Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle."
- Robert Anthony
News & Announcements
MARK BENNETT - Outside the Ivory Tower: Elections and Other Thoughts
- AWA Fire Protection Committee - Tues May 17
- Amador LAFCO - Thurss May 19
The Old West Lives On: Marie Scofield Reflects Upon Wagon Trains and Cowboy Campfires
When you hear the phrase, "The Old West", a few things come to mind: Cowboys, open prairies, tall tales, campfires and covered wagons. It was the start of the American cowboy, what "being country" is about, then and now. Marie and Ron Scofield of Amador County thoroughly enjoy the rich history and culture of the Old West, and hope to evoke those same feelings in other people in our community...[read more]
VIA OFFICE OF REGISTRAR OF VOTERS: ATTENTION POLL VOTERS IN SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICTS 3 & 4 - The sample ballots you received in the mail have incorrect or missing candidate statements. You will be receiving a letter as well as candidates statements for your district in the mail by May 18th. Until that time, you may find the correct statements for your Supervisorial District as well as the State Representative 4th District and State Assembly 5th District on the Elections website at:
Please Note there are no candidates for Supervisorial Districts 3 and 5 in the June 2016

Presidential Primary
All Vote By Mail voters will receive the appropriate Voter Information Pamphlet, which includes candidate statements, with their ballot. We are extremely sorry for any confusion this may have caused. Please feel free to contact the Elections Office at 209-223-6465 with any questions or concerns.
THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday June 2, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The speaker for June will be Maureen Funk,
Executive Director of the Amador Council of Tourism. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally at no later than noon on Tuesday, May 31st   
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, June 1st.  
VIA UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Here's the information and application for the free low flow toilets & showerheads. Please read the requirements on "Eligibility" to be sure that you're a customer of one of the listed water agencies. Also, put your home address on the map by clicking on the "here" in the sentence "You can view a map of these areas here."  Or you can call to verify that you're eligible. If you are, fill out and submit the information on the "Application" page.
TRINITY SUTTER CREEK - This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. We celebrate the Trinity – the one God expressed in three persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our church is named after the Trinity.  Come join us as we explore an expanded notion of God and how it applies to our lives today.  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
THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church   Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after. First Sunday Night Service is May 22nd at 6:00 PM.  Special speaker, Ricco Sotelo Berlanga will be sharing both Sunday night and at Monday’s Youth Night, May 23rd at 7:00 PM. As a former Mafia boss, Ricco Sotelo Berlanga shares how Jesus took him from being one of the largest drug dealers and 2nd in Command of one of the largest Crime Families in California to sharing Christ throughout Europe. Memorial Day Jamboree, Pine Grove Park-Monday, May 30th- 2:00 PM Pot Blessing. Music starts at 3:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at:

May Newsletters
Community Calendar
MAY 2016
ACRA BINGO 2016 - May 17 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.
MISS AMADOR SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION Young women ages 16 – 23: Don't miss out on this terrific opportunity to build your educational portfolio and earn some scholarship funds!
Entries are now being accepted for the popular Miss Amador scholarship competition. The competition and pageant are scheduled for July 28th at the Amador County Fair on the Biagi Family Stage at 8:00 p.m.
Take the opportunity to compete for scholarships and to represent Amador County and the Fair as ambassadors throughout the year. The women compete in the areas of community service and fair experience, a personal and fair industry interview focusing on the entrant’s sense of value, attitudes, goals and aspirations, communication skills before a live audience, and an on-stage presentation.
Completed entry forms are due in the Fair office by Friday, May 20 at 4PM.
For complete information, visit:
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: SMALL SPACE GARDENING - Gardening in a small area presents challenges and stimulates creativity Among the commonly used solutions are container gardening, vertical gardening, trellising, straw bales and the square foot method. Bring photos of your own solutions to share. UCCE Amador Master Gardeners will be on hand to discuss various methods to maximize minimal space. This free class will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 9-12 at the Amador County GSA building, 12200-B Airport Road in Martell.
If you have any questions about the class or have other gardening questions, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or e-mail,
AMADOR GOP: DO YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP IN THE PRIMARY, but can’t because you have to be a registered Republican? We can help. 1) You can re-register at the County Elections Office up until the deadline in Mid-May. 2) There will be a voter registration booth at WalMart on May 21 from about 11:00 to 5:00. 3) Republican Headquarters, Visit our or phone (209) 257-3405 for additional dates and times.
