Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "I believe in living life the way that you want to live it every day, and if you do that, you don't really need to have New Year's resolutions."
- Tom Ford

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News & Announcements
January Chamber Mixer at Lake Camanche - Wed Jan 13
JUNIOR BOWLING AT GOLD COUNTRY LANES - Gold Country Lanes is currently accepting sign ups for its Friday evening Junior Winter Bowling Leagues, open to boys and girls 5 to 18 years old.  New this year is an end of session $1,000 Scholarship Tournament.  Junior bowler winnings will be deposited into their SMART scholarship trust accounts. Fees include a $17 once per year USBC membership.  Weekly costs range from $7 to $9 based on age and division.  Sign up anytime before January 14. There will be an informational meeting and practice bowling session Friday January 8 at 6 pm.  For more information and to sign up, stop by or call Gold Country Lanes 209.223.3334
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: LIVING IN THE FOREST AND FIRE-SAFE LANDSCAPING - The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County are offering a free class on living in the forest and fire-safe landscaping.  Master Gardener Janice Johnson will give you advice to be a good steward of your property by keeping your forest healthy.  Learn why you should clear brush and thin trees and how to recognize common pests and diseases in your conifers and oaks.  Learn about the wildlife that share the forest with you and how to live in harmony with them.   Master Gardener and Fire Safe director Cathy Koos Breazeal will offer some handy tips to landscape your yard so that it combines beauty and fire safety.
  Join us Saturday January 16th, 9 am to noon, at the GSA Building 12200-B Airport Road, Martell.  If you have any questions call the Master Gardeners from 10:00 a.m.-12 pm Tuesday through Thursday at 223-6838 or e-mail
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: NOURISHING & REBUILDING YOUR SOIL - On Saturday, January 30, from 9AM to noon, the Amador Master Gardeners will host a free class about nourishing your soil. Come and learn about the all-important plant medium: SOIL. Success in gardening depends on soil preparation. Methods of improving and maintaining your soil will be presented. The quality of your soil is one of the most important components of growing anything successfully. In this class will discuss types of soil and ways to improve soil including standard composting, and worm composting. Learn that clay soil is not the worst thing that ever happened to you.
This class will be held at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road, Jackson/Martell.​ If you have any questions call the Master Gardeners from 9:00 a.m. -12 p.m.Tuesday through Thursday at 223-6838 or e-mail
VIA FIRST 5 AMADOR: The Family Resource Network is offering a one-day retreat for mothers of children with special needs:
Ever heard the expression “If the world gives you lemons you need to make lemonade.”? As mothers of children with special needs we have faced many challenges. This year’s Mothers Retreat will focus on ways we can address those negative situations without being overcome by them. Family Resource Network offers a day of relaxation and fun for mothers raising children with special needs. The day will provide an opportunity for mothers to meet other mothers, and spend some time on themselves. The day will include games, music, fun, prizes, and lots of food.
Register now for the 18th Annual Mothers Retreat: Lemons or Lemonade?
Saturday, February 6, 2016; registration and continental breakfast begin at 9:30 a.m.; workshop hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton, CA, Chartville 1 Conference Room.
The registration form is available at
For more information please contact FRN
Obituaries can be found at:
What's up in your neck o' the woods?
National Blood Donor Month - National Mentoring Month
- CAL FIRE Announces Fire Prevention Grants to Reduce Threat of Wildfire- Deadline is January 7, 2016
- Progressive Women's Committee features candidates for US Congress and CA State Assembly - Thurs Jan 7
- Gallery 10 features "Not Your Usual Garage Sale" in January
- Two artists, Judy Regnier and Cynthia Dunn-Selph, featured at Sutter Creek Gallery in January
- Events at the Union Inn & Pub: Monday Prix Fixe, Comedy Night, Prime Rib and more!
