Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.”
- Albert Einstein

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News & Announcements 
AMADOR TEEN DRIVER NIGHT - Tues Dec 8 (Amador HS) and Wed Dec 9 (Argonaut HS) from 6:30-8pm, Presentations, free pizza and refreshments! This is a great program open to all current and future teen drivers and parents. Many teachers will give extra credit, and all participants will be entered to win a “Behind the Wheel” Session at Gold Country Driving School. For more information, contact Anne Lintz at 223-2000.
JOINT MEETING of The Amador County Commission on Aging and The Isolated Seniors Task Force will be on Wednesday, December 16 at the Rollingwood Mobile Home Park Clubhouse. 20 Rollingwood Dr #500, Jackson. Business Meeting from 10 to 11 am. Holiday Potluck from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Bring a sweet or savory treat to share. Please call Laurie Webb at 223-0442 to RSVP.
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. Candlelight Service, December 24th at 6:00 PM. No Bible Studies from December 21st to January 3rd, 2016. 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
Obituaries can be found at:
- Amador Superior Court to decide if signed Referendum Petition 2203 goes forward - Fri Dec 4
- Grammy Award Winner Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek plays California’s Smallest Town - Dec 4
- Sutter Creek 37th Annual Christmas Open House - Dec 4 & 5
- ArCreations Show & Sale - Sat Dec 5
- 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
- Technical Advisory Committee - Mon Dec 7
- Jackson City Council - Mon Dec 7
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Dec 7
Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Dec 8
- Amador County Planning Commission - Tues Dec 8
- Annual Chamber Mini Trade Show & Mixer - Wed Dec 9
- Amador Water Agency Board of Directors - Thurs Dec 10
- Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Dec 10
- 14th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 11
- 9th Annual Parade of Lights - Sat Dec 12
"Christmas Gifts" from the Amador Choraliers - Dec 10, 12 & 13
- Preston Castle's "Old Tyme Country Christmas" - Dec 12 & 13
Administrative Committee - Mon Dec 14
Jackson City Council - Mon Dec 14
- Complimentary Wine Tasting on Dec 14 at The Union in Volcano!
Board of Equalization - Tues Dec 15
- Sierra Nevada Geotourism Auction - Support local businesses and place-based tourism by giving the gift of the Sierra - Auction closes Dec 15
- Register for California Budget & Policy Center's Annual Budget Briefing - Dec 16
- "The Heart of Christmas" Cantata - Dec 18, 19 & 20
- LFPD Free Family Movie Night: "The Polar Express" - Sat Dec 19
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Dec 21
Board of Supervisors - Tues Dec 22
- Christmas Eve Services at Trinity - Thurs Dec 24
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!
THE AMADOR COUNTY ANGEL TREE PROJECT will be joining Aaron’s in the Amador Shopping Plaza (Hwy 99 Martell) at their “FREE PICTURES WITH SANTA” event once again on Saturday Dec 5 from 12-4pm! This phenomenal organization provides holiday gifts to kids in need between the ages of 0-17 years through the generosity of members of our community, like you. If you would like to help in their mission to spread Christmas cheer, you may "adopt" an angel at their booth on December 5th, bring an unwrapped gift for a child of any age, or provide a monetary donation and the staff will purchase a gift on your behalf.
See the Facebook Event for details:

SATURDAY AT THE MATINEE - Amador Democrats are proud to present two movies - "The Children's March" and "A Time for Justice" on Saturday, December 5 beginning at 12 Noon.
"The Children's March" tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. Their heroism complements discussions about the ability of today's young people to be catalysts for positive social change.
“In A Time for Justice”, four-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim captured the spirit of the civil rights movement through historical footage and the voices of those who participated in the struggle. Narrated by Julian Bond and featuring John Lewis, the 38-minute film allows today’s generation of students to witness firsthand the movement’s most dramatic moments—the bus boycott in Montgomery, the school crisis in Little Rock, the violence in Birmingham and the triumphant 1965 march for voting rights.  The film won the Academy Award for Short Documentary 1995. Please join us at the Amador Democrats Headquarters, located in the Mother Lode Plaza, 557 South Highway 49, Suite 3, Jackson. Feel free to bring your lunch. In Unity, Steve Christensen 209-267-0615

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.
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ADVENT AT TRINITY: We light the second blue candle on the Advent Wreath this Sunday, December 6.  Contrast this quiet time of reflection on Christ’s message with the violence in our world.  Perhaps the real culprits fighting the Christmas spirit are us when we choose fear, hate and war over the message of Christ: Love. Come join us as we move towards a world of true Christmas spirit – peace, love and compassion.  Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.  Regular Sunday services are at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM, followed by a coffee hour after the 10:30 service.  Trinity Church is located at 430 Highway 49, Sutter Hill, across from Walgreens. For more information, call 267-0255, or visit
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS - The Amador County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, December 8th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Meadow Room at the Outpatient Building of Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson. From 6:45 to 8:00 pm we will conduct confidential Support Groups for family members and individuals living with mental illnesses.   For information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.
RELEASE: Property Taxes to Become Delinquent
The first installment of secured property taxes will become delinquent if not paid by 5 pm on Thursday, December 10, 2015
Click below to view the release:
CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY FESTIVAL -- First 5 Amador's 14th Annual Children's Holiday Festival will be held on Friday, December 11, from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Experience "Winter Festivals Around the World" as you visit booths representing different countries, featuring each country's holiday traditions. Join us for activities, music, snacks, Santa Claus, holiday entertainment, and community resources. This event is FREE - bring the whole family! Food donations for the Interfaith Food Bank are encouraged. This event will be held at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center, at 975 Broadway in Jackson. For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.
VOLCANO THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” - Through Dec 12 at the Cobblestone Theatre in Volcano. For more information and tickets, visit:
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!
ACRA BINGO at the American Legion Hall Tuesday Dec 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.
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?
Amador residents speak out against AWA rate increase
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 9AM.
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
MESSAGE FROM THE UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL - Merry Christmas to all, I just want to remind everyone that there is no UCC meeting this next Monday. December is when we celebrate the holidays and our families.
Many Blessings,
Sherry Curtis
Chair of UCC
MESSAGE FROM THE SCB&PA: This is just a reminder that there will be no December board meeting for the Sutter Creek Business and Professional Association. We will see everyone again in January.
Please consider attending the SCB&PA board meetings and/or becoming a Board member. We meet the first Thursday of every month, except December, from 8:30 am until no later than 10:00 am. These meetings are a great place to become informed as to what is going on in town and get excited about upcoming events.  The more you know…!
I hope everyone has a prosperous holiday season.

Linda Meadows
VIA THE SCB&PA: THANK YOU TO THE FYOCKS: Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of each day, we forget to express gratitude and thanks.  We think it, we just forget to say goal is to become better at this in the coming year (early New Year's resolution?).
  In that spirit, I would like to give a big thank you to Bob and Faye Fyock for making and displaying the holiday decorations that you see along both sides of Main St., in Sutter Creek. Truly, I think there are at least 150 or more (today I feel like there might have been 500, LOL).  They created, cut the wood, and painted them. They store them year round and repair those that need it. They put them up and then they take them down. I can't tell you how many nice conversations we had with total strangers yesterday as the decorations were being put out.  
  So thank you Bob and Faye!
Linda Meadows
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
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.
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