Amador Community News,, is a non-partisan and politically neutral community news, information and resource site, and does not endorse political parties or candidates.
LOCKWOOD FPD ANNUAL FLEA MARKET & PANCAKE BREAKFAST - Saturday, May 28, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM rain or shine! Come eat a great breakfast, check out the crafts and flea market treasures. Learn some new safety techniques, then eat a great Tri-tip lunch and hang out with your friends and neighbors! Meet the new Fire Chief. Grab a booth to sell your stuff and make money - call 296-6063 to reserve your space. Booth spaces fill up quick. It's always a fun day at the fire department!
NOW ACCEPTING 2016 BACK-PACK 2 SCHOOL APPLICATIONS- As always, our goal is to ensure that Amador County students start school feeling supported by their community to be successful in school. The project's long-term goal is to have our students do well in school, graduate, and go on to higher learning.
Please find attached the 2016 Back-Pack 2 School application (below) in English and Spanish. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS TUESDAY, MAY 31. Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed and late applications will not be accepted.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you.
Ruthella Turner, FRC Director
Nexus Youth & Family Services
Follow the community centers on Facebook!
Upcountry Community Center
P: 209-296-2785
F: 209-296-2782
Camanche Lake Community Center
P: 209-763-2720
Ione Family Resource Center
P: 209-274-4465

JUNE 2016+
FREE YOGA EVENT RETURNS TO JACKSON - On Saturday, June 4, local yoga enthusiasts will present a FREE opportunity for all ages to try a gentle yoga session, outdoors in Detert Park with lovely live tamboura music. All levels are welcome, even if you’ve never done yoga before. No pre-registration is required – check in starting at 8:45 am. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water and a mat if you have one. If not, bring a large towel or two. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.  For more info or questions, call 257-1208.
MINERS’ BEND PARK DEDICATION - Thurs June 9 from 4:30-7:30. Join us on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the Miners' Bend Park for the  dedication ceremony. The Native Sons will be hosting a BBQ dinner from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. For more information on Miners’ Bend Park, visit:
SAVE THE DATE! 3RD ANNUAL “SWING TO END HUNGER” BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT - Friday, June 10 at Castle Oaks Golf Club. 8a.m. Shotgun Start
Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Food Bank. Raffle Prizes and Sponsorships available
Come join the fun and help fight hunger! Over 6100 Amador County Residents
suffer from food insecurity. Your donation is entirely tax deductible.  Tax ID # 68-0363653  
For more information and registration forms, contact Tom Thompson 209-267-9006 Web site:
AMADOR COUNTY CAMP OUT FOR CANCER YARD SALE - Friday, June 10 from 8 am-6 pm, and Saturday, June 11 from 8 am-12 noon at Pine Grove Park on Hwy 88.
Fill a bag for $3 from 10 am to Noon! All proceeds benefit to help our local friends on their cancer journey. (Drop off donations at the park June 9, noon to 7 p.m.)
For more information: Amador STARS Cancer Support, Transportation & Resource Services
SAVE THE DATE! “GOLDEN THREADS” QUILT SHOW - Mother Lode Quilters’ Guild Presents “Golden Threads” Quilt Show on October 1-2, 2016, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Featured Quilter: Sandra Mollon. Quilts, Wearable Art, Vendors, Country Store, Silent Auction, and Guild Challenge. At the Historic Downtown Sutter Creek Auditorium and Community Center. Admission $6.00 For more information, call Anelie at 296-7059 or visit:


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Opinions & Issues
FROM THE CITY OF IONE: This past weekend, there was a vandalism spree at Howard Park: Vehicles tearing up the gravel near the Skate Park, improper use of the urinals, tearing down of safety tape, and more. The City of Ione needs your help to prevent vandalism and apprehend individuals who vandalize our parks and recreational facilities. Please call City Hall at 209-274-2412 or Sheriff Dispatch (after hours) at 209-223-6513 to report vandalism to your park facilities.
Why is it important to stop vandalism?
If you think vandalism isn't your problem, think again. Here are a few reasons why vandalism hurts everyone.Vandalism destroys what your tax dollars have created. Each year vandals destroy thousands of dollars' worth of park facilities and equipment funded by tax dollars. A few minutes of destructive "fun" can add up to huge losses for our City's parks. Vandalism is a problem at all parks throughout Ione costing the city thousands of dollars per year. Vandalism takes dollars away from recreational programs and facilities. It costs money to repair or replace whatever a vandal's actions have destroyed. For example, the cost of removing writing from the Skat Park can easily reach $1000 for sandblasting costs. Replacing a destroyed bench involves high labor repair and materials costs.