- Jackson Creek Dental announces 2016 "Smiles for Kids" - Taking appointments starting Mon Jan 11
- CAL FIRE EXAM APPLICATIONS extended to January 12
- Chamber of Commerce presents free class, "Revitalize Your Business" - Tues Jan 12
- Date extended to January 15 for Butte Fire Art Project, "Out of the Ashes We Remember and Rebuild
- "Live Your Dream" Award: Scholarship opportunity for women extended to January 15, 2016
- Gallery 10 features "Not Your Usual Garage Sale" in January
- Two artists, Judy Regnier and Cynthia Dunn-Selph, featured at Sutter Creek Gallery in January - Reception on January 16
- Amador Artists in “AnimalScapes” Regional Exhibit Opening January 16
- Amador Fire Protection District - Tues Jan 19
- Air District Board Meeting - Tues Jan 19
- JBCA Annual Meeting & Mixer - Wed Jan 20
- Amador Fire Protection Authority Board - Thurs Jan 21
- AAUW sponsors presentation by local Gold Country authors - Thurs Jan 21
- Santa Cruz’s Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra to play Amador City - Fri Jan 22
- Gallery 10 features "Not Your Usual Garage Sale" in January
- Two artists, Judy Regnier and Cynthia Dunn-Selph, featured at Sutter Creek Gallery in January
CAL FIRE - Applications accepted for Fire Fighter I - Deadline to apply is January 31
- Spring 2016 iTV Classes - Now Enrolling!
SERBIAN CHRISTMAS - Thursday, January 7. There will be a procession through Jackson's Main Street at 12 noon, and shotgun shots will be ringing through town. Not to worry, they are just black powder blanks!
This tradition has been happening in Jackson for over 100 years and we hope to keep it that way!
Thank you so much. - Beau Gillman
January 8th HCP CPR @ 6:00 pm $50
January 23rd
CPR / AED @ noon $50
First Aid @ 2:00pm $50
*take both courses on the 23rd: $75*
Held at 102 E. Main Street, Ione
Contact Jason to pre register at 209-304-0158 or email
SUTTER CREEK BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION will be holding their first board meeting for 2016 on Thursday, January 7, 8:30 am, Hotel Sutter.  Coffee and tea will be provided.
Changes to the calendar for 2016 will be discussed, as well as what direction we want to move in for 2016.  Please come and share your wishes and ideas.
Our meetings are held monthly, unless otherwise advised, so mark your calendars now for the first Thursday of every month. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the Creeky Cupboard, 267-9314. Linda
THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday January 7, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The speakers for January will be Robert Derlet and Robert Carabas, candidates for US Congress and CA State Assembly.  Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at or 267-0177 no later than January 5th. All those interested are welcome to attend. The buffet luncheon is $15.00. Pay at the door - cash or personal check only.
SERBIAN CHRISTMAS - Thursday, January 7. There will be a procession through Jackson's Main Street at 12 noon, and shotgun shots will be ringing through town. Not to worry, they are just black powder blanks!
This tradition has been happening in Jackson for over 100 years and we hope to keep it that way!

Thank you so much. - Beau Gillman
AMADOR SAWMILL & MINING ASSOCIATION WORKSHOP, OPEN HOUSE & LUNCH - Saturday, January 9 from 11AM to 1PM. Have lunch on us, and tour our shop and projects! Please join the Amador Sawmill and Mining Association at their workshop in Jackson for lunch and a tour of the shop and current projects. Hamburgers, sausages, chili and coleslaw will be served. the ASMA is actively working to preserve and display the timber/lumber and mining industries of the Mother Lode.
The shop is located on Hwy 49 in Jackson, at the old Prospect Motors buildling. Enter the shop from the back of the building off of Sutter Street.
