Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
– Helen Keller
News & Announcements
VIA MOTHER LODE SOCCER LEAGUE: “In an effort to improve the soccer fields at Howard Park, MLYSL is sponsoring extensive field maintenance, including re-seeding. If you see these signs posted, please stay off the fields (including pets). We appreciate your understanding and cooperation!”
LOST DOG -Please be on the lookout for a brown doxen/chihuahua mix. His name is Rusty or Russel. He has two collars on, one green and black and one that lights up blue. He blends in very well and he's very quick. Lost on Sugar Pine Dr. Please call if found 295-2860.
Shelby Anne Bennett
Louis Laverone
Norma Slater
Marion Fletscher
Obituary notices can be found at:
See our Community Calendar [below] for upcoming events, meetings and classes!
MARCH 6 - 12
- SPECIAL MEETING: Amador County Board of Supervisors - Fri Mar 10
Mother Lode Friends of Music features concert by American Composers - Sun Mar 12
March at Sutter Creek Provisions
- Hub Family Fun Days - 3rd Sat through May
The "Dirt of the Month" from Roaring Camp
- Labyrinth Project: Events through Mar 2017
- CPU On-site Computer Classes scheduled in March
- “Birds & Blooms is the theme at Gallery 10 in March
- Events at BellaGrace Vineyards - Through Apr 2017
- Main Street Theater Works announces 2017 Season
- "American Pickers" Coming to California, Spring 2017
- Kick Off To Kindergarten events scheduled through April
- "Understanding Islam" Series - Wednesdays through April 5
- March Show in AmadorArts Gallery: Oil Paintings and Gourd Art
Amador Four Fires: Early Bird tickets on sale now through Mar 15
Documentary of Jackson being filmed, historical information needed
Beneficial Property Tax Information from the Amador County Assessor
- Main Street Theater Works: 5th Annual One-Act Festival and 2017 Season
- Sutter Creek Gallery features German folk artist Janice Freischlag in March
- Support Main Street Theater Works...while watching a movie and eating popcorn!
- Spring is Calling! March Deals at your local ACE Hardware stores in Jackson & Plymouth
NorCal Trout Anglers scheduled for events at Lake Pardee, Lake Amador and Lake Camanche through April
WILLOW SPRINGS SCHOOLHOUSE OPEN HOUSE - Saturday, March 11 from 11AM to 4PM. Willow Springs Schoolhouse is in the process of being restored. What have we done? We have replaced and repaired windows, drilled a new well, rewired the electrical system and updated the electrical box, repaired the roof, sanded and refinished the floor, painted inside and out. We are nearing the end of the project, but we still have things left to do: Build an ADA compliant bathroom, update kitchen and refinish the stage, wing rooms and stage ceiling.
How can you help? Come to our Open House to see our progress and check out some of the added touches, including a 48-star American flag, pictures of Presidents Washington and Lincoln, and even any old timey school clock. Or purchase a ticket to attend our fundraising dinner on April 8 at the Amador County Fairgrounds and/or donate items for the dinner’s silent auction. We can always use cash donations!
What will the schoolhouse be used for? It will be a community center, a meeting hall for adult/youth activities, pancake breakfasts, a place to gather with family and friends. Yes, you will be able to rent it, upon completion, for your family events or fund raising events.
For more information, contact Kathy Kobernik (209) 245-4385 or e-mail
7TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER - Saturday, March 11. 5PM Happy Hour; 6PM Corned beef and cabbage dinner at Our Lady of the Pines, Haran Hall, 26750 Tiger Creek Road, Pioneer. Come and be Irish with us!
Tickets are $18 for adults, $5 ages 8 and under. Call Laura at 209-304-5476. Only 125 tickets available, no tickets sold at the door! Proceeds benefit the maintenance and charitable works of Our Lady of the Pines Society.
DINNER MYSTERY THEATER: “MURDERING MORIARTY” - A Sherlock Holmes mystery written and directed by Beth Barnard. Performances are Saturday evenings at 6PM on March 11 & 25 and April 1 & 8. Baker Street West, 204 Main Street (above Hein & Co. Bookstore) in Jackson. Dinner by The National Hotel, Chef Chuck Swisher. No host bar.
