Friday, September 6, 2019

ACN 9/6/19

News & Announcements...

CAL FIRE: Incident Report Updates
NEWSLETTER: Amador County Women's Network - Sept 2019
NEWSLETTER: First 5 Amador - Sept 2019
NEWSLETTER: Mt. Zion Church - Fri Sept 6
Feist Wines: Jug Band Friday! Sutter Creek Harvest Festival & Upcoming Events
SAN ANDREAS, CA - State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and his staff will host a Town Hall Meeting on Monday September 16, 2019 at 6 pm.  The Town Hall will be held at San Andreas Town Hall, 24 Church Hill Road, San Andreas, CA.  The Insurance Commissioner will present about the current state of getting and maintaining homeowner’s insurance in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).  This informational discussion will provide statewide trend data, consumer protection laws update and risk reduction through prevention and mitigation.  The public is invited to attend and share personal experiences with insurance nonrenewal and rate increases with the Commissioner and his staff. For more information, contact the Calaveras County Administrative Office, 209.754.6025
SIERRA MADRE GARDEN CLUB welcomes speaker Janice Hanson, Amador Master Gardener, who will present a program “Growing Succulents Indoors” when the club meets on Tuesday, September 24 at 1:30pm at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson.  If you’re looking for indoor greenery but have little success with houseplants, succulents may be the answer.They’re easy-to-please houseguests that can survive those dry, indoor environments because of special adaptations that Janice will describe. These living sculptural plants will give you eye-catching foliage, strong, distinct leaf shapes, and striking textures. Come learn how to grow these undemanding plants and keep them alive during the winter months.
Sierra Madre Garden Club invites enthusiastic gardeners to their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of most months. Light refreshments are served.  For further information contact Ed Morin, Vice President of Program, at or 209-296-4502.
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Sept 1-8
MASTER GARDENERS: SUMMER FRUIT TREE PRUNING: Have you always pruned your fruit trees in the dormant season? Are you a novice and not sure about the best way to prune the fruit trees in your backyard orchard? Would you like to get control and shape your trees for easier maintenance? If so, join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County at their fruit tree pruning clinic, “Summer Fruit Tree Pruning” on Saturday, September 7 from 9am-Noon for instruction, hands-on experience, and answers to your questions. You will learn about late summer and fall pruning, the practice now recommended by the UC Cooperative Extension based on extensive research. Bring your pruning shears and loppers if you have them. If not, we will have extras. Hand-outs will be available.
The class is free and open to the public. However, we are asking that you call 223-6838, check the website or email for the location. Please leave your name and contact information.

