE: AN EVENING WITH DAMON WYCKOFF AND SCOTT THOMAS ANDERSON - On Sunday, Oct. 4, critically acclaimed songwriter Damon Wyckoff of Forever Goldrush and award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson, author of "Shadow People", will team-up for an acoustic performance/spoken-word event at Sutter Creek Provisions tap house.
Wyckoff and Anderson both grew up in Amador County, and both are known for exploring the hard, hand-to-mouth life that defines rural communities in the West. Beginning at 4 p.m., the two will take turns sharing the stage as Wyckoff unveils songs from his upcoming solo album and Anderson reads passages from his new book, "The Cutting-Four-piece," and discusses working behind the scenes at the Angola Prison Rodeo.
There is no cover charge for this event. Sutter Creek Provisions is owned by locals Darin and Casey Sexton. The tap house has been making a name for itself as having one of the best beer selections in the Mother Lode. Casey Sexton is also a noted aficionado of Roots-Americana music, hosting the weekly Highway 49 Radio Show on KVGC. The Shadows on the Range show is meant to feel like a party thrown by Cormac McCarthy, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt’s dying liver.
Sutter Creek Provisions is located at 78 Main Street, Sutter Creek.

SCHOOL FLU CLINICS - This message is to remind you that the free Flu Mist clinics will be conducted at all Amador County Schools throughout the month of October. The first clinic will be held on October 5th at Jackson Junior High School and Jackson Elementary School. Only those students with signed parent permission slips will be given the Flu Mist. The flu clinic schedule and forms are available on the individual school websites, or the district website at Once you have filled out the forms, please have your student turn them into their school office as soon as possible. Thank you.

ACRA BINGO at the American Legion Hall Tuesdays 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.

SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR AMADOR COUNTY PEACE OFFICER & CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015 - The Amador County peace officer’s Association is seeking nominations for Peace officer and Citizen of the Year for 2015. Any nominations should include a brief statement to support the nomination. Please submit nominations to: ACPOA, ℅ Awards Committee, P.O. Box 1632, Sutter Creek, 85685-1632 on or before Wednesday, October 7. The Awards Committee will be selecting this year’s winner at our October 8th meeting.
The Awards Dinner will be held at the American Legion Hall in Martell on Saturday, November 7. No host cocktails are at 6PM, followed by dinner at 7PM. Tickets for the dinner are $30. Call 267-1820 for more information.

IBCA HARVEST FAIRE - Sat Oct 10 from 8:30 AM-3PM in Ione.
- Scarecrow Contest: Decorate all day! Prizes awarded at 2:30
- Dog Costume Contest: Check in at 10AM; judging at 1PM. Trophies awarded!
- Chalk the Walk: Draw all day! Pick up a chalk box by City Hall. Judging at 2PM, awards at 3PM.
- Giant Pumpkin Contest: Register between 9-11AM. Cash prizes at 12 Noon.
- Decorate a Pumpkin to win cash! Prizes awarded at 2PM.
For more information, visit:

FOOTHILL CONSERVANCY 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - Saturday October 10, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Karmère Vineyards. Appetizers and complimentary local wines and craft beers. Live music. Fantastic raffle prizes. Event tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at: For more information and to purchase raffle tickets, contact Carolyn at, or 209-223-3508.

THE AMADOR COMMUNITY CENTERS host monthly Wellness Workshops where we discuss and learn about mental health topics. October’s topic is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Part 3 of 5 and will be hosted on the following dates and locations:
- River Pines Town, October 15th, 9:30am
- Camanche Lake Community Center, October 22nd, 2pm
- Ione Family Resource Center, October 26th, 9:30am
- Upcountry Community Center, October 28th, 1pm
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.
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.
40 Developmental Assets: The more strengths young people have in their lives, the more likely they are to grow up successful. Come learn the power of the 40 Developmental Assets on October 13th, 9:30am at the Ione Family Resource Center. Call 209-296-2785 for more information.

ALASKAN “SALMON FEAST” - The Sutter Creek United Methodist Church will be holding a “Salmon Feast” on Saturday, October 17 at 6 p.m. In the Sutter Creek United Methodist Social Hall.
Freshly caught Alaskan Coho “Silver” salmon will be the main course which will include wine, rolls, dinner salad, rice pilaf, vegetables and dessert.  The proceeds of the dinner will benefit the Sutter Creek United Methodist Church the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation and the Butte Fire Victims.
  The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation is currently restoring the Old Sutter Creek Primary School on Cole Street.
  Cost for the “Salmon Feast” is $30 dollars each or pre-sold tables of 10 for $250 dollars and tables of 7 for $190 dollars.  Contact Dennis Larson at 267-5335 or 256-3325.  There will be no tickets available for sale at the door.