Tickets are $65 per person. Call 223-2215 or for more information.
MOTHER LODE FRIENDS OF MUSIC PRESENTS: AMERICAN MUSIC FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - Sunday March 12 at 3 pm at the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street, Sutter Creek. A concert of music by American composers by the Chamber Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music, Ryan Murray, conductor. Adagio for Strings of Samuel Barber, Appalachian Spring of Aaron Copland, Suite for Strings of Arthur Foote, Piano Trio (2nd movement) of Charles Ives, Quiet City for English horn, trumpet and strings and Hoe Down for strings of Aaron Copland.  $25 adult, $10 children under 18. Tickets are sold at Mother Lode Music, Martell and at the door.  Call (209) 293-4227 or go to for more information.
MARCH 13 - 19
- Jackson City Council - Mon Mar 13
- Sutter Creek Planning Commission - Mon Mar 13
- Upcountry Community Council - Mon 13
Board of Supervisors - Tues Mar 14
- Ione Planning Commission - Tues Mar 14
Amador County Commission on Aging - Wed Mar 15
- Hurry! Amador Four Fires Early Bird Ticket Special ends on March 15!
Spring Renewal Labyrinth Walk - Sat Mar 18
- Dandelion Days - March 18 & 19
2017 PUBLIC AUCTION OF TAX-DEFAULTED PROPERTY - The Amador County Tax Collector will hold a public auction sale of tax-defaulted property on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:00 am. For complete information, visit:
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENTS: POLLINATORS IN YOUR GARDEN- We all enjoy the beauty of flowers and fresh produce from our gardens. But, our harvests would not be possible without the help of various small, flying creatures. Approximately 75% of all plants need pollinators. With a little planning, you can have a beautiful, productive garden as well as provide important habitat for hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other important pollinators. Please join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County on Saturday, March 18 for “Welcoming Pollinators to Your Garden”. This class will include advice on selection and care of plants known to attract local pollinators. 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:    
LFPD'S “TACO DE MARZO” DINNER - The Lockwood Fire Protection District's Auxiliary invites the community to their "Taco de Marzo" dinner on Saturday, March 18 at Station #152 located at 19715 Shake Ridge Rd. at Hale. Doors open at 5:30. Come build your own tacos, enjoy salsa and chips and brownies for dessert. Bring beverages of choice, we provide coffee and water. There will be a basket raffle to end the evening. The cost is $10. All proceeds benefit our volunteer firefighters and EMTs. For more information, call 296-5339.
2ND ANNUAL HOEDOWN - Sat Mar 18 at Evalynn Bishop Hall, Ione. Beer and Wine Bar - Dinner - Raffle - Silent Auction - Live Band. Come have fun and support the 141st Ione Homecoming! Tickets are: Adults $25; Children, ages 5-10: $10. Tickets available at Coldwell Banker, Main Street Ione, or call Lacey: 209-304-8090, Mitzi: 209-304-7970, Shelli: 916-719-4388 or Julie: 209-256-4608.
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ATTENTION NEW YORK FITNESS MEMBERS: Sunday March 19th the gym will be closed to redo the layout of equipment/cardio machines. The pool/hot tub/wet&dry saunas will remain open for use. Thank you for your patience, I promise it's for everyone's benefit and it will be much better Monday morning. Please share so it's not a surprise for anyone, there will also be postings around the gym.
