Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
- Judy Garland
"Late Spring in Sutter Creek" by George Lambert.
Artists Reception this Saturday at Sutter Creek Gallery in Sutter Creek

News & Announcements
D.NORMAN: Under the Looking Glass: Nepotism and Value
GOLD COUNTRY COWGIRL: Wine Blending at the Wine Tree Farm
- Last chance for MSTW Season Tickets! Sale ends March 31
Ribbon Cutting: Amador Pregnancy Help Center - Fri Mar 31
OBITUARY NOTICE: Marjorie Louis Openshaw
SAH CEO Anne Platt
Amador hospital CEO recognized among top rural health care leaders
JACKSON, CA –Becker’s Hospital Review has named Sutter Amador Hospital CEO Anne Platt (pictured left) as one of the ’60 rural hospital CEOs to know.’
Becker’s, a national publication that provides business and legal news as well as analysis about hospitals and health systems, selected leaders with a desire for excellence.
“It’s an honor to be recognized with others throughout the nation that provide quality health care to rural communities,” said Platt. “At Sutter Amador Hospital, we have the unique opportunity to provide compassionate care to our family, neighbors and friends. Our focus is on expanding services and improving the health of our region.”...[read more]

ART CLASSES FOR KIDS - New classes opening immediately on Friday afternoons 2:30 to 3:30 pm and 4:00 to 5:00 pm for ages 6-14 featuring drawing, painting, clay, papier mache and weaving beginning March 31, 2017.
Children's Studio
293 Hanford Street
Sutter Creek
For registration and questions call (209) 245-3910
ATTENTION WOOD CARVERS: FREE large weeping willow trunks. Interested?
Email or call 209-759-3717
Monday, March 27, 2017
OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at:
Community Calendar
APRIL 2017
- Knight Foundry Open House - Sun Apr 2
- Main Street Theater Works announces 2017 Season
- Kick Off To Kindergarten events scheduled through April
- "Understanding Islam" Series - Wednesdays through April 5
Feist Wines in Sutter Creek adds Wood Fire Pizza Friday nights
- Roaring Camp: Day Trip and Saturday Night BBQ booking fast online!
Beneficial Property Tax Information from the Amador County Assessor
- ACE Hardware in Jackson & Plymouth: Your Lawn & Garden Destinations!
NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge event scheduled at Lake Camanche on April 29
ELUSIVE DAFFA-GHILLIE SEEN IN VOLCANO! Heard of Sasquatch? Yeti? How about Daffa-ghillie?! On your way to Daffodil Hill this Saturday, come visit this rarely seen denizen of the Lockwood district, who has been known to hang out at Station 152 (corner of Shake Ridge and Hale). You just may be able to capture this elusive creature with your camera! And buy some daffodils while you are at it, to help us raise funds for our Bunkhouse Buildout!
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).
AMADOR YOGA ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Join us in celebrating one year since our studio doors opened! On Saturday, April 1st we will offer free classes for the community throughout the day as well as a 30% discount on all membership and retail purchases!
Anniversary Celebration Schedule:
7:00-8:00 am: Sunrise Stretch and Meditation w/Jessica
8:15-9:15 am: Power Flow w/Jessica
9:30-10:30 am: Slow Flow w/Jillian
10:45-11:45 am: Yin w/Jillian
1:00-1:45 pm: Yogi Kids w/Shannon
2:00-3:00 pm: Yoga FUNdamentals Level 1 w/Shayna
3:30-4:30 pm: Power Flow/Shannon
6:45-7:45 pm: Yin w/Shannon
With love and gratitude,
The Amador Yoga Team
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENTS: GARDEN FRIENDS: SUMMER VEGETABLES & ANNUAL FLOWERS - Spring is finally here! Are your thoughts turning to delicious, homegrown vegetables or a vase of colorful flowers from your garden? Please join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County on Saturday, April 1, 2017 for “Garden Friends: Summer Vegetables and Annual Flowers”. Master Gardeners will identify local favorites and discuss care and maintenance of these as well as other vegetables and annual flowers which can be grown now and throughout the summer. Interested in organic vegetable gardening? The why and how of organic gardening will also be covered.  The class is free and open to the public. Handouts will include a planting guide which lists various elevations and local micro-climates. 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:
WATERCOLORS BY JULIE TRAIL: “THESE GOLDEN HILLS” - Come see the watercolors I've been painting during the past rainy winter months! Spring is here! The foothills are green, with golden wildflowers abundant. Celebrate Spring!
My new collection of paintings will be hanging at Gallery 10, Sutter Creek, all of April.
A reception will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2-5 P.M., and you all are welcome.
Sip some wine, snack on some tasty goodies, and see my new collection! Watercolors by Julie Trail~ Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek~Gallery hours: Thursday-Monday 11-5.
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!
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!
FOOD TRUCK SATURDAY: EL MATADOR AT ANDIS WINES! Saturday, April 1st 11:30am-4pm. Grab the bull by the horns with the El Matador Food Truck at Andis Wines! El Matador serves tasty, traditional Mexican fare as well as delicious & unique Mexican-Korean fusion (see photo left). These dishes will pair beautifully with a cold glass of Andis award-winning Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon!
Check out Andis’ Food Truck schedule at:
HISTORIC KNIGHT FOUNDRY OPEN HOUSE - The Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek is America’s last water-powered foundry and machine shop and a premier relic of Mother Lode gold mining history. Everyone is welcome to attend their Open House on Sunday, April 2, from 10am to 4pm, 81 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek. Meet local historians and former Foundry employees, view demonstrations of how the wheels turned, and discover the compelling history that is historic Knight Foundry. The event is free.
For more information, visit: or call 209-267-5647,e-mail:
On Facebook at:

- Trombonists featured in Friends of Music concert on Sunday, April 9
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS’ WEEK, APRIL 2-8 - Protecting victims and assisting them is important to all of us in law enforcement. The week of April 2-8th is recognized to honor the victims of crime and to promote awareness of the issues they face. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact the Amador County District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Assistance Program at 209/223-6474 or 209/223-6475. C1866.
For more information, visit:
PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE MEETING will be on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at The Highway House (formerly Thomi’s) banquet room. The speaker will be former Calaveras Supervisor Steve Wilensky and will include a short message from Motherlode Harvest.
Reservations are required and may be made at no later than Tuesday, April 4 (sooner if possible). All those interested are welcome to attend. The buffet luncheon is $15.00. You may pay at the door. Cash (the exact amount is always appreciated) or personal check only. If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please call 267-0177 to cancel by noon on Wednesday, April 5th. If you have made a reservation and do not attend, you may be billed for the luncheon.
NOTE: Congressman McClintock’s satellite office hours with aide, Matt Reed, will be on Tuesday, March 28th from 10-11;30 in Room D, upstairs, to the left, in the County Administration Building, 810 Court Street Jackson.
WILLOW SPRINGS SCHOOLHOUSE DINNER FUNDRAISER - Sat April 8 at the Amador County Fairgrounds, Pokerville Hall in Plymouth. Prime rib/chicken piccata dinner. Cocktails at 5:30; dinner at 6:30. Emcee: Jim Crandell of Fox 40.
Tickets are $40 each or $280 for a table of 8, which includes a bottle of wine.
Emcee: Jim Crandell of Fox 40. For more information call Kathy at 209-245-4385 or Judy at 209-245-3664.
Can’t attend? You can give to the Willow Springs Schoolhouse through the Amador Community Foundation at:, or contact Kathleen Harmon at 209-223-2148 for more information. You can also mail your check to Amador Community Foundation, ℅ Willow Springs Restoration, P.O. Box 1154, Jackson, CA, 95642. Tax ID # 68-0447992.
CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT presented by the Mother Lode Friends of Music on Sunday, April 9 at 3PM. String Quintet in G minor of W.A. Mozart, music for bass trombone and piano and duets for bass and tenor trombone. Sacramento-based string ensemble, Rudi Hoehn and Craig Murray, trombones, Ron Brickman, piano. FREE admission. Pine Grove Community Church, 14045 Ponderosa Road, Pine Grove. Call (209) 293-4227.
DR. TEMPLE GRANDIN SPEAKING ON APRIL 9 - One of our Sutter Creek FFA seniors was lucky enough to book Temple Grandin, a noted autistic who is an author, speaker, cited expert in many publications, and video producer, as a speaker for her senior project. Dr. Grandin will be in Sutter Creek, April 9th, at 6 pm to speak to the community in the Amador HS Gym. Please contact Carly Benner at 209-257-7318 if you are interested in tickets.
UPCOUNTRY 88 LIONS OMELET FEED & RAFFLE - Sunday April 9 at the American Legion Hall, 11401 American Legion Drive in Sutter Creek.  A No-Host Bar will start at 5:00 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be a $15 donation, which includes an omelet, salad, dessert. There will be many raffle prizes. If you have any questions, please call (209) 295-3343 or (209) 295-6308 or visit their website: Proceeds benefit community services.
APRIL 10-16
- Jackson City Council - Mon Apr 10
Board of Supervisors - Mon Apr 11
Easter Week at Trinity Sutter Creek - April 13, 14 & 16
- Yoga for a Cause: Totally 80's Yoga Class - Sat Apr 15
SPRING FLORAL CENTERPIECE CLASS - Tuesday, April 11 from 10 am to 12 Noon. Sign up deadline is Saturday April 1. Step by step easy to follow instructions and examples provided by professional CA Certified Florist and retired teacher. Perfect for a table of 6-10 guests. Bring garden shears. All other materials provided. Call Millie Butler at 209-304-2536 or e-mail