Please RSVP to Ed Arata/ASMA Board at
SMILES FOR KIDS 2016 by Jackson Creek Dental Group and its staff, and we will be treating children, at no cost, who “fall between the cracks” in healthcare – children who are not covered by private dental insurance or Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal - on Saturday, February 6 from 8 AM-12 PM. Because of the overwhelming number of children attending this event, appointments will be scheduled in advance starting Monday, January 11, 2016. These appointments will be filled on a first-come-first served basis by calling Jackson Creek Dental Group at (209) 223-2712.  Once the schedule is full they will no longer accept additional patients.  
Smiles for Kids
Taking appointments on Mon Jan 11
To qualify for treatment, children must be 2-18 years of age, qualify for free or reduced fee school lunches, WIC or CHDP, be a resident of Amador County, and they must not be covered by private dental insurance or Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal.  A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child throughout the appointment.
For more information, please call Jackson Creek Dental at 209.223.2712 or visit:
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL meets on Monday, January 11 at 6PM at the Veteran’s Hall on Buckhorn Ridge Rd, Pioneer. Happy New Year to all!  Please venture out and come to hear what our CAL FIRE Chief “Chris Post”, from the Pine Grove Youth Camp, is planning for us this year, along with Carolyn Fregulia from ACRA regarding the Pioneer & Mollie Joyce Parks located in Pioneer.  Jon Hopkins, Director of General Services for Amador County, will also report on what his responsibilities are and his hopes for 2016.
Please bring any concerns or visions you may have concerning our upcountry area.
Hope to see you then.  The meeting will be canceled only if it is snowing that evening.
- Sherry Curtis, Chair of Upcountry Community Council, 295-6404

McCLINTOCK STAFF SATELLITE OFFICE HOURS - Office staff members are available to assist constituents with problems or concerns at satellite office locations held throughout the district.  Anyone wishing to discuss an issue of federal concern is invited to attend one of these satellite office sessions and speak with a member of staff.
Next date in Amador County:
Tuesday, January 12th
Conference Room D
County Administration Center
810 Court Street
Jackson, CA  95642
For more information, or to reach staff, please call the District office at 916-786-5560.
PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS - Wednesday, January 13 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at First 5 Amador, 975 Broadway, Jackson. Have developmental or social-emotional (behavior) concerns about your 3, 4, or 5 year old child? The Amador County Unified School District, in partnership with First 5 Amador, will be offering free Preschool Developmental Screenings. Space is limited, so please call to register for an appointment, at 257-1092.
AMERICAN LEGION FUNDRAISER FOR CUB SCOUT PACK 63 - Fri Jan 15 from 5-8PM at the American Legion Post108, Sutter Creek. Past dinner, dine in or take out. $20 for 4 people. Includes: Pasta, salad, bread and cookie.
Tickets must be turned in at event. individual tickets available at the door for $6. To purchase tickets in advance, call Suzanne at 916-834-2099.
MOTHER LODE RAGTIME SOCIETY - The next meeting will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016, 7 pm - 9:30 pm, at the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium. Tom Brier will be on hand to provide lots of good music. As always, we hope that Julia Riley, Elliott Adams, and Kylan deGhetaldi might show up to give Tom a hand.  All others who would like to play are welcome as well!
It's never too early to start planning to attend this year's Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival. Dates are August 12-14, 2016. For more information as it becomes available, watch the website,, or call 209.405.1563.
Here's hoping you have a great 2016! - Marilyn, Mother Lode Ragtime Society

ACRA BINGO 2016 - Tues Jan 19 at the American Legion Hall, Sutter Hill. Doors open no later than 5:30 PM. Early Bird Bingo 6 PM. Regular BINGO 6:15 PM.
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). Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs and U-Pic Ems; another chance to win!
Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program Please call Barbara at ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.
AMADOR COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING - The next Commission Meeting will be held at the Amador Senior Center in Room #3 on Wednesday, January 20 at 10 a.m. There will be a discussion of the accomplishments in 2015 and the plans for 2016. Public is welcome.