MARCH 20 - 26
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Mar 20
- Jackson Planning Commission - Mon Mar 20
- Ione City Council - Tues Mar 21
- Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD/ACOE) - Wed Mar 22
- Pinot Noir Tasting at Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar - Wed Mar 22
- Amador Water Agency Board (AWA) - Thurs Mar 23
- Plymouth City Council - Thurs Mar 23
Come "Out" to Amador - Mar 24-26
- Walk-A-Thon at Lake Tabeaud - Sat Mar 25
- Mother Lode Harvest hosts Farm Tour - Sat Mar 25
FREE Workshop on Preventing Falls - Sat Mar 25
- Amador County Historical Society Lunch & Program - Sat Mar 25
- Dealing with Mental Illness? Free Classes for Families and Peers start March 25 & April 1
MARCH 27-31
- Jackson City Council - Mon Mar 27
Board of Supervisors - Mar 28
- Amador STARS offers a stay at The HideOut in Kirkwood - Bidding ends March 30
- Flyfishing Class - March 25 & 26 and April 8
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: BUILDING & USING A HOOP HOUSE - How would you like more control over the growing season? Do you want to harvest tomatoes year-round and grow lettuce for your salads in the hot summer?
If so, then a Hoop House could be the perfect addition to your gardening area. Please join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County on Saturday, March 25 at 9 am for our class on “Building and Using a Hoop House”.  Attendees will gain hands–on experience in the complete construction of a Hoop House as well as ideas for year-round use of the structure. Hand-outs will be provided. The class is free and open to the public. However, we are asking that you call 223-6838 or email  for the location and to make reservations. Please leave your name and the number in your party attending.
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:
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, March 28th in the Multi-purpose Conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. From 6:45 to 8:00 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.
- 13th Annual Bunco for Breast Cancer - Fri Apr 7
Locals Live! Allen Frank & The Doghouse Blues, with special guest Laura Doyle - Sat Apr 22
- Coffee & Canvas - Classes Apr 21, June 16, July 14

SAVE THE DATE: Mother Lode Highland Games - June 10 & 11
- Operation Care: A Night at the Oscars - Sat May 20
Sutter Amador Hospital Hosts Diabetes Information Fair for the Community on April 26
WIN VOLCANO THEATRE TICKETS! We want to hear from you! What plays would you like to see? Are you interested in Directing? Acting? Can you sew? Paint? Would you like to learn about lighting and sound design?
Everyone who contacts Production Manager Amber Adams at with play suggestions, inquiries regarding a future as a VTC volunteer, or constructive ideas for improvement, will be put into a drawing for a FREE pair of tickets to a 2017 Summer production! Winner will be drawn April 1st (VTC Board Members not eligible).
GET WILD AND VOLUNTEER! WILDLIFE WORKSHOPS - Tri County Wildlife is looking for volunteers! Wildlife Workshops are coming! New volunteers and returning ones alike! See the dates below and follow the link for complete info! Call 209 283 3245 to reserve your spot!
3/24/17 Wildlife Workshop
5:30 pm @ The Feed Barn, 11261 Prospect Drive, Jackson, CA
4/1/17 Bird Rehabilitation
10 am @ The Paws Center
80 Ridge Rd
Suite B, Sutter Creek, CA
4/8/17 Mammal Rehabilitation
10 am @ The Paws Center
80 Rodge Rd
Suite B, Sutter Creek, CA Hope to see you there!
SAVE THE DATE! SAVOR AMADOR 2017 - Happy to announce that Savor Amador 2017 is confirmed for Friday, May 12 at Bella Grace Vineyards tasting room in Sutter Creek. Each year we are thankful for the generosity of our community and to all the guests who purchase tickets and attend the fun, elegant event that supports Sutter Creek Elementary Schools. Stay tuned for more details!
CAR SEAT TECHNICIAN COURSE - On Tuesday, May 16th - Friday, May 19, Amador County Public Health will be hosting a Car Seat Technician Course. This is very important as it allows our car seat education program to continue assisting the community. We are seeking 16 students to fill the class.
Starting January 2017, children are now required by state law to remain rear-facing in their car seat until age 2. Exceptions allow the child to face forward once reaching 40 lbs or 40 inches, this is extremely rare.​
Contact Amador County Public Health at 209-223-6407 for more information.
SAVE THE DATE: EL FLAMENCO FESTIVAL “A NIGHT IN SPAIN” - Saturday, July 22 from 5:30-11 PM at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Grand Oak Ballroom. Enjoy performances by flamenco dancers and Spanish guitar artists while basking in the decor of Old Spain. Dinner, Entertainment, Silent & Live Auctions. For more information, call Amador College Connect 217-8239.  Tickets available at starting April 3, 2017.
