Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common - which is - we all want to be happy.”
~ Ellen DeGeneres
News & Announcements
NEWSLETTER: Mt. Zion e-Newsletter - May 26, 2017
President Donald Trump proclaims Memorial Day as a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace
Scott Thomas Anderson: "A Threat Past the Pages: The Future of Reading & Writing in the Digital Age" - Sat June 3
Big Weekend of music at Sutter Creek Provisions! June 10 & 11
FYI: BLM Wild Horses & Burros Adoption Event at Amador County Fairgrounds - June 2, 3 & 4
DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN on KQBM Blue Mountain Community Radio, will be honoring Those Who Serve and Those Who Died in Wars and 'Conflicts' for Our Country, in the last quarter of the broadcast!
Tune into 90.7FM/103.7FM on the dial on this Friday the 26th, or Live Stream Option at, for Americana Music with Den and Kat and classic and local Performers! Friends, too! ~
3 to 3:30PM: Special Consensus Bluegrass! Kyle Jester! Steve Kahn! Robert Loomis! Debbie Kuhl!
3:30 to 4PM: Kevin Radley! Nedra Russ! Julio Stanford Guerra!
4 to 4:30PM: Chie Treagus! Wendy Burch Steel!
4:30 to 5PM: Michael J. Miles! Memorial Day Special, as well!
and, Where We Can Sow Peace, Then, Sow Peace...Where There Is War, May War Cease with Justice And Compassion, and Peace Prevail Again.

KENNEDY MINE GUIDED TRAIL HIKES: Here are the dates we have scheduled:
Sun 6/4, 8:30,
Saturday 6/10, 10:00
Sun 6/11, 8:30
Saturday 6/17, 10:00
Sun 7/2, 8:30
Sat 7/8, 10:00
Sat 7/15, 8:30
Sun 8/13, 8:30
Sat 9/16 10:00.
Times are subject to change. We'll let you know if that happens.
Anyone interested can contact me (Mike Hewitt) at
TRI-COUNTY WILDLIFE CARE: SHARE THE LOVE! If you have a garden, share your surplus. Our birds thrive with fresh chicken eggs too. Please support us with grapes, peaches, strawberries, broccoli and blue or blackberries.
We also need paper towels, bleach, scrub sponges, laundry soap and trash bags.
*Please drop off donations at our animal center at 80 Ridge Road, Suite B in Sutter Hill across the hwy from the bowling alley, open 7 days a week, 7am - 7pm.

