Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease."
- John Muir
News & Announcements
Amador County leaders Laurie Webb and Robin Peters named as recipients of the 2017 Margaret Dalton Golden Acorn Award
Amador County Democratic Central Committee (ACDCC) Meeting Update
- 2016 Viognier Release Party - Jan 14 & 15
- Amador County Commission on Aging - Wed Jan 18
- Amador County Transportation Commission - Thurs Jan 19
- 1st Annual Burns Night at Sutter Creek Provisions - Wed Jan 25
DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN is going to believe that the weather today will be GREAT, and we shall cross the mighty Moke River and broadcast AMERICANA MUSIC from 3 to 5 PM for you on Live Stream / KQBM 103.7FM/90.7FM on your dial, on
Friday the 13th, Lucky Friday!!! Man The Hatches, and Join Us, with:
3 to 3:30PM: Maria Behm! the late, great Ken Blake!
3:30 to 4PM: Kevin Fagan! Swing Gitane with Susie DeMassey! Michael J. Miles! Chie Treagus! Over the Edge with Adam Gottstein, Dave Holob, and Joseph Bellamy!
4 to 4:30PM: The Hopeful Romantics with Hope Savage! Laura Zucker!
4:30 to 5PM: Swing Gitane! Nicole Yazolino! Thomas Martin! and, a host of old pro Americana Performers, throughout!
Stay Warm and Dry and Off the Rivers! Baby, it's WEATHER outside!
MOTHER LODE RAGTIME SOCIETY - Hi Ragtime Fans, Happy New Year!!  The next meeting of the Mother Lode Ragtime Society will be held Saturday, January 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (please note the earlier time slot this month) at the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium. In Tom Brier's absence,  Julia Riley, Jack Kersh, and Damit Senanayake will be on hand to provide lots of good music. As always, we hope that others will show up to lend a hand--it's possible that Adam Swanson may be able to attend this meeting!
It's never too early to start planning for this year's Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival.  Dates are August 11-13, 2017. More info to come.
Mother Lode Ragtime Society
Maureen Byers
Vivian Michel
Samuel Mallory
Gary Foley
Obituary notices can be found at:
See our Community Calendar [below] for upcoming events, meetings and classes!
Community Calendar
Amador Water Agency Board seeks applicants to fill vacant District 1 seat - Deadline to apply is Jan 13
Become a UCCE Master Food Preserver - Last program overview meeting is Jan 13
- Unlock Weight Loss - Sat Jan 14
- 2016 Viognier Release Party - Jan 14 & 15
- Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Everything It Takes (Movie) - Sun Jan 15
- Make Amador College Work For You!
January 2017 at Sutter Creek Provisions
Amador Wellness Cottage: Sleep Retreat
- Free Christmas Tree Recycling in January
- January-February at the Sutter Creek Theater
- Main Street Theater Works announces 2017 Season
- BEHIND THE CELLAR DOOR! Get your tickets now!
- Creative Writing Class - Wednesdays Jan 11 thru Feb 15
Happy New Year deliciousness from the Union in Jan & Feb
- Starting The New Year Off Right! 2017 Andis January Events
- Call for Artists/Crafters: "Shine Wine & Dine" Classic Car Show
Beneficial Property Tax Information from the Amador County Assessor
- Hospice’s Annual Valentine’s Day Raffle Showcases Grand Prizes - Drawing is Feb 14
Amador County Library's "Art in Public Places" features Melissa Doyel and Wendy Ward
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: GARDEN PLANNING – VEGETABLES & ANNUALS, NOW & LATER - After the hustle and bustle of the holidays has passed, January is a great time to begin planning and planting parts of your spring vegetable garden. This year why not include a few well, chosen annual flowers to brighten up and add color to your veggie garden. Annuals also attract pollinators that can help your vegetables.
Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County on Saturday, January 14, 2017 for their public class, “Garden Planning: Vegetables and Annuals Now and Later”. Topics that will be discussed include appropriate plant and site selection, planting times and techniques for different elevations and microclimates, soil preparation as well as pest management using UC approved IPM (Integrated Pest Management) methods. Hand-outs will be available. The class is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. All classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd. in Jackson from 9am to Noon.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or email  Website:

- Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Mon Jan 16
Ione City Council - Tues Jan 17
Healing Self Esteem - Thursdays Jan 12 through Feb 16
- Office Administration Classes offered by Amador CollegeConnect - Classes begin on Jan 17
- "Kick Off To Kindergarten" Nights are coming! Jackson Elementary - Wed Jan 18
- Bowl-A-Rama - Sat Jan 21
- Dad & Me: Let's Get Moving at Boston Alley Fitness! - Sat Jan 21
FYI (VIA ACN READER): Anyone in Amador County wishing to learn the art of cheese making there's a class being offered at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City January 16, 2017. The cost is $25 and it includes lunch afterwards. Starts at 10am and ends about 12:30.
MRS. HUDSON’S AFTERNOON TEA - Thursday, January 19 at 12:30 pm. Reservations most certainly necessary! Delectable scones, tea sandwiches, cookies fruit by Jackie Tarchala, Kneading Dough Bakery. Tea, of course, by Mrs. Hudson. Served in Victorian Square at Baker Street West, 2nd floor at Hein & Company Bookstore, Main Street Jackson. $32 per person. Includes a tour of Mr. Sherlock Holmes’ and Dr. Watson’s study at 221B, conducted by Mrs. Hudson. Call 209.223.2215 or send a request to For more information, visit:
JACKSON ROTARY CLUB BOWL-A-THON - The Jackson Rotary Club is seeking applications for their 23rd Bowl-A-Thon to be held Friday January 20, at Gold Country Lanes. The event, open to any type of youth group or non-profit organization, will start at 6 pm.  Participants will receive a t-shirt and a meal.  Examples of groups benefiting from past Bowl-A-Thons include Boy Scouts, school bands, sports teams, Amador Lifeline, church youth groups, and the City of Jackson youth programs.
Your teams of 5 bowlers are required to gather pledges prior to and immediately after the Bowl-A-Thon.  While bowling, your group has opportunities to earn additional money by rolling strikes when there is a “red pin” in the head pin position.  The Jackson Rotary Club, through the generosity of event sponsors distributes any additional prize money to participating teams after all the event expenses are paid.
If your organization needs to raise money and want to participate in this fun three-game event, contact John Swift at 223-3334 extension 5, or send an email to
SKUNK HOLLOW VICTORIAN GARDENS PRESENTS: IVORY & GOLD - "Ragged and Righteous Blues:  A journey thru the long, rich and varied tapestry of the blues!" Mark your calendars for Friday, January 20 at 3p.m., for a return of Ivory & Gold, featuring Jeff and Anne Barnhart. I will be serving my Skunk Hollow Victorian Gardens wine with their name on the label during intermission and the potluck dinner following the concert; feel free to bring a dish to share.
Jeff Barnhart, piano/vocals
Anne Barnhart, flute/vocals
Praised by The L.A. Jazz Scene as a musical duo that can “draw out the beauty in the rich melodies and play the music...with taste, sensitivity, and a real affection for the idiom,” Ivory&Gold® celebrates the greatest examples of American jazz, blues, ragtime, Broadway and hits from the Great American Songbook. Internationally renowned American musical performer and historian Max Morath calls Ivory&Gold® “musically flawless.”  
Additional information:
Reservations:  209-986-3667
AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND: Our first rehearsal for 2017 is January 22; 7pm at Amador High. If you've been debating on dusting off your instrument and playing it again please join us.
VOLCANO THEATRE COMPANY AUDITIONS: Open Auditions for “Bell, Book and Candle” by John Van Druten, directed by Patti Fredericks. A bewitching comedy about a lovely, lonely young woman who falls in love with her neighbor. Can she cast a love spell to capture his attention. Maybe, with a little hellp from her wacky aunt, her irresponsible brother, and her cat, Pyewacket.
