Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind."
- Henry Ford

News & Announcements
The Calaveras County Arts Council invites the public to the unveiling of the "Pieces" Mosaic Memorial Wall "An Altar for Altered Lives." This is part of a free community healing event commemorating the one year anniversary of the devastating and historic 2015 Butte Fire.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10 am in Mountain Ranch Community Park.
The ceremony begins with an invocation, music, poetry, and continues with rememberances and thank you's from the stage in the park. It culminates with the wall's unveiling, which was created by Robin Modlin and Anne Cook. Other activities include a story circle, open public writing of thank you's, and much more. Trees will be strung with student-made prayer flags and trunks
​of the trees ​embellished with colorful yarn crochet coverings.
At noon, the adjacent ​newly renovated Mountain Ranch Ball field will host a Grand Celebration, with an exhibition game, 100 signed baseballs coming with retired Giants catcher Mike Sadek, and Phil Alberts providing free hotdogs and games.
The Mountain Ranch Park is located at Whiskey Slide and Mountain Ranch Roads. Call Calaveras County Arts 209-754-1774 for more info.
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: SUMMER FRUIT TREE PRUNING - Have you always pruned your fruit trees in the dormant season? Are you a novice and not sure about the best way to prune your fruit trees? Would you like to get control and shape your trees for easier maintenance? If so, come to the free UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County fruit tree pruning clinic for instruction, hands on experience, and answers to your questions.
You will learn about late summer and fall pruning, the practice now recommended by UC Cooperative Extension based on extensive research.
Bring your pruning shears and loppers if you have them.  If not, we will have extras.
This class will take place at a special location for hands on experience: Church of Latter Day Saints – 12924 Ridge Road, on Saturday, September 10 from 9 AM-12 Noon. 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, mgamador@ucdavis.edu
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH - Today marks the first anniversary of the Butte Fire and Sunday is the 15th anniversary of 9/11.  Both horrific events that impacted so many people.  It would be easy to feel crushed by all the sorrow. Do you see a future of hope in the new growth that has occurred since the fire? Remember, without hope, the human heart will break. Come to Trinity to renew your hope. 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 www.trinitysuttercreek.org.
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: WINTER GARDENING - Want to eat fresh vegetables out of your garden this fall and winter? Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County for their free class on winter gardening. Learn what crops are cool weather crops, when you can plant them and expect to harvest them. Winter gardens require less care than summer gardens. Also learn about creating a French Kitchen Garden as a way of growing vegetables all year long.
This class will be held Saturday, September 17 from 9 AM-12 Noon 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, mgamador@ucdavis.edu.
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: BUILDING SOIL - GARDEN CLEAN-UP - TOOL CARE - Early Fall is a great time to clean up your garden and prepare it for your next planting. Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County for their free informative class including tips for maintaining and improving your soil through the use of “cover crops, and lasagna gardening. This class will also include valuable information to guide you in the proper care and maintenance of your garden tools.
This class will be held Saturday, September 24 from 9 AM-12 Noon 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, mgamador@ucdavis.edu.
OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at: www.danerimortuary.com
September Newsletters
Community Calendar
FRED TALK SERIES: This week is Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. This is a national effort to raise awareness around suicide and to help show members in our community that they are not alone. There is help.  Join the local conversation. Wednesday, Sept. 7. See flyer (left) for all the details.
The Each Mind Matters website contains a lot of great information, tips, fact sheets and much more for you or your organizations use--all free of charge. To personalize your own materials for Suicide Prevention Awareness Week and to learn more, go to the website listed below:
THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday September 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi's Banquet Room in Jackson. The speaker for September will be John Stetler of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Reservations are required and may be made
at trestrail@gotsky.com no later than Tuesday, September 6th (sooner if possible)...
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, September 7. If you have made a reservation and do not attend, you may be billed for the luncheon.
STUDIO SALE & FAREWELL: KATHERINE VENTURELLI: Dear Friends, After 30 years of my 'life'lihood as an artist in this very special studio space and community, I will be moving from this art studio on to my next journey.
To those of you who shared your creative energy here and to those who have never visited the studio, I invite you all to visit once more.
I plan to be in my studio the following days and time:
The weekends of Sept. 9,10, 11, 16, 17,18:  10am to 6pm.
