Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."
- J. K. Rowling



News & Announcements
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 or call Janine Oneto at 209-245-6221.
MASTER GARDENERS’ ANNUAL TOMATO TASTING CONTEST - If you are like most gardeners, tomatoes are number one in your heart. Most of us eagerly anticipate the first delicious fruit of the season. We are all looking for the perfect tomato. Saturday, August 27th is your chance to put your tomatoes to the ultimate test! The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County are sponsoring a tomato judging and tasting contest at the Sutter Creek Farmer’s Market located on the corner of Main Street and Gopher Flat Road.
Bring at least one washed tomato of each variety (at least five cherry tomatoes) to the Sutter Creek Farmers Market between 8:30 -9:30 AM on Saturday, August 27. The judges will begin their tasting at 10:00 and announce their favorites by 11:30 AM. Prizes will be given for the biggest, as well as best tasting red, non-red and cherry tomatoes. Our fantastic judges from last year will be returning this year and include Steve Muni of Hometown radio, Darius Somary, consultant, and Mark Berkner of Taste Restaurant.
Join us for the public tasting and you will have the fun of tasting all kinds of tomatoes, from tiny grape-size tomatoes to giants the size of grapefruits, and a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, pink, tiger striped, and of course, ruby red. We are sure to have a tomato you’ve never tasted before -------
OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at:
August Newsletters
Community Calendar
- UCCE Central Sierra Master Food Preserver Training meetings - Fri Aug 5
- Bella Grace Presents: Juni Fisher - Fri Aug 5
- Amador Farmers' Market: Sutter Creek - Sat Aug 6
- 1st Saturday Art Trek - Sat Aug 6
- Dancin' in the Street: The Spotted Dog Band - Sat Aug 6
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Johnny Cash Tribute - Sat Aug 6
- Amador Farmers' Market: Jackson - Sun Aug 7
- Jackson City Council - Mon Aug 8
- Sutter Creek Planning Commission - Mon Aug 8
- Upcountry Community Council - Mon Aug 8
- Vitalize Your Chakras...and Life! 4th Chakra is Aug 9
- Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Aug 9
Ione Planning Commission - Tues Aug 9
- Clutter to Chaos: Understanding Hoarding Disorder - Aug 9, 10 & 11
- Public Workshop on Tree Mortality in the Sierra Nevada - Wed Aug 10
- Amador Farmers' Market: Pine Grove - Wed Aug 10
- Chamber Mixer at Hanford Courte - Wed Aug 10
ACUSD/ACOE Board - Wed Aug 10
Amador Water Agency Board - Thurs Aug 11
- Amador Council of Tourism Board - Thurs Aug 11
Plymouth City Council - Thurs Aug 11
- Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival - Aug 12-14
- "Stiffed At The Speakeasy": Murder Mystery Dinner at the Preston Castle - Aug 12 & 13
- Amador Farmers' Market: Sutter Creek - Sat Aug 13
- Faith Lutheran to Host Second Annual Baby Shower for the “Baby Basics Box” - Sat Aug 13
- Friends Helping Friends Survive: Lee & Gary Foley Benefit - Sat Aug 13
- Dinner in the Vineyard at Avio - Sat Aug 13
Dancin' in the Street: Full Circle - Sat Aug 13
- Amador Farmers' Market: Jackson - Sun Aug 14
"Second Sunday Fundays" at Andis begin August 14
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Aug 15
Jackson Planning Commission - Mon Aug 15
- Ione City Council - Tues Aug 16
- Amador Farmers' Market: Pine Grove - Wed Aug 17
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Jack Tone Riordan Trio - Sun Aug 21
- Jackson City Council - Mon Aug 22
- Amador County Board of Supervisors - Tues Aug 23
ACUSD/ACOE Board - Wed Aug 24
Amador Water Agency Board - Thurs Aug 25
Plymouth City Council - Thurs Aug 25
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Coco Montoya Band - Sat Aug 26
- Healing Self Esteem: Classes begin Aug 31

- Sutter Creek Provisions "Tap Takeover" events scheduled through November
Music Events at Bella Grace
George Reed Inc. and CALTRANS have extended the completion date for the Sutter Street Realignment and Signal Project to the week of August 15. A full closure of Sutter Street at Highway 49/88 and Vogan Toll Road will remain in place until school begins August 8. The signals will not be functioning, but the intersection will be open to traffic with temporary “REGULATORY” signs will be in place. Until the signal is operational, Jackson PD will provide a crossing guard during the afternoon to assist getting students across the highway. The signalization of the intersection will begin Wednesday, August 10. The closeout of the project will begin Monday, August 15 and continue thru that week. A schedule is provided below:
Closeout Schedule/Items Remaining (10-0X1604)
· Install Poles for Sutter St/49 intx: 8/4 night work
· Signage installed: 8/1-2
· Striping & Marking: 8/4-5
· Signalization: planned for Tues-Wed 8/9-10
· Project closeout/punch-list: 8/15 week
· Contractual Completion: 8/23
We are most appreciative of your patience throughout this project. Please call City Hall if you have any questions at (209)223-1646.