Auditions will be held January 21 & 22 at 2PM, and January 23 at 7PM at the Cobblestone Theatre, Main Street, Volcano. Performance dates are: April 7-May 7.
Needed: 2 women and d3 men, 30-6- years of age. For more information or a script, contact Patti at 295-5537.

- Jackson City Council - Mon Jan 23
- Board of Supervisors - Tues Jan 24
Preschool Developmental Screening Day - Tues Jan 24
Do you know the new Human Resources laws? HR class on Tues Jan 24
Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD/ACOE) - Wed Jan 25
Amador Water Agency Board (AWA) - Thurs Jan 26
Connecting Children's Play to S.T.E.A.M. - Thurs Jan 26
Plymouth City Council - Thurs Jan 26
- 6th Annual Spaghetti Feed - Fri Jan 27
13th Annual Holistic Health Fair - Sat Jan 28
Cornhole Tournament - Sat Jan 28
- 4 on 4 Kickball Tournament - Sat Jan 28
- WORKSHOP: Transforming the Difficult Child - The Nurtured Heart Approach - Sat Jan 28
- Saturday Scholarship Bowling Leagues begin on January 28
- Lockwood FPD "Souper Saturday" - Sat Jan 28
Classical music concert features the works of Rheinberger and Ravel - Sun Jan 29
Sutter Creek Theater: More new shows in January, including "The Midwife" and the Ray Charles Project
Jackson Creek Dental Group Opens Office for “Smiles for Kids 2017”
FREE Financial Literacy Program: Smart Money for Success - Jan-Feb 2017
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, January 24 in the Multi-purpose Conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:30 to 6:40 pm.  The main guest speaker for the meeting will be Anne Platt, FACHE, who is the CEO of the Sutter Amador Hospital.  Rick Palmisano, RN, MS, FACHE, the Administrative Director of the Sutter Center for Psychiatry and Tim Jones, a clinician, will also be discussing the tele-psychiatry services that Sutter Amador will have available.  From 7:00 to 8: 30 pm we will conduct confidential Support Groups for family members and individuals living with mental illnesses. For information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 Ex. 266.
BAKER STREET PLAYERS PRESENT: “THE FINAL TOAST” - Friday and Saturday evenings, January 27-March 4 at Baker Street West, 204 Main Street Jackson, 2nd floor above Hein & Co. Bookstore. Directed by Beth Barnard. Tickets are $25. Performances: Doors open at 6:30 pm, curtain at 7 pm. For more information, call 209-223-2215 or email
Web site:
13th ANNUAL HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR - Make 2017 the best year ever by creating a healthier you! On Saturday, January 28, the 13th annual Amador County Holistic Health and Wellness Fair returns to the Amador Senior Center in Jackson, offering lots of resources for you to improve your quality of life. The wide variety of vendors encourages attendees to start their journey toward good health and well-being, with samples of the many wellness products and services available locally. The ongoing theme is “Wellness From Start to Finish,” including all stages of life. Lunch by Rosebud's Cafe is available for purchase, and a free raffle of healthy products and services is open to all who attend the event. This family-friendly event is from 11 am to 4 pm, and admission is free, though some vendors charge a small fee for their services. The Amador Senior Center is located at 229 New York Ranch Road. Sponsored by the Body, Mind, Spirit Center of Amador. For more information, please call 209-419-2503.
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: SELECTION AND CARE OF ORNAMENTAL SHRUBS  & ROSES - Many homeowners in Amador County have ornamental shrubs in their landscape or garden. Many might also be considering adding to the shrubs and have questions about which ones to choose.  If this sounds like you, plan on attending the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County class “Selection and Care of Ornamental Shrubs and Roses” on Saturday, January 28, 2017. This class will discuss various ornamental shrubs that grow throughout Amador County and the season in which they bloom. We will also discuss the proper time to prune these shrubs, as not all of them are pruned at the same time.