Also, visits by appt. Phone me at: 209-267-0567
#1 Fifield Alley, downtown Sutter Creek, directly behind the ice cream shop on Main Street.
VOLCANO THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - Fri and Sat evenings through Sept 10 at the Volcano Amphitheatre. Doors open at 6:30 PM for picnicking. Curtain at 8PM. Tickets online at Hein & Co. Booksellers, 204 Main St., Jackson or at the Cobblestone Theater in Volcano.
FREE WORKSHOP ON SUICIDE PREVENTION - This workshop will address the following: What are Suicide Warning Signs? How can you assist someone in a crisis? Where is help available? This workshop will be provided at the following locations: Camanche Lake Community Center Thursday, September 8 at 2pm; Ione Family Resource Center on Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30 am; Upcountry Community Center Wednesday, September 14 at 2pm. For more information please call 209-296-2785.
LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE IN 12 WEEKS with the Jackson Claim Jumpers! Starts Thursday, Sept. 8, 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 www.jacksonclaimjumpers.com or call Janine Oneto at 209-245-6221.
The Pieces Mosaic Butte Fire Memorial Wall under construction with artists Anne Cook (left) and Robin Modlin.
The Calaveras County Arts Council invites the public to the Mountain Ranch Community Park for unveiling of the “Pieces” mosaic memorial wall "An Altar for Altered Lives." This is part of a free community healing event commemorating the one year anniversary of the devastating and historic 2015 Butte Fire  -- Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 10 am.
The ceremony begins with an invocation, music, poetry, and continues with remembrances and recovery thank you's from the stage in the park. It culminates with the wall's unveiling at around 11 am. There will be tables where the public may write personal thank yous to deserving people. Representatives from California H.O.P.E., Habitat for Humanity, and others will be present. A local guild has knitted 30 scarves that will be gifted, and a quilt will be raffled.
At noon, the newly renovated Mountain Ranch Baseball Field will host a Grand Reunion Celebration, with an exhibition game, 100 signed baseballs coming with retired Giants catcher Mike Sadek, and Phil Albert providing free hotdogs and games.
For more info, contact the Calaveras Arts Council, 209-754-1774.
CAMP OUT FOR CANCER - Saturday, September 10 at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. An  inspiring community event presented each Fall by the Amador STARS. Teams build a "tent city" and take turns walking for 21 hours to raise funds and awareness for local cancer patients, survivors, and their families. This FREE event brings together people of all ages for fun, fellowship, food and entertainment by local musicians. Honor those who have battled cancer at our Survivor Celebration.
Dedicate an illumination candle to someone who has been touched by cancer. Join a team and spread a message of hope...that together, we can eliminate cancer!
For complete information, visit: http://www.amadorstars.org/campout.html
Or: http://amadorcountyfair.com/events/2016/2016-camp-out-for-cancer/
-8:30 AM – 10:00 AM MEET AND GREET
-10:30 AM – 11:00 AM GRAND ENTRANCE
Thank you to all of you who came out to support the last RC3 Wild Horse Program. All 7 beautiful Mustangs were adopted to new homes to be loved and cared for. We hope you can make it out to our first adoption at the RC3 Ranch in September!
Deputy Rebecca Eubanks #1151
Post Release Re-Entry Programs
Field Investigator, Home Detention Unit
Work Release Division
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
SECOND "SUNDAY FUNDAYS" AT ANDIS - Andis Wines invites you to put the FUN back in Sundays! Bring the family and enjoy our panoramic vineyard views and comfortable outside seating. Our resident Grill Master will be dishing delicious burgers and brats for our guests. Bocce ball and a variety of lawn games will be available for additional fun in the sun. If that's not FUN, we don't know what is!
Sunday Fundays take place every second Sunday of the month through October. Upcoming Dates:  September 11  •  October 9
$5 Lunch Tickets/FREE for Wine Club Members!
Visit www.andiswines.com for more information! See you on Second Sunday!
