Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead
News & Announcements
See our Community Calendar [below] for more upcoming meetings, classes and events!
November Newsletters
Community Calendar
Celebrate Robert Manassero, Amador County's Business Person of the Year - Fri Nov 18
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Whiskerman - Fri Nov 18
- Operation Care's new thrift store opens in Jackson on November 19
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Chris Cain - Sat Nov 19
- Bella Grace: News from Italy! Prosecco at Bella Grace Vineyards!
- Fiber and goard artist Laura Carpender is Sutter Creek Gallery's Featured Artist for November
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, November 15 in the Multi-purpose Conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:30 to 6:40 pm. The speaker for this meeting will be Christa Thompson, LCSW, who was formerly the MHSA Program Manager and Community Service Manager at the Amador Behavioral Health Department.  Christa will be speaking about Seasonal Affective Disorder.  From 7:00 to 8:15 pm we will conduct confidential Support Groups for family members and individuals living with mental illnesses. For more information please contact NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.
MEETING POSTPONED: AMADOR COUNTY RECREATION AGENCY: The regularly scheduled meeting for November 9, 2016, has been postponed until November 16, 2016, 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carolyn Fregulia at 209-223-6349.
December Meeting: December 14, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m.
VOLCANO THEATRE COMPANY: “MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET” November 18-December 10. Tickets and info can be found at: http://volcanotheatre.org/
THE HEALING WORD - A Foursquare Gospel Church. Come join us for Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM.  The community is invited to our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on November 24th at 1:00 PM. Don’t be alone this holiday season. Plenty of good food and fellowship - November 19th is our Men’s Breakfast at 9:00 at 9:00 AM - November 21st is Craft Monday at 10:00 AM. We will be making & decorating Christmas bulbs – Wednesday afternoon Ladies Bible Study is at 1:00 PM - Wednesday night Bible Study is at 6:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 or visit thehealingwordchurch.org
HORSEY PLAY DAY AT STAR K EQUESTRIAN - Saturday, November 19 from 11AM-2PM at Star K Equestrian, 15900 Hwy 88 in Jackson. For kids ages 4-10. No experience required. Bring your lunch and have fun on and off of a horse! For more information, call 209-217-7903.
KYLE METCALFE 10TH ANNUAL SPAGHETTI FEED - Saturday, November 19 at 4 PM at the Volcano Armory Hall, corner of Consolation and Emigrant Streets, in Volcano. No host bar. Great raffle prizes and silent auction. Music, dinner great company! Please contact Jackie for tickets or any donations are welcome! 209-296-8869 or 209-304-6799.
AMADOR STARS DINNER DANCE: Amador STARS is hosting a dinner dance at the American Legion Hall on Saturday, Nov. 19. Doors and no host bar at 5pm. Dinner at 6pm. Music at 7:30pm. Featuring Blow Daddy, a local high energy jazz and swing band.
Cash Raffle: Just $1 gives you a chance to win! Cash raffle tickets can be ordered with event tickets, or purchased separately. Tickets are available for purchase at the Amador STARS office, 60 D Ridge Rd, Sutter Creek. All funds raised remain local to assist local cancer patients. For more information call the Amador STARS at 267-1246. NOTE: Purchase your tickets soon, as the dinner dance did sell out last year!
BIG BAND MUSIC of the 1920’s through the 1960’s will be presented by the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, using original dance band instrumentation and sheet music. The band consists of 7 horns (saxes, clarinets, trumpets, and trombone) and 4 rhythm players (piano, banjo, bass, and drums), and features vocals from within the band. Audience may wish to sing along on most all of the familiar tunes! Concert will be on Sunday, November 20 at 2PM at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson. Open to all ages, there is a $5 donation request to help cover expenses of the event. There will be cookies and coffee for your enjoyment! Guests may also bring a favorite desert to share as well and there will be a small dance area left open for those that wish to shake-a-leg.  Doors open at 1:30pm, don’t miss the fun!
Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Nov 7
Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Nov 22
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Lacy J. Dalton Christmas Show- Sat Nov 26
- Jackson City Council - Mon Nov 28
- Bella Grace: News from Italy! Prosecco at Bella Grace Vineyards!