Inspector, Code Enforcement
Office (209)223-1646 ext. 227
JUNI FISHER IN CONCERT AT BELLA GRACE! Juni Fisher promotes herself as more than a singer and songwriter, but a horse woman with a message and will perform on Friday, August 5th. She tours the country full time, delighting audiences with her original songs, storytelling, and guitar playing.  Fisher has won countless awards, including Western Music Association female vocalist of the year three different times!  Tickets for $25 each ($20 wine club members) are still available online, and admissions options include a 'Date Night Package' featuring 2 admissions, 2 BBQ dinners & a bottle of wine for $99 ($89 for club members).  Click here to order Fisher tickets or by calling Dewey at 209.418.5040.
“RALLY 4 ALLIE” FUNDRAISER DINNER - Allie Olivarria is a 12 year old girl born, raised, and living in Amador County, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Her family and friends are putting together a fundraiser dinner for her, on August 6th. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to Allie's family, to help offset the costs of her leukemia treatments that are not being covered by insurance. Allie is a very active girl with a strong work ethic, and is an incredible softball pitcher. Although Allie hasn't been able to play softball or attend school with her friends, she continues to keep a positive outlook on her diagnosis... but it will be a long road to recovery.
Please join us on Saturday, August 6, for a no-host bar and dinner, at the St. Katherine Drexel Church in Jackson. No host bar at 4:30; dinner at 6PM. The dinner will also feature a raffle, auction, and live music by "Forever Goldrush & Friends!" Dinner tickets are $20.00 per person, and can be purchased at the following locations:
Farmer's Insurance, Jackson
Matich-Vukovich Insurance, Jackson
BG's Lounge at Mel's Diner, Jackson
Ace Hardware, Ione
Contact Kim Hernandez at (209) 304-5404 for more information.
Facebook Group:
NOTE: The Planning Committee is also accepting raffle and auction item donations. If you would like to donate to the raffle or auction that will be held at the dinner, items may be dropped off at Farmer's Insurance in Jackson. If you would like to use your donation as a tax write-off, 'That None Shall Perish' is generously allowing us to use their non-profit Tax ID# 261576422. If you wish to make a monetary donation, checks may be written out to 'TNSP' (That None Shall Perish), with "Rally 4 Allie" written in the memo line. We thank the community for your support, and hope to see you at the dinner!
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE: "It is my sad duty to inform those who knew my mother, Judy Cohen Hotchkiss, that she has passed from this life. Judy died of a heart attack on May 23rd of this year after struggling with the after-effects of a stroke. There was no traditional funeral, as mom had made arrangements to be cremated and her ashes scattered. I would like now to invite any who will be available on the date/time below to come and share your memories of my mother at a Celebration of Life event."
Sunday Aug 7th 2016 at 11 am:
Thomi’s CafĂ© Banquet Hall
Mother Lode Plaza
627 S State Hwy 49
Jackson, CA 95642
SUPPER UNDER THE STARS - For the second year, Amador Council of Tourism is hosting Supper Under the Stars, Sunday, August 7 at 5:30 PM, in Volcano. It is our one and only fundraiser and we bring many out-of-town guests to this event. This wonderful evening includes fresh and local food served family-style, local wine and beers, dessert, music and dancing. There will be a fantastic silent auction with one-of-a-kind experiences and products.
- Consolation Street in Volcano open for dining only. One very, very long dinner table.
- You and your friends dressed in white.
- Live jazz, dancing, local wines, bubbles, and beer.
- Family-style dinner and decadent sweets.
- Toast the good life in Amador County.
We call it: Supper Under the Stars. And you’re invited!