All proceeds benefit the Amador Community College Foundation, which operates Amador College Connect, a college resource center in Amador County.
Opinions & Issues
MAIL THEFT/BURGLARY ALERT: SUTTER CREEK POST OFFICE, SUTTER CREEK, CA - This notice is to inform you that between close of business on 3/1/17 and 7:45 AM on 3/2/17 this facility was burglarized. Please monitor your financial institutions for fraudulent activity which may have resulted from this burglary. In the event you discover fraudulent activity, please contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service immediately at the number listed below:
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
P.O. Box 13130, Sacramento, CA 95813
VIA ACN READER: SCAM ALERT: "In the last week, I've gotten two calls from a man claiming to be from the "Health and Safety Agency, calling on a recorded line." Since I know there is no agency by that name, I have asked him about what agency he represents, his phone number, where they're located, etc. Then he hangs up. Today he said he was representing "the Senior Care Authority" -- which is also not a real entity. This is clearly a scam to defraud seniors. Please share with others so they will look out for it."
VIA ACN READER: The Sierra Wind Wellness & Recovery Center on Argonaut in Jackson has had some issues with illegal dumping on their property. The police have been notified, but if you see such activity (possibly at night/early morning hours), please get a description of the vehicle(s) or individuals and call your local law enforcement.
SCAM ALERT: Phone scams are on the rise across the USA, and in our region.
We have received several calls in past 3 days that sound SO 'real' that we want to warn neighbors. These are mechanical 'robocalls' that seem VERY 'real', as if an actual human being is making the call...but it's a machine, designed to record YOU when they ask, "Can you hear me?" or something like, "Is that OK now?" HANG UP ON THESE CALLS! Otherwise, your innocent 'yes' can be recorded and lead you into 'signing on' to all sorts of scams! Our numbers are on the 'no-call' list, but we have had several, here are two from the past couple of days. If your phone rings and you hear either line, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY, technology has made these sound like 'real' people, it's just another robocall trying to CHEAT you:
1. "Hi, this is Jason at Customer Service...can you hear me?" (Wow, this is a creepy new angle!) HANG UP immediately!
Another call two min ago from 916-583-5039...
2. This female scam robovoice starts with something along the lines of "Oh...sorry, didn't hear you, dropped my this OK?" THIS IS A SCAM! DO NOT SAY A WORD, HANG UP! We have been called about 4 times in past 2 weeks...don't fall for it, neighbors!
My husband just sent me the following email:
There was a phone message from B of A asking for clarification of our "profile".  With a phone number to call.  And a different number if we think the message to us is in error.  Do we have an acct. with them?  I just checked my credit cards and I see that the Working Assets is B of A. Since you're more likely to have the info they want, I'll let you call them unless you want me to.  1-877-526-8680.  For errors, 1-877-551-0127.
Neither number matched the customer service number on the back of my VISA card. So i called the number on the back of my card, went through the usual security questions with pleasant woman in Utica New York and she searched the B of A phone and "transfer tree" and could not find either number.  We agree that it might be a scam and that i should not call either number back.  She also checked my account and could find no evidence of any alerts or possible fraudulent activity. So i had my husband delete the message.
Spread the word - the twist of offering a number to call if you think the message might be "in error" is a new one.
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.
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.
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:

Classes, Workshops, Seminars
WORKSHOP SERIES: EDUCATE, EQUIP & SUPPORT: BUILDING HOPE FOR PARENTS is a 13 week series designed to provide parents and caregivers with education about childhood mental health illnesses. The purpose is to provide education and promote the building of natural supports between parents. This FREE workshop series will inform participants about common childhood mental health issues and symptoms management techniques, as well as provide information on local resources to help address your children's mental health needs. Starting Tuesdays February 21 from 12 noon to 2pm at the Camanche Lake Community Center, 4240 Camanche Pkwy N. To RSVP please call 296-2785.
Web site:
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.
