Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

News & Announcements
NEWSLETTER: Mother Lode Harvest - Oct 3-9
NEWSLETTER: The Deaver Dish - Oct 2017
Amador County Turns Purple! Operation Care staff kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Oct 2017
Wine Tree Farm: 2017 Amador Big Crush Festival and BBQ - Oct 6-7
- Vigil for Peace & Healing - Sat Oct 7
- Join the Movement to Prevent ACES, Heal Trauma, and Build Resilience! Tues Oct 17
Congressional Candidate Forum in Jackson sponsored by Foothills Rising - Thurs Oct 19
FALL AT THE AMADOR FLOWER FARM! Pumpkin patch open the entire month of October. 50 different kinds of pumpkins and gourds. Tram rides on the weekend. Corn maze. 4H cooking hotdogs on weekends.
On Facebook at: www.facebook.com/amadorflowerfarm
BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY AT HOTEL SUTTER - December is filling up! Our festive Banquet Room awaits you and your Team. You won't regret spending the holidays at Hotel Sutter! Call or email to reserve your date. Don't forget to ask about our special pricing for mid-week celebrations. E-mail: Events@hotelsutter.com Phone: 209.560.0331
OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at: www.danerimortuary.com
Community Calendar
OCT 2-8
- Ione City Council - Tues Oct 3
- Sutter Creek Design Review Committee - Wed Oct 4
- Amador County Transportation Commission (ACTC) - Thurs Oct 5
- Sierra Gold Quilters’ Biannual Quilt Show - Oct 6-7
Wine Tree Farm: 2017 Amador Big Crush Festival and BBQ - Oct 6-7
1st Saturday Art Trek - Sat Oct 7
October at Gallery 10 in Sutter Creek: "Orange and Gold"- Artists Reception on Sat Oct 7
Sutter Creek Gallery features Cynthia Dunn-Selph in October - Artist's Reception on Sat Oct 7
October in AmadorArts Gallery to Feature Artworks, New Twists on Photography and Glass - Artists Reception on Sat Oct 7
Grand Opening: Finishing Touch Salon - Sat Oct 7
- Sacred Wisdom Workshop: Rattle Wisdom and Drum Magic - Sat Oct 7
Sutter Creek Chili Cook-Off & Car Show - Sun Oct 8
Lockwood FPD: "Bells Across America" Ceremony - Sun Oct 8
Get that Roaring Camp Gold Dirt every month! The Dirt of the Month Club!
Be a toy drive sponsor today! Holiday Toy Drive
Sacramento casting company seeks talent for feature film to be filmed in Jackson
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Nights at Amador College Connect - 2nd & 4th Thursdays
- Amador Chamber of Commerce: 2017 Small Business Survey
- Sierra Ridge: Fall Wine Deals - all Italian varietals on sale!
SUTTER CREEK BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION meets the 1st Thurs (Oct 5) of every month at 8:30 am at Hotel Sutter. www.suttercreek.org
UPCOUNTRY FARMS: MEET THE FARMER DINNER: Join us on Thursday, October 5 at 6:30pm at the Volcano Union Inn for a delicious evening with Tori and Dan.
Enjoy a four-course meal based on the freshest availability from Upcountry Farms. $44.50 per person inclusive of coffee or tea, tax and service. Optional wine or beer pairing available as well.
Seats are limited. Tickets only available through the Brown Paper Tickets link.
BINGO NIGHT BENEFIT at St. Katherine Drexel Parish Hall, Thurs, Oct. 5. Honoring the Memory of Norm Vogt and his dog, Stella Proceeds benefit the Amador County Animal Shelter, Livestock Build-A-Barn Fund.
(The shelter is seeking funds to build a barn to house livestock.  After the Butte Fire, this is a much needed addition in case of emergencies.)
Doors open at 3 pm
$10 Buy in - $5 Dinner
Free desserts and refreshments
Bingo starts at 5:45 pm
Prizes: $100 Regular game - $150/$250 Blackout Games
BELLA GRACE PRESENTS: OVER THE EDGE REUNION -: Fri Oct 6 from 6-9PM at the Bella Grace Tasting Room in Sutter Creek. The OTE reunion will be the quartet of Dave Holob on electric violin and mandolin, Adam Gottstein, guitar & vocals, Allan Alexopulos on percussion and Joe Bellamy on keyboard. Based in the western slope foothills of Amador County,east of Sacramento, they feature mostly original music with a strong emphasis on Latin-based rhythms while not ignoring our jazz, blues, rockabilly and traditional roots. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening (6-9pm). $20 General Admission, $15 for Wine Club. Food will be available for purchase from Gypsy Bistro. Wine by glass/bottle, and beer on tap from Amador Brewing Co. 73 Main St. Sutter Creek, CA 95685.
For more information contact Bella Grace at 209-267-8053 or email info@bellagracevineyards.com
EVENTS AT IRON HUB WINERY: Besides Big Crush on Saturday and Sunday October 7th & 8th, when we will be serving up smoked Gouda quesadillas and Zinfandel Brownies paired with our wine tasting to participants of the event.
We also will be celebrating Octoberfest all month long with vineyard strolls at 11:00 am where guest can learn more about the growing and harvest of the grapes, taste grapes right off of the vine, while sipping on our latest vintages of Iron Hub Wines. $5. tasting fee waived with wine purchase. Complimentary small bites paired with wine tasting 11:00am - noonish.
"Wine like a local" Amador County residents receive a 10% discount on wine at Iron Hub Winery during Drink Local Week, Friday through Monday October 13-16, 2017 11:00am-5:00pm.
Nevada Day, Friday October 27, 2017 Nevada residents receive complimentary small food bites to pair with their wine tasting plus 10% off of wine.
Iron Hub Winery
12500 Steiner Road, Plymouth. 209-245-6307
WORLD WIDE PHOTO WALK: STREETS OF SUTTER CREEK - Sat Oct 7 from 3-5:30pm. Leader: Larry Angier. “We will gather at Sutter Creek’s new Miners Bend Park where there should be good parking then wander some of the back streets of Sutter Creek for a couple of hours. There’s no set schedule and folks are free to wander off on their own and follow their instincts. Sutter Creek, California, is a historic city in California’s Gold Country known for its short but quaint Main Street and well-maintained historic homes and businesses. The walking should be fairly easy for most participants.” For more information, visit: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/streets-of-sutter-creek-california-in-the-heart-of-the-mother-lode/
IONE BUSINESS & COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SHRED DAY FUNDRAISER - Sat Oct 7 from 9AM-1PM at Eveyln Bishop Hall Entrance, Howard Park. Shred all your OLD receipts, checks, statements and bills. All materials safely and securely shredded on site, while you watch.
$80 per Bankers Box (or bag-sized equivalent). For more information, call Laurie at 274-2777. www.myione.com
ANNUAL MASONIC PICNIC: CHILI COOK OFF & TASTING - Sat Oct 7 at the Volcano Masonic Cave Grounds. $25 per chili entry, no limit on entries! Must provide own warming element.
Judging starts at 12 Noon. Winner to be awarded “Silver Spoon” with chain and free entry into Sutter Creek Chili-Cookoff. Judging: $5 per vote. No limit on votes purchased. Samples available at no cost after judging is complete.
Proceeds fund the Volcano Amador Bikes for Books Project for local elementary children.
To enter and for more information, call 209-296-7782 or e-mail volcanoamador56@gmail.com
LOCKWOOD FPD: “BELLS ACROSS AMERICA” Join us on Sunday, Oct. 8, 8:30 AM at Station 151.  Lockwood Fire Honors Fallen Firefighters, in conjunction with Bells Across America National Program. Bells begin ringing in Emmitsburgh, Maryland at 6:30 AM EST and continue throughout the morning to honor firefighters that have lost their lives in the line of duty.  Lockwood is scheduled to ring the bell at 9:00 AM PST. www.lockwoodfire.org