Event ticket includes live music, appetizers, local wine, family-style dinner, dessert, dancing and gazing at the stars under the beautiful Amador summer sky. And the opportunity to bid on Amador’s best experiences and destinations, in silent auction items.
Tickets are $100 inclusive. Only 200 available and almost 100 have sold. Buy them at
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL - Mon Aug 8 at 6PM at the Veteran’s Hall, Buckhorn Ridge Rd, Pioneer. UCC’s Special Speakers this month will be on The Amador Community College Foundation and all who are interested in improving the education of our students please attend!
Karen Dickerson is a retired school principal and teacher with a Master’s Degree in School Supervision and Administration.  She is a founding board member of ACCF and serves as Board Secretary to ACCF.  She has a passion for education and wants to provide Amador County residents the opportunity to  pursue higher education locally.
Wyman Dickerson is a retired pharmacist who owned community pharmacies in Amador before selling to Safeway.  He worked for Safeway for 20 years in pharmacy mergers and acquisitions.  He volunteers for ACCF serving as public relations consultant and chair of the annual fundraising gala.
Wyman and Karen have lived in Amador County for 36 years and raised their daughters here.
Amador College Connect is a student resource and support center located in the Jackson Creek Plaza. ACC offers certificate, degree, and transfer programs through distance education programs delivered through 4 regional community colleges.  ACC provides support services of mentoring, tutoring, and access to computer and office support to help local students achieve their academic and career goals.
As always we will have reports from our Supervisor Morgan and AWA Director Farrington and others regarding issues that affect the upcountry area. All upcountry area residents are encouraged to come to our community meetings.
VOLCANO THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - Fri and Sat evenings, Aug 12 to 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 online at
EAGLE’S WINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL - Friday Aug 12. An evening music festival featuring three bands, each including local Amador County musicians. Bands include Double Edge, Tangled Roots and Jukebox Gumbo. Tickets are $20 including finger food. No host bar.
This event is hosted by the St Bernard's Society with all proceeds help support the charitable work of St. Bernard's Church, Volcano CA
Call Dave at 209-296-1512 or Tim Burr at 209-283-4676 for tickets and information.
VOLCANO THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - Fri and Sat evenings, Aug 12 to 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 online at
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 begin on August 14, and 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 for more information! See you on Second Sunday!
AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND: “HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE” - Sunday, August 14 at 3PM at the Commuity Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Musical selections include: A Beatles Tribute medley, selections from “The Lion King”, “Malaguena”, “Silverado”, “Moon River” and many other faves! FREE concert. Refreshments following the concert. For more information, visit:
14th INTERNATIONAL JUG BAND FESTIVAL - Sat Aug 20 from 11 AM- 9 PM at the Sutter Creek Inn, 75 Main Street, Sutter Creek.
JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS FALL SEASON - Registration is now open for Fall Junior Team Tennis. Boys & Girls Ages 7-14 play on co-ed teams in three ability levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. No experience is necessary, beginners are welcome! League matches will run six consecutive Sundays from October 2 to November 6 and each team will have one practice per week starting in mid-September. Cost is $70 first child, $45 second child, $10 third child (max of $125 per household). Early bird special: take $10 off your total if registration is postmarked by July 29. Fee includes junior USTA membership, t-shirt, season-end party, and awards. Print an application at
Registrations must be received by August 27. Register early, space is limited. Preference may be given to those who register first. If you have questions, contact league director, Dan Klement, at 257-1950 or e-mail at
BIG BAND MUSIC on Sunday, August 28 at 2pm at the Amador Senior Center, New York Ranch Rd, Jackson. Doors open at 1:30pm. Big Band music of the 1920’s through the 1960’s will be presented by the 11- piece Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra on August 28 at 2pm 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! 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 dessert to share as well and there will be a small dance area left open for those that wish to shake-a- leg. Don’t miss the fun!
FARMS OF AMADOR TOUR & DINNER - To help support the FoA activities and our local Farmers Markets please consider coming to the Sunday August 28 Farms of Amador/Farmers Market farmer tour and dinner fundraiser.  This always fun and relaxing event with your friends and family, will be again hosted at the beautiful setting of Helwig winery with a sit down dinner fare being 'Spanish Table'...Paella!  which includes your choice of a vegetarian or fish/chicken paella. One can also request gluten free. Music with Herb Boxhorn and Klaudia Promessi.  The self-guided tour will be focused in the Ione area. And of course there will be some incredible items up for raffle and auction.