Here's what you can do to help prevent and address vandalism.
Always call 9-1-1 to report any crime in progress, including vandalism.
If you have information about a crime that has occurred in a park, but that does not require an immediate police response, please call 209-274-2412.
Thank you for helping!
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
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.
IONE PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 2nd Tues at 6PM
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.
AMADOR WATER AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 9 AM.
Message from Lynn Morgan regarding Volcano rate hike, Bark Beetle trees
AMADOR COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 7PM at their office at 557 Hwy 49 Suite 3, Jackson. Call 209-257-1397.
AMADOR REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE meets on the on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30PM at their headquarters located at 12275 Martell Road (across from Panda House Restaurant). Our meetings are open to the public, and attendance is encouraged. For more information, visit:
OVER-EATERS ANONYMOUS OF JACKSON…if you think you have a problem with food. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday and Friday, 5:30 PM, Sutter Amador Hospital. Oakview Conference Room, in Education Dept on 2nd Floor. Contact Liz, 295-6921.
MOM TO MOM PERINATAL WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP- Second Saturday of every month from 2:30 - 4:00 pm, 975 Broadway, Jackson. In this group for new moms and pregnant women, we: support moms to recover from pregnancy and birth, help you feel well and be the mom you want to be, discuss anxiety, stress, depression, and difficulty adjusting, learn coping and communication skills, and relaxation techniques. A project of the Amador-Calaveras Perinatal Wellness Coalition, and facilitated by Christa Thompson, LCSW. First group will be held on Saturday, May 14. For questions, more information, and to RSVP for free child care, please call 257-1092.

Classes, Workshops, Seminars
EDUCATE, EQUIP & SUPPORT: BUILDING HOPE FOR PARENTS, a 13 week program is designed to provide parents with evidence-based education about childhood mental health illnesses and treatments options. The purpose is to provide education and promote the building of natural supports between parents. This program will inform participants about common childhood mental health issues and symptoms management techniques. Please join us for this free series at the Ione Family Resource Center on Mondays 9:30am starting February 22nd. For more information or to RSVP please call 296-2785.
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 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.
Our Hours in Pine Grove:
Monday, Wed & Fri . . . 8am - Noon
Tuesday & Thurs . . . 8am - 11am
Saturday 9 - 10am During Zumba
(Only changes are the Saturday hours)
Call to find out more about our programs and classes and how you can improve your balance, flexibility, strength and more here at Team Fitness - A Comfortable Place to Get in Shape. 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.
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:
GENTLE YOGA CLASSES - Team Fitness in Pine Grove offers Beginning Hatha Yoga Program with classes offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Classes 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
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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 -
RABIES AWARENESS: Rabies in wildlife continues to pose risk to pets, people.
FYI: The Office of Administrative Law approved the re-adoption of the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Drought Mortality Amendments. This emergency regulatory action readopts the 1038(k), Forest Practice Rule relating to the harvesting of dead and dying trees related to drought and bark beetle induced mortality.
The Department of Insurance completed the Home/Residential Insurance and Wildfire FAQs” document to provide information for homeowners experiencing cancellations or non-renewals, Fair Plan information and other pertinent homeowner insurance information.  The FAQ document has been posted to the Tree Mortality website.  See links.
TAKE THE SURVEY! The Foothill Conservancy, plus our partner organizations, would like to know about your outdoor pursuits and your interest in nature and the environment. Your participation will help drive our priorities, programs and future outreach, which will benefit you, plus current and future members of our organizations.
Our survey will take 5 - 10 minutes to complete and as a Thank You, you’ll be entered to win one of five $100 gift certificates from REI. The answers you give to our questions will be kept in confidence and will only be used to help us with this research project.
Take the survey here:
A CUP OF YARN: Hey everyone, if you are into knitting, come join the ladies every 1st Monday of the month at Sina’s Backroads Cafe in Sutter Creek, from 10:30 to noonish! The group name is A Cup of Yarn on Facebook. Come join the fun! Good people Good food!
OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE HUB - Every 3rd Thursday at The Hub in Jackson (above Hein & Co. Bookstore). Free event, open to everyone! Bring your instrument, poetry, jokes and stories. Or just come and enjoy the fun and free entertainment! For more information, call AmadorArts at 267-9038 or email
FRIDAY NIGHT PRIME RIB DINNER - Friday night...the perfect occasion to go out for Chef Chris Martin’s prime rib of beef au jus. This hearty main dish comes with a baked potato and seasonal vegetables. Choose from a 12-ounce portion for $17.95 or a hefty 16-ounce portion for only $19.95. You won’t find better prices on quality prime rib!
Nothing goes better with a fine meal than live entertainment! Enjoy some lovely piano music performed by Ione’s own Dennis Yancey, along with killer saxophone tunes from Hank Devore, while you dine! Clark’s Coner is at 12 West Main in Ione. 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 for some good food...thanks, hope to see you!
Terri Jo Cavana
Cavana's Deli
SCOFIELDS COWBOY CAMPFIRE 2016 SCHEDULE in Fiddletown can be found at:
More announcements...
BUTTE FIRE RECOVERY - Information, resources, releases
Sponsors sought for AmadorArts' TGIF Summer Concert Series
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!  There is a FREE vegetation dumpster at Lockwood Fire Station #151, 23141 Shake Ridge Rd, to help residents clear a defensible space. Apparently the word isn't getting out as well as we had hoped as the dumpster is not being filled up. If it is not being used, it may be removed. So, before you burn, consider utilizing the free vegetation dumpster at Lockwood Fire.
Also, burn permits ARE required, as of May 1. If you decide to burn, please call the Burn Day information line, 223-6246 to find out if it is a permissible burn day.
If you have any questions, please call me at 209-296-6868.

Or call the Lockwood Fire Protection District at 209-296-5122. There is usually someone at the Station Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
INTERFAITH FOOD BANK: Twice Monthly FREE Produce Distribution
Once again, the Interfaith Food Bank will be hosting the FREE Produce Distribution at St. Katherine Drexel Parish at 11361 Prospect Drive in Jackson (Catholic Center).
Qualified IFB clients will be allowed to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month through October 26, 2016.
May Produce dates are 11th and 25th and Produce Start Time is 9:30 am
CANCELLED: SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW: IONE, CA—The Rotary Club of Ione has announced that due to low pre-registration of show cars, and various other reasons, they will be cancelling the Show & Shine Car show scheduled for Saturday, May 28, 2016 in Jackson, CA. This was not an easy decision as this fundraiser supported the Interfaith Food Bank, youth organizations, and many other local non-profits.
Individuals who have pre-paid through the official website will receive a credit reimbursement on their credit card. Vendors who have pre-paid will receive a reimbursement by check in the mail. Major sponsors will be notified and reimbursed if a check has been received by the club. Please allow up to four weeks for all reimbursements.
Over the years, the Rotary Club of Ione has supported many local individuals and organizations including schools, scholarships, public safety, youth sports, leadership activities, major events, restorations of community facilities as well as support of the Rotary Foundation. For more information on the Rotary Club of Ione, log-on to
Contact information for the Show & Shine cancellation should be directed to:
Registration – Sharon Long –, 209-304- 5118
Sponsors – Richard Forster – – 209-608- 4748
Vendors – Skip Schaufel – – 209-274- 4905
Car Owners – David Wardell – – 209-274- 9160
Facilities – Michelle Clark – – 209-304- 8781
TAKE THE SURVEY! The Amador Community College Foundation (ACCF) is conducting an important survey of your agency/business workforce training needs! Please take 20 minutes today to help ACCF better understand what training and employment services for adults age 18 plus are needed in Amador County and how Amador College Connect (formerly Amador Learning Center) can help meet those needs. Your response will be kept confidential.  We would appreciate your reply by September 1, 2016.
THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church   Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after. First Sunday Night Service is May 22nd at 6:00 PM.  Special speaker, Ricco Sotelo Berlanga will be sharing both Sunday night and at Monday’s Youth Night, May 23rd at 7:00 PM. As a former Mafia boss, Ricco Sotelo Berlanga shares how Jesus took him from being one of the largest drug dealers and 2nd in Command of one of the largest Crime Families in California to sharing Christ around the world. Memorial Day Jamboree, Pine Grove Park-Monday, May 30th- 2:00 PM Pot Blessing. Music starts at 3:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
LEE'S BERRIES - Open Daily from 10-5 unless SOLD OUT!  Located at 18230 Ridge Rd. Pine Grove. 916-584-6924 ask for Lee. It is on the South side of Upper Ridge Rd. just below Ridge Road Garden Center. Lee grows delicious strawberries, blackberries and fresh vegetable from now until the fall. Easy to spot and pull into for locally grown fruits and veggies.
