Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy."
- Lucille Ball

News & Announcements 
Tri County Wildlife Care: Easy Ways To Give Wildlife A Drink During The Drought
- Jackson City Council - Mon Oct 26
- Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Oct 27
- City of Jackson Accessibility Board of Appeals - Tues Oct 27
- ACUSD/ACOE Board - Wed Oct 28
- Veteran's Outreach Event - Thurs Nov 12

CAVANA’S DELI IN SUTTER CREEK! We are having our happy hour Saturday the 24th from 5-8 pm. Menu:
- Chicken breast with a mushroom cream sauce over rice 10
- Goat cheese salad with pears carmalized walnuts and rice vinager 8
- Two pork carnitas street tacos wirh cilantro and onions queso cheese and green salsa 6
For those want our regular menu we still serve that as well.
- Bink Sav Blanc 6.00 glass
- Dillian Vino Nostra red wine blend 6.00 glass
- 3.00 off any bottle of Wine!
- Monkey Knife pale ale beer 3.00
- Drakes beer 3.00
Joe and I hope to see you on the patio!
Terri, Cavana's Deli
16 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek

THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday November 5, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The program for November will be the Reverend Karen Siegfriedt, Pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church. She will be speaking informationally about the "Death with Dignity" law that was recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown. This is an Open Meeting and all those interested are welcome to attend.
Reservations are required and may be made by  contacting Sally at no later than Tuesday, November 3 (sooner if possible). The buffet luncheon is $15.00 which includes an entree, salad, vegetarian offering, various drinks, coffee, tea, dessert, tax and tip. Pay at the door - cash (the exact amount is appreciated) or personal check only.
NOTE, and this is important: If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please call 267-0177 to cancel by noonon Wednesday, November 4th. If you have made a reservation and do not attend, you may be billed for the luncheon.

MASTER FOOD PRESERVERS OF AMADOR/CALAVERAS COUNTIES PRESENT: “CITRUS SQUEEZE” - Don’t put away your canner yet! Learn to preserve your fall citrus to have available throughout the year. We'll be teaching you to make and can three delicious marmalades, including a colorful cranberry marmalade (perfect for the holiday season), a zesty option made with habanero peppers and excellent to have on hand for a last-minute appetizer (simply serve with cream cheese and crackers), and a traditional three-citrus marmalade made with oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. We'll walk you through ways to prepare, zest and peel your citrus and ideas for reducing its bitterness. Learn just how easy it is to make lemon curd that may be frozen and enjoyed throughout the winter months and candied citrus peel to add elegance to any dessert.
Join us for this free class and learn about the benefits of preserving citrus fruits on Saturday, November 14, between 10 am & noon at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson.
Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers of Amador/Calaveras Counties at or (209) 223-6857 for any questions.

FOUND! Adorable, super friendly long-haired black cat found near Climax Rd. Jackson/Pine Grove area. She so wants to be found by her family that raised her to be such a sweet kitty. Call 296-1395.

IMMEDIATE FULL TIME OPENINGS for Class A drivers with transfer/ dump truck experience. Local work, weekend and weekday shifts available.
Contact Jeff 209-256-2125 or Jessie 209-256-3681

MOTHER LODE MUSIC is proud to announce our first annual "Fall Back In Love With Music" sales event! The sale will run til Oct. 31 or until supplies last! We are blowing out our remaining Taylor guitars along with slashing prices on all in-stock Paul Reed Smith electric and acoustic guitars. Great deals on Yamaha acoustics, Fender/Squier, sticks, strings, and cables too! Don't miss out! Located at 11310 Prospect Dr., Ste. 80, Jackson, CA 95642 209-223-4323.

Obituary notices can be found at:
Community Calendar

MOTHER LODE MUSIC is proud to announce our first annual "Fall Back In Love With Music" sales event! The sale will run til Oct. 31 or until supplies last! We are blowing out our remaining Taylor guitars along with slashing prices on all in-stock Paul Reed Smith electric and acoustic guitars. Great deals on Yamaha acoustics, Fender/Squier, sticks, strings, and cables too! Don't miss out! Located at 11310 Prospect Dr., Ste. 80, Jackson, CA 95642 209-223-4323.

THE HEALING WORD - Foursquare Gospel Church - Sunday Morning Service 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after. 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

FRIENDS OF THE AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY (FACL) FALL USED BOOK SALE October 23, 24 and 25 at the American Legion Hall, 12134 Airport Rd. in Sutter Creek (at the corner of Airport Road and Hwy 49, across from the Italian Picnic Grounds).
Friday, October 23–4-7 pm –Members Only Night (non-members can join FACL on the spot)
Saturday, October 24–10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, October 25– 11 am - 3 pm.
The sale includes thousands of gently used books, music compact discs, and DVDs in excellent condition.  Proceeds benefit the Amador County Library system.  For information, call 296-1712, on the web at

THE FIREHOUSE” - Saturday Oct 24 Lockwood at 7:00 PM
Pumpkin Carving Contest - Bring your carved pumpkin at 6:30 PM!
Followed by a free movie showing of "Hocus Pocus"
Hot Dogs, Nachos, Apple Cider and Water on sale.
Safety Tips will be shared by LFPD Firefighter who worked the Butte Fire.
Celebrate the season with friends, family and neighbors!