SEPTEMBER CHAMBER MIXER - Wednesday, September 14 from 5:30-7:30PM. September's mixer is hosted by Amador College Connect. www.amadorcollegeconnect.org
Mixers are a great way to meet fellow business owners, and stay connected to the Amador County business community. Our mixers feature food, beverages, a raffle and best of all, an opportunity to network and socialize. Bring a raffle item to donate, and receive 5 extra raffle tickets free! Our raffles are the best! http://amadorchamber.com/
DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP - Please join us on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. The location is the Gold Quartz Inn, 15 Bryson Dr., Sutter Creek, CA 95685. We are pleased to have Phil Weaver, Founder of the Sheng Chi Foundation as our speaker.
The connections between our mind, our body, and our emotions are profound. While access to our minds and emotions may be difficult to reach directly, we actually have a control over them that has mostly gone unnoticed.This control is through the body. Science is newly discovering what has been known for millennia. We can affect our minds through movement. Phil Weaver has studied the movement arts and their application for over 25 years. He seeks to educate those who can use these arts to improve their minds and live a more fulfilling and happy life.
For more information, contact Susan Tomasich at 257-1377 ext. 306.
SEPTEMBER CHAMBER MIXER - Wednesday, September 14 from 5:30-7:30PM. September's mixer is hosted by Amador College Connect. www.amadorcollegeconnect.org
Mixers are a great way to meet fellow business owners, and stay connected to the Amador County business community. Our mixers feature food, beverages, a raffle and best of all, an opportunity to network and socialize. Bring a raffle item to donate, and receive 5 extra raffle tickets free! Our raffles are the best! http://amadorchamber.com/
3RD THURSDAY OPEN MIC NIGHT - Be sure to make it to Open Mic Nights sponsored by AmadorArts every 3rd Thursday starting at 5:30, ending around 7:30 pm, in Rosebud’s CafĂ© at 26 Main St. in Jackson. Performances usually include musicians of all ages and levels, storytellers, poetry readings, stand-up comedy, even brave kids performing songs or dances. This is a FREE event, but purchases of light fare and beverages are welcomed.  The next Open Mic is Thursday September 15th!
MOKELUMNE RIVER CLEANUP - The Foothill Conservancy invites everyone to join them for the 2016 Mokelumne River cleanup on Saturday, September 17, 8:30 am until 12 noon. There are two sites for this year’s cleanup: Electra Bar, by Electra Road, and the Highway 26 North Fork Mokelumne crossing. A special prize will be awarded for the “weirdest” trash, and all volunteers will receive thank-you goodies. All participants must register in advance online at www.foothillconservancy.org, or by calling Carolyn Schooley at (209)223-3508.
AMADOR ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS TOUR & FINE ART RAFFLE - September 17 and 18, 2016. Enjoy the scenic Gold Country and discover the richness and variety of artistic talent to be found in Amador County. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, wander at your own pace through various locations within the county during this FREE tour. A preview show featuring a sample from the participating artists will be on display at AmadorArts Gallery, 11 Randolph St. in Sutter Creek starting September 1st and will be a great way to plan your visit. Painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, fiber and gourd artists working in a variety of styles will be in their own studios and at several group locations. Free maps are available throughout the county and on the website at www.acaaopenstudios.com. For additional information call Karen Crane at 209-223- 1720 or visit the Amador County Artist Association Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AmadorArtists/
Steve Wilensky and the press
MOTHER LODE HARVEST FARM TOUR - On Saturday, September 17, get a taste of Fall at our Summer Quarter Open House, hosted by Steve Wilensky and Pat Noll of Humbug Creek Farm in Glencoe. Humbug Creek Farm has over 450 fruit trees, with 186 varieties of apples, 100 of which are heirlooms. This year, in addition to helping with their apple pressing to make their famous cider, we will be treated to a tour of their property which will highlight the forest restoration that has been done since the Butte Fire last year.
The schedule for the day will be: 8-10 am: Apple picking, 10 am-noon: Pressing (cider making), 1:00: Lunch, After lunch: Forest tour. People are welcome to participate in any part of the day, though lunch is reserved for those who help with the pressing.
Humbug Creek Farm is at 17425 Hwy 26 in Glencoe. Attendance for children is free. MLH requests a $5 donation per adult to help us continue our work as a local multi-farm CSA of sustainably-raised farm products. For more information or to register for the event, please contact Michelle at 209-419-2503, or at motherlodeharvest@gmail.com.v
ANTIQUE MUSICAL ORGAN RALLY - Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 24 & 25. Experience the music of yesteryear! Unusual musical organs from all over the country and their colorful owners, performing on Main Street, Saturday and Sunday. Free indoor concert at Jackson United Methodist Church on Sunday. A one-of-a-kind opportunity for the whole family! Free, on Main Street, Jackson.