Thank you for the continued support of our local wildlife and TCWC!
AMADOR TRANSIT “SUMMER BREAK YOUTH PASS” - Only $40 for unlimited rides on all in-county bus rides. Offer Valid June 2nd to August 9th. offer is for Kids 6 - 17 years old. For Information call (209) 267-9395 or visit us on the Web at, click on “Fares”.
OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at:
Community Calendar
MAY 22-31
- Mental Health First Aid Courses - May 26 & July 19
- Summer Concert Series Begins at Feist Wines: The Stray Birds - Fri May 26
- BellaGrace kicks off their Summer Concert Seires with Wicked Sisters on Friday, May 26
15th Annual Trash To Treasures in Sutter Creek - Sat May 27
- Foothills Rising Meeting - Sun May 28
- MEMORIAL DAY - Mon May 29
- WORKSHOP: Reforestation on Land Affected by Wildfire and Tree Mortality - Tues May 30
- RESCHEDULED: Amador Regional Sanitation Authority (ARSA) - Wed May 31
- AWA Fire Protection Committee - Wed May 31
- Preston Castle Events 2017
- ACRA Sports ~ May-June 2017
- May 2017 at Sutter Creek Provisions
- BellaGrace 2017 Summer Concert Series
- Advertise in AmadorArts' TGIF 2017 Program
- Main Street Theater Works announces 2017 Season
- CAL FIRE: Residential Burn Permits Required May 1st
- ACE Hardware & Garden: May Craftsman Days Starts Now!
Be a Sponsor of the Amador Autism Group's Destruction Derby Car!
- Upcoming Events at the Amador County Fairgrounds: May-June 2017
- Roaring Camp: Day Trip and Saturday Night BBQ booking fast online!
- ACE Hardware & Garden: Save Big During Our Memorial Day Sale! May 24-29
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) seeks volunteers to be there for a child
AMADORFEST 2017: Amador High School's Class of 2020 is proud to present the first-ever AmadorFest rock concert at the Sutter Creek Auditorium on Friday May 26th, 7:00 p.m. A variety of music will be performed, from swing to heavy metal to classic rock 'n' roll. Not only is this concert a benefit for the Amador freshman class that will help fund ventures such as the prom and senior class trip of 2020, it is an opportunity for young rock musicians to be able to perform out of the garage and get connections to established musicians in the area. Three bands will be performing: Two3rdsDead, a band composed of Amador students, will be opening with the heavier side of rock, followed by Blow Daddy, who play everything from rockabilly and bluegrass to classic rock, and then Davin and the G-Lo's (whose guitarist, Davin Loiler, is a freshman at Amador High) will be playing Van Halen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimmy Eat World, and more. Tickets will be $7.00 for general admission and $5.00 for under 18, and are available at the door or at the Motherlode Music store, cash only please. Come have a great, rockin' evening!"
KNIGHT FOUNDRY OPEN HOUSE - 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. Join us for our next Open House on Saturday, May 27, 10am-4pm. The event is free. Meet local historians and former Foundry employees, view demonstrations of how the wheels turned, and discover the compelling history that is historic Knight Foundry. Check out Sutter Creek’s 15th Annual Trash to Treasures Street Fair and new Miner’s Bend Park, too. 81 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek. Info:,,
2017 BACK-PACK 2 SCHOOL PROJECT provides backpacks filled with school supplies for Amador County students going into grades K-12 so that they will feel supported by their community to be successful in school. The project’s long-term goal is to have our students do well in school, graduate, and go on to higher learning. This project is supported by local businesses and individuals.
Applications are due on Wednesday, May 31 by 2PM
Click on the link(s) below for an application:
JUNE 1-4
- Webinar: All Bugs Good and Bad: Aphids, Scales and White Flies - Fri June 2
Italian Picnic - Sat June 3 & 4
- June 3rd is the next First Saturday Amador Art Trek
Lockwood's FPD 33rd Annual Pancake Breakfast- Sat June 3
- Stanford/Dondero Marble Fest at Italian Picnic grounds June 3 and 4
- Sutter Creek Theater: Screening of "Rogue Warrior" - June 3 through July 8
- Italian Benevolent Society 137th Annual Parade - Sun June 4
THE PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE will meet on Thursday, June 1 at 11:30 The Highway House (formerly Thomi’s) banquet room. The speaker will be probable candidate for Congressional District 4, Jessica Morse (pictured left). All those interested are welcome to attend.
Reservations are required and may be made at no later than Tuesday, May 30 (sooner if possible). 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, May 31st. If you have made a reservation and do not attend, you may be billed for the luncheon.
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
AMADOR TRANSIT “SUMMER BREAK YOUTH PASS” - Only $40 for unlimited rides on all in-county bus rides. Offer Valid June 2nd to August 9th. offer is for Kids 6 - 17 years old. For Information call (209) 267-9395 or visit us on the Web at, click on “Fares”.
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:
MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT: SOLVING GARDEN PEST PROBLEMS WITH INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM): Home gardeners often encounter unwanted pests, insects or weeds, in their lawn or garden. Integrated Pest Management or IPM is a practice you can use to solve most garden pest problems while minimizing risks to people, pets and the environment. IPM programs are based on preventing pest damage or keeping pests at tolerable levels by using knowledge of the pests and what encourages or discourages them in the garden. If you are interested in up-to-date information on how to safely and effectively handle garden pests, plan on attending the class on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9am-Noon. Pest identification and appropriate biological, cultural and chemical controls for the home gardener will be covered. Hand-outs will be provided. This class is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.  Classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd, Jackson.
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:
JUNE 5-11
- Regal Cinema's Summer Movie Express - Family Movies for $1 on Tues & Weds- Starts at Jackson's Cinema on June 6
- Hanford Courte in Sutter Creek hosts the first TGIF Concert with The Twilight Drifters on June 9
- Children’s Theater Workshop ~ June 5-29
Mt. Zion's "Fearless" Youth Group Car Wash Fundraiser - Sat June 10
- Shamanic Drumming Class - Sat June 10
- SOLD OUT! 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
AMADOR COMMUNITY CHORUS – Sun June 11 at 3PM. The Amador Community Chorus, an 18 member choir accompanied by pianist Deena Holland, will offer a special one-hour musical presentation at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Rd. in Jackson.
Music will include “And All That Jazz” from the musical “Chicago”, the beautiful and haunting Leonard Cohen hit “Hallelujah”, Dean Martin’s hit tune “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head”, a tribute in “Armed Forces Salute”, and more. A special cameo appearance by member/singer/performer Jack Magee will feature a few tunes in a tribute to Johnny Cash and others.
Open to all ages. There will be refreshments after the short program and a $2 donation at the door is requested to cover the cost of the facility. Hope to see you all there!
JUNE 12-18
- Coffee & Canvas - Classes June 16, July 14
- Meet Dana Gioia, California’s Poet Laureate on Thursday, June 15
- Amador County Historical Society's Annual Spring/Summer BBQ at the Museum - Fri June 16
- Father's Day Blues, Brews & Barbecue - Sun Jun 18
- 2nd Annual LGBT and Ally Family Day - Sun June 18
JUNE 19-30
- Kennedy Mine Foundation celebrates 20 years of preserving the Kennedy Gold Mine - Thurs June 22
- Gravestone: Murder Mystery Dinner Party at the Preston Castle - June 23 & 24
- Foothill Conservancy to hold annual fundraising dinner at Karmère on Saturday, June 24
KENNEDY MINE FOUNDATION’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Thursday, June 22, honoring the Foundation’s founders and kicking-off the “Dig Deep” fundraising campaign. Catered dinner, live music, silent auction and raffle. At the Kennedy Mine, doors open at 5, dinner at 6 pm. Tickets $40 each, $75 for a couple, available online at  or at the Kennedy Mine (weekends), and at Amador Council of Tourism (209.267.9249) and Amador Chamber of Commerce (209.223.0350). For more information, contact Shirley Miller, 209-295-5793,