- Fiber and goard artist Laura Carpender is Sutter Creek Gallery's Featured Artist for November
PROJECT THANKS 2016 - Adopt a Family Today!
Gwen Clayton presents Haunted Wine Tour
- Mother Lode Friends of Music 2016-2017 Concert Schedule
- 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
- Fiber and goard artist Laura Carpender is Sutter Creek Gallery's Featured Artist for November
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AMADOR LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION  - Notice is hereby given that the Local Agency Formation Commission will hold conducting authority proceedings on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 10:30 AM in Conference Room B at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA, to receive protests in opposition to LAFCO Project #293, Detachment of the Homestead area (Pine Park Estates) from the boundaries of the Ranch House Estates CSD. All landowners owning land and all registered voters within the detachment area have the right to file written protests in opposition to the detachment. Written protests may be mailed to P.O. Box 22-1292, Sacramento, CA 95822, or delivered at the hearing. All protests must be received prior to the close of the protest hearing at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. For more information, contact amador.lafco@gmail.com or Roseanne Chamberlain, Executive Officer, (209) 418-9377; PO Box 1292, Sacramento, CA 95822. (Affidavit of Publication Please) Contact Information: Roseanne Chamberlain, Executive Officer Amador LAFCO (209) 418-9377 PO Box 22- 1292, Sacramento, CA 95822.
-Dam removals near and far topic of Foothill Conservancy film screening in Sutter Creek - Fri Dec 2
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Winterdance w/ Molly's Revenge - Sat Dec 3
- Gill Landry in Sutter Creek: Songwriter takes the stage at Feist Wines - Sun Dec 4
- Olde Tyme Christmas at Preston Castle - Sat Dec 10
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Black Irish Band - Sat Dec 10
Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Sourdough Slim's Wild & Wooley Christmas Revue - Sat Dec 17
MRS. HUDSON’S HIGH TEA - Thursday, December 1 at 12:30 pm. Delectable scones, tea sandwiches, cookies and fruit. Served in Victorian Square at Baker Street West, 2nd floor at Hein & Company Bookstore, Main Street Jackson. Includes a tour of Mr. Sherlock Holmes’ and Dr. Watson’s study. $32 per person. Reservations most certainly necessary! Call 209-223-2215 or send a crest to: info@bakerstreetwest.com. “It’s brilliant! High Tea at 221B Baker Street! You must not miss it, love!” www.BakerStreetWest.com
FILM SCREENING FOR “DAMNATION”- Removing obsolete, local and not-so-local dams and restoring streams will be the topic of a Friday, December 2 film screening of DamNation, hosted by the Foothill Conservancy. The film starts at 7:30 pm, at the Sutter Creek Theatre, Main Street, Sutter Creek. A short film on the recent removal of East Panther Creek Dam in Amador County will also be shown. Tickets are $15 pre-show, $17 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown paper Tickets.  For more information, contact Carolyn, carolyn@foothillconservancy.org, 209-223-3508.
A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS AT THE HUB - Children’s Christmas for all ages! November 25 & 26 11am-8pm, December 3rd, 10th & 17th 11am-5pm at The HUB, 206B Main St in Jackson. $5 donation appreciated. For more information on the Children’s Christmas please contact ACRA at (209) 223-6349 , acra@amadorgov.org or facebook.com/goacra
11th ANNUAL ARCREATIONS ART SHOW, SALE & RAFFLE- Sat Dec 3 from 9:30am to 1:30pm at The ARC, Amador Campus, 75 Academy Drive, Sutter Creek. ArCreations is an art show and sale featuring unique gifts made by unique people. From woodworking, ceramics and garden art, to painting, photography, jewelry and baked goods, you can find something for everyone on your Christmas list at this incredible event!  Or maybe find something for yourself!  Either way, it’s a great way to show support for several dozen talented Consumers of The Arc!
Raffle will be held at 1PM. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased by calling Lurali at 209-267-5978, x25 or at the ArCreations Art Show and Sale.  Dozens of raffle prizes donated by local businesses throughout Amador and Calaveras Counties, along with game tickets, sports memorabilia, and more, make this raffle one of the greatest in the motherlode!  All proceeds benefit The Arc’s various art programs.