OCT 9-15
- Chamber Mixer at the Amador Flower Farm - Wed Oct 11
- Abstract Artist Curtis Stromme is the Guest Artist at the next ACAA meeting - Wed Oct 11
- Preston Castle Haunt: The Ultimate Haunted Experience - Fridays & Saturday, Oct 13-28
ACART BBQ Fundraiser - Sat Oct 14
- Grandmother Tea: SAH Hosts Celebration and Info Session for Generation of Mothers - Sat Oct 14
- Hike to Granite & Hidden Lakes - Sun Oct 15
- Tri Amador 2017 - Sun Oct 15
- 4-H Youth Development Program is Open for Enrollment - Deadline is Oct 15
2017 IBCA HARVEST FAIRE - Sat Oct 14 from 8:30am to 4pm, Main Street, Ione. Get your ghoul on and join the festivities! Scarecrow contest: Decorate on site or home, prizes at 2pm (drop off as early as 7:30am) - Dog Costume Contest: Check in at 10am, judging at 1pm, trophies awarded - Chalk the Walk. Use our chalk, or bring your own at City Hall, judging at 2pm, awards at 3pm. $100 best in show! - Giant Pumpkin Contest: Register between 9-11am, cash prizes awarded at 12 noon. Decorate a pumpkin to win cash! 3 age divisions, Prizes awarded at 2pm (kids must do their own decorating). For more information, visit: www.myione.com
IBCA 2017 GIANT PUMPKIN CONTEST AT THE HARVEST FAIRE - Sat Oct 14 off Main St. in downtown Ione. Pumpkin registration is 9AM-Noon on Buena Vista St. Judging: as weighed, or by randomly-selected judges. Biggest Pumpkin prize awarded at 12 Noon.
Giant Pumpkin Prizes:
1st Place, 18 & over - $1000,
1st Place, 17 & under, $500
Bring your carved or decorated pumpkins for prizes, too! Decorated pumpkin prizes award at 2pm. Awards for Largest Local Pumpkin in each division. Cash prizes to 5th place! Prizes sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria. Vendors will be selling handmade goods and food. For more information about the event, contact Laurie at 209-274-2777.
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: SMALL BACKYARD ORCHARDS - Yes, it is only October. But, before you know it, the season for planting bare-root fruit trees 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 and how do I prune? When do I fertilize and what do I use? In addition to the traditional fruit trees grown in the foothills, some citrus may be appropriate for your property. UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County will be discussing these topics at their Public Education class, “Small Backyard Orchards” on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9am-Noon. If you have an interest in starting an orchard or already have one, this class is for you. Hand-outs will be available. The class is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd. in Jackson.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 209-223-6838 or email mgamador@ucdavis.edu.  Website:  http://ucanr.edu/mgamador