Sat: 10 am – 4 pm, throughout Main Street, Jackson
Sun: 10 am – noon, Main Street. 1 pm, Concert at Jackson Methodist Church, 120 Church St, Jackson
Contact: www.visitJacksonCA.com or Amador Council of Tourism, 209-267-9249
BUCKLES & BBQ! Saturday, September 24. Nothing says “summer” like grillin’ and chillin’ – and we do it BIG in Amador at the family-friendly Buckles & BBQ on September 24th at the Amador County Fairgrounds.
Three local grillers compete for your vote in a "slam down!" In between feasting on great Bar-Be-Que, savor local wines and craft beer, enjoy live music, find something special from  local crafts and vendors, and of course, don't miss the Horse Show! For kids there is plenty of room to run and kid-friendly activities - bring a picnic blanket! FREE ADMISSION! Proceeds go to the Amador Country Fair Foundation, a non-profit funding facility improvements and repairs at this historic resource. Questions? Call us!  209-418-5707
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Buckles-BBQ-262411424117450/
“STRIKE UP THE BAND” BIG RED BARN FUNDRAISER - This is the 10th year that Rancho Arroyo Seco has sponsored this fundraiser to benefit local organizations. The event will be held on Saturday, September 24th at the BIG RED BARN on Hwy 104 in Ione. Gates open at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $25 each and include a tri-tip dinner, live and silent auctions, and raffle. The highlight of the evening will be music played by the combined Argonaut and Amador High School bands. Tickets can be purchased online at www.amadormusic.eventbrite.com , Argonaut or Amador High School offices, or Homestead Mortgage in Jackson. For more information, call 209-304- 5118 or 209-274- 2777.
Proceeds will benefit students in the Amador County Unified School District, grades 5 th through high school, and be used to purchase and repair, instruments, band uniforms, and transportation to competitive events. Rancho Arroyo Seco will once again donate $7,500 in matching funds.
ASTRONOMY IN THE UPCOUNTRY - Telescope Workshop presented by Gold Country Astronomers! Thursday, September 29 & 30 from  6:30-8pm, and Saturday, October 1. Starts at dusk at the Pioneer Veteran’s Hall (25155 Buckhorn Ridge Rd in Pioneer) on Sept. 29 & 30, and at Mollie Joyce Park (23884 Woodfern Dr in Pioneer) on Oct. 1.  $35 per family. Do you have a telescope and don’t know how to use it? Come to this workshop where you will learn how to use your telescope the first 2 nights and then the third night you will take a field trip to use what you have learned. This workshop is being presented by Gold Country Astronomers. For more information on the Astronomy in the Upcountry class, or any ACRA classes, please contact Barbara at ACRA at (209) 223-6349 or bnichols@amadorgov.org
Redneck BBQ Bash Release Party at Andis - Sat Nov 5
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: http://www.mlqgsuttercreek.org/quilt-show
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1107856742625157/
ANNUAL REDNECK BBQ BASH RELEASE PARTY AT ANDIS - Git yerselves on over to Andis Wines for the Annual Redneck BBQ bash on Saturday November 5! New red wine releases, dancin' on the crushpad, and a feast of finger-lickin' good food. It's a hootin’ and hollerin’ great time y’all won’t wanna miss.
Taste new wine releases and feast on mouth-watering baby back ribs, stuffed grilled jalapenos, shish kabobs and more. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass, or bring back your glass from last year's event and get $5 off your ticket price.
RSVP required, seating limited, must be 21+ years old to attend.
$45/person, $40/wine club (must login to receive discount)
Visit andiswines.com for more information!
SAVE THE DATE! 7th ANNUAL BOOTS ‘N BOOKS CONCERT - The Friends of the Amador County Library are very excited to announce Adrian Brannan–aka Adrian Buckaroogirl as the featured guest at their annual Boots ‘N Books Concert. The young singer has won much praise, including that of veteran cowboy singer Dave Stamey. Stamey, who has sung at three B&B concerts, says of Buckaroogirl: “She writes all of her own music. It’s very centered on the buckaroo lifestyle. She’s the real deal."
