Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
~André Gide

News & Announcements
NEWSLETTER: Friends of the Amador County Library - Fall 2016
RUTH GOTTSTEIN: Hemp is a Resource Whose Time Has Come (Again)
Amador County School Band Program to receive $22K from Big Red Band fundraiser
AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND PRESENTS: “BIZET TO BROADWAY” - A FREE concert will be presented by the 48-member Amador County Concert Band under the direction of Steve Chambers and Irv Gidding on Sunday, October 23 at the Community Church of Pine Grove. Doors open at 2:30pm with music starting promptly at 3pm.
Featured music will be a tribute medley from “Irving Berlin Showstoppers”, transcribed for concert band by John Higgins. Another special selection is the music medley from “Chorus Line”, an arrangement by composer Warren Barker, a new movie-title styled composition “The Last Centaur” by renowned file score composer Rosanno Galante,  a solo featuring the band’s oboe section leader Candis Kimball on “Concertante”, a lively rendition of Bizet’s “Gypsy Dance from Carmen”, a Sousa march “Fairest of the Fair” and more!
Cookies and coffee will follow the short music program.
Join us; bring the family and enjoy the spirited music! Arrive a few minutes early for best seating….ample parking…music begins promptly at 3pm. Visit the band’s website at for additional information or to find out how to join the band.
THE HEALING WORD A Foursquare Gospel Church - Come join us for Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM. Sunday Night Services are at 6:00 PM. Oct. 16th, 6:00 PM
we will have a guest speaker, James Steiner of Ministry Alliance Network, sharing his life, vision and passion for ministry to men - Craft Monday will be on Oct. 17th at 10:00 AM; learn how to make quilted pillows – Julia Rieff will be doing a one day prophetic seminar on “Being Led by the Spirit” Oct. 22nd, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Continental breakfast and lunch provided – Wednesday night Bible Study is at 6:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
DO YOU HAVE AN OVERLY-FRIENDLY AND RAMBUNCTIOUS DOG who embarrasses you when friends come over? Would you like some step-by-step guidance to teach your furry wild child to politely sit to greet you and others?
Our Furry Friends offers a Doggie Door Manners Training mini-guide, a follow-up discounted phone or Skype lesson, and a 3-session training class.
For more info, please visit
See our Community Calendar [below] for upcoming meetings, classes and events!
OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at:

October Newsletters
Community Calendar

OCT 10-16
TODAY: Columbus Day - City/County offices closed
Jackson City Council - Tues Oct 11
Upcountry Community Council - Mon Oct 10
Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Oct 11
- AWA Budget & Finance Committee - Tues Oct 11
Amador County Planning Commission - Tues Oct 11
- Ione Planning Commission - Tues Oct 11
- ACUSD/ACOE Board Meeting - Wed Oct 12
- Sabina Turner demonstrates watercolor portrait techniques at ACAA meeting - Wed Oct 12
Amador Council of Tourism - Thurs Oct 13
Screening of local filmmaker Liam Brady's Short Film, “Fog City” presented on October 13
Plymouth City Council - Thurs Oct 13
Amador Water Agency (AWA) Board - Thurs Oct 13
Preston Castle Haunt - Fridays & Saturdays in October
- Local wines and musicians featured at Foothill Conservancy Fall Harvest Celebration - Sun Oct 23
Sutter Creek Provisions: "I See Hawks In L.A." - Fri Oct 14
- Baroque music concert features flutist Sandra Betti of Sonora - Sun Oct 16
OCT 17-23
- Jackson Planning Commission - Mon Oct 17
-UCCE Central Sierra announces UCCE Master Gardener 2017 Training - Application deadline is Oct 18
Chamber Mixer at the Amador Flower Farm - Rescheduled for October 19
- Amador Fire Protection Authority Board - Thurs Oct 20
- The Mercury Theatre on the Air in Sutter Creek: "The Immortal Sherlock Holmes" - Oct 21, 22 & 23
- 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Jackson Elementary School - Sat Oct 22
- Bake Sale & Crafts at St. Sava Church - Sun Oct 23
- Local wines and musicians featured at Foothill Conservancy Fall Harvest Celebration - Sun Oct 23
OCT 24-31
- Jackson City Council - Mon Oct 24
Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Oct 25
- ACUSD/ACOE Board Meeting - Wed Oct 26
- Motivate Our Youth: 1st Annual Youth 5K Fun Run - Sun Oct 30
- Amador Community College Foundation (ACCF) Presents "Koyou – A Night in Japan’s Red Leaves" - Sat Nov 5
Redneck BBQ Bash Release Party at Andis - Sat Nov 5
PROJECT THANKS 2016 - Adopt a Family Today!