For talking points for December and January, visit:
LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE IN 12 WEEKS with the Jackson Claim Jumpers! Starts Thursday, January 28, 6:30 – 7:45 pm. Fun for families, singles or couples, no special dress required. Music from country to pop. Nationally-recognized caller Kip Garvey is known for his fun, dynamic teaching style. Three months of great exercise and fun for only $60 – half price for 21 & under, family rate available. Amador Senior Center Hall, 229 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information visit or call Janine Oneto at 209-245-6221.
5TH ANNUAL SPAGHETTI FEED! Amador County Cemetery Board Spaghetti Feed will be held on Friday January 29, 2016. This Fifth year annual event has a new location and will be held at the Italian Picnic grounds. Same great cooks as last year. Plenty of Spaghetti both meaty red sauce and traditional pesto. Along with garlic bread, salad, desert, wine and soda. Please, no outside alcohol! Same fun as the previous years with raffle and door prizes. Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30, and raffle at 7:00. Proceeds benefit The Amador County Cemetery Board. Tickets are $20 each or $25 at the door.  To purchase tickets, contact ACRA at 223-6349.
FREE CLASS: LEARN HANDS-ONLY CPR -Give yourself the gift of a life-saving skill -- Learn Hands-Only CPR at this free class on Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m.  at Lockwood Station 151, 23141 Shake Ridge Road in "Upper" Volcano.
Studies have shown that Hands-Only CPR started immediately by bystanders saves lives.  No worries about mouth-to-mouth contact, this new technique can be learned in an hour and the only tools you need are your own hands.  Taught by Steve Weston, Red Cross, and the C.A.S.H. cadre.  Class size limited; contact Cathy Koos Breazeal, Lockwood Fire Protection District to sign up,
COMPUTER DATA BACKUP SEMINAR - "Computer Data Backup, Use It or Loose it!"  Learn Cloud Backup-Safe or Risky.? Are Free Backup services OK?. Personal Data Backup: External Hard Drives, When and What to Backup and Personal Backup Strategies.  Also Business Data Backup Options: Redundancy Hard Drives, Incremental or  Full Data, Off-Site Data Storage and Third Party Services. Disaster Recovery, How to Restore Data will also be covered.  The Cost of this seminar is $30 per person, $50 per couple, Business discount $25 minimum 2.  This seminar will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Health and Services Bldg. 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek, CA. To register call Barbara at ACRA 223-6349. Presented by Tori Moody of CPU Computers. For more information please call 296-0660.
HOLISTIC HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR - Saturday, January 30 2016 from 11AM-4PM at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. FREE event, featuring holistic health information, demonstrations and samples, local farm products, product sales.
FREE raffle, nutritious lunch available for purchase.
Sponsored by the Body Mind Spirit Center of Amador. For more information, call 209.419.2503
FREE TICKETS to The Mother Lode Highland Games on June 18 & 19, 2016! All you need to do is to VOLUNTEER to work 4 hours per day to get a one day entry. To volunteer please visit, click on the "Volunteer" link, then go to the registration form.
There will be a Volunteer Meeting on Saturday, January 30 at 12 Noon at the Spur Bldg. at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit:
KICKBALL TOURNAMENT -  4 on 4, indoor co-ed at Argonaut High School Sunday January 31 at 1:00pm.  The cost is $40 per team.  Please call John for details about this new exciting event at ACRA 223-6349, or
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT presented by the Mother Lode Friends of Music on Sunday, January 31 at 3PM. Music for piano and string quintet, with works by  Lyapunov, Gibbs, Ocon and De Falla.  With violinist Corina Stoian and pianist Ron Brickman and other string players from the San Francisco Bay Area.  Free admission.  Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street, Sutter Creek.  Go to or call (209) 293-4227 for more information.