You can preview Adrian's music at her website http://www.buckaroogirl.com/
The concert is set for 3 pm, Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Pine Grove Community Church.

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Opinions & Issues
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 County Civil Grand Jury Special Investigation Report

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP - Interim Healthcare of Jackson is hosting monthly Parkinson’s Disease Support Group every third Tuesday of the month, from 10:30 am to 12 noon. We have a speaker for most meetings. We also have painting lessons for those who are interested. Call us at 209-223-9119 for more information.
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. The public is welcome to attend.
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: http://amadorrepublicans.com/
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
LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE IN 12 WEEKS with the Jackson Claim Jumpers! Starts Thursday, Sept. 8, 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 www.jacksonclaimjumpers.com or call Janine Oneto at 209-245-6221.
FREE WORKSHOP SERIES: COMMON GROUND: Parents and Teens are invited to attend Common Ground: A 7 week Communication Workshop Series. Participants will learn and strengthen the following skills: Listen Respectfully, Communicate Openly and Honestly, Set and Respect Limits, and Appreciate and Honor Differences. Common Ground is held Tuesdays at 5:30 pm at the Upcountry Community Center. For more information please call 296-2785.
GOLDEN GIRLS/GUYS SENIOR FITNESS: I'm excited to announce the return of Golden Girls/Guys classes at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays in Pine Grove at Team Fitness.
We will improve our balance, strength and stamina. The 45-minute classes are geared for seniors and for going at your own pace. Pay as you go or prepay $50 for 10 classes.
We have fun to the great oldies and classes are small so you get lots of individual attention from a Certified Personal Fitness trainer who from experience, understands the issues of aging and helping the body stay healthy and strong.
Contact: Cherie Maitland at 209 304 5139
PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP - Interim Healthcare of Jackson is hosting monthly Parkinson’s Disease Support Group every third Tuesday of the month, from 10:30 am to 12 noon. We have a speaker for most meetings. We also have painting lessons for those who are interested. Call us at 209-223-9119 for more information.
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 www.nyftyfitness.com. Like us on Facebook!
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: AmadorArtists.org
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 coach@jacksonteamfitness.com

Events Calendars & Activities
AmadorCounty Arts Council - AmadorArts.org
Amador County Artists Association - AmadorArtists.org
Amador County Recreation Agency - goACRA.org
Amador Council of Tourism - TourAmador.com
Amador Vintner's Association - AmadorWine.com
Main Street Theater Works - MSTW.org
Sutter Creek Theater - SutterCreekTheater.com
Volcano Theatre Company - volcanotheatre.org
Preston Castle - prestoncastle.com
Preston Castle Foundation Events for 2016
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!
SCOFIELDS COWBOY CAMPFIRE 2016 SCHEDULE in Fiddletown can be found at:
More announcements...
CALL FOR CHEFS! DO YOU MAKE A MEAN BOWL OF CHILI? It could be YOU to take home the title of "Best Chili in the County"!
Last year's winner was Hotel Sutter (defending champ!), with Cavana's Deli as 2nd runner up.
The Sutter Creek Chili Cookoff and Car Show is slated for Sunday October 9. For complete information about the event, visit: http://www.suttercreek.org/sutter-creek-events-chili-cookoff-car-show.html.
- People’s Choice
- Regular Division (Anyone, Any Age)
- Restaurant Division (Restaurants Compete With Each Other)
- Fire Department Division (Amador Fire Departments)
- Salsa Competition. 1 gallon minimum. You supply the bowl, we provide the chips.
There is no deadline at this time, but you must submit an application for your entry!
Pick up your application at Sina's Backroads Cafe, or save/print the application online at:

1925 MODEL T FOR SALE: This antique 1925 Model T truck has been in the same family since it was new. The motor has been re-built. It has a new radiator, new tires, new paint, original oak wheel spokes, extra parts and much more. Must see to appreciate. The original truck was used on a farm as a flat bed pickup with stake sides, but has been turned into a unique mobile advertising van.$8,000 has been put into it with most parts coming from Sacramento Vintage Ford. Please call Georgia at 209-267-0774. Asking $10,000. Thank you.