OCT 16-22
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Oct 16
- Ione City Council - Tues Oct 3
- UCCE Master Gardeners: Volunteer Training Program Orientation Meetings - Oct 19 & 30
- Rosebud's Cafe: Tom Kent & Jay Cavileer - Fri Oct 20
- Operation Care: Wine & Dine - Sat Oct 21
Spaghetti Spooktacular - Sat Oct 28
PARENTS! THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CLASS OF AMADOR HIGH SCHOOL is now taking registration for their FREE PLAYSCHOOL! Fun, FREE and educational childcare. All ages accepted!
October 18 through November 20 from 8:45-11:15, 2-3 days each week.
To enroll, contact Lorra Biddle, lbiddle@acusd.org
PUMPKIN CARVING FOR GROWN-UPS: Friday, October 20 from 5-7pm at Leoni Farms Wine, 67 Main Street, Sutter Creek. Adults only for this festive night out carving pumpkins and sampling the best of Amador Counties newest tasting room at Leoni Farms Wine. Bonus points for showing in your best western costume! Medium pumpkins and carving tools provided. RSVP below so I know how many pumpkins to get! Tickets available at paypal.me/MadeInAmador/10 to cover material costs and to fund future workshops!
Please feel free to call Molly at 209.256.4876 or email molly@madeinamador.com for more info or to arrange a private workshop. Thanks!
COPS & KIDS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT - It’s time once again for the Cops and Kids Charity Golf Tournament! The tournament is set for Friday, October 20 at Castle Oaks Golf Course in Ione. Registration for the four person scramble starts at 7:00am, and play begins at 8:30am. The registration fee is $125.00 per player, and includes golf, cart rental, range balls, breakfast, and lunch!
If you are interested, or know someone who is, stop by the Ione Police Department, the Jackson Police Department, or contact us at 209-609-0048 or 209-743-1013 to register or obtain further information. Registrations must be received by October 13, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!
FOOTHILL CONSERVANCY: “CELEBRATE FALL” - Join Foothill Conservancy at the historic Volcano Union Inn on Saturday, October 21 from 4 pm - 6 pm to celebrate fall and meet our new executive director, Amanda Nelson. Win a great raffle prize, learn more about our current projects, socialize with your fellow Conservancy supporters and enjoy the Union's wonderful food and beverages (cash food and bar, vegetarian and vegan-friendly).
Suggested donation: $20 per person. Please let us know by October 14 if you plan to come so we can give the Union a head count.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Carolyn, Foothill Conservancy, at carolyn@foothillconservancy.org or call 209-223-3508 weekdays.
KYLE METCALFE FUNDRAISER SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER - Saturday, October 21 starting at 3pm at the Volcano Armory Hall, corner of Consolation & Emigrant Street. No host bar, raffle, silent auction, music.
Entry: $25 per person, $40 couple, $10 for 12 & under.
For more information and the donation line, call 209-304-6790 or email: jackiemattingly@rocketmail.com
OCT 23-29
Spaghetti Spooktacular - Sat Oct 28
UPCOUNTRY BUSINESS ASSOCIATION MEET & GREET MIXER - Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Mace Meadows Community Hall, 26570 Fairway Drive, Pioneer. Meet, greet and network with fellow upcountry small business owners...suggest ideas and give your input on the needs and issues as an upcountry business! Complimentary refreshments, no host bar. This event is for ALL upcountry business owners - storefronts and online - on and off of the Hwy 88 corridor (Pine Grove, Pioneer, Volcano, Kirkwood, etc.) Please RSVP via e-mail at info@upcountrybusiness.org.
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/upcountrybusiness/
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: MAJESTIC TREES OF THE FOOTHILLS - Many foothill residents are lucky to have beautiful trees on their property, but are unsure about how to properly care for these towering treasures. Our local oaks, pines and cedars as well as other native trees respond very well to a little TLC and can often use some help to insure their survival under stressful conditions. The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County will provide useful, timely information on selection, planting and care of larger, landscape trees in their class,” Majestic Trees of the Foothills” on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9am-Noon. Hand-outs will be available. The class is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd. in Jackson.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 209-223-6838 or email mgamador@ucdavis.edu.  Website:  http://ucanr.edu/mgamador
ANDIS WINES PRESENTS: ART CLASS WITH ANJE: Collages and Wine! Sunday, Oct. 29th, 2017, 1PM-3PM at Andis Wines, 11000 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth. You've probably seen the incredible collage-like art pieces hanging in the hallway of our tasting room (and if you haven't, you need to!). You've probably also wondered how Anje creates such amazing works. Well wonder no more! Anje Olmstead, a multi-faceted and talented artist, will host several collage art classes this year. You'll learn her techniques, have some fun and drink some delicious Andis wines while creating a masterpiece of your own. Only 20 spots available in each class so get your tickets early.
Tickets are $45/person, includes all materials, one glass of wine of your choice, and a heck of a good time! Visit https://www.andiswines.com/events/ArtWithAnje to purchase tickets!