The second part of the class will discuss the most popular types of roses which can be grown in a landscape or garden setting in Amador County (Grandiflora, Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Polyantha, Climbing, and Antique). We will also discuss how to best care for your roses throughout the year, including planting, irrigating, fertilizing, and pruning. We will also be discussing common diseases and pests of roses, and how to manage them in a way that is consistent with Integrated Pest Management. We will be demonstrating how to prune a rose, and then we will be raffling it off to a lucky member of the audience. Hand-outs will be available. The class is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. All classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd. in Jackson from 9am to Noon.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or email  Website:
FREE CONCERT! MOTHER LODE FRIENDS OF MUSIC PRESENTS: CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT featuring The Nonet for nine instruments of Joseph Rheinberger, the Andante and Variations for two pianos, two cellos and horn of Robert Schumann, and La Valse of Maurice Ravel for two pianos. FREE admission. Sunday, January 29 at 3 pm the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street, Sutter Creek.  Call 209-294-4227 or go to for more information.

Teen Driver Nights, for Parents & Teens - Feb 1 & 2
- Valentine's Dinner Cooking Class - Thurs Feb 2
- Amador Songwriter's Showcase: Cole Hinkle & Kendra Celise - Fri Feb 3
Color Madness 5K Fun Run & Walk - Sat Feb 4
- Amador Yoga holds fundraiser for A Foundation Building Strength - Sat Feb 11
- Valentine’s Dance - Sun Feb 12
- Hospice’s Annual Valentine’s Day Raffle Showcases Grand Prizes - Drawing is Feb 14
Love A Fair 2017 - Sat Feb 18
- Stan Kelley Memorial Crab Feed - Sat Feb 25
- 4-On-4 Volleyball League begins Feb 26
- Barrel Tasting, Paired Foods & Remarkable Wines : Behind the Cellar Door Weekend
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: TABLE GRAPES AND OLIVES - Grapes and olives grow well in the foothills. The local weather and soils seem to agree with them as these crops have a long history in the area. Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the “Table Grapes and Olives” class to learn how to add table grapes and olives to your home garden or orchard. Backyard grapevines can provide a variety of tasty grapes as well as shade, while olive trees add color and texture to the landscape along with a useful fruit.
The class will provide information on site selection, planting, irrigation, fertilizers and harvesting table grapes and olives. Proper training and pruning methods including first and second year pruning will also be discussed. . Hand-outs will be available. The class is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. All classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd. in Jackson from 9am to Noon.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or email  Website:
IONE ROTARY CLUB CRAB FEED - Saturday, February 4 at Evalynn Bishop Hall, 600 S. Church St. in Ione. Always a sellout, this annual event features all you can eat crab, pasta, salad and garlic bread. Each year, over 400 people join their friends and neighbors for this epicurean delight. Prepared by the Rotary of Ione Club, and served by local high school students, the crab just keeps on coming. Doors open at 6:00 PM with a no-host bar, a raffle, and silent auction. Cost is $40 per person and tickets are available from any Rotarian or at the Ione branch of American River Bank. All proceeds go to local community organizations and projects.
Ione Rotary meets at Clark’s Corner on Thursdays at 12 noon, and the last Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit:
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: GRAFTING FRUIT TREES - Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County on Saturday, February 11, 2017 for this timely class on grafting backyard fruit trees. Local Master Gardeners will present a hands-on clinic covering grafting techniques for home gardeners. Whip, tongue and cleft grafts will be demonstrated and practiced. Bud grafts will also be discussed. Learn how to grow a fruit salad tree. A variety of fruit tree scions will also be available for participants to take home. Hand-outs will be available.  The class is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. All classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd. in Jackson from 9am to Noon.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or email  Website:
7th ANNUAL BOOTS ‘N BOOKS CONCERT - The Friends of the Amador County Library are very excited to announce Adrian Brannan–aka Adrian Buckaroogirl as the featured guest at their annual Boots ‘N Books Concert. The young singer has won much praise, including that of veteran cowboy singer Dave Stamey. Stamey, who has sung at three B&B concerts, says of Buckaroogirl: “She writes all of her own music. It’s very centered on the buckaroo lifestyle. She’s the real deal."
