Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

News & Announcements
NEWSLETTER: Amador Community News - This Weekend, Aug 24-27
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Left Brain, Right Brain America. Civil Crises or Civil War?
Winefest 2017: Tickets Go on Sale September 1
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REMINDER: BOIL WATER ORDER - City of Plymouth is on a Boil Water Order until samples are clear THIS MORNING. All homes/businesses affected should have received a letter regarding the shut down and boil advisory as well as door tags. Hawksview neighborhood was not part of this shut down and is not on a boil advisory.
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OBITUARY NOTICES can be found at: www.danerimortuary.com
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Community Calendar
AUG 21-27
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WALK WITH CARSON PASS RANGER - After a 30 year career at Carson Pass, including helping build the station, Ranger Frank will be doing his last walk with the public on Friday, August 25 from 10-11:30 AM. This is rare opportunity to see Carson Pass through Ranger Frank's eyes. Frank may cover Pioneer history, flora, fauna, geology or whatever the group may ask about.
The 1 1/2 hour walk is free, sorry no dogs.
Donations to our non-profit is appreciated. For more information, call 209-257-8606.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarsonPassInformationStation/
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THE AMERICANS AT FEIST - Feist Wines hosts Los Angeles Rock-Americana band, The Americans, Friday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. on the tasting room patio at 15 Eureka St. in downtown Sutter Creek. Farm to Fork wood fired pizza, small plates and desserts are available. General admission tickets are $20 and are available at the tasting room or at: www.feistwines.com. Contact: Susan Feist Feist Wines 209.267.8020 or cell 209.256.3779.
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PIONEER GODDESS CIRCLE - Sunday, August 27 from 3-5PM at the Serenity Center & Gift Shop, 26600 E. Meadow Drive in Pioneer. If you have never sat in circle we encourage you to join. There is no experience necessary and every reason to listen to your hearts calling. Goddess Circles are an ancient ritual that offer a time to awaken the inner Goddess and call her forth into her power. Experience the healing and rejuvenation of this ancient practice of Sisterhood then sweet Sisters we have a space being held just for you! Invite a friend or join us solo. All Sisters are welcome! Cost is $25. Please reserve your spot! 209-295-2003
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AMADOR COUNTY CONCERT BAND PRESENTS: “MAN OF LA MANCHA" - A free concert will be presented by the 46-member Amador County Concert Band under the direction of Steve Chambers on Sunday, August 27th at 3pm. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove.
Featured music will be a medley from “Man of La Mancha”, transcribed for concert band by Frank Erickson. Student conductor Evan McAllister will lead the band on a wonderful Spanish march titled Amparita Roca, Irv Gidding will conduct Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk”, Ernie Kapphahn leads the concert band in music from “The Mummy Returns”. Flutist Sandra Betti will be featured on alto flute in a jazz piece called “Petite Fleur” by Sidney Bechet, Sandra Betti and Pat Chambers will be featured in a duet with band called “Twinkling Flutes”, the concert band will play its version of “Russian Sailor’s Dance” and more!
Join us on August 27th 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 www.accband.org for additional information or to find out how to join the band.
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AUG 28-31
- Jackson City Council - Mon Aug 28
- Board of Equalization - Tues Aug 29
- Preschool Developmental Screenings - Thurs Aug 31
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COFFEE WITH A COP! Choc-O-Latte in Sutter Creek has graciously agreed to host a Coffee with the Cops event on Tuesday, August 29 from 8-11 am. Representatives of the Sutter Creek PD, Amador Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol (and maybe others) will be on hand. Come spend time with us, tell us how we are doing, how we can serve you better, ask any questions you might have, and bring your best "Cop-Doughnut" jokes!
  There is nothing more important to public safety than the relationship between the public and those sworn to protect the public. We are all committed to strengthening those relationships with every possible opportunity. We think this is an outstanding opportunity to get together and talk. Please plan on joining us!
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READING DOG GROMMIT will be visiting the Amador County Library on Wednesday, August 30 from 2:30-3:30. This program is open to all children who would like to read to therapy dog Grommit.