Sutter Imaging in Amador Offers Free Mammograms to Underinsured Women
- Take A Stand, Amador! October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- The Mermaid News: Art Classes & Events in October
- October at Sutter Creek Gallery features painting and poetry by artist Ginny Schaw
- Amador Wellness Cottage: Autumn is here!
Gwen Clayton presents Haunted Wine Tour
- Events at the Wine Tree Farm: Wine Club Pick Up Day, 2011 Syrah release
Feist Wines Events: The Big Crush, wood-fired pizza, live music!
Sutter Creek Provisions October Events: Live Music, Vinyl Pint Nights and more!
- Mother Lode Friends of Music 2016-2017 Concert Schedule
- Upcoming Events at Andis! Pickup Party with RC Pizza Wagon and The Masquerade Workshop in October
- Free Screening Mammograms in October at Sutter Imaging locations, sign up now!
- Sutter Creek Provisions "Tap Takeover" events scheduled through November
- Tickets on Sale Now for 2016 Winefest in Sutter Creek, November 12
- Amador County-wide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Update - Public Comment Survey open until Nov 14
- NAMI Peer to Peer Classes, every Saturday in October
- Dickey's celebrates 75 years! Enjoy their October Special

TONIGHT: UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL - Mon Oct 10 at 6 PM at the Pioneer Veteran’s Hall on Buckhorn Ridge Road, Pioneer. This meeting’s sole focus is Bark Beetles. Our speakers and panel will help the community understand the bark beetle problem, what Amador County is doing to address it, what you can do and where do we go from here?
Steve Bonner, Board Chair, Amador Fire Safe Council
Tim Tate, Sierra Pacific Industries
Jim McHargue, Amador Air District
Air Resources Board (Pine Needle Bin Program) Representative
AmPine Kathleen Harmon, Amador Community Foundation
For more information, visit:
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AT JOSE’S CANTINA! Don't forget MNF at Jose’s Cantina in Jackson, with a great $5.00 Buffet and $2.00 12 oz Draft During games!
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FIREHOUSE CONCERT FEATURING DARCEL HUNTER & COMPANY - Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Lockwood Fire Station #151 at 23141 Shake Ridge Rd., above Daffodil Hill, Volcano, CA
Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Concert begins at 7:00 PM. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres before the show. Raffle prizes include a beautiful quilt donated by the Wanna Bee Quilters.
Just $15.00 per person.  All proceeds benefit the Lockwood Fire Department Firefighters.
Come support your local firefighters!
Sandra Betti, Flute
MOTHER LODE FRIENDS OF MUSIC: BAROQUE MUSIC CONCERT - Sunday, October 16, 3 pm.  A program of music of by the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music. Water Music Suite No. 1 and the Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 2 of Handel, Violin Concerto in E of J.S. Bach and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for violin, flute and harpsichord of J.S. Bach.
Conducted by Hank King with soloists Corina Stoian, violin, Sandra Betti, flute and Ron Brickman, harpsichord. Pine Grove Community  Church, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove.  $20 adults, children under 18 free.  For more information and directions, go the Friends of Music website,, or call (209) 283-4227.
UPCOUNTRY 88 LIONS CLUB OMELET FEED & RAFFLE - Sunday, October 16 at the American Legion Hall, 11401 American Legion Drive, Sutter Creek.. 5:00pm No-Host Bar at 5 m. Dinner (with many extras) at 6:00pm. $15 Donation. Proceeds Benefit Community Services. For more information call 295-3343 or 295-6308.
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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 will be held Mondays at 5:30 starting Monday, October 17 at the Upcountry Community Center.  Participants much attend all sessions.  To RSVP please call 296-2785.
FREE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSES offered Wednesday, October 19 from 9am to 5pm at the Upcountry Community Center.  Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens.  Please RSVP to 296-2785.
FYI: The STATE OF JEFFERSON Is On THE MOVE! Find out What's Happening and the PROGRESS. Come find out at the next Big county meeting!
Denny’s Conference Room
Wednesday - October 19 at 6:30 pm
Jackson, CA on Hwy 49 near Hwy 88
Speakers: Terry Rapoza & Win Carpenter
Be apart of creating OUR new state! Bring your family and friends!
SOJ is moving forward, stronger than ever, and the voice of Liberty is being heard!