You can preview Adrian's music at her website
The concert is set for 3 pm, Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Pine Grove Community Church. For more updates, visit:
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: PLANT PROPAGATION: Get ready for your springtime garden by learning the best practices for getting your vegetables off to a successful start. Seed starting and using plant cuttings to clone new plants is one of the most exciting and interesting facets of being a gardener. This class, “Plant Propagation”, on Saturday, February 25 will include an informative lecture followed by hands-on practice under the supervision of UCCE Master Gardeners.
Bring seeds or cuttings (keep cuttings damp) for a plant you wish to start. Some seeds and cuttings as well as hand-outs will be available.  The class is free and open to the public. However, we are asking that you call 223-6838 or email to make reservations. Please leave your name and the number attending. All classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd. in Jackson from 9am to Noon.
For questions, call the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838 or email Website:  
NATIVE SONS MARINATED CRAB FEED - Saturday, February 25 at Evalynn Bishop Hall, 600 S. Church St. in Ione. A benefit for the Children’s Cleft Palate Foundation. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Dinner includes crab, pesto, garlic bread, and salad. There will be a no-host bar, music, and raffle prizes. For ticket information, contact Judy Hardy at 209-274-4106. NOTE: Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets early.

STAN KELLEY MEMORIAL CRAB FEED - Saturday, February 25, 2017, Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for no host bar. Crab Served at 6:30 p.m. (wine available,  full no-host bar).
Hosted by the Sutter Creek Lions Club. Proceeds benefit community service projects, scholarships and Sutter Creek Boy Scounts Troop #63. Sponsored by Chicago Fire Pizza, Karmere Winery, and Dr. Todd Pickens.
Tickets are $25 and go fast! Cash, check or money order. Call Chuck Swiderski at 209-296-3457 or email e-mail for tickets and information.
Opinions & Issues
VIA SUTTER CREEK POLICE: Recently we have experienced a number of residential burglaries in Sutter Creek. These crimes are understandably disturbing to the citizens, and they are disturbing to the police department.
Our officers have increased their patrol of residential areas, so you should expect to see more of the officers cruising through the neighborhoods. Please feel free to flag them down and talk with them if you have questions, or if you have something that you feel might help solve these crimes.
Typically, these crimes occur during the day when the criminal believes the homeowners are away. From the neighbor’s house across the street, it may look like a stranger knocking on the front door and then going around to the back of the house moments later.
We are fortunate in Sutter Creek to have many residents who are retired, or who work from home. In our efforts to prevent these burglaries and other crimes in our neighborhoods, those of you who are home represent our most powerful crime prevention tool. We need your eyes, and we need your voices.
So, if you see something suspicious, we encourage you to report it to the police department immediately. On a personal note, I want to share that many years ago, my home was burglarized in the very manner I have described above. It was traumatic to my family, and we felt violated and angry that someone had come into our home and fled with our stuff. We at the Sutter Creek Police Department will do everything in our power to prevent this from occurring to anyone else, and ask you all to join us by keeping an eye out for each other and reporting suspicious activity.
James O’Connell
Chief of Police
CLICK HERE for the County Government Calendar
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 6PM.
Sutter Creek Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Mon at 7 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 (ACUSD/ACOE) 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 (AWA) meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 9 AM.
AWA Committees are scheduled as needed.
OVER-EATERS ANONYMOUS OF JACKSON…if you think you have a problem with food. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday and Friday, 5:30 PM, Sutter Amador Hospital. Oakview Conference Room, in Education Dept on 2nd Floor. Contact Liz, 295-6921.
AMADOR COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 7PM at their office at 557 Hwy 49 Suite 3, Jackson. Call 209-257-1397. The public is welcome to attend.
INVITATION TO JOIN THE LOCKWOOD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AUXILIARY - We raise money for our volunteer personnel and have a lot of fun doing this. We have dinners, concerts and our annual pancake breakfast. We meet every first Monday of the month. If you are interested in joining our group, contact Carol Asmus at 209-2396-5681 or Marilyn Dillion, VP at 209-296-8011. Our website is
Mondays through Thursdays
9:30 am - 11: 30 am
Various locations throughout the County:
Mondays - Camanche
Tuesdays - Jackson
Wednesdays - Ione
Thursdays - Pine Grove
A new year of the always-popular Toddler Playgroups has begun! FREE to all children aged 0-5, and their caregivers! Contact First 5 Amador for more information and specific locations, at 257-1092 or visit Playgroups follow the ACUSD schedule.
