Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts."
- Ella Fitzgerald

News & Announcements
NEWSLETTER: Child Abuse Prevention Council ~ May 2017
NEWSLETTER: Mt. Zion Church - May 2017
Sutter Amador Nurse Creates Educational Experience for Generations of Women
May 2017 at Sutter Creek Provisions
- Amador Council of Tourism- Thurs May 11
- WORKSHOP: Reforestation on Land Affected by Wildfire and Tree Mortality - Tues May 30
"It was discovered today that there was a procedural error in the notification process for the following two items on the May 9, 2017, Amador County Planning Commission agenda:
Parcel Map #2862, submitted by Greenrock Ranch Lands, LLC
Parcel Map #2864, submitted by The Reed Leasing Group, LLC
These two projects will be postponed, and rescheduled for a future Planning Commission meeting.  Notifications will be mailed, posted, and published once the meeting date is determined.  Please advise anyone you know that may have planned to attend next week's meeting."
Thank you,
Chuck Beatty
UPCOUNTRY COMMUNITY COUNCIL - Monday, May 8 at 6PM at the Pioneer Veteran’s Hall, Buckhorn Ridge Road, Pioneer. Topic: “Marijuana Legalization and the Medical, Regulatory and Law Enforcement Concerns”
Panel will include:
Dr. Ralph Harder, MD – Sutter Creek
Jackson Chief of Police Scott Morrison
Representatives from the Amador County Sheriff’s Department
For more information, visit:
FOR SALE: 1953 5-window GMC pick-up
OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at:

Community Calendar
MAY 1-7
- The Sixth Annual Ms. Senior Citizen Beauty Pageant - Fri May 5
- Sutter Creek Provisions: Revision Brewing Launch this FRIDAY! May 5
Amador Songwriters' Showcase features Bruce Langston, The Harmony People - Fri May 5
- Ignite your senses with Amador Four Fires on May 6!
Science Saturday - Sat May 6
- Fiddletown artist Melissa Doyel featured at Sutter Creek Gallery in May - Artist Reception on May 6
AmadorArts Gallery features watercolorist Jeannie Vodden and glass artist Malcolm Nicoll in May - Artist Reception May 6
- Photography Invitational at Gallery 10 in May - Artists Reception on May 6
- Vintage American pianist plays house concert in Sutter Creek - Sat May 6
- Spa Party - Sun May 7
Preston Castle Events for 2017
- ACRA Sports ~ May-June 2017
- Advertise in AmadorArts' TGIF 2017 Program
- Main Street Theater Works announces 2017 Season
- CAL FIRE: Residential Burn Permits Required May 1st
- Roaring Camp: Day Trip and Saturday Night BBQ booking fast online!
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) seeks volunteers to be there for a child
AMADOR CHORALIERS: “BACK TO BROADWAY” The Amador Choraliers are going “Back to Broadway” for their spring concert series featuring music from the Tony winners. From “Kiss Me Kate”, the first Tony winner for Best Musical, and down through the years, Broadway has featured some of the most memorable songs in the history of music.
The first concert in the spring series is May 4th at 7:30 pm at the Cornerstone Church in Ione, and concludes on May 6th & 7th at 3:00 pm at Argonaut High School in Jackson. Doors open a half hour before curtain time. All tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased in advance on our website: Remaining tickets will be available at the door. For more information on tickets or about becoming a member of the Amador Choraliers, please call Carole at 209-743-9258.
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, 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:
ADAM SWANSON HOUSE CONCERT - Saturday, May 6 at 2PM at the home of John & Nadine Mottoros, Sutter Creek. Adam Swanson (pictured left) is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Although he is only twenty-five years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. He made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with Michael Feinstein. Adam has performed at the Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as in Hungary and Switzerland. He has worked with such musicians as Toronto’s John Arpin, former rock star Ian Whitcomb, and legendary 1950s recording artist Johnny Maddox, who is one of Adam’s greatest influences. Adam performs every summer at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado, where he is musical director of the new Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival. Visit Adam online:
Reservations Required
Phone: 209-267-9252
Price: $20
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:
LAST WEEKEND! VOLCANO THEATRE COMPANY: “BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE” - Performances through May 7. Friday & Saturday nights, Sunday matinees. Tickets at or at Hein & Co. Bookstore on Main Street in Jackson. Call 209-419-0744 for more information.
