Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse."
- Henry Van Dyke

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VOLCANO THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” - Through Dec 12 at the Cobblestone Theatre in Volcano. For more information and tickets, visit:
CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS Friday and Saturday, 5 – 9 pm Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27 & 28. Delight in the charm of Jackson’s old-fashioned Christmas Delights! Stroll Main Street with live music, street entertainers, activities for kids. Free horse-drawn carriage rides on Main Street. Mrs. Claus will be at Hein & Co. bookstore reading holiday stories to children on Friday evening. Face-painting magic with Leslie Vasquez at Davenport Properties. Santa lights the town Christmas tree at the firehouse, 6 pm Fri & Sat, then heads to the historic National Hotel for children’s wish lists and free photos. Festively-decorated gift shops and specialty stores will offer holiday specials to visitors
Sponsored by Jackson Business & Community Association.
For more info:
...and more! Get your tickets at:
WALT WHITMAN COMES TO HEIN & COMPANY! WALT WHITMAN: AMERICA'S POET OF THE OPEN ROAD - In this one-hour performance, Tim Holt takes on the role of Walt Whitman, presenting the celebrated poet's life and work in poetry and prose. Holt, as Whitman, celebrates the energy, the sprawling expanse, and diversity of America in the mid-19th century.
Whitman was the unabashed bard of our fledgling democracy. He took the creed that "all men are created equal" and made it sing: "I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume, for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."
Whitman's saga includes his early years growing up on Long Island, his newspaper career, his encounters with Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and his heart-wrenching visits with suffering and dying soldiers during the Civil War--the life experiences that went into the making of "Leaves Of Grass."
Join Mr.Walt Whitman at Hein & Company Books & Vintage Goods on Sunday, November 29 at 2:00. Advance tickets, $10; at the door, $12. Please call Linda at Baker Street West to reserve your ticket: 209-223-2215.
- Amador Community Foundation Joins the Global "Giving Tuesday" Movement - Tues Dec 1
- Operation Care Giving Tuesday - Tues Dec 1
- KVGC's "A Christmas To Remember" - Dec 2 & 3
- Grammy Award Winner Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek plays California’s Smallest Town - Dec 3 & 4
-New York Fitness Indoor Triathlon - Sat Dec 5
- 10th Annual Los Posadas Candlelight Walk in Sutter Creek - Sat Dec 5
- Howard Rees is the Featured Artist at Gallery 10 - Reception on Sat Dec 5
- Local artists feature "Winter Scenes" at Sutter Creek Gallery in December - Reception on December 5
- Annual Chamber Mini Trade Show & Mixer - Wed Dec 9
"Christmas Gifts" from the Amador Choraliers - Dec 10, 12 & 13
- Preston Castle's "Old Tyme Country Christmas" - Dec 12 & 13
- 9th Annual Parade of Lights - Sat Dec 12
- LFPD Free Family Movie Night: "The Polar Express" - Sat Dec 19
- Holiday Events at Feist Wines
ACRA BINGO at the American Legion Hall Tuesdays 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.
AMADOR COMMUNITY FOUNDATION “GIVING TUESDAY” DAY OF GIVING” - Make a difference in Amador County! On Tuesday, December 1, the Community Foundation of Amador County will be holding a day of giving. The goal is $75K, with at least $37.5K in match.
By donating on Giving Tuesday, you will help local non-profits who do so much for our community. You can choose what organization receives your donation.
For more information and to donate, visit:
THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE - The Progressive Women's Committee will meet on Thursday December 3, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The speaker for December will be Mike Hewitt, Facilitator for the Gold Country Stroke Support Group.
Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at no later than Tuesday, December 1st (sooner if possible). This is an Open Meeting and all those interested are welcome to attend.
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 noon on Wednesday, December 2nd. If you have made a reservation and do not attend, you may be billed for the luncheon.
UPCOUNTRY HOLIDAY FAIR - Sat Dec 5 from 10AM-4PM at the Red Corral Business Plaza, 22594 Hwy 88, Pioneer. Local artisans offering art and hand-crafted items for unique holiday gifts. Refreshments! Holiday Cheer! Support local art and upcountry businesses!
Deaver Jugs, Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Specials, Purple Friday!
CALICO CHRISTMAS IN AMADOR CITY - Saturday, December 5 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. downtown Amador City celebrates Christmas.  The town decorates for the season with fresh hand-made pine garlands and Christmas lights hung from century old buildings.
Christmas music will be performed to brighten spirits on old Highway 49 and bring a festive air.
On the patio in front of the Imperial Hotel guests can take in artisan libations to ward off the winter chill.
At 5:30 pm there will be a tree lighting on the bridge over Amador Creek and Christmas carols. Shops will stay open late. Three local winery tasting rooms will welcome visitors.
Throughout the day there will be an array of Christmas comestibles available. Andrae’s Bakery offers an espresso bar, decadent baked goods, artisan breads and Sacramento craft beers.
Buffalo Chips Restaurant renders handmade pies, an old-fashioned soda fountain and great burgers.  After the tree lighting they feature a traditional polenta dinner served with Italian chicken sausage and mixed greens, finished with bread pudding and hot buttered rum sauce.
A variety of small bite desserts prepared by classic pastry chef Ingrid Fraser will be available at Feist Wines.
Select stores offer discounts and shoppers can stop by The Kitchen Store for home-made cookies.
Like the textile “calico” from where this celebration gets its name the joy of Amador City is its authenticity and raw, unprocessed nature.
For more information, visit: or call 267-8020.
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!
LOCKWOOD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Ware unfurling the screen again on Saturday, December 19 at 6:30 to show “The Polar Express”! Bring your own mug for bottomless hot cocoa ($1) and popcorn ($1). We have the usual firehouse folding chairs and tables for seating, but if you prefer, wear your PJs, bring a comfy camp chair and your favorite blankie. Each attending kid will get their own keepsake jingle bell and golden "Believe" ticket from the Conductor! Share the word, come on out, and remind yourself to BELIEVE!