COUNTY OF AMADOR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 15-15: Construction Engineering Services for New York Ranch Road/Ridge Road Intersection Improvement Project - Deadline is February 4, 2016
TRANSFORMING THE DIFFICULT CHILD - Thursday, February 25 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at First 5 Amador, 975 Broadway, Jackson. This workshop is for you, if you are the parent, caregiver, therapist, or teacher of a challenging child or teen and you have found that no matter how much you (and others) try to help the child, he or she still struggles. These struggles could include anger, disrespect, arguing, overreacting, self-control problems, anxiety or depression. This free workshop is open to the public, and will be presented by Jennifer Lotery, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist who has been working with children and teens for over 25 years. The training is based on the work of Howard Glasser, M.A. who developed the Nurtured Heart Approach. Light refreshments will be provided. Please call the Foster and Kinship Care Education program to RSVP, at (530) 642-5659.
WINDOWS 10 SEMINAR - Learn the tips, tricks and cool features: Work hands free, speech and facial recognition, markup and share web pages, Use one app for all email accounts, New Microsoft edge browser tools, game with Xbox, plus new features added constantly.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Health and Services Bldg. 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek, CA. To register call Barbara at ACRA 223-6349. Presented by Tori Moody of CPU Computers. For more information please call 296-0660.
STAN KELLEY MEMORIAL CRAB FEED - Hosted by the Sutter Creek Lions Club, Saturday, February 27 at the Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street, Sutter Creek.
Doors open at 5PM for no host bar. Crab served at 6:30PM. Door and raffle prizes. Wine served with crab provided by Karmere Winery (no outside alcohol permitted). Proceeds support community service projects, scholarships and Sutter Creek Boy Scouts Troop #6.
Tickets are $35. To order tickets or for more information, contact Chuck Swiderski at 209.296.3457 or email, or visit:
BRITISH YOUTH SOCCER CAMP - Challenger Sports' British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based upon one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and Canada. Our experienced staff study the game at all levels and we have identified the key techniques and skills that your players need to work on and master to reach their true potential. With programs for each age, the curriculums includes a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a mini tournament play.
Camp will be held at the Howard Park Soccer Fields in Ione Starting Monday, June 6th - Friday, June 10th. Register by April 22nd to receive a FREE Jersey! Registration includes a soccer ball and camp t-shirt.
Mini Soccer from 9am-10:30 am, Ages 3-5 $118
Mini Soccer from 10:40-12:10am, Ages 3-5 $118
Half Day Camp from 9am-12pm, Ages 6-12 $139
Golden Goal (Monday-Thursday) 12:30pm-2:30pm, Ages 6-12 $45 (only available for Half Day Camp Participants)
Register online at:
SAVE THE DATE: TetraBrazil Soccer Academy
TetraBrazil Soccer Academy offers unique programs of technical development that challenge each player to raise their game to new heights. The TetraBrazil curriculum has been designed by our professional coaches to provide teams, coaches and players with the same, expert level of training received by the top youth players in Brazil. The TetraBrazil Soccer Academy will teach your child more than just techniques and tactics. Each member of the TetraBrazil coaching staff will bring an authentic taste of the flair, passion, and creativity of Brazilian soccer to our camps.
Camp will be held at the Howard Park Soccer Fields in Ione Starting Monday, June 6th - Friday, June 10th. Register by April 22nd to receive a FREE Jersey! Registration includes a soccer ball and camp t-shirt.
Half Day Camp from 9am-12pm, Ages 13-18 $164
Half Day Camp from 1pm-4pm, Ages 8-18 $164
Full Day Camp from 9am-4pm, Ages 13-18 $204
Register online at:
E-mail your releases, briefs, newsletters, announcements, etc. for our calendar to:

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
NEW YORK FITNESS’ WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE CLASSES - Classes are free to members. Non-members, only $10 per class. Join the gym, and get the classes for free! Monday nights from 5-6PM. First class begins Mon Jan 4 in the Yoga Studio at NY Fitness, 615 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. This is an active class; please wear comfortable clothes.
Learn how to hit, strike, knee and kick. Learn how to defend yourself against grabs. Chokes, bear hugs and ground attacks.