MAY 8-14
- Jackson City Council - Mon May 8
- Sutter Creek Planning Commission - Mon May 8
- Upcountry Community Council - Mon May 8
- Amador County Planning Commission - Tues May 9
- Ione Planning Commission - Tues May 9
- "What is Schizophrenia Disorder?" Workshops - May 9, 10 & 11
- Board of Supervisors - Tues May 9
- Chamber Mixer at Rancho Victoria Vineyard - Wed May 10
Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD/ACOE) - Wed May 10
- CANCELLED: Amador Water Agency Board (AWA) - Thurs May 11
- A Night at the Mine - Thurs May 11
- Plymouth City Council - Thurs May 11
- First 5 Amador: Provider Appreciation Night - Thurs May 11
- Savor Amador 2017 - Fri May 12
3rd Annual Shrimp Feed for historic Sutter Creek Grammar School - Sat May 13
- Wine Tree Farm: 4th Anniversary Celebration - Sat May 13
JOB OPPORTUNITY: The Foothill Conservancy is seeking a FT executive director. Work to protect, restore and sustain the natural and human environment in Amador and Calaveras counties. Work is focused on California's beautiful, historic central Sierra Nevada. Direct all key organizational functions, including finance, fundraising, operations, programs, planning, personnel, community outreach. Final filing date: May 10, 2017.
For more information, visit the Foothill Conservancy’s website at:
VOLCANO THEATRE COMPANY: “BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE” - Performances through May 7. Friday & Saturday nights, Sunday matinees. Tickets at or at Hein & Co. Bookstore on Main Street in Jackson. Call 209-419-0744 for more information.
AMADOR COUNTY INVITATION TO BID: Pine Grove Town Hall Exterior Painting Project
SEALED BID NO 17-07 - The County of Amador is seeking sealed bids for the furnishing of all labor, tax, bonds, insurance, permits, premiums, shipping, transportation, services, disposal, equipment, materials, and appurtenant facilities for making minor siding repairs, removing lead paint and painting the Pine Grove Town Hall.  Qualified bidders may acquire a bid package at the office of General Services Administration located at 12200-B Airport Road, Martell, CA (209) 223-9375 or download from Amador County’s Public Purchase website,ca.
A Mandatory pre-bid on-site conference shall be held at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 19889 State HWY 88, Pine Grove, California.  Meeting location will be at the Pine Grove Town Hall.
Sealed bids will be received by the County of Amador Purchasing Office; by U.S. Mail, at 12200 B Airport Road, Jackson, CA 95642-9527; or delivered in person, U.P.S., Federal Express, or by any other courier to 12200 B Airport Road, Martell, CA; until 1:30 P.M., Thursday, May 11, 2017, at which time sealed bids will be opened and read publicly in the office of the Director of General Services Administration, located at the above Martell address. Telegraph, Facsimile (FAX), and E-Mail bids will not be considered. Bids received late will be rejected and returned unopened.
Questions regarding this bid should be referred to:
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!
7TH ANNUAL HEALING ARTS FAIR - Saturday, May 13 at the Old Amador Hotel, 14204 Old Hwy 49, Amador City. Look forward o a variety of holistic health modalities that promote good health and well being! Serving light, healthy refreshments and also live, relaxing music for you to enjoy! For more information, call Chris at 209-256-4370.
3RD ANNUAL SHRIMP FEED - Saturday, May 13, brought to you by The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation and the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #17. All proceeds go to the restoration of the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School.This delicious event will be held at the historic Native Sons Hall at 56 Main Street, Sutter Creek.The dinner will include: All you can eat Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce, Pasta, Salad, French bread, and Ice Cream. There will be fabulous raffle items and amazing auction items including Wine Tasting in the cave for 10 at Helwig Winery and a vacation condominium in South Tahoe for two nights.  The evening wraps up with our famous dessert auction.  Tickets are only $40 with a no-host bar.  Socializing starts at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. To purchase tickets please call Sharyn Brown at (209)267-5503.
MAY 15-21
CALL TO ARTISTS: For the Arts ~ Deadline for intent is May 15
- Jackson Planning Commission - Mon May 15
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon May 1
- Ione City Council - Tues May 16
Annual AmadorArts Student Arts Showcase - May 16 & 17
Child Passenger Safety Tech Training - May 16 & 19
- UC Foothill Grape Day: To Highlight Local Research and Improve Your Vineyard “Culture.” - Thurs May 18
- Postpartum Depression Training Class - Fri May 19
A Divine Affair: Elegant pairings & remarkable wines! Sat May 20
- ACRA-ARCD's Spring Plant Sale - Sat May 20
- Operation Care: A Night at the Oscars - Sat May 20
NEW YORK FITNESS GRAND OPENING - Mon May 15 from 3-7PM. BBQ/Pool Party Open to the public, music and burgers by the pool. $100 to whoever can climb Jacob’s Ladder the longest(speed requirements set at party), Mens/Womens Clean&Jerk/Deadlift competition $500 in cash prizes. Raffles and prizes at event for members & non members. Come check out the remodeled club, bring friends/family and be a part of positive change in the community!