'MOM TO MOM' PERINATAL WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP - 2nd Saturday of Every Month. 2:30 - 4:00 pm at the First 5 Building, 975 Broadway, Jackson. In this group for new moms and pregnant women, we support moms to recover from pregnancy and birth, help you feel well and be the mom you want to be, discuss anxiety, stress, depression, and difficulty adjusting, learn coping skills, relaxation techniques, and communication skills. Facilitated by Christa Thompson, LCSW. These groups meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. For questions, information, and/or to RSVP for free child care, please call 257-1092.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesdays at 10AM. Call Operation Care for information, 223-2600.
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.
'FOOTPRINTS' SUPPORT GROUP 3rd Wednesday of Every Month from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Sutter Amador Hospital, First Floor, Mountain Room. Footprints is open to all parents who have experienced the death of their baby, from pregnancy through infancy. Footprints is also a place where grieving parents with similar experiences can come together and share their feelings about their loss, and the love for their babies. Adults only please. For more information, please call 257-1092.
AMADOR REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE meets on the on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30PM at their headquarters located at 12275 Martell Road (across from Panda House Restaurant). Our meetings are open to the public, and attendance is encouraged. For more information, visit:
LGBT (Life Gets Better Together) SOCIAL GROUP in Jackson for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Folk. Every 1st and 3rd Fridays from 4:00p. – 5:30p. at Hein & Co. ~ 204 Main Street, Jackson. All ages welcome! Join us for discussion, friendship and support. For more information call Marla at (209) 256-3750.
Classes, Workshops, Seminars
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
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 12 hours (4 weeks) for $50. For more information, call 295-2224. On Facebook at:
GOLDEN GIRLS ‘N GUYS- Classes meet at 10:10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays in Pine Grove at Team Fitness. We improve our balance, strength and stamina. The 45-minute classes are geared for seniors and for going at your own pace. Our ages range from 50s up into the 80's. Pay as you go or pre-pay $50 for 10 classes.
We have fun to great oldies music. 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! For more information contact Cherie Maitland at 209-304-5139.
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.
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
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


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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Lead Center Teacher, Head Start Program
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:  
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 Phone: 209.267.9006
FYI VIA THE HIVE: We are so excited to be welcoming the Americorps NCCC volunteers. The Hive is sponsoring them from January 11 through March 17. They will be planting seedlings donated by Sierra Pacific Industries and helping with erosion and fire protection issues, as well as other recovery jobs you may need hands for.
If you are interested in being considered to receive some of these seedlings, please complete the survey questionnaire as soon as possible!
The link to the survey is below and at
I look forward to hearing from you! You can email with questions to TreesBees@TheHiveButteFire.ORG
Mona Baroody, President
The Hive: a Butte Fire Recovery Center 501(c)(3)
By Appointment 209-600-1565
YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE to receive the New Cal EITC as well as the Fed EITC on your Tax return or both, but you must file your taxes to claim it. Let us help you file for free at Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency.
It’s FREE and it’s your money, so get it! 209-223-1485.
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ACCF SEEKS LEADERS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Are you interested in higher education in Amador County? ACCF is looking for business, community, education and government leaders to serve on the Amador Community College Foundation Board. Our mission is to advocate, facilitate and support higher education in Amador County. Successful leaders who can offer their talents and skills in one or more of these areas are sought: educational leadership, legal issues, financial planning and management, fundraising, technology, public/community relations, planning and organizing, community economic development, event planning or related areas.  If interested, please email Karen Dickerson, Board Secretary, for more information and an application.
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:
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.
