Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
- Jimi Hendrix
News & Announcements
VIA LYNN MORGAN (RE: Tonight's UCC Meeting):
Hi Folks,
I plan to briefly inform you before each Board of Supervisors meeting what is on the agenda so that is the primary purpose of this email.
Tuesday, June 14, our agenda appears short, though I have found it is bad luck to say that!
- First we will present a resolution to Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital in honor the hospital among the top US health systems.
- Next, our CAO, Chuck will present what we believe will be our 2016-17 Budget for adoption.
- Amador County Recreation Agency  Executive Director, Carolyn Fregulia will present an update on activities and accomplishments of this year and 2016-17.
- Near 10:30, we will conduct a public hearing on a request for merger of some properties in District Just a reminder that our Smoke Reduction Bin Program is underway so the locations are Pine Acres Community Services Building on Tabeaud; Silver Drive(1/2 mile from HW88 on right);Lockwood FIre Station on Shake Ridge Rd and Sutter Creek Fire Station(HW49 and Hanford).
Supervisor Forster and I are the two assigned to manage our tree mortality issue for the county.  I have heard from many of you about dead trees nearby.  The process is slow to acquire state emergency funds, which may only be used on infrastructure(county roads, etc.), but we are working diligently with many agencies and company partners to apply for these funds.  Monday, I will be in Sacramento attending both a CALFIRE meeting regarding county coordination, then the Governors Tree Mortality Task Force meeting.  I will report on those meetings Monday night at the UCC meeting, so I hope to see you then.
My best to each of you,
PROSTATE CANCER INFORMATION & SUPPORT GROUP MEETING will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday June 14, 2016 starting at 6:00 pm. The location is Sutter Amador Hospital in the Oakview Conference Room on the second floor.
The group was formed to support men and their families and others who wish to know more about Prostate Cancer. Meetings are open to all and include men who have recovered from Prostate Cancer as well as those recently diagnosed, and those in treatment. The types of treatments range in scope from taking a watchful waiting active surveillance approach to radiation or surgery. Periodically meetings offer DVDs  and updates on research.
The meetings have information regarding nutrition and prostate cancer. We encourage anyone who wants to learn more about cancer and nutrition to attend.
For more information about the group and its meetings contact Jerry Trottier, 223-9133.
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, June 28th in the Multi-purpose Conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:30 to 6:40 pm.
The speaker for the meeting will be Carla Fry, who holds a MS in Counseling from California State University in Sacramento and has worked in both Social Services and Education for more than 30 years. Carla will be discussing generalized anxiety, social anxiety disorder and other specific phobias. From 7:00 to 8: 30 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.
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. Men’s Breakfast- June 18th - 9:00 AM. Women’s  Breakfast- June 25th- 9:00 AM. Craft Monday- June 20th-10:00 AM. Men’s Bible Study- Monday nights at 7:00 PM. Youth Ministry, ages 13 – 17, Monday nights at 7:00 PM. Wednesday afternoon Ladies’ Bible Study-1:00 PM. Wednesday night Bible Study- 6:00 PM. Thursday Women’s Bible Study- 1:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
June Newsletters
Community Calendar
JUNE 2016
- Our Splendid Table:  A Mother Lode Summer Solstice Celebration - Sat June 18
- Amador Wine Tree Farm; Join Us for our 2nd Father’s Day BBQ & Wine - Sun June 19
Sutter Creek City Council - Mon June 20
Jackson Planning Commission - Mon June 20
Ione City Council - Tues June 21
ACUSD/ACOE Board - Wed June 22
- Amador Water Agency - Thurs June 23
- Plymouth City Council - Thurs June 23
Jackson City Council - Mon June 27
Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues June 28
- Roundtable Discussion with Congressman McClintock - Thurs June 30
AmadorArts Announces Free Summer TGIF Concerts Line-Up
Amador CollegeConnect: Fall iTV Courses - Fall Semester begins Aug 15
- Vitalize Your Chakras...and Life!
THE AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM will take place June 13 - July 22. This year's theme is "Read for the Win". The library has several planned events along with fun activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt!
Magician and Ventriloquist Tony Borders "Run with the Animals" will kickoff the Summer Reading Program Thursday June 16th, 11:00 a.m. at the main library in Jackson.
Thursday June 30th, 11:00 a.m. Storyteller BZ Smith and Peg Reza return to the library to perform their lively stories and songs.
For more information about the program please contact the library: 209-223-6400
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE - The Upcountry Community Council will meet on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6:00PM at the Veteran’s Hall on Buckhorn Ridge Road in Pioneer. We will be hearing from Jim Guidi from KVGC, about our new upcountry radio station which will help upcountry during any disasters to know where to go and what to do..  We also will have a surprise for you….and from our county officials.  Bring us any concerns that you may have regarding our upcountry area. Hope to see you there and bring some friends too!