Get your tickets soon as this event does sell out!
For tickets and information phone: 209-267-5506, or purchase tickets online at the FoA website or at your local Farmers Market.
AMADOR UPCOUNTRY ROTARY is participating with the Farmer's Market in Pine Grove, on the last Wednesday of each summer month! Supporting our wonderful local produce with additional food, beer and wine… Rotary is offering a raffle prize of an 18" STIHL Chainsaw!
Next market is August 31. Hours have been extended to 7pm. Come by and enjoy music, food and libations!
Redneck BBQ Bash Release Party at Andis - Sat Nov 5
LABOR DAY AT DEAVER VINEYARDS - Sat September 3. Join us for our annual Labor Day event. Pack up the kids, bring your neighbors and head out to Deaver for a day on the Deaver Green. Grab a few bottles of wine from our tasting room and relax to some great tunes as we send the summer off in style. Food available for purchase.
-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 R3C 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 R3C 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
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:
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 for more information!

E-mail your releases, briefs, newsletters, announcements, etc. for our calendar to:
Opinions & Issues
FYI: On Recycling in Amador County (Via Lynn Morgan):
>Pine Grove Market should be re-opening soon, maybe as soon as June 1st.
>Pokerville Market was denied a request for exemption by CalRecycle and will receive their final notice in mid-June.  By late June they will either: have a new buyback center, pay customer CRV in the store or pay a penalty to the state.
>Pioneer Payless Market will receive their final notice in mid-August and by late August will either: have a new buyback center, pay customer CRV in the store or pay a penalty to the state.
>Ione Plaza Market has been determined by CalRecycle to not meet the threshold which would require them to have a recycle center.
>Raley's Market has been considered by CalRecycle to be served by the Academy Dr. center and is not required to have a recycle center.
Also, the county may initiate a lawn mower and a wood stove by-back program with the intent of helping to reduce our carbon footprint.  I will keep you posted.  The pine needle bin program is up and running. Best - Lynn
FROM THE CITY OF IONE: The City of Ione needs your help to prevent vandalism and apprehend individuals who vandalize our parks and recreational facilities. Please call City Hall at 209-274-2412 or Sheriff Dispatch (after hours) at 209-223-6513 to report vandalism to your park facilities. Why is it important to stop vandalism? If you think vandalism isn't your problem, think again. Here are a few reasons why vandalism hurts everyone.Vandalism destroys what your tax dollars have created. Each year vandals destroy thousands of dollars' worth of park facilities and equipment funded by tax dollars. A few minutes of destructive "fun" can add up to huge losses for our City's parks. Vandalism is a problem at all parks throughout Ione costing the city thousands of dollars per year. Vandalism takes dollars away from recreational programs and facilities. It costs money to repair or replace whatever a vandal's actions have destroyed. For example, the cost of removing writing from the Skat Park can easily reach $1000 for sandblasting costs. Replacing a destroyed bench involves high labor repair and materials costs.
Here's what you can do to help prevent and address vandalism.
Always call 9-1-1 to report any crime in progress, including vandalism.
If you have information about a crime that has occurred in a park, but that does not require an immediate police response, please call 209-274-2412.
Thank you for helping!
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
AMADOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 9AM.
SUTTER CREEK CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
JACKSON CITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd & 4th Mon at 7 PM.
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL meets on the 2nd Mon at 6 PM.
JACKSON PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
IONE CITY COUNCIL meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6 PM.
IONE PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 2nd Tues at 6PM
AMADOR COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT meets on the 2nd & 4th Wed at 6:30 PM.
PLYMOUTH CITY COUNCIL meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM.
AMADOR WATER AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 9 AM.
Amador County Civil Grand Jury Special Investigation Report
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF FINAL EIR (FEIR) AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE AMADOR COUNTY PROPOSED FINAL GENERAL PLAN - Tues July 19 at 7PM. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the County’s update of its General Plan and the proposed Final General Plan are now available.  The documents may be viewed by interested parties and agencies during normal business hours at:
  • Amador County Planning Department, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA;
  • Main Branch (Jackson) of the Amador County Library located at 530 Sutter Street, Jackson, CA;
  • Ione Branch of the Amador County Library located at 25 Main Street, Ione, CA;
  • Pine Grove Branch of the Amador County Library located at 19889 Pine Grove, CA;
  • Pioneer Branch of the Amador County Library located at 25070 Buckhorn Ridge Rd., Pioneer, CA; and
  • Plymouth Branch of the Amador County Library located at 9375 Main Street, Plymouth, CA.