VOLCANO THEATRE PRESENTS: “WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?” Performances through Oct 24 at the Cobblestone Theater in Volcano. For information and tickets, visit:

SPEAKEAZY JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Join us on Sunday, October 25 at 2PM at the Amador Senior Center in Jackson to enjoy the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, a 10-piece dance band playing authentic arrangements from the 1920's and 1930's (The "Great Gatsby Era"), using original dance band instrumentation.
The band will feature vocalists Chrissy Sleigh, Eric Johnson, and others! New tunes added to the repertoire are "Goodnight Sweetheart", "To Each His Own" and "Easter Parade" (made famous by the Guy Lombardo Orchestra).
The Orchestra (SJO) has been featured at the Dante Club in Sacramento (an annual special invitation), and made special appearance at the Berkeley City Club.
There is a $5 admission charge at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Amador Senior Center.
Cookies and coffee will be provided, anyone who would like to bring a dessert to share is welcome to do so. The Senior Center has great parking and access! Classic cars and authentic attire are welcome!
Visit Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra's updated website at: or call 295-4305 for more information.

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:
- 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.
These discussions are intended for informational purposes only and is not meant as medical advice or to replace consultation with a physician or mental health professional.
Call 209-296-2785 for more information.

MOTHER LODE NEWCOMERS & FRIENDS: Join us at our monthly luncheon for Mother Lode Newcomers and Friends on Thursday, November 5th 2015. Our luncheon will be held at Mel&Faye's Banquet room in Jackson, CA. Social hour starts at 11am and lunch is at 12pm.  The reservation deadline is October 27th.   To make reservations contact: Linda Daubeneck 209-296-1547 or Joanne Silva 209-223-2845. This is the annual "Silent Auction," and everyone is asked to bring 3 gently used, new or home-made items to donate. The Mother Lode Newcomers Club is a social club that welcomes women who are new to the area .  The Club is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for new friendships. We also raise money for local charities and volunteer as needed in the community. To learn more, visit our website:

AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH MYSTERY AUTHOR TODD BORG -  Wednesday October 28th at 5:30 pm at the main branch in Jackson (next to True Value).  Todd will be speaking about his latest release of the Award-Winning Owen McKenna Mystery Thrillers, “Tahoe Blue Fire.”  This is Todd’s thirteenth book in this series.  As of August of this year he has had over 2900 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.6 Stars.
Todd lives in the community of Lake Tahoe and his stories take place from San Francisco to Tahoe.  The local reader will be familiar with many of the mentioned towns, roads and locations.  There is plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat with always a twist in the end.  Owen is a nice-guy hero and his sidekick Spot is the coolest dog ever.
For more information, call the Amador County Library at 209-223-6400.

BENEFIT FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AT GOLD COUNTRY LANES - Friday, October 30th, 5 - 8 pm. Local musicians Bruce Dixon & Scott Berrian and local musicians announce an acoustic rock show to benefit Breast Cancer charities at the local bowling alley. All musician tips are being donated to the cause. This month is "Breast Cancer Awareness" month and we want to do something good for the folks. There is a full bar with pool tables, not to mention the bowling. There will also be a plug-in on the PA for Iphones or other smart devices to be used in the open mic portion of the show or you can bring your own instrument. Come eat, drink and be merry with us!

HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL AT RAIL ROAD FLAT COMMUNITY HALL - Friday, Oct 30. Trunk or Treat begins at 4:30PM, Carnival-type foods at 5PM (prices vary)...hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and more. Costume Contest at 6:30PM. Haunted House opens at dark ($1 per trip). Prizes for best Decorated Vehicle, Pumpkin Carving and Best Costume.
For more information call 293-4340.


- 2015 Winefest - Sat Nov 14
- Wild Horse Adoption Program at Murieta Equestrian Center - Sat Nov 14

- Fri Nov 6: Red Moon Road
- Sat Nov 7: Rita Hosking Band
- Fri Nov 13: T Sisters
- Sat Nov 28: Lacy J. Dalton
For more information and tickets, visit:

4TH ANNUAL CHOWDA CHOMP - Sunday Nov 1 at the Armory Hall in Volcano. Competitors will serve up their favorite chowder for tasting and voting. The Chomp starts at 11 AM; tasting continues until 2 PM; awards announced at 3 PM. Enjoy all kinds of great chowder, local arts/crafts, good fellowship and great music!
Cost is $5 per person. Sponsored by the Volcano Community Association and the Volcano Union Inn/Pub. Proceeds support the Volcano Community Association Scholarship Fund.
For more information, call 209-296-7711.

CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY - Come hear more about how you and your neighbors can address climate change by participating in the Citizens’ Climate Lobby on Saturday, November 7th at 10am -11:30am (coffee and visiting at 9:30am) at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization focused on a free market policy to address climate change. CCL works at the local community level to generate the political will needed to pass such national legislation.  We propose a simple carbon fee that returns all revenue to American families.  For more info, call 256-5243 or visit

THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE MOTHERLODE DETACHMENT 1080 invites the public to its United States Marine Corps 240th Birthday Ball on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5 to 11 pm, Grand Oak Ballroom, Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Casino, 12222 New York Ranch Rd in Jackson. Festivities will include no-host bar, dinner (choice of prime rib or salmon), dancing to swing band Mr. Pinstripe, and of course, cutting of the famous birthday cake.
Tickets are $55 person. RSVP by Nov. 1 by calling Harry Lynd (209) 293-4606 or Dave Evans (209) 772-0641.
This is a semi-formal event. Marines: If you have Dress Blues, please wear them. Marine Corps League members can wear Dress Blues (in a regulation manner), Undress Blues or Meeting uniforms of red shirt and cover.
There will be a Toys for Tots drive at the event. Please bring a new unwrapped toy valued at $30 or less.
Special hotel room rates for Marine Corps Birthday attendees are available by calling (800) 822-WINN.

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.

MOTHER LODE FRIENDS OF MUSIC PRESENTS: CHAMBER MUSIC: Sunday, November 15, 3 pm.  Chamber music concert of the Mother Lode Friends of Music.  Music for guitar, violin, viola, flute, oboe and piano, with Jaume Torrent, classical guitarist from Barcelona, Spain.  Free admission.  Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove.  Go to or call (209) 293-4227 for more information.

MEETING CANCELLATION: The Jackson Planning Commission has canceled its regularly scheduled meeting of October 19, 2015. The Planning Commission next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, November 16, 2015.

ACRA BINGO at the American Legion Hall Tuesdays 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.

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 instructions can be downloaded here:

MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: RECOVERING BURNED LANDS AFTER THE BUTTE FIRE - On Saturday, November 21, 9:00 a.m. – noon, Join UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County and speakers Amy Rocha, from Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and Sean Kriletich, Paloma Pollinators, in a class to learn how to help your lands recover from the Butte Fire.
By working in the backyard or on the ‘back 40’, property owners can help the land heal using effective erosion control measures, encouraging the survival and reestablishment of native vegetation, controlling the spread of invasive weeds, and making the surviving landscape more fire-safe.  Information will include how to reduce erosion on burned lands, options for reseeding and replanting, important Do’s and Don’ts, and resources available to landowners to help get the job done.
UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County are available to answer home gardening questions Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am to noon, by calling (209) 223-6838. Walk-ins are welcome at our office, located at the GSA Building, 12200B Airport Road in Jackson. You can also email your questions to Visit us online at: UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County are also active on Facebook.

6th ANNUAL SERVPRO COAT DRIVE - Through November 25. Seeking gently used jackets/hoodies of all sizes, with no holes or stains. Drop off locations:
Serve Pro, Ione PD, Jackson PD, Sutter Creek PD, Chamber of Commerce (downtown Jackson), CHP (Jackson), Amador County Sheriff’s Dept. (Jackson), Jackson Fire Station, Pine Grove Fire Station, Ione Fire Station, Lockwood Fire Station, Plymouth Fire Station. Ledger Dispatch.
Coats will be available to give out from Oct 26-Nov 25
For more information and a list of pick up locations, contact Wilma at 304-4908 or email

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:

Opinions & Issues
2015 Jackson Fire Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts available through Aug 28
Latest update on SR 16 relinquishment proposal : Request for Governor Brown's veto
AWA Directors Ask for Your Help with Drought-Related Financial Crisis

Dear Amador County Transportation Commissioners (and to whom it concerns):
With deep regret, I must inform you that Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 652 (Cooley) into law on October 8th, 2015. State Route (SR) 16 will now be relinquished to Sacramento County, will no longer be included in the California Interregional Roadway System, and will have no protections for inter-regional travel.
There are no 'silver linings' in this.  However, I must express our gratitude to Assemblyman Frank Bigelow for hearing our concerns and demonstrating the courage to take the remarkable step of rising before the California Assembly to speak personally in opposition to AB 652.  His stand against the powerful development interests behind the Bill convinced 23 other members of the Assembly (along with Chairman Beall of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee) to join him in voting against the SR 16 relinquishment proposal.
Unfortunately, Assemblyman Bigelow's efforts were not enough to convince Governor Brown to use his veto power to help us.
I am sorry that we were not able to stop this from happening and I am equally sorry for all of those who depend on this route and will suffer from this needless action to remove interregional functionality from SR 16.
I wish I could have brought you better news.
John Gedney
Executive Director, ACTC

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 Calendars & 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
"Right Turn" Mentor-led fitness helps overweight kids get fit and eat healthy!
Attention Local Businesses: Be a part of Plaid Friday! 
"Pieces" Project to Save Rubble Pieces for Butte Fire Art Monument
NY Fitness offers new "Fit Kids" Unlimited Card
Calaveras/Amador Marine Corps League kicks off Toys for Tots Drive

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

TEAM FITNESS is offering a CIRCUIT & LIFT class 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.

CAVANA’S DELI in Sutter Creek serves 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. Thanks, hope to see you on our patio!
Terri Jo Cavana
Cavana's Deli

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
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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