Friday, December 1, 2017

ACN 12/1/17

News & Announcements
JAMISON’S ALE HOUSE GRAND OPENING - We are celebrating our grand opening this Saturday, December 2 at 11:00 AM. Rich Hoffman will be on hand as our honorary Scotsman to tap a keg. All sales from the keg will benefit A.C.R.A an organization that has been near and dear to our hearts for years.
Michael Vasquez, Chairperson for the board will be on hand to facilitate the tapping ceremony.
We will have raffle prizes all day long and live music featuring the Quartz Mountain Ramblers.
We will also have lots of hot beverages to warm the heart and fingers and complimentary popcorn available.
COUNTY OF AMADOR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 17-29: Contract Services for Clerk/Recorder’s Office Software System. The County of Amador is requesting proposals from qualified bidders to provide computer software and hardware, implementation services and ongoing maintenance, and support for a complete Clerk/Recorder’s Office software system to replace the current applications.  The new software system is expected to provide functionality in all areas within the office and be a complete replacement and upgrade of the existing system.  The system must comply with all Federal, State and local laws and ordinances as well as Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) fiscal management standards, appropriate technology related compliance and standards such as NIST, and provide the capability to electronically integrate with other business systems. The County anticipates entering into a three (3) year contract with the successful firm.
DEADLINE: Thursday, December 7 at 1:30pm
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COUNTY OF AMADOR INVITATION TO BID 17-31 Tree Mortality Mitigation Project #7 - 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 qualified Licensed Timber Operators (LTO) and C-61/D-49 certified Tree Service Companies (TSC) to provide Tree Mitigation services in the project area delineated in Attachment A (Map 1 of 6).  The services requested will include all operations related to the safe, legal, efficient cutting of dead and treatment of associated slash and debris that pose a hazard to county infrastructure (primarily roads). Said bids shall be in accordance with the Bid Information and Documents contained herein and with the laws and regulations set forth by the State of California, and all other applicable regulations.
DEADLINE: Thursday, December 7 at 1:30pm
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Community Calendar
NOV 27-DEC 3
πŸŽ„Sutter Creek's 41st Old Fashioned Christmas Open House - Dec 1 & 2
πŸŽ„Hospice of Amador & Calaveras: 2017 Tree of Lights - Dec 2 & 3
- Gold Quartz Senior Apartments Open House - Sat Dec 2
- πŸŽ„Free Reception for Holiday Adornments Show - Sat Dec 2
πŸŽ„12th Annual Las Posadas Candlelight Walk - Sat Dec 2
πŸŽ„Sutter Creek Theater Presents: "Winterdance" A Celtic Christmas Celebration - Sat Dec 2
- πŸŽ„Amador County Concert Band Presents: “Holiday Extravaganza” - Sun Dec 3
πŸŽ„Chamber of Commerce: Holiday Facebook Contests! Dec 1-20
- Only ONE day left on Foothill Conservancy's 50% off sale!
- πŸŽ„Jackson Fire Department's Santa Patrol 2017
- Sutter Amador: Lung Cancer Awareness – A Reason to Quit
- ACWN: Renew / Re-Join Reminder
Andis Wines: Must-Have Wines for Your Holidays • Great Gift Ideas • $10 Shipping!
- Amador CollegeConnect ATV Grand Prize Raffle - Tickets on sale now through April 15, 2018
πŸŽ„MOTHER LODE SCOTS CANDLE LIGHT CHRISTMAS WALK - Sat Dec 2 from 5-8PM, Armory Hall, Main Street, Volcano. Please bring a pot of piping hot soup or stew to share, or a loaf of crusty bread. Desserts are welcome, too. Coffee/tea provided.
Featuring the Cape Breton Step Dancers.
For more information, visit:

DEC 4-10
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Dec 4
- Ione City Council - Tues Dec 5
- 2017 State Cannabis Regulators Workshop - Thurs Dec 7
- Amador County Transportation Commission - Thurs Dec 7
- πŸŽ„AmadorArts: "Jingle & Mingle" Holiday Mixer and Volunteer Party - Thurs Dec 7
- Mueller's Elite Athletic Training Academy Grand Opening - Dec 8 & 9
- πŸŽ„16th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 8
- πŸŽ„Preston Castle Olde Tyme Christmas - Sat Dec 9
πŸŽ„11th Annual Parade of Lights - Sat Dec 9
PEARL HARBOR DAY OBSERVANCE: On December 7th the American Legion Post will be open at 9 am to observe Pearl Harbor Day and we will be having hot coffee, water for tea, hot cocoa, orange juice, donuts and muffins if you want to stop in and visit while we remember Pearl Harbor day. At 5:30 that night we're going to be having homemade vegetable soup, sandwiches and of course our cookie exchange so please come and join the auxiliary as we honor our veterans once again and say thank you to the post on our next meeting December 7th!
πŸŽ„PLYMOUTH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS - Fri Dec 8 from 6-8pm in the park on Main Street. The Amador Fire Battallion 20 Fire Fighters Association and Plymouth residents invite you to join us for our 1st Annual Plymouth Country Christmas in the park.
We will be accepting non-perishable food items, as well as unwrapped gifts for children ranging in age from infants to teenagers. All food items must be non-perishable and not expired.
6pm: Parade down Main Street to the Park
6:15pm: Lighting of the Christmas Tree
6:20pm: Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus (bring your own camera/cell phone)
7:30pm: Caroling down Main Street
Please bring cookies to share and a warm blanket and chair!
πŸŽ„6TH ANNUAL UPCOUNTRY MUSIC FOR YOUTH HOLIDAY CONCERT - Give the Gift of Music to Local Kids! The sixth annual Upcountry Music for Youth holiday concert to benefit the music programs of Rail Road Flat, West Point and Mokelumne Hill elementary schools will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday, December 8 at Mokelumne Hill Hall Town Hall. This benefit is always the weekend of Moke Hill’s Open House (on Sunday) and makes for a complete Happy Holidays weekend!
 Once again, Los Angeles-based musician Drew Phillips and his band are playing and helping to organize the rest of the entertainment which will include a variety of local, as well as upcoming young musicians. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for adults; $5 for those younger than 12.
 Admission includes dinner during intermission of a variety of soups, chowders and stews, salads and bread.  The Bake Sale and Auction is always popular, as is the no-host wine and beer bar.
 In past years, proceeds of the event have enabled the three schools to purchase and maintain instruments, and to pay for music assemblies and music lessons. The total funds dispersed to 3 schools for their Music Programs over five years has been $9,32l.87 The schools are also seeking donations of old or unused instruments, which are tax-deductible. Everyone welcome. Give the gift of music to your community schools.
For more information call 209-419-4658.
MATT SCOTT RACING & AMADOR COUNTY SHERIFF’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE - Sat Dec 9 from 10-2 at Jackson Motors. 645 Hwy 88, Jackson, CA 95642. Please bring an unwrapped gift to provide to families in need within our local community. Fill the trailer with toys! Free photo with Santa (Mrs. Claus and elves will take your photo and e-mail it to you)! Matt Scott’s race car will also be on display for the kids to sit in, and take pictures.
πŸŽ„LGBTQ HOLIDAY GATHERING POTLUCK - Are you alone for the holidays or just craving community? Join us for a festive gathering on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Sierra Wind Wellness Center, 10354 Argonaut Lane, Jackson. Bring a side dish to share. Allies welcome! R.S.V.P. to Marla (209) 256-3750 or e-mail:
DEC 11-17
- Jackson City Council - Mon Dec 11
NDGW: Paint & Sip Scholarship Fundraiser - Mon Dec 11
Board of Supervisors - Tues Dec 12
- Ione Planning Commission - Tues Dec 12
- "Smart Money for Success" - FREE Financial Literacy Program - Tues Dec 12
- Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD/ACOE) - Wed Dec 13
- Amador Water Agency Board (AWA) - Thurs Dec 14
- Amador County Library Presents: Tri-County Wildlife Care - Thurs Dec 14
πŸŽ„FIDDLETOWN COMMUNITY CHURCH: “HELP FOR THE HOLIDAYS” - Fri Dec 15 from 2-6pm at FIddletown Community Church, 14474 Jibboom Street, Fiddletown. Shopping is provided for individuals needing a little help during the holidays. Included in this special event:
- Door prizes - including 4 new bicycles!
- Stocking Starter Station - Stuff Christmas Stockings (stockings provided)
- Wrapping Table - Items wrapped for you right on the spot!
- Refreshments and music for your shopping pleasure.
- Craft projects for the kids and more!
For complete information, and/or if you would like to donate items, call Linda Lange at (530) 620-4641 or the church office at (209) 245-6252, or visit:
πŸŽ„“PEACE HAS COME” CELEBRATES THE CHRISTMAS STORY IN SONG - A 32–member choir and 13-piece orchestra, under the direction of Amador County Band Director Steve Chambers, will offer a special musical Christmas story presentation, “Peace Has Come”, to be performed in four separate locations the weekend of December 15-17.
- The first performance will be at Trinity Episcopal Church on Hwy.49 in Sutter Creek on Friday evening December 15th at 7pm.
- On Saturday, December 16th, the group will perform at 3pm at the Ione United Methodist Church, 150 W. Marlett St., Ione.
- On Sunday December 17th the first performance of the day will be at Faith Lutheran Church, 22601 Hwy 88, Pioneer at 12:00pm. The second performance (and final presentation) will be at Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Ave, Pine Grove at 4pm.
This one-hour musical program will feature music that will engage and please all ages, including nine original and familiar songs/arrangements by composer/ arranger Mary McDonald, with wonderful orchestra scoring by Ed Hogan. The short program will also include a very special arrangement of “Mary, Did You Know?” for choir and orchestra.
The performances are free; bring the whole family for this delightful event and enjoy yet another memorable engaging musical experience. Performances will begin strictly on time.
Contact Faith Lutheran Church at 295-4545 for information.
DEC 18-31
- Sutter Creek City Council - Mon Dec 18
- Jackson Planning Commission - Mon Dec 18
- Ione City Council - Tues Dec 19
- Jackson Fire Department's Santa Patrol 2017 - Dec 20-23
- πŸŽ„Winter Solstice Celebration - Thurs Dec 21
December at Gallery 10: “Fine Art in Small Packages" - A Collection of Small Works
Meetings, Classes, Activities, Ongoing Events