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.
LEARN TO TAP DANCE! Whether you are a young adult or senior, if you’ve always wanted to tap dance, then this class is for you! A new Beginning Adult Tap class starts Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:30 pm (no previous dance training required). Don’t be shy...get the benefit of exercising while having fun!
Classes are at The Sutter Creek Historic Schoolhouse, Room 2 (behind Sutter Creek Primary School) 110 Broad St., Sutter Creek, CA Parking—from Main St., drive up Randolph, left on Fullen, park in lot next to schoolhouse.
$15.00 per class. Tuition due monthly at the beginning of each month. Now is the time to give yourself the gift of something you have always wanted to do! To register: Call Lucia Fanelli at 415.728.6011 or email
IONE RED RIBBON CHOIR PRESENTS DISNEY’S “THE ARISTOCATS KIDS” - Fri May 19 at 7 pm and Sat May 20 at 2 pm at the Ione Elementary School Multipurpose Room.
Donations accepted at the door. Refreshments available after the show.
For more information, email:
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: COMPOSTING & VERMICULTURE FOR THE HOME GARDENER - Composting is Nature’s way of recycling. It is a satisfying way to turn your fruit, vegetable and green waste into a dark, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner. Composting saves money by lowering trash bills and replacing store-bought soil conditioners. It helps garden and house plants by improving the health of your soil as well as saving water by helping soil hold moisture. Learn how you can benefit your garden and the environment by recycling valuable organic resources by attending the free Public Education class, “Composting and Vermiculture for the Home Gardener” provided by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9am -Noon. Various home garden composting methods and materials will be discussed. Information about worm composting or vermiculture will also be included. Hand-outs will be provided. This class is open to the public. No reservations are required.  Classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd, Jackson.
If you have any questions about the class or other gardening issues, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 209-223-6838 or e-mail,  Web site:
AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND PRESENTS: “GUYS AND DOLLS” AND MORE! A free concert will be presented by the 46-member Amador County Concert Band under the direction of Steve Chambers on Sunday, May 21st at 3pm. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Doors open at 2:30pm.
Featured music will be a medley from “Guys and Dolls”, transcribed for concert band by Calvin
Custer. Student bassoonist Miranda Tapley will be conduct a wonderful version of “Deep River” and Irv Gidding will conduct a tribute to our armed forces titled “Armed Forces Salute”…the band will feature a newer composition by Mark Camphouse called “Yosemite Autumn” and a wonderful version of “Smoke Gets in your Eyes” by arranger Erik Liedzen will be played.

Join us on May 21st for this wonderful free event. Doors open at 2:30pm so arrive a few minutes early for best seating….ample parking…music begins promptly at 3pm. Visit the band’s website at for additional information, or to find out how to join the band.
MAY 22-28
- Jackson City Council - Mon May 22
- Board of Supervisors - Tues May 23
- Amador Regional Sanitation Authority (ARSA) - Wed May 24
Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD/ACOE) - Wed May 24
- Amador Water Agency Board (AWA) - Thurs May 125
- Plymouth City Council - Thurs May 25
- Public invited to receptions for Community Art Class participants- May 20 & 26
- Summer Concert Series Begins at Feist Wines: The Stray Birds - Fri May 26
- Upcoming Events at the Amador County Fairgrounds: May-June 2017
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and support group on Tuesday, May 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Multi-purpose Conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson. Margaret Blair, a well known local dog trainer, will be the guest speaker for the meeting.  Margaret has years of training experience using service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support dogs.  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.
COWBOY POET LARRY MAURICE - Amador County Library presents a writing workshop with Cowboy Poet Larry Maurice on Wednesday May 24, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Sharing his background and talent Cowboy Poet Larry Maurice will provide his writing and singing expertise for this informative poetry workshop.
Attendees will learn how to develop a story line, structure their poem, and learn methods for taking their story to a poetic form.
Larry will also give a short performance at the end of the workshop.
Registration is required in person or call at the Amador County Library, 530 Sutter St. Jackson, CA 95642 209-223-6400.
This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations. Sponsored by: Friends of the Amador County Library.