For more information, contact: Sherry Curtis – Chair UCC 209-295-6404.
RAFT THE MOKELUMNE RIVER! For an extra-special Father’s Day, take a raft trip on the Mokelumne River! Foothill Conservancy’s annual benefit raft trip is Sunday, June 19th. Three trips on the Electra-Middle Bar Run are scheduled for 8:00 a.m., noon and 4:00 p.m. Cost is $75 per person. Sorry, no children under 6. Tickets can be purchased through Foothill Conservancy’s website, For more information, call or email Carolyn,, 209-223-3508.
COMEDIAN JEFF APPLEBAUM – Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 7:00pm. Doors open at 5:00pm. Volcano Armory Hall, 21349 Consolation Street, Volcano, CA. Volcano Union Inn presents Comedian Jeff Applebaum, as seen on "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". Proceeds benefit the Butte Fire Victims. Sponsored by Up Country 88 Lions and Sutter Creek Lions Clubs.  Tickets $62.50 per person, includes show and spectacular Union Buffet. No-host Bar available. Tickets website: Event website:
VIA BRIAN ONETO: Congressman Tom McClintock Town Hall Meeting: 6:00 PM, Thursday, June 30th ; American Legion Hall, 11401 American Legion Drive, Sutter Creek.
JULY 2016+
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
Me again, Folks,
I promise to be brief about results of the Board meeting last Tuesday so here it is:
*We awarded several employees for years of service with the county and I can provide names if you wish.
*We adjusted our proposed budgeted amount for some promotion and other special fund programs by relatively minor amounts, so again ask me for details and I will give them
*We approved the Tree Mortality Hazard Tree Removal Plan...though it is a living document this approval will help Amador to acquire state emergency funds for tree removal on PUBLIC infrastructures.
*We opposed AB2395 which would eventually abolish land line phone service.
*We heard results of the ACRA needs assessment study which will soon include a nexus study about how our recreation mitigation fees should be changed.
*We heard an update of our traffic mitigation fee and how it should be updated.  The study suggested no increase in fees, but the board asked for an updated list on the projects used to generate these fees.
(NOTE: You can contact Lynn Morgan at, or call 223-6493.)
FYI: On Recycling in Amador County (Via Lynn Morgan):
>Pine Grove Market should be re-opening soon, maybe as soon as June 1st.
>Pokerville Market was denied a request for exemption by CalRecycle and will receive their final notice in mid-June.  By late June they will either: have a new buyback center, pay customer CRV in the store or pay a penalty to the state.
>Pioneer Payless Market will receive their final notice in mid-August and by late August will either: have a new buyback center, pay customer CRV in the store or pay a penalty to the state.
>Ione Plaza Market has been determined by CalRecycle to not meet the threshold which would require them to have a recycle center.
>Raley's Market has been considered by CalRecycle to be served by the Academy Dr. center and is not required to have a recycle center.
Also, the county may initiate a lawn mower and a wood stove by-back program with the intent of helping to reduce our carbon footprint.  I will keep you posted.  The pine needle bin program is up and running. Best - Lynn
FROM THE CITY OF IONE: 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.
AMADOR REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING CHANGE Please note that the regular monthly meeting of the Amador Republican Central Committee for June will be changed to the 4th Thursday, June 23rd.  The meeting will be at our usual 6:30PM time in our headquarters at 12275 Martell Road, Jackson.

We will be finalizing plans for our booth at the County Fair which will be held on July 28 through 31st.  Hope to see you here to support your local Republicans.
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:

(NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: See announcement above. Date changed this month to the 4th Thursday.)
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
California Connections Academy at Ripon Opens Enrollment for 2016-17 School Year
THE AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM will take place June 13 - July 22. This year's theme is "Read for the Win". The library has several planned events along with fun activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt!
Magician and Ventriloquist Tony Borders "Run with the Animals" will kickoff the Summer Reading Program Thursday June 16th, 11:00 a.m. at the main library in Jackson.
Thursday June 30th, 11:00 a.m. Storyteller BZ Smith and Peg Reza return to the library to perform their lively stories and songs.
For more information about the program please contact the library: 209-223-6400
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 HATHA YOGA CLASSES meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 12:45 pm at Team Fitness in Pine Grove. Classes are kept small for lots of special attention to help you make those healthy changes you've been wanting to make. Excellent classes for beginners and seniors! $8 or a pass of 10 sessions for $65. 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 -
Preston Castle Foundation Events for 2016
BAKER STREET PLAYERS PRESENT: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE AMERICAN TWINS - May 20 (Gala Opening) to June 11, Friday and Saturday evenings at Baker Street West, Hein & Co. Bookstore in Jackson. Curtain rises at 7:00 pm. Please arrive early to choose a favorable seat. By Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, directed by Beth Barnard.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 223-2215 or emailing Price includes the performance as well as dessert, tea and coffee. We will be serving Chess Pie (the recipe originating in old England) as our dessert. It can be made gluten free upon request. The opening night is a Gala World Premiere and will include champagne and sparkling cider and a chance to meet and speak to the author of the play, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The closing night will also include champagne and sparkling cider as well as other celebratory delicacies and a chance to greet and bid goodbye to the author. NOTE: The tickets for the opening and closing nights are $40 per seat. The tickets for the remainder of the performances are $30 per seat.