THE LABYRINTH PROJECT: On-going, every 2nd and 4th Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00 or 3:30 at Sierra Wind Wellness Center, 10354 Argonaut Lane, Jackson. Groups focus on learning about the labyrinth and how to use it to promote personal wellness.
Contact Labyrinth Facilitator/Coordinator: Marla Vander Meer 256-3750
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.
Visit Team Fitness Amador,
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!
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

More announcements...

COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN OFFERED BY AAUW AMADOR - The purpose of the AAUW Scholarship Program is to support Amador County women who are planning to attend a California Community College in Fall 2017. For more information about Community College Scholarships, contact Kelli Garcia at 304-4800. Applications are available online at:, or at the Amador County Library in Jackson. Applications must be postmarked by March 15.
BUSINESS FOR SALE: OWNERS RETIRING: After almost 7 years as owners of the Creeky Cupboard, we are retiring at the end of 2017. Until then, we will consider selling this wonderful turnkey opportunity. Serious inquiries can be submitted to: As we do not want time taken away from our customers, please do not ask our sales staff to discuss any details
13TH ANNUAL BUNCO FOR BREAST CANCER IS COMING SOON! We still have a few spots open if you would like to join us for this wonderful event. Call us now!
We have spots for single players and teams to play! You don’t need to play bunco to join us, just pre-register and come for the great time! We also have a beautiful silent auction and wine table auction! It is an amazing evening where we join together with the common cause of helping those on their cancer journey.
All of this is possible because of our amazing community that we live in! Our community is the Amador STARS!
All funds raised remain local to help women with any type of cancer on their cancer journey through the services of Amador STARS. 91% of funds raised by Amador STARS last year, went directly to patient services.
We offer FREE transportation, wigs, scarves, caps, hats, make up tips w/classes for ladies, support groups and resources. Last year our incredible volunteers drove patients over 100,000 miles to treatment centers all over northern California! These services are free due to our fundraising abilities!
For more information, visit our website:
Call Amador STARS at 267-1246 for more information, or contact Ginger at 296-4042 or
THE HEALING WORD A Foursquare Gospel Church - Come join us for Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after service.  We would like to invite you to: Men’s Breakfast on March 18th at 9:00 AM- CraftMonday on March 20th at 10:00 AM- Women’s Breakfast will be on March 25th at 9:00 AM; We are learning about the Fruit of the Spirit - Men’s & Youth Bible Study is on Mondays at 7:00 PM. Ladies afternoon Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM. Wednesday night Bible Study is at 6:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
THE KNIGHT FOUNDRY WEB SITE is now up and running at
And for those of you who've already asked about how to make donations - the link to DONATE is now active on our website. Thank you all for your likes, follows and your support this month as we've embarked on this new phase.
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THE HEALING WORD, A Foursquare Gospel Church. Come join us for Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 AM with complimentary lunch immediately after service. Women’s Breakfast will be on Feb. 25th at 9:00 AM. Men’s Bible Study is on Mondays at 7:00 PM. Ladies afternoon Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM. Wednesday night Bible Study is at 6:00 PM. Stop by 20005 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove— or call 296-7283 — or visit
AMADOR COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL & ADOPTION CENTER: ADOPTION FEES ARE HALF PRICE! The shelter is FULL and we need to find “furever homes” for these dogs. Adoption fee is $42 (normally $85), this includes them being spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, behavior tested. There is an additional $10 for licensing and if you wish to microchip, it’s only another $5!
Check or cash only. For more information, call the adoption center at 209-223-6378 or come visit us. Hours are 10 to 1, 2-4:30. Closed for lunch between 1-2. 12340 Airport Road Jackson.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: ACRA is now accepting applications for Recreation Aides to cover the Afternoon Youth and Evening and Weekend Programs. Please send your resume to or fill out an application at ACRA's office (10877 Conductor Blvd Suite #100, Sutter Creek). For more information, call 209-223-6349.