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Opinions & Issues
EDITORIAL: Why Just One Person?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sign the Petition for Recall on ACUSD Superintendent Glock
Amador residents speak out against AWA rate increase
D.NORMAN: Dollar General On the Move
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."

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
THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church - Sunday Morning Service is at 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after. If you need a ride to church, please call the office by Friday no later than 4:30 PM. Men’s Bible Study Monday night at 7:00 PM. Home Bible Study in Pioneer on Monday night at 6:30 PM.  Wednesday afternoon Ladies’ 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
MAIN STREET THEATER WORKS SURVEY: This Summer saw many new faces, as well as our regulars, at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre. Main Street Theatre Works wants to get to know you better and find out what influences your entertainment decisions. By answering a few simple questions, you can help us improve our facility, influence productions, better direct our marketing efforts, and make it a destination for all to enjoy. And everyone who fills out this survey will be entered into a drawing for a Season Subscription ~ 2 tickets to each of our summer shows, and 2 tickets to each of our fundraisers (Spring One-Acts and Fall Live Radio Show). Leave us your phone number and/or email address at the end of the survey and we'll enter you in the drawing. Winners will be drawn before the end of the year. Thank you for your time, valuable input, & continued support of MSTW.” - Susan McCandless
NOW HIRING: Rest, a Boutique Hotel in Plymouth is now hiring for Front Desk and Housekeeping positions. Go to Taste Restaurant at 9402 Main Street, Plymouth between 9:30AM-4PM to apply and schedule an interview. Email:
RECYCLE YOUR TURKEY DEEP FRYER OIL Did you know Amador County has a used cooking oil recycling program? So if you’re brave enough to deep fry your turkey for Thanksgiving, we have a place to recycle your cooking oil! The oil is collected at the ACES Waste Services Transfer Station at 6500 Buena Vista Road and is converted into a biodiesel fuel for a truly green Turkey-to-Tank alternative to high gasoline prices. For more information on the cooking oil recycling program or any of the County’s other recycling programs, please call the Amador County Waste Management and Recycling Department at (209) 223-6429 or go to
HELP NEEDED FOR LAS POSADAS: "I need a few more people to help with traffic control for the parade that runs from the Catholic church to the Methodist Church from around 6pm to 8pm. The volunteers would be at various blocked intersections to allow the walkers to be safe until their arrival at the Methodist church. The police department is involved. Cones and vests will be provided. Anyone interested can call me. Thanks." Mike Phalen 267-2210
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:
DONATE $5 TO MAKE-A-WISH® - GET A SHOPPING PASS AT SEARS! Give a little and get a lot! When you donate $5 to Make-A-Wish® Jackson Sears Store will give you a shopping pass to get Thanksgiving Doorbuster savings from 5pm-8pm Wednesday November 25th, 2015. Plus, we’re collecting customer donations to Make-A-Wish now through Dec 31, 2015. Did you participate in our Make-A-Wish® donation event last year?
ELEMENT BREAKFAST/BRUNCH: NEW WED HOURS STARTING DEC 2 - Dear Local Merchants and Residents: After much thought and many sleepless nights, we are temporarily ceasing solely the dinner operation of Element as of November 15th. Our Element team will continue creating a memorable experience serving our usual breakfast and brunch open Wednesdays through Mondays to the public, adding one additional morning starting Dec 2nd.  As a day to day owner/operator of both the hotel and restaurant I will be taking a temporary dinner service “Prenatal/Maternal” Sabbatical.  Currently in my third trimester and needing to re-prioritize to find a realistic short-term change for preparations. I am looking forward to some family bonding this time around with my 2 year old son Ravi, dad, and newborn arriving in early 2016. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and continued support.
Element Breakfast/Brunch
M-F (closed Tuesdays) 8am-11am
Sat-Sun 8am-1pm
Holiday Mondays 8am-1pm
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
"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