SPRING FLORAL CENTERPIECE CLASS - Tuesday, April 11 from 10 am to 12 Noon. Sign up deadline is Saturday April 1. Step by step easy to follow instructions and examples provided by professional CA Certified Florist and retired teacher. Perfect for a table of 6-10 guests. Bring garden shears. All other materials provided. Call Millie Butler at 209-304-2536 or e-mail
AMADOR COUNTY ARTISTS ASSOCIATION APRIL MEETING - Artist Jaya King will be demonstrating her abstracted acrylic landscapes at the Wednesday April 12 meeting of the Amador County Artists Association, commencing at 7 p.m. in the Jackson Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road. King is a California native based out of Sacramento who has been showing, teaching, and demonstrating her artwork in Northern California since 2003. Jaya has a passion for color and finds excitement exploring the nuances of color relationships while painting. Her powerful acrylic landscapes and dynamic encaustic abstracts both share the theme of using a limited color palette.  The public is invited and new members are welcome.
For more information about Jaya, visit:
For more information about ACAA, visit
READ TO GROMMIT at your library in Jackson! This program is open to all children who would like to read to therapy dog, Grommit.
Grommit enjoys listening to stories in his Halloween disguise (photo left).
Friday April 14 2:30-3:30
Wednesday April 26 2:30-3:30
530 Sutter Street, Jackson (next to Jackson ACE Hardware)
For more information, call the Amador County Library at 209-223-6400
RAISING BACKYARD CHICKENS - Are you eager to get started raising backyard chickens or just beginning to consider home grown poultry? Fresh eggs are one of the many benefits that come from having your own chickens, a popular practice many people find fun and rewarding. The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County will be offering a free public class, “Raising Backyard Chickens” on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Master Gardener, Stephanie Allen, will cover the basics of choosing and raising chicks as well as selecting appropriate breeds, housing, nutrition and the importance of keeping your chickens in optimal health. Handouts will be provided. 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:
APRIL 17-23
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Apr 17
- "Heal Difficult Beginnings" training offered by Sierra Child & Family Services - April 19 & 26
- Friends of the Amador County Library Spring Used Book Sale - April 21, 22 & 23
Locals Live! Allen Frank & The Doghouse Blues, with special guest Laura Doyle - Sat Apr 22
45th ANNUAL AAUW HOME TOUR 2017: “STROLLING SUTTER CREEK” - The 45th annual Home Tour sponsored by AAUW Amador Branch will take place in the historic Gold Rush town of Sutter Creek.  The Tour, “Strolling Sutter Creek,” will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11 AM to 4 PM and will feature five fantastic historic homes that have been remodeled and restored to incorporate respect for the past with the need for updated comfort and style.  In addition, docents will guide ticket holders though five living history sites including:  the Sutter Creek Fire Museum; the Catholic Cemetery with headstones from the 1850s; and a General Store Museum preserved from the turn of the century.  Also, the first two living history projects undertaken by the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation (SCCBF) will be available for touring:  Miners’ Bend Park; and the Old Sutter Creek Grammar School.  Tea and homemade cookies will be served in the social hall of the historic Methodist Church while live music plays and the 2017 Opportunity Quilt is proudly displayed until raffled off at 3:30 PM.
Tickets are $25.00 in advance or $28.00 online or on Tour day.  Tickets are available after March 17th at the following local outlets: Claypool’s Gift & Home, Pine Cone Drug, Amador 360, and Ione Pharmacy.  Proceeds provide scholarships for local women and girls.