PARENTING WITH A PURPOSE - Thursdays 3pm to 5pm beginning October 20 at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center, First 5 Amador, 975 Broadway, Jackson. Come join us for our interactive and supportive fall series to learn and strengthen practical, proven positive parenting skills. For more information or to register, please contact Coral Stricler at 257-1980 ext 103 or
ROUGH SAWN BARN WOOD AND DIMENSION LUMBER Ungraded lumber. Our lumber storage warehouse will be open Saturday, October 22nd from 9am onward. You may visit and purchase lumber at this time. The warehouse is located at the Amador County airport off of Highway #49 at Sutter Hill.
This lumber is produced on a steam powered sawmill located at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Cal. All proceeds from sales go to the Amador Sawmill & Mining Assoc.
Mixed species of wood, mainly Pine and Doug Fir. One by material for rough siding. Various sizes of dimensional lumber, see the photos for examples. If you are interested, we can send you a current stock list.
All lumber sales are FOB Sutter Hill. Cost is $1.25 per board foot plus 9% tax.
Delivery available on orders of $500 or more. Delivery charges based on mileage from Sutter Hill.
SIERRA RIDGE WINERY & CULINARY: CREATING YOUR OWN MUSTARDS - Everything you could imagine about creating your own mustards! Saturday, Oct 22 from 10-11 AM at Sierra Ridge Winery & Culinary, 54 Main Street in Sutter Creek. Learn how create a basic mustard. Then let your imagination run wild. Instructor Maria Bell will be happy to explain what you can add to create your own variations. You will be given 4 oz.of mustard seed for your first homemade batch of mustard. Additional mustard seeds are available in our store. Yellow, brown & black. Weck jars also available.
Limited seating. $15.00 pp. Pre pay only .Call 209-267-8168 for reservation & prepay. Leave a message and we will call you back. Or come in to register.
FOOTHILL CONSERVANCY’S FALL HARVEST CELEBRATION - Locals wines and musicians Adam Gottstein, Slade Rivers Band and The NJR Band will be featured at Foothill Conservancy’s Fall Harvest  Celebration, Sunday, October 23, from 4 to 7 pm at Feist Wines, 15 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek. Wood-fired pizza and great raffle prizes. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Feist Wines, the Conservancy office in Jackson, or online at For more information contact Carolyn,  209-223-3508.
FREE WORKSHOP: OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE PERSONALITY DISORDER - This workshop will address the following: What is OCPD? How can you support someone who has OCPD? Where is help available?
This workshop will be provided at the following locations: Ione Family Resource Center Tuesday, Oct 25 at 9:30am; Upcountry Community Center, Wedneday, Oct 26 at 2pm, and Camanche Lake Community Center, Thursday, October 27 at 2pm.  For more information please call 209-296-2785.
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, October 25 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 talking about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Panic Disorder.   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.
FREE WORKSHOP: OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE PERSONALITY DISORDER - This workshop will address the following: What is OCPD? How can you support someone who has OCPD? Where is help available?
This workshop will be provided at the following locations: Ione Family Resource Center Tuesday, Oct 25 at 9:30am; Upcountry Community Center, Wedneday, Oct 26 at 2pm, and Camanche Lake Community Center, Thursday, October 27 at 2pm.  For more information please call 209-296-2785.
EDUCATE, EQUIP & SUPPORT: BUILDING HOPE FOR PARENTS is a 13-week series designed to provide parents and caregivers with education about childhood mental health illnesses. The purpose is to provide education and promote the building of natural supports between parents. This series will inform participants about common childhood mental health issues and symptoms management techniques, as well as provide information on local resources to help address your children's mental health needs. Starting Wednesdays October 26 11:30 to 1:30. To RSVP please call 296-2785.
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: SMALL BACKYARD ORCHARDS - Yes, it is only October, but before you know it, the season for planting bare-root fruit trees and berries will be here. Start planning now and it will pay off in the years to come.  Some questions you may be asking yourself . . . Where should I plant my fruit trees?  What types grow well here?  What varieties taste best?  Does the soil need any special preparation?  Do I need a male and a female plant?  When do I prune?  How do I prune?  When do I fertilize and what do I use?  Do fruit trees need a lot of care? These and many other important issues will be discussed at this class. If you have an interest in starting an orchard or already have one and want to know how to better care for it, this class is for you.
UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County will offer this free class to be held on Saturday, October 29 from 9 am to noon at the Amador County General Services (AG) building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson. It is open to the public.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or email  Website:

Redneck BBQ Bash Release Party at Andis - Sat Nov 5
- Amador County-wide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Update - Public Comment Survey open until Nov 14
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Whiskerman - Fri Nov 18
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Chris Cain - Sat Nov 19
BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR DINNER - Friday, November 18, 2016. Join the Amador County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Robert Manassero and Manassero Insurance on this well-deserved award at the Business Person of the Year Dinner.Friday, November 18, 2016 in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. For more information and tickets, or call Amador County Chamber of Commerce, 209-223-0350.