- Amador County's 20th Annual Winefest is Set for November 11
- Parade of Lights 2017 - Entry forms are due November 18
VISION CARE INFORMATIVE EVENT - Low vision? No vision? In need? Vision Care for the less fortunate members in our community, regardless of age! Sutter Creek Lions & Upcountry 88 Lions present an informative event on Saturday, November 4 at the American Legion Hall, 12134 American Legion Drive, Sutter Creek, Corner of Hwy 49 and Airport Road.
11AM Speakers: Dr. Todd Pickens & District 4-A1 Representatives
12:30PM - Lunch & Networking: $5 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit local vision/eyecare. Applications pamphlets and information available.
FREE event, limited seating! For reservations (209) 296-3457. www.SutterCreekLions.org, www.upcountry88lions.org
NOTE: No eye care or screenings done at this event.
ANDIS WINES: ANNUAL REDNECK BBQ BASH RELEASE PARTY - Saturday, November 4, from 5:30-8:30pm at Andis Wines, 11000 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth. Git yerselves on over to Andis Wines for the Annual Redneck BBQ bash! 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, chicken shish kabobs, sweet cornbread, 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)
Git tickets at: https://www.andiswines.com/events/Redneck-BBQ-Bash
DINNER DANCE FOR AMADOR STARS - Sat Nov 18 at the American Legion Hall, 11401 American Legion Drive, Sutter Creek. Doors open at 5pm; no host bar. Tri-tip dinner starts at 6pm. Music by Over The Edge at 7pm. Cash Raffle; $1 per ticket. May be ordered with event tickets or purchased separately.
Tickets are $40, limited number available pre-sale. Order online at www.amadorstars.org/dance, or mail checks to: Amador STARS, PO Box 208, Jackson, CA 95642. Cash Raffle; $1 per ticket. May be ordered with event tickets or purchased separately.
Meetings, Classes, Activities, Ongoing Events

TODDLER PLAYGROUPS - FREE to all children ages 0-5, and their mom, dad, grandparent, or caregiver. These playgroups are open to everyone, regardless of income. Please note that the location for Jackson's playgroup has changed for this year! Join us from 9:30 to 11:30 am, on the following days and locations --
Mondays - Camanche Lake Community Center, Camanche
Tuesdays - First 5 Amador building, Jackson
Wednesdays - Ione Memorial Hall, Ione
Thursdays - Upcountry Community Center, Pine Grove
For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.