For details, visit our web site at:
APRIL 24-30
- Jackson City Council - Mon Apr 24
Board of Supervisors - Mon Apr 25
- 7th Annual Walk for the Troops - Sat Apr 29
- Kit Carson Mountain Men "Days of 49" Wagon Train - April 27-30
NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge event scheduled at Lake Camanche on April 29
Join the Wagon Train for the Days of 49 Parade - Sun April 30
- John Muir to tell tales in Angels Camp - Sun April 30

- Ignite your senses with Amador Four Fires on May 6!
- Spa Party - Sun May 7
CALL TO ARTISTS: For the Arts ~ Deadline for intent is May 15
- Coffee & Canvas - Classes June 16, July 14
- Benefit Concert: "How Can I Keep From Singing?"- Songs by Pete Seeger & The Weavers - Sat June 10

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
- Upcoming Events at the Amador County Fairgrounds: May-June 2017
BUILDING & USING A HOOP HOUSE (Rescheduled): 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, May 6 (this class was originally scheduled for March 25) 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:   
SPA PARTY - Sunday, May 7. Escape to Amador Wellness Cottage, corner of Hwy 16 & 49, Plymouth. Gather with new and old friends and enjoy an evening retreat full of pampering and sisterhood. Space limited to 12 guests! For complete information, visit:
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.
COWBOY POET LARRY MAURICE will be appearing at the Main Library in Jackson on Wednesday, May 24 from 1-3PM. He will be giving a writing workshop and a short performance.
This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations.
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
VIA NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: NOTICE: If you live in Jackson in the Peek Hill area, be on the lookout for the following individual: Male Hispanic, appr. 5'8" tall, medium build, early-to-mid-40's. He had close cut hair and a thin mustache. He was wearing a white T shirt, white shoes and blue jeans. His vehicle was a large gold SUV (Suburban sized) with a black top. My girlfriend caught him trespassing on our property and when he was caught he made up a BS story about her car being posted on Craigslist. It's likely this individual is casing houses for burglaries in the area.
This morning, an overnight visitor to Sutter Creek left her car running and unattended for an extended period of time. When she came outside, she found the car was gone.
A Sutter Creek PD Officer responded to assist. During his investigation, he determined that there were electronic devices left in the car when it was stolen that were capable of being tracked.
The officer tracked the car to Watsonville, and contacted Watsonville PD. They conducted surveillance on the unoccupied car. When the suspect returned to the car, he was taken into custody.
The Amador City resident said that he watched the car running unoccupied for 10 minutes before deciding to take it and go to Santa Cruz to purchase drugs, and then to Watsonville.
At press time it appeared as if all of the property left in the packed vehicle was present when it was recovered.
Thanks to a diligent Sutter Creek PD Officer, and the invaluable assistance of the Watsonville Police Department, a citizen's stolen property has been recovered, and the person responsible for that theft has been taken off the streets.
Gold star for the officer and a big THANK YOU to Watsonville PD!!
On March 16, 2017 at approximately 9:45 am, a City of Sutter Creek employee encountered a mountain lion on Mahoney Mill Road, approximately 1.5 miles south of the treatment plant.
The following tips from the California Dept. of Fish and Game are worth remembering:
Do not hike, bike, or jog alone.
• Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active – dawn, dusk, and at night.
• Keep a close watch on small children.
• Do not approach a mountain lion.
• If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
• If attacked, fight back.
• If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.
Be safe!
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
DID YOU KNOW that ATCAA offers different Types of Child Therapy?
- Play Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Learn More about our Children's Therapy Program
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

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COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO BE THERE FOR A CHILD - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Amador County is seeking volunteers to join their next training session to become volunteer advocates.
A volunteer advocate, known as a CASA, after 40 hours of training, are assigned to be a special person in the life of a child who has been neglected or abused.  The court will appoint the CASA to be the eyes and ears of the court and to report back to the court information they have gathered. The CASA will also tell the court what decisions and services may be in the best interest of that child.
CASA of Amador currently has a waiting list of children who are in need of a CASA.
For more information about the program or details on how to become a CASA, please call the CASA program at 209-257-1980, extension 108. You may also email the CASA Coordinators, John  or Fara
Court Appointed Special Advocates Amador
621 New York Ranch Road
Jackson, CA  95642
(209)257-1980  ext. 108
CAL-EITC: IT’S YOUR MONEY! The Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA) wants you to know about the new California Earned Income Tax Credit called “Cal EITC” and the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit called EITC. These credits are available to income qualifying individuals and families. Depending on the number of children in the family a household can receive refunds between $510 and $6318.
ATCAA is also offering free tax preparation assistance with IRS VITA certified volunteers and staff for anyone making $54,000 or less. Call our offices at 209-223-1485 in Jackson or 209-533-1397 in Sonora to schedule a weekday appointment. Saturday appointments are also available at our Jackson location. Learn more at
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!”
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
PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT ~ 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.
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.
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!
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
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:
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
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.
Web site:
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:
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.
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.
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