RESCHEDULED: WEST COAST CROSLEY CLUB - A special two-day 30th Anniversary Meet will be held in Sutter Creek, CA, October 23, 24 & 25. Includes car show, swap meet and micro car driving tour. Contact: 619-787-1908, or: Box 2155, Borrego Springs, CA 92004. Or email

- Fri Oct 2: The Flatlanders
- Sat Oct 10: Calico
For more information and tickets, visit:

18TH ANNUAL WINEFEST, the popular walk-about wine-tasting event sponsored by AmadorArts, is just around the corner! On Saturday November 14th, stroll historic Main Street while tasting a huge selection of Amador County Wines in Sutter Creek’s shops.  Follow the adage “Save Water, Drink Wine,” and you’ll be helping to bring the arts to local schools.
 Guests can check in to pick up their wine glass, wristband and tasting map at the Sutter Creek
Auditorium starting at 4:00 pm. Take a look at the huge silent auctions, one for Art, for Wine and a Table of Premier Gifts and Travel Packages. Start bidding while sampling Amador Olive Oils. Then begin your journey from 4:30 -7:00 pm walking up and down the three blocks of historic Main Street visiting 25 shops which each will be offering tastings of a different fine Amador County winery.
At 7:00 pm, return to the Auditorium for the Winefest festive Grand Finale, which will feature live music, desserts and dessert wines, the silent auctions’ final biddings, and the popular Mystery Wine-in-a-Bag Auction. The Winefest event will end at about 8:30 pm.
Advance tickets are $30 each, or $35 the day of the event at the auditorium starting at 4:00 pm.
Sales of tickets are limited! For more information and advance ticket purchase, visit or phone 209-267-9038.

PARADE OF LIGHTS is scheduled for Saturday, December 12. Deadline to enter is Saturday, November 21! Entry fee is $10 for 1-3 vehicles. All entries MUST have lights on them, including people that are walking in the parade! The more lights, the better you look! Contact Toni Linde for more information, (209) 256-1750 cell or email
ENTRY FORM with insructions can be downloaded here:

Save The Date! Mother Lode Highland Games and Gathering - June 18-19, 2016
E-mail your releases, briefs, newsletters, announcements, etc. 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
TEAM FITNESS is offering a CIRCUIT & LIFT class starting in October on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:15 am to 8am. You can pay by the class, buy a pass of 10 classes, or pay 39 for the month and take three classes a week.
We also offer Gentle Hatha Yoga, Zumba Gold, and Stretch classes. For more information and to discuss how these classes could help you please call 209-304-5139.

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:

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
AmadorCounty Arts Council -
Amador County Artists Association -
Amador County Recreation Agency -
Amador Council of Tourism -
Amador Vintner's Association -
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
Call to Artists: Jackson Mural Project - Deadline is Oct 1
Stolen Art in Jackson - Reward Offered
"Right Turn" Mentor-led fitness helps overweight kids get fit and eat healthy!
Attention Local Businesses: Be a part of Plaid Friday! 

TEAM FITNESS is offering a CIRCUIT & LIFT class starting in October on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:15 am to 8am. You can pay by the class, buy a pass of 10 classes, or pay 39 for the month and take three classes a week.
We also offer Gentle Hatha Yoga, Zumba Gold, and Stretch classes. For more information and to discuss how these classes could help you please call 209-304-5139.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Chief Assistant District Attorney
The District Attorney's Office is currently seeking a Chief Assistant District Attorney.  The ideal candidate will have eight (8) years in the practice of law in the State of California; and three (3) years as a prosecutor in a public agency in the State of California.  Must possess and maintain active membership in the State Bar of California and maintain a valid California Driver's License.
Job Type: Full Time
Salary / Pay Rate: $11,012/month
Post Date: 09/29/2015
Expire Date: 10/23/2015 5:00 PM
For more information about this position, please select the link Chief Assistant District Attorney.
To apply, please submit an Amador County Employment Application.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM AT THE HUB NEEDS SPONSORS!! The After School Program at the Hub in Jackson has attracted nearly 30 students who come to the facility every Monday through Thursday, from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.  ACRA must keep three personnel on staff there for proper supervision. Many of these students come from low income families and cannot afford the $50.00 fee per month that helps to pay for personnel, healthy snacks, and activities. Despite a generous donation from the Jackson Rancheria of $2,000, along with fees and other modest donations, the Hub only has $291 remaining to operate this program. We are asking the community to help by sponsoring one of more of our students who cannot afford the fee.  
Help ACRA to keeps these students in a safe environment during the after school hours.
Call Barbara, our Hub Director, at 256-1365, or ACRA at 223-6349.  Or you can mail your donation to Amador County Recreation Agency, 10877 Conductor Blvd, Suite 100, Sutter Creek, CA  95685