TODDLER PLAYGROUPS - 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.

- 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.

INTRODUCE READING TO YOUR YOUNG CHILDREN! Attend Pre-school Storytime and play! Thursdays 10:30-11:00 at the Main Library in Jackson, or at the Ione branch on Mondays 10:00 a.m.

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

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.

- Ione City Council meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6PM.
Board of Supervisors meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 9AM.
- Ione Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Tues at 6PM
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, visit:

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.

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

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 or Facebook

KARAOKE AT JOSE'S CANTINA - 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 8PM. $50 Jose's gift certificate for the winner. Call 209-223-3886.


'FOOTPRINTS' SUPPORT GROUP 3rd Wednesday of Every Month from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Sutter Amador Hospital, First Floor, Mountain Room. Footprints is open to all parents who have experienced the death of their baby, from pregnancy through infancy. Footprints is also a place where grieving parents with similar experiences can come together and share their feelings about their loss, and the love for their babies. Adults only please. For more information, please call 257-1092.

- Amador County Transportation Commission - 1st Thurs at 9 AM
- Progressive Women's Committee meets on the 1st Thurs at 11:30AM
- Amador Water Agency Board (AWA) meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 9 AM.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Nights at Amador College Connect - 2nd & 4th Thursdays
- Plymouth City Council meets on 2nd & 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM.

INTRODUCE READING TO YOUR YOUNG CHILDREN! Attend Pre-school Storytime and play! Thursdays 10:30-11:00 at the Main Library in Jackson, or at the Ione branch on Mondays 10:00 a.m.
SUTTER CREEK BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION meets the 1st Thurs of every month at 8:30 am at Hotel Sutter.

AMADOR UPCOUNTRY ROTARY meets the 1st three Thursdays at 5:30pm at the St. George Hotel in Volcano.

COLE STREET JUG BAND WORKSHOP - Every 3rd Thursday starting at 5:00 led by Tom Sharkey, 135 Cole St, Sutter Creek. E-mail Tom

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:

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.

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.