Italian Picnic - Sat June 3
- Italian Benevolent Society 137th Annual Parade - Sun June 4
- Children’s Theater Workshop ~ June 5-29
- Benefit Concert: "How Can I Keep From Singing?"- Songs by Pete Seeger & The Weavers - Sat June 10
Mother Lode Highland Games - June 10 & 11
- Upcoming Events at the Amador County Fairgrounds: May-June 2017
- Coffee & Canvas - Classes June 16, July 14
- Father's Day Blues, Brews & Barbecue - Sun Jun 18
- Main Street Theatre Works starts the season with Southern Comedy "Doublewide,Texas" ~  June 23-July 22
Amador Autism Group: Motivate Exercise and Creative Cooking ~ Classes in June-July
SAVE THE DATE! Breathe Deep, Amador: Walk, Fun Run and Carnival - Sat Oct 28
The MHSA Scholarship Fund is administered by the Amador Community College Foundation under contract with the Amador County Behavioral Health Department. These funds serve the residents of Amador County pursuing a Human Services (HS) certificate with Coastline Community College through Amador College Connect. Upon completion of the HS certificate, students may be permitted to use scholarship funds towards an AA in Human Services or a related field (i.e., criminal justice, child development, gerontology, social services, etc.).
Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for scholarship assistance, students must:
1. Reside in Amador County
2. Demonstrate financial need
3. Desire to work in the public mental health field
4. Enroll in the Human Services Certificate through Coastline Community College and register for classes
5. Priority will be given to those who have personal, first-hand experience with mental illness, either as a client or family member of a client.
Amount: Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, and books in an amount not to exceed $2,000 per student per year. Eligible students will be advanced scholarship funds prior to each semester to cover fees, tuition, and books for that semester as long as they earn and maintain passing grades (at least a C or a Pass). Students will be required to attend cohort meetings, submit transcripts, and complete participation surveys in order to remain in good standing in the program.
Deadline: The application deadline is open now until June 1, 2017 for the Summer 2017 semester. Summer session starts June 12, 2017.
Application: Please pick up an application at:
Amador College Connect 525-6 Hwy. 49
Jackson, CA 95642
Contact: Rachelle Saldate
(209) 217.8239
ITALIAN PICNIC FRIDAY NIGHT WINE, BEER & OLIVE OIL TASTING - Friday, June 2 from 6-9pm. Appetizers provided by Motherlode Deli & Catering, Over 25 wineries, beer and olive oil vendors participating. Includes a complimentary wine glass.
Tickets are $20 per person and are available at American River Bank, Vinciguerra Ravioli Co. Amador Chamber of Commerce, or online at:
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.
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.
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:
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.

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
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:
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:
More announcements...
FERAL CATS? Trap em' and get them fixed! Borrowing the trap is FREE and the surgery is FREE. Trap, neuter and release of feral cats in Amador County is FREE!

Simply borrow a trap, call the vet of your choice, transport and repeat. If you feed, they breed - so please jump in to help stop the overpopulation and the suffering that results. Call 209-223-0410 or visit for more information.
LEE’S BERRIES IN PINE GROVE NOW OPEN...glorious strawberries, beets, green garlic, sugar snap peas, salad greens, daikon, etc. Lee is located on Upper Ridge Rd., south side of Ridge between the vet's and the nursery. Look for his signs. Lee will be open daily, weather permitting.
AMADOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Employment Opportunities:
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 our Women’s Breakfast which will be on April 22nd at 9:00 AM; Ministry will be on 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
FYI: SERENITY CENTER CLOSED IN APRIL/MAY: For personal reasons, through June 6, Serenity Center & Gift Shop will be closed for six weeks, except for the following Saturday’s and Sunday only.
Saturday May 13 (10-4) open
Saturday May 20 (10-4) open
Sunday May 21 – Shamanic Drumming Circle (1-4)
Saturday May 27 (10-4) open
We will reopen to our regular days and hours on Wednesday June 7
Please call first to be sure no other scheduling changes have been made. Thank You!
VIA ACN READER: "I am hoping you would be willing to share our fundraiser link on your site. My sister and her husband were in a fatal accident Sunday. Her Husband, Dave Ellis, was killed on impact. His wife, also my sister, Tina Ellis is in critical condition at Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto. It is truly hard to prepare for these types of life changing crisis and we are doing everything in our power to help her recover. If this is not appropriate for your site we understand. Thank you for your consideration!
Please share our fundraiser for Tina Ellis. Thank you for your generous donations! We are short of our goal, but appreciate every donation large or small! Spread the word, Tina needs us!"
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, paper mache and weaving.
Children's Studio
293 Hanford Street
Sutter Creek
For registration and questions call (209) 245-3910
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
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