Both documents are also available on the County website at  CDs may be obtained by contacting the Planning Department.  The FEIR was prepared for the General Plan Update in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and was routed to State and local agencies and to those who submitted comments on the Draft EIR as required by the CEQA Guidelines.  Pursuant to Government Code Section 65352 the proposed Final General Plan and FEIR have also been referred to various state, local, and federal entities…[read more]
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:

(NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: See announcement above. Date changed this month to the 4th Thursday.)
OVER-EATERS ANONYMOUS OF JACKSON…if you think you have a problem with food. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday and Friday, 5:30 PM, Sutter Amador Hospital. Oakview Conference Room, in Education Dept on 2nd Floor. Contact Liz, 295-6921.
MOM TO MOM PERINATAL WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP- Second Saturday of every month from 2:30 - 4:00 pm, 975 Broadway, Jackson. In this group for new moms and pregnant women, we: support moms to recover from pregnancy and birth, help you feel well and be the mom you want to be, discuss anxiety, stress, depression, and difficulty adjusting, learn coping and communication skills, and relaxation techniques. A project of the Amador-Calaveras Perinatal Wellness Coalition, and facilitated by Christa Thompson, LCSW. First group will be held on Saturday, May 14. For questions, more information, and to RSVP for free child care, please call 257-1092.

Classes, Workshops, Seminars
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.
THE AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM will take place June 13 - July 22. This year's theme is "Read for the Win".
For more information about the program please contact the library: 209-223-6400.
NEW YORK FITNESS’ WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE CLASSES - Classes are free to members. Non-members, only $10 per class. Join the gym, and get the classes for free! Monday nights from 5-6PM in the Yoga Studio at NY Fitness, 615 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. This is an active class; please wear comfortable clothes.
Learn how to hit, strike, knee and kick. Learn how to defend yourself against grabs. Chokes, bear hugs and ground attacks.
Call 209.223.3236 Like us on Facebook!
LOCAL LANGUAGE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES - Bilinguals of all kinds and second language learners have many advantages, intelligence boosting, better job opportunities, higher salaries in public and other types of employment, more job security and best of all the study of another language is fun and provides protection against dementia, the scourge of aging America! If you are ready to begin language studies now, or resume them in or around Amador county, I can help you find a way to get started whether through tutoring, classes, videos or tapes, on the internet, using music or television, geared to your style of learning and in the time that you have available. The secret of getting ahead is getting started and this is something people tend to put off for years, to their detriment. Expand your mind, and your horizons. Take the first step and call Profe Nora at 223-3322 for free advice.
ARE YOU A LOCAL ARTIST? Join the Amador County Artists Association, to share, network, and support local artists. The ACAA meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the Amador Senior Center. Our meetings are open to the public, so come and join us! For more information, visit:
GENTLE HATHA YOGA CLASSES meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 12:45 pm at Team Fitness in Pine Grove. Classes are kept small for lots of special attention to help you make those healthy changes you've been wanting to make. Excellent classes for beginners and seniors! $8 or a pass of 10 sessions for $65. Contact: Cherie Maitland

Events Calendars & Activities
AmadorCounty Arts Council -
Amador County Artists Association -
Amador County Recreation Agency -
Amador Council of Tourism -
Amador Vintner's Association -
Main Street Theater Works -
Sutter Creek Theater -
Volcano Theatre Company -
Preston Castle -
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...
THE HEALING WORD - Foursquare Gospel Church   Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after. If you need a ride to church, please call the office by Friday no later than 4:30 PM- July 16th at 2:00 Memorial Service for Leroy Cardiff- Craft Monday- July 18th-10:00 AM. Women’s  Breakfast- July 23rd- 9:00 AM. Men’s Bible Study- Monday nights at 7:00 PM. Youth Ministry, ages 13 – 17, Monday nights at 7:00 PM. Wednesday afternoon Ladies’ Bible Study-1:00 PM. Wednesday night Bible Study- 6:00 PM. Thursday Women’s Bible Study- 1:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
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.
NEED DONATIONS FOR JACKSON GARDENS ANNUAL YARD SALE - Donations are needed for Jackson Gardens Annual Yard Sale Held in August We are now accepting donations of gently used items for our annual sale.