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JACKSON FIRE DEPARTMENT: WONDERING IF IT IS A BURN DAY? Have questions about burning within the city limits of Jackson? We'll let us help! To burn natural vegetation piles within city limits, you must first obtain a free permit at City Hall. Burn hours are restricted to between the hours of 6:00 am and 12:00 pm. All piles must have the proper clearance, no larger than 4'x4' and only natural vegetation.
You must also contact the burn day information line prior to burning to see if it is a permissive burn day. The Amador County burn day number is (209) 223-6246. This is a fully automated line that is updated daily and usually tells you the upcoming day as well.
NOTE FROM MOTHER LODE HARVEST: We have important news to share with you today. At our board meeting this past Monday, the board decided to suspend box deliveries until we have a fully functioning website. It is close to impossible to conduct our business without it and puts an incredible burden on our volunteers, i.e. Carolyn and Deborah who have to deal with trying to do their jobs without it. We are actively working on a solution and will keep you posted but we anticipate we will suspend operation through the end of the year.
We wish everyone a joyful holiday season and look forward to seeing you next year, full steam ahead.
DO YOU HAVE DEAD OR DYING TREES YOU NEED TO REMOVE? Apply for up to 50% reimbursement to remove dead or dying hazard trees!
Amador Resource Conservation District has a program to provide up to 50% reimbursement for Amador County property owners east of Hwy 49, to help pay for the removal of dead or dying hazard trees on their property that could fall on an inhabited structure.
For more information, visit the Amador RCD web site at or contact the District at Phone: 916-562-0204
No experience necessary; all training is provided
Thrift store (Jackson and Angels Camp) volunteer opportunities:
Cashiering & Merchandising - Working the cash register, stocking shelves and/or assisting customers.
Pricing: Clothing and Household Goods - Pricing clothing, shoes and other accessories, as well as a wide variety of merchandise, from dishes to books to linens.
Intake, Testing & Sorting - Greeting the public and accepting incoming donations; testing electrical items; sorting clothes and household items.
Other HOAC volunteer opportunities:
Family Support Volunteers - Work directly with patients and families in their homes.
Griefbusters - Assist children, ages 5 - 19, who need help coping with loss and associated grief.
Office/Administrative/Fundraising - Assist in the HOAC office by answering phones, doing basic office/computer tasks, and helping at fundraising events.
OFFER: KIMBERLY FREEMAN HEALING “Hello everyone, For the month of November, I will be cutting my prices in ½ for Reiki and/or Reflexology services to Military personnel. active or retired, on Wednesdays and Fridays while I am working at Serenity Center in Pioneer.
Call to schedule your appointment and bring your military ID to receive your discount. My cell number is 916-837-3235 or you may call Serenity Center at 209-295-2003. I will see you soon.”
BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY AT HOTEL SUTTER - December is filling up! Our festive Banquet Room awaits you and your Team. You won't regret spending the holidays at Hotel Sutter! Call or email to reserve your date. Don't forget to ask about our special pricing for mid-week celebrations. E-mail: Phone: 209.560.0331
VIA Caltrans and CDFW (California Department of Fish and Wildlife)
BETWEEN NOW and DECEMBER, deer and other wildlife are more susceptible than usual to vehicle collisions.
"Soon, deer will start their annual migrations to winter range, bucks will be preoccupied competing for mates, and bears will be searching for food in preparation for hibernation. Such natural behaviors can lead these animals into the way of unsuspecting drivers."
"Drivers can improve their own safety by simply slowing down and remaining alert while driving. We are committed to safety while being mindful of the environment, using signage, fencing, and under crossings to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions along roadways, especially in wildlife corridors.”
Marc Kenyon
SUTTER CREEK VISITOR CENTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - The Sutter Creek Visitor Center is a fun place to volunteer! 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.
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
Friday, December 29, 2017 – 5:00pm

For an application form, please visit, or contact Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921, or by email at
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, or Jackson UMC at 223-1884.
- FAWN RESCUE - 209-283-3245. For more information on wildlife protocols, visit:
- 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 for more information.
AMADOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Employment Opportunities:
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
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
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:
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.
On Facebook at:
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).
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 223-0442 for information about how you can help!
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