- 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.
- Sutter Creek Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Mon at 7 PM.
- Upcountry Community Council meets on the 2nd Mon at 6PM.
- Jackson Planning Commission meets on the 3rd Mon at 7 PM.

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.

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 1st 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

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.
- Ione City Council meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6PM.
Board of Supervisors meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 9AM.
- Ione Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Tues at 6PM
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesdays at 10AM. 817 Court Street Suite 12 in Jackson. 95642 Call Operation Care for information, 223-2600.

BINGO - 1st & 3rd Tues at 6PM at the American Legion Hall Post 108 (11401 American Legion Drive in Sutter Creek). $10 for 10 games. We have Pull Tabs and U-Pic-Ems, raffle prizes, complimentary cookies and coffee, soda and water available for purchase. Feel free to bring your own dinner and your friends! For more information, please contact Josh at ACRA by Phone 209-223-6349, E-mail jsmart@amadorgov.org or Facebook facebook.com/goacra

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.
- Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD/ACOE) meets on the 2nd & 4th Wed at 6:30 PM.
- Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) meets on the 4th Weds of the month at 11AM

CAMANCHE KINDERGARTEN READINESS PROGRAM ~ This FREE program is open to all children ages 3-5, regardless of income. Weekly classes are offered during the ACUSD school year, and provide developmentally appropriate activities designed to help prepare your child for kindergarten! For more information or to enroll your child, please call 257-1980 ext. 103.

ZUMBA - Weds evenings from 5:30-6:30 at The Hub, 206 B Main St. Jackson.  Instructed by Maggie Judd, this class teaches Latin-inspired aerobic fitness for better cardio. $20 a month for Be Active member, $25 a month for non-member, $8 drop-in. For more information, please contact Josh at ACRA by Phone 209-223-6349, E-mail jsmart@amadorgov.org or Facebook facebook.com/goacra

KARAOKE AT JOSE'S CANTINA - Wednesdays at 8PM. $50 Jose's gift certificate for the winner. Call 209-223-3886. facebook.com/josesmexrestaurant

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT BG'S LOUNGE - Wednesdays at 8PM. Call 209-223-0860. bgjackson.com

'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 County Transportation Commission - 1st Thurs at 9 AM
- Progressive Women's Committee meets on the 1st Thurs at 11:30AM
- Amador Water Agency Board (AWA) meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 9 AM.
- Plymouth City Council meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Nights at Amador College Connect - 2nd & 4th Thursdays

SUTTER CREEK BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION meets the 1st Thurs of every month at 8:30 am at Hotel Sutter.

AMADOR UPCOUNTRY ROTARY meets the 1st Thursdays at 5:30pm at the St. George Hotel in Volcano. http://amadorupcountryrotary.weebly.com/

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://amadorrepublican.com/
LGBTQ SOCIAL & ACTIVITY GROUP: On-going, every 1st and 3rd Fridays, 4:00 – 5:30m at Hein and Co., 204 Main St., Jackson. All ages welcome. Join us for dialogue, friendship, support and social activities. Contact: Marla Vander Meer (209) 256-3750 also find us on facebook at Motherlode Pride Center.