SUTTER CREEK FIRE HISTORY PROJECTS RECEIVES $1000 FROM SCCBF - A BIG Thank You to the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation for their recent donation of $1,000 to the Sutter Creek Fire History Projects. The Sutter Creek Fire History Projects research, preserve, recreate and display the local fire and fire department history, and will also act as a tourist attraction for Sutter Creek and Amador County as a whole. The projects focus on the volunteer aspects of the local fire department organizations that bound the members together, the social aspects of the groups and their service to the community.
To see more about our projects and how you can help, please visit:
MOBILE VENDORS SOUGHT: THE VELVET ROPE FILM FESTIVAL is scheduled for Sept 30, Oct 1 & 2 in Sutter Creek! Information on the event can be found at: http://www.vrff-ca.com/ . If you are interested in being a mobile vendor, please contact Nina Kuhl at ninamkuhl@gmail.com, or PM on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NinaKuhl).
E-mail: Vendors@VelvetRopeFilmFest.com for a vendor contract.
JACKSON FD PINK RIBBON PROJECT: In the fire service, we take tradition very seriously. So, for the 5th year now, we are carrying on the tradition of selling our pink fire department shirts to you and raising money for the Amador Stars! All of the money that we raise stays here in Amador County, supporting those fighting cancer with transportation to and from appointments, support during the battle and other resources to help families during the fight.
To date, we have sold over 500 shirts and raised nearly $5,000. This year, our goal is to sell over 200 shirts. Help us support this great cause and get your shirt today! Each shirt costs only $15 this year, and these are the shirts that Jackson's bravest will be wearing for the month of October while on duty.

Order yours today! Click here to order online: https://www.booster.com/jfd2016
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: THE AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY is seeking volunteers to assist the library staff with children's weekly story time.
Duties include helping to prepare story times by selecting appropriate reading material and crafts for pre-school children.
The story time helper would also read to the children at least twice a month. Story times are scheduled once a week on Thursdays from 10:30-11:00 am.
All county volunteers are required to:
1) Fill out a volunteer application (pick one up at the library);
2) Meet with the County Librarian to go over the volunteer position requirements;
3) Be fingerprinted and have a background check. (Fingerprinting and background checks are paid for by the library.)
If you are interested, please stop by the Library in Jackson (next to True Value Hardware) and fill out a volunteer application.
Jim Powell
FACL Board Member
UCC EXTENSION WILD PIG DAMAGE SURVEY - In managed rangelands and agricultural areas, feral or wild pigs are a significant pest species. However, estimates of total damaged area occurring on these lands are ill-defined and subject to a high degree of variability. Wild pigs can be important vectors of disease, can cause forage and crop loss and set up sites for erosion affecting water quality and allow invasive plant species to establish. They can also prey on livestock. The geographical extent of wild pig damage in California is currently unknown making it difficult to mitigate and manage losses, and estimate the economic impact on private landowners and public lands.
UCCE Livestock and Range Advisors and Wildlife Specialists need your help by filling out a short statewide survey on wild pig damage found at: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=16522
The survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete. Individual identities and survey responses will be kept confidential. Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary.
In conjunction with the survey we have developed a smart phone or tablet app that will help landowners and managers identify and record feral pig damage so that we can estimate the land area and economic impacts of feral pig damage over a longer time period. If you are interested in participating in data collection using our mobile application, please fill out the survey and indicate your interest at the end.
If you have questions about the survey or would like a paper copy, please contact either UCCE Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor, John Harper, at 707-463-4495 or jmharper@ucanr.edu  or UCCE Wildlife Specialist, Roger Baldwin, at (530) 752-4551 or rabaldwin@ucdavis.edu  
TAKE THE SURVEY! Dear Friends of the Arts, AmadorArts would like your input about current arts activities in our community!  Your valuable feedback will help us to improve existing programs and create new opportunities to engage in the Arts in Amador County.
Please take a few minutes to complete a Community Arts Survey through the link below.  It is only 15 questions and will take just a few minutes.  And, if you would like, we will enter you into a drawing to win Winefest 2016 Tickets as a Thank You for your time.
Click on the link below to start the survey:
Feel free to share this link with any of your friends who Heart the Arts as well,
And THANK YOU for supporting the Arts in Amador!
