Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen...was the thought of duty done, and the love of his fellow-men."
- Richard Watson Gilder

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News & Announcements 
PRESCRIBED UNDERSTORY BURN - If conditions permit, a prescribed understory burn is planned by Sierra Pacific Industries on Saturday, November 14 in Whitmore Meadows.  This location is south of Highway 88 and Cooks Station.  Do not be alarmed if you see smoke in that vicinity.
The purpose of a prescribed understory burn is to promote forest health and remove hazardous forest fuels that may promote future wildfire.  This project will serve to protect the Buckhorn community and is part of the Amador County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which may be viewed on our website at
Obituary notices can be found at:
Community Calendar

- 2015 Winefest - Sat Nov 14
- Wild Horse Adoption Program at Murieta Equestrian Center - Sat Nov 14
- AmadorSTARS Dinner & Dance - Sat Nov 14
- New Service Time at Ione United Methodist Church - Pumpkin Pie Contest - Sun Nov 15
- Mother Lode Friends of Music present The Paganini Trio and Oboeist Candis Hanson - Sun Nov 15
- AWA Personnel Committee - Mon Nov 16
Jackson Planning Commission - Mon Nov 16
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Nov 16
- NAMI presents dog trainer Margaret Blair as guest speaker on Service/Therapy Dogs - Tues Nov 17
- State of Jefferson Townhall - Tues Nov 17
- ACUSD/ACOE Special Board Meeting and Efficacy Training Workshop - Wed Nov 18
- ACUSD/ACOE Agenda for Special Board Meeting (see above) - Wed Nov 18
- Sierra Travel's Holiday Open House - Thurs Nov 19
Amador LAFCO - Thurs Nov 19
- Festival of Carols: "Filling the Interfaith Food Bank One Song at a Time" - Performances on Nov 20, 21 & 22
Wicked Sisters Butte Fire Relief Benefit Concert - Fri Nov 20
- 3rd Saturday Jazz Brunch at Rosebud's Cafe - Sat Nov 21
- Waste Tire Recycling Event - Sat Nov 21
- Cops for Kids "Tips for Science Camp" at Clark's Corner - Sat Nov 21
- Scentsy Turkey Trot - Get Orders in by Nov 23rd!
- Jackson City Council - Mon Nov 23
- Thanksgiving Day Service at Faith Lutheran in Pioneer - Thurs Nov 26
Jackson and Amador County officials,
I wanted to let you know that PG&E will be closing the road at Lake Tabeaud Dam to vehicle traffic within the next 2 weeks.  This upcoming change has been discussed for two years, but residents may have questions when the new gates are installed, so I wanted to reach out to you ahead of the closure.
Lake Tabeaud
Road Closure Map
Attached (to the left) is the poster that PG&E will be posting at Lake Tabeaud and a one page description of why the road is being closed to vehicle traffic. Visitors can still access the dam on foot or via bicycle, but will need to park in the parking lot on the north side of the lake.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Dylan George
Government Relations Representative
Pacific Gas and Electric
4040 West Lane
Stockton, CA 95204
Cell: 209-479-0593