For individuals dealing with prostate cancer: For some years there has been a monthly meeting providing information and support, held at Sutter Amador hospital.  Now the object is to continue Prostate Cancer support in Amador County but in a changed way. There no longer will be meetings, but contact will be through Sutter Amador Hospital and Jerry Trottier who will provide referrals to men who have been active in the group, had prostate cancer and have had various treatments. They are willing and able to answer questions about their treatments. In this way we will continue to have support in Amador for those who want information about Prostate Cancer.
Contact Jerry Trottier, e-mail:  Phone 209-223-9133
Or Sutter Amador Hospital:  209-223-7500
VIA IONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Hello Ione Elementary Parents,
We are aware that there may be students in our community who are TK-aged who may not be in school. If your child, or a child you know, turned 5 years old between September 2, 2016 and December 2, 2016, he or she can attend school in Amador County right now! if this applies to you or someone you know, please call our school office at 257-7000 or come to the school office and we will help you enroll right away! If you could please pass this information to anyone you might know that doesn't have an enrolled student at Ione Elementary and will not get this connect ed.
Thank you, we appreciate you help in passing this information to the community.
VIA BRIAN ONETO: FYI if you have not yet seen this regarding Mount Aukum Road Closure in El Dorado County. See link:
CALL TO ARTISTS - Gold Country Artists Gallery invites talented artists working in all media to submit an application to join our gallery. Jewelry artists and artists working in 3D (ceramicists, woodturners, etc.) are particularly encouraged to apply.
To find out more about this opportunity, stop by our gallery, located on Main Street in Placerville. We’re open every day from 10-6. You can also call us during business hours.
Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main Street, Placerville, CVA 95667
Call 530-642-2944.
BUTTE FIRE BURNT TREE REMOVAL UPDATE: The Calaveras County Department of Public Works announces completion of the process required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify hazard burnt trees from the Butte fire area.  These are the 8,400 trees that have the potential to fall and impact public roadways.  They are located within the County right-of-way and on adjacent private property.  Additionally, compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been received, and depending on weather conditions, removal and processing of those hazardous trees will begin January 30, 2017.
Crews will start work on Mountain Ranch Road and Railroad Flat Road.  Travelers should expect delays during daylight hours with intermittent road closures and one way traffic.
If you have any questions about this program call the Hazard Tree HOT LINE at (209)754-6767
For more information, visit the Butte Fire Recovery website at
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VENDORS SOUGHT FOR MOTHER LODE HIGHLAND GAMES: If you sell a Celtic product (Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Galatian, Brittany, something from the Isle of Man, Cornish) please join us as a vendor at the Mother Lode Highland Games. Since a lot of Celts are Norse we'll welcome Norwegian products too. Oh, and you Brits we'll welcome you since Scotland is presently part of the UK. To participate as a vendor please go to to sign up.
FUNDRAISER FOR JAMES VEGA: I am asking for help for this great family, the Vega's . Victor and Charlotte Vega have raised two great kids, Hannah and James, in a small rural community based in Amador County. Their son, James, was just accepted to SOU to continue his education. He is an outstanding student academically and a gifted athlete that helped bring our local football team to state championships this 2016 season. Victor, a hard working Christian man, just recovering from knee surgery received notification from his job and was laid off from Lowe's yesterday after serving 17 years for the corporation. Victor is still in recovery phase for the next 6 months. He was the breadwinner for the family and now they have no means to send James to college.
I am pleading for my nephew, James, deserves so much in life and more. Would you please find it in your heart to donate, every dollar counts to help a bright young man continue with his dreams! Help spread the word!
THE AMADOR COUNTY HISTORICAL RAILROAD FOUNDATION, based in Ione, is looking for a storefront in Ione for a taste for the public. If you have any ideas, please give us a call at area code 209 256-6693 and ask for Robert Staggs.
DID THIS LAST STORM cause damage to your property?  If so and you want it taken care of, give me (Zach) a call at 209-273-8574.  I'm a very hard working, Purple Heart veteran. I'm very dependable, respectful young man, so if you have a job that you need done quickly and correctly please contact me.  God bless you for your time.
P. S. Your job gets done and you get to help from vet; it's a win-win!
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.
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