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PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS - Thurs Aug 31 from 12-3PM at the First 5 Building, 975 Broadway, Jackson. For all 3, 4 and 5-year-old children with developmental and/or social-emotional (behavior) concerns. Offered in partnership with the Amador County Office of Education, and the Amador County Unified School District. Appointments must be requested in advance. To register for an appointment, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.
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BRIAN HOLLAND & DANNY COOTS IN CONCERT: I will be hosting another terrific concert by Brian Holland and Danny Coots, Thursday, August 31st, at 3 pm. it will feature our usual pot luck dinner after the concert, so be sure and bring a favorite dish to share. I'll be pouring my Skunk Hollow Victorian Gardens wine during the intermission and with dinner. You'll not want to miss this one, but if you must, you can attend one hosted by Tom Hawthorn the day previous. I hope to see you here! Best, Chip...60 Gold Dust Trail, Sutter Creek, Ca. 95685. 209-986-3667
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ONGOING...
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SEPT+
- CDCR Begins Public Comment Period on Proposition 57 Regulations - Public meeting scheduled for Sept 1
- MSTW to dedicate performance of "The Crucible" as a fundraiser for repairs to the Kennedy Mine Change House - Fri Sept 1
- Tri-County LGBT Alliance: 2nd Annual Pride in The Park - Sat Sept 2
- NAMI Amador presents "Peer to Peer Education" 5-week Course - Sept 2-30
- Amador City's Tomato Fest 2017 - Sat Sept 2
- ACAA holds Preview Show for upcoming Open Studios - Sat Sept 2
Amador Republicans Labor Day BBQ - Mon Sept 4
- REACH: Recreation, Enrichment & Academic Classes for Homeschooling begins September 5
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NEW BEGINNING ADULT TAP DANCE CLASS begins Thursday, Sept. 7, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (No previous dance experience required.) If you have always wanted to tap dance, here is your chance!  So put on those tap dancin’ shoes and get movin’ to some great tunes!
Classes are at the Sutter Creek Historic Schoolhouse, Room 2, 110 Broad St., Sutter Creek $15.00 per class/Tuition due monthly at the beginning of each month. To Register: Contact Lucia Fanelli 415.728.6011 or e-mail compassionatetap@gmail.com  to register.
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Wine & Cheese Tasting at the Museum - Fri Sept 8
- Motherlode Bicycle Coalition: Jackson Criterium and Ione Bike & Walk - Sept 9 & 10
- Bridges Out of Poverty: Training & Application - Sept 13 & 14
- Mandated Reporter Training offered 2nd Thursdays starting Sept 14
- Victory Village 5th Annual Veterans Charity Golf Tournament - Sat Sept 16
- Volcano Historical Walk - Sat Sept 16
Sutter Creek Theater: Los Pinguos - Sat Sept 16
ACAA Open Studios - September 16 & 17
Sutter Creek International Film Festival - Sept 28-Oct 1
Big Red Barn Fundraiser at Rancho Arroyo Seco: "Score With Argonaut High School" - Sat Sept 30
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- Sierra Gold Quilters’ Biannual Quilt Show - Oct 6-7
- Tri Amador 2017 - Sun Oct 15
- 4-H Youth Development Program is Open for Enrollment - Deadline is Oct 15
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PROGRESSIVE WOMEN’S COMMITTEE - The September meeting of the PWC
will be on  Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at The Highway House (formerly Thomi’s) banquet room, 627 South Highway 49, Jackson, CA.
The speaker will be candidate for Congressional District 4, Roza Calderon.
Reservations are required and may be made at sallytrestrail@gmail.com no later than Tuesday, September 5th (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 209-267-0177 to cancel by noon on Wednesday, September 6th. If you have made a reservation and do not attend, you may be billed for the luncheon.
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LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE IN 12 WEEKS! Thursday evenings starting September 7. First time dancers, 6:30-7:45, Returning dancers, 7:30-9pm At the Amador Senior Center Hall, 229 New York Ranch Road. Great exercise! Fun and laughter for all ages. Wonderful mental challenge. Popular music...all types. Relaxed atmosphere, casual dress.
12-week class is $60/person. Half price for ages 21 and under. Family rate available. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, contact Janine Oneto, 209-245-6221 or email, janine@onetoranch.com