Call 209.223.3236 Like us on Facebook!
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...
"Right Turn" Mentor-led fitness helps overweight kids get fit and eat healthy!
- Date extended to January 15 for Butte Fire Art Project, "Out of the Ashes We Remember and Rebuild"
NY Fitness offers new "Fit Kids" Unlimited Card
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
Rosebud's Cafe & Market features USDA pasture-raised lamb
- Local cyclist asks for support in 2016 AIDS/LifeCycle
FREE TICKETS to The Mother Lode Highland Games on June 18 & 19, 2016! All you need to do is to VOLUNTEER to work 4 hours per day to get a one day entry. To volunteer please visit, click on the "Volunteer" link, then go to the registration form.
There will be a Volunteer Meeting on Saturday, January 30 at 12 Noon at the Spur Bldg. at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit:
The Amador County District Attorney's office is currently seeking a District Attorney I-III.  The ideal candidate will be able to present and prosecute criminal cases, interview complainants and assign projects to investigators.  They must be an active member of the California State Bar and possess a valid California Drivers License.
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Salary / Pay Rate: $73,956.96-108,763.92/yr
  • Post Date: 01/05/2016
  • Expire Date: 01/29/2016 5:00 PM
For more information and details about this position, visit:
To apply, please submit an Amador County Employment Application:

FIRE CHIEF POSITION OPEN: Lockwood Fire Protection District is searching for a part-time Fire Chief to lead our rural, combination fire department.  Compensation: Stipend.
Click on the link below for full job description and application instructions:
JOB OPPORTUNITY: MHSA PROGRAM COORDINATOR - The Behavioral Health Department is currently seeking a Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Programs Coordinator.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in social services, education, marketing, communications, organizational studies or closely related field related to community development and two (2) years of increasingly responsible professional or administrative experience, preferably in the behavioral health field utilizing MHSA funding.  Experience in the development of educational or promotional programs or projects, grant funds, grant audits, compliance and contract management preferred.
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Salary / Pay Rate: $28.33-34.44/hr
  • Post Date: 12/29/2015
  • Expire Date: 01/08/2016 5:00 PM
For more information about this position, please select the link:
To apply, please submit an Amador County Employment Application at:
JOB OPPORTUNITY: PART TIME MATH TUTOR position available. Must be able to tutor K through Algebra 1, but ability to tutor Geometry and Algebra 2 students as well is preferred. A teaching credential or current enrollment in a credential program is required. Please submit resume at Well Read Books, Call 209.304.0077.
WELL-MANNERED DOG FOR THE NEW YEAR! Would you appreciate a dog who sat at the front door and greeted your friends, or maybe a dog who walked by your side with a slack leash and followed your commands? Or perhaps a dog who SAT and waited at mealtime or went in and out of doors with great self-control.
Pre-purchase 2 private lessons in Pine Grove before the end of January and get a third lesson FREE! There's no expiration date on when you need to use the 3 lessons.
Contact me by email or phone 209-304-5139.
Once you've contacted me and we've determined that I can be of help to you, you can mail your $99 payment to Our Furry Friends, P.O Box 97, Pine Grove 95665. If you'd rather have in-home lessons instead of coming to Pine Grove, I'll let you know what it would add on to the $99 depending on where you live.
Thank you so much and Happy New Year!
Cherie Maitland
Our Furry Friends
Training with Respect and Understanding
General: This is an administrative and hands-on position. The Housekeeping/Restroom Supervisor will be the primary supervisor of the Camanche Recreation Company North Shore and South Shore cottages, office buildings, rental facilities and restrooms, including portable and campground. Through an appropriate organizational structure, the Housekeeping/Restroom Supervisor will directly supervise teams of Housekeeping and Restroom crews.
- Must be bondable.
- Minimum HS education plus 2 years college or equivalent education.
- 3+ years experience in supervisory work related to housekeeping or facilities management.