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.
Five mustangs for adoption
n November 14
FAB FIVE MUSTANGS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION NOVEMBER 14, 2015 AT RANCHO MURIETA EQUINE CENTER - To the left is a picture of the gelding Amigo and the four mares Crockette, Red Diamond, Spanish Girl, and Maya, available for adoption at our Fall Adoption on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Rancho Murieta Equine Complex. We hope to see you all there. We at the R3C Wild Horse Program are excited to see these horses with really good foundations go to great homes. Contact Deputy Rebecca Eubanks #1151, Post Release Re-Entry Programs. (916) 874-1481
18TH ANNUAL WINEFEST, the popular walk-about wine-tasting event sponsored by AmadorArts, is this 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.
- Fri Nov 13: T Sisters
- Fri Nov 20: Wicked Sisters Butte Fire Benefit Concert
- Sun Nov 22 - Mother Lode Youth Symphony
- Sat Nov 28: Lacy J. Dalton
For more information and tickets, visit:
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.
THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church - Sunday Morning Service 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after.
Sewing Class—Learn how to make reversible quilted placemats. You will need to bring your sewing machine and supplies Monday, Nov. 16th 10:00 AM.
Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 26th 1:00 PM—Everyone is welcome. Please call by 11/20/15 so we can get a head count. Wednesday afternoon Bible Study is at 1:00 PM. Wednesday night Bible Study is on prayer called, Penetrating The Darkness, by Jack Hayford at 6:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) - Amador County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, November 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. in the Meadow Room at the Outpatient Building of Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson. The guest speaker will be Margaret Blair, who is well-known for her skills in training dog owners to bring out the best in their animal companions and for her amazing ability to rescue many dogs by helping them become adoptable.  She also has extensive knowledge in the care and training of dogs to become therapeutic companions to people with mental illness and other health challenges.  From 6:45 to 8:00 pm we will conduct free, confidential Support Groups for family members and individuals living with mental illnesses.   For more information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.
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.
BAKER STREET PLAYERS, a repertory theatre company focusing on the Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes and other luminaries from the Victorian Era, are looking for actors, costumers, set designers, artists, tech experts and stage crew. Join them on Wednesday, November 18 at 6PM at Baker Street West (2nd floor of Hein & Co. Books in Jackson. For more information, call 209-470-9573.
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
-New York Fitness Indoor Triathlon - Sat Dec 5
- Local artists feature "Winter Scenes" at Sutter Creek Gallery in December - Reception on December 5
"Christmas Gifts" from the Amador Choraliers - Dec 10, 12 & 13
- Preston Castle's "Old Tyme Country Christmas" - Dec 12 & 13

MOTHER LODE NEWCOMERS HOLIDAY LUNCHEON &* AMADOR SHERIFF’S TOY DRIVE - Our next luncheon social hour starts at 11:00am, and lunch is at 12pm on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Jackson Rancheria, 1222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. RANCHERIA, Please bring a child’s gift unwrapped for the Amador Sheriff’s Toy Drive. For reservations, please call Linda Daubeneck at (209) 296-1547 or Joanne Silva at (209) 223-2845. Reservations need to be made by November 23th, 2015 and luncheon is $30.00 per person.  All funds are donated to our local community organizations.  Prospective new women members are always welcome to attend whether you have been in the county for a while or are new.
HILLBILLY CHANUKAH CELEBRATION - The Mother Lode Jewish Community (MLJC) will be holding its annual Chanukah Party on Saturday, December 12th at 5:30 p.m. in Murphys, CA.  This is a casual, fun evening for families and adults of all ages.  If you wish to attend, please call ahead for directions and to reserve your place, as space is limited.  There is no charge, but we ask everyone to
bring a potluck dish to share.  Volunteers are also needed to help set up and clean up.  You are also welcome to bring a menorah if you would like to light your own candles.
If you are interested in attending or for additional information and directions, please call the MLJC contact number: 209-533-1650 or email us at
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 members from Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties.  New members are always welcome.  The activity calendar includes monthly gatherings, primarily in the Murphys and Sonora areas.  The 2016 year will start off with a Tu B’Shvat Seder (“New Year of the Trees”) in a private home in the Bar XX area on Sunday, January 31st, followed by a Seminar on Values & Ethics on Sunday, February 21st at a location yet to be determined. Call for more information or check out our website for a list of future MLJC events at:
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

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Opinions & Issues
D.NORMAN: Dollar General On the Move
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
Tri County Wildlife Care: Easy Ways To Give Wildlife A Drink During The Drought
An Open Letter to the Opponents of the Newman Ridge Quarry Project
VIA CITIZEN REPORT: Subject: Call the Board of Supv's:
"The Board of Supv's needs to be urged to appeal the recent District Court decision to the Circuit Court. Call or e-mail the Board today and let them know you expect them to appeal.
NCIP (No Casino In Plymouth) thanks you in advance for contacting the Board."
PRESS RELEASE 10-30-2015 - Amador County District 1 Supervisor John Plasse recently announced that he will not seek re-election in 2016.
After considerable thought and with the blessing and support of my family, I, Patrick Crew, intend to form a campaign committee and seek the office of Amador County Supervisor, District 1 in the 2016 election.
I look forward to the possibility of serving District 1 and all of Amador County.
Patrick Crew
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
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 offers CIRCUIT & LIFT class 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 -