Sept 9-15
"Voices of California" Project visits Amador County - Sept 9-18
ACRA: REACH Science Club begins Sept 9
Monday Night Football at Bg's - Mon Sept 9
- Board of Supervisors - Tues Sept 10
Amador County Planning Commission - Tues Sept 10
- Ione Planning Commission - Tues Sept 10
ACRA: Learn to Speak German - Classes begin Sept 11
Mandated Reporter Trainings - Thurs Sept 12
Understanding the Basics of an IEP - Thurs Sept 12
100th Anniversary of American Legion Post 2018 - Sat Sept 14
Amador County Artists Association Presents: Art in Amador - Sept 14 & 15
AMADOR COUNTY ARTISTS ASSOCIATION (ACAA) SEPTEMBER MEETING: At the Wednesday, September 11 meeting, watercolor and oil painter Sabina Turner (pictured left) will discuss tips and techniques for artists: How to plan your painting, and how to solve problems in a variety of media. 
ACAA meets the second Wednesday each month at the Jackson Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, at 7 p.m.  Bring a friend!
For more information on the ACAA, visit:
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AMADOR REPUBLICANS meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:00PM social hour and meeting at 6:30 PM each month of the year, except for August & December. 1200 Martel Road, Suite 11, Jackson. 209-257-3405.
TRI COUNTY WILDLIFE CARE: 11th ANNUAL PAWS & CLAWS - A “Spooktacular” good time is coming on Friday, September 13, 5:30 - 9:30 pm at the Tri County Wildlife Care 11th annual Paws & Claws dinner and auction. This fundraising event comes complete with a gourmet dinner, raffle and lively auction. Prizes for the best spooktacular outfit and best spooky animal call will be awarded as part of the celebration being held at the American Legion Hall, 12134 Airport Blvd in Sutter Creek. Visit to purchase tickets or pick up your Order Form at the Feed Barn or the Tri County Wildlife Care office located at 80 Ridge Road, Suite B in Sutter Creek. Help celebrate 25 years of giving sick, injured and orphaned wildlife a second chance to be free.
Sept 16-22
Gavin's Birthday Comedy Riot with Bobby Wayne Stauts - Fri Sept 20
Foothill Conservancy's Mokelumne River Cleanup & BBQ - Sat Sept 21
Paracon at the Kennedy Mine: "Mining Through the Veil" - Sat Sept 21
Boots and Blue Jeans Dinner & Dance - Sat Sept 21
HOSPICE OF AMADOR & CALAVERAS: 20TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION: Hospice of Amador & Calaveras’ signature fundraising event, the 20th Annual “Celebrate Life” Art Auction will take place Friday, Sept. 20 at Karmère Vineyards & Winery in Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy dinner by The National Hotel & Bistro 49 Culinary Laboratory, music by Herb Boxhorn, local wines, and a drawing with dozens of prizes donated by local merchants. A live auction caps off the evening, allowing guests an opportunity to take home inspired pieces of art and other creations, donated by Amador & Calaveras County’s finest artists.
New to this year’s auction line-up: A Taste of Spain chef-inspired winemaker dinner for 20 people, featuring traditional paella and Spanish varietals. Donated by Volcano Union Pub + Inn and Bokisch Vineyards.
Tickets and tables of four, six and eight are still available, but they will not last long! For only $100 per person, all proceeds benefit Hospice of Amador & Calaveras—our region’s only non-profit, independent hospice agency. For more than 35 years, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has provided families with quality, compassionate end-of-life care for all who need it, regardless of ability to pay. To purchase tickets, call 209-223-5500, or go to:
MASTER GARDENERS: BUILDING HEALTHY SOIL - Healthy garden soil is full of living organisms, some that are visible and others too tiny to see. These critters help provide and manage nutrients for our plants. Improvements in the condition of your garden soil often leads to increased garden productivity. Learn about soil characteristics and methods for using common materials to build soil in a sustainable way at the Public Education class, Building Healthy Soils, provided by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County on Saturday, September 21 from 9AM-12 Noon. Handouts will be available. The class is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.  Classes are held in the GSA building at 12200-B Airport Rd in Jackson.
Sept 23-30

AAUW AMADOR CELEBRATES 50 YEARS: The Amador County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is celebrating our first 50 years of service to our community.  AAUW is inviting all current, former and prospective members to join them on Sunday, September 29, from 2 to 4 pm, at the Community Building on Church Street in Sutter Creek to commemorate the occasion.
   A quote from a news article published in 1969 when the branch was first organized is still appropriate:  “The organization’s main interests are practical educational work and contributions its members can make to society.” Indeed, our branch can be proud of its past accomplishments and strives towards new goals in the future. We are assembling a photo video showing highlights of the first 50 years.  Most notable is our annual Home Tour that allows us to fund local college scholarships, fellowships, Tech Trek camperships, and provide other educational programs for the community.  Hopefully, some of our scholarship recipients will attend to update us on their educational and career journey.
   Questions regarding the celebration may be directed to Sandi Baracco at 209-267-0254 or  For more information about AAUW see:

Sierra Gold Quilt Guild: 2019 Quilt Show - Oct 4 & 5
Tri Amador Triathlon - Sun Oct 6
Trunk or Treat - Fri Oct 25

Apocalypse Haunt - Oct 25, 26 & 31
Winefest 2019 - Sat Nov 9
SAVE THE DATE! WINEFEST 2019 - The 22nd annual Winefest, the popular walk-about wine-tasting, will take place in Sutter Creek on historic Main Street on Saturday, November 9th. In each of 25 shops, a friendly family Amador winery will be pouring samples of its varieties. Check-in starts at 4:30 pm in the Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main St., where guests will receive an event glass, map, and wrist band.
Main Street shops will be ready for the wine-tasting at 4:30 pm until 7 pm. Back to the resplendent auditorium, guests will enjoy live music, tastings of desserts and after-dinner wines, and make their final bids on the Silent Auctions of Art, Wines, Gifts, Event Packages and Premier Prizes.
Starting September 1, Pre-sale Tickets of $45+ fees  may be ordered with Brown Paper Tickets. Go to: and click on “Buy Tickets Now.” Local locations are listed on the website. For comfort and safety, the number of tickets to be sold is limited to this event, a fundraiser for AmadorArts, a non-profit established 37 years ago to embed the arts in schools and provide a diversity of inclusive arts-related opportunities for all ages, including underprivileged and marginalized groups. Info: 209-256-8166.
Jim Guidi awarded 2019 Patron of the Arts
"Alone Together": Main Street Theatre Works Presents 2nd Summer Show
Sutter Creek Theatre: Tim Bluhm, Coffis Brothers and Mountain Men, and Los Pinguos in September
AmadorArts: Call for Art for 2019 Winefest Art Auction
NEW TAP & BALLET CLASSES: New Tap Class beginning in September. Still spots available! 5-6 yrs old. New Ballet Class beginning in September. Still some spots available. 7-9 yrs old. Please call 209-304-7361. On Facebook:
CHAMBER MIXERS - 2nd Weds at 5:30pm. Raffle prizes, appetizers, no-host bar. Admission $10. Wine/mixed drink, $5, Beer, $3. Donate a raffle item.
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.
- District 3 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.
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.
DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP meets the second Monday of each month (5:30-7pm) at Gold Quartz Inn in Sutter Creek- for information contact Susan at 257-1377
(They also meet the third Wednesday of each month (2-3:30pm) at Amador Residential Care in Jackson- for information contact Sheri at 223-4444.)