SOBER GRAD SEEKS VOLUNTEERS This year Sober Grad will be on June 3, 2016.
We are looking for volunteers for the following shifts:
Friday June 3:         set up during the day from 9:00am-2:00pm
Friday June 3:         Front gate shift 8:30pm to midnight
Friday June 3:         1st Shift 8:30pm-11:30pm
Fri/Sat June 3/4:     2nd Shift 11:30pm-2:30am
Saturday June 4:     8:30am-11:00am-Clean up
If you are interested in joining us this year, call Debbie Segale at 209-680-6240.
GALLERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek.
Every Saturday & Sunday the Gallery is staffed by volunteers from 11-4. You do not need to be an artist, just enjoy art and chatting with people
Call or email DeDe at 267-9850 or email:
GWEN CLAYTON FOR DISTRICT 4 SUPERVISOR: VOTER SURVEY - Dear Jackson Business & Community: I want to hear from you! It's important that our elected officials know what issues we care about. On June 7th, you can elect a supervisor who will listen to the views of the people and use your input to guide policy in the years to come. I believe we hold shared values and a common vision for the future of Amador County. We all want a county that is strong and vibrant with more opportunities for our families.To find out more about me, click here. To take our survey, please click here:
NOTE: Amador Community News,, is a non-partisan and politically neutral community news, information and resource site, and does not endorse political parties or candidates.
TAKE THE SURVEY! The Foothill Conservancy, plus our partner organizations, would like to know about your outdoor pursuits and your interest in nature and the environment. Your participation will help drive our priorities, programs and future outreach, which will benefit you, plus current and future members of our organizations.
Our survey will take 5 - 10 minutes to complete and as a Thank You, you’ll be entered to win one of five $100 gift certificates from REI. The answers you give to our questions will be kept in confidence and will only be used to help us with this research project.
Property Owners Affected by the Butte Fire May Receive an Exemption from the Annual Fire Prevention Fee - Property owners within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) have received a bill for “The Annual Fire Prevention Fee”. This fee applies to anyone who had a “habitable structure” on their property as of July 1. Property owners who lost their homes in the Butte Fire may qualify for an exemption from that fee. In order to qualify you must fill out and file a form. For a quick link to the form go to For further information feel free to call the Calaveras County Assessor’s Office at (209)754-6356.
NOTE FROM LYNN MORGAN (D3 SUPERVISOR): “...this morning I received a notice from our General Services Director, Jon Hopkins, about how best to report unusual wildlife behavior.
There is apparently an increase in rabid skunks in our county.  Though I hope you are aware that wildlife should mostly be left alone, not fed, IF you notice any wild animal acting strangely, especially during daylight hours when most stay hidden, please call Animal Control, 223-6378. Thanks and have a good week." -L
EDITOR’S NOTE: Rabies links and resources on CA Public Health:
THE LABYRINTH PROJECT - Have you heard about labyrinths? Do you wonder what they are? What they do? Why they are so popular? The Labyrinth Project has  formed in Amador County and is looking for people who may be interested in learning about labyrinths and in being trained to become  a volunteer/docent for labyrinth walks. To learn more, contact The Labyrinth Project at (209) 256-3750 or e-mail the Labyrinth Project Coordinator at
CHRISTIAN DABLER is a freshman at Argonaut HS and has been asked to represent the State of CA and the US at the 2016 Down Under sports for Cross Country! You can support him by donating here:
Jackson Business & Community Assoc. is looking for artists and crafts-people to show and sell at our Shine, Wine & Dine event on Saturday, May 21. SHINE WINE & DINE is a classic car show, with wine tasting, artists, and music for a day-long street festival on Main Street, Jackson. No charge to artists for a space -- we request an item for our raffle.  
Are you interested? Let me know! And please pass the word to others you think might want to show at the event. Please reply with the contact information below and we will reserve space for you, spaces are limited:
Saturday, May 21. Show Hours: 10 am - 3 pm
Set up 8 - 9:30. The event is outdoors -- vendors must provide their own tents/tables/chairs etc.