CAVANA’S DELI in Sutter Creek will be having appetizers ( small plates) every 2nd and 4th Saturday every month. Beer and wine specials from 5 to 8pm. Please join us on the patio for some good food! -Terri Jo Cavana, Cavana's Deli

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: TOM McCLINTOCK - Full and part-time internship opportunities are available for the fall semester in both my Washington, DC, and Roseville offices. Interns will get to see the legislative process from the inside, help with research, and contribute directly to projects. While this is an unpaid internship, we are happy to work with current students looking to receive college credit for their internship.
If you or someone you know is interested, please send a resume and cover letter to my intern coordinator at use "Fall 2015 McClintock Internship" in the subject line. Thank you, and I look forward to meeting this semester's new interns.

CAVANA’S DELI in Sutter Creek will be having appetizers ( small plates) every 2nd and 4th Saturday every month starting September 26th. Beer and wine specials from 5 to 8pm. Please join us on the patio for some good food.
Menu this Saturday:
- Boneless short ribs with garlic mash potatoes
- Butternut squash soup with fresh crab and toasted pumpkin seeds
- Tri tip salad
- Fresh vine ripe tomato bruschetta
Specials on beer and wine. Thanks, hope to see you on our patio!
Terri Jo Cavana
Cavana's Deli

SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR AMADOR COUNTY PEACE OFFICER & CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015 - The Amador County peace officer’s Association is seeking nominations for Peace officer and Citizen of the Year for 2015. Any nominations should include a brief statement to support the nomination. Please submit nominations to: ACPOA, ℅ Awards Committee, P.O. Box 1632, Sutter Creek, 85685-1632 on or before Wednesday, October 7. The Awards Committee will be selecting this year’s winner at our October 8th meeting.
The Awards Dinner will be held at the American Legion Hall in Martell on Saturday, November 7. No host cocktails are at 6PM, followed by dinner at 7PM. Tickets for the dinner are $30. Call 267-1820 for more information

ATTENTION GOLDEN CHAIN MEMBERS, VENDORS & FRIENDS: Our inventory of the large, 25 inch by 38 inch laminated Golden Chain Poster map was exhausted. After seriously questioning the wisdom of replenishing the inventory at my age, I bit the bullet and ordered a new supply in a quantity that allowed me to retain the original pricing structure of $40.00 retail.
Wholesale will be $20.00 per map on orders of 3 maps or greater. For those with a suitable display location a single display copy will be available for $20.00.
All orders at this time will be greatly appreciated, to offset the capital expenditure required to secure enough maps to enable me to offer this price.
Pat Crosby, President
Golden Chain Council of the Mother Lode
P O Box 426
Sutter Creek, CA 95685

RIGHTURN: VOLUNTEERS & MENTORS NEEDED - The Kiwanis Club of Amador County will be sponsoring a Righturn.Club at a local elementary school. We are looking for assistance in getting this off the ground. We need mentors, facilitators, and helpers. The 10 week program, meeting after school twice a week for 90 minutes this fall, will give obese kids the help they need to make a right turn in their eating habits and fitness. If interested contact founder, Thomas Moraitis.  Thomas@Righturn.Club.
  You don't have to be an athlete, a teacher, or in perfect shape to be a mentor. HS and college students, retired folks, people who have flexible schedules at work are ideal. The helpers will prepare healthy snacks for 40 twice a week, food provided and deliver to school. The facilitators will help with the program in making craft items for the kids, like booklets, magnets and name badges. All supplies paid for by Kiwanis of Amador County.
  Want to start a Righturn.Club in your area? Thomas will give you all you need to start one, and speak to your local Kiwanis Club to provide the funding. No cost to students. All mentors will be screened for the safety of the kids. Visit www.Righturn.Club to learn more.

ART IN PUBLIC PLACES - The Amador County Artist Association (ACAA) has several benefits to being a member, one of those being Art in Public Places, where the artist can get regular exposure to build a reputation and occasionally make a sale with no commission fees.  This program also gives the location the opportunity to be known for original art on their walls and to promote awareness of original art. The exhibits rotate every 2 months.
Our current locations include Rosebud’s Cafe (downtown Jackson); the Superior Court of CA, County of Amador; American River Bank; Amador Senior Center; Sierra Eye Care; Amador Residential Care; Jackson Paint Spot; and Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione.  Currently, the program has a good balance of artists to locations. New artists and locations are always welcome.  If you would like more information, contact Colleen Williams, Committee Chairperson, or (209) 295-2877.

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

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.

"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.

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