- Ione City Council meets on the 1st & 3rd Tues at 6PM.
Amador County Board of Supervisors meets on the 2nd & 4th Tues at 9AM.
- Ione Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Tues at 6PM
Class: Learn to Speak Spanish - Tuesdays & Thursdays
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP - Tuesdays at 10AM. 817 Court Street Suite 12 in Jackson. 95642 Call Operation Care for information, 223-2600.
MOTHER LODE ROSE SOCIETY meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30pm at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. For more information on meetings and events, visit:
ACRA 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
UPCOUNTRY VETERANS free monthly lunch is the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 11:30am-1:30pm at Pioneer Veterans' Hall, 25100 Buckhorn Ridge Rd. Contact Lori (209-418-9695) for more details.
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.
CHAMBER MIXERS - 2nd Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Raffle prizes, appetizers, no-host bar. Admission $10. Wine/mixed drink, $5, Beer, $3. Donate a raffle item.

MOTHER LODE NEWCOMERS & FRIENDS  is a philanthropic, social, and recreational club, established to welcome newcomers to the Mother Lode area and connect them with others that are new to our area. The Club meets at monthly membership luncheons on the first Thursday of the month. Reservations are due 10 days prior to the lunch date.  Email to register. Guests welcome. Please come and join us!  Visit for more information.

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 REPUBLICANS meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:00PM social hour and meeting at 6:30 PM each month of the year, except for August & December. 1200 Martel Road, Suite 11, Jackson. 209-257-3405.

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


LGBTQ PEER SUPPORT GROUP - 3rd Friday of every month from 5-6pm at Sierra Wind Wellness & Recovery Center, 10354 Argonaut Lane, Jackson. For more information, contact Marla at 209-256-3750 or e-mail mvandermeer
Open Gym Volleyball on Sundays at Argonaut HS in Jackson
Amador Running Club meets on Sundays in Jackson
KENNEDY MINE TOURS:  The Kennedy Mine is open from 10-3 every Saturday and Sunday and holidays. Come for the view, take some pictures, have a picnic, pan for gold, or join a guided tour ($10 for adults and $6 for children 6-12). Step back into Amador’s past and dig deeper into the county’s mining history. Private and group tours are also available. Call the Kennedy Mine (209) 223-9542 or email for more information.
'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.

County Veterans Services Officer to help veterans upcountry twice a month
THE KNIGHT FOUNDRY NOW HAS A MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM where you can support the programs and operation of the foundry and machine shop. Please consider joining!
LOCKWOOD FPD: Take this week to inspect your home ignition zone -- your 100 foot defensible space. Our fire district is in one of the high risk areas of the county.
We now have a Firewise Community in Amador County. If you would like to know more about how your neighborhood can become a Firewise Community or if you need advice, call us at 296-5122 or email us at
Here are some ideas to help you get started.
PERINATAL WELLNESS SUPPORT - First 5 Amador can help to support moms recovering from pregnancy and 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. We can offer this support to both new moms and new dads, alike. For questions, to get information, or request to be connected with the services that we provide, please call us at 257-1092.
AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY: Not finding what you are looking for? Did you know you can request material not found in Amador County Library from over 70 libraries in California and Nevada through Link+. This FREE service is open to any Amador County Library card holder. 
For more information visit:
OR stop by your local library or give us a call and we'll walk you through the process!
MEDICATION DISPOSAL - This collection bin allows Amador residents to safely dispose of their unwanted, controlled AND non-controlled medications. Ione PD is located at 1 E Main Street, please call ahead for hours of operation (209) 274-2456.
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.
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
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
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:
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:
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