AmadorArts - Amador County Arts Council
11A Randolph Street
PO BOX 206
Sutter Creek, Ca 95685
209 267 9038
"WOOD ANGELS provide free firewood to seniors, disabled, vets, and others in need who are having a hard time making ends meet.
Wood donations are primarily from private property owners
Wood Angels need to continue this service as the need is growing and they need monetary donations as well as volunteers, who are willing to split wood, stack wood, pick-up wood, and make deliveries of wood.
The group is totally volunteers, and no one is compensated for their time. All monetary donations go towards gas for pick-up/delivery, chainsaws, chains for chainsaws, splitter and splitter repairs, tarps, base rock for yard, pods for storing equipment at yards, new or used trucks for same.
Wood Angels have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/firewoodangels/) and are in the process of developing a website
Thanks for the opportunity to share this very valuable service for the residents of Amador County. If you need any more information, please contact me (Nancy) at the info below. Again, thank you!"
Nancy Fort
(209) 295-4876 (office)
(209) 256-2226 (cell)
SHOWCASE YOUR BUSINESS! The Tri Chamber Golf Tournament is looking for 6 Amador County businesses to showcase their services as a Hole Sponsor at Saddle Creek Golf Resort in Copperopolis, Wednesday, Sept. 14.
There is no fee -- you will have a station at one of the tees on the course, and will greet each golfer with your sample, goody, or offer.
Amador, Calaveras and Sonora Chambers of Commerce have teamed up on this elite event that is attracting business and community leaders for a great day of golf, networking and economic development!
Contact Lucy Hackett at the Amador Co. Chamber of Commerce, 209-223-0350, if you are interested in being a Hole Sponsor -- or would like to enter a foursome.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: Teams are now forming. Won’t you join a team and help us to raise awareness and funds for the Amador STARS?
Have a few hours to volunteer and help this event run smoothly?
You can make a donation to Amador STARS to help support Camp Out for Cancer.
We have a free music festival from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday September 10th at the Amador County Fairgrounds. All local talented musicians donating their time for the good of the cause. Sound Man Pete Bell keeps the tunes flowing.
This is a totally volunteer event, and we thank everyone for giving their time and efforts to the Camp Out for Cancer. For more information call 267-1246.
TAKE THE SURVEY! Dear Amador County Employers: The Amador Community College Foundation is conducting a survey of Amador County employers regarding your workforce training needs. Please take a few minutes today to help ACCF better understand what training and employment services for adults (age 18 plus) are needed in Amador County.
Amador College Connect (formerly Amador Learning Center) can help meet those needs.
The link to our online survey is:
Your response will be confidential. We would appreciate your reply by September 1st.
Thanks so much for helping us!
A MESSAGE FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER: It seems there are always "stray" dogs at the shelter. Many dogs are found wandering by community members, others are picked up by AC.
Please, please, if your dog has gone missing call the shelter or better yet go to the shelter. Take them a flyer or a copy of a photo and description. Check back daily. Currently there are several "stray" dogs there. Big dogs and small dogs! If your dog (or cat) missing he might be waiting for you, alone and scared. (209)223-6378 12340 Airport Rd. Jackson
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 www.lockwoodfire.org
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.
VIA UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Here's the information and application for the free low flow toilets & shower heads. 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. http://umrwa-conserve.org/
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.
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.
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: dederyan@sbcglobal.net
NOTE FROM LYNN MORGAN (D3 SUPERVISOR): “...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: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/discond/pages/rabies.aspx
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 mvandermeer@norcalmha.org
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 www.sccbf.org . 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: https://www.healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov/
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, colleenwill@volcano.net 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 cgfeedamador@gmail.com 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 accepted...no 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 artsychickenfarm@gmail.com


DICKEY’S NOW HIRING! Looking for enthusiastic, customer-service oriented people. Flexible hours. Come on in and apply! 12240 Industry Blvd, Suite 74. 209-223-2748.
JOB OPENINGS: VICTORY VILLAGE: Are you interested in helping veterans? We have an opening for Outreach Specialist and Housing/Benefits Coordinator. Resumes can be sent to info@victoryvillageamador.org, dropped off at 12408 Kennedy Flat Road in Jackson or faxed to 209-223-2297. Please include a cover letter. For more information and job descriptions for the positions, call 209-223-2286.

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