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!
PRIME RIB FRIDAYS AT CLARK’S CORNER! Any plans this Friday? Every Friday from 5-9 pm is Clark's Prime Rib night and it’s more than just a dinner, it's a great way to bring your family and friends together. This week week we are mixing it up just a little with fresh salmon filleted, Our New York steak is now hand cut and we are offering filet mignon, pork chops, hanger steaks, and dry aged ribeye on a rotating basis. Friday is now our all-you-can-eat fixins, order any entree and if you want a second of any side or bread or salad it's on the house.
Reservations are not necessary but they are appreciated just call 209-274-2242. Enjoy your evening at Clark's with local draft beer and Northern California wines. Live music by: Dennis Yancey and Hank DeVore.
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
JUNE SENIOR FITNESS SPECIAL at TEAM FITNESS: Sign up for package of 5 Personal Fitness training sessions and receive a month of unlimited workouts FREE in Pine Grove!

Get started right away. Contact me to set up your FREE initial assessment and fitness training appointment to learn more. Call Cherie Maitland, CPFT at 209-304-5139.
SUTTER STREET SIGNAL & REALIGNMENT - George Reed Inc. is on schedule to begin the Sutter Street Realignment and Signal Project. continuing through the end of July.  A full closure of Sutter Street at Highway 49/88 and Vogan Toll Road will be in place through the duration of this project.  Amador County Office of Education traffic will be accommodated entering the parking lot to the district offices from the west via Vogan Toll and Argonaut Drive. Delays are likely. All other traffic should avoid the area by following the detours in place. Please call City Hall if you have any questions at (209)223-1646.
INVITATION TO JOIN THE LOCKWOOD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AUXILIARY - We raise money for our volunteer personnel and have a lot of fun doing this. We have dinners, concerts and our annual pancake breakfast.
We meet every first Monday of the month. If you are interested in joining our group, contact
Carol Asmus at 209-2396-5681 or Marilyn Dillion, VP at 209-296-8011. Our website is
GREEN WASTE DUMPSTER AT LOCKWOOD FIRE STATION: To assist the upcountry residents with keeping a defensible space around their homes, Amador Fire Safe Council working together with Farmers Insurance obtained a grant to provide a green waste dumpster at Lockwood Fire Station #151.
This is the second year this program has been available to those in the Lockwood Fire District area. Anyone can use the dumpster as long as it is only vegetation - pine needles, leaves and branches less than 2 inches in diameter. Due to the discovery of electronic waste in the dumpster, video cameras are now monitoring the dumpster and fire station area.
The dumpster is located at 23141 Shake Ridge Road, approximately 3 miles above Daffodil Hill. If you use the dumpster, please clean up after use and insure all vegetation is inside the dumpster. No plastic bags are allowed in the dumpster. We encourage everyone to use this free service to help keep your home safe.
For more information, contact Jackie Vaughn, Communications, Lockwood Fire Protection District, 209-296-5122.
CALL TO ARTISTS: The Amador County Artist Association is hosting the 2016 Artists Open Studio on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18 from 10am until 4pm. ACAA is offering Amador County artists the opportunity to open their studios to the public to show, demonstrate, and sell their work. There will also be several group locations for artists without a studio space and a preview of each participating artist’s work will be on display at the Amador Arts Gallery in Sutter Creek prior to the event. This event has been well attended in previous years and has featured up to 41 of the county’s finest artists. If you are interested in being part of this exciting community event, call or email Artist Contact Cynthia Dunn-Selph at 623.703.3806 or for more information or to obtain an application. The deadline for completed applications is June 11, 2016.
CHP IS RECRUITING NEW CADETS: If you are considering a career in law enforcement, particularly with the California Highway Patrol, now is a good time.
The CHP is recruiting new cadets and has scheduled throughout the state several seminars in June for the recruitment process -- including Applicant Practice Physical Ability Tests, Written Exam Seminars, Applicant Mentorship/Workout Programs and CHP
For questions about the recruiting process, speak with a recruiter by calling (888) 422-4756.
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.
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.
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
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 increase 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: Administrative Technician - Amador County Air District is currently seeking an Administrative Technician.  The ideal candidate will have an Associate's degree in business administration, public administration or closely related field and four (4) years of increasingly responsible office clerical or technical support work.
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Salary / Pay Rate: $21.58-26.23/hr
  • Post Date: 05/18/2016
  • Expire Date: 06/17/2016 5:00 PM
For more information about this position, please select the following link:
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

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