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KIDS ON STAGE AUDITIONS 2017-2018 Season are Friday, September 8th 2017 at 4pm at The Studio Performing Technique Dance School at 91 Church St. in Sutter Creek. KOS is a free program offered to kids ages 7 – 18 years old. No formal dance training is required to audition, although a strong desire to dance and perform on stage is essential!
At the audition all students will be taught a short musical theater and/ or jazz combination. Students will be divided into small groups to perform the combination to a panel of judges. For those who are tap dancers, an additional combination may be taught and performed. Auditioners are also expected to prepare 15 seconds of any additional talent they wish to share with the judges (singing, acrobatics, drama, art, music, dance, etc.).
Formal dance attire is not required; however, please wear semi-fitted clothing allowing free movement and long hair pulled back away from the face. Jazz shoes are recommended or light weight tennis shoes like vans or converse (no black rubber soles and no street shoes) would be sufficient.
Please bring a small headshot picture to put on the application giving at audition. For more information please call Cara Agustin at (209) 304-7361.
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BAND AGAINST CANCER DINNER DANCE - Join the community for a wonderful Barbecue Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Italian Picnic Grounds.
Tickets on sale now by either phoning Amador STARS at 209-267-1246 or online at www.amadorstars.org
$35 includes Barbecue tri tip, chicken, pasta, salads, bread, dessert, wine or beer!
Music by the Cantaliers, formerly the Tune Ups (who performed for many years at the Sutter Creek Fire Dept. Labor Day dinner-dance).
All proceeds help cancer patients in our community. Together, we make a difference in the life of a cancer patient.
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JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL ALL CLASS REUNION - Sat Sept 16 at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. No host food trucks, no host full bar. Live Music! Friday Night Mixer at Teresa’s Place. Sunday: Class get togethers. For more information, please contact Gretchen Guletz Carlson at 209-223-3009 or glcarlson1953@gmail.com
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THE AMADOR COUNTY PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION is seeking nominations for Peace Officer and Citizen of the Year for 2017. Any nominations should include a brief statement to support the nomination. Please submit nominations on or before Monday, September 11, to the following address:
ACPOA
℅ Awards Committee
P.O. Box 1632
Sutter Creek, CA 95685-1632
The Awards Committee will be selecting this year’s winner at the September 14th meeting.
The Awards Dinner will be held at the American Legion Hall in Martell on Saturday, October 28. No host cocktails are at 1800 hours (6PM) followed by dinner at 1900 hours (7PM). Tickets for the dinner are $30. More information to come.
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THE 3RD ANNUAL JACKSON FIRE DEPARTMENT DINNER DANCE will be held this year on Saturday, September 16 at the historic Kennedy Mine. This is one of our largest fundraisers that helps up purchase important equipment and train our personnel so that we can provide the highest level of service to those in which we have sworn to protect. There will be great live music, a delicious catered meal with desserts and a fun time to be had by all. Tickets can be purchased online at jacksonfire2017.eventbrite.com
Please join us this year on September 16th at the historic Kennedy Mine in Jackson, California for the 3rd annual Jackson Fire Department Dinner Dance. This Dinner Dance is a fundraiser to help and support the Jackson Fire Department with the purchase of new equipment and provide personnel with needed training. With live music, local wines, a selfie station and an out of this world barbeque dinner, you are sure to have a great time dancing the night away and socializing with friends and family. Social hour begins at 6:00 pm, where you can enjoy a glass of wine, an ice cold beer, purchase raffle tickets and even bid on silent auction items. Dinner is being prepared by Laughton Ranch and will begin being served buffet style at 7:00 pm. Also this year, Two Steps Down will be performing on stage, playing today's country hits and those of the past. If you haven’t heard this band, you need to check them out! They will for sure be the life of the party this year.
Drink tickets (beer or wine) will be $5 each, single bottles of wine can be purchased for $20. Raffle tickets will be $1 each, 10 for $9 or 25 for $20.
All proceeds received go to help with the purchase of new life saving equipment, provide training for fire department personnel, and ensure the citizens of Jackson have the best and most qualified firefighters in all of California.
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Meetings, Classes, Activities, Ongoing Events