Amador Autism Group: Motivate Exercise and Creative Cooking ~ Classes in June-July
- El Festival Flamenco: Gala Evening & Benefit Performance for Amador College Connect - Sat July 22
- Main Street Theatre Works starts the season with Southern Comedy "Doublewide,Texas" ~  June 23-July 22
SAVE THE DATE! Breathe Deep, Amador: Walk, Fun Run and Carnival - Sat Oct 28

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
AMADOR CITY NOW HAS A COMMUNITY LABYRINTH! It is behind the Old Amador Hotel, home of the Amador Holistic Center and hotel's residents. All are welcome to come and walk the labyrinth!
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
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.
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:
FOR SALE: 1953 5-window GMC pick-up
VIA AMADOR COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT: Please Beware! Recently, we’ve seen an increase in mail theft and vandalisms from community and privately owned, streetside mailboxes. The thieves have targeted Pioneer, Volcano, and Pine Grove. Please SHARE this post to make your neighbors aware of the problem and keep a watchful eye out for the culprits. If you see a mail thief at work, or believe your mail was stolen, call the Amador County Sheriff’s Office at 209-223-6500. Also as required, please contact the Postal Inspector at 877-876-2455.
Below are some tips from the United States Postal Inspection Service:
• Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
• Don’t send cash in the mail.
• Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.

• Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other's mailboxes (as well as homes).
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.
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!"
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
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.
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
TAKE THE SURVEY: Amador County Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Update Survey
This survey is being used as part of the Needs Assessment for the Amador County-wide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Update process. We would like to know more about your walking and biking needs within the county. Please also make sure to add comments to our Public Comment Map to identify where you currently walk and/or bike within the county and existing hazards for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Click on the link below to take the survey:
MINI-GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC) has funding available for child abuse prevention mini-grant proposals for the 2016-17 fiscal year. One-time mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council has set aside funds towards the goal of contracting with qualified organizations and agencies to provide child abuse prevention services/programs within the County of Amador. Projects eligible for funding include schools, parent groups, non-profit agencies, and community organizations. The Council – a collaboration of county organizations, agencies, and community members – has found that the unmet needs in the area of child abuse prevention include the following focus areas:
•Drug & Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment/Prevention
•Parent Education/Parent Support
•Promoting Mental Wellness/Trauma Informed Care
•Developmentally Appropriate Behavior/Developmental Milestones Education
•Neglect/Distracted Parenting and Child Safety
Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 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
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.
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