- Must be able to give direction and work in a team environment.
- Ability to use a computer, including word processing, spreadsheet and e-mail functions.
- Possess a valid Driver's License with a clean 3-year history.
- Reliable transportation.
- Requires weekend, night and holiday work.
Please go to to download an application under the "Careers" tab, and fax to 209.763.5724 or mail to: Human Resource Department, 11700 Wade Lane, Valley Springs, CA 95252. For questions, contact Terry Willard at 209.763.5921 x14.
- Minimum of 2 years sales or sales support experience, and 2 years in customer service.
- Communication proficiency with pleasant phone and warm-calling skills.
- Results-driven, with organizational skills and initiative.
- Outstanding customer skills with ability to obtain accurate information over the phone.
- Technical capacity with experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
- Teamwork with positive attitude
Please go to to download an application under the "Careers" tab, and fax to 209.763.5724 or mail to: Human Resource Department, 11700 Wade Lane, Valley Springs, CA 95252. For questions, contact Terry Willard at 209.763.5921 x14.
MINER’S BEND COMMEMORATIVE BRICK PATHWAY - PERSONALIZED BRICKS AVAILABLE -The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation invites you to participate in Sutter Creek’s new Miners’ Bend Historic Gold Mining Park by buying a personalized  engraved brick in the Commemorative Pathway. You and your family will not only provide financial support to the Foundation and help finish this park, but you will cement your place in Amador County’s gold mining history forever.
The work at Miners' Bend Park at the South end of Sutter Creek continues. By now you have probably noticed all the mining artifacts that have been placed at the South end of Main Street.  Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation has been working hard to make this historical project a reality and now are building a brick walkway that you can be a part of.
The SCCBF’s goal for completion of this park is early next summer, 2016. The Park will feature over a dozen displays telling the story of Amador's roll in the California Gold Rush. Work is being done on interpretive signage that will give visitors a brief history of the gold rush in Sutter Creek and Amador County, with historic photos and descriptions of each artifact on display.
The SCCBF would like to thank all those who have donated time and money to help make this project a reality. The Donor Brick Campaign will help them complete the park. Purchasing a brick is the perfect way to commemorate loved ones, promote your business or organization, honor a special occasion, or find that special gift. Personalized Bricks start at only $100.

Remember, your brick purchase is tax deductible. Buying a personalized brick helps the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation preserve our cultural heritage in Amador County. To order, visit . For more information please call Frank Cunha at 209-304-9192.
BUTTE FIRE POSTERS AVAILABLE: I don't know if everyone here knows about this, but I had two Butte Fire fundraising posters printed up. One poster is photos of the fire truck engine insignias...just a fraction of the fire crews who came, from all over, to help fight the fire. The second poster is a collection of photos that shows all the thanks, gratitude and and signs of appreciation that our community expressed toward all who helped. The goal was to raise enough money to help out the volunteer firefighters who lost their homes in the Mountain Ranch area, and if there were enough sales, to help out anyone else who needed it. The posters sell for $20, are 18"x24" and are suitable for framing. They are available at the following locations: Both Twisted Oak Winery tasting rooms, Creative Cookware (Murphys), SNAC (Murphys), Victoria's Frame Shop (Angels), Calaveras Visitor's Center (Angels), and online at
We had 200 of each poster made. When these are gone, there won't be another printing, so now is the time to get one. They will make great gifts, and it's a great way to donate! Please help spread the word. Thanks!
CRYSTAL IMAGE - 2016 gigs in the Mother Lode:
May 28 - Roaring Camp - Pine Grove
June 8-The Pickle Patch -  San Andreas
June 18 - Amador City Street Dance
July 1 - Murphys Community Park
July 16- Roaring Camp - Pine Grove
August 27- Calaveras Habitat for Humanity
September 17- Roaring Camp - Pine Grove
Call John at 209.267-52723 or email
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
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:
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 delivered 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

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