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
The concert is set for 3 pm, Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Pine Grove Community Church. For more updates, visit:
Opinions & Issues
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.
FYI: Amador County BOS - FY2016-17 Proposed Adopted Budget
Amador County Civil Grand Jury Special Investigation Report
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 will be held Mondays at 5:30 starting Monday, October 17 at the Upcountry Community Center.  Participants much attend all sessions.  To RSVP please call 296-2785.
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.
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.
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
Mondays through Thursdays
9:30 am - 11: 30 am
Various locations throughout the County:
Mondays - Camanche
Tuesdays - Jackson
Wednesdays - Ione
Thursdays - Pine Grove
A new year of the always-popular Toddler Playgroups has begun! FREE to all children aged 0-5, and their caregivers! Contact First 5 Amador for more information and specific locations, at 257-1092 or visit Playgroups follow the ACUSD schedule.
'MOM TO MOM' PERINATAL WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP - 2nd Saturday of Every Month. 2:30 - 4:00 pm at the First 5 Building, 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 skills, relaxation techniques, and communication skills. Facilitated by Christa Thompson, LCSW. These groups meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. For questions, information, and/or to RSVP for free child care, please call 257-1092.
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.
“READ ACROSS AMADOR” MEETINGS - 3rd Tuesday of Every Month at 12:30 pm at the ATCAA office at 935 S. Hwy 49, Jackson. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Please mark your calendars, and join us to discuss ways to increase literacy awareness and opportunities in Amador County. Meetings are open to everyone! For more information, please call 257-1092.
Wednesdays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am at the Camanche Lake Community Center
FREE to all children aged 3-5. Learn about letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and reading. Help your child get used to the rhythm and routine of school, and ready for kindergarten. Call Nexus Youth & Family Services for more information, or to enroll your child, at 763-2720 or 257-1980. Program follows the ACUSD schedule.
EDUCATE, EQUIP & SUPPORT: BUILDING HOPE FOR PARENTS is a 13-week series designed to provide parents and caregivers with education about childhood mental health illnesses. The purpose is to provide education and promote the building of natural supports between parents. This series will inform participants about common childhood mental health issues and symptoms management techniques, as well as provide information on local resources to help address your children's mental health needs. Starting Wednesdays October 26 11:30 to 1:30. To RSVP please call 296-2785.
'FOOTPRINTS' SUPPORT GROUP 3rd Wednesday of Every Month from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Sutter Amador Hospital, First Floor, Mountain Room. Footprints is open to all parents who have experienced the death of their baby, from pregnancy through infancy. Footprints is also a place where grieving parents with similar experiences can come together and share their feelings about their loss, and the love for their babies. Adults only please. For more information, please call 257-1092.
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:
LGBT (Life Gets Better Together) SOCIAL GROUP in Jackson for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Folk. Every 1st and 3rd Fridays from 4:00p. – 5:30p. at Hein & Co. ~ 204 Main Street, Jackson. All ages welcome! Join us for discussion, friendship and support. For more information call Marla at (209) 256-3750.
Classes, Workshops, Seminars
OPEN STUDIO AT WENDY WARD’S STUDIO - Bring your project or come for inspiration every Monday from 10am - 1pm. Enjoy conversation, tea and snacks & a chance to see what others are working on. Feel free to bring a lunch and spend time getting to know others.
Basic tools (scissors, cutting mats, etc.) and a variety of materials are available to sample.. No formal instruction, but ideas and suggestions provided if you need a spark!
$15 for a 3 hour block or purchase or 12 hours (4 weeks) for $50. For more information, call 295-2224. On Facebook at:
MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING - 2nd Thursday of Every Month at 10:00 am, 975 Broadway, Jackson. Are you a Mandated Reporter of suspected child abuse, or a member of the community who would like to learn more about how to recognize child abuse? Please join us for a free training on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Open to everyone! Remaining 2016 scheduled dates are: October 13 and November 10. Please call to RSVP, at 223-5921.
AMADOR COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL HAS OPENINGS - The Amador Cooperative Preschool in Jackson is Amador County’s only parent cooperative preschool, and currently has openings. ACP differs from other preschools in the county in that it is run by, and for, the preschool families. Each family shares in the operation of the school, and teachers and parents work together to create a positive, safe, nurturing, and fun learning environment for all children. A strong sense of community flourishes within this cooperative structure. ACP offers a morning preschool class that meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 - 11:30 am. Families may enroll their child(ren) for 2 or 3 days a week. Please call Teacher/Director Elaine at 257-0622 for current enrollment information.