DAILY
TODDLER PLAYGROUPS are starting up again! FREE to all children ages 0-5, and their mom, dad, grandparent, or caregiver. These playgroups are open to everyone, regardless of income. Please note that the location for Jackson's playgroup has changed for this year! Join us from 9:30 to 11:30 am, on the following days and locations --
Mondays - Camanche Lake Community Center, Camanche
Tuesdays - First 5 Amador building, Jackson
Wednesdays - Ione Memorial Hall, Ione
Thursdays - Upcountry Community Center, Pine Grove
For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.

MONDAY
- 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.
- Sutter Creek Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Mon at 7 PM.
- Upcountry Community Council meets on the 2nd Mon at 6PM.
- Jackson Planning Commission meets on the 3rd Mon at 7 PM.
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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.

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 1st 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 www.lockwoodfire.org

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.

TUESDAY
- Ione City Council - Tues Aug 15
Board of Supervisors meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 9AM.
- Ione Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Tues at 6PM
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesdays at 10AM. 817 Court Street Suite 12 in Jackson. 95642 Call Operation Care for information, 223-2600.

BINGO - 1st & 3rd Tues at 6PM at the American Legion Hall Post 108 (11401 American Legion Drive in Sutter Creek). $10 for 10 games. We have Pull Tabs and U-Pic-Ems, raffle prizes, complimentary cookies and coffee, soda and water available for purchase. Feel free to bring your own dinner and your friends! For more information, please contact Josh at ACRA by Phone 209-223-6349, E-mail jsmart@amadorgov.org or Facebook facebook.com/goacra

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.

WEDNESDAY
- Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD/ACOE) meets on the 2nd & 4th Wed at 6:30 PM.
- Amador County Women's Network (ACWN) meets on the 4th Weds of the month at 11AM
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CAMANCHE KINDERGARTEN READINESS PROGRAM ~ This FREE program is open to all children ages 3-5, regardless of income. Weekly classes are offered during the ACUSD school year, and provide developmentally appropriate activities designed to help prepare your child for kindergarten! For more information or to enroll your child, please call 257-1980 ext. 103.

ZUMBA - Weds evenings from 5:30-6:30 at The Hub, 206 B Main St. Jackson.  Instructed by Maggie Judd, this class teaches Latin-inspired aerobic fitness for better cardio. $20 a month for Be Active member, $25 a month for non-member, $8 drop-in. For more information, please contact Josh at ACRA by Phone 209-223-6349, E-mail jsmart@amadorgov.org or Facebook facebook.com/goacra

KARAOKE AT JOSE'S CANTINA - Wednesdays at 8PM. $50 Jose's gift certificate for the winner. Call 209-223-3886. facebook.com/josesmexrestaurant

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT BG'S LOUNGE - Wednesdays at 8PM. Call 209-223-0860. bgjackson.com

'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.

THURSDAY
- Amador Water Agency Board (AWA) meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 9 AM.
- Plymouth City Council meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM.
- Progressive Women's Committee meets on the 1st Thurs at 11:30AM
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SUTTER CREEK BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION meets the 1st Thurs of every month at 8:30 am at Hotel Sutter.
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AMADOR UPCOUNTRY ROTARY meets the 1st Thursdays at 5:30pm at the St. George Hotel in Volcano. http://amadorupcountryrotary.weebly.com/
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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: http://amadorrepublican.com/

FRIDAY
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.

TODDLER PLAYGROUPS
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 www.first5amador.com. Playgroups follow the ACUSD schedule.

SATURDAY
'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.
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SCHEDULES & CALENDARS:
Amador Council of Tourism
- Amador Vintners 2017 Summer Calendar
- BellaGrace  2017 Summer Concert Series
Amador County Government
- New York Fitness - Jackson, CA

FYI...
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Operation Care
Amador County Assessor: Property Assessment Information for 2017
Exciting happenings with the Go! Youth Program!

Lake Camanche Fishing Report - Aug 21, 2017
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SUTTER CREEK VISITOR CENTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - The Sutter Creek Visitor Center is a fun place to volunteer at. The folks coming in are on vacation, having fun and love to talk to the locals. Mostly they just want information on what to do while they are in our area and we have lots of brochures for them to choose from.
Do you have 2 hours a month that you could spare? Please consider donating your time to the Sutter Creek Visitor Center. It has a peaceful, relaxing and fun atmosphere and is a very rewarding experience. For more information, please call Al or Lisa at 209-267-1344.
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2017 JFD BREAST CANCER AWARENESS FUNDRAISER is LIVE and shirts are available for purchase! Please go to: www.booster.com/2017JFD to outfit your entire family. All of the money raised from this fundraiser will go directly to the Amador STARS, a non-profit organization here in Amador County supporting those people through their cancer battle. To date, we have sold over 700 shirts and raised nearly $5,000. These shirts are also approved to wear while on shift during the month of October for all Jackson Firefighters, so show your support and pride and get yours today. They will be available for purchase until September 16th, and be mailed directly to you. For more information, please contact me and I will gladly help you!
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FOR SALE: DAY BED - Includes frame, mattress, memory foam topper, mattress pad.
$100 or best offer. Contact: svetipetkajackson@gmail.com
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FAMILY STRENGTHENING MINI-GRANTS: APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED - The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC) has funding available for family strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2017-18 fiscal year. One-time mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Projects eligible for funding include schools, parent groups, non-profit agencies, and community organizations.
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council has set aside funds towards the goal of contracting with qualified organizations and agencies to provide family strengthening services/programs within the County of Amador. The Council – a collaboration of county organizations, agencies, and community members – has found that the unmet needs in the area of family strengthening 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