No fee for space -- JBCA is requesting an item for our raffle.
Artist(s) Name(s):
Art Medium or Craft Description:
Phone #
Cell Phone # for the Day Of Event:
Best Email Address for further information:
Space Needed: 10' x 10'         Other:
Thank you!
Lucy Hackett,
JBCA President
209-223-4603, 209-304-5780
FYI: WILDFLOWER WALKS AT STATE PARKS - State Park Docents will lead guided Wildflower Walks every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning on Sunday March 6 and continuing through at least Mother's Day, May 8. Guided hikes last about two hours along the Buttermilk Bend trail, an easy 2.5 mile round trip hike. Meet at the trail head in the north parking lot, just past the concrete bridge which crosses the South Yuba River on Pleasant Valley Road. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended along with a hat, sunscreen, and remember to bring water. A $3.00 donation is requested and appreciated.v For more information throughout our short season, call the park at (530) 432-2546, or go to
THE HEALING WORD - Foursquare Gospel Church - Men’s Bible Study Monday night at 7:00 PM. Home Bible Study in Pioneer is on Monday night at 6:30 PM.  Wednesday afternoon Ladies’ Bible Study at 1:00 PM. Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:00 PM. Youth Ministry, ages 13 – 17, begins March 7th at 7:00 PM. A new Bible Study for women begins on Thursday, March 10th at 1:00 PM “If My Husband Changed, I’d Be Happy”. Sunday Morning Service 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. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
ENVIROCYCLE is offering a $5,000 rebate to fire victims to repair their home septic systems with systems that recycle sewage water so that it can be used again for landscape irrigation. 530-888-6480
THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church  Sunday Morning Service 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. Craft Monday- Feb 22nd- 10:00 AM. Women’s  Breakfast- Feb 27th- 9:00 AM. Men’s Bible Study Monday night at 7:00 PM is on “40 Days of Purpose”. Home Bible Study in Pioneer is on Monday night at 6:30 PM.  Wednesday afternoon Ladies’ Bible Study at 1:00 PM, currently studying “Beginning in Christ Together”. Wednesdaynight Bible Study at 6:00 PM is on “The Power of Encouragement”. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
SUPPORT LOCAL CYCLIST THOMAS MORAITIS in the 2016 AIDS Life Cycle! For more information and to donate, visit:
GOT DIRT? The Amador County Fair needs your dirt! The horse barn is getting ready for the upcoming Challenge of Champions High School Rodeo. If you have clean fill dirt we would love to have it! The area to dump is on the side of the containers near the barns. Please spread the word! Call 209-245-6921
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: AMADORARTS NEEDS HELP AT THE GALLERY. We have a great group of volunteers helping to operate the AmadorArts Gallery on Saturdays and Sundays.  But we could use a little extra help! The volunteers need help carrying our sandwich board sign to the corner of Main Street at 11am and back at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It will only take a moment, and would mean a lot. Please let us know if you would like to lend a hand! Thanks!
AmadorArts (Amador County Arts Council). 11A Randolph Street, Sutter Creek. Call 267-9038
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.
THE HEALING WORD Foursquare Gospel Church - Men’s Breakfast – Feb 20th – 9:00 AM. Craft Monday- Feb 22nd- 10:00 AM. Women’s  Breakfast- Feb 27th- 9:00 AM. Men’s Bible Study Monday night at 7:00 PM is on “40 Days of Purpose”. Home Bible Study in Pioneer is on Monday night at 6:30 PM.  Wednesday afternoon Ladies’ Bible Study at 1:00 PM, currently studying “Beginning in Christ Together”. Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:00 PM is on “The Power of Encouragement”. Sunday Morning Service 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. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS? Can you offer a safe, loving and supportive home? Do you have a desire to improve your community?
There is an immediate need for Foster Families in Amador County! Families of all kinds are welcomed! Foster care needed for ages 0-18. SCFS offers guidance, support and ongoing training throughout the entire foster care process.
Please call Sierra Child & Family Services, 209-257-1244.
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 SCCBF’s goal for completion of this park is this 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.
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.
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:
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. Must be 18 years and older. Positions in warehouse, food pick up and drivers (DMV record required).
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 large limbs, stumps, garbage, appliances or construction debris.
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
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


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Public Health Nurse II
The Amador County Public Health Department is currently seeking a Public Health Nurse II. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and completion of an approved public health nursing program or graduation from an accredited nursing program with a minimum of 5 years of experience providing nursing services in public health programs, clinics or hospital settings serving high risk populations.