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.
SPECIAL SENIOR FITNESS PACKAGE Do you or someone you know need to improve their flexibility and balance? Also strength and stamina are wonderful things to keep working on as we age into our sixties, seventies, eighties and beyond.
Team Fitness in Pine Grove offers a special mini-Personal Fitness training package to keep the price very affordable and to work with people one-on-one for half an hour ideally every week.
Please text or call 209-304-5139 to learn more and get started on improving your ability to be independent and active. A great gift to give a parent or grandparent!!
Cherie Maitland, CPDT
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!
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
Ongoing Events & Activities
Amador Council of Tourism -
Amador County Recreation Agency -
Amador Council of Tourism -
Amador Vintner's Association -
Main Street Theater Works -
Sutter Creek Theater -
Preston Castle -
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AT JOSE’S CANTINA! Don't forget MNF at Jose’s Cantina in Jackson, with a great $5.00 Buffet and $2.00 12 oz Draft During games!
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More announcements...
2016 ANGEL TREE APPLICATIONS -  This project is for children under the age of 17 years who live in Amador County whose families are struggling financially. Please click here for the application and for more information, and note that all applications are due by Oct 31st. We are happy to accept applications via email, mail, fax, or hand delivered. Applications must be turned into a Nexus Family Advocate or dropped off  at or mailed or faxed to one of our Community Centers.
SIERRA RIDGE WINERY has launched a new program to help out our local food bank! They are selling gently loved cookbooks for $5.00 and donating 100% of the funds to the Interfaith Food Bank. Every little bit helps! If you have gently loved cookbooks that you would like to donate, bring them by. We would be happy to put them on the shelf. In advance we say " thank you".
“We sold our first cook book today to some terrific folks from Washington. They were thrilled with the program as they volunteer at their local food bank. Very cool!”
To contact Sierra Ridge, visit:
Check Sierra Ridge’s Facebook page out at:
SUPPORT LOCAL WRITERS: Please support local writers and take a look at Placer Gold Writers crowd-funding project. I wrote one of the short stories, and was part of the editing team; check out the Kickstarter video! Your support of our publishing project would be greatly appreciated. This is a new venture for me and I'm very excited! Please share this post: every pledged dollar ensures we publish this awesome new book soon!! Thank you so much.
Eva Dunn
STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: The Amador County Library is seeking volunteers to assist the library staff with Pre-School Story Time at the PLYMOUTH Branch.
Duties include helping to prepare story times by selecting appropriate reading material and crafts for pre-school children.
Story times at the Plymouth Branch are scheduled on the third Wednesday of the month 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 and fill out a volunteer application.
For more information contact the library: 209-245-6476
VIA AMADOR DEMOCRATS: Hello Friends! We now have signs, bumper stickers and buttons. Call our office at 257-1397 to arrange a time to pick them up or we can arrange to deliver them.  If no one answers, please leave a message as we aren't there 24/7. We will call you back. We need to show our support for our Democratic candidates! Thanks.
MINI-GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC) has funding available for child abuse prevention mini-grant proposals for the 2016-17 fiscal year. One-time mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council has set aside funds towards the goal of contracting with qualified organizations and agencies to provide child abuse prevention services/programs within the County of Amador. Projects eligible for funding include schools, parent groups, non-profit agencies, and community organizations. The Council – a collaboration of county organizations, agencies, and community members – has found that the unmet needs in the area of child abuse prevention include the following focus areas:
•Drug & Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment/Prevention
•Parent Education/Parent Support
•Promoting Mental Wellness/Trauma Informed Care
•Developmentally Appropriate Behavior/Developmental Milestones Education
•Neglect/Distracted Parenting and Child Safety
Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2016-17 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly. For an application form please visit, or contact Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921, or by email at
BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST PROGRAM FOR CHILD CARE - Are you experiencing challenging behavior in your preschool or child care setting? First 5 Amador has contracted behavioral specialists that can help! These professionals can provide either child-specific or comprehensive consultations for child care providers and early childhood educators in Amador County. Consultants work with you, the child (age 0-5), and parents by offering on-site and phone support, strategies, tools and linkages to the support and resources that you need. This program is free. Please call First 5 Amador for more information, at 257-1092.
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:
- 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:
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:
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  or UCCE Wildlife Specialist, Roger Baldwin, at (530) 752-4551 or  
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 ( 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)
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
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.
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:
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.
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
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:
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


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, 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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