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.
Amador Council of Tourism
- Amador Vintners 2017 Summer Calendar
- BellaGrace  2017 Summer Concert Series
Amador County Government
- New York Fitness - Jackson, CA
Amador County Assessor: Property Assessment Information for 2017
Exciting happenings with the Go! Youth Program!
- Parade of Lights 2017 - Entry forms are due November 18
FYI: ACUSD: Amador Public Schools 2016-2017 Accomplishments
THE HEALING WORD - A Foursquare Gospel Church   Come join us for Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after service.  Sunday Night Services start at 6:00 PM – We would like to also invite you to spend a day, Oct. 21st  9:00 am – 4:00 pm, with JULIA REIFF. Julia is a prophetic voice and has spoken worldwide. She has been involved with Women’s Aglow for over 25 years. She currently serves as CA Prayer Coordinator. A continental breakfast & lunch will be served - Craft Monday will be on Oct. 16th at 10:00 AM. We will be making “Tissue Serving Dishes” -  The ladies afternoon Bible Study “Becoming a Women of Freedom” by Cynthia Heald is on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM. Our new Wednesday night Bible Study will be on “Exercising Your Spiritual Authority” and is at 6:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit thehealingwordchurch.org
VIA Caltrans and CDFW (California Department of Fish and Wildlife)
BETWEEN NOW and DECEMBER, deer and other wildlife are more susceptible than usual to vehicle collisions.
"Soon, deer will start their annual migrations to winter range, bucks will be preoccupied competing for mates, and bears will be searching for food in preparation for hibernation. Such natural behaviors can lead these animals into the way of unsuspecting drivers."
"Drivers can improve their own safety by simply slowing down and remaining alert while driving. We are committed to safety while being mindful of the environment, using signage, fencing, and under crossings to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions along roadways, especially in wildlife corridors.”
Marc Kenyon
THE HEALING WORD - A Foursquare Gospel Church. Come join us for Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after service.  Sunday Night Services start at 6:00 PM – We would like to also invite you to: Men’s Breakfast on Sept. 16th at 9:00 AM - Craft Monday on Sept. 18th at 10:00 AM. We will be decorating “Christmas Bulbs” - Our Women’s Breakfast will be on Sept. 23rd at 9:00 AM  –  The ladies afternoon Bible Study “Becoming a Women of Prayer” by Cynthia Heald is on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM. The Wednesday night Bible Study “Drawing Near” by John Bevere is at 6:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy 88 Pine Grove or call 296-7283 or visit thehealingwordchurch.org
PARENTS! THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CLASS OF AMADOR HIGH SCHOOL is now taking registration for their FREE PLAYSCHOOL! Fun, FREE and educational childcare. All ages accepted!
October 18 through November 20 from 8:45-11:15, 2-3 days each week.
To enroll, contact Lorra Biddle, lbiddle@acusd.org
SUTTER CREEK VISITOR CENTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - The Sutter Creek Visitor Center is a fun place to volunteer! The folks coming in are on vacation, having fun and love to talk to the locals. Mostly they just want information on what to do while they are in our area and we have lots of brochures for them to choose from.
Do you have 2 hours a month that you could spare? Please consider donating your time to the Sutter Creek Visitor Center. It has a peaceful, relaxing and fun atmosphere and is a very rewarding experience. For more information, please call Al or Lisa at 209-267-1344.
2017 JFD BREAST CANCER AWARENESS FUNDRAISER is LIVE and shirts are available for purchase! Please go to: www.booster.com/2017JFD to outfit your entire family. All of the money raised from this fundraiser will go directly to the Amador STARS, a non-profit organization here in Amador County supporting those people through their cancer battle. To date, we have sold over 700 shirts and raised nearly $5,000. These shirts are also approved to wear while on shift during the month of October for all Jackson Firefighters, so show your support and pride and get yours today. They will be available for purchase until September 16th, and be mailed directly to you. For more information, please contact me and I will gladly help you!
PIANO LESSONS WITH ROBYN - Private & Group sessions available for children and adults. Offering new student discounts for a limited time! Call Robyn McLaughlin for class times and scheduling information, or visit: robynspianoroom.com. (209) 588-6641, 17B W. Main Street, Ione.
FAMILY STRENGTHENING MINI-GRANTS: APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED - The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC) has funding available for family strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2017-18 fiscal year. One-time mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Projects eligible for funding include schools, parent groups, non-profit agencies, and community organizations.
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council has set aside funds towards the goal of contracting with qualified organizations and agencies to provide family strengthening services/programs within the County of Amador. The Council – a collaboration of county organizations, agencies, and community members – has found that the unmet needs in the area of family strengthening 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
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
AMADOR COUNTY - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is preparing to begin an improvement project on State Route 16 (SR-16) that will repave nine miles of highway from the Sacramento/Amador County line to the SR-16/SR-49 junction, north of Drytown.