The actual sale will be held August 5, 6, & 7 and will be held at  Amador Residential, located at 155 Placer Drive Jackson. Your items can be dropped off with any staff member. Please contact (209) 223-0411 · 185 Placer Drive Jackson.
We love what we do because we do what we love!
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
STREET CLOSURE AT ARGONAUT DRIVE/SUTTER STREET THROUGH JULY 30. City of Jackson CA : A section of the road at Argonaut Drive and Sutter Street (see map) will be closed from July 11-30, 2016 while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performs geotechnical investigation work on the Eastwood Multiple Arch Dam. EPA contractors will bore holes and dig trenches to collect soil and bedrock samples in front of the dam. The purpose of this project is to gather more information about the stability of the dam and to assess the strength of the soil and rock at the dam. To ensure the safety of the area, EPA will closely watch for any potential effects on the dam during the work. This road closure project is separate from the Caltrans closure at Sutter Street and Highway 49, though EPA and Caltrans are coordinating efforts. To find out more about EPA's work in Jackson, or contact Sarah Cafasso, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator at (415) 972-3076 /
INVITATION TO JOIN THE LOCKWOOD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AUXILIARY - We raise money for our volunteer personnel and have a lot of fun doing this. We have dinners, concerts and our annual pancake breakfast.
We meet every first Monday of the month. If you are interested in joining our group, contact
Carol Asmus at 209-2396-5681 or Marilyn Dillion, VP at 209-296-8011. Our website is
GREEN WASTE DUMPSTER AT LOCKWOOD FIRE STATION: To assist the upcountry residents with keeping a defensible space around their homes, Amador Fire Safe Council working together with Farmers Insurance obtained a grant to provide a green waste dumpster at Lockwood Fire Station #151.
This is the second year this program has been available to those in the Lockwood Fire District area. Anyone can use the dumpster as long as it is only vegetation - pine needles, leaves and branches less than 2 inches in diameter. Due to the discovery of electronic waste in the dumpster, video cameras are now monitoring the dumpster and fire station area.
The dumpster is located at 23141 Shake Ridge Road, approximately 3 miles above Daffodil Hill. If you use the dumpster, please clean up after use and insure all vegetation is inside the dumpster. No plastic bags are allowed in the dumpster. We encourage everyone to use this free service to help keep your home safe.
For more information, contact Jackie Vaughn, Communications, Lockwood Fire Protection District, 209-296-5122.
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.
TAKE THE SURVEY! The Foothill Conservancy, plus our partner organizations, would like to know about your outdoor pursuits and your interest in nature and the environment. Your participation will help drive our priorities, programs and future outreach, which will benefit you, plus current and future members of our organizations.
Our survey will take 5 - 10 minutes to complete and as a Thank You, you’ll be entered to win one of five $100 gift certificates from REI. The answers you give to our questions will be kept in confidence and will only be used to help us with this research project.
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. Thanks and have a good week." -L
EDITOR’S NOTE: Rabies links and resources on CA Public Health:
THE LABYRINTH PROJECT - Have you heard about labyrinths? Do you wonder what they are? What they do? Why they are so popular? The Labyrinth Project has formed in Amador County and is looking for people who may be interested in learning about labyrinths and in being trained to become  a volunteer/docent for labyrinth walks. To learn more, contact The Labyrinth Project at (209) 256-3750 or e-mail the Labyrinth Project Coordinator at
ENVIROCYCLE is offering a $5,000 rebate to fire victims to repair their home septic systems with systems that recycle sewage water so that it can be used again for landscape irrigation. 530-888-6480
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: AMADORARTS NEEDS HELP AT THE GALLERY. We have a great group of volunteers helping to operate the AmadorArts Gallery on Saturdays and Sundays.  But we could use a little extra help! The volunteers need help carrying our sandwich board sign to the corner of Main Street at 11am and back at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It will only take a moment, and would mean a lot. Please let us know if you would like to lend a hand! Thanks!
AmadorArts (Amador County Arts Council). 11A Randolph Street, Sutter Creek. Call 267-9038
DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS? Can you offer a safe, loving and supportive home? Do you have a desire to improve your community?
There is an immediate need for Foster Families in Amador County! Families of all kinds are welcomed! Foster care needed for ages 0-18. SCFS offers guidance, support and ongoing training throughout the entire foster care process.