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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
MINI-GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC) has funding available for child abuse prevention mini-grant proposals for the 2016-17 fiscal year. One-time mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council has set aside funds towards the goal of contracting with qualified organizations and agencies to provide child abuse prevention services/programs within the County of Amador. Projects eligible for funding include schools, parent groups, non-profit agencies, and community organizations. The Council – a collaboration of county organizations, agencies, and community members – has found that the unmet needs in the area of child abuse prevention include the following focus areas:
•Drug & Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment/Prevention
•Parent Education/Parent Support
•Promoting Mental Wellness/Trauma Informed Care
•Developmentally Appropriate Behavior/Developmental Milestones Education
•Neglect/Distracted Parenting and Child Safety
Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2016-17 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly. For an application form please visit, or contact Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921, or by email at
BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST PROGRAM FOR CHILD CARE - Are you experiencing challenging behavior in your preschool or child care setting? First 5 Amador has contracted behavioral specialists that can help! These professionals can provide either child-specific or comprehensive consultations for child care providers and early childhood educators in Amador County. Consultants work with you, the child (age 0-5), and parents by offering on-site and phone support, strategies, tools and linkages to the support and resources that you need. This program is free. Please call First 5 Amador for more information, at 257-1092.
"WOOD ANGELS provide free firewood to seniors, disabled, vets, and others in need who are having a hard time making ends meet.
Wood donations are primarily from private property owners
Wood Angels need to continue this service as the need is growing and they need monetary donations as well as volunteers, who are willing to split wood, stack wood, pick-up wood, and make deliveries of wood.
The group is totally volunteers, and no one is compensated for their time. All monetary donations go towards gas for pick-up/delivery, chainsaws, chains for chainsaws, splitter and splitter repairs, tarps, base rock for yard, pods for storing equipment at yards, new or used trucks for same.
Wood Angels have a Facebook page ( and are in the process of developing a website
Thanks for the opportunity to share this very valuable service for the residents of Amador County. If you need any more information, please contact me (Nancy) at the info below. Again, thank you!"
Nancy Fort
(209) 295-4876 (office)
(209) 256-2226 (cell)
A MESSAGE FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER: It seems there are always "stray" dogs at the shelter. Many dogs are found wandering by community members, others are picked up by AC.
Please, please, if your dog has gone missing call the shelter or better yet go to the shelter. Take them a flyer or a copy of a photo and description. Check back daily. Currently there are several "stray" dogs there. Big dogs and small dogs! If your dog (or cat) missing he might be waiting for you, alone and scared. (209)223-6378 12340 Airport Rd. Jackson
HOSPICE OF AMADOR & CALAVERAS offers free Grief Support for adults and children. Please call our office at (209) 223-5500 for more information.
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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.
GALLERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek.
Every Saturday & Sunday the Gallery is staffed by volunteers from 11-4. You do not need to be an artist, just enjoy art and chatting with people. Call or email DeDe at 267-9850 or email:
NOTE FROM LYNN MORGAN (D3 SUPERVISOR): “...I received a notice from our General Services Director, Jon Hopkins, about how best to report unusual wildlife behavior.
There is apparently an increase in rabid skunks in our county. Though I hope you are aware that wildlife should mostly be left alone, not fed, IF you notice any wild animal acting strangely, especially during daylight hours when most stay hidden, please call Animal Control, 223-6378.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Rabies links and resources on CA Public Health:
THE LABYRINTH PROJECT - Have you heard about labyrinths? Do you wonder what they are? What they do? Why they are so popular? The Labyrinth Project has formed in Amador County and is looking for people who may be interested in learning about labyrinths and in being trained to become  a volunteer/docent for labyrinth walks. To learn more, contact The Labyrinth Project at (209) 256-3750 or e-mail the Labyrinth Project Coordinator at
DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS? Can you offer a safe, loving and supportive home? Do you have a desire to improve your community?
There is an immediate need for Foster Families in Amador County! Families of all kinds are welcomed! Foster care needed for ages 0-18. SCFS offers guidance, support and ongoing training throughout the entire foster care process.
Please call Sierra Child & Family Services, 209-257-1244.