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
Join Wine Tree Farm's Text Club for Specials!
Brandy LaRae offers Massage and Wellness services for Body, Mind and Spirit
UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra: "Are You Being Bugged?" Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Four Brothers, a Dad, Amador Wine, and a National Firefighter Charity
NEW WEB SITE: - Contains various projects being developed for the preservation and display of local fire history.
BE A DISASTER HEALTH CARE VOLUNTEER! County volunteer application and fingerprinting scan required. Once clearance is received, you would be sworn in as a Disaster Service Worker.
For more information, visit:

ROARING CAMP'S "DIRT OF THE MONTH" CLUB - Hello Roaring Camp family and friends! I know many of you bought bags or signed up for our Dirt of the Month Club and I would like to thank you and I hope you all had fun and found some gold! With the holidays upon us I would like to offer you a special offer. Remember these make fabulous gifts. If you buy a bag BEFORE DECEMBER 25th, I will give you $5.00 off per bag with no limit on how many you can buy between now and then! Also, for those of you that would rather sign up for a membership, I will give you one month’s free shipping, that’s a $12.35 savings in addition to your club savings! Remember, we will be offering this special from now until December 25. You can email or call us anytime to get started. I hope to hear from you soon, let us know if you have any questions.
1 bag $50.00 Tax $4.00 Shipping $12.35= $66.35
3 Month Club $140.00 Tax $11.20 Shipping $37.05= $188.25-$10.00 savings
6 Month Club $275.00 Tax $22.00 Shipping $74.10= $371.10-$25.00 savings
12 Month Club $550.00 Tax $44.00 Shipping $148.20= $742.20-$50.00 savings

The Camanche Lake & Upcountry Community Centers are coordinating the annual Amador County Angel Tree project.  Last year, Angel Tree provided holiday gifts to over 700 children between the ages of 0 and 17 years.  It is the generosity of folks like you that makes the project so successful!  We are currently requesting unwrapped gifts for children of all ages.  Angels, printed with a local child’s holiday wish list, are available on Angel Trees at a variety of businesses throughout Amador County.  You can sponsor a child by choosing an angel and purchasing a desired gift, or you can make a monetary donation and Community Center staff will purchase the gift on your behalf.  In addition, if someone would like to purchase a generic gift to donate, we will do our best to match the gift with the requests of the unsponsored angels.  
Please drop off your unwrapped gifts at the Jackson Elks Lodge, the Upcountry Community Center, Camanche Lake Community Center, Clark’s Corner, Pine Grove Video or Wal-Mart by December 14th.  As you shop and do business locally, you will find the Angel Trees as well as additional gift drop-off location sites.  Thank you so much for your time and generosity.  With your help, the children in our community will have a very happy holiday season!
For more information or to sponsor a child, please call 296-2785.

ACRA NEEDS SPONSORS for the After School Program at the Hub! The After School Program at the Hub in Jackson has attracted 34 students who come to the facility every Monday through Thursday, from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.  And this number is growing.  ACRA must now keep four personnel on staff there for proper supervision.  In order to pay for additional personnel, ACRA is requesting payment of $2.00 per student per day, which covers approximately half of our personnel costs.  Other costs to run the After School Program include the purchase of healthy snacks and supplies for activities.
Many of our students come from low income families who cannot afford this fee each day.  Despite generous donations from the Jackson Rancheria and private citizens amounting to over $4,000, ACRA does not have sufficient funding to keep this program going.  We are asking the community to help by sponsoring one of more of our students who cannot afford the fee.  A sponsorship of $50.00 per month will keep one student in our program.  Help ACRA to keeps these children in a safe environment during the after school hours.
Call Carolyn at 223-6379 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  
   Thank you so much for your support!

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.

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
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