Type:Full Time
Salary/Pay Rate:$30.84-37.49/hr
For more information about this position, please select the link

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Employment opportunity at Party Smart Rentals in Sutter Creek! 1-Full-time General Labor position is available immediately. To apply for this position you must be able to see, hear, understand, and take direction. You must be able to work under harsh weather elements such as high heat, cold, or rain. You must be able to lift and carry for at least 25 yards, 60 pounds repetitively. You must have a clean driving record and drug and alcohol free. You must be able to multitask and perform all duties as assigned. You must be prompt and available for work 9-5pm M-F with overtime during the weekdays and weekends. Please call us first to qualify for this fun position. 209.267.5822.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: TASTING ROOM & WINE CLUB ASSISTANT - Andis Wines is a modern, boutique winery producing premium wines sourced from fruit farmed throughout Amador and El Dorado Counties. Our philosophy is simple: find the best people to create a great team to make and sell great wine.
We are providing a career opportunity for a dynamic, self-motivated individual to work with and assist the Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager with day-to-day operations. Candidates must have a passion for the wine industry and a keen interest in learning the details of our wines and history, be able to share our story with guests, and sell wine. Previous winery, restaurant or retail management experience is required. There is much growth potential within the company for the right individual.
• First-hand knowledge, appreciation and passion for wine and wine-related topics
• Winery, restaurant or retail sales experience required
• Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to connect with people and engage in ongoing conversation
• Cash Register POS and computer experience required (e-mail, Word, Excel, database management, website e-commerce, etc), knowledge of Vin65 a plus
• Must have analytic ability for reporting and strong attention to detail
• Maintain a professional appearance, be a team player and maintain a positive disposition
• Strong multi-tasking abilities required
• Must be 21 years old or older, able to work weekends and some holidays and evenings
• Must be able to lift and/or move up to 40-50 pounds and stand for long periods of time
• Setup and cleanup of the Tasting Room, restocking, monitoring of inventory levels on wine and merchandise, keeping media materials current and stocked, keeping retail and stock areas clean, attractive and organized
• Welcome and greet all guests when they walk in the door, assist them with wine tastings and winery tours, and provide education about our wines while ensuring a gracious, informative and memorable experience.
• Encourage wine sales, explain and promote the wine club, inform guests about upcoming events, etc
• Assist with onsite and offsite winery events and tastings
• Assists to develop, implement and execute wine club programs and special events
• Assists with managing and maintaining the wine club database with current and accurate customer records.
• Assists with the retention of club members and growth of club via loyalty programs or the like.
• Assists with the packaging and shipping of wine club shipments
• Contributes to direct sales as a member of the team in a mutually supportive and positive team environment
This is a full-time position with a work schedule of Thursday through Monday. Compensation to be determined based on experience. Benefits available.
To apply for this career
JOB OPPORTUNITY: TGIF SUMMER CONCERT COORDINATOR: AmadorArts is seeking an Independent Contractor to Coordinate the TGIF Summer Concert Series.  This is a limited term, Independent Contractor position. Responsibilities include:
  • Confirm concert dates with bands and communicate with venue contacts at TGIF concert locations.
  • Attend and coordinate each Friday night concert, including: meet the band, coordinate with the venue, assist in equipment setup, oversee the event, stay until the concert is over, and complete any cleanup required by the venue.
  • Assist with TGIF Program development, ad sales and printing as needed.
Applicants must be able to provide their own transportation to and from all concerts.  Applicants must provide a resume, previous job references, a valid California Drivers License, and proof of insurance. The Concert Coordinator will report directly to the AmadorArts Executive Director.
The Independent Contractor will be paid $15 per hour not to exceed 65 hours per event season or year. Please send cover letter and resume to  by May 20th.  Contact Terra Forgette at  or 209 267 9038 for more information.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Dickey's in Jackson is now hiring! Looking for energetic, customer-service oriented honest people. Experience in restaurants is not necessary but you must be at least 18. Come on in and apply!
JOB OPPORTUNITY: MUNNERLYN'S - We are now accepting resumes for part time scoopers. If you are happy, like to clean and eat ice cream please send it to Experience a plus but not required.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: GATE ATTENDANTS at Lake Camanche - P/T Seasonal. No calls please for this position. 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.

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