MINER’S BEND COMMEMORATIVE BRICK PATHWAY - PERSONALIZED BRICKS AVAILABLE -The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation invites you to participate in Sutter Creek’s new Miners’ Bend Historic Gold Mining Park by buying a personalized  engraved brick in the Commemorative Pathway. You and your family will not only provide financial support to the Foundation and help finish this park, but you will cement your place in Amador County’s gold mining history forever.
 The SCCBF’s goal for completion of this park is this summer, 2016. The Park will feature over a dozen displays telling the story of Amador's roll in the California Gold Rush. Work is being done on interpretive signage that will give visitors a brief history of the gold rush in Sutter Creek and Amador County, with historic photos and descriptions of each artifact on display.
Purchasing a brick is the perfect way to commemorate loved ones, promote your business or organization, honor a special occasion, or find that special gift. Personalized Bricks start at only $100. Remember, your brick purchase is tax deductible. Buying a personalized brick helps the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation preserve our cultural heritage in Amador County. To order, visit . For more information please call Frank Cunha at 209-304-9192.
BE A DISASTER HEALTH CARE VOLUNTEER! County volunteer application and fingerprinting scan required. Once clearance is received, you would be sworn in as a Disaster Service Worker. For more information, visit:
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES - The Amador County Artist Association (ACAA) has several benefits to being a member, one of those being Art in Public Places, where the artist can get regular exposure to build a reputation and occasionally make a sale with no commission fees.  This program also gives the location the opportunity to be known for original art on their walls and to promote awareness of original art. The exhibits rotate every 2 months.
Our current locations include Rosebud’s Cafe (downtown Jackson); the Superior Court of CA, County of Amador; American River Bank; Amador Senior Center; Sierra Eye Care; Amador Residential Care; Jackson Paint Spot; and Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione.  Currently, the program has a good balance of artists to locations. New artists and locations are always welcome.  If you would like more information, contact Colleen Williams, Committee Chairperson, or (209) 295-2877.
INTERFAITH FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Interfaith Food Bank is trying to increase its volunteer roster. If you are looking to fill some time, build your resume, get some exercise, and give back to the community, the Food Bank has a variety of opportunities to do so. We are looking for volunteers to work both on-call and weekly shifts. Please email or call Assistant Program Coordinator Claire Gunselman or 209-267-9006. Must be 18 years and older. Positions in warehouse, food pick up and drivers (DMV record required).
FREE GREEN WASTE RECYCLING IN SUTTER CREEK: A dumpster has been placed at the Sutter Creek Fire District Station One, 350 Hanford Street, for yard waste recycling. This service is available to ALL Amador County citizens. Only small yard pruning are large limbs, stumps, garbage, appliances or construction debris.
PHONE NUMBERS for Upcountry Community, Ione Family Resource, & Camanche Lake Community Centers:
Upcountry Community Center
19386 Hwy 88
Pine Grove, CA 95665
P: (209) 296-2785
F: (209) 296-2782
Ione Family Resource Center
17 S. Buena Vista Rd.
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 274-4655
F: (209) 274-4665
Camanche Lake Community Center
4419 Camanche Pkwy N.
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 763-2720
F: (209) 763-2740
AMADOR SENIOR VISITORS PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. Join a great group of people working in the community to help our Senior Citizens live safer, healthier lives. Please call Eileen at 223-0442 for information about how you can help!
DO YOU HAVE STACKS OF NEWSPAPERS laying around your house, waiting to be recycled? Then please bring them on down to the Busi Parking lot in Jackson behind Mel's. The Boy Scout Troops of Amador County are collecting your newspaper donations and accept on an on-going basis. The large cargo container sits at the very back of the parking lot. There should be pallets next to the dumpster, where everyone can leave their stacks. Anyone can drop off their newspapers 7 days a week, day or night. We ask that you only donate actual newspapers, no glossy advertising, magazines or books. All proceeds directly benefit the various Troops in Amador County. It's a Win-Win for everyone, Scouts, you and the environment! For more information, contact Jenny Fritz at