For more information, visit: http://www.arcofamador.org/
AMADOR CHORALIERS “CHRISTMAS: FROM BOX OFFICE TO BROADWAY - It’s the holiday season, and along with the traditions of cookies, caroling and countless Christmas lights, there are the feel good holiday movies we watch year after year. Whether your favorite is “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “White Christmas”, you will find a song or two from the soundtrack as the Amador Choraliers bring you “Christmas-from Box Office to Broadway”. Classic Christmas movies feature songs such as “Joy to the World’, Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “O Holy Night”, while the Broadway stage brings you “We Need A Little Christmas”, “Counting Down to Christmas” and many more. It’s the season of song and the Choraliers have chosen their favorites to get you into the holiday spirit. The Choraliers are a mixed chorus that has been bringing the music of the season to their audiences for over 50 years.
This concert season begins on Thursday, Dec. 8th at 7:30pm, at the Cornerstone Church in Ione, and continues on Dec. 10th & 11th at 3:00pm, at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish in Martell. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at www.amadorchoraliers.org. Doors open a half hour before performances. Seating is limited, so don’t delay. For more information call Carole at 209-743-9258.
MLJC CHANUKAH CELEBRATION - The Mother Lode Jewish Community (MLJC) will be holding its annual Chanukah Party on Thursday evening, December 29 in Murphys, CA.  This is a casual, fun evening for families and adults of all ages. If you wish to attend, please call ahead for directions and to reserve your place, as space is limited.  There is no charge, but we ask everyone to bring a potluck dish to share. Volunteers are also needed to help set up and clean up. You are also welcome to bring a menorah if you would like to light your own candles.
If you are interested in attending or for additional information and directions, please call the MLJC contact number: 209-533-1650 or email us at motherlodejc@yahoo.com. More details about this gathering and future activities can be found at www.motherlodejewishcommunity.org.
The MLJC’s mission is to provide opportunities and events that nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture and community in the Mother Lode, drawing members from Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties.  Guests and new members are always welcome. The activity calendar includes monthly gatherings, primarily in the Murphys/Copperopolis and Jamestown/Sonora areas. Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!
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. For more updates, visit: www.friendsoftheamadorcountylibrary.org
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
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 www.lockwoodfire.org
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 www.first5amador.com. 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.
CAMANCHE SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM - 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: http://amadorrepublicans.com/
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
LI’L MINERS BUMPER CLASS” AT GOLD COUNTRY LANES - Every Tuesday at 11 am. Designed bowlers 8 years or younger. Learn bowling terminology along with bowling skills. Bowl 1 game per week for 10 weeks for $5 weekly. Bring a friend or make a new one! For more information, call 223-3334 or stop by Gold Country Lanes on 81 Ridge Rd, Sutter Creek.
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 www.dog-b-good.com/DoggieDoorManners
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: https://www.facebook.com/WendyWardStudio/
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 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
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 cstricler@nexusyfs.org

Ongoing Events & Activities
Amador Council of Tourism - TourAmador.com
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
Preston Castle - prestoncastle.com
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!
On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Josesjacksoncantina/
More announcements...
COUNTY JOB OPENINGS: http://www.co.amador.ca.us/departments/human-resources/employment-opportunities
WHY WAIT? GET MOTIVATED NOW! Have you found yourself needing a new place to call your fitness home? Look no further! We guarantee you'll find only the highest quality of fitness training in our state of the art, clean and energetic facility in Jackson. Why wait until the new year? Stay motivated and accountable through the holidays with one of our certified personal trainers! Call us today for more information and learn how easy it is to sign up! Motivate Personal Fitness Academy, 209-406-8828.

On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/motivate.personal.fitness.academy/
Federal Funding Available to Address Tree Mortality on Private Forestlands
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) in California is expanding its program to assist private forest landowners in addressing tree mortality and other drought-related damage to improve forest health. NRCS will provide financial assistance for landowners with dead and dying conifer forest trees in certain counties. Removing dead tree debris and other woody material will also help reduce the spread of invasive pests and reduce the threat of wildfire.
For more information, visit:
- https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ca/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1299458
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: http://www.sierraridgewine.com/Welcome.html
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
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 www.amadorcapc.org, or contact Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921, or by email at info@amadorcapc.org
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.
STILL FOR SALE! 1925 MODEL T: 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 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:
"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)
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. 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.
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.
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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