For an application form, please visit www.amadorcapc.org, or contact Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921, or by email at info@amadorcapc.org
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šŸš§CALTRANS PAVING SR-16 IN AMADOR COUNTY
AMADOR COUNTY - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is preparing to begin an improvement project on State Route 16 (SR-16) that will repave nine miles of highway from the Sacramento/Amador County line to the SR-16/SR-49 junction, north of Drytown.
This project will improve the road surface, efficiency of travel and safety for motorists traveling in Amador County.
Work is scheduled to be completed in October 2017.
Motorists should expect 10 minute delays. Work is scheduled to be done mostly at day, Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Telfer Pavement Technologies will perform the work under a $2.05 million contract.
Work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.
For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow For the Cone Zone.
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PLEASE HELP BREAK BREAD WITH FRIENDS!!
Break Bread with Friends is an outreach program supported by the parishes of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Jackson United Methodist Church, and St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Jackson.  Each Saturday morning, parishioners from the 3 churches, along with occasional volunteers from other Christian churches, meet at the Methodist Church fellowship hall. There, they prepare and serve a free breakfast and a bag lunch "to go" to all who come. Guests are warmly and cheerfully welcomed and  treated with respect. Volunteers enjoy working together ecumenically, being Christ's hands assisting people in need.
THIS VITAL MINISTRY is in critical need of funding at this time! To find out how to donate, you can call Trinity at 223-0255 or e-mail office@trinitysuttercreek.org, or Jackson UMC at 223-1884.
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SIERRA MOUNTAIN RESTAURANT: Now hiring! Looking for part time server and dishwasher. Stop by for an application or call 209-296-7671 if interested.
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WEATHERED WOOD WANTED - Old fencing? Old barn wood? We want it! The creative folks at The Arc are in need of wood in various condition, shapes and sizes for tons of different project ideas. If you have wood you are willing to donate, please call Lurali at 267-5978 ext 25. Thank you!
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ONETO FAMILY FARM NOW OPEN FOR THE SEASON
Our motto: Plant Your Dreams and Watch Them Grow! Located 5 miles east of Jackson on Hwy 88, the farm was started in the early 1900s by John and Lena Oneto, Also known as a truck garden, the farm produced a variety of fruits and vegetables including apples, cherries, corn, squash, melons, potatoes, Italian plums and Oneto onions. Many locals remember Cucumber Joe, a cousin that worked the farm for many years. The farm closed in the 1970's and has sat idle waiting for the next generation of farmers. Today we strive at growing an assortment of fruits and vegetables using sustainable farming practices.  We are now open for the season! We currently have squash, cucumbers, Basil, chard, leeks, onions, and French plums. We are open from dawn to dusk every day of the week. We look forward to seeing you at the farm stand!  https://www.facebook.com/Oneto-Family-Farm-201283843253695/
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TRI-COUNTY WILDLIFE:
- FAWN RESCUE - 209-283-3245. For more information on wildlife protocols, visit: http://www.pawspartners.org/find-an-animal-in-need.html
- 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!
- 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 www.pawspartners.org for more information.
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AMADOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Employment Opportunities:
http://www.co.amador.ca.us/departments/human-resources/employment-opportunities
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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 jstettler@nexusyfs.org  or Fara froberts@nexusyfs.org
Court Appointed Special Advocates Amador
621 New York Ranch Road
Jackson, CA  95642
(209)257-1980  ext. 108
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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: Trottier@volcano.net  Phone 209-223-9133
Or Sutter Amador Hospital:  209-223-7500
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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: info@amadorcollegeconnect.org  
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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 chfeedamador@gmail.com. Phone: 209.267.9006
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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:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAZUxXiHhf1835Jw9VYvSDp0BVI7AamgJajeDlxO-VRSFKQA/viewform
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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 2017-18 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly. For an application form please visit www.amadorcapc.org, or contact Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921, or by email at info@amadorcapc.org
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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: http://www.hospiceofamador.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HospiceofAmadorandCalaveras/
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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: dederyan@sbcglobal.net
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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 mvandermeer@norcalmha.org
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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.
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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: https://www.healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov/
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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, colleenwill@volcano.net or (209) 295-2877.
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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 cgfeedamador@gmail.com or 209-267-9006. Must be 18 years and older. Positions in warehouse, food pick up and drivers (DMV record required).
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COMMUNITY CENTER CONTACT INFORMATION:
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
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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!
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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 artsychickenfarm@gmail.com