This project will improve the road surface, efficiency of travel and safety for motorists traveling in Amador County.
Work is scheduled to be completed in October 2017.
Motorists should expect 10 minute delays. Work is scheduled to be done mostly at day, Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Telfer Pavement Technologies will perform the work under a $2.05 million contract.
Work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.
For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow For the Cone Zone.
Break Bread with Friends is an outreach program supported by the parishes of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Jackson United Methodist Church, and St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Jackson.  Each Saturday morning, parishioners from the 3 churches, along with occasional volunteers from other Christian churches, meet at the Methodist Church fellowship hall. There, they prepare and serve a free breakfast and a bag lunch "to go" to all who come. Guests are warmly and cheerfully welcomed and  treated with respect. Volunteers enjoy working together ecumenically, being Christ's hands assisting people in need.
THIS VITAL MINISTRY is in critical need of funding at this time! To find out how to donate, you can call Trinity at 223-0255 or e-mail office@trinitysuttercreek.org, or Jackson UMC at 223-1884.
WEATHERED WOOD WANTED - Old fencing? Old barn wood? We want it! The creative folks at The Arc are in need of wood in various condition, shapes and sizes for tons of different project ideas. If you have wood you are willing to donate, please call Lurali at 267-5978 ext 25. Thank you!
- FAWN RESCUE - 209-283-3245. For more information on wildlife protocols, visit: http://www.pawspartners.org/find-an-animal-in-need.html
- SHARE THE LOVE! If you have a garden, share your surplus. Our birds thrive with fresh chicken eggs too. Please support us with grapes, peaches, strawberries, broccoli and blue or blackberries.
We also need paper towels, bleach, scrub sponges, laundry soap and trash bags.
*Please drop off donations at our animal center at 80 Ridge Road, Suite B in Sutter Hill across the hwy from the bowling alley, open 7 days a week, 7am - 7pm.
Thank you for the continued support of our local wildlife and TCWC!
- FERAL CATS? Trap em' and get them fixed! Borrowing the trap is FREE and the surgery is FREE. Trap, neuter and release of feral cats in Amador County is FREE!
Simply borrow a trap, call the vet of your choice, transport and repeat. If you feed, they breed - so please jump in to help stop the overpopulation and the suffering that results. Call 209-223-0410 or visit www.pawspartners.org for more information.
AMADOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Employment Opportunities:
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO BE THERE FOR A CHILD - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Amador County is seeking volunteers to join their next training session to become volunteer advocates.
A volunteer advocate, known as a CASA, after 40 hours of training, are assigned to be a special person in the life of a child who has been neglected or abused.  The court will appoint the CASA to be the eyes and ears of the court and to report back to the court information they have gathered. The CASA will also tell the court what decisions and services may be in the best interest of that child.
CASA of Amador currently has a waiting list of children who are in need of a CASA.
For more information about the program or details on how to become a CASA, please call the CASA program at 209-257-1980, extension 108. You may also email the CASA Coordinators, John jstettler@nexusyfs.org  or Fara froberts@nexusyfs.org
Court Appointed Special Advocates Amador
621 New York Ranch Road
Jackson, CA  95642
(209)257-1980  ext. 108
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of others? The Amador College Connect Center needs volunteers. Could you donate 4 hours of your time just once a month?  Help is needed with:
  • Clerical/Reception
  • Assisting students
  • Computer assistance/skills/technology
  • Fund Raising
  • Marketing/advertising
Volunteers work a four-hour shift once a month at the College Connect Center.  For those that are able, volunteers attend an optional once-a-month meeting.
For more information please call (209) 217-8239 or email: info@amadorcollegeconnect.org  
VOLUNTEER WEEKEND DRIVERS NEEDED! The Interfaith Food Bank has a desperate need for route pickup drivers and riders for the 2nd & 3rd Saturday of each month. If you would like to contribute 3 to 4 hours for one or two days a month or be on call, please contact Charlotte Harris: E-mail chfeedamador@gmail.com. Phone: 209.267.9006
TAKE THE SURVEY: Amador County Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Update Survey
This survey is being used as part of the Needs Assessment for the Amador County-wide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Update process. We would like to know more about your walking and biking needs within the county. Please also make sure to add comments to our Public Comment Map to identify where you currently walk and/or bike within the county and existing hazards for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Click on the link below to take the survey:
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 2017-18 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
HOSPICE OF AMADOR & CALAVERAS offers free Grief Support for adults and children. Please call our office at (209) 223-5500 for more information.
Web site: http://www.hospiceofamador.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HospiceofAmadorandCalaveras/
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
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.
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).
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 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

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