Please call Sierra Child & Family Services, 209-257-1244.
MINER’S BEND COMMEMORATIVE BRICK PATHWAY - PERSONALIZED BRICKS AVAILABLE -The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation invites you to participate in Sutter Creek’s new Miners’ Bend Historic Gold Mining Park by buying a personalized  engraved brick in the Commemorative Pathway. You and your family will not only provide financial support to the Foundation and help finish this park, but you will cement your place in Amador County’s gold mining history forever.
 The SCCBF’s goal for completion of this park is this summer, 2016. The Park will feature over a dozen displays telling the story of Amador's roll in the California Gold Rush. Work is being done on interpretive signage that will give visitors a brief history of the gold rush in Sutter Creek and Amador County, with historic photos and descriptions of each artifact on display.
Purchasing a brick is the perfect way to commemorate loved ones, promote your business or organization, honor a special occasion, or find that special gift. Personalized Bricks start at only $100. Remember, your brick purchase is tax deductible. Buying a personalized brick helps the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation preserve our cultural heritage in Amador County. To order, visit . For more information please call Frank Cunha at 209-304-9192.
BE A DISASTER HEALTH CARE VOLUNTEER! County volunteer application and fingerprinting scan required. Once clearance is received, you would be sworn in as a Disaster Service Worker. For more information, visit:
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



VIA UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Below are the Announcement numbers and close dates for our latest round of US Forest Service Temp Fire hire positions.  It will take roughly two weeks to get the cert after the job closes in USA Jobs.  Please distribute to ACCG and website.
Please review in
Announcement: GS-0462-05, Forestry Technician (Fire Suppression), 16-TEMP-S5-0462-5SURR-DT
Opens: (07/26/2016) / Closes: (08/01/2016)
Announcement:  GS-0462-04, Forestry Technician (Fire Suppression), 16-TEMP-S5-0462-4SURR-DT
Opens: (07/21/2016) / Closes: (07/27/2016)
Announcement:  GS-0462-03, Forestry Aid (Fire Suppression), 16-TEMP-S5-0462-3SURR-DT
Opens: (07/21/2016) / Closes: (07/27/2016)

JOB OPPORTUNITIES at leading RV Resort in the Gold Country. Benefits, bonuses, 401k, paid vacations. Are you people oriented? Are your a self starter?
We have job openings in our guest relations department. If you can work weekends and/or afternoon/evenings, please complete an application at 49er Village RV Resort; 18265 Hwy 49, Plymouth, between 9am and 5pm.
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.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAM ASSISTANT/FAMILY ADVOCATE - Nexus Youth & Family Services is a human services organization operating in Amador County. The mission of Nexus is to serve members of the community through innovative programs, collaborative partnerships, and the provision of educational and therapeutic services. Examples of Nexus programs include Youth Programs, Family Resource Centers, Parenting Classes, Home Visiting, and Therapeutic Counseling Services for children and their parents.
The Nexus Family Resource Centers (FRCs) offer community-based access to services including needed health, recreational, educational and social service programs. FRC staff provide outreach, prevention education, case management, and linkage for community members to needed services.
To apply for the position of Family Resource Center Program Assistant/Family Advocate, please send a letter of interest and resume to  In the body of the cover letter, please discuss skills and related experience in the areas of case management, outreach, community program implementation, computer programs and data collection.
This position is open until filled.
Nexus is an Equal Opportunity Employer (E.O.E.)

JOB OPPORTUNITY: FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAM ASSISTANT/FAMILY ADVOCATE - Nexus Youth & Family Services is a human services organization operating in Amador County. The mission of Nexus is to serve members of the community through innovative programs, collaborative partnerships, and the provision of educational and therapeutic services. Examples of Nexus programs include Youth Programs, Family Resource Centers, Parenting Classes, Home Visiting, and Therapeutic Counseling Services for children and their parents.
The Nexus Family Resource Centers (FRCs) offer community-based access to services including needed health, recreational, educational and social service programs. FRC staff provide outreach, prevention education, case management, and linkage for community members to needed services.
To apply for the position of Family Resource Center Program Assistant/Family Advocate, please send a letter of interest and resume to  In the body of the cover letter, please discuss skills and related experience in the areas of case management, outreach, community program implementation, computer programs and data collection.
Nexus is an Equal Opportunity Employer (E.O.E.)

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